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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Trying to keep up with the blog, even though been too busy and feel rushed. Cannot stand rushing around anymore, and besides, if I do, I forget things, and also it is easy to fall. Very aware of this since the osteoporosis diagnosis. My cousin (who is younger than me) fell and broke BOTH wrists. She was totally disabled, and had a wonderful husband who helped her. But I live alone. Then a year later she fell and broke her ankle and even now is not walking normally. It would be really really bad for my mom if I fell, broke something, and was disabled, even if it was only for 6 months. In fact, I do not know what she would do because the caregivers do not drive.

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JEANNE229 7/24/2011 9:45AM

    Carol, not only would your injury be bad for your mom, it would be awful for you, as well! Just be careful. No need to rush. Blogs and your friends who love to read them will wait!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/24/2011 6:32AM


Take care of yourself. Errands and chores can wait until another time. Do them at your own pace. We all at that stage where falling is a risk.
Take extra care. There is always tomorrow.

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SOUPY18 7/23/2011 3:23PM

    Slow down, breathe deeply and be careful. It is amazing how things will get done even if they take a little longer. It seems as if there is more to do and we become more stressed after retirement -- I believe that it is because there is no set schedule to follow so we try to do too much. Now if I can only follow my own advice all will be better.
Sue emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/23/2011 3:08PM

    I hope all goes okay. Please be careful because you don't want to break anything.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Went to cousin's house for another good day. But I am very tired. Since I re-tired, I feel like I am on a decline. I love retirement, but now with this slower pace of life that I love, well, there are just things I can't or won't do anymore. One is driving across bridges. I am so grateful that one cousin did the driving, I just did not want to do it. The idea of three women chatting in a car while I am driving 30 miles on a freeway, going through tunnels and over bridges, well, I just cannot do that anymore.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/23/2011 5:43AM

    Retirement is a strange time is one's life. We do have choices to an extinct, but sometimes there are just some things that we need to do. Don't you just love a free day at home not to do anything that you don't want to do.

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Beautiful Day

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I remembered my camera so I will upload a few photos from a beautiful day yesterday. Foodwise, I did well, only eating half of the ballpark burger and fries, but then I got ice cream, and afterwards I had indigestion, so let's let that be a good lesson!!!

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JEANNE229 7/22/2011 10:39AM

    Yes, the body WILL tell you!

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My Birthday

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When I sit down to do this Spark blog, I ask myself, "where am I this morning?" I have not mentioned Jack because this is a public blog, and it is a bit scary to write anything that is too personal. The likelihood of anyone I know reading it is slim, but stranger things have happened!!! Once I was travelling in France,and ran into my next door neighbor!!!

My best friend from 7th grade and I are still friends, yet we became friends randomly because the teacher seated us by last name and she was C and mine was D. She and I had a wonderful time at the Picasso exhibit at the de Young museum, but it was much better because of a docent who made the paintings come alive, explaining the symbolism, making wry jokes, and just doing an excellent presentation. Then Carole and I went out to lunch at a cafe that has this darling garden in the back. All you hear is birds twittering and grasses swaying instead of that loud incessant babble you often hear in restaurants. Oh, there was woman with a crying baby, but the sound of a baby and the mother comforting it, well, it was sweet. Then since we were in the neighborhood, we went to the Legion of Honor. Oh my, there was a fantastic exhibit I had not even known about, a huge Roman mosaic floor discovered only ten years ago. We also saw a good collection of Dutch masters.

I did not realize it, but when I got home, I was exhausted from two museums in one day, but it was a great type of tiredness. I just feel so lucky that my friend and I share so many interests.

I wonder if there is a way to make this blog available only to people on my team??? I do feel funny to write too much because of the entire group being able to read it.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/22/2011 3:57PM

    Not only are the blogs not private, if you type your user name into a search engine like google, there's a good chance your blogs will show up on there, for the whole world to see.

I'm glad to read that you had such a great birthday! Remember, you're not getting older. You're getting better!

