Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.31

04.29 pm

The last day of autumn! :/ who’d a thunk it! This year seems to have absolutely raced by – or is it just that I’m getting older? 😯 Remember when you were a kid, and it always seemed like centuries between one Christmas and the next, or one Birthday and the next – time always seemed to flow much more slowly then – we figured we had all the time in the world, to do whatever it was that we wanted to do… and then we grew up, and we got jobs, and we had deadlines to meet, friends to go out with (well, other people did, anyway) and we all had so much to do that we didn’t quite know how we were going to get through it all… and somehow or other we got so preoccupied with “other thingz” that we didn’t notice the time slipping by us, until it was gone, and we suddenly found ourselves middle-aged. By then some of us had children, so we didn’t have the time to worry about such trivialities as time starting to speed up a bit, and haven’t you booked the baby sitter yet? what do you want for dinner tonight? the cat’s just fur-balled on the new rug! quick! quick! little Joan (or John) is going to be late for football practice (or ballet class) …until the morning that we woke up and realised that the children were grown up, married, and had children of their own, and we thought “when did we get so old?!”, and “why does time seem to absolutely fly past these days!” Believe me, all you young ones out there – the old saying that “youth is wasted on the young!” is true, so enjoy it while you still have it! 😛

Well, I bin a busy girl today!This morning I played WoW (well, and what else would I have been doing then, hmm? 😉 ) messing about with Phoenìx in the Western Plaguelands! Thanks to the Heirloom things I’m wearing I only got about five quests done before I hit level 40, so I hightailed it back to Ironforge, where I went back to Riding School to learn how to Ride faster (I’ve Hearthed myself in Ironforge, the Dwarven capital, as being the closest city to the Plaguelands that has a Bank and an Auction House!) After I finished learning to Ride faster, got rid of all my junk, and repaired my armor a bit, I went back to the Western Plaguelands… and you know what? The first quest I picked up told me that I was being sent to the next area, the Eastern Plaguelands, which if anything, are even a bit nastier than the Western Plaguelands! So, for Phoenìx, the next stop is level 60, and Flying, at long last! 😎 I wonder where Phoenìx will be by then! 🙂

We got a phone call this afternoon from the furniture people to say that our new electronic recliner lounge suite will be delivered on Friday. We were going to sell the one that’s currently in the lounge room, but we’ve changed our minds – or we think we have, anyway – because if it’ll fit in the Library, we’ll put it in there instead, as we’re going to need somewhere to sit when we go in there to read – so why spend money on something new, when we’ve already got something that’s almost new? (we got it just before we moved in here last August) Anyway, I’m really looking forward to Friday, and having a comfortable place to relax, where I’m not going to slide down the chair until I’m almost prone, whenever I put my feet up! When that phone call came through, I was busy looking for a Microsoft Office look-alike – that is, something that I can use instead of that [censored] piece of [censored] <- please insert derogatory terms of your choice in the [censored] areas provided! I’m so sick and tired of its stupid Auto-correcting, and even sicker to death of its insistence on turning a new line into a bulleted list, if I happen to want to start the line with a numeral, or a dash, which I quite often do! I’ve been grizzling about Office, or Word, for years! It’s so un-intuitive, user-hostile, awkward to navigate around, and with the “Help” files the way they are, you could almost call them “obstructions”! I did try a new program last year (or was it the year before? I fergit!) and at first it looked very promising… and then it went and trampled all over Thunderbird, which was my Mail Client at the time. It not only trampled all over Thunderbird, but it also completely destroyed it! Obliterated it completely! All my email, going back years… gone! Julian managed to get most of it back from one of our latest backups, but there’s still quite a chunk missing that’s gone for good – some of you may remember me ranting, raving and screaming blue murder about it in one of my blogs written around that time (no, sorry – I can’t remember how long ago it was, or which blog it was that contains my incendiary tirade!) Two things happened after that – I ditched the Word look-alike, consigned every and all emails from that company to the Trash folder, and I also got rid of Thunderbird, as I no longer trusted it. I still get regular news updates from the software company that wrote that evil, e-mail obliterating program, and although they’re regularly dumped into my Trash Folder, I still glance at them to see what they have to say for themselves, this time… Well they’ve just released a new version of this Word-look-alike… and it seems that I can’t have been the only one to complain long and loudly about what their earlier one did to my email – because this new version of theirs was written and developed… in conjunction with Thunderbird! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! I desperately need a word processor program – I have an almost pathological hatred of Microsoft Office, and Word – and I can’t find anything else. I’ve tried LibreOffice – I know Julian uses and likes it – but I’m sorry to say that I find it almost as bad as Word. I wrote out the list of Vegetables that we’re intending to plant before spring creeps up and smacks us on the backside, and I also transcribed that recipe for a new sort of Shepherd’s Pie – and you know what I used? I used Google Docs! It wasn’t bad, considering! The only thing I really don’t like, is that fact that you don’t save the document to your own hard drive, in fact you don’t even really “save” it at all – it’s stored in “The Cloud”! And, being the cynical Old Fart that I am, I don’t trust “them” (whoever “them” is in this case!) to keep my precious documents safe, and away from prying eyes and grasping keyboards! Fair enough, in this case it was only a recipe that I copied from a popular magazine, so I’m not too distressed at the thought of it “vanishing”, or turning up on someone else’s hard drive – but there’s no way known that I’d trust an important personal document – one that could possibly be used for identity theft, perhaps – to “The Cloud” – or any Cloud run by anyone, anywhere, for that matter! The point that I’m slowly meandering around to (in my usual and long-winded fashion!) is – should I give this software company another chance? Forewarned is forearmed, so I’d make certain-sure that all my email was safely backed up “off-site” somewhere, before having another look at their Word look-alike program… What would you all do, hmm? 😐

Anyway, on to all the good bits! 😉

Food stuffz: Last night we had a beautiful little piece of fillet steak – absolutely delicious, and sooo tender I could have eaten it with a teaspoon! With it we had green beans, chips, and half a Kumato. For dessert I had my second last Corella pear (and yes, I have added them to today’s shopping list!) and a small bowl of the totally yummy Coles-brand, very low-calorie, delicious Rice Pudding – this time with no canned-peach slices in-a-jar (I wonder if we have any left for tonight? If not, I’m going to have to add them to the list, too!) Lunch today was a slightly different sort of sandwich! We had the same lovely sesame and poppy-seed whole-grain bread as we usually do, but today we had Pastrami in our sandwiches for a change – I absolutely love Pastrami! With basil-pesto hummus instead of butter, and some Halloumi cheese – all absolutely delicious! Tonight we’re having something else different! Julian couldn’t get hold of any lamb backstraps, so he got some lamb leg steaks instead. I haven’t had those for yonks, but from memory, they’re very nice, so I’m looking forward to dinner tonight 🙂 For dessert I’ll probably have my last Corella pear – until Julian does the shopping again, anyway – and tonight I might have a small tub of low-fat fruit yoghurt instead of the Rice Pudding – but I haven’t decided yet! 😛

Weigh-in this morning. Wasn’t too bad, I guess – I went from 64.3kg to 64.2kg – down one point (there’s that ruddy “margin of error” thingy again!) so I’m not going to hatchet my chicks before I can count ’em, and say that my weight is starting to behave itself, at long last, because it probably isn’t, and my weight’ll be up by about 5 points again tomorrow! 😐

And that brings me finally to tomorrow – we didn’t go and do any shopping today, so we might do that tomorrow – depending on the weather, and “Conditions may apply” to that particular possibility! 🙂 So it’s quite likely that tomorrow will be another version of today – with me WoW-ing in the morning, and struggling to find some sort of decent word program to use for recipe transcriptions in the afternoon, as I stall have a lot left to copy out! Auric and Dapple seemed much better and more relaxed last night after Julian changed their water over – so it’s looking as though this is going to become part of our evening ritual, at least until the good bacteria kick in and start growing! And that sort of brings me to the point where I tell you all: “and that’s about it from me for tonight” – so – that’s about it from me for tonight! 🙂 Do drop in again tomorrow night, to find out if we went shopping or not, what my weight’s doing, how much further along Phoenìx has got to level 60, and if all the fur-fins are well and happy. Until then though, please bee good, don’t forget that sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; instead they require maturity to outgrow them, and remember to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm and dry is this freezing weather… but above all, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.30

06.17 pm

OK, I’m starting very late tonight, and because I didn’t have time to write anything last night, I’ll have to fit two nights into one tonight – which means that I’ll have to be writing until quite late tonight, whether I want to or not 😐 Yesterday, Sunday, Julian and I spent the day pulling Jemimah and Xãnthe up a little closer to level 90, by their bootstraps – and doing quite a good job of it too, even if I do say so myself! 🙂 They’re both level 84 now – and only one level to go until we hit Pandaria, and our final sprint towards level 90! We started off by going to my second least favourite questing place in the whole of WoW, Deepholm, which in my opinion is only marginally better than Vashj’ir, which is the underwater place that I hate so much – and I suppose that if you have to be “under” something, then it’s probably better to be under a pile of rock than under water – or at least, that’s the way I see it! :/ Mind you, we didn’t have any intention of doing the whole of Deepholm – it was more a matter of climbing levels as quickly and as efficiently as we could – so when we hit level 84, we quit Deepholm and headed off to Uldum, to do a bit of questing around there, and once we get to level 85 or thereabouts, we’ll head out to Pandaria! And it’s not as though we’ll be missing out on any of the Lore or game-story by racing through these areas like demented ferrets either, because we’ve already done everything in these areas several times over, with other characters, like Wynterthyme and Mouselet 🙂

09.15 pm

Back again – yeah, so Jemimah and Xãnthe are doing quite well, and didn’t even die once yesterday! If anything, they’re playing a trifle too well, which is why we’re skipping chunks of areas that we’d normally be methodically questing our way through! In the meantime, nearly all day Saturday, part of last night, and most of today, I’ve been having the same sort of problem with Phoenìx, who, thanks to the Heirloom items I’ve armed her with, is really doing amazingly well! I got her up to level 37 today! 37! I’d more-or-less resigned myself to slogging through all the Ashenvale quests – but when the quests I was doing started getting too low – well, let me put it this way! You wear the Heirloom items to give you a “boost” to the amount of experience (“xp”) you get from killing monsters and finishing quests – in Phoenìx’s case, 20% extra. Right. And the quests and monsters in each area, or “zone”, in the game are linked to a particular character level… so if you level up very quickly, as Phoenìx is – either by doing a lot of Farming, or wearing “experience boosters”, like the Heirloom items – you tend to “out-grow” the area you’re in, and the amount of experience you earn per monster killed or quest completed tends to get less and less, until the quests and monsters turn “grey”, and you stop getting experience points altogether. Which is what happened to Phoenìx this afternoon in Ashenvale. The game itself will “suggest” areas, or zones, that you can go to, and that’s what I had to do with Phoenìx. Ashenvale is supposedly for levels 20 – 25, and I was level 34! The game suggested I go to the Hinterlands, which is for levels 30 – 35, and I’d just got to level 36 when I got my marching orders to go from the Hinterlands to the Western Plaguelands, for levels 35 – 40 – a rather horrible place full of diseased animals, zombies, ghouls, and demons, oh my! 😯 So… wish me luck, because that’s where I’ll be going tomorrow, as it seems that I won’t be seeing my very favourite eldest daughter tomorrow – or at all this week actually – as she has assignments and uni work to do.

Julian ordered a water-testing kit for testing the water in the Fish House, and it arrived this afternoon! He tried it out this evening, and I’m happy to report that the ph level is excellent, the nitrate and nitrite levels are good, but er… the ammonia level is way too high! Well, you know how ammonia stings your eyes? That’s probably why Auric and Dapple kept on going up to the surface – their little eyes must have been smarting, more than a bit! Unfortunately, until the good bacteria in the filters start to grow, the only way to get rid of the ammonia is to… change out about 30% of the water! Which Julian’s just finished doing. He’ll keep monitoring the water closely, so we should be able to keep Auric and Dapple reasonably comfortable until the bacteria are established and the ammonia is no longer a problem.

And now for the interesting bits! 😎

Food stuffz: Last night, being Sunday night, we had omelets for dinner – with bacon, Halloumi cheese, onion and red capsicum, and grated Swiss cheese – and you know? Every week when I have my Sunday Omelet, I seem to always tell him “I reckon it’s one of the best you’ve ever made!” – because it is! 🙂 We both make omelets completely differently, and they both taste wonderful, but mine are much more “fiddly” to make, because I separate the eggs first, and then very gently fold the beaten yolks and whites together, pour it into the frying pan, drop in the other ingredients, and when the base is “golden”, finish it off under a griller, rather than beat it all up together, and fold it over before sliding it out of the pan. For dessert I had one of my Corella pears, and a small tub of low-fat strawberry yoghurt. Today for lunch I had a turkey sandwich, made with the delicious sesame and poppy-seed whole-grain bread, some of the excellent basil-pesto hummus instead of butter, and turkey “sandwich chunks” – simple, but delicious! For dinner tonight I had a beautiful little piece of fillet steak, as usual, cooked to perfection (*preen* I taught Julian how to cook steak properly!) half a Kumato each, green beans, and chips. And for dessert tonight, I had my second last Corella pear (I must remember to add them to the shopping list for tomorrow!) and a small bowl of the yummy Coles-brand, very low-calorie, delicious Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Wasn’t good, though probably still within that mysterious “margin of error” – well, I hope so, anyway – that people talk about. I went from 64.4kg to 64.5kg. – up one point… but I was not well pleased…
Weigh-in this morning. Was a bit better – but you can see – there’s just no rhyme nor reason in it! I went from 64.5kg to 64.3kg – down two points! I dunno… it just seems daft to me…

And that brings me to tomorrow! As I mentioned earlier, I’ll not be seeing my very favourite eldest daughter tomorrow, so I’m not really sure what’s happening! Weather permitting (i.e. as long as it isn’t too cold, pouring with rain, snowing, or 50°C in the shade!) it might be nice to go shopping – there’s a few things I want to get… I have to transcribe that recipe from the magazine that wouldn’t let me look at it online, even though I am a subscriber, so it should have, and I also have to make a list of the vegetables we want to plant this winter, like Brussels sprouts, broad beans, carrots, garlic, parsley, peas, and shallots. And after I’ve done all of the above, I’ll probably put Phoenìx through her paces in the horrible and depressing Western Plaguelands, unless I can find somewhere else that caters to levels 35 – 40… Oh what joy! I just went and looked… it seems I have a choice of Dustwallow Marsh 😕 (nope!) Feralas 😐 (nuh-huh!) or the Western Plaguelands 😦 (*sigh*) Each one’s as bad as the other! :/ Oh well… and that, dear readers, is about it from me again for tonight! Two days worth, all rolled into one! Oh, and remember that I told you all that if you were very unlucky, I’d remember to take a screenshot of my Turtle, Spinoso (which means “Thorny” in Italian) and put it on Flickr so you could all see what I meant by “little spiky horns”? Well, guess what! You’re all unlucky, because I did remember! 😮 It’s not a particularly good screenshot, and it’s a bit dark – but you should be able to see what he looks like, I hope! 🙂 So, there you go! anyway, do drop in again tomorrow night – because who knows? I may have taken an even betterer screenshot for you – besides, I’m sure you’ll all be dying to know just exactly what I did get up to, what my weight decided to do to puzzle and confuse me when I got on the scales, and how little Auric and Dapple are getting on in their now diluted and refreshed tank water. Until then, however, please try to bee good, remember that the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to keep warm and dry in this cold, miserable weather, and to always drive carefully – but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.28

05.08 pm

Seems like I’m starting a bit later than usual tonight – prolly because today’s been so quiet that there’s really not very much to tell you all! I didn’t go out shopping after all – the weather was terrible – the sort of day that makes you look out the window and think to yourself: “Hmm! This looks like the perfect day to stay tucked up at home, warm and cosy, in front of a roaring fire, or the heater, with a rug over your knees, a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee, and a good book!” – and that’s pretty much what I did, if you substitute “computer” and “World of Warcraft” for “good book” (though this afternoon I did the “good book” part too!) So – what’s to tell about today? Well, as I was hoping, I did get Phoenìx up to level 30 just after lunch today, and last night I did go back to the “Blackfathom Deeps” Dungeon with Mouselet, to Tame that “Special” Turtle – which Mouselet managed to accidentally kill a few more times! However it’s not his fault, it’s just that he’s a teeny-weeny bit “over-powered” for a real “beginner’s” Dungeon, like “Blackfathom Deeps” – where just the mere act of accidentally running into him can kill a mob, let alone if the mob actually attacks him! Anyway, third time lucky, and I finally Tamed my Turtle, whom I have called “Spinoso”, which is Italian for “Thorny”, because this Turtle has little thorny, spiky bits all over him, including spiky little horns, and a barbed tail – which unfortunately don’t show up in the picture terribly well (so if you’re all terribly unlucky, I might remember to grab a screenshot of him tonight to put up on Flickr for you all to see! 😉 ) Anyway, my next goal for Phoenìx is level 40, and I may even go back to the Ruins of Mathystra to see if I can score myself a Ghost Saber-Tooth cat for my stable of Pets! After all, all of my other girls have got one! 😉

After lunch this afternoon I decided that it was time I did something different for a change, so I went down to the lounge room and read my book for an hour or so, then came back in here to start writing this! Last night we watched a documentary-type show about Neanderthals that we’d recorded months ago, but hadn’t watched yet because it went for 111 minutes – well, it was very interesting – actually coming up with some new and more advanced ideas and reasons as to why the Neanderthals seemingly died out – and I was reminded of a series of books that I’d read a very long time ago. I think I vaguely remember reading in one of the book cover flaps that the authors were paleo-archaeologists or something, but I could be wrong, or simply mis-remembering, because it was over thirty years ago that I read them, because it doesn’t say anything about that on their website – anyway, the main thing is, the show reminded me of the books, which were called “The People of the [X Y Z, etc.]” (and if you think I’m going to list them all for you here, then I’m afraid that you’re very much mistaken! 🙂 ) and I knew I hadn’t been able to get my hands on all of the books in the series (a very common problem, especially in Australia, back before the advent of e-books!) so I went looking for kindle versions on Amazon… and I actually found them! All seventeen of them! I had to laugh though – how ironic! Yes, I can now get the entire series of sixteen books in kindle format, so that I can read them all from go to whoa… except for book seventeen… which “isn’t available for purchase in your country!” Oh! For the love of everything holy, WHY [the hell] NOT??!! Arrrggghhh! Anyway, I shall buy the lot of them, and if, by the time I finish Book 16, Book 17 still isn’t available for purchase in Australia, I shall write to the ruddy authors themselves and demand to know “why the hell not”! 😈

