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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: Jul 29, 2014 12:08:26 PM

Sorry Sneakers l never played basketball so no comment there, but my son loved Converse tennies and wore them for many years. None fancy, just regular converse hightops.

Sorry about the work situation with you riverrising..It might be embarrassing to you because of your own feelings for not having a job, but this is a time of many unemployed, you are not alone, and it shouldn't make you embarrassed. It is probably not your fault. I only say probably, because l don't know you. Companies are downsizing or going overseas. The job market is not like it used to be. My son had to take a job in a service station but now he is doing much better, still not earning what he needs. Good luck to you.

Yesterday l was talking with a lady who lives on $800 a month. Thank goodness she is a senior and gets low rent. She cannot own a car and all that expense. Otherwise she does quite well.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:34:16 PM

Since the shoes are nicely organized, I decided to wear my Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Star STARS AND BARS hightops. Got a comment about them from the phlebotomist who took my double platelets.

I wonder how anyone ever wore Chucks to play basketball.
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riverrising
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:16:10 PM

I'm not retirement age yet,I'm there early. job situation. I hate it when people that know my situation ask me in PUBLIC,"where do you work?" I don't answer and walk by. because they NEVER talked to me there,yet,why do they want to know about me NOW?

yes, there are lots of times during every day, I feel tired. it helps me by walking. even around the yard. most of the time,swift walk down town and back.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:21:31 AM

2many,I brought that sticking together part up. Encouraging them to sit next to someone other than the person they have known for 32 years. LOL. That was one lady there. You just gave my sleeping schedule normally, but once in awhile my mind is too busy at the 3 a m potty call, that l can't get back to sleep, such as today.

Target, there are hundreds living here, but our core group is about a dozen. We took 2 off yesterday but added 3 on. OOPS that makes us 13 l think.
I understand there is another small group like ours that have started meeting on the front of one apartment on the other side of the complex. The reason is the complex won't let us have pot lucks in the community room. Their excuse "Someone might get sick from the food."

We, leader, myself and two others met yesterday to set time, day and menu for next potluck. Most of what l suggested is being implemented as no one else could suggest anything. So we'll have sandwiches and iced tea. One salad and chips and fresh veggie tray.

I suggested first restaurant we went to and one other suggested the second, so yesterday I gave Shirley her choice and later one said "l prefer" and the other said "maybe ..would be more reasonable" and l stopped that by saying "each person gets to choose the restaurant. So you can choose those places when it is your turn". One can go or not if they don't like the place. I will bow out of mexican restaurants. Unless they go with me to one in Ukiah. I would like to get away from the restaurants right near us, make it a little outing. WE have plenty of time..



[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/28/2014 10:24:22 AM EST]
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:49:48 PM

I'm in a rut. Up at 5:00-5:30, tired by noon, tireder by 5pm, asleep in the chair at 8pm, off to bed before 10pn, wake up every 2 hours until it all starts over. But head me toward Montana and I can stay awake all night driving. Last April I left Wisconsin at 6pm and was in Montana 7:30am. Guess I must just be bored.

Small groups at a gathering are ok but not when they stick together the whole time. I like to move around and visit with lots of people.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 2:33:05 PM

how many people live in your complex Trugas ~ certaintly cannot please everyone all of the time ~
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:22:57 PM

Having said what l did about getting up very early, l slept til 7 today. I have once in awhile slept til 7:30. I like that time. When l woke today l thought it must be 5 or 5:30 and was so surprised it was 7. Not that it matters. I don't have anyplace l need to be anyway. Just interesting how my sleep habits vary from days on end of 5a.m. to 5:30, then sudden change.

My "group" is growing and becoming less fun l feel. They the leader is inviting anyone who walks by now. I know there won't be enough room at the potlucks for all of them. I am even running into difficulty with the lunch bunch. Can't be selective in who l invite as the left out ones know they weren't invited. Yet when there is more than 4 ladies, I find they sit with their immediate or close friends and as far as l am concerned it limits conversation ....You can't hear all of them.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 11:22:20 AM

I have never set an alarm in all my working years ~ just wake up and also like quiet time to myself before going off to work ~
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:57:16 AM

This topic has attracted ads for rollover IRAs (been there, done that). It also has ads for the Ron Jon Surf Shop (never been there) and Chevrolet (never owned one).
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:53:10 AM

Decided that I was getting overwithheld between my pension and my SEPP IRA withdrawals. So, I decided the easiest thing to do was to adjust the withholding on my pension. I was able to do that online while with my IRA we have to send physical paper back and forth. Took another withholding allowance on my pension, now I have two. Part of the time when I was working, I took seven withholding allowances some of the time!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:39:56 AM

Exactly! I matched your appreciating "quiet time" when l had little ones especially, and now l match the "can't lay in bed too long" coz some reason my hips get sore overnight from lying on them. Have to get up.....and l have a foam mattress with several pieces of foam that l rotate.

