Monday, September 28, 2015

On The Eye

We ordered our tickets for the London Eye over the Internet.  We discussed which day and time would best suit us and then went with the fast track ticket self print ticket to bypass all the lines.    We paid £29 per ticket and it included a 40 minute river cruise.  It was a cloudy day but mild and not raining!  Still, it was much cooler than Canada. 

We arrived fifteen minutes before our scheduled time.  Since we printed the tickets ourselves, and paid extra for fast track, we just had to step in the fast track line that had three folks in front of us!  We were on the Eye within two minutes!  

The Eye is a very large Ferris wheel type contraption.  It's not a ride!  It's a great way to view London from above.  It doesn't stop, except for folks with strollers, walkers or canes.  It goes real slow and takes thirty minutes to do one rotation.  About twenty five people can fit in a pod at a time but when we went it was rather early, and quiet so we had about ten folks in the pod.

As the Eye rotated, we got great pictures of Parliament....

...and the Shard. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

We Good

Nothing but positive vibes going on in my life!  

I've been counting my blessings each and every day, more than once a day.  

I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table.  Watching the news lately, there are so many who don't have any of those.  Counting my blessings.  Counting even what some would call insignificant like my teabag didn't break in my mug today!  Yes, that was a blessing too!! 

I have nothing left to give to people who pretend to be my friend when there are so many others wanting to know me.  I have nothing left but prayers that one day your heart will truly soften (and not just when there is an audience present). 

I don't hold grudges.  I pray for those who have ill wishes towards me.  I pray for those who can't stop themselves from saying negative things about me.  I pray for those who are green with envy because I am finding joy in the smallest of things like the blossom of a flower or the song of a bird.   I even asked real friends to pray for these pretend friends, that they will never know the negative that will come around from their actions. 

I'm done reaching out. I've knocked the dust from my shoes and I've moved on.  There are bigger issues going on in this world that deserve my attention far more than my pretend friends.  I will always pray.  I'm not perfect, far from it but I am the first to confess this.  My laundry is washed in private and not aired on Facebook, Blogger, Google+ or Tumblr.  

Don't worry though, "we still good"! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Blog In Process

 I'm writing more blog posts to finish up our trip to London, detail how my shop is coming along, and other things.  
They will be posted shortly.....

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Water Bottle

I've been following quite a few folks on Instagram who are in the midst of a weightloss journey.  The one thing they all stress..... Drink plenty of water!  Most of them have a gallon jug with fancy carrying gear but I can't drink a gallon a day!  I barely get through the one litre and pushing two is a miracle in itself. 

I decided to do what some of them do to get myself drinking.... I got a new 2 litre bottle and marked it up with imaginary dates.  It starts at the very top of the bottle with Kanye West at Kentucky Fried Chicken.  I absolutely love Kentucky but Kanye, not so much.  I drink past him real fast!  

Next in line is Denzel Wahington at Burger King.  Again, I love the Whopper with cheese extra onion, side order of fries, and cola.  Love Denzel's acting skills but no, would have to pass on a date with him. Don't tell my big sister I said that, because Denzel is "her man".  

After I drink past Denzel, I'm on to Vin Diesel at McDonalds.  I love fast food.  It's my weakness in case you just happened to notice a trend.  Yes, I'll have a McChicken, fries and cola please...what you gonna have Vin?  

Drinkin onward, I reach Jamie Foxx at Pizza Hut, cheese pizza and cheesy breads. .....

Then on to Terrence Howard at Starbucks where we have lattes and just chill out.  

As I get further into the water drinking I arrive at Samuel L Jackson and we are enjoying all you can eat buffet at in China Town.  Spring rolls! 

Don Cheadle is next and we opt for junk at the movie cinema.  Now we getting somewhere! 

If I continue drinking down the water bottle, I make it to Idris Elba next and we are in the back seat of his car! I know right!  I lust after Idris!   But the last one on the bottle is my main squeeze....

WESLEY SNIPES!  Yeah baby!  We going home!

I drank the whole bottle! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Big Bus Tour

It rained pretty much the entire day on our first full day in London.  We woke up early and had the buffet breakfast at the hotel.  Eggs, hash browns, beans and a toasted croissant.  I also had a latté.  I never have latté but I did this time.  I admit, I had lots of coffee, cola and caffeine over the ten days we were away from home.  I had to give up caffeine and coffee (doctor's orders) and that included carbonated drinks.  

