Archive for September, 2010

155. 26th September 2010. Our 2nd attempt at getting away is more successful…

28/09/2010

On our last post I was tra la la ing with the joy of finally getting on the road. That joy was overshadowed by disappointment when it started to rain and we developed two leaks. Thank goodness we had really only just started and were only about 30 klms from Melissa and Steve and we could stay in a dry shed while repairs were carried out. That said, the rain depression stayed over the top of the central coast and highlands for the next few days with predictions that it would continue for at least another week. Over the mountains in the area we wanted to go, namely Cleremont, Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine and Longreach the rain would include thunder storms. So we stayed where we were and repacked WWWGO and the car and jettisoned some stuff we really will not need or which are heavy and probably will not be needed. Namely, the generator and its fuel. We have rarely used the generator over the years and with careful use of our resources we should not need it. Besides, we could not stop the fumes invading either the car or under the bed, the only places we could store it. If we absolutely, positively must have a generator in the future we will look at a 4stroke Honda rather than the el cheapo $98 2stroke we had. The generator and the fuel is stored in Steves shed. As our plans stand, we will probably stop at a caravan park each 4th or 5th night so we can top up batteries, top up fresh water, empty grey and black water and get a load of washing done. Our plan to go to Lake Elphinstone for a few days changed when Glenise called on Thursday night. She and new beau Eric were expecting to catch up with us at Theresa Creek Dam near Cleremont. They were camped at Cape River somewhere between Charters Towers and Cleremont and expected to reach Cleremont on the Friday. Plans change, so we agreed to leave Finch Hatton on Saturday and drive directly to Cleremont (do not pass GO, do not collect $200) a distance of about 300 klms. More travel in one day than I planned but it was the only way we would catch up with each other. Friday dawned. Overcast and a few showers. As the day drew on, the showers became less and the wet, muddy and slippery track out of the shed and up the hill was beginning to dry. Donnis took the opportunity to do some sewing as Melissa had flown to Brisbane to attend a Queensland Endurance Riders Association Inc meeting. Steve was still at work at Peak Downs so we took the opportunity to just relax and do a few small jobs for ourselves. Saturday. Umm err, we are still at Finch Hatton. Lots of rain overnight and the ground in front of the shed is a small pond. Not sure if I want to try to get out and get bogged in the process so we are staying another day. Melissa arrived home from Brisbane and went to bed so we went for a drive to Gargett and a cent sale at the sports club. (Cent Sale. Donnis has never attended and I recall going to one around 20 years ago. Here is how they work. Prizes are usually donated by local businesses or there are trays of meat or veggies. Often there are home baked goods as well. It is a revenue raising event. You buy tickets, usually 5 books of coloured tickets each with 5 numbers. The volunteers draw a prize from the prize table while the MC draws a ticket from the barrel and calls a ticket colour and number. If you have the correct coloured ticket number you win that prize. This continues until all the goods are won. There is a half time break for tea/coffee and buy a small plate of  sandwiches and or cakes. After all the prizes are won the left over plates are also included in the prize pool. We won 5 plates.) While we were inside, the rain increased in intensity and the lawn bowls area was soon underwater. We won four mostly junky sort of prizes but is was a fun and different afternoon. I think we will bite the bullet and try to get out of here tomorrow. The rain is supposed to be easing and having tested the grounds in Donnis car we will have a go at getting out. Sunday.   Hurrah Hurrah Hurrah. We finally tore away from the umbilical cord which bound us to our Whitsunday area. Although light rain was falling we managed to empty our grey water tank, fill the fresh water tank with clean rainwater from the sheds water tank and carefully drove up the wet track to safer ground. We emptied the toilet cassette at Mirani and learned of a new problem. The cassette has a button to release air. Effluent started to leak around this button. Hmmm. Will have to find a way to remove and replace the rubber washer or seal so until I can fix that we are going to use public facilities. It could also explain why we are getting a smell, umm err PONG when we start driving with a full cassette. Next stop was at Nebo for fuel and a free coffee break at a rest stop area. Talking with one of the volunteers it was interesting to discover she is also a Canadian, educated at the Edmonton University and somehow ends up in Oz working as a tow truck driver! She also gets faint at the sight of blood so when she attends fatals or those accidents with lots of gore she keeps her eyes averted. It was on this stretch of road we noticed hundreds of signs designating the site of an accident. These signs were paid for by the coal mining companies and depict in artwork, what type of accident; head on, hit roo, single vehicle, rollover, fatal, booze related, speeding and so on. After awhile these signs became a chilling testimony to the dangers on this road which services many coal mines and cattle properties. The intent behind these signs are to alert and remind drivers, particularly young drivers to take more care. At the coffee break we were given a bag with a few goodies inside including a road safety brochure warning about the main causes of accidents. Speed, Alcohol, No Seatbelts and Inattention. We arrived at Theresa Creek about 3pm to a glorious sunny afternoon and met Glenise new beau, Eric. We had a wonderful dinner of pork cooked in the Weber barbecue, onions, potatoes, carrots and sweet potato cooked in foil in the ashes of a fire. There was also broccoli and beans. The dam is overflowing at present due to all the heavy rain and even the camp area has some sites still underwater. Where we are camped, each site has a a 6m x 10m levelled shade area to use in any way you choose. Nice touch. The creek looks a picture although the water ski boats can be a bit distractingly noisy. No power, composting toilets and showers we have to drive to but at $10 per night not a bad deal. No photos with this post but I promise I have taken photos and when I can edit them AND have an internet signal, they will be included with the next post. Cheerz 4 now.

