Tuesday, 9 May 2017

" A Herd Of Baby Elephants"


What is your best bit of the day?
I'll tell you mine in a moment, not that it shall be of any great surprise to most Going Gently readers, but then it will make a gentle anecdote to gently start of the day!
I was in Tesco's this morning buying a giant sized bottle of Prosecco- like you do!
Ok I must have looked like a slightly upmarket dipso preparing for a mornings tipple in front of Jeremy Kyle, especially as it was one minute past 7 (am ) but I did have a good reason. Winnie goes to her Babysitters for a day or so as I am off to London with to meet the Prof and another trip to the ballet ( my Christmas gift to him) and so the keep the babysitter onside Prosecco gifts will be offered.......anyhow as usual, I am digressing! ( I also forgot to add that I lost a further 7.5lbs at fat club last night!)

My Best Bit Of The Day ( now I do sound like a contestant on Just A Minute) is the few seconds " happy realisation " that I have returned to bed after 5.30 am morning walks.
With the Prof happily sitting over his boiled egg and iPad news at the kitchen table, the dogs, Albert and I amble  back in after a dozen wee stops all bleary eyed and still sleepy. Everything is serene to the point of coma until we all get to the stairs and the mad scramble for the best bed position starts.
" For Fuck's sake, it's a herd of baby elephants!" Is the Prof's usual comment as we thunder up the stairs and in a mixture of brute strength, the lifting of the oldies and juvenile jumping everyone ( four dogs, one cat and I) have managed to get onto the double bed within seconds.
It reminds me of one of those 1970 Guinness Book of Records pranks where 30 students cram themselves into a phone box! anyhow I digress again!

By 5.45am we are all asleep

This is my best bit of the day!
What's yours?

77 comments:

  1. Doing what I just told you on my blog. No hurry, relaxed 30 minutes on my own watching other people in a rush.

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  2. It is now 1:15 AM and I am about to make some rice pudding like no other. I could not sleep because of a miserable headache so the prescription is to have some warm rice pudding with plenty of fresh raspberries and then go back to bed. Getting old has its priveleges you will discover. McKenzie and Aliah looked at me like I am crazy and went back to sleep. Have a wonderful time in London.

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  3. Reading your blog.

    Which ballet is it this time?

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    1. Northern ballet's CASANOVA at saddlers wells

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  4. My best bit will be on my blog shortly. And it's sad to admit that it's my best bit, since it's not even a very good bit and obviously could never hold a candle even to your worst bit of the day. I'm imagining you having your own pee stop among all the others and then scrambling up the stairs in competition with everyone else.

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  5. I think mine is sinking into bed after a busy day, a sweet kiss from my hubby and one dear little dog snuggled into my back and the other happily in her own bed on hubbys side of the bed..bliss!!

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  6. Another 7.5ilbs off ? Jesus John !! That's some serious weight shifting !! Get those lycra shorts out and dust them down , you can come cycling with me

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    1. Over a stone gone.. Three more to go jason! Then i shall get on the bike!

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    2. So week on Tuesday then ! :)

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    3. No reason to wait, the bike does not care about the weight. I am an old fat man who loves to ride.

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    4. Jason looks like he's got a man bun in his photo. I don't know whether to look forward to a pic of you in lycra shorts, John!

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    5. Just a bad hair day sooze ....that photo is about 4 years old

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  7. Best bit of the day? When I am blotto, staggering home from the pub with a doner kebab in my mitt singing "One Man Went to Mow!" at the top of my voice as neighbours yell from their windows "SHUT UP!"

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    1. You dooooooooo exaggerate ......you hate kebabs

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  8. all by myself in the dark silence of VERY early morning (think 1a). to be alone with one's thoughts is calming.

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  9. I love when I am the first one up, the house is quiet, I have coffee at the ready and I'm reading blogs. Even better if it is the weekend and I don't have to get ready to go to work. -Jenn

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    1. That is me - this morning. First up, sun peaking through the thickening clouds and it is Saturday morning -no work. Need to get dressed and pick up a black coffee for he who is still in bed and my weekly latté.

      Life is good.

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  10. Sitting here in the early morning light, reading blogs - catching up with old friends, most of whom I have never met.

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    1. A truth many of us share old bean

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  11. Mister Irish is sleeping . . .
    Our twelve year old, nine pounds of fluff is curled next to him and daylight is just beginning to shine through . . . I look over, reach out and rub her ears . . . she stretches a bit and says . . . more . . . best part of each day.

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  12. Sinking into soft pillows and blankets, surrounded by sleeping cats, having had a happy day. Most people don't really appreciate happiness, it is sort of taken for granted.
    The really good part is sleeping all night without having to 1 - get up 2- resettle irritated old cats bothered by irritating young cats 3- waking up to the rattling purr of said old cat.
    My requirements for a good day have changed greatly lol

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  13. You are losing that extra weight very quickly. I am hoping that you show us a before and after picture when you meet your goal.

    The best part of my day is at the end when I take my bra off and live free.

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    1. I live free all the time; you should try it, it's very liberating! :)

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  14. Early morning...coffee in hand...reading these blogs.

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  15. Coming downstairs in the mornings and seeing our 6 months old Bullpei puppy Betty (who's not allowed upstairs, never mind on the bed) wagging her entire back end in delight to greet me.

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  16. That would be a very funny video -- the mad bed scramble!

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    1. Xrated too.......especially if i have my skiddie underpants on

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  17. My 'best bit' of the day is when I am the first one in the kitchen in the morning when all is quiet.

