Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I took my brave pills and let the dr dig around some more- couldn't find anything!!!! I'm still hobbling but not as badly. Maybe it's just bruised- I jolly well hope so.
I'm feeling like a fat little piglet after yesterday. I'm sure I didn't really need to eat everything I laid my eyes on- but I did. We've been having lots of fun today with my new pressie- a tomtom!. One of those global positioning systems. I'm hopeless ( or rather- very good) at getting lost. Today sexy richard told us where to go and when to turn. Irish sean was a dead loss and gave up on us but down to earth aussie ken/kevin ( not sure exactly) was patient and just kept giving us other options when we ignored his advice. lol- we are such children here!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I'm starting to get quite enthused about the idea of studying again. Having lots of thoughts about possible research- hopefully this will come to fruition and not just keep getting pushed back into something I might do one of these days.
My left foot is still battling plantar fasciitis and now my right foot is battling with maybe having something in it!! I trod on something in the kitchen on Wednesday and although it doesn't look as though anything is in it and the doctor doesn't think there is either- it's still mega sore!!! I'm a mess of hobbling feet! The doctor said the only way to be really sure is to inject anaesthic and have a jolly good look- eeekkkkk- I'm such a baby when it comes to pain (he says it's character building!!) Meanwhile I'll just try to ignore my lower limbs.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

This is the first year that I haven't had school holidays!!! I know, I know - "welcome to the real world"!! If anyone says that to me again I might just clock them! I'm sure lots of people think that teachers have it easy with all those holidays but nothing makes up for the hours and hours of work at night / weekends/ and holidays. I'm not making this up- the work load is relentless.
I don't miss that part but I do miss being busy throughout my day. I find that gym work is spasmodic with lots of cancellations from clients especially at this time of year. Next year I think I might do some study of some sort. I've been looking into fitness courses or I could seriously think about a doctorate! Perhaps combining disability and fitness. I considered this some years ago but could never come up with a suitable 'question' to research!! Anybody got any suggestions????

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

After Saturday and the cycling experience I've done nothing but EAT!!! I have been so hungry and now can't seem to stop.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Really enjoyed yesterday and all that spinning. I reckon we were in the saddle for at at least 4 and half hours- not flat out but working pretty hard! Owowowwow- my bum!!! and owowowow my knee!!!. However - the instructor was fantastic and taught us heaps- especially all the safety stuff and technique. After a bath at home I was ready to dance the night away- and did!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Whoowooo- tomorrow I learn to be a Cycle Instructor. Hope my behind can recover!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Was perusing the paper yesterday and noticed the entry form for 'run for the kids' in April. Made my decision- I'll do it!! I went in the first one they had - 2006- and it was just the best run- all through the city, over bridges and through tunnels, bumper to bumper people which made the time pass really quickly. I was looking forward to doing it again this year but my foot got in the way. However - MY FOOT is really improving and at least I will be able to walk this event with maybe the occasional minute ( or more) of running. It makes me feel good and positive at least to think about doing it.

Friday, December 07, 2007

I'm not a shoe hoarder or buyer, in fact I rarely buy any shoes other than running shoes but I couldn't resist these !! If you look closely you'll see how much of a bargain they were. Now I need the LBD to go with it!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I've been tagged by debstar and it's about which picture is on your desktop. At the moment I've got a picture of an English cottage covered in wisteria- it's not one I've taken , it's a downloaded one from webshots. I usually change the desktop quite frequently. I'll have to think about who to tag cos not many people seem to read my blog- sob sob

Hmmmmm- interesting update here- well I thought it was interesting!. Decided I would show anyone who was interested the progress of those pots I planted earlier in the year. I'm very impressed at how this one has progressed- see below! However, when I got the old photo on the screen I realised that ONE OF MY POTS IS MISSING!!! A hunt is required ! Perhaps that can be my next w/e job. Sad thing too- the edge of the cat in the 'before ' pic is 'bad cat' who disappeared while we were away- presumably to go to a better place as she was very old. I still wonder if she will one day appear in the driveway.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I think I may have found the secret to improving my swimming- buy some new goggles!! I lost my pair which were ok and after a few rather expensive trial and errors have been sold a pair of kids goggles that fit perfectly and don't let in even a micromillilitre of moisture. In fact they stay on my face without the straps! A rather fetching look! Anyway, my swimming this morning was considerably improved- yah!!! Foot is improving too so everything is on the up and up.

Friday, November 23, 2007

This may look like the latest object of torture but hopefully it will be my key to getting back to running! A night splint! What a glamorous item of clothing this will be! Apparently it helps to keep the tendons and muscles stretched and this is going to help! I know it is!!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Had a work out on Monday ( ouch) followed by a spin class ( ouch ouch) and today did lots of walking lunges with a client ( ouch ouch ouch!) Tomorrow I'm opting for the steam bath and a nice cuppa!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blogger has been extremely co operative tonight and I've managed to post several pictures!! The setting out is awful but that's my fault and I have no idea how to do it any better!!
One of my rare running moments in Wales- found this gorgeous ridge which had views , paddocks and horses- just meant for running

Onto Vienna now! The inside of the Spanish Riding School where all the action was about to happen. A most glorious show of dressage - I just loved it. We had 3 days of horsey things here. A tour of the stables, a presentation of training methods and then the grand show. I have a very patient husband!!

