Winter’s log, earthdate 201608.05

04.22 pm

What a mixed-up sort of day it’s been here! We’ve been without the internet/Foxtel since we got up this morning, and it’s still not fixed! We’ve managed to find out a little bit about what’s going on through a friend of ours – it seems that something went “*BANG!*” at Tally Ho, sometime before 08.00 am (presumably – that’s just when we got out of bed this morning and found that “thingz weren’t werking no more!”) According to Foxtel, this whatever-it-is won’t be fixed until Monday (!!) though according to our friend, it was an electrical outage that caused the “*BANG!*” at Tally Ho, and that the power company responsible was hurrying over to Tally Ho this morning, around 11.30 am, to fix it! Now, either the “*BANG!*” at Tally Ho was a lot worse than was first thought, and it hasn’t been fixed yet, or else the “*BANG!*” at Tally Ho has been fixed, but Foxtel aren’t going to give up their weekend to fix their side of the problem – until Monday! Tel$tra says that the connection problem has been fixed – however, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that Foxtel is honest and truthful (*rolls eyes*) we still have no Foxtel cable, and going on what they told us this morning, not likely to have one until Monday, full stop, end of sentence, begin new paragraph, etc! This puts us in a bit of a bind though, because we rely on our Foxtel cable for just about everything, apart from our fixed land-line! (I think!) Julian has been able to jury-rig “an internet connection” via his mobile phone and our wifi, and at a pinch, we can even play WoW! But we can’t watch Television – well we could watch “Free to Air”, if Julian sets up an antenna, but I’m sorry, I’d rather read my kindle than watch a semi-decent show mangled to death by ads! What a lovely weekend we have ahead of us! Thank you for your consideration, Foxtel! (*snarl!*)

This morning we bagged up Lemon and Butter and took them back to the Pet Shop barn-thingy, and we discussed – at some length – whether we should procure another two Golden Comets, another two different types of fish, or none at all. The “none at all” option didn’t even get my vote, and I asked the nice Fish Man we were talking to what sort of memory goldfish had – apparently the “three-second memory” theory has now been debunked – and the upshot of that conversation was that – because none of us had a clue as to exactly how long a couple of little goldfish remembered traumatic events, or even how badly Auric and Dapple had been bitten and harassed by Butter and Lemon, it wasn’t really worth risking their health and safety by getting another two Golden Comets. We umm’d and ahhh’d a bit, and finally decided to get two smaller, and very different looking playmates for them. One thing we saw up there in the aquarium section of the Pet Shop barn-thingy that both horrified and amused us, was a half-eaten small fish, drifting gently downwards in one of the tanks that had both smallish goldfish, and a “cloud” of teeny little “schooling” fishes, proving that goldfish, no matter how pretty and sweet they look, are omnivores, and will (quote) eat anything they can fit in their mouths! (unquote) including one of the teeny little “schooling” fish! :/ Oh dear… Anyway, the two that we got… they’re known as “Red and White Comets”, they’re about an inch and a half long (about 3.5 to 4 cm long?) They’re bright orange on top, mottling down to a dazzling white underneath. Again, I have no idea whether they’re male or female (silly me! I should have asked, shouldn’t I!?) but I’ve called them Pyramus and Thisbe, after two characters in Shakespeare’s  comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This time it’s quite easy to tell them apart – Pyramus has a short, angular bar of bright orange in his top fin, and an all-white face, whereas Thisbe is wearing orange and black “lipstick”! 🙂 Hopefully Auric and Dapple won’t have a fit of hysteria when we introduce them to eachother in a day or so… :/

I did play a little bit of WoW today, but it was fairly half-hearted, and I soon gave up and “went home to mother” – I really am getting totally fed up with standing in line, waiting for my “turn” to complete a quest, and having to stand around doing nothing whilst waiting for quest mobs or items to re-spawn!

And that’s really about all that’s been happening today, so I guess I can now get onto the good bits, yes?

Food stuffs. Last night we didn’t have any dinner! None at all! We had a cup of coffee and one chocolate each at around about 08.45 pm, and a cup of tea at around 10.30 pm – and that was it! Today for lunch we had a reprise of the turkey sandwich we had the other day, made from the tasty whole-meal bread with all the sesame seeds in the crust, Sumac and Sesame hummus instead of butter, sandwich-sliced turkey breast, and a little bit of the Beerenberg Tomato Chutney – totally delicious! 🙂 Tonight we’re having Coles-brand, “Finest Australian Angus Beef with Garlic and Parsley” sausages – probably with chips, half a tomato, and (hopefully!) baby Brussels sprouts. For dessert I’ll have one of my “Eve” apples, and a small tub of Le Rice.

Weigh-in this morning. Was woeful! Shocking! Horrible! Tragic, even! This is the heaviest I’ve weighed since I hit maintenance last September! It’s those revolting little pills – every time, they do this to me, every time! I went from 65.1 kg to 65.6 kg! That’s disgusting, and even allowing for lunch yesterday, there’s no way that the food I ate yesterday could have caused such a massive weight gain overnight! Unfortunately, while I’m on these unspeakable little pills, I’m going to be storing so much damn fluid (and you should see how swollen my ruddy feet are! Actually, it’s probably best that you don’t see them – you’d faint with shock!) that I doubt there’ll be much in the way of rising sea levels until I come off them again! 😦 I knew something like this was going to happen, I was expecting it, and I know I said I was going to ignore all this fluid-caused weight-gain until at least the 15th of the month (which includes 5 days of getting them out of my system) but… it’s very emotionally devastating and draining… 😦

And that brings us around to tomorrow! Tomorrow, we’re expecting a visit from my very favourite youngest daughter and her husband. That’ll probably be quite an emotional event too, as they lost one of their cats a couple of nights ago. They have (or had!) three cats, one dog, and numerous rabbits. The cats are all “indoors” cats, but one of them, Parsnip, manged to get out the other day, and went missing. They drove all over the suburb looking for him, and not finding him, Terry rang around several Vets. He’d been hit by a car, but the woman who hit him took him to the nearest emergency animal hospital, where they gave him some pain relief, but he’d apparently broken his spine and there was nothing they could do, so they put him to sleep.  Kate and Terry were both devastated – and I know exactly how they feel – I lost a very dear little cat the same way, many, many years ago – and one of the worst things about it was that I found his collar in the bathroom – almost as though he’d left it there for me to find, with a note saying “Here you are Mum, I won’t be needing this any more – keep it to remember me by!” – as if I’d need a collar to remind me of our sweet little Cecil, who loved the colour red so much that he’d go to extraordinary lengths to find something red to sit or lie on! 🙂 Anyway, once again, that’s about “it” from me for this evening, but do drop in again tomorrow night, to find out how much more my [censored] weight went up, how Pyramus and Thisbe are getting on, and whether or not they’ve been introduced to Auric and Dapple yet – and if our internet/Foxtel cable-thingy are fixed yet! However, until then, do try extra hard to bee good, be aware that sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; instead they require the maturity to outgrow them, and don’t forget to keep warm and dry, especially when it’s wet and cold outside, to look after yourselves, and to always drive carefully… but above all, please, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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