A Boomer Lifestyle Blog

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feeling Knackered

I'm sitting here this morning, after reading my email and drinking my coffee, thinking about whether I have a blog in me to share today.  

I just couldn't think of anything interesting to share and then I thought to myself that I'm just too knackered to write today.  Hahaha.  I had to laugh at myself.  "Knackered."  Now I'm thinking in British Slang.  Kind of like when you start dreaming in a foreign language they say you have mastered it.  

I watch a lot of British TV and some of the blogs I read are written by British bloggers.  Somewhere along the line, I seem to have assimilated some British slang into my own way of thinking.  (I quite like the term "Bloody" too but haven't figure out if it is a curse word.) 

Anway, I just thought "Knackered" was a lovely way to describe the tired (mentally and physically) why I was feeling.  Do you have any foreign terms, or worse, old-foggy words you use to describe feelings, likes or dislikes? 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What Does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?

Isn't that a great quote?  Lately, I have been dealing with the 18-year-old Grandson who doesn't seem to have the drive I want for him.  (If I could only throw it in the nest for him!) 

I was doing a little thinking and researching over the internet - I'm beginning to think the internet is part of my internal thinking machine.  Scary.

Anyway, I fixated on the word Ambition and was trying to think how I could bring this into a good conversation with him.  Uh-oh.  I realized I had no example in my life that I could share with him.  

Then I got to thinking what was Ambition in the life of a Boomer?  What strong desire to do or achieve did I have?  
My Ambition is to become a (what)?  The things I had strived to be:  the cutest teenager I could be, the smartest student in the class (oh well, failed that one), the best Parent ever, the hardest working and most dependable Legal Assistant, on to Loving and Caring Grandparent, then on to Retiree with the most enjoyable lifestyle. 

As they say, "Been there, Done that."  Now what.  If I don't have an Ambition am I the same lazy dazy being my Grandson is?  I'm pretty sure I don't like that comparison. 

Are you still trying to climb Mt. Everest or become a Prima Ballerina?  Do you have any Ambition in your life?  What does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Essential Oils and Diffuser

Does anyone have any experience using Essential Oils and a Diffuser for treating symptoms from allergies? 

I've seen a lot of posts on Pinterest about Essential Oils.  They have recommendations for different scents like sleep, relaxation, energy, etc. as well as recommendations for just good old smell good combinations. 

I take a lot of allergy medicine.  I really hate taking pills so I thought maybe, just maybe, there is something to this essential oil business. 

I also saw this:

This process uses beeswax with essential oils.  Hahaha.  It reminds me of seeing police procedurals where they put this gunk under their nose before going into autopsies.  

I believe some of these ideas could work.  I just don't have any real experience with them.  

As anyone tried any essential oil treatment or some natural treatment for allergies that works for them?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Getting My Hair Re-Cut

This is not my hair, just a picture I like from Pinterest

Yesterday I went to get my hair re-cut because I didn't like the way it was cut last time.  I go to this inexpensive chain located all over the city.  In the past, I have gone to one of their salons located near my old house and let whoever was available cut it.  I have almost always gotten a good cut - I'm not that particular and my hair is so short it is hard to mess up. 

The night before the recent big ice storm hit I ran to the same chain but to a salon that is located closer to my new apartment.  The young lady who cut my hair had nice looking hair so I assumed she knew something about cutting hair. 

Nope. It was just not a good cut.  I thought maybe when I got home and fixed it myself it would lay better but it never did. 

I didn't want to go back to the same place and complain because I didn't want to get the young girl in trouble.  So I went to my old place today and she saw right away some of the mistakes. 

So I paid for a new haircut and vowed to drive the distance to my old favorite from now on. 

Have you ever had a really bad haircut?  Did you have the nerve to go back?  My friend said I should have but I just wasn't brave enough to complain.  Would you?

