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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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LRPharm54
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 12:51:02 PM

I haven't gone on a vacation all my life. I have never either had the time or the money. I would like to go on a Norwegian Cruiseline vacation, or one to Australia or one to Vegas. It is all a matter of time and saving up. I do enjoy my retirement and my new home and my car is almost completely working perfectly. Life is good. The IRS is bad though.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 11:39:07 AM

Trugasca, glad all is working out for you with the housekeeping. I'll bet that the worst you've ever seen in your house is much better than the best we have seen in our house. They are slobs, like I previously said.

BTY, our Outbacks are open from 11 am every day of the week.
Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 11:33:18 AM

That is very good news Turgas ... I was worried about you ! Excellent to have a back up when needed . :)))

My body simply adjusts to the time change , I am one of the few lucky people .

Good morning to all the posters on this thread.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 11:04:43 AM

Jemac, sorry l should have been more specific. THIS restaurant that we are going to ..The OUTBACK is only open at 4 pm weekdays. Weekends they do serve lunch. Most restaurants here are open all day, but some dinner houses are not. My issue is l don't drive after dark, so if the restaurant doesn't open til 4 ,OR don't start serving dinner til 4, then most of the year l cannot go there.

I got good news yesterday. My previous housekeeper, who moved to Kentucky a year ago, is returning to care for her Dad and Mom so she will be going back to work for me in 6 weeks. The good part is it is a month earlier than planned. She is an upbeat, happy, joyful addition to anyone's life and just what l need. She is such a joy to have around and that is even more important to me than the housework. She again will live just up the street, and if l need her, she can come at the drop of a hat.
So much better than a live in caregiver.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 3/4/2015 11:06:54 AM EST]
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 9:48:13 AM

Trugasca, you said "Restaurants open at 4 pm, no longer at the lighter time of day". Are you saying where you live, restaurants aren't open all day long? Here in Florida they are either open all day long or open at 11 am, till late at night.

83 degrees today but will be going down to a nicer temperature in a few days. It does look like our winter nice temperatures aren't here much longer and will be in the steady 80's pretty soon.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 12:07:06 AM

Proceeding through the bills tonight after spending the day getting the oil changed and tires rotated on the Escape.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 10:01:21 AM

YOu have to operate by the clock. Restaurants open at 4 pm no longer at the lighter time of day. So in my case unless it is full on summer, l cannot go out to eat as l don't drive after dark ..which is 5 then changes to 4 in winter, due to springing forward on the clock. See what l mean? If l want to watch a late TV show..say regularly watched at 9 pm...l then have to stay up til 10 but nine by the clock. My internal clock stays the same, l get sleepy and miss the show.

When a cow needs milking whether it is daylight or not , she needs to be milked.

I get up early and can't wait til businesses open and after daylight savings starts , l have to wait another hour.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 10:11:57 PM

I thought I'd gotten Saturday's mail, but when I got up today there was mail in my home office. The main items were two T-shirts from the blood bank and my BBVA Compass debit card. The housemates wear the blood bank T-shirts because I'm too big and tall for them to fit. AJ talks about going but so far he hasn't. He has experience donating manufacturing plasma. No cash compensation for donating blood or blood components, but they're always handing out T-shirts and other things with their slogan on them.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 12:21:58 PM

Of course, in reality daylight saving time changes absolutely nothing … except changing the clock time. If farmers don’t want to change the routine for the animal feedings, etc, they just get up an hour earlier (Actually the same “sun” time) so the animals don’t see a change. You still have the same amount of sunlight in hours …

San Francisco: Sunrise Today: 6:41 AM. Sunset Today: 6:03 PM (11 hours 38 minutes).

If San Francisco was in daylight saving time TODAY you would still have 11 hours, 38 minutes of sunlight, but it would be from 7:41 PM to 7:03 PM.

Just a clock change. Nothing else changes. If you get up according to the clock (and not the sun), it would stay light, later. Get up according to the sun, nothing changes.

