Simply Filling/Core - Weekly chat Oct. 18-24th

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10-18-2010, 03:41 AM
New pages Hope I've got this right.

Girls night out this evening, not expecting a huge loss on Tuesday:D

How are are the rehearsals going Sandra? And is there any news of Tejas's whereabouts? She's not done a runner with that dishy trainer has she:p?

10-18-2010, 11:15 AM
Good morning. Thanks for starting the new thread jojo and a big congratulations on your 3 lb loss. My husband loves baseball, football and college basketball. He is a Kentucky Wildcats fan. I love hockey. I'm from Michigan and we have the best team, the Red Wings. That's the only sport I will bother watching.

Sandra, you sound pretty busy to me. Isn't it amazing how short the days are once you retire? I don't know how I managed when I was working and raising a family.

Maryann, good luck at the dr. today. I had knee surgery in '95, was told I would need a knee replacement, but so far, so good.

My husband finally got here. He has been gone so much I was starting to feel like a widow. We are off to the antique shops today. We love doing that.

Not sure how often I will be able to check in, but will try. A good week to all.

10-18-2010, 12:53 PM
I am planning a better week eating...
I am back up to 148..urg..

I have been so tired lately it is making it hard for me to get
things done I need to do.

We rejoined a church yesterday that we used to go to when the kids were little.
It is the church DH and I met & married. The only reason we left was that the youth group was not what we wanted for the kids. It is great for the super involved kids but really drops the ball when it comes to outreach or activities that would encourage a kid to become more involved. When we talked to the leaders about it we were saddened about their lack of concern about the kids they are missing. Everything else is super at this church so with all the kids out of the nest we decided to return. The youth thing still bothers me though and I hope as we get involved we can help with some
activities for youth outreach.

10-18-2010, 01:09 PM
Naw, I didn't run away with my trainer. But, if I weren't old enough to be his grandmother, I might make an attempt.

I went to the aerobics "Latin heat" class today and my body was really creaky. I then did some weights and could tell that it's been a week since I lifted any significant amounts. I can normally press 25 pounds dumbbells over my head and today I had to work hard to do 20 pounds and couldn't do more than 10 reps. But, I love the way my arms are looking...very strong biceps and triceps.

OK, enough about me :lol:

Nancy, as I was reading your post, I was thinking that maybe you should just get in there and do something with the youth. When I was in my 20's I did a lot of youth work, but I'm not so interested right now. But, I love being in a congregation that takes its youth work really seriously. We have our kids do a lot of public service, and a lot of that is about the environment.

I hope you're all having a good day.

Rhonda (

10-18-2010, 01:19 PM
If this works, you'll see a picture of me and my trainer.


10-18-2010, 01:25 PM
Rhonda... Its been on my mind & heart alot to do something to reach the kids that aren't going to come to church ,sunday school or a bible study yet.

I am looking for ideas that reach out to the kids that aren't
in a church and just need someone to care about things they are going through.
Blackaby's book Experiencing God says to find out what God is already doing
and jump in. Our church is good about supporting local ministries , so maybe I need to look for a group already doing something for the youth in our community. I just wish a kid coming to our church with their parents would
see an active exciting youth group.

10-18-2010, 01:26 PM
Wow Rhonda ...

I think Todd could get even me exercising !!!!!!

10-18-2010, 01:43 PM
hehehehehehehe :devil: NOW you know my motivation!

10-18-2010, 07:16 PM
And Todd could probably even get me off the recliner. Wow!

I just have a second here but should be back later tonight.

Maryann, I am wishing you the best with your knee. Can your daughter come help you? I hope so.

Got to go to OA. I'll be back later tonight or in the morning.

10-18-2010, 07:59 PM
I had missed your knee post.
Oh no...
Let us know how today went & how the pain is..
I hope it will be a quick recovery...

10-19-2010, 02:43 AM
By Gum Rhonda... you don't get many of those to the pound. What a hunk;)

How's the knee Maryann?

How's the play going Sandra?

