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! 

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!



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,


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.



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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

AWAY with the Dye and in with the Gray Hair!

Gray pride: Model, 45, dares to bare her silver hair

Talk about a mane event: Kristen McMenamy has shattered one of fashion's most rigid taboos by showing her silver locks on the runway and in magazines, including the August issue of Italian Vogue. "I thought all that gray hair would make a beautiful picture," the mother of four said.

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I say: See, 45 is the new 30 and it includes gray hair too! You're never too old to follow your dreams or get into the race as long as you don't quit!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

I believe there are so many interpretations one can have for Robert Frost's popular poem, The Road Not Taken. When I was first introduced to Robert Frost's poem, I can say it really inspired me to begin my poetry writing journey. I began at 10 years old, writing poetry and still have all of my work in one composition notebook. I still write from time to time, but never can forget the words that are contained in this particular poem. If there was a committee congratulating the old folks who stood the test of time through their literary works, Robert Frost would be among them.

Here is Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken:

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;        5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,        10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.        15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.        20
 --Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

During the years 1916–20, 1923–24, and 1927–1938, Frost taught English at Amherst College, Massachusetts, notably encouraging his students to account for the sounds of the human voice in their writing. (Referenced in Wikepedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Frost)


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Grandma Would Sing: "Lord I Thank You....."

When I was about 10 years old, I was given the duty of taking care of my grandmother and two siblings everyday after school. By this time, my grandmother was experiencing dementia so she couldn't care for herself as she used to do. She used to change our diapers and care for us while my parents worked day and night shifts.

When I was little I didn't think that what I was doing was a burden to my childhood because it was a way of life. I did have to miss the teenage life, going to homecoming dance and even the prom, but the thought of caring for my grandmother never made me feel any kind of way. I did what I was told to do and I know my grandmother was appreciative of it.

In all of that said, I have to say that I remember one thing that my grandmother used to sing repeatedly to herself. It went like this: "Lord I Thank Yooooou, And I Thank You, Everyday." She would sing this little piece of a song whenever she had the opportunity of time in her world of dementia.

I can say that even today I think of my grandmother. She died while I was in the U.S Army, so I never got to say goodbye. It still hurts sometimes even now, but I know she's definitely in a better place.