CELEST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CELEST CELEST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 2 and the final of our time out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725714 We slept in....which was heaven for me. Im generally an early riser (by nature), but I managed to sleep till just after 9 am and woke up feeling like I'd been to a spa. Sleeping in the semi private Thesens Island was fabulous. The only sounds we heard were birds and lapping water. We took our friend to the local Spur Steak-Ranch for breakfast. We struggled to find parking despite the fact that it is currently out of season.....no struggling for these folks who cleverly took the rail car to ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:17:08 EST The end of day 1 of our time out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724798 Once we left our kids and grandson back at Fairy Knowe backpackers, we headed on to Knysna. The trip there was pleasant and uneventful (in the best possible way). We drove and saw some new sights along the way like the reptile farm which now has a giant water monitor on top of their sign. I can't wait to go inside this farm on one of my next trips. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1683164949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People are really clever with the things they can make from ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:33:39 EST Hubby and I managed two days away....it was heaven. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723931 Our first day, Saturday, was spent at a place called Fairy Knowe backpackers. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839566605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The kids went the night before to enjoy a drum circle with about 15-20 drummers. Because of the weather being so bitterly cold right now, they chose to leave Axel with granny&grampa who delivered him to them on Saturday morning and stayed for breakfast before heading on to Knysna where we would have the second day of our two days a... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:50:15 EST Storm wind damage. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720622 My word, we have been blown nearly "off our feet" this past week. Everywhere we go, we see evidence of serious damage to property. So often we see sign posts....minus the advertising...they seem to have just blown away completely. <BR> <BR> I dont even want to think what happened in the really poor areas where the folks have knocked together sheet metal houses, pieced together with nothing to keep it that way.....my heart just goes numb when I think of those poor folks. Every time we have an... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:53:36 EST Sunday hubby and I had a "date lunch" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714147 It was very much needed time out from all the young ones...much as we love them LOL <BR> We decided to drive down to the Wilderness area because its always enjoyable in that place. <BR> This is taken from the very top of what is called Wilderness Heights. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1666780950.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wilderness is a small holiday resort in the Western Cape, and has an incredibly laid back feeling, just what we needed. The drive to get there is also very... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:35:36 EST Been a while since I've blogged....anything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713524 I cannot even begin to put into print what a terrible time I had, so I wont even try. But its as much to say that for the past month I've had everything in the book thrown my way and i'm genuinely surprised that I didnt crack and crumble. What I did end up with was serious fatigue and if I think too long and hard, my head still reels. Sadly, bad things happen to people and most often when we least expect it, which leaves us unable to prepare for it. <BR> <BR> But, the good side of what happ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:48:54 EST How quickly we forget..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659193 Very often in life, how we view things is the direction our lives will take. <BR> If we are constantly negative about what we are doing, then we will get stuck in a rut. <BR> However, the same can be said about being positive. <BR> If we are positive, we will see opportunities to refine/change ourselves rather than sticking with the...tried that nothing worked....attitude. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697066900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I say this because it happen... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:41:28 EST A little positiveness goes a lonnnng way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656085 From March 2013 to Feb 2014 I managed to lose 24 kgs (52 lbs) and was so thrilled with my progress. As anyone will tell you, it was work, no magic happened to me. <BR> <BR> Then at the end of Feb, we a sad events happen in our family, in fact two..of which one was the death of my dil who was only 32 yrs of age, leaving behind a beautiful little 3.5 yr old son. The other incident I don't want to even discuss...needless to say, both these events had a really bad effect on me and I just could... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:12:50 EST Visiting an Ostrich Guest Farm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649169 Daniel had 2 drumming students at an Ostrich Farm Guest Farm. He asked if I would like to go with, and of course I never say no and usually take my 80 yr old mother along for the ride. Thanks to my son, we get to go into all kinds of amazing places and have many adventures. I baby sit Axel during the time that Daniel must work and we have a bucket load of fun together. <BR> <BR> So off we went. We were greeted at the gate by a tour guide and told that there was a tour group leav... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:51:42 EST Wednesday is Granny & Axel day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632334 My son works out of town on a Wednesday, so I get to enjoy Axel most of the day. I try to do something interesting and different each Wednesday....I also realize that I will have to repeat some things, since there is only so much one can do lol. <BR> But for now, its only been one month since his return and we still have plenty to do. <BR> This past Wednesday we chose to go to the Barnyard Donkey (and other animals) Sanctuary because for once it wasn't beach weather. For a donation, you can ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:46:42 EST Long Wednesday...tired, but fulfilled. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616847 7 Years ago, I was just becoming internet literate. My husband used online scrabble to get me into using the net. I loved scrabble. I had been playing scrabble with a few folks online, but didn't know them, nor had I spoken to anyone....I didn't even know there was a chat button.(pre spark people days) Suddenly one day, a man called Eric asked where I was from? <BR> I panicked and replied that I was from planet earth....and himself? He found this hugely amusing and has teased me ever si... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:28:58 EST My Saturday totally changed with one phone call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613125 I had my whole day planned out for Saturday and with one phone call it changed. My plan was to wake early, go out in the ministry after which I would go hunting for an outfit for my sister to wear to her sons wedding next month and finally I would end up at the farmers market for coffee and to listen to the live music that plays weekly. We never know who is playing, there is a board and on the day the names are put up, but no matter the music, its always great and the atmosphere in just so r... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:46:43 EST Life suddenly got crazy busy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607895 because of the addition of one small little chap. My son is now a single dad and I am part of his back up team. Mostly, the young ones namely Daniel, his brother Cole, Coles girlfriend Nikki have been doing the real work, while I just play granny. But there have been days like today where everyone has a job to do, so the privilege was all mine. <BR> I cannot begin to tell you how tiring answering the Y? question is, or scrambling into, onto, under and through Ronald McDonald's children's pla... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:23:49 EST For those who knew my dil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587920 Its with a very heavy heart that I tell you that my daughter in law Michelle Nicholson lost her fight to cancer this morning at the tender age of 32. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2090091522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The memorial talk will be held on Friday and Axel will be back with his dad this weekend. <BR> <BR> It will be a huge adjustment, one that will be worked at while taking the future to Jehovah God, the hearer of prayer, for his guidance to help us all help Dani... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:23:25 EST Happy chat with my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584543 This evening my younger son, Cole, who paid for all my Herbalife and boot camps... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375224867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ....were chatting about his job on the rig and the fact that he is due for leave now. I was surprised because I hadn't realized that a whole year had passed since he first went to work on the rig. Then we got onto the fact that he loves the gym on the rig which led to some feel good chatter for me.....and here is the dialogue f... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:48:36 EST Can you believe this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582746 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027417396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me crying BECAUSE I have waited oh so patiently for this whole time for boot camp to restart......it finally restarts tomorrow morning and I am so rearing to get cracking however, my hubbies cousin is in South Africa all the way from Minnesota. It is a once in a lifetime visit to them to our country, and it will be the first time I meet her and she and hubby have not seen each other since their teenage yea... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:31:03 EST I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581706 The ongoing heat is what I am talking about. Seriously folks, I grind to a stand still in this terrible weather. Some of my friends are all frolicking on the beach and lying TANNING and I am hiding out waiting for the cooler weather. I definitely live in the wrong part of the world for my body thermostat. On top of that, I had to see a client yesterday at her home. She is an elderly woman who lives in a room attached to the main house. The people who own the house have bought a brand new te... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:48:45 EST This year is done and dusted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574526 It's the 29th today, so there is nothing left of this year to do anything about. It is history. <BR> With one day left of 2013.....that one day will be the day I plan the first quarter of 2014. <BR> <BR> This past week has been crazy, but a nice kind of crazy with my nephew visiting. He's a lively chap with a quick sense of humor. We went to our mall for coffee and breakfast, <BR> We ordered a delightful muesli, yogurt and fruit breakfast. This is what it looked like on the menu. <BR> <img... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:08:06 EST Been so busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560368 Goodness this past week has been busy..too busy for my liking, but all unavoidable stuff like having my nephew down for only one week instead of two. We crammed everything into his one week vacation including celebrating his engagement and meeting her parents. Wow my head is spinning. <BR> <BR> On top of that, I have been running between my own home and duties and my sons, since all the kids are away and I'm keeping watch over their home, opening gates for the garden service etc. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:38:45 EST Some times I'm not very bright http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554889 Last Sunday I was at the mall and walking outside from the bank to the coffee shop. I was walking on the edge of the car park and saw a car heading for me...not fast, BUT the driver was looking down at his passenger seat. <BR> <BR> I decided to just step to the left to make sure I was out of his way completely and stepped onto a small stone I didn't see and ended up wrenching my knee. Why does one always hurt what's already hurt??? It was so painful and all I could do was hobble to the ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:14:25 EST Pampering gone wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549954 I rarely have the privilege of being pampered from childhood upward, so when a client recently wanted to do something nice for me in return for sorting out some business for her, she suggested she gives me some hair pampering at her home. <BR> A nice head massage along with a blow wave. <BR> <BR> Well, this sounded ABSOLUTELY marvelous to me. <BR> <BR> So today, I turned up precisely at 1 pm as requested and she began by washing my hair and then did the head massage....it was TO DIE FOR. ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:22:45 EST Cycled 14.6 kms (9.07 miles) and burned 773 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548487 Today friends of ours invited my hubby and I to cycle with them. Well, that posed a bit of a nervous threat to us because though I have been cycling on my own, its been short trips and we are beginners you could say because we have not cycled in soooo many years. They on the other hand are seasoned cyclists who do serious stuff. <BR> <BR> All morning hubby and I kept praying for the rains we having for weeks now, but to our rotten luck, it was perfect weather for cycling.....cool and crisp.... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:37:12 EST Day started well....middle flopped.....ended well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546217 That pretty much explains my day. <BR> I started well with attending boot camp, but because my blood pressure was slightly up due to a threatening cold, I wasn't able to maximize my time there. Had to work at a pace that didn't really pick up my heart rate because of the said blood pressure. Still the strength training was tough and I enjoyed my time all the same. Once home, and bathed, I retook my bp and it dropped dramatically....so goodness knows what really happened? <BR> <BR> Once clea... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:52:17 EST Progress thus far. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543508 I have been on sparks for 7 years and done the up down up down story so common to a lot of us. HOWEVER.....this year I seemed to have turned some kind of corner and definitely doing better. <BR> <BR> Some of my highlights have been.... <BR> 1) losing 20kgs and only putting on 3.4kgs during an extremely emotionally troublesome time. <BR> Of those 3.4kg I have lost 3 of them. So almost back to my 20kg loss. <BR> <BR> 2) been able to move the car seat FORWARD after hubby has driven it. Usuall... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:06:16 EST Having such fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539115 I cannot begin to tell you what fun I am having on my bicycle. Its tough work, make no mistake, but its such a great feeling, flying down hills and feeling the wind in my hair (through the holes in my helmet of course) It's also fun to have to PUUUUUUSH uphills to get to the top. <BR> I wish I had done this years ago - but never mind, I'm doing it now and that's what counts. <BR> <BR> If I think about all I am doing now compared to how little I did for years....it amazes me and my hubby ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:41:00 EST ITS HERE, ITS ARRRIVVVED!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536429 Recently on face book I told my friends about some physical accomplishment I had achieved. My young friend Diane, read my post and decided to encourage me yet further regarding my health and physical well being, by kindly donating a bicycle to me to keep me going. She had upgraded from the Scwinn to a Ghost bicycle and still had her original bicycle at home. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828678461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was OVER THE MOON, and started making tracks to f... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:28:32 EST Forest cycle done...check. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531792 Hubby and I were determined to make use of this incredibly sunny day we woke to. We were also determined to get another bumper load of exercise done and we chose to take hubbies bicycle, the car and the dogs and head of to Witfontein forest. It's a beautiful forest and has enough ups and down to make it challenging. It also has waterfalls to cool us down. This is the entrance to Witfontein forest. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256258008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The dogs w... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:27:01 EST Was I surprised to see this article.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530591 I know I LOVE boot camp, but I didn't know how it rated compared to other forms of exercise. <BR> This article appeared in our local TV magazine and written by a panel. <BR> So here it is, how boot camp got rated. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493603742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the explanation of boot camp exercises. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257934424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1696851476.j... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 02:56:00 EST Water water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529068 I woke up this morning to my alarm for boot camp.....however as I stood in front of my window looking at the heavily bruised color sky, I wondered whether we would get it done before the rain started once again. Still, since I had had no cancellation from Ricco, I took that as a positive and dressed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583025737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I arrived at the botanical gardens with the rain threatening and occasionally big drops would plop on my winds... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:31:50 EST Water water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529067 I woke up this morning to my alarm for boot camp.....however as I stood in front of my window looking at the heavily bruised color sky, I wondered whether we would get it done before the rain started once again. Still, since I had had no cancellation from Ricco, I took that as a positive and dressed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583025737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I arrived at the botanical gardens with the rain threatening and occasionally big drops would plop on my winds... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:31:49 EST I love the rain....EXCEPT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528440 I love rain.....EXCEPT......when we only have one week of vacation and that's all we keep getting <em>198</em> <BR> We haven't nearly done the amount of walking we expected to, because of the rain. I am not talking about light drizzle, or slightly harder which will leave us wet but still enjoying it. I'm talking thunder booming, lightening flashing and cracking in the sky and ankle deep water wherever we go, even boot camp got canceled due to the boards UNDER the covered gazebo being total... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:26:41 EST First walk/hike of our vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525300 Hubby and I are on a weeks staycation. We are planning plenty of inexpensive outings and walking is on the top of our list. Sunday began our first walk up into the mountains with our dogs. The weather was humid, not my best walking weather, but it wasn't raining, not hubbies best walking weather. We are such opposites which is probably what attracted us to each other <em>20</em> <BR> You can see how the clouds were hanging around the mountain tops, it makes for a very pretty sight. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:52:50 EST Days....so different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523142 Wednesday was an amazing day being my anniversary and all...Thursday went off well too. I managed to get all my outstanding work completed, even caught up some sewing projects and felt good for getting it all done. I really did not want to have a weeks staycation with "stuff" to come back to. <BR> <BR> Today was another story altogether. First, boot camp was tough but our monitor said only 260 calories burned. Whats with that? It felt much harder than that, even our trainer was surprised... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:38:32 EST Failed....and can't even be mad :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521233 Today I smiled because I won "coffee and cake for two" at boot camp today for the "most improved camper". To answer why such a strange prize....it was a gift voucher against whatever I wanted. The coffee shops healthy options are expensive and all I could fit into the vouchers worth, without digging into my own pocket was coffee and cake....so I chose that option....and then drank the coffee, ate the complimentary heart shaped cookie and had the cake boxed for my trainer. He is in for a su... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:14:30 EST Can it really be??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520061 I was invited by a friend to use her Vibration Plate Machine. <BR> I have never seen one in action and never been on one in my life. <BR> I'm game for most new (healthy) experiences and went up to her this morning. <BR> <BR> She plugged it in, showed me how to manually set it....and without further ado....there I was standing in one place shaking like a leaf and holding down a conversation albeit warbly sounding. lol <BR> <BR> It felt AMAZING. After 2 - 10 minutes sessions I was left tin... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:42:54 EST My boot camp photo's FINALLY got done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517726 I am so excited. I have been trying to get someone to take boot camp photo's for me since I started several months ago, because I cannot take them myself <em>198</em> <BR> I did manage to get a few from a friend, but most were unusable. <BR> <BR> Timing was everything and finally, my son who now lives back in my town, was able to join me and take some photo's. It also helps that my time slot has changed from 6.30-7.30 am originally to now 7.30-8.30 am. Most folks don't like getting ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:16:36 EST Sitting on a stability ball instead of a chair while on internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516191 This is something that is meant to strengthen my core which will help with the belly fat. <BR> Time will tell, but here is how crazy it looks and believe me ITS TIRING trying to keep your balance the entire time. LOL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945833016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l925344056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165483996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope the poor ball doesn't burst....... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:34:41 EST My day totally changed, but still ended well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515968 My first plan was to be taken through a propeller plan factory which I forgot about. Having forgotten, I decided to stay home and have a quiet day while catching up on some sewing projects. Then this morning, I received a plaintiff call from my sons girlfriend to say that her car would not start. The galvanized me into action....jump up, dress, brush teeth, grab my shake and rush out the door to take the poor little thing to work. <BR> Fortunately my son is off the rig today so he will f... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:35:48 EST Feeling strange today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515271 I went to boot camp as per usual this morning, felt fine, just a bit tired. During the work out however, I started feeling decidedly strange, like I wanted to faint. I eased off my training, fainting isn't what I wanted to do, but still managed to finish with fast walking instead of running etc. I came home and took my blood pressure (compliments of a little home bp monitor my son bought me this month) and it was fine?? So many virus's around these days, it could be anything. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:33:24 EST SUCH a lovely day today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511579 A few days ago I made a pact with myself to let certain people go from my life. I made a pact not to let their problems become my problems and hurt me or ruin my life. That being said, I feel like I have come through a whirlwind and back on track once more. <BR> <BR> This morning my mom asked me to drive her to the farmers market for coffee. It doesn't take much to get me to go for a cup of coffee and she knows it <em>211</em> . Before we left for the market, she asked me to stop in... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:57:16 EST Back on track - thankfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506964 I actually had a really great day today. It began bright and early with boot camp which was particularly tough today. I could barely keep my eyes open when I got home. <BR> Still, a quick bath and off I went to drop hubby at work, while my sister and I went and had coffee and made plans for putting my house on the market. With them moving, the home really is very big and takes a load of maintenance. I'm ready for something small and neat and relatively maintenance free. <BR> However, I stil... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:10:18 EST Lifes ups and downs are always there!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505830 This is an update blog and also to explain why I have been relatively quiet lately. For the past month or so, I've been allowing a certain person to knock the stuffing out of me. Prior to that, life has been sailing along pretty well enough for me for nearly a year....I guess that's way to long for "Murphy's Law." Currently things just keep going wrong....badly wrong. Still, its also not all bad. However the bad is REALLY REALLY bad. <BR> I'm not going to dwell on the bad, suffice to sa... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:40:16 EST Just been so busy lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498573 But then, haven't we all? Time stands still for no one. <BR> <BR> In my corner of the world, my life seems to be careening off at a mad tangent, despite the disc brakes I keep attempting to apply. I understand slow down, its my 79 year old mother who doesn't. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Some stuff, obviously (I sound like my younger son, who adds the word "obviously" to everything lol) .... some stuff obviously has to get done and there is no stopping even if you want to. One of those thi... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:34:51 EST My gift from the UK arrived today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496742 My dear friend Asta, sent me a gift from the UK. That is not surprising, she has a heart as big as her body....here is what is surprising. She bought me a skirt (like one she has that I admired) and never having met me in person....bought the right size. Its so right, it could have been that I went shopping with her and tried it on before hand. <BR> <BR> As much as I am uncomfortable in front of the camera, I promised to have my photo taken with said skirt on. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:12:19 EST Garden makeover. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479541 Since I turned my home into a boarding house (sort of) by dividing it into three dwellings to accommodate my family who lost all they owned including there income.....my garden shrunk into a third of its size. Top that off with 3 young growing great danes and my garden is now a ruination....which means its a good time for a garden makeover. And with it being springtime here in SA it was a really time to start. <BR> <BR> We are expecting rain for the next few days so today hubby and I put ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:40:36 EST Fat vs Muscle weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478651 Life's conundrum , pretty much like which came first the chicken or the egg? <BR> <BR> Ultimately we always talk about having other ways to measure our progress other than the scale and it is just as well. For the past month I have sat at the same weight. I cannot budge that darn scale...however, today I fitted into 3 (unforgiving style) dresses I made for myself 7 YEARS AGO and they fitted well with a tiny bit of room to spare. <BR> When I last wore the dresses, I was - in weight - li... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:09:06 EST Look who stumbled into my home today (spider) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469961 I had to put the tip of (spider) in, in the event that someone suffers from arachnophobia and I didn't want to scare the daylights out of them. <BR> <BR> But yes, I discovered this HUGE chap sitting on the inside of my kitchen door. I knocked a plastic dish off my draining board and bent over to pick it up, putting my hand on the wall for support. When I straightened up, it was to look directly into this spiders eyes....eeeeyoooo. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:33:24 EST Today has been full of lovely things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469804 Firstly, my son has found his own place to rent and it is PERFECT for them. <BR> It has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, barbecue area, garage and OUTSIDE ROOM which can be used for the band because the house is in a part of town that has mostly business and a high school taking up most of the area. <BR> The house is in a panhandle and the front house is a business which stops operating at 5pm, so they can make as much noise as they like on a Friday evening with band practice. <BR> <BR> The ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:54:37 EST Some joy and some suffering-all in a days work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462061 This month has been a tough one financially. That being said, I was unable to get to boot camp on Monday. I will be back on track on Friday, however, yesterday my sister decided that she didn't want me to miss another day of boot camp so offered to drop me, take her husband to work, then fetch me afterward. <BR> Sounded wonderful, so this morning I was up early and ready and all went well. Our dear trainer actually asked the 7 ladies present if we would like a short-intensive work out, or a... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:38:48 EST I'M INSPIRED (with creating myself) AND ON FIRE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453947 I've been on my program AGAIN since the beginning of March. <BR> I don't consider the previous 7 yrs a waste of time, I have learned so much about myself, health issues, weight loss, recipes etc. I have overcome binge eating, secret eating as well as mindless eating and emotional eating. <BR> <BR> This time, I feel so much stronger because of the knowledge I have gained. <BR> <BR> I learned this important fact... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1872139660.jpg"> <... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:10:35 EST