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Monday, July 21, 2014

Today was Ken's first dialysis at the new time and day routine. He drove off at around 6.30am leaving me tucked up in bed for an hour or so more.
After dog walking (twice) and guitar practice I jumped on my bike and rode down to the hospital which was 10.2 miles and then went off professional dog walking.
After that, I groomed 2 dogs, (1 small, 1 mahoosive) and then came back and walked my own dogs followed by more guitar practice.
Ken wanted to go for a bike ride so we went off and rode a further 9.3 miles tonight in a slow 41 minutes.

I really ought to get around to making some tea as I'm getting a bit peckish. I could do with another hour of guitar practice too as I'm really getting this piece cracked.

Nice quiet day tomorrow. One dog to groom, one dog to walk. The same dog so only one trip.


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BRANDI1809 7/22/2014 9:25AM

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FREECAL1 7/22/2014 1:22AM

  First of all, sorry to hear your hubby is on dialysis.

When I read your blog I could not believe what an active day you have. All that bike riding -- you must be more than fit as a fiddle. Too bad you can't come and groom my little doggie who is part pug and cocker spaniel. She's a very good natured dog.

Enjoyed reading your spark page too! I've never been to Scotland.
I live in Canada.! I'm going to add you as a spark friend.


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VEG954 7/21/2014 9:55PM

  Looks like you lead a peaceful life.
Good for you!

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Beautiful weather here again

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Today - my day off - I've caught up with the laundry, including stripping the bed. We've taken up the old carpet and hossed it off to the dump and taken Ken's old chair that has mostly collapsed to the dump too. Smelly old thing.

We've been for a short ride. Just 11 miles around the same route as yesterday - I came back a slightly different way so as to make up the .1 mile required to do a full 11 miles so my target is met. I've done 101% of it actually. Tomorrow is the last day for my goal so, if it doesn't rain, I will be over my target. I'll probably ride down to Waitrose for a coffee and cake and then back again. It seems to be one of our regular sunday rides now. It was a bit warm out there. I demolished a full 750ml bidon of water on a 50 minute ride. It took me 10 mins longer than my best time too. I was very glad of the breeze we have. The last 3/4 mile along the back road was fun as the wind just seemed to be funnelled down there and we were down to 11mph on that little gradient. It was lovely.

Off to guitar practice now. I'm staying in the living room rather than the music room though, as the music room is really warm today.

I might just go for another short ride when it cools off a bit. Feeling good.

Edited to add:

Just back from a quick ride to the hospital to meet Ken from dialysis. I took the least direct, direct route. I still go there early so added a quick 2.5 miles extra loop on around the nearby village. I flew up the hills as my legs felt really strong. I then spent a happy couple of miles cooling down at a much lesser pace.
I am seriously considering a pot of cottage cheese now.

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KAYDE53 7/19/2014 7:47PM

    emoticon You go girl!!

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BRANDI1809 7/19/2014 3:20PM

    Our weather has been atrocious since last night, hopefully it will be better tomorrow.

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REGINAROLLINS 7/19/2014 12:38PM

  Sounds like you are really on track-eveyone should have your get up and go. My get up and go got up and went a long time ago, thus poundage!!!

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I love my bike and I love my guitar

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just saying.
I have been practicing my picking technique this week and it's getting much easier and feeling more natural now. I adore my guitar teacher, he's just such a nice kid. If my late son had turned out half as nice as 'teach', I'd be the proudest person in the world. I've got a whole bunch of new stuff to learn, as well as the old stuff so I'm happy.

I only got out on my bike for 42 mins today so only did 10.9 miles. I just couldn't be doing with the extra .1 round the green twice as it was too bloomin' hot and I needed to get bathed and changed for guitar lesson. We spent way too long by the chiller cabinets in Asda, cooling off from the heat.

Just 11 miles to do this week to hit my target. I plan to go over my target unless we really do get a soaking this weekend, then I'll just do the 11 and done with. I don't mind the rain but I don't want to get my beautiful bike wet when I don't have to.


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VEG954 7/19/2014 3:07PM

  You won't let anything stop you from attaining goals.

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KAYDE53 7/18/2014 10:30PM

    You'll make your goal! Happy guitar playing!

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VEG954 7/18/2014 6:41PM

  Sounds like you and the bike really love one another. LOL!
Reading your blogs are such a pleasure.

Never learned how to ride a bike and at my age, fear it is a little too late for a two wheeler and I'm too vain for a three wheeler!
Will have to stick to walking and the gym.

