Why You Should Travel when Retired [adsense]You’ve worked for what seems like forever. Over the years, you’ve had the usual vacations, but those were mostly spent with the kids, the “honey-do” list, visiting relatives, etc. [adsense-mobile] Have you ever dreamed what it would be like to do nothing but travel around the world? Explore countries you’ve only seen in movies or read about in books? Get to know different people and cultures from a local’s perspective? I know I have. When I was approaching retirement, I sat down and made a list of the pros and cons of such a lifestyle for me. Then I started researching, digging and most importantly, soul searching. One of the first things I discovered was that there are a whole lot of retired people who are living their dream! According to a recent statistic I read, there are upwards of 400,000 Americans getting social security benefits at a non-USA address. I figured there must really be something to this idea if so many people were living that lifestyle. I explored the ramifications of selling my home and most of my belongings, packing what I would need into a suitcase and becoming a nomad. Sounds easy doesn’t it? It’s not – or at least it wasn’t for me. I love to travel. That said, I really wasn’t sure if I just liked to vacation and have a home to come back to or if I could be “on the road” for months and months at a time…or even for the rest of my life. The longest I’d been away from home recently was five weeks at a time…and that was with a structured tour group. I had to search my memory to remember how I felt toward the end of that trip. Did I want to…
Fun Rainy Day Crafts to Do With Your Grandchildren [adsense]I remember only too well the first time my grandson was over and we couldn’t go anywhere. Within the first hour, we had read three books and colored in his coloring book and I was pretty much out of ideas. [adsense-mobile] I was totally unprepared and he was totally bored out of his mind. So I did what every red-blooded grandparent who’s unprepared does – I let him sit in front of the TV for hours, then use my Ipad to play games for several more hours! I decided then and there that I needed to be more prepared for those times for both of us. I always want him to want to come to my house for a date, and I always want it to be fun, different, challenging and creative. So I started researching what types of activities and crafts we could do together that would challenge his creativity. What I found allowed us to not only create neat stuff, but create memories and keepsakes, too! There are literally thousands of craft projects you can do with your grandkids, no matter what their age or gender. Here are a few of the craft projects my grandsons and I have made over the years. They’re easy, fun and inexpensive. Handprint/Footprint Art This was the first one we did on the next rainy day that Cash was with me. As I recall, he was 3 when we made the first one, and that started our tradition of making one each year! He loves this project. I think it totally appeals to the “messy” in him. It provides us, literally, with hours of fun, and he’s so proud when he’s finished. He loves taking the finished product home to Mom and Dad. You…
Simple Ways to Keep the Romance Alive [adsense]What is romance? How do people who have been together for decades define it? Better yet, how do they live it? [adsense-mobile] There are tons of articles suggesting ways you can go about keeping romance alive in a relationship, but most of what I have read revolves around scheduling. And that’s okay, if that’s what you want to do. But that’s not for me… nor is it for most of the people I spoke with for this article. I invited some of my married friends to come over for a roundtable discussion. They thought the topic was going to be politics – if I had said romance, I was pretty sure I’d have lost most of the men, and a few of the women, too! After a few cocktails and lots of hors d’oeuvres, I posed this question: What do you do to keep romance alive in your marriage? Most of these couples have been married upwards of 35 years, which, in this day and age, is a feat in and of itself! I figured if anyone could answer this question, they could. The majority agreed that their working adult lives were based around schedules – work, kids, play, etc. They had no choice. And more than 90% said that now their kids are grown and gone and they’re either retired, or close to it, they don’t want to live by schedules anymore. When they were young, with young kids, they had to schedule date nights. “With five kids under the age of 9 running around, we had to schedule alone time… and it was rare,” said Mike S. “Now that the kids are gone and we’re both retired, we can do things on a more spur of the moment basis.” Alice A….
Giving Your Adult Children Advice on Raising Kids [adsense]There are an endless number of situations that come up when I’m talking to my kids that would normally call for my giving them advice. It’s then that I have to remember that they’re adults and if they want my advice, they’ll ask for it! [adsense-mobile] We’ve come up with what I think is a good solution. When they call to vent about something that’s bothering them, whether it’s spouse, child, friend, parent or work related, I’ll generally ask if the conversation is one where they want me to just listen or offer advice. If it’s the former, I do just that – listen. I will generally make mental notes so that when they’re ready to hear my perspective, then or at a later time, I can recall what we were talking about and what my thoughts were. If they want advice at that time, then I wait until they’re finished venting and ask if they’re ready to hear some suggestions. One time, when my younger daughter was not happy her husband was thinking about going to the beach with some friends, she called and asked me what she should do. I asked her how she felt about it. She told me that when they had first started dating and he had not thought the relationship was going to become serious, he told her all about the exploits he and his friends got up to at the beach. When they became serious, she thought she had made it perfectly clear to him that if that’s what he wanted to do, then he wasn’t the person for her. She said he obviously hadn’t gotten it, and she wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. I suggested she talk to him and ask him…
Top Reasons Why Being a Grandma is the Best I asked some girlfriends, who have grandkids of all ages, what they love most about being a grandma. Here are the top 17 answers:...Read More
Cooking with Grandchildren I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the wonderful smells in the air when I’m cooking. My mom and gram started me cooking with them when I was about...Read More
Common Signs of Alzheimer’s As you age, you will have some decline in your abilities. It happens to everyone. You will not run as fast or jump as high as you could in...Read More