Monday, January 25, 2021
Of course while the house was rented out, the tenants managed to have the dog wreck the vinyl flooring in the dining room, so Pete has redone the dining and kitchen floors (since they basically ran into each other with the same vinyl) in floating timber boards which look great! First was the pulling up of the vinyl which had been ripped and torn up by the tenants dog (which was no pets hmmmm) - all the old vinyl tiles underneath were stuck down - what a mess to have to rip up!!
But the results are quite nice and thankfully hubbie was able to have a go at laying them down to save us some money and I'm really happy with the results!
Then it was time for the big Mango tree to come down. We had contemplated trimming it but it had been trimmed numerous times before and grown very quickly so biting the bullet, and down it came - we are in the process of gettting it all slabbed up.
|They are set back from one another to allow access through to the yard and under the house|
Unpacking of boxes has been on the agenda as you might imagine and things are gradually finding their homes again .... and my joy and peace are finally beginning to emerge again as well. Pete has finished his cancer treatment (radiotherapy and hormone treatment - the latter still working its way through his body wreaking its own havoc on the male system. He has a repeat and final scan at the end of the month so hopefully it will be clear and he can get back to feeling "normal" again over the nest few months.And I've finally picked up the crochet hook again ..... finishing the long awaited engagement bedspread for Stacey and John who will be getting married in September this year (after having had to put off the date due to COVID 19 restrictions).
And today I've been working on some new dishcloths which I'm badly in need of around here! Now hopefully I can get the photos to download since this has been a bone of contention for me for the past year! Well a week later and I finally have photos on board!!! Till next time ......
Monday, September 21, 2020
We moved to the house here in Hervey Bay in December last year with the idea of moving into a
|Pete with the tomato bush|
So here we are now! I'm in the midst of packing, running down the freezer and food cupboards and !doing little in the way of crafting! I did do a bit of knitting over winter - a top for myself and a scarf for a friend - if I can get the photos to upload I'll put it on (seems the internet at this place is not great and therefore too slow for things to upload quite frequently! Our tenants in our house in Maryborough move out towards the end of October, so a month from now we should be starting to move our stuff back in. I can't wait to get back "home" again! I know that the garden has been badly neglected and much has died but I will be just pleased to be back there. It's nice being here with the beach close, but its kinda like being on holiday - you know that feeling when you've had enough and are ready to head back home again? And the reality is that its only a half hour drive to come down when we feel the urge to walk along the beach (that is Pete never lol, and me when the tourists are not packing the place out and its not blowing a gale lol).
My weight has increased the past months and my fitness totally decreased - I need to work on getting both of those things sorted out to improve my health and well being! Anyhow, I will finish here and try to get a couple of photos up and also try not to leave it so long before I post here again.
Bye for now
Friday, May 22, 2020
reading /visiting anyone else ......... And it has nothing to do with COVID! It has to do with me having had such a struggle with the move, the new position with work, changing to full time work whilst doing the move and in between having major events taking place! There are still boxes needing to be unpacked, things to go up on walls and lots of stuff that still needs to find a home to live ........ I've been lacking organisation ........ apparently that's what I thrive on and when its not happening at home or at work or in any part of my life I've discovered I just don't do so well!!! Anyhow that's something for me to get working on so I can get back to enjoying life instead of dragging myself through each day!!! But for now I probs should do a very brisk catch up ........
Yesterday I decided it was time to get some of the potted plants out into their new garden surrounds - not the best time to be putting in plants, but I don't really want to keep them in the pots much longer either since it's rather congested around the side area and many of them were not really planted up into the pots in a way that was meant to last more than a couple of weeks!
We actually have quite a large area in which I'll be able to get all the plants out into gardens - some in
the front yard and some into the back and side areas. A few will remain in pots and I do hope to set up some of the hanging baskets in due time.
Look at this amazing large caterpillar I found while out working in the garden yesterday! After popping it up on facebook, I discovered its a Privot Hawk Moth which apparently gets quite large!
As you might guess, nothing much is happening on the crafting front at this time ........ It will likely be another couple of weeks before I get what will be my craft room up and running. It will be a "shared" office/study/craft room. We have a lot of decluttering to do here and I expect that will take a few months before we are totally on top of it. We have managed to get the new carport up ...... a single one is yet to go up on the other side for the boat. The solar has also been installed which I'm thankful for with it being Summer right now! I''ve managed a couple of walks down along the beachfront, but more about that next time perhaps, but didn't manage to get any Christmas Cards or letters written In the meantime, enjoy the last couple of days of 2019!