And now on to the good bits! 😉

Food stuffz: Last night we had the very yummy “Only at Coles” Pork sausages with Kakadu plums and Lemon Aspen – oh, they really are nice! 😀 With them we had chips, half a Kumato, and steamed green beans. I did have one of my Corella pears for dessert – it was ripe enough to eat, though only just – and a small tub of low-fat raspberry yoghurt… but alas! The were no more special Mother’s Day cookies left to eat 😦 Tonight we’re having pan-fried chicken on a bed of steamed rice – probably with finely chopped spring onions mixed through it, and for dessert I’ll have another of my Corella pears, and tonight I’ll have a small bowl of the very delicious Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding, with a couple of slices of the “canned-peaches-in-a-jar” on top.

Weigh-in this morning. Was more of the same! I’m still within that boring “margin of error”-“not enough of a change to be worth noticing” area, going from 64.3kg back up to 64.4kg – the same as I was the day before yesterday! Oh well, at least I’m not heading north over the 65kg line! (not yet, anyway!)

And that brings me to tomorrow – Sunday! And another day running around with Jemima and Xãnthe, trying like mad to level them up so that we can get them to Draenor! 🙂 Hopefully we won’t die too many times – but even if we do, death is so transient in World of Warcraft – it just costs you a bit to have your armor repaired! I’m really getting used to having Heirloom armor – you do level up a lot quicker – I’m thinking of trying to get a few more pieces for Phoenìx! 🙂 I’ll see how I go tonight, and let you all know tomorrow night! Let’s see… what else? Flipper is well – she’s decided that she likes to snuggle up against my back in bed at night, and I have to admit, I was quite uncomfortable last night, perched almost on the edge of the mattress, unable to lie on either my back or my side – but she was warm and snug and comfortable, so I guess it’s something that I’m just going to have to get used to! 😕 Auric and Dapple are happily frolicking around in their Fish House – touch wood, but there have been no more signs of their “floaties” that worried us so much the other night – let’s hope it stays that way! 🙂 And that’s about it from me for this evening – as I said – it’s been a very quiet day today! But there’s sure to be heaps to tell you all tomorrow night, so don’t forget to drop in to find out how Jemima and Xãnthe fared in their quest to level 90, if my weight has finally made up its mind which way it’s going to go, plus about all the other adventures, major and minor, that beset us here. Until then though, please try to bee good, remember that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and don’t forget to keep warm and dry in this terrible weather, to look after yourselves, and to always drive carefully – but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.27

04.45 pm

Well, that was interesting! With Julian’s help, I’d just finished doing one of the first Night Elf Dungeons – “Black Fathom Deeps”, completely forgetting that the Podiatrist was coming around at 4.00 pm this afternoon! Luckily, having just completed the Dungeon, I’d Hearthed back to Darnassus, so I was able to instantly Quit out, change my glasses so that I’d be able to see what the Podiatrist was doing to my feet, and scuttle down to the lounge room! Oh – I see! I guess you’re all wondering what I was doing in a Dungeon in the first place, as I’m always saying that “we don’t do Dungeons!”, in that slightly disparaging and disapproving tone of voice. Well, the thing is, you see, there’s a rather nice “Special Gold Elite” Turtle down there, which is Tamable, and I sort-of thought that he’d make a damn fine Tenacity Pet for me – so when I asked Julian whether Mouselet would mind giving me a hand with this Dungeon, I must have thought that after all these years, he’d be able to read my mind, and I ummforgot to mention this somewhat salient fact to him, resulting in the entirely accidental death of the “Tenacious Mr. Special Gold Elite” Turtle. *sigh* Oh well, I can either go back in again with Mouselet next week, when the Dungeon’s has been re-set, or I can wait until Phoenìx’s level 100 (or thereabouts) and go back and do it again on my own… Phoenìx is now level 25, has completely finished with Teldrassil and Darkshore, and has moved on to Ashenvale, so she’s coming along rather well, I think! I’ll try to do a bit more with her tonight, after dinner and television, as I’d like to try to get her up to level 30 by the end of the day…

Actually, not much else of interest or note has occurred today – Flipper is being her usual noisy and demanding self, Auric and Dapple have been coping with their new “flakes” of Fish Food much more betterer than they weren’t on their little round pellets – so far, with 30% of their water changed, and their new type of food, they’ve shown no more signs of the very distressing “floaties” that they were suffering from – actually, I have no idea how distressing it was for them at the time, but it was most certainly distressing for us to witness! Julian tried an experiment today – he walked up and down in front of the tank… and Auric and Dapple followed him! Turning, if he turned, and swimming to the end of the tank if he didn’t turn back before they got there! He gives them their breakfast, I generally give them their dinner – and I know they recognise me because when I go over to the tank to say hello to them or whatever, they come rushing up to the front of the tank, and swim expectantly up to the top, waiting for their dinner, the greedy little sods! 🙂

And now for the good bits! 😉

Food stuffz: Last night we both had a small bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and a little bit of grated parmesan for dinner, because Julian’s mouth was still quite sore from having five fillings changed that afternoon. For dessert, we didn’t have a small tub of low-fat fruit yoghurt, we had another small-ish bowl of the really yummy Coles-brand, very low-calorie Rice Pudding, with a couple of slices of tinned-peach-from-a-jar on top of the rice… and I had the very last 😥 of my very special, exceedingly delicious, Mother’s Day cookies that my very favourite youngest daughter made for me 😥 Tonight for dinner we’re having a reprise of those very nice pork sausages wot we had the other night – the ones with the Kakadu plums and Lemon Aspen that I was telling you about? Probably with chips, steamed green beans, and half a tomato. I might try one of my Corella pears tonight, to see if they’re ripe enough to eat yet – if they are, I’ll eat it – if not I’ll “dispose of it thoughtfully”, and have a small tub of low-fat yoghurt instead (because unfortunately I think we’ve run out of the Rice Pudding! We’ll get some more tomorrow though!)

Weigh-in this morning. Was within the usual margin of error – I went from 64.4kg to 64.3kg – so more-or-less the same – not down enough to really register as a loss, or a “change”! But who knows what it might be tomorrow, with no more “extra special” double-choc and cherry Mother’s Day cookies left! Kate dear, if you’re reading this, I’d like you to know how much I appreciated them, and how very delicious they were – and if you’re ever feeling bored, and have nothing better to do, well, you could always whip me up another batch? I wouldn’t mind, honestly! 😀

Which finally brings me to tomorrow – Saturday! Well, we may, or we may not, be doing some shopping. Last time we were out, on Wednesday, when I had my Warfarin blood test done, we did go to The Glen, but unfortunately I had to just sit around and read my kindle while Julian went off to do the shopping, because he’d forgotten to put Ned-Lena* (my stick) in the car, and while I can walk around perfectly normally without it when I’m in bare feet, the minute you put shoes on me the best I can manage is a sort of a drunken stagger! I’ll say it again, in case anyone missed it when I’ve spoken about my strange allergy to shoes in the past – I hate shoes. I can’t balance properly in shoes. Shoes are the bane of my existence! If I’m going somewhere where I absolutely must wear a pair of shoes, I have to have Ned-Lena – or find somewhere to sit and twiddle my thumbs, or read my kindle, until it’s time to go home – end of story! So, anyway, Ned-Lena is now back in the car, and I sort of feel like I’ve missed out on a shopping trip – though knowing me, it’ll probably depend on the weather, whether I go or not! 🙂 And that, gentle readers, is about it from me again for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night to find out whether I did go shopping, if my weight has made any proper moves, upwards or downwards (though hopefully downwards!) and whether I managed to get Phoenìx up to level 30 or not! But until then, please do try to bee good, remember that every thought we think is creating our future, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry now that it’s almost winter… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*Ned-Lena – because like Ned Kelly, it “holds me up” when I “Lean-uapon” it! 😉

