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8.10 am April Fool's Day Sydney Australia
3/31/2007 1:54:24 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Another beautiful sunny and cool Autumn Day

What a glorious day!  It's getting quite cool of a night in Sydney now but the days have been delightful;  even if the temperature has been in the high 20's, there is that coolness to the air that you long for in the summer months that seem to be neverending.

Yesterday was a busy day for chores so that today could be an unfussed one to just take it slow and do the minimum that is left for the weekend.  A lot of the weeds from the front gardens are now in the bin;  weeding is such a boring labour and back-breaking too.   However once it's finished at least the garden looks like someone spent some time there.  The grass is cut and that makes it even better.  Amazingly the grass has grown over all the bald patches now, with the exception of a few spots that are always bare.  The areas around where I live and from here to where I work are looking great now with lots of the green stuff around. 

The washing is done, so that just leaves a few things to iron later today.  The pool filters are cleaned out and the pool topped up as the water level was dropping.  The solar makes that happen as it heats the water up and causes evaporation.  I noted that the salt chlorinator needs a soak today to get all the calcification or whatever off it or it won't function properly.

Car vacuumed ready to spend a day at Hyundai tomorrow.  After almost $2000 in repairs and new tyres on the front, the noise is still there.  I gave up after replacing all the shock absorbers and three of four wheel bearings.  Each time the mechanics locally changed a wheel bearing they said it was another one and then the other one.  There is only one left and I threw in the towel in anger as the one that is left to do is the one they originally said was the problem.  Beats me why they didn't replace it first unless I've been taken for a ride, and that is on the cards too. 

Mind you, Hyundai aren't much better because I originally took the car to them a few weeks ago saying that the noise sounded like the car wasn't picking up the top gear.  So, in their wisdom and lack of mechanical knowledge, all they did was test the automatic transmission on the computer.  Where have all the real mechanics gone that knew what was wrong by listening to a noise, and since when did men listen to what women have to say about cars?  Probably all in another world now, as is my Dad.  He was the greatest diagnostic mechanic around and was renowned for his skills in our local area and beyond.  I sure miss his wisdom in my life :(

Have lots of packing done ready to take off on Thursday for the coast.  Can't wait to get on the road and that's why I wanted to have the car running right to ease my fear that something might happen while I am away.  Shaye had a turbo bath yesterday ready for his holiday though I imagine he will need another one when we come home after spending (I hope) a lot of time in the water at the lake.  My son tells me that we will need to be careful of sharks, even though we will be about 7km away from the channel into the sea, as he is aware that sharks are in the lakes.

As the weather is cooler here now of a night and early morning, we will need quilts for the beds and sloppy joes and a jacket probably for the evenings.  This time of the year is just wonderful for a holiday as although the sun is still boring out the heat, it's nothing like the summer sun and it's possible to stay out in it longer without burning.  We hope to catch fish to eat and that is something to look forward to.  I don't buy fish at any shops as walking in to them is a nightmare; they smell so bad!  And frozen fish is okay now and then but it's sure nothing like fresh fish just caught and cooked.  Fortunately my son loves to cook and I don't, so guess what he will be doing for dinner?

There's no phone at the holiday house so no internet for a week.  I will take away a few of my assignments for the journalist course I'm supposed to be doing, and my laptop, but probably I won't even touch them as a week away from a computer will hopefully do my eyes good.  After suffering for months now with no real easing off of the pain, I've just about decided to visit the local GP for a referral to the Sydney Eye Hospital.  There has to be someone somewhere that can help me with this keratitis. 

The OH&S guy at work is planning to move me to an area of the office where they can reduce the amount of fluoros and not affect other workers.  I used to sit in a corner that had 3 walls and because I was on my own, I had most of the fluoros removed and a light trained on my work.  Since the office was pulled apart and set up differently, I now sit out in the open area where there are just rows and rows of fluoros. 

With keratitis the eyes become very light sensitive and after an hour at work of a morning I am in trouble with water pouring out of my eye down my face.  I spend some days with a patch on my eye and have to work then with 1/2 an eye. The stinging and the pain drives me almost out of my head.  But like all things personal to a person, no one else truly understands, and I understand that and don't feel anger towards them for taking so long to help me.  They probably hope that I will leave but that isn't going to happen if I can help it as I've grown accustomed to having an income regularly that allows me to live in the manner to which I am accustomed to :)  I also plough out a chit load of work each week in spite of my eye and I doubt anyone else would willingly take on that load without wanting to be paid a lot more than I am .  But I know full well that when people leave a job they are either replaced by a couple of people or their work is divided up amongst the unfortunate staff left.  The work I do can't be divided up though as it is a one person job.

The week and a half away from the office will do me good.  Yesterday at home I had a pain free day from the time I crawled out of bed until I crawled back in last night.  That tells me a lot.  My home has heavy curtains and although there is sufficient light for my needs, my son finds the place too dark.  He too doesn't understand that when I walk in the front door of an evening I feel relief because of less light to contend with.  Driving isn't any good either especially at this time of the year as the sun is low down in the sky of a morning and low down in the sky of an afternoon.  Both trips to work are spent facing into the sun for the majority of those trips and my eye tells me it's not happy at all.

Enough about eyesight problems although putting pen to paper, so to speak, often helps with problems.  A kind of self therapy.

As I won't be doing another blog before Easter, I take this opportunity to wish anyone that reads my rantings a very Happy and Safe Easter with family, friends and loved ones. 

Take care and spend the idle hours in pursuit of endeavours that make you happy :)





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