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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 30, 2014 10:38:11 AM

Have a chore to take care of today. Not a fun one, but necessary. Recall on brake sensor and could be sitting and waiting for up to 2 hours. It is a drag. Don't look forward to it at all. Oh sure l have plenty of time, but hate to waste it just waiting for something. Entirely different than sitting at home just reading or looking out window. LOL.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 10:55:05 AM

Yeah well at the table and home are two different things. Nuff to say he is no longer my husband, and it wasn't just the bridge.

Glad you finally got a portion of the job that is easy and fun, 2many.

Watching my neighbor's windows to see if she is still in there. Ambulance came last night. I didn't stay up to see if she was taken out. She had heart stop 4 months ago.
Has a great support team for last 4 months. Hope she hasn't had a reoccurance.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:18:37 PM

Your Husband needs to learn about Zero Tolerance, a decade or so ago it became unacceptable to berate or even comment on partner or other problems at the table, affects the enjoyment of the game by others. Classes today focus on good behavior at the table, Bridge League figured out that bad habits by some were driving many away from the game. Classes today are pretty full of folks rejoining to play after many years away.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 7:41:06 AM

I don't have to load. I just drive the truck under a chute that is sucking the berries up out of the flooded bed. The shoot directly into the box and away I go. When I get to the receiving station I just back up to a pit and pull a lever and dump. After a season of hard work it is a time that is almost fun.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 9:30:46 AM

Good for you StArrow. Bridge is my nemisis, l am not a game person in the first place, but bridge l could never get good at, coz my husband would put me down for my bids. I don't take kindly to ferocious "games" as l thought they were supposed to be fun. Guess l am just not the competitive type.

2many, ME take it easy? YOU should talk. I don't go 8 hours at it. What l do l sit down and rest in between. So you are learning another new thing on your job? Well then you can put that on your resume...LOL.Seriously, if you don't have to load and unload, then it sounds like it might be easier on you.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 7:13:11 AM

Only a month to go and I will be retired again, until spring. My back is telling me I need a break. I will be driving a new truck to deliver berries this year. It is a big Kenworth with 4 axles under the box. I have only driven it once but need more lessons before hauling berries. The cab is the same size as a semi so will be a new challenge.

You are correct StArrow, there is always lots to fill the time.

trugas, whew! Take a break.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 11:12:18 AM

Been over 8 years here but seems something can find a way to fill the time of retirement. Started by getting back up to speed with Bridge that I played decades before. Now I help out running some Bridge games and have even signed up to teach some classes for those getting back into the game as well. Not paying interest is smart.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 10:27:36 AM

As many of you know, in retirement there are days of energy and then there are the others. Yesterday was full of things l did. Not necessarily interesting, washing windows, doing dishes by hand, planting fall to spring plants etc. but good to be able to do.
Just normal functioning is nice at times. Then one doesn't feel as guilty just sitting around on the "other" days eh?
Took care of some errands and hey, got my shredder working again too.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:41:06 AM

Retirement is great, even tho we are older and have difficulties with pain, hips, knees, eyes, ears etc. It is wonderful when those things have been corrected and alleviated, and one can get out and do things or spend quiet time with hobbies, or just visit with friends. There is still a whole lot of living to do.

My 89 year old friend is a good example. She is driving from No CA to AZ to spend some time with a daughter who recently bought a home there. What a nice vacation for her. About a year ago she drove from Maryland out to CA as she tired of their snowy winters.

I have no one to go visit and so l am staying put and enjoying my friends here. l went out to lunch with 6 of them yesterday. It was nice and we all stayed after all other diners had left and just talked. Finally l said we should let them close up before dinner rush starts. WE all live right here yet we enjoyed sitting there talking.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 11:09:14 AM

Happy anniversary...

Yes l think my son is neat, and l kinda like him. He is a hard worker and always stays employed. Somehow. But never enough money and he leans heavily on credit cards as did l at that age. Learned my lesson.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:12:01 PM

I let the fifth anniversary of my retirement go by without comment. The first workday I didn't work was September 21, 2009.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:04:08 PM

That sounds like a special son trugas.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 9:17:28 AM

I cannot hang onto money. If l have some l find a need. But l can pay off a purchase to avoid interest. Hate paying interest. Don't do it anymore.

I heard that joke recently 2many, but it was slightly different and l got a huge laugh. "I never saw a Uhaul following the hearse" Works as far as you taking things with you, but your way makes it definately money.

My son has helped me several times. So l have no qualms about helping him. When he was a teenager and we moved down from the country, he got a job first and gave me his money less expenses for himself, and we lived mainly on that til l got full time work.
Then not too long ago he gave me his retirement money from leaving one job, instead of turning it over and l paid off my car with only $50 interest out of the first payment.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:54:42 AM

Spread those dollars around. You can't take it with you. My dad used to say 'I never saw an armored car in a funeral procession following the hearse'.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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