Friday, May 24, 2019

Fly On The Wall Through An Eyeball

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today six bloggers are bravely inviting you into their homes for a sneak peek at what you might find if you were a nosy fly buzzing around their house.

Things have finally quieted down since my son's wedding last month (You can read all about it here) but what a crazy month and a half it has been! My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary together, and then one of my closest friends flew in from Louisiana to visit for a few days. To give you an idea of how things went when we spent some much-needed girl time together, we ended up closing down a bar. I'd forgotten what it was like to be 25 (but my body felt like it was 75 in the morning). The hangover struggle is REAL.

The wedding came and went (far too fast!!) on April 20th, and then two days later SURPRISE!! I ended up having emergency eye surgery for a torn retina. Actually, it was torn in three places and before you ask, no, I didn't have any kind of head trauma. My condition started as Posterior Vitreous Detachment, which is common when you get OLDER. Yeah, something else we get to look forward to as we age (as if wrinkles, menopause and weight gain wasn't enough). The surgery to cauterize the retinal tears felt like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vadar battling it out with their laser wands in my eyeball. But things are much better now, and I CAN SEE!!

Despite the crazy few weeks we had here, my husband was never short on humor....

"Why do I keep getting cobwebs all over me?"
"Because you're old."

"I don't feel good."
"Eat a cheese stick."
"That's your solution to everything! Got a stomach ache? Eat a cheese stick. Depressed? Eat a cheese stick. Sleepy? Eat a cheese stick. Enough with the cheese sticks! It's pissing me off."
"Well a cheese stick."

"Why is our pug humping a pillow?"
"She has an innate need to dominate all the pillows in the house."

"You just had the laser surgery. Be careful---don't cough too hard---your eye might pop out."

"If I keep dancing like this, I'm not gonna just throw my back out; I'm gonna lose a few vertebrae and be three inches shorter by the end of the evening."

"You must like Spandex---you wear it all the time."
"Oh sure, I love having my internal organs pushed up into my throat."

"Game of Thrones is over and my life will never be the same."
"That's because you never had much of a life to begin with...."
"Be careful what you say; I'll pull a Daenerys Targaryen on you if you don't stop."
"Not unless you hatch a few baby dragons first."

"Why does our toilet make that weird, high-pitched sound whenever we flush it?"
"It's screaming in horror."

"I noticed that you never use your expensive gravity blanket in bed anymore."
"It weighs too much. If a burglar broke in, I wouldn't be able to get up to stop him. But the real reason is that I'm afraid of being trapped underneath it when I need to pee at 3:00 a.m."

     I'm glad my eyeball is better now. I'd hate to have missed out on all the fun around here.

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Last week I was featured on Indelible Ink with a humor essay on clothes shopping. You can read it here:  PSSSSSS! If you like what you read, click on the clapping hands in the left margin of the article---I actually get paid for readership! Thanks!

Click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope   
Menopausal Mother           
Spatulas on Parade           
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Follow Me Home              

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Property Advice for Elderly Clients

     Today on the blog I have guest Will Bail, a link-builder and web developer at LD SEO Sydney. He is here to share the latest advice for elderly clients on raising an income from their home properties. Please welcome him to Meno Mama's site with lots of comment love!

           Property Advice for Elderly Clients

Do you lack the confidence to assist you to settle your property affairs following a decline in health or bereavement? Do you lack close friends or family members who can advise you on how to preserve your assets and properties as you start to age?

It is common for individuals to experience some confusion as they start to age. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you are well-versed with conveyancing in NSW

The following is important property advice for elderly clients:

Raising an Income from the Property 

Elderly individuals who have a considerable value locked up in their properties may want to realize this value while they are still alive. The reason for carrying out such a move may be because the homeowner wants to reinvest that capital or because they are looking for ways to boost their incomes.

At the moment, there exist several plans in the market that have been specifically designed for this particular purpose. But you should note that some of the schemes may not be suitable for an elderly person.

As such, it may be a good idea to seek independent advice before you make any moves on the property market.

Leaving the Residence

There is also a scenario where you may want to move out of that house and into residential care or sheltered accommodation.

In such a case, it would be best to consult a professional on the kinds of accommodation available in your region, and the expenses associated with each. If you choose to follow this route, you may need to gift the house to relatives, your spouse or offspring.

Alternatively, a need may arise for you to move in with those closest to you. 

Practical Means to Successfully Completing the First Steps

1. Get in Touch with the Estate Attorneys 

Contact the attorneys to check whether the elderly individual has all the documents in order. If not, the home seller should make sure that they contact their attorneys. 
The attorney should review all the documents related to that home to confirm that the client’s siblings have the power to transact on behalf of their parents.

If the parent does not have a will or trust, the client should request their attorneys to provide guidance on all matters related to probate issues. This is to guide them on the issues that they need to resolve, e.g., conservatorship status.

2. Gather all the documents together

Where a seller has been named by the parents in their will as a trustee or agent, the person in charge should make sure that all the documents are gathered in one place.
Having secured the well-being, security, and safety of the home sellers’ parents, the home broker should help their clients to explore the available options. For instance, the broker can help the client to decide whether it will make more sense to sell or rent the home. 

