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.
Hello Grandkids and ........
I know it has been two weeks since I have written. I am trying to keep a lot of balls in the air. I hate it when I drop a ball. The ball that has dropped is the garage roofing. I just can not get him to do the job. I am into him for the materials so I will have to play his game. But I will get my turn at bat. It seems I come into the house down here and I am too tired to think and write. In the north there is no internet service. Which is fine with me to get away from the media and phone. There is no phone service there other then a no go land line service I do not want. I was happy to see some of you Grandsons on Fathers Day. The best gift you can give me or any older person is a piece of your time. I hope you know that. For the daughters and Sons in Laws I know you are busy, and have busy lifestyles. Your time is important Thank You for sharing some with me.
We took the Little dog down this week for his summer cut. It was a new place for us to go. I guess they did Okay. But the Little dogs looks even littler now. He will go in again the very end of October. That little dog has become the therapy of our life. There is always time and treats for Little Dog.
The garden is doing better, We got some real rain. The grass greened up again. We have ended strawberry picking here. We now we are picking Black Raspberries. I started Pea Picking tonight. I love fresh picked, Buttered, salted Garden Peas. They will be for dinner tomorrow. We do not freeze a lot of peas. We could never have garden room to freezer a years worth. and also it gets to hot down here too fast for good peas.
As for you Grandsons Be Blessed, Keep your garden weeded, Don't take any wooden nickels, and Close the Chicken Coop Door
As for you readers have Blessed Evening
It looks like I have an earlier opportunity to write, It is close to 6:00pm and it is still too hot to pick Strawberries. They the strawberries are fading fast. It will be a short picking season here. What we had early was very nice. The picking will start in the north soon. We will leave for the north early on Monday. That is not my normal but I want to get back here on Thursday. We stayed here this week thinking the roofer would make an appearance like he said. It was dry and some what cooler. He did not get here. So we will have a lot to do when we get to the north.
At this time I feel I have lost my focus on why I write this blog journal. That focus needs to be on writing to you my Grand Sons and daughters. You my grandsons and daughters are my legacy and the legacy of all of our ancestors. I am writing to you so you will know who and what I was. And that may help you know and your offspring know who you are and why. Grandfathers and great grandfathers are your bridge to the past and your past now gone family. I need to feel I have left you something of importance, more important the material things. You Grands are the sparkle left in my eyes. You my children will never know how important the grandkids are until you have your own. I am going to be happy to see some of you this weekend. I have seen you little in the last 18 months. I am afraid a so called zoom just does not do it for me.
At this moment in time I feel some what down and introverted. I get that way when I do not hear the dogs barking. When I can slow up a bit. Maybe that is why I say so busy. I am scared to stop. If I stop then what, I do not know what to do in that case. I have run so long that to stop is like being a fish out of water. For me it is good to hear the dogs somewhat even if faintly.
The sun is going down so I should be now able to pick strawberries.
To all have a Blessed Evening and Grand Sons close that Chicken House door.
It is nearly 8:00 pm and I am just now getting to writing an entry. I was going to do this this morning. We are so dry I spend a lot of time watering the vegetable garden and flowers. The garden does look good no big failings yet.
We were going to go north this week but we are staying here for the garage roofer to get here and do his roofing. He cancelled out today, a cooler day. He is having truck problems. I am beginning to think I bet on the wrong horse. The roof is not leaking, but I need to coordinate all of the summers activities and still get the roof done.
As for our last Sunday Flea Market it was a good day. All went well, we sold some things. We set up and pulled down without any fire works, always a good thing. But I sure get tired. This spring and it is still spring has been difficult, and it should not be. It seems like I am out of sync with my work. The days are slipping past me. I have always worked to accomplish something positive every day. But that is getting more difficult. Maybe it is the early heat and dryness. I was fearful of a Hot dry spring summer all last winter. A hot dry weather pattern is the worst for me.
I hope the roofer shows up tomorrow. He is not a young man. I do not envy him roofing in this weather. I should not be too bad tomorrow. The I need to do some weeding in the morning. I was hoping to fish in the later afternoon, evening if it is not too warm. We shall see. I have not been fishing for a few weeks now, Too busy, and too hot. I hope to go again soon.
I must have a hay field for a yard up north. We need to get up there early next week.
