Friday 3rd August 2018, Caboolture.
Another month has snuck its way past again without realising. This has been another busy month, with doctor’s visits, and visits from two ex-workmates within a couple of weeks of each other. One was John Chellis, who with his wife came for a long drive from Tassie to visit several friends and rellies on the way. It was very nice of them to think of looking us up while here. It has been a long time since seeing John and Susie, but unfortunately, we did not have enough time till they had to go, but we did get in a bit of reminiscing. Then Ken gave us a ring to let us know he was in the area and would like to drop in and visit once again. Ken and wife Val, who has now left us, have called in on us many times over the years of travel during their travels, keeping an eye on the Blog to see where we were, and then calling in on the way past. One of my fellow shedders told me a while back that he knew Ken and would like to meet him for the first time since being kids together, so I got him to call around for a short while during Ken’s visit to also catch up, all went well.
I had a very busy week at the museum, with our President on holidays I have seemed to take over his role as well. Not that I really mind, but it was a week of much to do.
I may be laid up for a while with a bad pain in my left lower chest area, and I am very hopeful that it is only a stretched muscle. A few more tests will tell all, but I cannot for the life of me recall what may have done it. On the day, yesterday, I did do a little soil digging, raking and sweeping, but nothing too heavy as to cause this. The worst part was during the evening last night with me sneezing, and boy did that exacerbate the situation to a pain level I do not think I have ever experienced in my entire life. It did calm down a fair bit over night and has not been too bad today, so now hopefully it is not too bad and will clear up soon. Blood tests and an X-ray were done today, and an ultra-sound on Tuesday and this should all tell us what it is. I am just a bit peeved that with old age things just seem to happen too easily.
Saturday 30th June 2018, Caboolture.
What can I say: I just can’t be trusted lately to put reports on the web site. I do not consider that I have too much on my plate to be able to write words down, but it is as though I just do not have time to think about it. I have been busy with the Men’s Shed now that the new shed is finished, has been for 3 months, and there are plenty of jobs to keep a bloke occupied. I seem to have gotten the job of computer expert and have been trying to revamp an old laptop with, Vista as its operating system, to possibly get it to do what we would want it to do. So far all is going well and with a version of office 2010 installed it does now perform most of what we want it for. Would you believe that Microsoft still support Vista, I can’t believe the number of updates it has been downloading. The shed does have some later laptops for officials, but this one will be a general-purpose machine. I think I have decided that I may as well nominate for committee this year as most members, mainly new ones, already think I am on the committee. This is probably my fault due to when on the first day they came for a look and enquire, most officials were busy, so I took over showing them around, so now they have joined up I am the first person they approach to find out things. I am trying to rectify things, but I now think that becoming a committee member may be the easiest way out.
The museum has kept me very busy as well, so much so, along with the shed, that I do so much look forward to my few days off each week relaxing, hence my not thinking of the web site. We are going through some big changes at the museum, some that I cannot comment on until completion, and being on this committee as treasurer I have found myself heavily involved with the proposed changes, so once again when arriving home after a big day all I want is to sit down.
I have had the idea since we have been travelling in the van that one must not work too much on consecutive days, meaning work (travel) one day and relax the next. This has been a system that has suited me extremely well, but now that we have settled down I find my work days are all consecutive, so I say again that I really do look forward to my days off. Anyway, we are still here at the same address and do intend to be for quite some time. We do have a small concern at the moment though, as the neighbours to our rear have just moved out and we will be getting some new ones, we can only hope that they are as good as the last, we are very close to their back yard.
Sunday 29th April 2018, Caboolture.
More on the lumps. I have now had my entire left earlobe removed to get rid of that pesky lump, it has healed up now and if I didn’t mention it you would not notice the difference. That was all there was and there is no further concern.
For the multitude of readers of this site I apologise for the problems I have been having lately, it seems more than likely to stem from problems I have been having with my desktop PC. I have now reposted all the posts for the past twelve months that seemed to have somehow disappeared, so all seems to have been rectified now so all should continue as usual.
Tuesday 20th March 2018, Caboolture.
The having lumps removed from my face is finally happening. I have had a couple of troublesome lumps, sores, on my face and ear, which I have been constantly picking and scratching. It was time to once again talk to the doctor about them. (I had on past occasions spoke to him about them, with no concern being the resultant answer) This time he was once again not concerned, but we decided to get rid of them anyway. I saw a surgeon on Tuesday last week who removed a section of my left earlobe, and a lump just under same. A return today revealed that he had not gotten all of the lump in my ear, so we have to do it all again next week. The results of the biopsy were that it was a BCC cancer, which apparently means the lowest order of cancer, and not spreadable, but seeing we started to remove it the decision was made to do it properly. There is another area on my cheek, which comes and goes, which the surgeon looked at today, and he indicated that while completing the job next week he may take a biopsy of that one as well.
I quite often see people constantly having lumps removed from their faces, and other parts, and have constantly hoped that it would never be me. It has now started but at this stage it seems not to be a continuous thing, hopefully.
Friday 16th February 2018, Caboolture.
I keep apologising, but here it is another month gone by already. I have been quite busy lately though, when one can avoid the heat, with photography to do with the building stages of the new shed, I have been nominated the shed photographer. We are nearly there, but work has been slow the last couple of weeks with whatever excuses the builders are making, but we are hopeful that the build will be finished in a couple of weeks and we can get in and start doing what we need to do before moving equipment in. Things like install lighting and prepare the floors are things that must be done before anything else, and I guess this stage will only take up more of my time seeing that I have volunteered extra time of mine, if needed, to help with these jobs.
The museum has been keeping me busy also. I have held the position of treasurer for the past year, and I have found that along with that position comes other responsibilities being a ranking official of the committee. We are going through a phase of introducing a new company, called Heritage Telstra, to manage the artefacts held by all the three museums and with my official status I am being called on to assist with the discussions about introducing some common paperwork instead of us all using different forms. This on its own has been keeping me busy with doing work at home as well as Wednesdays, and today the realisation just hit me that we have an AGM this week, and I have some preparation to do for that. Now that I have completed that, I have reminded myself that the web site still exists, and there should be some more words put down.