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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stuff & Such

Maizey and her Daddy stopped in last evening and while we were talking, Merle and Pearl walked in to give me a box of Peeps, for Easter.

The four of us sat and chatted and gosh--it was fun!  Other than John interrupting a couple of times to turn the conversation back to him (he has a bad habit of doing that), we had a nice, generalized conversation for an hour.  It reminded me of "normal".
Today has been another "do nothing" day and I have to admit--I was bored all day!  Nothing to keep my hands busy.  Nothing on TV except news from Brussels.  Not in the mood to read, so just sat in my chair.
No matter that the rail planter on the porch is filled with Squirrel food, there is always one maverick critter that thinks the bird seed far above is better.


Quite often, I have popcorn and milk for supper.  I use microwaveable popcorn.

When I take out the bag to dump it into a bowl, the butter splatters on the counter.

I have to use Soft Scrub with bleach to get the stains off the counter.

I have been thinking, if that "butter" is that hard to remove from the counter, what kind of bad thing is it doing to my innards?!
I posted this pondering on Face Book.  Do any of you "Seasoned Ladies" ever feel this way?

It's difficult to get older and try and maintain a positive attitude and youthful mind. We get stripped of our dignity.
We can't walk as quickly and steadily, as we used to. There are foods that are difficult to eat, because of our shaky hands. We have spots and stains on the front of our clothes, from those mishaps. We should wear a bib, but that would cause more dignity to be stripped from us.
If asked a question, we can't think or respond as fast as we used to. Everyone around us seems to talk so fast, and jump from subject to subject, we can't keep up. Hearing problems cause us to miss conversations. So we sit and smile and do the "bobble-head" nod.
Some days it takes so much effort to get up and dressed and drive to a get together. Sometimes all the noise and action involved in those activities just simply tire us out. We want to stay involved, to keep active, so we push ourselves. Which, in the long run, is good for us.
Sometimes we feel invisible. We just aren't as vital and vibrant anymore, which can make us feel not needed. Yet, in our minds, we are still 30 years old! We want to be quick of wit and walk. We want to join in with our humor. We are just slowing down, in all ways.
We don't want pity. We don't want looks of concern. We don't want offers of help up and down the steps. All that just proves to us, how old we are!  Some of us are stubborn that way.
Someone said, "Growing old is not for sissies!"
How true!! Anyone else my age feel this way?


  1. Do you add your own butter to the popcorn or used the kind that comes with butter? I don't have trouble with it staining my counter top. wonder what your counter top is made of. I wouldn't worry about your insides, stomach acid dissolves a lot of stuff and breaks it down.

    Hey, maybe you ought to write a manual on how to treat old people...like your home repair book. LOL If you do, have a whole chapter on calling to chat!

    1. I so agree with Jean - you are a wonderful writer!

  2. I feel like I'm aging faster these days. Health is everything... almost.

    LOL about your popcorn butter. Half the stuff we eat nowadays isn't really food. You don't even want to know. What do they say? If your grandma wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it!

    Squirrels are the most tenacious animals on earth.

    Your little gathering with Merle and Pearl and John sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. I work with someone who makes every conversation about her and it drives me batty!

  4. Research shows that the chemicals in the microwave popcorn are the worst. I have gone to buying the bags of air popped (cheddar cheese is the absolute best - but if you may not like that). There are far fewer chemicals in it. The taste is great!

  5. Get popcorn seeds...brown paper lunch bags...a tablespoon of oil and pop it yourself.
    Then you can add whatever seasoning you want.
    I'll post the video on FB.

  6. I love popcorn but can't eat it anymore. But, Patti makes it quite often, and much preferred making it on the stove (which is the way I've been doing for many years) Just a tad of oil, and no butter. She has a problem with low sodium so it's good for her to eat with salt.

    I read what you wrote on FB, and agree with a lot of what you said. I'm very blessed to be able to do yard work which I much prefer than house work. :)

    Yes, and don't you just hate it when people only want to talk about themselves. I wonder if perhaps they weren't allowed to when they were younger. Who knows!


  7. I LOVE popcorn. I use an air popper then add my own real butter. Once you read the ingredients in microwave corn ....

    These aren't really golden years are they? But as long as we keep a sense of humor!! It takes the sting out of things.

    I'm glad I'm volunteering once or twice a week. Meeting new people and having different conversations. And sometimes I like my alone boring days!

    THANKS for blogging!