Nancy When I was a child I was forced to go to church every Sunday, rain or shine and belong to every group connected to it. The result was, that when I left home, I never set foot in one again for many years. I think your idea of encouraging them in without coerce is excellent

beach bum
10-19-2010, 10:15 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

It all started last Monday when I was running to meet the ferry to MV I felt a pain in my knee and It went away as fast as it came ,So I didn't think too much about it. Tues the pain came back and I took some pain killers from my shoulder/neck injury and I was fine.Wed I went to my walking tour club and just for a precaution I wore my brace.and felt no pain. Thurs the same no pain or discomfort to my knee. Than on Friday the pain started again,but all my doctors have a 3 day off weekend up here,and I couldn't get to see any of them,so I put my brace on and took some more pain pills. Sat I was fine,so I decided to go to church on Sunday with a brace on.I was fine in church,and than I went to brunch with my friends at Friendly No problem there.After we left I told my friends I going grocery shopping,and my friend Mary had to go there also. The minute I hit the Stop & Shop parking lot and tried to get out of the car I heard a pop and I couldn't walk as the pain shot up my leg. So I decided to go home,about a 1/2 I called my friend Alice to take me to the ER as the pain didn't go away and I couldn't walk. At the hospital they told me that I tore my hamstring on the back of my knee and I had to call my orthopedic doctor for a emergency appointment. I have an appointment this afternoon at 3 PM. I'm sure I going to have another MRI before anything is done. That's my story as or now.

SANDRA-Don't want to tell my DD as she & my DS would send me back to NY to live and I don't want to leave the Cape. This is my home but they don't believe that.The only family member i told was my sister.

PAM-My DH had a knee problem and where they took arthritis out that surround the knee,the did microscopic surgery on him,but this isn't my knee its the hamstrings in the back of the knee.

NANCY-Today is the first day that I didn't need the pain killers. Hope that everything is ok when I go see the doctors.

JOJO-Thanks for the new pages, the knee is feeling fine this morning. Hope that the doctor can find out whats wrong with it so I can get some treatment on it.

Have great day and I'll be back to let you know what the doctor said and whats my best treatment.

10-19-2010, 03:24 PM
Maryann...thanks for the update about your knee. That must have really hurt!

Your kids don't determine where you live, do they? Just give us their contact information and we'll take care of them for you :devil:

10-19-2010, 04:01 PM
Maryann, I was just wondering if you would have help at home if you had to have surgery and couldn't do for yourself. It sounds like you have a lot of friends nearby who would help. Thank you for telling us about your knee and please keep us updated.

JoJo, I went years without going to church, too. About a year ago Curtis and I found this little country church and are feeling like we're "home." The play is going to be cute. Most of the characters are hillbillies with a few city slickers. My main assignment is trouble shooting, helping cast members with projection and acting techniques. (I used to direct plays for competitions back in my other life.) The last 2 weeks I've had to stand in for absentee cast members. I feel sad for the director as she's having quite a time getting folks to rehearsals. They only rehease on Sunday afternoons, but this isn't for competition. It's for fun. I think all will be all right even if playbooks have to be onstage behind menus. (Set is a hillbilly cafe so there's a lot of sitting with menus.) Of course the main characters will have to have their lines memorized but it's already looking like that's happening. First rehearsal I told the director not to let me try to be too bossy. So far so good.

Rhonda, do you have yellow butterflies? We're seeing several each day now; plus, we have at least 4 bluebirds back. They come in around 6 pm each day to bathe then go to bed. Life is good.

My eating is good. My OA sponsor and I are now e'ing each other our daily food intake. That's helping me with portion control and late night snacking. I'm on day 133 dessert free. However!!!! Next Monday I'm making a sf/cake with sf frosting--new Pillsbury mixes!! I'm making it for the men's discipleship meeting but will have a serving myself. I am looking forward to this. What a change from when I used to have desserts whenever and as much as I wanted. This piece of cake is going to be special. When I was having candy, etc...... as often as I wanted, I started taking it for granted and didn't really enjoy it like I should. (Is this making sense?) I'm going to eat slowly and savor every crumb.

Life is good.

beach bum
10-19-2010, 06:47 PM
Come home from the doctors,and Now its seems it not a torn hamstring like the tech told me in the ER but it might be a torn spongy disc[knee cartilage] in-between the two bones of the knee. He gave me a cortisone shot,and now I will have a another MRI and than a follow up at the doctor 11/9,to see what is really going one. The doctor told me not to used the big bulky brace they gave me in the hospital but wear more or less a ace bandage instead.

