The Hats That People Wear During The Holiday Season

Working Boomer shows gratitude and appreciation to those who service our lives everyday.

The holidays bring back many memories of yesterday and today.  For me it is a time of reflection.  That is the way that I live, laugh and learn.  People from around the world wear many hats.  Each person plays an important part in how they give to the world.  Today I was thinking about those people that serve during the holiday season.  Sometimes we may not notice them, as we go about our daily routine. We hustle and bustle, preparing for special occasions in our own lives.  In keeping with the holiday spirit, I would like to thank those that wear the special hats.  There are many.  I could not possibly list them all but I will attempt to mention a few that I have noticed.

First on my list are health care people.  Some work in assisted living facilities.  They give care to aging seniors. That senior may not even have a visitor during the holiday season.  Even though health care people have their own families and friends to think about, they put on a happy face while going about their duties at work.  The same goes for those that work in hospital and other health care settings.  Some may work long or extra  shifts on the holiday. They give up their own time to meet the needs of their patients.   They wear a very special hat which never covers what is in their heart.  If you see one of these folks, please smile and tell them thank you.  Let them know how special that they are.  It always feels good to know how much one is appreciated.

Then there are the police, firefighters, and security people that help keep the communities safe for our enjoyment.  They work hard.  They are ready in a split second to put on their duty hat and respond when that call for help comes in.  Their families too are home missing them and hoping that they will return home safely.  If you see one of them, show your gratitude.  It is easy to miss them until a need arises.

Most of us have visited malls during the last few week.  The lights and decoration are beautiful.  Sometimes you find the floors of those malls shining with a fresh glaze of wax.  The service people do a great job of cleaning and decorating for our pleasure.  If you see one of them just say thank you.  It might be the only thank you that they get this holiday season.  You might be the very person that makes their day!

It was really cold out last week as I passed the lady outside a store ringing the Salvation Bell.  She had a big smile on her face.  She spoke to each person as they entered the store.  Most people just rushed on by but she continued to ring the bell with a smile.  Next time you are out, maybe just take a moment to let them know how important they are for donating their time.  Maybe place a dime or so in the can if you so choose.

Have you noticed all the different hats of service people that are getting those parties ready for groups during the holiday season?  They rush around and cater to our every need with a smile on their face.  I am sure their feet are hurting from the long hours that they have to stand.  So when your tummy is full of those great holiday drinks, foods, and desserts that they serve, maybe just shake their hand.  Wish them a great time when they get home to their families.  You have the ability to make their night or day as you wear your party hat.

Have you ever noticed what type of hat that your postal person wears as he or she carries that extra mail during the holiday season?  Maybe it depends on the weather in your area to describe their hat.  Just a little thank you note pinned to your mailbox might just make their day and lighten a burden for them that they carry.  Sometimes folks just need to know that you care.

I know that most schools are out during the holiday week.  I have noticed many teachers coming in on the week ends. Some stay late after the work day has ended.  The class rooms are decorated so the kids can enjoy this special time of the year.  Some teachers have been seen wearing Santa Claus hats.  If you see a teacher as you rush to pick up your child after class, maybe thank them for their efforts.  I am sure they will appreciate it.

There are  many volunteers from churches, and other organizations that  pass out candy, fruit baskets, food and toys during the holiday season.  I am sure the needy families are more than grateful.  If you see one of them maybe offer them a nice cup of coffee.  Let them know how special they are too.  They might even take their hat off for a minute and share an inspiring story with you.

Yes, there are many hats that are worn during the holiday season.  Some we notice and some we do not.  Most folks notice Santa’s hat so I hope this has helped you to think about all the people that wear other special hats.  My hat then goes off to you.

Since it is impossible for me to mention all the hats, I would like to hear about some of the hats that you noticed this year.  What was the best hat that touched your heart in a special way?    Wear your hat proudly as you share your love and sunshine with others during this special time of the year.  May peace and joy be with you as you wear your special hat this year.

