Browsing category: Life Over Fifty

Our Journey to Living in a Downtown Austin Apartment

I tend to be (in case you haven't noticed) pretty passionate about ALL.THE.ADVENTUROUS.THINGS, especially when it comes to this one. Here is the story of how we went from being home bodies in the Panhandle to living in a downtown Austin apartment. Y'all. Even as I write those words, I'm amazed. The Meeting My husband and I met in college, he, a sophomore transfer student, and I, a well-adjusted hometown girl who knew exactly what she wanted to do in life. Actually, I only knew partly what I wanted to do, but I felt that I was

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10 Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary on the Cheap

Unless you're completely unconcerned about the balance of your bank account, you know that life Over Fifty can be a little expensive. Tuition payments are crazy, medical care can be costly, and a lot of our peeps are helping raise their grandchildren. So, what do you do when your anniversary rolls around, and the dollar needs to stretch like a measured yard of elastic? You get creative, that's what! Try these 10 Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary on the Cheap - and who knows? This may be one of your most memorable occasions yet. 10

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Touring Downtown Austin on Scooters – 10 Steps to Success!

There are so many ways to get around Austin, but if you want to try touring downtown on scooters, here are 10 steps to making sure your first time is a big success. One - Eat a Good Breakfast Here's how we decided to go: Brenda emails LifeGroup: Hey, anyone want to get breakfast and try scooters on Saturday morning? LifeGroup replies: One couple is available (and game). The others were big fat Saturday morning chickens! (or already had plans) Sherry and Bryan love a good adventure. They're like us -

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50 “I Will” Statements to Live By If You’re Over Fifty

So much of turning 50 is pure fun, y'all. Wild, crazy, middle-aged, uninhibited, who-gives-a-rip, F-U-N. But there's more to turning 50 than meets the bifocaled eye, my friends. Stuff happens. Stuff HAS happened. Stuff will continue to happen. Getting past 50 to 60 and beyond requires some serious resolve, if you ask me. We've got to stick together. We need some group-think tactics and some I WILL determination for this decade! So.Here.Ya.Go. I've gathered a little list of 50 I WILL statements for all of us to live by. Tack 'em

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Birthday Freebies!

Happy birthday to me! August is my birthday month, and I'm celebrating all over Austin with these birthday freebies. From coffee to dessert, these birthday freebies guarantee to make my day pretty special from start to finish! My Starbucks Rewards Everyone who has signed up for My Starbucks Rewards gets a free birthday beverage or treat. What a deal for all of us who love a Venti Peppermint Mocha. Note - to qualify, you must sign up at least 30 days before your birthday, and the reward can be used two days before

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A Sweet Stop at Collin Street Bakery in Waco, Texas

Driving on I-35 North from Austin Can Be Intense Typically, a drive from Austin north on I-35 is a harrowing experience, giving both driver and passengers reason to keep moving and be done with it as soon as possible! If you can make it to Dallas with no stops along the way, you're happy to do it, right? Which is why, until recently, we have sailed on through Waco with barely a glance at the Southern-style building situated in its stately spot on this crazy stretch of Texas highway. However, in the interest of intentional

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Water Theme Makes Big Splash with Granddaughter

I Can Only Go So Long If you know me, you know I'm completely crazy about my granddaughter. I think about her every single day, and if the days stretch on very long without the joy of being in her presence, I start getting the dadgum shakes. The munchkin has been to Austin many times, and we always find new things to do, but for her recent summer visit, I thought we might spice it up a bit with a t-h-e-m-e. I mean, every good party needs a theme, right? After mulling over many possibilities, it clearly came down to this pretty

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An Elaborate Mother’s Day Picnic in La Grange, Texas

Aren't you glad May was designated as the month in which to celebrate Mother's Day? Yellow and pink flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the birdies are chirping. I don't know about you, but all of those things put together sure do make me want to go on a Mother's Day picnic. Mother's Day Traditions What traditions does your family have on this Sunday in May when it's all about Mom? When I was growing up in Amarillo, Mother's Day was a big deal for lots of reasons, but what was number one? Mom didn't have

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Ways to Help Our Aging Parents

If you ask me, one of our biggest challenges as Over Fiftyers is helping our beloved aging parents. The Kids are Finally Raised Just when we get our teenagers raised and are maybe even seeing some light at the end of the tuition tunnel, our parents begin to need our help. We love them so dearly, and we are always eager to do it, but, man, there’s a learning curve for sure. There are Lots of Gears to be Shifted Number one, it's just flat out hard to think of our parents as aging. Sure, we see some normal signs of all that goes

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Why I Decided to Write a Blog and Call it Austin Over Fifty

As a child, I loved to write. Letters, diaries, notes to pass to friends sitting down the pew at church.  "I wish you were here to help me go through all these pictures and stuff," she said. "Who would have ever thought we could have stored all of this in that little hall closet?" she mused. "Now that we've moved and I'm going through it all here, there are huge piles of pictures and papers everywhere. I'll just leave them like they are until next time you come to Amarillo, ok?" From my side of our telephone conversation, I

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