Monday, October 3, 2011

Fight the Nemises of the Elderly - Exercise the Brain

I keep being told my forgetfulness is normal as we age.  We need to exercise our brain not by just reading something but really thinking about it.  There are times when I feel like there is a cat 5 tornado flying around in my brain.  I need to master the art of slowing it down and stop the constant flying debris from littering my thought processes.  Pick an item...think about it then put it away.

I don't want to be the elderly person that KNOWS EVERYTHING.  I remember that all too well.  We cared for my husbands mother the last several years of her life.  I do not want to be the mean ole lady that knows everything!  This is what I am fighting to stave I have to exercise my brain to make sure the cobwebs do not build up in there. 

I am going to make a supreme effort to exercise my thought processes.   I'm physically feeling old today so my  first thought is what Cora Harvey Armstrong says,"Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened."   The next thought is 'who is Cora Harvey Armstrong'?  Do you know?  After thinking about it for a spell...I had to look it up.  A very interesting lady.   Look it up....good exercise for the brain.

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. ~ Coco Chanel.  Oh, Coco, now you're getting mean this face that has more lines than a metropolitan road map is MY fault.  I always thought those were character lines.  I must be quite a character.  I really don't like all those little lines around my mouth....looks like I have been sucking lemons!  (Maybe I could believe they were from too many tequila shots?)  Then there's the deep furrow between my eyes...I know that came from the many many years of concentrating too hard.  Oh, those deep laugh lines.  Actually those are tolerable....I've always had a somewhat strange sense of humor.  Laughing is excellent therapy.

Listening to the news can be unsettling....they were just saying somebody had been assassinated....How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?  I don't want to have either....I'm getting naturally old quick enough. I don't want to exercise that subject any more.

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?  This has been floating around in my brain ever since my MIL was adamant that she be buried in her very best incl jewelry .....but she was cremated!  I'm just saying, ya think we should pack a bag?  That reminds me of when she was cremated and given to us in a small box.  We then put her in the car to drive her to her final resting place in Spooner, Wisconsin.  Do you put her in the trunk or in the back seat?  It was October and was freezing at night...when we stopped for the night, do we bring her in or leave her in the trunk?  I'm tellin ya, there was a lot of thinkin about that.  Even tho she was meaner than the junk yard dog, I struggled with putting her in the trunk, etc.  We laid her to rest and slept well on the way home.

We were looking at hams at the market the other day and I got to thinking.....what disease did Cured Ham actually have?  I don't know but in the olden days we would cure it with salt that would draw out water and retard the bacteria growth, then hang it high in one of the closed in outbuildings till it was really jerkyfied.   I guess they wouldn't sell very many 'Infected Sick' Hams.

Bette Davis says "Old age ain't no place for sissies."  So let me enjoy life and, sing, wear funny clothes and different color socks and hope that I don't wear my underwear on top of my pants or on my head.

I'm tired of thinking lets all go find the best bargains on the NET...CLICK HERE for Online Auction.  It's going to be a wonderful holiday season.  Enjoy!