Winter’s log, earthdate 201606.30

04.31 pm

Look! Look! (Winter points excitedly up at the menu bar) I’ve done it! I’ve done it! See the nice, neat (in my latest new font, to match the Header!) “Home” button-thingy? That’s actually where a “logo” should go – and I did try it with a winter kanji graphic, and it looked sort-of OK, but then I thought “No, that’s silly! I already have one of those on the Header, and besides, unless I keep telling people, every time I post a new “episode”, that it’s the way back here from all the other Pages, no-one will know to use it! So in the end I thought “why not just try making a graphic of the word “Home” instead, and using that as a logo!?” So I did, and it worked! (it worked! it worked!) Remember how I said last night that most other Templates had either a proper “Home” button, or that clicking inside the Header would get you back to the “start” Page, but this one didn’t have either of those two functions? Yeah! Well, I nearly drove myself nuts, yesterday afternoon, trying to find a way to make it all work – but no matter what I did, or what I tried, it just wouldn’t work! Now, some of you out there in Reader Land who know me, know that I can be extremely stubborn on very rare occasions, 🙂 in fact, some people have even remarked that I could probably even out-stubborn a cat, and that ain’t easy, I can assure you! 😉 So stubborn old me was fretting and fussing and worrying at this conundrum, and I was thinking, this morning while I was doing my extra painful walk on the treadmill (more on that later!) that… maybe it wasn’t the Header itself that people clicked on, but rather the Header function! You see, without exception, all of the Templates come with a sort of “self-header”, because not everyone can, or wants, to make themselves a Custom Header – so the Template itself will insert the name of your blog, plus, in some cases, a tag line for the header, using the same font as the Title. A lot of the more generous Templates also include space for a logo, too, however I never use the self-headers or the logos, as I prefer to make my own Custom Headers, and I feel that the logos are only of benefit if you’re running some sort of business. So I tried it out, and actually entered a small amount of text in the self-header field. Usually, if I leave text in that field, it over-writes my Custom Header and makes it look awful (which is why I usually leave the self-header field blank!) and just for fun, I put in a logo too, just to see where the Template would put it, and what it would look like… and the result really surprised me! Instead of over-writing the Custom Header by inserting the text and logo in the middle of the Custom Header, as most Templates do, this Template inserted them into the Menu field! Now, I dare say that if I had a lot of Pages in the Menu area, it might well have looked rather untidy and messy, but I don’t, and it all sat over on the left hand side of the Menu area, and… didn’t look too bad at all! So I experimented with it – yes, no matter which Menu item I clicked on, the prototype self-header text brought me back here! I’d solved the problem! Er, yeah… but how was I going to make it clear to people that it was what they should use to get back to this main page? I tried having the “self-header” saying “Click this to get back”, but the text was the same size as the Title, and it looked stupid. Then, by experimenting a bit more, I found that clicking on the logo worked too! So once again, I deleted all the “self-header” text, and just left the logo. It still worked! However, I thought it looked a little… clumsy, having two winter kanji characters within an inch or so of eachother, one tiny one for the logo, and one larger one in the Custom Header. So what could I use… (insert “think-music” here!) Oh! You don’t have to use a symbol for a logo, do you! Some companies don’t have a symbol for their logo, they have a word! I could use a word too! I could use the words… “click here”! Nah… that simply didn’t look right… so… how about… how about the word “Home! I made my graphic, and crossed my fingers! I knew that the Template would adjust the size of the graphic to fit in its allocated space (which, of course, you’re not told!) and I was a bit worried that it might make it too small to be properly legible – but I don’t think it’s too small – do you? Let me know if you think it’s too small to read, otherwise, my main problem with this Template has been solved, and my last remaining doubts about it have been laid to rest! 🙂

I did manage to get some WoW-ing in this morning – not as much as I would have liked, but I was still mulling over the Template problem at the time and I couldn’t quite settle to questing… but I think I’m almost finished in Nagrand – I’m not sure where I go off to after that, but I guess I’ll find out – probably sooner rather than later! Wynterthyme hasn’t been able to find that Rare Spirit Tiger, although she’s not really trying all that hard! I take her around his (or her!) spawning circuit several times a day, but haven’t had any luck yet – still, maybe this evening… I’ll let you all know if and when I do find her (or him!) 😉

