Winter’s log, earthdate 201606.24

02.34 pm

Oh! You noticed the different Template, did you?! It’s the one I used before the last one – which apparently had one major flaw! There was no “leave a comment” form, or whatever it’s called! Or at least, Julian couldn’t find one, and if he couldn’t find one, you can bet your sweet bippy that there isn’t one! I couldn’t find one either, but that’s not quite so surprising, as I often can’t find things – especially things that I’ve deliberately put in “a safe place” so that I’ll be able to find them again… but that’s fairly typical of me! Anyway, so I switched back to this one, which I knew did have a “comment” thingy! What do you think of the background? I rather like it – it is one of Word Press’s, but it’s one that I nicked from another of their Free Templates that I’d never use in a pink fit – it was one of those totally annoying Templates that gives you about two lines of blog, and then very helpfully says “read more?” or whatever! Sometimes you can turn that [censored] annoying function off, and I thought I’d found the command line to do this… so I bought (at enormous expense!) an extremely nice Template that I absolutely loved… I didn’t, however, love it quite so much when I found that I couldn’t turn the wretched function off after all, and I was not in the slightest way amused! I think a Template’s CSS’s can over-rule the basic or default customisation commands or something – and alas, I don’t know anyone who speaks CSS to come and look at it for me, and make it turn that [censored] function off! So I’ve just had to put that Template down to an expensive but valuable lesson. I went to the author of that Template’s blog, to see if I could message him with my problem in the hopes that he or she could help me – to find the damn thing was all in Portuguese! Well, my Portuguese is about as good as my Sanskrit, which is to say “nil”, and that, gentle readers, was where I vowed never, ever to buy a Word Press Template – ever again – in fact, I only ever look at their Free ones now – plus the ones I’ve already bought, of course – as there’s no point in wasting them (except for the one or two that don’t work the way they should!)

Amazingly, we actually did head off early this morning to get my Warfarin blood test done! Usually in the morning we both go for our walkies, have breakfast, shower, dress, have a cup of coffee, and roll out the door closer to eleven o’clock than nine forty-five! But we were good this morning, and I had my blood test done nice and early – then Julian dropped me back at home (well, he did come in too, and had a cup of coffee with me before he went off to do the shopping! As I always say – “ya gotta get yer priorities right!” 😉 ) and I got stuck into WoW… I’m enjoying being in Zangarmarsh again, but I’m finding it terribly easy! All the monsters I used to cringe from in terror are now just another “ho-hum, bang, bang, you’re dead… NEXT!” – so maybe I should be heading off to Terokkar Forest after all, as I’m still not leveling up as fast as I should be! I’m aiming at getting myself to level 90, and being well and truly ensconced in my Garrison before August 30th, and the release of the new Expansion! I’m pretty sure I’ll make it – after all, I have all of July and all of August – about two months to get there! But still… I’d be a lot happier if I were going up just a little bit faster, yaknow?

Poor Julian has to go out yet again this afternoon! One of the File Server’s external back-up drives has died – there are two drives that mirror eachother, so if one of them fails, the other is there to keep things going until the one that’s failed can be repaired or replaced – actually, that’s not quite correct – it’s a lot more complicated than that, however for those who know and understand about these things, suffice to say that it’s Raid set up, and leave it at that, K? If you want, or need to know any more, feel free to ask Julian, cos “He da man!” 😉

Anyway, having told you of our “doin’s in the ruins”, it’s now time to move on the good bits!

