Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.30

Last day of the month… 😦 Tomorrow I start on those awful fluid-retaining pills – but more of that later. I must, however, tell you about a fantastic little gadget we got the other day. Flipper always has a little bowl of pussy biscuits (tooth cleaning kibble) in here for her to munch on when she feels a bit peckish – which is quite often – and she really leaves a big mess of kibble debris and crumbs on the carpet! We already have a bit of a problem with ants in the letterbox and in the garage that we’re trying to eradicate, and I didn’t want to wake up one morning to find that they’d discovered Flippers crumbs, and moved in! Now, it messed up the carpet a bit – lots of little crumbs, not really worth getting out the vacuum cleaner for – so I said to Julian that what we needed was one of those old-fashioned carpet sweepers, and I wondered if they still made them. The answer is, they do, and when Julian went out to get a few supplies he ducked into Bunny’s and bought something called a Vax Duplex – a glorified, motorised carpet sweeper – apparently enough people still use an old-fashioned carpet sweeper often enough that they’ve modernised them and powered them up! Well, he brought it home and put it on its charger, and I pretty much put it out of my mind. This morning he assembled the second steel storage shelves in the spare front bedroom, then we had lunch, after which he got ready and went off to his dental appointment, and I went for my lunchtime “stroll” on the treadmill. Approximately thirteen minutes later, I wandered into the spare front bedroom to inspect the second set of shelving, and spotted the new carpet sweeper. “Oh!” thinks me, “I wonder what it’s like!” – well, for starters, it’s as light as the proverbial feather, and remarkably easy to use! It doesn’t turn quite as well as it might on our carpet, which has a very strong nap texture – rugs and mats “walk” really well on it – but even so, it’s not too hard for me to manage, even though I have virtually no arm muscles. It’s much noisier that a normal carpet sweeper, after all, it’s half vacuum cleaner, but it works really, really well. Normally, cat fur is terrible to have to try to clean up – it sticks to things the same way velcro does – but this little machine handled it better than your average vacuum cleaner! Bunny’s had it on special, and he got it for $59.00 – it’s normally more than twice that price, so if you think it sounds like “you”, get it while the price is still low – it’s well worth it! And guess what! No more crumbs around Flipper’s bowl of pussy biscuits! 🙂

This morning I hopped back into Rift and went to continue working on my cottage by the lake – I put the lid on – sorry, roof on, and added an outside staircase to get to it. I have yet to put up the safety railing around the perimeter, but I have planted two trees – one is a beautiful cherry tree in full blossom, the other is a huge weeping willow – right on the shores of the lake 🙂 In time more trees will be added, and I think I’m going to be able to push a sail boat into the lake for visual effect. I haven’t taken any screenies yet – it’s still too raw and unfinished. My main problem is in finding where I’ve put things over the years – I have Dimension items coming out of my ears, and as it all has to be stored somewhere, I’ve slowly been appropriating – or perhaps commandeering would be a better term – the larger Dimensions of my other characters, labeling them as “A – All Plants and Flowers”, and “A – All Kitchen Items”, etc., the letter “A” serving to bump them up to the top of the list when I sort them alphabetically. Unfortunately, due to time and natural attrition, the contents of these very neatly labeled Dimensions have become more of a “dog’s breakfast” than an ordered and orderly collection of usable Dimension goods. In other words, they’re all so mixed up now that I don’t know where anything is anymore! So I have two choices… Stop building, and spend an awful lot of time re-collecting and re-sorting everything and trying to make some sort of sense from all the hodgepodge… or… continue to waste tons of time and effort running blindly from Dimension to Dimension, and from shard to shard, looking (in vain, so far!) for where I’ve stashed all the ruddy lights! I had literally hundreds of the wretched things – now, the most I can find are two! Anyway, tomorrow I have to have my next Warfarin blood test – the last one was… not encouraging, shall we say – so they upped my dose (again!) and told me to come back in a week! A week! I haven’t had weekly blood tests done since I was in hospital last year! 😦 I also have an appointment at the hairdresser in the afternoon, so somehow I don’t think I’ll be doing very much of anything – unpacking or Dimensioning, and of course on Friday, I’m off to try out the treadmill with the adjustable incline!

Weigh-in this morning. Same old, same old… totally typical for this end of the kilogram zone and the end of the month – I went from 73.3kg to 73.3kg – I stayed the same! Not! Happy! Jan! Julian won’t let me go any faster than 3.2kmph, so I’ve upped the number of steps I take – yes, I do count them – it gives me something to do while I’m mindlessly putting one foot in front of the other. I used to do 12 minutes, which usually took 600 and a few steps. I now do a full 700 steps and it generally takes a bit longer than 13 and a half minutes at 3.2kmph. Yes, I could walk for longer – I’m not tired or footsore or anything when I finish – I could quite happily extend it to twenty-five minutes, three times a day! Unfortunately though, I’m bone-lazy, and at the moment I’m neither willing, nor desperate enough, to sacrifice more than the measly 13+ minutes to the endless leg churning. But I am hoping that the adjustable incline will make me work just a little bit harder, and hopefully produce better results, weight-wise. Tomorrow I start on those horrid tablets again – and I’m rapidly beginning to see my hopes of getting to my goal weight of 65kg by Christmas (so that I can have some Christmas Dinner this year) vanishing into the distance, like a mirage…. :/

I don’t know about Julian, but I’m looking forward to this Sunday – we won’t be Rifting, or if we do it’ll only be for a couple of hours – because my favourite youngest daughter and her husband are supposed to be coming over to start work on our veggie garden! (I’ve managed to give myself a blister under my right big toe – it’s sore! 😦 ) The weather’s supposed to be good, too, and if everyone’s going to be trooping off to Bunny’s, then I’m going to go too – they have lots of things there that I’m quite sure I could learn to be unable to live without! (and if all else fails, Officeworks is right across the road! 😉 ) No, seriously, I am after some potted palm type thingies for the back decking, and we need to start thinking about a couple of bug zappers, too! I have big plans for our back garden and my participation in its maintenance this coming summer (as long as it’s not over 26C! I’m extremely allergic to heat!) *sigh* There’s so many things I want to do, and I’m getting old enough to start hoping I’m not going to run out of time before I do them all! :/ And on that somewhat whimsical note, I shall bid you all a good evening, because that’s about all I have for you again tonight! 🙂 Do drop in again tomorrow night though – to find out about the Warfarin test, and what the results were this time, and what my weight decided to do – or not do, as the case may be, and lots of other things besides – there’s always something new and/or different going on around here, and the only way to find out about it is by reading my somewhat convoluted writings! 😉 Until tomorrow night then, please continue to bee good, and remember – never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate; don’t forget to look after yourselves, to keep warm, and to drive carefully – but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.29