Have a Blessed Evening, I am starting to ramble
|Three Score and Ten + Day 297
Hello, It's me again after a week. We have had a very active week. getting ready in the heat for the Sunday Flea Market. We had a successful Market and we did sell some things. Then we hustled up north on Monday and started the planting potatoes process and finished at 11;00 on Tuesday. We planted 20 pounds of seed potatoes. If all goes well we should eat this coming winter. We got seven tenths inch of rain at 6:00. So we just snuck them in. The ground was just workable. We drove back on Wednesday and did some garden watering here. It is very hot and dry here, No rain, With No good chances on the horizon. I could write more often if I was not watering garden so much. I hate to see the water bill down here.
Next up load the van for our Flea market this coming Sunday. It is at a location we only do twice a year. It is an hour away and we need to be there by 6:00 to set up. So it is a early rising. Then we will not do a Flea Market until July 4th.
Then On Monday I need to take the van in for oil change and air conditioner service. The Little Dog gets warm riding without air conditioning, The humans also. We really run the wheels off the van. It is a Town and Country. This has to be the 5-6th Grand Caravan or Town and Country we have had over the last 25 years. I could not think of not having one. We buy privately, pay cash and run them till there is no more to run. Then we start over, works for us. They normally are with us 3-4 years.
I hope I can write again soon, before seven days have gone by. if you are wondering why I do not write from the north, It is because there is no cell or internet service. That suits me just fine, a real get away. Stay Cool and Blessed.
Yes, I am still with you. I am tired and not thinking too straight. I just lost track and numbered my June calendar wrong. It is warm today as you most likely know. I get tired and sleepy in the heat. I really have to push myself on days like this. Sure glad I do not have tp mow hay anymore in the heat or get up into a hot silo to level it off. Now that was hot. I did finish planting the garden down here to day, Melons, Zucchini, and Cucumbers. I am glad to have it all planted, and it is looking good.
Tomorrow we do our early month shopping. There is next to nothing to pick up from the auction house. I guess I am just to cheap to win bids Or everyone else foolish and has too much money. Then I will load the van for the Sunday Flea Market. It will be warm but we are shaded from the sun. I hope there are people there wanting to spend money. We have a lot to sell.
Then I come back and quick unload the van and get ready to head north early on Monday. I still do not have the potatoes planted up there. It does not rain a lot at one time. But just enough to keep the ground to wet to plant. I think I see a planting window Monday, Tuesday. It is time to get it done. We came back yesterday from the north. We did get the lawn mowed, It was like a hay field. The strawberries got weeded which is a plus. And to top it off there was a meal of fish caught.
It would have been nice if spring weather would have stayed longer. But I see light at the end of the planting season. I hope you have a great weekend at what every you may do.
We got back from a short trip north yesterday. between rains I did get the Blue Berries planted. The first time it Thunder stormed we covered the bed with a large canvass. We were then able to plant the next day. Then it was a soaker the next day. That is the way it is up there, The weather is always difficult. There was some snow when we left. Tonight up there it is supposed to drop to 30 degrees. We will go back up tomorrow and try to sneak the potatoes in and finish mowing grass. I did get the lawn mowers going this last visit. We will be up there until Wednesday or Thursday depending on weather and work.
It is not much better down here weather wise. Tonight 34 degrees. I will but a cover on the peppers, eggplant and basil. And it is now a cold wet in the garden to work with. We really did need the rain. But A nice warm rain would have been better. See there I go with the farmer weather attitude. But I am glad for the rain.
When we return this coming week there will be Flea markets to get prepared for. We will have Flea Markets two Sundays in a row. It is going to be a very hectic period. I will keep you posted as I proceed along.
Have a Blessed Day
It is hard come to terms with the fact spring is two thirds done. Maybe some day I will be able to sit back and watch it slowly go by. Now that the last part of spring here get warm with unsettled weather. I set here this evening thinking I am in a good situation for this spring. I should have every thing planted by Memorial day or shortly after. That is what I shoot for.
I am writing this a I watch a Internet Auction that is ending. There is not much I have a bid on. So it should be okay to do both. You can get Play by Play coverage of the auction. I just had to up my bid on four dry measure tins, one peck to one quart nesting set. We shall see how that works out. Some time has now passed and my two bids are holding. my bid on the book I wanted did not hold, I had to get down in the trenches and slug it out. I did win the book. it is a Book On Kaiser Wilhelm II 1880 to 1913. It is rough and will need some TLC, But there are great period photos. It is an over size book. I have always had a great interest in European History. Now on to the Dry measures. Time has again past, I just lost the Dry Measures. It seems that I pick out items that draw a lot of interest. I did bid more then I wanted, but they would have been a good thing to have. I try not to chase another bidder. This was a new bidder that jumped in at the last minutes. I am wound but will live to bid and win another day. I will turn off the auction now to write.