I'm so tired I can't keep my eyes opens I will post in the morning and hope the cortisone shot take the pain away.

10-19-2010, 07:40 PM
Maryann, I've had those shots and they usually work wonders. I hope yours does. Now get some rest.

My gf and I shot over 2 hours today. I'm sunburned and tired but am feeling pretty confident in my progress. Looks like we'll just snack for dinner. I'm even hungry for grapes and a banana. :lol:

10-20-2010, 03:38 AM
Sunburn Sandra... sunburn? What's that? We have murky misty mornings or bright frosty ones at the moment. Scotland is expecting snow:dizzy:

Now Maryann Just you promise me, no jogging love until the pain has gone. How are you? I know how pain can pull you down.

Mark has found a book listing and mapping walks around our city and county. He thinks it will help me shift the weight. The walks range from 3 miles to 8. We used to be great ones for walking, but since this weight gain and the pain in my joints we have let it slide. So we are starting off with a 3 miler around the city, if I'm in too much pain we can call a cab:D

Our wardrobes (clothes closets) are over 30 years old, big and cumbersome. I have to wait in this morning because we have bought 2 new ones. Light oak, integral drawers and much nicer. They will make our bedroom much more light and airy, and maybe help us sell

Hang in there everyone.

10-20-2010, 08:18 AM
Good Morning (or afternoon across the pond)

I'm back to tracking food on, after having taken a break while on vacation. I notice that it does matter to me if I write down what I eat. It's easy to forget when I don't.

This morning I start my additional tap classes, in preparation for the December 2nd performance at the county court house for the Christmas tree lighting. Can a black satin jacket with "Syncopated Ladies" be far behind? :dance:

I finished my stained glass project yesterday and think that I am now ready to start creating the mosaic piece I'm going to do on my kitchen back splash. We shall see. I'll post a picture of the stained glass soon.

I hope you all have a great day.


beach bum
10-20-2010, 10:30 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

My knee it is lot better today I have no pain,but the doctor wants me to continue to wear a brace. I really feel bad not being able to go on my walking tour this morning. I miss the ladies that I met and the talks about the area we are walking.Hope I will be able to meet with them again. While I was positing,the hospital called & my MRI is scheduled on Monday 4:40 in the afternoon.

As far as the diet is going I can't seem to get out of the 168-170 group on the scale. Have been shopping in a while and i don't have junk-y food around so why do the #'s going up. Its really puzzling. Jillian & Bob on the B/L told us to eat portion sizes I do that will 3 section plates and I still can't lose.

RHONDA-It did hurt and I had no relieve until I had the cortisone shot,but I still have to wear a softer brace than the hospital gave me . I'm returning it this morning as I don't want to pay for it.

Yes, my kids still think I'm at child and I can't take care of myself. so that's the reason I don't tell them anything. They feel if I come back to NY they would be there for me,but I wouldn't be able to afford living need them,as it VERY EXPENSIVE THERE. The only thing I could afford on Long Island would be 2 hrs away and they wouldn't come of I called.

SANDRA-I have wonderful friends up here my friend Alice took me to the ER and to the doctors when I called.I'm so blessed to have her. I in return will take her out to a good restaurant.All expenses paid. My other friend is having problem with her DH health right now,and the other two are doing family things. If I need help I will to hire a cleaning lady a couple days as week, than I can go on line and order my groceries from Stop & shop, but right now I feel like doing it myself.

JOJO- Thanks, I promise,I think once I have my MRI and the doctors know whats wrong with the knee and fix it I will be able to walking again with my walking friends.

Have a great day

10-20-2010, 06:50 PM
JoJo, we're having warm, sunshiney days right now. "Indian Summer" I guess My gf and I will be outside again tomorrow afternoon and we'll prob get a little more burn, but that's all right. We won't get that opportunity much longer. Your walking plans sound good. Curtis and I have been walking around our acreage. He is keeping a path mowed around 3+ acres. We have been aiming for 1 loop a day except for days but haven't stuck to it yet.

