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Riding today. Yay!

Monday, November 24, 2014

What a busy old day I have had.
I got 20 minutes of guitar practice in before work. I worked from 9am to 10.45am, building a database for Norwich Guitar Academy. Then walked my dogs, then I got on my lovely Giant Defy and rode to the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital to meet Ken from dialysis.
I had been riding from home through West Earlham and on to Eaton. I often follow the cyclepath to the A140 and have a scary couple of hundred yards before looping to the hospital via Keswick. It's a pretty ride but I didn't fancy it today. That cyclepath is really slippery with leaves. Today I rode through Bowthorpe and then on to Bawburgh, a pretty village just outside Norwich. From there I just turned back to Norwich and headed to the hospital. I got there dead early so I did a nice little 2 mile loop along the Colney Lane, to the top of Cringleford and then back via the Round House Road route. Just 8.54 miles in an impossibly slow 42 minutes but then I'm not as fit as I ought to be at this time of the year. I've been lazy you see.

After all that, I walked 2 dogs for clients, separately. Neither dog likes others. Back to the NGA office for a quick campfire with Leigh (The boss) then home for another hour or so on the database before walking, more guitar practice, sticking up shelves and cooking tea.

Happily I am now curled up on the sofa having had a nice chilli con carne with some strawberries for pudding. It's a fast day today and I have another 100 calories if I want to. I've got the hang of this 5:2 malarkey now. I don't seem to be any lighter but my clothes have grown so I must be doing something right.

We are hoping for a ride tomorrow. It's not going to rain until the afternoon, according to the BBC so I'm hoping for a quick 10 miles or so.

Off for an early night with a DVD whilst being under the duvet. I feel less hungry in bed, plus is saves on heating the flat.


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BRANDI1809 11/25/2014 7:17AM

    You always describe your rides & days so vividly. Thanks for sharing.

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KAYDE53 11/24/2014 11:54PM

    Sounds like a good ride to me. Well done.

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BACCAGIRL 11/24/2014 6:43PM

    Your day was chock full and let me say Bravo! I admire your guitar practice schedule and am trying to find that sort of dedication in my voice lesson practice time. Your ride time? Commendable! You ,ay have been slower but as you said, you had walked 2 dogs separately, been extremely busy and been trying to fit in your ride and kill time! Don't be to down on yourself: with days like today happening you will be back to a speedy time in a heartbeat!

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BEATTYN1 11/24/2014 4:44PM

    I like the way you describe your day. And I am inspired by your practicing your guitar in the morning before work. Good luck!

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CALGIRL80 11/24/2014 3:53PM

  Way to get a ride it. It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you are out there!

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Flumpy Fast Day

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fast Day Friday today. I've had a lazy day as well. I've played a bit of guitar - not nearly enough though. I've done a bit of Guitar Academy work, done a bit of my dog grooming work - I'll do my online tax return this weekend. I should have done it in April but I am seriously lazy and unmotivated.
Dogs have been walked, salad eaten, tv watched and not a lot else really.

I had a really rough night. Yesterday evening I scratched my right wrist really deeply - not deeply enough for stitches - and it was very painful. It kept me awake with a burning sensation. I showered it in the end and put some propolis creme on, which helped no end. The wrist is a bit bruised around the cut (which is only about 2" long, so I'm just making a fuss really). Playing guitar causes pain so lesson is going to be interesting,to say the least.

Hopefully a better day tomorrow.
Keep on sparking

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KAYDE53 11/21/2014 11:16PM

    Ouch, take care!

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Busy work day. No cycling :-(

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Busy busy day with no cycling involved, but I have stayed within my calorie range so pretty chuffed with that.

I groomed a Labradoodle and a Lhasa today. I don't do much grooming now as my wrist is not up to it but I have retained a few customers to keep my hand in. My passions lie with Norwich Guitar Academy nowadays. I have been to work there today and have typed for England, sorted out emails, taken possession of my new (to me) works iPhone emoticon

I have an awesome new job. More than a glorified receptionist, honest. I get to talk guitar with other guitar minded people, whether they be total beginners, parent's of pupils, or darn near professionals. It's brilliant. I chat with schools, teachers, pupils, distributors and all sorts.

I am spending the evening, getting to grips with my new phone. It doesn't appear to be as helpful as my Samsung (own personal phone) so I am wondering what all the fuss is about to be honest, but I'm sure it will be fine.

Yesterday was a fast day, as I'm following the 5:2 way of eating. I don't seem any lighter but my clothes are bigger so I'm happy.

Pic of the new puppy on my photos on my sparkpage. He's called Toffee, named after another Toffee who was my Greyhound who died 2010. Like the original Toffee, this Toffee is a dark brindle but has cream, freckled front legs. He's 2/3 Saluki, 1/3 Greyhound and was bought from travellers who were about to move off - without taking him, the runt of the litter, with them. We got there in the nick of time as he probably wouldn't have lived the night out as he was small, weedy and weighed less than 2kg. Nearly 7 weeks on, he's a boisterous PITA but full of love and cuddles. I adore him and he is a right Mummy's boy. He's about 16 weeks old now, currently chewing his cuddly squeaky fluffy rat toy that he takes everywhere.

