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Friday, December 22, 2006

Coasting along

The past few days have been warm so on the days I didn't get out for a very early walk I went to the gym where it was cool to begin with but soon warmed up once I started walking on the treadmill. As well as the treadmill, I halfheartedly used the crosstrainer and rowing machine as well as a few bits of the other stuff but have now come to the conclusion I need the company of others - doing the same thing - to keep me motivated.

Recently I had thought not beng tied to a time slot and turning up at the gym when I felt the need was what I needed but I can admit to being wrong on that one.

This came home to me today - after a night when it didn't cool off much (warmest December night for many a year) it was very warm this morning - so I decided instead of pounding the pavement it was to be the gym again but as I arrived I noticed the circuit class was about to start and on a whim went there instead of down below.

I really worked hard during that hour; yes I know theres been reasons why I haven't gone full steam since we got home but today with all those problems behind me I was able to enjoy that feeling of being puffed and sweaty.

I know I didn't go as fast as some of the others during the floor work but I still ended up 'puffed and sweaty' like all the others and am now looking forward to going back to classes as regularly as I was doing during the first half of this year before we went overseas.

Yes, having all those other bodies around me this morning was what I needed - having an instructor egging us on and giving us support made me feel more enthusiastic than just working alone at a different machine with nobody making eye contact except when they wanted to use the same machine you happened to be at. Then often the eye contact would be a glare - and glares from some of the big hulks that go to that gym can be quite daunting - and when they go round in two's its even more daunting.

I really need to start again with purpose as after weighing my self this morning I wasn't happy with the knowledge I'd put some back on again. For me 66.1kg (145lbs - over 10st.)is not good and its going to need some hard work to get rid of those extra 6 or 7 kgs I am carrying around.

I tried on new bathers the other day and did not like what I saw in the full length mirror in the change room. Not going to describe it 'cept say I will now go back to walking alone and return to classes.

With our organised Family Christmas Gathering behind us I am not tied up with the last minute hurry scurry that others are, all the presents are wrapped and the interstate ones in the post . On Christmas Day Husband and I are going out to lunch with one family and then going to see another in the afternoon. Most certainly will speak to the family on the other side of town and the interstate one but won't get to see the other till Boxing Day as its the in-laws time this year. Anyway there'll be bags of time to see them all during the holidays and with cinemas, parks and two outdoor pools on our doorstep we'll all have fun fun fun if the weathers good for us - must remember to stock up on sunscreen for the slip slop slap days haead of us.

Hope the Christmas Season is filled with love and happiness for you all, so as the saying goes, Eat - Drink - and be Merry. and Enjoy the summer break.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Busy times

Well I'm here for a short while as time is precious at the moment.

No leg pain for awhile, had the phsio look at my knee and that has improved greatly. Have another appointment during the week for more treatment. Have done lots of walking on the cooler days - warm today so I was pleased when I got home. Not sure if its because I had a break or if I am generally unfit again but it has been a struggle to get back into the routine. It will come with time I suppose.

Family commitments over the weekend meant no exercise so now the Big Day in my house has been and gone I can get back to thinking about me again. All our Melbourne children and grandchildren came on Saturday for Grandma's Christmas party and we had a great time. Lots of food and drink and 'cose kids were involved lots of fun and laughter. I let them use the computer to see and talk via Messenger to their cousin in Brisbane and she was thrilled to see them on the screen. Its marvellous how we take all these things for granted these days that 10 years ago were things 'other' people had access to.

Well must away, Monday morning and lots to do. Oh I nearly forgot, have been diagnosed with having a low funtioning thyroid gland so that could explain all the symptoms I complain about. Hopefully the thyroxine I have to take will help and I'll be back to my normal self.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Good and the Bad - moves, that is

Am feeling a lot better now as for the past couple of weeks I felt like I was falling apart.

I had the new exercise program worked out but have only been a couple of times as I am getting pain in a knee when I do squats and that seemed to put the mockers on anything else I tried to do.

Decided to clear some land moving backwards using a mattock so I could just to take the grass off the top and then cover with newspaper and mulch – Bad move on my part – results in aching back and shooting pains down the back of leg and less time at the gym.

The physio I saw last week said I had pulled a muscle and had worried the sciatic nerve and – get this – tells me as he’s putting me through torture with his fingers that at my age I really should be cautious about what I do in the garden – Bad move on his part.

I don’t seem to be getting the shooting pains down the leg as much as I did last week – Good move on physio’ s part to make me feel better.

Husband ‘playing’ with computer ‘stuffs’ it up – Bad move on husband’s part – can’t be used for days whilst he fixes it.

Computer is fixed – Good move – but husband continues hogging it whilst he downloads TV series – Another Really Bad move on husbands part. Means I can't get near it in case I mess something up.

Weight is the same – Good move on my part to say NO to some really nice goodies on offer at a function I went to

Now I am minus the shooting pains nipping the back of my leg I can walk without jumping up in the air every now and again – Good move on the physio ‘s part in making me comfortable again

I’m confident once I restart the daily regime I’ll be back to my cheerful self again.

Well I must get the knee sorted out first – forgot about that :))

Wonder how the Aussie Cricket team cope with all their aches and pains??

Monday, November 20, 2006

The week came and the week went

The week came and the week went – first it was hot (and very humid) – then it was cold (freezing with snow nearby) – now it’s hot again. Yes its Melbourne weather we are on about.

Why can’t it just be a nice pleasant temp, say high 20’s and I’d even accept a bit of rain? Well to be truthful I’d accept a lot of rain but theres none to be had around the suburbs at the moment.

Last Saturday I toddled off to Ballarat on the train with several other Red Hatter friends to meet up with the Golden Girls and another chapter from Geelong. Surprisingly for Ballarat it was warm and sunny and we all had a fun time, got home feeling really weary but content after a day of meeting new friends (the Ballarat chapter had about 100 there and the girls from Geelong numbered about 20) as well as laughing at the most silly things.

We had lunch at a pub and after looking at the menu I ordered Quiche Lorraine with Salad.

When I ordered I did ask if I could have double salad and no chips and they said no which surprised me. So had to make do with a really stingy slice of the Quiche, a very small side salad and some soggy chips (which I didn’t eat). Left a bad taste in my mouth as it cost $12 – a rip off as far as I was concerned.

So as there was a free drink going with lunch I asked for Champers, which wasn’t actually on the list but I’d already had one and didn’t feel like mixing my drinks. Something was going my way ‘cos the waitress said yes. So after following it up with another (making 3 altogether) I felt quite good when I declined dessert.

Most likely all the calories contained in the champers equaled the calories in the cakes that were on the dessert menu but I know I wouldn’t have felt so good if I’d eaten the cake and not drunk the drinkiesJ)

You probably can’t make head or tail of what I’ve just written but never mind, just rest assured I slept well Saturday night:))

We took a drive to a cafĂ© on the shores of Lake Wendourie and all I can say is – there is NO lake. All you can see from the shore is mud and more mud – they are on stage 4 water restrictions, which means they cannot use any water outside at all. I felt so sorry for them as their gardens are suffering so much and if they are unable to fit a recycling kit to their outside pipes from the bath/shower/washing machine they have to carry it through the house to the outside in a bucket.

If things get that bad in Melbourne I’m not looking forward to that one little bit. Last summer we did use the recycling kits that attached to the laundry pipes but someone (read DH) hasn’t got round to hooking them up again. Maybe I’d better go on a hunt in the garage to see if I can find them because there isn’t any rain forecast fro this week either.

I have walked this week and apart from the drinkies on Saturday have been really good with the food intact and the scales haven’t shown any loss – BUT – they haven’t shown a gain either.

So I am thankful for small mercies and will try harder next week.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Change in the weather

Well you can’t say there is no variety in the weather here in Melbourne. According to the weather man, this time a month ago it was scorching outside – the temps were well above average for October – and now today, it has been freezing outside and the temps are well below the average for November

I copied this from ninemsn’s home page this evening: -

An unseasonal blast of Antarctic air plunged eastern Australia back into winter today, causing snow and hail and temperatures to plummet.
Snow fell as low as 500 metres in Victoria, with dumps in the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne's fringe as well as the Alpine region in the state's northeast.

Now as I live right at the bottom of the Dandenong ranges I can assure you it wasn’t very warm in my backyard for all of the day. The heating is on and theres another doona lying across the bottom of the bed ready to be pulled up if it gets really cold overnight.

This past weekend was very hot and humid and then the storm and all the trimmings arrived which was a bit inconvenient as I wanted to do a lot of gardening but I wasn’t that upset as lots of the much needed rain came with it. The garden looks so much happier after the soaking it got. Then even tho we were warned yesterday things went sort of skew whiff today and the above greeted us this morning.

I have been good with my walks and even got to the gym a couple of times to put my new program into action – good fun and if I can remember which piece of equipment is which will be even more fun:) - and even tho I feel weather shouldn’t come into it as far as exercise is concerned (the heat doesn’t bother me), this morning I decided against a walk in the pouring rain with the temp at 5c and after being out for the best part of the day decided I preferred the nice cozy lounge room to trying to dodge the pouring rain and get across the car park and into the gym in the bitter cold wind.

Am I committed? Yes but on my terms – I’ve come to the conclusion that feeling I have to do something when my hearts not in it doesn’t do anything for me and that’s when I give up.

