“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”

Today is rainy, dark and dismal. It will get colder tonight and by tomorrow night will be in the 30’s. Mother Nature’s weather this time of year seems confused about its identity. Is it fall or is it beginning of winter? 60˚ will be back by Wednesday.

My short sleeve shirts are in the bin, my sandals are in the back of the closet, the movie projector and screen will be put in the cellar and the deck will be closed on Monday. I’m wearing my slippers and a sweat shirt. It is the start of winter mode. I always feel sad to pack summer away.

I have some errands today so I am glad for the rain. It keeps people home.

Last night I had 18 trick or treaters, a big number for me. Most were little kids, but a couple were high school age. I didn’t care. They got candy anyway. My large size Necco Wafers were a hit. Kids were yelling to their parents waiting on the street about the size of the candy. My neighbors across the street turned out their light at six. Mine went out at 7:30.

For the most part I don’t mind growing old. The grey hairs are a badge of honor. The wrinkles aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be by now; however, I do worry about one thing: the old lady temperament. I am already impatient enough without adding old lady to the mix. What if I start scowling for no reason? Will I get pushy? I think old people believe they are entitled simply because of longevity. The whole aisle in the store is theirs. To ask nicely to pass by merits a tsk or two or even a look. I don’t mind growing old. I just mind being old.

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14 Comments on ““You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The winds blew, there was snow and sleet in the air and the little boy next door announced “I hate this Halloween”…gosh he was right. We had around 35 visitors way down from our normal 120 or so.
    Tell your friends that I am handing out free copies of the new Bette Midler covers album I told our few visitors. Didn’t seem to help much

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That is the worst. Rain is okay but snow and sleet ruin walking from house to house. Kudos to the 35 who made the effort.

      Being too young, they had no idea what they missed by not accepting the offer! Heck, if I hd know, I’d have trick or treated!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    If you’re not at Old Lady Temperament by now, you probably won’t be. At least that’s what I’m hoping for myself. Every so often I realize that my face is scowling as I’m concentrating on something so I make myself smile. I’m sure I look like a fool either way. 🙂

    I turned my lights on at 6 and turned them off about 8-ish. I let the kids take as much as they wanted from the candy bowl and I still have a lot left over. I threw away all the stuff I don’t like. There’s still a lot of stuff I do like. Unfortunately. I read somewhere on Facebook that a new study found that a glass of wine is equal to an hour of exercise. I’ll drink wine with my chocolate then. 🙂

    The dogs and I are hanging around inside. It’s raining and windy and dismal. I paid bills so the weather matches my mood, I guess.

    Enjoy the day, dismal as it is.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s a relief. I won’t have to worry about cantankerous. If you’re by yourself, you can even manage hysterical laughter without anyone knowing.

      I have chocolate left and only 2 Necco wafers. They were a hit. I would have given out the chocolate if I needed to but not enough kids came which was my hope. I bought favorite: Reeses and KitKat.

      I had to go out, and I was right about the traffic. There were few cars. I’m now waiting for a sub sandwich to be delivered. I decided to treat myself.

      Have a great evening and stay cozy!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We had a nice day here today, they had predicted fog and strong winds and we got some haze, sunshine and almost no winds at all 🙂 They predict tomorrow to be just like today was so all hell might break loose 🙂 🙂 🙂

    No trick or treaters here as predicted, just as well I had nothing to give anyway. But I had carved a pumpkin and put a light in it, one of those one have on graves this time of year, sort of fitting don’t You think 🙂

    I’m getting more patient the older I get 🙂 and I do look forward to retirement. I think it usually are parents that occupies the isles in the stores, it seems they believe we all can pass their cart, that they usually leave in the middle, like we were ghosts. Or sometimes it is a few people standing chatting so it is impossible to pass and I usually shout out loud that if they want to keep their achilles tendons they should move aside because I don’t care how much it would hurt when I hit 🙂 🙂 I rarely have to wait for any longer period of time until they move 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • olof1 Says:

      By the way! Thank You for the Birthday card 🙂 That e-mail hasn’t worked since midsummer but today it showed I had 77 new e-mails to read 🙂
      I liked it a lot!
      Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We got all the wind you didn’t. My deck and lawn are again covered in leaves and pine needles. The winds could hit 60 MPH tonight. I took all the stuff hanging outside just in case.

