Monday 22nd December
Only three more sleeps until Santa arrives.
I think I might be aging. Christmas no longer has the same excitement it once had. Looking back on my Christmases past I can see where I have gone through many distinct phases.
When I was really young, like age one and two, I really did not give a damn. Who cares? Then as I became aware of myself and my surroundings the magic of a childs Christmas enveloped me. The knowledge of being surrounded by family who loved and cared for me just did not enter into my thoughts. A little older still it was the thrill of anticipation of presents under the tree. As well as the excitement of knowing that after the presents were opened and lunch dishes were washed and the family relaxed there was a chance to play with whatever it was I received for Christmas. I also knew that next day, as a family, we would get bundled into the car and we would go camping somewhere for a week or two.
A teenagers Christmas is different. It was a case of gimme my presents and how soon can I get out to join my mates. Late teens saw me interested in going to the beach and catching a waves from sunup to sundown. Then it was a girlfriend and spending time with her and her family. Then married and children of our own and the excitement of their Christmases. All too soon they went through the same process and were teenagers then boyfriends and moved away and being asked to join them and their family for Christmas. Now the children are going through the same process I went through and all are saying what are your plans this year? Now we have come full circle and the only wish I have is to spend time with loved ones and family. It is important that none of us be alone at this time of year. That is why I am spending Christmas Day with sisters Eni and Shan and their partners and children and grandchildren. Equally it is important to me that Donnis has somebody who loves her to be with her while she works at Lightning Ridge. Yes I am quite happy to drive the ten or twelve hours to spend a few days with her.
In the morning I rode about 6 Klms and did my usual exercises.
Later in the morning the enthusiasm returned and I laid carpet and underlay in the utility room. I was so pleased with the look of the room I also installed a venetian blind. Hmmm! Tomorrow I will finish the carpet edging with fancy quad and metal edging under the doorways.
Tuesday 23rd December
Rode about 6 Klms this morning along the Gold Coast Greenway.
Completed 90% of the trim over the carpet.
Wednesday 24th December.
Today’s event’s serves to remind me why I do not like to a) make plan’s and b) announce plans.
You may recall I announced in the last post our plans for Christmas Day and beyond to my drive to Lightning Ridge to be with Donnis. All was going fine until I was only around the corner from my sister Eni’s house. Terios gave a sort of cough and when I stopped the motor was running ragged. Luckily Jason was in the garage when I pulled up. Jason is a mechanic and he checked TERIOS. The coil for cylinder four had failed so TERIOS was only running on three cylinders! Christmas Eve is not a good time to breakdown and be looking for parts. At this stage I will not be going anywhere for a few days.
Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day
It was a typical Aussie Christmas Day. The sun was shining and it was hot. During the night I must have slept awkwardly and have woken with a stiff neck, shoulder and upper back. The pain is only evident when I move. Sister Eni sprayed me with a concoction called Zen pain relief and gave me a couple of pain relief anti- inflammatory tablets. They help.
While Eni and Kelly were preparing lunch, Ken and I went to Noosa beach. Ken wanted a swim and I accompanied him and sat on the beach. The amount of traffic around Noosa and Noosa Woods was unexpected but I suppose most families, like ours, were up early, presents opened and then off to the beach. The sun was shining the water was clean and clear, nice waves were rolling in and it seemed the rest of the world was, like us, trying to find somewhere to park so we could all get out and enjoy the beach.
The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking, sleeping and fielding Christmas wishes phone calls until dinner of semi traditional fare.
The day and the occasion seemed hollow without Donnis being there to share.
I also spent some time on the phone with Queensland Rail trying to source travel home. It seems Queensland Rail have chosen this time to carry out maintenance work on the line. Several locations are closed so travel would be a combination of a bus to a station, a train, a bus, a train and so on. In all, to travel the 200 Klms home would involve seven changes of train or bus!!! A trip which would take around two hours in the car would take eight hours by public transport.
Sister Shan and partner Dave arrived mid-afternoon in time to join us for Christmas dinner.
Friday 26th December – Boxing Day.
I was well enough to take a walk along Weyba Creek and Noosa River and watch the sunrise.
Ken and I made the rounds of spare parts places around Noosa trying to locate a coil for TERIOS. Luck was not on our side. It seems the places which may have parts in stock are closed until after 5th January. Even the wreckers are closed.
After a discussion with Jas who suggested he thought TERIOS would be fine to travel on three cylinders if I drove carefully and did not use the air conditioning. I made the decision to travel home today in the late afternoon as the heat would give way to the cool of the night rather than stay and leave in the morning when the heat of the day would only increase.
As it turned out the decision was the correct one. Rain clouds started to build and with only 50 Klms travelled some rain began to fall and there was 100% cloud cover. Lightning flashes could be seen in the distance. Traffic was reasonably light and I was home a little over 2two hours later. TERIOS performed well although underpowered on hills.
Saturday 27th December.
What can I say about today?
Without TERIOS I was “confined to barracks”. The rain which started last night, continued all day. I did not feel inclined to ride the as yet unnamed eBike on wet roads. I did manage to get onto a mechanic to explain what is needed. He prefers to inspect TERIOS to determine it is in fact a coil problem before he will order a part. I also convinced him to at least check availability and price for a coil. TERIOS is booked in at 8 am on Monday morning.
Sunday 28yj December
The rain continued during the night and during the morning.
Sister Shan and Dave arrived as the rain eased and we walked to Harbourtown for lunch and all too soon they were gone.
The rain stayed away for the remainder of the afternoon so I rode to and along The Broadwater and back again.
There endeth my Sunday.
Happy New Year to all.