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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:55:12 PM

What does it mean? Do you travel? Are you quietly sitting home?
Are you doing all the things you had no time to do when working?
Are you enjoying your retirement?
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:01:34 AM

It is a long way but it won't be long and he will be off to college. We have been watching him play soccer since he was just a little guy. It is sad to think of it ending soon.

It has been for the most part a cool summer there too. I love it.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:33:46 AM

Now that's a dedicated Grandparent. 60 miles? Whew.

Today l am going out to do errands and take care of needs and hope to not drive over 4 miles.LOL.

Boy time is whizzing by. Summer almost gone, and l don't remember even using a/c over a day or two.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 6:37:24 AM

Back to work already today. I think I might be driving my big truck. Then home just in time to travel 60 miles to grandson's soccer game.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 3:13:19 PM

I never looked for these jobs. They found me. I am surprised that they would even ask someone my age to do these things. I guess they figure that at least us old guys will actually show up for work.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 12:41:49 PM

2many perhaps you are looking in the wrong areas for less physical work. I am sure you have many talents and just need to refocus on other areas.

I am not up to par today. Just visual and achy. Did get most of my refrigerator shelves emptied and cleaned out before l got the crampy tummy yesterday. But today is a hangover from then.

Decided to let housekeeper start coming 3x's a week instead of twice a week. Shorter time here but total more hours for her. Foggy mind so will sign off.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 8:23:06 AM

Glad to hear that you had no damage turgas. Yes it is sad that older people are the target of shenanigans.

I am off work for a while as they ran out of things to do for me. Harvest will begin soon so this won't last. I talked with the owner of the marsh that I worked for the first year and he wants me to come back and cut wood this winter. He doesn't pay as much but I may do it as I get VERY bored in the winter with nothing to do. But I do need to find something to do that is not so physical.

Targetsmom, the harvest appears to be down this year. We had some very cool weather early for one thing and last year was a record big harvest. And yes, we will be hunting this time in Montana. My son and 2 grandsons will be going. My oldest GS will be off to college in 2 years so these trips are nice to do now. You may have heard me mention that these 2 GS's are more like my kids as they spent LOTS of time with us as they grew up.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:52:04 PM

Got out and had chicken quesadillas and Caldo de Res for lunch. I then went to the blood bank. I clicked the "yes, I have donated blood, platelets, or plasma in the past eight weeks" button. That triggers off a review of exactly what you donated and what you can do today. Turns out that the last time I attempted to donate, I got the plateletpheresis machine full of blood and then we had a clot. When that happens, you have to wait eight weeks before you can donate anything. So, I'm off until November.

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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:05:51 AM

Trugas I thought of you when watching the newscast in regards to the recent earthquake in Napa .

Have a good week everyone ~

How is the cranberry crop looking this year 2manyf .BTW your holiday in Montana sounded great and you get to go back in October .. what will you be hunting ?
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:21:23 AM

My father was befriended by a lady and her mom, and they got him to move further away from my sister, into a small place they rented to him. At the time his health was failing and my sister used to check on him regularly, til they rather isolated him. They became very actively involved in my Father's life and we wondered what they were up to. They must have thought he was loaded with funds, as l am sure he helped them out a bit. Money wasn't easy to come by in the tiny town they lived in way off the beaten path. No services either. So they did quite well by renting the tiny place to him, and he built a nice fence around the place.

As we become older and lonelier as our youngsters move on with their active lives, we sometimes can be more easily conned into doing what is not necessarily good for us.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 12:02:42 AM

Went out to the Houston Zoo with my BFF's BF. (The BFF decided to stay at home.) As I"m probably not in as good a shape as I was in early 2012, the BF insisted on a power scooter for me. A lot of the park was shady, and there was some wind outside. And several of the exhibits had air conditioning... interestingly enough, the tropical bird house was one of them.

We then went out to have supper.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 8:47:58 PM

Yes closer to son. But l may not go l am rethinking after the earthquake this morning. I didn't even have phone, computer nothing and all l could get on battery radio was about Napa. I wanted to know about us. Why is our power out? How long? Anyone in our area hurt?
It was a big one. I was awake and jumped up to put my hands on either side of the doorway, which l swear was moving..rolling.
After we rounded up some matches, l lit the gas stove and could cook. Not able to do that in all electric like Napa complex. Because of the rolling action, rather than a jerking, nothing fell off my shelves. Just my step stool fell over that was leaning on a wall.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 11:41:34 PM

Got a text message from my medical insurance indicating that they had a claim finalized and ready for review. So, I went in and reviewed it. It was for Monday's trip to the doctor. They paid it Tuesday.

On the other hand, there's Express Scripts which is anything but express. They got two prescriptions Monday 8/18. They say they will ship them 8/27. Probably won't get them this month. I guess I was ruined by Medco's eight-day turnaround both directions.

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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:20:14 PM

when we re -located to the Island from Peace River , Alta we had a farm auction sale .. it started at 10AM and ended at 8 PM ... it was said to have been the biggest sale in the Peace Country. Do not miss a single thing that we had to get rid of . Material things are just that and are easily replaced.

Good luck in your move Sneakers and hopefully you will be able to make a decision soon Trugas , would you be closer to your son ?
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:39:36 PM

Sneakers luck on finding a better place to live. Second floor is not good for me either.
I had an exam today as my b/p did a jump after being low for weeks. Dr said alternate 1/2 pill one day and full pill the next.
Napa place left a message while l was at Dr's to clarify which type of place l want. I thought l made that clear to the lady who interviewed me. NO steps, and no baseboard heat, and definately a/c. That cut out almost all units but the 5 plex's. My pro list for Napa is growing, while the pro list for here is shrinking as l mark off things l no longer care about. Such as the pool, the closeness of shopping (due to restaurant on site with cheap meals.) My losing interest in gardening as much, so smaller patio is fine. I see they have weekly ice cream socials. Monthly potlucks. and games which l am not interested in. They have senior's tai Chi class.I tried that once and the instructor was too gung ho. Senior s don't have good balance and he came along an pushed me to show l was not balanced correctly.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/22/2014 4:41:59 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:10:51 AM

My BFF and her BF are moving across Houston to be closer to his work. I've decided to move with them. We are currently searching for a place. One of the criteria is a fenced back yard for Rocky the dog.

The BF comments he doesn't want me upstairs (although I consider it a built-in exercise device) and I want to be further away from the coast.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 8/22/2014 8:13:07 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:05:55 AM

On Aug 22, 2014 5:48:14 AM, 2manyfords wrote:

>If I ever move I will need an auction or a fire or both. We have been
>in this place for 41 years and have filled a barn and 3 sheds with stuff.

Sounds like a manager I used to work with. We both relocated out of state for the company. His first moving estimate was for 60,000 pounds. They told him to have a garage sale because they wouldn't spring for relocating that much. He had two garage sales before he got the load down to 22,000 pounds and the company would go for that. He should have put some of his stuff on my truck as I had less than 3000 pounds.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:48:14 AM

If I ever move I will need an auction or a fire or both. We have been in this place for 41 years and have filled a barn and 3 sheds with stuff. My plan was to start clearing things out when I retired but as you know retirement did not last long. After the next retirement I definitely will be doing some house (shed and barn) cleaning. I don't want to leave this to the kids when the time comes.

It rained so I got off work early yesterday. Took the wife shopping and out to dinner at Texas Road House for her birthday. I don't usually like noisy places bur for some reason this one doesn't bother me.

Sounds like you are doing the right thing trugas. Planning ahead.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:37:51 PM

Yes l know, l did promise the last move would be ....the last. But needs change and so do desires. l am tired of cooking for myself. I want the choice of doing so or not and certainly l want good food available when l am ill. Lets face it, l will be ill more as l age.
Still Targetsmom, it is just a thought and tho l did send an application, the wait lists are often long. Then l can always say no when offered a place if l don't want to leave the conveniences l have here.
I have already stopped going to the pool, one reason l moved here BTW.
Things change. I have tried every way l know to get someone who can cook to do so for me. No luck. The food in this county for seniors is awful!!
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:38:24 PM

Oh my Trugus, you are one ambitious woman ~ even the thoughts of a move would make me tired !
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:16:52 AM

