Hello - it's that time again!
Time is certainly flying and we're definitely into autumnal mode now. Schools are back; leaves are falling and grandson is back to basket ball practices several times a week.
In the garden some of the plants were having a renaissance. Some of the sinetti came back; the verbena returned and both of the dahlias kept re-blooming. I do deadhead most of the plants frequently and it seemed to repay us. The honesty plant now has silver pennies on it which pleases me no end.
Some months ago I went for a BP check and medical check up. When I was weighed; I was 12 stone. I rarely weigh myself trusting as to how snug or not my clothes are fitting to know if I'd put on weight, but that was a shock. I should be around 10 stone for my height, so I decided to take action. I stopped eating sweets for a start. I was addicted to blackcurrant and liquorice sweets and ate between 5 - 6 a day; sometimes more. I stopped having a biscuit every time I had a cup of tea. I then decided, a fortnight ago to try intermittent fasting as I don't do diets. It's quite simple; I make sure I've eaten my final meal and drank my final cup of tea by between 6 and 7 pm each day and then eat nothing until 16 hours later; but drink water or other non-sugared liquids. I've never really snacked in the evenings (except for the sweets!) so I haven't missed out there; but I always ate breakfast almost as soon as I got up so I have missed my early breakfast. However, I've found it quite easy to skip it and if I'm at the food bank or charity shop or walking; I make a sandwich or something and eat it at the appropriate time to break my fast. It seems to be working as I've lost 10 lbs (to date) and would be happy if I got to 10.5 stone. I was always very slim until my early 50s when, as a result of the menopause and giving up smoking, I gained weight and never lost it. I try to eat healthily; eating very little meat preferring fish; I eat lots of fruit, veg and some grains; drink very little alcohol and my only indulgence tends to be a cake when I'm on a Friday walk with the group. I love chocolate but stopped buying it last year as part of the weekly shop, as I would just eat it all. OH still buys chocolate but I can see it in the fridge and ignore it!
Sunday turned out to be a very sad day. OH's mum died at 12.43 in the afternoon; just as we got back from a wander around the Castle Road Jumble Trail. He'd had a phone call late on Saturday evening to say they didn't think it would be long and it wasn't; less than 24 hours from when the change was first noticed. She was 99 years and six months old; a wonderful woman; an amazing mother and will be missed so very much. OH set off for London in the middle of rain and a thunderstorm. It didn't last long and was back to being hot and very humid less than an hour later.
I made dinner but no housework was done. There was more rain in the late afternoon and a little bit of thunder. We needed a really good thunderstorm to clear the air...
As the weather was cooler and a bit overcast I wore my white denim jacket on my walk and was glad I did. It was a lovely walk and one I hadn't done for a while:
On Friday morning I had some more errands to run in town. Birthday cards for my niece's 18th birthday on Saturday and my daughter's next week; I collected grandson's school tops from the uniform shop and picked up a couple of other items. Bedford town centre has become very sad looking as so many of the big chain stores have left and there are lots empty shops; our second Iceland had closed down, I noticed. The latest casualty is Wilco which is part of a national closure of this chain of shops. However, there was a new Edinburgh Woollen Mill outlet shop which had newly opened and that contained within it another franchise selling home linen ware. There's also a new shop selling sneakers and of course the Irish shop closed a few weeks ago; no more soda bread for me! At the other end of the High Street however a regeneration project is underway. The photo of the Sally Army charity shop is the latest in the project; looking very much as it would have done many years ago as a draper shop.
I found this cast iron pot stand in the Impakt shop that sells second hand and upcycled furniture. I thought it would make a good plant stand for some of my succulents...I started on the first of the Elly Griffiths Brighton series which I'm enjoying but not as much as Dr. Ruth.
In the afternoon I went out for a walk checking out another old route. It was a very warm day and after 6 miles I stopped. I have an idea now of the route I want to use when I lead my walk in November; it's just trying to keep it within the 7 - 7.5 mile limit we have for Wednesday walks. Look how the trees are changing colour.
A quiet Sunday. Swimming, followed by a bit of a tidy up in the garden and housework. OH made dinner - it was just us. Next Sunday, we're having a big get together with Mandy and Paul, my brothers, my eldest grandson; his girlfriend and the Bedford crew. We're hoping to have a bbq but if the weather lets us down it will be a buffet - I don't have enough room at the table for everybody!