I declined the cakes and chocolate at the meeting I went to today so I have no feeling of guilt at not exercising today.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Time goes by

Time has certainly gone by quickly over the past week or two so there have been very scanty updates and todays will be just the same.

All it takes is for a Mothers shifts to be awkward, a school that closes on a Monday - the day before Cup Day and fathers inability to take the Monday off to mean that Grandma is once again called upon to help.

Have been minding the 2 grandaughters from the other side of the city for a few days - that certainly cuts into spare moments.
I'd forgotten how long it can take for 11 year olds to take a bath/shower and choose clothes to wear and decide what to eat for breakfast.........................long enough to be almost lunchtime before we were ready to go out.

Add to that the messing around when 2 other grandaughters that live close by and were actually coming shopping with us arrived - it took a lot of patience on my part and a short sharp yell from Grandad to get them all into the car.

We took them home last night and instead of a walk this morning I spent almost an hour in the bath soothing my weary brow and deciding what I wanted to do with the day :))

I kept the appointment with the Gym Instructor last week and at the weigh in I recorded 65kgs on their scales which is a little more than ours at home but I'll try to stick to theirs for a regular figure. I think I mentioned once before they are 'tested' by the Weights and Measures people so should be accurate.

I seem to have lost a bit more since we came home so when I finally get into a 'proper' exercise routine that number should go down again.

For some reason today I am feeling a bit yuk but that could be to do with the hurry scurry week I've just had, if it carries on it looks like I'll have to sit and chat with the Dr again which I hate. I don't like it when I don't know the reasons for the way I feel and then feel like a hyperchondriac trying to explain what seem to be little symptoms but could possibly add up to something sinister.

Anyway, bye for now I'll be back another day when I have more time.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Baby its cold outside

I tried to post this last Sunday but Blogger wasn't working right so here it is again. since then we have had lots of lovely rain here in Melbourne and also some lovely sunny days. The garden said thank you very much and is looking much better.

Sunday October 29th 2006

It was so funny yesterday morning, Saturday - there was these trademan on the roof installing an eveaporative cooling sytem and the radio was talking of snow in the nearby hills. It has been Cold since Friday lunchtime and still hasn't warmed up again past 15c so I am back to dressing in comfy tracky dacks and windcheaters.

The weather man said this spat of unusually cold temps for October are courtesy of southerly winds and other stuff coming up from the Antactic. Once the house was my own and I could close the doors the heating went on and although I didn't like them to begin with I must say the Bistro blinds on the back deck have made such a difference to days like that. We managed to sit there for a quick coffee break mid afternoon and the sun on the roof and the blinds took the chill off and made it reasonably pleasant.

I felt like I needed comfort food for Dinner so used a lamb joint and had roast tatties as well. We had steamed veggies with it so it wasn't too naughty and then followed up with stewed apples and yogurt.

Today the action will take place in the garden, theres a great deal of weeding and cutting back that needs to be done and as its bin day tomorrow I can fill the monster and get rid of the weeds that aren't to go into the compost. I found a lot of snails on the long leaves of the Agapanthus that will enjoy their ride in the big truck to their new home at the tip. We had a few showers of rain on Thursday and it seemed to bring everyone of them out into the open and made them easy to spot so into the bin they went. There must have been a lot of hankey pankey going on earlier in the year as there were oodles of the tiniest snails I have ever seen as well as enormous huge grandaddy ones.

Must go now, will try to get a walk in later but I'm a bit sleepy.

The loss of an hours sleep doesn't sit well with me - I suppose I could have stayed in bed to make up for it for I was wide away at the usual time and just got up.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Baby its cold outside

It was so funny yesterday morning, Saturday - there was these trademan on the roof installing an eveaporative cooling sytem and the radio was talking of snow in the nearby hills.

It has been Cold since Friday lunchtime and still hasn't warmed up again past 15c so I am back to dressing in comfy tracky dacks and windcheaters. The weather man said this spat of unusually cold temps for October are courtesy of southerly winds and other stuff coming up from the Antactic.

Once the house was my own and I could close the doors the heating went on and although I didn't like them to begin with I must say the Bistro blinds on the back deck have made such a difference to days like that. We managed to sit there for a quick coffee break mid afternoon and the sun on the roof and the blinds took the chill off and made it reasonably pleasant.

I felt like I needed comfort food for Dinner so used a lamb joint and had roast tatties as well. We had steamed veggies with it so it wasn't too naughty and then followed up with stewed apples and yogurt.

Today the action will take place in the garden, theres a great deal of weeding and cutting back that needs to be done and as its bin day tomorrow I can fill the monster and get rid of the weeds that aren't to go into the compost.

I found a lot of snails on the long leaves of the Agapanthus that will enjoy their ride in the big truck to their new home at the tip. We had a few showers of rain on Thursday and it seemed to bring everyone of them out into the open and made them easy to spot so into the bin they went.. There must have been a lot of hankey pankey going on earlier in the year as there were oodles of the tiniest snails I have ever seen as well as enormous huge grandaddy one.

Must go now, will try to get a walk in later but I'm a bit sleepy. The loss of an hours sleep doesn't sit well with me - well I suppose I could have stayed in bed to make up for it for I was wide away at the usual time.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Walking again

Ok……… I now have the head screwed on right and for the past 3 days have taken my walk in the morning. Early morning that is – between 7 and 8am to be precise. Daylight at 6am means I'm wide awake and raring to go so off I have been going.

I have come to the conclusion (once again) - and it’s the same reasoning for a lot of things I do or rather don’t do - that if I don’t do it once I think about it I don’t seem to do it at all.

I can make lists and commit myself to doing most of the items on the list but to think about something means it gets lost somewhere in the depths of my brain. Not sure if its just aging but I seem to notice it more and more these days.

The new air conditioning system goes in on Saturday morning, so I can cross that off my list of things to do to the house. Haven’t needed it this week as it’s varied from t-shirt and cotton trousers weather to fleecy clothing, heater on and hot water bottle in the bed at night. Beautiful sunny day today, top of about 17c but its going down to 3c overnight and hopefully some rain tomorrow.

Haven’t been to any classes at the Gym but I did pop in and make an appointment for Monday to see one of the Instructors to work out a new programme for me. I am hoping to be able to drop in when the mood strikes me or on the way home if I’ve been out and not have to wait till a class time. The classes have been great for the past year but I think at the moment I need something different and exercise in any form will be good for me – both for my body and my mind. Getting back out in the fresh air this week has been good, I feel less stressed and able to think more clearly.

Well that’s the thought. ……I’ll give the gym a go and see how I go from there. I have lost a kilo and a bit since we came home so it probably was all those cakes and pastries and stodgy meals I ate overseas that did the damage.

Thought this funny

This will cheer you up!

GONNA BE A BEAR.

In this life I am a woman. In my next life I'd like to come back as a bear.

When you're a bear you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for 6 months of the year. I could deal with that!

Before you hibernate you're supposed to eat yourlself stupid.

I could deal with that!

When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) whilst you sleep and wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs.

I could deal with that!

If you're a Mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.

I could deal with that!

If you are a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS you to have hairy legs and excess bodyfat.

Yep! Gonna be a bear.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Where have you been all the day

It’s been a few days since I last wrote anything, have felt a bit off and also haven’t done any real exercise either. This past week sort of came and went by quickly and there were things to be done that meant I didn’t have the time to do it…. exercising that is. Now that’s a pathetic excuse isn’t it – I wake at about 6.15am, the air (and unfortunately the ground also) is dry and not too cool and I say there isn’t time to even do a half hour walk.

We had contractors coming to quote on air-conditioning and even tho there were agreed times I could never be sure they would keep to their word and show up then or half an hour earlier. That’s all sorted now, we’ve chosen the quote we like which means we’ll be a bit poorer in a few weeks when its installed but those early hot days we had a couple of weeks ago helped me decide we needed to cool the house more economically than with the electric aircon in the wall which costs a fortune when we use it; it’s not coming out but will stay there and can be used on the humid days when the evap system won’t have any effect. Must be getting old as I felt washed out and yet it had been quite hot most of the time during our travels and it never bothered me at all.

I suppose I will get back to it when the timing is right. Exercise that is!!

I said the ground is dry in the mornings but at lunchtime today we had a big surprise – it rained.

Yes, wet stuff fell from the sky – not for long tho’ – it cleared up in the early afternoon but the temps dropped enough to turn the heating on when I got home and made me wonder what we could have for dinner that was warm. I had planned cold chicken and salad but that didn’t seem comforting enough so we had some soup I found lurking in the freezer. I was a bit worried it might be near its use be date as it was frozen before we went away in July but so far no ill effects.

If it stays this cold – and by the look of the weather forecast it’s a possibility for the next few days I’ll need to put some covers back on the bed. Its only October but getting sunburnt one week and having to be wrapped up in thick clothing the next is not my idea of fun:)

But then we have to remember this is spring, we are in Melbourne and anything can happen. Footy has finished, cricket has begun. The Spring Race Carnival is now in full swing, Caulfield Cup tomorrow, Melbourne Cup is on the first Tuesday in November with Oaks (Ladies) Day in the same week so there are lots of pretty hats and frocks in the shops and even tho’ I’m a tad overweight I really have nothing to moan about.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Back to the business of Keeping Fit

Had my first trip round the block this morning. Going to be 31c today so decided it had to be done early or not at all so hopped out of bed before 7 and was out and about soon after.

