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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: Dec 22, 2014 4:02:39 PM

Hang in there Jayrad.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 10:46:50 AM

Someday...
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 10:43:29 AM

The santa hat l wore when passing out Christmas cards. Wishing those who celebrate it Merry Christmas and Happy Days to those who don't.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 8:55:11 AM

TexBob you went to OKC and you are IN OKC? Does that mean you went downtown? or did you move? Welcome in either case, and glad you are enjoying retirement too. Smiles.

I made peanut brittle, and pecan brittle in microwave, and then l made microwave fudge and it turned out better than any fudge l ever made on the stove with candy thermometers etc. I was so pleased that l don't have to eat it with a spoon. LOL.
It takes a minute and a half and two or three things. Depending if you want nuts or not.
The condensed milk and the chocolate bits. Soooooo good and easy.

Bought a pair of leather like slippers and the left foot is cut funny so that the heel doesn't stay in the slipper. Gotta return the nummies. Cheap. $10. No quality control in foreign countries.
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TexBob
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 2:35:21 AM

Went to OKC with the wife. Got a nice phone call on the way from #2 son. Got Gazettes at the Quik Trip. Went to the Lido for lunch. Mmmmmmmm Good!!! Went to Crest Market to shop. Went to Sams for alargy pills. Drove home"..... A great day
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 1:25:32 AM

AJ called in the morning. His agenda included going to Lowe's and getting a new walk-in shower for the guest bathroom, and going to Academy Sports and Outdoors to look at exercise equipment. Never heard from him to see if he ever bought anything. Didn't go out today, instead preferring to go to the door and get Chinese delivery. Washed a load of laundry about an hour after lunch, and dried it after I talked to Mom around 7:00 PM. Listened to lots of music listed in the "what are you listening to" topic. I went through all the stuff that began with "A" I wanted to and now I'm up to "Boston: Greatest Hits".
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 8:37:07 AM

Got an E-mail from my contact at my IRA asset manager. They noted the correct spelling of "FRIENDSWOOD" (the city where my pre-owned house is located) although I did point it out. My contact said everything looked good (cut and pasted signature and all) and he sent it off to their other people and the IRA custodian. He also wished me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (he knows which winter holidays I celebrate).
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:20:43 PM

AJ and the BFF called to see I was alive. I was, but I usually don't take the phone into the bathroom to avoid potential mishaps related to electronics and water. (The BFF wiped out her Mac's logic board by taking it in the bathroom. She's not allowed to do that again, or at least she'll be doing without a Mac.)

It's been raining all day, and after I got my first 225 points on GasBuddy and I got Mom called I started in collecting e-statements from the Internet. I had gotten one so far this month, it cycled on the first of the month. I picked up another dozen e-statements and made changes of address as I go. I hadn't sent the change of address to my IRA manager; I was stumped how to scan in a signature with my scanner stashed in a box and then I realized I had previously scanned my signature. I did a little cyber-cutting and cyber-pasting and my change of address form was signed! I also ordered my Mom a long raspberry-colored terry cloth robe for those cold nights up on The Farm.

AJ and the BFF asked me if I had packed any boxes and when I said I didn't they said I could pack boxes on a rainy day. I told them "I DIDN'T SAY I WAS NOT GOING TO PACK BOXES BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, I SAID I WASN'T GOING OUT IN THE RAIN!" On the other hand, it would be a great day to test out my black rubber Converse "Chuck Taylor" rain boots! AJ asked about the trash and I said there's getting to be an accumulation on the left side of my chair, but nothing I couldn't pick up in about twenty minutes. I also need to run a load through the clothes washer and a load through the dishwasher.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 4:44:36 PM

The current management is putting on some good events and the food has been exceptional. Thanksgiving ham was better than this time, but the broccoli salad this time was excellent. So balances out. We had local talent one lady played cello, one on drums and a soprano sang. Then we all joined in. Fun.
Starting up Bingo and monthly birthday parties and that is happy. Something to do around here is nice.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3:45:33 PM

Do what we want when we want....
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 9:28:53 AM

On Dec 17, 2014 8:53:35 PM, Targetsmom wrote:

>Sneakers hope you soon will be all settled in your new digs !

I think the major thing is getting things moved over. It's not going to happen today because it's raining and we're hauling the stuff over on a pickup truck. AJ's truck is now completely fixed.