I learnt something today… I learnt that I’m a totally hopeless architect/house designer! Totally. Hopeless. Give me the interior, and I’m a fantastic Interior Decorator – but design the house itself? Nuh-uh! What am I talking about? I can hear you all wondering (Ha! you didn’t know I could hear your thoughts, did you! 😉 ) Well, I told you last night that in my infinite time-wasting meanderings around the ‘Net, I discovered, to my great delight, that Rift has two new Dimension keys, which I just couldn’t wait to “have a go” at! Last night I got hold of both keys and had a wander around inside them. This morning, while himself was out shopping, I chose the bigger of the two Dimensions, “Mathosian Cascades”, and decided to throw together a small, unpretentious, single story “cottage” to live in whilst I built myself a Grand Mansion. Grand Mansions don’t get built overnight, so obviously I was either going to need somewhere to stay while I was building it, or commute between Tempest Bay and the construction site – yes, the commute is instantaneous, but it would be much more betterer and convenient to have a cosy cottage to relax in! 😉 Anyway, I loaded up all my backpacks with the items I thought I’d be needing to build a cottage, and tramped out to the Cascades. Splashing through the shallow water that you arrive in, soaked to the knees, I made my way inland, looking for the lake. The sun was shining, the breeze was gentle (actually I think it’s a “fixed time” Dimension, quite literally, a place where time stands still!) but it was a long way to the lake. I eventually got there, dumped my backpacks, and started planning my cottage. I put a wall up, and then another one… and thought that perhaps I should put the floor in first, before I went any further. It’s all “meadow” land, and as such has quite thick, lush, green grass with little wildflowers in it – so thick and lush, in fact, that it was poking up through the floor! OK, raise the floor a little… a lot… This left a very obvious gap between the ground and the flooring. Hmm… Add another layer of floor, underneath the first one. This sort-of worked, except that the ground isn’t exactly pancake-flat, so I still got clumps of grass and wildflowers poking up through the stone tiled floor. Bear in mind that most Dimensions are notorious for lumpy, rocky, hilly, uneven, or just plain impossible to build on, except on a platform of some kind – this one is one of the very few exceptions, in that it’s flat – only not pancake-flat. So I stood there for a bit, trying to figure out what to do. I was damned if I was going to build yet another platform house on a nice, flat plain… Ah yes! Lawnmower Mushrooms! I suppose enough people must have complained about grass and plants coming through their Dimension floors for Trion to have invented these Lawnmower Mushrooms – what they do is flatten out all plants and grasses within a certain radius. There are several different species – one flattens grass for a radius of 5 (in-game) meters, another flattens the grass for a radius of 10 meters, and the third one obliterates any and all plants within a 20 meter radius, which includes anything that you might “plant” close to your building, like shade trees, and flowers, and even wishing-wells! (so I didn’t want to use that one!) I already had one of the “flattens grass for a radius of 10 meters, but it was back home in my bank – so I bought another one from the Rift Shop, thinking that 10 meters would be plenty – I was only building a small cottage, after all! I planted my mushroom, and continued building… Front door… living room and kitchen area… need somewhere to put a table – create dining area! Hmm – bathroom… No, make that the hall, create a bathroom here instead… Oh, it’s a bit small for a bathroom – move the wall and make it a bit bigger – that’s better, but now the walls don’t meet. Add another wall, and leave 3/4 of it inside the original wall – I only need a bit more… Then add a bit more to the outside wall, and we can put a bedroom in here! Then I added another two bedrooms, and the whole place is a bit of a mish-mash, with rather strange looking walls where I’ve had to double them up a bit to make them all meet at the joins. I’ve added another three Lawnmower Mushrooms to the first one I bought, and I’m still going to have to add a few more – apparently 10 meters isn’t as big as I thought it was – or my cottage is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be! :/ But there it is, my new cottage! Un-roofed at the moment, and just the bare bones – no furniture or decorations, no rugs on the floor, no stove in the corner with a pot of stew simmering over the hot coals… It’s a pretty hideous floor-plan, and I really wouldn’t want to have to live in it – but it was fun creating it, and although I haven’t done any Dimension building for ages and ages, I haven’t forgotten how to turn things around, or make everything the same height 🙂 Tomorrow the roof goes on, and then I can get on to doing what I do best in Dimensions – creating furniture, wall hangings, bathroom fittings, lounge suites, etc., etc.! When I get it finished, you can all log on to Rift, just to come and vote for my Dimension, which I will be calling “Cabanon du lac” (literally: Cottage of the lake) 🙂

Julian’s put up one of the temporary steel shelves in the spare front bedroom, and wanted to know if I thought we’d need the second one. Well, it is a big shelf, but I’m pretty sure we’ll need the second one as well – not just for all the bits and pieces that we brought with us from Doncaster, but there will be things coming from Adelaide, and there are still a lot of items that never got unpacked when we moved in 2007 that have to be dealt with, now that we have the room! We also got in touch with Mr. Treadmill Person, who does have a treadmill with an adjustable incline available, and as Julian wants me to try it out before we go ahead and hire it, we’re going off to put it through its paces this coming Friday! I’ll keep you all posted! 🙂 Clarke called too – he wanted to suggest that we change the floor tiles from shiny and polished to matt tiles, because the nicer looking shiny and polished tiles are extremely slippery when wet (which is what usually happens on the floor of a shower!) That’s exactly what the guy in the tile showroom said the other day, but I know those sorts of tiles get very slippery, and I always use one of those non-slip mats on the floor of the shower anyway (it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? 😉 ) – so I will be getting my much more nicer looking shiny and polished tiles 🙂 He’s working on the costings at the moment, then he’ll come over with samples of the glass bricks, the tiles, the laminate for the vanity unit, and a sample of the caesarstone so that we can put them all together to see how well the complement eachother.

Weigh-in this morning. Heigh-ho, no surprises there! I stayed the same. So it appears that my feet are now very firmly planted on the “will I or won’t I?” (lose weight), path, the “this looks like a good spot to stop and have a snooze” excuse, and where I shall languish and moan and grizzle about it for a week or more. I absolutely hate it! I know all the academic reasons for it, but it doesn’t stop me from feeling insecure, worthless, and a total failure (I was trained well!) Tomorrow, I’ll probably go up again – or stay the same for another day… 😦 I wish it was this time in two and a half weeks… 😦

Julian has a dental appointment tomorrow afternoon (at 2.30 pm (tooth hurty! 😉 )) so I don’t think very much unpacking will occur – I’m not even sure if he’ll have time to put up the second set of shelves in the front spare bedroom, though I should be able to get the roof on my cottage… I’m not sure if I should put a flat roof on it (much more easier!), or attempt to put on a pitched roof – unless you’re good with maths and angles and stuff it’s almost impossible – especially given the weird layout of my rooms… I think I’ll go for the flat roof, then I can make a roof-top garden and entertainment area up there! Yeah… good idea! I won’t have to struggle with angles and pitches and yaws and all that sort of arcane stuff! 😉 We’ll probably be back to the business of unpacking by Thursday, so I should really try to get as much done in my Dimension as possible… And once again, that’s about it from me for tonight – but do call in again tomorrow night – find out what happened with my weight, and whether I stayed the same again (or went up!) and how Julian got on at the Dentist. He had a root canal filling done about a year ago, and it’s taken all this time for it to settle down! It’ll be interesting to find out what the Dentist has to say… Oh, and I’ll also let you know how my Dimension’s going – if it’s finished, I might even take some screenies of it! 🙂 Until then, though, please try to bee good, remember that things don’t just happen, things are made to happen, and don’t forget to keep warm, to look after yourselves, and to drive carefully… but most of all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.28

I know I was going on yesterday about how we were going to be unpacking a lot of ornament boxes and re-stocking the big display cabinet with all the “pretties”, well, we did, but we got a bit of a late start – the locksmith rang to say he’d finally received the replacement deadlock for the front door, and that he was about half an hour away! So by the time he arrived and changed over the lock, it was lunch time! After that, of course, I had my lunchtime stroll to do, and what with one thing and another, we didn’t really get started on the unpacking until nearly two o’clock :/ Julian had completely cleaned all the glass and mirrors by then, and he was wondering why there were so many little brass shelf-holder thingies, when we only needed fifteen! Well, we found that more than half of them were the wrong size and might have come loose and fallen out, followed shortly thereafter by a very loud crash, and lots of horrible “tinkling” sounds, as shards of broken crystal and pottery bounced across the cabinet floor! (quickly followed by the sound of weeping, loud lamentations, and the rending of ash strewn clothing!) So the unpacking has momentarily drawn to a standstill as Julian races off to Bunnings to get some more of the correct sized shelf-holder thingies! To think – Julian’s been concerned that we’ve moved to a place where there’s a very large Officeworks just down the road (I’m quite partial to prolonged visits to Officeworks, you see, and I quite often see things that I suddenly realise that I can no longer live without!) but I’m more concerned about the extremely large and well stocked Bunnings that Julian is only too happy to find an excuse to visit! 😉 So for most of the day I’ve been dithering and flitting from one thing to another, doing what I do best – wasting time! One thing I did come across in my latest time-wasting effort was that Rift has introduced two new, very large Dimensions, and a third one is coming with the next extension, Patch 3.4! The key to the one called “Mathosian Cascades” is purchasable from the Dimensional Engineers in Tempest Bay for 900 platinum, or I fergit how many Credits, but it’s not exorbitant. It’s very big (holds 2,530 odd items!) it’s flat – ideal for building on – with hills and mountains all around the central plain. There’s a picturesque lake with reeds and little islands… just outside the perimeter of the Dimension, so I don’t think I’ll be able to put boats on it (though you never know – sometimes you can “push” items through the Dimension “barrier”, leaving a little bit still inside, and you’re still able to see the entire item!) Still, you could build a very nice house/palace/mansion with wonderful lake views! 😉 The key to the other one, called “Tempest Island” has to be made by a Dreamweaver – and I just happen to have a Savant Dreamweaver capable of making such a key! 🙂 It’s a very large, flat Dimension too, and looks like a good place to build! I think that Elizandra, my Dreamweaver, is going to be kept rather busy making a few keys to seed throughout the other shards, unless I hastily train up another Dreamweaver on another shard! This Dimension is only capable of holding 2,000 items, but it still adds up to a multitude of possibilities, and from the few screenshots I’ve found, the area looks like nice, flat green meadow land, surrounded, as the name “island” suggests, by sea, sandbanks and tiny islets. I can’t wait to make a key and try it out! 🙂

