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« on: November 08, 2009, 10:21:30 AM »

Yes, adults, we can still play, have fun in our lives, not to the depth that children do, we have responsibilities.  But take your imagination to the limit -- if ya didn't have to go to work, and all ya did was play all day, what would ya do?

This is what I would do, I'll try to keep them in order.

I would be on the internet, hanging out with my forum friends here
I would hang out with my bees (well, that is pretty much a notta in the wintertime), can't see them, smiling
I would hang out with my chickens, just watch them
(now JP this one is for you) -- I would chuck rocks onto my rock pile, trying to reach the sky

I would not do housework, I would not cook dinner, I would ABSOLUTELY not worry about things

So, what would you guys do?  Have that great day, that great life, that great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009, 11:44:35 AM »

Take a long, slow walk through the woods, relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.  Then, sit by the river and watch the water flow, washing all of my cares away with it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009, 12:04:35 PM »

I would play in my garden all day long.  Every day.  Then when the season is over I'd go for long walks in the woods, along the shore, wherever my little heart wanted to wander. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2009, 12:18:04 PM »

I'd be paddling on the Youghiogheny River in the western part of Pa.  grin  I have been doing it for almost 20 years, but not in the last two. There comes a time when a man has to hang up his kayak and paddle, I miss those rapids  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009, 12:26:11 PM »


Have as many beehives as I want and the time to just relax and take care of them properly

Spend days on end in the kitchen experimenting making lotions and potions

Just go shopping all day and not have to worry about getting back "in time".

Relax by the ocean and walk in the sand (I was brought up 1 block from the ocean and I miss it)

But I totally agree with you Cindi on that cleaning and cooking stuff.  I would not do any of that.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009, 12:58:20 PM »

I'd be paddling on the Youghiogheny River in the western part of Pa.  grin  I have been doing it for almost 20 years, but not in the last two. There comes a time when a man has to hang up his kayak and paddle, I miss those rapids  Sad

If you ever get back to it, the Yough flows past my house, right down over the hill from us, about half a mile through the woods.  Stop in, and we'll have lunch and play with some hives.  Who knows, I may just be sitting by the river when you paddle by.... grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2009, 01:01:20 PM »

We don't have any rapids in our section of the river, but we have some nice calm water where Pam and I like to play with our canoe.  Perhaps we can plan a nice picnic lunch along the bank, as there is a county park right there, as well.  If you don't want to play on the water, we also have the bike trail.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2009, 01:03:41 PM »

Anyone else interested?  Maybe we could have a little get-together?   grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2009, 02:55:56 PM »

We don't have any rapids in our section of the river, but we have some nice calm water where Pam and I like to play with our canoe.  Perhaps we can plan a nice picnic lunch along the bank, as there is a county park right there, as well.  If you don't want to play on the water, we also have the bike trail.


I just might take you up on the offer  grin The section of the Yough that we do is in the Ohiopyle State Park, from the Falls to Bruner Run, you literally need wits to run that section, we also do the bike trail, but there is talk amongst friends that when that trail is completed from DC to Pittsburgh, we'll do it. The Laurel Highlands is one of my favorite places in PA. I am not familiar with any areas west of Connellsville, someday I will.
  
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009, 04:52:27 PM »

I would cook.  I love to cook.  I love to garden.  I'd even putter around picking up a bit.  I absolutely despise dusting, though.  I'd give my eye teeth to be able to just stay home and take care of what's fallen into such disrepair during this past awful year.  I so hope 2010 is better.
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2009, 05:44:56 PM »

Thank you cindi for reminding me how lucky I am. Smiley  While I do get burned out some and have to take a day off now and then, I'm the same person on my days off that I am at work.  I've turned doing the things that excite me into a very comfortable living.  I farm, garden, keep bees and poultry, run a few cows of my own and work with dairy cattle for a living... On my days "off" I stay home from the dairy cattle and play with everything else. grin  Today I ran my usual dairy route and then ditched the new truck for my crappy old flatbed beater and my son and I went and shoveled composted manure into bins for a few hours(he's five) to haul back to the garden at home... Life can't possibly get any better than that Wink
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2009, 06:12:44 PM »

Sounds like heaven, CP!
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2009, 06:48:54 PM »

We don't have any rapids in our section of the river, but we have some nice calm water where Pam and I like to play with our canoe.  Perhaps we can plan a nice picnic lunch along the bank, as there is a county park right there, as well.  If you don't want to play on the water, we also have the bike trail.


