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Sunday, 24th June 2018

Another sunshiney day, i think i'm getting used to it!  We do need rain though.  The West gets it all really; not a bad thing if it's bad weather but we're drying out in the East.  Garden's stil growing like crazy even so.
Friday Five...
1. Describe your favorite outfit.
My usual is easy and comfortable, whatever the weather.  Trousers & sweaters in winter in as many layers as need be and my A-line dresses/tunics [with leggings if wanted for going out or cooler evenings] the rest of the time.
2. Describe your personal style.
As above really. Nothing tight or short.  i didn't like that even as a much younger and slimmer girl.
3. Approximately how much do you spend on fashion/personal care annually?
Not huge amounts and i watch the sales closely.  i'm mad for shoes but keep a reign on spending.  i do have moisterisers but noting excessive and my hairdresser calls round to trim my hair when i call her - a massive £15 a pop!!  She would charge me OAP rates which is slightly less but i'm happy to give her a little more; she's worth it.  i don't colour my hair and the blonde is turning white.  The back hair is always darker for some reason, so i get a shading front to back.  i'll wind up with it all white eventually, but for nearly 71, i ain't doing too badly.
4. Do you dress for yourself or for everyone else?
Just me, though i do try to look smarter if i'm dining with friends.
5. Give us your best fashion/personal care advice.
Oh no, i'm not in any way the one to ask that.  Just that it's best to go with how you feel and how comfortable you are.  Avoid really high heels though, they will really ruin your feet.  i usually buy the same base line colours, like dark trousers etc, so that if i get a colourful top, i'll be okay.  Do try to look after your skin.  i'm covered in freckles and the like and skin tags, moles and skin lumps where the sun finds me.  We didn't know about skin problems as kids and teenagers, not like now.  Try thinking ahead to when your skin is no longer the youthful elastic and regenerating organ and wear a hat in the sun.
Have a great week and take care of yourself!


Monday, 19th June 2018

Never mind Texas, we need some rain.  Why Texas?  You're obviously not a Kingston Trio fan. You are probably a bit young for them. :D
i'll do the Friday Five while i remember. Oh, damn crown has come adrift again. Useless emergency dentist!  AND if they charge for everything on the assessment form, i think he's padding his NHS charge... i do hate that.

1. Do you think you have a health lifestyle?
That's 'healthy', mate! And no, not really.  Bad arthritis and too much weight do not a good one make
2. What could you do to improve it?
Do what i'm supposed to, eat lot more 'greens' for my fatty liver and keep the carbs in check for the diabetes!  Can't do long or brisk walks and i'm unable to ride a bicycle. Too many germs in public swimming pools - i had one batch of cellulitis, never again!
3. Are you tempted to eat every time you are hungry or do you wait for the next meal?
i don't really eat a hellova lot but crave strong flavours.  i usually manage breakfast but have been known to skip lunch completely and just have an early dinner.  Can't do without my curry!
4. When are you most tempted to snack?
When i'm watching TV
5. Do you agree with the saying: "Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy" or do you think it matters?
That's a saying i've never heard before.  Bit ridiculous really.

16. WHAT WEIRD FOOD COMBINATIONS DO YOU REALLY ENJOY?
Define 'weird' - jam & cheese is about the most extreme i get

17. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST TRADITION YOUR FAMILY HAS?
You mean apart from smearing ourselves in custard and dancing naked around a wood fire?  Nah...

18. HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU LIKE TO GET EACH NIGHT?
i like to get about 7 hours, but doesn't always happen

19. IF EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOUSE HAD TO BE ONE COLOUR WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Huh? That would be walls and paint work, i'm presuming, otherwise there would nothing in the house! White or off-white [which is pretty much what i have actually], but have coloured curtains etc.  It wouldn't work if every room was white in a whole house but in my one-bed flat, it does.

Not a lot left to do on that meme.
Have a great week.

Saturday, 16th June 2018

It took a phone call of fourteen and a half minutes and two operators to cancel my Oytstercard - and i had to pay for the call.  Not impressed.  This was a result of a reminder about the Automatic Top-Up on the card but when i went online to check this wouldn't happen [not on the old card they had anyway], i couldn't get it to remove the ATU.  i tried four times on different days but no go.  Maybe because it was still connected to the old debit card?  Wasn't happening, so no other way to sort it but to ring their Customer Service line.  SO not impressed.  At least i found out there had been an ATU on the old card and my Oyster was in credit, just over £23!  i had to repreat my details a couple of times before Ms Thicko got it all down, hence the time.  i guess the refund will pay for the phone call!  i cannot visit London with scooter & use the Oyster, so no use now.  Same with my driver's licence; no car, no parking anyway and although it could be useful to have a car, my use of it would be pretty limited and a licence would be just expensive as simply an ID card.  i can carry the licence for that even out of date for an ID.  *sighs*  Old age continues to remind and bite one on the butt.
Short post today; lots to do
Have a good week

Wednesday, 13th June 2018

The blue pot is to celebrate the lunch i had with Mark today. Any day is a good day when he visits.
Okay, to catch up on questions, memes etc. Friday Five first.

