I'm taking annual leave next week. I had planned to do some yard work and catch up with the mowing, and sort out some stuff inside the house - the sheer curtains all need washing, and the outside of the house needs a long shot with the pressure cleaner.
The weather forecast was OK a few weeks ago, but now I can see that rain is forecast for today, Sunday, Monday, showers Tuesday, showers increasing Wednesday, rain Thursday and friday. I'm so happy. What a waste. I'll have to do some work inside then, and there's a lot to do! I can't wait for tomorrow to see what next Monday's weather will be. This is the only time I can take any leave for about six weeks as we are short staffed and a colleague is away for six weeks. The grass needs to be cut and everything caught up with before it gets too hot...
I had a good day on Thursday. The visit to the cardiologist was just a routine checkup, it's been just over seven months since my procedure in February. I'll get another appointment in five months and they will assess and decide when I'll have the next procedure - third time's the charm!
I had a lovely lunch with MDFD, she shouted a steak at the Norman Pub at Woolloongabba, just up the road from the PA Hospital where I had to go and near where she works.
Then I went to the little shops opposite the PA Hospital and spend a load of money on me – well, most of it.
I bought 10 new facecloths, a set of two large bath towels, facecloth and handtowel for $20, from Target. I rescued four azaleas in colours that I have lost due to the drought (I can’t plant them in the ground, the soil is way too whatever it is they don’t like, along with camellias, gardenias, etc, all the exotic plants I wanted to grow in my garden!!), I have to plant them in pots. The four plants were $3.50 each, half price. When I got home I watered them and on Friday morning they were all perked up and looked fine!
I bought two books, could have bought more, but they are so dear now! I remember when paperbacks were so much cheaper than hard covers – I wish we could have imported books in our bookshops. We’d benefit, the readers I mean! I bought a book about the Coast Watchers in WWII, I’ve read to page 10 and it’s fascinating! And I replaced a book I loaned which I never got back, The Time Traveller’s Wife. I wanted to read it again. I loved it when I went to Hawaii and the CDs at Tower Records and the books at the bookshops were so cheap – and the variety of books was brilliant. So much more to choose from in the genres I like, ie. true crime, biographies, etc.
I also bought three punnets of raspberries, which I love. Extravagant I know, but it WAS my birthday!
Yesterday I went to Target Country, the local one. It’s not as good as a real Target when they have specials. They’re a small shop and so don’t have as much room, but I bought some outdoor lights for $4 each (half price) which are solar, just got to get the back off where you put the batteries and then I can use them, and I saw a nice table centrepiece I’d liked in there which was $29 I just wouldn’t pay that much for a dish, some candles, and little stones, but it was only $10, so I grabbed one.
Now I just have to bring the new dinner table and chairs inside, and assemble the table so I can put the centrepiece on it.
Hmm, just figured out what I really want for dinner tonight. Something simple. Something yummy that I really, really fancy.
Scrambled eggs on hot buttered toast.... YUM
Book importation in Australia, some links.