Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wishing You A New Level of Hope in 2011 and Video


As we approach New Year's Eve on tomorrow, I feel that I must send you words of encouragement and hope in some form that you can actually see and pass on if you feel led to do so.

We all know that our economy in America is still recovering and many, young and older, are still trying to put the pieces back together, but I am wishing you a new level of hope in 2011 that will take you to places you've never thought possible. I know this will be your time if you allow yourself to believe and get into action.

On New Year's Eve, before you go out with friends, family, or loved one, make sure to take a moment to yourself and reflect on how far you've come and write down some of the things you hope to achieve in 2011.
Keep them simple, from love, finances, to family, and stick to them. Throw out of your mind the fad on 'New Year's Resolutions' and let's keep them realistic and true to yourself because no one knows you better than you.

Out of this exercise, you will be able to build a new level of hope in 2011, to share with others as you move forward throughout the year because we work on relationships and those relationships that we build are meant to be in our lives for a reason. As you see those changes, for the better, you can always come back to this post and share them with me. I would love to read them and share them with others.

Here's an awesome video on H-O-P-E! Enjoy! Blessings, Selena Brown.




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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Senior Wisdom Video and Two (2) Whole Days Left for 'Give A Little in 2011' Giveaway

Hello Everyone!

The New Year is soon approaching and I thought that I should send you a senior Wisdom Video from some special senior citizens who showed how far they've come to help you prepare for the New Year of 2011!

And, here's a couple of my pointers to self and to you, for personal reflection time:

1. As we enter into this new year, let's take the time to focus on our own goals and dreams with fresh eyes, knowing that all things are possible. I can support this 100%! 
2. I pray that we understand how important it is for change to occur in our lives. We must go through planned and unexpected change, in order to reach the level where we were chosen to be. 
3. Lend a hand to someone who is of senior age in our life or a complete stranger. They would greatly appreciate it and remember that senior citizens have lived life long enough to know how to get through the little difficulties that we think are so major, but in reality are a piece of cake to resolve.
4. Make sure to give as much or more, this year, than we receive because it will go a long way when we really need a helping hand. I will be putting this into action on January 1st, so jump on board!
Now enjoy this YouTube Wisdom Video and also don't forget to enter our first act of giving in 2011, with the 'Give A Little in 2011' Giveaway, ENDING in TWO (2) WHOLE DAYS...Friday, December 31st, 11:59pm/EST!

Who knows, you may be one of the two (2) lucky winners to receive $100. TheOldFolksKnowBest.com understands that by giving a little to begin the year, it will come back 10x greater in so many different ways and also because it feels so good to share and make someone elses life a little easier.




Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Selena Brown



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Monday, December 27, 2010

Just A Little Article I Wrote...How To Be an Outstanding Caregiver For Senior Citizens

On yesterday, I had the opportunity to write a great article for, CarenetLA, an outstanding caregiving company who provides in-home, non-medical care to senior citizens in the Los Angeles, CA areas. I thought it was a real treat for people to understand what it takes to be an outstanding caregiver to senior citizens from a REAL caregiver's perspective.

Now, I realized that some of my new subscribers in the 'Give A Little Away in 2011' Giveaway, are caregivers to either a family member or other clients. So I thought it would be great to share the article with you!

Personally, I love CarenetLA as a family-owned and operated company. If you are a senior citizen or have a senior family member that needs a little help being more independent and live in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas, I would look into what they have to offer and give them a call. Here's their blog with all the contact information too at: www.Carenetla.blogspot.com
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So...without further delay, my article to share with you! BLESSINGS TO YOU!

Posted on CarenetLA Blog, Sunday, December 26, 2010
From a Real Caregiver's Perspective:


Hello,

My name is Selena Brown and I am a caregiver for CarenetLA. I believe that in order to become a good caregiver, you must first understand how to love yourself. Now I say 'understand' because you can do lots of superficial things for others, but in order to leave your mark on someone's life, you must come with a love and passion for yourself, first and foremost.Then that love and passion spills over onto your senior citizen.


I have been given the opportunity to work with a number of senior citizens and I might add that they have all enriched my life in more than one way. If I am, personally, trying to understand an aspect of my life that has been clouded by uncertainty, my senior clients say just the right words to remove the fog without me ever saying a word. This goes to show that when you are tapped into yourself and what's going on, you are then able to feel, see, recognize the needs of your senior.

Many times I get senior clients who would like for me to come back and work with them repeatedly and that is because I isolate my time and the moments that we share. I give my senior clients the time that they need with me and all other things that are happening in my life is placed on the back burner. It is their time now and they deserve to have my full attention. I understand that all the senior citizens that I am called to work with by Carenetla, are different. Some may be having a bad day because of an illness, disease, or just some family hiccup, but that's when I become sensitive to those situations and balance what I say and do to accommodate those moments in time. There is something inside you that turns on and off, a skill that is not taught, but rather expressed. When you are on, then your senior, who has lived in this life for many years can tap into it. I have been told that I have an old soul and maybe that's so, but when I give of myself truthfully and step down off my box and onto their level, I feel and play out their story in my mind, body, and spirit. Then that is what creates an endless relationship worth revisiting.

