Friday 16th August
It has been a quiet week. Just doing stuff at home that needs to be done. Weeding is one of them but half an hour of weeding leads to an all- day pain in the back. Every day I weed a little and feel pain a lot.
Lighting is another job. The spare toilet room, the main bathroom and our front steps all have LED battery powered movement activated lights. All three rely upon a double sided tape, supplied by the manufacturer, to hold them to a wall or bench or under stairs. All three tapes just gave up and the light just keeps falling down. Grrr!
Solution? I ordered some super gel, super stick Nano tape which should arrive Monday. If it performs half as good as the ads claim it will be fine with me.
The toilet seat in the spare toilet room has a soft close feature and it has never soft closed. It is one of the few Aldi products I have bought which has not performed as it should. As well the very fine thin metal slot which holds the bolt which attaches it to the toilet bowl has bent and as well as not soft closing the seat slides around. Enough is enough! I took measurements and called on a plumbing specialist at Bunnings. I was soon home fitting the toilet seat, Wooee! What a difference that made. The toilet seat closes softly and it does not slide around on the fitting.
Saturday 17th August
It is grandson Chris 15th birthday today. Mum Regelyn organised a lunch at the Carindale Hotel which is part of the mega Carindale Shopping Centre at umm err, Carindale. It was an hours drive from home, but first we had to buy a birthday card and then buy fuel. It seems my favourite United Service Station has fuel at least 20 cents cheaper than anywhere else nearby. We had to queue with about 50 other cars to get fuel then as we neared roadworks on the M1 near Rochdale traffic slowed to a walking pace. Finally we reached Carindale and like all the other cars lined up in front of us we went looking for a parking spot. We were almost 45 minutes late by the time we arrived. Whew! This is not a typical pub with pub food prices. Pete and Chris had a steak each of which was $35. Donnis and I had a Caesar Salad which did not have anchovies – which it should – so it was a bit of a mild salad, not as good as I make at home. Each salad cost us $12.
Chris plays a Rugby League semi- final tomorrow.
Sunday 18th August
As usual, Sunday dawned fine and sunny and stayed that way all day. I could not find a cloud in the sky.
It was warm (hot) in the sun but a cool breeze was blowing off the ocean.
We went for a walk along Main Beach
and found a team of Lifesavers undergoing jet ski in surf training. It was fun to watch them punching their way through breaking waves.
There were more people walking the beach today and all car parks were near enough to full capacity.
After our walk we drove to Mondarewa Beach to watch the boats coming and going on The Broadwater. We had a picnic lunch on a beach blanket and in general just relaxed in a fabulous setting. We have so many family friendly beaches and parks to choose from and it seem the entire population of the Gold Coast were also out enjoying themselves.
Yesterday we had a Caesar Salad (seniors menu) at the Carindale Hotel. Tonight we prepared a huge Caesar Salad which included anchovies – as it should. The serving size would have been double what we had for lunch yesterday. I estimate the cost for two huge servings would be $6. We had a much tastier, fresher meal prepared at home. That is probably why we do not eat out all that often.
BTW Chris team won their Semi-Final match 20-18.