Alexander has been on school holidays since 5 December and returns to school on January 27. He managed 6 A's for the year. He got B's for Physical Education and Design and Technology. I'm so pleased and proud of him especially seeing he missed 2 weeks of the final term due to our O/S trip.
This will be his first year of knowing that Mum delivers all the presents. A bit sad, but I guess he did well to last until he was 11.
We have finished our Christmas preparations and just waiting for the big day. There will be 6 of us for Christmas lunch. We will be having the traditional roast turkey with roast lamb, and plum pudding with brandy custard and cream. My mother, although 78, has been able to make the plum pudding. She does good plum puddings and I can't remember a year without one of them.
Now a little negativity. Alexander and I went 10 pin bowling yesterday - I don't think I've bowled for 20 years. Anyway I am suffering with a very painful left hip. I need to respect my age!! This morning its not quite as bad as yesterday, and hopefully in a couple of days I'll be ok.
As you know I've been on 16 weeks long service leave and due to return to work on January 12. Sigh! I'm certainly not into the return to work mode and I feel I'll be a little restless for some time.
Post by mightyspuds on Dec 19, 2008 18:39:23 GMT -8
Nice update.I used to be a 140's bowler,best was into low 200's a loooooong time ago.We used to bowl in the Navy.It was something like 25 cents/game,and mixed bar drinks were 35 cents on base.A drink per game.By game 6 I was doing much better,my best friend went just the opposite.
Maybe I should drink and drive,LOL! Hmmmm....maybe not. :lmao:
It's not been a really good year to date, although I do feel an improvement coming.
At the moment Alexander has an end of summer cold. He's coughing and spluttering, but it doesn't seem to have hurt his appetite.
Work has been ridiculous. My acting boss walked out about 3 hours after finding out he didn't win the ongoing position. He didn't talk to me after his bad news - might have been because I was one of 4 on the interview panel. He left no handover notes so I'm finding issues needing action or resolution that I wasn't expecting. I am currently the anointed one. I don't mind acting in the position for a few weeks, just don't want the job ongoing. New boss starts April 14.
Dad had 7 stitches in his head last Monday. Seems he passed out going to the toilet in the early hours of the morning. Ugh! He lives nearly one hour drive from me so it is really difficult keeping a close eye on him.
My hip is finally better. Can't believe it took nearly 3 months!
Nothing much else to report. Just trying to be a little positive.
Post by mightyspuds on Mar 14, 2009 19:06:06 GMT -8
Talk about its always something,eh?
Glad that hip is better,that wasnt good. I just saw this thing on pain control,woman has back pain...now she can sing and dance,play the piano,whatever she can do it, and tonight.......Im going Bowling!
Thanks for the update Epi! Glad to hear that your hip is better. Hope your Dad is well, and hope the job situation remains tolerable till your new boss begins. Wishing you good thoughts your way! Take care
1. It's raining, and we have been getting some decent rainfall of late. Let's hope it keeps up and our water catchment areas can fill to capacity (but not overflow)
2. Alexander has managed to get himself into a great College soccer team this year. Three wins zero losses so far. Scores being 14/0, 10/2, & 18/0.
3. Alexander kicked his first goal in soccer yesterday. And to prove it was not a fluke he got a second goal (Mum nearly cried). This is his 3rd soccer season so he was really excited. However, his excitement for his friend Dieter who also scored his first goal (and just before Alexander did) made me so proud of my son.
4. Finally after nearly two weeks of being unwell with a cold I can feel it lifting. I actually took 3 days off work at the beginning of last week.
Epi, it's good to hear from you and I'm glad you have the good news to share. Thanks a bushel! Sounds like Alex is quite the soccer player Glad you're feeing better and glad you all are getting that much needed rain!!!
Post by mightyspuds on May 24, 2009 9:02:13 GMT -8
SO the hip pain is completely gone?
Glad that cold is letting up.
WTG Alexander!!! Sure sounds like fun doesnt it?
Only get one childhood,have to make the most of it and sounds like indeed a fine one.
AWESOME on the rain.We start water restrictions here June first,only lawn water 3 days/week,no driveway or house washdowns.Heard our water company now gets 50% of our water from outside sources,15 years ago it all came from the wells and creek here and was so good,now its terrible and has to be filtered to drink.
