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12/2/20 8:48 A

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That is probably the same as what I've got - in fact, it just arrived.......



It has recipes for mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone, Cypriot style (?haloumi), Green style (?feta), parmesan. Looks like I'll need to stock up on cashews, macadamias, and a non-stick saucepan. No problem.

I thought I'd try it out first, and if it's successful, I'll get my brother a kit for his birthday next March.

Hey, Harry! What date is your birthday?

I'm already feeling very comfortable with not going to work, not having work-related dreams, or waking up thinking about work!

Today I'm taking it easy again. But I made some sunflower seed pate and some molasses granola this morning.

I enjoyed reading to my grandson last night, but realised I missed a zoom meeting. I've got a zoom event this evening too - so I've pre-recorded today's story for him to listen to.

I did a 'beginner's aerobic' workout yesterday (from the NHS website) - with a 7 mins warm-up before it, and a 6 min cool-down afterwards. I stopped after 30 mins of it as it was enough for me - I was really sweating! I'm not a great fan of aerobic workouts (apart from running), but I know I must do them to stay healthy.

Today I've got a ballet-based movement session lined up - I know that works parts of the body that other exercises don't reach! It's designed for seniors like me.

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12/2/20 12:53 A

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My son gave me this little cheese making kit for my birthday. It has quick-and-easy and slower-but-better recipes for several different types of 'cheese'. I already had many of the ingredients but i learned a lot from the instructions. It was a thoughtful gift.



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12/1/20 12:41 P

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BTW, Happy Birthday! I'm right behind you. 66 in a few days.

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12/1/20 5:09 A

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You're welcome, Brian.

Tuesday

I slept so well - I'm grateful for that. The scale was up 12oz this morning thanks to birthday treats. hahhaha - it said 120lbs which sounded much more than 119.25. But it is only 0.75lb. So - I've started the day with pineapple and yoghurt!

I bought vegan cheese the other day - had cheese on toast for breakfast yesterday - it was tasteless. The company I've had good vegan cheese from is not operating in the UK at the moment - we have to order from France. I guess I need to get around to making my own 'proper' vegan 'cheese'. I saw a kit on-line for making vegan cheeses and have ordered it. I'll let you know!

Today I've got a numb index finger where I had one of the finger-pricks yesterday. My circulation is getting less efficient as I get older.

I've taken delivery of my Xmas tree - I went for the metal frame one in the end. It's come in a rectangular box, so there's some construction to do - that'll keep me amused for a while!

Later: I've put the tree together - it's OK, but I have some better ideas for decorations for it that I'll do next year - I'm not spending more time on it this year!



My sewing machine (birthday and xmas present) arrived today too - I've read the instruction manual, but not tried it out yet. My first job will be to COMPLETE the linings for my living room curtains (I've only been here 2 years!)



This evening I am going to read the first Advent story to my grandson - he is SO cute now! I hope he enjoys it. My d-i-l posted this on facebook, so I'm assuming she's happy to share the photo.






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11/30/20 3:12 P

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Pictures from your retirement party look perfect, just the way you wanted it outdoors and safe. It's nice you have come away from it feeling loved. It's Monday, and you are retired. Okay. I'm sure you are off having new experiences now.

Thank you for giving blood.
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11/30/20 1:28 P

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there are many conditions that mean one cannot donate - and even now, I have to inform them if I get a cold virus or coronavirus in the next two weeks. I am only just heavy enough to donate. The cut-off is 110lbs - although they don't actually weigh you - they will ask you if they think you look too small. The nurse today explained why only men were being called for plasma donations for Covid-19 treatment - and apparently it is purely to do with the size of the person and the volume of blood in their body.

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11/30/20 1:08 P

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Good for you.
My local blood banks won't let me donate because of my heart condition.

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11/30/20 12:05 P

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Blood was donated!



(I look like I've just had a pint of blood taken, don't I!?! I sat there until I felt OK to move)

and it felt good to be able to do that. Of course, the advice is 'no heavy exercise' for the rest of the day - so I'm going to relax and watch a film - probably The Truman Show as I love that one! I love the way he 'wins' in the end.


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11/30/20 8:49 A

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Happy Retirement (from paid work)! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and the year of being 66 is one filled with joy, happiness, adventure, peace and health!

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11/30/20 5:53 A

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Monday

I had a lovely sparkly send-off at work last night. There is a full moon tonight. The sun is shining today!



I feel surrounded with love from friends and family - who could ask for more?

So - my main event is going to attempt to donate blood. Then I'm going to have a small bottle of prosecco and something cakey for tea!



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11/29/20 6:12 A

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Sunday

and I woke up knowing it was my final day of work............ and tomorrow I will be a 66yr old retired pensioner!

