Browsing category: Texas Over 50

What I’m Reading This Month

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) [caption id="attachment_9238" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Harlan Crow Personal Library (Photo by Dan Piassick – Special Contributor / Dallas Morning News)[/caption] Before we discuss what I’m reading this month, let’s just take a little gander at what is considered to be the most beautiful home library in Texas. Isn’t it

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Texas Next Year

(Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all! Here in the United States, we've been planning for this day since right after we rang in the new year. That's when all the stores start stocking shelves with pink and red goodies while bakeries are busy ordering the ingredients for royal icing. Valentine's Day is a big deal, and rightfully so. It's the

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15 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $15

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Valentine's Day is on Its Way If gift-giving is your love language, or if you're just a pretty organized person in general, Valentine's Day is probably one of your favorite occasions of the year. If you're a little more on the side of lagging behind, however, take heart. LOL There's still time to send a little something to the ones

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7 Natural Ways to Make Friends as an Adult Over Fifty

It's National Make a Friend Day, Y'all! That's right. There's actually a whole day of the year, completely dedicated to the task, the joy, the vulnerability and the adventure of making a friend.. It sounds easy, and really, it was a pretty simple thing to do when we were in kindergarten. However, now that we're adults, making friends can feel a little intimidating. If that's how you're leaning, don't worry. Here are 7 natural ways to make friends as an adult. No overthinking necessary. Friends from Home My first friend was my

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5 Easy Ways to Add More Adventure to Your Life

If someone asked you to pick a number between 1 and 10 that denotes how much adventure you're experiencing these days, what would it be? That's an interesting question, isn't it? Some of you might be squirming a little right about now, because no one wants to be seen as altogether un-adventuresome, but on the other hand, you like being homebodies and don't want to judged in your jammies! Others of us are constantly on the move or planning the next adventure. What is an adventure anyway? Should it be something like climbing a

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#1 – Moved to Dallas, The Home of Sue Ellen Ewing (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Finding people in the workplace who dressed up on Halloween was once pretty hard to do. Now, it's the norm. Our entire law firm did it when I worked in Amarillo. One person decided on the theme and divvied up the parts. After that, it was our job to follow orders and show up in a good costume on October 31. One year I got to be The Queen from Alice in Wonderland, which I loved. "Off with your head!" I practiced on the kids. The next year, they assigned me the part of the old aunt from Wizard of Oz, which I did not love

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#2 – I Read the Whole Bible (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Consistently ranking high on the list of New Year’s Resolutions for many people is one thing that not all that many of us ever actually complete. Read the Bible Through Ever since I was a little one in Sunday School and sang the familiar song, I've loved the Bible. The B-i-b-l-e, yes, that's the book for me. Thanks to those terrific teachers, we in the childrens’ ministry of the Baptist church learned our way around this magnificent book very early in our lives. I can rattle off all 66 books of the Bible like nobody’s

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#3 – A Big Reveal Times Two (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

For me, the last year was marked and defined all the way through with firsts of so many kinds of experiences. One First Topped the Others We tried new restaurants and enjoyed scenic spots we’d never seen before, but one of the year’s firsts topped all of those by a Texas country mile. It was The Big Reveal, a party for our friends Shaneen and David, who were about to become parents for the very first time. Why Didn’t We Think of That These reveal parties all over social media are such a great idea. After all, everyone

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#4 – Study Buddies Got ‘er Done (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

This year goes down in the annals of family history as the one in which our middle reached her biggest educational goal. When it was all said and finally done, her sweet hubby threw the most amazing party, and we were a family bursting with pride. Especially me. My daughter and I had been study buddies for 10 whole years. She Was One of Those Who Knew When the highlights of her elementary school summers involved bandaging a little brother's cuts and scrapes, the family thought we might have a budding medical

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#5 – Water, Water, Everywhere (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

On Monday morning, October 22, 2018, our Houston-based daughter called to make sure we knew not to drink the water. Yeet! she said. The Pots Were On the Stove All of our cooking pots are on the stove, full of almost-boiling water, I assured her. We're fine. Ain't no thang but a chicken wang. We be good. Don't worry, be happy. All's well. It's all good in the neighborhood. Or so we thought. We Were Boiling Our Water Unprecedented flooding in the Texas hill country had precipitated a water-boil mandate from the City of

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