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.26

04.29 pm

Well, here I am again – reasonably early, for a change! I dare say that you’re all going to be very surprised when I tell you that not really a lot has been happening, chez nous, but there it is – a cold wet, rainy day, with not much happening, apart from Julian having to go to the Dentist, where he had five old, grey, dilapidated amalgam fillings changed over for bright, white, shiny new resin composite ones – a bit like the “New lamps for old!” catch-cry from the story of Aladdin! (the original story from the “Arabian Nights“, that is!) hmm… unfortunately, the cry “New fillings for old!” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it though, does it… Never mind, he’s had his fillings changed, and doesn’t have to see the Dentist again for another six months, which is probably quite a relief to him! So, with nothing better to do with my time (well, there were probably lots of better things that I could have been doing with my time, but I didn’t, because I’m lazy!) I did get a lot of WoW-ing done. I concentrated on young Phoenìx, who is now level 19! This time, I’m determined to take her right through, and with the Heirloom gear, I’ve really been racing through the levels! However, once again I’m stuck with my usual dilemma – what sort of Pet to get myself! I have a cat for a Pet at the moment – the one I started off with in the “baby” area – and while I absolutely love and adore cats, in real time and in game time, they’re not really the most robust of Pets for becoming a Tank. Tanks need to be able to take, as well as dish out, a lot of punishment in a fight situation – and, let’s face it – cats are really too soft and cuddly to be able to take much harsh pummeling and whacks over the head. Cats are first and foremost Ferocity Pets – although you can train any Pet in any of the three disciplines – Cunning, Ferocity, and Tenacity – but if you really want – or perhaps I should say “if you really need” a reliable Tank, you should probably pick a turtle, a boar, or a bear – not a cat, or a spider, or a crab! So there I am, in Darkshore, and level 19, still with my original cat Pet. I can’t go after my usual Ghost Saber Toothed cat, because you can’t Tame a Pet that’s a higher level than you are – and Ghost Saber Toothed cats are level 21. It was really galling, too, because I’ve just been doing a heap of quests in and around the Ruins of Mathystra, where these Ghost Saber Tooths (Teeth?) are, and I was seeing those wretched Cat Figurines that spawn them all over the place… and I couldn’t do a damn thing about them! Arrggghhh! Oh well, I’m out of there now – out of sight, out of mind, as they say – but I still don’t know what to get for Pet! I could go to Dun Morogh via Ironforge, and get Mangeclaw (a bear) – a very easy and safe trip, or I could go to Mulgore and get myself an  Armored Battleboar – they’re only level 2 to 3, and they do look a bit “different” to your normal or garden variety boar – but the journey to Mulgore would probably entail a lot of dying on my part – which I’m not entirely convinced I really want to do, at this stage. My only other option (as I see it at this stage) is to go after an Oasis Snapjaw Turtle – they’re level 14 to 15, so at level 19 I could easily Tame one – but the journey to the Northern Barrens, or to Azshara, where those lower-level blue turtles live, would probably be a tad worse than the trip to Mulgore! Ho-hum! I dunno… I think I’ll toss a coin… and keep on tossing it until it comes up with something that I think won’t be too hard or too dangerous (hey! Don’t knock it! Being a coward is good for you! It keeps you alive – well, mostly, anyway!)

My Warfarin blood test results finally came in around 9 o’clock this morning. My INR has gone down a bit (a bit too much, in my opinion!) to 2.1 (it should be around 2.5) my next blood test is on the 8th of June, and they’ve gone and changed my rat poison dose again! They now want me to take 4.5mg per day – oh well, at least it’s the same every day instead of different doses on alternate days, and so forth!

Auric and Dapple had some of their new flaked-food last night for dinner, and again for breakfast this morning, with no “floaty” after effects, thank goodness! They seem to be quite happy and contented, cruising up and down and around and about their tank since yesterday when Julian changed a third of the water and put in the second filter – let’s just hope they stay that way! We’ll be watching them very closely, and I think Julian intends picking up a water-testing kit on the weekend, so we can keep an eye on the ph balance of their tank water – but the proof of the pudding, etcetera, etcetera, and all we can do is our best! 🙂

I looked up when to plant fig trees, too! Mid-winter apparently is best, and you can plant them from a 30 to 40 cm cutting! …I wonder if Mr. Backdoor would notice if we cut a 30 to 40 cm piece off one of the branches that hangs over our fence? We could plant that – some sources say that you can often get figs from cuttings planted like that in their first year! That’d be fantastic! 🙂 On the other hand – maybe it would be better to do a tour of all the local Nurseries, and choose the biggest and most mature young fig tree available (as long as it has the right sort of figs and doesn’t need to be fertilised!) because some other sources that I read say that you can only expect to get figs forming after about two to three years, and I do not want to wait that long! *pout*

And now on to the good bits! 🙂

Food stuffz: Last night for dinner we had Frenched lamb cutlets, very nicely pan-fried in lemon infused oil and pepper, along with plain boiled potatoes, steamed green beans, and half a Kumato. For dessert I had a small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, and exceptionally delicious Rice Pudding, with a few peach slices from the handy-dandy plastic “jar” we keep in the fridge, for just such occasions 🙂 As Julian had just come back from the Dentist with quite a sore mouth, we had wraps for lunch today, with our usual butter substitute of basil-pesto hummus, plus ham, tomato, and Halloumi cheese – and for dinner tonight, because his mouth is still a bit sore, we’re having pasta, with tomato sauce and a small sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese. For dessert we’ll probably have a small tub of low-fat fruit yoghurt, and I’ll have the last *sob* of my very special and delicious Mother’s Day cookies.

Weigh-in this morning. More gloom and doom – which by the way goes perfectly with the weather – I went from 64.2kg to 64.4kg – Not. Happy. Jan! 😦 I wonder what I’ll go up to tomorrow! :/ I guess I’ll find out in the morning, and you’ll all find out tomorrow night! Cross your fingers for me! 🙂

And that pretty much brings me to tomorrow – once again – I don’t think there’s much exciting happening – I’ll probably work a bit more on Phoenìx – maybe I’ll go to Mulgore! (no wonder I’m getting cold! Julian just walked past the door saying that it was 9°C outside! Brrr!) as I really don’t want to go to the Northern Barrens, and I don’t really want a bear… I do have the Podiatrist coming late tomorrow afternoon, which I’m rather glad of – my feet always feel, and look a lot better afterwards. I’m short sighted, you see, and my feet are just at that point where they’re a bit too close for me to see them properly with my glasses on, and just that teeny bit too far away for me to see them with my glasses off – so no matter what I do, they just look like a vague blur on the end of my feet :/ And that’s really about it again from me for this evening! Don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow night to see if Auric and Dapple got the “floats” again after their dinner (I’ve just fed them!) whether my weight continued to go up, what level Phoenìx is, and whether she’s Tamed herself a suitable Tanking Pet. Until then though, please try to bee good, don’t forget that happiness is nothing more than good health and a poor memory, and remember to look after yourselves, to keep warm and dry, especially on days like today, and to always drive carefully – but most of all, and whatever you do, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.25

08.59 am

Fishy update: This morning both Auric and Dapple were swimming unconcernedly about – both of them had innocent looks on their faces!

How dare they worry Mummy and Daddy like that! 😦

So we’re not going to feed them for a couple of days – well, not until tomorrow night, anyway! Not because they’ve been worrying us so much, but to see if that helps them empty out their tummies a bit (if that’s what the problem is, or has been!) In the meantime, I’m going to see if there’s some sort of goldfish food that isn’t in pellet form – I’m pretty sure there used to be a goldfish-type food that looked like orange salt flakes… If a bloated tummy from the pellets swelling up in there has been the problem, and soaking them for ten minutes doesn’t seem to have helped, maybe something that won’t swell up so much would be better (if such a food exists!)

More news as it comes to hand – or later this evening – whichever comes first!

04.40 pm

OK, it looks like “later this evening” came first! 🙂 So, we went off this morning just after eleven o’clock for my blood test, and blood pressure assessment, and guess what! My blood pressure was even betterer than it was last time, before I stopped taking the blood pressure medication! Not only that, but Dr. B. has even lowered my beta blocker pills as well, to only half a tablet twice a day instead of a whole one twice a day – and barring any problems arising from that, she wants to test my blood pressure again in three weeks! I’m hoping to hear back from Dorevitch with my Warfarin results just a bit earlier than last time, but so far this afternoon we’ve heard nothing from them…

On the way back from all of the above, we called in at the Amazon shop near the corner of Waverley Road and Springvale Road, to see if they had any advice for us regarding Auric and Dapple – who, right at this very moment, are swimming around perfectly happily, mostly in the middle section of the tank, and it appears that both of them have to actively swim up to the top, and not just – stop swimming – and float up! Silly little fishies! Anyway, at the Amazon place they told us that it could be the water, and for us to bring some of it in so that they could test it. They also wanted some photos of the fish and the tank, so Julian took those over after we’d had lunch at The Glen, and done a bit of shopping, before coming home, and having a very well-earned cup of coffee. When he turned up at the shop with the photos and some of the water, they ran heaps of tests on it (the water, that is, not the photos!) and apparently there is some ammonia in the water – there shouldn’t be any, so that might be causing the problem, and the filter that we’re using should have started growing some beneficial bacteria for “fixing” (?) the nitrogen in the water, but it hasn’t yet – so we now have a second, different filter, with charcoal in it to help keep the water fresh, and with some special tablets (pellets?) that will start them (the good bacteria) growing. We’re to use both filters for two to three weeks, and we need to get a water tester kit so that we can keep the ph balance right. I hope I got all that right – I’m merely transcribing from memory what Julian was telling me over the phone! We also have some different Fish Food for them – the “flaked” stuff that I’d remembered seeing once years ago, and that I mentioned earlier this morning – so, yes Virginia, there really is flaky fish food still available at the bottom of the garden! However, we’re not going to feed them tonight, instead we’ll change most of their water over, start off the two filters, and let them settle into those changes to their environment until Thursday, before we start them on the new Fish Food Flakes. What gets me the most is seeing them this afternoon – positively gamboling and frisking around their tank – when last night, we honestly thought we were going to lose Auric! Seeing him just lying pathetically on his side, floating at the top of the tank with his side fin in the air, and his long tail drooping down into the water, not even stirring, was really heart wrenching! This afternoon, Dapple was hanging in the tank, about half way up from the gravel, just minding his own business, looking out the side of the tank, when Auric – who’d seemed to be at death’s door last night – swam up from beneath him, head butted him three times in the side (to be perfectly honest, from where I was sitting, it looked like he was playfully biting him!) then turned and swam off quickly, as if to say “Tee-hee! You’re “it”! Catch me if you can!” Dapple just looked mildly annoyed, and swam off a couple of inches to another vantage point from which to observe the world outside… For animals that you can’t really interact with, they’re really most entertaining little critters! I’m very glad that we decided not to put them back in the pond outside, even if they are giving us grey hair at the moment!