It was lovely and quiet out - not windy or rainy either - so, after my coffee and dither about, I put on my trainers and went out for a walk around the deserted town. It was great to be out - and I ended up walking for 30 mins.

I'm thinking about decorations for my street-side windows - some kind of winter theme, and an advent thing..............

I had to throw away the orange pomander I'd made because it was starting to go mouldy. Disappointed - I did more research, and you really need to put them somewhere to dry, and use orris powders etc to preserve them - even then they sometimes go mouldy. I've got a lot of cloves left over........ not sure what I'll do with them!

I'm feeling a bit 'droopy' today - which is probably partly an on-going 'covid lock-down' thing, and partly the approaching milestone. But also perhaps partly a cold virus which I've successfully kept at bay for weeks now............. I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed I'm ok to give blood tomorrow.

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11/28/20 2:14 A

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Welcome to Spark People STEFF and thanks for dropping by my Journal.
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Saturday - and the LAST time I have to be up early for a work shift! It's quite an odd feeling.

I finish at 3.30pm today, after which I need to pick up a couple of things from the shop, then home. I have promised myself an exercise session (upper body) - and this evening there is some live-stream music on facebook which I'll enjoy.

I have quite a pile of birthday parcels here - I didn't expect so much! Two more parcels were waiting when I got home last night.

I have been getting almost daily texts from the Blood Donation service reminding me about my appointment on Monday - and information about the covid-safe arrangements etc. I've been taking iron and B12 since last time - so hope my haemaglobin levels are OK. I've also had a very slight head cold for ages now - which hasn't come to anything definite - and hope that doesn't suddenly fire up over the weekend!

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11/27/20 3:51 A

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11/27/20 2:17 A

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Friday - and off to work for my last long shift. I'm prepared. I have someone shadowing me today - he's good, so that'll be fine. He's also vegan and very slim which is inspiring.

So - mostly work today. A Buddhist meeting this evening on zoom. AND and exercise session of some kind after work. Upper body today I think - there's a 30 min video on facebook from the phsyio with Healthy Cornwall.

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11/26/20 1:32 A

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Thursday - and I have a day off today - and I'm aware that most of my Spark friends are on a holiday for Thanksgiving.

I don't have anything I have to do today. But I'm going to visit the Community Larder and see what I can pick up in the way of fresh veg - I made good use of what I picked up last week.

I began my day quite early - around 5 am - but lay there a while listening to my upstairs neighbour, David, moving about. I got up about 5.30 and made coffee and settled down with fairy lights on and fake fire glowing. Nice. Then, my coffee mug just flew out of my hand and smashed on the floor! So - there was a clean-up job, and a fresh coffee to be made................ so here I am before 7 am on the computer!

When I was searching for NHS exercise workouts (I'm into them at the moment for their expert physio input) - I found a video in their playlist, for Team Body Project. I watched the video and was interested, so I've joined up (free). One of the things I liked was that it was an English accent (sounded SE/London) which is easier for me to listen to. However, when I got their confirmation email I was surprised to see it's from Australia. The accent is NOT Australian - so the guy who runs it must be an emigrant.

My day includes exercise, reading, recorder practice, knitting, listening to audio books, chanting, eating, learning Cornish, checking the news and social media - and getting ready for work tomorrow.

and anything else I get inspired to do!

Later: Well! I walked down to the Community Larder - got chatting to the woman who runs the project (along with the gallery and various other community hub projects) - and she DOES need a volunteer! So, before I've even worked my last day at my paid job, looks like I've got voluntary work in something I believe in, starting asap!

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What did I get in my 'haul' today? Well I seem to have picked up two small tiger bread batons (didn't intend to pick up two!), a bag of sesame bagels and a loaf of gluten-free sliced brown bread (all bread in the freezer now except one tiger baton.

I also got some organic potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Little Gem lettuce, an organic beetroot; a tin of mixed 'spicy beans', a box of broken poppadums, and a sachet of Thai seasoning. I think that's it.

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11/25/20 5:00 A

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"Keep your waist less that half your height"

I was really surprised by some information I read yesterday. There is a dressmaker blogger I follow, who makes really simple patterns. She had posted a series of photos of different people wearing a t-shirt made from one of her patterns. They all look great. Then I read the details of the models (UK sizes):-

MODEL SIZES:
Kirsty (lilac stripe tee) 37'' bust, 30'' waist, 39 hip wear size 14.

Nell (grey leopard) 36'' bust, 30'' waist, 39'' hip wears size 12.

Helen (red black spot tee) 41'' bust, 35'' waist 42'' hip wears size 18.