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  18. I enjoy simple unexpected moments like exchanging a smile with a stranger.

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  19. You lost 7.5# at you fat club? For God's sake, John, don't go looking for it! (Good for you!)
    Best bit? Waking up to sunshine. I'm easy ...

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  20. Best bit of my day is leaving work and getting back to my boat.

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  21. Getting up at precisely 5.30 am each morning; I love it.

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    1. Because he still can!

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    2. Don't know, I haven't worked that out yet!

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  22. Easy... my morning coffee time... Before hubby retired i enjoyed my quiet time drinking coffee , surfing the internet after he left for work... now thats he's retired its been more difficult to find that bit of quiet and i have to admit i miss it... Its seems if i get up earlier to try to find it before he gets up...well he just gets up earlier... oy vey... retirement... its been a tough cookie to figure out..... Enjoy your ballet John and the trip to London.. Hugs! deb

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  23. I am reminded of someone a long time ago saying ..the best part of the morning was waking up .. he didn't like the alternative :)

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  24. Sitting outside at twilight. That quiet time between the noisy day and the rush of evening.
    I sit outside and watch the clouds float by, the birds putting on an acrobatic flying show. Most of all the few seconds of quiet with the gud dugs sitting outside with me and enjoying this day..

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. Sitting still in the early morning
    (before husband awakes).
    Drinking my first coffee of the day
    while my big fat cat sleeps on my lap
    purring away as I rub his belly.

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  26. Saturday morning - first one up. A quick shower and then a cup of tea and catching up on my favourite television shows before going to the local shop to buy a Times newspaper and Pain au Chocolats for the family's mid morning snack. :)

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  27. Sitting with a coffee first thing on a Monday morning - Retirement = no rushing to get out to work, no doing a 25 mile commute through junction 10 of the M6, no taking the crap from fellow colleagues and even worse the customers and most of all not taking the crap and sheer stupidity from the bosses! .....even nearly 3 years on, I relish and enjoy every Monday morning with just a thought of what I'm going to do for the rest of the week xxx

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    1. Morning coffee seems to be a theme here!

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  28. Its not every day but almost. When I hear a song I really like(that I haven't heard for awhile) I always take the long way home or sit in the driveway until the song is over. I often come in and buy it. Latest "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon.

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    1. Radio in the car is another if my guilty pleasures as is listening to The Archers

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  29. Another 7.5! You'll waste away.

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  30. My favourite time is the evenings when everything is done for the day and I can put my feet up. Blooming heck John, you're doing fantastic with your weight loss. Well done. I lost 2 stone 3 years ago but unfortunately I have put it all back on so I need to find some willpower and start again.

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    1. I lost 52 lbs a few years ago..then slowly put it all back...i need to keep going to ww

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  31. Well today the best bit was right now picturing you and all your furry friends making the leap into the bed. I'll bet Albert gets the best spot.

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    1. Second best.........mary bags the best spot...under my chin

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  32. As the threat of imminent redundancy looms I said to the security guard at work 'if it all goes tits up I'll become a model' to which he replied 'let's see your hands!!' It made be laugh,

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  33. If I made a made race up the stairs to get the best spot in bed my adrenaline wouldn't allow me to get back to sleep for hours!

    Best bit of the day is at the end when I've finished everything that needs done, and fall into bed to read.

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  34. I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU GO BACK TO BED AFTER DOING THE WEE WALK.

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    1. ITS 5.45 WEAVE, OF COURSE I BLOODY DO,!!!!!!!!!x

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  35. My Dad used that phrase, " A herd of baby elephants". Sweet.

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  36. When the day is done my cat and I creep upstairs to my room, where there is absolute silence, except for her purring of course. I'll read a few pages from a book before we fall fast asleep.

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    1. When I come upstairs to bed at night, the cats try to beat me up the stairs then onto the bed where they all know who goes where .. it is cute. But the one I most want to snuggle with, likes to sleep under the bed ... sigh ...

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  37. ps You wouldn't be able to buy booze up here at that ungodly hour of a morning. 10.00am if you're that desperate!

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  38. Driving through the desert during a rainstorm with the window cracked. The smell of wet mesquite and sage wafting.

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  39. Digressions are wonderful things.

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  40. That would be the best bit of my day, too.

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  41. I love a thunderstorm at night. The lighting streaking across the sky. Nothing beats mother nature for a good show.

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  42. Happy bunch you have there. Congratulations on your weigh loss John! Instead I'm struggling to gain weight, however, I haven't lost any in the passed few months so I'm happy with that.
    Greetings Maria x

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  43. Favourite bit of the day? Any time when everything's quiet - no background drone of traffic, people talking, other people's music, nothing.
    Also the moment I arrive home at the end of the day, having struggled through the commuting traffic. That's pretty good too.
    Congrats on the weight loss - keep it up!

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  44. I really love hearing the dawn chorus as long as I can get back to sleep which is difficult if husband is snoring !

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  45. In summer, late afternoons out in the screened gazebo with my Anglo-Saxon lyre or a guitar, and the dogs beside me, or in winter, after sunset but before dinner time, when I crochet and listen to music or podcasts while the pots bubble. My dogs do love a nap all on the bed together, and I think they miss it now that I generally feel well enough to get through the days upright.

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  46. Besides the time when I read your charming blog posts? I am most definitely an early morning person. I do a nose-dive from 2P on.

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  47. I am at my prime about 10 pm.

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