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I’m a widow who brings my quirky sense of humor, wisdom and keen observations about life and growing old to my blog---or so others have told me.
The Homecoming!
2023-02-04 14:18
The first time I walked into the cafe for lunch after my time away I got a standing ovation. I don’t know if I was truly missed or if they were just anxious to hear some tales from the… Read More
2023-02-01 05:00
NOTE I went home a few days before this post went live. It was in my scheduler so I'm letting it publish to buy me time to settle back in.I must be getting better judging by the fact th… Read More
2023-01-28 05:00
A huge black face just inches in front of mine woke me from a nap here Respite Care. It was the face of a massive dog who belongs to one of the workers.  The management allows staff to… Read More
2023-01-25 05:00
After moving Into Respite Care here at the continuing care complex my brother still lives next door. But I'm staying on the other side of him now than I did before the move. I had my 1st tel… Read More
2023-01-21 05:00
I left the Pain City Hospital after being there for 6 days in a whirlwind after waiting all day to find out if they were gonna release me. The anesthesiologist  said 'I think you deserv… Read More
2023-01-18 05:00
 It's 6:00 AM and the nurses are getting ready for a shift change. I must say the nurses here at the hospital are so compasionate, young and professional and they don't seem to mind doi… Read More
The Art And Business Of Giving
2023-01-11 05:00
 I’m having a hard time getting back into a post-holiday routine. I did manage to go to a lecture on the continuum care campus where I live. Our TV channel that advertises what is… Read More
From Wordle To Weighing In To Dementia
2023-01-07 05:00
Google came out with its list of the most searched words for 2022 and Wordle came in first. As usual I’m running behind the eight ball because it took that list for me to finally jump… Read More
Trouble Here In River City
2023-01-04 05:00
Since October I’ve been having dinner once a week with a group of women at what we’ve been calling the Liberal Ladies Table. We started with four of us and last week we were up t… Read More
2022-12-31 05:00
This time of the year I’m programmed to think about New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, I’m one of those dinosaurs who has been making them (and breaking them) since my early teen… Read More
The Personal Property Distribution Document
2022-12-10 05:00
Do you ever get obsessed over things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of life? My latest obsession has been to figure out what the tiny orange light is for on my laptop&rsq&hell…Read More
The Dementia Diagnosis
2022-12-07 05:00
One of my frequent dinner partners here at the continuum care campus is an 80 year old I nicknamed Ms. Social Worker who you may or may not remember had a series of falls a few months ago th… Read More
The Season Of Parties
2022-12-03 05:00
Saturdays are a crap shoot when it comes to trolling for conversation at the cafe’ here at the continuum care complex where I live. We old people seem to be creatures of habit honed to… Read More
The Siblings And Our Parents
2022-11-26 05:00
My brother is settling into Memory Care quite well although an aid there just told me he thinks he’s in a hospital. I’m not surprised because on one of my visits he asked me if h… Read More
Winter Is Here!
2022-11-19 05:00
We’re getting our first major snow storm of the season and it’s coming down hard with 6 to 12 inches of snow predicted to accumulate over the next three days. For snowplowers lik… Read More
Our Amazing Creative Writing Session
2022-11-16 05:00
Our third meeting of the writing group here on the Continuum Care Campus was amazing. We had five people show up and that included Chatty Cathy who claims she just took dictations from God t… Read More
Dreams, Nightmares And Jigsaw Puzzles
2022-11-09 05:00
My eyes were nearly crusted shut, I had to pee but the tail end of a dream kept me in bed as I tried to stay in the dream for as long as I could. Usually when a dream wakes me up it’s… Read More
The Lawyer And The Ladies
2022-10-29 04:00
I had my legal i’s and t’s dotted and crossed ten years ago. Right after my husband died I went to a lawyer to get a will and the powers of attorney for health care and finances… Read More
The Fun And Games We Old People Play
2022-10-26 04:00
One thing you need when you move into a continuum care complex is a box of sympathy cards. I’ve written four since moving in a year ago, for residents I know well who lost their spouse… Read More
The Move-in And My Personal Woe-is-me Day
2022-10-22 04:00
I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t fall back to sleep so at 5:30 I got up, had some cocoa and here I sit in front of the computer screen. I was not surprised. I went into my bedroom last n… Read More
Philosophy 001
2022-10-15 04:00
“Sometimes life is a gentle ride in a canoe and other times it’s like riding on an overloaded ferry boat while holding our breath until we safely reach the other side o… Read More
Our Senior Citizen Dress Up Party
2022-10-08 04:00
 It’s hard to believe this continuum care complex has been open a year and our party was a true celebration with lots of fanfare, finger food, speeches, music and dancing. I truly… Read More
The Fish Fry And The Sing-Along
2022-10-05 04:00
One of the guys who lives here went on a fishing trip to Alaska and came home with a fish that was almost as tall as he is. I’m surprised that fish didn’t pull him right out of t… Read More
Causing Unintentional Hurt Feelings
2022-10-01 04:00
Sunday mornings are always quiet around here. Few things are on our otherwise busy schedule and the church goers flee the place like rats on a sinking ship. Even the dining room has so few r… Read More
The First Anniversary
2022-09-28 04:00
Writing by orders or dictate has never been my thing. I can’t for example dash off a poem to stand up and read at our first anniversary of the continuum care place where I live. Ya, I… Read More
