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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday - inspirations about getting older . . .

For those of you who prayed for Debbie - after six weeks - she came home yesterday - and I talked to her. She has a way to go - but I think it was a miracle.

Today the subject is growing old and how some handle it and to hope it will remind us - that old age is a choice.

"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher."~ Pema Chodron

To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music".

Here are the lyrics she used:
(Sing It! - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!)

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts,and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.


I learned with all this that a sense of humor and exercise are two ways to enhance our old age.

Love you all, chatty


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

goodness she is more flexible than I could ever be!

Changes in the wind said...

Ginger Rogers is still amazing!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Love that Julie Andrews' song! I have to copy it and take it home to share with the other sisters!

Cheri said...

Love that go mama.

Thisisme. said...

OMG!! Those photos of the old lady exercising look just like me. It must be my twin!!! I've heard those Julie Andrews' lyrics before, but they are so funny. (Mind you, it's probably only us oldies that would find it funny! LOL).

Sandra said...

whats getting older???? no clue here.... ha ha

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I have NEVER been that flexible!!! LOL! She is definitely an inspiration! LOVE the 'new' favorite things! LOL! Go, Ginger! Have a great day, Sandie!

Whosyergurl said...

those pics of the old lady exercising are just GROSS. oops...that isn't someone you know is it? tee hee.
xo, Cheryl

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Sandie!

Oh my gosh... how have you been? I haven't visited for the longest time.

All is well here, just super busy.

Hilarious post. I can't believe that old gal can still do those exercises. WOW.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the song! Ok so is it too late to start exercising? LOL. hugs, Linda

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Sandie, Oh no, I did not remove you as a follower of mine, I have never even seen you as one. How about that? Shall we try it again?
We should try that follow button again.
Now about that lady, she is amazing!!
Have a lovely day
Saskia xxxx

LADY JANE said...

Wow! I love it Fancy Pants! I sooooo tried to use a fancy smancey background...but Google hates me...any secrets to share! And...deep sigh...I love Julie Andrews! And I am with Sandra...what is getting older????
Hmmm my dear Sandie...Dancin on the new knee are ye?

Ginny said...

I love the cute spring look of your blog!!! That is not really Ginger Rogers, is it??? What an amazing thing to watch, see how fast she spins!! Isn't Ginger dead?

Nezzy said...

Heeehehehe!!!! Girl, I just adore your sense of humor!!!

Now, your leavin' me singin' "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...."

God bless ya and enjoy your day sweetie!!!

Pat MacKenzie said...

Wow! Ginger Rogers is amazing. Who was it who said "Ginger Rogers could do everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in heels." Loved Julie Andrews song.

Doris Sturm said...

Great post - Ginger Roger really brought the house down, didn't she? It goes to show you that training and practice does pay off - no matter how old you grow...she was amazing!!!

Thanks for the lift! ...and Yes, old age is definitely an attitude as are most things in life!

Love you,
D & G

Katie said...

Funny post! :)

Boy, she can really dance it up, can't she? :)

Katie ♥

Susan said...

Great post,Sandie. I have definitely known young people who act very old and crochety and old people who are very young at heart! A lot of it has to do with attitude. I have a great mentor, an older friend, who has friends of all ages. She is vibrant and interested in other people---asks a lot of questions about others' lives---does a lot for other people. She's 80 years "young" and acts SOOOOO much younger. That's how I want to be! Susan

Jane said...

My hat is off to the aged lady,but I think I will wait a few years,or life times before I try that one,lol.Blessings jane

Home In The Hollow said...

I agree with Lisa...YIKES!...:)JP

Sharon Kirby said...

Love the new blog design, by the way. Thought I'd better mention that first, or I might forget at the end of this comment!

Senior moments and all...

Exercise works well, but I agree - exercising your funny bone works best of all!


DeanO said...

I still don't like getting old and I could never dance but I loved this post. I guess it happens to the best of us..getting old that is.

Bobbi said...

Ha! I'm going to be 56 next month, and I was feeling pretty old. Now I'm not, thanks to you. This was a wonderful post. And what's up with Ginger Rogers? Oh my goodness... if someone twirled me around like that I'd be in a coma for days. Thanks for making my day.

Carol said...

How fun! My pets left the room where I was singing, guess that says it all. Thanks for the fun! Love, Carol

That corgi :) said...

yea that Debbie is home!! I tell you, my mind is still young but my body doesn't always agree :)


ocmist said...

That song that Julie Andrews did was really great. It's bad, though, that I can identify with way to much of it! LOL