Almost Wordless for Wednesdays and other days. A big thank you to Heather Heuman for the sweet gift of COGO caffeinated hot chocolate – it has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. As I think I’ve mentioned, I am NOT a coffee fan but I do like caffeine and the extra energy it gives. Usually I make do with Pepsi, Cherry Coke, etc. But occasionally, I need a WHOLE LOT MORE. I used to enjoy Swiss Miss with extra caffeine til they discontinued it. But thanks to Heather, I now have a new go-to drink for those sleepless nights, days when I have to be on the go non-stop with grandkids, or when I HAVE to drive at night. Hmmm, I will also have to tuck a packet into my “GO-BAG” for the next time I have to take my senior mom to the hospital.
The sweet fall season is flitting by quickly, isn’t it. In fact, have you noticed that time just seems to be on jet-propelled rocket ships! Wow!
I hope you had a safe and lovely holiday weekend. Ours was fairly quiet though we did get to enjoy fun phone times with grandkids and fun visits with our granddog and his family. Very delightful indeed!
Aging in Place Joys
Isn’t this a lovely home? I am helping market it for my real estate business. And yay! It’s another grand example of a practical home for aging in place goals. Single story, easy entry, lovely floor plan, plenty of room (1700 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). I love that the master bathroom has a separate shower and tub. So much easier for all ages and especially elderly seniors. I just wish builders would incorporate that into all bathrooms, don’t you?
This home is especially nice since it is quite close to stores and restaurants (less than a mile). I love buying or renting in areas like that when I can as it gives seniors more options if they have to give up driving. My senior mom routinely walked 2-4 miles a day up until the last couple of years. She would have LOVED living in this house as she would easily walk to a couple of parks as well as some of her fave stores like Lowes, Winco, and maybe even Kohls on a day she was feeling plenty of energy. Then she could stop for a burger at In-N-Out and head back home. We thoroughly enjoyed that when my kids were little. And even if your senior parent couldn’t walk it, it could make for a nice outing with a wheelchair, don’t you think? Do you have stores or restaurants within walking distance of your home?
Grandkid and Senior Activity Joys
Have you looked at my Kids and Grandkids Pinterest board recently? I’ve been enjoying building up the fun activities for kids and grandkids. There are loads of fun autumn crafts. Now I’ll be adding more Christmas and New Year’s. Where has the year gone!!! I even added some fun jokes and riddles pages.
It’s a great resource for us for fun ideas for at-home projects with our kids and grandkids. I love when they give me a call and we get to enjoy a nice chat while comparing and discussing fun projects from it for them to enjoy. I also added some great word searches that I had printed out for my grandkids. One granddaughter in particular LOVES to do those so she was ecstatic when the package arrived with new word search projects. I’m so grateful for email and cell phones that let us stay close even when the miles seem so far away! And, here’s another fun coloring page for her and you and yours to enjoy.
Holiday Joys and Sorrows
One of the harder things about the holidays is the way it reminds us that we may be farther away from loved ones than we might like. Whether it’s grandkids living long distance or loved ones of all ages already in heaven, it can cause this season of fun and joy to include tears and sorrow. I was happy to see that some of the local churches here in Roseville CA are offering GriefShare resources for the holidays. If you, or someone you know, is dealing with this, you can go to GriefShare by clicking here, type in your zip code, and it will show you many of the options that might be available to your area. HOWEVER, I discovered this year that not all may be showing up on GriefShare. Perhaps some churches don’t get registered. Or maybe they are doing something similar but not GriefShare itself. I learned this by spotting the holiday grief resources directly on some local churches’ websites. But neither of them showed up when I typed in my zip code. So if you try the Griefshare website but there is nothing that works well for you, I would recommend looking at the websites of churches in the area that you are comfortable visiting. You might be pleasantly surprised to find there other options locally as well.
Scripture Promise Joys
The one constant that keeps me encouraged, even on the occasional sad days we all experience, is knowing that I am never alone. As Hebrews 13 reminds us about Jesus, “He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Such sweet comfort always and especially in those times when grief and loss may try to rob us of our peace, whether immediately or years later.
I snapped this photo today while walking and listening to a verse by verse Bible study right before the precious and much-needed rain started. Aren’t the leaves lovely!
Old and New Hymn Joys
I always have such a blessed and enjoyable time listening to and picking the old and new hymns for these weekly boomer and senior devotionals. I usually find several I love before I make my decision so I get to be showered in God’s word and music in the process. Very encouraging and uplifting! I save my faves to my YouTube playlist “Sweet Sunday Blessings” in case you’d like to listen to some of the others I listened to. That list keeps growing each week by leaps and bounds, as some of the songs I add are, themselves, part of someone else’s playlist of grand hymns and contemporary praise songs. That means we can enjoy listening to many sweet hymns of all varieties – from very traditional to contemporary versions. Plenty of choices for all ages from sweet seniors to adorable grandkids.
