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Offline crowhill

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Learning one’s age! old now
« on: August 02, 2019, 04:01:16 PM »
i thought I was in pretty good shape for my age. Sure I knew I’ve slowed down and my hours of work per day has dropped some. But l just acquired a lemon or red beagle ( depending what part of the country you’re in) two weeks ago that’s 11 weeks old now. Oh my heavens what a busy little girl she is! Haven’t had a puppy in 30 years and had forgotten how much work one would be but what a bundle of joy, even with all the work!
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 04:25:32 PM »
    Brings back memories. I had one actually named Lemon when I was in my late teens. He was a fair to middling rabbit dog there in N. Fla but I had an old male beagle Sabo,, who was so slow he never saw a live rabbit but had a terrific nose on a cold trail. Only problem I had if I took both Sabo would hit a trail and howl at every step he took. Lemon would get on the trail and run up and literally bump Sabo in the butt and they would forget the rabbit and tie up for a fight right there in the woods. Lemon would never learn to just run around Sabo so I could only take one or the other with me. I had a female dauschund basset cross who was fast and when the trail warmed up she'd push the rabbit out to me. Actually caught a big swamp rabbit one morning. Mr Rubberbutt had made the mistake of pigging out on a fresh patch of honeysuckle and it led to his premature demise.

    Anyway enjoy the puppy. I envy you. I'm keeping my eyes open for a young female Rat Terrier to keep my knock around RT Sampson company since our old Aussie died back in March.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2019, 05:20:13 PM »
When we rescued Smiley 
I went from a senior dog with bone cancer to an 3 sport Olympic athlete.
But I wouldn't change a thing
She was meant to run on this property  :)
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2019, 07:16:02 PM »
Can't run hounds here anymore, to many people and traffic and no rabbits. Sure do miss it.

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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
 ;D I have known people that don't like dogs, I could never understand that. Now that I'm on my own, dear wife passed two years ago, little Millie a Shih-Tzu cross brings me so much comfort but it is like having a two year old that never grows up.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2019, 01:24:37 AM »
I love my dogs dearly. Have 6 Great Pyrenees. Love all the rest of my critters too. They bring me great comfort. Not sure how I will feed them all after I retire. Ten more days to go.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2019, 03:36:12 PM »
I have 2 labs that are my constant companions, they are better than a lot of people   Lee congrats on your retirement , you will wonder why you didn’t do it years ago. 

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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2019, 11:06:32 PM »
I'm not willingly retiring and therefor having some psychological issues with it. I'm slowly coming around but at the moment I have a sense of feeling lost. I've tried to find another job in my field but have had no success due to age. Kinda makes one feel useless. I still feel I have more to contribute but I guess my day is over.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2019, 03:38:43 AM »
I have 2 labs that are my constant companions, they are better than a lot of people
you got that right. iv got 6 dogs, and dang they run me ragged at times, but i haven't met a human to be near as loyal as my dogs are. i have 1 that sits in the window for a couple days after i lv for work, then 10 days later, she is sitting in the window watching for me to return and when its potty time, she does her business, but waits by my truck, hoping i'll climb out of it and walk in the house with her. sometimes its sit by the tck first, till the wife tells her to hurry up and potty. 
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2019, 09:46:10 PM »
I'm not willingly retiring and therefor having some psychological issues with it. I'm slowly coming around but at the moment I have a sense of feeling lost. I've tried to find another job in my field but have had no success due to age. Kinda makes one feel useless. I still feel I have more to contribute but I guess my day is over.
Your post id says you are 59 or that was your age on joining the forum. Regardless, You need to break off the rear view mirror and move forward. I had to step out of the corporate employment at 55 due to health. I am going on 66 now and don't have enough hours in the day to get things done.

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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2019, 10:34:01 PM »
Lee,

   I feel for you man. My last overseas assignment ended when I was about 60 and the company just never could find another one for me. I always worked as an expat manager in some remote areas of the world, which I loved, but now they are looking for younger local people who are much cheaper. I came home and fished and hunted and spent time with the granddaughters but soon realized I still had too much free time so stopped at the WM dealer in Albermarle NC on a trip down to Charlotte to see our daughter, liked what I saw and ordered my mill the same day. That helps fill the gaps. There are other jobs out there but likely don't pay what you are used to. I drove a truck OTR for a few months earlier in my career and enjoyed it but was not willing to go back now. There is a big need for truck drivers if you are healthy and interested. 

   Maybe you can convert a hobby into a business or volunteer if you find too much time on your hand. Good luck.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2019, 11:39:05 PM »
Congrats on that new puppy crowhill. They are a handful, but will keep you a little younger for a while. 

Retirement is a tricky thing LeeB. I've been retired for 5 years now. 1st year was a dream, second year I started taking my Mother to doctors and mowing her yard. Each year after, I spent more and more effort being a caregiver as her Alzheimer's advanced. Lost her this past November. Now I've been rattling around the house too much this year. Still not over the grief and it's really zapped my spirit. 3 1/2 years ago I started riding electric assist bicycles, and I probably would have gone completely crazy taking care of Mom without that physical exercise. You might consider doing something like that, just wonderful experience riding some rail trails and canals in Central IL. 

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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2019, 03:33:49 AM »
Thanks Guys. I'll have no shortage of things to keep me occupied. The financial side of the story is what really has me worried. I really don't want to have to let the bank come take everything I have worked my whole life to achieve. I have enough in retirement savings to pay everything off but it will wipe all of that out and leave me with no nest egg. I'll manage one way or another. Other members on here have been through the same thing and came out alive and kicking. I can and will too.
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Re: Learning one’s age! old now
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2019, 03:52:08 AM »
Think puppies teach your age? Try 3 kittens  :D

Stray cat dropped them in my shed before Christmas, and rather than seeing them put down, go feral, or starve, we got a plan to catch and tame them. Mother cat was totally feral, and had to be put down, but the 3 kittens we caught in time, and they have tamed up nicely.  Except they are still what Lil calls "Cattens", as in the size of a cat, but the temperament of a kitten. 

Kids LOVE them, which is why all 3 are still here, but then they decide to play "chase" over the bed at 5am  ::). Keep that up and they may become "shed" cats again...  :D  Not really, but the thought did cross my mind as various things fell off the bedside table. 

My situation is a bit different, as I'm the similar age you guys are (57), but have a 7 year old daughter. So I wrangle the kids, and work a couple of part time jobs, while she is earning the decent money. We are nearly debt free, so that helps. 
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