Tuesday, July 21, 2015

About Aging

The thing about aging is that it happens to all of us, each in our own way.  I know 50 year-olds who look and feel older than I do.  On my next birthday I will see 77 and I’m still working, still swimming, still hosting family gatherings—I could go on and on.  I believe those numbers are lucky for me, in Vegas, biblically and don’t even get me started on Feng Shui.

My best advice on aging is, “Take care of your skin!”  I think my mother had me using moisturizer at the age of 4.  She was a stickler about caring for her skin and insisted I do the same.  When I worked at Neiman Marcus I had access to samples of all the best moisturizers. I tried Chanel, Alexandra de Markoff, Bare Escentuals, Clinique, Origins, you name it and I tried it.  I finally settled on Origins and used it for 15 years. 

Around my 75th birthday I decided I was fighting a losing battle and paying that much for moisturizer was crazy.  Nobody wants to be a crazy old lady, so I settled on good old Oil of Olay.  First I tried ProX then I tried Regenerist.  As a mini-review I can tell you that ProX is the best low-priced face cream that can be bought.  Coming from one who has tried them all, you can take that to the bank.  So, a toast to Olay!
Another thing about aging, it seems knitting moves slower.  I find I have to stop and massage my hands and arms more often and I tend to move more slowly in general.  I have been knitting this shrug for three weeks and still have 10 more inches to finish. 

Of course, I have also been knitting Simple Knit Cardigan, and then there is the afghan I started a few nights ago.  I have a serious multi-project problem!

As for the pups, Max is better.  He is finally drinking from his water dish but still will not let us put his collar on him.  Our little JRT Macy is failing I am sad to say.  We feel she is going downhill and the vet agrees with us.  She is still comfortable and reasonably alert so we are just watching for now.  We are blessed by every day we have with her.
 Life is good.




Tired Teacher said...

Cheers, Katherine!

I have to be careful about the kind of creams I use on my skin, but I will look for and try your recommendation.

Knitting has been slow here, too, as has all other crafting. I am enjoying the warmth of summer as long as I can, so I've been traveling more than knitting.

Sorry to hear that the pups are failing. It's heart-breaking to see time take its toll on those we love.

Grace said...

You Look Beautiful Katherine, if that is what moisturizer does, I am having Tom pick me up some tonight!!!! continued good health my friend!! Hugs, G

kathy b said...

You are stunning. I cannot believe your real age is 77. NO WAY.
I love you! How did you know I went to the dermatologist yesterday? She did not yell at me. I told her i never get this much COLOR by I was in the outer banks and had to. She prescribed magic cream as they all do. I have the Celtic Curse of Rosacea. So I now put liquid Flagyl on my face , t zone, twice a day.
Forever I think.
I LOVE your product reviews and need them. Oil of Olay PRoX it is . You just saved me time money and bother. Yeah!
Im so sorry to hear Macy is feeling HER age. You'll know when it is time. It is always so difficult though.
Much love to a beauty of a gal YOU

kathy b said...

PS I LOVE Your shrug colors

elns said...

I am with Kathy B. You look stunning! I love that photo of you. I am from your school and believe in "Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize." I rotate through cremes and lotions and I often will use things people would not put on their face just their bodies, but then it depends on what's going on, if I'm really dry or whatnot to find the right balance.

I always want to knit faster too, but honestly it's great we have this hobby we enjoy so much.

I'm sorry about Macy, wishing some happy and relaxation for you and yours.

SissySees said...

Happy birthday weekend, beautiful!! I hope you realize that I think of you as both a peer and a mentor. I've been trying to figure out what to do to fight the signs of aging a little harder... I always go back to Mary Kay, but I started with Oil of Olay in my teens, and I seem to be allergic (eyes) to Arbonne, which I've been using right at a year now.

kathy b said...

Now I have a lovely sun hat too!