My b/p was 108/56 the other day when l felt punk. It has been down in the 90's and dr seems unconcerned, but l don't feel good at that low. I feel my best when it is around 140/90.
I am thinking of my usual 4 year move. I want a cottage where they cook for me but not junk like in this county. The food served across the street at the senior center is dreadful for the most part. Probably have to throw out a lot that is left, that is why the portions are small. LOL.
Who wouldn't want to retire to the Napa Valley? That is where this senior complex is that l sent my application to...My concern was the traffic l ran into. I will remember that when l go next time and see if it remains so.
One big attraction there is the on site culinary school restaurant with $6 meals. WOW.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/21/2014 10:18:29 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 7:34:05 PM

On Aug 19, 2014 9:48:48 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Which pill are you on Sneakers?

Exforge HCT 10-160-25. Ten milligrams of amlodipine (generic Norvasc), 160 milligrams of valsartan (Diovan), and 25 milligrams of hydrochlorothiazide.

>I take Atenolol, and l have to cut it in half as my B/p gets low at times.
>Never know when, but if l feel punk l take my b/p and find it is often low.

When they first put me on Norvasc (before it was generic) my blood pressure plummeted down to 107/70.

I've never been on atenolol. I've been on carvedilol (effective) and metoprolol (useless).
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:48:48 AM

Which pill are you on Sneakers? I take Atenolol, and l have to cut it in half as my B/p gets low at times. Never know when, but if l feel punk l take my b/p and find it is often low. Too low to feel good. I have to drive quite a ways to see my dr, however we have urgent care.

I am taking a ride over to Napa today. Don't plan to move, but just always looking to improve my living conditions. The place l am going to tour has a restaurant on site. l have been unable to find and hire anyone who can cook, so l am always interested in food availability. The senior center food here, which is right across the street, is unacceptable. Napa county might be better. If not then the local on site cafe would be helpful.

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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:49:36 PM

My old primary care physician moved to the other side of Houston (too far away to be reasonable). I got a new one this morning. Main thing he did was note that I'd been off of Coreg (ran out) and my blood pressure was still acceptable. So, we're discontinuing the Coreg. I'm now down to a single pill a day for my blood pressure, but the single pill has three active ingredients.

He also did some lab work, and the phlebotomist did an excellent job.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:13:21 AM

People! Bah. to some of them. I know it isn't like me to be that way, but l was so irritated by one lady yesterday. She really needs your full attention, and gets it by asking questions, even interrupting someone telling something to question. Yesterday one lady was talking of an experience with UPS delivering to her a package that belongs to someone else, and this irritating person kept interrupting to ask "who?" company.. "where?" end of driveway when a truck came to deliver elsewhere, and "what did he do?" etc etc, til the poor lady trying to tell her story, forgot where she was and l had to prompt her to finish the story.
If you have on a new to her dress, even if it is 20 years old, which mine are, she wants to know where you bought it and the location of the store.
I bought a perm a few days ago and was talking about the clerk who didn't know what a permanent was and took me to the hair color and said it was "Permanent" and this irritating interrupter asked "what store was that?" we answered in unison "Sally's" so she said " where is that?" and l said "why, are you planning to go there?" She said "yes" and l said well CVS is closer. She said "OH".
So l don't get along with some people. I just don't have the patience l used to have for rude people.

However when l quit work l did miss my friendships I had built over the years.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 7:01:11 AM

I enjoyed retirement for about 9 months and someone asked me to come to work for a while. I have been working seasonally ever since. I really do miss the contact with people when I am not at work. Of course I miss being retired when I am at work. This winter when I am off I plan on volunteering at the VA where I used to work. Winters are the worst for me as I can't get outside an do much. I am not a sitter. But it is nice to be in a position that I can do what I want.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 1:18:34 PM

2many, you have so many good things to look forward to, which makes for a pleasant life. I sure enjoy you descriptions of trips to Montana. Company picnic sounded fun too. Miss a lot of activities, this place does few, but there is a BBQ coming up soon. I look forward to that. We also created our own group to hold Potlucks and l started a monthly lunch bunch. Just coz we're old doesn't mean we don't want to do anything. LOL.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:12:36 AM

