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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: Sep 21, 2014 10:25:14 AM

I have invested my money in property then lost it at times. Once from a divorce, lost out so who am l to say what to do with money? Right now l have more interests elsewhere.
Money is not a concern for me. l live nicely on my income and now am starting to share it with my son. I like sharing and especially with a loved one.

Retirement good for me and l am enjoying it ..
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 8:19:18 AM

I think you can still buy an old house around here for that amount. I bought this old farmhouse, small and in need of repairs, with 40 acres for under $15,000 in 1973. Even at the time that seemed cheap. At that time you could still find land for $100 an acre. Boy! Has that changed.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 12:45:44 PM

You could hardly buy the front door of a house for 100,000 in Vancouver .

Hi to everyone who posts on this thread ..

A good weekend to ya all .
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 4:30:50 PM

Have one house that I looked at and the seller wanted $135,000 for it. The BFF's BF says the kitchen cabinets and counters need to be replaced as well as the garage doors. The seller has marked it down to $115,000 as of the latest MLS listing. My Realtor said to make an offer under $100,000. I find it is in a rather isolated area between two large Houston suburbs.

They had it listed as a one-story house but it has a bonus room upstairs. The BF said that would be great for when his kids come to visit.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 11:35:02 AM

On Sep 19, 2014 8:49:07 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>I understand there are a whole lot of people going in together to
>buy homes. Each put up half the down and each pay half the
>payment and that is a good thing. But if one doesn't invest as
>much as the other and they end up fighting, then who gets what?

I'm putting up the cash to buy the house, the BFF's BF is a handyman and he's going to keep the house maintained in return for living there. He's already decided that if he breaks up with the BFF, he's going to stick with the house.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:49:07 AM

I understand there are a whole lot of people going in together to buy homes. Each put up half the down and each pay half the payment and that is a good thing. But if one doesn't invest as much as the other and they end up fighting, then who gets what?

My dad invested in a friend's home by putting in work, like building cabinets for the basement apt where he lived at the time. Then when it went sour, he was out with nothing. He got really upset about that. Of course he had nothing in writing, so ........
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:41:01 PM

SOUNDS like a good deal Sneakers. Is he also putting up half the money?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:36:35 PM

On Sep 18, 2014 9:19:31 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers it seems most people are selling homes at this time of life. l myself
>wouldn't want to take on the upkeep of yard and whatever else needed doing
>as a homeowner now.

I'm going in with a younger friend (the BF of my BFF, who has said he'll stick it out with the house even if they break up). He's going to do the yard and the pool and fix things up. He doesn't have any furniture and I have an apartment full.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 9/18/2014 1:38:11 PM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 10:19:31 AM

Sneakers it seems most people are selling homes at this time of life. l myself wouldn't want to take on the upkeep of yard and whatever else needed doing as a homeowner now.
But if that is what you want to do , then great, and good luck.

I am telling people that l am not sure l want to garden anymore, even in my barrels, which sure makes it easier. Just having to go out and water frequently seems to be a chore at times. I know the pruning and removing plants is a project l am not thrilled with. I am leaning towards plants that care for themselves mainly and bulbs.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 1:33:18 AM

Went through the offer process only to get another buyer whose offer was accepted.

Now, I'm going to put house searching on the back burner for a couple of weeks and start up in October. Because of some tax considerations, I don't want to take funds out of my IRA until October 27th. (The 10% penalty for early withdrawal goes away because I'll be 59 1/2 plus two days.)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:45:41 AM

Riverrising l enjoyed your video on other thread. Thanks again, as it was refreshing to watch.

Yeah 2many, that would give me pause too. I don't like guns at all.

So my retirement has been great for the most part. I am coming to the end of it now, so don't go much, tho l did drive around in Oregon this past year. May take off for a tour again next year before l pack it in for good.
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riverrising
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:48:51 PM

no complaints. selling bushes. hurray
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:26:29 PM

How great riverrising to have the hobby and necessary talent to quilt.
I guess the fillings are different these days, but when I used them , l found them heavy.

I agree 2many, l love crusty chicken skins but cold and these were greasy, so l tossed mine. She had refrigerated them. Had she bought them and brought them to the pot luck from the store, they would have been ok l guess. I dunno tho as another lady bought also at Safeway and hers weren't cooked well and the meat around the leg bone was red and ...yuck.

