Our 58th Wedding Anniversary

Fall 2006 CSANews Issue 61  |  Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.Back to list

Hi Folks!

Back in August, Beth and I celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary by participating in a three-day mystery tour. The only information we had was that we would need our passports. The bus was full and we were all kept in suspense until the mystery destination appeared. It was great fun!

Now to get down to more serious stuff. Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency in the modern world, real or imagined. We take responsibility for all we have done and don’t blame others. However, upon reflection, I would like to point out that it isn’t the senior citizen who took: The melody out of music. The pride out of appearance . The courtesy out of driving. The romance out of love. The commitment out of marriage. The responsibility out of parenthood. The togetherness out of the family. The learning out of education. The service out of patriotism. The golden rule out of rulers. The nativity scene out of cities. The civility out of behaviour. The refinement out of language. The dedication out of employment. The prudence out of spending. The ambition out of achievement. Or, the God out of government.

Yes, I’m a senior citizen. I’m the life of the party – even if it lasts until 8 o’clock. I’m good at opening childproof caps – with a hammer. I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren aren’t nearly as cute as my own. I’m sure that everything I can’t find is in a safe, secure place – somewhere. I’m a walking storeroom of facts – I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.

While the storeroom door is partly open, I can offer some useful tips to perhaps make your household chores a little easier.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag, add the flowers and shake vigorously. The salt will absorb the dirt and leave your flowers looking like new.

Use empty toilet paper rolls to store your appliance cords– label the roll.

To remove blood stains from clothes, pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and wipe the stain away.

If you forget to include something in an envelope and it is sealed, place the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. Then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can be resealed.

To remove permanent marker from appliances or countertops (such as store receipt blue), use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.

Spray a little perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely, light scent when the light is turned on.

Don’t throw out that leftover wine. Freeze it in ice-cube trays for future use in casseroles and sauces. (Leftover wine? What’s that?)

Hope these help!

I’ll leave you with this thought: A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

God Bless.