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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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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 12:46:00 PM

No Targetsmom, weekends mean nothing and haven't since retirement. Tho stores are busier, and now it means housekeeper not coming. That is about it. When l worked the weekend meant housework and shopping mostly that is when l lived alone.\
There is something different going on this weekend. New farmers market on sunday and today is class at Friedman's store and free pruning shears maybe if early enough.

No comment Sneakers
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 10:49:25 PM

One of the BFF's girlfriends and her toddler boy came over again. The girlfriend started cleaning up my house while the BFF started playing with the toddler.

I waited until the toddler was distracted to take my noon pills.

The toddler referred to AJ's dog Ritalin as a "he." The BFF said Ritalin was a "she" and the Mom explained the Ritalin was "a girl like Nikki." (No explanation of who Nikki was.)

The BFF's girlfriend and the toddler left about 2:00 PM to pick up her older son from school. I fell asleep in my recliner for a couple of hours.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 12:42:30 PM

Costco does that to a person ~ I try to avoid it , as much as possible ! I need to go soon though ~ they have the best hamburger and I need to make spaghetti sauce and chili one pkg of burger will make both .. and I happen to have room in the freezer .

So is the weekend still special once you are retired ? Just wondering !
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 12:15:36 PM

Spent a fortune (to me) at Costco recently, but still feel the need for some retail therapy.


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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 7:58:45 PM

My BFF said I would eat anything that didn't have jalapeños or olives. I think she's right. Used to be that I wouldn't eat eggs, but she's fed me enough breakfast burritos.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 9:00:53 AM

Not much going on here since housekeeper back. Got a netflix movie l intend watching. Finished a library book and visited with neighbors. We sat and watched dogs eat oatmeal from a fellows fingers. Then l came home.

See a good sale at Grocery Outlet on honeydew melon. May drive to Santa Rosa just to have a day away from here. Have to wait til housekeeper leaves first. Well l could go an leave her here working. She might like that. I don't have to remind her of much. She doesn't have to mop now that l have a steam cleaner. She was fascinated by it and will buy one for her place which is hardwood floors.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 10:37:28 PM

Yesterday afternoon, the rain let up and I went out to H-E-B to buy light bulbs for the living room fixture (it takes three special 40 W chandelier bulbs) and paper towels. I wanted to buy six of the light bulbs, three to put in and three spares. I was in luck because they came on a card of six bulbs for $2.99 (made in China, of course). I also did three stations and fifteen gas prices when I was out (stations with cash and credit prices).

I changed the bulbs and we had light. But II couldn't figure out how to get the diffuser back on. AJ fixed it when he got home. Turns out that it would go on without changing some of the stuff around.

Stayed up watching the news and I fell asleep. Got up and went to bed around 4:00 AM. Had to fix the bedside lamp in my bedroom, had to replace the bulb. I have a combination ceiling light and ceiling fan fixture in the bedroom. The fan was on and the light was off. Had to move around by the light of my phone.

Woke up about the time my Mom called, then I went back to sleep until about 10:00 AM. Watched FOX Business News, the 11:00 AM ABC 13 news, and the noon FOX 26 news. Then, back to more FOX Business News.

One of the BFF's girlfriends and her almost three year old boy came over. They wanted pizza, so I ordered it for them. The little boy asked if I was the BFF's grandpa. The BFF said I wasn't.

I waited until the little boy was out of the house to take my noon pills. But the BFF gave Tiger his eye medication while he was watching. His Mom said that the kitty has to get medicine just like he does.

The BFF, the BFF's girlfriend, and the little boy left about 2:30 PM. I fell asleep in my recliner for a couple of hours.

Watched the news from 4:30 to now. Saw news about the dog flu they're having in Chicago. A thousand diagnosed cases and six dogs have died from it. The symptoms are about like human flu. Also saw a news story about Ebola on One America News Network. They're down to less than 40 cases last week in Africa.

