Sunday, May 15, 2016

Halfway There....

Hi everyone!! Today is mine and Paul's 12th Anniversary!!! We're halfway to our Silver!!!(Well, almost.)

It's been a lovely weekend, starting off with my sweet husband buying and surprising me with a lovely bouquet of a dozen yellow, ,and red roses and a card on Friday afternoon. Then Saturday I got up and got a nice long shower and did my hair and make-up and he got up and took me out to Brunch at Little Chef which is a chain much like American Waffle or Waffle House in the states. He had asked where I wanted to go and suggested either the nice Chinese Buffet in St. Hels, or Frankie and Benny's(similar to Applebee's or Chili's in the states)  or Lymewood Farms(a upscale pub that has outstanding food-typically British favorites.) I have been feeling more than a tad homesick lately for some reason, and I asked if he had his heart set on any of those places and he told me no- it was totally MY choice where we ate....so I suggested Little Chef. He chuckled and said if that's what I wanted then Little Chef it would be.
When we got there he had the Royal Breakfast which consisted of Fried eggs, toast, grilled tomatoes, Sausages home fried potatoes and a big grilled steak on the side.
I ordered the American style breakfast which is scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon, and two pancakes with Maple Syrup on the side.
Both of us had a diet coke in a GLASS BOTTLE!!!!
Absolute heaven!!!! I felt a tiny bit less homesick after that.

Then we came back home for a nice quiet weekend. Paul spent a couple of hours working on a podcast which ended up not recording, then we watched Euro Vision Contest on TV..... while we did other things on our computer too. Euro vision is a very odd song competition...but it always fun to watch because you never know WHAT kind of groups/singers you will see on it.
And as usual-  the act I wanted to win(Netherlands) lost and the second worst act on it won.
I'd like to suggest the Netherlands contestant go to Nashville- he would do well there.

My daughter and her family moved this weekend as well, For the time being they are staying with my mom until they get the paperwork signed for their new house.... until then the kids have acres and acres to ride bikes on and explore. You know they will be loving that and I know my mom will enjoy having them all there to have a nice holiday with. When I talked with my daughter today they were cooking up a storm as they are all going to the Coyle Family Reunion ...well, they should be there right about now, actually.
My mom and Dad have always been big on attending the Family Reunions.  We would go to the McCall Reunion in Hendersonville or Brevard, North Carolina. We'd go to the Henderson Reunion in Greer South Carolina.... We'd also go to the Coyle Reunion In Pumpkintown South Carolina. And We'd go to the Miller Reunion in Greenville South Carolina.

As I said-BIG on Family Reunions.
I miss them myself,....after we all grew up it was the only time we got to see our cousins except for the chance meetings at Walmart or McDonalds or  Funerals or Weddings we mutually attended.

And there is always fun.....Games like Corn-hole and Horseshoes and Backyard Yatzi....Always someone would bring a soccer ball or basketball or volleyball or badminton set... and anyone that played an instrument would bring it and singalongs and Karaoke are always big. Sometimes- like this year- we'd have Old Timers day and everyone that wanted to dressed in Old Timey clothes and it was always fun too.

Danggitt- I'm getting homesick again just thinking about it.
Thing is, we cousins became best of friends during these times.....and now our children and Grandchildren are doing exactly the same......

I'll leave you with a  couple of photos of my two grand-daughters, who are cousins, at last years reunion...



Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day & a Manic Week

I find myself at odds this weekend.

It was a crazy manic week at the office this past week. We had bank holiday on Monday so I started the week off an entire day behind schedule. Then I had a new system to set up and get used to at work- and one of the applications I used with the new system decided it was going to run slow as molasses all week so that make things even worse. Even giving up my lunch hour and only taking a few minutes to run out to grab a ten minute lunch didn't help, so I ended the week with a days work to do on Monday.

I ate well, and was pretty active. I added a bit to my workout routine. And I think the added activity and bits added are the reason I only maintained my weight instead of losing. But it's okay- because I feel better.
I haven't drank as much diet soda and I'm noticing that the less I drink of it- the less I ache in my muscles and joints. Im going to be reducing the amount I drink over the next couple of weeks until I'm not drinking it at all.
I've realized that since taking this office job where I sit on my rear end all day I have really went off the rails health-wise. When I was working law enforcement, I was always walking or moving around and I could do so much more than I can now. 
I actually beieve now that you dont stop doing when you get old, you get old when you stop doing.
I cant let this spiral keep going the way it is.

I believe I can- so I am.

Onwards and upwards......
I received my "Christmas dress" yesterday. And I received my Mother/Daughter Bracelet set. I am thrilled with the silver Bracelets...... not so much with the dress.... This is what it is supposed to look like.....
...trust me when I say it does NOT.

It would take a VERY vivid imagination for it to do so.  I will either have to do some major alterations on it or Just make one myself to get what I want.

My hubby finally shaved that Mountain Man beard off. It's really strange seeing him without  all the facial hair. He still has the goatee, tho.
I think I wouldnt have minded the Mountain Man beard so much if he had kept the hair on his neck shaved, It was just seeing everything covered in it that was just a bit  off-putting. i'm not sure what made him shave it off either- maybe the couple of days with the temps climbing into the almost 70's? If so, thank you Mother nature.