States and territories in the United States that do not observe daylight saving time, aside from most of Arizona (last 40 years), include: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 9:59:53 AM

Took it easy yesterday .. stayed in, due to dark threatening clouds and thunder and lightning. Made a quick Bisquick cherry cobbler and ate left over veggie soup. Was a nice day til l started calling about the Lunch Bunch. Made all the arrangements with a date change, then got a call it was no go. Had to change the date again to the week end and haven't let all know yet, of the second change.

Even retirement gets too busy for me at times. LOL. Got into discussion about Spring forward. I said it means gets dark earlier and they said no it gives more daylight at end of day. How does that work if at 5pm you have changed clock to 6 pm?
ecsojay
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 3:20:12 AM

Best part of retirement is getting that company check each month and you didnt have to get out of bed once and clock in....
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 2:35:00 AM

The subdivision where I live has a private park for residents and their guests. So, my housemates and I got out Saturday and went for a walk. It was overcast and a raw wind was blowing. But we had fun. I did get on the swings and fell flat on my back when I tried to get off. I was stunned for a moment and I was glad my housemates were there to get me up off the ground.

My housemates made me lunch and then they went out to eat. I would have fended for myself had I known they were going out for lunch.

Got three boxes of checks in the mail. One of my banks provides a thirty-check sampler at no charge. They sent me two free samplers, one a while back and the other in today's mail. Of course, I'm going to use both of them.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 2:10:47 AM

On Feb 22, 2015 8:37:29 PM, I wrote:

>On Feb 21, 2015 1:31:30 AM, I wrote:

>>I ordered my test kit and should get it in 5-7 business days (seems everybody says that).

>FIT test kit? 5-7 business days.
>Debit card for new account? 5-7 business days.

Neither arrived so far.

>Checks for new account? 5-7 business days.

Arrived Saturday.

>Federal tax refund? I'm hoping it will be in 5-7 business days... it was last year!

Arrived Thursday, but I didn't check my bank account until Friday night. My goal is to have the transactions to transfer the money to the accounts where I want it to go entered by Monday morning. I'm going to put $1500 into my escrow alternative account (no escrow account if you don't have a mortgage, so I get to roll my own) and use the rest to pay the credit card I used for my property taxes. I can borrow money for 11.24% APR while the taxing authorities here (the city, the county, and the school district) all charge a 7% late fee for the first month and an additional 2% for subsequent months. However, for most of it, I'm going to get free float.

GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 10:17:18 AM

Can't wait till this snow lets up to travel a bit. Wife hates being a passenger even on the snowy roads.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:22:47 PM

No matter how hard I tried, I've missed one or two bills a year and had to pay the penalty for missing it by a day or two. (unless I could talk them into excusing the penalty as a good gesture to me for always being so prompt yearly). I finally got my butt into gear and e-auto-paid all, monthly. It sure takes a lot of stress off my back.

Sneakers, I, like you, have an Excel spreadsheet with all the approx. 25 monthly bills and when due, ... and when paid. It's great to have an automatic calculation to make sure nothing is going haywire.

Of course, even though I had the spreadsheet, I did miss one or two, yearly, until I set up auto-paid monthly.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:02:19 PM

On Feb 25, 2015 10:04:58 AM, Jemac wrote:

>Do you have all your bills e-paid also?

The ones that I can, I have a minimum monthly payment e-paid. Then, the first of the month, I go in and pay the bills manually. I want to look at the bills before they get paid.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 10:48:42 AM

No l haven't changed my password on anything but the credit union. I have no more room in my passbook anyway. I have 58 password protected places and Gas Buddy too. Many are mundane, have no real personal info so don't care.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 3:54:36 PM

Hi Trugasca, I also consider the EMP that can take out "most all" our electrical for up to a year or so. ATM's, generators that operate gasoline stations, most cars, water pumps, all transportation. If you listen to "them", it's that old saying, not if, but when.

