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Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Musings of an Elder Elderblogger



Today is a grey snowy day in the mountains---with several cold and snowy days to follow. It could be very depressing, but it feels cozy here in our little nest. (I don’t go insane, out-of-my-mind nutso about the winter weather when I know for sure I can’t go out. Last week I was ready to backpack back to sunny FL because the sky was clear and blue but the byways were icy and clogged.) Only someone from ND or Manitoba would willingly venture out now.

Today I feel like an creaky, motheaten old bear ready for a nice little hibernation. There’s a fire in the fireplace. Son Jack is in his home office, inexorably sucked---yet again into his computer. Lovely DIL Carole is on the couch attacking the Sunday Times crossword puzzle and I’m blog surfing. Even the brainlessly frenetic Samthedog is curled up asleep on the rug. Yes, it’s cozy.

I must say I was a bit astounded as I cruised senior cyberspace today. A 60 year old blogger wondered what she would do with the rest of her life. Another writer in her 70s was bored, bored, bored. I couldn’t relate. I still can’t believe I’m as old as they tell me I am. If I truly believed---in my heart, mind and soul that I’m almost 85 I’d be shocked, insulted and depressed. I can’t be. There are still things I want to do, things I’m very interested in and a sharp awareness of what’s going on. And I’m still cute---Or I will be once I get my new teeth---or when everybody gets a sense of humor.

I’m much happier and easier-to-get-along-with than I was when I was younger. Say about 20 years ago. Above is a photo taken when I visited the kids in CO before I retired. I don’t look like a happy camper do I? I wasn’t. Old age has been much more fun and fulfilling. Here’s a picture of Carole, Jazzthedog and me taken late summer last year. What do you think?

25 Comments:

  • At 4:40 PM, Blogger bunnygirl said…

    Hi, Lucy! I'm glad you're having a good time, and I sure hope I don't turn out like the bored bloggers you described when I'm that age. It seems like every year my list of things I enjoy and want to do gets longer. The older I get, the less I can imagine ever being bored.

    Angst is unattractive enough in the twentysomething set. I sure don't want to be experiencing it again when I'm with the AARP set. I like to think I'll be trying new things.

    I've enjoyed getting older, so far, although I'm 40 and still quite young by many standards. But each year I'm more relaxed and happier in my own skin. I'm less afraid of what people might think of me. It's so liberating, and I have so much farther to go!

     
  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger Miss Cellania said…

    You were lovely then, but you look better now.

     
  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said…

    Ditto, Miss Cellania. Happy campers all .... Jazz is a pretty dog, too! Stay warm, cozy and smiley, Lucy! ;0)

     
  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    You may not have been a happy camper, but you were a pretty one (and still are). I am hardly ever bored. There are always books to read, music to explore, museums to visit, flowers to arrange and friends to visit. I hope that attitude gets me to where you are someday!

     
  • At 11:53 PM, Anonymous claude said…

    I'm with you Lucy! Never bored. Even when I am not doing anything, which I am very talented for! ;)
    Life is so interesting, even when things don't go the way one would like them to.
    I think you look cute when you laugh and you looked cute when you were a bit sad, which means you can't look anything BUT cute!

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Lucy ..You look like a movie star in that photo...
    and
    Why is it taking so long to "get your teeth?" :)

     
  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Suzann said…

    Lucy - you are beautiful inside and out, at any age. So good to have you blogging again. Hugs - Suzann

     
  • At 11:55 PM, Blogger myrtillo1984 said…

    You sure were beautiful Lucy, and you still are! Always fun to visit you and read your take on all things in this life..., including age! I love your description of being a bear sitting in front of a warm fire...!

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger millie.garfield said…

    What a lovely looking lady. Did anyone ever tell you that you looked like Rosaline Russe in that photo?

     
  • At 4:58 AM, Blogger Endment said…

    So glad you posted your comments!!!
    I am only in my mid-sixties and loving every minute of it (ok --- almost every minute) but bored I am not!!! I would not go back to being twenty for anything --- forty was good but sixty is better and I am looking forward with joy to seventy which I am certain will be better yet. I just wish I could find a way to balance time, energy and all the things I want to do :)

    I must echo the other comments - what a lovely lady you are!

