The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years

A guest post from Michael Longsdon at elderfreedom.net about downsizing for seniors.

Dan here. We’re going to take a brief break from the transformation at Hildring House to explore downsizing.

Michael Longsdon of elderfreedom.net reached out wanting to share some information on downsizing for seniors on With the Barretts. I thought this was a timely subject (and not just because I’m knocking on the door of Social Security and Medicare, myself). This month’s issue of Debra’s real estate newsletter – Harmonious Home Adventures – is devoted to downsizing.

Folks downsize for all sorts of reasons and aging is a major one, for sure. So, our thanks to Michael and elderfreedom.net for taking the time and recognizing that adventures take many forms. Here is Michael’s article:

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The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years

Are you considering transitioning into a smaller home for your golden years? Moving into a house which will be less costly and easier to maintain can be tempting, but sometimes, the process of downsizing is daunting. Here is some important advice for finding the right home and making a successful transition.

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2019 & the Power of Intention

2019 & the power of intention. Let’s make it a great new year.

For a ‘50s kid, it’s a bit surreal to think that it’s 2019.
When the millennium changed, everyone made such a big deal out of it (let’s not forget Y2K hysteria) that it turned out not to be such a big deal, after all.

But, 2019. Holy smokes.

During my childhood, 2019 was an impossibly futuristic date, a fantasy of flying cars and anti-gravity rays and buildings that literally scrape the sky. (Why has mastering gravity always been a touchstone of futuristic fantasy? Note for discussion in a later post.)

I’ve seen some things on the Internet and in newspaper deriding New Year’s celebrations as “just an arbitrary date on the calendar.” As far as that goes, any calendar date is arbitrary, isn’t it? If we were still reckoning the passage of time under the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian one, today would be December 19, 2018, rather than January 1, 2019.

I prefer the latter, thank you very much. I want it to be a new year. And, so it is.

Intention is perhaps the most powerful force in the universe. I say “perhaps” only because the things that we know represents such a minuscule part of the vast ocean of things to know.

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Direct Your Attention for a Happy Holiday Adventure!

Xmas greenery and ornaments with Happy Holidays and With the Barretts logo
Holiday Adventures With the Barretts

Season’s Greetings! It Really is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Sure, things get kind of crazy this time of year.

But the power of a thing is determined by the attention you give it. By directing your attention, you can make your Holiday Adventure a happy one.

You can choose to focus on the rampant commercialism, the hordes of people pushing and clawing, the insane drivers, and the general chaos.

Child wide-eyed and open mouth with wonder
Awe and Joy 

 Or you can give your attention to the peace, joy, and wonder of the season.

As the old year fades and the new one brightens on the horizon, beauty is a bit closer to the surface.

At no other time of year do so many people make an effort to share loveliness – with lights and greenery and decorations that sparkle and music and smiles and good wishes. And cookies.

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Happy Thanksgiving from With the Barretts

A day to focus on those people and times that bring you happiness – the things for which you are grateful.

Thanksgiving place settingA day to share, if not in person, then at least in spirit.

From pizza and tea (it doesn’t have to be turkey and dressing)

pizza and teato quiet contemplation of gratitude

ancient church seatingto breaking bread with loved ones in elegant style

Thanksgiving tablethe Barretts wish you peace and joy and a multitude of reasons to be grateful – today and always.

Dan & Debra

8 Things to Do in Sitges, Spain from AlltheRooms – With a Bit of Lagniappe from WiththeBarretts

I received an email from the lovely folks over at AlltheRooms. They had seen our post about Springtime in Seville (which you can find here) and wondered if we were familiar with Sitges, Spain. It so happens that we are.

View toward the Sitges center from the promenadeA charming, beautiful seaside town just south of Barcelona, Sitges really should be on your itinerary for travel in Spain.

The AlltheRooms blog put together a post about The Top 8 Things to Do in Sitges, a couple of which I confess were new to me. I didn’t know that they did up Carnaval in Sitges, for instance. And I wish we had known about Museu de Cau Ferrat when we were there. House museums are our favorite, and we would have paid it a visit, for sure. I guess we’ll just have to go back.

So, go check out The Top 8 Things to Do in Sitges on the AlltheRooms blog.

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Rheinfall in Switzerland – Travel Lagniappe

Lao Tzu was dead-on when he said, “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” So, when during an atypical (for the Barretts, anyway) driving trip in Europe we saw some signs for Rheinfall in Switzerland (which, by the way, is the largest waterfall in Europe, according to both the Wikipedia site and the Swiss site dedicated to the falls), we decided to check it out.

At the risk of rendering the rest of the post somewhat anticlimactic, let’s go ahead and take a look at the massive rush of water:

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