Traveling With a Senior? Here are 5 Tips…

twoolds Just because your elderly loved one is living in your home doesn’t mean you need to miss your yearly family vacation. Planning your excursion is important so all your loved ones can enjoy a vacation. A change of scenery and some fresh air is always enjoyed, young or old.

images (12) Much planning is necessary when traveling in any case. With an elderly loved one even more so. Here are a few things to consider…*Include your parent in the planning stage of reserving a spot for rooms accessible on entry destination.Some parents prefer having a different room. Others like the security of sharing a room.


download (5)*Doctor’s Clearance.
Before occupying your travel, consult with the doctor to examine some issues regarding the senior tolerant’s wellbeing. Is the destination you’re going to proper for your parent’s capacities and restrictions? Do they should be immunized before voyaging? Are there pharmaceuticals and supplements to take in the event that uneasiness or another emotional wellness issue happens? Before you leave for an excursion, ensure to get all the prescriptions and prescriptions from the doctor.


*Pre-Plan Accommodations.
In case you’re planning on renting an auto, picking a scaled down van is superior to anything a two-entryway auto. It’s effortlessly open and a considerable measure more helpful. In the event that a friend or family member is on a wheelchair, utilizing a walker, or has other portability gear, verify it fits inside the vehicle. At the point when flying, ensure that you have requested a seat assigned for handicapped passengers. On the off chance that a dinner is offered on board, prompt them about their dietary needs. Trip Advisor has excellent hotel suggestions as well as activities for elderly travelers.


162H (1)Also verify that the airline is prepared and equipped to ensure smooth travel for your family. Southwest is always accommodating. If it’s necessary that a wheel chair is required simply let your ticket agent know before arrival and they will surely have one waiting for you. Getting through the airport is actually incredibly easy when you’re traveling with a senior. Front of the line and early boarding are just a couple of the perks. Same goes for the hotel. Just always call ahead, prepare and let the staff take care of everything for you.


download (4)*Plan Your Itinerary.
Planning your agenda carefully when going with seniors is incredibly important. They don’t want to feel like a burden yet also don’t want to be left behind all the time. Be realistic about how much physical activity you have them participate in and be sure to include some family time in the hotel or resort. Try renting a lake-front cottage to eliminate driving hat also has nice scenery. That way no one gets left out. Of course restaurants and shopping need to be easily accessible but that’s an easy one. Bear in mind to permit a decent amount of time for rest.

download (6)*Stick with the Routine.
It is important to realize what’s in store for the duration of the day if your adored one has Alzheimer’s or dementia as it reduces the apprehension, nervousness, and stress. Keep mealtimes, medicine timetables, and bedtimes closer to the regular daily routine as closely as possible. It would also be useful to carry with you a couple of their most loved and familiar items to create a feeling of home and to reduce the uneasiness of being in another environment.

Traveling with the entire family may be a lot of work but the memories are worth it!

Much Needed Rain / Too Much Rain

Weather Tolls

The weather these days is off. We all know it. No matter where you live the weather is different/changing. It’s not the same as it has always been. When you’ve lived somewhere for over 10 years and things like Flash Flooding becomes a twice a week occurrence, one begins to prepare.

Prepare, meaning cooking at home more since looking like a wet rat at every dining out meal becomes a pain. Not to mention it is down right dangerous to drive when there is a chance of flood. And when there is a chance of flood twice a week that only leaves five days of mobility but that is still WITH rain = dangerous. Dangerous because most people Suck at driving in the rain. Make that all caps: SUCK. The eldery and asian never help that matter. Oh laugh Guy Chow, you know you’re a terrible driver it’s a slight not a put down. Everyone knows it. I have to admit my cooking has become much more adventurist. Especially considering all I could cook before was soup, spaghetti and any casserole baked or broiled. I purchased a Weber electric grill and grilling on the patio is so much fun, yummy and healthy. It’s truly a blast. Go get you one!!