So...I am no guru on how to be an outstanding caregiver to your senior citizens, but just an active voice, living in the moment with each of my senior clients. I relive their lives, their stories, their romances, their heartaches, and their rediscovery, to ultimately become a better human-being.

We live on connections, whether the connections between two individuals are joined by age similarities or not. If we love and understand ourselves, then we become transparent and allow them (senior clients) the opportunity to have the last word in the moment.

Thank you,

Selena Brown
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

DaySpring After Christmas Online Sale!

CLICK HERE to shop!


Hello Everyone and Merry Christmas!

Just when you think all hope is lost on what to get that special senior citizen in your life, this holiday season, there is DaySpring's After Christmas Online Sale!


While supplies last, they are giving customers up to 75% Off All Christmas Items. You can shop by Category, Create Personalizes Cards, and Received Free Shipping on orders over $50.


If you're not familiar with DaySpring, it is a Christian-based company whose primary goal is to connect people to God and His goodness. 

I hope you enjoy what they have to offer and I look forward to sharing more of the great gifts DaySpring offers in many posts to come as my gift-giveaways continue. So, make sure to stock up now on all of the good stuff!



Happy Holiday!
Selena


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My Christmas Prayer to Senior Citizens All Around the World


          Dear Senior Citizens Around the World,
Well, it's that time of year again to share our happy memories, open gifts galore, and eat a great meal with the ones we love. I pray that all the senior citizens around the world have someone to share this special time with, if they celebrate Christmas.

It's also a day more than just about the gifts. It's really about love, caring, and support for one another regardless of age, color, status, or religion. It's about giving a BIG Happy Birthday to Jesus Christ, who, in Christianity celebrates on this very day of December 25th.

I hope and pray that all of the senior citizens have a warm place to be this holiday and there is food ready to be served to them. I pray that they are happy and comfortable in the stage of life they're in. I also hope and pray that they will have many more Christmas holidays to come, surrounded by good memories of what occurred today.
I do also pray for those in this life who don't remember as much, but breathe as we all do another day, sitting idle in the misty fog of Alzheimer's disease. I pray for those who are in the nursing facilities, wondering where their family is and how they are doing this Christmas. I even pray for the dogs and cats that keep them company on this holiday.  I pray for all of my fellow Veterans who have served in the U.S Military in combat and non-combat situations. Thank you...

I send this Christmas Prayer to all the senior citizens around the world for just being you...
With love,
Selena Brown


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Etiquette Dos and Don'ts - Minding Your Manners!

This holiday season we will be gathered around friends and family to celebrate Christmas. Well, I thought this was great information to share to make sure that your etiquette is in the proper order. This video will help to make sure you are minding your manners and really understand the holiday etiquette dos and don'ts Your grandmother would be so proud. - Happy Holidays, Selena Brown




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Thursday, December 16, 2010

As Promised: LIVE Interview with Retired 90 Year Old Accountant, Now Viola Player!

Hello Everyone,


I have been busy preparing the first LIVE Interview for TheOldFolksKnowBest.com and can now announce that it is here and ready!

Two weeks ago, I had the special opportunity to sit down with, Mr. Ben Cott, a retired 90 year old accountant, now playing the viola, to see what inspired this drive in him. At 90 years old, I want to be as active and productive as he is. However, the reason why I had to share this with you is because, there are many people who are retiring soon and they have reached senior age. They may be wondering what it is out there beyond the job they held for so many years, that they could discover. Well, this gentleman speaks in the Interview below of how he came to find a new passion for the viola.

Take a listen and share you thoughts. If you are a member of Youtube, you can comment on this video as well. I believe Mr. Ben Cott would love to hear your positive feedback. Give A Little is our key focus going into the New Year, so don't forget to give positive feedback!





Happy Holidays!


Selena

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

CONTEST - "Give A Little Away in 2011" For Two Lucky Subscribers!

This Giveaway is Closed...Two Winners Announced Very Soon!

GIVEAWAY - Win On January 1, 2011 In The "Give A Little Away In 2011"!


DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 31, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)


 DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 31, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)

***TO ENTER, YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO THIS SITE BY ENTERING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO THE RIGHT AND CONFIRM YOUR SUBSCRIPTION VIA THE EMAIL YOU PUT IN AT MY SITE HERE!*** THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO ALL MY SUBSCRIBERS ONLY!!!! SO MAKE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE TO ENTER!!!

I am always curious to know what people would do if they had all the money in the world. I recently heard broadcast on Good Morning America, how Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, etc, and now even the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is giving the majority of their riches away. 
In that regard, I have decided to open up 2011, here at TheOldFolksKnowBest.com, with a loud bang and give two lucky SUBSCRIBERS $100.00 to help start their year off a little better. Here at TheOldFolksKnowBest.com, we are all about charity and educating people on how important senior citizens are to our lives.
This giveaway will help me to give a little away, share the increase I have received during this 2010 holiday season, and reach more people, this coming year, through the information that I will have the opportunity to share.


Here's How To Enter The December Random Drawing Giveaway:

SUBSCRIBE TO THIS SITE!!!!

