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Living, loving, Laughing and Travelling as much as possible. Come along and join in my life and travels - I'll be happy to have you there with me.

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.