It goes without saying that the floods in Queensland and NSW are too awful for words. We have some small floods here too, but nothing like on the Mainland. For about the fifth time today I have read or talked about Dorothea Mackellar's poem, where we are a land 'of droughts and flooding rains'. We are indeed. The agony and the ecstasy. The sublime and the ridiculous. That is our island continent. 75% of Queensland is flooded. I can't conceive of how vast that must be. All I know is that I wish the media would stop being so intrusive and leave people be. That would be very nice. I was watching TV in the hospital waiting room and the studio presenter asked the reporter at the evacuation centre to pan the camera around to show the whole centre and not to worry if it looked a bit messy. Honestly, they need to gain some perspective. Ny friends in Emerald have been flooded out, but they are safe. My sister and cousin and their families south of Brisbane are safe at the moment too. I am lucky.
Speaking of lucky, I am also lucky to be cared for so well by the staff at the Holman Clinic, and The Labradors likewise by the Doctors and Nurses at their Hospital. I did two more jobs yesterday and today and took belated Christmas gifts. It has been cool enough to cook, and so I did: lemon and passionfruit melting moments, chocolate cupcakes with M&Ms, Christmas cupcakes with lemon icing and a cherry on top, gingerbread stars, Nigella's fudge, almond macaroons, cherry coconut ice and decadent chocolate biscuits.
Peri went to see Dr Tim today for her yearly check up and vaccination and to be weighed. She has gained health and lost anther 600g. Dr Tim couldn't believe Peri was nine. I showed him baby pictures of Peri and Vundy. Dr Tim remembered all the dogs that have lived at our house. Peri still has a way to go, another four or five kilograms, but she is doing well. He gave her a special liver treat!! She was so bouncy and excited and happy.
They have been playing rough and rowdy rebel games inside and I had to say 'OUT' in my cross voice and point towards the back door. And the prize?? A plastic cup. When they are too excited to listen properly, I decide I will have the cup and it goes into the recycling bin and off to the tip. Lorelai Gilmore starts it, and then Peri joins in and there's a riot. Wicked Labradors!!!
The people writing the EPG guides need to brush up on their spelling. I was scrolling through the channels in a desultory manner, and did a double take when I saw this. I had to go and fetch the camera to take a photo!!
I have finished one Harry Feet sock for MrsDrWho, and I am very excited to use my new sock blockers. It does make the sock look ever so wonderful!! They were such a lovely and thoughtful gift!!
The weather has been quite rainy and humid and gale force winds and torrential rain is expected tomorrow. I had washing on the line all day and it just wouldn't dry. I think it is cool enough to sleep now, so we are off to bed anon, with a cup of peppermint tea and maybe the crossword. I like to time myself and do it in less than ten minutes. It has cryptic and ordinary clues, so I expect that's cheating a little.