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.
| I think it is time I show my face, I mean words around here. It has been seven days since I have written. This time of year for me gets to be a blur. We did go up north last week and I did take care of the berries for now and I did get work done on the Line fence blaze line. No fishing yet. When we returned I planted more potatoes down here along with cilantro. I got the lawn mowed for the first time this season. Now I am hustling to leave for the north again. I will work yet this time on the line fence. Then I will leave it go until fall. The wife picked up a tick when up there, it is very early for them. so I will wait until after the tick and mosquito season is over before working on the fence again. When we return the weather will be better, it is cold right now. It will be time then to plant Peas. Then there is Kayak Fishing. I am chewing the bit anxious to get into and try out the new Kayak, Next week.
When I get back I will set down, take a breath and put some words down. I am always glad for the burst of energy in the spring after a winters rest. That energy is needed, so much to do and so little time. Then my age does not help. My batteries run down easier now and they do not take a charge like they used too. I try to keep a "To Do List" and work at it every day. By another winter I will be ready for a long rest.
Thank you for your reading and your patience, Have a Blessed Week
It's a Tuesday evening and we are getting ready to go north tomorrow. I did get the Black Raspberries fertilized today. But it is windy and cold out there. I was not real thrilled to be out there working. I see the Arugala is now up and the set onions first planted are up.
At the house up north it is time to uncover the strawberries and fertilize the blueberries. if we can I want to plant a 4x4 post for hanging hummingbird and other bird feeders where we can see them from the house. then I hope to work on the farm line fence blaze line.
We are going to return on Saturday so we can stop and see my Stepson and Grandson. He just turned seventeen and is looking at joining the Marines after graduating next spring. I worry about him, this is a major, major decision.
I will fill you in on my progress when we return. Have a great blessed week.
It is a Sunday morning and the start of a new week. It has been two to three days of showers, Not heavy but wet. We needed it. I am glad though that I planted what I did when I did. We came upon a bag of Red Norland seed potatoes so I will be planting them here as soon as I can. I love those early new potatoes. Since it is an extra bag we will dig them when they are small. We are still using potatoes from last season but they are getting soft, Just about the end for them. At the north location I will plant the main Potato crop, Four bags of seed potatoes. But it is normally mid May before I can do it.
I picked up my stash at the auction house Friday. I won a larger amount of things. So I will be busy in my free time processing the items. There is Repairs, Research, Cleaning, Taking photos, Listing and hopefully selling. Then it is Locating in storage, Paper work, Packing and mailing. By then I hope I have made a dollar. The rate per hour is pretty bad. But we shall see. I sure am glad I Love what I do and see it as curating and preservation for posterity. Everything can not go in the Landfill. Our first Flea Market is three weeks from today. The flea markets serve many purposes, one selling something and supplementing income, Two it is a social experience. We do not have much of a normal social experience, But the wife more then me. I am I think a mild recluse. It is good to talk to some real people that we share an interest with.
The Little Dog Biscuit has had some bad news. He is going on a diet. Those Cairn Terriers have a way of getting to heavy to state it mildly. He loves his food and we like to give him treats. So now he needs to slim down some. I still need to carry him up the stairs and down. The begging is sure to get worse, and it is hard to stay disciplined and say no.
I hope you have Great New Week where ever you are
|Three Score and Ten + Day 233
I have spent the most part of the last two days in the garden. I started out dressed like it was March 6. I changed clothes as I went along. It was nice out but a bit warm for this time of year. And it is Dry, We need some rain, a nice warm spring soaker. We got our Onions, More Spinach. Romaine Lettice, Red Lettice, Arugala, and our main planting of Radishes. Then in between I did some painting on our hose posts. And then of course I have to gets hoses out. Then first thing out I have hose repairs to do. Now normally I have just about everything a hardware store could hope to have. But this time I could not find a male end in my hose parts. So we also needed some batteries and photos printed from the Kentucky trip. So off to that Wall Market place. The wife got the batteries and the photos. But the hose end has a dead end. That place has to be the worst excuse for a garden department that there could be. Lots of hoses but no honest hose repair parts. Just buy new evidently, no one fixes anything any more. I went home and went into my stash and found two bags of male hose ends. I saved a couple of dollars and that big box lost a couple.
