My brother’s dog, Tilly, is a gorgeous girl. She’s getting old now though and deaf as a post. She needs to see you to know you’re there but then she comes hustling over for lots of pats and rubs.

A perfect 21°c winter afternoon for a walk along the river then relaxing on my balcony with a beer in the late afternoon sun. These are both activities that are good for my mental health.

A grassed sloped area with several tall trees and the Brisbane river at the bottom of the slope. A brilliant blue sky in the upper third of the photo.

I had a list of things to do today but that plan has hit a slight snag in the shape of a cat.

A black and white cat asleep on a man’s lap with their head resting on a black and white chequered pillow. One paw is visible, tucked under the body. The man has a blue shirt and old jeans on.A close up of the head of a black and white cat resting on a black and white chequered pillow.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This thought from 13 years ago is remarkably similar to one I had a few weeks ago that resulted in me booking leave.

A very old friend, we met 35 years ago, came home this week after living through the last two years of Covid in Singapore. It’s the longest we’ve not seen each other in person and despite a weekly FaceTime it was just wonderful to have them stand in front of me.

It really brought home for me how the closed borders and forced separations from family, the expensive or cancelled plane flights, all the associated uncertainty, has impacted and how many were traumatised by it or are still living it.

Almost everything ticked off on the day off list:

Slow start - cups of tea & cat on lap ✅

Thor: Love and Thunder ✅ 7.5/10

Booster 4 ✅

Roast lamb with rosemary & garlic in oven ✅

Delicious aromas filling apartment ✅✅✅

Only Murders in the Building - pending

Just watched the first three episodes of the new season of Westworld. I see that they’ve stayed with the approach of multiple confusing sub plots, cryptic statements by characters, nothing is simple, blood, gore and death, so much death. All set to the usual great music. 📺

I really enjoyed the final episode of Strange New Worlds and the man out of time plot device. The whole season has had everything you could want from Star Trek. As a tv show it nailed the casting, scripts, directing, cinematography, effects. I’m undecided about the introduction of Kirk though. Was it really needed. Do we need to see James T Kirk, particularly when the character is so closely associated with Shatner? 🖖🏻📺

I subscribe to Choice here in Australia as I value their reviews of consumer products. When looking at a new purchase I will start there first and see what’s recommended then do some comparisons with other online review sites. Sometimes, instead of the product I intended to research, I get sidetracked with other product reviews and today I’ve started a wildly exciting Saturday morning checking reviews on laundry detergents and other cleaning products. 🤷🏻‍♂️

It’s been 18 weeks since the Brisbane floods filled the basement carpark in my apartment building and the lift was damaged.

The email has just arrived to say the lift is finally working again and I no longer need to go up/down 97 steps in the fire stairwell to get to my apartment on the fifth floor.

This is probably the second most exciting thing to happen so far this year.

The most exciting is that the bin chute is also back and I no longer have to carry my rubbish bag down 97 steps!