Sep 302014

Family Caregivers and Senior Care“Am I willing to be a father?”

When my wife and I were still engaged, it was a question often asked of myself.

I mean I suppose she was doing the asking, but I caught on (relatively) quickly. Afterwards, I could answer that question… but unfortunately, it was the wrong question.

Am I willing to be a father?” Yes, but “Am I prepared to be a father?” Now that’s a far more difficult question.

Caring for a newborn and caregiving for the elderly have a lot in common – not to say they’re the same, but there are similarities (as well as differences).

And a key similarity is the difference between “willing” and “prepared”; a discrepancy that plagues first-time fathers and family caregivers alike., a company that specializes in “helping the helpers” by providing personalized assistance for family caregivers, released their annual Usage and Attitudes Survey. Among many other things, surveys determine how many hours a week caregivers spend on their loved ones and what those tasks entail. The results are likely to shock a “willing” – albeit “unprepared” – caregiver. Continue reading »

About Derek Hobson

Derek Hobson is a writer and educated humorist based in Seattle, WA. If laughter is the best medicine, he fancies himself a pharmacist.

Sep 292014

I was in my car and on my way to discuss mindfulness to a group of unemployed professionals when I started thinking about new points to add to the presentation. Ten minutes later I realized I had driven past my stop. This is a perfect example of not being mindful!

Mindfulness is an elusive and often misunderstood word. Mindfulness is simply being in the present moment. It requires that you discipline the mind and practice.  Why should you be mindful? When your life goes south, being mindful can help you get on track again. Mindfulness requires that you move away from busy behavior. This is a problem for many boomers when under stress–if you lose a job or have other losses in your life (money, home, partner).

Suggestions from our book, Upside: How to Zig When Life Zags:

“The American way of life leads you to believe that doing nothing is a bad thing. It suggests that value is only found by being productive or busy every moment. Inspiration for making change doesn’t come on demand but by allowing time to pass without activities. Sometimes you will be inspired when you least expect it, or when you feel bored.” Continue reading »

About Bonnie Michaels

Bonnie Michaels is an expert in work-life balance, life’s transitions and happiness. She provides solutions for individuals and businesses around the globe through her consulting, workshops, speeches, media appearances and writing. She has co-authored Solving the Work/Family Puzzle, A Journey of Work-Life Renewal: The Power to Recharge & Rekindle Passion in Your Life, Upside: How to Zig When Life Zags and the Ebook, The Happy App: A Process for Boomer Bliss

Sep 292014“Not tonight dear. I have a painful vagina.” Say what? If you’re making excuses to avoid sexual intimacy with your partner due to vaginal pain, you owe it to yourself (and your partner) to treat it.

“The big O” does not mean “the big Ouch.” Recapture the rapture in bed.

Pain during intercourse is called dyspareunia (Say what?). If you’re experiencing pain during sex, you could be suffering from vaginal atrophy (VA). Vaginal atrophy is a thinning and inflammation of the vaginal wall. VA occurs when estrogen levels drop. Estrogens, produced by the ovaries, maintain the structure and function of the vaginal wall, elasticity of the tissues around the vagina, and production of vaginal fluid.

Unfortunately, like the rest of your menopausal body, your vagina is aging too.

Hot flashes, sleeplessness, memory loss and weight gain get top billing when it comes to menopausal symptoms. But vaginal discomfort is every bit as difficult and critical to deal with as those symptoms. Vaginal symptoms can negatively impact not only on your relationships and sexuality, but can affect your quality of life and self-image.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you could have VA:

  • vaginal dryness
  • sex-induced pain or bleeding
  • itching
  • soreness or irritation
  • painful or burning urination
  • incontinence (involuntary urination)
  • pain when touching the vagina

You’re not alone. Vaginal dryness affects as many as 75 percent of postmenopausal women. Between 17 and 45 percent of postmenopausal women say they find sex painful, according to The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

According to the Women’s Health Concern, only 25 percent of these women seek treatment. What’s more, according to the International Menopause Society, 70 percent of women say their healthcare providers rarely or never raise the subject with them.

The Closer survey revealed that vaginal discomfort caused 58 percent of the North American women who were surveyed to avoid intimacy and 64 percent to experience a loss of libido.

Pain during sex (or simply the fear of pain during sex) can trigger performance anxiety or arousal problems in some women, according to the NAMS. This also can cause dryness or involuntary — and painful — tightening of the vaginal muscles, called vaginismus. It’s a Catch-22.

What’s are your options?

  • Pelvic floor therapy. According to Harvard Medical School, this is a relatively new — yet safe and effective — technique. A physical therapist uses massage and gentle pressure to relax and stretch tightened tissues in the pelvic area. You also learn exercises to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which may have been weakened by aging, childbirth or hormonal changes.
  • Personal lubricant or moisturizer. However, your vagina may need more than a lube job. Non-hormonal vaginal lubricantscan help decrease friction and discomfort during intercourse. Be sure that they are water-based and designed for vaginal use. Petroleum-based lubricants can harbor bacteria in the vagina and lead to infection, as well damage latex condoms.
    Vaginal moisturizers (similar to moisturizing your face (most women find these helpful to use every day) can help relieve dryness and rebalance the acidity of the vagina. Both lubricants and moisturizers provide temporary relief of symptoms but do not treat the underlying condition of vaginal atrophy.
  • A menopause specialist. If you’re lubed to the max and still have no relief, seek help. If you don’t have a menopause specialist, check out my Menopause Doctor Directory.
  • Pelvic examand Pap test. Also have your vaginal secretions and the acid level in your vagina checked. You may need to provide a urine sample if you’re experiencing unusual urgency or a leaky bladder.
  • Hormone treatment. Options include local estrogen therapy (LET) and systemic estrogen therapy. LET is estrogen applied directly to vaginal tissues, so it goes directly to the affected area, with minimal absorption of estrogen into the bloodstream. LET is available in creams, a ring and a tablet. Systemic hormone therapy (HT) allows estrogen to circulate throughout the bloodstream to all parts of the body. It’s available in many forms: a pill, injection, patch, gel and spray. Systemic HT is most often prescribed for multiple whole-body symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, hot flashes, and others. Some women need a combination of treatments.
  • Talk with your partner. Honesty is definitely the best policy. If you’re avoiding sex due to pain, your partner could misinterpret it as your dissatisfaction with the relationship (or the sex).

I can’t believe it’s been about a decade since my vagina first committed mutiny and my libido went AWOL. I’ve since vanquished my vagina problems and located my libido. You can, too. Get your symptoms treated, and you can put the va-va-voom back in your vagina.

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN! 


Sep 242014

aggressive man and meditation womanMany times in my life, people have made caregiving for seniors analogous to caregiving for babies. There are some times where that analogy holds true: cooking and feeding your elder, helping them with incontinence, changing their clothes, and so on. But that analogy breaks down when you’re struggling day after day caring for seniors with dementia.

Usually it’s dementia, but it could be any number of cognitive problems. The side effects include mood swings, tempers, confusion, frustration, loss of balance, aches, and the list goes on. Dementia symptoms – and the many diseases that cause it – result in angry (often violent) seniors. The situation may not get physical, but the violent verbal tyraids are more than enough to send shivers down any caregiver’s spine. It’s not just mean, it’s personal.

Here you are, a caregiver – a person who has made sacrifices to take care of your elder – and here they are, accusing you of slipping drugs in their breakfast, never loving them and only thinking of their money, and (suffice to say) ruining their life.

The first few outbursts might be easier to bounce back from, but the consistent attacks on your character can eat away at you until you’re at the breaking point as well. Continue reading »

About Derek Hobson

Derek Hobson is a writer and educated humorist based in Seattle, WA. If laughter is the best medicine, he fancies himself a pharmacist.

Sep 222014 you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? Ovarian cancer strikes about 3 percent of women.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 about 21,980 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and approximately 14,270 women will die from ovarian cancer.

Although early cancers of the ovaries generally cause no symptoms, they list the most common signs and symptoms as:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)

Remember, be your own advocate for your health and pay attention to your body. You need to know what’s normal for you. If you are concerned, contact your medical professional. Continue reading »

Sep 182014

If you are in need of a boiler for home heating purposes, you might have been stumped by the many choices available. While there were traditionally very few choices, advancements in technology have meant that you have an important decision to make when selecting a boiler for your heating system. In this article, we have outlined the four main types that you can choose from, as well as the advantages of using a boiler to keep your home warm.

