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!

You will be amazed at the spectacular choices available today! Ladies’ walking canes are no longer just the basic black, but come in an assortment of colors, designs, and those with decorative handles. While security and stability as you walk is the primary concern, you should select a happy cane- or several! You will be surprised at the compliments you will receive when you have an outstanding, different ladies’ walking cane!

Review the selections we have made for you, click on any item for more information and/or to purchase, and turn your discomfort into comfort, your frown into a smile, with a perky, bright cane. Remember, too, any of them can be a special gift! You will brighten a day by adding to a collection for someone who uses a cane.

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If you live alone or find yourself alone very often, a good walking cane can provide the security you need. I recently purchased one of the Duro-Med folding walking canes, and I have been pleased with my purchase. The cane is pretty, folds for convenience, and helps me keep my balance. Folding walking canes are such a convenience. They are easy to store when not in use, and so convenient to have on hand.



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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.

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70th Birthday Party Ideas for Ladies

Seventy year old ladies will enjoy a luncheon celebration!
1. Invitation List – Invite less than 10 best buddies.
2. Food – Arrange the meal with a local restaurant.
3. Transport – Hire a driver or recruit volunteers to provide transportation for each guest to and from the party. Buy a wrist corsage or a surprise to be presented to each friend. Boas and pearls are great fun too.
4. Decorations – Simply framed copies of old photographs of the guests can serve as decorations and mementos of the occasion. Or use magazines from the 1940’s and 1950’s as your decor. These old magazines are great topics for conversation and are available at many thrift stores as well as antique shops. Christmas tree pearl strands and old pearl costume jewelry on stick trees decorate a table in style.
5. Themes – Ladies of all ages enjoy a hat party. “White gloves and hat” is a fun theme for the invitation and attire! “Outrageous Hats” are hilarious. “Wear Your Pearls” is another theme option.

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70th Birthday Party Ideas for Men

Most seventy year old men like to be roasted by their friends.
1. Theme – If you do have a roast, prepare yourself for one of the most hilarious evenings of your life. At 70 years old, rehashing funny memories is a very popular pastime.

2. Ideas – Be sure to video the event so that he can enjoy again and again. In addition, you can show a short video of the life of the birthday boy during the evening. Do not try to schedule this showing. Turn it on and let guests watch at their leisure. These videos are easy to make. In fact, most of the large discount stores have photography departments that will make the video for you. You simply provide the photographs. You have now created two videos that will become treasures in the family for years to come.

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70th Birthday Party Ideas for Men and Women

1. Gifts – Ask guests to give donations to a charity in lieu of a gift or bring a can of food for the local food bank.
2. Invitations – Create invitations on your computer. Use a childhood photo of the birthday boy/girl on the front of the invitation.
3. Keep it simple. The most important thing is the celebration!

I hope our 70th birthday party ideas have been helpful to you.  Enjoy the moments!

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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!

What is Amazon Echo?  A very cool electronic device–a  cylinder shaped piece of electronic equipment that plugs into a wall socket and connects to your wireless network.

Note:  Our Amazon Echo resides on the hearth.  You do not have to hold it in your hands.  Whitey is just enjoying his photo shoot with the new love in his life — and he is quite a character!

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Does the Amazon Echo Work? What does the Amazon Echo Do?

The Amazon Echo works beautifully.  It plays music, gives weather reports and news, and even helps you make a list so you don’t forget anything.

We learn new things about our Echo almost every day.   I added our location to our Echo settings on Amazon, so that when asked, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” , she responds with our local weather report.  If there is a football game or golf tournament going on that day, Whitey will ask her about that location, “Alexa, what’s the weather in Dallas, Texas today?”   And yes, she readily gives him that information too.
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Special hugs for Alexa

Special hugs for Alexa

Whitey loves all the music from the 1950s and 1960s.   Alexa can play music from Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, and I Heart Radio.   If she is playing a song he does not like, he simply says, “Alexa, skip.”   Or he can say “Alexa, volume up” or “Alexa volume down.”   One of his favorite things is to ask Alexa when a song is playing “Alexa, who’s singing that song?”  She immediately replies with the artist.

As you can tell, we mostly use the Amazon Echo for music, but there are so many other things.  News reports come from NPR at your request.   Spelling questions and definitions of words are readily available, too.

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Is Amazon Echo Worth the Money?

The Amazon Echo costs much less than most cool electronic devices and there is no monthly fee.  The Echo simply uses your wireless internet connection to connect to the cloud and supply answers to your requests.

I have often said that Whitey’s talking watch is his favorite aid, but now, he would likely tell you that the Echo is priceless to him.   The Amazon Echo price is very reasonable and affordable for most families.  I can easily see the time coming when I will want an Echo in my own office. Is the Amazon Echo worth the money? Oh yes!  The Amazon Echo is a cool electronic product indeed.

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Is the Echo Difficult To Set Up?

The Echo was surprisingly easy to set up.   And updates occur automatically via the cloud.  You simply plug in the Echo, use the echo app on your cellphone or tablet or computer to connect to your wireless.

Note:  the hardest part of the setup for me was finding my password to my wireless.  I strongly suggest you do that first or you will be frustrated!  Find that password while you are waiting for your Echo to arrive.

