I'm a codger in the upper Midwest who does not deserve the codger status because I don't smoke codger blends. Perhaps that makes me a geezer instead.
I enjoy a few bowls per week of good tobacco in good quality and borderline extravagant billiard, apple, and prince briar and meerschaum pipes.
Been smoking pipes on and off since the mid-1970s, mostly off, and I've enjoyed it except for that time in 1976 when an elderly tobacconist with a permanently clenched pipe and the brownest-stained teeth I've ever seen played a boyish prank on me by selling me some super high nicotine tobacco that was quite an experience to be genuinely frightened and sickened by once.
Have been a lurker on this forum for quite some time, and joined so I could make posts of good pipe smoking ideas I've encountered.
Favorite pipe design is apple, especially the Savinelli 207. Favorite (and only) briar pipe brands are Peterson, Savinelli, and Dunhill. Favorite meerschaum brand is IMP in larger sizes with smooth finishes.
Favorite tobacco is Peterson Elizabethan, but am currently broadening my horizons by trying several European aromatics, and more Englishes. Current favorites from among those are Davidoff Danish Mixture and Planta Presbyterian. Some others I will be trying soon are from WO Larsen, Sillem, Former, and Tabac Manil.
Best wishes to you and your family. Happy smoking!