Another adventure.

Today, at 8.30am, Jack, Mum and I loaded ourselves into the car for a well deserved day out. We headed on down to Innisfail, a town about 80km south of Cairns. It’s where Jack was conceived, so I showed him where he was made !!!

We had come through in November, when we moved here, but it was at the end of a 3500km journey, and we were all worn out by that stage, so we didn’t hang around there then. It’s taken until now to actually have the time to head down there again.

Innisfail is a town of Banana’s and Sugar Cane, and has one of the most amazing collection of authentic Art Deco buildings in the world. This was a result of a destructive cyclone in the same period that Art Deco style was all the rage. So, when the town was rebuilt, it was done in the style of the day, and also because it is a place that doesn’t tear old buildings down in the blink of an eye, it has this amazing range of Art Deco architecture for all the world to see. If you ever get the chance, and love Art Deco, as I do, go there and see it for yourself.

We had a bit of a lap around the town to the Op Shops when we were there, and I managed to pick up a chocolate mould to make Easter Eggs at home, as well as a set of car seat covers for my car, which, cost the princely sum of……$4. Considering the last set of brand new ones, which I bought in October, cost over $50, and they fell apart within a month, this was a complete bargain. I have washed them, and seeing they survived that, I think they will be good for a few years.

After our little trip, well, my little trip down memory lane, we headed down to my favourite beach in Australia, Etty Bay. The rainforest goes right to the sand on the beach, it is amazing. I sort of had an ulterior motive to go, as Jack hadn’t seen a Southern Cassowary in the wild, he’d seen one in a zoo last year, but not in the wild. He got the chance to see 2 today. Etty Bay’s little secret is that there are Cassowaries that wander right down to the beach. The 2 we saw today, were a male and a chick. Male Cassowaries, like me, are the ones that actually look after the chicks, the mother just lays the eggs and that’s that, wanders off and leaves the male to do the rest and raise the kids. They are truly amazing to see in the wild. Jack couldn’t contain his excitement.

On the return home, we took a drive out to South Johnstone, and had a look at the big sugar mill there, then headed towards Bramston Beach and had our home made lunch of salad rolls, which I made up before we left this morning, and put in the esky.

We got back home around 3pm, it was a great day out, nice to have a break from all the stuff we have been doing for weeks now. Mum made Tacos for dinner, I have done a crap load of washing, and now, I am just about ready to hit the hay. It’s been a good day.

Andy.

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Time

I have been so dark and stormy, sort of like the weather outside tonight, for the past few months. It’s not normally me, but with everything that has been going on, I don’t think you could expect anything less from someone going through all that crap.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have put a circuit breaker in a lot of the crap, firstly, we got the go ahead to put the house back on the market, so we did (with no real estate agents this time), Facebook Marketplace actually, and within about 16 hours, we had 3 people come and look at the place, hectic, but we actually had an offer made by the end of the day. An offer that we accepted. Tuesday we should see the contract signed, deposit paid, and everything back on track. We have even made arrangements with the owner of the place we were going to buy to buy it again, and thankfully, that too is steaming ahead. Hopefully it isn’t a repeat of the Titanic this time.

After my little (read BIG) explosion at my father, things settled down, and so far, things are holding steady. He has been a reasonable human being for the most part now for 3 weeks, which is a record by a long stretch.

During the past fortnight, we, meaning Mum, Jack myself went for a 5 day sojourn to Melbourne, it ended up being a bit  busier than I think we had anticipated, the time flew, but we spent some great time with my Aunt and brother. My only real plan for the 5 days was a trip to the Point Cook RAAF Museum, and a possible Op Shopping day, which accomplished, but my brother also insisted on us all going Ten Pin Bowling, and seeing a movie (the new Johnny English one) on one day, and my Aunt insisted on us going to the Werribee Open Plains Zoo, which by the way, was absolutely brilliant, far, far better than I had expected.

