RAWCOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAWCOOKIE RAWCOOKIE'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/ Falling Forwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225949 Well, seems like Fall is on the way, despite my efforts to convince myself otherwise! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as more of a 'maintainer' than a loser, but I have a few pounds to lose and I fancied being part of the gang this Autumn/Fall. <BR> <BR> I love to update my Spark Page each month, and have my ideas waiting to be revealed on 1st September! <BR> <BR> I know that the saying goes 'Spring Forwards, Fall Backwards' as a mnemonic to remember which way the clocks g... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:23:13 EST Making camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224955 Well, after my blog the other day about micro-adventures, including sleeping outdoors - seems all the votes were against sleeping out, except for One Who Is BDTHOM - who promptly went off and spent the night out on the mountain - in his TENT! <BR> <BR> This prompted me <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> to go into the dark, damp, under-the-stairs, cupboard and fish out my tent............ which hasn't seen the light of day for at least 7 years (if not more). <BR> <BR> Well, to my great surpris... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:02 EST I want to ride my bicycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224293 I want to ride my bicycle <BR> I want to ride my bike <BR> I want to ride my bicycle <BR> I want to ride it where I like <BR> Bicycle, Bicycle, Bicycle <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwvW<BR>tZl2ICY </link> <BR> the jury is out on what those lyrics really meant...... but, let's just take as meaning a bicycle, right?! <BR> <BR> Some people are interested in the bicycle I have in my garden shed............ Today - I went in! I had to move a whole load of things to GET ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:28:54 EST Go by Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223514 Yesterday I mentioned poetry, and Dr Seuss. Then I read about bicycles. Then a new Spark friend dropped a Goodie in for me - and bikes & poetry became uppermost in my mind! <BR> <BR> I just LOVE Dr Seuss - I used to LOVE reading these books to my son, and I just love the creative words and images in his books. This is the way I love to learn myself - allowing the mind to roam freely and to explore and discover things. I enjoyed Mind Mapping when Tony Buzan 'invented' it - it's the same ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:37:43 EST Shock absorbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222920 Are you wondering "what on earth?......." sports bras? No. cars? No. <BR> <BR> Poetry! <BR> <BR> Yes, poetry! Gosh, as you all know by now, I love Diane Ackerman's writing so much there's just too much to blog about! It's 'busy' writing - very descriptive and fast-moving with ideas bursting out all over the place. She began as a teacher of creative writing and poetry - so her prose is very poetically descriptive. <BR> <BR> I've been mildly attracted to the idea of poetry for some time - ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:39:18 EST Self-imposed boot camps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222513 Before I explain what my blog is about today, I just want to say that I did actually sit on the back seat of the double-decker bus today! It's pretty cool! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> From the next section of the book I'm reading this month (Deep Play by Diane Ackerman) there was a paragraph about the mystery of how come it has now become OK for adults to suckle from grown-up baby-bottles without anyone thinking it might be a bit weird. I think it's probably just a practical system for ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:15:40 EST Can I sit at the front?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221750 Today (Sparked by POOKIE!) I'm going to play 'going on the bus' and 'going shopping' at Lidl! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>341</em> <BR> This is my attempt to find the fun in the everyday! <BR> <BR> In the summer months here we have a lot of double-decker buses running on scenic routes. They will stop at the end of September - so I try to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy them! I live at the beginning of the line - so can often get 'first pick' at a seat. I always go up to the t... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 03:40:13 EST How much difference a year makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220943 One of the things I appreciate about blogging, is being able to go back a year and see what I was doing. I was surprised to see that about this time last year, I said I was feeling a bit blue, and had a bit of a headache........ and was drinking hot chocolate as my 'hug-in-a-mug' strategy. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a06aff0-7926-4acc-9c0f-43d5354caa94.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Well, hey ho! Things feel rath... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:04:44 EST 3:1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220078 In the latest section of the book (Deep Play by Diane Ackerman) she has been talking about flying. About how appealing the idea of flying is to human beings - dreams of flying, hang-gliding, flying in a plane, or ballooning. She then goes farther - out into space - and considers how human travels into space have become an ultimate form of deep play - getting totally away from 'life as we know it!' getting that different perspective of the World. <BR> <BR> I was certainly a very keen fol... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:44:35 EST Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217596 The most recent section of the book (Deep Play, by Diana Ackerman) has been talking about risk-taking, the adrenaline-rush, danger and excitement. <BR> <BR> Researchers have found that there seem to be some people who are more inclined towards thrill-seeking. "the mental forms produce daring artists, scientists and entertainers, as well as criminals. The physical form includes daredevils, adventurers and test pilots as well as bank robbers and juvenile delinquents." <BR> <BR> There was a... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:30:38 EST Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217343 Today I was out and about with a young lad I support, and we went along a footpath that had an old lamp-post. He said 'Narnia'. And I saw exactly what he meant. It also made me remember that I have The Chronicles of Narnia in my DVD collection. So this evening, after a long day at work, I am going to lose myself in the snowy fantasy-land of Narnia. Hopefully I will have cool dreams! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2724db8-9e46-4e02-9034-8a8ace5dae1d.jpeg"> <B... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:28:10 EST Paradise beneath your feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55f292ac-eb83-412e-a65c-f8f5b5b8487e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just enjoyed reading about Paul Gaugin's life ......... and his search for fulfilment in the remote islands of Polynesia. It was interesting, and I might need to go and read more about Gaugin now - or pop down to the Tate and see if they have any postcards with his paintings on. <BR> <BR> Today's discussion was about whether the pilgrimage is actually moving INTO the bliss, or running aw... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:45:52 EST Looking over the edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215928 I've just read Diane Ackerman's exploration of the Grand Canyon. That's not a place I've been, or am ever likely to go to, but I understood the feelings she expressed. <BR> <BR> There is an exultant feeling which whooshes up from within when we see a vast natural vista......... whether that is distance, height, size..... phenomena that amaze us! <BR> <BR> I can certainly identify with this when I walk on the South West Coast Path, and will always take time to sit and commune with the Uni... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:58:48 EST The Need To Create http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215324 Continuing on from the exploration of sacred places, Ackerman delves into caves and starts a discussion about how human beings started decorating their world. <BR> <BR> Ancient people seem to have decorated their bodies with stains from the earth, plants and berries - perhaps to invoke powers or as protective symbols. How interesting that the body painting - inking - tattoos have now become very much the 'norm' in 1st world countries? Is there, perhaps, a deep need to display some kind of ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:33:02 EST Sacred places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214716 In the next section of the book I'm reading for August, 'Deep Play' by Diana Ackerman, she begins by talking about sacred places. <BR> <BR> The way that we feel a connection with places - the way that a sense of history pervades certain places - the way we can feel 'at home' in some places - of how people are drawn to certain places. <BR> <BR> Perhaps these are places that have a history of being used by humans for spiritual, religious, celebratory, magic purposes. Perhaps they are also sit... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:03:15 EST Dolphins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214451 Today's read went on to dolphins and how they seem to enjoy being playful - both with themselves, and with human beings. <BR> <BR> I have a cross-stitch picture of four dolphins swimming together amongst the coral....... it's over my computer, partly because it's framed in silver (which is the right metal to be in my office corner according to feng shui!) and also the dolphins symbolise the same kind of communication energy as the computer. (yes, I'm a bit of a weirdo!) <BR> <BR> Dolphins... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:05:02 EST Horse Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213534 One of the things I love about reading Diane Ackerman is the amazing breadth of her mind! Her writing is SO rich with ideas, I love it! <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's beside the point - just wanted to share my excitement! <BR> <BR> She talks about horses....... about how they changed the course of human destiny. Once horses were 'made' into human 'helpers' the distance people could travel, and the speed they could travel at was increased massively. She gives numerous examples of ways in whic... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 02:32:32 EST Report back on my visit to friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213269 Quick update for Spark Friends who follow me: last month I mentioned that I'd arranged to go and visit a friend that I have found a bit tricky to get on with in the past. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197333 </link> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205358 </link> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm here to report that the visit went really well. I took a small bunch of brightly-coloured flowers - marig... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 13:27:22 EST Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8bf189d-04e5-4479-bf33-014fbae5fe27.png"> <BR> <BR> This was The Man Engine puppet in Penzance yesterday. <BR> <BR> I must explain the name of the road; Market Jew Street. It was originally Marghas Yow - (the 'Y' is pronounced almost like a 'J') which means Thursday Market, in Cornish. Over time, as the Cornish language died out, it became carried down verbally and Anglicized to become Market Jew! There is another small town nearby call... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 02:40:40 EST Jogging along.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212493 Doing things because you have to, or habitually, does not take us into the realm of 'deep play'. <BR> <BR> In the next six pages I read from the book, Deep Play, by Diane Ackerman, she discusses the difference between simple play and deep play, and offers this up: "Jogging because you know it's good for you is not deep play". <BR> <BR> She describes those times when you feel 'invincible'. <BR> <BR> This made me think about my own running practice. It almost always starts with a strugg... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 01:32:43 EST Rapture And Ecstasy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211924 When my son was young we had two kittens - Rapture and Ecstasy........... only kidding! When my son was young we had two kittens called Chris (his best friend at school) and Tess. But wouldn't it have been fun to have called them Rapture and Ecstasy! It would sound like we were on drugs, right? <BR> <BR> The latest six-page section from Diane Ackerman's book 'Deep Play' brought me these insights: <BR> <BR> Rapture - has it's roots in preying animals - seized by the talons and carried away... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 03:32:00 EST Play to win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211337 The 'Trevithick' show by Kernow King last night was fantastic! The bar was busy at the start of the show and we worked hard. Afterwards, I helped put all the stock away again - so plenty of exercise taken, lifting and carrying things. It was social, fun. It had rules and was time-limited. I guess it was 'play'! I managed not to cough during the performance! At the end of the evening I was thanked several times - which resonated with me for reasons you will understand if you read on! <B... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 04:35:54 EST I have a play-date (well, TWO play-dates actually!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210759 First, I'll explain my blog title! <BR> <BR> Today I am going to a place called Morvah where they are having a kind of village fete: Morvah Pasty Day! <BR> <BR> A Buddhist friend (SF) who lived out that way is setting up a Peace Tent - with the words 'Brown Rice and Peace' on it! We will be giving out little bags of uncooked brown rice, with little inspirational quotes tied to them. So, it's a kind of mini-festival - playing tents and giving out presents. The day has started with rain! ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 03:40:00 EST It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210132 I've just been playing in the kitchen! I was boiling some cleaning cloths and prodding them with a wooden spoon, stirring and watching the bubbles coming up, enjoying the noise of the rumbling & bubbling, almost like there was a laundry-monster in there stirring from it's sleep. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09cec85e-c4d1-417a-a53a-7d7bfa459d00.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This month my theme is PLAY. I am inspiring myself by reading Deep Play by Diane Ackerman. What an amazing... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 05:08:39 EST The Date Slices went down well :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209807 My friend gave my 'Gilly's wholefood date slices' the thumbs up! <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> She said she was looking forward to my next experimental date slices, but really liked the ones I made! She was happy to be able to take a second one home for later. <BR> <BR> I discussed making apricot, fig & date slices - she said she wasn't sure about the apricot - but that fig and date sounded good. So, I reckon those skinny fig slices will hit the spot really well. <BR> <BR> And that's the ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:56:08 EST Date slice review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209291 Well, I've made the date slices........ and tested them, of course! I like them - but I know they're not quite like the ones you get in the cafe/shop! They lack the 'butter and sugar' combo - so don't have that buttery, crumbly texture. <BR> <BR> My recipe was something like: <BR> 250g Medjool dates, softened with a little water, the juice & zest of half a lemon, mushed up with some cinnamon and ginger <BR> The crumble was made with a cup of oats, half a cup of oat flour, half a cup of glut... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:38:32 EST Tribal connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1066c997-8707-4656-9cf2-ca080de3fb23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really enjoy being part of the Park Run #tribe! This is a meet-up of a wide range of ages and abilities at 9am on a Saturday morning - to run 5k in a free, timed 'race'. The only race is against yourself really. <BR> <BR> There's a great spirit of comraderie based on the shared goal of running for fitness, for health, for well-being. <BR> <BR> There's also a sub-tribe of Park ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:34:11 EST Checking the connection & re-routing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208535 Today the plan was to make lunch for a friend who was coming over to visit me, and I'd already prepared the ingredients. <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening I thought I'd just send a little text to check if she was still OK to come. She's been challenged by an acute, then chronic, health problem and I just had a feeling........... I didn't like to suggest that she might not be up to coming, as she's a very independent and determined person - so I just said I hoped she was still OK to come, and tha... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:58:25 EST Shanties, buffets and a baked bean overdose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207971 I had a day fully-connected yesterday - it was great, but my head feels like it's going to explode and I'm looking forward to a quiet evening tonight! <BR> <BR> I'm sure you're wondering, so I'll explain the baked-bean overdose! I had baked beans on toast for breakfast yesterday morning. I was at a friend (GH) at lunch-time and she made us - baked beans on toast for lunch. I ate them gratefully and didn't mention that it was my second plateful for the day - it's a healthy option, right? ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:38:43 EST Recipes for Date Slices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207045 I've looked at several different recipes for date slices and come to the conclusion that I can wing it! <BR> <BR> They are all basically the same - with slight variations: you need some dates, cooked to a mush with lemon & some flavouring (spice, essence) + a crumbly oat mixture (oats, some kind of 'flour', some kind of 'sugar', some kind of 'fat' (or apple-sauce substitute). <BR> <BR> Layer half the crumb, then the date mixture, top with the other half of the crumb mixture. Bake. <BR> ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:16:01 EST Afternoon Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206781 Today's 'connect' is a simple (?) invitation to my friend and neighbour to join me for afternoon tea on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I've suggested a walk, then tea and cake, and perhaps a game of cards (something we started doing last winter, but then let fade away again). <BR> <BR> My friend absolutely loves a kind of oaty, crumbly date slice (like a soft flapjack with a fruit filling). If we go out for coffee and there is no date slice on display it throws her into confusion! <BR> <BR> So - my ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:58:15 EST Celebrating Old Traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206330 Today's activity ticked quite a few of my 'how to be happy' boxes as well as the 'connect' one! <BR> <BR> Today was a unique 5-yrly celebration of the life of John Knill. There is a monument on the hill just outside St Ives which was built for him. Here's a wiki link, I hope! <link>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kn<BR>ill </link> <BR> <BR> I take part as a member of a local traditional music band, Bagas Porthia, and play the recorder. We get to dress up in black and white eccentri... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:02:13 EST I got a call-back :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205358 A while ago (see 9th July blog) I sent a card to a not-so-close friend asking if I could call in for a visit............ I hadn't heard, so I thought either the card hadn't arrived, or they didn't want a visit. <BR> <BR> Today I got a call back! Yes, they'd love me to go and visit - the day and time have been agreed - it's in my diary - so, there you go! If you don't ask, you'll never know! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> I can't believe there's no emoticon for a phone or a letter - or is ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:16:02 EST Spark Plugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204150 I've had a busy week work-wise so it's been difficult to take actions for my 'connect' theme! <BR> <BR> But I did manage to send a present and card to my 8-yr old great-nephew. I have to regularly remind myself that I am a GREAT aunt, and that he is my brother's grand-son! I still find myself signing off 'Aunty Gillian' - maybe I could sign 'Aunty Gillian-the-Great'! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I did manage to spend an afternoon with a friend (CB) who I learn Cornish with. It's alwa... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:06:12 EST Yes! We have a connection! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201798 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d623d5d-21d2-4650-8fd8-7e4f02bfb256.png"> <BR> <BR> Joy! Oh joy! I had an email reply from my son this morning. Filled with yummy news and a lovely photo of him at a recent European Derby convention (something to do with refereeing and the rules of the game I think). Oh, that's totally made my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 03:53:48 EST No news is good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200982 I like the decorative stationery options on yahoo email - and have started sending my son a weekly email newsletter. I've not had a reply yet; I suspect he doesn't check his emails much - or that mine are going into his 'spam' folder, but I'm not giving up! No news is good news. <BR> <BR> It's reminded me that my Mum always use to write to me, and I didn't always write back (at least, not straight away). I was tempted to ask his wife to give him a nudge to check his emails, but decided aga... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:25:18 EST What I found in the shed ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200162 Late yesterday afternoon, I noticed that there was a small card stuffed in my letter-box, from the postie saying that a parcel had been left 'in the shed'! I don't know how I didn't notice the card earlier in the day but off to the shed I went! <BR> <BR> It was a largish cardboard box .....from my brother! What could it be? At the beginning of July I'd sent HIM a parcel (see my blog 1st July) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192965 </link> ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:33:25 EST Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199781 Today I have a day off. <BR> I went for an hour-long session in the swimming pool with my friend this morning - talking as well as swimming! <BR> Enjoyed coffee and chat afterwards. <BR> Walked home along the beach....... slowly, sauntered through the graveyard reading the old headstones, enjoying the wildflowers growing there too. <BR> Got the sunbed out and just lolled on and off all afternoon - just felt like sleeping. <BR> <BR> It has been SO lovely to have a sunny day............. such... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:54:33 EST Just say 'Yes' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199031 I got a bit fraught this morning trying to think of something to do to 'connect'. That's how I am - I can get too caught up in my head a lot of the time! <BR> <BR> I went back to my 1st July blog to re-focus on my intentions - and realised it doesn't have to be a grand gesture or big plan every time. <BR> <BR> I have a to-be-confirmed arrangement in my diary for tomorrow morning - to go for a swim with a friend before we get together to do some Cornish homework. I'm working until late ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:41:08 EST Connecting through giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198768 Today I took an idea from Action for Happiness's 10 keys to happier living: they use an acronym: GREAT DREAM (see below) <BR> <BR> Giving <BR> Relating <BR> Exercising <BR> Awareness <BR> Trying Out <BR> <BR> Direction <BR> Resilience <BR> Emotions <BR> Acceptance <BR> Meaning <BR> <BR> I have been focussing on the second one - relating = connect with people. One way to do this is to give = do things for others. <BR> <BR> So, I racked my brain to think of how I could take some action t... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:29:54 EST Friendly competition.........maybe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197893 Yesterday I texted my friend/neighbour to ask if she fancied a game of Scrabble at the beach-hut on Sunday afternoon. It's her beach-hut. She is a very competitive Scrabble player (I couldn't care less about the points or winning ....... at least, I don't think I do!). Her reply was "Yes please!". <BR> <BR> So - after lunch, we will be heading down to the beach-hut (rain or shine) and setting up the Scrabble board....... drink tea (or coffee), eat a flapjack, and probably set the World to... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:12:58 EST Send me a postcard, drop me a line........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197333 It is easy, isn't it, to visit people you find it easy to get on with.......... less easy to decide to visit someone that is more tricky to relate to. <BR> <BR> I have a friend like that - someone I've known a long time, but with whom I do have to be a bit careful; we can easily upset each other. <BR> <BR> But she has said, on several occasions, "come and visit us". I've kept it on hold. Then the other day I saw her husband in town and just exchanged greetings. A few days' later I wa... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 04:20:37 EST Connecting with good fortune! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197060 Today I wore my summer dress to work - figured if I waited any longer, summer would be over! We're supposed to be getting a heat-wave over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Anyway - wearing the dress kind of connected me to my more feminine side. I had several compliments - not least from one of the people I support who told me I looked 'beautiful'. He also calls me 'Queen'. He has Down's Syndrome, and one of the common traits of people with Down's is an immensely kind, empathetic, loving heart. ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:19:48 EST Feedback on yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196249 Here I am, just getting ready for work again............ won't be home until gone 11pm, so if I don't post now, it won't happen! <BR> <BR> Work was 'managed' alright. We were short-staffed, but those of us who were there were all willing to help each other out. Some new 'security measures' have been put in place (as a result of the 'incident' which I obviously can't discuss!) which means more doors are locked, and more keys needed. This results in an increase in the number of times a day t... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 03:26:48 EST Connect........ with myself? who? me? oh......... right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195659 Starting the day in a fluster - not my preferred state! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Firstly, I slept in - not something I usually do - must have needed it I guess. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I woke to an answerphone message from work that I couldn't hear....fuzz, buzz, crackle.... <BR> <BR> Thirdly, I know I have a task to do at work today that I'm not feeling confident about - and that's bothering me. <BR> <BR> So - I get up and struggle to complete my usual routines ......first ring work... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 05:43:39 EST Calling cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194972 Well! Waddyaknow?! <BR> <BR> I have my tickets to go and visit my son and daughter-in-law in September! I had a text from DIL to say they'd got my card, and 21st - 23rd Sept would be good. So I immediately got my tickets. I decided on coach as it will take me to and from my actual home-town, rather than having to travel to the start point. <BR> <BR> I have a little list of things I'd like to do whilst I'm there - so I'll send my DIL an email & give her those ideas. She is going to ta... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 02:40:52 EST Just dropping by ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194535 My goodness, I have been SO brave! Talk about going out of my comfort zone! And I survived! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0cfa5adf-1303-443c-9f05-2871a25b21a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Tuesday evenings I go to evening classes to learn Cornish. I've been going for 5 years now, and three of us have formed a strong bond. One has become a firm friend (the one who's in Greece at the moment), the other is more 'private' and I don't meet up with her outside of class. Alt... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:07:32 EST Sisterly love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193936 The best of friends feel like good sisters to me. I have one such friend who is away for 2 weeks' holiday in Greece. I texted her yesterday just to say I hoped she was having a good holiday, and found myself telling her that I missed her. I hesitated to send those words..... would it sound too 'needy' and 'dependent'? It had slipped out from my fingertips straight from my heart. She texted me back a hilarious account of their conversations with fellow tourists from Switzerland and Scotland... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 06:09:52 EST If you don't ask............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193391 Last night I spent quite a while (!) checking out my travel options to go and visit my son and daughter-in-law, who I haven't seen since their wedding last June. Trains, coaches, concessionary cards for over-60s, times, dates, prices....... <BR> <BR> So today I have sent a card to them asking if I can come and visit them for a couple of days in August or September when I have some time off work. It seems problematic because I know that they work, and they are busy doing Roller Derby at t... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:15:31 EST Connections - off to a flying start! 1st July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192965 1st July <BR> <BR> I shopped locally. I texted my friend. I posted a parcel to my brother and sister-in-law. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bb11348-2c78-4a74-b458-a00d56f7e2e7.JPG"> <BR> this was them at my son's wedding last June - outside The Little Theatre, in Bath, I was so pleased that they had come for the wedding - a long drive from where they live in Kent. (long by UK standards!!) <BR> <BR> I bought a couple of books for my brother's birthday, back in ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:02:45 EST