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

Damn chilly in Adelaide today, winter really is here, even with the gas heater on I am having trouble staying warm.

After a lazy morning, we got up at 10.00, this morning we tried out our new Nutri Bullet for the first time. We decided to start with the first recipe and work our way through, this morning was kale, pineapple, pear , apple and banana, an interesting mix, pretty green. Iw ouldn’t say I disliked it, but I wouldn’t say I liked it either, the texture was interesting. We are not going to give up on it though as it did fill us up, tomorrow’s concoction is berries.

Breakfast finished it was off to buy a birthday present for 7-year-old Jayden, Kane told me he wanted a real cricket set, nothing plastic. We searched the length and breadth of the Elizabeth Shopping Centre but no cricket set to be found, so we continued on our way to Sportspower, again nothing. In desperation I decided we would buy everything separately, Jayden would not care as long as the end product was what he wanted. The guy that served us said he would check out the back as there were no wickets on display and to my pleasant surprise he happened to find a lonely cricket set that had been forgotten about, I was happy, I had what Jayden wanted.

Next stop was to pick up Jade as we have not seen her for a while and I thought it would be nice if we picked her up so she could see her cousin for his birthday. Jade is gorgeous, she chatted all the way and by the time we arrived at Kane’s Jade had us up to date with all the goings on in her life.

To my disappointment Jayden did not seem all that excited about his cricket set, but I suppose a cricket set cannot really compete with the present he got from his parents, an X-box. We stayed at Kane’s for an hour or so and then headed home, we did not see the kids once, the entire visit they played on the X-box. It is not often I don’t get a cuddle but today was one of those days.

Kane on the other hand is very excited as he picked up his new car yesterday. Don’t ask me what it is, it is a 4 wheel drive of some description, all I know is that my son is very, very happy, and that is all that matters, he works hard and he deserves it.

I have just watched Port Power get beaten by the Sydney Swans in the AFL, and Brian is having a siesta. It is nearly time to wake him up as we are out for dinner tonight. Vietnamese cuisine with friends from my days at Wattyl.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..11 June 2014

Although I much prefer winter to summer I am tired of feeling off colour. That constant feeling of being blocked up and having  a headache, not enough to see a doctor but just enough to annoy you.

I am really missing Blake, son number 3 who has moved to Alice Springs. Brian and I are planning on a weekend up there in August and I cannot wait. It is funny, I have gone longer than this without seeing him before, with just a call or a text, but the fact that he is a thousand or so miles away somehow makes it different, I suppose because I cannot just jump in the car and go see him.

Work is a bit up and down at the moment, one day I can’t keep up and the next is as dead as a doornail, hence I am having a day off. It is really bugging me that I am still not full-time, it has been almost two years and I am still only working four days a week most weeks. While I enjoy having a day off midweek I am missing the full-time pay packet.

Last Saturday night good friends Jo and Kate came for dinner and Brian made Apricot Chicken, he followed a recipe but he made everything himself, except the chicken 🙂 It was the best meal he has ever made, absolutely delicious. Dessert was a Lime Cheesecake that I made, we had a really good night with the girls as always.

This Friday my grandson Jayden turns seven. Jayden was born ten weeks premature, he looked like a pathetic little skun rabbit, you would not know it now, he is a wonderful and loving little boy, full of beans, and full of mischief. I adore him.

I don’t know where the years are going, my sons are all adults from their mid twenties to their mid thirties, the grandchildren are no longer babies but little people, some not so little, and I am a frumpy little middle-aged man slowly sinking into old age, and Brinn is no chicken. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I still have a lot of life in me and I don’t intend to waste a second. Life is clucking good!

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..1 June 2014

The 1 June already, where has the year gone. They say the older you get the faster the years fly by, well they needn’t bother, before I know it I will be 60.

Dare I say it, the Mighty Adelaide Crows are back, well let’s hope so anyway. What a great game that was against the Gold Coast Suns, everyone contributed, a truly enjoyable game of football. The Suns are surely a force to be reckoned with moving forward.

Brian had yet another back procedure this week, fingers crossed, touch wood, it seems to have worked a treat. He has been down this road a number of times and it has been a bumpy road, but this time will be different. We are now planning our first overseas holiday for which I have postponed the purchase of my racing pigeons, so nothing had better get in our way now.

My son Blake is loving his time in Alice Springs, bittersweet for me really as while I want nothing more than for him to be happy, I miss him terribly. The Old Man had better get off his butt and go for a visit I think.

You know sometimes it just seems like you can do nothing right, I had a phone call from my sister to tell me she had given Brian’s phone number to my uncle which really annoyed me as we are kind of estranged. The story is too long and boring to go into here, suffice to say she should have known better. Anyway I kept my cool, I did not go off at her, but she got upset anyway. The moral of the story, do not give out my address or phone number to anyone.

Last night my grandson Cody stayed the night as his mother had an event to attend. He is a beautiful little boy, well not so little any more, but he is a joy. It is just a shame that his loving Papa has not been well all weekend so could not make the most of his visit, but I think Uncle Brian enjoyed himself.

Now don’t tell Brian, but I really like my new touch phone, in fact I wish I had given in to him earlier. I am becoming quite adept as using it, and I am really enjoying the Internet access. The one thing I don’t like is those damn message bubbles.

Back to work tomorrow, four meetings this week, no rest for the wicked.