“A new you can still emerge from the old you.”

Yesterday morning was lovely. I sat on the deck and read my papers and had my coffee. I could hear the acorns from the oak trees hitting the deck. I could hear the birds. It was a wonderful morning.

Today is suck your breath away humid. If I just looked out the window and stayed inside, I’d think what a beautiful day with sun, a blue sky and every now and then breeze. I’d be wrong. It will be in the mid 80’s with humidity almost as high.

This morning I got my papers, yesterday’s mail, put some boxes in the trunk for the dump and cleaned my little library. I rearranged the books and added a couple of new books. I never see anybody but there are books added by other than me.

As I age, I notice changes. I, of course, have more grey hair than brown. I wrinkle. I feel hot and cold more than I did. In the summer, I love the AC running. In winter I like the heat and wear a sweatshirt around the house. My feet get cold so I wear socks. Oddly, I don’t wear my winter coat outside. I wear a hoodie. I have hats, mittens, gloves and scarfs. I sometimes wear the knit cap just because I like it, not because I’m cold. I like naps but that has always been true. I am lazy about meals. I used to make a good dinner, but now I grab whatever is convenient. Lots of times it is just cheese and crackers. Sometimes I have cereal. Lately I’ve thrown in blueberries, but I prefer bananas. My word retrieval skills are dimming. I can’t think of the word I need at the time so I substitute non-descript words. My favorite non-descript word is thing. I drop it into conversations all the time now. I like staying home. I like lazy days. I used to do everything. I cleaned my house, took care of the lawn and shoveled in winter. I grocery shopped and hauled in the bags, usually in a couple of trips. Now I don’t. My house gets cleaned every two weeks, but I do some cleaning in between Mostly I swiffer Henry’s hair as it is in clumps on my floors. I have a landscaper who does all all my yard work. Peapod delivers my groceries to the kitchen. Skip, my factotum, does everything else including plowing and shoveling and opening and closing the deck. I talk out loud and pretend I’m talking to the animals. I get distracted. I’d be on the way to the kitchen but I stop when I notice clumps of fur to clean, a picture to straighten and a chair to align so by the time I get to the kitchen I forget why I’m there.

Life is an adventure at my age.

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22 Comments on ““A new you can still emerge from the old you.””

  1. Bob Says:

    This week has been a lesson in the ravages of age. I have been receiving pilot training in an airplane flight simulator that I used to fly and teach 15 or so years ago. Although I now used digital flash cards, instead of index cards to memorize the 67 memory items it seems harder to remember them than in the previous decade. Getting in and out of the pilot seat is also more challenging as my flexibility is reduced. Luckily, I still remember how to fly an airplane and my reaction time is still good. Getting up at five AM for a six thirty briefing hasn’t helped. 🙁

    The short break of normal temperature will end next week when it will again be in triple digits. Unfortunately, there’s no relief in sight for our severe draught. Between the draughts and wild fires in California the Republicans in Congress and Trump still deny the science of climate change and global warming. Like an ostrich they stick their head in the sand instead of doing something. 🙂 Why do these folks deny science? Many of them won’t vaccinate their kids because they mistakenly think it causes autism and whooping cough and measles is making a return among little kids. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It is decidedly more difficult to do things as we grow older. We are less flexible and learning takes more time. Remembering is definitely more grueling. I can’t remember the last time I was up at five.

      I can’t believe the temperatures not just here but also around the world. Sweden has forest fires and the highest temperatures they’ve even had. Japan has flooding. Europe too has record heat. Trump is an idiot. That’s the reason he denies science and global warming.

      • Spaceman Says:

        People might not like Trump, but for one thing for certain, he’s no idiot by any stretch. Bush and Reagan were were dumber than rocks according to the media and Democrats (which are 90% about the same).

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I am taking about his denial of climate change and its scientific proof. I don’t believe democrats are 90% dumb. I listen and watch snippets from the Trump rallies and what the crowd is cheering for, most which is not true. There are so many examples, but I’ll go back to the beginning: I’m still waiting for Mexico to pay for the wall.

  2. Birgit Says:

    It’s still hot and dry here. Wasn’t there a time when water drops just fell out of the sky? Well, at least some more people realize now that climate change is a problem.
    Another train-bike tour today, I had my feet in two rivers. The simple joys of life. I need to find a nice cool forest as destination for my next bike tour, too much sun today.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit
      Hot and humid still. It rained in Boston but not here. We’ve been dry for too long. I’d love some rain.

      I stayed inside most of the day. I didn’t even walk across the street to get my mail. I’m loving the AC.

  3. olof1 Says:

    At least the mornings are back to cooler again even if they still are rather warm compared to how it usually is here. They tend to predict rain but as soon as we get close to it suddenly they predict sunshine and high temperatures again 🙂 🙂

    Lately I’ve seen unusually many 50+ men driving around in small sports cars and I always wonder how they’ll manage to get out of them again 🙂 🙂 I’m pretty sure I would have to live in a car like that if I ever managed to get inside it 🙂 🙂 Thankfully I’ve never had an age crisis so I rather look for high cars where the doors open wide instead 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m glad you have cooler mornings ☃️. The dogs will love it. We are still quite warm and humid.

