Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.30

05.01 pm

Well, it looks like I’m getting back to my old habit of starting this late! Isn’t it nice to know that some things never change! 😉 Actually, I started late, because there’s not really terribly much to tell you all! It’s been a very quiet day, mostly – this morning Julian and I played with Wynterthyme and Demelza in the Broken Isles until lunch time – it was a bit annoying, actually – we started quite a long and complicated quest chain… only to find that it ended in a full-blown Dungeon! Hmm… and I was just about to write “and we don’t “do” Dungeons!” …but that would have been untrue, because we do “do” Dungeons – when we can handle them either on our own (solo) or with just the two of us – and this particular Dungeon was probably a 10-player Dungeon – so we flagged it as “Untracked” (so that we wouldn’t see it in our immediate Quest List – “out of sight, out of mind”, and all that!) headed back to base camp, and went off on another, different quest chain! Still, even though we’ll probably never finish off that Dungeon-ending quest (Julian might – as he’ll occasionally play in PUG*s, but I don’t play well with players I don’t know, so I’ll just have to get him to tell me all about it if he does ever go back and do it!) but we did get a fair bit of experience under our collective belts, and we both went up a level, to level 107! We also got a few good pieces of equipment out of the parts of the quest that we did do, which was an added bonus, because all too often quest rewards and drops are only worth a few gold as Vendor trash :/

After lunch we decided to leave Wynterthyme and Demelza until Sunday, and I was torn… would I go and read, or go back to Zelenka? For ages I’ve been bitterly complaining that I have so many books I want to read, and so little time in which to read them all, so for once I decided to stop complaining, and do some reading for a change, and I went and read until 4 o’clock, when I sat down at my desk, intending to start writing – but got somewhat side-tracked by some new patterns and fonts, and the desire to see what they’d look like in a new header… which took… a little bit of time off my writing! 😉

And that being all the interesting bits about “My Day” (Hey! Perhaps I should have called this blog “My Day!” instead of “My Word!” Should I change it? (please don’t say “Yes!”)) so now I’ll get on with the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had lamb backstraps marinated in a Feta cheese “slurry”** to which Julian had added a few sprigs of home-grown, organic basil from our Herb Garden! We had that with plain steamed rice, to which some finely chopped spring onion and red capsicum had been added – and we had an absolutely delicious meal, fit for an emperor, or a pope, even! 😉 For dessert I had one of the extra-large, so-called “brown” Nashi pears – and you know, it was much more nicer than the first one I’d had some time ago – it actually tasted very nice! I only ate about 3/4 of it, because it was so large, but I’m feeling a lot happier about eating the last one tomorrow night, now that I found the one last night to be quite palatable! I also had the new-to-try CHOBANI blueberry yoghurt, which was rather nice, so go ahead and buy some if you haven’t already had it – as it now has the official “Winter P” seal of approval! 🙂 For lunch today I had a sandwich made from a new loaf sourdough bread from the ever famous and always popular (with us! 😉 ) Baker’s Delight – I don’t think it has a specific name, or if it does, Julian didn’t say… anyway I’d procured some sandwich piri-piri chicken chunks at the supermarket yesterday, because I thought it sounded nice – and just a bit spicy – so the sandwich today was very plain – with just the piri-piri chicken chunks, and nothing else to detract from the flavour… well, if that chicken was “hot”, or “spicy”, I’m Hilary Clinton on steroids! The so-called piri-piri was bland enough to taste like salt-free bread! 😦 Very disappointing! We will not be buying it again! Tonight we’re having a reprise of the beef, herbs and garlic sausages, with chips, home-grown and organic bok choy from our very own vegetable garden, and half a store-bought tomato… and for dessert I’ll be having one of my Corella pears and an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in this morning. My weight is playing see-saw with me again! This morning I went down two points, despite the four (or five, I fergit which!) chocolate coated, sugar and fat-free marsh melons wot I greedily consumed yesterday afternoon – but don’t worry, I’m quite sure they’ll show up in the reckoning tomorrow morning! I went from 66.2 kg yesterday to 66.0 kg this morning. Hey! Maybe chocolate coated, sugar and fat-free marsh melons are good for you, and I should eat the whole bag-full? 😉 (no Winter, I don’t think that’s the way it works!)

And that brings me up to tomorrow again! Once again, Auric and Dapple have been good little fishies – Julian did a full 30% water change-over this afternoon, and cleaned and vacuumed their gravel for them, too! Flipper is still asleep in her “Cave” on the couch behind me, so she hasn’t been fed yet (but I’m going to remove her pussy biscuits anyway, in case she wakes up and decides to fill up on them, rather than her dinner – uno momento! Right! Done! 🙂 ) I’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow, except that we’ll both be trying to avoid any contact with Foopball news throughout the day – though I suppose we’ll have to sit through all the Foopball analysis and hoo-ha on the ABC1 News tomorrow night – unless we turn the television on early, and pause it, so that we can then fast forward through the Sport bits! Oh well, we’ll probably just mute the sound and talk amongst ourselves… Anyway, once more that’s really about “it” from me for this evening – but do drop in again tomorrow night, to see how my weight went, what we did to amuse ourselves during the Grand Final, and whether anything else of note occurred during the day! Until then though, please bee good, remember that only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry – especially if you go to the Foopball… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*PUGs – “Pick Up Groups” – if you really need to run a Dungeon, you can put your name down to join other players who also need to do that particular Dungeon – then when a group has assembled all the required Classes for the job (Tank, Healer, DPS, etc.) off you all go and “do” the Dungeon. I don’t like PUGs because they’re usually comprised of crass, rude, impatient, and greedy people who don’t give a damn about anyone’s needs in the Dungeon but their own. They bully and argue as to who gets what with drops, and criticise constantly if you happen to hit “Need” instead of “Greed” by mistake. If you have to stop to heal, or to eat, or to pick something up, they run ahead without waiting because you’re “slowing them down” (like, there’s a fire somewhere?!) I’ve taken part in about half a dozen PUGs in all the years I’ve been playing WoW, and none of them have been a pleasant experience – so now I simply don’t do them, end of story!

** Feta cheese and water, mixed into a loose “paste”, or “slurry”, in a plastic zip-lock bag – pop the lamb backstrap into the bag with the slurry, zip up the bag, and “massage” the backstrap with the slurry for a minute or so, then throw the bag full of slurry and the backstrap into the fridge – gently of course – for a couple of hours. Heat a tiny bit of good olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan, then tip the slurry-coated backstrap into the hot frying pan, discarding the somewhat messy bag, and pan-fry the backstrap until cooked to your liking. Serve with rice, or a salad, or whatever vegetables you like!

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.29

04.49 pm

Hmm… not quite as early as I was yesterday – but there’s a really good reason for that! 😉 I’d managed to get an appointment at the Doctor’s today at 2.45 pm, thanks to someone’s cancellation (otherwise I’d have had to wait until next Wednesday to see a Doctor!) and on the way home we had to stop off at The Glen, to get some more Flipper Food, and something for dinner tonight – with me hobbling determinedly along in Julian’s wake – I felt that I had to get some sort of “walking exercise” done today, even if I couldn’t manage the treadmill! …But I’m getting ahead of myself!

First: yes, my ankle is still quite painful. It’s not too bad if I (a) walk very slowly, and (b) don’t flex my foot upwards. Downwards is fine, upwards hurts a lot. So I can walk around the house, and through shopping malls, and up to the letterbox and back, but I can’t walk on a treadmill at 4.4 kilometers per hour.

I saw the doctor this afternoon, and she thinks that it’s either a pulled tendon (she Googled a diagram/drawing of a foot that showed where all the bones and tendons were – well, I knew there were a lot of tendons there, but I never realised just how many of them there were! It looks quite crowded in there! Amazing!) or a small stress fracture in one of the tiny bones. Personally, I don’t think it’s a stress fracture – I think I’d be in a lot more pain if it were, and I think my foot would be a lot more swollen – mind you, that’d be hard to tell, as both my feet are pretty swollen at the moment! Anyway, I’m off to have an x-ray and an ultrasound – I’m not sure when, because tomorrow’s a Public Holiday – to see if one of the bones is fractured, or if there’s fluid around one of the tendons, which would mean that it’s a sprain. Either way, I have to keep off it as much as possible, keep taking pain killers, and pack it with ice, or use some Voltaren gel on it.

