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: 


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