So, once we got home, I of course, got stuck into WoW. I re-rolled a level 1 Night Elf called Påndora, and re-named her Phoenìx, whom I fully intend to level up to 100 – at time of writing, anyway! 😉 I’d just got her up to level 10 when Julian got home from his visit to the Amazon shop, and as it was starting to get a bit late, I had to leave her sitting out in the middle of nowhere (I seem to be rather good at doing that, don’t I!) and hopefully I’ll be able to get back to her either this evening, or tomorrow.

And now for the good bits! 🙂

Food stuffz: last night we had our last lot of the Three Islands sausages – apparently these are the “shrinking” sausages that we have to have one and a half of each, and according to Julian, they put out so much liquid that he has to completely drain the frying pan half way through cooking them, or we’d end up with stewed sausages! They make a hell of a mess of the stove too, I’m told! Anyway, they do taste nice – I like them, anyway! 🙂 With them we had chips, steamed green beans, and the ubiquitous half a tomato. For dessert I had my last Corella pear (and I must admit I’ve had better Corella pears!) a small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, and extremely delicious Rice Pudding, and my third last very special Mother’s Day cookies. We went to the Shingle Inn at The Glen today for lunch (well, we were in the area… 😉 ) where I had my usual BLT on Sourdough bread, a long black with a small jug of skinny milk, and I let Julian choose a small cake for dessert. In actual fact the “small cake” turned out to be exactly what he got me the last time we were there, to wit, one tiny little raspberry-iced éclair, filled with a delicious raspberry cream (of which he ate half!) and about the same sized chocolate-iced éclair, which was filled with equally yummy chocolate cream. Tonight for dinner we’re having Frenched lamb cutlets, boiled potatoes, steamed green beans, and, I guess, our usual half a tomato. Julian did get me some more Corella pears this afternoon, but I think they’ll be far too green to eat for a couple of days, so for dessert tonight I think I’ll have another small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, extremely delicious Rice Pudding, with a couple of slices of the tinned (?) peaches, which these days come in a plastic jar!

Weigh-in this morning. Was another “Oh dear!” morning 😦 I went from 63.9kg to 64.2kg – up three points, for absolutely no apparent reason! So you can bet your sweet bippy that I’m not going to be ultra impressed with what the scales are going to tell me tomorrow morning, after my BLT on Sourdough, and my two (one and a half, really!) tiny éclairs today! *sigh*

Which once more brings me to tomorrow! Poor Julian has another visit to the Dentist, where he’s having another three amalgam fillings replaced with the white resin ones. Not a particularly excruciating visit, but very nerve-wracking, nonetheless! Hopefully there won’t be too many more to go, after this next lot! So, while he’s away having nasty things done inside his mouth, I’ll be slogging away with Phoenìx – hopefully, with the help of the Heirloom items I’m wearing, I’ll be able to get myself up to level 20, and finally, the use of a Mount, at long last! And that’s really about it from me again for tonight! There’ll be more news on the fishies as it comes to hand, but let’s all cross our fingers that they’ll do a little better tonight! Do call in again tomorrow night though, and find out if my BLT and the éclairs were really worth the half a kilo of weight I expect I’ll probably put on by tomorrow, how Auric and Dapple fared overnight, and what the results of my Warfarin blood test were… until then though, please try extra hard to bee good, remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck, and don’t forget to keep warm and dry now that the weather seems to have become a lot more wintry, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but above all else, please, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.24

05.32 pm

Well, I am starting a little later than I had planned – not only was my very favourite eldest daughter over today, but I also decided to try Firefox again (I’ve been using Chrome for some time, you see!) Why am I drifting back to Firefox? Well, I dunno, exactly – I just thought I’d have a look-see if it was any better, worse, or exactly the same, I guess… and so far, it looks pretty much the same… Anyway, I’ll try it out again for a couple of days – the thing is, the text on the tabs and the toolbars is teeny-teeny, making it very hard to read – and I can’t find where or how to make it larger. I wonder if it’s because I’m using Windowblinds? Every time anything goes wrong with my computer, Julian’s first reaction is always “It’s that bloody Windowblinds that you keep insisting on using!” – only sometimes, it’s not! (well, not very often admittedly, but sometimes) Uno momento – I’ll just change it to a different one, and see if it makes any difference! Hmm… interesting! Some of them (the windowblinds) didn’t make any difference, one made it even worse – which is a shame, because it was a nice one that I’d used quite often as it was one of the only ones that worked properly with Chrome! I’ve changed it to yet another skin that worked pretty well with Chrome – and it seems to be working OK with Firefox, too – and at least I can read the text on my Tabs without having to squint too much!

I’m afraid you didn’t get an update last night because by the time my hair was done an’ all, it was a bit too close to dinner time to start writing, and I really, really hate having to sit down and write after our dinner and evening television break – so I didn’t! I sat down and got Liaselena to clean out the Guild Bank, which is now all done, there’s still some room left in it for new things, and her own personal bank is all neat and tidy (for now, anyway! 😉 ) It was really a horrible job, and it just goes to show you how much World of Warcraft has changed over the years that we went off to play Rift! There was one Guild Bank Vault that was chock-a-block with weapons, most of them now totally unusable! Do bear in mind that I almost always played a Beastmaster Hunter in WoW, and as I had the most characters in the Guild, about 95% of everything in the Guild Bank was geared towards Beastmaster Hunters, with loads of lovely Agility attributes on them, with the very occasional pieces of equipment here and there for Mages and Shamans, who really don’t do any mêlée fighting – so it came as a bit of a shock to the system to find that almost all the weapons in there were mêlée weapons! As a Beastmaster Hunter, your prime attribute is Agility (I mean, ya gotta be agile and quick on your feet to be a Beastmaster Hunter! Gotta be able to keep out of the way of those mêlée attacks! 😉 ) and your main role is to stand back and shoot arrows or bullets at your enemy, while letting your Pet do all the up-close-and-personal Tanking – and yet here was a Bank Vault filled to the brim with mêlée weapons, loaded up with extra Agility points! Oh! The pain of it all! I Vendored the lot of them, keeping the odd bow or two that were still in there, and the guns – but axes, swords, daggers, polearms – even some with +21 to Agility – were sold off as just so much scrap iron! *sob* Because… back in those days, Hunters did do most of their fighting with mêlée weapons, with bows and guns a very much secondary “for emergency use only” weapon, so to speak! And now, my very favourite eldest daughter, who’s been playing the Beta version of “Legion”, the new Expansion to be released in August, tells me that there are to be even more, and much bigger changes, coming to all Hunters – Marksmen, Survivalists, and Beastmasters! Oh, I can hardly wait! (not!) :/

Auric and Dapple are still swimming around – still floating up to the top of the tank like little corks, when they stop swimming – but at least they can maneuver themselves down to the bottom with a lot less difficulty than they had the other night. After doing some super-sleuthing around the ‘Net, Julian has learned that (a) we were probably feeding them a bit much, and (b) Goldfish are greedy little beasties, and we shouldn’t have been giving them the dry little round pellets of fish food without soaking them for about ten minutes first! Goldfish always eat anything that they can get into their little mouths (including fake water plants!) and of course those little dry pellets that they gobble up as though they were absolutely starving, swell up in their little tummies, and, er… cause them to become a trifle “constipated”, shall we say! :/ So anyway, we’ve been giving them a lot less to eat, and soaking their little round pellets of fish food for ten minutes or so before giving them their meals. It does seem to be helping a bit, so let’s all cross our fingers and toes and hope for the best! 🙂

And now for the good bits!

