|our street Thanksgiving Party!|
|how Bill sees me @ 65!Add caption|
First, I am now receiving double social security benefits from both the Philippines and the US! Never mind that the Philippine counterpart, even if I worked there for more than 30 years and in the US for just a year, is a mere 10% of the total! But the credit all goes to Bill, without whom the security of old age, both emotionally and financially, would not have been there. Second, I am already receiving Medicare benefits as of Nov. 1. Together with a supplemental plan for only a little over $100 a month, all my healthcare costs will be sufficiently covered and that makes me feel reasonably secure that I will have a longer, healthier life.
|Best of both Worlds|
|punctal plug insertion|
But I must admit, this first half of my 60s was not all sunshine and roses. I began to feel old at 62 when my first health issues appeared. In fact, I say I have been overhauled! I now carry cards for intraoptical lenses in my eyes after the cataract surgery. Now, even punctual plugs have just been inserted into both of my eyes to prevent the drainage of tears into the lacrimal canal, keeping the eyes moist for a longer time. This is an antidote to dry eyes caused by dry environment, age, or continued use of certain medication, all three present in my case. And my chronic hives, GERD, and hypothyroidism are being largely controlled. Our stay in Phoenix is proving very beneficial. So nobody tell me I am beginning to look it! I certainly don’t feel it anymore with this resurgence brought about by pure plain passivity!
|my street birthday party!|
|scotland's Guthrie Castle|
So who’s afraid of turning 65? Not me. Come join my party! And right after my birthday is always Thanksgiving. Our block again had a street party. Carolyn and Mel grilled the turkey while we all brought our favorite side dishes!