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Old 09-08-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Saturday's forecast is a high of 68 and a low of 49 for our part of NY. We'll be heading to 89 degrees in FL and hope to get some swimming time in, usually DS closes his pool around Halloween; cooler nights take the water temps right down, even with a solar heater.

Last winter was interesting for us weather-wise, all the storms marched west to east and we were untouched. Mainland weather had very little effect on our part of FL and I felt like a bystander.

I picked up some ingredients to make a crock pot of dal for when we unpack on Sunday in FL. Green cardamom pods, fenugreek and brown mustard seeds along with dried red lentils and Mung beans. I went through the pantry checking on expiration dates, and will bring along all the ones close to the expiry date. We've eaten down the freezer and need to bring up the bottles of water from the basement to fill it up, since refrigerators/freezers are more efficient filled than empty.

The sailboat is on the hard, winterized and covered. Colored leaves are beginning to drop in the yard. A squirrel was swinging on our porch swing this morning, cheeky devil! The one constant I've had everywhere I've lived is the cooing of mourning doves; they were out this morning here and I have them in FL, I love their sound!

We've had our porch roof recovered last week, it has a Yankee dam, so it took a bit more work. We have two small flat roofs over two bump outs and they are putting a silicone product on those, they did the first part today and will be back for the second tomorrow.

Things are getting done, we very methodically have been making lists and checking them off. I read where the simple act of putting a check mark next to a completed task releases feel good endorphins, and that's certainly true for me.

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Old 09-09-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Has everyone seen ''batteries not included''? There are a couple of entertaining oldsters in it. It's a very pleasant film.
One of my favorite movies for entertainment, a touch of nostalgia and some elder romance to tug at the heartstrings.

Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy were married for 52 years until her death in 1994 at age 85 and he followed in 2003 at age 91. They also played husband and wife together in Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return as well as several other movies.

I'm glad they're together again!
 
Old 09-09-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Anyone else share this former (strange?) attitude of mine?

In another thread about when to take Social Security, I posted about one of the reasons I took mine at 62:

When I was 62 I could not imagine living past 70, not because I had some incurable disease or because early death was common in my family, but because it was simply unacceptable for me to be 70, simply outrageously unthinkable. I know other people who lived past that point, including both my parents and quite a few aunts and uncles, but that was just not me. I was almost surprised to wake up on the day I turned 70 about five months ago, but part of me must have known it would happen because I had not made any extraordinary efforts to get rid of stuff in preparation. (About all I had done was prepaid my cremation with the Neptune Society). So now I am pushing 70 and a half and I've accepted that fact.

In fact, I'm sort of proud to have achieved that milestone with only very minor changes in my ability to carry on in life (I doubt if I could put in a string of several 14-hour work days in a row any more), and I'm proud when people express surprise and disbelief at my age.

I suppose a psychoanalyst would have a field day with me, no?
 
Old 09-09-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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In another thread about when to take Social Security, I posted about one of the reasons I took mine at 62:

When I was 62 I could not imagine living past 70, not because I had some incurable disease or because early death was common in my family, but because it was simply unacceptable for me to be 70, simply outrageously unthinkable. I know other people who lived past that point, including both my parents and quite a few aunts and uncles, but that was just not me. I was almost surprised to wake up on the day I turned 70 about five months ago, but part of me must have known it would happen because I had not made any extraordinary efforts to get rid of stuff in preparation. (About all I had done was prepaid my cremation with the Neptune Society). So now I am pushing 70 and a half and I've accepted that fact.

In fact, I'm sort of proud to have achieved that milestone with only very minor changes in my ability to carry on in life (I doubt if I could put in a string of several 14-hour work days in a row any more), and I'm proud when people express surprise and disbelief at my age.

I suppose a psychoanalyst would have a field day with me, no?

Congratulations on the acceptance of a very good age (my Mother is 73).
She actually never had an issue with her age but she was born handicapped so every day was an accomplishment and 73 years later she has accomplished a lot.

I hope you have many more days of milestones ahead.
 
Old 09-09-2014, 10:01 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I'd like to hear more from other people who are 70+. I just turned the big 7-0 and it's a little bit scary. I can remember thinking I'd never make it past 30. On my birthday I swam in the ocean, walked down the beach to a restaurant/bar and we had drinks, listened to a live band, ate yummy food and laughed the day away.