Originally posted 2011-12-14 23:53:32.

A Boomer’s Life Perspective

It is Easter Sunday. I awakened in the middle of the day after working the night shift.  There is much to be grateful for and I give thanks.  It is raining.  Sweetie, my dog needs to go outside to do her thing.  We walk out for a short stroll.  My eyes look up at the clouds in the sky. The apartments around me appear quiet.  It is not a hard rain , just a mist.  I look over to a huge tree in the backyard of a house within eyes glance.  The tree stands sturdy and strong.  I remember that yard from forty- one years ago.  At that time there was no tree. There was no grass.  The house that sits there now, had just been built in a new subdivision in St. Charles County, Missouri.  There was farm land all around.  The rumor was that someday the area would be a beautiful city.   The earth was hard clay dirt.  Who would have thought that a tree could have grown that beautiful in the red clay.  Who would have thought that this small town would develop into such a rich and prosperous city.  The rumor became reality.  As Sweetie and I walked back into my apartment, I remembered how proud my first husband and I were when we had that house built back in the 60’s.

The passed few days of events in St. Louis have brought about many thoughts.  Some are of the past and some in the present. A tornado hit St. Louis Friday night.  It passed over my neighborhood as Sweetie and I took cover in the bathroom of my one bedroom apartment.  It hit the St. Louis airport where I use to work.  The storms hit the surrounding areas of Maryland Heights, St. Ann, Bridgeton and Berkley.  Even though there was huge damage done, no lives were lost.  That was a miracle!  The storm was also in Granite City, Illinois. In my life time I have lived or owned a house in each of these areas.  I looked at the pictures today of the homes that have been destroyed and damaged in in my old neighborhoods.  My heart goes out to the folks this Easter week end as they pull their lives back together.  I remember the tornado of 1967.  I lived in the same area.  It missed the house that I lived in and took down others on my street.

As I write this story, I wonder how it will be for my grandchildren forty years from now as they remember this city in St. Charles.  What stories will they have to share with their children on an Easter Sunday?  Will they tell my great grandchildren about my retirement years and my life?  What will be sitting in the back yard of their first home?

At this moment, no matter where you, a story is taking place on this day to be remembered and shared.  I hope that each of you are finding peace from within as the journey of life goes on.  Neighborhoods will be rebuilt.  There is no price tag on what is in the heart or a life!  Boomers are like the sturdy oak tree.  We stand strong!  May the sun shine in each heart as we tell our stories.

Originally posted 2011-04-24 19:07:28.

The ABC’S For Living The Baby Boomer Years

The ABC’S For Living The Baby Boomer Years lays out the full deck and everything you need to know is covered.

As a member of the Baby Boomer Generation, I find that I must keep things as simple as possible.  Most of us have a lot on our plate.  Folks make resolutions at New Years.  This year I decided to just make a simple ABC list that I can refer to through out the years to come.  So many times resolutions are broken.  At times they can even be stressful if we think about them too much.  Hopefully this list can be helpful to you as you continue your journey into your retirement years.

A.  Avoid anxiety as much as possible.  It causes stress and takes joy out of living.  Beware of anger. It zaps healthy energy that you need to use on more important things.  Feel it if you must, then let anger go.

B. Be thoughtful.  You have the wisdom, so show it.  Believe in yourself.  You can do it.  Show your inner beauty because that is what counts.

C. Have courage. It takes courage to live a good life today.  Baby boomers have gone through many years of change. Create and keep your mind active.  There are many activities at adult learning centers and Senior Citizens Centers that may interest you.

D. Remove doubt from your mind.  Dream and work toward making your dream come true.  Hang on to hope.  If you are dreaming about small town retirement, start now to check out different towns. Most important, just make your dreams pleasant. Make believe that you are floating  on a cloud or vacationing in a special place.  De Stress!

