One Small Town= All Towns


The story goes; when you’re old and retired, time to relax. Is it really a relaxing time of life? I sat in on a meeting today here where I live. It was very interesting to listen to. The topic was about family law, wills and end of life decisions.

Sounds kind of gloomy to me. I actually have to face the facts that I am aging. It didn’t surprise me that the questions that rose from the people sitting around listening to the speaker had a little fear in their attitudes.

It is scary. I’m not going to lie. Maybe, at an earlier time, there was more financial stability or nice vehicles or food on the table. Here where I live, a spouse may have deceased. A job is no longer worked, and fixed income is a familiar phrase.

When you live in a surrounding where rules change at a drop of a hat; this does nothing more than raise the fear level. Many don’t have choices here. I am speaking about housing.

Where would they go if they do not co-operate with management changes? For even me, this could be a problem. I am sure that if I were without a roof, one of my children would provide a roof for me temporarily.

The issue becomes stress and worry though. Where do we go, if we can’t find a place to live. Here in my city, the rates for apartment living are beyond high. I live in the Capital of the Orthopedics city. For those who work in those factories; life is probably pretty good. For those who don’t work in that type of business, or have limited funds, what are they to do?

The speaker answered some questions with answers of perhaps being able to help. Some questions asked were not part of his area. You know what happens to Seniors when stress and worry about shelter and food are a daily worry? Heart attacks, the rise of blood pressure, strokes.

I just don’t see that being older and on fixed incomes is a fantastic way to live. I see it as a Survivor game. Who wants to play this game? No one volunteers to be the first player. I feel bad for all of us capped under “fixed income” people.

There are new apartments rising, which is good. They are for limited incomes. Do you know how fast these fill up? By the time you hear the word about it; they are all spoken for.

There are times, I get depressed. There are times, that I live, remembering to be thankful for what I do have. There are times when I have extra food and share it with my neighbors. We do what we need to do and we remember to keep our faith strong and be thankful for what we have.

How do we fix our problems of aging? I don’t know the answers. I wish I did. I would want to see everyone in here smile a sigh of relief and to know they are each safe and sound.

God bless and thank-you for letting me speak my heart tonight.

Goodnight.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd

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Laugh when it’s funny

Laughter heals the heart

Feels the air with brightness

Life  will be sweet and not  tart.

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No matter how bad you feel

Someone’s worse than you

So smile to all you meet

And laughter will follow through.

 

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Peppered Shrimp Alfredo


Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

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Recipe By:Jenn Zeller
“Yummy shrimp in an Alfredo sauce, with portobello mushrooms and red peppers.”

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter together with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, red pepper, and mushroom; cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, and cook until firm and pink, then pour in Alfredo sauce, Romano cheese, and cream; bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir drained pasta into the sauce, and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.


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Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice | Photo by KGora

How to Make Fried Rice

Use Rice That’s Cold and Day-Old
Freshly cooked rice is just too soft and sticky to stand up to all the tossing, so many recipes will tell you to use cold, day-old rice. Day-old rice has dried out enough to separate into individual grains that soak up all the flavorings you add. To help break up clumps of cold rice, put it in the pan (on top of the meats or vegetables), cover, and turn heat to low. Let the rice steam for a few minutes; check after two or three minutes to see if you can separate the grains. Note that long grain and brown rice won’t clump as much as short grain white rice.

Go for the Big Pot
Fry rice in a large skillet or wok. You’ll need all that room to toss and mix ingredients thoroughly.

Bite-Size Is Best
Rice isn’t meant to be knife-and-fork food. For easy cooking and eating, cut up ingredients into thin pieces. If you’re using raw meats and vegetables, cook them before adding rice to the pan.

Make It Sizzle
Be sure to turn up the heat at the end to let the rice get sizzling hot and get the flavors working together. After all, you want fried rice, not just warm rice. Right?