CMFARRELL36's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CMFARRELL36 CMFARRELL36'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/ 2 April 2014 - An Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662882 Hello there, <BR> <BR> I'd just like to thank every one who took time to read any of my recent blogs, and also those who stopped and took the extra time to leave a comment. <BR> <BR> This is my apology to each of you, that I maybe didn't get around to contacting you, to thank you for your time. <BR> I did really appreciate that you read my blog. I appreciated that you took time to comment. <BR> <BR> I have also appreciated very much some comments to my page that I think I didn't get aroun... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:21:20 EST Friday, 21 March 2014 - Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653381 I was writing a day's challenge for a team, today, and that challenge is to eat an apple today. <BR> <BR> Sounds simple? <BR> It is! <BR> No tricks, no nothing. Just - eat an apple. <BR> It ticks so many boxes - healthy, low calorie, no fat, easy to eat, smells lovely even! It can be eaten raw or cooked, easily. It rarely needs added sugar or oil. <BR> The health benefits are numerous. The vitamins and minerals and stuff help in all sorts of ways in all sorts of areas of the body. <BR> <BR... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:36:43 EST Pancake Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638972 I don't know if any of you, here, officially recognise Pancake Day. <BR> But loads of folk all across the UK seem to find this a great challenge and fun time. Well, at least, according to the supermarkets. <BR> <BR> I used to do pancakes on Pancake Day when my 2 sons were wee. And all 4 of us enjoyed them. <BR> But now - I look at the suddenly gleaming shelves-ful of bottles of maple syrup, and the wee squoochy bottles of lemon juice, and the other tins of syrup and stuff. <BR> Then there's ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:09:32 EST 2 March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637858 Many of you are probably aware that I've been suffering these past several weeks or so. <BR> <BR> I had flu again during the winter (Christmas & New Year) followed, again, by a post-viral lurgy. I thought that this year I'd take a bit more care, make sure I didn't overdo stuff and prolong the lurgy. <BR> Well - I've tried. <BR> I have to say that I do feel much better than at this stage previously - but still smitten. <BR> But apparently, this year's trend in the community is continuing sor... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:58:31 EST Thinking About My Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610554 Every so often I get an email from one of my US on-line friends, questioning something that I've posted. It's to do with my Christian belief - and hers. <BR> <BR> This evening I had a mail from her asking about a post I made late last year about my bible discussion group. <BR> The question was about a study that I was doing September/October time, asking me what I had decided about a particular concept. <BR> <BR> I thought that I had really taken on board the various discussions and though... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:17:53 EST A Burns Supper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599186 I received a link from a friend in Michigan, an article in a local paper for the upcoming Burns' Suppers in town. <BR> My friend wondered how authentic the information was. And this is my reply, rather than trying to put all this on a team thread! <BR> <BR> <BR> From memory of some rather long ago formal Burns Night Dinners - <BR> <BR> Dress- men wear the kilt, or a lounge suit (unless it's really formal, then a dinner suit - think that's what's called a tuxedo?). Women wear "good clothes"... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:19:42 EST Making Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597172 Yesterday I got an email from a church friend asking me for 2 favours. <BR> <BR> One is to play "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday evening - a surprise birthday party for another friend's 60th. <BR> <BR> The other is to play for her and her husband. They have been asked to sing at a coffee morning in a few weeks time. They intend to sing one of the hymns, but to the tune of "Beautiful Dreamer". <BR> Hubby googled and found the music last night, then did battle with his printer till he got me a u... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:21 EST Wednesday, 1 January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577045 <em>411</em> <BR> 11 minutes past midnight, here in Scotland. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to you all. <BR> I hope 2014 is a great year for everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> of the rest of our lives! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:16:16 EST Friday, 20 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568832 I have a problem! <BR> I can't open some of my Spark places this evening, in particular any of my team pages <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Is this a general problem? Or is it "just" the weather around here? <BR> <BR> EDIT - <BR> A couple of hours later, everything seems fine again - duh! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:41:28 EST 16 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565930 Yes, I am still trying to stay healthy, to keep my food and drink calories low and my exercise stuff high. <BR> But I really need to take this day-about thing to heart and work with it, rather than trying to work against it. <BR> <BR> Over the past several months, I have found that if I do on one day, then I can't the next day, day about. <BR> Which won't work well for me this week as I spent a lot of time today doing. <BR> And tomorrow I need to be out in the morning and doing! <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:52:44 EST Saturday, 14 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564380 Day 14 of December already. <BR> <BR> My Challenge for today was to smile at everyone, friends and strangers, wherever I met them. <BR> Ironically - I haven't been out today. And nobody has come to the door! <BR> So the only smiling I have done today, apart from listening to music, and to some of my dafter thinking, has been for on-line friends in various groups, and my cousin's daughter's annual update letter which arrived today with photos of the 2 wee kiddies. <BR> <BR> Now, I need to wr... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:40:10 EST Advent Calendar - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563776 I'll get back to us. <BR> I just haven't been able to sort myself out yet. <BR> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:28:05 EST Friday 13th December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563771 Well, here I am, just wondering where exactly I am! <BR> <BR> I've just put on my first Christmas CD for this year. <BR> It is just after 11.00 pm - and I'm at last letting myself have some Christmas music. <BR> Let it also be said, hubby headed off to his Mum's today, should be home on Monday. <BR> So I can put the Christmas music on to my own volume, for now - just need to remember the neighbours! <BR> <BR> I didn't even know that hubby was going to head up the road, till a couple of day... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:26:12 EST Advent Countdown - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559370 Sunday 8 December <BR> <BR> The 8th activity is to give a goodie at random, explain why, and ask the recipient to do it too. <BR> <BR> My Day 7 list of food & drink that cause me problems - <BR> Bread <BR> Cheese <BR> Fried food <BR> Wine <BR> Potatoes <BR> <BR> These 5 items, in all their own different variations, can well and truly trip me up. <BR> There is also the attempt for part 2 of Day 7 to *not* take any of my 5 listed problem foods & drinks for 24 hours. <BR> I know I won't achie... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:32:33 EST Advent CountDown - 6th December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558559 Hello there, <BR> <BR> A quick catch-up, and sorry, but I haven't managed to get here for a few days. <BR> <BR> Day 1 was glasses of water in addition to the 8-a-day. <BR> Day 2 was different vegetable taken during the day. <BR> Day 3 was reading and commenting on blogs. <BR> Day 4 was each extra 4 minutes of walking beyond what you had intended. <BR> Day 5 was for 5 minutes of "me time" <BR> Day 6 has been 6 points for each different kind of fruit. <BR> <BR> Day 7 is "Unlucky Food" - lis... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:52:03 EST Friday, 4 December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558548 Just thinking about food and how much I can eat. <BR> <BR> As the years go on, I can't eat as much as I used to, at any one time. <BR> <BR> So, I have to ask this - why does it take longer for older folk to lose weight? <BR> Appetites AND eating abilities both reduce as we age. <BR> So what do we need to do to tie up the general reducing appetite with the general reducing activity ability, and still manage to lose size and weight? <BR> <BR> Maybe somewhere in SP there could be a suggesti... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:28:04 EST Advent Calendar Activities - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555748 3 blogs to read and comment on. <BR> <BR> In the team where I'm running this as a team activity (which is the Beautiful <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> in the 5% Challenge, Fall 2013), the 3 blogs will be from team mates. <BR> But I'll try to do 3 from some other teams too. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a blast! <BR> My veggie count was 9: leeks, onion, garlic, carrot, tomato, spinach, broccoli, courgette, beetroot. <BR> And that wasn't counting the fruit I'd had earlier in the day!... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:32:31 EST Advent Calendar Activities - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555240 Today I have been making myself aware of my daily intake of vegetables. <BR> <BR> This was already half-done for me, because I made a lamb shank stew for slow cooking, early yesterday afternoon. <BR> The shanks needed used, so they were in a pot cooking with potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, carrots and tomato. <BR> Some of the meat was served tonight with green vegetables - it struck me that the panful was all brown. <BR> I don't do bland food, whether by flavour or by colour. <BR> So I had... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:39:14 EST Advent Calendar Challenges - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555231 Ok - I'm a day late for this. <BR> <BR> My challenge yesterday was to drink more than 8-a-day of water <em>248</em> <BR> I had 7 extra (so 15 in total). <BR> <BR> It worked in really well for me. <BR> I've been badly headachy for over a week. And my joints have been aching. I've also had a head cold - so sinuses too. <BR> And - I've had less water than usual over most of the past week. <BR> <BR> The thought came to me during an awake time on Saturday night that maybe I was dehydrated.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:30:11 EST Getting Ready For Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551659 And now, despite my negativity over the past several years, I am finding that I have to be making preparations for Christmas. <BR> <BR> My church's Ladies Leisure Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, Autumn through to Easter. <BR> Last year I was asked to play piano for Christmas carols the evening of the Christmas dinner (first Wednesday of December). That was really difficult as I hadn't played piano for about 5 years, and I hadn't played in public in about 40 years! <BR> I fo... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:41:37 EST Advent Calendars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550867 I was thinking about Advent Calendars today. <BR> <BR> I really dislike the consumerism surrounding Christmas. <BR> However, a well-used Advent Calendar can help to keep the children fairly calm and -ish under control <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I used to always have an Advent Calendar - for me. <BR> Yes, even before children. <BR> Then, when my sons were aged 5 and 3, my parents-in-law gave us an everlasting Advent Calender. It had pockets rather than "windows" to be opened. <BR> For years... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:24:33 EST Adverts for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547850 "Go on - it's Christmas" - a voice crooning as the screen shows pics of all these cakes, full turkey platters, bottles of alcohol....... <BR> <BR> I'm getting so fed up with all these companies spending their customers' hard earned money on trying to get us to spend to excess and to eat & drink to excess. <BR> Where is regulation when it's needed? <BR> <BR> We can still have a lovely festive dinner. We can maybe let ourselves off if we overeat a bit. <BR> But we so do not have to relinquis... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:55:34 EST 8 November 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535954 I was so busy trying to work my way through the new "Start" and stuff, to find where I could click to send a blog - I can't remember what I was going to say <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I'll go with LOL for now, but I do worry about my memory. <BR> <BR> I'll be back as soon as I remember what I was going to say! Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:47:36 EST 7 October 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507323 Today has been a really up-and-down day. <BR> I was able to go shopping with hubby today, and some other errands, whereas yesterday I couldn't have walked the length of myself, let alone done any driving. <BR> <BR> Our new fridge/freezer is in place, and plugged in, and - well, no, we haven't been able to hang the doors on the other side, yet - major problems, resulting in me on my hands and knees, and on my stomach, on the kitchen floor, trying to deal with screws at floor level. Hubby can'... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 19:53:10 EST Re Male/Female http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490423 Thanks for the reactions and comments. <BR> <BR> I do agree - <BR> We need someone to do repairs - sometimes <BR> It's great when someone does the shopping. It's even better if he brings it in and gets it all put away! My hubby used to do most of the grocery shopping and all the putting away - then he retired. I'll not even start on that. <BR> It's lovely to have the company - sometimes. <BR> <BR> But I tell you what - old slippers are comfy! <BR> (And that works both ways). Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:19:35 EST Quick Thought about Male/Female http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489447 I'm sitting watching a programme called "Animal Maternity" on TV. <BR> <BR> A zebra has just given birth. It's a daughter. As have been most of the babies during this programme, <BR> The thought struck me - in the wild the animals require only 1 male per umpteen females. Extra males have to fight for any place at all, and many are turned out. <BR> <BR> It's that last comment that I like the sound of........... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:02:16 EST An Update in my Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487560 This week is going to be really busy for me - leading to having my family here for a meal on Saturday. It was supposed to be on Friday, on my birthday. But there's been family changes, so we're changed to Saturday for dinner. <BR> <BR> It's my 60th birthday on Friday. <BR> I wanted, originally, to go out for a meal with hubby, sons and the one girlfriend. But then I started thinking - I really want to enjoy my meal. And that does not always happen when we go out. <BR> So - a really nice mea... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:17:52 EST Laughing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473736 This is just a wee comment, not a big blog. <BR> <BR> I got a notification from a site called LinkedIn today, about a particular member. <BR> What got me laughing - was the choices of occupations they thought that I might like to follow up. <BR> The best one was - licensed aircraft engineer. <BR> <BR> Please enjoy a big belly laugh - I certainly did! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 17:38:55 EST Pre-Made v Home-Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393719 Pre-made food is definitely convenient, but making it yourself you can control exactly what's in there. <BR> <BR> This thought came from a discussion in a team about macaroni cheese. The concensus seemed to be (from America) that pre-made packs of Mac-cheese are a great emergency food, at the very least, but that they aren't the healthiest food. But it is also an excellent stand-by for any occasion, is another message I am getting. And from this latter, that the pre-made stuff is much tastie... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:28:55 EST Monday, 3 June 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377033 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I feel, at last that I am definitely out the other end from the lurgies and post-viral whatever. Just don't quote me, in case . . . ! <BR> Just a few issues left with stress, and that is gradually receding again. So, Hello, 2013! <BR> <BR> But I've been trying to move on, despite the down-sides of viral stuff. And I really do feel now that I'm coming out, in fact very nearly out of, the other side of some horrible tunnel. <BR> <BR> My house is user-friendly for the li... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:07:05 EST Saturday, 11 May 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353284 Well, this past week has been the first time in I don't know how long that I have not only *not* met my various weekly tracker goals - but I haven't even bothered trying with most of my goals! <BR> <BR> I've been busy. <BR> Mind and body. <BR> Yes, I know that sounds like an excuse. But this time - it isn't. <BR> I have been doing a lot around the house - probably more than I eventually claimed for, if I had the energy to count then come and claim! <BR> A *huge* decluttering had to happen w... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:24:00 EST Monday, 22 April 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332039 Well, that's the end of the latest 8 week 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> I was thinking it was one of my worst yet, given my health issues with virus and viral stuff for the past several months. <BR> But, in fact, it has been either my 2nd or 3rd most successful challenge since I started! <BR> <BR> How do I know? <BR> Because I have lost some weight, though not 5%. <BR> Because I have felt more positive than in some previous challenges - despite thinking I was feeling quite negative this time a... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:44:21 EST Wednesday, 20 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293984 This is an extract from something my mother-in-law sent me. <BR> Unfortunately, I don't know where this extract came from - it was forwarded to my mother-in-law from a friend. <BR> I have no idea at all whether any of the suggested claims are for real. <BR> But, I quite fancy trying this - see my comments after the quoted text. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Amazing frozen lemons <BR> <BR> <BR> Fact or fiction? Certainly worth a try - <BR> <BR> Amazing frozen lemons <BR> All it is.....is a frozen l... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:22:58 EST Friday, 8 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279042 Oh my goodness - Friday already! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed my <em>181</em> last night, and hubby's company. <BR> I weighed this morning, as I won't be able to tomorrow - and I have still managed to lose another pound this week. <BR> <BR> This is one aspect of healthy living that I will continue to work on - for health, for weight and for energy <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the lovely comments this week - much lay appreciated. <BR> . Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:08:40 EST Thursday, 7 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277726 Well, last night, I got too tired to bother with anything! <BR> I was even in bed and sound asleep before hubby got home! <BR> <BR> So we had some wine together with our dinner tonight instead <em>181</em> <BR> I can't make out properly what this emoticon is - but in general, looks to me like a couple of glasses of wine and the bottle! <BR> <BR> I haven't asked for support or help, but I've had plenty anyway. <BR> I think that recognising a problem and letting folk know about it is a bi... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:09:07 EST Wednesday, 6 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276168 Yes, I got up early and saw to the bins/trash, all by 8.00am. <BR> <BR> I decided that was too early for me, and went back to bed to listen to more of my story - woke up at 12.45pm <em>198</em> <BR> However, I then gave some attention to the dry skin on my feet. <BR> Then I got more stuff done this afternoon than I have for a while. Thank goodness for FlyLady - some of the basics get done, despite myself! <BR> <BR> Tonight, i'll have a couple of glasses of wine later on with my dinner.... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:48:57 EST Tuesday, 5 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274608 Today, I was up, dressed to the lace-up shoes, breakfasted and ready to go - all by 9.10am! <BR> I did have a headache this morning, but it eased off mostly, after I got outside. <BR> <BR> I haven't worn the lace-up footwear since about November, so definitely fighting back <em>104</em> <BR> I got to the meeting point for my lift just a minute before my friend arrived. Thank goodness, cos it was well cold out, this morning. <BR> <BR> The unfortunate thing was that, given my flu and pro... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:31:59 EST Monday, 4 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273082 I'm back home again. <BR> <BR> Got all the shopping and the odds and ends of luggage brought in, and put away. <BR> Started to prepare the dinner, and thought about a glass of wine. So I poured a glass of sparkling water and put in a big wedge of fresh lime. I'm still fancying a glass of wine, but instead, I phoned a friend and made arrangements with her for an early start tomorrow morning, and phoned another friend to arrange a lift. <BR> <BR> It may sound a bit naff, but it will work for... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:13:42 EST Sunday, 3 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271437 Well, dinner went well last night! <BR> <BR> The courses are all smaller than usual, because there are 6. So you come away feeling really well fed, but not bloated. Last night I had only 5 courses - the Mexican meatball and sauce were way too spicy for me, so I didn't force mysel. <BR> <BR> My best move, however, was to drink a glass of water between each glass of wine, rather than asking if there was any extra wine. <BR> Wine is to me what sweets & candies are to some folk. <BR> <BR> Ide... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:21:29 EST Saturday, 2 march 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269554 The current 5% challenge got off to a good start. <BR> <BR> I only managed to lose 1 lb, but most days I was eating 3 meals instead of just 2. So I obviously managed to do plenty of accountable exercise! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a night out too, but this may impact the dietary side of things. <BR> Hubby and I are going for an "international meal" which is a 6-course dinner with accompanying wine. <BR> Now to get in a bit more exercise today. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:16:14 EST Saturday, 2 march 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269553 The current 5% challenge got off to a good start. <BR> <BR> I only managed to lose 1 lb, but most days I was eating 3 meals instead of just 2. So I obviously managed to do plenty of accountable exercise! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a night out too, but this may impact the dietary side of things. <BR> Hubby and I are going for an "international meal" which is a 6-course dinner with accompanying wine. <BR> Now to get in a bit more exercise today. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:16:13 EST Thursday, 7 February 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241989 I had myself a major fun time in the kitchen today. <BR> <BR> I went through to make the dinner - my menu plan told me Tuna Pasta Bake. I wasn't too sure about it for tonight. <BR> So I started with the carbs - baby potatoes, to par-boil and fry. <BR> Then: Onions and Garlic - 3 big onions roughly chopped, and into a hot pan with a couple of tsps olive oil. And I just let that pan simmer on as low a heat as possible. A very wee bit of seasoning - a skoosh of maggi. A lid on top - vented to ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:19:22 EST Monday, 4 February 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237542 Tonight I made meatloaf. <BR> <BR> For some of you, especially those of you who know me, this may seem a rather simplistic statement. But, in fact, it is only the 2nd time in my life that I have made a meatloaf! <BR> The first time was a few years ago when we were having friends in for dinner - I decided to make a meatloaf as part of a sort of sit-down salad buffet. Unfortunately, I can't remember what I did, except that I think I used both pork mince and pork sausage meat. <BR> <BR> Today ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:30:08 EST Happy February! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233630 I've been struggling these past few weeks - a relapse to the lurgy I had after Christmas and over the New Year. <BR> Not that it ever cleared up completely, but I've been trying to get o with life, and maybe that's been the problem. If it was a virus, like a flu virus or whatever, then I have inadvertently overdone things along the way, hence the relapse. <BR> At least it was a worthwhile relapse - it's already taken me nearly a week to have enough voice to carry on a short conversation! <BR>... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:37:22 EST Saturday, 26 January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224544 A happy (belated) Burns Day to you all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Friday 25th, I did indeed attend a Burns Supper & Ceilidh! It's the first time in years, as I am not a lover of haggis. <BR> However, the Church had an open night, for members and for the community, and it was well attended. <BR> The ceilidh band was "Jiggered" who are apparently not just local or national, but international too, having had a number of gigs over in the US. I'm presuming they maybe did a wee tour one summer (or mor... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:34:10 EST Friday, 18 January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213373 I came across a notebook today, while getting on with this never-ending decluttering. <BR> <BR> Now, I don't stop when decluttering, though I sometimes slow down as I look through the stuff to decide whether to keep or to toss. The timer is set, and I usually manage to ignore distractions so I don't get side-tracked (thank you, Fly Lady). <BR> <BR> Today, I came to a full stop. <BR> The notebook was a diary of a weight-loss journey in 1986. <BR> A work colleague had been told by her doctor ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:34:14 EST Tuesday, 8 January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197553 I'm having major computer problems tonight - my iPad keeps telling me that i'm not connected to the internet. There has to be a problem somewhere, but hubby's not home yet from his Mum's (he was back up to take her to another hospital appointment yesterday). And no doubt by the time he gets home (maybe some time tomorrow) my iPad will have connected up again. <BR> <BR> So tonight, I'm with my old computer. it is old, and so it is slow. it is old, and so it can't do everything (as much as any... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:33:14 EST Saturday, 5th January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191978 2 things struck me, just in the past few minutes, and both have to do with living the Spark life. <BR> <BR> I've just been reading through posts. <BR> <BR> One came in from a team mate in one of the teams I belong to, subject: "What's for lunch today?" <BR> I posted that I'd had smoked salmon with lemon juice on a couple of rolls. I would have preferred these sandwiches with mayo, but I just decided to keep the mayo for another time when I reckoned it was "really necessary" as opposed to ju... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:16:03 EST 2nd January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186656 Well Happy New Year to one and all. <BR> <BR> My New Year was with hubby and his Mum, yet again. But we had our older son and his girl-friend with us this year. <BR> And we also had one of MIL's friends with us for the main meal on New Year's Day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:31:59 EST Saturday, 29 December 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180068 Not much time left for me to sign off as 2012! So I thought I'd take the opportunity <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just doing last odds and ends to be ready for the morning. I need to pack and get away by 11.00am at the latest. <BR> I'm also watching a programme about Freddie Mercury on TV. "Queen Live in Budapest: Hungarian Rhapsody" is about to start. My TV volume is turned up fairly loud. <BR> <BR> Note to self - thinking about my neighbours - I don't need to put a note through thir door... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:41:01 EST