Julian has arrived back from Bunnings… unfortunately they didn’t have the sort of shelf-holder thingies that he wanted – these are w-a-y too big and “chunky”, to the point where the glass shelf sits perched on top of the back of the shelf-holder, and not on the flat poking-out bit where it’s supposed to sit – so we’ve had to use the smaller ones, after all – hopefully we won’t be woken up in the middle of the night by a very loud “crash! tinkle tinkle”! :/ I’ve just been helping him put the shelves in, which was extremely difficult because of the positioning of the cabinet (it’s right next to the folding doors onto the outside deck, so the glass shelf could only go in from one direction) The first one wasn’t too bad, and went in easily enough – the second one was a little more difficult, but it too went in relatively easily. The third one was a little bit too high for me to reach easily, it’s a very narrow cabinet and the shelf was just out of my range of focus, with or without glasses, so I couldn’t really see what I was doing properly – Julian’s saying “bring it forwards a bit!”, so there’s me trying to pull it towards me a bit more, but all that was doing was moving the shelf further out of the cabinet! What he wanted me to do was to push it back towards him a bit more… Anyway, we eventually got it in – with the spotlessly clean glass shelves covered in greasy finger marks. Just as well we bought some Windex yesterday! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Not quite as predicted this time – my weight’s playing funny-bunnies with me! This time I went down one point, back from 73.4kg to 73.3kg again! Who knows what it’s going to do tomorrow! Certainly not me, that’s for sure! *sigh* and only two more days before the dreaded fluid-retaining pills start again… 😦

Well, my favourite eldest daughter was supposed to be coming over tomorrow, but she’s SMS’d us to say that she won’t be over – she’s having assignment problems! I guess that means that we can continue with the unpacking, unwrapping, and putting away business – until we run out of room to put things, anyway! I’m hoping that if Julian’s going to be putting up the temporary steel shelving in the front spare bedroom (the shelving will eventually end up in the garage) that I might get a chance to play with one of the new Dimensions – it’s been a long time since I made anything for a Dimension, or made something spectacular, building-wise. Anyway, we’ll see. There’s also a hell of a lot of (packing) paper to deal with – six boxes, for about twenty-five ornaments and vases! That’s a lot of waste paper, which has to be (roughly) folded, neatened up, and squished down into one of the empty boxes for later disposal… so… still busy! Next Sunday, Kate and Terry will be over again for more “Gardening Duties” – I think they’re carting Julian off to buy supplies – sleepers, soil, a rake, a hoe, a wheelbarrow, and goodness knows what else, to set the two veggie garden beds up. Impatient me just wants to get to the planting and growing bit! 🙂 So, what do you all bet me that it pours with rain next Sunday?! 😉 …I’ve just come back from doing a bit of paper folding – I think we’ve broken the back of it, and I don’t think there’s that much more to do (oww! I just bashed my left foot into one of the table legs! 😦 ) Anyway, you have a nice short-ish blog tonight, because that’s about all I have for you tonight! 🙂 Do call in again tomorrow night though, and see if we’ve managed to do anymore unpacking, or if we migrated to another area of all the things to be done after moving! Get all the latest on my recalcitrant weight, and find out if I’ve managed to get any Dimensioning done in “Mathosian Cascades”, or if Elizandra has made a key for the other new Dimension, “Tempest Island”, yet! But until then, do try to bee good, don’t forget that if you believe you can, then you’re halfway there! Remember to keep warm, to drive carefully, and to look after yourselves, but above all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.27

Well, what a nice, quiet, peaceful Sunday it’s been! 🙂 Even running around Silverwood and Freemarch! Oh, that is apart from getting ourselves caught up in a massive (Raid size!) “Instant Adventure”, where the object was to knock off some VIP Big Bad Elite Boss, whose name we can’t even remember now! We were peacefully minding our own business, not bothering anyone, except the bad guys, when Julian saw a massive battle off to one side, with a VIP Big Bad Elite Boss in the middle of it. Thinking to make a name for himself 😉 Julian joined our little group of two to their Raid group of about 20+, and we attacked the VIP Big Bad Elite Boss with gusto! Well, with so many of us, it wasn’t long before he was toast, but then… when Julian was suddenly snatched up to Scarwood Reach – a level 35 area – we suddenly realised that it hadn’t been an ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill randomly spawning VIP Big Bad Elite Boss, but part of one of those “Instant Adventure” thingies that we assiduously avoid like the plague! Why do we avoid “Instant Adventures”? For much the same reason as we avoid using the “Looking for Group” game function. Joining unknown and disparate Groups never turns out well for anyone. There are always squabbles over who should get which loot, quite often with loud and sometimes violent accusations of rolling for “Need” over “Greed”, and then not using the item. Besides, we really should have a little tagline attached to the name of our Guild: “Does not play well with other children”. We much prefer to keep to ourselves – we have our own unique style of playing (just like everybody else!) and group play just seems like a lot of tedious hard work most of the time. Yes, we have, and do, play in groups – but only within our own little Family Guild, or if we’re being blocked from continuing our quest chain by a big Raid, or one of these VIP Big Bad Elite Bosses, we’ll join in – mainly to clear our path quickly! 🙂 Anyway, Julian suddenly found himself in Scarwood Reach as a “pretend” level 35 character, while I remained behind in Silverwood, still a lowly level 17! In attempting to get back, he got killed, and that was our only “fatality” today 🙂 But we both dropped out of the Raid group, he made his way back to Silverwood, we re-established our own, cozy little ménage a deux – and continued on our way. We didn’t do too badly – we started out at level 17, scuttled over to Freemarch to get our much-prized title “Merchant of Death” (and several rather nice artifacts!) after which we returned to Silverwood, disposed of several green “baby” quests, and finally ended up at the beginning of the last quest in Silverwood, at level 21! We’d gone up four levels – without using experience enhancing potions, too! 🙂 Pretty cool! 🙂 But questing wasn’t easy when we started playing! We managed to arrive at 10.30pm Server time, and it was night time in Telara – but one of the darkest, blackest nights I can ever remember playing in Rift! You couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face, I kid you not! I quite literally could not see where I was going – all I could do was try to run towards the faintly glowing red nameplates (the enemy!) and try to hurl lethal spells in their general direction! By the time we finished up this afternoon, it was finally daylight again, which was much more betterer – what a shame we were just finishing off! 😉

While we were on our lunch break, Clarke emailed us my bathroom plans, which look really good, and asked for all the tile, caesarstone and laminate codes, which were duly sent off. He’s just SMS’d Julian to ask if I wanted underfloor, digitally controlled, heating in there! Good grief! No! I like my floors cold! 🙂 I will have my Dyson hot/cold fan in there though, as I’ll no longer be able to open the window (you can’t open glass brick window-walls except with a sledge-hammer) He’s got the plans showing that the vanity unit and the mirror will be running the full length of one wall – I’d thought that there was going to be a gap of about 100 cm (?) at each end, but full length is OK – it’ll look more streamlined, too. So, it looks like it’s all starting to happen! And not a moment too soon! I was getting extremely frustrated last night, trying to find somewhere to put a measly little bottle of ruddy mousewash! I simply can’t comprehend how the last people in the house managed to live with that bathroom for six whole years without going totally mental! I’ve only been here a month, and it’s giving me the heebie-jeebies! I presume that once Clarke gets us the figures, and we approve them, he’ll order the vanity unit to be made up – so if work starts on that by the middle of this coming week, it may be ready in, what… two weeks? More? Less? I really have no idea how long it takes to make these things… The tiles shouldn’t be a problem – we were told that they were in stock. Ooo! It’s all getting so exciting! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Was the pits! 😦 Well, I knew this was going to happen! My prediction was absolutely spot-on! Three days before I’m due to go back onto those dreadful fluid-retaining pills, and two to three points away from the next kilogram zone… I go up a ruddy point! From 73.3kg to 73.4kg! Tomorrow it’ll either be up again, or stay the same for the next two to three days – I betcha! I am not a happy little Vegemite, nor am I looking forward to getting on the scales again tomorrow morning 😦 I wish it was this time the week after next… 😦

Well, at least I’ll have something to take my mind off my stupid weight tomorrow – we’re going to tackle the big glass and mirror display cabinet in the lounge room… It all needs to be cleaned and polished – the big mirror at the back of it, the glass front, the two glass doors, and all the glass shelves… Plus all of the stuff that has to go back in it will need to be cleaned, too! Then come the rest of the “ornament” boxes – they’re going to be an absolute nightmare! Once they’re done and we can see how much we want to keep, we’ll have to decide on what sort of cabinet to get for it all. I suspect that a great deal of it will be going off to Auction, and that in itself will be a real Herculean task! :/ So much will have to be cleaned, photographed properly – not just a happy snappy on a smart phone (sorry Julian, I want good, properly lit photos, against a white (sheet!) background!) and then re-packed with a printed list of the contents taped to the outside, to go off to the Auction Rooms.

