Stinking Hot Weekend


We had a great weekend, except maybe Friday night. It started out really well. I got home just a bit after 5.30. I could really get used to this home early business. After my usual routine of putting everything away I settled down with a beer and talked to Kiddo while waiting for Tress to get home. We were talking about Kiddo’s lunch excursion to the Crown with her friends. It sounded like a good lunch so I thought she didn’t mind what we did for dinner. We decided to just wait for Tress.

She got home, and said she was thinking of that dish in the fridge I had cooked a day earlier so she got it out and warmed it up.

So there I was, not really sure what to do. I started to feel tired and unwell as both Tress and Kiddo prepared to leave for a crèche meeting way yonder in Keysborough. I was supposed to also go for another meeting, at the other end of the eastern side of Melbourne, way up in Warrandyte. That suddenly felt very tiring so I decided to skip that meeting – we just had a late Board meeting the night before and another long night didn’t appeal at all, especially one that requires a long drive away. Warrandyte is probably half an hour away from where we are. So I “called in sick” and stayed home to watch the tennis between Murray and Ferrer.

Tress and Kiddo got back from their meeting late and we just watched tv for a while more before calling it a night, as Tress and I had planned for a big day the next day.

After our usual coffee at our local Tress and I got home and got to work. The hedge plants had grown again since I last trimmed them late November. These “James Sterling” varieties grow really quickly and the constant rains we’ve had are both fuelling the growth even more as well as carrying water on the branches and leaves which cause them to bend, sag and grow out of shape. Constant trimming was the key.

As much as I trimmed them however, they have continued to grow – steadily but substantially that’s for sure. On Sat morning I was looking at 9-10feet tall James Sterling all around my eastern and northern fences. The Ozito trimmer was starting to look inadequate to be honest, but we managed – Tress and I managed to get them “cut down to size”, I mowed the lawn after, gave the deck a bit of a clean-up and fixed a side door which had a panel coming off a week earlier.

I have to google how tall these JS grow and if they grow any taller, I’d have to think about getting a taller ladder and maybe bigger tools…

We finished up just after 2.30, and we went out for some sushi and shopping. Later that night we caught up with Gerry and Jesslyn and little Sheanne, together with Jason, Mel and Sammy for dinner at this Szechuan place on Canterbury Road. The food was alright but all dishes tasted the same – they probably used the same basic spiced salt with loads of chillies – dried ones – and we needed loads of liquid to put out the fires. After dinner we adjourned to our home to cheer Li Na on in the Women’s Final s but Aussie Kim prevailed, which wasn’t a bad outcome either, so all in all, it was a wonderful evening.

Sunday was going to be a stinker of a day – with an expected high of 40 deg. I decided to go to church in shorts, something I rarely do. We were supposed to look after a member who is an elderly stroke victim and I wasn’t sure how the heat was going to affect him and thought I’d be better as comfortable as I can get myself, to ensure we look after him as well as we could.

After church Cheng Hsian came up and said he’d look after that member and asked that we do so in the next few weeks as he and Bernie were going away. I said no problems and proceeded to enjoy the EGM which took place, with a vote to rename our new church “LifeGate Church of Christ”. A few of us adjourned to the Glen to hide from the heat and parked ourselves there for a couple of hours, lunching and chatting to while away the arvo.

We got home later in the arvo, lazed around some more and dozed off on the couch – the heat is great in that it gives us the perfect excuse to just snooze away. The Four-X didn’t help with alertness either – I thought I’d give the Queensland flood relief my contributions by having their favoured brew – tasted more like the VB, which isn’t all bad. Really. Kiddo watched a really awful teenage flick called Mean Girls. For some inexplicable reasons, maybe the mind was numbed by the northern brew and the heat, I found myself watching with her and laughing at some of the scenes. It was an awful movie but I got on with the program.

Anyway, soon after it was Novak versus Andy and it soon became obvious Andy was a fiery Scott anywhere except Centre Court in the Rod Laver Arena and Novak was going to win his second Aussie Open title relatively easily. To be fair Novak was very good but Andy did all he could to make him look even better.

Right through the whole weekend – from a subdued Friday night to an exciting Aussie Open finale, the little black jedi master was in attendance. Scruffi is increasingly into our lives. The cute ebony furry ball was constantly at our legs, be it in the garden around the hedges and lawn clippings, on the deck, or on the couch in front of the tv. Sunday arvo we got home just for Tress to change her togs and for us all to get some water before going out again to get Kiddo a bag, so after being out for something like 6-7 hours we came back for less than 2 mins. That must have upset him heaps because he was thoroughly excited when we got first got home but when we returned again less than an hour later we found him chewing Tress’ shoes. Thankfully that wasn’t a pair she liked but that little jedi master hadn’t chewed on footwear for a long time now and we all thought it was probably because he was distressed at us leaving him the second time around, as we mostly came home and had time for him, unlike yesterday arvo.

The whole is expected to be stinking hot. Today’s 39 deg max and it would be in the 30’s for the rest of the week. Not good. Officially there are only 4 weeks left in the summer but somehow it feels like it will go on for a bit more.


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