Celebrating Milo’s 1st Birthday

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The Birthday Boy

Very belated update – I got my meeting with the Chairman and resolved some issues relating to my billing but some important ones still remain unresolved. I am still not going to sign anything until I am happy that I have negotiated the best possible outcome from a bad situation.

In another meeting during last week it became apparent to me that locally there is a great deal of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the head office and their performance which is well below what is expected of them.

So I will bide my time and if and when another door opens I might well decide to close this one, but I am not so stressed anymore. At the end of the day what goes around comes around …

Last week was back-to-back meetings, some of them quite heated so I did not get an opportunity to blog at all.  Also my internet connection is so damn slow at the moment that it takes all my time and patience to do what has to be done work wise and blogging does not get much of a look-in.  I don’t know if the problem is with my router that has to be rebooted on average about 4 times per day or with my computer which loses the wireless connection for no reason and has to be rebooted as well. The problem is that while waiting for something to load I start doing something else and then clean forget to go back and finish what I was trying to do originally.

We had a lovely day yesterday with our son and DIL celebrating Milo’s first birthday. Both dogs got chew treats while we enjoyed a delicious roast lamb lunch and then we sat outside in the sun and watched Ozzy and Milo have some fun with a new toy from son and DIL.

That's my treat

That’s my treat Dad!

Birthday Boy

Gotta keep my ball safe while I enjoy my treat

Interesting new toy

This strange ball is very difficult to get my teeth into but very easy on my jowls!


My Dog, the Paradox

This post is for all the dog lovers in Blogland.

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Have a good weekend everyone!

Not in a good space

Hello Bloggers

I don’t really have anything to blog about. My mind is still occupied with the uncertainty of my work situation and the incompetent and plainly disrespectful way it has been handled.

I have requested a meeting with the Chairman on Monday but have not had a response yet. He did not call me back last Friday after I left a message for him which I followed up with an email. I have heard nothing more even though he replied to the email and said he would get back to me. This state of affairs just cannot continue and I intend to turn up the heat because I have been patient long enough.

If it were possible to walk away without seriously damaging our financial security I would do so in a heartbeat. I am starting to think that our retirement/downscaling plans will need to be brought forward but I hoping that that I can hold on to the end of next year. There are things that we want to do and accomplish before selling up and moving to the country and there are contingency plans that are not yet in place that would give us a greater degree of security when we make the move.

When I am stressed as I am now I tend to withdraw from life, I don’t find it easy to go out and be sociable. I am so afraid of spending any money that is not strictly necessary that we are not doing the things we would normally do. Add to that severe pain from out of control IBS and sleep deprivation. Last weekend I did not leave the house at all.  I realise that my world has shrunk, hence not having anything of interest to blog about.

I feel responsible for messing up OH’s retirement, this is not the life he expected after retirement, it’s not what we had planned.

Sorry for the negative post but I’m so not in a good space right now.




Sorry I can’t get the video to load here, please click on the link above.

I’m no fan of Justin Bieber but this parody on the Gupta scandal is so topical and clever.

I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Nando’s capitalises on the story too.

For overseas bloggers the Guptas are a very rich and influencial family with links too close for comfort to our state president and the ruling party. They landed their private jets at a military airbase, with or without permission – that still needs to be established, and drove their guests in a flashing blue light motorcade to a wedding at a well known gambling resort where some of the guests allegedly misbehaved and they were waited on by mainly “white” staff by arrangement.

I am still catching up on the story so apologies to any bloggers who are better informed if I have got some of the story wrong.

Just a little paranoid

So the draft service provider agreement I prepared basically got accepted except for one very crucial section. And that is not in the spirit of what was conveyed to me verbally in the meeting so right now I am very confused.


Confused about who I am meant to be negotiating with because that has changed

Confused about why something that has always been very simply handled now has to become over complicated and impractical

Confused about whether they actually want to retain my services considering how I have been treated

Confused that my call to the person I am supposed to be dealing with has not been returned.

And most of all confused and just a touch pissed off that they contacted another client of mine to find out how I was billing and being paid.


Is that enough to be paranoid about?


Is the writing on the wall and I am just too blind to see it?


Just wondering …