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

It’s the last day of Autumn and it has been bucketing down all night here in North Haven, not that I am complaining, it is better to have a little too much rain than not enough. Winter tomorrow, lets hope Mother Nature fills up our reservoirs for the Summer.

I am glad to see this week over, what a bummer of a week it has been. How did my working week finish, two new corporations for me to manage, that is three new ones for the week. Surely with these I will have to go to five days, what a shock to my system that will be until I get used to it. That means my weekends will be busier as well, as all the things I have been doing on my Wednesday off will then have to fit into my weekend as well.

My 10-year-old grandson Cody is finally asleep in the next room. I love this little boy more than life as I do all my grandchildren, and over the years due to circumstances Cody has spent more time with us than any of the others, and yet for some strange reason he no longer enjoys staying overnight. He gets all excited at the thought but once he is here he just cries for his mother and wants to go home, I never thought I would get him to settle tonight. Mind you I had to promise to sleep with him so Papa will not get much sleep tonight.

Cody did enjoy making pancakes for dinner and then we sat down to watch A Bug’s Life. These computer animated kids movies are truly amazing, at times they can appear so lifelike, the technology is wonderful.

You know what else is amazing, it is amazing that I am still functioning I am so tired. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

After such a crappy day yesterday it was nice to have today off. I actually did quite a bit, I got all the washing done and most of it dry , folded, and put away. I vacuumed all the carpets and the floors, and raked up all the pine needles in the back yard, but I had a lot of me time as well. I watched some television, read my book, and checked out some videos on YouTube.

I also saw my doctor today and had a blood test to check on my diabetes, and to check for prostate trouble. The doctor also filled out a form that I need to get my driver’s licence renewed due to my diabetes and high blood pressure. He got me to do an eye chart test with and without my glasses, I passed with flying colours, he does not feel I need my glasses to drive. My blood pressure is spot on as well, and he is happy with the way I am controlling my diabetes, he even thought I had lost some weight, but he didn’t check.

After the appointment I drove to Port Adelaide to lodge the form he had completed but could not get a car park, every man and his dog, and the neighbour’s dog, were in Port Adelaide so I drove home.

Tomorrow is a big day, I have the AGM of my most demanding corporation, not demanding in that they want a lot done, just demanding in the time it takes to manage them. Hardly a day goes by without something that needs attending to, and that something usually takes some time.

I will need my wits about me tomorrow so had best hit the sack. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

Today I had probably the worst day I have had since starting my job 11 months ago. I had a very nasty woman call me and take all her angst out on me, I hope it made her feel better because it made me feel like crap. Where do people get off treating people like that, I did nothing to deserve what this woman said, I really hope karma bites her in the bum. When I think about it the whole thing is really quite a joke. I decided to try something different, to offer my clients that little bit extra, and this woman’s corporation was the first.

I decided that prior to sending out meeting notices I would email any owner I have an email address for to see if they have any agenda items for their annual general meeting, usually we would only contact the Presiding Officer but in my wisdom I thought why not ask everyone I can. I did not want to send out letters to all as that would only incur additional cost to the corporation so I thought email was the best way to go. I also thought that once my clients found out what I was doing they may be more inclined to provide us with an email address, and who knows one day we may be able to email all correspondence and levies. Welcome to the 21st century!

Anyway this particular woman took offence and called me to say I was being discriminatory towards people who do not have email addresses, and threatened me with legal action. I cannot write what I felt like saying to her.

Let it go Graham, turn the other cheek, she is not worth the effort.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..27 May 2013

This is the last time I do this, I am trying to arrange a get together of some old school friends from Modbury High School and I cannot find a date that suits everyone, I am about to change it for the third time. Next time someone else can arrange it. In saying that I can’t wait to see you guys again.

Today just flew by, I spent all afternoon doing the meeting notice for an upcoming Annual General Meeting, quite a testy little group so the meeting will be an interesting one. I was also given another new corporation to manage, another one we are taking from the opposition.

Tomorrow I will spend all day preparing for an AGM on Thursday for the most challenging of my corporations. I cannot wait for Friday to come around when it will all be over. The main problem is that we manage the Primary and another strata management firm manages the Secondary, and never the twain shall meet, things would be much easier if one company managed both.

The next few months at work will be hectic to say the least, but at least it won’t be boring. Goodnight and thank you for reading. By the way I cooked a killer meal tonight, it tasted great.

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

Fortunately I do not have to eat humble pie tonight, the Mighty Adelaide Crows having beaten North Melbourne by one point. With 10 minutes to go and 30 points down I thought we were goners but the boys came back in championship style. From 11th to 6th on the ladder in one foul swoop, knocking Port Power out of the top 8, keep it up boys and do the fans and yourselves proud.

Speaking of humble pie Brian did some baking today, he made lime tarts and a peach slice, a mighty fine effort as well. I must say that Brian’s culinary skills have come a long way, today he even cleaned up his own mess. 🙂

Sunday night television is becoming boring, I used to like Escape to the Country but tonight’s episode was boring with a capital B so I did not even finish watching it. The Block was not bad but as for everything else, that is why I am upstairs blogging a bit earlier than usual.

There is not much more to say tonight other than a brief word about the racial vilification slur against Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans during Friday night’s AFL game. The person who delivered the slur was a 14 year-old-girl, and although nothing can excuse her actions I have to wonder what her home life is like, either way enough has been said, let’s move on.

Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

Can I start tonight by welcoming my new readers and saying thank you to all my readers. This started out as a bit of fun when I was unemployed, something to take my mind off things. I have now been writing for well over a year and I am very humbled that so many are interested in what I have to say. Some days I find it difficult to write anything at all and some days it just flows. I hope you continue to follow me, and please if there is anything at all you would like to hear my opinion on just ask.

Brian and I have been out most of the day, we had a lunch to attend at his boss’s house in Iron Bank, a lovely setting just a bit outside of Crafers in the Adelaide Hills. It was a pleasant enough afternoon, there was a lot of shop talk which became a bit much, and I was designated driver. What a surprise! 🙂

We were asked to take some pre-lunch nibbles so I made a sun-dried tomato dip, and made up a savoury platter of stuffed bell peppers, stuffed olives, bocconcini and dolmades. Lunch was a tagine of Lemon Chicken followed by apple and rhubarb crumble.

We got home about 7.00pm and I settled down to watch the football, Essendon versus Richmond. Somewhere along the line I nodded off but woke up to see Richmond lose, and the good news of the day, Port Power lost again, sorry Haidee, and on your birthday to. The Adelaide Crows play North Melbourne tomorrow and as humble pie is not a taste I have acquired I hope the Crows win.

Tomorrow is a stay at home day, washing, ironing and house work, and the Crows tomorrow afternoon. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

That was the end of a very busy week, next week will be even bigger. Today was quite productive, I had big plans and I managed to pull most of it off, should be no trouble at all catching up next week.

I had quite a good day today as well, I managed to shake off yesterday’s dark mood, that is until this nasty little man called me late in the afternoon making all sorts of horrible and unfounded accusations. I think some people get their jollies by making other people feel like crap, he certainly did.

I hate that I let insignificant people like this get into my head and under my skin. I wish I could have just told him to get nicked but he is a client so you have to maintain a certain protocol.

Tonight my son Ryan and grandson Cody called in for a while, Cody is getting so big. He was quite proud of himself as he can now open our overhead cupboards, he also taught Uncle Brian a thing or two about his Notepad.

Time for me to go to bed as we have a very busy weekend ahead and I am bushed. Goodnight and thank you for reading.