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Old 09-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #12521
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My aunt passed away, pecefully, last Wednesday, the day after celebrating her 92nd birthday at a lawn party on her property... Her entire family was there, an annual event for about 60 people. Healthy and sharp as a tack to the very end, she only stopped playing 18 holes of golf a few years ago... and at age 85, painted her two story farmhouse.
A little while back, she had sent me a box of pictures my own mom had accumulated over the years. About 1500 pictures... as early as the 1860's. DW and I have spent hours in going thru them... a totally awesome experience.
Among the collection, some pics that I had never seen.
My dad and his siblings circa 1909... bottom left.
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A pic of DW and I on our 2nd date... senior prom, 1954... Though we played together, and were best friends as far back as 1946... when we we 9 or 10. Married 1958.



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Condolences on the loss of your aunt. Your post portrays her full long life.
and your right - Life is Good.

That's one of the phrases my grandmother used - when she was in a nursing home 20 some years ago with some other ladies looking out her window watching a mother bird feed her babies. It was a moment I'll never forget - Life is Good

And a nice pic of you and DW!. Egads you are old. You went to the prom before I was born.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:33 AM   #12522
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Condolences on your aunt's passing. She sure sounds like an interesting character.

What a treasure trove of photos! If you have an interest in the subject this is a good book on restoring old photographs.

Digital Restoration from Start to Finish: How to repair old and damaged photographs: Ctein: 9780240812083: Amazon.com: Books

Even if you don't want to do that, just understanding what it takes can explain the high cost if you want to have some restored by someone else. There's a lot of hand labor involved but I found it interesting and satisfying to do.
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Saw these two cross the road in front of us. Managed to snap this photo before they climbed to the top of the embankment and disappeared into the woods...
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Wonderful photo, REWahoo, thanks for posting!
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I finally signed up for French classes again and went to my first class tonight. I've taken French on and off since college, and then w*rked for a French company for 8 years before becoming an "accidental retiree" 3 years ago. My French was going downhill fast. so I'm glad I finally got my act together to work on it again.

I have reached that point in early retirement where I need to have a bit more structure to my weeks. Not much, just a couple of ballet classes and now my French class on Thursday evenings. It was really great to speak the language again--so glad I did it!
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Neat shot of the bear & cub. Not easy to get those!

Last night was the first night of a 4-week low light photography class. Looking forward to the rest of it.
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It was a gorgeous day here in CT, so I broke out the roadster, which has seen far too little action this year, and drove with the young wife on the back roads up through the Litchfield Hills to Great Barrington, Mass., where we ate lunch and did a little shopping. It's a very nice town and a beautiful drive to get there. Came back, washed the roadster and put it back in the garage. About to fix up some dinner.
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My aunt passed away, pecefully, last Wednesday, the day after celebrating her 92nd birthday at a lawn party on her property... Her entire family was there, an annual event for about 60 people. Healthy and sharp as a tack to the very end, she only stopped playing 18 holes of golf a few years ago... and at age 85, painted her two story farmhouse.
A little while back, she had sent me a box of pictures my own mom had accumulated over the years. About 1500 pictures... as early as the 1860's. DW and I have spent hours in going thru them... a totally awesome experience.
Among the collection, some pics that I had never seen.
My dad and his siblings circa 1909... bottom left.
and...
A pic of DW and I on our 2nd date... senior prom, 1954... Though we played together, and were best friends as far back as 1946... when we we 9 or 10. Married 1958.



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Nice pics imoldernu. Sounds like your aunt lived a great life.

My aunt passed away in 2009. She was 97 and also sharp up until the end. I lived in her house a few years while looking after her and my mother who lived together just around the block from me. After my mother's passing earlier this year, I moved into her house so I could get my aunt's old house spruced up and ready to sell. Well by luck, I made a deal to sell her house just today. A guy riding by noticed carpet i had removed from the house and stopped a neighbor to ask if it was going up for sale. So he called and I showed him the house this afternoon and he offered me a cash deal on the spot. Gave me cash earnest money and will get with a lawyer next week to have him handle the closing. He bought the house for his daughter who will attend a nearby community college.

