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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.