It is best for clients to consider seeking the advice and comfort of an adviser they can trust. Advisers can be mental health professionals, family therapists, or even the family doctor. Seeking advice helps ensure that the client will not make a decision they will regret later. 


Wilbert Bail is a link-builder and web developer at LD SEO Sydney. He has an adventurous mind but seldom travels as he would rather stay home and make the client's business website more visible on the internet. He likes techie stuff but won't buy any gadgets that are above $1000, hence no iPhone.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Stoke And Heart Disease: Are You At Risk?

     My brother was only 53 when he suffered a massive stroke just days after surgery on his shoulder. Fortunately, he survived but he lost a portion of his memory in the process. His condition got me thinking about my own cardiovascular health, so I did a little research and was surprised to learn that more women die from stroke than men, with 60% of all stroke deaths occurring in women. I also discovered that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the US, on average striking one in four females.

     There are several reasons for these startling statistics. Women are at a higher risk during certain stages of life, particularly during pregnancy if their blood pressure elevates, or if diabetes and obesity are a factor. Black/African American women are at an even higher risk if sickle cell anemia is detected during pregnancy.

     Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also increase in females as they age. It's important to note that women experience different symptoms than men during a heart attack. Their pain is not only in the chest but can also be in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen, and back. Women have reported sharp pain in the stomach, accompanied by nausea, fatigue and profuse sweating at the onset of a heart attack.

     If healthy behaviors are started early in life such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly,   the risk of heart disease and stroke is significantly lower. But it's never too late to start practicing heart-healthy behaviors.

     To prevent a cardiovascular event, women should refrain from smoking, monitor their cholesterol levels regularly, reduce sodium in their diet, find alternative ways to handle stress and get plenty of exercise. This heart-healthy behavior will also help to decrease the chances of diabetes and obesity.

     Another preventative measure would be to schedule regular checkups with your physician and to get screening tests for any potential heart disease or stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, which is especially important if you have a family history of these risk factors.

     Women who have already suffered from a cardiovascular event can decrease the risks of future heart attacks and strokes by measuring their blood pressure regularly at home, participating in cardiac rehabilitation or stroke recovery, and as always, taking all medications as directed.

     After witnessing my brother's difficult recovery from his stroke, I knew that it was time to take my own health seriously by following up with preventative measures that will lead to a heart-healthy life.

*For more information, visit:

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Fact Sheet  

Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet


Pregnancy and Stroke: Are You at Risk? (CDC Feature Article): 

Brooke Bergfeld's Stroke Survivor Story: 

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Perfect Day For A Perfect Wedding

     One of the most exciting aspects of parenthood is witnessing your adult children move onto the next important chapter in their lives when they exchange wedding vows with their significant other.

     Last weekend my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing our son marry the love of his life in a romantic ceremony on the beach. The reception was held at one of their favorite venues and we danced late into the night until some of us old folks had blisters on our feet. The bride's family went above and beyond in planning one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! They worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect, and it was. The celebration was spread out over the entire weekend, and I have to admit, those days were some of the happiest times of my life.

     Below are a few photos out of the thousands that were taken. I'm sharing just a handful of my favorite moments from that enchanting day:

First, we jammed up the elevator which took forever to reach the ground floor of the hotel

Gorgeous beach day = a wedding in paradise

They shared their own, beautiful vows. Not a dry eye on the beach!

The Newlyweds (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The beautiful bridesmaids (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The dashing groomsmen (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The proud parents of the groom

The newlyweds were very kind to one another---no cake in the face!

What would a wedding reception be without a photo booth??

More shenanigans

Proud Mama dancing with the groom

A perfect day for a perfect wedding (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

Now I just have to marry off my other three children.....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Should I Buy A Refurbished Laptop Or Computer?

     Today on the blog I have Wilbert Bail, a link-builder and web developer who has been a frequent guest on my blog. Will is always happy to share his insights, and today's topic deals with refurbished laptops and computers. I bought a refurbished laptop for my son last year, and it turned out to be a perfect (and inexpensive) gift for him!

Should I Buy a Refurbished Laptop or Computer?

You might have doubts about buying a refurbished computer. There’s nothing wrong with a dose of healthy skepticism. After all, the last thing you want is to pay good money for a busted computer. But if you’re on a tight budget, then a refurbished computer is worth considering. A refurbished PC can cost up to 50 percent less than a new one. As long as you find a reliable dealer, you can get a great deal on a refurbished computer. 

What Exactly is the Meaning of Refurbished?
When it comes to computers, refurbished can have several meanings. You might imagine a refurbished computer is one that someone tossed because it wasn’t any good. But that’s a completely false image. The truth is some refurbished units are barely even used, if at all. 

Refurbished could mean the computer is a customer return. Once a computer is shipped it’s no longer a new unit. That means even if the customer never used it, the dealer can no longer say it's new. The same can also apply to an order that was canceled. All the dealer can do is make sure the unit works as advertised, and sell it as a refurbished unit.

Some refurbished computers get that label because of failing the manufacturer’s quality test. When that happens, the computer is rebuilt but not sold as new. It may say something like certified refurbished or refurbished by the manufacturer. This means the computer has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired so it works as good as new.