So what a lucky day. He will finish getting the house livable again and save me from any more expense in that area plus avoid realtor cost. Sometimes you get lucky.
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Nice pics imoldernu. Sounds like your aunt lived a great life.

My aunt passed away in 2009. She was 97 and also sharp up until the end. I lived in her house a few years while looking after her and my mother who lived together just around the block from me. After my mother's passing earlier this year, I moved into her house so I could get my aunt's old house spruced up and ready to sell. Well by luck, I made a deal to sell her house just today. A guy riding by noticed carpet i had removed from the house and stopped a neighbor to ask if it was going up for sale. So he called and I showed him the house this afternoon and he offered me a cash deal on the spot. Gave me cash earnest money and will get with a lawyer next week to have him handle the closing. He bought the house for his daughter who will attend a nearby community college.

So what a lucky day. He will finish getting the house livable again and save me from any more expense in that area plus avoid realtor cost. Sometimes you get lucky.
Congratulations Dawg! Auntie is clearly looking out for you from the great retirement spot in the sky. Good things do happen to good people sometimes....
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So what a lucky day. He will finish getting the house livable again and save me from any more expense in that area plus avoid realtor cost. Sometimes you get lucky.
Wow, heck of a deal!

This really was a Dawg day...
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Wow, heck of a deal!

This really was a Dawg day...
+1. After you were so kind and loving to your mother and aunt, karma didn't have any trouble finding you, dawg.
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Well by luck, I made a deal to sell her house just today.
Congrats on selling the house as I am sure that lessens the stress/workload.

I have a contract on my house as of Saturday and will be glad to get it sold - keeping a house really clean/neat can be a pain. My only issue is that I haven't completely decided where I am moving. The tentative plan is to sell/donate all furnishings and only take what will fit in my vehicle with either a hitch cargo carrier or a small enclosed trailer. I am planning to rent for a few months at a time in various locations until I find the right place.
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So what a lucky day. He will finish getting the house livable again and save me from any more expense in that area plus avoid realtor cost. Sometimes you get lucky.

That's awesome Dawg!
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Congrats on selling the house as I am sure that lessens the stress/workload.

I have a contract on my house as of Saturday and will be glad to get it sold - keeping a house really clean/neat can be a pain. My only issue is that I haven't completely decided where I am moving. The tentative plan is to sell/donate all furnishings and only take what will fit in my vehicle with either a hitch cargo carrier or a small enclosed trailer. I am planning to rent for a few months at a time in various locations until I find the right place.
That's cool too. Didn't you say you may go out west?

Thanks all. I did get lucky. Making a mad push to get a few more things out of there as the buyers would like to close out later in the week if the lawyer can get it done. So will see how soon it gets done. I've never sold anything this fast, but my previous sales were not cash deals either.
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That's cool too. Didn't you say you may go out west?
I will probably go west (OR/WA) eventually but may spend my first few homeless months in FL to see if I might want to live there. Another possibility is buying another RV to travel a bit before settling someplace.
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Today I saw a couple of bikers in the RV park doing what they always do, bragging about the merits of their rides...
I like the red one.
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I got the call from "Microsoft Technical Support" about my computer "sending error codes" so I knew immediately what this was about. He further went on about the motherboard sending codes (Huh? That's creative!). I toyed briefly with the idea of keeping him on the line for 20-30 minutes playing the incompetent but decided not to because his heavy accent made him hard to understand, which would have made it more work than it was worth.

So I just said "Sir, I believe that you are inflated with fecal material". Since English is not his native language it took him a few seconds to figure out he had just been insulted and then he hung up.
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Took the subway and rail to the LA County Natural History Museum.
We like to take advantage of the “free days”.
Many museums and attractions have a free day each month.
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