I’ve also stepped it up with the tires that are on my Tundra. I bought all new BFG All Terrain tires for safety on and off road. Hauling trailers and driving in the country means off roading is a variable. Getting stuck in the mud is not an option. Neither is slip sliding all over the road. These tires are bad ass. They handle very well in all weather conditions.

imagesMy garden is rocking a rolling. Everything is growing faster than we can eat it. I even made pickled peppers. Yes I have started jarring my veggies. Crazy. Though my garden flooded a few times so I had to replenish the soil and mulch. Enough was enough so we added an extra barrier board to the raised bed.



IMG_5288The rent house next to us suffered a major catastrophe. They had branches cut off the tree years before to avoid electrical lines. Well it left the tree unbalanced. With all the rain, the ground softened, add a gust of wind and tip went the tree. Right on top of the house. I mean directly on it. Each branch acted as a claw plunging into the house. The tenants were completely flooded an hour later. It was terrible. Cedar Park Tree Trimmers were there by 5 am removing the tree. They cabled it from every angle and secured it from falling further and completely crushing the house. Then got to cutting it into lots of smaller pieces. I have never IMG_5294seen such a thing in person. It was incredibly nerve racking. Even though we have insurance we would rather ASSURE nothing like that happens to our house so we had the same company that helped our neighbors come over and properly trim our trees and even grind an old stump. Wasn’t aware stump grinding was a thing. It is. We used the shavings on our garden. It was a win win. Well, for us, maybe not our neighbors. Scary.


Lastly, and the most random occurrence of this stormy weather in my opinion is the slump everyone gets into. Personally I love love love the rain, weather, thrill of the storms and even the flooding. It’s exciting and invigorating. Not many share my view. Most are incredibly depressed and praying for sunshine. Rain washes away the old and welcomes the new. It’s water people. The nourishment of all living things. All of them. Anyhow, a friend told me about taking all natural supplements for the depression she found herself in. I admittedly tried these, just because everyone enjoys an elevated mood whether you’re depressed or not. Sam-E and Niacinamide are the two we tried. So far so good. The Niacinamide is definitely energizing. Do not take this after 4pm. I repeat, do not take this in the afternoon if you want to see the backs of your eyelids at all for the next six hours. I take one in the am and a half at noonish. Great stuff!

Let’s hope the rain stays on some days and not on others. Ok even rain everyday is great just not all day everyday.


Produce The Yard Of Your Desires With These Fantastic Pointers

images (1)Gardening is an art and takes skill. Especially considering the heat and lack of rain in Texas. A watchful eye is required.

When you obtain brand-new plants for your yard, see to it you are satisfying their sunlight demands. Some plants choose reduced sunlight and also questionable locations, while various   other plants call for complete sunlight in order to flourish. Providing your plants the incorrect light degree could trigger them to shrivel and also pass away prematurely.

Attempt to maintain your plants aerated and also completely dry, each day. Wetness on your plants is a certain method to draw in bloodsuckers and also condition. Fungis are an usual bloodsucker typical in the plant globe. Fungis could be managed with fungicide sprays, yet it is necessary to treat your location with the spray, prior to you view any type of issues.

images (4)As specified just before in the overview for this write-up, gardening is a leisure activity that many individuals locate satisfying. Those that garden, support plants from seeds to blossoms as well as plants. By utilizing the info from this write-up, you could come to be an effective garden enthusiast as well as elevate your personal plants from seeds.

A wonderful idea for running your yard is to place plastic grocery store bags by the door of your house. You could make use of these to cover your sloppy footwears if you need to go inside just before you complete your gardening. This will certainly maintain mud and also dust from your house.

images (3)To eliminate your plants of red crawler mite, make use of coffee on the premises. Take the premises and also combine them with water in a spray container. Visit to your plants and also spray all the contaminated topics. The high levels of caffeine in the premises will certainly assist your plants combat the crawler mite, as well as unlike numerous various other caffeinated refreshment, there’s absolutely nothing in coffee premises that will certainly damage your plants.

images (5)Gardening is a leisure activity that many individuals discover satisfying. Garden enthusiasts reach attempt their hand at imagination as well as nurturing, as they elevate plants from their beginning as little plants to reward blossoms as well as plant bearing plants. If you would love to find out even more concerning gardening, after that checked out the adhering to post.