I am currently very drained however. I am still taking Valium to sleep at night, I did do a couple of nights without, but have needed them again. I am excited by the prospect that this time the sale and move will go through, but am containing that excitement, deliberately trying to avoid another disappointment. I couldn’t take what happened happening again, I’d end up going into a complete breakdown. It’s hard to keep your shit together when you are prone to depression, that’s what the Valium is doing, helping me keep my shit together.

Tomorrow sees Jack back to school for another school term, so this afternoon has been a flurry of making sure bags are ready, shoes are polished, and I even managed to fit in cutting his hair, yes, a single parent has to be a jack of all trades. Apart from his first ever hair cut by a hairdresser (which to be honest, was woeful), I have been cutting his hair ever since, and seeing the mum’s of the kids at the school want to know who cuts Jack’s hair because they want their kids done by them, then I must do a good job (I always say to the mum’s that it was “somewhere in the next town, can’t remember what they are called”, I don’t want to be a hairdresser for everyone else’s kids!!).

Anyway, I am pretty tired, but just wanted touch base so you didn’t think I’d fallen off the face of the planet.

Goodnight.

Andy.

Successful day, considering….

Today we, Jack and myself, headed off to Hamilton early, with the main aim of hitting the Op Shops, and then getting back home for lunch. It’s about an hour each way, and 5 Op Shops. We hit all of them, and had a successful trip.

I ended up with a brand new blood pressure machine (like, still in the box and the plastic still wrapped around the box), which set me back $10, and also 2 matching doona’s for our beds. They cost $11 all up. Jack got some toys, and we dropped into a discount variety store called Trevs, where I picked up some ankle supports and another wrist support, and another compartmentalised container for Lego. We have too much Lego (no, not true, you can never have too much Lego !!).

So after all that, we got home at 12.45, just in time for a lovely Silverside and salad sandwich each, and I had a side of Caesar Salad as well. This afternoon has been occupied with washing the new doona covers, sorting out a bit more stuff, and just generally mucking about with Jack.

It’s been very cold and wet, with a side dish of very windy today. On the way to Hamilton, we had drizzle all the way, but during our wanderings around, it didn’t rain at all. I like to park the car centrally to where we want to go and walk around, we must have done about 2 or 3 km’s of walking, with not a single drop of rain. Our trip home was dry until about 2 minutes from home, but the wind had picked up, so we were continually buffeted side on by 50 to 60km/hr wind gusts, at times it was fun keeping the car on the road.

Tonight, as I type, Jack is watching a movie, we have the bedroom light off, and outside there is the occasional flicker of lightning off to the south west. Funnily though, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, stars to be seen all around. Tonight the weather is supposed to go pretty nasty though, we currently have a weather warning for damaging winds in place.

So, the considering part in the title of this post is because of my now 4 nights in a row of really, really bad sleep. It’s been horrendous, to be honest. Tonight I have done everything. I have had a huge soak in a hot bath, taken every pill I am allowed, my wrists and ankle are strapped up (they have been a major problem with actually getting to sleep), i haven’t had a coffee after dinner, and………..well there is other stuff I have done to try and maximise my chances of a decent sleep tonight, only time will tell if it will be a success.

When we have dramatic shifts in weather, like the past 4 or 5 days, where the barometric pressure dramatically rises and falls in a matter of hours, I seem to have a bad flare up of the fibromyalgia. It’s interesting, I was actually watching a quiz show last night, and the answer to one of the questions was what divers suffer from if they come up too quickly, The Bends. It got me thinking, that hey, nobody is quite sure what causes Fibromyalgia, but could it be that the muscle pain and joint pain intensifying with dramatic shifts in atmospheric pressure works by a similar mechanism to what happens with The Bends ? It’s just a thought. I guess when you suffer from something like this, you try and come up with an answer yourself, when nobody else seems to have the answer. Who know’s, maybe the crazy ideas like this may actually lead to an answer. I have always thought that if you want to see the solution to a problem, look outside the box.