Living The Entitled Life
2022-09-24 04:00
What is wrong with people? What is wrong with me? Don’t answer that just yet because I’m going on a rant and I’ll give you my opinion on the matter first, then it's your tu… Read More
Stayin’ Alive And Fatalism
2022-08-31 04:00
 I like where I’m living but sometimes it feels like I’m living in a high stakes game of Russian Roulette. At any given time over the summer we’ve had one or two peopl… Read More
Little Fish And Dogs In Tutus
2022-08-27 04:00
I visited my future today.The park attached to the memory care building here at the continuum care complex was having a costume parade for dogs, and we residents from independent living were… Read More
2022-08-24 04:00
One of the ladies living here in on the continuum care campus had a birthday and her kids bought her four tickets to the local circle theater so she could taken three friends with her. I was… Read More
The Power Of The Written Word
2022-08-17 04:00
My poem about the contentious meeting between the residents and the new food service here at the continuum care campus has earned me my very own nickname. Isn’t that ironic considering… Read More
Day Trip To Lake Michigan
2022-07-30 04:00
Seven of us from the continuum care complex left our campus in two cars to go on an adventure. Destination: A cottage on Lake Michigan down between South Haven and Benton Harbor about hour a… Read More
Field Trips And Movies
2022-07-27 04:00
Six of us left the continuum care campus to go to a movie theater in a near-by mall. I hate getting into a car with another octogenarian at the wheel but my car isn’t big enough to tak… Read More
2022-07-02 04:00
I’ve got to stop listening to old music from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. Once a month they have a birthday party here at the continuum care complex to celebrate everyone who… Read More
Fashion Shows And Petty Annoyances
2022-06-22 04:00
If you are reading this it means I survived being a model in my first ever fashion show. When I got the email looking for people here at the continuum care complex to wear purple and walk a… Read More
Mental Health And Beyond Van Gogh
2022-06-18 04:00
According to the Mental Health America website people over 65 comprise 13% of the population but account for 20% of the deaths by suicide. I was shocked to learn that two million of tho… Read More
Rat Race Week And Bickering Old Women
2022-06-15 04:00
I made it through what I’ve been calling Rat Race Week. A week when I had ten commitments stacked up: Book club, mahjong, a lecture about NATO and a follow-up appointment for my c… Read More
Do Bold Things, Live Large---or Not
2022-06-11 04:00
It’s Saturday morning and I should be half finished with writing a post for next week but inspiration isn’t coming. I have a file of possible topics to write about when my muse l… Read More
Descending Down Into Octogenarian Madness
2022-06-08 11:26
 I’ve been wanting a travel coffee cup since summer finally settled in and I saw people here on campus walking around with their insulated drink containers which coincided with th… Read More
Big Girl Finances And My Health Report
2022-06-01 04:00
I’m glad May is in the rear view mirror because it kept me too busy as all the May’s in I’m life have done since 2000 or as I enjoy saying “…since the last cen… Read More
Coffee Cups And Great Books
2022-05-28 04:00
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” I love that quote because that’s often the way I feel when I reveal my willy-nilly thoughts in my b… Read More
Abortions: Past, Present And Future
2022-05-11 04:00
Spoiler Alert: If you’re a Pro-Life activist please stop reading here. I haven’t wanted to do this but here I am writing a post about abortion. I’m a product of t… Read More
Screen Doors And New Neighbors
2022-04-30 12:54
Maintenance here at the CCC can be a two edged sword with one side sharper than the other. On the sharper side, the system for writing up service requests works well for those of us who are… Read More
Quirks And Rituals Plus A Bedroom Tour
2022-04-20 04:00
I’m a person who does better with routines but we’ve had this conversation before so I’ll move on to the topic of the quirks and rituals that seem to define who I am. For e… Read More
Lady Shoutsup Meets American Baseball
2022-04-09 05:31
I shall call myself Lady Shoutsup for this post…to set myself apart from the notorious Lady Whistledown of Bridgerton and author of the Whistledown Society Papers, a scandal sheet of… Read More
The Queen Of Denial
2022-04-06 04:00
Three times over the past few days I’ve developed an alarming brain fart, I’m calling it. I was sitting with fellow residences and I kept getting their names reversed. For exampl… Read More
Roswell, New Mexico - Netflix Series
2022-03-23 13:50
Let’s talk sci-fi. I’m not a huge fan of the genre but every once in a while it catches my interest. The last time was the movie E.T. so I was long over due for a little alien in… Read More
Book Club Highs And Lows
2022-03-16 04:00
I’m in book club hell right now. We’re supposed to be reading Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbothham but with all that's going on in that part of the world right now th… Read More
Hawaii Week And Hard Jigsaw Puzzles
2022-03-05 05:00
It’s been said more than a few times that living in a Continuum Care Complex compares to being on a cruise ship and not just about this place where I’m at. I toured another facil… Read More
Routines Past And Present And Scary Dogs
2022-03-02 05:00
I’m a creature of habit and predictable patterns. I was going to say like no other, but that wouldn’t be true. Birds fly south every fall and come back in the spring. Bees and an… Read More
Three Old Coots
2022-02-26 05:30
I was waiting for the elevator when the door opened and a man stepping off. “Darn it,” I said, “I forgot my mask!” “Do you have Covid?” he asked.  &l&hell…Read More

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