Amy (blue floral tee) 39'' bust, 33'' waist, 42'' hip wears size wears size 16.

Cassandra (pastel shapes tee) 46'' bust, 42'' waist, 46'' hip wears size 20.

I was surprised at how BIG they all were! No-one has a waist lower than 30"! I was really, really, surprised at this. It kind of took me aback. A 30" waist seems too large to me - I was raised in a generation when women had 24" waists as 'average' - we've all got used to being too large because everyone around us is too large. It's shocking really. I'm still on my quest!
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Wednesday - and I think the window cleaner came when I was in the kitchen - he's not dried the windows off very well - all drippy - but, still, at least the dirt is washed off - and I CAN tell he's been.

Today I have a short evening shift at work (5 hours) - I'm grateful for the short shift. It is a bit strange knowing I'm working my last week.

CB and I had a nice walk yesterday, but it we missed being able to sit and have coffee and chat together. Never mind - after 2nd December the cafes might be open again down here - that will be nice. CB and another friend would like to repeat the birthday lunch they treated me to last year. What lovely friends I have!



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11/24/20 1:38 P

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Yes, it feels like a very smooth transition; I think the pandemic has helped to be honest - we've all had to become a bit more self-sufficient and resilient 'at home'.

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11/24/20 1:08 P

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You sound as if you are retired already. Enjoy!



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11/24/20 3:56 A

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Yes, I wonder if they'll be fed up with them by Xmas! I admit, I'm looking forward to putting mine up on 1st December!
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Tuesday - and today I'm meeting my best mate, CB, for a walk. I've got an nice circular walk arranged for her using the old pathways through town. It's a fairly glum day - grey, cold, damp. That will be my 'walk' for the day I think.

I turned my heating up a notch because I had been feeling uncomfortably cold. It feels a lot better this morning.

Then I have a Buddhist meeting on zoom at 16.45. All good.

I'm enjoying a new knitting project - whilst listening to a Xmas ebook!



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11/23/20 2:07 P

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This is not a normal year. Walking the neighborhood I see a lot of trees up already. Extra lights and decorations appearing on houses too. People seem to be looking for holiday cheer to brighten the pandemic distancing.

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11/23/20 11:29 A

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Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

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11/23/20 3:20 A

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Monday

I have started a new knitting project with some organic Cornish wool which was found on a rubbish heap by a friend's son (gardener) and rescued! I was able to download a suitable free pattern from the internet, and also use You Tube to check out pattern stitches I wasn't sure about. Where would we be without the internet?!

It's cold, grey and wet here today. I'm staying home to take delivery of a parcel which I think is my new radio (present from my friend for my birthday/retirement).

Monday means I have my zoom book study session this morning with my Buddhist buddy, LT.

Apart from that - there's the daily list in my Bullet Journal which reminds me of the beneficial things I want to include in my day if possible.

(ticker moved to the left after the weekend's excesses! - I ate a whole malt loaf on Sunday evening)


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11/22/20 2:39 P

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They be special rocks, they be!

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11/22/20 1:55 P

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I love pictures of green moss growing on rocks.

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Ah, it was a lovely Saturday - that good walk, a nice lunch, I made a pomander, then I watched some great music on facebook live (more Jolly Roger Band UK) - and then Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer. Nice entertainment - all cheerful stuff.

Sunday, and I woke to rain - so I am extra pleased that I made the effort to get out walking yesterday.

Today is currently a Buddhist event on zoom (just on the lunch-break) - and I'm winding wool from skeins to balls, and have downloaded a pattern to knit a jumper. It's organic locally-spun wool which a friend's son found on a rubbish pile (and rescued!)

I've made up some burger mix from a packet, and added in some grated courgette and carrot - to cook later (after the Buddhist meeting). I might make up a batch of bread from a mix I have in the cupboard too............ or not....... I might see if I can manage without it. I think I'm craving bread............. if so, probably better to make my own.

My son and his family have put their Xmas tree up. I'm holding on until 30th November to make more of an occasion of it alongside my birthday! I've never put my Xmas decorations up this early before - but it's not a normal year!

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11/21/20 10:21 A

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I just got back from my walk - and it was WONDERFUL! Fresh air and space all to myself!

I've posted some photos in a blog on my Spark page

611 calories!




if it hadn't been misty, you would have been able to see St Michael's Mount in the distance

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Robins are cool birds.

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Those robin cards are such a sweet idea! I hope your 4 days at work are a wonderful finish to a job where I know you have put a lot of your energy and heart!

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Friday was, indeed, craft work - she wanted to make Xmas cards - so we did. It was a sweet idea of using thumb-prints to make a robin design. Her end result didn't really look much like robins, but I'm sure her family will appreciate them!