Friday, January 26, 2018

This, that and a bottle of Insulin

I haven't had anything to say because I've been completely lazy.  I've been cuddled up on the bed with the dogs and a couple of books on CD.  It was so pleasant and me being the one that was just complaining of boredom.  Shame.  Shame.

My sleep has changed again and I'm waking up at 3-4:00 a.m.  I like that better than going to bed at the same time in the a.m.  However, one thing is not working - my morning coffee.  For some reason, it doesn't taste the same and I am just not enjoying it like I usually do.  Anybody have any idea?  Same coffee, same coffeemaker.  I wonder if Folgers might have fiddled with the recipe.

Oh, a new one for me.  I dropped a brand new just opened bottle of insulin yesterday and chipped a hole in it.  I quickly called Costco to see if there was any way to save the insulin.  They told me to call the manufacturer and they would give me credit.  I called Novo Nordisk and they said no they could not do anything about it.  I called the pharmacy back and the pharmacist got on the line and said I know they will give you credit, you got someone on the phone who doesn't know their policy.  So I called Novo Nordisk back, got a different person and they too said no but I could go to Walmart and get it over the counter for $25.  Apparently the cheap insulin my doctor just changed me to is even cheaper than I thought.  I pulled out my statement to see what I paid in December for this medicine.  Aargh.  I paid $168.54 out of pocket in the Gap period and Medicare paid $210.44 for a drug I could have gotten for $75.00.  What is wrong with this system? 

I am going to research my other insulin and see if I can figure something out.  I talked to the pharmacy girl about it but she was not really knowledgeable and the line was too long to tie up the pharmacist with questions.  I'll get a little more information and then be able to discuss it intelligently with the pharmacist next time.   

Another lesson for those who take expensive drugs:  Research and shop around.  You might find a savings or you might not but you'll feel better that at least you tried. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Old Habits, New Habits and the lingering Habits of the Work Week


I often laugh at myself when I wake up on Saturday morning and rejoice in the fact that I don't have to go to work today.  Why so funny?  Because I'm retired and I'm not heading into just a few short days of leisure activity.

This came to mind tonight as I sat here thinking "Darn, the weekend is over."  Ridiculous!  Most of the time I don't know what day of the week it is.

Other Habits

I still get that urge before school starts to see what school supplies are on sale.  Once upon a time I did buy them for my kids, then grandkids but now schools have those prepackaged bags of school supplies, sold by the PTA/PTO, and you've got everything you need for that grade. I miss school shopping.  I guess as long as I see advertisements for school supplies, I'll be longing to fill that new backpack.

I've heard people talk about cool weather being football weather although they haven't been to a Friday night game since their child/grandchild was playing.  Yet, when it turns cool they want to get their pom-poms out.

Daily Habits

My favorite Daily Habits are associated with mornings.

When I wake up in the morning, I stumble to the coffee pot, which I have already filled the night before, and push the go button.

I then following the morning routine of pot, face wash and teeth brushing.

When I walk out of the bathroom I go straight to my bed and make it.  I don't often make much of a mess out of the covers so I just pull them up straight and put on the decorator pillows.  (Making my bed also instructs my brain that I have accomplished at least one thing today. And believe me, that is sometimes my only accomplishment for the day!)

Then I sit down with my fresh cup of coffee, my laptop and a blanket to cover me until my body has reached room temperature.

After the coffee is drunk, I jump in the shower (which is the final wakeup call to my mind and body), dress and I'm ready to walk out the door with a happy face. This little routine is a habit that makes me happy.

Developing Habits

I guess the reason habits are on my mind is because I HAVE to develop new sleep habits.  (Blah, blah, blah.  You have heard me talk about this one on more than one occasion.)  Once I get that new habit firmly planted in my life, I know I will be waking up easier and happier. 

Yep, life is like that.  We must keep growing while we enjoy our lives.

