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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..31 March 2013

Today has been a good day, my children and their partners and seven of my eight grandchildren came over for a family lunch. When everyone arrived the grandchildren had an Easter Egg hunt, they know the rules, everything they find goes into the kitty and is then evenly split amongst all. They had a great time and so did we watching them.

All the grandchildren ate a hearty lunch, just party finger food but the kind of thing kids love, and the big kids as well. There is nothing  I like better than watching my family enjoy a meal together, they all get on well with each other, partners included, and they all adore each other’s children, a great family day.

As much as we love them all, it is always nice when they go home as well. Papa had a little nap after cleaning up, just to recharge the batteries, as we were out for dinner at a friend’s house this evening.

I can’t say I really felt like going out, neither of us did, but once we got there we had a lovely time. We met some new people, had a good meal, had a few laughs and some intelligent conversation. Brian sat for a little too long so his back is a bit sore now but hopefully he will feel better in the morning.

Happy Ester to all my readers wherever you may be, stay safe, and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..30 March 2013

Today we picked up Brian’s mother and decided to head down south for a drive as we have not been down there previously. After a quick tour around Aldindga and Sellicks Beach we now know why we have not been there before, nothing to see. It is beyond me why anyone would want to live in either spot, miles from anything and really, really uninspiring.

We couldn’t get away from there quick enough so thought we would head to Willunga for lunch as that has always been a pretty town with lots of antique shops. The antique shops are now cafes, some of which sell artwork by local artists, after what I saw I cannot imagine they do much trade.

We went into one art and craft shop and they were selling twigs off trees tied together and dressed in clothes, it looked like something from a kindergarten class, and they called this artwork. Quite disappointing, we won’t be back in Willunga in a hurry either.

As soon as we got home Brian took a couple of pain killers and had a sleep as his back was very sore. It seems that long drives will now be out of the question as well as he simply cannot sit for long stretches, and getting in and out of the car is not good either. I feel very sorry for him as he loves getting out and about but you have to wonder if the pain is worth it.

A big day tomorrow, the kids and grandchildren will be down for an Easter Egg hunt and lunch. Quite looking forward to it.

Good night and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..29 March 2013

Watching television today and an article came onto one of the current affairs shows about the latest “fashion” accessories for schoolchildren in the USA, bullet proof vests and bullet proof school backpacks. How terribly sad this made me feel, and how terribly ashamed gun lobbyists around the world should feel. I realise this article was not a snapshot of mainstream USA, simply some entrepreneur wanting to cash in on the fears of parents in light of the Sandy Hook and other massacres, just so horrible to think that any parent should even have to contemplate something like this.

I have written of late about the noisy white cockatoos we are currently sharing our home with, and while I have to admit it is wearing thin I was disgusted to hear the local council have had so many complaints they are considering a cull. The wild pigeon population have already been culled, in fact I have seen signage proudly advertising this service, leave the cockatoos alone, they will move on in time.

Very uninspiring television viewing this weekend, do the television channels think everyone has gone away for the weekend. Monday night everything is back to normal, but for the rest of the weekend, thanks for nothing.

It is very distressing to hear about the carnage on our roads during the first twenty-four hours of the Easter break. So many families torn apart, lives destroyed, it really does make one appreciate their family even more. We cannot take anything for granted.

Drive safely everyone and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..28 March 2013

Tonight is usually the night we do our grocery shopping, however after years of shopping Brian and I both knew that tonight would be absolute chaos, so we decided to shop last night. I think everyone in Port Adelaide had the same idea, it was bedlam. Mother’s Day, Xmas Eve, and Easter Thursday, what is it about these three days that bring out the loonies at the shops.

At Norwood today it was bumper to bumper, and that was in the car park, I didn’t think I would get out alive, and I was on foot. Never before have I seen a traffic jam in a supermarket car park.

Cyclists are also on my hit list today, both on the way to work this morning and again on my way home I was held up on the Esplanade by cyclists riding two abreast, one outside of the bike lane, blocking my lane. In both instances I was forced to the other side of the road to get past them, when I find out the contact details for the local cycling club they are going to get a very irate email.

On a happy note, twice over the last two days I have seen what for me is a sign of good fortune, wild white pigeons. I can just feel that something good is coming, I don’t know what but it will happen.

I am really looking forward to this Easter break, Brian and I are expecting a busy one. After the week I have had at work four days off will be bliss. I love my job but this week has been a trial, fortunately there was also a good deal of success.

The eyes are now getting droopy, time for my beauty sleep. I am looking forward to a nice sleep in tomorrow. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..26 March 2013

Today is the 26th birthday of son Number 3, Blake, aka Blake “The Man” Mitchell, as he is known by the fans of High Risk Professional Wrestling. Not that I am one to talk but Blake’s lifestyle is not a conventional one, no 9-5 job, no home of his own, and currently single. What Blake does have is a most beautiful 5-year-old daughter Jade, lots of drive and ambition, and he is a wonderful entertainer.

As a father I would love nothing more than to see Blake settle down to a “normal” job, buy a house, get married maybe and expand his family. Like all parents however our children’s dreams and our dreams for our children are not always in sync.

I do not pretend to understand every decision that Blake makes, nor do I agree with every decision. Likewise I am sure that Blake has sometimes wondered what Dad is thinking, we are all different, that is what makes a family.

What I can say is that I am very proud of Blake, he is somewhat of an entrepreneur, and while he often struggles financially, he has still achieved much during his life, and I am sure there is still much to more to come. He has the respect of his peers, and the undying love of his father, I would not swap him for the world. A bit mushy I know, but if I can’t get mushy on your birthday when can I.

Maybe one day son our dreams will be in sync, all I really want is for you to be self-sufficient, and above all else to be happy. Happy Birthday Son.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..25 March 2013

Do you belive in extraterrestrials, for me the jury is still out. I can’t say that I don’t believe in them, it would be naive to think our planet is the only inhabited one in the Universe. On the other hand I am in no rush to have my own close encounter either, I am quite happy for them to go through the official channels when the time comes.

A bit of sad news tonight, my son Blake has split from his current girlfriend. Blake just cannot get on with his life, unfortunately he is still hung up on his ex-partner, the mother of his daughter. I suppose when he does meet the right girl he will be able to move on. I truly hope it happens soon.

I spoke to my father today, my stepmother is growing steadily worse, Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. Dad is about to place her in respite for a couple of weeks as he needs a rest, to be honest I think the best thing for both of them would be to leave her there as he can visit every day. Easy for me to say I know, I have not spent over 40 years with her on a daily basis, Dad must be feeling so lonely.

A busy day tomorrow, an EGM I am not looking forward to. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..24 March 2013

That day certainly went to crap in a big hurry, I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I did have a bit of a sleep this afternoon, ironed enough shirts for us both for the week, and made a nice dinner, an overall uninspiring day though.

This morning we headed to the nursing home to see Mum, one of my Aunts and two Uncles were there, along with my sister Carolyn and another sibling I do my best to forget. Mum seemed a bit awestruck by so many visitors at once, she has lost a lot of weight and is looking very frail.

Carolyn told me Mum has just been diagnosed this morning with another urinary tract infection so I suppose she will be out to it again for a couple of weeks once they start pumping her full of antibiotics to treat it. That is usually what happens so there will not be much point in visiting her again in the short-term.

From the nursing home we went to see Ryan and Melissa who have just bought another car after one of the others was stolen. It looks like they got a good buy, Calais certainly seemed to think so, she would not even get out of it to give Papa and Uncle Brian a cuddle.

A short week this week as we have Easter next weekend, but it will be a busy one. Time for bed, goodnight and thank you for reading.