More problems for Bella my friends dog.. She is only 4 or 5 years old. The bloodwork showed another problem above the chronic lung problem, and the liver disease, now she has a kidney infection. Owner has to give 2 amoxicillin a day and she says the dog wont take pills even with some pill cap? Anyway they gave her first at the vets, and then she crushed up the second into some spaghetti baby food. I don't think that's a good idea as l imagine it is bitter and the dog took 2 or three bites and quit. She was using a spoon to feed her. l suggested she put it on her finger, she said no, she won't eat anymore, so l got up and took it and put some on my finger and the dog licked it off, and continued to do so until it was all gone. I had told owner, to fool her by not putting her food in a doggie dish. Make it look like it is people food and she would be able to feed her from her hands just like she usually gets her treats. I am fearful she will just give up on giving the meds, as she did the liver medication. Bella is so much better in strength etc.
With the electrolytes, and nausea shot and baby food, and now the anti-biotic. I have hopes for her to continue IF she is fed properly.

Glad you had such a good time,2many.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:27:08 AM

We had a fun day yesterday. Cranberry growers and employees from all over the state were there. I hit 24 clay pigeons out of 50. Not bad for my first time. Then a free lunch and a couple of Coors Lights to finish the day. Can't wait for next year.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:56:52 AM

Retirement gives me the time l need to be supportive to my friends. l do not mean with cash or using my credit cards. l am not that stupid. l mean support in emotional ways and in going places and other ways. But I never loan cash. I especially never let anyone use my credit cards. Once l let my son put one of his bills on my card and he only paid half of it back and that was my son...whom l would have giveh money to in the first place.

I insisted this neighbor take her dog to er. Glad l did. Glad l heard what they said. I can now support her in caring for her dog properly. I am very helpful in those ways. Because l care. Retirement has many opportunities.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:11:45 PM

Went into the blood bank this afternoon. They looked at the bruise on my left arm and decided they didn't want to take blood from it until it completely healed. They checked my right arm and said while the vein is not close to the surface, they can feel it good. One of the phlebotomists looked at me and my record and said we did your right arm the last time we did whole blood.

They went through all the checks and did the hematocrit (percentage of red blood cells) last. They then told me they wouldn't be taking blood from either arm today.

I'm thinking I'll go in on the 25th and try again. I'll be back on a Monday schedule then.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 9:58:52 AM

I'll say! Getting paid to have fun. Great. But the job is tough and it needs a respite.

Sneakers l hear that dropping a lot of cards is also bad for credit.

I qualified for my $50 back on credit union and now switched back to Quicksilver.
I am really enjoying all the rewards.

Glad was able to insist on my friend taking Bella to the emergency room last night as l found out what l suspected, that dementia is friends problem. She entered the dog as first time visit and they had her records. She was there not long ago to diagnose the liver disease. Now she has a compromised lung problem. All the sprays and glues are to stop being used around the dog. She also needs to feed her better which l have been saying for ever. She denied it and now the vet also told her. (she'll forget tho)
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 6:58:20 AM

Wonderful cool morning here. 46 degrees and fog on the meadow. It should be a good day for working outside. Tomorrow all the workers get the day off to go shoot sporting clays. Getting paid to have fun, I like that.

Life is good.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 6:37:05 PM

On Aug 12, 2014 2:36:14 PM, Targetsmom wrote:

>Never use a credit card , but I have one for " just in case ".

IMHO, you'd be better off using the credit card regularly and paying it off every month so there's no interest.

If you get a credit card for "just in case" and you never use it, you just might find yourself with an expired card and no new one. I've had it happen to me. Although in my case it was a card I didn't particularly like (no cash rebates but occasional deferred financing on Apple stuff, and the terms were VERY bad if you didn't pay according to the deferred financing plan... something like 29.99% interest retroactive to the day of purchase). They told me that they would close the account if I didn't use the card. I didn't use it, and they didn't renew it. No great loss, my best analysis says I need to get rid of three other redundant credit cards.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 6:26:01 PM

On the "new PCP" front, I've got an appointment with one for Monday. He's an internist (what I really wanted) with a certification in sleep medicine (which will mean I probably won't have to go to the pulmonologist any more). I shouldn't have procrastinated so long, the last dose in the Coreg pill bottle will get taken tomorrow. However, I don't run out of Exforge HCT until the end of the month and that's three of my four active ingredients. One of the components of Exforge HCT is generic Norvasc and that stuff is devastatingly effective on my high blood pressure.

