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When we started our family, nothing else mattered apart from our kids. They occupied almost every sphere of our lives. When they left, it got us all to square one. It was time to turn over a new leaf. Yes, their welfare matters but right now we are focusing more on ourselves and overall health. How about you?
Staying Healthy As We Age! / Re: Is alcohol healthy?
« Last post by Pat on Yesterday at 07:40:33 AM »
As @Kidless and others have said "moderation is the key" as it is to many other things in life than can be good or bad for us depending how we use or abuse them.

I enjoy a glass of wine a couple of times a week and I'm going to continue doing so.

We do need to have good awareness education for young people with regard to alcohol as with recreational drugs.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Compliments
« Last post by Pat on Yesterday at 07:37:17 AM »
@BettyBoop - "Gloomy Gus" ha ha ha , I never realised just how many there are wandering around. I think i'll aim my compliments at them with a smile to see if a smile is really infectious.

This morning at the market I said hello as usual to one of the ladies who weighs the fruit and vegetables, then followed it up with "that color really suits you". As compliments go is wasn't much, but she gave me a huge smile in return instead of the usual polite smile that we exchange.

I think I'm getting hooked on giving compliments  :cutecheerleader:

Bye the way, your profile photo is an inspired choice - it always makes me smile  :13:
Staying Healthy As We Age! / Re: Is alcohol healthy?
« Last post by Beth75 on May 18, 2018, 05:36:12 PM »
I've been hearing for years that a glass of red wine can be good for your health. I'm not sure how true it is. I do know that alcohol contains a lot of calories but that would only be an issue if you are overindulging. I think I'll stick with the scientists on this one and enjoy my one glass of wine every now and again.
Our Empty Nest / Did you constantly worry when your kids first left home?
« Last post by Beth75 on May 18, 2018, 05:11:33 PM »
I am a very anxious person and I worried very much about my children when they left. When the oldest left for college, it was very hard. By the time my anxiety began to ease and I started to trust him to take care of himself, it was time for my second child to leave! You'd have thought I would have been prepared but it was the same thing again. I must have seemed very silly, sending him care packages and calling him every weekend. Now that he's becoming more mature and finding his footing in life, my anxieties are beginning to ease but I think I will always worry a little bit.
Did anybody experience anything similar? Do you still worry about your kids even though they've been gone for a while?
SUGGESTIONS / Re: If you fall, fall hard!
« Last post by horizon on May 18, 2018, 11:02:15 AM »
Is there such thing as falling too hard? My diet plan goes up and down a lot lately. I bet you know which one happens more. I haven't been eating regularly for the week and the healthy food I usually like are not inviting. Is it because of the stress? Any suggestions to get me back up?
Taking care of our Elderly Parent(s) / Re: Visiting is tough
« Last post by horizon on May 18, 2018, 10:54:34 AM »
Katie, I'm sorry to hear. If it's something like dementia, then I think the memory can come and go randomly. Sometimes she remembers you, other times she doesn't. What do you think about talking to his son and maybe organize a place closer to you?
Every Day Conversations / Re: Please stop these terror attacks!
« Last post by horizon on May 18, 2018, 10:45:29 AM »
It sounds illogical to kill so many humans to justify whatever they have in mind. At that stage, maybe there is nothing much we can to help them. I'm more interested in the journey and how it can help us to prevent more in the future. What happened to these people? Who taught them? How did it happen? Why? Tough questions, I know.

The least I can do is to open my eyes and ears wide. Living in this world now means we have to be more careful than ever. I always tell that to the young ones.
Every Day Conversations / Dreams
« Last post by BettyBoop on May 18, 2018, 08:19:13 AM »
I have been having the craziest dreams lately and don't really know why.  I wish Freud was close.  I would go see him.  :rofl: It must be my subconscious mind releasing things I am going through.  Do you have crazy dreams too?
My health would have to be on the top of the list.  None of us wants to have to be taken care of.  Independence is so important to my generation.  Family is also very important. Getting out and being with other people keeps communication, discussion and learning open.  Our minds must remain active in order to function properly. 
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