Rhonda, I am e'ing my daily food to my sponsor now (as of 2 days ago) and am already seeing how that helps keep me on track. So your first performance is Dec 2? That's coming up pretty soon. You need to get your black satin jacket ordered. You're having a great deal of fun and are a poster child or retirement. Life is good.

Maryann, it sounds like you have a good plan and a lot of friends. You probably have more help available on the Cape than you would in NY.

I got my nails done today and am now taking it easy. Ya'll have a good evening. I'll be back tomorrow.

10-21-2010, 02:16 AM
So, writing the food consumption again has been helpful. It gives much more control, even if it is tedious.

I went to the gym and lifted weights. I also went to drawing class and made a little breakthrough. For the first time in weeks I thought "I can do this."

All is well here.

Maryann, I bet your buddies are missing you too. Hopefully, you'll be back at it soon.

'night all,

10-21-2010, 03:52 AM
I'm glad the knee is on the mend Maryann. I bet you miss being out and about.
Another chilly morning here.
I'm going to see a friend today, she had a hysterectomy on Friday and was discharged home on Monday. She's feeling very down.
Have a good one everybody.

10-21-2010, 11:53 AM
Does anyone like treasure maps??
There is a lady in our town that
puts out treasure maps on each Equinox
that lead to a hidden key. The finder of that key gets a piece of her
handcrafted beautiful jewelry.

If you Google Raleigh Treasure Hunt, her site is the first to come up I think.
Her name is Lillian Jones and her site is called the Enamellist because
she uses enamel in her jewelry.

I have a friend that has done a few of her maps with me and they are so much fun. DH thinks we have lost our minds because it gets a bit addictive.

If anyone is interested let me know and I'll tell you some of the clues we think we have found.

beach bum
10-21-2010, 02:27 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Got up late this morning,after going to bed late. My knee is not hurting anymore but I'm still going to keep wearing my brace on for another day or two.

Have to to to Walmart and get some Halloween cards for my DGC. Going to give them money instead of candy as the twins have braces and the other two don't need it.

Made some roasted veggies from the first SBD book had some in the evening while watching tv, maybe that the way to go,now that I a fateful listener to the Dr Oz show and what he says about all products out there that aren't good or could be killers to your system. Have to go to his web site and bring back the article.

SANDRA-I love my friends up here and the locals are so friendly,that why I love living in a small town USA. If I started to talk to a stranger in NY they would think I had 3 heads. All the good friends that I made thought the years in NY are all gone to different parts of the country.Too Expensive to live there.

RHONDA-I'm going to try to get back to my Walking Group for our next walk,next Wednesday.I met one woman in our group and she told me that another woman has knee problems also.

JOJO-My knee doesn't hurt anymore I guess it was the cortisone shot that helped. I have been going out to the grocery store and than Walmart this morning. I also had a chance to go down to the beach where I sat on a bench watching the waves rolling in and crashing along the shore. I love that sound. That another reason I won't leave the Cape.Hope you friend mends from the hysterectomy. I decided to start driving too early and my bladder fell.So she should be careful.I sure you could cheer her up as from your post you sound like you have a great personality.

NANCY-I never got involved in a treasure map.WoW that sound like fun. Have you ever won any of her jewelery????

Have to go and get my chores done for this afternoon

10-21-2010, 05:18 PM
Maryann, we live in a rural area so I am with you on small town USA. I thoroughly enjoy running into folks I know when I'm out shopping.

Rhonda, it does take time to journal, doesn't it? I'm glad I'm doing it cuz it's making me think twice before I take the bite.

I made a WW chicken cordon bleu (sp?) today. It was delicious. I got the recipe from a good friend in Canada. It was easy, too.

Nancy, the treasure hunt sounds like fun but I guess I'll pass for now. Let us know if you win any jewelry.

Vickie? I miss you.

Today is Day 135 and I'm going strong. Tomorrow I sub so it should be an easy day as well. Parties and recitals Saturday then our usual church stuff Sunday. I'm baking a sf cake/icing Monday for Men's Discipleship--and I'm planning to have a slice myself. I can't remember when my last planned "sweet treat" was. Before I went "sugar free", I was having sweets as often and as much as I wanted. This planned "slice" is exciting. I'm looking forward to it--and if I can't limit myself to 1 slice, I won't bake any more for a long long time.