And now to Port Douglas!!! This is me running through Mossman Gorge. I always run here and sore foot or not I was determined to run. It hurt like hell afterwards but was definitely well worth the pain!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

It was really hard to choose which pictures to put on here- however here is a small selection with plenty more to follow!
On the left- a cottage in Cambridge area. Lots of these everywhere! 10 mins outside a big industrial town and you come across these really quaint villages

Below- the park where we scattered half of our parents ashes. We grew up in Wales ( I was only 5 when we left) and apparently we used to go to this beautiful park. Mum's wish was to be scattered here so this prompted the trip. Both parents died within 8 days of each other over Christmas 2005 and so it seemed fitting to scatter both their ashes here. ( still got half of them in Australia) A very moving event and a feeling of completion to some extent.

Can't resist the horses can I? This is the post being delivered daily to Buckingham Palace. All this pomp and ceremony!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hiya folkses- I'm baaaaaaaack!!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

greetings from vienna!!!! the onlz problem i have is the kezboard has the z in the spot where the y should be! and all the directions on blogger are in german! so hopefullz this will get to zou all! having a lovelz time seeing heaps of spanish riding school stuff- just yummy yummy horsey stuff- i love it!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Helloooooooo all from London!!!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bags are packed, toenails are painted and I'm ready to roll!!! Leaving tomorrow at 10.50pm- ahhhh all those 23 hours of SLEEP!!! See ya all when I return!!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

4 more sleeps to go!!! or 4 more proper sleeps and 8 'nana naps'!! It's starting to feel more real now and I'm starting to count down on my list of things to do. Tomorrow it's pedicure and waxing- lol- obviously the most important thing to do when going O/S!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It looks as though the old lady ( No 1 cat- aka as 'bad cat') has a bladder infection again. Poor pussy- it antibiotics again for her. We're away next week for 6 weeks so hopefully it will clear before then. That's the problem with ageing animals- visits to the vets and then decisions on what's best for them. Boots is 17 years old and this may be more serious than a bladder infection.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Oh dear- just been fighting with Norton anti virus- why do they always make it so hard. Looking for the product number for ages! Nowhere to be seen. Finally....finally ( after much cursing and abusing of this product) I find it hidden away as part of the wrapping- grrrrr Now its 11.45pm, I'm beyond tired and I have to get up early grrrrrrr I think I'm too tired to go to bed.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I get all the help I need- constantly!!!

Guess I've been forgiven for this morning's task of administering the worm tablets!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Well things are on the move!
1. Mother- in - law is now out of hospital
2. Dog has been vaccinated for his trip to the kennels ( and he was SUCH a good boy:)))
3. We have our 'Return Entry Visas' so us aliens can actually come back to Aus!
4. I've had a haircut
5. My phone is now on international roaming
6. I've requested a new credit card as my old one looks as though it is about to die

phew....there are still heaps of things to do though- wax, pedicure (lol- we are baring out toes at the end of the trip in sunny Port Douglas), car hire, insurance etc etc etc.
Sometimes the list looks endless!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

3 weeks to go- mother -in-law in hospital, lists that start at 4 weeks to go and a sore neck/back. Hmmmmm- guess we'll make it! We board the plane to britain on Oct 4th and there seems to be heaps to do. While I was lounging in the bath ( as you do when there's lots and lots and lots to do) I realised that this trip is really a pilgrimage back to our home town. It will be 50 years since I was there with my sisters. It really struck me for some reason and made me realise how significant this will be ( all right I'm not really known for being 'quick'!!) We're going to see our old home and look through it. I can hardly imagine how that will be- I'm guessing fairly emotional and prob not at all like I imagined it to be.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Apart from feeling rather delicate all w/e had a really good one. My friend ( yes... I do have ONE) who headed northward has been heading back south lately so we could meet for our usual Saturday and Sunday walk PLUS a swim a week ago and the intention of a walk and SWIM this week. Ahhhh...this is more like my usual life. Aren't we creatures of habit? I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds real comfort in the sameness of life. Father's Day was great! Caught up with both our kids and grandchildren and daughter in law. Lots of fun. Did a bit of shopping with Catherine ( daughter) and made a date to go shopping with her in a couple of weeks for her birthday which she reminds me- we will be away for like we were for her 21st!!! Oh dear.... what bad parents we are!!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Last night I got struck down with that dreaded gastro bug. Spent a lot of time gazing into the porcelein! I hate hate hate being sick like that!! I'm a real baby and whinge and groan a lot. Hubby asked if the groans were important ( as in....was I dying or in great distress) Well no I wasn't but they still play an important part of my 'recovery'! lol I am such a princess sometimes!!

