I've been wondering when I will realize I'm an "old lady."

Things happen to me that hint I'm older than I think I am. For example, at the store, items I want are on the top shelf, and I can't reach them even when I stand on my tip toes, forcing me to ask for help.

Bottle lids are made kidproof, and many times, I think they are senior proof, too.

My son gave me an electric jar opener appliance, and it works fine if the jar isn't tall, oversized or has a tiny lid, such as a ketchup or water bottle.

What can we do if we can't get it open? Try a gripper pad, ask the cashier at the store, find a neighbor at home or call a friend.

I find CD packages also are a challenge to get open.

I read really great hints, great ways to do things, fix things or maybe how to get out the stain.

But when I need to use them, I can't remember where I read it or if I clipped it out and put it somewhere easy to find.

Then I can't even remember where that easy-to-find place was.

I don't want to admit I can't do it anymore.

I am weaker and slower than I used to be. Years ago, I wondered why it took my mom so long to get ready to go to town.

I'd come to pick her up, and even though she had gotten up early knowing I'd be coming, she wasn't ready.

Now I understand what it's like to be older and slower.

Someone said, "Don't you hate to grow old?" I replied, "Heck no. If I wasn't old, I'd be dead."

I also want to comment on gifts. Christmas has passed, but that's not the only time we give or receive gifts.

Be sure to use your gifts. Don't put them away to use later, because later might never come.

I found many gifts my mother never even took out of the box -- beautiful things never used and enjoyed.

Some were handmade items, made especially for her.

When white elephant gifts are requested for a fun gift exchange, you should bring something you are tired of, plan to sell at a garage sale or take to the thrift shop.

You might end up with something you don't need or want, but it might turn out to be a treasure.

People always say your junk might be someone else's treasure. Just for fun, you should find a "unique" gift that shows up each year at the same gift exchange.

Gifts can arrive needing to be assembled, or the recipient might need to figure out how to operate new appliances or learn how to play a new game. Even putting in batteries can be a challenge.

We found out reading the directions first is the smart thing to do.

First, I identify and count all the parts, then I started reading each step and Jim followed the directions step by step. That usually worked out, and we were happy when we finished and there were no extra pieces.

I bought a gift for myself this year. It's the neatest game: "Shut the Box."

It captivated traders at sea 400 years ago. After their sails were still for the night, Norman mariners would get out their dice and play "Shut the Box."

The simple and addictive game made its way around the world as trade increased among Europe, Africa and China, and it remains especially popular in the United Kingdom today.

It came in an old world-looking wooden box with wooden dice and tiles. It is rated for players ages 8 and older.

My grandkids and senior friends at the Meal Site have a great time playing the game.

I've spotted another game to order. I'll tell you about its history when I get it.

One thing I know for sure is I'm not too old to enjoy having fun, playing games, doing puzzles, going places and reading.

My advice is to do it now. Today will be yesterday tomorrow.

Opal Flinn is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.