Spent most of the day yesterday taking back the sewer jetter, having lunch, and trying to give platelets. Didn't give platelets because my iron levels were too low. I did give a unit of red cells on November 24th, and I gave two units of platelets on December 2nd.

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:14:53 AM

Yes 2manyfords, we are having the last of the rain today and then they say it will be dry thru Christmas. Will be nice for travelers, including my son. You just keep on keepin' on. Long as you want to. Me, l will sit back, relax, and watch. Smiles. Everytime l drive down our main street past an equipment company l think of you. There is a huge piece of equipment parked in front. Yellow and BIG.

Just read on GB today about Montana considering raising the speed limit to 85 and they put it that they know there will be more accidents and deaths, but...........
Life is not worth much anymore, just so people can get to where they want to go, l guess and faster.

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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:02:32 AM

Only kind of rockin' I want to do is 'rock and roll'. I am afraid if I stop and sit I may not get up again.

Has the weather calmed down in California and on the island? We may get a little snow here before Christmas. All we had has melted away.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:20:25 AM

Super 2many, you just can't sit and rock can you?

LOL about the fingerprints and background check..figure since you retired you may have joined a terrorist group? could happen you know.

Hey Targetsmom, good to see you and l went to some photos of yours even tho l had seen them before. Just like to peek in once in awhile.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 9:53:35 PM

That is wonderful Trugas , I have an appreciation for baking . I love baking those little one bite cupcakes .Pecan pie would be special . Good girl .

Way to go 2many we all should be doing things that make us feel happy. Good boy .

Jemac your household sounds both busy and happy .

Sneakers hope you soon will be all settled in your new digs !
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:03:37 PM

Yes, the last 10 years of my career was as an Optometry technician. I did go in today and sign up to volunteer. I actually had to get fingerprinted and need a background check before I can start even though I worked there for 40 years. Wow, things are getting bad in the world. Anyway I have to go through 2 TB tests and an orientation yet this month. Maybe I can start soon in the new year. The docs I worked with are glad I am coming back. It will only be until I start back at the marsh in the spring but should be fun. I don't see myself doing this hard labor for much longer so it is nice to have something to keep me busy.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:23:13 PM

2many didn't you say you were in optemetry is that a word? I went to your profile and see you were in the service or serving vets for 40 years. No wonder you miss it. It was your life. I understand now why you would think about going back to volunteer there for no pay. Absolutely. Good for you.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:15:28 PM

That is scary Jemac, but we get cracks in concrete here too. My patio has two large and the front sidewalks have many.

Passed out about 30 or so cards today with a little pecan pie for each. I mean little.
Miniature muffin tin l made them in. Glad it is done as it started raining a bit ago., tho tomorrow is supposed to be rain free. I would go shopping except the last time l was out in CVS l heard a lot of deep chest coughing and they weren't at the pharmacy either, just plain shopping. Why can't sick people stay home? Especially the sick kids.

Scootered around and no visiting. One lady called and Thanked me, said l was so thoughtful and it was nice of me to do that, and wasn't l sweet and generous. ON and ON and ON for a card for heaven's sakes. She is the lady l mentioned that seems to require constant attention..I saw therapist going in there today and she had her illness 3 months ago. Glad l am not her.

Made the manager open the door to give her her card. I forget they don't open til 10 am. She reminded me to come to the party friday, and l said l sure would. My friends are playing music. One on drums and one on cello and that is such a strange combo l am interested to hear it. They may have a singer too. so 3 ladies.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:09:31 PM

2manyfords, I guess it all depending on what you do at home. I'm a big computer freak and interact with my brother in NY with genealogy, among other things so that keeps me a little busy. Spreadsheets for bills, and a few more spreadsheets for other things. I also help my brother with the computer as he always comes up with a problem or two weekly. He had an operation that took a bit of his computer mental skills away.

I also have 5 others here along with 5 cats and one dog that keep me company. 2 of the 5 - One is 6 years old and the other 5 months old. Babysitting can be a common thing, weekly. We're all a big related family.

I pick up the 6 year old from school and sometimes drive her there.

In my other free time, Busch Gardens and friend's visits.
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:01:28 PM

Trugasca, those sinkholes were 3 and 4 houses down on my side of the street. My next door neighbor is hoping he doesn't have any as there's a widening crack in his bathroom and his living room creaks when they walk into it. Sounds extremely scary for a house that is single story and a cement floor.

