Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.26

So today our new cleaning lady came… a few minutes early, too! 🙂 I guess she didn’t do too bad a job – the house does look nice and clean, though it’s only a matter of time before we start getting drifts of Flipper fur banking up in the hallway, and creeping over the floor of the Den! And I just remembered something we were going to do today while we were out! We were going to see if we could buy a brush for Flipper, and we both forgot! *grrr* We actually have two Flipper brushes, a sort of a dirty blue one, and a purple one – they’re the plastic ones with the fat conical “teeth” – she likes them because they don’t pull, or get tangled in her very fine long hair, but we can’t find either of them! I know I saw the purple one just the other day, but I’m beginning to think I imagined it, coz we can’t find it! Bother! Maybe if I put it on the shopping list… You used to be able to get them in the supermarkets, but last time Julian went shopping he looked all over the pet aisle and couldn’t see any, so I thought that maybe a pet shop might have them, and we were going to have a look today – but we both forgot :/ Anyway, back to the cleaning lady, whose name is Kelly – I think she did a reasonably good job – she didn’t empty the waste paper bins – we’ll have to ask her to add that to her “to do” cleaning list next time she’s over – and although she mopped all the floors, I think she could have done a slightly better job in the corners of my toilet (no, I’m not kidding, one of the corners is still a bit grotty… the rest of it is nice and clean though, but it’s the ever-so slight lack of attention to detail that I’m looking at here!) And it seems that she’ll also do ironing! I used to do all the ironing, including the shirts, before my back died on me, and alas, I never managed to master the art of ironing whilst sitting down – the angles were always all wrong… so we started sending things off to the Dry Cleaners. Since then, I’m pretty sure we’ve paid the Dry Cleaners enough to buy them two Mercedes, a Cadillac, and I think they’re probably well on their way to their first Rolls Royce by now! :/ Kelly the Kleener will be back in a fortnight, so I think we may invest in a new iron and ironing board before then, and see how she goes with the ironing… if she’s any good, then the Dry Cleaners might have to put off buying that Rolls Royce for a while! 😉 Kelly was here for three hours, and while she was busy vacuuming the Den, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to get my lunchtime treadmilling over and done with, so as to save time after lunch. That worked out so well that as soon as we got back from our shopping expedition, I raced in and did my evening walk early as well, so now I don’t have to keep watching the clock so as to leave enough time for my evening walk before dinner! 🙂 When Kelly had gone, we had lunch, and then went up to Knox City. I had a script to be filled, and I needed to get a packet of the Optifast Cappuccino bars because I ate my last one for lunch yesterday – and we know that the big Apothecary opposite Coles sells Optifast products… I also wanted to get another pair of jeans from Autograph – there’s an Autograph at Knox City – and we still hadn’t picked up the slide-out shelving that we’d ordered from Howards Storage World at Knox quite a while ago. We went to the Apothecary first, then we went upstairs to the rest of the places we wanted to go to… I couldn’t believe it when I got to Autograph! They had no more jeans in the shop! None! They’d all been carted off to storage because… they’re considered to be “Winter Fashion”! According to Autograph, no-one wears jeans in summer any more, unless they’re those stupid and ugly “crop” pants that make you look as though you’re wearing your little brother’s “three sizes too short for you” jeans, or that your clothes have all shrunk in the wash! No jeans! I’m still mind-boggling over that! Anyway, the nice girl there said that Millers, their “sister store”, might still have some left. We also went to Riot – I wanted to get some Prismacolor Colored Pencils, for use with one of those terribly trendy Adult colouring books that I’ve been itching to buy. Riot had sold out of just about all their coloured pencils – they only had small, 12 pencil sets, and no “blender” pencils at all, and what’s more, they had no idea when they would be getting in any more! I got the distinct impression of an “I don’t give a damn” attitude there, so I gave it a miss – I’ll see if I can buy the pencils online instead (and bricks and mortar shops are wondering why the public are deserting them in droves! Hello Autograph! Hello Riot!) We went into Dusk, too – I wanted to get a replacement candle for the bedroom as the one I’m currently burning is almost all used up – we did end up getting a big, three-wick candle that smelt nice, but had no descriptive name. In fact, very few of the candles in Dusk had a descriptive name, like “chocolate and orange blossom”, or whatever (as far as I know, they don’t actually have a “chocolate and orange blossom” scented candle – those were just the first two scents that came to mind!) … (but wouldn’t a chocolate and orange blossom candle smell just divine! 🙂 ) And I have to say, both of us were rather taken aback by how few candles Dusk actually had in the shop, too! Oh well… We went on to Myer, because Knox City doesn’t have a DJ’s, and I got some smaller undergarments. On our way back to the car, we did call in at Millers – and oh joy and rapture unforeseen – they actually did have some jeans left, including a size 16, which I grabbed somewhat anxiously, before they too were carted off to storage – because jeans, after all, are only winter fashion! (they’re now sitting on the bed, awaiting a visit to the washing machine! 🙂 ) Then we came home, and as I said earlier, I raced straight off to do my evening treadmilling! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. What did I say last night? That I’d probably stay the same and prove myself to be a liar, or some such? Well… I did stay the same – whether that makes me a liar or not, I don’t know, but I went from 69.3kg to 69.3kg. I’m disgusted with myself. I’ll probably either stay the same, or go up tomorrow, just because it is important to me to lose as much as possible before November 10th… 😦

I’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow, or whether I’ll be seeing my favourite eldest daughter or not – I know we’ll be seeing her a bit on Wednesday, because Julian has to take her and her equal but more technical half off to have what’s commonly called in medical terms, a “Day Procedure” – her husband is having it, not her – she’s just going along to hold his hand and say “There, there!” at the appropriate times 🙂 We haven’t heard anything from Clarke, but then – it’s only Monday, isn’t it! 🙂 I’m dreading Wednesday – that’s the 28th, and all the denizens of our old apartment block are insisting on having a farewell “do” for us. I hate those sorts of things! 😦 Oh well, I guess this time next week will come – eventually… Anyway, once again, that’s about all I have for you this evening, but call in again tomorrow night and find out whether or not I got to see my favourite eldest daughter or not, and if we watched anything on TV, and what my weight did, or didn’t do to me – as well as lots of other interesting little tidbits that I’m sure to have for you all 🙂 Until then, though, do bee good, don’t forget that other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality, and remember to keep warm – or cool, depending on the weather, to look after yourselves, and to drive carefully – but most of all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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