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/ 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 Hoovering is bad for you. Shopping for house is much healthier. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368699 Housework won't kill you, but why take the chance. I had this on a mug for years and I wish that I had taken more notice. I was vacuuming away yesterday and pulled something in my back and have been in pain since. I spent the day on the sofa and wincing every time I moved. <BR> <BR> I managed to get stuck in bed this morning as, during the night, I rolled to my left and then couldn't move as my back hurt too much. Ken rescued me so that I could sit up, have coffee and painkillers and then si... Tue, 30 May 2017 17:33:24 EST Sunday ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367813 Only 38 miles but a ride is a ride. <BR> I took my roadie to Evans, in Norwich for a gear service and they didn't do the best job ever. They did a good job on the brakes and new cables, but th egear indexing just didn't happen. I spent 38 miles feathering ever gear change and then called Ken to pick me up as I was so fed up. It's just so irritating. <BR> In other news, Eric has had a facelift. Gone is the Kermit Green bar tape, the bottle cage is in the spares box. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 28 May 2017 19:19:17 EST Tuesday and housework - gloom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365721 I didn't log on anywhere really yesterday. I was generally just not having a good day. We did pop to Louth and sorted out my new bank account, got some bird seed for the bird feeders and went in to Wilcos for a new gardening fork, a spade and a rake. We also got rid of some odds and ends at the dump - old cardboard boxes that are no longer fit for purpose. <BR> <BR> I walked the dogs a few times, read a bit and generally did stuff all. I caught up with my Dutch lessons and that was about it.... Tue, 23 May 2017 18:22:03 EST Sunshine and a 50 mile ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364828 It's amazing what you can do when you don't want to be somewhere. <BR> This morning Ken walked the dogs and then we fettled the bikes a bit. Eric's chain needed a serious clean and Bluey's gears needed tweaking so we did that. Fettled Ken's trike and then, after another cup of tea, Ken decided that he wanted to take the trike for a bit of a spin. I popped on my 3/4 length shorts (which proved to be a bit of an error) and grabbed the roadie and went with him. After about 2.75 miles I was think... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:24:17 EST Wet weather again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363971 I have had 2 x 60 minute walks today. Once with the dogs and once around Louth, looking for the TSB. Just about to go out again. <BR> <BR> This morning someone had tipped our wheelie bins over. The black bin was empty as the bin men came first thing. The recycle bin was over and stuff stewn everywhere. I cleared it up in a jiffy, this was not the wind. <BR> Last night someone came to the door at around 10.30pm and when we answered the door (chain on) he said that the had the wrong address. T... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:03:47 EST In the new house. Not without issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363625 Well, we are here. In the new house. It's very nice. <BR> As soon as we got in we did the usual hoover around, dusted the skirting boards, cleaned the bathroom and all the kitchen cupboards. We figured that the outgoing people were a young couple who both worked and who had a 2 year old child, that they probably had enough on their plate already. It's about par for the course when doing an exchange with the outgoing tenants still moving their stuff. <BR> <BR> We, on the other hand, left a to... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:43 EST I must pack, I must pack, I must pack. Oooh Sushine. Where is my bike :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359200 This morning it was a smidge foggy first off but the Met Office said gorgeousness was going to abound. We went off for a 9.30am appointment to sign over the flat ready to move out. I had Eric in the back of the car with a view to riding the 6ish miles home. <BR> It was far to nice a day for that. Stuff packing, I'll do it in a bit. <BR> I rode down to the trail, rode to the turning where I decided NOT to go home but to go to the Snails Pace for a coffee. Then I rode back towards home. That b... Mon, 8 May 2017 08:29:56 EST Last day at work and a bike ride in the sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358968 Work went well. Drop tower ride all morning and then the wee roller coaster all afternoon. We were quite busy as the sun came out. <BR> I had a lovely shake for breakfast and had tuna at lunch - just tuna and took a protein bar the for afternoon so that I didn't feel like yesterday, especially as the not getting to the loo thing is in place. The rangers who are trying to not go when on a ride are the one's who are not taking the rip out of the system. The attention seekers are still attention... Sun, 7 May 2017 18:55:41 EST 5 more sleeps. Woo hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358534 Today was my penultimate day at work. I shall not be sorry to leave, not now. <BR> One or two members of staff are abusing the loo break cover. We call a 'code 7' when we need a loo break, and the one or two people who don't use the toilets before we start work at 9.40am, or during their lunch break (which can be any time between 12.30pm and 1.30pm) and will call for a break regularly. <BR> One lad - he really gets on my pips, quite frankly - called 2 'code 7's this morning and 2 more this af... Sat, 6 May 2017 17:47:26 EST First blog this month! 