I just might take you up on the offer  grin The section of the Yough that we do is in the Ohiopyle State Park, from the Falls to Bruner Run, you literally need wits to run that section, we also do the bike trail, but there is talk amongst friends that when that trail is completed from DC to Pittsburgh, we'll do it. The Laurel Highlands is one of my favorite places in PA. I am not familiar with any areas west of Connellsville, someday I will.
  

We've spent lots of time at Ohiopyle State Park.  Love the area, and the falls.  We don't kayak.  We just enjoy the trails.  I grew up roaming all over the Laurel Highlands.  I feel at home there, and really dislike population centers.  I could definitely move into the mountains, far from civilization, and live quite comfortably.
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2009, 08:00:26 PM »

If I could play all day?HuhHuhHuh

Cindi, I DO play all day. With my tractors. With my bees. With my soap and mead making. With my tropical fish. With my snakes before I got out of that hobby. Just anything I decide to do next.


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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2009, 09:07:05 PM »

Ah, each of you have taken me to beautiful places, in my mind's eye.  These places of relaxation, places where we can spend that personal time to reflect, to realize how lucky we all really are to be alive, places of serenity; each of us has that capability, to go there, if only we will, in our mind's eye.....I love to hear of all the beautiful things that we would chose to do, and for some of us, this play is something we do as our daily passtimes.  What wonderful thoughts I am hearing.  It has made my day even more special than it already is.  Life is special, remember this, every day.  Have that most beautiful and awesome day, to love and live and share, with health.  Cindi
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2009, 09:39:07 PM »

I love to hike, canoe, kayak, camp, target shoot, reload, and go for bike rides. Haven't done much of these things listed for the past year because of health and work issues but hope Ann and I will get back to these things this coming year. Life is too short not to enjoy some free time doing the things you love once in a while.
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2009, 09:45:51 PM »

Greg, you will be again well, and on to that merry way having these wonderful times with Ann.  Beautiful days, with great health. Cindi
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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2009, 10:11:27 PM »

I would shoot all my ammo up. Reload the cases and shoot again, etc,etc, and again.
Then reload load some more and shoot again. shocked rolleyes Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2009, 11:25:27 PM »

Play with the grandson – answer his 1,000 questions (first half hour), and let him ride my back
Set some new hives, clean a few, sit and watch the girls fly and work
Weed the veggie garden while sitting on my rump – up close and personal
Trim, shape, tie supports, and pluck my ornamental cedars
Watch the 747s fly overhead on their way to Tokyo’s Haneda airport
Back to the grandson….
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2009, 03:23:14 AM »

Some wonderful stories

I was blessed to retire from the rat race 8 years ago with enough loot and health to have a comfortable and relaxed retirement so I have been in the "life is what you make it" mode for some years.

I took up archery and by some good fortune I am reasonably good at it. Vivienne and I now travel to some part of the world each year to shoot arrows and to spend some time seeing those fascinating places and meeting wonderful people from all over the place. In recent years I have shot arrows in Scandinavia, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Namibia and South Africa. The amazing thing is that we continue to meet friends at these shoots that we have met at other places, so even though the places are new and exciting the renewal of our friendships we have with people is such a treat.

