Saturday, November 30, 2019

Delightful Christmas Book


Post by Sharon

Mystic Publishers (the company I publish with), put together a delightful Christmas anthology book, "Christmas Across Time." My story "A Different Kind of Christmas" can be found starting on page 99. A teenage girl's move to the desert right before Christmas has her distressed until the true meaning of Christmas becomes apparent. 

Creative Handmade Christmas Gifts




Post by Sharon 

From the mouth's of babes - the meaning of Christmas

When I was a wee tot of 6 and had no $ of my own to buy gifts, I contemplated the situation.

My mother offered to take me out to buy gifts for my siblings.

I thought about it long and hard and told her.

"Mom, God made me an artist. That's His gift to me. I'll use that gift to make my gifts."

Friday, November 29, 2019

Rockhounding: A Rockin' Paradise!


As a kid, rocks were so fascinating, they became a form of currency. Mom gave you a cookie, you brought her a rock. As a Bigfoot researcher, I can tell you that the most common gift a Bigfoot will leave is a rock, often times a perfectly round pretty one. They leave feathers and flowers upon occasion, but rocks are their I-Owe-You when they borrow something from your yard. And why not? Rocks always bring smiles! 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ecovillages


Ecovillages and permaculture are becoming huge focuses of baby boomers. There are a few reasons why. One reason is our aging bodies and disease processes have rendered us concerned about what we ingest and Mother Earth (our youthful companion). The idea of growing one's own food and having control over chemicals (remember DDT spraying in our childhoods?) is of grave concern.

This groundswell has created an industry focused on how we can be more self-sufficient. Gone are the days of victory gardens and they are being replaced by community gardens, edible lawns, and food forests.

Let's look at some examples of ecovillages built around the concept of self-sufficient sustainability.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Adventuring: Inspiration For Living


Post by Sharon 

Nine years ago, I went on a HUGE adventure - I left a bad marriage and found myself seeking new experiences, new places, new challenges. Adventurers throughout man's history have shown us that through great challenge and risk, something new was found. But, you don't have to pack your parka and freeze-dried meals to find adventure: It is as close as your car. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Why You Should Visit Arizona


Post by Sharon and Julie

As much we Arizonans complain about the desert, sun, dry, and heat, there are some things to love about this place from November to May. 

You see sights, experience smells and tastes, history, and sounds here you never have before -

180 degrees of sky. With particulates in the air, the sunsets can be quite brilliant.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Outdoor Thrills and Chills - What Do You Dare to Try?

me rappelling

Post by Sharon 

Sometimes, the biggest scares outdoors involve chills and thrills of the daredevil variety.

There are some pretty inventive ways to get your scare on. Let's look at some places with insane challenges  - some of them are mild and others intense!

It's never too early to start planning for next summer and booking your dare. 


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Homemade Cold and Flu Remedies


Post by Sharon

Tis the season to get sick, but there are some more natural and nutritious things you can add to your drinking schedule that might just help you heal faster, get less sick, and feel better overall.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Scandinavian Christmas


Post by Sharon 

My father came to America from Norway in the 1920s. They changed their last name from Thorvaldsen to Day to be more "American." But, my father kept his fond memories of the homeland and the traditions his father from Norway and mother from Sweden passed on. We had Scandinavian Christmas celebrations every year with a large Smorgasbord spread, live candles on the tree, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve night. To this day, the look of Christmas for me is purely Northern - 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Snowflake Crafts and Snowflake Gifts


Post by Sharon

Snowflakes are a favorite design of many.  There are plenty of crafts and gifts with snowflake themes to be found. Here's just some - 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Preparing For Snow Season and Snow Gifts


While you consider gifts for others, put yourself on the list. There are loads of ways to survive winter and snow and here's some fun ones and some practical ones - 

Reindeer Crafts and Reindeer Gifts


Post by Sharon

Another day, another obsession - reindeer! As I am almost 80% Scandinavian, it's in my blood to love the reindeer. My grandmother grew up in the late 1800s and early 1900s herding reindeer in Northern Sweden. The love is passed on. Here's some reindeer crafts and gifts for the reindeer lovers out there - 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Snowman Crafts and Snowman Gifts





Post by Sharon 

Too early for the holidays? Well, it's ideal craft and gift shopping time now when you're not pushed or stressed and you can sit back and enjoy December. Here's some great options for snowman lovers (most folks).

Monday, November 18, 2019

Themed AirBnBs

Cherry blossom theme -Tokyo

You want to get away, see another place, have new experiences, but the usual boring stay in an antiseptic bland hotel room seems like a waste of your evening and nighttime hours. Choosing an Airbnb is a popular thing nowadays, but many are themed so your getaway time is unusual and unique. Instead of spending 1500 to 10,000 a night for a luxury hotel stay, how about 100-300 a night in a themed room? Now you're excited!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Movies To Get You Into the Snow Mood


Post by Sharon 

There is a time between Halloween and the New Year that most folks get a sentimental feeling about snowfall. Whether you live where it snows or not, there are some great movies that evoke the snow mood in many genres. Here's my lineup - 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Fire Pits - What Suits Your Needs?



