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

What a beautiful day it is outside, the last day of Spring and we are wasting it inside. I hate the Summer, I am not a warm weather person so the next few months can fly by if they like, bring on the milder Autumn weather I say.

I am tired of these on again off again stomach cramps, not to mention the persistent cough I have had for months. When I saw my doctor he told me to start taking Brian’s asthma puffer twice a day until I see him again, and as much as I hate to say so it has helped, the cough has almost gone. I also have to go for an x-ray just to make sure there is nothing wrong with my chest. As for the stomach cramps, he just said there are a lot of stomach bugs going around and I have to ride it out.

On Wednesday night I went to watch High Risk Pro Wrestling, this is my son Blake’s business. He had arranged two international wrestling superstars, Orlando Jordan and Hardcore Holly, the crowd went ballistic when Hardcore Holly came out. I am very proud of what Blake achieved on the night. Check out his website http://www.hrpw.com.au/

Our landlord’s son has fixed our front venetian blind today, I was watching television the other day when it just fell out of the window onto the floor, I just about crapped myself.

My grandson Cody is coming down tomorrow, each year he and Brian put the Xmas tree up and decorate the house, it will be bedlam but Cody will enjoy himself.  Brian will enjoy himself as well, me, I just sit back and take it all in, you know what they say about too many cooks.

Now I have just enough time for a little Papa nap before dinner.

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

The gastro bug has me in its grips again, I came home from work early yesterday as I was having the most terrible stomach cramps and I am off to the doctor this afternoon. This has been going on for weeks now, no sooner do I get over it and have a good few days and it is back again.

The Dancing With The Stars finale was last night, with Cosentino the ultimate winner taking home the Mirror Ball trophy. The best three were definitely in the final, either Rhiannon Fish or Tina Arena could easily have won, but congratulations to Cosentino and his professional partner Jessica Raffa.

Turning 55 last weekend has made me a little nostalgic, things have certainly changed at a fast pace since I came into this world. I remember as a small child my mother heating up the wood fire copper to wash the clothes, we did not have a refrigerator, it was still only an ice box, and we did not have a television or home phone.

The first house I recall living in was on Main North Road at Nailsworth, now the site of a used car yard, there was no inside toilet, it was way down the back yard. Mum had a chamber pot or gazunder, so-called because it “gaz” under the bed, it must have been a joy for Dad listening to mother on that thing every night.

Now we have the internet, mobile phones, man regularly goes into space. It makes me wonder where it will end, I simply cannot imagine the world my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will inherit. One of world peace I hope.

Tonight I am off to see world famous wrestlers Orlando Jordan and Hardcore Holly courtesy of High Risk Pro Wrestling at Elizabeth East. Why not come along and check it out http://www.hrpw.com.au/

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

The wedding Brian and I attended last night went very well, it was not big and splashy, but not quite small and intimate either. The ceremony was held in Veale Gardens, short and sweet like I think all wedding ceremonies should be, followed by the reception at Pavillion on the Park in the Terrace Room.

The canapes were delicious as was the entrée and dessert, however I was a little disappointed in my main, not that I think there was anything wrong with it, it was just not to my taste. The young man who waited our table all night did an exemplary job as I told him when we left.

It makes me laugh at so  many functions nowadays, the music that gets everyone up dancing is invariably from the 70s and 80s, very little modern stuff. It was not a late night for us, we don’t dance and the young ones, particularly the females, were starting to get messy so it was time to go.

This afternoon we had the entire family over for lunch to celebrate my birthday yesterday, what a lovely afternoon. They have all gone home now, the dishwasher is on and everything is back to normal. I guess that’s it for another year. I could do with a Papa nap but it is getting a bit late for that.

Leftovers for dinner, a bit of ironing, some television and an early night. What a life, wouldn’t change a thing.

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

Today is my 55th birthday, it doesn’t seem like 5 years since my 50th but it is. To think that in just 5 years I will be 60, I still look at people in their early sixties and think they are old, I suppose the joke is on me, I am old as well.

Brian, thoughtful as always, took great delight in telling me that as of tomorrow I will be closer to 60 than 50. To rub salt into the wounds just that bit further he put his Village Manager hat on to tell me that I am now eligible for retirement living. Such a treasure.

It had always been my intention to retire at 55, but short of divine intervention in the shape of a significant financial windfall that won’t be happening. My next goal will have to be 65, I think I had better skip 60, at this stage that is a pipe dream as well.