We enjoy our home and our family and visits to the grandkids. We enjoy our garden and our little patch of dirt (about 1/4 acre) although I would have loved to have a bit more over the years at this time in our lives it is enough to handle

We eat well and we have a comfortable home that fits us like and old shoe and that allows us to have people around and enjoy company when we are at home. The only wish bit is that I had someone in to do the lightening of the stuff that we have accumulated over the years. I love the companionship of my dog

I enjoy having my girls and I love to watch them zip past the kitchen window in the early morning sunlight. Their industry remains a fascination.

So really I dont aspire to many things as I am doing most of them right now. I get out of bed when I want to and I go to bed when I want to. My life is good and it is busy and I am happy with my lot.

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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2009, 07:57:09 AM »

Oh I love these posts, as said, each one has a special thought to it.  Each of you has taken us deep into the soul, things that we love to do, things we love to see, so special and so sweet, no matter what it is.  We are a family here, a family that has been brought together through this forum, speak of it as Brothers and Sisters, and it is so good to know each one of you, just a little more up close and personal, it is cool, and I am grateful that I have started this thread, beauty......have that lovely day, to enjoy our lives, and share our stories with great health.  Cindi
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Guitar, mandolin, fiddles, whistles, piano, ukulele, banjo, harp, etc.  Good friends, good music, good food, good drink.  A bit of story telling, singing, dancing.   Smiley

What about the next day?  It depends on the season.  Our family life is connected to our land.  We have a farm pond that we play on; swimming in the summer and hockey in the winter. And then there is wood to cut.  Buildings to repair. Vehicles to maintain. 
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Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2009, 10:25:24 AM »

Speaking of the pond that covers over in winter to skate upon.  Little off topic, my bad, but a little story must be told.

We live on five acres.  The front acre or so has a deep ravine running along it.  Very deep.  Along the sides of this ravine are tall cedars and big leaf maple. (some will recall the posts about the ravine, if you are interested, do a search in my profile for "ravine", interesting pictures in there).  This ravine has a small stream that runs all year long, summertime, merely a nice place for the kids to do some crayfish hunting, the deep pools are intriguing). 

Many years ago, (prior to 20 or so), before we moved here, there was another family, which had 8 children.  In those days, so long ago, children played for most of their lives out-of-doors.  The Uncles of these children had taken on a massive job and had built a small road down to the more shallow part of the ravine.  It was here that they brought an old truck, along with stuff to make concrete, to make a dam.  In those days, too, there was not the concerns as there is now, about "diverting" waterways for fish travel.  The men worked hard (this was a story I had heard from the previous owner, now passed to the other side) to build a small concrete wall, dam we will call it.  They left of course some room, somehow, for the water to still carry through.  The ravine area was flooded, but a controlled flood and this was made into the neighbourhood skating park.  For the children that played in this ravine, so many years ago.  The dam is long gone, but parts of it still remain, I have seen it. 

This ravine since we have lived here, has been the source of much enjoyment for many children that have lived here, along with adults too  cool Smiley Smiley Smiley.  We play in this ravine too, it takes us back to the feelings of what carefree life was all about, when we were children...  Why not, it is a place of quiet, coolness in the summertime, a place where one could only feel like time has stood still.  The children have made great swings in this ravine, a zip swing too was made, by the Father of one of the children.  It goes from one side of the ravine to the other, a rather scarey thing, in my eyes, and I would never try it, but the other big rope swings have been wonderful  cool cool cool.  Yes, things that I would do all day long, if I could play all day long, and sometimes, I do play all day long.  I have never thought of any work around my farm as work -- nothing but playing with the gardens, the weeds, the bees, the chickens and the rocks  cool Smiley Smiley Smiley.  Just some thoughts of a ramblin' gal, off to have that wonderful day, and wishing the most wonderful day for all my forum friends, to love and live, and share.....with health.  Cindi
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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2009, 10:41:09 AM »

I rarely mention I belonged to a PARAPLANE FORUM (sort of a Go-Kart with a parachute in the back which makes its wing - It flys a constant 26 miles per hour and giving it throttle makes it go higher, not faster.

