Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Slimming World Weigh In Week 21

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Slimming World Weigh In Week 21

Anyone following my progress with Slimming World will have noticed that I haven't posted for a couple of weeks. My last weigh in was on 10th May - week 18. I have been a bit naughty, eating all the wrong food and drinking all the wrong drinks.
This was because life gets complicated and I compensate by eating, I guess this is how I got overweight in the first place. Nothing serious happened, just my husband recovering from surgery so I bought him the odd cake as a treat (yep I had to "taste" it, the beginning of the slippery slope) and looking after my grandson, and invalid, alone just made me crave pastry, chocolate and cake.
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

7 Songs That Were Written Just For Me

Have you ever heard a song and just knew it was written for you? The composer may have never met you but they know you, they know your name. They include your name in their lyrics. Their lyrics are sometimes wonderful, like poetry - and sometimes dire but it has your name in it so it was definitely written for you.

This is my list of songs written for me.

Songs fall into two groups - those I love and want to be about me and those that are always played at the works party or at wedding receptions. The song comes on, someone knows it's "my song" and thinks I'd love to dance, I feel obliged to get up, move my arms and legs then have another drink.

There are songs out there that were written for you too. They may not always have your name in the lyrics but when you hear them you just know they were written for you.
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Our Weekly Journal 29th May 2017 - A Heatwave and the Manchester Bombing

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Start the day with a good breakfast. Toast with Marmite. Love it or hate it. We're lovers, are you?

Our Weekly Journal 29th May 2017 - A Heatwave and the Manchester Bombing


We started the week on Monday catching the bus into town and visiting Cardiff castle. This was a big event as Grandad hasn't been out with us for 5 weeks after having his hip replacement. We decided on the Cardiff castle as it is quite close to the bus stop so not too much walking.

Bear and I revisited the WWII shelters and enjoyed coffee and cake from the little cafe. It was a lovely day.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 22

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#MySundayPhoto Number 22


#MySundayPhoto Number 22 is of Cardiff Castle Keep. Just behind is the clock tower of Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium and Stadium House.

I have lived in Cardiff since 1975 and I had to look up the name of Stadium House, even though it has been there since 1976. It's not a building that I ever walk past as it is tucked up a side road near the Principality Stadium. It is described by wikipedia as the second tallest building in Cardiff, only the stadium itself is taller.

Cardiff is preparing for the Champions League final next week so many roads are closed and all eyes will be on the stadium.

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Photalife
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cardiff Castle World War Two Shelters and Battlements - A Toddler Explores

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Cardiff Castle World War Two Shelters and Battlements - A Toddler Explores


We visit Cardiff Castle often. We are very lucky as the castle is in the city centre and easy to reach by bus. For just a few pounds Cardiffian's can purchase a castle key, and gain access free for three years.
This means we pop in for coffee or just a little bit of peace and quiet but we had never been into the World War Two shelters, in fact I used to live in the castle grounds and never even knew they were there.
I decided to take Bear whilst Grandad was recovering from his hip operation. He loved it although parts were "a bit scary!"
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

8 Reasons Why You Should Be Meal Planning

8 Reasons Why You Should Be Meal Planning 


I only started meal planning when my husband had a hip operation. He was our chef and did all the shopping so I had no idea what to buy or cook. I was very stressed about it all as I do not drive so couldn't just pop out for something I needed for a recipe. I needed to know exactly what to buy and what to cook. It was the best thing I have done. No more wasted food, no more stress over what to eat.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Our weekly journal 22nd May 2017 Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Story Museum

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Our weekly journal 22nd May 2017 Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Story Museum


What busy week! Grandad is still not driving so we have been on the bus again. The week started very wet and we stayed home on Monday, that was hard work trying to occupy a toddler when it is non-stop rain and Grandad needs to rest. I thought if he's already wet then lets fill a bowl full of water and let him jump in it. He loved it, he jumped and jumped for ages. He was soaked, it was warm though so not a problem but by Tuesday I had to get out so we went to the park and played on the swings and slide in the rain. It was great fun as the slide was super fast wet and Bear in slippery waterproofs. I also brought the trampoline in so he uses up some energy. He is so good now we just have to get a big trampoline for the garden.
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 21

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Outside the Castle with Gareth Bale

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Inside the Castle grounds with the dragon guarding the trophy

#MySundayPhoto Number 21


This week it was so hard to choose one photo from the many we took. We visited Cardiff Castle, the sun shone despite the threat of rain.

The UEFA Champions League football final comes to Cardiff this summer. It is a major event not least because local boy Gareth Bale will be playing.

We have a tradition (albeit a very short and new tradition) of displaying something wonderful on Cardiff Castle to promote events in the city. For this event we have a blue dragon guarding the trophy.

Bear is a typical bloggers child/grandchild. Stand there I say, just one photo. He poses, he "cheeses" (he says cheese without any prompting, in fact I usually have to wait until he stops so I get a natural photo of him).
He is full of enthusiasm. If the footballers show just half of his enthusiasm it will be a very exciting final.

