Winter’s log, earthdate 201612.17

06.03 pm

I’m very late tonight, so I’ll make this a bit of a short quickie “placeholder”, for ‘ron… My very favourite youngest daughter was over this afternoon – and under the circumstances, there was a lot to discuss and talk over regarding her husband’s recent cancer diagnosis. Before that, I spent the morning doing what I do best – dithering, and wasting time! We were out most of yesterday – Julian had a Dental appointment at 10.00 am at Brandon Park, and I had to have my Warfarin blood test done. Looking at the Dorevitch list of collection centres online, it said they had a collection centre at Shop 116, Brandon Park – so we thought “Goody! We can get both done under the same roof!” and so I went too. There was no “Shop 116” at Brandon Park – according the the Chemist there, there hadn’t been for more than 5 years! Grr! Still, I got most of my “private” shopping done there, and picked up a lot of the “incidental” Christmas Presents (for anyone that we haven’t bought anything for, and who, for reasons known only to themselves, have bought one for us, if you see what I mean) (uhhh… it doesn’t happen often, and of course we get left with the disposal of said “incidental Christmas Presents”, which is why I usually get either chocolates or shortbread for those occasional “just in case” presents! 😉 )

So we were out all morning, and when Julian had finished at the Dentist, after a bit of discussion over a well-earned cup of coffee (I’d walked the complete length of Brandon Park twice!) we decided that (a) we needed a top-up of coffee capsules, and I still needed to get my “personal” Christmas Cards and have my blood taken, and (b) our Dry Cleaning basket was quite literally overflowing onto the floor! We decided to go home, pick up the overflowing Dry Cleaning and head off to Doncaster Shoppingtown, our old Stomping Ground, as all of the amenities listed above were available there. We had lunch there, and this time I walked the length and breadth of Doncaster Shoppingtown, twice! Yes, my blistered instep survived intact – what didn’t was my left hip – but that’s a story for another night when I have more time! (no, I didn’t fall over and break my hip! I’m not that old and doddery yet!) Anyway, to cut a long story short, we had lunch (at “Coffee Hit“, not Shingle Inn for a change!) we got our coffee, I had my blood taken, I found the sort of “personal” Christmas Cards I was after, and a good time was had by all, even if I was, by that time, walking on my knee bones, after having worn my poor feet down that far with all the walking I did! 😛

Needless to say that when we got home around 4.30 pm I was too exhausted to do anything much at all – hence no blog last night! 😳

Anyway, that just about covers our two days – Oh, I did find the time to do a new Header (which you may or may not have noticed – I hope you did though) then this afternoon I fiddled around with an older Template, which I’m not sure if I’ll stick with yet – I think I like the Header I did yesterday better – so I might switch back to that one… or work on this one a bit more, whichever… however, tomorrow is Sunday, so we’ll be WoW-ing all day I expect, so the Template and Headers might have to wait until next week…

Dinner is almost ready – I shall continue this a bit later…

09.58 pm

Well, t’is later, as you can see.

As I’ve filled you in on yesterday and today’s doin’s, I shall get on with all the “good” bits for you!

Weigh-in Friday the 16th. I thought was reasonably good, for a change! Mind you, I didn’t expect it to last… I went from 70.0 kg on the Thursday, to 69.9 kg on the Friday! Undeniably within the magical “margin of error”, anyway!

Food stuff. As I mentioned earlier, we had lunch at “The Coffee Hit” instead of the Shingle Inn yesterday at Doncaster – mainly because when we sat down to have a cup of coffee at Brandon Park while we discussed what to do next, we’d first decided that we wouldn’t have anything to eat, because it was too close to lunch time. I had an iced coffee with no cream or ice cream, and, stupidly, forgot to specify “skinny milk” in the order… so I only drank half of it, in order to feel virtuous or something, I suppose. I also had an apple pie thingy – one of those round, slightly domed “pies” with thick, hard, white icing over them – there’s far too much thick, short pastry (top and bottom!) not terribly much diced stewed apple in the middle, and a lot of the icing… I can truthfully say that they’re one of my favourites – and that I really only eat them for the icing! It’s a bit like a much thicker version of the icing on Neenish Tarts, only a lot thicker, and a lot more of it! So much for not having anything to eat because it was too close to lunch time! When we got to Doncaster, Julian dropped off the Dry Cleaning and we thought we’d have lunch (it was lunch time by then!) By some sort of unspoken agreement, we avoided the Shingle Inn, maybe because we felt that we’d have a bigger lunch there than elsewhere? Perhaps… anyway, we made our way to The Coffee Hit, and went to see what they had in their food viewing window thingy. Again – we weren’t going to have any sort of cake, as we’d already had our “dessert” at Brandon Park. I chose a chicken and pesto Toastie… and a small “flourless Orange Friand“, because it looked so nice, with a slice of preserved orange on top of it – and I love flourless orange cakes, anyway! Again I had an Iced Coffee with no cream or ice cream – this time made with skinny milk! I still didn’t drink all of it because by this time, I was feeling just a little full! For dinner that night we had Beef, caramelised onion and pepper sausages, with chips, steamed peas (for a change!) and our usual half a tomato. For dessert I had a white Nashi pear – really, I think all they’re good for is a source of fluid! Yes, they’re crisp and crunchy and pleasant enough to eat, but they’re really pretty flavourless! I also had a small tub of Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt…

Weigh-in Saturday the 17th (today!) Just as well I did all that walking yesterday! I went up two points, from 69.9 kg yesterday, to (after all the eating we didn’t mean to do, but did!) 70.1 kg this morning. Goodness knows what it’s going to be tomorrow morning! :/

Food stuffs. For lunch today I had a sandwich made from the last of this lot of “Julian’s Bread” – quite plain, just ham and cheese, but it was delicious! Dinner tonight was pretty much as per usual, except for one extremely pleasant surprise! Julian went out to water the vegetables and our little fig tree, and decided to harvest one of the five “growing sacks” of our very own, fully organic, home-grown potatoes! Two meals worth of tiny, “cocktail” size baby potatoes! Ideal for making potato salads with, but tonight we just had them steamed. We also had gently pan-fried chicken breast, steamed green beans, and our usual half a tomato. The steamed potatoes were absolutely delicious, even without any butter, cream, or plain yoghurt on them! (I can’t wait for our own fully organic and home-grown tomatoes!) For dessert I had a smallish apricot and a smallish yellow peach, and a CHOBANI strawberry and banana yoghurt.

And that’s it, gentle readers! Auric and Dapple are still behaving themselves, swimming around, growing bigger day by day, and hoovering the gravel for any dropped breakfast or dinner morsels… Tomorrow I expect we’ll both be either running Dungeons, or doing a bit more work with our two newbies, Imaan and Krankhaft – so as likely as not, there won’t be time to write tomorrow night – so, that’s about “it” from me for this evening! Do drop in again on Monday or Tuesday night when once again I’ll be able to catch you all up on our comings and goings. In the meantime, please try to bee extra good, and you never know who’s keeping an eye on you to see if you’ve been Naughty or Nice! 😉 remember – don’t be afraid of change, because it is leading you to a new beginning, and don’t forget to keep warm – or cool – depending on your preferences, to look after yourselves, and to always drive carefully… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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