Unfortunately I don't have storage of anything and am apparently waiting until the horse leaves the barn before securing the door.

Tru, have you changed all your passwords on your accounts like they mentioned us to do, back about 2-3 month's ago. It should keep the people that scammed account passwords from getting into our accounts.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:44:10 AM

I have everything that is regular monthly bill on automatic. The ones l can tho l want to run thru the credit card to get rewards. I made $12 this month so far that way. Every little bit helps. I check and pay that card daily or so online.

I get a paper monthly statement from Capital one but it is zero balance so l should stop it. Still it does print out what happened that month. Payments and charges etc.

With all the breaking into accounts tho l am not sure it is a great idea to have our accounts so available anymore.

Still the mailboxes have been broken into at times as well. But they were available to a few , whereas now all our info is available to Russian thieves as well as China etc, and they don't even have to be physically present to steal. Speaking of stealing, my neigbor's Honda was stolen night before last. They went right past my car in the lot.. thank goodness it isn't as popular. Doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

Jemac l guess l was also spurred on to collect water and canned goods by the constant warnings here of the BIG ONE coming. They say any day an earthquake could happen, and we should have supplies enough to care for ourselves for at least a week. Because emergency help would be overwhelmed. They even tell us to keep meds ahead and cash as atm's wouldn't work etc. Instead of cash l elect to have supplies. Of every kind. Poor son when l die will have a lot to get rid of. LOL

Jemac
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:04:58 AM

Do you have all your bills e-paid also? It's so much easier to not have to write out checks or even forget a payment. Mine are all automatic paid on the date I want.

[Edited by: Jemac at 2/25/2015 11:05:39 AM EST]
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 2:37:44 AM

It's the time of month where all my bills cycle. I've got everything e-billed (except I have a couple that still send a paper bill although you can go in and download an e-bill) and I'm going out and getting/saving all the e-billls. They're all either PDFs or I can save them as PDFs.

When I went to get my Capital One checking statement for February, I found that I hadn't gotten the statement for January. (Checking account statements aren't that useful to me in the first place, I track my payments with a spreadsheet and check them off as they come through.)

I did get a copy of the January statement to see if there was anything useful on it. There wasn't.
Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:37:52 PM

Just stopping by to say " hello " .. sounds like you are all enjoying your retirement years ...I hope to do the same " someday".

Cheers from Vancouver Island ~
Jemac
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:50:00 AM

I'm a midnight to 1 am "go to sleep person" and get up around 8am - 9am, so about 8 hours. I do try to get in a little nap in the early afternoon also. I'm sure my medical problems help make that necessary.

I like the idea of having an extra supply of canned goods that can be eaten cold if necessary. In today's world I think an extra supply of non-perishable food is a good idea. Too much food in the freezer or frig. to me isn't too good an idea though, unless you can eat it within a few days with a Coleman heater or a charcoal grill.

Here in Florida we have tornadoes and hurricanes that can shut off all electricity. Hurricane Wilma took some areas off the power grid for three weeks in year 2005. We store water when a hurricane is approaching, including in the bathtub to flush the toilet.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:02:33 AM

Yes Sneakers l am like that with sleeping too. Never know when l will wake. This morning it was 4:30, l lay in bed til 5:15 hoping to fall back asleep but ......

Jemac, l just met docputer online. He used to pick on me a whole lot because # 1 l live in what he calls Kali forn Yayy or some such. # 2 because he said l was a screamin liberal. etc. But we got past all that and now are friendly. I got back in touch with him when he had the heart attack. I ignore all his attacks on our President and the awful cartoons. He is a good guy who lMO is mislead.LOL Boy if he reads that he will fight me again.
If a person is not insulting or downright mean, then l can look at their good qualities and enjoy reading their posts.

Jemac the walking short distances only is exactly my problem. Just like you, if l go too far LOL a few hundred feet, then back/hip gives out. Also my legs cramp. I use my walker, on bad days l have to scooter.
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As to a housekeeper or not , l don't like anyone commenting on my food supply. My friends do and they haven't really seen all l have. I built up a large supply of canned goods. Cleaning products etc. I take advantage of sales to stock up. My business if l prefer to do that, not a housekeeper's , Also l have had too many things wrecked by housekeepers. I was reminded of that yesterday when l went to put on my outside shoes..Old garden clogs that l leave by the back door to slip into so don't track mud etc back in. The housekeeper set heavy stuff on them and they no longer are slip into as she mashed the back part flat and it no longer stands up. Little irritating things like that is why l prefer not to have anyone in my place messing with my stuff.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 3:32:17 PM

Seems I'm going to bed later and later and getting up later. I pretty much sleep six hours a day, and it doesn't matter much what six hours it is. I used to get up at 4:00 AM and go get my daily gas prices. Needless to say, I'm at Level 5 on "Night Owl."
Jemac
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 1:00:12 PM

Hi Trugasca, are you related to docputer or just know him from GB.

I'm like you in not being able to do what I used to do but still do 90% of what I presently want to do. My big problem is not being able to walk distances as my back/hip give out.

I've also got to lose some pounds and am presently trying to do that. I've mostly always watched what I eat but am being even more critical now.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 10:31:28 AM

I'm with you Jemac. Where l live ups my enjoyment of life tremendously. No dealing with all the problems of major snow winters. Yesterday was truly windy. I stayed indoors for that .LOL.

Called docputer in TX. He is doing so much better, but not fast enough for him. He talks of not ever living the life he did before the heart attack, but hasn't fully accepted it.

He is a few years younger than me. Makes me so appreciative of the life l have. I am still able to do lots, tho not what l used to do of course. Physically l have gone downhill, but still go where l want when l want. Eat what l want when l want. Like that. Freedom of choice in Retirement is so much a part of it, and the pleasure you can get.

I could have a housekeeper, but l like the privacy of none right now. My life is my own. When l see Fearless Leader she says "haven't seen you lately???" and she lives 2 doors away. But sometimes, like yesterday l choose to stay in and read or cook and just enjoy my quiet time.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 10:03:20 PM

Not working and enjoying every day of my life.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 9:37:29 PM

On Feb 21, 2015 1:31:30 AM, I wrote:

>I ordered my test kit and should get it in 5-7 business days (seems everybody says that).

FIT test kit? 5-7 business days.

Debit card for new account? 5-7 business days.

Checks for new account? 5-7 business days.

Federal tax refund? I'm hoping it will be in 5-7 business days... it was last year!



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 2/22/2015 9:39:44 PM EST]
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 9:31:57 PM

On Feb 21, 2015 1:31:30 AM, I wrote:

>I commented to the new accounts person that I could remember when they
>were Central Bank of Alabama. I lived in Alabama from 1982 to 1983 and
>had an account there.

Oh, the good old days when you could get a certificate of deposit that paid 15% interest!

One of the local banks (not Central Bank) made an introductory offer of a loan with 12% interest. Took the money and went to a bank that paid 15% interest on CDs.

I saw a news story on The Weather Channel where they were showing people slipping and sliding around Huntsville, Alabama (where I lived from 1982 to 1983). In the Huntsville area, the town basically shuts down when they have their one annual snow. When I worked, I got paid biweekly on Thursdays. (Now that I'm retired, I get my monthly pension payment on the first working day of the month.) Well, we had the annual snow on payday. I got home from work and then I got the idea to walk to Central Bank, it was only about a mile away from home. It was fun being out in the wintry wonderland. I saw only one vehicle the whole trip.

I went back to the Huntsville area in 1985 to work another project for the same company (stayed at the same company for 32.468 years but was relocated a half-dozen times to where the work was; retired from layoff when International Space Station development wound down). One Tuesday after work, I had some errands to run in Huntsville and I heard the weather forecast that snow was coming Thursday. So, I decided to go grocery shopping and hopefully avoid the rush. It was a smart move, Wednesday people were carrying off the grocery stores in the area. I bought three one-pound bags of frozen broccoli. The person in line behind me commented that he hated broccoli!

