ElizeElvinFoxRyder

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  1. Long promised sunrise photo for @Elastigirl. Unfortunately I had to zoom in so much with my cellphone, it's really blurry, and you can't really see the colours. From bottom to top there was red, orange, yellow, then a very faint, light green, and lastly blue, and of course grey. It was beautiful And... I'm changing my exercise routine. Brandt finally made me those two tires and the boys and I will start with a new routine next week. We'll do our workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, twice (one set before, and one set after school work). These are normal 14" tires (talking under correction), and they weigh 7.7kg (~17lb) each. I have strong nylon rope which I'll thread through those rings screwed through the tires. Then I'll try to connect the thick rope onto the nylon rope, so that we can pull the tires up our driveway for one of the exercises. I want it at least 20m (20yards) long. A 20m pull in a high squat position. Ouch! We are working on how we can fasten weights on the tires. My workout: Jumping Rope (30x single jump) - warm up Bear Crawls 2x 12m - warm up ( @Elastigirl) Rope pull - carry tire down - put down, jog back up with rope, pull tire up --> repeat 10x [I'll be using double tires, the boys only one tire each] Pushup-Walk hands up/down tire 10x [It's like a plank2 pushup in reverse] Tire flip - broad jump over - turn around --> repeat 10x Russian Sit up Twist w. tire 10x each side Tricep/Shoulder stretches Chest stretches Toe touch stretches The boys will do some variations on the above: they won't do a pushup-walk hands up/down, but instead a plank around the world (plank on the tire, and move sideways around the tire); instead of the Russian sit up with twist, they'll do a rotary twist where they twist sideways, give the other one standing behind him (back to back) the tire, twist to the other side, etc. And they'll do an overhead push, with the tire on their shoulders around their neck, and push up overhead. They can easily handle the weight of a single tire. Some video links to tire exercises: Swedish bush exercises; Ukranian functional fitness; Bootcamp Have a good weekend!
  2. I leave my top loader's lid open after the last wash anyway, so I'll probably adapt easily enough. Thank you! The guys came to look, said we need new bearings and seals under the drum. As Brandt suspected. It would be at least a 5hr job, but they haven't phoned with a quote for parts yet. They won't do anything until I've agreed to the quote, and they will have to remove the machine. Brandt is hoping that we'll be able to work something out with the repair shop, like they take in the old machine (can use it for spare parts, or something), and we buy a new machine through them, at a little bit of a discount. They mentioned something like this last year, when they quoted on repairs for the washing machine and tumble dryer. Yikes, that is long! As I mentioned to Xena, I leave my top loader's lid open for a bit after the last wash anyway, so I'll probably quickly adapt to this. If the cat doesn't climb into the top loader, I doubt he'll climb into a front loader. Not after an initial inspection anyway. Apparently our country is going down to level 3 from 1 June! That would mean that most shops will be open, but still have to adhere to distancing rules. We have had so much trouble with people being falsely arrested, and other political parties, and people's rights organisations jumping in to stop government from total control, that I don't think government has had much choice. We'll then be able to buy paints, etc. and with our gardener being able to work again, as soon as he has the garden under control, he and I can start on some of the maintenance work. I have to watch him with this anyway, as he doesn't have much experience, and I'm teaching him as we go along. ------------------------------------------------------ Tuesday hit me like a bag of potatoes against the head. School ramblings: One thing I haven't figured out yet, but granted I haven't really read up about it specifically, is when you choose your elective subjects. Here kids have to choose end of gr.9, going on to gr.10. Then gr.10-12 are the last three years (or school leavers prep years). @Sloth the Enduring or well anyone, because you've all been to school... How does your system work there? WEEK 3 - Challenge Goals (Thursday morning) Sunday: Some dusting, nothing else, and went to bed late. Got some inspiration on how to do something specific with the physics, after getting into bed, so I jumped up and got to it. So only finally went to bed very late. Monday: Weighed (92.2kg), did not measure. Bible study NOT done - overslept. All the cleaning in the house done. Totally forgot about shooting. Walked 10x up and down our driveway at a fast pace. Went to bed on time. Tuesday: Bible study done. And some other things, but otherwise NOTHING exercise or such, except chores (cooking, cleaning). Was in bed before 22h00, but after 21h45. Wednesday: Bible study done. Again nothing challenge goals-wise. In bed on time. Stress headache from Tuesday midday. Bought