Everytime l wake up during the night l try to feel if l am rested enough to stay up and then l walk out and see what time it is. Last week it was 3 or so a.m. a couple of times, but now l am back on schedule of waking the last time at 5 or so. That makes me happy.

I sure never oversleep when l have appts or want to go somewhere early. I am often anxious to get up and enjoy the day.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:09:27 AM

I do not set an alarm to get up. Even now when I am working again I just rise about 1 1/2 hours before I need to be at work. All my aches and pains make it hard to lay in bed too long. Plus I like my quiet time alone in the morning.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 1:17:17 PM

Don't have enough points to get prize entry..................................
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 11:13:09 AM

Speaking of time, one of our group said she set her alarm to 5 a m, and we in the group reacted with surprise....You have an alarm? What for? In retirement we mostly just get up whenever we wake up, l don't even have a clock in the bedroom. I wake up at 5 or 6 anyway. She was insulted and curtly answered "Because l like to get up early" I just found it funny. Now the ones still working l understand, or have appts. etc. Our new tenant works and put in 8 hours driving yesterday. SHE needs an alarm. But l feel if you want to get up early, then go to bed at a decent time. So you get enough sleep, otherwise you are stressing your body and she just got out of rehab for heart condition. I did not say anything to her tho. Some of the people around here go to bed late and sleep in, and that is their due if that is what they like. So l guess if she wants to set an alarm to get up early, then that is what she should do as well, it is just that we were surprised to hear someone sets an alarm just to get up and than have nothing to do all day. Well in this case that seems to be true. She has one room and kitchenette and has meals on wheels, doesn't drive or go anywhere. Still l understand liking early morning peace and quiet and the nice morning sun. Before the sun gets hot. I do too.

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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 6:56:05 AM

Don't worry too much about running out of time. I was listening to an orthopedic surgeon on the radio yesterday. He was telling about a man he fixed up. Broke his leg mowing the lawn. He was 103.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 10:47:36 PM

work out at the gym. Six days a week.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:30:32 PM

thanks goodness Trugas we do not know what will happen tomorrow ... it is today that matters ~
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:27:49 AM

Targetsmom: l better enjoy life as there isn't much left for me. Don't want to waste it moaning and groaning. I am grateful for all that l have.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:01:42 AM

Morning:
That;s what it's all about Trucky! Good for you.
Going out to lunch today with 2 friends and a new tenant who just moved in next door. Looked up the menu and made my decision already and kept it under $10 this time. One of the ladies suggested Applebees, another agreed as she heard she can get a steak there and l had it on my list as a choice anyway. So l will have a caeser salad and shrimp scampi linguine. $8. Misspelle caesar.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 7/23/2014 11:02:51 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:15:09 PM

38 years in the F.D. Playing with the Grand kids and Cruising every time we can save up the bucks.. Love every minute of it!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:27:27 PM

Sweet flower Trugas ~ sounds like you are enjoying life to the max ~

Thanks 2manyford .. I took your email off the whiteboard as I did not know if you would appreciate it floating around ~

Am off to do some errands ... grocery store ( local peaches have hit the market ) / bank( am cash poor ) / library( read all 4 books )
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 9:38:10 AM

Retirement is having time to do the things you have thought of doing and thought would be fun, but just never had the time to do.
I look things up and try new things in cooking and gardening and in relationships. It is all making my retirement fun.
I did some online shopping again yesterday. I really must stop that. I don't need anything really. Ordered more slippers on sale. Ordered another dress, just to use up some points on an old credit card which had never been useable before, There were not enough in points, but got an email which said l could use them in cash on Amazon. So l ordered the dress and after taking off the points , it is only costing $17. Then l kept looking at various stores for what l really wanted but too expensive at Amazon. A crockware or ceramic baking dish for loaves of bread. Now all l bake is round bread. Found and ordered one. No lid tho. $54 is too much...l paid $18 without the lid.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:50:44 AM

I am sending you my email address to your member profile. I can give you the name there.
Hot here today and yesterday. 90 and humid is hot for us. Lucky for me I have been spending all day in an air conditioned tractor cab.
My son got his first computer in the early/mid 1980's. His first one had to use a cassette tape player to store data. It paid off for him as he now works programming them.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 1:45:31 AM

typing error the mid 1800's .... interesting the name is in your phone book..possibly a relative. My third cousin did a family tree and he had 1,400 names on it ...now you have me interested :))
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:54:44 AM