Well, I might leave this for now, I need to be up and out of the place before the shipping container arrives tomorrow, it’s due between 9 and 10, so I need to hopefully get some sleep before then. Goodnight.

Andy.

School Holidays

Today is the middle of the first week of the school holidays, not sure how it’s gone so fast, but it has. It always seems to be the way.

Yesterday, we went off to see the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom. It was what I expected, enjoyable, and Jack obviously, due to now having been a dinosaur nut for at least 5 years, loved it. He really likes the Velociraptor “Blue”.  I guess it’s easy to have a soft spot for Blue too.

Apart from heading down to Warrnambool to see the movie, we went and had lunch at Subway, did a bit of shopping, I got myself a new rugby top, and we got a bunch of DVD’s as well, ranging from the original “Wizard of Oz” to “Pacific Rim”. I had planned on making the most of the specials at Sanity, but after spending 30 minutes trawling through the DVD’s and Bluray discs, there really wasn’t much special about it. We instead went to our trusty source of movies in Warrnambool, a secondhand bookshop, and scored big. Ended up with 10 movies for $40.

I am one of those rare men that enjoys shopping. I’d enjoy it more if I had more money to spend, but all the same, half the fun is trying to find the best deal for the least amount.

Today we had a few things on, mainly to go to the dentist for Jack’s final visit, and I was supposed to go to another appointment, but that was canned as they rang me instead, we discussed what we needed to, and that was that. I went and checked on the time for another appointment I had for the end of the week, I had forgot what time it was for, I mean, the appointment was made 4 weeks ago, so a lot can vanish from my mind in that time !!! As it turned out, the appointment had to be shifted to early next week anyhow, as the other party has had something unexpected come up and is now no longer available on Friday. Just as well I popped in today !!!

As for the rest of the past few days, since the school holidays began, I can’t really remember what we have done, it’s all been a bit of a blur. I have been suffering a bit with the fibromyalgia, so that certainly stuffs the memory around.

I’m still up now, at 11.30pm, because of the fibromyalgia. I am in a fair bit of pain, and nothing is settling it down much, but worst of all I have a bad bout of IBS. I just had to duck out to the loo for the second time since starting to write this. It is horrible. And to make matters worse, Cottonelle Kleenex brand toilet paper is NOT soft, regardless of what people think. I’d rather my cheaper, usual toilet paper any day.

It’s amazing how this blog goes from one thing to another extreme so quickly, but that is me. I tend to get side tracked, I’ll be talking about something, it leads to something else, and then eventually I get back to what I started off with !!!

For the rest of the school holidays, we don’t have solid plans, we will be going and doing something outdoorsy, but this time of the year you just can’t plan that too heavily. For instance, the next 3 days are supposed to be very, very wet, very, very windy, and very, very cold. Not the ideal outdoorsy weather. I think on Friday, we might go for a little run up to Hamilton, and check out the Op Shops up there, it’s been a while since we have, and Jack just about jumps out of his skin with excitement if I mention the words “Op Shop”. Just as much as he does if I mention “Garage Sale” !!!

He has bagged some amazing bargains in his short life. He scored “What Bird is that?” a book that is easily worth $100 secondhand, at a Garage Sale for $5. He found about $400 worth of genuine Lego at an Op Shop for $40. And that doesn’t include the huge collection of AFX Aurora slot car stuff he has amassed, currently he has at least 3 sets (it’s all together as one lot though), with about 12 cars, and everything needed, which even on the secondhand market is worth about $500, and all up it’s cost about $30. He really has a keen eye for things.

So apart from some possible Op Shopping, I am thinking of a day trip up to The Grampians, we have been up there a few times, it’s a favourite spot, but we haven’t been for a while. This time of the year is best, because the waterfalls are….waterfalling, and there is also the possibility of snow. We will wait and see if that trip eventuates, but I sure hope we get the chance.

Anyhow, it seems my insides have settled down now, so if I can overcome the pain with sleep, I am going to give it a go.

Goodnight all, and see you next time.

Andy.