A Permanent Memorial for Rod

My new letterbox
On Easter weekend a drunk driver hit a truck parked on the street, which lurched forward and knocked over my almost indestructible letterbox that Rod’s dad made in the early 70’s. He’d put it together with 3 steel rods so it couldn’t be destroyed by teenage boys playing with explosives. The rods survived but it took two of Rod’s friends to put them close to upright again.

A brickie friend, John, offered to build me a new postbox. I have had the titanium hip and femur rod that was put in to keep Rod walking when cancer was removed from his leg. I’d wondered just what on earth to do with it but knew it had to be something special. I mentioned to John about adding this to the inside of the new box. He said it would be his honour.
 

Some interesting things about my new letterbox
(that’s a cleverly camouflaged memorial to my husband):

  • Rod’s hip and femur rod are in the middle of the box, with the hip ball at the top, in about the centre of the box, with the ball slightly higher so it can be seen.
  • The house numbers that will be put on the front tomorrow are from a very special handmade card that friends made for Rod on his 60th birthday. Luckily the 6 can be turned upside down so it becomes the number 9.
  • Not long after we met in the Commodore Fidonet echo, Rod wrote the only Offline Mail Reader for the C128. Over 100 Commodore 128 users around the globe used his app to read and reply to all kinds of online Fidonet messages.
  • Hundreds of Australian online merchants know Rod for his Ozpost shipping plugin for numerous shopping cart systems. Again, mail and postage.
  • The original steel rods that formed the foundation for the first letterbox are still in place. John worked around the bent rods that couldn’t be moved. A comment about Rod’s twisted sense of humour and sometimes rigid views goes without saying here.

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18Jan22  Oh ick.  I am NOT showing you what the porch light looked like.  Cleaning the porch and porch light were not my job and wasn't something I even thought about over the last 3yrs.  Until it started looking like this.  The blackness is from the dust and dirt across the road (where there's a large horse paddock). When the wind comes from that direction, even with the windows closed I get a film of dust and dirt over everything.  And obviously cobwebs are not immune from it.  So I took a couple cleaning brushes with extensions on them and tackled this area as well as the porch light.  Rod used to bring the globe around the light into the house and wash it. I can't do that. I'm not safe on ladders.  So I'll just get it to be less scary looking and call it good.  Before I tackled this job, the area was sprayed with my favourite spider killer.  Were spiders hurt? Geez, I hope so. And I hope they stay away for a long time.  #dirt #cobwebs #porchcleaning #eww #spiders #latergram
17Feb22  I had a nap and these two decided to have their naps with me.  Those who've seen my other cats on my bed photos might notice ... today they decided to swap sides!  The book I'm reading is "Your Head is a Houseboat" by Campbell Walker.  It's a great book and I love the illustrations (also by Campbell Walker) @struthless69  #2022pad #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram
18Jan22  My shutters in the 'Ready Room' (the front bedroom) had quit working with a loud "thunk" sound on the weekend so I made a couple calls and was put onto this company. Ray and his workmate came and were able to work out that the last time the shutter had been repaired (I have no memory of it ever needing it while I've been here), they used curved bars instead of straight ones and that eventually caused the whole thing not to work.  They had some straight ones they could replace it with that weren't a stock item, and not quite a match, but the repair worked beautifully and then they checked the shutters for the gym window and found the timing was off by a few ticks so quickly fixed that as well.  The fee they charged me was minimal.  So I have no problems sharing their business card. I felt they were absolutely looking out for me rather than lining their pockets.  Good guys!  #fair #tradies #shutterrepairs #latergram
15Sep22  I bought a rotisserie chicken for a quick dinner and then a day or so later made some very nice chicken soup with the carcass and breast meat leftover.  I cooked the noodles separately in some of the broth I took from the soup and then just put them in my bowl. There was a lot of chicken on that little bird!  I still have the other breast, all shredded and ready for a couple meals in the future. Not bad - 5 meals out of a $10 hot chicken!  #2022pad #cooking #cookingforone #chickensoup #rotisseriechicken #yum
11Sep22  I take a photo of these whenever I do a test because with catarachts I don't trust my eyes.  It's easier to see for sure if there's a bottom line from the camera.  Then I let them hang around so I know the date I last checked.  Anyone else do that? This is called a RAT test in Australia.  #2022pad #covidnegative #justchecking #covidrattest #rat

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