Right now I have a difficult time doing either.
I fell a few weeks ago and did damage to my foot that has had several surgeries.

Will be seeing the surgeon that has done such a fine job on it in the past.
Think I might have loosened a screw in there.
That isn't the only loose screw I have!

Sorry about complaining but you have the option to ignore my rant.

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GEORGE815 7/18/2014 6:35PM

    Glad to read your biking goals are obtainable and realizable.

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It's been a funny week

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I forgot to log in yesterday and broke my streak emoticon such is life. It's been lovely and quiet this week. Dog walking only until today when I had a groom. I've 2 tomorrow plus walking.

I've got some riding in - 15 miles tonight in just a smidge over an hour - and have mostly felt ok doing it. My food has been very hit and miss though. I've been craving some carbs this week. It's not showing in my weight but I need to get food back under control again.

The hospital have changed Ken's dialysis days and from Monday next, he will be dialysing on Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 7am. He'll be done by lunchtime. This will mean that we can get off in our wee caravan at the weekends from time to time, without having to take Monday off work. We can either disappear on the Friday afternoon or first thing on Saturday morning and come home on Sunday nights. It will be good for us to get away for a long weekend once a month, as that is the plan at the moment.

I need to ride another 21 miles over the next 3 days to hit my target. I don't think that's going to be a problem, unless it howls it down again. Tomorrow should be a nice day and hoping to get a few miles in. Meant to do more tonight but I wasn't feeling the love.

Off to try for an early (ish) night.

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BRANDI1809 7/18/2014 6:31AM

    That all sounds brilliant, now you can start planning your trips. Exciting.
The emoticon is your lobster!

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KAYDE53 7/17/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon At least the change in schedule will have a positive outcome on your weekends!

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VEG954 7/17/2014 10:11PM

  Prayers are flowing your way.

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GEORGE815 7/17/2014 7:04PM

    Sorry to hear about Ken's frequency of dialysis treatments. I hope thing improve. Glad you can get away a bit for the weekend.

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Unexpected Monday off

Monday, July 14, 2014

I try not to groom on a Monday (not that a non grooming monday regularly happens) and today, I have no walking either. One of my client's dogs has the skitters so 'dad' is staying home with him, another is being walked by my part-time chap. It's cheaper to pay him than to put fuel in the car to drive there and back.

I've just had a late brekky and am contemplating a nice bike ride with the OH. I thought about 20 miles or so, then a nice stop for lunch and then ride home. His consultant says that hubby MUST lose weight asap to be offered a kidney, should one come up for transplant. I've been telling him this for 18 months but he doesn't listen to a word that I say. He was told and told and told when my kidney was still working inside him but he wouldn't lose weight and then the kidney packed in. It had to work too hard in a 17 stone man. I am still pretty peeved off about that and now he's still not taking responsibility for his health.

I try to educate him in healthier eating but it falls on deaf ears. I expect to be a widow within 10 years. He won't listen to me, he says that he listens to his doctors but still won't try to lose weight (he says that he will be too thin at their recommended weight so he doesn't bother) and he still refuses to wear sunblock every day, even though he has been told that he must. This would be why he's having a melanoma taken off his arm on the 27th. Stupid stupid stupid man.

Seriously contemplating leaving for my own sanity. Being a divorcee is surely better than being a widow and just watching him self destruct.

Bike is calling.

Edited to add:
Just back from nice 30 miler on my bike, in the sunshine. We rode the pretty route (19 miles rather than the more direct 8.5 miles) to Waitrose (Norwich) where we stopped and shared a large coffee - I have a waitrose card so we get a free tea or coffee every day there - and had a nice slice of cake each. I had chocolate fudge cake (280 cal according to SP and Waitrose) and Hubster had coffee & walnut, probably about the same calorific value. Having burned off over 1600 calories on the ride, I reckon that I shouldn't worry about the cake today.

Hubster had a blast and is looking forward to another long ride on Wednesday.

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BRANDI1809 7/16/2014 7:04AM

    Glad you got a good ride in. What's happening about the 'job/move'?

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KAYDE53 7/14/2014 11:41PM

    I would think he would rather lose weight & possibly get a transplant, than to have to continue with dialysis all the time, but men will be men. Nice ride!!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/14/2014 6:50AM

    I totally understand. My stupid one doesn't listen either.
So be it! He's told me that I'm not a doctor but I tell him that I am a retired nurse and I know more than him when it comes to his health.

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