Tuesday, June 21, 2016
For one thing, we are in retirement years, at ages now of 65 (me) and 70 (him). Life has changed for us so much in so many ways, and might be useful to put some thoughts about it online. Not only has life changed for us, we see societal changes happening all around us that almost beg 'New Rules' as many of the old rules do not seem to apply. In other words, values and work ethics I taught to my children who are mid-aged adults now don't seem to work as well in their words. And grown grandchildren coming out of college and into their careers means even different rules for the world they find for themselves.
We are considered now in our retirement years Boomers, who aren't ready to throw in the towel and call it quits just yet. I am not sure if that is a good thing or somewhere in between, because I know my body won't do what it used to do, and not sure I want to be want of those olders who are fit and hardy. I am pleased though that there is a longevity that was not so available to our parents generation.
Well then, here goes, new chapter in our older years lives. What if ......
Learning a devastating reality now that she is here.....she has undiagnosed Narcissist Personality. Has had for years, however, difference for me is that I have had years and years away from the damage of characteristics of narcissim. Being exposed to my mother in ongoing day to day activities again after so many years away is startling to my senses, my sense of proprieties, boundaries, and on and on and on.
She's dead Jim - a quote from Star Trek that I exchange with my husband occasionally when we encounter life changing events, ie, when our family dog, Jake, at 15 years was unable to keep on.
Recognizing that over the years I have done a lot of blogging on several topics when blogging was still in it's newness age, it occurred to me that one or two blogs might have the information. And we have Google now so I googled my name and the word menopause, and thank goodness 2 blogs came up where I had an entry or two which gave me the date, therefore my age, of menopause. Happens that was also the time I quit smoking. Wow, talk about a double whammy. Weight gain both ways.
I have since listed the dates, and decided maybe there is something to blogging elements of life as it happens, now maybe more so as in becoming part of the Boomer generation, it would seem we have some things to say!
In 2006 I quit smoking and the blog entry indicated it was my second year as a non-smoker; and the blog entry also indicated that I was going through menopause. I would have been 55 years old. Allowing that menopause is not an event, rather a process, it would be 2005/2006 at age 54 and 55 years. Allowing the decade or so of perimenopause before that which I knew next to nothing about, would have begun the process at about age 42 until at age 55 it was clear that I was done with the monthly flows. I would say though in respect for myself, the psychological elements of loss were much more difficult to bear and manage than the physiological aspects. Great sadness as I was saying goodbye to my younger womanhood, yearning for and wishing I had done more with that young woman body while it was young instead of worries about how it looked or whatever the societal norms of the time suggested I should look like....young ladies, proud to read that you are getting information that encourages you otherwise!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
It is now December 2014. A year in the condo in Spokane. In 2013 we were also in Spokane, sharing time between our home in Bay Center, WA and an apartment in Spokane, WA caring for two of my youngest grandchildren. Going backwards in time to recapture the years of 2012 and 2011 .. essentially my husband retired from his career, and we found ourselves re-examining our choices in life regarding family, living location, community, aging into senior years, faith -- the whole gamut it seems as seen from retrospective viewpoint. Certainly less clear as we walked together through those years.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Map - Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks
Monday, September 20, 2010
I’m excited with my new endeavor, launching Look Again! an online e-store
We welcome you to Look Again at the treasure finds we have found and are making available to you. Our items will be primarily of the gently used variety. If it appeals to us, then there is a good chance it will appeal to you too!
Please do bookmark us so you can find your way back to the store
Added some beautiful scarves to the store. You’ll want to take a look! (little play on words there, since name of the store is Look Again! )
Uses for designer and vintage scarves besides the usual fashion accessory; curtain valance, frame them, use as dresser scarves, use to make pillow slipcover, use in upcycle crafting/sewing, sew a few together to make table runner, make a tablescape by draping scarf from vintage purse with pair of glasses and place a thin column lamp placed in purse, What uses can you think of for scarves, vintage or otherwise?
Offering this Echo designer scarf in a bold black and white stripe pattern, edged with an orange stripe finished with a larger red stripe. 100 % silk.
No tears or holes. There is a tiny run across part of the width in one place, but it is not obvious. I almost missed it in my examination of the scarf. Appears to be new or if used, has been very little use.
The Echo name in designer scarves has been around since 1923. In fact Echo claims that it was the first brand name ever printed on a scarf.
Offering a Charter Club designer scarf in vibrant colors in a tropical floral pattern edged in blue/green. The Charter Club logo is visible on the corner of the scarf. The tag indicates Charter Club, 100 % silk, made in Japan, with copyright icon - Macy's. Instructions indicate dry clean only.
The scarf appears to be new or if used, lightly used. There are no tears, holes or runs, the edges are rolled hem and beautifully stitched.
Scarf is rectangle measuring 35" by 18".
Vintage Vera! Offering this Vera scarf, likely from the 1970s based on large signature and no ladybug icon. All Vera designs are copyrighted. color green
Scarf is large square in size measuring 22 1/2" by 22 1/2 ". Green with green mountain pattern. The fabric feels like a chiffon, or sheer type fabric. There are no tears, holes or pulls. The rolled edges are in very good condition.
If you don't know the Vera name of designer scarves, a brief history. Vera Neumann, artist turned textile designer's scarves are known for their graphic, bold patterns (flowers, dots and geometrics) and Vera's signature in the corner. One way to tell the age of the scarf is by the size of the Vera signature - the smaller the signature, the older the scarf. Also through the 1960s until the late 1960s, the ladybug icon shows up alongside the Vera signature.
The Vera signature gets larger; the ladybug icon makes a comeback in approximately 1973 with the larger Vera signature. Disappears again through the 1980s, and makes a comeback in present day scarves.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
More thift find sharing. I don’t think this kimono is vintage, but I liked the pattern and color. For now I have it on hanger on closet door to please my eyes when I wake up in morning. Later I thought I might use the fabric in a remake project. Which reminds me that I need to snap some photos of the wonderful linens I found when I was thrifting with my mom in her town earlier this year.