So I had a nice, lazy and restful day today, playing WoW 😉 and by the time we got back from the Doctor, and doing the shopping, it was well and truly time to start this! I managed to get Zelenka to level 40, and she can now ride a lot faster – though she had to go all the way to Stormwind to learn how to – and she even got a new horse to ride, called a “Dreadsteed“! Next stop, level 60, and a flying mount! 🙂 So I’m very pleased with Zelenka! She’s already left Feralis – even though she only got there a day ago, and this time I’ve managed to bypass Thousand Needles, which I was getting very tired of, by going to Theramore Isle, in Dustwallow Marsh, and so far, it’s been pretty easy! I should be able to get Zelenka quite a lot further tomorrow, too – my very favourite eldest daughter was supposed to have been coming over for the day, but unfortunately she forgot that because it’s a Public Holiday, her husband will be home – so we won’t be seeing her again until next Tuesday, after all! 😦

Anyway, that’s about all I did today – played WoW, and saw the Doctor, who’s sending me off to have an x-ray and an ultrasound done on my right ankle – so I suppose I’d better get on with the “good” bits before you all die of boredom! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had the last of the really delicious Lamb Korma that we’d had a few days ago – and as we surmised, it was indeed a lot much more nicer for having “steeped” or “infused” in the fridge for a few hours before being put in the freezer! It was much, much, more betterer – and I think it’s been mutually agreed upon that the next time Julian makes this Lamb Korma, it’ll go straight into the fridge, and then the freezer, before we actually get to eat any of it! 😉 We had that with just plain steamed rice, instead of the saffron rice that we’d had the first time – and really, it was just as nice! For dessert I had once of my Corella pears and an Apple Le Rice. Julian had to go up to Vermont South Shopping Centre today to get us some lunch – he’d forgotten that we were out of a few things, like, f’rinstance, bread… so for lunch today I had half a savoury roll, and half a jalapeno roll, and – no, not one of my very favourite Baker’s Delight fruit scones with the white chocolate icing – a sort-of a “Coffee Scroll” type “bun”, which did have icing on it, and also walnuts and (I think!) sultanas, or apple mush, or both – I fergit! Tonight we’re having lamb backstrap for dinner, which is in the process of being marinated in a Feta “slurry”, to which some freshly picked basil from our Herbery has been added. We’ll be having this marinated lamb on a bed of rice too (I love rice – can’t you tell? 😉 ) only this rice is going to have some finely chopped red capsicum and spring onion mixed through it. For dessert tonight I’ll probably have one of the two remaining, and rather large, so-called “brown” Nashi pears (well, they’ve got to be eaten before they go off!) as I’d looked for, but hadn’t been able to find, any more yellow Nectarines whilst I was hobbling along in Julian’s wake this afternoon, and I’ll have one of our new “authentic strained CHOBANI” yoghurts. We got one of the cherry, and one of the blueberry, just to try, and I think I’ll try the blueberry one tonight – I’ll let you all know what it was like tomorrow night, K? 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Was awful… *sigh* I went from 66.0 kg yesterday, to 66.2 kg this morning… Now, when I was still living at home (many centuries ago!) my father used to accuse me of “rationalising” things, so that they – to my mind – turned out better than they really should be? And, to a certain extent, I suppose he was right. Now, I’m not sure if what I’m about to say is “rationalising”, in the way that he meant, or whether it’s logic (and since when have I ever been logical?! 😉 ) Anyway, here’s the thing. When I started my diet, on August 18th 2014, I wasn’t sure what weight I wanted to get down to… I think I wavered between 80 kg, and 75 kg, and I asked Dr. Y what he thought I ought to get down to… he looked at me thoughtfully, and said “About 70 kg – no less than that”, and so I thought “If you think I should be 70 kg, then 70 kg you shall get!” – however, realising that when I got to 70 kg and went onto Maintenance, I’d more than likely go up a few kilos, so I decided that I’d go down to 65 kg before I went on Maintenance, to give myself a bit of “wriggle-room” to get up to 70 kg. Sound reasonable? So, I lost a lot of weight (over 70 kg!) and eventually reached that golden milestone of 65 kg – and the dreaded Maintenance, and the associated weight gain that it would undoubtedly bring. Only… it didn’t! I kept going down! And down! And even further down! Over the course of about four to six months, much to my astonishment, I went down to 62-point-something kg… I was lighter than I was when I was 16, still 5’7″ (about 170.1800 cm) and actually considered “svelte” by my peers! Now, lately, I’ve been watching my weight go up… and up… and up… One part of me – the prosaic and intellectual part of me, is sort-of vaguely aware that this is probably just part of the slow “evolvement” (I just made that word up! I think it’s a very good word, and should be added to the dictionary!) or adjustment to achieving a [new] “normal” weight – somewhere between my planned 65 kg – 70 kgs. But the other part of me – the emotional and insecure part of me, is stressing and fretting that not only am I failing (!) in my weight loss endeavour, but that I should be working (an awful lot harder than I’m not) to maintain those halcyon mid-63 to mid-64 kgs that I unexpectedly but very delightedly sank down to, when I first stopped my diet and went onto Maintenance. So the question that I posit to you is, basically, which part of me is right, and which part of me is over-rationalising?!

And there it is – another day in the life of Winter P.! Flipper hasn’t made a decent attempt to eat her dinner, so she’s a very naughty girl, and Auric and Dapple ate all of theirs, and neither of them got a case of the “floaties”, so they’re both good little fishies! (on the other hand, one of them did a very big fish-poo, which got stuck to the side of the tank, right on the waterline, so I think that cancels out the adjective “good”, and makes them both just “little fishies”) Tomorrow, being a “free” day, will probably see both of us paddling around in Azeroth and the Broken Isles, sometimes together, and sometimes “solo” – but having an interesting time nonetheless. And that’s really about “it” from me for this evening! 🙂 Do drop in again tomorrow night to find out what we did do with our day, how my weight went (my bet is that it’ll be up again, because I found some sugar and fat-free chocolate-coated marsh melons, and I ate about four of them!) and if my ankle is up to 20 minutes at 4.4 kmph on the treadmill again yet! Until then though, do try very hard to bee good, remember that no man is a failure who is enjoying life, and don’t forget to keep warm and dry if you go to the football Grand Final Parade, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.28

03.56 pm

Gosh, I’m really getting a good run-up on tonight’s “episode”, aren’t I! Now, let’s see… I really wanted to go out somewhere today – and Julian was planning on dragging me out of the house, too – but I couldn’t go! Yesterday, while I was doing my daily after-lunch walkies, my right foot was getting sorer and sorer… somehow or other I seem to have pulled, or in other ways damaged, the tendon (tendons?) along the top of the foot, right between the ankle and the foot itself. I probably should have stopped walking, but this is stubborn old me we’re talking about, and I kept on going. As the evening progressed, it got worse, though I could still walk – it only seemed to hurt when I flexed my foot upwards – pointing it and bending it downwards was, and still is, fine. By late last night I could still walk around reasonably well – as long as I kept my right foot flat, and didn’t try to flex it at all… I thought I must have twisted it awkwardly and “pulled something”, but that it’d be better by the morning. It wasn’t – simply stretching my legs and feet in bed hurt – so when Julian said that he wanted to “prise” me out of the house today I told him “Only if you break out the wheelchair!” He gave me a dirty look – as though he didn’t believe me! So I said “Look, even if you told me that you’d decided to indulge me, and allow me to buy as many handbags as my heart desired, I’d have to turn you down! My foot really is sore, and if it’s not better by tomorrow, I’m going to take it to the Doctor!” Anyway, I was still going to try to do my après déjeuner walk – or as much of it as I was able to, anyway – but hope springs eternal – so I was still hoping for a bit of a miracle, and that the next time I got up, my ankle would be all better again!

I played WoW until lunch time – or at least I was going to! I started out with Zelenka, my level 38 Warlock, who was in Stormwind, having been to the Transmogrifiers to choose a better set of clothes, and that was OK, I did that, and then I had to get her from the Eastern Kingdoms, where Stormwind is, to Kalimdor, where Darnassus is, so that I could then fly down to Feralis, where I was supposed to be questing. This involved a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing and wasted time, which I spent idly sifting through Melbourne’s newest Tabloid “newspaper” (“The Age” – once-upon-a-time a much respected and well thought-of Broadsheet!) Then I remembered that I was supposed to be helping Wynterthyme clean up and sort out the Guild Bank on Quel’Dorei, so as soon as Zelenka arrived in Feathermoon Stronghold, I parked her in the Inn there, and hurried off to log on as Wynterthyme, and got to work on the very messy and overcrowded Guild Bank, and that took me the rest of the morning! I even had to go and buy a 10,000 gold, seventh Guild Bank Vault from the Heirloom sellers, but the Quel’Dorei Guild is “comfortably well off”, and was easily able to afford it – so now we have a much more tidier Guild Bank, with even a little bit of room to spare!

