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About jjmummert

This blog was originally titled "Drifting Toward Planet Elderly," and it shared a journey I had with my elderly parents as they both finished their lives battling the complexities of dementia. After both passed on, I changed the title to "Living on Planet Elderly." I am a retiree who is reluctantly adjusting to the reality that she is now elderly. In July of 2021, I relocated to Middleton WI after living in Columbia MO for over 40 years. I'll go back and visit friends and family in Columbia, and I hope they will visit me. I decided that I want to experience a new and vibrant location in a cooler climate with lakes...a bucket list item of mine. I have a first cousin who lives in Madison. We have nice childhood memories, and it will be wonderful to spend some time together as elders. A new chapter begins. It's my last chapter.

Photography Hobby: Late Winter at Stricker’s Pond, Madison, Wisconsin (March 15, 2022)

March 19, 2022 Now that March is halfway finished, I went out recently to try out a new lens. I haven’t done any photography during the winter months. I drove over to Stricker’s Pond in Madison, Wisconsin, less than two … Continue reading

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Reacting to Images from Ukraine

March 16, 2022 Realization sets in. One sits and cries in the cold. WHY? What have we done to deserve this? What will happen to us? People gather to rally in support of Ukraine. Berlin…Amsterdam…Chicago…millions from around the world stand … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Time – The Supervisor We All Want

Friday, March 4, 2022 The other day, my cousin, Bob, and I went to Festival Foods, a Wisconsin based supermarket. It’s Bob’s go-to grocery store located near downtown Madison. I picked up a few items and went to the checkout … Continue reading

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WISCONSIN TIME: A Valentine Surprise

Thursday, February 17, 2022 I was expecting Valentine’s Day to come and go as easily as it has for so many decades. Sure, there are memories of a 10-year-old me bringing a decorated box to school to receive valentine cards … Continue reading

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I Am Absolutely Perfect, of course, and You Are, too!

I am not sure when it started, but I remember being surprised and delighted at first. I think I was at a restaurant ordering lunch, and I chose what seemed to be a basic cheeseburger with coleslaw on the side … Continue reading

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Photography Hobby – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin

September 12, 2021 In late July I visited Olbrich Botanical Gardens with some family members. These photos were taken with my Samsung S20 Ultra. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a must see for anyone visiting the Madison, Wisconsin area.

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Wisconsin Time – First 36 Days in Middleton

Sunday, September 5, 2021 This is what August first looked like: Thirty-five days later I can say that all boxes have been unpacked, broken down, and placed in recycling bins. I became very familiar with the apartment elevator which took … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Time – 19 Days into Extended Stay at Hotel

Monday, July 19, 2021 late afternoon Restless Overall, the stay at the hotel has been nice, but I am restless to move on and begin making my new nest. That said, Cinnamon and I do have many comforts of home … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Time – Moving On Up Day: June 30, 2021

Friday July 2, 2021 Looking back over the past several weeks, it’s hard to believe I actually purged, packed, and cleaned all that I did. But I did, and yes, I’m tired. I’m catching up with naps. Since my apartment … Continue reading

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ADRIFT in an Economic Sea

by Gail Hauswirth, guest commentator Saturday, June 12, 2021 I have a penchant for structure. I like knowing “if this, then that.” In my mind, predictability is the bedrock of morality and a functioning society. Equal justice means we all … Continue reading

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