The same thing happened with making a pomander - after a short while she was fed up with sticking cloves into the orange - so it looks a bit 'bald'! Still - it'll smell nice.

I'm going to make a pomander for myself this afternoon.


Today - I got a load of laundry done early, had pancakes and apples for breakfast - and now I'm going to wrap up and head out for a walk into the unknown - a new route for me:-

www.penwithlandscape.com/trails-and-ancien
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I think I might do part of it (start at 1, then go 11 - 7, and come back down the road, and avoid cattle that might be grazing in the fields. It'll be enough for me - and might be a suitable walk to share with CB on one of our outings.

I'm still wavering over the Xmas tree decision!

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Haha - I think I'm going to be radical and go for the metal frame - it gives me loads of options for doing different things.

Yesterday's 1:1 session stretched out to 5 hours, after which we looked at each other and I said "Shall we call it a day?" and we agreed to stop for the day. It was full-on. In the morning we went for a walk and got a coffee in Costa - this time I bought myself a Chai Latte - which was lovely actually. It probably had some kind of syrup in it - but you know, I really wanted that hug-in-a-mug! We were able to sit on a bench and enjoy sunshine!!!

I made a lovely salad for dinner which looked so large I wasn't sure I could manage it. I can't remember the last time I used a recipe for a salad - this one was an Easy Asian Chop Salad - it included a tin of butter beans, and the dressing (which was what made it 'Asian') was tamari, onion, ginger, chilli, lime and Chinese Five Spice. No oil. It was delicious!

Today might be sewing and paper craft for a couple of hours. Then I have four days off before going back for my final four days of work!



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It's a tough call on the Xmas tree. Both can be lovely in the hands of a creative person like yourself. I'm glad you are seeing that and people are sharing their appreciation with you.

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Thursday

Work was OK yesterday - nice team to work with. Today I am setting off with craft equipment and a recipe for sugar and fat-free 'cookies' that has been requested. I told her that you can't really make a cookie, like one you get in a packet, without fat and sugar, but you can make a nice cookie with bananas and flour - which is what we're doing. I've got the quintessential recipe from BOSH! which is 'thumbprint cookies' made with flour, baking powder, vanilla, bananas - with a blob of sugar-free jam in the middle. I like them - I hope she does.

I came up with an idea for my leaving 'do' as people were feeling a bit flummoxed because we cannot have cake and sandwiches as usual. I decided we could have sparklers and party poppers - hopefully out in the garden in the dark, or in the big open garage if not. That gives us an opportunity to all meet in a place where we can see each other and hear each other, and an 'occasion' that marks the event.

My friend SH has been trying hard to get me a blue (colour) radio for my birthday/retirement present and couldn't get blue anywhere (due to things not moving due to Covid) - so I've got a light grey one coming, but the company have said that if/when blue comes back into stock in Spring 2021, they'll email her and I she can SWOP the light grey one for a new blue one! Covid has some benefits, eh?! So that's coming in the post.

AND my sister (who sent me the big box of chocolate for birthday/Xmas) has messaged to say her post office has reopened and she's posted the original present which should fit through the letter-box! I said I felt over-indulged!

Good things happening for me. I'm very grateful for them - it's things to look forward to, and things which make me feel loved.

I'm going against my principles and buying a fake Xmas tree which I can keep for years. I'm torn between a VERY minimalist tree which is just a frame you can decorate, and a 'slim' tree which I can decorate. I'm tempted by the metal frame one............ but my heart also beats a little faster over the fake tree with 'branches'. Hmm..........

www.argos.co.uk/product/7993419

www.argos.co.uk/product/2698719

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Wednesday - and it's raining out there; I have to leave in 15 mins.......... I was in bed just after 8pm last night - I was so tired after going back to work!

A long shift today - 10.25 hrs, so I'm organising my mind to approach it with gentle positivity! I have loads of ideas for craft things with my 1:1 lady tomorrow.

Funny, it's taken me so long to discover some of the skills I have and that others appreciate - I'm not good at recognising my own skills. I've been the only person who took on the idea of doing a weekly exercise group. I've been coming up with really good creative craft ideas which people can do. And yesterday my friend SH phoned because she wanted to send a letter out to her customers and wasn't sure about what she'd written, so could I look through it. She emailed it to me - I copied it, edited it radically and sent it back - she was overcome with gratitude because I'd untangled her words and made it clearer. I did it really quickly too - I can do 'clarification'

I don't toot my own horn very often - but I've noticed these things recently and thought - yes, I'm good at that!

So - off to work. The scale was back down 1.5lbs this morning which is nice.