E. Encourage others.  Many folks need encouragement that are in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and even some may live next door to you.  When you encourage others, joy will come into your own life.  Exercise to stay fit.  Exercise also helps one deal with depression, arthritis and many other things that are baby boomer health issues.

F. Have fun. There are many baby boomer entertainment and games that can be found on line. Enjoy a sun rise.  Having fun can be done alone or in groups.  It is up to you to find our what you truly enjoy.

G. Give! Baby boomers are giving to their grandchildren, children, and other relatives.  Make sure that you take time to give to yourself.  You have earned it.  You deserve it.  Treat yourself to something good when you need it.  Keep your cup full as the old saying goes.  Always be gentle and gracious.

H. Ask for help if you need it.  Take care of your health.  The healthier you are the happier you will be.  Remember health is in four parts, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Keep a healthy balance.  Balance can be achieved by striving to keep a positive attitude.

I. Act as If. There may be days when you feel like giving up.  Those are days that you can act as if, so negative thinking does not take over your life.  Remember that you are NOT inferior.

J. Jump for joy if you feel like it.  Act silly. Let your enter child play. Join a group Jog if you can.  Just enjoy the journey. Reframe from jealousy.  Be joyous!

K. Keep trying.  Don’t quit.  Practice kindness. Remember to be kind to yourself too.

L. Live, love, laugh and learn. These four L’s are free.  Take advantage of them in your Baby Boomer retirement years.  Even if you are still working, it is still possible to practice the four L’s. Practice to improve your listening skills.  People enjoy being around a good listener.

M. For some boomers it might be a time to look for a mate. There are many single senior dating sites.  Just get out and about when you can.  Who knows when that special someone might enter your life.  If you have a mate work on finding new ways to enjoy each other.  March with a band if that is your desire.

N. Be nice.  You are responsible for you, not others.  It doesn’t take any more effort to be nice than it takes to have a nasty attitude.  Let others be as they want to be.  You deserve a good night of sleep.  It is much easier to lay your head on your pillow at night after being nice. Find a new niche in life.

O. Keep and open mind.  Narrow minded thinking gets a person no place.. Open your mind in order to grow in acceptance.  Be open to new ideas.  Share them!   Openness leads to better communication with your family and friends.

P. Practice being Positive! You will be much happier and those around you will be happier too.  Pace.  Pacing is much healthier for your heart that rushing all the time.

Q.Learn to enjoy quietness. Quiet time can be a time for reflection and peace.  Be so quiet that you can actually enjoy the sounds of nature.  We baby boomers have been busy so it is time to enjoy our quiet time.

R. Relax! Enjoy your retirement age years.  Listen to music, take a walk,sing a song, run naked in your house if you choose. Read a good book.  Rest. The Baby Boomer generation has earned R & R.  Now find the time to treat yourself and do it!  Face reality. The time is now!

S. Be responsible with your money.  Save when you can.   It is okay to be a frugal Boomer.  If does not mean that you are cheap, just smart. After all we boomers earned our wisdom, so let’s use it.  Maybe you would like to do service work.  There are many opportunities and places to volunteer.  Practice safety.

T. Trust but know how far to go with it.  If it does not feel comfortable, step back a bit. then try again.  Learn to trust your own judgement.  It is your life.  Lead by example.  It is a great way to teach others if they choose to notice.

U. Use common sense.  Over thinking every issue or trying to control other’s is a waste of your valuable time.   Be useful and understanding.  Never under estimate the good things that you can bring to life.

V. Venture out into the unknown.  Experience life.  Think outside of the box.  Do something that you have always wanted to do.  It is time.  Go for it!  Visit that friend that you have not seen in years.

W. Write because it is healthy, fun, and a way to release many things from your mind.  Writing is a way of sharing with others too.

X.  OK, so this is a difficult letter.  Challenge yourself.  Look up Generation X and see what they are all about.

Y. Say yes to love and happiness every time that you get the chance.  Your life is yours. Do not waste a single minute of it.

