Monday 20th March 2017, Caboolture.
We can’t get over the sweltering heat we are experiencing now, well not the heat so much as the humidity. We can’t remember it being like this last year, but when Linda looked up the weather on the net it turns out that it was very similar. It strikes us funny that this year a lot of locals are saying it was a lot worse summer than they have had for a long time, and when Linda looked up on the web it seems everyone was saying the same thing last year. It also seems that it was as hot at this time last year, so I guess we are just going to have to tolerate it.
I have been continuing my work at the men shed and the Museum as usual, and am settling in to my new job as treasurer at the museum, not much happening money wise yet. We had a tour book in last week on Friday, a mystery tour from Toowoomba as it turned out, which was on a day we are not open so we did organise it anyway. The day worked out fine, with 45 visitors that we broke up into groups in our usual manner, and showed them all a good show, they all seemed to enjoy it very much, as is usual. The frustrating part about it was when I emptied the donation box to find the tour operators had placed $5.00 in it. We do not have an entry fee, but seeing we put ourselves out and four volunteers attended, which the museum reimburses expenses, we did expect they would give just a little bit more, maybe enough to at least cover expenses.
Saturday 4th March 2017, Caboolture.
Another month gone by and I can’t even stick to my idea of putting something down each week. Nothing much has been happening because we have been sitting inside trying to overcome the constant heat, well it is not the heat as such, but the humidity. It has rained in very small amounts over the past week or so, but nowhere near as much as forecast, so what has fallen is only creating a massive rise in the humidity and because the sky is not overcast, and the sun shining, the result is only worse.
I have taken on extra chores at the Museum, being that of Treasurer, so I now have more work to do there to keep me occupied. Naturally with that job comes other tasks, such as keeping track of members and their activeness and details, hence looking after emails also comes with the territory. We also seem to be undertaking some out of hours’ tours and I seem to end up with the task of attending these as well as a guide. One of which I have no problem with because it is a Telstra Alumni function, that I would attend anyway.
I’ll go back to the car racing now and persist with this weather, which can’t last for long surely.
Sunday February 12th, Caboolture.
Over the years of our travelling this big land we have encountered many occasions when weather conditions have hit records, highest max. on record, lowest temp on record, longest heatwave on record, hottest individual months for years or on record. Now we have experienced another one. With Caboolture reaching 40 degrees today I believe this will make this the hottest February on record. We spent a few days considering what we were going to do for yesterday and today, 37 degrees yesterday, as we do not have air-con at home. Suggestions like go and sit in a movie theatre and shopping centre for the day, fill up the fuel tank and go for a long drive somewhere where we can run the air-con in the car, but the obvious was just too easy, turn the air-con on in the van and go out there and sit and watch a movie, it would be a lot cheaper, and we still had all the comforts of home. It didn’t actually get as hot as forecast, 41 degrees, but only reached 39. something. We closed off the house to keep the heat out and when the temp dropped to the same as in the house we opened up again to let the cooler air from outside in, and are now in the house, albeit still mid 30’s.
Sunday 29th January 2017, Caboolture.
Not much out of the ordinary happened this last week, except there was no Men’s Shed to go to. I accomplished a couple of things at the museum with providing Wi-Fi to the museum proper, but otherwise nothing was any different. Short and sweet, but so be it.
Sunday 22nd January 2017, Caboolture.
Building things at both the museum and the Men’s shed has kept me busy this week, but the heat wave we had made it a little unbearable, for us at least. I have been giving a small amount of thought into the possibility of Air-con just for periods like this, but if we can persist I don’t know that I can justify the cost, and then if we did have one we would find we would be using it a lot more often in periods that would probably not really warrant.
An interesting incident occurred over the past couple of days that has severely embarrassed our mate Adrian. A woman at the caravan park where Adrian lives rang me on Friday asking if I could look at her TV. After enquiries, the symptoms indicate a TV fault and she should prepare herself for buying a new one. She said it was working, she turned it off to go out and when she came home it would not turn on again. Adrian then went up and had a look to check if power was getting to the set and could not detect a fault, so I said I would drop in when we had our usual visit on Saturday, yesterday. When I got there my intention was to only inform the woman that when she made a new purchase I would be prepared to come and install it for her, as it is mounted in a swivel wall mount bracket, but decided to go have a quick look anyway. Adrian assured me there was power at the point, the power cable looked in good nick and permanently connected to the set, and the remote control had been tested ok. I then noticed all the buttons on the set were on the top of the set, and decided to just check the power switch, and would you believe it, it had been turned off. I assume that when she turned the set off, by the remote as normal, to go out she also pushed the set back into the wall, accidently pushing the power button in doing so. I turned the power on, this put it in standby only, then switched it on with the remote and the set worked as if nothing had happened. The embarrassing thing for Adrian was that he didn’t think to look for a power switch, especially just after I was having a joke with him, referring to an add on TV, about turning the power on. He says he will never live it down, perhaps I will never let him.