NEW-CAZ's SparkPeople Blog NEW-CAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Keeping busy Light workout this morning then getting on with the loft. <BR> Tomorrow sees my 57th BD so we're out for a meal with John and Vicki in the evening ( I refuse to cook or do any housework on my special day) then on Saturday (John's Birthday) we're all going to a show at the Pavilion Theatre for a Night of Cliff Richards and The Shadows. Pete was reluctant to go but it should be a good night. <BR> <BR> OMG two late nights in a row- will I survive? <em>246</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 03:19:55 EST Boxes, boxes and more boxes I looked in my garden yesterday and saw very little to do so enjoyed the sun lazing in the garden then when it clouded over we turned our attention to clearing the loft. <BR> Pete asked if I knew what was in all the boxes and I could remember (remember that highly detailed list I did when me moved? I reckon typing all that out has aided my memory LOL) <BR> He got disinterested after my recalling it all for about 5 mimutes LOL <BR> <BR> 105 minutes hauling boxes down hardly made a dent in i... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:36:45 EST Autumn Project.....maybe Well we're good to go for FREE insulation, though not for the rafters- apparently they don't do that anymore. Something to do with some lofts "sweating" through lack of ventilation. But once we've got the loft cleared and they've been on 24th October and laid the insulation, it makes sense to me to do the rafters (or get them done- big job for DH and me) while it's clear up there. <BR> DH was talking of moving the boiler to the side too and make room for a sky-lite..........should we decide ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:07:18 EST Ya and a bonus British Gas guy has just left and <em>244</em> we're getting our entire loft insulated FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLUS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Because Pete's over 60 we get £50 to pay someone to clear the loft for us.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And who said moving here would not be full of positives!!!!!!!! <em>211</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The only thing is it will not re rafter insulation but the laid down stuff- but I'm not sniffing at's still FFFr... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:41:35 EST Rushing my sparking because................. British Gas is coming this morning to see if we're eligible for FREE LOFT INSULATION. yes FREE!!! <em>244</em> <BR> We're hoping they'll be prepared to pack the rafters rather than lay floor insulation up there then we can make rooms up there!! We're prepared to make up the difference if it costs more. <BR> Fingers crossed please guys! <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone <em>247</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:12:49 EST Not another one! LOL I'm making the most of this lovely weather. Pete's seen another bike on line (Gawd preserve us) for the wheels and gears. It's a little further to go and collect but he reckons it's worth the money.............if he can keep the bid low! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:21:29 EST Good news!on DH DH had a good report on his diabetic check up, good cholesterol and good glucose levels all other indications are he's doing fine but...........he has put on weight since the last annual check so we're going to remedy that. <BR> A quiet weekend, hoping for some sun so I get in the garden, although it doesn't look too bad out there. <BR> <BR> oh and he's making more progress on his frozen shoulder, he can raise his arm more than 90 degrees laterally now and can put his hand about his head!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:30:06 EST This will get you wanting to move today <link> </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:21:17 EST DH has an evil streak LOL So remember I said it was raining heavily and I'd try for a walk later??? weelllll.. it dried off....sort of. <BR> SOooooo <BR> ME; I'll chance it, I think we've had the worst! <BR> DH; Well I would offer to drive along side with an umbrella <BR> ME; Yeah I know you! You'd snatch back the brolly at the last minute and leave me getting wetter than a drowned rat <BR> DH EVIL LAUGH (AND I swear horns were appearing on top of his head <em>246</em> <em>18</em> ) <BR> <BR> I went for a walk-... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:44:18 EST Musings It's raining here, heavily, so no morning stroll- later maybe.. <BR> I got all my carpets steam cleaned with DH helping and they look "fresher"- they weren't dirty per say but I thought, been here a year (almost) they could do with freshening up. <BR> No big autumn clean through needed here, this house stays cleaner (less polution/dust coming through the window like it was down south)- what a blessing. <BR> Spoke to Vicki yesterday and we're set to go out on a girls only night near Christmas-... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:30:52 EST My intended TNT for 24th for the Panther Team- GO PANTHERS My intended TNT for 24th <BR> Warm up 10 points <BR> Dreaded 3; Nicole’s Lunges with Ball and dumb bells 3 x 10 30 points <BR> Lying reverse flys on ball with dumb bells 3 x 10 30 points <BR> Forward raises with dumb bells 3 x 10 30 points <BR> Main workout all with dumb bells all 12 exercise (3 x 10) …….. <BR> 36 x 5 points 180 points <BR> Squats <BR> Crunches <BR> Bridges ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:27:25 EST Sleepless nights.ugh Having a workout in a mo and want to get on with "something" today. I lounged around yesterday having felt really weak after my walk (I put it down to sleeping poorly of late). <BR> The trouble is lounging around seams to trigger negativity in me so today I'm keeping on the move. It's unlike me to lounge and I always regret it LOL <BR> <BR> Autumn Equinox tomorrow-clocks go back on 26th October in the UK- that always puts my body clock out LOL Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:22:24 EST Happy! Well it's a beautiful morning, I looking forward to my beach walk this morning and touching base the locals; I'm on nodding terms and brief conversational time will many other walkers and dog walkers. Just a smile and a nod or a "how are you doing" makes for a pleasant start to the day. Got some cleaning done and DH has promised to help with the rest, love him. <BR> If it stays fine enough I'll get in the garden, would like to get the lawns cut but I have a feeling they'll be too wet today. ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:45:49 EST Automobile air conditioning THE GOLDBERG BROTHERS <BR> <BR> <BR> The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. <BR> <BR> On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. <BR> <BR> The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter. <BR> <BR> Henry was curiou... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:31:30 EST SCOTLAND SAYS NO! Scotland is still with the Union, they unanimously voted NO! SOOOoooo pleased. Trouble is we'll now be devolving more powers to them and excluding Scottish MPs from voting on ENGLISH matters. It had to happen. The whole UK will have a different complexion before long as it's said similar powers will go to Wales. <BR> At least the trading floor has shown it's approval and shares are rising, we were losing a lot of money, so can breathe easier now there is more certainty. <BR> <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:35:40 EST Garden Pics finally, September 2014 Front garden <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'd love to know the name for this...anyone? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Working round the side view <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:12:31 EST My Expectations for BLC 26 <em>381</em> Well this is the first BLC I've joined and have felt overwhelmed by the amount of reading I've had to do at the start, but have to say; <BR> HATS OFF TO THE CAPTAINS! You guys have worked so hard to get this organised. <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know what to expect, being a newbie, except, some awesome challenges and getting to know my den pack (GO PANTHERS) and other BLC members more intimately and to find support and return the favour-... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:55:18 EST I haven't forgotten :) I got one garden area weeded yesterday and will tackle the others today, once done I PROMISE I'll post some pics. It was too hot yesterday afternoon to carry on, very humid. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:48:28 EST Joke for today GAY COWBOY <BR> <BR> A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She <BR> was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but <BR> knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the <BR> newspaper for a ranch hand. <BR> <BR> Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. <BR> <BR> She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she <BR> decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:25:13 EST Busy, busy , busy Busy week ahead, will post some garden pic on my blog today or tomorrow, Pete has a check up on Thursday and I really want to get the carpets steamed before the cold weather sets in and I can't leave windows open to help them dry. <BR> <BR> Have a good one! <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:46:05 EST 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