Estroven’s Summer Giveaway! Keep Cool!



Estroven is offering one Friend for the Ride reader their summer giveaway!

They wrote to us:

Menopause is already a tumultuous time for nearly half of women in the United States, and between hot flashes and night sweats, it can seem like an uphill battle to beat the heat: especially in the summer.

As the temperature rises, so do the number of beach days, and for these women, a trip to the beach could feel like a trip to the sauna.

This season, Estroven®, the safe multi-symptom menopause relief supplement, is helping women ditch the discomfort associated with menopause so they can feel good about bathing suit season, with “Beat the Heat with Estroven” Summer Survival Kits.

The kit includes a 50 ml. spray bottle, an ice sphere mold (perfect for fruit-infused refreshments), beach towels, sunscreen, a water bottle and a sample of Estroven’s newest product, Estroven Weight Management which helps provide relief for hot flashes, plus helps women manage their weight.*

For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by July 10. Sometimes, readers have trouble finding the link to comments. It’s at the bottom of the post, right here:



Thanks, Estroven! Neat kit. Love the colors!



Downsizing: The Cookbooks


Fanny Farmer


When one of my mom’s friends gave me the The Fannie Farmer Cookbook as a wedding shower gift, I couldn’t have imagined the Internet.

Any recipe you want, at your fingertips.

Hence, thirty years later, what to do with my ratty old cookbooks?

Fannie Farmer, above, is so worn that her cover is long gone. They’re only a few recipes inside that I love. My favorite  is Hot Milk Cake.

It’s so easy! I use it for cinnamon cake, the bottom of an English trifle, and strawberry shortcake. Yum!

I’ve made it so many times, the page is spotted with gunk.  (I’m not a very neat cook).

Hot Milk Cake

Cooked Cake


This time, I topped the shortcake with Reddi-wip, and served it to Cliff on our wedding china, which, unlike my cookbooks, looks brand new.


But back to my wedding cookbooks

I’ve got four of them, all shower gifts.

I wondered about cutting out favorite recipes and putting them into a single scrapbook. I’ve got about six favorite recipes in each book.

Do I dare?

And what about you?

Will you take your old cookbooks to your grave or are you ready to say farewell?


Fanny Farmer

Speaking of Reddi-wip!

I’ve been a buddy to Reddi-wip long before I became a bride. It’s made with real whipped cream, and one squirt is only fifteen calories.


Reddi-wip invites you to join their Berry Joyful Sweeps. Check it out here.

Now through July 7, 2014, you can share your everyday Reddi-wip® berry-licious moments on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the #BerryJoyfulSweeps hashtag for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 Watsonville Strawberry Festival, Reddi-wip coupons, or berry keepers.

For Fourth of July recipes and lots more, check out Reddi-wip recipes here.


I participated in a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Reddi-wip. I received a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I’m not affiliated with Reddi-wip and don’t earn a commission or percent of sales.

Just Over Yonder: A Poem for Menopause and Other Times Too


Just Over Yonder

As I went through The Great Pause, I kept asking older women about it.

“Menopause? That was ages ago! I’ve forgotten,” they’d reply cheerfully.

Their responses were happy but not helpful.


Their forgetfulness inspired me to start this blog, so I could encourage others.

Yes, menopause, among other maladies, can bring on gloom and self-doubt.

But raise a glass to the tincture of time!

Sometimes, it takes patience. Ya just gotta wait.

A new you is sprouting!


I wrote this poem for my friend June Cotner. June, who’s the editor  of thirty anthologies and counting, sends out a call for submissions and that gets the words spinning. “Just Over Yonder” will appear in BACK TO JOY: Little Reminders to Help Us Through Tough Times  (October, 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing). Pre-orders of Back to Joy are available now.


Downsizing: The Nifty Thrifty



My daughters have let me know they don’t want to inherit  many of my collections.

“Someone else can enjoy them,” Kath suggested.

Let a stranger adopt my treasures? My buttons? My bookmarks? My dolls? My hat boxes?

I pondered as the words lingered. In time, I realized Kath is right.

The folks who eventually own my collections don’t have to be relatives. After all, those of us who love old things are part of the Old Things Family.

 I picked up the items you see at the Nifty Thrifty, the resale shop at Edenwald, my mom’s retirement community.

Residents bring in items they’re finished with, and families send items when a loved one dies.

The Nifty Thrifty is staffed by volunteers, and the money goes to Edenwald’s scholarship fund for the kids who work in the dining hall.

Every visit to Mom includes a jaunt to the Nifty Thrifty.

Note the sewing items for my sewing collection and pins for my jackets.

A nifty system!

What about you?

Do your kids want your collections?

If not, are you happy letting others take ownership?