NEW-CAZ's SparkPeople Blog NEW-CAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ah that's better......................................... Slept better last night, reckon it must be the change in the season. <BR> Off for a beach walk, workout and some light gardening. Will post some September Garden pics soon! Some interesting flowers are blooming, again I am stumped by some so could use your help, please. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:06:39 EST Weekends are just other days It's the weekend! ya! although it makes no real difference to retirees LOL <BR> Walk planned for after brekkie and a workout, maybe some gardening (see what needs doing) or some final sunbathing while the weather allows and stock up on VIT D <em>211</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 03:50:29 EST Simple Pleasures! Had a great day out yesterday with Vicki. <BR> Had a longer drive than expected to Wroxham on the Norfolk Broadsto have a look around Roy's (a local number of shops but all branded at "Roy's"- so Roy's MacDonalds, Roy's DIY, Roy's Gardening Centre). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had lunch sitting by the river watching swans and waterfowl come and go and some river boat cruises. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:18:27 EST Is sex work????? A Navy Captain was about to start the morning briefing to his staff. <BR> <BR> While waiting for the coffee machine to finish its brewing, the Captain decided to pose a question to all assembled. He explained that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before and he failed to get his usual amount of sound sleep. <BR> <BR> He posed the question of just how much of sex was "work" and how much of it was "pleasure"? <BR> <BR> A Commander chimed in with 75-25% in favour of work. A Lieutena... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:51:13 EST Thinking of my American buddies on this anniversary 9/11 I remember on that fateful day arriving back from holiday to Heathrow Airport and seeing it play out on the screens in the terminal. DH and I both thought it strange that an airport was showing a disaster film! <BR> Then we realised it was the rolling BBC news! <BR> The horror struck us!. <BR> My thoughts are with those lost, the survivors and those who have lost near and dear ones <em>247</em> <em>652</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:48:47 EST No much going on ..................... Quiet day here today, walk after brekkie, workout, maybe some gardening. <BR> Pete's appt went well yesterday, another check up in 6 months just to keep an eye on him ( that hospital is so good at that). <BR> Out with Vicki tomorrow for lunch and shopping! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:02:20 EST Royal Baby- last I'm going to say on the subject Royal baby fever has struck-OMG it's going swamp the box and be in the papers now for the next 9 months, pages and pages of it, specials, glossy magazine shoots................... and all other "important" news will be sidelined. <BR> Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for them............but, really? do we need 24/7 coverage of every aspect of the pregnancy! <BR> <BR> Do you recall the hours of "nothing happening" when she went into labour and reporters saying "this is the door to the hospital ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 03:22:38 EST MESSING WITH THE MOB A Mafia Godfather, accompanied by his attorney, walks into a room to meet with his former accountant. <BR> <BR> The Godfather asks the accountant, "Where is the 3 million bucks you embezzled from me?" The accountant does not answer. <BR> <BR> The Godfather asks again, "Where is the 3 million bucks you embezzled from me?" <BR> <BR> The attorney interrupts, "Sir, the man is a deaf mute and cannot understand you, but I can interpret for you." <BR> <BR> The Godfather says, "Well ask hi... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 03:02:03 EST Look closely <BR> Read below and look closely. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> IT'S NOT A BIRD. <BR> <BR> <BR> This parrot is in fact a female model who posed for Johannes Stotter, a fine art body painter. Using breathable paint, he spent hours painstakingly turning this woman into the image of a parrot, brush stroke by brush stroke.The model's arm forms the parrot's head and beak, her face is under... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 03:27:08 EST Everley Bros Tribute Show............ Was a hoot. <BR> Okay so you know this is a small seaside town on the edge of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK and so you don't expect West End productions but as LEANJEAN says, Lord Love a Duck............. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The warm up acts were good but we sitting near the front so spied all the faults. We had ....... <BR> a tribute Neil Diamond- great voice but he was cheesy with it and frankly had seen better days, a tribute Hank Marvin (who turned out to be the younger Everley Broth... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:22:35 EST YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John got tickets to the show tonight at the last minute! <BR> YA! <BR> <link><BR>show/6 </link> <BR> <BR> and we have tickets for another in October <BR> <link><BR>show/11 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:39:04 EST New Team Link A friend got in touch this morning about a team she's forming; <BR> <BR> People with health issues. <BR> I sent the link to all I'm in touch with on Sparks but would like to give her team a boost and post the link here too. <BR> <BR> Have a peek ;This group is for people with health issues like diabetes, mental health issues, fibromyalgia etc. to chat and help each other out with day to day challenges. <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:56:19 EST Double drat Didn't catch Nigel for tickets yesterday, will try again after brekkie, but have a feeling we'll be sitting this one out. Shame. <BR> Also spoke to Jackie last night and they've had to cancel their visit with us from 20 September as her muppet husband, Steve, forgot to log the dates at work and his boss is taking the same week- Steve has to stand in for him. <em>198</em> MEN!!!! One brain cell!!! She hopes to see us for a long weekend in November! <BR> <BR> Oh well! The weather should be n... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:00:46 EST Dag nab it!! He wasn't there.........shoot! Nigel wasn't around today (see previous blog)...................looks like another walk tomorrow before food you hear me complaining? <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who would not like a walk along a beach each morning and a stop for a cuppa at a beach side cafe to people watch for a while <em>211</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:57:43 EST Grabbing tickets.......hopefully Well feeling less annoyed over the hospital appt and putting it into perspective. <BR> <BR> <BR> As you know John's been calling the local theatre in the hope of getting some unwanted/returned tickets for Saturday's Everley Brother's show but he's not having much luck. He's got 2 for himself and Vicki but no more are available(- the show had been sold out and the theatre manager kindly gave him 2 staff tickets as he's such a regular customer). <BR> We're to keep trying right up to Saturday... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:30:32 EST it's summat else Well Botox Doc had done the injections as per instructed apparently so I'm guessing it's tiredness and/or over doing it exercising............a combination would do it.................................but I didn't want it to be that I guess. <BR> And I do push at times. <em>311</em> <em>323</em> <em>328</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> But like I said I've not had pain like this for a VERY VERY LONG TIME so could not think it was exercise/tiredness.................worse OLD AGE CREEPING... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 03:01:52 EST *expletive* RAIN! Foiled again...........will get out there again today Got "some" gardening done. One plant that was really overgrown but now finished flowering needing some radical cutting back and it took an hour! Just as I was finishing and thinking "right next the lawns and I'll do the rear garden after lunch" the heavens opened and I needed DH to help me clear away the debris before I drowned out there in the rain. <BR> i was really enjoying gardening yesterday and it was a shame it was cut short- it continued to rain all afternoon. <BR> So today, a walk, g... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 03:38:51 EST September, approaching a year here in Gorleston..................... One more month and we'll be here a year- how time flies when you're having fun and are (mostly) happy (we all have off day) <BR> <BR> Okay plans and goals <BR> August - all met- fitness, personal and nutritional. <BR> <BR> <BR> September ............... <BR> Medical- <BR> get my Botox injections for dystonia symptoms tomorrow (2nd) and they can't come soon enough. As I've said, I reckon the doc fouled up last time as some days have been AGONY to get through this past month and I usual... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:42:55 EST There are some nasty people around Well not much other news except Pete received a scam letter from a “so called “ genealogist claiming to act for a Charles Brough (a relative supposedly)who had died and left a fortune and Pete was in line for some serious money. He took it to the beach Police Station this afternoon on his bike ride and they’ve told us to get on to trading standards and report it. We’ve had one before, years ago and ignored it. But it worries me that someone vulnerable might get taken in and end up parting wi... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:55:17 EST Don't dwell on it, buck up Caz!!! Wellllllllllll ..........I WAS hoping to get in the garden today but it's already drizzling...........and the weatherman promised sun for today. Not a happy bunny. <BR> (And I had a look out there and so far, no weeds.........still, I think they've got the message-----------don't mess with me <em>246</em> - so maybe gardening can wait til tomorrow) <BR> <BR> Plus I can feel my neck pulling (it's been doing it on and off all month) because it's crying out for the botox due on Tuesday. So fr... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:56:28 EST WISE WORDS................. <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:35:07 EST They were amazing............ Well the Simon and Garfunkel Story show we saw a couple of days ago with John and Vicki was spectacular. <BR> They had the voices off perfectly and the backing band was brilliant. They had a slide show on the big rear screen telling the story of their rise and history. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They said they've been asked to appear long term in the West End (London) towards the end of the year and into 2015. They will go down a storm. <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:02:52 EST They were amazing............ Well the Simon and Garfunkel Story show we saw a couple of days ago with John and Vicki was spectacular. <BR> They had the voices off perfectly and the backing band was brilliant. They had a slide show on the big rear screen telling the story of their rise and history. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They said they've been asked to appear long term in the West End (London) towards the end of the year and into 2015. They will go down a storm. <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:02:51 EST Words of Wisdom LOL The wise old Mother Superior from county Tipperary was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. <BR> Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. <BR> <BR> Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother Superior drank a little, then a lit... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:12:21 EST SLENDERELLA61 inspired this blog- Progress YES! I used to be tired ALL the time- now I'm mostly energised <BR> I used to eat chips and generally crappy food- now I eat fresh EVERYTHING: fish, chicken, veg and fruit- simply prepared and enjoyed. Love raw salads even in the dead of winter and whole foods! <BR> My palate loves subtle flavours and no I longer spoil food with sugar laden sauces enjoying vinaigrettes instead. <BR> I used to pile my plate high and still feel hungry- now my food leaves me satisfied and is in calorific range for m... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:14:49 EST DOH! Well I have a fun packed day today (NOT) after my workout (I will enjoy that- always do) I'm getting the carpet steamer out and am blasting all the carpets..............oh deep joy <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> At least I'll be burning some serious calories <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Missed the convoy!! Muppet here (ME) misread the "what's on locally" website.............they were to pass down Marine Parade GREAT YARMOUTH not Marine Parade GORLESTON (just a couple of minutes from us at the sea... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:30:51 EST The end was nigh LOL I cannot believe it, Yesterday I thought the world was about to end. <BR> After a glorious start to the day with scorching sun and clear blue skies come 3 o'clock it was so dark and we had hailstones the size of raspberries. They made such a noise Pete had to cut short his phone call from John as they couldn't hear each other <em>40</em> <BR> Needless to say no bike outing for them yesterday. so glad I got my walk in while the going was good- will do the same today I think <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:50:36 EST Things to be happy about today :):):) 1 Off for a walk in some glorious sun- it looked like autumn had come just a couple of days ago but it's turned again- I'm a happy bunny! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> <BR> 2 Pete has F1 qualifying today, guess I'll have to make my own entertainment. A nice sweaty workout WITHOUT INTERRUPTIONS WILL BE GOOD! <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> 3 I'm hoping he's recorded the race tomorrow so it doesn't interfere with watching the truckers' convoy. Would really like to see that go by. Must remind ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:09:28 EST Incredible muscle control........................ <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:13:09 EST Wing Suit Skydiver Meets His Maker in Rio... <link> </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:56:20 EST Service with a smile...................... John and Vicki were going to book up for an Everly Brother evening for us all in September but the website said all seats sold out. John rang the theatre and was given two “staff allocated” seats and has been told he’ll try and obtain 2 more for us….but they may not be together. <BR> I don't mind not sitting with them- once the show starts that's where you focus after all, as long as we can meet up at the interval in the bar eh?! <BR> <BR> The manager is certainly going out of his way to he... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:29:42 EST Hug of the Century Not a dry eye in the house....................... <em>26</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rescuer </link> <BR> <BR> I was choked by this- beautiful Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:15:53 EST CONVOY!!!!!!!!!! The bike we were after had been nabbed by the local scrap metal dealer which was a shame as it looked a half decent one. <BR> <BR> Not a lot going on today, trying to book for a tribute show about the Everly Brothers and having trouble on line- need to ring the theatre. <BR> <BR> Off for a walk and a workout later. <BR> <BR> With the Bank Holiday weekend coming up I'm looking forward to the Trucker's Convey comming through. All the local truckers invite disabled or disadvnataged kids to ri... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:15:14 EST Not another bike LOL A walk this morning then we're off to the dentist for a 6 month check up. <BR> We had an evening walk to the beach last night again and on the way back we spotted a rubbish skip outside a large beach front house that had been half filled. We've been interested in what's been happening there as Jackie and Steve would love it as a "project" to do up- we're hoping the present inhabitants are preparing for selling. But there was no sign of life in the property. <BR> As we got to the side lane Pet... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:08:36 EST Irish Golf Joke :) A golfer playing in Ireland hooked his drive into the woods. <BR> Looking for his ball, he found a little Leprechaun flat on his back, <BR> a big bump on his head and the golfer's ball beside him. <BR> <BR> Horrified, the golfer got his water bottle from the cart <BR> and poured it over the little guy, reviving him. <BR> <BR> 'Arrgh! What happened?' the Leprechaun asked. <BR> <BR> 'I'm afraid I hit you with my golf ball,' the golfer says. <BR> <BR> 'Oh, I see. Well, ye got me fair and sq... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:38:21 EST Try again today The weather was not playing ball yesterday. I'd change to go in the garden and it would rain, I'd change back into house clothes and the sun would come out. Not good reading of the signs and the weather station was not so reliable yesterday- kept saying tendency upwards (indicating higher pressure so better weather coming)...........well it was right eventually..............around 5.15- when it was too fippin late to get out there and I needed to get dinner on the go LOL <BR> <BR> And talk a... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:22:27 EST Tarking Norfolk .................. I see my American buddies are just as intrigued as me at the Norfolk here's a gem for you <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love language and deciphering the local speak, just love it!!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:33:36 EST Oh well-----always next Sunday and I'm a local now!! :) Sorry to say the band wasn't at the bandstand yesterday after all for some reason- inclement weather might have had something to do with it ( the unlikeness of people walking past)- and for once I had my phone. Typical! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today's weather has caused conversation with everyone I met on the beach front and I'm beginning to think there is a network of weather/storm watchers who keep an updated report circulating locally. <BR> <BR> The sky was dark grey and threatening i... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:45:02 EST Rock Around The Clock............... Had another brilliant walk yesterday in sunshine and a stiff breeze. Got to JayJays and could hear music in addition to that on my iPod so took the ear pieces out and could hear rock and roll coming from somewhere! Then it clicked" <BR> Vicki had said there is band that plays at the bandstand outside the Pavilion Theatre on a Sunday......but this was Saturday.....hmmmm. So they're out today too? Well done Einstein! <em>198</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Strode off and the music changed ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 03:51:43 EST More interest in the weather AS well as Lexie asking I've had some sparkmails about DH's weather station- check it out............................. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss-touchscreen-weather-forecaster-n96fy </link> <BR> <BR> The weather looks decidedly dodgy this morning. as long as it doesn't rain I'll get a walk in today- and a kettle bell workout later <BR> <BR> Hope you're keeping active-Happy Sunday <em>212</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 03:06:40 EST Twilight walk was uplifting DH felt drained yesterday afternoon but be went for a solo cycle nonetheless. John was waiting in for a delivery so he went on his home and by all accounts acted the kid up and down the slopes to the promenade. Came back beaming. By 9pm I was feeling the need for some air so we went for a walk to the promenade and just sat on one of the many benches (most erected in memory to someone who loved the beach area and spent time there- they all have brass plaques) listening to the waves and watchi... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 03:47:23 EST Do as you're told LOL Not much news here- but Pete is def improving. <BR> He can just claw the top of our lounge door frame when he does his "finger climb" up it. One of his 6 exercises. "Itsy witsy spider" the physio called it. A few days ago he could only get to 4 inches from the door frame. <BR> He's also reaching further on the other exercises; an external rotation using a broom handle to push his arm out to the side. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:40:39 EST Not 4o'clock.............. but near enough! <BR> <BR> the heavens opened at 4-15 throough to 5.........then sun again. <BR> <BR> <BR> spooky or what. <BR> <BR> If you have no idea what I'm on about please see my previous blog! <em>211</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:01:39 EST We have a witch in our midst On my walk this morning I passed a lovely dog with unusual amber eyes, like a tiger, have seen her with her "dad" before and found out she's called Maisey- a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla <BR> <BR> Google image of this breed <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I bent forward and said "Hello Maisey enjoying your walk this morning" and the owner was in awe that I'd remembered her name after just a first brief meeting. We exchanged names (Bryan w... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:29:56 EST Always something going on at the beach Had a great walk at the beach yesterday. <BR> The local community association had organised a Family Beach Day and the theme was "superheroes" so all the kids were dressed as Superman or Spiderman etc as were the organisers. Looked a lot of fun with games and sandcastles being built and there were Bouncy Castles, Slides etc. <BR> <BR> There was also a lot of traffic coming in and out of the harbour and I looked up the ships on the internet on my return- many were supply support ships and m... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:20:16 EST Funny #2 <img src=""> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:23:08 EST Productive day yesterday and so rewarding I got most of my weeding done yesterday and was delighted to see many of my now favourite plants flowering for a second time this year! Amazing and so thrilled. This garden is hard work but so rewarding <BR> <BR> Pete's shoulder seems to improve over the day with the exercises he's been given and I swear he can raise his arm higher out to the side, But he it reverts the following morning. He says it feels easier so we're making progress however small. <BR> <BR> Feeling slightly stuffed up ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:00:55 EST Talking of projects................. i was just saying to my very good spark friend Joy and team mates on 50+ and maintainers that our house projects have been put of hold over summer. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping DH and I can revert to our projects once it's over. Not many to do but with the (mostly) gorgeous weather we're outside most of the time. <BR> I'm usually walking or gardening and he's playing with his bicycles and going our for rides with John most days. <BR> <BR> We have British Gas coming in the beginning of September to ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:40:26 EST Funny #1 <img src=""> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:39:56 EST Well enough for a light workout Feeling much better today although I hear Vicki is really suffering with this bug. <BR> So much better in fact I'll chance a light workout this morning, Hurricane Bertha arrived just after midnight and the garden has been well and truly drenched so no gardening today and it's still raining so no walk.........well for now. Hopefully it'll brighten up or even a light drizzle I'll be prepared to go out in. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday and thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and well wished yest... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:38:13 EST