Hi. Come on in and have whatever beverage you want. At the moment we have most apart from alcoholic spirits so if you need a stiff drink I probably won’t be able to help you.
If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you that my sister-in-law and her husband arrived from Germany on Wednesday. It is three years since we have seen them and we are all getting older so we cherish this time that we have. Our brother-in-law (BILL) is in his eighties and sister-in-law (SILS) has been battling illness and injury so will enjoy the two months they will be staying with us. What it does mean that due to my studies my already slow/late/nonexistent return visits may be even slower although I still will try. If I don’t make I hope you’ll forgive me.
If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you that Bill and Sils are a little frightened at everything Australia may throw at them. The spider on the bedroom wall was first, the frightening noise was next. Most likely a possum and not a cause for concern I persuaded. Last night Roger heard it and said “Cane toad in the pond.” I immediately donned protective gear and with two plastic bags and a torch in hand went in search of the poisonous critter. They are ugly creatures and can kill dogs. The tadpoles put the fish in the pond at risk. It had to be exterminated. It’s a big pond but I found it. Its rear feet were on the pond floor and he was standing upright with his nose out of the water. I knew if I missed him on the first swoop he’d be off and difficult to find again. I called for reinforcements. Roger came armed with a bucket and the swimming pool net. We missed on the first attempt but managed to keep it confined in the first third of the pool. Again we tried with success. It was in the bucket which I was holding when it made a leap for freedom and I jumped with fright throwing the bucket up in the air, the water sloshing all over me and the toad flying and coming down on the pavement outside the pond. It would have gone except luckily the bucket landed pinning its leg and finally we got him in the plastic bags and into the freezer. We are told that freezing doesn’t kill them only puts them into a state of hibernation and when thawed are again as large as life. I don’t care as if they do come to they are a long way from me, my dogs and my pond. My cane toad was twice the size and definitely more ugly than any of these. I assure you you wouldn’t be kissing it.
If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you that I have been really thrilled to read the responses to “Times Past”. It seems that even into Gen X, dining out of an evening, in a restaurant, was not a common occurrence. Certainly for my alpha generation nephews this is not the case and I wonder when the change happened. I’m hoping by the end of the month, with more responses, I may be able to answer that question. Feel free to join in anytime in the month.
If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you I am starting to panic about finishing on time. I was fine until I opened the email telling me my end date was looming (Sept 30th) and if I needed extra time then I should apply for student fee assistance now. Now that the panic has set in the work ethic has improved. I am spending 8 hours minimum a day on the thesis and each day starting to panic just that little bit more. Soon I will bump up the time to ten hours a day as I am determined I WILL finish on time.
If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you Muffin is an absolute darling of a dog. She isn’t 100% toilet trained because our concentration on walking her to her toilet area has lapsed a bit with Bill and Sils visit and the accidents have happened again. Apart from that everything she does has started to be endearing. She stares into my eyes with what looks like an adoring look (in reality she is staring to ensure she gets a treat) and my heart melts.
What else would I tell you if ‘we were having coffee?” The weather has been simply perfect. Not too hot with little humidity. Ideal for swimming, or fishing. Temperatures are probably sitting around 32 degrees celsius during the day and 22 degrees of a night.
Thanks for dropping by and sharing a cuppa. Its been a nice break but I’d best put my head down again. SILS is starting the first puzzle tomorrow. She is going to start on one from the “If you had eyes in the back of your head” series. The puzzle makes what these people are looking at. I’ll take a photo when it is finished.
Thanks to Diana for hosting our coffee mornings. Have a good week.