The Older, But Better, Road

I got a facial this afternoon. I went to the Greenhouse Day Spa which is by far my new favorite spa here in Houston. I got a facial from Annie. She is excellent. I visit this spa on a regular basis to get both facials and massages. I highly recommend it. However, lately I realize that my conversations with Annie revolve around keeping my skin hydrated and protected from the sun. I now use sunscreen on a daily basis. Does my attention to skin care mean that I am getting old?

Women my age…” I am told have funny little hairs pop up their faces out of nowhere. Well, yes, that occasionally happens to me, but I am quite sure that doesn’t prove anything. Facials used to be just a nice luxury treat rather than a long‐term maintenance plan. Doesn’t the waiting room of Greenhouse Day Spa look relaxing and inviting?

Twice during the past six months I have visited doctors for the most routine of appointments. Okay, so one appointment was for an arthritic knee. Yet, since weight loss surgery and losing enough pounds to have a small humanoid walking beside me everywhere I go and attending routine water aerobics classes, my knee is much better. Thank you. Yet during both of these appointments I heard the phrase, “Women your age…” and “You may start noticing different pains…”. Seriously, just because I now make noises when I stand up after sitting for long periods of time, doesn’t mean a darn thing!

Okay, over a year ago I retired from my full‐time government job. However, I retired early so I could devote the next 30 to 40 years to writing and art. I have been very lucky when it comes to aging. I never had any grey hairs until I was in my 50’s. Wrinkles didn’t seem to become permanent until I was in my 60’s. I am still in my very early 60’s. Medicare is still very much in the future.

I am sure I do not look anything like what I envisioned someone my age to look like when I was younger. I do not feel anything like what I saw people my age feeling like when I was younger. I wonder how younger folks see me?

Fortunately for me, I have never felt better! I haven’t been this active in a long time. I am passionate about both writing and art and now I have time for both. I both write and go listen to other writers. I try my hand a various different types of art and spend a lot of time in art galleries and museums.

I have also noticed that among me and my friends, the older we get the more self‐assured and at peace we are. I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything.

Also, another great source of joy is the fact that it is now October. After a very long and hot summer, we are supposed to get our first cool front next week. I have been waiting for this. Now I am off to do some more Halloween decorating. I revel in this time of year. BOO!

Until next week.….

The Road To Relaxation

I heard some news reporter on television talk about how the July 4th weekend was turning into a big sales day. Not quite as big as Black Friday, but it could get there in a couple of years. Do we really need another shopping day extravaganza? Do we need to start our holiday shopping in July?

Not me. Nor did I go out to sit in the sun to attend an all‐day concert. What did I do? I rested and relaxed.

Yesterday I went to see Men In Black: International. It’s a good movie. I wasn’t sure how I would like all the new characters, but it worked for me. I laughed and was quite entertained. Afterwards my friend and I went out to dinner. A good day.

Today I went to my new favorite spot in Houston. The Greenhouse Day Spa. This is a new spa, but the people who work there are great. I started getting massages and facials years ago when I had stressful jobs. Now I continue the habit just because it is a good thing to do. And it’s relaxing. And I enjoy it. You get the picture. Also it is a great way to relax when it is in the middle of summer and the temperature outside feels like 110 degrees (literally, I’m not making that up).

At Greenhouse Day Spa you start out in this cool reception room where the atmosphere alone helps you to begin the relaxation process. A few minutes in that space and I am ready to completely relax. Annie, who is both an esthetician and massage therapist, is wonderful to have working on my aging face and creaky old joints.

Self‐care is important for all of us. When was the last time you had a massage? Since mine was today, I am so relaxed that I am thinking of going to bed early and getting a good night’s rest.

Until next week.….