10-22-2010, 03:58 AM
Glad to hear about the knee Maryann There's nothing worse than pain you can't get away from is there? You move in bed and it wakes you up.

I looked at the link Nancy I'd love to have a go with you. The past winners looked fun people too.Keep us up to speed on your progress.

I doubt I'll have a big loss this week. As I said yesterday,I went to see my old friend who is just out of hospital. Someone had sent her a huge box of handmade Belgian chocolates (pause while I wipe the dribble off the keyboard) I only had a couple, but they were ginormous and very rich.

How's the weather in Texas Sandra?

beach bum
10-22-2010, 05:25 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Couldn't believe the temps this morning when I got up it was 44%,and with the wind howling. Thought I missed Halloween.

Just go finished with my chores for the day,so now I taking time to sit down and relax.

At noon I went to our local senior citizen center for an October fest celebration where they served bratwurst/or knackwurst on a hot dog bun potato salad and apple cider. Met some nice woman there,where we exchanged names & phone #s . So we can keep in touch and have a cup of coffee now and then. One of the woman lived in the same town as I did when growing up in the city.So now that makes 5 woman in the last 2 months that came from the same area as I did in NY. How's that for a coincidence????

Tomorrow Alice & I are going out for dinner,in one of our locate landmark restaurants. It seem that when our town was in battle with the British this restaurant was in the middle of the fight and has a cannon ball in the men's room wall. Exciting to live a place with such history.

SANDRA-I met two woman at the center to today and we exchanged phone#'s It might turn out fine and than that's how you make new friends in a small town.

JOJO-Thanks,My knee is not hurting anymore now that I had a cortisone shot. Hope this MRI this Monday doesn't show a tear anywhere and I be bake on my walking tour again.

Have a nice evening and I see you guys tomorrow

10-22-2010, 10:30 PM
JoJo, we had gorgeous weather today with highs in the 80's. I was subbing and wasn't able to be outside soaking up sun, but that's all right. I had a good time with the kids. My brother used to live in Belgium. I developed a taste for those chocolates--and I developed it very fast! I'm on day 136 sugar free and am planning to have a sugarfree devils food cake/sf chocolate frosting Monday. This will be a test to see if I can eat "just one" piece.

Maryann, I love reading about your adventures in the Cape. Yes, that's how to make new friend for sure. Have fun, my friend.

Curtis and I are going out to lunch tomorrow after our grand's piano recital. Tomorrow evening we're going to a graduation party for the wife of on of my ex-students. She just received her LVN license.

Got to go cheer on the Texas Rangers. I'll catch you later.

10-23-2010, 12:01 AM
Hi chickies. Been really busy since my husband arrived.

jojo, hope your friend has a speedy recovery. There is a smudge of chocolate on your upper lip, lol.

Rhonda, hubba, hubba. I wish I had a personal trainer.

Sandra, we have been having beautiful weather too. Humidy is low, temps in low 80's, just perfect.

Maryann, so glad the shot has helped you. They did nothing for me. You still should not overdo it until you see your dr. Sounds like a nice place to live. Glad you have many friends.

Nancy, my weight slowly starting creeping up. I was at 146 and was fine with that. Now I'm at 172 and can't seem to get into the 160's. I think I eat the right foods, just too much of it.

I love Dr. Oz. I dvr him everyday. A food log would probably be helpful.

Well, it's getting late. I'll try to check in more often. Night all

10-23-2010, 12:32 AM
Pam, my weight crept back up, too, when we moved to Texas back in 07. For over a year Curtis and I ate like we were on vacation. (Doesn't work!)

10-23-2010, 02:45 AM
Hi all:

We spent the evening taking care of the grandkids and have been home for a short while. It's time for bed and I want to eat everything in sight! It must be time to just crash.

I hope you've all had a good day. I've been super busy with tap dance and politics (another kind of dance).

10-23-2010, 03:53 AM
No it isn't chocolate Pam Just need to change the jolly old razor blade:D

You are so right Sandra Belgium is lovely.

