BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July 27th Although it started off a bit grey & drizzly this morning but it's brightened up quite nicely now. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:25:47 EST July 26th Pete's Mum is doing a lot better and the antibiotics seem to be really working. Thank goodness. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:59:33 EST July 25th We had such a lovely day yesterday but I'm quite tired today and it's also very warm & humid. <BR> I've got an appointment at physio on my shoulder tomorrow morning and I just hope it's not too hot in the hospital. Luckily there is a fan in MIL's room so it should be ok when we visit tonight. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:05:23 EST July 24th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've had a super day catching up with our old group of friends. We've not all been t... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:44:32 EST July 23rd Feeling quite tired, it's been an emotional few days since MILs fall. She's now responding well to the antibiotics which seem to be bringing her back to normality. She's now been moved to a rehabilitation unit where she might have to stay for 2 or more weeks to make sure she can stand & walk without falling over. A lady has already been & had a chat with MIL & FIL to tell them about all the things they are entitled to in order for them to be able to eventually send MIL home. Things like grab ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:50:33 EST July 22nd Lost 2lbs this week which I'm very pleased about. Hopefully after a couple of weeks of maintaining & small gains, I might be heading downwards again. <BR> News on MIL isn't very good, the water infection has really affected her badly and she isn't making much sense at all which is very upsetting. I'm hoping the antibioticts have kicked in by the time we visit this afternoon. At least my FIL is letting me take him which is a small victory. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:09:04 EST July 21st Well after we'd sat around in A & E for 4 hours and after various x-rays, scans and tests, Mum in Law was kept in overnight. Although all the tests showed everything was ok apart from a slight water infection, they were obviously not happy about her balance and the fact that she's unable to move her legs and walk. Hopefully they will make suggestions to make life easier for them both around the house and just maybe, they will take notice of the Doctors. <BR> We're going to visit this evening ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:54:55 EST July 20th Got called to go over to Petes' Mum & Dads' house last evening because his Mum had had another fall. Managed to get her to bed & they were calling the Doc out for a home visit today. <BR> <BR> I've just heard from my Mum in Law, she's waiting for the ambulance to come to take her to hospital where she will undergo tests. Personally, I am so relieved because maybe now she will get the help she needs rather than what she thinks she wants. <BR> <BR> Trying times! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:14:20 EST July 19th Going to enjoy sitting out in the garden for a while today, obviously taking precautions not to get burnt. I'll go out for short bursts making sure I cover myself in suntan cream. Got to make the most of the lovely weather. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:49:00 EST July 18th We had a lovely time with our neighbours last night and we were able to sit outside until it went dark and the midges started to bite. <BR> The freezer is now looking a lot healthier with all the meals we cooked yesterday. <BR> All in all, a good Sunday. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:10:34 EST July 17th Pete & I are doing loads of cooking this afternoon as the freezer is looking a little bare. Then later on the neighbours are coming over for a quiet drink. I like Sundays. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:39:00 EST July 16th The scales at the group we went to this morning showed that I lost a pound this week. I'm hoping the gains of the last couple of weeks are now behind me. <BR> Here are some up to date photos of the kittens. <BR> Rossi <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morgan <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:51:58 EST July 14th & 15th Forgot to blog yesterday, I went swimming at lunchtime then we had to go to a Stop & Search Lay Panel meeting at the Police Station. This meant that we couldn't weigh in at our usual group so I'll have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to another local one. Fingers crossed. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:07:52 EST July 13th We think we'll have to miss weigh in tomorrow night because we have a meeting at the Police Station for a Lay Panel we are members on. It's only every 3 months and starts at 6.30 whereas the group starts at 7.30 and weigh in usually is finished by 8pm. It won't be too bad because we can always go to a group early on Saturday morning to be weighed instead. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:47:45 EST July 12th <img src=""> <BR> The kittens were worn out after they'd investigated a couple of new rooms and found the cat climbing post although the picture of their first climb is a bit dark. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:33:57 EST July 11th Had fun playing with the kittens today and I think Abbi is getting a little more used to the fact that they are here to stay. She still doesn't like them but it's only 5 days since they arrived.. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:23:21 EST July 10th Having a quiet day today but I've done the weekly wash and changed both beds whilst Pete is building his shed attached to the garage. I'm hoping he comes in soon because we've got his Mum & Dad coming over later for a meal, meet the kittens and , for my sins, I'm going to show his dad how to do their grocery shop on line. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> It would be a lot easier, for them to give me a list & for me to order it for them. But it's at least an achievement to get them to admit that it'... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:21:27 EST July 9th Had a lovely day visiting my Mum & as a surprise, my cousin came and visited too. It's probably a year since we last saw her so it was fantastic to all be together. <BR> <BR> Mum & my cousin Jean with Pete looking through the window. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pete & cousin Jean <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Mum & I <BR> <img src="... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:22:07 EST July 8th Had quite a nice Friday because Pete has been working at home. Our friends are coming over this evening and we're going out for a meal then off to Mums' tomorrow for the day and my cousin is meeting us there as a surprise for Mum. <BR> <BR> Here's another photo of our little guys, they've been such fun today but then suddenly crashed out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:51:01 EST July 7th Got some lovely video of the kittens today but I can't seem to load it on here. They are so lovely to watch & as soon as we go into the room they come out from their hidey hole and spend ages playing. We're trying to handle them as much as possible to get them used to us. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:46:18 EST July 6th They're here, two little black & white boy kittens. At the moment we have called them Rossi & Morgan after the program Criminal Minds. We're pretty certain about Rossi but Morgan may get changed. They're getting used to the bungalow and so far haven't fretted being away from their Mum. Our Abbi isn't very impressed and hissed at one of them last night and avoided them for the rest of the time. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos of Rossi who is the brave one. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:29:36 EST July 5th I think we may be in line to adopt two little black and white kittens. I looked on the Cat Protection site last night & spotted the two brothers and pointed them out to Pete who, for the first time since we lost Brandi, showed a bit of interest and even said to fill in the contact details. This morning I had a phone call from CP asking loads of questions & she decided we were ok and gave me the Foster carers number. Having spoken to the Foster Carer this evening I've just got to wait until Pe... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:47:26 EST July 4th I was going to sit in the garden this afternoon because it was a beautiful morning however by lunchtime, the sun had disappeared again. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 11:55:57 EST July 3rd Forgot to take pictures of our food last night but everyone enjoyed their meals. We did beef & mushroom curry with peas pilau rice and chicken chow mein, then afterwards we had meringue nest with fresh fruit & yoghurt. All very healthy ( except for the wine we had of course. Ooops!) <BR> <em>33</em> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:26:55 EST July 2nd We've got our lovely new neighbours over for a meal tonight and we are cooking everything Slimming World style. Michele is looking to join SW soon so she's very interested in seeing the types of meals she can make to encourage Paul to come along with her. <BR> I'll hopefully post some photos tomorrow. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:53:20 EST July 1st I wasn't very happy with the number on the scales last night because it showed a one pound gain! But all is not lost, I know what probably caused it and I just need to keep on plan and it will come off by next week. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:44:15 EST June 30th I've been extra good today, I spent 3 hours in the pool and did 230 lengths which is 2.56 miles. Phew! That's a personal best for me. Just hoping the scales are on my side tonight at group. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:59:00 EST June 29th Had a great evening catching up with our old neighbours last night although the food wasn't all that brilliant and not very Slimming World friendly. Oh well tomorrows weigh in will show if there's any after effect. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:02:05 EST June 28th What a miserable day, the weather is pretty awful, so much for our English summer. <BR> I went to the hospital this morning for physio on my shoulder. He was quite pleased with the improvement and he's given me some more exercises to do which are a bit harder. My muscles are 'feeling' it already. <BR> Pete & I are meeting up with some friends for a curry this evening. They were our neighbours from our previous address. Luckily they do Slimming World recipes so it won't be too bad healthy eati... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:12:08 EST June 27th I'm really loving where I've got to so far and loving the reactions of all my friends and acquaintances when they see me as I am now. I posted yesterdays photos on my Facebook page and got some fantastic remarks especially about my outfit. I'd loved the colour of the dress as soon as I saw it and then on another rail I spotted the cardigan. Even a lady we met outside the restaurant & who took the picture of the 4 of us commented on how nice I looked. Is the outfit a famous fashion label??????... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:42:08 EST June 26th We've had a lovely time today, we met up with our good friends Mandy & Chris for lunch. Long time Sparkers may recognise Mandy she was 'Workingthegoal' at one time but I don't think she uses SP anymore. We first met up on Sparkpeople about 8 years ago and have been great friends ever since. Here are a few photos we took today, they're a bit dark because we were hiding from the rain. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:15:35 EST June 25th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling happy & relaxed after having our feet done. Bliss. <BR> Enjoying our Saturday. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:15:43 EST June 24th I'm a bit disappointed that I only maintained this week because although we'd been out for a couple of meals we've been on plan the rest of the time. Oh well, here's to next week. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:30:22 EST June 23rd Not feeling confident about the scales tonight. We've been out for a couple of meals at the weekend and also had a few drinks at a party on Saturday. It always amazes me when people turn up at group & say 'oh I've been eating rubbish all week' and then they lose 3 or 4 lbs! How does that work then? <BR> Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:14:03 EST June 22nd We've organised our herbs and spices better because with cooking most of our meals from scratch these days many more pots were needed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:04:27 EST June 21st I've just woken up after falling into a really deep sleep in the chair this afternoon and I feel like the 'Wrath of God' as they say. I think I've had something lurking around because I've not felt right for a couple of days. Managed to do 2 miles in the pool today though so all is not lost. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:19:41 EST June 20th Pete has got the week off and already today has taken down our old shed & cleared out a load of rubble & rubbish left behind it by the previous owners of our bungalow. He was going to build another shed from scratch but now the old one has gone it makes the garden look so much better, so there will probably be a change of plan maybe hiding a shed down the side of the garage instead. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:42 EST June 19th It's Fathers Day here in the UK so I've been thinking even more about my dear Dad today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:02:42 EST June 17th I DID IT! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I only lost another half a pound but it was enough. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:52:05 EST June 16th I'm not going to say what I'm hoping to see tonight on the scales because I keep jinxing myself. At least I managed to do a fantastic 210 lengths in the pool today, that's a personal best for me.. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:41:38 EST June 15th Had a homemade Sweet potato & veg curry, boiled rice & extra vegetables tonight, It was gorgeous. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:33:18 EST June 14th Went to the pool again today but only did 2 1/2 miles, at least I kept out of the thunderstorm. However although it had eased up, after drying my hair I went outside & it was still raining! Good job I'm having my hair done tomorrow. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:51:12 EST June 13th It's another miserable drizzly day but very warm. I keep thinking I should be doing the ironing but I'm already steaming hot. <BR> I've been watching some of the coverage of the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations over the weekend. She is amazing & I'm very proud to have her as our Queen. My Mum is 92 and even though she's relatively independent there is no way she could complete the schedule the Queen does. Fantastic woman. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:57:12 EST June 12th It's been a pretty horrible day weatherwise today, but I got all the washing done, changed the bed & cooked a lovely healthy breakfast/brunch of omelette, home fries, bbq baked beans and a mixture of onions, bacon & mushrooms. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then this evening we had Chicken in Oyster Sauce with noodles an loads of lovely veg, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. <BR> <BR> I love this eating load... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:56:55 EST June 11th Had a lovely day, we took Pete's Mum & Dad to meet up with Pete's Aunt, Uncle & Cousin for a meal. They live in Yorkshire & we live in the Midlands so we met up half way. We had a lovely pub meal and afterwards I linked up with Pete's Aunt & Uncle in Canada via Facebook Messenger. It was a little difficult because of all the background noise but I think everyone was happy that we'd been able to connect and chat to them.. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:18:28 EST June 10th I was a little disappointed when the scales showed a loss of only half a pound last night so I suppose I'll have to wait until next week to get my 6 1/2 stone award. <BR> It was our Slimming World Man of the Year at group last night and my wonderful hubby was one of the runners up. I was so very proud of what he had to say, in fact all the men were inspirational and it was a very close run thing. Personally, and I'm not biased in any way, but the guy who got MOTY only won because he has seve... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:28:29 EST June 9th Feeling tired, worn out, but good all at the same time. I've just done 200 lengths swimming/walking in the pool. That's just over 3 miles and I don't do that much very often. I just hope the scales are kind tonight. I only need to lose one pound to get my 2 1/2 stone award so I'm keeping my fingers toes and everything else crossed. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:28:26 EST June 8th The meal I had last night was sooooo tasty and gorgeous so could I top it with tonight's meal????? <BR> Well not quite, but almost. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Spag, bol. cooked from scratch with loads & loads of extra vegetables. <BR> I've enjoyed cooking for myself but don't want to do it too often and I'll be glad when Pete is home tomorrow. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 13:58:22 EST June 7th Pete went off to work this morning and won't be back until Thursday evening. Missing him already, but I did make the most gorgeous Tiger Prawn in Oyster sauce with loads of veg & a few noodles. It was soooooo tasty. I'm now spending my evening catching up on loads of 'The Closer' series. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 16:20:31 EST June 6th Another fantastic sunny day & I'm going to make the most of it. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:15:31 EST