Day 412 of retirement working

July 9, 2014

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Hi All

Saturday 7th June:

After work today, Guy and I headed across town to visit an old friend Kelly. Now Kelly loves kids and as long as I have known her she has been a “nanny” to everybody else’s kids.

Kelly had reached a stage in her life where she now wanted her own child. So with huge support from family and friends she went through the IVF program and now has a gorgeous baby (6 months old) girl Ivy.

We had a great visit catching up and it was so so so great to see Kelly glowing with motherhood and Ivy being such a smiley happy baby.

Monday 9th June:

Bought a new “Soft Touch” toilet seat yesterday. When the seat and lid are moved to the down position they lower slowly in a controlled manner. No more seat slamming. Awesome.

Wednesday 18th June:

I had a great lunch today with my long lost Cousin Pauline and her friend Lana. Pauline and I grew up together back in Port Lincoln / Cummins in SA and then went our separate ways some 40 years ago.

Great to see you cuz and lets not wait another 40 years to catch up

And of course I just happened to wander past the Haighs Chocolate shop in the city and picked up some Fruchocs (Or Apricot Chocs as they call them). You have to be South Australian to know what I’m talking about.

Apricot chocs are the best…….

Friday 20th June:

Battery World provide battery replacements, alternator checks and now Paramedic services…….

Today I had a callout to replace a battery in an older gent’s car. Upon arrival I found the gent sitting on a low brick fence shaking quite badly.
I questioned him and discovered he was released from hospital yesterday from a heart condition and after taking medication he was feeling quite ill.

He asked me to help him back to his unit. As I went to help him up he collapsed. Luckily I was able to hold him and gently lay him down on the lawn’s footpath.

A lady jogger going past saw it all and called 000 for me. As I laid him out ready to go into my First aid, mode he came to. All those years of First Aid training kicked in and I was able to talk and monitor him and be ready to provide whatever first aid that was required till the Ambulance arrived 20 minutes later.

He was carted off to the hospital and looking a lot better than when I first met him.

I never did get to change his battery…..

Saturday 21st June:

I got a call from the older gent today to say that he is all okay, back home and wants his car battery changed. I paid him a visit and it was great to see him looking and sounding much better.

It turned out his problems were caused by a new medication he was prescribed while in hospital. It was lowering his blood pressure hence causing his dizziness, feeling bad and the collapse. He is now off the medication and he is much better.

I got to change his battery finally.

Saturday 28th June:

Up at 5:00pm and off to the airport for our flight to Adelaide to see the family and celebrate my brother Craig’s 50th Birthday. We got at the airport nice and early due to the huge delays and back logs from yesterday’s power failure at the airport.

But all good when we arrived and no crowds at all, so a nice relaxing Chai latte was had by us both.

Arrived in Adelaide and Sandy (Sister) picked us up. After lunch we all made our way to the old folks’ home to see my mum.

Present were my Mum, Sandy (Sister), Brian (Brother in-law), Lyn (Sister), Rik (Son), Jason (Son), Mike (Jas Partner), Craig (Brother), Rae (Craig Partner) & Jessa (Niece). Jarrod (Nephew) was home on the sick list.

It was good for all the family to be together as with my mum being 91 years old you just never know. As my Mum is unable to leave the home we had a small party with her and then headed up to Craig and Rae’s place for Craig’s 50th Birthday celebrations.

A great evening was had by all.

Sunday 29th June:

After a bit of a sleep in, we then headed up to see my Mum before heading back to Sydney.

Caught up with the boys at midday and we had an awesome lunch at a very nice little café in Prospect (Café Komodo). After lunch we came back to Jason and Mike’s place where Jas and I played with camera stuff for a while then we all played the card game “Cards against humanity”.

This is a rather “interesting” card game, which you need a pretty broad mind to play.

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest and/or most obnoxious white card. The player asking the question then must choose the funniest card and that player gets 1 point.

Out to the airport and back home to Dee Why (Sydney) by 10:00pm after a bit of a bumpy approach to Sydney Airport (Made me feel a bit queasy).

Monday 30th June:

Had a very interesting older gent come into the shop today. It wasn’t busy so we had a great old chat. Before leaving he said to go to

And there he was, the inventor of the hang glider. My brush with fame and a great bloke…

Tuesday 8th July:

Had a great night last night catching up with 3 old climbing buddies (Margaret, Soren & Warren). We told old war stories and caught up on all the gos on other climbers.

All three have attempted Everest and got so close to the summit but no cigar. Warren left four fingertips on the mountain as well (Frost Bite).

A great night was had by all.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy