Hobbies Senior Citizens Enjoy – Birdwatching

One of the most popular hobbies senior citizens enjoy is birdwatching.  Nothing has brought me more pleasure since I retired than the opportunity to enjoy nature around my home. If you live in an apartment complex or other housing, you still can learn and enjoy the birds and the beauty of nature. Do not wait another minute!

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I was always interested in birds and birdsong, and now it has almost become a habit and a hobby. I am fortunate to have a large yard and have added several different types of bird feeders close by my screened porch so I can observe. I have acquired more books about birds, especially those in our area of the South. You will enjoy searching for these at yard sales, used book sales and such. Within a favorite book, I note the date that I spotted a particular bird in my yard. I do have binoculars for closer identification, but honestly have a problem using them along with my glasses. On the computer, I found a site which can help us learn to identify birdsongs, but I have not yet become very good at that. I am learning, however!

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If birdwatching cannot really be accomplished at your residence, you may find added pleasure in learning about those in your area and volunteering your assistance to schools, a local park, or a nursing home where a birdfeeder of the correct type would brighten many days for residents.  You can watch the birds in a local park or playground or walking around your neighborhood.  No wonder bird watching is one of the top hobbies senior citizens enjoy.

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But if birdwatching is not your interest, what about squirrels, chipmunks, even deer and other beautiful creatures of your area? This is the time of our lives to open our eyes to the wonders of nature that we may have been too busy to see before! Our local libraries will be most helpful, too, as we add the special treat of nature to our agendas! A wonderful hobby for retired adults!  There are a wide variety of hobbies senior citizens enjoy – choose your favorite.

Betty Tate DeLorme

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How to Do Family Tree Research

Learn how to do family tree research right here.  We can get you on the right track today.  Researching family history is such an adventure! Over the years, my time, study, research, and recording have varied – from day-after-day to nothing for months. I was fortunate, too, that in some branches, much of the basic work has been done and how to do family resarch books were and/or are available with the information needed to complete charts.

For me, however, family history is more than charts! Gathering and identifying old photographs, learning about professions, religions, education, lifestyles, health, habits, and so on from letters and personal interviews (via telephone, emails, or visits), are the things that bring our ancestors closer to our hearts. With that in mind, I have kept any family treasure that is offered. Cards, letters, newspaper clippings of birth and death announcements, graduation and wedding invitations, and such are each tucked in archival sleeves for safe keeping. At this time, I have over thirty notebooks of information about various branches of the family! And in boxes, more items to place in sleeves, then into these or new notebooks! Genealogy is an on-going process.

You will need 3 ring binders, acrylic pockets to store items, and a pocketful of patience and diligence.   Anybody can learn how to do family tree research – and today is your day to begin.

There are numerous resources to guide the recording of family history, and many approaches to take. Make it fun! Get to “know” your ancestors! The task is satisfying. The result is a record for your children and theirs – a gift to posterity!  Learning how to do family tree research if very rewarding and important for your children and your grandchildren.  Take some time today to review the family tree resources available.

Written by Betty DeLorme
September 18, 2011

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Death, Dying and Mary Jim

She spoke with the sad voice of experience. “Joanie, sometimes death is sweet and sometimes death is hard. Your daddy’s death was sweet.”

She was right. Mary Jim was my stepmother and when she spoke those words, it was April 1989. Funeral home personnel were wheeling Dad’s body out the front door. Dad’s death was sweet. We were all there with him. It was the way he would have wanted it. Over and over he had said, “Death is a part of life. When my time comes, I want you to let me go.” He was right.

Last week we all attended Mary Jim’s funeral. And I thought of her words on the night Dad died. One of Mary Jim’s grandchildren said, “She’s been waiting for this a long time.” And indeed she had. She had been in a nursing home for years, and had not really recognized any of us for a long time. I am sure for Mary Jim, death was sweet.

And of course, as with any death, I was reminded of other losses — and I remembered so well another day in 1988 when we buried our brother. Shocked, dazed zombies – we stood around Mary Jim and Dad’s house, the church and the cemetery. The preacher’s wise and honest prayer began, “Lord we don’t want to be here, but we are here.” Those days were the hardest of my entire life. Mel had chosen to take his own life at the age of 36. And we are all still reeling from that day, I think. I remember thinking we just had to keep breathing. And somehow we did.

So Mary Jim was right. Sometimes death is sweet and sometimes death is hard. I am thankful for her wisdom to comfort me.

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Grandma Journal – Kids Say the Cutest Things!

A grandma journal is fun to do and journaling for the grandchildren is one of the most important tasks of a grandparent. Making a journal of the grandchildren’s cute sayings is a fun project. Of course, since my husband is legally blind, we do this a little differently. Continue reading

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Best Fourth of July Dog Outfits for Patriotic Dogs

fourth of july outfits for dogsFourth of July dog outfits are high on our priority list this year – My husband and his new guide dog graduated from Southeastern Guide Dogs in January.  Every new holiday is a little extra fun with our new family member.

Patriotic Costumes for Large Dogs

Happy is a large black labrador retriever.   We want Hap to be comfortable to watch the neighborhood July 4th parade, but we also want him to be dressed appropriately.   In the large selection of  Fourth of July dog outfits for big dogs, these are our final choices. I think the big fancy dog collar will be coolest.

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Fourth of July Dog Outfits for Smaller Dogs

Of course, some of you have smaller and medium dogs to dress up for the July 4th celebrations. We picked a few favorites for your perusal, too. Often the little dogs will tolerate fancier costumes than the big dogs. If your pup is accustomed to wearing costumes, you can get really fancy for the fourth!

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July 4th Scarves and Collars for Dogs

Whether you are dressing your dog for a community parade or a family dinner or even a personal holiday photo shoot, simple 4th of July bandannas and bows and collars are quick and fun way to costume your dog. Patriotic dog costumes make the July 4th holiday even more fun!

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Easy and Fun Christmas Decorations – Especially for Seniors

easy and fun Christmas decorationsEasy and fun Christmas decorations are not a new idea. Senior women have been looking for ways to decorate simply since the day they turned 60.  And this has been happening for generations.  We want to participate in the holidays, but our energy level just is not what it used to be.  And the grandchildren are coming! Continue reading

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Spooky Halloween Spider Webs Decorations

halloween spider webs decorationsHalloween spider webs decorations are fun and versatile.  You can have spider webs just about anywhere in your house.   Hang spider webs on your walls, in the corners, or even from the ceiling.   Of course, empty spider webs are boring.  I found some giant black spiders that are perfect for your Halloween decor. Continue reading

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