BFF woke up about 9:10 PM and she was in fine form. She came in and complained my light was making the house hot. (75°F is not hot.) So, she turned it off and left me in the dark. She went in the kitchen and left all the kitchen lights on. She also asked me what time it was. Then when I told her, she said "In the morning?"
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 9:54:23 PM

The one think that I have learned about being retired is that as soon as "people" find out you're retired you become busier than you were when you were working for a living! But yeah, I'm having fun!
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 9:50:54 PM

Ah, definetly not young, leading edge Baby Boomer here, currently just a mile east of 680, but I did spend a couple decades in Hayward. Not as a kid but I used to enjoy Val's off B St, and spent more than a little time at La Imperial in town. Banchero's (?) was also a good family night out. Not all the good ones have survived from the 70s and 80s. My current watering hole is Pete's Brass Rail in Danville. Nice evening here and yes it is going to be warm for a couple days.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 10:59:41 AM

Starrow, yes we are promised more warm up in next few days. I am just up the road from you. What area of Oakland do you live? l worked in North Oakland and lived in San Leandro and Alameda and Berkeley. Way back in the 50's l lived in No Oakland and later in Diamond district. Loved the chicken dinners at Diamond Horseshoe. Son worked down there awhile and tried to find various places we ate in Oakland when he was little. Like Casper;s hot dogs.

If you are young you may never have heard of those places. The freeway wiped out Caspars in diamond district. Guess one at Lake Merrit may still be there.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:48:25 AM

Been awhile but today is a full day off. Well, not counting the Volleyball match this evening. Wind last night so I got the pool skimmed early and the dogs have all had a run. Time to catch up on some recorded stuff that mostly gets deleted when it gets too old. Enjoy your day, beautiful day here, sunny and promise of some warmth this afternoon.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:36:31 AM

I love Pismo Beach it is so lovely.

Here comes the sun shining into this room and making it so cheerful.

I am so far behind on reading. The books are piling up at the library.

Jemac that avatar is pretty.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 11:13:47 AM

I go to the gym , Pismo Beach Athletic Club,6 days a week, middle of the day.
It is So friendly, working out is easy.

[Edited by: xbAG at 4/13/2015 11:17:06 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 11:10:31 AM

ground cover

I have been gathering to cover the wet clay, some wood chips and l think it looks much better. Worked in the cool of the morning, then afternoon l sat and read quietly as was intended when we asked for the bench. It was lovely.

Sneakers good , and about time is all l have to say. JUST MY OPINION and you can ignore it if you want,and l am pretty sure you do. LOL
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:50:58 PM

On Apr 9, 2015 9:19:53 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Kept him fed for a while? You have been feeding, supplying beer
>and cigarettes for months. About time he contributed to something
>financially. I won't hold my breath.

If you were holding your breath, you can exhale.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 10:06:41 AM

Wackiness not everyone is "into" gardening. You do good work in a different area. Nice that you do that in spite of your health.

Thanks Jemac. We arent' thru with the area yet, it is a work in progress. But it is much improved and not just on my side, with my view. I opened my door last night and said hi to Bucket the cat, then realized there were two people sitting on the bench. They are both nice people and said it was so nice sitting there. So l guess the bench will remain there for awhile anyway. I like it too, but when it gets to the heat of summer it would be nice to have it more in the shade.
Retirement is the time to sit and reflect and enjoy life. WE are trying to make that a possibility. Tho others just seem to want to make you miserable. Hopefully they won't last long. Or their actions won't be allowed to last long. Cement shoes not allowed but the Quakers had a good way of closing them out of the community. Shunning.
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 3:53:37 AM

OH GOLLLY!!!

Every week is a day off

Volunteer at the VFW, American Legion and Elks
When I have free time I'm at the Salvation Army

What does my yard look like? No Comment
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 12:13:29 PM

Trugasca, the area looks beautiful and I'd love to sneak over to sit and view. My scooter won't make it that far though. LOL
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 10:52:15 AM

new bench

we worked til dark and later, to remove quite a few clumps of prairie grass and make a path to the new bench. First pic shows the clumps, last pic shows new position and the stone path. Now l want to transplant all the baby Butterfly Gaurda l saved from the edge where gardener was weed eating them. I will not be putting anything that wasn't already growing there - that's my argument.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 1:44:57 PM

I guess l am just not money hungry. I can only eat so much and live in a decent place. Change of venue l can do on my own.

Getting new computer glassed that is only change.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 12:49:18 PM

On Apr 10, 2015 8:00:10 AM, wamster wrote:

>Was retired for 5 years, but went back to work. My investment advisor
>wanted me to work a few more years to add extra padding to my
>investment and retirement accounts.

So far, things have been going good for me. And in another two years, I can apply for Social Security. I already have a higher after-tax income than I did before I was working. (But I'm not socking away 10% in a 401(k) any more.)

