Mind and Body

As we go through life it is important that we stay active both mentally and physically.  In most cities there are things that cost very little or even some things that are free so cost should not be a huge concern when finding actives. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft.Worth, Texas is a world class museum known throughout the world. They always have their permanent collection free to the public.

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This summer they are having a special showing that is free.

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The special exhibition is ROMARE BEARDEN A Black Odyssey. It is truly amazing.

The museum offers free guided tours for this exhibit, headphones or you can download the app for the exhibition on your smartphone. You can’t take pictures of the special exhibitions, but you can take them of their permanent collection.

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When leaving you will be given a card informing you of the special exhibition at the Arlington Museum of Art. There is a small admission charge, but it is far less than the cost of a movie. 

The exhibit is WILLIAM H. JOHNSON AN AMERICAN MODERN–HARLEM RENAISSANCE.

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As women of a certain age we need to expand our minds and do something different.  There are so many things that are on my I’m gonna do” list that I have not done yet, but I can cross zip lining off.

Beaumont Ranch offers a variety of zip lines, and we did them all. There is a cost, but we used a Groupon.

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Take care of your mind and body. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Learning From the Mistakes of Others–Retirement Planning

Very good article on retirement planning. Take a look even if you are not yet thinking about retirement–you should be.

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/pay-day-/done-baby-boomer-reveal-deepest-financial-regrets-225707221.html

The article was written by Tim Sprinkle.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Update–Birkenstocks Repaired

On May 30, 2013, I posted “In With The New Fixing The Old”. It was about repairing my Birkenstock sandals for a fraction of what a new pair would cost. The outcome is below. Take a look.

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Before the repair–looking sad.

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After repair–looking good.

The cost to repair was $45. They feel really comfortable.  If you have a pair of Birkenstocks that need a little love and care, find an authorized Birkenstock shoe store. They can give you another 5 or 6 years worth of good comfort.

In the Fort Worth, Texas area try Take 5 Birkenstock on Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry–in Moderation

On vacation in Sonoma/Napa Valley California with my sister. We are staying in Sonoma at The Lodge at Sonoma a Marriott property which features cottage like accommodations.

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Bright and early on our first full day we decided that we wanted to eat breakfast some place other than the lodge.  Not that they did not have a very good restaurant–we wanted something else, something local.

We came upon a wonderful pastry shop in Sonoma. It is Crisp Bakeshop.

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Just walking in the shop makes you forget about calories, points, tracking  and everything else.

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They have a choclate chip sea salt cookie that knows everyone by name.

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What made the shop even more enjoyable were the wonderful, friendly customers inside and on the porch. We struck up wonder conversations with some of them including Dr. Tom Jones who lived down the street.

After breakfast we were off to Napa for a wine tasting tour of The Del Dotto Winery and  Caves.

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First of all the very good looking Italian man said my name like music. I was smiling so hard I forgot to take his picture. Our group was led by Rob and included a young couple going back to Canada and a wonderful couple from Baton Rouge,  Louisiana. I am not a red wine drinker, but this tour has made me think of trying reds a lttle more. The tour was fantastic and informative. It was not your run of the mill tasting.

 

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Right next to the winery was The Jessel Gallery with art, clothing and much more.

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My favoite find in the gallery was Janet Summers Resourcery. It features fine art, clothing and jewelry.

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After returning from a full day I knew exactly what I had to do. I had to take off the sweater, grab a bottle of water and get to moving. I walked for about 45 minutes. Hey I pay trainers and still go to Weight Watchers meetings, and  Dr. Tom Jones had told us where to go for dinner.

We had dinner at LaSalette  which serves inventive, contemporary Portuguese Cuisine. After a day of red wine I needed a glass of white.

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I really wanted the fish except they serve the dish I wanted with the head still on it. I can’t eat something that is still looking at me so I went for the steak and we shared scallops for an appetizer.  Dr. Jones was correct–LaSalette was wonderful–wonderful ambiance, wonderful service and wonderful food.

My first full day in Sonoma/Napa Valley was filled with wonderful people, food, wine and even exercise. I know that I have to watch what I eat, but I know that as a woman of a certain age I am going to enjoy life. While my sister goes to the spa in the morning I will strike out walking again and even keep track of my points. Breakfast will be fruit and coffee, but as I eat my apple I will remember the taste of the wonderful pastries at Crisp Bakeshop.

Enjoy your vacation, eat and drink in moderation and dont’t forget to exercise.  Remember ” thisisyourbestyear”.

Today was even more special because I got to spend it with my baby sister.

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Not A Rocking Grandma

My mother loved her grandchildren and enjoyed their visits.  They were always special times for the kids and also for her. Since she was still teaching when they were born they usually did weeks in the summer when the would stay with her in Longview.

She adored the calls and letters from them. I don’t think she would be too happy with texting, but then again they were her grandchildren.  I say all of this to say that she would always tell me that she was not a rocking grandma and that she would call when she wanted to see them. This meant if you need a babysitter, you better hire one.

I am my mother’s child. I love my grandson. I try to make each time we are together special.  This week we are doing Vacation Bible School together. Do I keep him every week–I am not  a rocking grandma, but I love that little man and want every occasion special.

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Honey’s baby enjoying one of the best parts of Vacation Bible School–the food.

Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”.

Day of Beauty on a Budget

As with any woman I needed a few things done like my nails,  eyebrows and other things. I can do most of the things myself, but I didn’t want to. So I decided to go where the price is lower and the service is professional. There will be no wine or soft drink offered at this place of business. There will be no fluffy white robe to wear either.

There will be very nice services given. There will be a consultation taken before any service is rendered.

Today I did a manicure, pedicure, eyebrow wax, facial and back treatment. All were very good. Were they as good as the places with the better robes?  In some instances they were.  Have I had better service at the places with the wine? In some instances I have.

I went to the beauty school today–Ogle School of Beauty. I enjoyed my day of beauty on a budget.

Will I go there all of the time? No I will not because sometimes I need the fluffy white robe and the wine. Sometimes my own bath will have to do the trick with my personal robe and wine.

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If you feel the need for a little pampering and want to save some money try the local beauty school.

I’m going to Napa soon and I will have my fluffy robe and wine with the money I saved on my budget day of beauty.

Remember,  “thisisyourbestyear”.