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

Still not feeling 100% today, a little blocked up. I did sleep later than usual today and did not feel too bad when I woke up, however as they days goes on I have a bit of a headache and do not feel like doing anything.

Even though the sun is shining it is still a bit cold today and the washing is not drying. It’s not too bad inside but each time I go outside to hang the washing on the line I get colder and colder, but the clothes will not wash themselves.

Our landlord is getting the house valued today, I have had one agent through and am now waiting on another. I hope they do not put the rent up, we are so close to being able to buy our own home now and if the rent went up that would affect what we are able to save.

The house is looking good, the agent this morning was quite impressed. If two grown men can’t keep a house looking reasonable then who can. There may be a bit of dust here and there but overall I don’t think anyone could complain.

After the second agent has been and gone I will need to start thinking about dinner, I have some scotch fillet out and thought I might  serve it with some mushrooms, braised cabbage and fennel with a hint of sun-dried tomato, and some greens.

I can hear the ironing beckoning as well, bugger I hate ironing but with Brian’s back he can’t do more than a shirt or two at the one time. Even though my back does ache after a while I recover quicker as I do not have the chronic condition Brian has, my problem is just my body telling me I am not as young as I used to be.

Better go, the agent is due and tick.

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

I have definitely felt better, I just don’t feel the best today, I think the lurgy that Brian has and that has been nagging at me is finally getting the better of me. It is my turn to sleep in the spare room as Brian is feeling much better, fair is fair. Tomorrow is my day off and I think it is just as well, hopefully I can turn this thing around in 24 hours.

On Sunday night we had a lovely meal at Wade and Gink’s, roast lamb, one of my favourites. Wade also invited his mother and we had a very nice night. Life is so much easier on the boys now that Paula and I have let bygones be bygones.

The last two days at the office have been very busy. My boss and I are trying to find ways we can make better use of our software, unfortunately it is no longer being developed and we have no manuals,  so it is up to me to play with it and see what I can come up with. I have already started this and we have made some improvements, this is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. In my previous corporate life this is what I did, I tested software then wrote the procedures and trained the staff. It will be very enjoyable to be able to utilise those skills again.

I really am very tired and need to try to sleep this thing off so goodnight, and thank you for reading.

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

Today has been an interesting day, it was the day of the gathering of my dysfunctional siblings at the home of my father. Dad wanted to discuss his will with us, he does not want any unpleasantness after he is gone so he thought the best thing was to get us all in one room and tell us how things will be. Despite the fact that my male sibling would not sit in the same room as me, he chose to sit in the doorway, it all went rather well, much better than I expected.

Dad also told us that our stepmother is declining rapidly, Alzheimer’s is such a terrible disease, the things she is doing now she would never have done previously, she would be horrified and ashamed. Sadly it is the nature of the Alzheimer beast and she has no control over her actions. If you had known this woman before, strong both physically and emotionally, it is tragic and breaks my heart.

Brian and I are off to dinner tonight at Wade and Gink’s house, Gink is quite a good cook so the meal should be lovely. Let’s face it, if you don’t have to cook it, and you don’t have to do the dishes, it will be a good night.

At the moment Brian is sound asleep, he has been uncomfortable all day with his back after the long drive yesterday, so he is having a siesta. Not long now and I will have to wake him up. In hindsight I should have joined him but it should not be a late night.

Our television viewing is programmed in, Underbelly – Squizzy, Ripper Street, MasterChef and The Block Sky-high . We have a lot to watch later in the week.

Damn shame about the Adelaide Crows, and then to add insult to injury Port Power win again. My footy tips are right up the creek without the proverbial paddle. At least my grandson won his footy match, good on you Bailey.

Time to wake his lordship up. Thank you for reading.

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

Brian has driven to Port Augusta and back today to do a friend a favour, now he is hobbling around like an old man, hopefully nothing a couple of pain killers and a good nights sleep won’t cure. So much for driving to Perth at Xmas, he has realised he can’t sit that long.

It has been a horrible overcast day here in Adelaide today, heavy cloud cover, quite depressing really. There has been a lot of wind though so I managed to get all the washing dry, but no rain. It is still surprisingly warm outside.

Tonight I went to High Risk Pro Wrestling to watch my son Blake wrestle, I was not prepared for him to get his head spilt open when he was donged with a length of wood. This is the reason I don’t often attend the wrestling, I have an aversion to the sight of my boy’s blood. I spoke to him before I left and he assured me he is alright, but he will have one hell of a headache later.

I also met Blake’s new girlfriend Amy, she seems like a nice girl. My second son Ryan was there with his fiancée Melissa and two of their children Bailey and Calais. Calais is not quite two and she was very cuddly tonight, not that I mind that at all. Unfortunately Ryan lost another job this week, a flow on from the redundancies at Holden, fingers crossed he will have a new job shortly.

