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Welcome to This is Your Best Year!!!

Welcome to your best year.  You and I are on this journey together.  Together and collectively, we will give suggestions on living life to the fullest.  This is a blog for women who thought that when they reached this age, life was over.  This is for all of those women who thought their mothers were old at this age–well they may have been, but that’s not the case anymore. maricia 21

We will discuss everything from health, beauty, faith, life, children, grandchildren, exercise, careers, retirement, starting all over again in love and/or career. We will talk about learning the word no, taking time to be who we are.  With this blog we will have fun, we will talk fashion, food,travel and all kinds of products–in other words, we’re going to talk about us.

You can always email me at: thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com and “like” us on Facebook (thisisyourbestyear).

Let’s get excited ladies, and stay tuned.  Remember–“THIS IS YOUR BEST YEAR”!

Like Fine Wine–Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M–Bette Midler bought her “Divine Intervention” tour to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas–you know the home of the Houston Rockets, and you would have thought the Rockets were playing that night.  She did what she does best–she entertained.  There were jokes with much laughter, there was dancing, but most of all there was her instrument, her wonderful voice.  Yes, she is a “woman of a certain age”, but she has done what some have not, she has taken care of her voice.  It is as strong as ever.  There was even a time of reflection at the passing of one of her favorites, the beautiful and talented Ms. Delores Delago the mermaid (if you are a true Bette Midler fan, you will know who this is).

My sister, cousins and I had a wonderful night.  We enjoyed the concert, and we enjoyed the company of each other.  As “women of a certain age”, we have made a conscious effort to get together more for the good times.  Hope you get together with your family more, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

*All photos of Ms. Midler were taken by Dave Rossman for the Houston Chronicle.

Let’s Move And #GimmeFive With First Lady Michelle Obama

The First Lady shows us part of her fitness routine.  As a woman of a certain age, she is amazing!! Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Let’s Move!

Let’s Move And Try An Adventure

groupon 2It’s about to be summer, and we all wish for the same thing–we want to do something that we’ve never done before.  We want to try something new.  Well, just do it.

Cost is always a factor in what we do, and sometimes as women of a certain age, we may be on a fixed income.  There are ways that can cut the cost in just about a half or more.  Try some of the deals you find online with such sites as Groupon, Living Social. Amazon Local and more.Living Social

I absolutely love these sites, especially for trying things that I have never done, or things that I know that I only need a certain number of visits to accomplish.  They have everything from food, to hotel stays, to exercise and more.

amazon 1My girlfriends and I have gone Segway touring for half the regular cost.  We’ve gone ziplining.  I even had one for horse back riding.  I like Groupon because if something happens, and the service is cancelled for some reason, they credit your account.

While on a trip to Chicago, I did a Segway tour with another couple who told me that what they paid for two people I had paid for one person to do the tour.  They informed me that when they scheduled a trip, they always checked with these (Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local) sites to see if there was a deal they could use.  So I have begun to do this also.  It’s really simple–when you book your trip, you then go to the site of your choice to see if there is anything that strikes your interest such as a restaurant that you would like to visit or a museum and such.  You then call to make sure you can get the reservation, then you get your deal–it saves you money, and  you can now do more on your trip.

I’ve gone to day spas, restaurants, tours, museums and more while on trips.  While at home, I’ve taken Sushi making classes, done  wine tasting, yoga, salt therapy,  kickboxing, massages and even gotten my house cleaned. My girlfriends want to go kayaking, but so far I am not the one, but who knows.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   Try something different–try an adventure!

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

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Are you at risk for a stroke?  Take the quiz at the link below and find out. 

http://strokequizapp.heart.org/

Learn to spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp

To find out more about strokes–the prevention, symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one suffers a stroke.  Go to the American Heart Association/the American Stroke Association at:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/AmericanStrokeMonth/American-Stroke-Month_UCM_459942_SubHomePage.jsp

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Inspiring–Hats Off To Mothers–Easter Seals of North Texas

Hats Off6Hats Off1As a non-hat wearer, it was a challenge to find a hat, and then find something that would kind of go with it to wear to the Easter Seals of North Texas annual “Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon”.  It was well worth the effort.  There are a variety of community organizations that honor women, and use the funds received to assist in their causes.  I can truly say that the Easter Seals of North Texas  is one of the best to attend.

The Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon honors outstanding mother’s in the North Texas area.  These women are community minded, and are all loving mothers.  Each one of the honorees has a story to tell concerning a hat that has a meaning to them personally.

Hats Off2Easter Seals of North Texas is a nonprofit that has for over 75 years in the North Texas area guided, supported and inspired those with disabilities to reach for the stars.  They assist over 4500 people of all abilities with assistance each year.

There were demure hats, and those that seemed to have been worn the week before at the Kentucky Derby. It was a beautiful, fun sight to behold. There was good conversation, entertainment, cocktails and food, but most of all there was information and testimonies that inspired every person in the room.

A powerful testimony was given by Nicole Lasswell who told of the work that Easter Seals of North Texas had done with her son who is autistic.  Her testimony was a mother’s heart felt thanks to those who had assisted her family.

This years honorees were five mothers who are amazing businesswomen, educators and so much more.  A short video Hats Off 7featuring an introduction given by their children presented each honoree.  They were:

  • Jineen Bessire who is the mother of two children.  She is a very active member of several organizations including  Junior League, TCU Frogs for the Cure and the Jewel Charity Ball.  Her children introduced her as an amazing strong woman who had survived breast cancer who works to assist others.
  • Jill Clifton who is the mother of three children.  Jill is the Chief Operating Officer of Cendera Funding.  Her children said that she was the “boss” lady, but also their best friend.
  • Joan Trew is the mother of three children.  She is an iconic figure in Fort Worth and the co-founder of Williams Trew Realty.  Her children talked of her faith.
  • Tonya Veasey is the mother of one son.  She is the president and CEO of OCG PR.  She is the president of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses’.  Her son introduced her as the mom of the year.
  • Robin Ward is the mother of two daughters.  She is  professor of math and the director for the Curriculum Integration for the Rice University Mathematics Project.  She is also a huge TCU athletics fan.  Her children told the audience a secret, their mom was also a spy.

Hats Off 4Each honoree spoke from their hearts when talking about what this award meant to them.  There was laughter and even a few tears from the honorees and the audience.Hats Off3

You can learn about the amazing things that Easter Seals of North Texas does by going to:  http://www.easterseals.com/northtexas/

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”

HATS OFF TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE

Honoring Our Mothers

If you were to ask just about anyone to tell who was their first love, most would say it was their mother.  Mother’s were the first faces that we gazed our eyes upon.  They were the first ones that held us close and even sang to us.  When we gave them that first smile, they were the ones that had an even bigger smile.

Over the years they have had many names, mother, mom, mama, madea and so many more.  Have you ever noticed that the biggest defensive lineman when given a chance to say a word always tells his mother hello.  It’s just something about the word “mother”.

Some of you are blessed that your mother is still with you, and some of us know the feeling that they are no longer here with us. This slide show is for all the moms, mothers, mamas, madeas and more.  Each year I run the same article about my mother–Mrs. Ruby Dean Square Cooper.  This year I’ve added some of your mother’s pictures.  I hope you enjoy. There is a surprise for you at the end of the post.  Just click on the link and enjoy!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Everything was done in the kitchen of our home. When were younger, we practiced our reading at the kitchen table. Mama would be cooking, and we would be reading out loud. I still wonder how she knew the words before we did. As we continued our education even college homework would be done at that table.

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When my sister and I did our 4-H projects, the kitchen table became our workshop with everything from sewing machines to podiums. Mama was a leader in our 4-H club so we practiced everything there.

I remember the day we got a new dishwasher. Everyone was excited, even me. I had turned about 12 and thought that making pretend milkshakes in the soapy water was fun. Little did I know that I would forever be the dishwasher in our family. I remember that I would wash and mama would dry while my sister did her homework at the table. If my dad was home from work, he would be watching the Huntley Brinkley report while we did the dishes. My brother got out of washing dishes because mama believed that cleanliness was indeed next to Godliness. I remember the day that he popped me on the behind with the towel that he was drying the dishes with; it was the last time he was allowed to do anything in the kitchen except eat.

The smell of cooking was always prevalent in our kitchen even though both my parents worked full-time as educators. Mama had been a home economics major in college so everything was homemade from potato chips, wonderful cakes and pies and all that was in between.

