Showing posts from September, 2010

Retiree's List of 10 Bests...for Summer 2010! Portland Metro Area

I could write ten (10) stories or I could post just one the list it is!  :)
Best Magazines:  More, a magazine designed for women over 50,  Oprah e-magazine and OregonLive magazine MIX.Best Books this Summer: Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peal Pie Society, Ann Barrows; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford Best New Gadget: Kindle reader (I can adjust the font size.)Best Country Drive (Portland, Oregon): Smith Berry Barn and South Store CafeBest Local Brewpub:  McMenamin's Roadhouse, Cornilius Pass RoadBest Beer: Pub Brewed Heffeweizen at McMenamin's RoadhouseBest Design Websites:Apartment and Style at Home.comBest Kitchen Tool: micro-planeBest Sushi : Syun Japanese Restaurant, Hillsboro, Oregon Best Time of Year in the NW United States:  SeptemberFor more information on these you can follow the link or type the orange highlighted words into the google search on this page.  Books are available through Amazon. …

Tips on How to Buy Eye Glass Frames


I did some is what I found:

Hub Pages...How to buy Eyeglass Frames!

Take a look.



I was looking at Advanced Style yesterday. Images of older men and woman shopping or simply taking a walk in NYC just fascinates me. I could not help but notice how LARGE their glasses were!  In an article the writer wrote for us today he talked about the late Mimi Weddell and included several pictures of this beautiful older woman.  One of those pictures was of Mimi sitting up in bed with her reading glasses on.  Now she knew how to select glasses.

As we grow older we seem to need more glass in our glasses.  Though  many women are vain enough that they will not wear glasses in photos or even on the street, there all those of us that cannot see without our glasses...we are dangerously blind.   I personally have two pair of for seeing (no joke!) and one for reading. I could use a third pair for the computer and another for golfing but it just seems wrong to own so many!!! That is why those of us that are older wear big glasses...with progr…

Style....How to dress for travel!

I was writing a blog yesterday about having company. Friends from Great Falls, Montana and Sumner, Washington came to visit us here in the Portland Metro Area for 5 days of talk, shopping and discussion.  I found myself thinking about style and how it fits in a travelers life.

For example, when my husband and I return from Tucson, Arizona sunshine to our beautiful northwestern USA, we are always surprised by how different the two styles are.  In Tucson we wear the colors of the desert...cactus green, terra cotta and sand stone accented with turquoise, sunset oranges and of course yellow...lot's of yellow.  We always wear sandal and if it is cold we wear long pants.  Cowboy boots and blue jeans are always in style...Arizona is dude ranch country.   We feel comfortable in those colors and styles because they reflect the natural beauty of the area, the life style of it's people and the climate.

Here in Portland we are more subdued.  Blacks, browns, moss greens with splashes of prim…

Portland Metro Back Roads + A Rural Golf Course

Portland is all about Portland is an example  of some time spent in the  Portland Metro Area
I have had company.  Don't you just love to have get so see your life through another's eyes.  That is what happened to us this last week.

We live in Hillsboro, Oregon near one of the very large Intel Campuses.  Our parkways are mowed and beautiful trees stud the landscape.  Our neighborhood is a planned community with a grocery, kitchen story, three restaurants and a Starbucks.  We walk to and from our mail room next to the grocery and stop for a cup of coffee.  While we take our small condo for granted, our company made us stop and appreciate what we have.

We took them golfing at a golf course a few minutes west on Highway 26.  It was located near a small community called Banks.  Quail Valley Golf Course is a great little gem of a course with 18 holes and is par 72.  It is set in the countryside and we could see vineyards, beautiful farms and clover fields.  A…

Satisfying Retirement: Don't Be Average: 4 Tips for Being Uncommon

Here is a #1 Blogger that writes about retirement. You might want to take a look. Satisfying Retirement: Don't Be Average: 4 Tips for Being Uncommon

Exercise...or where did I put my glasses?