Food stuffz: yesterday for lunch I had a very delicious sandwich, made with somewhat different bread – this time it was whole-grain bread (not whole-meal!) with both a sesame seed and a poppy-seed covered crust – I think it might have been one of the Coles-brand, “fresh-baked” loaves that we’ve had before… Anyway, it was very nice! the filling of the sandwich was more of that yummy basil-pesto hummus, with sandwich chicken chunks – one of the nicest combinations you can have, in my opinion! For dinner we had pork fillet steaks, with some sort of herbed butter – which was absolutely fantastic – I was going to ask for some low-fat Greek-style plain yoghurt to have with our plain boiled potatoes, but with the herbed butter from the pork, we didn’t need the yoghurt! We also had steamed store-bought green beans, and a half of a Kumato each. For dessert, I had one of my Corella pears, a small tub of low-fat fruit yoghurt, and one of my extra special Mother’s Day cookies. Today I had a wrap for lunch – with basil-pesto hummus, ham, low-fat Halloumi cheese, and fresh-from-our-garden spring onions and capsicum batons – very, very delicious! 🙂 For dinner tonight we’re having some more of those Three Island sausages, with chips, steamed store-bought green beans, and half an ordinary red tomato each. For dessert I’ll probably have the last of my Corella pears, a small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, very delicious Rice Pudding, and another of my yummy Mother’s Day cookies.

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Was a bit better – I went from 64.5kg to 64.3kg – down two points, so I was fairly happy with that…

Weigh-in this morning. Was even betterer! I went from 64.3kg to 63.9kg – down four points! So – here I go – bobbing cork-like, up and down, in the good-old weight and sea, like little Auric in his little Fish House – but there the similarities end! 🙂

And I’ve just come back from dinner and television, with some upsetting news about Auric and Dapple… they’ve been doing so very well all day – they’d both improved almost 100% from what they were last night – until about twenty minutes ago, when they both started bobbing up to the surface, frantically wriggling and swimming down again, then floating back up – Auric, I think, got so tired that when he’d get to the top of the water, he was actually lying on his side! We don’t really know what to do next – as I said to Julian – we can’t very well take them out of the water and drive them up to the Vet! We can only do our best with the information we’ve been given, and hope that they come good again – but at the moment, it’s not looking too good for either of them, I’m afraid, especially for the bigger one, Auric! 😦

And so that brings me to tomorrow – and when I have to have my next Warfarin blood test (bore-ing!) plus get the doctor to check my blood pressure, now that I’ve been off my blood pressure medication for a whole week – with no apparent problems so far. Here’s hoping I’m off them for good! 🙂 Today my favourite eldest daughter and I watched two episodes of “The 100”, one episode of “Orphan Black”, and two episodes of “Person of Interest”, which Julian also watched… and that was about all we had time for! Unfortunately we got a bit of a late start this morning, because the Electrician who came out briefly last week came back again this morning, to put in a few new power-points, and a spotlight over the mirror in the hall, so the power was off for a while – and all we could do – horror of horrors – was sit and actually talk to eachother, instead of staring vacantly at a television screen, or banging mindlessly away on a keyboard! 😉 But a good time was had by all, and I must say that the hall looks a lot much more betterer, with that new light in! It’s exactly what was needed there, and what I’ve been wanting since we moved in last August! Work is once again afoot to work out what autumn-type produce to plant in our veggie garden, possibly this weekend, and I really must, must! remember to Google fig trees, and when’s the best time to plant them! I want a fig tree of my own, instead of having to clandestinely pick a few figs off next door’s overhanging branches! And on that note, that’s about it from me for this evening! Don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow night, to find out whether my weight is still on a downward trend, whether little Auric survived the night, and what the doctor had to say about my blood pressure, and how my Warfarin blood test went. Until then, please try very hard to bee good, remember that if you run after luck, you will spoil many pairs of shoes, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry in this rather pleasant cold snap – but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.22

04.48 pm

So, our first day (for a long time, anyway!) playing with Xãnthe and Jemimah – in fact, I don’t think we’ve played with them since we left WoW for Rift! Anyway, it was good to get back in the saddle again, and a bit of an eye-opener too, of slogging it out at the more “junior” levels than we’ve been used to, for quite a long time! Our levels are actually a little bit high for the quests we’re doing at the moment, and mobs are more or less falling over dead as soon as we brandish our weapons at them – except once, when we inadvertently got ourselves accepting a Dungeon quest – but we thought we’d give it a go – see how we went… well, we didn’t. We were both level 80… the mobs in the Dungeon were level 82 Gold Elites – so we died fairly quickly, and just as soon as we were able to retrieve our bodies, we beat a hasty retreat and scampered for the Dungeon Portal! We thought we’d give it a go “later on”, when we’re “older”… IF we remember it… (so here’s hoping that we suffer a nice little bout of amnesia between now and then, eh?! 😉 ) Still, I didn’t think we did too badly – we went up two and a half levels each, which was very pleasing, and seeing that we’re both wearing Heirloom gear (which gives us an experience boost of 20%) we’re pretty much running neck and neck for a change, and leveling up within minutes of eachother. There’s still a lot of clearing out of the Guild Bank to do, which is going to take a l-o-n-g time – I’ve actually created a Banker, too, so that we can just mail all the loot and gold to her, instead of having to travel back to town all the time. But that’s all work for another day! Today we decided that we’d do Mount Hyjal, rather than Vashj’ir (which is underwater, and we all know how much I hate fighting underwater, don’t we!) or Deepholm (which is claustrophobically under a huge mountain of rock!) Mount Hyjal is a rather pretty mountainous area – except for the burnt and still burning bits – with big tall trees, lots of flowers, Grecian-type ruins, with lots of broken columns, cute little bunnies and squirrels, and Dryads, who prance around saying silly things, like “Ahhh! The great outdoors!” – hopefully, by the time we finish Mount Hyjal, we’ll be able to go straight to Pandaria, which is what Arisnoë did when she was leveling up to go to Draenor. Despite the quests being pretty easy, we did die, numerous times each, and not just in that somewhat unplanned Dungeon excursion! :/ Hopefully by next Sunday I’ll have my Blood Elf Banker, Liaselena, all ready to assume the duties of a Private Bank Manager, and the Guild Bank all de-cluttered, the useless junk sold off, and everything still in it sorted out and filed correctly! 🙂

As well as all of that Guild Bank sorting and organising tomorrow, I also have the delightful task of sifting through all my Foodie magazines, looking for a recipe that I think I saw a few weeks ago (!!) for some sort of Cottage or Shepherd’s pie – or something along those lines, anyway – that featured leeks, because our home-grown leeks are getting to the stage where they’re almost big enough to harvest and incorporate into an appropriate recipe. I’ve already been through one of the magazines, and I’ve found two or three interesting sounding recipes which I think we should try – especially now that winter is coming – but nothing that has leeks, so I’ll keep on looking *sigh* Only another seven or eight magazines to go… the car’s due to go off for its annual service tomorrow morning, and our cleaning lady will be here – I must look into getting either a steamer (clothes steamer thingy) or an iron and ironing board – or both – because K., the cleaning lady, has said she’ll do the ironing for us, and I reckon that even taking into account the initial outlay for the iron, ironing board, and (possibly!) steamer, that we’d save an awful lot on Dry Cleaning bills! I think Julian’s going to get some sort of water testing-kit for the aquarium tomorrow, too, so that we can make sure the water is just right for little Auric and Dapple… and I should really read up a bit on goldfish behaviour, and what’s considered normal, and what’s not! Last night I was getting quite concerned because Auric, who’s the bigger of the two, seemed to be spending a lot of time just sitting up near the surface of the water, not doing anything in particular, just moving his fins and tail a bit every now and then – but just sort-of…. hanging there (“right side up” though – I mean he wasn’t turning “belly up” or anything drastic like that!) Dapple was swimming about as usual, and sometimes when he came close to Auric, Auric would swim off after him, quite normally, but then he’d go back to the surface again – so I don’t know if this is “normal” behaviour for goldfish or not! Perhaps he was sleeping? Do goldfish sleep? Or maybe that’s the sort of thing that goldfish like to do sometimes, and I’m just being my normal neurotic self! I dunno… :/

And now for the good bits!

Food stuffz: Last night for dinner we had those very interesting sounding pork sausages, with Kakadu Plum and Lemon Aspen in them, and I can tell you very honestly and truthfully… they were really delicious! More, please! They didn’t taste “lemony”, or “plummy” but they did taste quite “different” – and as I said earlier, very delicious – from your normal, every-day, run of the mill, pork, beef, lamb, or even chicken sausages! We will be getting them again, and I think we’ll be looking to see what other products, if any, that this particular brand – “Outback Spirit™ Provenance” – puts out. They have a “Gluten Free” label on them, and if you want to try them for yourselves, go to Coles, because there’s another little sticker on them too, which says “Only at Coles”. With the sausages we had chips, steamed store-bought green beans, and our usual half a tomato. For dessert I had a small bowl of the Coles-brand, very low-calorie, extremely yummy, Rice Pudding, and one of my few remaining special Mother’s Day cookies. Today for lunch we had a “clone” of yesterday’s cold Corned Silverside sandwich with the Beerenberg Tomato and Cracked Pepper Relish, in the Baker’s Delight seed crusted whole-meal bread – and tonight, being Sunday night, it’s our omelet night, which I’m greatly looking forward to! 🙂 For dessert, I’ll try another of my Corella pears – hopefully by now they’ll be ripe enough to taste of something except “crunch and tasteless”, and of course, I’ll have another one of my rapidly dwindling supply of special Mother’s Day cookies.

