Winter’s log, earthdate 201610.13

05.56 pm

Well, my very favourite eldest daughter was supposed to have been coming over today, but she forgot that their cleaners were going to be there today, so she’s coming tomorrow, instead! 🙂 Now, I know that many of you will think that I’d have taken the opportunity to get some pretty solid WoW-ing in, right? Well, you’d have been wrong! I did do a small amount of “tidying up”, to make room for Wynterthyme when she moves over to Saurfang, but in actual fact I spent more time putting a new background on my main bookmarks wallpapery-thingy! It’s a screen wallpaper that basically mirrors this blog, with the same background and header – only the header part is a lot bigger, has a few more “decorations” on it, and instead of a daily “diary”, it contains all of my favourite and most used “bookmarks”! A bit of an overkill, maybe, as there are plenty of other ways of storing and utilising bookmarks, but it works for me! 🙂

After lunch I went off to Doncaster Shoppingtown with Julian, to pick up the Dry Cleaning, some more coffee, and some meat for dinner tonight. I should probably have been clambering onto the treadmill, but I’m a little bit wary of it at the moment! I’ve done 15 minutes of slow(ish) walking on it for the past couple of days, and each time my ankle has started complaining by the time I’ve done about eight to ten minutes – and this morning it was already sore when I got up! I was sort-of thinking that while my very favourite eldest daughter was over today, that I’d give it a bit of a rest – but of course, she didn’t come over today, did she! I’m very ambivalent about what to do about my ankle – I feel that if I say to Julian (or to anyone else, for that matter) “I don’t think I’ll do my walk today while Lee’s over – I’ll give it a rest, because it was sore yesterday and sore when I woke up this morning” – he (or whoever) will think I’m just trying to wriggle out of doing my daily exercise and using my ankle as an excuse – because I did say that to him this morning, and he scowled at me. But I compromised, by agreeing to go shopping with him, because I can quite happily manage to walk at “shopping speed” – which generally means stopping every now and then to look at something – but even so, by the time we’d done the very small amount of supermarket shopping, had a cup of coffee, and done a bit of the other “looking at things” that I wanted to do while we were there (like calling in at the vacuum cleaner shop to look at their steam mops and clothes steamers) and were walking down towards the Nespresso shop, my ankle was giving me hell! Still, I made it home in one piece, and now I’m “resting” it, sitting here writing!

And that’s really about all I’ve done today! If I finish this in time, after dinner and television, I might play a bit more WoW, now that I’ve got my desktop wallpapery-thingy done! I’ve always been like that with art – even at school! In senior school (years 10, 11 and 12 – or whatever they’re calling those years these days – back then it was Intermediate, Leaving, and Matric!) if I didn’t finish a piece of art I was working on in one double period, I either wouldn’t start it in the first place, or couldn’t bring myself to go back to it the next day – I’m still the same! Finish it in a day, or don’t start it until I can. Yes, I know – I’m weird! Now, where was I? Oh yes – I’ve finished the wallpapery-thingy so if I have time I’ll be able to play WoW this evening! And having filled you all in on the days events, I shall now move on to the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had the last of the frozen left-overs from the delicious beef stew we had a few days ago… and it occurred to me, looking at a picture of a similar stew in one of my foodie emails this morning, that it looked remarkably like a recipe I’ve been looking for for ages* but, strangely, I haven’t been able to find online – or actually I can find a lot of recipes for it online, but they’re nothing at all like the one I remember from my childhood. Anyway, I looked at the picture this morning and thought “You know, if you put a tin of crushed tomatoes, and some tomato paste in that, with a bit of garlic and rosemary, it’d look exactly like Stracotto!” So next time we make it, we’ll try it and see! So last night we had the rest of the stew on a bed of rice, and for dessert I had my last fig, and because the fig was really quite small, I also had one of the Nashi pears that Julian got for me, with some Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt. For lunch today we had wraps, with our favourite butter substitute of basil-pesto hummus, spring onion, red capsicum, Halloumi cheese, and ham – very delicious! I have to confess though, when we stopped and had our coffee over at Doncaster, I also had a salted caramel fudge brownie, and it was absolutely to die for! (so there goes another couple of kilos on the scales tomorrow morning! :/ ) Tonight we’re having a fairly plain dinner – fillet steak, pan-fried this time, not done in the griller, with chips, our usual half a tomato, and broccolini. For dessert I’m having one of my Corella pears, and I’m trying another one of the CHOBANI yoghurts – I’d tried their blueberry one, about a week or so ago, and wasn’t terribly impressed, and I tried their cherry one the following night, and was very impressed! It was lovely, and that was what I wanted to get today while we were doing the shopping – some more of the yummy cherry CHOBANI yoghurts – but they didn’t have any! 😦 So I’ve bought one raspberry one, to try – and what do you want to bet me, that if I do like the raspberry one, I won’t be able to get any more of that one, either, hmm?! Dinner’s yelling at me… back later…

