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It comes as rather a nasty surprise that I am aging.

You too?

Oh, I knew there would be a few aches and pains,

and of course a face with well placed character-wrinkles

and some artfully arranged gray hairs.

But the plan was (and still is) to ignore such minor imperfections and compensate with self deception.

Creams and lotions help (and please try them all like I do).  The commercials might be right after all.

And  maintaining an upbeat, youthful attitude is the way to go.

This means a devotion to nutrition and exercise (if you practise on rare occasions like I do).

But who knew about falling asleep in a chair and waking up

with mouth wide open?

And how can you take charge of keeping

your mouth shut when you’re out cold?

I admit this humiliating onset of age mars my usually proud

and eternally youthful countenance.  And thankfully, I don’t snore!


I am now hoping for soulmates out there (those of you with gaping jaws)

to come forward with your learned-from-experience solutions to this ultimate indignity.

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Geese n Pond Good One

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Reflection Good One

This is one of my favorite photos taken as we drifted along.  I have forgotten where we were.  Was it the Rhine or the Danube?  I do remember those are vineyards at the top of the shot.  It seems Germany is becoming known for its wines.

Foggy Morn

It was a foggy morning in a sleeping city.

Willow Reflection

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I keep blogging about our trip to Germany and now beginning to envision

blank faces,


and vacant stares.

Constant reviews of recently returning tourists can even be sleep inducing.

This will therefore be the last post on my visit to “the old country.”

That is, unless there is something special that must be shared – like a castle built by Mad Ludwig II.

King 2 Neushuanstein

Swan Lake

Swan Lake below Neuchwanstein Castle


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Christmas Tree ReflectionsRandom 5 Friday

I maintained my “up” attitude this week.  This may be the longest stretch of joy since nineteen hundred and fifty nine.  By this time in the holiday season I am ordinarily “snarky,” as my friend, MJ says, and it all began with a Christmas tree.

  • Bill  agreed to purchase a real Christmas tree EARLY this year since our weather here is so tricky! The idea of searching  in a downpour did it.  In Bill’s family the tradition was to find and decorate a tree on Xmas Eve.  But my family liked to get it all together quickly in order to extend the suspense.  Well, the weather worked in my favor this year.   We not only found the perfect tree but brought it inside yesterday (because the forecast was for cold rain!) and last night we put on the lights and I finished adding all the memory infused ornaments.  Hurrah for bad weather!
Mondo Cookies

MJ’s Mondo Cookies

  • Today I made MJ’s Mondo cookies!  MJ is one of my favorite bloggers.  She calls her cookies “The Un-Christmas Cookies, but they are scrumptious and beautiful and perfect for any holiday.  You can visit her at Emjayandthem’s Blog.  Hurrah for MJ!
  • This week I also found a pair of skinny jeans with sparkles on the butt!  I may be a bit ancient for a sparkly rear, but hey, why not?  I am fortunate (or perhaps unfortunate) to be blessed with skinny legs and a flat bottom. The rest is indescribable.  But these wondrous jeans fit!  Hurrah for holiday miracles!
Skinny Jeans with Rear End Sparklers

Skinny Jeans with Rear End Sparklers

  • Friend Joan and I had lunch in downtown Lexington, Virginia. Our lunches last for hours since we have so much to talk about, catch up on and share.  We dined at the newly restored Robert E. Lee Hotel in their restaurant called Rocca’s!  Downtown was buzzing too but I managed to squeeze in a haircut.
  • Then Bill and I had dinner with other great friends, Pete and Phebe.  Our favorite “haunt” is Frank’s Pizza because that’s where all the action is.  At our age it doesn’t really take much action, but there is something about Franks’ or maybe something in their sauce that reduces us all to uncontrollable laughter.  Hurrah for ageless hilarity.Franks-sign-320-x-200

Well, in spite of being deeply enthralled with my latest Doomsday book, Year of Wonders, (about the Plague) I am in a holiday sort of mood.  Hurrah for jingling bells and Christmas cards in the mail, and a home that looks like a Norman Rockwell painting.  And hurrah for a great family and good friends!

And although I cannot believe it myself, I am saying, “Hurrah for bad weather!”

Oh Christmas Tree2






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Reflection of a Reflection

#1 – I was looking out the window at a hanging branch  as I was parked beneath a tree.  

#2 – There was a reflection of that hanging branch in the side mirror.

#3 – There was another reflection of the hanging branch in the “eye” mirror.

Which view was the real view?

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It was long ago when my wise old mother said, “The worst part of getting old is losing things.”

“What do you mean Mom?” I asked.

“You will lose things  important to you like eyesight, hearing, balance, and energy.  Then there is flexibility, memory, resiliency,and  stability.  Add skin tone, teeth, and hair.   But don’t worry now Sugar Plum.  You are still young.  When you turn 60, it’s all downhill from there.”

News Flash Mom: I am already on that slippery downhill slope (but fighting the concept all the way)!

Eyes.  Ha! I can still see straight  (after cataract surgery) and

the Hearing is fine (if there’s not too much background noise).

Never did have good Balance (and no rhythm either) so what else is new?  Remember that Arthur Murray dance instructor who told me to “forgeddabout it?”

Flexibility?  Maybe  a stretching class or yoga would solve that little problem if I can get over muscle cramping during Downward Dog.

As for Energy,  “What’s so wrong with a nap or two during a grueling day?  It’s called Beauty Sleep after all.”


They say your brain stores up every little thing until it stores  so much material (and you are so brilliant) that it takes a bit more time to recall what you were doing or why you entered that room in the first place, or even what you wanted to say.  What was that word again?

Aha! “Brilliance!”

Brilliance is the upside of aging!

Resiliency – So I don’t make quick exits from easy chairs  and muscle fever sets in after gardening.  Such things happen at any age.  Perhaps practice would help – or a hip replacement.  There are miracles in modern medicine these days.

Skin tone can be managed with various scraping techniques, concealers and makeup.  A million thanks to Cleopatra who I heard invented cosmetics and foundation.

Hair Loss.  They have special repair kits now with tiny fibers that stick to the one or two remaining living strands (for volume) and coloring kits to dab on the scalp in a superb imitation of existing hair color.  Who knew?

Stability.  A grab bar or two or three in the shower will work.

I suppose Mom was right about the downhill slope but on the way down I am discovering the secret to eternal youth.

Are you ready?

  • Bypass any annoying stumbling blocks.
  • Ignore negative signs like wrinkles (avoid mirrors, lakes or anything chrome).
  • Sleep a lot.
  • Utilize  modern technology for positive results.
  • Employ the art of self deception. Lie (to others and yourself).
  • Keep clawing your way back up.  Agony is synonymous with Cell Renewal.
  • I’ll meet you on the way!





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