I mentioned earlier about an extra painful walk on the treadmill this morning – and this time I can tell you, for a certain-sure fact, that it is possible to limp, quite heavily, on a treadmill set at a slope of 10°, and walking at 4 kilometers an hour! I have stupid feet. They never sweat, not even in high summer, they get hot, which they hate with a passion, but they love being cold. They get blisters if you look at them, and blood-blisters if you glare at them – well, they don’t really, but they are extremely sensitive, and because I’m on Warfarin they tend to bruise very easily – if I so much as stub my toe on a piece of furniture (which I do often, because they’re quite deformed from eleven years of classical ballet, and the chronic osteoarthritis from which I now suffer) I get large blood blisters. There’s no way you could get these feet of mine into sneakers of any kind, so when I walk on the treadmill, I use two pairs of very thick hiking or walking socks to protect my feet. Mostly those two pairs of socks keep my feet reasonably safe on the treadmill belt, but I go through periods where I’ll “blister-up”, no matter what I’m doing, or where I’m doing it. Usually my right foot is better than my left foot, but this time – ironically right after the visit from the Podiatrist, I started out with three enormous blood blisters on my left foot (one I got from accidentally banging my foot against a chair leg, so I don’t count that one – the other two are treadmill related though) when my right foot decided it wanted some sympathy too, and yesterday, although I knew a blister was starting, I didn’t bandage up as I usually do. Very stupidly, I didn’t bandage up this morning, either – so by the time I got about quarter of the way through my walk this morning, I could hardly bear to put my right foot down – but you know me, stubborn to a fault, and I kept going. It was – and still is – extremely painful. I will be bandaging up tomorrow! (talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted! :/ )

Julian has removed one of the two filters in the Fish House – now that we’ve got the new air-stone it’s not strictly needed any more, and besides, Dapple liked to go and hide behind it, and several times he almost got stuck between it and the side of the tank. The other night I think he actually hurt himself a bit getting out – that was when he seemed to be spending so much time just sitting listlessly in a corner on the floor of the tank, poor little boy (I’m sure he’s a boy!) He seems to have recovered now (I just know I’m going to regret saying that! :/ ) and all the Ammonia is finally out of the water. The Ph level could be better though, so that’s the next thing to be worked on – and once we get the water right, we can think of getting a new friend for them to play with! I’m so glad we brought them inside and decided to keep them as “indoor fishes” instead of putting them back outside once we’d cleaned out their mud-puddle – it’s so cold out there, I’m sure they’d be most miserable! In fact, apart from yesterday, the weather’s still horrid – we didn’t even get to plant our new vegetables today, as hail was predicted, and we didn’t want to subject the little seedlings to that sort of treatment, the same day they got planted! Anyway, we did give them a good watering this morning, but they’re still sitting, nicely protected from the worst of the weather, on the back deck. If the weather’s not too bad tomorrow, and no more hail is predicted, we may be able to get them into the veggie beds…

And now it’s time to get onto the good bits! 😉

Food stuff. Last night we had a delicious piece of fillet steak for dinner, with mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, and half a Roma tomato. All scrumptious! For dessert I had one of my Fuji apples, which was very sweet and juicy, and a lot nicer than I thought it’d be, plus a small bowl of my very favourite Coles-brand, very low-calorie Rice Pudding. For lunch today – well, we’ve been running late all day today, because we inadvertently slept in quite a lot – so when Julian went up to do the shopping around lunchtime, he brought back some savoury rolls and some of those wonderful fruit and white chocolate scones from Baker’s Delight, which we greedily gobbled for lunch 😳 Tonight for dinner (which will be late!) Julian’s making that delicious Lamb and Harissa Lasagne with Oregano and Feta again (drool!) And for dessert, tonight I’ll have a Nashi pear (which really looks more like an apple!) to see what they’re like, as well as my usual small bowl of really yummy Coles-brand, very low-calorie Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in this morning. Ya gotta laugh! Talk about swings and roundabouts! I went from the exciting and optimistic 63.8 kg yesterday … back to the day before yesterday’s 64.3 kg! Half a kilo off overnight… and half a kilo back on again, over night! Ya just never know, with my weight, do you! I didn’t eat anything “naughty” yesterday, like I did today – in fact I did a lot more exercise yesterday than I normally do, with my usual 30 minute’s walk in the morning, plus all the walking and standing around at the Nursery! Today, because of my blistered right foot, I only walked for 24 minutes, instead of my usual 30 – and I had the rolls and the fruit and white chocolate scone for lunch – do any of you reckon I’ll go up another half kilo overnight? Let’s just say – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I did! :/

Which brings me now to… tomorrow! I’ll be seeing my very favourite eldest daughter very briefly tomorrow morning, as we both have to go up to the Doctor to get more repeat prescriptions, after which we’ll drop her off at her place on our way home. If the weather looks promising enough, we’ll be able to get those vegetables planted – if not, I’ll make use of the time to try to get Phoenìx up another level or two – and that’s about all I can think of to tell you this evening! So once more, that’s about “it” from me for this evening, but do call in again tomorrow night to find out how much my weight did go up, whether we got the veggies planted, and what else we got up to during the day… But until then, please try to bee good, remember that if you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading, and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to keep warm and dry no matter how bad the weather gets, and to look after yourselves… but above all, please, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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