Psalm 90:10, "The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty if we are strong....
Three Score and Ten the Introduction,|
Well here we go, After 50 years I am going to take another attempt at writing. The first time was the Palmer writers correspondence school in 1969. The writing will be not a book that will be written with the idea of being published, But will be a writing of thoughts unencumbered by possible publishing and monetary gain. This writing will be a hybrid of Journal and Reminisce. It is important to me that the writings are my true thoughts at the time, not influenced by any factor. The writing will try to explain how a 70 year old white, male USA citizen now relates to today's world. Is every oldest generation lost in their own world, that they aged into? What do I see, and feel as I age farther. I know I am not normal as in what this world today would consider normal. But I hope I am in the ball park writing the thoughts of a 70 year old. I hope for you to learn to know who I am, As I search for Who I am at 70+ This work will carry on until I am no longer able to think or write. This will be done on a nearly daily writing interwoven with a life's reminiscing. This writing has been in the planning for 10 plus years. and I have now made it to this starting point. This writing is dedicated to My Wife The Kitten, My family, My grand children, Lukas, Levi, Luis, Lydia and Sonora Pearl. I thank you God that you have allowed me to have your Three Score and Ten Time.
|Three Score and Now Eleven + Day 136
It is December 31, 2021 and writing to you is my last item on the to do list for year 2021. And I am happy about that. I did get the snow blower repaired today and items shipped at the last moment. The year 2021 I am glad to say will be over shortly. And then we can turn a new leaf and then a New Year. so now I write the review of 2021.
The year was stressful for us, It seemed everything was a chore, everything took longer and was difficult. It was harder to stay motivated. Our garage roofing job ruined a good part of the summer. Maybe the years are catching up with me. I am tired of the fight and struggle to accomplish. I will not say that 2022 cannot be worse than 2021, because last year I thought 2021 could not be worse than 2020, It was. But I have good hope for 2022. I will put less on the to do list, lower my obligation expectations. Yes, there will be things to do as there needs to be, But I hope at a reasonable level. I want to spend more good time in the Kayak and boat on a nice day fishing. I want to see you Grandchildren more. I want to set outside in the north and watch the Hummers and other birds, Butterflies and Bees. I would like the wife and I too take some day trips as we have wanted to do. I would like to spend time with the grown kids and my brothers. What it comes down to is finding Harmony with God and his Creation. That is what I want.
The year 2021 was certainly not all bad. First off God remained at our side through the year, and we remained healthy. God once more provided for us. His natural world's weather did the job. Most of our garden's did well. We are now eating what was provided. We did get much of our to do list done and even some things not on the list. The entire family remained healthy for which I am very Thankful. Our Little Dog and Big Cat continue to give us therapy when we need it. We Thank God for walking with us and providing therapy the whole year long and we pray he will continue to do in the year 2022. I Trust and have Faith he will.
Tonight, New Year's Eve, we will stay home and welcome in the new year together, The wife and me. We normally went out to sing and dance. But know that is in the past. She now is making cheese Fondue which we have not had at the house. It is special for me. It is a good way to welcome the new year. I wish you all a Blessed and Happy and Successful New Year, 2022
|Three Score and Now Eleven + Day 133
It's getting up against year end and Christmas is in the past. It is good to get back to our normal routine. I at this age like a normal routine most of the time. Two of the daughters and their families came over for Christmas turkey dinner. One daughter's family was sick. It was best she stayed home. Then the next night we had our next-door neighbor and family over for snacks and beverages. It was nice but it is also nice to get back to normal.
So now it year-end I will start thinking of bookkeeping, taxes and budget. Then there is the other inside activities of the small internet business. Then I hope there will be some ice fishing sometime in January. I do need to keep busy. I cannot sit and do nothing, or I get down.
I just fixed my sister in laws stove via telephone. She is by here self and needs help. I got her to flip her stove circuit breaker off and then back on. I hope there is not a stove problem. She is in Kentucky so I can't just go over there.
It sure is apparent to be now of the generation gaps with the granddaughters. They are 16-18. And I canot understand what they are talking about most of the time. But they don't understand our world either. I tell them what I am doing, and they get a blank look on their face. But they are very kind and thoughtful to their grandparents. The grandkids are so important to us. I will write again New Year's Day, which has always been a big event for me.
Have a Blessed rest of the week
| Dear Grandsons and All
It's now Evening December 23 and one day before Christmas Eve. And the days just keep moving along fast. I went along today somewhat in a fog. I had trouble concentrating on what I was doing. I put up a motion light for the wife that should have taken a half hour. No, It was a two-hour ordeal. Mostly because of my mind not being on top things, making mistakes.
Writing this now is difficult, Maybe I am just tired. I get agitated and stressed because I am having trouble seeing. I need to get my eyes checked and get new glasses. I hope that will be enough for now.
I am just not thinking good at this time. I will end this for now and write again in the morning.
It is now morning of the 24th and I am feeling positive with a better attitude. I see better after my eyes have a night's rest. I hope it holds through the day. My main job today is to work on the snow blower. I have to ask, Why is it always necessary to work on a snow blower just before you need to use it. Is it one of those Murphy laws? We are getting ready for the Kids and Grandkids to visit tomorrow for Christmas Dinner. We will be busy for the day. I love to have the visit, but it is a chore to get ready. It looks like It should be good driving conditions for them. They all drive about two hours all from different directions. All is Good.
We wish you all a Christ centered Blessed Christmas day
| Dear Grandsons and All
We made it back from the Northwoods yesterday. My brother had opened up the end of the driveway so we could get in. They had gotten a lot of rain the night before, so it was all ice and snow. The wife and I had to be careful taking the little dog out. She has to be careful of falling. Also, along with me unloading the van and then loading the ice fishing gear. I can drive it without stopping in 3 plus hours. Not that far, But the weather is much more severe, a night and day difference. Down here there is no ice and no snow yet, much easier to cope as you age. But I now am ready now for ice.
Yesterday on the way home we stopped and picked up internet auction house winnings. It is always a crap shoot. I only have pictures to go by so sometimes I take it on the chin. This time I was disappointed in a couple of lots. I need to be more caucious. You guys are going to have a lot of things to go through. But I cannot just up and quit, once you get the disease it is with you for life. I have been auction buying since being about ten years old. I remember that first auction vividly, and what I bought, how it opporated and where it was. My mother dropped me off, and I stood among the other men and bid. Then they had runners that brought you your item and you paid cash to the runner right away. I was a day to remember. I bought a fence stretcher and something else. I wish I could remember what, I may still have it. The auction business sure has changed in 60 years. I sure would like to take you guys to an old-fashioned farm auction. I will give you guys' money to bid with and we will fill up the van. Then you will be hooked for life. There is nothing that makes my blood boil more than a good auction, but they are far and view in between now. Sweet Dreams
|Three Score and Now Eleven + Day 118
Dear Grandsons and All
We wrapped up the outside work today, The outdoor 2021 season is in the can, as they say. We finished with light pruning of the black Raspberries. I promised my wife I would throw out my very tattered light outdoor line jacket at the end of the season. But it is like an old friend. I convinced her that I should keep it around a bit longer Just in case. You guys will understand as you get old.
We are going to take a run up north on Thursdays and come back on Friday. I need to take some things up and bring back the ice fishing gear. my brother says there is close 30 inches of snow up there. It will be work getting into the driveway off the highway, then I will use a sled. I hope this Wednesday's warm temperatures and rain will help with the snow. We shall see.
So now we are getting to the time of year when I do inside work, organizing collections and doing book work and planning for spring. The days will run together, and I need to guard against depression. It does help to get outside and ice fish if I am able. I hope you all are having a nice Christmas season.
Kids and Grandkids we will see you Christmas Day
|Three Score and Now Eleven + Day 115
Hello, I know I have been absent for some time about three weeks. you may have thought I dropped of the face of the earth. But in actuallity It was my computer. It was a real slug fest. I won't go into the details but I won with technical outside help. all seems to be as it should be know. I am hopefully going to have a back for the future. It is sad that we are so tied to this technology. For us the wife and I it is our link to the outside world. It is a small income and our day to day information and a bit of entertainment. We no longer go out often, and have no Television or Cell phone. But we are happy with the way things are for us, no complaining.
We are 99 per cent finished with our outside work here for the season. So now to concentrate on inside activities, hopefully some writing. We have hopes to go up north is coming week, But it does not look good. They are supposed to get 7-13 inches of heavy snow tonight and tomorrow. I am just no longer up to doing a lot of snow shoveling. It is raining down here now. i will phone my brother on Monday and find out what the situation is up there. Maybe I can shovel just enough to get into the drive way and then use a sled to pull items into the house and garage. This could be out last time up for a few months.
My Dear Grandsons, You can never realize how important you are to me until You have grandsons. May God Bless you always.
It is my wish for you all to be having a joyous Christmas Season