Author: Carol Ziegler

5 “TO-DO’s” for That First Date – and Other Dates, Too!

I hate to tell you the number of times men have shown up on my first dates wearing old sneakers, tattered jeans, a stain on their shirt, and looking like they just got up from a nap. While I spent hours planning what I was going to wear, took longer than usual with my hair and make-up and then THAT shows up! It made me feel like I was an afterthoug...Read More

First Date and After 50? Here’s 5 “No-No” Topics

Oh yes, we’ve all encountered it. Whether it was the person we were out with or it was ourselves. Everything was going well and then – dah dah dah -the conversation takes a wrong turn and the next thing you know, the date you were previously enjoying gets all emotional, be it anger or sadness. (Yes it is good to know early on if they are still angr...Read More

Real Person – Real Issues

Dear “Oh Carol:” I am a single, very tired 65 year old woman.  My youngest is in college (tuition bills) and my oldest has medical challenges which I’m funding and which make it hard for him to find and keep a job. I should be retired – but I can’t.  I should have been getting child support – but that didn’t happen eit...Read More

Caregiver Needs a Bunch of TLC!

Dear “Oh Carol:” I’m a caregiver.  This is how I make my living.  I’m late 60’s.  I was married, had one son, then we divorced.  My former husband died about 5 years ago.  The divorce left me financially devastated and I work under the table.  But I do okay because I’m good at what I do. I have a nice circle of women friends...Read More

Gym Gossip? Not for Me!

  Dear “Oh Carol:” My husband retired recently and now goes to the gym several times a week.  He’s also making some new friends there and frankly, I’m very pleased about it all.  Except for one thing. One of his new friends is widowed and he had a girl-friend who he treated poorly.  She left him and now he’s playing the field.  My husband come...Read More

Recently Widowed – And Now Soooo Many Changes

Dear “Oh Carol:” Was married for almost 46 years.  My wife past last spring.  I’m gonna move about 500 miles away to be much closer to my daughter and young grandkids.  I don’t either want or expect her to spend time either entertaining or “taking care of” me.  So, as a start, I want to make some new friends – but I am kind of scared about that.  I...Read More

It’s Never Easy, Is It?

Dear “Oh Carol:” My son’s mother-in-law, Mary, has cancer and has only 6 months left.  She’s a sweet-heart and this is so sad. I think she’s mid-60’s. Her husband has been a real trooper helping her with every need and no complaining. But recently some have noticed he’s acting a bit too friendly with some of Mary’s friends.  Especially the single o...Read More

New At This!

Dear “Oh Carol,” I am about 7 months away from a divorce. We were together for 3 yrs. I realized it was a mistake after the first year…when she drained my bank account…I guess because I am so loving and kind. I didn’t see it coming. so now I am at the age of 63, alone again. I do own my own home and my new truck is paid for. now what…I ...Read More

Ahhhhh – The Dreaded High School Reunion!

Dear “Oh Carol:” I just got a notice that our high school reunion (50th) will be held late next summer.  I went to one, maybe it was the 5th or the 10th – but haven’t seen anyone since then. I went to high school in NY and then moved to the southwest when we retired.  My wife has passed on but I live nearby to my son and his family.  Even so, I fee...Read More

Livin’ and Laughing OR Slippin’ & Sliding?

Dear “Oh Carol:” Widowed for 18 yrs! Live in very small community. Options limited. Want to live, laugh & love again! Would love to find a gated single community to finish my race. Warm weather‼️. Gotta stop contemplating & move forward!!! Help. AFL’s “OH CAROL” ANSWERS As you’ve probably discovered, life in a small community severely...Read More

Which – Scamming or Flattering? How to Tell?

Dear “Oh Carol:” I was shopping at Costco and saw some snow boots I thought would be great for my son (he lives in Norway).  So, I’m inspecting them and up comes a guy, probably 10 years younger than me (I’m in my early 60’s) and he starts talking to me.  Great boots, great price, well made, and on and on.  I’m wondering wha...Read More

“Considerate” Husband Regarding His “Aging” Wife…

When it comes to “After 50” relationships, there are times when you’ve just gotta smile! THANKS to AFL’s Carol Ziegler for sending this bit of “wisdom” our way!  And… keep smiling!

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