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.
It is the end of another week. I would say it was productive.
It was cold, and it snowed some but it is still February. I decided not to go north this coming week. I was going to go up and get the Ice fishing shack for a planned fishing trip with my brother and nephews. It looks like it will be nice enough I can get by with what I have down here. That will save seven hours of driving and the expense. I am not to excited about the trip. I will be going to the La Crosse area about three hours away. I think we are going to soon, but we shall see. I did not plan it. Maybe I will be surprised. One thing I do know there will be a lot of people on the ice. I good side event will be I will stop and see the Grandsons on the way home on Sunday
It looks like snow here again on Sunday which means cleaning away snow on Monday. Maybe I will be able to fish down here after that before Friday when I leave for La Crosse.
I am having trouble concentrating, being a little agitated and tired. So it is best to stop here.
My Best Wishes for your weekend, Be Blessed
With this type of weather and time of year the days are running together. I did not bother to clean the snow off the van. There is no place we want or need to go. The van can just sit. I did yesterday and today get my Fishing reel lot put up for sale. We shall see how they do. There is a lot of interest know in outdoor activity, including fishing.
I do need to stay busy. I need a project an activity to give me purpose and keep the depression away. On the bright side the days are getting longer, and the sun warmer. There is light at the end of winter's tunnel. I am having visions of the garden. I see lots of green not white. I see robins in the yard. I feel warm spring showers giving the spring flower bulbs a boast. I feel warm soil as I work it. And to top it all of I have time to fish in the new Kayak and the fish are biting. It is called Spring and it is starting in just 6 weeks. I think I will make once more.
| Yikes, Has it been four days since I have written. My how time does fly when you are shoveling snow. I just got in from shoveling what I had two today. It is light an fluffy anyway, about 3-4 inches. I am having to throw it up a good amount. But tomorrow is mid February and the sun will start feeling warmer now.
Today is February 13 and a very special day. It is my twin grandsons birthdays. They are twelve today. They had a somewhat rough start in life. but they were born to the right kind of parents that took there health very serious. They are all boy now, Rough and tumble. I will call them this evening, I sure miss seeing them. I keep telling them that they will need to go to school and earn a good job so they can buy a big new bass boat to take me fishing in. They do like to fish, I hope I can take them this summer Kayak fishing.
Now another question, In the situation we find our self this year what should we do for Valentines Day. when I was in the Floral business Valentine's day along with Mother's day was dreaded. Now it is not dreaded but I do not know how to handle it. Going to a restaurant is out. She has more jewelry then she will ever wear. And now no place to wear it too. Normally we would go some place and stop and have dinner, But not this year. I guess another problem is I really dislike going into stores and shopping. The whole experience very much stresses me. Maybe we can do a take out dinner. I am seeing that we are getting to be real Home Bodies.
I hope you have a satisfying Valentine Day
Another cold evening and I am pooped. Today we did get the new carpet installed into our bedroom. It looks nice. The wife likes it, So I like it. A happy wife makes me and the Dog and the cat happy too. We did get some things moved back in, the bed and major furniture. We will tomorrow finish bringing back in our stuff and dusting. This is a good time to tackle this project as it is to cold for outside activity.
I did get back to cleaning and getting operational a lot of Shakespeare fishing reels. I hopefully will get some with good listing potential. it is rewarding to get them again in good operating condition, But it is very time consuming.
It is amazing how fast the days go by. I turn around and the day is gone. Why is that, Do we move slower while everything else moves faster. Or does it seem to go faster because we are going slower. I know I am going slower, I tire out. My mind still has its ambitions and desires, But the body does not want to respond as it once did. I have to work to keep the motivation for action active and alert. Maybe more of a small reward for action and a job well done. I am concerned about the day I run out of steam, and the working pressure goes too low for operation. But that will not be tomorrow. I will get some rest and hit the floor running. I wonder if younger people realize how short a year and a life time is. In my early years I too did not realize it.
