Monthly Archives: May 2014

Garden of Aging Delights

This blog is about landscaping and gardening.  But first, in the interest of full disclosure, let me say that not only do I not have a green thumb but I am red-green colorblind.  However, what I really want to talk about is landscaping and gardening within an “age-friendly” context. The home in Jacksonville that Sharon [...]

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Come hither…

In chatting with a new acquaintance this week, I used the term “age-friendly living.” It was the first time she’d heard the phrase and the 70+ woman broke into a wide grin. She said something like—“That’s exactly the way I want to live!” I responded to her continuing queries by talking about homes that have [...]

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Nickel and Dimed

At the risk of sounding like Uncle Scrooge let me say I am getting tired of retail stores asking me to donate to a charity while I am checking out.  Or, when they have a container front and center seeking a contribution. Let me explain.  For retirees on a fixed income charitable giving can make [...]

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Are we there yet?

“Stay in the moment” is a phrase we use often in our household. We’ve both experienced the less-than positive results when one does not pay full attention to tasks-at-hand. For example, yesterday I washed Howard’s passport. It was in a hidden compartment of his pants; I’d not checked all pockets before pushing the permanent press [...]

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Age On Brothers And Sisters

Ok, Sharon opened up a can of worms about getting older, aging etc.  Clearly she and I are not “succumbing” to “old age,” but dealing with it on our terms.  What does that mean? It means making accommodation for aging maladies but not giving in to them.  In my case wearing my hearing aids more [...]

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Older. Better. Always.

It was random on my part. I’d noted several publications lately with “Older is NOT better” references and I thought—‘What the heck!” I like to have current information immediately available to help squelch negative stereotypes about aging. And I needed some fresh thoughts. So, I did an internet query and up popped a full-of-ideas essay [...]

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YouTube’n and Other Adventures

The other day Sharon blogged about the little “dimple” she put into the rear fender of her SUV.  She mentioned that I found a less expensive repair option on YouTube that involved hot water and a mallet.  After watching the video I understood what was involved (removing the bumper); how long it might take (depends [...]

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Driven to Distraction

This week we acquired a large dented dimple on the left rear bumper of our car.  It involved my too-casual departure from a grocery store parking stall and the abrupt connection with a car departing simultaneously from the opposite stall.  Thump.  Crunch. Big, sad sigh.  The experience has prompted me to think long and hard [...]

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Little Things Mean a Lot

  At the ripe “young” age of 71 I never thought I (we) would be building a house. What were we thinking? Well, we were thinking about aging and more specifically aging in a home of our own that meets both our current needs but also future needs that might occur.  Starting over in the [...]

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