I have a couple of cracks in my living room and am hoping its from a bulldozer that took my "forest" from my back yard 2 year's ago. ...I don't know though.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 4:51:09 PM

AJ's got the drain line from the kitchen clean as the day it was made!

One task done, two left to do!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:20:47 AM

Glad AJ found a vet for his dog that he can afford to pay out of his savings.

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:15:06 AM

2many..isn't there something else that incorporates the positives of the job you had, that you could do? Going back to paying for all the expense of working and getting no paycheck just doesn't seem a smart move. If you like people then visit people who need visiting. 20 hours a week and they pay you for it. Call "council on Aging or senior center.
If you like working with your hands, then make things for children who have needs. That type of thing. Volunteering at the library or senior center or many places is really fulfilling. Help people doing their taxes.
Help a grown up learn to read, etc. I can go on forever with things to do besides work, meaningful things. Mentor. there is a big need.

Welcome vwdee. Glad you are enjoying retirement. I ran into an ex-working friend. She said she would call, but hasn't. The rest of the people l worked with were hard working people who are so glad to be retired that they have no time for me.

Went to dermatologist yesterday and got my third eye removed. BIG hole in forehead, and now l find myself humming "Hole in the head Brown" remember that song?.

I grabbed gas at $2.49 a gallon which was a big drop from $2.54 then today l see on GB that it dropped there again , to $2.45. Most places are 30c a gallon more around here.

Jemac your list is just about how l feel. Says it all. Especially the "don't need as much money as thought' Boy those sinkholes around your home is a scary thing. No way to prevent it ?



[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/17/2014 10:18:04 AM EST]
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:54:45 AM

Jemac, I may have talked about this earlier but not sure. I loved my job but it was way too busy and I got very stressed. I know that is a contradiction but is the way I felt. The day I retired I was leaving and headed for my car just outside the building. I stopped and got very emotional. I came very close to going back in and telling them I changed my mind. I do enjoy now having time to get things done at home. As you can see from my posts I am again working but seasonal. I was not looking for this job. It came looking for me. Now I am off until spring and I will again be getting bored due to winter and being stuck in the house. I actually was thinking of visiting my old workplace (I do that from time to time) today. I have been thinking of volunteering there and may talk to them about that today. It would mean having the expenses of working without the paycheck. But it would be nice to do the things I enjoyed and forget the stress. We will see. And I do miss my workbuddies.
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:25:21 AM

Latest on the sewer jetting: I'm going to have to rent the machine because I have a local ID and AJ doesn't.

Usually take my blood pressure meds on a full stomach but because I forgot I took them on an empty stomach. I got one set of instructions that say "either one, but don't switch."
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 10:31:49 PM

Question: Does anyone here regret retirement?

1) I always have loads of stuff to do and I'm never bored.
2) I find out I need less money than what they say.
3) I do 90% of what I want to do, but many things I don't want to do anymore.
4) I live at my favorite vacation place. Coincidentally it is my Fla. home.
5) I don't miss work one bit.
6) I don't miss my work buddies one bit. Nice to email them though.
7) My car gets 8,000 miles less on the odometer each year.
8) My car lasts forever here in Florida. No rust, only maintenance.
9) My only problems are sinkholes. They're coming closer to me where I live.
10)I have my DIL, one GD and 2 GG children living with me (happiness {:>)
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VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 6:13:15 PM

I'm enjoying every second of my very early retirement.

My day is way too short, I am that busy.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 1:04:05 PM

AJ found and fixed a cracked drain line going from the washing machine.

He also found a vet that will vaccinate Rita (his German Shepherd puppy) for less than the going rate.

He's also found a kid to help him move stuff out. The kid is short on money. I haven't been feeling well the past couple of days (getting dizzy at times, so it may have been a good thing that I didn't donate platelets Sunday). My internist is in a group practice that has their own in-house urgent care department. On the other hand, it may be my blood pressure medicine.

I haven't heard any comments about the sewer jetting, hopefully it's going on.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 12:41:44 PM

On Dec 16, 2014 8:47:22 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>I meant the blood donation comment only for foolin. since he mention finances.
>You can sell blood right?

Most of the sales of blood components are manufacturing plasma. Manufacturing plasma goes through a number of purification steps that wouldn't work on volunteer-donated plasma as you'd destroy some of the molecules in the plasma that you want to have.

