Winter’s log, earthdate 201506.22

*There’s another update on the “As Seen On…” page tonight – from imgur…Totally fantastic art work!!”

Well, here I am, starting early, for once! Wow! Does this mean that I’ll get this done before dinner time? 🙂 We’ll see… For my part, not much has been happening today – however, I did buy this template, and spent money that we can’t really afford right now (it cost quite a bit more than the other templates that I’ve bought in the past) so Julian has extracted a promise from me that I’d keep it for at least three months before discarding it – so get used to it! 😉 I’ll be using it at least until September 22nd! (that’s a month after we move – as you can probably guess – just about everything is now in terms of “until we move”, or “until August 20th”, etc.) Oh, we got a phone call from “Julian-the-Agent” this morning – he’ll be liaising between us and the Vendors until settlement day. The Vendors want to know if we’d like to buy any of their furniture! I’m so pleased – they must have read my mind! It’s not new furniture, by any means (though some of it looks pretty new!) but it’s in “as new” condition, it’s ideal for the style of house, and we’d have had to have bought an awful lot of new furniture to fill that large house if they hadn’t offered. We will be getting some new furniture, but the thing with buying new furniture is that you usually have to wait for it to be made – sometimes up to a couple of months, depending on how busy the manufacturer is – and it’ll be getting close to Christmas, their very busy period. Sometimes, if you’re extra lucky, they’ll have stock in the warehouse, but they won’t hang onto it until you’re ready to move – and what are the chances of finding something that you really like, in stock, a week before you move? Virtually nil! Anyway, we sat down and drew up a list of furniture we’d like to buy from them… The furniture on the entertainment deck, for starters, and the large potted palm (or whatever it is) The dining table and chairs between the island bench and the family room – Julian didn’t want to take those at first, but we have an antique (extendable) round table, with ancient chairs that came out of the Ark*, and I told him that because the “lines” in that part of the house are all in parallel, and the decor and furniture are modern(ish) – if we stuck  an antique round table with ancient chairs in there, I could virtually guarantee that within a month we’d be shopping for a long, rectangular table with matching chairs! He saw my point – we’ll buy their kitchen table and chairs. We would like to buy the little hall table, but not the mirror, and the lounge suite in the family room. I’m insisting on the full length mirror in the master bedroom – it goes with the wallpaper very nicely, and it’d be hard to get a better fitting or matching mirror for that position. I can’t remember what else was on the list, but it’s now “my-Julian’s” job to go pricing equivalent new furniture, comparing similar furniture on Gumtree (or wherever!), and working out a reasonable sum to offer them for the things we’d like.

Anyway, as I was saying, I bought this blog template. It’s rather austere and plain, but I quite like the little mountains and trees decoration (which I can turn off if I get tired of it!) and I can change the background colour and header fairly easily. I can only change the colour of the background though – I can’t put in any sort of pattern (but I can on the header! 😉 ) so it’s pretty much “foolproof”…. I wish I hadn’t written that! :/ So I spent most of the morning fiddling with different blog templates, buying this one and setting it up… and I did a bit of Rifting… and that was about it!

Weigh-in this morning. Again, I hopped on the scales three times – I wish they could make their mind up! First time – the scales registered 85.6kg. Second time – the scales registered 85.7kg. Bugger! Third time – the scales registered 85.6kg again. Best two out of three – 85.6kg – down two points on yesterday! At this stage I should perhaps point out that I don’t usually weigh myself three times. I usually only weigh myself twice, the second time being simply a confirmatory “check”. Only if the two weights are different do I weigh myself a third time. But I don’t know where the expected bounce-back after the big drop the other day has got to – no doubt it’s sneaking up behind me, getting ready to ambush me when I least expect it! 🙂 I have to rule up another graph page tonight – I reached the bottom of the current one this morning! (I also need to go and get some new clothes…. especially underwear – everything’s starting to swim on me… again!)

“my-Julian” just came back with the mail from downstairs… there was a notification from Yarra Valley Water in our letterbox that the water here will be off (again!) on Wednesday, between 9.00am and 2.00pm. This place has water problems and outages on an average of once every three months, and sometimes more often! Another reason to move! *glower at Yarra Valley Water* grrr!

Tomorrow my favourite eldest daughter will be over – it should be a bit easier for her to get to us when we move to Vermont South – but then, maybe not! She lives in Glen Waverley – she can catch the bus down to Burwood Highway, and then hop on the tram to the Vermont South Shopping Centre – but… I’m not sure how she’d get from there, to our place! Maybe there’s a bus… Surely there’s a bus that goes through that area… I guess we’ll just have to do a bit of “research”. Anyway, she’ll be over tomorrow, and we’ll probably head off to the lounge room to watch “Orphan Black”, or “The 100” – and probably to discuss “Waterstone” (which is what I’ve named the new house, because of the water feature by the front door! 🙂  There are actually three small red and white pond goldfish swimming around in the bottom of the water reservoir!) at great length 🙂 I must get “my-Julian” to take us up to Vermont South Shopping Centre – I used to go there quite a bit, but I haven’t been there in yonks! I wonder how much it’s changed, and what’s there now? And I guess we’ll probably be changing our main shopping centre allegiance from Shoppingtown to The Glen – though I’ll still come over here to the Hairdresser! Major changes! Lots of adventures! 🙂 At the moment I’m just wishing that we were moving sooner, but experience tells me that the time will pass all too quickly, and we’ll be moving before we’re really ready to go! I find myself looking around and trying to decide where I’ll put things, or whether we’ll even keep this… or that… or whatever it was that my eye happened to have fallen on at that particular second! But whatever we take, whatever we keep or don’t keep, this move will be a major lifestyle change, that’s for sure! 🙂

And that, gentle readers, brings me to the end of another blog! Whoever would have thought that I’d ever actually keep a blog going for so long! Goodness knows, I’ve started plenty of them, but they never really seem to last more than a month or so. This is different though, and I find that I actually enjoy writing down all the things I’ve been doing, what I’ve been thinking (well, I don’t really write down a lot of what I’ve been thinking – I’m sure you’d all be totally shocked and appalled if I did! 😉 ) but it’s fun, and gives me something at least semi-constructive to do. So once more I shall bid you all to keep on beeing good, remember that making mistakes is better than faking perfection; don’t forget to keep warm, to take care of yourselves, and to drive carefully… but above all else, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*Ancient chairs that came out of the Ark: when I was a little girl growing up in Oswin Street, East Kew, I remember Mum and Dad buying a table and chairs. The table was square and extendable – it’s long gone now – but the chairs… are the same ones we have today. They’ve been re-upholstered three times, and are still in “reasonable” condition, but I think it’s time for us to move on… 🙂

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