Retirement: Having Fun Yet?



A post about retirement by my friend Gail Crane:

Many of us are retired now.  Are you having fun yet?  It took a while to adjust to being retired.  At first it was great to be able to stay up late.  And best of all to sleep in, stay in your PJ’s, and relax with that hot cup of tea or coffee before rushing off to start your day.  There were lots of projects to be done that had been put off for months or even years.  And meeting friends for lunch and to catch up—such fun!

But time went on, and there were many days of feeling bored, lonely and even without direction or purpose.  Have you been there?

My long-time friend, Barbara, kept suggesting we take an acrylic painting class at the senior center.  I was reluctant as all those paints, brushes, etc. are expensive.  And what if I didn’t like it after spending all that money?  But we finally decided to give it a try and fun, fun, fun!  I am so enjoying it, and so is Barbara. I am learning new skills, exercising my creativity, producing art work to hang on my walls, and meeting  people in the process.   I am  glad I tried something new.


Then the opportunity came along for me to get a snazzy two seater sports car.  I have always wanted to have one, but my practical side always won out.  However, at the urging of my husband, I agreed that it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.  And again—fun, fun, fun!   Driving around with the top down, with family and friends, going for ice cream and letting our hair blow in the wind!

My younger brother retired two months before I did.  We often talk about retirement and how we want to spend our time.  He always says to let go, get busy and do those things you have always wanted to do.  So try some new hobbies, meet new people, travel and just have fun while you can.  Life is short!

Enjoy retirement!

Love, Sweat and Tears: Keeping Romance Alive After Menopause: A DVD Giveaway!




A topic of topics: S-E-X!

Who doesn’t like a film with some good sex? And this one focuses on the menopausal woman. Yes!

Here’s what the the producers say about Love, Sweat and Tears:

Filled with humor, insight, and important medical information, LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS follows Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry, “America’s Menopause Romance Doctor,” as she guides women through the isolation, fear, and confusion of this phase of life to become happier and healthier.

This essential documentary includes interviews with renowned medical experts, comedians like Joan Rivers in her last screen appearance, and spiritual leaders such as Dr. Michael Beckwith, as well as Jenny McCarthy, Craig Shoemaker, and Lynne Koplitz. On a mission to de-stigmatize menopause, Dr. Pam takes a sex-positive approach, encouraging women to keep romance alive and enjoy intimacy long after the flow is gone.

Read all about Love, Sweat and Tears on the official website here.

Watch the trailer!

Giveaway: The producers are giving away DVD copies of the film to FIVE lucky Friend for the Ride readers. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by December 5.

Amazon Link:  If you don’t win the DVD giveaway, you can rent or purchase the film here.


Bee Friendly Vaginal Lubricant and Moisturizer: A Giveaway!



Here’s the buzz and a giveaway from our friends at Bee Friendly: 

Bee Friendly has developed an organic vaginal moisturizer and personal lubricant based mainly on natural beeswax.

As with most Bee Friendly products, it is USDA certified organic, which means there are no harsh chemicals added at any point during the production of the cream. It is designed to provide moisture to the vaginal area, leaving it soothed and softened. Proven to reduce dryness, chafing, itching, irritation, and inflammation, it is the perfect product to use for any personal issues.



The ingredients are all natural and have been formulated to provide hydration and rejuvenation. It is particularly suitable for women who start to develop dryness due to breastfeeding or menopause, but can be used by any woman at any time. Because it is based on beeswax, it is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, which help restore balance to the healthy vaginal flora.

Giveaway: Bee Friendly is offering a jar of Bee Friendly Vaginal Moisturizer and Personal Lubricant to two lucky Friend for the Ride winners. For a chance to win, please enter a comment below or email me at the address to your right.  Contest ends on November 25.

Bee Friendly Skin Care writes this about their company: Bee Friendly was created by  friends who have a passion for natural and holistic beauty. We have been working together for a long time in order to bring a wide range of skin care products to the market that deliver a number of key benefits. First of all, BeeFriendly’s products are designed to give measurable results in terms of making people look better holistically. As a result, those who use the products have a greater opportunity to also feel better. After all, when we look good on the outside, we also feel better on the inside. Secondly, we wanted to make sure that our products do not cause any damage to nature. Not just that, we actually want to improve the world around us by using the awesome power of bees.

Learn even more on the Bee Friendly Skin Care website. Find Bee Friendly products on Amazon here.    





Reinvent. Change it up. Give up the old. Explore. Experiment. Do it a new way.

Yep. I agree. From the liberation of menopause comes the willingness to try new things. For me, that’s been a happy game changer.

But sometimes, I like to do things exactly as I always have. Just like my mother did. Sometimes, the joy of being me right now is being the same me I was thirty years ago. And that’s why I love to make applesauce.

I wash the apples. I let them drip off in a colander that belonged to my mother-in-law.


Then I slice them. I dump them into a Revereware pot I got as a shower gift.


I cook them on a stove that was old when we moved into this old house. Soon I see the the steam. I take in the slight aroma that whispers, “Fall…” I listen to the apple slices prancing about in the boiling water.

And when they are soft, I put them in the grinder. Not the same grinder my mom had but one that looks just like hers. I turn the handle. So simple. Applesauce plops out the bottom.


I add some sugar. Yes, sugar. Poor sugar with its bad rap. I add it anyway.

Than I taste. The flavor varies depending on the apples I use. Tart apples, “cooking apples” “as my mom called them, seem best.

The experience takes me back, way back.

And sometimes, that’s the most invigorating way to celebrate a brand new day.