LEXIE63's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEXIE63 LEXIE63'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/ Singing in the rain - Eric & Ernie Style... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821455 I think we all need a little sunshine and laughter to offset this gloomy weather... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mDTn-QvO9I </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707460803.jpg"> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:23:04 EST Pink Team: Me and the Juggling Spy! *shhh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075451313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spy is just to the right of the streetlight. Sorry for poor quality. It didn't like my camera shot so I had to use my phone. <BR> <BR> As for my blogs... <BR> <BR> Normal service will soon be resumed. LOL <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>300</em> <em>366</em> <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291947478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:37:02 EST Pink Team Healthy Recipe Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811850 OK, I'll share my basic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe, as it is dead easy, and I consider it pretty healthy and balanced, with a decent quantity of veg in it, and none of the preservatives associated with ready meals. If you don't want to use tinned tomatoes, you can always buy some fresh and peel and chop them instead for this recipe. You may need to add a small amount of water and a squirt of tomato puree if so. <BR> <BR> I use: <BR> (makes 6 portions) <BR> Lamb mince - around 500g (I find l... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:42:13 EST One Year Goal Accomplished! Next Goal is.... *drum roll* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809377 <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did it! I walked with Leslie Sansone for 365 days straight! Every single day that I have been Fifty, I have walked at least one mile with her. <BR> <BR> EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1427805985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I need a new goal. <BR> <BR> Hmmm... <BR> <BR> Well, I plan to cont... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:51:25 EST So close to my goal I can see the finish line! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807972 Some of you may remember my blog last year about my plan to walk at least a mile a day with Leslie Sansone through my fiftieth year: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544939 </link> <BR> Well, this is the countdown... <BR> <BR> Today is Day 363 of 365. <BR> <BR> I walked my mile today, and if this cold bug doesn't conspire to get me, I only have two more miles to walk - 1 tomorrow and 1 on Sunday, to achieve my goal! <BR> <BR> It has ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:08:58 EST No. Way! Double-take time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780752 I've joked about this stuff before, but... <BR> <BR> Turns out, it is real! DIET water! You can't make this stuff up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053269170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world has gone mad! LOL <BR> <BR> What's the betting that they sell dehydrated water as well ... just add water and mix to desired consistency. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> In other news... <BR> <BR> While on the subject of drinks, Dr Pepper have cure... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:01:46 EST Should I do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778694 My older girl has two half marathon runs under her belt now, and is considering signing up for the 2015 Colchester half marathon next March. She knows I can't jog - it does my head in, but she has suggested I could walk it. <BR> <BR> The Fitbit is certainly encouraging me to get more steps in, but a half marathon is lots and lots of steps! <BR> <BR> So, any thoughts on this one? <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>366</em> <em>366</em> <em>366... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:28:43 EST Motivational Staircase... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778578 I would certainly use the stairs more if I could play on them like this. :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw </link> <BR> <BR> Have a terrific weekend! <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503169053.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997325190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362367908.jpg"> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:20:16 EST A Week With the Fitbit Zip and I'm in Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773482 I have had my Fitbit Zip for a week now, and I can already see a difference in my attitude to life. And I did not see this one coming! <BR> <BR> I have almost completely stopped sighing and griping when I have just sat down only to realise that Menopause Brain forgot something and I have to get up again to go get whatever it is. Instead, I think, “Oh good! Extra steps for ZippyDeeDooDah!” Which is usually followed by a silent – in my head – rendition of Zip A Dee Doo Dah as I go to fetch ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:35:13 EST A Cure for the Blehs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769736 When you wake up feeling icky and in pain for the fifth day in a row, you need some serious cute to get you up and running, and fortunately for me, a friend, sensing my pain, sent me this video: <BR> <BR> <link>cuteoverload.com/2014/08/21/its-summ<BR>ertime-you-feelin-lucky-pup/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think you will agree that it hits the spot. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252733912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:44:38 EST Fitbit Zip pressie to celebrate 300 Days of my Streak done! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769400 Woo to the Hoo! This is Day 300 of my Mile a Day with Leslie Sansone streak! It was touch and go yesterday, as I was feeling utterly rotten, but I managed it, and the streak lives on. Still feeling a bit under the weather, but not as bad as I was the last couple of days. <BR> <BR> To celebrate the 300 days I treated myself to a Fitbit Zip. I have been looking at various options for a while now, to replace the Nintendo DS Active Health game pedometer. It has served me well, but isn't rea... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:40:29 EST A Small Change that could help with calorie control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762650 I know - shocking isn't it? I'm being serious for a change. :-) Thing is, I need to remember this myself, so I'm hoping that writing it down not only helps me get it into my head, but that is may also help you. <BR> <BR> Portion control is an awesome tool for weight loss. <BR> <BR> But we still hit plateaus or find weight fluctuating, which can be quite frustrating. <BR> <BR> So I'm sharing something that I'm trying out to see if it makes a difference. <BR> <BR> I measure all my ingred... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:33:40 EST Whether the Weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761248 ...be fine, or whether the weather be foul, avoid getting a soaking, sunburn, or being struck by lightning by following my advice in this blog. <BR> <em>259</em> <BR> First, let me say that this blog comes courtesy of a little inspiration from NEW-CAZ's last blog, so if you are offended by my sales pitch, blame her! I'm just trying to boost her shares profits in weather gadgets. If I do a good enough job, maybe we can talk partnership, eh Caz? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So, ways t... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:25:43 EST The Further Adventures of Lexie and the Birds and the Biopsy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758427 The Hawks: <BR> <BR> Adventure Double Oh One – a subsidiary of Buyagift - are not going to be allowed to have my money. I cancelled the Bird of Prey experience with them, and I'm glad I did! The peeps at Castle Hedingham got back to me, and they've had no end of trouble with the Adventure 001 crowd that Buyagift arranged these bird of prey experiences through. <BR> <BR> Amongst other things, they had to cope with the Adventure 001 people rallying over the pristine castle lawns, doing han... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:04:42 EST Buyagift should be called buya-beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755841 OK, so Bry and I decided on a joint birthday treat. In January we bought a Three-hour Bird of Prey Experience through Buyagift.com, worth £50 each, planning to go with the local Castle Hedingham venue, so that we could also enjoy the castle grounds and have a pleasant lunch in beautiful surroundings. <BR> <BR> But by the time we could get a date sorted out, the Castle Hedingham venue was no longer available. <BR> <BR> Checks the rules of the website... Oh, terrific! Venues can change w... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:24:28 EST OMG! Look who Tara bumped into... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748082 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768393233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes! It's Olly Murs!!! <BR> <BR> Tara and her bestie, Charlotte, were in Game in Colchester, and Olly Murs was in there, shopping. He asked them if they wanted a photo with him, so, naturally, they said yes please! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:17:57 EST A Good Reason To Learn Yoga... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414154449.jpg"> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:14:12 EST Sharing Spark Guy's Latest Blog Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738587 ... he makes an excellent point. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738162 </link> <BR> <BR> He has been going through a tough time with his poor Mum being so ill, but his ten-minute exercise streaks have kept him going, even though he has had to start over several times this year. <BR> <BR> I feel the same way about my Mile with Leslie Sansone streak (currently day 254). I've been luckier than Spark Guy, in that I haven't missed a day ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:26:32 EST Writing about your fears can be cathartic, so I'm told. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733009 Writing about your fears can be cathartic, so I'm told. <BR> <BR> So here goes... <BR> <BR> Dental Phobics may want to skip this blog. <BR> <BR> Well, I still feel rather like Joe Bugner landed an uppercut on my lower right jawline. My mouth aches - is throbbing, actually - and I still have a doozy of a headache, but all in all I'm feeling reasonably human again. Got my mile with Leslie in this morning without feeling like I was going to pass out. <BR> <BR> Having a dental phobia is... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:11:24 EST Well, that was... um... irritating! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727149 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609252039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's better! Do love taking my medicine *happy sigh* <BR> <BR> The little things are sent to try us, it would seem. <BR> <BR> You see, I'd been waiting for weeks for these little discs designed to hold canes in place for runner beans, and they are days past their designated arrival date when I get a note through the door from the Royal Mail yesterday saying they can't deliver a parcel because of insufficien... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:26:59 EST Manhandled by GP! Un-freak-ing-believable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722010 I saw the not very pleasant GP as planned this morning, and for the third time I was kept waiting, then he told me I had more than one thing to talk about and should have had a double appointment (I told the receptionist it was to get results from my ECG AND from my blood tests, and she only booked me a single appointment) so I told him I didn't understand why they were separate issues, when they were both part of the same tests he ordered to rule out any underlying health issue and to make s... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:03:29 EST That Explains a Lot! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915996345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> That explains why I spend so much time on the loo when I'm stressed. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Costochondritis is baaaaaad today. Breathless, sharp chest pains, tight band around my body... all in all, not a lot of fun. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> However, one good thing this morning. I got a call from Health in Mind, and they have booked me in for my first phone consultation to get an idea of my... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:48:24 EST I am a published author! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720802 I'm officially published! I have written one of the articles in this book: <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Trilithon-Journal-A<BR>ncient-Druids-America/dp/069221156X/re<BR>f=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403125890&sr=8-1<BR>&keywords=Trilithon%3A+The+Journal+of+<BR>the+Ancient+Order+of+Druids+in+America<BR>%3A+Volume+I+%28Volume+1%29 </link> <BR> <BR> They even mention me by name at the bottom of the description. :-) <BR> I am soooo excited! <BR> <BR> It has given me a lovely boost to see the ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:45:25 EST Browser Home Page Pick-Me-Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716930 I rarely catch the news on TV, so I have my browser set to open on the BBC news website and that way I see what is happening in the world each day. <BR> <BR> However, I am beginning to think that all the negativity in the news stories is feeding my depression and fears, so I'd like you guys to suggest alternative pages for me to have as my browser home page. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking stuff that will give me a daily giggle to start my day, but spiritual/self-help/nature works too, so throw in... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:08:38 EST A Jigsaw Puzzle for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711787 A very quick puzzle for you to start your day: <BR> <BR> <link>www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=QIPED7D<BR>Q </link> <BR> <BR> Have a Fab Friday! <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>374</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1665606934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1964837384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206303962.jpg"> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:27:54 EST Winnie The Pooh is a star. :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709495 Winnie the Pooh has been named as the favourite children's book of the past 150 years, in a poll of more than 2,000 adults. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-art<BR>s-27664081 </link> <BR> <BR> I totally approve. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865190971.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Given the weather's penchant for changing in this country every five minutes, I'd kill myself if I tried following this workout: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:34:56 EST Pretty in Purple Fibreglass Cast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697601 This is my latest look after my visit to the fracture clinic. Bye bye plastercast, hello fibreglass: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210748378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't I look fashionable in my co-ordinating cast and t-shirt? Good to go for at least another 4 weeks, which will make seven weeks by then. *sigh* <BR> <BR> On the plus side, the cast is significantly lighter weight, and they gave me colour choices. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 18 May 2014 10:56:51 EST A six month streak and five hours in Casualty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686475 Today, I am celebrating being exactly halfway through my Mile A Day Walking With Leslie Sansone While I'm Fifty Years Old challenge. I did my six-month mile this morning, planning to do more after I got back from Casualty. However, I'll have to be content with the one mile today. <BR> <BR> Because... <BR> <BR> I had an appointment in Casualty for further x-rays of my wrist. Got there at 10.45 for an 11am appointment, was seen at 11.15am, was told didn't need further x-ray at this time as... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:51:11 EST I fell over a white line in the road... What the... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680272 ...and wound up in casualty! I mean, how do you do that? <BR> <BR> Minding my own business, crossing the road to get the the Chinese Takeaway, and suddenly I come into contact with a pothole disguised as a white line. I then realise the ground is getting awfully close, which is really weird, and I try to correct it, but only succeed in sprawling onto the street, fortunately no cars on that lane, apart from the parked one I think I may have made slight contact with on the way down. <BR> <B... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:24:32 EST One Bucket of Compost equals... Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678451 It is official! <BR> <BR> I am insane! <BR> <BR> I must be. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because I carried a full bucket of compost upstairs to weigh it on my bathroom scales. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because I wanted to know how much weight I've been humping from my front garden, through the house, and down to the bottom of my back garden. <BR> <BR> That's why. <BR> <BR> Do you want to know how much weight I've been humping from my front garden, through the house, and down to the botto... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:43:49 EST Berocca Day: Part Deux (eh Caz?) ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669517 Been a lively week of spring cleaning and now I'm going to have a lively weekend for Tara's 18th Birthday celebrations. To celebrate her last day as a seventeen year old, here are three of her fave You Tube videos for you. <BR> <BR> I think I'll have a Berocca Day as well. Thanks, Caz! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVwJl0oiRC4 </link> <BR> <BR> Then we'll have an OK GO Interlude: <BR> <BR> On Treadmills: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA </link> ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:21:27 EST Free Kindle Books AND Cheap Chocolate - What more can a girl ask? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376261539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is an awesome promotion if you have a kindle and enjoy fiction books. <BR> <BR> <link>www.galaxychocolate.co.uk/irresistib<BR>le-reads.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> You have to buy the individual portion bars to get the free books, but if you don't have a kindle, the larger bars are doing a 'Win a Kindle' promotion as well. <BR> <BR> This is a 'can't lose scenario' as far as I'm concerned. :-) <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:37:06 EST A Little Light Entertainment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657723 An Awesomely Amazing Animated Musical Interlude: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXNVbvFXyk </link> <BR> <BR> A Right Good UFO-based Giggle: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8ymgwnvdeM </link> <BR> <BR> You're welcome. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>276</em> <em>276</em> <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590028697.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l8435... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:19:12 EST Gross! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2086392578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That got your attention, didn't it! LOL <BR> <BR> I have reached Day 144 of my Mile A Day Walking with Leslie Sansone streak. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133490270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sorry to disappoint all you peeps who clicked on my blog expecting something grossier than a dozen dozen. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1179078... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:55:37 EST New Life Dog Rescue Online Auction - Boosting the Signal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606018 Hi all, <BR> <BR> My GOOEY is a real beauty this time: <BR> <BR> I have a friend in Cornwall (UK) who runs New Life Dog Rescue (this is NOT the dodgy rescue that Twinkle came from, I hasten to add). My lovely friend works tirelessly for dogs rescued from the pound and supports them until forever homes can be found. <BR> <BR> To raise some much needed funds, she has organised an online auction via Facebook, and the auction page is here, if anyone is interested: <BR> <BR> <link>www.faceb... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:17:37 EST Oh, this is so funny... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603561 Gooey, Giggle and Goal all in one today: <BR> <BR> Gooey at the memory, giggle at the clothes and goal at the plan to attempt again without a safety net. LOL <BR> <BR> You see... <BR> <BR> Many, many years ago I bought a Jane Fonda video of step aerobics and a step set. I loved that video - it was the first exercise gear I ever owned - and I worked at it religiously until I could eventually do the entire 45 minutes and follow it with the floor work at the end of the video. <BR> <BR> Fas... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:19:47 EST My 3 Gees. (including 2 GeeGees ;-) ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593774 GOOEY: <BR> <BR> Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. <BR> From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. <BR> <BR> Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing. <BR> <BR> If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:35:36 EST Flying through the air without a safety net. Thanks Tax Office, I don't think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592605 Gods! What a mess! Thanks to the tax office putting certain monies under the wrong category when I informed them of its arrival nearly a year ago I got billed for EEEK pounds and eek pence back in October. This, plus them stopping my tax credits as a result of the mis-file left me high and dry, but it wasn't until I rang the Child Benefit office last Thursday to ask why they had stopped paying Child Benefit to us that my answers to her questions set alarm bells off, and she transferred me ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:31:17 EST Gees and Yoga LOLs (just for Anne) ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588334 Paperwork!!! PAPERWORK!!! Can you still call it paperwork if it is online form filling? Ye gods, I'm sick of the sight of the stuff! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365081764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Missed blogging yesterday because I couldn't see straight by 9pm last night, and crawled into bed with a rotten headache. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625976647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the plus side, after two days o... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:50:11 EST Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Job Seekers I Go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585669 Ooops <BR> <BR> Oh well, I guess that it was inevitable that I'd miss a day of doing this from time to time, but how did I miss TWO? I guess all the paperwork and stress from joining the ranks of the jobseekers threw me off my stride. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1497038494.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> However, today I am back. <BR> <BR> Gooey. <BR> <BR> Yango – a long term foster dog with a wonderful temperament - finally has a forever home and is receiv... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:06:58 EST Short and sweet Gees tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582101 Suddenly realised it is bedtime and I hadn't Gooed, Giggled and Goaled today. <BR> <BR> Ooops! <BR> <BR> <BR> Gooey: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595109192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my favourite Jackdaw. I have a group of them as regular visitors to the garden, but this one stands out thanks to the unusual feature of a white feather in his plumage. Makes him very special, so when he pops into the garden for a feed I feel especially lucky. :-) <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:17:08 EST Oh Gee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580997 Gooey: <BR> <BR> Struggling with my three gees today. Unfortunately, I've had to close my business and am in the process of signing on for jobseeker's allowance. *sigh* Being self-employed was useful at first, as it allowed me to work from home and be here for Tara while she was struggling with her autistic tendencies and being homeschooled. However, it wasn't really ideal for me, especially as I wasn't really earning anything at it, so I'm hoping the job centre can get me fixed up with s... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:24:05 EST Three Gees, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579623 Gooey: <BR> <BR> Seeing the sunshine this morning. <BR> <BR> Given the wind and rain - all the storms we have had lately, one after another, it was lovely to walk into a calm and serene garden this morning and see the shadow of the Grove arch on the side fencing. :-) *happy sigh* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170137052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a shame that more horrible weather is on its way. The ground is so soggy that when we walk on the grass it squelch... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:02:24 EST A Gooey, A Goal, and a Giggle a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578030 This plan came from someone posting this pic on Facebook: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1276584232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have decided to make my Sparkpeople Blog my 'Good Things Jar' for 2014, because I am often typing away, but rarely writing with a pen and paper. <BR> <BR> <BR> New Year Resolutions? <BR> <BR> Not a fan of these, though the timing of the start to a new year does make a convenient time to take stock. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:16:10 EST Nice little Christmas pressie for one church... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571696 Sounds like they plan to do some good with it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-n<BR>orth-yorkshire-25505482 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all enjoying Christmas. Ours is quiet. It seems that our whole family has decided not to travel and keep Christmas small and quiet (or quietly noisy in the case of my brother and his kids) this year. Nice. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l975119670.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My brother is fee... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:27:41 EST Storm Last Night Causes Lack of Zzzzz... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570962 Considering the storms yesterday and overnight meant that I didn't get to sleep until after 5am, and was up again just after 7am, (yep, all of two hours sleep) it was a miracle that I did three miles with Leslie Sansone, but... <BR> <BR> Drumroll please... <BR> <em>339</em> <em>339</em> <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> I did them! I did the first three miles of this collection: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkMCetgP6oY </link> <BR> <BR> It is an advanced 5 miles. Mile 1 us... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:44:16 EST The Start of the Winter Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568470 The view from my garden of the Sunrise on this, the first dawn of the three day Winter Solstice. Taken this morning because if the weather forecast is correct, it won't be visible tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753794753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Solstice literally means 'Sun Stands Still'. For a few days around the time of the winter solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky in that its elevation at noon does not seem to change. <BR> <BR> The wint... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:10:53 EST A Cornish Christmas, um... Poem. ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567795 Borrowed and slightly edited (to avoid the Sparkpeople censors) from friends on Facebook <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l127807454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the first day of Christmas, my true love said to me, <BR> I've bought a big fresh turkey, and a proper Christmas tree. <BR> On the second day of Christmas, much laughter could be heard, <BR> As we tucked into our turkey, a most delicious bird. <BR> On the third day of Christmas, came the people from next door, <BR... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:57:35 EST So far, So Good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566630 Monday was an Upper day, and I fancied a little boxing, so... <BR> <BR> I walked this 20 minute 1 mile easy walk with Leslie to warm up <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkDYbmc1xz4 </link> <BR> <BR> and then I did this 40 minute Shadowboxer Knockout Body Extreme workout <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhlReQeymEA&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> That took me well over 6000 steps, and I topped up with half an hour of Just Dance 2014, followed by 25 minutes of S... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:34:59 EST 10,000 Steps a Day or Bust! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565416 I got on the scales on Saturday, peered, squinting, at the numbers, and was shocked to see 13 stone 6 1/2 lbs staring back at me! How dare it say that! This means I am only a stone down from where I started all that way back! *sigh* <BR> <BR> No wonder I've been claiming that my jeans have shrunk in the wash! All of them! LOL <BR> <BR> So I reset my Active Health pedometer from 8,800 steps to 10,000. I plan for at least 45 mins to an hour each day to be 'real' exercise - Leslie Sanson... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:36:22 EST