an older woman is hunched over and cranky in her wheelchair

Getting Older and Cranky

As the years seem to be flying by, I'm sure I am getting cranky and a little more irritable. The seasons seem to be rolling into two instead of four. The Welsh Winds blow a cold air front in winter, making it difficult for me to get out and about. That's not the weather to be sitting in a wheelchair as I won't be able to move enough to keep warm.

Waiting for weather change

Instead of the winter, spring, summer, and autumn, it now seems like only summer and winter, and summers appear shorter than ever! I miss the green grass over at the local park. The blue skies and warm sunshine on my face. If it's not raining, the air is still damp.

The Welsh weather is not a lot to get excited about. The snow freezes and leaves a big dirty slushy mess. I get irritable waiting for the weather to turn so it will be nice enough to go out and about. I feel like I am getting cranky. My knees ache and my back hurts. Signs of aging creep up before you know it.

Growing older

It sounds like I'm having a really good moan, but actually, it is part and parcel of growing older. Though I'm not going out, my COPD is feeling pretty good. I'm trying very hard to keep active while not having the support that I'm used to. The blog is going well and I have finished writing two books since our lockdown. I'm cranky for not being able to meet friends but then I realize they're in the same position.

Daily routine

I split my day into three: I clean up and exercise in the morning, then have a shower and a bite to eat. In the afternoon I do some art and reading. Tea time arrives - I cook, hubby does the dishes. Then the evening is television time.

I find it easier to keep to a routine and structure, because if it doesn't work that way I do struggle a bit. I like to try and work out 5 days a week, usually Monday through Friday. Then the weekend is free to do as I please. I don't look at exercise as a chore - it helps me mentally as well as physically and it's a structure that keeps me going throughout the day. It is so nice to feel that I've achieved something positive.

I really believe that having a structure in our lives gets us moving forward and keeps us from arriving at a stalemate. Okay, maybe we cannot do what we usually do with friends, but we can share either on the internet or by telephone or text. It's not the same as meeting up, but that day will come.

Laughter and tears

Growing older and cranky is something that we can also smile and laugh about. Maybe I should oil my knees and my back to see if that helps. Life is short enough so grab it and use it for the best. There is laughter and tears and laughter is the best solution for moving ahead.

Editor's Note: We are heartbroken to share that Debz passed away in October of 2021. She is deeply missed but her positivity and resilience live on through her articles. Thank you for everything, Debz.


By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

Please read our rules before commenting.