This week I thought it would be easy. I had heard the song I wanted a while back and chose to save it for today. Then couldn’t find where I saved it – which led to the sweet joy of listening to several other awesome versions before accidentally re-finding the one I wanted. I hope you are as blessed as I was with this version of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by GLAD. Sung in beautiful acappella and with a lovely video, it stirred my heart to remember God is truly for us FOREVER!
Verse by Verse Joys
The next in the series of verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John, taught by Santa Barbara pastor, David Guzik:
Sweet Joys To You
Have a blessed and beautiful week to come. Whether caring for elderly parents, helping with grandkids, or both, know that your beloved God is right there with you – always and forever.
Shhhh. Have you discovered it? The awesome treasure trove of delights and resources for boomers and seniors – and especially those who are grandparents? I have one in my city. Actually, I have over 70 for the grandkids, 3 of which include extra goodies for grandparents and non-grandparents. What am I talking about? Parks and libraries!
Of course, every city is different. There might be some cities that aren’t quite as useful as mine. Then again, I’ve spent in-depth time at parks and libraries in at least 7 cities across the country – big and little – and found similar resources in each, so hopefully you have the same.
PARKS, LIBRARIES AND GRANDKIDS = FUN
What AM I talking about? Well, there’s the obvious of course. Parks are awesome for answering that question, “Are there any things to do in Roseville while we are visiting, Grandma?” Or perhaps they might ask, “I’m booooooored – what can we do, Grandpa?” Parks have all sorts of fun play equipment to delight our grandkids and give them wonderful family memories with grandparents for decades to come. Each park has its own personality, doesn’t it? Some have swings. Some don’t. Most have slides, but not all. Some have cool new things like spiderweb climbers and updated merry-go-rounds. Some have old-fashioned teeter totters, though they are rare. And all are a delight.
And in many areas, you might find a playground “attached” to a library. In my city of Roseville CA, we actually have three excellent libraries and each has a park by it or as part of its complex! That is especially nice on days when you get a bit too hot while playing at the park OR when the weather turns wet or extra cold. Then you can just head for the library (providing it’s open, of course, and enjoy a different kind of exploration.
And many libraries have morphed over the years. Where they used to be just books and silence, now you might have books, and games, and comfy couches, and toys, and more. Many have computers – including ones with fun and educational games for all ages from Kindergarteners on up.
Libraries are a terrific resource for grandparents and well worth having a library card even if you mainly buy your own books. (That’s me – mainly because I freely admit, I’m terrible about getting those books back in time! Oyyyyy! Then again, my library now emails me my list of books which is a huge help to a busy boomer, that’s for sure!0
GREAT RESOURCES FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS AT LIBRARIES
And if your grandkids don’t live nearby? They are still a valuable resource for boomers and seniors. It’s where I go to get our senior resource guide for useful info for my mom. They also have a ton of senior activities available for boomers and seniors, along with a newsletter telling all about them. Now that IS available online, which is great. But having a printed copy is very handy as well. In fact, you might be surprised just how many resources are available through your local senior center, whether it’s at your library, like mine is, or elsewhere. And definitely worth a phone call or two to track them down.
All in all, the libraries and parks in my town, and those in the towns of each of my grandchildren, have proven themselves grand treasure troves, indeed. Great for grandparents and grandkids! Great for boomers and seniors! How about you and yours?
DEVOTIONS FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS
Continuing on with my fave Bible verse, with a focus on the ones that especially blessed me during seasons of “the valley of the shadow of death,” here are my next two verses to share with you. Both are from Psalm 16. The first is verse 8 and I shared it on Instagram today as well:
and the second verse is verse 11. I used a photo I took at one of the many lovely parks in our Roseville CA area for the backdrop:
And you have a lovely and encouraging devotional for you or your homebound elderly loveds ones.
Can you believe it’s the week of Halloween!!! One set of grandkids has had their costumes for weeks. Another set is enjoying planning theirs this week. And for the first time ever (I think ), I need a costume. I’m volunteering to help our neighborhood association for a harvest fest a couple of days before Halloween and they are encouraging costumes. Personally, I prefer to focus on the harvest side of things, have fun, and hand out candy. But I’m opting to follow a cute, inexpensive and easy idea from a good friend. I picked up a headband with cute kitty ears, will be wearing a black shirt and black jeans, and am planning to say Meow a lot. Hmmmm, bet my granddog will LOVE me in that, since I’ll look just like his step-cat
TIME CHANGE REMINDER FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS, GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN, AND CAREGIVERS
Don’t forget to turn back any clocks in your home that require it – Spring forward, FALL BACK. I still rely on that phrase, even though almost all our clocks do it automatically. Then again, I think the stove and my senior mom’s alarm clock will need help, as will our wristwatches (no Apple watch for me – at least, not any time in the near or distant future). Plus check or change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc. It’s good to remind our elderly family members and neighbors as well. And if you have any who are alone at Halloween who might be nervous, perhaps give them a buzz to be sure they are ok. And have a save and sweet time – especially if you get to be around the grandkids and can give them lots of hugs and kisses – real AND chocolate!
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