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/ Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036764 Today's task was to sort out the fruit and veg in the fridge. Well, I don't have much in my fridge - half a cucumber, two sticks of celery, one carrot, half a swede (rutabaga). My onions are kept on the counter, and potatoes in a tub. Fruit is in a dish on the counter. There's a bit of frozen corn in the ice-box. <BR> <BR> I did take the opportunity to clean the fridge! <BR> <BR> I'm managing to keep up my fibre to around 30g a day. I am doing better every day at drinking water. I'm ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:45:00 EST Unwinding :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035744 I'm giving the Fibre Fit Challenge a break for the weekend......... back on Monday with that one. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here with a smile on my face (it's 8pm here) - and reflecting on a really great day. I've totally unwound from all the week's work... feels good :) <BR> <BR> Saturday has become my Park Run day - which means getting a bus at 7am to arrive by 8.30am for a 9am run. Today I went as a volunteer, giving out finishing tokens. The alarm went off at 5.45am to get ready to get br... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:07:15 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035256 Today's article was about how stress affect our digestive system - and the challenge was to do one stress-busting thing. <BR> <BR> It's been a tough, problem-filled, week at work - and it's Friday evening. It's raining, it's dark, it's cold. I've had my dinner and am sipping a decaf coffee. And the last thing I think I want to do is to go out again. <BR> <BR> However, there is a Buddhist meeting this evening, a bus-ride away - and I am making myself go - because I know that chanting toget... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:06:15 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034757 I did much better with water today - have had seven glasses (not big ones mind - but I went to the tap seven times, which is good!) I even felt thirsty........which is new for me....... and had water instead of tea. <BR> <BR> Today's focus on the Fibre Fit Challenge was on Mindful Eating. Since I've been doing the No S diet, I've definitely been more aware of what I'm eating; as I'm eating three meals a day - I'm hungry when I eat, and very appreciative of my food. I've been standing up... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:17:48 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034332 First - I did very well with my water today - and did make myself drink a small glass at least six times. The only time I can down a full glass is after I've been running, and, ironically, just before I go to bed! <BR> <BR> Today's activity on the challenge was to read up about cholesterol. I did a quiz and got 50% right - show how much I didn't know! <BR> <BR> The benefit of focusing on getting fibre into my body is that these high-fibre foods are also low in 'bad' fats. I have a go... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:01:27 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033695 Today's challenge is to DRINK WATER! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a818ec9-78d3-4dcc-ad2b-6ad79d412cec.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I am not a natural water-drinker - I don't know why really - I don't mind drinking it once I've got it......... <BR> <BR> Here's one of the reasons to drink water from the Spark article: <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> If your body is used to not getting water, it actually stores more in ankles, hips and thighs. In other words, it doesn't trust ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:58:25 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033196 Today's challenge was to read about eating for heart health - and to incorporate one of the tips into my day. <BR> <BR> I have to say, I'm doing pretty much everything right here - except drinking enough water! <BR> I got over 40g of fibre into my diet today - without any supplements: <BR> <BR> breakfast: 1/2 cup muesli, 2Tb flax, 5 brazil nuts, small apple <BR> lunch: carrot, cucumber, cheese (30g finely grated) & mustard sandwich on wholemeal, large apple <BR> dinner: leek & potato so... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:29:49 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032349 Today's task is to get insoluble fibre into the diet. I'm already getting a bit bored with the idea of tracking and measuring stuff, but I know I get a good mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre into my diet already. Insoluble is all the skins and hard coating on things - the stuff you can't digest - the strings in the celery, the skins on the apples and bananas, the husks on flax-seeds, the 'cardboard' as my Dad used to call it! <BR> <BR> I eat quite a lot of 'cardboard' generally. <B... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 05:54:09 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032018 Well today's challenge was supposed to be to get 15g of fibre into your breakfast. Unless I can buy raspberries, my breakfast is about 12g when I really try: <BR> <BR> Museli - one cup <BR> Apple <BR> 15g flax seeds <BR> 4 Brazil nuts <BR> soya milk <BR> <BR> However, today is an S day for me as I'm on the No S diet (? yes, that doesn't quite make sense does it!) Basically on Saturday and Sunday I can eat what I like (that doesn't mean going on a binge!) <BR> <BR> I was pleased to disco... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:55:51 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031557 I was wrong about fruit - they DO have significant amount of fibre - hooray! <BR> <BR> Day 3 was to consider my snacking foods. Well, since doing No S diet, I don't snack! I might have a treat or two at the weekend, but I only have three meals a day now. So - this didn't apply to me. But I did the quiz and came out as a 'smart snacker'. <BR> <BR> Today I added four Brazil nuts and 15g of ground flaxseed to my museli and apple breakfast. <BR> I added a raw carrot to my sandwich and to... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:18:26 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031108 Day 2 <BR> <BR> I have managed to hit the goal of 25-35g of fibre. I clocked up 34g today. <BR> <BR> Because I am doing this challenge it made me think more about my choices today. <BR> <BR> At lunch time I took a big container of raw cauliflower to dip into a homemade satay sauce (peanut butter, chilli, soya sauce, garlic) <BR> <BR> At dinner time I had to go straight out, so I picked up something 'to go' from the shop. I chose a beany wrap, and some fruit (which has very little fibr... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:09:26 EST Fibre Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030520 Day 1 - Track your food and aim for 25-35g of fibre <BR> <BR> I'm not a fan of the nutrition tracker; firstly it's only a rough guide - who measures cucumber by the cupful? or what's a 'serving' - to track it accurately you have to weigh and measure everything, and I'm not doing that! But, I went over to the tracker and put today's food in - and it was OK - I got my 35g of fibre. That was good to know. <BR> <BR> I've been making an effort to always have some fruit with each meal, and to... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:57:32 EST Driving myself crackers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3bf3c7a-1269-47af-87e8-25f6b0c48897.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I'm doing really well on the No S diet - and from Monday - Friday I totally stick to the rules: No Snacks, No Sweets, No Seconds. It's becoming easy. <BR> <BR> At the weekends I'm allowed to eat snacks, sweets and seconds; the aim is to do this 'sometimes' - and I'm getting better at this too. The point is to establish the M-F habit and not worry about the weekends for the first few mon... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:04:09 EST Afternoon Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024510 Afternoon tea is something that doesn't happen very often. Back in the 1970s (when I was a student nurse) we used to go to a local department store called DeGruchy's and have what I remember as being a most decadent afternoon tea. Dark furniture, white linen, and a tower of cakes, biscuits, sandwiches that you'd never have at home. Chocolate eclairs, cream-filled meringues, fruit cake, Victoria Sandwich cakes, shortbread, cheese scones. Perhaps I imagined it all............. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:17:49 EST Be Prepared - for Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023285 This evening I sent a goodie out to all the active members of the 100 Days of Weight Loss team - reminding them to plan their Halloween weekend. Then I saw that I'd also sent one of those messages to myself...... so......... what are my plans? <BR> <BR> Well, I am following the No S diet - which means that on Saturdays and Sundays I can have whatever I like - if I want to! (During the week, it's No Snacks, No Sweets, No Seconds - three meals a day). <BR> <BR> I know that on Saturday m... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:03:42 EST Ghostly Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020899 I've spent some of my weekend time making a fancy-dress outfit to wear on Hallowe'en. I'm going to be marshaling at a ParkRun (9am on Saturday morning) and we've been invited to dress up. I'm going to be on the last marshaling point before the finishing line - so I'm looking forward to encouraging people to go for it! <BR> <BR> A sheet - eye holes - Run For Your Life! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/313578b0-1d22-4f8e-8c3a-90e86f508843.JPG"> <BR> <BR> words all s... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:51:59 EST Pee, Poop, Pespire, Pranyama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014697 I am sharing the results of my curiosity today - one thing leads to another, right - and in searching for more about toxins and body-fat, I found this article by Dr Hyman. It wasn't as complicated as I expected - the short message is that body fat can be our body's attempt to protect us from harmful toxins - wraps them all up nicely in fat to keep us safe. <BR> <BR> The solutions - 4 Ps - pee, poop, perspiration and pranyama (is that how you spell it - breath!) <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:11:10 EST Coded for Fun :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013139 I am so excited! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I found out that there is a regular ParkRun near enough for me to take part! Yipee! <BR> <BR> These are free, timed, 5k runs - every Saturday morning at 9am - started in UK, but now all over the world. Previously the nearest ones were impossible for me to get to for 9am. But now there's one within travelling distance that I can JUST do. It will mean getting the first bus at 7am - travelling for 90 mins - walking for about 30 mins - and just... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:40:45 EST Saturday - not just another day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012499 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9509512-cbd2-4316-aef5-b4ceff08a5ff.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> For years I have worked shifts which alienated me from the deep joy expressed by others over 'hump days', 'TGIF' days and 'Lazy Weekends'. I quite liked working shifts - the variety, and having days off in the week. <BR> <BR> However, I am now languishing in the luxurious feeling of dropping everything on a Friday night - just for a while - and waking on Saturday morning with a wonderfu... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:50:48 EST The dried grape experiment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/874e7356-184f-473e-aab6-b198d8bb9ab4.jpeg"> <BR> This is what I was hoping for. <BR> <BR> Here's the story: one of my neighbours picked all the tiny black grapes off the vine in her garden and gave a huge carrier bag full to another neighbour. That neighbour then called at my door to say 'help! can you use these?' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab080416-c504-4405-8ac6-fc8e65297d58.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> They were ve... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:22:36 EST Zip it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011684 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/229d5711-5823-4369-a6d7-b51d552d156d.png"> <BR> <BR> I've been working in an open-plan office for the past month or so - there are only half-a-dozen of us in there at any one time - but the 'culture' of the office is an unhealthy one. Almost every day someone is moaning that they feel ill - headache, bad back, sore throat, a bit sick.......... Almost every day someone goes out at lunch time and comes back in with a few packets of biscuits, a ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:37:58 EST Thursday - strength-training anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007146 Interesting place in the week - Thursday. It's not 'hump' day. It's nearly the end of the week, but it's not the end of the week. <BR> <BR> I had to look it up .... <BR> <BR> "The English word Thursday is named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. Thursday literally means “Thor’s day” in Old English. Thor is represented riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer. <BR> In most languages with Latin origins, the day is named after the god and planet Jupiter. Jupiter is dep... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 03:12:12 EST The stuff no-one talks about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006894 I'm undoubtedly not the first person to see and read this article about loose skin after weight loss. But it affected me greatly to read it, and I have never seen photographs like this before, just always wondered........... it's about a young woman who lost 110lbs and about how the loose skin affected her. There are no scary surgical photos! <BR> <BR> <link>www.refinery29.com/elna-baker-weight<BR>-loss-surgery-loose-skin?utm_source=go<BR>od&utm_medium=syndication#.kthzkt:6Vs8 </link> ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:54:12 EST East South East http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004743 It's a glorious late September morning - and I sat on my doorstep (with a blanket wrapped round me!) to enjoy the peace of a Sunday morning with my coffee and breakfast. I opened a little book of poems I'd borrowed from the library during the St Ives September Festival and found this one called 'Five winds in Cornwall' by Arthur Caddick. It made me think about how I've always lived on the edge of the land - and how much that feeling of the wind blowing off the ocean is important for my we... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 03:48:14 EST The Sandcastle Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004488 This afternoon was the last day of a two week festival of art, music and literature - and there was an Architectural Sandcastle Competition on the beach. I went down to take a look with my friend. It was a lovely afternoon - one of those 'so glad I live here' sort of days. <BR> (apologies to Melissa - sorry, it's all photos of sandcastles on the beach) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc07c221-3ca2-48bb-a63e-b436e6ce88dc.JPG"> <BR> Porthminster Beach <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:27:17 EST Action = happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004231 I wanted to let you know what effect doing that mind-map exercise has had so far - it's amazing how the action of writing things down (especially in that way) stimulates the brain to start activating the plans! <BR> <BR> I went out into my garden and set my timer for 10 mins (my minimum time) - and focused on one area of the garden - the agapantha patch. I'd had a tip the other day that I should cut the stems right down after the flowers have gone to seed, and trim the dead stuff from the b... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 03:51:23 EST Am I bothered? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003867 Some of you probably know that I've been a bit 'bothered' lately - and I decided to set it all out on a big sheet of paper - and ended up with a sort of mind-map. (I also did a video explaining it - but it's too big for Spark - I've put it on YouTube (can't work out how to make the link work so if you cut and paste this into your browser it seems to take you there) <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq5Z7lUv<BR>Grs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13bf0711-7... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:28:50 EST Full-bodied with dark chocolate overtones.................. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003666 I usually drink decaff - but I also like to buy fair-trade - so when I bought coffee last time (in my local Oxfam shop) there was no de-caff, so I bought some Cafe Direct Machu Picchu coffee. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24825c1e-c7ca-4638-9482-8fc86cc88bb1.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I just brewed myself my first mug of it - and really tried to smell the aroma which is described as "Honey and dark chocolate". Then I sipped it, black, and really tried to discern the t... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:52:07 EST Home Sweet Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003202 Well, it's nice to be home - but not as sweet as I'd hoped. I have the blues (again) - and it's all my own fault really - for letting things slip for a couple of weeks. If you have a tendency to get overwhelmed with life, you just have to have systems in place to stay on top of things. I share this not to fish for helpful ways to overcome the blues - but just so you know - and maybe you're the same - so you're not alone! <BR> <BR> I spent an hour down at the beach hut watching the 'real' ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:17:54 EST Mind Your Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002651 A couple of months' ago there was a small poster up in our local library announcing that there a group called 'Brain Training for Older People' was going to happen - email if interested. I emailed. There is a research programme starting in November (Kings College London) into dementia. It's a 10-year study with check-ins at least yearly to find out how we're doing cognitively. Part of the research is to offer 'Brain Training'. I had to answer a bunch of questions about my health, my act... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:41:34 EST Wild Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001331 My run this morning was pretty wild - mud, wind, wet stuff! and it kind of set the mood for the day! <BR> <BR> I took myself down the road to visit the local Wildlife Sanctuary. It's so small compared to American things that I'm almost hesitant to call it such a thing - it's about 4 acres. It's called Paradise Park - and it's home to things like The Parrot Trust. They do loads of work with endangered species (mostly birds), are part of global breeding programmes to preserve certain bird... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:46:52 EST Sunday - in broken prose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000733 Sunday morning <BR> started well <BR> with a lazy read <BR> in bed. <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> Sunday morning <BR> turned kinda grey <BR> but I put on my raincoat <BR> and went into the day. <BR> <em>257</em> <BR> Sunday morning <BR> was a walk <BR> through the lanes <BR> discovering paths <BR> and stiles and berries. <BR> <em>289</em> <BR> Sunday lunchtime <BR> was couscous <BR> followed by yoga <BR> to sooth away <BR> the ache in my shoulder. <BR> <em>401</em> <BR> Sunday afte... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:40:07 EST Finding the still point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f390907-375d-4ecf-82b2-8b1cdb971719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not a 'natural' meditator - but I find that certain activities enable me to 'lose' myself and go within. This might be running, walking, doing yoga, or even knitting (which has been proven to have a beneficial effect for that reason). <BR> <BR> I've generally got a pretty busy mind - always thinking up new plans, following up new ideas, trying out new things - so it's important to me... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:38:39 EST A Quiet Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999715 Some days I just want to be quiet - and today was one of those days. I went out for a run first thing - had a shower - had breakfast. No radio - no noise - just silence. <BR> <BR> I had thought of going on the bus back to St Ives to listen to a lunchtime 'concert' of Celtic fiddlers - but I just kept thinking "I don't really want to". <BR> <BR> In the end I pottered until midday - then walked to the shops at the other end of the town - so I was out for about 2.5 hrs. I followed all the... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:30:26 EST My Spare Tyre has deflated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998999 A second blog from me today (I started early this morning!). <BR> <BR> I was able to weigh myself on my own scales this morning - first thing - and I was 8stone 10.25lbs (122.25lbs). That's OK by anyone's standards, right? <BR> <BR> I have been building up a running habit for the past few weeks, and I've been following the No S diet (No Seconds, No Snacks, No Sweets) for about three months, and I've been maintaining my weight. I am comfortable in all my clothes - and I feel in control of ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:59:13 EST Cloud watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998919 It's another day of grey, undecided sort of weather............ and I have a strong desire to walk down to the beach, lay down on the dunes, and just watch the clouds. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/584728ca-6af7-4f57-af98-d4706e61b777.png"> <BR> <BR> I remember reading something a few years' ago about a young woman who'd spent the end of her life in a hospice where she spent hours looking at the sky from her bed. Her answer to the question "if you had your life again... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 03:58:32 EST A very fine fella! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998563 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e35d286-be4e-4309-aebf-1137b01065b9.JPG"> <BR> This is Milligan - and he's a very 'gentlemanly' kind of cat. I couldn't get a better shot - they don't like having their picture taken, do they! <BR> <BR> I'm really pleased with the two scarves I bought yesterday (I'm wearing the pink one at the moment) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89eb1c82-deed-4b41-8416-66a3ff7cdc04.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:38:36 EST Grey days & splurges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997797 The weather is still grey and leaden, but today I went off to do the first activity booked in the 'St Ives September Festival'. Today was a 90min Iyengar yoga class - it felt good - very challenging - and I'm sure I'll have some sore muscles tomorrow! (not to selt to have a relaxing bath before bed this evening!) I've not done this kind of yoga before - I've done vinyasa and hatha yogas. I've not actually been to a yoga class for years - but I was surprised at how beneficial it was to hav... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:21:08 EST Rainy Day Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8b388f3-505c-4f2e-b0fc-97c8561624ed.png"> <BR> <BR> It's officially the first day of my two weeks' holiday from work. <BR> <BR> Today was ear-marked to spend with a friend (the one who has the holiday chalet - we were going to walk the beach, drink coffee, solve all the world's problems - you know the kind of thing). Well, that got cancelled because she had to go off somewhere else today - family stuff. So, I've got a free day. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:58:10 EST Vintage Coffee Cup memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995812 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0ece155-2381-4d99-b35c-6947eeb64693.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is a vintage Denby Arabesque Stoneware coffee cup, and I'm enjoying my breakfast coffee in one this morning. <BR> <BR> The friends who house I'm looking after, are collectors. They have a bungalow stuffed with stuff! They go to collectables markets and sell 100 yr old postcards, stamps, books, photographs, maps etc - and also things like pictures, china, jewellery. They have lots ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 03:58:52 EST password? hmm........ don't you remember me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995205 I'm staying at my friends house and using her computer - first challenge is that she's left-handed and I'm right-handed - which means I'm constantly clicking the wrong button and getting pull-down lists I don't want! (taken your advice Brian and trying to see it as a wonderful opportunity to do some brain-training - I am using my left hand) <BR> <BR> I had a lovely dinner out in the garden last night, and enjoyed a small bottle of light lager in the evening sunshine, before watering the gar... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:45:26 EST Cooking for One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993948 There aren't many recipe books that cater for cooking for one......I've got three: one is a vegan, slow-cooker book, one is a raw vegan book, and the other is this one by Leah Leneman. I've always dipped in and out of it. However, it has weekly meal plans for the main meal of the day - and a shopping list for the week. I've never bothered with this before - but this week, for some reason, I decided I would! I have a fridge full of food, and the plans for the week done. I can modify it if ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 08:05:31 EST Shoes don't lie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993391 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d2adcad-2706-4de7-b5af-19de42395284.