Sorry everyone – it’s time for my evening “stroll” before dinner! 🙂 Back soon…

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I’m back again 🙂 We’ve just finished watching tonight’s Dr. Who – not a bad episode tonight, but next week’s looks really scary – in a Dr. Who-ish sort of way. Tomorrow, as I said, we’re going to be tackling the boxes of ornaments that came out of the big cabinet that used to live in the hall, and we’ve been debating as to the best way to handle all the rest of them. The thing is, we don’t want to unpack, decide and sort, and then re-pack until we get something to put them in – then have to unpack them all over again before we can put them away. However, Julian bought some steel shelving at Bunnings a while back, but hasn’t assembled them all yet (I think there’s one? two? already in the garage?) he’s suggested putting a couple up in the front spare bedroom – when we unpack and sort all the bits and pieces, those going to auction will be cleaned, photographed, and re-packed. Those being thrown out will go in a bin, and those looking for a good home will also be cleaned, photographed, and boxed. The ones we decide to keep will be cleaned, and put on the temporary shelving in the front spare bedroom, so that when we’ve gone through it all we’ll be able to see exactly how much room – and therefore what sort, and how big a cabinet – we’re going to need. All that starts tomorrow! :/ And with those words, once again that’s about it from me for tonight! Do call in again tomorrow night to see how all the unpacking went, and whether or not we broke any of the very long and somewhat fragile glass shelves, whether my weight went up, or stayed the same, and what the latest word from Clarke about my bathroom is 🙂 Until then though, try to bee good, don’t forget that in general, people are always quick to believe that which they wish to be true, and remember to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm – but above all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.26

Well, hooray and hallelujah! I finally found my tiles! 🙂 After breakfast, and a bit of scrabbling around printing out photos and writing down measurements (so we could show the tile salesperson how big the area was and what we had in mind for it) we hit the road to Moorabbin. It was a much smaller place than the one we went to the other day, but they had about three or four times the amount and types of tiles! I’d got Julian to SMS Clarke to ask him if a 600 mm x 600 mm tile would be too big or not – he got back to us when we were almost half way to the tile place, saying that it would be perfect, because the bigger the tile, the less grouting you’d have to see! So anyway, we got to the tile place, and I think we hadn’t gone more than half an aisle when I spotted the very tile I’ve been after! Julian took a photo of it – the lighting was a bit woeful, but you can get an idea of what it’s like here. The tile is actually a “not quite a dazzling white” colour, with soft grey marbling through it, and it’s “polished” (i.e. it’s not a mat finish) – it should look fantastic, with the floor and all walls up to the height of the top of the shower all in this ever-so-slightly off-white marble, with only the vanity unit, the scattering of lilac glass bricks, the back of the toiletries alcove/niche, and an outline around the edges of the alcove/niche in these iridescent, multi-coloured mosaic tiles – once again, the lighting wasn’t all that good, but I’m sure you’ll all be able to get a fair idea of what it’ll look like. They look like they have a lot of black lines running through them – I can assure you they don’t, that’s just an artifact of the lighting! The larger square tiles to the left of the mosaic tiles is what we’ll be using as a “demarcation” line between the yellowish corridor tiles and the not-quite-stark-white bathroom tiles. I’ve managed to narrow the number of laminates I’m thinking of getting the vanity unit made up in – this first one is called “black tulip“, and is currently at the top of the list – this second one is called “eggplant“, and I think it might be just a bit too dark – what do you all think? The runners-up were “stipple burnished plum“, which I’ve decided is a bit too pale for a vanity unit, “raspberry“, which is maybe a little too “pinky”? “purely purple“, it’s also very nice, but perhaps a little too “in-your-face”, so no… and lastly, a really gorgeous colour with a slightly silly sounding name, “chichi“, really more of a Sodalite colour than a Lapis Lazuli, but unfortunately I’m not doing blues this time around, and I don’t think it would really fit in with the rest of the colour scheme. Seeing I’ve shown you all of those, I suppose I really ought to show you the glass bricks too… so this is the “clear” one, and this is the “lilac” one – there’ll be three or four of these scattered randomly amongst the clear ones… (I hope those glass brick links work! Julian’s over at Doncaster collecting mail, so I’ve had to do it on my own from memory *gulp*!) So now you all have a fair idea of what my bathroom is going to look like – colour-wise, anyway – now all we have to do is get all the codes to Clarke so that he can start working on the costings and order all the materials, then hopefully, in about six weeks – no! about four weeks now! he should be able to start knocking down walls, and poor Julian will have to put up with me invading his bathroom for – I don’t know how long! 😉

After choosing my tiles, at long last, we came home via the KMart Plaza shopping centre on the corner of Blackburn Road and Burwood Highway. We had a bit of a poke around – I haven’t been there in over ten years – and had lunch at a little coffee place just outside Coles. Julian had a ham and cheese croissant and a “hedgehog”, and I had a Cappuccino Optifast bar and a glass of iced coffee. I got Julian to specify that I just wanted black coffee, with a bit of skinny milk in it, and nothing else. It duly arrived and I took one sip – it was sweet! It also went back – it turned out they had put some sort of vanilla flavouring in it, so they had to re-make it without the vanilla so that it was drinkable. We’d thought that we only had a small amount of shopping to do, but we returned home with the car virtually stuffed to the gunwales :/ When we got inside, I shed my feet and donned my socks to do my belated lunchtime stroll on the treadmill, and Julian sorted out the urls of the pictures of the tiles, and when I’d finished on the treadmill, I started writing this, so it’s been quite a busy, but very satisfying day! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Oh dear – it’s started! The usual tooth-grinding, fury-invoking, up and down, dithering, see-sawing end of the month and kilojoule level debacle! I really wish I could skip this part of the weight loss proceedings and just go on to the next “big drops” stage! I went up a point this morning, from yesterday’s comfortable and pleasant 73.2kg to a massively fat and bloated 73.3kg! I Predict! I predict that I’ll either stay the same weight for the next three days, or go up again… and then stay the same for three or four days, when maybe I’ll go down one point… rinse and repeat for the next two and three-quarter weeks! 😦 It’s not fair, I tell you! Oh, I bought some of that athlete’s tape stuff wot they use today… The Podiatrist must have sliced off just a bit too much callous on both my feet, and by last night I could hardly hobble… I’m now wearing great big band-aids all over my toes and bunion areas, and walking in two pairs of socks! Two! So I decided that I’d try taping up my feet, as being (hopefully) a bit cheaper than multiple band-aids, and only use one pair of socks… then I was faced with the unexpected dilemma of what sort of tape?! Did I want/need the “rigid” tape, or did I need the “kinesiology” tape? And what the hell is kinesiology, anyway?! Julian looked it up on his phone – it says: “the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement” – so “human body” – that could mean me, at a pinch, and “movement”, that could probably mean “walking, perhaps on a treadmill”, so that was the sort I ended up getting. Unfortunately, Julian left it in the zipper bag on the back of the wheelchair which is still disassembled in the back of the car, and he’s not home yet, so… I’ll try it out tomorrow! 🙂

Tomorrow being Sunday, we can sleep in! (bliss!) and we’ll get our first, full, day of “Traipsing Thoughtlessly Through Telara” in our new home… First, full day! And we’ve been here a month! That almost borders on disgraceful! Well, I guess it shows you all just how busy we’ve been! There’s not very much that can stand between us and our Telara-ing! Actually, we’ve been slowing down a bit lately, and I said to Julian on our way to look at the tiles, that I felt we were losing our impetus, and that next week we should start getting back into the swing of things – like unpacking boxes… and then I felt really guilty, because he’s the one who has been doing 99 and three-quarters of all the work, while I just sit around whistling Dixie (so to speak) and I suddenly felt like a mean and nasty slave driver, cracking the whip over his back to get him to do more! 😦 So I apologised, and then shut up. The boxes can wait a bit longer… they’re not going anywhere… However, tomorrow, we Rift! After we’ve slept in until eight o’clock. For now, though, I shall finish my cup of coffee, put on my two pairs of socks, and go for my 12 minute stroll on the treadmill… and really, I think that’s about it from me for tonight 🙂 Do drop by again tomorrow night though, and find out how we fared in sunny, downtown Telara! Where did we go? Did we die (and how many times!)? Is my weight still playing the “see-saw, hide-and-seek” game, or has it decided to behave itself for a day or two more? Find out the answers to all of the above, plus a lot more, right here, tomorrow night! But until then, please continue to bee good, remember that a fanatic is someone who can’t change their mind and won’t change the subject, and don’t forget to drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm – but most of all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.25