Marcel l hope that is your choice, not necessary.

Targets mom...still in the works and haven't heard anything from either the DR or the office here. Course it is just Monday.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 5:21:42 PM

I have to haul wood this year in van. clutch out in truck,can't find anyone to let bubbles out of line. I don't use as much wood with the HILL of quilts I keep making.



[Edited by: riverrising at 9/14/2014 5:23:03 PM EST]
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 7:17:59 AM

Targetsmom, I would bring you up a truck load just to see the view from your house but I think customs would have a different idea.

marcelpr, great to have a job that you love so much.

trugas, the only thing worse that greasy chicken is cold greasy chicken. Next time someone asks you all those questions just make up some answers (yes lie). My husband? Oh, he is at work. I married a man much younger than me. The kids? They visit me so much that it gets annoying. And the 2 oldest boys kind of scare me. They have those conceal carry permits and are always carrying guns under there jackets.

Sneakers, good luck with the house.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:29:26 PM

Ok gotcha Trugas on the dishwasher issue ! :))

2manyfords .... the cord of wood that you mentioned is the same as here , and haha I do not know the metric measurements either ( old school ) . Like your price MUCH better ..

When will your house deal be finalized Snaeakers .. exciting time for you .
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marcelpr
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 11:06:31 AM

Going to enjoy working til I die..
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 10:48:16 AM

Targetsmom, l have my old dishwasher. l am not using it until this is resolved. l was told l had to get rid of it, the doorway was blocked by it and a gurney couldn't come in in case of a disaster, that the owner said these places weren't built for it, that it might flood the floor......and since l went to the mgmt company... their boss, now all l need is a DR permission note.
Makes me laugh because the toilets flood more often than dishwashers, and they don't require a Dr note, and all the other issues are simply overcome by a Doctor?

Congratulations Sneaker, and are your friends helping you to pay for the house? You said they would move in with you?

The pot luck yesterday was a disaster imo, as it was cold, greasy store bought chicken l threw mine out. All coating. But still plenty of salads and beans to eat and l was full when l left. I went early to help set up, tho the floorman to repair my linoleum was here. I made sure someone was with him at all times. l came back and sat while he held the strip down with his fingers til maintenance brought an exercise weight to hold it down. I thought about the questions he asked me later and felt odd. He asked where was my family first, then about my husband, did l have children living here and I became concerned that he was making sure it was only me here. It seemed to be a strange set of questions otherwise. And that was all the conversation.

I do not like strangers in my home, that is why l do not advertise things l have to sell. I feel very vulnerable in that way now.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 9:02:35 AM

Signed my life away on the house offer. (Actually didn't, I can walk if I leave them $100.)

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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 8:02:33 AM

A true full cord of wood here is logs 4ft X 4ft X 8ft long. (sorry about the lack of metric). That will equal 3 face cords, 16inches long (size to burn). Around here you can buy a face cord for $65-$80. That usually is not delivered. Is $180 for a face cord? Yikes!
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 3:10:08 PM

I am confused Trugas .... do you still have your dishwasher ? :))

2 manyfords ~ do you have any idea what a cord of wood costs down your way .. here is a 180 dollars for a cord and you split it yourself .

Have a good weekend everyone :))Whoop forgot every day is like a weekend when you are retired .. silly me !



[Edited by: Targetsmom at 9/12/2014 3:10:43 PM EST]
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 7:14:37 AM

I will never forget.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:21:10 PM

Looking for houses, we've got one we're about to make an offer on.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 3:56:26 PM

Lest We Forget !
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 1:59:49 PM

I had a dishwasher when l moved in here. They at that time told me l would have to buy my own refrigerator as the one they had was only 4 1/2 feet tall, with the freezer at eye level, and you had to bend way over to look into it and l don't bend well anymore, at least l don't want to very often.
The one l bought has the freezer on the bottom, and when l look into it l see everything right in front of me. Of course the freezer section on the bottom is difficult, but the basket does slide out. Their issue is only with the dishwasher but she noted and didn't care about my separate freezer and my counter top oven, also needed to prevent bending down to oven. She said l can see why you wanted the refrigerator as she opened it and looked straight in.
We went round and round, her problem being the company contacted her (second time now and she doesn't like that, said don;t go to yelp, when you have a problem, come to me) her boss contacts her and told her to let me have a reasonable accommodation after they had ordered me to "get rid of the dishwasher, it is not allowed" That is on the inspection report and that is why they only need a note for it.
That is part of what l posted on "Hey Janrey" about the issue.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 12:34:02 PM

Right on! Bad Petroleum. Retirement is great.

At least if one is not harrassed about buying a dishwasher for themselves. Read if interested what l wrote today on "Hey Janrey" off topic. Too long to copy and paste even. At any rate life is good until someone gets an idea that they can step on you coz they have a position of authority. YEA social media. I go to Yelp and talk about it and they the

[Edited by: trugasCA at 9/11/2014 12:40:25 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 8:46:48 AM

Retired July 2011, Happier than a rugrat with ZERO worries.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 7:12:23 AM

Just when I was thinking of retiring for the winter I made a commitment to do some wood cutting this winter for the marsh I used to work for. I really wish I could do some work in the winter and not in the summer and fall.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 10:39:47 AM

Sounds like a winner 2many. You can benefit a whole lot of fellow seniors by volunteering. Or if seniors aren't your cup of tea, there are mentoring of the young and reading classes at the library. Like you point out, there are a lot of choices.
I do like to take it easy now, still learning tho. I did the travel routine early on, then whatever came to mind, but slowing down now after 20 years of being retired. Smiles.

I love this kind of life. I put my all into the jobs l did. I worked for the county for years, then hospital work, cleaning, and now l am just relaxing. I am thinking recently that l may even have to give up on the garden. I put most in barrels, so no bending, but it still takes a toll on the old bod. Esp the front border. Putting in the glads the other day put me out of commission for a day.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 7:18:52 AM

R G, it all depends on what you want out of retirement. Some want to travel and do all kind of things they didn't have time for when they worked. That takes money. Some want to just retire and do nothing. That is boring (as I found out). If you can just relax and find things to do that don't cost a lot, like trugas, life can be good. I retired for 10 months and loved it. Then I went back to work and found ways to spend all the money that I was making. Went for physically easy job to a physically demanding job. Maybe not the best choice at my age. Now I am thinking of retirement again and maybe doing some volunteer work just to help people and help myself by being around others. Nice thing about retirement is that you have choices.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 4:46:20 PM

It's a nice thought but I probably won't be able to afford it. I'll just be like an old farm horse, work until I can't work anymore then just take me out into the field and shoot me.

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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 2:52:00 PM

Out house hunting and truck hunting with a friend.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 10:23:37 AM

Yes that was about it when l moved to that cabin 2many, but l finally went halvesies with the owner to put in gas heater. Wood stove killed me (breathing all the smoke) for a year.
Then l put up a dish receiver for TV. and even added my little washing machine. I strung a line between two trees to hang my laundry. Almost like homesteading days. It was an experience...paid more rent there, then, for that, than l do now. When l said l was moving he said he would get senior discount started if l would stay. Left there and went to Fort Bragg CA to the very best senior housing ever and paid half of what l paid for that little cabin. But l loved it while l was there. For a while. Then a guy and huge family started building a house across the gully or crevass whatever anyway they were invasive as far as noise. They roared in and yelled a lot at each other and the kids tore around and hollered. Just unbearable and loud radio to top off the power saw etc. I would not have stayed for free.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 8:03:48 AM

That cabin sounds like my kind of place. Sounds a lot like one of the cabins I stay at in Montana. It is the old bunkhouse at the ranch. The rancher built it himself with logs. It has a wood stove, which was modernized with electric heat, a small bathroom added in recent years and an addition added to sleep more hunters. The basic original part of the place is one room. There is an old radio in there that you can pick up a couple of AM stations and sometimes an FM station. They fade in and out. No TV, no phone and no internet. Although I like those things it is nice to get away from them for a while. Believe me it is early to bed and early to rise. Only 7 more weeks and I will be staying there again. Can't wait.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 10:18:47 AM

70? Ah to be that young again. That was the year I decided to move OUT of senior housing and into a small cabin above Willits CA, where deer walked past me daily and it snowed and l experienced a whole new lifestyle. It was a fun and exciting year for a city dweller. So glad I did that. Sure there were negatives too, but they didn't overcome the positives.