I am off to start a guitar blog. This working for a living is hard work!! emoticon I can do the 'non office' type stuff at my convenience and as there is nothing on the TV...


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BRANDI1809 11/21/2014 10:20AM

    Love Toffee he's so cute.

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VEG954 11/20/2014 5:55PM

  Nice to see you blogging again.

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We have moved house

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No blog since August. I've been struggling with my depression so best to keep away.

We have moved home and now live on the outskirts of Norwich. We have a ground floor flat with a 25m x 10m garden with a shed, 6' fencing all around, a huge willow tree and we have dug a small wildlife pond as we seem to have a lot of frogs here.

We did an exchange with a chap who had cats and have been here 4 weeks and 5 days and can still smell the stinky things. It seems that our swap partner was not the cleanest of people and smoked like a trooper. He had overflowing litter trays which is why his cats pee'd and pood everywhere. We've taken up all the flooring that he left. Quite a task.
The council have given us a new kitchen as the old one was filthy filthy filthy and had cat poo in a cupboard. We've had a whole new loo, sink and flooring as the cat pee was lifting the floor and the tobacco staining was shocking (sitting in now and waiting for a tiler to arrive to re-tile). We have decorated all his khaki green paintwork out in magnolia, taken all the junk and rubbish from the back garden to the dump, sorted out the rat's nest singlehandedly (with a little help from my 2 terriers and my Greyhound) and disposed of over 20 little rat bodies at the local woods.

We have hacked back the garden undergrowth and discovered a large wooden table and 6 garden chairs. Good quality ones. The shed roof (which we used to fix the shed) a composter, a whole load of good plant pots and a garden shelf unit.

We've been here a month and a day officially and we are still not straight. This will be a fabby flat when we get it sorted. It's much bigger, no neighbours from hell either. 3 miles from the city centre so I can cycle to my shiny new job.

We need new flooring but just cannot afford it at the moment but it's not desperate. Anyway, while the new pup is not quite house-trained, new flooring would just get a battering with him.

Apart from all that, it's situation normal here. Hubby still leaves rubbish 2' from the bin as he just can't quite get his rubbish there. He is ill and on dialysis and it seems to have a side effect that he cannot clean up after himself weather it's sweet wrappers, food wrappers or cleaning out the loo after he's made it all dirty. Frustrating for me, even more so because he is oblivious even though I have told him repeatedly to the point of nagging.

Heigh ho.

Fingers crossed that the workmen will get a wiggle on cos I want to go for a ride.


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BRANDI1809 11/20/2014 7:02AM

    Great to have you back with us.
Boy have you had a rough time but at least you are coming through the other side now. Being a cat owner, I cannot understand how owners can be so cruel & make them live in such conditions as they hate to be dirty. He obviously didn't get them spayed either, hence the smell. I hope you get fully sorted soon.
New flat, new job, new puppy, tell us more.

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KAYDE53 11/19/2014 11:05PM

    emoticon Missed you! Was over in UK the first part of October; we visited with my nephew who is working in Derby. Sightseeing in London, Bath, Lake District, Stonehenge was some of the highlights. Glad you got moved, but sounds like quite the clean up job. What kind of pup did you get? Sorry you're were struggling with depression. emoticon

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Holiday! Yay

Monday, August 04, 2014

Today is day 3 of my holiday. We are not going anywhere as Ken said that I have to let go of my control freakery and let him take the strain. I did and he forgot to book anywhere and tried to book somewhere last thursday for this week. Men! Can't live with them, not allowed to shoot them.

Yesterday we bought 7 x 6' picket fence panels and a gate and 2 small bits of fencing for 50. Yes, we are going to spend the hols sorting the garden. Joyous.
Ken was off on dialysis this morning so I rode to meet him. I made the 7.5 miles on the direct route stretch to 20.03 miles so pleased with that. Ken then decided that we could go for a carvery at a local pub, a mere 8 miles away so we cycled there and back so I've ridden for 2 hours and 30 something minutes today. I've had cake as I needed the carbs.

Tomorrow we plan to go to Newmarket and ride on a nice off road route at Wickham Fen plus do some gardening. Wednesday it's going to rain so that might be the cinema and a dump run. Thursday it's nice again so back in the garden I guess. Not the week that I had envisaged but I've learned a lesson. Don't let someone else do the booking, however much they beg. I'm a control freak for a reason as if I leave it to someone else, it doesn't get done. I'm not best pleased, you may have guessed that though.

I have some wine with my name on it. I have some thai red curry soup too emoticon

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VEG954 8/5/2014 4:51PM

  Dinner sounds yummy.

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BRANDI1809 8/5/2014 6:12AM

    Can't you take off in your new caravan for a few days?

Glad to hear that your cycling is going so well. I'm so chuffed with Pete, he's already up to 650 for his sponsored 85 mile cycle in October.

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KAYDE53 8/5/2014 12:15AM

    That would be rather aggravating..but I guess you'll get a lot done around the house!! emoticon

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ALICIA214 8/4/2014 3:28PM


But you will have a pretty garden protected by a well made
fence... Is your hubby eating humble pie?


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