With one of those, and the frame work is fully open, you can see thousands of feet on all sides, even between your legs, each foot is in a "well" for confort and you can see directly under you - wow.

It is the thrill of a life time, it is as close to relaxedly float in the sky (up to 10,000ft where you need oxygen) to JUST feet off the ground.

MY "WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO DO IF I COULD DO ANYTHING" is: fly over the Badlands in a paraplane. I want to see the magnificent rock, valley and moutainous country - I'd love to fly over the whole "High Dessert" around Navada, Vegas, etc. Whether feet above the "Close Encounters own" DEVIL'S TOWER - roughly 500+ feet of rock structure in te middle of nothing, yes I would love to go there.

If it wasn't to much, I would love to see Mount Rushmore too, walk all the trails they have, it looks incredible. I love that photo that is here in the forum for the BACK of Mount Rushmore - it is funny.

But in my FANTASY world, I would like to take the FULL 16 mile tour of Mammoth Caves. The real thing in spelunking, places you may never get out of like 14 inch tunnels that are 40 feet long, and you must fit through them somehow. You better weigh about 150lbs tops at 5'8" to fit in those spots.

LASTLY: I hope to visit the Ronald Reagan Museum BEFORE I die. That is something I want to go to and pay my respects to a man I loved watching as young innocent 20 year old. They actually have HIS Airforce ONE plane (retired) IN the museum which you walk fully through and see his bowl of jelly beans on his desk - silly but an era that changd the world to the modern mess it is today.

I say that only because since practically anyone can now trade and sell with all other countries - the world ecconomy has GREATLY changed since the falling of the Wall, which I prefer to give Reagan, not Bush 1 credit for.

Our global market is a good thing, it very truly may be the life force that drives humanity. I'm sure in my fridge andespecially cupboard, I have products from at least 30 countries - incrdible.

But hope you liked my wishes Cindi Smiley minus the whole global marketing comment - lol.

That would be a wonderful day for me Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2009, 10:50:45 AM »

Well, rock my socks!!!  That is quite a little invention thing you are describing, John, wow.  Would love to see one of those in action.  Who knows, dreams are meant to come true, and I can bet my bottom dollar, that one day, you are going to be travelling all over those Badlands.  (Now John, you gotta tell a tale here), what in the dickens are Badlands?  They don't sound very nice, but at the same time, are holding an intrigue for me.  I wanna hear.....off to my land of play, letting my chickens out, smiling.  Have that most wonderful day, love life, live life, health.  Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2009, 11:46:12 AM »

Since this question is being asked of us "right now" the first thing that comes to mind is a visit to http://www.polyfacefarms.com/. I'm currently reading Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by this farm's president Joel Salatin, having read about Joel and his farm in The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Polyface exemplifies environmentally friendly farming practices that produce food we should all have access to. I would love to visit the place, it would be a dream come true and educational at the same time.

I'm self employed, work many hours a week when business is booming but take off a day here or there to fish or hunt or play with my own bees.

A perfect day for me is one spent in the outdoors, away from the rat race and cell phones.


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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2009, 08:31:03 PM »

JP, I would go with you! I love his concepts. He makes so much sense. I read the Omivore's Dilemma too and reading about his farm was incredible.
The Omivore's Dilemma was the final straw for me that made me stop buying all meat from the store.
I already stopped buying chicken and raise my own meatbirds but now I buy all my other meat from a farm. I found one that raises all grass fed beef, no meds or antibiotics-NO CORN. and they have a state of the art processing plant designed by Temple Grandin, the same woman in the book.
I just ordered a side of beef.

So anyway, I like my life so I guess I would keep doing what I am doing but if I could change anything it would be to have more time to do what I like to do.
If I could cut out all the other stuff I am required to do and could have all day to do what I am doing that would be awesome.
I do alot of volunteer work at the church and coach my daughter's soccer team and help out at the schools so I would not change that because I enjoy it but if I didn't have to do all the homework, errands and housework stuff and could do whatever I wanted ...