We’ve been here in our new home for exactly one month today! It still feels a bit like a cross between a holiday place and home, and I still tend to turn the wrong way when I’m coming out of the Den, but it’s feeling more and more like home every day. This morning the guy from Jim’s Mowing arrived and gave our grass a manicure, sprayed some weed but not grass killer around, and neatened up the garden beds a bit (but there are still weeds in the small strip of pebbles along the bit of fence I can see from the bathroom and treadmill windows!) Julian says he’ll be back in three weeks, so if we haven’t plucked them out by then, I’ll get Julian to tactfully mention them to him 😉 Julian did a few office-y things first, and then the two of us went Rifting! I’m not sure when it’s going to be released, but it must be pretty soon because the breadcrumb quests for RIFT 3.4: Into the Wilds are already available, and that’s what Julian and I did this morning – we started the lead-up quests (and they’re not easy, either!) So far these breadcrumb quests are only available for level 65’s but I think the new build, “Primalist” (which sort-of sounds a bit like a cross between a Druid and a Mage?), will be available from level 1 (I hope so, anyway!) Anyway, we played until lunchtime, and after lunch I went and had my stroll on the treadmill, dithered around a bit, and then went and read until the Podiatrist arrived. I think we got on rather well – she’s a “cat person” too, so we chattered about our feline slave drivers while she made my feet look vaguely human again, instead of like something out of a horror movie. Regarding my bathroom. I’d closed the tab that had the picture of the bathroom that I’m trying to emulate – tile colour wise, anyway – and do you think I could find it again? Surely you jest! I searched and searched last night, to no avail, and I was starting to get very discouraged – but I started my search again this morning, and somehow – more by good luck than good management – I did manage to find it again! 🙂 Quite by accident, really, but this time I took a screen shot of it and saved it as an image file – so unless my computer bursts into a ball of flame or something, I can’t lose it again! So, it’s mainly the floor tiles and the non-textured wall ones that I want to go looking for – I’m not all that keen on the textured tiles they’ve used, I’d prefer just to have the marble tiles, with highlights of a different colour, around the toiletries niche (or whatever it’s called!) and the built-in bench seat… and I’m sorry, but I don’t believe what that tile place yesterday told us, about not being able to get lilac/mauve mosaic tiles, or about not being able to use glass tiles on the floor… because I found some! 😛 We’re going to go and have a look at them tomorrow! The lilac/mauve mosaic tiles are more of an iridescent “opal”, which would look really pretty used as a decorative trim, and would go perfectly with the lilac glass bricks I had thought to use. The description next to the picture of them states that they’re suitable for both floors or walls, but if for some reason we’re advised against it (because they’re glass) they have larger mosaic tiles in all sorts of colours from a deep lapis lazuli blue to a beautiful amethyst that would also fit in. You see, the “core” floors here are all tiled, and only the rooms branching off the core (the four bedrooms, the Den, the Office, and the Library) are carpeted… so the floor directly outside the bathroom will have different coloured tiles to those in the bathroom, which is going to look… not nice. The solution to this is to put a fairly thin “demarcation” strip of contrasting but complementary coloured tiles down between them. These tiles can be, but don’t necessarily have to be, the same as those used for the decorative trim, though they should be in the same sort of tone (e.g. an iridescent mauve opal mosaic decorative trim, coupled with an amethyst and a blueish mauve slightly larger mosaic for the “demarcation” strip) add in the scattering of lilac glass tiles in the window, and I think it should all look fantastic! 🙂 Well, I hope so, anyway, because you know, “a bathroom is forever” (mainly because it’s just too expensive, not to mention exhausting, to re-do them every couple of years!) Anyway, tomorrow should be another interesting, enlightening, and I hope not disappointing, day! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Still trundling along – I went down another two points this morning – from 73.4kg to 73.2kg – right on the cusps of the bottom of the kilogram zone and the end of the month! And this spells grief and trouble for me, unfortunately 😦 For the next two and a half weeks (or more!) my weight will start fluffing around, up one, stay the same for two or three days, up one, down two, stay the same – etc., etc! Plus the fact that in five days I start consuming those horrible, awful, hateful fluid retaining pills again. Can I please go to sleep and hibernate for the next three weeks or something? :/

I’m a little worried about my Treadmilling this evening – the Podiatrist has trimmed all my callouses right back (even the callous that was over my blister!) and I have an uneasy feeling that my evening stroll is going to be… painful. I’ll wear my running socks, as usual, and I’m going to put a band-aid back over the blister and the balls of my feet, but I’m thinking I might get some of that tape stuff that athletes use and tape myself up instead of churning through band-aids at a rate of knots… I just need something to protect the balls of my feet and my toes from the slight abrasion of the treadmill, and I need to be able to remove it easily when I’ve finished walking. And no! I will not wear my shoes! For a start off, they’re so old and almost broken as it is, that if I wore them on the treadmill they’d last for maybe one brisk 3.2kmph stroll, and they’d break…. hmm… Actually, maybe I will wear my shoes tonight! 😉 Secondly, I can’t balance properly in shoes! Anyone who’s ever seen me walking in shoes will tell you that I look as though I’m drunk or something – staggering around and almost losing my balance and going head over heels – imagine what might happen if I staggered around like that on the treadmill! No thanks, I want to lose weight, not become a paraplegic and lose the use of my legs! Oh, and I can’t get into sneakers either – my feet are too deformed… so it’s bare feet or socks for me on the treadmill, which means blisters and sore feet, but hey! It’s good for me, right?! (I mean the exercise is good for me, not the blisters and sore feet!) I’ll see how I go with a combination of band-aids and socks tonight – if that’s sufficient, I’ll stock up on more band-aids – or try the tape… or simply get more blisters – whichever is easiest! 😉

So tomorrow we have tiles to look at, and a small amount of shopping… and Sunday! Well, I guess we’ll continue doing the breadcrumb quests for the next expansion. I know that Trion having a “Locked Chest Sale” between September 25th and 29th (you’re supposed to be able to get all sorts of fabulous items out of these Locked Chests, from Mounts to Armor and Weapons, but I never have, so I’ve stopped buying them! :/ ) and I’m sort-of suspecting that after the “Locked Chest Sale” the expansion won’t be far behind… They’ve just finished a Big Deal “Costume” Sale, which probably means that new costumes will be coming in with the expansion (which is supposed to be going live “in the Fall” i.e. Autumn! Which it now is, in the US!) so every time I log in to Rift, I find myself holding my breath to see if there’s an “Update” available or not 🙂 And once again, that’s about all from me for tonight – drop by again tomorrow night though, and find out if my weight has indeed gone off on its little end-of-the-month journey into “La-La Land”, or if it’s still “muddling along, as usual”. I’ll have a full report on the bathroom tile situation, too, and lots of other interesting and amusing bits of trivia for you all, so don’t miss out! 🙂 Until then, though, please try to bee good, remember that the spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to drive carefully, and to keep warm – but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.24

