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Lucy’s Back!

By on Jul 3, 2016 in Aging, Funny, Marriage | 0 comments

This post appeared in my original blog back in 2011. It is a bit long, but I love it so much that I decided to reprint it here: I recall with disdain the first time I colored my hair. Being unfamiliar with the various products available, I pored over every shade of brown that Walmart offered, looking for the one that would best match my natural hair color – dark brown. I desperately wanted to cover the gray, but didn’t want the change in my hair color to be blatantly obvious to friends, family and co-workers. I finally settled on a L’oreal product with a picture on the front that looked like a pretty fair match. I applied it that day and was dismayed to find the color was too intense – much darker than my natural color. When Gary got home, he looked at me and his eyebrows shot up, but to his credit, he didn’t say anything right at first. “I know. It’s awful isn’t it?” “No,” he...

Me Old? Nah.

By on Jun 29, 2016 in Aging, Birthdays, Funny | 0 comments

I remember listening to the Beatles sing “When I’m Sixty-Four” when I was a teenager and thinking what a long time it would be before I would be that old. Really? It seems no time at all since I was sixteen – at least to me. But just a few days ago, I turned, not sixty-four, but an mind blowing sixty-five. I realize that at this esteemed point in my life there are some things I should probably no longer attempt – like rearranging all the furniture without help or bending over and coming back up too quickly. But for the most part, I feel really good, and I wouldn’t hesitate to have a go at most things. That’s the beauty of living in America. Anything is still...

Self(ie) Loathing

By on May 17, 2016 in Aging, Funny, Musings | 0 comments

How is it that almost everyone in the world except me can take selfies and actually look good in them? I have tried every angle imaginable, but I always end up looking like a prime candidate for the Texas State Home for the Bewildered. Is there a tutorial? I tried a selfie stick, but it didn’t work for me. I just looked like a smaller dementia victim. Then I dropped my...

‘New’ Car

By on May 8, 2016 in Funny, Musings | 0 comments

I’m a practical person, not the type to want a new car every three to five years. In fact, when my mother-in-law passed away in 2005, I purchased her 1999 Buick from the estate. It was a great car with super low mileage and a history of having been garaged its whole life. I enjoyed driving it for many years until, in 2014, I was seduced by another ‘gently-owned by a senior’ vehicle – a 2006 Kia Amanti. The owner, one of our residents, had passed away and the family only wanted $5,000 for the car, which was in beautiful condition. The Buick still ran great so I was not sure I should buy the Kia, but my wanton desire for a newer car won the day. So now, I sport around in a ten year old new car instead of a seventeen year old one. Sweet!...

The Cone of Shame

By on May 1, 2016 in Dogs, Funny, Pets | 0 comments

Gary and I adopted our black and tan male dachshund in 2013. He had lived with a lady who let him do pretty much whatever he wanted, so he was a wild thing. Most of his bad boy behaviors were fairly easy to redirect, but one was not. He’s a marker and would hike his leg on any vertical object, indoor or out. As he was in tact, we were advised that neutering would be beneficial in his training. So, we carried him off to Dr. Jeff, posthaste. After his surgery, Mowgli was determined to lick the surgical area. We tried various methods of deterring him, but he is a resolute little dog. There was no option – the cone of shame had to be employed. He didn’t like it at all, and he was so happy the day we removed it. He ran joyfully around the kitchen then strode into the living room and hiked his leg on the couch...