After lunch I headed off to the Treadmillery, put on my two pairs of thick walking socks, and clambered aboard. Using my usual settings, I started the machine and started walking. I managed a whole two minutes before I was whimpering in pain, and had to slow the contraption down from 4.4 kilometers per hour to 3.8, and then 2.4 kilometers an hour, and before I even got to the five-minute mark, I had to give up and get off – my foot was just hurting too much. I came back in here, took three Panadol, rang the Doctor, and explained my situation – where I was told that I couldn’t get an appointment until Wednesday – next week – with any of the Doctors at the surgery there, unless it was urgent, and they’d try to fit me in if they got a cancellation! I didn’t really want to wait until next Wednesday, so I told them to put me on the waiting list for a cancellation. They rang us back about five minutes ago to tell me they had a cancellation at 2.45 pm tomorrow, and did I want to take that? Of course we said yes – though what the Doctor can do for a pulled tendon (or whatever it is that’s gone bung with my ankle!) I don’t know – probably prescribe anti-inflammatories, which I’m already on for my arthritis anyway…

So seeing that I couldn’t do my after luncheon walkies, I went back to Zelenka at the Inn in Feathermoon, and found to my utter horror and great annoyance, that for some unknown reason, all the changes to my gear that I’d made at the Transmogrifier in Stormwind this morning – and that I’d paid through the nose for – had been changed back to what it had been when I first logged on this morning! I was really not impressed in the slightest! Well, I had two choices! Continue questing, now that I was back in Feralis, or Hearth and go back to the Transmogrifies, and do it all over again, including the paying for it! Well, I suppose I could have raised a Ticket, grizzled to a Moderator about it and got them to fix it – or at least see if they could have refunded my gold – but that takes days, and the outcome isn’t always guaranteed, anyway – so, back to the Transmogrifier I went… However, there were a few minor “technical” problems, and it turned out to be some sort of corruption in one of my game files – which luckily Julian was able to fix – and then I had to fly all the [censored!] way back from Darnassus, to Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas! So! Guess how much playing I actually managed to do this morning! Go on, I dare you all – and if you guessed “None!”, you got it right first pop! Congratulations! :/

And that’s been my day today! Now… on to the “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had our “Marinated Chicken” breasts on a bed of plain steamed rice which had a finely chopped spring onion mixed through it, and for dessert I had a mandarin, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt. For lunch today, I had yet another really delicious seeded sourdough sandwich, with cheese, pastrami, and a smidge of a different “Baxters” chutney – a really yummy Fig, Date, and Balsamic Relish! Tonight for dinner we’re having some of the left-over Lamb Korma that we had the other night, though I don’t know if we’ll be having saffron rice again, or just plain steamed rice this time – but it’ll be very interesting to see how the different flavours have integrated since we had it last week! For dessert I’ll probably have one of my Corella pears and an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in this morning. Still not brilliant, but at least I didn’t go up! I went from 66.1 kg yesterday to 66.0 kg today… as I said – not “brilliant”, but a hell of a lot better than going up! I’ll probably do that tomorrow! 😉

And that brings me around to tomorrow again! Now, normally at this point I’d be saying something along the lines of me not having a clue as to what was going to be happening tomorrow, but this particular time, I do know of one thing that’ll happening – and that is that I’ll be going to the Doctor at 2.45 pm, to see if they can tell me what’s wrong with my stupid foot, and hopefully, what I have to do to fix it! Other than that – well I suppose I’ll be trying to get a little bit of actual playing done in WoW, and Julian mentioned earlier that there was a possibility of the two of us taking Wynterthyme and Demelza out again – but other than that? I have no idea at all! 🙂 Auric and Dapple are both still well, and Flipper is still being her usual vaporous self – and so that’s really about “it” from me for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night to find out what my weight did – whether it went up again, or down, and what the Doctor said about my foot, and how Zelenka is going in WoW! I really want her to get her up to level 40 within the next couple of days, so that she’ll be able to ride faster! But anyway, until then, please try to bee good, don’t forget that there is no such thing in anyone’s life as an “unimportant” day, and remember to always drive carefully, to keep warm and dry in this mercurial weather, and to look after yourself… but above allplease remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.27

04.55 pm

I’m baaa-aack!! Actually, I’ve had a couple of very busy days – Sunday having been taken up by one of my worst ever days playing WoW, and as a consequence, finishing very late, once again in an effort to make up some playing time – let’s hope that next Sunday is a little better than this one wasn’t! All Blizzard’s fault… (*glower*) Yesterday was really a pretty good day – our cleaning lady was here in the morning, and this time made a much more betterer job of my bathroom than she did the last time she was here (which, let’s face it, wouldn’t have been too hard to do!) and in the afternoon Josh was here, so now my hair is saying to me “Take us out and show us off!”, so I may just have to do that! The colour is really brilliant (and I don’t just mean that it’s “bright”, although it is that, too!) so I shall have to think really hard and come up with a plausible excuse for going up to The Glen tomorrow (or Knox City, or Forest Hill Chase) I’m actually expecting a delivery up at Forest Hill Chase – I bought a “lace-up” shirt online from Katies, and it’s a free delivery if you spend over $60, or when you order by what I think they call “Click and Collect”, where instead of delivering it to you, personally, they deliver it to either your nearest Katies store, or another Katies store which you’ve nominated, and when it arrives there, they SMS you and you go and pick it up – très “civilised” and clever, saving a host of problems and mix-ups to do with delivery times and instructions. Well, the shirt was “On Sale” (30% off!) and a hell of a lot less than the “Free Delivery if you spend over $60” stipulation; Julian prefers most of our mail items to go to our PO Box, but for various reasons I don’t really like items of clothing being sent there – so the shirt is being sent to the Katies store at Forest Hill Chase, and we’ll pick it up from there – the only trouble is I have no idea when it’ll be arriving – hopefully some time this week – but as an excuse to go out and show off my hair, I’m afraid that it’s nowhere near my usual extremely high standard of “Good Excuses For…” – so I shall have to think of something else…

Now, the reason for my displeasure and indeed, acute distress on Sunday… I’m sure that all of you can recall the many, many times that I’ve grizzled and complained about the ease and simplicity of the majority of World of Warcraft’s quests – and it’s true! The majority of the quests are almost embarrassingly easy – and the game does get boring, to the point where I often find that I’m starting to fall asleep at the keyboard! On the other hand, some of the quests are either just too hard – or too bugged – to complete! Well, you can finish them, if you’re extraordinarily lucky, or if you have abnormally lightning-quick reflexes. Most regular gamers don’t have either, no matter how often they’ve played the game, or how well they play. Julian and I team up on Sundays because I’m not as fast as he is, and I tend to suffer from “Fluster Lock”. Mostly I can hold my own – if I can play methodically at my own speed. On Sunday however, we struck two quests, one after the other, of which one was horribly long, and our team was arbitrarily split up – we each had to do this particular quest on our own. As a team, we would have romped it in, but it was a very long quest, and a very “busy” quest (lots of things going on at the same time, with lots of fancy-schmantzy special effects whizzing around everywhere, camouflaging my cursor!) with a horrible ending… so Julian did it first, with me watching, to see what had to be done. I probably could have managed it on my own, but in the end, after doing the wretched quest with Demelza, we then decided that to save (our) time, and (my) nerve frazzlement, it would be best if he then logged on as Wynterthyme and did mine too. I was not happy! So far, all I’d been doing all day was sitting twiddling my thumbs, and watching! We’d no sooner finished (Julian had no sooner finished!) with that stupid quest, when we hit the next one. Now, this particular quest we could have done together, if the timing hadn’t been so impossibly tight! It was hopelessly bugged, too! (there were about eight separate threads in the Forums – and probably a lot more that we didn’t bother checking – complaining about this particular quest!) First, we had to go out and (a) find a cut-downable tree for wood. That wasn’t too hard… (there were still plenty of trees around then!) (b) find and kill three piglets to get some meat (you even got time to skin them, too, at that stage!) (c) race back down the trail to the camp fire, light a fire with the wood you got from the tree you’d “chopped” down, cook and eat your meat. Sounds simple, doesn’t it! (sarcasm mode: ON) I actually managed to do that much on my own… (sarcasm mode: OFF) The next part of the quest was the bugged bit. You were then put on a timer – you had to “prove” yourself to a High Level Tracker – you had 90 seconds to two minutes (more or less) to do all of what I described above. For starters – we both had heaps of meat in our bags from all the hostile piglets we’d already killed… and as soon as you accepted the quest, all that meat vanished (for good!) and you had to go out looking for the piglets – which all seemed to have vanished too! It was a matter of hunting them. Once we’d found and killed a piglet and got the meat, we couldn’t share it – though in most quests of this ilk we could – if  we did try to give eachother the meat, the quest failed and we had to start again. So, we had to – individually – hunt for – and kill three piglets (which weren’t as easy to find by now- no time for skinning this time!)  and take their meat. Then we had to find a tree, which were hard enough to find in the first place – you had to run all over the mountain – waving your cursor over any tree you could find – hoping to see the little brass “gear” wheel that meant you could use it! Unfortunately, the ruddy trees weren’t re-spawning! Not just taking a long time to re-spawn, mind you, just not re-spawning at all! So, no trees? You failed the quest and had to start again. If you were lucky enough to get your three pieces of meat, and your tree, and get back to the campfire within the time limit, you had to cook, and eat the meat… one. piece. at. a. time.! Make a mistake, and cook, or eat it all at once? Quest failed – start again! Julian did manage to “squeak” it in – by the skin of his teeth. I didn’t. I was furious! I was ropable! I still am. We were playing as a team – a group! Whatever quests he did, I did too – whatever quests I did, he did too – or we did the quest together and took joint quest completion rewards together. Always! Except this time. He’s done it – I haven’t – and none of you have any idea of how that rankles with me! Yes, I’m a sore, and obviously a bad – loser! I don’t care! I resent the fact that he was able to do it, but by the time I was trying to do it? There were no trees, and no piglets left – what’s more, I’d spent literally hours, of my game time, sitting, watching, and doing absolutely nothing! I’m still hurt, and resentful – and if that makes me a bad, or a stupid person – well, so be it!

