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

After such a crappy day yesterday it was nice to have today off. I actually did quite a bit, I got all the washing done and most of it dry , folded, and put away. I vacuumed all the carpets and the floors, and raked up all the pine needles in the back yard, but I had a lot of me time as well. I watched some television, read my book, and checked out some videos on YouTube.

I also saw my doctor today and had a blood test to check on my diabetes, and to check for prostate trouble. The doctor also filled out a form that I need to get my driver’s licence renewed due to my diabetes and high blood pressure. He got me to do an eye chart test with and without my glasses, I passed with flying colours, he does not feel I need my glasses to drive. My blood pressure is spot on as well, and he is happy with the way I am controlling my diabetes, he even thought I had lost some weight, but he didn’t check.

After the appointment I drove to Port Adelaide to lodge the form he had completed but could not get a car park, every man and his dog, and the neighbour’s dog, were in Port Adelaide so I drove home.

Tomorrow is a big day, I have the AGM of my most demanding corporation, not demanding in that they want a lot done, just demanding in the time it takes to manage them. Hardly a day goes by without something that needs attending to, and that something usually takes some time.

I will need my wits about me tomorrow so had best hit the sack. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..8 May 2013

The Chemist Warehouse in Port Adelaide, the worst customer service of any business I have ever dealt with. While the pharmacists receive prescriptions, make them up, and then dispense them, the sales staff, who could be receiving and dispensing prescriptions leaving the pharmacists to do their job and make them up, walk straight past waiting customers. There was one girl today walking around with her arms crossed, while I observed a customer walking around looking for someone to attend the check out so they could pay for their prescription. It is not often I complain but I did today.

I managed to catch up with Dad today and we had a good chat before going to the nursing home to visit my stepmother who is in respite. Dad looked much better today than he has in the last couple of years, I think the break from Joy, who is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, has done him some good.

I have seen a different side to my Dad, he has always been so gruff yet today he was so tender and loving towards my stepmother, it was very moving. He really is very lonely without her, yet it is too much for him to be her full-time carer. I feel very sorry for him as he has a very difficult decision to make, it is just a matter of whether his head or his heart will prevail.

I can’t tell Dad what to do, the decision must be his, however I tried to make him think about the consequences should he keep Joy at home and something were to happen to him, she would not remember the panic button. I can only imagine the fear that would engulf her if she could not wake him up, it is too horrible to think about.

My Dad has been forced to do things and face emotions he has for years avoided or tried to ignore, my stepmother has always done everything for him. Some would say it is karma, but Joy does not deserve that, I am just so very proud that Dad has risen to the occasion.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..28 March 2013

Tonight is usually the night we do our grocery shopping, however after years of shopping Brian and I both knew that tonight would be absolute chaos, so we decided to shop last night. I think everyone in Port Adelaide had the same idea, it was bedlam. Mother’s Day, Xmas Eve, and Easter Thursday, what is it about these three days that bring out the loonies at the shops.

At Norwood today it was bumper to bumper, and that was in the car park, I didn’t think I would get out alive, and I was on foot. Never before have I seen a traffic jam in a supermarket car park.

Cyclists are also on my hit list today, both on the way to work this morning and again on my way home I was held up on the Esplanade by cyclists riding two abreast, one outside of the bike lane, blocking my lane. In both instances I was forced to the other side of the road to get past them, when I find out the contact details for the local cycling club they are going to get a very irate email.

On a happy note, twice over the last two days I have seen what for me is a sign of good fortune, wild white pigeons. I can just feel that something good is coming, I don’t know what but it will happen.

I am really looking forward to this Easter break, Brian and I are expecting a busy one. After the week I have had at work four days off will be bliss. I love my job but this week has been a trial, fortunately there was also a good deal of success.

The eyes are now getting droopy, time for my beauty sleep. I am looking forward to a nice sleep in tomorrow. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..12 February 2013

To say that I was busy today would be an understatement, I had an IGM and an AGM, plus one of my Presiding Officers stopped in for some advice. On the bright side, along with my bosses, I reached a decision today about one of my problem corporations, it is great to get support from the people you work for, something I have not been accustomed to previously.

Tonight I have had a good chat with a friend from over 30 years ago, someone who I shared a house with back in the late 1970s. Annette and I have not seen each other for at least 15 years and we have a lot of catching up to do. Brian and I now have a destination for our next country drive.

Tomorrow is my day off but no sleep in for me, I have to get my car to K-Mart Tyre and Auto in Port Adelaide by 9.00, as the cover on my petrol tank won’t open. While it is probably just a spring it is a tad inconvenient if I need petrol.

Brian has done all the washing as he is still on holidays, so the rest of tomorrow should be relatively quiet and restful, I hope, one never knows in our house, we could finish up doing anything. One thing I have to  say is that our lives may seem dull and domesticated most of the time, but there really is never a dull moment. Some days I question whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, on balance it is a good thing.

Thursday will be another full on day at the office as I already know what will take up most of my time. I have to prepare meeting notices for a Primary and Secondary IGM, as well as the IGM for a new retirement village, not to mention the minutes for tonight’s AGM.

I am getting tired just thinking about it so I am off to bed. Thank you for reading.

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