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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.
December 31, 2022 at 5:27pm
December 31, 2022 at 5:27pm
Hello Grands and All others

Well, It is a now a fact 2022 is now nearly history. This will be my year end entry. What a year it has been as always, some good and some not so good. I did not do very good fishing. I caught enough fish for eating but I didn't pile them up either. We did get to Kentucky to see Grandma's sister. It was good we did as I would not be able to drive it know. The gardens did decent in spite of squirrels, rabbits, and deer. Then you add in dryness and plant disease, and it does lend proof to, God does provide when you do your part. We did all of our projected Flea Markets, eight in total. and our selling was decent. We will never get rich, but it is an income supplement. It does get us out with other people. That social aspect is important as I am sort of a recluse. The internet sales did well until mid-June when we went to Kentucky and needed to put the store on vacation setting. It recovered some in fall. But then it was the stroke and eye problems and I had to but it back on vacation setting. I am getting the store back up as I reorganize. but now sales have died. I cannot say I blame people for not buying. I do not sell anything anybody needs, It is all wants from discretionary moneys. The stroke and eye problems were a big factor in 2022. Not being able or wanting to drive is the pits. My eyes have been a problem for some years but have gotten worse. I am getting around okay and function as I need to, But I tire out easily. The years are catching up with me. I think now my greatest joy is sitting and observing and listening to you Grands. What energy and sharpness and quickness you have. But you all are so kind and respectful. You grands have had good parenting. You grands are a blessing.
Now what and how to plan for 2023. I am nervous about 2023. So much challenge it will be. The world and USA with so many problems. It does weigh on me. How will the solution, solutions be found and accepted. The year 2023 will be difficult.
As for the wife and me we are this evening writing down our goals for 2023 as I have done so many years in the past. but first we will review 2022 for our achievements and defects and hopefully that will be a help for 2023 planning. Right now, I can say working to regain some more eyesight will be a priority, working to keep our health is priority. We are going to plant less in the gardens trying to lighten the load some. We will be doing a couple less Flea Markets, so we only do one a month. As for the internet store I want reorganize the inventory making it easier to locate as needed. Hopefully it can stay on line and sales pick up. I will I hope start putting some inventory into consignment auctions. It is that time to do so.
We will still be doing home property maintenance but also hire some painting done. We will not be taking any longer trips. I will try to get a Kayak trailer to make going fishing easier loading. I hope to fish more in the north and put a bunch of fish in the freezer.
This list I am sure is not complete. There will be additions and deletions. but is a start into looking into 2023. The big Priorities will be God Family and Health. I will keep you posted as how we are doing.
We hope you and your bucket list for 2023 find Blessing and Success.
December 27, 2022 at 1:52pm
December 27, 2022 at 1:52pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 132. 12-20-22

2022 Christmas, it is easy for me to get down during this dark cold time of year, But I do know that I should not get down. As we had a Blessed Christmas. The next-door neighbors came over Christmas Eve, we had a bite to eat and visited. We have been doing this most Christmas Eves for some time now. The family came Christmas Day and stayed later since the did not have to work the next day this year. We had a good meal the wife prepared with additions from the family. It was good to see the kids and grandkids. I had a good visit with Sonora Pearl who is the oldest Grand. She was 19 on Thanksgiving Day. Her world at 19 sure is different than mine was at 19. I would not trade her places. I worry and have concern for their new so called progressive new world. it seems to me like an individual regressive world to me. But that is another thought maybe for another time.

The twin grandsons are growing physically and now starting to be showing their individuality, which is good. They are very close as there are no other siblings. They are now 13.The second grand daughter is 17 and preparing for college next year. It sounds like she wants to study to be medical technician of some sort. She is a very determined young lady. She will do well. The oldest Grandson is 18 and in the Marines. We are very pleased that he has taken this step going in the right direction. He had a difficult up bringing experiences and he could have easily made bad choices he didn't make. The youngest grandson is 10. He is sharp maybe too sharp. He lives in the own world in his head. i do not know what to think yet, Time will tell the story.

So as you can tell. I should not feel down with so many family blessings. It help's me to write them down here and remind myself of it all. The days are still Dark and Cold, but I know it will not last.

