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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.
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November 25, 2022 at 7:40pm
November 25, 2022 at 7:40pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 100. 11-25-22
Hello Grandkids and Others

We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner here with most of the family. Adult Kids and grands. it was here, we are centrally located. They brought everything to eat we provided plates and ectara. This way no one drives much more then two hours. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I is the day for a get together and meal together, with no gift distractions, Except for the eldest granddaughter, Sonora Pearl who turned 19 on Thanksgiving this year. She does her grandfather proud. she is studying advertising and marketing in college. and seems to take to it like a duck to water. I look forward to having the whole family here. I am very blessed.

As for my eyes I still see poorly. It feels like I am sitting on the outside looking in as everyday life passes by. I hope getting rid of the cataracts' this winter will help. My left side vision is now limited due to the stroke. but we shall see what the future brings. It could have been worse, God Blesses me. I will not give up on the future

Have a Blessed Evening
November 20, 2022 at 6:56pm
November 20, 2022 at 6:56pm
Hello All, an update once more, I am still having limited vision. i can not drive, It is difficult to write. I did manage to do a book dust jacket repair today. The internet booth is still on vacation, and I suspect will be for some time. i am starting to be depressed as there is little I can be doing. The family is coming here for Thanksgiving, so we do not have a longer drive. Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday. And this year it is going to be extra special. family is always special, A true Thanksgiving.

We went to a close celebration of life event last evening. A friend and acquaintance of my next-door neighbor and myself. He died of lung cancer at 71. It turned out to be a good celebration. He is pleased, I am sure. He was a party animal. but a nice party animal. Rest In Peace Bruce.

I hope you have a Blessed Evening
November 17, 2022 at 12:45pm
November 17, 2022 at 12:45pm
Hello all, An update, I think I am holding my own from the stroke, I will see doctor tomorrow for consultation. The big problem is my eyes. My vision is very limited. I am getting around okay but get confused easily. Have a Blessed Day

If you are chasing to find happiness, You will never catch it, Happiness needs to be found in the NOW Moment.
November 15, 2022 at 12:49pm
November 15, 2022 at 12:49pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 90. 11-15-22
Hello Grandkids and Others

The last days since I have written have been eventful. I have had a stroke. I get around okay but I have lost a lot of eye site. I have always had eye trouble now it is real trouble. I don't see to the sides. I get tired and confused easily and it is harder to concentrate. I feel like I am in a fog. It is hard to type, my one finger typing is not the best with eyes. We had planned to go up north today. It is about a 3.5 hour drive and it is snowing and the wife would need to drive. She is not used to driving 0n snow and ice so we will stay home and go when we can. We have things taken care that need to be taken care of up there. The Daughter's and grandkids will come here on Thanksgiving, so we do not need to drive. they will bring most of the meal so the wife does not need to do it all. She stresses easily and is 70 also. I sure am proud of our family and how close we all are. There is no Black Sheep. The oldest granddaughter, Sonora is adapting to college life well. I am so proud of her she is going to Marquette University. i was not able to go to advanced school. The family has made a lot of progress over the generations. I hope you are having a Blessed Day
November 3, 2022 at 7:33pm
November 3, 2022 at 7:33pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 78
Hello Grandkids and Others

Hello Grands and others, I did get back here, I was wondering if I would. They just do not make the days like they used too. They seem shorter and not because of the time change. It is me. I struggle to get things done. I am clumsy and get tired out faster. But I do get things done eventually. the garden is cleaned out and is now roto tilled for spring. The fall painting is done for now, It is never really done. I you guys get that yard fence painted this summer. I am sure glad I did not have to do it. We did get the garden screen up with the motion detector operating. Next up rake leaves and put a heat tape on a pipe in the crawl space. We have a crawl space under the kitchen only, but it is a pain. We will weed and trim here as long as we can and try to get a leg up for this coming spring. In the north we have everything buttoned up for the cold months. I will trim some brush when we go back up the middle of the month.

We will see you Lukas and Levi this weekend when we come up. your mother wants to use the grain grinder. I am glad she asked if I had one. It gives me a good reason to come up and see. You guys are pleasant to be around and watch. I weather looks to be rain on the way up, a good day to drive up.

