• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny

Adding Memories to the Treasure Chest

#51 – Make some memories

My mother always used to say, “You never know when you’re making a memory.” I’ve kept that in mind over the years and it’s helped me treasure the times shared with those I love.

This summer has definitely topped the list in memory-making. My son has been home for an extended visit and we’ve been making the most of the time together.  Every minute, every conversation, every interaction with my kids is a memory for me, one that I tuck away to bring out and relive in the long years between visits.

Some of my favourite moments in the last few weeks have been spontaneous.

  • lying on our backs on the dock at the marina and watching for shooting stars in the night sky
  • jumping and swimming off the boat
  • sailing in strong winds and no winds at all
  • going to Hamilton to see one of the last CFL games at Ivor Wynne Stadium (in the pouring rain – an outdoor venue)
  • laughing, laughing, laughing over the silliest things
  • deep conversations over things that really matter to us
  • stretching out on a shallow sandbar together and letting the warm water wash over us
  • watching him devour his favourite meals (and desserts)
  • seeing his face light up with pure joy as he headed off on long bike rides, swam for ages in the lake, and rock climbed
  • hugs, hugs and more hugs

Oh, and the time he had a nap on the boat. Looking at his face, peaceful and relaxed, took me back 30 years to when he was a baby. Sigh!

He heads back to Hong Kong tomorrow. I’m soooooooooo grateful for the wonderful summer we’ve shared. 🙂

Mother and son, together again, at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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