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Mondays with Melitas – December 14, 2015

blog 12-14a blog 12-14b“HOW THEY’VE GOTTEN THIS FAR” by TWO ELDER LOVELIES

DECEMBER 14, 2015

This past summer was just crawling along for me. Besides not walking too well, I was having to hit the road every once in awhile to go over to Emergency, then follow-up at the Wound Center for them to glue me back together. During this period, I was given orders to STAY home — orders from the Doctor, not the Warden, for a change. Sitting and laying around, there was not much to do because my brain was on a sabbatical. No blogs came to that mind, so just watching the news was what I did — The AOL, the TV, or the Newspaper (which I hate.)

Time was still going along, yes, lots of time, and the news was going on incessantly. One of these times, I picked up parts of a story about this old gal in one our southern States. It was hard for me to hear because of my lousy, expensive hearing aids (ear plugs,) but somehow I got the gist of her story, about what was contributing to her longevity. There she was plugging along at the age of 112, and it was all due to the fact that she ate SWEET POTATOES all her live-long days. She had them at breakfast, for lunch, and for supper. Not only that, she munched on them in the hours between meals. Whew! All her life, yet.

Several weeks later, I was just sitting around biding my time, and when the evening news came on, I was half-way listening with ear plugs, making like hearing aids. My good eyes were drawn to the screen, and there was the program interviewing some o-o-l-d woman trying to weasel it out of her about what has contributed to getting her to the grand old age of 116. The few words she spoke, you could bet she was from the South also like the 112 year old.

There she was in her “best” print dress predominantly in green hues, then a perky, dullish green felt hat, almost like a tam, with a flower-ish thing to one side. There was the interviewer, and then there was a woman to the side of the comfortable, over-stuffed chair our heroine was in. The standing lady had one arm around her shoulder and would translate the questions (English to English) from the interviewer. During questions, our friend’s head would fall to her left shoulder and with her eyes closed — to get a little shut eye. Her prompter obviously would give her the signal to act alert — head up eyes open. She would answer “Yes.” Then drop off again, eyes closed. Head on shoulder. This went on — all answers “Yes,” and by asking the right question it was pulled out of her “that her thing” that got her to 116 is BACON! — Yes Bacon. Bacon for breakfast, Bacon for lunch, Bacon for dinner and Bacon snacks all day long between meals. And between little naps. I did think that she looked a bit over weight — must have been the Bacon. Not only that it had to be only smoked Bacon, REAL Bacon. None of that Smoked Veggie Bacon. Ugh!

Now you have the recipe for living to a ripe old age. Take your pick, and stick to it. Somehow, living in the South may have something to do with living longer. I’m not about to move there.

If anyone ever asks me what I attribute to living to 97¾, I don’t know what I can say. It can’t be said it is because of Tequila for breakfast, lunch, dinner and sipping in between. You already know the old saying: “One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor.”

 

 

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18 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – December 14, 2015”

  1. Good to see that you are back doing blogs.

  2. GLAD YOU ARE BACK WRITING BLOGS . I ENJOY READING THEM AND AS FOR LIVING TO A RIPE OLD AGE OF 97 3/4 I MIGHT JUST MAKE IT SINCE I LOVE BACON . I DON’T EAT IT THREE OR FOUR TIMES A DAY BUT I ENJOY IT EVERY MORNING . I JUST LOVE IT . MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU AND THE WARDEN THIS BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON . STAY WELL AND CONTINUE THE TEQUILA BUT DON’T HIT THE FLOOR .
    LOVE AND PRAYERS

  3. Great to see you writing again! You and Alba have a very Merry Christmas and a relatively sober New Year. I’m off to visit the dumb bros in Canada for 2 weeks. I’ll be at a hockey game on NY Eve and the designated driver home.

  4. Loved your blog this morning, I think I like the tequila best

  5. Melitas you ole fox! Sure love hearing from you again. Keep the tequila within arms reach. I’ve noticed you like the really good stuff. I think you are looking a 120years. Hope the warden doesn’t faint when she reads that!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you both.
    Love ya,
    DeeDee

  6. I think it’s Alba’s lentils and your two shots of Tequila every night. Add the bacon and potatoes and you’ll live ’til 200. Love, Marcie

  7. First time on your blog; awesome! I love your ‘tequila recipe’ to your 97 and 3/4. I would also add the fact that every day is your birthday. lol
    Merry Christmas to you and Alba.Love, Delli

  8. Love ur blogs. U r feisty now I can only imagine what u were like 20 yrs ago.

    Nothing wrong with a good nip now and then or sooner than later.

    I look forward to hearing ur next blog!!!!!!

    Birdie Baines

  9. Welcome back. I’m betting on the tequila. Love, Georgie

  10. Miss Melitas, your blog was excellent as usual. I think a little bit of everything helps you to live over 100. Personally I would much rather drink Tequila than eat all that bacon and sweet potatoes. Moderation I think is the key and you do that very well, you will live a long time! Once you get your hearing aid synchronized you will be as good as new. Can hardly wait to see you and Alba in January. Have a blessed Merry Christmas and a great New Year. Love you and miss you, Jenny

  11. Dear Mena,

    Stick with the Tequila. It’s working.
    Merry Christmas to you and Alba.

    I love both of you,
    Maxine

  12. Oh Melias

    So glad to see you taking up writing your blog….its been too long!!, and thanks for the great story…I’m going to the store tomorrow to buy sweet potatoes and bacon!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Besos!

    Jamie

  13. Keep on with that Tequila BUT steer clear of the floor!
    Marry Christmas!!!

  14. GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK.
    HELL, I THOUGHT FOR SURE YOU KNEW WHY YOU LIVE SO LONG.
    IT HAS TO BE TEQUILA, HELL THAT IS CERTAINLY WHY YOU LIVED THIS LONG.
    AND OF COURSE, THE WARDEN NAGGING YOU ALL DAY LONG.
    HELL IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE HER YOU WOULD HAVE ANY JUICES IN THAT OLD BOD OF YOURS
    TO GET REVED UP!!

    HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS.
    LOVE JOAN

  15. Love your blog!

  16. Dear Melitas,
    Sorry for the delay responding to your wonderful blog! But please know that we were on a cruise around beautiful Mexico. As we had our daily double shots of tequila, we toasted to your health and to Alba’s as well. Thanks for introducing us to the tequila lifestyle!!
    Feliz Navidad,
    George and Kathryn

  17. Hi Melitas,
    Great blog! I been doing the sweet potatoes thing for years.

  18. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY HAPPY 2016.

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