All in all it has been a good season. many things were done. I am hoping that the next years outdoor months will not be as harried. But I say that every year. But next year should be more reasonable. I am tired so Good Night All
October 11, 2022 at 6:53pm
October 11, 2022 at 6:53pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 55
Hello Grandkids and Others

It looks like summer is gone and it really is fall. We have had a light frost, but not killing. That looks like it is coming next week. We are doing our late season fall work in the garden. The late plantings are done, and we are cleaning up. We got the new garden privacy screen up. The last Flea Market of the season is behind us. We are settling into a shorter day fall season lifestyle. I am hoping we can get to the apple orchid with Lukas and Levi before it is too late. but we shall see. Every growing season seems to get shorter, and I struggle more. Our summer fall season has been Good, But that is what I want to write off.

Good, What was told to me and needs to be repeated to the grandkids, is that Good gets in the way of Great. For most people I think they struggle to become Good and well that is Good. But if you stop at Good, If you settle for Good you will never know if you could be Great at your endeavor. In that way Good is the enemy of Great. The focus should be on becoming Good then going on to Great. If you do not achieve Great you can fall back on Good knowing you have pushed the Good envelope to become Great. Grandkids don't settle for Good shoot for Great, Don't limit yourself too Good.

I know I am aging, The other night I thought of something that I wanted to write about. and you know how that goes. It's the middle of the night and I think I will remember it and write it down in the morning. Well it did not make it. It was important I thought to write about, for the Grandkids. I am hoping it comes back to me at some point. I need that pad and pencil at the bed. There I just took the time to put the pad and pen at the reach of the bed.

We were going to go north today but it was just too nice of a day to spend it in the van traveling. So were stayed here and did get some good things done in the garden before we had showers about 1:00. And guess what I know have found the time to write you. I am glad we did not leave as planned.
I hope you have a Blessed Evening
September 23, 2022 at 12:53pm
September 23, 2022 at 12:53pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 37
Hello Grandkids and Others

Things are rolling along here since I last wrote. As always time has slipped away. It is now end of September, where has summer gone too. It is cooling down and the garden has been winding down. The fish have been hard to catch for me. We will go north again this coming week and I will try again. When at the north location I will mow grass for the last time this season and put the mowers away for the winter. The potatoes were dug, and ground plowed the last time we were there.

There is something I have been thinking about as of late. The idea was brought to me by an article I recently read. Am I a pessimist or an Optimist? That is something to think about and not an easy answer to come by. I really do not want to think of myself as a pessimist. I do not think of myself as a negative person. I do not spend my day generally complaining. Well maybe other highway drivers, I am not perfect.
Now the other side, am I an optimist? It is for me hard to be an optimist in today's world. So many problems with so few answers. Problems of War, Disease, Famine, Climate, Economy, Politics, and Culture and more. How does it all end in a satisfactory way? Has the human worldly situation gotten irreversibly out of control? Notice I ask a lot of questions here because I have no answers.

So I have come to the conclusion that I am a Realist. I can be an optimist where there is in my mind a reason to be optimist about future events. May they be short and long term situations. There are some reasons to be optimist, God will be at my side tomorrow, The sun will shine tomorrow, I can look forward to that future day. I and many others will eat tomorrow. I can be optimistic about the wife's and my health for tomorrow. I can be optimistic that our personnel situation can remain satisfactory into the future.

But on the other side being a realist means to not sink your head in the sand and think everything is Hunky Dory. It is not. There are times you need to call a spade a spade and not sugar coat the problems we face as humans. The first step in going forward is recognizing the situations you are in. Then stop digging the hole. I do know that we as individuals are all part of the problems as we are also all part of the answer to the problems. It all starts with our individual behaviors. The other part of the answer is asking the creator for help. We certainly need it. So I say Optimism divided by Pessimism equals Realism.
September 6, 2022 at 9:46pm
September 6, 2022 at 9:46pm
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 20
Hello Grandkids and Others

I should phone you guys and see how your camping trip of Labor Day weekend. But maybe tomorrow night. I always put off talking on the phone. It is always stressful for me, so I do something else first until there is no good time left to phone. If there is something important to talk about, I am fine, but i would rather talk face to face. As for phone small talk I am no good at it. I never learned the art of small talk conversation. There evidently is a talent for that. I have a problem with small talk even in church. I will at time try to avoid people, so I do not have to small talk. I do not mean to be rude; I just do not know what to say. It all seems so phony looking for something to say.

We did a Flea market on Sunday. The second in two weeks. Doing two in two weeks really wears me down. We did okay but not great. It is a good thing we do not do it just for the money. It is an activity outside of the house. Along with a social activity for me but mostly for the wife. She loves people just like our Cairn Terrier does. But at times it has caused her problems. We have one more market this season, Mid October. Then we put it all away until May next year. By then I am ready to rest.