      I want a comfy car. I want room for Henry when I can get him in the car. He is not a small dog. I do see a few of those cars down here but not very many.

      Have a great day!

  4. Spaceman Says:

    Our Mexican amigos expedite the transit of Central Americans across the length of their country. USA ends up sheltering and caring for illegals, and trying to sorting out minors and parents. Dumped in USA’s lap and frankly not our country’s problem to solve.

    US CO2 emissions are going down and will continue to do so. China, India, and other developing countries’ CO2 emissions are going out the top. As long as populations increase, so will emissions. A scientific fact. Pilgrim and Oyster Creek will be shutting down soon in Massachusetts, which represent about 90% of the state’s electricity generation capacity. You might ask how this power is being replaced.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      Pilgrim has had many problems of late. A friend of mine is one of the supervisors, and they have had to close the plant a few times. I have had no complaints except we would have had to evacuate into the area affected by any major accidents. People who moved here after it was up and running have no complaint as they made the choice to live here. I need a row boat!

      We have many Brazilians here and there are many illegals among them. They are all hard working and pay taxes and into social security for which they are not eligible. Their money just sits there unclaimed. People prefer to hire them as they know the jobs will be done well. My neighbors are Brazilian, but they, father and mother and three children, are all citizens. I helped Neice, the mother, to prep for her citizenship test.

      • Spaceman Says:

        I have no problem with legal immigrants. USA granted 750,000 people citizenship last year. And many more work status. But no country in the world lets people walk across their borders and decide to live in their country. And that border is the gateway for a river of drugs. 60,000 Americans dead from OD last year. That’s not counting all the murders, violence, other crime associated with the drug trade much less the destroyed lives and families. Fighting over US drug profits is driving horrible murder rates in Mexico and Central America. And the solution is to keep doing the same.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I have former students from Ghana who were refused visas. They provided all the documentation including bank account information, proved they have ties in Ghana (one is even building a house), had letters from me and other returned volunteers inviting them to visit, and they were turned down. The only reason is they are from Ghana, not a favored country. That angers me.

        The Department of Homeland Security estimates the cost of the wall to be $21.6 billion though other estimates have gone as high as 70 billion. The cost to maintain the wall could cost as much as $750 million a year. Will it stop illegal drugs? I don’t think so.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Then we’ll punt on drugs. Why bother. It won’t work.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        Agreed!

  5. Spaceman Says:

    And the replacement power will have to come from other states – primarily from burning natural gas.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I do know that, but I also know Pilgrim has been quite controversial of late so I have no answer. I wish there would be more of an investment in wind and solar.

      • Spaceman Says:

        The northeastern part of the US has traditionally hated nuclear power. Your Senator Markey is the most anti-nuk senator in the senate. Accordingly, most of the stations in the NE will shutdown within the next several years. Vermont was one of the greenest states in the union for electricity prior to the Vermont Yankee shutting down. Cuomo and the State of New York have harassed the 2 large Indian Point nuclear plants for a decade (and they are both shutting down within 2 years). I mean it’s the states’ choice but all that power will have to be replaced and new natural gas plants are the only type of stations that can produce power in the magnitude needed. Lots of CO2. It is interesting to note that many next gen nuclear plants are being built in the the Middle East, India, China, and other countries. This is good for the environment.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I have no objections to nuclear power plants. I understand why they are needed. Here on the Cape, people loudly condemn Pilgrim because of the evacuation route I mentioned, but they don’t seem to have scientific or philosophical complaints against it. I sadly admit I don’t know Markey all that well. Mostly I follow Senator Warren. She never holds back, and I like that about her. She is a dog on a pant leg.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Most complaints about nuclear are driven by activists and media. Opposition is is largely in the Northeast and California. The rest of the country doesn’t have big issues. And nuclear provides a high percentage of total electricity compared to other regions of the nation.

        https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=36652

        I was surprised that 27% of households use fuel oil for heating. That’s not good.

        https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=36652

        I worked in a nuclear station for 35 years – it’s a big factory that makes electricity. Boil water, spin turbine, make electricity. All quite simple and hardly mysterious. Massachusetts will miss the jobs and the tax base on the Pilgrim and Oyster Creek. Oh well

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        The cape is an interesting place. Once mostly Republican it now has an even voting base of each party. People get annoyed and sometimes angry but this is mostly a quiet place. The Cape Times has complaints about local issues like the court, dump hours and local property variances. The front page has national news but not much of it. Snippets of international news are inside.

        My house is heated by gas. I think most in this neighborhood are.

        People can be nearsighted, but I do think the hysteria surrounding nuclear plants has lessened over time. Pilgrim chose to close. It is actually licensed to 2032.


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