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  • Hi Patootie

    I can't claim to know you very well, but it so happened that I logged on for the forst time during all the vibes and good messages were winging thier way to you. I became so concerned there was no answer that I continued to log in just to see you were OK. I know how awful sinus infrctions are, having at least one every winter.

    I still don't know your particular circumstances, but if it helps, I am also what one might call 'not really in full health'. Having been given a few weeks to exsist some time back. However, I have the most dreadful sense of humour, really, really black,  so I gave some very absurd answers to them.

    In short that is why I want to 'run' (walk) the FLM just because!

    My very best wishes to you. THe move sounds just the ticket

    Sue W 

  • Hi Patootieimage Glad to see you back. The move sounds like a great idea and you sound wonderfully positive about it. Fingers crossed you get to hear you are able to have one of those apartments really soon. Don't try and do too much to soon, take care of yourself till the virus is gone, then get wobbling again!!!!image
  • Patootie, I hope you've had some of the lovely weather this weekend that we have! Even if you can't get out much yet, just having the sunlight streaming in is such a a lift!

    When you have time, do let us know more about the process of getting your new accommodation organised, and what it'll be like and all. We love all the little details!!!~

    Hope you're continuing to get over that horrid lurgy, and that in the course of this week you'll really be feeling a lot better! xxx

  • Spent all weekend on Ebay trying to buy a cheap digital camera .. blimey .. so many folks trying to buy a bargain .. in the end I got a really nice VIVITAR 3945s 5MP DIGITAL CAMERA~RRP £169.96 .. image

    It cost me £35 .. but I had to buy something so I could take pictures of all the things I am going to be selling on Ebay .. it does proper close ups .. and has a HUGE 2.5" preview screen so I can really make sure before clicking that I have some decent shots of all the things I am selling .. and I reckon it was a very good price for what I've got .. and I get a camera bag, extra memory chip thingy, PhotoSuite & PhotoVista Photo Editing Software too ... I just hope I can fathom out how to use it !! And I hope it's as good as it sounds .. it was from one of the E-shops so it's all brand new goods and with guarantees ... and even has a rechargable battery and charger unit ..image

    We have indeed had some very beautiful weather this last 3 days .. really smells of Springtime .. I've even had my heating off all day today (but just put it back on to make sure I stay warm enough before bedtime ) .. I wrapped up and went and sat outside for a while and did a few deep breathing exercises .. that certainly got things 'moving' on my chest anyway .. hahaha ..

    So you can see I am starting to get to grips with moving .. well at least I have a camera coming so I can sell a lot of things .. image

  • Yay! image

    Glad you're back Patootie and that your cold is finally on the mend.

    I'm quite sure you are making absolutely the right decision and that now you've made your mind up about the move it all goes as quickly and smoothly as possible for you. As GC says we like to know all the little details so we're going to need to know what the view's like,  what your neighburs are like, the colour of the curtains and all of that stuff, LOL 

    We stop off in Cambridge on the way to see my parents who live in St. Ives and it is a town with a nice buzz - you'll love it.

    I'm really quite excited for you!

  • I used to live in St Ives many years ago .. a small flat at on the road just at the back of The Royal Oak pub .. it used to be an undertakers .. and my bedroom was the old laying out room .. it even had the old Undertakers painted sign up on the brick wall .. I never did see any ghosts .. but my goodness was that flat cold and damp ..

     Have to admit .. I am excited myself hehehehh

     Can't wait for the camera to come and get started Ebaying my stuff . I'm going to try and have a nice fresh start .. this week I'm going to take a whole load of stuff to an Ely antique shop .. nothing of value .. just odd bits and pieces that seem to have come my way and been gathering dust for years .. but even a few £££'s willl help with curtains and carpets for the new place ..

  • Today was Simply so perfect
    Today we headed for Wokingham HM, it was to be our 161 ST HM together,

    The weather was just so perfect, little did i know just how perfect the day would end up being... we met friends, had lots of laughs with people,

    I knew today we could NOT race as race, as we have Draycote FM of 5 laps next week, so we set about hoping for anywhere around 2 hours or just under...

