Posts Tagged ‘Friendship’

   The Furniture of Life by Sondra Koch

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Every week our creative writing group of about 10 members from New Horizons Senior Center get together via ZOOM and read our “assignment”  for the week. One week the prompt was about a piece of furniture and I loved Sondra’s take on her chair. And now with COVID keeping us home, perhaps we can think about something in our own home that has a great deal of meaning, especially if it gives you pleasure, as Sondra’s chair does. (December 10th also happened to be Sondra’s birthday—another Sagittarian—so I hope this posting will make her happy! ellensue




My chair sits there
And shouts at me:
Remember when
You brought me home
All plush velvet

Shiny chrome?

                                   Now I whisper wistfully                                               
Of years gone by
Admired then
As work of art

Stalwart, constant

From the start

Time has wrought

The shape I’m in
Drab, scant velvet

Worn quite thin

Framework still gleams

Proud, strong, true
I’m here my friend

To bolster you.

Loose Ends

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I am packing to go for a one week R & R and I have post-dated several postings to appear while i am away, but this came today in my email & I want to pass it along.

Just found out from the article in Women’s Voices for Change that this is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. For helpful information on this subject, go to this link:

My niece Janie sent me this excellent list about keeping STRESS at bay. (Stress is a major factor in menopausal “side effects.” I dislike the term symptoms, because menopause is not a disease, but rather a natural passage that hopefully everyone goes through and comes out the other side with PMZ (Post-Menpausal Zest!)

Stock photo of holiday stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

Today someone asked me if I liked you.  I laughed, and I said, “Ha!  That’s  funny!!   I absolutely LOVE  that woman!!  She’s funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she’s  reading this email right now & I love her!!”  Send this to ten ladies you love!! & I better be one!!!!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap, She’s up!”

Stock photo of someone not stressed out.

My friend Jackie sent me this about friendship and it coincides with an AARP article in their Jan/Feb 2013 bulletin about social connections (friends, family, neighbors) can boost your health and longevity.


Vitamin F……

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me.

With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one.
With another I laugh a lot.
I listen to one friend’s problems.
Then I listen to another one’s advice for me.
My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
When completed, they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.
They’re friends who support me through good days and bad.
We all pray for each other.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.

Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well being. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I’m so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

Stock photo of Victorian women in a pond. I liked this better than the one in the email, above.

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments.

Send this to a friend!