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Do you treasure your TIMESHARE too?

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Do you treasure your TIMESHARE too?

Doesn’t it seem remarkable and worth talking about, that after all these years, timeshare purchases are still going strong?

It seems the next generation is among the most widely sought after for such purchases and for good reason.

I quote – “According to the newly published AIF Next Generation Study: Shared Vacation Ownership 2015 Edition, the next generation of timeshare owners represent the greatest advocates for the timeshare product.
This may seem like a bold statement, but in 2015, it is evident among Millennials—the largest consumer group in the United States—who account for approximately 80 million people and spend more than $200 billion in goods and services annually. With more than eight out of ten Millennial owners (23-33 years old) having a positive perception of the timeshare industry, they are stronger advocates for the product when compared to the next two older age groups: the younger Generation X segment (34-44 years old, 78%), and the older Generation X segment (45-54 years old, 64%). Non-owners have a more neutral impression.

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How to RETIRE and feel with-it

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How to RETIRE and feel with-it

Do you feel like these moose lumbering through a neighborhood? Are you recently retired or is retirement still around your next bend in the road?
Besides the financial changes, isn’t the fear of not being influential a hard pill to swallow? Every day we can’t help but notice those young adults who remind us of who we once were.
Have you seen the latest Nancy Meyers movie – THE INTERN? This movie puts the changes and trials of retirement, up close and personal.
We tend to try to replace the void that can go with such a huge slowing down in our life. Animals help, but for those of us that don’t have them, we can feel almost aimless at times.
Then there’re those painting classes we never got to. And our newfound ability to travel and gives us ample time to connect with friends. But even so – retirement still has its challenges.

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Holiday parties – no one can STOP talking about

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Holiday parties – no one can STOP talking about

Home is my favorite destination for Christmas.
This year, with all the violence it’s been disconcerting though hasn’t it?
Maybe that’s why our nostalgic Christmas decor has brought me such joy and peace this year. I found some forgotten Christmas treasures in the dark abyss of our attic, things not seen to man in awhile but maybe to other furry foreign creatures! Remember those moving Christmas trees that sang carols and opened their eye real wide? Yup – one of those were in there as well. Don’t the older decorations seem almost soulful, oozing with memories and unique porcelain features?

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IRREPLACABLE – last-look INTERVIEWS with YOUR Parents

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IRREPLACABLE – last-look INTERVIEWS with YOUR Parents

As “over 60 somethings” much of our everyday focus is geared towards helping our parents or planning memorials for them. It occurred to me that maybe we can sustain more memories of them and their history for their children, grandchildren and great-grandhchildren.

Thanks to my sister-in-law, at my mother-in-law’s memorial, a video interview of her was presented. All of us treasured seeing her facial expressions, voice and overall sense of life, as we said goodbye. This priceless video gave me the impetus to do the same with my mom on her recent visit to California. Obviously, pointing a phone in her face wasn’t going to relax her. So I went on the hunt for a simple tripod. Here’s an inexpensive tripod for your phone. The tripod allowed me to focus on her, making the process natural and fun.

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Walk with me it’s JUNE in the GARDEN

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Walk with me it’s JUNE in the GARDEN

This month I discovered that using “Sea Kelp” (available on Amazon.com for $11.99) diluted with water and sprayed directly on my plants made a hugely noticeable difference in the overall health and production. This year I applied 2-4 inches of new soil and mulch around my whole flower bed BECAUSE the flower bed has tended to decline and compact. I’m still using fish emulsion at least once a month mixed with water and sprayed on as well. I’m finding frequent trimming back of the plants to keep one plant from compromising another plant’s light source allows me to control my garden, versus it being in control. When I do trim back the encroaching plants, this allows for air and light to get to every plant and in turn, they all grow stronger versus just the most rigorous taking over. In other words, if a rose branch is over your snapdragons it will shade them and tend to limit their growth. If you live in a hot climate this might be perfect but in Marin we struggle for enough sun, so this is not as desirable. I would tend to cut that one rose branch off to encourage an annual to survive and flourish. It’s almost like giving your plants haircuts. They tend to focus then on their roots and the branches and blooms that remain get bigger and stronger. Similar to when you stake a delphinium. The act of staking the flowering plant gives the plant a break, and they can breathe easy and focus which allows for larger branch size and bigger blossoms!
So please hop right in and show us how your garden looks.
Please feel free to send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
We would all love to see it!
Happy Garden Trails

