COMPUTER g-EEK

Okay, I know that I am not the best on computers.  I subscribe to the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   I have not upgraded my operating system on my computer since I got it a number of years ago.  Consequently I have been having more and more difficulty interfacing  with some of the sites that I use, including WordPress.  It was to the point that I couldn’t even publish a blog for the last few weeks.   So, I decided that it’s about time to upgrade!

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Ah!  As you may have guessed, this is easier said than done.  I won’t bore you with the details which involved Apple support, disks that would eject at all the wrong times, or would not eject at all, external drives, different USB cables, discussions with my son and husband, googling for answers to problems etc.  But, Hooray!  I can upload a picture.  I think I am set…..but wait.

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Of course, the browser is not co-operating, the browser needs to be upgraded as well.  I should have known.  Everything takes longer than you think.  But, Hooray!  My browser is upgraded and I have uploaded a picture.  I think I am set……but wait.

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My trackpad is acting up and I can’t seem to turn it off.  It was off before I upgraded but now it is going a little crazy.  Google to the rescue again and I am back in business.  This time I think it is for good, or at least for a while.  Hooray!!

P.S. Hooray too soon!!!    My computer and my printer are no longer speaking to each other.   I am trying to broker the agreement, but, so far no luck.  I will keep working on it.

 

1398795295000-microburstIn my little corner of Northern Colorado, the weather is 43° partly cloudy and very windy.  But this is nothing compared to the extreme weather that has hit the midwest and the southeast in the last few days.  Our thoughts are with the towns and families affected by the storms.


 

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Looking Back: Anna Quindlen

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“There comes that moment when we finally know what matters and, perhaps more important, what doesn’t, when we see that all the life lessons came not from what we had but from who we loved, and from the failures perhaps more than the successes.”

(Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen)

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Oh Those Birthday Cards

My husband just celebrated his 61st birthday.

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 Along with the presents and the cake came all the funny cards about aging.  One in particular listed the innumerable things he can look forward to.  Well, I am sure you can just imagine what those are!

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At the beginning when we were fifty, we would laugh at these cards because they seem to be things that only happen to our parents, very remote from our daily lives.  But alas, as we are now in our sixties some things have begun to creep in.

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Some of the things are not too serious:  wrinkles, senior discounts, listening to the TV really loud etc.  But, yesterday a report came out from the Alzheimer’s association about the looming crisis of Alzheimer’s disease, especially the impact on women.

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  • 5 million cases today projected to soar over 13 million in the next 35 years.
  • Today, 500,000 die every year from the disease.
  • Women over 65 have a 1 in 6 chance of developing the disease, men of the same age 1 in 11 chance
  • Twice as many women as men are caregivers to those afflicted with the disease.

Whether caregiver or afflicted with the disease, the burden of Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming.  Here is a link to the very good article as well as more information for caregivers and patients.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/aging/alzheimers-hits-women-hardest-report-finds-n56236

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This is the weather today in my little corner of the world: now 49 degrees going to a high of 64 degrees.

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With Great Sadness

In honor of a friend who lost her son over the weekend:

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Aging In Place

A lot of our friends have started to think about their next move. Our kids, for the most part, have grown up and moved out of our homes.  Many of us are left in houses that feel empty….

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with yards that feel way too big.

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So with that in mind my husband and I have started a preliminary search to see what is out there, how much it costs and what do you get for the money.  On a whim we went into a new senior neighborhood to check out the maintenance free patio homes.  As a physical therapist I was curious about the trends in these types of communities.

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My daughter was with us and after we viewed this beautiful home with many wonderful safety features, she said,  “Why don’t they incorporate some of these same features into regular new construction houses?”

  • Floor lighting that stays on all night
  • Double railings on all stairs
  • Walk-in showers with no threshold lip to step over
  • Wider doorways and doors (about $8.00 extra per door vs about $1,000 to retro-fit)

The truth is that they already do.  It is called Universal Design.

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Overwhelmingly, Baby Boomers say that they want to remain in their homes as long as possible.  They are engaged with families, friends and their communities where they may have lived for decades.  Whether you are looking to downsize or stay in your current home and adapt as you get older, keep in mind the idea of universal design.  Adapting your home doesn’t have to look institutional or medical.  It can be useful and beautiful for all ages.

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Little Darling, It’s Been A Long Cold……….

Little Darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.

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OK, maybe not a lonely winter.  In truth, it has been quite the opposite.  Lots of fun family time, good holidays, enjoying hot chocolate and snow filled festivities.  But come on, its the end of February, enough WINTER already.

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I was coming out of the grocery store the other day, it was really cold and the wind was gusting  about 60 mph.  One of the employees was trying to collect the carts when all of a sudden he stopped, looked up at the sky and yelled “TURN IT OFF”.  I understood.  It was freezing and I couldn’t even open the door of my car against the wind.

Little Darling, it seems like years since it’s been here.

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I realize that we in Colorado are not the only ones suffering.  The rest of the country has more snow than they know what to do with.  The Great Lakes are almost entirely frozen over.  Polar vortex and bombogenesis are newly learned vocabulary words we have at our disposal to describe this never-ending story!

Little Darling, I feel the ice is slowly melting.

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I remember in high school back in the sixties in upstate New York.  I would be sitting in class thinking that this cold, gray, dank, snowy February would never end.  This month has reminded me of  those days.  But, I know that February is almost over.  Time doesn’t go backwards, only forward.  Is Spring just around the corner?

Here comes the sun.

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I hope so!

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Did I Say That

Remember when your kids were little and they would say something embarrassing in public?  You know what I mean.  You’re in the grocery store and one of your kids says, loud enough for everyone to hear, I might add,  “Why is that man so fat?”   Or you are walking down the street with the kids when they see a child in a wheelchair.  They just can’t stop staring until they get close enough and say, “What’s the matter with her?”.

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We knew that our small children would, for the most part, be forgiven for inappropriate comments.  We as parents would try to turn these awkward encounters into, as Oprah would say, teachable moments.

People say that one of the advantages of getting older is that you feel more free to say exactly what is on your mind.   You are not quite so concerned about what everyone else might think about you.  I admit, my friends and I started feeling this in our forties.

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At some age, though, just like Sophia from the Golden Girls, it seems that the filters in our brains begin to falter.  We have all heard older people say things out loud that you wish they would have kept to themselves.  I have seen it in my own family.  It is another one of those things that we have to watch out for as we age.  It is a balancing act I guess, but….. balance is just another thing that diminishes as we get older.    Sigh!

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