Z. Keep your zest for living!  Keep it simple!  Make the best of your Baby Boomer years!

There you have it.  The ABC’s for living the baby boomer years.  I bet that you can add many other things to each letter.  Please share a letter and an idea with us.  What do you have to contribute to the ABC’s for living the baby boomer years?

Originally posted 2013-12-15 17:43:06.

The Positives Of Being a Single Woman At Boomer Age

Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to have that special someone but there are positives to being single so therefore I am going to list a few.
1. You don’t have to answer to anyone in your house but yourself.
2. You can take a nap and not be bothered.
3. If you don’t feel like cooking then the heck with it.
4. You don’t have to worry about the toilet seat being left up and falling in when you sit down.

When something is eating at me then I like to write about it.  In my Bio I wrote that I am 62, single and I like to work on having a positive attitude.  Lately something has been eating at me.  I look in the computer for deals, news, blogs and read a lot about couples.  Now I have been a couple and that is good.  I almost got to feeling sorry for myself but no way can I go there so I am turning this negative into a positive right here and now.  Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to have that special someone but there are positives to being single so therefore I am going to list a few.

  1. You don’t have to answer to anyone in your house but yourself.
  2. You can take a nap and not be bothered.
  3. If you don’t feel like cooking then the heck with it.
  4. You don’t have to worry about the toilet seat being left up and falling in when you sit down.
  5. The candy wrappers, empty soda cans and etc. on the coffee table are yours not HIS.
  6. The under wear in the laundry feels nicer.
  7. The thermostat can be set in your living area that is pleasing ONLY  to you.
  8. When you grab for your tooth brush it is yours not HIS shaving brush.
  9. Bathroom breaks can be taken as long as you need without someone standing outside of the door telling you to HURRY up.
  10. There is more space in your bedroom drawers for nice things like nail polish, makeup, jewelry, Ladies magazines and etc. etc. etc.
  11. T.V. watching can be fun without someone talking in your ear.
  12. If you do not like sports then you don’t have to worry about it being on every T.V. channel in the house on Sunday.
  13. You don’t have to be worried about not getting a special gift from HIM on your special day because there is no Him.
  14. You have the entire bed to yourself and can throw covers, pillows and etc. where ever you want instead of playing tug of war with the sheets.
  15. If you like sleeping with your favorite pet then there is always room for the pet to cuddle.
  16. You don’t have to worry about being told what to do when you already KNOW what you are going to do.
  17. You can take a shower in private without a HIM  trying to get in with you when your only thought is to get clean.
  18. The ice trays are always full in the refrigerator instead being empty.
  19. The dishes in the sink are YOURS not HIS  and HERS.
  20. There is much more room in the closet for all your shoes and nice out fits.
  21. Mud and oil stains are seen much less on your living room carpet.
  22. The bathroom smells like lavender not Old Spice and gym shoes.
  23. There is no argument about where or when to go on vacation.  You only have to be concerned about your schedule.
  24. The ice cream that you bought to eat is there when you want it instead of an empty carton.
  25. You can go to work in peace not having to worry about a phone call from HIM asking what YOU  are going to fix HIM  for supper.
  26. Bad breath in the early a.m. is not an issue.
  27. If you gain a few pounds no one knows but you if you dress correctly.
  28. If you have a one car garage then it is for YOUR  car only.
  29. You can read a book in bed at night with the light on without hearing a bunch of grumbling coming from a voice on the other side of the bed.
  30. If you goof up on something at home it is your secret unless you choose to tell.

I am really getting carried away here folks but it sure helped to write these positives down.  Now I can lay down, take a little nap in peace before getting ready for work.  When I get up I don’t have to be concerned about the living room being in a mess again or the sink filled back up with dishes.

Thanks for letting me vent, You FOLKS  are Wonderful!

Originally posted 2011-01-02 21:40:14.

