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Our day out to Brighton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yesterday we went to a coach trip to Brighton and really enjoyed it. Temperatures were high and reached around 90F so we stopped off at various places and had drinks and bought bottle of water. A nice healthy lunch was rounded off by frozen Greek Yogurt with honey for me as most of the desserts had chocolate in them and I can not eat the stuff.



This is Colin my DH outside the Brighton Pavilion


This is my photo of the fountain in the gardens as you walk to the seafront it is beautiful.

My photos of the flower beds around the fountain





These are buildings overlooking the gardens

The whole day was really enjoyable and we walked miles, so we were exhausted by the time we headed back to the coach to go home.

I have made a blog about our day out and added some history of Brighton and pictures of where we went and what we did.

a-day-in-brighton.blogspot.co.uk/

So back to normal today except that we are both still rather tired .

  
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NASFKAB 7/30/2014 11:37AM

  lovely thanks for sharing

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LAURIEMN 7/30/2014 10:55AM

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for a glimpse of your day!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/30/2014 10:53AM

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIA-CR 7/30/2014 10:17AM

    Oh my, what a glorious day! Delightful photos emoticon

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WATREKKIE 7/30/2014 9:54AM

    What gorgeous pics!!! Looks like you had a great trip and a fun day! !! ((HUGS))

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LOVINGKATE 7/30/2014 9:03AM

  Sure looks like it was a beautiful day and the pictures are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. Rest up.

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Operation Declutter

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I have always disliked clutter even as a girl I was always tidying things up and getting stuff organised.
My Dad would say' Paula's in tidy mode again, I can't find a thing'
Now my Husband says 'Oh no not tidy head again, it will take me ages to find stuff around here'



That untidy table has to be sorted out before I go potty.

All those bits and pieces that need putting away or throwing out



Oh trust me I am not a tidy freak I just can't stand clutter I like to know where things are and have space rather than hoarding stuff that is of no use to me.

I found this and decided that it time to declutter.
Declutter in 30 days
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=declutter_your_home_in_31_days


Time to get




So one room at a time, one draw at a time and one cupboard at a time my home will be clutter free.
I have dishes that I will never use in kitchen cupboards along with cooking utensils and even pans that are tucked away. I used to use them when family came round but as that is not going to happen I may as well give them to a charity shop and let someone else use them.

Clothes that no longer fit need clearing out why hand onto them I am not going to wear them again.

Books that are taking up space many of which I will never read again or if they are recipe books I can pass them on as they are sitting there unused.

Art and craft stuff that is never going to used. I kept some of it as I thought I could use it later on with my Grandson but that is not happening, so I will clear it out and use the space for other things.

The linen cupboard needs a good tidy up it is amazing how stuff gets stuffed into a cupboard and forgotten about.

The list could on and it is sometimes a question of where to start.
For me it is always the Kitchen as I work in there the most.
So a good old fashioned clear out and declutter is under way, 30 days to get the place clutter free.



So the challenge is on, time to get the place organised and back to normality or what passes for it here.

  
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LOVINGKATE 7/29/2014 5:40PM

  I do NOT like clutter. Have not used it in a year out it goes to some where. Always try to recycle where I can. Live in a college town so kid are always looking. Good luck in your 30 day de-clutter. Will be doing more of that in the fall, which is coming way to fast.

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WATREKKIE 7/28/2014 9:53AM

    GREAT for you, sweetie! !!

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RUNRUN131 7/28/2014 9:13AM

  Inspiring blog! :) I think I will follow in your footsteps! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/27/2014 11:35PM

    Housework can be great exercise, too! My dd is going through a de-cluttering also. It can be overwhelming.

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SPEDED2 7/27/2014 7:29PM

    emoticon Clutter makes me nervous!

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PATRICIA-CR 7/27/2014 11:51AM

    Good for you! emoticon

I have to de-clutter but I exercise my procrastination with it emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/27/2014 10:42AM

  great idea should do more of it myself

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MAWMAW101 7/27/2014 10:30AM

    I love this.....just made myself a chart for each room and what needs cleared out (ie.the file cabinet, the mending pile, the spice cabinet) and today will be the spare room that seems to catch everything.
Thanks for the idea Paula. Have a wonderful day!

Phyllis~~

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JOHNMARTINMILES 7/27/2014 10:15AM

    This is a day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it!

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AUNTRENEE 7/27/2014 10:07AM

    Good idea. Need to do that around here.

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Weather causes problems

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This humid weather we are having and then the rather hot and humid days are causing havoc with everything.

For one this the bus service is up the creak without a paddle as buses are breaking down due to being over heated. So if you have an appointment to get to you have to plan a head and get a really early bus just in case the one you want does not turn up.

Another bus bites the dust



Three buses were taken off today so I had a rather long wait to get the shopping done. I had planned to do it tomorrow but as it was bit cooler this morning I did it today instead. Just as well with what happened this afternoon.

