Yes, parents stuff can be a boomer burden!
Many baby boomers and those in the over 50 group are facing the inevitable in life. They have aging parents or their parents have already passed away.
Besides coping with the emotional burden, there is also the matter of the financial aspect of a death and also dealing with your parents stuff. It can certainly be overwhelming!
Top 4 suggestions for action to take now and later:
1. Start Now – If parents are alive and willing, ask if they would like help in deciding what they want done with their belongings when they die. They might also want to start giving things away to family and friends while they are still alive.
2. Savor Memories – One way to remember a loved one is to make shadow boxes containing mementos of their hobbies and activities. They take up much less room and provide pleasant memories of a loved one. They can also be made for other members of the family. They make nice mementos for grand children and nieces and nephews.
3. Don’t Wait Too Late – You will be surprised to know that your aging parent (s) would actually welcome help in culling out possessions. It is a good time for them to reflect back on their life. It is also an excellent way to find out more about their life that you maybe didn’t even know! Communicate with your parents early!
4. Dealing with Siblings – Keep in mind when working with siblings in this situation that there are differences in how things should be done. Some adult children just want to “get it done” without giving much time or thought to the process. There are also those that want to touch each item and reminisce to great lengths. Come up with a plan on how you are going to deal with your parent’s possessions that will be workable for all to handle.
Professional organizer, Claudia Smith, advocates a simple rule of thumb. “We spend our first 40 years in life collecting things and the second 40 years getting rid of things.”
How to Deal with Your Parents Stuff!
Looking for Creative Bookshelves?
Look no more!
Here are several DIY very creative bookshelves that offer much needed storage for books as well as for displays. They are, indeed, functional as well as attractive!
These bookshelves also add a touch of character to your home. The best part is that these are beginner projects.
Which one is your favorite?
READ Creative Bookshelf
Bookshelves with Wine Bottles
All of these bookshelves have a unique twist which is sure to please you and the other book readers in your life! They are a good way to give your decor a little twist. Nothing outlandish, but making DIY projects that are just a little different creates a home with personality.
Enjoy These Creative Bookshelves DIY Projects!
Your humor for today!
This is a great video of what creative, retired guys do in their spare time!
This is your dose of humor for today…hope you enjoyed it!
Are you Ready? Santa Claus is coming to town.
You can track him coming into your city!
NORAD Deploys their NORAD Santa Tracker!
NORAD will be tracking Santa (like they do every year) so get on board and watch when and where Santa Claus arrives in various parts of the world.
Go to the NORAD Santa Tracker web page and watch Santa in real time:
The NORAD Tracks Santa program began as an annual event on December 24, 1955. According to legend, a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs, Colorado, newspaper which told children that they could place a call to Santa Claus. It included the number ME 2-6681. A call allegedly came through to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center as one digit was misprinted.
In some versions of the story, the calls were coming in to the “red telephone” hotline that connected CONAD directly to command authorities at the Strategic Air Command. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was a Crew Commander on duty, answered the first call and supposedly told his staff to give all children who called in later a “current location” for Santa Claus.
NORAD Santa Tracker, it’s Fun!
This is such a good depiction of the Expectations vs. Realities of Winter and what really happens in life. Don’t we all have great expectations of how things should be? And, then reality sets in but, hopefully, we can laugh and move on!
Can you identify with any of these?
The Expectations vs. Realities of Winter
Interesting Facts About the Sand Dunes in Colorado:
1) Members of the Ladies P.E.O. sponsored a bill to Congress asking for national monument status for the Great Sand Dunes. The bill was signed into law in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
2) In 2000-2004 the Sand Dunes in Colorado was expanded into a national park and preserve.
3) About 300,000 people visit the Great Sand Dunes every year because of the oddly beautiful combination of desert dunes and high mountain peaks, the spring-time flow of Medano Creek, and dark, quiet nights in the Dunes wilderness.
4) Camping, hiking, and photography opportunities are plentiful in the area.
“Visitors must walk across the wide and shallow Medano Creek to reach the dunes in spring and summer months. The creek typically has a peak flow from late May to early June in most years. From July through April, the creek is usually no more than a few inches deep, if there is any water at all.
Hiking is permitted throughout the dunes with the warning that the sand surface temperature may reach 150 °F (66 °C) in summer. Sandboarding and sandsledding are popular activities, both done on specially designed equipment which can be rented just outside the park entrance or in Alamosa.” Source…
The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado is a “Must See” Attraction!
The Fair continues to call Pueblo home, and in fact, has only cancelled once during its entire history. In 1917, during World War I, the Fairgrounds’ horse stables and open space offered an ideal training facility for the Army National Guard. Since then, the Colorado State Fair has developed into the largest summer event in the State which offers families a fun, educational summer vacation!