Took my ‘usual’ route and noticed how different the gardens looked since the last time, bursting with colour now spring is here. I can’t remember the actual distance (about 3kms if I am right) but it takes me about half an hour and as Husband will often ask which way today (says he worries but I think its to keep tabs on where I am!) that’s my answer.

I say its my ‘usual’ way (have more than 1) around an area that has lots of ways to get there and back but its probably the most direct and I can tell him which streets he can drive round when I don’t get back within the allocated time J to see if anyone has done away with me or if I found someone to chat to. He’s never done it yet and I don’t know if I’d be pleased or annoyed if he did but enough of that.

While we were on the Cruise ship we did lots of walking round the decks (beautiful Teak ones they were as well)

Big ship it was – there was a very nice little sign on either side of the ship saying 3 laps was equal to about 1 mile so I tried to do at least 6 times round in the mornings at a reasonable pace and then some more over the day plus moving about inside which meant I was getting a fair bit of exercise each day. With all the food available I certainly needed it!!

One day there was a special event – called On Deck for the Cure it was a recognised walk to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Wearing special printed T-shirts and Pink Armbands with Pink Lemonade for refreshment being served at spots along the way quite a few of us set out to walk the 9 laps – approx 5 kms.

It was fun and like Felicity at the end of her duathlons I really felt a sense of achievement at the end whilst wandering around cooling down and enjoying my hot chocolate.

Well we were in Alaska and it was cold and whats a girl to do if a really nice steward comes round with a tray and asks if you would like something to warm you up:))

Back to the business of Keeping Fit

Had my first trip round the block this morning. Going to be 31c today so decided it had to be done early or not at all so hopped out of bed before 7 and was out and about soon after.

Took my ‘usual’ route and noticed how different the gardens looked since the last time, bursting with colour now spring is here. I can’t remember the actual distance (about 3kms if I am right) but it takes me about half an hour and as Husband will often ask which way today (says he worries but I think its to keep tabs on where I am!) that’s my answer.

I say its my ‘usual’ way (have more than 1) around an area that has lots of ways to get there and back but its probably the most direct and I can tell him which streets he can drive round when I don’t get back within the allocated time J to see if anyone has done away with me or if I found someone to chat to. He’s never done it yet and I don’t know if I’d be pleased or annoyed if he did but enough of that.

While we were on the Cruise ship we did lots of walking round the decks (beautiful Teak ones they were as well)

Big ship it was – there was a very nice little sign on either side of the ship saying 3 laps was equal to about 1 mile so I tried to do at least 6 times round in the mornings at a reasonable pace and then some more over the day plus moving about inside which meant I was getting a fair bit of exercise each day. With all the food available I certainly needed it!!

One day there was a special event – called On Deck for the Cure it was a recognised walk to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Wearing special printed T-shirts and Pink Armbands with Pink Lemonade for refreshment being served at spots along the way quite a few of us set out to walk the 9 laps – approx 5 kms.

It was fun and like Felicity at the end of her duathlons I really felt a sense of achievement at the end whilst wandering around cooling down and enjoying my hot chocolate.

Well we were in Alaska and it was cold and whats a girl to do if a really nice steward comes round with a tray and asks if you would like something to warm you up:))

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

On the road again - to a new me - that is

Mid afternoon and the weatherman was right, he said it would be a glorious day today here in Melbourne and yes that’s the way it has been.

After a week or more of trying to sort my life out and think about the lead up to Christmas I finally got back to the gym. It was funny walking into the Leisure Centre after being away for nearly 3 months – not much had changed thank goodness, picked up a new timetable and noticed there are some pump classes at better (for me) times so may be able to rearrange or rethink the times I go to them. My first class went well tho’ I did have to drop the bar weights a fraction, or should I say quite a lot.

Have thought maybe from now on I will go into the gym proper more frequently but before that happens I will need a session with the instructors to get a programme worked out for what I'm hoping to achieve – unfortunately those trim taut and terrific bodies just don’t happen. Have to put in some work somewhere along the way.

Will also try to do something different from the list of goodies they are offering, maybe something along the lines of Pilates or Body Balance or even my long time favourite that I haven’t practiced for years - Yoga. Don’t think I’ll fit into my old black leotard!! Gosh when I think back to how I donned that each morning and felt so good doing the Salute to the Sun and then all those Hatha poses.

Anyway just thought I’d let you know I am back and have started in a good frame of mind……………well. ………………Until we get the first 30c day and I have planned a long walk.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Home again....well almost

Well I am finally back in Oz and next week will be done with travelling for a while.

Got back to Melbourne last week and am now in Sydney at the moment doing some babysitting promised well before we left in July. Will be back in Melbourne next Tuesday afternoon and hope to get up to date with everything soon after that.

Over the past few weeks have used various sets of scales and they all said the same thing - I have put some kilos back on again so will have to start working on things, those things being watching the food intake and exercising again.

Will talk again another day

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Here we are again

Its Thursday August 17th and one week ago we were in Heathrow airport in the midst of all the chaos that took place there. If we had flown out on our original date we possibly would have been stranded for days, thank you to whoever planned the wedding for Friday.

It was an experience I haven't had before, walking around an airport with armed police and waiting in a queue for hours and then joining another for hours so that by the time we actually got airside we were exhausted. Thankfully our flight to Halifax was only delayed by a couple of hours but as I said if we were to fly out on our original date (Friday ) we might have been stranded for a couple of days.

Anyway has been good to see Husbands extended family again and walk down streets that are similar width to ours and not be as cramped as where ever we went in England. The weather has been mixed - sunny and warm some days and grey and misty on other. Thats the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia for you - never know quite is round the corner as the weather man may say one thing but what actually ahppens could be quite different. lol Almost like Melbourne.

Haven't done a lot in this first week 'cept go to a wedding on a cliff top with what seemed like a gale blowing and the ocean down below pounding away, catch up with all the cousins, hear what has been going on in their lives, cuddle new babies and talk to our dear friend who will be 100 in November. That was a teary meeting as once it sank in who we were she was so happy to see us and then two minutes later had forgotten who we were. Sad to think we most likely won't see her again after we go home.

But enough of that we have eaten lots of food as usual, taken lots of long walks on the sunny days and sat watching tv that we hadn't seen before. Just the usual stuff one does on holiday.

We are going to Prince Edward Island next week - thats where Anne of Green Gables was written. rain is forecast so hopefully it will have been and gone. Then laterwill be going to Cape Breton to drive round the fabulous Cabot Trail.

Will talk again some time.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

No you weren't seeing things....................I had to republish the last entry as it wasn't showing up. Then when I wwent back today there it was.

Anyway have had a good few days taking in things around town. doing the ancestor trail and located Husbands Grandfather's grave site so will be back at the cemetery again when we recieve info from some rellies.
Went to see some of my rellies today, my mother and his were cousins, he has done some work on the family tree and gave me a copy. Have to do some work for him when we get home to Aus. That will keep me very busy for a while.

Going to Lowestoft in the morning, east coast fishing place, hope the weather is good. East coast is the North Sea and it gets very windy there.

See you again

Friday, August 4, 2006

Try again

Well we have been here over a week and today the glorious weather has disappeared.

After a week of late nights and lots of - dare I say it - partaking in large meals and bottles of wine as well I said goodbye to my sisters and brother on Friday. It was sad as I don't know the next time we will be able to come again so we did lots of walks and girly things and visited Chatsworth House and the Derbyshire Dales as had good fun. Went to Mablethorpe and laughed at the donkeys giving kids rides on the beach. That is one thing I loved as a child when we went to the seaside - icecream cones and a ride on the donkeys.

Made our way to Banbury (didn't ride a white horse tho) and Husband had his reunion with Airforce friends from years ago. Yes true to form with these occassions they were 65 year olds being 15 again but it was a great time with lots of laughs and walks down memory lane. The hotel we were all in was built in 1600s and had narrow corridors and tiny rooms and old fashioned service. One of the waiters kept saying 'You are so kind' as he moved round the table serving each of us - it was quaint and lovable at the same time. Fabulous food and great wine.....I weighed myself ..................lets just say its a good job I lost some before we got on the plane.

Visited another friend over the weekend and was so relieved to see lettuce and salady things on the table. Went walking in some woods close to her house and had lunch on Monday at an old pub near a canal. Lots of narrow boats coming and going and there were working locks close by so took loads of photos as they emptied and the boats dropped down a level. One was named the same as a grandaughter so took especially nice ones of it.

Here we are now in Colchester - Husbands home town. Staying with his sister so he'll be out and about trying to catch up with whoever he can from years ago. Beth Chattos garden is close by so thats going to be my treat this week. She specialises in growing 'plants for dry gardens' so it will usefull for when I get home and summer is getting nearer. Not like summer today tho' grey skies and 15c - almost like being at home. Had to put jeans and a long sleeved tshirt on as I felt cold.

Bye for now

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

One down more to come

Well we have been here over a week and today the glorious weather has disappeared.

After a week of late nights and lots of - dare I say it - partaking in large meals and bottles of wine as well I said goodbye to my sisters and brother on Friday. It was sad as I don't know the next time we will be able to come again so we did lots of walks and girly things and visited Chatsworth House and the Derbyshire Dales as had good fun. Went to Mablethorpe and laughed at the donkeys giving kids rides on the beach. That is one thing I loved as a child when we went to the seaside - icecream cones and a ride on the donkeys.

