Just look at the state of my hands, how on earth did they become so wrinkled and dried up with the veins bulging! You wouldn't believe these hands are 63 years old would you, no I wouldn't either, they look like the hands of an 80 year old.
My grandma's hands looked old and wrinkled just like this, I noticed them when I was a teenager, I used to stay at her house for the school summer holidays. She was a whiz at baking, her hands were often covered in flour as she pummelled a lump of dough to death on the kitchen table. Her index and middle finger on her left hand were stained brown after a lifetime of smoking. Put me right off it for life. If it did that to your fingers what would her insides have been like. I'm glad I never started, never even tried it in fact. Another thing Grandma did was to dangle her cigarette from her lips while she was cooking. Eventually the ash would drop off, and hopefully if she was ready for it it would land on the floor. Grandma was skinny as well, I think I take after her side of the family, that's my fathers side. Maybe that's why I have wrinkled hands like hers.
The two rings I wear were my mothers. I put them on after her funeral 27 years ago and have never taken them off. I can't get them off now as they are no longer round, having got squashed a lot when I was doing manual work. Also my knuckles are a bit fatter now. When I went into hospital they stuck masking tape over them to cover them up, something about not transmitting germs and infections.
I have a scar on the index finger of my left hand, I did something silly, I am always doing something silly. I was cutting the weeds back in my garden with one of those crescent shaped steel blades with a wooden handle, a sickle I think you call it. I didn't seem to be making much progress, as soon as I took a swipe at the grass all it did was flatten it, I thought the blade might be blunt. So bright spark here thought if I grab a bunch of grass with my left hand then slash at it with the blade, it would cut the grass and not flatten it. Wrong. My aim wasn't very good and I sliced through my finger instead, the blade was sharp. Good job the hospital was just down the road, I wrapped a tea towel around my hand and it was soaked in blood by the time I got there. Ouch.
My right hand also has a scar, I was careless with a kitchen knife and sliced through the small finger. I used to bite my nails a lot but don't any more. If they got too long I would have a nibble and then they got a ragged edge which caught on my clothing, so I would nibble some more to try and smooth the edge, but of course it never did, it just made it worse. And then I made my fingers sore. I have learnt my lesson, I now use nail scissors.
I sometimes use hand cream but not very often, I usually forget or can't be bothered. Maybe if I'd paid more attention to my hands they might not be like wrinkled dried up prunes. I have neglected them a bit. Perhaps they would look better if I was a bit chubbier.
I suppose I am lucky that I haven't got arthritis, my friend has and her hands are terribly misshapen and painfull. I wish my hands didn't look so old. I don't feel old so why have I got old hands. I think I'm going to wear my green wristwarmers all the time, that will cover them up, maybe set a trend. And perhaps make a green neck warmer with the rest of the fabric as some have suggested, that would cover up my scrawny neck ;o) Toodle pip.
Hello, I am a 69 year old retired lorry driver. After trucking for 32 years I'd had enough, went part time when I was in my mid 50's and stopped altogether when I reached 60. Yippeeee, now I am free to do as I like. I live with two cats, I make do and mend being very careful with my spending, only buying what I need. I have no qualms about buying second hand from car boot sales and charity shops, and getting free stuff from skip diving. Money saved is put towards holidays, a decent car, and days out. I love life, and it needn't cost a fortune to enjoy it.
1000 mile challenge 2018
We start our third year of the 1000 mile walking challenge on the 1st of January. Members of the Walking Group will need to declare their intention to start, with a comment on the first post of the year, and report in on the 1st of every month after that with their own mileage. If you feel that 1000 miles is too much for you, make up your own challenge. Any walking is better than no walking. The aim is to improve our health and fitness. Remember, you need to allocate time to do this, going for the odd ramble when you feel like it is not really enough. Walk fast, walk with a purpose.
Onward we go, new and old members welcome. Let's work hard to keep in good shape.
Free things I have found, or been given, or I have asked for.
Left over food from a buffet - I asked for it...Frozen fish and vegetables - given to me by a friend....Pair of black steel toe cap work boots - found in a layby....Crystal necklace on a chain - found on a grass verge.... Eiderdown - given from a friend....pair of slippers - given from a friend....3 cans of cider - found in the churchyard....Two small conifer plants - found in a rubbish bin....A whole load of stuff - found in a skip....65p in coins - found in the street....An orange plastic pumpkin bucket - found while litter picking....17p in coins - found in the street while litter picking....Pile of magazines - given to me....Two bottles of water, a goody bag, and a medal - given to me for escorting my friend on her sponsored walk....Two golf balls - found while out dog walking....Two bags of usefull stuff - given to me from my friends declutter....Wooly hat and gloves - given to me....Coins total £1.10 - found....12 pearl beads - found....Yellow plastic dogs ball - found in a field....32p in coins - found on grass verge....A five pence coin - found on a footpath....A yellow Frizby - found on a grass verge....10p coin - found in the woods....Three course dinner and 2 mince pies - given to me....Plastic garden table - given to me....£1 coin, 5p coin, 2p coin - found in a car park....Seven daily newspapers - borrowed from a newspaper recycling box....A dress, a skirt, a jumper, 4 teashirts - my friend gave them to me....A bowl of home made soup - my friend gave it to me....A cabbage - my friend gave it to me....Two potatoes - found on the side of the road....A bag of apples - my neighbour gave them to me....cup of coffee at the arts centre - free with a voucher....70 craft magazines - given to me....A canvas windbreak - found in a skip....Two pot plants with flowers - found in a rubbish bin....A 20p coin - found....2 wheelbarrow loads of compost - I asked for it....Pieces of timber - I asked for them....Tin of Nivea cream - free sample ....Tube of face cream - free sample....Bag of chocolate biscuits - given to me....Two bags of horse muck - I asked for them....A metre of fabric - given to me....Packet of bread rolls - given to me....A 2p coin - found....Cupboard with a glass front - given to me....Bunch of flowers - found in a rubbish bin....Planter - given to me....Six wooden pallets - I asked for them....Cup of coffee - given to me at Radio Humberside....Free night school classes at the college....Tub of Lurpak spreadable - free with voucher....A 2p coin - found in the street....Three pallets - I asked for them....Four plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip.... A hard hat - given....A gigantic roll of shrink wrap, used for wrapping palletised loads - I asked for it....A plastic bucket and lid with emulsion paint in it - found in the hedge bottom....A tub of Lurpack spreadable - free with a voucher....Free dental check up....A free tub of golden syrup ice cream, my friend gave it to me....A box of chocolates - my other friend gave it to me....A 1p coin - found in the street....A bag of potatoes, packet of blueberries, packet of tomatoes - my friend gave them to me....A flower pot - found in the hedge bottom....Three plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip....