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/ 50 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388642 The start of Wimbledon 2018 <BR> <BR> I've always found Final's Weekend difficult. The culmination of the tournament and yet, the furthest point from being able to feed my addiction for top class tennis. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for computers and streaming and all the technology we take for granted - nowadays I can watch pretty much all tennis events at my leisure. Sadly said technology doesn't protect us from the vagaries of life, disease, and disaster. <BR> <BR> I have just taken a... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:24:59 EST Countdown - 35 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387843 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind, needs to get a grip quite frankly. In fact, I think she needs some 'boot camp' treatment to wake her up a bit. Obvs I can't afford an actual boot camp, and anyway, I'm far too anti authoritarian to knuckle down to someone else's instructions. Besides, I'd probably be much harder on myself than anyone else would. <BR> <BR> So, I need to put myself through my own 'boot camp'.... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:58:26 EST Countdown - 36 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384945 The Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> When I looked closer at some of the photos I'd taken for the Frownies blog, I noticed all sorts of lines and wrinkles, along with deep under eye shadows, crows feet, plus various other lines around the eyes, a double chin, sagging jowls, and a turkey neck. I've taken more photos during the course of the week and yep, I appear to have developed all the above mentioned and more. It's as though I've aged ten years at least in the last year or two. <BR> <B... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 19:13:15 EST An accidental love affair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383348 Middlesex England. A Monday afternoon, late June in the earlyish 70's. Young Tiz cycles home from school. Checks her list of chores and quickly completes them because it's Monday and there is a TV programme she wants to watch. And lets face it, it's rare that she can choose a TV programme to watch. In fact with only 3 TV stations, it's rare there is anything she even wants to watch. But if she does, Dad, Mum, and Big Sister, are all ahead in the pecking rights. <BR> <BR> Young Tiz swit... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:54:18 EST Quiet please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382929 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/410d94f5-aa80-438c-8691-3a4c7e7853e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year. The nation collectively holds it's breath every match that involves a Brit. Which in fairness wasn't many until the Murray's came along. A few tons of strawberries are consumed, along with gallons of cream. Vat loads of Pimms are guzzled. <BR> <BR> On Henman Hill [or Murray Mound if you prefer], those hardy souls who have queued for days just to get ground pass... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 18:32:53 EST My back is covered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382531 It's been a strange day today. I was expecting to do a boot sale with my friend Elaine, so I was up at 5.30 a.m. She hadn't returned my calls though. As she suffers from M.E I thought she might be unwell and in bed so I figured best to let it be. Not quite sure what went wrong but the important thing is I've spoken to a mutual friend who had in turn spoken to Elaine today - seemingly she is fine so whatever the confusion, I don't need to worry about her health. Consequently, I didn't need... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:48:10 EST Countdown - 37 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382136 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> Clutter clearing has slowed a little this week but I've tried to do at least some. During which, I came across a jar of intensive facial moisturiser cream. I recall this was a fairly inexpensive but effective cream and as my skin has been very dry - especially around the forehead, I started slapping it on. I also discovered a box of Frownies. I remember ordering them a long, long time ago. I also remember trying them for a few days so there must be ... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 18:25:38 EST Birthday Brunch Bunch Biggy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381747 Today the Birthday Brunch Bunch reconvened for what it's fair to call a 'big' birthday. We were gathered together to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Sally - who it has to be said is a key member of our group. Tomorrow she will be 70 years young. Not that you'd believe it if you met her. She has more energy than many people 30 years younger. <BR> <BR> I'm blessed with many wonderful friends. Somehow I always have been. Why I should be so lucky to have had so many wonderful friend... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:04:21 EST Free Food Flummox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380928 Eating healthily needn't be expensive so we are told. There's an element of truth in that statement. But it's also fair to say here in the UK at least, it is more expensive to eat healthily. The cheapest wholemeal bread, pasta, rice etc is approximately double the cost of the cheapest white versions. <BR> <BR> Most of the supermarkets have their own economy brands. Some of the 'economy' produce is fine, some of it is awful. Tesco everyday value 'weetabix' is OK. Their value cornflakes... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:34:57 EST I don't even play Bingo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380485 Greetings all, <BR> <BR> Investigations continue and I have tracked down more added inches. Or inch to be precise. Wrist and forearms - no change. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2ede564-c65d-4efa-9bb6-c3d49d7c0f7e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Upper arms - an additional half an inch on each. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f18f7ad-8a4a-4604-8c1e-d3dc5a588a9f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Friends - I mean that most sincerely folks [oops, showing my age n... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:25:28 EST Hunting down the inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380038 OK so where are all these added inches on my body and how did they get there? 1/4 inch on my ankles and knees. 3/4 inches on my calves. What?! I've always had good legs. Well, lower legs. Now I'm adding inches there - along with 1/2 inch on my thighs. <BR> <BR> Not to mention 1 1/2 inches on my bust [as if I wasn't 'well endowed' enough before], and 3 1/2 inches each on my hips and waist. Frankly that's quite enough worrying stats for one day. Especially as my weight is actually le... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:54:34 EST Knowledge is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379612 I wrote yesterday about my 'non scale disappointments'. It's not my nature to leave it at that though. 4 years ago, I had to have an operation to remove a tumour. A couple of weeks after, I went to stay near the New Forest in a lodge right by the sea. I was there for a few weeks. I had a wonderful time. The lodge was great, the site was lovely, the surroundings were beautiful, the weather was fantastic, and all in all, it was such an amazing time - especially after such a scare. But al... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:00:42 EST What do you call the opposite of non scale victories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379192 And how do you deal with them? <BR> <BR> I suppose non scale defeats would be the most obvious answer. Rather demoralising though doncha think? Perhaps non scale reminders might be more motivating? No doubt the more discerning amongst you will already have deduced that I have been on the receiving end of some non scale non victory wotchamecallits. What with you being smart like. I have to say in my opinion these particular non scale disappointments are most unfair. Indeed totally unreaso... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:50:00 EST Countdown - 38 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378842 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> Daughter seems a bit calmer and happier now. However, tactful discussions with Groom's family will need to proceed. Meanwhile daughter is looking forward to her 'hen weekend'. It is being held in Portsmouth - mainly I guess because that is where the Chief Bridesmaid who is organising it, is stationed. Like me, and my mother in fact, daughter loves the sea. So that's all rather exciting. Especially as I have friends and family on the Isle of Wight s... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:22 EST I'm thinking of joining.................. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378410 .............a nudist colony. <BR> <BR> "What's this" you ask. Have I hit my goal weight whilst sculpting a perfectly toned, to die for body? One with pert breasts, taut rear, six pack, defined biceps and a thigh gap? Please Sparkletts, get a grip! No. The reason I am considering the nudist colony option is I am still wading my way through the boxes, bags, cases, and chests, of clothes. And I am sick of the sight of clothes. Which is quite something for an [ex] fashionista clothes ho... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:21:11 EST And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377153 Yet another attack. I'm almost afraid to go to bed out of fear for what fresh hell I'll wake up to. And yes, I know even this is a 'first world problem' when you consider those who are living daily with war and bombs and terror. Not to mention hunger, thirst, disease and death. What can I do? How can I help to change things? I don't know. But I know I have to try. <BR> <BR> I don't understand religion. I don't understand religious hatred. I don't understand political hatred either... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:30:19 EST Countdown - 39 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376359 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> In keeping with the general theme of things in my life at the moment, and indeed, more importantly, what is going on in the UK, plans for the Wedding of The Century have hit a bit of hitch. Daughter informed me this week that she wanted to call the wedding off. <BR> <BR> I have to admit I'm a pretty 'hands off' type of mum now that they are all adults. I support them all as best I can, but generally don't put my two pennyworth in unless they ask for... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:36:57 EST Annus horribilis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376069 <BR> Following the uncertainty of the General Election, and the horrors of the terrorist attacks recently in Westminster, Manchester, and London Bridge, I did think at the beginning of this week that I would post some positive blogs. I believe we should look after the tribe to enable the tribe to look after us. So I thought I'd write about the help I have received in what are difficult times for me on a personal level. And then there was the horror of the fire at Grenfell Tower. And I'm ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:36:26 EST Come on America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374298 The last year or so, we in the UK seem to have been in competition with our American cousins as to which of us could do the most damage to our own Country. It has to be said, we played a blinder in voting to come out of the EU but America came back strongly in voting Trump to be the POTUS. But you know, Hilary Clinton wasn't an overwhelmingly positive alternative.... <BR> <BR> And now, Theresa May has singlehandedly established the UK as top of the political dumbness league. She's also pr... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:58:45 EST Countdown - 40 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373851 <BR> The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> And The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is still dealing with the transition from smoker to vaper. It's going well Sparklers. I'm down to one or two cigarettes a day. In fact I've even had a couple of days of NO cigarettes. <BR> <BR> I've been working on breaking connections. I no longer light up when I have my first cuppa of the day. I don't have a cigarette after eating. I will not 'spark... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:03:04 EST Its nearly over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372603 The election that is. In a little over an hour, the polling stations will close. At that point I will be at the Leisure Centre which is where the count is taking place for my constituency. If all goes smoothly and there is no need for a recount, my area should declare around 3 a.m at which point I can come home and put my feet up. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping it will be clear by then which way things are going. I'd like to get some shut eye before the men's semi finals of the French Open tomorro... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:53:16 EST Countdown - 42 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366987 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> It has long been my intention to grapple with my addiction to cigarettes once I reached my target weight. Sadly, I'm not there yet, nor indeed even near my target. However, over recent weeks I've decided the time to deal with this addiction is now. There are a number of reasons for my change of plan. Firstly I am struggling financially. I have no brand loyalty when it comes to cigarettes. I am a cigarette tart. I will buy/smoke any brand except ma... Fri, 26 May 2017 18:07:45 EST Countdown - 43 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361088 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> It would seem I have managed to reset the clocks in Tizzyland and Sunday is no longer the new Friday. <BR> <BR> With the help of a marvelous plunger/pumper [see pic below], lent to me by a friend, THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], managed to unblock the kitchen sink. Along with what seemed like endless kettles of boiling water. No matter. That's the first success of the week. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:27:54 EST Countdown - 44 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358957 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> Sunday is the new Friday here in Tizzyland. Perhaps I need to put the clocks back. Or forward. Who knows? Maybe I just need to take some vague notice of them. <BR> <BR> I forgot to mention in my last blog, the landline wasn't working. Over a week without it thanks to useless Virgin Media. It was finally fixed on Friday - hurrah! Other good news on Friday? Well, I remembered to weigh in and I'd lost 1lb. Another hurrah! Plus I managed to do the ... Sun, 7 May 2017 17:51:57 EST A Souper long weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357717 I did actually remember to weigh myself last Friday. Basically no change. Better than gaining I guess. Monday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK so I figured I'd give myself a kick start and have a soup weekend. I had some satsumas that needed to be used so breakfast each day was weetabix [well supermarket economy equivalent] and satsumas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84cea1f7-21c5-4a3d-8a62-1646db05c122.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I made some fresh ... Thu, 4 May 2017 18:50:36 EST Countdown - 45 Weeks Until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355701 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> I'm late posting again this week. If I carry on like this I could land up being late for The Wedding of The Century, which wouldn't do at all. Just imagine if THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind, doesn't turn up on the right day. It would be a disaster. <BR> <BR> It's still Theresa May's fault. When you are heavily involved in Politics, life pretty much goes on hold when there is an election on. And I'm n... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:18:41 EST Countdown - 46 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352519 The Wedding of The Century. <BR> <BR> Actually just under now as I'm a couple of days late with this blog. What can I say? Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans! Blame Theresa May for calling a snap General Election. In doing so she increased my work load at least threefold. <BR> <BR> I forgot to weigh in on Friday - just haven't got used to the change of weigh in day as yet. Or possibly it was a subconscious avoidance given the last week or two has been so full o... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:11:51 EST That was the Easter that was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350317 <BR> What a week of celebrations. Mine and daughter's birthday. Future SIL's birthday. Easter. Oh my, Easter! I don't have much of a sweet tooth and so have received enough chocolate to keep me going till the end of the year. Natch I'll find people to share it with. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c10aadbc-9f3b-499c-a628-0e42874e8f15.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Although I don't have a sweet tooth, I do like cheesecake. So when I came across a recipe for an Easter chees... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:56:44 EST Me burfdee week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348988 <BR> I've mentioned it was my birthday on Tuesday [thank you for the birthday wishes btw - I really do appreciate them]. Also my daughter's birthday. And for the first time in 24 years, we didn't spend it together, which I have to be honest, was hard. Future SIL had booked tickets for them to go to a show. They dropped by on Tuesday and we exchanged presents. But it wasn't the same. <BR> <BR> I've always believed that my job as a mother was to bring my children up to be independent and... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:30:05 EST Countdown - 47 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348598 <BR> The Wedding of the Century. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned earlier in the week, it's our 'birthday week'. Celebrations are still ongoing. Weigh in and I have maintained which I guess is the best I could hope for in such a week. Still more 'celebrations' to come over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Not too much focus on the countdown this week. More in my next blog [hopefully]. I am shattered for now and have so much to do............... <BR> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:14:20 EST Spring has sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346632 <BR> Despite the drop in temperature today, it's clear spring really has arrived. I have French doors leading from my dining room to the 'garden room', which leads out to the garden [unsurprisingly]. For the last ten days or so, I've had them open during the day when I've been at home. This is a clear indication to everyone that winter is over. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, I was feeling tired after my early start for the boot sale. When I got home I did a few chores that needed completi... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:28:58 EST Getting by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346148 Oh dear. Friend was late picking me up again. And then I was so busy trying to display her stuff to better advantage that I forgot to put my seed packets out [which were my best sellers last week]. I sold a few of my plants though. <BR> <BR> She had some very nice sunglasses to sell and given what a beautiful day it was, there was some interest very early on. She sold the first pair for 40 pence. Jesus - they were Foster Grant sunglasses and although not so popular these days, still wo... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 19:00:14 EST And so to bed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345669 Boot sale time again tomorrow. Friend is meant to be picking me up at 6.30 a.m. *groan* I shall have to be up at the crack of doom. Luckily my eldest son is on an early shift tomorrow and will be getting up at 5.15 a.m so I've asked him to call me if I'm not up, just in case I don't hear my alarm. <BR> <BR> We were told last week that there were a lot of buyers very early on so we're hoping if we are there right from the start we'll have more success. Assuming my friend doesn't oversle... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 17:57:32 EST Countdown - 48 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345245 The Wedding of the Century. <BR> <BR> Lost 6 oz this week. Well I guess that's nearly half a pound. Given I gained 1 1/2 pounds last week it doesn't feel like much to write home about but hey, at least it's in the right direction. Still slathering the mosituriser but haven't found the facial goodies. In fact I don't seem to have had much time for anything other than planting and potting. Plus watering. The seeds and plants - not me. <BR> <BR> In order to be THE Hottest [thank you L... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:34:56 EST Keeping it in The Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343834 When they first started dating, my daughter's fiance used to work for a Golf Club. Well, actually he still does on account of him being a professional golf tutor, only he works for a different club now. His qualification is 'Sport and Fitness Instructor' - which is also his title. Well, actually, Senior Sports and Fitness Instructor - see the difference 3 years to get a degree can make? But basically he is PGA trained. His love [other than my daughter - natch], is golf, and that is what h... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 19:25:49 EST Let's hear it for Pokemon Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343341 <BR> What's that some of you may ask. It's a game you play on your mobile. How do you play it? Haven't got a clue - I've never played it. So why am I cheering for it? Well.......... <BR> <BR> My youngest son has been overweight for about 9 years. He used to be a very sporty active child but at the age of ten he had to change schools and was collected and driven home each day. This was all beyond our choice. So, no walking to and from school each day. No hour playing in the ball park... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 20:20:42 EST 14 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342813 No not lost. Gained. Not weight though. Money. Yep that is all I made at the boot sale today. 14 pounds. It was not the most successful day really. My friend overslept and was an hour and a half late in picking me up. Can't be helped and I wasn't unduly bothered. I was waiting in the comfort of my own home so not really an issue. She was so apologetic poor woman. But why get upset about it - not as if she did it deliberately. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly the plants didn't sell all tha... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:16:32 EST Two for the price of one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342350 Two blogs for the price of one today - thanks to the screen disaster last night. Lets hope I don't set the keyboard smoking this evening!* <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to be up at the crack of doom. I am doing a boot sale with a friend. We did one a few weeks ago but we weren't very successful. This is one she has done many times and she says it's better so fingers crossed. Naturally I am taking some of my clutter in the hope of offloading it. One person's junk is another person's treasure... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:13:43 EST Countdown - 49 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342154 The wedding of the Century. And things are really heating up. Literally. I started writing this blog last night but was unable to continue because my screen caught on fire! Who knew my 'musings' were such scorchers? It was a mixed day all in all but quite a dramatic end to it. <BR> <BR> I've changed my weigh in day to Friday as I mentioned last week. Stepped on the scales and they said I'd gained a pound and a half. So I stepped back off, and on again. At which point they told me... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:59:51 EST A stewpendous week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341436 I've had a bit of a 'stew' thing going on this last week or so. Started with the last portion of the Irish Stew I made for St Patrick's day and froze. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e858a19-88e7-4a51-a7e4-b4931e380a4e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Then there was the [huge] portion of Turkey stew. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9516f611-7bb0-441a-9012-4d067f52b20d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> All that meat was lightened up by a veggie style minestrone. <... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:12:04 EST Money Money Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340924 <BR> <em>335</em> Must be funny in a rich man's world. <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> If only I knew! Actually, I don't have any great desire to be 'rich'. Comfortable - as in able to cover the mortgage/rent, pay the bills, buy groceries, put a bit aside for 'emergencies', save a bit, give some, and have a little left over for the occasional treat, is nice. I have been in that position some times. Other times not. Now is a 'not' time. In fact it is an extremely 'not' time. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:54:35 EST Oh the wind the wind is blowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339397 <em>335</em> Through the graves the wind is blowing. Freedom soon will come. <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> Well. Spring at least. So they say. Last Monday [20th March] was the Spring Equinox. Saturday night [25th March] included 'Earth Hour' which of course I acknowledged as ever. Actually I go beyond just switching the lights off. I switch off ALL electrical appliances and refuse to use anything electrical during 'Earth Hour'. No lights, no computer, no 'phones, no kettle, no microwav... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:17:55 EST 50 weeks until http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338504 The Wedding of The Century. Well to be precise, it's fifty weeks until the Eve of The Wedding of The Century but I've decided to count down on Friday's because lets face it, I won't be 'counting down' on the actual day! <BR> <BR> I also decided I'm going to change my weigh in day from a Monday to a Friday. Mostly because I just wanted a change. Having weighed myself on Monday [and having gained], I did wonder if I should skip it and wait until next Friday. Decided I would weigh myself ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:39:26 EST Conversations with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338032 And with inanimate objects. <BR> <BR> I've mentioned numerous times about the clutter [oh god the clutter!] and all the stuff that came back from storage. I had already been through a lot of the storage boxes but still there was what felt like an overwhelming amount to go through. Some days I'd think I'll make a start, then I'd look at it all and back away in despair. So I decided, regardless of how uninspired I felt, or how much I didn't want to do it, I'd do a minimum of one bag/box/cr... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:27:09 EST The first week of the Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336037 The first week of the countdown to The Wedding of The Century has passed. And not entirely successfully it has to be said. When I weighed in on Monday, I had gained nearly 1 and a half pounds. Possibly due to the impromptu Chinese on Friday and the fish and chips at the quiz night on Saturday. Having eaten very healthily all the rest of the week, I was somewhat surprised and disappointed. I had thought I'd probably maintain. Of course there could be other reasons - who knows. In any case... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:57:37 EST Lets get quizzical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335013 A Saturday night out - there's a novelty! I was invited to a Quiz Night which was quite enjoyable. It was for a local residents group that some of my friends belong to. Not me as they don't live in quite the same area as me. The friend that had invited me didn't tell me that participants could take along wine, beer, or soft drinks so I didn't take anything and felt a bit mean. She and a couple of other members of our team had taken plenty though. In fact one of them was perhaps enjoying... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:41:16 EST Flexible is good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334492 My daughter and future son in law took me to visit my mother today. A sudden decision as daughter only 'phoned me about it yesterday but an opportunity to see my mum that I grabbed with both hands. I had to juggle a few other things around but sometimes you just have to be flexible to get the best out of life. <BR> <BR> It was quite a grey day but I still took the opportunity to have a wander to the sea front as I just love to be by the sea. Regardless of the weather or the season. OK, te... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:58:55 EST A little bit of Irish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333994 Tomorrow is St Patrick's day as I'm sure you all know. So in honour of that I was going to make colcannon soup for my lunch and an Irish stew for dinner. However, my daughter rang earlier and offered me a lift to visit my mother. As I'm struggling financially at the moment and can't easily afford the train fare, I jumped at the chance. <BR> <BR> Not wanting to miss out on my 'little bit of Irish' I figured I'd make the Irish stew this evening. I have been ploughing my way through some ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:40:10 EST Cooking for Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332540 I love to cook. I did most of the cooking at home from the age of about 14. Mum was delighted - she wasn't such a keen cook. She worked full time, had to feed the family on a pretty low budget, and provide for my dad's particular dietary needs for many years. When I was 16, mum and dad separated and not long after, I took over all the cooking [bar the odd occasion]. It was one way I could help mum. Ever since, I've continued to love cooking - despite any challenges along the way. <BR... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:59:02 EST One Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331979 Until The Wedding of The Century. No, no, no - not me, my daughter! Actually, to be precise, it's 363 days but it was exactly one year when I started musing on the things I think I'm going to be blogging about. I say I think because you know how it is, you intend to write about the latest wonderful recipe you've found but instead find yourself talking about the lack of butterflies or some such. Did you notice that last year btw? Very few butterflies or bees. Or ladybirds for that matter.... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:07:07 EST