I really cannot walk or talk or even find my glasses without having my glasses on.  You can see my problem here.  When I plan my day I set aside a certain amount of time for searches...most of them for my glasses!  Normally my glasses are on my bedside table but there are those occasions when I take a nap in another room or take them off to rub my eyes or just take them off like I take my shoes off.  I look for my shoes a lot too.

We live in a house with stairs and three levels.  Our ceilings are at the least 12' with one room reaching much more than that.  You see where I  am going with this?  The journey from this level to that requires a little effort.  Now let me add my memory into the mix.  If I arrived at the top level and actually remembered what I went up there for, it would not be so bad.  But you know how it goes:
Me:  Do you know where I put my reading glasses?Husband:  The last time I saw them they were in the upstairs bathroomMe:  Oh, thank you. (Trudge spryly up the s…

Company is Coming...updating the little home!

We are going to have company!  Yikes...!  For the first time in three years we have a second bedroom with a bed in it.  So I invited people to come visit and they accepted!  Now boys and girls we need to get ready.

My husband and I sit around in our condo comfortably with a laptop computer on one ottoman and our feet up on another.  Did I mention that they are mismatched?  The 8 inch space under the TV has been needing something for I don't know how long....9 years?  I finally stuffed my magazine collection in there.  sigh!  I have a blanket over the back of every chair because I like my Pendleton blankets and they are very warm when you need to get rid of the chill without turning on the heat!  (Company or no company they are staying where they are.)

The question here I fix everything just for show or do I let people see how I REALLY LIVE?  If I had time I would take a poll and do what you said.  But since I don't, I have decided to clean my act up.  I see this as the …


I have been seeing this commercial over and over and over.  You know the one where the people are going down the road in the RV.  Mom is up walking around popping corn and the kids are sitting at the table playing a video game.  When the corn is done,  POP gets up and walks back to have a taste...leaving the steering wheel unattended!

That part is so obviously one but an idiot would ever leave the steering wheel!  But the part about everyone wandering around the motor home as it drives down the road...that is one very dangerous thing to do.  DO NOT EVER GET UP AND WANDER AROUND IN A MOTOR HOME WHILE IT IS GOING DOWN THE ROAD....EVER!!!!  In fact do not carry more people than you have seat belts for.  If the driver has to slow down unexpectedly even a little bit,  you become a flying missile and your last stop will be in heaven or at the very least the hospital.

Do the math folks!

If a motor home is driving down the road at 60 mph and must stop for a deer in the road, how long w…

A fabulous Apartment Therapy idea yet!

...from apartment therapy!  That is a phrase I use frequently.  There is a good, absolutely sound reason why!  Apartment Therapy is a website written and followed by some very creative people.  The ideas they come up with just blow me away.  And yesterday, when I checked the latest email notice from them, I found a whopper of an idea for people that live in small spaces.

It is called "faux-llections"...the idea being that although we love to shop for beautiful things where ever we are, we cannot possible buy all those beautiful things and live in our small place at the same time.  This is how Apartment Therapy put it:
 What's a Faux-llection? Well a faux collection of course! What's a faux collection? Well we're glad you asked! It's the easiest way to collect awesome items without filling your home with "stuff and things."Physical space will not allow us to gather up "stuff" willy-nilly.  So what can we do?   They suggest that you clic…

Retired Snow Bird Migration: Planning a Vacation ...on the way to another vacation!

The Snow Birds (retired boomers) are beginning to be restless.  A few fly south early, wanting to get in that extra bit of sun.  Many have been stuck in the snow in early October and learned the lessons taught by Mother Nature.  The cautious travelers along with those that love the second home as much as the first leave early. Migration and talk of migration fills the hearts and minds of America's retired population.

Every year I marvel at the similarity of the migration of those beautiful snow geese that fly in lovely V's over head and humans following their example.  I have learned that many people are RUT followers and travel down the same road and stay in the same motel each and every year.  I think birds must do this very thing.  Restlessness drives their flight and the shortest distance between two points is their goal.  Then there are Snow Birds that take a vacation on their way to their vacation both going and coming.  I smile at the tho…