Food stuffs: Last night we had sausages for dinner – no fancy-schmantzy sausages this time, just good old-fashioned “butcher’s” pork sausages! They were quite nice, as far as taste and texture were concerned, and I particularly liked the way they “burnt” on the outside, even though they were “pan-fried” on the stove – which made them almost look as though they’d been BBQ’d (my preferred way of eating sausages, I must confess!) But I don’t think we’ll be having them again in a hurry, even though I liked them – Julian said that they shrank a lot, and what’s more, they had so much water in them that they almost literally gave the whole stove a bath in sausage fat – which Julian had to clean up afterwards! With the sausages we had yummy mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, and our usual half a tomato. For dessert, I had one of my Corella pears, which I hate to say are getting just a bit beyond their “best by” date, as the one I’d had was a trifle soft, over-ripe, and “floury”! It still tasted nice, and I’ll have another tonight – if it’s the same, I’ll switch to apples of some sort… anyway, last night I had the Corella pear, and a small bowl of my very favourite and delicious Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding. Today for lunch we had wraps, made with our very favourite butter substitute, the basil-pesto hummus, some sandwich-sliced cold roast beef, Halloumi cheese, and batons of our very own, home-grown, darling little dark green capsicums, and for some unknown reason, this wrap wasn’t as messy to eat as most of them usually are! Anyway, it was extremely nice! 🙂 Tonight for dinner we’re having pan-fried fillet steak, chips, steamed green beans, and half a tomato. Not a terribly remarkable or unusual dinner, but a good stand-by and favourite, nonetheless! 🙂 For dessert I’ll try another of my Corella pears – if this one ends up being over-ripe too, I might have to wave goodbye to the last two in the fruit bowl, and switch to apples of some sort instead! 😦 And of course I’ll also have a small bowl of my favourite Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in this morning. Was horrible! I’m afraid my Gold Class Tuesday has caught up with me, at long last! :/ I’m not at all happy about it, even though I did do it to myself, didn’t I! But by the same token, I’m not too worried about it, as I should be able to shed the excess fairly easily, if I’m relatively careful. I went from 64.6kg to 65.1kg, half a kilo, over night, which was just awful! I know I had a big lunch on Tuesday (but then I didn’t have any dinner!), and I did have the equivalent of a medium-sized bread roll, plus an absolutely delicious fruit and white chocolate scone for lunch the very next day (last Wednesday) so I acknowledge the fact that I do deserve to put on some weight – but – that much?! 😥 Hopefully it’ll have gone down a little by tomorrow – if not I’ll cry again! 😥

And that brings me back to tomorrow, and I don’t have a clue as to what’s happening! I think the Weather Bureau is threatening to serve us up much the same weather as we’ve had today (Julian has just returned from Office Works with the new hard drive… 5 terabytes, in a little black box about the same size as an old-fashioned video cassette! If anyone had told us, even ten years ago, that we’d have these nice little boxes, we’d probably have laughed in your faces and told you that you were dreaming! 🙂 ) So, given that I doubt we’ll have what one could call “ideal gardening weather”, in which to plant our planned winter vegetable crop, I imagine that I’ll be able to do a bit more work with Phoenìx in Zangarmarsh and Terokkar Forrest! The Fur-Fins are all well – and regarding the Fin part of the Fur-Fins, when I get up in the morning, it’s my job to go into the Den, pull up the blind on the folding doors that go out to the back deck, and to turn on the Fish House lights, and say “good morning” to Auric and Dapple. Auric just sort of swims about looking a little bored, but little Dapple comes swimming over to the front of the tank, and if I rest my finger along the side of the glass, and move it backwards and forwards, he follows it, keeping as close to the glass as he can! Isn’t that sweet? Of course, the logical part of my brain says “it’s just co-incidence”, or “he’s just hoping to get breakfast early!” – but the part of my brain that anthropomorphizes things (as we all do, from time to time!) says “Aww! Isn’t he sweet! He wants pats, and I’m sort-of patting him through the glass!” 😎 So anyway, that’s about “it” from me again – for this evening, anyway – but do feel free to call in again tomorrow night, to find out what my weight’s doing, whether I got the results back from my Warfarin blood test and if they were good or bad, and what we got up to during the day… until then though, do try hard to bee good, don’t forget that all the so-called secrets of success will not work unless you do, and remember to keep warm and dry in this horrible weather, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves – but please, above all, always remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂


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