I do all of these things I will tell you about and the best days are when I get to do all of them and my kids are all home to be a part of it.
I do not live an life exciting and I don't want to. I take pleasure in the simple things and taking care of my family.
My life is satisfying and I am happy so if I could play all day it would be to do the things I normally do but I would get to do all of them and this would require the weather stay nice all year, meaning no snow.

I collect antiques and I love poking around antique stores and bringing home my treasure. If I can't be home then that is where I want to be!

I would have the time to finish all the projects I have around here, my root cellar, the well and stone paths, which will have to wait until this summer to get done.

In the morning I go outside and collect the eggs and some days go in and make a batch of soap before heading back outside.
Then Bill and I go outside and drink our coffee and tea in the vegetable garden.
We have an outside checker set that is made of slate that stays out in the yard so we usually will play a game of checkers too, which I lose.

I then enjoy watching or working the bees and playing with the chickens.

I spend time in the vegetable garden, planting, weeding, harvesting or just admiring what is growing.
We hang out there and play checkers, I will lose again.  

I stop and talk to my neighbor over the back fence whenever we are both out there which is fairly often, I give him eggs and honey or whatever I have in the garden.

I play with the kids or they help me in the garden, we do alot of fun activities. I taught my 7 year old son how to play checkers this summer, now he beats me.

If I have time I curl up in the swing with a good book or if its a cool fall day we light the bonfire and I read my book there.

At the end of the day I love to cook a nice meal for my family, especially something I have grown myself.
I love when the weather is nice enough to eat dinner outside, we have an old antique table and chairs that I put out in the yard and I have candles and lanterns around the yard and hanging from trees.

After dinner we light the bonfire and sit around and roast marshmallows and talk and laugh, sometimes my husband and whoever is hanging out will sing old songs.
Sometimes we play checkers again. I will lose again, I always lose.

Then I tuck the kids in bed, say a prayer and fall asleep in my husband's arms... thinking about how I can beat him at checkers tomorrow. evil

Corny as it may sound, this is what our life is normally like on the best of days, which is when we can all be home and I can do all of these things. The only thing that gets in the way is the outside world.

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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2009, 11:45:28 AM »

I would fish.  There are so many different kinds of fish, places to fish and ways to fish for them I would never get tired of it.
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« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2009, 09:43:00 AM »

Natalie, wanna play some chess!!! Smiling that big smile.  Beautiful days, to love and live, share, with great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2009, 09:51:05 AM »

I think I want to build a recreational catapult to fling people into the Gulf of Mexico. not exactly a joke, but likely not a reasonable thing to do.
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2009, 11:02:27 AM »

I "Retired" in 1981 when I broke my neck while at work.  When it happened my Dr's  kept saying I only had, at first minutes, then hours, and finally days to live.  I decided then that I would enjoy every moment I had.   Fortunately, I had good insurance and  received a very comfortable "lifetime" income, they thought "How many checks could he possibly live to cash." HA! Ha! Ha!
And to this day, twenty-nine years later, that has been my life style. At first it was wine, women and song.  After that grew old I traveled everywhere I could possibly imagine. After ten years of that I settled down and started living a quieter life on two-hundred acres of fields, woodlands, creeks, and ponds in Alabama near the Alabama/Florida state line.  Where I now raise Children, Bees, Cattle, and Hay.  Still take the RV and Pontoon Boat out on trips with the Kids, and Grandchildren.  Every couple of years load them all up and take them out to see all the National Parks for three months or as long as their summer breaks last.  I hate these new shorter summer breaks schools are moving to, some of the kids were only able to join us for six weeks last year.  Family get to gathers take place here regularly (Thanksgiving saw almost sixty for dinner) and are now what I look forward to more than anything else.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and joyful holiday season.

PS: Its the end of November, its 67F and the Bees are still working, what more could a man want!! bee bee bee
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« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2009, 12:08:07 PM »

HAB what a wonderful story you have shared here with us.  God Bless you (I believe he has already)

Annette
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