fish takeaways, which was delivered. It was delicious. Thursday: Bible study done. Friday: Saturday: Apparently our country is going down to level 3 Lock down from 1 June. There were announcements that the government will 'create' groups (from unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 35yrs) who will be like a 'police force' at schools. They will get two weeks' 'training' and if they find any child, or teacher (but it is more aimed at children) who has Covid symptoms, they will apparently send them straight to a quarantine camp, and the parents will have no say! There was a huge uproar about this. No one in government even considered that this was breaking human rights conventions and laws, not to mention our constitution. They are in charge and that's that. Well, they had to react after the uproar. We haven't heard anything on this since, but thousands of parents are now trying to register or work something out to have their kids home schooled, or enrolled in some form of cottage school. So again... watch this space. And m.i.l. is angry with me because I don't want to take over her Samsung top loader washing machine, which she bought around 7 years ago. It is well looked after, etc. but there are so many issues around this subject. Brandt never even considered it. He told me last year when she offered the machine, "no way", told her "we'll see". I now said "thanks, it's a great offer, but no. If we buy we'll look for something here." She was ... upset. Told her that if we buy new we have at least a 10yr warranty on the motor, which is what we would prefer. She was still upset. *shrug* Now we're starting with school work. I'll try to catch up on threads soon.
  3. Sounds like a good weekend, from Friday morning, through to Sunday evening.
  4. Glad you finally got most of what you wanted. I feel you on wearing the mask so long outside. How does it work at work though? Same type of mask? I feel like I'm suffocating when I have the mask on shopping, not to mention that with my cloth mask my glasses fog up.
  5. My Speedqueen is so old, and even with the repairs they did last year, I can't put big loads (+-8kg) in anymore. I've been doing 5kg loads (if I have to guess at weight). Now it sprung a leak. Not bad, but annoying. The company that fixed it before will come and have a look today. I've been looking at the new front loaders, and read about that smell problem. I'm so out of touch with machines available! Some of these new machines look like things aliens brought in. Well, if you look at their functions, anyway. There are some models that blow in air after the washing has been removed to dry out the seals, specifically to stop that smell and mold to form on the rubber. I still have to measure how high the door sits on a front loader, because my machine is in a tight corner between the basin and bath. Brandt and I both would prefer to switch to front loaders because from everything I've read they use less water and electricity? The machine functions just look so complicated! Did you see that you now get machines that have a tumble dryer built in? Or rather the washing machine can also do drying? Proper drying, not just spinning to get water out. Yes, thank goodness! Brandt took the machine back. They didn't even quibble. Gave him a brand new machine, and it is working 100% so far. Unfortunately they didn't have the specific paint we want (wood sealer, and anti-rust paints), and they told him that those hardware shops that sell it, are still only allowed to sell to 'fixing' businesses (as I now call them). My first printer was an HP laser (colour, and bought it with my pension when I resigned). It was lovely! Worked like a dream, no problems ever! Then lightning struck down the road 😭 The next one was another HP but with ink, and that was a disaster. It was summer and because we don't have an aircon in the house, the inks dried up, and clogged all the nozzles. I spent more time and ink trying to clean it up, than ever printing. Then I bought this Lexmark laser (plain mono), and with the original toner that came with it, I thought wow! this works fine. Now with the replacement toner, which is Lexmark approved, it is a huge mess! The toner powder is everywhere. I literally had to 'unjam' it every second page it tried to print. There were never any paper stuck, but the powder messes all over the sensors. The boys laughed at me, because I looked like a chimney sweep by the time I got everything printed and continually wiped and cleaned the black powder out. I tried to find a place that sells the toner cartridges, but it is only in very big cities, and they'll have to courier. I didn't get around to that yesterday. But at least between un-jamming the machine, I got to read the pages, and I'm now sort of caught up on gr.5-8 physics terminology again. We don't seem to have your brands here. Sometimes they sell them under a different brand name, and I was hoping to look it up that way. I've spoken to so many people who used to own the original Speed Queens like I do, but when they bought the new ones, they were sorely disappointed, so I would prefer to skip that whole thing. Over and above