>My doctor was happy, as my job is somewhat physical and have
>firmed up a lot, and my cholesterol dropped 43 points.

Need to go see mine to see how the latest iteration of blood pressure medicine goes. He may have to go put me back on a beta blocker. He took that away because I was low, now I'm on only one pill a day.

>Have gotten a lot of discount perks at work too.

My former employer lets their retirees have their discount perks for employees.

>Work is an easy short drive so I don't use much fuel.

I always got close to work. I think the furthest I ever had was seven miles one way.

>Good all around.

I get retiree health care so that's a big help right there. I'm not exactly sure what my older brothers do but they're both covered.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:59:40 AM

Got up bright and early before dawn. Rocky is back at the vet, this time for a teeth cleaning. He gets that at no extra charge with the prepaid wellness plan he's on at the vet.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:11:02 AM

If I wasn't so messed up, back and hip wise, I'd be doing a part time job to have a change in venue. I'd enjoy it for awhile.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:09:37 AM

Sounds like a winner for you Wamster, but l wouldn't want to do it. Love my retirement too much.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 9:00:10 AM

Was retired for 5 years, but went back to work. My investment advisor wanted me to work a few more years to add extra padding to my investment and retirement accounts.

My doctor was happy, as my job is somewhat physical and have firmed up a lot, and my cholesterol dropped 43 points. Have gotten a lot of discount perks at work too. Work is an easy short drive so I don't use much fuel. Good all around.

[Edited by: wamster at 4/10/2015 9:06:27 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 6:57:09 PM

Got the house to myself. AJ hasn't come home from work and the BFF is visiting a friend.

Dropped Tommy off at the veterinarian before dawn to be neutered. They called back and said they discovered that Tommy had already been neutered. The disadvantage of getting a cat with unknown medical history.

The BFF's friend came in with two of her little boys. They wanted to pet the kitties. I had to tell them Tommy was gone, so they both gave Tiger a lot of petting.

They're forecasting rain for the next few days. So, I got out to H-E-B and bought $93 worth of food. All of it was free of sales tax.

By the time I got the perishable food items hauled in, the 11:00 AM ABC 13 news was almost over. I watched the TV until 1:00 PM (FOX 26 noon news and FOX Business), then I hauled in the nonperishable food items. After that, I headed out to get Tommy from the vet's office.

The vet said that Tommy has an eye infection and tapeworms. The BFF will be happy to hear that she gets to put eye medicine in the eyes of both cats.

When I got home, I fed Tommy and then myself.

I've been watching the news ever since.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 10:46:28 AM

On Apr 9, 2015 9:19:53 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Kept him fed for a while? You have been feeding, supplying beer
>and cigarettes for months. About time he contributed to something
>financially. I won't hold my breath.

AJ is better at holding up his end of the deal so far than I am.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 10:19:53 AM

Kept him fed for a while? You have been feeding, supplying beer and cigarettes for months. About time he contributed to something financially. I won't hold my breath.

I am clearing out and getting rid of and spring cleaning. Get a housekeeper next week, and want her to be able to make sense of my piles of bedding etc. She'll deal. She has cared for seniors and even her Dad who is forgetful for years. She had one alcoholic who later died. He took in a BFF and she took advantage of him til he finally got rid of her. My housekeeper had to help him out of baths and everything. So l will be easy for her.LOL.

But l am not going to do what l used to do when had housekeeper coming, like clear the kitchen and pre spray the counters and stove. Take out garbage and clutter. She is going to have to do all that now. I am going to leave my dinner dishes and mess and she will clean it up in the morning. That is why l will have her.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:06:36 PM

Fell asleep in the chair, BFF woke me up at 6:00 AM. I went to bed and slept for a while longer.

Looked this morning and found three debits and two deposits had cleared overnight in my checking account.

I started mowing the front yard and the BFF finished it. The mower stopped mowing but the BFF called AJ and she got it started up and finished it.

We ordered Chinese delivery for lunch. The BFF had coconut shrimp and orange chicken and I had broccoli beef. I ended out eating her wonton soup and most of her orange chicken.

I did a load of footwear in the washing machine. I washed my Nike Kukinis and my white Teva sport sandals.

Rocky got a shot at the vet, along with medicated shampoo and two kinds of pills.

I talked to AJ this evening. He's going to help me out with my cash flow. Figured that because I kept him fed for a while he should pay some of the bills. He was very ready to agree with me, only commenting that he didn't get paid until Friday.