Isn't this a beautiful time of year. This is the view I get everytime I go up and down our drive-now captured for eternity ( well almost). The first pic shows our rather run down chook shed that is currently having an overhaul. Maybe when we get back from our holiday we'll get some more chooks! Today is rainy, wild and windy so it's just as well I took these photos before cos I think after today there won't be much left!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday now and my delight at seeing the inside of my house for a change has quickly evaporated with this being the second day of viewing! I decided to tackle the pantry!. It's now 9pm and I've well and truly lost my motivation. Where am I going to put the 19 boxes of fancy tea? Yep- you're right! Back on the top shelves where I found them. And there they will stay for the next 6-12months until I decide a pantry cleanout is necessary. And....while I'm on the subject of pantrys- how come what comes out of them def doesn't fit back in them????? My kitchen bench full of 'stuff' is evidence of that!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What an afternoon of luxury! I'm actually back home for a few hours. I feel as though I hardly ever see the inside of my house! I've had time to put our washing, put more on, dust , vacuum, tidy and clean. If this is the most exciting day of my week- what a sad life I lead!! It's just lovely to veg out a bit and have some home time.
Had a great workout yesterday and now I'm paying for it! Every part of me hurts!! Yeah- even that damned foot!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Because I'm feeling particularly devoid of interesting things to write about I thought I'd just be more boring and use Kerryns' tag.
Jobs I’ve Held: Personal trainer, teacher, fruit picker, factory worker, car washer
.Movies I Can Watch Over & Over: Pretty Woman, Somewhere in Time, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing
My Guilty Pleasures: Drinking coffee , eating choc chip muffin and reading in a shopping centre, drinking coffee, eating cookies and reading at McDonalds, sitting and eating ( while reading) Darrell Lea liquorice allsorts- and so the list goes on!!! oops...forgot the smarties!!
Places I have lived: Wales, Melbourne
Shows I enjoy: House, Boston Legal, (very softly.....Idol) and (very very softly...Model - or something like that- the creepy American show with whatshername choosing a top model
.Places I Have Been on Holiday: All states, Port Douglas, Apollo Bay (Vic) New Zealand, Britain, Austria, Prague, USA and Canada
Favorite Foods: Chocolate and liquorice
Websites I Visit Daily: I don't daily
Body Parts I Have Injured: all those running bits- knees, feet, etc. Nothing else of major proportions
.Awards I’ve Won: Under 17 athletics, ummmm...don't think anything else
Nicknames You’ve Been Called: lindy, linna and linny ( by my mum)
People to tag- come on-- take up the challenge!!!!
I'm going public here- I am determined to clean up my eating and try to get some discipline into it!!! My days seem to consist of going to gym to train clients, then wasting time drinking coffee and ummm...er..... eating muffins and generally waiting until it's time to start my shift several hours later. It's too far to go home so I really do need to do something constructive during that time. Any suggestions?????

Saturday, August 11, 2007

This is what happens when I go grocery shopping! Just pop into the small fairly trendy clothes shop- just in case- and come out with pants and t-shirt!! Obviously when we go on our trip in October we may just have to take a side trip to gay pareeeeeeeeee!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

I've been re reading some of my earlier posts on here and I don't think anything has changed at all!! I'm still battling food ( too much of it!) coping with injuries and whinging about them and enjoying exercise! You would have thought I could have developed a little more discipline over the year!!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Pssst.......my foot has felt really good the past couple of days!!!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What I really wanted was an apple but instead I was forced to eat this horrid horrid turkish delight!! PROOF!!!

Whoopsies!!! Hadn't realised it had been so long since I blogged on here. Really good reasons for not though.....ummmm..err.....well....we did go away to Sydney this past w/e which really only accounts for the past 3 days! I've obviously been gardening hard ( see pic....if I've managed to get it posted on here) and other than that... I've just been really busy at the gym! I know I went for a walk/ run along a rail trail the w/e before this one- it was glorious and I felt really good actually running bits and pieces for a change. I said I wouldn't mention my foot again so I w on't tell anyone that it has been really SORE this week :((((((((( I read on a site that sometimes it can take up to 4 YEARS for this to fix itself! Hell...by that time I'll be nearly 60 and therefore far to old to be contemplating running!!!! ( heheheheh.... can't imagine being nearly 60 nor can I ever imagine feeling as though I'm too old to run!!)
ps- please note that the pot now has THREE flowers where previous pic showed only one!! How good am I at gardening??????

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Happy now deb?????
ahhh...back in the 'land of the living' again!!! Had a mega busy week or maybe I was just slow! Didn't seem to have time to get on here or collect all the bills from the PO box or anything! Husbands birthday today so we started with a leisurely morning and then a frantic lunch with grandchildren, children, mother- in -law and friend. I was ordering something and out of nowhere comes 2 year old Eboni barrelling towards me! What a delightful sight.
As to fitness this past week- well it's been zilch! And that's all I can say about that.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Had a really good day today. No work- I cancelled my clients as I have no voice. So- instead I went to the tip! I just love the tip! Very therapeutic chucking out all that junk. Then for something entirely different- I spent the whole day at home. Now that hasn't happened for many years. I got stuck into cleaning and tidying the book shelves in the family room. That includes photos too. I now feel very noble and extremely well organised!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cough ! Cough! Splutter, sniff! Waaaaaahhhh I'm sick! I aint got no voice!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bastille Day today and in honour of it there were some French recipes being talked about on the radio this morning. How about this for starters- Thick pork sausage, boiled and then sliced up and served on lentils ( lentils sound good!) Then mashed potatoes the French way- lots and lots of butter and fairly sloppy. Sometimes even a 30/30/30 approach ( lol- not sure what happened to the other 10) 30% potato 30% cream 30% butter!! I'm thankful I'm not French!!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

This is especially for debstar!!- GREAT NEWS!!! No more early early mornings for me!! This week I was so wrecked after my early Wednesday. I had managed only 3 hrs sleep the night before and by the afternoon my eyes were hanging out. Had afternoon tea with my sister and two friends and I could feel my eyes glazing over- they wouldn't work together! lol. Can't imagine what they thought! I took myself off to a car park behind Maccas and had a 'nana nap' in the car for about 20 mins and felt heaps better. But... to get back to my original GREAT NEWS!!- the manager asked if I wanted to change that shift to a 9-2pm shift. Now how civilised does that sound?? So with a bit of juggling I'm now working a much better shift for me on another day.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Went to my favourite lady who tweaks my tendons and goodness knows what else- and my foot feels heaps better! I won't mention my foot again unless I absolutely HAVE to!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I think my foot is long last on the way to recovery. Had a 9km run/walk on Saturday. There are two hills on this track around a lake (3km) So I thought if I at least run the hills it will be hard and therefore helping my fitness more than just the occasional jog. I did that and then found the walking so boring I did a 40 pace walk/ 10 pace jog. That livened things up a bit. Felt almost normal! Later that day I did hurt a bit but this morning it's no worse than usual. I'm sure this means it's getting better!!! Hope so cos I'm sick and tired of cycling!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

For all those sceptics ( I can think of at least two!!) Here are the fruits of my labours!! 2 flowers at least!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Went away for the weekend which was lovely. Nice to just remove myself from the usual hustle and bustle of life. Came back to city on Sunday for a bowling tournament ( very social) for my husbands work. Guess who won one of the games???? MOI!!!! That's right !! You are reading the blog of a bowling super star!! hahahaha. The last time I bowled ( about 6 months ago) I got the grand score of about 50 and had most of the bowls riding in the gutter. Not this time!! I might take this up as my 'sport' now!!
In all- it was a good afternoon. Lots of kids, food, drink and nice people.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I did 90kg on the leg press today!! Going for 100kg next week!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Saturday was a BIG BIG day for our little granddaughter- 5 years old birthday girl! I can hardly believe that this time has gone by so quickly. She had a party at Zagamis which has an enormous indoor play area- a great idea for energetic 5 year olds. Happy birthday Tahlia!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

I'm beginning to think that all this exercise is starting to pay off- I'm actually getting some muscles! Not sure I really like the look though- although it's got to be better than flab and bone! Some of the ladies I train are so strong- they put me to shame. One was leg pressing 100kg so I thought I'd better check out my strength. 60kg was hard, 70kg I was struggling and 80kg - NO WAY! I've improved though- now I can do 70 without too many probs and do some reps at 80kg. Don't think I could over that though- I think my joints wouldn't hold out. Any way- Arnie watchout!! Here I come!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

This is for all those 'delicate eyed' bloggers out there! Is this pretty pink ( again!) softer on your senses??

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sorry deb- your comment was like a red rag to a bull!! hahahah

I probably won't keep it like this for long- just long enough for your response!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hahaha- debstar had me figured out last night- yes I was bored and fiddling on here- hence the new look!! Not sure I really like it yet- I might change yet again!
I'm about to have a big, big, big whinge!!! About my foot!. I am so tired of it it's driving me crazy!!! This morning I get up and it's not too bad. During the day I stand and talk to someone for a while and it HURTS!!. Keeps hurting until I want to stamp my foot in frustration, but knowing that will only hurt it more, I don't!. Then, after having lunch it's not too bad and right now it is much better. It's the inconsistency for no rhyme or reason that I can see that is so frustrating!!!!!
Phew- feels heaps better now. I'll keep icing and stretching and going easy on it until the frustration builds again!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

I think the world of blogs must be populated with ageing dogs!! Meet Ash- he's 12 and getting very grey and quite arthriticky esp on these cold cold mornings. Hence his very own mini heater! Now- how's that for a pampered pooch?

Friday, June 15, 2007

Confession time- again!! I cleaned out my car and found 4 - yes FOUR smartie boxes!!. Even I was horrified. It's one thing to know you're doing the wrong thing but to see the evidence-!!!!!. Anyway- today has been a 'no smartie ' day!

