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The older you get

Colorful Church windows
Yesterday, Saturday November 11, 2017.

 

Getting old is wonderful.

Feeling old is not.

Getting old is a privilege many never experience.

It also comes with a personal responsibility to keep learning, doing, and refining what we hold on to and what we let go of.

Memories are nice, but never let them be bigger than your dreams.

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The old dog syndrome and the simple secret to overcome it

Rising Sun Motor Inn
The morning walk to breakfast at Rising Sun.

 

Directions from East Glacier to Waterton
Yesterday’s road trip.

 

View from St Mary Visitor Center
Beautiful morning in East Glacier, looking west towards Rising Sun.

 

Chief Mountain
First glimpse of Chief Mountain.

 

Looking south upon Glacier Park
Looking south upon Glacier Park.

 

USA and Canada flags
Customs.

 

The older you become the more challenging it is to do new things. The antidote, it seems to me, is to substitute quality for quantity.

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Note to self for posterity: 08.03 Wednesday…8am drive to Canada/Waterton Park. Chief Mountain. Prince of Wales Hotel. Lunch in Waterton. Saw a bear at Prince of Wales driveway. Dinner at Two Dog Flats. Drove to Two Dog Flats to look for bear. Saw one at 8pm. Good pics.

 

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Guest Blogger, Lorie Sheffer: You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

Photo: Courtesy of Lorie Sheffer

At some point around the time I hit the half-century mark I developed this sudden fear of becoming a fogy. As in “old fogy”. We all know a few – those crabby old people who refuse to budge in their ideas or give an inch when it comes to anything even slightly resembling change. They live in a rut, doing things the same way day in and day out.

Learning something new or trying something different need not be exotic. Stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t have to involve parachutes or grappling hooks. It doesn’t need to be done with the risk of public humiliation, ala Dancing With the Stars.

Today, I finished a project that I am very happy about. I have a sense of satisfaction that only comes with accomplishing something you weren’t sure about.  It all began with a vision of fabric for new kitchen curtains. After endless searching I realized that although my dream curtains didn’t exist, the dream fabric did. I found it one day while randomly searching a vintage fabric website. I thought of the sewing machine sitting in the spare bedroom. In a moment of self assured weakness I ordered six yards, quite certain I could not only make the curtains, but also pillows for my window seat. Not long after placing the order I was filled with self-doubt. I had flashbacks to the day in high school home ec. class when I  ran a sewing machine needle straight through my finger.

What was the worst that could happen? I would end up having wasted money on fabric. But that’s not what happened. Tired but satisfied, I hung the curtains this afternoon and placed the first pillow on the window seat. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

This experience makes me want to try something that I have not had the courage to do: Enter a Christmas cookie contest. I know, it sounds ridiculous. Considering some of the things I have done in life without ever batting an eye, a cookie contest seems pretty tame. The irony of the things I am doing in order not to be an old fogy isn’t lost on me. I mean really; sewing and baking? But then I think of Project Runway and Ace of Cakes, and I realize that everything old is new again!