I usually do my platelet donations on Monday but given my blood pressure medicine situation I decided to make an appointment for tomorrow. I was surprised to discover my iPad can autocomplete "plateletpheresis" (the process of donating platelets by automated separation) but it considers it to be a misspelled word.

Had a well-overdue haircut. They took one look at my gray hair and gave me the senior citizen discount without asking. I don't know old you have to be to get it. I did leave a $3 tip for a $16 haircut. And I'm certain that I was a lot less drama than the little boy who was at the "waaaah, I don't want a haircut!" stage.

Got my Escape with the "sticks out like a sore thumb" charity plates back. I look for my plates when I'm looking for my vehicle. Too many blue Escapes out there. I've even tried to drive somebody else's off. There are only 258 "Be a Blood Donor" plates in the state of Texas and only one with my blood type on it. BFF: "Who gets their blood type on their license plates?" Well, I did and they've gotten four comments so far. They took all of August to work off my bug list. I did have a free loaner, and it was driven to San Antonio and back. Tried to see the sights, but it seemed that we spent our time doing other things like going to the San Antonio Apple Store as my phone didn't work. They found some foreign object debris in the charging port and they handed it back to me saying "it works but it needs to be charged." So, we went driving around San Antonio looking for a specific place to eat while the phone charged.



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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:27:05 AM

AH cooking..Targetsmom l made chicken enchiladas and passed them around the other day. Also was given a large zucchini and made bread with it and that was so appreciated that l was given another with request. I made and gave away one yesterday.
Today is sandwich day at the pot luck. l suggested it as it was supposed to be hot..LOL..and didn't want to heat up the kitchen. Only l wanted it fancy like the "teas" with cucumber and cream cheese in fancy little cuts. That is what l am making anyway. They said forget fancy. I am looking forward to seeing what people come up with. I know of one that is stacking 3 types of filling and then "frosting" it all with cream cheese.
We will also have a veggie plate and a salad or two.
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 8:37:26 AM

Still loving every minute of it..
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 7:16:05 AM

Targetsmom, I just visit a real, working ranch. I started hunting there years ago and got to know the ranchers. They are wonderful, hard working people. I was there in April to help him cut his firewood, there last week with the family just to relax and will be back in October for hunting.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 7:50:11 PM

I'm in the process of getting a new PCP. My old one went to the other side of Houston. I'm going with a group practice, and they have had a number of questions about getting me the best doctor for what's wrong with me. I just got done telling them that I get my neuroscience medications from another doctor, so they won't have to prescribe them. Insurance wants pdocs doing neuroscience meds and mdocs doing the rest. If it was up to me, I'd get my pdoc to prescribe everything as she's great about doing refills. Express Scripts contacts her and she faithfully gives me meds for another ninety days.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 3:36:14 PM

Your holiday sounds great 2mamy ~ is the property yours? Regardless it sounds very peacful .

Never use a credit card , but I have one for " just in case ".

Whatsya been cooking lately Trugas ~

RIP Robin Williams
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 11:00:33 AM

Credit union was first one to offer me a reward for using their cards, both debit and credit. I have several reward cards now. Quicksilver and even my Sears card gives cash off next purchase. l use them all except my air fare rewards and recently was able to convert it to cash when shopping on Amazon. Since l no longer fly anywhere l did just that and found something l wanted on Amazon and used the credit. That was AT&T card.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 9:06:59 PM

On Aug 8, 2014 8:53:20 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Got a $20 check coming from my credit union rewards and
>Stopped using Quicksilver to get a better rate from credit union

Quicksilver's interest rate peels the paint off the walls (after the initial 0% period) but the whole idea is not to revolve. I did take a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Antonio (fortunately not San Marcos) last weekend with my BFF and her BF and it was a good thing that I had the Quicksilver card to use.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 8/11/2014 9:08:46 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:51:05 AM

