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Did you miss International Wombat Day Sunday?

October gives a few niceties before winter weather grabs us

McLane Nature Trail 20-23 IMG_5145In the Seattle area, we’ve had a few nice days among the rainy ones. I’ve had some more time to work on getting my yard ready for winter, along with assistance from my yard work helpers.

One fun thing that happens in October is my daughter Mona’s birthday. What a wonderful day when she was born. Such a beautiful baby, who so quickly became a wonderful woman.

A sad thing is remembering my friend Marj Yung who passed away in October 2016.

She was the first woman county commissioner elected in Thurston County, Washington. We had a plaque installed on a bench on the McLane Nature Trail.

Marj loved nature and wrote a booklet about the trail:

In January, McLane Nature Trail’s plants are busy planning their year’s activities. Much of this goes on underground and so is not immediately visible, but some preparations have moved forward nicely already, and of course some have never been secret at all, since some plants never go into hiding through their annual cycles. Skunk cabbage is creeping up from the water, soft, green, excited.

On a cloudy afternoon I headed to the McLane Nature Trail. After I found Marj’s bench, the sun came out and I got some nice photos, one is above, as I remembered my wonderful friend.

In addition, political campaigns for local offices are adding interest, and I attended several fundraisers for newcomers to public office.

Meanwhile, my blogging friends are writing about:

Trying new things

We all know that trying new things can be scary. For some of us, it even freezes us up. Jennifer Koshak of Unfold and Begin shares a quiz to determine if you’re a Beginner, Explorer, or Adventurer and then offers suggestions for each. Even the most timid of us will find something new to try.

Feeling free

One great thing about being on this planet a while is how self-acceptance gets easier, not harder, says Laurie Stone of Laurie Stone Writes. By mid-life, most of us know who we are and what we stand for. And yet, certain bonus points come along even later in life, way after that half-century mark. They’re wonderful to remember, even freeing …

Finding the right exercise

Folks have all different kinds of exercise routines and recreational activities that they enjoy, and helps keep them healthy. Some people play golf, or tennis, or climb mountains, ride bikes or swim. Or maybe they have taken up the latest sports sensation – pickleball. Not Meryl Baer of Musings of a Shore Life. She discusses her favorite, surprising exercise activity in this week’s post.

Dying illusions

As young people, we all had illusions Carol Cassara of Carol A. Cassara Writer points out on her blog this week. But as we age, we face many deaths, including the death of some of the things we thought. Read her ideas on dying illusions here.

Making money online

Have you ever wondered how you can make money online as an older person? Success on the Internet isn’t just for young people. Rebecca Olkowski with describes some of the ways she’s using the online world to help supplement her Social Security check. 

This is the Best of Boomer Blogs #835. Please take a minute to check out the articles. And, leave a comment. Our bloggers love to hear from readers.


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Carol c

It's a good collection this week and I enjoyed your musing

Laurie Stone

Nice job, Rita!


Thanks. I missed the fact that Sunday was National Wombat Day until late in the evening. I might have used that for a lead because I have a great photo of my niece and her son in Western Australia.

Rebecca Olkowski

Nature is always healing. Great collection of posts.


Yes, I so enjoyed going to the McLane Nature Trail on a beautiful sunshiny day and remembering my friend. It's really cold now, so winter is definitely upon us.

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