the fact that they are about twice the price of other top brand machines. A new SQ 8kg, is R14 000 here, while a new LG, Bosch, or Samsung 7kg, sells for R5 500-R6 000. (divide by 18 then you get the US$ amount, roughly). We'll see what the guys say today, when they have to fix it. Last time they said they can't get under the drum, and spares for those parts are very, very pricey. Which is what Brandt thinks needs replacing. Why he told me to start looking for a new machine. -------------------------------------------------- Brandt had a good laugh at me again yesterday, and this time, granted, it was with reason. I couldn't remember how you pronounce Copernicus' name! This name that I typed right here. I pronounced it like copper, with focus on the 'ni' part, instead of on the 'per'. (I'm struggling so much remembering English terms, I don't know why). WEEK 3 - Challenge Goals (Tuesday morning) Sunday: Some dusting, nothing else, and went to bed late. Got some inspiration on how to do something specific with the physics, after getting into bed, so I jumped up and got to it. So only finally went to bed very late. Monday: Weighed (92.2kg), did not measure. Bible study NOT done - overslept. All the cleaning in the house done. Totally forgot about shooting. Walked 10x up and down our driveway at a fast pace. Went to bed on time. Tuesday: Bible study done. Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:
  6. Please share (if you want to - no prize to win): What kind of washing machine do you have? (Top loader, twin tub, front loader). Make/Brand and size. Pro's and Con's you have found for you/your family. Is there a tumble dryer you can recommend? Thanks! *sigh*
  7. Frustrations were HIGH but has sort of settled down. Until this morning, when the new coffee machine blew with a "pop!" Brandt's taken it back to the shop just now, seeing as we've only used it twice. It blew directly after making the second pot of coffee. Our house's electricity even tripped. Brandt will see whether he can get wood varnish for the doors (front and back), and maybe steel anti-rust paint, but he isn't hopeful. We are still not allowed to buy from the other diy/hardware stores, and Makro doesn't stock what we/he wants. So some of this might have to wait until Eric can come back to work, and the shops open fully. Brandt just mentioned in passing that it won't help if the boys and I do so much of the work that when Eric comes back, he has nothing to do. So that is just acerbating my laziness to get out and do things in the garden. Brandt also received an email from a recruitment agency in NZ which stated that if he were to be in NZ with a valid work visa, he could immediately choose from three positions they have available (clients who advertise through them), but unfortunately because we are outside the country, he isn't eligible. They are going to keep his profile/records on file so that if any positions are allowed to be filled from outside, they have his contact information to contact him immediately. But the PM of NZ hasn't lifted the block on the specific kind of visa we will need to apply for, so we will only be eligible to get a work visa from end of September, except if there are proof that his work will fall under the "essential services" of Covid19, or the block is lifted. I want to print out a new workbook for the science/physics stuff, but our printer keeps getting a paper jam, when there isn't one. I came to the conclusion that it is the poor quality toner cartridge which is messing so much toner powder, all over all the sensors. I literally have to clean it every other page it prints. There are also no printing shops open. I'll try to buy a new toner cartridge online. Made pork chops with cheesy garlic bread, and gem squash for the boys, Hawaiian mixed veg for us (from frozen veg bag). Pork chops and cheesy garlic bread came out *mmwwa!* in the MW. So at least we had a very nice meal yesterday. WEEK 2 - Challenge Goals Summary (Sunday morning) Sunday: Cleaning was done on Monday. I listened to a short bible message. Went to bed late. Monday: Weighed in (stable on 92.4kg), measured (stable). Bible study done. All the cleaning in the house. Dry fire practice done. One set of Chosen BW. Went to bed on time. Tuesday: Bible study done. Dusted some other areas, and wiped the kitchen appliances (again - because muddy cat prints). All three sets of Chosen BW done. Went to bed before 22h00. Wednesday: Bible study done. Laundry done. Went to bed very early due to a sinus headache. Thursday: Bible study done. Folded all the laundry. All three sets of Space BW done. Went to bed around 22h00 again. Friday: Bible study done. Frustrated so I played games during the afternoon. Did NOT work in the garden (Adam did for extra pocket money). Went to bed on time. Saturday: No Bible study, we all slept in till just after 7am. Did very little gardening and yes! the herbicide is actually working. Took two weeks to kill the weeds, but finally started showing results/death of plants. I'll wait until there is absolutely no sign of life, to make sure that no roots can grow if I can't get the whole plant out. Went to bed on time.
  8. True! I'm continually amazed by things I can still do. I'm nearly down on the diamond/tricep pushups too! He hasn't even gone without coffee, it just needs to be made in a plunger and not in a filter machine. He says he can taste the difference, but that's how we've been drinking it. We are drinking a lot less coffee The shop he wanted to buy from (send me to) had closed down totally. Not operating in our town anymore. He'll go to another shop tomorrow, when he doesn't have to work. He really has to do it himself, because he knows what he wants. Thanks! It is great. See below. I made grilled chicken pieces one night and it came out delicious! Nicely grilled, and cooked to the bone, without the meat being dry. Then last night I made crumbed fish, which wasn't such a success. There isn't a specific setting for it, so I'm having to wing it; work on a setting that seems approximate, and adapt. First attempt was dry and hard edges. Second attempt was a little better, but not right. I haven't tried out the "chocolate melting" setting yet, but did make the boys some smores. And I still smile whenever I hear the mw tune instead of the usual "Beep!" WEEK 2 - Challenge Goals so far (Friday afternoon) Sunday: Cleaning was done on Monday. I listened to a short bible message. Went to bed late. Monday: Weighed in (stable on 92.4kg), measured (stable). Bible study done. All the cleaning in the house. Dry fire practice done. One set of Chosen BW. Went to bed on time. Tuesday: Bible study done. Dusted some other areas, and wiped the kitchen appliances (again - because muddy cat prints). All three sets of Chosen BW done. Went to bed before 22h00. Wednesday: Bible study done. Laundry done. Went to bed very early due to a sinus headache. Thursday: Bible study done. Folded all the laundry. All three sets of Space BW done. Went to bed around 22h00 again. Friday: Bible study done. Frustrated so I played games during the afternoon. Not yet bedtime (only 16h50). Did NOT work in the garden (Adam). Adam wanted to work for extra pocket money. He pulled out blackjacks and other weeds from two specific problematic areas. The weed killer I sprayed last weekend has not worked. I don't know why. I probably didn't make it strong enough. Adam cleaned his pants from as much blackjacks sticking to it as he could, but it took me a good half hour extra to sit and pull off the last ones. I wasn't in the mood to cook, so ordered pizza to be delivered. I've noticed that there is a military helicopter that flies over every Friday. You hear that doof-doof of the rotors.
  9. Our bearded dragon loves dandelions, but seeing as it is nearly winter here, there are none in sight. Awww no! Too bad you missed that record with 45seconds. But glad you enjoyed it none-the-less. Glad someone was around to help you with the flat.
  10. I so get this! Sorry you had an argument with your dept. chair. Woot! Woot! for going back to the workout class. Hope you have a good, relaxing (or exercise filled) weekend.
  11. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    I'm awake!

    That is going to be amazing. You can definitely do it!
  12. Wow, you are so busy! Enjoy. Good luck? Hope it's negative. It would be interesting to know their final results. I've read what some epidemiologists from Europe (one specifically from Germany, another from Sweden) said w.r.t. their results, and it was interesting.