A beneficial option to maintain parasites like pests and also flying pests far from your yard is to place basil, garlic or parsley plants as trim plants around your yard. These plants have the capability to discourage parasites, while still being extremely beneficial in your cooking area! If a sprinkle of shade is a lot more your design, marigolds have a comparable result.

imagesPick particular plants for completely dry dirt. Light bulb as well as sandy dirts have numerous benefits: they heat up swiftly in the spring as well as drainpipe well after damp climate. The disadvantage is they could promptly come to be really completely dry in the summer season, as well as plants need to strive to remove sufficient wetness to make it through. Specific plants are quite tolerant of completely dry problems, as long as they are offered an assisting hand when youthful. When developed they succeed with hardly any water. These plants consist of alyssum, universes, hebe, jasmine, rosemary, sedum as well as veronica.

When determining to occupy gardening, it is necessary to research as well as know your topographical topic. Some plants merely cannot make it through a north winter months. Contrarily, some plants cannot endure a Texas summertime. Therefore, it is necessary to understand where you are and also exactly what the plants that you plan on expanding could deal with.

To Jew or not to Jew. Maybe Hindu for you.

Judaism and download (1)Hinduism are two of the most established religions on the planet. As of late, Jewish and Hindu groups began to connect all the more nearly. A standout amongst the most critical aftereffects of this relationship is a fruitful financial organization in the middle of India and Israel. The foundation of this agreeable and lucrative relationship was conceivable on the grounds that these two profoundly religious groups had the capacity see that the likenesses in their confidence exceed the distinctions.

Om.svgPrimary contrast between these religions lies in the way that Judaism is monotheistic, while Hinduism has the components of monotheism and polytheism. Hindus accept that each divinity is an appearance of a few characteristics of the most noteworthy god. Jews perceive and revere stand out God. There is likewise a genuine clash conceived from reverence that causes a lot of hostility between the more obsessive agents of these religions. Hinduism permits love of statues, and different items that are accepted to have heavenly powers. Jews see this as a transgression and frequently can’t acknowledge the individuals who support the conviction that goes specifically against their own particular confidence. Then again, Hinduism is substantially more tolerant of different religions and Hindus basically have no issue regarding the convictions outside to them by and by. The way that protests of love vary enormously starting with one neighborhood group then onto the next is in charge of this unbelievably abnormal state of resilience.

downloadA standout amongst the most noticeable similitudes in the middle of Hinduism and Judaism is the station framework. In spite of the fact that ranks themselves are diverse, their presence and also the vicinity of a recognized position of ministers put them beside different religions. A portion of the legends from the heavenly sacred writings of Judaism and Hinduism are similar and even share some phonetic likenesses. Both religions likewise see Tora and Veda, their individual hallowed sacred texts, as paradigmatic indications of their conventions.

420a5e9762e9b4a6f5b3d9943ddd9c86Social conventions of Judaism and Hinduism are likewise comparative. Both oblige unobtrusive dress and put awesome accentuation on gang. They have strict dietary laws and exceptional dialect confined to supplications to God. Reflection, the system that has amazingly critical impact in Hindu ceremonies, is not remote to Jews. This is one of the reasons why delegates of both religions can implore together. On the other hand, some Hindu mantras can be hostile to Jews. This thought must be considered when sorting out interreligious occasions.

Jews and Hindus have numerous things in like manner. Their religions vary in comprehension the very idea of God and love. Be that as it may, there are such a large number of likenesses between the philosophical and social components of these religions that their delegates can cheerfully exist together on the planet and even inside of one family.

My Families Allergies were Terrible so I Fixed Them!

Truth be told we had a terrible insect infestation. Shortly after ridding our home of the pests I decided to have it professionally cleaned by a cleaning company and a carpet cleaning professional as well. They even cleaned our air ducts. After having the house detailed to the bone, we noticed our allergies were just about gone. At least we weren’t suffering while we were at home.