Tomorrow there is I hope rain. I am ready. We will go shopping in the big city, Do banking and an Oil change on the van. Then back home to make phone calls trying to line someone up to re-roof the garage. It is hard to find someone to do a smaller job. At my age I think I will stay of roofs. I am not as steady as I once was climb around on top of silos.
I hope you have a Blessed Evening
It has been a few days since I have written. We got to Kentucky in one piece. The wife visited with her twin sister and another younger sister. It all went well. The hotel was good even with the virus modified breakfast. The van ran well with good gas mileage. I all ways worry about the vehicle. I do not run the cream of the used car lot. We by a vehicle by private party and pay for it. We then run it until it no longer is a usable viable vehicle for us. Then if possible I sell to a fixer upper at the price of a parts vehicle. The traffic and driving did get stressful a few times, But I had the best of Co Pilots with me.
So starting on Monday we shift gears to prioritize the outside yard and garden work. The Spinach and radishes I planted on march 22nd are just starting to peak out of the soil. Every thing is looking good, But I was worried then we were gone. The temps got down to 21 degrees. Next up planting Onions, Potatoes, Romaine, Arugala, Red Lettice and more Radishes. If you are in the mood for some thing good, get some good dark rye bread, butter it and slice radishes for making a sandwich.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and the Christ has Risen. Have a Blessed Easter Day with your family.
It looks like we are ready for the trip to Kentucky. We will leave tomorrow at about 6:30am. I hope I sleep well tonight as it is a 8 hour drive. The wives sister is excited about our visit. She lives alone and does not drive. I am happy we can visit her, But I will be happy to be back home. It is a stressful trip for me, more so as I age. I hope we have not forgotten anything. I will write on the trip when we return.
When we get home it looks like good weather. I hope we can get potatoes and onions planted and more when we return. Things are going to move fast in April. It looks like city wants too, and now requires a new water line be installed to the house because of the old line being lead. More disruption to start in April. It is getting tiresome.
Prompt: What are 5 things you want to accomplish in April?
1. Get the early part of the Garden planted
2. Clean up, fertilize and plant in perennial beds
3. Get started kayak fishing
4. Line up some home maintenance people for this season
5. Clear and reset fence line at the farm
6. Extra, Keep up with my Internet sales and Activities
I know I have not written for a bit. We have been busy getting ready to visit the wives sister in Kentucky. We will leave Tuesday morning early. We did some shopping and bought our seed potatoes and onion sets. We hope to plant potatoes and onions when we return. The little dog got is hair cut and grooming. That is one expensive Little Dog. I got a haircut for a whole lot less. But off course he is a therapy dog and I am just a dog that causes the need for therapy.
I had to make a trip to the Milwaukee area to an auction house to pick up a chicken. They would not ship it as it was fragile and big. We bid on it at the last seconds as there we know other bids. My wife thought it would be nice for the grandsons to have out with their pet chickens. It turns out it is a very expensive artist signed and numbered Paper Mache chicken. Way to over the top to put outside with the chickens. It will need a little repair restoration. I needed another project. After that I am not sure what we will do with it.
The other thing taking up time in computing our Income Tax. I Never worry about getting it done early. but I do like to get it done by the end of March before we get real busy. For the small amount of income we have it sure gets to be a pain. If there is something that I do not need, It is a letter from the IRS
Have a Blessed Restful Evening
In your entry today, write about one of the most frightening moments of your life.
I Did not know if I would write on this prompt, I have had other scares but this one is something I feel I can write about.
When is suppose I was about 15 we would go swimming and fishing in the river about two miles from our home. At this spot that we swam in the river made a bend and there was a deep hole with a swirling under current. We called it the whirlpool. We would be careful to swim on the edges of it and knew where not to go. On this one day some of my younger brothers went with us. The youngest one along that day was not familiar with the pool. I do not think he had ever been there before. He must have been about twelve. As you most likely know by know he got into the whirlpool and went down. I could swim some and went out and found him and dragged him by the hair to shore. He was unconscious. I laid him out and did chest compressions and arm lifts. He came too with coughs and spitting water. That was close. I am thankful I never had to tell my mother he drowned. He is the brother that is now blind and lives about two hours from me. We are still close.
