Dear Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 18, 2014

I pondered what I would write about this month and then I looked outside of my office window. While doing so, I saw the bright sunshine glowing and I started thinking about how I felt as a kid when summer was approaching. So, I’d like to share some thoughts with you.

Do you all remember when you were in high school and as the summer was approaching, you were sitting at your desk just counting the days until you heard that final school bell ring? Personally, I recall planning for that day and also planning well in advance of all the things I would do with my friends when school was out.

As I am very much older, there are no bells ringing, unless of course, it’s caused by problems associated with my aging ears. But, I began thinking, what fun it might be to develop a bucket list of things I’d like to do this summer.

I know some may come to fruition, while others I might just daydream about. Trust me, my bucket list doesn’t include the crazy and wild things I did in the past during my late teen years. Those things would not even entice me now to do them again, but I still hold them in my memories.

I admit that when I make this bucket list, I’ve got to keep it on my desk. If I don’t, I simply will forget about this list of things I want to do. I’d like to someday hold memories of my summer of 2014. So, here’s my bucket list for the summer of 2014 of things I dream of doing:

  • Dedicating a day of fun with my best friend
  • Introducing myself to new neighbors to make more friends
  • Go for a long walk in a park I’ve never been to – worrisome though as I lack navigational skills
  • Paint my fingernails red for the 4th of July
  • Buy a creamsicle from the ice cream truck that rides around my neighborhood
  • Visit NYC just to breath the summer air – I love Little Italy
  • Read a romantic novel
  • Have a picnic in a park that has an outdoor concert
  • Drink Pimms at a Polo game – Greenwich, CT is a great spot
  • Skip work for an entire day
  • Take a spontaneous road trip with my spouse or a friend
  • With my spouse pretend for one day in July is Valentine’s Day
  • Eat a lobster in my backyard and drink a pitcher of Sangria with it
  • Take more photos to preserve more memories

I’d love to hear your bucket list and truly hope that it’s fun and playful!

And, there’s more great news from Red Hot Mamas. We now have a new member of our Health Advisory Board who will be contributing great articles to the Menopause Minute. Barbara Dehn will also answer your pressing questions about menopause-related issues when you send them to us. By the way, she has a fabulous new book out called “The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause.” That’s definitely on my bucket list. I plan to sit under a tree somewhere and devour that book. Barbara Dehn has a wealth of new information in this book and she’s also has a great sense of humor. So, I suggest, this is a must read for all of us Red Hot Mamas to read.

Here’s a little something about Barbara Dehn and I know you will appreciate getting to know her too:

Barbara Dehn RN, MS, NP, FAANP, also known as Nurse Barb, is a practicing Nurse Practitioner, an award-winning author, a nationally recognized television health expert. She has appeared as a medical expert on CBS, ABC, CNN and Good Morning America and iVillage Live. Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose is seen on ABC stations and the Live Well Network. Her new book “The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause” was published by Blue Orchid Press. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

And, guess what – our website is getting a facelift. Coming soon a newly designed and fresh content on www.redhotmamas.org. Stay tuned!

Wishing you all a delightful June!!!
Good Health to You All,

Karen Giblin

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