The new normal and yes, some of the old, too. Or at least we’re pretending.

August 16, 2020

Is this the new normal?

Blogging now from our hometown of Rochester, NY, where we’ve decided to wait out the pandemic. After a promising early experience with controlling the pandemic, our beloved California is now worst in the nation. Since we are finishing a second home in Rochester, we’ve decided to shift our life here, where we can enjoy Phase 4 life.

I arrived last week–a couple months early– to move things along. Once the place is done and a bit furnished, I will return to California My husband, dogs and I will then drive back. Not looking forward to that long drive with two small pups, but definitely looking forward to being in Phase 4 of Covid recovery.  

In this week’s edition of Best of Boomer blogs, our writers are sharing the new normal and also the old normal.

Are you cool?

There are several lists floating around the internet claiming to show what Baby Boomers think is cool. They are written by Millennials or GenXers, so of course the clear message is that whatever a Baby Boomer thinks is cool has got to be the most uncool thing in the world. Tom at Sightings Over Sixty couldn’t let this pass, so in Are We Cool? he gives a lighthearted rebuttal — and offers some examples which may just reveal how cool you are in this post-modern age.

What’s “normal?”

Sometimes Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants & Scribbles has to pretend she’s not living through a raging pandemic and do something “normal” — like going to a nail salon. It’s been months since her tootsies were catered to and recently, she decided to treat herself. In some ways it was the same as before, with her usual embarrassing neuroses, but in others, it was very different.

Ways to save

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer and personal finance journalist, writes about 35 ways to cut your grocery bill. With food costs going up during the pandemic, you’re sure to find a few ways to help you out such as compare prices, reduce meat consumption, and cut out sweets and chips.

Now, THIS is cool!

When the summer gets hot you want to stay cool. Rebecca Olkowski, with has been spending the warm days wearing shift dresses because they’re airy and comfortable. If you’re going to be stuck at home, you may as well let it all hang out. The dresses are also stylish and look nice on most body types. Read about them here.


I’m sure you hear it all the time…think outside the box. It’s one of the phrases meant to inspire people at work to come up with new ideas, try new things, and get better results. But how is that done? Where do you look, where do the ideas come from? Jennifer, of Unfold and Begin shares some ideas in Do you need creativity at work?

Crazy can be normal

Sometimes crazy things happen at one time. Last week Meryl Baer at Beach Boomer Bulletin lost her Internet, cable, and computer for a few days. This week all was restored, but other issues popped up, including an annoying visit to the doctor’s office, and lost leaves. But her week ended on a social note with a Zoom cocktail hour. read about one week’s craziness in this week’s post, One More Crazy Covid Week.

Till next time, wishing you health, safety and sanity.

7 comments on “The new normal and yes, some of the old, too. Or at least we’re pretending.
  1. Good luck with your move to your new house. That’s a big trip cross country. I lived on Rochester when I did my student teaching there when I was in college. It’s a nice city but very cold in the winter.

  2. Laurie Stone says:

    Nice job, Carol. Welcome to the East Coast! If you were closer, we could meet for a socially distanced cup of coffee.

  3. Diane says:

    Loved all of these blogs!
    And so glad you got out! Now to rescue the rest of your family!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Love the line-up. And exciting that you’re moving bac to NY

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