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Good to see you got yourself out for a walk. It's no surprise that your feelings for it changed. It would be difficult to exercise in full body armor like that.
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You did a great job of staying positive and productive at work. You had enough ideas to fill the time. It's nice that you included making cards for his mum and sister. We are locking back down here too. It doesn't affect me much, but other's around me it does.

Nice work keeping up the exercise.

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Tuesday and I lay there waiting for the alarm this morning; my brain was unsettled already knowing that I had to get up in time for work. I'm fighting that feeling of not wanting to go to work and trying to feel positive about doing my best on every one of the remaining days at work.

To do that today, I've put on my red/yellow coloured t-shirt, a red cardigan and a necklace that is made of different coloured hearts to form a rainbow necklace. My daughter-in-law made it. I also put a spritz of natural perfume on - which I don't usually do for work - to kind of lift my spirits.

Today, amongst other things, I have to work for 4 hours with someone whose father died the day before yesterday. Filling those 4 hours when we can't GO anywhere is really hard. We ARE able to go for a walk. We can buy a take-out coffee (which he always enjoys). I thought we might try making cards for his mum and sister. And I saw a fun project on the local history website about making a map - I thought we could make a map of town with all the coffee-shops on it.

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In other news, the scale was up 1lb this morning - which was expected as I had three meals with bread yesterday. I know the theory that weight gain doesn't happen overnight, but my experience has shown me that if I eat bread-type carbs the scale will be up the next day.

Later: My work shift went really well - and the man I was supporting had a good time. We made cards, we went for a walk and bought stamps, he got a coffee in Costa and we sat by the harbour while he drank it, we cleaned the fridge. I felt good about my achievements. Good conversation was had too - important conversation. He didn't warm to the idea about the creative map - I think the idea was too abstract for him.

I have 6 hour shift with someone on Thursday and we've discussed various things we might do - craft mostly.

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Monday - and I started the day with 10 mins hula hooping, which was good



I am using that Cornwall Council 'get active' list to give me ideas - today there is a link to a strength and flex podcast on the NHS website. Again, it's probably well within my ability - but I'll check it out. If nothing else, it's good to know the range and modifications that are expected of/for 'older' people.

I have a zoom call with my Buddhist buddy this morning for our weekly study session. This afternoon I am supposed to be going into work to facilitate the exercise group - but I've texted my boss to ask if I have to do this wearing apron, gloves and visor (as well as my mask!)........... if so, I'm not sure I'll go ahead with it - it's ridiculous! Well, I suppose it might make them laugh - which would be good!

Not very practical for exercising!


a bit later: I had confirmation that I'd have to wear all the gear - so I've cancelled it

Later still: I went down to the Community Larder and was spoilt for choice with all the end-of-date fresh veggies. I only picked up one pre-prepared bag of stir-fried veggies (beansprouts etc) which I had for dinner. I also got some tenderstem broccoli, avocadoes, romaine lettuce, a box of Kind breakfast bars (which are a bit sweet, but not too bad and will 'do' for those mid-morning breakfast stops at work) and a couple of cans of butter beans. I also did allow myself to choose ONE bread item from the heap of tempting carbs - a tiger bread mini baguette, which will do two lovely crusty sandwich meals for me.

I also DID do week 1 of the Stretch & Flex programme from the NHS - and it felt nice to do actually. Tomorrow it's just a walk, and the next day it's chair-based Pilates.



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I suddenly had the desire to get out in the fresh air after tea - went out all wrapped up in the dark, along the prom and back - about 20 mins. Very windy, but also very quiet. They've made a lot of progress on the prom regeneration and it's going to be great - there are some nice arty features built in.

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Enjoy some time staying home. You will get out to explore. As you found clicking into the community site, you are more active and fit then most in the community.

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Sunday - and I started the day with coffee, fairy lights, the fake fire glowing (just the light, no heat), snuggled in blankets, some ambient music playing quietly, reading. It felt really right!

The weather is really dynamic at the moment - the sun shines for a moment, then the rain lashes down; one moment it's a kind of lemon-grey, they next it's dark as night! Winter is on its way.

I have some soaked sunflower seeds ready to make another batch of that raw pate - I managed to get some fresh coriander this time, so it'll different (even nicer!). I think I'm going to leave out the fresh tomatoes as I didn't like the sharpness - perhaps I needed a bit of sweetness and salt in there. I'll experiment today.

My weight is up over the weekend due to the inclusion of small amounts of bread, sugar, oats, and a small (90 ml) glass of wine. Oh, and my weekend gluten-free, vegan jammy wheeler cookies - there are 8 in the packet and I ate them all yesterday! I stayed up late doing my jigsaw puzzle and listening to music, and finished them off with a milky de-caff coffee!

