Winter’s log, earthdate 201611.08

04.03 pm

Here I am at last – sorry about last night, but by the time we’d finished with the hair re-touching etc., and cleaned up, it was after 7.00 pm – so I didn’t bother to start writing anything – it was too late! Never mind, I can tell you all that my very favourite eldest daughter has lovely blue hair. and that my “vibrantly streaky red” (??) hair looks fabulous again! 🙂 I can also tell you that Flipper hardly ate any dinner at all last night, which has us both very concerned! Apart from not getting her proper medication, she’ll also stiffen up a lot, and her condition – already not terribly good – will worsen, and she’ll go down pretty rapidly. As long as she eats something – f’rinstance, her pussy biscuits, which while not “ideal“, at least provide some nourishment – and continues to drink, she’ll be alright for a short while… and if the worst comes to the worst, the Vet said (last Friday, when she and the Nurse were here giving Flipper her anti-arthritis injection) we could “feed” her a small tablet to increase her appetite – which we’d rather not do, as I don’t think she’d have a bar of being manhandled into having a pill – no matter how “small” – gently but firmly shoved down her throat! I’m pretty sure we’d both need a few stitches each… :/

My very favourite eldest daughter and I spent a pleasant morning discussing politics in the Den, because the cleaning lady was here and it would have been impossible to watch the television with the vacuum cleaner loudly buzzing in the background. After K. (the cleaning lady) had finished up for the day, we retired to the loungeroom and watched episodes of “The Flash”, “Arrow”, and “Legends of Tomorrow” for the rest of the afternoon – “and a good time was had by all” – especially after we stopped discussing politics, because – let me see now… how can I put this delicately? My views are a trifle more “conservative” than those of my very favourite eldest daughter, perhaps? 😉

This morning, of course, I had my greatly anticipated visit to the Physiotherapist, and the news is quite encouraging. First, the fluid retention in my feet – she had a few suggestions for getting that down a bit. The Treadmill. Yes, I can get back on the treadmill, but I have to wear a pair of “flight” socks (compression socks that people wear on long flights to prevent DVT!) under my two pairs of heavy walking socks, as she says that this will “encourage” the flow of fluid from my tissues. I can only use the treadmill every second day, until I see her again next Tuesday, to see how I’m going. The treadmill is to be “flat” (not tilted at any sort of angle) and I’m to walk at 6.0 kmph for one minute, then (somehow!) step onto the side bar of the treadmill while I turn the speed down to 3.2 kmph – then I keep on repeating those two steps for ten minutes. If my ankle starts to hurt: If the “hurt” factor is below “5” (on a pain scale of 0 to 10) I keep on walking – it means the tendon is working and growing stronger; but if the “hurt” factor is above “5”, stop and rest for a minute, as it means the tendon is being aggravated. If the 5+ pain doesn’t subside, stop for the day – if it does, attempt to finish off the exercise program. The program is as follows:
Day 1 – 1 minute @6.0 kmph, 1 minute @3.2 kmph – repeat this for 10 minutes.
Day 2 – no walking!
Day 3 – 1 minute @6.0 kmph, 30 seconds @3.2 kmph – repeat this for 10 minutes.
Day 4 – no walking!
Day 5 – 1 minute @6.0 kmph, 30 seconds @3.2 kmph – repeat this for 15 minutes.
Day 6 – no walking!
Day 7 – 1 minute @6.0 kmph, 30 seconds @3.2 kmph – repeat this for 15 minutes.

And by that time I should have been back to see her again…

The “fun bit” is going to be stepping from, and then back onto, a treadmill belt moving at between 3.2 kmph and 6.0 kmph, without falling flat on my face, as I don’t have terribly good balance! Wish me luck! :/

She’s also given me three sets of exercises to do, to strengthen my leg muscles and ligaments – and all I can say about those exercises is that thank goodness I always had extremely good “extension” and “turnout” when I used to do ballet (many centuries ago!) and that despite my deformed spine and my arthritis, and in spite of being… er… as old as I am¹… I’m still remarkably supple! 😯 Interestingly, my ugly and deformed ankles are not actually due to my osteoarthritis, but to ballet, and my excellent extension and turnout! Then she strapped the offending ankle (which is now starting to itch abominably!) telling us that it should only stay on for “a day or two”, and sent us on our merry way!

So…. thereya go! I has me marchin’ orders, and me bran’ noo exy-sighs-zies to do and to become excellent in – all before next Tuesday morning! 😉

After we finished at the Physio, we went on to The Glen, to get me some “Flight” socks, and to do “a bit” of shopping – which actually turned out to be “quite a lot” of shopping – before coming home to a very necessary and welcome cup of coffee!

And so far, that’s about the sum total of my adventures today! 🙂 So, shall I get onto all the “good” (and the “not so good”!) bits, now?

