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/ Thursday rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423050 Cake day really. I made fruited tea loaf cake and some cherry and almond bread (in my bread maker). I cannot remember the last time I bought a loaf of bread. So much more fun making it. I made 3 cakes. 2 little ones and 1 big one. I will take one of the little ones into work tomorrow. We are a skeleton crew on a Friday. Just half a dozen of us. <BR> <BR> It seems that I am still employed. I have my time sheet for next week, tucked away in my drawer. I've booked Monday as a holiday so I can g... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:00:26 EST Hump day again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422779 Lots to catch up on. <BR> <BR> I was a bit stiff on Monday, mostly from the kayaking. It's been a few years! My knee ached from riding but that was about it. <BR> <BR> I suspect that my works contract is coming to an end. I have got them all caught up with the filing, data entry, stock control, database admin etc. I'm archiving at the mo but the database isn't set up yet (I'm not doing it, they don't pay me enough to do that thank you very much.) I am getting tired of various board members ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:16:57 EST Sunday catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421770 This is going to be short as I am knackered. <BR> <BR> Kayaking is epic and I'm going again next Saturday. I had a total blast and am getting quite comfortable with it. I kayaked as a kid and it kind of came back to me. I adore being on the water anyway, so I might treat myself to a 2nd hand kayak in the not too distant future. <BR> <BR> Riding home. Horncastle, Lincolnshire to Norwich - plus an extra bit as I like riding my steel roadie and I fancied riding on the roads that I rode on towa... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:23:59 EST The end of another week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421153 It's not been a bad old week. <BR> Still on washing up detail. Natch. There is a mahoosive pile and I could do with cracking on with it, but I can do it tomorrow. <BR> Phil is away for a week so what he doesn't know, he won't be worried about <em>246</em> He does like his bedside drawers. He was totally thrilled with them. Apparently, it's the little things. More things are sneaking in the house. He has a casual shirt hanging in my wardrobe. It got 'left' on the ironing pile. I ironed all ... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:59:09 EST The shortest ride in the world tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420101 4.51 Miles in about 18 minutes. Phil wanted to turn his legs. I was just about warmed up when we got back home! Men. Can't live with them, not allowed to shoot them! <BR> <BR> Phil is making lasagne from scratch. pasta and everything. Last night he made tagliatelle from scratch, with a tomato and olive sauce. I was ironing his uniform while he was doing that. All a bit domestic here <em>40</em> <em>246</em> Having given him a bit of cheek earlier, I hav been told that I am now on wash... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:18:54 EST Lazy sunday today. Probably. Or not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419262 Lovely sunday morning and I have a cup of tea and a strawberry breakfast shake. The same flavour as I tried last week only to throw over the carpet at my hands were so rubbish. <BR> Not sure about my hand status yet but the shake is still upright and the rest of it is in the blender thing and that is upright too. So far so good. It's OK for strawberry flavour. Next time I have one, I'll put a banana in as well. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took PeeBee, my new (to me) steel roadbike out for a pootle... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 05:09:40 EST A good start to the new month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416977 I had a lovely lay-in this morning. I didn't crawl out of my bed until 8am and it was lovely. Not made the bed yet, either <em>40</em> shocker! <BR> I had a lazy breakfast, or tried to but my stupid hand dropped my shake all over the carpet. I had a bit of toast instead. I watched half a film and then turned it off and dozed on an off until half past 2 this afternoon. <BR> When I woke, with a headache, I noticed that it wasn't raining any longer so decided to take Eric for a wee spin. Jus... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 14:51:26 EST Another working week survived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413901 Payday today so, naturally, I now have no money. <BR> After a nice walk with Toffee - out the door a little early courtesy of Phil texting me at 0530. I really do need a word with him - I settled down with a breakfast shake and a LOT of coffee and paid the water bill, the council tax, discovered that my rent payment had been sorted by the Universal Credit people so I am up to date with that (I tucked the money that I would have paid on the rent into my ISA, just in case), put my regular ISA p... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:40:59 EST Hump day. Yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413273 Work is lovely and busy so the day just flies along. I am home again before I know it. <BR> Last night I fell over. Knocked over by 2 boxer dogs with no owner in sight actually. This morning I was a bit bruised and stiff. I had a bad night too as I sleep on my right side, where the bruises are. I kept losing concentration at work as I just ached so much. Also, I am in the middle of a CMV flare up (Harbour virus thing that I get from time to time) so feel a bit wrecked generally. Not catching ... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:05:42 EST Sunday and the weather was mixed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412193 As was my day. <BR> <BR> The weather started off Ok but I had things to do. Lots of things to do, so riding was to be postponed - until it got dark as it happened - as I had other priorities. <BR> <BR> Today went like this: <BR> Walk Toffee dog for half an hour. He's a bit lame as he's cut his foot so a gentle, short walk today where there is no mud. Anyway, my Wellies started leaking yesterday so they are in the bin. Mud is not on the menu until I get new ones. Not pink with spots this tim... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:20:34 EST Saturday check in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411862 It seems that Phil had a proper lurgy going on. I saw him Monday night and he looked terrible. I fed him and tucked him up under the duvet by 7. I was so shattered that I joined him less than 90 minutes later and slept like a dead thing. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was mostly flumping on the sofa. Too tired to ride and the forecast had given out yellow warnings for our part of the world. I could feel the temperature dropping and the wind getting up. Even Toffee wasn't interested in going out in that ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:12:07 EST Morning cycle and afternoon flumping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409588 After my ride, yesterday evening, I realised that I was just 14 miles away from having ridden 3000 miles so far this year. I thought that I had better look for a chink in the weather and get myself out there. <BR> <BR> I woke at 7 this morning, a lay in for a change. No text from Phil at 6am as usual so was a little concerned. I texed him and he said that he felt off and thought that he was coming in for a cold. I suggested lots of fluid, sleep and a couple of paracetamol and left him to it.... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:18:44 EST Yellowbellies of the world unite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409417 I was at the Yellowbellies rendezvous 15 minutes early, to stick my roadie back together. I only have a little hatchback car so need to take the front wheel out of any bike I am travelling in it. I saw another cyclist and waved to them. The chap came over and I asked if he was a Yellowbelly? Sounds rude when I say it out loud now but his name was Paul and he is indeed one of us. <BR> Yellowbellies, by the way, are people who are born in Lincolnshire. Neither Paul nor I are proper yellowbelli... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 17:46:54 EST Saturday morning with some coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409230 Today is the official inaugural ride of the Yellow Bellies Cycle Club. Weather is pants, naturally. Just English 'pants', not USA 'pants'. I can deal with a bit of a breeze and some intermittent drizzle, it's not like the storms and hurricanes that my friends over the pond, are contending with. <BR> <BR> The week wasn't so bad. We did ride on Monday as Phil turned up really early and we popped out for 10 miles or so. Not far but we were tired. Tuesday we stayed in. Both shattered so we playe... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 04:23:51 EST Monday again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407473 I did manage a couple of 18 mile rides over the weekend. One alone and one with one of the Yellowbellies, my bike club. Both were fun. <BR> <BR> Today I am breaking my day down into one hour segments. I just set a timer on my phone and stick some music on. <BR> <BR> After dog walking I had one hour for breakfast and chilling out (and hanging the laundry up) and then 1 hour cleaning upstairs, fixing the bed, hoovering etc. Then an hour (and a bit) job hunting and emailing. 1 hour ironing (fo... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:56:38 EST Back from a trip home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406811 Wednesday, I just thought 'stuff it', rang our Mark and asked if I could crash at his place for a couple of days. He's an untidy thing but I really needed to get away from here, for a few days. <BR> <BR> I landed at Mark's at about 3.30pm and spent a bit of time with him before he cleared off to work. While he was working, I attempted to clear his living room up a bit. He suffers with depression and it gets beyond him. The kitchen, I just looked in and shut the door. We shall not speak of th... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:02:13 EST Tuesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405424 It's been a rough couple of days. <BR> Yesterday I totally lost the plot and went off on a nice 35 mile cycle ride to cool my jets. Another 50km+ ride for my annual challenge. It was the 7th qualifying ride of the month. Today, I was still angry so I took my CX and rode another 50km today. Mostly off road, on the Spa Trail and then the Water Rail Trail, along the banks of the River Witham. <BR> <BR> I've been job hunting and walking my dog mostly, over the last few days. I had an interview t... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:52:29 EST Sunday and the weekly roundup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404685 So here we are again. Another week of life gone by and I've barely logged in as I have been out living and doing stuff. It's the summer and that seems to happen a lot. <BR> <BR> After my 101km ride, I was shattered so only did a quick 12 miles on Monday. I went out with my local club on Tuesday (Yellowbellies Social Cyclists) for a nice 50km and then out with Phil for another 20 miles, putting me on 52 miles for the day. I must be touched in the head, I think. I blame the sunshine. <BR> <BR... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:41:46 EST Sunday and a sore bum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401982 I took lovely Toffee out for a good 90 minute walk today. Only walking as I ran with him yesterday for 1.3km (.8 of a mile but it sounds further in km). It was 6am and we had a nice, mostly off lead, walk. <BR> <BR> I had breakfast, did some phone charging up, routing up a ride and then I cleared off on Eric, my CX bike. My road bike needs a new bottom bracket and it's not arrived from Wiggle yet - mostly looking forward to the free pack of Haribo that accompanies Wiggle orders - and then I... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:46:36 EST Tuesday morning and the sun is shining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400029 I have taken the morning off work to find parts for my car. I had to wait until the place was open then ring back to see if they had the bits and then ring back when the right chap was in. They get aerated at work if I do it there so have taken the morning off to get this done. My MOT is quite important to me. <BR> <BR> While I was waiting for the place to open, I walked Toffee for 50 minutes in the glorious morning which went from a pretty dawn, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:10:43 EST Not a great day, actually http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399421 I had a nice lie in today. Then Ken came around and we watched The Lone Ranger on DVD in the morning. First time ever, that I have watched a film in the morning. Ken put my Speedplay Zero Pedals on Bluey, the road bike for me, as my hands are pretty rubbish actually. In return, I made him a loaf of bread. <BR> <BR> I make a lot of bread. I like doing it. Naturally, I don't actually eat the stuff, but I do like making it. I have a loaf here and I have no idea what to do with it. I guess Phil ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:11:33 EST Saturday round up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399133 Dreadful week really. <BR> Tuesday was Pixar night in with Phil, Wednesday was a trip to Boston and a walk by the river, Thursday was hilly 16 miler and yesterday I got a nice 38 miler in, on the flat, on the bike. <BR> Work is getting worse and worse. It turns out that the nurses all hate me as I am covering for their receptionist (whom they really like) as she is being trained to do another job, then the NHS is closing reception so their regular receptionist is doing a job that she doesn't ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:22:01 EST Monday and the start of a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397313 Yup, I know it's Tuesday morning but I didn't have time last night. <BR> <BR> This being single malarkey is easier for eating. I don't have to cook for anyone else so I've been forgetting to eat. My friend Wendy texts me daily and I tell her what I have eaten. Then she sends frownie faces. Oops. I have known Wen for well over 30 years and she knew me when I was so light that I could barely walk so she knows that I have a few issues in that department. Actually, she helped pull me back from t... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 02:27:32 EST 50 miler in the wind today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396711 Boy was it blowy out there today. <BR> I walked Toffee for ages this morning then had a coffee and a lovely omelette with quark in, for brunch (must do food logs). I then did a quick Tesco run as I have no fizzy water, very little diet coke and my cleaning product collection is shocking. I've used them all. Ooooh, I found strawberries on offer for 2 punnets for £3, so grabbed a couple of punnets. I also managed to get the last 2 frozen spinach packets in the shop. I use the frozen spinach in... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:03:43 EST Saturday ride with my friend today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396337 The sun is shining and I've been forgetting to log on with the tiredness that I've been going through. <BR> Today I took Bluey to Louth and rode for an hour or so, with my friend Andrea, who is one of the Fat Lass At The Back club members. It's a social group for fans of a brand of clothing called Fat Lass at the Back, or Fat Lad at the Back if you are a bloke. They have real cycling clothes for people with a curve about them. Clothing that fits, in fact. I know at a size 12 I'm not exactly t... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 14:31:50 EST Wednesday hump day. I do love a hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392373 Ken stayed last night. He wasn't supposed to, he was borrowing the car. I said that I was going for a ride and when I got back he'd eaten half my cheese and had a glass of wine. He is not driving MY car after drinking, thank you very much. <BR> <BR> He stayed in the music room on the spare bed and I had Toffee in my room and put the door against the door for good measure. Was not overly chuffed but told him that I was setting my alarm for 7am instead of 5.20am and that he, Ken, was walking t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:25:49 EST The 'head in a shed' day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391501 I was up at a quarter past 5 and out with the dogs for an hour, good and early. Dylan ran off after a rabbit and it took me an age to catch him. Toffee came straight back to me when I told him 'no' and called him in. <BR> After catching Dylan, he ate my glasses when I was in the shower. I only need them for walking, driving, watching tv, generally seeing things so they are not important or anything. I tried my spare, old ones but after 10 minutes, the ensuing headache had me donate them to t... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:08:29 EST Sunday 50 miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390991 I really needed a decent ride today. I knew that the weather wasn't going to be too cracky so I reckoned that I needed to get a wiggle on. Phil woke me, by text, at 6am. He's a bit good at that. So much for my lie in. I got the dogs walked and run, for an hour or so and then chilled at home over a nice leisurely breakfast and proper coffee. <BR> I got the bike out and decided that 20 miles would do. I went past town and up the hill to the back road to Woodhall Spa and then headed off to Tatte... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:27:36 EST Tuesday. Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388976 Busy day at work and it was touch and go as to weather I stayed in this contract or not. The managers are not replying to phone calls, messages or emails and I am not getting the mandatory training that I must have. I can't log on to the system nor have I NHS ID. They were going to nix the contract and have me put 40 hours work "down to experience" and not be paid. I don't think so! Happily, we have an ex RAF nurse work with us, she took charge and kicked some butt. All sorted now. I was very... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:01:47 EST Sunday evening in a spotless house, after a bonkers weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388210 Today I was awake at 6pm, then managed to doze for another 90 minutes before getting up and walking the dogs, alone, naturally. <BR> Ken made coffee and I drank it and had a quick protein shake and then we loaded the car, one last time. The mattress and bookshelf went on the top of the car, various bits and bobs in the car, and off we went. Ken driving this time. I was still yawning. <BR> <BR> We unloaded and got Ken's bed made so it looked decent. We popped to Boston and did some shopping. ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:10:38 EST The weekend has arrived. Thank heavens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387693 I have been at work for 3 days this week, with my new job. <BR> I have no ID or logins, not that I know how to use that bespoke system anyway.nnext week, with no training except for the phone system, I am on my own for a whole week. That should be entertaining. <BR> I can't even get emails. I will take a pedometer as I suspect a lot of running about will be required. It will be fine. <BR> <BR> Ken is moving out today. We are back at mine for lunch. He is taking apart stuff in the bedroom and... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:17:43 EST Monday's blog on Tuesday morning over coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385897 I am back from an hour out with the dogs. Waiting for Leo to call to give me a start date for the successful interview last week. I had hoped to get the job. The interviewer and I kind of clicked, both being RAF Brats and all. We spent most of the interview laughing about house moves and having to make new friends. Mostly in an ironic sort of way but it did make us both pretty independent women who rarely have 'first day nerves' as we both got some many 'first days' with new schools, new work... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:51:08 EST Sunday evening and chilling out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385289 Busy day today. <BR> I dug the garden over, at least the bald bit in the middle of the garden where the previous tenants had their trampoline. I've grass seeded and wild flower seeded it. I shall see what grows. <BR> I have planted a couple of vines, a couple of dahlia plants, a fuchsia bush, a gooseberry bush and a hardy climber. There might have been a geranium or two as well. <BR> <BR> The dogs have been walked and I took Eric for a quick 10 mile spin this evening as the weather looks a ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:15:44 EST Saturday update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384908 I am just back from a little 16 miler. I found some lumps rather than totally flat riding. I loved the lumps, just skirting the edge of the Wolds. <BR> <BR> I have been quite busy and bought a summer weight duvet, finally. Ken - who has spent all his money on something or other but not food- asked if I would get him some mayo. This after paying all the bills bar one and getting a weekly shop in yesterday. He has a flaming cheek. I had to raid my savings and was not overly delighted I did get... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:59:54 EST Saturday morning and all is well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384680 I am very tired this morning. It's been a funny couple of days. <BR> <BR> I woke, yesterday, to the news that a lady that I know in America had passed away. She was my age. I don't know the details but her sister put a notice up on FB. Apart from passing on prayers and condolences, there is nothing else I can do. I am not in a position to go to S. Carolina to attend her funeral, although I knew her quite well. Met her in London, as you do, got chatting and stayed in touch. <BR> I was just p... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 03:12:35 EST Waiting for a parcel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384133 I have been waiting in for a parcel since 7.45am. I know it's coming between 8am and 9pm and I want it here NOW! <BR> New Aftershokz headset as my old headset died after 3 years of hard work. Found them at £70 instead of £96 and thought 'that will do for me'. They are on a Hermes van between Peterborough and here. I want to ride and feel very cranky with the waiting. <BR> <BR> I took the boys out for a long walk today. 6.3 miles or so and have been in ever since. Ken kept an ear out while I ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 16:14:59 EST Busy old day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382852 I have had a right old day. <BR> Job hunting, dog walking and generally being busy. I did find time to watch the last 70km of today's leg of Le Tour though, with a cup of tea in hand. <BR> <BR> I had a good old look at my online situation and considered just jumping off a bridge with shame of it all. There was so much to kill and reset. Job sites, learning sites, music sites, places that I shop, my garmin and Strava accounts, my velo account, here, email, facebook, twitter, it was just such ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:11:18 EST 2nd July already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382373 I miss my cycling buddy. Riding alone has lost it pall again. Even with my aftershokz headset (which is trying to die I think that I have a bit of a short in there). <BR> Yesterday I took the dogs for a good long walk. I got dropped off at Woodhall and walked back along the trail. Then I went for a short ride which turned into 33 miles, so that's July's 50km ride in the bag already. <BR> <BR> I could not sleep last night and flashed Ken's laptop back to factory. I didn't ask him, I just did ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:10:25 EST The end of June already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381750 This month I have ridden over 470 miles, which is a bit pants for a summer month but there you go. It's been a smidge wet and I don't much like riding in the rain. <BR> That said I went out today for 35.5 miles. The Met Office said it had a 10% chance of raining and it rained for about 10% of the ride time so the Met Office got that right, at least. Not a fast ride, I averaged 15mph and was happy with that. I hadn't eaten enough (no change there then). <BR> <BR> I had a lovely time, took my ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:14:53 EST Wet, wild & windy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380763 I appear to be in ketosis and cannot stay still for the life of me. I am pacing about, snipping at the dogs and generally even irritating myself. <BR> I took the bike for a ride. Just 14 or 15 miles or so, in the howling wind and rain. Oh man is it wild out there today. It didn't matter which way I turned, I was riding in to a headwind it seemed. I got soaked to the skin but I don't care. It was good to be out though. <BR> <BR> Not riding with riding buddy tonight. The weather is horrible ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:31:59 EST Monday again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380042 Well, riding went well last week and I've broken the 1600 mile mark for the year as of this evening. <BR> <BR> I rode with my cycle buddy and was heading for Bardney when the temperature dropped so we turned tail and fled to the pub and waited for the rain. We drank coffee, talked about cameras and laughed a lot. The landlady said it was so lovely to see people who are still in love after all the years we must have been together. We looked at each other and giggled like a couple of 14 year o... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:07:43 EST Riding and riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378484 Tuesday evening, I didn't ride but went for a 7 or 8 mile walk with Toffee. Bumped into Flirty Guy out for a bike ride. He walked along with me for a while and then disappeared off on his bike. <BR> Rode with Flirty Guy Bike Buddy yesterday for about 22 miles. Well, for about 10 miles, the first and last 6 were on my own. Coming back home from the ride was interesting as I had a deer leap out at me. Ice pack on the wrist and some very strong painkillers. <BR> <BR> Today, I was zonked from th... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:37:03 EST Lazy day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377425 I took the bike out last night. <BR> 6 miles to the Dambusters memorial and then up to dogdyke to watch the Grebes teaching their youngsters to fish. Chatted with flirty guy a bit. <BR> <BR> Today has been mostly snoozing and catching up with Doctors on BBCiPlayer. My guilty pleasure. <BR> <BR> I shall get some walking in this evening. I shall take Toffee on a private walk, away from Dylan, for a changing. Mummy & Lurcher bonding time. <BR> <BR> I am not sure that Fajitas for breakfast wer... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:50:03 EST Skegness to Horncastle AKA the Hell Road! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377020 I am telling you, my Garmin is possessed. Firstly she tried to take me up a dead end, then INSISTED that we went down a 'no unauthorised entry, trespassers will be hung, drawn and quartered' type road and so I asked directions. Once on the road, I followed her route as the A16 was a smidge scary. Stupid GPS added a good 12 miles on to that route. I am going to swap her for Ken's GPS. I'll change the covers over, he'll never notice. <BR> <BR> Brandy, I know that 50 is no age. I'm 53 after all... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:56:06 EST Scorchio Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376711 Got a short ride in today. Just 12 miles on the trail, as it's tree lined and shady. It is boiling out there. I will walk the dogs over the Carr in a few minutes and paddle in the beck to cool down a bit. <BR> <BR> I am feeling more motivated about my eating now. I have had an Exante day today and it's all good. Mind you, it's so dang hot that eating is just not happening. I have made up the Exante mousse puddings (high protein angel delight basically) and shoved them in the freezer so had t... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:44:04 EST Good riding week this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376038 I got back, about an hour ago, from a 50 mile ride. I was late out of the door as I had a couple of helmet issues. Sorted now. The strap was too long so we shortened it up at the adjuster, then there was about 6" of flappy strap dingle-dangling about. Scissors and a match (to reseal the ends) sorted that right out. My new lid was ready for its first outing. <BR> <BR> I rode up to Woodhall Spa and got on the Water Rail Trail and rode to Bardney, 100 yards on the road and then the trail again ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:03:14 EST Extra blog today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372997 I really believe that my GPS for the bike, is possessed. <BR> I rode to Tumby Woodside (or Woodside Tumby) and asked the GPS to route me to Tattershall. It just means that I skirt the outside of Conningsby and it's about 6 miles, tops, across there. But the GPS decided that I really wanted to go to Langrick and that way. It added 17 or more miles to my ride. <BR> I had planned on a nice 50km ride (31 and a bit miles for us proper people who don't do decimal) and have ended up riding for a rat... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:38:47 EST Wet week in the East Midlands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372903 It has poured down since Monday. Wednesday was not quite as wet but very windy. I was going to just ride on the trial and back but it was too windy for that. We decided that was we watched the owl trying to fly straight into it's big bird box, opposite our back garden. It was having problems. If an owl is having problems, I thought that I was likely to as well. <BR> <BR> Despite the wind, I did get out yesterday. Only 11 miles but better than nothing. <BR> <BR> This week I have played guita... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:27:09 EST Sunday and watching the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370805 Not the best day, weather wise today. <BR> It rained overnight and we got the dogs around during a good, long break in the rain. It was only showering so not torrential stuff. <BR> In the afternoon I read and watched a Columbo (my favourite TV detective in the world) and then I decided that if I'm going to ride, I'd better get on with it. <BR> <BR> This week has been quiet on the riding front. I rode Wednesday, I rode Friday (50km) and today. Across the week I had my bum on the saddle for a ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:04:02 EST Flat pack building and bike riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369137 I walked to the docs this morning for an appointment to sort a new referral for my stupid wrist, then walked back again. <BR> We decided to put together one of our garden chairs. What a hoot that was. We looked at the plan, which was confusing to say the least. I suggested looking again later, with the aid of a nice G&T. Then we thought that a nice G&T and those plans might be a mistake. We might have sworn a bit. Trying to get the seat fabric over the bars was rather fun but we did manage in... Wed, 31 May 2017 18:30:11 EST