A couple of months ago I had to pay the doctor a routine visit for a fungal infection on my big toes. Whilst there she advised I have another blood check but as I wasn’t at that time due for such a test she post-dated it. On Friday (27 th) I visited the nurse at the surgery to give a blood sample and as it was for lipid levels I couldn’t eat anything for twelve hours prior to the sample being given. It turned out that I hadn’t eaten for seventeen hours by the time I was at the surgery. Naturally I was feeling quite hungry on my return home. Even so I didn’t eat more than I would normally do at breakfast (break-fast). As the appointment was for eight-fifty the first thing I ate was at breakfast time, though a little belated breakfast time for me. The danger in fasting is the temptation to over-indulge when the fast is over. It sets the trend for more overeating and we end up putting on weight. If we eat too much at a sitting our stomach stretches to accommodate the food so that at the next meal we feel the need to fill it too much once more else we still feel hungry. If our stomach is full we feel satisfied therefore it is sensible to eat small amounts frequently rather than gorging down large quantities which stretch the stomach. Obviously the type of food we eat is important too if we are to feel satisfied. In today’s society, here in the UK at least, we are faced with encouraging signs to eat more instead of eating sensibly. A point in question, I have found that most of the ‘fish and chip’ shops I have visited throughout my life encourage us to eat more by supplying larger portions of chips than we actually want. When I have asked for a smaller portion I find the person serving me has difficulty in doing that. It is as if they have to give large portions to justify the prices they charge. Why not supply smaller portions at a lower price for those who want them? If there is someone with me, like E for instance, we buy one portion and share and even then there is often too much in the portion. Is it any wonder people are becoming overweight when because they receive larger portions they feel the need to eat it all? It would seem a waste otherwise wouldn’t it? Feeling hungry is one thing but feeling a large waist is another!

Shirley Anne



I wasn’t out of action for very long after I had damaged my little finger, only one day in fact but I didn’t resume my work on the pit until the day after that. I don’t know about you but I find certain foods affect my gut and I suffer from re-flux and wind problems if I eat them though strangely not every time. I love fish and on Wednesday evening I had mackerel. It is a particularly strong in flavour and is one of those foods which cause me to burp a lot after eating it. It isn’t my favourite fish by a long way, in fact it is pretty much at the bottom of the table. Sea bass and rainbow trout are favourites with me though I don’t often eat them. I suffered a lot after eating that fish on Wednesday and it followed through to almost lunchtime on Thursday. However it wasn’t just the fish causing me problems but also the muesli I had at breakfast. I usually eat muesli with fruit or porridge with fruit at breakfast and they have little side effect as long as I don’t do any work which requires bending. If I do then it can upset my tummy. Most of the time I don’t start working for an hour or two after eating breakfast. Anyhow I decided I had to push ahead with the pit project and I got this far before finally taking a break for a late lunch.

The slope turned out almost perfect but I had to fill in a few places where trapped air had caused one or two dimples in the concrete (top picture). I relaid five stone tiles at the far end of the pit as seen in the bottom picture. The space on the left is that concrete block I mentioned in previous posts. It is extremely hard but I managed to chip away at it in order to get it below the floor tiles. I won’t bother spending more time on it but at least I can cement over it now. Before the work started it was a couple of inches above the floor level. After lunch I assembled and installed the hand rail.

Shirley Anne

Beans at the ready

If there is one thing you could say about beans it is that they really let you know who your friends are! I refer to the following day after eating them of course but we’ll not explore that. It has become somewhat of a small tradition with me that I have beans on toast on Christmas day instead of a roast dinner with turkey (or some other unfortunate bird), roasted potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings that come with a Christmas dinner.

English: Beans on toast
Beans on toast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is so special about a Christmas dinner anyway? Many folk have roasted dinners every week which are not any different from a Christmas dinner. The real difference is probably the company with which the meal is shared, this is what makes it special. For myself I no longer eat Christmas dinner. One reason, probably the main reason is I have no-one with which to share it but there are other reasons too, I don’t really want to stuff myself silly with a large roast dinner. The tendency is to eat far more than we should on such occasions and that habit I am happy to forego. I spend Christmas day, that is the afternoon and early evening alone. E spends the day with her mom and brother and some members of the family. I am never invited just as her sister now isn’t either. This doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t matter as I don’t celebrate the day as they do anyway. So much for the love we are supposed to be showing to others at this and any other time of the year. The secular Christmas should have no meaning to a Christian except maybe to have an opportunity to witness. So as long as I can have my beans on toast, with a fried egg or two on top I am happy. Why did Christmas get hi-jacked by the secular world? They saw it as an opportunity to revel, to party and to have a good time (nothing wrong with all that) but it lacks endurance, it simply doesn’t last and at the end of the day (literally) doesn’t really satisfy completely for if it did there wouldn’t be a reason to do it all over again. Having Jesus as your Saviour however does satisfy because that lasts forever.

