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Old 02-12-2017, 03:28 PM
mlb
 
Location: North Monterey County
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It's true tho - we don't have our parents - much less our grandparents' lives....

My mother had 7 children and never worked outside the home.

I had none and will retire in 2 years having worked all my life.

Much different choices and lives....
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:12 PM
 
Location: next up where ever I go
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I remember learning how to cook.

Here is the meat, hear is the canned peas, here are the potatoes.

I started cooking the family meal at eight years of age. Lord, I peeled a whole heck of a lot of potatoes. Funny, can't eat them that way anymore since of the condition.

Ironed the sheets. All linen back then and thick really thick. I have no idea what mom did with them but when polyester came to be I wanted my clothing to still be cotton. She told me...if you want cotton then you are going to iron it.

I wore polyester for a LONG time...now I wear cotton. And I do not iron it. Comes out of the dryer if I do it quick and let it settle.

My mother worked hard, very hard. My father not so much. Yes, he had a sh@t job at a chemical factory. So did mom. We all had our chores. Lord, if the beds weren't made and the kitchen clean, and the dinner cookin by 4:10, there was hell to pay. She got off of work at 4 and was home by 4:10. My brother and I would take turns who did the upstairs, who did the downstairs... we got through that so fast so we could watch DARK SHADOWS. Then after dinner my brother and I cleaned the kitchen...lord were there fights over who would clean or dry. LOL

Then homework, then we got to out until the street lights came on.

What does this have to do with retirement?

EVERYTHING!

Retirement, to my mind, is a time, in part, of reflection. No point in living the last chapter of your life, however long or short it may be if you can't or won't listen to the stories in your heart of what brought you to this passage. That, I hope, is one of the reasons for retirement and for wisdom to know the difference.

From the road,
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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It's true tho - we don't have our parents - much less our grandparents' lives....

My mother had 7 children and never worked outside the home.

I had none and will retire in 2 years having worked all my life.

Much different choices and lives....
Same here, except I had one child, but I always worked My mother is 88 and has buried one of her 7. She looks good despite health problems. Not young, lol, but bright and alert still.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:28 PM
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Location: Noth Caccalacca
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Same here, except I had one child, but I always worked My mother is 88 and has buried one of her 7. She looks good despite health problems. Not young, lol, but bright and alert still.
Mightyqueen801 - Well, I'm 64 and not young, lol, but bright and alert still - which sounds pretty good to me!
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:20 AM
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Location: Noth Caccalacca
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I have woke up and heard a snap, crackle and a pop. It was not my rice krispies
jasper - I hope it was that nubile chiropractor laying on top of you that made you produce those sounds!
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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jasper - I hope it was that nubile chiropractor laying on top of you that made you produce those sounds!
Nah just old age setting in I think. I recently had a yearly physical and my doctor referred me to a specialist but I found out it was a mortician
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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Nah just old age setting in I think. I recently had a yearly physical and my doctor referred me to a specialist but I found out it was a mortician
Seriously I am in good health with no real problems aside from high cholesterol.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:07 PM
 
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I actually know someone in his 50s who drinks a LOT and seems very healthy. If I drank one fourth of what he drinks on a daily basis I seriously could not function. But he drinks and goes to work and it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a physical job, so I'm sure that helps with fitness. Of course we can't see what is going on inside his body. Maybe his liver, heart and other organs are weak and he will keel over any day. But just looking at him you'd think he was in perfect health not only for someone his age, but even for someone 20 years younger. Meanwhile, you see other people who take care of their bodies, eat right, exercise, don't drink or smoke, and they look way older than their stated age.


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Old 02-14-2017, 03:15 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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I actually know someone in his 50s who drinks a LOT and seems very healthy. If I drank one fourth of what he drinks on a daily basis I seriously could not function. But he drinks and goes to work and it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a physical job, so I'm sure that helps with fitness. Of course we can't see what is going on inside his body. Maybe his liver, heart and other organs are weak and he will keel over any day. But just looking at him you'd think he was in perfect health not only for someone his age, but even for someone 20 years younger. Meanwhile, you see other people who take care of their bodies, eat right, exercise, don't drink or smoke, and they look way older than their stated age.


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My friend's ex husband who is now in his early 70s has been a big boozer since his mid 20s which actually gave him the nickname "Pickle" because he was always pickled. He developed a few health issues when he entered his 50s at which time my friend had enough and divorced him. She continues to be shocked that he is still alive considering the daily large amounts of alcohol he has drank for 50 years and is still drinking. His boozer lifestyle may not have lessened the quantity of his life but it sure did impact the quality of his life which includes not only a divorce, but also being estranged from his 3 beautiful daughters and their children.
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Old 02-14-2017, 03:25 AM
 
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Since the subject turned to heavy drinking for some reason, my brother drank himself to death by age 62, along with cigarettes for 48 years. Many do not realize that heavy drinking for long periods kills the heart, it becomes enlarged, loses its abilities to function - cigarettes can do the same thing to the heart - heart disease is very common in drinkers and smokers. Many just think of cancer, but its heart disease that kills many and is rampant.

So COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) can develop from smoking, and long-term smoking and heavy drinking both can destroy the heart, pulmonary system, arteries, circulatory system, lung tissue, and the drinking leads to a fatty diseased liver. It was the enlarged heart from heavy drinking that killed my brother at 62, along with his COPD and other compromised organs of the body. (just responding to the two posters right before me on drinking & growing older, etc)

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