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Day 59: Smorgasbord!
Monday, February 28, 2011      12 comments

Rough night last night - I would no sooner than drift off when I'd *hack* *hack* *hack* and wake up again. I was reluctant to take the cough medicine I have (did you know in the UK codeine is available OTC? and after all these years it's still t... Read more
Day 58: Sunday
Sunday, February 27, 2011      11 comments

Kinda says it all, ain't? Better tho: fever, chills, bad headache have pretty much abated. Now I'm down to this blinkin' cough. I think all your good vibes are helping, ... Read more
Day 57: Saturday
Saturday, February 26, 2011      14 comments

Still sick, not at all up to par... back tomorrow. I will catch up with you all eventually, but it might take a while for this $&*£!#@ cold to go away. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are! ... Read more
Day 56: Sick...
Friday, February 25, 2011      16 comments

I couldn't tell you the last time I had a cold, but after running around all week and being in a gazillion different doctors' offices - yep, I guess it was inevitable. So the hostess with the mostest ain't, at least not tonight. I'm going t... Read more
Day 55: Ringing the Changes
Thursday, February 24, 2011      11 comments

Tonight I was listening as the local church hosted 'ringing the changes.' The air was very clear and still this evening, and the sound carries well from where the church is on the hill. ... Read more
Day 54: Chinatown!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011      16 comments

We went to Manchester's Chinatown today for lunch and a walkaround. It used to extend for a few blocks in each direction from the Chinese gate, but in recent years (and it's been only since I moved here) I think about two-thirds of it has been d... Read more
Day 53: Catching Up
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      16 comments

This morning I noticed the flower bed outside the kitchen window was covered with green. I thought 'Huh. Wonder when the leaves started growing.' At lunchtime - the crocuses had popped! Purple crocuses in bloom. Now try to tell me spring ain't j... Read more
Day 52: Three Years ...and What Keeps Me Sparkin'
Monday, February 21, 2011      29 comments

Today's anniversary has been a recurring thought for me this past week or so. As many of you know, I wrote an 'anniversary update' blog back in December, so in one sense the date is a technical anniversary, but perhaps not as meaningful in terms... Read more
Day 51: Life's Just a Bowl of Cherries!
Sunday, February 20, 2011      10 comments

What a good day today! Not great, not extraordinary - no superlatives needed. It was just such a good day. I got the full set of back exercises in... twenty minutes of yoga... up to 45 now on the WiiFit... made cauliflower'n'cheese for lunc... Read more
Day 50: World's Almost-Shortest Blog
Saturday, February 19, 2011      11 comments

This won't be the shortest blog on record - but it'll be close! Between the usual household stuff and trying to work on house-sorting, I have been writing all day. I'd almost say I have blisters on my typing fingers, lol... Not quite, but t... Read more
Day 49: A Quickie
Friday, February 18, 2011      9 comments

Another quickie-blog: it's been a long day and I'm bushed... Things were pretty much picked up, neat 'n' tidy - the agent had called to say she'd be late, which gave me another hour to square some things away, plus meant we had lunch on tim... Read more
Day 48: Wotta Day
Thursday, February 17, 2011      8 comments

Well, I have been on the go all day, doing everything except Spark. At least, that's how it feels. Groceries, then nothing but cleaning, vacuuming, sorting, dusting... And I feel as though I haven't made a dent. Back at it tomorrow. Hi... Read more
Day 47: This 'n' That
Wednesday, February 16, 2011      6 comments

It has been - or at least has felt like - a long day. Getting up an hour earlier than usual is no doubt what makes it seem like that, but truth is, I'll be glad to get to bed tonight. I'm tired, and I've been draggin' butt all day. Dentist:... Read more
Day 46: Just Another Day
Tuesday, February 15, 2011      12 comments

In Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' the character of Emily asks the Stage Manager (narrator) "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it - every, every minute?" To which he replies, ""No. Saints and poets maybe... they do, some." ... Read more
Day 45: Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011      16 comments

For a fair number of years I was an academic secretary at a college. In '77 they started a sort of 'singing telegram' program for Valentine's Day: you could hire a trio of singers from the Music Department, and for $5 they would sing your pick o... Read more

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