Winter’s log, earthdate 201511.06

Well, yet another very busy day – in which I once again managed to not really accomplish anything terribly constructive! :/ Morning was “the usual” – did my walk, had breakfast – Julian had his shower and we had a cup of coffee… then because we had to leave early to get over to Doncaster by 1.15pm for my hairdressing appointment, I went for my lunchtime walk early (to get it out of the way!) then put on my makeup. I’ve found that if I put my makeup on before going on the treadmill, I tend to smudge the eyeshadow a lot, because I’m (mostly!) looking down towards my feet, and the eyeshadow on my eyelids smudges onto the area under my eyebrows and looks… well, weird, to put it mildly, and definitely… not nice! :/ By the time I’d done all of that, I had about an hour before we had to leave – not enough time to do any Rifting – not even enough time to check out Facebook – so what did I do? I played Solitaire! Now, how constructive was that! Anyway, off we went to Doncaster, I had my hair done (and made several appointments for later on – Elliott is a very busy hairdresser… er, sorry, I meant stylist!) and as usual it looks really good – now, all I have to do is try to make sure it stays looking this good until Tuesday afternoon! (I don’t really care all that much what it looks like after my appointment with Dr. Y. as long as it looks good for that!) After I finished at the hairdresser, I went on a bit of a safari for foot protector things – Priceline had virtually nothing practicable, so on we went to the Apothecary downstairs – the one that’s virtually impossible to get into if you’re wheelchair-bound! Honestly, they have so much “rubbish” around the two doors, and clogging up the aisles, that you can almost believe that they actually want those rubbishy items to “walk out the doors”, because it’s certainly not worth buying! I usually sit around outside and read my Kindle while Julian goes in to drop off, or pick up a prescription, but because I couldn’t plug Julian into my brain (so that he could see, in his mind’s eye, the sort of thing I was after) today I turned my wheelchair down to “one bip” – the slowest it can go – and very slowly and carefully, I inched my way through the least clogged-up door, hoping and praying that I wouldn’t send anything crashing to the floor! I made it inside the shop, and saw Julian, right down at the other end of the shop! Of course there was no easy way to get down there – I had to work my way up and down several of the slightly wider aisles to get there – but get there I did (where there’s a will, there’s usually a very stubborn Winter! 😉 ) but they had virtually nothing that I thought would work for my feet. They did have the sort of “ankle bandage” that I’d been hoping might work, but on closer examination I could see that they really didn’t come far enough down over my toes, so I reluctantly put the packet back. In the end, we took a couple of rolls of adhesive sports tape – sort-of like the one I still had a bit of left at home, only these ones didn’t have that silly paper backing. [Unfortunately, I’ve had to ask Julian to wind it onto my feet for me, as when I try to do it myself I just end up with a messy wad of wrinkled and stuck together adhesive sports tape!] I also got myself some special liquid eye makeup remover, which I should have bought when I got my new mascara a few weeks ago, but didn’t, because (a) it was expensive (Chanel makeup isn’t exactly known for being very cheap!) and (b) I thought it would be alright just to use my usual makeup removing wet-wipes. Well, I was wrong – for once! 😉 Normal makeup removing wet-wipes do get mascara off, but it takes forever, and you have to scrub fairly hard, which is not really very good for sensitive and delicate eye tissue! We also had to call in at a couple of the banks (unfortunately, not because of a “bank error in your favour – collect $200!”) and then we came home. Once home, we had a cup of coffee, and I got Julian to wind the new sports tape around my feet… then off I went to try this new hair-brained scheme of mine out on the treadmill. I debated whether I’d still need the triple socks as well as the tape, and in the end thought that it would be better to be safe than to get more blisters, and put all the socks on. And now, I’m very happy to be able to report that the new tape, plus the triple socks, worked extremely well! So maybe it wasn’t such a hair-brained scheme, after all! 🙂 I was walking in relative comfort, for a change, so from now on I’ll get Julian to put the tape on every morning, leave it on during the day, and peel it all off after my last walk of the day – and hopefully, by the time my Podiatrist returns at the end of November, there won’t be any more blisters for her to scowl at! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Better, but I don’t expect it to last – at least, not while I’m on these wretched little fluid-loving and retaining pills! However, I went down three points, from 68.7kg to 68.4kg – if only I could keep that up until next Tuesday morning! If I could get down into the 67kg zone by Tuesday morning, I don’t think I’d mind all that much if I did go back up into the 68kg zone for a few days! Dream on, sunshine! :/

We just had a phone call from Terry, my favourite youngest daughter’s husband – they wanted to come over on Sunday, to finish off the veggie garden beds, but Julian grizzled a little bit about how Sunday is our one-and-only Rift day, and how much it means to us, etc., etc. – so they’re coming over tomorrow, around lunch time, instead (so why do I feel guilty now!) They should be able to get the last veggie garden bed done very quickly with the two of them working on it, and hopefully, get rid of that eye-sore of a Hills Hoist clothesline as well! Then we just have to get the soil and the seeds, or seedlings – whatever! I think I’ll make a list off all the things that I can think of that we’ll need for a successful veggie garden… watering can… hose, hose reel, and some sort of sprinkler – or maybe some sort of drip irrigation set-up – hand rake, trowel – I dunno, I’ve never had a veggie garden before! 🙂 We heard from Clarke too – he’ll be here around lunchtime on Monday – as it’ll take a while to load everything into his truck! So I expect that this will be a real jumpin’ place next week! 🙂 The cleaning lady is coming on Monday morning, too! Anyway, that’s about it from me again for tonight – do drop in again tomorrow night to find out if the veggie beds are all ready to receive their new little plants, if my weight went back up again, or if it behaved itself, and if the ugly old Hills clothesline has been removed or not. There’s sure to be lots more to tell you all – so hopefully I’ll see you all then! 🙂 In the meantime, remember to bee good (don’t forget that Christmas is just around the corner! 😉 ) don’t forget that if today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow, and always remember to drive carefully, to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather, and to look after yourselves – but above all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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