Caboolture 2021, March week 5.

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.

Caboolture 2020, August Week 4.

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.

Caboolture 2020, August week 1.

Saturday 1st August 2020, Caboolture.

Here we go again with the same excuse for not jotting anything down, but it is hard to use the one that states there was nothing happening. I have actually been quite busy as the rep for the men’s shed in checking the COVID Safe rules so we could re-open.

Anyway, I had a reminder today that there are people still using and reading the web site so I really should put more down more often.

We in Queensland, as you are probable aware, have not been so badly hit with the virus as other states, but back when all was looking good and restrictions were eased somebody had to try to sort out the sometimes ambiguous rules from the health department, especially where men’s sheds were concerned. Sitting at home quite a lot I apparently unknowingly took on this task and have become known at the shed as the one that has done this work. After it had been found out that we, Burpengary and District Men’s Shed, were the only shed in the area to re-open because the others could not make head nor tale of the rules, or it was just simply too hard, but we did manage to re-open with the phasing in of stage two on the 12th June, being able to have twenty attend. We had to run a roster system as there were too many requests, but this only had to last till 10th July, Stage 3, when we were able to allow numbers in excess of which would normally attend. We have had a good turnout since and yes, I have been kept busy. Now that the second wave is causing dramas we will have to wait and see how bad it gets and just follow the rules as they change.

I started doing it so here is another Men’s Shed newsletter, 024_Newsletter July 2020

The Telstra museum is still closed as when the CEO said all Telstra buildings would be closed until at least September he meant it. One of our main concerns is that we have over 100-year-old working artefacts in the museum that are now just sitting there gathering dust and rusting, and we are not allowed in to maintain it. Just another ‘we will just have to wait and see what happens’.

Other than all this, Linda has had a few hiccups with a couple of health problems, but these are now being worked on. They became a problem when we could not get in contact with her specialist to discuss treatment that was not fully working, so we went to our GP and told him our woes, and requested he make some changes to her meds. He did this and then rang the specialist, leaving a quite vocal message as she didn’t answer him either, which did have some desired effects. The specialist rang back in no time and started rearranging appointments for further treatment. In the meantime, her ailment has improved a little, so she is not so bad off for the moment.

We will now see how long it is till next jottings.

Caboolture 2020, March week 4

Tuesday 25 March 2020, Caboolture.

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.

Melbourne 2019, November week four

Tuesday 26th November, Melbourne.

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.

Ronald & Linda Tew, All over the countryside