There is no good reason NOT to go for a walk today other than I don't want to go out. I'm not sure if I'm getting 'stuck' at home, or whether I just need to stay home today. I'm choosing to believe the second reason, and I am committed to putting a walk in my diary for next week.

I did, however, roll the rebounder out from behind the furniture, and did the first 18 mins of a beginners workout. I liked it - it made me sweat and got my heart pumping nicely.

youtu.be/ZDoqZUg_BSY

I had signed up for a local Council initiative to 'keep Cornwall active' and clicked on their recommended exercises - they were FAR to easy for me, and it made me realise how many people ARE stuck at home and have become inactive and unfit.

It's 10.20 am and I'm not really hungry, but I'm going to make my pate, then some pancakes for brunch - with berries and soya cream, and some maple syrup and walnuts. Luxurious, eh!!

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I'm feeling all lazy and snug in the dark rainy weather here too. It's good to have down time.

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emoticon Nice to see you, and to hear your Lego story!

Saturday, and I had a strange night being alarmed by an imaginary buzzer or alarm twice in the night. The sounds were exactly like the ones I have in my house - first the phone alarm kind of sound, and secondly the door buzzer. But it was all in my head. I've had this in the past and used to get woken quite regularly by a 'bell'. A healer told me it was important to ask "why have you woken me?" and listen to the message. I forgot about that last night. It's an interesting idea. I haven't experienced this for some time, so it was very noticeable.

I started the day with coffee and a book in the bath! Not something I do very often - but it felt like the thing to do today. The sun has hardly risen today - it's been rainy and very dark.

I did manage to get to the shop up the road without getting wet somehow.

I had a very lovely video call with my grandson, and his mum and dad of course. I was quite surprised that he remembered me. He had made a little Xmas stocking a nursery and want to show me - he'd done all the stiches himself - amazing! It was lovely to talk with him - he has acquired a large vocabulary since I last saw him........... and he asked some very good questions.

I have a jigsaw puzzle on the go, and a candle burning. Nothing much is happening of great significance today. But aren't I the lucky one?! No dramas. No emergencies!

I had hoped to get out for a walk tomorrow - but it's forecast to be wet and windy again - maybe I'll feel like wrapping up and walking in the rain. The good thing about bad weather is that fewer people venture out !

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My 23-yearold son has kept a Lego castle (I guess) we made together years ago. He brought it to me broken apart a couple months ago and I had to fix it for him. It was a challenge. It was also funny, because he was like a little kid again.
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You can relieve your suffering, putting aside your cravings for processed sugar and flour. Leaning into your Buddhist practice is perfect for releasing suffering. J and I are doing a boot-camp with Dr Furhman. He would love you commitment and your reasons for changing. We are getting back to more raw foods, usually a big salad daily. Like your raw cooks, dressings are made from nuts, seeds and fruit not oil and sugar. J is also listening t a week long emotional eating program with Dr. Rosane Oliveira. (that's a facebook link below)

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Loved your pictures of the ancient site and hearing about your week.

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Friday began with a sinus headache that I'd been aware of in the night. Where do these bugs come from when we're wearing masks most of the time?! Shows how easy it is for viruses to 'get' to us - they're amazing.

The sun is shining - it's quite cold, but the wind has dropped, so it feels less cold. I have some fresh air coming in right now, and it feels good.

Today I have to pop into work and have the weekly Covid test.

This afternoon I'm zooming in on a conference on ageing with the University of Manchester - what opportunities there are now that we're on-line more!

This evening I'm going on facebook to watch the band Jolly Roger do a live-stream gig, and they've set up a bingo game for us to do. We listen out for the words, and when we have the all, we type BINGO in the chat feed. Fun!

I started the day buying myself more stuff! Whoops! It's a Lego advent calendar which will give me a handful of action figures I can use for my other new project-in-waiting - solo Dungeons and Dragons! I've had a secret desire for some Lego for a while but couldn't justify it.......... hehe. I reckon I can justify it by it being a good hand-eye-brain game for cognitive health?

seniorslifestylemag.com/health-well-being/
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Later: YWA 45 mins was done - extreme stretching - it was good, and I could do most of it!

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Thursday and the sun is trying to shine.

I am still so very grateful that I have changed my upstairs neighbour! I had a year of having drink & drug addicts congregating up there in the wee hours and keeping me awake through the night. Then almost a year of an empty flat and the worry about who might go in next. But my new neighbour, David, is very quiet - I think he has headphones on most of the time. I can hear if he has anyone up there to talk to - on the phone, or in person, but it's not often, and it's not in the middle of the night. It is SO good to be able to put my head down at night and sleep! Even if I am woken by a sudden noise up there, I go straight back to sleep.
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The chocolate is ready to take to the Community Larder, but I realised that two boxes (400g each) of sweets were not suitable for vegetarians (containing gelatine), so I took them out - hesitated - then put them in the bin; I squashed them down into my kitchen bin! I knew if I took them to work that I would be tempted to eat them.

