MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPeople Blog MILLIE-MILOU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Riding in the sun again 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 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 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...... ...... 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 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 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 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=""> <BR> and <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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) 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 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 Back from the weekend and back online Hi all. <BR> <BR> The weekend was nice. I got a lovely 50 mile ride in, 36 of those miles were off road on the Marriotts Way and the Bure Valley Way, alongside the Bure Valley Railway line. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Note Eric the bike leaned up against the fence, watching the train go by. <BR> <BR> We stayed at a pal's,for the weekend. Not seen him for 3 months and he said that he'd have a tidy up as we were visitin... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:22:00 EST Car is packed :) ready for our weekend trip Up and at 'em this morning. Kenn had no sooner got his slippers on, when I stripped the bed and got the duvet cover in the wash. The bike is packed in the car, as is the sack barrow that we borrowed from Mark. Not enough room for the ladder though, it's too long for our Micra. <BR> Clothes are in their holdall, along with Kenn's meds, Millie-dog's meds and enough kibble for the weekend along with the dog bowls. <BR> <BR> The laundry is done and out on the line, so I am on top of things and j... Fri, 6 May 2016 07:07:32 EST Glorious sunshine and a bike ride :) Hi all. <BR> Lovely ride today. We rode up the the cafe 11.6 miles from where we live. Had a coffee, had some cake (yeah, cake! I know not diet friendly) and then rode back again. I did a quick ride over the footbridge, actually I got off and walked over the bridge, and headed to Egloshayle, the village opposite us but on the other side of the River Camel. I then headed left and towards town and rode through town and back home again. Had I gone straight home it would have been just under the ... Thu, 5 May 2016 18:43:25 EST SUNSHINE!! & Lego :) Well, I was wrong. I thought that at least 2 people wouldn't be there yesterday but only one was missing and has gone off to do telesales for the local brewary (inbound sales and order collecting in the morning and outbound sales to get orders from regular pubs and eateries in the afternoon) <BR> The phrases of the day, yesterday were "sell sell sell" and "Steer the converstation to a selling situation". I thought 'no no no' and "jewellery is pretty and selling is sh***y" or words to that eff... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:38:24 EST Been a bit of a mixed week It's been a bit of a funny week. <BR> Work has been up and down a bit. I've found out more than I wanted to about a few aspects of the call centre. <BR> One of the lads had a long call, which went right through his break. He then discovered that because he was on a long call, he didn't get his break at all as he'd worked it and they wouldn't let him have his break after. Poor guy was on the phone for 5 hours and 45 minutes straight with no break. Apparently that's how it is. If you have a cus... Sun, 1 May 2016 17:47:22 EST Only 2 hours on the bike and an hour of walking today The weather was lovely and we were up at 8am. So much for a lie in then. We got in the car and took the dogs to Cardinham Woods for a walk. Not very quickly as Millie has old legs. She did manage to fall off the edge of the path and fell down to the stream. Kenn went after her while I anchored Toffee from trying to bite a Labrador who had come to say 'hello' to him, despite me asking his owner to call him (3 times). Fear aggression is a funny old thing. He's perfectly fine with some dogs. <BR... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:49:04 EST Ride to Newquay today Very very hilly. We climbed neigh on 700 ,metres today. We should have kept straight on and headed to Newquay airport and not directly to Newquay - on a Cornish Coastal Road, up and down and up and down the most massive hills on earth. Oh, OK! Alps they are not but I'm a Norfolk girl and I don't really do hills. We were so relived when Newquay came into sight but thought we would have 2 hours plus there before the 5.20pm train. As we approached the railway station, there was a train in the st... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:35:05 EST Cooo Eeeee Back on the bike Finally got a bike ride in tonight. It's been a busy old week so far, and it's only Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Firstly. Kenn dropped me off at my car pool lady's place on Monday morning and waved goodbye and left me there. Nice lady and we hit it off at interview. Her eldest son is a Pro Snowboarder and she's pointed me to some of his videos. Oh my word!! <BR> Anyway, we got in, met the team, there are 8 of us, met the team manager (he's like 12 or something) and our trainer - a great lass called ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:46:37 EST Biking in the sun Nice 25 miles today, off road, in the sun. I took the roadie as I love my new pedals and wanted to take them out for a spin. Before we went, we mucked out the shed while Kenn's GPS was sucking power up as it had gone completely flat yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have everything ready to start the new job tomorrow. I've had 3 anxiety attacks so now have an anti-anxiety tablet and a large vodka. Kenn says I don't have to go. I think that he would prefer me not to take the job. He says that he had hop... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:09:29 EST Bikie riding and walking Lovely weather today but we had to go to the dentist for Kenn's tooth - he looks like a hamster - we were there for about 4 hours all told. Dull, dull, dull. Having to listen to Radio 1 was just awful. What a din. <BR> The moment we got home, Kenn was off to his bed again. I walked Toffee for an hour, then Millie while Kenn was coming too. Obviously this was after putting away the shopping, paying the water bill and sorting out the house insurance. I'm staying with the same company I was with... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:18:08 EST 32.1 bike ride today. The sun came out and I just had to go This morning, first thing, I rang Manpower and gave them a little feedback. They apologied. So easy for some faceless operative to apologise for their disgraceful behaviour. Looking at their facebook site, it seems to be endemic. Just a rude company recruiting for another rude company. <BR> <BR> Having done that, shooed Kenn off to dialysis, I took my bike out for a ride. I decided to ride to Camelford but gave up half way up the hill there as my knee had other ideas. I rode back down and th... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:04:46 EST Mizzle drizzle inside and out The wind is definitely lower but it's been drizzling all day. That fine rain that seems to find every stitch hole in your clothing and soaks you through in minutes. <BR> Having a mizzle drizzle day myself. No contact from BT. That's just bloody rude. For a communications company who promised a call, by 5pm Thursday, one way or the other, they seem to have difficulty picking up a phone and communicating, or emailing for that matter. You know what, I don't really want to work for them anyway. <... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:26:48 EST Sunny but very windy out I thought that the interview went well but it obviously didn't. They said that they would let us know, one way or the other, by 5pm today. It's gone 5.45 and no call or email so I guess that's that then. Out of the 5 of us at group interview, vying for 15 jobs, 3 of us were supremely suitable and the other 2 would be fab with a bit of training. BT training is epic so I reckon that the 5 of us should have had calls. Nothing so far for me though so I guess I'm just old and not what they are loo... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:51:34 EST 8 hours of applying for a job Once I'd got Kenn out of the door for his dialysis session - he went in a hospital car today as his benefit payment is a week behind after the house move - I settled down, opened my Manpower email and set too. <BR> I had an assessment on attention to detail - are these series of numbers identical or different <BR> Then a word association assessement, multiple choice thing. Took about 15-20 minutes anyway. <BR> <BR> Then I got an email saying 'congratulations, you have passed please click thi... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:08:11 EST Bike riding in the sunshine After a nice lazy morning, walking the dogs - Millie has definitely perked up again and had a nice steady wander around the park and was interested in everything - we had a late brunch (SW free food plus healthy B toast). We decided on a nice ride to Cardinham Woods. We looked it up on the map, worked out a route and changed for the bikes. <BR> <BR> We might have got lost. A bit. Well, a lot really. We ended up at Lanhydrock. A nice National Trust place, very expensive to visit unless you ar... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:49:09 EST More flipping rain! The weather is getting on my pips again. It's raining and has been since my last ride. I've got a bit of walking in, here and there but young Toffee doesn't like the rain at the best of times. Millie is 19 and 1 month now and she really doesn't like the rain. <BR> <BR> Actually, I don't think Millie is going to see next week out. She is very bad on her legs now, sleeps most of the time and is not eating much. She fell over again yesterday and she couldn't walk at all last night. This morning... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 06:51:44 EST Hilly bike ride in the sun Kenn was off to Plymouth again, to see the consultant this time. I went off to breakfast with the neighbours and then off to Home Bargains in Bodmin for a bit of bird seed. One of the neighbours bought a ton of stuff. It was nice to socialise. <BR> <BR> First thing, I took Toffee out for an hour or so, up towards Padstow and discovered, when I got in just after 9am, that Kenn was still abed and hadn't even taken Millie out for a wee. He needed to be out of the door in about 5 minutes so I wa... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:53:08 EST Riding in the rain and mud Wendy came to visit today. Riding was not on my agenda but Wen knows her way to Bodmin but not Wadebridge so I said that I'd meet her at Bodmin Gaol and then navigate her to mine. <BR> She didn't leave until late so I needed to take the bike as it's dialysis day today. <BR> <BR> She rang and said that she was leaving Exeter so I knew I had a good 40 minutes before needing to leave the house so I got some guitar practice in and had lots of fun. The sun was shining and the rain had stopped so ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:13:45 EST Easter weekend The weather has been a bit mixed. I rode on Saturday, a quick 6 miles and did a nice 12 miles yesterday. With the weather being a bit weathery today, I got a couple of good walks in, with Toffee. <BR> Millie doesn't really want to walk much at the moment. She's turned 19, which is about 99 years old in people years. That's pretty old. She's a little wobbly on her back end now. We have rugs all over the place; a couple in the hall, one in the kitchen. The bedroom and living room are carpeted a... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:08:39 EST Jewellery making stamps have arrived :) As have a load of jewellery findings, some new pliers too, as we have a couple of ours but not a whole set as they seem to have disappeared somewhere over time. Not made jewellery in anger, so to speak, since 2011 so keen to get back into it. Getting the blanks is tricky. They are cheap enough but have to come from America so a tenner in shipping is added. Might just have to get enough to make that shipping cost worth while. <BR> <BR> Sun is shining here, we are back with the dogs from walki... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 06:27:46 EST Afternoon trip to Exeter I dropped Kenn off at dialysis today and then carried on to Exeter and spent the afternoon and early evening with our Wendy. We walked the dogs - I took them with me - I cooked Cowboy Pie for her, a Slimming World recipe, followed by quark and yoghurt chocolate mousse (made with cadbury's options hot choc powder) so 3 syns for the whole lot. That was between us, not each. <BR> <BR> We took the dogs for an amble about the park. Wendy's 18 year old son joined us. I am convinced that he has As... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:06:46 EST Bike riding and the end of a era I couldn't blog yesterday. I was too cross for words. <BR> As you all know, I was due to go back to Norwich to photograph the Guthrie Govan masterclass, that I'd worked hard to help organise. Then the boss rescinded his paying for a hire car which became a token £30 for a bit of fuel. I was chatting with one of his tutors, his senior tutor at that, he said that Bosslet was making over £5k profit and he can so afford to make good on his car promise, so I got in touch and said that I could sque... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:47:35 EST Friday walking, gardening and general stuff Up and out of the door for 6.30am again, with Toffee and a nice 90 minute walk before breakfast. The sunrise was lovely on a fresh and frosty morning. <BR> Across the River Camel <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Toffee in his coat (and muzzle) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The old bridge at Wadebridge <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:58:10 EST Biking, tidying and gardening today The sun was shining and we were waiting indoors for a phone call to come. It came, we did the necessary and grabbed our cycling clothes and rode to Padstow Harbour and watched the boats for a few mins. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then we rode back again and took a picture at the bridge. It's very blue out there today, in the Estuary <img src=" Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:51:32 EST Another lovely day in paradise No riding today, I had stuff to do and errands to run. <BR> I did get that ride in yesterday. Just 11 and a bit miles and rode to Padstow and back on my CX Bike. It's a pretty route, to say the least. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lovely Bridge and Padstow in the distance <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was only out for 50 minutes or so but it w... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:34:33 EST Early morning bike ride, lots of walking too Today has been very busy. <BR> We had the van back, at the Bodmin depot, for 9am. We had gone there, with our bikes in the back of the van, to ride the 7 miles home on. Mostly downhill too, so we whizzed along in the fresh morning air and sunshine. Only 35 minutes on the bikes but it certainly got the blood pumping. <BR> <BR> We let the neighbours know that we were going to do a bit of drilling today, only fair as most of them are about 20 years older than us. Firstly we took the horrible cu... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:42:39 EST Wadebridge. Yay Plan A was to drive to Exeter and stay with our Wendy but we were making excellent time and we discovered that the swap partners were travelling Friday night instead of Saturday so we drove straight there. Only 2 stops en route to give the dogs a chance to stretch their legs and we were there by 10pm. We had set off just before 3 and took our time, caught in M25 and M4 traffic so slow for an hour. <BR> <BR> We unpacked enough to bed down for the night I was freezing so up by 7am and walked T... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:25:25 EST Bike ride the day before moving house. I must be bonkers.... ....but the sun was shining. Rude not too. <BR> Actually, I had to drop our spare keys in to our swap partner's sister's house. Only 2 miles away so I thought, I'll push on a bit. I went down the 'quiet road' where bikes, horses and pedestrians have priority, then off towards Felixstowe Ferry but turned before I got quite there as I wanted to explore whether or not I could ride (legally) along the sea wall as there is a path there. I can, so I did. Only been here 6 months and left it until la... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:31:16 EST Paperwork is signed and a bit of a curve ball Kenn rang the new dialysis unit today and they want him there, this Saturday at 3pm latest. That means that he has to leave the new flat by 1.30pm, just when we get there. Well, these things are sent to try us and I have faith that God is not leaving us high and dry here so, we got working away. <BR> Firstly I texted our Wendy to ask if we can sleep on her bloody uncomfortable futon torture bed - I didn't use those exact words, you understand, as I want her to say 'yes'. Not reply yet but she... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:58:14 EST Bike ride. Woo hoo. Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. <img src=""> <BR> This is an Axolotl. Not a good pic but what can you do with a phone through water. They are Mexican Salamanders who deep in caves in only one lake in Mexico. In the wild, they are critically endangered but breed well in captivity. <BR> Anyway, the neighbour's boy came today to collect them, so that's one more thing I don't have to worry about. Boxes everywhere now, it's all looking good. I do real... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:56:21 EST Packing, walking packing some more. 5 more sleeps! It is freaking freezing out there today. The dogs got a quick 25 minutes and they pulled me all the way home and then sat in front of the electric (halogen) heater. it was turned off but I figured that they were hinting so turned it on for them for a few minutes. Bless them. Mark has been in touch, Poco is happy and settled and stuffing her food and enjoying her walks. It's only a matter of time, sadly, that she will be back with us. Millie needs to pass away for that to happen and she is oh... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:13:36 EST Sunny Sunday Morning Last night, I was asleep on the sofa by 10pm and tucked up in bed by 10.30pm. I woke around 6am and just stayed under the duvet until I was bored. Millie was sound asleep so I took Toffee out for a walk up to the Viewpoint and back, about 3.5 miles round trip or so. <BR> There were a couple of black clouds by the time I got back but I got Toffee fed, then Millie decided to get out of her basket so I fed her too. I'll take her round the block in a min. I'm waiting for the Sunday market to open... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 04:21:55 EST Loads of walking in the sunshine Billy D day today. Kenn took him off about 7.45am and he's gone to foster for an hour and then he was off to his new home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, so he will be ensconced on his new sofa by now. I am sad that he has gone but happy that he's instantly into a new forever home. <BR> While Kenn was doing the horrible job, I walked Millie, Poco and Toffee for half an hour or so, then got on with some housework before settling down with a cuppa and a bit of facebook for 20 minutes. More housewor... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:57:11 EST Bike riding and a million phone calls While I was out walking the hound boys and doing the banking in town today, Kenn walked the terrier girls and rang the foster lady and has arranged for Billy to go tomorrow morning. He is not going to kennels but straight into a foster home, with sofa, another Greyhound to play with. Apparently, this foster lady is a crap fosterer and tends to keep her fosters for ever and ever. Failing as a foster is a badge of honour really. She has a penchant for black hounds. Billy will be safe and pamper... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 14:33:06 EST Work work work 2 work dogs today, in the same house, which is always helpful. Penultimate grooming day today. Praise God, just one more to get through. Saturday is a Lhasa and then a Cocker. I am really looking forward to stopping grooming. My back will like me again and that can only be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Kenn sold his old digital SLR today, he never uses it, he uses my slightly more up to date one. Money off in to the ISA tomorrow morning, along with my ill gotten gains from grooming. <BR> <BR> Ema... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:49:40 EST Still all at sea and none the wiser Cornwal council woman rang yesterday and has said the we definitely can't take my Billy. Poco is going to Mark next week and Mark is super excited, so she's sorted out. Kenn's dog and Kenn's decision. <BR> Cornwall have now sent a letter for us to sign, regarding pets saying "2 small dogs or 2 small cats " (I presume one of each is OK too). We rang them to clarify 'small dog' after she had verbally OK'd a whippet sized dog (Toffee) and a 17" tall ancient terrier (Millie). Now she's saying tha... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:02:40 EST Sunday 28th Feb Today is my last day of being 12. Tomorrow, I will be 13. I am quite looking forward to it. Kenn says he is going to get me a badge to wear saying "I am 13" in big letters. Quite right too. <BR> <BR> I have a load of stuff up on Gumtree and a big sign in the living room window saying "Today Only. Decluttering Sale" and a list of stuff that we have for sale. I've crossed out the Vox amp, as that has just gone, for the asking price. Pleased with that as there is more in the savings pot. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:59:00 EST 2 weeks until potential move. Still all at sea here. I have been speaking to our potential swap partners. Their neighbours, who also have a 1 bed, ground floor flat, have a MAHOOSIVE labrador. Not so much a dog, as a small horse that has a waggy tail. <BR> In addition to this. Mark has asked if he can have Poco dog, the noisy Jack Russell. Ken's dog. It might sound harsh, but I have no objections as she is not keen on me and will bite my hands when I'm trying to put her harness on her. She loves Mark, adores him. Never barks, never bites him an... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 19:43:34 EST 4am and insomnia I have been to bed, honestly I have. I laid there for hours then got up and took Billy for a walk. We passed the cafe clock at just before 5 to 3 (am) and walked all the way up the promenade to the far end - with the sea to the right of us, then turned around and walked back again. Just over 5km. From the prom loos to the end of the prom is 2.5km if you go left and have the sea to your right. If you go the other way, it's 500m. Added to that 125 yards each way to our place, it was a good walk... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 23:44:24 EST