I am thankful I still have curb appeal.

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000


As we age, taking care of ourselves and staying fit becomes even more important. It is not only about maintaining your body but also about stimulating your brain.

A few weeks ago, I went to my doctor for my Annual Wellness Visit. In addition to the routine vital signs like blood pressure and weight (which is always too high), my doctor tests for other abnormalities. She checks my heart rate, my breathing, and my reflexes. Before we finish my exam, she always challenges me to prove my fitness by asking me to lie down flat on the exam table. She then asked me to try and sit up without using my arms or locking my legs. I think it surprises her when I pass the test with flying colors. One of these days she will win the challenge.

Getting a good report makes me grateful that I have been blessed with good health. Many people my age cannot make that claim. I am not a perfect physical specimen, not by any means, but I still can do most of the things I did as a younger man without assistance. I still play tennis, do my own yard work, ride a bike, and can hike for miles.

Still, in recent years I have started to curtail certain physical activities. I try to avoid climbing ladders, digging holes in the yard, or waxing the car. I have traded those manual labor activities for writing, reading, or other low-impact pastimes like taking a nap on the couch. No one has ever pulled a muscle turning the page of a novel or typing on a keyboard. Better to be safe than sorry.

I have a lot of other things to be grateful for. A wonderful family, a plethora of material possessions, and I can still string two sentences – that make sense – together with regularity.

Yes, there are days when I wake up and my back hurts, or my knees ache. Days when I wonder how I got here this quickly and how much longer it will last.

If someone tells me I look good for my age, I am not insulted. I take it as a compliment. I usually reply with, “Yes, and I can still put my pants on without sitting down.”

It’s true, so why not brag about it?

The plumbing may be a little rusty, the hair on my head may need a fresh coat of paint, and my body might need a bit of updating but I am still trying to be the best that I can be.

In real estate, it is called “curb appeal.” I am grateful to still have it.



Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com

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Comments (20)

Lew Corcoran
Better Living Real Estate, LLC - East Bridgewater, MA
Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer

Wow, what an inspiring and uplifting post! I admire your positive attitude and your dedication to staying fit and healthy. You are a great example of how aging is not a barrier to living a full and active life.

Thank you for sharing your post with us. It made me smile and appreciate the gift of life. I hope you have a wonderful day and a happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2023 01:01 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Lew. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Nov 22, 2023 01:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I often joke that I'm not only an octogenarian, I'm an oxygenerian.  It's important to keep moving.  Find an activity you love, and do it for the remainder of your lifetime.  For me, that's swimming!

Nov 21, 2023 03:04 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Keep going Myrl. Don't let old age catch up with you.

Nov 22, 2023 01:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 21, 2023 03:07 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You

Nov 22, 2023 01:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- this is the cutest post!!! I'm very happy that you passed your test with flying colors!!!!  I'm in my 70s and have to remind myself of that every day...unless I look in the mirror and I am reminded of my age!!! Keep on staying healthy. 

Nov 21, 2023 06:49 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Looks like you still have curb appeal to me.

Nov 22, 2023 01:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011  I do not look at the years I have been around.... Diane tracks it for me, I still act, behave as if I was in my 40's.... now with that said I do not know who that old guy is that looks back at me from the mirror:)Endre

Nov 21, 2023 11:17 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

We need to invent mirrors that make us look younger. Maybe AI will figure out a way.

Nov 22, 2023 01:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph---this is a well-built post.  Good job!

Nov 22, 2023 02:27 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Michael


Nov 22, 2023 01:47 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

What a nice post, Joseph.  I like the way you refer to it as curb appeal.  Very cute.   It's all part of the process.  A few aches and pains, but the key is to keep moving and keep your mind active, which you're doing.  Keep it up.

Nov 22, 2023 12:10 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

If I can only stop crying out "Ugh" when I get out of my chair.

Nov 22, 2023 01:48 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, what an incredibly cute post, Joseph! It's oh-so-true too - and you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing to keep beating your doctor at her annual game! 

Love the napping - some people think that's a bad thing but, it's great to give your body time to recover after a work-out - especially as we age. You get a big thumbs-up for your post from this former nurse, Joseph! And, thank you for participating in this month's challenge!

Nov 24, 2023 01:29 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Debe

Nov 24, 2023 05:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 25, 2023 07:05 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Funny how one activity can keep you smiling and grateful.  Thank you for sharing this very well written posting on gratitude.

Nov 26, 2023 06:31 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Leanne

Nov 26, 2023 07:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joseph,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as I missed it! What an incredibly cute post expressing your gratitude and love the comparison to "curb appeal" in our real estate lingo.  

Nov 26, 2023 07:20 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Dorie

Nov 26, 2023 09:05 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You have been blessed. I still have most of my parts in working order but that lift up from a prone position may require an unbuckling of a belt.

Nov 26, 2023 07:29 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I always wear loose clothes to the doctor.

Nov 26, 2023 09:06 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What an adorable post to read; Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Love the term 'curb appeal' used this way. 

Nov 26, 2023 07:53 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Margaret.

Nov 26, 2023 09:06 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Curb appeal.....that got my attention Joseph!  Love your take on aging and keeping on keeping on as best as we can!  Keep moving is my motto. I will never think of 'Curb Appeal' in the same manner any more!

Nov 26, 2023 09:29 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

At least first time introductions don't turn the buyer off.

Nov 28, 2023 01:28 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011  I am so glad That Kathy Streib featured this post, as I missed it because it put a giant SMILE on my face. I have to agree with your post 100%

Happy Holiday 

Nov 26, 2023 11:19 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks for reading, Hannah

Nov 28, 2023 01:28 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That was a fun read! I'm glad you're still feeling good and have that "curb appeal!"

Nov 27, 2023 05:18 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You Kat

Nov 28, 2023 01:28 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Joe, your post is a delightful reminder of the importance of maintaining both physical and mental well-being as we age. Your humorous yet heartfelt take on 'curb appeal' in the context of personal health and fitness is inspiring. Keep celebrating those victories, big and small, and stay strong in every sense! 💪🌟 #StayMotivated #HealthyAging

Nov 27, 2023 05:22 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You Charles

Nov 28, 2023 01:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joseph:

What a clever post about an issue we all are facing, or will face...growing older. You have a lot to be thankful for health-wise...and that's no small thing in life.


Nov 27, 2023 09:08 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I hope you got a chuckle from the article. That's all we can do at this point.

Nov 28, 2023 01:30 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You seem to be doing well, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, and that is great. Life brings changes and challenges. Meeting and overcoming the challenges is beneficial. 

Dec 01, 2023 09:46 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks John

Dec 01, 2023 11:04 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

Thanks for sharing this great post with a dose of humor. As we age it’s important to keep our sense of humor as well as staying fit.

Jan 29, 2024 02:53 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Joyce

Jan 29, 2024 10:30 AM