Friday, 30 July 2010

Flash 55 - Death Row

How could he find warmth and comfort in the filth beneath his feet? Pain from his open wound shot up his leg each time he attempted to settle for a rest. The cries from his cell mates would undoubtedly ensure another sleepless night. What had he done to deserve this? Death would be a blessing.

I was watching a news item on telly concerning cruelty to pigs in NZ. It was heartbreaking. I was shocked and disgusted at the way some farmers treat their animals. It certainly made me question the type of food I eat and the life it has lead before reaching my dinner plate. Steve and I already had a plan in place to grow our own fruit and veg (so we know it's natural) and hope to have our own chickens in the future but I still feel I need to do more to control what I'm putting into my body. I've made a pledge to myself to investigate where the food I am eating has come from and what has been involved in getting it onto my plate.

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Flash Fiction - Each Friday, I compose a short story of 55 words - no more, no less. If you would like to join in the fun and games... post your story and report to the boss G-Man. If you're not interested in contributing a story, feel free to read the other entries. I'm sure any comments you have would be appreciated.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

God Bless Buff

I'm shocked at the news that our dear fellow blogger Buff has passed away. I will really miss his sense of humour and his yummy recipes. I didn't know him outside of blog land but it was obvious from his blog posts that he valued and loved his friends and family. I loved the way he would answer EVERY comment made on his posts and how he made his replies personal, made me feel that the comments I made mattered to him.

I will miss you hun.
Love KB

Monday, 26 July 2010

Coco's World

I wonder how Mum knows I've been digging in the garden?

I had to laugh when Coco came in from burying her bone. She looked up at me so innocently but I could tell she'd been up to mischief because of the mud on her nose.

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to Camera Critters. Follow the link to see more animal pics and feel free to join in the fun and games.

Have a great day
Love KB

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Writer's Island - Titles

I had fun with the prompt from Writer's Island this week. The idea was to choose a CD and incorporate the song titles from it into a post. I used Robbie William's Greatest hits as I was listening to him in the car this morning. Managed to use every song title in almost the same order as they appear on the CD. Thanks Robbie.

My ANGELS, LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU through the MILLENNIUM. LET LOVE BE YOUR ENERGY with NO REGRETS in your hearts as you are STRONG. Give praise to Mother Earth because SHE'S THE ONE. I hope you don't destroy her but YOU WIN SOME LOSE SOME. Our KIDS dance along to their ROCK DJ, playing his SEXED UP tunes on the RADIO.  Does his love SUPREME make him a BETTER MAN? I do believe his generation's COME UNDONE. Will they protect her when we've gone? Leaving SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL for ETERNITY or a world MISUNDERSTOOD.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

KB's Book Shelf

Quote for the day

I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
- Charlie Brown

Books Read Last Month

5. Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5)
6. Essential Health For Women - Sharon Walker

7. Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, Book 6)
Click on links (if there is one) for more info about these titles.

There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all. And yet
Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips set,
And blew. 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.'
-   Robert Browning - Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
I've almost finished the final book in  The Dark Tower Series. Bet you didn't know the story was inspired by Browning. I have mixed feelings, I've enjoyed re-reading the books so much that I don't want the story to end but on the other hand, I'm looking forward to reading something different. I've been reading the books for a total of nine months, it's definitely time for a change but I'm going to miss Roland and his quest to reach the Dark Tower.

Today I'm grateful for...sunshine - it's getting a little warmer, Spring must be on the way.

Coming Up...Coco's World. She's been up to mischief again.

Have a great day/night
Love KB

Friday, 23 July 2010

Friday Flash 55 - Milestone

He frantically searches for the photo of the gravestone. He finds it inside the tattered suitcase, under layers of discarded snapshots. His father had died at age sixty two. He would be turning that age himself soon. He was elated to have lived as long as his father yet terrified of the unknown years ahead.

Flash Fiction - Each Friday, I compose a short story of 55 words - no more, no less. If you would like to join in the fun and games... post your story and report to the boss G-Man. If you're not interested in contributing a story, feel free to read the other entries. I'm sure any comments you have would be appreciated.

Happy reading and writing!
Love KB

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Happy Bithday Dad

Quote of the day

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my Dad's Birthday. Steve and I invited my parents over for dinner a couple of days ago. We cooked a yummy dinner of roast beef, veggies, roast spuds, Yorkshire Pudding and gravy. Actually, Steve did most of the cooking and I helped. Wish I'd taken a pic because it looked and tasted delicious.

A good time was had by all and Dad loved his card and  Avatar DVD.

KB's World

Feeling good today. Enjoyed a wonderful few days off with Steve.  We decided Dad wouldn't mind if we watched his Birthday pressie before we gave it to him. I really enjoyed the movie but I didn't think it was as great as I'd been led to believe. 

We spent the rest of our time preparing for Mum and Dad's visit. We also caught up on a few of the cooking shows we enjoy watching and had a yummy lunch at our favourite Japanese restaurant (click here to read KB1's review). All in all, a busy but fun few days off.

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll. I'm happy we all enjoy the same content and I'll continue on as normal.

Today I'm grateful for...the love of my family.

Coming up...  KB's Bookshelf

See ya later
Love KB

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Living With Whitesnake

Quote for the day

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again - more intelligently.
-Henry Ford

Follow the link to read more about... Living With Whitesnake

KB's World

I'm soooooooo tired. Steve has been working for the past 10 days with a break of just one day. I have to be up at 6am to take him to work and I'm not exactly a morning person. Looking forward to a few days off to spend together and catch up on sleep.  Dad's birthday dinner is coming up next week too, should be a good night.