We had a huge storm here last night. Trees down, roads flooded, structural damage to houses etc. The weather forecast promised 'occasional showers' Typical isn't it? We don't have any damage at all thank goodness and it helped damp down the fire (see below)

We live in a mediaeval city. It has grown considerably over the centuries and we have all the usual soulless concrete buildings as does everywhere else, but the old part of town is still mediaeval and we get lots of tourist who love to walk the narrow cobbled streets and look up at the black and white buildings which almost meet overhead. Part of the old town backs onto the town centre.
On Thursday, we noticed a lot of activity on the ring road and sirens going, but thought it was an accident. On the news that evening, an electrical fault in a 15th century town centre pub had caused a massive fire. The town centre is still closed. Phones4U, The Card Factory and Ann Summers will have to be demolished and several of the other shops have dreadful smoke damage. We must have been the only locals not to have known anything about it. I always say; if God gave me a brain he robbed a rabbit

beach bum
10-23-2010, 11:39 AM
Good Morning Ladies:)

Got up late again this time is was 9AM,not to much new today.Some of my choir friends told me about 2 church retreats one for 3hrs and the other for 6,not going to neither, I'm going to take it easy today and than get ready for the big dinner my friend Alice & I are going to have late afternoon.

Do have to get my car gassed up,and than go to rite aid for some items that I need,and than that about all. Oh by the way I lost 3 lbs at today's W-I,but its the same pounds that I gain & lose over & over again.

SANDRA-Thanks, I love meeting new people and I think that's rubbing off my friend Alice. She's so friendly to all,and I learned a lot from her. I don't think I could do that living in a big city I think that small town USA that's where its coming from. Everyone here seems to be that way up here.Funny that you told Pam about overeating when moving to Texas. Leo & I did same thing.I still feel like I'm still on vacation.:D

PAM-that's what I going to do,just take it easy,as the doctor told me even if it doesn't hurt I still should have to brace on day & night for protection.I found a lot of people like to be talked too but it takes the first step to start.

RHONDA-:wave: have a nice weekend. I thing the changing of the weather from hot to colder is making us want comfort foods,at least it does for me .I now drinking Atkins protein shakes if I feel hungry during the late evening.

JOJO-Sorry about the big storm hope you didn't have any major damage. From your post I can imagine that you live in some exotica place. I would love to have an area in our town like that.

Have a great morning

10-23-2010, 04:00 PM
JoJo, thank goodness you were safe. Your town sounds enchanting. In my other life (back in the 80's), we were tourists around about 11 countries in Europe. One of my best memories is of Guiere (sp?) Switzerland. We came home from this trip understanding how young our country is. We were also amazed at how many of the older buildings/castles/etc.... are still in use. Modern buildings just don't hold up like the older ones.

Rhonda, I hear ya on being exhausted looking for energy after keep grands. Their energy level is draining for us, isn't it?

Lightning here. I got to get off the computer.

10-23-2010, 09:42 PM
another day gone. Can't seem to get in here earlier in the day. Trying to catch up on my shows that I DVR'd.

Rhonda, I miss my little granddaughter. Haven't seen her since July. We tried getting on Skype, but for some reason, it wasn't working. Enjoy your evening.

Maryann, I usually get up around 8 or 8:30 and feel like I haven't slept a wink. Today, I got up at 5:30 and felt great. Go figure. I usually go to sleep around midnight.

jojo, your town does sound very enchanting. I think our oldest city is St. Augustine, and can only imagine visiting all those castles, etc. Glad the storm spared you.

Sandra, I know what you mean about eating like we are on vacation. My husband is in his glory, here in Florida. Where we live in KY is very rural and the closest decent restaurant is over an hour away. Here, there are so many to choose from and all within a 20 minute drive. I have been trying to stay on program, but it's hard. My hubby would eat out every night, if I went along with it. I cook for myself. I'll never get him to eat right.

Well, back to my programs. Have a great Sunday.

10-23-2010, 10:08 PM
Pam, we still go out to eat a great deal of the time. It is difficult to make the healthier choices and a lot of times I don't. I am trying more for smaller portions. That seems to be helping some.