Shirley Anne

Wintry weather

I was going through one of my phases of not being bothered or interested in anything and it led me to lie in bed for hours on Saturday morning. I simply didn’t want to get out of bed. I wasn’t tired, I’d had a good night’s sleep and had actually woken by eight. It was almost twelve-thirty by the time I arrived downstairs. So that was breakfast missed. I didn’t much feel like eating anything but I had to eat something. I decided to prepare a chicken and vegetable stew, one of my favourite meals as it is very healthy and tasty too. When I make it I do it in quantity and can get three meals out of it, four if I have a smaller portion but it is the kind of meal I call ‘moreish’, a small portion just doesn’t cut it. As I was preparing the food I couldn’t help but notice the sound of hail on the windows and for a while everywhere began to turn white…first-sign first-sign-2-jpgIt didn’t stay that way as the hail turned to rain after a short time. I wondered if this was the first sign of a colder winter ahead. I was thankful to be indoors in the warmth but I needed something to occupy myself. First of all I had some of the stew for my meal. It was by now two-thirty. E had gone to her monthly meeting and would be away for hours. I have been checking for any air in the radiators on a regular basis now that the heating is switched on. E’s workshop is at the top of the house so any air in the system naturally migrates up there which means the radiator in the room doesn’t get warm if I don’t bleed out the air. It needed bleeding which took minutes to do. The radiator in the bedroom we refurbished early in the year had been left valved-off as the room isn’t in use but I usually allow a little water to pass through just to keep the chill out of the room though it doesn’t get too cold because of its southerly aspect. I discovered it wasn’t warm in the least even after I had checked for trapped air. I opened the valves fully and still the radiator remained cold. I will need to address that problem when I get the opportunity though I think that may be next year if it is more than simply an air-lock in the pipes. I went downstairs and decided to do some baking, one of my other favourite ‘hobbies’. This time it was a fruit cake.Rich Fruit Cake Whilst it was baking I prepared a scone mix and baked the scones an hour later when the cake was done. E returned home after five o’clock and knew instantly that I had been baking. I love the smell of baking in a house, it makes it feel more homely. Just nice when it is cold and wintry outside.

Shirley Anne

A rest of sorts

English: A Dentist and her Dental assistant
A Dentist and her Dental assistant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I had taken a two-week sabbatical from my electrical work I did get a couple of jobs which I took on. It was now Wednesday, the day my advert would re-appear in the mid-week print of my local newspaper so I expected the calls to start coming in and I wasn’t let down. Wednesday was a cold, dry and sunny day, a day to be outside working in the garden but I had a dental appointment just before noon and had no intentions of doing any work either in the morning or at any time in the day. I was too tired, even a little too tired to be driving to the dentists surgery but I had to. I was having some cosmetic work done and thought the dentist would have done it all on the one visit as he had said he would but he didn’t, I had to arrange another appointment on 24th of the month to have the rest done. I paid the price for the two sessions and left. It was now almost twelve-thirty and I decided to eat out. I wasn’t dressed for work, I was smartly dressed so took the opportunity to treat myself to a meal in pleasant surroundings for a change. I didn’t much fancy driving home and cooking a meal there anyway. To be honest I wasn’t feeling at my best, still tired and wanting simply to rest. I dined alone, something I hadn’t done for quite some time and perhaps I should do more often. At the moment E and I are not on speaking terms anyway so dining alone it would have to be anyhow. The problem I have is deciding where to dine for there are so many to choose from. I went to a place about two miles from home where E and I sometimes go for the food and service there are excellent. It isn’t expensive either. Whilst I was at the surgery I received a couple of requests for my electrical services and made arrangements to do the work later. I was happy to get the work for my disposable cash reserve was by now very low, especially after paying the dentist and dining out. I wanted to purchase some plants for the flowerbed I have been working on and needed the extra cash to do that. I never break into my savings to pay for my domestic projects though when I retire any work I might do and need cash for will have to come out of what’s left at the end of the month from my pensions. After my meal I drove home and rested for the rest of the day. I would be out at work the following morning. Hopefully I would be fully rested by then.

