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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.

I Didn’t Want to Die during the Trump Administration

January 21, 2021 I’m just going to say it: I did not want to die when Donald Trump was in office. Period. I said that flippantly yesterday while watching inauguration festivities, and gal pal, Lynette, sat right up and said, … Continue reading

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Nostalgic Musings During Political Crisis

Saturday, January 16, 2021 Like millions of other Americans, I’ve listened to way too much political news and commentary over the past four years. My excuse to friends/family: “It’s history in the making,” or “These are historic times.” Then, on … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 119 from Planet Elderly: Still Can’t See Mom

Friday, January 15, 2021 It has been a long time since I last saw my Mom. I understand the cautions that must be taken to protect the residents and staff where she lives, but not seeing her has become worrisome. … Continue reading

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What We Will Not Miss About 2020

2021 is here and most of us are concerned about witnessing any further acts of far right extremists, ready to get vaccinated, grateful to hear a new president with a vocabulary beyond the fourth grade, and hoping to share hugs … Continue reading

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The Ugly Consequences of the Trump Administration

January 8, 2021 It has been two days since so many of us sat glued to screens as we watched the U.S. Capitol under siege. It is incredibly sad and humiliating to admit that this event was not a surprise. … Continue reading

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Photography Hobby

January 2, 2021 The photography hobby continues, but it’s far more difficult to get motivated to go outdoors during January. Brrrr! I’m enjoying books and websites on the topic, though. November and December were surprisingly mild, so here are some … Continue reading

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A New Year Ahead with a New Blog Title

December 28, 2020 About five years ago I found myself driving home from visiting my folks and mumbling to myself, “Geez, I’m so glad to leave. I feel like I’ve been spending time on another planet. Is that ME in … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 118 from Planet Elderly: The Visit that Wasn’t

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – late morning I thought it was a bit odd when I received an email telling me that in-person “chatterbox” visits would resume. I was happy, but then I thought, wait a minute. Our COVID case … Continue reading

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Monday, November 30, 2030 My two old guys, Cinnamon and Winston. Nov. 2020 C and W enjoying some pandemic down time….20 hrs. per day! From French to Sourdough Prior to the pandemic, I spent two years trying to re-learn French. … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 116 from Planet Elderly – Second Major Lockdown: No Visitors

Monday, November 9, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. With the number of COVID 19 cases rising worldwide, I wasn’t surprised to receive a call telling me that in-person and chatterbox visits will be cancelled for this week. Someone (or some people) … Continue reading

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