It's Mothers Day here...... as I started that sentence I was planning on saying and I hope to speak with my babies today- altho I know my son is working all day and my daughter was out of data til the beginning of the week....but as I wrote  "It's Mothers" my messages pinged and it was BOTH of them messaging me at the same time!! I chatted with them both for a few minutes and both are planning on ringing me after the day settle abit towards the evening.
My day is happy now.

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there.







Friday, April 29, 2016

Good News!!!

Well, I can tell you I am soooo excited !!!!
I finally got my new Fit Bit Band- and I have a BELIEVE in yourself Bracelet to go with it.

Im actually looking forward to weighing myself on the Morning to see how much I have lost..... Notice I didnt say IF I had lost- I said How MUCH I had lost!

At any rate...
There they are.

Now.... I'm also undertaking a new language too.. I'm learning to speak Italian!!! I think Italian is the most beautiful language in the world!!! Of course, I only know one person who actually speaks Italian over here...by Bezzie, Betty, but at least WE can have conversations in that lovely language!! Plus I can order in a real authentic Italian restaurant too. Spaghetti or Lasagna, anyone?? Hahaha

I just started last night on the course, but I already have the most important statement down pat.

"Non hai preparato il cafe per me. Si dovrebbe farlo immediatamente prima che qualcuno muore."

Which pretty much means "You have not prepared the coffee for me. You should do it immediately before someone dies."

See? VERY important statement.

I also know how to say I have visited Rome and I have visited Milan.....which are total lies but I can substitute Amerkca instead.  Bahahahaha


Anyway, It's a Long Bank holiday weekend here so a nice relaxing weekend. Well, I do have an MRI to attend tomorrow afternoon, but other than that. zilch. I think I'll work on my books a bit. And learn some more much needed Italian phrases.......







 

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Hot Diggity!!

Well, I've had no luck recovering my fitbit band that somehow got misplaced while I was recharging the  innards and doing my spring cleaning the other week. So- as I was planning on getting a new one anyway(it was a dull slate blue and looked terrible with everything I own) I just went ahead and ordered a new band in black. Tough decision between the black and the Hot Pink one- but I can get the pink for my anniversary prezzie next month. The black will go better with my outfits for work.

I weighed myself this morning and I somehow managed to lose another 1.6 lb despite eating a huge Philly cheesesteak sammich and a slice each of pumpkin and pecan pie I made for the sammich swap we have in our department every three or four months.
That just gos to show if you eat smart the rest of the week you most certainly CAN have a lovely  free meal and treat yourself to a couple of (insert your fav treat food here) every week.

My headache has eased up a bit- but is still there. My GP sent me to a Nose Throat and Ear specialist who ran some tests which came back negative for any problems with my sinuses being the culprit. Next is a visit to the  Neurologist and an MRI to see if I have a brain. Hahaha....

The doctor told me to stop taking any kind of OTC medications for my headaches until the MRI was done so any problems wouldn't be masked. It's been just over three weeks now.  Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I just stopped taking ALL my medications. Then I think about how bad the Acid Reflux and ulcer was and the headaches and dizziness from the high blood pressure and the crazy psychopathic tendencies with the Menopause and chunk that idea right out of the window.

It's been a 10 year journey trying to get my self sorted out and I cant throw it away now.

Okay- well......Now for other stuff.

I reread Michael's book " Except for His Wings" last weekend.  It was on my mind for a few days before- certain phrases kept popping into my head and so last weekend I pulled out my Kindle and re-read it. And it was just as good the second time round- even this close to having read it the first time. It made me feel there is hope for this world- and there is a reason for even the bad things that happen in or lives or the things we dont understand.  It brought a bit of my optimism back when it was really starting to flag.
I also read The Serial Killer's Wife. That was also a feel good book.....it didn't end the way I thought it would when it started out and that was a good thing. 
- altho I did guess who the villain was halfway thru(well, sort of)- and there was a twist to that as well.
One thing I have learned.......Books are like Artwork- ten people can read a book or look at a piece of art and have totally different inspirations, opinions and thoughts from/of them.

So- today's plan is to get the kitchen cleaned up before hubby gets up- then make the 60+ mile trip to Le Parents to pick up our packages and have a nice visit with them.....then pick up milk and sammich fixin's from Tesco- and then come back and do a couple loads of laundry.
.........and Play Minecraft.

Still mulling over that Minecraft Blog/Vlog. Maybe one a week...or every other week.
Still Mulling...........




Monday, April 04, 2016

Minecraft....and Anniversaries

As I have a few grandkids and friends who play Minecraft- I've been thinking of making a Blog dedicated to some of the things I do on it. Post Photos and stories about things that happen and what my projects are.... I've also thought about doing a V-log instead of an actual Blog.

Just mulling it over now. Not decided yet.

Today marks the 12th Anniversary of Paul arriving in the states for our wedding a few weeks later that year.

04/04/04 and 05/15/04... Days to remember.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Except For His Wings

I just finished reading Except for His Wings by Michael Dodd.





Anyone who knows me more than five minutes knows how much I love to read....
And this book is well worth  every cent you spend on it- which isnt near enough if you ask me.

I bought the Kindle version and read it and I will now be buying the hard-copy version to put on my "well loved and to be re-read many times over the years" bookshelf. I loved the story....I was in tears at the end of the book, but in a good way. It's been a long time since I read a book that made me feel that way.

If you love to read- and love to be involved in the story- buy this book.

There are lots of lessons to be learned from it...in a good way.

More Please, Mr. Dodd.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

It's My Favorite Past-time.