Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.01

05.25 pm

“With a pinch and a punch for the first of the month – pass it on, and no returns!”

Well, here I am again – with yet another new Template – do you all like it? While I was “testing it”, I found a very nice background – but silly me didn’t save it! So, hours and hours later (quite literally, actually!) and still unable to find the wretched thing again, I made my own. It’s not as nice as the other one, which had quite a pretty flower pattern in it, but it’ll suffice until I do find it again – maybe next century, or something! :/ This morning, however, I played WoW – part of the time playing with Wynterthyme and Demelza, the rest of the time I concentrated on my Warlock Zelenka, who at level 36 is currently questing in the Southern Barrens, and coping very well indeed – almost too well, really, and I expect I’ll be moved along again fairly rapidly. I could have gone to the Cape of Stranglethorn instead, but I chose the Southern Barrens because I’ve Tangled with Stranglethorn lots of times recently, but it’s been many, many years since I ventured into this part of Azeroth –  pretty much not since Cataclysm broke the Barrens into two halves, way back in 2010! 😯 I could have had myself either flown or Portal’d  in by Nyabinghi (Julian’s level 100 Mage) instead I decided to do some “leveling up via exploration”, caught the Ship from Stormwind to Darnassus, flew over to the mainland, and then “ran” from there, picking up Flight Points as I went. I’d actually managed, unscathed, to get myself all the way to the border between the Northern and the Southern Barrens, and then I discovered that the “border” is actually a very deep volcanic chasm, with a “floor” of lethally hot lava – there’s also no way down, apart from falling down – and if the fall didn’t kill you, the hot lava would – and no way back up either of the sides, once you’d run back to get your body, so it then became a matter of “Oh, Jooolian! I think I might take you up on your very kind offer of a lift, please…” and so Nyabinghi came and flew me over the border to my destination, just the other side of the impassable chasm! So near, and yet so far! Wynterthyme and Demelza also did quite well for themselves – Demelza gained a level – 101 – but unfortunately Wynterthyme didn’t – I think I’d better take her out to gather a few herbs this evening, to catch her up a bit! :/

I’ve found out that we have to have something called an “Essence Swapper” to change the appearance of our new second Pet(s), Hati. Exactly what it is, what it looks like, and how or where you get one, I haven’t been able to find out yet – I don’t know if it’s a quest reward, a “lucky drop” from a Mob that you’ve killed, or if they’re sold by a particular Vendor that you have to locate. I think “Legion” is probably still too new for players to have had a chance to write things like this up anywhere, so I shall keep looking (I’ll also ask my very favourite eldest daughter – having been a Beta Tester, she should know, if anyone does! “Watch this space”! 😉 )

I did my treadmilling after lunch today – or perhaps I ought to say “I did my treadmilling at almost afternoon tea time today”, which would be closer to the mark – I got so caught up in looking for that dratted background! Still, I got the Template up in the end, and I can always add the background later – that is if I decide that I really do like it, after all this chasing around for it! 😡 Julian used the treadmill this afternoon, too! He usually goes for a walk every morning before breakfast, but this morning he didn’t quite trust the weather, and as I’m always saying to him “Why don’t you use the treadmill? You won’t get wet if it does rain, and if your foot gets too sore, well, you’re already home so you won’t have to limp back from wherever you got to, especially if it is raining!” So today, after nearly a year of saying he didn’t want to walk on the treadmill, he finally gave it a go! I always have the treadmill set at an angle of 10°, the highest it’ll go, and I walk at 4 kilometers per hour – Julian set it to an angle of 4°, and he walked at something like 6 kilometers an hour for a bit over four kilometers! Ye ghods and little fishes, I’d have to run flat-out to keep that speed, with my little short legs! (Just call me “Stumpy”! And to think I used to be considered “tall”, at five foot seven and three-quarters in stockinged feet! I’m now just a trifle under five feet tall – and rapidly turning into one of those “little old women” you hear so much about! 😥 ) I think I could, at a pinch, up my speed to 4.5 kilometers per hour – especially if I dropped the height angle down a couple of notches… I’m used to walking at a 10° – to me it’s no different from walking on a flat surface – but at a 4° angle, Julian found that when he got off the treadmill he felt as though he was still walking, leaning over backwards, as though he were going up a steep hill! Weird…. 😕

