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What is it that 60-yr old people think of, including advice for my children
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By Red Barn
I grew up in Eastern North Dakota, and went to college at UND. I am currently teaching as a special education resource teacher in Minneapolis. I am married to a great second husband, who puts up with so much. I have one married son who is ...
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Life at 60 . . . looking at life on the slow side
I grew up in Eastern North Dakota, and went to college at UND. I am currently teaching as a special education resource teacher in Minneapolis. I am married to a great second husband, who puts up with so much. I have one married son who is struggling to make a living in Minneapolis. He and his wife have 2 sons, ages 2 and 3, which is totally insanity, but also so much fun. I also have a newly married stepdaughter, who with her husband, is the proud 'parent' of a new puppy, 2 or 3 cats, a hamster, a college roommate still living in the spare room, and who knows what else they acquired in the last month.

I began thinking about blogging while e-mailing parenting advice to my daughter-in-law. Isn't that the typical Grandma/Mother-in-law? She graciously thanks me for all advice, but is also free to disregard anything I say.

I am also the lucky daughter of a very plucky and determined 96 year old mother.
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By Red Barn
Jan. 27, 2013 5:36 p.m.



Sorry I have been negligent with the writing.   I have been fighting symptoms since New Years!    I have not been sick enough to 'skip' work, but I have slept through a few weekends and I've been through 3 big boxes of tissues and one bottle each of DayQuil and NyQuil.   My favorite weekend was when I did not get out of my pj's for 2 days.

 So finally I feel fine, with only a mild sniffle, and now my hubby is talking about his cold.

 Today we are going on a wild mystery tour, of sorts.    We are taking the kids to the Children's Museum of Minnesota.  How brave we are.    A 2 year old and a 3 year old that have been shut  up in the house for a month of cold weather out and set free.    Makes me think of what it was like to let the pony or the calves out of the barn on a frisky day. 

    If we survive, it will be back home in the early afternoon for a long nap.

    Our hardest decision of the spring is in the works.    What to do about health insurance when my husband becomes eligible for Medi....whatever.    Supplemental plans are a mystery to me.   Glad that he is retired and has hours and hours to do research.  I am thinking of all the money we will save when I go from family insurance to single, but now I am thinking it will all go to the supplementals.   

    My mother will be 97 in February.    I think I went for 30 years with talking to her on the phone once every 2 weeks.   We are now on the 7pm every night plan.   It is a miracle to have a Mom when I am 60, so just enjoying every conversation, which is nearly always the same.   What we had for dinner, the weather, and who she saw during the day.   I know that when she says, "talk to you tomorrow", there will be a day when that will not be.

    People say that people are living longer lives than they did 50 years ago.    I disagree.   Everyone that I know that is in their 90's was born before 1950.    Just sayin'.

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