Got a proxy package from Unilever plc, AKA the European version of Procter & Gamble. They make a lot of stuff in the US, as Procter & Gamble does in Europe.

I'm spending my week taxiing pets to the veterinarian. Tiger went in for a cold Tuesday, Rocky went in for itchy skin today, Tommy goes in to get neutered tomorrow, and Rocky goes back for a teeth cleaning Friday morning. I reminded AJ and the BFF that Tommy doesn't get to eat after midnight. He's going in one of the spare bedrooms and even if he meows, he's not to be fed.

I completed both of today's daily challenges, and I'm on track to complete the weekly challenge by Friday.

They're forecasting rain over the weekend. There were comments that there was heavy weather going on in Wichita. I used to live there, and when heavy weather moved in everyone headed to the basement with radio stations tuned into KFDI-FM. KFDI would send out weather spotters trying to find the storm, and they'd report on the air.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 4/8/2015 10:14:33 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:11:57 PM

Rocky goes to the veterinarian in less than an hour. He's really itchy an he's scratching a lot.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:55:22 AM

Dealing with insurance companies is frustrating, but before retiring I dealt in that field for 17 yrs, so that . . not much, if anything at all gets past me !!!

Saludos !!!
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 9:32:32 PM

One more week vacationing down here in Fla and the cousin and wife will be heading back to snowy NY. I'll be at his rental Sunday to gather the last of the goodies he wants to give me before heading back.

Diet is still working and the Chinese food I had Saturday and Sunday hasn't hurt the numbers at all. Today was a lighter day (912 calories) to make up for higher days. Saturday was 1922 calories and Sunday was 1492 calories. I was down 2 pounds since yesterday which was great.

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 7:32:33 PM

Did most of the tasks for the day. I'll probably go out and talk to AJ some more tonight after the sun goes down.

When I got up, I pulled the data card out of my CPAP machine and read it. I slept for seven hours, and my mask leaked only 9% of the time. I had 5.7 breathing disturbances an hour (people that don't have sleep apnea can have up to five disturbances an hour). Needless to say, I felt a lot better today.

My first task was to drop off Tiger at the veterinarian at about 8:45 (got there a few minutes before 9:00). I got gas prices as I drove there.

Next task was to go by Capital One Bank and close my checking account there. I told them that I think my account at Capital One 360 was a better deal. And they still have my ShareBuilder account and my Quicksilver VISA. I got gas prices on the way. A local Phillips 66 station had taken down all their Phillips 66 signage and they're now unbranded. When I first moved here, they were an Exxon. Then, they were a Phillips 66. Now, they're a no-name station. I needed to visit the bathroom on the way, and I stopped at a Subway that was open for breakfast. The place was deserted. By the time I went in, the breakfast rush was over.

Then, I headed off to Chase Bank to close my checking account there. When you go to a bank, you never know how long you will have to wait. So, I brought my iPad. By the time I got my debit card and drivers' license out, they were ready for me. They asked me if there was anything to get me to stay with Chase. I told them that BBVA Compass has a better overall deal, and they're easier to get to for me. I tried two accounts. I made a withdrawal from the wrong account twice and I had to move money by SneakerNet. While I went, I went around getting gas prices. When I was in the parking lot of a Shell station, I got a phone call from Spencer May, my Investment Counselor at the company that manages my IRA. I parked the Escape, rolled the windows down, turned off the engine, and we talked for about seven minutes. I had him make a reservation for a lunch seminar on the 28th of April, and I asked him for a copy of their new book.

Next stop was LongHorn Steakhouse. I thought I'd go grocery shopping next, and I know better than to shop on an empty stomach. I came across a former Shell station that changed to be a CITGO station. Another station to boycott. It wasn't right in the Master Station List. I fixed that one, too. At LongHorn Steakhouse, I had loaded baked potato soup, a third-pound burger with cheese, blackberry iced tea, and some honey wheat bread. Probably $5 worth of food and drink and I paid $11.37 for it. While I was in the restroom, my brother Bruce called. We talked for seven minutes. Fortunately, nobody else needed the restroom while I was in there. While I was talking to Bruce, the vet office called. They said Tiger would be ready about 2:30. While I was talking to the vet staff, another member of the vet staff called to remind me of Rocky's appointment tomorrow.

