Monday, June 4, 2018

Boomers Enter June With Food, Travel, and the Comforts of Home

Pictures from our community Facebook page
 The month of June begins the best season of the year – Farmer’s Market Season. Weekly markets are a short drive away on Thursday morning, Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday. I walk to our local Friday morning market, greet neighbors, meander slowly from stand to stand and fill my (reusable, recyclable) bags.  Nothing in stores compares with the delicious flavor of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Asparagus and strawberries displayed Friday morning were handpicked Thursday evening. 

While on the subject of food (a favorite topic!) on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about how calorie counts are now required on menus and menu boards, and for food on display in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and movie theaters. One study found that menu labeling helps people reduce their calories by about 50 calories per meal, on average. Another positive result: Some restaurants have reduced the calories in their foods after menu labeling was required.

While I drooled over farmer’s market produce, fellow boomer bloggers also embraced the season with new endeavors and travel.

Stepping out of our comfort zone is never easy, so Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond has taken up the challenge of trying new things each month.  Sometimes they might be small achievements, others might really test her metal, but it keeps life interesting and proves we can all do anything if we want it badly enough.  Read what she did in May to Step out of her Comfort Zone.

Tom Sightings continues to fulfill one of the items on his Bucket List by tracing the steps of the emigrants on the Oregon Trail. For his latest adventure trek on over to Ruts and Ridges, Ridges and Bridges -- and see some great photos too!

Some of us don’t like to travel, or can’t travel, or may have travelled a lot and now enjoy time spent home, snuggled in a comfy chair in front of the TV watching old favorites or new ones­. With numerous offerings available, how do we know what to watch? Rebecca Olkowski with has been a party animal for the last couple weeks going to Emmy For Your Consideration screenings and parties. There are so many great television shows right now, particularly on cable. What are some of your favorites?

Writer Laura Lee Carter wrote about her two favorite pastimes this week, the joys of writing and xeric gardening! These are the two activities that help to keep her happy and sane. It's a crazy world out there....

I admit ignorance and looked up the word xeric. It refers to an environment or habitat requiring a small amount of moisture.

Have a great week and spend a few minutes visiting my fellow bloggers. They love to hear from you!


  1. I love farmer's markets! And I will check out some of the blogs mentioned. But I have a 'baby boomer' question. They keep having commercials on TV about the importance of baby boomers being tested for Hepatitis... why? Why baby boomers? Just curious.

    1. The reason that people born from 1945–1965 have high rates of hepatitis C is not completely understood. Most baby boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1960s through the 1980s when transmission of hepatitis C was highest. Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person.
      Hepatitis C: Why Baby Boomers Should Get Tested - CDC

  2. Our markets are just getting going, but I do love them.

  3. What a fun mix of Boomer posts. Great job!

  4. I love Farmer's Markets! In Summer I tend to eat mostly cold dishes (alot of salads and sandwiches!) so having lots of fresh vegetables is a necessity and you can't get any better!

  5. Farmers markets are great, aren't they Meryl. So much fresh food and activity. We have several in Brisbane each Saturday morning. Thanks for putting this week's BBB together it looks great!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond