Thursday, August 22, 2019

Contemporary Music Inspiration For Baby Boomers Starting the REAL Part of Their Lives


We are enjoying some tunes from singers who get the vibe of our baby boomer era -


















URBEX Photography Abandoned Miami AZ


Post by Julie

The little mining town of Miami, AZ has several empty buildings and homes for which any urban photographer would enjoy shooting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Boycotting Summer: Straight to Autumn!



Post by Sharon

I have a tumbling autumn leaf tattoo and it is my badge for the greatest season.

This summer has been brutal for most of us this year. And, predictions say a late-arriving autumn. For those of us in the desert, leaves don't change until the first week of December! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Outside-the-Box Novel Shops


Post by Sharon

It's interesting to watch the way shops went from your corner businesses, usually family-owned and then turned into giant box and chain stores. Now, we are back to something more individual and intimate in order to have a customer service experience, an ambiance, and a reason to remain and shop rather than rush in and out to avoid the crowds.

Monday, August 19, 2019

What is Heaven Like?


Post by Sharon 

"I was in a Fiord, near the water. My family was there, and Tante Wahlborg! There were colors that don't exist and flowers that don't exist. (sigh) That was the real world. This one is fake!"

(my father in 1979 following his 4-minute death and resuscitation)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Add a Little Homesteading to Your Everyday Life


Post by Sharon 

Most people have a wee homesteader inside of them. It might be appreciating repurposing cast-out items, fixing things around the house and yard, constructing things, experimenting with cooking and canning, growing vegetables and the like.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices


When I was growing up, my mother kept a little tea garden near the kitchen door. It had things like chamomile, dandelion, lemon verbena, catnip, rosemary, and many more amazing herbs. She taught me much about teas from her years growing up in Appalachia with a mother who was the local midwife. 

When I grew up, I made teas too from the recipes, some of them I modified a bit with newer herbs, roots and spices that were in the marketplace and available today in America.

My mom used to say "the more heat, the more healing." I remembered that, and today I tend to eat raw ginger which is very hot and spicy. Cayenne was one she pulled out often and turmeric. 

And today studies show that ingesting spices and herbs is very good for you, as well as hot spicy ones.

I use a lot of turmeric, ginger, cilantro, oregano, cinnamon, parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg, caradmom... Mixed in salads is easy, as is making teas from any of them. I never make a pitcher of sweet tea without putting ginger root in it to steep. 

Here's some great herbs that help and why they do (LINK

I figure that any way I can spice up my foods and add those nutrients that are so beneficial, I will do so. Cooking is about the palate and there is nothing better than finding a way to do something healthy while making your mouth happy. Imagine if you were told to put a teaspoon of sugar on everything. Well, I'm pleased to say using Cowboy Spice Company's spices, wholesome and fresh ground, is the way I pay homage to my mom's healthy teachings while making my taste buds oh so pleased.

It's addicting - that taste! 



Friday, August 16, 2019

Pipestem, West Virginia


Post by Julie - 


  




Pipestem Resort State Park is located in the southern part of West Virginia in the Bluestone River gorge.  It is over 4,000 acres of lush green forests with two hotels, wood cabins, golf course, restaurants, and other fun outdoor activities tucked inside.  The name “Pipestem” is a narrow leaf meadowsweet shrub known for making pipe stems.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Soundtrack To Your Life: Great Road Trip and Daily Background Music



Post by Sharon

When you work from home, are retired, take to the roads, background music can set a tone. I like the easy listening vibes, reggae, soft rock, and sometimes vintage highlights of my youth.

Here's some great ones to consider -

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rediscovering My Love of Oil Painting


Post by Sharon 

Life got in the way of oil painting, a hobby I've done since I was in college. My mother taught oil painting and I watched her students paint, but I never asked for her help. She had a tendency to take over the brush and "fix" things and I wanted my work to be my own. So I hid the talent from her. A lot of things got in the way of picking up the brush again, but every time I managed to, I found myself. I never felt more "me" than when I was painting. I channel from some divine place that knows how to paint intuitively. I step back, study what I did and go "did I do that?" The wellspring is the soul and it is a magical place to allow to drive your energy.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tortillas and Tin Foil: Camp Cooking!


post by Sharon Day

Let's have a look at some fun camping foods that very crafty folks have shared with the world. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Arizona's Abandoned Route 66 Finds


Even though Route 66 is now I-40, its mid century roots and heyday are still remembered, only a bit worn for wear and desolate. There is a lot of industry that died when I-10 and other routes took away from this cross-country throughway. Let's have a look at just some of what is found in Arizona. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Xanadu Ranch Getaway


Post by Julie 

When my friends and I stayed in Sonoita, in the middle of southern Arizona wine country, we picked the Xanadu Ranch as our getaway place to spend a couple of nights.  The owners, Bernie and Karen, are the warmest and most inviting people you will ever meet.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

Black and White Horror Films


It's summertime, but you are starting to get the anxious feeling of wanting shorter days, longer shadows, and the exciting creep of Halloween getting closer and closer....

Let's take a nostalgic turn toward some of the best black and white horror to tickle your nostalgic summer ague.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Digital Nomads: A Culture Calling to Baby Boomers


It's a new world and the old ways are seeming very archaic. We baby boomers grew up in a time when mom and dad were so proud of owning a home and they enforced in us that owning a home is your rite of passage to adulthood and a way to secure your future. The only problem was, the reality of dual-working couples, a home that has interest rates that makes it cost much more than initial bid, and families often breaking up into two homes, usually rentals, the younger generation learned home is an anchor that sinks the parents. They have to work, if they break up, they often lose the home. They are getting wiser and some of that wisdom is rubbing off on baby boomers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

30 Horror Movies With an Autumn Feel


You know you want it. You've had enough heat and humidity and are glad to be releasing the kids back to school. Now, you're getting that nesting instinct to make soups and chili, sip hot cocoa, watch the leaves turn, and get creeped out by the Halloween season. So, go for it! Get your spook on! 





This bark candy is perfect for movie watching. Take a cookie sheet and lay wax paper down on it. Now, spread out some pretzels, marshmallows, nuts, candy corn, dried fruit, whatever you want! Melt white or semi-sweet chocolate and add some vanilla or peanut butter, and spread atop of the items. Put cookie sheet in fridge until firm. Then break into bark pieces and put in a container.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Staycations!

Blanket fort for movie watching

Post by Sharon

When summer is winding down and you didn't get away or you simply can't bear the thought of dragging your suitcase around an airport, waiting for the flight, taking the flight, renting a car, finding a hotel.... Consider staying home! Some places, like those of us in the desert enjoy lower rates on hotel rooms since no one wants to book a resort in August in Phoenix. Or just set up your house and commit to one week off work and the fun that can entail!

Monday, August 5, 2019

L'auberge de Sedona


Post by Julie -

Through the ivy tunnel to the cottages along the creek.

Cottages by Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona. 
A great getaway for all.

I spent my 30th wedding anniversary there.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Zombie Housewives



Post by Sharon 

One of the earliest projects Julie and I endeavored was book writing. We wanted to publish a book called "Hug a Blogger" during the height of blogging years. We were going to travel the country, meet up with other bloggers, get our group hugs, talk about how blogging changed our lives and broke down our borders, built friendships and businesses. Although the publishers did not jump on board for that one, we moved on to other projects including a concept for a blogging event called "Virtual Zombie Walk" that had us creating a book concept!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Men and Women: The Bohemian Look Without Looking Like a Costume

stack bracelets or stack necklaces or stack rings

Post by Sharon

I love the Bohemian look, but I am not a fan of wearing a bunch of flowing matron-looking clothing, so I tend to keep the clothing rather neutral and contemporary, but not structured (you won't find me in a button down shirt except maybe once a year). But, I do find ways to inject Bohemian vibe because I am a casual person and it suits my coloring and my artistic side. Here's a few things you can do or add to your wardrobe and get the vibe without screaming "New Age Hippie." (tips for women and men) 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Classic SNL and Mad Magazine: Good Old Days


Remember back when humor was aimed at all of us, including ourselves rather than being a political or social statement to push an agenda?

Ah, the days of 1970s Saturday Night Live and the humor of the times in Mad Magazine!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Speakeasy Bars


Going underground, dark and atmospheric, chic and formal, speakeasy bars are the biggest trend and so much fun. Anyone can go to a noisy bar, but a murky, secluded speakeasy with unusual and very expensive cocktails feels very exclusive and very sexy.

Tesla-Inspired NYC speakeasy
HR Giger Museum in Switzerland
PDT (Please Don't Tell) in NYC - you enter through an old phone booth
Ladies and Gentlemen in London

Start looking around your area for speakeasy bars. They are a fun date night location that your lady or gent will love!




If you stay home, turn down the lights, get some mason jars and glow sticks, and try one of these Speakeasy Cocktail Recipes.  



Communal Living Alternatives: Today's Co-Housing



There were communes in the 60s, usually associated with religious cults and free-loving/free-drugging environments. They got a reputation. But, today's communal living has a purpose that is to share an environment, whether it's artistic or agricultural, in which everyone feels a part of keeping things running and carrying the load. Here's just some options if you dreamed of being close to your neighbors in a true community, maybe you're on your own at this time and want a different way to live than in a rental box in an apartment complex.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Selfie Do's and Don'ts For Men and Women


Whether you consider yourself an online pro or a total newbie, at some point, you will want to engage in social media and that is going to mean a profile pic. Maybe you're newly single or you need a picture for LinkedIn job searches. How you pose, your expression, the lighting, and so many things go into an ideal representation. Here's some tips for any kind of profile pic or personal selfie you want to take -

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Baby Boomers' Downsizing


Post by Sharon 

We lived our lives squirreling away things, accumulating, being ready for any occasion, any visitor, any need and before we knew it, we were drowning in things and expanding our home front to make more  room for "stuff."

