SHARE MY WORLD – JANUARY 20, 2020 – Marilyn Armstrong

Sharing My World  on 1-20-2020


Where do you get your news?

I have a subscription to the Washington Post. I also read newsletters from the L.A. Times, Newsweek, Huff. And I read The New Yorker and Garry sends me a lot of clippings from the New York Post. We also watch the news to see what’s happening locally. We don’t spend a lot of time watching national and international news. I’d rather read about it. I find reading less depressing than watching.

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

Go to bed late and get up late. I got up very early and was out of the house every day by 5:30am or 6am for 50 years. Now, I sleep in when I can and stay up until Colbert is over or whatever else I’m watching is finished. Then I go to bed and usually listen to an hour of audiobooks.

A Kindle and a Bluetooth speaker for listening to audiobooks

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest?

I think when we used to go sledding when I was a kid, I was always frozen — which didn’t stop me. It didn’t matter how much clothing I wore, either. Also, they didn’t have the same level of warm clothing then that they have now. Fleece boots have really helped me live a better life.

Woods and fence

Back then, my feet were always blocks of ice as were my hands and face. These days, when it’s that cold, I don’t go out, yet I still need a heating pad to defrost my feet at night.

As for warm, we had one summer in Israel where the temperature topped 44 degrees (Celsius). A friend of mine didn’t drink enough water and was in a coma for more than a week from the heat.

None of us had air-conditioned homes.  Usually just getting out of the sun was enough because the air was so dry. That level of heat, though was more than many people could handle.

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

It depends on what it is and how long past its expiration date. A yogurt a day over is fine. A week over? Not so much. On the other hand, I think a can of peas is permanent and probably will have the same food value in 100 years. I’m not sure it has any now.

37 thoughts on “SHARE MY WORLD – JANUARY 20, 2020 – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. I’m pretty sure canned stuff doesn’t really go off. Or at least doesn’t get “dangerous”.
    I don’t think I’ve ever experienced 40C temperatures, and I’m sure I wouldn’t cope.

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    • Over 40 degrees, NO ONE copes. You bear up, but it’s very unpleasant and dangerous. You have to drink a LOT of water pretty much all the time. People who have diabetes collapse because they can’t retain water well. I lost a friend, eventually, after that. She came out of the coma, but she then needed a kidney transplant. Which kept her alive for almost a decade, but then she slowly faded away. She was only 32 and it was the heat that killed her.


  2. “What ‘old person’ thing do you do?” i forget.
    What was the question?
    “Coldest”? Working on the cut lines at Rocky Mountain House.
    “Warmest”? Driving across the Mojave with no air conditioning.
    “Expired food”? Yes.


    • I’ve always wondered if canned food has any real food value. Even when I was a kid, it never really TASTED like food. I didn’t know I liked vegetables until I cooked them myself and discovered they didn’t all taste like gummy protoplasm.

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      • With the exception of baked beans which are good on toast or with sausages and eggs I think of canned veg as something you keep in the pantry in case you want to make something and don’t have a lot in the fridge. Tinned tomatoes I always have handy, corn, kidney beans, beetroot. I remember eating tinned peas and carrots as a child. I haven’t had them in a long, long time.


  3. News? Local TV & newspapers and PBS News Hour on a regular basis. Coldest? Ice skating on a pond in New York–turned me off from winter sports. Warmest? Arriving in Cancun, Mexico for a three-day 25th Wedding Anniversary trip… It was January and felt like heaven after shivering through winter in Maine. Food? We eat a lot of ‘out of date’ stuff, since we shop at bargain outlets and keep our shelves stocked for winter emergencies. But, when we shop at local markets, I always check the dates and do not buy out of date. Like you, my favorite “old person” thing to do is stay up late and sleep in… I figure I’ve earned it! Have a great week, Marilyn! 🙂


    • Us too. We HAVE earned it. More than 40 years of hard work, getting up in the freezing mornings and scraping the ice off the car. Driving horrendously long distances in heavy traffic. Oh, yes. We have absolutely earned it.


  4. I get my news from NPR. Yes, I go to bed pretty late and, these days, tend to sleep in a bit. Also the work I do, more often than not, takes place in the evening. As for expiration dates, That has changed recently into suggested use dates.., it’s actually more accurate. I work now, that I’m officially retired, more than when I was employed full time.


    • Absolutely in agreement. And Garry is sort of going back to work, I think. It’s one of those things I’m not sure I believe yet, but it does appear that he is about to be a member of the Board of Directors of, an audio service for blind people. We thought we were going to see their studios. They wanted to hire him. We aren’t talking about it yet because it’s too unreal.


      • Yeah, and you don’t want to spook the deal. It is good news, tho, that someone still finds value in Garry’s years of experience. I wish him good fortune and hope his spirits will be uplifted through it all.


        • I hope so too. The problem is that he is really feeling his years these days. He is tired. It’s good for him to start doing some stuff, but I don’t want him to push himself too hard. But he says he WANTS to do this. He is very definite that he really WANTS to do this. So I’ll help him all I can.


          • I feel my years too, usually, when I first get up in the AM. Then after I am moving around the kitchen and pursuing breakfast, I feel much better.., tho not quite enough to resume my high-wire act. 🙂


  5. We have a sprinkling of frost this morning in London. I love hearing about the different climates that divides us. It makes the world seem larger! Happy New Year.


  6. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World! I too remember the exhilaration of being outside and sledding or tubing in the winters. One was cold, but perhaps because we were so young, it didn’t SEEM as cold. Lack of decent circulation in my feet and legs now makes me bitterly cold without stepping foot out-of-doors (where it really isn’t all that cold now). I’d still rather face the shivers than the prostrated because it is so danged hot scenario. You can put on more clothing to warm up, but there’s only so much you can take off when you’re too warm..


    • I think (Fahrenheit) the lowest it has ever gone is -12 (-24 to you), but it may have gone lower and I don’t remember. We’ve had some very bitter January weather.

      In Israel, I did everything in metric, but now I do everything the other way. So all my memories of Israel, measurements, and temperatures are metric, but everything here is non-metric. It’s like have a double brain.

      It was zero this morning here which is -17 in Celsius. The old boiler keeps chugging away. What’s weird is that -44 is the same in both systems. Isn’t that odd?

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