Made our way to Banbury (didn't ride a white horse tho) and Husband had his reunion with Airforce friends from years ago. Yes true to form with these occassions they were 65 year olds being 15 again but it was a great time with lots of laughs and walks down memory lane. The hotel we were all in was built in 1600s and had narrow corridors and tiny rooms and old fashioned service. One of the waiters kept saying 'You are so kind' as he moved round the table serving each of us - it was quaint and lovable at the same time. Fabulous food and great wine.....I weighed myself ..................lets just say its a good job I lost some before we got on the plane.

Visited another friend over the weekend and was so relieved to see lettuce and salady things on the table. Went walking in some woods close to her house and had lunch on Monday at an old pub near a canal. Lots of narrow boats coming and going and there were working locks close by so took loads of photos as they emptied and the boats dropped down a level. One was named the same as a grandaughter so took especially nice ones of it.

Here we are now in Colchester - Husbands home town. Staying with his sister so he'll be out and about trying to catch up with whoever he can from years ago. Beth Chattos garden is close by so thats going to be my treat this week. She specialises in growing 'plants for dry gardens' so it will usefull for when I get home and summer is getting nearer. Not like summer today tho' grey skies and 15c - almost like being at home. Had to put jeans and a long sleeved tshirt on as I felt cold.

Bye for now

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Am enjoying the heat

Well I am slowing getting used to the heat here in England – eat your heart out Melbourne.

Was –1 with a frost the day we flew out of Tullamarine so to begin with it seemed very hot for here (high 20’s and more) unfortunately its humid as well so its quite draining. They are all complaining and things are breaking down.

Anyway have eaten semi properly and walked each day so don’t feel too bad about the slices of the one thing I go gaga about each time we come over here and that’s Malt Loaf. Hard to describe, a bit like a fruit loaf but sticky and delicious with butter.

In the 30 odd years of being in Aus I’ve never found it on sale anywhere so its my one treat – husband goes for a bread pudding they sell in his home town so he never complains about my weakness J )

Can’t stay long, sister is on dial up so will talk again soon

Oh did I tell you its HOT over here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Not a happy camper this evening

My cats have gone to the cattery and its strange not to have at least one of them next to me whilst I type.

And I am sitting here sniffing and snuffling, unable to breathe and feel as tho’ theres a sore throat coming on

The idea was it that by putting them in today it would give me all day tomorrow to concentrate on the important things (like packing my case) and not have to drive up the hill with them thinking about all the things I had to do. I could do with at least one here to stroke and make me feel good. Burmese have the most beautiful fur - so soft and silky and just to feel how smooth it is is a comfort in itself.

All this 2 nights before I fly out of Melbourne for Heathrow via Singapore.

8 hours from here to Singers and then 13 to London and feeling like sh…… is not my idea of fun.

Had a cold one time in Vancouver and flying home was hell, had to show the Pharmacist my ticket to prove why I needed Sudafed to unstuff my nose and let me breathe.

Guess I’ll be down to our local chemist in the morning to go through the same routine as the Sudafed are behind the counter here now as well.

Talk to you tomorrow if I get a chance but will try to update occasionally during the trip.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Look what hapapens when you don't concentrate

For the past week my life seems to have filled with lots of little jobs all related to our upcoming trip. As far as healthy living and exercise are concerned I seem to be working in remote control mode, there haven’t been many thoughts about the former crossing my mind and all I can do is hope for the best. I have managed exercise in the form of walks and classes at the Leisure Centre but haven’t felt as though I put my heart and soul into it.

So when I stepped on the scales at the Leisure Centre the other day (and after watching the numbers go down over the past year, yes I must admit, slowly at times) I had - horrors of horrors - I had a gain. Not a huge one but enough for me to doubt the result. My immediate reaction was to step off, let the scales zero, and then step back on again and I felt utterly dejected when the figures were exactly the same. I came away regretting the chocolate biscuits and ice cream we’d had for dessert several nights in a row. I guess I thought it couldn’t happen to me and began to eat whatever I felt like and unfortunately the old saying ‘you are what you eat‘ rang true in my ears. Came home and went over the meals we had eaten and yes there definitely was too much of the 'good' things and not enough of the healthy ones.

Of course this isn't helped when I have to feed 5 adults and 5 children as happened this past Sunday. Three of the grandchildren slept here Saturday night so their parents could enjoy a real night out without worrying about being home so Grandma could go home to bed and we had a really good time. But thinking about it we had dinner at the Pancake Parlor next to the cinema and their food certainly isn't low in calories, their milkshakes are to die for and I came away feeling very full. First black mark for the week.

Sunday a son rang to say he was coming over with his girls and could they stay for lunch so another leg of lamb went into the oven along with 2 chickens I was cooking as they wouldn't last another 2 months in the freezer. I made roast potatoes and yorkshire pudding because they all love them and their parents won't cook them but I did steam all the veggies, and the boiled potatoes were served plain and not mashed with oodles of butter and warm milk like in the olden days. I think the ice cream with Milo sprinkles was my undoing.

'No more' she cried and hopefully as the weather is so warm in England and Canada now I won't have to cope with hot roasts and the like and will be served salads from next week on.

Will try to get back tomorrow or the day after, just 3 more sleeps.

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Another quiet week

This week the days seemed to have passed quickly so this is the first time I’ve been able to get time to come and chat.

I am trying to tie up a lot of loose ends before we go away so didn’t get too many morning walks in but did manage a couple of quick afternoon dashes round the block so I wouldn’t feel guilty.

Thursday saw me at an early evening pump class with my ‘favourite’ instructor who just ‘makes’ the class with her encouragement and enthusiasm and this morning she made my day by taking the circuit class I went to. Today she wanted to do Interval Work and and part of the time she had us all pedalling like crazy for a couple of mins and then slowing off a bit. God it was hard on my knees so I moved on to some of the other equipment for part of the time and did floor work and then came back to the bike every now and again. Was glad when those 20 mins were over, good for the heart but it would kill me if it was part of a training regime I had to follow. I left exhausted but feeling good :)

I also weighed myself in the gym this morning and was pleased to see I had managed to drop by 100grams. That’s great as I haven’t been that good with the food choices this week and going by the above record haven’t been at my most active this week either.

Husband and I went to the Museum in the city the other day to look at the Comm. Games Exhibition. They have loads of ‘props’ from the Opening Ceremony on show and as I was ‘on duty’ that evening didn’t even get to see it on TV so was eager to see close up what I'd missed. The big flying tram is there and loads of other stuff so it was an interesting afternoon.

Lots of people hate it but I love going to ‘up to town’ as my Mother used to say especially on the train. I get caught up in the hurly burly and love that busy busy feel in the air. Leaving before 4pm meant we were able to get a seat, which was good as our stop is almost at the end of the line and it’s a long way if you have to stand all the way home.

We have continued to leave the bedroom window open and it seems to have worked a treat and we are back to our usual sleep pattern. There haven’t been any really cold nights this week, no 1/2cs but up at 8/9c which has been good as I think it would be closed quick smart if that happened again.J Having a good nights sleep means I feel well in myself and have the energy to get on with the busy life I lead sometimes

Any spare time I had this week I busied myself with the crafty things to take for rellies and friends; got really engrossed and popped down to the ‘bead shop’ which is also full of other goodies and came home heavily laden and lighter in the pocket. When I visit Theo’s in Bayswater I never say how long I’ll be as looking at all his stock takes for ages and my mind goes round in circles thinking about other possibilities like making a few extra bookmarks for Christmas time - we are giving books to some of the grandchildren and they will be good stocking fillers and will have a similar theme as the books. So the girl who is getting fairy books will have one with a fairy on the end and so on which meant I spent more time looking for other sorts of beads and other things in his Aladdin’s Cave.

Going out to Lunch tomorrow for a Christmas in July so will have to look long and hard at the menu also have a word with the staff before ordering. Is Christmas Pud allowed:))

Monday, July 3, 2006

Days come and days go

Husband and I have not been sleeping too well recently and have put it down to the bedroom window not being open at night. Normally we would have it open day and night even just a little crack but when the colder weather arrived it was closed during the day as me being tightfisted with money was loath to lose all the heat from the house. Then it got so cold overnight about a month ago I left it closed and it hasn’t been opened since. Last night we decided, as the forecast wasn’t that bad we’d open it again – hey presto – both of us slept like logs and feel so much better as well. Forecast for tonight is single digits but I am going to have it open again and put a single doona on top of our feet and see how we go. Life is so much better when I don’t feel tired and sluggish and I think that’s also one of the reasons I am loath to exercise some days.

I have been racking my brains trying to think what to take as small gifts for all the friends and rellies we will be staying with o/seas – I like to take something I have made / crafted myself and usually by this time they are all done and in a box ready to put in the case. Not so this year as it was becoming a problem, I couldn’t even see anything small I liked enough to buy as a last resort. However inspiration struck yesterday morning – a few years ago I made gifts from beads. I had made Thong bookmarks and Christmas Angel tree decorations and still had quite a few of the beads left so as they are very small, don't take long to make, are easy to pack and carry, that’s what will be taken as gifts. All the rellies in Canada are crafty people who enter their equivalent of the Melbourne Show so will appreciate them and most likely will ask for the directions. Hope the English ones enjoy them.

