Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Old Age is not for Sissies

Back in 1989 Art Linkletter published his book "OLDAGE IS NOT FOR SISSIES."  Back in 2007 (year hubby and I were married) my new husband introduced my then 82 year old mother to the phrase.  Since then it has become one of her favorites and she must use it several time a day.   Now everyone in my family quotes it. Everyone but me that is--------- until now.  I am finally starting to understand the real meaning behind this expression, and yes I have to agree old age is not for sissies.

It has been sixteen months since my last post.  I'll spare you the details of our merry-go-round of medical adventures, but it can all be summed up with the following;  In the month of October we had twenty-eight doctors appointments and one major surgery between my Mother, hubby and me.  While, October was excessive, not a week has gone by in the last sixteen months without at least one of us having to visit the medical building for something.

In addition to the usual holiday chores December required us to make a week long trip south so my mother could spend some time with her family to celebrate her sisters 97th birthday.  While this was a stressful time for us it was also marked with some unforgettable moments.   One being, watching these 90 and 97 year old sisters snuggling up in bed together swapping stories and giggling like school girls at a sleepover.

All the events of the last year have convinced me that I have to make a change in my life.  I have had all I can stand of being either the bored stiff patient, or the run ragged caregiver collapsing from loss of energy.  It is time I reclaimed some of my past life and make time for things that excite and energize me.  So I am starting by trying to blog again.

I will not gaurantee that I will be able to get out and about enough to find fresh fodder for my post, so you may get bored with me and want to move on.  But, I will do my best.  Hope you will get back in the habit of stopping by.  If you like what you see then please spread the word so that I can rebuild my following.


  1. Well here's one follower you have reclaimed straight away. Welcome back Rita, it is good to hear from you again. Old age might not be for sissies, but us bloggers can make the journey together and share a laugh and a smile on the way.

  2. Looking forward to seeing you back.

  3. Wow. I've no siblings, but your mention of your mom and her sister giggling makes my heart smile. How blessed are they?! (Off the top of my head, I'm pretty blessed to 'see' you here!)

  4. Hi Rita! Glad to see you here...
    I couldn't agree more about "Old age is not for sissies." Boy do I ever know it. That was pretty moving to hear about your mom and aunt.

  5. I am so glad you are back and I enjoyed everything even when I didn't comment (which I did way more than I had originally planned to).
    I see you on FaceBook -- do you post links to your blog there? Just curious, I can never decide whether to or not.