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/ A sort of nothing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301969 A bit of walking was done. I couldn't bear to listen to the radio or put the TV on as it was all about that trump creature & the associated media circus. The news has been thick with it and we are in the UK. Us lot in Cornwall really don't care about the blanket news coverage about what is going on in America. What we really want to know is... when the heck are Cormac going to finish the Temple roadworks. Should have been completed in May 2016 and no sign of them coming to an end yet. Now tha... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:29:39 EST Thursday. A good day all round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301321 We were up just after light and got the dogs up the field and walked. Well, they ran about with the ball and we stood at the top of the slope and threw the ball down. Dylan not overly impressed with the hard frost but Toffee is an old hand at crispy grass so he was fine and Dylan was not about to miss out on something that Toffee was in to. <BR> <BR> Once back, a coffee and a final vacuum around and a flick with a duster. My flat is pretty tidy anyway, bearing in mind that there 2 dogs and a... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:33:20 EST Hump day in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300843 After yet another rough night, I was up at 7am and swigging coffee. Dogs got taken up to the top field where we watched them hoon about like mad things for half an hour and then brought them back when they were tired. <BR> Tired dogs meant that I could hoover and dust without 'help'. I got Kenn off to dialysis and then at noon, I decided to go out on the bike. A nice little half an hour of riding in the sunshine. January sunshine but sun nonetheless. It was a bit cool in the shade, but nice i... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:35:22 EST Tuesday 17/1/17. It didn't rain. Yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300060 I woke with a headache, so gingerly sipped 2 decent coffees and felt fragile for an hour or two. Kenn had walked the dogs, but I walked again with him (and them) and we got electric, gas and posted a letter. We then went to the library and printed off Mutual Exchange forms and then off to Bodmin Home Bargains to get a few cleaning items and store cupboard food. <BR> <BR> Home Bargains was excellent today. The staff were restocking a whole aisle and I asked for some boxes and have come home w... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:18:54 EST Monday, new week and new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299231 This morning was dull and boring weather wise. However, not windy and probably not going to rain. The met office gave out a 10% chance of precipitation, so about noon I got the bike out and went out for 20 just 20 minutes. <BR> I got so into my music, on the trail, that I ended up in Padstow so rode around the carpark and headed back the way I'd come. I was not climbing out of town and coming back by road. Once back I headed off up a side road for 5 minutes or so, a little climbing to the fa... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:32:22 EST Weekend bleurginess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298621 Saturday and sunday have been a bit of a washout. I have felt as rough as anything, the weather has been pants with wind and rain, not to mention the bitter cold. <BR> <BR> I am starting my cycling challenge again from tomorrow but with an average of 20 minutes a day riding for the week, so 2 hours and 20 minutes required for the week. I am not feeling great, a little pootle will be welcome but no climbing whatsoever this week. I am just not feeling great. <BR> <BR> This Thursday, our poten... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:08:29 EST Friday the 13th has been a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297424 Firstly, as I know some are waiting on this news as much as we have been, the Lincs HO has been on the blower and it's a yes. We need to get paperwork in and then start packing. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today I have not ridden my bike. The wind is epic out there, my watering can went across the car park. The wind was strong enough to blow it over, it was full of water, over the wall and across the carpark. The gate has been ripped off it's hinges and I have the dustbin which had made it ri... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:24:41 EST Thursday with wind, rain, hail and an unexpected bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296841 Today we did a big old tidy up. We put the kitchen cupboard back up, did a bit of chucking out of stuff that the previous tenant left and that we thought might be handy, but after 10 months it hasn't been so it's gone to the household recycling centre and done with. <BR> The weather has been atrocious today. Rain so hard that it was bouncing a foot off the ground, other rain that seemed to come in horizontally as the wind was blowing so hard and boy oh boy was it cold. That damp cold that see... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:14:04 EST Tuesday 10th, more wind and rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295514 I took Eric, my CX bike, and Kenn's CX in to have brake services today. I am happy to do gears but my brakes were not right at all, so I got them all sorted out and now they are lovely. I wasn't expecting them back until 5 so we made other plans, which mostly involved checking out the new eatery that opened today and watching the rain and hoping to make a dash for it with the dogs. They are very nesh and don't do rain, Toffee especially. <BR> <BR> I made a few calls and sat about waiting for... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:56:03 EST Monday 9th. Week 2, day 2. Raining again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294663 I woke this morning and had to check my reflection in the mirror. I felt so rough that I wondered if I had been visited by the Lost Boys (the Kiefer Sutherland lost boys, not the J M Barrie ones) and that I was now officially a vampire. My reflection was there, canine teeth the correct length and no lust for drinking blood, so that's OK then. <BR> <BR> I started feeling better after my second coffee and drinking an Exante shake - now kept for emergencies when I can't face proper food. Not gr... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:24:14 EST Day 1, week 2 of cycling challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293823 The weather is filthy, I feel like hell-in-a-hat and we've stayed in all day, except for walking the dogs. Tea has been drunk. Mushrooms (with a little extra light Philly stirred in a a small blob of sweet chilli sauce) on a round of toast. Delicioius. Kenn didn't want any so I had extra mushrooms. Even better, I say. <BR> <BR> I need a day off riding, I am very tired and had a dreadful night. I didn't get to sleep until gone 5.30am and 3 hours later I was up with the dogs. I feel wiped out ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:55:06 EST Day 7, week 1 of my 2017 riding challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293133 I wasn't going to ride. The weather was filthy. The met office gave out pouring rain giving way to thick fog. NOT riding weather, if you ask me. We stayed in and did crosswords instead. <BR> <BR> Anyway, about 2pm the sun made an appearance and the rain stopped. Take that Met Office! Hah! We changed, grabbed the bikes and went out into the sunny drizzle. Best laid plans and all that. Kenn wanted to ride. Shock Horror, so we did anyway. <BR> Only up to the stone quarry on the Camel Trail, ban... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:30:07 EST 6th day of week 1 of the 2017 riding challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292568 It rained. Absolutely poured. Gloom. The Met Office forecast said that there was only a 10% chance of rain between 1 and 2pm. I thought, that's my window for the day. I am well over my 3 hour 30 minute target for the week and was sitting at 4:46:20 as of last night so it wasn't imperative that I ride. But I do like to ride 5 out of 7 days if I can. I've just been lucky with the weather over the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> At 12.50 I got my bike down, got changed and corralled the dogs in... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:16:22 EST 5th day of the year and a bike ride in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292083 The BBC tell lies. Rain all day with a break in the weather at noon my bum! It was fresh, cold with blue skies and fluffy white clouds for the most part of the day. <BR> <BR> We got out on the bikes at 11.45am and I did a smidge over 10 miles in 50 minutes. I am well over my target for the week. I am at 4 hours, 46 mins and 20 seconds. Not bad for a 3 and a half hour target. I'm making the most of the downtime from work and the reasonable weather. <BR> <BR> Mild tomorrow, with a 10% chance ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 18:15:58 EST Lazy day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291106 I have no idea what I've eaten, but I truly wish I hadn't eaten whatever it was. I've had a day on the sofa, reading and surfing the web. Don't want to stray too far. Seriously debating stuffing a load of bread to see if that helps. <BR> <BR> Bikes are clean (ish). Not put back together though. It would have been a nice riding afternoon. Mild out and it's stopped raining but my legs need the rest and I don't want to stray too far from the bathroom. <BR> <BR> I've had my payslip on the email... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:10:00 EST Jan 3rd. Bitter out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290549 .... so we defrosted the car, went shopping and then for a ride. As you do. 3 for 3 so far this year. <BR> <BR> Kenn desperately needs new cycling shoes. His are about 2 years old, they were from Aldi and they have done a good job but are giving up the ghost now. He's on about his 3rd set of insoles, and they are starting to go at the sides. Mind you, what do you expect for sports shoes for £15. Aldi and Lidl do excellent cycling shoes and I am not complaining about them at all. I have a pai... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:56:27 EST January 2nd. Cold day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289706 I woke this morning with stiff knees. When my osteo-arthritis decides that it's going to play up, my knees feel stiff and kind of baggy. I decided to munch my glucosamine and MSM as always and to rub in some MSM gel stuff that was prescribed by the doc. I can't have the voltarol stuff that they advertise on the tv as I only have one kidney. I decided to postpone riding until the afternoon and give the gel a chance to do it's thing. <BR> <BR> I did my Esperanto lesson, walked the dogs and put... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:27:18 EST New Years Day 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288524 We were woken at midnight by the town fireworks display that they have in the park behind our home. The organisers deem it appropriate to let the fireworks off about 12' away from our kitchen window. Our first hour of 2017 was cleaning up the liquid dog poo from the carpet. We've hired a rug doctor from the Co-op this morning and cleaned it properly. Not the best start to the new year. I reckon that we will move on as this is the 6th fireworks thing (outside our kitchen window) since we moved... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:07:17 EST New Years Eve and a quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288122 I am at the end of my first week cycling challenge of riding for 30 minutes a day, 3 hours and 30 minutes across the week. I set the weekly 3 hours and 30 minutes as I can't always ride every day. The rain comes in off The Atlantic at a bit of a pace and the wind howls up the estuary so riding is not always a sensible thing to do. I figured that if I gave myself some wiggle room that it was doable, even at the end of December. I also wanted an easy target as I've not been feeling the love of ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:03:19 EST Penultimate day of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287576 I've been riding this week. I'm still keeping up with my little challenge of half an hour's riding a day - or 3 hours and 30 minutes for the week. As of yesterday I was up to 1:19:17 but didn't ride yesterday so I was 11 minutes down on the drag curve today. Boy, was it cold last night after work, the pavements were twinkling and I was shattered. I did a lot of raking in the sand play areas at work yesterday and my shoulders were not happy so I took the decision not to ride. <BR> Today was a ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:45:16 EST Cold Bank Holiday Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285937 We have just had lunch. Cold chicken and slimming world chips. Nice big fat chips at that. Yum. This is a post bike ride lunch as well. Kenn wanted to ride so we did a gentle 6 miles as it's Kenn's first ride for 6 weeks or so. <BR> <BR> It's bright and very fresh out there. Not as nice as yesterday though. I stayed in yesterday, during the day as I had managed to pick up that 24 hour bug that others have had. I wasn't nearly as bad as some people but decided to stay within running distance ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:29:43 EST Wet and windy Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285244 They don't write Christmas songs about stiff winds and driving rain, do they. I got a nice long and muddy walk with the dogs. We were out for an hour and 50 minutes and they have slept for most of the rest of the day. <BR> This afternoon, while Kenn was abed, I took Eric, my CX bike for a spin. Only Padstow and back and we got soaked. <BR> I have reflective wheels, can you tell? The flash was a mistake but Eric seems to be embracing his inner Tron <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:39:54 EST Christmas Eve walk at the beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284937 It was grey and miserable, windy as anything too. Where else would you go on Xmas eve though. Our nearest - good - beach is Porthilly near Rock. There were a gazillion other people there, with dogs, so we headed over the little stream to the far side and then around the headland where we could see all the mussel beds. We walked for about a mile and then turned about and came back as we could see that the tide was turning. Getting cut of by the tide always hits the local news when people get s... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 15:41:32 EST Long day at work today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284268 Clocked in at 10.10am and out at 8.35pm. I have come home with 8 pasties for the freezer and a couple of out of date choc bars from the vending machine. I wore my wellies with my welly socks and my feet are all dry and warm. I jumped in lots of puddles, because I could. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of walking today and my back aches so off for an early night. <BR> R Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:03:42 EST Busy day at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283850 I came home from walking the dogs this morning, shouted out to Kenn "Bye, see you later" and there was no reply. No change there then. Realised that I had forgotten my mitts so went to the living room to fetch them off the radiator and there was no Kenn there, or in the kitchen. Looked in bedroom but he wasn't there. Looked in bathroom and he'd passed out on the floor. Called an ambulance which arrived, diagnosed him as having a sickness bug and left me to it. All his vital signs were fine an... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:15:13 EST So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283405 Today's plan went out of the window when I fell asleep on the sofa while having my morning coffee. Kenn covered me up and left me to it and let me wake up naturally at about 11am! <BR> <BR> Painkillers knock me out and I have needed them for a couple of days after a kid launched themselves off a carousel horse on Saturday. The kid (about 8 years old) couldn't get off the horse, even though it's the opposite of getting on and she managed that OK. She couldn't work out to stand on the platfor... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:45:48 EST Friday in the mud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281773 Well the Snails Pace ride didn't happen on account of my pump fell off and broke, so I didn't want to risk a longer ride with no pump. I rode up to Bodmin, put in some paperwork that the Benefits people have lost twice now and have then sanctioned Kenn's disability money. That then has the knock on effect of meaning that he doesn't get help with prescriptions or lifts to dialysis. It was muddy beyond belief and it was quite a slow 14 miles. <BR> <BR> I got a fair bit of walking in, some read... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:45:40 EST The dog nook is a go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281361 We have been busy today, transforming an unloved space in our hall to something, we think, is a bit special. Not as good as the pic that I shared with you all from Pinterest - that was very posh - as we didn't have the budget for that. <BR> <BR> 9am ish, it looked like this. Warning, the paint is yellow! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/439f820e-944d-434e-9392-19da345f283e.JPG"> <BR> We did use this area as a desk but, after the office chair thing died, it became a bit o... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:19 EST Tuesday and I am covered in paint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280479 The kitchen was a vile yellow colour. It was a bit 'George & Mildred' for my taste and complemented the 70s throwback electric fire (that's never turned on) rather well. It's now had a coat or two of 'Seashell' kitchen emulsion on it. It's' a similar colour to the underside of a pale mushroom. It looks rather fetching. <BR> We took the hideous (non matching) corner cupboard off the wall - and some plaster - and also took the council fitted, quite nice wall cupboard down, so that we could pai... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:20:06 EST Monday and it's 'doing stuff' day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280002 I was tucked up in bed by 10pm last night and slept for 12 hours. Apparently, I didn't twitch all night. I must have needed the sleep. <BR> <BR> I mentioned on Saturday that we had got some cube storage shelves, well yesterday Kenn went mad in the flat and did a ton of stuff. He stripped the gross wallpaper from the chimney breast and put the cube shelving up into an attractive sort of pattern. It looks great. We are getting a 3 x 1 cube shelf thing to put along the top and to screw the rest... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:06:47 EST Saturday's ROCK - even in the pouring rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279125 What a good day. <BR> Yesterday I found that LIGHTHEART09 is back on Spark and I cannot tell you how happy that made me. I've not heard from her in 2 and a half years, and despite praying for a bit of contact from my Sister in Christ, nada and then BOOM! there she is. I got a little message asking if I remember her, which made me laugh out loud (Kenn thinks that I'm a nutter at the best of times and laughing randomly for no readily apparent reason just reinforces that for him) Like I'd ever, ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:11:38 EST Well, what a rubbish day that was! (edited to add the good bit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278146 It all started out so well. I skipped breakfast (Yes I know! Best meal of the day, yada, yada, yada) as I knew I had the works Christmas do this afternoon. Dogs got walked, letters posted, bills paid and then I had time for a shower and did a few Esperanto lessons while I was sat in a towel and a bathrobe drying off. I have sensitive skin so rubbing with a towel makes my skin sore. <BR> Meal time came, Trevor arrived (workmate at the weekends to whom I had offered a bit of free parking) and o... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:31:21 EST Wednesday. Day 3 on track so feeling pleased with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277667 Today I skipped breakfast and had Brunch instead. OK, so I was all behind this morning in reality. I made omelette with 2 eggs and some quark and threw in a couple of sliced mushrooms for good measure. I decided to go mad and have a couple of Quorn sausages too. Oh, boy was I stuffed. <BR> Dog walking occurred and then I spent ages on the phone sorting out a few bit and pieces. Lunch (late lunch) was cottage cheese and then sugar free jelly, some fruit and a blob of quark and chocolate mousse... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:19:24 EST Tuesday already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277191 Today we went to Newquay as I'd been given a card (marketing thing) from a jewellers shop there which meant I could claim a free pair of CZs set in silver stud earrings. There is no way that I'll wear CZ but my sister in law likes the stuff so I'll send them to her. While I was there, I noticed a little tiny Peridot ring so I treated myself and spent £13 on it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55f25689-7623-448f-a55e-13fb2f637292.jpg"> <BR> I like that it's offset and I l... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:54:20 EST Monday and a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276527 The weekend was interesting and I ate too much. Thought I'd mention that straight off the bat. Not happy about my weight so have kicked myself up the bum and back on plan. Naturally, today I have woken with a headache but I will sort myself out in a min. <BR> <BR> For those who wanted to see me 'in costume' so to speak, I am waiting for the pics to be uploaded to our work's site and then I'll grab them from there. <BR> <BR> I have been looking at bike rides around where we are going to move... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:02:35 EST So cold out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275182 Yesteday was great fun. We went off to the local hospital and I braved the lift to the 5th floor and dressed as a large blue dinosaur. I was going to be a friendly ogre but the suit was damp, properly horribly damp, so it needs to go off for cleaning. I was Dina the dinosaur and Trevor was Santa, but we had to ask the ward nurse for a pillow to put up Trevor's suit as Trevor is quite slender. <BR> We had a fantastic time. After about half an hour, I needed a time out, as that suit is hot. Aft... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:14:15 EST Busy and semi productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274452 Kenn is back to his usual dialysis regime and location, so collected at around 11 and back at around 5.30, which is better than collected at 1pm and back somewhere around 9.30pm. It never got above freezing today or yesterday so riding was off the menu but I got some walking in, even though it was bitterly cold. <BR> I settled down and did 2 new lessons on my Esperanto course and refreshed my memory by doing all the practice tests on every module so far. I was rubbish at languages at school a... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:56:12 EST Middle on the night blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272994 After a busy weekend at work, my head is all buzzy and I can't sleep. I got up at just after midnight and did a couple of Esperanto lessons, online and then logged on to Justin Sandercoe's youtube channel and learned the first solo of Sweet Child O Mine, the old G&R track. Been meaning to learn it for a couple of years but have never quite got around to it. 1st solo done and dusted now, I'll have a look at more of it in the morning. <BR> <BR> Work was good today (Sunday, so I suppose it was ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:20:34 EST I am a rubbish Sparker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271889 Yes, I know that I haven't logged on in an age. My Laptop has been for upgrades with a pal and I've only just got it back. He even cleaned the thing, and God knows it needed it! He hoovered the inside with a little hoover thing for computers. Who knew that they were even a thing? I can log on using my tablet but the typing stuff is a pain and I'm lazy. Also, not sparking means that I don't have to be accountable for crisps and toast, right? In my head at least. <BR> <BR> Work is down to 2 da... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:19:49 EST Wet and windy here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267904 Horrible day today. All rain and wind. No riding since the 2nd November as I've not been feeling the love and I didn't want to go out in the horrible weather. <BR> <BR> On the 5th November, we went to view that flat in Oxfordshire. We really like the local cyclepaths, they are excellent. The village is nice, as is the walking. The views are lovely too. <BR> Living room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74345515-d680-406d-bbae-4f7d860c6298.jpg"> <BR> Bedroom <BR> <img src... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:02:00 EST The sun is still shining, here in Cornwall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260830 As the weather is so nice, I thought a bike ride was in order. I didn't really want to go as I'm not fit enough to ride up and down hills, so took the dull trail to Padstow again. It was heaving with people, parents with kids and all sorts. It's not an inset day, as far as I know, so I have no clue as to why there are so many children out on the trail today. Nice for the hire places, to have people still hiring bikes in the Autumn sunshine. It extends their season and will help in seeing them... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:28:27 EST I christened my new tyres today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260374 My tyres, the Marathon plus tyres I bought yesterday, arrived this morning. After a flumpy morning doing nothing (it was bliss), I took my £50 note to the bank and paid it in. It's a 13.4 mile round trip to the bank so I took the bike, with his new tyres on. Lovely tyres, they roll really well and the P fairy stayed away. <BR> <BR> We are going to move the bedroom about in a min. Where the bed is, is blocking the radiator and as November has arrived, it's time to move stuff about. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:58:59 EST October is done and dusted and you'll never guess what...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259954 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/826d7e84-d8a3-48c2-a3a7-ffdbb7172eca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me (in the middle), with my friends Sammy & Adrian, at last night's Camel Creek end of season staff party. What a blast. <BR> Food was pizza, onion rings, chips (that's fries to our US cousins) and chicken nuggets (home made by the catering staff, not that mass produced stuff. Chicken breast in tempura batter and they were lovely. <BR> We all went as Rock Legends across the decades. ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:44:17 EST Thursday and 3 days to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258042 Today I was rota'd in for the Simulator ride with Jess. However, Jess left yesterday because she is pregnant. 10 weeks pregnant, with no issues but feels that sitting on her bum and working is too much of a risk to the baby. Heigh ho. <BR> Not too bad, they gave me Kyle to work with, who is eye candy personified so that was nice for all of about 2 minutes when I was told to go to the Scare Zone. Hooray, you would think, but I am in my Simulator Pirate skeleton kit and not my covered in gore z... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:01:32 EST Arrgh! Did I make you jump? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257248 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84a4084a-6be3-45b2-b151-5b2c480453a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Skull facepaint. I didn't make much effort today so was in jeans, black boots, black tee shirt with skeleton pattern on it, which glows in the dark and a bit of facepaint. This ensemble won the tax free prize of twenty quid for dressing up. I was astonished. I've been a zombie on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and then just old jeans for Tuesday. Back to zombie-ing today and Friday and then ske... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:19:21 EST Zombie crash and burn rehearsals. Give me strength!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255034 I was just too tired to log on yesterday and headed off to bed early. <BR> <BR> Today I have worked on Pony Express, the mechanic pony monorail ride, then on Wave Rider, the swing chair roundabouty thing. <BR> <BR> After work, we had the scare train rehearsals. It's not rocket science, arrive at scare train stop, stop the train and ring the bell 4 times. We do the zombie thing and then the train moves to the next stop and rings the bell 4 times. Soooo, there I am, at the top of the twister... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:05:22 EST The Zombie Apocalypse is taking shape... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254096 Work today was great. I was in the simulator with Dave, who was dressed as a skeleton with light up gloves, teeth etc. I basically let him get on with it while I drove the train, did Dina twice, drove the train some more and then left him to it in the afternoon while I went to decorate the 'Party Barn' in a Halloweeny sort of fashion for the Creepy Crafts and Witches Grotto thing that's going on from Saturday onwards. <BR> <BR> 17,000 plus steps, including 2 dog walks and a quick trip to Tes... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:57:54 EST The zombie apocalypse meeting, at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253591 Work went well. The swing ride (Wave rider) in the morning. I kept nice and warm by sweeping the puddles away from under the ride, so, on the offchance of customers, feet would stay dry. I had about 18 guests ride, over the course of about 6 or 7 rides, so not exactly busy on there. I got busy with the polish and gave the old girl a clean. Swept up leaves and was generally keeping busy. <BR> In the afternoon I was on the carousel, which is an old ride, built somewhere in the mid 1920s. I gave... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:33:22 EST Nice bike ride today, in the autumn sun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253058 As I haven't done my 50km challenge ride for October, I thought that I'd get it in today. My next day off is the 31st October and there is no guarantee that the weather will be half decent. I really want to stay in the challenge so thought that I had better get on with it. <BR> <BR> I didn't go out until about 2.45pm as the electric man was here today, checking the electric as part of our moving in rules and regs. Yup, they should have been here in March, so only the 7 months late. He was a ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:33:54 EST Home from work and having a cuppa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252487 I have had a lovely couple of days at work. Yesterday, I was due to work the Viking Ship, the big swing ship thing. However, it was out of action until 2pm so I worked 'Park' which is raking, train driving, breaking other rides for people to go to the loo or to have lunch and - best of all - dressing as a nice, blue lady dinosaur to welcome people to the park. I've never been in the dinosaur before and it was a blast. I was a dinosaur again today as my ride closed early as it was a bit windy ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:32:37 EST