It is legal on the Federal level to sell whole blood and other blood components, but because blood taken from paid donors is a lot more likely to harbor transmission-transmissible diseases hospitals all but refuse to use it.

Texas REQUIRES that all blood components used in the State (except manufacturing plasma) come from volunteer donors.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 9:47:22 AM

I meant the blood donation comment only for foolin. since he mention finances. You can sell blood right?

My phone problem is a loud hum during dialing or even if incoming calls. Nothing l have tried gets rid of it. I threw away all my old cord phones and now l have no other way to check the line. or plug. All equipment around this phone has been the same since it was plugged in. The charge lights are lit, so i am told it is not the battery or the phone indicates that. I went online and watched their videos and other than outside lines l have followed all suggestions. They are mostly for dial tones anyway. I should have gotten the service, but it cost $10 a month and now l can't get it for 30 days.
At least l have answering service if anyone calls, l can use my isty bitsy cell phone to call them back. I have been on ATT for over an hour. No help.

May go buy new phone to check it .. Just picked up the phone and can't tell if it is the hum or a dial tone. Too early to call anyone around here.

At least my third eye is going to be taken care of today. I finally pleaded enough with a dermatologist to get an appt today. The spot, sore, infection is much worse and entire thing is red and sore now. The urgent care dr was great but had no expertise in this type of thing. She may have done more harm than good by poking a sqeezing. I will find out later today.

The rain is light at the moment and is expected to become heavier later in the day. Tomorrow will be very heavy again. I saw pictures of our creek during the first and biggest rainfall and then compared to yesterdays rainfall. 3 feet difference at least. The big storm had it almost to the foot bridge going across to the rest of the neighborhood.

I made miniature pecan pies to hand out with the Christmas cards.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 5:23:59 PM

My blood giving has ended year's ago once I got CLL. My understanding that I can never give again as it isn't a curable disease.

Before that, I couldn't give due to parathyroid cancer and treatments for many years.

What they got, they got year's ago.

We don't get much rain this time of year so Busch Gardens is practically any day we want to go. Some days we will have to use our overcoats though with early morning highs in the 30's.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 12:17:37 PM

On Dec 11, 2014 6:13:32 PM, I wrote:

>Going to sleep in the apartment until we can get my bed over. The airbed
>was good when I left last night but AJ said it's flat as a dog (never heard
>that expression before, never thought a dog was particularly flat).

The airbed isn't particularly flat, but it's not usable as an airbed.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 12:12:09 PM

On Dec 15, 2014 9:22:46 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Foolin yourself, you can always donate blood

The Neighborhood Donor Center closest to my apartment won't take me because all four phlebotomists have tried and failed on me at one time. I've had old high school friends who have failed so it's not that unusual.

You can't donate more than 24 times a year (don't know if that's a rolling twelve months or calendar twelve months). And that's platelets only.

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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 10:26:49 AM

On Dec 14, 2014 9:42:14 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>AJ has found a blessing in you.

I think it's mutual.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 10:22:46 AM

Foolin yourself, you can always donate blood . Wonder how many retired people do that?

Jemac, it is a good thing that it doesn't rain much in winter down there so you can go to the gardens....or does it? I don't pay any attention to FLA weather until they say the citrus crop is freezing.

78 don't like the name you chose, so l won't use it. I used to have a topic about why one chose the name they did. How about you? To shock? Or what?

2many, my husband also let me do all the decorating, shopping, wrapping etc. Maybe that's why l don't like it now? Well l didn't like it then either, except the joyful kids faces.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/15/2014 10:25:16 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 10:11:44 AM

I had a "dry stick" at The Blood Center yesterday. I asked them if it could have been because I was a bit dehydrated and they said "YES!" I usually go in after lunch, but this time I went in after breakfast. Usually drink up at lunch even when I'm not donating.

The first day I can donate is Tuesday the 16th, but I'm going to wait to "Christmas Eve Eve" as I'll be able to do plasma and platelets then.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/15/2014 10:15:30 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 6:55:43 AM

Went to local paper to read about the damage the recent storm did, and found an article showing how our county has rents that are soaring. One complex went from $1,000 to $1,400 in a recent new owner purchase. He defends the price as local rents, he said, were $1,800 for a 2 bedroom. WOW. Our complex is at $950 a month , utilities included. Hope it stays at that. Course' our complex is only one bedroom. Not too popular. Sure glad l am getting senior rate.