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Walk with me it’s MAY in the GARDEN

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Walk with me it’s MAY in the GARDEN

Here’s a place for us to share the seasonal changes in our gardens. Every month, depending on the amount of rainfall and the range of temperatures in our given areas, these photos will, of course, be different. So hop right in and show us how your garden looks. Send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
Happy Garden Trails

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Walk with me it’s APRIL in the GARDEN

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Walk with me it’s APRIL in the GARDEN

Here’s a place for us to share the seasonal changes in our gardens. Every month, depending on the amount of rainfall and the range of temperatures in our given areas, these photos will, of course, be different. So hop right in and show us how your garden looks. Send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
Happy Garden Trails

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Feathered FRIENDS reward with an unstoppable show

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Feathered FRIENDS reward with an unstoppable show

Do you get a kick out of watching birds as they flit around, partying? Let’s simply create a “bird party” atmosphere right outside your den or office. There’s nothing quite like that first sip of coffee in the morning or some tea while spying on these flighty fun finches!
For me, from a pure cleanliness point of view, I’ve chosen to focus on attracting the smaller birds, i.e. finches. The larger birds scare the little guys away and will show up anyway, trust me. You don’t want the mess, nor do you want to try and feed their insatiable appetites!

If you are the party planner “extraordinaire” the word will quickly get out and you’ll have the front row seat watching an endless party. Now you get to see first hand the flirtations, break-ups and the spats. These finches are territorial, sweet, loving and funny with their interpersonal relationships. The soft demure silver doves will become fast friends and are beautiful and serene as they look for food on the party floor.

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How to spin turning 60 into the BEST day ever

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How to spin turning 60 into the BEST day ever

Are you turning 60 soon? Join the crowd! It’s eerie for me to believe this incredible number with a 6 and even a zero after it is at my wake. I mean I’ve actually been flopping around for 60 years, oh my gosh, yikes! Seems like yesterday I was still in my blue jean overalls, which my Mom deplored by the way, headed to classes and thinking with a youthful arrogance, I knew so much and maybe I just knew it all. There’s this stage in our twenties where let’s face it we all sort of feel like our parents are a bit out of it now that we’ve become an adult. I’m quite sure at one time or another, almost all of us had this delusion for a short period, let’s call it, “Parent Pity.” I’ve witnessed the symptoms of it on my young adult children as well. That’s ok, because you see I know someday they’ll be thinking they have all the answers and they’ll be telling one of their children something they deem to be very important and they’ll get that familiar “glazed over look.”

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Bouquets to Art

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Bouquets to Art

If you have the time and adore art and flowers don’t miss the “Bouquets to Art” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco again this year. For 30 years this Springtime tradition has been a part of San Francisco and is truly a sight to see! All proceeds benefit the de Young Museum.
Gifted floral designers use their imaginations to interpret the artworks in the de Young’s permanent collection. Some are quite quircky, others stunning and many simply just beautiful.
The demonstrations going on all week are interesting and worth the investment as well. I was able to see the demonstration by David Stark – “The Art of the Party” and it was so FUN! He is a renowned New York-based event producer David Stark and is known for his innovative, thoughtful, and humorous style. His events have a relaxed elegance balanced with a perfectly calibrated measure of extravagance. His clients include Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Martha Stewart, and Beyoncé. His ability to turn everyday objects into glamorous and unexpected installations is exceptional.
It runs from March 18 – 23.
Hope you get the chance to pop in.

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