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What to Do For your Mom When You Can’t Be There on Mother’s Day

For everyone who has a mom or is one, Mother's Day can be a delightful occasion. Gifts, flowers, fruity desserts and cards are the order of the day, while moms just get to sit back and soak it all in like a sweet slice of southern pound cake covered with syrupy strawberries. Sometimes You Can't Be There But what if you're not actually able to actually BE with your mom on the second Sunday in May? Of course, you would be if you could be. Yet, there are times when it can't happen. One young girl I know is so sad she can't get

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

May is the Perfect Month for Mother's Day Aren't you glad Mother's Day was designated to be celebrated in the month of May? 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 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

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5 Books for Moms – Austin Over Fifty

Books for Moms Moms love books and books love moms. If your mom is like most, she's always got a list or a stack of what she wants to read soon or next summer. She discusses new reads with her friends and thinks about re-reading treasured favorites. In corners on shelves, in boxes in the attic, between the canisters on her kitchen counter, and in baskets beside her favorite chair, moms have lovingly placed their books. Is there a day that goes by when a mom doesn't touch a book?  There might be a day or two go by when we moms

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#19 – Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is My Shepherd

How many times have you heard the 23rd Psalm? Besides The Lord's Prayer, it is surely one of the most quoted, loved, and depended upon passages in the whole Bible. You might have even memorized the whole thing back in childhood Sunday school with all your first grade church friends. It's comforting at funeral services. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ... " is an oft-quoted comfort for those who are saying goodbye to someone they love. Perhaps it has a doubly peaceful purpose as

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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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12 Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads

May is the month of graduations and celebrations for those who are crossing over from school to school or from school to new job. Be ready to acknowledge accomplishments with these 12 Gift Ideas for Grads. Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads SOCKS. What graduate doesn't need more socks? These socks are ranked by Men's Health as the best for everyday wear.  Feetures! High Performance No Show. Click here to order from Amazon. Place them in a gift back with shoe deoderizer, clippers, peppermint foot balm, and a copy of Andy

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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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Austin, Texas is the Number One Place to Live in the U.S. Two Years in a Row – Why I Love Living Here

For the second year in a row, Austin is the number one place to live in the United States of America, and while everyone here is begging for the kudos to quit coming, there appears to be no end in sight. So, why does everyone want to live here?  When it comes to answering that question, there certainly are well-studied reasons why people from every corner of the globe and every decade of a demographic want to live in the Capital City of Texas. However, with any accuracy whatsoever, I can only speak to my own. It’s not the ease

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Show your Mom some Mother's Day love with an item or two from this fresh list of Mother's Day gifts. Then get ready for a big squuuueeeeeze hug from the one who loves you like nobody else! A Gift for the Mom Who Loves to Be Pampered - at Woodhouse Day Spa A 50-minute Shirodhara at Woodhouse Day Spa. Starting with warm oil gently poured onto her forehead, this massage technique focuses on the scalp from where the tension will all flow away. What mom wouldn't love that kind of luxury? Book here for a Mother's Day package

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What We Did Last Weekend

Have you ever walked into work on a Monday morning and been asked, "How was your weekend?"  And then what's the customary next question? Usually, "What did you do?" (Austin) or "Whadyall do?" (Amarillo) or "Did you study?" (Mother to college son.) Weekends here in Austin are sometimes lazy and laid back, but sometimes packed full, because there's, you know, SO much to see and SO much to do! In case you're wondering how an average couple from the beloved Texas panhandle spends that space between Friday night and Monday morning

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