Food stuff. Because my very favourite eldest daughter was over yesterday, and the cleaning lady was here, and Julian went out to get a few “bits and pieces”, so the house was in a bit of “organisational disorder”, shall we say – and as a result, Julian brought lunch home with him, meaning that I had a half of two different savoury rolls, plus a very lightly buttered fruit and white chocolate scone (my favourite!) Then, because there was so much going on in the kitchen last night, what with my very favourite eldest daughter having her hair washed twice in the kitchen sink, and my hair washed once in the kitchen sink, Julian didn’t cook anything for dinner – we had the first “lot” of our frozen leftovers from the Lamb and Harissa Lasagna with Feta and Oregano that we’d had a few nights previously – and as usual, it was even better from its brief sojourn in the freezer! For dessert I had one of my last Corella pears and a yellow Nectarine, as well as a tub of Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt. Lunch today was nearly as bad as yesterday’s! We were at The Glen, but didn’t really want much for lunch, so instead of going to our usual haunt in shopping centres, the Shingle Inn, we went to Michel’s Patisserie, just outside Woolworths. I think Julian had a cappuccino, a large sausage roll with tomato sauce, and a muffin of some sort (but I could be completely wrong, so please don’t quote me on that!) while I had a long black, with a small jug of skinny milk on the side, two small party pies (with tomato sauce) and a “brownie slice”. Tonight we’re having the very delicious and tender “Woolworth’s Brand” Lamb Eye of Loin with Caramelised Onion, that we’ve had several times before (because it’s so yummy! 😉 ) on a bed of plain, steamed rice with finely chopped spring onions mixed through it. For dessert I’ll have one of the two brown Nashi pears that we got today, and an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in yesterday (Monday) morning – and Day 7 of the “Horror Tablets”. Well, if I’d thought that Sunday was a “horror weigh-in”, at 68.0 kg, it was in reality a fun and happy day at the best Holiday Resort that money can pay for, compared to Monday’s weigh-in! I went up almost an entire kilo, overnight! Thank You So Bloody Much, you shitty little pills! 👿 I went from 68.0 kg on Sunday – which was bad enough because I’d reached the disgustingly fat 68 kilo mark – from 68.0 kg… to 68.8 kg! Two measly points off a kilo! Again… I was shattered!

Weigh-in today – Day 8 of the “Horror Tablets”. Well, it must have been all the hair washing! 😉 I went from a disgustingly fat 68.8 kg… to another disgustingly fat 68.8 kg… I stayed the same, which I suppose is better than going up – again! That’ll be happening tomorrow…

Auric and Dapple seem to be a little more relaxed with their new decor – in fact I’ve seen both of them darting around the back of their new Big Purple Rock – and just… disappear! 🙂 That’s right, they’ve discovered the new “holes”, “caves” and “passageways” in the Big Purple Rock, and have been trying them out for size – so to speak. And so far, neither of them has become stuck in one of the holes! (Quick! Quick! Everyone! Please cross all your fingers, eyes, and toes that they never do! 😉 ) Ahhh well, at least they both eat all their dinner! Tomorrow morning we have an appointment with our Solicitor to sign some papers, but apart from that, I think we both have a fairly clear day, so maybe I’ll get the chance to get back into WoW…. Speaking of which – do you remember that I was saying that we had to collect a certain number of items in order to be able to alter the appearance of one of our Pets, and that I was complaining because the mobs we had to kill to get one of these items only spawned occasionally? Well, Julian had left Demelzae parked right in the middle of this area, so that he could see, just by logging on, if the needed mobs were in residence there or not. Well, this morning, they were! We didn’t have much time – I still had to get myself ready to go and see the Physiotherapist – but I logged on too, and we started slaughtering all these Mages, in the vain hope that we’d be able to get what’s considered to be an extremely “rare” drop (not only are these Mages very rarely in the area, but what you have to get from them is even rarer!) We’d killed quite a few of them, but still no drop from them, and I was beginning to think that we’d either have to be late at the Physiotherapist, or come back another day! We downed another one – Demelzae immediately ran off to shoot another Mage elsewhere, as I stooped down to loot the body… Yayyyyy! We’d finally got the needed drop! Just in the nick-a, too! We immediately Hearthed, and Logged out – I went one way, Julian went the other, and we managed to get ready and make it to the Physiotherapist on time! We’ll either have a look at what we can do with these “hard-to-get” items tonight, or maybe tomorrow – “depending” 😉 And really – that’s about “it” from me for this evening! Please feel free to drop by again tomorrow night, to catch up on all the latest chez nous! Will Wynterthyme and Demelzae have managed to change the appearance of their second Pet? Will my weight have bounced up another kilo and a half? (of course it will! What a stupid question!) and will Flipper have eaten any of her dinner tonight? Until then though, please try hard to bee good, remember that music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry – especially if it doesn’t look as though it’s going to rain! 😉 butabove all… please, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

¹ as old as I am – and I’m-a-not tellin’ any of ya! 😛

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