JACKSGRAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JACKSGRAN JACKSGRAN'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/ A quick post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638585 I would not have thought that a virus could be so devastating. We have had days of real worry. My DH picked up something - who knows where - and has been more ill than I want to consider. In the midst of everything my mother (nearly 96 and in a nursing home) went down with a very bad chest infection. <BR> <BR> I nearly lost them both. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day online, and was also the first day I have been able to go out without worry. It was raining - but not heavily, more like Apri... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:47:20 EST Hoping things are improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631038 Once again I'm dashing through. I've added my food and exercise on a couple of days - but I've broken my streaks hook line and sinker! <BR> <BR> DH is still not well, and my mother is poorly too. I'm struggling with a plateau, but am still doing my best. Stick with me, please, things can only get better. Today I'm starting a four week challenge to myself to break this plateau in spite of what is going on. <BR> <BR> Off to wipe brow and offer tlc. It's needed, Sparkeroonies, so I have to do... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:45:54 EST Dashing through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622446 The weather has continued to be stormy, and we've been told to expect loss of power tonight, so this is a quick post. We are fine, though, so don't worry about us, will be back tomorrow. It's just a nuisance. Where is all the rain hiding? It must be collecting somewhere..... <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards Sparkeroonies. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:43:19 EST Trees and a snowdrop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621545 What did you have for lunch? This is my current favourite salad of the moment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1129997871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spinach, rocket and my favourite - watercress, all served with a lovely juicy orange. <BR> <BR> Then it was time to put my boots on and and head for school. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432119457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a lovely day for a walk. In view of the recent rains I had expected th... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:27:19 EST Starting is so hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620240 I want you to think back. How long ago did you start with Spark? My start was on 1st June last year, the date is indelibly printed on my memory. It was the day I decided to change the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> What about you? 3 years? 3 months? 3 days? Maybe it's even 3 minutes. I've been amazed at the number of people joining Spark. Over 2000 have joined since yesterday! That really is amazing. It's those new members that I really want to reach today, but I'm hoping that the rest of you w... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:13:53 EST Well, there you go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619427 ... that wasn't so bad, was it? <BR> <BR> I see you liked my little spotty shoes, well I thought I'd better get back down to business, so to prove it - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116713951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> - here I am in my walking shoes! <BR> <BR> I tried to catch my shadow here, but was too late - except...... if you look hard you can catch a glimpse <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27501923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There weren't ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:35:00 EST Just in case http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618918 Do you remember me? <BR> <BR> Have you forgotten what I look like? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416576208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There! <BR> <BR> Is that better? You see in spite of a truly bad start to the year - just health and stuff - I am still here. <BR> <BR> See you tomorrow, or should I say - later today? After all, it's well after midnight here. <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies! Onwards and Upwards. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:48:35 EST Blue, splish, splash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607426 Well, of course, the day didn't go as planned, but I have managed to list my food - and here's a quick second post. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868116923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day. Until lunchtime that is! Rain is still a frequent visitor here, still heavy, intermittent, and, frankly, an unwelcome patter on the windows and roof. However, it does water the plants, and we won't complain once our land is again green and pleasant. <BR> <BR> <im... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:40:32 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606795 This isn't my blog post for the day, but I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all the lovely Sparkeroonies who have sent me messages during the last few weeks. I've really appreciated all your thoughts and prayers. It will take me a time to catch up with you all, but here's hoping that normal service has now been resumed! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>213</em> <em>247</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:12:18 EST How I have missed you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600391 Well, it's another late day, but I'm slightly further ahead than I have been over the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping that I can get all my photos to post and that Spark doesn't crash before I've finished. I'm guessing that lots of people have joined Spark in the last few weeks full of good intentions and that they are looking around for inspiration. At least we all know they will find it - as long as they keep looking. <BR> <BR> I've been here and there over the recent past! No two days ha... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:38:49 EST In passing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597331 It is quarter to midnight and this is the first chance I have had to Spark. I'm still sticking with it and no intention of giving up so please bear with me. As for a new habit , I have one to make! Watch this space. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:49:13 EST Hairnot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596186 Well, today took a very unexpected turn, but you will have to wait until the end to discover what happened. I'll begin with a few photographs just to show you what you missed when the internot didn't help. <BR> <BR> Firstly, did I show you what we were making on Monday? Here's a sample <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l869138107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next from Tuesday <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1014496948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:36:03 EST Internowt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595001 In certain parts of the UK 'nowt' means nothing. In other words today it isn't Internot but for some reason the whole thing crashed just as I'd finished my blog.... <BR> <BR> So once again it's internowt. So sorry, but I have a plan to do it tomorrow - and to copy and paste. <BR> <BR> Watch this space.... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:19:11 EST No pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593877 I promise I'll show you tomorrow but today there are no pictures because for some reason the internet link is too slow to upload. <BR> <BR> Back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile..... <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:51:15 EST Doesn't .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592610 Well, it's been a long day, but a very satisfying one. I came home covered in paint, but as I was wearing suitable clothes it didn't matter. DH had prepared supper so there was no cooking, but sadly I dropped the peppermill and have broken the top. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822106894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It no longer works, so tomorrow I will have to invest in a new one. <BR> <BR> I did manage a walk at lunchtime, but there was very little to photograph. <... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:42:16 EST Change of schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591395 It was meant to be a quiet week, but a phone call earlier today means that I'll be teaching a workshop tomorrow as a friend is too sick to do it. I wasn't prepared, obviously, so I've had to make some quick samples and write a lesson plan etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1143694894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is just a little sample to show you that I have been working. No time for a walk today but the workshop is close to some woodland so I'll make sure that I t... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:25:17 EST Hope Springs Eternal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590461 I'm blogging tonight to make one thing abundantly clear. <BR> <BR> The fact that I showed pictures of spring bulbs yesterday does not mean that I know, or even think, that we are over the 'hump' of winter. In fact, it meant exactly the opposite. <BR> <BR> Sadly much of the USA has been covered with cold snow and ice. That is always a warning to us in the UK. We know that it travels, relatively quickly, over here due to the ever faithful Gulf Stream. Consequently Blue Skies and Green Tips ar... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:05:01 EST From the ridiculous to the sublime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589469 I've written about our recent weather, rain and winds that were difficult for many in the UK causing bad floods. We have been safe, thankfully, and the last couple of days have been dry and sunny. <BR> <BR> There is always hope, though, and today the promise of spring brought more than a smile to my face. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213679834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These little bulbs are a welcome sight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:55:33 EST Tonight..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588389 .... I'm shattered! I've worked really hard and only just signed in (it's almost 11pm). I managed a quick walk, and here's the pic to prove it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169439964.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Off to enter my food - and the walk - and then off to bed. <BR> <BR> It was supposed to be calmer once Christmas was over but..... <BR> <BR> Never mind, Sparkeroonies, no complaints. Just Onwards - and Upwards! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:59:05 EST How to be late without really trying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587149 I was in such a rush when I last blogged that I forgot to tell you something. Yesterday was the last day of my 30 days of 10 mins before 10am. The time passed so quickly and I have to confess that it wasn't arduous because I had so much encouragement to succeed. Thanks to all the other members on the 30 days to break/make a habit message board. I can really recommend joining in each day if you want to deal with something - big or small. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:13:54 EST A quick step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585946 Can you hear the music? <BR> <BR> No? <BR> <BR> Hardly surprising - I don't mean THAT sort of quick-step! <BR> <BR> It was a very quick walk today. I almost ran out of time. This morning was busy beyond belief, and then it was time to meet grandson. Just as I was about to leave home the heavens opened and the most torrential rain poured down. The wind blew it hard against the side of the house and then hailstones fell, not for long, but long enough for me to decide that today was not a goo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:50:01 EST Dusk comes early in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584615 I've had a busy day, lots of orders to sort out. I'm not complaining - just stating a fact. That meant that a trip to the post office was required. Nowadays it isn't a drive, although it's far enough to qualify - it's a walk! And today DH suggested it! That really surprised me - but.... it was the second surprise I had! DH had a dental check up early this morning and HE CHOSE TO WALK! <BR> <BR> Now THAT is a breakthrough <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to the postal walk. By now it... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:04:42 EST Walking in the rain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583229 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002284341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It always pays to look up! It was really difficult to get this shot. I couldn't go closer - and if I moved backwards the view was blocked by a tree. However, I think you can see that it's a heron. Not sure what he was doing up there - the pond that used to be on that property has been filled in and our water feature is far too small for tasty fish. He surveyed the scene for quite some time and then flew away. <BR>... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:50:37 EST After dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581905 I toyed with Leslie Sansone this morning. If you read my activity feed you will already know that. I refrained, though, I was determined that a little bit of (torrential) dampness wouldn't dampen my enthusiasm! I followed a Spark video first thing - and then the day ran away with itself - as days sometimes do. <BR> <BR> It rained <BR> <BR> and rained <BR> <BR> and rained <BR> <BR> and then I couldn't wait any longer. So, I donned my shoes and my coat and opened the door. <BR> <BR> It st... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:01:53 EST You know you're a walker when.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580972 The rain was back last night and most of the morning. At some points it was really dark - almost like midnight. Everything was fine here, though and thankfully just before lunchtime the sun ame out and it was glorious. There were a few things to do that had been missed yesterday, so it was on with the walking shoes and off we had to go to see a few people. <BR> <BR> When we were finished we decided that we would head back along the same path as yesterday to see how things were doing. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:59:59 EST Up early.