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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.

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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Wisconsin Time – Preparing for the Move: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Monday, June 7, 2021 Everybody’s fleeing!! Well, not really. The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, a U-Haul truck pulled into the cul-de-sac and was parked to receive stuff. When I woke up Sunday morning, there was another one. Busy, busy, … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Time – Found Some New Roots

Saturday, May 22, 2021 Gal Pal Susan and I went up to Wisconsin on May 5, and returned to Columbia, MO on May 10. After the long drive up there, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo at Compadres Mexican Restaurant. We … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Time – Relocating to Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Twelve weeks ago, I had no idea I would be relocating to Wisconsin. But after Mom passed away on March 2nd, I started thinking, “Now what?” One evening a group of us were talking about traveling, … Continue reading

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Photography Hobby: Icy Sunset Pond

March 29, 2021 Several weeks ago we had a somewhat brutal (to me) cold snap. Local ponds iced over and folks stayed inside. I drank a ton of homemade hot cocoa. There is a very small pond in my area … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 120 from Planet Elderly: Last Kiss

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (This is the final “Parental Journal” entry for this blog.) On Monday, March 1, I received my last kiss from my mom. It was the first day visitors were allowed to schedule visits again, and I … Continue reading

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Photography Hobby: Exploring Sunset Scenes

Friday, February 25, 2021 Beyond my little black deck there are old woods that lead down to Perche Creek. After leaves have fallen, I witness beautiful sunset colors that flow behind bare branches. It can be a spectacular sight, and … Continue reading

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Remembering a Mentor: Sandy Diamond

Monday, February 15, 2021 There is something comforting about looking back and remembering others who were instrumental in helping us become the people we are. As we age, many of us seem to spend a bit more time looking back … Continue reading

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