On a personal note the heat and humidity has made things difficult for me as my dizzy spells have kicked in a treat. So much so that I am tempering the exercise for a while as getting hot during my exercisers means I end up dizzy. Am I drinking water during exercising? You bet I am but it makes little difference.





Then we have wonderful neighbours across the road who decided that it a was a good idea to have drinks in their garden that faces ours during the late evening.



That was fine it was their conversation that was the problem we could hear every thing as they were far from quite.
By 2am I got up and made a drink for myself and DH and we read for a while hoping they would eventually be quite. By 3am they had decided to call it a night and went inside. Hurray peace at last and we could get to sleep.

So a very disturbed night again thanks to other people, as if it is not bad enough being humid at night we get twits deciding to hold conversations outside that everyone can hear.
Other people are moaning about it as well as they too were kept awake by them being so loud. Say something to them? No thanks I rather like breathing, they are not the sort of people to mess with if you know what I mean.

Then this afternoon my plans for tomorrow were shattered as my Sister-in-Law has to go into hospital for a minor Gynae procedure but needs someone with her.
My Brother cannot go as he had agreed to do an extra shift tomorrow and cannot get out of it.
The procedure was planned for today but the surgeon was not available so she was asked to go in tomorrow at short notice.
If she does not go tomorrow she will be put at the bottom of the list and will have to wait months to get it done.
She was in a real flap as she wants this out of the way and did not want to put it off.
So Paula to the rescue, I don't mind as it is important and needs doing, so I have put things on hold and changed things around. Just as well I did the shopping this morning.
So tomorrow I will be in the hospital most of the day, a book will be needed as I sit and wait for my Sister -in-Law and some water as well. It is always far too warm in the hospital and I will melt without some water to drink.

So please tonight I want it a bit cooler and if possible some rain to keep the twits over the road inside so I can get some sleep.
Wish me luck.

  
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JCMSMILE 7/24/2014 11:42PM

  Wishing you & your sister-in-law the best!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/24/2014 9:53PM

    all the best with the weather......
hoping it improves soon............
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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/24/2014 4:58PM

    Sorry the heat and humidity are making you dizzy. Hope it cools down for you tonight and that your neighbors will be quiet too!

Pray all goes will with your sister-in-law. Maybe you can walk around the hospital to get some exercise while you are waiting.

Sleep well!

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SPEDED2 7/24/2014 12:04PM

    Good luck. Prayers are with you and yours.

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LAURIEMN 7/24/2014 11:43AM

    The humidity and lack of sleep make everything more difficult. Here's hoping you get that rain to keep the twits in their place and to break the humidity! Please do stay hydrated at the hospital tomorrow! Can you bring some knitting with you?

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NASFKAB 7/24/2014 11:01AM

  really hope you get the sleep you need

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Knitting Progress

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I joined in the July Stash Buster Challenge and decided to knit myself a cardigan but with a difference. It was knitted in one piece and knitted sideways.
I have never done anything like this before and it was a real challenge as I had to place markers on the needle, use short rows and graft in the stitches on the sleeves.
All new to me so I was learning new things as I went along.

This is the pattern I used www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cor
inne-3


and this is the end result.



It needs to be blocked and buttons sewn on but I did it and have learnt how to do new things as well. The grafting of the stitches was something I was dreading but after looking up how to do it on Youtube, as the written instructions may as well been in hieroglyphics, I soon found it was not as difficult as I had thought.

So now I have a new cardigan that I can wear and have learnt new techniques that open up a lot more patterns for me that I was put off trying before.
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Not me I love learning new things and have proved I can do things I have done before.

I added it to my Nutty Knitter Blog as well as I like to keep arecord of what I have made.
the-nutty-knitter.blogspot.co.uk/201
4/07/my-blue-cardigan.html


Now I can make some more frogs and get them sent off to Siblings Together before I embark on a new project.

  
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JAWATKINS 7/25/2014 9:25AM

    You did a great job!! Keep trying new things!! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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RENATA144 7/23/2014 11:30PM

  I Love your beautiful & emoticon Sweater !!!
You are a great crafter !!! emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/23/2014 11:01AM

    I love the color!

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DISABLEDSPARKER 7/22/2014 8:42PM

    Awsome!
I have not picked up my needles in a long time. I have patterns I want to make though. Some I am even scared of. But, after reading your blog - hey I guess I can do it too.
And the finished result is absolutely beautiful! Maybe a picture of you wearing it after it is blocked? I'll be waiting.....
-Lynn

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USMAWIFE 7/22/2014 6:19PM

    looks great

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KAYLEESMEME 7/22/2014 5:18PM

    So pretty Paula! I love to knit also. I have been taking a break this summer, so I can keep moving. When I start knitting, I tend to sit still for long periods of time! emoticon It is one of my favorite hobbies.