I have an NSV. Today I had on the same outfit I wore when we last saw Rhonda and Doyle. Curtis and I were walking down the sidewalk toward a business and I felt something at my ankles. I thought a dog was after me--was I ever surprised when I looked down and it was my belt!!:yikes: It had slid down my body to my feet. I don't know if anyone else saw it except for Curtis. What a hoot!!

10-23-2010, 11:35 PM
Hey chickies! I'm still alive but extremely busy. Hope you are all well. I have not even had time to read the posts. I'll try to check in sometime this week. TTFN

10-24-2010, 04:21 AM
Yes, it’s a lovely old town. We can walk from our house on the edge of town through the old part to the city centre. Come and join me on the walk...

Mind the steps down from our house; it was a tad frosty last night. You OK Maryann? Don't want you to fall. Mind your coats on the holly bush at the gate, we really should trim it back. Turn left, ‘Morning Miss Cummings. How’s your mum?’
OK then. Let’s just stop on this little bridge at the end of the road. See that wood way off to our right? That was where Nelson got the oak for his ships and where I go badger watching.
The traffic on this road is dreadful isn’t it? It’s a rat run from the ring road. Keep together girls and don’t forget we drive on the wrong side of the road.
Now, that falling down stone wall in front is part of the old city walls. But first, see that stone cross on the cross roads? Well in the time of the Black Death our city was free of it. The city people used to put food on the steps, outside the city walls and also big dishes of vinegar. Outsiders could pick up fresh provisions and leave the money in the vinegar to sterilize it and keep the city bug free.
Down this little hill which was the old city ditch and up into the old part. Just stop a minute and look up at the walls. Can you see those round things stuck in the stones? They are cannon balls from the time we Welsh tried to sack the town (we lost!) In front is our Cathedral, but at the end of this narrow street… see the channel running down the middle? That’s where these black and white houses used to empty their chamber pots! It must have been like walking down bomb alley. Now here we are in the city centre. Huge isn’t it? Mostly built in Victorian times. OK. Are we still all together? Just around this corner is Starbucks. We’ll have a quick one and then go on further another day.

10-24-2010, 10:02 AM
Jojo, thanks so much for the tour and the coffee break. I'm looking forward to our continued journey.

I spent all day yesterday doing orgainzing work for block walking this week. I'm ready for this election to be over, as are many people, no matter what the preferred outcome.

i just want to eat and eat, amazing. It must simply be stress. At least I'm aware that it's not hunger. I'll get out to the gym sometime today.

We had very stormy weather yesterday and it's still raining this morning. Sandra, you asked about yellow butterflies....yes, we have lots. I should look them up in my butterfly reference book. The birds are in hiding from the weather.

Have a good day everyone!

10-24-2010, 12:47 PM
Hi, Sloan. Take time to take a deep breath every now and then--and come see us here.

JoJo, I love the tour. I certainly hope Sloan gets to take it with us. What a wonderful way to visit your city! Everything sounds so peaceful. I'm anxiously waiting our further adventures.

Rhonda, the yellow butterflies like our blue morning glories. The other day Curtis was walking past the mg and I could see butterflies around him. Reminded me of that old movie "Song of the South." :lol: I hope you got to the gym to do some destressing.

We got up too late for Sunday School so we're waiting to go to Church Service. I'm sitting here all dressed and ready to go. Have a relaxing Sunday, everyone. I'll be back later.

beach bum
10-24-2010, 02:36 PM
Hi Ladies:)

Don't know whether it want to rain of not but I took my umbrella to church anyway.Had a wonderful brunch with my friends and now I relaxing as my knee started to bother me this morning. I think it has a lot to do with the dampness in the air. Well I going to Have my MRI tomorrow later afternoon and than will have a follow up at the doctor on Nov. 7th I sure he will know what to do next if something shows on the MRI.

This Wed going to play some Canasta with the group,and hopefully I will win the pot. Have to go and get my schedule for the bus and train and than find a good time to make the connecting schedule.My friends don't know the Boston area and don't know if the Bus terminal is near Amtrak. It would b e helpful to know where & what place to be.

Alice & I didn't make dinner,as she got back to late from the long retreat and didn't want to drive in the dark. We are going to make it another day when not else is scheduled.

