Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Phat Phriday at lunch time, throwing a fish at a cream cake and milk crate tug of war. I have a youth work student I'm supervising for the next few weeks.
A clean-up session with community service students after lunch.
After school my tail gate was mysteriously wide open and my dodgy battery was thus completely flat; time to replace it so a trip to Repco followed.
Sport Boy went to a birthday party at the rec centre pool.
Mrs Holt Press has gone to Northam for the weekend.
The Hair is still not well.
The taxi was busy (and profitable) tonight.
Tomorrow morning at 9 the soccer team play in a knockout quarter final game. It's 3.30 now!
Hopefully the kids will have had more sleep than me!
Tomorrow's post preview: I'm on the front page of the local paper!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This is another one in a similar style to what I've done a few times before. They are popular and I enjoy doing them so I guess I'll keep going. Monet painted a heck of a lot of pictures of his garden after all!! (That's where the similarity ends of course!!)
Sally doesn't like me including words in my paintings but Mrs Holt Press does so while I respect my old friend, I have to disagree on this point.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In other words, a testosterone implant.
Here it is in all its graphic detail courtesy of my mobile phone.
A local anaesthetic. "Just a little sting"! No kidding!
Leaving the needle in to "set a trace" whatever that means?
Sterilised and ready for incision.Scalpel please.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
After both tablets and injections having failed to correct my low testosterone, I went to the Dr today to get an implant. Unfortunately I left one of the implant prescriptions behind so he was unable to do it and I have to go back tomorrow. I spent an hour browsing around Dunsborough including eating the worst pie I've ever had. It tasted OK but it completely fell apart in my hands and I had to turn it upside down to stop it spilling all over me and the table. In the end that didn't work either and I had to ask for some plastic cutlery to finish the job.
I completed another painting tonight; I'm very happy with it and it looks good in a silver frame.
I'll post pictures of my latest works of art soon.
Lee was so impressed with my art when they came over yesterday he offered to hang some in their church auditorium to brighten up a blank wall and to give me some exposure.
Monday, August 25, 2008
So did the Cats for the 20th time this season.
The Hair is not well, he stayed at a mate's place last night and had a bad headache, shivers and some sort of "hallucinations". He assures us there were no drugs or alcohol involved.
He's still got the headache, shivers, a sore throat and a temperature but he's better than he was last night. He's asleep now, hopefully that will do him some good.
The Heir has returned home after two weeks living on site at the resort while he filled in for the manager who was on holidays. Its good to have him home again.
We had Lee and Kathy and their three little boys over for a BBQ this arvo, it was great to catch up on all their news and to welcome them to Busso. I hope we'll get to see them often and strengthen the friendship we began when we were all at Joondalup.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Already today Ken Wallace won the K1 500m gold and tonight in a stunning finish Matt Mitchen won the 10m platform diving gold, the only diving gold not won by China!
Go the Opals.
Several Hours Later, after finishing my shift in the cab.
The answer is No! Not even close! Terrible shooting and a completely dominant American team combined to consign Australia to silver for the third time in a row. Disappointing but in light of how good the yanks are it's a notable achievement.
In other disappointing results Spurs lost their second game of the new Premier League season, 2-1 at home to Sunderland, and Cornerstone went down to the MR Gladiators again, 3-1, BUT it was a fantastic match in which our kids played extremely well and had several chances to score goals which may well have turned the result our way.
We're into the knockout finals from next weekend so it's do or die from here. The kids have played so well all season I really hope they get one more crack at the Gladiators in the Grand Final. Sport Boy played a great game in his return following the appendectamy.
I overheard the following snippet of conversation from a couple of the MR players during the game:
MR Kid 1: "So much for not being as sharp because he's just had his appendix out!"
MR Kid 2: "Yeah, he's even sharper".
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Not only is Scott a talented muso and speaker, he's also a huge Geelong fan like me!
Good news for Sport Boy today, the Dr has given him the all clear to play sport again. He'll be able to play in the big soccer game against the Gladiators on Saturday. We went down to the park for a kick around this afternoon before I headed off to volleyball.
