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Andra Day


…In those moments, when things seem dark, unsettled, hopeless. . . when it seems there is nothing to look forward to, no purpose or goal yet to attain…I want nothing more than someone to convince me that the reverse is true. Today is not a dark day for me, but it may be for you and so I’m here to tell you,  “Do not despair, tomorrow the light will return to your life and you will see. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next. But, it will return.  I promise. There is so much to live for. Hang on.”

How can I make that promise? Because I’ve had so very many dark days in my life; more than many and certainly not as much as others.  But today, in spite of it all, I feel the hope that keeps me going day by day. There is much to live for. The sun is shinning. The air is fresh and cold, rich with energy and potential. Like you. And like me. Let’s not leave a drop of it life on the table when it’s time to go. Let’s not miss a thing.


Starbucks gift card
My now-empty but very cute Starbucks Gift Card – compliments of my hubby (who needs to refill it, don’t you think?!)

So, I went to the dentist this morning to have two small cavities filled. No big deal. The good news is the dentist’s office is right next door to Starbucks, so a Caramel Macchiato would be my reward and motivation to get through it and back to work.

When I left the office and tried to order my coffee – I had a whole lot of trouble with the “m” on Machiato, but the person taking my order got the message. I had not anticipated the effects of the Novocaine until I tried to speak. My entire top lip, including my nose (!) is numb. Overkill, though I am grateful for the absence of pain! I also did not anticipate how difficult it would be to drink coffee without an upper lip!

Now more than hour later my coffee has grown cold and I still can’t drink it with any sort of success. It’s not a pretty picture! Not to mention it’s now getting dangerously close to the time of day when I dare not drink coffee! The upside of my dilemma is that my teeth are all fixed and I did manage to nibble the scone into oblivion and write a note to you. All is well. My Starbucks will be reheated sooner or later.

BTW have you noticed that doctors, dentists, etc. are getting younger and younger every day?


baby quiltsMy son and his wife are expecting their first baby ~ our first grand-baby. It took me a little while to adjust to the shock – I was still recovering from their wedding and looking to my youngest son’s wedding in October. But, although the wedding seemed like it was just yesterday, it was a year and a half ago! Doctors are getting younger and time is speeding up!

I’ve decided that the nine months of waiting is just as beneficial to the grandparents as the parents – we all need time to acclimate and adjust. The baby is due mid-May and I’ve totally adjusted. In fact, I’m over the top excited. I”m sad that we’re 1,000 miles away and every day I think about how nice it would be to live in the same town and be with them through it all.

The grandma nesting instinct has kicked into overdrive and I’ve decided to take up a new hobby and make a quilt for our sweet Baby Sander, who, incidentally, is a boy.  I know a thing or two about sewing, although it’s been years since I’ve sat at a machine with any regularity, and I did a little quilting a hundred years ago. This, however, is the machine type which I have not done.  Still, I think I can do it and I’m eager to try.   I will try to post my progress in case you are interested in the quilt-as-you-go method.

I’m happy to say the Aging Abundantly Group on Facebook is going really well. We have great discussions about all sorts of things and lots of laughs. Facebook, as you may have heard, is changing things once again. The result is that pages, like the Aging Abundantly page, are dropping again in the algorithms. So even if you follow me there, you are less likely to see my posts. I’m debating whether or not to drop it. So, please, if you’re interested in connecting with me and the other members of Aging Abundantly, please join the group. It is closed and secret, so the only way in is through the link above. General membership is free, but you may want to consider the elite paid membership that offers discounts on workshops, books, and more. You can read about it here.


next step workshopUPCOMING WORKSHOPS

* Food for the Journey, Stop Fighting Your Weight – Start Finding Your Way

* Building Resilience – Practices to Keep You Bouncing Back Again and Again


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Looking for a Good Book to Read?

Looking for a Good Book to Read?

Aging Abundantly book clubAging Abundantly Book Club Update

The Aging Abundantly Book Club on Facebook is going strong.  We currently have 221 members and always welcome more! It’s a closed group and I monitor it to make sure that there are no unsavory characters lurking about, or spammers.  In the past we have selected a group book and collectively read and discussed it. This month we are enjoying choosing a book individually and sharing it with the group. Mini-groups are forming around multiple books and it seems to be working really well . Some people read faster than others, and tastes vary so there’s more involvement. Thank you all who participate it and keep it a lively and interesting place to visit!

Here are a few of the books we’ve read and have been reading. Join our Facebook book club group and read what members are saying about them. (To join: Follow the link above and request membership. I will add you in!)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor (New York Review Books Classics)

I Will Not Live An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Passion and Purpose by Dawna Markova

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Invention of Wings: With Notes (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 3) by Sue Monk Kidd

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tartt

The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple