Ouch! That hurts!

docDown here in Florida, commonly referred to as the Metamucil capital of the world, there is an abundance of new housing developments, shopping centers, senior citizens and, of course, doctors. There are so many doctors here that I sometimes feel that the previous generation planted ‘doctor seeds’ here and now they have borne fruit. There are cardiologists, gastroenterologists, urologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, and some doctors who even specialize in something called ‘pain management’. Continue reading

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So How Does It Feel?

ImNot80When you reach a milestone birthday, you can expect someone to ask you how it feels to reach that age. I remember reaching the age of 50 and I was first asked, “So, how does it feel to be 50?” I was asked the same question when I hit 60 and again when I reached 70, only the numbers were different. Now being 70 was no fun at all. At that age, you are expected to retire to a home in Florida and complain about your arthritis. You also ask everybody to stop mumbling because you can’t understand them. Actually, your hearing is about 50% gone. Continue reading

Let My People Go

mosquitoThose of you who are students of the Bible, will recall the story in the Old Testament of the Jews Exodus from Egypt and how Moses, (or was it Charlton Heston?), had warned the Pharaoh of the 10 plagues that the Lord would bring upon the Egyptians if he doesn’t ‘Let my people go’. Well, during the summer months here in Florida, we have our own set of plagues that are inflicted upon us – EVERY year. They are, (and not necessarily in this order), 1) Heat 2) Humidity 3) Snowbirds 4) Tourists 5) Influx of Seniors 6) Heavy traffic 7) New condo construction 8) Palmetto bugs 9) flies and finally, 10) Mosquitoes. It would take up too much time and space to go into detail about each of them now, and so I will discuss them individually at some later date. For now, I’ll start with the last one, the mosquitoes. Continue reading

This Really Bugs Me

Flying-palmetto-bugThose of you, who have followed some of my blogs, might remember my telling you of ‘The Biting Squirrel Attack” that we experienced here not too long ago. It seems as though that is now a thing of the past but we now are faced with a different enemy or two. When it’s really hot we leave the sliding doors open to allow some of us to enter and exit the building. Along with us residents, we have also been welcoming some flies and mosquitoes into our dining room. To give you an idea, Continue reading

It is what it is

retire-earlyWhen I was younger, I looked forward to retirement. I just never expected that it would be like this. It seems as though it’s not the ‘peaches and cream’ that I thought it would be. I open my eyes in the morning and I suddenly realize that God has returned my soul to me. I stretch out my arms and if I don’t feel wood, I know I’m alive. I then start to move – at least some parts of me do. Everything seems to hurt and the parts that don’t hurt, don’t work anymore. When I suddenly realize that I don’t have to go to work and listen to a boss who is either yelling at me for something I had done or not done, or is trying to pump some blood into my veins with positive thinking, I smile at the thought that I don’t have to listen to that any more. I am also grateful that I won’t have to kiss some customer’s ass so that I can get an order and keep that boss of mine off my back. Continue reading