Home Boiler

Types of Boiler

While there are several different types currently on the market, we have outlined the four most popular here:

  • Gas – This is the most common unit available today. They are not only extremely efficient, they are also quite durable; breakdowns are rare and repairs aren’t required very often. They come in three standard forms – conventional, combination and condensing – each of which offers a number of benefits.
  • Electric – This is a boiler that is slowly gaining popularity, especially because electricity is considered to be more efficient than gas. They have a slimmer housing, which means that they take up less space and can fit in more awkward spaces. They also don’t emit carbon dioxide, which makes them environmentally friendly.
  • Oil – This is a unit that is slowly losing popularity because oil prices are known to fluctuate wildly. While oil is considered more efficient and reliable than both gas and electricity, it is a non-renewable source of energy. Many people are steering clear of oil in favour of more environmentally friendly choices.
  • Solid Fuel – This is the least common boiler available today. They have traditionally used coal as a fuel source, but newer models use biofuels (such as wood pellets or burnable pellets that are made of recycled materials). As the environmentally friendly factor becomes more known, more homeowners will turn to this type.

Continue reading »

About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Sep 172014

Even though cranes are incredibly useful across a number of industries and for a number of applications, it is important to remember that they are potentially dangerous pieces of equipment that must be kept in optimal condition. The used crane operator is actually responsible for inspecting and maintaining the machine in a safe condition, so what sorts of inspections and maintenance needs to be undertaken to ensure that this is the case?

Pre-Operation Inspection

It is essential that a routine inspection be undertaken before a used crane begins work each day. This can be completed by the operator and includes:

  • A visual inspection of the machine’s structure (to pinpoint cracks, deformities and worn or loose components);
  • An inspection and test of all operating and emergency controls (to ensure that they are working as designed);
  • An inspection around and underneath the crane to ensure it is adequately supported (particularly if it has been left overnight during bad weather);
  • An inspection of wire ropes and rigging equipment; and
  • An inspection and test of personal protective equipment.

Continue reading »

Sep 152014 you’re in perimenopause, menopause or are postmenopausal like me, one thing is certain: things are not at all like they used to be.

Hot flashes, anxiety and sleepless nights are part of the package and I’m the first to admit it can be hard to handle. That’s why as I turn 61 this month I’m giving myself the gift of self-compassion. After all, living a joyful life and by extension being kind to others depends upon how kind you are to yourself.

Part of this new normal of being postmenopausal is that I’ve learned to pay closer attention to my own needs. Traveling down this road through the jungle of menopause, I’ve adapted by becoming more self-reliant, making me feel more fulfilled. That’s very different from how the menstruation journey began years ago.

A friend of mine swears that the Miss Deb booklet left on her bed by her mother was the best dollar her mom ever spent! It was a pamphlet for ‘little girls who would mature soon and pretty much took the onus off her mother having the ‘birds and the bees’ talk.

Perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause are far more difficult to comprehend, and even Miss Deb wouldn’t be able to explain their ins and outs in a small pamphlet. One thing is for sure—charting your own destiny can be extremely liberating providing you first lighten up—on yourself! Have some self-compassion. Continue reading »

Sep 082014 we get older, it seems like our visits to doctors become more and more frequent. An ache here, a pain there. Truth is, one way to reduce the number of doctor visits in perimenopause and menopause is to actually schedule a few crucial medical tests. That way, you can nip any pending medical conditions in the bud and get on with your, “I’m-not-gonna-let-this-hold-me-back” life.

Please note: This is not intended to be medical advice. Consult your menopause specialist about the best course of action to take, as every women has unique needs.

Did you know that menopause symptoms can mimic those of other conditions? According to the North American Menopause Society, these symptoms are similar to those of thyroid disease, for instance. Depending on your medical history, it may make sense to undergo medical tests to rule out such conditions.

Am I really in menopause?

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are sometimes measured to confirm menopause. Because these levels vary, you can’t rely on a single test. If, after several tests, your FSH blood level is consistently 30 mIU/mL or higher, and you haven’t had your menstrual period for a year, you’re probably a member of the menopause club. Note: If you’re using certain hormone therapies (such as birth control pills), an FSH test is not valid. Some doctors prefer to test the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels instead, because they are not affected by birth-control pills. During menopause, AMH levels are decreased. Continue reading »

Sep 072014

Natural gas represents a combustible mixture of hydrocarbon gases that is odorless, colorless and shapeless in its pure form. The typical “rotten egg” odor that we can smell is actually an odor added by utility company (called mercaptan) to help us detect leaks.

