It rained all night last night, and it's still raining lightly today. Love it. Today is a "pull back the curtains and work while it's raining" day. However, I hope it clears away today, as I found a buyer for all my dad's poultry, and tomorrow I have to make another trip down to meet him and spend the late evening catching 25+ chooks. Dad and I froze when we went down there on Tuesday - going to be one miserable night if it's raining too
We are not moving house. Renewed our lease today for another 12 months. My dad has accepted that he can't be on his own, and even if we move to be near him, there's still a great risk, so he's made the decision to move here instead of us moving there. Thank goodness, 'cause I took him home on Tuesday, planning to stay a few nights, and it was absolutely freezing! We came home a day early, and aren't planning to go back apart from day trips to sort out his things and get him moved. I'm sad for him, as I know how much he wanted to stay. But I think this is the best outcome for him, health and safety-wise, and I'm so relieved that we can stay where we are. Now life can get back to normal again.
House search continues ... we submitted an application on Friday for a rather nice, and large, place. It hasn't been processed yet. When I told my mum where it is, she wondered if it was my sister's old house, which used to be in town but was relocated to that area after she sold it. Turns out, it's exactly the same house my sister used to own when she lived down there - moved onto a larger block on the edge of town, and renovated! That's the second house I've considered renting down there that she used to live in! Maybe I should ask her for a list of places she HASN'T owned or lived in, and just search through those.
Today I found another place that's closer to the area we're looking, it's absolutely beautiful - ticks even more boxes - and is only $10 a week more than the one we already applied for, exactly the same amount that we're paying now. I was so tempted to just tell them to change our application to this house, without even waiting to look through it. But we'll do an inspection in a couple of weeks when it's vacant, and by then the office will already have approved our application, so it'll only need to be submitted to the owners. Fingers crossed ...
Shaz > Why did you delete my post? I was trying to promote a product on your forum - one that can be used with rpg maker and compliments it quite well - it doesnt seem to be against the rules. I was also going to post free content created with it in that thread.
Lease ends 6 weeks from today. Time to get serious about looking ... first house inspection coming up on Wednesday, and it's gorgeous (rent is almost as much as we're paying in a much larger city for a brand new house, but it ticks every single box). I'm almost certain we'll submit an application. Just hope the owner is willing to hold onto it for 4 or 5 weeks so we're not paying rent on 2 places, or go through this exercise half a dozen times.
Mmmm ... warm porridge on a cool day! First for the year, but there will be more
Still looking for a place to rent near my dad when our lease runs out Forecasts are for snow in Stanthorpe this winter. Then EVERY day will be porridge day! Snow and porridge will be nice. Not so much looking forward to the cold. But that's nearly 2 months away (creeping up quickly though), and a lot can change in 2 months.
As of this morning, I've lost 10kg (22lb) since the start of the year. With all the things that are not going right this year, it's nice to have a few positives. That's 1/3 of my goal weight loss, and I should be able to reach my 'ideal' weight (based on height & age) by the end of the year.
My two external hard drives have died - seemingly because I picked them up and moved them to another desk and plugged them into another computer. This makes 4 Western Digital hard drives we have had over the years that have failed within a far-too-short time period. One of them has complete backups from my last 3 computers - projects in, or finished, development, all my photos. Unfortunately the previous "fix" of pulling them apart and making them internal hard drives won't work this time, due to using a laptop now. My only thought is, thank goodness the complete backup I made of my laptop before reinstalling Windows, I copied back over to my laptop afterwards so I wouldn't have to take the external drive with me when I travelled! I don't think we'll ever buy WD products again (in fact, I recall having a discussion about whether they were trustworthy enough to spend our funds on when we bought the last two).
In other news, my dad in hospital down here again. 6 hours to see doctors, have tests and get him admitted yesterday, plus the two visits to his own GP and the 2 hours of travel. Didn't get much done yesterday. I just wish they can actually do something to help him this time! This means I'll be doing day trips to take care of his animals, rather than staying down there, until he's released. While that should mean less time away from home, it's a 5-hour round trip and I'll be doing it twice a week rather than once. I'm tired just thinking about it.
Trying to make Windows 10 open .rvproj2 files using the standalone Ace instead of the Steam Ace is like pulling teeth! Although the issue is with Windows 10, I don't recall a piece of software or platform that I've ever detested more than Steam. I swear I'm going to delete it one day.
Got it working for now, but took way too long to get there, and I'm not convinced it won't switch back the moment Steam updates or I open the Steam version.
So we have 3 cats. The youngest, 15 months, was a rescue and we got her last January when she was only a baby. A trip to the vet last week, and an emergency trip this morning, and it turns out she may have FIP. Blood tests tomorrow if her temp doesn't come down overnight. If she has it, with care and attention she may have another couple of months left, but we couldn't bring her home anyway, as the other two would then be at risk. How do you explain that to a 14 year old who loves animals? Feeling totally helpless in every aspect of my life right now, and things just keep getting worse
My 14yo son decided last year that he wanted to go vegetarian, and late in the year, to adopt a vegan diet. He's done heaps of research, and he does almost all his own cooking and his own grocery shopping. Because of his interest in healthy eating and his dedication to it, Mark and I have also found it easier to be more mindful about how we eat and getting more exercise. While we're not going the same route as him, I've lost 8kg and Mark's lost over 15kg since the start of the year. That's about 1/4 of my goal weight loss. I'm really proud of Zach!
My city has enacted some measures to lock down the city from the plague for the first time in China and it has been reported even on some international news. I'd never imagined my little city would be paid attention to in such a way.