Line Dancing #AtoZChallenge


Alice next door  goes to the community centre up the road five days a week.  She does loads of stuff like, chair aerobics, (don’t ask), Pilates, flower arranging and tai chi. I don’t know where she gets her energy from. Someone (Jimmy big mouth) told her I was trying to keep fit so she invited me along. I didn’t like to say no, she’s been very lonely since her pal  Doris passed away.

  • Are you ready Bernadette?
  • As I’ll ever be Alice. Oh are you driving? I thought we were going to walk
  • Ah sure won’t we get enough exercise down there , I’ll be too tired to walk back
  • So what’s on today ?
  • Line dancing
  • Line dancing?
  • Ah Alice, I don’t think so
  • Come on, it’s great. You’ll love it. Me and Doris go, sorry…we used to go every week
  • You must miss her something terrible
  • I do Bernadette, she was my best friend for over forty years. I still can’t believe she’s gone. This is my first class since she died
  • Awww Alice…
  • I didn’t like going on my own, but when Jimmy told me you’d love to go it gave me the boost I needed to get back.
  • That was very thoughtful of him alright (I’ll bleedin’ kill him)
  • It’s great exercise Bernie. It’ll do you the power of good
  • I’m not a big fan of country and western Alice, but sure I’ll give it a go
  • Good girl… and sure who doesn’t love Nathan Carter?
  • Who’s Nathan Carter?
  • Ah Bernie, you’re a gas ticket. ‘Who’s Nathan Carter?’ You crack me up sometimes

Two hours later…I’m sweating, I’m starving and had to listen to ‘Rock me mama like a wagon wheel’ at least half a dozen times. I swear I could eat a full packet of them now 😱😱😱


wagon wheel


Keto, Koko and the Kardashians #AtoZChallenge


  • Ma, you should do that Keto diet
  • What’s that when it’s at home Koko?
  • You’re allowed eat loads of chocolate and cheese and cream and all the high in fat stuff
  • You’re making this up
  • I am not. The Kardashians swear by it
  • Oh well if the Kardashians swear by it, it must be great so
  • Don’t be sarcastic ma. I’m trying to help you here
  • I’m sorry love but, you never shut up about them bleedin’ Kardashian shower
  • Well, look at their bodies, it’s obviously working
  • The fat is obviously travelling down to their arses…which is where I want to get rid of it
  • They’re implants ma, don’t be stupid
  • Well, excuse me
  • So what does this diet involve then?
  • It’s low carb, high fat; something to do with turning fat into ketones
  • It’s all double dutch to me Koko
  • Basically, your fat is burned quicker so you lose weight quicker
  • What’s the catch?
  • No catch, you eat more fats that carbohydrates
  • So no potatoes or pasta then?
  • Well, I think you can eat some, but not as much
  • I suppose it’s worth a go
  • I’ll do it with you ma
  • There’s not a pick on you as it is Koko
  • It’s healthy as well ma. You’re always telling me to stop eating shite
  •  I’ll make a shopping list
  • Don’t forget the chocolate ma
  • Jaysis, it doesn’t sound too healthy to me
  • Oh, and you still have to excercise
  • I knew there was a catch!

Jumping jacks and sweaty backs #AtoZchallenge


  • Heya Maro
  • Hey Bernie.Where have you been? And what’s with the headband?You look like an extra from Fame
  • I was at the gym
  • You! Joined a gym? Seriously Bernie?
  • Well, not exactly joined
  • You either joined or you didn’t
  • Well,I went for a free trial, Just to see if I like it
  • And?
  • I didn’t like it
  • What didn’t you like?
  • They were all doing crunches and lifts and step aerobics, and kettle bell yokes
  • What did you think they’d be doing in a gym?
  • A bit of stretching, few jumping jacks, gentle aerobics
  • It’s a gym, not kindergarten playtime Bernie, and is there even such a thing as gentle aerobics?
  •  I gave the aerobics a miss, I wasn’t able.The sweat is dripping down me back and I only did a lap of the gym and ten minutes on the bike,
  • So, waste of a headband then
  • Not necessarily
  • Go on, tell me, what are you up to next?
  • You’ll have to wait and see Maro
  • Heaven help us

Itsy Bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini #AtoZchallenge


I went shopping today with Julie to take my mind off the diet but easier said than done…