What is Natural Gas?

Natural gas is often mistaken for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Nothing could be further from the truth: natural gas is nearly forty times lighter than air, while LPG gasses (as propane, for instance), are in actual fact heavier than air. What this practically means is that propane gas gathers in low places, whereas natural gas rises and collects in high places.


If natural gas starts leaking, it may present different hazards, such as fire, explosion and asphyxiation (due to the fact that it displaces oxygen in a confined space), so it can easily bring your life in peril. When it comes to its combustibility, natural gas cannot burn by itself, i.e. it has to be mixed with air to ignite. But in order to do so, it also needs an ignition source, such as a match, lighter or pilot light, or in certain cases, an electric arc from a motor, light switch or even old doorbell. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Sep 072014 7th is Grandparents Day!!!!!!!!!!!! On August 8th in Seattle, Washington, our daughter Sarah and her husband Sol, brought a beautiful pink bundle of joy into this world. I am now a Grandma! Now, I understand why grandparents go on and on, bragging about their grandchildren.

I’m proud, and not the least bit embarrassed to be a Grandmother. I don’t think that being a grandmother ages me. In fact, it’s just the opposite! When I hold my Granddaughter Aviva in my arms and look into her eyes, I feel overjoyed and energized. (The fact that I’m not the one getting up in the middle of the night to feed her may help account for that!)

I didn’t make up Grandparents Day just so I could have an excuse to brag about Aviva. (Who needs an excuse?!) National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia. She wanted to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also wanted grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

So, getting back to my granddaughter…. Actually, most of my conversations these days somehow end up back on the subject of Aviva. I guess I could blame it on my menopausal, forgetful mind, but the truth is I wake up each morning anxiously awaiting a morning text flooded with pictures of her sleeping, or a mini video of her bath. Yesterday we had lunch together, thanks to FaceTime!!!

You know, it’s interesting how our instincts kick in. As parents and grandparents, we go into protector mode when it concerns our babies. Even my daughter and son-in-law’s dog, Jazz (their 14 year old Golden Retriever), is jazzed about the baby and eager to protect her.

When I became a mother for the first time in 1980, there was no “use and care” manual that came with a newborn. Most of us just winged it. However, today’s parents do have the Internet and even apps to help them prepare for and cope with the responsibilities of parenthood. But no website or app can teach you how to love your child. That simply comes with the territory. The flood of love and tenderness that is unleashed with the birth of a baby is beautiful to watch and share.

My daughter, Sarah, created a blog to share her pre-Mommy thoughts and feelings. I was so proud of how honest she was about her pregnancy. She shared the good and the difficult times. I had her blog made into a book for Aviva. I think it will be wonderful for her to read her Mommy’s thoughts while she was growing inside of her. I titled the book, Smiles Curls and Baby which is the name of Sarah’s blog. By sharing our own stories we help others.

Welcome to the world, Aviva! I hope you will help to make it a kinder, more caring and gentle place. Grandma is going to encourage you to embrace your role as a female in this world. Learn the delicate balance between cherishing your femininity and embracing your power to do anything that you set your mind to. Oh, and yes, I shall teach you to be prepared for perimenopause and menopause…….but for now I need to teach you spa etiquette. You aren’t supposed to poop during your bath.

While Sarah and Sol are sleepless in Seattle, I stare at her lips, tiny fingers, every sound on the videos and rejoice that I have finally joined the Grandparents Club. I am madly in love!

Gotta go – time to book my next trip to Seattle!

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!


Sep 042014

We are sure that you regularly meet new fitness clients who are enthusiastic and want to get started straight away. While it is logical to want to harness that enthusiasm and launch straight into a fitness program, it is important that you first consider the risks that could arise. Failing to identify and manage risks with professional fitness equipment could seriously undermine your service as a whole, not to mention cause other issues down the track.

Take a Step Back
Before identifying any risks that your clients might be exposed to, you should first take a step back to assess the situation you are in and determine what you are trying to achieve.

