Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Older, Traffic, and Plants

This is what I looked like about oh...... I'd say about 10 years ago. I was skinnier then. Prettier too. I was at a friend's house and that is her cat on the arm of the sofa. Gee, getting older makes you uglier and fatter and you ache more, and ...well...you get the picture.
Actually that's not true for lots of people, but it is for me! I might as well face the true facts of the matter!!
It was really pretty today and warm. I went to a nursery north of town that I had never been to before. They are building a new road and I had to sit stopped in traffic for almost 30 minutes waiting. That was on the way up. They are actually building 2 new roads and this was where 3 roads will come together at, so they were making a different detour route. It'll be nice once they get it all finished but right now it's a mess for folks who have to drive it every day. Coming back there was no stops.
I got some plants to set out and a fushia hanging basket. Fushias are so pretty. I took some pictures but I haven't downloaded them yet. I'll save those for another day.


Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

I too have noticed as I age I tended to put on a few extra pounds, added a few wrinkles, lost some hair, and hurt in places I never hurt before. Then I realize, for now at least, it beats the alternative.
I am working or trying to work on my yard as well. The other things I noticed about maturing (don't like that aging word) is there are not as many hours in the day as there use to be.

8:01 PM  
Blogger kaliblue said...

I love the smell of fushia:-). I used to have a bunch of the plants, but killed them *UGH*. I seem to have a greenish/brown thumb when I don't know what I'm doing but a brownish/bad thumb when I try to educate myself on the plants and kill them *LOL*.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

If your mind keeps young the old shell doesn't matter (or just a little)I first thought you were wearing a wig, so honnestly I prefer your today's haircut ! See, who thinks you were prettier before ??

5:33 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Rachel you look great! Love your current hair style! Your photo on the About Me with your sunglasses is beautiful! But I know by myself what you are talking about. I think I was more pretty as young than now. Many times I avoid the mirror! (LOL) But I also think that the healthy body and to keep my mind young are a relevant and important thing for me at maturing.

I am looking forward to see the fushia! Have a nice day!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Look forward to the Fushia photos Rachel they are one of my favourite flowers.

7:51 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Great picture Rachel...But I bet you are not fat...! At least not in the more up to date pictures I've seen of you....And I think you are still, very pretty!
There is no question that as the years pass the body can spread...and does, sometimes(lol).
All I can say is OY! And the aches and pains....don't ask!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

Rachel, you were pretty THEN, but I think you are prettier now. It's like the quote we hear about wine.....How it improves with age... that's the way is is with us women!!!! LOL
but on the other hand....I went to a retirement dinner from the place I worked and this man I worked with said, "Clara, you used to be skinny"....and I said, "Yes, and you used to have hair, too! He said no more!!!!

12:28 PM  
Blogger b13 said...

HAHAHA... I love it Clara! And you look fine Rachel. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise ;)

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

You looked pretty then, and you look pretty now.
I know what you mean about those extra pounds that creep up on us. My body seems to enjoy holding on to those extra pounds. DARN it!!

4:02 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

As I get older...the brain is willing but sometimes the body isn't! lol Awwww you still look gorgeous, Rachel:-) I'll be 50 this year and you know, I thought I'd be feeling so much older but I'm not...I mean, half a century is coming upon me...said that way, now I DO feel old! hehe xoxo

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel -- Thanks for the wish, maybe I will. Right now I'm headed the wrong direction, she's in California.
I'm in Farmerville, Louisiana, tonight, will be in Morehead Friday night.
The graduation invitation said "shoes optional." Bro-in-law said flip-flops would be considered shoes.
I'm saving my old clothes that I haven't worn very much since I was skinnier because I might get that way again.
See you in June sometime.

6:11 PM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

Everybody seems to be getting flower fever...I was at two nurseries today...and I actually saw a fuschia plant made into a tree...it was trained some way to stand up on a stalk...very interesting as I've only ever saw the hanging basket kind...the prices at these places were astronomical but I did pick up some of the smaller plants...they'll grow...just like hair does...teehee...overlook me I'm tired after a long day! ;)

6:34 PM  
Anonymous gel said...

Well, dear Rachel, I beg to differ a little.
You look tired in that photo and the hairdo reminds me of "big hair" my daughters begged me to cut.

I LOVE your current profile pic! I think you look younger and healthier in it that the older pic you reference, although you're still very pretty in both.

Skinnier is not "better."
As I've said before I LOVE your profile pic. You look chic, happy, and energetic.

That said, I understand what you mean, though. It's hard not to reflect on the past, particularly near our birthdays. We can't go backwards but boy do want to, sometimes!

My youngest daughter who is still home looks almost like my twin (ONLY if I was her age now) and she is LOTS younger than me. It's like looking in the mirror everyday, EXCEPT she looks tremendously better- at only 17. IT's a shocking wakeup call that I am not youthful even though I feel her age- to around 30, depending on what is going on.

In stark contrast to me, I feel I look older because everyone notices how much we look alike and she is so young! Her smooth wrinkless skin, glow of youth, no bags under her eyes, and overall youth I thought I'd have for a long time (for some inane reason- one day I woke up and screamed when I looked over at the closet mirror. I didn't feel as OLD as I looked! Still, I usually forgert myself, hardly look in a mirror, and ENJOY looking in her eyes, hearing her life, especially for the next few months before she leaves home for college.

However, as a good friend told me, we earned those wrinkles. When I see my friends I don't see wrinkles. I see twinkling eyes, smiles, and exuberance for life. :)

11:19 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Rachel, re your comment; yes there is a resemblance , much more than to Tom Sellick, but don't tell Cliff, it would break his heart.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I remember you at the hospital!!!!
That's what you looked like then. Maybe I should hunt up a picture of me so you can see if you remember me...but I think I already did that and you didn't remember me. I was also skinier, had long beautiful black hair and long thick eyelashes (I wonder where they went???). I'm also looking for my beautiful face...I seem to have lost it somewhere along the way and I think it's with my beautiful slim body...you know, the one without any wrinkles. hehehe

It's tough getting old, but we all go through it together.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I think you look great,too. I had my hair like that once upon a time. And I for sure was a lot skinner then.

Hey, you don't have an email link or I'd have sent it that way, but check this link out. You'll love it because you love church signs.

7:45 AM  

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