Shirley Anne

Sober as a judge

Clean and Sober
Clean and Sober (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am as sober as a judge as the saying goes for I don’t drink alcohol anymore and haven’t done for three years. Neither am I feeling bloated and stuffed silly with rich food from over-indulgence for I have resisted that temptation for a number of years too. As I mentioned in a recent post I no longer partake of such things. Each to their own I have to say for there is no persuading people from giving up what they enjoy, even if sometimes it is self-destructive too (see tomorrow’s post). Yesterday was different for me, in fact no different from today or any other day in my life for that matter. Each day is the same for me. I can work if I want to or rest if I want to, it makes no difference. I am happy being the way I am. Maybe my readers feel the same about themselves. Maybe my readers don’t give a toss and simply wish to enjoy themselves in whichever way they feel is right for them. Today I woke up without a hangover, a mouth so dry it felt like unused blotting paper or bruises I knew not how I received. Today is like any other day in my life. My health and well-being have improved since the days I gave up on those things which were slowly destroying me. I discovered God, I found Jesus, my life changed for I saw the truth that is in him. My heart goes out to those who are now in the same position I was before The Lord changed me. Life took on a new meaning and I discovered it wasn’t all about self-indulgence and high living, these things destroy. Today I am as sober as a judge in both my flesh and my spirit. I wanted to get out in the garden yesterday and do some work, pruning trees and such but it rained down so hard it was impossible and today’s forecast isn’t promising either. I guess I will just have to find something to do indoors instead.

Shirley Anne

Wonder foods and health

I show the following article as it was written……….Shirley Anne.

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(Picture) Dr. Warburg

Why They Didn’t Tell Us? A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy!
By Ivan Andreevski

We continue using chemotherapy even though there is no need!

This drink saves lives and it has been proven in hundreds of studies, yet few people know that the drink is so amazing. People simply do not believe, probably because it is a very accessible and cheap food, but it really is so. Did you know that lemon and baking soda can be stronger than chemotherapy?

Why They Didn’t Tell Us A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy!
The combination of lemon and baking soda are proven stronger “killer” cancer than chemotherapy for about a whopping 10,000 times. Why no one told us anything about this? Well, because there is no profit from healthy people.They spend nothing. It’s that easy. Billions and billions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry gets in their budget would no longer exist. Lemon is a proven anti-carcinogen. On the organism it produces a strongly alkaline environment in which cysts and tumors simply cannot dwell.
Specifically, cysts and tumors feed on substances that create acidic environment in the body, and as long as the body is acidic tumor can grow. But as soon as you stop the flow of acidity in the body the tumor has no food and becomes stagnant. Therefore, soda combined with lemon is an exceptional fighter against cancer because of their effect is quite alkaline. Namely, combining it with coffee should be avoided and of course all the other ingredients of the body that creates an acidic environment and the result is certainly warranted. This magnificent fact discovered back in 1923 a German scientist Otto Heinrich Warburg, who for his cure for cancer even got the Nobel Prize, but nevertheless, people do not know the truth.

What was discovered by Dr. Warburg?

Dr. Warburg discovered that cancer is the result of anti-physiological lifestyle. Anti-Phuspt diets (with food that is acidifying) and physical inactivity of the body creates an acidic environment poorly oxygenated. Acidity cell displaces the oxygen from the cells, and the lack of oxygen in the cells creates an acidic environment. ‘If you have too high acidity, automatically will be missing oxygen in the body; if you lack oxygen, you will have acidified organism. The acidic environment is an environment without oxygen, spoke Dr. Warrburg. ‘And if you subtract 35% oxygen, cancer cells can create in just two days. Thus, the cause of cancer today is acidified organism and cells without oxygen. In his work “The metabolism of tumors,” Dr. Warburg showed that all carcinogenic forms fulfill two basic conditions: blood acidity and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). He found that the tumor cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high concentrations of oxygen. Tumor cells can survive only with the help of glucose in the environment without oxygen.
Therefore, cancer is nothing but a defense mechanism, which our cells use to survive in an acidic environment without oxygen. What affects the acidification of the body and the occurrence of cancer?
The answer is very simple: food. Most people today, unlike twenty years ago, are eating food that is acidifying the body so it is not surprising that the occurrence of this disease is in the systematic increase.

What to eat in smaller quantities?