The Adelaide Crows, I had such high hopes for them tonight but they were well and truly dashed, the Fremantle Dockers beat them by 22 points, but not before we lost another big name to injury, Josh Jenkins with a suspected broken leg. The boys cannot take a trick this year, first Taylor Walker, then Brent Reilly, then Patrick Dangerfield, and now Josh Jenkins.

Not really looking forward to tomorrow, a meeting at my father’s house with my dysfunctional siblings; what a bugger. I will need all the patience I can muster to get through that.

I think I’ll start with a good night’s sleep. Bye for now.

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

Termites and sewerage, that pretty well sums up my day. My chair was barely warm this morning when the first call of the day hits with a termite infestation, one of the floors in her unit has collapsed due to termites. Hardly time to take a breath and the next call is blocked sewerage pipes, this took all morning only to find out the problem was at the street and therefore a problem for SA Water. What a crap of a day, pun intended.

On top of this I have a couple of clients who just seem to get their jollies by trying to intimidate and bully. Some days this gets me down but today I was ripe, do not mess with me. In saying that the majority of my clients are great, it is still a pretty good job.

Brian hit the sack early tonight, he started work early this morning, he could not sleep so got up early and went to work. Tomorrow he is driving a friend to Port Pirie which means I have the house to myself, and then tomorrow night I am off to see my son Blake in High Risk Pro Wrestling. A shame it clashes with the Adelaide Crows game but at least I can record that for later.

I lost my temper on the drive home tonight, I had the misfortune to be driving behind a silly woman who did not know how to use her indicator. She changed lanes in front of me with no signal, and then back again, and finally she turned off, all the while with no signals. It is people like her that cause accidents and then make the loudest noise about it being everyone elses’ fault.

On a similar subject if I get one more woman shut a door in my face or push across my path without so much as a glance I will lose it.  Today I also had a shopping trolley pushed into me, the woman did not even realise, and they say men are rude. Cast the first stone ladies, go on. I am not the misogynist I sound, but men are more courteous, chivalry is not quite dead.

Eyelids drooping, mind wandering, time to sign off. Thank you for reading.

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

I’ve been putting it off for a few days now but I can’t put it off any longer, it’s time to go downstairs and face the music, or should I say face the ironing, my favourite job. Brian and I have a stack of nice clean shirts, but unfortunately we have run out of ironed shirts, so time to do my duty. Time to do my duty after I have finished writing anyway.

It’s Wednesday, my usual day off, and after the day I had yesterday I am glad to have a day off.  The meeting I was dreading certainly lived up to my expectations, in fact it exceeded them, but onwards and upwards. My second meeting for the day I did not achieve a quorum, despite reminders to all concerned.

The baby Prince of Cambridge has finally arrived, and what a beautiful baby he is. My pick for a name is still Phillip but only time will tell. The Duchess seemed to leave hospital quite quickly, but that is the way things are now. When I was born the mother stayed in hospital and in bed off her feet for 10 days, but now my daughter-in-laws are home the next day, in fact depending on the time and nature of the birth it has been the same day.

I have to admit I have not pushed myself today, I have done the washing and stripped the beds. I went to the chemist for Brian and put petrol in my car, then I posted a birthday card to my nephew Marcus who is 21 today. I know I don’t see you often Mate but I do think of you and I hope you have a great day.

I also watched the shows I have recorded for the week, MasterChef and The Americans. Next week there is a load of new shows starting that I am looking forward to, Big Brother, Underbelly Squizzy and Ripper Street. Brian is pretty keen on watching these shows as well so I will not have to record them.

OK, I have waffled long enough, the shirts will not iron themselves. Bye for now, and thank you for reading.

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

What an exciting couple of days for royal watchers, firstly Belgium gets a new king, Phillipe and his Queen Mathilde, as Albert II has abdicated due to ill-health; he is the second European monarch to abdicate this year.

If that is not enough the Duchess of Cambridge has finally gone into labour, here’s wishing her a safe delivery. Here is some trivia for you, after the birth of this latest Royal baby, which will be third in line to the throne, Great Britain will have one reigning monarch, and the next three future monarchs in waiting, something that does not happen often. Every person in the line of succession will now move down one, I am sure it is a welcome relief for some.

I am not looking forward to tomorrow, other than the Royal birth that is, as I have two meetings, one of which I am dreading. This particular corporation cannot agree on anything, I am almost superfluous and I sometimes wonder why I am even there. The afternoon meeting will be an easy one, a welcome relief after the first.

This weather is showing no sign of abating in Adelaide, not that we should complain as we always need rain. Having lived ion the country Brian and I have  seen first hand what too little rain can do, then again we have also seen what too much rain can do as in Queensland and New South Wales in recent years. The truth is that despite the rain having been a natural disaster in Queensland and New South Wales, that same rain was a welcome relief to South Australia. There is good and bad in every situation.

Until tomorrow, thank you for reading.