BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community February 28th Last day of February & we should have gone up to see Mum but I felt lousy & Pete is aching all over. I felt awful cancelling on Mum but we just wouldn't have made it. Instead, we've had a 'duvet day' & I've slept most of it not getting up until about 5pm. Still not feeling too bright. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:40:17 EST February 27th It's Pete's last day of his holiday & he's just got a bit of the wall left to build. I was going to post a picture but for some reason it says the file is too large. Oh well, just have to wait until it's finished before trying again. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:44:56 EST February 26th Just got back from the pool after doing another 2 miles. Now I just want to go to sleep but we're having our feet done this afternoon then meeting the 'outlaws' for a meal out. Maybe I'll have a 'lie in' tomorrow morning. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:43:11 EST February 25th Having my hair done today, makes you feel good. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:37:49 EST February 24th Hoping that the weather doesn't get too bad because Pete is building a wall in the garden this week. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:50:21 EST February 23rd Felt very stiff & achey last night & most of today but I've made my mind up & have booked an appointment with the Dr for Friday. I'm going to ask him to refer me to the Consultant I saw a couple of years ago. No way am I ever going to loose 8 stone but there again I'm too old for him to be able to replace my knees more than twice. I'm going to push him to replace both knees as soon as possible. I've had enough of the pain now. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:38:42 EST February 22nd Having a bit of a lazy day today. I had a bath & washed my hair first thing whilst Pete was on a cycle ride. We have a corner bath which is ok for the moment until we redo the bathroom. Normally I sit on the corner seat & use the shower head to wash. Stupidly today, I decided to lower myself into the bath so that I could soak my knees for a while ( my right knee has been more painful than normal recently ). Then of course I had a stuggle to get back up & managed to slip back into the bath & h... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:57:39 EST February 21st Managed another 2 miles in the pool yesterday so I'm quite pleased with myself although it was a bit of a chore and I had to really push myself to keep going. <BR> We've been out looking at another car today. We had thought that because they have changed the shape of our current car we wouldn't be able to get my mobility scooter in the back anymore which is sad because we love our car. We've been checking out other makes & had our eye on just one but it worked out quite a bit more per month t... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:13:19 EST February 20th Ok I'm a fair weather person, the rain has stayed away so far today so I'm off to the pool in a minute.. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:15:19 EST February 19th Having a quiet day today. I was going to go for a swim but it's been raining really hard all day. I'll try to go tomorrow instead. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:45:39 EST February 18th What a fabulous turn out yesterday for Glenys, the Church was packed with family & friends in fact it was standing room only. Glenys would have been amazed at the amount of people paying their respects. She was a very lovely person, but then I suppose mental illness like cancer, can affect any one of us. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:55:22 EST February 17th It's a bit of a sad day today as it's the funeral of a woman I sat opposite for the last 6 months before we were all made redundant last July. I'm only going to the Church service because there is too much standing & walking at the Crematorium & I won't be going to the 'get-together' afterwards because I don't know her family. I'm really just going to show my support. I still can't believe that Glenys has gone & I'm so sad she was so desperate that she felt there was no other option than to ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:29:51 EST February 16th It's such a horrible miserable rainy day today so time to look for something good & luckily I found it. 5 minutes ago I spotted a bird on the bird box Pete put up last year. Looks like it's being used again & although I don't know yet if it's the same pair, I can start keeping an eye on it. They absolutely amaze me with their comings & goings. Happy times. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:57:54 EST February 15th I am now the proud owner of another mobility scooter. The new one (to me) is smaller than the other & comes apart in 3 pieces so that I can get it in & out of the car myself. We will still keep the big one for use when distances or generally getting round our local area is required. <BR> I'd always worried that if I had an appointment at the hospital or heaven forbid that something happened to my Mum & she had to go into hospital, I would have to rely on Pete being available to get the scoote... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:56:42 EST February 14th Well once again it is THAT day again. I always hated Feb 14th when I was in my teens when it seemed to be a competition between everyone to see who got the most cards. Then when I was working it was a competition between people as to how big a bouquet to received. <BR> Pete & I have never made a fuss, we know we love each other & tell each other so all the time. <BR> I often think that Valentines Day, like New Years Eve, can be very depressing for anyone who is on their own & I just hope th... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:40:28 EST February 13th Had a great time at the pool yesterday, I managed 1.5 miles & then carried on & did another half mile! So far this year I've done nearly 11 miles & feeling good about it. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:50:45 EST February 12th Got all the ironing done yesterday thank goodness so I'm now free to go for a swim today. Hopefully I should be able to do another mile & a half. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:52:42 EST February 11th Thankfully my head cleared up reasonably quickly yesterday & I'm feeling much better today which is a good job because I've got loads of ironing to do. Ho hum! <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:17:32 EST February 10th I think I got quite carried away with my blog yesterday, although I did enjoy getting my thoughts down. <BR> Have a bit of a muggy head this morning so I hope it goes away soon. Obviously need more water. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:58:20 EST February 9th A Sparkfriend posted her blog today about Social Media which made me think about how it affects my life. <BR> I know Social Media gets bad press from time to time & some think it makes us more insular. I can't speak from experience about any site other than Facebook but I think that if you set your account up correctly and only allow people you know & like access to you, then it can be a wonderful part of your daily life. <BR> For instance with Facebook :- <BR> I'm able to keep in touch as of... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:18:29 EST February 8th Been out posting some neighbourhood watch information. The sun was shining but it was bitterly cold. At least we met a few more people which is good. Hopefully we will try to get everyone together in the summer which should help with the neighbourhood spirit. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:03:05 EST February 7th Been out all day looking at new cars but still no nearer a decision. Main criteria is being able to get my mobility scooter into the back. Got a few to chose from but just need to get some figures back from the dealers. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:34:51 EST February 6th It's another gorgeous day although as with most of them this week they have been sunny but with occasional showers & of course, quite cold. At least you tend to feel better when the sun shines. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:03:48 EST February 5th Made it to the pool today & feel really pleased that I managed to do 2 miles. Feel shattered now but happy. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:36:38 EST February 4th Sharon did so much hard work clearing the last patch of garden of brambles, old tree stumps & couch grass yesterday that it's unfortunately given Pete more work to do. We need to build a retaining wall to stop that part of the garden from sliding down onto the road. Luckily his mate Paul was here measuring up for the new guttering we're having to get replaced. He's going to give Pete a hand building it. <BR> <BR> Hey ho, more expense, where will it end? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 06:40:18 EST February 3rd Sharon, our gardener (I can't manage the work anymore & Pete doesn't have the time - or inclination) is here today, working hard on clearing the brambles down at the front steps. I don't envy her at all, although it's a beautiful sunny day, it's freezing out there. I need to keep her going with lots of hot tea. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:10:00 EST February 2nd There was another glorious sunrise this morning. We are so lucky living where we do with a view over Sandwell Valley and being blessed with being able to watch the sun come up (when the weather allows). You would never guess that we live within 8 miles of the 2nd largest city in the UK, Birmingham. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 06:45:11 EST February 1st A new month & a renewed Spark. I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOALS THIS MONTH Sun, 1 Feb 2015 06:48:07 EST January 31st Managed to get up to see Mum today, the weather was kind to us & the sun even shone for most of the time. <BR> <BR> Well the last day of the first month. It's not been too bad a month for exercise as I've managed to swim at least once each week which was my aim. Bring on February. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:16:12 EST January 30th Well I got to the pool yesterday & managed 100 lengths (1.5 miles). I had a sandwich & cup of soup when I got home & then everything went south. I felt so sick & just had to go to bed. I slept on and off for the rest of the day & couldn't face any food. Stayed in bed this morning & have just managed to eat some toast. I hope I'm over it now because we're supposed to be trying to get up to see my Mum tomorrow. (Weather permitting of course) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:34:08 EST January 29th Although they forecast a lot of snow overnight & today we only seem to have had a few flakes. I'm hoping it stays like that as we are wanting to go up to see Mum on Saturday. <BR> I'm off to the pool in a short while & hope to do another mile. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:59:18 EST January 28th We now have a lovely dinky chimney in place of the really tall one which was falling down. It's a good job it was finished yesterday because we've had tremendous gusty winds today. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:37:02 EST January 27th It's a cold & miserable day, I hope it brightens up. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:05:33 EST January 26th More work on the chimney going on today & again more bad news. Looks like it's a miracle it's not fallen down before now as there was nothing holding it together. The other 2 chimneys are safe but will need work in the Spring. <BR> Ho hum! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:19:52 EST January 25th Had a fabulous time last night, we realised it must have been 15 years since we last saw each other. Definitely won't leave it that long until we see each other again. The 4 of us never stopped talking. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:37:37 EST January 24th Managed 105 lengths yesterday (1.6miles) in 90 minutes & felt quite good. <BR> Meeting some friends tonight for a pub meal, haven't seen them for about 10 years or more so got a lot to catch up on. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:20:26 EST January 23rd Going for a swim today. I decided at the begining of the year that I wanted to go to the pool at least once a week so today is the last chance for this week. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:13:16 EST January 22nd Received some very bad news last night about a lovely lady I sat opposite to during the last 9 months at work before we were all made redundant. Although she was one of the people who managed to get a new job set up quite quickly, it appears that all was not well with the new company and she has been off work for some time with stress. Unfortunately she couldn't cope with it all. <BR> She was such a pleasant, quiet person who would do anything for you, she had a lovely husband & a son & daugh... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:37:29 EST January 21st <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First Abbi loved her fuss but then all of a sudden........... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:13:14 EST January 20th Looks like our chimney is going to need a lot more work than we thought to make it safe so it's going to have to have the hight of it reduced to almost the hight of the roof. Yet more expense. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:02:44 EST January 19th A friend of ours is coming to start work on sorting our chimney out. It appears that rain has got into some of the bricks & damaged them. He's going to work on it in the loft as the weather isn't good enough to do what's needed on the outside. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:32:15 EST January 18th Somehow I missed a couple of things yesterday but luckily managed to 'spin the wheel' so I've maintained my streak. Phew! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:55:03 EST January 16th Managed 105 lengths in the pool yesterday which is 1.6 miles. Felt really good & could have done more except that it got quite busy. It's the first month of the New Year so people have signed up in their droves as usual trying to get fit again. It won't last long though, by Feb we'll be back to the normal numbers. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:10:15 EST January 15th The sun is shining in between the showers so I'm off to the gym for a swim. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:16:32 EST January 14th Although I stated in my status yesterday that it was snowing it only lasted a short time. However we thought we were going to be in trouble last night as it came down really heavily and left a reasonable covering over everything. Luckily it's now melting & hopefully will be gone by tomorrow. Think I'll wait until tomorrow to go for a swim. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:59:39 EST January 13th Great news today. The Vet phoned & the thyroid blood test results for Brandi show all is normal. Phew thank goodness. At least we can relax for a while. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:34:39 EST January 12th Got my exercise today doing all the ironing. My Mum once said to me, "why don't you do it a bit at a time" ????? No fear, I'd much rather get it over & done with! <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:05:16 EST January 11th We had a lovely time last night & eat reasonably healthily. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture we had taken. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:49:41 EST January 10th It's my hubby Pete's birthday today so we're going out for a curry tonight with some friends. This time last year, I was waiting for people to arrive to help celebrate his 50th birthday & he knew nothing about it. It was great fun but a bit hard on the nerves keeping it all a secret! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:50:25 EST January 9th The weather can't decide what it's doing today. Half an hour ago it was sunny with blue skies & fluffy white clouds, now it's pouring down & blowing a gale. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:04:13 EST