Posted : 1/2/2016 3:45:22 PM
Sounds like mostly mellow NYE celebrations -- lots of food involved, which is how we mark most holidays now. DH prepared so much brisket that we invited a couple friends to come over for some. They left about 10:30pm, but neighbors were shooting off fireworks, so we didn't go to sleep until nearly 12:30am.
Yesterday our other neighbors had their annual NY Day open house with gumbo and black eyed peas (along with all kinds of side dishes the guests bring), so we grazed there for lunch. Delicious!
Later I met my friend and her mother for a movie. Her Mom turned 89, and she is in incredible shape. We decided to get a bite after the movie, and normally my friend and I would walk the 2-3 blocks, but I assumed my friend would suggest driving for her Mom's sake. Nope -- she wanted to walk, despite the 30-degree temps, and I didn't even have to slow my pace! She doesn't use a cane or anything. She's the same age as my MIL, but even at 79 my MIL was far more feeble than that.
Yes, we do find ourselves slowing down in many ways as we age (especially compared to our energetic, younger dogs!), but we can try to keep moving as much as possible so we maintain good balance and some flexibility.
I read yesterday about a woman who doesn't make NY resolutions -- she comes up with a "mantra" instead. This year hers is "Move More." She said resolving to go the gym 5 days a week or something is too hard to keep, but "Move More" can be simple daily things like taking the stairs, parking the car a bit further away from the store entrance, etc. Definitely easier than a gym commitment! I was thinking what my mantra should be, and given what we've been through last year moving my MIL and sorting/distributing her excess belongings, I think I'll make mine something like "Purge It" or "Clear It Out," Closets, cupboards, garage -- full of so many things we can donate, sell, redistribute, etc. Who will do it for us when we're gone? No kids, so we better do it now!
Glenda, I hope your 2016 started out with NO visit to the ER and that you're feeling better very soon. Doug, keep that hot tea and lemon (or something stronger!) brewing, and you'll flush those cold germs away. More cold and sun today -- nice brisk walk before lunch, now I'm going to do a ton of ironing. What a fun activity!