Lazy start to Sunday before heading out to tackle the garden. I actually enjoy gardening, bust aspects of it seem like a chore. I'm trying to make it less so and maybe one day will given those aspects up to paying someone to do them for me.
Today was the lawn and driveway, trying to make it look as neat as it does when it's clean. It hadn't been done in a while so was a fair chore. Unfortunately due to the late start, the wind was not in my favour and so by the time i had finished, the leaves had started to return. You can't get too worked up over these things.
Had some chats with the neighbours. The new ones have had a hard run of it since moving in, the ones are only home occasionally are doing well. Nice to be surrounded by nice people.
Some afternoon provision hunting followed by some evening cooking, a bit of TV and then early to bed.
Saturday started off fairly casually with a bit of house related chores, then some breakfast and time spent out the front.
To my absolute joy, a kookaburra arrived for a drink, shortly followed by a juvenile kookaburra. They spoke with each other, ate, drank, and frolicked. The older bird even briefly flew off, capturing some sort of bug and returning to kill it and eat it. Very humbling to be able to witness such majestic birds in my own garden.
Spent the afternoon trying to watch the BBL final which was quite one sided and a bit of a let down.
The evening was finishing the previous night's movie and delicious bottle of red.
Time to start thinking about routines and moving through the growing list of things to do to make a home
During a brief attempt at an afternoon nap, I drifted into a half dream where a balloon popped. The popping jolted me awake, and sadly, the nap was no more. The balloon was silver foil, and square. I don't think it was a goon bag.
Six meetings in one day. I don't think that's how the Crowded House song went.
That said, lots of good chats and some momentum building for the new year.
Hottest day of the summer so far I reckon, at least for heat intensity. Just dry, baking heat. Actually not unpleasant. Unless you're outside in it. Thankfully I wasn't.
The heat gives an opportunity to keep the birdbaths full and this also results in more birds. Today for the first time, a kookaburra arrived. He looked very hot, and a little wary, but, eventually took a drink.
After finishing work slightly early, I headed to the airport to collect an important cargo.
I was aiming for a sleep in this morning, but Garry decided that today was the 3rd Annual Garry Makes a Shit Load of Noise and Throws Himself at The Window event day. It's funny as he was in The Tree last night and I thought we had some good chats. He was there with his partner, I guess, just chilling. I'm going to buy him some peanuts. Apparently ravens like peanuts.
I managed to fall back to sleep after Garry's performance and sleep through until mid morning.
The day was mostly a mix of relaxation and getting some chores done. I like to balance it with an hour of flight of fancy (playing games, or something interesting) interspersed with half an hour of activities. Works well for my formatted, compartmentalised mind set.
In the afternoon I went and bought many things for the week, including provisions for making a few meals as the cupboard (well, freezer) is bare. Whipped up an epic spag bol and saved the rest for a special night in a couple of days.
Had some chats this afternoon about the future and all things associated with it. It is exciting times, and I know that it's going to be great for all involved.
The evening was spent cooking, watering the garden, and having a couple of quiet ales.
I should summarise January, which was part of the intention of rebooting this thing. Perhaps a task for this week.
Saturday morning resulted in a hike, which was fantastic. I started out not really feeling it, or interested in doing it, but, persevering paid off. Through the 'hill of justice' I managed to hike the two hardest parts straight through which was a first in some time.
It's interesting having had a more active January, especially with the long form hikes, to notice how the body reacts. I can, through these activities, feel my body getting stronger, and more profiled, leaner. It's encouraging to keep going and, most certainly I will.
Saturday afternoon was fairly lazy, owing to the general inability to walk from aforementioned hike. Some lunch, from my favourite (at this time at least) Vietnamese roll vendor, watching some BBL finals, and enjoying an ale.
I went and grabbed a pizza from the famous Louie's in Guildford. On the one hand I respect the community they have there and will be back for it, but on the other, I'm just not sure that you get value for money. Still, it's a delicious pizza.
I'd actually gone to bed early, owing to the previous days of questionable sleep.
Decided to grab it by the horns and head into work early and do something with the carp, or whatever the Romans did.
I was pretty tired this evening after a 10+ hour day at the office and silly sleeping patterns and was enjoying a delicious nap until a French solar panel salesman knocked on my door. In my best effort at being convivial, I described to him my disinterest in his product and/or service. Having pondered murdering him on the spot, I returned to the couch but the moment was lost.
On a cool Perth evening, I enjoyed some beer, some wine, some cricket, and some music. The weekend looks good, with a mix of hiking, cooking, and relaxing.
I cleared all of the things. All of the to do lists hanging from last year, all of the stagnant reminders that weren't really reminding of anything now important. It's a clean slate. Now the challenge is to not let it get out of hand again.