1) Where did you go, and what did you do, on your last vacation trip?
It's been so long since i actually had a holiday. Funnily enough, Mark & i were talking about travelling, amongst other things and i had a hard time remembering the last.  Venice i think - surely not, that was around 2001!  Could be though.  i've had the odd weekend away here but nothing out of the country.

2) How often do you take trips for pleasure?
Whenever i could, for sure

3) How much vacation time do you take each year?
See above

4) Are you satisfied/happy with the amount of time off you can take?
See a theme here?  i'd be restricted by what i could manage and the medication i need to take.

5) What would be your ideal or dream vacation if money and time were no object?
Oooh, that would nice.  Venice again for sure, but a lot more of Italy to see and a good tour of Greece and the Islands before going North to Norway & Sweden, Denmark and so on.  Actually an extended trip around the world certainly - there's enough to keep me happy until i keel over!

11. WHICH CELEBRITY CHEF WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO MAKE YOU DINNER?
Jamie is good but i'd prefer Genaro as he isn't so fixated on chillies like His Nibs!  Michel Rue, John Terode, James Martin maybe...

12. HAVE YOU EVER WORN CLOTHING WITH THE LABELS/TAGS STILL ATTACHED?
Not that i remember as i usually take the tags off all the labels at the back of my neck - they irritate me!

13. HAVE YOU EVER LEFT THE HOUSE WEARING SOMETHING INSIDE OUT AND NOT NOTICED?
i think i did recently actually as the print on a top was pretty much identical inside and out

14. WHAT THINGS DO YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT YOU WISH COULD BE AUTOMATED?
Washing up [no room for a dishwasher!], most of the cooking and all the weeding that i can't manage any more

15. WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH BUT YOU JUST DON’T GET THE POINT OF?
Electronic games and gadjets, definitely mobile phones and yes, those stupid 'reality' shows

No interest in dinner... bacon & egg sandwich?
Later, guys!

Monday, 4th June 2018

And it's June... Year flying by.  It's a lot cooler today; maybe the forecast rain will come today.  i think there might have been the odd drop overnight a couple of days ago but that's about it.  Having said that now of course, it will bucket down.  If it doesn't when i've finished doing this post, i might nip out and start hacking back the front garden.  i really don't want to as my body will punish me if i do more than a little bit and you can see by the photo, it needs more than a 'little bit' !  i let it grow as a wild flower meadow but it's taken the bit between its teeth! Still,  need to get the flowers cut before the seeds set in.  i love the little self-sown wild orchid, which grows in the back garden too.




More of the May meme

5. WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE THINK MAKES THEM LOOK COOL, BUT ACTUALLY MAKES THEM LOOK RIDICULOUS?
Those drop-crotch trousers make men look truly stupid as well as ridiculous [women are smarter than that!].  But all those who have their phones glued to their hands/heads - and walking into things, including lamp posts and rubbish bins!

6. WHAT WAS YOU FIRST PET CALLED AND WHAT WAS IT?
We had communal pets that belonged to all of us [some i don't remember as i was too young and sick a lot, but mostly cats] and i didn't get one specifically for me until i lived on my own. That would be my first cat, called Mog

7. DO YOU REMEMBER MOVIE QUOTES? IF SO, QUOTE SOMETHING.
Sure, quite a few - 'That'll be the day' (John Wayne, The Searchers), 'I know' (Harrison Ford, The Empire Strikes Back) for starters

8. WHAT’S THE MOST USELESS PRODUCT AROUND TODAY (AND DID YOU BUY IT)?
i think there are quite a few but the only one i can think of just now, is the first of many garlic presses that don't do the job

9. WHAT’S THE WORST FOOD YOU EVER ATE?
i don't know what the dish was called but it had spinach in it and i threw up. Just about put me off spinach for life!

10. WOULD YOU RATHER GO 30 DAYS WITHOUT YOUR PHONE OR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE WITHOUT DESSERT?
What a silly question.  i presume this means a mobile phone [i have a land line with an ansaphone too]. i need a phone for essentials, like calling a taxi but mostly to text friends occasionally. Giving up dessert is now essential for a diabetic.

So that's it for now - take care and have a great week.

Friday, 25th May 2018

Hello!  It's Friday again...time is whizzing by just now.  Odd how that happens, like a dance, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.
i've very little to report really, all trivia.  i watched Prince Harry get married, like most of the country that wasn't watching the footy!  They could not have had better weather, just perfect.  It truly rolled on wheels without a visible flaw; except for the time-hogging American sermon. SO annoying, i kept shouting at him 'GET OFF'!! Talk about making the most of his time. You are not supposed to harrangue the guests with a damned Sermon. Meghan was starting to look a little glazed some time before he eventually shut up.  She was probably regretting having asked him over!  At least they were able to sit down through it all.  Did you see the Queen move restlessly?
i finally got out in the back garden yesterday and pulled up some weeds that were taking over the whole space and stupidly didn't put on my barrier cream.  In my own defence, i hadn't gone out to do that, i was attending to my bird feeder and just couldn't stand seeing that horrible sticky plant and the vine that climb over everything (including the bird feeder pole!) any longer.  Normally i would wait for the council gardeners but with their ridiculously reduced numbers, who knows when that will be?  The only downside was the sap is not good for your skin and brought me out in rash.  It itched too but a good wash and generous application of Savlon has banished it with very little sign it was there.
No Friday Five questions yet, again.  Never mind, i do some of KazzyCee's meme.