  • What factors in your training environment will impact your overall session? You will need to assess the professional fitness equipment and gym policies or procedures that need to be adhered to.
  • Who are your stakeholders, what are their expectations and how can you manage them? Your stakeholders will usually be your client, other gym users and facility management.
  • What sorts of tools can be used to help prevent accidents or injury from occurring? These may include first aid supplies, water facilities and awareness of relevant emergency procedures.
  • What is the current health of the client like and what are their fitness goals? This is essential for helping you to identify any risks that may be present or that will need to be controlled.

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Sep 022014
July 1949. Me with my parents in East Point, FL

July 1949. Me with my parents in East Point, FL

My parents were members of the Greatest Generation. There will never be another generation like them. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude when I think of the sacrifices made by my parents. So much so that I wrote a post about them on a blog that I created to pay tribute to my dad and a book he wrote about his experiences in WWII as a B-17 tail gunner. Would you like to share your parent’s story? I, and I’m sure many others, would like to hear from you. Please visit my blog and tell us about your parents.

About Wanda Goodwin

My father was a B-17 tailgunner in WWII. Because I so enjoyed his stories growing up, when I retired, I helped him write a book. From there I developed a web page and a blog, both about his book. So fortunate, at 90, he still does book signings and enjoys e-mails, cards and blog comments. Our little self published venture has sold over 5,000 copies and we've just launched a Kindle edition.

Sep 012014 up there with hot flashes, insomnia, grumpiness and weight gain, forgetting what you were going to say, when only half the words are out of your mouth, can make you feel out of your mind! Is what was once crystal-clear now just a tad fuzzy?

Welcome to brain fog. It can be frustrating because it impacts how well you perform everyday tasks such as adding up a tip after a restaurant meal, paying attention during long drives or plowing through a challenging book.

Here’s What Gives

As hormones fluctuate in your body during menopause, cognitive functions are affected. Doctors say self-reported memory problems are common in women 33-55. Additionally, the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) showed that the cognitive decline you think you feel is real, coupled with the fact that it is also more difficult to learn new things as you go through menopause. However the good news is that the study suggests that this cognitive decline might be time-limited, so as you near the later stages of menopause, you do feel more clarity. The study says hormone replacement therapy works better when you begin early on, say before your last period or by 53 years of age and might have a detrimental effect if you begin hormones much later in the game—three or four years after your last period.

The University of Rochester Medical Center released information that shows what women perceive as memory problems, may actually be related to your ability to learn new information. This is called ‘encoding’ and can lead you to believe that your memory is going, going, gone.

Plus, there can be underlying issues such as depression that affect how you encode new information during menopause. Turns out your mental state of well being has an impact on your mood and even disturbances in your sleep.   More evidence that treating your depression is even more critical during menopause.

Study or no study, I can tell you once I went on bioidentical HRT my brain fog lifted and I was a fully functioning again!

Fight or Flight: Trouble Around Every Corner

You know those signs you see in gift shops everywhere that say, “Keep Calm and Carry On?”   There is a reason they’re so popular. It is extremely important to settle down, stay focused and remember the critical information, while letting go of the other stuff.

We’re overloaded with activities, which can send our bodies into ‘fight or flight,’ which in turn sends corticosteroids into overdrive. These are the hormones we all secrete during adverse events. They’re okay for a while, but if you stay in high alert, they hang around like a bad dream. Best not to get stressed over every little thing because memory is connected to the very way that we funnel our emotions. Each time you process, encode and retrieve information, it is based on emotions and anxiety.

Let it Go

Spending your precious time worrying about everything can be dealt with through mindfulness based stress reduction or MSBR. You can reach that state through meditation and it’s extremely helpful in lowering blood pressure and minimizing the effects of depression.

Here are some other great tips to help you remember:

Bottom line—help yourself as best you can by staying physically active, mentally active (think crossword puzzles or word games) and learn to let go of things over which you have no control.

I recently spoke with Ruth Curran who is the author of Cranium Crunches about embracing perceived weaknesses, and treating them as strengths. This has to do with metamemory, which requires you to recognize your ‘failings’ and turn those ‘deficits’ into greatness. If you acknowledge which parts of the memory process affects you most, such as focusing on tasks or keying in to the point of a story, you’ll understand what needs work. Pay attention to what mental tasks are challenging for you and incorporate brain teasers into your daily routine.