     
  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Terri said…

    I'd have to say you look younger in the older photo. (does that make sense?) I think a smile and laughter decreases one's age by years and you proved it.
    Jazz the dog is SO cute!
    Stay warm and stay busy. Even if it's just enjoying that fire.

     
  • At 9:19 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    It seems you're foxy at any age Lucy...but I love your face as you are now. Stay warm and wonderful...

     
  • At 12:25 PM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said…

    hi, lucy, along with the others, both the photos appeal to me. particularly admire how you keep showing us yourself. thanks, stay warm. yours, naomi

     
  • At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Hi Lucy,
    I hope when I reach my 80's that I will have as good a sense of humor as you have and that I have as great an attitude. . . including your sasssy side and the pizzaz that makes you such a joy.

    Had a senior moment and thought pizzaz looked too much like I was comparing you to a couple of pizzas
    so went to the dictionary and found out that pizzaz describes you perfectly.

    "Dazzling style; flamboyance; flair.
    Vigorous spirit; energy or excitement. "

    Yes, that is definitely you!

     
  • At 6:16 AM, Blogger MizMell said…

    Thank you Lucy! You have managed to put the fun back into aging.

     
  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Maya's Granny said…

    You look happier now. And delightfully pretty. My mother just turned 84, and she is still making men's hearts go pitter patter.

     
  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Hey Lucy My Dear...
    Hope you are well....I miss you! And always worry a bit when I see you haven't posted....! Hmmmmmm. Do let us know you are okay, my dear Lucy!
    BIG HUGS TO YOU! ((((((HUGS)))))

    It's Naomi here---OldOldLady Of The Hills....Remember Me?

     
  • At 8:55 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    LOL...Last time I commented it was "myrtillo1984..." Well, it still is, but FINALLY Blogger is letting me use my "old" name!
    Anyway, I miss you my dear Lucy.

     
  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger Roberta S said…

    Both ladies are adorable, cute too, but the elder one is having so much fun, I almost think she should be ashamed of herself for having such a jolly time.

    Just kidding, of course, Lucy. You are fun, and so much fun to visit that whenever you take any time off, I am sorely disappointed. So many of your posts are like this one. With light-hearted reminders of how joy can be found in everyday situations and casual chats with others.

     
  • At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Sorry Lucy, but I worry when you don't post or comment. I hope you are feeling all right and that I just missed that you were off traveling somewhere.

     
  • At 3:09 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    You have disappeared again Lucy...I hope you are well, my dear....I get concerned when you don't post for such a long time...Do let us know you are okay---well, I mean, if you are okay! (lol) Maybe you went to Florida for the lovely warm sunny weather...!

     
  • At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Lorraine said…

    Hi goldenlucy! I haven't "seen" you for ages. I think I have almost used up what functioning brain cells of mine are still remaining -- I've been scrabbling thru the dwindling data stored in my skull, but I'm still confused, perplexed, sad, bewildered and completely frazzleratzed.

    I took a "leave of absence" from blogging, had good intentions of a good long break [but only stayed away for six days] --what the heck, been doin' it since 2001, maybe that's why I'm running out of brain cells. Eureka! There's my answer!

    Anyway, I'm glad I dropped in today.....your recent posts are very comforting and sooo nice and peaceful, it makes a person feel good. Teeth or no teeth, makes no difference, you still make people feel better. Hah.

     
  • At 12:41 PM, Blogger Carissa said…

    I recently penned a blog entitled "How to Make Money Traveling Through Time". I'm up to Part 2 of my five-part series - it's a fictional and historical account of how i'd manipulate the time periods I'd visit using the knoweldge I have now, the things I learn, and how I inadvertantly ruin the world doing so ... I'd love to get some feedback on the historical and social accuracy (or inaccuracy) ... Part 1 visited the 1920s and 1930s, Part 2 delves into the 1940s and part of the 1950s. Part 3 is coming Wednesday Jun 27th.

    carissa-ann.blogspot.com.com - I worked really hard to gather some of these elements, so all feedback is welcome and appreciated.

    By the way, I read through your blogs, and I have to say, this is incredibly inspirational. I'm going to favorite it on Technorati.

     
  • At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Jobs that Travel said…

    I was inspired upon reading your posts. Good to hear that you were enjoying your day everyday besides traveling, you manages to blog it in a way to share to us great stories of yours. Thank you for such nice posts.

    This is Jane.

     
  • At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Charlotte said…

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