1. WHAT IS THE DUMBEST WAY YOU’VE BEEN INJURED?
Now that requires some thought!  Climbing over a wall with a cat in one hand and a torch in the other!

2. DO YOU COUNT YOUR STEPS AND/OR TRACK YOUR EXERCISE?
No. Wouldn't be much point really, with a mobility scooter outside.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES THAT YOU THINK ARE ESSENTIAL?
Apart from a separate fridge and larder freezer?  My under-counter fridge actually sits on the top of the counter and the freezer is shoulder height.  i use my microwave a lot and wish i had room for a dishwasher.  i'd have one if i did, so useful.  i'm in favour of anything that cuts down the time i have to spend standing up.

4. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD GADGET THAT YOU LOVE?
My microwave, i guess.  It saves so much time.

That's pretty much it for today.  Have a great weekend!


Friday, 18th May 2018

Odd day - fine with some sun & cloud but cool in the shade and not warm enough to have the lounge door open yet. It's nice if you can find a secluded spot in the sun.
Went out to my monthly NHS/patients group meeting yesterday and found myself chairing as neither our Chair nor the Vice Chair were there. We didn't seem to have appologies from either, though they may have sent them to the girl who takes the minutes, but she's on holiday.  Just points out her lack of competance, as she's one step short of not-very-good to say the least and not that interested in what she is supposed to do for our Group.  It wouldn't matter but we did have a guest speaker. We managed needless to say.
i was preparing an online prescription request earlier and had to ring the doctors as for some reason i hadn't realised i was almost out of Glicidize and wouldn't get more until after the weekend. No problem, they will send a prescription electronically to my chemist today.  i must ring them in a bit to see if it's gone through yet.

Friday Five on time for a change.
1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you? Bad blood, just awful
2. When you want quiet, where do you go? i'm lucky i live in a very quiet area at the bottom of a cul-de-sac.
3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep? Not total but do like it dark. Strangely the Council has just replaced our outside lights and we now have one that illuminates the back garden too.  It doesn't bother me but my neighbour is adjusting to it.
4. What is your least favorite taste? Odd question. Tasting medication meant just to swallow (when it sticks in your mouth)
5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch? Somewhat but starting to loose feeling in my feet, which is disoncerting.

My ceanothis bush behind the rose (too early for that)

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Well, it's spring at last.  All the gardens are bursting with new growth and that includes ours.  It actually could do with a haircut and a good tidy up, though heaven knows when we will get one.  It's not that the Councils don't care, it's more there are not enough workers what with job cuts etc that they are being forced to make with the ever decreasing money from the Govt.  There's this ill-conceived move to try and get the public to do more and more and attempt to bridge the gap.  Most of us have neither the time nor expertise to do so. Also i don't think enough thought has gone into what money goes where and in consequence daft things get supported and some more important stuff is not helped enough, even ignored in favour of someone's pet project; which annoys me a lot. i won't do a song and dance about the millions the Govt seem to magic out of the air for stuff outside the UK [which makes me boiling mad] but does anyone really realise where this is coming from?  Yes, straight out of our pockets - and i resent that more than i can express politely!  Just how much do they have squirreled away??
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Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Well now, it looks as though Spring is finally here.  The back garden seems to think so anyway.  i guess this is a good thing as i turned into a real agraphobic this year!

Friday Five, a bit late but i haven't been in here for a while.

1) Has the weather where you are finally started acting like spring is here?
Yes, it has and the trees are all in bud and sois my ceanothis [sp?]

2) Do you have any special spring activities or outings planned?
i'd like to go down to the botanical gardens to look at the roses this year

3) Have you started wearing different clothing appropriate to spring?
 Not quite yet but it hopefully won't be long now

4) What signs of spring are manifesting around you?
Warmer daytime and night time temperatures, which will manifest in the duvet coming off the bed and a coverlet going on.  i will wait for a suitabley sunny warm day and will hopefully get the duvet washed before storage.

5) Are there special foods you enjoy preparing and/or eating in the spring?
Again hopefully, getting into eating more salads and being kind to my liver!

Couple of pictures for you - some wonderful Grinling Gibbons carvings.  Have a great week!


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Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Part 2

About forgot the Friday Five!

1. What is the most important lesson you have learned from your love life?
That i really can do without all those fragile egos!
2. When it comes to love, are you an optimist or a cynic?
Definitely a cynic
3. You see a long lost ex walking down the street. Are you more likely to approach him/her or just keep walking?
There's only a couple that i'd talk to again. They're 'pasts' although i don't think there's rancor [not on my part anayway], but not interested in approaching them, or i'd still be in contact.
4. Do you believe in the idea of a soul mate?

Nice fairy tale!
5. Care to share any relationship stories?
Nope.
Wasn't that interesting??!! Not.
Love the jousting rabbits...