I did make it to a circuit class on Saturday morning and as they say ‘worked my a…off’. I gave it all I could, taking part in the aerobic part and also worked hard in the machine element of the class. As well as being drenched when the class finished I had a sore bum from the bike – get one every time I use them but they are good to get the heart rate up. So I hobbled indoors sticky and ran a bath instead of a shower so I could relax, wanted to finish some knitting during the afternoon and that meant I would be sitting and I really wanted to be comfortable. No walk yesterday but told myself I had to have a rest (recovery) day and that I did have other things to do and not to feel guilty.

Pump class this evening was packed, all the young things turn up from work and I must be the oldest one there but it makes no difference as once the music starts its just lift and go. Kept those higher weights on and it was a bit easier – bet I feel it in the morning:))

Must go, its time for bed again.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Life is sweet

I have felt so fit over the past 2 days and I know its all to do with me consciously being active and aware of what of I have eaten and drunk.

I was out of bed early again yesterday and also today so managed to get out for my walk by 8am on both days. Chilly but not as uncomfortable as some mornings, I didn't need gloves so thats how mild it has been. Funny tho' an hour later on both mornings it felt much colder. Go figure!

It was a great feeling to be doing something as all the people fly by in their cars on the way to work. Oh I how remember those days, having a routine and being annoyed if something happened to upset that routine...................

- hang on tho -...................

I still feel that way if things happen and I can't get to the Leisure Centre for my pump classes :))

I really enjoyed the Pump class yesterday evening as its the one taken by that creative instructor I like so much. I even managed to put my weights up a bit, have been stuck on the same ones for a while and took up her challenge to raise them by a smidgeon. Put 1kg on each end of the bar and my triceps seemed to have felt the effects more than anywhere else today but if I want to lose those droopy bits under the arms thats the way to do it.

Supposed to be raining in the morning so will try to get to Circuit and do some aerobic type work and get the blood pumping that way. We can but try.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Walking clears the mind

I'm back to my old tricks of thinking whilst walking. With the clear mornings back again and not the grey misty ones of the past week or two its been a pleasure to be out of the house and on the move.

Have been trying to work out how many pump classes or trips to the gym I can make before we go away in 3 weeks time. So many variables in that time, shopping, cleaning each room thoroughly as the house will be empty for a while and no matter where we go or how long we are away (days or weeks ) I hate coming home to an untidy place.

This time it means the fridge will be cleared out and cleaned, as much frozen stuff used up and beds changed the day before we go, dishes will be done and put away the day we go and I will get one of the girls to do any laundry in the basket. Oh and there'll be the hairdressers to fit as well as my normal day to day commitments. And of course getting clothes washed and ready for packing - choosing what to take is a chore I don't enjoy.

Again no matter where we go or for how long I usually end up overpacking and taking more than needed but I seem to have mastered the art of being within the 20kg limit and not having to pay for excess weight - after years of travelling I know I'm the one who will have to lug it so it never seems to bother me as much as it bothers Husband. I don't know why he complains so much:)

Today it didn't feel cold when I got up so I was out of the house early (just after 8am) and really enjoyed my half hour tour of the neighbourhood. Most of the leaves are off the deciduous trees now so theres a mysterious look about the gardens and its fun to see the birds sitting on bare branches surveying the land below.

There seemed to be oodles of Magpies around the local area today all foraging away in the ground and hardly giving me a glance at all as I walked past at a brisk pace. Its surprising how good I feel if I see any birds around the place - the other day I saw loads of Cockies and Galahs as well as Rosellas and I came home feeling very content.
Was out in the garden after dark the other evening and saw a funny sight - that of a couple of possums roaming around next doors very naked Oak tree. Normally the only way I know they are there is by the movement of the leaves and branches, oh and the grunting and hissing as they bicker at each other all night long but there they were out and about with no protection whatsoever. I was under the impression they sort of hibernated during the winter but ours obviously don't, well at least they aren't this winter.
Some people say they are a nuiscance but they don't bother me 'cept when they fancy the nice new shoots on my rose bushes. I pruned them all the other day so once the weather starts to warm up they will start shooting again and the possums will think its Smorgasboard time and say 'How nice it is of me to add a plate for them as well' Various bulbs are starting to come up as well and as we are past the Winter Solstice now I swear its getting a bit lighter earlier in the morning already.

Being outside is a great stress reliever for me and thats why I get annoyed with myself if I don't make the effort to get a walk in as often as possible. I like nothing better when its windy to sit outside and watch the trees blowing about. Clouds facinate me as well but now Husband covered the deck its difficult to see all the sky without going right down into the garden.

I have taken a walk each day this week and managed a pump class Monday evening so if I fit in a couple more pump classes as well as more walks I will end the week feeling I back on track and really going in the right direction.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Where does the time go

Well all I can say is I have been doing things and haven't had time to come here.

One very cold grey week came and went and I don't even remember how it was filled but filled it was - I did get to the gym and even tho' my fingers and feet froze I made a point of walking on several days. I weighed myself that week at the gym and was pleased to see I am nearly at 60kg. I do have scales at home - 3 sets in fact - but they all give a different reading and entirely different to the one at the gym. I always think of the gym ones as official because they are tested every now and again and have the verification form on the wall.

The gym takes the outlook that you shouldn't be concerned with your weight and that how your clothes feel should be the deciding factor on how fit (fat) you are so the scales were tucked away behind the closed door of the assessment room along with the stress bike and blood pressure machine so when I felt the need to have a 'proper' reading I had to ask one of the attendants to open the door for me and sometimes had to listen to the speil about clothes and healthy food intake being more important than weight. However the scales have recently been placed out in a corner of the gym and it is so much easier just to take off my runners and step on when I want to without the earbash.

For some reason I haven't been weighing myself anywhere as much as I used to, my clothes are now fitting better and I feel lighter so maybe I have been less stressed about it. I still want to try and lose a bit more in the next few weeks before we go away as exercise is going to be difficult. I know I'll be able to get a walk in most days especially when we are staying with family or friends but gym or weight work will be awkward so the more I lose now the better. Looking at the web site for the cruise ship shows they have a gym so if I am able I'll try to get some time in there - most likely will need it to work off all the food they have tho' I did see there are low fat options available.

Last week was slow because school hols si a problem for one of our children and means we agree to have the 2 grandchildren from the other side of town for the best part of a week and the mother takes the other one off. No time for the gym (no creche there either but then they are too old if there was) and walking is a problem as Husband baulks sometimes at looking after the 2 of them so I just had to watch my food intake and not go stupid. That statement is easier said than done - we went to see Cars and I love to eat chips and lollies at the cinema so I had popcorn and mandarin oranges but its not the same. Felt a bit sad and left out but enjoyed it all the same. Same with the ice cream for dessert, I thought we'll have it with tinned fruit (in juice not syrup!!) and I'll have low fat yogurt so the effect won't be so great.

I had agreed to have a g/daughter on Thursday and as that was the day the other 2 weere going home we did something similar to the day at the zoo in the summer, we all went to the Aquarium for the day. After parking at the Casino ( $2 all day parking this month) we walked over the little bridge right to the door and had a fabulous day. Saved more cash on the admission prices with some 2 for one vouchers and treated them to an ice cream at a very inflated price. I took some snacks for them and let them have Maccas before heading home about 5pm.

So now its on to new week, walked midmorning today and came home feeling refreshed and hoping to extend the distance a bit. Feel better in myself, we had one of beautuful Burmese cats go walkabout for a couple of days and that knocked the stuffing out of me. He just vanished and wa s away for 2 nights and then at 8.30 this morning walked in the door. Was very hungry but didn't look as tho he'd got wet - poured during those nights and my heart was so sad all the time not knowing what was going on. I walked the streets Friday afternoon and right up to 9pm then again yesterday and went to bed feeling emotionally driained but still hoping he was ok. As soon as he walked in the door I behaved just like he was a child - 'Where do you think you've been, don't you realise how worried we'd been!! He has been very affectionate and has slept most of the day snuggled with his Brown mate. We'll never know where he went to, possibly he was locked in someones garage or shed but all the neighbours looked for us but he's safe and thats ll that matters.

On that note I'll say Goodnight

Monday, June 12, 2006

Baby its cold outside

Bit crabby this evening because today – Queens Birthday Monday - I have spent the day playing games on the floor in front of the fire with a seven-year-old grandaughter left in our charge for the weekend. Its been wet and wintry and I gathered this was the best place to be even tho it meant I was subject to the torture of ‘do I play to win or do I turn a blind eye and let her win now and again’.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to round up any of the other grandkids to come over as they were all out and about so it was all up to me. Persuading her that with some games whoever starts is sometimes dictated by a roll of the dice and she won’t always be the one who wins was a very tiring time.

Oh, the carrying on during Noughts and Crosses if I stopped her line of attack and the misery attacks if she lost a simple game of Dominoes. I can understand her wanting to go off on a tangent if she didn’t have either of the numbers needed but had one she could use to extend in another direction, that to me is lateral thinking and for a youngster is thinking outside the square even if it isn’t the proper grownup rules but, crikey, dominoes is such a straightforward game its not worth getting upset about. She certainly didn’t like it if she landed on a Snake and had to go tumbling down but then to tell the truth neither did I.

Silly as it may sound I was getting so fed up with all the carry on I yelled and whooped when I landed on ladder and rose to the top of the board.

