I’m just another grumpy old woman: The little annoyances you can’t escape in retirement 162



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As another grumpy old woman I find the side effect of retirement is the onslaught of stupid television that we are exposed to, we sit down with a cup of coffee, and there is that frantic man shouting at me as he whizzes food in his food processor. I have really started to become paranoid about him. I could not be left near him with a sharp knife, not sure if I would be responsible for my actions. He has only one volume and that is high pitched yelling. Later it is a woman selling vastly overpriced make up or jewellery, or some undernourished female showing how a piece of elastic around her middle gives her the amazing figure, the truth being she was already gifted with an amazing figure. Can’t fool the old girl!

Suppose most of all I am outraged that they think we are all so easy duped, some of us actually went to school, some of even understand English, we can even work out that a piece of jewellery made in a huge factory is not worth the small fortune they are asking. A beautiful and rare piece made when they really used craftsmen, well a different story there.

Then another thing that has me spitting chips is the glossy magazine that arrives with the Sunday paper. I love fashion so always look at the fashion pages, but oh dear, I should not get started on this without checking I have taken all my heart pills because I read last week about the boots, the dress, and the rest of the bling, and added up the cost would have been about $10,000 for the one outfit. OK so they are preaching to the rich and privileged of the area, and I know we live in a society where there are people who can fling dollars around with gay abandon. My other gripe though, is that they sometimes only show the toe of the shoe, or a small glimpse of a blouse, who on earth takes the photos? If you are telling us it cost $3000, at least show it clearly.

Next on my list? The stupid obscure ingredients appearing in all recipes. One had organic water ….are they kidding? And several grains and strange seeds appear in all the food we eat. I know I am already using ‘virgin olive oil’ mostly because that is the easiest to grab when I shop. But the cost of some of these items is exorbitant: $10 dollars for a small bag of almond meal. Too much for this cash strapped pensioner. I am not going to spend my days looking for whacky items that taste like bird seed. The coffee shops are already awash with chai latte, almond milk and who knows whatever the next fad will be, but people will follow it like sheep.

Vegetables and fruit are always on my shopping list and I buy a good wholegrain flour to make my bread. I try not to give us processed food too often, a rare cheese cake or slice might just sneak into my shopping trolley, well a girl has cravings now and then…. and chocolate? Well it’s one of the food groups isn’t it? So guess I will just change channels, stop looking at expensive advertising, and refuse to buy weird ingredients. Instead I will paint and not watch TV, read some of the new books I have on Kindle, and eat chocolate. Sounds good to this old lady.


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Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Yes I do. Why does every television channel think us old ducks want to watch sport everyday. I love the tennis, I love the cricket, I love going to the football but despise watching it on tele. The whistles nearly take my ear crumbs out. I wear two hearing aids so for me its agonising. People say take them out, but, if I want to be deaf I wouldn’t have them at all. 99% of programs that I find really interesting no longer have back ground music. All I hear is the music and not the person. I have three tvs. One has the words come up on screen. The translates on every show that have three or more people talking like sunrise, which I love by the way. They just type in, everyone’s talking, so its a waste of time trying to watch. I stopped the morning show for the same reason. When end is trying to do the weather and explain where she is, love her too, you have kochie, Sam, Barretts, and miss I hate animals interrupt her so ,much, I miss the whole thing. I loved gem. It was supposed to represent general entertainment and movies. I used to put it on in the am after sunrise and leave it on till bed. Sat and Sundays were my favourite. Guess what, yes, they changed the format and not only do we put up with overload football, Aussie rules, we are now subjected to rugby as well. Countries and games I as a Victorian have no interest in at all. I wish they would let me do the programing. I’d raise the ratings for sure.

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    • Yes wish you could do the programmes!

  2. Not retired yet, but on a minimalist journey, so don’t buy magazines, don’t watch tv ads. Or the news, depressing. My plan is to sell and travel, all I really need to know is the weather. And dress accordingly.

  3. There’s a lot to be said for not watching commercial TV and using the off button

    Oh and thankfulness that we are alive

    Don’t sweat the small stuff

  4. I very rarely watch daytime television, the occasional movie or oft repeated British who dun-nit. I have abandoned most magazines as I really could not care less what some celebrity said, did or wore. I do find it rather insulting the dross on TV and the supposed news. Instead I read, I buy 2nd hand books or download to the Kindle app on my iPad. I have also taken to watching the included content with my Quikflix subscription and have recently brought the first two series of Game of Thrones which I will finish watching when our holiday ends and probably buy the next series.

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    • I must check ours out, it’s not very big.

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      • Don’t worry, most small libraries are connected directly to the main municipal library, and books are changed regularly. you can also request a book they don’t have too, and they will get it in for you.

  5. Television is a joke the crap they have on now is beyond understanding, we don’t need 99 cooking shows we don’t need all this hard sales on goods that if you buy one we give you one free YES of course they will it is already in the charge, l would like to see a better class of TV like we used to have, we no longer have any shows that are locally made like we used to have, every thing is either Eastern States or imported from overseas. I think these days that they need to rethink what people want, and not put so much rubbish on

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    • Brilliant comment, I think we need old style TV back, feeding us rubbish is not working. Quality not quantity. I admit I am usually doing something else while I watch, either writing, drawing or reading but a good programme, one that really catches my interest is rare.

  6. I’m another grumpy old lady,love to watch a good movie at lunch time to sit down & relax for awhile,but lately T.V.is shocking.

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