Archive for: June 2012

Senior Prenup

A senior couple in their 80s was about to get married. She said, "I want to keep my house."

He said, "That's fine with me."

She said, "And I want to keep my Cadillac."

He said, "That's fine with me."

She said, "And I want to have sex six times a week."

He said, "That's fine with me. Put me down for Fridays."


Going Solo…..

I didn't find any figures for Canada but the number of people choosing to live without a partner these days is skyrocketing globally -- from about 153 million in 1996 to 277 million in 2011 – an increase of around 80% in 15 years.1  That's an alarming rate. When you stop to think about it, you probably know as many single people as you do married/common-law couples.

According to Eric Klinenberg , New York University sociology professor and  author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, he says there are a number of factors that are contributing towards this growing trend. But one of the main reasons is simply because we can afford to do it.

Technology and modernization has advanced exponentially since the second world war, and we don't have the same needs as a couple in the early 20th century. Automobiles, telephones,  the media and the Internet have all played a major role in a major shift of what was once considered a conventional family. In an article on the CBC website it says:

" Klinenberg shows, most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. There's even evidence that people who live alone enjoy better mental health than unmarried people who live with others and have more environmentally sustainable lifestyles than families, since they favor urban apartments over large suburban homes..."2

There is a BIG difference in going it alone as to feeling alone. Watch the PBS interview below with Mr. Klinenberg as he discusses his book.

Becky Toyne, a frequent contributor to CBC Radio One and Open Book: Toronto had this to say:

"Going Solo is predominantly for middle-class, North American, downtown-dwelling singletons, and as a reader who fits squarely into that category, I did not close the book disappointed."3

With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who go solo, Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of living alone is transforming the North American experience. GOING SOLO is a powerful and necessary assessment of an unprecedented social change.

1Eric Klinenberg, author: I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living
2CBC: The rise of the singleton society;
3Becky Toyne Book Review: Going Solo, by Eric Klinenberg in the National Post


Things to do without much money

I  think one of the most important things to do if you're 50+ and single  is to make sure you get out of the house and do something.  There really isn't any excuse why you can't. I know.... a lot of people say they don't have much money and can't afford to do anything, but there are lots of fun things you can do without a whole lot of cash.

Hiking: Get out  of the city/town and go find a friend to go on a nature hike. Most provinces and States have nature trails. It's sure to lift your spirits.

Biking: I often bike in the summer time here in Nova Scotia. There are a lot of back roads to explore. And by biking, I don't mean an expensive motor-bike or ATV. Just a regular bike. Mine is a 18-speed mountain bike, which is great for some of the back roads I take it on. It's amazing some of the things you can see and do while on a bike.

One time on a woods trail my daughter and I came around a steep bend on a woods road to see a coyote pup playing in the middle of the road. The mother wasn't far away, but we didn't bother them, and they didn't bother us. We also stopped on the ride to pick some raspberries and wild strawberries that were growing wild beside the path we were on.

Fishing: It doesn't cost much to go fishing. Pack a lunch and make it a day trip.

Bowling: There are lots of places if you're single and 55 and over where you can join bowling teams. Even if you have to go by yourself, you're sure to make some new friends.

Card parties: Well this one certainly doesn't need any explanation.

Start a business: Hey! If you're passionate about something and need to earn some extra cash, there isn't any reason why you can't start a little business. This one will certainly take up your free time. Believe me! I know this to be true!!

Volunteer:  I'm sure you can find some places where you live that are always looking for volunteers.  What a great way to meet people. And you can feel good about your day when it's over because you have helped out.

Take a course: A lot of the community collages these days have courses and programs for older people. Check out what is available. It's another great way to meet people and keep your mind sharp.

Weekend road trips:  In the Summer time it's easy enough to throw a pup tent in the trunk of your car and just go for a cruise. Most provincial/state campground don't charge much for pitching a tent. You can take your meals mostly prepared with you, or buy stuff along the way that isn't overly expensive.

Throw a BBQ party: And make sure some of the friends you invite over are musicians. Nothing like a good steak, a little wine, and a lot of dancing.

There's always things you can do. The beauty about being single, is you can make plans without having to pass it by anyone else. You can do exactly what you want, when you want to. I think it's a good thing.


Yum! Fried Food!!!

I was under  the impression  that fried food wasn't good for you, but apparently it isn't the food. It's the oli that's it's cooked in.  The video below talks more about deep-fried foods, but I am assuming the same information can be applied to pan-fried. If you click the picture to the left, you will see for a fried dish tonight I used a light tasting (Sensations) 100% Olive oil which claims to be trans-fat free.


Calories 80 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 9 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 2 g Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

Here is the video:


This has certainly changed my opinion on fried foods. And the daughter seems to love these kind of dishes. They are quick and easy to make!

It's always a challenge to know what to feed them week in and week out. If you would like to discuss it, you can post a comment here or visit the topic in the forum here.

It might be time to invest in a good cook book specifically geared to teenage girls. I was browsing through Amazon looking for books and ran across the one to the right. It says its for ".... teenagers who struggle with food and their weight, or for those who simply want a head start on designing a smart and satisfying food lifestyle, no other diet book will do. The Diet for Teenagers Only serves up fun, safe, and inspirational ways for teenagers to lose weight and be healthy, while never losing sight of the larger picture.

It's too bad they didn't give you a sample of the recipes. I find a lot of times I look at recipes online and most of the time I am missing some of the ingredients to put things together. I guess that's one thing of being a cook with a limited imagination. You have limited ingredients to work with :-)