Friday is Y Luncheon

My, oh, my, another month has passed. Time  does seem to fly. Our new month of March gives us another chance to fully live our lives. One of the best ways to begin a month is with present and potential friends at Fort Worth’s downtown YMCA.

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Meet together March 5 at 11:30 AM for the potluck lunch. The theme for Friday’s lunch is a rather unique one–“Texas Independence with a St. Patrick’s Flair.”

Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the declaration of the Texas independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. After the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence, settlers in Mexican Texas officially broke from Mexico, creating the Republic of Texas. In the State of Texas, Texas Independence Day is an official holiday.

 Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.


I’ve heard that we going to have pulled pork sliders, ranch-style beans, coleslaw, and green-frosted cupcakes. Please bring a dish to share that will feed 8-10 people. There may be some games played after the meal. What fun!

Annie Ambles looks forward to the potluck lunch


Our Journey

We all have our stories to tell about our journey through life. Even that fine half-American, half-Englishman Sir Winston Churchill wrote about journeying. For me, the essence of his thought is that we have sterner stuff in our reserves. We can lock horns with the best of them and come out winners.

Cotton Candy

“We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

None of us have lives without temptations, problems, issues, tragedy, and/or sadness. But we do all have hope that our lives will improve. Most of us have love, solutions, trust, and comfort.

Annie Ambles looks on the positive side of life

A Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities as a result.  A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Hopefully, the sessions will help you better deal with any concerns you have about falls.
This free workshop starts Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. It is for anyone concerned about falls, those who may have sustained a fall in the past, or those who have restricted their activity because of falling concerns. 
 In the workshop, you will learn to:

  •      Reduce fall hazards in your home;
  •      Improve your flexibility, balance and strength; and
  •      Improve your overall health through increased activity.
falling-off-ladderThe course meets every Wednesday for eight consecutive weeks at the Texas Health Fort Worth Education Center, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Since seating is limited, your advance registration is required. Call 1-877-THR-WELL to register.
 Annie Ambles checks out the Texas Health FW Education Center



Dali Receptions at Milan Gallery

Looking for something interesting to do this weekend? You may want to visit Milan Gallery to attend one of its two receptions related to Salvador Dali and the Argiller Collection. Expect a crowd. The current exhibit that opened February 19 is getting great reviews.

This collection of Salvador Dali’s work shows rare original etchings, watercolors, and aubusson tapestries from several series. These series include “The Songs of Maldoror”, “Mythologie”, “Surrealistic Bullfight”, “Secret Poems By Apollinaire”, “Poems by Mao Zedong”,”Les Amours De Cassandre”, and “Faust”. He was a fascinating man with some equally fascinating works.

Burning Giraffe tapestry by Salvador Dali

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali’s legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during two scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public. I’m sure she has some fascinating stories to share about her father and Dali. Be there tonight, Friday, February 26, 7 – 9:00 pm or Saturday, February 27, 7- 9:00 pm.

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All appearances are complimentary to the public. Yes, each is free. Refreshments are usually served, and RSVP’s are required. Please RSVP today to let them know you’ll be there Friday or Saturday. To RSVP email or call 817-338-4278.

Milan Gallery, 505 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102, in downtown Fort Worth is a block off Sundance Square. The Gallery is open M -TH. 10 – 7pm | Fri -Sat. 10 – 9pm | Sun. 12 – 5pm. Parking is free on the streets after 6:00 PM and on the weekend.

Annie Ambles to the Dali collection at Milan Gallery

Yoga is not a Big Mystery

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Chances are you are somewhere right now where you can experience yoga. Bite the bullet and take a class. Sure, you can get a DVD and do it alone at home, but, for me, it’s more enjoyable with a group. Tarrant County College has yoga classes through its Adult/Senior Programs for $25 a semester. The price is right (Sorry, Bert Parks). Another place for yoga classes is the YMCA with a monthly membership of about $32–still a bargain. Not free, but valuable.