It’s worth noting that a third-party can also refurbish a computer. A third-party might refurbish a computer with whatever parts they have available. In this case, the unit might not match its original specifications. To know exactly what you’re getting, compare the specifications of the new computer to the refurbished model. 

Unless you’re a computer guru, it’s best to purchase a refurbished unit from a reliable manufacturer or retailer. For instance, Recompute specializes in refurbished computers. All of their units are packaged as new and include a 1-year warranty. A warrant is usually a good sign because it means the seller stands behind the product. Buying from an online auction or from classified websites is more of a gamble. You may or may not get a good unit, and probably won’t get a warranty. But you can consider that option if you’re comfortable. 

Bottom Line – Do Your Research 
Buying a refurbished laptop or computer is worth considering. Whether or not you do depends on what you want. It also depends on your comfort level with buying a refurbished unit. If you choose a reliable seller, then you’re likely to get a good deal. You can also search for the model number to learn more about the refurbished unit you’re considering. If you think it’s a good deal, and the seller is reputable, then you’ve probably found a good refurbished item.


Wilbert Bail is a link-builder and web developer at LD SEO Sydney. He has an adventurous mind but seldom travels as he would rather stay home and make a client's business website more visible on the internet. He likes techie stuff but won't buy any gadgets that are above $1000, hence no iPhone.

Friday, April 12, 2019

35 Years Of Magic

     When I talk about 35 years of magic, I'm not talking about Disney World's Magic Kingdom; I'm talking about 35 years of marriage. And a wonderful marriage it has been! Sure, we've had our rollercoaster moments---some pretty frightening ones, if I am to be honest. But we have come through them all unscathed.

     Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary in style with a visit to the Downton Abbey exhibit (our favorite show) and a nice dinner out on the town. We reminisced over old wedding photos and agreed that we are among the lucky few who have stayed together this long, for better or worse.

     Below is a little sampling of photos from that incredible day, April 7, 1984:

The Wedding party

Don't we just looky spiffy?

Cutting the cake (no, we did NOT shove it into each other's face!

Removing the garter...ooh la-la!

That was THEN.....

This is NOW. 35 years together!

Even more exciting is that next weekend I will be standing by the ocean and watching my oldest son exchange vows with the love of his life. Have I mentioned how much I love the month of April??

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Distinctive Baby Shower Gift Ideas

     I hosted a baby shower for my daughter last year and enjoyed the planning stage of the party along with selecting gifts for the newborn. Today on the blog, my guest Gurbaj Singh is here to share ideas on the best gifts for a baby shower.

Ideas for Baby Shower to Buy a Distinctive and  Most Beautiful Gift

Are you going to attend a baby shower of your friends or relatives? Always remember that such kinds of programs are different from weddings and anniversaries. A baby shower is celebrated in almost every culture in different ways. Some communities celebrate before the birth of the child and some after the delivery. However, one thing is common in all of them & that is gifting culture. People bring presents to the mother as well as a newborn baby with their best wishes. If you are also invited to this event, try to find a distinctive and beautiful gift for the kid. This article is full of some unique ideas for baby gifts that you can opt out.

Distinctive baby shower gift ideas

  1. Newborn baby clothing kit

Clothes for a newborn baby are among the first preferences of every person who is invited for a baby shower event. Nevertheless, keep one thing in mind that you must be highly cautious about the quality of fabric because almost every cloth is mixed with a composition of cotton along with synthetic polymers. Find a seller that is specialized in kids attires only. Everything that you are going to buy must be made up of 100 organic kinds of cotton. It would be better if the cotton belongs to Egypt because Egyptian cotton has no match all over the world when it comes to the formation of the finest quality fabric. Buy gift box that comprises all essential for a kid including swaddle scarf, bandana bibs, skull hat, kimono bodysuit & baby bootie.

  1. Baby toys & accessories kit

The toys for newborn babies must be made with hygienic and natural material. Never choose toys for kids that are made up of plastic. Find kids accessories where soft wooden toys like pacifier clips are available. Along with this, you can assert the box bit soft fabric toys like knit bears, stroller toys, bunny rattle, bunny pacifier and grasping toys. Assert all of the available options in a beautiful box to present at a baby shower or as a baby Christmas gifts.  Make sure that all the gifts you are buying are made up of 100% organic material.

  1. Baby grooming kit  

Grooming is not just meant for adults and teenagers, kids also have grooming kits. A good online portal for kids accessories can provide you all organic options whether it is a bathrobe, body wash, night bath essence, hooded towel, bamboo brush, comb & nail clipper. This is an amazing idea for baby shower gifts made with organic fabrics and natural oils.

While buying a gift for the newborn baby, also consider something special for the mother too. There are some nice options of printed coffee mugs, fragrance candles, photo frames & kimonos are available to choose. Never compromise with the quality of kids clothes and accessories because synthetic stuff cannot suit to the sensitive skin of a newborn.


Gurbaj Singh is the Incharge of Marketing for as well as a writer focusing on the daily lives of common people. He is also a tech industry influencer and freelance journalist covering high-growth industries and technologies.  


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