On the treadmill.

I have some thoughts about the treadmill!

My breathing problems started already more than ten years ago or so. At the time I was sent to tests. I was expecting to be put on a treadmill. I was so looking forward to it. However once several tests had already been underway, the person who did the testing said a test on the treadmill would not be suitable for me. I would not be able to perform on it? Like a little girl, who had been looking forward for a treat, I felt cheated. Something similar happened to me recently. It looks I am never going to make it onto a treadmill.  So sad . . . .

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‘Why don’t you see the doctor and get yourself checked out?’ This came to me from Helvi, one morning sipping her first coffee and my first and last tea for the day. I don’t generally see doctors unless feeling crook which is rarely. My dad was the same. He was right to avoid them. Last time he saw a doctor he was dead the next day. He died at 78 which I am now. It was on the 7th of January that he died suddenly.  We all went and flew to Holland for his funeral. I remember cleaning out his ashtrays and getting rid of his tobacco, cigarette papers and other bits and pieces. I am somewhat nervous seeing the 7th of January. It won’t be long!

I went to see the doctor because I ran out of puff just sitting on the lounge. It did not seem right. During our walks I  noticed…

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Nearly one Week away from Home (in November 2018)

We have just come back from a great few days away from home. I found our trip was very relaxing, and we did quite a few things that are worth remembering. It is always good to be able to go away for a little while. This creates memories.

Both Peter and I are in our eighties. That we still enjoy doing a bit of travelling, I find remarkable. Peter is battling to maintain some normality to his life while old age and sickness diminish his fitness. The one thing he is still pretty good at, is driving a car. He says driving a car on good roads for certain distances he finds relaxing. Our old Audi goes well on highways. In towns where there are a lot of traffic lights, Peter has to stop the car too often. This is when the car uses a lot of petrol pro km. However on freeways and highways the car uses much, much less petrol, and this makes Peter very happy and joyful to not have to stop all the time. However, Peter being 83 and having a few health issues that can make him feel perhaps too tired after a longer drive, he agreed not to drive the 650 km to Benalla in one day, but rather to stay overnight somewhere, that is  at about the halfway point. This time we came up with the idea to stop at Gundagai for our overnight stays. This worked  out very well. I wrote here that we stayed at the “Gundagai Motel”:

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After our one night’s stay at Gundagai we stayed at our son’s place at Benalla for three nights. And on the way back we stayed again for one night at Gundagai. This means we left home on a Friday morning and arrived back home on a Wednesday afternoon. So this makes it close to one week! I reckon we did very well, considering our age and Peter’s health problems. And of course I too have sometimes a few minor health problems related to old age!

Peter is booked in for some more treatment in the hospital. We hope the result of these treatments is going to be as good as possible so that perhaps in future we are still going to be able to do similar beautiful trips!

A ‘short’ Diary Entry

Today is Sunday, the 4th of November 2018

Last Sunday Peter and I went to a wedding. I wrote about it here:

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/some-more-wedding-pictures/

and here as well:

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/279/asplendidwedding/

My brother Peter Uwe turned 77 exactly one week ago. I would very much like to talk to him tonight on skype. I hope that this is going to be possible.

We have just been watching another German movie:

“Vater  braucht eine Frau”

https://www.moviepilot.de/movies/vater-braucht-eine-frau/casts

Regie Matthias Tiefenbacher Regisseur/in
Drehbuch Christoph Mattner Drehbuchautor/in
Peter Studhalter Drehbuchautor/in

Cast & Besetzung

August ZirnerPeter Beilhorn

Peter Lohmeyer Dr. Frank Neu
Georg Hans Benny Neu
Ursula Karven Steffi Bungert
Sonsee Neu Verena Plank
Nadine Fano Saskia Neu
Maximilian Köster Thomas Neu
Benjamin Seidel Felix Neu
Jonas Laux Saskias Opernbekanntschaft

It was about a father who’s children wanted him to find a mother for them because their mother had died some years ago when the youngest child was three. The children are now between six and fourteen. The fourteen year old is a girl, the others are boys. The father, Frank Neu,  is a lawyer within a successful law-firm. His partner, Peter, also a lawyer, is very concerned about this lone father with four motherless children. The family lives in a beautiful home. The housekeeper they employ does not stay for very long. She probably thinks the children are too much of a handful. Apparently several housekeepers have left in the past.

It turns out that a very qualified young woman with degrees in child education and a very efficient housekeeper and lover of children is looking for a job. Her name is Verena. The children love her straight away. Peter and I, we both guessed that she would end up becoming  the mother of these four children. But the father in the meantime has befriended a divorced photographer. Her name is Stephanie. When she meets up with her ex-husband, apparently to celebrate something, Frank falsely assumes that this man is her lover. Frank is devastated. It shows that he has had developed quite a lot of feelings for Steffi.

In the meantime we find out that Verena and Peter get on well with each other. It looks like Peter has a lot to do with bringing Steffi and Frank together again. Fourteen year old Saskia understands towards the end, that it is Steffi who may become her mother and not Verena. But come to think of it, Verena may be around the family anyway, even if she goes into a relationship with Frank’s friend and partner Peter. Steffi, with her profession as a photographer is bound to travel a lot on assignments. So it is going to be good for the children to have Verena around when needed. They can all be good friends, right?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0326349/

I thought this would be just a ‘short’ diary entry. I kept thinking about it how a bunch of kids do need a good home environment and how this can be given to them if for instance the mother dies. Well, I did find it interesting what sort of solutions opened up in the story of this movie. So this diary entry show a bit what sort of reflections I find can come up in a movie like this one. To me a movie like this is light entertainment and in parts pretty funny. And as I said a movie like this one makes me think a lot about the various different relationships that are possible and might also be in the interest of children who happen to be half orphans

 

 

 

 

 

Children of the Sun

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Maxim Gorki’s play “Children of the Sun” was shown at the Drama Theatre in Sydney’s Opera House. We saw this play last Saturday. There was a matinee performance at 2 pm which suited us for we prefer to be home at nighttime. Before we went to the theatre we met Caroline for lunch in the city.

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Caroline had a salad and Peter and I had beer battered fish and chips. Caroline had a salad and Peter and I had beer battered fish and chips.

We told Caroline that we had lunch at the same place on the last day of the year 2012. Later at home I looked up the post I published from that day. Sure enough I did find the lunch pictures and was able to republish them.

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Experiences in my Life

Yesterday there was on Peter’s Facebook a link to this blog. A few people were interested in reading it. I reblogged it here so maybe some more people might want to read it.

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It has been a while  since I added anything to my childhood memories. If I had another look at it now to see what I have written  some time ago, maybe I would find a few things in there that I do not remember so well anymore now. With time the memories seem to fade somewhat. This is why it is important to write down the things that I do still remember now.

Today I thought about it how blessed I am that I have a number of great-grandchildren. Yes, there are five of them now. Grandson Tristan has two girls, grandson Ryan has two boys, and granddaughter Roxanne has one boy. The two girls are nine and ten years. The boys are five and three years, whereas Roxy’s little Carter is now 10 and 1/2 months.

Since all of us do not live very close together,  I cannot see…

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