154. Tuesday 21st September 2010. We are on our way, tra la ta dee doh…

22/09/2010

Gosh I am late getting this posted. There is a reason. In fact many reasons.
Let me tell about some of them.
OK?

All last week was spent packing and packing the packing into the garage. Of course I had my timetable and could see the days slipping by and my deadline slipping past me going the other way. I felt stressed and this led me to being a bit short with Donnis. In my defence I believe she was feeling the strain as well. By Wednesday niggling bickering crept into our life and soon was a constant companion.
I kept saying I wanted to be on our way by Friday. That day came and went and we were still at home although by now we were sleeping in WWWGO and having pizza at the Jubilee Tavern.
Karen G came over Saturday to help with cleaning and by 8pm we were 99.9percent finished.

The room I built in the garage was chock a block full. In fact I could find no space for a couple of saw horses. They will have to stay outside unless Peter wants them. Final cleaning was done after dinner on Saturday night and a final check on Sunday morning. I also sprayed all the cupboards with coackroach spray as I did in the garage. In the garage I also laid out mice/rat baits although I have not had a problem with them in the past. I also laid out cockroach baits and moth repellants although again, I have not had a problem with moths in the past. We covered our bedding with sheets and that is about all we can do for now. Time will tell when we eventually return if the furniture is still good enough to use.

We spent another night in WWWGO and were on our way by 7am Sunday morning. Two hours later we were visiting with Averyl n Paul n Shelby-Rose n Anakin and dropped off our PC for them to use until we return… whenever that will be.
By midday we finally rolled into Pinevale in time for the lunchtime surprise 80th birthday party for John Z. There were many of the Sugarloafers in attendance as well as John’s wife, four daughters and spouses, 15 grandchildren with their spouses and 4 great grandkids and John’s brother and his family. There were around 100 of us enjoying the Maltese food.
There is no wireless or tv signal at Pinevale.
Sunday night was fine but overcast.About 8 rigs stayed on Sunday night.  In the early hours of Monday morning, (which by the way was our planned departure for Lake Elphinstone) a huge clap of thunder woke us up. The rain began and by daylight we had decided we would move out later in the day. Those other campers called over to say they were leaving as heavy rains had fallen overnight with some flooding in Mackay while 350 mls of rain had fallen at Airlie Beach and the two roads were closed. We also discovered a leaking air hatch and a leaking…again…tv aerial handle. Hmmm. We decided to drive to Finch Hatton to visit Melissa n Steve to put WWWGO in one of their sheds to dry out so I can silicone seal the leaks. Steve insisted we remove the hatch and tv aerial entirely, determine where the leaks are occurring, clean the area and put it all back with a complete base of sealant including filling up the screw holes. That took 2 days and we had no wireless or mobile reception. So now there should not be any leaks but we will wait another day for the Sikaflex to dry then we head out to the lake on Thursday morning. That is of course if the rain has eased. In the meantime we have enjoyed the hospitality and expertise of M&S. Of course we also had the company of three dogs, about 15 horses, a handful of chickens and other assorted birds.

