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Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Another Day Closer

I wrote this about my Adoring Husband and posted it in Facebook early this morning because I wanted him and every one of my Facebook friends to understand how wonderful he is...

"I'm not generally one for sharing deep feelings on Facebook, but I just have to tell the world how freaking amazing my Adoring Husband is.

I have not consulted him throughout the process of creating this website business or even in the decision of opening the bricks and mortar business (because he has this habit of saying BUT and then coming out with lots of negative stuff, which I know is not meant to dampen my spirit and he believes he is being helpful and real - but it kills me!) so I have made decisions, which ultimately will affect 'our' lives and 'our' futures on my own.

If he had done the same thing to me, I'd have been pissed off and offended and resentful.

But my Adoring Husband has stepped up big time.

He spent all day at the shop yesterday measuring and listening to what Tracey and I envision. He began pulling down walls and reconstructing the mess that the previous tennant left behind. He cleaned up his mess and vacuumed the floors at the end of the day.

This morning, he has calculated our costs and written up a quote and then discussed it with me.

He has taken 2 weeks off from SES duties, with the intention of giving us all of his time, energy and skills so that Tracey and I can open our dream space and become entrepreneurs.

He is an amazing, loving, supportive, selfless human being and I am so grateful that I am on the receiving end of his love and attention.

I love you Barry Smithurst ❤️ Thank you xo"

Today, he and The Fisher King spent the entire morning, taking a few loads in the ute, including desks, bookcases, tub chairs, lamps and other bits and pieces that we will use for displays and furnishings in the shop ... all from The Motivator's house.

We had all of that done by noon and then AH drove into The Bay to Bunnings to order all the timber and gyprock and other necessities for building walls in the shop, and organised for delivery to happen tomorrow.

Not far behind him, were The Motivator and I. We were pricing chairs to put at the tables in our workshop room and needed 12 of them. The best price we could come up with, for our requirements, was $65 each - which meant just under $800 in total! I suggested that we try St Vinnies and the Op Shops, so that's where we went next.

Sitting right outside St Vinnies were two piles of metal framed chairs with padded seats, 11 in total, at $10 each! We looked at each other, decided that we could make them look as good as new with a little TLC and immediately purchased them!

We decided to scour inside to see what else might be worth snavelling and discovered two very old single seat sofa chairs, possibly from the 50s or 60s, in excellent condition. We sat in them and loved them. $37 each! THAT was a fabulous bargain! We couldn't believe our luck!

Next we found two fabulous pieces of furniture, which we know have been sitting in that shop for a few months. The prices had been reduced back then and were reduced even more today. We loved them back then and we loved them today ... so we got them to reduce the price by a further $40 AND waive the $30 delivery fee.

We left St Vinnies doing some more *happy dancing*

From there, we drove to Office Works and I got myself a beautiful bright yellow office chair. I plan to stand at my desk most of the time, but I know that I'll need to sit sometimes and my old office chair is literally flaking and falling to pieces. We priced some excellent tables for our workshop room and will consider them over the next couple of days.

While we were there, we purchased our Square Card Reader - the newest alternative to cash registers and eftpos machines. 

Our next stop was Bunnings to get some paint swatches, price some paint and get some new blinds for the shop windows.

We went from there, to the Optus Shop, to find out how to get our new phone and internet connected, but we were somewhat disappointed to hear that, according to them, there was no connection available for our shop - so this may require a bit more effort than first thought!

We did a very quick grocery shop.

By now, we were desperately in need of a beverage, so we made a brief stop at The Coffee Club for some sustenance before purchasing some bean bag beans and a couple of hand towels. 

Finally it was time to head home, so we dropped all the purchases off at the shop and then The Motivator dropped me home where I only had about 40 minutes until Adoring Husband and I had to leave for our monthly trivia night.

It was a fun night, but we came second last!!! I think that is our worst effort yet!! We did win two bags of lollies and chocolates, which were no good to AH and I because firstly, they weren't gluten free and secondly, they were full of sugar!! Ah well.

It has been another full day and I am exhausted! It's almost 11pm and I am ready for making some ZZzzzzzs. 

No doubt it will be another big day tomorrow!

Nite all.

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