Nothing else is new,so I'm going to rest my leg and I see you guys in the morning.

PAM-It is odd, it happens to me also the later I go to bed the better of having a good night sleep than going down earlier.

SLOAN-Hi :wave:Whenever,but don't be a stranger as I will miss you dearly.

JOJO-What a lovely tour,and I will be careful[don't know what the UK medical service are like]But I'm looking froward to our next trip,When you described it I just could close my eyes as picture it perfectly. Thanks you.

RHONDA-I with you I can't stand the commercials on TV and Radio,there more of school children than educated men, they way they scandalize each other. Whats the block walking all about?????

SANDRA-Big congrats in your NSV fitting into a new size. That is excellent way of telling if your lost weight or inches.

Have a nice relaxing Sunday

10-24-2010, 02:39 PM
Maryann, block walking is going door to door to "get out the vote" preferably for the candidates of MY choice.

Yes, I've had enough (plus) of the negativity that accompanies much of politics.

10-24-2010, 06:13 PM
Hey chickies, I can't believe I'm here two days in a row. I've been busy today, as usual. I have read a few posts, but I'm sure I've missed alot.

Jojo, what a lovely tour. I, too, could just picture your town! Could you tell me again exactly where you live? I would love to look at a map and try to find you!

Maryann, I think I missed most of the news about your knee. What's going on? I hope you are doing well. It sounds like you are getting around, at least.

Sandra, I did get to go on Jojo's tour with y'all. It was great, wasn't it? I loved your description of Curtis and the butterflies with the comparison to Song of the South.

Rhonda, I loved the pic of you and Todd. After all of your hard work, I hope your choice for candidate wins. Hang in there, it's almost over.

Pam, my favorite vacation spot is St. Augustine. My DH and I just love it there. I forgot where you said you stay in Florida. Are you near St. Augustine?

GTG get some laundry done. TTFN

10-24-2010, 09:30 PM
Maryann, I wish you the best of news from you MRI.

Sloan, I'm glad you got to take the walk with us. I'm curious about where JoJo lives, too.

We had fun at rehearsal even though several were absent. I'm extremely glad I'm not the director. Been there/done that.

10-25-2010, 04:03 AM
I’m afraid our city is far from quiet. Our esteemed council keeps building huge housing estates and granting planning permission for houses in the most ridiculous places. Several are built on sites where there was a garage originally attached to a house! Our drains are old Victorian ones in bad repair and at times of heavy rain the city looks more like Venice than an inland city. Our house is considerably over 100 years old no garage or place to build one and a basement. So far the basement hasn’t flooded, but if our council doesn’t do something, we will have the water in. Our car, like every other in the road has to be parked kerbside and only last night, one was stolen. We are lucky, we rent a garage but it is not very close to the house. We have many, many immigrants in the city and it is unusual to walk through our city centre and hear English spoken. These old Victorian houses are being turned into bed-sits. We have one next door to us which used to be full of junkies. Life was pretty grim. It was closed by Environmental Health as unfit for human habitation 5 years ago. We had to go out into our garden before our daughter could use it and pick up the discarded drug paraphernalia. The council told us, because it was on private property, it counted as household waste and we were responsible for it.
We have an enormous drug problem. Junkies from inner cities base themselves here, the money is good. We had a drug house in this road, you could see the school kids queuing up before and after school to get their drugs. We had to get really tough with the drug squad, because as long as they knew where the dealers were, they could keep tabs on them and consequently were loath to move them on.
Just lately a new independent local government political party has set itself up with an aim to getting the drug and over building problems under control. We had a by-election in our area last week (the sitting councillor had died) It was the first time the new party had stood, and it was an overwhelming landslide victory to them.
Our roads are not in good condition either. A few years ago the Queen visited and whatdoyerknow… every road she would travel on was repaired. There was quite a rumble of discontent in the town over that.
We don’t have the gangs and associated gangland killings that the big cities like London and Manchester have. Practically every week you hear about youngsters getting knifed or shot owing to fights between gangs, so we are very lucky to have escaped that.
Despite our problems here though, it is still a beautiful city on one of the most beautiful rivers in Britain. Tourists visit us right through the year and very welcome they are too.