There comes a time in every baby boomer's life when you have to make a decision - to possibly "let go" and "reframe" what's important. Is it possessions and space or is it experiences and freedom?

If you are considering downsizing, this is just the post for you!

Monday, July 29, 2019

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?


Post by Sharon 

Supposing you can't change the timeline and history of your life, but you can talk to the younger you about what he/she might need for the trials ahead. What would you tell yourself? 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Couples Retreats


Maybe you've earned it - the kids are gone and it's your time or perhaps you feel you need to reset the button on your relationship. Couples retreats can be a fantastic way to create new memories of just you two together. Some have themes like yoga or meditation and others are oriented on skill building. Here's some awesome ones to be found -

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tea Trends: It's Not Your Mama's Tea


Tea trends have really changed, from Boba Tea and Kombucha to Thai Iced tea and Chai. If you're a tea lover, and especially a cold-tea lover, this is a great post for you to get caught up and find the ones that are not only beneficial to your health but the ones that just taste damn good!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Cocktails We Have Known


Sharon - author of this post 

Julie and I live about 45 minutes away from each other, so we see each other once a month, maybe twice depending on the season. In October (our month) we are constantly doing Halloween-related events. We are known for having a cocktail and chilling out. And, I get known for making a goofy video to share with my Facebook friends. We always go with the season for what to make.

Letting off steam for two women who work hard all week is a pretty precious practice.



This summer, we did the watermelon margarita (above). We made a syrup of sugar and watermelon (we did 2 parts pureed watermelon to 1 part sugar on stove until sugar melted - only a few minutes). Added watermelon puree, lots of lime juice and tequila. For that one, we wet the rim of the glass with lime juice and dipped it into fruit punch pop rocks! We garnished with a slice of watermelon. Oh my!

In the springtime, we did a watermelon mojito. 1/2 c. simple syrup (equal amounts of water and sugar melted on stove a few minutes), 12 oz Bacardi rum, 6 T. squeezed lime juice, 30 leaves of mint (crushed with back of spoon or in mortar and pestle), 3 thick slices of watermelon pureed. This makes a few glasses worth on ice.


At Halloween, we got known for the Alien Brain Hemorrhage.






At New Years, we had my sidekick ventriloquist doll, Dale, make us a cocktail called the Sourpuss (his own invention - wink). It was a mix of vodka and pickle juice.




When it started to get real hot, Julie and I sat out by the water and had a Pink Bikini Cocktail (recipe we found online) and it tasted exactly like fruit punch and couldn't taste the liquor!



2 parts pink lemonade - one part amaretto - one part coconut rum. Pour it over ice.

I'm not a liquor drinker except the getaway cocktails, so I don't stock a lot of things for making drinks, but I am kind of girlie so what I like to have on hand is uniquely me:

I do enjoy having on-hand coconut rum (we live in a hot desert and so summery cocktails are common), spiced rum (for winter), amaretto (sometimes over ice as it is or with cream is delish), Kahlua (I'm a girl, we like to have it on-hand), Bailey's Irish Cream. 

If I needed to keep on-hand more manly or powerful liquors, I might add whiskey and tequila, but I'm not a big fan of vodka.

My favorite cocktails of all time? Blue Hawaii, Mojito, fruit-flavored margarita, Russian Mule.

It doesn't matter what time of year it is, nothing quite says "party and relax" like a cocktail outside or by the fireplace. 


Thursday, July 25, 2019

What is a Baby Boomer?


If you were born between 1946 to 1964, consider yourself a baby boomer. Our generation is 29% of the population or 76,000,000 strong!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

To Gray Hair or Not?


post by Sharon 

Recently, I had an opportunity to wear a gray wig for a rap music video promoting a potential TV show about older women. (I know, weird things come across my path often!)

It had me thinking about how stylish gray hair is now. It seems our generation in their 50s, 60s, 70s are going pink and the kids are going gray for a whole new look. Here's the in's and out's of whether to gray or not and how to make the gray your own!

Vinyl - Spinning the Best Tunes!


When we were kids, music was introduced to us by am radio, television variety shows, 8-track players, and concerts.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Water Holes: A Taste of Nostalgia



Quarries, water holes, creeks, rope swings and the like - a taste of our childhood. What better way to cool off this summer than to go seek a water hole and have a nostalgic deja vu?

Monday, July 22, 2019

Introducing the Bloggers of Groovy New Life - Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson

Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson

Sharon Day: Divorcee, Oil and gas industry equipment broker, artist, public speaker, author of books, blogger, urban explorer, gardener, screenwriter/film industry production, humorist, dreamer and doer.. 

Julie Ferguson: Long-term marriage, artist, author of books, blogger, gardener, craftswoman, interior decorator, photographer, jewelry maker, urban explorer, dreamer and doer.

Contemporary Music Inspiration For Baby Boomers Starting the REAL Part of Their Lives

We are enjoying some tunes from singers who get the vibe of our baby boomer era -