Four months ago today, as I was leaving one of the many public libraries in my country, I chanced upon a makeshift bookshelf near the exit that displayed a series of books about dementia and health issues facing the elderly. At first, I didn't think much of it. These are probably monthly-rotated showcases. The next … Continue reading Living in my 50s #1 – Is this the time of my life?
Back Pain = Aging Hey you, Back PainYes you, Back StrainSince when did I give you permissionTo invade my life without remission? So many moments you've disruptedMy smooth and easy livingLeaving me literally flat on my backUnable to be swinging or carrying My children or my furnitureMy luggage or my optimistic futureNow there's only fearful … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #132
I know Mother's Day is tomorrow, and I know it's the time for every mom to receive flowers, treats, and presents. But unfortunately, this isn't that kind of celebratory post. So, if you're looking for something to warm your hearts and inspire you to celebrate this annual day of recognizing your great mom, stop reading … Continue reading A sobering Mother’s Day reminder from my mom
Photo by Bersam on Unsplash Twirl How fastThese ceiling fans they twirlMy mind's a whirl just looking Is it Sunday now or Tuesday?It's never been this blurMy memory But you, you go so fast tooIn and out of my wardZipping pastThe cold side rails of my sickly sterilised bedOn the way to Never Never (Never?) … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #2
So, fair warning: This maybe just the beginning! Today I'm going to start a post that's either of two things: a one-off piece, or the start of a series. (Fingers crossed, I should know by the end of it!) Why so indecisive you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's been a thorn in my flesh for … Continue reading C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud
It's never occurred to me before but now it's plain to see. There really does exists furniture that people would rather not want, and certainly rather not mention. Because they are an affront. And at least three of them will be arriving at my doorstep in the next three working days. Ever since my mother … Continue reading We’re getting 3 new affronts, thanks to 3 new furniture no one wants
My 86 year old mom fell this morning at my sister's place. She'd been staying there since 2 Apr, even before our country's COVID-19 circuit breaker pandemic measures kicked in on 7 Apr. As mentioned in a previous blog post, she had been staying with me since October last year when her dementia was official, … Continue reading The reality of aging in the new world order of Covid19
Been giving some thought recently about cutting down ties in order to 'downsize' relationships to something more manageable, more purposeful, more fulfilling. According to Carl Honore in his book "Bolder: Making the most of our longer lives", studies have shown that from around 50 years of age, we begin to trim down and streamline relationships, … Continue reading Pruning to Fulfilling