There is a big spider's web on the outside of my window - swaying in the wind. Aren't they amazing, spiders? How delicate that web is - but how strong!
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I have a few errands to do - drop the chocolate off, pick up some groceries, post a couple of parcels. Today is a good day to do it, with the nice weather (it might rain later).

Yoga was good again yesterday afternoon. Yoga for a Bad Mood - I didn't have a bad mood, but it was good anyway.

Today my biggest dilemma is - should I turn the oven up to roast a handful of chickpeas to top my chestnut soup? Such a waste of energy .................. I guess I could roast a tray of vegetables at the same time, and make some granola - well, there's a plan!

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I did all those things - roasted the chickpeas, and the veggies (for tomorrow), and made a batch of molasses granola which will be breakfast tomorrow. Yay!

I didn't find much at the Community Larder to pick up today for my £1, but I picked up a tin of butter beans, a packet of chilli seasoning, a gluten-free loaf of seeded bread and a roll of baking paper - four things (I could have had five - I should have picked up another tin of beans!) There was lots of pasta available, and loads of bread-based products which were eat-now.

Two nice things came in the post - firstly my November pack of special teas from Bird and Blend. The first one I made was called Mr Frosty, and tasted of spearmint - a white tea base - and it turned BLUE as it brewed. It contains Blue Pea flowers - which I've not come across before. Isn't it great to be in my 7th decade and still come across new things - I love it! The second parcel was some natural perfume I'd bought for myself (Living Libations Lavish Abundance Levity Perfume - made in Canada).



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Wednesday - and another long sleep has been enjoyed!

Today I am staying home - it's very windy out, and there are a couple of things being delivered by post today. I have a list of things I can do - which include the possibility of doing a workout on my rebounder. I did YWA Day 11 for November last night - it's so good; I don't know why I stop doing it from time-to-time! I guess I get distracted by new things.

Today, for example, instead of finishing other things off, I'm excited about making a folded book Xmas tree decoration! Of course, I have wasted hours on the internet watching very complicated versions of this amazing craft - and then scaled my expectations back to the simple version!

youtu.be/OU2gax7t2y0



now I need to put Xmas napkins on the shopping list!

Later: no I don't - I used what I had!


The hamper from Cadbury's arrived (my birthday and Xmas present from my sister)





I've decanted it all into a carrier bag ready to take to the Community Larder tomorrow. (Actually, I'm glad it's not more 'adult' chocolate, like Green & Black, which I might have had more difficulty parting with!)


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Tuesday - and I'm meeting CB today for a walk. (We are currently allowed to meet up with ONE person OUTDOORS.) Yesterday, with JM, I clocked up over 16,000 steps and about 11 km - we walked slowly, but kept going - muddy, rainy walk, but fun! We each tied a 'cloutie' on the cloutie tree near the well. We couldn't get to the well as it was too boggy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madron_Well_and_Madr
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It felt good to get out for a longish walk. I was afraid that my bladder might not hold out - but it did.

Today, another off-road adventure up to Lesigney Round

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesingey_Round

It's a shorter walk today, so I'm planning some yoga later this afternoon. I can feel the muscles I challenged in the yoga session on Sunday afternoon!

Today I'm stepping back into my raw food cuisine and making a sunflower seed pate - it's not a difficult recipe, and I'll have to adapt some of the ingredients. I have a good easy raw food book which has a sunflower seed pate in, but Russell's recipes are very tasty and chef-y - and worth the effort. He taught me (several years' ago) about the 4 pillars of flavour and how to adjust things. If I can afford it, I might sign up for his course again.

therawchef.com/smoky-maple-sunflower-seeds
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it was very nice! I made enough for 2, so the second portion is in small balls in the dehydrator, to make 'balls' that can be used in a wrap like a falafel



Later: a photo from my walk - it was so lovely to be up there - this is on the top of the hillfort. My friend couldn't get up there sadly because she has two false hips and can't risk the slipping coming back down again. I'm grateful for my hips!



as a reminder - this is what the hill fort looks like


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Monday - and I woke quite late; partly because there's no work deadline, and partly because it's so quiet outside due to the lockdown. I feel calm - which is nice. I managed to unroll my yoga mat on Sunday afternoon and did 25 mins with Adriene. It was nice to do that in the afternoon when I'm more supple - I might stick to afternoons for yoga-before-dinner.