All things considered, this afternoon was both very disappointing, and very enlightening… but once again, I’m getting ahead of myself… We did go Tile Hunting, but not in the morning. This morning, Julian did some “Office-y Things”, and I had a nice, long, solid go at Rift – so what did I do? I created another new character on Greybriar! “But why!?” I hear you all call out in dismay – because I needed another Guardian to complete the ensemble – I was going to grab one from a “Parking Shard”, but everyone who was even remotely suitable would have had to have bought a Name Change scroll, and that just seemed a bit too expensive and unnecessary, when all I really had to do was roll a new character! So I did – and her name’s Gingerlilly 🙂 So I had a bit of fun with her until lunchtime. After lunch we set out for my Warfarin blood test – it wasn’t due until tomorrow, but as we were expecting a person from the ubiquitous “Jim’s Mowing” to come around sometime tomorrow morning to give us a quote for mowing our two small areas of grass, and a Podiatrist in the afternoon, who will either get angry with me for implying that I wasn’t as mobile as she’ll find that I actually am, or do her job and leave, vowing that next time, I can ruddy well go to them! I’m not sure why they’re not keen on home visits – it’s not as though they don’t charge heaps for them! Having the blood test done a day early’s not a big deal – a day either side of the Test date seems to be fine with them – but we didn’t go to our usual blood-letting place in Doncaster, we’d sort-of mis-timed things a bit, and if we’d gone all the way over there we wouldn’t have had enough time to go looking at tiles, so we went to a Dorevitch collection centre in Blackburn instead. This was extra-handy because the tile showroom that we went to this afternoon is in Mitcham, just up the road from the Vet, where we had to drop in to pick up some more Loxicom for Flipper (her arthritis medication – we put two drops in her dinner every night and it seems to help her a lot) The tile place we went to was National Tiles – and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t really overly impressed with them! They appeared to have a large range of tiles, but appearances can be a bit deceiving – because there wasn’t very much at all that was suitable for our situation. For starters, you can put floor tiles on a wall, no problemo, but you can’t put wall tiles on the floor, because they’re not “hard enough”. Some of the really nice wall tiles that also doubled as floor tiles were way too big (600 mm x 600 mm) and we’d have been lucky to get more than two across the width of the floor (it’s not a terribly large bathroom, unfortunately!) And some of them had a supposedly “matching” floor tile, but they were usually not a matching shade of grey, or else they marked horribly if you looked sideways at them! The saleslady actually demonstrated this by taking off her shoe and gently swiping it over the tile – which all of a sudden developed a large black streak across it – then she put her shoe back on and went to get the Spray n’ Wipe and a sponge! We also learnt that (a) small mosaic tiles in any shade of mauve, purple, or lilac simply do not exist, and (b) even if they did you wouldn’t be able to put them on the floor anyway, because most of those pretty little mosaic tiles are made of glass, and if you walk on them they crack and splinter! (now you can see why I said it was a “very enlightening” afternoon!) So it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for me, and a good, hard re-think about the colours I want! They did have two of the caesarstone samples that I’d picked out on-line – one, called “London Grey” turned out to be totally unsuitable because it had far too much yellow in it,  the second one I’d chosen, “Alpine Mist”, they didn’t have a sample of, but if the “London Grey” sample was anything to go by, it’ll also be too yellowish. They did have a sample of the third one I’d picked, “Calacatta Nuvo”, and it’s absolutely perfectexactly what I wanted and had envisaged! So at the very least, I have code number and name of the caesarstone vanity unit top! Now it’s back to square one for the colour scheme! It’s not as though I’d absolutely set my heart on the purples, mauves, and lilacs – it’s just that I wanted to get right away from the browns, honey-colours, fawns, beiges – call it what you will, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about! I hate pinks and pink tones, I’m not terribly keen on the yellows and oranges, I will not have green (it’s not allowed in my family – or at least, “Kelly Green” is forbidden to us) and I also wanted a change from my usual “when in doubt, use blue!” I love blue colours – it’s my favourite colour (except for cyan, which I consider garish!) but occasionally I get a bit panicked – oh gosh! I’ve chosen blue again! Everyone will laugh, or say to themselves “(yawn) Typical! Blue again! Hasn’t she got any imagination?!” so… I just wanted something that wasn’t brown, or pink, or yellow, or orange, or green… or blue (sorry, blue! 😦 ) Which really left me staring at the purple tones! The purples and mauves are my second favourite colour, so I thought I’d go with them – but apparently, the Interior Decorating fashionistas have decreed that there shall be no more purple, mauve, lilac or lavender shaded tiles while Winter’s looking for them! Naturally, just as soon as I choose something else and have my bathroom re-done, the purple, mauve, lilac or lavender shaded tiles will flood the market! I’m now thinking along burgundy shades… I’ll keep you all posted! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Not too bad today – I went down two points, from 73.6kg to 73.4kg – so maybe I’m not quite at the dithering, see-sawing around the same weight for days on end, stage yet! (Oh! I really wish I hadn’t written that! I’ve well and truly gone and mozzed myself now! 😦 ) Well, we’ll just have to see what happens tomorrow morning! Please keep all your fingers and toes crossed for me! 😉

Well, there was me, thinking that I’d have a nice, peaceful time Rifting tomorrow morning! Instead, I’ll be poring over colour charts – laminate colour charts, and tile colour charts 😦 I did spot another tile place – actually directly opposite the one we went to today – maybe we should go and have a look there before I make up my mind? I also want Julian to ask Clarke if those 600 mm x 600 mm tiles are too big for the room… Oh, and the saleslady came up with a good idea/suggestion – if the vanity unit is to be “floating”, or “semi-floating” (that is, attached to the wall, and not going right down to the floor) we should install a lighting strip underneath it – it adds light and improves the “ambiance” of the room. I think she’s right! I’d like to do that! Also, if possible, I’d like to make the little alcove/niche where you put your shampoo etc., enlarged – just a little bit – or rather made higher, because I have a really tall bottle of madder root shampoo with a pump in it – at the moment it’s only got its top on it, not its pump thingy, and it barely fits in there – so yeah, higher, definitely, and longer (wider?) I don’t mean how far in goes into the wall, I mean longer along the length of the wall… and I’d like a strip of lighting along the top and back of that too, please Mr. Magic Clarke! 😉 So, there you have it! A nice, peaceful Rifting morning, and an interesting if rather disappointing afternoon – and lots more homework for tomorrow! :/ And again, that’s about it from me for tonight! Do drop in again tomorrow night and see if my weight has continued to behave itself, or whether it has indeed reached its dithering and see-sawing stage (If it has, I shall be most put out!) or if I’ve come to any decisions colour-wise,  and had my feet done nicely – but until then, do, please, continue to bee good, remember that it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them; don’t forget to drive carefully, to keep warm, and to look after yourselves… but most of all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.23

Well, I don’t seem to have been able to get much of anything done today – of course, the day was split in half with me having that hairdresser’s appointment at one o’clock, but nearly all of my day has been spent coming to grips with my new email thingy… It took until almost half past one last night (read: this morning!) to make up rudimentary “rules”, or filters for it! We were so late to bed last night that Julian allowed us to sleep in a little bit this morning, so I actually started the day running late! I really hate that – but what can you do?! I did my morning “Walkies!” and barely had time to gobble down my breakfast and process my Minions before it was time to get my lunchtime “Walkies!” done before we had to leave for Doncaster and the hairdresser! I took my Optifast bar with me, to save time, and off we went. As you know, my favourite eldest daughter was over yesterday, and by a stroke of very bad luck, she and her husband had run out of coffee pods – so we, generous souls that we are, donated one of ours to the cause (how could I possibly let my very own favourite eldest daughter go coffee-less! 😉 ) and agreed to pick her up some more while we were over at Doncaster today, because there’s no Nespresso shop at The Glen! (though it’s suddenly occurred to me that maybe Thomas Dux might sell them! I shall have to look into that further!) By the time I’d finished at the hairdresser, had eaten my bar, dropped the coffee pods off at Lee’s place, and got back home again – it was too darned late to do anything other than fritter away what little time there was left before it was time to start this! 😦 I decided to try making some email templates up for my new enterprise. They didn’t work terribly well I’m afraid – the set-up and format of the templates is completely different from anything I’ve ever been used to – I strongly suspect that there are going to be many more “errors” than “trials” before I arrive at something that I’ll be happy to adopt. And for some strange reason, I can’t seem to get the Spell Checker (Australian English, too!) to work in “Replies”, and I only think it works in the “Compose Message” format, because I haven’t actually started to write a new message in it yet. I have turned it on in “Settings”… I just went to test the “Compose” function, and nope – even there, there’s no tool-tip for Spell checking (it probably is there, and I just can’t see it because they’re using a different icon or something… I mean, it must be there, right?!) – does one have to rely on the spell checker to pick up mistakes as you type? What if you want to add a word or a term to the Dictionary? If it’s not there, does that mean that I have to write everything in Word first, and then scrape and copy the spell-checked text into the new messages and the replies?! That would be more trouble than the email thingy was worth! :/ Damn! Why can’t someone – anyone – write a damn program that not only works, but has all the usual bits and pieces that you’d expect it to have – like a visible and locatable spell checker! Arrrggghhh!