No… Sunday wasn’t really a fun day for me…

Today I’ve spent leveling up another two – or is it three – new characters – a Warlock and a Mage – as well as getting Zelenka, my Human Warlock, up to level 38 – I think that’s probably the highest I’ve ever managed to get a non-Hunter character! Of the other two – one is Viverra, who was a low-level Priest, but I’ve re-rolled her as a Gnome Warlock, and the other, Aliriah is a Night Elf Mage. Her name was supposed to be “Liri” – but for some reason I couldn’t use that – so I tried “Aliri” – nah – apparently it was already being used – so “Aliriah” it became.

Now for the good bits – after dinner and television! 😉

Food stuffs. For lunch on Sunday I had a seeded sourdough sandwich with ham, cheese, and some Beerenberg Hot Tomato Chutney – very delicious! Sourdough bread is sooo tasty! Sunday night, of course, was our omelet night – although it very nearly wasn’t! Julian went to start getting all the “stuffs” ready for the omelet, and… we didn’t have any eggs! …And as everyone knows, ye canna’ have an omelet without breekin’ a few eggs, now, canye! So poor old Julian bravely put on his shoes and his socks, and his jacket, and drove off to replenish our egg supply, and we got our omelets. I’ve just been given a blow-by-blow description of what went into the omelet and how it was prepared, however it comes under the Official and Top Secret “Julian’s Secret Recipes for Omelets” department, so I can’t tell you eggs-actly how much of anything was used, or how it was prepared (besides, it would take too long!) I can only tell you what was in it:  diced onion… and chopped spring onions, roughly sliced thick-cut smoked bacon, chopped tomato, diced red capsicum, and large-ish squares of that yummy Cheddar/Tasty cheese that I like so much – oh, and eggs. Needless to say, it was another extra-nice, delicious omelet! For dessert I had my very last yellow Nectarine, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt. On Monday I had another sourdough sandwich, with sandwich chicken chunks, cheese, and some Baxters Fire Roasted Tomato & Smoky Chipotle Relish (sorry, I can’t give you a link to see what it looks like – according to Google and Baxters, it doesn’t exist – here, in Australia, or anywhere else in the world – even though the jar is sitting right in front of me on my desk! Go figure!) Anyway, the sandwich was really nice, though at a pinch, I’d say that the Beerenberg Hot Tomato Chutney was the better of the two relishes. Last night we had grilled steak for dinner – done in the griller! Quelle surprise! – with our usual half a tomato, chips, and our very own home-grown, fully organic (and just a teeny bit earwig-munched, until we learned how to control them!) steamed bok choy! It was really nice to be able to eat our own produce again! We’re both looking eagerly forward to planting tomatoes again – the ones we had last summer were absolutely wonderful, so this time we’re going to be putting in twice as many! For dessert last night I had one of my new, and very tasty Corella pears and an Apple Le Rice. Today for lunch I had – yes, another seeded sourdough sandwich – as a Toastie, this time – with that yummy Cheddar/Tasty cheese (it melts really well, too!) ham, tomato, and a thin smear of the apparently non-existent Baxters Fire Roasted Tomato & Smoky Chipotle Relish – though I must say it certainly tasted real! Finally, for dinner tonight we had our delicious marinated chicken, pan-fried, on a bed of steamed rice with finely chopped spring onions mixed through it, and for dessert I had a very nice and juicy mandarin, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh in Sunday: Disaster! Absolute disaster! I went up far too much… I went from 65.7 kg on Saturday, to…. 66.2 kg on Sunday. This is not good…
Weigh-in Monday: Not that much better, I’m afraid 😦 I went down one point – from 66.2 kg to 66.1 kg… I think it was the rather large carbohydrate filled lunch on Friday (was it Friday? I fergit…) followed by a rather large helping of the Lamb Korma with saffron rice… Not. Happy. Jan…
Weigh-in this morning: Well, at least I didn’t go up! My feet are though – like great big balloons :/ I stayed the same this morning – I went from 66.1 kg to 66.1 kg… Here’s hoping it’ll be a bit down tomorrow – though I don’t much like me chances… 😦

And there you go folks! Pretty much a blow-by-blow account of my last three days! Flipper is her usual Vera-Vague self, and Apple and Dapple have a new air-stone burbling bubbles into their Fish House 🙂 The bubbles are much bigger than the ones made by the old air-stone, and at first I was a bit worried that they might be a intimidated or frightened by the bigger bubbles – but no! They seem to love them, and they’ve been swimming backwards and forwards through them! They’re so cute! 🙂 And now luckily for all of you out there, that’s about “it” from me for tonight – do call in again tomorrow night for a much shorter (much, much shorter, I promise!) “episode” in “The Life and Times of Winter P”! 🙂 Until then though, please try to bee good, remember that the best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry now that it’s starting to get cold and wet again… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.24

04.44 pm

Yes, well, here we go – another day, another new background and header – I’m not sure that I really like this one all that much – it looked a lot better in the preview! *pout* Oh well, there’s always tomorrow… or …maybe not, because tomorrow is Sunday, and Julian and I will be running around the Broken Isles pretending to be Wynterthyme and Demelza, so I might not have time to do anything graphical until Monday… but I’m sure that none of you will mind waiting a day or two for something a bit better though, will you? Yeah! I thought not! 😉

So what have I been doing today – other than this background and header, of course – that was interesting, extraordinary, or exciting, I hear you all anxiously demanding to know… Well, not much, really, I have to confess! I spent the morning leveling up Netanya in Azuremyst Isle, and now at level 14, I’ve just started questing next door, so to speak, on Blood Myst Isle. Netanya is a Mage, and when she got to level 10 I had to choose my “Specialisation”, or what sort of a Mage I was going to be – and of course, having always played a Hunter with an obliging, if not always obedient, Pet to help me, the temptation is to stick with what you’re used to – namely having a Pet (of sorts) to help you fight monsters and “not nice” people – is very strong. Unfortunately, the only Mage Specialisation that  can have some sort of a Pet “helper” is the Frost Mage (the one you initially start out with) who gets a Water Elemental. The other two Specialisations – Fire and Arcane – have to rough it on their own, relying on their sharp minds and quick wits – and of course their magical expertise – to keep them alive and out of trouble. I have played all three types, and while I do like playing a Frost Mage, with their cute little Water Elemental chucking water bombs at your foes for you, I sort-of like the Arcane Mage the best (so far, anyway, however I’ve never played a Mage of any persuasion, past about level 35 – yet!) So I’ve turned Netanya into an Arcane Mage, for the moment, anyway! Luckily it’s quite easy to switch “Specialisations” – I think all you need to do is be somewhere safe and quiet – like your nearest Inn! 🙂 But anyway, Netanya is coping quite well at the moment – so I’ll just “play it by ear”, and see what happens!

After lunch today I went for my usual 20 minute “daily constitutional”, again with the speed upped to 4.4 kilometers per hour, and I do believe that the weather’s getting quite a lot (shudder!) warmer! 😦  As usual when I’m on the treadmill, I opened up the window next to me, to take advantage of any stray breeze that might be wafting around nearby, but even so, I needed to turn on the pedestal fan that’s permanently parked facing the front of the treadmill (*Winter gives an annoyed snort*) so I suppose it won’t be much longer before I’m going to have to petition Julian to have the egg-nitioner on, too!! Oh dear – I think it’s safe to tell you all that I’m not looking forward to summer, at all! in fact, I’m dreading it! 😦

So now that I’ve told you all about my morning, I can proceed to fill you in on the “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had a reprise of the beef, garlic and herb sausages that we’d had about a week ago. They’re really nice sausages, and the griller handles them perfectly, leaving the sausages well-cooked, but still nice and juicy on the inside. I was going to have either a bit of the Beerenberg Hot Tomato Chutney, or some Nando’s Perinaise dipping gloop, with both the sausages and the chips that we had with them, but as usual, I forgot! I suppose I’ve had a year and a half to get so used to having meals without sauces, dips, gravy or “extras”, that I just never think of them, come mealtimes! Oh well, I suppose it’s probably better for me that I don’t have them (but I will think of them, next time! 😉 ) So we had sausages, chips, our usual half a tomato, and steamed Brussels sprouts for dinner, and for dessert I had my second last yellow Nectarine (I’d actually thought it was my last yellow Nectarine, but I was wrowrr… mistaken, and I do have another one left for tonight!) and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt. Just before lunch today, Julian went shopping for all the ingredients needed for our dinner tonight – he’s making a recipe I found online for “Lamb Korma”, and he’s never cooked “Indian” before! Lunch was going to be a bit late, but he brought home another “naughty” (for me!) lunch – so I had half a jalapeno chili roll, half a feta and spinach (I think!) Danish, and one of the ever-famous Baker’s Delight fruit and white chocolate scones… though I’m sad to say that once again, the white chocolate “drizzle” icing was missing! 😦 If my hair hadn’t been looking so messy this morning, I would have gone up there and given them an earful, for missing out on the yummy white chocolate icing – again! However, what I’m really looking forward to is dinner tonight – because here I am, stuck at my desk in the Den, wearing my fingers down to the knuckles typing this blog, totally surrounded by the most delicious smells coming from the kitchen! It’s a very big recipe – I reckon there’s going to be absolutely tons left over – but if it tastes even a quarter as good as it smells, I’m very glad it is a big recipe, so that we can freeze the leftovers and get a few more meals out of it! I’ll let you all know what it was like tomorrow night*. For dessert I’ll have an Apple Le Rice, and my last yellow Nectarine…

