’Tis the Season to Count My Blessings

This has been whirlwind year—and life—for me. Here are the things I’m thankful for right now. ● I’m thankful for my sons and their families, for all the people who care for me. I’m grateful for the joy and happiness they share with me. ● I’m thankful for all my friends at Woodbury. ● I’m…

Birthdays & Ballots

You won’t believe me, I surely don’t, but I’ve lived through 16 presidents. Way back when I was born on November 8, 1921, Warren G. Harding was the president. And every year that I could, I voted. My choices weren’t always the winner, but at least I voted my piece. My dedication to voting stems…

Resist the Rust: Good Busy-ness is a Brain Boost

A moving mind is a healthy mind. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to think about the aches and pains. You’re uplifted by volunteering, good books and group activities. Doctors agree. Research has shown that keeping busy with activities that inspire and challenge your mind are a real brain boost – regardless of your…

A Minnesota Goodbye

Recently, one of my dear friends, Helen Van Allen, at Woodbury passed away. Her nicknames here were Helen #3 and Helen the Tornado (My name was very popular in the 1920s apparently!) She didn’t suffer, which is a blessing. I’ll miss her company a lot, but I feel lucky that we were able to give…

The Truth About Senior Living

When you think of senior living, do you envision quiet, lonely people just sitting around talking about the good old days? We’re actually a bit rowdier than that. We still love having fun, and still know how to have a good time. There’s always a new hobby to be tried, a game of poker to…

Grams Who Golf

As you might have read in Three Cheers for Baseball Season, I enjoy cheering on my Twins. Another sport that I love watching—and playing—is golf. And as the thermostat continues to rise, the leaves bud and the birds sing, it’s time to get back on the green. I won’t lie to you, I wasn’t always…

Let Me Paint a Picture for You

I’m quite the advocate for trying new things—no matter your age. For me, one of those new things has been painting. I didn’t get started until my fifties. A friend of mine offered to give a few of us ladies a painting class. After just a few lessons, I was hooked. It didn’t take long…

A Limerick about Limerick

Some years back, my second husband and I decided to travel to England and retrace my steps from WWII. Besides visiting the area where I was stationed, we journeyed throughout the United Kingdom. We had a lovely time, and sharing that part of my life with my husband brought us closer together and helped bring…