Monday, June 11, 2007

I've been tagged by ms-attitude and therefore have to give 7 random facts about myself. Here goes
1. I was born in Wales and came out here when Iwas 5.
2. I have 2 sisters and am the youngest.
3. I have been mad on horses since I was about 8 but didn't get one til I was 22.
4. I met my husband when I was 15- we got married when I was 21.
5. We want to move to northern qld for at least a year- he would like it to be forever!
6. We have two children and two little granddaughters- all of which would make moving away forever really hard to do- if not impossible
7. This is the best time in my life- so far

I think most other people on here have been tagged so I'll just leave it at that!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Oh dear! Let loose in the bookshop again! This time this post is for my sister Judy who reads this just to see what I'm up to!

Ok Judy - what is the capital of

Ethiopia? Angola? Madagascar? and Congo? lol

Email me your answers!

this harks back to our childhood when we shared a bedroom and a wall chart of the world, flags and capital cities. We used to test each others knowledge of capital cities just before we went to sleep. lol

Friday, June 08, 2007

This is Francis- my rather sick goldfish and friend and fellow co habiter of Alison ( who isn't sick) Has anyone any suggestions? I'm treating the water for fungal growth, I put in a solution of salt ( which is supposed to help) I talk to her. cajole her and berate her ( none of which seems to help). We thought she was a very fat fish until I discovered she was an Oranda and therefore rather special! It's awful seeing her moping in the corner of the tank.

Two Borders book vouchers for my birthday = SIX BOOKS??????? Not likely!! This is what happens- I tootle into borders grasping my vouchers in my hot little hands and there I am confronted by an array of books that I HAVE to have! So- the book vouchers have lured me in and now I am a captive but much poorer audience! lol

Can you notice a 'theme' here- apart from the obvious outsider on the right!

This is what my new work gave me for my birthday- aren't they lovely. They were tight buds at first but now are opening up. Just a lovely thought as were all the birthday wishes. Such a nice lot of people. I'm really glad I've made the move. I still have contact with some people from school but other than that I have no wish to return. Didn't take me long to adjust did it??

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Went to physio yesterday and was told I could do a BIT of running- like a minute every 15 minute walk. Well... no sooner said than done! Off I went and for the rest of the day my footed killed me! However the physio did say it was how it pulled up the NEXT day that was significant. Lo and behold- my foot was no worse this morning! Yah!! I LOVE IT!! Just the best feeling- running. So good I did a bit more today with a client and now my foot doesn't feel too bad at all. I think I'd better not over do it though- so back to crawling for the next few days

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday etc etc etc!!

Had a lovely day today ( the day before my birthday- it is really on friday 1st day of winter!)

Met my two sisters for lunch and look at all the goodies I got! A definite horsey theme occuring here! Notice the liquorice allsorts while you can- they won't last!

I am now the grand old age of 55!

Monday, May 28, 2007

I know no one will really care but I'm SORE!!! From yesterdays work out- my bum, my legs ouch ouch ouch!
Went to the physio today about my foot. He told me to swim! I moaned and told him I find it tooooooo hard. He looked at me squarely and said he wasn't giving any sympathy and to wear the longer flippers so I could do more lengths! All I wanted was for him to cluck sympathetically and offer me a cup of tea! Fat chance!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

In view of my 12 week challenge -Day 1- I had planned to do a walk and a work out at home. The work out was a 'killer'! Did quite a lot of it on the fitball which add another challenge when the weights aren't that heavy. Discovered lunges using the fitball behind my back. It really helps to keep me balanced but works out those legs! OUCH!!!
Day 1 is over for this challenge and I achieved the exercise part of it- the eating part we won't discuss at the moment!!

This was some of the views we had. It was just lovely! The rest of the walk was in overgrown bushland and very uphill.



Saturday, May 26, 2007

Went for a fabulous walk/run/climb today at Warburton. Lots of it very uphill which makes me realise how unconditioned I've become for hills! This is me 'running' (haha- very 'staged') and the next pic is of the real story!!

And....the "Happy Ending"!!

The finishing touches to my story!!
Damn! Damn! Damn! I've been re- reading some of my entries and realise that I must have elected to do a 12 week challenge as part of my New Year Resolutions! Now I've got to get serious about all this. Can't front up on 1st of Jan 2008 with a 'No show' result.
Okay- Day 1 starts tomorrow! lol- heard that before!
YAAAAHHHH Blogger loves me again!! All posted!

To get the full benefit of this elaborate story- please backtrack to the empty pots and read upwards!!

And lastly ( although this will look like firstly)

Little Cat (aka tabby/tabitha - who does not like being beaten up by 'Bad Cat' ( who was named thus for her thuggish like behaviour plus the very anti social habit of weeing on everything in sight!)

Good Cat/Fat Cat (aka Annie who really should be in a 'Cats Home for the Bewildered!)

My constant companions

Bad Cat (aka Boots)


The finished product!!

And another month of my New Years Resolution fulfilled!

Won't I be sitting pretty and smugly when we ( my sisters and I and all our respective partners ) come to look over who actually achieved their resolutions for the year!!


