WORLD MENOPAUSE MONTH

tl-october-is-world-menopause-monthI used to sleep at night…  now, I write – and write – and write some more!  I used to eat larger meals…  now, I order off the senior menu at Denny’s.  I usually don’t have a happy plate when I’m finished either.  I drink coffee in excess and less water – but I’m working on getting that changed around.  If it sounds as though I’m complaining, forgive me…  I’m not.  I keep telling myself that I am blessed – a hysterectomy was necessary to get rid of ovarian cancer.  It didn’t spread and I’m alive.  I’m alive to complain about these changes!

gods-got-youAll I ask is that you ignore me when I’m standing at Braum’s with the freezer door open, frantically fanning cold air on myself.  Just act like it’s a perfectly normal thing to do.  Feel free to join me if you’d like.  Let’s have a party – the more the merrier!

Isn’t it fun when you walk into a room and just stand there at the door thinking, “OK, why did I come in here?”  Mentalpause!  That mental pause you need in order to grasp your bearings is enough to make you want to carry one of those voice-activated mini-recorders around with you.  You can say to it, “I’m going to the kitchen to take my morning pills.”  Then when you get to the kitchen, play it back.  Yeah – that’s one option.

How much warning do you get before a hot flash happens?  I don’t get any warning – is that normal?  I can be going about my business one minute and look as though I’ve just swam the English Channel the next because my hair is wet.  It’s embarrassing!  I’ve tried to find a more flattering hair style to deal with these new challenges.  I’ve decided there isn’t one…  so I’ve learned to like hats.  I never really thought of wearing hats back in my 20’s, 30’s or 40’s – but this gal sports a hat most of the time these days.  I have a nice variety of hats – I even have a red hat with a purple ribbon.  That never made sense to me when I was younger.  Now…  ah – it’s all making so much more sense to me!  Red Hat Society…  sign me up!

My moods swing like a pendulum sometimes.  I’m not sure how much of that is lack of sleep, but I’m sure the majority of times it is a direct result of insomnia.  I hesitate to take a PM medicine that promotes sleep since I already take an NSAID most mornings for arthritis pain.

Nope – still not complaining!  Just so ya know…  just assessing the changes since the change.

My mother’s generation referred to it as THE CHANGE OF LIFE.  I remember wondering how much different life could get.  Now I know.  Wish I had my mom around to talk with.  It’s funny, she always told me that when my hair turned gray, it would turn a very pretty gray.  I remember thinking, “Oh that will be a long time from now…”  Well – BOOM – here I am, gray hairs and all.  When a natural blonde turns gray, sometimes it can look a bit mousey and dull.  Mine isn’t mousey and for that I’m thankful.  I’m pretty sure my mom would laugh if she could see me now.  Yeah – we’d giggle together.  ❤

Lately I’ve seen the ads for Crepe Erase – it’s supposed to get rid of the elephant skin – well, I don’t care because this body is never going to pose on a beach in a bikini like Jane Seymour – so…  no sale.  Sorry.  Age and weight loss is an interesting combination.  I’m not sorry I lost the weight though because my overall health is so much better.

My neighbor caught me in the back yard last winter after a heavy snow.  He apparently thought it was odd that I was rolling around in it.  I made a feeble attempt to explain, but it just turned into muttering as I walked away from him toward my back door.

Even though it’s called MENopause, I’ve not been impressed with any man’s understanding of it.

We bought a new vehicle a few years back – one of the best-selling points for me was the dual temperature control – I can set my temperature at 60 degrees in the middle of winter – YES!

There’s an interesting dynamic in our house every winter.  My husband takes blood thinners and gets cold very easily.  So, he cranks the heat up to who knows where and I’m wearing very little because I’m dying of heat stroke.  Is it any wonder I go to the back yard and roll in the snow?

I should charge admission…  it’s apparently quite entertaining.  Huh…  I’ll have to think about that.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY

WHY DO YOU WEAR A HAT?  – a blog poem sort of thing for International Hat Day by Linda Palmer © 2015

Do you wear a hat to feel good?

