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hardwood
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2013-06-22          187442


I may have posted before about our having to move to an assisted living center. Things just got too difficult for both the Mrs. and me to continue on our own, even running a vacuum sweeper was just too much anymore for either of us. We listed an acreage with the farm house and the shop building with a Realtor, it sold in three days.

So now two auctions have been scheduled one for our excess household goods, and the second for my furniture shop and farm equipment, the auction firm said it was just too much stuff for a one day auction. It is just unbelieveable how much stuff you can accumulate in fifty one years of marriage, most of it we had forgotten we even had.

We've been in the center here for three weeks now and are getting accustomed to living in an apartment setting and beginning to realize that we didn't really need most of the stuff we had to make a happy home.

It has been a great relief to the Mrs. to not have to cook and keep up with housework. The whole community eats in a central dining room, the meals are great and the fellowship is great too. It is kind of amazing that about half the people here either know someone we know or are realated to someone we know, it didn't take long to make friends. It is probably not for everyone, if you are still able bodied and can stay in your own home that is no doubt a better situation but for those of us who aren't this is ideal.


Frank.

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2013-06-23          187457


Frank, it's good to know you are getting on with your new life with optimism and good cheer. As time goes by a simpler life with less stuff to maintain is more and more appealing, and that day is fast approaching. I hope I embrace it as well as you are. Be well and enjoy the simpler life! ....

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2013-06-24          187459


Frank,

It's great to hear that you're enjoying the new living quarters. It's even better to see that you are still stopping in here to visit with us once in a while.

Thanks for keeping us up to date. It's great to see a message from you here once in a while.

Enjoy your retirement years, my friend.

Joel ....

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2013-06-24          187469


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.....It is just unbelieveable how much stuff you can accumulate in fifty one years of marriage, most of it we had forgotten we even had....


Hi Frank,

My Dad is going to be 93 and alternating living with with me and my brother. We are preparing his house for sale, fixing up the basics and trying to go through all the stuff that 54 years of living in the same house yields.

I was in the garage and saw some gas cans that have not been used in 5 to 10 years, checked them hoping they were empty, nope they were full to the top. Mowers, leaf blowers, ladders. Basement full of storage containers, 15 to 20 of common household items like dish detergent.. a Walmart size inventory of plastic coat hangers, stuff stuff and more stuff on and on...

Hope you are enjoying your new found freedom :-) Now just make sure you keep coming on here to give your advice ... ....

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2013-06-24          187471


Frank, I had an Uncle and Aunt who moved in to such a set up a few years back. It was great. He was free to visit and help others as he heart felt desire had been for years. He really found his ministry. One of the most impressive places this county boy has ever been.

Our attitude has a lot to do with anything and everything. No doubt you will find it great and enjoyable. God bless you my friend. Ken ....

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2013-06-24          187472


Thanks guys for the good words. Each day I learn something about a resident I hadn't met or a program I was not yet aware of, but learning has always been interesting to me.
The Mrs. is away for what we hope is a short stint in the hospital, so far things are going as hoped. So far I haven't found another farmer who came direct from thr farm to the center, but lots of people especally widdows who own farmland inherited from a past generation. The boss lady came to our apartment a few days ago and spied my toy tractor collection on the shelves we put above the computer desk, about twenty or so tractors. This seemed to fascinate her so she asked if I would want to put on a little program in the activity room about the hows and whys of tractors and farming in general. Well me being probably the worst public speaker in the state of Iowa politely tryed to down play that request.
Most all of the staff are young ladys with small children at home who come and go to the apartments for everything from medicine distribution to trash pickup remark that they have a youngster or two at home who would go wild over my tractors.
OK, on to more important things, we are getting so much rain here, another three or so inches just this morning and more on the way that it is going to be of serious economic impact for the farmers here. A good deal of the preplant applied nitrogen has been dilluted and soaked below the roots of the corn, giving the corn that yellow sickly look. Some have already started sidress applying nitrogen in standing corn to replace the lost nitrogen, this gets really expensive, now it is two hundred dollars an acre for nitrogen instead of one hundred. About a week and a half ago we had a string of really nice sunny dry days that gave many a chance to make some really outstanding hay without a drop of rain, but some waited a bit too long to mow and it is still laying in the swath losing more and more food value with each rain.
Well that's about enough from here.

Frank. ....

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2013-06-24          187476


Frank, glad to hear from you, I'll keep you and your dear wife in my prayers.

I'm working remotely from my iPad, more soon when I get back home to a 'real' computer.


Best of luck. ....

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