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For those who are retired
By islander
January 31, 2022 9:14 am
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Just to get away from politics for a few minutes, anyone else here retired? What do you do for recreation or hobbies? Did you move to a different area or state?

We moved from FL to Maine although that sounds backward at first, moving back to New England was, for us, coming home.

For recreation, after this blizzard, we are spending a lot of time outdoors playing in this stuff LoL !!! Anyone else affected by the storm?

Yes, this is me shooting snow up into the air and this is what you look like when you're done !!

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  1. by islander on January 31, 2022 9:19 am

    Whoops! Posted the same picture twice. This should have been the second one.

  2. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 9:24 am
    Excellent! I'm happy to see that you made hay while the sun shines...or something along those lines. I went snowshoeing when we had a dump of snow last December.

  3. by islander on January 31, 2022 9:31 am

    Curt, I have to admit, a lot of people thought we were crazy to go from Florida to Maine but I have to say both the wife and I love the pristine air, deep blue skies and best of all no congestion!

    It's not for everybody for sure, but I am once again in my element! As soon as spring arrives we have the vegetable and flower gardens to begin working on so even though we are retired we never have time to feel bored or have nothing to do!

  4. by HatetheSwamp on January 31, 2022 11:13 am

    You do travel to the beat of a different drum.

    Currently, we're snowbirding after a fashion. We spent January on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. February, Panama City Beach, FL, March: Myrtle Beach.

    It's nice to do once. I'll probably never want to do this again.

  5. by islander on January 31, 2022 12:12 pm

    As we've gotten older, we've both become homebodies. Especially the last two years LoL !! Not that once this covid thing is over we won't go anywhere, we will but not like when we were young. Now? I'd rather be home than anywhere.

    Also, we have four seasons, winter is just one of them so it doesn't always look like those pictures. In just a few months it will look like this, and in the meantime we're looking at the seed catalogs and getting ready to start some of the early veggies in the green house next month.

  6. by islander on January 31, 2022 12:15 pm

    Whoops again! I put tHe picture address in the wrong place. I guess it goes in the citation link!

  7. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 1:12 pm
    The photo is of me snowshoeing a month ago. I am in blue.

    When I was about 22 I decided that I didn't want to spend my life in my native Wisconsin. It would either be New England or the Pacific Northwest. It was a tossup, but Oregon won which is where I've lived for nearly 50 years.

    We don't often see snow in Ashland, but within 45 minutes we can downhill ski, cross country ski or snowshoe.

    I linked to photo below by pasting it's URL where it says "Link to the URL address of a photo or image. Copy and paste URL address and paste here:"

  8. by islander on January 31, 2022 1:31 pm


    I’ve got friends and relatives out your way, Washington & Oregon, I’ve always loved it out there and thought of moving there a number of times (usually right after visiting) but in the end we ended up coming back to the place we call “home”. Here in Maine they call those things you have on your feet “Maine Flip Flops” LoL !! I don’t go snowshoeing but my son and his wife do.

    I still can't quite figure out how to get a picture to show up in my posts.

  9. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 1:40 pm
    Is this your house? It's typical of the handsome homes I've seen in Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.

    See my instructions in my post above on how to show photos.

  10. by islander on January 31, 2022 1:48 pm


    Yes, that's our little place, It was built in the 1800 and is the typical New England "Cape Cod" style common to this area.

    I'm going to try posting it again to see if I can get it right this time!

  11. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 1:52 pm
    Apparently Flickr is different than the usual URL. It doesn't show in the thumbnail size, but if you click on it, the large size is visible.

    In the case of Flickr, it's probably best to use a "Citation link".

  12. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 1:59 pm
    Here is our house. We bought in 1980. The Wikipedia article gives its history.

    Anyway, you can see what I said about posting images above.

  13. by islander on January 31, 2022 2:27 pm

    Wow that's gorgeous, Curt!

    And you have it's history !! My great grandfather, like Nils Ahlstrom, was born in Sweden and worked for the railroad as a conductor when he came to this country.

    We have a photo of our place taken around the turn of the century when it still had the barn attached to it. That way they could go out to the barn without having to go outside (nice at this time of the year). I'm still trying to see if I can learn a little bit about its history. Although a lot of work has been done to it, it still has some of the exposed hand hewn beams and the joists in the cellar are all rough hand hewn logs set on a foundation of large granite blocks.

  14. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 3:00 pm
    My great grandfather, Peter Anderson, also came from Sweden. Around 1880 I was told.

    After the Chicago Fire, and the lesser known and simultaneous, but more fatal Peshtigo Fire (see first link), there was need to build homes quickly. That's when balloon framing replaced the sort of timber frame construction your old family homestead seems to be. Balloon framing required fewer carpenters to lift the lighter lumber and framed walls.

    When my wife and I bought our place, which was pre-internet, we amused ourselves in the local historical society and university libraries researching the archives for information on the Ahlstrom family and the house. Among other old photos we found one of Teddy Roosevelt making a whistle stop speech within sight of our living room widow.

    In the 19th century and early 20th century, the Sanborn Fire Insurance company made careful maps with detailed information on every home in Ashland (and most cities in the country). You might be able to find your family's home at the second link.

  15. by islander on January 31, 2022 4:05 pm

    Thanks Curt,

    I'll check out the site !!

  16. by Ponderer on January 31, 2022 7:10 pm
    Great to hear from you again, Isle!

    Donna and I have retired. We moved to Tucson about six weeks ago.

    And our rent went from $1,500 to $695. Better place, little bigger, private deck. Donna got a transfer and is still doing 3 or 4 days of work a month. Three stores down from twenty.

    We checked out the Pima County Air & Space museum today. Freaking awesome. We've taken up bike riding. The Tucson Loop has 135 miles of paved, car-free bike paths. UNESCO has certified Tucson, AZ as a "City of Gastronomy".

    We're loving it here.

  17. by Curt_Anderson on January 31, 2022 10:59 pm
    Let us know if you discover anything new through those Sanborn maps. Btw, there is code on each house. For example, 1 or 2, etc. indicates that number of stories. See the link below for the key.

    I told Donna that I thought you two made an excellent move. What you just wrote is more evidence of your good choice. I'm happy for you.

  18. by Ponderer on February 1, 2022 5:22 am

    Now I just wish my orthopedic health was allowing me to enjoy it more. I'm practically an invalid after all that walking and standing yesterday. It's a huge place.

    I think our plan will be to do one fun outing adventure each week. That way I'll be able to spend the six other days recovering.

    Fucking degenerated disk.

  19. by islander on February 1, 2022 6:56 am

    Good to see you again Ponderer, it definitely sounds like two made a good move.
    I admit to being a bit apprehensive at first about moving back up here because I didn't know if I could still handle the winters...So far we are both loving it. I think not having to go to work, or anywhere really, makes it possible to enjoy winters like they do in Scandinavia the word they use is Hygge! I think we know how to do that now !!

    Curt, Still experimenting posting pictures, trying a different image hosting site. If this works it's an early photo our place around the turn of the century.

  20. by Ponderer on February 1, 2022 7:40 am

    The heat in the summers here will take a bit of getting used to. But I can't wait for the monsoons!

  21. by Curt_Anderson on February 1, 2022 9:59 am
    Nice craftsman-style home, islander! Is that a little kid leaning against the front of the house?

    Ponderer they'll remind you in Arizona when it's about 120 degrees, "but it's dry heat".

  22. by Ponderer on February 1, 2022 10:00 am

    That's exactly what we're counting on it being, Curt.

  23. by islander on February 1, 2022 1:19 pm

    I think that is indeed a little kid maybe sitting on a sled and leaning back against the house, and the family dog can be seen over to the left. I also see what looks like a clothesline on the front covered porch. That photo was taken back around the turn of the century. The house itself was built sometime in the 1800’s, it’s the typical “Cape Cod” so common in New England with the barn attached to the house. It looks a little different now, and looking from more or less the same angle, the barn is long gone and as you can see, the covered porch has been replaced by a deck.

    Ponderer, I don’t know what 120° dry heat feels like but after living in FL I do know what temperatures in the low 90s with dew points in the 80s feels like, and as hot and oppressive as that was you can sort of adapt to it. I have friends and relatives there who don’t seem to have a bit of a problem with it. I also have some friends who lived in in Phoenix and they say the same thing.

    However heat, especially the humidity, was difficult for me because I’m a cool weather person, so it was much easier for me to adapt to the winter weather here in Maine (not everyone can). I actually enjoy it and a crisp clear and dry 0° feels better to me a damp, raw, temperature in the 30s. I guess you could say I like "dry cold" LoL !!

  24. by Ponderer on February 1, 2022 3:42 pm

    I wouldn't be caught dead in Phoenix in the summer time.

    At least we'll have AC. Which we'll try to use as little as possible.

  25. by Curt_Anderson on February 1, 2022 3:59 pm
    I briefly lived in Phoenix during one Summer---1973 I think. I remember my rubber soled shoes slightly melting as I walked across a parking lot.

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