Well, here we are again after a long break. As you may guess by the date, we are in the middle of the Covid-19 fiasco and I now find I have plenty of time to sit down and once again write things down. The year so far has not been far from normal, until a few weeks ago, so not much had changed with the world. Currently the museum I work at is closed, so Wednesdays are now free, and with the risk of Linda and her low immunity system I have decided not to go to the men’s shed unless there is something specific they would require me to undertake. We have stocked up a little, not like the panic buyers, so we do have enough to just sit still and ride it out for a while. We do intend keeping a stock and continue to do our fortnightly shop as usual so we will always have a little extra, so long as we are able.
I wish the best for everybody, and I do hope this does not last too long.
Been in Melbourne almost a full week now and it has been nice to catch up with everybody. Matt and Eva came over from the Philippines, and Tilly came up from Tassie. Matt did have other reasons for coming, but did make it coincide with my Birthday. We all went out for dinner last evening, which turned out to be the only time we could catch up with everybody, and all had a good time. Unfortunately that would be the only time we would see all until goodness knows when. Matt and Eva are supposedly coming back in January, but whether we get to see them or not is anybody’s guess. It will be back home on Thursday and back to normal living.
It has come to light lately, for various reasons, how much work I do for the museum and the Men’s Shed, as I may soon have to resign some of my functions at either or both places. Trying to find somebody to take over these functions was going to be somewhat of a fair task, but as it turns out in both cases I have already found somebody willing to take over these functions. There may be more on this subject later.
We are now making preparations for going to Melbourne next week for a week, as we have been asked to go down for my birthday celebrations, which we must do now because it seems that Matt is coming home from the Philippines, not only for that reason, but perhaps changed his timing to suit. The biggest thing to organise is somewhere to leave “Meggsie” the cat. We have found a cattery nearby and it will be interesting to see how he copes with it, not that he has any options.
I have today updated the TV Channel information on the TV Reception page. I don’t do it as much as I used to, but with digital transmission into full swing now there are very seldom any changes to report.
The ‘Open House’ days at the museum last weekend was a big disappointment with it raining on Saturday and the attendance being down to a very low 57. I guess the rain kept a few away, but Sunday was fine all day and the attendance then was a little better at 148. The total number for the weekend still did not equal last year and we only opened for one day last year, and it rained then.
Last month I posted one of the Men’s Shed Newsletters that I produce monthly, so I am now thinking of starting another page called ‘Men’s Shed Newsletters’, so keep your eye out. Here is issue 16.
Again, it has been a while, but what else is there to say to excuse me from not writing often enough. Things are keeping us busy, but don’t seem to rate mentioning often enough, when they should.
I am as usual busy at the men’s shed with all my usual activities, an interesting one is to about to prove worthwhile, or not. I am about to give my first actual computer presentation, and it will be interesting to see how it goes over. The main concern at this stage is not really knowing how many members are going to be interested in this happening. One must remember we are dealing with an elderly age group and it is unknown how many do not even use computers.
I have found out today a disappointing fact with the upcoming events at the museum. We have coming up an event called ‘Open House’, this being the name of an organisation in Brisbane that organises a show each year of getting many a varied museums, old homesteads or any heritage business, such as us, to open their doors free of charge on two days one weekend in October. We were involved in this last year and we thought it a great way of getting advertising through their web site and booklets produced for the event, and even the word-of-mouth idea as well. I have known for a long time this function is to be held on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of October, and now It has occurred to me that this is BATHURST race weekend. I have not missed watching a Bathurst race since about 1970, and had not considered missing this one, but the unfortunate thing is that our President has gone on holidays and left me in charge, so there is no way I can miss this function. I guess I will have to have the TV in the lunchroom on and visit for a rest on many occasions.
Today marks the arrival of our eighth grandchild, born in the Philippines to our son and partner, being a girl called Lylou of 3.25Kg and in very good health.
Linda’s health is on the climb to being better after months of not being well. One thing that is very noticeable is the fact that when she was in hospital a conference was obviously held between all, if not most, of her medical practitioners she was then seeing because now she is going back to see these practitioners they are mentioning the problems she was going through. It is a pity that there is no way of getting such a conference under way of our own doing early on when these things are happening, maybe we could get some decent treatment before it becomes too serious, as it was in this case. I know they keep saying we should go to our GP before fronting up at emergency in the hospital but with the way things happened in this instance, I would have to give serious consideration to this request in future.
We had a chance to do a good deed on Friday while Linda was visiting her specialist at Redcliffe hospital, when Linda witnessed an elderly gentleman have a fall and crack his head on the concrete just as I was pulling in to pick her up. We both did what we could for him until a medical team came from within, and then I decided that because they were working on the side of the road and my vehicle was already partially blocking the road with hazards flashing, I considered the best thing I could do was direct the traffic. This was obviously appreciated by the response I received from several of the hospital staff, and we felt a lot better for it as well.
