Archive for Mature Age

Cooking, Crafting, and Camaraderie.

We had a great lunch with our hostess Maria Antonia cooking a mean Bobo de Camarão an authentic Brazilian dish. A creamy prawn dish. You can check out a recipe here.

Her care and presentation on table setting was very elegant.

It’s great to see what other people do so when my time comes for Christmas entertaining my SIN.ers friends I have plenty of inspiration.

Every time we have lunch at my friends houses I am impressed with the effort they make in being the best hosts. It can be a big job, hosting 15+ people in your home!

All  of the SIN.ers are great cooks except me who rarely cooks anything. Thankfully my husband picks up the slack!

I only have 2 dishes that I call myself an expert on:

Roast Turkey (Canadian style) and Brazilian pudding (flan). That is all! I might not cook these too often, but I do cook them well!

But I think all the members of SINers are great cooks, whether they specialise in savoury dishes or dessert. We have had some absolutely incredible dishes on occasion!

Not only are they crafty in the kitchen -but they’re just plain crafty. They do all kinds of things,  Dress making, creating various knick knacks, patch works, knitting and crochet, jewellery, brides bouquets, a whole range of novelties.
I’m happy to say that I am also one of the crafty bunch, with my crochet bags. Almost every month there is a new item someone has completed. So talented!
Marion Boughton is the expert in these crafts and she showers all of us with all her creations. She is do special and we all love her!

 

Who says in old age you don’t get any fun?

Today our Craft group is enjoying a Bus ride to Kings Park and having a pic Nic there.

pictures are worth more than a thousand words.

Here they are:

Globetrotting. My passion!

I am 72 years of age and every so often I get itchy feet and take off on a trip around the world for a month or a month and a half. I have been doing this for the last 30 years. When we lived in Canada we made more frequent trips with the whole family to visit relatives in Brazil, but now being so remote here in Australia I probably do it every 3 years.
I like collecting stamps in my passports – I’ve actually been having a long-running competition with my husband to see who can collect the most stamps! He has an advantage as he visits remote areas around the world for his work in geophysical surveys. No fair!
In 2017 I *finally* caught up with him and am ahead of him by 3 countries (for now). My next trip will be in 2020 but won’t get any new stamps. I’m visiting my relatives in Canada, USA, Brazil ( my nephew’s wedding), Spain, England and Italy. They’ll have to do. (Hahaha, kidding!)
I have been travelling since 1976 when I left Brazil. I have lived in Canada, Malta, Iran, Kenya and finally Australia. We came here as a family in 1991 when my husband’s company transferred him to Perth, and ended up relocating here permanently in 1994 after falling in love with the place and selling our house in Brantford, Ontario.
It’s interesting looking back at all of the places I have lived and people I have known. What a variety! My son was born in Iran, my daughter in Kenya, and I feel that they have inherited my yen for travel too. My daughter lived in Japan for a year, apart from her now-husband, teaching English, and my son and his long time partner Toni are currently road-tripping through the US and Canada visiting relatives, and plan to do the same in Europe shortly.
We have received news that some of our family from North America plan to come and see us next year. This makes me SO happy! We are always appreciative of people who make the long trek over to see us. As you know, it’s not just a quick train/plane ride! So we always do our best to make sure our visitors have a great time.
I don’t know how long I will be travelling. As long as I am healthy I guess. I love Perth, I feel like I live in resort town with that beautiful West Coast I can see every day, but sometimes I just get the urge to go and see new places, or visit relatives and old friends. I am lucky to be in a position to do so, and I don’t intend to take it for granted.
Where are YOU heading next?

Happy 7 YUK 0 Birthday!

We, the SINers had a fantastic lunch in Mundaring for my friend’ s 70th Birthday.

It was a full-house, with over 25 of our members attending, each with their own special creation, so we ended up with a fantastic collection of savoury and sweet dishes to choose from.