I don’t remember her Mother carrying on if someone else won but then she wasn’t an only child and I think this is where the problem lay. I really think she is given in to all the time and allowed her own way no matter what and playing solo computer games has given her the attitude that no one else should dare to win. Her scores are her scores and she isn’t competing with anyone else. Yes, I accept it takes a while for kids to mature enough to accept taking turns and defeat but next time I have any of the others around I’ll try to get her over and make sure they get the games out so she does learn to share.................or take the consequences of annoying her cousins who don't put up with that sort of behaviour - and will tell her so:)

Oh I am an awful Grandma aren’t I?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Queens Birthday Weekend

Well it’s been a while since I have been able to sit down and think about life, it seems to be that there are times when there aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve everything I planned to do and boy, that’s how it’s been recently.

So much to do at the moment, in just six weeks we will be flying off over the pond to see them there rellies and friends up at the other end of the world in England and Canada. As well as just visiting and catching up we’ll be at a wedding, a reunion and a 100th birthday, yes its all happening over there and after all that we are going on a cruise up to Alaska and then will relax on the warm beaches of Hawaii. Will be away for nearly 2 months this time so I have lots to do before we go mainly in the garden but there are other things to organise as well.

Have been trailing the shopping centres (lol - pretended I was walking the malls for the sport as it was so cold and miserable outside) looking for a few new bits and pieces to take with me. Last week Katie’s had a marvelous sale with 50% off all stock in the store, they had ¾ sleeved slash neck T’s for $9 and when I tried them on for once they looked really good so I went a little wild and picked up a few. Sometimes it can be cool in England and they will look good casual with cotton trousers in the daytime or dressed up with some beads and smart pants in the evening.

The main thing was everything I tried on looked more neat and tidy than it has for a long time so the weight loss is showing in that way, unfortunately they were what seemed like small fittings and as I still have a lot up top - not that much but enough to make a difference - had to get xlarge but they looked good and that’s all that matters.

Been very cold here and foggy as well, enough to have the heating going all day but every now and again we have a fabulous sunny and dry day which makes up for all that. It means I can get the washing dry outside and do a bit of gardening on those days and then withdraw indoors late in the afternoon to the warmth of the fire and an early dinner.

I will say however I’ve been very good with my exercise and have managed to get a walk in 5 days out of seven which has been really good for me as you’ll recall recently I was finding it hard to get out of the door. The frosty mornings are a shock to the system especially if I forget my gloves so am now wising up and preparing the night before so I don't annoy Husband rustling aroound the bedroom trying to find the hat and gloves, my ears and fingers do like to be warm but I can get along with not too much clothing. Don’t mean I walk in shorts and t-shirt but a t-shirt and very light windcheater along with track pants will be enough to see me through as well as my gloves and a light hat but then once the extremities are warm they quickly go into the pockets.

I’ve had a bit of a dickey knee so haven’t been to the gym for about a week, it first started hurting whilst I was doing some squats at pump and then was uncomfortable during the lunge track so I have given the classes a miss. Will try again next week maybe rubbing Tiger Balm in before I go but if theres anymore pain will get it checked out as the last thing I need right now is a gammy knee with all the walking we have planned to do overseas.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Life is good again

Well I think I am back in the swing of things again, I really wonder why I get so lazy and can’t be bothered then get annoyed at myself for not doing anything but I guess that’s just me – being a Libran doesn’t help either as we can get very lapsidasical and then worry because things aren't right - something to do with the scales and being balanced and all that.

Anyway this evening I feel great…today started off bitterly cold but dry (about 2c at my back door) and I was quite annoyed but relieved I couldn’t walk first thing as I had to be out and about by 8.30am. By the time I got home at 2pm the day was a cracker with lots of blue sky and sunshine so I put the runners on and couldn’t get out the door fast enough. Did my half hour trip round the block and decided to have a little jog on the last lap so really got the heart rate up. Hope to keep up the good work and get out again tomorrow.

The other week when we had all that rain I picked up a book at the local library called ‘Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking’ and am really enjoying it. It’s a fairly new book, published in 2000, is very easy to read and talks about all sorts of things to do with walking, health and exercise.

Each ‘chapter’ has several parts, which are not too long and very easy to digest ranging from the healthy reasons for walking, walking for weight loss, walking in different weather conditions to strength training for walkers and an 8 week plan for achieving that first 5km walk/fun run.

It seems to be a book to be picked up and browsed over and then picked up again and read more thoroughly and as I said before I am really enjoying it. Lots of tips about the funniest things like walking with poles, which they call Exercising, which is described as a simple, safe, enjoyable activity that uses almost all of your muscles in a single exercise session.

Now as you know I have been moaning about the winter weather we are having here in Melbourne at the moment and all the things that stop me from walking so when I found the following piece of writing in the book I thought it quite funny.


A WALKERS ATTITUDE

I woke up early today, excited about the day ahead. My health and well being are important and it is my job to decide to take care of myself. Its up to me to find the time, the place and the reasons to go for a walk.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy, or ……
I can be thankful that my skin will be blessed with moisture.

Today I can feel sad that I have so many other things to do, or……….
I can be happy that I’ll have so much more energy to do them when I’m done walking

Today I can grumble over the temperature, or…
I can be thrilled that I’ve got the right clothes to deal with it.

Today I can whine because I have to find the time to walk, or….
I can shout for joy that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit

Today I can mourn my lack of walking partners, or…
I can revel in my quiet time alone.

What my health and fitness will be like is, in great measure, up to me. I get to choose my level of well being. I get to lay the plans for a daily walk.

Have a great walk today…unless you have other plans.

Author unknown

Monday, May 29, 2006

Back again

Here we are again, last week was a non week as life really got in the way plus the weather was a turnoff so no walks got done.

One good thing is I did eat properly tho so all is not lost on that front and the scales are not showing any gains, in fact they show a little loss which with more effort could be a bigger loss.

We had misty rain and lots of fog early each day and it was not very nice at all. No time to get to the gym either so I tried some floor exercises at home with some pilates moves thrown in for luck.

With the low temps outside we needed the fire alight, (down to 5c some nights) and I spent a lot of time curled up on the couch with some old gardening mags I'd been given by a friend - which have now been looked at and passed on to another friend - so it made me feel as though I'd made an effort and hadn't been lazing around in front of the fire all the time.

This morning however I said no more crap excuses and went out at a brisk pace, traipsed round the block for half an hour at a good pace and enjoyed myself looking at all the trees showing what seems this year to be very bright autumn colours, the air was chilly, the ground was wet from early rain and covered in messy dropped leaves but the sun was shining and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Coming home feeling invigorated and seeing all that made me realise what I was missing when I rolled over and said 'Not today Josephine' so at the moment I am full of enthusiasm and later on today I will definitely make it to the Leisure Centre and get into a Pump class.

As a side note one of my friends made a remark about my excuses for not walking in the cold and rain................................

'Theres no such thing as bad weather - just inappropriate clothing!

And with all the clothes in my wardrobe I'm sure the appropriate clothing is definitely in there :))

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Decisions Decisions

Decisions Decisions

Because I had to be somewhere midmorning yesterday I decided to go to the Circuit class at 9.15am instead of Pump at 10.30am and imagine my surprise when I walked in - who was taking it but my new found best friend aka as the new instructor. Seems her class times have been altered and she will be taking this class from now on.

She is certainly a go getter and so encouraging I left the class feeling I had actually worked hard and now have to decide whether I’ll make that a regular fixture or stay with the pump I have become accustomed to on a Saturday morning.


Decisions Decisions

Milo – everyone loves Milo don’t they? Or at least everyone I know loves Milo.

Trouble is that after all this time I have only just noticed and realized the amount of calories/kilojoules in each serving. We opened a new tin recently and I happened to read the back of the different looking label and nearly died of fright. There were 805 KJ in a serving using 250 skim milk.

A few years ago when my cholesterol problem was first diagnosed I had to see the Dietician who suggested we substituted our regular evening nightcap of Milo made with all milk (skim) with Milo just made with water and no milk.

It tasted as appetizing as it sounded – revolting - and Husband who was going along for the ride to help me cope jacked up and said No way Jose so we changed and started adding a small amount of skim milk to the water like a cup of instant coffee.

Not quite as many KJ as with all milk but still a lot and now I have to decide whether to continue having that cup at 8.30 in the evening and having it on hand for the G/kids when they come or try to find a substitute with less KJs.

Decisions Decisions.

Chatting to friend yesterday we were talking about why we exercised and had changed our eating habits - I said the Dr had told me if I lost some weight a lot of my problems would be lessened.

So she asked me was I doing it because I had to or because I wanted to?

Made me think for a while but then I said even tho it started out as I had to it and I was reluctant on some days to get out and about and do the hard yakka now I know it is because I want to and enjoy doing it and realize all the benefits I get from doing it

Oh Decisions Decisions.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The funny things we do

I really hope nobody was watching me in the very big shopping centre car park this afternoon when I came back to where I thought I had left the car. Hand to mouth and heart beating madly as it wasn’t there. Not there in the spot where I left it.
Well I swear it was there when I left it, someone must have moved it whilst I was busy in the shopping centre.

Yes you all know what I am talking about – the car that moves around the car park when you aren’t looking.

Of course after a little wander around looking very puzzled I found it and remembered leaving it in that very spot. That’s what happens when you try to be clever and get some more exercise in by parking as far away from the entrance as you can so there is an extra walk before the trudging around the mall lovingly called shopping begins.

