Monday, September 1, 2014

Living to be 100 ?

                                                                 My grandmother lived to be 100.
My Mom to 92.

I am 80. I wonder how long I will live. Goodness knows I am already feeling some effects of slowing down. Just makes a body wonder, doesn't it?

Recently my daughter, Susan, gave me a book. It was written by Dr. Mao Shing Ni. It's title, "Secrets of Longevity - Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100".  It might be a little late in my life to think about major changes but you know what they say "You are never too old to...."

                           I know I am overweight

                                             I know I don't exercise.

                                                          I know I let stress get the better of me.

                                                                              I know I don't take care of myself.

Hmmmm... let's see. I opened the book and began to read. The text wasn't complicated. It was more like a bullet list. That I can handle. I like it when they just spell it out and don't hide what I am looking for in a bunch of unnecessary words, for gosh sakes.

I started thinking .... 'you keep talking about getting healthier'. For Gosh Sakes JUST DO IT!!!!

Easier said than done, right? So, I decided I would make it fun and hold me accountable. What better way than to have all of you looking over my shoulder, counting my calories, watching my walk.

In fact, I invite you to join me. I'd love to get some dialog going about being healthier.

The book is divided into chapters. The first one is 'What You Eat'.  Well, what's new there? The book is patterned after old Chinese beliefs of being healthy and you know that the Chinese live a long, long time.

So, every Monday morning I will add a blog post using the tips and suggestions from the book and I will tell you how diligent I am being (OR NOT). Like I say

                                                                    JOIN IN IF YOU LIKE

As a Chinese court physician said over 4,000 years ago, the Chinese practice meditation to help maintain harmony. They eat balanced meals, arise and go to bed at regular hours and do not overindulge in anything.

                                                                             LESSON #1

                                                                             EAT LESS

stop eating when I am 3/4 full

A reduction in caloric intake can increase life expectancy.  I plan on keeping a journal of food intake this week and hopefully for a long time to come.

I hope you will check in next Monday to see how well I did this week. And, feel free to give me 'what for' if I slip up.

                                                                                                                                       Love You

Friday, August 29, 2014

This and That

Joining in with Willy-Nilly Friday      Why don't you go there and join in, too? It's lots of fun.

1. My daughter, Susan, and grandson, Tighe, have been visiting me. The visit was way too short and I loved every minute of it. When I woke this morning, the apartment was so quiet and my heart empty. Here is Tighe playing with his cousin, Dylan, in my apartment.

2. I am not sure why restaurants think that the 'background' music has to have the volume of a rock concert!! I don't like places like that.

3. Counting down time..... one more day 'til Bama football. Guess where I will be all Fall?  Watching Football. Yeah!

4. When Susan was here, we watched some old family videos (movies). Oh my gosh, the memories just came flooding back. Back then you took a lot of video. Now it's just snippets off a cell phone. How sad. And, they call that progress?

5. I feel a little tired this morning after the visit and I know that my body isn't what it used to be. I do get TIRED. Getting older sucks... notice, I said getting older, not getting OLD. Susan gave me a book that I really like. Maybe it will help me feel more energetic and healthy during these older years. Now, to just apply some of those 'hundreds' of ways to live to be 100.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Trip To Dover Downs

This time last week Shirley and I had arrived in Dover, Delaware and were busy trying our hand at the slot machines. Penny bets... You might call us conservative. hehe.

It was early morning when John and Shirley picked me up... the sun was just rising as I waited outside The Commons for them to come.

There were over 40 of us on the bus as it headed north...

It was still a bit foggy as we approached the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. There were boats out in the bay.
Then, nothing but flat farm land and lots of corn fields. The Eastern Shore used to be the main supplier of vegetables for the U. S. until the importing from other countries began. I didn't take a picture of the corn fields. They all look pretty much the same.
I was amazed at how pretty the hotel was... and the staff was so helpful and friendly.
and how big the casino was!! Every bit of that building is casino, all the way back to that street you see in the background. You know it, too, when you start walking through each room looking for your partner-in-crime or your favorite slot.
NasCar racing is done on the track there.
Shirley and I had a wonderful dinner at Doc MaGrogans.
We had a great time and came away without losing any money. Didn't win much but that's okay. Mother/Daughter time was what was special.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gardening at The Commons

Just don't know what is wrong with me!!

I can't seem to be satisfied with any blog design I do....

I keep trying. I hope you don't get bored with me changing things so often. I do love the design aspect of it, though. New headers, new color backgrounds. Must be the artist in me.

But, here is another one!

And, so on, to other things. I recently took a walk around The Commons (where I live) with camera in hand. On the other end of the building is the Garden Spot. I see it when I drive by but I'd never been there 'on foot'.  Residents can sign up for a spot and plant anything there they wish.

Here are some pictures I took.

A salad on the vine!
Pretty Pink
A bumblebee on the zinnias.
Gathering pollen
Pretty white dahlias
Love this charming frog. He likes white daisies.
Cheerful birds welcoming guests to the garden.