Took me until about 3:00 to get over to the veterinarian's office. I get free office visits and a 15% discount from normal price on the meds. It still cost $91. Tiger got a shot of long-lasting antibiotics and I got some stuff to put in his eyes. I've had to put in eye ointment before, when I was a freshman in college. The only one who could do it worth a darn was my dorm buddy Fred. The BFF and I are going to have to hold Tiger down and open up his eyes three days a week until we run out. I don't expect it will be easy.

When I got home, the BFF had me feed and water all the pets. We got the mail, and it had the Verizon proxy package. My brother Bruce takes his electronically, but I still enjoy getting the hardcopy if the company does one. Some of them don't.



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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 5:25:34 PM

On Apr 7, 2015 8:09:40 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers l think you tell us things like this :"I had my box of checks out,
>and the BFF volunteered to write the checks and I could sign them. "
>Just to make us think your BFF is about to take advantage so we will
>be concerned.

She could get in my office and get them at any time. I usually keep them in my office. She's been around for over three years and she's never taken money from me. I did let her go out and buy $150 of cleaning supplies and she ended out with a bill over $600. Needless to say, the house is overflowing with cleaning supplies. The only thing we've had to buy is dishwasher detergent and laundry detergent.

>It sure could have been an opportunity to get at your money
>should someone wish to do so. Slip a blank one in there or
>one for cash...have you sign it with your poor eyesight. Real
>opportunity.

I didn't write any checks, I just wanted the bank and account numbers off the checks. I paid all the bills electronically. I have a box of checks for the few things that are not payable electronically. Can't pay HOA assessments electronically. You have to mail in a check.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 4/7/2015 5:31:20 PM EST]
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 11:58:53 AM

Installed the coil, the back's still intact, and picked up two prescriptions at two different drug stores. It would be nice if the DIL had the same store location as me, but they aren't that far apart. Same company, different locations.

I'm glad the family here take the food out of their take-out boxes and put onto a plate otherwise I am too fussy to eat where they have eaten. That food was scrumptious and am still thinking about more of it soon. It apparently works great with my diet, not raising my weight at all.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 9:17:30 AM

I had to "suffer" yesterday by finishing up my shrimp and broccoli with garlic sauce. I then had additional suffering finishing up the 6 year old's S&S chicken she didn't want, THEN I additional suffering finishing the DIL's scallops with broccoli in garlic sauce when she asked me to eat it as she was sick and wouldn't be able to finish it.

What a tough eating day it was. I didn't gain a pound this morning and all is well.

Looks like I'll be heading out to install the coil in my car this morning as the neighbor hasn't got to it so far. Car is too angry with the one cylinder not working. Neighbor is apparently a little too busy nowadays with the new baby. Hope my back lasts with the bending over.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 9:09:40 AM

Sneakers l think you tell us things like this :"I had my box of checks out, and the BFF volunteered to write the checks and I could sign them. " Just to make us think your BFF is about to take advantage so we will be concerned. It sure could have been an opportunity to get at your money should someone wish to do so. Slip a blank one in there or one for cash...have you sign it with your poor eyesight. Real opportunity.

One hears of seniors being ripped off all the time. But l guess you know better, at least l hope so.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 11:44:24 PM

I started out this morning and I went for a while. Then, I got sleepy. I decided to take a nap. When I got up I decided to take the data card out of my CPAP and look at it. Last night, my mask leaked like a sieve and my therapy wasn't good as a result. I did sleep 9.1 hours total. When I go to bed, I'm going to make sure the mask isn't leaking.

In the afternoon, I paid all of my bills except for the Wells Fargo VISA (it hasn't cycled yet) and a Capital One loan that's due the end of the month. They have to verify that I am the owner of my checking account before they can transfer funds. They do that by sending two small deposits to my checking account. Then, I go in and enter the amounts. I had my box of checks out, and the BFF volunteered to write the checks and I could sign them. I told her that I only needed to know the numbers on the check and that I'm going to make all the payments electronically.

I have been using my computer glasses. My driving glasses are annoying when I'm on the computer, so I'd take them off and keyboard without any glasses. At first, I'd keep taking off my computer glasses and then I'd realize that I see the screen better with them.

AJ is back at work cleaning pools. He's also going to do some pools on the weekend on his own. We sat outside and discussed a number of things. He was discussing investing and I talked to him about opening a Roth IRA. I explained to him how they work and that they were probably the best option for him to save for retirement.

