BRANDI1809's SparkPeople Blog BRANDI1809's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 December 5th Boy is it cold today, can't seem to get my hands warm. Got ironing to do this afternoon so that should warm them up a bit. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 06:05:19 EST December 4th Pete & I are in planning mode which means that what ever we decide to work on will get done. <BR> I love it when we start thinking about stuff to do together, I'm the one who comes up with the design & Pete does the practical side. <BR> Looks like we're going to have our bedroom decorated in the new year which will mean us moving into the spare bedroom. At least it's something to look forward to. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 06:27:23 EST December 3rd Managed to get to the pool today but because I had to hang around waiting for a Blue Badge parking space I only managed to swim 80 lengths which is 1.2 miles. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:28:17 EST December 2nd Went to a Neighbourhood Watch Steering Committee meeting last night & have another local meeting tonight. We certainly seem to be getting a lot more involved these days which is great because it's something that Pete & I can do together which also helps our close neighbourhood. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:39:10 EST December 1st Wow it's December already and soon it will be Christmas again. <BR> One of my friends put a message on Facebook the other day saying that it was a year since we were all told we were being made redundant, amazing. Can't beilieve it, so much has happened since then. Thankfully, most of my colleagues have obtained new jobs. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:06:06 EST November 30th Pete's gone out for an early morning ride as it's a gorgeous day & is due back soon. <BR> This afternoon an Officer from the Fire Service is coming round to check out access to our property in event of a fire. It's something I've thought about occasionally so when we had the talk from him at the Conference yesterday I mentioned my concerns to him & so he's going pop round to check for himself. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 05:51:21 EST November 29th We've had an interesting day attending a Neighbourhood Watch Conference with presentations by someone from the Police Counter Terrorism Unit, one from an Officer from the West Midlands Fire Service, a display from two Police Dog Handlers, as well as a talk from the Trading Standards Agency. All very informative & thought provoking. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:37:43 EST November 28th Enjoyed my swim yesterday & it did help my knees a bit. I managed another 2 miles & slightly quicker than previous days. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:54:59 EST November 27th Going to the pool today as I really need to get myself active. My knees have been extra painful recently so I'm hoping time in the pool will ease them a bit. <BR> <BR> It's just a shame it takes so much effort getting out of the pool afterwards & getting showered & dressed. <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:45:01 EST November 26th I was so pleased that I was able to finish all my ironing yesterday even our super-king sized quilt cover which I normally need Petes help with. <BR> <BR> It's such a miserable day today, cold & wet, Sharon, who does my garden has texted me to say she'll be a bit later today as she needs a bit longer in the warm & dry. Don't blame her at all. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:27:46 EST November 25th Yesterday was washing day so today it's ironing day. Ho hum! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:55:44 EST November 24th Well Pete has gone off to work, a little better but still having to take pain killers. <BR> Meanwhile I took Brandi to the Vets to have her stitches removed & now don't have to go back for three weeks just to check that she's putting on weight & her heart rate has come down.......... It's no wonder her heart rate is so high, as soon as we walked into the Vets a dog started barking very loudly in the waiting area. Luckily the Vet came out quickly & took us into a consulting room. Poor old Bran... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:47:45 EST November 23rd Pete has done his back in somehow so he's walking around very gingerly. Hope he's better for work tomorrow. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:28:02 EST November 22nd Had a lovely trip up to see Mum today and even the weather stayed fine. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:00:42 EST November 21st My friend was given a wonderful send off today, she would have loved it. She was brought in to Elton John's Funeral for a Friend, then they played The Bangles Eternal Flame whilst we quietly remembered her. Then After the committal, they played Norman Greenbaums Spirit in the Sky which had us all singing & smiling. As we all walked out they played the Hallelujah Chorus because she used to sing it in a choir when she was younger. Absolutely perfect send off. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:01:03 EST November 20th Not looking forward to tomorrow. It's my friends funeral & it's going to be very sad saying goodbye. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:12:18 EST November 19th Teeth are def. on edge now, next time I'm going to say that I don't want my teeth cleaned. <BR> Going to the pool today, first time in 2.5 weeks. Colds have a lot to answer for. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:06:34 EST November 18th Off to the Dentist for my 6 monthly check up. I hate the Dentist, not because I'm frightened of them, but because you can guarantee that after 6 months of no problems, the cleaning will put my teeth on edge & they'll start aching for a week or so. And, what's even worse, I thought that when I turned 60 it would be free, but no such luck. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:25:40 EST November 17th Back home from Brandi's check up at the Vets this morning, all is fine. Just have to go back next week to have her stitches removed although her neck seems to be healing well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:11:50 EST November 16th Had a lovely evening with Pete's Mum & Dad although they are suddenly both looking & feeling much older which is quite worrying. We can only hope that the Doctors can help with the pain in her legs Mum is suffering with. It was quite funny really, Pete was the only one who was walking around normally, the rest of us were all hobbling around. <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:33:48 EST November 15th Had a good day so far. Did shopping this morning then had our feet done & now the meal is in the oven & we're waiting for Pete's Mum & Dad to arrive. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:18:16 EST November 14th Had a fabulous time last night, the whole thing was brilliant & brought back many happy memories of my youth. Jasper Carrott was a funny as ever & Bev Bevans Group with extra people from the Move, The Rocking Berries and Quill was fabulous. Everybody was ROCKIN! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:13:51 EST November 13th Okay, so Pete & I went over to the theatre & had a lovely meal in a local restaurant, went over towards the venue when Pete checked the tickets....... <BR> the date on the tickets is the 13th! Doh! Luckily we were able to just carry on past the doors, get back to the car & drive back home. At least we were able to laugh about it. We'll try again tonight. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:43:56 EST November 12th The sun has finally shown its face again, hopefully it will raise our spirits. Pete & I are supposed to be going out to see Jasper Carrott ( a UK Comedian) tonight so I'm hoping we will feel well enough. I hate colds! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:35:43 EST November 11th I never want to go through another day & night like yesterday for a long time. We got Brandi home & she was very groggy & wouldn't settle so we had to keep following her around until she seemed to calm down. <BR> Then I got an awful phone call from a long-time friend who told me that his wife had suffered a massive heart attack & died that morning. I couldn't believe it. I'd known Celia for over 30 years & am Godmother to her eldest son, you never know when these things are going to happen an... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:16:27 EST November 10th Well Brandi is currently at the Vets recovering from a Thyroidectomy, apparently she's coming round well but is still very wobbly. I'm going to pick her up at 4pm and it'll be good to have her home again. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:26:28 EST November 9th We're both suffering with colds today so stayed in bed this morning. Just waiting for our weekly shop to be delivered (we couldn't face the supermarket this time) Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:31:05 EST November 8th Car's in for a service this morning & we're just waiting for the call to go & pick it up. <BR> Still not feeling very lively. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:32:27 EST November 7th Luckily I just seem to have the aches & muggy head feelings & so far have not coughed, sneezed or any of the other cold symptoms. Pete however is not doing very well & I feel so bad that he has to work. Hopefully we will have time to recover over the weekend. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:22:08 EST November 6th Pete's come down with a stinking cold & I think I'm catching it too. Need to keep warm & hydrated. Pity Pete has to go to work poor thing. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:29:24 EST November 5th Going to stay in snug & warm with the pussy cats tonight & watch the fireworks from the warmth of our bungalow as we get a wonderful view across the valley towards Birmingham. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 05:30:45 EST