Journal Writing Challenge

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A couple of weeks ago I left a comment on Sizzling At Sixty regarding my life-long journal writing habit. I think it took Sue by surprise, because, by her own admission, she has always thought of me as the “photography lady”. When she realized that I had actually written and conducted a course in journal writing many years ago, she contacted me with an invitation to write a guest post for her blog. I could not have been more honored to participate.

Whether you keep a journal or not, I do hope you will pop over to Sizzling At Sixty and check out what I wrote.  Sue has challenged her readers with a list of journal writing prompts for the month of July that will help you get started. The benefits of journal writing are endless and worth the effort it takes to make it a habit.

Sizzling At Sixty is focused on helping women thrive at any age and Sue lives what she preaches. I think you will find her content engaging and beneficial.

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A Visit to the Dentist

I visit the dentist about three times per year and every time I go I have the same thought; ‘they really need to update their slideshow.’ Yes, it is an odd thing to think, when you are stuck in a chair with your mouth open for nearly an hour. But, with nothing to do but stare at an elevated TV screen I at least want the pictures scrolling by to transport me to a peaceful place. The pictures on the screen in my dentist’s office have not been updated in at least ten years and I am a bit tired of waterfalls. Continue reading

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Summer Makeover

Being retired means we get to travel, enjoy hobbies and interest, and pretty much claim time on our terms throughout the year.  But, when our South Florida summer rolls around it’s time to get serious about addressing neglected household projects.  It is brutally hot outside (heat index in excess of 104F) and anything that keeps us busy inside is a welcome activity.

We built our home in 2001 and back then, bold Mediterranean colors were in style – today, not so much. When we last decorated our bedroom, we painstakingly selected several coordinating fabrics, and had our bedding custom made through a design group. It was not cheap. We loved the sunny, tropical look of the room but after fifteen years, it was worn, outdated and time for a change. We have a different approach to home improvement projects  now that we are retired, and our goal was to create comfortable, inviting spaces without a huge cash investment. What we lack in budget, we make up for in our ‘can-do’ attitude.  Continue reading

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All Day Tours Are Not Created Equally- Beware

Malcolm and I recently relied on the advice of a hotel concierge in Lisbon for the best way to visit Sintra and Cascais. Both destinations are not far from the city and can be visited in one day. The two options presented to us were to hire a private car at 290 euro or join a tour bus group for 79 euro each.  The private car was cost prohibitive without another couple to share the ride and it did not include tickets to view the Pena Palace in Sintra. We chose the bus tour – no questions asked. Continue reading

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Two Great Day Trips From Porto

Malcolm and I are just home from a twelve day transatlantic cruise that took us from New York to Lisbon followed by a week in Portugal, which we split between Lisbon and Porto.

After disembarking the Azamara Journey in Lisbon, we took a three minute walk from the sea port to the train station where we boarded a train to Porto. The three hour journey was uneventful and after a quick train change in Coimbra, we arrived in Sao Bento, which is an event unto itself. Hand painted tiles cover the walls of the train depot and every tourist entering has the same agenda – selfies with some of the most famous tiles in the world. Continue reading

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