I think half the problem was I didn’t go to the same area as I normally do, and after battling the crowds all my mind just wants to do is recognise something familiar (like my little red car) and be comfortable before driving home.................... Well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it :)

Feeling very relieved I put the shopping on the passenger seat and started to drive home but had to stop myself opening the chocolate biscuits I had bought for company this weekend. I felt I needed something soothing and chocolate is certain to soothe me but I was very strong and didn’t give in.

I lie................I made coffee at home and then had one.

Needless to say I haven’t told Husband about my car’s little disappearing act, think I’ll keep it to myself.

Happily for me it was a false alarm but I hate to think of the pain and anguish I would feel if the car really had been stolen. Next time I must look more carefully at the surroundings and make a mental note of the number on the wall.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

What a difference a day makes

I now realise the truth in the suggestion that exercising is good for you because it releases the hormones that make you feel alive and in a better frame of mind.

Its amazing how much better I have felt today - was I a bundle of laughs the other day. Nooo I was not

Yesterday was a fabulous day, sunny and dry and quite mild, a great Melbourne Autumn day and nothing was going to stop me from getting out in the fresh air and enjoying myself. Knowing I hadn't done much walking for nearly 3 weeks (cept when I went out with the babe) I thought I'd be dragging my heels so put a lot of effort in to my round the block circuit and was quite surprised to find my time was about the same as before we went up to Sydney . To me this meant I was capable of doing more and today when I went out on another great day I extended the distance a little bit with what seemed like no extra effort on my part. I read something somewhere about habits and it taking about 3 weeks to form a new one............ so does that mean if I work at the extra distance in 3 weeks it will seem like I've always been doing it. At least I think thats how it goes.

Yesterday I missed out on pump - left home for the gym a fraction too late and the traffic lights were against me all the way down the road - no tickets left so I decided to do the circuit class thats on at the same time and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There are loads of machines in the gym but there is always a queue and then I never know if my 'form' is right and there never seem to be enough staff around particularly in that area so I tend to use the bikes treadmill rower or the weird elliptical machine and steer clear of the machines so it was great to get a go and know someone was there to assist if I was doing it wrong.

Part of the class work was to jog round the room several times and I thought about how much I had improved because this time last year when I joined the gym I couldn't walk round that room without puffing let alone run round it and there I was belting along without a care in the world.

I still do a little jog every now and again on the treadmill in the gym and also along the streets on the downhill bits coming home from my walk but I think I would die of embarrassment if I came across anyone I knew. I would love to do even 1 km nonstop but at the moment its like jog to a 100 count and then walk to 200 counts and then try again. As I said its on the downhill homeward bits at the moment but one never knows what the future will bring. Maybe I will have to go further afield to practise the jogging bit.

I finally got to a pump class today but once again a busy day mean't it had to be 6.30pm or not at all and as I have got to remain committed I took the opportunity and nipped out leaving husband on his own in front of the TV.

I've never been at that time before so the instructor was new to me and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed her class so may be going back again at that time. She had Clear diction, gave Concise instructions and had a very encouraging attitude which sometimes is lacking in the others. I checked the board, and bummer, she only takes that one pump class a week other times she takes circuit at 6.30am.

Now I know I really want to get ahead with my exercise programme and this instructor appealed to me but it is Winter (well nearly Winter) and well its cold at that time of the day and I'm half asleep at that time of the day and I'm not sure I could function at that time of the day and No I don't think I'll go at that time of the day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Kick up the bum time

Have felt a bit down and flat since I returned to Melbourne last Friday. All my good intentions about going to the gym and getting back to regular exercise have not happened. I know its just guilty feelings but it still doesn't sit right with me.

We were expecting a son to come over Saturday morning so I couldn’t get to the gym (he changed his mind and rang after the pump class had started which put me in a good mood - not) then the drizzle changed to rain and came down for the rest of the day so I didn’t walk.

Sunday was Mothers Day and one son and family arrived earlier than expected so I never walked, then we went to a daughters in the afternoon, which meant I didn’t walk then either.

Monday I was busy and didn’t get time to scratch myself so the gym and my walk went by the wayside and believe it or not the same thing has happened today. SO…………………..from tomorrow – Wednesday – I am going to try to walk very early in the morning to make sure I get back into the routine.

That’s the trouble with being busy; if things don’t get done early they never get done.

A few years ago I walked in the mornings with some great neighbours we had, we left at 7am and were home just as the ABC news finished at 8am and because we talked most of the time I never noticed how long we were away from the house. I love the area where I live, theres lots to see in people’s gardens and as I’ve said previously I can vary the walk from level to hilly depending on how I feel so I shouldn't have problems getting out and enjoying it.

Getting to pump classes does take a bit of organizing some days but surely I should be able to manage that on just 2 days of the week. The Leisure Centre schedules them 6 days of the week and if I got my a…into gear I could even manage the recommended 3 classes with some cardio in the gym on other days.

Anyway enough of this misery, life is too short to be angry at oneself all the time. the sun is going to shine tomorrow - at least thats the forecast - and I intend to get out in the garden, pull some weeds and enjoy it - well, after I have been on my walk that is:))

Friday, May 12, 2006

It all came back to me


Well I’m home – tired and weary but quite content.

Much to my concern I was worried I might have forgotten a lot of all the small things involved in being a mother because when the tiny grandchildren come to visit us even as really little ones they always go home again and I’m not responsible for them 24hours of the day. I’m quite sure I slept with one eye and one ear open the first night after the parents went away.

After a day or two it all came back and there were lots of fun times as well as a few of the sh……. ones – literal as well as the cranky ones. :))




With all the running about I was doing there wasn't the time to think about what was going into my mouth and so I just hoped for the best and much to my delight it must have been the right choices as I haven't gained anything. Mind you there wasn't any fattening food in the house to chomp on - the mother is a healthy eater which made it easy for us - and if we went out I stuck to ordering salads.

Before we went to Sydney I wondered how I would get any exercise in, well I couldn't just drop everything and go to the gym could I, but being a 2 story house mean't I got plenty of exercise going up and down the stairs several times a day and even tho it got cool in the evening the weather there in the daytime was quite pleasant most of the time, so I did make a point of taking the baby for a long walk in the pusher each day while Grandad looked after the 4 year old.

Well they do come in handy now and again :))

I soon realised that it must be hard for overweight mothers to get the time to plan their meals and stick to it. One good thing about Annette's Symply books is they have lots of family type meals that even little children can enjoy and not be deprived of the variety and taste they need to experience as their tastes are developing.

Since we've been away Winter seems to have arrived here in Melbourne so its going to be hot food all this week. I will have those books off the shelf tomorrow with pen and paper in hand to note recipe names, page numbers, and list all the ingredients on the shopping list.

Saturday, April 29, 2006


Two happy little boys and their Grandma in Jan 2006
Forgot to mention yesterday I'll be absent for a couple of weeks from tomorrow. I am off 'up norf' to Sydney Town to look after these 2 little rascals while their Mum and Dad go off for a while to have a rest and enjoy themselves.
I love this photo taken when they came to visit during the summer. Considering they don't see us on a regular basis they were so happy and relaxed thats one of the reasons we said 'yes' to our son's request for a weeks babysitting from us.
See you soon

Friday, April 28, 2006

Busy fingers

Ritzy Reds at Tessalaars - me on back row with purple scarf

A whole week has gone by since I was last here and I have to confess I have been busy with other things and really haven’t thought about updating my thinkings, in fact I haven’t even thought about coming here. Having said that when I look back over the week it’s still been one of those unremarkable weeks that sort of come and go without being noticed.

Anzac Day was the exception in the week and with a lovely sunny day forecast and actually eventuating it was great to see so many attended the dawn service in the city and also took part in the March.

Last Saturday I went into Spotlight and much to my surprise I bought some of that fluffy wool that was (and obviously still is) all the rage for hats and scarves.

It must have been 3 years ago along with most of Melbourne I knitted all the g/daughters scarves as well as sets of hats and scarves to take overseas as gifts when we went 2 years ago. Always try to make a big impression on the rellies with handmade pressies and I thought it would be a nice way to say thank you for all the cooked meals and free board and lodging when we stayed overnight.

Back to this lot I bought on Saturday…I’m not sure whyI bought more (well I do know why – it was only 79c a ball and felt deliciously soft) because it was such a pain to knit up last time.

Imagine if you can the following procedure that took place if I stupidly dropped a stitch - I had to put the magnifying glasses on top of my usual glasses and then use a needlework magnifier round my neck and put the daylight globe on to be able to find the dropped stitch. An absolute nightmare.

Well, back to the fluffy yarn, I walked through Spotlight and saw this huge stand of red yarn and immediately thought - I could knit myself a gorgeous fluffy red hat!!

Why a fluffy red hat you ask......

WELL.....

once a month I get together with some other ladies of a certain age for ‘a cracking good time’.

We belong to the Red Hat Society – which according to the blurb is the fastest growing women’s movement that is reshaping the way we view getting older. Inspired by a poem called “Warning” about a lady thinking about what she will do when she is old that begins “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat” we dress in purple on that day and wear a red hat and have fun.

