Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Suelle » October 5th, 2017, 8:21 am

aero280 wrote:I went to a toy museum and almost all the exhibits were toys that I had played with when younger... :o


Many National Trust kitchens are fitted out to look like the post-WWII kitchens, and you can hear people commenting on their parents using such things when they were children. Most NT visitors are in their 60 and 70s of course! :D
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Ratatouille » October 5th, 2017, 8:41 am

I use quite a lot of such things in my kitchen Suelle! 200 year-old butter paddles and an iron herb chopper which is as old, my grandmother's mixing bowl and her mother's rolling p in. The door is propped open with a very old flat iron, whci I can and have used and the other door with greatgrandad's cobblet's last.

None of these makes me feel old though. What does is having things, which i only bought a few years ago, replaced because they can't be fixed.
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby TeresaFoodie » October 5th, 2017, 9:35 am

A couple of other things sprung to mind reading this thread again.

Firstly, there was a Billy Connolly stand up show a couple of decades ago where he said amongst other things he knew he was getting old when he started grunting and groaning when sitting down or standing up. Know how you feel Bill!

Also, looking for my stick blender recently (failed) unpacked a bowl/feeder type food processor as the next best thing which I have had since I was doing F&N at school! It hasn't been used much but has always sat on the worktop in my kitchen since, hence the white plastic has turned from white to a yellowy orange sun burn. But, guess what? It still works fine! :tu:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Bubbles » October 5th, 2017, 10:07 am

My OH has been a subscriber to 'Saga' mag for many years, maybe since it started? I remember teasing him about how he was old enough to be included in their readership. Currently having a clear out and now getting rid of many years' worth of these mags. Fifty seemed so old - he will be 70 next year! OMG how did that happen? :?
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Ratatouille » October 5th, 2017, 12:12 pm

He's a mere lad Bubbles!

We used to subscribe to The Oldie magazine but when they sacked Richard Ingrams the standrd went rapidly downhill so now we have Private Eye - much better!
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » October 5th, 2017, 1:26 pm

Unfortunately the subsequent Oldie editor died Rats. I preferred him to Ingrams.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/ ... r-obituary

Harry Mount is doing a grand job.

https://www.theoldie.co.uk/about-us

I particularly like Virginia Ironside as Agony Aunt (I remember her doing the same in my teens). :D Wish they'd get rid of Wilfred De'Ath though.
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Bubbles » October 5th, 2017, 3:56 pm

Ratatouille wrote:He's a mere lad Bubbles!

We used to subscribe to The Oldie magazine but when they sacked Richard Ingrams the standrd went rapidly downhill so now we have Private Eye - much better!


Yes I don't really get the attraction of Saga mag, but have never really looked at The Oldie. Enjoy the odd Private Eye though!
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby earthmaiden » October 5th, 2017, 6:13 pm

I think I have mentioned before that when I went to the Geffrye Museum, one of the rooms was decorated in the style of a 60's sitting room. A group of small children were being shown a transistor radio and it was explained that people used to carry them around listening to them - no headphones! The children looked quite bemused.
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby aero280 » October 5th, 2017, 10:01 pm

I remember a neighbour getting a radio fitted in his car. It was the early 1950's the radio replaced the glovebox! :o
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Amber » October 6th, 2017, 8:42 pm

Try again...

A sign of old age?
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » October 7th, 2017, 5:12 pm

When you watch Pointless Celebrities and see that people you think of as contemporaries look decidedly ancient. :o :o

Janet Street Porter has worn better than Anne Nightingale though although I guess Annie is quite a bit older.
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Postby suffolk » October 7th, 2017, 5:23 pm

Annie Nightingale is 77 .... seven years older than JSP who is 70 .... think both of them have worn well :D
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » October 7th, 2017, 5:32 pm

Worn well enough and probably better than I have but it’s still a shock when you think of them as your generation! :o
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Postby suffolk » October 7th, 2017, 6:00 pm

:hi5: :lol:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby StokeySue » October 7th, 2017, 7:49 pm

I have a recurrent conversation with a friend
    Whatever happened to X?
    Well, they were famous whenwe left school / uni / first job, so they are probably older than we are
    Crikey! And we are retired
    Yes, so X probably is too :o

JSP I am almost surprised is not older, she used to write for Petticoat when I was at school
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Postby suffolk » October 7th, 2017, 8:44 pm

Ahh Petticoat :luv:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 3rd, 2018, 8:11 am

You know those mythical old ladies who could never get the safety caps off pill jars and bottles of bleach? I have become one. :o :oops:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby aero280 » January 3rd, 2018, 10:10 am

I had a batch of aspirin in a bubble pack that I couldn’t manage to push the pills out of, and the foil sachet that contains my asthma inhaler need scissors to get into.