Finally, take a deep breath and relax! Just as soon as you remember!

Suffering in Silence is Out! Reaching Out is In!

Aug 312014

Here is another cool infographic of interest to us Baby Boomers!


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About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination!

Aug 252014 we enter the years of perimenopause and menopause, we’re not only older; we’re wiser, too. We must value ourselves and realize that we’ve got a lot to contribute to the communities we live in!

This stage signifies a new chapter in a woman’s life. Don’t write yourself off! Instead, many women simply decide to rewrite their entire book. For example: More than 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s or 60s — the menopause years — according to a survey conducted by AARP Magazine.

We’re all too familiar with the physical changes that accompany the change of life — weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, etc. That’s why many of us menopausal women seek to find balance, often focusing on the spiritual as well as the physical. Our priorities often shift as we take this opportunity for self-reflection and inner focus. We may find a renewed sense of purpose.

Two Key Attributes of Living with Purpose

Contemplation and activation are two core practices for living with purpose, according to an article by expert Richard Leider for the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Contemplation means seeking answers about who you are, how you should live, and where you belong. Activation is living your truth.

How can you achieve these goals? Start with these exercises:

  • Reflect. Review the day’s events each evening for 5-10 minutes. Which experiences were life-giving? Which were life-draining?
  • Meditate. A study by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain found that meditation increases one’s sense of life purpose.
  • Keep a journal. This can help you reflect and express yourself honestly. Allow yourself to write freely.
  • Write your life story. Reflect upon where you have been, the events that have shaped who you are today, and the future you imagine for yourself. What obstacles do you foresee? How will you overcome them?

Continue reading »

Aug 242014

When it comes to commercial projects, it is important to note that there is no ‘one size fits all’ fencing solution. There are actually a number of commercial fencing solutions that you can choose from, each designed to meet various standards and expectations. You will need to weigh each of these up in relation to your project, as this will ensure that you have made the right choice.

commercial Fencing

  • Timber – Wood is actually one of the most versatile materials when it comes to fencing; there are many different species to choose from, and it can be cut to add aesthetic appeal. The life and integrity of the timber can be improved by various treatments and maintenance tasks.
  • Aluminium – This metal is quite durable and long lasting, therefore, it does not require constant maintenance. Aluminium can also be color treated to enhance its visual appeal. It is also an inexpensive alternative to other metals, such as steel and iron.
  • Chain Link – Probably the most common type of commercial fencing, chain link is often used to safely divide boundaries, provide security, and protect children or pets. It is an incredibly easy material to build and install, which is why it has become so popular.

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About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Aug 182014 flashes. Mood swings. Weight gain. Osteoporosis. Just a few of the many symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Add breast tenderness to that never-ending laundry list. For some women, “tenderness” is a gross (and I mean gross!) understatement.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? From our “tender” preteen days, most of us couldn’t wait until that first sign of womanhood. We couldn’t wait to buy — and wear — our first training bra.

Of course, you’ve got to be careful what you wish for. My daughter, Sarah, was a late bloomer and prayed for boobs. They didn’t appear on the scene until she was about 18 or so. Fast forward 16 years, Sarah now writes a wonderful blog called, smilescurlsandbaby – lessons, joys, and laughs in baby making and life! She found pregnancy took her breasts to a whole new letter, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a G-Thang….Baby….”! Now if only we could train our breasts to not be so sore all the time!

Now if only we could train our breasts to not be so sore all the time!

Intimacy Interruptus

Pregnancy is not the only life cycle phase that can affect intimacy. During perimenopause, sore breasts can cause marital intimacy to suffer as well. “My breasts are off-limits to my husband when I’m mid-cycle” said one perimenopausal friend. “He can’t even look at them without getting the ‘evil eye’ from me! My breasts are so painful that sometimes I can’t even bear to have the shower head pointed toward them.”

Another woman told me there’s no way she can sleep on her stomach. And mammograms are out of the question. She suggested that clinics make accommodations for women who suffer from painful breasts. She said she’d probably pass out if she had to undergo a mammogram when her breasts are tender. Since her periods (and thus her sore breasts) are unpredictable, she wishes a few appointment slots could be kept open each month. That way, women like her could make last-minute appointments when their breasts are not tender.

