65 and Busy??? My Plan for More Time…

Who would have known that when you reach your 60s, you’d be busier than ever???  Not me!!!  I thought I would have plenty of time to travel, be with my children and grandchildren, cultivate those friendships and exercise that are so important for wellbeing and longevity…Well, I’m not about to let time keep me from being with the ones I love, travel and exercise…It takes a lot of planning and scheming…Like this day,  I had a hairdresser appointment, lunch with dear old friends and yoga, all before 1:30…and that’s my day off!!!

 

 

Hairdresser at 9:30…Michelle made magic out of my thin straggly hair:)…she’s amazing…she works from her own hair studio in Foxboro… this is her contact here!!

yoga outfit Then off to lunch with the ladies for 11:30!!!  Define jacket and short sleeve tee both from Lululemon, yoga pants from Athleta and these ballet flats are Skechers and they are so very comfortable, I can wear them walking all day in the city…as a matter of fact this whole outfit could be worn for a day in the city, so comfy and looks pulled together with a scarf to match, from Amazon!!!  Wish I had taken a picture of my lovely dear friends, Claire and Denise…I had to leave them early at 1:10 to make my 1:30 yoga class in Dedham, see my post “How I Can Fit Family, Fashion, Fitness and Food…in the New Year”…it’s a great class!!!  I promised that we would get together soon after the holidays and we have finally made a date for that outing, but it will be breakfast with one of their grand babies coming with us because they are very busy too, and this time I will take a picture!!!

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I have been friends with Claire and Denise for almost 40 years…Denise probably doesn’t remember, but she gave me this recipe for Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies, all those years back and I still have it and I make it so very often!!!  I made these for Christmas and had a tin of them left over, last night when my mom was with us for dinner, I tasted it first and then gave her one for dessert…I have to say, they were better now than at Christmas???  Really!!!!

 

This is the recipe, which I have altered over the years, it is so very easy, you can make it in no time and everyone loves them!!!

CHOCOLATE BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES

40 or so Saltine Crackers
1 cup of butter (do not substitute)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Optional Toppings:
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans chopped or sprinkles of your choice
The biggest change I’ve made with this recipe is to sprinkle about a tablespoon of Sea Salt Coarse Crystals over the top with the nuts or sprinkles. With the popularity of caramel and sea salt, I thought I’d try it and it was so yummy really enhancing the taste of the chocolate and butterscotch!!!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line Jellyroll pan (aluminum pan with shallow sides) with aluminum foil.

Arrange saltines on foil. Make sure crackers are flat and pan is full.

Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and boil for 3 minutes. Pour over crackers, spread with spoon to coat evenly.

Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven, turn oven off, pour chocolate chips over and let stand in turned off oven for 1 to 2 minutes.

Spread chocolate around with a knife or spoon, then cover with your option of nuts or sprinkles.

Place in refrigerator or freezer until hard. Break or cut into bite-size pieces.

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And Claire made the “Chicken Soup for Giving” from my post “How I Can Fit Family, Fashion, Fitness and Food…in the New Year”
 She had never made chicken soup before, so she tried it for her and Tom, she quartered the recipe and didn’t add spinach, she said it was delicious and sent me this picture!!!
Claire soup
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Since this post has a purple theme going, I wanted to show you my favorite purple jewelry that I made!!!   I really like the antique purple color of these beads and the antique gold fixings…I love making jewelry… and will show my jewelry from time to time!!!   purple jewelry
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PLAN
 I keep thinking that next year I’ll have more time, but now that I’m 65, life is changing, my mom’s care is constant, and now that my generation is getting older and slowing down, we all need more time to take care of our lives… I love my job as a teacher assistant in kindergarten, of which I have been for 32 years, but decided at the beginning of this school year that it will be my last, I will miss all my teacher friends and the children at school, but my heart tells me it’s time to let go…and so it is, I told my principal at our mid-year check in, that I will be retiring this year…
 

4 thoughts on “65 and Busy??? My Plan for More Time…

  1. Hi, I just wanna say you look great at 65! I hope I’d look like that young and hip when I’m your age. When you finally retire, I’m sure you’ll have more time in your hands to do the things you’ve always wanted, but whatever you do, I hope you continue to blog. =)

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  2. Thank you Ilze!! It was a busy day…but, I am very fortunate that it was all good, on my day off…Even on a typical day its all good, with either working or caring for my mom, or both…but, I’m healthy and I can do it!!! At this stage of my life I’m very lucky to be able to retire to make more time for the good…like visiting my my grandsons who are an 8 hours drive away:) In America they call us the “sandwich generation” because we’re in-between our parents and grandchildren:)

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