Starting to get the 'picture'??

Next- zee stuffing!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Well- I can see this is going to be a long drawn out saga!! Listen in folks cos over the next few months the emerging story of 'the pots' will reveal itself!! ( blogger willing!!)

First- zee pots!!
Nobodys made a comment on my spotty horses!!! How disappointing- I think they look really cute!
Had the best morning today. I do a regular computer class and , at the moment, am struggling through Excel. It was assessment time and I actually was able to create a formula!!! YAAAAAHHHHHH ME!!! I am so bad at mathematical things so this was a real coup!
For anyone who reads the Womens fitness and health magazine- debstar and I crack a mention in it too! Our pearls of wisdom are sprouted on page 66!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I guess I should stop but couldn't quite resist adding this to my 'stable'! My sister Judy and I are going to build a display one of these days. We've got it all sorted out except for the day!

well- here it is in all its glory! No sign of me aboard as yet. Actually this is a really crappy pic- can you see the extremely messy background? Everything was put on hold while the bike emerged.
I've been doing a lot more cycling at the gym cos I can't run so now my knee is playing up! I think I'm reduced to swimming- and then my nose will play up. Perhaps I'd better just sit in the corner and become resigned to getting fat!!
Going to have an x ray on my foot tomorrow and then off to someone- not sure what he is but he has helped my friend. Hopefully may have some ideas on how to FIX ME!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Damn! I really thought I'd mastered putting a picture on this blog. It seemed as though as long as I tried 2 or 3 times it would eventually get accepted. That is- except tonight! Never mind you'll just have to wait for the next exciting picture.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Should be 'I THINK fitness is .......' Couldn't remember how to edit the post!

This is what is going to grace our lounge room once we work out how to assemble it! As I can't run at the moment and am therefore having panic attacks at getting too fat- we decided that maybe an exercise bike was the way to go. The only prob is - I'm totally crap at bike riding- whether it be stationary or moving. I struggle at the gym to do 20 mins ( the other day there was a program about how to catch a guy- so I lasted 30 mins on that occasion) Anyway I'll try and build up some cycling fitness. I fitness is very activity specific. I swim for 300 meters and I'm totally wrecked. I could run ( when I had two good feet) for 10km and still look for more. I cycle for 5km and I think I've just about done a marathon!! The main challenge with this bike will definitely be the assembling- should be in for an interesting few days!! Might learn some new words.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

These are my latest acquisition- and a step ( hahaha) away from my usual Asic Kayanos. Actually these are one of two pairs of shoes I bought! Decided I needed a change from my very uncomfortable asics- and lashed out and got some Brookes. So far- very pleased with them. My foot has been decidedly less sore since wearing them and hopefully this will continue. I am getting so tired of being injured- I can feel my fitness slipping away-just as the kilos will be slipping on. Bike riding or swimming are my best options at the moment and both are so HARD!!!

Did an extremely decadent thing on Friday- went to the movies at 10.40AM!!! Had an offer from my middle sister that was too good to refuse. So- the three of us ( and one other fellow morning movie goer) saw the 'History Boys'. Not a movie I probably would have chosen to see- but I just loved it. Not the usual glitzy hollywood hype- more alternative I guess. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Okay- so I suppose banana and walnut pancakes with ice cream wasn't a particularly healthy choice for lunch but it sure was yummy!. I've been doing much better with the eating this week-not perfect mind you- but def an improvement. For instance- instead of buying a choc chip muffin for the second time this week ( yes I did succomb one day) I had some raisin toast with just jam and no butter. I haven't had any more smarties since the day of the soup and tonight instead of buying chocolate after dinner I had some popcorn instead. So in all- not perfect but on the improve!!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tomorrow is the begining of G.E.L. (Good eating life) I've spent the w/e making most of the time before I really do try to eat far better than I have for some time. I meet with the lady at the gym for an 'evaluation' of what I've had for the week ( strictly speaking 4 days- cos I def aint counting or recording the past two days!!) I've made my food for tomorrow so should have 1 day where I can hold my head up! It's getting caught out with nothing prepared that is a real downfall- but that's not rocket science- I really did know that!!
We are also starting the 12 week challenge at the gym this week - I think. Should be a good week!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I was happily tootling up the road this morning with two 5 litre pots of chicken noodle soup in the back seat for the church 'soup kitchen' when around the corner I go and BLOODY HELL............ 4 and half (4.5 to be strictly correct) are now on the seat, on the floor and goodness knows where else!!!!! Isn't it funny how one's vocabulary becomes very limited in times of stress! I honestly didn't know where to start- noodles everywhere! scooped out as much as I could with my hands and the towel it was sitting on but still all along the back seat, on the floor, on the melways ( now in the bin!) on my swimming goggles and over ME!!!.
I have since calmed down, made some more soup on site, done my swim and booked the car in for a steam clean on Monday. I;ve also vacuumed it and scooped some more and it now looks vaguely like a car again. Oh.... and by the way......the smarties were delicious!!!
Work at the gym is going really well- finally getting used to these strange all over the place hours!!. They are running a '12 week challenge' for interested employees. I put my hand straight up! It involves being personally trained among other things. I think I will be a challenge for whoever trains me- the challenge of training without injuring. I'm a bit of a 'fragile princess' these days. I seem to injure myself so easily. Tomorrow I'm starting on their eating program- healthy eating that is. It will be a case of 'big brother' watching me. In fact they all ready have- I was told ' no more smarties'!!! As if I would!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Imagine this- being greeted at the door by an almost 5 year old, alabaster skin that only 4 years olds can have, black eyes and straying curly dark hair from her plaits and a 'NANNA' screeching from her lips -that's one of my granddaughters!. We went for a walk with her mum and dad ( David our son) and their other almost 2 year old daughter. Pushing the 2year old and talking with my son about his study ( all gobbledygook philosophy) I had a real feeling about the 'cycle of life'. This is how my parents felt about us and now we're doing the same. One of those glorious moments you want to freeze forever!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More on the horses below. My plan is to build a display on a board and set it up (ostensibly for the grandchildren but.....well....I might sneak a play or two) Had lunch with my middle sister (Judy) during the week and we both made big plans! I think I have a partner in crime here! Judy and I used to be really close as kids growing up and had lots of fun with some interesting ventures. I think she used to lead me astray eg midnight feasts, night time walks, exploring the roof through the loft! It's just lovely to revisit childhood fun as adults!