On the Olympic front, the Opals beat China to advance to the gold medal final against the USA in the basketball. Sadly the Kookaburras lost to Spain and can't win the gold this time round.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
On Sunday afternoon Mrs Holt Press and I went to have a look at an unusual property for sale at Mullalyup, a small town on the SW highway between Donnybrook and Balingup. It's the Mullalyup Gallery, which was originally the stables of the old Blackwood Inn. It's a fantastic old two storey building with 3 large gallery spaces as well as a commercial kitchen, large shed, three toilets, shower and two (bed)rooms upstairs, accessed by a wonderful wrought iron spiral staircase. It could continue to be a gallery or be converted to a really interesting house. But, that's not really necessary because it comes with a house as well! A rammed earth house with three bedrooms and loads of character. Huge high ceilings, exposed beams, timber posts etc. The house is pictured in the top left corner. It sits on triangular 3 hectare block next to a creek and reserve. Part of it is heritage listed, the section in the middle picture above, having been built in 1864!
I loved it and I think Mrs HP was impressed too. It seems very reasonably priced especially considering how much is included in the total package.
Are we thinking of buying/moving?
No, not really.
It just sounded so interesting and attractive I wanted to have a look at it first hand. The thought of owning a gallery with heaps of space for painting (for me) and craft (for Mrs HP or anyone else) has a certain appeal. Of course we are very happy living in Busselton and not keen on the thought of moving away from the ocean, friends, church, the kids moving school etc. But it doesn't hurt to dream or expand your vision. If the kids were 6-7 years older/finished school I think we'd jump at the opportunity.
I'm not discounting it but it would be a huge decision to make now.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today went really well with The Darlow Show at school, playing their music and talking to the kids about Aboriginal culture and reconciliation. I was really glad to have them and got positive feedback from staff and students.
My phone has rung which means I've got a job to go to.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
* Please excuse Lisa for being absent, she was sick and I had her shot.
* Dear School please ekscuse John being absent on Jan 28,29,30,31,32 and also 33.
* Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating.
* Please excuse Roland from PE for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
* Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.
* Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.
* Chris will not be at school cus he has an acre in his side.
* Please xcus Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
* Please excuse Pedro from being absent yesterday. He had diahre dyrea direa the s...
How good is Michael Phelps?
The best ever! 11 gold medals to his name and every chance it will be 14 by the time the games are over.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
This is from the night I got the taxi bogged in a slippery paddock out past Yallingup at 4 in the morning and had to be rescued.
Some of the kids from school protesting against the lack of resolution of the teachers dispute which ultimately resulted in them, and us, missing out on Country Week this year. The govt have made a decent pay offer at last but have not responded to other concerns expressed by the teachers union and thus directive one remains in place. Hopefully with a state elction called the dispute will finalky be resolved. Hopefully!
Sport Boy in hospital prior to his appendectamy, smiling through the pain as he is entertained by Captain Starlight.
One of several personalised plates I photographed while I was in Melbourne, this one was outside the pizza bar near the internet cafe in Glenroy. Perhaps not the best or smartest message to be displaying on your car.
As predicted, I slept till about 3 this afternoon, dozing in between snippets of the Olympics on the radio and the sounds of Sport Boy cheering and urging Stephanie Rice to victory in the 400m individual medley to win Australia's first gold medal in Beijing.
I pottered around cleaning up various messes in the car port and patio, throwing out as much as I could. At a garage sale yesterday I bought a small TV for $15 to enable me to watch both the SBS and Ch 7 telecasts of the Olympics simultaneously. Sport Boy is loving the Games, watching everything with equal avidness regardless of whose competing or what the sport is.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Coached soccer at 9. We lost 4-2 but only had ten players so it was a good effort.
Refereed The Hair's soccer game at 1.30.
Hit a couple of garage sales, bought the paper, watched the Olympics and dozed in the recliner.
Mrs Holt Press had to wake me for my shift which started at 6pm and finished at 6am with me hardly able to keep my eyes open! It was a busy night and therefore a profitable one :)
I will surface some time this afternoon!