• Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    The carnival is over

    ‘Turn down the volume’ she cried. All she wants to do is rest. There were times when music bought joy into her life. The passion, the emotion. But now, all she asks for is quietness, peace. She wants others to understand but does not explain. Her silence speaks volumes to me, it is loud and unexpected. Hence, when there is a request to turn down the volume, it is not questioned. She looks at the photo sitting on the wine table in the corner. It may have once been home to bottles of wine, and a random feather from her scarf. It was a sign of good times. But now…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    What I like about getting older

    What I like about getting older is that I can set my own priorities. I can manage my time. However, at any time of the day I can change these. It is very liberating deciding what to do and when to do it and when I will complete any given task. Of course, there are risks in this new age of freedom I find myself in. The major risk is the potential to do the things I love and postpone those that are not as appealing! But, the great wonder of having time, more time than I ever had before is that it is all up to me. I can…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day,  Retirement

    Older and waiting

    We all must wait, but when you are older and waiting there is another story! When you are older, waiting can be more difficult. The longer you sit, the harder it is to get up. Of course, I am not talking about myself, I am not that old yet! But there are many people who are older than me and need help getting out of a chair or walking, either with a stick or a wheelie walker. No more was I aware of being older and waiting when I was at my ophthalmologist this week. The waiting room is long, seats all around the walls, we are all familiar with…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Age matters

    Age matters and it seems to matter more the older you get. My mother, as I have mentioned before is 90 years old. I am always telling people that my 90-year-old mother is visiting or about some other event that is happening in her life. When she was 55 years or 65 years I never said to others “my 65-year-old mother is visiting”! There is something about age when it reaches a certain point that is significant. Certainly, 90 years old is a significant milestone and even better when the person, like my mother, can care for herself. She does get support from family and more recently others to shop…

  • Life Day By Day

    Downsizing

    We have been busy over the last couple of months moving house and downsizing; smaller home and smaller block of land. This explains my absence from my desk (apart from the computer problems) and no recent posts. Downsizing definitely has an upside: less space to clean, less garden to care for and less maintenance. There is also a downside particularly if you are like me and want to keep all the furniture I and my “One & Only” (O&O) have accumulated over the decades – where does it all fit? And what is in all those unpacked boxes in the garage? We seem to have everything we need inside so where will…

  • Life Matters,  Retirement,  Socio-Political

    Older and bolder…

    According to the Australian Government’s Intergenerational Report 2015 our population is getting older. Yes, we are all getting older, but are we getting bolder? As older people are we brave and fearless as we face the future? In Australia we have the longest life expectancy in the world. It seems that my “One & Only” (O&O) and I can live well into our nineties therefore we need to plan for the future or at least prepare for it as much as we can. But how much can we do in the here and now? And will we have others to help us in 10 or 20 years down the track?…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Downsizing

    These days there is a lot of talk, particularly amongst baby boomers, about downsizing and this usually relates to the family home. In actual fact, downsizing is all about making something smaller. As you get older downsizing takes on a new dimension because as we age we become smaller in height. So, how low can we go? The process of “body downsizing” starts around age 40.  We can lose up to centimetres in height as we get older. It has to do with the gel like discs in our back that lose their cushioning and through osteoporosis – a condition whereby the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of…

  • Life Day By Day

    Death is only a transition

    Over the past few months I have reflected on death and its entwinement with life. Death is an appointment that none of us can escape. I believe that death is not the end, only a transition. Given the subject matter was so much on my mind I recently purchased three books by Elisabeth Külbler-Ross. It was back in the 1970’s when I first became aware of the work of Külbler-Ross. I then had the opportunity to attend a workshop with her when she visited Brisbane in the late 1970’s. Kübler-Ross refers to death as the final stage of growth. Her ground-breaking research with the terminally ill led her to identify…

  • Life Day By Day,  Living with Chickens,  Retirement

    Weather, Weight and Wrinkles

    It has been raining at our place most of the year to date (140mms), therefore the weather is getting my attention.  Given I am indoors for most of the time I am preoccupied with the weather, my weight and my wrinkles. Let’s start with the weather. I love the rain and the mist. As we live on the southern escarpment of the Blackall Range we get low cloud cover and mist hovering over and around us. The lawn and garden is drinking in the rain. Most of the year our garden is green but right now it is a verdant green to be envied. But with all this rain what about…