You are so right 2many. We don't NEED a whole lot, and we have a whole lot of extras. They seem necessary until we do without them and find it works just fine. The cabin l just mentioned was an eye opener to that. I didn't have a washer and dryer there. I did need clean clothes and hooked up a small washer to the outside water faucet and washed in cold water. Worked fine. Glad l had electricity tho.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 7:07:13 AM

Targetsmom, your friend sees the glass as half full. Good for her.

trugas, isn't it amazing how few material things we need to live? As opposed to all the things we (I) have.

Cranberry harvest starts today. We are doing some early harvest (white berries). They are off of some beds that we are going to replant. It's going to be a crazy 2 months.
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 1:57:05 PM

It is good news we are getting older .

My good friend , Jacquie is going to turn 70 next week . She is depressed . My sister in law turned 70 in August .. she was happy to be turning 70 , she even threw a party for herself and invited all her siblings & grandchildren..now that is a good attitiude .

Sunny on Vancouver Island !
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 10:44:32 AM

Been there 2many. Actually wasn't kicked out, but had what l could get in my car when l left and that was all the belongings l had for years.

Life is Good. Oh this is Retirement. OK let me think. I have been retired so long now , that it is hard to think of something else to say about it.

At first l traveled. Then l traveled by moving every 4 years. And now l am in an area that l like and will stay here probably til ..
I have had better, but for my income this is pretty good. All my needs are met. I am in fairly good health. So Life is Good.

I don't travel far, anymore. My life is dull compared to many other gas buddies.
I am happy with what l have. A little garden, plenty of food. Someone to help keep my house clean. No big bills. Yes l am enjoying my retirement. How about you?
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 6:38:09 PM

Get that rent paid trugas. We don't want to see you sitting out on the curb with all your belongings.

The bad news is we are getting older.
The good news is we are getting older.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 2:16:57 PM

Love the butterfly Trugas ~ :))
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 12:02:47 PM

No additional shot of pneumonia vaccine. Not all that effective according to my doc.

I am splitting my b/p meds now , 1/2 in a m and 1/2 in p m. I said about the vitamins, that l am more delicate, sensitive to drugs now that l am older, and he said "we all are"
Got to go now and pay the rent. Did shopping yesterday.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2014 11:14:24 AM

Maybe retirement is a time when one concentrates on one's health a bit too much, at least in my case. I am off to the dr again to find out why my b/p is so high every morning. I probably think about it too much. But l also want to ask if it is ok to get the pneumonia shot again. I had one in 2006 and yet this last go round was terrible and long and tough and don't want that to happen again. If a shot can lessen the effects of it , then give me another shot. LOL.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 3:18:03 PM

Sneakers has you BFF and BF suggested you buy a home and they will help by living with you? Seriously, what brought this on?.
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 1:02:14 AM

On Aug 23, 2014 10:41:34 PM, I wrote:

>On the other hand, there's Express Scripts which is anything but express. They got
>two prescriptions Monday 8/18. They say they will ship them 8/27.

They've now slid the date to the right to 9/3. They're probably charging Boeing for warehousing the prescriptions.
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 11:01:41 PM

Rainy on and off in Houston. Got out and walked Rocky the dog to the mailbox and back when it wasn't storming. Sat down in the afternoon and triaged my bills. Need to go up to the apartment office and tell them I want to go month to month as I've gotten interested in owning a house.
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:26:48 AM

not retied yet but I am planning on it saving and investing like a wild banchee
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:18:27 AM

It's nice that you've enjoyed your grandkids, l haven't had that pleasure for many years.

Seemed like l did nothing yesterday, til l looked at what l put in my journal and realized l got quite a lot accomplished, tho not particularly important things.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 12:16:45 PM

Trugas that was considerate of your son and your meal sounds yummy ~

2many ~ I did the same thing with my grandson , he spent all his summer holidays with me from Grade 1 on .. and prior to school , every weekend as he lived just a few miles away .Junior High meant a 2 hour hour bus drive, again well worth it. He had the best of both worlds .
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 11:06:21 AM

Today is a do whatever l want to do day, (most of them are now in Retirement), then l have a nice rib eye steak for dinner with already cooked scalloped potatoes and tapioca pudding for dessert. I look forward to that.

My son called to tell me he was going away for the weekend camping, so not to worry if l can't reach him. I appreciate that.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:01:34 AM

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

It has been for the most part a cool summer there too. I love it.
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