So for next month we are going to catch the tram down to St Kilda Beach and have afternoon tea there before catching it home again. All of dressed in purple wearing our red hats!! And of course it will probably be cold hence the need for a fluffy red hat instead of my big one with the red rose on it :))

On those days nobody talks about their problems, world events or even weight. We do nothing of importance cept make each other feel good and laugh as much as posssible and have fun.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Facts to be faced





After a great weekend topped off by a day trip to Marysville I have had a week of mixed emotions. Not sure why but something tells me I have to get going with life again.

I am still hovering around the 63kg and cannot for the life of me make it stick or get any lower. It will be a year in July when I was advised at 74kgs to lose some weight ( to aim for 60kgs) , after all that time I am dissapointed I still haven't achieved it. Put bluntly I'm p........ off with myself and imagine lack of commitment could be the reason.

I have an idea what one of the problems could be – I haven’t really made a definite effort to plan the meals over the past month or two (truthfully that could read since Christmas). The month I spent at the Athletes Village in March with the meals provided made life very easy and somehow I’ve not back into the swing of things.

So my main goal for the next few weeks must be the same as most people concerned about their weight and is to actually think about and then plan what we are going to eat. Most days should be fine but there are the ones that don’t turn out the way we planned so there has to be something suitable in the freezer for those occasions. Take away is not a good alternative to lack of planning.

Of course regular exercise would be good as well. As well as trying to the gym I do try to get a walk in most days but as the weather is changing I am getting reluctant to even go out the door.

Now this morning was great, fine and dry, bit windy and chilly but not really cold. I wore a jacket to take the chill out of the air and would have been happier if I’d remembered to pick up my gloves. Don't laugh but I even tried the childhood trick of pulling the sleeves down over my hands - didn't help much so I persevered with the cool fingers.

A while ago I mapped out/walked a different different route for a change which was about the same length as my usual one but on the level, there were no hills involved. So badly needing something to perk me up, on the pretence of looking at other gardens I went that way this morning. It took the same length of time but I felt as though I really hadn’t done anything so feel the hills make a difference. Also extending the distance could help as well.

I might start recording the actual distance and how I feel at the end of my walks. Wont do it here tho' as it doesn’t really make for riveting reading.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Saturday Thoughts

Guess what - its been another wet Saturday in Melbourne.

It doesn't seem that long ago we here in Melbourne were in drought mode and I think there are still some water restrictions in place but all day long there has been no shortage of water in my backyard.

It has poured on and off all day long, torrential rain that just ran off and didn't even think about going underground, then there were some lovely periods of blue sky enough to make me think maybe I could get a quick walk in and then quick as a wink the sky greyed over and down came the rain.

Of course the day started with those beautiful blue skies and there was a a load of washing in before I got a hint of what was to come so now the clothes horse is on the covered back deck full to capacity and shirts are hanging on coathangers in the laundry. As the day progressed it got colder and colder so I put the heating on - they can stay there overnight and will be dry in the morning.

A few things that Easter Weekend brings:

Easter Eggs - Oh when I think of all the Chocolate Eggs and Rabbits I have eaten during my adult lifetime I feel quite sick. We never got them as children, I remember Mum usually dyed (not very well) a hard boiled one and gave us some new clothes. I used to buy either a cup with an egg in or an egg cup with one in for our children, that way there was something to keep after the chocolate was eaten.

Hot Cross Buns - Something that only appeared on Good Friday bought from the local Bakery and certainly didn't appear in the shops all those weeks beforehand. Even now I will only eat them on Good Friday and for some reason check the calorie and fat content. I don't seem to acknowledge they are a treat and only come round once a year.

Childrens Hospital Appeal - I mentioned this yesterday and the talk today is they have raised in excess of 10 million 250 thousand dollars. That as the kids would say is sseriously a lot of money. It doesn't seem that long ago they raised the first million and all the publicity that went with that feat.

Stawell Gift - one of the things I do like to do is (if we are home) when its being run is sit down and watch this foot race. Theres something about watching the pantomime that takes place as professional runners and also amateurs - who hope to win by gaining something in the handicap system- try their darndest to capture the prize money and get their name in the history book. I wonder if any of the sprinters who ran in Melbourne last month will be there.

Surfing at Bells Beach - that can be one cold spot at Easter.

One year I gave in and took some of the kids all the way down there and vowed never again. It was ok on the main road toodling along beside all the surfers kombi vans (this was back in the 70's) and I have no idea how it is now but driving along what seemed like enormous sand dunes to park was hair raising. The wind blew and blew and the rain came down. The kids were frozen (so was the driver) but overawed by the talent there. I forgot to take the binoculars so couldn't see what was going on out at sea and what was coming out of the loudspeakers was suppposed to be commentary but I couldn't understand a word - but then it has a language all of its own doesn't it :))

Then it was time to come home and repeat the procession to the main road and battle the by now slightly intoxicated and high on other stuff fellow drivers. Thankfully the interest in surfing went by the wayside the next summer. They thought snow skiing would be good but I drew the line at travelling up and over the Black Spur in the winter.

And of course at Easter there is the footy. There were five kids in the house all baracking for different teams back then - they still favour the same teams and still bicker about them when they get together these days. Its funny to listen to their children doing the same when they get together and they wonder why Grandma doesn't 'go' for any particular team. Theres no way they could accuse me of favouritism is there!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Love comes when least expected

Earlier this evening I had a call from one of our Grandchildren. This little one (aged 10) lives – and has always lived - many miles away with her mother and because of circumstances we have only met, talked and had cuddles once before.
My son (her father) does not see much of her and once I was aware of her existence ( and also because of this lack of contact on his part) I was determined she would be treated the same by us as all the other grandchildren, her birthday is never forgotten, neither is Christmas, with parcels going her way on both occasions as well as the odd phone call.

The Mother doesn’t seem too fussed when I ring but I have to be careful not to sound nosy when I do talk to the little one, questions like ‘How are you doing at school, what are your favorite subjects, which books do you like to read now’ could all be construed as nosiness and not just a Grandma trying to get a handle on what makes the little one tick.

So when I heard her voice this evening I was thrilled that she wanted to say “Happy Easter Grandma and Grandad” and send love to her unseen family at the other end of Australia. One day I know we will be able to fly her down to spend some time with us and all her cousins.

Here in Melbourne as well as the religious side of the day Good Friday has for many many years been associated with The Childrens Hospital Appeal.

Schools, Pubs, Communities all round Victoria raise funds during the year and the fundraising ends with a televised fun day and telethon with totals being read out for all the world to see. I remember years ago our children would have the TV on really early and watch all morning in the hope of hearing their primary school's total being mentioned.

This year there was even a special Fun Run with 20,00 entrants which raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars which will be gratefully received. Hopefully, if I keep going the right way, I am aiming to take part next year.

I heard this rhyme today for the first time in many years

Good Better Best
Never let it rest
Till Good becomes Better
And Better Best

Must try to live by that thought in the future.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Family Features

Gave in to Husband and went to the pictures Saturday evening, saw Pink Panther and wished I'd stayed at home in front of the TV. Not funny at all - even the man said it wasn't as good as the one we saw years ago with Peter Sellars as the policeman. We ate at the Pancake Parlor beforehand which was another bad call. The dear man didn't get his choices right that night:)

We did have a fabulous time on Sunday meeting up with some old friends at RAAF Point Cook. There was an air display on in the afternoon which is always a good thing for us - sort of in the blood as I was a quarters brat (born into the airforce as father was a serving member) then met Husband when he was a serving member so spent the first 30 years of my life around aircraft and airmen. The people we met were also exRAf so the men were reminiscing all day - funny listening to 60 year olds trying to be 20 again.

Childminding duties on Monday ( curriculum day!) meant it was hard to get out for a walk so I took g/child to the pool. I was able to get in with her and swim around but couldn't do any laps as I couldn't leave her on her own. She can sort of swim (quite well actually for a 7 year old ) but we had to get in the big pool which even at the shallow end was up to her shoulders as there were toddler lessons going on in the little pool. It did give her an opportunity to experience that without the hurley burley of lots of other bodies splashing around and gave me time to do some sort of aerobics type movements watching her. Swam to and fro encouraging her to go further and also swam alongside her as encouragement. I love it when they have good fun and then very unexpectedley say "You are cool Grandma, you're the best"

Anyway yesterday to make up for the lack of exercise I put a change of clothes and runners in the car and managed to get to the Gym in the middle of the day on the way home from somewhere and used the Cross Trainer and Treadill for half an hour and then was able to get a proper outside walk in late in the afternoon. Good half hour in the pleasant sunshine (lovely to have autumn weather back again) but it was funny when I was nearly home and looked up at the sky and saw the Man in the Moon looking down. Almost a full moon and out so early it was lovely to look at but unreal in a way. As Husband got a round of golf in it was an energetic day for both of us.

Was good today and did my usual walk in reverse order and noticed lots of trees colouring up and losing their leaves. Cut some time off so will have to extend the distance a bit next time. Added some weight on the bar at Pump this evening so seem to be making some progress somewhere even if I'm not sure where. With the long weekend coming up I want to get on and finish a large Teddy Bear so will definitely have to get a walk in each morning before I sit down to sew.

This is a great weekend in some ways (Easter is a joyous time) but its also the only weekend of the year I dread, all that chocolate floating around is a great trial to me and obviously also to one of my girls. she turned up the other day with a bag full of Chocolate Eggs and asked me to keep it here till Saturday as she would eat it if it was in her house.

Roll on Saturday as its not doing me any good seeing it in the corner of my bedroom each day. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes - little chocolate eggs included.