We are starting to see the end of the garden season also. It has been a productive season so far, with more produce to bring in. We are so Blessed that we have a space with good soil and sun. That we still have the ability to do the physical work. And that we still have the desire to do it. The biggest Challege is that my battery runs down easily, so I know need to pace myself. The wife helps where she can but does have limitations also.

It is now getting late, and I still want to do some reading. So, all have a Blessed evening.
August 30, 2022 at 11:29am
August 30, 2022 at 11:29am
Three Score and Now Twelve + Day 13

Hello Grandkids and Others

Did you notice it is now Three Score and Twelve? I have crossed another line in the sand. The years are going by faster all the time. if I am getting older you kids and grandkids are also getting older. Kathryn you have turned 50 this month. Lukas and Levi you have started 8th grade and are now top dog at your small school. And Lydia is now a senior at high school with choices that now need to be made. And Luis the Younger is at parochial grade school and maybe settling down a bit. And you Sonora Pearl have started a very well thought of private college. and Jordan you will graduate Marine boot camp the end of September. I am so happy with all of you. My family of children and grandchildren are and will be a great legacy. God has poured many Blessings on this Family. We all have much to be thankful for.

My days here this time of year are hectic. It is harvest time from the gardens. And the harvest has been a good one. We now eat much from the garden and are also able to freeze and share with the neighbors much. But an early fall is coming up fast. I can see a time of coming of rest and maybe writing to you all more.

We did a Flea Market last Sunday and we did better than I thought we would. We have another Flea Market this coming Sunday at a different location. Doing them back-to-back really beats me up. There is a lot of detail to take care of, Cleaning, Restoration if needed, Research and Pricing of items. Then the flea market set up, Displaying, Tear Down and driving each way. But there are rewards, Some monetary but know the flea markets are more than monetary. The flea markets have become our outside activity, A social event. That is important at this stage of the game. It is now our only social activity. We used to ballroom dance weekly. But that is now gone, no place to go. And there are some now health issues with strenuous dancing. We are hoping to take a bus tour next year if we can find a sitter for the little dog. So the little dog has curtailed us some. But as I say, "We Shall See"

We are getting ready today to travel north. I need to get the tractor back from the repair shop, Nothing serious. The potatoes will need digging soon. and yard always need attention.

I hope you all have a Blessed Week.
August 15, 2022 at 5:50pm
August 15, 2022 at 5:50pm
Hello Grandkids and All

Well, I did not get to see you guys this past week, Sorry it did not work out for us. I hope your dad is well soon. I was looking forward to see you all. But there will be another time to look forward too.
I wanted to write before it is Three Score and Twelve which is soon to be. This past year has had some achievements, I have put one foot in front of the other to go forward. But as I cross into another year I am concerned about stumbling going forward. I will always work to go forward but it may not be pretty. It is not just getting tired. I am losing desire to achieve, to be active, to be interested. I am now happy to watch the grandkids and others achieve.
I am comparable to the batteries on the fish locator. They are older now too and do not hold a charge like they used too. They run down fast and need a recharge. I also now run down fast and need a recharge. You grandkids have young batteries that run down slow and recharge fast. I must say I get a battery boast from your batteries when I see you.

We are freezing sweet corn today and the Mrs. Made Zucchini bread for freezing. She freezes 12 -16 loaves each season to last a year.
It is dinner time at 3:00. We try to eat our main meal of the day at 3:00 and finish by 4:OO. We take our total food intake between 10:00am and 4:00pm. It works well for us. Today we are having some of my caught Blue Gills, Our Sweet Corn and Cucumber Garden salad. I love good, sweet corn and fish. It is a non-grocery store meal, just some salt and butter, the best kind. We did have some after dinner ice cream.
We are going north tomorrow. Hope there are still blueberries to pick. I will visit my brother while up there. He has had a major health issue to deal with. My brother that is close up there and all my brothers are very important to me. Brothers are a brother for a lifetime, Lukas and Levi stay close to your brother. Know one knows you better than your brother. Then I hope to catch some fish hopefully I can go with my brother at least once.
I need to go dig potatoes, So all have Blessed Evening

If you are chasing to find happiness, You will never catch it, Happiness needs to be found in the NOW Moment.

If you are chasing to find happiness, You will never catch it, Happiness needs to be found in the NOW Moment.

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