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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!
First, I love snuggly throws or blankets! Last Christmas, one of my sisters 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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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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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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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.
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!
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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mama congos

I can almost smell the congo sqares in the oven. In 1954, the Tate family lived in Pendleton, SC. We loved to gather round and “lick the bowl” while they baked! Mama always made congo squares for church picnics, long trips in the car to visit relatives, and of course at Thanksgiving and Christmastime.
Note: “Lick the bowl” involved using a long wooden spoon to scrape the bowl of unused dough and eating it — yes, uncooked!

Congo Squares – 1974
By 1974, I had a little family of my own. We lived in Wagener, SC. I always made Mama’s Congo Squares for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And yes, they were still good — and my children loved to “lick the bowl”! My children learned, as we had, that they could more easiy have the long sticks of end pieces after cutting — and save the pretty pieces for company!
PS my adult son still prefers the “sticks” from the edges of the pan!

Congo Squares – 2004
In 2004 we attended the Tate Family Reunion in Helen, Georgia. My granddaughter attended with us for the very first time. What fun! And yes, again I made congo squares! And they were almost as good as they were when mama made them back in 1954!

This recipe is taken from The Tate Table, a family cookbook created by my sister, Betty Tate DeLorme, and presented to the family in 1983. The first page reads:

When we think of home…
We cannot help but think
of the kitchen table..
Over the years, all the
laughter and fun…
And always…
Bountiful food.

Congo Squares Recipe
Ingredients
2 3/4 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening or margarine
2 1/4 cups brown sugar (1 Lb box)
3 eggs
1 cup nut meats (pecans in small pieces)
1 package semi-sweet chocolate morsels (small bag)

Instructions
Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt. Melt shortening and add brown sugar. Stir until well mixed. Allow to cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients, then nuts, and chocolate bits. Pour into greased pan about 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 3/4. Bake at 350 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes.
Yield – 48 squares. When almost cool, cut into squares approximately 2 x 2.
(Joan says not to forget to “pat ‘em down” about halfway through the baking process.)

2014 – My personal notes about congos!
Read and heed!
-You have to be in a hurry to make these work. In a hurry, busy, but happy! I am serious! The dough knows!
-The dough is very heavy. Mama taught me to wet my hands and pat the dough into the pan.
-When they are about half done, open the oven door, grab the rack and lift it about a half inch, and let it drop. This will cause the congos to fall, and make them ever so chewy and good.
-Our granddaughter is allergic to pecans, so we simply omit those — and the congos are still super good!
-I use self rising flour now and omit the baking powder and salt. If I cannot find that small bag of chocolate chips, I use about a cup of chocolate chips. It works out just fine.

I remember it all with this little chant Mama taught me.
“Melt butter, add sugar, beat well, let cool. Add eggs one at a time.” I still – to this day – say that as I bake congos! I am sure there was more of it, but that is the part I remember!

In my notes, mama has written — “tee hee – take it easy on intake – very fattening!”

ADDENDUM: I think in our modern age, all flour is pre-sifted, so you do not have to worry about that anymore.

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One of my dearest friends had worn pajama jeans for years. I had to admit I was tempted. They looked stylish on her. And I hated to wear jeans.

One day, I got brave and just ordered a pair for me from Amazon. When they arrived, I tried them on for size, and I refused to take them off. They were so comfortable! To tell the truth, I wore those jeans for 3 days! Before I ordered another pair, I wanted to be sure they would wash without fading or falling apart – they were inexpensive jeans. I washed them and hung them up to dry. Perfect. Ready to wear again. No wrinkles. No loss of shape. I immediately ordered a second pair.

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Why do I love these jeans?

1. Comfort! As a senior citizen, regular jeans are just uncomfortable for me. They are too stiff and they hurt my delicate aging skin. These jeans feel great! As far as I am concerned, these are the best jeans for grandma to wear.

2. They look good! My friends tell me I look like I have lost weight (my favorite compliment to receive!) Originally I had thought I would just wear them around the house, but now I wear them everywhere. Nobody can tell that they are not “real” jeans.

3. They have a drawstring – like sweat pants! Who knew such a thing was possible?

4. They launder easily – tho I still have not put them in the dryer – and probably won’t.

5. They are inexpensive. I will likely buy one more pair so I am sure to always have a clean pair waiting for me.

Whether you call them pajama jeans or soft jeans, I am sold! The ones I bought are not one of the main brands, but I love the fit and style — and I enjoy them every day.

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thanksgiving

Are you expecting family to be with you around the table? Do you have family traditions at the holidays? Will you prepare the turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings?
Or, in total contrast, will you be alone for Thanksgiving Day? Do you have friends who may find themselves without plans?