Weigh-in this morning. Well, my feet still look like balloons, especially in the evenings, but there was a small modicum of movement on the scales this morning… I went from 65.8 kg yesterday to 65.7 kg this morning, so maybe… just maybe… things are looking up… I mean down… but I really don’t think so… it’s probably all just part and parcel of my “up-again, down-again”  see-saw within that wondrous land of the Never-Never, the Magical, Mystical “Margin of Error”! :/

And that just about wraps it up for me, I think – Flipper is being vague about her dinner tonight – first she wanted to eat it in our bedroom – on the bed! She insisted! Dinner! She wanted her dinner! Here! Uh-huh! No way, Flipper me dear! Then she decided that she wanted it in the Den… same response from us – No way! So she’s gone off to sulk on our bed, and her dinner is sitting on the dining room table, waiting for her to come to her senses! (no, she doesn’t eat on, or at, the dining room table, she eats her dinner in the Library!) Auric and Dapple had a water clean and change this morning, so they’re quite happy and waiting impatiently for me to go and feed them, which I’ll do as soon as I finish this – and that’s about “it” from me again for this evening! Don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow night to find out if I did get time to write anything, how Wynterthyme and Demelza fared in the Broken Isles, what my weight is up (or hopefully down!) to, and if Flipper eventually ate her dinner in the Library or not! Most importantly though, I’ll be able to tell you all what this absolutely wonderfulsmelling Lamb Korma was like! But until then, please do try to bee very, very good, don’t forget that there is more to life than having everything, and remember to keep warm and dry this weekend, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourself… but above all, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*Providing there is a blog tomorrow night! There should be, and there nearly always is on a Sunday – but after our extremely late finish last Sunday, I don’t really feel that I can promise that I’ll have the time to do so tomorrow night!

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.23

04.43 pm

Looks like I’m about on time this afternoon, for a change! I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to write this evening because I had the Podiatrist coming at 04.30-ish, or thereabouts. Julian was just about to head off to do a bit of shopping, and I was busy with some graphics, when suddenly the doorbell rang – neither of us knew who’d be calling around this afternoon – and it was far too early for the Podiatrist, who’s usually late anyway! It was the Podiatrist, which I thought was rather neat – the sooner she started, the sooner she’d finish, and I’d be able to get on with this! It’s a shame she can’t arrive early every month! So anyway, my feet are looking vaguely human again, and feeling a lot more comfortable with half a ton of super gloop rubbed into them… unfortunately the super gloop doesn’t last terribly long because my feet just soak it all up like blotting paper! I’ve got absolutely terrible feet – they get so dry that it doesn’t really matter what sort of oil or moisturiser I put on them, or how often – because in less than ten minutes they’ll be looking like the exposed and dried up roots of Ghost Gums again! (and about as big!) However I can still say “thank heavens for small mercies!”, because there is one good side of having such abnormally dry feet – at least I never have to worry about having sweaty, smelly feet, shoes, or socks! :/

We slept in this morning – and who can blame us, after our 5.30 am start yesterday – and we both spent a quiet, relaxing sort of day. I continued trying to sort out and tidy up extraneous characters on seldom visited Realms, and finally got rid of a couple of characters on Realms that I’d probably never use again. I’d only been keeping them because they were Guild Mistresses, and it sort-of goes against all my instincts to destroy a Guild – even when there are no proper Guild Bank facilities – so my Wynterthyme Account went from having 48 of 50 playable characters, to 46 of 50 playable characters… and then I went and created another Warlock, which brought the tally up to 47 – but unfortunately I then realised that I’d created her on the wrong Realm! I’d wondered why I managed to get the name “Viverra” (a Civet Cat) so easily, because I’d thought I already had a character with that name on that Realm, and had only typed in “Viverra” as an idle “twiddle”, while I thought of other possible names! Well, it turned out that I wasn’t on the Realm that I’d thought I was on, so now I’m torn! Do I get rid of this “Viverra”, and try to re-create her on the right Realm, with a different name, or do I leave her there and use up yet another character slot, this time on the right Realm?! Ahhh… decisions! Decisions! :/

I tell you what though, going through those “old” characters was really a bit of an eye-opener! All of them were Hunters, of course, but nearly all of them still had ammunition bags or quivers, and… stacks of ammunition! Hunters on World of Warcraft haven’t had to use ammunition since 2010, and looking at the Guild stats, most of the Guild Members (mostly me, of course) on the Roster hadn’t logged on in eight (8!) years! (Winter shakes her head in disbelieving wonder at her flagrant neglect!)

Anyway, that’s about all I did today! I did go for my walk after lunch today, which I didn’t do yesterday. For about the first time ever, I actually forgot to yesterday! I was so intent on getting everything set up and organised to  watch “Survivor: Australia” – was my phone within easy reach? And what about my lunch – did I have a cup of coffee, and a bowl and a knife for my mandarin ready? Then I just sat down, watched the show, ate my lunch, and forgot all about walking! I made up for it today though – I did my full twenty minutes, and upped the speed, from 4.2 kilometers per hour, to 4.4 kilometers per hour! So… now that you all know about how my day turned out, I can fill you all in on all the “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had pasta, with a rather nice Barilla Tomato and Basil sauce, and a good sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, and for dessert I had one of my Corella pears, and an Apple Le Rice. For lunch today I had a sourdough sandwich, with sandwich-sliced smoked chicken, the yummy Cheddar/Tasty cheese that I like so much, chopped lettuce, and capers – I’ve never had capers before (well, I probably have had capers before because I can’t see how I could possibly have reached my age without having had them – I probably just didn’t notice them, or realise what they were!) Anyway, it was a very nice sandwich, and it appears that I do like capers, after all! 🙂 Tonight for dinner we’re doing a reprise of the beef, garlic and herb sausages that we had the other night, with chips, half a tomato, and either steamed green beans or Brussels sprouts, and with maybe some Beerenberg Hot Tomato Chutney, or a titch of the Nando’s Perinaise Dipping Sauce (Mild) in which to dip the chips! 😉 For dessert I think I’d better have the last yellow Nectarine, along with a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. Well, it appears that yesterday’s shockingly early weigh-in wasn’t too far off the mark, after all! :/ This morning I weighed in at 65.8 kg – only one point down on yesterday, and so well within that magical, mythical “Margin of Error”! Oh well, we’ll hop for better things tomorrow, seeing as how I did an extra fast walk today! 😉

Oh, I forgot to mention this earlier! Being a great fan of the Harry Potter stories an’ all, I had signed up to get regular news items from J. K. Rowling’s site, “Pottermore” – I haven’t been there for yonks, but this morning I got an email from them purporting to be able to tell me what sort of animal my “Patronus” was (if you’re not familiar with the Harry Potter stories, please feel free to skip this section of the blog because it would simply take too long to explain it all to you! Better still, visit the supplied link to Pottermore, and find out from Ms. J. K. herself! 🙂 ) The site itself has come about sixty million miles from when I last visited it, and it’s well worth a look, even if you’re not into all things mystical, magical, and fantastic – it;s really a well thought out, and well done site! Anyway, I answered all the questions as truthfully and as honestly as I could, and it turns out that my “Patronus” is the Grey Squirrel! I also had to re-join the Pottermore site, and pretty much start over, as the site has changed so much since I first visited it that it no longer recognises any of the old commands, passwords and email addresses – so I even went and got myself “sorted” into a School House by the Sorting Hat, which put me in Ravenclaw! I have a Siamese Cat for a pet, and my Wand is made of Hard Elm, with a core of Unicorn hair – so there ya go! That’s me all sorted out for another term at Hogwarts – and to all of you who skipped most of that last bit of  – you can come back now and start reading again, as I’ve finished with the Fantasy aside for the nonce! 🙂

And that, gentle readers, brings me full circle and back to tomorrow’s outlook again! I have really no idea what’s happening tomorrow, but I do know that Julian will be off on an expedition to buy all the ingredients to try making a “Lamb Korma” – his very first foray into Indian Cooking – or curries, anyway! Also tomorrow morning, I’m going to be breaking my usual breakfast regimen by having toast, for a change! Toasted sourdough toast! With some of the delicious-looking Cumquat marmalade that the Vampire Nurse (that’s the Nurse who takes my Warfarin blood samples – I don’t think she’s really a Vampire though!) gave us! I’ve been dying to try it! I’ll let you all know what it’s like, because I believe it’s quite easy to make in the microwave, and if it is any good, I might try making some myself! 🙂 And that’s really about “it” from me for this evening – but do drop in again tomorrow night to find out what the Cumquat marmalade was like, and if I’m going to make any myself as soon as I can find some Cumquats, what my weight surprised me with, and whether it was a good or a bad surprise, and anything else remotely interesting or exciting that we might have got up to during the day! Until then however, do try very hard to bee good, don’t forget that talk doesn’t cook the rice, and remember to always drive carefully, to look after yourself, and to keep warm and dry, especially if you’re out watching the football this weekend… but above all, please… remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.22

