You are only as old as you feel

You are only as old as you feel. Age is just a number.

Two great sayings and while I believe of them and generally live by these sayings, this week has proven to be a tough one for the age in me.

Earlier this week, I had a very strange feeling in my right leg. Years ago, I had varicose vein surgery and had a vein stripped out of my right leg. It still bothers me but this past week I had pinprick feelings in that leg. It concerned me enough to move my couch over to another area so that I can be on my laptop and put my leg up at the same time. (Old laptop – needs to be plugged in all the time).

So while that initially helped the pinprick feeling, it caused me to twist my hip in a strange way that I must have pinched a nerve. It has been excruciatingly sore the past two days – I have taken to having a hot bath with Epsom salts to relieve the pain at night. Tonight it almost feels normal again.

So while it’s great to say you are only as old as you feel, this week I felt about 80 years old. Aging is not fun – menopause, hot flashes, pains in the legs and hips, sore shoulders from repetitive motion at work – it is all making me feel a lot older than I am.

Yes, age is just a number and I truly believe that. But at the same time, waking up in the morning to a sore hip is not fun. I am not enjoying this part of the aging process!!

I think I'm getting old - Meme on Imgur

I have a dream

Okay so I am a super Abba fan and the two Mamma Mia! movies are two of my favourite movies ever! But I have to say – this song (and video!) has resonated with me for a while, and just recently I sat back and started thinking of just what exactly my dream is.

I know that one of my dreams continues to be teaching English, but until the pandemic either lets up or just goes away (let’s hope for the latter!), that dream is on hold for a while.

In the meantime, my other dream, which has been a constant one since about 2002, has been to own my own catering business, or a cafe. Back in Calgary, I actually did open my first catering company. I did well enough, but I had other dreams blocking it, and one that took precedence (Prague – teaching English – travelling).

Well I am happy to say that I am now pursuing my catering dream full time! I am just in the early stages of it, but I am getting it done and hopefully by January or February 2021, it will be open for business!! My plan is to combine my catering with my Epicure business (which I am just starting) and possibly my Tupperware business. If I could make all three work together, that would be amazing!

In the meantime, I have a dream….. (and please, if you haven’t watched Mamma Mia 2!, WATCH IT! So many great Abba songs and Lily James’ voice is absolutely divine).

Tales of a grocery store clerk – Part 2

So this past week saw us not as busy, at least right after the Canadian Thanksgiving last Monday. It was quiet-ish for Tuesday and Wednesday, and then BAM, on Friday, Sunday and today – it was quite busy! We have some good sales on at the store and I know a lot of people were taking advantage of them. This is where the part 2 begins…

With sales come big orders. I easily had 10 orders in the past few days of over $300 each. To me, a single woman living by herself, that is a LOT of food. There was this one guy who came up to my till with a grocery cart that was literally over-flowing – he was grabbing things as they were about to fall off of the cart and trying to keep it all together. So I finally said, okay you can start unpacking, he did something that irritates me to no end! He started piling stuff up on top of each other! Okay I get that he wanted to get it all on the belt, but do not put vegetables on the belt, and then put meat on top of them – and then tell me to be sure I put a plastic bag on the meat (that has probably already contaminated the vegetables) because it was packaged properly. Oh to keep my mouth shut – it is a terrible burden sometimes haha.

A helpful hint to all of you who do pile the stuff up on top of each other – at least pile things that go together. Like maybe cans. Or boxes of crackers or cereal. That is okay to pile up. Don’t put bread on the bottom and then put stuff on top and blame ME for squishing your bread. Because yeah this guy did that too. I was biting my tongue the entire order.

So on to the next challenge – the challenge to not sneeze or cough especially when someone comes up to you at the till who has clearly BATHED in her perfume. Seriously, if you need to wear that much perfume, take a shower. It will make you smell way better and then there’s no need to try to kill everyone around you with the overwhelming stench of your disgustingly strong perfume. Yes – I have allergies, and YES I sneezed more than once. And she gave me a look after sneezing. All I could say was I had allergies. What I wanted to say – well I won’t repeat it here because there’d me a lot of swearing and perhaps I’d be censored! Restrain on dousing your body with perfume or cologne – there are a lot of people who have allergies and it is very hard for us not to sneeze or cough!

But the biggest challenge happened today. And I almost lost my shit. I was not pleasant with this customer and I’d be surprised if she didn’t complain about me. Cell phones. Or perhaps better- conversations on cell phones when you are in line at a grocery store. This woman was so engrossed in her conversation she didn’t hear me say twice, very loudly, that she could start loading her groceries on the belt. The man behind her had to go up to her close and say she’s calling you up and pointed at me, at which time I waved at her. The eyes rolled at me (ask my children – this is probably the worst thing anyone could do to me – I despise that as much as I despise lying!), and she continued on with her conversation while throwing her groceries on the belt. I started to ring them through and asked her if she needed any bags, again twice, and she finally lets out this giant sigh and says to the person hold on – and looks at me and condescendingly says I am on the phone and yes I want bags! and went back to her phone call.

Needless to say, first eye rolling then yelling at me, I was not going to be pleasant. So I rang her through as quickly as I could. When I was finished, I looked at her (who was still talking) and said as loudly as I possibly could without screaming – do you have air miles? She jumped (which made me laugh behind my mask… they are good for some things!) and pulled out her card and looked away while I scanned it. Then again, as loudly as I could, I said debit credit or cash? To which she responded, you do not have to yell at me. I said, oh so sweetly, well I wasn’t sure how to get your attention away from your phone! Once again the eyes rolled, she paid and then she had to say good bye to load her groceries in her cart (Thankfully that is NOT a job we have to do!). She looked at me and said you are kind of rude. I just looked back and then turned away.

Hard to believe but after she left, my shift supervisor came up to me and congratulated me for keeping my cool! I’m glad she saw what had taken place. Made my day better and then I came home to my delicious homemade soup!

All in all, I had a good day, despite cell phone lady. Please please please – make your calls before or after you are rung through at a grocery store. We do our best to serve everyone politely but if your phone call is that important, finish it before you come shopping.

Stay tuned for next week’s tales!!!

A puddle stomping day!

Today is a stay in bed and read a book day, make some homemade soup (Potato Leek soup is simmering away as I type this!) and just be comfy. Unfortunately, I have to work this afternoon. But I will have nice hot soup waiting for me when I get home!

When my kids were little, my favourite thing was to get them dressed in rain boots and rain coats and head off down the path near our house to go puddle stomping! The bigger the puddle the better the splash! And then we’d come home, get all nice and dry, have some hot chocolate and we’d either watch some TV or I’d read to them. Which was another favourite thing to do with them when they were little.

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My favourite books to read them were Hop on Pop, Love you Forever and Green Eggs and Ham. They loved having me read Love you Forever because they thought it was funny that I cried at the end every single time. Love my kids haha!

Love You Forever: Munsch, Robert, McGraw, Sheila: 9780228101048: Books -  Amazon.ca

One day soon, I will cuddle up with my grandson and read him this book, take him puddle stomping, and cherish every minute I get to spend with him.

What was your favourite thing to do with your kids?