MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MILLIE%2DMILOU MILLIE-MILOU'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/ The royal visit and the gym. Update on the Guitar job too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969330 Not at the same time. <BR> We got up by 8am and tidied, scrubbed, did laundry (someone had thrown up all over the sofa in the night <em>24</em> probably Toffee as he is the one that will eat all sorts of rubbish in the garden. He raids the compost heap from time to time. Dreadful dog. <BR> Dogs walked, stuff dropped off to our Debbie's and back home by 11. Finishing touches to the flat and ready for the potential swappers at noon. They said that they would be there around noon. At half pas... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:53:23 EST Black dogs and back ache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968744 No SW today. I messaged the leader lady on FB asking for a holiday pass as I couldn't stand up straight, let alone walk the mile to group. <BR> <BR> I managed to get my sorry backside out of bed at around noon today, my back was not happy at all and I've been bent over at about 90 degrees most of the day. I had a nice shower and managed to get a bit more upright. Upright enough to walk the dogs for an hour anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling very depressed at the moment too. My black dog has move... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:18:34 EST The day when we visited a potential flat swap property http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968155 It was very good! <BR> <BR> Firstly, I slept like a corpse last night. I nicked one of Kenns diazapam tablets, or whatever they are called. Naughty, I know but that's what the doc would give me for this horrible muscle thing - which is spreading now and I am fed up with it. It's what he gave me last time and that time before, hence nicking Kenns. Doc can't see me until the 11th August. Summer hols and they are busy. Good job that I don't think that I'm ill then. <BR> <BR> We drove off to Fe... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:57:07 EST I don't know what I've done but I wish that I hadn't done it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967496 I had the night from hell as I have pulled a chest muscle, under my left shoulder blade. I get sharp jags of pain that take my breath away. I was in bed for 8 hours but got about 3 hours of sleep. I've been dosed up on painkillers and have been nowhere near my bike, the gym or the pool. <BR> The dogs have been walked and I've managed an hour and 20 minutes over 3 sessions today. <BR> <BR> I've used my enforced rest time listing things on gumtree, as we have had a big muck out. I should have ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:41:09 EST Hmmm swimming on the bike anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966907 I managed to get Kenn off FB and on to his bike, after an enormous breakfast. We had gammon (all fat cut off), egg, baked beans, mushrooms and diced potato bits. Like slimming world chips but little squares instead. <BR> <BR> I needed 16.5 miles to meet my monthly target so I put a 15 mile route in front of Kenn and off we went. I had a plan, you see. Once we got to St Faiths, I asked if Kenn fancied an explore and then dived up a road to the right. Dead end, terminating at Norwich Aviation ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:13:12 EST The aftermath of the stormy night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966511 Work day today and a bit more walking than planned today. We had storms last night. Not just the one. The garden has a branch or two down, all our bird feeders were all over the place - 2 in the pond. We sorted the garden out before breakfast. <BR> I was all over the shop as I had a late night. I couldn't sleep as the wind was blowing a hoolie and the rain was lashing agains the window so I gave up and went in the office to play guitar instead. I needed a very big coffee and a nice shower to ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:41:13 EST Soggy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965967 My depression is nudging at me and I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning. I found myself encouraged out from under the duvet by 3 whinging dogs - Millie-dog was still sound akip in her bed, under 2 layers of duvet and her toy bunny (stolen from Toffee). <BR> I got up, fed the dogs and grabbed a coffee. I decided that a couple of bananas would do for breakfast, it was all that I could face really. <BR> <BR> I looked at the weather forecast and decided that I would ride my bike i... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:37:42 EST The putting up of shiny certificates. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964845 Slimming World weigh in today. I was convinced that I had gained as I felt really blobby yesterday. I totally failed to motivate my bum to the 9.30 meeting so went to the 11.30 meeting instead. Today is a day off so I had the day to myself so there was no pressure to do anything. <BR> At SW, I handed over my food diary to the lady who takes the money and then handed over my FIT log to the lady who does the weighing. I told her that it represented 4 weeks of working towards my Silver Award and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:52:04 EST MINIONS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964450 We went to the pics today, and used our Meerkat Movies thing for the first time ever. We went to see Minions at the noon showing. All the little darlings break up for the summer today so we reckoned, if we were going to watch the film that today would be the day. It was OK, fun but not as good as the Despicables IMO. <BR> <BR> Once home we made a quick phone call to SSE to return to them for our gas and electric as Utilita tell lies. They said that they would take over the £50 debt from cha... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:05:26 EST The day of the flattened boobies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963914 This morning was taken up with breast screening. I walked the mile or so to the hospital and breast screening unit and then back again. <BR> <BR> I didn't have to queue for long, just a 5 minute wait when I got there, I was early anyway, and back out again at 11.35. That's just 5 minutes after my appointment time. They were well on the ball in there today. Flattened boobies is not my idea of a fun time. I bet if that was the way that men got their bit checked that they would soon come up wit... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:28:36 EST Secret guitar lessons - Busted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963310 It was a nice day here and I spent the morning hoovering out the car and giving it an internal polish. It hums of dog, really horribly. I need a whole bunch of car fresheners in there, maybe some fabreze too. Now I think on, definitely some fabreze. <BR> <BR> Kenn mowed the back garden and we did some laundry. Fairly typical sunday morning stuff on non riding days. <BR> <BR> I got some guitar practice in after breakfast. Breakfast was brilliant. 2 Linda McCartney snorkers, spaghetti hoops, ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:44:05 EST A ride in the Buff* Other neckerchiefs are available. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962800 I cannot believe that he didn't know it before. Wet Buffs keep you cool! You have to wonder sometimes. I'm astonished that his Mother ever let him out alone. On hot days, I get my Buff, I wet it under the cold tap and have been known to put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer for an hour or so before wearing about my neck. Men eh? <BR> <BR> Today we had a wee bike ride. Brace yourself for wonky pics. I think that it's a photo orientation thing with SP, not with my iPhone camera (... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:55:09 EST The day that didn't go quite as planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962354 I woke with a monumental migraine at 4am, took some very pokey painkillers and woke again at 8am and took some more and went back to bed until 10. After that I had a shower and pottered about in a fragile sort of manner until about noon when Kenn came home from dialysis. <BR> I changed into 'wedding' clothes and discovered that my frock was vast. Heigh ho, I hid the baggy bits with a short sleeved cardi and put some proper shoes on. Before dressing, using a bit of tinted moisturiser and some... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:42:46 EST The sudden afternoon off day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961689 Well, I went off grooming this morning and then got a text from Leigh saying that he was knackered and wanted the afternoon off and can I come in tomorrow. Well, some of us have a wedding to go to so I can't. I told him, lets do it next week instead. <BR> I was home from work by a quarter to 12 and out on the bike, pressing the 'go' button on my Garmin at 12:17. Cycling in the sun, with slightly stiff legs from running yesterday. <BR> <BR> We headed off down the Marriotts, stopping at Halfor... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:12:40 EST The cyclist on the treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961306 I had to pop to my GP this morning for a blood pressure check. No idea why, they just asked me to pop by between 9.15 and 9.45, so I did and it was fine. While I was at it, I hopped on their scales, at the medical centre. 10st 8lbs. I asked if they were correct so nursey took me to the next office along and I hopped on those scales. 10st 8lbs, so I reckon that they were correct. <BR> Then off to Slimming World, a 15 minute walk tops. Straight to weigh in (Nothing eating in that 15 minutes, no... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:29:25 EST The Dragons in the Dusk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960826 Today was a bit of an odd day. More laundry as Millie-dog is a bit incontinent nowadays. I bleached my black jeans, after experimenting bleaching my old black denim shorts, very successfully. <BR> We got a good walk out with the hounds, in Wymondham, but my fitbit was on charge and I'd forgotten to put the thing back on so I have only done 9000 steps according to it. <BR> <BR> We got a nice ride in this evening. <BR> We rode down to the city and found half a dozen Dragons. Here is Kenn & I,... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:43:13 EST The laundry in the living room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960242 It rained today. Proper poured down. <BR> I looked at the dog blankets and thought, they need a wash. I washed the duvet cover and sheets too. I do them 2 or 3 times a week as Kenn is not the best shower-er in the world. My side of the bed is all clean and nice. His side is... Well, lets not dwell on the state of his side, shall we. <BR> <BR> I bleached my denim shorts. They used to be an old pair of sz 14 jeans that are too big, but I have no shorts, so I cut the legs off, somewhat, and use... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:44:41 EST The Great Dragon Hunt Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959665 Poor Rob, one of the guitar teachers at our place, has the lurgy so no lesson today. Heigh ho. There are lots of Sundays so no worries there. It was raining and grotty today, warm but wet, so we drove into the City and went to The Forum (Library building) and got a Go Go Dragons map, a pen and then went a-hunting. <BR> <BR> 43 Dragons later we are now home. Only 41 to go now. <BR> We have collected (photographically at least) all the indoor ones in the city apart from the dragon in John Lewi... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:31:53 EST The Meaning of Life ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/444022b2-4722-43b2-ba4a-a96b8a127bc1.jpg"> <BR> 42 Miles, 28 of them off road. There was cake - coffee cake as they only had one bit of carrot cake (part of 5 a day, natch) and I gave it to Kenn. Usual cake stop and we got a free coffee as the lady was chatting and decided 2 bits of cake must equate to 2 coffees. I said that we only wanted the one but happy to take the spare too but we didn't have the wherewithal to pay for it as only having a ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:21:50 EST The cake in the cafe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958691 Busy busy day today. <BR> Yesterday was spent sorting out CDs, working at the Guitar Academy in the afternoon and generally being miserable in the evening. No blog as the interweb was just too difficult to deal with, yesterday so thought I had better write one today. <BR> <BR> I walked the 3 miles into the city this morning, to get my hair cut and grab a few new tee shirts. Then I walked the 3 miles home. After a cup of tea and some milk & raspberries, we got the CX bikes off the rack and ga... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:09:00 EST The waiting in for stuff day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957517 Slimming World today. I was a bit late getting there as I had to wait for my Fitbit to arrive at it's timed delivery. I then belted down there like a mad thing and discovered that I had lost 1/2lb only. When I have days where cake is involved, I lose more. Back on the cake! <BR> <BR> No riding today as it's wet and horrible. I also had to wait for the new meters to be fitted somewhere between noon & 5pm. He turned up at about a quarter to 4 and got them done in good enough time for us to cat... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:19:55 EST The 'rain stopped cake' day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957062 It's a bit like 'rain stopped play' in cricket without the option of 'if wet in village hall' like village fetes have. It chucked it down and didn't brighten up until gone 5 and the cake selling cafe closes at 5 so no carrot cake. Brandi is totally right, carrots are speed food and I still maintain carrot cake is part of my 5 a day <em>246</em> Maybe not but burning 1100+ calories riding a bike is going to negate 300 calories of cakey loveliness. <BR> <BR> I had a wander around the city ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:32:49 EST The Busy-Bee in the Barn day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956489 I got up, not very bright and breezy, but up. Not feeling the love of the day in any way shape or form today. I got on my Garmin page and routed up a 'plan B' in case I didn't feel like 'Plan A'. There is a turning point at about 10 miles where I could go left for a 32er or right for a 25er. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99e0fca8-7d7c-48fb-bba1-1553849fdd48.jpg"> <BR> I went left and off to Frettenham where there was a humungous puddle that I snuck through as I couldn'... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:21:49 EST The spring clean in the middle of the summer day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955921 It was chucking it down with rain today so the cake ride was off. I didn't fancy 30 miles in the rain and mud. Instead we blitzed the flat, scrubbed the floors and generally had a good tidy up. I do keep the place tidy but every so often I blitz the place. Before hoovering, I clipped old Millie out and trimmed her nails, then I did the same for Poco-pup. I say pup, she's nearly 9 now, but she is the smallest. Neither of the girls are happy with me at the moment. <BR> <BR> The flat is positiv... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:55:37 EST The dog hair in the heat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955483 Busy day once again. 