The weather forecast is for continuing rain for the remainder of the week.

Also according to news reports and forecasts there has been heavy rain out West including motorists being stranded in the desert. Many of the towns we want to visit have had heavy rain. It will be the wise move if we stay where we are so the track into the shed can dry out and so the campsite, over the mountain at Lake Elphinstone also has a chance to dry out. It is one thing to be camped while it is raining outside. It is an entirely different matter to drive to a campsite in the rain, set up in the rain and stay cooped up inside while it is raining outside. We are comfortable albeit a little frustrated that we have not really got to the first stop on our travels.

Ho Hum.

No photos again this week as I have not even had the camera out of its bag. Today is the first time I have had a few moments to myself to get this post done. All going well the real relaxation, including sunshine should occur next week when I have fully settled into relax mode.

Donnis is already there.

153. Sunday 12th September 2010. We are so close I am beginning to feel it…

12/09/2010

Monday.
While Donnis was at work I went to the doctor to see about the little growth on my arm. It is the same type of growth I had cut out a few weeks ago. This time the doc said it is too small to cut so we will burn it with liquid nitrogen. He warned me it would be very painful and had I had anything burned off previously. “Yes”, I said, “last time they had to give me a stick to bite on so I would not scream in agony and scare all the other patients”. He told me they no longer use the stick but have a special mouthguard and clamp. “OK”,  I said, “give me the mouthguard”. By then of course it was all over so I asked for a discount. Enough of my droll and sarcastic humour.
I also asked him about the painful arch in my left foot. Some mornings when I get out of bed I have to hobble. Even as the foot warms up it is still uncomfortable and the ball of the foot as well as my calf begins to ache when I go on my walk. The doc believes I have torn a “worm muscle” in the arch and the best cure is time and exercise. He could give me anti inflamatories but he knew I would refuse them. We did talk about some deep tissue treatment using a laser but we both ruled that out. The good old wait and exercise is our option. I now have to pick up a pencil with my toes a few times a day! I can pick up a thick pen with my toes but not a pencil.
Hmmm! More practise required.
I arrived home just before 9am and John arrived to look at buying my inversion mattress. One look and he said sold! While we were loading it on his trailer camper, the neighborhood centre guys arrived to pick up the bed, the walker and three boxes of books. They took one look at the bed and passed. I dismantled it, kept some of the timber and took the rest to the tip. I also took all the half empty (or is that half full?) paint tins. After lunch the plumber arrived to finish the job started last Friday. Donnis arrived home about 3 so we carried some loaded boxes down to the garage as well as emptying and carrying two wall units to the garage. I will repack them tomorrow. We have a lot of possessions to jam into the garage but I am sure we can pack everything to the rafters.
While moving all these things around I found another box of books I could have donated.
Today was overcast and humid but no rain. John said it was raining when he left Bloomsbury.

Tuesday.

A bit more packing and storing in the garage.

Also tool a trip to the tip with some more rubbish, to the tax agent to sign the tax return, to the government offices to change our address details then back home again to continue to squeeze things into the corners and edges of the garage in preparation for bigger items to come.

