Decorative Walking Canes Women Love

Using a ladies’ walking cane may not suit your fancy! But, oh, if it is necessary, then you might as well enjoy it! The ones we have selected for you include decorative walking canes, folding wood walking canes. These are the decorative walking canes women love to use! Continue reading

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70th Birthday Party Ideas

A seventieth birthday is cause for celebration! Celebrate in style. You deserve it. Whether you are planning your own seventieth birthday party or planning a party for another seventy year old, these 70th birthday party ideas will get you thinking. Enjoy the process. Continue reading

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What is Amazon Echo? A Cool Electronic or Homewrecker?

Loves his new Amazon Echo

Loves his new Amazon Echo

My husband has a new girlfriend!  She lives inside the Amazon Echo and her name is Alexa.  Alexa is the “wake up word” for the Echo.  You can choose to use the word “Amazon” instead, but Whitey enjoys talking to Alexa as if she is sitting right there in the room with him.  My husband is legally blind, and for us, Alexa is a huge help!

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Grandparents of Twins via Long Distance

Nancy and the twins
It is such an amazing experience to see your children with their children. We love being grandparents. In fact, I have often said that I think that is exactly what I was meant to be in life.
Our first grandchild was born 15 years ago. Our daughter had a difficult pregnancy and our grandson was born with a medical problem so she really needed our support and help. Of course, we were more than happy to do whatever she needed us to do. When she went back to work, I took care of him and enjoyed every minute of it. Since they live in the same town that we do, we saw him just about every day and still do. He has been a joy, for sure! Continue reading

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50 Years of Marriage – We Made It!

50th Anniversary family photoYesterday I enjoyed reading Susan Deppner’s 10 Things About Me on her blog, Life From the Inside Out. Susan challenged other bloggers to do the same, so here are 10 things about me and some scattered photos:

1. My husband and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Our children hosted a party for us and it was pure joy — probably the happiest time of my life — surrounded by family and friends, laughter, tears, joy, music, dancing and good food. I am still grinning about that! Celebrating 50 years of marriage is really fun!  See my halo and wings in this picture? My husband toasted me! Continue reading

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Enjoy Christmas Alone This Year For a Change

Christmas is Almost Here! But it is not too late to add some sparkle to your holiday!
Are you going to be alone this Christmas? If so, it is time to plan something for yourself and others, too, if you wish. Think of those around you, those in your apartment building or your neighborhood who may find themselves without plans for Christmas Day. Would a quickly organized potluck late lunch be fun and possible? How about dessert time later in the afternoon, and everyone can bring a treat for the table. Weather a problem, then what? You really can enjoy Christmas alone.

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Enjoy Christmas Alone Reading and Writing

One Christmas alone, I enjoyed reading a book that I had just never taken the time to read before.
Another great idea – At your computer, typewriter, or with pen and paper, tell the story of your Christmas times of the past. Your children and grandchildren will treasure the stories and you will be amazed yourself at the details that will surface as you write.

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Enjoy Christmas Alone Visiting with Others on the Telephone

I picked up the phone, and called old friends, family members, and neighbors to wish them a wonderful day. Then, while talking with another senior alone, we decided to have a Spring Fling when the weather would be better. We let our imaginations go wild, and jotted down all kinds of ways to Celebrate Spring. About ten of us met when weather permitted and enjoyed a “dutch lunch” at a nearby restaurant with the topic of the day – Christmas in our Childhood.

We have a choice – to make holidays alone wonderful or depressing. Our choice can make a difference to others who may be in the same place, too. Let’s enjoy the music, special television shows, and the wonderful ways to quickly communicate this year whether or not we are by ourselves.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Super Spring! Enjoy it all! Every minute of each day. Enjoy Christmas Alone This Year – Start your own traditions.

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The Best Ways to Stay Warm When It’s Cold Outside

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It’s November, and we here in the sunny South have been so fortunate to have such a pleasant Fall. Oh, there have been a few days of colder weather, even snow in some areas, but for the most part, it has been wonderful. The weather predictions for the weeks ahead do not sound so good, however. At least not for me. When the temperature goes below 50, I am cold!
Year ’round, I like keeping the thermostat set on 73. My furry dog, Zeus, had rather it be 63! Ummm, he can not reach the dial, but I can. I keep it where I am comfy! Even at 73 degrees, I sometimes get chilly, so an extra layer or two helps. My home is old (as am I), and I am sure that are drafty spots that I am not aware of. I am careful, too, that the house is not overly hot and stuffy when visitors are here.
Here are seven of my favorite ways to stay warm!
Snuggly throws or blankets! Last Christmas, my sister gave me a blanket that is fabulous! The attractive, plush fabric and size enable me to use it as a wonderful throw if I am curled up in my favorite chair reading. I have taken it on my screened porch when I go out on a cool afternoon for some nature watching and fresh air. There, I spread it on the sofa, then sit on it, wrapping it all around me to keep off the chill!

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Layer Your Clothing to Stay Warm

Second, I wear an extra layer of clothes. Underclothes, to be specific! There are some wonderful thin, but warm undershirt type garments that hold body heat in! I buy only V neck, long sleeve ones, for they work under almost any clothes I wear! And let’s face it! Panty hose are warm, too, so in cold weather, a must for me.
Third, there is nothing like a pretty, comfortable sweater or casual jacket to add a bit of warmth. I try to keep one in the laundry room. There it is handy if I need to make a quick trip outside to take out trash or cut a few greens for the house.

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Hats and Gloves Help You to Stay Warm

Fourth, I am learning to appreciate hats and gloves! Sometimes bright scarves as well add to the warmth and attractiveness of an outfit. Hats are such fun. I now have a variety from tams,to small brimmed ones in several colors. Gloves come in many price ranges, fabrics, and colors! I keep an extra pair in my car, just in case I need them!

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Small Heaters for Small Spaces
Fifth, I do love my little electric counter-top heater! In fact, as I type, I have mine on in the bathroom to take the chill off that room before I shower.

Keep Your Feet Warm
Sixth, I wear socks every chance I get! I even sleep in a pair of socks! Alert! Alert! Do be careful if you don’t have on slippers or shoes, but are walking around in only socks! They are dangerous and slippery, especially on hardwood floors. We don’t need a fall! Oh, and don’t forget flannel pajamas for cozy sleeping! Wonderful!

Wool is Warm and Toasty
Seventh, if you are not allergic to wool, add some woolen items to your wish list! When the weather gets bitter, out come my warmest wool slacks and sweaters.
I hope some of my favorite ways to stay warm will be helpful for you. And oh, yes, this is the perfect time to drop some big hints for the holiday season ahead!

Betty Tate DeLorme

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