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/ 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 Hi! It's July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192787 July. Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been home for a couple of days with a cold........... not been out. <BR> <BR> I realised that, if I didn't have work to go to, I could become quite lonely. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, you have to be the change you want to see. <BR> <BR> I'm quite a private person really..... not anti-social, but I do need a lot of personal space - characteristics of an introverted personality. I prefer my own company a lot of the time! <BR> <BR> In July, I am going to make... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 05:32:46 EST Flotsam and jestsum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192175 In our journey to be healthy and fit we certainly have to be strong! So often we are swimming against the tide of popular culture - and it is hard work! <BR> <BR> I just heard my letter box bang - went to retrieve the post with slight expectation; it was a flier. Junk mail really. Junk mail because it's advertising mostly junk. <BR> <BR> The other day I noticed I'd made a typo on a post - and accidentally called snack food 'fod'. It made me laugh because the word 'fod' made me think o... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:25:49 EST Are you eating too much yellow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189266 My son recently told me that he'd had a check-up (physical) at the new health centre, and been advised to lose some weight. He is just coming up to 30 yrs old, very active and fit, but told that his BMI is too high and he needs to lose about 20lbs. Classic, eh?! He's put on about 28 lbs in the last 10 yrs and hardly noticed it. He doesn't think he's overweight, but he's keen to be fit enough to be a father, so he's on a weight-loss campaign to get down to about 175lbs. <BR> <BR> He's got ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:58:03 EST Finding my happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188609 It is a really soul-destroying day today - the UK EU referendum result means that we will start a process of leaving the European Union. Me, and everyone I know, voted to REMAIN - but more people voted to LEAVE. The really scary thing this morning is the expression of anger from young people who are blaming the 'older people' for voting to LEAVE.......... and from young people who were too young to vote (the 16 and 17 yr olds who do not have the right to vote, yet). <BR> <BR> I've lost m... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:02:05 EST Happiness is a hoodie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188001 I'm working through 100 Days of Weight Loss with the Spark Team here - and we've reached a day when we're asked to eat a square of chocolate in six nibbly little bites and savour the experience. <BR> <em>493</em> <BR> Right........ <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> I know myself well enough to know that that would be a suicidal mission for me to undertake. So I'm choosing to stay WELL AWAY from it! <BR> <BR> However, I AM feeling very anxious today. We have a big voting thing going on here ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:03:18 EST If Plan A doesn't pan out - try Plan B....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186660 Last night it was the Summer Solstice - longest day of the year. I really wanted to celebrate it in some way and had planned to have flaming torches in my garden, with something alcoholic, and a good reflective discussion with my best mate (who is dealing with the recent death of her brother). That was Plan A! <BR> <BR> Then it rained all day. I phoned my friend and she didn't sound keen at all. I figured she might want not to be 'doing' anything as she has a lot on at the moment with funer... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:48:29 EST Trail Finder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185227 Today I travelled from West Cornwall to East Devon for a study meeting (Buddhist) with folk from the West Country. That was a car journey of 2.5 hrs - then 3 hrs sitting in a hall. <BR> <BR> After lunch I sat with my two friends, and the discussion was going round in circles and I reached a point where I knew I needed to get away for a bit. So I said "if you don't mind, I'm just going out for a walk" (neither of them can walk far for different reasons). <BR> <BR> I was in a village calle... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:37:51 EST Recipes - Baked Oatmeal and Overnight Oats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183978 For anyone whose interest was caught by the Baked Oatmeal in my previous blog - here are some oaty recipes you might like to work with! <BR> <BR> Recipe: Baked Oatmeal <BR> <BR> Set the oven at 375F <BR> Line an 8"x8" tin with parchment <BR> Take one mixing bowl and add all of the following: <BR> <BR> 2.5 cups of oats - I use ordinary rolled oats as for making porridge <BR> 1.75 cups of milk (I use non-dairy - but any will do) <BR> 1 large apple = 1.5 cups chopped apple (I used pear and t... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:16:23 EST Look ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183929 Today I tuned into happiness by preparing food for the next few days! I'm not usually a cook-in-advance person, so this was a new joy for me to experience! <BR> <BR> I have a notebook in my kitchen in which I plan my meals for the forthcoming week - and I work around my work schedule and other activities I have planned. So - I knew that I had to look ahead and figure out how to be prepared for the next few days. I am out all day tomorrow - so need my lunch packed, and want something good t... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:36:44 EST Stop and listen....