Winter’s log, earthdate 201610.08

05.06 pm

Here I am – a bit late, but then I’ve had my very favourite youngest daughter over for a visit, so I think I can be excused – this time, anyway! 😉 She arrived around about 1.30-ish, on her own – apparently Terry, her husband, had to work – and she only left about half an hour ago, so although I’m starting to write a little later than I normally do, we’ve had a very pleasant afternoon, discussing everything from gardening and aquariums, to superannuation and rabbits! It seems that they have the same problem that we have, with aquariums! They’ve had their aquarium a lot longer than we’ve had ours, but they’ve only recently moved theirs into their lounge room. It had been in the “parlor”, towards the front of the house, where they couldn’t see or enjoy it, and the fish suffered because their tank didn’t receive enough attention – so we swapped many fishy stories and handy tips for the care and cleaning of Fish Houses – however the problem we both have, now that we’ve gone and installed aquariums in our lounge rooms, is this… now neither of us has anywhere to put the Christmas Tree this year! Last year, before we brought Auric and Dapple inside, we put the Christmas Tree against the wall where their Fish House now resides… and with the new lounge suite that we bought this year, we now have no spare wall or floor space for the Tree! Kate and Terry did much the same, when they moved their aquarium down to their lounge room – they placed it in about the only aquarium-sized space they had – which also happened to be where they always put their Christmas Tree! We might be able – if we buy yet another, and much smaller, Christmas Tree – to put it up on top of the marble-topped dresser between the kitchen and the lounge room… though I don’t really like the thought of it sitting up there – but we’ll have to start seriously thinking about it soon! (Grizzle mode: ON)That’s the trouble with all these “open-plan living spaces” – while they do give the illusion of a lot more space, there are no real demarcation lines between utility areas – like the kitchen, with its pots and pans and cooking smells and associated “mess” – and the slightly more “formal” areas – like the lounge room, more suited for social entertaining, or sitting comfortably with drinks and nibblies while you chat to family and close friends (Grizzle mode: OFF) Strictly speaking though, that has absolutely nothing to do with not having anywhere to put a Christmas Tree, because you went and put a medium-sized aquarium right where the Christmas Tree always went!! 😛 and the reason I don’t think that even a small Christmas Tree would look “right”, sitting on top of the marble-topped dresser, is because (a) it’s too close to the kitchen, and a Christmas Tree, no matter how small, is “inappropriate” in a kitchen setting, and (b) it was always supposed to be kept clear, tidy, and totally uncluttered, with the large gilt mirror behind the slightly ornate heirloom glass ewer and bowl, to lend it an air of grace and “formality”, as “the” demarcation line between the kitchen and the lounge room, the top of that dresser always looks disappointingly crowded and messy – probably because it’s so close to the kitchen that (and how can I put this politely?) items more suited to “kitchen management” than the “grace” and “formality” that I was trying to achieve, get dumped on it all the time – and a Christmas Tree (no matter how small!) is only going to add to that… mess. We may have to temporarily move the camphor wood chest, and move the television closer to the end of the entertainment unit…

This morning though, I played WoW (so what else is new in Denmark?) Yes, I did get Zelenka safely into Winterspring, and she’s now level 55 (only five more levels until I can get my flying licence! 🙂 ) It’s a bit of a shame really, because I’ve just arrived at Everlook, the sort-of capital of Winterspring, and I was looking forward to spending a bit of time questing around where I had access to both Banks and an Auction House! But… I’ve just been given my marching orders to the Blasted Lands! Oy Vey! And after that, it’s through the Big Bad Portal to Outland, and all sorts of “not nice” stuff! But at least I should be able to fly by then! 🙂

And that’s about all that’s happened today, so I might as well get on with all the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had the Richmond Valley Veal Porterhouse – lightly pan-fried, because Veal – even if it’s Veal Porterhouse – is too delicate to bung holus-bolus into a griller. With it we had chips, our usual half a tomato, and a mixture of some of our own home-grown and organic baby broad beans, steamed with some ordinary, store-bought green beans (we want to let our broad beans get a bit bigger before we start harvesting them in earnest!) We didn’t have our “curly” home-grown and organic carrots last night – Julian though we already had enough without them – so we’re having them tonight! For dessert I had one of my Corella pears and an Apple Le Rice. We had very yummy wraps for lunch today, with lovely new pine nut hummus as a butter substitute, red capsicum, ham, spring onion, and my very favourite Cheddar/Tasty cheese – and for dinner tonight we’re having a marinated roast beef, with roast potatoes, pumpkin, our curly, home-grown and organic carrots, and steamed green beans. For dessert I’ll have a small “kiddies” apple, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. More of the yo-yo-ing about! Yesterday morning I weighed in at 66.4 kg – this morning I weighed in at 66.3 kg – well within the Mystical, Magical, Margin of Error! Still an’ all, I can’t complain too much, seeing as I’m not even doing my treadmilling! Roll on Monday, and hopefully I’ll get the “all-clear” to start walking again!

And there you are – “My Day”, by Winter P.! Tomorrow is Sunday, and it’ll be back to The Broken Isles with Wynterthyme and Demelza, who still haven’t made up their minds whether to stay on crowded and bustling Quel’Dorei, or move to the quieter and more peaceful Saurfang! So there may – or may not – be a blog tomorrow night – it depends on what time we finish off and dust down – but rest assured, I’ll let you know! 😉 And that’s really about “it” from me for this evening! Feel free to call in again tomorrow night to see if I’m back, or still trying to run back for my body, if I accidentally got killed in some impossible to get back to place in the Broken Isles, and what my weight decided to do, and whether or not Flipper ate her dinner! Until then however, do try to bee good, don’t forget that there are three kinds of people in the world, the wills, the won’ts and the can’ts… the first accomplish everything; the second oppose everything; the third fail in everything – and remember to always drive carefully, to keep warm and dry when it’s cold and wet, and to look after yourselves… but above all… please – remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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