04.09 pm

Here I am – starting at a fairly decent time for a change! I’ve had a long, but fairly productive day today, after getting up around 05.30 am! As I mentioned to you all last night, Julian was flying over to Adelaide today for the interment of his parent’s ashes under a beautiful big gum tree in the garden part of the cemetery. Whenever he makes a day trip to Adelaide he always books the earliest flight he can, drives to the airport and parks in the Day Parking area, and usually ends up having enough time for a quick cup of airport coffee before his flight – unless there are any “unexpected” (read: “expected”!) delays on the Tullamarine freeway – because it’s always better to be too early than too late! Unfortunately he wasn’t able to get an early flight back again, and so wouldn’t have been getting home until about 08.00 pm – bit of a bummer – but he thought he’d try to get a seat on an earlier plane, and for once the Fates were kind to him! He should be touching down in Melbourne any time now, which is fantastic! Flipper will get her dinner on time, we won’t have to have a really late dinner, and I’ll have someone to talk to again! 🙂

So, how did I fill in my day today? Well, for starters, I got a nice, early start on WoW this morning, and took Aphra up to level 17. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but Mychal, my Undead Warlock, was sent directly from the “baby areas”, around Tirisfal Glades, straight on to Silverpine Forest, and eventually through to the Hinterlands and then finally to Desolace – on the other hand, Aphra, my Blood Elf Hunter, was sent to the Ghostlands, where she’ll probably be busy until she hits level 21! Silvermoon, the Blood Elf Capital city, is only a short bat flight north from Undercity, the Undead Capital! I’d been expecting to get sent on to Silverpine Forest too, but there I am, running up and down the Dead Scar, trying to avoid Knucklerot and Luzran until I get to level 21! Knucklerot and Luzran are a couple of level 21 Gold Elites that patrol up and down this area – they’re definitely not easy, and shouldn’t be attempted solo, unless you like spending a lot of time running back for your body, and spending a lot of gold on repairs! It usually takes two or three regular level 21 characters to pull them down – or one regular level 21 Hunter, their Pet, and a very much higher level “friend”, whom Julian usually supplies! 😉 Well, I guess I am only level 17, so I shouldn’t be complaining…. Anyway, while I was doing all of that, I was also attempting the almost impossible – playing WoW whilst working on some mental arithmetic (and for me, that is almost impossible! I almost always need a pencil and a lot of paper to scribble my “guesses” on, when I’m trying to work sums out!) I was trying to figure out how many characters Tinselfluff (my second account) had, and how many Wynterthyme (my primary account) had, and whether or not I could squeeze, or wrangle, one more character into Saurfang under my Wynterthyme account… and if there were any extraneous characters already on Saurfang that I didn’t really need that I could get rid of… Anyway, I kept getting tangled up in all the logistics, so in the end I left Aphra in Silvermoon, logged out, and went tallying – with a pen and paper this time! It turns out that Tinselfluff has a total of 23 characters out of a possible 50, and Wynterthyme had a total of 49 characters, out of a possible 50 – “had” being the operative word there! And of course, in all that investigative sleuthing, I found a multitude of sins that needed to be corrected, gear, fashion, and set-up wise – which of course is what I started doing – and that kept me fully occupied, until my eyes started crossing and I felt that surely it was time for lunch?! Ah-ha! Julian just rang to say that he’s back in Melbourne and has left the airport – but it’s peak hour, so it’ll probably be a very slow trip home. He also asked me to put Flipper’s pussy biscuits (kibble) away so that she can’t fill up her tummy with those before dinner, which I’ve done – just as Flipper came in looking for them! I told her that Daddy would be home soon, and would get her dinner for her (I sort-of know what medication she has sprinkled on her dinner, but if I fed her, she probably wouldn’t eat it – because I’m only “Horrible Old Mummy”, and not Dear Daddy!) Now, where was I when the phone rang… oh yes, just walking back into the Den with another cup of coffee… So I went and took my sandwich out of the fridge to bring it up to “room temperature” before I ate it, finished off the work I’d been doing on WoW, checked my mail, and went into the lounge room to get myself organised to watch some of the “Survivor: Australia” episodes that I’ve been recording.

Then I sat in the lounge room, eating my lunch and watching “Survivor: Australia”, and at about four o’clock, I switched off the television, came back in here, and… well, here I am! 🙂 Now, wasn’t that a real fun day, especially the getting up at 5.30 am bit ….and would any of you like to buy a bridge? Only one owner – a little old lady who used to drive over it every Sunday, on her way to church! 😉

And now, having filled you all in on what’s been happening around here today, I shall hasten to get on to the “good” bit! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night we had a pair of beautiful pork “cutlets” – they actually looked a bit more like absolutely beautifully trimmed pork chops, but the packet called them “cutlets”, so I will too! Julian cooked them in our new griller, and although he thought they were a bit over-cooked, I didn’t! They were extremely tasty, and very tender – I love having the chop bone in things like Frenched lamb chops, and these pork cutlets, because having the “bone handle” there makes them so much more easier to hold, while you gnaw away at the meat still on parts of said “bone handle”! With them we had mashed potatoes, steamed green peas, and our usual half a tomato – then I had one of those yummy Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurts and another absolutely luscious yellow Nectarine for dessert (but I’d better have one of my Corella pears tonight, before they get over-ripe and mushy, too!) For lunch today I had a very tasty sandwich which Julian made for me this morning before he left for the airport – sourdough bread, the yummy Cheddar/Tasty cheese that’s my favourite at the moment, pastrami, tomato, and chopped lettuce. Extremely nice! I also had one of my last two mandarins, and I think I managed to fluke eating it at exactly the right time – it was sweet, but still with a hint of acidity, very easy to peel (sometimes they can be really hard to get the peel off without leaving too much pith behind!) and as an extra bonus – no pips! I have one mandarin left… hmm… Tonight we’re having pasta for dinner – well, we’d decided to have pasta when we thought that Julian would be late home, because pasta is quick and easy to make, and as far as I know, we’ll still have the pasta, even if he’s going to be quite a bit earlier than we’d expected – besides, not only is my mouth all geared up and expecting pasta and tomato sauce, but all the meat we have is still in the freezer! 😉 For dessert, as I said, I’d probably better have one of my two remaining Corella pears before they get all over-ripe and mushy, and I’ll also have an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in this morning. Obviously wasn’t at all accurate – and it was far too early for my weigh-in, anyway! However, I went up 😦 I went from 65.7 kg yesterday to 65.9 kg today! Terrible! Next time I see Dr. B., I’m going to ask her if there’s anything I can do about the way my feet swell up, and if the fluid retention they display is associated with my strangely see-sawing weight in any way! Still, it was really the wrong time of the morning to be weighing me – so I think I’ll weight and sea what happens tomorrow morning at weigh-in time! 😉

And that brings me up to tomorrow again! I have absolutely no idea what’s happening tomorrow – we might even sleep in a bit, to make up for this morning! I’ll probably do some WoW-ing in the morning, and maybe even watch a bit more “Survivor: Australia” in the afternoon – who knows? 🙂 But once again, that’s about “it” from me for this evening – however do drop in again tomorrow night to find out if it was the timing of my weigh-in this morning that got my weight all wrong, or if it really did go up that much, and if so, what am I going to do about it? Whatever transpires though, there’ll be lots of “stuffs” to tell you all about! Until then though, do try to bee good, and don’t forget – never let inexperience get in the way of ambition, because without ambition, you’ll never get that experience – remember to look after yourself, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry, especially on cold, wet mornings when you’re commuting via Public Transport… but most importantly, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.21

04.53 pm

Grr! Look at the time! I was going to start writing at about four o’clock – maybe four-fifteen – whatever – and I’ve been happily playing WoW, having a great time leveling up Aphra, and taking her off to Tirisfal Glades to get a new Pet when she turned level 11, and thinking to myself “I’ve got plenty of time, it’s only a quarter past two! 🙂 ” – and the next time I looked at the clock I thought “I’ve still got plenty of time – it’s only…. hnag on! It was quarter past two the last time I looked, ages ago! That can’t be right!” – and I looked at my watch… well, the time showing on my little gold Carriage Clock wot always sits on my desk wasn’t right, was it – it was ruddy-well a quarter to five! Arrggghh! Poor Aphra! I just dumped her and “Sulkysilky”, her brand new Spider Pet (a “Rare Special”, I might add, so I was very lucky to have been in the right place, at the right time to get her/him/it!) in a terribly unsafe place by a lake in the middle of hostile Troll territory, and came straight here!