Have a Blessed Restful Evening
Well here in South Central Wisconsin we are hitting the bottom of winter this week. I got the snow taken care of for the time being. I can not back out the driveway any more as the snow banks are too tall to see on coming traffic. We are on a busy highway. Early tomorrow morning it is supposed to get to -12 real temperature. I will let the kitchen sink faucet drip, as the kitchen is over a crawl space on the end of the house. I have a heat lamp plugged in and heat tapes on the water pipes going under the kitchen in the crawl space. The north and west sides of the house are banked with snow past the siding. I have closed tight and sealed our west facing door. We will use the east door for the next ten days. The van is parked and there will be little travel. I think I have done all I can to prepare for the cold blast. I now Trust in God to see us through the next cold days.
My daughter and Son in law visited today for a couple hours. so I got to see my youngest grandson and daughter. It is hard to believe that the oldest grand daughter had to work and could not come. Where have a years gone too. She works at Wendy's but is still in High School as an honor student and quite the responsible serious seventeen year old. Sonora Pearl makes her family proud. Her younger sister Lydia is following right behind her, a year and a half. I was very happy to see them. My family has always been number one on this earth, and as I age they are more important then ever. I miss seeing them.
On a brighter outside note, The garden seeds arrived today. I ordered from Victory Seed Co. They support the preservation of heirloom seed varieties which I like. They were reasonable and had varieties I was looking for. I also now have the Blueberry plants ordered for The north compound, six plants to add to the others. They will arrive the end of May. And get this Jimmy the Ground Hog in Sun Prairie DID NOT see his shadow. Ground hogs day is always a big occasion for me. So it may be cold today, things are looking up for spring.
And I could not end this entry without mentioning I got a nice bunch of fish on the past Tuesday and Wednesday. For me and the wife we packaged it for 4 meals. It was Blue Gills and one very nice Bass.
Stay warm and be careful in the cold, May God Bless You
I thought I had better write now and not later after I return from Ice Fishing. The ice fishing tires me out. I just cleaned fish from yesterday, Enough for a meal and little extra. But they are smaller then I would normally keep. Today I will try to add to yesterdays extra for another meal. but I will go to a different location.
Guess what another snow storm on its way. I will be clearing snow again, This time in the cold. We are expect to hit -15 degrees this weekend and -25 up north. This should be the low point for the winter. It always seems like mid January to Mid February is the coldest. The new carpet going down will now need to be rescheduled.
The kayak arrived as expected. It looks good, No problems I see. I will now have another reason to look towards spring. As if I need another reason. The people putting in the Fiber optic cable did not show up, which is good. They can wait until this cold and snow is passed. The idea of them digging so close to our incoming water line at this time scares me. I do not need a frozen, broken line.
It's time to close this out and get my boots on and head for the Ice. It is going to be nice out there today.
I hope you have a Blessed Day
| Well its time to say Good By Month, January is in the can as they say. It was been decent temperature wise but I am getting tired of handling snow. I was out there again a lot today, I am tired. February will start of with a bag. I ordered a new Kayak and it arrives tomorrow. I sure hope there was no problems with the shipping from North Carolina. Then tomorrow they are going work on putting Fiber Optic cable in the Sidewalk easement area. That should be lots of fun with all the snow and frozen ground. I told them nothing on my side of the sidewalk. They seem like they are trying to please. I hope there is no problem. I will admit I am very territorial of our property and I am also very respecting of others territory and property. Then on Friday they are coming to put new carpet into our main Bedroom. We have been here 24 years and the carpet when we moved here was not new. It is looking pretty dingy now. This wife picked out a medium dark green color, It should match the wall paper nicely. There never seems to be a dull boring moment in our lives.
I wanted to write this evening about boxes. The kind you put things into. I like nice neat square boxes that stack nicely and I can put lives events into them. With everything planned and coordinated so it can be boxed up nicely and stored. Or maybe displayed at times. It is upsetting for me to face chaos or bad preparation. There are times I wonder if I could at times put my guard down. but I am afraid to do that, I know now other way to be. I may be compulsive somewhat but I need for things to flow as needed and planned for.
The year 2020 was not easy to put in a box, it was messy. As I say we shall see, about 2021. The yearly to do goals are written down. And so after this week a bit will be done, So it is starting out right. But the year is young. I am not putting together a group of boxes yet.
I am now getting down to the bottom if the Ice Cream Bowl. I sit here Thinking, There is so much in our now American culture that I can not agree with. But I will say we live in interesting times, For better or worse. I often think I will most likely not see how human behaviors can all come to a agreeable end. I am loosing hope and trust in the integrity and character of the "Me First" mankind. My hope and trust now is in the character of the Christian God. There is no better place to be.
