Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Countdown ?

We're nine days until Christmas and my gosh it's hard to get into the spirit, Currently, we're all hibernating inside for as long as we possibly can, and avoiding the horrible wind and dreadful rain! Over the weekend it was pouring down and it's getting super boring! How can one feel happy and bouncy and excited for Christmas, when it feels like winter and all you want to do is snuggle up and sleep?? We should be getting over 20 degree weather these days and we're sticking at around 12, it's certainly not fun at all. Nine days til Christmas, there isn't long for this weather to sort itself out!

Friday Mum and I (stupidly) went into the city town to do some groceries and christmas shopping. I've got all of mine done now, except for Mum and thankfully there were so many specials that I probably spent half as much as I could've! Great for saving :) Annoyingly, it was pouring down in there, so whenever we went somewhere, we got soaked. We struggled our way around Pak'n'Save, which is still under redecorating and since they've moved everything and because we haven't been there for such a long time, it was a "where is....?" situation. And we also didn't think about the fact it was FRIday, so of course it'd be busy! *rolls eyes*
Sunday morning I went to milking and didn't bother taking any wet weather gear, regretted it. The guy, Tom that I milk with sometimes, told me I'd be a drowned rat by the end of milking, and yep. I definitely was! Since there is no backing gate, you've gotta go into the yard to push the cows in. Usually when it's not raining it isn't so bad, but it was exceptionally painful and wet. Didn't help that the cows didn't want to go up! So as I left I didn't realise how wet I actually was - wearing good old shorts and singlet underneath overalls so I didn't get too hot (lol), then realised I was literally soaked through. Lovely! Tom suggested to go home and put myself through the drier - I probably could of too!

Yet again, dinner at the beach plans THIS Monday were cancelled because of the weather. Although I love going to the beach after stormy weather to see what's come in, I wouldn't want to stick around very long with this hammering wind...So, fingers crossed, Friday may be better suited. But this time we've got a back up plan of getting dinner at the restaurant in case of the rain.

Mum and I are slowly getting Christmas things sorted. Today Mum made two sponges to freeze for the Trifle, yesterday we processed all the biscuits and fruit puffs so it's easy enough to slap the Chiffon and Lolly Cake together. We also cleaned out the second fridge today, sounds weird having a second fridge aye? It's too expensive to run continuously so we turn it on at Christmas so we've got spare places to store all the extra food. We've mostly good sorted and figured what we're eating over Christmas. Basically just got to cook up the last of our ham a couple days prior and cook the chicken on the day. Mum even managed to get the barbeque trays cleaned - not that we've used the BBQ yet, with this weather and all.... -_- I put up the Christmas tree the other day - it looked great! Now, it kinda looks pretty depressed and droopy. It's a fake tree, and Frodo has climbed all through it. No, she doesn't have the excuse of it being her first Christmas. But there's nothing more heartwarming than seeing those normal cat eyes go huge and dark, filled with wonder and excitement. Love cats at Christmas. Don't love the damage they do though!

I've also tried and tried to get into reading, but I really am struggling quite a lot. It's mad! I've been trying to get through Death Comes to Pemberley since my last blog post, but I'm only half way through it, more than a week later. Every time I go to read it, I get distracted after a few minutes, or I have to force my eyes to stay open. Then when I do start to get into it, it's kinda boring? I won't write up the review Bianca. It probably IS a good book, it's just difficult to get myself back into reading, after so many months of not doing it. It's also difficult to read a book, based on Jane Austen, knowing that she didn't write it and having to read through all the reminders of what happened. It's just a very different author style, but I'm sure I'll get into it - eventually. We actually found the DVD for it, so I bought it - hoping if I could watch it, then it might make reading it more interesting. That's a whole other story!

There's been a big change with our "home theatre" system -_-  a while ago Dad bought a blueray player, and a new TV when ours died. I never really understood it, because I can live without watching TV. Anywho. So ever since then we hadn't actually watched any movies. Chuck this one in, sweet as! Umm, where's the volume?? Hehe. In the end it was realised that the picture was transferring through, just no sound. Dad did heaps of testing and playing around for a few hours, does the disc actually have sound?? Yep, apparently.  Ok, try this. No, try that. Yes!, wait. It eventually got all figured out, and by now I had to go back to work, so we couldn't watch it. This was Sunday night, Mum and Dad went to the movies to see The Hobbit and Nick and I went a young farmers get together. Didn't turn it all back on until yesterday, hmm, no signal and no sound! Mum and I gave in, and turned it all off again. (We aren't very technically minded and it's better if we not touch anything in case we accidentally do something!) Last night, turned it on. Hmm, Dad yet again spends an hour or so on it with Nick, unplugging everything and resetting all the stuff. And then, we have sound!! Woohoo. Turn it off, sound's gone. Sort it out again. Mum and Dad watched Breakfast this morning, yet again. No sound. So it seems that every time we turn it all off, the sound goes. Absolutely no idory why, but LOL!
I'm finding it a tad amusing.


  1. Lol, I know the feeling of being soaked... It can start so suddenly here, my grandfather used to say, if it's sunny, take a coat, if its raining, suit yourself... :P

    Anyway, with the TV, its probably one of those annoying ones that doesn't have memory without power... Does it reset all settings when you turn it off? If so, about the only thing you can do is leave it turned on, and let it sit there happily, chewing into your savings account through the power bill... But, in the words of an electrician I spoke to once, "At least it will be happy. They enjoy that." :P

  2. Aww! Fine I'll have to read & review it myself :P hahaha

    Lol TVs...Nana stayed for a bit last month and we watched heaps of movies...but when something didn't work I'm like ummm....call Jarrod? lolz :P I figured a couple things tho so....pfft :P

  3. I have to admit it's actually one of the newer LG 3D smart TV's, the kind of extravagance I don't think we need, but what's my opinion?! It's been fine up until we set up the Blueray player, and after changing a few leads around in different directions and whatnot. So basically now, every time we turn it on, Dad goes to the TV sound settings, and has to flick it to a particular one. Hopefully soon it'll be SMART and gain a memory of sorts :P

    Oh and Bianca, we watched the movie today. Proves to be that the book is probably really good! :)

    1. Great. Now I want to see the movie and read the book!!! :P lol life's too busy these days...