Refined sugar and all its derivatives. It is the worst, because there is no protein, fat, vitamins, minerals not only refined carbohydrates, which damages the pancreas. Its pH is 2.1 (very acidic).
Meat (all types), animal products – milk and cheese, cream, yogurt etc.
Refined salt, refined flour and all its derivatives such as pasta, cakes, biscuits and so on.
Bread, butter, caffeine, alcohol, all industrially processed and canned foods, which contain preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, stabilizers, etc.
Antibiotics and generally all drugs.

What to eat more?

Baking soda and lemon

All raw vegetables. Some are sour in taste, but in the body the change and become alkaline.
Almonds. They are very alkaline.
Whole grains: the only alkalizing grain is millet. All other grains are slightly acidic, but the ideal diet should be a certain percentage of acidity and should eat some crops. All grains should be eaten cooked.
Honey. It has a very high alkalinity.
Chlorophyll. Green plants contain chlorophyll which is very alkaline.
Water. It is important for the production of oxygen. Always stay well hydrated, drink small sips of water throughout the day.

Exercising. Exercising helps maintain the alkalinity of the body because it gives oxygen throughout the body. Sedentary lifestyle is destroying the organism.

Chemotherapy is death!

Although medicine has break thorough knowledge of the research scientists, cancer is treated with chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy often means death. It is acidifying the body to such an extent that the body reaches for the last alkaline reserves in the body to neutralize the acidity of sacrificing minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium) that are embedded in the bones, teeth, nails and hair, and as a result of chemotherapy we have physical changes in patients. Chemotherapy acidifies the body so much that it promotes the spread of cancer, rather than cell destruction.

Therefore, if you are suffering from this disease, start alkalizing the body, in which baking soda that you can buy in any store is very helpful. It is known in the world of alternative medicine as a very good and effective cancer killer, primarily because of its alkaline properties.

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Well there’s a surprise! Did anyone know this?

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Shirley Anne

I’d come to the conclusion

English: Pieces of meat on a barbecue. Русский...
English: Pieces of meat on a barbecue. Русский: Кусочки мяса в процессе обжарки. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E walked up the road to post a letter on Saturday afternoon and had seen a builder loading bricks on to his trailer outside another house and had chatted with him. When she arrived back home she told me that a builder was going to call in to give us a quote for the building work we plan for our proposed garden toilet. We have asked her nephew to give us a quote but he is that busy he hasn’t done so. He has promised to do the necessary structural repairs to our son’s new house in the near future so we will not press him to work here. I was going to do most of the work myself now anyway but as she had asked this builder to give us a quote I may ask him to do it instead. Anyway he called by a few minutes later and looked at the job. His rough estimate sounded very favourable so if his formal quote is similar I may allow him to do it together with rebuilding that part of the garden wall which needs repairing behind the ‘mound’.   Sunday was a really lovely day though just a tad windy at times for my liking. It was warm and sunny with end to end blur skies. Our youngest son had spent the weekend here with us, that is when he actually stopped long enough! He and his girlfriend are waiting to sign the documents enabling them to finally move into their first house. If my readers remember they had moved out of the apartment they were renting some weeks ago and only for the fact that a friend of his had allowed them to use the top floor of his house they would have had nowhere to live. They have been paying £100 per week though for the privilege which is only fair. Well he told me that they will be able to sign those documents on Monday, that is the Monday just passed. I hope everything goes well for them. He has left his car on our driveway until he can sell it on as I explained in a recent post. He asked us if he could have his lunch before 1 o’clock thinking we might have been having a roast dinner which we sometimes do. However we hadn’t planned and didn’t actually have a joint of meat anyway but we did have plenty of meats suitable for cooking on a barbecue, so that’s what we did. The weather was ideal for a barbecue. Last year we didn’t use the barbecue much but so far this year we have used it a number of times. Although I like eating barbecued food I didn’t each much this time. About an hour later our son drove back to Manchester and we went indoors for a short while. E was restless and she told me that she wanted to post some mail and then go to a supermarket to purchase some bedding plants for the garden. She asked if I would like to go too. I wasn’t feeling up to it but I said I would go with her and off we went. They have a large garden centre to the rear of the store which is stocked with all sorts of plants and trees and E soon had a few plants in the trolley. We were back home within the hour. Normally we would have used the Dobbies garden centre but as it was a Sunday afternoon they had closed for the rest of the day. I think they remain open for just four hours on a Sunday. By the time we got home I was feeling very tired and drained of energy. I was thinking the reason for that was that I have been working too much lately but in reality after my evening meal I felt invigorated. It appears that all I needed was an energy input! So my conclusion was wrong after all.

