Last night, about 10:00 our time, dear husband calls. I was just relaxing, catching up on some reading. After answering on this end, I hear husband's voice saying, "Wish me a happy birthday"! I do and state for the record it is not his birthday officially here yet. Then I asked him if he felt older yet. I always do that, I'm just obnoxious like that.
Husband is still freezing in the former Soviet Union and hopes to begin his journey home this week. Still on the lookout for a good Russian hat to bring home. He said he found one made of wolf fur with the tail attached in the back, like the coon skin hats of Daniel Boone times here. It joked it would be Boris Boone there. Yeah, I'm hilarious.
Took son for haircut yesterday afternoon. He has been going to my stylist since I highly recommended her. She is great. She is Vietnamese/American and her husband is Romanian. Welcome to Houston. One of these days I'm going to splurge and get a pedicure in that salon. Can you believe I am 50 years old and never had a professional pedicure? I just always do that stuff myself. I used to get manicures when the spirit moved me but that is long gone, too. I'd rather spend the money on books or Starbucks!
In honor of my husband's birthday I will share tips on aging gracefully I noted in an article by Andrew Weil, M.D. :
* Pay attention to your breath. Minding the breath is a way of expanding consciousness beyond the ego.
* Connect with nature.
* Make a list of people in you life in whose company you feel more alive, happy and optimistic. Spend more time with them.
* Bring flowers into your home and enjoy the beauty.
* Listen to music that you find inspirational and uplifting.
* Admire a work of art that raises your spirits.
* Reach out and try to resume connection with someone from whom you are estranged; practice forgiveness.
* Do some sort of service work. Do not just write a check to charity.
"One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories". - Rebecca Falls