Fire pits are a fall and winter delight. Most folks want one in their backyard and the easiest method is to go by Home Depot or Lowe's and pick up a metal one and set it up nice and neat and sit around, but what you plan to use your fire pit for is critically important to finding the right match.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Wood Pile Art


 

Wood pile season is here. And, as if you have enough to consider stacking the split logs,  there is a new yard art involving your heating supply - meaningfully arranged wood piles that create amazing art!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rock Stacking - Challenging Beautiful Art



It costs you nothing - just some rocks from your yard, a fair deal of manipulating and practice, but once rock stacks are created, the satisfaction is immense. Forget sand and sand rakes to relax, this is becoming the new zen hobby.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sculptors Working in Nature


When we think artists, we often imagine sculpture and paintings hanging on museum walls, but art is inspired often by nature and some very talented and visionary artists are utilizing nature as a medium. Here's my three favorites - 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TRAINS - The New Hip Travel and Event Venue!


Arriving at the airport at least 2 hours early to find a parking situation, take a tram to the airport terminal, stand in long lines to check in and then get security checks, sitting at the gate forever with a lot of tired cranky people and screaming babies, being crammed into a tight space for hours, and then finding your luggage, renting a car, finding the hotel in a strange city.... 

Many are learning that flying is not the convenience we once thought. I recently was looking at a flight to LA and realized in under 6 hours I could drive there versus the airport and it sounded so much more peaceful and less likely to get me acquiring a head cold from a stranger.

No wonder the new hip is to take a train and train stations are offering awesome fun themed packages too 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Oosterdam: An Alaskan Cruise




Post by Julie

Now that my husband is retired, we have decided to start taking more cruises. We took a Hawaiian cruise in 2006 on our 25th wedding anniversary. We brought our daughter and son with us along with a friend of each kids. It was a blast. Now that they are adults, married with kids, we feel this time is for us. This Alaskan cruise is the first of many to come. Our next one is already booked. Mexico, here we come.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Grandma's Girls


Post by Julie

If you really want to get to know your granddaughters, take them on a shopping spree for their birthdays. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Drive-in Theaters: Not Many Left



Post by Julie


One of my fondest memories is going to the drive-in with my family and friends. Depending on the time of year, we would bring blankets, pillows, chairs and be in our pajamas. We would hit the playground and play before the movies begun. You would get to watch at least two movies, sometimes three. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Gold Panning in Juneau


Post by Julie

"There is gold in them there hills." 
At least my husband and I were hoping while visit Juneau, Alaska.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Getting To Know Your Locals


Post by Sharon 

When I went through my divorce in 2010 and moved out, one of the first things I considered (having worked from home since 1995) was to find friends or activities in my area.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

How Women Can Look Younger - Baby Boomers' Redo


Post by Sharon and Julie

When we women turned from girl to adolescent and then teen and young woman, we didn't fight it. We embraced it. 

Yet, for some reason, as we go through menopause, we want to fight hard to remain what we were instead of what we can be. 

If we had done this when we were younger, we'd be in college in pigtails and jumpers. 

Embracing the change is exhilarating as for the first time in our lives, we can be us personified instead of what others need us to be.

Monday, November 4, 2019

How Males Can Look Younger - Baby Boomers' Style Redo



Post by Sharon and Julie

You're not going to fool anyone, you are a mature male, but men can age so deliciously with the simplest tweaks. It's really about giving up some of the constructs of career era and becoming looser, more natural, outdoorsy, and less stiff button-down old man.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Senior Discounts For Baby Boomers


Hey, we're over 55, we should get some benefits for having survived this long, paid taxes this long, and manage to be a majority of our population.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Integrative and Functional Medicine


Post by Sharon 

*Although I am not a medical professional, I am very well informed after decades of typing medical reports and studying nutrition and lifestyle and health. I hope to give you an overview and resources to learn more.* 

Most patients who have felt their doctor is mechanically going through a sequence of not listening, rushing to get them out of the office, and fast to write prescriptions as a solution, know that there must be an easier way to get their body to have optimal conditions to heal. After all, if we can heal a cut, recover from the flu, we can certainly manage to have a great deal of influence on other systems. Integrative and functional medicine step in with answers - 

Friday, November 1, 2019

When You Change Your Energy, You Change Your Life


Post by Sharon

People ask me often how I seem so young for 57. It's very simple. I have not aged in my heart or my spirit. My energy is 35. I remain there in a way that won't let time, attrition, or hardship express itself. There is much more to it. Said simply - when you change your energy, you change your life.

The Magical Qualities of Wintry Stones

blue lace agate Post by Sharon  Rocks, minerals, semiprecious and precious gems have amazing looks and qualities. Some of them hav...