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COLLEENCONQUERS 7/22/2014 4:50PM

    that is very pretty .. great job.. you are emoticon

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SPEDED2 7/22/2014 3:05PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 7/22/2014 11:53AM

  Pretty emoticon . Nice work! I do not knit but enjoy what others make.

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NASFKAB 7/22/2014 11:36AM

  great job

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The Importance of Me Time

Monday, July 21, 2014

We are al so busy caring for family, the home,doing stuff at work and generally rushing around that we forget about ourselves.

It is important to some time just for you.



Here are some reasons to take some Me time
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=1657


I get caught up in the home and caring for DH and forget that I too need time to do things I love.
So I have taken some time out of the day to pursue my creativity by embellishing my journals.


Listen to music


Read a book


Relax in the garden


Pamper yourself


Paint


What ever it is make sure you are going to be interrupted so no phone calls, no one asking where is this or that no TV blaring in the back ground, unless you have decided to watch a film you like as your me time.

I have had to take the time for me so that I can cope with everything else. Yes I knit each day but that is not always me time. The time I set aside for me is for something I love to do just for myself. So I am making time to be creative as I have neglected that side of things and I miss it.
Listening to music I love at a sound level I like or reading a book in the garden is something I love so I am taking time out to do just that.

It is not selfish it is important to do something for yourself it has taken me years to learn this and finally I get it.

  
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AMBER461 7/29/2014 10:45PM

  We'll said, thanks for sharing.

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MTRANCHWOMAN 7/29/2014 6:20PM

    When I was younger and raising a family with a full time job, my ME time was one hour in the morning before anyone else was up. At that time it was a cup of coffee, a cigarette and the morning paper. I still drink coffee but gave up the other two.

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MAKING-PROGRESS 7/27/2014 6:54PM

    Excellent Blog! I whole heartedly agree! Couldn't have said it better :-)

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MARCELA_OLEGA 7/26/2014 12:17PM

    all the things we do has just one final meaning which is that we are happy.

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WALLPER26 7/25/2014 4:39PM

    emoticon Nicely said. Congrats on realizing this in your 20's. Keep up the good work!

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MAGMATTIN 7/25/2014 2:54PM

  I too love my time being creative......it shuts out the negative and lets me fly

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AARDVARK28 7/25/2014 12:06PM

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to take time for myself.

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AMBER461 7/24/2014 8:34PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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    Very Inspiring, loved your photos. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/24/2014 3:47PM

    You are right...about every two weeks or so I have to take a me day

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GRACED777 7/24/2014 1:45PM

    I have to live thoughtfully and purposefully, or I am not valuing the life I've been given.

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    emoticon Excellent blog! emoticon

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/24/2014 12:23PM

    Love this, thanks!

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LCRUMLEY81 7/24/2014 10:46AM

  me time is important

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SHARONCAPPS 7/24/2014 8:40AM

  I agree. Thanks for sharing,

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JERICHO1991 7/24/2014 8:14AM

    I'm finally getting it too.

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LEANMEAN2 7/24/2014 7:14AM

    I definitely agree!

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CICELY360 7/23/2014 11:34PM

  good blog

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RENATA144 7/23/2014 11:29PM

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I Loved your beautiful & meaningful blog !

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SASSYTHING52 7/23/2014 11:01PM

    i need meeeeeeeeeee time

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LITESTORMX2 7/23/2014 12:56PM

    I am really struggling to find that balance. It is something I crave & I continue to strive to work on. Thanks for the reminder!

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SECONDCHANCE58 7/23/2014 12:05PM

  I'm working on telling family and friends no. Because if I don't I will not have me time.

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LIMEGREEN2014 7/23/2014 11:51AM

    Great reminder for us all. "Me time" as a mom and career woman can be hard to fit in, but such a benefit to everyone and everything when we do. Thanks for making us remember ourselves!

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BIKINIBOTTOM56 7/23/2014 11:40AM

    Congrats on your blog being featured. What excellent advice, in fact I'm indulging myself right now...looking at Perry Mason and giving myself a foot soak/massage.

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BIKINIBOTTOM56 7/23/2014 11:39AM

    Congrats on your blog being featured. What excellent advice, in fact I'm indulging myself right now...looking at Perry Mason and giving myself a foot soak/massage.

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail.

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ANGELN325 7/23/2014 7:05AM

    I agree. I get up early just so I can have some uninterrupted time to do what I want to do and get me ready for my day.

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SNOW365 7/23/2014 5:12AM

    Enjoyed this blog! Thanks for sharing!

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    emoticon We all need time to ourselves to unwind and remember who we are! emoticon

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TIGGZZZ13 7/22/2014 11:50PM

    Agree COMPLETELY.

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  Thanks for sharing.

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    You can do this! Way to go!

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TWIRLNYC 7/22/2014 8:18PM

  We'll said

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