BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 January 8th I made it to the pool yesterday even though the angel & devil whispering in my ears were having a stand up fight, the angel won. I was so pleased as although I had to really push myself, I managed 130 lengths which is 2 miles! Not bad considering I've not been since the beginning of December. I tended to do more walking than swimming this time because my arms weren't feeling very strong but at least I did it. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 04:36:33 EST January 7th Although it's raining again today, I'm going to try to get to the swimming pool today. I didn't manage any swimming/water walking in December so I really must get back into it. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 05:36:43 EST January 6th It's a miserable day, not too cold but drizzly & damp. The sort of day to stay in & sort things out. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:12:44 EST January 5th We took all the decorations & lights down yesterday & they're back up in the loft. <BR> Pete's back at work after the Christmas & New Year holiday, it seems very quiet without him. <BR> Brandi is a bit better today & I'm still waiting for her test results to come back. <BR> Getting back to normal again. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 07:44:44 EST January 4th Brandi has been knocked about by the sedation they gave her to do the blood tests and we have decided that whatever the results of the tests are, we're not going to put her through anymore hassle. We'd just got her back to reasonably normal & now she seems to have gone downhill again. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 07:24:09 EST January 3rd Had a lovely time with Mandy & Chris yesterday, it was lovely to catch up. <BR> We've been to have our feet done today, heaven! Then we had to take the cats to the Vets, Abbi for her booster injection & Brandi for her check up & to have blood tests just to make sure the remaining thyroid is working ok. Whilst we were sitting in the waiting room, two girls came rushing in with their cat who'd been hit by a car. I was heartbroken for them but it was amazing to see the staff jump into action and... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:52:13 EST January 2nd Meeting up with our friends Mandy & Chris for lunch today. We've known them for quite a few years now having first met up with them through Sparkpeople. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 05:54:02 EST January 1st A new year, I wonder what 2015 will bring................... <BR> <BR> <BR> Watch this space. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:14:41 EST December 31st It's the last day of 2014 & looking back, it's been a good year. <BR> Big birthdays. <BR> <BR> Pete 50 <BR> Me 60 <BR> My Mum 90 <BR> <BR> 2 brilliant holidays in America <BR> <BR> I was made redundant from work & therefore have now most definitely retired. <BR> <BR> We lost our little Cardi in September & had health problems with her sister Brandi which are now hopefully sorted. <BR> <BR> On the whole it has been a good year. Here's hoping 2015 is as good. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:56:44 EST December 30th Only a short time left of 2014 & I need to start rethinking my goals & attitudes for the coming year. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:11:58 EST December 29th The following pictures show why I love living here. The sunrises are fabulous. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:12:07 EST December 28th It's a gorgeous sunny day but very cold. Just waiting for the In-laws to arrive. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:59:05 EST December 27th Couldn't believe the amount of snow in such a short time yesterday. Luckily my brother got Mum & themselves home before it got too bad. <BR> Today we're preparing & cooking the meat & vegetables for tomorrow when Petes Mum & Dad come over. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:49:01 EST December 26th Sitting waiting for my brother, sister in law & nephew to come. We'll be having a meal then they're taking Mum home. It will then be our turn to relax. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:12:47 EST December 25th Happy happy Christmas. My Dad used to say 'Well it's as far away to Christmas morning as it will ever be.! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:52:47 EST December 24th If my Dad was still alive, he would have been 97 today. Still miss him even though it's nearly 18 years since he died. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Dad <BR> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:29:22 EST December 23rd Sitting watching 'Christmas with Aled Jones' & Mum's in (happy) tears remembering previous Christmas times when Dad was alive. Because he was a Methodist Minister, Christmas was a busy but wonderful time & Mum was always involved with the Choir, singing Solos & supporting Dad. At the age of 90, the one thing she regrets is that she can't sing anymore, her voice won't take it. Still it's lovely & makes a change from the norm. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:41:59 EST December 22nd It's a miserable day so I'm hoping it cheers up. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:01:53 EST December 21st Back home safe & sound with Mum, sitting listening to Carols on the tv. Christmas has started. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:05 EST December 20th Getting ready for the coming week. All the shopping is done. all presents are wrapped, we pick up Mum tomorrow, Pete has 2 and a half days to work then Christmas can begin. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:05:54 EST December 19th Nearly forgot to blog today. <BR> Throat is hurting now so I'm hoping to get rid beore we pick Mum up on Sunday. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:06:44 EST December 18th Ironing day today, need to get it done so I don't have too much to do next week. <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:33:18 EST December 17th Feeling a bit better today which is a good job 'cos I've got an appointment at the hairdressers at 1pm. <BR> I'm keeping my fluids up so hopefully I should start to get back to normal soon. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:28:05 EST December 16th Feeling pretty awful today, can't quite put my finger on it but I'm certainly not right. No energy, the thought of food doesn't appeal & I just feel like going back to bed. Hope it passes soon. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:28:43 EST December 15th Back from the Vets & he seemed quite pleased with Brandi. Although she hasn't put any weight on, she hasn't lost any either. Her heart rate was a bit lower but not much not surprising because just getting her out of the basket can stress her, so I asked him to check her again just before she went back in. This time it had come down a lot more. Got to take her back o the 3rd Jan & she'll probably need another blood test to check her thyroid levels just to make certain that she doesn't need the... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:17:01 EST December 14th Having a lovely peaceful family Sunday, just Pete, myself and the two girls (Abbi & Brandi). Got to take Brandi to the Vets in the morning so he can check if the thyroidectomy has been successful. We're keeping our fingers, toes and everything else crossed. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:47:06 EST December 13th Been out to do more shopping towards Christmas & ordered a shoulder of lamb to slow cook for Boxing Day when Pete's Mom & Dad come over to us for lunch. We saw a chef on James Martin's Saturday Kitchen tv programme cook it in hay. Not sure we'll use hay, but it looked wonderful. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:11:15 EST December 12th Meeting with one of my old work colleagues today. He's one of the lucky ones who got a job quite quickly after we were made redundant. It'll be good to catch up with him. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:51:22 EST December 11th No beautiful sunrise this morning but God just opened one eye before the clouds rolled back ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:33:34 EST December 10th Pete took some pictures of the lights on the bungalow. <BR> <BR> This is the back of our place <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> & this is our bay window at the front looking into our dining room. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:48:03 EST December 9th <BR> Woke up to this view this morning, shame the weather has gone bad since. At least I have these pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:09:57 EST December 8th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas tree is up, I think it looks as nice in the daylight as it does at night. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:43:12 EST December 7th Went out to deliver the Neighbourhood Watch letters this morning and it was sunny when we set off. Unfortunately it quite quickly turned to rain & we got soaked & very cold. Now we're home, the sun is out again & not a cloud in the sky. It's not fair! <BR> We'll finish off the decorations today then all the boxes can go back in the loft. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 07:55:50 EST December 6th It's going to be a very busy day tody, Pete's outside putting up some new security lights whilst I get our latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter in envelopes ready to give out tomorrow. We're then going to go over to one of our favourite shops in Coventry for a look round & have lunch. Then back home to get the Christmas decorations down from the loft. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 05:13:18 EST