Monday, 28 January 2013

Welcome to Australia .....



Before - here comes the tide -
It's normal for Australia - the land of crazy weather - we are used to extremes.  Last week it was 47 (117f) in my suburb in Western Sydney now it is 21 (69f), overcast and rainy.

Part of the country is on fire and the rest is under water.

BUT .... the worst is yet to come.

Queensland's coast has been battered.  From Bundaberg down they have been hit by ex cyclone Oswald and torrential rain and heavy winds plus an abnormally high tide.

If that wasn't enough 6 tornadoes touched down.

My elder son and his family live in Toogoom, their house is on the beach.  They are about 20kms away from Burnett Heads where some of the tornadoes hit and they got the strong winds associated with them.  Warning sirens seemed to be going off non-stop over a 36 hr period.

After - the yard
Fortunately they are okay - lots of trees down, most homes on the beach have lost about 14 mtrs but they are all safe.  They have fared much better than people in Bundaberg who are still cut off and have record breaking floodwaters through the town as well as damage from the tornadoes.

Thank goodness they are moving next week - they are now the caretakers of Hervey Bay Animal refuge and will live onsite.

So now their big clean up begins but for me it hasn't started.

The storm is heading down Australia's east coast and is bringing heavy rain, and destructive winds.  At the moment it is very still here.  A sprinkle of rain every now and again but the BOM has warned of what is heading our way.

Their backyard

Toogoom beach front
                

Photo: Pialba burrum heads road 
(Some idiot tried to go through and is stuck half way)
Pialba burrum heads road
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said Oswald is moving slowly into northern NSW and will surge rapidly south later today.  A severe weather warning has been issued for much of the state including Sydney with people being warned of flash flooding and wind gusts of up to 140km/h







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Bundaberg








UPDATE ..... Lucky for Sydney the weather system had lost a lot of its punch.

In my area we had around 110mm of rain in 24 hrs (that's just over 4") and only a little puff or two of wind.

Basically all we have to do is dry out now.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Update from a Totally Bored Woman ......


Aaarrrggggghhhhh ...... so totally bored out of my head!!

I have finished about 12 books .....the first 4 of the Shannara series; good old Harry Potter (book 1); Contact, a couple of Jeffrey Deaver's books, the latest Kathy Reichs, an old Tom Clancy and a few of Cherise Sinclair's sexy BDSM novels; done 100s of games of scrabble against the computer, played 100s of sudoku, lost count of how many games of Angry Birds (all the versions) I have played ......

As I am 'house bound' at the moment I decided to veg out completely and watch the three Lord of the Rings movies again.  Yesterday, or rather last night, I watch the first and plan on two and three today.

Today is predicted to be 46c (115F) so it seemed like the perfect day for it.  I have watch more television in the past week than in the past year ....lol.


Watched all the Agatha Christie Miss Marple movies, then followed them up with Godzilla and The Fifth Element.  Mercury Rising fitted in there somewhere and then my favourite The Abyss.  Watched all the Alien movies then the Predator ones.

Decided I needed to lighten up a little so watched Love Actually and that wonderful comedy Fierce Creatures.  In between there were some TV series I bored myself with - Masterchef UK, 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist and Project Runway plus some movies.

Back to see the Doc next Tuesday so I have my fingers crossed that he lets tells me I can lift more than the one kilo I am limited to at the moment.

Amazing the amount of things we pick up during the day that weigh more than one kilogram .... even a can of Fozzie's dog food weighs 1.2kg .... so I have to split things into lighter loads or forget them all together.  Thank goodness for online supermarket shopping - I have no idea what a normal bag of groceries weighs but it is way way over my 1kg limit ..... lol.

Managed to get all my groceries delivered and the delivery people kindly put them up on my work bench so I didn't have to bend down.  Got some smaller cans for Fozz so he at least won't starve (not that there was much chance of that as he has been eating rice and veggies which he loves).


Bit disappointed that I haven't been motivated to paint or sketch while I have these enforced limitations - I guess that is all part of the recovery process.

Would also love to take Fozz out for a walk but he weighs 25kgs and if he were to pull on his lead ....

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions of filling in my days.

The funny thing is I normally stay at home, except when babysitting, so it isn't like it is something new but I thing the knowledge that I can't get out even if I wanted to is what is driving me crazy ..... lol.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Yaa ... I'm Back ....

Yaahooo!!!!

I'm home!   Finally ....lol.

Feeling sore and it's awkward trying to sleep but I am HOME!!!

The even better news is there were no nasties in any of the biopsies!

Only have one complaint on my hospital stay .... why on earth do they make hospital gowns so small?

Even a medium sized woman would have her rear end on view - how easy would it be to make them just a little bigger ... oh well, I guess the Docs and the nursing staff have seen it all ....lol.

Was bad enough for me but there were a few men in rooms nearby who were large and they covered absolutely nothing from behind .... rotfl.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Norwest Hilton....

My overnight hospital stay is ending up considerably longer. .. at the moment it looks like I am here for another 5 days, been here since Thursday (saturday today). ...
not a happy camper but not much I can do

Had unforeseen complications in surgery ... so here I remain in the Norwest Hilton oops Hospital ... lol ... swathed in tubes and with drugs to keep me company .. and not a gorgeous male nurse in sight!