1 Cairn Terrier and 2 Springer Spaniels later I've managed to walk my own dogs, watch a very old Columbo (the one with Johnny Cash in) and get some guitar practice in. <BR> <BR> After work I had my second shower as I was covered in dog hair as it stuck to me as it's so pothery out. Even though we were up at 4am and watching the lightening play around the night sky/breaking dawn. The rain was very nice, my garden was pleased, but it's still close and sticky and every bit ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 17:00:18 EST The groomer in the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955041 Another no riding day today. <BR> It started off with one dog walk and ended up with 2 and a groom, plus fixing the car and making the printer work with my windows laptop. New drivers required, stupid thing. <BR> I haven't done much grooming lately, by choice I should add. It messes with my guitar playing as grooming is hard work on my poorly wrist. I did a couple of Springers earlier this week and today I did a walking client's Lhasa. It's bill week so always glad of the money. I have enough... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:02:08 EST The solo in the love song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954561 Day off cycling today. Anyway the forecast gave out rain and I don't do rain. I identify with my hounds and they loathe getting wet. The terriers will puddle hop for England though. It didn't rain it just got really pothery and sticky. Yukkidy yuk yuk. <BR> <BR> I had a rough night with cramp and the fact that it was so still and sticky so decided to work on a song that I've had in mind to learn for ages and not got around to. Leigh hates it, I love it. That's because I am 51 and bought it w... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 18:18:44 EST The Boil-in-the-bag Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953912 First things first. Slimming World, scored on the doors and 2lbs off. That's 1lb off that went on last week and a brand new 1lb off too. According to SW, I am 11st 3.5lbs. According to my correct scales, that makes me 10st 10.5lbs which sounds much nicer, does it not. <BR> <BR> I got my first Shiney as well <em>104</em> I got my Bronze Award for Body Magic. Or a badge for cycling as I like to think of it. I should have got it last week but the payment taking lady forgot. I am now starting... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:38 EST End of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953497 It was all work work work today. Springer spaniels everywhere I looked. <BR> I had a sit down and a coffee before venturing out on the bike. I rode one of my usual routes with a couple "oooh I wonder what's down this road" incidents to see where they went. <BR> <BR> Gorgeous evening to ride too. 15.36 miles in an hour and 7 minutes. That has put me a good 1/4 mile over my monthly target so happy with that. I'm 114 miles ahead of target for my annual distance too. <BR> <BR> We bought a micro... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:58:55 EST Monday Ride in the Rurals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952619 Early blogging today as I have got to go to the dentist and have a pesky, twisted tooth out. It is starting to damage the teeth either side as it's twisting so Jack (my dentist)is pulling the twisty one to save the ones either side. <BR> <BR> I was out on my bike at 10am and off. I have had my fitbit on charge since 7pm last night and it's managed 4 little lights in charge overnight. Fitbit say that it's got charging issues and they will swap it for me. Lovely job. In the meantime, I need it... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:57:00 EST Surprise sunday ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952323 It was raining this morning, so I did the sensible thing and pulled the duvet over my head and went back to sleep. Once up I had a nice flumpy morning, watching the rain and putting Christine, the Garmin back to factory settings as it's obviously having some sort of electronic nervous breakdown. <BR> <BR> At 2pm we went off next door to the joint birthday BBQ for Jody (Jaide's soon to be Husband) and their 4 year old daughter, Scarlet. There were thousands of kids running about. Jaide had c... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:02:01 EST Sunny Saturday pub crawl :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951797 Oh, ok, we went to 2 pubs. <BR> <BR> As the weather was so gorgeous, after a nice sausage (Linda McCartney) or 2, a poached egg and some beans for brekky, we got on our bikes and headed off for a ride. <BR> <BR> We had this ride all planned out and headed off to Norwich on the cycle path then out via Sprowston Road and across Mousehold Heath on the cycle path, through the Heartsease Estate (quickly as that's where I got assulted) and then off on the Plumstead Road and headed for Salhouse. A... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:29:48 EST This Girl Can!! This girl did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951460 I am just in the door from a lovely evening with Jaide, who lives next door, at the This Girl Can event at the University of East Anglia (or the UEA as it's known) Sportspark. Firstly, it's a heck of a complex, I had no idea how big and lovely it is. Secondly, we have been nowhere near a gym. <BR> <BR> Our timetable was as follows. <BR> 5.45 Show up <BR> 5.50 Sign up for classes and fill in a form <BR> 5.55 take our filled in forms and get our goodie bags (nice surprise there) <BR> 6.00 Go c... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:22:55 EST Thursday guitar day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950955 Nice day at work today. We chatted about the business and got some playing done. New jazz - Dave Brubeck, solo from a Mike Oldfield track, more E.J <em>26</em> & Beethoven's Fur Elise. <BR> <BR> I've got a problem with my acoustic. My Epiphone Dove seems to be really buzzy on any fret below about the 10th. I've' been playing Ken's Takamine instead. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the 'This Girl Can' event that the University Sportspark. I am going with my neighbour Jayde. A... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:02 EST Wednesday weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950207 1lb on at Slimming World- or staying the same at home. I am not convinced that SW's scales are bob on in any sense of the word. Heigh ho, who cares anyway as my 'George' (Asda) size 12 jeans fit perfectly well now anyway. My blue flowery jeans are getting bigger,as are my Florence & Fred (Tesco) size 12 jeans. They are bigger than the Asda jobs anyway. <BR> <BR> My fitbit has refused to charge so I am going to have to contact them. I don't have the money to replace it and it's only a couple ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:10:15 EST Midsummer bike riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948585 We got lost!! No, really we did. <BR> We thought that we would go down a road that we've never been down before and it brought us out on a road we knew. So later in the ride we did it again "I wonder where this road goes" we thought and rode down it. Very pretty it was too but it was leading us to the main road so we followed this other road that we didn't know and the road stopped and it became a bridle path, so we carried on along it, on our very expensive road bikes. <BR> <BR> We kept goi... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:29:22 EST Friday and walking under the moody blacky-grey clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947844 All walking today, well over 11,000 steps today. It was cold and breezy, more like the end of March than the middle of June. I had my fleece on and everything. I have done housework, dog walking, laundry and scrubbed the floorboards near the front door in an attempt to shift the smell of cat wee, left over from the previous tenant. I used half a thing of Zoflora today and I still haven't shifted the hum. <BR> <BR> I have been really eaty today. I've been nibbling on free food so lots of fat ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:52:07 EST Thursday is guitar day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947313 After a nice wander in the woods with the hounds, I went off to my guitar job only to find that Leigh didn't need me for another hour. Apparently he meant to text me but forgot. Ta, Leigh. <BR> I popped to see a friend around the corner for a wee while but didn't stay as friend has been very depressed lately. Sounds harsh but his home is a health hazard. I said that I was just popping by to say 'hi' but couldn't stay as I had to go to work. His kitchen is actually mouldy. I have discussed wit... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:56:09 EST Well today didn't go as planned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946683 The plan: <BR> 9.30 slimming world <BR> 11.00 bike ride and meet Ken as he comes out of dialysis <BR> 12.30 walk petal dog <BR> 1.15 pop to bank and pay cheque in <BR> 2pm long walk with our dogs. <BR> <BR> The reality: <BR> 1am start throwing up <BR> 2am continue throwing up <BR> 3am go to sleep <BR> 8am throw up some more <BR> 8.30 go back to bed <BR> 10.45 have a shower feeling ropey <BR> 11.45 arrive at Slimming World, feeling a bit pale and wobbly <BR> 11.55 weigh then go and find some ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:20:57 EST 30 mile bike ride in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946129 I wasn't sure about it this morning but we went. We rode 8 miles to a client's house and walked her dogs and then rode another 22 miles including riding all the way up - without stopping at all - a 17% hill for a good 3/4 mile. Yes, a 17%er in Norfolk. I was a bit shocked too. <BR> We stopped at Surlingham Post Office and drank some water, and ate an icecream each and then carried on riding. We've climbed well over 1000' on our bikes today, ridden just over 30 miles and walked for an hour and... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:14:28 EST New boots and a great short ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945383 Firstly the boots. Let's start with the important stuff. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dcf0d33-3592-4900-b538-73c9620dba03.JPG"> <BR> Gorgeous? Yes, I think that they are. Comfy too but they need a wee insole for perfection and I will pop to the shoe shop when I have been to the green dump with all my chopped down greenery. Then I will wear them. They are so gorgeous, I think that I might wear them to bed too. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I got a short ride in this morn... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:45:48 EST Sunday shower dodging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945015 It was pouring again this morning and I was hoping for a ride after having horrible dreams all night. I thought that it might clear my head a bit. I have been playing some stupid game instead, not having to think for a while was good. <BR> The rain stopped properly at about a quarter past 2 so we grabbed our bikes and got out for a ride. We headed off past the hospital and up to Little Melton and then off to Wymondham. We came home the direct route, down the main road. 18.43 miles today in 84... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:57:43 EST Saturday 13th June - Raining! Typical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944565 After a week of glorious weather, new job and no energy after walking about all day on pavements, today I could go for a ride. It rained. I mean it absolutely poured down. Our garden is a mudbath in the muddy bits and I can here the weeds growing as they soak up the water. <BR> <BR> We went to the City and ran a couple of errands but before leaving, I stayed glued to Ebay as a pair of cowboy boots that I had been watching had about 30 minutes to go. I put in what I was prepared to pay (incl... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:44:44 EST Friday is finally here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943823 Not at work yet. Waiting for the man to come and mend my pipe. No water means no shower! Kenn at dialysis so he can't stay in so here I am. <BR> <BR> Secretly, I am quite pleased about it. I got spat at on Wednesday and yelled at. Yelled at again yesterday too. People are just so rude. They answer the door, you say who you are and then they go off on one. Why they just don't say "no, I'm not interested" and then go back indoors, is beyond me. If they have that much rage inside them towards a... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:30:08 EST Weds 10th - Very tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943066 Day 3 of the new job and I am shattered. I haven't been anywhere near my beloved bike and barely walked my gorgeous dogs. My 10,000 steps a day have been no bother though. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was released into the wild on my own and got 3 new customers before calling it a day around 6pm but only one today. I remember why my parents didn't want me playing with kids from that estate now. The people who are nice are very nice and the rest are a mix between disgusting, revolting or just bloody... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:58:09 EST 2nd day of new job :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941881 Busy day again for me. <BR> I was due to be picked up, by my mentor, at 10.30 and he turned up at 11.45 and we stayed fairly locally to where I live, which was handy. I got a nice new customer. Tony got 2, as we were taking turns, then it was time for me to go off grooming. <BR> <BR> I am running my diary out and moving grooms to either Thursday mornings or Saturday mornings. Today is my last 'non Thursday or weekend' groom for a good while. I have a Wednesday one coming up, but I'll move he... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:18:57 EST Sunny Sunday and indoors on a course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941242 The loveliest Sunday for ages and I have a First Aid at Work course. I planned ahead though. I put my shorts over my lycra shorts and packed some flat plimmies and a tee-shirt in my wee yellow bag and rode the 3 miles to the office (2.98 actually but I did have to lug my bike into the lift and I'm sure from the end of the path to the lift must have been 0.02 miles) <BR> <BR> Once bike was safely locked in the office and I had non-lycra clothing on. I walked a couple of hundred yards for a co... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:24:37 EST Carrot Cake Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940691 That is all..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ..... Ok, we went for a quick ride on our bikes, up the Marriotts Way to Whitwell Station where the Carrot-Cakegate happened. It was an accident, I swear (about 10 syns for those who are interested). It was just there, when I went to order a coffee. Looking at me out of one of those glass cake hider-upper things on the chilled counter. All orange coloured with cream coloured frosting and teeny tiny crushed nut sprinkles. I felt s... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:29:40 EST Friday and first day of new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940310 What a busy day - again. <BR> <BR> I got up at 7 and pottered about a bit and then started to feel really ill so poddled off back to bed for an hour (I set an alarm). No sooner had I got under the duvet when a thunderclap went off in the sky and all the dogs dived under the duvet, damp as they had been outside when it happened. Joy. <BR> <BR> I got back up again, stripped the bed and put some laundry on - sheets and duvet cover quelle surprise. While I was up I hoovered the flat, mopped the... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:06:30 EST Thursday and lots of exercise today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939770 Up and about nice and early and got the tiniest bit of guitar practice in after showering, dog feeding, coffee drinking and stuffing my overnight oats for breakfast. We got out and walked the first customer's dogs a bit early which made us early for the 2nd lot of dogs so I was bang on time for my guitar school office job. <BR> I was just short of my 11,000 steps as we began to walk our own dogs after work. I got nearly to the end of the road before my fitbit went buzz-buzz-buzz and that was ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:37:05 EST