Spent some part of today doing house work. A deadly task but unfortunately very necessary. So.... you may be wondering where this charming display comes in??? Well......in tidying the kitchen bench I came across another box of horse goodies that I hadn't put away. It was BEGGING to be played with!!!! The jumps are the latest addition, only I couldn't play with just the jumps so the horses had to come out, plus the fencing and finally the dressage ring. Then hubby got into the act and was flying around the jumps!!! Needless to say the house is still in a mess!

Friday, April 20, 2007

I had my first personal training client at the gym this morning! It went well and I DIDN'T have a sleepless night about it either! Whooowooo! I've been finding that these early mornings and working into the night are playing havoc with my sleeping. I always wake up in the night which isn't all that much of a bother- a quick trip to the loo and then I'm back in the land of nod- however I now wake up and stay awake! It's like- look at the clock, it's 2am, I need to sleep! Look at the clock , it's 2.30am, damn I need to sleep! Look at the clock, 3am, I need to sleep- and so on until it's 4.30 and I DO need to get up!
NOW- I've discovered a great help- VALERIAN- herbal rememdy which aides sleep and relaxation. Getting much better sleep and feeling better for it.
Hahaha- this is such a boring entry- you probably won't need the valerian after looking at it!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Well the die is about to be cast! I wrote my letter of resignation tonight to give to my principal tomorrow. Then it will be the end of 20 + years of teaching. How do I feel? A bix mixed up but not as much as before. I think that once it's actually been done I'll feel a lot better about it. It's hard giving away something that I have really loved but better to leave on a good note than to keep going passed my 'use by date'. ( That was self talk to make me feel better about this!!)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

This is what Debstar and I had for morning tea at a lovely ,lovely Surf club/ Restauranty thing overlooking the sea. I thought we were very circumspect just having a bickky! And only one at that!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Looks like that will be the only photo published tonight. Not sure what is wrong but it only ever seems to let me load one pic every week or so- maybe that's my ration! Had a very short but intense workout yesterday- and now starting to feel it again. Yes Kerryn- it is indeed a great feeling!! Love knowing I have muscles in my bum and am reminded of them every time I move!! Also had a consultation with the nutrition prog at the gym where I'm wo rking. sounds like a really good plan and am hoping to be able to participate. It means a 15 min consultation each week to review what has been going on and to weigh in. Yikes! But I do need some incentive to be better with my diet.

whoooowhooooo! The second pic of my time on the Gold Coast. At this rate I'll have posted them all by Christmas! If you've checked out debstars blog you'll will now realise that I'm not the only one who can do two things at once!!. She got me standing here and then told me what I was doing!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Had a really hard workout on Tues and I'm still paying the price for it.....OUCH!!! I've got muscles that I didn't know I had!. It hurts to sit, stand, move, clean my teeth....you name it...I can feel it! Went to the podiatrist about my foot tonight- she's taken my orthotics and is going to adjust them, They'll be gone for 2 weeks. I was just beginning to get used to them again. I must say though that it is extremely comfortable without them for a while! I'm hoping that they will eventually help cos I'm missing being able to run- very much!!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Yaaahhhh....the first of the process has been achieved! This is on our walk at Burleigh Heads. Deb very reluctantly contributed to this lovely view! I'll see if I have any more success with the rest of the pics.