VERY IMPORTANT!!! You will also need to go back to the email account you entered on this site and APPROVE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. Again, this is VERY IMPORTANT!!! If you don't APPROVE your subscription, you will not show up in my list of subscribers for the Two Random Drawings! I want it to be you!

WANT AN EXTRA SUBMISSION?
You can post your comments to:

1. The video linked to the Billionaires Pledge Giveaway, and/or
2. Tell what you would do with the $100 if you won it, and/or
3. How could you use the money to help a special Senior Citizen in your life?


What Does The TWO (2) Winners Receive?

1.$100 Visa Gift Cards OR Send to Charity of Their Choices (Same as Cash b/c Cash cannot be sent through the mail, so that's how you will receive your prize money)


How are the winners chosen?

1. The TWO (2) winners will be chosen Randomly from the Random.org , List Randomizer Tool.

2. After the random drawing on January 1, 2011, the two (2) winning subscribers will be posted on this site, TheOldFolksKnowBest.com and Facebook Fan Page and will be contacted via email to gather information to send prize.

 DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 31, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)


*** IMPORTANT RULES***

1. If you submit your comments, Anonymously or in a way that I cannot identify who you are, you must send me your working email address directly to TheOldFolksKnowBest@gmail.com  so that I will be able to identify your submission for extra entries. You can also put with your comment post your facebook page information or blogger so that I may have the best contact information for you. I will be contacting the entrant winners from my subscriber's list, via their email address they used. If I cannot get in contact with either of them within 48hours, the next entrant winner in line will be chosen until someone is contacted successfully to received the monetary prize.

2.No purchase necessary.

3. Your email address or any/other personal information will not be provided to third parties.

4. Giveaway open to U.S. Residents ONLY.


Have a Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year! I look forward to announcing the winners in JANUARY 2011!

Good Luck!

Selena



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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Winner of the 'Give Them Thanks' Contest is...

Hello Everyone!

I had a great time reading each and everyone of your comments for my 2nd contest for this 2010, holiday season. Before I announce the winner, I wanted you all to know that I used Random.org to get my lucky winner. Their List Randomizer, mixed all of my entrants up and reordered them randomly to give me the winner....

The Winner of the November 2010 Give Them Thanks Contest Is....

!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
 Julieh
 !!!!!!!YOU ARE MY BIG WINNER!!!!!!
The Response: 
Julieh said...
I'm most thankful for my inlaws, because they are the kindest people in the world and always have the best advice.

Julieh will have the choice of :

1.$50 Visa Gift Card OR Send to Charity of her Choice (Same as Cash b/c Cash cannot be sent through the mail, so that's how you will receive your prize money)

Secondly, a donation of $50 will be sent on your behalf to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. You will receive a card acknowledgement in the mail from St.Vincent Meals on Wheels of your contribution as noted on their website. (A receipt confirmation will be applied to confirm that you have received your cash prize for both party's peace of mind if you choose to receive the $50 Visa Gift Card -- yours and mine)


PLEASE NOTE***Julieh has 48 hours to respond to the email I will send her on today, December 6, 2010. If I do not hear from her within this time frame, then I will go to the next person on the list of randomly drawn names. ****

Stay tuned for my FINAL Holiday Money Giveaway for December and the year 2010! I can't wait to share it with you on tomorrow, December 7, 2010!

Thank you,

Selena




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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Have A Safe and Joyous Thanksgiving and Turkey Day!

         On tomorrow, November 25th, families all over the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving or what I like to call, TURKEY DAY! It's a time to look around the table at all the family and friends we have in our lives. It's a time to reflect on what we are grateful for most and what we can do better the next time to be even more grateful.

There will be many senior citizens in nursing facilities and other places alike, who will be without family. I hope that you will keep these unknown senior citizens in your prayers as you enjoy your Thanksgiving. Everyone needs to be prayed for sometimes and I will do the same.

Don't forget to tell that special senior citizen in your life, how much you love them and appreciate all that they have sacrificed for you and the family.

I want to send a 'Thank you' on behalf of TheOldFolksKnowBest.com to all my subscribers and guests who have come to read and learn something new on my site.

I'm looking forward to bringing my first LIVE interview to the site in the coming week! I can't wait to share my first senior moment with you. It is guaranteed to inspire anyone at any age to follow their passions and dreams for life.

Also, if you have not already, don't forget that until December 5, 11:59pm/EST, you can ENTER MY 'Give Them Thanks' CONTEST! Just leave a comment about a senior citizen in your life you are thankful for and why. You will automatically be entered into the drawing for $50 Cash and a Matching $50 is sent to St. Vincent's Meals on Wheel in your name!

Okay, Everyone...Happy Thanksgiving and TURKEY DAY!

Many blessings to you,

Selena Brown



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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Gift For The Grand-kids -- Hop-A-Long's Schoolhouse Holiday Bonus Package


       I was contacted by the creator of Hop-A-Long's Schoolhouse to share their educational products with my senior citizen community who may be looking for that very special gift this holiday season for the grand-kids.

