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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recent Road Trip

Since this is the anniversary of the internet birth (10/29/'69), I consider it a fortuitous day to post about another milestone.

I have lived in Colorado since 1974 which is a total of 35 years (over half my lifetime!). Minnesota is my birthplace, and I haven't been back there for 4 years. So, I decided to take an independent road trip home to see mom. I realized that I hadn't driven anywhere by myself farther than 2 1/2 hours away since I had children. Geesh! Could I do it?

Yes, I could and did.

2000 plus miles later I am trying to figure it out. There seems to be a sense of life passing too quickly, and self-esteem building to keep enjoying life on earth. All this since I turned 60! Plus, I'm going to be a Grandma, so you see, time has been pushing my buttons.

The drive was a tangle of construction in Nebraska and Minnesota - Iowa was solar windmills. Actually, I was very excited to get into Minnesota because the scenery changed to a carpet of reds. The trees were having a fashion show and the cold winds were spreading those Fall leaves everywhere. There is also a specific scent to the North woods, and I loved it. Don't get me wrong, Colorado is startling gorgeous with the snow capped Rockies. Minnesota is just so beautiful with the many lakes and woods.

So, my inner journey about went along with the weather. I could focus on being present because the scenery outside changed and how could I drive safely without being present? I stopped frequently at rest stops, stretched and munched from my small cooler of carrots, cheese, gatorade, snickers, and my sack of almonds, nuthins, rice crackers, apples and bananas. A friend had suggested taking a cooler, and I'm so glad I did. It saved me from bad food and lost time indoors. I also had printed out trip tickets (map directions) from Triple A, and of course I had an Atlas with me. I also had our one cell phone for emergencies and checking in, so I really felt quite together.

That was what it was about for me. Seeing mom ( a vibrant 87 year old independent woman), and knowing I could journey independently, and let mom be mom. She has her moments, as we all do, and I could just be present with those moments. Just like I had to accept the weather as it changed from sunny cold to rainy cold to sleet cold to ice on my windshield in Nebraska on the return trip, to snow in Colorado. A journey that I'm glad I took.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Friday, October 9, 2009

No Escaping Halloween!

No matter if you keep the house dark and don't answer the door. No matter if you aren't even home. You can't escape Halloween! Believe me, I've tried.

It is a spooktacular evening that still holds some excitement. I still feel a curiosity to see kid's costumes, haunted houses, scairy movies, and eat sweets. So, even if I don't answer my doorbell and the front door part of my house is dark, you can bet I am participating somehow in the October 31st mayhem.

It has become expensive for some. Candy and costumes can be waaay too high priced. There are some good deals around however, and Amazon is offering some specials.

For a limited time, when you spend $50 or more on qualifying costume items with one of the sellers indicated on the site you will get $10 off the total cost of your order at checkout. Only purchases from participating sellers qualify for this promotion, and purchases from multiple sellers cannot be combined to qualify. Offer valid through Oct. 22, 2009.

Scare up savings on Halloween Candy: $15 off when you spend $39 or more on Hershey's, Mars, Nestle, or Wonka chocolate and candy products shipped and sold by Amazon.com Offer valid through Oct. 31, 2009.

To watch movies instead of going out check out the DVD Halloween Sale with DVDs as Low as $5.49 & Blu-ray up to 50% Off. For the horror fans, there is a buy one, get one free Horror DVD Sale. Offer valid through Oct. 31, 2009.

Whatever way you choose to spend the All Hallow's Eve, may it be safe and scairy too. Booo!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall Changes

First let me apologize for not posting more often. I guess that is why this blog is geared to Baby Boomers; we don't sweat the small stuff anymore! Blessings like having grown children visit home seem to interrupt the internet communication that seems so vital when loved ones are far away.

Both our kids live very far away in New Zealand although they are close to each other (2 1/2 hours). My husband and I live in Colorado where our kids were born and raised. Just giving "mom" time by cookin', cleanin', listenin' and feeding them is about all I have been able to handle after many years of being an empty nester. I realize that I could just have entered short blogs, but somehow that just wasn't enough for me.

Enter a Fall change - frequent blogs from now on!
One cyclic Fall change is indoor and outdoor cleaning. We (husband and I), have definitely put in our time with this before the kid's visit, during, and since! Luckily our son-in-law chopped wood, touched up painted the outside of the house, did some mudding on a porch ceiling, helped pick out new wood closet doors, stain and hang them, and countless other chores. Thanks Trevor!

For inside housecleaning I thought I'd mention something different that I've tried. Since there is so much value in practicing "green" methods in cleaning, plus I really despise using chemicals with names that I can barely pronounce or have a clue what evils they perform, I made a change with the dreaded toilet bowl. Now I just dump some white vinegar and baking soda in the toilet and let it bubble for awhile. Then the scrub brush action is very easy and over quickly. I figured I have been using vinegar and baking soda to remove tea and coffee stains for most of my cleaning life that I might as well use it in the big porcelain bowl too. Try it, you'll like it. No nasty chem smell either.

There are a number of options available for safe cleaning products. One of them is a downloadable e-book titled The Green Clean Book. It has a 100% money back guarantee and offers non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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