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Our version of retirement: Living a childhood dream

  1. #916
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosita View Post
    Thank you Gary. I'd like to live off the grid but I will be by myself if I go that direction. My family thinks I am crazy dreaming a simple life.
    It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition.



    The simple life is all about the thousands of choices we make every day.



    Good luck!

  2. #917
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    I've done that

    Not a bad way

    But we actually have few things (if done daily)

    The ol' scrub board knocks 'em out pretty fast

    Just beautiful Gary. You are surrounded by natural beauty!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosita View Post
    Just beautiful Gary. You are surrounded by natural beauty!!!
    Quite the planet, ain't it

    Very happy to be close to it's splendor

    (I'd say thank you, but I'm just a bystander)
    Last edited by Gary O'; 12-09-2018 at 08:44 PM.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Had a free moment after chores today, so made a crude sign

    The land is flat

    The water is cold (constant 38°F all year)


    So;




    I gotta hang it on the fence, as those trees will sway in the winds we get

    ...and I gotta make the letters a bit bolder

    But,

    that's what we're callin' our little neck-o-the-woods
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Gary, I saw you this morning!


  6. #921
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    Gary....ah, the old 40s Jeep in the background. Is she still running?
    He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under a tree.
    Roy L. Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Gary, I saw you this morning!

    Heh, not far off

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
    Gary....ah, the old 40s Jeep in the background. Is she still running?
    Heh, that’d be some sorta miracle, as the engine and axles are in the bed
    And the tranny and other running gear are in the cab.

    Right now it's yard art




    It’s gonna sit there mocking me for a couple more years

    Then

    Plop it on a late ‘80s Toyota pickup frame

    Never will trick it out
    But all will be fully functional
    Planning on a small V8
    Just 2WD

    The only fancy will be the dash with basic round speedo, tach and other gauges
    I will have to build the dash to do that
    But, flat panel plate ain’t all that difficult
    And the wiring harness looks quite doable

    And now….I’m obsessing on it…again

    I've got an aged thread that talks about it
    http://www.seniorforums.com/showthre...got-the-Willys
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    My lady is back to hiking

    Short one today

    Couple miles down the path




    I went

    Don’t really like to hike ever day, but not letting her go alone.
    I mean she can hold her own against most wildlife

    A little story here;

    Back in the ‘70s, when the boys were small, we lived in south Aberdeen Washington
    It was a flood zone…that flooded
    Anyway, she was walking the boys back from school when some lads thought it funny to drive by and splash her and the boys, several times
    They even followed them home
    Once home, my lady grabbed a metal garbage can lid and sailed it like a Frisbee thru the back window of their sedan
    Then came after them with the wood chopping maul
    Their last words were ‘You’re crazy, lady!’
    And sped off
    And she is, when she’s mad

    Anyway, she could slip on the ice and pull something not ready to pull



    Took some pics on the way;

    this snag stump caught my eye

    looked like an elk, caught in the ice


    a misplaced arachnid on the snow interrupted our stroll


    a real snow cone
    DQ waffle cone, that is


    got back to the cabin, and went right to the roof rake
    can't let my lady get buried on her way to her hobby shack
    looked like an ill fitted sheet


    did a few chores

    then made another Cold Water Flats sign for the outside wall of the cabin


    'twas a light day

    and another good'n
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Beautiful photo, looks like it would be a very nice walk. Glad she's feeling good enough to go out for a hike and I'm happy you're sticking close to her until she heals completely. You're a good hubby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    You're a good hubby.
    Thanks, SB

    she makes it easy
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    A regular Winter Wonderland!

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    Another light day

    Chores are daily (I’m thankful)

    Fiddled with the sign and hung it on the fence



    I leave the gate open this time of year, due to snow/ice accumulation

    So, we have this gong


    An aged acetylene tank cut in two with a bit of leather strap and steel clapper


    Folks don’t usually traipse down this way in the snow, but there are occasions of the odd one

    And they know to ring that thing before coming up to the cabin

    Saves ‘em from a chance happening onto two naked oldsters bumpin’ fuzzies


    oh, and outside the back of the shop there was this misplaced albino halibut trying unsuccessfully to not slip off the tree screen
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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