The living room has a fixture that has three oddball bulbs. All of them are burned out. The only light in the living room comes from the hall, the kitchen, the TV, and my computer. AJ is going to fix it, I thought I'd do it myself.

Tiger goes to the veterinarian tomorrow morning. His breathing is wheezy and his eyes are watery. I'll drop him off and then I'll go run errands. I have two zero balance checking accounts that I want to close as cleanly as possible. I moved away from the banks and I have a new one where I now live. I got all my direct deposits moved over to the new bank. When I verified they came through, I transferred all the funds left in the account that was getting the direct deposit to one of my savings accounts at another institution.

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 9:50:58 PM

Hard to sneeze with a cough drop in mouth, with out choking.

Don't you feel sorry for the poor dentist since they have fewer cavities now?
They have to make money some way. LOL

Yes l am glad my sister finally has a decent place, clean, no bugs, large enough for her and and her dog to be comfy and all. Just wish it could have been closer. But then we never were close. My family, when l had one, was never tight knit.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 10:37:08 AM

Grand daughter feels a bit better today and has work tomorrow so is trying to recuperate fast. I took the DIL to the dentist today (used my CareCredit card but she will give me monthly payments on it) and now she has to make an appointment for a root canal plus restructuring of the tooth.

Amazing how the root canal costs $870 and they do it in about an hour I guess. What a ripoff for sure.

Wish I could make $870 an hour.

Tru, your food sounds great also!!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 9:53:29 AM

Well Jemac your lunch/dinner sounds good for any day of the week. I was going to a friends for spaghetti, but son came and spent day, so l made stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, cheesy broccoli, and scalloped potatoes to go with the ham. Now l have oodles of left over ham. He took a lot ,but a 10 pounder goes a long ways.

Hope you don't catch what grand daughter has. Sounds like flu. I had it this time last year. It was pneumonia l had. Had the pneumonia in January this year, got it over with before holidays. LOL.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 9:52:52 PM

Congratulations Trugasca on your sister finding the new place that she loves. Sometimes when we wait long enough everything falls into place.

Chinese was the food of choice today (as it was yesterday). Amazing how the "take out place" has much better tasting food than the more formal sit down restaurant that used to be so good. A change in ownership and cook apparently was the deteriorating factor for the cooked food.

Today and yesterday was shrimp with broccoli and garlic sauce. A couple of egg rolls to boot. (OK, I grabbed some scallops, sweet and sour chicken, and some sesame chicken from the others quart containers also).

Hey, If I pay, I taste some of theirs also. I'll be thinking all night about the rest of the Shrimp/Brocc/garlic meal I have left to finish tomorrow. Yum!
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 8:48:40 PM

Good news Good news... My sister is in a studio a room with a separate kitchen like those here, and she is delirious with joy. AGAIN. Her other son and daughter in law happened to be visiting nearby and mentioned their mom needed a place. They knew of this place, but didn't think about it really, but they decided to ask. She refused to go look at a STUDIO but finally after about a week she decided to at least look and fell in love with the roominess. Got fed up with the smells and cockroaches where she and son were staying, so she took it for under what she had been paying for the previous hole in the wall trailer her son got last time. This place sounds good and many amenities. Hope she stays and lets her son just caregive for her...but she already is planning her next move to accomodate him. She has forced air heat and A/c. free utilities and laundry even. She cannot do any better for herself. I hope she appreciates what she has and stays there.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 11:22:17 AM

Hopefully today my car will be fixed and my trip taking the DIL to the dentist tomorrow will be without fanfare.

No idea what today's meal will be. Perhaps I'll order Chinese. The GD is sick, hacking and throwing up so that is killing the joy of the day for her. I haven't seen her yet to see how bad she's doing but the others tell me she isn't so well.

A big Happy Easter to all!
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 10:08:54 AM

~Happy Easter to all my fellow retirees.~

ditto from me too !!!!

Love retirement to death !!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 10:01:27 AM

Gentle reminder fellows that two things aren't discussed much here Politics and Religion.

I laughed at the comparison you made Jemac of me to Sneakers posts. I don't talk about having lots of money..stocks and bond etc and l don't talk religion. Surely you got a hint it wasn't me at the mention of Ford. I always champion Chevrolets. Love my chevvies over the years. Had my hatchback for 17 years. This Malibu will last til l give up driving. Soon too. I no longer enjoy driving. Not that my scooter is in any way safe to toodle around in, but that will soon be my main mode of transportation.

