Friday, January 23, 2009


My apologies to my lovely blog pals, as I haven't written much for a while. I am in a bit of limbo right now, waiting for more recovery on my knee, then the expected battle for compensation with the TAC (Transport Accident Commission). I was warned by a doctor recently that they are just another insurance company who will stop at nothing to pay out as little as possible. Bring it on, I say!

I have to wait until my injuries are 'stable', which will be a little while yet.

My new knee is truly brilliant and causes me very little discomfort. But it does not bend enough for normal range of movement and activities, so will probably need some in-theatre manipulation under anesthetic. I will know more after the fourth of Feb.

I'm sure once the smell of the battle to come gets into my nostrils, I will feel better.................


Apart from that, last Wednesday I put myself onto the famous Atkins Diet, and have lost 2 kgs already. Renowned for fast weight loss, it is very rigid and allow NO carbs, NO sugar, NO wine (boo hoo!) and NO fruit. This causes your body to go into 'ketosis' where it burns fat, not sugar and carbs. If you don't eat the carbs your body can't use them. My two daughters are on it and one has lost 7kgs in about 3 weeks and the other lost 3 kg in a week. We are having fun just geeing each other up when we falter.

I was becoming far too 'plump' for my liking and have already lost 12kg just being very careful since last July, but this was too tempting. Speeding up the losing process, then going back to my careful eating is my plan when I'm there

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Snakes Again

We had our summer confrontation with our local tiger snakes last weekend and fortunately the dogs were not involved for a change.

My man was happily browsing through his considerable piles of stuff in his shed. He moved his mower, and there it was - a metre long tiger! I heard muffled 'f' words coming from the depths and no answer to my query but more of the same.

Sadly his accumulation of things in his cave gave the snake ample opportunity for escape, so it lives on, hopefully in harmony with the noisy male part-time resident, my fella.

The dogs' kennels are built into the rear of the shed with openings to the outside and a concreted run. All the snake had to do was slither under one of the internal doors and he could have happy 'hissy' chats with the poodles. They're not very forgiving with snakes as two snake bites so far have proved, so we blocked that exit with wood nailed to the ground to close the gap under each doorway. A snake now has to come out the front and go round to the run and get in that way.

He's probably been living there for months, we just hadn't met until now. I've sprayed the snake repellent everywhere, so hopefully that will send it into a spin and it may leave.

We can only hope, and in the meantime the other 'cave dweller' had better wear boots and long pants.