Let’s look at both scenarios. If you will have family with you, do you really want or are you able to do all of the preparations yourself this year? If not, it is time to suggest alternate plans. For example, why not purchase the turkey and dressing (or whatever your tradition) from a local grocery or market and let others bring a dish. You, of course, can keep a master list to avoid duplications and to assure that various favorites are included. If you enjoy cooking, you can “fill in the gaps” as the list takes shape. Then, the gathering is not a heavy burden just on you, but the food preparation allows everyone to be a part of the celebration. Would you dare use paper products to reduce clean-up time and effort? Why not?

On the other hand, if you will be alone, why not start now to make a list of friends who may be thrilled at the opportunity for a Thanksgiving gathering! They, too, may wish to bring a dish and be part of the preparation and celebration.As an alternative, check local restaurants and have eating out together as another option. Then no one will have the responsibility of work and cleanup, but everyone will share the joy of being with friends.
Holidays can be lonely or stressful times for us! Let’s not let that happen this year…not just thinking of ourselves, but our friends as well. We have so very much to be thankful for, especially our families and our friends.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Betty DeLorme

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piggy bank

Senior adults save pennies and pennies add up! What a great New Year’s Resolution to begin in 2015 as a daily habit. In the meantime, let’s practice just for fun and see how much we can tuck back between now and the New Year. Then we will have a secret stash to begin with on January first.

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For some years, I have been trying to save change but not on a regular basis. I drop some coins into a bank from time to time. Oh, I have a piggy bank – a hand decorated one from a sister. It is such a cute little happy pig that I cannot help but smile whenever I feed him. I also have a small pottery jar with a cork top, but I do not do as well filling that one. The top is too easy to remove when I decide that I could use a bit more change in my purse, so what I have saved, I borrow back from myself. The piggy bank, however, is more difficult to get into, so I leave it alone. An added benefit each time we feed the piggy is that our pocket or purse is lighter!
Candy jar/coin saving jugs are fun too! Whatever is your style!

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A piggy bank is a great gift, too. For a baby gift, a grandchild, or even so other senior adults save pennies, you may help establish a saving habit by giving them a piggy bank. In fact, why not treat yourself to a cute piggy bank to inspire yourself to save as well. Just do some simple math. If you save 25 pennies into the bank every day for one year, you will have $91.25. That is a nice little stash! And if you are like me, you will be adding not just pennies, but other coins as well! Chances are if you are really dedicated to this savings challenge, that you can save well over $100! And you may have to cash in the change and get paper money to keep in an envelope beneath the pig. Let’s jump on this bandwagon! Senior adults save pennies!

Betty DeLorme

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50th wedding anniversary

Honor! Enjoy! Celebrate! 50th wedding anniversary party ideas is truly an opportunity for creativity. First, the party itself should reflect the preferences of the couple, the setting in which they would be most comfortable, and activities they will enjoy.
Second, it should include as many family and friends as the selected location and your budget allow.
Third, prepare for the unknown, for example, the exact number of guests, bad weather, or a headache! (A first aid kit and a sewing kit are always good as emergency preparedness at any gathering!)

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So what do we do when we get there? 50th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas include a wealth of considerations: programs, food, music, gifts, games, speakers, surprise guests, dancing, decorations, flowers, memorabilia, photographs, recordings, videos. We are delighted to offer a number of products to assist as you plan this very special event. May it be memorable and joyful!
Celebrate! Fifty years! So many memories!

This page will guide you along your way to planning an amazing party!

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What fun! There are so many ways to carry out the 50th Wedding Anniversary theme! The cake toppers, of course, are perfect! Did you find a picture of the wedding cake at the wedding reception 50 years ago? Perhaps a caterer, or a friend if you are so lucky, can duplicate, and place a 50th topper in the perfect spot. The cake cutting set will be enjoyed at the party and for family gatherings for years to come. The picks can be accents in various food items, and yes, some people take them home as a memory of the party! You might even creatively use a pick in a Thank You bookmark for guests.

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Unique 50th Anniversary Invitations

Delightfully Unique Invitations for Your 50th Wedding Anniversary Party
Encourage and entice friends and family to share the joy of this exciting event with outstanding 50th Wedding Anniversary Party Invitations! Casual, formal, funny, plain or colorful, the invitations will create interest and set the tone for the party.

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The wording on 50th Wedding Anniversary Party Invitations may be simple and include only the basics of What, When, and Where. A different approach may be to write a poem about the celebration with significant events in the couple’s lives. You may wish to include special requests such as “bring an old photograph” or “write a memory” to be placed in a book for them. The opportunity for creativity is endless! Ultimately, the purpose is to honor the couple with as many of their friends and family as possible. We are pleased to have gathered some ideas for you and wish you fun and success!

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Using photographs to honor the couple is a great way to honor them and invite your guests.

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Love is like an earthquake-unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you truly are.
Author Unknown


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