Anyway, here I am – and this is how I came to be playing WoW this afternoon instead of “twiddling” and wasting time waiting until it was around four o’clock… This morning we took my beautiful, vibrantly shiny red hair off to have my Warfarin blood test done – it should have been done yesterday, but we both forgot – and then on to the Post Office to have my replacement Passport Photos taken. We were going to go up to the Vermont South Post Office, have a cup of coffee at one of the little eateries there afterwards, do a bit of shopping (bananas!) and come home – but when we realised that we had to go to Glen Waverley, to have my Warfarin blood test done, we decided to have my Passport Photos done at the Post Office Shop at The Glen instead, have a cup of coffee and something to nibble at the Shingle Inn (because it was way too early for lunch) get our bananas, and come home. I told Julian that as I’d been out walking all morning, more or less, I’d still do my treadmilling after lunch, but I’d only do fifteen minutes instead of the usual twenty. Well, we did all of the above, and we were almost home when I said to Julian “I’ve changed my mind! Instead of doing my fifteen minute walk after lunch, I think I’ll do it as soon as we get home, then I won’t have to break up the rest of my day if I have to do my walk after lunch!” We both thought that was a good idea, so when we walked in, the first thing I did after depositing my keys and my handbag on the hall table, was that I kicked off my (very much detested) shoes, shed my rather heavy woolen jumper, and hit the treadmill (well actually, I didn’t “hit” it, I just walked on it fairly firmly!) In fact. I didn’t only do a fifteen minute walk, I did the full twenty minutes, after which I felt very virtuous, and claimed a cup of coffee as my “reward” for being so good! My plan from there was to have lunch, play WoW until about four – four-fifteen, and then start this.

Well, that didn’t happen, did it! :/

When we arrived at the Dorevitch blood collection place, the Courier who picks up all the blood and other “specimens” was just leaving, so I thought – “well, we’ve missed this collection – we’ll probably get my results back late this evening! :/ ” Then we went in to siphon off my blood, and the Nurse, whom we’re starting to get to know quite well by now, darted off and came back with a jar of home-made Brandied Cumquats, and a jar of home-made Cumquat marmalade for us! We’d been talking about gardening and plants in the back yard last time we were there, and she was telling us about how much she liked making Brandied Cumquats and marmalade, and we were saying how much we liked those sorts of things, so she said she’d bring us some! Well, we forgot all about it, but she’d remembered, and had brought a jar of each in for us, which she’d kept in a cupboard under the front desk until we came in again! Wasn’t that nice of her! I can’t wait to taste them both! Our puny little cumquat bush doesn’t even have any flowers on it yet (I’m afraid it had a bit of a bad start in life, as we’d left it languishing in a tiny pot on our back deck for ages before we re-potted it in a nice, big, roomy container, out in the fresh air and sunshine!) We might have one of the Brandied Cumquats each after dinner tonight – or maybe just half a one each… However! I did get my blood test results back fairly quickly after all! My INR, at 2.3, is a bit lower than it was last time (which is perhaps not so good!) but my dosage has remained the same – 2.5 mg daily until my next blood test on the 19th of October.

So that’s been my day for today, and I can finally get on with all the “good” bits! 😉 Oh, and needless to say, the Passport photos that were taken up at the Post Office this morning didn’t turn out looking any better than the ones that Julian had taken a few weeks ago, but they’ve been Express Posted off, so hopefully in about two to three weeks I’ll get my new Passport!

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had sausages. I’m afraid that I told you they were chicken sausages – because that’s what Julian had told me they were (see, it’s all his fault!) but they weren’t chicken sausages – he’d been mistaken – they were beef, garlic and parsley ones, which was really a bit strange because my mouth had been all geared up for chicken ones! Still, they were very nice, and we had them with chips, steamed green beans, and as it turned out, we did have some tomatoes, so we also had our usual half a tomato. For dessert I had another one of my yellow Nectarines, and an Apple Le Rice. The Nectarine was absolutely delicious, but starting to get just a tad on the over-juicy stage! Methinks that I’d better have another one tonight, before they do get too mushy to eat! I mentioned before that we’d had a cup of coffee, and something to nibble on at the Shingle Inn this morning, because it was too early for lunch – well, Julian had a cappuccino and a Muffin, and I had my usual long black (coffee) with a small jug of skinny milk “on the side”, and one of my usual yummy caramel slices, with a thick, slightly crunchy biscuit base, a “generous” inch of thick, gooey caramel in the middle, and a quarter of an inch thick “slab” of chocolate on top. *rolls eyes* I simply hate to think what my scales are going to make of that little “nibble”, tomorrow morning! For lunch today I had a sandwich made with sourdough bread, ham, tomato, and that really nice Tasty/Cheddar cheese – very nice indeed! Tonight we’re having some really beautiful looking pork cutlets for dinner – which will be cooked in the griller, so it’ll be very interesting to see how they turn out! With that we’ll be having mashed potatoes, peas, and our usual half a tomato, and for dessert I’ll either have another yellow Nectarine, if they’re not too mushy, or one of my remaining Corella pears, plus a tub of my very favourite Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. About what I expected, really – I went back up again to where I was the day before yesterday! Typical! This morning I went from 65.3 kg back up to 65.7 kg again. Say Lah Vee, as the French say! I wonder what I’ll be tomorrow, after having eaten that very tasty little “morsel” of the chocolate and caramel slice!

And that brings me almost up to tomorrow! Flipper is well, though a bit vague tonight, so she might not eat all her dinner – but we’ll see… Auric and Dapple are both still well, and swimming about, as goldfish are want to do – and life sort of muddles along as usual! Tomorrow morning Julian is off to Adelaide to see to the interment of his parents’ ashes into their new home under a great big gum tree in the cemetery. That’s at 11 am – but he was wasn’t able to get an earlier flight back, so he’s going to be rather late home – he won’t be walking through the garage door, calling out “Honey! I’m home!” until about eight o’clock… so once again it’ll be a late dinner. We’ll be having pasta, so hopefully that shouldn’t take too long to prepare… And, you know? That’s about “it” from me for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night, to find out if my weight went up because of the chocolate and caramel slice, or down because of all the walking I did today (and up and down two flights of stairs!) and what time Julian got home (although I might finish tomorrow’s episode before he gets home!) and what else I did to while away the long day with no-one to make me a cup of tea at lunch time! 😉 But until then, please try very hard to bee good, don’t forget – a professional person is simply an amateur who didn’t quit, and remember to keep warm and dry on cold wet days, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourself… but most importantly, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.20

03.46 pm

Well, here I am, and to catch you all up on what’s been happening in this neck of the woods, I’m going to ask for your suspension of disbelief for the moment, and pretend that I’m actually H. G. Wells in disguise, and that I’ve just written a story about a Time Machine… the story goes something like this:

It was Sunday morning, and Winter and Julian were getting ready for their weekly game of World of Warcraft, where Winter played a forthright and formidable Night Elf Hunter called, very imaginatively, “Wynterthyme”, and Julian played a very pretty – but very klutzy – Draenei Hunter called “Demelza”. Once a week (occasionally during a slow week they’d manage to squeeze in a bit more gameplay, but they usually only played once a week) they’d start playing pretty much as soon as they’d finished their breakfast, break for lunch around noon, after which Winter would head off for her daily twenty minutes of brisk, if somewhat mindless, walking on the treadmill.  When Winter returned to the Den, they’d resume playing until about half past four in the afternoon, so that Winter would have time to write her daily account of her day, or blog, before it was time for dinner. This routine usually worked fairly well – they had fun playing their game, Winter had just enough time to write her blog and get it online before their usual delicious Sunday night dinner of omelets, and all was well in the home… except for this particular Sunday!

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Yes, well we started playing as usual, broke for lunch, as usual, and I went for my walkies… also as usual – and that’s where “usual” stopped, and events overtook us. We were questing in the new Broken Islands area, where it was a matter of ride along for a minute or so (only side-tracking for Herbs, lumps of Ore, and killing any monsters either in our way, or on our “to kill for quest” list) before stopping to consult the map as to which way to go – rinse and repeat, many, many times! Because this area only became available with the latest Expansion at the end of August, we’re totally unfamiliar with it, and we have no idea where Flight Points are, or hidden Portals might be – so we’re out questing in the middle of no-where’s-ville, and it’s starting to get late! We had done a fair amount of exploring, and had filled in quite a lot of the blank spaces on the map – and fighting tooth and nail just about every inch of the way – but had found no handy-dandy Flight Points, or any reasonably quick and easy way of getting back to where we were – if we Hearthed then, and had to come back to finish off the quest chain, we’d be in the same position next time! That is, that by the time we’d fought, kicked, scratched, and clawed our way back to the place we’d managed to get up to, it’d be time to Hearth back home again, creating our very own little Groundhog Day scenario! We decided to press on – surely it couldn’t be much further that we had to go to finish off this ruddy quest chain! It was. We didn’t finish the quest chain and get back to hand the wretched thing in until after five thirty, and by the time we’d dusted down and quit out of the game, Julian had had to pause the News on ABC1 – thank heavens for Foxtel set-top boxes!