We will be leaving early on Tuesday for the north. The blueberries arrived on Thursday and need to get planted as soon as possible. They are large dormant plugs wrapped in plastic. I put them on the cool humid basement floor, hopefully they will be okay. We will return on Thursday so I can mail if I have too before memorial day. I will write again at that time. I hope you have a Great Blessed Week.
I think it is best if I put some words down before I get the day going outside. We got a bit of rain, about three tenth inch, It all helps. Today I will try to dig some extra perennials to take up north and replant later. I am most concerned with bee balm. I want to try it up there to see if it will survive for the Hummingbirds that are there. Then there is some volunteer self seeded Four O Clocks that are a red variety that I think the hummers will like.
Then later I need to run into the auction and pick up my winnings. Then later do a Bonanza listing. I have been trying to get a new listing up every day. But for me sales have been slow, which is normal for this time of year. I will now be getting ready for our two Flea markets in June.
Yesterday I went and got two new tires for the front of the van. Tires are just nuts expensive. I will get two new ones for the rear in the fall. I will need to sell lots of stuff to match the cost of those tires.
What's that I hear. The wild dogs are barking and it is getting closer. I gotta get moving. They like to catch me sitting down at the computer or reading. Have a great day
Today as it rains I am resting a bit. We went shopping this morning. We got some things needed in the Northwoods. The gas line on the riding mower started to leak last time when I was getting it ready to use. And the battery finally died after about ten years so I got replacements this morning. There was no passing thunderstorms as we shopped this morning.
I have gotten tired out from the last couple of days. Yesterday I mowed grass, Roto- Tilled garden and planted tomatoes and hilled potatoes. On Sunday I went out in the kayak fishing. It was very nice out and the crappies were biting. I got enough for us a meal and our next door neighbor also. I am glad to rest some today.
I am not thinking good right now, I am sleepy and there is a fog between my ears. We will be here all this week so I will write again soon. Have a blessed nice evening.
|Three Score and Ten + Day 270
Hello, Remember Me, We got back here from the north Woods at Mid Day, We left early. Some Fridays I have something to mail out from the listings, Not today though. I try to keep to Four Business days for mailing out a sale. I do not consider Saturday a business day. So shipping is Monday and Tuesday mornings if we go north. Then if I can get back early enough I will ship Friday afternoon.
Today when we got back we went to the garden with the water hose. It is really a bad sign to have to water as much as we are this early in the season. It is dry in the north also. The sweet corn is coming up now when we returned. We only planted a small amount of left over seed from last year. We wanted only enough for fresh sweet corn on the cob this summer. The past two years we planted a large amount so we have enough to carry us a year in the freezer. We do not plant everything we grow every year.
During our week up north we did a lot of getting ready for the spring summer season up there. I needed to get Lawn Mowers ready, the tractor and the Roto Tiller, and the Fishing Boat. The biggest problem is a bad gas line that will need replacing on the riding mower along with a new battery. We bought it used and have had it over ten years now. Maybe it is time to think about a replacement. I am getting too old to fight with a riding lawn mower.
This coming week the six blueberry plants will be received from MA. So I got the planting location marked out and turned the sod by hand. I hope it will be ready to shake out when we return to plant Blueberries. it will also need to be fenced from the states deer herd. We have three plants up there now producing. It takes three years to start harvesting, so I thought I had better not stall to long in planting more. But it should be a easy plant since the Little Dog Biscuit said he would dig the holes. But he has to be payed off in treats.
I did make time one afternoon to drive to the farm. about 23 miles from the house. I wanted to take a walk into the woods and to the creek and see the Marsh Marigolds in bloom. I have not seen the flowering for a number of years. It seems I am always too busy this time of year. The creek behind the old farm buildings is beautiful, It is truly a Holy Place for me. During the summer the creek is hard to get to, So many mosquitos and ticks and a difficult walk with much rock and downed trees. The creek water was very low for this time of year. Then since I was there I continued on to the north east corner of the forty. When I was young and in my prime and I might add foolish. I built a fence across the forty into the elder swamp. I carried everything in to do the fence. That was about 45 years ago and I have not been to that end of the forty ackers since then. There is still some fence there. Maybe I can carry in a maul and at least pound down the steel posts marking the property line. Time will tell. I used to pasture heifers on that parcel and they would of course go to that end where there was very little fence. They would keep going which was the problem and end up on the highway a quarter mile away, Not Fun. The things you do when you are young, But that is what makes the world go round. If you waited for us old people to make it happen it would not happen. We are cautious, experiences have taught us that.
Have Blessed Rest