Our landlady hired some men to chop down a huge tree that was in our back garden. It's a shame to cut down such a beautiful tree but now it's gone, I realise how much light it was blocking out.

Steve and I watched the All Blacks/Springboks game last night. All Blacks won AGAIN, woohoo!

That's all from me today.
Have a great day/night

Today I am grateful for...the working week being almost over (for us anyway).

Coming up...KB's Bookshelf

Friday, 16 July 2010

Flash 55 - Harry Down

Dad and Steve arrived at the takeaway shop to place their order. The shop owner has trouble understanding English. She asked Dad what name to put the order under and because my Dad’s surname is hard to pronounce, he replied, ‘Just put Harry down.’

A short time later… ‘Harry Down, order ready for Harry Down.’

Flash Fiction - Each Friday, I compose a short story of 55 words - no more, no less. If you would like to join in the fun and games... post your story and report to the boss G-MAN. If you're not interested in contributing a story, feel free to read the other entries. I'm sure any comments you have would be appreciated.

Happy reading and writing!
Love KB

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Readers' Poll

Quote of the day

What you are today comes from your thoughts of yesterday and your present thoughts build your life of tomorrow. Your life is the creation of your mind.
- Buddha

Readers' Poll  

I appear to have lost some of my regular readers...eek! I think it's because I usually do my best work when miserable, hence the lack of posts, hehe. I decided to do a little poll so you guys (all 3 of you) can tell me what you enjoy reading about the most. Maybe it will inspire me to write a bit more. The poll box is on the side bar under the pic of KB & Whitesnake.

KB's World

All is well with us. I've been catching up on a few fiddly projects I've been putting off. Feels good to be tackling them head on  rather than putting them off . The main issue I have is working the knots out of Coco's coat. She's very nervous around the clippers and her coat is getting more and more tangled. I've been sitting with her for a little time each day and slowly combing out the knots. We're making huge progress and she doesn't seem to mind it as much as she used to.

In other news, Steve has given up smoking and I'm so proud of him! I really must get off the computer and on with my day. I'll write more on that next time.

Have a great day/night.

Love KB

Today I'm grateful for...
Steve for taking such a huge step towards better health.

Coming Up
Living With Whitesnake



Saturday, 3 July 2010

Coco's World

Quote for the day

Be joyful, because it is humanly possible.
Wendell Berry

Coco's World

Time for my hair cut

Please let it be over soon!

I miss my hair

I'm sooooooooooo cold

Smokers' Corner

I'm gonna miss smoking with Dad when he gives it up

KB's World

It's 11.20 and I'm still in my PJs....whoops! Had a productive day yesterday, managed to fit in a half hour walk and a Yoga session too. Feeling a bit headachy today so planning to take it easy as much as possible. Apart from that, everything is good. Looking forward to catching up with my parents tomorrow too.

Have a great day,
Love KB

Today, I'm grateful for...all the days I haven't had a headache. Does that count for today? Hehe!

Coming up...Readers' Poll.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Healthy Living

Quote of the day

The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honour.
- Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life   

Healthy Living

I can't believe it's July already, how did that happen? Half way through the year and all I can think about is how unfit I am :( Whitesnake found a new walking track which is near our house. He's taken Coco there often,  I thought it was about time I tried it out.  It's the perfect length for a daily walk and includes uphill and downhill. I felt a little out of breath on parts of the track, not so bad that I couldn't talk (so it's all good). I thought I was doing quite well until Steve informed me he usually runs up there with Coco. I was not impressed with myself, Steve's older than me, smokes, drinks and eats fatty food and he's STILL fitter than me. Not to matter, I'll be running up there after him in no time, hehe.  

As Steve is always reminding me; I shouldn't beat myself up about the things I can't or haven't done yet but focus on the positive actions I've taken. He's very wise. Let's see, on the health front, I'm walking more than I was, I'm taking less medication for my acid reflux, eating more veges and I've cut down on my alcohol by half. That's pretty good for a couple of month's work. *pats self on back*

I'm going to make health my main focus again this month. My top three priorities are:

- Knowing my numbers

I have a health check annually so I'm aware of where my health is at but I don't have a record of what my results are. I think it's a good idea to note them down so I can mark my progress. I'll record the results I am aware of for now, and ask my Dr for the others when I see him next month.

- Alcohol reduction

I've come so far already with this. My goal for this month is to have no more than 2 standard drinks in one session. Which means I'll be within the 'safe' limit for me. Wow, I've come a long way from drinking a bottle a night to one drink a night. I never thought I'd be able to do it but it was quite easy once I'd made the decision. What a difference being happy in my life can make. I've had all my blood work tested and my liver and everything else is fine. I'm so thankful I could do something about my drinking before any serious damage was done.

- Exercise

This is my biggest struggle because vigorous exercise brings on similar symptoms to a panic attack.In the past, when I was out on a long hike, I would experience shortness of breath, rapid heart beat etc and I thought I was going to have a heart attack, when in fact, I was fine and experiencing a panic attack. Sounds so silly when I write it down but it can be a terrifying experience. Whenever I reach for my walking shoes, there's the fear in the back of my mind of having a panic. At the moment I am walking twice a week, I will increase this to 4-5 times a week including twice a week on the steeper track to really get my heart working.

Well, that should keep me out of too much mischief this month.

KB's World

Everything is going well. Steve and I are feeling much more settled and happy as ever. I'm looking forward to picking him up from work, followed by 3 hours of Survivor on telly. That will keep me smiling but I'm not sure how happy Steve will be about it, hehe.

Take care, stay healthy.
Love KB

What I'm grateful for in this moment
 -my body for putting up with all the crap I've given it in the past. 

Coming up... Coco's World 

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