#6 Disciplines and Routines


Good Morning to my Biddie and Geezer friends and followers. Know this: I need to be a free spirit. These days I live alone in an eight story apartment building. It’s good I’m alone because my work habits would drive a roommate crazy. My morning usually … but not always … starts a 2 AM.

It did today and with a cup of sweet coffee with a heavy dose of milk. In Rhode Island they call it coffee milk. Now I type these words to publish on my blog to you. Some days I am up in these wee hours stitching sentences together for a story I will publish as an e-book on Kindle. At 5 AM I may have breakfast … then go back to bed and sleep for a couple of hours. Or not … as the spirit moves me.

However great for the creative spirit it is to live without discipline and routine, there is a problem. Knowing how I live, my friend Pam once gave me a gift, a board to hang on my wall. A large “button” was drawn on the board with a black marking pen. Around the button were these words:

Push button to call maid

If maid does not come in one minute

Do it yourself

Well … there is no maid. So, to keep my apartment livable I need to do it myself. And there was no one to tell me to clean and mop the floor, take out the garbage, do the laundry and other chores that need to be done for a comfortable life. We Biddies and Geezers share a problem as we add on years. Short term memory occasionally fails. Like we set something down and then spend an hour looking for it. Or forgetting that we have not done a chore to keep our apartment clean and orderly.

Nobody lived with me to remind me of these things and I did not want a housekeeper to come in and do them. The exercise was good for me. Then suddenly I had a great idea.

I took out a sheet of paper and my oil pastels. I created the following oil pastel of a cat named “Meow.”


I mounted it on my wall and it looks at me … balefully … and it jogs my memory of thing I really need to do. The disciplines and routines that keep my little world going. And then I can still be a free spirit … free and happy … and not get an attitude like if some human were bugging me.

Hey … works for me.

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#7 No Stress


If you haven’t figured this blog out … it’s about what I think and do. What I think and do may not be right for you. Hey … lots of things I think and do are not right for me. But as a certified Geezer … I can get away with it most of the time.

My friend Julie was frustrated by a couple of things and she suggested I write a couple of posts on stress. So here we go. (She actually said, “Some things are giving me a pain in the arse.” Julie is a certified Biddy who lives in Tucson, Arizona.

I live in the Boston area where there are a lot of medical schools making a plethora (a $50 word for a bucket full) of medical studies. The results of one study has been suppressed. The conclusion of the study was”


Drinking 2 or 3 glasses of wine a day

Increases the chance of your

Not giving a s***!

I have followed that regimen (only a $2.50 word in Boston) for several years since my friend Pam got me hooked on wine. She taught me that a glass of wine is far more than a simple dose of alcohol… Even a simple screw cap bottle may contain a liquid whose enticing aroma, complex chemistry, and eye-pleasing color can transport my mind and body to an awareness of only the very present moment. Erased are the stresses from thoughts of the past or the future. If I allow it.

I’m not going to list the many destructive things stress can do to your body. Nor some of the things that cause stress like health, family, neighbors, and work … oops I said I wasn’t going to list them. Just the absolute truth that in the very moment … they do not exist. But I will say that my daily tested recipe for shrinking my experience to the very moment is a glass of wine. Getting me to that point in time where “I don’t give a s***.”

But there is beauty. Sunshine. As my friend Pam says, “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.”

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#3 My Waistline

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I can hear my readers saying, “Hey Doug … this is #3. Where is #2?”

Well … #2 is still in my black and white marbled composition book. Not ready for prime time. #3 is. So here it is!

#3 My Waistline

Rats! I need to do something about my waistline. Some of my pants are too tight … can’t button them closed.  I tried an emergency measure. I bought a pack of “button extenders” so I could get the pants to button. But hey … that’s not a real solution.

But I can’t be too bad (yet), ‘cause some of the Biddies in the morning coffee hour still put their hands on me. LOL.

Now magazines and the internet are full of ads selling plans or pills that “guarantee” to take pounds and inches off my gut in a couple of weeks. Some of them even claim to increase my testosterone at the same time. And of course there are the plans for starvation diets. Just cut the calories.

Oh, and about calories … just substitute some synthetic chemical sweeteners for sugar right? No thanks!

But there are other articles that approve of what I’m eating. Well … sort ot. Hey … what I eat and drink makes my life enjoyable. I like coffee and (despite the sugar) they say it’s good for me. I refuse to drink chemicals instead of real sugar. Maybe I could use a ½ teaspoon instead of a full one for an 8oz. cup. And wine? I like a glass with lunch and dinner. Lots of articles proclaim red wine not only good for me but despite the calories aids weight loss.

So if I decide to keep those calories in my diet I need to increase my calorie burn. More exercise! I can minimize stuff like pasta and potatoes but not eliminate them. And I will keep my slice of buttered gluten free toast with my meals (sometimes instead of any other starches.)

So that’s the plan. Burn more calories with more exercise… I’m too sedentary and more exercise will tone up my muscles. So my plan is to do that and monitor my weight hoping to lose ½ to one pound a week.

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#1 The Beginning

Good Morning to my Biddie and Geezer friends and followers. I’ve just finished breakfast and am looking at the sun shining on the view outside my sliding glass doors. I’m south of Boston and the city skyline is in view with the sun shining some of the windows of the tall buildings turning them into walls of shining gold.

By deliberate choice, I ignore that I was “unfriended” by someone last week. This is the key to this blog, folks. This blog is about Living Well. My joy is based on NOW. And now is a new day. My stomach is satisfied. I’m sharing now with you, my friends and followers, and after Tai Chi exercises and a shower, I will go downstairs to the community room where L*** will host coffee and doughnuts for the residents of the building.

After that, I may take my rolling cart on the bus to a downtown store where I will buy a few bottles of wine. My friend, Pam (not her real name), introduced me to the benefits of wine. There are several very real health benefits. Later blogs will talk about these. But for today I share Pam’s motto, “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.”

So, about this blog. It’s about sunshine. Sunshine in our souls. Today. It’s about feeling good and living well for Biddies and Geezers like me. It’s not about advice for “Senior Citizens.”

Regardless of your health. Regardless of your past relationships … past history. It’s about living well TODAY.

In that spirit … you will see my next blog when you see it. While I may (or may not) write every day, I will publish the next blog when I feel it’s right. My goal is to LIVE WELL and share that with you.‘Till the next blog, Shalom from Doug.

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