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12-05-2019 02:18 PM

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My first post was an introduction in 2008. Still living on the lake and still trying to be a craftsman. (A work always in progress.)
The original picture of me was when I was 53 years old, I turn 65 on 2/2020, medicare starting up. The third picture was when i was in jr. high.

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A workshop that has been reworked three times since I posted the pictures of it on my home page (and below). It looks much less pretty and clean, much more functional, and more crowded now.

Health is really good. This getting older thing is for the birds though. It didn’t start until about five years ago when I was 60. Nothing spectacular. Noticeable stiffness in cold weather or when I do to much, especially in the knees. Plywood is much heavier than it used to be when I was younger. Cardio is still good. The wife and I do an aggressive workout at the gym every other day and lift weights to try to slow down the loss of strength. There’s no thought of building up muscle, it’s more like trying to keep what you’ve got. I think it’s a losing battle though. I was a teacher for 30 years but in between that I managed to put a bit of mileage on the joints, lots of construction, Appalachian trail, etc. The years when I was 52-58 were my strongest.

I’ve still got the same wife. We’ll celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2020. The relationship is amazing. Can’t think what it would have been like if I had missed these years without her.

The kids went from zero to mid thirties in no time at all. We now have son-in-laws and two grandkids. That’s pretty cool. They’re all doing quite well so that makes life easier for us.

I’m setting up my 65th Christmas tree today…. Still a lot of work but unlike me it never gets old.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 12-05-2019 02:58 PM

congrats craftsman on 11 yrs i hope the next 11 are even better, looking forward to sharing some good time with not far behind you at 59 and your right the plywood is getting heavier-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-05-2019 03:42 PM

Congratulations Craftsman! About to turn 58 and I am with you on the plywood. I have such bad shoulders that I can’t throw out a piece of gum overhand anymore. Like you I am trying to save what I have by going to the gym and running. No dreams of bulking up, just want to not get hurt in normal movement. Woodworking is my new hobby so that I won’t sit in a chair and vedge if I am ever able to retire. I hear woodworking keeps you young so keep up the good work!

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#3 posted 12-05-2019 04:21 PM

Congrats, the big 60 is tomorrow:) I was told after 40 it is all down hill, some truth to that:(

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 12-05-2019 04:40 PM

Congrats, the big 60 is tomorrow:) I was told after 40 it is all down hill, some truth to that:(

- Andre

yeah and the brakes are going out,it’s gonna be a wild ride-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 12-05-2019 04:46 PM

Right there with you. Yesterday I shoveled all the steps and walkways, used the roof rake to clean the snow on the roof of the house, sheds, then spent two hours on the tractor snowblowing the driveway, turnarounds. I was pooped for the day by the time I was finished. Used to be I’d get all that done, then go to work for ten hours. Couldn’t do that now. Thank goodness I’m retired. And yes, I don’t know what their putting in plywood now but you’re right, it is much heavier.

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#6 posted 12-05-2019 07:54 PM

This is a great post. Thank you for sharing.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#7 posted 12-05-2019 09:47 PM

Congrats on 11 years!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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