Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/18
@ Nik - I was going through the R's when suddenly I pressed Payton's page - by mistake!
The first thing that came into my head when I saw the date it was written was that three of my beautiful cats who tragically died, two deaths 100% preventable and the other mysterious, were still alive and well. If only I could go back to this date in May... 😞
As for the average height for today's British woman, I read that she is 5ft5, otherwise I wouldn't have the foggiest! I think, however much I felt the urge, if I went round measuring them when I'm out, they would take great exception to me! So I ask instead and I've never had a refusal!
You're right that my half-brothers are all much younger than me. Nicholas is six and three quarter years my junior, Alex is nine and a couple of months and Dominic, a fellow Aquarian, is 16 years younger, so I remember very well when each were born. Like you are the 'little one' with your two brothers, I was the big sister, but had he survived, I could have had another brother, 13 years older, who died when he was just 8 weeks old. It used to upset me greatly, but apparently, he contacted me through a Medium. She, (the Medium), was popular with celebs as well, so she had quite a reputation! I don't dwell on whether it really was him, but I do believe babies who die so young are allowed to grow up in the spirit world, or perhaps even get another chance. Who knows? I am very open-minded!
When I just read a menu of cauliflower cheese with fish fingers followed by some fruit, it made me rather hungrey! I agree that the fish and chips aren't very healthy from the chip shop* but I don't have any trouble resisting them, especially the chips, which are yucky, sickly and all too often swimming in fat! I do like nice snow-white fish with light batter or breadcrumbs but chips leave me cold. Ironically, my own ones are supposed to be extremely tasty! 🍟😥
This is so far removed from poor Payton that it wouldn't surprise me at all if Rob decides to put it on Sookie's page! However, I will give Payton an estimate of 5ft4 and a quarter!
Have a great week Nik! 😊
* My autocorrect wanted to call the Chip Shop the Chip Chop! I thought it was a refreshing and innocent change to the filthy muck he usually comes out with - and every single bit as funny!
Nik said on 13/May/17
@ Sandy Cowell
I would probably expect the average adult female to be under a flat 5'5" but that is just my opinion, feel free to say I am wrong because it wouldn't be for the first time! You said it was 5'4" - 5'4.5" in the early Seventies, if it was close to that average or even at that level has it gone up much since then? I think people would be surprised how little people's heights in the Uk have changed in the last few decades, perhaps younger people are taller but older people are shrinking and there are more people from foreign backgrounds in the UK.
Yes Steve is 10 years older than me and Mark is 6 1/2 years older than I am, there is a lot of difference in ages between you and your half brothers too isn't there?
Yes Cauliflower cheese with fish fingers, followed by an apple and some grapes would take some beating in terms of healthiness!
Those "tipping-point" style of machines can be very addictive, you've got to be an experienced player, or very shrewd, to get success from them though! I've noticed that those prizes you mentioned have been thrown in too! I also liked the "high-low" type of game where you had to go through a set of cards and keep predicting correctly in turn whether each card is higher or lower than the previous one, remember that game?
I can sometimes smell fish and chips near where I live, there are one or two fish and chip shops not that far away and the smell carries! I like them but the ones sold at fish and chip shops are not very healthy!
It sounds like you entertained those children very well, you must have enjoyed them staying too!
Sandy Cowell said on 11/May/17
@ Nik - Oh, I thought the average height for an adult female in our country had gone up to 5ft5! I think it was 5ft4 - 5ft4.5 in the early Seventies! I'm sure Rob's said it is 5ft5 as well; I trust his judgement more than the jumbled up rubbish you can read in the newspapers!
I never knew that your eldest brother Steve is all of 10 years older than you, and if I did, it hadn't fully sunk in yet! That's a big age gap when you are growing up! My half-brothers are 6-and three quarter years, 9 years and 16 years younger than me, so I wasn't exactly a kiddie with them, but I wasn't far from it!
So your Mum used to cook you cauliflower cheese and serve it with fish fingers! That really is as near to a perfect meal nutritionally as I can think of, with perhaps some fruit for afters!
My Mum and Dad went to Eastbourne before we were born, but I have yet to go there! The Kent coast does offer a wide variety of destinations, both for day trips and holidays, all very scenic, as I'm sure are the resorts up north!
I, too, adore playing on the 'tipping-point' style of machine; they were my favourite machines in the amusement arcades as from 6 years of age, and even quite profitable, if you don't mind larking home heavy pocketsful of coppers! Now they have the funny little prizes mixed in, and I'm a sucker for those as well! I was playing for emoji-style keyrings last year, with the tongues out, which I love! I won quite a few!
Funnily enough, I have never been fond of chips! I've even crossed the road to avoid smelling the fumes emanating from chip shops! My own chips are popular, but even with them, I'd have to feel very hungrey to eat them! When I was growing up, I didn't understand what the fuss was about! I succumbed to my first portion at 15! I was in no hurry to have my second either! When I was looking after kids, at least I could cook the chips with my own choice of ingredients, so that way, they were bordering on healthy even! Kids run off so many calories anyway!
I shall close by talking about bedtime for the kids! Of course, this would always mean storytime, but more often than not, it would end on my telling them of a true-life adventure of mine and we'd end up bent up double laughing! I did enjoy all that! The kids are now grown up and parents themselves!