But that latté was AMAZING!!!!   I said "amazing" in my Oprah Winfrey voice!!!

We left the hotel and caught the Big Bus (not the red bus, the Big Bus) and did the Blue Tour on the bus.  Now this bus is awesome. 

It does three different tours. You get this map and it shows in three different colours (green, red or blue) where your tour will go.  It is a half open top bus but because it was raining lightly we were the only ones crazy enough to ride on top. We sat in the covered section but I was so close to the back that I got amazing photos!  The bus also offers free rain jackets and headphones to listen to the tour.

The headphones plugged into the back of the chair in front of you and you just chose your language from the selection it offered.  I think it was 12 different languages.  I brought three rain jackets home as souvenirs!!!

Our tour took over three hours!  And we were able to hop on hop off the bus whenever there was someplace we wanted to look at closer.  We stayed on the bus the whole time though, because it was rainy.  We just knew where to go the following day to see what we felt we missed in this rain.  

We drove over the Tower Bridge but I couldn't get a good photo of it.  

We drove past Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye and Big Ben & Parliament.   The only place we weren't interested in seeing was Madame Tussauds.  Besides, the line up for that, rain or not, was around the block!!! 

We had lunch in a small café when we got off the bus for a bit and wanted a place to warm up and have a coffee.  We ordered a chicken sandwich with chips only this time when they said chips, I expected to get french fries, but we got potato chips instead.  I was so confused!  But I ate them anyway.  Husband laughed at me.

After lunch we caught the bus again.  I just took pictures of everything as we drove along especially when the rain finally let up.

At the end of that day we were pooped.  We had an early dinner in a restaurant near to the hotel.  Nando's I think it was called.  Nice chicken and chips and this time the chip were french fries.  After we finished eating, we sat in the restaurant for about another hour or so just talking.  I think the waiters weren't happy with us for doing that!  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Made It To London

We made our way to London on August 30th.  We had a hotel room for the last couple of days of our vacation.  The other attractions we wanted to see were in London and our hosts live quite a distance away so we all took the train into London and rented a hotel for the following three days.

Of course, by this time I was madly sick with a cold!  Yes, the cold weather and inappropriate clothing caused me to catch a bad head cold.  I did my best to keep it from travelling down into my chest but by the time our vacation came to an end, that head cold was heading south!

As we exited the train station I was walking around looking for a pharmacy while snapping photos with the camera.  The funny thing......   An announcement came over the loud speaker saying "flash photography is not permitted within these premises".  I didn't hear it at first, my husband did and he told me so I thought he was joking because he was laughing so I continued to take pictures!  Ya, I heard it the second time though.  I panicked.  I can imagine the security guards in watching the surveillance video saying "check out that clueless tourist taking pictures".   I quickly put my camera in my handbag after that... until we got outside and I saw tons of red buses!!!

Instantly, I fell in love with the red buses just like I did with New York's Yellow cabs.  I think they are so cute!  

It wasn't too late when we arrived in London but we were tired so we headed straight to the hotel, had dinner in the dining room (we had hamburgers and chips) and called it a night.  I still didn't sleep too well with my nose all congested and having coughing fits.  The pharmacy I did find didn't sell Buckleys cough syrup (the only kind I can use, I'm overly sensitive) so I only picked up Halls cough drops.  I popped two of those in a cup of boiled water and let them dissolve and drank it like a cough syrup.  It worked!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Museum & The Park

We had a very full itinerary while on vacation.  Our hosts really went out of their way to ensure we seen as much of England as possible.

We spent part of the morning enjoying tea, and then I took a stroll in their back yard to look at and photograph the beauty of their garden!  My husband's aunt enjoys gardening and it really shows!


We spent one day touring an old museum and then went to the park where a festival was taking place.  The weather was a cool 15*C  or 59*F so we were in layers of clothes again.  Most of the clothes we packed were left unworn because they were shorts, tees and sleeveless items.  We had to stick with the jeans, long sleeves and pullovers.

We toured the museum by ourselves.  I was busy taking photos and only read a handful of the displays notes.  I do regret that.  