Does it make you feel like you’re great?

If that’s the reason, it’s okay,

Put it back on – don’t hesitate!

girl-204326Do you wear a hat to cover

Your head where there used to be hair?

Don’t worry, I won’t take it off

To reveal what’s now under there!

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photo courtesy of Dave Mock

Do you wear a hat to dress up

For Christmas or Easter Sunday?

It’s a form of Christian worship

To Jesus Christ, Who is the Way.

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photo courtesy of Lucinda Berry Hill

 

Do you wear a hat to show folks

That you can be easy going?

Is it your way to be relaxed

And show that with life you’re flowing?

 

Do you wear a hat that’s funny

Just to make other people smile?

I admire those who use humor

To help others walk the next mile.

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photo courtesy of Bill Woods

Do you wear a hat to go with

An entourage on wedding day?

The attention will be focused

On you for sure, what can I say?

 

Do you wear a hat to honor

This great country’s military?

Is it part of a uniform

As you serve civilians like me?

hats-557581Do you wear a hat just for fun?

Is it just what you want to do?

Far be it for me to change things,

God just wants for you to be you.

 

Do you wear a hat to keep warm?

A sock cap can be very nice.

Winter is coming and it’s cold,

There will be so much snow and ice.

girl-15715Do you wear a hat in summer

To keep the sun off of your face?

That’s a very good idea

Along with sunscreen everyplace!

fashion-985556If you like my little hat verse

I wish you’d leave a comment here.

Your comments mean a lot to me,

They fill my heart with love and cheer!

HAVE A VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY!  🙂

 

 

HAT DAY

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Today we are celebrating HAT DAY!!!  I wish you could all send me photos of your favorite hat with a written essay entitled THIS IS MY FAVORITE HAT BECAUSE…

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Listen to the conversation between this little girl and her Grandpa as she plays dress-up.  Thank you, Lucinda, for this sweet poem for Hat Day 2015.

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So much for dreaming of warmer weather – back to reality.  It’s winter again…  sigh.

In my life I never felt so safe and secure as I did wearing my daddy’s coat and cap.  I can’t explain it, but it made me feel like I would always know love.  ❤

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You know, I’ve heard that the clothes make the man / woman.  That’s true, but I think a hat defines us!  What role am I playing?  If I’m a chef, I’m probably wearing one of those puffy white hats.  If I’m putting out a fire, I’m wearing a fireman’s helmet.  If I’m a cowboy, I’m wearing a cowboy hat – a white one.  Today I’m a woman of leisure in the Red Hat Society, wearing my beautiful red hat and not caring what anyone thinks of it (talk about HATTITUDE…)

Then comes Winter, with bluster and snow,
That brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…
– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Four Seasons” (1940s)

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When it’s cold and snow is falling, most of us bundle up with gloves, a scarf and a stocking cap.  That’s certainly a way of defining us as cold!

Men used to wear hats all the time.  By the time Robert F. Kennedy took office as President, the trend was coming to an end.  I was just a kid, but I remember my daddy saying that men didn’t wear hats anymore because the President didn’t want to wear one and mess up his perfect hair.  Now – I don’t know if that’s true or not, so please don’t quote me on it!

I don’t know a lot about hats, but I learned what a bucket hat is and what a snap back hat is!  Huh – I learned something today! 

We are defined by our hats, or at least our attitudes are.  Have you ever tried to wear more than one hat at a time?  Well, of course you haven’t – that would be ridiculous!  If I try to wear too many hats at one time it makes me a little cranky, how about you?  God loveth a cheerful giver – of time, talent and treasure.  He did not intend for His precious children to stack hats on their heads!  He wants us to serve, yes.  Does He want us to take on every responsibility we are asked to take?  I don’t think so.

How many hats do you wear?  How many hats have you thrown into a ring?  How many hats have you hung up because you simply have too many hats?

Maybe today we could take just a moment to count how many hats we wear – how many roles we play in life.  This may be a good time to take inventory…  then let’s pick out our favorite hat and ROCK IT!  😉