Getting older musings from a rusty birthday junker

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rusty gear candle votive

This past weekend was my birthday. And that meant making some plans. Fun plans! Plans to take us out of town, into the states.

Well, the weather turned. And I didn’t really desire to shiver outdoors in the rain while taking in new sights, so we’ll reserve that trip for a little closer to summer.

Instead, I chose three of my favourite junking haunts to visit in 3 days. 1 per day. How’s that for a pretty sweet birthday gift to oneself?

So I have lots of fun shots and stories to update you with very soon!

But first? I wanted to talk about the age thing.

Getting older isn’t something most of us adore. But it’s inevitable. So one can either dread it or make the most out of it.

While getting older comes with some new aches, pains, wrinkles and memory loss, there are a few pretty amazing bonuses that tag along for the ride. So if you are one of those that fear another year adding on, here’s what you have to look forward to…

sawhorse pipe lamp

It’s only a number.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but dag nab it, it’s the truth! It’s only a measly number so God can keep track of how long you’ve been around. How you feel inside can have no bearing on this number.

Or maybe I’m in denial. But who cares anyway? I sure don’t if you don’t!

I’m 52 by the way. And I didn’t even wince saying it. Because it’s… you know.

Act your age? Nevah!

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blog office with rusty accessories

You forget to resent.

It’s true about memory loss. You tend to be a little forgetful. But I see that as a good thing. How can you possibly resent anyone or anything if you don’t even remember what the hey happened?!

The first thing I say to some I haven’t seen in awhile is, “Do I owe you a call? A favour? Or even money? Because if I do, I’m sorry but I don’t remember. Now what were we talking about again?”

Keep tabs on a list. If you remember…

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rusty gear pot office organizer

Less stresses from small messes

I remember when little stuff use to really bug me. Today? It has to be pretty big for a good length of time before something will bug me.

I don’t really know when the cut off time is from bug to non bug. But just know, it’s on it’s way if it hasn’t come your way yet. And it’s a beautiful place to be.

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old crate toilet paper storage

Debt gets lower

If you’ve been playing your cards right, as you age, your debt ought to be somewhat diminishing. You go without for awhile, but isn’t it more important to own your home forever vs charge a 2 week trip?

Don’t deny yourself of everything, but do deny luxuries that really are out of your reach. It isn’t worth going further into debt over. Just think… one day, those trips will be in the black!

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crates on a wall phone station

Dream your dream, sooner than later.

Some people go through their entire lives hating what they do for work, only to look forward to retirement.

I want to do it a little differently.  When your hobby is your work, what on earth do you need to retire from?

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Take care of you

I know I always feel best after my daily walk. I realize I won’t win any olympic weight lifting championships with my little gym on a hill, but I’m ok with that. As long as I feel good, I’m good!

Your joints will seize up more, you may need more doctor visits, or sleep, less stress in your life, whatever. But do be good to yourself, and in this case, do act your age, or you may pay the price!

A good read is my 6 ridiculously easy, free, life changing habits.  It’s all free and easy to do too!

So, I don’t really know if that’s wisdom or senile thinking up above, but whatever it is, getting older does have perks! And since we have no choice in the matter anyway, may as well enjoy the ride. 

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rusty funnel junk lamp

Thanks for hangin’ around this ‘ol girl for yet another year.  I may be a little rusty, but isn’t that the whole point around here anyway? :)

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  1. Happy Birthday!!! I am 53 but try to act younger (except for a few aches and pains now and then) The saying “you are old as you feel” rings true. Shine on and keep creating…..I love visiting! :-)

  2. Happy Birthday Donna! Today is my birthday, and I’m double-nickel – 55! My husband is taking me out to breakfast, and then we’re heading to an antique warehouse that’s only open the 1st thru the 7th of each month. They’ve got lots of crazy stuff, so I just might be there all day basking in their rust! Have a great day!

  3. Happy Birthday Donna!!!
    Thanks for the great advice. I’ll be 50 this year and I admit that I do not like the idea of it so much. Your advice is very helpful to me and will help to adjust my attitude! Might take me a minute but I’ll get there!
    Thanks for your blog – you’re so inspiring to me!

  4. Happy birthday Donna! I always say that you are as old as you think you are! BTW, today is my birthday & I am 77.

  5. Happy Birthday Donna! Thanks for all the inspiring ideas … I can never look at junk in the same way again, thanks to your site! :)

    I think it takes us to reach 50-something before we really take a close look at all the great & wonderful people, attributes,& blessings we have in our lives!
    have a great day!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday! You are still a baby in my world, but you are certainly coming to valuable knowledge about yourself and life much earlier than I did and I applaud you loudly. The advice about small sacrifices now for freedom from stress is extremely sound. I hope all of your readers take heed. I am retired from a job that I loved, but it was time to move on. My “retirement” life has given me the time to pursue all the things I didn’t make time for before. Trust me I am in hot pursuit. Moving, learning and doing doesn’t stop at a pre-determined time and good for you for knowing this. Making the most of every day that my feet can hit the floor is always my plan for the day. Loving your musings, your blog and your daily inspiration. Thank you.

