Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.03

Today’s been a bit of an “everything” day – first, we slept in, something we normally only do on a Sunday! After quite a bit of discussion about what we were going to do today – Rift, or unpack boxes – we decided that, being the versatile and clever people that we are, we could do both, so we started off with a bit of Rifting – though not for very long. The last time we stopped playing was just at the point where you pick up the last quest in Silverwood – a “Boss” fight (if you could even call it that) to kill Kongeegon, a rather nasty and belligerent tree spirit, who we bumped off fairly quickly. Handing the quest in, we were rewarded with some fairly nice pieces of armor, and then promptly ordered off to Gloamwood, the next area, or zone! We picked up and finished the first couple of quests there, and logged off for lunch. After lunch, I headed off to the treadmill, and when I’d finished, we retired to the top front spare bedroom to unpack some boxes. We managed to get through six boxes, but I’m not sure if those six boxes included the two boxes of items from my bathroom – we had to just close them up again and put them aside, because there’s absolutely nowhere to put all the things in them! They’ll just have to wait until my bathroom’s finished! There was a box full of kitchenware – mostly old frying pans, and most of them ended up in the “discard” pile! Julian says he doesn’t need more than two frying pans, anyway, though he kept the little electric skillet. It’s a bit battered, but it’s not that old, it still works, and I don’t think you can get them any more (yes, actually you can – I just went and looked them up – you can get a 9.5″ Kambrook electric skillet from Hardly Normal – I shall inform himself!) There was lots of old stuff in the box too – and when I say “old”, I mean really old! Things that I remember from my very early childhood, and which I couldn’t bear to throw out – so they’ll probably get shoved to the back of a seldom used cupboard again, and forgotten about until the next time we move – or I die of old age – whichever comes first! 😉 We also found the big teddy bear packed away… He belonged to my mother when she was a little girl, and he’s mostly bald now – but he’s always sat on the replica Roman camp stool, dressed in an antique singlet that belonged to my father when he was a baby. It was made and embroidered by hand by my grandmother – over the years the teddy bear has been adorned and embellished by various people, with strings of costume jewellery, and a pair of my father’s old gold-rimmed glasses. I’m happy to be able to report that Teddy is back on his replica Roman camp stool in the corner of our bedroom, looking quite pleased to be out of the stuffy box that he’d been languishing in for a month and a bit! 🙂 So out of all those boxes, a lot got thrown out, some of it will be going off to Auction, but most of it will be going to St. Vincent’s, or the Salvos.

We got a call from my favourite youngest daughter this afternoon – they won’t be over tomorrow, as she’s not feeling the best. We chattered a bit about gardens and our veggie patches, and decided that last time they were over, and everyone except me was out in the back yard discussing where they were going to be placed, whether or not they were going to be free-standing or just boxes standing on the ground, and how big we wanted them – we should have written it all down, because now no-one can remember what we decided! I was leaning more towards boxes on the ground, but upon reflection, I think free-standing ones would be better, and have better drainage… and I had thought to have two – one more for root vegetables, like potatoes, and the bigger leafy greens, like cabbage, and celery and stuff – and another one for smaller things and bushes, like a small bay tree and/or another type of small lemon tree, or maybe even a small mandarin tree, and herbs. I don’t know – I’ll just tell the guys what I want, and let them work out how and where to plant things! 🙂 (I’m mentally picturing Julian’s mother’s three free-standing vegetable and herb gardens, because that’s exactly what I want, only we don’t have room for three of them, only two…) Anyway, they won’t be over tomorrow, but Kate will be over here on Monday – she has a medical appointment in the morning and has taken the full day off work – but hopefully I should still have time to get up to The Glen to look for some full sleeve or three-quarter sleeve tops, which I’m beginning to need badly! At the moment I’m wearing what used to be my favourite top – it has three-quarter sleeves, and the style really suits me – but it’s miles too big for me now – it’s a size 18, and I’m closer to a size 14 than even a size 16! Oh, and for the first time in over 28 years (28 years!) I’m wearing a pair of jeans! How about that! 🙂 However, I digress – when Kate’s over here on Monday, we’ll map out the back yard on paper, and sketch in where we want the veggie beds, with their approximate sizes, so that Julian and Terry will be able to work out what sort of sleepers we’ll need, and how many, and what tools, how much soil, etc., etc. coz at the moment, we don’t have a clue! Thanks to some really good video clips sent to me by a very dear friend, I now have some ideas as to how to go about cleaning up the fish puddle – er, I meant pond, under the water feature – it’s far too small for a pump of any kind, unfortunately, but one of the videos showed the guy holding a medium sized stick, that he’s sort-of “spaghetti-d up” his algae with – if I can do that, and remove enough of the algae in the pond, I can then introduce some snails and little plants to help keep their growth down. I also think we should run the fountain a lot more often than we don’t, as I think it aerates the water, which in turn might keep algae growth down. All I can do is cross my fingers! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. I think those horrible fluid-retaining pills might be starting to catch up with me – I stayed the same this morning, going from 73.1kg to 73.1kg :/ My feet are really quite swollen, too, which worries me a bit… It is all fluid, but even taking two anti-fluid tablets instead of just one doesn’t seem to be doing much (though on the other hand, who knows how much worse they might be if I was only taking the one!) whatever! I want a way of stopping it! *frown* The funny thing is – my ankles aren’t swollen, nor are my legs or any other part of me – just my stupid rotten feet! :/

So because my favourite youngest daughter and her husband aren’t coming over tomorrow, I suppose we have the choice of Rifting, unpacking more boxes, or having a carbon copy of today and doing both! 🙂 I guess we’ll see, come tomorrow! I must say that I’m looking forward to Tuesday, when the treadmill with the adjustable incline arrives! Yesterday, when I was trying it out, I didn’t really think it was much of an incline, even though it was adjusted up as far as it would go – it felt pretty much like the one I’m using now – flat! But I guess I must have been working my leg muscles harder than I normally do, because this morning when I went for my pre-breakfast stroll, I could really feel the muscles at the back of my calves pulling, as though I had a stiff muscle? So that’s good! I’ll either start to build up a bit of muscle in my legs, or lose a bit more weight (or hopefully both!) Anyway, on that wistfully hopeful note, I shall bid you all a very good evening, because that’s about all I have for you again tonight! 🙂 Don’t forget to call in again tomorrow night though, to find out how we spent our day, Rifting, unpacking, or both, and what my stupid weight decided to do to annoy me. There’ll be heaps of other news and tidbits for you all, so don’t miss out! Until then, please bee good, don’t forget that when it rains, look for rainbows, and when it’s dark, look for stars! Remember to keep warm, to drive carefully, and to look after yourselves – but most of all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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