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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!

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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!

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..23 December 2013

Today was a day of very mixed emotions. This afternoon I went to see Dad for Xmas, when I arrived he was mopping his bathroom floor, a very unfamiliar sight. Dad has never done much for himself, he has certainly not done any housework, but now with my stepmother in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s he has little choice. I had been worried that Dad was not looking after himself but he has surprised me, it is amazing what you can do when you have to, I felt strangely proud of him.

After a bit of a chat we went over to the nursing home to see my stepmother, it has only been a few weeks since my last visit but she has visibly aged, at least 5-10 years, she looks dreadful. I was pleasantly surprised when she called me by my name, that won’t happen for much longer so I will treasure each visit as if it were my last.

Joy wanders off quite regularly now, both mentally and physically. I was walking her to her room when she just decided to toddle off in the opposite direction and leave me standing there, she has also started seeing things that are not there, and making abstract comments about nothing in particular.

Dad has decorated her room as best he can for Xmas, he really has no idea but I found the attempt extremely emotional. He has made an effort to bring Xmas to the love of his life, and she does not even realise he has done it. I feel so sorry for him, he is very frail himself and he misses the woman he treasures terribly.

On the way home I got a call from a very old and dear friends husband to give me the sad news that her cancer has returned. This is someone I grew up with and although we do not see each other often I love her dearly. My dear friend, I hope you have the strength to fight this as you have done before. My thoughts are with you and your family.