Saturday, 14 May 2016

Saturday 16th April 2016

Today I received a present from Leeta my sister, that I hope is going to open up a new chapter in my life. It is a book called ‘Writing from the Heart’, inspiration and exercises for women who want to write.
Leeta, has, for a long time now, tried to encourage me to write, and the first thing I am going to do is to keep a weekly diary here, of my life.  Sometimes it will be mundane and boring I am sure, and at other times more interesting, but I will at least be writing.  This will just be a little off shoot of other things I hope to do.  At the moment I do a weekly exercise with Leeta. 
When Sindie was alive, she gave Leeta a box, filled with hundreds of little strips of paper, each having a subject typed on them.  Whatever is written on the piece of paper that Leeta picks out at random, is that weeks exercise.  This is the box she did for Leeta.  So much thought and time went into it, that we are both enjoying using it as it was intended.

I will write again with any interesting news :0)





Sunday 1st May 2016
We went to Chris and Sarah’s for a couple of hours.  It was a wet, cold and windy day, but we had fun building a Profiterole cake with the boys. Each profiterole was filled with fresh cream, and the whole thing, when built, was drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce!  It was delicious.  When we left, there were still two of the largest layers of profiteroles left for them to enjoy in the evening, (if they lasted that long)!


Tuesday 3rd May 2016
First sign of summer after a long miserable winter.  The sun is out and it is warming up. The boys, Joe and Jake are coming tomorrow and staying until Thursday, as Sarah has an ‘inset’ day and the school is closed.  Having my hair cut at one tomorrow as well, before preparing the boys favourite dinner, a roast.
Looking forward to having them again.

Wednesday 4th May
After my haircut, Lennie collected the boys this afternoon, and they all enjoyed a nice roast chicken dinner.
Thursday morning Lennie took the boys on an adventure.  They went for a very long walk in Penllergaer Woods.  They left at 9.30 a.m. and at midday I received a phone call from Lennie saying that they were lost! It was a good hour later that they finally arrived home.  After a nice lunch we took them to Fforestfach to look at their favourite shop, which they always enjoy.  We also went to the pet shop where they enjoyed looking at the rabbits, fish, Bearded Dragon and all sorts of insects. We then took them for a drink, and on the way home they also saw a beautiful owl on a lead!










14th May 2016
Last week, Lennie sat on a garden chair and went straight through it.  I was just turning my camera on to video the garden, and missed it!!  However, he was unhurt, but to avoid a more serious accident, (namely me falling through a chair!) we purchased 6 nice wooden garden armchairs, and Lennie took our other eight wooden chairs to the local recycling centre.


Tomorrow we are going to buy a wooden Steamer Lounger and cushion for me!  I have to have my legs up for comfort and medical reasons, but don’t like laying down, so it will be ideal! I will put a picture on after we have collected it.
On a more sombre note, poor Pickles is getting less and less able to walk any distance, and it takes her two or three goes before she can manage to lie down, as her hips are so stiff. She begs Lennie to bring her upstairs to me while I am getting ready in the morning, but she can't go upstairs on her own.  Lennie has to take her two back legs and 'wheelbarrow' her up.  She is perfectly happy doing this, and is quite happy in herself as well, sometimes making an effort to attack and chase her little dog treats round the kitchen floor, albeit slowly!  Realistically, we know that it is only a matter of time before the painkillers she has, which control her pain well, (but not her stiffness) will cease to work as well.  She is on the maximum they will give her, so I don't know what the vet will decide then. She will be 14 years old in July, and the vet said that dogs of her size rarely live as old as she is.  It is the fact that she has German Shepard in her that make her hips vulnerable to arthritis unfortunately.

An exciting thing has just happened!  Chris popped in this afternoon for a visit after his long cycle ride in the mountains, and I mentioned that we had bought a pedometer each, which turned out to be rubbish!  We sent them back for a refund!  He said that he and Sarah have a lovely one each, and that he would buy us one each as well.  This is the one he is getting us.  You can even receive texts on it :0)



vívosmart® HR
Overview Specs In the Box Accessories
Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-based Heart Rate
Sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight
Displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity
Receive text, call, email, calendar and social media alerts²
Control your music and your VIRB® action camera (sold separately) all from your wrist
Reminds you to stay active with move bar and vibration alert
Wrist-based Heart Rate
vívosmart HR smart activity tracker¹ with Elevate™ heart rate technology1 measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7. That gives you the freedom to work out with no additional heart rate strap needed. Using heart rate, vívosmart HR provides calories burned information and quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities, providing better credit for your efforts. You can even use your vívosmart HR as a heart rate strap on your wrist when paired with other compatible Garmin devices.

More Than Just Steps
In addition to measuring steps, calories and distance, vívosmart HR measures floors climbed with its integrated barometric altimeter. Whether you’re going for a run or trying out a new gym class, it measures your activity intensity with intensity minutes. This feature lets you monitor your progress against activity goals recommended by health organisations.

Smart Capabilities
Stay active and connected with vívosmart HR activity tracker. Each time you receive a notification from your compatible smartphone, it gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. Other connected features allow you to control music and your VIRB action camera (sold separately) or find your misplaced phone.

vivosmart HR
Beat Yesterday, Every Day




2 comments:

Babs-beetle said...

Do you plan to go out walking? Mo and I have had a similar wrist band for a while now. Ours collect all the info and sync with our iPhones. All our information is in a app. It doesn't do texting and emails, but I have enough trouble seeing those on my phone ha ha! It does, however, alert me by vibrating when my phone is ringing and I'm in another room, which is brilliant for me. No more missed calls because I can't hear the phone.

Croom said...

Glad to see you back Sandie, enjoyed reading it. Have fun with your writing.