The day was fun and I felt FREE--like I am now 70. I can do whatever I want. I try to find role models who are 80 or more and are smart, happy, and with it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:00 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Congrats in_ne and ER, my mom's twin sister checked out in April at 73 and it really shook us. She had a bad heart, though, but it still shook us up.

Every day us a gift. And I'm 50. Take nothing for granted.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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In another thread about when to take Social Security, I posted about one of the reasons I took mine at 62:

When I was 62 I could not imagine living past 70, not because I had some incurable disease or because early death was common in my family, but because it was simply unacceptable for me to be 70, simply outrageously unthinkable. I know other people who lived past that point, including both my parents and quite a few aunts and uncles, but that was just not me. I was almost surprised to wake up on the day I turned 70 about five months ago, but part of me must have known it would happen because I had not made any extraordinary efforts to get rid of stuff in preparation. (About all I had done was prepaid my cremation with the Neptune Society). So now I am pushing 70 and a half and I've accepted that fact.

In fact, I'm sort of proud to have achieved that milestone with only very minor changes in my ability to carry on in life (I doubt if I could put in a string of several 14-hour work days in a row any more), and I'm proud when people express surprise and disbelief at my age.

I suppose a psychoanalyst would have a field day with me, no?
Age 70 is particularly unimaginable because we can all remember when 40, then 64 (Beatles) was just unimaginable. It was something none of us were ever going to be (not because we might die sooner, but because those ages did not apply to us). That you have not only achieved that age but can feel good about it is encouraging to others who are on the path there. Older people who are creative and involved, like the great novelist Henry Miller who began painting in old age, are my inspiration. Miller:

In every man's heart there is anchored a little schooner.

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

To paint is to love again, and to love is to live life to the fullest.

The thing is to become a master, and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I'd like to hear more from other people who are 70+. I just turned the big 7-0 and it's a little bit scary. I can remember thinking I'd never make it past 30. On my birthday I swam in the ocean, walked down the beach to a restaurant/bar and we had drinks, listened to a live band, ate yummy food and laughed the day away.

The day was fun and I felt FREE--like I am now 70. I can do whatever I want. I try to find role models who are 80 or more and are smart, happy, and with it.
Happy Birthday, Virgo!

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Old 09-10-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: delaware
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i turned 71 this summer, and even though i do see it as turning a corner into what i call "early old age", reaching this age is not especially surprising to me.

as i've posted often, my parents were middle age when i was born, and by the time i became conscious of relatives and family, all were in their fifties and sixties. both parents lived to their late 80s, my mother not in great circumstances although some of it was her choice. however they have been gone for 35+ years when aging was a different experience with fewer choices as to how to live.

i have to say that, most of the time, i really don't feel any different than i did in my fifties. i have generally good health, and although i've never been a super active/ athletic person , i continue to do what i've always done- ride my bike, read, play the piano, sing ( voice is not what it was, but still sing), write, and teach part time. i go out with friends to lunch, dinner, spend time with S.O., take a few occasional short trips, and spend time with my cats.

i do feel that turning 70 adds a sense of urgency to planning for true old age, whatever that is, but , lately, i've become somewhat less driven about this, and have at least tried to take the view that making plans too soon can be just as bad as waiting too long. i find, at this age, unlike some others on this forum, that i am not ready to squeeze myself into a very small living space and i don't want to give up all my "things"- at least not yet. so, i'm hoping i'll have time to make different plans if i need to and/or redo what i have if the situation warrants it.

sometimes i hope i'll be somewhat like my oldest aunt- my "maiden"aunt, a very wise,witty woman. she died at 87 almost 40 years ago (when 87 was rather old ), after remaining in her house with three floors until the very end. she loved it there, enjoyed her garden, liked going to weekly baseball games, and loved going out to dinner. she ended up falling as she turned around to answer the phone. she died of a stroke two weeks later.

so, i guess it's fair to say i've mellowed somewhat, even though 70 can be scary. i'm not certain why, but i'm enjoying the present more, and worrying-at least somewhat less- about the future.

catsy girl
 
Old 09-10-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Catsy, that's sad about your aunt, crappy way to go..........

Plan, yes, worry? trying not to so much.

Winter weather warnings in the upper midwest today, yikes
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