    things started off just nice and quiet, could'nt move for 2 miles or so, which completely suited me, but i was to find gaps and soon get into my grove, and find what i am good at and enjoy doing.. i felt so happy, i felt free

    it was very short lived though sadly, before we knew it we were through half way, never really noticing anything pace or distance wise, it was another day were we could have gone on and conquered 20 miles

    trying to support fellow runners etc

    i knew in our early days together we were clocking for HM's 1.43 onwards, but i really thought that that had gone now, what with Phillip being 6 years older and heavier, and of course me being an old git now

    so, we smelt the finish in the distance, we pushed on remembering every time we picked up pace we had a FM next week, so i held back best i could

    we eventually crossed the line on our watch at around 1 hour 48 mins , i knew we crossed the start line on about 4 plus mins, and the finish clock was on 1.52 , so yes

    i felt so good, so really good, could'nt quite believe what i'd done

    We went back to about 2 mile mark ish, cheering runners in, it was good to help others,

    it's left me feeling just on top of the world again

    So, i ain't finished yet !!!

    There'll be more of Mick n Phil to come i reckon
  • Ooh gosh Patootie, that's given me the right creeps image

    Well done Micknphil image fab runnning weather  the last few days.

  • patootis,

     Good to hear that you are making positive moves, it doesn't matter what the moves are.  It's about having a positive approach to things that makes everything so much more acheivable.  The move is a 'opportunity' to review what stuff you have and why you still have it after 25 years!image

    I assume that you and Scream are not meaning theSt Ives in Cornwall.. or are you? becasue that is not exactly close to Cambridge?

    Let us know how progress on the accomodation goes.

    Mick 'n' Phil - well done on your 'leisurely' 1:48 half, that's not far off my PB! <note to self... must try harder> image


  • I grew up nr St ives ( Cornwall )

     There's a big banner up over the road as you drive in

    it reads

    How we destroyed it all. signed   ...       Maggie !

  • St Ives Cambs .. or at least that's where I meant ...

     Fantastic run micknphil .. if I went flat out on my disability scooter all the way .. it would take me at least 3 1/2 hours image .. and that's without using any energy or getting failing leg muscles .. streuth .. the way you run is hardly a jog in the park ... for me that would be a full pelt panic filled flight from danger speed  .. and I'd still be trying to trying to catch up with you .. image

     And what Maggie may or may not have started .. this flamin' Labour Party have completely finished off .. no wonder folks are leaving in their droves to go abroad to live .. image 

  • I'd still be trying to trying to catch up with you

    You wouldn't be on your own Patootie, most us have had Micknphil overtake us in a race at some point  image

  • I'm really feeling super energised today .. sun shining .. smells like Spring .. birds are singing .. and here's me pulling out 25 years of 'stashed trash' from the very back of my wardrobes .. image

     My aim for this week is .. 'get it out' .. 'sort it' .. 'put some back' .. I'm surprised my floors haven't fallen through .. sheesh there is soooo much piled up in there ..image

    BIG collection of pristine brand new boxed Eddie Stobart trucks and ephemera .. hmm may need a specialist auction for those .. set of 1936 Encyclopaedias anyone .. they make wonderful reading .. you should see some of the pictures .. you have to remember many animals and birds hadn't been properly discovered in the 1930's .. so many of the diagrams are 'artists impressions' of what the animals might look like .. some are sooo funny hahahahaha

     Ohh .. and while I was doing all this  .. I noticed that price-drop tv channel were selling those 'fat scales' .. the ones that tell you how much blubber you have .. and these also say how much water etc too .. so .. I got a pair .. they were only £6 .. and now I have even more incentive to 'get going' and lose some weight .. ready for my new home .. blimey .. am I ready for that 'fat to weight' ratio .. image

  • Hey, Patootie, it's great to hear you sounding so energised! Like Colin says, a positive approach makes all the difference, and you've deffo got that for sure!

    (Just like Mick---totally fab performance from you two there!!!)

    Although it can be hard to start with the sorting process (I always put it off as long as possible!) once you actually get started it's SO rewarding, isn't it? AND fun---wish I could see some of the 'artists impressions' you were talking about. And with a hint of spring in the weather, it's a great time to be starting in on a mega project like a new home! As Screamy said, we will want ALL the details, right down to the colour of the cushions you choose for the sofa!  Oh, and well done on the new scales, too--that's the sort of info one doesn't always WANT but it can be very, um. motivating image)

    Any idea at all what kind of timeline you're looking at? You said there were some nice new flats, are they available pretty soon? Cambridge seems to have a lot of new building going on at the moment. And it's a great town, some good shops, lots going on with all the students around, and with the semi-pedestrian city centre it should have good accessibility for the scooter. You'll love it!