Carpets act as a filter which can be a good thing as long as you have them professionally cleaned regularly. They can trap pollens, pet danger, dust, and other particles and hold them in tufts thereby ensuring families in homes and workers in offices breathe in clean air. However, when they are soiled, carpets can turn out to be a health hazard to the people. It demands use of specialized carpet cleanup procedures such as steam cleaning. That is where we hired a local company, Lakeway Carpet Cleaners. They were really friendly, on time and assured us that our carpets wouldn’t just be cleaned but will be sanitized and look like new. Well almost new as ours are about 6 years old. We were happy.

Why avoid do-it-yourself cleaning
One thing with carpets is that they are known to hide dirt. A carpet may appear clean by its look but it is clogged with dirt in tuft. While you might want to consider do-it-yourself cleanup of carpets and rugs, it also needs to be done cautiously. You might save money with DIY procedures but on the other side, you could be causing harm to your precious floor coverings. Homeowners who decide to clean up their carpets or rugs should be wary of these three common damaging effects caused by the do-it-yourself practices.
· Over-wetting caused by too much soaking of water into the underside of carpets, which may encourage molds and discoloration of carpets
· Over-shampooing caused by inadequate rinsing or applying too much shampoo when cleaning
· Lack of protection of wet carpets from furniture, which causes release of dyes and staining by rusty furniture feet.

What makes carpets difficult to clean
There are a number of things that make carpet cleaning difficult and they include;
· Design- Modern carpets are made using sophisticated materials such as yarns of nylon, twisted tiny plastic tufts, polyester, and polypropylene. These materials are engineered with high technology and when not handled properly during cleanup, they could easily be damaged. Any cleaning company handling your carpets should have a thorough understanding of the design features of different carpets including fabric types and installation techniques.
· Traffic patterns- A home receives varying levels of foot traffic. Some areas receive high traffic than others. The floor coverings tend to wear out more on areas that receive higher traffic such as around the main doors, dining tables, and the path to kitchen. Carpet cleaners are highly trained on how they can identify areas that need more attention when cleaning based on traffic patterns.
· Soiling- No matter how homeowners try to keep their houses clean, with time carpets will be soiled and stained. Soiling will cause carpets to look unsightly and change their appearance taking away the aesthetic value of a home.

Organic carpet cleaning services
Using cleaning agents packed with power and boosters can give you a powerful green carpet and rug cleaning. Organic carpet cleaning allows you restore cleanliness in your carpets and rugs while also keeping the environment safe and protected. Using cleaning products and techniques that are eco-friendly but very effective in shredding through grease, dirt, grime, stains, and the soiling in traffic areas of carpets and rugs.

Lot’s of research led us to using professional cleaners. I hope this may come of some help to others wanting to have a sanitized, clean and allergy free home.

Bugs Be Gone !!!

A cockroach infestation is generally often considered as primarily inner city or suburban problem, a lot of a non-urban dweller appreciates from tough knowledge downloadthat the cockroach can and will survive just bout anything in any environment. Whether your home is from the location or even the continent, however, you will without a doubt, encounter these types of annoying pests.

The very first response is to stomp on one immediately with a sure foot (or swat them using a rolled-up newspaper). This kind of extermination is actually swift, successful, and also (assuming people care about these kinds of things) by far the most humane method to nix this critter. Just that one anyhow. However, this particular process will not do anything at all to remove that roach’s invisible countless brothers and sisters.

If you’re stricken by an influx of cockroaches, your next step would usually be to contact a good exterminator… but reconsider. Professional bug exterminators are high priced and you more likely than not, have no idea what type of poison they are using to kill your unwanted guests. Cockroaches are hard to kill. The poison used to kill stubborn roaches will also kill a human in higher doses. If you have a baby crawling around on your floors and coming in contact with these poisons it takes much less to affect them.

If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of dusting or spraying your home with toxic chemicals, you could put out a small amount of poison bait for the roaches to consume. Sodium fluoride is recommended for this approach. The roaches will walk through it, lick it off their feet to clean themselves, and soon enough keel over. I must note that sodium fluoride is toxic to humans, and our children and pets, as well. Therefore, it is not recommended as it is highly poisonous to be used in a home with little ones on the floor. Alike, a mixture of borax and sugar will destroy cockroaches. Once again this can be something that must not be used where puppies, felines, or children reside.