The rain is really coming down. If it holds steadily, it will be as much as the storm last Thursday. But l understand this rain is going to be spotty in my area. Healdsburg is a hilly town and they had flooding and canoes were used in down town area. They also have the river running nearer to town. I have noticed that as l have driven thru that area on rainy occasions, that the rain was always heavier there too. If it was raining in Windsor lightly, then on my way to Dr in Healdsburg, it started heavier by the time l got nearer the river.

Still haven't fixed my landline, fortunately it doesn't affect the computer. I am going to have to look into a larger, more comfortable cell phone. Mine is so tiny.

So
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 10:42:14 AM

AJ has found a blessing in you.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 10:38:37 AM

On Dec 14, 2014 8:14:48 AM trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers. AJ couldn't move you one day awhile back, coz
>he had truck problems, and this time you said the front end
>squeak was being fixed. Question "is the squeak all that is
>being fixed?" Good luck on finding the cause of a squeak.

He's got two problems: two bald tires (which is limiting him to the KIA I have), and the front end squeak. The tires are bad enough that he's going to get their replacements and bring them to the truck. They've already figured out the cause of the squeak. It's something in the suspension that AJ said he could fix himself if he had the tool.

>Boy I am so happy not to have all the problems of owning a home.
>I just call maintenance when something goes wrong here. Course the
>quality of the maintenance man determines how well things are fixed.

For a few hundred dollars a year, you can get a home warranty that takes care of things. Although it's like health care before 2014: pre-existing conditions are not covered. So, we get to pay for the sewer jetting and fixing the aluminum wiring (we knew about the aluminum wiring).

And in another interesting thing: USPS had about two weeks of forwarded magazines stuck in their system that all came in the mail at once. I was getting letters for a couple of weeks now, but no magazines.

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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 9:24:40 AM

All the worries gone except money and health, hey what changed??
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 9:14:48 AM

Sneakers. AJ couldn't move you one day awhile back, coz he had truck problems, and this time you said the front end squeak was being fixed. Question "is the squeak all that is being fixed?" Good luck on finding the cause of a squeak.

Boy I am so happy not to have all the problems of owning a home. I just call maintenance when something goes wrong here. Course the quality of the maintenance man determines how well things are fixed. Some of them just don't have the knowledge and "patch". When one admits he can't do the work , they call a plumber and get it done correctly. Before l moved in here that happened and l saw the maintenance man standing behind the plumber watching (perhaps to learn?) It was the garbage disposal.

2many, AH the spirit of Christmas. Wonder where that idea even came from? I said "Christmas is stressful and a lot of work"and l should have used a past tense, coz l do not get into that anymore. About all l do is very little decorating, none so far, and send or hand out cards around here, and cook. This year l had the idea of making micro peanut brittle and hand out with the cards. But l may or may not depending on how l feel.

My phone is noisy. A hum. This happened before and l fixed it, but doing the same things this time has not stopped the hum. When l call out l can hear them, but they only hear the noise. I unplugged for 15 seconds and plugged back in. Did the same for the phone jack and boy that was hard on me. I no longer can get to things easily that are low down and between two cabinets or behind a cabinet.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 8:36:29 AM

It's too bad that commercialization has ruined Christmas. Sad that the happiest time of year is making people feel bad about it. Who's fault is it? Our own. I cheat and let the wife worry about the gifts, although she likes it. I just listen to the music, like the decorations and look forward to going to church to celebrate the birth of Christ. I reminisce about the Christmas stories told by my mother and father, ie. the tree put up on Christmas eve, no presents, family times, country school Christmas programs and so on. Yes I am a sap listening to Christmas carols and Ho-Ho-Hoing people but I am attempting to take the season back. Now if we could just keep the spirit of the season year round.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 3:50:27 AM

Went over to the house. U-verse was not working. I needed to find the Wi-Fi hotspot that so far had eluded me. Got the idea "it's close to the AT&T demarc." So, I went outside to find the AT&T demarc (the place where TELCO wires end and customer wires begin). It's right on the wall outside the master bedroom (which I'm not going to take; the tub in the master bedroom is fine, the tub in the guest bathroom is very rusty and AJ wanted to replace it with a walk-in shower for me). Rocky heard me moving around in the dark and he started barking; woke up the BFF, but she was about to get up already. The AT&T tech plugged the hotspot into a power strip (standard U-verse SOP) and it got turned off when the BFF wanted to take a nap. I haven't figured out exactly what we'll have to do to do it, but I'm telling AJ the hotspot will be either in my bedroom or the home office.

