I am fifty-something and I like it. I think I’m going to stay this age for a long time. I was thinking about it this morning and discovered that it is actually the ideal age to be. I don’t have to worry about wrinkles because I already have them. If I pick up some weight I can laugh it off and blame it on “middle age spread”. I’ve long made peace with grey hair and I can roll my eyes when young people do stupid things.
When I turned 40 it was really liberating and I thought that 40’s was the ideal age, but when I turned 50 I realized that there was something very special about being 50. I think its a state of mind. The experience of having lived through 5 decades, or half a century! Realizing that you are now able, at least some of the time, to draw on experiece while being young enough to learn new things.
I’m young enough to know how a lot of things involving technology work. I can do the shop’s books using the computer and I can even write this blog. I also know how to use a lot of the features on my cell phone. I can order things online from Takealot and Amazon, and Google and Pinterest are my friends!
I am, however, old enough to ask for help without worrying that the person giving the help (normally my children) will think that I am stupid. They possibly do, but I really don’t care, because I’m old enough not to. I remind myself that I am the one who helped them with their homework. If my clothes don’t reflect the latest style it doesn’t matter either because “older people” don’t have to follow fashion. There are a lot of things you can get away with when you are fifty-something.
I just figured out how to put a photo in the body of my blog whithout asking for help!!!!
Last night I made a gluten free pizza. Because I’m gluten intollerant my husband is trying to loose a bit of weight I feed him gluten free food as well. I need to take this opportunity to salute Prof Tim Noakes. His LCHF diet has made life way easier for people who ar gluten intollerant. Restaurants have low carb foods and mostly they are gluten free (or grain free). Supermarkets also stock many more foods which I can eat.
I invented a new crust recipe for the pizza because I didn’t have enough cauliflower.
1 cup gluten free self-raising flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
about 1 cup cooked cauliflower
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
1 egg (beaten)
pinch of salt
A little water
Mix everything together well. I got my hands into it because I didn’t make the cauliflower fine enough to begin with. Make a dough that’s spreadable. Spread the dough on a greased baking sheet of silicon baking mat. Spread a sachet of tomato paste over the dough and top with your favourite toppings. I used smoked chicken and bacon sausage that I bought at the Spar deli. Then I sprinkled it liberally with chopped garlic chives out of my garden and topped with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20 minutes @ 180 degrees C.
I’ve had garlic chives in my garden at home for years. I thought that they were annuals and had to be replanted every year like onions, but obviously they aren’t. They have even dropped seeds because the ‘grass’ I noticed growing near them turned out to be baby garlic chives!
Thanks for listening to my ramblings and remember, whatever age you are, just be “old enough” in your mind and everything’s going to be OK!