Saturday 19th January 2019, Caboolture.
The sale of the van is now all but complete. The new owners have made payment in full, have filled out the transfer papers, which I am still holding, and intend coming to pick up the van first thing Monday. What more can I say?
Wednesday 16th January 2019, Caboolture.
The couple interested in purchasing the van did in fact come through on the agreement we made, and yesterday made the payment of a deposit on the van, and I think it has only just now hit us that this part of our lives that we will cherish forever is finally over. We will now obtain the legally obliged safety inspections, and when this is done the final payment for the van will be transferred to us, and they can then take the van away. We are going to miss it. We have had a chance now to reminisce about out time in the caravan and still come up with the idea that we would not have changed anything in the time we were travelling. We are now being very much reminded about a lot of stories we have to tell about our lives in that van, and we ourselves are at the moment getting a lot out of thinking about those stories. I must stop waffling and now put with the next few days in a normal fashion until the final transactions are complete.
Tuesday 8th January 2019, Caboolture.
We have just started a new year, and I certainly hope it will be better than the last part of last year, having suffered several losses of family members.
I have obviously been busy with the museum and the men’s shed as I have not been writing anything for a long time. Just as well, as I had some trouble with my web site server falling over a few days ago and I lost some input data that had to be re-uploaded. My TV information will now be that 12 months out of date, but not many changes happened, and it will also be updated again very shortly.
Anyway, this year could see a big step taken by us in changing a rather large and important part of our life. After getting comfortable in the house, and Linda even more not liking the idea of the actual travel bit in the caravan, we have decided to put a ‘for sale’ sign on the van and see what interest is attracted. As a reminder, we lived in the van for 16 years, and definitely consider that it would have to be one of the better things we did with our lives. We certainly do not have any regrets and enjoyed it thoroughly. We have had quite a few show some interest, but have not been back for a second look, BUT, we do now have a couple who have indicated that they would like to make the purchase. They have gone away for the weekend and when return will come and pay a deposit, and when that happens, I will undertake my obligation in getting safety inspections made before we finalise the deal. In the meantime, I have taken the for sale sign down because I do believe that they are rather sincere in making the offer.
Let me wish that everybody has as good a 2019 as I hope ours is.
Sunday 23rd September 2018, Caboolture.
I have been rather busy since the last report, getting elected as a committee member at the shed for one thing. Nothing much will change with this appointment I shouldn’t think, although any computer work needed now, I am instantly nominated, not that I mind I Guess, it keeps me busy. It was thought that members needed a membership card, so it was then my task to build it, I think I did rather well for the first time. Then it was suggested to make a newsletter as we hadn’t had one for such a long time. The chap that used to do it, and a lot of other things, resigned, and there has been nobody since willing.
The museum has had me running also. We are updating our web site www.telemuseum.org and I have had the job of re-taking photographs of all the artefacts that were displayed on the old site as we decided to keep the content the same, just give it a more modern look. For this reason, all the photos had to be a lot higher resolution than on the old site. There may have only been 30 or so photos, but to collect the articles, take the photos and replace them took a fair bit of time. It is not complete yet, but I am having a rest to do other things before getting back into it again.
I mentioned last time that I was suffering bad chest pains, the result was ‘Costochondritis’, an inflammation of the tissue between the ribs. I think I am rather fortunate though as the prognosis was that it could take up to a year or so to heal, but I do seem to have recovered already.
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.
Monday 15 January 2018, Caboolture.
Once again here it is two weeks into the new year, new chapter, and I haven’t put down any words.
We had a wonderful time at Heathcote Junction, as we had a fair bit of time with the family. We left there on the 3rd Jan. and returned home. Shocking weather since we have been back, I didn’t think a couple of weeks in Melbourne would make all that difference, but we did feel the humidity when we did return. Then the past couple of days have been in the very high 30’s, which is high for here, and with the humidity we had to sit in the caravan all day yesterday with the air-con and watch cricket. A cool change came through last evening and things are back to being tolerable once more.
Our new building at the Men’s shed has finally started progress. The slab went down last week, the pieces were delivered today, and they are supposed to begin assembly tomorrow. This will give our shedders something to do when at the shed, watching the assembly, and of course I have the job of taking a series of photos during the whole process.