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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..24 May 2014

I have to say I have had better weeks, it has not all been bad by any stretch, but it has not been all fun either. I have finally found out what my long-term cough has been, a blood test confirmed Whooping Cough, after months of incorrect diagnosis, after months of being contagious completely unbeknown to me, I am now on the mend. This is the third time I have had Whooping Cough in five years, but at least now I really understand what I am looking for so should I get it again it should not drag on as long. I feel quite guilty though as I have subjected my family to this bug for months, in particular my granddaughter Caitlin who has an immune deficiency.

Brian’s sister Leanne has now returned to Geraldton, she seemed to enjoy her visit, I know Brian and his mother Joan enjoyed having her here. It feels like week’s since we had a home cooked meal as we have eaten out all week, I am really looking forward to our pork chops tonight.

Last night there was a bit of a drama with one of my sons, he told me it was really nothing major it is just something that got out of hand and was taken out of context, I am not so sure. Call it father’s intuition, or maybe I am just a worry wart, but I think there is something wrong and my boy needs a bit of help.

Racing pigeons are now officially on hold until 2015 as Brian and I have decided we want to go to New Zealand in the New Year. I suppose you can’t have your cake and eat it to, particularly if you are diabetic. 🙂

After years of stalling I have now officially bequeathed my old reliable flip phone to that great mobile phone graveyard in the sky, I now have a touch phone. Don’t ask me what sort as I am just about ready to throw it at someone, but I suppose I will get used to it. Brian has a new phone as well so at least I don’t have to listen to him complain about his old  phone any more, not for another few years anyway.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..18 May 2014

What a weekend, Brian’s stuffed, I’m stuffed, but only one of us is getting an afternoon nap and it’s not me.

Last night Brian’s sister Leanne flew in from Geraldton in Western Australia and we had a family dinner at The Buckingham Arms, not too bad for a smorgasbord. The staff were very attentive and very polite, a vast improvement on The Walker’s Arms, although The Walker’s Arms has a better selection of food, and they are both about the same price.

After dinner we were all booked to stay at the Inter Continental for the night, Joan went and played the pokies in the Adelaide Casino and we settled into Joan and Leanne’s room for a couple of drinks and a catch up. I went to bed about 11.00pm and Brian cane in about midnight. I had one of the worst nights sleep I have had for ages, could it have been something to do with the snoring walrus lying next to me I wonder. 🙂

This morning we hit the breakfast buffet which was not bad but not the best we have had either, and then it was off to Jetty Road at Glenelg for a casual walk and some window shopping. We are home now and the walrus is back.

Yesterday before going to the airport we went to visit our granddaughter Caitlin who is in hospital and I helped her with some of the homework her teacher has sent home, not at all impressed. If what I saw is any example of what these kids are being taught I think the teachers should go back to school, since when does wear, where, and we’re sound alike, not to mention their, there, and they’re, not in the English I was taught. According to Caitlin’s work sheet these words are “homophones”, words that sound the same but can be spelt differently and have different meanings, words like rode, road, and rowed.

I am 55 years old and I have never heard of a “homophone”, you can give it a fancy name if you like, but it does not mean that wear, where, and we’re sound the same.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..14 May 2014

I am knackered, I am so unfit, I just spent an hour in the garden spraying weeds and I am pooped. I just hope I got the mix right because if I was out there for nothing I will not be a happy chappy.

Last Wednesday I went to visit Dad and blow me he has bought himself a laptop, all those years in business and he refused to get a computer, now he is 79 and wants to plays games on a laptop, he might even get the Internet so he can bet on the horses without leaving home. The wonders of modern technology eh Dad!

Last Sunday, Mother’s Day, Brian and I spent the day with his mother, we headed for the Monarto Zoo but it was so expensive just to get in we went to Murray Bridge for lunch instead. After lunch we headed home via Mannum, a very relaxing day for me as Brian did all the driving. He loves to drive…..me up the wall. 🙂

After all the hype the Federal Budget was handed down last night, no real surprises as almost everything had been leaked previously. I am not going to go on about this, it is done. I voted Liberal and I will do again, no pain no gain, no such thing as a free handout in life. Get on with it people, just accept what you cannot change and if you don’t like it you know what to do at the next election.

Brian, bless his cotton socks, very kindly took out the shirts he wants ironed today as Wednesday is my ironing day, but all I want to do is have a nap. It’s too late for a nap now so I guess I should just suck it up and get out the ironing board.

Well this is all as interesting as bat poo isn’t it so I won’t waste any more of my time or yours, Bye!