Weigh-in this morning. Was not good again! But it’s really strange! Julian’s weight is shooting up too – half a kilo in 24 hours – and neither of us is doing anything different, eating anything that we don’t normally eat, or doing anything that we don’t normally do! Anyway, this morning I went from 64.3kg to 64.5kg – up another two points… is it because our bodies are feeling the colder weather and starting to lay in a bit more “insulation” for the winter? Yeah, I know – I’m clutching at straws, trying to find a “logical” reason for why we’re starting to put on weight, when we’re not really doing anything different! Well, we’ll just have to weight and sea what happens tomorrow and the next day, I guess :/

And of course, that takes me full circle to tomorrow – only I’ve already told you what’s happening tomorrow – more or less – Josh will be here in the afternoon, but most of tomorrow will probably be spent with me in a Foodie magazine, or stuck in the Guild Bank, up to my eyebrows in “stuff” that has to be sorted into “Vendor”, “Auction”, or “Keep” piles… Having just come back in from watching an episode of Game of Thrones (season 5 on DVD) I’m very much afraid that we may lose little Auric. He’s having enormous difficulty in swimming down – he tries to – nearly flips himself over in his attempts to get further down in the tank – but he just keeps bobbing back up again, like a little cork. I thought it might just have been me being neurotic, but we both think it’s a little more than me being silly. Anyway, time will tell, I suppose… mind you, they were living in that dreadful little puddle when we bought the place last year, and we have no idea how old they were, or what their health was like, or how much they were damaged by being in that water… however, we have turned off their “bubble making machine” – supposedly an aerator – and they both seem a bit happier without it. I have been noticing for a while that they kept going up and biting (?) the bubbles on the surface of the water all the time – maybe they were trying to eat them, and they got a bad dose of wind? Anyway, that’s pretty much it from me for this evening – do call in again tomorrow night to find out if our weight is starting to behave or not, whether I found a recipe featuring leek, if I managed to get the Guild Bank sorted out or not, and if little Auric survived his “floaties”… but until then, please bee good, remember that if your life goes along too easily, you learn nothing – and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry – unless you’re a fish… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.21

03.51 pm

And, here I am again! 🙂 Early, too! Will wonders never cease? 😉 Anyway, both Coppertop and Jemima have successfully made the migration from Azuremyst to Quel’Dorei – except for the fact that as soon as she arrived, Coppertop found that she had a slightly longer name than she’d had when she set out on her journey! She was going by the new name of “CoppertopS37A9” – or something like that, anyway! Obviously someone on Quel’Dorei already had the name “Coppertop” (probably an alt of mine on my second account – I’ll go and have a look later!) so I had to change her name… but what to call her? I had to get it pretty much right the first time – because – unlike Rift – it’s quite expensive to change names and thingz if you decide three days later that you don’t like that name as much as this new one that you’ve just thought of (like “Liaselena” – but I’d already called a new girl that, and I didn’t want to delete her – apart from the fact that “Liaselena” is far too pretty for a Troll, which is what Coppertop is!) In the end, I changed her name to “Xãnthe”, so remember, everyone, Coppertop is now known as Xãnthe – K? And because you could have a “free” Guild Name change if you were moving it to another Realm, I took the opportunity of changing the Guild Name, as well! It had been called “Muddling Along As Usual” – which was really just a bit too much of a mouthful – so I’ve called it “Memento Mori“, which seems reasonable, considering how death is such a fleeting constant in World of Warcraft (but you almost always get better!) Jemima moved over to Quel’Dorei this morning, and she too found her name strangely elongated when she arrived! Still, hers was an easy fix – Julian just added an “h” to the end of her name, making her “Jemimah”now, instead of just plain old “Jemima”. Autumntzun, as I think I mentioned last night (or I might not have – it was quite late when she actually moved!) Autumntzun, her Guild, and her Guild Bank, moved from Quel’Dorei to Azuremyst without mishap – and strangely enough, she didn’t have to change her name! Apparently no-one else had thought of calling a character “Autumntzun” – how very strange! 😉 I wish I’d remembered at the time that I could have had a free Guild Name change when I moved her – the person who originally created the Guild had called it “Only Ninjas Need Apply!”, of all things! *rolls eyes* Silly name – but if I want to change it now that I’ve already moved it, I’ll have to pay US$20 for it, so as it probably won’t get used for a month or two while I’m getting everything set up properly, I’ll leave it as it is, I think! For now, anyway…

So! The stage is set! The die is cast! Tomorrow being Sunday, we can either pick up with Xãnthe and Jemimah, or we can run a few Dungeons with Wynterthyme and Mouselet, or Arisnoë and Mouselet, or even Mouselet and Sylvänas! (and Wynterthyme and Mouselet still have to finish the Ahn’Qiraj Dungeon that they started a few weeks ago, too!) So it’s looking like a real fun Sunday for us, whatever we decide to do! 🙂

You might have noticed, too, that I’ve experimented with the Template Header a bit – and I was both surprised, and enormously pleased when my Header re-sizing attempt actually worked! With no extra tweaking required! Imagine! Someone has been smart enough, and clever enough, to write a Template that doesn’t immediately go pear-shaped, the minute that the person using it tries to alter something! So, that’s another of my boxes ticked, you could say! I’ve also found out that you can click on an individual recipe from the drop-down menu, without having to go to the “Recipes…” Page first – it’s just a matter of dragging the mouse down the menu in a very straight line, instead of slightly sideways, as I always seem to do! I still can’t find my way back to here by clicking on the Header – but there’s always the “back” button in the top left hand corner of the screen! That works, and’ll bring you back here – no wurries! 😉 So yeah – I’m quite pleased with this Template…

And now on to the really important things, like…

Food stuffz: last night we had the slow-cooked Corned Silverside that Julian was preparing yesterday morning, and it was even nicer than I’d though it was going to be! There was virtually no fat on it – just a small amount on the outside in a few places, but the meat itself was clear of even connective tissue running through it – and it was lovely and juicy and quite delicious! We had plain boiled potatoes with it, which had a dollop or two of low-fat Greek yoghurt spooned over them, instead of the customary butter. We also had store-bought fresh green beans, and the usual half a tomato each. For dessert I had one of my Corella pears – which still aren’t really ripe enough to eat – I think I’ll have to give them another cuppla days – a low-fat mixed-berry yoghurt, and one of my special Mother’s Day cookies, which was really “yum!” For lunch today we had sandwiches made with the Baker’s Delight seed-crusted whole-meal bread, with cold Corned Silverside and Beerenberg Tomato and Cracked Pepper Relish – which were extremely delicious – Julian says that there’s enough cold Silverside left for another lot of sandwiches tomorrow! 🙂 Tonight for dinner we’re having something that sounds most unusual! Pork and Bush Lemon sausages! I’ll let you know what they were like tomorrow night! I’d imagine that we’ll probably be having them with chips, more of the store-bought green beans, and the ubiquitous half a tomato, and for dessert, I think I might give the Corella pears a miss tonight, and let them ripen up a bit more, so I’ll have a small bowl of the Coles-brand, very low-calorie, extremely delicious Rice Pudding, and one of my very special Mother’s Day cookies.

Weigh-in this morning. Wasn’t helped by the fact that once again I forgot to take my second anti-fluid tablet until 11.30 last night, or the fact that for the last two days I’ve been stuffing myself full of carbohydrates! I went from 64.0kg to 64.3kg – up three points! See, that’s what happens when you eat to please your taste-buds, and not your bathroom scales! Unfortunately for me, it’s the weekend, and on weekends I only do one kilometer a day on the treadmill, instead of my usual two – so my weight probably won’t start going back down again until Monday – but it will go down again, even if I have to go back on the Optifast!

We had a bit of good news from a friend of ours who lives out Melton way – he thinks he should be able to start coming down for lunch, every couple of Wednesdays or so, soon, which’ll be really good – we haven’t seen him for ever so long! And I know there’s Facebook, and email, and all that – but long gone are the days when I used to be the bane of every Sysop* in Victoria, for writing endlessly long and involved messages on their Bulletin Boards, filling up their hard drives with my drivel – in fact it was a Sysop who begged me to start my own Bulletin Board, just to save his hard drive from getting filled up with all my messages! (yes, I was that bad!) These days, the only writing I really do is this blog – and I’m quite sure that all of you know just how much I can write, when I really get going! So – I’ll be glad to see Steve down here – I’ve been a very lax friend, and I’m sorry for it, and I promise I’ll try to do better!

And so to tomorrow, and another day in either Draenor or Azeroth, with lots of exciting action and a great deal of the buckling of swashes! I’m not sure what we’ll be doing, or who we’ll be playing with, but it’ll be a fun day – let’s just hope we don’t die too many times (only because repairs are so expensive! 😉 ) and that sorta brings me to “that” time again – the time where I say “and… that’s about it from me for this evening!” – so there it is! That is about it from me for this evening, but do call in again tomorrow night, and find out if my weight is still going up, how the fur-fin kids are getting on, and what we got up to in Draenor – or Azeroth – or maybe even both! Until then, however, please do try to bee good, remember to simplify your day… do less… pick just one thing to focus on, but don’t forget to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm and dry in this almost-winter weather… and above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*Sysop – “System Operator” – the name given to the person running a Bulletin Board (BBS) – they were god incarnate – they could ban you with a mere gesture – everyone lived in fear and awe of the Sysop, and everyone wanted to be the Sysop’s Very Best Friend – need I say more?

