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.


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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 :-)

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Silly image

The actual image was taken at a NSAC garden just before my daughters junior graduation from grade nine last year. There wasn't enough room to add the silly stuff, so I cut her out of the image and then re-created the bush background. This gave me the room to add the monsters, and then I placed Kelsey over to the right.

You find you start doing things like this when you have a little extra time on your hands. I still think it's pretty cool though.


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The trouble with life

The trouble with life: you're halfway through before you realize it's a "do it yourself."

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Almost cottage time

That time of year again!!

The above picture was taken last year when I was having the roof re-shingled. The cottage sits almost on the Bay in Nova Scotia. It's a beautiful spot. I know the cottage isn't overly fancy to what some better-off people might call a cottage -- but I love it!!

I'm having a number of repairs done to it this year. Pretty well the entire east outside wall is being replaced, and I'm having the whole thing re-painted. It almost seems like a money pit  but the time I spend there in the Summer is priceless. Nothing like waking up to hear the surf lapping at the shoreline, the gulls crying over-head, and the when the tide goes out, you hear the voices from 100 clams screaming "Eat me!!!"

And, man... I do!!

I LOVE steamed clams. I could eat them every day. And All I have to do is take a 5-minute walk just south of the cottage and start digging.

Here is another pic of the cottage taken when the tide was high. I've got a big re-arrow over the top of mine. The little community the cottage is in (Economy, Nova Scotia) has a population of 150 people. It's really small -- but it's my home-town. So it's nothing to round up a few people for a BBQ and some tunes afterwards. I play the guitar.

The best part of being 50 and alone... is there isn't anyone to tell me I'm not going to the cottage for the weekend because I have too many other chores to do. Let's face it! There will always be other chores, but we only go through life once, so let's try and enjoy it a bit.

Just about a mile up the road is a great place for Bass fishing in the Economy River. When the tide comes in... so do the bass. Here is a quick video of someone fishing a bass out of the Economy River:

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