I have a tool for unscrewing oil filters from car engines that works well when used on jam jars when the grippy silicone pads fail me! :)
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Herbidacious » January 3rd, 2018, 10:17 am

You can get a special device for getting tablets out of blister packs and collecting them in a receptacle on certain web sites (that I have been looking at for my mother) :)

I do find unscrewing jar caps etc. increasingly difficult :( I have had a device to help for years, though.
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Postby Busybee » January 3rd, 2018, 10:24 am

I have the same problem with the blister pack on my aspirin Aero, I wonder if they are the same brand? In fact I mutter about how can they expect old people to cope with them when I can’t most mornings. My next batch from the pharmacy have returned to the previous brand........I wonder if they have had lots of complaints?

My mum and Dad live in a small cult de sac, they are the babies at 75, although they have all nearly lived there for almost fifty years . Dad, as the youngster opens all jars, bottles etc. Yesterday he opened a jar of pickles and a bottle of bleach for the next door neighbour (89). They are both concerned about what they will do when Dad can’t manage to open things anymore...........consensus was that when the next neighbour dies they will have to lobby that the house is sold to a youngster!

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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby StokeySue » January 3rd, 2018, 10:28 am

I've had a gripper on this pattern for years for opening the medicine and bleach childproof caps you have to pinch and turn, available from many pharmacies and department stores. Search / ask for safety cap opener or pill bottle opener

http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/kitchen%20and%20household/screw-lid-bottle-openers-p/multi-grip-bottle-%26-safety-cap-opener-0026501-2284-information.htm

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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 3rd, 2018, 10:40 am

I bought a roll of anti-slip stuff from the £1 shop ... It has been cut up into pieces to fit under stuff I use in the kitchen on my marble top work counter (under the mezzaluna and the chopping board for instance). The small strip of stuff remaining is kept handy in the kitchen drawer for wrapping round jar and bottle tops and works a treat :tu: I may well have to invest in the Medigrip thingy as it's getting the squeeze/twist tops off bleach etc that are more problematic for me :(
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 3rd, 2018, 10:41 am

Thanks Sue. I have to go to the pharmacy tomorrow so will enquire.
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby suffolk » January 3rd, 2018, 10:59 am

DD is complaining about hot flushes :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: (But not funny for DD). :( :(
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Ratatouille » January 3rd, 2018, 1:11 pm

Mine too Suffs and GS is 15 today and not the oldest GC. He greeted me this morning with "Hi little Granny! though his other one is half my hieght :lol:
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Postby Zosherooney » January 3rd, 2018, 1:29 pm

Many years ago I bought a tin of Brown and Polson Cornflour, I then buy a cardboard box of cornflour from Lidls and refill the tin. Recently whilst browsing in Hungerford, one of these tins was on show for £10 !!!!! I think my tin is in better condition ;) ;)
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby WWordsworth » January 3rd, 2018, 1:38 pm

I find wearing rubber gloves helps a lot when the lid of a jar is stuck.
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Postby hickybank » January 3rd, 2018, 2:06 pm

I run very hot water around the rim, this usually works
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby StokeySue » January 3rd, 2018, 4:32 pm

I think the reason there are so many different types of jar and bottle openers is that the one you need depends on the type of lid and what the problem is - the rubber glove trick doesn't really help me as my problem is that my right hand simply doesn't grip when half closeed, so I find the kind of jar opener that works like a wrench is more help to me, as I can grip the handle in my clemched fist
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby KC2 » January 3rd, 2018, 6:37 pm