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..10 May 2014

There is a lot of talk at the moment about the Federal Budget to be released next week, all pain and no gain so the sceptics say. I am a big believer in tough love so if the government says we need tax cuts then we need them, if the government says I have to work until I’m 70 then so be it, I trust those that I helped vote into power. Of course every man and his dog has an opinion, and we do live in a democracy so they are perfectly entitled. Economists and laymen alike have their own theories on what the government should do to increase revenue and decrease spending.

Here is my two cents worth, I don’t think we need to decrease spending or increase taxation, not without trying something completely different first. What we need is a cashless society, there are businesses out there by the score still dealing in cold, hard cash, don’t tell me they don’t skim it, they’d be mad if they didn’t. If we had a cashless society there could be no skimming, revenue would have to go up as all income would be declared. Here’s a wacky thought, we might even cut cash related crime in the process. Food for tought.

This afternoon Brian and I went to see our granddaughter Caitlin in hospital. Caitlin suffers from CVID, Common Variable Immune Deficiency, and while she can fight it most of the time every now and then she needs a little help, hence a stint in hospital. Whilst there we looked in at the Starlight Room, this is a room set up with computer games and arts and crafts for the sick kids to use, a great initiative by the Starlight Foundation.

Today would have been my 34th wedding anniversary, it seems like a lifetime ago. I wonder if my ex-wife gave the day a second thought. It wasn’t all bad, I do have some happy memories, and I have four wonderful sons to be thankful for, but my life now is very different and I am very happy. For what it’s worth, I would not change a thing.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..7 May 2014

Cold and noisy, that just about sums it up at my house today. Why is it cold, because it’s very chilly in Adelaide today and I have the whole house opened up. Why have I got the whole house opened up, because I have the pest controllers here doing a chemical spray to keep the house safe from termites.

They have cut a hole in the floor of the spare room, and then cut holes in the two parapet walls under the house, the good news, no termites. I am a bit frustrated though, I have the day off but I can’t do any washing until after they have gone, and they will be here all day.

I am both deeply saddened and horrified at the same time by events in Nigeria, innocent teenage girls being kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram, their ultimate fates unknown. This could not happen in a western country, the world must unite to prevent this from continuing and to bring these girls safely home to their families.

Meanwhile the continuing tragedy that is the Ukraine, more innocents dying on a daily basis, a country divided but by whom, the conspiracists are having a field day. All I can say is God Bless Australia, regardless of your politics we don’t know how lucky we are.

For a bit of light entertainment I watched The Morning Show on Channel 7 this morning and I could not believe my ears, Larry and Kylie were interviewing Princess Diana’s psychic who claimed the Princess has visited her since her passing, and told her the Palace was behind her death. How easy it is to make such claims when one can offer no proof. When will they let Princess Diana rest, show some respect for her family please.

That’s it, me done, fingers going numb from the cold.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..4 May 2014

I have just turned on my computer for the first time in a week and we had 82 emails, only 39 of which made it through the filters to our Inbox. It certainly makes you wonder what other sort of rubbish is out there trying to get through.

It’s been a week since I have written but despite my eldest Son Kane turning 35, my eldest granddaughter Caitlin turning 11, and both Mum and Dad turning 79, it has been quite a lack lustre week, nothing very much to write about. It was a busy week at work but again nothing worth mentioning.

What happened to my beloved Adelaide Crows yesterday, beaten by Melbourne who couldn’t win a chook raffle until yesterday. Even though it was only a three-point loss it felt more like a 43 point loss, better luck after the break boys, I hope.

Lat night we looked after five of our grandchildren, and even though the three girls had some issues as girls do, it was a fairly uneventful night, they were no trouble at all. We looked after them at Kane’s so they had their own beds and lots to keep them occupied, but I have to say Son that your lounge is bloody uncomfortable.

It has now been a week since Brian’s medication was changed and there is  a real difference in him, he is sleeping much better, in fact he is snoring like a banshee now, and you can see he is not in nearly as much pain. Medication is only a band-aid effect though, he still needs to see his specialist and discuss his options.

Birthday girl Caitlin saw her specialist this week and unfortunately the results of her bronchoscopy were not good so this Friday she is off to hospital for a coupe of weeks on an IV, my poor baby. On a brighter note Blake is revelling is his new role in Alice Springs, as well as being the Assistant Manager at the Lasseter Health Club, he is now the DJ at a local club two nights a week, and has been living the “high life” having been interviewed on local radio and then yesterday a hard day in a corporate tent at the Alice Springs races. Landed on your feet Son, it’s about time. 🙂

Well like I said quite an uneventful week. Bye!