My Father-in-law in July 2004 – he came up once a week to mow our yard because it kept him feeling young. He was 82 when this picture was taken – he wanted to show it to the nurse that came to check on him daily at his retirement home. I still think it’s funny he’s the same age my late grandfather would be – apparently my hubby’s family were all ‘late starters’ when it came to having kids… πŸ˜‰ He recently celebrated his 87th birthday – still going strong in spite of his ailing health, and is bummed he isn’t able to mow the yard.

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  1. thats a great photo!! wish him well for me, please!!! and stop over and check out my 600th post when you have time… i can’t believe i’ve had that much to say!!

  2. Awww! It is a great picture! I know those guys need to keep moving. It’s good for them! My FIL was the same way. Have a great day and say Hi to your FIL from blog-land!

  3. I like the picture. I hope he keeps moving and doing what he likes to do. My grandmother is 90 and still lives alone. She cooks lunch for her family every Saturday. I don’t know how much longer it can continue, but I hope it’s for a while.

  4. My grandfather is 88 and he still does his own yard work. It’s what keeps him sane I think, when he’s stressed about life in general. I have to admire that strength. Great photo.

  5. Great pic.

    My hubby was a late kid too, but his sisters weren’t. As a result I have a sister-in-law that is my mother’s age. How weird is that?

  6. That is great. My grandparents are in their mid 80s and they are still very active. My grandpa rides his tractor all over their acreage to mow still…a lot more slowly than he used to…but they are still at it!

  7. Awesome photo! My father-in-law feels the same, he’s health doesn’t let him to do things he use to love πŸ™

  8. That’s an awesome picture! πŸ™‚ I think it’s great that he was mowing the lawn at 82!! lol

  9. That's so great! Our dad (Elle & I), is turning 80 this Saturday. I don't know if I'm suppose to tell anyone that. But he still does yard work, works on his car, etc. Even when our mom yells at him that he's working too hard. I only hope he keeps going like he does now!

  10. @annie kelleher: Thanks, Annie, I will! πŸ™‚ And I’ll be over shortly to check out your 600th post…that’s incredible! πŸ™‚

    @Deanna: Thanks, Deanna! I agree – he loves to drive and tries to do so every day – he was all proud that they renewed his drivers license for another 5 years just before his birthday…heh, heh! He likes getting out, as he says ‘away from the old people’…(grin!!) I’ll say hi to my FIL from blog-land – he’ll get a kick out of that. πŸ™‚

    @jubilee: Thanks, Jubilee! That’s great that your grandmother is still going strong – she’s only 2 years younger than my FIL. He’s out driving almost every day (when the weather is nice) – says it keeps him young! πŸ˜‰

    @Alvis: Oh, that is so cool, Alvis! I know when my great-grandmother was still alive, she really cherished being able to cook for the family every Sunday. I think doing the things they love is really important to keep them feeling young. πŸ˜‰

    @Princess Vien Thank you so much, Princess Vien! I’ll be over shortly to check yours out! πŸ™‚

    @mrsbear: That is so great about your grandfather, Mrs. Bear! I agree, I think being able to do the yard work helps keep them feeling young – and sane! πŸ˜‰ My FIL still does the weed whacking and push mowing over at the cemetery where his late wife is buried and his headstone is waiting. He likes to keep it neat and tidy! πŸ™‚ It’s not too far from where he lives – I think us being over an hour drive from him is part of what, as he’s gotten older, limits him in doing that here. He prefers to just come up and have coffee and visit the Princess Nagger and relax. πŸ˜‰ Though he has said he might want to ride the tractor around this summer just for fun… πŸ˜‰

    @Buffie: Thanks, Buffie! That’s too funny that you have an SIL that is the same age as your mom… My aunt married a guy who is about 10 years younger than her, so that makes him about the same age as my hubby…LOL!

    @Brenda: Thanks, Brenda! πŸ™‚

    @Nicole: Thanks, Nicole! I think it’s wonderful, too! πŸ˜‰

    @Jenn: That is so great your grandparents are still really active in their mid 80’s – I’m hoping I’m just as feisty and active when I get to be that age years and years from now… πŸ™‚

    @pam: He does – but does still do a little bit over at the cemetery – it’s just not as long a drive to get there vs. coming here…plus there’s a lot less to mow there…heh, heh! But at least he still gets to do it, because he really enjoys it. πŸ™‚ Things like this definitely keep us young! πŸ™‚

    @Firefly: It’s sad when their health starts to interfere with the things they love – I know my FIL won’t last very long if he’s ever told he can no longer drive… πŸ™

    @Suzi: Thank you so much, Suzi! πŸ™‚

    @Secret Mom Thoughts: I totally agree – I think it’s great that he’s still so active, even when his health interferes sometimes…

    @Young Momma: Thanks, Young Momma! I think it’s great, too! πŸ˜‰

    @Stacy: That is so cool, Stacy! My dad will be 65 next month – he had a stroke almost a year ago exactly (one month after he retired) and still doesn’t let it slow him down. He mows the 4 acres they live on all himself (partly with a push mower, partly with a tractor) and works on cars as a hobby, too – I’m hoping that he’ll continue to stay that active for the next 20 years! πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday to your dad (on Saturday)! πŸ™‚

  11. When my husband and I first bought our house, my dad came over right away to mow our lawn! I said, “Daddy, you don’t have to, we can do it!” but he insisted that he wanted to. I’m glad that your FIL was in great shape long enough to do yardwork at 82. So glad to hear that he’s still going strong! πŸ™‚

  12. We call my g’pa dziadziu (Polish) and he lived by himself until he was 91. He actually asked to go into a nursing home because he was bored silly. I have stories but let me just say he’s popular with the ladies…

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