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Monday, February 8, 2016

WHAT WOMEN WANT IS THEIR OWN SMALL SPACE HOME

I have talked with, listened to, and read about how many older women are searching for a way to afford their own home. 


This is adorable
For many of us, over the age of 55, owning a home seems out of reach.

There is also a severe shortage of affordable rentals for older women. There are subsidized apartments for those who are over 62, but the waiting lists are long, and while I see news pop up constantly about senior apartments that are being built, those apartments are financially out of the reach of many of the women who are baby boomers. Also, they don't help women who are between the ages of 55 and 61. 


Yes please. I love this.
I love the tiny house movement. I have reached an age where I just don't need all of the things I have had in the past, but I have found that most of the small space homes have lofts, which I know I will not want to climb up to as I age, or are still very pricey. I am hoping that there will be more floor plans that will accommodate the needs of older women.

I recently came across these tiny houses that are being built in Serenbe in Georgia. 


Love the screened porch
Serenbe is an upscale community not far from Atlanta that focuses on well being. I have visited there a couple of times and love it. 

Architecture students at Rural Studio, at Auburn University, wanted to design homes that someone living below the poverty line could afford, that anyone would want, and that would provide a living wage for the construction workers.

The materials for each of these houses cost just $14,000. The actual houses cost $20,000. Although these houses are prototypes, they are working on how to get them out into the marketplace. 

I think these are wonderful and can see them having a wide appeal for older women. You can read more about them here

I would love to see small communities of these houses, for women, where there are communal gardens and a sense of community. Communities where women can be proud of their homes. Communities where friendships are formed. 

What are your feelings on these small homes? Can you see yourself living in one?

Photo one courtesy of: Wind River Tiny Homes
Photo two courtesy of: Creative Cottages
Photo three courtesy of : Fast Company

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P.S. Find more on small space living here.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SINCE WHEN IS LIFE A TRASHY TABLOID MAGAZINE?

Am I just getting old, or has life become a trashy tabloid magazine? 


This has nothing to do with trashy tabloid magazines, but I don't have any to photograph.

It seems that I can't turn around anymore without seeing trash. It seems that our daily lives have become permeated with it. 

Once reputable news sources are obsessed with it. 

Publishing networks can't seem to get enough of it. 

Friends, family, work colleagues, churches, politicians......have all jumped on the trashy tabloid magazine bandwagon. 

It makes me wonder what has happened to our society. 

When did it become acceptable to gleefully trash anyone and everyone's lives? 

What is now seen as front page news are items that once would have never seen the light of day in a legitimate newspaper or on national network news. 

I am tired of all the trashy so called news, so I have been deleting news sources from my Facebook feed and I no longer watch television news. 

There are enough real problems in this world. I don't need to be constantly bombarded with information that I could find in a supermarket tabloid if I choose to read one. I don't. 

I don't know about you, but I would rather spend my time taking a walk and enjoying nature, reading a good book, cooking a healthy meal, or learning something new and interesting. 

It just seems like a simple choice to me. How do you feel about living life in a trashy tabloid magazine?
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

A ROLLER COASTER WINTER

I don't know what winter has been like where you are, but here it has felt like a roller coaster ride. 


I am not a roller coaster rider, but I can imagine the feelings. Your anticipation mounts while you slowly go up up up, and then just when you reach the top you are whooshed back down at breakneck speeds.

Our winter has been that way so far, and to be honest I am happy with it. The old saying of "if you don't like the weather in Kentucky just wait a day" has been so true. 


Last Sunday we were trying to dig our way out of a blizzard. This Sunday we will be enjoying 60 degree temperatures. It is those warm days, the days where I head out in a sweater that get me through the cold gray days. 

If you have read my blog for any amount of time you will know that I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and each year I dread the lack of sunlight. 


This year I have spent many days sitting by the window soaking up the sunlight. It has been wonderful.

I don't know what the long term forecast is for the rest of the winter (they seem to get it wrong a lot), but I do know that the closer we get to spring, the happier I am. 

Tuesday is groundhog day and I have a message for him. If you think you are going to see your shadow and predict six more weeks of winter weather, then just stay down there in your hole. 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

FINDING YOUR UNIQUE GIFT

We all have a unique gift, and many of us wander through life wondering what it is.

Many people never realize they have a unique gift, a gift that is deeply ingrained in who they are, and makes who they are special.

So how do we find our gift and what do we do when we have found it?


I believe that in order to find our unique gift we have to take the time to search deep within ourselves. We need to listen to what makes us feel truly happy. 

My mom recently asked me if I didn't think that I had a gift and a purpose to help others, and although I think I have fought this idea (possibly through ego) I think it is something I need to cultivate more. 

I realize that by helping others I am giving my gift away. What could be better than that.

Have you found what your unique gift is, and if you have how are you giving it away? 

I found this article on the top ten ways to discover your unique gift. It just might help you discover yours. 

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P.S. Read more of the Rewriting Life series here
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Friday, January 22, 2016

NANA GOT RUN OVER BY A SNOW PLOW

Okay, I didn't actually get run over by a snow plow, but I'm thinking if I put that into a text message to my granddaughter she might actually think I am cool and brave. (or probably that I am just another idiotic old person, as she rolls her eyes)


It was kind of a close call. It was just me and the snow plow driver. No one else was idiotic enough I mean in touch with nature enough to be out in a howling blizzard. 

It started this morning when I woke up to hear someone knocking at my door. Who is it I shouted from the warmth of my bed. 

Its only me. Old Man Winter. 


Are you kidding me. GO AWAY!!

All I heard in response was maniacal laughing (it could have been the howling of the wind, but I wouldn't bet on it)

Our city is shut down today. Of course there are a few idiots brave souls trying to make their way around the unplowed streets. I like to sit here and see just how many of them get stuck. 


I love how the man across the street confidently drug his trash receptacle out to the curb, as if any trash men will be around here anytime soon. He'll be lucky if anyone can find it after this snow is over. 

I called my mom and asked her if I could come over and throw snowballs at her. She declined. She told me her soap opera was coming on. What happened to her? I can remember when she was the life of the party.


I actually have a lot of work to do today. I spent most of the week buying things at estate auctions. 

I was able to get some photos taken yesterday and today I will be sorting, pricing items for my booth, and listing on Etsy. 

I remember when snow days meant a day of fun. Hmmmm!!!

Guess I will grab a second cup of tea and get busy.

Have a great day.




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