Can you relate? Are you yearning to go back in time to the ’60s, when bra-burning was popular? Throughout our lives, MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” appears to be a recurring theme. It’s important to note that breast tenderness is manageable and is unlikely to indicate a serious problem. Continue reading »

Aug 122014

Wellness, Health & Life Styles- It all starts with hard work & dedication to your craft. Branding is an art form.

A. Stephan Moss aka Blackstone, is an Entrepreneur, Sports & Entertainment Executive and Digital Film Maker. Moss, along with his partner Julie Lakis, an Urban Planner & Landscape Architect by profession, formed the Groupe dE Mossi Clothing Co. North 49 to launch ONE|OF|THE |MULTITUDE, a Global paradigm encompassing their 21st Century vision centered around branding, positioning, marketing and distributing Sports, Entertainment & Life Styles properties, products and services.

Julie, Laila & Steve Circa 2013 AD

Current Projects:

  • Full Circle – The Return of the Underground DVD / CD / JOURNAL“A North American hip hop music label’s quest for recognition and power and its unexpected discovery of hidden truths in Montreal, the New Jerusalem.”
  • The Writeous Arsenal Records producing the soundtrack for the DVD / CD & JOURNAL Release Full Circle – The Return of the Underground (The Montreal Chronicles) | The House of dE Mossì Productions in association with Writeous Arsenal Records
  • A Point In Time – BOXING 514 [The Montreal Chronicles] An introspective look at the underside of Boxing in Montreal and its recent rise to World Prominence.
  • The dE Mossi Clothing Co North 49 (Global, Urban Contemporary Styles)
  • Groupe dE Mossi, Sports, Entertainment & Life Styles Blog: 

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Aug 112014, summertime. Long, sunny days. Outdoor cookouts. Lounging by the pool.

Say what??? Make that: Long, sweaty days. Internal cook-offs. Lunging for the pool.

Summer can be a difficult if you’re in the midst of perimenopause or menopause.

About 75 percent of perimenopausal women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, according to the North American Menopause Society. If you’re one of them, you know the symptoms — a flushed face, drenching sweat and rapid heart rate — will be multiplied exponentially during the hot summer months.

Blame It on the Bad Guy: Estrogens

What’s causes these sudden spikes in body temperature? Estrogens are the culprits, as they affect your body’s thermostat. During perimenopause and menopause, your body’s estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone begin to fluctuate. The hypothalamus, an area at the base of your brain that regulates body temperature, becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature, according to the Mayo Clinic.

As estrogen levels begin to drop, they can trigger your body’s thermostat to send a signal that you are overheated. This causes your body to send out an OMG! alert: your heart pumps faster, the blood vessels in your skin dilate to circulate more blood, and your sweat glands go crazy to cool you down.

The result? You’re left soaking wet in the middle of a board meeting like me or in the middle of a (rare in this stage of your life) good night’s sleep. If you’ve had your ovaries surgically removed and suddenly enter menopause, you can suffer severe hot flashes immediately after surgery that typically last longer than those in women who undergo natural menopause.

Regardless of how you got ‘em, these hot flashes can disrupt daily activities, nighttime activities (i.e., sleep and intimacy), and cause you to feel anxious or out of control. Oh, the joys of being a woman. Continue reading »

Aug 092014

Guest Author:  Lisa Bonet

Vitamins are a key part of keeping our immune system in check, especially as we grow older. Flexibility, our bone strength, and health in general all need a little extra help as we leave middle age, and taking supplements can be an effective way to do this. During menopause, we also need a bit extra as our body is going through a huge hormonal change, and the sudden dip in estrogen levels can cause additional health complaints. Keeping our bodies as healthy as possible during this time can relieve the unpleasant symptoms that come with menopause. However, it’s also very easy to fall victim to advertisements claiming magical life-altering results, and taking too many supplements can actually be terrible for our health.

What supplements should I be taking?

Calcium is a mineral which is hugely important for bone health, and vitamin D is also an important part of this process. When the sun hits your skin, it triggers the process which allows vitamin D to help your bones absorb calcium. Calcium is crucial in keeping your bones strong and preventing conditions like osteoporosis. During menopause, the drop in hormones leaves your bones at an increased risk of becoming brittle. Therefore, during this time, taking extra calcium is important; in fact, it’s recommended that women over 51 get around 1,200 mg of calcium a day – the equivalent of just over four glasses of milk.

