“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”

That sun is back in favor with me. It is here again, and it brought along the blue sky. Outside is warm at 41˚. Very little snow is left, only piles along the sides of the road from the plowing. Those piles are ugly, pockmarked and dirty. Snow has a short shelf life once the sun appears.

When I began to think of snow as a nuisance, I was caught in a dichotomy. I still loved to watch the flakes fall and would turn on the outside lights so I could see the snow, but I didn’t want the flakes to touch the ground; I didn’t like shoveling, and I didn’t like cleaning off the car. There I was caught in the middle where I still stay sit.

I watch TV, not as much as Chance the Gardener, but I watch. I also bitch and moan. Even with a zillion stations, I sometimes find nothing to watch. HGTV is one of my stations of last resort. I’ve watched so much I can now throw around phrases like curb appeal, focal point and window treatment. I know to look for hardwood floors, a master suite, a farmer’s sink, stainless steel, tile and granite or its ilk. Mirrors will make the room look bigger. Neutral colors are best.

I am getting forgetful; it’s a matter of aging. My word retrieval skills are blunted. I get distracted and forget what I wanted in the first place. Mnemonics have become my best friends, and I use my mother’s trick of going through the alphabet. Most times that works. My spelling skills often take a vacation. I wonder about the spelling of a word, and the longer I look, the stranger the word looks. I could use spell check but that only makes it worse. I figure given the way I’m going my lists will soon be scrolls furled because of their lengths.

It always amazes me that I am the age I am. I don’t feel old. I don’t think old. At least as far as I can remember.

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8 Comments on ““We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I did feel old this morning, working yesterday reminded me today that I’m not young any more 🙂 🙂 Normally I don’t feel old though.

    It is annoying though when I’ve been looking for someone because I have something to say and as soon as I see that person I just can’t remember what it was I wanted to say 🙂 🙂 We were talking about things like these at work this morning and we did realize that we at least aren’t young any more even if we wouldn’t say we’re old 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I feel older on cold days. My body just doesn’t like to move. It wants to sit and be comfy.

      Sometimes I have to sit and think a bit when I lose what I’m going to do. I mostly remember. When doing a crossword, I doddle on the side until the answer pops into my head.

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I did read a discussion that you are only old in your final days when you need care and attention as you prepare for the up (or down) escalator. There does seem to be a modicum of truth to that idea.

    I am sure that the casing has deteriorated and no amount of Ziebart will help. I can comfortably say that I have gained no sense of maturity over the years and that the things that I fussed about 40 or 50 years ago have not changed one iota.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Okay, I also like that idea. When I’m getting ready to toes up as my mother would say, I’ll admit to growing old.

      I have much of my younger self still with me. I think my optimism is from when I was young. That the world is filled with adventures and surprises is a gift from young me to the me of now.

  3. Bob Says:

    So Joan Baez is 76. When did she get so old? I don’t remember her nor any of the other icons of our generation getting old. The other day I watched “The Graduate” on cable TV and I still think of myself as Benjamin being seduced by a sexy older woman. Dustin Hoffman looked so young as I enjoyed the music of Simon and Garfunkle. You and I are just entering our seventh decade but I don’t feel that old. I have trouble remembering names. I find myself saying, “You know, what’s his name?” Spellcheck has always been my writing savior.
    my better half also watches HGTV as background video noise when she can’t find anything else. I’m always amazed that 1,500 square foot house in the Los Angeles area are selling for nearly a half million dollars. I like watching cooking shows for background noise.

    Today started out foggy at 40 degrees and got up to 48 on my way home after the sun burned off the fog.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It is my first 70, and I don’t feel at all old. I think back to when I’d see old ladies and wonder how they feel about being old. NowI know they weren’t old at all, to them.

      Yesterday I watched movies on YouTube. There are so many wonderful films. They don’t have descriptions of the movies so I check the movie out on line first. I saw a really old Shadow film as in, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” It was from the 30’s.

      I also like cooking shows. I used to watch far more of HGTV but now I’m only down to a couple of programs.

      It got to 41˚. That makes me happy!!

  4. Coleen Says:

    I just turned 60…it blows my mind. I was bent out of shape on it til a dear friend wrote on my FB page that “It’s not the years in your life…it’s the life in your years”.

    Word.

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Ah, Coleen, I remember those far off days when I was 60. They are but a blur in my memory drawers.

      Your friend was right. Fill all the days of your life, and that is more than enough.

      Waving!!


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