Dan at 71! Part 1

You might reasonably be thinking, “Dan, what gives with all this self-promotion?  You seem the quiet sort; a touch of introversion.   And yet, here you are posting about your quote wisdom and your quote insights.  Hasn’t posting 482 blogs got you enough attention?  

71 the number

I gotta be me.  The points below are not all earth shaking (see number one) but they let you in to my life as I turn 71 today.  Let the self-promotion begin:

If I seem healthy enough, it may be because I feast on a big bowl of oatmeal everyone morning.  Listen to this line-up of all-star ingredients: blueberries, raisins, walnuts, almonds, protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon!

Once a hardcore leaf-raker of the gazillion oak and beech leaves that fall in our yard each autumn, I find now that my shoulder aches within 10 minutes once I begin raking.  Mama didn’t raise no fool.  Not wanting to mess with my pickleballing, I do appreciate the leaf blowing our son-in-law Tip does for us.

After a childhood of playing tennis, dabbling at golf, thirty years of running twenty-five miles per week with Hannah, there’s a new sheriff (i.e. game) in town.  Over the last three years, pickleball is now my sport of choice.

That said, weekly games of ping pong with my buddy George Derby highlight my Tuesdays.

71 happiness image

And to end part one, I think there is a lot of wisdom in the poster dental hygienist Denise Tousignant posts on the ceiling above the chair where she cleans teeth.  It lists 20 ways to happiness.  I don’t remember a single one except the last.  Choose your spouse well, 95% of your happiness is based in that one decision.

And that’s it for today.  I’ll post five new gems in two days.

12 thoughts on “Dan at 71! Part 1

  1. First of all – – – HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend! Secondly – no wonder you are so happy. You most definitely accomplished the “choose your spouse well” piece of advice. We both deserve a pat on the back for that choice, and I just can’t imagine you (or me) with anyone other than our choice(s). When they are your best friend, and you both enjoy doing the same things 90% of the time, growing older just can’t get any better than that. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Amen to 95% of happiness is based on that one choice of spouse. Congrats to you! Certainly having things in common matters so much. And we all have our pickleball! Playing games, too! And simpatico politics! Happy New Year, mi amiga!

  3. Happiest of Birthdays to you! Your wisdom is well worth sharing. And that Hannah decision was fabulous.

    We had great Christmas celebrations with all kids here. The highlight was Charlotte!

    • You aced the spouse thing yourself! Christmas is for kids! What joy Charlotte brings to you all as Owen, Max, and Brooks bring to us! We just might be in the next York Hospital newsletter! Watch out!

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