Happy New Year!

Well, here we are – soon ready to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015. Wow the beginning of our fifteenth year in the 21st century! If that doesn’t make one feel old, I don’t know what will.

We are still watching the many Christmas movies recorded over the past ten days or so but are rapidly beginning to think that we will run out of time to see all of them before they disappear from our recording medium.

Now that we are starting a new year, I plan on spending more time on my writing and less time in front of the television set. We have so much to be thankful for not to mention so much to look forward to. Hopefully I will finally begin to follow my dreams of writing something every day be it here on this blog or in my own personal journal that I have kept for years.

We want to wish every one of our friends in cyber space a very happy new year and hopefully one full of positive occurrences. I don’t know about you but we had our share of disappointments in 2014 and so, if any are lurking around to rear their ugly head in 2015, we hope they are few and far in-between.

May the year 2015 fill your days with love, family, friendship, unforgettable memories and in doing so, provide you with as jubilant a world around you as is humanly possible. Hopefully the New Year will provide you with only the load you are capable of handling and the strength, perseverance and attitude to see it through.

Best wishes always,

Irwin and Dolly

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Patience

Okay, so we were sitting there for forty-five minutes just waiting for our doctor to come in and discuss our latest blood work with us. I was becoming impatient. But why? We are retired and what else do we have to do with our time. But then again, just because we are retired, doesn’t mean that we are to be ignored.

Upon appearing in the office, she apologized for the delay. Apparently someone was squeezed in before us and it took longer than she had anticipated. But, not to worry, the one thing we liked about our new Healthcare provider was that she was extremely thorough and spends quite a bit of time with us when she does appear explaining her findings in detail. Plus, when done, she asks us if we have any questions for her that she may not have covered. She may be a keeper.

Having set up our next appointment, as we were leaving, the thought occurred to me that I should learn to be a bit more tolerant as we end the year 2014. After all 2015 will be the year I turn age 75 and I must admit, it is a milestone I would like to be around for.

So, no rants and raves today but instead a little reminder to myself that we are not getting any younger and really at our age do not need to be in a rush for anything – especially when waiting to see the doctor. Why the change in attitude from the above which found me getting disturbed and upset because we were kept waiting for over forty-five minutes? Because, after getting over the “only thinking about me attitude,” I thought to myself – somewhere – someone – is waiting for their doctor to enter the room to see them, and the news they may receive might not be as good as ours was.

At our age, time, hopefully should be looked upon as our friend. Why rush it? Especially if we are fairly healthy, still have our faculties (OK, I know what many of you may be  thinking – “but does he still have all his faculties?”) and can get around well without any assistance from others. Fact of the matter is – If I slow my mind down a little as well as my body including all that I intend to put on my plate on any given day, so to speak, who knows, I may just get to do the many things I still want to do that make me happy.

After all, I think it is important at our age to do that which makes us happy as opposed to what others may want us to do and being retired, we should be able to make that happen. Hopefully 2015 will be a new beginning involving more reading, writing, dancing, and yes – more traveling. As we have already told our children – it is up to them to plan for their future because we are spending their inheritance.

Until next time!

Repetition

I see I used the same quote twice for two different posts. Is that a sign I need to step back and regroup or what?

With that thought in mind, I am going to hold off writing a post today as I am planning to review 2014 in general and create a post outlining what we did in 2014 thus giving me ideas regarding what we hope to accomplish in 2015.

So I will end by taking this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Priorities

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

– Buddha

The above quote by Buddha got me to thinking about what it is I may want to work towards in the year 2015 which is rapidly approaching. I find myself, at times, wondering why it is I do not get all done in a day, week, month, or year that which I feel I must get done. And then the light bulb goes on! It is me, being that I am retired I am the master of my destiny. If I want to take a cross-country road trip similar to the one we took this past March through mid-July, I can go for it. Should I want to spend more time reading – hey – clear my calendar of other things so that I can read more often. Another thing I have always wanted to do is learn more about some of the programs found on my computer. Who can fix that – me! All I need do is replace several of my current “priorities” with the aforementioned desires. In reality, I am merely going to make my daily desires “actual priorities” so that I do them first instead of when and if I have time.

I mean – let’s face it we are all the masters of our own destiny. So far this year we have been on a cruise, a three and one-half month cross-country road trip taking us into parts of the country and western Canada we have not been to before. We visited our son in southern California, some friends in Arizona, more friends in Indiana and went on to visit both relatives and friends in PA before going to visit another son in Connecticut. We teach line dancing two days a week and when able to, go to line dancing classes two, sometimes three days a week. In addition to all that we socialize with friends within the community where we live at least two times a week.

