Winter’s log, earthdate 201610.29

04.45 pm

And… here I am again, to regale you all with tall tales and true of the legendary day… er, sorry about that one guys, I was thinking of the wrong show – as well as showing you all just how old I really am! I doubt that there are many of you out there who can actually remember those intro words from a very famous show in the late 50’s! Every Wednesday afternoon when I got home from school I used to walk all the way over to my Aunt’s place in the next suburb, just to watch it! 🙂 Anyway, it’s been a fairly quiet day today – we both played a bit of WoW this morning – not grouped, as we do on Sundays, just solo. Ellrevienne is now level 31, and as I predicted, running around the Cape of Stranglethorn, killing Zombies! Julian went off to try to get some more Flipper food, but no-one seems to stock it any more, so she’s still having to put up with her second favourite dinner – which might even be a part of the reason that she’s not quite so keen on eating her dinner – but I remembered to pick up and hide her pussy biscuit bowl earlier on this afternoon, so maybe tonight she’ll be nice and hungry! It’s also been pretty warm this afternoon, so we’ve opened up as many windows as we can, to get a bit of fresh air through the house!

As I said, Julian went out to try to get some Flipper food, and a few other sundries – you know, we do make a shopping list, on a really cool little ap, imaginatively called “OurGroceries“, that you can sync to your tablet and/or phone, so we’ve never got any reason to excuse to ever forget anything again – but we always do! So anyway, he went off fairly late this morning to get Flipper’s dinner – and a few of the other things that we’d forgotten to get yesterday! He also brought back some of my very favourite luncheon items, which we ate pretty much as soon as he got home, because he had a full afternoon scheduled with the very important “Fish House Redecoration Project!” Until he was ready to start, I poked around with a few graphicky things – like the new Header which you see at the top of the page! 🙂 (I hate this warm, balmy weather! It’s making me go to sleep! Every time I stop to re-read what I’ve just written, I find my eyes closing, and my mind… drifting away into slumber!)

When Julian had emptied out a third of the water from the Fish House, I dragged a chair over to the aquarium, to “supervise” and direct the placement of the new Fish House “furniture”. We kept some of the old decor, and threw out quite a lot of the plastic plants that Auric and Dapple had munched into hair-like filaments. I think the new “Purple Palace Rock” might be intimidating the two little fishies a bit because they both seem to be studiously avoiding it! You know, they say that goldfish don’t have a very good memory – even if the old “8 second memory” theory has been thoroughly debunked – but I reckon that goldfish are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and I’m absolutely positive that there’s not too much wrong with their memories! When we were putting all the things back in their tank, we started off with the big “PPR” (“Purple Palace Rock”) and then tried to arrange the new plastic plants artistically and artfully around it – Auric and Dapple eyed us suspiciously from one end of the tank… then Julian gave the old plants that we were going to keep, a good scrub (to get all the bits of algae off them) and put them in too, in new positions on the floor of the tank. Auric and Dapple immediately made a bee-line for the old, clean and now de-algae-fied plants! They’d obviously recognised them – and congregated around them because the “old and familiar shapes” probably made them feel “safe”! Clever little fishies! 🙂 Anyway, as semi-promised last night, here are some “Before¹ and “After² piccies of Auric and Dapple’s “New and Improved Fish House”! 🙂

And that’s about all we’ve been up to today, so I suppose I can get on with the “good” bits, now? 🙂

Food stuffs. Last night we had the Beak & Sons Gourmet Chicken with Mushroom sausages – pan-fried this time, not grilled, and they turned out a lot more betterer! I feel that it’s safe to say that un-squashed sausages cut a lot better than squished ones! With them we had a few (very few!) chips, steamed green beans, half a tomato each, and mashed butternut pumpkin. For dessert I had one “white” peach, and one nectarine (and because they were both very small, I had one of each) I’d been under the impression that the nectarines were supposed to be “yellow” ones – I’m almost positive sure that the bin I got them from had a label on it saying “Yellow Nectarines” – but anyway, the one I had last night was about as yellow as an unburnt Briquette! With the fruit I also had the raspberry CHOBANI yoghurt, and it was all delicious! Today for lunch we had our usual “Home from the Shopping” lunch of half a piece of the two savoury rolls from Baker’s Delight,  and one of their absolutely scrumptious fruit and white chocolate fruit scones (which – as impossible as it may be to believe – was bigger, “fatter”, and yummier than ever! It was the nicest one I’ve had for a very long, long time! They must have a new Baker working there!) Tonight we’re having a fairly “plain” meal – pan-fried chicken breast on a bed of rice cooked with finely chopped spring onions – and for dessert I’ll be having a medium-sized apple, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. *sigh* Well, it looks like those hideous little pills are going to get a running start at getting more fluid stored up in my cells! This morning I went from 67.3 kg to…. 67.3 kg! i.e. no change. Bum! (*sorry!*) I was hoping to shed at least a couple of points before Tuesday  morning, but that doesn’t look very likely now, from this end of the long, dark tunnel! 😦 Oh well, November 12th will dawn soon enough, I suppose…

Tomorrow, of course, is Sunday, and we’ll be having our usual romp and whack-em in the Broken Isles, though we’ll probably be finishing a little earlier than usual, because we’re going to be feeding Julian’s very favourite sister, who’ll be in Melbourne overnight. We thought of taking her out somewhere, but then decided against it, as she’ll probably be tired and just want to relax. We’ll be having our usual omelets for dinner, because (a) they really are very, very good, and (b) Melissa is a Vegetarian, and it’s easier to make a Vegetarian omelet than to find a really good restaurant which caters for Omnivores as well as Vegetarians! So I’m afraid that there will be no blog tomorrow night – and probably none on Monday night either (because there never is!) – but – look on the bright side! At least you’ll all have the comfort of knowing that there’ll be an extra long blog, on either Tuesday night or Wednesday night, to make up for it! 🙂 And that, gentle readers, is about “it” from me for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night – just to see if I did manage to get a “place-holder” paragraph in, to keep you all up to date with what’s been happening over this way! But until next time, don’t forget that achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation – and remember to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves…and to keep warm and dry, even when it is warm and dry, because this is Melbourne, and subject to sudden abrupt weather changes – but above all, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

¹In this “Before” shot, Auric is on the far right, and Dapple is right behind him…

²In this “After” shot, it’s Dapple on the extreme right, and Auric who is almost “centre stage”!

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