Winter’s log, earthdate 201610.07

04.26 pm

Julian and I spent most of the day yesterday fretting about today, because yesterday we’d sort-of felt that something was supposed to be happening today (Friday) – only neither of us could remember Who, What, Why, or When! Well, this morning dawned bright and clear, and we stumbled out of bed, still wondering (and worrying!) about this Who, or What, or Why, and especially When – this “event” today was going to be taking place. But… no-one arrived, knocking on our doorbell and ringing our door – no-one rang up saying “Where are you? You’re late! Are you still coming over?” – and as far as we know (!) we haven’t missed any vital medical or dental appointments! So much for our strange feelings all day yesterday that we had something on today! (apart from our clothes, of course!) So all in all, we’ve had a pretty quiet day today – at least, I have, Julian, as always, has been very busily busy, doing this, that, and the other. He tested the water in the Fish House this morning, and was able to pronounce it chemically “Spot-On!”, and then he proceeded to clean the tank thoroughly, vacuuming the gravel in the bottom twice (just to make sure!) and re-arranging Auric and Dapple’s “Octopus’ Garden, in their Tank” (Winter sings, off-key as usual: “tra-la-laaa”) That was this morning – and about ten minutes ago I went out to the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee before sitting down to start writing (I’m totally unable to start writing, without a cup of coffee close at hand!) so I went over to say hello to my little Fishies while the coffee was… “podding”? I think I just made up a new word! 🙂 I must immediately email Nespresso! 😉 NO! I should copyright it first, and then email them – and charge them royalties for its use! That is if they wanted to use it – which they should, as it describes, succinctly and accurately, exactly the way their machines produce cups of coffee! Anyway, I digress! While I was waiting for my coffee, I went over to have a look at the nice, clean, and completely re-arranged Fish House – and there were poor little Auric and Dapple, huddled together down one end of the tank, close to the nice, clean gravel, and looking a trifle bemused 😉 (actually I think they were just having an afternoon nap – and whenever I do catch them napping, they immediately swim nonchalantly off, pretending that they hadn’t been sleeping at all – just “resting their eyes” – which was exactly what they did this afternoon!)

So while Julian was being busy this morning, I sat here putting Zelenka through her Warlock-y paces in the Un’Goro Crater. I think she’s finished all of the quests available in Un’Goro, except for one particular quest chain, which I refuse to do, and that’s the “Maximillian of Northshire” chain. Not because it’s hard, but because it’s (a) ruddy stupid, and (b) very “buggy”, and the last part of it is interminable! You have to run round and round and round the crater on Pimento, Maximillian’s horse¹, chucking boulders at a Gigantic Devilsaur that’s chasing you! It takes a good eight to ten minutes (possibly longer!) of running and throwing until the poor old Devilsaur keels over – probably more from exhaustion than from any injuries caused by your rock throwing! I feel sorry for Pimento, too…

So I’d just turned level 53, and had run out of quests for Un’Goro! Consulting my little “where to go next” symbol on my Action Bar, it seemed that I was being sent off to Winterspring – an area in the north of Kalimdor, for levels between 50 and 55, which sounded pretty much like me, so off I went! It’s strange though, because the last character I had in Un’Goro was a Night Elf Mage, and she was promptly sent off to Silithus! Mind you, I did do the wretched Maximillian quest chain with her – which I suppose is probably why I dislike that chain so much. Well, I’m not all that keen on Silithus anyway, so I’ve started off on my way to Winterspring. That little journey involves a very long trek through Ashenvale, and then all the way up through Felwood! I’ve almost made it to the border, but I stopped at the last Flight Point and Hearthed to dust down and finish up – I shall attempt the final dash through the tunnel to Winterspring this evening, and let you all know how I went, this time tomorrow night! 🙂

And that’s really all I’ve done today, so now I shall get on with all the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had the first lot of our left-over beef stew, which as we both suspected it would be, was even nicer than it had been on the night it was made! We still have one more “meal” of stew sitting in the freezer – then we’ll have to make some more! What a shame summer is nearly upon us, as it’s not really the season to appreciate thick and heart stews! 😦 (and speaking of making “some more”, it’s probably time we had some more Lamb and Harissa Lasagna, with Feta and Oregano again!) We did have the stew on a bed of plain, steamed rice, because although there’s quite a bit of potato in it, it still goes very well with rice – which also helps to “sog up” the gravy! For dessert, alas, there was no more Apple Le Rice (or any other sort of Le Rice, for that matter!) nor was there any Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt left – so I had a dark cacao Chia Pod instead, and an apple. At lunch time today – Julian had just finished “mucking out” the Fish’s stables – he discovered that there really wasn’t very much for lunch, either! I managed to talk him out of going up to Vermont South just to get something for lunch (which was really very virtuous and noble of me, because I would have absolutely loved a reprise of yesterday’s savoury rolls and fruit and white chocolate scone!) In the end, I had two slices of sourdough bread, with some “Coco² Almond” spread on them – very thinly spread, too, with no butter or other butter substitute! (because, I mean – eww! Can you imagine basil-pesto hummus, with coco and almond spread?! :/ ) Julian had some smoked salmon… Tonight we’re having some lovely-looking Richmond Valley Veal Porterhouse, pan-fried (I think!) which I’m really looking forward to! With that we’ll probably have some of our home-grown, organic, and strangely curly carrots, and maybe a few of our home-grown and organic broad beans, just to see what they’re like, because they’re not really big enough to harvest and eat just yet, so to eke them out a bit more, we’ll have a few store-bought snow peas, plus some chips, and maybe our usual half a tomato. For dessert, I’ll be having one of my Corella pears, and an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in this morning. Not good, but then that’s not at all surprising! Roll on Monday, with hopefully some good news from the Doctor, regarding my walking! Unfortunately, with a slight hiccup in timing and availability of food-stuffs, I’ve been “over-egging the omelet” a bit – which on top of not being able to use the treadmill has resulted in some “not terribly nice” weigh-ins over the last few days. Frankly, I don’t expect to see very much of a positive difference until the end of next week – then I’ll see where I go from there! Today I went from 66.0 kg yesterday to 66.4 kg today. Not a good look! :/

And that brings me around to tomorrow, and an afternoon visit from my very favourite youngest daughter and her husband! It’ll be great to see them again – we don’t see nearly enough of them, and they only live in Hampton East! Still, they both work, and have a lot more work when they get home, with the rabbits who need to be fed and cleaned out, the cats – ditto, and the dog, who needs to be walked and played with, as well as fed! However, they’ll be here around one-ish, and we can have a nice long chat about gardening and pets and food (Kate worked for Jenny Craig for fifteen years – first as a Consultant, then as a Centre Manager, and then at Head Office, writing up Training Manuals for the Trainers!) and it should be a very good day all round! Flipper, Auric and Dapple are well, and y’know what? That’s really about “it” from me for today! Do drop in again tomorrow night to see if Zelenka made it into Winterspring, how my weight went (probably up, after that bread and spread (though the spread is relatively low-calorie, for what it is!)) and how our visit with Kate and Terry went, and whether we learned anything about gardening and vegetable growing from them… Until then though, do try to bee good, remember that words mean more than what is set down on paper- it takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry when you’re out in the weather… but above allplease – don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

¹the knight, Maximillian, is back at the camp, probably looking after the BBQ, and trying to figure out how to fit both Devilsaur steaks and chops on it at the same time!

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