Wednesday 16th June 2021, Morayfield.
I suppose that the delay in reports again could be understood due to us moving into the new house. The move did go well, apart from getting ripped off by the real estate agents, and we are now quite settled in. We are becoming more dismayed at the previous owners the longer we are here as we keep finding things that they neglected or just ignored in their maintenance routines. We have been rather busy overcoming these obstacles which are the things you do not find until living in the place for a length of time. Now that we are settled, I should think about getting back to regular reports, and that is all I can think of for now.
I am including the men’s shed newsletters I have missed lately, 033_Newsletter May 2021, and 034_Newsletter June 2021.
Sunday the 2nd of May 2021, Caboolture.
Can you believe that this is the second Sunday in a row that I have been sitting here typing? I am probably looking for an excuse for a rest at the moment though, as we are now a fair way into the house packing ready for the big move next weekend. All that we can think of has been booked, power, NBN, Cleaners and most importantly the removalists.
I am due to book the settlement inspection for Thursday, and hopefully pick up the keys on that day, we then have a couple of things planned for the Friday like move a heap of shelving for the shed, after a check of the shed size on Thursday to make sure they will fit. Power should also be connected on Thursday. We must check on the size of bedroom 3 to see if the double bed will fit in there, and if so, it will be renamed bedroom 2. This will give the kids the larger of the bedrooms to spread out more and give more storage? We may have to be there on Friday anyway as we have an appointment for NBN that day.
Linda is the one that still has some packing to do, which she insists on doing on her own apart from box sealing, so I will be looking at my usual trips to men’s shed and museum this week to give me one final break before the big move.
I still have a job to do on the roof putting aerials back to what is normally standard to make things a little easier for the new tenants. I have made a few rearrangements to suit myself, but now I have lost my nerve and will not climb on the roof to fix it myself. Plus, the last thing I want at the moment is to have a fall and break something bones wise, so I will have to find someone else to do it for me.
Sunday the 25th of April 2021, Caboolture.
I am going to try to allocate late Sunday afternoon for putting down words on this site, maybe every second week or so.
I have a reason for not putting anything down lately as the house buying process has taken a turn. Not long after I wrote the last report Narrelle came up from Melbourne one weekend with the intention of meeting some real estate agents and talk to them about the processes. We picked several open inspections and went looking with this in mind, and would you believe, the day after Narrelle went home she got onto a house in Morayfield. Linda and I went for an inspection the following day and decided on a yes. The current owners accepted Narrelle’s offer before the house actually hit the market, and that is the only way to buy with the market as it is at the moment. The house misses a few nice features we currently have, like the sunroom and its scenery, it also lacks a garage so storage may be a little tight for a while. We are most of the way through the buying process with Settlement Date on the 6th of May. This will give us a week to move in before our current lease expires on the 13th.
Linda and I are totally worn out at present as we have now almost completed the box packing so we are not pressed for time when we get closer to move date.
I am currently relaxing for the rest of the day after another busy one, so more to come later.
While I am at it here is another Men’s Shed Newsletter 032_Newsletter April 2021
Tuesday the 30th of March 2021, Caboolture.
It has taken a COVID lock-down to get me back to this. I guess old age must be catching up with me because I have had every intention of keeping this blog updated but I for some reason don’t find time. I don’t know why this is, as I am not fully busy all seven days per week, but I guess I still have those old travelling ideas of resting every other day, so the three days I don’t work/volunteer must be rest days.
As usual I have been kept busy with the men’s shed and the museum as I seem to continue to put my hand up to accept different chores. Last year, as we were talking about buying a house, I gave up the treasurer’s job at the museum, but with COVID hitting I kept up the job as our new recruit didn’t get a start at taking over the role, hence I have now retaken the job once more. Unlike the museum, which closed for over 12 months, the men’s shed was only closed for a few weeks. We were fortunate at the shed to survive the COVID crisis because we had adequate funds in the bank to tide us over, but other organisations were not so fortunate. Even though our income was down $30,000 odd dollars last year we still have the intentions of going ahead building the third shed for storage.
Back to house buying: – COVID also set back our chances of buying that house as it would be almost impossible to successfully achieve the goals as Narrelle and Matt live in Melbourne, and there were no flights. Now that everything is back to somewhat normal, we are finding that the housing market has now gone totally ballistic. Everybody seems to be wanting to buy houses and the prices have sky-rocketed, so we have had to apply some changes to the finance tactics to be able to achieve our goals. We have become aware of some possible shortcuts in getting into the market, so it is now just wait and see what the future brings.
I have been a little short on Men’s Shed newsletters, so here is another Number 031_March 2021. Maybe one day I will get around to putting all of them on the blog.
Wednesday 26th August 2020, Caboolture.
Well, I tried to get to this a bit earlier. It is the same as when we were travelling, I don’t seem to do a great deal, but I never seem to have any spare time. Relaxation, especially in the big sunroom in front of the house, which I refer to as our annexe, doesn’t come too difficult these days. I am still rather busy with the men’s shed though, especially when we have had new COVID restriction put in place in SE Queensland, and I have to find out how it will affect us at the shed considering the new rules limit meetings to 10 people. It turns out that because we are running under a COVIDSafe Checklist the changes do not affect us at all. Shed AGM tomorrow, which will be interesting depending how many members we have turn up, as we can only permit about 36 in the lunch room, so if we have any more they will have to sit outside under a gazebo.
Considering I am doing it lately, here is Men’s Shed Newsletter number 25 for August.