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Unrealistic Expectations or Just Positive Thinking?

It has been brought to my attention that perhaps my expectations in life are a bit unrealistic. I’m not sure this is true.  I see nothing wrong with continuing to set high goals for myself regardless of…well… anything. Yes, it’s true, the aging process can slow us down a bit and I agree that no one has the endurance we had when we were twelve. I mean, have you tried to jump rope recently? If memory serves me correctly, my childhood friends and I would jump rope until the endless counting bored us to death, at which point we’d move on to hula hoop. That would last until our mothers called us in for lunch and still no one had let the hoop hit the floor. I took up the jump rope last winter. One hundred skips is like running half a marathon. And then I found some old hula hoops while cleaning out the shed and discovered it’s nothing like riding a bike; just because you learned how once upon a time, doesn’t mean you’ll never forget. Yet I’m going to work on it. Somewhere in the deep recesses of my brain is the correct placement of the hoop…

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Rose Garden

It’s been said, we were never promised a rose garden.  I’ve heard it my whole life.  Every time the going got tough and life was not in my favor, Mother would say, “Well, Mary Ann, no one ever promised you a rose garden.” No, I would think, no rose garden. But neither did I expect to be thrown into the cacti quite so often either. Life can be prickly to say the least. As I see it, the trick for survival is making sure to check words before they fly out of our mouths and think carefully before acting. If we slow down a bit and consider pro’s and con’s before anything is said or done, we will cruise on through to the good times regardless of the rocky conditions getting there. Now, as we all know, the thing about the good times is they’re not here forever. For some reason, there is no sailing through without the current eventually changing course and the wind whipping our sails in the opposite direction. Not much we can do about it but hang on and pay attention. Life will change directions again; we just need to do the best job we can…

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You will never hear the end of it!

“I’m just so glad it was you who let the dogs out,” my husband said as we searched frantically for our run-away puppies. “If it had been me, I’d never hear the end of it!” Oh, how right he was; and may I just say – truer words have yet to be spoken. My parents bought my younger sister a car for high school graduation. When I graduated, I received half of a ten speed bike. Yes, I had to pay for the other half. They have never heard the end of it. Once, I forgot to put bananas in the banana cream pies. The subject of pies cannot be brought up without every family member reminding me of the banana-less, banana cream pies I made as they drove me crazy one Thanksgiving Holiday. I will never hear the end of it. Another time, I spoke in whale after a few glasses of wine. My kids have since requested whale talk from their mother every inappropriate chance they get. It’s guaranteed; I will never hear the end of it. “If I have to rescue you one more time,” my neighbor complained, “I swear you will never hear the end of…

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You Might be Old, but I’m Not!

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty good about myself. I look in the mirror and decide I look a lot younger than I am and at the same time wonder how the world sees me. Surely they see me as at least a few years younger than my actual age. Surely I am unique in my youthfulness. And then along comes another AARP magazine toting the truth of the baby-boomer mentality. Apparently, we all see ourselves as different from everyone else over sixty. According to their survey, the majority of us look in the mirror and think, “Damn! I look so much better than anyone else my age. I bet no one can believe how old I am.” This self affirming is done while rocking out to Bruce Springsteen and perusing a Harley Davidson brochure. Even if we don’t buy the bike, we’ll look hot in the leathers. Yet, the reality is, our eye sight isn’t getting any better. It’s possible we can’t see the lines and wrinkles and age spots accumulating everywhere we look but don’t see. It’s possible our friends aren’t alone in the occasional short term memory loss we secretly make fun of, and maybe they’re not alone…

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When I Get Old…

I can’t even imagine the number of times I’ve said “when I get old,” followed by a wild variety of things I will and will not do. When I get old, I will be in excellent physical shape, running and riding my bike every day. I will go to yoga and meditate and take great care of my body. By the time I am old, I will surely know everything there is to know about nutrition. I will embrace this knowledge, never straying from what I know to be best for my aging yet healthy, fit-and-trim, self. I will thrive on fresh vegetables and fruit and healthy grains, nuts and seeds. And I’ll only drink purified water and drinks that are 100% natural and full of vitamins. I will give up all drinks containing caffeine and/or alcohol. My mind will have spent many years growing sharper everyday and I will be more intelligent than I ever dreamed of. I will master the mysteries of mathematics and science that have been too difficult for me until arriving at Old. My brain will be brilliant, having spent a life time in training. When I arrive at Old, my mind will see things…