Image result for waking up

Note the Pun: Waking up is hard to do - 
for you youngsters the title is
Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Houston, We have Snow .... Well Crunchy Ice

I'm not a doomsday believer but when you have snow/crunchy ice twice in one Winter in Houston, Texas - well, it just makes you wonder if the end is nearer than you think.  Hahaha.  I would have attached a picture but it was just too pitiful to claim after what some of you Yankees are going through. 

I've been playing around with new headers.  If I made New Year's Resolutions, getting back to serious blogging might have been one of them.  You can always tell when I am bored and restless, I start doing things that take in-depth research.  I guess that's what I miss about work - all the research and organization. 

I had an appointment scheduled with the Hypnotist/Life Coach this evening so, of course, I had to cancel with this weather.  Come to think of it maybe that is why we had this weather. 

Yes, I am that friend who tries quirky things.  All my friends shook their heads when I started my ice dyeing adventure but I had a lot of fun doing it.  Now I need a new little challenge to master. 

My dear friend has been moved from ICU to a room and she has passed the swallowing test several times.  Don't know what it means but I'm told that is good.  Her birthday was this month.  Yeah.  Happy Birthday to her.  I can't go see her with the bad roads but hopefully tomorrow or the next day.  Thanks for the kinds words of encouragement I received. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Old Friends

My BFF had a second stroke yesterday and is in the hospital.  This lady and I had our first apartments together when we were 19.  We have lived near and far from each other but never lost touch.  We were single parents together and now share grandchildren stories with each other.  She is not able to speak clearly.  The only thing anyone understands is when she says "I'm better". 

She has smoked all of her life.  She has been "going to quit" for so many years.  I think she quit taking her blood pressure medicine a while back as she told me she was off her medicine.  I didn't ask her which ones.  If I had told her this was dangerous it would not have made a difference.  She is stubborn.  Now she is very sick. 

Do you have a long time friend?  The thought of losing her is so sad but the thought of her being unable to speak is almost as heartbreaking.  She loves to talk on the phone and keeps up with so many people this way. 

In honor of my friend's illness, take the time to call you friend today and share your love.  You never know when it might be you or them. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baby Its Cold Outside - Bing Crosby & Doris Day

I've got a little cold going on here.  Over a sore throat but my nose and head are not clear yet. 

I'll be alone tonight as the social creatures in my family are each spending the night with friends.  That is ok with me.  I'll be watching fireworks on TV or maybe cuddling up with a good book or movie.  I definitely won't be sorry I'm not out and about socializing.  I'll be warm and cozy - and safe - right here.

Whatever your plans are, I wish you the Happiest New Year. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Christmas was nice and very low key.   The Grand Girls were only here for a short while with all the Christmas obligations they had to go to.  I didn't even get any good pictures because we were busy trying on clothes, getting dolls dressed, coloring with new pens and drinking hot chocolate.  

The Grand Son had his car towed the two weeks before Christmas so that was his present from Dad!  Hard lesson and I know he was disappointed but he put up a good front.  However, last night he parked at a friend's apartment and got towed again.  I'm not sure why.  Probably tenant only parking but Dad bailed him out once again.  

I, however, since he is living with me and my Daughter, told him he was grounded for a month and had to be in by sundown except for work nights.  He asked me "when sundown was.  Like around 10:00?  That sounds reasonable."  Being home at 10:00 is reasonable but that is not a punishment.  So 6:00 it is. 

He went to bed early tonight.  I do feel sorry but his Dad has now paid as much in tows as he did for the old clunker.  

As for myself, I did score big this Christmas.  The Daughter and Son bought me a Roku-abled TV and wireless headphones.  Not only that but my daughter researched it so that I literally only had to plug them in and they were set up and sinked.  I did have to hook up my own accounts like for Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.  But I just took them one at a time so as not to get frustrated.  The older I get the less tech-savvy I am, so I really appreciated the easy to work gift.  

New Years Eve Day I am spending with my Sister and her family.  I guess the Grand Son will go with me since his only other choice is watching Times Square on TV.