HOW DO YOU WANT TO SPEND YOUR TIME THIS YEAR? YOU CAN ONLY SPEND IT ONCE AND THEN IT'S GONE.
|Our neighbor's stag
Hello from sunny PA, 29 degrees F. It’s 8:30 in the morning. This afternoon some time we are expecting an Arctic 🥶 blast continuing for several days with high winds and possible snow. Wow, what a forecast! I shall continue to hibernate. Since being sick with one thing and another for two months I am extremely reluctant to go anywhere. Roger, of course, being “himself” loves to be out and about running errands and enjoying meeting up with his friends for breakfast at their favorite diner.
I am very content being a homebody. It’s times like this that I am thankful for our large rambling house and my many hobbies and our pets. I feel so blessed! I finally feel good and humbled not to take my health for granted. I am eating better, taking vitamins, and try to get at least six hours sleep. Insomnia has been the thorn in my side for many years. Himself is asleep the moment his head hits his pillow and keeps saying when I marvel at his ability to do so that it is easy, just close your eyes. As if!
We were able to meet up with family this past Saturday and we ate out together but came back here to open Christmas presents and to celebrate 3 birthdays. Cake and ice cream was enjoyed also! So, the holidays are put to rest for another year and life goes on. Covid is very much with us still here in our corner of the universe, many people we know are sick. I need to schedule my booster shot.
I usually pick a word for the new year that expresses what I hope for. 2022 has a nice ring to it and my word is “CHANGE”. There are way too many changes I hope for in my life time to make the world a better place for my grandchildren. An old saying…the world is going to hell in a handcart…seems very apt these days…politics always being front and center but changes there wouldn’t be a cure for everything wrong going on. In talking to my friend Sharon about a problem she has encountered I wonder at the little injustices going on that affect the lives of the aged, especially those who have to cope in our computer dependent society. She doesn’t have a computer because, at 76 she has a very fixed income. She never married and lives in the house her parents left her. Her car is twenty five years old. She can’t afford Wi-Fi and smart phone. She has serious health issues. Yet her doctor’s office and pharmacy communicate via computer and texting.Appointments for the vaccines must be scheduled by computer and even the post office forms for getting her mail delivered to her door instead of her going down the drive on bad winter days must be downloaded by a personal computer. Phoning doesn’t do a thing to help her out unless she happens to get a kind soul who is willing to go the extra mile. Sometimes a receptionist will say they will make changes in the computer for her to be contacted via phone but those changes don’t last. She was so frustrated when she wailed at me over the phone. I did the only thing I knew off the top of my head to help her…I offered to download the forms for her and print them off. I also said she should contact her congressional person’s office to complain about one of the challenges our aging society faces.
Returning to my own little space I am fortunate that I do have cable and internet, computers, laptops, smartphones, etc. I don’t have to rely on one income to make ends meet. I am not alone, I have a loving family. But I pray that some changes will be made to accommodate those old people who don’t have what I take for granted.
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