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Re: Elderly wisdom and staying on top of things!

There is nothing selfish about pursuing the interests you like or doing
things for yourself. And choosing only the activities you like and that
suit you is a great way to keep life simple. Why be pressured into doing
things any other way??


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Georgene Bramlage" <cercis2@earthlink.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 25 Jan 2003 9:20:35 -0500

>01/25  Theresa, I'm sure everyone has his/her own method...mine
>1) pray a lot...particularly saying "Thank You!" whenever I find something
>nice and/or good.  The number improves the more often one say "Thank You!"
>2)  don't think so much about retirement, but know what you can or can't do
>/ accomplish...know when to give up or give in!  And this goes for
>retirement as well...I'm beginning to feel as if I could write a book about
>attitude adjustments :+)
>3)  read lots of garden catalogs and books so you can dream a lot...even if
>"stuff" never gets planted or dies because you mistakenly put it in the
>wrong spot or forgot to take care of it.
>4)  surround yourself with "real" gardeners! I initially joined what was a
>very social garden club (sort of felt like capitulation) so I could "talk
>plants" with others.  Guess what...the garden club has changed in subtle
>and non subtle ways and is now less social and more "sophisticated" and
>very much more active and garden oriented.  Our members, though all women,
>are very much like female members of this list :+) And then I joined myself
>and husband to another larger garden club in another town north of us that
>allows single males (!) and couples (!)...sometimes we don't do as much as
>its core group, but we do enjoy ourselves, time permitting.
>6)  I've reached the point (in my maturity!)where unless something is
>essential for family benefit I take on no obligations (unless they seem
>like FUN!) unless they are plant related.  Am I selfish or what?!  I also
>spend a lot of time writing...mostly about plants because I have a good
>reason for researching and it is a good outlet.
>5)  as for employees, kids and curmudgeonly spouses...one can either learn
>to live with the mess or keep nudging them to pick up after themselves!
>Nice talking with you...stay warm and stay happy or at least content! 
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 01/23/2003 10:37:34 PM
>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: now elderly ramblings< now elderly wisdom (orany
>other kind of wisdom for that matter!
>> OK-  somebody quick tell me the secret- how do you keep going everyday and
>> not just want to scream or stay in bed all day!  This has been a
>> particularly bad week- but- man I need to win the lottery so I can retire
>> and play in my garden instead of going to work!  I actually had to talk to
>> my staff about cleaning up after themselves today- and people wonder why I
>> haven't had kids yet!
>> So- how do you all keep your sanity??
>> Theresa
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
>> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
>> Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 6:17 AM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: We are so sorry to announce ......now elderly
>> ramblings
>> In a message dated 01/23/2003 1:57:27 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>> mhobertm@excite.com writes:
>> > My goodness, Auralie--you make yourself sound quite ancient..
>> Believe me, Melody, there are mornings when, at 74, I feel ancient.  And
>> then
>> when I work in my garden and things grow well, and when I share interests
>> with friends, I don't feel that old at all.  As long as the old body keeps
>> moving - and on mornings like this when the temperature is in the single
>> digits, it moves more slowly - and the mind keeps functioning, I guess
>> chronological age doesn't matter too much. That's a good thing about the
>> Internet - you can't see all my wrinkles.  Jim may sound like a grandpa to
>> you, but to me he sounds more like one of my sons - God bless 'em. 
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