Cheers Nik! 👍
Nik said on 11/May/17
@ Sandy Cowell
Well as we know making mistakes is easily done, isn't it?! With you living near London you may not have been to that many of the northern resorts, I haven't been to many of the southern ones, in fact Eastbourne is one of the few southern seaside places that I have ever been to! I always loved the amusement arcades when I was a kid and I particularly liked the machine where you would insert coins in order to get them tipping over the edge! - it's a bit like how it is on the "Tipping Point" quiz program! I also liked football games as well but they were often difficult to find. Yes like you said they were good places to find new friends to knock around with! I would often go in to amusement arcades with my eldest brother Steve, however we were never really young kids at the same time as Steve is 10 years older than me!
My parents have made Cauliflower cheese quite a bit in the past, my Mum would often give me it with fish fingers! It's true what you said in that if the shops don't sell a certain meal exactly how you want it to be then you can make (and/or buy) separate components of that meal and then put everything together to make that meal, and exactly how you want it!
The kids that you looked after probably didn't mind just having things like chips as treats because they will have been used to eating the right foods, it may have been a different story if you had looked after children who were not used to eating healthily. That is probably another good reason for encouraging children to consume a lot of healthy food as part of their diets, because once children (or adults) have quite a lot of less healthy (or unhealthy food) the compulsion is fed to have more of such foods, you were right in giving them chips as treats though and this is a good thing unless people are having them too regularly!
Now on to Payton Rae, I think the 5'5" that she has claimed is very optimistic, I have seen pictures of her on the internet and I would say that she is nearer 5'4"! It's interesting that she claims to be 5'4" but then on another occasion claims to be only 5'5", also what does she think the average height is for women? In reality it is not 5'5" and is probably a flat 5'4" in the UK and very similar in America!
Still she is a nice girl with a nice name, I had not heard of her until recently but I certainly know who she is now!
Sandy Cowell said on 9/May/17
@ Nik - Well, I got that well and truly wrong with the inclusion of an extra 'l'! Consider that a correction! It's 'Cayton Bay', and it does sound lovely! I have never been to Scarborough, but when I was a kid, we did have a few holidays in caravan parks, complete with their own amusement arcades! Then, being the young age I was, I hunted round and soon found some friends to have fun with!
Yes, I have tried the parsley sauce cod steaks and they even used to make them with cheese sauce, which was my favourite! Why they stopped doing them I will never know, but it would be easy enough to make yourself! I make a mean cauliflower cheese, and that same sauce could be used over a nice piece of cod or haddock, and this time, the piece of fish could be the size of your choice! I used to cook things like that for my friends' kids when I looked after them - good growth food! I think those young years are so important when it comes to feeding kids with high-protein healthy food to help them reach their optimum height! Things like chips I would only give them as rare treats and they didn't even mind!
I've gone totally off-topic and poor Payton hasn't even had a mention - sorry Payton!!!
Nik said on 8/May/17
Hi Sandy! Cayton bay is a place and there is a holiday park there too, it's just south of Scarborough.
I actually went back into the house to eat the cod in butter sauce, it wouldn't have been a bad idea to eat it outside, but I didn't! Perhaps I didn't explain that well enough! So the portions where you live are less than half of what they once were, I bet the price isn't half of what it used to be! It just sounds like the same situation that my Mum has had with her mars bars, they are getting smaller and smaller but the price of them isn't going down!
Yes you can throw in all sorts of vegetables to have with cod in butter source! Have you ever tried cod in parsley source?!
Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/17
@ Nik - Hi! No, I have never been to Clayton Bay, but it does sound very nice and somewhere I'd rather like to go to!
I did laugh when you mentioned that you'd had cod in butter sauce for your dinner the other day in your garden! I had a couple of portions recently myself! It is one of my favourites, but down this end of the country, the portions have become less than half the size of how they once were! What a rip-off! So now I have to have two - with loads and loads of vegetables! They make a good, satisfying meal!
Nik said on 5/May/17
@Sandy Cowell -Hi!
The first thing I want to say is that I like the name Payton Rae, Also when I went onto the names index to see her eyelashes, after seeing your comment, there were five Rae's like you said and I also liked the name Summer Rae, it's a very "summery name" and an apt name too with me sat in the back garden in the sunshine writing this comment! It's interesting to find out on the internet that Summer Rae, whose name is Danielle Moinet, is not only a current wrestler but also an actress, model, and former American Footballer too!
Now back onto Payton Rae, yesterday when I had just finished reading your comment on this page it occurred to me whilst I was eating my dinner (cod in butter sauce) that Payton Rae's name is very similar to a North Yorkshire caravan site near Scarborough called "Cayton Bay", I don't know if you have ever gone there or heard of it?
I think a sensible thing to do when 2 heights are given is to go down the middle, you may not always be exactly right by doing this but it is a good policy and one that will consistently get you as near as possible to the right estimate! I would definitely say she is more likely to be 5'4" than 5'5" though! I will tell you what, I'll strike a compromise with you and Rob and say she is 5'4.25"!
Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/17
I've just noticed that there are 5 celebs with the surname 'Rae', which is a name I've never come across before! Only 1, or 20% of them, has any comments, so I thought I'd select one of them and make it 40%!
I chose Payton because I like her eyelashes!
There are 2 height quotes for her so the obvious thing to do is to go for the average. That means that Payton gets 5ft4.5 from me!