  • So what are you buying today Ber?
  • I need a new swimsuit
  • Lets go over to Penneys so. Their bikinis are only a fiver. We can get one in every colour
  • I won’t be wearing a bikini this year Julie
  • Why not?
  • I’d clear the beach in five seconds flat if I wore one of them
  • Don’t exaggerate Bernie
  • I’m not exaggerating, anyway, I think I’m too old now for bikinis. I might look in Arnotts for a one piece
  • A one piece? You? Who are you? Your ma?
  • We’re not teenagers anymore Julie. We need to start covering up
  • Oh my god;you are your ma
  • Ask me hoop Julie
  • Come on…Arnotts it is so…
  • We’re only looking anyway
  • Look at this one Bernie. It’s like the ones we had when we went to Lloret de Maryellow bikini
  • That was 1980, and if I remember, ours didn’t cover as much as that Julie
  • Me da, lord rest him nearly had a conniption when he saw it going into me suitcase. ‘You’ll be arrested going out in that’ says he
  • We’d be arrested if we went out in that now Julie…and not for the same reasons.
  • Dental floss, he called it, but we thought were only gorgeous
  • We were gorgeous Julie. We hadn’t a pick on us back then
  • We’re not so bad now Bernie, towards some of the eyebecks we’ve seen on the beach
  • I suppose you’re right Julie, anyway, a few more weeks of starvation and we’ll fit into that no problem
  • That’s the spirit Bernie. Do you want to go in and try it on?
  • Let’s wait a while Julie, I’ve along way to go yet


At least I have something to motivate me now  😉



Health is wealth #AtoZChallenge


Day seven of my non diet and I’m afraid to stand on the scales. I went around to me mas to get away from all the Easter chocolate in my gaff…

  • A diet? A diet? You’re on a diet?
  • Don’t keep saying it ma
  • Why are you on a diet?
  • Just for the craic, why do you think?
  • You don’t need to lose weight Bernie
  • Me arse is the size of Galway Bay ma
  • Indeed it’s not, who told you that?
  • No one, I have a mirror
  • Well, you need to get a new mirror. Turn around and let me see
  • Can you not see it from there ma?
  • Wait until I put me glasses on
  • You don’t need glasses to see my arse
  • I think you’re just buying the wrong clothes Bernie
  • What do you mean?
  • The pockets on them jeans aren’t very flattering, they just draw your eye to the area
  • So you admit my arse looks huge
  • It’s not actually huge, but…
  • Jesus thanks ma
  • Look aren’t you healthy? That’s the main thing
  • Yeah, I feel great, you’ve made me feel soooooo much better ma
  • Your health is your wealth Bernie
  • I’d rather be healthy with a smaller arse
  • Don’t be silly Bernie, now go put the kettle on and I’ll open one of my Easter eggs.
  • Jaysis, is there no end to the bleedin’ Easter Eggs? Easter was a week ago and the eggs are everywhere, it’s like they’re following me
  • I thought you loved chocolate Bernie
  • Yeah I do ma, that’s the problem. I came here to get away from it. I thought yours would be all gone
  • Ah no, I still have eight left
  • Eight? Jaysis how many did you get?
  • Twelve. All the grand kids bought me one, and the gays bought me one, and Leonard bought me one, and….
  • Ok. Ok. I get the picture ma
  • Come on Bernie, a little bit won’t do you any harm
  • So everyone keeps saying, but try telling that to my backside ma


I’m not going near her again until all them eggs are eaten




Meet and Greet: 4/6/18

Meet and greet my blogger friends #atoz #Aprilatozbloggingchallenge

Dream Big, Dream Often


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Gourmet grub #AtoZChallenge

G 2018

  • Me and Jimmy went out for a meal last night.
  • Lovely. Where did you go
  • That new Italian place in the village…Gourmet grub my arse
  • That bad was it?
  • It was my first time out since I started my diet.
  • So what was the problem?
  • They tried charging us twelve euro for a bowl of lettuce
  •  Jesus, you’re really taking this diet seriously… a bowl of lettuce?
  • I ordered a Caesar salad, and they gave me a bowl of lettuce with four croutons, not a sign of a bit of bacon or dressing
  • That’s shocking, did you pay them?
  • I did in me hole Julie
  • So what did you do?
  • I complained to the manager. She said they’ve been using the same recipe for years and have never received one complaint
  • They have a recipe for mixing lettuce with croutons?
  • Who knew?
  • So what happened?
  • She apologised and offered to get me another one. ‘No thanks’ says I, ‘one head of lettuce a night is more than enough for me’
  • So what did you have?
  • A large glass of Merlot…on the house
  • That’s the least they could do, but what did you eat?
  • Fish and chips
  • So the chef could actually cook then?
  • I wouldn’t know; I got it in the Borza on the way home from the pub
  • So the diet is off then…again?
  • Just until tomorrow Julie


caesar salad