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Shoal Bay – enforcing relaxation


Here’s the plan….

Pack up bags Friday
Organise pets
Sleep in for Brian on Saturday
Leave home around 11 am – 7 days of relaxation.

Too easy it seems…but not for the traveling macs haha

Here’s the true schedule…

I pack my bags, Tim and Ally organise themselves, Brian will do it Saturday morning. So far so good.

Blackly the cat is acclimatised to her extra water bowls as Saturday is predicted as a scorcher. Blacky the cat is a real scaredy cat. She is really stressed by people other than Ally, Tim and myself and anything new which, in this case, was to be a neighbour coming to mind Sheldon our pup….and her new water bowls!

So, you are thinking this looks fine, what’s the controlling Kerry complaining about? Well, despite being on holidays (well maybe more BECAUSE I’m on holidays )we have two huge baskets of ironing to complete . These baskets are close to being named as mountains . Friday sees every item in them neatly folded, one basket for girls , one for boys with the boys basket on top. Saturday sees them spread on the floor as Brian seeks out clothes he needs to take. With a roll of my eyes I refold and put the baskets back where they belong.

By now its about 9:45am. I’m ready , Tim and Ally are ready and Brian has clothes selected and is out tending to the pool. Sheldon is renown for accessing Ally’s room by scraping the sliding door until he opens it. Once inside he demolishes anything his little teeth can get into. I want to head to Bunnings for those old fashion hook and latch locks for the sliding doors, but the thought offends Brian . So, I decide on a portable child gate to block the rooms from him. I headed off to Bunnings and with a little help find the gate. Of course our hall access is slightly larger and so I need an extender – 10 cms . I never buy the first product on the shelf as history tells me its this one that will have some par missing. I pick up the second gate, locate the 10cm extender, choose the second one , purchase them and race home to set it up.

I open the box and Ally and I try putting the gate in place. It looks like we may not need the extender after all. But after many failed attempts , bruises from being hit by the gate, searching for screws that roll we realise we do need the extender. I cut open the box and remove the extender. We look at the extender and between us we can see no way we can fit this to the gate in our hallway. Then Ally notices its the 30 cm extender. Arghhhh someone had put the boxes on incorrect piles at the store! Cursing that I hadn’t picked up the first on the pile Ally and I set about trying to find a new method to block this hall.
Lounge chairs are no good. He might jump on it, over it , land in the hallway and stuck there set about scratching entry into Ally’s room. Nothing seems like it will work…until at the same time we look at each other and decide turning the dining table on its side , legs in the hall, it could work.

Armed with a tape measure we calculate and realise this will work. Of course we have to wait till everything is out of Tim and Ally’s rooms as once the table s in place it’s there for the long haul. As we lift the table we find out the wooden part is just balanced on the metal frame and all of a sudden the job is less daunting. We manoeuvre the wood in place, hold it secure with a bookcase and Sheldon is contained in the back half of the house only 🙂

Bags still need to be packed into our car but Tim and Ally are ready ( they are travelling in Tim’s car) picking up his girlfriend at 11:30 ( it’s that time already lol) so they head off. We pack up, drop keys to our neighbour minding the pup, get petrol, pump tyres and hit the road officially a 12 pm…only one hour late is a record or s haha.

The trip was i eventful, traffic was a little heavy but moving and w arrived just before 2pm picked up our keys and went to inspect our ‘home’ for the week.


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

3 thoughts on “Shoal Bay – enforcing relaxation

  1. Par for course! you were lucky to get away when you did, though. i hope the rest of your time in shoal Bay is relaxing 😉

  2. Goodness I hope the rest of your relaxation is better than the first day! Now I remember why we put the dog in kennels, or better still, have house sitters, Hope you have a wonderful time away, and the weather is good for you . The drawing is angel, I pressed the wrong button 🙂

  3. Completed the angel :). We are lucky with good neighbours who came in to look after Sheldon for us to feed and walk him, but he is still a bit naughty on his own 😦 . He is almost 6 months now and is getting better thankfully :))

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