Thursday, I called my manager and commented that I was going to take a day of vacation if that was OK with him. Turned out I didn't have to take vacation because the county officially requested that nobody get out on the roads. So, I just stayed cocooned at home.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 4:59:38 PM

Yep, life is always good. Of course living here in Florida has upped my degree of goodness considerably. When living in NY I hated hibernating for 4 to 5 months and then the summers were too hot many times.

Just a beautiful day but a bit too hot at 80 degrees.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 9:55:09 AM

You got that right 2many!!. Life is Good, and everyday, even when tribulations happen, if you look for it, you can find something to enjoy or be happy about. Even if it is "this too will end". Goodness l am sounding ridiculously pollyanna-ish. But l do believe in looking to the good and enjoying what you have at that moment. Life is too short to waste it. At my age especially and l didn't learn it soon enough. Well l guess it is soon enough. Just wish it had been sooner.

Yesterday l got 14 dresses washed. All the dishes done and swiffered as well. All needed doing and glad it is done. I framed a Fort Bragg, CA sunrise l took a picture of. I am so enjoying the pics l made of two waterfalls on trips to Hawaii and Yosemite. The pics bring up so many good memories. So l did the Fort Bragg pic. I lived and loved living in Fort Bragg for 4 years.

I made beef barley soup from the tritip leftover and a little dog (loo loo)came running in, as she always does if anywhere near here (coz l give her treats) and l gave her some of the veg soup. She loved it and l gave her more (total of 2 large spoonsful maybe)
She always appreciates whatever l have, but l don't want to overfeed her as her owner has his beliefs of how she should eat , so just a little snack of something home made.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 8:34:17 AM

Planting flowers and budding fruit trees. I am truly jealous. It is 0 degrees here this morning. Supposed to be cold for at least the next 8 days. I guess we are lucky not to be getting all those FEET of snow out east. Every February we start dreaming of spring but winter always reminds us that it isn't done yet. The temps have been way below normal all month. But the sun is shinning this morning and that will make it look warm. I am trying to mot do what I have done too much of in the past, wishing for tomorrow. At my age the snowball is starting to roll downhill so I must enjoy each day. I wrote a poem once and the last paragraph is:
THE TIMES IN THE PAST
THAT I WISHED AWAY
CANNOT BE RECLAIMED
WHAT A FOOL I HAVE BEEN

So today I am just going to enjoy the sunshine.
To quote my buddy trugas: LIFE IS GOOD
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 5:41:25 AM

To those in snow country, my fruit trees are beginning to sprout
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 2:25:38 AM

I think I'm going to have to go to the doctor to complain about my right arm. It seems to have arthritis or maybe carpal tunnel. I've been taking Aleve and it helps some, but they don't want you taking NSAIDs for long without a doctor's OK. They don't want me on aspirin, and while Feldene works for me you can't take it and give platelets. (You can give plasma and red cells, though.)

Got on Facebook Saturday morning and discovered there was a major power outage back home. Called Mom and she told me she had power. Her lines come from the west while the next town's over come down a different path altogether. There used to be two different electric companies but the one that decided to be the "next Enron" got acquired when things turned sour.

Got out about 5:00 PM and went to H-E-B for a few items and to get my gas prices at three stations. Got gas at the cheapest Top Tier station in the area. Mom called at 6:00 PM when my hands were full. I called her back at 6:02 PM.

I'm going to be a busy pet parent this week. Tiger the kitten goes in Wednesday afternoon while Rocky the dog goes in Saturday morning. Rocky's behind on his vaccinations, they came up just as I was getting ready to move out of my apartment and into my house. I've got two other kitties that need to go to the vet.


trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:11:26 AM

Life is good. docputer is up and visits his rocker on the porch to watch the birds and his lovely flowers.
Glad to hear it and tho l am few years older than he, l don't do that much more than he does now. Course he doesn't have housework to do, but other than that. ..