  • Don't overdo it now Toots image
  • Hi Toots,

    we re here for you !

  • How's it going, Toots? Are you well enough to enjoy the wobble board again yet??
  • Started back on the wobbler at the weekend  .. I really missed it .. but had just felt too lousy to want to do it .. it's still fun .. and I was up to 5 minutes .. but have dropped back down agian to 3 minutes .. no sense it rushing it .. image

     Today I have cleared out 3 of my kitchen cupboards .. very ashamed to say I found a number of items that were past their sell by date .. my only excuse is that they were right at the very back ot the higher up cupboards .. but I think a use by date of Jan 2002 is a bit bad image

     It feels good having a big sort out .. and at least it will be a lot less to do once I get an apartment allocated to me .. image 

  • Hey, that's great, Toots! On the wobbler, you're quite right, there's no rush and especially as you're just coming back from that lurgy it's a good idea to take it slow and easy.

    As to the kitchen cabinets----if you're only back to 2002 you're doing well! I just dread the day when I have to move house (not imminent, luckily) cos there are probably things on my shelves that go back to when the kids were small (and youngest is now 17!!!).

    Most of all, just starting gently with the clearing WILL mean that you can move more quickly when you get your new place. And that might be a real advantage, since I imagine there is a lot of demand for special housing, and if you get an offer you'll want to take it up asap.

    It's great to have you back and to hear about all your new plans---good on ya!!!

  • Hi Toots

    just cought up with this - great news on your impending move, I'm really excited for you!

  • Good going Patootie, clearing out is very therapeutic image
  • Screamapillar wrote (see)
    Good going Patootie, clearing out is very therapeutic image

    Sigh .. and also shows where you've 'wasted' money buying things I didn't really need .. image

     image Had a very strange thing happen this morning .. went into the kitchen when I got up (10.30am image) and there .. in the middle of my grass .. as bold as brass .. was a female green woodpecker .. I stood and watched her for at least 20 minutes .. she was digging in the grass for worms I suppose .. you could really see the power in her as she struck down .. thunk, thwack, thunk ... honestly her whole head was disappearing down the holes she was digging ..

    Bits of grass and dirt where flying in all directions .. she was like a mini pile driver ... the blackbirds were looking at her in amazement .. rocking back on their feet every time she drove down .. bang, bang, bang .. deeper and deeper .. it was fascinating ...image

  • and also shows where you've 'wasted' money buying things I didn't really need.

    Gosh - don't even go there. My drawers are filled with all those "extra" Christmas presents people buy you that you don't want or need. I'm getting less and less good at pretending to appear grateful for them every year too.

    Never seen a woodpecker do that I must say - expect the blackbirds were worried she was going to nick their breakfast! 

  • Woodpeckers: also in the summer you get them eating ants off the grass ,although from your description it's not ants that deep.  I often see Green Woodpeckes on the grass and occasionally a Spotted Woodpecker.   I'm not sure if the Green is more common or just that the Spotted do not come down to the ground as often.


  • Been out and looked at the holes .. YIKES there's about a dozen or so .. the deepest was just over 2 inches deep .. it did say in my bird book that woodpeckers do dine off things they find in the grass etc ..

     And she did look a bit thinner than she ought to have been .. so maybe she hasn't been too well .. and was looking for a quick and easy meal .. all that pounding on tree trunks must make your head ache from time to time ..  a bit of gentle digging in soft soil must be a nice relief ..image

    I have seen and more often heard woodpeckers quite often .. but had never seen one do this .. image

  • Oh Toots, you ARE lovely! It was so nice of you to think that maybe your woodpecker had been poorly and was looking for a quick and easy meal! Made me laugh, but it was such a kind thought!

    We have lots of birds in the garden, but we also have several cats, so the birds don't spend much time on the grass. We always hang out fatballs and things in the winter, though, and enjoy watching the tits hanging upside down pecking away!

  • Congratulations, Patootoe.  I'm a Canadian runner who had never run a single step until I was over 55 years of age. Now I've done several half-marathons and am working on a 30K race. Keep up the great work and you will find so many great benefits, such a new love for life and many, many new friends. All the best.
  • Good going Catherine image
  • Hear, hear!!
  • Went out grocery shopping today for the first time this year .. had to buy a bottle of instant energy drink to keep me going .. blimey .. I didn't realise how run down I felt .. early to bed tonight I think ... image

     I have an interview next Wednesday with the housing people .. ohh dear .. I hope they like me  image

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