Winter’s log, earthdate 201601.15

My goodness! I don’t know what’s come over me! I’m starting early today! 😉 Well, this morning was pretty ordinary – Julian went for his walk – I went for my walk, and we had breakfast! My hairdressing appointment was at 12.30pm, and as well as having my Warfarin blood test done, Julian wanted to get to (one of our) banks to organise my name change, which simply meant fronting up at the Teller’s window with my new Birth Certicate and filling in several forms – in triplicate! (no, I’m just joking! I did have to sign a couple of forms, but only in singleicate!) And now we only have one other bank, plus my passport and Medicare to do! *sigh* I guess we’ll just have to get a round tuit! Anyway, we left here at about 10 past 11, and went straight to the bank – from there, we went to Doncaster, and as we just had time, we had lunch, at Jamaica Blue. I had some sort of minced beef rolled up in pastry, which looked quite nice, but -it was very insipid and tasteless – it tasted as if it had been made completely and totally without salt – in fact I don’t think they even waved the salt shaker over the top of it – and if they used any butter in its making, it was unsalted! I don’t think it could have been more boring if they’d made it out of cardboard. The next time we have something to eat there I’ll try to get them to make me a toastie – the last nice-looking savoury food I had there was tasteless, “gluggy”, and very definitely “fatty” (because the bacon in it hadn’t been cooked enough!) We should probably try somewhere else, but strangely enough, I do like the place – so we’ll give them a third try, and if they still don’t measure up, we’ll go elsewhere. So after that I trotted on into Oscar Oscar, was sat down, given a cup of coffee, and had my nice, relaxing aroma-therapy neck and scalp massage, before being whisked off to have my hair washed. I was going to talk to Elliott about having my hair re-coloured, but apparently he’d already decided what he was going to do! Next time – next Thursday, in fact, I’m going into the copper-and-peach tones! Darker underneath, and lightning up on top to an almost frosted-copper (if such a shade exists!) Sounds nice – and I was always somewhere between a copper red and a Titian red before I got… umm… older, and my hair sort-of “silvered”. I can’t wait to see what I look like with copper hair again! 🙂 Oh, bad news on the shoe front! As you all know, I had a new pair of shoes made just before Christmas. The first time I tried them on, they were quite comfortable, but the back of the shoes seemed to be too high and rubbed a fair bit of skin off my heels, and I had to wear band-aids so as not to get blisters. Well, that’s OK – I don’t mind wearing a couple of band-aids on the back of my heels! Brian, the shoemaker, had told me to wear the shoes while I was sitting watching television or whatever, to allow my body heat to soften and mould the shoe leather to the shape of my foot – which I’d done. The next time I wore the shoes for just walking around a shopping centre, I found that the top of the sandal part of the shoe cut into my second last left toe, so I remedied that by bunging smaller band-aids (damn it! I should be buying shares in the ruddy company!) on the third and fourth left toes, but I put them up too high on the toe to be much help, so this time, today, I donned the two band-aids on my heels, and stuck another two of the smaller band-aids underneath the ones already on the third and fourth toes of my left foot. The shoes still stuck into my toes, but it was bearable, and after a while the shoe and my toes decided to be friends after all, and I thought no more about it, until… I was coming out from the blood collection place after having my Warfarin test done, and I realised that the instep area of my left foot – actually the part where your ankle “funny-bone” is – was getting more than a little painful! I limped along as best I could, I bought a new handbag, and we did the rest of our shopping, and my left foot was just getting sorer and sorer! When we got back to the car, I had a look at it, thinking that I was going to get a wonderful bruise there, and then I noticed that the shoe had actually broken the skin and that I had quite a nasty abrasion, right on the edge of my inside ankle “funny-bone”. I’ll give Brian a ring on Monday morning and let him know that I’m having problems with the shoes… Why won’t they listen to me! I keep telling these ruddy shoemakers that they can give my feet all the support that they seem to think my feet need – but that my feet are too old and too “set in their ways” for all this unwanted support to do anything except give me and my feet a lot of grief! For half a century (!!) my feet have been used to going around as naked as the day they were born! For fifty years, my feet have grown accustomed to spreading out and balancing my weight superbly – which is why I stagger around as though I’m drunk, unable to balance properly, when I wear shoes! And the shoemakers, in their wisdom, think that giving me orthotics in clumpy shoes in order to give my feet more “support” now is going to make my feet “better”, in any way, shape, or form?! Well, I have news for them! They don’t! So with tears in my voice, I plaintively repeat “Why won’t they listen to me!” (have I ever told you all that I hate shoes? I have? Oh… well, I hate shoes, anyway!)

Re-cap: we’ve been to the bank, and I should be getting my new Visa cards in the mail “soonish”. I’ve eaten a totally salt-less lunch, been to the hairdresser, bought a new handbag, and had my Warfarin blood test done – the results of which will be in later this evening, I hope, …and my helpfully supportive shoes have succeeded in hurting my foot and drawing blood. So I grizzled about it. Copiously.

Food stuffz: we had “chicken in boats” for dinner last night, with steamed rice mixed with finely chopped spring onions, green beans, and fried onion (because we’d run out of tomato) and it was very nice – there’s even a little bit of the chicken left over that can be sliced up for lunch tomorrow, I think! Lunch today I’ve already told you about, except to say that I had a small, mini-cheesecake with some blueberries in it after the saltless beef whatever-it-was. Tonight, I’m indulging myself once again – I haven’t had pasta for nearly two years, so I have requested a small bowl of pasta, with tomato and basil sauce, and a teeny sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese… I thought that it was probably a good idea to have the pasta on a night where I wouldn’t want much dinner because I’d already eaten a fair sized lunch – well, that’s the theory – and also my excuse – and I’m sticking to it, anyway! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Was better – though it probably won’t be, by tomorrow! :/ (self-inflicted! so I have no right to grizzle about it, except at myself!) This morning, however, I went down four points – from 63.8kg down to 63.4kg! Watch me reverse that tomorrow morning! 😉 Anyway, it’s good that I did go down – it means that my body is still trying to get down to a weight it’s happy with – which I’d thought was around the 64kg mark, but… if it wants to go lower, I’ll be more than happy to go along with it! 🙂

Tomorrow we’re doing more boxing – or should that be “un-boxing”? I don’t mind doing that, as long as I get a little bit of time to play around with WoW as well – I haven’t had time to even log on today! However, I think we managed to accomplish a fair bit this afternoon, and I really do want to get on with the boxes – time is starting to run out until Settlement Day for the apartment! On a much sadder note, I was quite devastated to hear of Alan Rickman’s death yesterday – he was a great actor, a gorgeous man, and had the most wonderful speaking voice! Like David Bowie, he was my age too… and does anyone ever die from something other than Cancer? 😦 Both the acting and the music world are a lot poorer for their passing… and once again, that’s about it from me for this evening! Feel free to drop in again tomorrow night – you’ll learn how many boxes we managed to unpack, and if there was anything unusual or exciting in them – besides the obligatory dust, general grot, and rubbish! You’ll also find out if I did manage to reverse today’s very pleasant weight drop, or if the downwards trend is continuing. I do know that the weather plays a big role in which way my weight jumps – hopefully with this cooler weather it’ll continue going down… however, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to find these things out! 😉 In the meantime, do please continue to bee good, remember that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel… and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to drive carefully, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather… but most importantly – don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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