I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. ~ Agatha Christie

Friday, August 15, 2014

Did you play Twister?

My sister is going through some papers and photographs from my Mother's house and found this picture of us playing Twister at our camp.  For the life of me, I don't know which behind belongs to me.  Ha.

Books I sell on Amazon

I've been selling books and other items on Amazon for a while now.  Believe me you don't make much money doing this no matter what the infomercials say but it gives me something to do and helps me keep the unwanted items that collect around my house recycled.  Today I figured out how to link the items I sell so I thought I would share it.  

Before I retired I ordered a lot of books off Amazon, especially if the library didn't carry it.  This meant an over abundance of books on the bookshelf that had to be recycled.  For a long time I donated my books to a charity thrift near my house.  Then I realized the books I was buying off Amazon were, many times, being recycled by others.  I take good care of my books so I thought... why not.  I cleaned out the bookshelf and started listing.  Now, I am down to only buying what I love, entering a book contest or recycling books given to me by friends.  I do have a lot of book loving friends that don't want to go to the aggravation of reselling or even donating books so here I am with a little side business.

If you are interested in any of the books I list, I'd love to have your business.  No pressure, no fault.  There are plenty of readers out there so someone somewhere will want it.  By the way, if you see some strange items for sale - don't judge me to harshly, I'm sure it was given to me and was not from my forever bookshelf.

Soft Dolls

I love soft dolls.  My daughter received one as a baptism gift in 1975 and loved it so much.  As a grown up she still remembers it and every once in a while a reference is made to it with fond memories.  I've wanted to make one for each of my granddaughters but I haven't pulled out my sewing machine in so long.  The other reason is that neither of my beautiful granddaughters are the doll stroller, tea party, dress up in my high heels kind of girls.  Maybe that mind set went out with the 1970s when my daughter was small.  Maybe I will have two champion soccer players instead of little princesses.  Its not so bad and I wouldn't want them to be anyone but who they are.  Who knows, maybe the great-granddaughters.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

26 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places You Need To Visit In America

These are some of the most beautiful pictures of our country I have ever seen.  Some of these places we all know about but I had not heard of about half of them.  Beautiful.  Just Beautiful. If anyone is looking for a place to go this summer here are a few choices. 
1. Garden Of The Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2. Palouse Falls, Washington
3. Grand Tetons, Wyoming
4. Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
5. Sedona, Arizona
6. Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada
7. Painted Hills, Oregon
8. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
9. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
10. Dixie National Forest, Utah
11. Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Maine
12. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
13. Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
14. Thor’s Well, Oregon
15. Coyote Gulch, Utah
16. Lake McDonald, Montana
17. Watkins Glen State Park, New York
18. Denali National Park, Alaska
19. Anza-Borrego Badlands, California
20. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
21. Hamilton Pool, Texas
22. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee
23. Haiku Stairs, Oahu
24. Devils Tower, Wyoming
25. The Subway, Utah
26. The Wave, Arizona

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Least Expensive Places to Live

If you are living on a fixed income such as retirement, does it make sense to move where your money goes further?  Technically, yes.  I think I'm pretty brave living a single life and taking care of myself but moving to a different state without friends and family .... I'm not sure.  However, I chose Arkansas since I've been there and know how beautiful the state is.  What about you?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where Did the Summer Go?

Social Security: 3 Things to Know Before Taking Benefits Early

If you are still trying to decide about drawing social security benefits, this might interest you.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Trailer for New Stephen Hawking Biopic

The Theory of Everything

Trailer for New Stephen Hawking Biopic
Will Make You Cry

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How to Care for a Cranky, Controlling, Manipulative Parent

Spoiler alert.  I found this article to be true but painful.  If you have issues with either of your parents, deceased or living.  This article may bring painful emotions to the surface.