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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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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

Bouquets to Art


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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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Let’s face it, part of being 55 plus is that now your parents are 75 plus. They are either still fortunate to be living alone in their own homes, apartments or condos or have checked into some of the diverse assisted care facilities available. We are, as senior citizens ourselves, starting or in the midst of helping them with these transitions and all the details and major life changes, both good and often extremely difficult, that is, if we are lucky enough, to still have them with us.
Getting on into our “Golden Years” is still nothing to sneeze at and is less than magical and probably more aptly described as anticlimactic. With the enormous losses our elderly experience, one wonders if anti-depressants shouldn’t be the vitamin of choice? It’s a mix of loss so great it often makes me cringe. Here we’re thinking maybe something so minimal as having to wear our eye glasses all the time is an inconvenience, but compared to their devastating losses of friends, mobility, pain and driving privileges, it’s simply not comparable.

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This dessert recipe is truly a find and it’s one of those sensations you put together and people go ”ooh and ah” until you are smiling – all the while knowing – it was a piece of cake to make – no pun intended! This is all very simple to do – it would be fun with little ones to do together! The color’s make it especially nice for Valentine’s Day – Christmas – NY’s Eve – Fourth of July! If you are like me and end up using a small Bundt pan – then it’s more difficult to weigh it down that way – but either way it work trust me! Place in the fridge overnight for everything to set up. Strain the remaining fruit juice and save in the refrigerator in a little pitcher to serve with the dessert by ladling it on the plate as you serve each piece. Before serving, open up the plastic and place a large plate on top of the mold. Holding the plate onto the mold, invert the pudding onto the plate. Lift off the mold and remove the plastic wrap. Serve the summer pudding in wedges with crème fraiche or sour cream mixed with say a teaspoon of the fruit sauce for color and some of the fresh fruit syrup ladled on the plate – just breathtaking in color and form!

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