As I was walking down the road yesterday on the arm of OH, a young guy looked at us and shouted out "Sugar daddy" !! It really made us laugh! OH has a white beard and my hair is still more or less the brunette of my earlier years (if you ignore all the sticky-out grey hairs!) but I wasn't that young when I had our eldest son who will be 31 next birthday ...
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby earthmaiden » January 3rd, 2018, 6:45 pm

I work in an office mainly with people under 35 years old. It hits me that I'm quite old every single day :rolleyes: . None of them can remember anything pre- early 1990's, that's about the time I started to remember the past better than the present :lol: :lol:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Meganthemog » January 4th, 2018, 11:06 am

I can apply for my bus pass this year - how on earth did that happen! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby terifaulkner » January 6th, 2018, 12:24 pm

it seems like only yesterday I was 40,...I will be 71 next month...I don't feel old inside;;;my friends feel the same...as one of them said...we are a bunch of young people in old peoples bodies!!!!

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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby suffolk » January 6th, 2018, 12:30 pm

I got as far as 27 and then stuck there ... but my body hasn't realised that yet :rolleyes:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » January 6th, 2018, 2:33 pm

I got an update through the post about my pension yesterday showing me the predicted value when I am 60. When I took it out I remember thinking that's miles away! Not any more it isn't! :lol:
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Postby WWordsworth » January 6th, 2018, 7:15 pm

I stopped at 35
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Postby Zosherooney » January 6th, 2018, 9:35 pm

Still 18 in my head, still act it sometimes... :oops: :oops:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Grasshopper » January 9th, 2018, 9:06 pm

When you start going on about 'young people these days'! :oops:
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 9th, 2018, 10:15 pm

Today in a crossword I was doing. Clue - 'old' TV programme TELLY _______'

I got it immediately. I wasn't even that young when I used to watch it. :oops: :lol:
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Postby Gruney » January 9th, 2018, 10:20 pm

When you have to order a walking stick! :D
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Postby Zosherooney » January 9th, 2018, 10:50 pm

Should have told me Gruney, I'd have cut you one from one of my trees...... loadsa character too ! I have learnt to handle all sorts of saws in the last few years !
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby Pepper Pig » February 25th, 2018, 8:03 am

My right hand has a large bent and rheumatic knuckle on one finger and I am finding it impossible to get a glove on. :cry:
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Postby Ratatouille » February 25th, 2018, 10:34 am

When you have to use a magnifying glass to read the labels on things.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 25th, 2018, 10:38 am

When you first get out of bed in the morning and have to hobble to the bathroom because knees and ankles don't work ! :(
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 25th, 2018, 11:08 am

I am suddenly finding driving in the dark much harder. My mum has been on about this for years and I thought it was her making a fuss but I drove to Heathrow at about 9 pm last week and twice veered into the wrong lane. :o
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Postby Sloe-Gin » February 25th, 2018, 2:48 pm

I was commenting to a friend that we would sell the house and downsize when I get to 70 and it was quite a shock to realise that is next year.

I have 'known' quite a lot of you for a few years now, from the Beeb food boards, too.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 25th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Sloe.... :hug: :luv:
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Postby Suelle » February 25th, 2018, 3:04 pm

It struck me this weekend how fluid the concept of age is to the government and media.

On one hand, people over 65 are expected to be able and willing to go on working for a few more years before they become a burden on the state, on the other, the minute the temperature dips below zero in winter we get messages to be community spirited and check on any neighbours over 65 as old people can become very vulnerable in cold weather!

Not much good having a large percentage of the workforce who daren't leave the house when it's cold, is it? :? ;)
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Re: Does it ever hit you that you're quite old?

Postby karadekoolaid » February 25th, 2018, 5:33 pm

Yesterday, I was up and about at 6.30am; prepared all my stuff for a "Marmalade, Chutney and Pickles" class; went to the restaurant, gave the class; came home at 3.30pm , ate lunch, changed, prepped stuff for the Indian dinner at a diplomat´s house; left home at 4.30pm; arrived 5.15pm; prepared chapattis, pakoras, amuse bouche, Aloo Saag, Basmati; plated the amuse-bouche and the pakoras; then plated and served the main course; prepared the sweet course; cleaned up, got home at 10.45pm. Felt like I was 35!
Today I´m totally knackered and I feel about 96! :scared: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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