Grandma Update: Thinking of Emerson


In honor of the Ladies Room Door Art Series, I thought it might be fun to paint with toilet paper rolls. So I saved some. I painted my canvas a peachy pink.

And then I got busy with those rolls.

Toilet paper rolls

But now what?

And then I remembered!

Emerson, her mom reports, just started to pull herself up. One of her favorite locations? A toilet. Yucky to her mom, but hanging onto a toilet is lots of fun for Emmie.

So I decided to make my granddaughter the focus of my painting. My first portrait.

I used a photo that Cliff took of Emmie anxiously awaiting her supper.

I studied that face. And studied it and studied it and studied it.

The nose. The eyes. The expression. The curl of the hair. The coloring.

I’m not sure I’ve truly captured Emerson Grace Allen in my portrait, although Cliff kindly said he thought so.

But I had the most glorious time looking at those sweet features and thinking about her.


All thanks to the toilet paper rolls that got the project rolling.

Pulse Personal Lubricants: A Giveaway!



A post from Pulse Personal Lubricants:


Bringing warmth, comfort (and sizzle!) back to the bedroom

We’re going to get personal for a moment and talk about the subject no one wants to talk about: painful sex. The kind of painful sex that results from vaginal dryness caused by midlife hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and/or menopause. Despite everything you may have read, suffering is not a rite of passage; and there’s a brand-new way to bypass this kind of mood-wrecking discomfort.

Introducing Pulse, a radically new concept designed specifically to bring warmth and ease to your most intimate moments. Using intelligent technology and best-in-class lubricant formulations, the Pulse™ Warming Dispenser + Personal Lubricant Pods enhance your sexual experiences, providing a solution to a problem that many couples have endured for far too long.

It starts with smart science, because choosing the right product is integral to your overall vaginal health. Many lubricants contain harmful ingredients that can enter delicate mucous membranes, increasing your susceptibility to infections down there. Pulse’s Personal Lubricants were developed in partnership with a naturopathic doctor and are available in two healthy formulations: Aloe-ahh, which is a silicone-based formula containing aloe and vitamin E; and H2Oh!, a natural, water-based formula with pure chia extract. Best of all, both options are hypoallergenic, natural, non-toxic, and condom-friendly*, and FDA-cleared for proven safeness.

Enter the Pulse™ Warming Dispenser: In just 5 -7 minutes, this beautifully designed, secure — touchless — delivery system doses out hygienic servings of Aloe-ahh or H2Oh! lubricants, perfectly warmed to 108° – 122° Fahrenheit. The device‘s sleek aesthetic and child-friendly auto-shutoff feature make it the ideal bedside companion. Adding to its sultry vibe, the dispenser’s six sensual lighting color choices allow you to set the mood every time.

Pulse™ Warming Dispenser + Personal Lubricants offer a simple and effective way to ease tenderness and sensitivity encountered in midlife. Enhance the connection with your partner and enjoy the heat of the moment with this game-changing innovator. The Pulse™ Warming Dispenser + Personal Lubricants are available for $249 at The Pulse™ Aloe-ahh Personal Lubricant 6-Pack and Pulse™ H2Oh! Personal Lubricant 6-Pack are also available for $25 each. To give it a try, use Promo Code FRIENDFORTHERIDE at checkout for 20% off a Pulse Warming Dispenser!

Me: Pulse is a great product, and I love the small bottles, six to a pack. Perfect for a bedside drawer and travel.

GIVEAWAY! Pulse is offering a sample of their personal lubricants to TWO lucky Friend for the Ride winners. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by September 15. If you’re feeling shy, shoot me an email. Address is on the right. 

The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-five



Doors! Doors! Doors! There’s nothing like a festive or funky or elegant ladies room door to brighten your trip to the potty.  I found the door above at the Ichibaun Buffet in Durham, North Carolina.

Kathy sent us The Cliff House in San Francisco.


I found this rustic, upbeat sign at Chicken Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas.


And this is from La Condesa in Austin, Texas.

This is the door at Pride 100. The bar is one of several restored bungalows on a fun street in Austin called Rainey Street.

Here’s the wallpaper inside. Not sure how old this paper is, but they say wallpaper is making a comeback.


The sink!


From Judy, here’s the ladies room sign at Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.


Lovely sinks


From Judi, a hotel in Merido, Mexico.


And I like this sign at Southpoint, my local mall.


From Rachel, here’s Indochine in Wilmington, North Carolina. Now that is one elaborate door!


From Claire, a handcrafted skirt on the ladies room sign at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center, I-83 in York County, Pennsylvania. Creativity!


From Carol, The Realto Theater at The Villages in Florida.


Also from Carol, the Longhorn Steakhouse in Commerce, Georgia.




And finally, Nancy snapped this lovely sign while attending a play at the Passmore Senior Center, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Yikes!



MOCAheart: A Giveaway!


When MOCACARE offered me a MOCAheart device, I happily accepted their offer. 

Once it arrived, I had no trouble downloading the ap and syncing the device to my phone. After I charged my MOCAheart up, I turned it on, put my thumbs in the right place, and waited a tiny bit. Then my numbers popped up on my phone screen. Talk about easy!


Watch MOCAheart in action on this video:


Here’s more information from MOCACARE:

As you know, menopause has the potential to raise your risk of heart conditions

MOCAheart is a small biosensing device that delivers heart rate, blood oxygen, and pulse wave velocity through a simple thumb scan. PWV is the speed that blood travels through the vessels, which has long been regarded by the medical community as an important indicator of cardiovascular health and vascular status. The results automatically sync to the MOCACARE App storing all data conveniently.

The connected app allows users to share results with doctors or loved ones through its HIPPA compliant messaging platform. After each reading the app also displays actionable insights on how to improve or maintain heart health.

A bit about the MOCACARE App:

  • Easy sync – Measurement history is synced wirelessly to smartphone with a tap of a button
  • Heart healthy lifestyle tips – After each measurement, receive actionable insights and tips to improve your heart health. Based on guidelines from the American Heart Association.
  • Visualize goals and track progress – See how your health indicators are improving over time. Share your results – The HIPAA compliant chat platform makes sharing health data with doctors and loved ones effortless.
  • Multiple users –Allow friends/family to try MOCA devices without disturbing your health trends by removing irregular readings from your measurement history.

Giveaway: MOCACARE is offering a MOCAheart device to one lucky Friend for the Ride winner. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by September 10. Thanks, MOCACARE!