When we left the museum, we drove to the park.  The houses really look like they do on Coronation Street.  You know, that British Soap Opera!  I used to love that show.  I haven't watched it in years.  I used to catch it Sunday mornings but when I started going to church I stopped watching it and never bothered to record it.  Hmm,.... maybe I'll get back into it.

At the park we walked around, and as per usual I took tons of photos.  OF EVERYTHING!

Later that evening we had a lovely dinner at an Italian restaurant.  I had this mixed plate that had a piece of lasagna, a cannoli, and some ravioli.  Oh my goodness was it ever delicious.  My husband, who never can decide what to eat whenever we go out to restaurants, always relies on me to pick his meal since he knows I'm aware of what he will eat.  He had the same meal as me and he found it delicious too!   And very filling.  

When we went back to the house, we relaxed with a cup of tea and more conversation.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Woburn Safari Park

On August 28th we spent the day at a safari drive through.  It was absolutely awesome.  I got to see tons of animals that I never thought I'd ever see in real life!  


It turned out to be a lovely sunny day that day.  Most of the days since our arrival were rainy in the morning then very cloudy and windy the remainder of the day.  Yet this day was nice an sunny with just a few cloudy periods.  We had to keep the car moving slowly and the windows rolled all the way up so we turned on the air conditioning and of course had conversation while in the car.  This time most of our talk was about the animals.  This deer or whateveritis looked straight at me when I took the photo.  It's not a great photo from in the car but look at his face!  It's like he's smiling for the camera.  I love it!

The Giraffes cracked me up.  They are just too cute and way tall!  I got a bit of a video of them but I haven't had the chance to upload them to my youtube channel yet.  I'll try to upload them one of these days and just have a separate post with the video.

Check out this picture, I caught all the giraffes looking in the same direction then the last guy off to the far right is sticking his big head into the picture.  It's like your typical family photo when someone tries to get added in.

There were quite a bit of cars taking this tour and it was well worth it, even when the monkeys tried to escape!  ha!

After the car tour was over, we parked and had lunch in one of the many restaurants.  We never got used to the English calling french fries "CHIPS".  Husband had fish and CHIPS for lunch while I had chicken nuggets and chips.  After lunch we took the walking part of the tour and found these Madagascar cats.  I forget what they're really called!

This was a great day!  

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Day At Stonehenge


We took a drive to Stonehenge.  It appears that my husbands uncle had never been there even though he lives near it.  The drive was about 2.5 hours but we had lots of great scenery along the way and great conversation in the car.  We had enough jokes too! 

We used a GPS Tomtom thing to direct us along the way.  That poor thing had us go around a round-about three times before we realized the exit she was directing us no longer existed!  HA!   We figured out where we had to go then reconfigured the Tomtom to entertain ourselves further.

Once we got there, we had a snack that we packed, then purchased the tickets and went to wait for the bus to take us out to the rock formation.

The stones are roped off so you can only get so close to them.  Sure we could easily have stepped over the ropes but why?  They are pretty large.  I wonder why the aliens built them.  *shrugs shoulders*

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pixie Grow Out: 8 weeks

So it's been 8 weeks since I decided to grow out my pixie hair cut.  It's really curly in the back, and growing in thick too but that's nothing new!  The front was already longer as I had a pixie with bangs but now the bangs are drooping on my forehead.  

This collage shows the bangs and sides on the day I had my last haircut and decided to grow it back. The second pic is 3 weeks and the bottom pic was taken on Friday at 8 weeks of growth.

I'm not using any new vitamins.  I tried that excessive dose of biotin and also the Hair Skin and Nails supplements but one or both of them made my scalp itch like ants crawling under my skin.  The biotin made my face break out and the crown of my head became so tender.  All that in about a week or so of using the stuff!  Crazy but true, I can't make this stuff up.  I just take a regular daily vitamin, along with vitamin C and vitamin D supplement and a probiotic to help my inner pipes.  That's all the vitamins I take. 

Now I practice patience.... counting down to autumn so I can put a hat on! 

