But, if you wish hard enough…

So far, it’s all good, but I’m prepared to lay a sizable chunk of the housekeeping money on some folks in town looking nervously at the puddles!

And already there are roads underwater  and rivers over roads in some inland areas. And you should see the happy grins out there!

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Of course, had that cyclone crossed a more populated stretch of the coastline there’d have been much worse damage.

To put this in perspective for some who don’t know our geography –

Imagine, say, parts of Oklahoma battling raging fires while Florida battens down for a cyclone (I think they say “hurricane”).

Now imagine the cyclone crossing the coast, weakening to a severe rain depression and heading towards Oklahoma. That rain would be OK in OK.

But spare a thought for the southern part of West Australia which is ablaze.


And now, a little self-survey. Your responses will not be shared with marketing companies, but I would like you to answer honestly.

during the Christmas break did you:

a   eat as you usually do

b   eat “special” meals

c   eat more meals per day than usual

d   prepare all meals yourself

e   eat whatever anyone else prepared

f    eat at home (yours or another’s)

g   eat at restaurants

h   gain (or lose) significant weight

And , since I’m sticking it to you, I’ll tell you my answers!

a   no

b   yes, but only one

c   yes

d   yes

e   see above

f   at home

g   no

h  hoo boy! See you at the Weigh-in?

And the tragic thing is that it was all such good food. None of that burger trash, no TV dinners-on-a-foil-tray, nothing so full of additives I’d need Ritalin*.

Hell! I even cooked some meals! That’s “cooked” as in not raw. In this climate we pretty much live on salads, but I did serve a couple of “hot” dishes. I even made that gnocchi that Marie swears is as easy as it is delicious. I’ll go along with the delicious, but easy…we..e.ell, not so much! I think the heat and humidity were its undoing; the gnocchi just wouldn’t hold their shape, despite having been locked in the fridge for a couple of hours.  I’ll make some adjustments and get back to you…

But I  was not chained to the stove, sweating into the gravy.  And, for the record, I haven’t made gravy for years! I did not eat cheesecake, ice cream, candy. No, I ate as I usually do. Just more often.

So how in the name of Escoffier did  my waistline disappear?

Back to the hamster wheel…

*Ritalin is the drug commonly used to treat Attention Defficit Disorder.


  1. I ate at home, mostly cold food but a bit cooked by myself or the girls. Someone else obligingly cooked the 4 kilos of prawns I helped demolish. I’m now living on leftovers which on the whole seems to be Christmas bread made by my daughter, Christmas cake & macadamia nuts. With either wine, water or coffee. I suspect that it’s best not to step on the scales for a while. And it rained here almost non-stop for 4 days but today the sun is out and the garden is calling.


  2. I sent my waistline on holiday well before Christmas with instructions not to come back until after I’ve moved house (hopefully the box-lifting will speed its return!)… Our Christmas eating has been delicious but haphazard; once we move we’ll be on BBQ meat/fish and salad for several months so I won’t be able to cook cake or muffins or jam tarts or biscuits or pudding or anything else I will probably be craving because I won’t have a cooker. Hmmm. Happy New Year!


  3. I cooked alot, ate a lot, too much chocolate, too much champagne, but it was worth it.

    I just immersed myself in the summer news of Mackay. Irukandji are blooming? “Tis the season to be jelly” egads, sounds frightening!


    • ellen…yes, we have the whole shebang! This morning (that’s New Year’s Eve here) Townsville police were asking motorists to drive carefully because local flooding had knocked out some traffic lights! T’vlle is 4 hours north of us so we are expecting more wet stuff. And…more Irukanji! Happy New Year to you and yours, Ellen.


  4. a eat as you usually do

    b eat “special” meals
    YES x 2 once with my kids once with his

    c eat more meals per day than usual

    d prepare all meals yourself
    NO Helped tho! (peeled things)

    e eat whatever anyone else prepared
    YES (and yes there was pizza *sigh*)

    f eat at home (yours or another’s)

    g eat at restaurants

    h gain (or lose) significant weight
    Not really but lost a couple of pounds!

    Happy New Year Di


  5. I cooked the wholoe shebang on xmas day, because that’s what the children wanted. . .

    . . .except they only wanted to know that I’d cooked it, as they only eat the turkey and roasties bit. . .


    it looked good tho!




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