Auric and Dapple are both well, as is Flipper, although it took me ages to get to sleep last night because of her! She likes to nestle in between the two of us, with her back curved into my back, and her paws wrapped around one of Julian’s hands, or his arm. This is all well and good, as long as I make sure that there’s enough doona on my side, so that it’s not all rucked up under her, with not enough left over to cover me when I lie down – as was the case last night! I couldn’t even turn over properly, let alone keep warm under the measly amount of doona left on my side of the cat! Julian said “just move her!”, but I can’t… I don’t have the heart to disturb her – she’s old and arthriticky, and she was all warm and snug and comfortable… so I lay there and shivered uncomfortably until she decided to get up to go and visit the litter box, whereupon I grabbed as much doona as I could, without stealing all of Julian’s, and got myself properly comfortable (and warmly covered!) before she got back… you know? I don’t think she even noticed that I’d moved! :/

And that’s really about all that’s even remotely newsworthy, so I can get on with the “good” bits!

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had the pan-fried scotch fillet that I was telling you about – so what was it like?! Well, it wasn’t quite as deliciously tender as the steak we usually get, but it was very nice. There were two fairly large pieces of scotch fillet in the meat packet and Julian wasn’t sure if one would be enough for the two of us or not. I advised him to cook both of them, eat as much as we needed for dinner, and save the other one for our sandwiches today – which he did. For dessert I had an apple – actually it wasn’t an “Eve” apple, it was one of the rather large “Jazz” apples – instead of cutting it into quarters, Julian cut it into five smaller “quarters” (I’ll bet none of you knew that five small quarters equals one apple! 😉 ) I had four of them, and he had one, and I also had an Apple Le Rice. For lunch today there was enough of the left-over scotch fillet for one sandwich, which I had – Julian had smoked salmon (*shudder*) The sandwich was made with that lovely tasty whole-meal bread with all the sesame seeds in the crust, a little butter, sliced up cold scotch fillet, chopped lettuce, and a small sprinkling of “Table of Plenty” lemon and herb Dukkah, which was absolutely delicious! 🙂 So, the overall verdict on the scotch fillet: a very nice steak dinner last night, even if it wasn’t quite the same quality as our usual steak, with chips, our usual half a tomato, and fresh steamed green beans, and the cold sliced left-over steak in my sandwich today was really, really good! Julian tasted a bit as he was making my sandwich, and we’re both of the opinion that it was better cold and in a sandwich than it was hot, for dinner last night! Tonight for dinner we had the very last of our left-over “One-pot Spanish Chicken and Rice”, and I had one of my Corella pears and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt for dessert. Very, very yummy! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. See-sawing again! This morning I went from 64.4 kg yesterday to 64.7 kg – up another three points! :/ No rhyme nor reason for it, it just is what it is! However! Maybe some good news! My stomach has been gurgling a lot today – so once again the fluid seems to be on the move! Let’s hope it’s on its way out, and not gurgling out of the way to make room for more fluid to accumulate! :/ We shall weight and sea…

And that brings me full circle to tomorrow again! I’m not sure what’s happening – no doubt I’ll be WoW-ing again, and maybe doing a bit more with Wynterthyme and Demelza, and of course I shall continue my hunt for the elusive background to use with this Template – but apart from that? Chi sà? 🙂 So, that’s about it from me for tonight, but do call in again tomorrow night, to find out which weigh my weight went (hopefully, down!) whether or not I found my pretty background tile (and maybe it wasn’t quite as nice as it’s grown in my memory since I haven’t been able to find it!) as well as whatever else we might have been up to during the day! Until then though, please try to bee extra good, remember that the most important things in life aren’t things, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to keep warm and dry even when you think the weather’s fine, because after all, this is Melbourne, and to always drive carefully… but above all, please, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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