Sometime tomorrow, I believe we’re going tile hunting… I have five places (showrooms) listed, the closest of which is in Mitcham, so I hope I find what I want there, because the others are at Dandenong South, Springvale, Bayswater, and Clayton! What I’m looking for are very light grey marble tiles which will go on the floor and walls, up to the top of the shower, and some sort of small purple, mauve, metallic-ie, mosaic tiles – similar to these, only in purple tones… Once I find the right shade of grey floor/wall tiles, I’ll know what colour caesarstone to get, so it all depends on those grey marble tiles… so cross your fingers that I find what I want in Mitcham – I’m beginning to get withdrawal symptoms from being unable to play Rift for more than three minutes at a time! On Friday, Julian has organised for a Lawn Mower person (from the ubiquitous “Jim’s Mowing” stable!) to come around and negotiate some sort of garden maintenance rate – but they’re not to touch the veggie garden! That’s going to be solely Julian’s domain – though I might be persuaded to pluck the occasional weed from amongst the veggies… and in the afternoon, I have the Podiatrist coming to either exclaim in horror over the state of my feet, or to run screaming from the place at the sight of them (believe me – I’d run away from them as fast as possible myself, if I could, but unfortunately they’d only follow me…) so I don’t know how much free time I’m going to get in the next two days – I’d really like to do a new header for the blog too, but… there just ain’t enough hours in the day! Oh, we finally managed to coax the bronze porcellino (bronze piggy) out of his box and onto the hall table, where he looks very pleased and smug to be sitting between two such illustrious bronze busts as that of my five year old self, and my then nine year old papa. Now all we need to do is find the silver mirror to hang on the wall behind them! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Again, it took three attempts to get the same weight twice – I liked the first one better though, but it didn’t come up twice – I felt like asking Julian if I could hop on the scales a fourth time, but… a rule is a rule, and it’s strictly a “two out of three” one. So I went down the one point that I went up yesterday, taking me from 73.7kg back down to 73.6kg again. It seems that the see-sawing and to-and-fro-ing is kicking in early this time! I think I’ll get Julian to buy some lettuce, celery, button mushrooms, and capsicum, next time he’s doing some shopping… Who knows? It might work, mightn’t it? 🙂 The walking continues at 3.2kmph for twelve minutes, three times a day (though I’m finding myself starting to resent the time I have to sacrifice for it :/ )

At the moment I’m absolutely freezing cold, but I’m not going to turn the heater up until after I’ve done my evening Treadmilling – the heater is a lot more “efficient” in the smaller rooms than it is in the larger ones, and the Treadmill room is fairly small, if you see what I mean. The lounge room is quite large though, and I wouldn’t want to catch a chill after exercising so strenuously… so I’ll turn the heater up – just a little bit – when I’ve finished walking! 😉 And that’s really about all our news for tonight – I do hope I can get this new email client sorted out – there are so few decent pieces of software that have all the features I need – it would be a real shame if there wasn’t a way around this ruddy spell checker problem, just when I was starting to like it! Anyway, call back again tomorrow night to see if I’ve managed to resolve the problem, or if I’ve had to ditch the program altogether (I really hope not!) and whether my weight has settled down again or is going to be a right sh*t and bounce around the same weight for days on end again. I’ll also be able to fill you all in on our Tile Hunting Expedition, and whether we were able to snare the specimens we were after – let’s all cross our collective fingers that we did! 🙂 Until then, however, do try to bee good, remember that we should all try to be too big to take offense, and too noble to give it, and don’t forget to drive carefully, to keep warm, and to look after yourselves, but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.22

Wowee-bang! I have a new email client! (or app, or whatever they’re calling programs these days!) But let me go back to the beginning and start again properly. My favourite eldest daughter came over today, so we spent some time discussing such esoteric subjects as feminism, and why it’s still necessary in this day and age, the fact that most people seem to think that if 25% of a company’s board members are women, that it’s an “even” representation of males/females, and how nearly all main-stream industries and businesses cater to men before women. This all started out after Lee was telling me about a couple of her assignments, one of which was editing another student’s writing, and another one where she had to critique another student’s writing – and the fact that she usually has to turn to “fan” fiction rather than main-stream fiction to find the genre of science fiction and fantasy that she likes. Then I mentioned the fact that I didn’t want to have to work for my entertainment, like having to search through fan-fiction sites for it, and so we got on to stereotyping, catering to certain demographics, and the under representation of not only different sexual preferences, but of women in general, right across the board. I might point out here that advertisers absolutely hate people like me – I don’t fit into any particular demographic – I don’t give a damn about who or what something (anything!) is supposed to be for – if I like it, I’ll buy it, or use it, or take it home with me and call it George (or Georgina – whatever!) mind you, it helps if it falls under the category of “pretty”, too! 😉 Anyway, we chattered on at length and came to no conclusions or agreements. She gets very frustrated with me because, as I said, I really don’t care. I suppose I should, and I’m usually the first one to stand up and shout if I find something to be grossly unfair, or unjust. However, there is no easy way, and although things have changed a lot – even since I was a little girl – there’s still a very long way to go before people realise that it really doesn’t matter a hoot what sex you are, it doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is, it doesn’t matter if you’re fat, or skinny, black, white or any other colour in between, whether you’re good at maths or a damn bricklayer – we’re all people, and we all deserve to be treated as we would like to be treated ourselves. And yeah, this was not a rant, this was a general observation. Think about it. Anyway, I went and did my 12 minute Treadmilling, at 3.2 kmph (yup, I upped it again!) and I nearly came a right cropper! I could see that there was provision to show distance traveled, as well as speed (and calories consumed, and pulse rate!) on my treadmill, but I wasn’t sure how to display those… but there were three buttons on the controls, labeled  “3”, “6”, and “9” – so I pressed the “6” button, and almost fell off the end of the treadmill! It suddenly sped up to six kilometers per hour! I got such a fright! After one and a half steps I knew I’d never be able to stay on at that speed (innit funny how when something reasonably dangerous is happening, your mind seems to speed up and work so fast?!) I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to hit the slow-down “minus” button fast enough to save myself from falling off – so I yanked off the emergency disk – and almost went over the handlebars/control panel, because the machine stopped, and I was still moving – but I stopped it, which was the main thing! Phew! Never again! I did work out how to display the distance traveled (well actually it was Julian worked it out and then showed me) so it’s a matter of setting the speed first, and then bringing up the distance display, with a large button to the left of the Stop/Start button. I shall try that later tonight 🙂 Julian didn’t want me going faster than 3 kmph, but I started thinking it was feeling a bit slow – so I’m now doing 3.2kmph (Julian’s not very happy about it though)

When I got back from that, we retired to the lounge room and ate our Optifast bars while we watched “Arrow” – I can’t remember how many episodes we watched, but we did see the last episodes of Season One, and the first episode of Season Two… It’s quite a good show, as long as you remember that it’s a Comic Book series, and that only the actors are real, to protect the innocent 😉 I mean – who can catch a speeding arrow in their bare hands, only centimeters away from their vital organs?! 🙂 Who goes swinging on a chain through plate-glass windows, about 20 stories up, just as a matter of course?! And other such things – it’s “pretend”, and fun (well, I think so, anyway! 🙂 ) Julian’s just got back from Driving Ms Lee home – and he tells me it was 9C outside the car on the way back here – and it actually hailed twice here this afternoon! The hail came right up over the decking as far as the back door, too – I hope our little fishies didn’t freeze in their tiny pond!

Oh dear – it’s that time again – sorry! :/

+————————–+ * Dinner & Television Break * +————————–+

Right, and with a snap of my fingers, I’m back again! 🙂 Brrr! It’s cold tonight! When I said to Julian that I was cold, he said that if I wanted a vague idea of what it was like outside, I should just go into the laundry (our laundry is long and narrow, with a glass door opening up to the side path leading to the back yard – normally the inside laundry door is kept closed because the outside glass door loses too much heat/allows too much cold to seep inside!) I told him “No thanks! I don’t want to know how cold it is out there!” and scuttled into the Den here! 🙂 One thing I have been very grateful for since moving in here is the heater! It’s much more betterer than the heater in Doncaster, and the house isn’t as draughty as the apartment was – I just hope that come full summer, the air conditioner works half as well as the heater does!