  7. Happy Birthday! I think you are gorgeous and would love to look as good as you! Thanks for all the insight into today’s post. I enjoyed reading it and thanks for all the wonderful pictures and projects you post. I look forward to getting your emails!

  8. Happy, happy Birthday Donna!
    Awesome tips from an awesome person–and how true it all is! I honestly can relate to it all. Love the pics of the steel toed boots, puppets, etc. You have a super outlook on life and it’s refreshing to see you enjoying it!!! You truly are an inspiration and my hero. =]

  9. A belated Happy Birthday Donna. I remember when I turned 30, I was so down in the dumps, my husband and some friends took me to dinner on the coast, (the good ol days living in Florida) and after a couple bottles of the bubbly and a quick dip in the ocean, had a wonderful time and I have never looked back. Each birthday marks a new year a new adventure, I’m now 66 and I love my age, I’m retired and doing what I want to do and I don’t feel the need to impress anyone. Yes getting older does bring on a new set of problems, like memory and a little more pain when you over do in the garden, but it also brings wisdom and peace. I have been so fortunate in my life, I have traveled and done so many things. Getting older for some people is hard, but if you look at the alternative it ain’t so bad. We should all live like there is no tomorrow, and love like we will live forever. I truly believe in the bucket list, and every year I look at my list the day after my birthday and it makes me feel really good when I can scratch off a few things and add to it. No regrets, I would do it all over again the good and the bad and yes sometimes the ugly. Keep doing what you are doing and keep your attitude and life will be good to you before long you will have grand children and a whole different kind of love and peace you didn’t ever know before.

  10. love your post, the ducks? big lol lol lol
    age? ya i just turned 60 a few weeks ago and had the best birthday ever! we all get better with age! enjoy!

  11. Happy Birthday! I adore you! No, really. You just made my day with your views on aging. It made me laugh. Do you know why it is difficult to remember the little things (mostly little!) as you age? Nope, not brain deterioration. Your BRAIN IS GETTING FULL! You are really, really loaded with information. It is like a computer. You start out with no megabytes. As you load the computer with more data it gets slower and slower over time reaching that data for recall. The computer really hasn’t deteriorated. It can do the same things it always did it just has too much data stored. So, you delete a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Cleanup up that hard drive and there you go! Better! The key for us is don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t give too much importance to the mundane. CONCENTRATE of the important stuff and it will always be there when you need to recall it! Try it! I did! When you can’t remember, just think of how SMART you are!

  12. This was a great post Donna and happy birthday! You do realize that once you hit 40 you are eligible to be the Queen of anything don’t you? And once you’re 50 you get to celebrate the whole month? Now how did I even remember that because I’m 64! LOLOLOL I can’t wait until 65 in September because I’m planning on celebrating in a BIG way! Not going to tell in my blog until I’ve done it though so you’ll have to stay tuned. Hugs!

  13. Happy Bday! You don’t look 52! My bday is on the 11th, I will be a young 49 this yr :) We are lucky and get to take our bday off at my company, I am spending the whole day junking & thrifting all by myself so I can hit as many places as possible & don’t have to worry if there is room for all of my wonderful finds.

  14. Happy happy Birthday too you!Sounds like your happy living with in your means of what God has given you,Amen to that.Here’s to a wonderfull year of being 52…can’t wait to see how things go.Peace from sunny Calif. BIG HUG

  15. First – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – it is good to celebrate your special day.
    Second – love your list of 6 things…..it motivated me to go and walk this morning …even when it hurts. Walking has been on my list but you gave me the boost. Thank you Donna. I love your blog and look for a post every morning.

    Mardy from Regina

  16. Well great attitude! I’m 2 years up on you. So the squeaks and memory loss may be a little more prenounced? I get it too! Lovin life and it brings what it brings I’ve learned I’m ok with that. Life is short. Sure I wish I would have done some things different but who hasn’t? Hope your next year is a great one!

  17. Happy Birthday! I’m approaching 50 in a few months and I recently “retired” after working for someone else since the age of 15, and it feels GREAT! I’ve started making jewelry, which I love and am setting up an Etsy store to try and sell it. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time. Thanks for doing what you do, and for sharing all of your fun and creative thoughts and projects with others.

