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/ Two too many! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272991 <BR> Birthdays that is. Not mine. Although thinking about it - I certainly feel I've had 'too many birthdays'. Still, that can't be helped - no way to turn the clock back that far! <BR> <BR> No, I'm referring to other peoples birthday celebrations. Firstly at the beginning of the week, it was my youngest son's 20th. I'm just trying to come to terms with the idea they aren't 'children' any more, when suddenly, they aren't even ruddy teenagers now. <BR> <BR> We went for a meal at the G... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:10:40 EST Anyone for Tennis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270835 As I'm sure some of you may recall [due to my banging on about it], last week [Monday 14th November], I went to the WTF at the O2. My children and future son in law had bought the tickets for my birthday so I'd been looking forward to it since April. We had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Each session includes one doubles match and one singles match so as we had tickets for both the afternoon and evening sessions, I got to see four matches. In the afternoon we saw the [at the time] no. 1 doubl... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:03:58 EST Que sera sera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265791 Quite some time ago I wrote about the problems regarding my house. The mortgage officially ended in March at which point as it was an endowment mortgage, there was 75 thousand pounds to pay. Needless to say I didn't and don't have 75 thousand pounds. My biggest concern then was to be able to stay here until my youngest son finished 6th form and took his exams. So, I just kept my head down and continued to pay the monthly payments plus a little extra when I could. Fortunately, the mortgage ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:50:06 EST Death of a Ladies Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265368 After my usual morning routine, the first thing I read today regarding 'news' was that Leonard Cohen had died. I let out a loud anguished cry of "NOoooooooooooooooo"! Some people notice I don't use 'Lol'. Well very rarely, and only if I have actually laughed out loud. So you can safely deduce that when I say I cried out loud, I mean I cried out loud. <BR> <BR> Can this day get any worse I wondered. Or indeed this year. Actually the answer was yes. Both on a personal level, and what is... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:14:21 EST Dumb and Dumber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264904 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3aa11b1a-b281-4222-8528-a82980103a76.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2679a373-878c-43b6-947b-219ed25fcb58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then again, who knows............... <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:38:05 EST A tad excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263966 I can't remember if I mentioned that back in April, my children and my future SIL bought tickets for the World Tour Finals for my birthday. Naturally I was delighted and excited. Of course I get more excited as the date gets closer. I will be going with my daughter, my SIL to be, and my eldest son. <BR> <BR> SIL to be was very disappointed when Federer ended his season meaning he definitely wouldn't be there. I'm not a Fed fan [far from it] but I was sad for SIL to be. My daughter, my e... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:59:02 EST Remember remember the 5th of November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262420 For 510 years we have remembered and celebrated 'Guy Fawkes Night' in the UK. I see no reason why gunpowder and treason should ever be forgot - so the rhyme goes. <BR> <BR> "Remember remember the fifth of November <BR> Gunpowder, treason and plot. <BR> I see no reason why gunpowder, treason <BR> Should ever be forgot..." <BR> <BR> Well now there is reason. Henceforth, 5th November will be known as 'Andy Murray Day'. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65038380-ef2c... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 18:44:38 EST Frightful Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259967 <BR> Monday is my weigh in day. As usual this morning, I got up, put the kettle on, went to the loo, fed the cats, made my tea, and stepped on the scale. Only to step off again. And on. And off. And on etc. Until in the end I had to accept what the scale was saying. I've gained 3lbs this week. Now let's be honest, if I had lost 3lbs I'd be delighted and you'd all be congratulating me. So I think it's perfectly natural that I'm pissed at gaining 3lbs. Tedn't right. Tedn't propa. Te... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:35:30 EST The Tooth of the Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259385 I'm still working on the de cluttering, and the insomnia. To be honest, it's not going brilliantly but I'm not giving in. I shall keep working at it until I crack both. But I decided to add in a third focus for the week. Something relatively simple that would keep me feeling I am making progress and having some success. But what should it be? Bearing in mind the whole 10 years younger/healthier concept. <BR> <BR> Teeth I decided. I drink a lot of tea and coffee and I'm a smoker. Do... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:12:43 EST Taking the stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258970 For about a million years now I've been blogging about the various problems in this house - many caused by the leak and the blocked drain problems. Its a saga that has had so many knock on effects [which we are still reaping the repercussions of]. Not least for a long time we were left without our 'downstairs cloakroom' as Estate Agents like to call it. I just call it the downstairs loo. Or shower room if I'm being precise. <BR> <BR> The lack of a second loo was a pain. Hours spent cro... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:54:29 EST Yoof of Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258551 I needed to dash out to the local shop today to get some milk. I was kind of in a hurry because the Murray match was about to begin. As I went down my front path, three young men were passing. One was on a bicycle and trying to keep a slow pace alongside his two friends who were walking. I can recall doing that myself - it's not easy. So I stepped onto the pavement [sidewalk] behind them. <BR> <BR> I like young people - I have three of my own, plus of course many of their friends that I ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:56:06 EST Lets Get Quizzical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257630 Tonight [well yesterday now] we had our Biannual Quiz Night. It went pretty well. We raised about 360 pounds for the party coffers. The turn out wasn't as good as previous occasions and so, the amount raised was down. In the past it has been 400 pounds + We may need to review it after next year to decide whether to continue holding two a year or go back to one a year. At the moment though, I reckon two lots of 300 pound + is obviously better than one amount of 400 pound +. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:49:39 EST Look on the bright side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257080 Quite some time ago, my TV stopped working. Basically the off/on button doesn't work. I wasn't too bothered. I really don't watch TV. As in I really, really, don't watch TV. I watch a lot of live tennis, but I stream it on line. I also watch Dr Who but again, I can get it on line when it's on. Beyond that, I simply don't watch TV. And the boys can get their favourite shows on line too so mostly, who cares? <BR> <BR> Next to go was my microwave. It is, or was, a combination microwave... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:59:06 EST Slip Sliding Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256530 So the first week of this block of ten is over. As I mentioned in my last blog, I've mostly been assessing where I'm at. However, it seems I've also been subconsciously making adjustments because I lost 1lb 9 oz which is the first loss for quite some time. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> More importantly though, I've been looking at why things seemed to be slip sliding away. Mostly pure dumb bad luck - the weeks in pain with my back etc. But, I'm old enough [though possibly not wise enough], to know ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:37:19 EST Another ten weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255079 After all the problems with my back, I'm getting into the swing of things again. Lots of things kind of got put on hold. Including my 5 years and 10 years younger/healthier stuff. Hard to worry about when you are in such pain you can barely move. No matter. It's fine now. So, last weekend it occurred to me that it was only 10 weeks till 'C' word time. You know - the festive season. *gulp* <BR> <BR> So, I figured I'd start another ten week period and see where it takes me. This week ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:00:21 EST Yes! We have Pumpkins. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254151 Unlike last year when it was a case of; <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Yes we have no pumpkins, we have no pumpkins today. <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> Pumpkins aren't considered as a 'food' here in the UK. More a Halloween Accessory. Hence they tend to be on sale in supermarkets for about 3 or 4 weeks leading up to Halloween. Last October, I placed an internet order late in the month. The Supermarket had a special offer on pumpkins - basically two for the price of one. As I had a number of re... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:15:34 EST My own personal Harvest Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253119 We don't have a 'Thanksgiving Day' here in the UK. You might assume from that we are ungrateful buggers but it's more a case of us doing a slightly different thing. Come on, we're Brits - it's our nature to [try to] be different and somewhat understated. Stiff upper lip 'n' all that. So we have Harvest Festival. And naturally, we like to try and complicate it. <BR> <BR> Harvest Festival is celebrated mainly in Churches and Schools. It's held as close as possible to the Harvest Moon -... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:08:52 EST It's Official http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252526 As I mentioned previously, last night was my daughter's engagement party. It seemed to go very well. We had a private room in a very pleasant pub and goodness there were a lot of people. I managed to clear a space and get some pics of the happy couple though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/161efec4-00c4-48ee-bb16-00a6b5d6e63e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My eldest son drove me there. He only passed his test in August and got his first car 11 days ago. So it was the firs... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:06:50 EST Sometimes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251604 I've mentioned my 'worker friend' in the past. Sadly, his father recently passed away. The funeral was yesterday and my friend had asked if he could come and stay at my place for the evening. Naturally I said of course he could. I got to thinking about what I could cook us for dinner. Something comforting I thought [though still healthy]. Maybe a hearty soup. A lasagne made with 'quorn' mince and my own low fat sauces, served with a salad. Or in a similar vein - moussaka. Both dishes ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:01:29 EST The Graduate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248934 Friday 9th September was a very important day for my family. It was the day of my daughter's graduation ceremony. As you might imagine, we took hundreds of photo's. <BR> <BR> Here is her moment on stage........ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a73a4b78-3d1f-4f89-bfa2-349e4b198bde.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It was a long day with a lot of waiting around. Her fiancé picked my sons and I up a little before 2 p.m and it was gone 11 p.m by the time he dropped us home again. H... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 17:59:47 EST Fings is looking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219302 I haven't blogged for a few weeks. Mostly because the saga of the back pain just went on and on. Continuously in pain, taking diazepam, tramadol, and paracetamol, plus constantly having a hottie strapped to my back. Being sick every few days due to my body not being able to cope very well with tramadol [plus all the other stuff on top]. Reducing the dosage, continuing in pain, taking the pills, strapping on the hottie, being sick, reducing the dosage, continuing in pain, taking the pills,... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:38:11 EST Dealing with Doctors part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207842 <BR> Relief was at hand so I thought. I took a further two tramadol when I went to bed on the Friday night. I woke 4 1/2 hours later and took two more which enabled me eventually to sleep a little longer. Later Saturday morning I contacted a very close friend of mine who happens to be a nurse. Explained the situation and asked if she thought I should spread the dose out more. She said try it. So I did. Having taken two early morning, I took one more when I got up and one late afternoon... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:02:13 EST Dealing with Doctors part one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207174 As I woke up on Sunday 10th July my first excited thought was 'Woo Hoo Wimbledon Men's Final Day - go Andy'! Followed immediately by 'ouch, my back hurts'. I'm not much of a pill popper so initially I tried some gentle stretches. Didn't ease it. Made a hotty [hot water bottle] and strapped it to my back. Didn't ease it. So finally I took a couple of paracetamol. Didn't really help that much. So I continued throughout the day, gentle stretches, a hotty strapped to my back, and paracetam... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:27:01 EST Sit very very still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206563 Weigh in day today. Seemingly I have managed to find the four ounces I lost last week. Or maybe it's a different four ounces. Who knows. *sigh* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00c30cb-d6a3-4266-94e8-47e47ef1d39e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:30:20 EST Sundays are good for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206084 So it's been a rough few weeks here in the UK. Both in terms of what's going on nationally, and also for me personally. However, there is always a light somewhere, we just have to find it. Or as Leonard Cohen put it, "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in". <BR> <BR> On the available evidence so far, it would seem Sunday's are the day when the light seeps through for me. Tonight [well yesterday now] I watched the final between Venus Williams and Johanna K... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:44:59 EST Insert obscenity here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199940 For almost 3 weeks I have been trying to compose a blog. The collective madness that seemed to take over large swathes of the UK - or at least large parts of England and Wales, rendered me unable to string more than a couple of words together. As each new madness unfolded, the words that mostly sprung to mind were "what the [insert obscenity here]! <BR> <BR> Still it continues. Most of our politicians seem to have also been struck by this overwhelming bout of insanity. The official 'Op... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:57:41 EST My sort of kind of Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187776 Last week I celebrated a sparkversary. Well, kind of. I kind of celebrated and it was sort of my Sparkversary but not really. I actually joined in February 2009 *gulp*. Over the years I've lost some weight, then for one reason or another, lost focus somewhat. Only to come back months or years later with all the weight regained. <BR> <BR> June 14th last year I once again came back. And yes, I had regained all the weight I'd previously lost. I was determined that this time it would be d... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:12:16 EST Sticks and Stones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185380 I have been meaning to blog about an entirely different thing the last few days, but somehow it doesn't feel comfortable following the murder of Jo Cox. No doubt I'll come back to it another day. <BR> <BR> Jo Cox was not my MP. Her constituency was nowhere near where I live and I didn't know her personally. As some of you may know, I am involved in local Politics. I know my MP well though he is a member of another party. I know the Elected Mayor well though she is a member of another p... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:27:16 EST Rain Stopped Play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173245 Poor Guy Forget is having a torrid time I imagine. This is his first French Open as Tournament Director having taken the job on in February, and the weather in Paris has been awful for a lot of the time over the last week or so. There was a particularly bad storm on Saturday that wiped out a lot of the electrics so when play re started, the electronic score boards weren't working and many of the TV camera's weren't working either. ITV who were televising the match here had one overhead cam... Mon, 30 May 2016 18:49:02 EST Damp Squib http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168278 At last the day had come. The start of Roland Garros - otherwise known as The French Open. The first day and obviously the first rounds don't offer up so many mouth watering prospects by the way of matches, but there were a few I was looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Play got under way but I wasn't watching initially. I had chores I needed to do so figured I'd save my tennis viewing time to watch the matches I really wanted to see. And then the rain came. Play was stopped for quite a while ... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:19:13 EST Full Circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167720 I was describing to my eldest son about the quinoa salad today. What's quinoa like he asked me. Kind of like cous cous I told him. "I like cous cous" he replied. "I know" I answered, "I'm your mother after all"! "Fair enough" he responded and then went on to say "so if cous cous is kind of a less good substitute for rice, then quinoa is a less good substitute for cous cous"? Frankly it was all too complicated to pick that apart so I kind of vaguely agreed. <BR> <BR> So then we move on t... Sat, 21 May 2016 19:02:44 EST Tasty and Delicious Hot or Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166458 Zesty Quinoa and Mixed Bean Salad - Tasty and Delicious Hot or Cold. That's what it said on the packet, and at a cost of one pound for two portions it was a no brainer. Quick to cook too - what's not to like? I found the answer to that question last night. I cooked it up and served myself one portion whilst leaving the rest to cool down. <BR> <BR> Zesty? Tasty and Delicious? They are 'aving a larf! I failed to detect the merest hint of zest. And it most decidedly was not Tasty and ... Thu, 19 May 2016 18:07:46 EST Five years younger/healthier week one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165057 There are so many things I need to address that it would be a full time job to cover them all. So I figured, start with two or three core issues. Things that are really affecting my health and well being and so, vital to deal with. <BR> <BR> The first was the insomnia. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Trust me - I know this to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the sodding truth! I can't say I've totally cracked it but then I wouldn't expect to in the space of a week.... Tue, 17 May 2016 18:58:37 EST Re focussed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164328 It's only six days since my decision to re focus and 'get back on track' but as Monday has always been my weigh in day, I weighed myself this morning [sigh - yesterday morning now]. In fact you could almost call it five days given I checked in and weighed myself last Tuesday evening. Call it what you will, I've lost 2 lb 10 oz between weighing in last Tuesday evening, and Monday morning. I'm happy enough with that. In a sense, the actual amount of weight lost doesn't matter, as long as I'... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:00:28 EST St Totteringham Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163593 It was late arriving this year, but arrive it did. Just as surely as night follows day. What the hell is St Totteringham Day I hear you ask? It's the day when us 'Gooners' [Arsenal fans] celebrate the fact that for yet another season, it is mathematically impossible for our local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to overtake us in the league. Normally it comes somewhat earlier than the last day of the 'season' which today was. But this year, it was much closer. At the start of today, Spurs were ... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:00:19 EST suficiente ahora http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160983 I have become pretty good at finding live tennis streams. It started with relying on the advice of other [online] people, but now, I've rather found my way around. I've learnt some of the by passes and tricks as it were. I even have some people asking me for help now days. So, this evening I settled down to watch Nadal vs Kohlshreiber. I'm not going to go into the details of the match or even the outcome just in case anyone else is as nuts as me and plans to catch up later. But really? ... Wed, 11 May 2016 18:02:57 EST It's Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160331 The last few weeks have been crazy. Local election campaigns are always hectic and naturally things go wrong on occasion but this year seemed worse than ever. Never mind. We survived. What with that and all the business over the house and mum etc, I've lost my spark focus a bit. I even forgot to weigh myself the last three Monday's. <BR> <BR> Time to regroup. Some time ago I wrote about 'ten years younger'. I lost focus on that too what with everything going on. My sparkversary [fro... Tue, 10 May 2016 19:50:50 EST Oh Dear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148764 It's election time and as party chair, I have to approve everything. Last night I had to draft a leaflet that needed to be printed and delivered today. No worries, I quickly composed the draft and asked the main candidate to make any adjustments he felt were appropriate. He couldn't do it last night but assured me he'd get it to me by 9.30 a.m this morning. Meanwhile, another party member was going to go to a local printers when they opened at 9 a.m to get a price given it was a rush job ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:32:25 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145179 I blogged some time ago about the situation with my house. Trying to come to a decision has been so hard. Not least because obviously it has a knock on effect to so many other aspects of my life plus impacts on the children, especially my sons who both still live with me. <BR> <BR> I have gone round and round trying to make decisions about what to do regarding the house. I could resolve my problems by taking out an Equity Release. As I'm rather young [in terms of such schemes], I'm limi... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:19:41 EST The Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144391 Monday 11th April was mine and my daughter's birthday. Usually we go to the beauty salon near my home and have a treat or two but they aren't open on Monday's. So we did that the Saturday before. On our actual birthday, my daughter arrived just before 9 a.m with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me - a great start to the day. She then popped into town while I faced my first decision of the day. Monday is my weigh in day and in recent weeks I've been putting weight back on. Should I skip i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:36:29 EST Cooey - I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134159 Just about. I'm still hanging on in. Nothing as yet has been sorted about the house. I'm not giving up. Not on that, or losing weight and getting fitter, or indeed anything. British Stiff Upper Lip an all that. "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense" - Winston Churchill. <BR> <BR> Can't say I agree with all his politics but he was right about that. NEVER Give in. <BR>... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:21:14 EST That Was The Week That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106995 Or TW3 as the TV programme became affectionately known as back in 1900 and frozen to death. <BR> <BR> And boy what a week it has been. Saturday 20th Feb we did our mad dash to mum's flat. Despite suffering from a bad back, and a cough that really has me worried, Elaine drove us in her camper van. Elaine is 72, outrageously outspoken, incredibly funny, with a huge heart, and is a real trooper. Along for the ride was Sally, aged 70 - a real 'child of the '60's. Seemingly endless energy an... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:51:09 EST Fear, Irritation, Anger, Frustration, and - Gratitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099327 <BR> I blogged recently about the situation with my house. Of course I'm fearful about what will happen. How will I resolve it all? Can I answer everyone's needs and if so, how? I've tried to acknowledge the fear and set it aside so I can actually take action. I'm not religious but one of my 'mantra's' if you like is; <BR> <BR> Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, <BR> The courage to change the things I can, <BR> And the wisdom to know the difference. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:53:13 EST Feeling the love - oh to be a Gooner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095891 Actually I've been a 'Gooner' since I was a primary school child - more years than I really want to own up to. But, what is a Gooner, I hear you ask [well some of you]. A Gooner is a supporter/fan of Arsenal. A team in the top English football league. Or a soccer team as you Americans [wrongly] would say. What you call 'football' is of course American Football. Very entertaining it is too - though the commentary sometimes sounds like a totally different language to English. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:31:24 EST Lately I don't feel much like talking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093777 <em>335</em> I get too low with no reason <BR> You say its the moon or maybe the season <BR> But something's not the same <BR> And I won't let my mind believe <BR> Baby, something's wrong <BR> Or the feelings gone <BR> I can't make it anymore <BR> I can't make it anymore <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> Any of you that 'know' Richie Havens work will recognise that opening verse from 'I can't make it any more'. As I type it, I can hear his voice. Such a beautiful voice. Many moons ago, when I... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:03:04 EST Tizrella you SHALL go to the Ball. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090160 Actually once again it wasn't a ball. Not even a dance. Merely a meet up with friends in a pub in London. Some of you may recall that prior to the festive season when my worker friend was here, I simply had too much to do to go with him to meet with friends in London. Well, he is here again which btw is why I haven't been around much this week. Anyway, we were invited to meet up with friends once again - this time to celebrate the birthday of one of them. There is still so much to do, b... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:42:34 EST Back to life - back to reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084319 From the end of October until the end of January, there are so many things going on that it's almost like I'm not totally living in the real world. <BR> <BR> October 31st - Halloween <BR> November 5th - Bonfire night <BR> 21st November - Youngest son's birthday <BR> December - The festive season <BR> New Year. <BR> 6th Jan - 12th Night <BR> 18th Jan - Eldest son's birthday <BR> End of Jan - The Australian Open. <BR> <BR> So, now the Oz open is over for another year, I'm finally at the point... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:40:43 EST To Bet or not to Bet (warning - Oz Open Spoilers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083412 <BR> Do Not Read unless; <BR> <BR> A] You know the results of the Women's final,and who is competing in the men's final or <BR> B] You don't care. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still with me? So, in a few hours, the number one and two players in the world will battle for the Australian Open title. Since Murray won his semi final, I've been reading comments about how he CAN NOT win. Really? It's impossible for him to win? Why are they playing the match then? Why don't... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:08:56 EST I deserve it you know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082743 According to an email I received from my internet/phone/TV provider earlier, I deserve the ZTE Blade L3 Fantastic. If only I knew what a ZTE Blade L3 was I might appreciate how much I deserved it even more. <BR> <BR> A bit of research informed me that the ZTE Blade L3 is a 'phone. What's more, it will apparently do the things my iphone does. And I will only have to pay the measly sum of 8 pounds and 50 pence each month for the next 24 months to have this wonderful new toy that I deserv... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:08:58 EST Gas and Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081748 Ever since they were born, I've encouraged the not so tiddly, tiddly peeps, to ask or tell me anything they wanted to. Mostly this is a good thing I think. They trust me to be honest with them, to treat their concerns with respect, and I guess most importantly, it kept communication open during the 'teenage years'. Of course there is a flip side. On three or four occasions I've had conversations where they've told me things that in all honesty, I didn't need to know and frankly would have... 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