Every day I give myself a scalp massage with my finger tips on my scalp through my hair to get improved blood circulation. My hair looks like a birds nest when I'm done but it feels awesome.  I'm also using a toothbrush on my hair line to increase the massage and circulation. I do that in the morning for like ten seconds, and again at night for another ten or so seconds.  Basically I'm just brushing my hair line with a toothbrush and it increases blood circulation.    Believe me, my edges are showing signs of new growth!   No magic pills, no standing upside down, just drinking lots of water, eating less junk and more fruit and veggies, and giving my scalp a daily massage for about 2 or three minutes usually while I'm sitting watching TV.

I have no intention of cutting or even trimming my hair at this point.  I'm going to wait until week 12 then just trim lightly like a dusting off the ends.  

Growing out a pixie takes lots of patience.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Taking It Easy

This past Christmas we purchased a new Canon camera that came highly recommended by a friend who is big on taking pictures!  The entire time we were vacationing in England, I was strolling around with this monster hanging around my neck!

Our first full day in England was spent talking with our hosts then went for a drive around Northampton so I could take a few pictures.  I love the architecture there.  Such details in the carvings.

I did notice that pretty much every tower on a building had a clock!  I wondered if that had anything to do with their Big Ben clock (I'm in love with that clock).

I couldn't get a good full shot of this building because that day, I had only gone out with one of the lenses and it was the zoom so it brought everything up close and personal.  It was nice to see the detail of the statues carved into the stone on the top but all together it was a beautiful structure. I think this was a cultural building or something like that.

The taxi cabs were so cool!  Unlike in New York how all the cabs are yellow, or here in Montreal all the cabs are just regular cars or minivans, England's cabs looked like old school cars!  Four folks could fit in the back seat, actually 5 if three sat along the back seat and then two seats flip down from behind the front / drivers seat.

And they drive on the other side of the road!  That took some getting used to.   

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

To Heathrow We Go

Well, we have safely returned from our vacation to England and there is tons to write about.  I guess I can just start at the beginning.  

We travelled to England to visit my husbands uncle and aunt who live there.  They live in Northampton and it was a delightful trip, all travel adventures aside.  We flew air France from Montreal to Paris and had a two hour layover before catching our connecting flight to England. The first flight was about five hours long maybe more.  

There should be a height requirement for economy seats as my knees were jammed straight up against the back of the seat in front of me!  This photo, if you look closely, you'll see my knee mashed up against that magazine pocket in the back of the seat in front of me!

My seat was also defective because I was unable to recline it even a touch so sleeping was impossible with my head lolling forward all the time.  At least they fed us on the plane.  The plane food wasn't as bad as I thought. It was rice and chicken the size of a microwave dinner perhaps smaller if that's even possible.  But beggars can't be choosers so we were happy for the meal. It was good and hot, with a bread roll, water, juice, red wine in a mini bottle and I don't know what that was for dessert so we didn't eat that and a bag of dry unsalted pretzels that had three pretzels inside.  Yes, I counted them!  

We landed in Paris, the Charles de Gaulle airport is huge and nicely done up but nobody around to help you if you have a problem or question.  We searched for a souvenir shop but the prices were ridiculously expensive for a three inch Eiffel Tower! You'd think I was buying the actual tower itself.  But then again, it's in the airport so ... That's like the time I paid three bucks for a pack of gum in Miami's airport.

Anyway, we caught our connecting flight, and an hour later arrived at Heathrow airport.  We spent an hour going through the slow customs and I was paranoid about the two cans of maple syrup in my luggage we brought from Canada.  Did I have to declare it? I watched too many episodes of Border Control on TV so I was afraid I'd get busted for smuggling in Canadian Maple Syrup.  But we made it through with our smuggled syrup that we didn't declare! Phew!

Finally were able to collect out bags.  

At the bag carousel there were five bags going round and round. None were ours! An employee quickly comes to our aid telling us to fill out some document for our lost bags.  Needless to say I was ticked off so I politely told her it was my first time visiting and I wasn't happy about the lost luggage situation but thanked her for her prompt service....then we spot our bags OFF THE CAROUSEL SITTING IN A LINE ALONG THE WALL.  She tells me they remove the bags as they come around on the carousel and line them up off to the side.

What kind of craziness is that?  Give us a near aneurysm at the thought of losing both suitcases!  Geez!

Anyway, Uncle met us at the exit gate and took us to his home where we had a nice shower, a hot home cooked meal, and plenty of great conversation then off to bed jet lag from the five hour time difference and hours of travel took its toll.