Heard on the news about the floods in Victoria and amazingly the outback and desert. Birdsville which is as outback and desert as you can get has had a downpour. This quiet little dot on a map is a stopover on your way from somewhere to somewhere else. There is a hotel, a bakery, a garage and precious little else. Once a year the townsfolk of about 100 stage the Birdsville Races where five thousand or so people roll up for the races and the ball and the partying. They arrive by 4WD, coach, motorcycle and plane. Hundreds of planes are parked in the paddock across the street from the pub. This year the event was cancelled due to the rain. Not only that but all the roads, which are gravel of course, were closed so the five thousand were stranded and special airlifts of food were sent in. Today, one road out of Birdsville was opened with caution and traffice was allowed out on a staggered rotational basis. At 9am all 4WD drives were allowed to leave. If the road held up (remember we are talking about a gravel road dumped on with more than 100 mils of rain and it turned to mud and slush) then at 10am the semi trailers were allowed through, then at 11 am the coaches and then at 12 noon the motorcycles. As I understand it, conventional vehicles and motorhomes etc have to wait longer for the road to dry some more. This is the desert we are talking about.

In flood!

I want to empty the fridge and freezer of food before next week.

Hmmm. At least another three meals of prawns or fish is on the menu.

Wednesday.

Donnis had a day off so we fiddled around getting a few odd jobs done but nothing serious. I am packing a few things away in the garage, mainly stuff which can be tied to and hang from, the rafters. On the other side of the closed off room there is an ever increasing pile of ‘stuff” which Donnis is giving to son Peter when he arrives some time after 17th November. Unless he hires a truck he will need to make several trips in his ute. Gradually things are beiong packed in boxes and put aside ready for the big pieces to be stored. Shelley, my daughter and three of her children arrive on Saturday night. They will only stay the night then will drive my car back to Townsville. BooHoo I will miss that car. It is 15 years old but looks as good as new – at least in my eyes. When we stop travelling Shelley will return the car to me.

After she leaves we can move the mattress and other stuff, including sheets and pillows out of the third bedroom and store them away.

We will progressively move things like the lounge down to the garage by Wednesday, perhaps even our bed and the outdoor table and chairs.

Melissa my eldest daughter will arrive next Thursday to pick up the TV and refrigerator. That’s good timing as we can use the fridge right up until breakfast that morning before turning it off and getting it ready to drive to Finch Hatton. Any other cold stuff will be put in WWWGO fridge.  About this time the washing machine will get disconnected and moved to the garage so by Thursday night everything will in the garage and we will sleep in WWWGO and will use Friday morning for a cleanup and move out. I guess that is when we disconnect the power and telephone landline. All going well we will spend next Friday evening at Pinevale. We will need the weekend to recover. I read a USA blog site about a couple who packed up their house to sell and moved into their 5th wheeler while still working. Boy oh boy they took months and anguished over everyting they packed and every decision they made. I sure hope that does not happen to us. Another week and we should be done.

Thursday.

Donnis is at work today. I took her Imprezza to the suspension shop for a final tune up pof the new shockies installed last month. Jason, the financial advisor was here at 2pm so we could complete my application for an “aged pension”. No it is not the pension which has aged. It seems I am the one who has aged. We had four different applications to complete and some of the information required is so old we either do not have any documentation or it is sealed in boxes in the garage. Some of the weird questions they ask are;

Before you were married, when did you start living together? Like, why would be keep a record of that?

For Donnis who arrived from Canada in the 80’s they want to know a date and at what port and how did she arrive, by air or ship? Amazing Donnis claims she has that information as she has kept all her own passports. They are sealed in a box in the garage along with all our old papers.

They also want to know if either of us EVER had a compensation claim. Donnis did, when her car was hit by another car. Centrelink want to know in case there was any outstanding money owing to them if she was a Centrelink recipient. She was. They were paid their cut and that information is on her record. Donnis also belives those paper are, you guessed it, sealed in a box in the garage. When I say sealed, I mean sealed. They are plastic boxes, not cardboard which cochroaches love. The plastic box has a tight fitting lid but in an endeavour to seal out any animals I filled the lid with space filler expanding foam before tightly closing the lid. The sealant has dried and they are sealed tight.