  18. happy birthday donna from a secret admirer!! i think people only get OLD when they stop following their hearts and stop looking at life with fresh eyes! on the other hand, RUSTY equals unique beauty and grand style, so stay rusty donna! =)
    BTW you are one of the inspirations for me to start my blog! thank you and best wishes!

  19. Happy Birthday; it’s only a number and I’ll take all I can get! I’ll be 61 on the 11th and glad to make it; Dave would have loved to have had another birthday. The cake is WONDERFUL. You call it a candle votive but it’s really a birthday cake…can’t fool me! -lol-

  20. My jaw hit the floor and is still there – no WAY do you look 52. Are you sure you were being serious?! You look about 30-35. Seriously – I thought you had to be younger than me. The age thing is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately too – I turn 40 the end of May. And there are so many emotions that seem to crop up as I face this number. Yes it’s just a number but somehow it’s been so though provoking. My life is about half over by the normal standard. My parents aren’t the 40 year olds anymore and that means they are getting up there towards the number 70. A bit sobering but there are so many things I love about getting a bit older and wiser too!
    Happy Birthday – so glad you got to do something really fun!

  21. Happy Birthday…..you sound like you’ve got it going on….I’m way older than you and I think I will adopt your attitude. Thank you!!!

  22. Happy Birthday Donna ~ you don’t look a day over 40! I so enjoy each and every visit to your space. Isn’t it true that as you get older the little things just don’t seem to matter as much ~ I think that goes along with don’t sweat the small stuff. Have a great week!

  23. Happy to hear that you had a wonderful birthday weekend! I am 54 now and was kind of forced into retirement but hey…It is just a number! I try to make the most of it all and your blog brightens my days!!

  24. lookin good at 52!!! I turn 58 in a few weeks,wish i looked as good as you. love your site & links. Thank you :)

  25. happy belated . . . b-day.
    you are pretty smart for a pup of 52 . . . i find that i always learn something new visiting your blog.

    keep up the good work.

  26. I just turned 60 and it really hit me hard. Always before it was just a # but now, well now I am old. I qualify for senior discounts at JoAnne’s for Heaven’s sake. No way I still feel 30 until I look at my mother in the mirror.. But just for the record, you look great, I thought you were much younger when I first started reading your blog and if you hadn’t told me I never would have known you were over 45. Take care and have a wonderful time of it.

  27. First off, Happy Birthday. I’ll be 52 this May, and I’m proud to say it! By now I really don’t care who knows my age, I love my little wrinkles (well most of them) and I have been grey for quite a while! Thank you for putting these reminders down for the world to see and thank you for spreading your enthusiasm for life!

  28. Donna – you are a wise woman! And for me, at age 55, I agree with your words of wisdom. Happy happy birthday and happy year to you. God’s blessings to you for many more years!

  29. Happy Birthday to my Canadian JU Friend! I am with you on all of this. I will have a birthday next week and I will be 55. … and next fall, a Grandma!… It hardly seems possible!
    I think of all the things I’ve noticed about getting older, it is the loss of memory that drives me crazy! Sometimes I forget things completely… old age or too busy??? I do like the part about my house not bothering me as much when it is dirty!
    Anyway, I loved your post… and I’m even older than you!

  30. Hope you had a great Birthday!!! Dream your Dream…Sooner than Later!!?
    This was me, my last job I enjoyed for the first 5 years, then the next 20 years, I hated :(. The company decided to close our facility and I was so happy! This was my way out without quiting a perfectly well paid job! I was not paying myself though because I was not happy for so long. My hobby is restoring our home and I started a blog about it!! I am finally happy and enjoying my life! Everything you said here is so true, I’m 51 and feel exactly this way. Awesome!

    ;)
    Cindy

  31. I think the photos of you with the black clamps are so perfectly fun. Thanks for yet more creative inspiration ! Make fun with what you have. The whole post was heartwarming.

  32. I don’t receive your e-mail post anymore. When I try to sign up it says
    I’m already on your list. Please put me back on. I signed up for your newsletter and that is posted. I think HEARTBLEEEED had something to do with it.
    I just saw you with sawhorse brackets long story short my husband was going to burn the saw horses. They will make perfect towel holders in my new bath.
    We have a cottage on the Mississippi River and just remolded from 2008 flood. I have just started to decorate.
    Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas.
    I love your courage of never giving up.
    Sincerely,
    Karen Schneider

  33. OH …. now I find your birthday post.

    So, once again, hope you had a good one and a belated trip in better weather is always better. It is fun to look forward to things.

    And it is fun to take a nap if we forget to go to bed at a decent hour.