Have Blessed Evening
It is the end of another day. The problem is it is all gone. As I age a day is like a Bowl of Ice cream. You get the bowl filled, you see it maybe with raspberry syrup. It looks great. You can not wait to dig in to the bowl. You start the enjoyable task of eating that bowl of Ice Cream. and before you can wink and turn around it is gone. You put the bowl down and wish there was more.
I get up in the morning. The day looks great with some raspberry trim. I dig into that Bowl of day. I get busy, focused, eating all the day has to offer. But it, The day is gone to soon. It seems like every time I turn around I am going back to bed. Is that normal for me to go slower, but the day melts away faster. Maybe I will get a bigger bowl with the longer sunlight days. At that time I will have more I need to focus on so I will need a bigger bowl of Ice Cream. I hope I can handle a bigger bowl.
I wish you tomorrow a Blessed Bowl of Ice Cream
Another couple days has come and gone, more snow shoveled and more to come later today. Last night I had a bad sleeping night. I went to bed the usual time. I was tired. But guess what the muse turned on and the mind kept churning. All I could think of is past earlier times and experiences. I sure have had a active busy life. I decided it was time to talk to my middle daughter about early times and events that have shaped me. While I still can do it. I have thought about writing it, But it scares me to write some things down. Not that there is anything bad, bad, but that it would be emotionally for me difficult to write somethings down. I will at times here write some relevant things on this blog. I just thought of something writing this. My oldest granddaughter has an interest in writing and has for a number of years. She is a voracious reader at seventeen years. Maybe at some time she could be interested in writing a life story from interview. I gave her the internet address of this site. I have not seen her since all this virus blow up.
As for last night, There are many times I think of the past. There are good and bad memories. But it is my past life and easier for me to reconcile with then thinking of the future. I know what the past was, I do not know what the future will be. The future for me is troubling, I see little up side. What I see is a steady down hill slide to ....... So as difficult as some of the past was, It is more comforting for me then the future.
Prompt Jan. 25
Write about something antique or inherited that you own. Who owned it before you? Where did it come from? What’s its story?
This going to be difficult. My paternal grandfather died shortly after I was 5 years old. I have some memories of him, But not a lot. I still to this day think of him often and feel a closeness to him. I have this feeling that we had a bond that I miss. I am named after him as was my father. He died at 57 years after a some what lengthy illness, way to young. My father was still a young man, An only son with two older sisters. He I think took all of my grandfathers things. As I grew up my father and his father made there lively hoods in the woods. Trapping and Hunting and selling minnow fish bait. They both had at times bait and tackle shops and wholesaled bait. My grandfather had also small farm when he died as did my father. But he was also a trained tin smith, and earlier in his life had worked with his brother installing furnaces. At any rate he made by hand minnow buckets for carrying minnows out of the woods, and some small minnow tubs for selling bait out of in his garage. When my father passed my next door brother closest age just took a lot of his bait minnow things which included the buckets and tubs. He also sells fish bait now. I was the executor of my fathers will and I was not happy about that going on as there is a total of Eight Sons. But I kept my mouth shut and let it pass. At any rate my brother later did not want to store the buckets and tubs and did not see the importance of them and returned them to me. They now they have a place in my garage. I grew up seeing those buckets and tubs all the time, I used them. But I did not realize that my grandfather had made them. My father and I were not close and he did not discuss his father with us. Every time I see them I think of my grandfather and his talents. I do not know what will come of them as I have no sons to give them too.
The other thing I have of my paternal grandfather is his last Wisconsin Sportsman's License, signed by him. It is framed and hung with his photos.
I hope this story is not hard to follow. There could be more to write. Have a Blessed Day
Prompt January 24
Write about your most memorable or unique teacher from the years you were in school. What made them so interesting and what do you remember about them the most?
This is a easy prompt. My tenth grade World History Teacher. Who was also my wrestling coach which is a whole story in its self. He would say in class, " If you take one thing from this class, That should be "Learn how Think". Which now I take to mean learning How to Critical Think, Being able to put 2+2 together and come up with the right answer, I now take it to mean logical constructive problem solving thinking. I hope I have learned that lesson after near 60 years. [Do they still bother to teach world history ?]