I am enjoying peasant bread toasted for breakfast and will have a banana later.
Put my money in the bank when l collected for the power chair. Sure hope that old feller doesn't kill himself on it. Not too mobile. I printed off a bunch of info for him about those chairs. Apparently they tip easily...reaching out too far from center of gravity will tip you.

Planted my bleeding hearts (3) and transplanted the primrose only to pots for now. I have one at my front door that looks like my current avatar. Bright and cheerful yellow. But the new ones l was given are pale and range from pink down to white.

Foggy today but temp finally made it up to 67 briefly yesterday, very briefly. And if you got in the shade of a building you got chills. Still better than what l am reading about back east.

Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 2:31:30 AM

Did some running around yesterday afternoon, getting gas prices and making a trip to the bank to open a new account.

When I was driving out to the highway, my "low fuel" light came on. For me, that means it's time to fill up the tank. Drove by three stations, getting all the prices at the stations (twelve in total). Forgot to get any gas.

Opened a new checking account with BBVA Compass. They are the closest bank to my new home and they have good banking products. Finally, a bank in Houston that pays more than 0.01% APY on a savings account! I commented to the new accounts person that I could remember when they were Central Bank of Alabama. (I lived in Alabama from 1982 to 1983 and had an account there. I then moved back in 1985, but there was a credit union that I drove by every day that I could join. So I banked there.) I'm going to close a couple of other checking accounts that have branches close to where I used to live, but I think I'll leave my safe deposit box where it is.

Got a letter from my medical insurance offering me a free Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) colon cancer screening. I ordered my test kit and should get it in 5-7 business days (seems everybody says that). It's quite simple and doesn't involve all the rigamarole of a colonoscopy. On the other hand, if it comes back positive you'll need to have a colonoscopy.

GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:52:08 AM

This is why I love retirement. It was 10 below this morning and just covered back up to stay warm.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:08:18 AM

I baked Peasants bread yesterday. Beginner baker. Took the easy way. Was ok. Love French bread and this is similar.

Pulled apart 2 primrose l was given for my birthday and repotted them as they were dying. Need to get the bleeding heart l bought into the dirt as well.

I am solar generated and can't seem to do much unless the sun is shining.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:02:00 AM

Best job I ever had.
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I am really enjoying my volunteering at the VA. At times it feels like I never left. A lot of the patients say they are happy to see me back. I am taking a break today as there is only one doctor there and I would just get bored. It was very cold here again last night but then it warmed up and started snowing. This is turning into another winter from h...
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 11:58:45 AM

So Sneakers fills his time doing lots of things and has fun.

I fill my time doing little and having fun.

We all sat out and watched a group trying to get a huge plant from the ground. At one point they were going to pull it out with a truck, after breaking a shovel and no one else would loan them another. Kinda fun. Memories of Keystone Kops. Then there is watching dog and cat playing hide and seek around the overgrown plants in front of my place. Swimming or floating is fun. Reading is a way to spend time of retirement without much effort. I am not liking too much work. I make things as easy as possible. Found baking bread way without all that kneading. Turns out well.
I like shopping too but it wears me out.
I prefer sowing seed to planting plants. I worked hard when l had a job. Now l want to enjoy life as easily and fun as possible.

Some hardy souls like to volunteer and that takes a lot of work especially in winter.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 4:10:50 AM

Decided to finish off my taxes after the news. I went through and verified everything was entered correctly, and it took me about an hour and twenty minutes. I E-filed at one minute after midnight Central time. At 12:37 AM, I got a text message on my phone that said my return was accepted by the IRS.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 10:00:14 PM

The guest bathroom is still only a half-bathroom (AJ removed the tub, but he hasn't yet figured out how to replace it with a walk-in shower). So today, I took a shower in the master bathroom bathtub that's about eight inches off the floor. It's not that easy to get in and out.