Some of the things and time frame to get things done is starting become a little stressful and annoying. I find that I am sometimes a little short with Donnis. She on the other hand is coming home from work tired and also stressed and all she wants to do is have a bath and a sleep.

Friday

I called into Centrelink this morning to clarify a few things. The nice lady there was helpful and a little miffed that we only want them to certify our ID papers and the application will be lodged by Jason the FA at the Centrelink Mackay office.

Found a dead baby snake in the back yard when I arrived home. It is clear it has been attacked by birds but I am curious why they did not eat it. Also curious as to what type of snake it is because where there is a baby there is a mother and a father. However a bit of Google research shows it may not be an Eastern Brown nor a Taipan which are the third and second deadliest snakes in the world. I also learned that snakes do not watch over their young but leave the eggs to hatch at which time the young are on their own. I also learned that a biet from a juvenile of these species can be fatal. Also… the Eastern Brown and the Taipan are both aggressive and will stand their ground whereas most other snakes will try to get away. I would still like to know what sort of snake it is. Spring is also the season when snakes, particularly the two mentioned above are on the move looking to mate and are more aggressive.

Spring!!!

It feels more like summer. It is 27 degrees C (which is about 81 degrees F) in the bedroom at midday and the humidity must be around 75%.

Saturday.

Packing n moving stuff into the garage. Daughter Shelley arrived on the train into Proserpine stations. She is here to take my car back to Townsville and use it while we are away.

BooHoo. I miss the car already.

Sunday.

Waved bye bye to Shelley and Reece and Georgia and Jack then it was back to doing more of the packing. Actually we spent an hour or so with them at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

We have now placed three wall units into storage and re-packed one of them.  Four more wall units remain to be emptied and moved and re-packed in three days. Plus beds, TV, washer and fridge have to moved.

Do we feel stressed?

You betcha!

152. Sunday 5th September 2010. The birthday boy looks back…and forwards…

03/09/2010

Monday.
More working in the garage although it is all but finished. I will sweep it out tomorrow and it will be ready to stuff with our stuff.
Also managed to do some weeding of our gravel pathways in preparation for laying some fresh, um, err, gravel of course.
Did some more mulching.
PRD the real estate agents brought around two prospective tenants to view the house. Another did a drive by inspection. At dinner time this evening the agent called to say she has another inspection lined up for tomorrow.
Wow! Three inspections already. Maybe we put too low a rent on the house.
Gee it is beginning to feel like it is all coming together
Tuesday.
Another day putting the finishing touches on the enclosed part of the garage. Except, I have found a few more things to do.
Sigh!
Also brought some more wheelbarrow loads of gravel from the front yard, down the steep driveway to where required in the back yard. Using legs, knees, back and feet as a brake while wheel barrowing, my muscles protested when I sat down to watch the news later in the evening.
The RE agent called me at 10.30 to say the tenant inspection cancelled their 11.30 appointment as they had done a drive by last night and tried to drive in our driveway. Their car is lowered and he was concerned he could not drive in or out without bottoming.
Sigh!
Wednesday.
Donnis had a day off work today so we went to the tax agent to sort out the last financial years returns. We then did a bit of shopping before heading home for a coffee and a risotto muffin (I baked a dozen on Monday). Yum they are good and quite filling.
This afternoon I did a bit more gravel spreading and tidying up in the garage, trying to make a bit more room. Donnis baked some rye corn muffins and a lemon meringue pie. We had a nice fillet steak each with a mixed salad for dinner washed down with a glass of wine. For dessert we had the lemon meringue pie with a cup of tea. A delightful dinner and all up, under $10 for the two of us. Last night we had red curried prawns with stir fry curry veggies and rice. The prawns were a gift from Donnis son Peter when he called in here a few weeks ago and we still have a few packs in the freezer. If we had to pay for the prawns I would say that last nights dinner would be about $10 for the two of us. I am convinced we can continue to eat well for less than $10.
After dinner we called our friend Glennis who is traveling in her Paradise Motorhome around the northern part of the state. She also went to the CMCA Christmas in July Rally at Mareeba at the end of July then she headed further north and west for a few weeks and is now back in Cairns.
Her big news is she has met a fella! That is quite exciting news as she has been alone for many years, except for her dog Midget. All we know at this stage is he is Swedish by birth, is named Eric, drives a 4wd and tows a caravan, loves black rye bread and lives way down south at Cockle Creek in Tasmania. Cockle Creek was one of my favorite spots in Tassie.
Good onyer Glennis. Sure hope we can catch up with you when we get on the road in a few weeks.
Thursday.
The RE agent sent us some details about the people who have applied to rent our house from 20th September. Their references have been checked out and they seem ideal. If we agree to them as tenants we will have to be packed up and out of here before then. Not sure if Donnis can be ready in time. I am also concerned she wants to leave her car here and the furniture for her son Peter until sometime in November. That means our tenants would have to agree not to have the use of the garage for a couple of months.
Sigh!
I called in to see the Tax agent and once more I have to pay the tax man. I expected that would be the case but there is some good news. The amount is less than last year. The agent also threw some doubt into my mind that last years tax bill was less than I have been paying by instalments. How can that be? For the life of me I cannot find last years tax assessment. Oh well, in the process of packing I might find it.
The plumber turned up today after three weeks of waiting. He measured up and promised to call back with prices. Earlier, Donnis mentioned there was a leak in our bathroom sink. So, after the plumber left I started to work on fixing the tap washers. I found more than I bargained for. There is a leak, under the hand basin and it has flooded everything inside the vanity.
Now we need the plumber to fix that as well as replace the taps in both bathroom hand basins.
Ummm! Have you got the plumbers name and number dear? No. Have you? No.
Uh Oh.
We do not even know his name or number to call and he has not called back as promised. Hopefully he will call in the morning.