You can outfit yourself in fancy clothing, use an expensive mat, and hire $35 an hour yoga coaches, but you can also do yoga for free on the days you don’t have a class.

Yoga helps with balance and stress. Just give it a try. It’s not a difficult course of exercise. Learn about the poses–child, warrior, cow, dog. It’s more about stretching than burning calories. Yoga’s movements are smooth, gentle, and graceful, if you do them right. You may find you discover a life-changing activity as you add yoga to your exercise schedule. Let me know how it goes. Bet your blood pressure goes down after a few weeks of doing yoga.

Annie Ambles does yoga twice at week

Staying Attractive

Don’t we all want to stay attractive and healthy? I hear a resounding “yes” from you. It’s not as hard as you think, but does require some effort on your part. We all know that we need to exercise and eat right, but what exactly will a healthy diet do for us? A big plus is that it can help our hair stay strong and shiny. What we eat can usually keep us from losing our locks. If we’re not getting certain nutrients from food, we might see the effects in our hair.

Woman with fair complexion in strong sun

For some time now, we’ve been told that essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, play a key role in the health of our skin, hair, and nails. Okay, we’re going to try to  eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day–salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish; flaxseed oil; and nuts (walnuts and almonds are especially high in omega-3).

Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are important to our hair, too. If we eat mostly vegetables, we may not get enough of them. I try to remedy this by taking a multivitamin with my morning coffee and oatmeal. Because trace minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and biotin also affect hair, I look for and take a daily multivitamin that has minerals, too. If you prefer, you may eat more of these foods with B-6 (bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet), and spinach). Major sources of B12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.

Our hair will benefit from folic acid that we can get from eating fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Whole grain and fortified-grain products, beans, and lentils also have it. Guess that means we can eat whole-grain bagels and French bread, but not at every single meal. Better get some protein in there as it’s critical to keep our hair healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meats like fish and chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources. Let’s try to eat one serving every day.

Even if we’re doing all the right thing, we may lose hair because of genetic factors like male or female pattern baldness.  Check with your doctor when you have your annual Medicare checkup. If hair loss is a huge problem, schedule an appointment. It may be a sign of thyroid disease, anemia, autoimmune diseases, and/or hormone issues.

Thanks to Web MD Feature: “Eat Right for Your Hair.”American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair Loss, “KidsHealth: “Your Hair”, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, and Dr. Jennifer Robinson, MD, for the nutritional content. I couldn’t write it all on my own, but wanted to share the message.

Annie Ambles vows to take better care of her tresses


Tidy Up

Someone once said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. Of course, being good law-abiding citizens, we are getting our paperwork together to complete those taxes before this year’s deadline. HINT: It’s not April 15. It’s actually April 18 in 2016.

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As you are searching for your needed forms and statements, you might want to start thinking about making next year’s tax preparation easier. Create a file folder. Label it “2016 Taxes.” Put it at the front of a drawer of your file cabinet. If you don’t have a file cabinet, buy one of those portable plastic file carriers at the big box store (less than $10). Put your file there; put the whole thing in your closet. Every time you have something related to taxes, immediately put the paper in the file. It takes only a few minutes. This time next year you won’t be getting more gray hairs or pulling out those you do have because you’ll have everything you need in one spot, close at hand. Believe you me, you’ll be grateful next year.

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It’s not too early to start getting your other files in order, too. Tidy up your space by going through each and every file folder. Shred what you no longer need. Please. If you think you can’t tackle such a big job, do just five, count ’em five, folders a day. Sort while you’re watching the evening news, while supper is cooking, or while you normally read. If five folders, a set number, doesn’t appeal to you, set the timer for 15 minutes. When it goes off, stop your tidying up, and reward yourself with a fresh piece of fruit, a walk, or a cup of tea or coffee.

Good job! Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a hug. You’ve started attacking the ever-hungry paper monster. You’ll be glad you did.

Annie Ambles tidies up her files