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CARLANNIE 7/20/2011 8:05PM

    You can set your page to 'private' and then only Friends can see your page, photos, blogs, etc.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/20/2011 7:09PM

    I think you had a wonderful day with your friend.It was a good day for both of you.
I enjoy museums also. You can walk through them over and over and still miss paintings,etc. We spent hours in the Louve, and didn't see half of it.


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NOMIS1 7/20/2011 3:51PM

    sounds like a wonderful time

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ZEEDRA 7/20/2011 12:59PM

    Hi Carol,
Sounds like a great day!
Yes, blogs are "out there". I purposely don't have a lot of Spark friends because I don't have that kind of energy. But I have written more personal things to a few Spark friends via SparkMail.
I also read a few "famous people" blogs, i.e., Jane Fonda and Marlo Thomas. Fonda has some good simple exercises for seniors, like herself. She gets VERY personal (but states when she's leaving something out). Some don't like her because of her politics. Since I'm keeping mine private, I won't get into that.
Please keep blogging, Carol. Many people include husband's names and such but you don't have to, of course.
All my attachments are either relatives or friends...nothing more interesting than that going on :(

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JEANNE229 7/20/2011 11:11AM

    I don't know if you can make blogs "private" somehow, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I don't think of you as a "stranger" since we have communicated on the over 60s team, but I would miss your writings.

I have a friend (interestingly named Carol) who is my best friend from elementary school. This August we are traveling to Cabo (Mexico) together. We have kept in touch, raised our children together, and now in retirement are returning to more frequent fact-to-face contact.

Carol, I hope your birthday is THE BEST of your life! Enjoy your significant other, your best friend, and every moment of the day!

(PARTY on Over 60s DAILY CHAT)!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This is my birthday week, so I only have ten minutes for Spark this morning, and could not write yesterday or Sunday. Visit with daughter went fairly well. Party for me was nice. Yesterday I went on an Art Deco walk for retired teachers, and ran into an old acquaintance from days when my girls were in synchronized swimming. She asked how my husband was, and it was not as painful as usual to tell her that he left me, but I realize it was ten years ago. It still feels like yesterday. Her husband died 7 years ago.

Today I am going to the Picasso exhibit with an old friend and then she is taking me out to lunch for my birthday. Tomorrow is my real birthday and Jack is taking me to a Giants game and then out to dinner. And Thursday my cousins are having a reunion lunch (but it is not for my birthday, yet feels like it)

I set an alarm for ten minutes, my time is almost up!! Jack and I went to the priest to set up getting married. The idea of getting married again is very scary to me, and for some reason is reactivating many, many memories of my husband. When I married, it was for life, so somehow it feels like cheating to get married again.

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ZEEDRA 7/19/2011 7:20PM

    Well! Lots of things going on in your life, Carol.
I don't think I've seen any mention of Jack before but a new beginning sounds exciting to me.
You're another Cancerian (I'm July 3)...a belated Happy Birthday.

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DEE0973 7/19/2011 2:42PM

    Happy early birthday wishes. If you are happy with Jack, go with it and take it one day at a time. Try living in the moment. It was 10 years ago and your previous husband's loss. Wishing you the best of luck....

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/19/2011 1:48PM

    You are really spreading out your birthday. That is so nice. Mine last several days also.
I think that it is so nice that you have so many friends. I meet school teacher friends and church friends for lunch sometimes. It's a treat to visit with them.
If you really love Jack and you have interests in common, try not to worry. Be happy. You deserve it. You are so thoughtful of others.


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JEANNE229 7/19/2011 11:20AM

    Oh Carol, I am so thrilled you have an opportunity to experience a second chance for "forever"! You forget. The first "forever" was the one who broke the vow, not you. Tell Jack he had better be good to you or he'll have 1,000 Spark Over 60's on his back FOREVER!

I'm also so glad your daughter had a party for you. Happy (Early) Birthday. Your blog made me feel extra lucky to be celebrating my hubby's birthday with him today.

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