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Photalife

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Most Common Social Worker Jobs

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The Most Common Social Worker Jobs


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Social work is a noble profession. It’s one that can truly make a difference to the world, but it is also incredibly difficult. It can be emotionally and physically draining, and social workers often have to go for counselling themselves for the experiences that they are often exposed to. 
However, if you are a kind, caring individual and have loads of empathy and compassion for others – then social work could be a great career opportunity for you. 
Before you start your social work career, you should see what kind of work you want to do. 
Are you especially interested in children and their welfare? Do you want to work with people with addictions or mental health issues? Do you have the desire to help abused women? Or are you concerned about those that are sick or have ailments? 
These are all questions you should ask yourself before you decide what direction to take in your social work profession. 
Here are some the most common social worker jobs that you can choose from:

Substance abuse

Having a profession as a social worker in substance abuse is one of the more challenging, but also rewarding avenues that you can choose. 
People in this profession can work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, prisons, hospitals and private care facilities. As a substance abuse worker you have to have compassion and a whole heap of patience. 
Recovery is a long and arduous journey, and you will have to be prepared for relapses, bad tempers and mood swings. But in the end – recovery is highly rewarding to see. 

Medical/public health

Social work in the medical and public health industry is the fastest growing, and there are great forecasts for expansion in this sector. 
A social worker that specialises in public and medical health can work in any facilities that deals with medical patients. Places like emergency rooms, hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and assisted living. 
They are the go-between with patients and their medical carers, and they are in charge of overseeing that they are being treated properly and assisting with documents and decision-making.

Child welfare

Child welfare is a huge area of social welfare and requires high levels of compassion and a deep love of children. You can work with investigative units and child welfare companies that assess children’s home situations and remove them from dangerous environments. 
You have to be unbiased, level-headed and intuitive enough to know when a child is physically, mentally or sexually abused even though it may not always be obvious. 

Mental health

Mental health is another popular choice for social workers, but it’s one that you have to be highly trained for. People pursuing this profession normally need to have a master’s for clinical practice. 
You can work in a number of different facilities, and you will be in charge of assessing and diagnosing mental health issues, creating treatment plans and assist those that live daily with the effects of having a mental illness. 
These are just some of the social worker jobs that are available, and there are many other avenues that you can go down to find the niche that you would like to get into.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Our Weekly Journal 15th May - Cardiff Bay and Shadows


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Our Weekly Journal 15th May - Cardiff Bay and Shadows

We have had a really busy week because the sun has shone and we have been out and about. Grandad came for a little walk around the estate and Bear was fascinated by our shadows. in fact he has spent all week chasing his shadow or trying to run away from it.
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 20

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#MySundayPhoto Number 20


Last week it was beautiful and sunny and so we visited Cardiff Bay. It took two buses and although the distance isn't too far it took ages as they go all around the houses. 

In 1999 a barrage was built across Cardiff Bay creating a huge lake and turning the docklands, and the famous Tiger Bay, into a mixture of modern buildings and leisure facilities. It claims to be Europe's largest waterfront development with restaurants, bars, the Welsh Assembly, housing and so much more.

We only visited a small part although we were there for a few hours. Bear is fascinated with shadows and was delighted to find these shadows of bicycle wheels on the gates of a cycle hire near the barrage.

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                                                                       Photalife
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #18

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Slimming World Weigh In #18


I have been very busy this week, lots of walking and running after my grandson so I should have lost weight. Except (there's always an except isn't there?) I have had a sneaky biscuit, chocolate coin and lots of wine. I even had butter on my bacon sandwich. I say sneaky because I haven't counted the Syns. I've just thought "oh one won't hurt" or "I deserve a treat". This, I know, must stop or I will be back to eating as I used to, and that means putting on weight.

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The Perfect Slimming World Baked Potato With Spring Onion and Cheese - Recipe


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The Perfect Slimming World Baked Potato With Spring Onion and Cheese - Recipe



To make the perfect Slimming World Baked Potato is not difficult. Just buy large potatoes, floury not waxy potatoes, and bake. What could be easier? To make it fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside you need to add a little more. Although it is possible to cook potatoes in the microwave I find they shrink and go rubbery if over cooked just a little. For the best baked potato cook it in the oven.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Our Weekly Journal 8th May - Roath Park and National Museum of Wales

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Our Weekly Journal 8th May - Roath Park Rec and National Museum of Wales


I didn't write a journal last week. Two reasons. One I didn't go anywhere except shopping and two, I was too busy caring for Mr P. He's doing really well and recovering nicely.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 19

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 #MySundayPhoto Number 19

Bear and I went into town to visit the museum. Afterwards we walked in front of the wonderful civic buildings and on a whim I asked Bear to take a photo of me. I gave him my phone and said
"when you see Nanny press the button".
He saw me, looked for the button and pressed. He missed me but got this gorgeous shot of his shadow.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #17


Slimming World Weigh In #17

This is the second week of doing all the cooking and meal planning as Mr P is recuperating. After my big loss last week (3.5lbs) I have high hopes for this week. Well I would if I hadn't been a little bit naughty. It was my wedding anniversary and as we couldn't go out we had a takeaway delivered. Before I started Slimming World I would have a Chicken Biryani but this time I chose Tandoori Chicken. I was very good and scraped off the sauce and had it with the salad the restaurant provided. I think I may be one of the few people that have actually eaten all the takeaway salad! Naughtily they added a few popadoms for free, and I couldn't resist so ate a quarter of one.
I also had a chocolate biscuit, a couple of chocolate coins (I found them in the cupboard and I have no resistance once I've already broken the rules) and a packet of Pom Bear crisps. All of these are totally OK if the Syns are counted, but I didn't count I just ate.
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