Things at the Men’s Shed are picking up as we are about to go through our next committee elections, and we are in the process of getting nominations. Work is progressing well with the construction of the clean room, by cladding all the walls and building of the kitchen. It will a nice thought of the possibility of having our Christmas dinner at the shed this year.
Friends K and A have moved from the caravan park at Beachmere to a retirement village just a couple of blocks from us, so I guess we will see more of them in the future. A is now talking about coming along with me to the shed one day to have a look, and I would be awfully surprised if he didn’t join.
There has passed another eventful month. Major works at the Men’s Shed will see some our kitchen and toilets finally operational soon. The Museum has made a start to name changes and operational changes with the creation of Heritage Telecommunications Limited, a new company dedicated to preserving our artefacts. Then there were health issues seeing Linda being placed in hospital for four days.
I am getting myself deeper involved with the men’s shed with being given more chores, responsibilities, that keep me rather busy. One of the projects is the production of a newsletter once a month, and I have lately been given rave reviews about it even though the layout hasn’t changed over the year I have been doing it, but the content obviously keeps people informed about the projects that are happening at the shed. Click here for issue 14. It does keep me busy, but with Linda’s illness, more on that later, I have now learned that I do have other obligations other than the shed and museum that have a higher priority. I missed a day at the shed last week and felt like I was a worker taking one of those ‘sickies’, so that idea has to stop, I do not have to be at the shed.
The museum is the same, I seem to have gotten deeply involved with finances, being the Treasurer, with the changes that are happening, and I must also convince myself that it is alright to take a day off once in a while. The other small problem is that I do have take-home use of the museum vehicle at the moment, for various reasons, and it may not go too well if I take a ‘Sickie’ when they need the vehicle.
The story that perhaps should have been first; Linda has not been too well for a while now and Thursday last week I spat the dummy and took her to the hospital for treatment due to lack of anything happening with GP’s and such, and tried to insist that she needed their treatment. It seems I didn’t have to convince them because they admitted her immediately and kept her for four days. Without giving too much detail, it turns out the best thing we could have done because she had more problems than we thought. She is home again after respite and good treatment with at least answers we have been seeking for quite a while and puts us in a position of possibly helping her other health professionals with her treatment for other continuing ailments. Now that she is home and feeling a lot better, and obviously looking a lot better, than she was a week ago, hopefully we can now settle down to a bit easier life than we have had for the past few months, or as well as it can be with this new ailment.
What can I say: I had every intention of putting words down regularly, but I just seem to get too busy? I am still fully involved with the men’s shed, after becoming a committee member I seem to acquire more jobs all the time. The same applies with the museum as well, we are going through some big changes at the moment which is keeping me rather busy.
The web site now seems to up and running as per normal, actually I am finding that some features that should have always worked, but didn’t before, now do work, so it all seems worth the time. For those who utilise it, I do intend keeping up the TV information page, and in fact I have just updated several documents on the page.
We are presently going through a few changes with the housing situation, if some are unaware we are renting because we spent too much living in the caravan for sixteen years, and we found things like the heat of last summer was too much for us, so we asked the landlord if he could find it in his kindness to install an air-conditioner for us. His response was “Yes I will, but before I do, I will install a solar system as well”. How surprised do you think we were? They have both been installed now, Smart meter installed, so now it is sit back and see what benefit, or how much benefit, they provide. I know the benefit we will get from the air-con, but how much financial benefit will we receive from the solar, a billing period will be needed to find out.
My last report stated that we were back on the air and running again, a little premature actually, but I now have assurance that the site is fully functional.
I am about to do a reasonable scan of the site to check things and repair what does not work. The TV page is back up again, and I do apologise to those who use the site for the time it has taken to repair, it was out of my hands.
For those who have missed this web site, We are back up and running again. The server I was running off was old and kept falling over, but that is another long story, but we now have transferred the site to another server, and all now seems OK.
Obviously, this is the reason I have not been posting anything lately, not that there will be much after settling down, but I do intend keeping the site running, if for no other reason than keeping the TV news up to date. I discovered in January that one document on the TV Reception page, C1 satellite bearings, was incorrect with the elevation readings of every entry being 3 degrees out, so now all has been rectified.
We have now come to the full realisation the van has gone for good, and although it has been a very big part of our lives, we are glad that somebody else is going to get good use of it. We actually visited John today to deliver a part for the van that was overlooked, and he showed us the modifications he has undertaken, and he has done very well. They will no doubt have some good times in it.