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

Today I had every intention of going to see Mum in the nursing home, but I woke up feeling quite off colour so thought it better not to go. Mum is quite frail and any bug I may have will not do her much good. I would rather put up with her complaining about me not going than others carrying on because I made her ill. I will see her next weekend.

To my surprise I have just received a call from my sister Carolyn who called to tell me that if I did visit Mum she may be quite upset about some news she has been given, now I feel that I should have gone no matter what. Thinking about it I was still probably wiser not to go as knowing what has upset Mum I could not really show her the sympathy she probably expects, as it concerns a member of my family I am not particularly fond of.

In saying that I wish no-one ill, I belive in karma too much for that, and while I hope this person does recover, I am not interested in hearing the ins and outs of what ails them. In fact this person should have known better than to say anything to Mum, at least until it was all over, it says a lot for the kind of person they are, it’s all about me, me, me. There is a reason that Mum picked Carolyn and I to handle her affairs, we are the strong ones, the ones who can make intelligent decisions in spite of the emotion involved.

Carolyn also told me that people who used to visit Mum regularly are just finding it too difficult to deal with her now, so people she used to see regularly have now stopped going. If only she would realise she is her own worst enemy, she has become so child-like and even more needy than she has always been.

What is more disconcerting is that her behaviour is also having its effect on her carers, where there used to be a genuine fondness towards her some of them are now trying to avoid dealing with her. They say she is becoming overly demanding, even trying to exclude other patients, and that her emotional responses are just too overwhelming, this from trained professionals, people who deal with this all the time, she must be difficult.

I can only hope that when my time comes I handle it with more grace than my mother. Thank you for reading.

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

Today I made the decision to shut down the Graham’s Goodies website, this has been one big waste of time, money, and effort. Someone, somewhere has been making money out of me but I have seen nothing in return. I cannot say that I recommend anyone in Australia become an Amazon affiliate, not unless you have more financial resources than I do for advertising.

On the bright side at least the Adelaide Crows had a good win today, it has been a long time coming. It is not yet too late to turn their season around, but it will take a concerted effort for the remainder of the season. I feel for Brent Reilly with what may be a season ending injury.

Bugger, Port Power won their game as well, they beat Collingwood, what is wrong with the world. Come on Crows, you are supposed to be on top of Port Power, this situation cannot be allowed to continue, onwards and upwards.

Tonight I watched rather an odd movie starring David Wenham, it was called Pope Joan, apparently about the only woman ever to become Pope, as she was pretending to be a man. It was during the Middle Ages and is believed to be a true story, this may be why all Popes must now be confirmed as male by checking genitalia. Is this myth or fact, if anyone can tell me please do.

It is far too quiet around here, I am quite looking forward to Brian coming home but don’t tell him, he will get a big head. If you read this Dear it is not an excuse for any loud behaviour when you come home 🙂

Goodnight all and thank you for reading.

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

The house is very quiet, Brian is with his brother Ian in Tasmania for the weekend. It has been a very long time indeed since Brian and Ian spent any real time together, I just hope they play nicely. They have gone to Tasmania as the anniversary of their father’s passing is this week, so they are visiting his remaining brothers. I have spoken to Brian tonight, so far so good.

My eldest granddaughter Caitlin today received an aquatic attachment for her cochlear implant which means for the first time she can hear water as it runs over her in the shower, and hear the splash as she romps in a pool. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but to Caitlin it is massive.

It’s the end of another busy week, this week I got another two new corporations with more coming, my portfolio is certainly growing. What is more important is that I am still enjoying my job, next week will be my first anniversary and we are celebrating with a staff breakfast, how different from before.

Sweet stuff all on television tonight, and as the Adelaide Crows are playing tomorrow afternoon I had best hire a DVD for tomorrow night before the boredom drives me bananas. This is Brian’s first night away and already I miss his company. We can sit in the same room night after night, year after year, and say nothing, but when he is not there it is not the same.

It’s cold up here and I am a bit tired after a 4.30 start to take Brian to the airport so its off to bed. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

Today is my day off, and what a beautiful day it is, the sun is shining and all is good with the world. I have managed to do all the washing and most of it is dry, folded up and put away. The fresh smell from your clothes after they have been out in the sunshine and the fresh air is just wonderful, it makes me smile.

What to do for the rest of the day, I know what Brian would say, do the housework. I have a new book that I might start, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, it comes highly recommended so watch this space for my thoughts.

Last night I watched a new show on Network 10, Under the Dome, it seems just a tad far-fetched and I am not a fan of Stephen King’s books as I do not like fiction, I basically gave it a try as there was not much else on. I am not sure whether I will bother next week, I will have to wait and see what else is on offer.