My day is going to start soon as l get the rounds here finished, l will devil the eggs and get the Potatoes prepared to scallop with cheese. The ham will only need heating later and l have to fix another veggie. It is supposed to rain ...very little today.

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 1:28:10 AM

Happy Easter to all my fellow retirees.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 11:50:37 PM

Yeah, I hate it when some so called Christians down another Christian faith. Instead of agreeing on what most all Christians believe, they have to spout off how they are the only ones that are true Christians.

Like I said, the important facts are generally the facts we all believe in, being Christians. Some people spout where the Catholics "idolize" statues. Such garbage. Like I tell them, a broken statue is a broken statue, nothing more. A ripped picture of your child is only a ripped picture....nothing more.

Re: the Virgin Mary. If she was good enough to be Jesus' mother, she is good enough to be looked at, as holy. "Honor your mother and father". Apparently Jesus honored His mother.

Anyway, everyone have a wonderful Happy Easter and it was an eventful time to talk about tomorrow's Main Feature.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 9:35:40 PM

On Apr 4, 2015 7:35:50 PM, Jemac wrote:

>I was reading Sneaker's post, thinking it was Trugas's until I got to the point
>of AJ putting the shower in. What a shocker it was, having AJ over to
>Trugas's house.

That would be an expensive drive if you had to pay for it at the US General Services Administration rate of $0.575 a mile. (I looked that up for AJ because he asked me for a mileage rate.)

>My neighbor came over and found out it's #8 cylinder coil that's bad. HE
>went off to work and I went and spent $53 on one new coil.

Never had one fail. When I have problems, it seems to be the alternator. Domestic vehicle, foreign vehicle, makes no difference. But vehicles have gotten better over the years.

>Sneakers, as far as I'm concerned, all Christians believe 99% the
>same and the differences don't mean anything.

I'm not sure I'm ready to agree with the "dry cleaned" Quakers and the Salvation Army. But I'm a big fan of the Army, they do a lot of good stuff. I peanut butter out my giving among a number of organizations, most of them faith-based (including the Salvation Army). Salvation Army gets my clothes. Goodwill gets my obsolete tech stuff as they seem to be better for that.

>So what if Protestants don't believe the pope should be the head
>of all Christians. Doesn't mean a thing in my book.

I was in a Catholic hospital in Wichita, Kansas in September 1978 when Pope John Paul I died. The nurse was taking my blood pressure when I was watching the morning news. The first thing they put up on the screen was a picture of John Paul I and a birth and death date. I figured out exactly what had happened and my blood pressure and pulse shot up.

A couple of hours later, they had a nun come by my room to see me. I ended out commenting that "While I'm Protestant, the Pope is a very important world leader! Kind of like the President of the Vatican!"

>There's only one set of Christians that think they're hot crap
>and that all the rest are bums, and it's not the Catholics.

I can think of at least two that do, but there are regional differences to what they espouse (I've lived in four states. I was surprised when I moved to Alabama and found that the Methodists there do Hellfire and brimstone preaching!)

"The Bible" is doing the Last Supper. "This Do In Remembrance Of Me." (Neither Catholic nor Lutheran.)


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 4/4/2015 9:39:41 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 8:35:50 PM

I was reading Sneaker's post, thinking it was Trugas's until I got to the point of AJ putting the shower in. What a shocker it was, having AJ over to Trugas's house.

My neighbor came over and found out it's #8 cylinder coil that's bad. HE went off to work and I went and spent $53 on one new coil. He'll install it probably tomorrow. If he doesn't , I will, even though it will make my back extremely cranky.

Sneakers, as far as I'm concerned, all Christians believe 99% the same and the differences don't mean anything. So what if Protestants don't believe the pope should be the head of all Christians. Doesn't mean a thing in my book.

There's only one set of Christians that think they're hot crap and that all the rest are bums, and it's not the Catholics. Shame on them.

Happy Easter to all!!

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 8:30:47 PM

My son is coming around 9 am and spending the day with me. I have ham, sweet potatoes, zucchini and scalloped potatoes. I bought another Boston Cream Cake...so good. I have some chores for son before we eat. He will spend the day.
Decided l cannot eat all that and go to Fearless' spaghetti feed. Son and l will enjoy.
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