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182112 Today I went for a fabulous walk/hike across field paths from St Ives to Zennor - it goes from farm to farm, through fields (of course!), and over stiles and cattle grids. The fields are ancient - 6th to 10th century - and the fields are tiny, mostly curved shapes and surrounded by granite stone walls. I always get an amazing sense of history when I walk these paths. <BR> <BR> It was quiet when I went out - there was nobody else about that I could hear or see - just a chorus of birdsong! ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:41:49 EST Tuning in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181441 Well, I don't seem to have had much to say this month about what makes me happy - I have been tuning in, but then nothing seems big enough to blog about. Conclusion? It's the small things that make me happy! <BR> <BR> Being able to have 15 mins sitting on my doorstep first thing in the morning, with a cup of tea or coffee - just listening to the birds and enjoying the air before the world gets busy. <BR> <BR> Seeing the red of the sunrise hitting the windows of the houses across the valle... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:24:35 EST Healing Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178368 I tuned into healing green today - and feel so much better for it. I went for a walk in a lovely woodland park where the sunlight dappled through the leaf canopy and the leaves were all so green and vibrant. It was so refreshing, tranquil, calm, uplifting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63e52339-e3d5-41cd-b6aa-d9954bacbb7c.png"> <BR> this is not my picture sadly, I don't have batteries for my camera <BR> <BR> I've been trying out breath-walking recently - from ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 13:51:30 EST Taking the tour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177511 Yesterday was a beautiful day - sunshiny and warm - and I was stuck indoors all day. So when I left work at 9.30am this morning, I was desperate for some fresh air! I walked slowly along the sea-front towards the bus station, checked my bus time-table for options, and decided to get on the open-top one which takes a longer route home, but which is also fun! <BR> <BR> It was warm enough to sit on the top deck (with my coat on) - it's always amusing to see all the holiday-makers getting on w... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:30:27 EST Living in the sky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176151 I was able to spend some quiet time sitting on my front door-step early this morning. I love to just listen to the birds. At 6am there is not much human noise - so the air is filled with birdsong - the gulls, the crows, the garden birds, the pigeons. I felt like I was in a kind of 'jungle' or an open-air aviary. There is a bird sanctuary a few miles down the road - and I love to go there and listen to the birds - it felt like being there. <BR> <BR> I remembered that I'd been reading rec... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 03:36:11 EST Bookmarking Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175547 I've always got several books on the go - usually one main one, and several 'others' I'm working through more slowly. <BR> <BR> At the moment I'm reading 'Broadchurch' by Erin Kelly (based on the series by Chris Chibnall); I picked up at the library to 'try something different' as it's not my preferred genre - but, oh my!, I can't put it down! <BR> <BR> Some of the other books are: <BR> <BR> Lunchbox ideas book - also from the library - which is inspiring me to try new things. <BR> The ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 04:43:08 EST Don't worry, be happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174893 Whilst sitting on my doorstep with my tea this morning - practising being mindful - I realised I was feeling worried today. Not 'tightly sprung' like yesterday, but kind of worried. I could feel it like a heavy, grey lump in my chest......... and I could also feel how it made me feel miserable. If someone had asked anything of me at that moment, I may well have thrown back a negative comment, as I was pre-occupied with my worried, miserable feeling. <BR> <BR> I think the worried feeling co... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 04:41:58 EST Tightly Sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174166 I love to start a new month, a new week, a new day - I just love that opportunity to re-start! <BR> <BR> I've just re-set my Spark page for June and this month I am going to be concentrating on re-tuning myself. <BR> <BR> Several times in my life, in workshops, counselling etc, I've been given the advice to 'notice what makes you happy'. It is so easy to get caught up in the business of life - the to-do lists - feelings can be over-looked. Or, if you're like me, we are more likely to no... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 04:11:14 EST Sugar-free fruity cool drinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173580 I've discovered that I enjoy drinking most of the herb teas cold - and have been making up a 250ml brew, letting it cool, then pouring it into a 500ml bottle and topping it up with water. This works a treat for me and is a way for me to get at least one herb tea into my system each day. <BR> <BR> Today, I've added another trick to this; I saw it in a Spark article the other day about keeping cool on the beach. Put the bottle of drink in the ice-box to freeze! Then pop it in your bag, and... Tue, 31 May 2016 07:56:05 EST Reviewing my Mellow-ometer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172265 (Long blog - grab a coffee/tea/water!) <BR> <BR> As it gets close to the end of May (already?! yes, I know!) I have been kind of reviewing, in my head, how the mellowing project has gone. <BR> <BR> I do feel more mellow. How that feels for me is: less stressed, more relaxed, not 'down'. I've been noticing the absence of 'angst' and wondering whether it is due to the focus on mellowing, or just something in the stars that would have happened anyway in May! (Sometimes I wish I didn't thin... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:42:55 EST Get Connected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170180 Lat week was Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and the theme was 'relationships' <BR> <BR> <link>www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and<BR>-videos/relationships-missing-piece-we<BR>llbeing-puzzle </link> <BR> <BR> I am very supportive of people with mental health illness - possibly through my work, but mainly just because that's the kind of human being I am. We're all vulnerable to it, and it's so hidden, and so under-supported generally. <BR> <BR> Someone I know, who has a m... Wed, 25 May 2016 13:42:05 EST Camomile & Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169626 Today was my first day back at work after a 10-day break. I take my packed lunch, some instant coffee & creamer in a container for drinks - and, today, I decided to pop a herb tea-bag into my bag too. I often take herb teas to work - and don't use them! But because of my recent reading about addictive eating (Gillian Riley - Eating Less) I was mindful about how often I make a cup of coffee just to avoid a feeling of boredom, fatigue, annoyance etc. <BR> <BR> So, at mid-morning, I had my ... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:37:09 EST The Little Mermaid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168907 I couldn't have had a more delightful way to end my 10-day break from work, than going to see the Mermaid down at the harbour this evening. I lined up with everyone else, leaning over the harbour wall to see her swim and dive. She chats to the children and has a lovely personality. There is an underwater photographer with her, and a 'rescue boat' in the form of a chap on a paddle-board. It was quite magical to watch her - and it made me smile. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Mon, 23 May 2016 15:54:32 EST Seeking Solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168128 The sun came out today - after a couple of rainy days, it was a joy to see and feel that sunshine again! <BR> <BR> I went down to the shops after breakfast and got some of the things I need for the next couple of days - from my list. I found that the town was already very busy with people who perhaps arrived yesterday afternoon - all heading to the town and the beaches. <BR> <BR> I took my shopping home (we're talking a 3 min walk here!) and made a coffee - put some washing on - felt a nee... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:09:24 EST Give it a tweak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167547 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/169678d6-7f45-44a4-acd3-ea56b5a4b775.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I don't use a nutrition tracker, or count calories etc, but I do try to do a weekly menu plan for three meals a day - which keeps me on-track. I know approximately how much I can eat to maintain a steady weight. <BR> <BR> However, recently a new daily guideline type thing came my way, which is a vegan "daily dozen" from a book called 'How Not to Die' by Dr Michael Greger (I don't have th... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:52:11 EST First Aid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166835 Yesterday morning, whilst out running, I tripped and fell - hurting my hand. It was a kind of sliding graze and my palm bled quite a lot. I was out on my own, on the cliff path at 6.30am, so I knew I had to look after myself. <BR> <BR> Firstly I swore as time went into slow-motion and I watched my right hand stretch out in front of me to save my head from hitting the ground. Then I did a quick assessment and reached out for some big green leaves to press on my bleeding hand. Breath! Brea... Fri, 20 May 2016 09:29:13 EST Doing something different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166386 Today I visited our local museum with a couple of friends. I'd never been there before. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81fc31a9-441e-489d-a169-76d13f0196db.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> We three friends met at evening classes, where we learn Cornish language. At the museum we found lots of signs in Cornish, and mentioned that we were learning. It turned out that the volunteers on the desk that day were our teacher's brother-in-law and his wife! You always need to be careful wh... Thu, 19 May 2016 14:57:50 EST Going into the jungle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165437 A principle of mellowing is to take one step at a time. This advice, which echoes FlyLady's mantra of 'just 15 mins', plus Spark's motivating call to do '10 mins a day', has enabled me to embark on the project to get a grip of my over-grown jungle of a garden. It's only a small jungle, but there are some WILD things out there, believe me! <BR> <BR> Deciding where to start, what to do, can be a stumbling block for me - so I've divided my garden up into zones (like FlyLady does for rooms i... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:20:52 EST Enjoying my coffee......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164590 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/601efa26-1e14-4cbc-8d2b-00b1966729a3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Well, there was I, sipping my coffee, feeling pretty mellow, when I opened this email from Jon Gabriel: <BR> <BR> " We all know caffeine speeds up your heart rate and metabolism; and anything that speeds up metabolism should help you lose weight, right? <BR> <BR> No, there are a couple of big problems here... <BR> <BR> After a while, caffeine acts like a constant stress on your body, and... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:09:42 EST Dip your toe in the deep blue sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f80fa2ba-3332-46f4-bc64-e41edcdd9d79.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even though I live surrounded by sea..... I still sometimes have to make an effort to actually get onto the beach! I know that probably sounds ridiculous to those of you who don't have the good fortune to live at the seaside! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b30c8bfa-11e1-4527-97c1-a09117d5a692.jpg"> <BR> Porthmeor beach - my 'local'- 4 mins walk from home <BR> <... Mon, 16 May 2016 15:50:20 EST