Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 21, 2016

Railings and Encroaching Age

Tim came by and installed railings at the steps of the Temple’s front porch today. The porch railings are wooden and so are the new ones. It was awkward to climb two steps without a railing. The walk has sunk a bit over the years, so the first step was a bit higher than usual. The steps are wide, so it was not easy to grasp the top post and hoist myself up the steps. Getting old is not the easiest thing in the world. Hence, calling Tim was high on my list of things to do.

The rains have returned, and the temperatures have cooled. Once again, a hint of winter has returned to the land. The grey stray kitty had been chased from the food dish by Tim’s presence on the porch, and it was not until dark that she came to eat. I am going to have to do something about her before winter.

With winter, my thoughts have naturally turned to old age. Not that I am getting truly creaky yet. After all, I do have a 94 year old mother, who lives alone, entertains well, still drives to the store, and keeps up with the news of both the church and the neighborhood. I have a ways to go to keep up with her. Still, there is no time like the present to begin to prepare.

Next spring, Tim’s big project will be to redo the steps to the back deck. They are increasingly wobbly and probably were built with one too few risers. So it is time to make them more sturdy. I will not have to put a grab bar at the interior garage door, as there was one in place when I bought the place. I will have to have the garage door fixed, as it broke within a half hour of Tim’s leaving today.

The Wheel of the Year turns, as does the Wheel of Life. We fix, prepare, and repair as best we can. We can get all hyped up about it, or we can grow old as gracefully as we can. We can savor the pleasures of life as we go, to the best of our ability.

N.B. The Tribe is going to the World Series! Yesterday was not such a bad day after all.



  1. Here’s to growing old gracefully. (And Go Cubs –hee hee)

    • That would be a Series, wouldn’t it?

      • Fingers crossed. In a day or two we’ll know.

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