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I noticed my shoes lined up on the stairs today and thought what a story they tell! <BR> <BR> Top pair are some oh-so-comfy-but-stinky Crocs - recommended to me last year by the man in the shop when I was looking for an easy, slip-on summer shoe. I've worn and worn them - they are my go-to barefoot shoe for non-work days. They don't mind getting sandy and wet - they're nicely cushioned ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:54:26 EST Let Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1dff3e2a-e28d-4d32-8b82-104c309c55e9.png"> <BR> <BR> Some of you might have been following the ups and downs of my work over the past couple of years. I had been given a temporary promotion - which kept getting extended by a month, two months - and went on for three years ......... all the uncertainty of not knowing what was going to happen next has been really stressful. I've got used to being on a higher salary - and the prospect of droppi... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:41:58 EST Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991883 Today was an exercise rest day - and although I do have to be at work by 5pm for the overnight shift, I've made the most of the day so far! <BR> <BR> Last night I was meant to go to a party (after the handfasting thing) - but during the afternoon I developed a stubborn headache, so I decided to bow out and take an early night. I woke up around 5.30am and decided to open the window wide, listen to the birds, and go back to sleep for a bit. I woke again at about 6.50am - and it was still bli... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 07:17:47 EST Blessed Be :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991583 Some of you were interested in the handfasting ceremony and so I thought I'd give you a bit of a report. No photos I'm afraid - although several were taken, so I might be able to share one when I get them. <BR> <BR> The sun came out! A table was set out in the garden, draped with green and purple cloths. On the table were several candles in glass containers, a dish with some pretty stones in, a few things like feathers and shells, two scarves (for the handfasting), two bottles of fruity fi... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:26:32 EST Handfasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcab6aa6-01b2-46ee-bd48-870e0d8adec5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A few weeks' ago, my friend asked me if I would be her 'support person' when she and her partner celebrate 20 years of being together and renewing their handfasting vows. I said I'd be honoured. Little did I realise quite how much would be involved! She's just emailed me my 'script' for the day - and I have quite a lot to do, say, and remember! Help! I can see I shall be up early tomorro... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 17:19:47 EST Enchilada Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986398 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2407622 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b097fa84-d1b9-49c5-a4e5-dfde62185acd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was an easy, tasty meal. It was a bit tricky for me as I'm not in USA - so had no idea how much kale would be in a Fresh Express Baby Kale Mixed Bag of kale - I used three large red kale leaves and tore them into small pieces. <BR> <BR> You basically layer all the ingredients in the order they're listed... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:05:11 EST Don't Mocha Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983017 Today I was feeling a bit blue, and had a headache, so I took a couple of Paracetamol and decided I'd fill a flask with hot water, and take some hot-chocolate powder down to my friend's beach hut, and sit in the deck-chair and just watch the ocean for a while. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e652102f-8b01-464e-914b-94c9043cb7ea.JPG"> <BR> cute deck-chair, huh? really comfy <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/200bc9a6-8341-49b9-b73b-696e52675e93.JPG"> <... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:41:18 EST Head for the hills! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978882 the path begins at the bottom of the hill, in a fern-filled woodland <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfafebbc-2660-430c-a066-d098296a1c59.JPG"> <BR> then gets into more of a rocky climb <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90b798f0-6d5f-4468-b4c9-3dfc7b9379ca.JPG"> <BR> then a place near the top, to stop in the sun and admire the view <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d22dc022-a9fd-4d3e-aee0-0ad5a7ffde49.JPG"> <BR> after a little snoo... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:09:47 EST