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A couple of old crocks

Brian and I have just got home after the weekly grocery shop, not something we enjoy doing but until we can afford to pay someone else to do it there is no choice. We usually shop on a Thursday night but I was ill, Friday night was out as I was still ill and did not go to work. Still ill today but it is not quite as cold through the day, and Brian cannot shop by himself due to his back problem.

Neither of us felt like going and we limped around the supermarket like a couple of old crocks, Brian with his back, and me with my hip. We had to laugh, it makes us wonder what we will be like in twenty years time, a couple of really, really, old crocks, scooting around the supermarket on our tandem gopher.

Brian is now blissfully sleeping, breathing very deeply I might add, and I have just finished watching the football. Dinner time in a couple of hours and then to settle in for the night and watch the Adelaide Crows defeat the Richmond Tigers. Fingers crossed.

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…..22 February 2014

I am feeling a little ordinary today, stomach cramps and all that comes with it have hit me this afternoon. We were going to see Mum at the nursing home but not feeling like this. This morning we went to the Animal Welfare League as Brian would like a puppy, only adult dogs available and very expensive to buy, may as well go to a pet shop or buy privately.

Brian and I were intrigued by an article we saw on television through the week about women breast-feeding other women’s babies, the pros and cons. Some believe this could subject the babies to infection but I thought that was the idea behind breast-feeding, so the baby would get its mothers immunities. Lets not forget that in the not too distant past wet nurses were quite common, women employed for the express purpose, no pun intended, of breast-feeding other people’s babies.

This pricked Brian’s interest and he said, “Do you think the milk from different women tastes different, does it depend on the diet of the mother”, and interesting point. I quipped back “Don’t you remember”, at which he physically shuddered and we both collapsed into a fit of laughter. Fortunately I was bottle fed, Mum tried but her milk was clotted and it was a dry argument, lucky me!

Not sure I am looking forward to tomorrow, last Monday my grandson Cody turned 11 and tomorrow is his birthday party, complete with snakes. I have made it quite clear that no-one is to come near me with a snake, it will take everything I have to even go outside. The things we do for our grandchildren.

Another of my sons has had a tough week, it pains me to have to sit back and just observe, a band-aid and a cuddle just don’t cut it any more. All I can hope for is that in the long run it will all be good.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..27 January 2014

What a weekend. Settlement went through on our new home as originally scheduled  on Friday and Brian picked up the keys after work. I joked at work that we had borrowed a  sack truck as that was the only way either of us could carry the other across the threshold. 🙂 When I got home we loaded up Brian’s car and headed north with our first load for the weekend. Kane and Kristin and their children called in to see the house and give it the thumbs up after we ran into them at a local takeaway buying pizza.

On Saturday morning we headed up with another load and Brian picked up Cody on the way. Cody was a great help, he cleaned and helped wherever he could, he was in his element. Saturday night we had dinner at Viva Zapata Mexican Cantina on Semaphore Road, a lovely meal then home to relax. Cocktails and Margaritas, what a joy!

Sunday we headed out to the new house with another load, this time we started putting away what we could as we could not move for boxes. Aside from the fridge the kitchen is just about in  working order and most of our clothes are in the wardrobe. On the way up I realised what a couple of idiots we were, this was the second load we had done with two cars packed full to the brim, just one little problem, both times we forgot to pack my car boot. 🙂 In the evening we want to Parwana Afghan restaurant, the food was wonderful and the service excellent. Brian and I have been very critical in recent months as we have had some terrible service, but at this little restaurant on Henley Beach Road, we could not fault it.

This morning we took up another load to the house, our last before the removalists come in tomorrow and move the furniture. Tonight is our last night here in North Haven, this has been a wonderful house but it was not ours.

We are both well and truly stuffed, Brian is asleep downstairs and I am thinking of joining him. Tomorrow morning I will go to work from North Haven and go home to Craigmore. Brian is on leave so will spend the day directing the removalists. Another chapter of our life together starts anew.



Thoughts of a middle age man…..1 January 2014

2014 has not started quite as I planned. Things started to go array when I tried to move the Pavlova I made from the baking tray to the serving plate, it just started to collapse. What to do, I placed that Pavlova in the fridge for Brian and I to scoff another day, and called him to buy me a Pavlova shell on the way home from work.

Off we went to Jo and Kate’s, what a lovely night, lasagna for dinner and Pavlova for dessert, great company, a thoroughly enjoyable evening. After dinner all bar me went for a dip in the pool, I do not do water. As a child a friend jumped on me when I was at the beach and I have had a fear of water ever since, I can’t swim and I never shall.

As the night wore on I could see that Brian’s back was playing up and I knew we would be home before midnight, sure enough the inevitable happened and while I was disappointed, in the end it all turned out for the best.

No sooner were we in the car and I started to get the most terrible stomach cramps, it was a long drive home. Everywhere I turned there were cars and pedestrians blocking my way and the cramps were getting worse.

We arrived home none to soon and I made  a dash for the toilet, and that is where I sayed for the next 30 minutes or so, I then collapsed on the lounge and drifted off to sleep. This morning the cramps and the diarrhea are gone and my weight is down to 95.5 kilograms. Every cloud does have a silver lining 🙂

Happy New Year!

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

New Year‘s Eve 2013, a new year is almost upon us, one I am looking forward to immensely. Brian and I will start the year by moving into our new home and things can only get even better from there.

How have I spent the last day of 2013, why getting ready for tonight of course, Pavlova made, Sun-dried Tomato Dip made, now time to get in the shower and make myself beautiful.  I might even shave for the occasion.

I did find time to watch a movie we had recorded, Snakes On A Plane with Samuel L Jackson, no surprises as to why that movie did not win any Oscars, it was woeful. As I have a morbid fear of snakes I am asking myself why I watched it at all as it scared the bejesus out of me. Some things just defy logic.

My hopes for 2014, that Brian, myself, and my children and their families have a truly wonderful year. Each one of us have had their fair share of trials and tribulations in 2013, but that is life, there are many who are much worse off, in the overall scheme of things we do not have much to complain about.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time this evening. Happy New Year to my readers, to my friends, and to my family.

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

What a peaceful afternoon I am having, Brian went to visit a friend and is now at one of my least favourite places IKEA. What don’t I like about IKEA, you cannot just walk in and get what you want and walk out, you have to walk all over the damned place before you reach the cashier, really annoying when you dislike shopping as much as I do. Brian has now realised it is much better if he just lets me stay home.

What have I been doing since he left, reading my book, watched a rerun of Charmed, and done a couple of loads of washing. Nothing stressful, just enjoying a simple day at home, much like I will for the remaining two weeks of my annual leave while Brian goes back to work tomorrow.

Yesterday we had a lovely day in Clayton Bay, lunch with two of our favourite ladies, Marg and Mary, then a quick visit with Jan and Harvey. We caught up on the latest gossip around town, Brian who is the font of gossip filled them in on a few things he knew via Facebook, and then we were off home.

I have to confess I am becoming a little fed up with eating Xmas leftovers, the salads are long gone but the meat, we have so much meat it is not funny, if only we had a dog. I have promised Brian tonight is the last night, we will bin the rest and get back to a nice cooked meal from tomorrow night. There is one small problem, Brian usually cooks as he gets home from work before me, but as I am on holidays I get the short straw……Bother!