Fifth Hysterversary Update

While it is a little early to celebrate, the fifth anniversary of my total hysterectomy and instant entry into menopause is quickly approaching. This seemed an appropriate time to discuss the changes I have undergone in the past five years, also because I was recently sent a sample kit from Poise. Poise offers a complete line of wellness products designed to help women approach menopause with confidence....more

Approaching Life's Changes Confidently

I know normally you visit my blog to chat about decorating, traveling, gardening, antiquing etc. Today can we chat about something different? I know that most of my blog friends are about my age give or take 10 years. We have a lot in common. We grew up playing jacks and pick-up sticks. We jumped rope, played with our dolls and had family dinners every night all together....more

Transitioning with Comfort and Grace

I've mentioned the M word on this blog before: Menopause. Or “The Change.” That's what it was called when I was a younger girl than I am now - The Change - something mysterious, something discussed quietly in hush hush tones and certainly not openly. Thankfully, all of that nonsense is gone in the 21st century. We all go through it. I have. I am on the very tail end of the process - a process that I went through naturally....more

Is it Hot in Here or is it Just Me?

Fifty million women across North America are approaching or experiencing menopause and most have an average of five menopausal symptoms. But no two experiences are exactly alike…I know this to be true. For me, the most prevalent symptom of menopause -- since it started in my late 40's -- has been those notorious hot flashes. Since that time, a rotating floor fan has been my constant sleeping companion....more

Going Through Life's Changes with Poise

I, along with other select BlogHer bloggers, received this fabulous sample package of Poise products recently to try out and review! It may not be easy to talk publicly about the bodily changes that pre-menopause and menopause bring, but I believe this generation of women has been the most open and intelligent of any prior generations when dealing with the changes their bodies go through in all the stages of life....more

Menopause is Not for the Faint of Heart

I will tell you right now, unless you are one of the lucky ones, menopause is not for the faint of heart. You probably remember having a 1st talk that explained your changing body as you were approaching puberty. (Unfortunately, I didn't even have that.) But as women approach menopause, many are hesitant to discuss this very normal life stage, leaving them feeling unprepared and anxious....more

A Second Adolescence

Now, I believe I have alluded in the past to the gobsmacking nature of menopause. Let's review: at a time in your life when you are most likely enjoying the charming experience of living with a child going through the throes of puberty (complete with eyerolls, disdainful sneers, and angst galore), you yourself are experiencing what can only be described as a second adolescence, only less fun....more

Hot Flash Central

There I was, minding my own business, cooking pepperoni pasta for nineteen people on New Year's Day, when I suddenly morphed into Albert Brooks trying to anchor the weekend news in Broadcast News. I was suddenly drenched with flop sweat and wished I were on a TV set where my minions could powder my face and blow dry my armpits. It was hot flash central. Oh, thank you, perimenopause, you cruel mistress....more

Unprepared and Anxious

Do you remember that first talk, when you learned about how your body works? That talk about puberty, monthly cycles and the work of your changing body? I remember well because I was so young when I started menstruating and was totally unprepared and scared. I remember crying and crying. I wanted no part of this! Approaching menopause, many women may feel the same way, unprepared and anxious and wanting no part of this!...more

Enter Confidently

You would think, wouldn’t you, that as grown, perceptive women of the 21st century, we’d be armed with all the information we need to enter menopause with our eyes wide open. Why wouldn’t we? After all, when we entered womanhood, we did it with with free samples, “the talk” at school, and of course, whether we liked it or not, our mother standing right beside us....more