Monday, December 9, 2019
|Our Neighbors not so happy to see us leave|
Pete has pulled down the single brick carport that was here and we are waiting on the double carport to go up ...... it had been booked to go up the end of November, but we are still waiting - apparently he didn't order the stuff when he said he would!!! The solar was also mucked up and we now have another company booked to hopefully get it up prior to Christmas! I'm still hopeful to get the christmas tree up, but we shall see ....... Foxtel turned up today and got the TV working, so that's a start - maybe I can get the lounge/ living area sorted a bit!
It's been sooooo terribly hot up here ....... the pool is being used by Pete and I constantly and I have to say its rather magic being able to drop into the pool after a long day at work! I've yet to start walking ....... I've been using my "spare" time to try and get some boxes unpacked and clear areas so I can cook and wash clothes! I'm behind on everything!!!
The same week we moved house, I also had to move from Maryborough Hospital to the Hervey Bay hospital and try setting up the office we will be working out of ........ its been a week of moving, and time spent trying to get my head around a new job, new position ....... new everything pretty much and little time to do it all in!!! S T R E S S and then some!!!! Dad has been having some cardiac events and Pete is in the midst of getting MRI's and further tests re his prostate cancer and both of us have had some pretty ordinary back pain ........ packing and lifting heavy stuff and moving things of course does not help but since we have no other options ??? And there will be more moving of stuff as work out what fits where and what has to be sold and if we need to put up a slightly larger shed to put all Petes "necessities" in ect ect .......
And there is the garden ..... naturally I brought LOTS of plants with us ......all potted up and some will stay in pots while some will be planted in various areas out the front, or side or around the pool. We dug up the lovely Dancing Lady orchids we had in Maryborough and have planted them in the garden at the pool. Speaking of plants, my blood lily that I bought when we were in Townsville this time last year, flowered two days after we brought it to the new house! It brought lovely memories to mind!
On a positive note ......... I'm loving our new home! It has the cutest mail box with a sheep on it!! A few of the houses along this section of our street have various ornamental mail boxes, but somehow I think the sheep really does fit with us ...... a reflection of our time in Victoria, our time having some sheep of our own down in Boorhaman, and not to mention all the wool/ yarn I use for knitting and crochet ....... and my love for having the chickens, sheep and cows as part of my usual decorating style!
The pool area is just wonderful and soooooooo relaxing!!
We got quite a surprise when we saw the lights out in the pool area at night!
Feels a little like a tropical resort holiday if I don't look at the boxes lol!
It will be a beautiful next chapter for us and a low maintenance one once we get sorted out!
Talk to you all again soon
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
I've got to say we all got quite a buzz out of it as it spent an hour driving us via all the sights letting people take photos as we drove by! You can see why it's called "The Bumblebee Transformer".
9 of us squeezed in including our son PJ who managed to come down to Melbourne to share in his sisters 30th birthday celebrations!
What a fabulous time
and how wonderful to be able to catch up with some of our very old friends ..... and who just happen to be Godparents for Stacey!
Little did they know what else they would be there to witness ..... As John had managed to get Pete on his own earlier in the day and ask "That" question to him ........
Yep! After almost 10 years of them being together with just a short break apart, it was the last thing Stacey was expecting at the end of her 30th party celebration!
What a night! We didn't get to have quite as much time with PJ as I would have liked, but he had to head back up home early the next day to go back to work!
I miss my kids soooo much!! Jaron and Renee and the kids were unable to make the trip down from Townsville for the party - such a long way with a family!
Followed by Breakfast at the Vic Markets on Sunday morning where Pete was able to get a couple of Richmond Tigers Premier Shirts which he was extremely happy about ..... And Monday was Stacey's actual birthday ....... So after Breakfast we headed to the Ten Pin Bowling
........ something Pete and I hadn't done in years! The 4 of us (Stacey and John and Pete and Myself) had sooooo much fun we even played an extra game before we headed to have fun in the "Timezone" section which was included in our entry ticket! Pete won a pile of tickets and Stace ended up getting some toys for her Budgies and a ball for Cliffy lol
It was off to Hogs Breath for the birthday Dinner which Jenny and David (Godparents), were able to come to as well ........
|Jenny and David - Godparents extraordinaire!|
After all the adventures in Melbourne with the emotional attachments we headed off Tuesday after a tearful goodbye deciding to just begin the long drive home without the extra stopover we had initially planned. We got as far as Gilgandra that night where we had dinner in a local pub and went straight to sleep ..... heading off at 5 the next morning to make it the rest of the way home that afternoon!.... Cliffy was very happy to see us again, although he had been well looked after by our wonderful neighbours Martine and Scott! Martine even went as far as sending me a "Cliffy" Gram most days lol!
|Father and Daughter|
The other thing that happened the day we left Wangaratta before arriving in Melbourne was to visit our banking fellow we've had working on our behalf for the past 12years or so .................. Stay Tuned for the next update!