More Boomers Renting Meets Needs

The business magazine Forbes, says more baby boomers are renting to be closer to their children who have jobs in the city and because they want more amenities and even concierge services.

They continue that boomers want a unit maintained for them while they travel, they want their groceries delivered, they want their pets watched.

The author of the article sold the big home in the suburbs and moved to an apartment in the city, giving a reference to his article. He says traveling is easier with city retirement because of the transits offerings.  Also  apartments in the city tend to be closer to restaurants and shopping, allowing us baby boomers to stay close  to home while getting our essentials.

The author says apartment developers should focus on baby boomers because we are high earners resulting in low rent burdened renters. Also once we move, we stay put.

What Do Boomers Really Want And Need?

So my take is the author has it right about what baby boomers want, but I don’t necessarily agree that apartments are the answer,although it could be in a temporary situation.

So what do boomers need?

1. Move close to children. I agree, seeing that many of my neighbors in my 55+ community moved for exactly that reason.

2. Want less home maintenance. Yes.

3. Want to be close to restaurants and shopping.  Yes.

4.Want some concierge services. Yes, some do.

Another way to get all boomer needs taken care of is to move to a 55+ community.

As I mentioned, many of my neighbors here in a Del Webb 55+ Community, did move to be closer to their children.

Also there is less home maintenance with landscaping taken care of, a newer one level ranch home and plenty of vendors that are knowledgeable about our community and ready to take care of any problem.

Some 55+ communities have restaurants that you can drive to in your golf cart and some even walk to. Most have many restaurants close by serving the larger 55+ communities. As far as shopping, one word: Amazon.  Well also there is usually a regional mall within 6 miles. The 55+ community developers do a great job on site selection and that is considered in planning.

Concierge services are available in our 55+ retirement community via several vendors. Available services include home health care, pet sitting, plant watering, handy man services,ride sharing and really whatever you need. You don’t have to live in a downtown apartment to have concierge services.

In conclusion, I agree with the boomers needs presented by the author. I also agree senior apartments could be the answer for some folks, but 55+ retirement communities offer as much and more.

Robert Fowler

Originally posted 2018-02-02 06:52:08.

Boomers Not Buying Sports Cars

There is a Bloomberg article that says Baby Boomers are getting too old for Sports Cars.

My first reaction is to disagree. I live in a Del Webb Active Adult Community and see plenty of sports cars coming down my street; my neighbor a few doors down has a shiny new blue corvette. It sure seems like a joy to drive and I love the sound it makes as he turns the corner in front of my house and accelerates.

However, the author makes a point that as age 70 comes into view, “folding up like an accordion to get into the front seat of a speedy roadster is hardly the prescription for an aching back”.

I agree that getting into and out of a low seat and sitting in seats that don’t support your back, is a problem. It’s not that sports cars suddenly loose their appeal to boomers. Maybe they need to design chair lifts for sport cars. 🙂

The sports cars expected to loose demand are the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche Panamera.

Instead, Baby Boomers are opting for Mercedes GLE Coupe, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Porsche Macan.  With luxury brands like Porsche and Mercedes selling sporty SUVs, the baby boomers can make a more practical purchase and still have some fun behind the wheel.

Mercedes GLE Coupe

This article was about new cars of course, but I know that many baby boomers still love the classics cars from the 1970s, the golden age of muscle cars.  Restoring old cars and just owning old classic cars brings back memories for many boomers.  I would love to have my 1968 Camera Z28 back.  But in reality it is probably not very practical to have and operate. Maybe I will just go to a car show instead.

1968 Camero

I just went to the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this month and there were plenty of baby boomers there.  Boomers still like sporty cars, that’s for sure.

I also went to the Classic Motorsports Mitty car show and races and really was amazing at how many baby boomers collected and even raced these historic automobiles. There are definitely some major dollars invested in cars, tailors, RVs and car shows.

Classic cars

Bloomberg Article about Boomers and Sports Cars





Originally posted 2016-10-21 22:52:14.