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

Christmas Eve at last. I had to make a quick trip for some last-minute salad vegetables and $69.20 later I am finished. The local supermarket was not as busy as I would have imagined, despite there being almost no available car parks. The number of people blocking the aisles with their shopping trolleys was ridiculous, tunnel vision all of them, completely unaware of their surroundings.

Xmas Day will be a quiet one for us, just Brian and I with his mother, a seafood lunch and then to Jo and Kate’s for tea. Boxing Day will be an entirely different affair, all the kids and their families, my idea of Xmas. I have always said I am not fussed about which day we all get together for Xmas, just as long as we do, that is my Xmas Day. Brian will be in his element as well, he usually hands out the presents and the chaos that ensues is priceless.

Tonight we are going to Wade and Gink’s for dinner, my ex-wife will also be there, once that would have presented a problem but we got over that years ago, it’s all good. I assume Gink will cook something superb as he usually does, my contribution will be a garden salad that I will throw together later.

Most of Xmas Day I will spend cooking the meat for Boxing Day, it is currently thawing all over my kitchen, and hard boiling eggs, potato for the potato salad, my list goes on. I would not have it any other way, Brian knows I will curse and swear all day but he will leave me to it, it is more harmonious for us both that way.

At the end of the day what really matters is that I will be with everyone I love, Brian, my children, their partners, and my grandchildren. I am blessed. Merry Xmas.

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.