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I just realized I'm getting old....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I should have seen it in the mirror long ago, but I guess it's like the people who go from slim to obese without even noticing. One day you just wake up and you're FAT.

And now the same thing has crept up on me when it comes to age. Slippery little critter, and thank the stars, I do age quite well. When people my junior were telling me how they could no longer clean -- not the heavy work like running the vacuum, or scrubbing out the bath tub; I sympathized with them, but in my mind I was thinking "that will never happen to me." What does she mean? Can't run the vacuum. Or a lady a year older than me would tell me of her troubles with walking, or choose a hundred different stories -- you get the drift. If I would tell them I wasn't bothered with all that -- and I'd go on to explain I was in the middle of repainting the whole house or putting in a flagstone patio, they would just sigh and tell me my time would come. I'm sure when we hung up the phone they would curse me and my limber muscles and my strength. lol

But all laughs aside now, I finally see what they mean. I've had arthritis for years -- but it never HURT before. Now that it's started hurting I find difficulty with walking. I can no longer climb up and down ladders to paint. Maybe one day, or part of a day but not all day, continuing on for a few days. I can't even clean my entire house. Now it is one room at a time, and I feel thankful I can do that. If it was a really bad day for arthritis I probably couldn't even do one a day.

I know how this little kitty feels. I used to press 150 pounds with my feet - no more!

I've always likes this little sign. It reminds me at if I ever can't remember my old friends, well then.........we'll just be NEW FRIENDS!

Crying doesn't help at all, so we may as well laugh! By now you all know my motto of looking for the silver lining in all cloud. The silver lining in this one is that if I can't do the painting in our new home myself -- I can just boss the people around who are doing it, you know, just to make sure all the colors are just right.
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    Boy, do I know how you feel. I used to be able to walk miles without even getting winded. Now I'm huffing and puffing just walking to the corner and back. On grocery day when I end up having to walk about 3 hours total, I'm hurting so badly by bedtime I can't rest and then it takes 2-3 days to get back to normal. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • JACK714
    Age may be working against us but like you I refuse to let it get me down.
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    Awe Eve, I wish I could help you out.

    By the way you do look nice.

    1546 days ago
    That's what I find the most aggravating about getting older ~ not being able to do what I use to do. I sometimes find it difficult to say "I can't do that" so I try and just end up hurting myself. Which, of course, is even more stupid !!

    I do have a hard time with the vacuum because of the arthritis or whatever in my hands and wrists, but I feel fortunate that I am in good shape, for the shape I'm in. emoticon

    Eve, you look great. emoticon
    1546 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Better late than never. LOL. Yes Eve, you've aged very well. If you want to do something about it, I've just gotten a hold of this anti-aging book, Stay 40 without diet of exercise. Very interesting and I think it's practical and doable. Check it out if you can. Dr. Lippman got 3 programs going from the cheapest version to an expensive one. I think he's the real deal and there is nothing else on the market like his book. Good luck.
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    emoticon and I am a little younger then you but I find I can't do it all anymore either so we just do what we can and tell others to help us out.
    So enjoy what you can do and don't sweat the small stuff
    1547 days ago
    Reality is sometimes unkind. You silver lining outlook will help you. Do what you can and enjoy it. Slow down if you have to. Just don't stop!
    1547 days ago
    I can also relate to your blog ... I am there myself and have a 94 yr old mother that I have to look after (she recently had to go into long term care) but treats me like I am a spring chicken and she can be quite demanding! LOL But maybe at the same time she keeps me going ..... In our minds we feel we can do anything but our bodies feel differently!

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    1547 days ago
    Dear Eve,

    I can so relate..inside I still feel like that vibrant, young woman I used to be, the mirroe & my bady tell me something else. I'm having some health problems right now & I am so determined to get past this & get stronger & healthier again, so I can enjoy my "old" age!

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    Eve! Eve! Eve, so relate to this blog……
    It is difficult to accept aging….precisely my plight a decade ago. I loved to be all over the place and then the let down would be a 40 year old (My oldest DGS) calling me "Grandma', coming up trying to help me when I thought I could do it myself…. like negotiating the church steps, only I couldn't see my struggle…. like someone said, I never thought I was old till I looked into the mirror and saw my mom looking back at me…..

    But then accepting it is part of aging gracefully and today half my town calls me 'Ammamma'(Grandma) and I rather enjoy being addressed that way…..

    May you always be evergreen!!!

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  • DALID414
    Are you trying to guilt me into helping you paint?! emoticon
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