3rd May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357219 Tomorrow is Star Wars day. Just saying <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Today I needed to sit in my flat, from 8am to 6pm while I waited for the Gas check for my flat, and an Electrical check. Well the Electricians arrived at about 1pm and were here about an hour. At 6.15, we gave up waiting for the Gas people and took the dogs for a walk. They were a no show so that was a total waste of a sunny afternoon. Ken will be on the blower tomorrow morning to our Housing Officer in the Housing Department f... Wed, 3 May 2017 15:37:54 EST Saturday 29th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355261 Kenn's Birthday today. He spent it at work, as did I. <BR> <BR> I worked on the Raging Rivers ride in the morning. That's 2 big slides, one straight, one bumpy, that folks ride down on boats. Then the guests put their boats on the conveyor belt and the boats come back up to the top again. In the afternoon I worked on Thunder Falls - that's a Log Flume ride to you and I. one little drop and one big drop. I love that ride. Naturally I bundled up with base layer, tee shirt, sweatshirt, jacket a... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:01:55 EST Friday 28th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354877 It's the day before Kenn's birthday and he spent it at dialysis and I spent it at work. <BR> Very slow day at work today, but I was indoors and by the radiator for the most part. By the time I got home I was ready for a bike ride but I had to wait in for a parcel and walk the dogs first. <BR> When I did get out, I did a quick 15 miles in 66 minutes and a lovely Queen of the Mountain thing on Strava (cycling app). I already had the QOM there but got a better time. No idea how as I wasn't real... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:37:32 EST Definitely the 11th. Feet have been stamped. Quite a lot actually http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354375 Kenn did the whole video link thing with Eileen at Lincs, via Jamie & Candy's iPad. Everything went well. Kenn sent a conformation email that everything is to be accepted and that we WILL be moving on the 11th because the Dialysis unit are getting jacked right off with the palava. Em stamped her feet, literally apparently and Jamie & Candy said that they were off those few days and THAT is when they can move too. No budging, no messing about, we are all peeved off and it's the 11th May, so th... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:52:37 EST Moving update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353922 Naturally, after being told we are moving on Star Wars day, it now looks as if we will now be moving on the 11th May. <BR> I really wish that the housing officers would get it together somehow - no idea how though. If only there were some sort of communication device that they could use to speak to each other even though they are 350 miles apart. Sheesh! Anyone got Alexander Graham Bell's address <em>20</em> Maybe even - in the realms of Sci-fi now so hold on to your hats and stay with me ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:26:03 EST Breaking News.....Breaking News.....Breaking News..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353419 While we were driving down the motorway - or I was driving and Kenn was passenger-ing, my phone rang and it was our Housing Officer organising a day for the gas check and letting us know that our new tenancy (In Lincolnshire) would be starting on Monday 8th May, so we will be moving on May 4th (Star Wars Day) <em>40</em> <BR> We were aiming for a tenancy start of the 15th May and thought that we were pushing our luck. So, tomorrow I will give the Post Office 2 weeks notice of our notice t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:46:46 EST Monday and a day of total laziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352931 I have walked the dogs a few times, done the washing up and laundry and that is about it. <BR> <BR> I have been really tired today, so just chilled. I have done some Dutch, watched the TV, caught up on stuff and generally done sod-all. Marvellous. <BR> <BR> I had a moan to Kenn that I wanted to eat all the Jam roly poly in the freezer, ALL the ice cream that he has stashed away and some cake and all the biscuits that he thinks that I don't know that he's hidden, plus the nature valley grano... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:55:32 EST Sunday 23rd April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352475 Another park duties day today. I drove the train 6 times today, slid down slides, covered loo breaks on the pony express ride, roller coaster, the wave-rider (chair-o-plane) ride and covered lunch on the roller coaster too. I have litter picked, swept, done more sliding and generally rushed about like a busy little bee. <BR> I got home and walked the dogs and I am now officially knackered. <BR> <BR> My shifts have changed at work and I am in Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. I have 3 ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:06:33 EST Saturday 22nd April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352067 Today I was on park duties at work. 19,000 steps and I am shattered. I had a bad night last night and very little sleep. I am going to crack on with my Dutch lesson, do my meditation and take a tablet and then head to bed. <BR> <BR> We are so short staffed, it's untrue. We managed to get 1 extra body in for tomorrow and we are going to nix the Entertainment side of our department and pinch the bodies to run rides. My poor supervisor is in flitters. The boss is on her hols still and away from... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:49:31 EST Friday! So much for just working weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351669 This morning, I was just drinking my coffee and about to consider which shake to have for breakfast, or whether I should have pancakes instead, when my phone rang and it was an unknown number. As Kenn is on the transplant list and we have a bike up for sale, I answered the phone. Turned out that it was Trevor from work and they were desperately short staffed and would I go in. I said to give me an hour as I needed to walk the dogs, eat something, shower and meditate but agreed to go in as lon... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:23:58 EST Thursday 20th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351158 The people who's house we are moving to got in touch with the housing officer today and it's all good. They have had upgrades and a streamlining to the exchange system and no training. This is the first 3 way exchange with someone from outside of their Housing Association that has happened with the new system. They are in a pickle but getting through it. So that's good news. <BR> <BR> Today we walked the dogs in some woods that I had spotted, with permissive paths that the locals can use. It... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:32 EST Weds 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350738 Today I did something for the first time. I made 2 x 3 minute videos of my home. I did a walk through from the garden, laundry area, car park, front garden and to the utility room in one vid. Then the hall, bedroom, shower room, living room and kitchen - including looking out of the windows, in the other. For the lass who should be moving to my flat. <BR> It was quite easy to do, then I uploaded them to Faceache messenger, for Em to see. She said they were great. She liked the commentary and ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:29 EST Rubbish Monday, Awesome Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350279 Yesterday was horrible. I had breakfast at the usual time, lunch was early as I felt so hungry. I had a bit of salad later and ended up with tea and supper as I was so famished. Just a dreadful day all around. I did get a ride in, just a shortie of 8.5 miles or so. Even a diet coke, with its gassiness didn't help at all. <BR> <BR> Today was so different. We had to be up early to take Kenn to Launceston Hospital for his clinic appointment. Kenn then dropped me off at Meeth, Devon. The start o... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:59:30 EST Easter Sunday and a busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349335 Today I was on park duties. When we are on 'Park' they call us 'breakers'. Because we keep the park tidy and we cover the dinner breaks, loo breaks, people feeling queasy breaks etc. <BR> I did a lot of train driving today. I drove the 9.30, 10am, 11am 12 noon, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm trains. I am quite fond of driving the old thing actually. Very slow, I can walk faster without trying too hard. <BR> I broke a couple of rides for lunch. Dizzy Dina for half an hour, the bouncing roundabout and Thunde... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:55:53 EST Easter Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348945 After the night from hell, where I saw pretty much every hour. I gave up at about 0620, got up and went out on my bike for 11 1/2 miles, up the trail in the light drizzle and cloud. Nice and quiet on the trail at that time of day. No flipping Emmets! <BR> <BR> Kenn walked the boys while I was riding. Home, shower, breakfast and a nice early morning meditation. I normally meditate at night but thought I'd give first thing a go and it was nice actually. I shall do that again. Meditation is doi... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:27:13 EST Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348538 Well, I was going to go to Church today and wandered up to my local church but they were shut. They share a Good Friday service with 4 other local churches and, although the sign on the door said which church, I didn't have a clue where that was. By the time I'd googled it and worked out that it was a brisk 25 minute walk away at least, I would have been very late to it. I gave the dogs a longer morning walk instead. <BR> <BR> I popped to Bodmin with my neighbour this afternoon. Fair bit of ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:10:53 EST Riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347994 Having sat in all yesterday and not ridden, walked or anything of note due to waiting in for a parcel which didn't arrive. I paid for next day delivery on Tuesday at 11am and it didn't come. I rang them today and was a bit miffed. They have credited my account with £20, which is nice but I still don't have my parcel. It will be here Saturday allegedly. <BR> <BR> Knowing that no parcel will be forthcoming today, I rode up to Pooleys Bridge where I met Kenn with his bike and we rode the 9.5 mi... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:12:29 EST Monday. A whole month on plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346655 I started on March 10th and here we are on April 10th with a whole month's worth of smiley faces drawn on my calendar. I am very pleased with myself so had an extra long walk this morning, with the dogs, to celebrate. Not sure how long I walked for so I guessed an hour and put that down. Actually, I have forgotten a whole walk so will amend my exercise feed accordingly. <BR> <BR> Today I have been emptying the utility room - the bikes live there. They are currently in the bathroom (don't ask... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:08:39 EST End of another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346044 After running around at work yesterday, I was feeling really jangly. My nerves were in tatters for no good reason, so I took Eric out for a spin. 11.76 miles in 55 minutes and the evening sun. Lovely. Just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> Today I was working in the simulator with my pal Tom, and it was great fun. We work well together and have been put on the Simulator together a few times and we make a good team. Yesterday I worked with a different Tom, a 19 year old who thinks that he's ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:20:40 EST Friday weigh day. I feel thinner so don't care what the scale says anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345196 Last week the scales didn't shift, but the inches did. This week, I have shifted 3lbs, so deeply chuffed with that. My waist has gone down to a healthy 33" which is under 50% of my height in inches. This is a good thing, according to the NHS. <BR> <BR> A beautiful day from the off, I walked the dogs while Kenn was at an X-ray in Bodmin. When Kenn got home he pumped my tyres up a little while I changed and grabbed some pancakes for breakfast. A day like this is a riding day, no contest. Natur... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:38:46 EST Thursday has been a strange sort of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344762 I woke at just before dawn with a migraine, so took painkillers and went back to bed. It is the only thing to do. No point trying to do anything but with a migraine, except wait for the stupid thing to go. <BR> <BR> I had an omelette about 2pm as I figured that I would be able to keep something down by then. After that, my day improved dramatically. We gave the dogs a short walk and took the bikes out for a ride. Kenn wanted to ride on the trail but it was heaving with emmets which was upset... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:59:43 EST Tuesday 4th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343784 It was cold and horrible in the morning here. The dogs got minimum walking as Toffee is nesh beyond belief and loathes getting even his ears wet. He has his waterproof coat and his snood but he still hates the rain. Dylan doesn't care and the muddier the better for him. Filthy little tyke. <BR> While the weather was horrible we mucked out the shed. Kenn thought it would take ages, but it only took 30 minutes and it's all neat and lovely now. Stuff in boxes and ready to chuck in a van with no ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:50:17 EST Dreadful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342340 Just hideous. I never want another one like that. <BR> <BR> My day on park duties got swapped about. Because I was due to work on park duties, I didn't take my water bottle as I can get water at any time with no problem. I got put on the roller coaster ride from 10am to 12 noon, which was fine. Then had my 30 minutes for lunch - which is seriously early and we never break the rides that early, but we are short staffed. Again. Even though there were at least 3 people they could have called in... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:32:28 EST Walking and riding today. Rain dodging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341828 Today dawned quite nicely but the weather forecast said rain after lunch so I got the dogs out for a morning walk and then took them again about 11am. A new walk, muddier than I thought and it took me to Polmorla Road the back way, but I wasn't sure of the way and the weather looked like it was closing in so I looped back the way that I'd come to make sure that I didn't get lost. The boys got an extra 50 minutes anyway. <BR> I took Eric out for a quick spin. A recovery ride really. Just 7 mil... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:48:54 EST It stopped raining so guess what I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341352 Correct! I went for an 11 mile ride. Just up the trail to the Snails Pace Cafe for a coffee. Kenn met me there with the dogs and the car so I could get a ride back. Sadly, the Cafe had just unpacked some stuff so we liberated the boxes so there was no room for me and Eric, the bike. There was nothing else for it. Either I went home, with the bike in the car and Kenn walked the dogs for 11 miles (he was a bit unwilling, now I think about it), or I got back on Eric and rode home. Mostly downhil... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:50:06 EST Wednesday hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340866 Kenn went off to dialysis while I was chatting with the TV filming guy. They really like us and our 'audition' recording was loved, so that's good. Em, who is moving to our flat, has been on to here housing association but they have not recieved the forms yet. She rang later, speaking to the head Housing Officer with a few choice words and asked for a call back. She got one and they do have the forms and can see no issues with the exchange going ahead and will get a wiggle on and expedite it,... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:35:45 EST Tuesday 28th March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340230 After working yesterday, I was so shattered that I just walked the dogs for 40 minutes or so then curled up on the sofa and didn't move except for doing my evening meal and getting a cuppa. Bed by 9.30 and slept like the dead until 7am. I didn't get up for another hour as I had a Lurcher either side of me, pinning me in, so I just cuddled for a while with them. Toffee is my super snuggly boy and always comes to bed at some point and sneaks in. He thinks that I don't know. <BR> <BR> We want t... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:26:30 EST Sunday and getting up early really sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339239 The clocks went forward this morning. Happily, my alarm is set on my phone and it updates by magic, overnight. Today at work, I was in 45 minutes earlier than usual and finishing an hour later. I am shattered. <BR> Today's 8 hour shift was at least 6 hours of walking about. I covered 11 miles by all accounts. Everything aches. I rashly volunteered to work tomorrow, even though I don't want to but Trevor, our supervisor, is a lovely man and he's really up against it. We have a lad on our rota ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:59:11 EST Saturday and the usual mad busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338852 This morning was just gorgeous adn I had to work. Boo sucks! Never mind, it's all outdoors so not so bad. Beast first off - the big drop tower ride and then lovely Morgawr the roller coaster in the afternoon. I helped the new guy as well - happy too as he is properly serious eye candy. Just moved to Cornwall from Basildon. <BR> The chap that I give a lift to didn't show so we left without him. He didn't call in to the office or anything so Kenn has picked up his shift for tomorrow. We'll be a... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:44:04 EST Friday and a lovely evening ride after a day of being helpful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338428 Nice weather all day today, except for a bit of damp in the air mid afternoon. <BR> I was going to ride this morning but my Brummie neighbour asked for my help 'popping' to Bodmin for some paint. Just 45 minutes she said. 3 and a half hours later we got back in. We got paint from Homebase, something from Pets at Home, then Asda for fuel, B&M for something else (I can't remember but I got a cheap watch reduced from £9.99 to £1 as the box was torn), we had a coffee at the garden centre and pric... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:38:54 EST The sun came out and the Met Office was wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337482 This morning, after our dog walk, was spent curled up on the sofa reading a book. No internet, TV, radio or anything. It was bliss. At lunchtime I went for a short ride. Just 12 miles in the sun but it was very nice. I came home and had a lovely chicken salad. <BR> I popped upstairs for a coffee with my neighbour Averil - She's a Brummie with a strong accent so I get every 3rd word and guess the rest, mostly. I declined a trip to Tesco as I don't need anything. <BR> Kenn then came home and we... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:16:26 EST Tuesday spring cleaning the bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336863 Kenn was in at work today, paperwork and ride training, so I had the flat to myself. I had a leisurely coffee and cherries and berries shake, another coffee and then gave the dogs a second walk. Toffee has a sore paw so it's short walks for him. <BR> Once home I hung out the laundry, that I'd had on a hot wash. Bed linen always gets a hot wash. I then set to in the bedroom. <BR> I hoovered where I could, around the beds and then carted out the Trofast (Ikea cupboard), into the hall and start... 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