Winter’s log, earthdate 201506.23

My favourite eldest daughter didn’t come over today as planned – she had a touch of tummy flu, so with no episodes of “Orphan Black” or “The 100” to watch, I’ve been able to start early(ish) again today 🙂 I did have a bit of a chat with said daughter this morning – apparently she and her husband went and did a “drive-by” of our new house – not that you can tell much from the outside, but she said that they thought it looked great. I haven’t created that calendar yet, but I think I will make one – just for the fun of colouring in each day until settlement date. Childish, I know, but it’s exciting, too, to see the “used” days being “gobbled up” by the blocks of colour! I’m in two minds… should I do it with Photoshop, and just open the file and add the colour every day (or Word – it would probably be easier to do it like that in Word, or Excel… hmm…) Or should I just do what I used to when I was little – rule it up on a piece of paper and colour it in with coloured pencils every day – that way I can stick it on my “stand-up” clipboard and see it every time I turn around to get a tissue (I have a touch of hay fever at the moment and my nose has been running like a tap left turned on!) And speaking of colouring things in, what do you all think of my new header? I took a screen shot of the blog, and took the colours from the actual pictures – if you’ll notice, the header background colours are the same as the little box with the blog date in it – and the colours of the  “My Word!” text are straight from the little sun, and the “smilies” 🙂 I was thinking “how am I going to…” when I thought “take a screenie, stupid!”, so I did 🙂 As I was just writing that, and thinking that I can be a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, it reminded me of an incident years and years ago, when Siwa, my first Siamese queen, was a little kitten. She was a really nice chocolate point, with a very, very pale creamy coat (she won “Best Kitten In Show” that year for her colouring!) and we’d bought her a beautiful deep blue velvet collar, to match her eyes… However, being a very playful and skittish kitten, she must have decided to have a bit of a chew on the collar and had managed to get her bottom jaw stuck underneath it. I found her struggling madly to extricate her bottom jaw, which she was in real danger of dislocating. What to do! I grabbed her and tried to hold her still, while reaching for the phone to call the Vet – and I was succeeding at neither, when it hit me like a bomb shell! “Cut it off with the scissors in front of you, ninny!” I mentally yelled at myself … and would you also believe, that for about one millionth of a second I actually thought back at myself “Yes, but I’ll ruin the collar!” … naturally, I ruined the collar and saved the kitten from a painful injury. However we did not buy her a new collar! 🙂

So I worked on the header this morning, and at least I’ve learned exactly how much room I have on this template for header graphics and text – and there’s not much space for text, believe me! Julian was at the Physio this morning, so after I’d done the new header, I headed off into Rift for a bit. I ran my Guardian Dwarf, Kresta, around Freemarch (the Defiant home turf) leveling up my Mining, Foraging, and Butchering, closing “baby” Rifts and picking up lots of Artifacts – none of which are possible to do easily or quickly on the Guardian’s side of the bay! Anyway, I got most of her Skills up, and I got her the coveted “Merchant of Death” title. I left her still over there in Freemarch – I must remember to bring her back tonight… (my coffee cup is empty 😦 )

So I guess I’ll be having today tomorrow, if my favourite eldest daughter is well enough by then to come over – otherwise I’ll have my today on Thursday. She says there’s only one episode of “Orphan Black” left to watch, and I’m not sure how many episodes of “The 100” we have left. Julian said that “we” discussed it last time Lee was over, but I must have been on my Stair Walk or something, because I don’t remember the discussion – but it appears that “they” decided to bite the bullet and buy the first season  of “The 100” from the States. It’s only just been dispatched, so perhaps we’d better watch something else until it arrives… maybe “Lost Girl”, or “White Collar” – we never really watched enough of either of them for me to get really into them. “Lost Girl” is a supernatural drama television series that started in 2010 and ran for five seasons. It follows the life of a succubus named Bo, as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. It’s not bad, if you’re into “classic” supernatural fantasy (I have to admit that I much prefer the “Mage hurls fireball at evil Wizard, as the famished T-Rex ambles menacingly towards them” type of fantasy…) “White Collar” is more of a “cops and robbers” type series – Neal Caffrey, a con artist, forger, and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only months left in serving a four-year sentence, he escapes to look for his girlfriend Kate, who has mysteriously vanished. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially captured Caffrey, finds and returns him to prison. This time, Caffrey proposes a deal with the FBI, as part of a work-release program. After some hesitation, Burke agrees. They begin an unconventional arrangement in which Caffrey helps Burke apprehend dangerous white collar criminals. I think we only saw one or two episodes, but I wouldn’t mind having another look-in at it – maybe tomorrow, if luck is kind…

Weigh-in this morning. That wretched Big Bounce Back is definitely lurking in the shadows, trying to lull me into a false sense of security, before it pounces on my with all its sharp teeth and claws scratching and biting… :/ I went down another three points – from 85.6kg to 85.3kg. The scales were most firm about it this time – I hopped on the scales, and they went straight down to 85.3kg – no wavering or see-sawing before hand, just straight down. I hopped off, and hopped back on again, for my second “confirmatory” weigh-in. Exactly the same – the scales went straight to 85.3kg again, so I guess I have to believe them – it’s only a week until I start those horrible tablets again, so I suppose I should be grateful that I’m going down so much and so fast while I still can :/

So that’s about it from me for tonight – my friend and I are still having massive problems with Facebook – he can’t find me, and I can’t find him. They’re both new accounts, so I suppose it’s possible that it might be “permissions” – I went and checked mine just before I started writing this evening, and sure enough, I had to make it so that “Everyone” could see me and send a “Friend Request”. So now, fingers crossed, at least he should be able to find me (that… person who invented and wrote Facebook has a hell of a lot to answer for! I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes when he fronts up to the Pearly Gates, that’s for sure!) and hopefully everything else will get sorted out soon… Julian just came in to show me the latest financial figurings – and so far, everything’s going to plan – though he won’t be happy until all the cash is safely in the bank waiting for settlement day 🙂 I think I’ve decided how to count the days until settlement! I’m not going to “rule” up a sheet of paper for my count-down calendar with a pencil and ruler, as I used to in the days before computers, I’m going to design a pretty little Table in Word and then print it out. Then I’ll get Julian to climb up on the desk and get my coloured pencils down (I think they’re in the square box on the top shelf of the bookcase…”think” being the operative word!) so that I can colour in each day until settlement! 🙂 I’ll keep the calendar sheet on my “stand-up” clipboard on the desk (my coffee cup is now full again! 🙂 Thank you, sweetheart! 🙂 ) Anyway, now that I’ve made that most important of decisions, and informed all of you of my intentions, I can safely bid you all to bee good, remember that if you can laugh at the end of a hard day, you have succeeded, and don’t forget to take care, keep warm, and drive carefully – but above all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