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There’s an App for That

Did you know there’s an app available for the sole purpose of finding out what apps are available? There is! And where would we be without it? I start my day with an app: the weather app to be exact. Once I’ve determined what the day is looking like, I can get dressed accordingly, then check my tide table app to see if we’ll be taking our morning walk on the beach or on the road. If it’s on the beach and the tide is low, I’ll check my app from the department of fisheries to see if clamming is open. If it is, I’ll get a bucket of clams and make chowder by resourcing a recipe from one of many cooking apps. I’ll spend the middle of the day writing, accessing a plethora of apps designed to blast through any degree of writers block. For example, if I’m writing poetry (which I never do) I can go to Poetreat for help with rhymes. I use my dictionary app continually, mainly because I’m such a bad speller, and I definitely need my notebook app to log ideas and organize thoughts. I’ll forget a thought in seconds if it’s not written…

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The Waiting Game

Life is a waiting game. We are consistently waiting on one thing or another. Like right now, we’re waiting on the birth of our second grandchild. We’re keeping the cell phone handy, waiting to jump in the car and go, waiting to see what he looks like and hold him for the first time. When I take a good look at life, I realize we’ve been doing nothing but waiting forever. Remember when we had tiny babies of our own, and couldn’t wait for the time when we’d be sleeping through the night again? And how it was waiting for toddlers to learn to use the potty chair and tie their own shoes and grow up to become independent adults. And how about waiting for teenagers to come home on weekend nights with the car and themselves in one piece? Wait, wait, wait. It’s enough to wear a person out. And lets talk about spouses. How many of us women are still waiting for him to take out the trash without being asked or to drive without tailgating? And how many men are waiting for her to realize it’s not the jeans that make her look fat, so quit asking.…

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Sorry I Forgot to Blog!

A friend called the other day and asked if I’d been sick. “No, why do you ask?” She explained she hadn’t received a blog notice from my web site for a while and thought I must be sick. I had to admit I’d just been so busy, I actually forgot! The realization led me to examine my forgetfulness lately. For example; I just had the perfect example but can’t remember it now. That’s how my mind has been since the beginning of the 2013 “Holiday Season.” How does one reclaim the brain after yet another holiday survival? It’s possible with the culmination of so many years of stress, exhaustion, excitement, and sugar, that the time comes when the brain overloads for one last time with no turning back. The damage is done. It’s over. The fat lady has sung. It feels like running a marathon and then never being able to so much as walk again. Have I reached a final burn-out? Will there be no cerebral recovery? I keep forgetting about the resolutions I made a mere twenty two days ago. I’ve failed to exercise more in the New Year than I have in the past. I eat well…

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My New Year Resolutions

A clean slate – that’s what a new year is to me. A nice fresh start – an opportunity to challenge myself then revel in my stunning accomplishments. Or not. It all depends on what I have resolved to do and how I plan to go about it. I tend to make a resolution as I’m in the act of breaking it, then resolve to never break it again just as soon as I’m done with this one last infraction. You know, like I resolve to give up sugar for the year but not until all the sugar in the house is used up. I can’t just waste it and let it get old. You know how fast sugar gets old. So by the time the sugar is all used up, three or four months have gone by and it’s too late to activate that particular resolution. Or, I resolve to work our vigorously four days a week but not until the first of next month. I have a thing about starting a fresh New Year resolution at the beginning of a fresh new month. If I fail to start January 1st, then it’s too late on the 2nd. I’ve…

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Merry Christmas!

  Last evening was dark early and freezing cold; just as it should be in Seattle this time of year. Yet, we bundled for the elements and  soaked up the infectious excitement of a toddler off to see Christmas light for the very first time. It was pure magic; the kind that warms you from heart to head to toe. Nothing like seeing the scene above through the eyes of a little one. This Christmas Season, I’m going to try looking at the world like it’s all new to me; as if I’ve never seen the beauty of the lights, tasted the freshness of a candy cane, or put eggnog in my coffee. I’m going to be in awe at Christmas Eve service and sing carols like I did growing up – loud and off key. And I think I’ll take walks at night with my husband and our dogs and love the sky no matter what’s coming down – rain, snow, moon light, star light – whatever’s going on, it doesn’t matter. It’s all good and I am lucky to be here, alive and well, with people I love who love me too. Have a very Merry Christmas! God…

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