AJ is going to have to wind up his home remodeling as he works as a pool technician and it will soon be pool maintenance season in Houston.

We had kolaches for breakfast and beef soup about 5:00 PM. And I'll likely have something before I go to bed as two of my pills really need to be taken with food.

Only ripped two CDs today but I'll likely start back up after the 10:00 PM news is over. Unless, of course, I decide to give my taxes a final going over. I'm not sure what really needs to be gone over of the eleven pages of the printed return; the main thing I can think of is to check that all the manually entered 1099s were entered correctly and my total amount of capital gains was correct. I did it with TurboTax.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 9:39:33 PM

On Feb 17, 2015 9:47:07 AM, Jemac wrote:

>I expect ripping CD's for Sneakers is either putting individual music on CD's

Putting music (or data) on blank CDs is called "burning."

>or duplicating CD music onto another CD.

That's ripping and burning... all I'm doing is ripping.

My housemate AJ wants to go through my ripped CD collection and burn some CD mixes for his truck.

He did listen to one of my CDs (the most recent Boston release) and said "That's not Boston." He picked up on the fact they don't have Brad Delp doing the vocals any more. Brad tragically passed away a few years ago.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:47:19 PM

Got the pills my internist ordered on the 10th of February. I was delighted to discover that Exforge HCT has now gone generic. That reduces my cost from $50 for 90 days therapy to $10 for 90 days therapy. Now, all seven meds that I take have gone generic, which means the price is $10 or less.

My insurance had one change for 2015: out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses are limited to $4600 per year. (Before, the amount was unlimited.) Has something to do with ObamaCare's out-of-pocket maximum.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 8:31:20 PM

I'm putting the finishing touches on my Federal income tax return (no state income tax here). It's been sitting since Friday. I printed out a copy of the return from TurboTax. Because I took an IRA withdrawal to pay cash for my house, I went into a higher tax bracket (which I expected) and I ended out paying a 3.8% ObamaCare tax on my investment income (which I didn't). I used the tax calculation worksheet to figure out how much to have my IRA custodian withhold to pay the income taxes on the withdrawal, but I got overwithheld. I forgot the standard deduction and the personal exemption when I was calculating. That said, I'd rather get a refund than to have to pay taxes on April 15th!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 7:49:21 PM

On Feb 17, 2015 9:15:00 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers what is ripping Cds?

Reading them into the computer, so they can be played from the computer without having to have the original discs present.

I take a laptop on vacation that's filled with my music collection. I almost always play my music from my laptop as it's very easy to find what you want. Type in the name of the artist, composer, disc title, etc., and it shows you all the matches essentially instantly.

I've got a lot of CDs. When you start in buying CDs in 1983, and every week or two you buy a disc or two, they add up.

I can also put a subset of what I have on my cell phone, my MP3 player, my tablet....

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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 10:47:07 AM

The problem with being retired and traveling is if you already live in God's country. I have no better place to travel living here in Spring Hill Florida, as I am there now.

I'd actually get a P/T job "if" my body would allow it but work's all over for me. Back won't allow it unless I had a sitting job and I think there's few of them out there.

I expect ripping CD's for Sneakers is either putting individual music on CD's or duplicating CD music onto another CD.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Nomo, relax and enjoy some time for yourself first. Travel maybe. But where? Maimi is the vacation place isn't it? From there it is the Carribean. Have you been?

Sneakers what is ripping Cds?

I have been swimming two days in a row. More than last summer.!
I cleaned house yesterday morn, then shredded some documents, then baked. Made cheezy zucchine and some sweet potato muffins. That was my day oh and went out to dinner.
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:16:29 AM

Recently retired and I find myself looking for some P/T work...but not looking all that hard, lol. Have some resume's in..but nothing yet. I am not really sad about it either
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