Winter’s log, earthdate 201701.14

05.00 pm

Well, here I am again – and you know what? I actually think I’ve managed to get something constructive done today for a change! I worked on this new (old, actually) Template this morning – it’s one of the first Templates I bought, and that I thought I’d revisit… what do you all think of it, anyway? I’m not too sure about the background – I’ll probably change that later this evening? Sometime, anyway… I do like the Header though, so I’ll probably keep that (for a change! 😉 ) After lunch I “cleaned out” (read “consolidated, stripped, and deleted”) a couple of unused characters on Saurfang (on WoW) and created a new Hunter, as Blizzard made a lot of changes and up-grades to the Class in the last Patch, and I wanted to see what they were and how they worked “from the ground up”, so to speak! So far, all I can see that’s different is that you don’t get a lot of your Pet abilities until level 14 – which is no biggie really – I always thought it was a bit silly giving you the ability to Tame a new pet at level 10, when you can’t Tame a Pet that’s a higher level than you are, and the first suitable Pet that any self-respecting Hunter would even be bothered Taming was level 13! I think that ability dates back to “the good old days” when I first started playing WoW – when Hunters reached level 10 they were sent out on quests to tame three different types of animals, depending on your Race. By the time you’d successfully completed those, you were usually around about level 11 or 12 anyway, so I suppose it made sense (sort-of!) Then Blizzard went and “streamlined” all the beginning and baby quests – in order to make leveling faster for some over-anxious to get at the “good stuff” newbies – by cutting out more than half of these early quests (which was a great pity, because some of them were actually quite interesting and filled you in on a lot of the back story! But ours is not to reason why, etc., etc.) at the same time they left in a whole lot of the game mechanics that had been associated with those now-missing quests! I suppose that at the time, they did mean to get a round tuit one day – and now they’ve finally decided that it’s close enough to “one day” as makes no never-mind, and they’ve started putting a few band-aids on various loose ends… well, that’s my theory, anyway, and I’m sticking to it! 😉  My new character is a Horde Hunter called Ismelda, and she’s level 8.

While I was busy with my several projects, Julian was also busy… fixing the fly-wire screen from the Library window – which teeny little Satai somehow managed to pull down last night (it’s quite a big window which opens onto our back decking – luckily it wasn’t open at the time, because if it had, we’d probably be a one-kitten family again! 😥 ) Anyway, he’s put some screws in around the top catch so that no matter how clever and dexterous Satai is, without opposable thumps and a good Phillips-head screwdriver he won’t be able to pull it down again! Of course, that doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to extend one claw, a la cartoon, and just run it along the edges of the screen going “zip!” up one side, “zip!” across the top, and “zip!” down the other side, then pulling the screen out like that, because it’s only made of soft mesh, and definitely not designed to have naughty little kittens hooking their claws into it!

After lunch Julian went out into the garden to harvest the potatoes from two of our remaining four Potato Bags, and to harvest whatever remained in our three heavy-duty vegetable planters. Here’s a picture of what he got from them!

Potatoes and Carrots from our veggie garden
Fresh, and Fully Organic Potatoes and Carrots from our very own Vegetable Garden!

I think we must have planted two different sorts of potatoes, as some of them look bigger and darker skinned than the other little “cocktail” potatoes – we’ll be having some of those small potatoes – and some of the carrots – with our dinner tonight Yum! 🙂 In the meantime, the three vegetable planters have been nicely prepared for our next crop of “whatever”. If we haven’t left it too late, I’d like to get in some sugar-snap peas (we never seem to have any luck with peas though – I have no idea why! :/ ) because they’re so nice and easy to cook, and taste really nice, too! Julian says he thinks we still have time to plant some strawberries, but I think it’ll either be Googling up a planting guide for Melbourne, or asking the people up at Pinewood Nursery what we should put in. Our Rhubarb is almost ready to be harvested again, and all our tomatoes are going well, if a little too slowly for our liking.

Satai is growing up really fast now – I was looking at his this afternoon and thinking that he was nearly twice the size he was when we picked him up on Monday afternoon – but he’s a very naughty little boy – he gets into everything – and if we don’t watch it, he tends to get a bit over-excited in the afternoons/evenings, and of course, he’s teething, so he bites everything and everyone (except for me, for some strange reason!) – sometimes quite hard, too! Julian is just about at the end of his tether with him when he gets like that, saying that it’s because of his “wild heritage”, and not just “teething”. I’m not so sure though – I’m pretty confident that he will grow out of this behaviour as he gets older, especially if we don’t let him get away with it now. As far as his older brother Sal is concerned, well, he doesn’t seem to recognise that name at all – call out “Sal!” to him, and it’s just water off a duck’s back – he doesn’t even twitch an ear! So we’re going to start throwing different names at him to see which of them actually provokes a reaction – any reaction – which would be more than we’re not getting with “Sal” (or “Salai”, his full name!) I’m keeping a very close eye on (Sal) at the moment as he has a bit of an upset tummy (I do the litter boxes every morning, so I get to see (and smell!) how their tummy’s are working, etc.) We had to twiddle around with his food a bit when we couldn’t get the sort he was used to, but it was either risk a tummy upset, or starve him, and of course, now he’s got the upset tummy runs! :/ But we’ve been able to get hold of his usual food for him again, so we’ll see how he goes… Auric and Dapple are both well, growing bigger by the day, and apart from their twice daily feedings, and their weekly Fish House cleaning, you wouldn’t even know they were there! 😉 They’re both such good little boys!

Weigh-in this morning. Wasn’t good! Alack and alas, Thursday’s copious amounts of bacon (from the looks of it, a double serve – which I did not ask for, or request – nor even allude to, with an oh-so-subtle lift of an eyebrow! 😛 ) that arrived in my BLT has caught up with me! Of course that splendiferous, rich, gooey, delicious toothfull that was the luscious chocolate caramel slice wot I also ate, had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this sudden and largely unexplained (apart from the bacon!) weight gain! 😉 However, this morning I went from 71.1 kg yesterday, to 71.9 kg this morning! And we didn’t even have any dinner on Thursday night! :/

Food stuffs. Today for lunch we had a delicious sourdough sandwich, with some of our favourite butter substitute, the basil-pesto hummus, hand-sliced smoked chicken breast, tomato, and lettuce – it was really, really yummy – I just wish there’d been a bit more of it! Tonight we’re having Pork Sausages with Kakadu Plum and Lemon Aspen, with some of our own baby potatoes, our own carrots, and peas – alas, ordinary peas – there are no sugar-snap peas left – we’ll have to pay another visit to Bushy Park to get some more good ones (the ones in the supermarkets are terrible!) No half a tomato tonight – we have enough with our baby potatoes and our home-grown carrots! 🙂 For dessert I’ll be having my last yellow nectarine and my last yellow peach – they’re almost on the verge of being over-ripe, but if I eat them tonight they should be alright – and I’ll have an Apple Le Rice with those…

And that brings me back to tomorrow, Sunday, when himself and I will be running around Azeroth again! 🙂 Dinner is almost ready, and I think I’ve just about caught you all up on our adventures for the day – so that’s really about “it” from me for this evening! Do drop in again tomorrow night – if I get time I will fill you all in on our day in Azeroth, and the latest antics of our sweet little kitties – but until then, please try to bee as good as possible, don’t forget that kindness is the greatest wisdom, and remember to keep warm – or cool – depending on what you’re doing, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but above all, please… remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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