Winter’s log, earthdate 201602.11

Yes, yes… I know… I’ve gone and changed it all again! I don’t know – the last one sort-of irritated me for some reason, so I’ve just spent the better pat of an hour, looking for something better. This is a “Free” one, so it won’t cost me anything if tomorrow I decide that I don’t like it afterall – but for the moment, it’ll have to do – it was getting later and later, and I found that was constantly muttering “I’ll just look at another three…” (they display three Templates to a row, you see…) and then I found this one, looked at the time, panicked more than a bit when I saw how late it was, and thought “Uhhh… this one’s not too bad! Let’s see how quickly I can knock up a header!” – so using an old, previously used (and far too big!) header, it took three tries to get this one to a stage where I could live with it – so here it is! 🙂 What do you all think of it?

We went out on an “errand” this morning, and then went on to The Glen to do a bit of shopping. We’d run out of Flipper food, and as she won’t be allowed to eat her favourite pussy biscuits (or any pussy biscuits, for that matter!) for at least a couple of weeks – Vet’s orders – I would have thought maybe a few days, perhaps, until her mouth feels more comfortable – but the Vet doesn’t want to run the risk of her hurting herself, or damaging the stitches in her jaw – the abscess under that rotten tooth was so big, and had left such a large “crater” in her gum that it required several stitches! Poor Flipper – she must have been in a lot of pain! We queried the Vet on that, because she hadn’t shown any outward signs of pain or distress – and he said that with animals – and especially cats – if the pain starts gradually and builds up over a long period of time – as this rotten tooth and abscess would have done – they tend to be able to cope with it reasonably well – so… poor little Flipper – she’ll still have a sore mouth for a few days, but nothing anywhere near as painful as she must have been putting up with, and at least this pain will get better every day, until she’s pain free, at last! The Vet wants to see her again tomorrow, just to give her a check-up, so she’s going to be furious at having to go back to that horrible place where they stick needles in her legs, and thermometers up her backside, and chop lumps of fur off her tail, tummy and under her chin, but she’ll be coming straight home again, so she might forgive us, if we sit on the couch and pat her for, oh… four or five hours? 😉

I’ve decided that I don’t really like The Glen all that much any more – there’s not much there, really, and I don’t need access to Autograph or My Size shops – I think I’d rather go up to Knox City, which is just down Burwood Highway from our place now. Yes, The Glen is closer, but there’s much more store variety at Knox – they’ve got all the places we like to shop at – except for David Jones, which is at The Glen, but according to fairly reliable sources, they’re pulling out of The Glen, which will be a blow! I like shopping at David Jones – that is, when you can find anyone at a POS to take your money! It just seems a little bit more “refeened” than Myer, for some reason – and cleaner, somehow, and less “cluttered”… There’s also a Hardly Normal Harvey Norman and a Howards Storage World at Knox, too. But anyway, I digress! We went to The Glen, visited The Shaver Shop to get another packet of “sensitive” toothbrush heads for our Philips electric toothbrushes, and I had a look around for a place that sold inexpensive silver rings – I really need to get several “guard” rings, to stop all my rings from falling off and getting lost, until we can decide on exactly where to take all my “good” rings to be re-sized! My gold watch needs to have its clasp repaired, too – the hinge has “cracked”, and needs to be either replaced, or soldered (?) – or something! Unfortunately there weren’t any nice little “silver ring” kiosks there – well, there was one place, but the rings they had looked more like stainless-steel than silver – and there was nothing at all like the “Butterfly” silver kiosks that seem to be popping up all over the place – however, looking for that link I just added, I see that Butterfly at Doncaster has closed! I’m surprised, but not surprised, if you know what I mean – a lot of shops at Doncaster have been closing – apparently the shop rental is a killer, and according to one shop owner (who sold his business and moved out!) not only is the rental that Westfield Doncaster charge prohibitive, but Centre Management demand that if the Centre is open, your shop must be open too, whether it’s a Public Holiday or not! So I didn’t find my silver “guard” rings, but we did get our toothbrush heads, I found quite a nice nightgown with long sleeves at David Jones, and I managed to get the sort of “fancy box” I’d been looking for! 🙂 And then we came home, and had a well-earned cup of coffee! 🙂

Food stuffz: last night we had our slow-cooked corned silverside – and it was a beautiful piece of meat! Perfectly cooked, there was virtually no fat at all on it to have to cut off, and it was tender, juicy, and delicious! Plus there’s a lot left over for sandwiches, crispbreads, and wraps! the “perfect meal”, you could say! 🙂 With it we had mashed potato, made with low-fat, plain Greek yoghurt instead of butter and milk (and/or cream) sugar-snap peas, and half a tomato – store-bought, not home-grown – however! Julian just sent me this! Plucked from our very own tomato plant, just minutes ago! Isn’t it gorgeous! 🙂 He brought it in to show me, and it smells just beautiful! 🙂 For lunch at The Glen today – we ended up going upstairs to the Food Court because both The Arena, where we sometimes eat, and The Shingle Inn were both jam-packed solid! We’d managed to arrive right on the busiest part of lunchtime! Anyway, we went upstairs and had a ham, cheese and tomato toastie each – Julian had a muffin for dessert, and I had a …somewhat large-ish piece of extremely nice, moist, chocolate cake, with lovely, thick, sticky, gooey, rich, chocolate icing on it (why else do you think I chose it! 😉 ) He had a cappuccino, and I had a long black with a small container of skinny-milk… Tonight we’re having King Island Beef sausages, chips, probably some more sugar-snap peas, and we’ll each have half of that beautiful tomato that Julian picked a short time ago! I’ll let you all know tomorrow what it tasted like! I’ll be having one of my diet jellies for dessert… anyway, today I was really only naughty with the chocolate cake – so I don’t think I did too badly… I only got the one 1.5 kilometer walk in this morning, however I did walk the length and breadth of The Glen, two and a half times this afternoon – which should help with the large-ish piece of chocolate cake… well, hopefully, anyway! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Considering the mashed potato for dinner last (which I didn’t eat all of, by the way) I went up one point, from 63.2kg to 63.3kg – no doubt the chocolate cake today will pile on a few more points, but I’ve finally finished with those nasty little pills for a while, so what I pick up in calories from the cake, hopefully without those wretched fluid-retaining pills I’ll now be able to lose enough fluid to compensate! Well, that’s the theory, anyway! 😉 Let’s see what the scales say tomorrow! :/

So Flipper has a followup visit to the Vet tomorrow morning, there are still a few pictures to be hung (and the family crest rescued from the storage dungeon!) and I have a bit of washing to do – but apart from all of that, I should have a bit of time to get further ahead in WoW! 😉 I’m sorry that there are no photos yet of the pictures “in situ”, but we’ve been out for most of today, and there simply hasn’t been the time – besides, there are still a few pictures to be placed – but they will be forthcoming in a cuppla days, honest! 🙂 So, once again, that’s about it from me for tonight – please drop in again tomorrow night to catch up on all the latest news from chez nous, to get the latest Flipper bulletin, and to see just how much difference a small piece of chocolate cake with lovely, thick, sticky, gooey, rich, chocolate icing can make to a person’s weight! Until then, though, please continue to bee good, remember that art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it… and don’t forget to keep cool – or warm – depending on what the weather’s decided to present to us, to look after yourselves, and to drive carefully… but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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