        This is what they had to say about their products, Hop-A-Long's Schoolhouse:
Our products have been field tested with thousands of children and were created by a group of educators.  The goal of our products is to help teach children to be good caretakers of the planet.  The DVD features literacy, science, environmental awareness, character building, music, dancing and lots of laughter.
         Here's what some moms are saying about their products. I was so impressed how their children were so attentive from reading about their experiences with this product. I listed a couple of great reviews here that you can copy and paste into your browser to go over:

http://simplystacie.net/open-sky-review-hop-a-long-schoolhouse-review/
http://treerootandtwig.com/2010/10/14/review-hopalongs-schoolhouse-childrens-dvd/
     
          I believe this would be a great holiday pack for the grand-kids or any children who you hold dear to your heart. To Purchase Hop-A-Long Schoolhouse Holiday Bonus Package visit my OpenSky Store and Buy Now for $50.

 Happy Holidays,

Selena


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stay Tuned! First LIVE Interview With 90 Year Old Viola Player!

Hello Everyone!

I am so EXCITED to soon share with you my very first, LIVE Interview, shooting/recording this weekend, with a Senior Citizen friend of mine who has literally found their new calling in life and use it today at age 90 years old.

Although his wife lives with the Alzheimers disease, it has not slowed down anything within their household. He has become a new man and it has forced him to learn new things and re-create himself even in his senior journey through life.

I hope this LIVE Interview will inspire and give you hope to understand, whether young or in your seasoned year, you can live your dreams!

STAY TUNED...

With Love,

Selena


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Friday, November 12, 2010

World Diabetes Day is November 14th!

Hello Everyone!
Let's Take Control of Diabetes. Now!

I was in the Veterans Hospital today getting my annual check up and saw a flyer about World Diabetes Day. I thought it would be great to share this information with you and hope that you will take the necessary steps to get yourself checked for diabetes with your primary care physician. Don't let your symptoms go overlooked. Our bodies give us warning signs and it's up to us to follow them and quiet them.

Education is Key! Empower yourself through education and then TAKE ACTION!

There is a great website for you to learn more about diabetes at:

Sincerely,

Selena 


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

CONTEST - Win In November 2010 'Give Them Thanks'!

Contest now CLOSED...Good Luck to the Entrants! 
 
CONTEST - Win In November 2010 'Give Them Thanks'!

DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)

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 DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)

 ***YOU MUST WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO ENTER!***

***I'M ANNOUNCING WEEKLY CONTEST UPDATES AND WINNER TO MY SUBSCRIBERS. MAKE SURE YOU'VE SUBSCRIBED TO THE RIGHT AND CONFIRMED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION VIA EMAIL FOR NEXT MONTH'S CASH DRAWING!***

I really enjoyed my first contest here at TheOldFolksKnowBest.com that I am ready and geared up to do the next one! This contest will help me to understand, who in your life you are thankful for and they must be of SENIOR AGE. This is the peak time when most senior citizens feel that they are not wanted and no one cares for them while they live in nursing facilities and even at home.

I've decided for the month of November to make this a random drawing and to give you the choice in your $50 Visa Gift Card Win (FREE MONEY)! The winner will have the option to keep the $50 Cash for themselves or DONATE it to the Charity Of Their Choice! I will match the $50 Cash and give it once again to the charity of choice this holiday season with The Old Folks Know Best, St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels, in their name.


To Enter The October Contest:

Simply post a comment below to complete this statement:


I am most thankful for my______(Fill-In)_______because______
(Fill-In Why!)_______.



What Does The Winner Receive?

1.$50 Visa Gift Card OR Send to Charity of Your Choice (Same as Cash b/c Cash cannot be sent through the mail, so that's how you will receive your prize money)

2.A donation of $50 will be sent on your behalf to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. You will receive a card acknowledgement in the mail from St.Vincent Meals on Wheels of your contribution as noted on their website. (A receipt comfirmation will be applied to confirm that you have received your cash prize for both party's peace of mind -- yours and mine)

How is the winner chosen?

1.Each comment will be read and must be a respectful comment in order to be entered into the drawing.

2.After the random drawing on December 6, 2010, the winning entry will be posted on this site, TheOldFolksKnowBest.com and Facebook Fan Page and will be contacted via email to gather information to send prize.

 DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)


*** IMPORTANT RULES***

1. If you submit your comments to the questions, Anonymously or in a way that I cannot identify who you are, you must send me your working email address directly to TheOldFolksKnowBest@gmail.com  so that I will be able to identify your submission in case you are the winner. You can also put with your comment post your facebook page information or blogger so that I may have the best contact information for you. If not, the second best entrant and thereon will be chosen until someone is contacted successfully to received the monetary prize.

2.There is only one submission allowed per account holder, guest, blogger, wordpress, etc.

3.No purchase necessary.

4.Your email address or any/other personal information will not be provided to third parties.

5.Contest open to U.S. Residents ONLY.

I cannot wait to read about the senior citizen you are thankful for and why! Don't forget to subscribe and confirm your subscription as well for next month's contest...I'm just giving thanks to one lucky subscriber in the December Random Drawing!

Many blessings to you,

Selena

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Winner of The No Senior Goes Hungry Contest Is...

Hello Everyone!

I was completely blown away by the great responses each of you gave about the seniors in your life. It took me a lot of time to read over each one and I've responded to everyone's comments within the post if you would like to read the comment I sent you in return. It was a great pleasure! I had a little help figuring my winner and here we go!

