Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Reflections on Growing Older

Wednesday Hodgepodge is a fun thing to do.  Here are my reflections on growing older.  If you want to participate, you can click on the picture and it should take you to Joyce's blog.

1. What's one thing you learned at the ripe old age of whatever age you are now?
        I've learned this:  I look better in shorter hair.  I can't wear the below shoulder length hairstyle anymore.

2. I read here a list of foods that can help you look younger-
How many of the foods listed have you tried? How many do you eat regularly? Your favorite from the list?
        Since I almost completely eat a whole food plant based diet, ALL those fruits and vegetables are in my daily diet.  Except the avocado.  I'm allergic to avocado.  Breakfast is oat based cereal with chia seeds, flaxseed meal, banana, strawberries and blueberries.  Lunch is a big bowl of veggies and hummus and chips.  Dinner will once in a while include salmon.  I'm not a big fan of green tea, but I will drink it.  And dark chocolate.  Always need dark chocolate.

3. Something you miss from the 'good old days'? When were the good old days anyway?
         The good old days were when all my kids were still living at home.  Believe it or not, I enjoyed those middle school and high school years.  I miss the daily interactions with them all and sitting around the dinner table chatting.

4. What are two or three of the most rewarding things to be found in growing older?
        First, it's great that I am retired, and I don't have to get up and go into work.  I miss the students but not the grading.  Secondly, I love being able to travel in non peak times. England in November and March is beautiful! Thirdly, I enjoy my 'retired' routine of slow mornings, walks and hikes, and books and more books to read.

5. What's your favorite part of your life right now?
        My life right now is so much in flux with moving and house hunting that it's hard to think of 'my life'.  I do love being able to see my daughters daily.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
        Sixty-five is the new Forty!


Martha said...

You sure do have a nice, healthy diet! I loved when my kids were at those ages too. I actually enjoyed every since stage from tiny babies to now being adults :)

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Isn't retirement wonderful? There has not one single day that I have regretted that decision back in 2011.

Anonymous said...

But who’s 65 anymore? Lol. Mary

ellen b. said...

Allergic to sorry. That is so good for you and especially for your daughters that you are right there with them. Hope the rest of your week goes well and that we can hear about the right home that you've found!

Lisa said...

I am so sorry that you are allergic to avocado! When I read your answer to the "good old days," I remembered how much I loved when my kids were teenagers and actually all through college and they and their friends would be over at our house around my table! I loved the laughter and conversation!

Pamela said...

Great post. Do you have posts of your travels to England? I'll have to look for them. My Mum was British and I spent many of my childhood and young adult years there.

#3 Sitting around the dinner table chatting - that brings back wonderful memories of my time at home with my parents and sister and later, with my husband and daughter in our home.

Barbara said...

Like you, Willow, I've had to come to terms with the fact that at my current age I look better with shorter hair.

65 as the new 40. Yeah, something like that (smile).

Theresa said...

Wow, your diet is so healthy, that is great! Your retirement sounds very relaxed, except for the house hunting ;) Hope you find your perfect home soon!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Willow,
I like your diet. Good for you!
I agree about the kids, I enjoyed my boys during those ages too. :-)
Good luck with the house hunting.

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