09.33 pm

Well, It’s now later… 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Was awful! 😯 Goodness only knows how my wretched body manages to do these things to me – perhaps unbeknownst to me, my body is a sadist… or perhaps I’m unconsciously a masochist… I dunno… One thing I do know though is that it’ll probably be a lot much more worser tomorrow, after that delicious salted caramel fudge brownie today… luckily though, it didn’t come with a blob of whipped cream! :/ Anyway – I suppose you’re all waiting with battered breath to hear what my body did do to me this morning… I’m not really sure that I should tell you… *sigh* Alright… I went from 66.3 kg yesterday…. to 66.8 kg today. Half a kilo overnight! Just from eating one measly little fruit and white chocolate scone! …and it only had a teeny little bit of butter on it… 😥

And here we are once again, almost at the “top” of tonight, and the “bottom” of tomorrow morning… Flipper is asleep on our bed, after having licked rather halfheartedly at her dinner – I’m not sure that it was actually “half-hearted” – I think it was more a matter of “she forgot that it was her dinner and that she was supposed to be eating it”, poor old girl… if she’s running true to form, she’ll wake up hungry in about half an hour, come in here looking for her pussy biscuits, and not finding them, because we’ve hidden them again, she’ll wander into the Library and think “Oh! Look! 🙂 Dinner!” and eat about three quarters of it – hopefully enough to get the rest of her medication! Well, that’s what she’s been doing for the last three nights, anyway. Auric and Dapple are good little chaps – unlike Flipper, they were very eager for their dinner tonight, and darted after the tiny black pellets as they drifted down through the water, more so than usual! Usually they’ll gobble up a few pellets, and then just swim lazily around for a bit, before going down and vacuuming the gravel for whatever pellets they’ve missed. Tomorrow, of course, my very favourite eldest daughter will be coming over (which reminds me! I told her I’d send her the link to a site that sells the most gorgeous pendants – and she said she’d give me one for Christmas, if I sent her the link – they’re made from different semi-precious stones (amethyst, jade, opal, lace agate, etc.) and decorated with copper or silver wire, and they’re absolutely gorgeous!) No doubt we’ll watch alternating episodes of “Arrow” and “The Flash”, talk a lot, and have a good time, while Julian retires to the safety of the “Commodorium” – his inside “shed”, where he works on his first computer love, the Commodore 64. And that, I suppose, is really about “it” from me for this evening! But do drop in again tomorrow night, and find out if Flipper did go back and eat any more of her dinner, and to see just how much more my weight will have gone up, now that I can’t do my usual walking on the treadmill (or any walking at all, really! Thank you ankle! NOT! – I’ll probably be into the 67 kg zone tomorrow! 😥 ) and how our day of lazy television viewing went… Until then though, please try hard to bee good, remember not to follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you, and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm and dry, because even when the weather looks fine, this is Melbourne, and it’ll be freezing cold and pouring with rain within about ten minutes… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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