Morning:
I just love the computer. Material is added all the time. Way back when l got my first computer l tried looking up family history. Yesterday l put my dads name in and got his family history way back beyond them coming to the states. I think it was in the 1800's . I should print it out. Put in the bible. Apparently someone in the family has done a lot of research. I saw my grandpa's picture. Forgot how many kids he had and the girls name and all was there. Fun.
I watch the show "So do you know who you are" or some such title. It is interesting... Oh l also found out the Famous person l am related to and she is a singer.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 6:48:42 AM

They must have been some of the earliest settlers as Wisconsin did not even become a state until 1848. I see there is one person with that name in our town but I do not know her.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 3:51:25 PM

Yes , they settled in your State in the mid 1700 s
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 7:19:22 AM

I don't think I know any BAHR's. Relation?
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1:10:06 PM

That is great Trugas ~ you are one of the lucky ones with a good attitude to make it happen.

2manyfords ... just wondering if BAHR is a familiar surname to you ? I have been eating cucumbers that I grew on the deck , the tomatoes are just starting to ripen ... yummy ...

Enjoy the weekend !

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:43:06 AM

Morning:
At 83 years of age, l have had 20 plus years retired. Can't say anything bad about it. Not financially or anything.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:46:47 AM

Morning;
Guess the humour went over his head 2many. Tomatoes already. The little ones tho. My tomatoes are not doing as well as last year, but now are getting there. Time to pick and fry some green ones. That always delays my harvest time coz l have to pick the largest ones. The ones closer to ripening.
IFM: go ahead on! Fun is what retirement is about. Well partly anyway. Some like to save their money, some like to spend and store up a whole lot of food (me) and some use their money to enjoy what they have worked hard to earn.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 6:49:32 AM

I had the first 2 little tomatoes from the garden this weekend. No comparison to what you buy in the store. I see another is getting red. Maybe tomorrow. More rain here last night. It never stops. It is now cloudy and looks like more rain. Wish I could send some your way trugas.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 11:17:55 AM

After 39 years of Military / Federal service, I don't miss work. I travel to National Parks, I've taken up Scenic photography, also go to Las Vegas during NFL FB season, I live 10 miles from Seattle near water and mountains.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 11:05:43 AM

On Jul 14, 2014 5:53:11 AM, 2manyfords wrote:

>Sounds like Sneakers now has room for his sneakers.

They're in the entry closet, the master bedroom closet, and they will be in the computer room closet as soon as we get the boxes out of the computer room closet. Every closet will contain shoes.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 7/14/2014 11:06:30 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 10:29:38 AM

Morning:
Just a thought about imported fruit. The farther away from your home, the less nutrients and they were probably picked before ripe and forced to ripen ...I buy bananas from far away, but most things it is better to get frozen if not local. Not that l always follow that, but it is logical.
I know for sure that local is tastier. Locally grown strawberries are so much sweeter. My plums I grew this year were so sweet and good. I hope l get more than 11 next year. My artichokes are growing and next crop due soon.
I love retirement where l am able to garden more and shop locally. It does take time.

Not that l always follow that myself.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 10:17:32 AM

Morning:
Just a thought about imported fruit. The farther away from your home, the less nutrients and they were probably picked before ripe and forced to ripen ...I buy bananas from far away, but most things it is better to get frozen if not local. Not that l always follow that, but it is logical.
I know for sure that local is tastier. Locally grown strawberries are so much sweeter. My plums I grew this year were so sweet and good. I hope l get more than 11 next year. My artichokes are growing and next crop due soon.
I love retirement where l am able to garden more and shop locally. It does take time.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 6:53:11 AM

Sounds like Sneakers now has room for his sneakers.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 6:18:43 PM

Amber, her roommate Sherri, and I went through this afternoon and did a second pass of filtering through the shoes. I've now got it done to the point it fits in the closets!


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 7/13/2014 6:20:22 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 1:15:31 PM

Some times you have to plan a trip! Retirement can be a lot of work, all the odd jobs and little repairs can get you going so you have to Run Away From Home Every Once In A While!
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 1:06:37 PM

Good morning ~ never had a salad that I did not like , pasta salads are my least favorite.

BC peaches do not hit the market until late July early August although we are experiencing a heat wave so they might be earlier . I refuse to buy imported fruit at this time of the year ,, though have no choice when it comes to melons.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 12:53:32 PM

Morning:
Just had a yogurt with a fresh peach for breakfast. Trying to find something different to eat in the a m.

The people who brought salads to our salad potluck were fairly inventive. A green salad with bacon and ham bits and parmesan dressing made a tasty difference. A fruit salad made with pears, pineapple and bananas was different from the usual melon and berry combo. Lovely and to add to it was requested stuffed won tons. Nice topper. I enjoyed the food very much. Left stuffed. I took chicken salad which l made with chicken breast chunks and craisins and pecans a bit of celery. I was complemented.