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Today I have a zoom session with my Buddhist buddy for some study - which is always good. This afternoon I'm going for a walk with a friend - it takes me 25 mins each way to walk to her house, then a walk from there, then back again. I will charge my Garmin to count my steps! (done)

My appetite seems to have calmed down and the scale is down this morning. I have some items on my shopping list to kick-start my raw food cooking practice.

I just read an inspiring article about the benefits of learning a language (as an older person) and that has re-kindled my desire to continue persevering with learning Cornish.

I've got ideas for making things too................... thank goodness I have oceans of time ahead!

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Thanks for the support, Harry!

Today I found myself revisiting the raw food chef (Russel James) who I used to follow and picked up this inspiration to get more raw food back into my life:-

"Find three raw food recipes that you LOVE. They can be mine or someone else’s. It’s OK, no hard feelings.

It might take you a while to get those three.

There will be some trial and error. That’s all perfectly normal.

You’re going to master those three recipes to a point where you can shop for them and make them without needing a recipe.

That last sentence is critically important, read it again.

Being able to make three raw food recipes you LOVE (that means they are a, “hell yeah”) will give you certainty.

Knowing you can shop for the ingredients and make three different raw food recipes you love will feel really good.

It will make you feel very accomplished. It will give you confidence in yourself.

What most people go for right off the bat is variety. They try a different recipe each time. This creates an over reliance on recipes. Seeing as no one lasts long needing to use new recipes every time, the initial motivation you might be feeling now will seep away.

Doing what I’ve described here will turn your initial motivation into a system.

It’s a system that gives you energy to do more."

What great advice - I love a system - so I'm going to find those three recipes I can make without a recipe and get them into my regular meal plan.

Sunday - and the first of 8 days off from work (practice for retirement proper!?) in strange socially-isolated times. I'm so grateful for Spark People and WhatsApp for the social connection on-line.

I've got my list for the day - so no excuses! It includes doing some indoor walking with a Leslie Sansone video (thanks to a Spark friend), and also yoga (thanks to Yoga with Adriene's inspiring email this morning). I will do a foot-bath/pedicure and watch a film too. I'm going to write a letter to a friend who moved away - in fact her birthday is some time soon (she's a fellow Sagittarian)....... must check that.

I'm not sure, without looking, what my lunch and dinner plans are - but I know they're on the planner. Oh, yes, I think lunch is a cauliflower rice stir-fry.........

It's so quiet with people 'staying at home'. It's nice.

It has been a great relief to know the outcome of the American presidential election, and now the World is watching to see what DT does!

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WINNER!

KEEP PUSHING!

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

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Saturday - I got up and took the time to dress nicely and put on a little bit of 'natural' make-up which is my new project! I have been out to get some basics at the shop just up the road, and bought myself a bunch of really pretty roses.



It has just occurred to me - I've no idea why it has only just occurred to me - that I could decide to break my 'addictive' relationship with those carbs that cause me to suffer............ I'm not sure if it's as easy as just 'deciding'........... but it might be. I also have my Buddhist practice which supports personal change by chanting for the outcomes we desire. I think I'm going to test it out - to change my karmic relationship with "un-nutritious carbs" (sugar, baked flour products mostly). I don't want to have the determination to resist the temptation - I want to lose the feeling of even being tempted by them. To be able to look at a cookie or a cafe counter covered with cakes - and not have 'feelings' of desire for them which I have to overcome. I want to break the connections in my brain which go ' cake - want - resist - resist - resist - phew!'



I'll let you know - this is a great project before my Birthday and Xmas - what an exciting experiment. No resistance. No denial. Just inner change. Let's see what happens!

What else today? Well, I'm working this evening, which is an extra shift I picked up as it needed covering. Then I have 8 days off (annual leave).

[as I type this, on Radio 4 they are talking about the eating experience of different biscuits (cookies) and chocolate in great detail - place a square of chocolate on your tongue and let it melt - designed to melt on your tongue and make you want a second square............... should we chew or suck............ how weird that this would be on when I am typing this!] I'm going to go and chant.]




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Once I start on chocolate I can't stop easily! The irony is that I'm retiring from work at the end of November partly because I don't want to be at work for another Xmas where we are surrounded by barrels of chocolates and cookies!!!! Seems like those temptations are not so easy for me to escape. My sister has NEVER sent me anything like this before!

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Ha, Such problems!

I would wait and see if any of it is dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is good for you.

I let folks know that if they want to gift me chocolate, make it dark chocolate.
I wouldn't worry too much about a single piece in front of company, but then haul it all off to other 'friends' after company leaves. The friends will gladly share, right? I mean, that's what friends are for, right?
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