However, without making each of you wait any further....

The Winner of the October 2010 No Senior Goes Hungry Contest Is....


!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
 trinitygsd
 !!!!!!!YOU ARE MY BIG WINNER!!!!!!

The Response:
Chisum's Crew said... The best advice I have ever received was from my daddy as he battled colon cancer. While he never said a thing, he taught me how to battle bravely and with diginity all of life's issues. Daddy passed away 10-29-10 at 4:06 pm surrounded by his family. I love and miss him so very much!

I love the concept of your blog, the stories and the great photos. Keep up the great work.


CONGRATULATION!!!!!  You will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card and A $50 Cash Donation On Your Behalf to St. Joseph's Meals On Whee! 

Please Note: Trinitygsd, I will be emailing you for mailing information to send your Visa Gift Card and St. Vincent Information. Please respond by Tuesday, 8:00pm/PST by email at: theoldfolksknowbest@gmail.com so that I may complete this contest or I will have to go to the next person in my top 10 list! Thank you!




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Saturday, October 30, 2010

October Contest UPDATE! Ends November 5, 2010, 11:59pm/EST

Hello Everyone!

I'm so very excited how my first contest has been going for the month of OCTOBER!!! I have received some very deep and emotionally grounded responses to my contest questions. You all are so AWESOME!

I wanted to make sure to remind you that if you still want to submit your contest response to my two questions and subscribe to this blog, you can still do so until November 5, 2010 11:59pm/EST. Thereafter, I will be rereading all entries and following a point system for each response to see who has won the first $50 contest and will get a $50 donation sent in their name to the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

I can personally say that this is very hard for me because you all have a special quality to your responses. I will take my time during this week and digest them all over again and any new ones that come as well. You all ROCK!

Please remember to enter your email address in the white box to the right to subscribe to this site, which is a very important step to your contest entry. If you need help on this, please review the video in the contest post.
I will also send an email to anyone who has subscribed but have not gone to their personal email account, for example, yahoo, gmail, aol, etc., to accept the subscription. In my subscription account you come up as APPROVAL PENDING until you respond to the email. If you need this help, the email will be coming from theoldfolksknowbest@gmail.com

Again, your responses are greatly cherished and I look forward to sharing with you, my November CONTEST!!!!!

Peace and blessings,

Selena Brown



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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cooking Tip: How To Make Sure Your Soft-Boiled Egg Doesn't Leak the Good Stuff!


On Friday, I had the opportunity to help a great senior couple in their home with breakfast and other little household chores. However, what really motivated this post was the great, little, cooking tip given by Mrs. D., who does all the cooking since her husband, age 92, has been living with Alzheimer's Disease. Mrs. D. told me that when she was younger, she loved to cook and learned from a cooking school that in order to make sure that her soft-boiled eggs doesn't leak the white part of the egg, while being placed into the hot water, she puts a little lemon or lime in the water. The citrus from the lemon or lime keeps the egg whites from bubbling out of the eggs in case it is cracked during the boiling process! Wow, huh! I never knew that!

How do you make sure your soft-boiled egg doesn't leak the good stuff?

*Place a piece of LEMON or LIME in your boiling water



Bon App├ętit!


Selena


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Playing Gin Rummy And Winning At Ninety (90) Years Old

On Sunday (last night), I had the opportunity to share some time with a strong woman of 90 years old, Mrs. Marje. As soon as I came into the house, her daughter asked me if I knew how to play Gin Rummy and I said my other relatives used to play when I was a little girl. I barely played, but could remember if she refreshed my memory. :)


And...that's exactly what Mrs. Marje did. She gave me the rules as we dove right into the first hand. I kept score. I didn't know what to expect because I had not played in a while. However, as the games went on and she was 200 to my measley 65, I soon learned that I need to catch on quickly. It soon became a competition and I was eager to win.

In the final hand before it was time for her to eat dinner, she sealed the deal and I was close, but no cigar! She won 525 to my 425. She walked right into the 500 winner's circle and left me in the dust. I told her that I would have to come over there and play her more sometimes. She was great, with comedic gestures throughout. I felt as if I was playing one of my peers the way we were babbling back and forth. It was great!

With that being said, if you want to learn how to play Gin Rummy and not face the terrible defeat that I experienced with my senior client, Mrs. Marje, then hop on over to Wikipedia to get the inside scoop on how to play the game. I realized while playing the game, how mental and strategic it really is. Gin Rummy keeps the mind young and you thinking.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why St. Vincent Meals On Wheels for Cash and Donation CONTEST?

The end of week 1 is coming to a close and tomorrow will begin week 2 of my $50 Cash and Donations Contest! I thought that I should share why I've chosen St. Vincent Meals on Wheels as my first donations choice for holiday season of contests.

Here's a little inside look on St. Vincent Meals on Wheels:





If you would like to participate in this wonderful contest, then visit the contest post:
http://www.theoldfolksknowbest.com/2010/10/contest-your-chance-to-win-money-no.html


All you have to do is Subscribe via Email to The Old Folks Know Best blog here with your email address and answer two questions. That's it and you are submitted in the drawing! GO NOW and SUBMIT!