Shirley Anne

A little disappointing

Tuesday Afternoon
Tuesday Afternoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As my readers will know E and I usually dine out on a Tuesday afternoon, sometimes on other days too but at least on a Tuesday. I traditionally leave the venue to her as she is driving but nevertheless I am always asked where I would like to go. When I tell her that I am not bothered she drives off and we head out somewhere unknown to me as far where it is for dining out. We had driven some fifteen miles before I had any inkling as to the venue but along the way we passed by some nice eateries. On passing one of them she asked if I would like to dine there but by the time I could answer we had sailed on by! I knew at that point where we were headed, a place called The Farmers Arms. It was still three or four miles further on and at that point I didn’t much care where we ate as I was quite hungry having skipped breakfast because I had some extra time in bed. We have visited this place on a few occasions in the past so I knew what to expect. That is I expected the place not to have changed much since our last visit a few months ago. Well nothing had changed on the outside but the inside had a complete make-over and had lost its quaint quirkiness and old-fashioned decor that had made it so popular before. Whether or not it had gained or lost custom I am not sure but there were quite a few diners still in the place when we arrived sometime around 2.30. I wasn’t impressed by the new decor but the staff hadn’t changed, they were still as friendly and accommodating as they have always been. The menu had changed though and so had the prices! There seemed to be little choice if selecting fish as a main course and the rest of the menu centred mostly around beef and chicken. I settled for a steak burger and side salad, something I rarely eat, not the salad, I mean the burger. The bun was dry and I was told later that they normally apply a spread on it, butter or margarine. If they had told me that beforehand I could have said something but the waitress didn’t call at the table to ask if the meal was to our liking as they usually do. I thought the food was fine and that the bun was supposed to be dry! E finished her meal long before I had finished mine even though we had both chosen the same dish. Once I had finished we decided against having a dessert or a coffee which we sometimes have and E paid the bill on my behalf whilst I visited the ladies room. We met at the car and drove off homeward feeling somewhat disappointed with both the venue and the meal. I guess we will not be returning there anytime soon. Back home in the village E stopped to post some mail then we drove round to our house stopping at the top of the road where I had seen the landlord of my local pub with his wife talking to someone outside of a house we had noticed over the last few weeks being renovated. I asked E to stop, which she did and we said hello. I asked if they were buying the house and it appears they are or they have. I mentioned that we lived just around the corner at the bottom of the road and would be their neighbours! The guy they were speaking with I think was the builder and his face seemed familiar to me. I had probably seen him in the pub. He asked if E and I would be coming to the house-warming party! Well yes we would, as long as we were invited I replied! We bade them farewell and drove on home.

Shirley Anne

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Culinary delights?

Top sirloin steak topped with an onion ring
Top sirloin steak topped with an onion ring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday afternoon saw E and I off out to lunch once again. We missed out last week so it came as a welcome change from our current busy schedule. I had been out working in the morning. Wednesday morning was to be spent away from home too and thereafter would be an open book. If I don’t get work I shall be working at home making inroads into fitting the bathroom furniture, so I shall be busy doing something. If there is a dry day over the next week I will need to move the scaffolding tower and clean the roof and gutter outside my bedroom window. If there is nothing else to do that requires the tower I shall have to dismantle it and put it in storage. I will have no excuses not to be working on something but I will take a break and not wear myself out. One of those ways is to go out for lunch which E and I do regularly. We drove a few miles out-of-town to another small town some 15 or more away. There is a small pub/restaurant on the main road which serves good food, much of which is from home-made recipes, however, my chosen dish of steak and ale pie was spoiled by the fact that it contained far too much salt. The food itself was good, except perhaps for the pastry which I thought was ‘stodgy’ and tasted and felt more like a suet dumpling in the mouth. When asked if we were enjoying the meal I let them know what I thought about the salt and pastry. E had ordered a steak with peppercorn sauce which was served with large batter-covered onion rings and mushrooms, neither of which she eats. I often wonder why she doesn’t mention to hold those two things but she doesn’t and then expects me to eat them when they arrive. I have to say that the portions served to us were very generous, far too much in fact as I left some on the plate.

Cappuccino (Photo credit: Lisa Cancade)

After such a large meal, well what we ate of it, we decided against indulging in a dessert as we probably wouldn’t have been able to eat it. We cut short our stay there, foregoing a drink of coffee which we sometimes have and drove back home where we made ourselves a large Cappuccino instead.

Shirley Anne

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