Beyond the Ohio Fall Beauty

Beyond the Ohio fall beauty, there was a purpose for my daughter, Kara, traveling from Denver, and myself, from Kansas…a very special purpose indeed.

That remarkable woman is our mother, grandmother extraordinaire who absolutely refused to allow me to give her a 90th birthday celebration.

I wish I had time and space to tell you about mom’s zillions of examples giving her time, food, money, and energy not only to our family and to her friends; but to still helping out at the food bank, still cooking and serving those in need at the community center, and on and on and on.

So because of all she is and all she does I wanted to honor her with a significant celebration with her tons of friends and family. Man oh man did she not only not like this idea but told me in no uncertain terms – the Ellen Garrett way. She said to me, ”Mitz, DO NOT give me a surprise either” and she really, really meant it.

You see, she is a behind-the-scenes worker with a servant’s heart. She said being the center of attention is just not her. Okay, mom, I get it but what then…it’s your 90th birthday!

Ellen Garrett, as my late dad used to call her, got her wish for her birthday. Here is a glimpse into how we spent our quiet, but rich in family and Ohio fall treasures, birthday celebration.

It was Ellen Garrett’s 90th birthday celebration!

And this is at 90 years of age mind you!

Spending a day in Amish Country

Continue reading

Posted in Lifestyles | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Cooking Vlog: Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast

 
 
High Protein Breakfast with Steel Cut OatsProtein for breakfast is sooo important to set our blood sugar on the right track for the whole day. Avoiding the fake and unsustaining boost of morning energy from high caffiene and high sugar will make a remarkable difference in not only our energy but our moods and fatigue levels. The people around you will appreciate your effort :).

Continue reading

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pay Attention to Yourself!

These lovely pink pumpkins represent our commitment to fighting breast cancer.

But are we committed to fighting for our own personal health needs?

Continue reading

Posted in Healthy Living, Lifestyles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pay Attention to Yourself!

Are You A Priority to You?

Here we go again…

I can see you rolling your eyes at the very thought of “me, a priority to me”??

Let me guess. Your thoughts are something along these lines.

“Well, that is the most selfish thing I ever heard.”

“I have way too much to do and too many people need me to even think about what I need for myself.”

“Maybe she can do this for herself, but obviously, she doesn’t know my circumstances”.

Well, beloved Boomers and 50+ ers, you do not know my circumstances either and if you did, chances are, there probably are vast amounts of similarities that we all share.

Continue reading

Posted in Aging in Place, Design, Lifestyles | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Are You A Priority to You?

Living Cypress

Cypress, this is what we call our beloved home, and I truly do mean “beloved” after all we went through to get it this far along!

EVERYONE thought we were CRAZY!!! Oyoe…what a story you will hear about the condition this house was in, that it wasn’t even for sale! Oh, and by the way, we put an offer in with our sales realtor BEFORE we ever stepped inside!

Bob and I were going into our baby boomer sixties — which made everyone really scratch their heads about taking on such a HUGE undertaking at our age. We actually took an amazing leap of faith totally and firmly believing that we were not only to buy, “renovate”, and redesign, but to also restore Cypress to its original beauty as best as we could.

Continue reading

Posted in Design | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments