Time flies! I had not idea it has been almost a month since I posted anything. So I will try and catch everyone up with my activities.
The Costco here is just like home for the most part. They sell a lot of American goods but also have a number of Australian items. We met two different families who are members of the church while in the store. Our badges tip them off and they always speak. It is so much fun being able to connect with the people here.
So this week we had a bit of an incident at our flat. We had never checked our mailbox so for some unknown reason I checked it on Tuesday. Lots of junk mail but there was a note from our neighbor who was complaining about our heater. It was too loud and he requested we turn it off by 8:30 each night so he could sleep. It did not sound loud to us but he was disturbed because he had lived with this for a whole month without saying anything. We took the letter to the landlady who said that was ridiculous and she would take care of it. A couple of nights later about 9:30 PM we began to hear this banging on our wall and a voice yelling turn it off. Funny thing was we did not have it on. This lasted until 11:00 PM about every 20 minutes he would bang on the wall. Pat finally called the landlady but she did not answer so Pat left a message. At this point Pat decided to go out on our balcony and see if she could communicate with the gentleman. He did not respond but surprisingly the banging stopped. The landlady called the next day and was very sympathetic. She had spoken with our neighbor and he said it sounded like a fan was running. But we did not have a fan running. He may have been hearing the unit outside that brings in the air for the heater but we did not have it on the night he was banging. Our landlady said he was a bit of a pesky neighbor. Just so happens he owns his flat. She ultimately told him it was not acceptable to bang on the wall and if he had a problem he was to come to her. A week or two later he had a party at his house which we thought had ended about 9:00 PM but at 1:03 AM they came back and were pretty noisy for an hour or so. We were kind neighbors and did not bang on the wall.
|Updated Living Room|
|Updated dining & kitchen|
One of the other senior couples are looking at moving and have talked with our landlady and may be moving in sometime in the next two months. Just found out today (9/9/) that they have the flat and will be moving in the end of October.
August 30, 2014
We went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary today. We saw a lot of birds, many, many koala bears hugging their trees sleeping, two platypus, a wombat, and a Tasmanian Devil.
|Kangaroo Dinner Time|
|Kangaroo Dinner Time|
I purchased a picture for my bedroom at the sanctuary. It was painted by a certified aboriginal artist in the aboriginal style. I really like it and it will come home with me.
We attended two baptisms this evening. Two men were baptized into the Enoggera Ward. Those who spoke at the baptisms gave really nice talks which were inspiring for everyone in attendance.
August 31, 2014
We attended the Enoggra Ward again this Sunday. We are trying to split our time between Enoggera and Bunya Forest Wards. After church they had soup. The members had brought a number of different soups and bread. It was delicious. They make a lot of pumpkin soups. They do not make pumpkin pie or any sweet pumpkin deserts. It is almost impossible to find canned pumpkin to make pie or deserts. We can find almost anything we want except Crystal light. I will check Costco the next time I go since summer is coming maybe they will bring some in. I am sure there are other things but nothing I can't live without.
September 6, 2014
Today our wicker furniture received a good cleaning, a coat of white paint and bright pillows for cushions. We also purchased 5 outside plants to brighten up the balcony as well. We now have an amazing balcony which will serve us very well for the next 15 plus months.
Today we went to church and then took a drive to Cleveland to see the ocean. The tide was out so I was not impressed with the beach but the park along the beach was very nice with great walking paths and eating areas. We packed a picnic lunch of crackers, cheese, meat, chips, veggies, hummus and cookies. It was not a very sunny day so that may have affected my opinion of the beach.
The work in the Mission office is going well. I really like what I am doing. Elder Montague is a very patient man and has guided me through the processes. I have made a few mistakes but they are part of the learning process.
These two pictures are of the back of our complex. The lap pool is the reason for the swim suit purchase Toombul Mall for $30.00 an unbelievably low price here. The prices are higher than in the US. I plan on doing laps each evening when the weather is hot and humid. The common area is very nice with a barbeque and eating area for entertaining when we have Family Home Evenings at our flat. I think spring is just around the corner. The spring flowers are beginning to bloom and a number of trees are also in bloom. I love spring and understand there are some amazing gardens here in the Brisbane area. Am anxious to visit them. Maybe I will have pictures of the flowers on the next post....
More to come in a few weeks......