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/ 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 THE LOOK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328830 I've mentioned the clothes sorting. I put items that belonged to the boys into a crate. When I started this process I suggested they check it daily but of course they didn't so last night I invited them to check it one final time. Naturally they were inclined to answer "I'll do it later". I cheerily told them that wouldn't be possible because anything remaining in the box today was going to the charity shop so they duly took a look through and took what they still wanted. Youngest son t... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:51:27 EST The Law of Sod http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328095 I wrote last weekend that maybe things were improving. The Dawn was coming as it were. Tempt fate in that way and the Law of Sod is invariably invoked - what can go wrong WILL go wrong. One evening this week, my youngest son was cooking his meal. He was using the hob which is set into the work counter. Underneath the work counter I have a double oven. The smaller top oven also doubles up as a grill which youngest son was also using. Suddenly there was a pop and a startled exclamation fr... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:38:00 EST Who'd of thunk it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327825 Any of you reading who have seen some of my previous blogs, will be only too aware of my ongoing battle with clutter. Quite some time ago FlyLady was recommended to me. I looked. I signed up. I sort of tried it but you know, it just didn't gel for me. Around the same time, a lot of people were talking about Marie Kondo's book. I didn't buy that. The very small amount I gleaned from what people were saying just didn't connect with me. Don't do it room by room, do it category by categor... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:18:58 EST Just before Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321923 They say its always darkest just before dawn. I'm not quite sure who 'they' are - maybe I'll investigate one day. Meanwhile, I guess I'll take what 'they' say in this instance on face value, for now. How long since you stayed up and watched the dawn rise? I guess it's something we all did at least once as youngsters. And I can't be the only one that sometimes used to make my way home from a night out as the sun was rising? <BR> <BR> At one point in my late twenties, I was in a full ti... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:47:59 EST Quick Jobs - or how to keep going. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281837 My 'worker friend' came for a brief visit. He'd been to visit one of his sisters and arrived here Thursday evening. Treated me to dinner [a takeaway] plus some wine. He left late afternoon Friday to meet up with friends in London. I was invited too but had declined due to lack of funds and time. Anyway, Friday afternoon he helped me with a few jobs bless him. Including going and getting my tree. I like to have a real tree and it has become a bit of a tradition that most years he carries... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:11:38 EST A tale of two Countries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280533 Two and a half years ago, my daughter visited friends in America. On the flight, she was in quite a bit of pain and her mouth swelled up. When she arrived, her hosts took her to the Dr and then to the hospital/clinic. She had a mouth infection and was prescribed some antibiotics plus pain killers. Beyond that, no treatment was necessary. It cost almost one thousand pounds. <BR> <BR> Recently my youngest son's mouth has swollen and he has been in pain. I suggested he went to the Dentist ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:59:19 EST Just saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278214 I'm waiting for information and replies to emails at the moment that one way or another, will have a huge impact on my future. So, I'm really not in the mood to write much of a blog. However, I thought I'd share this with you...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f93bb47-f9ab-4540-b110-5edb44afc07d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:53:30 EST A Miscalculation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277719 I was going to entitle this blog 'Foolish Woman' but I know I wouldn't call someone else a 'foolish woman' so why address myself that way - even in a light hearted manner? Then I thought I'd call it 'That was silly' but actually, under the same circumstances, I wouldn't tell someone else they'd been silly. <BR> <BR> So what circumstances you might wonder [or possibly not, but you're reading this so I might as well tell you]. I had arranged to help a couple of friends yesterday morning. ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 17:19:36 EST Today would have been................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276857 ..................my wedding anniversary. Scrub that. Today IS [yesterday now] my wedding anniversary. Though obviously I don't celebrate as we divorced some years ago. Yet still, it is the anniversary of the day I got married. 24 years ago. 24 years! How is that possible? <BR> <BR> The weather was similar to my wedding day. Dry and bright. It was much colder though. It was otherwise a very different day. Mondays having been declared 'Move it Mondays' as part of my de cluttering ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:37:25 EST Design Flaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276319 If you read my previous blog entry, you may have thought there was a slight technical hitch. After all, I was starting on 'Shine it Sunday'. And how could I shine anything with all the clutter that's in the way? That dear Sparklers, was why my cunning plan was so bad it was good. All I had to do was clean something so thoroughly that it shone. But first, I had to be able to get at something to clean. Therein resided the deliberate design flaw to make me have to work a little harder. <BR>... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:39:50 EST Clutter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275877 OK I know I keep on about de cluttering and sorting this house out. But that's because it is such an issue for me. In one of her recent blogs, Maringal suggested a method for easily doing one drawer at a time. The odd thing is, most of my cupboards and drawers are well organised. It's everywhere else that is a nightmare. Clutter. Clutter on tables, clutter on the mantle piece, clutter on the kitchen work surfaces, clutter. Clutter in the bathroom, clutter in the bedrooms, clutter. Clu... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:47:16 EST 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