There is an All Natural Solution! Safe to be used anywhere lil loved ones play, live and breathe. Baking Soda. Simply baking soda. Set out little dishes of baking soda maybedownload (1) mixed with a little sugar to attract the pests and your roach problem will disappear. Except you may find dead roaches. Baking soda, when consumed by bugs, will cause gas and since they have a one way digestive system and can’t burp, they explode.

If the pesky little pests return, which they eventually will at some point in our lifetimes, just rinse and repeat. Happy Hunting!


Pretty is the Thing to Do

Well, it seems The Pretty has been evading me. So I’ve been looking into fast and easy ways to enhance my beauty without too much time or commitment. There are a lot of options actually that may seem extreme but I am taking them seriously so judge lightly:

  • Permanent Make Up – It’s a one time shot to get a little eye liner and lip tint. Then no more daily applications needed. Maybe a touch up after about 10 years. No eyeliner for 10 years? Sign me tha bleep up.
  • Breast Enhancement- come on, what is “real” or “natural” about most of the applications we partake in every single day? Lipstick, mascara, high heels, shiny objects in holes we’ve put in our bodies or around our extremities, spanx, spray tan, on and on. Well my breasts are not what they used to be but damn my kid is cute. So cute he sucked the cute right out of my fun bags. New fun bags pronto please.
  • Shellack Mani Pedi- not quite as invasive but lasts a month at least. My hands are constantly taking a beating and polish lasts a day. One day if I’m lucky. Slap those chemicals on. I’m game.
  • Colored Contacts- kidding. I can’t even stand to pull a teensy lint particle out of the corner of my eye much less suction a plastic whatchamacollit to. Blaaaak.
  • IS there such a thing as permanent spray tan?
  • Hair Extensions- Ok here we have a big huge winner ladies! There is a bit of time and financial commitment. It takes about three hours for application but lasts 5 months. Costs average $550 which breaks down to a little over $100 a month. WORTH IT! Gorg long full hair that looks like I just stepped off the beach. Sold. Hubby Will Heart.
  • Juvederm Filler for lips+ – every six months getting a little poke or two to have fuller lips and a more pronounced cheekbone that make everything look plump and young again. I am probably going to start with just the lips but very interested in this. As long as numbing creme is involved.
  • Photo Facial – it takes about 5 treatments to see a difference evidently. Doesn’t do much for wrinkles, mostly pigmentation. I’m still for it. Being a sunny bunny as a kiddo has left me with spotty splotchy’s on my face and hands. This process lifts the damage to the surface then poof….Let’s just go ahead and wipe those right off.

If I continue down the appearance enhancement road I could really take a detour and end up looking like a puppet. As so many women we know do. This is not the point. I want to look like me only better. I am not interested in looking different per say. Just a little prettier if possible in the most natural manner. I realize that have my face injected with a foreign synthetic substance sounds horrendous to the ear, to the eye it sure does look nice. Now to the pocketbook they all look a little scary.

All options considered….I am going to start with extensions and botox.

It has been decided.


Too Busy To Rant…Then Again.

The definition of success has become as plastic and fake as the response to the question “How are you?” The fact of the matter is, success is not in the eye, rather the heart, soul and emotion of the beholder. Does that therefore constitute success as an emotion rather then a predicament or position? It actually flows right off the tongue, “How are you today?” “I’m very successful thanks for asking.”

Success as an emotion qualifies acting from pure desire. Not very many desire to work late, barely sleep, up early, work late, viscous cycle. The sleep we do get is poor sleep. First the task of Turing off the brain takes what seems a lifetime. Heavens forbid a readjustment in the middle of the night that allows one teensy thought to slip in then it’s awake again and the onslaught of insomnia incurs.

There may be something to learn from the millenials of today. They are entitled to everything and actually get it. It very likely could be their optimistic state of mind. Like attracts like. The Millenials believe therefor receive. How about that tattooed across your forehead so you don’t forget it. Working our fingers to the bone was yesteryears generation.

