Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dust, Colllections and Aging



 

I would like to be 40 and know what I know  at 80+.
You never can imagine what being 80 plus would be like when you are 40. Even if you still had parents living near you where
 you could see the changes as they age, you just don't believe it happens to you.
The things that happen as you age when you are 50 or 60 don't seem too different except your children are older, your parents
 may have passed and there are those parents who need care.  You just don't see that in your head happening to you.

Then unexpectedly as you get to be 70 you noticed a difference in your thinking, walking or your desires.
At least I did at 70.  I started seeing a doctor more as Medicare creeped in at 65.
I kept on asking my doctor what I should expect physically right now as I was never this age before.  The Doc being in her 30's or 40's
 had no answer because she was not there yet.
Enter a geriatric doctor, who of course is also younger than 70 but I feel maybe her studies in that field of aging gave her
 more insight.  Good idea but hard to find one or not taking any new patients.  Seems my generation feels same as me and
 still quite a few of us around. I would like to be 40 and know what I know what I do at 80+.

You never think about or imagine what being 80 plus would be like when you are 40. Even if you still had parents living near you
 where you could see the changes as they age, you just don't believe it will happen to you.
Changes that happen as you age when you are 50 or 60 don't seem too different except your children are older, your parents
may have passed and there are those parents who need care.  It’s not something you dwell on at that age.


  I like to collect.  I have done that for 30 yrs.  I collect all kinds of things that I finally sold (thank you eBay), as our circumstances changed.
Once again I began a new phase of collecting, that of which  I picture below.

 Now I look around at what seems like dust collectors.
These collectibles, which use to give me pleasure to look for and "collect", still give me pleasure in my home. I started to put away for whatever,
 my trinket boxes and my glass balls.  Put away I mean, boxed up and labeled for the "whatever".  Into the garage they went.
No, I don’t consider myself as a hoarder, just have an eye for lovely things.
I still have to deal with my miniature tea sets, pie birds, Harmony House collection, and Cats Meow's each set holding a memory for me.
I also have my breakfast room, called a Bird Room, filled with wall
pocket birds.  Almost forgot to list those because they will always stay.

I hate dust!!  I hate the fact that I have arthritis!  Both intersect with each other as my arthritis of aging makes it difficult dusting.
 When collecting years ago  I never thought about upkeep of collecting things.

So, let those who are in their 30's or more know what it is like to be 80 plus from me.   Be thoughtful of that body as it will reach a time when “ things”  occur to it.

Now in my 80's I spend time watching my birds at a bird feeder while I sit, meditate and wonder "what's next".

  I like to collect.  I have done that for 30 yrs .  All kinds of collections not even mentioned before,  some I had already sold (thank you eBay),some I still have.  Now I look around at what
To me became  dust collectors.  Dust, I do not like to collect.
These collectibles, which use to give me pleasure to look for and "collect", still  some give me pleasure in my home.


 
Cats Meow - Places we visited




Harmony House 
Miniature Tea Sets
 Bird Pockets/etc

Although  I started to put away, for whatever ,in my garage,
 my trinket boxes and my glass balls.  Put away I mean, boxed up and labeled for the "whatever".   Sent to garage for a vacation.

I still have to deal with my miniature tea sets, pie birds, Harmony House collection, and Cats Meow's each set holding a memory for me.
I also have my breakfast room, called a Bird Room, filled with wall pocket birds.  Almost forgot to list those because they will always stay.
I hate dust!!  I hate the fact that I have arthritis!  Both intersect with each other as my arthritis of aging makes it difficult dusting.
 When collecting years before  I never thought about upkeep of collecting.

Maybe  hiring a cleaning lady a good idea?

5 comments:

  1. Oh Gosh. I share all these same thoughts, though I am ONLY 65. At this age I decided to get body stuff fixed. Hence I am recouperating from foot surgery. I collect dust. Where the hell does it come from? Whisk it away and zap it's back in an hour calling all friendly particles to join it on the shelf. I no longer have the will or energy to pull the furniture away from the wall to seek it out. I have collected over the years. Packed a lot away and sold some. Only keep out what I really love. Maybe I should sell some too. Nah, too much work. Up in the attic where boxes wait to be found when I am gone and sold to whoever is interested. Who care. Now I spend time with Terry, watch my birds at the feeder, sit by the pond and count my frogs when the weather is warm and putz. Stitching whenever I can or feel like it, always wishing I found more time to. This is what I waited to retire for! Get up when I want to. Do what I want to. Even if I knew 40 what I know at 65 I probably would not do much differently. Except I might have more money. I may think I have been too generous.
    Be well and happy. Enjoy your birds! I LOVE mine.
    xx, CArol

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  2. Carol, many of us I bet. We need to form some sort of a get together. I really think I would have done some things different at 40. Thanks for always reading my blog. Now, on to yours.

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  3. Fortunately, some of those physical ills our parents had at 80 (if they got to 80, mine did not) are less likely for us with the way lifestyles and doctors have changed. But the body does inevitably age, inwardly and outwardly.

    Collecting,I think dust comes to me on purpose and i don't have a lot of collections to dust, that darned dust just settles things waiting a ray of sun to hit it so I feel compelled to shove it around-- that's about it, it gets shoved but comes right back. I am giving away books as soon as possible after reading them and try to keep other things minimal (but a lot of beautiful seashells sneak in in my pockets in the summer. I notice there's not a house I visit here on Cape Cod that doesn't have some shells scattered about. They can be taken back to the beach because there will always be others. Ah, but the spots on the hands just won't go away.

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    1. Yes, spots on hands stay even using lemon juice. :]

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  4. Where have you been? I don't see you on FB anymore and miss your comments and posts!

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