AJ found a reputable mechanic who will fix the front end problem on his pickup truck for less than half of one estimate he got. (When the front end goes up and down, it squeaks.) He's going to sewer jet Monday (I have some tasks to do Monday myself) and he'll drop the truck off late Monday night at the shop.

When I was searching around the house for the hotspot, I went into bedroom #2 and bedroom #3 (bedroom #4 is unfinished). I was going to go into bedroom #2 (because it has carpet) and I decided that I'd rather be in bedroom #3 (because it has a walk-in closet). AJ discussed wanting his own home office.

AJ found somebody who will put laminate flooring in my home office for cheap.

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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 6:13:15 PM

Got another opinion on the kitchen and utility room drain line. NO $11,000 bills, NO digging up the line! The second opinion plumber found the line was clogged with grease. The plumber said they will run a "sewer jet" through the line for $400, but that wasn't covered by my home warranty (got them out just in case; it's a pre-existing condition). The BF knows how to run a sewer jet and he can rent one for less than $100 for a whole day.

The BFF lost her engagement ring, it wasn't hugely expensive but then there's the sentimental value. The BF went through the trap on the master bedroom bathroom looking for it. He didn't find the ring, but he found a lot of gunk. He's decided to sewer jet every drain in the place just because.

I commented about taking the sewer jet in the Escape. We need a pickup truck to haul it home, and the BF's truck is out of commission until Monday. He said he has lots of stuff in the house to keep him busy.

I'm going to attempt to give platelets (the only blood component I can give right now) tomorrow. I would have today but the Neighborhood Donor Centers around here that haven't chickened out on me take off Saturday and collect blood Sunday so they have a supply seven days a week. I'll still be able to attempt plasma and platelets December 23rd.
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[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/13/2014 6:18:10 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 5:10:00 PM

I wasn't sure I'd have enough to do in retirement but I am never out of the "to do's". It's mostly all the fun things and little work as my working days are over with, due to the ailments, back and hip pain, etc.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 3:08:54 PM

It means freedom to do what I want, when I want….depending on finances of course.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 1:54:38 PM

Christmas is not my fave either. I prefer to get together with family and eat and visit. Thanksgiving is my holiday. Christmas is stressful and lots of work to me.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 11:22:38 AM

I did my Christmas shopping yesterday and it's all finished. Gift cards!

The DIL and I give gifts together so she picked up toys and items the girls wanted. Between her gifts and my gift cards we are finished. PTL!

I dislike Christmas for how its celebrated, but the small kids have a happy time of it.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:29:41 AM

Doing own housework now and washed 3 loads of clothes yesterday which is unusual amount at once. Rain had stopped my going to wash room with scooter.
But now that is done and dishes done so all l have to do today is make chicken tenders and for that l need buttermilk. So out to the store l go. It is supposed to be dry today so that helps.
I so enjoy being able to choose when l have to go out. Love retirement.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Called my friend in Ukiah and found her at home surprisingly. She is still in the travel stage of retirement. She enjoys shorter trips now. Seeing everything. She retired with a great pension so she is doing a bit more than l did. I did every trip l wanted to do and saw all l wanted to see, except the Bahamas.
Now retirement is good for me to stay home and enjoy local things or just read a lot. Weather like we have now is great for reading and eating home made soups. That's exactly what l am doing. I am well beyond the exercise to stay fit stage. LOL. But l really need to cut back on all the cakes and sweets. Just bought a stollen.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 7:13:32 PM

I'm having trouble getting the wiring pigtailed, I don't know what happens to my homeowners' insurance. Hopefully, it doesn't get cancelled. I can hopefully get it fixed and then get my rates adjusted.

AJ is having pickup truck trouble. Can't move over much in a Kia Rio or a Ford Escape.

Going to sleep in the apartment until we can get my bed over. The airbed was good when I left last night but AJ said it's flat as a dog (never heard that expression before, never thought a dog was particularly flat). Maybe kitty Tiger clawed it again.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/11/2014 7:15:29 PM EST]
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