One of my fondest memories is when my mother became my friend. She drank coffee every morning and some evenings at the kitchen table. I had always drank a milking cup of coffee as a child. One Saturday as she sat at the kitchen table reading the paper, I joined her for what would become “our time”. For the rest of her life, if I was home, I would make coffee and we would talk, sometimes our neighbors Miss Callie and Miss Adell would join us. Over the years to come at that table, we talked about high school graduation, going off to college, the death of daddy, how would she cope, my sister going off to college–mama in the house alone. My husband even asked her for my hand in marriage at the kitchen table. Grandchildren learned what the word “no” really meant at that table.

As I think back over these times, it is amazing that people now have to have libraries, great rooms, offices, etc., to do different activities. Mama did it all at the kitchen table.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who solve all the problems of today at the kitchen table. Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”. 

Another video for you to enjoy!

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Senior Synergy Expo: Good Stuff For Over-50 Crowd And Those In Their 40’s

This information is taken directly from the Star-Telegram, April 26, 2015. Take advantage of free opportunities in your local area.

Senior Synergy

Senior Synergy Expo

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
FOR BOOMERS, SENIORS
& CAREGIVERS

If you are 50 years of age or better, Senior Synergy Expo is for you!
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley invites you to learn more about the services and opportunities for healthy living available to you in Tarrant County. You will leave the expo feeling more empowered to live a healthier lifestyle.

SAVE THE  DATE:

Senior Synergy Expo 2015
will be held Thursday
May 7th, 2015

Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth

Register by Wednesday to be guaranteed a free lunch and parking; otherwise registration is not required, and walk-in guests are welcome.  Sign up at http://www.seniorsynergyexpo.com or please email  Kathryn or call: 817-884-1234.

– See more at: http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/county-judge/programs-and-initiatives/senior-synergy.html#sthash.rSNlDJDZ.dpuf

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Live it to the fullest. 

Honoring Mothers

“thisisyourbestyear” would like to feature your Mother on it’s post for Mother’s Day. If you have a picture of your Mother and/or a picture of you and your Mother please email it to us at: thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com. Don’t forget to give us your name and your Mother’s name. Please email us by May 2, 2015.

Learning From Your Parents–Life Outside Your Job

parents 9Women of a certain age are taking in new boarders.  They have someone once again to take care of, to feed, to clothe and to watch out for.  No, I ‘m not talking about their children, I’m talking about their parents. More Baby Boomers/Generation Xers are taking care of aging parents with physical and mental illnesses than ever before.parents 6

Baby Boomers/Generation Xers have become caregivers at a time when they thought they would be on that cruise they had always dreamed of, seeing the USA in that motor home, starting new careers and even letting the grandchildren visit for a day or so and then sending them back home. 

parents 8Parents are moving into the extra bedroom that was going to become a media room, craft room, office or just a pretty bedroom that just looked pretty.  Some parents now know that their retirement income (social security) is not enough.  They worked on the same job for 30, 35, 40 even 45 years, but the pension is not nearly enough to fix up the aging homestead, travel, pay medical expenses–just live.  They didn’t invest outside of their job.  They didn’t invest money or time.  They have little money and no identity outside of their job “title”.  Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should learn from this experience, taking notes from their parents.  Even as the Boomers/Xers mature (not age), they should still be investing for the time when they no longer will be working at their full-time jobs knowing that they may not have enough to live comfortably for their rest of their lives–learning there is life outside of the job.

The Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should learn from their parents that sickness just happens even to those that have led healthy, active lives. If they are smokers, they should stop because they see the ravages it has done to their parents.

One of the major things that no one talks about is that Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should take heed to learn to live.  They parentsshould learn from their parents to expand their lives beyond their job.  They should expand friendships and acquaintances.

Learning from our parents never ceases even as we all mature.  Learning from their life lessons can help us to see our lives much better.

parents 3Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Parents can be your best life teachers.  You may have become the caregiver, but they are still the parent.  Treat them with respect.

 

The Academy of Country Music Awards Comes Home To Texas

It’s Texas and the music is country–enough said.  On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8/7 pm (central) join hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan as they showcase country music’s finest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. 

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