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Thursday, July 12, 2007

SIGNS OF AGING

Apologies for not posting for a whole week folks. I've been sick for the last 2 weeks but at least I got back to work this past week. On the mend, just a nasty hacking cough now.

It got me to thinking how I bounced back a lot quicker when I was younger. And as I took my "old person meds" last evening I got to thinking about a blog post.

There are of course many different signs of aging, many of which you won't see in this blog post but you can be sure they are a part of my "old person" life now. LOL For example, wrinkles, sags and bags. Weight gain. Droopy eyelids.

Hell, I've even got a couple of those dreaded "age spots" on one of my hands!

At my age, you start using products that you once only associated with granny.



The mind and spirit may well be young at heart, just as young as when I was actually 20 and 30 years of age. It's the body that sabotaged me somewhere along the way, and forced me at gunpoint to admit that cute and perky are adjectives describing OTHER (younger) people. Nowadays my adjectives are more like "matronly" and "used to be hot". Heh heh.

It's not all gloomy, and I'm quite happy enough in my golden years. Are the 50's golden years yet? If not, perhaps these are my middle aged years. At any rate, it's not a complete write-off yet and there are some good things about it all.

It's just that those good things all have to do with mind and spirit.

All the crap stuff is physical, like arthritis and high cholesterol, and of course the putty and spackle I need to apply with my makeup.



What I do mourn for at times is the youthful and slim shape that I had so much fun dressing up in the latest cool fashions. Fashions for the young. Today I pretty much wear what's comfortable and call it a day. This body hasn't seen a bathing suit or a pair of shorts since...... well hell my mind is so old I can't even remember. LOL

I must have been 50 before I even heard of the word "exfoliate". For you gentlemen, that pretty much means scrubbing your skin raw to get rid of the outer dry and wrinkly layers. (that's what the little round white scratchy pad is for)
Scrape, rub, scrape, rub.... oh oh now I have less skin on the right side of my face, I need to do more on the left.... scrape, rub, scrape, rub.....



I've always had dry skin and needed to moisturize from head to toe after a shower or bath. But who at my age has THAT kind of energy, I ask you?? Instead, I do the best I can with some wonderful moisturing bath products. The most effort (because it's a smaller body part and therefore less work) I put out is my face moisturizer and hand lotion. I just wish hand lotions would cover up age spots.

What you also don't see is my putty knife and spackle scraper. They're tucked in my makeup case that you see above along with mascara, blush (I'm a pale face) and concealer. (dark rings under my eyes). Oh the joys of makeup time in the mornings!

Let's just say I'm not very low maintanence.

As an update on the Glucosamine liquid you see in the first and second pics, when I finish this bottle it will be about 5 months of trying it. I think it's helped a "bit", but not enough. My arms still cause me problems so I think I might be trying the Shark Cartilege afterall.

As for the good stuff about aging, there are signs to them too!

Those are things I can't take pictures of though, as they are purely emotional and spiritual. Like not giving a flying hoot if I want to speak up about something. In my younger years I was a bit of a mouse. Now I'll say what I think should be said, but the best part is that with my age comes wisdom and experience so I have some TACT! Well okay, for the most part anyway. LOL

And there was a time when I was too busy with life to be concerned about spiritual matters. Now that I'm older and have deliberately slowed down, these things have taken a front seat in my life and I'm much more at peace.

So it's not all bad. Just annoying as hell when I'm all at peace until I try to get up out of my chair, or bend over to paint my toenails. OY. Then peace seems to fly right out the window.

I hope you all have a great upcoming weekend. Since you're here right now and as I'm old enough to get crabby if you don't do as I ask, why not head on over to KIM'S and wish her a very Happy Birthday! She's been going through some rough times for awhile now and could really use some Birthday Cheering Up. Tell her Jude sent ya!

Take good care of each other, and don't forget to help old people across the street!

PEACE!
Love Jude

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