I will write again next year. I hope this year for you was a good one and the New Year will be even better.
December 20, 2022 at 7:06pm
December 20, 2022 at 7:06pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 125. 12-20-22

Hello Grands and All others
We just had our main daily meal after coming back from grocery shopping. What a zoo it was. The people were getting ready for Christmas and too an upcoming snowstorm which to me does not sound really serious to me. There were more than normal empty shelves with what I noticed as much higher pricing. I sure was glad to get back home. We did get some eye drops for eye tear lubrication. I went to see an actual eye doctor on Monday. he does not think the problem is cataracts, but he thinks it is from prolonged dry eyes. Which has made my eyes as he said like they have sandpaper on them, rough and scaled. So, he recommends Eye drops and hot compresses on my eye's multiple times a day along with flax seed oil pills twice daily. I will go back and see what he thinks again in February. Hopefully the scale will dissolve away and allow more light into my eyes. I never realized or considered dry eyes as that big a problem. I will try to follow the advice. I think the hardest experience for me is the grocery store. The isles piled up high with a lot of lights and glare. I have two follow the wife too know where I am at.
My brother said something to think about a couple of years ago. He said you get old in the winter months. Where he got that from, I do not know. but it does seem to be true. I feel I am aging more this winter. but I am looking forward to daffodils and tulips blooming this spring. Since I will not be ice fishing this season, I will be Bitting at the bite to go kayak fishing this coming spring. I may need to purchase a long-desired Kayak trailer so me and the wife can both go.

We both wish all of you a Blessed Christmas day with family
December 16, 2022 at 3:23pm
December 16, 2022 at 3:23pm
I have been keeping busy, shoveling snow. and when there is time marking items for spring flea markets. But now I am sitting wondering just what i have been doing. I hate wasting time it is so precious to waste. I am starting to get down, this going to be a difficult winter without driving, and so No ice fishing. I go and see the eye doctor on Monday about the possibilities for doing the cataract surgery and what it can do for my site. The Family is coming here for Christmas dinner. I look forward to that. I have been trying to work with images on the computer, filing and naming. It is difficult, I do not see the whole screen and keyboard at one time, so I miss things.
I had the neighbor do the real heavy wet snow with his garden tractor and blade. that was a real help. We will try and go north after Christmas so I can see my brother. He is having a major surgery in early January. We are close, 10 months difference in age and like twins. I am not in a good mood for writing, Sorry about that. I will try again later.
December 10, 2022 at 5:16pm
December 10, 2022 at 5:16pm
I am now taking some time to read blogs. It is an interesting read knowing what you other writers are up too.

If you are chasing to find happiness, You will never catch it, Happiness needs to be found in the NOW Moment.
December 6, 2022 at 11:24am
December 6, 2022 at 11:24am
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 111. 12-06-22

Hello Grandkids and Others

An Update. I am still here. We had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner here. Almost all of the Grandkids and parents were here for a very good meal together. They brought the meal to be finished here so the wife would not be stressed by making the large meal. We provided the serving dishes and the central location. That was nice we did not have to drive. The wife gets stressed driving and overreacts which unsettles me. We will do the Christmas dinner here and they will bring the sides. We have the room and large table and the central location. Nobody drives a real long drive.

We went to my brother's house about two hours away last week for an early Christmas party. All of my Seven brothers and their wives were there. One came from Texas and one from Missouri. One brother is no longer with us physically but was there in Spirit. My brother lives in a retirement community next door to the club house. He is blind and his wife is not well. He gave up his home about two years ago. It worked out well to have the get together there. I had not seen the more distant brothers since our last fishing trip two years ago together.

As for me, I feel okay but struggle with my eyes. I hope too have the cataract lenses removed this winter after Christmas. I hope that does the job. I may need to learn to live with some loss of left side vision I did not bring the ice fishing things from the north back here this year. But I do plan to kayak fish this spring and make up for it. I will try to scale back the gardens to do so. Did I tell you I love to eat fish.
I do hope you had a satisfying Thanksgiving Day and are looking. forward to Christmas Day. I wish Blessings on you and your Family

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