SLIMMERKIWI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SLIMMERKIWI SLIMMERKIWI'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/ How to lose weight (tongue in cheek..... maybe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219409 Well, I think I have figured out how to lose weight easily. <BR> <BR> The middle of April my family and I went to Vancouver, Canada, for a holiday. We came back early May. I had gained a considerable amount of weight while over there. (Found out a regular 'healthy' meal was 1200 calories <em>40</em> I was getting a TON of walking, too, up-hill, down-dale, whereas here my walks are on the flat inside my house. Since I have been back, I have been eating less, however MORE than I was ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:36:33 EST I'm NOT going doo lally ... I promise, BUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189212 today I left home at 0945hrs. My daughter, s-in-law and I (and g/son) went to my Mum's collecting a Rental Truck on the way, to bring the rest of Mum's stuff back home. We emptied the house up there, (apart from a few bits and bobs which should easily fit into my car, and a couple larger items I hope to sell from there, and then headed home. We arrived back around 1400hrs. About 1500hrs, my s-in-law told me he would yard-broom brush the steps (they were getting slippery) because otherwise... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:51 EST Getting back to normal .... whatever 'normal' is - LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187803 After coming back from my holiday a ton heavier, it took about 3 weeks to settle back into MY normal eating pattern, but with a few less calories. It appears to be working. I haven't weighed myself since end of May, but I can now get into one of my pr of jeans, so I guess the weight is coming off slowly. I certainly don't see so much of "me" when I look down - LOL! <BR> <BR> My sister hadn't been allowed to go to Canada (as per Dr's instruction) with us because of some chronic health issue... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:08:35 EST Back from from first overseas holiday :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159677 I had a lovely time catching up with my son and his partner. <BR> <BR> It started here on 15th April. A 13hr flight later, we landed in Vancouver BC BEFORE we had even left Auckland - LOL!. My son was at the airport to meet us. We had our first experience of a sky train, which I found rather interesting, in part because there are no drivers. We then had to get 2 taxis to get all of our stuff and us to my son's apartment. 6 of us went over - my daughter and her husband and 2 children -... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:02:31 EST A quick update on my Mum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137605 I spent most of the day at the Hospital. For a large portion of the time she didn't know who I was, but later, a while after the last dose of Fentanyl she recognized me, my brother, sister, and sister-in-law and her son. <BR> <BR> Apart from a nasty, deep, skin tear, Mum has a fractured pelvis, a UTI and a high temp. With any one of those things it is enough to cause confusion - add all 3 together :-( <BR> <BR> When I arrived at 10:30 a.m. the Nurse I spoke to told me the Dr hadn't been... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:53:23 EST Hectic Day and the last thing anyone could have wanted OR wished for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136072 Today I had the plumber coming in some stage re a perished rubber on the toilet. Water leakages onto the floor are NOT nice to clean up and I guess my 9yr old grandson didn't feel that great either when we were blaming him ..... you know the old story .... little boys in a hurry to have a pee after hanging on too long, are well known to have 'little accidents' with their aim. It was only by chance that I found the problem .... he wasn't here to blame. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the plumber had co... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:17:01 EST Difficult Day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124046 Today I had the most horrible task of taking my beloved little Scruffy - part Border Collie and part (the vet THINKS) Foxie - to the Vet for her 'ever more' sleep. She only came up to just under my knee and was my most precious companion after my hubby died. We got her just on 9 years ago when my best friend and her children left New Zealand. She had always slept on their younger daughter's bed, and always slept on our bed until about a year ago when she could no longer jump up. She was ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:52:41 EST Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101322 I saw this today on someone's FB Page <BR> <BR> <BR> Mirror, mirror on the wall <BR> It does not matter if I am short or tall .... <BR> If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide, <BR> It only matters who I am inside. <BR> Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green...... <BR> What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen. <BR> When you look at me, don't judge me by my parts, <BR> The most beautiful thing about me is my heart! <BR> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:34:55 EST WHAT A DAY AND A HALF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098716 Have you ever had the feeling that everything happens at once? Well, I had a real doozy of a day, and a very busy one. <BR> <BR> It started off when my daughter woke me to ask if I was going to be spending all day at my Mum's house, because if I was, my 8yr old grandson wanted to go to school instead. (He isn't very well with a nasty cough at the moment.) Then she told me that I HAVE to make an appointment to get my little dog put down, because Scruffy has kept her awake since 4 a.m. I ha... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:17:55 EST A good way to get picky eaters eating a bigger variety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825510 I was watching our News on TV tonight, and was very interested to see how a parent came up with an enjoyable way of encouraging her children to try new things. They have a "Blind Tasting Tuesday". The kids have to wear a good blindfold and they are given something to eat. They don't know what it is, but they give their Mum 'feed-back' (sorry about the pun) as to whether they like it or not. It turns out that a lot of the food they claimed that they disliked/hated, they actually quite like... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 01:18:14 EST My Eventful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690720 Well, I had one yesterday. It isn't a kind of day I want to repeat, but I couldn't help but laugh to myself about it all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I got a phone call. That in itself is o.k., BUT it was 4:30 AM. I answered it and no-one was there. When I finally got off to sleep, I was rudely awoken by a cat fight almost outside my bedroom window. The neighbour has a PRICK of a cat that terrorizes the neighbourhood. It is a dead give-way what one it is because it is the only one ar... Thu, 8 May 2014 17:10:30 EST Enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648135 <link>www.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.235372<BR>.1243574086!menu/standard/file/ny-walt<BR>-baby-boomers.swf </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:48:52 EST Who would have thought..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633996 ...... that losing weight can affect your EARS! <BR> <BR> I took my Step-father to the Audiologist today to get his repaired hearing aids and for adjustments to be made to them re his slightly altered hearing. They had been sent away for repair. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Audiologist asked my S/Father if he had lost weight recently. HE didn't think so, but he has, and I told her so - not a lot, but some none-the-less. (probably around a couple kg.) She said she thought so. ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:01:47 EST Another year has passed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604921 Another year has passed <BR> And we're all a little older. <BR> Last summer felt hotter <BR> And winter seems much colder. <BR> <BR> There was a time not long ago <BR> When life was quite a blast. <BR> Now I fully understand <BR> About 'Living in the Past' <BR> <BR> We used to go to weddings, <BR> Football games and lunches.. <BR> Now we go to funeral homes <BR> And after-funeral brunches. <BR> <BR> We used to have hangovers, <BR> From parties that were gay. <BR> Now we suffer body a... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 02:40:37 EST What to do with old Gumboots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1953622408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There you go, now why didn't we think of that? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:12:48 EST How to beat the summer heat in bed :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582180 For a while I have been pondering the resolution to this unpleasant quandary. Yesterday I came up with a solution, so put it into action. <BR> <BR> I have 3 wheat bags for the winter, and I figured that if it provides heat in winter, it can provide coolness in summer. I promptly put one into a plastic bag and then into the freezer. It was BLISS last night - a nice cool bed to get into, and my feet were not burning hot like normal. (had the bag against them.) <BR> <BR> This morning I prom... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:40:49 EST My Xmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567508 I just received an e-mail with this in it, and had to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/WxjZB5S_g7s?re<BR>l=0 </link> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:48:48 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563703 This morning it is a year ago today that my husband passed away. <em>382</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> On the one hand it seems like it has been forever, but on the other hand it seems like it was yesterday. I miss not being able to cook him some of his favourite meals. I miss not being able to talk to him in person. I even miss the smell of his tobacco, and I never really liked it anyway, unless it was freshly lit. I miss having him around, even when he was getting up to a lot of n... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:04:06 EST A different start to the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520937 Last night I didn't have a very good night AT ALL, thanks to distant neighbours down the road, talking and laughing really loudly until after 0100hrs. It was enough to set poor old Scruffy (dog) off, rushing out to the Rancher Slider, and yelling her head off, more than a couple times. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this a.m. when I woke, I wasn't in the best space because of sleep deprivation. I was going out to the mail box, and had just stood on the steps down off the deck, when I saw a duck low ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:26:34 EST What do you think of this??? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502077 <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2979706<BR>07007779&set=vb.118705921489082&type=2<BR>&theater </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:06:34 EST A "new" me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495529 Today I got my hair cut. Big deal most people would probably think, but for me it is, because I don't get it cut very often. It is almost a year to the day since my last hair cut, and the previous one to that had been just over 3 years prior. I had been really upset the last few days, because hubby wasn't going to be here to see it. Last time when I got home, he came out of the garage and looked at my hair, then said it looked really nice. We went into the house, then he started to wal... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:39:54 EST Ten tips to be supermarket savvy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495065 This appeared in our daily Newspaper "The New Zealand Herald" , this a.m. and as it is a good reminder to us all I thought I would share it here. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Ten tips to be supermarket savvy <BR> <BR> 1. Make a list and stick to it. Write down everything you need. Look out for the bargains on your list, but don't go grabbing extras treats you haven't planned for. <BR> <BR> 2. Set yourself a budget and try your best not to bre... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:08:14 EST My Dad's 100th Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453581 Today was my Dad's 100th Birthday. It would have been lovely to have been able to wish him a happy birthday in person, but because he died 33 years ago, it was kinda hard to do that. <BR> <BR> My sister and I planned that she would go to the Cemetery and take some of his favourite treats - and eat them with him, for lunch. She would eat what he didn't :-) She wanted me to go, but it is an hour's drive to her place and then about another 20 minutes from hers. It is too much for me. <B... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:26:53 EST Good News :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445984 Do you ever have times where everything seems to go wrong? I have - many times. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Do you ever have times where everything seems to go right? I have this last week <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I bought a scratchie ticket for the first time in nearly a year, on Friday. I won $5 on it. Then yesterday I had to go to town for an appointment to transfer me over from (what was) the Widow's Benefit to "Supported Living" (in my case what WAS called the Invalid's Benefit)... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:35:17 EST 2222 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435894 Today has been my 2222nd day on SparkPeople, and I have LOVED every single one of them. A lot has happened in this time - to me and to others. Some is good, and unfortunately some not so good. <BR> <BR> I have seen my daughter marry, my older grandson leave school (and now living with me), my younger grandson starting school. I have had to play a far more intensive roll in my Mother and Stepfather's lives, due to their age (91 and 93yrs), frailty and medical decline. I have managed to ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:01:19 EST Short and sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435873 If my body was a car, I'd trade it in for a newer model, because every time I sneeze my radiator leeks and my exhaust backfires <em>211</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 04:09:30 EST Because of certain happenings today .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426036 YES, I said "HAPPENINGS", <em>211</em> I have decided to post this, which some may be familiar with: (well, I think we have all experienced it - lol - but I mean some may have read it :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Baked Beans <BR> <BR> (This one is much too funny not to share. Enjoy! Be sure to grab a <BR> tissue; I think you'll be laughing so hard you'll cry!) <BR> <BR> One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:38:34 EST Granny has the answer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423736 Paddy had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition. <BR> It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been <BR> able to walk on water on their 18th birthday. On that special day, they'd <BR> each walked across the lake to the pub on the far side for their first legal <BR> Drink. So when Paddy's 18th birthday came around, he and his pal Jim took a boat out to the middle of the lake, Paddy, stepped out of the boat ...and nearly <BR> Drowned! Jim just barely... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 03:37:50 EST Male or Female? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419460 You might not have known this...but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples: <BR> <BR> FREEZER BAGS: <BR> They are male, because they hold everything in............but you can see right through them. <BR> <BR> PHOTOCOPIERS: <BR> These are female, because once turned off...........it takes a while to warm them up again. <BR> They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed...but can also wreak havoc if you push the... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 01:41:50 EST Grandson's Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404213 Today was an early start again. My 18yr old grandson had surgery on his knee again. A couple years ago he injured it pretty badly in a skateboard accident, and needed extensive surgery. Today he had surgery on the same knee to remove 4 bits of bodies that were floating around in there causing problems. The largest bit we brought home in a jar - just over 1 cm diameter. The surgeon told me that his knee-cap is slightly out of alignment and checked the other - that is too. It means that it... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 03:35:28 EST Have you ever wanted to ................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397979 ............. RIP A NEIGHBOUR'S DOG'S TONGUE OUT???? <BR> <BR> Well, I DO! During the day the big dog continuously goes "Woof... Woof...Woof" in a very loud and deep bark when her 'mum' is out, which is quite often. Tonight their horrible LITTLE dog is going "Yap.... Yap.... Yap" non-stop and in a high-pitched voice. They are home alone. I HATE the sound with a vengeance. I really want to rip BOTH of their tongues out and stuff them where the sun don't shine!!! <BR> <BR> (I do NOT lik... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 04:35:37 EST I got my car back today .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381093 .... and it turned out the leak through the electrics in the roof was caused by some rust which couldn't be seen until the windscreen and rubber was removed. The Panel-beater took photos of before, during and after rust treatment and included it with the invoice. Still, it is dealt with now, and the bonnet looks really nice, too, instead of munted. <BR> <BR> I DID manage to get some good sleep (re my last blog) I woke at 1100hrs yesterday. This morning it was 1000hrs. It is AMAZING what ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:45:10 EST Today would have been my husband's 60th birthday, and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378716 My g/son had an appointment in town so I decided that to celebrate his granddad's birthday, we would have lunch at a little 'up-market' boutique Caféteria’ called Chocolate Brown (they make wonderful fancy chocolates, too) My son had given me a voucher where we could get a free meal up to a certain amount with another full-paying adult. That suited me fine :-) My eyes lit up when I saw their menu - they had a Full English Breakfast - Italian Sausage, Streaky Bacon, Black Pudding, 2 Eggs ho... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 06:49:41 EST Dietitian Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345011 On Thursday I had to go to my Dietitian. Since I reached my goal weight, I generally go every 3 months, now. When I told her that my husband had died (it turned out to be on her Wedding Anniversary) she thought that I would have gone well off course, and was surprised to see from my Spread Sheet that there were very few days I had gone much over. I showed her my last blood test results, and she was very pleased by that, too. I had said that I was considering asking the Dr about going off... Sat, 4 May 2013 05:43:05 EST Another Update :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324917 Well, things DO run in THREES :-( <BR> <BR> !. I woke up late this a.m. My little dog had pee'd on the carpet. (I wasn't surprised - it was grotty weather last night and she didn't want to go out!) <BR> <BR> 2. Freida (my cat) was in/out/in/out all in the space of a few minutes. The last time she came in, she walked over to the other side of the lounge and peed on a letter that had fallen on the floor. (That got slid into a plastic bag for the rubbish without dripping onto the floor.) ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:55:11 EST Update on the last blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322034 Well, if you read my last blog you may remember that I was having problems with my lawnmower and treadmill. Those have both been fixed, now, and I am having fun with the treadmill - I don't know that my grandson is having fun with the mower - he is the one who mows the lawns, not me :-) <BR> <BR> Anyway, at the end of the blog I added <BR> "I'm hoping nothing else to going to go 'phut' in the near future." <BR> <BR> Well, it DID go phut. My Waterpump stuffed up, and if we want water in t... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:05:56 EST The good news and the bad .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295801 Today I got my new Treadmill. It was a 'New Product Introductory Offer" at half price, saving me $600. Our Accident Compensation Corporation paid for one to be in my home (about 2 years after my accident) for rehab, but I could only have it for 3-4 months. I LOVED it and used it daily, and was quite miffed when they took it back. With the small amount of money left over from my husband's Life Insurance, I decided to treat myself this one thing. I will be able to get a bit more walking ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:01:03 EST My outing yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280807 Yesterday my son was coming up to my home-town for his former Pastor's wedding. Unfortunately, he broke down over the brow of a notorious hill, and just around a blind corner. He ended up having to get a tow truck to get his car back to a garage. He went on to the Wedding (reception, having missed the wedding itself) and then walked along to my daughter's where I met him. The latest bus was leaving town at 1615hrs, and it was 1500hrs that he broke down, so to give him some family time,... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:41:57 EST Little update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269254 It has been a while since I made a blog - or even posted much, altho' I am posting on the message boards every day, it isn't anywhere near as much as I usually did. I find that my concentration isn't as great as it was, and it was never that great anyway. I guess that the affects of my husband's death are still with me. Certainly at night. I am like a little child fighting against going to bed, even tho' I am really tired. Then most of the time it takes for ever to actually get to slee... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 01:34:12 EST Today I brought my husband home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198128 I had a rather full day today, starting with my appointment at WINZ (0ur Social Welfare Agency) re transferring from an Invalid's Benefit (piggy backing on my husband's) to go on a Widows' Benefit. I was there for about an hour, and most of the work has been done - the base rate has been approved, but now my Disability Allowance and possible Temporary Assistance still has to be worked out. Then I had to go to the Lawyer to get my husband's Death Certificate notorised so the title to my hou... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 04:08:41 EST A BIG THANK YOU for the condolences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180473 I would like to thank everyone for the love and support they have shown when my husband died so unexpectedly. I got so many Goodies and Private Messages, and messages on my SparkPage that it is impossible for me to respond individually. <BR> <BR> I am doing o.k., altho' I still hear his little truck come and leaving me wondering why he hasn't come to the house ....... and then I remember! And the number of times I have seen him walking in the street in town ...... once again then I rememb... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:03:28 EST Today was my husband's funeral. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170728 Today was my husband's funeral. It went very well and I think he would have liked it. It was all about him, his love of Hot Rods and Classic Cars, bikes, (almost) all things American, his woodwork and his making things out of aluminium or stainless steel, to HIS design, and completely by hand, and which worked very well. It was also about his many times of getting up to a bit of no good, that also doubled as really funny. The weather held out, altho' it was very hot and humid. It is j... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:59:54 EST The Cutest Smiling Animal Pictures :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146644 <BR> <link>nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-<BR>gardens/pets/photos/p/15329006/cutest-<BR>smiling-animal-pictures/15329007/ </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 02:28:32 EST Angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140625 Have you ever wondered what "ANGEL" stands for? <BR> <BR> "A" is for always thinking of others <BR> "N" is for numerous kind acts <BR> "G" is for going above and beyond <BR> "E" is for endless devotion <BR> "L" is for how much you are loved Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:36:57 EST Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139745 Often in our lives things happen with which we disagree. How do we handle these situations? Some people resort to yelling, punching, throwing things, verbal abuse, and other negative demonstrations. On the internet people may resort to gradually attacking others - ignoring the problem at hand and bringing personal things into the equation. It may be calling someone 'thick' or 'stupid' or yelling 'listen to ME because I am RIGHT' kind of thing. <BR> <BR> Some people withdraw into their... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:27:18 EST Eclipse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134724 This a.m. I was tutuing on the computer and suddenly realized I was getting quite cold, and it was rather dark for that time of day. I had a look out the window and saw some clouds and blue sky so went to have a look out of another window. There was plenty of blue sky, so I was a wee bit baffled for a while. THEN I remembered that today was supposed to be a partial eclipse of the sun. I couldn't look at the sun from home because I didn't have the requisite glasses for that, but I watched... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 03:46:37 EST I'm getting quite excited:-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129073 I have a couple reasons for excitement at the moment! <BR> <BR> At the end of this month a very close friend is coming back to NZ for a wee while. Ultimately she is coming to help sort something out for her teenaged daughter, but I will get to see her too. She left NZ about 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> The other reason is that my 17yr old grandson is coming back from Oz to live in NZ, and will be living with us for a while. He flies in in the early hours of Dec. 9th. I really love having him... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:32:42 EST This is the COOLEST gutter downspout I have ever seen…I love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968049530.jpg"> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:52:11 EST What NOT to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900717 Give your indoor pooch, who always sleeps on YOUR bed, a bath and forget to close the bedroom door .................:-( <em>338</em> <em>27</em> (we use rainwater caught from the roof) ... Mon, 28 May 2012 05:09:49 EST Back to work after 30 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867195 One for the old girls. Enoy! <BR> <BR> A woman goes back to work after thirty years. Watch carefully, the video is only 4 seconds long, but you'll get it!!! Unless your under 40yrs old. <BR> <BR> It's quick get ready to laugh. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 May 2012 04:42:27 EST