TIZSLIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIZSLIM TIZSLIM'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/ Bleak House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474214 Have you read it? It has various subplots but basically it's Dickens tale of a law suit that goes on for years. You may know the quote "if the law supposes that, the law is a ass - a idiot". Shortened generally these days to 'the law is an ass'. <BR> <BR> My father was a huge fan of Dickens and introduced me to his works many, many, many, years ago. In fact one of the things I inherited from my father was The Complete Works of Dickens. I don't need to re read Bleak House though as I fee... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:19:14 EST Hello - this is your real life calling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473903 <BR> I have a pay as you go electric meter. It's situated in the basement in my eldest son's bedroom. I got up this morning to find the electric had run out. No problem, I'd charged the key up yesterday. Except son had already left for work and locked his bedroom door. He has snakes and axolotls - I have cats. Confrontation best avoided we feel. So, no electric until he returned home. He was on an early shift starting at 6 a.m so due home mid afternoon. Hours and hours without a cup ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:51:24 EST Just saying like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473519 The weather here has been kind of crazy the last few weeks. We went to Bournemouth the weekend of 24th/25th Feb for daughters Hen Weekend. Although it was quite chilly, we had beautiful sunny weather. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/069f0f29-ee15-4a52-b688-66c7819837a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The following week we had snow, snow, and more snow. Including the weekend of 3rd March. Then it cleared. When it came to the 10th March and The Wedding of The Century, the sn... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:58:50 EST Countdown - oh wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473206 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> It's been and gone. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [as was] can barely believe that a whole week has passed since her baby became a married woman. <BR> <BR> It was a wonderful, joyful day. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [as was] has only one complaint. Well, two actually. Firstly that it seemed to speed by so very, very, quickly. As indeed the best days d... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:27:27 EST Farewell and Thankyou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472295 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ef89296-f196-47f6-ac08-824cb3b6387d.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:04:33 EST Mothering Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471299 It's Mothering Sunday here in the UK. Or to use the more modern term - Mothers Day. What better way to celebrate it than having gained a Son in Law? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5c9062d-8419-4936-ba6a-c7e2b010fe7f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The Wedding of The Century went wonderfully. It was THE most amazing day. I will blog about it more in days to come - plus post pics. For the moment though, suffice to say it was FAB. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:51:32 EST Countdown - 1 Day Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470687 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Incredible eh? Suddenly it is almost upon us. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is ready to go. Well, nearly. I can't find the damn gloves. I've obviously put them 'somewhere safe' - buggered if I remember where. How insane is that? <BR> <BR> Natch the debit card and the missing bits I ordered turned up today. Literally at the last minute. I was just putting my coat on to go the beauty salon to m... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 18:50:48 EST Grrrrrr and other grumpy noises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470373 I haven't been able to help my daughter and future son in law out with the finances for their wedding due to my current circumstances. To be honest, that makes me feel a] quite sad and b] a bit of a failure. I have though tried to help/be involved in other ways. Daughter was delighted when I informed her I would be sorting out her 'something old, something new etc' bits. Given she is something of a perfectionist and so can be very controlling, it was quite something that she put her absol... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 18:58:01 EST Gloves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470039 I found the perfect pair on eBay. Delivery between March 12th - 15th. Not so good. I say perfect but I wasn't sure if the colour would be quite right. Plus I thought they'd probably be a bit too big for me. But my gut was telling me to go for it. So I messaged the seller to ask if she could post them first class. She came straight back and said yes at no extra cost. That was Monday. They arrived today. And they are just divine. Listen to your gut - it 'knows'! <BR> <BR> Bright ble... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 18:58:24 EST My first ever 'diet' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469674 Day two of following my first ever diet. That is the first ever diet that I haven't devised for myself. And the first ever diet I've followed that specifies exactly what you can eat on which day and in what order. Breakfast yesterday was a slice of dry toast with a choice of a grilled tomato or tinned tomatoes. I went for the tinned tomatoes on the basis the juice soaked into the toast which meant it was no longer dry. I also added some black pepper. It was nice enough. <BR> <BR> Lunch... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 18:25:01 EST Go to Jail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469321 Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go! Do not collect £200 <BR> <BR> Collect money? I should be so lucky. All I seem to be doing at the moment is shelling it out. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, juggling this, juggling that, simply to get through another week. Jail could be quite enticing - no bills, free food, hot showers etc. Well except like most people, psychologically I'd struggle with the restriction of my freedom. And lets fact it, it's in my DNA to rebel against any form of authority... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 17:50:14 EST The Beast from The East http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468943 That was the name UK newspapers gave to the recent weather front that has caught us in such an icy and snowy grip. Despite [or maybe because] we don't really have extreme weather conditions here in the UK. we seem to like to make a song 'n' dance about it. <BR> <BR> So we had snow. Life goes on. Granted some areas were much worse affected than where I live but really, is it necessary to buy 58 loaves of bread and 20 gallons of milk? Leaving some people unable to get any bread or milk. ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 18:58:09 EST The Beast from The East http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468942 That was the name UK newspapers gave to the recent weather front that has caught us in such an icy and snowy grip. Despite [or maybe because] we don't really have extreme weather conditions here in the UK. we seem to like to make a song 'n' dance about it. <BR> <BR> So we had snow. Life goes on. Granted some areas were much worse affected than where I live but really, is it necessary to buy 58 loaves of bread and 20 gallons of milk? Leaving some people unable to get any bread or milk. ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 18:58:09 EST Countdown - 1 Week Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468610 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is feeling pretty excited now. However, she did remember to weigh in yesterday having forgotten last Friday. A loss of 1lb 2 oz over two weeks is hardly earth shattering. Although taking into account all the over indulgence during the Hen Weekend, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] figures it's not so bad after all.... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 17:10:13 EST The Hen Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468319 Life has been a bit hectic this week and so, I haven't had the chance to blog about The Hen Weekend. Suffice to say we had a blast! The scene of the crime was Bournemouth which for non UK people is on the coast, about 2 hours or so drive from where I live. My daughter's future MIL [Dawn] came to collect me at around 8 a.m in the morning. Also traveling with us was her cousin [Tess], plus her daughter [my daughter's future SIL]. <BR> <BR> We made good time and met up with the other 'Hens... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 18:36:45 EST Countdown - 2 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466053 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Can you believe it? I barely can. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be]'s brains are so scrambled at the moment that she completely forgot to weigh in today. Not the first ever time and probably won't be the last. Besides, The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] figures at this stage, what ever the scale says is kind of academic! <BR> <BR> The Hottest Mo... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:19:08 EST Another, another countdown - 1 week until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464116 The Hen Weekend. <BR> <BR> It's all getting incredibly close now. Tomorrow daughter and I will hopefully manage to get together and sort out the wedding favours. A long time back now, I suggested to her I made some jam and/or marmalade to put in tiny little jars as wedding favours. She said she'd like something people could grow. So, now she has the jars, I have the labels, the seeds, and the compost - we just need to put it all together. The jars are incredibly tiny - could be a mess... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:59:10 EST Countdown - 3 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463806 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] gained a pound this week. How? Why? The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is considering her options; <BR> <BR> 1) Kick one of the cats. <BR> 2) Kick a different cat. <BR> 3) Have a 'pity party'. <BR> 4) Smash the scales. <BR> 5) Shrug her shoulders and carry on regardless. <BR> <BR> So, 1 - which cat? Why? How i... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:52:26 EST This Green Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463498 A little tale for all you youngsters who think you have invented the wheel [along with sex 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll]; <BR> <BR> Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologised to the young girl & then sighed, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier day... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:59:13 EST Lentil Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463171 What did I do with the kg of minced beef? Tbh I couldn't find any recipes I'd never made before that took my fancy, and that I had the ingredients for [or suitable substitutions]. So I re framed the challenge. Going back to old favourites but seeing how far I could make it stretch. Just how many meals could I get from my free 2lb or so of minced beef? <BR> <BR> Back to an old comfort food - Shepherds pie. Or to be precise, Cottage pie. They are pretty similar and mostly we refer to She... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:58:51 EST When I was younger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462417 <em>335</em> When I was younger so much younger than today <BR> I never needed anybody's help in any way <BR> But now these days are gone and I'm not so self assured <BR> Now I find I've changed my mind, I've opened up the doors <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> I never had a major weight problem. Actually, I still don't. I'm bordering between 'healthy weight range' and 'overweight'. What I feel though is fat, flabby, unhealthy and for what it is worth - unattractive. Not good. It's not ju... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:03:16 EST My Future Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462085 Yet again today the wind was howling and the temperature dropped below freezing. I had no commitments. No promises to keep. No arrangements made. No one I had to see. Which was good because I just wanted to wrap up warm and chill out. Oh Ok let's be honest - I wanted to slob. <BR> <BR> And why not? It's Sunday, I had no commitments as mentioned, so why not 'slob' if that is what I felt like doing? No reason at all. Except, there is someone I needed to consider after all. Who could ... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:56:49 EST Another, another countdown - 2 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461752 The Hen Weekend. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it's a whole week since the Hen Night. I seem to have shifted into a whole new time zone. Weeks pass in a matter of hours, days in minutes. By the time I finish writing this blog, it may well be next Thursday fortnight! In which case The Hen Weekend will be over. <BR> <BR> I wrote last night about re setting a short term goal for weight loss by the time of The Wedding of The Century. Feeling good and confident isn't just about weight though. T... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:49:27 EST Countdown - 4 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461425 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> 4 Weeks? Only four weeks? How is that possible? Weigh in this morning and The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] had lost 4 ozs again. The Polly- Anna head is squawking in the background. Something about being grateful that modern digital scales measure ounces blah blah blah. I daren't let her out for fear of landing up with a blood spattered blog. <BR> <BR> Let's face it, The Hottest Most Stylish M... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 17:47:35 EST Thank you Tesco - I guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460739 It's rare for me to have an internet grocery delivery these days - you can't yellow sticker shop online! Every so often though I do book a delivery, mostly to stock up on cat food. I spend more on their food than my own at the moment. So I booked a delivery with Tesco, about 90% of which was cat food. Delivery was booked for between 9 and 10 p.m that being the cheapest slot. A little after 9 p.m I get a 'phone call from them telling me the delivery van had broken down and so my order woul... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:50:14 EST The Aunties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460375 Well two of them - my mother's sisters. I was thinking about how I need to get back to sorting out this house when I read my friend Maringal's blog [A Home Within]. As I read, The Aunties came to mind. My mother has two younger sisters. Aunt D and Aunt J. <BR> <BR> Aunt D had a pristine home. Everything matched. Everything was organised. Everything looked expensive though not particularly classy. Not what we in the UK might call 'common' given our stuffed up class system - just not... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:59:25 EST Another, another countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459571 3 Weeks until The Hen Weekend <BR> <BR> Actually 2 weeks and 6 days to be precise but let's not be picky eh? I was busy last night after all. I have to say, Tasha who organised the evening did an excellent job. The 'Hens' organising the 'Hen Weekend' will have their work cut out to match it. Of course I know the itinerary and it sounds good. It was all the little extra touches that Tasha included that really made the evening though. <BR> <BR> My eldest son drove me to the meet up poi... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 17:59:08 EST Another Countdown - 20 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459140 Until my son arrives home ready to drive me to The Hen Night. <BR> <BR> Slap is on, hair is done, nails painted, handbag at the ready. Just need to get my shoes and coat on and I'll be ready to go. Can't believe how quickly it has come around. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm risking some heels - hopefully I won't fall off of them! I'm taking a pair of pumps with me 'just in case' I find myself struggling. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll have some good pics later. <BR> <BR> Bright b... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:06:33 EST Countdown - 5 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458863 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Another Friday, another weigh in. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] lost 8 oz. Half a pound. Lets face it spark friends,The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is not going to be at her most svelte like. Ke sera. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPr<BR>rc <BR> <BR> Eat your heart out Nightglow [assuming i got that right]. <BR> <BR> Plan B... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 19:00:38 EST Another Countdown - 2 days until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458511 The Hen Night. <BR> <BR> I've been missing in action somewhat and haven't blogged for a few days. Hence I didn't do the 'one week' countdown. We're all grown ups so I'm sure we'll get over it. Frankly it has been a sh!ty few days. I have two options, 'deal with it' or 'give in'. As ever, I'm going with 'deal with it'. <BR> <BR> You know what - it's just making me more determined to ensure Saturday night is memorable for all the right reasons. I wish I'd sussed out how to add links... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:57:34 EST Countdown - 6 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456260 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Weigh in this morning and The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] had lost 4oz. 4 ruddy oz. At this rate I'll be pushing up daisies long before I reach my goal. *sigh* Oh hang on, the Polly-Anna head is squeaking, I'll just do a quick change. <BR> <BR> Kerlunk! Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrr. <BR> <BR> Hey a loss this week that's great. 4oz? Brilliant! Just imagine if it had been a 4oz gain you'd be more than h... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:12:41 EST Boot Camp Preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455899 Occasionally I've jokingly suggested I need to go to a boot camp - not that I have the money for such luxuries [I use the term very loosely you understand]. Even if I did have sufficient money, I wouldn't want to shell out loads of dosh to pay someone to basically boss me about and feed me inadequate quantities of food I don't want or like. I think not! <BR> <BR> But I do feel the need for some kind of boost. My recent 'reset' seems to be having some good effects though I'll be able to ju... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:33:12 EST Weird Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455500 <em>132</em> <em>132</em> <em>132</em> <em>132</em> <em>132</em> <BR> <BR> I've been following the Australian Open for the last week and a half. By following, I mean watching which isn't straightforward given Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of the UK time wise. It wasn't too bad last week. Play was basically between midnight and late morning our time so I just chose one or two matches per day/night that I especially wanted to see and arranged my sleeping around them! Bit h... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:41:47 EST I'm a winner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454743 <em>109</em> <em>209</em> <em>208</em> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> I've been helping to fund raise for a local respite centre for children. Actually, we're trying to save it from closure. A while back at one of the fund raising events we had a guess the weight competition. Turns out I won. So here's my prize. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9874c6f0-5f70-4a85-824a-55facc389cdb.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Time to google 'Marrow Recipes'. I'd say there's eno... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36:53 EST A date with my daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454325 My daughter and I had arranged to get together today so she arrived at my house about 9.30 a.m and off we went to................... <BR> <BR> Can you guess I wonder? I can hear those cogs whirring. For breakfast? For a coffee? To see a friend? Shopping? Church? No, no, no, no again and absolutely not. I shall have to tell you. We went to the Outdoor Gym. The what? The Outdoor Gym. In my local park, there are random bits of outdoor gym equipment, free to use. So off we went. To ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:50:55 EST Another Countdown - 2 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453905 The Hen Night. <BR> <BR> Not to be confused with the Hen Weekend, which it would appear has been salvaged in some form. Can't be sure but I assume that means Daughter has calmed down and decided not to cancel the wedding. So I still need to choose an outfit but one thing at a time! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the Hen Night. I don't have to worry about a special outfit for that. I have a number of very nice dresses - it will just be a case of which one I think looks and feels best... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:10:39 EST Countdown - 7 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453570 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Or not as the case may be. Daughter is very upset and says she wants to cancel the wedding. She still wants to marry her fiance but she wants to cancel the big wedding. She was never bothered about having a big do but went along with it. Problem is her future MIL has been getting far too involved. In particular insisting on distant relations that my future SIL barely knows being invited. Which of course bumps the cost up by huge amounts for daughter... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:41:23 EST A Full English http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453167 Members of the Birthday Brunch Bunch convened this morning to celebrate Elaine's birthday. As usual I had a Full English. What you may ask is a 'Full English'? That my friends takes some explaining. It starts with a basic 'cooked breakfast' which would include bacon, egg, sausage and maybe toast or a slice of bread and butter. It then moves into 'fry up' territory where you'd add maybe mushrooms or tomatoes. <BR> <BR> Just to confuse matters, a 'Full English' is also sometimes referred ... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:53:42 EST Cornish Pasty Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452760 Can you get Cornish Pasties in the States? Even if you can't, I'm sure you may have heard of them. Or if you've visited the UK you may have tried them. You really should come and while you're at it, visit Cornwall - it's a beautiful county. <BR> <BR> Anyway, occasionally I used to make Cornish pasties though I used minced beef which isn't quite the traditional way. No matter - they still tasted good. Recently youngest son asked if I'd make some for him to which I agreed as long as he g... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:48:35 EST Under New Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452375 As previously mentioned, 10 lbs gained over the year is not exactly successful weight loss. A complete review has been undertaken and new management has been brought in. Granted, it looks very similar to the old management but don't be fooled! <BR> <BR> First thing a change of eating habits. Reduced carbs and an increased focus on protein and fibre. Still staying within calorie range obvs. We'll see how that goes. I've never worried too much about getting 8 plus cups of water. I don't... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:39:59 EST Countdown - 8 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450770 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Usual routine - Friday weigh in. And................................ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ............................. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] has yet again neither gained nor lost. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] claimed the other day to have been stuck for a year. This is fake news. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:19:08 EST To Sleep, perchance to dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450370 Scrub that. Who cares about the dreaming? Certainly not me at the moment. Oh but to sleep would be wonderful. Most weeks I will on some nights at least, have some wine which I know will help me sleep. But that isn't a solution so I decided not to have any wine and just keep trying to get into a routine. The result? Every night I go to bed, after 20 minutes or so I want the loo. Up I get and trundle to the bathroom. Back to bed. Lie awake. Read a chapter of my book. Try to sleep. N... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:47:40 EST Eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449967 Only two months to go until The Wedding of The Century. Only one month until The Hen Night. I think I need to step up my preparations. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. I thought I'd easily have reached goal weight by now and yet I've been stuck for over a year. No good crying over spilt milk. <BR> <BR> Besides there is too much else to be dealing with. The damn Council Tax - they rang again today wanting yet more information. Plus of course the house business. I emailed... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:03:43 EST Remind me.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449094 .................who was on Tennis god detail? <BR> <BR> I was quite disappointed after your previous mess up you know. But you have gone some way towards redeeming yourself. I was delighted to read that Andy Murray has had his hip operation. Obvs I'd have preferred it not to be necessary but as rest and rehab clearly hadn't worked - best to get the op over with imo. I have to say, I doubt I've ever looked quite as chipper shortly after surgery. Or even after a night's sleep [or lack ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:00:14 EST The problem with Arthur http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448631 The pain I hear you cry. Well yes Arthur does cause pain. Because I have an ulcer, I'm limited as to what pain relief I can take. Occasionally Arthur causes me such pain that I take a co codamol even though I know it will make me sick and dizzy and I'll have to lie down. Mostly though I cope without medication as much as possible, and with paracetamol if necessary. Plus ibuprofen gel - I can use ibuprofen externally, just can't take it internally. <BR> <BR> No the real problem with Ar... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 18:56:38 EST Another Countdown - 5 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448187 The Hen Night <BR> <BR> In response to yesterday's blog, my good friend Tresswann suggested 'Spanx'. I'm not totally ignorant of such things. I was aware 'Spanx' is an American company so I wondered if their products would be available in the UK. Bit of googling soon answered that. Yes indeed they are. <BR> <BR> Expensive though eh? One item would be pretty much the equivalent of a week's basic income for me as things stand. On the other hand, what price is 'too much' when it comes... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:55:25 EST Countdown - 9 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447781 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] has gained 2lb. *sigh* This is not quite going to plan. But then life generally doesn't as I have previously mentioned. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is thinking that perhaps she needs to investigate 'stout foundation garments' as her foremothers would have called them - though they probably wouldn't have referr... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 18:31:10 EST The wind the wind is blowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447326 Oh my has it been blowing. Walking around I've seen countless wheelie bins blown over the last few days as we've experienced various gale force level winds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97dd1546-5486-41b8-b6fe-04c445cd4af9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And the trees etc stripped bare and bending - the better not to break. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0e7fa74-6bda-491a-b098-ec778077f170.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The constant background music to my life... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 18:27:10 EST My Office - Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446290 Who was on Tennis detail? I specifically said in my blog last night that someone needed to ensure Andy Murray came back fighting fit and kicking @rse. So I was somewhat disappointed to read this morning that he has withdrawn from Brisbane and furthermore, may have to have surgery. That's a complete dereliction of duty. Please ensure you don't make the same mistake with Nadal. I can't be responsible for my reaction if the Federbore strolls through to yet another slam unchallenged! <BR> ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:00:38 EST New Year - hopes, wishes, dreams. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445734 Maybe even focus. But not plans. As I've no doubt mentioned previously [and almost certainly will again], life is what happens while we are busy making other plans. That being the case, making detailed, elaborate plans, especially for a whole year, seems a bit of a thankless task to me. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty certain though that 2018 is going to be a mega year for me. There is so much going on. I've got to get yet another load of paperwork to the Council by mid January. Mid January is ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:33:34 EST