What am I doing for my birthday, I am going to a wedding. One of Brian’s oldest friends is getting married this afternoon, I just hope the food at the reception is not too rich as for the last couple of days I have had the dreaded gastro again. What a way to lose weight, 3 kilograms.

Tomorrow is family day, that will be the real celebration and I can’t wait. Brian, my children and their partners, and my grandchildren, who could ask for more. I have started making the salads today and have bought all the meat, I just have to throw it all together in the morning. Whose birthday is this, I am doing all the work 🙂

Before I sign off I share today with another 55-year-old, some would say my oldest friend. At the time of our births Judy’s mother lived next door to my maternal grandmother, I was Mum‘s first and Judy her mother’s tenth, remember we did not have television then, nor birth control apparently 🙂 Anyway it was a race and I won, coming into this world three hours before Judy. Happy Birthday old friend.

Thoughts of a middle aged man….20 November 2013

Today is the first Wednesday I have had off in weeks. I only have a handful of meetings left for this year and things are definitely starting to slow down, so it seemed like a good time to have my day off.

This afternoon I went to see Dad and we went to the nursing home to see my stepmother Joy. When you consider that only a few days ago Joy was in hospital she looked remarkably good, she still knows who I am as well which was a pleasant surprise as you just never know. Joy is deteriorating though, I can see it each time I visit, she says things and does things she would never have said or done previously. Alzheimer‘s really is a terrible disease.

Dad is slowing down as well, then again he is 78. Aside from the normal process of age the last couple of years with Joy have really taken their toll on him, he is about ready to give up as well. I think the only thing that is keeping him going is the thought of leaving Joy on her own in the nursing home, a truly lonely existence.

I am not normally one for magic shows but tonight I watched Cosentino on television, this guy is an absolute freak. I know there is a perfectly logical explanation for every illusion, but I have to ask myself what, the things this guy can do are just beyond my comprehension.

Back to work tomorrow and we have a very busy weekend coming up, a wedding and my birthday. I am just waiting for Brian to call me so I know where to pick him up from and it will be off to bed.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..17 November 2013

The search for our new home must now start in earnest as our landlord has dropped the bombshell that she is putting this house on the market. Although we are getting first offer on the house it is far too expensive for us first time around, and I do not really think she understands just how much work this place needs.

We saw a few houses today but they turned out to be real dumps. They did not look too bad on the internet but in the flesh so to speak, too depressing to contemplate. I cannot believe the Universe has put us through everything we have endured for us to finish up in a dump. I truly believe we will find the perfect home for us at a price we can afford, perhaps a little windfall might come our way who knows, but something will happen.

Feeling thoroughly depressed we stopped into Kane’s to say hello. I love the fact that even my older grandchildren still get excited when they see us, and at least once on every visit they come up for a cuddle or just stand next to us, even the boys will stop hop on our laps for a hug.

Last night we had a lovely meal with Wade and Gink, oysters as a starter, steak and salad, and then truffle Magnum ice creams. Just what every good diabetic needs, ice cream and chocolate.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..16 November 2013

It’s been quite a week, no sooner do I shake off bronchitis and I get a dose of gastro, I shake that off and I have this damned annoying cough back. In a nutshell that is why I have not been on for a few days, I have had the wind knocked out of my sails and all I have done is work and sleep.

Thursday would have been the fourteenth birthday of my first-born grandson Jordan. For whatever reason the Universe had, Jordan did not make it into this world, a beautiful angel taken before he even had a chance at life. My head tells me there was a reason, but my heart goes out to my son and his then partner, it makes you appreciate what you now have even more.

Last night Brian and I had dinner with good friends at Zapata’s Cantina in Sempahore, and I was surprised with a couple of early birthday gifts. What wonderful people, after the last couple of weeks I needed that. I had my first chimichanga, and my first few Melon Loco cocktails, all went down a treat. Unfortunately we were minus one last night as Denis is in hospital, get well soon Mate.

Today we had lunch at the Oyster Bar on Holdfast Shores with another good friend Annie. We have not spent any real time with Annie for quite a while so it was great to catch up.

My son Blake is now doing very much better, thank you again to all those who were kind enough to write to me. He seems to be getting himself on track, new treatment and a much healthier outlook on life, only time will tell but I have faith.

In the meantime my stepmother is declining, Alzheimer’s seems to be taking her faster and faster, it will be a blessing to both her and Dad when it is over. I would like to say get well Joy but we know that will never happen. So very sad.

We are about to hop in the car again as tonight we are going to Wade and Gink’s for dinner. Gink is quite a dab cook so it should be a good night.

My thoughts are with the people of the Philippines, they need our support at this terrible time.