I might have the muesli for a change.


“I might have the muesli today for a change,” Helvi announced cheerfully. And with these words another day broke free from its nightly moorings. Lately we seem to forego breakfasts till well after lunch time, and lunch has moved into late afternoon with dinner a thin Finncracker and slice of (un)Tasty cheese around bed-time. With getting less younger the quantities of our food intake seem to decrease in direct proportion of an increase in medical appointments. Till a few weeks ago, a visit to the quack were as rare as Milo catching a possum in mid-flight from rooftop to bay tree. Now, the fridge magnet holds appointments till early April.

We have a battery operated blood pressure and heart beat measuring machine.We, ever so lovingly wrap the rubber band around each other arms and wait for the monitor to give its solemn readings, both systolic and diastolic. This is followed a short time later with the pulse results. We write those down and might repeat it a few hours later when the Caffeine has calmed us down a bit.

It seems full circle back to a bit of playing ‘hospitals’ so many years ago. I might have been about fourteen hoping to get my first sight and touch of a girl’s roseate budding softness. I remember it well. I had to live of that first touch for many years, after having migrated thousands of miles away to foreign soil.

I sometimes see us behaving like cooing pigeons, kind of rotating around each other, keeping watch out for something unexpected, nodding a bit, expecting a morsel. The muesli statement was one of those morsels. I laughed out loud. It doesn’t take much at our age.

I asked Helvi, “are you sure about the muesli?” “I had three slices of white bread with my sliced Strasburg sausage, all by myself.” “How’s that for a change?” “You have got terrible dietary habits, eating muck food.” “And you pontificate about people eating MacDonald’s!”

She doesn’t stop this loveliness and bantering.

The morning is now taking off!

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28 Responses to “I might have the muesli for a change.”

  1. bkpyett Says:

    Delightful glimpse into your ageing lives! I love the photo of your home.

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  2. Yvonne Says:

    And, I like the phrase “with getting less younger”. That about sums it up, doesn’t it!

    I hope everyone in the path of Marcia will be OK.


  3. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Welcome to old age Gerard. The car knows the way to the doctor and the grocery store doesn’t it? What a delightful view from your window.


  4. berlioz1935 Says:

    with cauliflowerWe are all like that; seeing our ways as the good ones and smile at the others and their wrong doings. The good thing about us is, that we tolerate each other, and our foibles, without chopping each other heads off. We like the Strasburg too, especially battered and fried, with cauliflower.

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  5. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Stay safe in this storm coming.


  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Oh no! You eat white bread that should not even be in your house. For shame, Gerard. Now that each of you need to watch the old BP you MUST NOT EAT JUNK FOOD. Cheese and sausage are high in sodium which raises the blood pressure.

    But… I know. It really does get boring and of late I’ve not been strict about not eating too much salt. But alas, I got so sick of eating a bland diet that I’ve relented and then have had to pay with extra BP meds which in turn make me feel weak as a new born lamb.

    I like the way you and Helvi banter back and forth. It is so nice to know there are happily married folks that are not getting any younger.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I know, I know, but temptation is the only thing not to resist, according to Oscar Wilde.
      Despite of all that, my BP is normal and so is my heart- beat.
      Some say that bland food can be made to taste better by adding herbs and spices but a Strasburg sausage is perfect as it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Bantering is definitely part of Peggy and my life as well, Gerard. It sounds like you and Helvi have as much fun, if not more, than Peggy and I do giving each other a bad time. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“Curt


  8. rod Says:

    My wife should go to the doctor but refuses to do it, so we don’t have so many visits. Don’t exactly miss them.

    I have occasional white bread moments. They say it’s bad for you, but so is life.

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  9. Patti Kuche Says:

    A change is as good as a holiday!

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  10. Andrew Says:

    What you need is chocolate muesli or chocolate bread. It is so good for you. I used one of the BP machines when I had my AF and they were rather fun. I kept meticulous records of my erratic BP. Sadly everything has normalised now. One less thing to look forward to.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I love to use the heart and BP monitor. I switch it on and I watch the numbers climb up while my arm is in its rubber grip. And then…the reward., the final numbers,..but, that’s not all…after a while comes the heart beat, another number.
      Even so Andrew, I am happy your heart and BP is steady as it goes.


  11. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    They made us take one of those machines home, so that we could measure BP in peace. 4 days later we took it back. My husband (who sleeps from dusk to dawn) was waking up with nightmares and each reading was higher than before.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, BP readings are fickle. The sight of a nurse in uniform, the snapping of a glove, a stern look, would send many a person’s BP into medical unknown territories. I think it might be called ‘white uniform effect’.


  12. ninamishkin Says:

    Thanks so much for the visit and the like! It brought me here to “discover” you for myself. I look forward to many happy reads!


  13. gerard oosterman Says:

    You are very welcome Nina. They say, we are all separated by just six degrees.


  14. elizabeth2560 Says:

    It is great that you keep track of and take responsibility for your own health.


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