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A Trailor Too Fat to Fit November 27, 2008

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Bottom line.  We schleped the old wood off the 17′ trailor to make room for a sleigh. Who’d have thunk that the garage we were to store it in to prep it for the parade would be too skinny?  Good grief, those thick tires were in the wrong place. Kick into plan B. Do we have a plan B?  Invent it, just like another munchkin flavor!  O.K. Done. There’s another garage, wider door, and long enough, currently housing a pickup truck that could pick up just about anything.  Anyway….that’s now in the driveway (let’s hope it doesn’t snow) and the 17′ trailor on loan is safely backed into the garage waiting for a sleigh to arrive. Who said it would be easy?  That’s why we’re going for the GOLD.  Stay tuned.

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

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Floating Away on a Sleigh November 25, 2008

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Well, we’re about to embark on finishing up the very first Ageless Dreamer parade float, which, we’re proud to say, is co-sponsored with Progressive Foods, Rochester, NH. – owners of seven Dunkin Donut franchises in Rochester, Somersworth, and Gonic, NH area!  I’ll take a photo soon so you can marvel at the charming life size cut out sleigh, thanks to the fine jigsaw talents of one of their employees, Carl.  Thanks, Carl, for taking on that first critical step of creativity with 4-6 sheets of plywood.  Of course the idea of a sleigh was the brainchild of yet another Dunkin employee, Crystal. We might still be on the drawing table if it wasn’t for her!  The plywood and use of the 17′ trailor that will become one with the sleigh, was so kindly donated by Tim Noonan Construction.  Tim’s always been there to lend a generous and helping hand to Ageless Dreamer and we certainly do appreciate it and him. 

What color is this sleigh, you ask?  The artistic hand of another Dunkin Donut employee, Carol K., has been magically transforming the plywood design into a  high gloss red  which is on its second coat of  paint. We are surrounded by so much giving of talent and time!  Obviously, We’re  going for the GOLD, i.e. FIRST PLACE win for the best float carrying the parade theme: Christmas Dreams.  In full color our banners will read: NEVER TOO OLD TO DREAM!  www.agelessdreamer.org

Oh, did I mention the two park-like-benches that will sit inside the sleigh?  Two men and two women will sit comfortably with heating blankets, if necessary, smiling and waving to the crowd.  Yes, we anticipate it being cold on Dec. 7, since it is, afterall, the live free or die state of New Hampshire.  Step one is almost finished and then we begin the finishing touches: holiday lights outlining the sleigh, 7 ft tall Christmas tree adorned with those clear, plastic Dunkin Donut cups we’re all so familiar with.  We’ll most likely hang a few Munkin boxes on it, too, just for variety. After all, DD has variety in donuts, munkins, and awesome coffee!   

And not to be forgotten, the cutest Elves you’ll ever see in this neck of the woods, distributing (maybe throwing?) Lindt Mint chocolates!  The very finest chocolates were donated to Ageless Dreamer last week and we’re just “melting” with excitement to share them with everyone watching the parade.  Hope to see you there on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., downtown Rochester, NH.     You can count on hearing more about how this comes together!                                                                             

The Ageless Dreamer Parade Float
The Ageless Dreamer Parade Float
Att. Anthony Hartnet, Laurie Widmark, Charles and Mary Ellen Sloan
Att. Anthony Hartnet, Laurie Widmark, Charles and Mary Ellen Sloan

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When does InDEPENDence Day begin? November 11, 2008

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Play on words.  I wonder if that’s how the manufacturer of the product DEPENDS came up with the name?  Carved it right out of the word independence.  To them maybe it meant that our elders would feel more independent going out without fear of an “accident”.  Or maybe that the buyer’s independence was almost over but that they could depend on Depends.  What do you think, folks?  Remember when we used to go into the drugstore or market for (ssshhhh, don’t say it outloud) Tampons or Condoms?  Remember hoping  that the person behind you in the cash register line was of the same sex as you so you wouldn’t feel so awkward?  Or that the person on the register was going to be descrete and quickly slip it into a bag – without making eye contact with you?  Was I the only one who felt like that?  Will I be the only one who would prefer to have my Depends drop shipped directly to my home with no identifying marks on it?

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

It Depends…on what? November 11, 2008

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Recently I read someplace about a parent going into a supermarket and stealing a box of Pampers for his baby.  And another stealing baby formula.  Is this our future in reverse?  Adult children going into supermarkets or drug stores to steal cans of Ensure and packages of Depends for their ageing parents that have become part of the oldest generation?

Monday Nights With Sidney No More November 6, 2008

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Laurie and Sidney on a Monday night with Sidney.

Laurie and Sidney on a Monday night with Sidney.

“You liked that one, don’t cha?”  That was one of Sidney’s favorite sayings.  Almost every Monday night for the past five years, Sidney Kates, born 1926, would arrive at our home in Dover, NH at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.  Those Monday nights became less and less in the past two months as our dear friend Sidney began his own slow journey on his final cruise. This morning, November 6, 2008 at approx. 3:30 a.m. Sidney landed on a peaceful island someplace, far away from his diabetes, emphysema, and congestive heart failure.   Sidney owned and managed Kates Style Shop, downtown Dover, NH for sixty-four years, closing it in 1982. He could spot, and would compliment you, on a fine tailored piece of clothing you were wearing. Sidney would even be proud if you showed him  the discount price tag you bought it at…smiling, knowing you made a good choice.   And he had so many stories to share on those Monday nights, I always wished we had recorded them.  It would have been a book that everyone in town would have wanted to buy…and hope that their name wasn’t in it.  Actually, we would have changed the names to protect the innocent, and let readers see if they could identify themselves.   There may be no more Sidney except in our memories and in our heart, but he’s left us one more legacy:  the Sidney Special.  We’ll keep the recipe a secret, but welcome all his friends to celebrate his life and love anytime with us.  He’ll be with us in spirit every Monday night.  Cheers to a Special Sidney. We’ll miss you.

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

Laurie Widmark meets Miss Strafford County November 5, 2008

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It was very exciting to meet Jennifer Clements, Miss Strafford County, at Senior Wellness Expo, which took place on October 31st, 2008 in Rochester Elks Lodge. Jennifer expressed her appreciation and support of the Ageless Dreamer mission. For more details visit http://missstraffordcounty.blogspot.com 

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