Mission Possible: Cleaning Out a Big, Cluttered Victorian

Category: Home and Garden

By Barbara Ross and Bill Carito
October , 2018 —

I recently calculated that my husband and I, either solo or with other family members, have emptied eight houses in the last ten years. Like many people our age, this has included helping elderly parents downsize from big old homes, emptying their second homes, and finally, emptying their downsized homes when they were gone.

The spring/summer of 2017 was the trifecta. We cleaned out my mother-in-law’s chock-a-block full apartment following her death, helped our son and his family move from Connecticut to Virginia, and moved ourselves from Somerville, Massachusetts to our dream retirement home in Portland, Maine.

One task remained
We bought my mother-in-law’s big, beautiful Victorian sea captain’s house on the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine from her in 2004 in a transaction so complex, I took to calling it “Momitrage.” As a part of the whole deal, she moved into a lovely (more…)

Posted by Admin on October 6th, 2018

A Sad Surprise: Nobody Wants Your Stuff

Category: Home and Garden

March 23, 2018 — Are you one of the many people who have been carefully amassing, polishing, and preserving all kinds of collections for posterity? Here is some really bad news – nobody wants it but you! As one furniture dealer, speaking about early 20th century goods, commented, “It’s never coming back.”

Recent articles in the New York Times and the NextAvenue.org blog highlighted this sad issue, which then generated an avalanche of emotional comments. It is very hard for people to part with objects that represent emotional or sentimental ties with the past. Many people develop feelings of guilt about losing objects tied to their ancestors, while others go into denial.

Here are some of the top 10 treasures that you might love, but nobody (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 22nd, 2018

Are You a Snowbird Getting Ready to Move South? Here Is Your Checklist

Category: Home and Garden

October 10, 2017 — Every year we update our 2010 article, “Snowbirds Leaving for the South – A Checklist” with more lessons learned from our experiences. And better than that, we are always getting more great tips and practical suggestions from our Members.

Check out “Snowbirds Leaving for the South – A Checklist” for ideas on handling your mail, protecting your home, handling utilities, what to take south – and a whole lot more!

Posted by Admin on October 9th, 2017

Is a Roommate the Answer to Your Retirement? Think Golden Girls

Category: Home and Garden

October 3, 2017 — A whole lot of Americans are about to face a crisis as they enter retirement. Three quarters of Americans between 55 and 64 have less than $30,000 saved, according to the AARP. About half of baby boomers are looking at a retirement that is powered only by their Social Security checks. Since Social Security was designed as a safety net, not a luxury retirement, those checks will not be not enough for a comfortable retirement. In past articles we talked about different ways to cope with a retirement income shortfall. In this installment we explore an option that might be your salvation, if you find yourself in a budget-challenged retirement.

Get a Housemate or Roommate!
About one third of baby boomers are single, which certainly makes it easier to think about having a roommate. Couples can usually make a shared living arrangement work too. Millennials and GenX types are blazing new roommate trails as they start their working careers, so there is no (more…)

Posted by Admin on October 2nd, 2017

The Mysteries of Decluttering from Lucy Burdette

Category: Home and Garden

The Mystery of Decluttering…Recipes @LucyBurdette
August 16, 2017
By LUCY BURDETTE… Over the past 4 to 6 weeks, I’ve been involved in what one might call “productive procrastination.” This means using the inspiration about cleaning stuff out of my house that I found here to actually clean stuff out of my house. This most often happens when I am stalled on my writing. (Why is it that cleaning is so appealing when a person is hammering out a first draft of her new novel?)

We’ve made multiple trips to the clothing donation box, more trips to (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 16th, 2017

How Ready Is Your Home for Aging in Place?

Category: Home and Garden

Aging-in-Place Remodeling, Minor Modifications Gaining Popularity, According to NAHB Survey

— May 1 -The past five years have seen increases in the number of remodelers engaged in aging-in-place home modifications and home owner awareness of these types of remodeling projects, according to a survey by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released today as a kick off to National Home Remodeling Month, it also revealed that simple and less costly modifications are (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 1st, 2017

Give Up My IT Support When I Retire? Yikes!

Category: Home and Garden

By Patricia Kennedy

March 21, 2017 — I am pretty tech savvy for an old lady. This isn’t an idle boast because even way back in 1984, I began learning all-things-computers by helping my husband setup a network to link our home offices. It turned out that my organizational skills and compulsion to “follow the logic” were great advantages when mastering new software or installing the latest laptop. I remember that itchy-fingers feeling when downloading a new program finding great satisfaction when everything was finally up and running smoothly.

But that was then.

Now is more complicated. Especially with all the inter-connected “devices” that we rely (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 21st, 2017

The Golden Age of Television – Just in Time for Your Retirement

Category: Home and Garden

February 18, 2017 — Winter’s silver lining is that being trapped indoors much of the time gives you the leisure to experience what we think is the golden age of TV. There has never been the quality and the range of programs that is available right now. Cable and streaming television has become such an exciting place to work that many of the best creative people – actors, directors, producers – are moving to television where they have more opportunities and control than in the movies or network TV. In fact there are so many quality programs to watch that even if you did nothing else you couldn’t keep up. You can try though, as one of the the great things about being retired is that you can stay up as late or get up as early as you want!

The Options
One of the hardest parts of deciding what programs to enjoy is deciding where and how to watch them. There are so many options, and they are changing so fast, it is hard to stay current.

Let’s look at the where to watch first, and the choices are endless. Besides the major networks, you have hundreds (more…)

Posted by Admin on February 18th, 2017

Snowbird’s Checklist: Heading Out for the Winter

Category: Home and Garden

October 14, 2016 (NOTE: If you are a snowbird heading south in mid October, 2106 be advised that sections of I 95 are closed because they are under water due to Hurricane Michael. Consider an alternative route and check conditions before you leave!)

As our snowbird friends say goodbye to summer up north, it’s time we link to the “Snowbirds Leaving for the Winter Checklist” that we originally published in 2010. Every year we add to it in different ways, based on our own experiences and suggestions from Members. We hope you find it helpful. We link to the original article because there have been so many helpful and interesting Comments added by our members over the years.

Here is the link to the original (but updated) article, “Snowbirds Leaving for the Winter Checklist

For further reading
How to Find a Great Snowbird Rental for the Winter
Our Ideal Snowbird Pairings (Summer and Winter)
Sandy’s Adventures Part ii: How to Find a Great Snowbird Location for the Winter



Posted by Admin on October 9th, 2016

Best New Tech Products for the 55+ Crowd

Category: Home and Garden

June 22, 2016 — We can all use help in the art of staying youthful for as long as we can. Especially if getting to be 55+ has brought a few physical limitations along with our increased experience.

The list of helpful products reviewed recently by NextAvenue.org runs a wide gamut. Predictably it includes computers, tablets, and smart phones. It also reviews portable music devices (with the advent of wireless, just about anything is possible), smart watches, and cameras. At least one, such as the Garvin Nuvi-Cam, would be great additions to your car when checking out possible places to retire (in addition to navigation, it includes in-dash camera and driver awareness features).

Electric bikes are another innovation that is game changing for many people. We experienced (more…)

Posted by Admin on June 22nd, 2016