It must truly be spring, I got Spinach and Radishes planted today, it's a start. The planting is two weeks ahead of last year. It should be good, Rain and showers here for a few days. No real cold ahead I can see. We will be leaving for Kentucky in a week. So there will be no more planting until we return. We have every thing uncovered and cut back all that needed it. It looks like we have ignition, This Spring is a go.
Prompt, Write about your earliest memory. Try to describe it in as much detail as possible.
This is a interesting prompt I wanted to write on. it is something I have thought about at times. It is a peak into my future life. I have two instances which one is earlier I do not know. They should be about the same time frame. I would think I was three to four years of age. I do not think I was yet in school.
The first was, My mother at that time needed to go out after the cows for milking from a wood pasture about a quarter mile from the barn and at times she would take me along, me walking some and being carried some. As I remember it we were singing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, still one of my favorite songs. It was later the first song I sang for an audience at school, First Grade. At any rate when Rudolf goes down in history I asked my mother What is history. I think that must have had a real chore to explain history to a 3 or 4 year old. I am still a history buff and I know have my definition of "What is History"
The second situation I must have been about as old and older. I remember rocking in my Great Grandfather's pressed back wood rocker. [I sure would love to have that old rocker, I think it got broken up for firewood when needed]. I rocked to the music of the radio singing away. The songs I remember and still sing are Pennies from Heaven, Mr. Sandman, and the Naughty Lady of Shady Lane. When ever I here them I time travel a long way back. They are still some of my favorite songs.
"Thank You for the Memories"
We started getting started the serious effort in the garden today. We uncovered the strawberries and Garlic along with the winter onions. All look very good. We are two days earlier then last year. I am very pleased with the June bearing strawberries, We planted the bed in spring 1998 and it has been in continues production since that time, harvesting strawberries for twenty two years. Maybe that is a record. The bed is about 5 x 10 and gives us all the strawberries we can use.
Prompt, How are you different now than you were in the year 2010? What have been the most significant changes in your life in the last ten years?
That is a prompt that fits nicely in this blog. My wife and I have retired, But I still consider myself semi retired, But that statement depends upon who is asking. We have another surprise grandson, Luis the Younger. Because of the virus we are most likely done with major traveling. I am sure glad we traveled when we did. A major change was our decision not to move up to North Central Wisconsin as our primary residence as we had planned to do when the property was purchased in 2009. It was going to be too much stress with big time sizing down, selling here, building on to the house up there and moving. It was the correct decision, God has led use to a correct choices. I always say "It is lucky we do not always get what we ask for" We get what God wants us to have"
As for health there was the Afib problem and is on going but under control. My wife is being careful with Osteoporosis. but we are both what I would call healthy. But after ten years I know I am slowing down, I tire out much faster, My eyes and hearing are a problem now. I am Thankful for the past ten years.
| I guess I am falling down on the job or I am getting busy. Today is spring and I will get in the fast lane soon, Much to do and so little time. But I will try to make entries here as a priority.
As you can tell we are back from the north woods. There is still snow in the woods and shadows. I went ice fishing both days and got three meals of crappies for the wife and I. I then put the Ice Fishing gear away for another year. At this stage of the game I can not but wonder if I will get it out again. I did get to trim the Blue Berries. I have six more Blueberry plants coming the end of May. Every thing looks like it should up there.
I did not sleep well last evening, I will never after all these years get used to living in a town with there ideas of what needs to be done. Now it is replace our incoming water line this summer, It never ends. It upsets and stresses me thinking about it. I have always gone with the idea of if it is not broke don't fix it. I will always be a Country Boy. You only fix what needs fixing and you work with what you have, When need be.
Today It was very nice out, The first day of spring. I uncovered some perennials in the beds. Tomorrow we will remove straw from Garlic, Strawberries and Winter Onions. We now have bulbs blooming and many other are coming along. Did I say "I Love Spring"
In the bid to make life a bit easier I will write on enticing prompts now on this Blog entry. I do not want to get Bogged down. The Writing for me I do not want to become a chore. I is supposed to be something for the Grandkids, It is supposed to be of interest to you, and therapy for me.
"What lesson do you remember most vividly from your childhood"?
Some where along the trails of life, I have come to: Keep your options in a situation open as long as possible. Be careful with your commitments and promises. Once made, They are made to keep. And you need to live by them, The promise is your Word and Reputation.