Blessings,


Selena Brown
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Thank You for Listening"

How many people can actually say they take the time to just listen? Personally, I can sometimes be a jumping bean full of thoughts, ideas, what-ifs, but there is one thing I can't get enough of and that's listening to my senior clients. On tonight I had the opportunity to spend some time with a Japanese client, Mrs. K, who is 90 something years old and was just needing someone to listen.

Seniors are smarter and even more alert than some think. They want to share their worries, concerns, and even get our opinions. All we have to do is give them some time and a chance to share. To see Mrs. K, laying there ready for bed and then out of nowhere begin to talk about how she felt about leaving her home to go into a rest home, she was so worried about where her furniture would go, her clothes, and even all the little things she wanted to give to some of her friends, but most of all she wouldn't have us to "spoil her" as we do (her caregivers). I was coming to tears inside just listening to her spill her worries and then letting her know that the rest home is actually a great option being that it would give her a chance to do activities with people of her age, she would go on outings, see some of her Japanese friends who are already there, and her family can still come by.

There was two things that made me tear even more inside....first, she asked me would I come visit her? I told her I sure would and I would love to....second, she said, "Thank you for listening to me."

I believe we all want someone to just listen. Communication in life between two parties, as intense as politics to relationships with family, friends, and others in general would be simply a wonderful learning experience.

Talk with you soon,
Selena

Monday, October 4, 2010

CONTEST – YOUR CHANCE TO WIN MONEY & NO SENIOR GOES HUNGRY!

CONTEST – YOUR CHANCE TO WIN MONEY & NO SENIOR GOES HUNGRY!

DEADLINE TO ENTER: November 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)

DEADLINE TO ENTER: November 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)


***YOU MUST WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO ENTER AND UNDERSTAND ALL THE RULES!***

***I'M ANNOUNCING WEEKLY CONTEST UPDATES AND WINNER TO MY LIST. MAKE SURE YOU'VE SUBSCRIBED TO THE RIGHT!***

So you want to become my first $50 GRAND PRIZE WINNER and HELP SENIORS GET NUTRITIOUS MEALS too?

After thinking long and hard about my first series of holiday contests here at The Old Folks Know Best, I've decided  for the month of October to give one individual a $50 Visa Gift Card (FREE MONEY) and match it with a $50 Donation to a great cause, St.Vincent Meals On Wheels, in their name!

We have officially entered the season of giving and all the holiday fun is soon to come, but there are millions of senior citizens who still need warm meals in our communities and the continuous support of the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program will provide this!

If you're in the spirit of giving as well as receiving, then....




To Enter The October Contest:

Simply subscribe to this blog and post a comment below to answer these two questions:

1.How has the advice of a senior citizen affected your judgment or decisions in life?

2.What do you like most about TheOldFolksKnowBest.com?

If you can subscribe to this blog and answer these two questions, you have an equal shot at winning the cash prize and sending a great donation to start the holiday season off right in your name!


What Does The Winner Receive?

1.$50 Visa Gift Card (Same as Cash b/c Cash cannot be sent through the mail, so that's how you will receive your prize money)

2.A donation of $50 will be sent on your behalf to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. You will receive a card acknowledgement in the mail from St.Vincent Meals on Wheels of your contribution as noted on their website. (A receipt comfirmation will be applied to confirm that you have received your cash prize for both party's peace of mind -- yours and mine)


How is the winner chosen?

1.Each comment will be read individually and judged on its quality, believability, sincerity and tact.

2.The winning entry will be posted on this site, TheOldFolksKnowBest.com, Facebook Fan Page, Youtube and will be contacted via email to gather information to send prize.

DEADLINE TO ENTER: November 5, 2010 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)


*** IMPORTANT RULES***

1.If you submit your comments to the questions, Anonymously or in a way that I cannot identify who you are, you must send me your working email address directly to TheOldFolksKnowBest@gmail.com  so that I will be able to identify your submission in case you are the winner. If not, the second best entrant and thereon will be chosen until someone is contacted successfully to received the monetary prize.

2.There is only one submission allowed per account holder, guest, blogger, wordpress, etc.

3.No purchase necessary.

4.Your email address or any/other personal information will not be provided to third parties.

5.Contest open to U.S. Residents ONLY.

I am really looking forward to reading your answers and giving away my first Contest Prize for October and on to the next one with a higher monetary gift and donation amount to my loyal subscribers for November! Make sure to subscribe via email to get all my updates on the contests and other postings!

Stay Well and Safe,


Selena Brown





Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Vase of Flowers

I've heard the saying time and time again, "Give me my flowers while I'm still alive".

It's so sad to see how many flowers are put on gravesites each year and the dead is unable to smell or see them. Flowers become the way we say, "I'm sorry..." or "I wish I would have..." or "Give me another chance to...", to attempt to heal all of our own inconsistencies.

However, on the sunny side, if you're reading this you have a second chance. The grandparent, the mom or dad, the aunt or uncle, the sister or brother, the seniors in all of these categories, need to see your fresh flowers of love, friendship, and blessings.

Yes, flowers will die and there will be time for a new dozen or so...but one piece still remains and that's the mold that we put them in to see them from afar. It's the vase...the vase for flowers that remain, ready to hold the next special gift of flowers.

Since, vases are known to break, there is one solution to this problem that your senior relative, friend, or lover, will approve of...and maybe even love....

Rubber Vase - large - Turquoise  $40 in stock
Supplied by Creative Danes 



So...don't wait until the day comes when that senior has taken their last breath to give them a vase of flowers. Make sure that time is now. Many Blessings and Peace to you. -Selena

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Did You Forget Grandparents Day?!

Today is Grandparents Day! One of my seniors, Mrs. Kaye, had a great dinner to celebrate with her two sons and grandchildren. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate with your family today! On behalf of The Old folks Know Best, I wish all the grandparents out there a great day and week to come!

I was looking through the very special gifts on OpenSky and thought about these for the grandmas and grandpas in your life.



Sylvie Electric Bird Pillow - Citrus 10" x 14" 
$45 in stock

 

Buy Now

 

GRANDPA Journal - Between Me and You™a few things I've been meaning to ask - $15 in stock

 

Buy Now

 

 

Talk soon!

Selena

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grandma Moses Leaves A Legacy

Here's a special lady I just had to tell you about. I ran across her story while in the elevator of an Assisted Living establishment where I go to help a senior twice a week in the early mornings.

While standing in the elevator I found myself looking over to see the phrase "Grandma Moses" plastered over the picture of a little old lady. I wondered why someone would give her such a name and realized why.

Her real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) As you can see by her years living on earth, she lived to see 101 years old, but that's not the kicker! This very special lady was an American Folk artist and decided to change her career to this at an advanced age in her seventies when the arthritis set in. While many people today look to retire with what money they can, Anna, found herself pursuing another endeavor in the arts that became very noticed and even remembered to this day.

I find myself speaking with more seniors today who believe that they are at the end of their road and no one really cares anymore. However, that is not the case and as we can see from "Grandma Moses", she left a legacy behind for us all to remember her by even if she probably didn't think so.

According to Wikipedia, here are some of Grandma Moses legacies:

  • A 1942 piece, The Old Checkered House, 1862 was appraised at the Memphis 2004 Antiques Roadshow. The painting was a summer scene in Geneva, New York, not as common as her winter landscapes. Originally purchased in the 1940s for under $10, the piece was assigned an insurance value of $60,000 by the appraiser, Alan Fausel.
  • Another of her paintings, Fourth of July, was given by Otto Kallir to the White House and still hangs there today.
  • The character Granny on the popular 1960s rural comedy television series The Beverly Hillbillies was named Daisy Moses as an homage to Grandma Moses, who died shortly before the series began.She is buried in Hoosick Falls, New York.
  • Norman Rockwell, who, for a time, lived in Arlington, Vermont, was a friend of Grandma Moses who lived in nearby Eagle Bridge, New York. Grandma Moses also appears on the far left edge in the Norman Rockwell painting Christmas Homecoming, which was printed on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post of December 25, 1948.
  • A U.S. commemorative stamp was issued in her honor in 1969.
If you know anything about the Beverly Hillbillies, who knew that the Granny character was named as reverence paid to Grandma Moses? AMAZING!!!

When the next time you see your grandma or grandpa ask them how life was back when. Ask then how they viewed life and opportunity. Maybe their answers will surprise you like the life of Anna Mary Robertson Moses.

You're never to old to be someone to somebody. -Selena


Post any comments you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Washing Man's Best Friend

No matter how old a man gets, he will always stand by and protect his best friend the DOG! His furry friend can bite up all his socks, make babies with the next-door neighbor's pooch, or run-down the local mailman. He is still an angel. Since this holds true from a male perspective, there is one thing that the woman of the house may want to put a stop to and that's a DIRTY, SMELLY, DOG!

Every Saturday I arrive early to my senior client's home just to walk his beautiful furry dog, Archie. He is full of life and energy. Sometimes we even take a walk until I tire him out....RIGHT!

Although I absolutely LOVE Archie the dog, I would like to help him smell better too! I also know that Mr. C. has the doggie mobile come by to wash his dog, but in between those appointments, Archie is a mess! So I'm recommending for Mr. C's Archie and ANY doggie out there who needs a maintenance wash a week to buy Spa Dog - Puppy Suds!

This is available for purchase right here and now from my blog here!



Spa Dog-Puppy Suds  $13

It's so great because its chemical free and better for the dog and since you will be making your senior's life easier, it's better for them too!

 

 

 

Product Details

- Dog shampoo with essential oils from herbs, plants, flowers, and fruit, includes mellowing lavender and chamomile, geranium, and other puppy perfect botanicals.


Thanks for stopping buy! LOL! 
Selena

Monday, August 30, 2010

You Can't Keep An Old Guy From His Chess!


I was inspired by this great Pixar video here. (QuickTime 5 required)

If you're the type who enjoys a good challenge, then chess is your game. While looking for a new product to add to my OpenSky Shop, I came across a hand-made chess set, particularly perfect for the special senior gentleman in your life. You can't keep an old guy from his chess! This chess set is special because all of the detail was done by hand, not some packaged set. Someone took their time to create every piece. I personally recommend this chess set and what a great time you will have getting beat by your senior opponent!


Order your hand-made chess set from my blog today!

Thanks,

Selena

Melissa and Doug - Chess $25

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What Can We Learn From Survivors Of The Great Depression

Many of our senior citizens made it through The Great Depression in one piece to go on and become businessmen, entrepreneurs, actors, actresses, great teachers, speakers, etc. However, in 2010, we are in another form of depression with our economy and many people around the country act as if its the end of the world. It sometimes makes me wonder how the older folks of the past were able to sustain themselves and make things happen even in a time of oblivion. They really had "nothing", but they found a way to make something out of nothing. Even today, I hear on the news so many people complaining about what they don't have without taking a moment to see what they can do with what's within themselves. We have so much knowledge and talents that someone in this life needs from us and that's what a lot of our senior citizens today did during the Great Depression. They used what they had until better opportunities came to the forefront.

So, the next time you feel like complaining or worrying about how the economy has thrown you a bad hand, you should speak with a senior citizen who lived through The Great Depression to hear what low is really all about and how he or she made it through. The cycle continues in this life, so this will not be the last of loss until the earth gets tired of us all once again.

Live life as it is and use the gifts and talents that you have within yourself to create something out of nothing. -Selena

Friday, August 20, 2010

Three Fabulous Aprons For Grandma At Any Age!

When Sunday dinner roles around, there's nothing more special than eating grandma's homemade cooking. She's a pro at the fried chicken, catfish, collard greens, sweet potato pie, and lets not forget the corn bread. Grandma even knows how to dress up the table so nice and bring in all the family to celebrate another Sunday's best.

I realized then that Grandmas all over the world needed a special apron to wear and look fabulous in while preparing that special meal for you and yours.

I found these three AMAZING Aprons for cooking, cleaning, gardening or doing crafts while on OpenSky!

You can buy it right here from my blog, The Old Folks Know Best, by clicking the Add To Cart button below.

Enjoy and Thanks,

Selena




Original Pink Chocolate $30


















Cosmos Full Length Apron $45
















Women's Apron - Scallopped Cherry Blossom $30



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Celebrate National Senior Citizen's Day on August 21st!

National Senior Citizen's Day celebrates the most special people in the whole world. They are our senior citizens we look to for all the wisdom, guidance, and love that we lack in our own lives. They have been our guardians and the shoulder for us to cry on.

Read the very expressive words of our late President of the United States, Ronald Reagan establishing this day:

Proclamation 5847 -- National Senior Citizens Day, 1988

August 19, 1988

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.

With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation. Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence, and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt -- for their own good and that of others.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older -- places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.

The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 138, has designated August 21, 1988, as "National Senior Citizens Day" and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim August 21, 1988, as National Senior Citizens Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.

Ronald Reagan


[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:42 a.m., August 22, 1988]

Make sure to thank that special senior citizen in your life on August 21st. If you're feeling extra generous, get them a little gift from The Old Folks Shop.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

How You Can Support Meals On Wheels Association Of America

As a CAREgiver I get the opportunity to work with some seniors who use services provided to them. They depend on services and assistance for their medical needs, transportation, and in this particular case, meals. I have seen first hand how important meals are to senior citizens in the community. For some, the meals they receive are the only meals they may get in a day. So to help this great cause for senior citizens across America, I will be donating 50% of the profits of my "Crazy About... line to Meals On Wheels Association Of America from August 15 - October 15, 2010.


To purchase any 'Crazy About The Old Folks Know Best' merchandise to help with this cause, just click on the clock provided below:

Senior Citizens from all across the world will appreciate your generous contributions.

--Selena

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Mrs. D was Too Busy to go on the LSD Trip


When I'm sitting with one of my seniors, I'm always amazed at how easy they can strike up a story and make it so humorous. I had this exact experience with one of my seniors on yesterday. She's 92 years old and as cute as a button. We were finished with the day and got on the subject of who lived in her neighborhood, but where the conversation went next dropped my jaw and made me laugh hysterically by the end!

Mrs. D started off telling me about how commonly used LSD was in the 1950s, especially among her friends who lived close by. During that time, Mrs. D, was young and had to work very hard to take care of herself. She worked as a photographer and wrote stories for the newspaper, so she really couldn't interact as much with the other ladies. Now this is when her story got funny.

Mrs. D sits up on her couch and says,
"some of the ladies told me that they were going to try LSD for the first time on the weekend and if I was going to join them? I was dying to try it and one of the ladies told me that in order to enjoy the LSD experience I would have to take off from work and totally relax my mind in order to enjoy it. I told her that I wasn't going to miss work! Oh, but I was dying to try it! So, I missed out on my chance to try LSD. I was so bummed about it, but I wasn't going to stop working because I had to take care of myself during that time."
My jaw dropped and I laughed hysterically because she really looked like she "missed her chance to go on the LSD trip".

Wow! So, then I replied back to her that there is a life's lesson in all of this for me. I told her, "You were too busy. Being too busy kept you out of trouble and from possibly even hurting yourself in the end," but she wrinkled up her face and said, I know, but back then I was dying to try it!

This was such a funny experience, you just had to be there to hear her tell it. It felt like an episode of the Golden Girls.

Nugget of Wisdom: When you're too busy there's no time for mischief.