Agility training — fun for you and your dog!

Yorkshire Terrier leaps over hurdle in canine competitionIs your dog rambunctious? Does he or she love toys? Chasing a ball? Consider setting up a cheap & easy agility course for your dog. It will increase your bond with each other — and give you both more fun, more laughs, and more exercise.

However, if you have a lazy dog that just wants to sleep and snuggle — this probably won’t work. I have one of each type dog and my snuggle dog STEPS over the jump — he’s not willing to jump even for treats(!) My other dog LOVES the jumps.

Wikipedia has a great overview of the sport, showing each type of equipment used. You can spend hundreds of dollars getting professional equipment — or you can recreate almost all of it yourself for under $100.  Continue reading “Agility training — fun for you and your dog!”

Should you buy an RV?

RV at Nashville ShoresSometimes it seems like senior citizens have all bought RVs and have all hit the road, including myself. But… should you join us?

The answer is very dependent on you and your circumstances — social, medical and financial.

If you are a single woman, don’t stop reading — you may be surprised at the benefits of owning one. I certainly was. The only reason I got one originally was because my dad’s wife suddenly banned animals inside her house. Which meant I couldn’t visit her or my dad, unless I was willing to get a local hotel room and leave my two small dogs inside for hours.

Instead, I got an RV and parked it on her land by the house. Win for my dogs, win for me, and win for her.  Continue reading “Should you buy an RV?”

Adopt a senior pet — find your soulmate!

Seniordog Oscar San Francisco SRDOGSdotcomMany animal shelters across the country have a program called Seniors for Seniors. It’s designed to help senior dogs (or cats!) find homes (instead of death or shelter living). And it’s designed to help senior citizens get new love companions that fit more easily into their lives than puppies.

If you know of a national organization with this title, please let me know because I couldn’t find one. But I did see the program mentioned at almost every large animal shelter across the nation.  Continue reading “Adopt a senior pet — find your soulmate!”

Feeling powerless? Get behind the wheel of an RV.

shutterstock_30555310One of the more annoying effects on your body of living longer is feeling more frail. Even worse, that feeling starts affecting your mind. Feeling frail leads to feelings of powerlessness.

What to do? Go for a test drive of a RV!

There’s a lot I like about owning a RV, but today I want to talk about what it does for your confidence. Especially if you’re a woman.  Continue reading “Feeling powerless? Get behind the wheel of an RV.”

You could test recipes for publishers!

it-is-delicious-picture-id692618004If you like trying new recipes, you might enjoy “working” from your home for a test kitchen. A friend of mine is enjoying herself with it.

America’s Test Kitchens is soliciting new recipe testers for their many websites, magazines and cookbooks they publish. You can join them by using the link here:
https://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipe_testing

They try you out slow at first. My friend had a wait before receiving her first recipe to test. Then a wait before they sent her another one. Now, however, she gets one or two every week or two.  Continue reading “You could test recipes for publishers!”

Create a model train layout — for fun and for the challenge!

Before you retire, try to find at least one — preferably two — hobbies that you find both fun and challenging. After all, you can’t play golf more than 5 hours a day (which came as a big surprise to a couple of men I’ve known who thought that was all they’d need).

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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite hobbies — model railroading. And, no — it’s not only for men(!) though I’d guess 95% of those in the hobby are men. It’s true I don’t share many of their interests — such as operating a train to pick up a load of coal and transport it. But I love creating the scenes. And the scenes are so much Continue reading “Create a model train layout — for fun and for the challenge!”