Marion’s property in the hills also has an extensive kitchen garden, which many of the SINers made a point of checking out – aided by my grandson and two chocolate coloured puppies running riot. A few of the ladies went home with goodies from the garden, and one of our ladies even brewed up some lemongrass tea.
Marion made a delicious cake to celebrate which we all enjoyed, and I really cracked up laughing at the writing on top of the cake. My grandson managed to nab a piece too, but his mum caught him before he made it back for a second. He spent most of the time playing with the cats and following Marion’s husband around.

Meeting all the SINers every month is one of the highlights in my life. I have other highlights too which include dinner with my two grown-up children and their family every Tuesday. These monthly lunches give me dinner ideas too, but we never need dinner the night of the SINers meet, because there are always enough leftovers for everyone to take home.

Happy Birthday Marion. You are one of my most dearest friends and we all enjoy your beautiful crafts that you whole heartedly distribute to all of us.

Craft work Before and After

My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.

Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.

I love it right away and took possession of it.

Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.

In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.

Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!

Great work!

 

 

My Community helps others in need.

Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.

We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.

We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.

We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.

Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.

There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.

All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.

It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?

 

 

 

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My S.I.N.ers Group, my friends, my family

The Sunset International Neighbours (S.I.N.ers) is a Group of ladies that was founded in 1990. We formed this group to solidify and help foster friendships among our members, some of whom have been coming now for 27 years.

We meet once a month at someone’s house for lunch, and every month it rotates to a new home. We all bring a plate of food to share, and sometimes a friend to add to the group. Over the years we have also watched children and grandchildren grow through their various visits, such a joy.

We don’t sell Avon, Tupperware, or any other product, except sometimes Real Estate (hehehe). We sit, eat, talk, exchange views, and make friends.

We had our Christmas party this last Monday. (Out meetings are always in a Monday, it had become tradition).

Some of us are very talented in the kitchen. I’ll let you decide if I am included in that group (hint hint I don’t cook).

Last Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming one of the S.I.N.ers’ youngest visitors, only a few weeks old, granddaughter to this month’s host. And of meeting two boys, now 17 and 15 year olds, that we have been in contact with since they were born.

We also had another member bring her tweenage granddaughter, who usually joins us around Christmas time and of course my daughter with her son, my adorable grandson.

These meetings are always a pleasure to attend, we catch up with one another, share good news and bad, and strengthen our friendships again, one bite at a time.

I hope you all find time this December to meet with your friends and loved ones, to talk over delicious food, and maintain those connections which are important to you.

Merry Christmas,

Alycee

Planning for the next season workshop.

Most people, when asked, will say that they only want to leave their home only if absolutely necessary. We all want to age in our home and live our lives the way we have always done. It’s hard to think about what would happen if we, or someone we love couldn’t stay at home due to a fall or inability to care for themselves.

What are the options? Do you know how to access aged care supports and services if you need them? Do you know who to call, how much it costs and what is involved? Did you know that there have been significant changes to aged care just in the last two months? Do you know what is most important to you in being able to stay at home? Many people we speak to don’t know where to start and when help is needed are confused about their rights and options.

Planning for the Next Season is a workshop of your peers, all at different stages of this journey. In the session, we work together to talk about what’s available, what works and what doesn’t and what you can expect from the aged care system. This is a must if you want to learn more about options for staying at home long term and not something to leave until you need quick answers.

The next Plannng for the Next Season workshop will be held at True North Church in Mullaloo on 31 May from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. The session is $50 and includes a light lunch, participants workbook to take along with you and of course, parking is free.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planning-for-the-next-season-tickets-33649969966

If you’d like more information, please ring Melissa Young at 0400 248 655 or head to www.thenextseason.com.au

I have been facilitating what is called Planning for the Next Season. It is a peer workshop for people (generally the over 60’s and/or their adult children) to start thinking and planning for how to stay well and living at home now and into the future. If

You may or may not be aware of all the reform that has happened in the aged care space over the last three years in particular. It can be very difficult to find your way through the aged care ‘maze’ when looking for in-home supports/services for loved ones.

That being said, I’d like to share with you the details to a workshop I am facilitating in Mullaloo on 31 May. Here is the info:

Planning for the Next Season
by Melissa Young, Developer, Planning for the Next Season
$50
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DATE AND TIME

Wed. 31 May 2017