Winter’s log, earthdate 201605.20

03.53 pm

Seems like I’ve finally got a chance to start writing early! 🙂 What do you think of the new Template? It’s a bit confusing at first, because the header image is so deep – the Template says that the Header Image should be 2000 x 900 (pixels) and I’m just wondering what would happen if I made it a little smaller, like f’rinstance 2000 x 750! I might experiment with that a little later, and see what happens… I’m actually just a little put out with it – when you try out a new Template, you can check out all sorts of things, and that’s usually enough, but sometimes the creator of the Template allows little things to… slip through the cracks, so to speak. From this page, the main Post Page, if I want to go and have a look at a Recipe I’d just put up, I’d go to “Recipes…” where a little drop-down menu appears, telling me what recipes there are. Fine. It does that. But to actually go to one of the recipes in the drop-down menu, it seems that in “real-time” – as opposed to “testing-Template-time” – I have to click on “Recipes” first, and only then can I actually access the individual recipes from the drop-down menu! How bloody stupid is that! Not to mention damn-well infuriating, because I just spent $$ buying this Template! The other thing that’s niggling me a bit, having spent that much money on it, is that I can’t seem to be able to get back here to the main “Posts” page from anywhere else (read: from the “Recipes…” Page!) – but that’s probably just because I’m holding my mouth the wrong way or something, because I have had this problem before, with other Templates… Anyway, for what it’s worth, this is the new Template, and I’ll be using it for the next “$$”-worth of days, so get used to it! 😉 It did tick all my other boxes though, and believe me – there are quite a lot of them!

You’re probably all wondering how come I’m starting to write so early today, because didn’t I just say last night that my very favourite eldest daughter was going to be here today, and that we’d probably be out in the lounge room watching whatever, until it was time for Julian to drop her back home? Well, yes, I did indeed say that – and she was supposed to have been over today, but she rang up early this morning, begging a Rain Check – with the most “original” and unusual reason for doing so that I think I’ve ever heard – however, for privacy reasons, I can’t tell you what that reason was, but I can tell you all that it finally proves, beyond any possible shadow of reasonable doubt, that she really is my daughter, and not a changeling! So instead of settling down to watch a day of “Orphan Black”, “The 100”, and all those other ones that we like, I settled down to drag poor Sylvänas up to level 100 by her bootstraps! And, I did just that! She finally dinged 100 just before noon today, “and there was great jubilation in the country, and rejoicing, and dancing in the streets and on tabletops” – well, there wasn’t really, I just thought that sounded good – in actual fact, there was more of a pent-up sigh of relief when she dinged 100! I’d had to drag poor old Julian in off the kitchen bench, where he’d been preparing our slow-cooked dinner for tonight, to do a quest for me, coz there was no way in the Seven Hills of Rome that I was going to be able to do it! It was one of those ghastly “vehicle” quests, where you have to kill “X” number of whatevers by pressing a couple of buttons on a virtual dashboard that you’re suddenly thrust behind – and I totally, miserably, and completely suck at those sorts of quests! I’m even worse at them than I am at Jumping quests, which Julian also has to do for me. If it’s shooting at things and killing them, then fine! I’m the Hunter for you – but when it comes to leaping gaily from rock, to rock, to rock, or figuring out which button to push when, and how to target things while you’re madly deciding whether to push the button, or try and jump out of the way – nah! I’m hopeless! And you know, even with Julian completing that quest for me, it still took ages, because it was quite difficult (I thought, anyway!) That was in the Spires of Arak, and I hope I never have to go back there again (except to look for treasure, of course! 😉 ) Anyway, so once I’d reached level 100, I got myself back to my Garrison as quickly as possible, where I proceeded to loot the Guild Bank so that I could upgrade all my Garrison Buildings! 🙂 Then I had to go back to the ruddy Spires of Arak again because there was a quest I had to do in order to get my Salvage Yard! But that was easy enough, and fairly quickly done, and I’m very happy to say that Sylvänas is now happily ensconced in her brand new, level 2 Inn, where she has a somewhat lumpy bed to sleep in, and where she’s enjoying a well-earned rest from her endeavours! And now I have to prepare Coppertop for her big move! I went and checked her out again this afternoon – she’s the current Guild Mistress, and when she moves from Azuremyst to Quel’Dorei, she’ll be taking the Guild, and the Guild Bank, with her. This will leave the rest of the Horde Guild Members without a Guild, or a Guild Bank – which I really didn’t want to do… but…. (there’s always a “but”, isn’t there! 😉 ) Once upon a time, many, many years ago, one of my Horde girls on Quel’Dorei, whose name is Autumntzun (pronounced “Autumn t’zun”) was given – yes, given! a Guild… with a Guild Bank, and two Guild Bank Vaults! But we already had a Horde Guild, with a Guild Bank and a couple of Bank Vaults – so Autumntzun just sat on the Guild she’d been given, and twiddled her thumbs for a couple of years while I played Rift… Anyway, the long and short of it is – Coppertop and Jemima will migrate over to Quel’Dorei from Azuremyst, bringing the Azuremyst Horde Guild, and Guild Bank, with them. Meanwhile, back on Quel’Dorei, Autumntzun will pack up her bags, her Guild (she’s the only one left in it!) and her Guild Bank, and migrate over to Azuremyst, where all the now Guild-less characters who’d been in Coppertop’s Guild, will join the new Guild that Autumntzun’s so thoughtfully brought with her – so all of them will still have a Guild, and a Guild Bank, and Coppertop and Jemima will have escaped… err… successfully whisked a reasonably financially well-off Guild and Guild Bank away from Azuremyst! 🙂 I’ll get onto all of that either tonight, or tomorrow…

And now for the good bits! 😉

Food stuffz: After my somewhat carbohydrate-laden lunch yesterday, I had a small bowl of pasta for dinner – with plain but very tasty tomato sauce, and a sprinkling of finely grated parmesan cheese. For dessert I let the Corella pears ripen for another 24 hours and had a small bowl of Coles-brand, delicious, very low-calorie Rice Pudding instead, with one of my special Mother’s Day cookies that my very favourite youngest daughter made for me. Lunch today was pretty much a reprise of yesterday’s lunch – with a cheesy-topped roll split in half and “buttered” with that most excellent of butter substitutes, basil-pesto hummus, which was followed by another of those yummy Baker’s Delight Fruit and (I think!) white chocolate scones (Julian put proper butter in that one, I’m glad to say – because I don’t really think that basil-pesto hummus would go all that wonderfully with fruit and white chocolate!) When Julian went out yesterday to get something for our lunch – and to do a bit of other shopping – he forgot that the main reason he was up at the shops was to buy something for lunch, because there was nothing here to have, and that therefore it might have been a good-ish idea to get something for Friday’s lunch as well, while he was at the shops! So… come lunchtime, Julian headed off back to the shops – and brought back pretty much a reprise of yesterday’s lunch. Tonight we’re having slow-cooked corned silverside for dinner – always enjoyable, and very good value for money, as there’s always enough left over for several days-worth of sandwiches! With that we’ll be having plain boiled potatoes – not mashed, just boiled, with a bit of plain Greek low-fat yoghurt; our usual half a tomato, and steamed green beans. For dessert I’ll be having one of my Corella pears – I think they should have ripened up enough by now – and one of my special Mother’s Day cookies.

Weigh-in this morning. I dunno – my weight is a mystery! Although I did eat a lot of carbs both yesterday and today, so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised, should I! Anyway, I did go up again today – from 63.6kg to 64.0kg – four points. And after today’s lunch, I suppose I’ll go up again tomorrow – but I guess we’ll just have to weight and sea…

And that brings me to tomorrow! I’m not quite sure what’s happening tomorrow – more of the same, I suppose! Hopefully we’ll be able to work on Coppertop and Jemima – or at least work on getting them both over to Quel’Dorei, anyway. Flipper, Auric and Dapple are all very well and enjoying their disparate lifestyles, Julian went out and did a bit of weeding in the veggie beds this afternoon, and some preparatory work for our autumnal plating – once we can decide on what to plant, that is! I’ve looked in the “How to Grow” bible that Kate and Terry loaned us, and all I could find were “leafy greens”, which I really shouldn’t be having very much of – but… maybe some broad beans? I think I’ll let Julian have a look in the book and make the final decision… and really, once again that’s about it from me for this evening! Drop in again tomorrow night and see what’s been going on in our neck of the woods – will my weight have zoomed right back up again, or will it think “I can’t be bothered!” and stayed down! And will Coppertop and Jemima have moved “overseas”, from cool and hazy Azuremyst, to the hotter and more humid climes of Quel’Dorei? Never fear, tomorrow night all will be revealed…. 🙂 Until then though, do try extra hard to bee good, remember, maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it, and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to keep warm and dry on these changeable autumn days, and to look after yourselves… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