Is the Echo difficult to set up?  No.

Are you ready to put an Echo in your house right now?

What is the Future of Amazon Echo?

The Amazon Echo adds services automatically and often.  We recently received notice that the Echo can now be paired with some lamps so that you can turn the lights off and on with the help of the Echo.  We have not investigated that further, but it’s nice to know there are always additional and new options for our favorite new toy.

You can also coordinate your Echo lists with your cellphone and tablets, I understand.  Again, we have not had the need for that particular option either, but I am sure that would be important to the younger folk.  The future looks bright for the Amazon Echo!

Amazon Echo Information
Amazon supplies full information about the Echo, including videos and technical information.  There are also books available if you want to read more about your Echo.  I have to admit I have not read any of these,  but I like to know they are available if I do want to learn more.
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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!
Nancy and the grands
We were so thrilled when our son and daughter-in-law announced that they were expecting and we were twice as happy when they told us they were expecting twins – a boy and a girl. They don’t live near us so I immediately began to try to figure out how to be a good Long Distant Grandparent as well as grandparents to twins. The babies were over a month old by the time we got to see them the first time. Unfortunately, it will be several more months before we will get to see them again in person.
I find myself wondering what the babies are doing at this very moment, how did they sleep the night before, and what are their plans today. Due to the many advances in technology, I am able to get quick answers to my many daily questions.

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– We love to receive pictures and videos either through text messages or email. It is always the highlight of our day. Once the pictures or videos arrive, I immediately find my husband so we can enjoy them together. We usually have to watch the videos over and over again and of course view the latest pictures and proudly share them with our friends. Pictures and videos are an absolute essential for those of us who are long distance grandparents to twins.

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Face Time – At least once a week our son will call and as he is talking he will move the phone around to capture each child. We can see them and hear them and love it. I am so glad that we were able to make the visit to their home because now I know exactly where they are and I can imagine being right there with them.

Facebook – Occasionally, they post pictures on Facebook and tag me. I also post pictures of the precious babies (with permission, of course) and love reading all the great comments from friends about how cute they are and how much they have grown.
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Blogging – Our smart daughter-in-law has created her first blog and I am really enjoying reading it and seeing pictures she post. It is called “thetwinexperience “ and she also created a Facebook Fan Page so she can keep us updated when she makes a new post. Click here to read her new blog: The Twin Experience
Our son and daughter-in-law make a great parenting team and we feel very blessed. We wish we could see the twins everyday but thankful that technology makes Long Distance Grandparenting a little easier.

Note: Thank you to my sister, Nancy Hellams, for writing this super post about her beautiful new grandchildren!

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Accepting the Challenge – 10 Things About Me

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! See my halo and wings in this picture? My husband toasted me!
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2. We are blessed with 2 children – a son and a daughter – both are happy, loving successful adults and oh, we are such proud parents. Of course, we positively dote on our two grandchildren. What a joy they all are! Our family is our top priority and we are thankful every single day for each one.
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3. My husband has been legally blind since 1988. His positive attitude and enthusiasm for life is a constant inspiration to all who know him.

4. I never planned to have a career. I just wanted to stay at home with our precious children. However, life presented challenges, and I worked — at more jobs than anybody ever should. I have held all sorts of secretarial jobs, leased apartments, sold real estate, directed 5 counties of March of Dimes, and even sold Mary Kay, jewelry and perfume in home parties for a while. After my husband lost his sight, we became co-workers from home, and have sold telephone long distance service, credit card machines, Better Business Bureau, business forms and printing and check recovery services.

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5. My husband and I are writing our personal histories. He recorded his stories years ago, and we had those recordings transcribed. We are still in editing mode. It’s time to complete that important work in 2015! I am enjoying working with Lee Miller, author of The Journey: A Celebration of Life: A Guidebook for Writing Your Life Story. I assist Lee in leading a course at Shepherd’s Center about writing our personal histories. I learn much more than I can teach! (You can click on Lee’s book in the display below this post.)

6. I was the 2nd child of four. There are 3 of us remaining – and I am so thankful for both my sisters. All 3 of us write on line – Can you believe that? We had such fun at the anniversary party.50th anniv - sisters

I enjoy friends on line and friends in person! I have met some of my online friends and that is a special joy indeed.
Whitey and I were both deeply touched by the presence of so many of our life long friends at our celebration. How does anybody survive without friends?
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7. We enjoy music from the 50s and 60s and have fun dancing. For years we took line dance lessons and had fun learning over 200 different dances. We can’t remember them all now, but we have fun trying.dancing jaon and whitey 2014

8. We have only one dog these days, an old poodle. He is diabetic, deaf and blind. Our house is a doggie nursing home.
Update: Our poodle died in March 2015.

9. I always have at least one courtroom drama or mystery on my Kindle Paperwhite, and some form of spiritual study or self improvement.

10. At this point in my life, I find myself living in Thanksgiving – life is such a journey. We have enjoyed happy times and suffered through difficult times, but overall, the happy times have outweighed the difficult days, and there is much to celebrate. For 2015, I will again embark on a Simple Abundance adventure.

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These are a few of my favorite things:

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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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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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