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/ New shift rota so today is my day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226279 Well, that was unexpected. I looked at the shift rota yesterday, to photograph it so that I can see where I'm working through the week, and today is a day off and so is Saturday (our least busy day, believe it or not). I have to say, that I was rather pleased. <BR> Yesterday was 19,500 steps and today I've made it as far as the sofa so up to about 12 so far <em>20</em> <BR> I was swapped to a different ride yesterday as one of the lasses was a bit poorly, so I was back up on Raging, the d... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:57:49 EST Saturday sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225479 Working today, in the sunshine. <BR> Started off on the big swinging ship ride, which is at the end of the park so I was opened early and then sat and read my book for a good 40 minutes before anyone made it down to me. Then it was steady until lunch. In the afternoon it was 4 1/4 hours of lugging the dinghy boats on to ramps and off the up ramp for people to slide down the water slides on. It's hard work that. I ache a bit now. Nice easy day tomorrow though, unless I get moved around, as som... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:48:45 EST 19,000 steps during a beautiful day, here in Cornwall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225011 We have new wristband rules. Plain orange wristbands with nothing written on them are for disabled riders and their carers. Orange bands with a date on are campers, small orange wristbands for small children have their height written on to save us measuring all the time and also have their parent's mobile phone number on them in case they get lost. I reckon that our boss has bugged the staff room as she addressed all our issues. We are the only department that has to contend with all of this.... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:01:12 EST Only 17,000 steps today. A slow work day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224417 Back to work this morning. We had a false start as we got out of town and I realised that I had my white trainers on, instead of my black ones. Uniform is for black shoes/trainers. <BR> I started the day on Pony Express - horses (large rocking horse sized) that go along a monorail and sort of nod along as they go, doing the occasional, random, whinnie. They have little western saddles on. I worked that ride for the morning, not much walking as it's about 5 steps back and forth, which add up ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:28:39 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223858 My laptop died on me. It has been in the shop for over a week, cost me £120 which was all my bonus and some of my savings. Bloody thing. I have gone right off it so Kenn now has it and I have got his laptop. I got it today. <BR> I have cleared all his history on account of 3/4 of it being something I do not want on my browser, thank you very much. I guess I now know why he's no longer interested in me. <BR> <BR> Work has been good. I've been working 6 day weeks, which is fine. Today is my d... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:51:17 EST Riding riding riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216910 Finally got out on our bikes last night. 8 and a bit miles just up to Nanstallon and back and then came home and watched the Track cycling at the Olympics. <BR> This morning I got a good 12 and a bit miles in before breakfast and then cleared off to work and leaped about working the Ferris Wheel until 2pm and then after my 30 minute lunch break, had that octopus shaped bouncing dinosaur ride for 3 hours and then came home and grabbed a couple of bagels for tea and then got my bike out again a... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:06:20 EST I think I might have done more running about than ever before! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214991 Today I worked on the carousel, which is our vintage ride, built in 1946. It needs a good old tarting up but it'll get a big refurb over the winter months and will come out in Spring all fabby and spangly. In the meantime, I think its a nice nostalgia ride and the kids seem to like it. It's hard to do too much interaction on it too, but I'll work something out. <BR> <BR> This afternoon was Viking, the boat ride again. We had a blast. The park was really full as we had Leonardo and Raffaelle ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:09:27 EST Work out at work today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214442 Having mentioned Trip Advisor yesterday, I've had 2 mentions, as Brandi noticed. Very pleased and got a nice 'chat' with management in the lunch room about how well I was doing etc. It all helps towards being asked back next year, does Trip Advisor mentions. It's not a case of getting more than anyone, but if we are liked regularly, it's noticed and might well ultimately end in a permanent contract if they get planning permission for the chalets and all year round holiday lets and Spa thingy.... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:36:47 EST So much for the bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213784 The plan for today was to walk the dogs. Check. <BR> Make some Owl earrings for a friend. Got as far as getting my pliers out and the phone rang and it was Tam, from work. Would I go in. I said that I would but as Kenn is already there and has the car, I'm a bit stuffed. She said she'd send someone and I said that I'd wait at Lidl and meet them there. <BR> They sent lovely Gareth and I was on a ride by around 11am. Dizzy Dina, the bouncing octopus style roundabout in the morning, teacups in ... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 14:15:49 EST Only walking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213374 Slowest internet in the world here today. I can see the infinity box from here as well. <BR> <BR> Today, was hot and Kenn didn't want to ride as it would make him too thirsty. As he's only allowed 650ml of fluid a day, I could see his point. I went off to the Creation Christian Festival and had a wander about, looked at the stalls, had a cup of tea, went to a seminar and came home. It was OK I guess, it's there all week. I might go again through the week and see if it's any livelier. Lots of... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 17:51:17 EST Exercise finally happened today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212312 I dropped Kenn off for his first day at work, after dog walking. Millie didn't want to go far and had very slow paws on today. <BR> After I had got home, after dropping Kenn off, I went next door and asked if she fancied a dog walk and a spot of lunch. She did, so we bundled Toffee on to her back seat and cleared off to the Snails Pace Cafe, ate a salad and drank a pot of tea and then walked for a good hour or so, not wonderfully quickly as my neighbour is 70 so has ceased sprinting up the th... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 17:55:58 EST Not exercised today yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211575 Very dull sort of admin day today. <BR> I have had 2 hours on the phone with some folks that are helping with our finances, with Kenn on benefits and my part time work. They needed to know that I'd gone up to full time etc. I was on hold with them forever, but they are helping me and it's an 0800 number so it's all good. I just stuck the phone on speaker and got on with making pea soup for lunch and playing guitar without the amp so that I could hear the hold music. <BR> I tried to ring the ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:31:57 EST Wet start to the month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210550 My waterproofs are not that waterproof, as it turns out. They leak, at the elbows. <BR> Today I learned to operate the Raging Rapids ride - blow up dinghies that go down a large slide. Here is one, it's nice and high that. Nice view for the morning too. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a00ed38-c873-4fc2-91e9-176817c3273a.jpg"> <BR> Here is a rider's eye view <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edec380c-507f-43df-80ad-399701d32ea4.jpg"> <BR> This one is ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:52:49 EST Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209849 The highlight of my day was a 30 minute dog walk and a nice hot shower. My back aches and my plantar fascitis is playing up so I took my own advice about resting a sore back and rested the dang thing. Feeling much better than I was this morning. <BR> <BR> I am learning the Raging Rapids ride tomorrow at work. That's a big water slide that you go down on a rubber dinghy kind of thing. In the afternoon, I'll be working the log flume ride. Not so much of the bending about so that will be fine. ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:40:44 EST Today was my day off! Really it WAS (note the past tense) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209305 The morning started all normal enough. Dog walking and serial shoe polishing as I got Kenn to give his hiking boots a polish. He was going to wear his black shoes but I said that they didn't go with his brown hiking trousers (we cannot find his smart trousers, shirts, shorts or my shorts and summer tops anywhere). I got him a new polo shirt last night and he looked very presentable. <BR> Weather was a bit changeable so I put jeans on, regular white and purple trainers and a tee. We got to Cam... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:15:24 EST Simulator day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208842 Brilliant day today. 15,000 steps including 2 quick walks with the dogs. Kenn took the dogs for a walk, after I had left for work. I just whizzed them around the block at 7am and then again at about a quarter to 6 this evening. <BR> <BR> I love the 5D simulator ride. Redbeard's Rapids, it's called and simulates a water flume that goes off down a big drain and into a canal where pirates live. Anacondas live there too. There are fighting pirates, skeleton pirates, piranhas, big kraken thingie ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:42:37 EST Walking and bike riding in the rain today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208333 I got a phone call today, at around a quarter to 10 this morning. Can I come into work, they've had 2 people call in sick and we have a new starter. 