Weigh-in this morning. Once again it took three goes to get the same weight twice – and I went up one point, from 73.6kg to 73.7kg 😦 and I’ll bet it was because I didn’t have any salad for lunch again! *sigh* Oh, c’mon body, we’re getting too close to the end of the month and those wretched fluid-retaining pills, for you to start mucking me around like this! Besides! I’m not low enough in the 73kg zone for your usual stalling process to kick in! *pout* Oh well – I guess we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow morning… :/

I have a hairdressing appointment tomorrow at 1.00pm and I think Julian plans on taking me to look at tiles either before or after that. I know exactly what I want in the tile department, so they shouldn’t be too hard to find, and I have the caesarstone codes – I have to find the glass brick page again, and I’ve found some rather nice laminates for the vanity unit. In perusing the laminates colours, I realised that even if I’d been able to find a suitable light colour, it wouldn’t work – it really needs to be a dark-ish colour. The vanity unit is going to have to be made to measure, you see, and although the top will be caesarstone, the cabinet itself will need a laminated veneer. Anyway, I’ve found two very nice plum colours (actually one’s called Eggplant!) and there’s also a very nice lapis lazuli blue, which is tempting, because it’s one of my favourite colours – but I really think I want to stay with the plum/purple colours against the light grey marble tiles… I really need to see it though – it’s so hard to look at colours online…

The reason I was so excited at the beginning of the blog is because I’ve finally been able to get a new email client (or whatever!) I used to use Mozilla’s Thunderbird, but I tried out a new Office program which totally and completely obliterated all my email, every single bit of it! So now I no longer trust Thunderbird, and I’ve been using The Bat, which I really don’t like. I hate the slow way it loads images and displays messages, and I find it complicated and cumbersome – Julian will disagree with me – he likes it, but it’s a matter of “horses for courses”, and it doesn’t suit me. So I’m now trying out eM Client. It looks promising, but needs to be properly set up with all my mail folders, etc. – but I’ll write you all a review of it in a week or so, after I’ve put it through its paces! 🙂 And really, that’s about it from me again for tonight! Do drop in again tomorrow night, and see if my weight is behaving itself again – or if it’s already started on its “will I -won’t I” stalling and annoying see-sawing antics, and whether or not we went to have a look at some tiles. There’s sure to be lots more news, too, so I’ll see you all here again tomorrow night! Until then, please bee good, remember that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest, and never forget to keep warm, to look after yourselves, and to drive carefully – but above all, never forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201509.21

We had a bit of a rest day today – I did find a Podiatrist who will make house calls – depending on how mobile you are. Hmm… I didn’t lie, exactly, but I didn’t tell the whole truth, either. I said I could walk, but not very far – which is the truth, as far as it goes! I can walk around the house, and out to the letter box, and I can walk on the treadmill – but I wouldn’t be able to walk around the block, or around a shopping centre, without “aid”. So, anyway, the Podiatrist will be coming over on Friday… I wish I could still have the Podiatrist I had in Doncaster…

Once I’d finished ringing around looking for someone to make home visits, Julian and I played Rift until lunchtime. I thought we did quite well – a Rift opened up almost on top of us, so we thought we’d give it a go. It turned out to be a Nightmare “Raid” Rift – in other words it took a group of about twenty of us to close it. I used to think that the Hell Bug Rifts were the worst, but Nightmare “Raid” Rifts are even worser! They just go on, and on, and on – producing one Elite Boss after another! They’re actually not all that tough – it’s just the constant wear and tear of so many mobs coming at you, one after the other! I died once – I didn’t get out of a “Purple Dome of Poison” in time (well, it was a purple dome, and it killed me before I had a chance to take a potion, though I don’t really think it was poisonous – I just like the name “Purple Dome of Poison” 🙂 ) We’ve decided, Julian and I, that on days when we’re not going out, and no one is coming over, and we’re not flat-out busy, we’ll Rift until lunchtime whenever we can. At the moment we’re both feeling terribly “blah” – I think it’s a combination of overdoing it (on Julian’s part, anyway) the weather (typical Melbourne weather – hot and sunny one minute, freezing cold and pouring with rain the next!) and the fact that I’ve had mild hay fever for weeks now, and even Julian is snuffling and sneezing with it. We both feel as though we just want to curl up and sleep for a week or so… A nice cup of coffee might help? But we managed to clear up quite a few of our lower-level quests this morning, setting the stage for the slightly higher quests for the next time we play – which might be tomorrow, if my favourite eldest daughter doesn’t come over. She has a few assignments to get through, but she’s not sure if they’re due before or after the end of the semester – if they’re due before the end of the semester, she’ll probably have to stay home and work on them.

I’ve just come back from making the coffee – Julian is busy fixing my shower rail because Clarke seems to have done a disappearing act and I just couldn’t stand putting the ruddy shower head on the floor any more, every time I had a shower! Apparently it hadn’t been put on properly in the first place – the plumber, or whoever, had used a wood screw on a metal fitting, and the whole thing was wonky. I didn’t realise it was going to be such a complicated job, just fixing a broken shower head holder! So I didn’t want to disturb Julian by hinting that I really, really needed a cup of coffee, I went and made us some myself. Remind me to tell Julian that the floor in front of the coffee machine is damp(ish) and feels a bit sticky, and that it was already like that when I went into the kitchen to make the coffee, so I didn’t do it! (damn! I think I used too much milk in mine… but I’ll drink it anyway!) Ah good! Julian says ’tis done, and I now have a properly working shower! (I hope! 😉 )

I’d like to get onto unpacking a few more boxes tomorrow, if my favourite eldest daughter doesn’t come over – there’s still a lot of kitchen stuff that Julian’s missing, and I want to get the bronze pig (the “porcellino” – a smaller copy of the big one in Florence) out and onto the hall table – it’s going to be “the Bronze Table” – with the two bronze busts – one of me when I was five, and one of dad when he was about nine. The silver framed mirror that used to hang in our bedroom in the apartment will go behind it – I think it should look quite nice! I also want to start unpacking the ornaments, and separating them into “keep” and “Auction”. There’s a heap of Royal Dalton figurines that quite frankly, I can’t stand – they belonged to a friend of mother’s – and quite a few other pieces that people will have to prise out of my cold, dead hands… the thing is, we should really get on with this unpacking business while I’m in the mood for it – leave it much longer and I’ll lose interest and get all blasé about it and it’ll never get done! 😉

Speak of the devil, and the devil will ring you up! Julian’s just on the phone to Clarke (I’ve already spoken to him) I have to send him through the caesarstone code numbers (which I have) tile codes (which I won’t get until we go in and see them) the glass brick codes (which I had, but I didn’t realise that I’d closed the page – now I’ll have to re-find them! grrr!) and I have to look at laminates for the doors and bevels of the vanity unit – hmm! lots of possibilities there! I could continue through with my “grey” theme, or if they have a really nice lilac… see what I mean? Lots and lots of possibilities there! 😀 I can’t wait to go looking! 🙂 Clarke needs the codes so that he can look them up for the costings, so I’d better get a wriggle on with them…

Weigh-in this morning. I was quite expecting to have gone up this morning – after all, I’ve been dropping a lot of weight very quickly over the past two or three days (but then that’s just par for the course for me!) I was going to blame the salad that I ate yesterday if I had, but… I went down another three points, from 73.9kg to 73.6kg! You know, it was probably the salad that I ate yesterday – from now on, I should have salad for lunch every day! 😉 Only another nine days until I start on the fluid-retaining pills again, so I hope I go down a bit more tomorrow – if I don’t, I shall blame it on not having eaten any salad for lunch today! 🙂 Treadmilling is a bore, but it’s easy (that is, it doesn’t require much effort – the perfect lazy person’s exercise!) and it seems to be agreeing with me, except that my right sock insists on trying to out-walk me and thus right off my foot! The left sock is perfectly happy just to stroll along with me. I’ve tried swapping them over, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference… :/

So we’re not sure whether we’re seeing my favourite eldest daughter tomorrow, or Rifting in the morning and unpacking boxes in the afternoon, or unpacking boxes in the morning and Rifting after lunch, or what! I’ll look at the laminates this evening, and re-find the glass brick page to get the code number – there are lots of very nice glass bricks – even pretty coloured ones – but for a window I think that just plain etched would probably be more suitable… though, here’s a thought! I could have them “scatter” a few coloured ones here and there – especially if they have a pretty amethyst one, which I think they do! Hey! Yeah! I think that would look really cool! Once again – I can’t wait to start looking! 🙂 And with that most brilliant idea, once again that’s about it from me for tonight! If you need any interior decorating done, I’m definitely the person to come to! Different? yes! Outlandish? sometimes! Interesting? always! 🙂 (I hope my bathroom is going to be big enough for all this – I don’t want it to look cramped and cluttered!) so drop by again tomorrow night and see what I found and what I’ve organised – and if I should have had the salad for lunch, after all! There’ll be lots and lots to tell you all, so make sure you don’t miss out! 🙂 Until then please try to bee good, remember that it is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right – and please don’t forget to look after yourselves, to keep warm, and to drive carefully, but… most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