Omega-3 is another supplement you should consider taking. This fatty acid, usually found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, is useful in keeping your metabolism and hormones regulated during menopause. However, it’s important to note that in addition to this, consuming a balanced and healthy diet, full of fruits, vegetables, fish, and grains, is the best way to get the majority of the vitamins you need to keep your immune system functioning properly. Also, taking regular exercise is beneficial for your bones and muscles. Continue reading »

Aug 072014

Anyone who likes to keep their lawn well maintained will rely heavily on their Husqvarna ride on mower. However, like all other outdoor power products, regular use will wear out your mower’s engine and many of the other parts. In order to keep the engine running as it should, you will need to undertake regular maintenance and servicing – including frequent oil changes. Finding the drain valve on your machine, however, could pose another problem altogether.

So, where is the drain valve?

Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to locate the oil drain valve on a Husqvarna, as it is usually found on the base of the engine. Open the hood of your mower (to expose the engine) and keep in mind that you may also need to remove the lower dash cover (depending on the model). To remove the dash cover, slowly slide it up and out (once the tabs have come out of their tapered slots). Be wary of pulling the cover out too quickly, as you might break the tabs. The oil drain valve will be yellow or have a yellow cap, so it shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

What is the draining procedure?

Before draining the oil from your ride on mowers engine, you should first let it warm up (as oil flows more freely when warm). Flip the cap off and place the drain tube (which comes with all Husqvarna machines) over the valve. Place the opposite end of the tube in a pan or container to collect the oil. Push the valve in and twist counterclockwise to unlock it; pull it out to start the procedure. Once all of the oil has drained out of the engine, remove the tube and replace the cap. Refill the reservoir with fresh oil that is appropriate for the machine. Continue reading »

About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Aug 042014 like when you’re raising kids or climbing the career ladder, it’s all about checking off ‘to do’ lists. Constant activity, travel, ballgames and baby-sitters can make your head spin. Suddenly, you’re done. The kids leave the nest; your career is winding down, leaving you to wonder, what’s next?

You are not alone. It’s estimated that there are nearly 40 million women focused on what I like to call their encore career. After leading a full life, you probably still have 20-40 years ahead of you. It’s time to pursue your passion, using your hard-earned wisdom as the foundation that writes your next story.

Summer and Menopause: Peri-retirement and Reflection

Menopause is a powerful catalyst to look at your own life, especially after taking care of everybody else’s! Your might still be caretaking—we are the sandwich generation—but long summer days, even with hot flashes, offer time to take pause and reflect on what’s next for the central character—you! It starts with taking all the time you need to examine what you’ve done. Summing up your best character traits and abilities is the first step to uncovering your real purpose and joy.

After years of running the kids to all of their practices, ferrying snacks to games and holding down a full-time job, it is finally time to let go and follow your own path and passion. Continue reading »

Jul 282014 few decades ago, we had a totally different definition of “high.” Today, as Baby Boomers, we often associate “high” with body temperature (translation: hot flashes), numbers when we step on the scale and, for some of us, blood pressure.

While it’s easy to spot rising body temperatures (red faces and sweat-drenched clothes) and expanding waistlines (busted buttons and zippers and snaps — oh my!), an increase in your blood pressure may not be so apparent.

Not tonight, dear, I’ve got a headache

Take, for example, the recent experience of one of my colleagues. One night, she woke up in the middle of the night with a horrific headache at the base of her skull. So she popped an ibuprofen and managed to go back to sleep. The next night, deja vu. On the third night, she woke up and entered “headache base of skull lying down” in the web search engine.

Now we all know it’s not usually a great idea to self-diagnose based on Internet search findings. My colleague found everything from migraines (she had these before, but told me that this headache felt different) to an abundance of spinal fluid to brain cancer to high blood pressure. Continue reading »

Jul 242014

Anyone who enjoys puttering around in their garden on a weekend will know that not all trees have been created equal – wood can range widely in its density and fibrous makeup, which means that some are going to be much harder than others. Fortunately, wood chippers are also not created equal – some are going to be more capable of chewing through these sorts of trees than others. But what sorts of trees should you be looking out for? Continue reading »

About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.