'Sure' I said, 'give me half an hour or so, I need a shower and I'll be right along'. I got there, discovered new uniform for me, so I have 2 new polo shirts, a new sweatshirt, a new jacket so now I only need a raincoat and I'm sorted. I got my new hat on Monday. <BR> <BR> Today I worked on the same rides as Friday, in the drizzle. Amazing how m... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:56:46 EST Monday!! not moving off the sofa tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206506 Work today. <BR> I was in an area called Swampy & Dina's land, it's got some soft play areas and 5 rides for smaller kids. I worked Swampy's Drop - a vertical drop ride, all of about 12' high - in the morning then Swampy's Sky Ride - a 5 car ferris wheel. <BR> We are tasked with adding excitement to every ride we work on. Easier said than done on some rides. On the big rides, excitement takes care of itself, on the rides for the younger kids, a bit of work is necessary. Lass I work with, fro... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:00:32 EST Riding to the coffee place and back to watch Le Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205424 I was as stiff as a board this morning. Pulling those seat bars up and down for 3 1/2 hours yesterday afternoon was better than any upper body gym workout. My word! I ache in places that I didn't know I had. Hips ache too, all that walking about and rushing up and down. <BR> <BR> We got a quick ride in today, 23.75 miles, to the coffee place for a cuppa and back to sit on the sofa and watch the penultimate stage of Le Tour - very exciting. I had2 big mugs of SW Pea and mint soup to go with i... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:53:30 EST I am shattered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204926 20,000 steps with dog walking and work (I didn't take my phone for the early walk either) and my phone app counted all my steps for me. Clever little thing that it is. Much better than my old iPhone 4, which Kenn now has. I promised myself, that if I got this job, that I'd treat myself to a second hand iPhone 5s and yesterday I found one about 40 miles from here, for £80, which is dirt cheap for one in excellent condition and unlocked. It's lovely and I love it. Love the fitness app too. My f... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:13:14 EST Bit of a catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203798 Saturday was a good day, we went to Bodmin and found a Milletts and bought some black hiking trousers, Peter Storm ones that have zipped legs so I can have them as proper trousers, 3/4 lengths or full on shorts. Best use of £33 I reckon as they are so versatile. Also, hiking trousers wick well and dry really fast for when I inevitably get caught in some rain. This is the UK, after all. <BR> <BR> Sunday was riding and 36 miles later, some dog walking. <BR> Monday was my first day at work, in ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:01:40 EST My dentist is gorgeous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200872 Dear Lord! My dentist is as hot as a hot thing! Phwoor. Going back on the 9th of September to have that tooth pulled. It's impacted and a bit horrible. It's been like that for a year but hasn't hurt. It's not hurting today either but it does have it's moments. Kind of not dreading it now as dentist is serious eye candy. <BR> <BR> On the way back, while I was driving around the twisty, hilly Cornish roads my phone rang. Just when I couldn't answer it. Typical. I gave the number a ring when I ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:09 EST Interview and bike ride day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200501 We just did dog walking this morning, then it was shower, ironing my nice top and then off to the interview. I was very happy that my clothes still fit perfectly well, as I've been feeling much fatter lately. Must be more in my head than I thought. Lycra is still not a great look at the mo though. <BR> <BR> Interview was interesting. Lassie who interviewed me must have been all of 12 years old. She's been there 6 years and is head of Games & Rides department. Kind of mixed messages from her.... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:39:27 EST Lots of walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199297 Today was our free trip to Camel Creek park today. It's for kids really. Under 15 year olds are the best part of £20 to go into, adults are half of that cost. As I said, we had a freebie. <BR> We might have gone down some slides, over scramble nets, crawled through tunnels and generally acted like 10 year olds a bit. We had 2 goes on the 3D pirate film interactive experience thing, walked around the lake, stroked all the ponies, shire horses, looked at the llamas (respectful distance, those t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:13:45 EST Having a slightly flumpy day after 10+ hours of driving yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198499 Yesterday started well. Over 90 minutes walking up the trail with Toffee, mostly off lead, once we'd passed the flyover bridge. Not too many people are on the trail at 7am on a Sunday morning, so it's lovely. Toffee trotted about, occasionally dashing off to traumatise a sweet wrapper or some monster that the thought that he'd seen and that turned out to be a twig. Bit of a daftie, is Toff. I'd left Kenn in bed and Millie was still dead to the world in her comfy bed, so I left them to it. <BR... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:02:51 EST Riding in the rain and flat tidying (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197670 With all this flat tidying, all you lovely Sparkies must think that I am either the filthiest person on the planet or really OCD. I am neither really. Today a couple came to view our flat, on behalf of the lasses Dad, who is someone Kenn knows from way back when. Used to be good friends back in the day. Long before I came on the scene. Anyway. The daughter is very sensible and thinks that this is a cracker of a flat. She's right. It is. I showed her all the communal laundry lines, the back ga... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:27:43 EST Pea soup is my go to food now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197114 I love pea soup, from the trusty Slimming World recipe book. Tonight I added finely chopped up, left over ham and some mint from the garden. 2 big mugs worth and it was delicious. <BR> <BR> I got a nice 23 mile ride in yesterday and a nice 12 mile ride tonight. We rode a good 23 miles on Tuesday and I got a nice 11 mile ride in over the weekend too. The whole hill thing around here is putting me right off riding. I cannot climb for toffee and my knees are complaining hugely. <BR> <BR> Kenn'... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:49:08 EST Big ride today. Battling the wind burns more calories, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193113 After dog walking today, I flumped about for a couple of hours, before kicking myself up the backside and getting my bike out and off for a ride. I planned about 10 miles or so, but got to the Wenfordbride turning and thought 'why not' and headed up to the Snails Pace for a cup of tea. The BBC gave out fine weather for today. They lie. Big fat hairy lies at that. At about the 9 mile mark, it tipped it down with rain. I had my first indoor cuppa at the Snails today. I waited until the heavy sh... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:36:23 EST Last day of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192551 We got the shortest bike ride ever, in tonight. Between showers, in the wind and a bit slow. <BR> I've not ridden since 24th or so, which was around 12 miles on the roadie, since then I've just not been feeling the love. The thought of all that climbing or riding the same old route as usual was just filling me with feelings of bleugh and I just couldn't motivate myself. <BR> Toffee's longer walks have changed a bit, there is a herd of cattle in the big field. They were moved out this morning ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:29:03 EST Just walking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190672 Although it was a nice day, my sciatica is playing up a smidge so walking was the thing to do. I got more than 20 minutes in this morning. I had 2 x 20 minute walks and then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon talking to various council departments and the council tax payments are right and out of our reach long term. <BR> Kenn managed to organise hospital transport for his Plymouth clinic on Wednesday followed by dialysis so he'll be collected at 7.30am from here then collected... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:49 EST Strange sort of day and an evening ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189011 Woke up to the 'leave' news. Right oh. Politics is going to get interesting. I doubt that the world will stop spinning and I doubt that England will spontaneously combust. Anyway, Norway and Switzerland are not EU members and they do OK. <BR> <BR> The post came and our flat has been reassessed as a Band B property for Council Tax. All council properties are a minimum of Band B now, the woman told me when I called in a panic as our Coucil Tax has quadrupled. I spoke to several people and had ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:56:57 EST Walking, voting and bike riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188371 Today was voting day so we got that done and dusted, nice and early. Pencils (hard and not black ones) were in the booths. I hadn't taken a pen with me, rookie mistake, so I spent an age making sure that my cross could be seen. I was less than impressed with a pencil to mark a ballot sheet. The words 'cheating', 'pencil rubber' & 'rigged vote' came to mind. I'm sure that you must all think that I don't trust the government, well, you'd be right. A bigger bunch of self serving, lying, connivin... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:18:21 EST Quiet day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187734 Kenn was away to Plymouth for tests today so I walked the hounds before breakfast and then discovered that I'd forgotten to do my overnight oats. I really fancied them too, so I did them and put the jar into the fridge and had overnight oats for afternoon tea instead. <BR> <BR> SW wise, I had a good day. 2 shortish walks with the dogs and the rest of the day reading and catching up on a bit of mail etc. It was tipping it down outside so no bike riding. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure what time Kenn... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:11:28 EST The July Metric Half Century Ride Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186468 It poured all yesterday afternoon and evening and all morning today as well. I got very wet, out with the dogs this morning so a morning ride was never going to happen. I did housey things instead, having waved Kenn off to dialysis. <BR> After lunch (SW chilli with mashed potato) the weather cleared so I got Eric down from his bike rack and got going. I was kind of planning 8 - 10 miles or so, having not really been enjoying riding lately. I rode with a chap on another Planet X CX bike until ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:36:15 EST Walking in the rain, soggy dog and muddy trainers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185653 Kenn was asleep this morning, Millie too. I grabbed my clothes and dressed in the bathroom - really quietly - and snuck out of the door with Toffee. He's my little shadow so he followed me out of the bedroom. I can't do anything in peace, Toffee is always there. <BR> We got out for a good hour and walked down the Camel Trail for over a mile, then back as there were a bunch of dogs coming towards us and Toff is not that user friendly. We turned off the track and walked up to Treraven Farm on t... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:49:12 EST Day off - anyway, it's raining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180256 Millie-dog is asleep, on my legs and I don't want to disturb my old girl. My right foot is definitely aware of her being there, I could do with a trip to the loo and I really want a cup of tea. Mustn't disturb my sleeping 19 year old though. She too precious to make her jump at her time of life. <BR> <BR> The night before last was boiling and I got no sleep. I got up after a while and made a cuppa and played guitar (not plugged in to an amp) most of the night. At 6am, I was out for 90 minute... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:37:58 EST Another bike ride tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178471 Today was roasting hot. The dogs were walked early before the heat got up, then it was bill paying, shopping (new innertubes x 4, plants, 120 litres of multi purpose compost, wild bird food - amazed the little stuffers can still fly, the amount they eat). <BR> We rode at around 7, just 11 and a bit miles over 55 minutes, so nice and slow as befits a hot evening. We had planned to ride to Padstow, up the hill and out of the town and then follow the road back to Wadebridge - not turning off to ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:14:46 EST 1st ride of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177811 I know that it's shocking that this is the first day that I have got out. <BR> The hills and the narrow roads with huge, high hedges are really depressing me. I'm not that great at the best of times and the thought of riding the Camel Trail again is beyond the pale. Today, I got my very expensive, lightweight, carbon fibre roadbike down off his rack and took him out - up the boring trail to Padstow and back. <BR> I have downloaded a new album today (can't afford it but I can save back a tenn... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 18:54:41 EST Last day of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173910 27 miles and 3 punctures. One was a dodgy innertube, by the way that the hole looks. It looks like it was faulty. <BR> I rode from home to Bodmin, popped to the bank and then back to the cafe turning, then headed off to Wenfordbridge for a coffee. We spent a happy 20 minutes watching a juvenile robin hopping about, eating cake crumbs. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c63539e2-0d52-46e4-befb-ef5c0d0a2334.JPG"> <BR> We managed to get home with no punctures, so pleased about that.... Tue, 31 May 2016 17:31:14 EST Riding in the sun again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172596 I rode a good 23.8 miles in the sun today, 16 yesterday and 35 the other day, so I've been riding. <BR> I had a doctors appointment on Wednesday morning. Very unimpressed with the doc. He seemed to think, after reading my notes, that I was 62. I corrected him and said that I am, in fact, 52 but he just shut me down. Apparently my dizzy spells are in my head and to come back if they get worse, but they won't as it's just me being post-menopausal and wanting some attention as I'm a 62 year old ... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:08:48 EST Lovely sunny day and not much done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168975 I had a lot planned for today. Bike ride, decent walk with Toffee dog, jewellery making, bit of gardening, laundry, that sort of thing. However after putting out the laundry and doing the washing up, my neighbour popped around and asked if I had anything needing to go to the dump as she was going up there with a half empty car. I didn't have but said I'd go and give her a hand to empty the car. She's 70 and has had a heart attack in the past, so I don't think that she should be hefting stuff ... Mon, 23 May 2016 17:45:43 EST Back from a lovely dog walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168103 Yesterday was a total write-off of a day. A migraine, hot and cold sweats and general lurginess kept me tucked under the duvet. I did make it to the living room and did some more sleeping on the sofa, with my Jack Russell. I surfaced at around half past 2 and raised the energy to watch a Columbo and then snoozed some more. <BR> <BR> This morning, I had another migraine but it's now gone and I'm feeling a whole lot better all round. I have just been out for a 3 mile walk with Toffee dog and e... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:36:38 EST Still look like a toad but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166965 ...... the postman arrived with some little Tibetan silver owl charms. 30 of them to be precise. I noticed that the outer polythene envelope had air holes in it. I laughed and laughed and laughed. <BR> I checked inside the packet and had a quick count, in case it was an attempt at a mass breakout by the owls, but they were all in there. <BR> I sat and made 13 sets of owl earrings and had 4 spares, that didn't match so they are in my 'random charm' compartment of my charm box. I made a 14th pa... Fri, 20 May 2016 12:40:00 EST I look like a toad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166770 I have no neck and feel terrible. <BR> Soup, soup and more soup today for me. I'll write off today as non-productive and watch the TV and let the lurgy run it's course. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday everyone <em>106</em> oo00OO Soup OO00oo Fri, 20 May 2016 07:56:21 EST A really farty-poo-pants of a day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166441 I woke up feeling like I'd been run over by a truck. My glands are all up, I've a sore throat and I generally have a filthy cold. I've been hot and cold and hot again. In short, I've spent most of the day - except for 2 short dog walks - on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself. If this was Kenn, I'd accuse him of the whole 'manflu' thing <em>246</em> <BR> Eating plans went by the wayside today. I had Nimble toast and marmalade, choc chip cookies (guaranteed to banish the blues so they might... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:02:13 EST Bike riding in the sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165701 It was only a 10 mile ride but it's better than no miles. The low sun across the Camel estuary was very pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9efc6555-9b6e-4cdd-8b91-6820ef6f3584.JPG"> <BR> and <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2666ede8-a9b6-41a4-8872-311609ebc41c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I've made more jewellery today. Not a lot as my hands are so rubbish today and my depression is trying to bite me because my hands are so useless. It took me well over an ... Wed, 18 May 2016 16:34:56 EST Day 3 on the new plan and I think I'm getting the hang of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164994 Today is day 3 and I'm having a 'no count day'. On Sunday I printed out the 'no count' list and fridge magneted it it to the multi-fuel boiler dodad door. I thought that this would be handy for me. <BR> When, earlier today, I went to log breakfast, it flipping pointed the calorie controlled wholemeal bread, so I had a look at my list and it's there in blue and white. I checked on-line and they have changed it. So instead of logging the bread as brown bread, I logged it as 'calorie controlled ... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:51:43 EST 2nd day on new eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164242 Hmm, I'm a bit confuse by WW. I thought, today, I'd have a 'no count' day and printed off my food list which included wholemeal bread, beans, eggs, fat free and low fat yoghurt, low or no fat cottage cheese and tons of other stuff. <BR> I was a bit surprised that when I logged my food, that it pointed the yoghurt, the cottage cheese and the wholemeal bread. I was so miffed that I accidentally ate 3 marshmallows. I was being all confused and perplexed and hunting about the WW website and Kenn ... Mon, 16 May 2016 15:38:16 EST Oh my word! Quick, get back on the horse (or bike in my case) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163237 I have not weighed myself for months and I've been going along, as you do. Mostly following SW but with a few spectacular lapses. During this time, I have been riding but my cycling tops have got a little snug. This morning, being brave, I got back on the scales and found that I'd put on a good half a stone from my 'merrily going along winter weight'. I have, because of this, joined Weight Watchers for a month. Just the online thing as I don't really do meetings. They don't really motivate me... Sun, 15 May 2016 07:19:43 EST We went out of the county today. Took the bikes for comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161659 Kenn had an appointment at Launceston today. As we had been planning on riding the Tarka Trail in Devon, we thought that an appointment half way there, would be the perfect excuse to go. Not that we need an excuse but it's 60 odd miles to Bideford, the mid point of the Tarka. <BR> <BR> The Tarka Trail is around 30 miles long so we thought we'd start in the middle and ride to Meeth and then another time, we'll go the other way. We found parking, go the bikes out of the car and put the wheels ... Thu, 12 May 2016 17:50:14 EST