I have caught up on the rest of my weeks’ entertainment, namely MasterChef and The Americans. The Americans has really caught my imagination, although it is fiction you can imagine that these things could actually have happened, and may happen still. I think the writing and the acting on this show are quite good.

The little cafe over the road from our home shut barely 15 minute ago and the alarm has been going for ten minutes at least, it is driving me berserk. I hope the owner will be back soon to stop it. As I type it has stopped.

I remember what that was like, when Brian and I had our business we would get calls at all hours of the night because the alarm was going off, not once was there anything wrong, which is just as well as neither of us are heroes. It was usually someone having left a window open, or a spider scurrying across the sensor.

No more waffle from me today. Happy Birthday to my nephew Harold, and thank you for reading.

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

Every Monday morning I log on at work to a barrage of emails from clients, par for the course, but there is always one who gets nasty, who gets personal, and there is just no need for it. Why people cannot be polite and civilised I have no idea, good manners cost nothing, as I hope they realise when they receive my extremely professional response. Little do they realise that sometimes, when I am feeling a bit down, I cannot help but take their barrage personally. It is very tempting to respond in kind, but I believe in karma.

I did not get a very good night’s sleep last night, horrible dreams. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to know just where these dreams come from, how can anyone conjure up the rubbish that comes in my sleep. It is probably quite fortunate that I do not remember all my dreams, and some of them seem so real, I can almost taste the experience, feel every moment of what I am dreaming.

I have just watched the season finale of Revenge, what a cliffhanger. Declan is dead but Charlotte doesn’t know it, Jack was about to shoot Conrad but then Emily admitted she is Amanda, Daniel has blood on his shirt but is it his or Aiden‘s, and Victoria’s long-lost son Patrick had just returned, and wait for it, Nolan has been arrested for terrorism. It will be a long few months waiting for the next series, bugger!

Brian is downstairs watching some show about horrible plastic surgery makeovers, not my cup of tea, some of these people look truly revolting. How can they think that what they are doing is enhancing their looks, do they not have mirrors, did they not pay their electricity bill, do they not have one friend to say enough is enough. How can the plastic surgeons let this happen, do they have no integrity, is it really just all about the money.

That’s me for tonight. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..23 June 2013

Another cold and wintry day here in Adelaide and the house looks like a laundromat. The best place to be today is curled up in front of the heater with a good book, which is exactly what I have been doing for most of the day.

Brian and I did venture out for a while to see a house Brian thought might be suitable for us, it was suitable for us and at least twenty other couples, I have never seen so many people in the one house. Before we left Brian heard someone make a cash offer so it was a waste of time, the house did have possibilities though.

Last night we had a pleasant visit with Ryan and Melissa and two of their children, Cody and Calais. Ryan and I went and bought chicken, chips and salad for tea and they stayed until the kids got tired. Calais is a tad on the bossy side with her brothers, she certainly has them wrapped around her little finger, quite cute really.

Very sad to hear that another Australian Digger has been killed in Afghanistan, and two more injured. My heart goes out to the family and friends of yet another hero lost trying to make this world a safer place, when will it end.

I know our troops are in Afghanistan for the noblest of reasons, but you have to wonder what will happen when we withdraw. Can the Afghan people continue the fight for freedom without our help? I look to Iraq, yes a tyrant was toppled, but there is still unrest and people are dying every day from bombings and civil unrest, do we only do half a job?

It is easy for me to speak, I have been fortunate enough that not only myself but also my children have had a choice, we chose not to serve in the military, fortunately many others do, and I commend each and every one for making that choice. I deplore the loss of lives no matter the nationality, but I have to question whether the government is really doing the right thing by withdrawing, certainly from the perspective of the loss of Australian lives they have it right. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 June 2013

It is a wet and miserable winter afternoon here in Adelaide, wet clothes on the line, more clothes in the clothes dryer, and yet more clothes on the airer in front of the heater. Not that Brian would know as he is in blissful ignorance, snoring his little head off in bed.

What Brian does not know is that he is about to be rudely awakened by the pitter patter of little feet, as Ryan and Melissa are on their way down for a visit. When they get here I will sneak the kids upstairs and they can wake Uncle Brian up as only they know how.

Tonight I had intended to go see Blake at the High Risk Pro Wrestling Show in Elizabeth East, but with Ryan and co on the way that will not be happening. Sorry Blake, I know I have not been for a while but I will, I promise.

Last night Brian and I had dinner with friends at Maiz and Mezcal, a Mexican restaurant in St Morris, the food was wonderful, especially the baked Mexican cheesecake and the Hibiscus Margarita. The venue was very busy so the service was not great, very noisy as well, some people do not seem to care who they disturb, they just think they are the only ones there.

I had best go downstairs and tidy up a bit, I must put my book out of reach before Miss Calais decides to read it and lose Papa’s place. Have a good weekend and thank you for reading

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