Nearly at the end of June - one month of winter just about gone. Seems each winter gets colder and longer!
Alexander's soccer team is still doing well although they did suffer their first defeat last week 2 to 1. Back with a win yesterday 5 to 1. The boys do play well together and no prima donnas on the team and they really show great sportsmanship. The best player, the captain, is also a great team player and you can hear him encouraging the others throughout the matches. Very pleasing when you take into account these are 12 and 13 year old boys.
Alexander began orthodontic treatment last week. He had 5 spacers placed between his back teeth. Next step - he has a CBJ - cantliever bite jumping appliance installed. This will allow his jaw to develop normally and achieve facial balance. At the moment his lower jaw is back relative to the ideal position. His lips do not meet correctly and neither do his teeth. So the CBJ stays in his mouth for 12 months. He will then wear braces for 12 months to straighten his teeth.
Big things happening at work too. On 1 August I will manage a third office. This has to do with savings initiatives and government reduction of the State Public Sector staffing numbers. And to add to all of that - the government has approved funding for a new office at Gawler. Guess who gets that office too!! I'd anticipate that would open in around 18 months. I'm going to be busy - well busier for sure.
Dad is doing ok and will be 82 next month. He is lonely, but is looking after himself. It sure would be easier for all concerned if he lived a little closer to his children.
Ok, so I haven't been here for some time. Let's go back to Good Friday....
We went to my brother's place for lunch. Waited for my 82 year old father to arrive. We waited, and we waited. Called his house - no answer. Decide to drive to his place (some 30 minutes away). Car was gone so he had left home.
So three hours after he was due to arrive at my brother's place we went to the Police. Police confirmed there had been no reported car accidents for the day. Good news there. Did all the paper work etc etc. About 5 minutes after leaving the Police station dad was found. Apparently he got lost and after a couple hours driving around lost decided to go home, but of course he had to work that out too because he was lost. Sigh! Anyway, I have to report the Police provided an excellent service, dad was not hurt (nor anyone else).
More recently, my son Alexander turned 13, yes he's a teenager now. He's in year 8 - that's the first year of high school over here. He's doing well, more As than other marks and he's been chosen by the teachers as one of the four student leaders for year 8. Oh and for those that have met us I'm only 2 inches taller than him now.
Work is very busy with three offices to run and another being commissioned and opening late July. So my life involves my son, my work, my dad, and home.
Dad has patches of confusion and repeats his stories many times. He has recently had another lot of sun spots removed. I'd guess he's had 100 or so removed during the past 25 years. Too much sun exposure when he was younger. This time one was cancerous, although I'm told it was in a very early stage and they got it all and there is no need for any further treatment. Anyway one of the sores has now become infected and he's been told to keep off his feet. Dr. wanted to put him into hospital but he refused. Dr. is a friend and lives close by so dad can call him at home if necessary.
So there you go not a lot to report.
I miss you guys too, and I do hope to return to the USA for a visit, not sure when, that will depend if I want to come by myself or bring my son. Could be next year with my son, or in five years time by myself. I'd really like to experience a white Christmas.
This month has not been a good health month. Alexander had a cold for two weeks and missed 4 days of school. Unfortunately his exams were during the two weeks. He sat for all of the exams and we are just waiting for the results. He really was unwell on one of the exam days, and is not confident he will do all that well for those two subjects. Poor kid, tries really hard all year and gets zapped by poor health when his exams are on.
Oh, and as my reward for looking after this sick child guess what? Yes, you've guessed right I'm quite sick at the moment, and have been so since last Wednesday. Cough, cough, splutter, splutter.
Earlier this year BEG (a member from another Forum) asked me if I wanted to meet a friend who was visiting her Aunty who lives here in Adelaide. Well of course I wanted to meet her friend and we had a brief but enjoyable meeting for lunch at the Central Market a few weeks back. Her Aunty Valma attended too, and what a surprise; her Aunty's name - that is my mum's name too. I've never met another Valma before. Thanks BEG just loved meeting up with Kim and her Aunty Valma, although I did have to convince Kim she could not smuggle one of our Koalas back home in her luggage.
Dad is doing ok, he's just old. No hope of him moving closer at this stage. He will turn 83 next month.
Work is chaotic. An external workcover evaluation on 22 July and the new office is now due in September.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."