Riley, My BFF (Best Furry Friend)

For those of us that have had the privilege of having a pet who gives unconditional love, I would like to share my story.
Thirteen years ago my daughter’s girlfriend, Jen, came over to our house with a beautiful 1 1/2 year old German Shepard named Riley. I had just lost our first German Shepard of only 4 years due to cancer and did not want to go through the pain of loss again, but told her I’d keep her until Jen decided whether she could keep her, or not. As it ended up Riley and I fell in love and she stayed.
Over the years she shared her love with friends and neighbors who loved to rub her belly and see her ‘dance’ for treats. She would stand on the back porch and do her job of letting anyone who walked by that she was our protector.  I felt very safe having her.

When the grandchildren started arriving nine years ago she was so patient, never once did I get nervous with her.  Whenever it got hectic I’d find her hiding in the corner of the bedroom away from rambunctious little ones.   I watched her age as I do my grandchildren and could see that she was slowing down as they were running on high speed.  There is no doubt in my mind she knew they were coming and they’d be asking if they could give her a treat.  With arthritis in the hips, loss of her hearing and old age she’d be waiting at the door for them.

On here last day with me everything was normal – she gave me her wake up call at around 6:30, went out in the yard, came in for her breakfast.  I knew I’d have to give her about one-half hour and then out again she’d go.  I went and got ready for work and that is when I found her.  She was at the back door and could not get up – I knew.  She weighed 92 lbs so Bill got the neighbor and put her in the car.  I was beside my self because I knew she wasn’t coming home.  I miss her!

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Hooray for Grandchildren

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent. ~Sam Levenson      What a great quote!

When I reflect on the past year all I can say is that it’s so much fun being a toy :)  I’ve done the ‘babysitting thing’ and tried to make as many activities as I can.

All the grandchildren are getting older now, they start at nine and end at one, at the moment.  Their activities range from tae kwon do to soccer to baseball for the boys and Irish Dancing and gymnastics for the girls.

At age 9 we had the baseball season, it was the most hectic this year because not only did we go through the regular season we had the All Stars then the playoff tournaments.  My daughter and son-in-law were running all the time.  We attended as many as we could.

At age 8 we enjoyed the Irish Dancing shows and competitions.  Ella is looking so much more like her mom.  She brought home a few metals to show off.

At age 7, he’s our next all around sports guy.  He’s good at baseball and soccer.

Our 6 year old took classes for  tae kwon do and had his first year at baseball.  He attended “Cubs baseball camp” at the local Park District and is now hooked.  My son loves the White Sox and he and dad are sharing the couch watching games.

Our 5 year old is also an Irish Dancer and loving it.  She received her first metal for competition this year.

Our 4 year old is a gymnast.  Moving on to Irish Dancing this year.  Can’t wait to see her move those feet.

The 3 year old is attending her first Pre-School.  Getting to be that ‘big girl’.

And finally the baby.  His accomplishments are walking, talking and trying to do everything his brother and sisters do.

So, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been that’s it!  Looking forward to fall.

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One Hundred Plus of Senior Discounts

As I was scanning the internet I came across a Web Site that I think you should check out.  http://www.bradsdeals.com/blog/

Here are the Hundred Plus Discounts:

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As our reach , hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn’t know about these fantastic senior discounts!

Restaurants

  • Applebee’s: 15% off  with Golden Apple Card (60+)
  • Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
  • Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
  • Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
  • Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
  • Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
  • Burger King: 10% off (60+)
  • Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
  • Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
  • Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
  • CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Culver’s: 10% off (60+)
  • Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or (55+)
  • Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
  • Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
  • Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
  • Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday  (65+)
  • IHOP: 10% off (55+)
  • Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
  • KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
  • Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
  • Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
  • McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
  • Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
  • Shoney’s: 10% off
  • Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
  • Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
  • Subway: 10% off (60+)
  • Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+)
  • Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
  • TCBY: 10% off (55+)
  • Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
  • Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
  • Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
  • Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
  • White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Retail and Apparel

  • Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
  • Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
  • Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
  • Big Lots: 10% off
  • Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
  • C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Clarks: 10% off (62+)
  • Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
  • Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Kmart: 20% off (50+)
  • Kohl’s: 15% off  (60+)
  • Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
  • Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
  • Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
  • Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

Grocery

  • Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
  • American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
  • Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
  • Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+)
  • Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
  • Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
  • Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
  • Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
  • Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Travel

  • Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
  • Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
  • Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • Best Western: 10% off (55+)
  • Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
  • Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
  • Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
  • Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
  • Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
  • Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members
  • Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
  • Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
  • Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
  • Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
  • Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
  • National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
  • Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
  • United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Activities & Entertainment

  • AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
  • Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
  • Busch Gardens Tampa : $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
  • Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
  • Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
  • U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
  • Regal Cinemas: 30% off
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
  • SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Cell Phone Discounts

  • AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
  • Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)

*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!

Miscellaneous

  • Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
  • Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck.

 

Looking for a printable version of our list of discounts for seniors? We’ve got you covered! Click this link to view, then just hit “Print” in your browser:108 Stores with Senior Discounts (PDF, 141 KB)

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The Joy of Skiing with the Grandchildren

There will come a time in everyone’s life when time will reverse.  You live a life of raising your children and then, in the blink of an eye, you are watching your children raise their children.  It’s absolutely awesome!

Thirty years ago I was fortunate to introduce the sport of skiing to my son and daughter.  They took to it like a ‘duck to water’.  They took lessons from beginner to advanced and are excellent at it.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and here I was watching four of my grandchildren doing the same, taking their very first beginner lesson at a ski hill.    As I spent the first ninety minutes or so watching my two adult children return to the slopes and skiing like they never left, I knew it was going to be a great day.  We left the more advanced hill and headed over to the beginner hill to check on the kids and their instructor to see if they liked what we had brought them into and the reaction was unanimous “we love it!” they shouted.

Since then we have had very little to none as far as snow is concerned in the Chicago land area so we have not been able to take them, but I am sure that when I come up with another day of skiing I know that I’ll always have someone to go out with.  SUCH FUN!

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