I'm sure I did deserve this after all that emotion of 'support' I gave to them!! lol
Is anyone else having trouble posting photos on here? I've tried and tried for the last week or so and had no success- then lo and behold- last night I was able to post ONE. !!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Well...I got my heart's desire when I wished for a grey light rainy day of about 18 degrees for the run for kids event. What a pity I didn't wish for an injury free body too!!! Daughter and her friend went in it and did really well. I was so proud of both of them. It's the most they have ever run- 15.2k!!!. Next year for me - I hope!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Evidently blogger doesn't want to play at posting photos tonight- buggar!!! Maybe next time!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

How sad is this??? Here I am at Coolangatta airport waiting for the 20 minutes until we can board and I'm using that time to sit here blogging!!!! lol. It does help to pass the time though. I had the BEST time yesterday- I met up with fellow blogger DEBSTAR ( I have no idea how to link that to her blog:((( ) I did feel a few flutters in the tummy just before we met wondering how the day would go- well......... I think that after about 6 hours of solid talking we had generally put the world right!!! lol It was such a good day! Saw lots of the Gold Coast that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. We did lots of walking and paddling and sitting and talking. Keep a look out on here cos when I get home I'll post all the pics I took. Thanks deb for giving up your time- I really enjoyed your company.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ran 6 k this morning with my orthotics and did ok. However now I'm really sore on my other knee!! The one that is ok! Damn! I'm not going to go in the 'run for kids'. Made that decision this arvo- really disappointed but I think it's the best thing to do. Just in the middle of packing to go away tomorrow- can hardly wait!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Whooowoooo! We're heading to the Gold Coast on Sunday and I can hardly wait!! It's work for him and play for me! Actually what I really feel like doing is just sleeping! I think I'm severely sleep deprived! Looking forward to having time to walk and run and shop and of course- plenty of coffees. Hopefully will catch up with you, Deb ,if you're around.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Talk about being flat out!! I think I'm busier now that I was when I was full time working! I'm really enjoying the gym work and it's becoming easier and more familiar. Not sure about these hours though! Guess I'll get used to that too. Now.....this run for kids is looming and I feel so unprepared for it. The last couple of runs I've done I've been absolutely woeful. It's been hot so I'm hoping that that is the reason and that on the day it will be cloudy, raining ever so lightly and about 18 degrees. Not much to ask for I don't think!. My foot is still causing a bit of grief but I just want to make it through this run then I'll back off. Getting old is a real trial!!!!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This is my reliving my childhood fantasies!!! Went away on the weekend and saw a wonderful equestrian display. Couldn't resist so bought the horse, rider, fences and accessories. Don't ask me what I'm going to do with all this but maybe a display like you have model railways?

I sent a similar pic to a friend who thought it was ME on the horse and that I'd done a spot of riding on this weekend!! Perhaps she needs glasses!

Had the hardest run on Saturday! Tried for 12k and managed to run about 10 and then dragged myself through the last 2 at a run/walk/crawl. I think I was fairly dehydrated or something- felt quite shivery and tingly ( it was very humid) Anyway took me the best part of the day to recover- just felt like lying down - which is really unlike me! Anyhow I'm still alive and kicking and raring to go on another 12k this saturday!. Gardening seems to have taken a back seat doesn' t it? No more showing off and posting pics on here for sometime. Work has taken over my life again. I'm really enjoying the gym work and its gradually becoming less of a strain and worry. Kerryn- those pop squats look diabolical!!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Damn it!! Why didn't anyone tell me that gardening is just like house work!!! As soon as you do it someone comes along and undoes it! First it was the dog deciding that what I actually had done was create a nice clear place for him to lie in all this heat. Then the birds decide that I've raked the leaves so they can then have a playground in them. And now all the weeds are having a field day growing back again!!! Perhaps I should concrete it all and paint it green!! Grrrr.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ran 11km + on Saturday so really pleased that I'm on target for this run in April. Had a good run and plenty more fuel in the tank when I finished. Isn't it amazing how one week you can feel as though you couldn't make one more step and then a week later it all seems fairly attainable! Hope I have one of those weeks on April 1st. Had a gentle (Hah!) reminder from my middle sister Judy about the 12 week challenge I set myself this year. like- was I still doing it- just as I was about to tuck into a pancake and ice cream!!! I guess I asked for that!
This week I start the gym shifts without shadowing anyone- that's right- all on my own ( with the other staff around of course!) On one hand I'm really looking forward to it but there's also the part that says- new things- terror!!! lol

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I've had two shifts at the gym and survived to the point of enjoying it! Feel very much like the new kid at school and shadowing another gym instructor is a bit difficult at times- but basically it's been great. The Wed morning shift was something to get used to! I have to be there at 5.45am and as it's a half hour drive away I had to get up at 4.30am. I do like early rising but that is in the middle of the night!! Had a work out there on Tues as much to get used to all their equipment. Hmmm.... maybe I overdid it a bit cos I can feel just about every muscle in my body!! Even my abs which I thought has disappeared over time.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Hopefully this has worked and you can see the shaggy before and the less shaggy after! It's a huge garden!

Saturday's run was pitiful- only made 9k when I intended to do 11. I was still feeling tired after a work out ( legs) on Thurs and it was hot!