This is the 147th year (started officially in 1872!) for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colorado which promises to be the best ever!
The Fair runs from August 23 to September 2 with each day filled with events for everyone which is 11 days of activities for all ages to enjoy!
Whether you are a “seasoned-fair goer” or are planning your first visit, you won’t be disappointed.
What you will find at the Colorado State Fair:1) Concerts and entertainment – A great lineup to choose from; get your tickets now!
2) Shopping and eating – About 50 food vendors and 300 distinctive commercial vendors.
3) Rodeos – PRCA Ram Rodeo, Ranch Rodeo and Celebracion de los Charros
4) Agriculture – Showcased in a fun, educational and interactive manner.
5) Carnival and Rides on the Midway.
6) Great deals and discounts available.
7) Shuttle service – FREE
8) Parade – Colorado State Fair Parade is Saturday, August 23, at 10 am.
A great way to get involved in this yearly event is to volunteer. Click the link we have provided to see how you can contribute to and enjoy the Colorado State Fair 2019 as a volunteer!
For all the details: http://www.coloradostatefair.com/
More Things to Do in Colorado: Great Sand Dunes
Have a Great Time at the Colorado State Fair 2019!
All images courtesy of posted website links or wikipedia.comTravel Related Post: Colorado Museums
Enjoy going back in time by visiting these Colorado ruins!
Opening the show will be a vintage WWII aircraft, B-17, with the “Wings Of Blue” parachute demonstration team jumping out of the aircrafts’ bomb bay. The National Anthem will play along opening the air show schedule.
Plan to attend the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show 2019, the dates are September 21st and 22nd. Maps and directions are located on the air show web page. CLICK HERE FOR THE AIR SHOW WEB PAGE!
Tickets for sale NOW! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
Have you thought about volunteering? Check out the volunteer information on the web page.
CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER INFORMATION!
Enjoy the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show 2019!
You have a choice of days as well as the type of music you prefer. The music genres are varied throughout the summer: jazz, blues, rock, R&B, Motown, oldies, bluegrass, reggae, Americana, Dixieland, pop, Latin, country and more!
All you need is a blanket or chair as well as some yummy snacks. The difficult part is deciding which concerts to attend!
FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
5-7 p.m. Fridays (June & July)
First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 955-6060, firstandmaintowncenter.com
COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC
PIKES PEAK JAZZ AND SWING SOCIETY’S ~ JAZZ IN THE PARKS
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, ppjass.org
SODA SPRINGS PARK PAVILION – Manitou Springs
Front Range Big Band, Wednesdays – June 26 and July 24 at 7:00 pm
Little London Winds, Mondays @ 7 p.m. – June 17 through August 12
For additional concerts in Manitou Springs – Click Here
FOREST LAKES SUMMER CONCERTS
6-9 p.m. second and fourth Fridays
Waterfront Park, corner of Waterfront and Forest Lakes drives, Monument. Concert Series
HILLSIDE GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute, $7, includes ticket for one nonalcoholic beverage, beer or wine, 520-9463, hillsidegardensandevents.com
BANNING LEWIS RANCH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays
Banning Lewis Ranch, 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd., 522-2432, banninglewisranch.com
FLYING HORSE SUMMER CONCERTS
6-8 p.m. first and third Thursdays
Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Road, 389-0700, flyinghorsecolorado.com
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN AT GRACE AND ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
7 p.m. Fridays
601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125, gssepiscopal.org
MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH
6:30 p.m. Saturdays
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., firstchristiancos.org
MANITOU SPRINGS LIBRARY LAWN CONCERT SERIES
6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, ppld.org/manitou-springs-library; in case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled.
WOODLAND MUSIC SERIES
Indoors at Ute Pass Cultural Center or outdoors at the Woodland Pavilion, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.org
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. Fridays
North plaza of University Village Colorado, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., uvcshopping.com
PAINT THE TOWN BLUE SERIES
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through July 19
Thorndale Park, 2310 W. Uintah St., pikespeakblues.org
MONUMENT CONCERTS IN THE PARK
7-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Limbach Park bandshell, Second and Front streets, Monument, 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com
GOLD HILL MESA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
4:00-7:00 p.m. Saturdays (Look for Saturday schedule at link below)
Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com
MUSICAL MONDAYS IN MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
7 p.m. Mondays
Monument Valley Park, on lawn west of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE GLEN
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays ~ July & August
The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., broadmoorchurch.org
COLORADO COLLEGE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL – Month of June
Concerts in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.; Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6552, coloradocollege.edu
You don’t want to miss the Summer Concerts & Activities in Colorado Springs!
Colorado Springs Over 50
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