Monday, April 23, 2018

Its not that bad

I turned 60 sometime in the last few months shortly before the new year began. Whoever said 60 is the new 40 (if they still say that) I'm going to agree with them. When I turned 40, I started noticing some new aches and pains and sure enough shortly after turning 60, I noted additional aches and pains.  

Like so many others have said, it amazes me how fast the years have gone and now that I'm getting older, it really has hit me how fast the time has flown. We can't go back, though there are times I might want to have done a "do over" but unfortunately we don't get that opportunity. So forward march on to how many days I may have left (and I'm not morbid, its just a reality).

I have to say one of the advantages of turning 60 is being eligible for some senior discounts. Some start as early as 55, some at 60, some at 62 and others at 65 depending on where we are at like movie theaters, museums, etc.  I used to tease hubby when I was still in my 50s and he was in his early 60s when we would go to the movies and he would be a "senior" and I was still an "adult." I loved buying the tickets. I would order one senior and one adult and then of course I would have to say the senior was for him. However, when we went to the movies shortly after my birthday, to my delight I now qualified for the same senior discount. Heck, a dollar saved is a dollar earned, right?

The best senior discount I have found so far is at Goodwill.  I wasn't much of a Goodwill shopper until recently. Nothing wrong with shopping there, but I just hadn't taken the time to do so. However, with the wee one (who really isn't so wee anymore, must think of a new nickname for him), I've been trying to buy books for him.  The heavy board type books for children his age are downright expensive at places like Target and Wal-Mart ranging upwards from $6.99 to $8.99 if not more. Wanting a variety for him both at his home and when he is over with us, I didn't want to spend a small fortune especially because I wanted to keep adding to what he had. I'm a proponent of you can never have too many books.  Our Goodwill offers children's books usually for $1.49.  However on Tuesdays (and luckily I'm off on Tuesdays) they offer a 25% discount on all merchandise for seniors 55 years and older. You betcha I collect that discount when I'm checking out.  I usually hit Goodwill about once a month and get on average about 10-12 books at a time so it is reasonable what I spend then I divide the books between the two houses.  I should do a post on some of his favorite books.  

I thought about getting a jar and putting in the money we have saved over the time with senior discounts, etc., or at least keep a running total of it somehow. It could be interesting to see over a period of time how much is saved.

Thanks for the welcome backs. Sorry for the initial problem with commenting. When I wasn't blogging, I made my blog private and changed the settings for comments so I wouldn't get spammed. I forgot to change the settings back after I made the blog private again and started blogging again. Everything hopefully is up and working now (fingers crossed).

Monday, April 16, 2018

and so she returns

I did a disappearing act the beginning of January 2018. It was something I knew I was going to do, I just didn't know how long I would be gone. In a later entry, I'll explain more why I did what I did.  This entry is a bit of where my mind was at during that particular time and why I chose to basically walk away from blogging and other social media, especially Facebook.

Starting in September 2016 until the end of 2017, and continuing on, except not as intensive, we were dealing with something very hard in our family. I wrote about it at a few places.  It basically consumed so much of me and paralyzed me in some things.  I could function with things I had to function with, like work and taking care of things around the house, etc., but other things I totally shut down on and went into hibernation mode or self preservation mood and withdrew a lot from activities, people, etc.

In the middle of December 2017, I realized I didn't want to waste another year like I had wasted the last part of 2016 and the year 2017 so I went about and set some goals for 2018. They specifically were not resolutions and I didn't attach any time limits to when they were accomplished. I just knew change had to occur and I knew I had to make the change, even if the change took place over the entire year of 2018.  

My goals were simple ones and ones that I knew I could accomplish if I set my mind to them.  Some of them included:

1.  Worship God more in my daily life.  I had determined worship would be my word for 2018. Worship is just not singing praise or giving praise to God but also living my life in a way that honors him.  

2.  Thirty minutes on the treadmill 5 times a week.  I was terribly deconditioned.  We have this perfectly good treadmill that was just collecting dust. I resolved to get on it 5 times a week for 30 minutes. I started out slow the middle of January. 10 minutes a day increasing it by 2 minutes daily until I got up to 30 minutes and then increased my speed on it. As of now, I'm doing 40 minutes 5 days a week at about 3.0 miles per hour and continue to increase that as I continue to get into better shape.

4.  Get out and do something fun 2 Sundays a month. Sundays are the only days hubby and me share off together. We often found ourselves going to church, going out for a meal and then coming up and vegging for the rest of the afternoon.  I knew there was more to do than just that so thought of finding things to do that were fun 2 times a month. Not all months since the year began we have succeeded to do so, but more months than not we are accomplishing it.

5. Swim at least 3 times a week. Last summer for this reason or that reason we rarely went into the pool that we were paying someone to maintain weekly summer and winter, spring and fall. I think we went in it less than 10 times. So this year I resolved to make it 3 times a week at least. The water is still cold, 76 degrees, but it will heat up as the outside temperature heats up.

6.  Find some place to volunteer. I haven't volunteered much since we moved to Arizona back in January 2015. I do like volunteering. I need to find some place to serve. Still looking into possibilities.

7.  Watch news at least 3 times a week. I have to say I rarely keep up with what is going on and ask my husband a lot what is happening in our world. Now I'm trying to watch news more and have pretty much watched it at least 3 times a week if not more.

8.  Get a library card and visit the library once a month.  Still have to do that. The library is less than 5 miles away. It is on my agenda to do within the next month or sooner. 

Something had to give when I started putting some of these things into practice and at the beginning it was spending time on blogging and social media.  Now things are starting to get better balanced and I feel it is probably a good time to get back into blogging. 

I'm not sure what I will write about since my days are so routine and perhaps a bit mundane, but I do plan to write at least one time a week something, even if it is just a picture. I thank those who sent inquiries about my health and well being.  All continues to be relatively fine.  It was just good to take a moment, step away, regroup and then come back again to a community I do enjoy being part of.

Looking forward to catching up with you all as time goes on.