There came a point where busy became and emotional answer. Why not replace that with “successful”!?! Busy seems to make people feel important but with an negative connotation behind it. It is more of a brag laced in a complaint. Crazy busy!! And how easily the conversations turn south after that. Tired, worn out, obligations (chosen not required).

Busy is a facade. It’s not real. We make the choice to be busy. Instead lets choose to be successful. It’s a statement that is both positive and true. Successful at running, or eating breakfast, even just sneaking in that cup of joe from Coffee Bean. Consuming the entire day with lil mini successes….not busy(s).

Busy can even become a personality if you’re not careful. Busy becomes stressed becomes cranky becomes exhausted equals a constant state of mind equals bad habits equals a constant bad mood equals your personality. How did this happen? And what exactly is getting accomplished? Got to work on time to what? Make it to the meeting on time to what? Just task after task. Ok maybe if you are a scientist solving HIV, Cancer and Krohn’s Disease sure. Let’s stick with the majority though. The every day person has become so busy they are breeding BUSY. Kids have thicker schedules than a prickly pear in west Texas.

Are you feeling less empty by filling your life to the brim with all this busy? Yuk. Afraid of being left alone to sit alone with your own thoughts? Peace and quiet are somes greatest fear. Take a good look around next time you are at a park. No one sits still; fidgeting, fb-ing, insta-ing, ing-ing. Idleness is not just to be enjoyed on vacation. Without the quiet that idleness provides a suffering of the busy infliction blurs the vision of a healthy perspective. Taking  a step back and looking good and hard at what is important. Even doctors stress how important rest and relaxation is. There isn’t a single health/nutrition book written that doesn’t agree.

Enough with the nonsense.

Enter Meditate.

Stay Tuned…..

Pet vs Child adoption

There seems to be an overwhelming amount of people deciding to forgo having children and sticking with the 4 legged babies. Why are more and more moving to adopt or even avoiding the commitment of human children?baby

With the rise in technological advances there is a lot of pressure to stay in the game or else you disappear. If one does not keep up with the times on a current and regular basis than the tendency to completely give up because the propensity to fall so far behind is just too much to come to terms with. Therefore, children are becoming a commitment of the past. When a couple has a child it becomes almost impossible to adjust from an intensely overworked fast paced lifestyle to a slower paced, self/home focused environment. Children cost more money. Yet to focus on a child one or both parents need to decrease their professional productivity. Oxymoron much!?!? Contine reading

…that having a baby and an elderly parent meant I had two babies.

But it’s the right thing to do isn’t it! Take care of your aging Mother after she has been there for me for so many times, so many years.

My mom is my best friend.

I have always been able to turn to her for everything. Now that the tables have turned I’m more than happy, in fact I’m excited to have the opportunity to spend so much time with her.

grannyshotgunAt First She Just Moved Closer

…and closer and closer. When we moved her into an apartment close to us the challenges at the time were minimized. It was nice. I would go visit my mommy everyday and my husband would do the same.

We brought her what she needed. the rest of the time she was able to make new friends (it was an elderly living complex) and play Bridge till her fingers turned into Kings and Aces.

Then the Dr’s Visits Increased

…and so did the errands. We weren’t able to keep up. We used grocery delivery companies for food sourcing. But there wasn’t a way to get her to the physicians and pick up her prescriptions and take her to her beautician and and and. A great resource was a Personal Driver through a limo company. They always sent the same driver and he really catered to my dear mom. He even took the time to get to know the nurses by name and would run into the pharmacy on the way home. Alex became family.

Too Much Is Too Much

It all became too much. Eventually she moved in with us and again, we were stressed but happy to have her. She never complained, wanted only to be in the same room as her grand baby and loved my cooking. Which I know she was faking. Her favorite is Panda Express so let’s say the standards were high…on msg.

Not a Single Regret

I’ve heard so many friends complain about having their mothers move in with them. I don’t understand that. It’s a part of life. It always has been. Just another segment. It’s not forever, just a spoke on the wheel of life. I pray mine take care of me some day.