Monday, April 6, 2020

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers APRIL 2020


Busting the Boredom-at-Home Balloon 

Need some home-bound fun and inspiration APRIL 39ers? Visit Brownielocks.com calendar … the most fun you’ll have all month! (And no, I don’t get paid for saying that; I simply love her site.)

Are you bored? “Early retirement” (as I like to call the COVID-19 self-quarantining movement), isn’t all you thought retirement would be, is it? For those of you who haven’t seen enough 39 and Holding birthdays to reach retirement age, don’t get used to it … hopefully, it’s temporary!

Wow—great—you can finally get all the projects done that you’ve belly-ached about for years, if you just “had the time.” Now you’ve got it—but the enthusiasm is lacking! Maybe you just need a little push … alright, shove

Celebrate APRIL 39er UN-Birthdays ~ And for More Fun       
Rustic art
Okay, m’friends, buck-up and suck it up—look around you. Aren’t you just itching to redecorate? April is your month to do it for National Decorating Month! As FramedArt.com reminds us, “The show must go on!” They have some terrific indoor design ideas, whether your style is modern, minimalist, or mid-century.
And America’s favorite Better Homes & Gardens says, “See how you can take ordinary items and work them into your decor with a few easy tricks, updates, and simple supplies.” (Need something new? So far, online orders are still available with many retailers.) But if the “great outdoors” is calling you …

Since many of us are stuck inside and/or don’t have a “yard” National Garden Month may not be of much interest. But consider another way to celebrate Spring other than a stroll in public gardens or planting your own peonies or peppers out in the back yard … create a small indoor garden!
Photo by Kerry Michaels
            Communing with nature and the satisfying feeling of earth in your hands can happen inside your kitchen, den, or living room. Even a small terrarium is soothing and fun. How about an herb garden to spice up your confined cooking? And DIY mini-gardens are great for cultivating with your kids or grandkids (if you’re all together).  
Want to clean up your indoor air? Let’s face it, with everyone home all the time, it could get a little “stale.” NASA recommends eight beautiful, natural “air fresheners.” Think green to celebrate Spring and look ahead for happier times.

And for 39AHC writers, if digging in the dirt isn’t your April choice of pastime, I have something right up your wordsmith alley … National Poetry Month! From PublishersWeekly.com: “On March 20, the academy launched the #ShelterInPoems initiative, which invites readers to select a poem from the Poets.org website and post on social media why they find the poem inspiring.”
I began as a young idealist writing simple poems. The last day of April (30th) is just for poets—wannabe, polished or faking it for fun. Yes!
Poem in Your Pocket Day – Although life has changed and this page of the Poets.org website has not yet caught up to pandemic days, we can follow their lead on their primary page, and still cherish and share our inner poet.
Rather than a shirt or pants pocket, carry your favorite poem with you everywhere you go online today and all month, with #PocketPoem! Share snippets of a published poem or create your own poem to help others smile, dream, or simply ponder life.

No Matter Where You Are
Easter is as Easter does
with chocolate chicks
and bunny fuzz

My Easter wish just for you …
stay safe, be well, think love
with big hugs too!
            ~ L.Rochelle

For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
Aries (March 21st–April 19th) and Taurus (April 20th–April 20th) share April’s Spring hopefulness, as do we all this year. Aries the Ram may be a tad stubborn, but they thrive on free-thinking ideas—perfect for creating special ways to shelter in place. Look for profit-building, but do it because you enjoy it, not because you must.
            And I like to think that it’s no accident we celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) in the sign of the realism-based Taurus. The bull is practical, making this an ideal sign to carry forth Aries’ lofty ideas and mold them into reality. Mind your health, Taurus, while you explore long-term financial opportunities.
            Have you ever noticed that both Sun Signs feature horns? Hmmmm … Neither are afraid to speak their mind, so have all your ducks in a row before you pick an argument with one of them.
Shopping for birthday gifts? Red flows dominantly through the Aries psyche, whether they know it or not; and of course, Earth green with tinges of golden brown falls into Taurus’s healthy spectrum. But it’s the clarity of the lustrous diamond that will capture the attention of both, as April’s glittering gemstone.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude  
We were given rainbows for a reason … to light up the hope that will get us through the darkness. Aging brings us wisdom to follow the rainbow with our inner child.  ~ L. Rochelle

Don’t wait, start now! Cheers to your Happy UN-Birthday APRIL 39ers
This one’s for you, kids – Varoujan (John), Les, and “Uncle Elvin”/Al!

Chat on Twitter: @39HoldingClub

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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!

LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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