So, while I may think I need to re-prioritize our activities, truth be told, my educated guess is that what I need to do is cut back on some of my down time in front of the TV. Television is a wonderful piece of technology and for people our age that are not able to be as active as we are, I would venture to say that the TV and the computer are probably two of the most faithful companions they could ask for (outside of a pet such as a dog or cat). But, as evidenced by the above, we are not yet “inactive” senior citizens. Still going strong, but not achieving all that I want to during my time left here, bottom line is that I need to change my priorities!

So, I have less than thirty days to create a new game plan for 2015. I prefer to call what it is I hope to do in 2015 a “game plan” versus “New Year’s Resolutions”. I chose “game plan” versus “resolutions” because resolutions never seem to get accomplished. But I have been known to work towards and achieve a game plan. Stay tuned, changes are afoot for 2015.

Until next time!

Read me next! Senior Moments!!!!!!

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

– Buddha

I am having a bit of a problem today maneuvering around this website. During my adventure seeing and re-visiting the few blogs I posted here since I started, I seen that two of the posts were practically identical and as such I decided to remove the one. But that would have left this page blank and far be it for me to do such a thing.

Therefore, even though I have not, as yet, figured out how to make it known that the article in question (this one) is different from that which my audience (if there are any readers of my rants and raves out there) already read, I decided to entitle this particular post “Read me next!” Here goes:

Senior Moments

Okay, we have all had them – senior moments! But once you reach a certain age, they tend to be more often than those we experienced earlier in our lives. Problem? Not necessarily – it depends on how you go with the flow.

Take for instance the senior moment wherein “You’ve accidentally opened your outgoing mail.” Hmmm, perhaps you need to re-look at that piece of mail. Is it a letter wherein you may have said something in haste or perhaps now that you have reopened the mail, you realize that you forgot to say something you meant to say when you first sat down to write. Problem solved. In reality, it isn’t a senior moment – as Bill Engvall would say “Show me a sign!” which was done.

Or “You have a recurring nightmare that your children are putting you in a home where you will be fed nothing but tapioca pudding and Jello. Perhaps this senior moment is telling you to be nicer to your children than you have been in the past. Remember, as we get older and start losing or mixing up our marbles – our children will be the ones trying to decide what to do with us.

Let’s take a look at another senior moment – one involving others not quite as near and dear to you. Remember, at our age we are told to be aware of scams and not talk to strangers, well not to worry – another senior moment finds you actually inviting door-to-door (do they even exist anymore) salesmen into your home because you enjoy the company. Fortunately, my wife and I still have each other – but what about those that are all alone. Company of any kind may sound good.

Here is another senior moment for us to think about – Why is it the senior citizens in television commercials look thirty years younger than we do? But then let’s face it they have all those behind the scenes makeup artists just waiting to make them look that good. Us, we comb our hair, brush our teeth, try to make sure we have matching socks on and out the door we go.

Oh, I just thought of another senior moment we find endearing now that we are older. When we go to the Post Office or Bank nowadays we find ourselves hoping to find a long line so we will have something to do for the next thirty minutes or so. What – so you don’t like company – even if it isn’t within the confines of our own home? My bad!

And where would we seniors be without being able to ask for a senior citizen discount at our favorite fast food restaurant. My particular thought regarding this senior moment is that being as active as we are, when visiting a fast food restaurant we normally do not frequent, I actually tend to forget to ask about the discount. Duh! Is that a “senior moment” or what?

Well, those are my funnies for the day. If just one of you reading this got even a small chuckle, you made my day. For a day without at least one burst (no matter how small) of laughter, is like a day without sunshine.

Until next time!

About Me – 2014

irwin4Welcome to my blog – a place where I can write, rant and rave into the blogosphere about the many things I think about as they relate to both the adventures and misadventures we experience in this, what I like to call “Our journey of life’”

 The photo shows me, and my wife, Dolly!

Who am I? I’m a retired property and casualty insurance underwriting manager, author of several short stories, poems, essays, and memoirs, teacher when I can get a class or two and a frustrated wannabe writer of sorts. My mission here is to express some aging/retirement opinions – about how I perceive the world around me, in all its glory and confusion. 

Why rant?   In order to cleanse my soul of the frustrations I endure when reading/seeing the news, ranting via a blog will help flush out the toxins that would otherwise build up within me thus enabling me to restore a sense of balance to this “old fogy’s” (a person who is excessively old-fashioned in attitude, ideas, manners, and so forth) way of thinking.

What can you expect? Comical musings in the form of reflections and ranting or raving dependent upon the mood I am in at the time of the posting. I must admit up front that I am not a daily blogger; but I promise a new post whenever the mood strikes my fancy to share something that I think is either fabulous or ridiculous and have to get it off my chest in order to save my sanity.

For a sample of some of my former rants and ravings visit: http://www.retirement-online.com/retiree-blogs.html

0r to see some of my short stories, poems, essays, and/or memoirs:

Please visit me at: http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/writer-index.html