I called my daughter Averyl tonight. She and her children. Shelby-Rose and Anakin went to Melbourne last week to compete in Karate competition. Husband Paul answered and after the usual opening banter and an update on the childrens success, Anakin came fourth overall and Shelby-Rose won two silver medals he dropped his terrible news. He had dropped Averyl and the children at the airport and came home to go for a ride on his Harley before getting into some gardening work. As he was driving along a street somewhere he pulled out to pass a car. The driver then pulled into his driveway and of course Paul collided with him. He was carted off to hospital and although I cannot recall all his injuries but  he has a broken leg – in a couple of places. He will be off work for 5 months! As he was travelling behind the car he will be charged with negligent driving um er or negligent riding in this case. Of course that was last week and we only heard about it tonight! Paul mentioned that as he was leaving the hospital on Monday this week his mother was on the way in. As a patient! She has had some breathing difficulties this last 12 months and although she has an oxygen machine at home to help her breathe, something goes wrong – often. So she is back in hospital again. We are thinking of you Pam and we sure hope they find something which will give you a long term solution so you can get your life back. It can’t be any fun always being attached to and restricted in movement by the cable and tubes of a machine. Of course Gerry has become the chief cook, housekeeper, launderer and bottle washer for many months.

Friday.

The plumber did not call but referring to the telephone book and by a process of eliminationI found the correct plumber and called him. He suggested I call into a plumbing hardware store, select the tap fittings I want, pass on the details to him and he will pick them up. Later in the morning his assistant arrived to fix the leak and install new tap hardware in our ensuite. They look good. The other jobs will get done on Monday.

I spent a good couple of hours working on Donnis Mountain Bike which is a Mongoose brand and the Rockadile model. The front wheel was somehow on backwards and the brake and gear cables were wrapped around the steering stem. Eventually I got it sorted out including adjusting the brakes so they release when released. Everything needing an oil got oiled and I cleaned off the dust and spider webs. After a few test rides around the yard I got ambitious and rode about a kilometre and back, including the uphill just before our house. Boy am I not fit. My legs felt like jelly and knees and ankles were protesting. All the more reason to get out there tomorrow and ride a bit further.