As I made it a rule, a couple of months ago, not to start writing after dinner and two hours of television watching after dinner (if I’ve already started writing the blog before dinner, I’ll finish it when I get back to the Den – but only if I’d almost finished it before!) on Sunday night I didn’t write anything – hoping that I’d have time on Monday night to write something. I usually don’t have time on Mondays, so I’m not quite sure why I was vaguely optimistic about getting anything written last night – for crying out loud, I was having my hair coloured, so I was going to have even less time – but I’m sure you all know the old saying – “hope springs eternal“, and all that… and of course, I didn’t have any time last night either – so nothing got written then, either! :/ Sorry…

However, to re-cap: Julian and I had a great day on Sunday, even if we did have a late dinner! We both went up two levels, and we both died a couple of times… but death in WoW is fleeting, and your only “hurt” is forking out the Guild Bank’s gold for repairs to your armor and weapons (luckily Wynterthyme and Demelza are on Quel’Dorei, where the Guild Bank is very “comfortably well off”!) At one point of this remarkably long quest chain, we’d finished talking to a stone head that was lying just outside a rather grandiose underground “vault”, and we could see quite a few skeletons, just inside the entrance. We remarked on this, thinking that the presence of so many skeletons didn’t bode well for us – and without reading the quest through properly, we darted on in… and promptly died, adding our pathetic little skeletons to the rest! If we’d bothered to read the rest of the quest – which we then did, after we’d died – we’d have seen that the stone head we’d been speaking to had told us not to enter the vault until we’d completed the part of the quest where we had to find his arms and feet! Talk about a “duh!” moment! 🙂

Yesterday was also a good day – we didn’t have our cleaning lady – she comes next week – so I had just about all day to twiddle around with Mychal, my Warlock – who’s now level 33 and questing away in Desolace, and I also got lonesome for a Beast Master Hunter, so I made one of those too – her name’s “Aphra”, and she’s now level 10, and doing very well for herself! Josh came around at his usual time, only this time he did my hair colour… It’s totally fantastic! I am so pleased with it (and so is Julian!) This time I have three different colours instead of just two – the bright, vibrant, red that I usually have, which has a slightly blue-ish tint (?) because there’s a bit of violet in it, to keep it a “cooler” red,  the second is a sort of a beer-bottle brown (actually it’s more like the colour of my Jurlique “Clarity” liquid soap and hand lotion bottles!) and lastly, a light, slightly ash blond, to get the other two colours to tie in with my “natural” faded hair colour. Josh is a really remarkable young man – he’s a real artist, a great hair colourist, and a wonderful stylist! Thank you so my Josh – Winter is really back! 🙂 My hair’s looking a little messy at the moment as there’s not much hair spray or “product” to keep it in place, and it keeps falling in my eyes all the time, or I’d get Julian to take a photo to put up so that you can all see it – but never fear, you’ll see it as soon as I can persuade it to sit still, with a bit of water on my comb! 🙂 No, I won’t use any hairspray – not yet, anyway… unless I get really desperate when I get my Passport photos done again tomorrow morning, and then I’ll only comb a bit through…

Which finally brings me up to today! This morning I spent the day getting Mychal to Desolace, and picking up the odd Flight Point along the way (I think I only missed one!) As I think I said before – she’s level 33 now, and doing very well indeed! I might do some work with Aphra tomorrow – I’ll see how I feel after I get back from having those Passport photos re-done up at the Vermont South Post Office this time! (Julian did the last ones…they were really hideous! I looked so washed out and pale!) And that’s about everything of note that’s been happening around here, so I shall get on with the “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. Dinner on Sunday was, of course, omelets – and maybe tomatoes are the answer?! We didn’t have any tomatoes on Sunday night – Julian had forgotten to get any when he did the shopping the day before (he also forgot to get bananas, so we had to have “tinned in a plastic bottle” sliced peaches on our cereal this morning, which was actually a nice change!) and the omelets on Sunday were really yummy! There was cheese, pre-cooked bacon, and pre-fried onion, and it was really delicious! The cheese was just so melt-y and tasty, and I didn’t miss the tomato at all! For dessert I had one of my Corella pears, which was actually about “right” for eating, for once, and an Apple Le Rice. Yesterday for lunch I had half a jalapeno savoury roll, and one of the Baker’s Delight fruit and white chocolate scones – only they seem to have run out of the white chocolate icing-drizzle stuff or something, because there wasn’t any, which was very disappointing! 😦 If there’s none next time I have one, I shall complain long and loudly! Last night for dinner, which was very late because of me getting my hair coloured, we had the last of our four left-over meals from the last Lamb and Harissa Lasagne with Feta & Oregano – Julian will have to make it again early next week, because it’s all eaten up now 😦 For dessert I had one of my nice, new yellow Nectarines, which was tasty and succulent – but I think I’m going to have to eat the rest of them over the next few nights, otherwise I think they might get over-ripe and ikky – and I also had one of my Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurts (they’re really, really nice! you should all try some, truly!) Today for lunch I had two pieces of sourdough bread with some of the Cocoa and almond spread that we got the other day – I had a tiny taste the other day, and it was so nice that I decided to have it for lunch today for a change from meat and salad sandwiches. No butter or anything, just smallish, thin slices of sourdough bread with a smearing of this paste/spread/whatever. It’s ever so much more nicer than silly old Nutella, which isn’t chocolate anyway, it’s Hazelnut – and It was really nice to have for a change – but not terribly “satisfying”! There’s a lot more in a ham or roast beef, cheese, chutney and lettuce sandwich than there is in two small, thin slices of bread with a smearing of this Cocoa and almond spread – even if it is real chocolate! Tonight we’re having grilled chicken sausages, with chips, and probably steamed green beans and steamed carrots, as I don’t think we have any tomatoes yet… For dessert I’ll have a look at the yellow Nectarines, and if I think they’ll last a bit longer without dying of old age, I’ll probably have an apple – otherwise I’ll have another Nectarine – the one last night was really nice – and I’ll also have one of the Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in Sunday morning: Wasn’t too bad – I was down a bit on Saturday’s weigh-in! I went from 65.8 kg on Saturday to 65.6 kg – down two points…

Weigh-in Monday (yesterday) Not happy! I went up one point! From 65.6 kg on Sunday to 65.7 kg. Bother, said Pooh, as he ate the last of his honey (which reminds me! I must put Leatherwood Honey on the shopping list! I’ll go and do that now! Uno momento!) Done! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. For some strange reason, having my hair done always seems to make me lose weight! (Hey! Maybe I should have my hair done every day! 😉 Only kidding! 🙂 ) I went from 65.7 kg yesterday to 65.3 kg this morning – down four points! Excellent! But you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be back up again tomorrow… swings and roundabouts… *sigh*

And once again that brings me up to tomorrow! I’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow, apart from the fact that I’ll be going up to the Post Office at Vermont South to have my Passport photos re-done – so I shall probably spend the best part of the day WoW-ing, as usual. Flipper has eaten nearly all of her dinner, Auric and Dapple are getting bigger every day – though I was a little concerned to see that Dapple had a slight case of the “floaties” last night – it’s usually Auric who gets the “floaties”, not Dapple! He’s usually a good little boy, and swims around properly! I might give them just a little less dinner tonight and see how they go tonight… But that’s really about “it” from me for tonight – do drop in again tomorrow night to find out how my Passport photos went, if my weight did indeed go back up (it’s sure to!) and what we got up to during the day. Until then though, please do try to bee good, don’t forget that it’s not what you do once in a while; it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference, and remember to look after yourselves, to keep warm and dry when the weather is inclement, and to always drive carefully… but above all, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.19

04.39 pm

Well, apologies once again! Last night our fantastic day in The Broken Isles went a lot later than it usually does – I mean, we always enjoy our day of slaughtering monsters, but yesterday we’d started a quest line that we really had to finish – it was in an area that would have been almost impossible to get back to without a great deal of effort (it’d taken us a great deal of effort to get there in the first place!) and there were no Portals and/or Flight Points that would have got us even close by – so we finished the quest – successfully, naturally – and we ended up having a slightly later dinner than we normally do on a Sunday!

Now it’s Monday evening, and Josh will be here soon… I’m having my hair coloured tonight, so once again it’ll be a rather late dinner!

However! My very favourite eldest daughter will not be over tomorrow – she has some serious writing to do for an assignment – so I should have plenty of time to fill in all the blanks for you all, including the fact that I’ve rolled another Beast Master Hunter on Saurfang, a Blood Elf called “Aphra” (it should be “Affra”, but that, and all the other alternative ways of spelling the name, had already been taken… so, “Aphra” it is!) Now, why did I roll another Beast Master Hunter, I hear you ask? Can I say “well, it seemed like a good idea at the time”? I already have a Beast Master Hunter on Saurfang, but she’s the Guild Mistress, the Banker, and the Auction Mistress, and her bags are usually full of stuff to sell, or things that everyone else has sent her, so she’s not really a good choice to take out questing, if you see what I mean. Anyway, I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow, K? 🙂

So… once again a “Place Holder” paragraph or two, just so that you all know that I haven’t vanished into the “Nothing” 😉

Anyway, I must go and get myself ready to be coloured in! Talk to you all tomorrow night – promise! In the meantime, do try to bee good, remember to have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully. and to keep warm and dry, especially if you’re commuting – but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