My friend had one and she could fetch any one of about 50 toys. My friend named them weird names too, like "fuzzy wuzzy green toad" and she would dig in the bin and get it. So smart.
On another thread , we were discussing fairs, and l said the little towns where the kids rode their trikes in the parade were more fun for me than the big productions here.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 7:09:25 AM

Didn't see any herding trials but I bet that is fun to watch. Those dogs are amazing.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 9:26:05 AM

Welcome back 2many. So glad you got to enjoy a step back in time fair. They were the best imo. Did you see any sheep herding dog trials? I really enjoyed those.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 9:19:59 AM

Good morning. I had a great week in Montana. We were right on the high point of the ranch. We could look out the window in the morning and saw deer, elk, antelope and even a jack rabbit. We really did see the 'deer and antelope play'. We saw fantastic sun rises and sets. No tourists (except us) there Targetsmom. On the way our we went to the Garfield County Fair. Lots of western hats and boots. We definitely were out of place. The kids love the fair. No carnival but they did have the big boom truck from the electric company there taking the kids up 65 feet in the air. Other than that it seemed like a big step back in time. We then headed home. It was about 1pm and the temperature was 97. Arrived home at 5am and were welcomed by 57 degrees. Can't wait to go back in late October.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 12:38:47 PM

Lunch at the Red Lobster with 6 other ladies and time to go in the middle of the day and enjoy a long leisurely time.
Went at 2 and home at 4 pm. No dinner needed. That's retirement at it's best.
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Targetsmom...wish l were there. l really enjoyed both of my visits and they were way too short. So much to see and do there. I would love to come on my own and spend a week just driving around and enjoying. But l am glad l was able to do two tours.
Sneakers be careful about loaning out your credit cards. l did it once for my son and even he stopped making payments after awhile.

Got a $20 check coming from my credit union rewards and Stopped using Quicksilver to get a better rate from credit union
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 5:20:33 PM

Hello folks ~ I am 4 months into my mini retirement .. am looking forward to going back to work ~

Vancouver Island is over run with tourists , which is great for our local merchants ... the weather has been fantastic to showcase Mother Nature at her best . :))
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 8:04:18 PM

On Aug 6, 2014 9:46:23 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers glad you got a date to pay bill. l have all mine on auto pay ...

I have everything that I can on autopay, but I only autopay the minimum amount except on my Wells Fargo. On that card, everything that's on it I'm going to want paid because I don't use it for anything other than charitable donations. In most cases, I want to go in and verify the charges before I pay the whole bill. If something is wrong with me (like in October-December 2011) I want to have the minimum paid so I don't have to worry about delinquent payments. I managed to catch everything but Wells Fargo before they went delinquent. I was in isolation with a C. difficile infection, couldn't do much of anything. I would ask for a goodwill adjustment, but from what I've heard Wells Fargo won't do them. Wells Fargo is on my dump list anyway (of the three credit cards I want to dump, Wells Fargo is one of them). I'm going to move the donations I make on the Wells Fargo VISA on the Capital One QUICKSILVER VISA. I've already moved my cable bill and my electric bill. I've temporarily got my cell phone bill on American Express to take advantage of a "$10 off a $75 bill" offer. It runs for the first three payments, so you can get a total of $30 in rebates. My cell phone bill is bad. I've got three smartphones ($40 access each), a tablet ($10 access), and 16 GB of shared data ($97.50 with the retiree discount) on it. But I get reimbursed by one of my friends for her share.

My pension payment comes in on the first business day of the month, my IRA distribution comes in on the second day of the month. Then, I sit down with a spreadsheet and prioritize what gets paid and pay the whole fell swoop online. I've got one credit card with a 0% balance transfer on it, I've got another credit card with a 0% introductory rate, and I've got a third where I'm passing the bills over to somebody else because she wanted to buy stuff but didn't want to wait.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 10:46:23 AM

trkerjim, now that is a successful retirement story. Enjoying yourself. Good for you. Share a bit of your travels with us. Esp Fla. l have never been there. Weather, bugs? Alligators etc.

Sneakers glad you got a date to pay bill. l have all mine on auto pay ...
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