Late in the afternoon our friend Karen sent her Cockatiel over for us to mind. She is on her way to Townsville to join husband Jim and catch a flight to Sydney, then on to Canberra. Jim’s father died yesterday and the funeral is Monday. He was 96. Even after two flights, ending in Canberra they have to borrow a car and drive for another 5 hours to where Jims dad lived.

Another friend, Glenda arrived at about the same time. She is a tour director with Club Crocodile. Mostly she just organises people onto buses and gives a commentary and joins the tourists on the trip. She is always flitting around on buses and boats and lives at Club Crocodile and has all her meals provided. For dinner I made a double portion of Garlic Prawns on a bed of fried rice and a warm salad. This was followed up with lemon meringue pie and a cup of tea. We were all completely full and satisfied. A great meal for three people all for under $20 and as good as any restaurant meal. By 8.30 we were feeling the yawns arrive so drove Glenda back to her room.

Saturday.

We had lunch with Casey, a friend of Donnis daughter who is back in Airlie Beach only long enough to earn some money so she can fly out to Canada in March next year and spend a year with Alecia. We called Alecia on Skype so they could both have a good catch up. Donnis went to work after lunch so I managed to get some ancient paperwork torn up and ready to send to the tip. I have always kept my tax stuff for 7 years as I am required to do under the tax law. However there was paper there ghoing back as far as 1999 so I had a good time tearing paper up until 2004. I also put all my library together into three plastic tubs ready to donate to St. Vinnies on Monday. No sense keeping the books if once read, they sit on a shelf and unlikey to get read again. I also put a swivel arm and TV in the storage hatch under the bed in WWWGO.

I did a bit of playing around with the new laptop and noticed Windows Media Centre is included. Hmmm. It needs a tuner! I have a Pinnacle PCTV Tuner but although correctly installed has not worked, possibly because of a conflict with Windows 7. I wondered if Windows Media Centre might work with the Pinnacle Tuner?

It does!

I successfully set up the TV and recorded a movie. Now we have a second TV for WWWGO where we can record and watch TV.

Now the part about the birthday boy. I turn 65 tomorrow so I can officially apply for a pension although any amount I get will be miniscule but I should be entitled to a health care card and cheap travel on public transport – not that I expect to be using public transport anytime soon but ya neva know! Donnis has been looking at electronic catalogues and asking if I need, or want or would like a certain ite. At the moment I do not need any more electronic toys but in the future, who knows?

I also road the bike all the way to the end of Timberland Road and back. That left me perspiring for the next hour. Donnis also rode around the block.

Hmmm. Now we need a bike carry rack for WWWGO.
Sunday.
Today is famous for two reasons.
It is fathers day but probably more importantly it is MY birthday!
Today I received phone calls from all my daughters and phone calls from brother Allan and three sisters, Enid, Bev and Sandra. Enid also sent me a text message as did her daughter, my niece, Kelly. Lovely.
Today was like a Summer day. It was hot and humid. There was a haze in the sky and every boat capable of being on the water was on the water. For most of the morning and again in the afternoon, boats on trailers were being driven past our house on their way to and from the launching ramp. I wonder of this humidity means there is rain on the way. Both Allan and Bev who live in NSW mentioned they had strong winds and rain. I spent most of my day clearing and moving stuff. I took a load of paper and a few odds n ends which can be repaired to the tip and recycling centre. The man on the boom gate is used to me now and says “you know where to go”. Cut the grass although it is not tall or out of control I cut it as a tidy up. Also finally, Donnis agreed to do something with our plant pots and Ros has agreed to take them. I stacked the pots beside the driveway so Ros son David can pick them up in the morning. I can move around inside the garage now but that will not last long as we start to move things into the back section.
Tomorrow somebody is coming to look at buying the inversion mattress and I will call st vinnies to take the timber queen bed frame, the walker and three boxes of books.
We now have 11 days to finish packing and get out of here. Donnis has 4 more days of work the we can finally get stuck into moving out.
P.S. This post has been created on my iPad. It is not so easy to navigate as it is on the laptop so I could have some spelling errors. Let me know.