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579754 .... shoes on..... <BR> <BR> .... out for a walk after very heavy rain last night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097836673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day, but everything was in a haze. Each step was harder than the last, so I didn't go as far as I intended. <BR> <BR> Arrived home to realise I had a migraine. Wish I'd realised before I left home - how silly. It's taken all day to work its way through, I think it should be gone by the morning. <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:04:10 EST Hello 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577440 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463622990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What better way to start 2014 than with a SPARKler? <BR> <BR> We spent last evening with friends old and new. One has been a faithful friend for over 30 years and another we met for the first time. However, we were all united in a common cause, to celebrate our friendship and share the highs and lows of the last year. <BR> <BR> It has become a tradition for 10 of us to get together on New Year's eve for this purp... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:59:33 EST Goodbye 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576673 The day is dying - and so is the year. This picture was taken at the last minute of daylight <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648127814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The view from our back door as I closed and locked it for the last time this year. <BR> <BR> New Year greetings to all my lovely Sparkeroonies. Today has run away with me due to circumstances completely beyond my control, but all is well and I'll be back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards everyone, here's... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:33:33 EST Use them or lose them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575672 The year is nearing its end, and it looks as though it is going to be a stormy close. More rain overnight, once more with strong winds, but we aren't in danger. By lunchtime it was bright and sunny, but still a high wind. It's calmer now, and darkness has descended. <BR> <BR> Undaunted by the weather, however I steamed out to walk into town for some supplies. Just a short while ago I would have sent DH by car! Now we both walk, but today I walked on my own as he went swimming with the littl... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:10:59 EST Making the most of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574619 It was a beautiful day today. Cold and frosty - but with blue skies. It was perfect for a walk, so we wrapped up warmly and ventured into the nature reserve. <BR> <BR> The ground was a mix of sticky mud and frozen water <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581674313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apart from a number of other people who were also taking advantage of the weather, there were several wildfowl species visiting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:35:37 EST Dear Spark - Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573941 Now, the first thing I want to do is make it quite plain that I did not eat all the dessert that I mentioned yesterday! In fact, I didn't eat any!! It was made by request for the family party and shared between 16 people. So you see the portions really were small. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> However, I know that if I had wanted some I could have tasted it without having more than that - a taste and it would have been fine, because Spark has taught me that all things are good...... <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:56:03 EST Chocolate chips and 10 minutes a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573045 I was reminded that I haven't updated my progress of 30 days of 10 mins exercise for a while, so here we go. <BR> <BR> Yes! <BR> <BR> I'm currently on day 19! I even managed it on Christmas day <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So my first goal for the new year is to continue and make my 30 days. <BR> <BR> Now, I promised you the recipe for my decadent, but delicious, Chocolate trifle. <BR> <BR> Stage 1 - make a custard. Otherwise known as Creme Anglaise, this is usually made with eggs and mil... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:34:52 EST Goodnight from the chief cook and bottle washer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572449 It has all caught up with me! <BR> <BR> I'm shattered! <BR> <BR> I'm off to bed any minute. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Well! Having spent the day with our wonderful family - that's the WHOLE family - I don't know what was the most tiring. <BR> <BR> I've been....... air traffic controller, play kitchen maid, hairdresser and model, referee at table soccer, made invisible by a fairy and advised on a computer game of which I have no knowledge! I've also unwrapped presents, talked the hind ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:56:53 EST The reason for the season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571689 I'm hoping this link works. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=4Zh-yR0pbmU </link> <BR> <BR> I hope your day was filled with joy. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:08:29 EST A Walk with a Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571238 Last night it rained. <BR> <BR> And it rained and rained <BR> <BR> And then rained, rained and rained. <BR> <BR> Oh yes, it was windy too <BR> <BR> Gales <BR> <BR> Rain and Gales <BR> <BR> It was a bit scary, but we are safe. Others are not. Many are without electricity and as I write a major rescue is taking place in a nearby town as a main river has burst its banks. <BR> <BR> I could go on, but I think you get the gist. We had some damage in the garden, I'd show you but the picture... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:40:13 EST Just remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570600 I had a phone call today, completely out of the blue. My aunt has died. <BR> <BR> Although I was very fond of her it was a difficult relationship. She was married to my uncle, whom I love and see often, but they were divorced almost 60 years ago and she disappeared from our lives. It was many years later that my parents managed to contact her again, so from time to time I visited, but, as she lived over 300 miles away, mostly kept in touch via letters and the odd phone call. I last spoke to... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:58:45 EST Today I am being very wicked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569844 Did you immediately think of food? <BR> <BR> Well, you might be right, however...... <BR> <BR> I don't really think that what I'm making should really be classed as food. <BR> <BR> It's rather decadent, very rich, full of B A D ingredients <BR> <BR> But it is rather yummy (in small doses) and I've been asked to contribute one to a party. <BR> <BR> So...... <BR> <BR> ...... it would be churlish to refuse, don't you agree. <BR> <BR> I don't think it's healthy enough for me to share ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:20:50 EST If you are waiting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569433 ..... for secret santa - <BR> <BR> it will be finished tomorrow. I've left a couple of you a message on your page. Hope you will read it overnight. <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to bed - I've been on the go for hours. I need some sleep. <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. see you all tomorrow. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:07:42 EST Let me introduce you...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568840 I think it's time that I introduced you to the serious part of my equipment. <BR> <BR> My Bother Boots! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864378380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you did read that correctly - BOTHER boots. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because every time I put them on I say <BR> <BR> 'Oh BOTHER! I've forgotten my second pair of socks. <BR> <BR> One day I'll learn..................................... <em>24</em> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:22:35 EST Just a glimpse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568162 Today was hair-do day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137619678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The hair at the back is still pretty dark, but I have a 'halo' of grey. I actually don't mind that, but today I persuaded the hairdresser to throw a bit of colour here and there <BR> <BR> Onwards and Upwards Sparkeroonies. Back tomorrow with something far more interesting. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:05:30 EST Hunger Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567397 I've shown you our Rowan tree before. Here's an update <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664757829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930159625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1142619822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday (today) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106243423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The birds are Fieldfares -... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:50:12 EST As time goes by...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566640 It's almost the end of the year. 2013 is disappearing really fast, and there is nothing we can do about it! Time is the one thing over which we have no control. It passes and never returns. We can USE it thoughtfully, but we can't control it's passing. <BR> <BR> So, just a few days left and then we have to remember to add another year to the date when we write it. Apart from that - does anything else change? We go to bed at the end of one year and wake up in the next - but in reality tomorro... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:59:20 EST Hitchhiker's Anonymous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565873 Up early, and I danced to the Bee Gees. It was the only way I could fit my 'exercise before 10am and I have to admit that it wasn't a particularly pretty sight. However, I did it. <em>224</em> <BR> I've lost count of how many days I've done it so far, but I'm trying hard to fulfill the 30 days. <BR> <BR> Our destination today was further south, and the last Craft Show of the year. YES! THIS ONE REALLY IS THE LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!!!. It was such fun, lovely people, and..... <BR> <BR> B... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:29:22 EST The things I do for YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094590337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, this is the second post today. I posted a very important message this morning, and you can find it here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564650 </link> <BR> <BR> However, I determined, as I was writing it, (and yes, the picture was rather 'tongue in cheek' but the issue is real) that today there WOULD be a second as there were those amongst you that ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:01:33 EST Here's the proof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564650 This is an extra post, more, and just as serious, coming later. You may well have seen it elsewhere on the web, but I felt the need to share it here. <BR> <BR> We MUST take Global Warming seriously. At last there is positive proof <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135883230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pass the word. This is SERIOUS <em>198</em> <em>100</em> <em>211</em> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:57:35 EST Dyed, but not in heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564349 Sorry about the pun, but people often talk about dyeing and being in heaven. In fact, I know at least two shops that call themselves something like Dyed and gone to heaven. Well, today the title applied to me. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> <BR> Do you remember that a short while ago we had a storm here in the UK? It coincided with our visit from the builders, and because they were visiting we had to move and rearrange my outside dyeing space. Everything was fine until the wind came...... <... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:37:57 EST Dyed, but not in heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564348 Sorry about the pun, but people often talk about dyeing and being in heaven. In fact, I know at least two shops that call themselves something like Dyed and gone to heaven. Well, today the title applied to me. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> <BR> Do you remember that a short while ago we had a storm here in the UK? It coincided with our visit from the builders, and because they were visiting we had to move and rearrange my outside dyeing space. Everything was fine until the wind came...... <... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:37:57 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563775 Not with Spark, but I have to get something finished to go into the post...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697204419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nearly there, but it's going to be a close thing...... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:27:42 EST Another quick post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563033 I have a lot of catching up to do, but sadly it will have to wait until tomorrow. I've had a very busy day and still have things to finish. Please forgive me if I don't read your blogs and messages until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The day started early with a very fast 20 minute walk to an appointment. As I returned home the early grey sky was clearing and the sun beginning to shine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032477444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This little chap was wa... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:37:04 EST Do we strive for perfection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562254 After a series of bright and sunny mornings today dawned as a bit of a surprise <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256223320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the leaves lying on the ground gave no hint of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937748920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cold, damp and foggy. <BR> <BR> It was the sort of fog that hangs heavily on the trees and drips..... <BR> <BR> .... mostly down the back of the neck <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:08:08 EST