Getting older …

Today is my birthday so I thought I would make some observations on aging  – or in my case – getting older (and hopefully wiser).

  • Now that I have the time and money to eat whatever I like, I can’t because I don’t eat as much. It doesn’t seem fair.
  • I am offered senior discounts and I no longer resist. I think I’ve earned them.
  • It’s okay to take a seat when it’s offered when waiting in line. It’s make the other person feel better and it’s much easier on the joints.
  • You truly understand that you will not live forever so time is of the essence. There are clearly less days ahead of you then are behind you.
  • Now that you are able to buy things, ‘stuff’ is no longer as important. What is important are things that money can’t buy – such as spending time with your spouse,  (if you are lucky enough to still have one), your family and your friends.
  • The law of averages is now working against you.
  • When you look in the mirror, you don’t see how much you have aged. You see what you want to see, (I’ve always wondered why my friends – who are about the same age as I am – look so much older.)
  • It’s okay to use the 15/45 method when doing yard work – 15 minutes working, 45 minutes sitting on the deck, drinking coffee or some other beverage, and watching the birds.
  • It becomes less important to ‘mince your words’ and easier and easier to ‘tell it like it is.’
  • It isn’t your actual age that defines you. It’s how you think and how you feel.

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  • Don’t be surprised when older adults ‘rock out’ at a concert. Just like the younger folks, we might feel the effect the next day – it’s just a different effect.
  • Most older adults have been through many life events. From those events, they have gained valuable wisdom that they are happy to share. Just ask them.
  • There is a special bond with high school classmates that can never be broken. Getting together with them is the quickest way I know to become children again.


  • And, most importantly, don’t dread your birthday. After all, you are just one day older and you get another number – which is easy enough to forget.

Thanks for reading! 

Images downloaded from the internet.

Don’t lose your head …

So far, the guesses are:

  • A punching bag
  • Mannequins in the guillotine museum in France
  • Dressed in with nice clothes and heads, a driving partner so you can use the Express lane on I-94
  • Used in railroad safety videos
  • Props for an ISIS training video
  • Fencing props

NONE of these are correct. Any other guesses??  The correct answer is at the bottom of this post. 


Today we have a fun post. Recently we stopped at a place and saw the following.




What do you think these mannequins are used for? I’d love to hear your guesses.

Well, there are still no correct answers but thanks to everyone for trying. And the answer is …  (insert drum roll here) … the mannequins are used in the development of shopping carts! 


Until next time, THANKS for reading!








A blast from the past …

Recently while taking a break from shopping in St. Cloud, we stopped at one of our favorite places for lunch – the Park Diner (which is actually in Waite Park, Mn.). Baby boomers instantly recognize the eclectic decor – an instant flash back to the 1950’s and 1960’s. The outside of the building gives you a clue of what waits inside – it replicates the old-time diner cars.


A 360 degree view of the inside of The Park Diner.

The restaurant serves breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, daily specials, shakes and malts – and are known for their signature sliders.


The inside of the Park Diner. The seats remind me of a 1958 Chevrolet interior. Also note the black and white tile, common in restaurants of the 1950′ and 1960’s.

The walls are thoroughly decorated with plaques containing gold records, car-related signs, articles about famous performers and coke and other product-related signs. Look close in the photo immediately below – on the far right with the gold record) and you will see Buddy Holly (born Charles Harding Holley) – of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Holly’s band had 7 songs in the Top 40. Remember “That Will Be the Day?” Holly, along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, died in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, after performing at the Clear Lake Ballroom in Iowa. Their deaths are memorialized as ‘the day the music died’ in Don McLean’s iconic song “American Pie.” (More information HERE)





Even though it is easy for baby-boomers to relate to this decor, the restaurant appears to be very popular to people of all ages. Maybe it’s because the kids’ meals are served in a cardboard classic car or maybe it’s the daily specials – affordable, home cooking. In any case, if you get a chance, stop by. It’s worth at least one visit … and perhaps, like us, many more.