We ate at 4 and visited til l left at 6 as it was a cool day and got windy.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:06:33 PM

LOL that was a biggie when l first got a cell phone for me too.

That tractor is practically retired, it just doesn't know it.

I think l have too much time on my hands. I shop too much. Don't need clothes, so buy food. Way more than l need. Can't find anything in the freezer.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 7:00:16 AM

Text? Heck, that tractor will go so slow you can get out and walk around it as it creeps along. My only texting is to decide either to print or use cursive. Hey, I just learned how to retrieve messages off my track phone.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:15:12 AM

Don't know a preposition from a participle, but know the sentence should have read "the only speed at which one should text" Now l feel better. Thanks for listening>
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:09:07 AM

Morning:
Do you text while you drive? LOL. That is about the only speed one should text at..dangling participle? Where did that come from. I don't even know what a participle is...
Anyway, sounds like a very nice month an more for you. You deserve it after all the downside recently.
Better yet, just drive slowly around thinking about August vacation. Smile.

I am on vacation now. That is what Retirement is ...IMO.

Went shopping yesterday and got fruit that is hard as a rock, won't be able to eat it til next week. Did score some yellow cherries. I always called the Rainier but yesterday one lady said Queen Annes. Anyway they came down $5 a pound.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:10:31 AM

Good morning. Sunshine and cool out. 48 degrees. Looks like a great day. This is going to be a busy month. Next week our friends that moved to Oregon are stopping to visit. Then the wife's relatives are visiting. The following week our friends from Kentucky are coming for a few days. And then at the end of the month we are headed to Montana. Wait, that is not until August 1st. (almost July). Whew! The good news is I am actually taking a week off for the Montana trip. It will be a nice break.

Today I will again sit in an air conditioned tractor and drive slowly around cranberry beds. Easy but extremely boring. I travel at .89 MPH. This tractor will actually go as slow as 2 tenths of a MPH.

Have a great day. And smile.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 11:14:16 AM

Morning:
2many l was looking for a picture of the Love in a Mist to put up, but thanks, maybe l will leave up my smile for awhile, as that is my "motto" Smile.

Sneakers, my son LOVES to wear Tevas, and would full time if they let him do so at work. Watch that weight gain, you might get stuck up there on the second floor.LOL.

Targetsmom, l know you are in no hurry to get back to work, but soon as you do, means all health issues are better.. right? Good luck.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 10:25:48 AM

Amber (my BFF's one-time bestie) and I have been going through what I now consider to be a ridiculous number of shoes. To add insult to injury, a lot of them don't fit. I have everything from sizes 10.5 to 15 and I'm too fat now for anything less than about 13 for Converse Chucks and 14 for ASICS and Nikes to fit.

We've gone through and filtered out what I want on the master bedroom closet shoe rack. Seems there was only two pairs of low-tops in there, the rest where high-tops. Although in Houston you can run around eleven and a half months of the year in Tevas!
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 10:18:37 AM

On Jul 4, 2014 9:43:58 AM, I wrote:

>Who REALLY needs three checking accounts? One is local, and the
>other one is owned by my broker. I like it because of its extensive
>free ATM network.

Decided that the third sentence was ambiguous.

The one from my broker (Capital One, which I like because I can invest a given dollar amount into a given stock, which makes the bookkeeping a lot easier than when you have to buy a positive integer number of shares) is on the ALLPOINT surcharge-free ATM network. And it's easier to transfer funds to and from their bank because it's all in-house and it happens instantly.

The local account (which gets my direct deposits) is with Chase, and they seem to be all over the place in Houston. But the nearest Chase ATM to Kansas City is in Tulsa, OK. I absolutely love Chase, they have the first ATM that I prefer over a human for making deposits. (No envelopes, no deposit slips, just endorse the back of the check and go!)

I've got the minimum number of brokerage accounts, given that they're all different (one for fully taxable investments, one for my Roth IRA, and one for the Traditional IRA). I've only got about $700 left in the Roth. I've decided that on my 62nd birthday I'm going to sell everything in the account, close the account, and buy myself something with the money.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 6:49:59 AM

We got another 1 1/2 inches of rain. For a month it has been one storm after another. At least the wind and lightning have missed us here. Lots of damage all around us. With the bad winter we had it has been a long stretch of bad weather since last fall. But the garden sure looks good. The corn is head high and the tomato plants are 4 feet high with little tomatoes coming on. The cranberry blossoms are in the final stages so the bees should be gone next week. We are tired of getting stung. (They bring in hundreds of commercial bee hives to pollinate the blossoms). Hard to believe that summer is almost half over. We should finish planting the last new bed today. I see black clouds to the east and clear skies to the west. Who knows what today will bring?

Keep that smile up there for a while this time trugas.
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