      I think your pumpkin was perfect. You celebrated the best way with a lit pumpkin. They always look fantastic and sometimes eerie.

      I now have my groceries delivered. The store drove me crazy. If I need a few things, I go to a small store which has everything I might just need. It also has a bakery which I try to avoid but I’m not always successful.

      I will sometimes move the cart out of my way. The person jumps to grab the cart when i do. I always tell them it was blocking the whole aisle. I don’t know if that does any good.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Public holiday (All Saints’ Day) and perfect T-Shirt weather (November?!?) today, just back from a day trip by train to an centuries-old watermill and a reservoir 20 miles north of my home. We walked around the lake and the sunset was beautiful. Candy bars as picnic food, no Halloween kids this year.
    I think I was born old, just my hair is a little bit grayer now. I don’t dye it.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Today is a holy day which means church for those who still go. It is a regular work day. I am jealous of your t-shirt weather.

      Candy bars sound like the best picnic food-it replaces all that energy you lost by walking.

      I don’t dye my hair either. Neither do my two sisters. My mother was the only one who did.

  5. lilydark Says:

    My mom said I was born old. I do worry about getting older, but mostly because of finances and making sure I have a stable place to live.
    Yesterday it actually rained! One the one day when there were outdoor Halloween activities. I was tired and spent most of the day resting.
    Today is a sunny fall day– and damn, it’s already time to set the clocks back. I wish they would do away with that one.
    I want a candy bar! One of my favorites is the Kit-Kat.
    Waving,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      We all have those same worries-that we won’t outlive our money.

      It rained all day today, and now the wind is terrific. Leaves are being blown about as are the pine needles.

      They are being set earlier than they used to be. Are we righting the clocks after we set them forward? Is it the chicken or the egg which came first?

      I have a Kit Kat. Come on by!!

      Waving,
      Kat and the critters

  6. flyboybob Says:

    The old person attitude is a result of physical pain, economic pain and loneliness. Our bodies develop pains in places we didn’t even know we had in our youth as a result of medical science prolonging our lives but unable to cure chronic illness like dementia, diabetes or arthritis.

    Most of us are worried that we will out live our money and wind up eating dog food. Private pension funds were raided by bankruptcy or corporate raiders in the 80s and 90s and our 401k and other investment funds were devastated in the financial crisis of 2008.

    Many of us will have to postpone retirement until our minds or our bodies give out. There are only so many greeter jobs at Walmart to go around.

    Going to funerals of friends and coworkers while only hearing from our families on holidays leads to isolation and loneliness. For many baby boomers the shine has been taken off the golden years as a result of twenty five or more years of stagnant wages, out sourcing and inflation.

    Last night not one kid knocked on our door. My kids have out grown trick or treating. We didn’t even buy any candy. A cold front brought a crisp Autum morning with both clear skies and cooler temperatures.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Sometimes the old person is the one looking at you in the mirror. I agree that not being able to do what we always did is a sure sign of aging. I can’t carry as much I used to, stay up as late or do every day chores which were never tiring.

      My dog’s food looks darn good. The first ingredient is the meat followed by the vegetables. That dog eats healthier than I do. I just have my pension which is enough. My house is paid for, but I do own on the new car. I don’t complain. Life is fun and that doesn’t take a whole lot of money.

      All my friends have retired. None of them work. There isn’t even a Walmart anywhere close.

      I am having a great retirement. My friends and I get together often. My sisters call a lot, and we keep in touch. We have game nights, movie nights, Happy Cowboy day and any other reasons we can find to get together.

      My street had no kids for a long while then families moved in and had kids. There are 8 kids on my street now. The oldest is 8.

      I love a crisp autumn day. It is my favorite.


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