Until next time, THANKS for reading!








Not as it rolls … DIY projects

Have you ever looked at a book shelf or set of drawers and wish it had been designed in a different way? At our house, we don’t just wish … we change it to suit our purpose.

We store a lot of paper forms and office supplies in our home offices. Of course, there is always a need for storage of craft supplies, too. We are always looking for new ways to organize.

One of the most useful, inexpensive storage items we have found is a 6-drawer roll cart, made of pine. They are sold at many stores and come in a box, ready to assemble. If assembled as intended, the cart looks like this:



Once assembled, they measure 26 inches high by 13.4 inches wide and are 15.4 inches deep. They hold paper 8.5 by 11 inches. So, if you want a rolling cart, they are great. Note, scrapbookers – they aren’t big enough for scrapbook paper.

As usual, however, we had other ideas. First, we adapted the cart to allow more storage by increasing the height. We simply put two carts together. The casters were removed from one of the carts and the cart was placed on top of the other cart, then screwed together. (When you look at the photos, please keep in mind that our reorganization is a work in progress.)



We also created a bank of carts using three rolling carts. My husband made the cabinet base, walls and top and then inserted the drawers. The casters were removed. This  cabinet creates a lot of storage for smaller items.



And finally, I needed more storage in my craft room – my ‘she cave.’ (I will always need more storage in my craft room.) He created under counter storage by combining two carts, side by side, and removing one of the drawers on each unit. The carts were secured together and simply placed under the counter. This unit is on casters.



The next time you go shopping for storage items, look at the item – not just for what it is, but what it can be. If you need one of these rolling carts, they are regularly on sale, so watch for the sales and plan ahead. I just went shopping for more (because they were on sale) and found they have a new style, one similar to the taller one we crafted except this one has two deeper drawers on the bottom.



Until next time, THANKS for reading.



It’s a new year …


Making resolutions?

Are you making a list of resolutions for 2016? Many people are busy making that list. However, there are many recent articles that claim that most people never succeed in achieving those resolutions; many don’t make it past a month or two. So how about looking at New Year’s resolutions in a different way?

2016-new-year-ss-1920-696x392.jpgTurning resolutions into goals

Having resolutions seems so formal – you are going to resolve to do something. The dictionary defines resolve as the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. Seems pretty formal and rigid to me. Instead, try setting some goals that are meaningful to you – goals that, when achieved, will make your life better. Choose personal goals – not goals that are typical or you think are expected of you. If you find the right goals, you’ll likely find that meeting one goal helps you meet other goals. Keep the list short … don’t try to do it all. If you complete the list, you can add more goals or take a break.

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Goals and action steps

Goals should be general. To achieve them, however, you may have many specific action steps. For example, I have four general goals:

  •  To nurture relationships
  •  To eat healthier
  •  To be creative
  •  To eliminate clutter

Under each goal, I have identified several action steps. For example, under “To nurture relationships” I included: spending more time with the grandkids, spending more time with friends, making lunch appointments, attending social events with family, etc. Under “Eating Healthier” I’ve included: eating out less, trying new “healthy” recipes, including healthy snacks, etc. With actions steps, you give yourself choices – various ways to achieve your goal – thus making it easier to achieve the goal. If your goals are like mine, they may turn into lifelong goals – a way of life – with new action steps along the way. Again, choose whatever makes your life better.


Posting your goals

And finally, post your goals where you will see them often. As the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ In keeping with my goal to be creative, I used the word cloud generator, Tagxedo ( to create a picture of my goals (instead of a basic, boring list). It’s fun and it’s easy. I simply printed the photo and taped it up, near my computer.

But most importantly, focus on what you’ve accomplished and what you can accomplish, not what you haven’t accomplished. Perhaps you will still be working on your goals at the end of 2016. Or perhaps you will be ready with more goals for 2017.

“If you tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you tried nothing and succeeded.”  …Richard Martin Stern

Thanks for reading!