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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: Mar 26, 2015 10:53:43 AM

I went shopping myself yesterday ans spent over $45 at one store then went to another ansd spent another $25. Stocked up on 4 packs of fruit. like the small sizes of containers. One serving, no waste by getting pushed back in fridge and forgotten til gets cleaned out.

Sneakers KEEP that card. It might come in handy someday. One never knows. The future is unpredictable.

I had a talk with my neighbor who yells at me everytime l stick my nose out the door. I explained to her that it was annoying to be yelled at even in a friendly way. Could she please just wave? At times l am busy doing something when she calls my name and l have to get up and turn around and answer her even several times a day. I understand she is needy and lonely, but l have my own needs and one is to be left alone and not bugged. I am slowly getting her to leave me alone-- l thought. Til she called and left a message that she wants her next door neighbor's phone #. Imagine half a dozen steps to the neighbors and she calls to get her # . That is the type of thing l want to shut down. She got a phone book or can call 411 for info. But she bugs everyone over every little thing. I won't put up with it. Her neighbor on the other side is handicapped and she asks her to shop for her for a pen, or a stamp or whatever and she goes there daily for a coke. She is fed up with her too.

Went to pool yesterday and may go again today as the sun is up and they say it will be warmen. Nice exercise and l need to avail myself of the free pool. Living elsewhere l paid to go to a pool.

Think l will crock pot cook a chuck roast today all day.

Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:54:16 PM

Got a phone call from Ms. AJ (she has a multisyllabic name) from Texas Adult Protective Services. She commented that I'm getting health care, I've got a roof over my head, and I've got enough income to live on. They are going to close the file, but if things take a turn for the worse I have her business card.

We've got rain in the forecast (40% chance from some sources, 90% chance from others) tomorrow morning. AJ and I are going to stay cocooned (except for a trip to Home Depot), hopefully until after the rain comes through.AJ is planning to finish the walk-in shower in the guest bathroom.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:56:32 AM

I know about how gas can rise so quickly..that is why now l am only looking at and writing down the gas prices on the way HOME. It was going up so fast in Feb, but now has stabilized. Somewhat.

Gotta watch those relatives too, and caregivers and anyone who has access to your accounts and credit cards. Sometimes they don't even need the card, just the # after awhile.

I don't even let my son know my info and l trust him implicitly...just no need for him to know now. The info is in my metal box for him after l die. Then he can close all the accounts. Notify all.

Guess l will go shopping today myself tho l have no needs, except milk. Just looking around where they give 10% discount today.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:41:48 PM

After Adult Protective Services finished up, I got out and bought the groceries that I didn't buy yesterday. Spent $45.18, and it was all nontaxable human food. Went to H-E-B, but I went to a different store with more gas stations on the route. When I came back two hours later, gas prices were higher than they were.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:36:00 PM

On Mar 24, 2015 9:40:15 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>I can certainly understand why the Adult Protective agency is looking
>into your situation. Two unemployed people moving in with and
>depending on an elderly person for their keep is not a common
>thing, and ripe for abuse. Good that they question everything.

The caseworker asked me about my medical problems and then wrote down my medications. Then, she asked who were my doctors and about my medical insurance. Since I served ten years with my former employer with a start date before 1/1/1993, I got medical insurance when I retired.

Then, she asked about the house (I own it free and clear) and my sources of income (pension from a former employer and monthly IRA withdrawals).

She asked me for my date of birth and my Social Security number.

She told me that they don't expect to do anything.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:34:33 PM

Talking about elder abuse ... My brother's ex wife and their sons ripped about $225,000 from my brother. It was only caught after there was only $10,000 left in his account. Nice sons, huh.

It was only found out when I took a trip to NY and was asked to check his accounts for him. The courts got $50,000 back for him along with some land but he still lost out in the steal. Now my siblings watch out for him and his financials. He now can take care of his own financials but still has to be watched as he is a spender when they don't watch him.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:03:33 PM

>"AJ is a pool technician and I'd certainly hope he could recognize a pool heater. He recognized them in the other houses we looked at.">

I expect the pool heater is using electricity also, isn't it? Maybe it's solar, not using electricity?

Once the outside temperatures get to about 20 degrees a heat pump is only 100% efficient, the same efficiency as the resistance heaters. Before I got A/C in my new York home, I insulated it to R60 in ceilings and R40 in the walls. That helped considerably in controlling my heating bills, then my A/C bills.

I have my Florida home NOW insulated to R40 in the ceilings and it has helped tremendously in the home. I couldn't hold the temperature in the summer and it drifted from the set 72 degrees up to 83 degrees. The insulation now keeps it exactly where I set it. If it's at 72, it stays at 72. I now know I can actually set it higher, not having to start so low in the morning, knowing of the previous drift. Now we leave it at 74 degrees.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:40:15 AM

I can certainly understand why the Adult Protective agency is looking into your situation. Two unemployed people moving in with and depending on an elderly person for their keep is not a common thing, and ripe for abuse. Good that they question everything. It happens. Caregivers that take care of buying for elderly people in their care take over and spend all their savings unbeknownst to the person. I understand you are now in full charge of your financial decisions, but it could change if a person was the type to commit fraud. Someone to watch over the situation is good. My sister had physical abuse from her son (she says he slapped her once)and more verbal and the Adult Protective agency stepped in and told him he needed anger management and take time away.

I am happily living on my own and like it that way. Retirement is so far a thing l am enjoying and love my independence.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:54:49 AM

I went grocery shopping at H-E-B last night after dark. I bought $134.83 of food and drink and household supplies. The three of us all pitched in and we got it all in with one trip. The bag-boy asked me if I wanted help out and I took him up on it.

The BFF is planning to make King Ranch Chicken later today. She's also planning to clean up the house. I have a stack of mail that's largely junk mail with useful things in it. It's starting to be spring annual report season. I have AT&T, BBVA, and Boeing so far.
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:20:19 PM

On Mar 22, 2015 8:28:02 PM, Jemac wrote:

>Sneakers, are you sure that 3397 wasn't for two months?

I'm sure. Gexa Energy has sent me a bill every month for as long as I've been with them. It was cold down here last month.

>That's double what my total electric house took last month and I'm running
>A/C all the time and not heat. Running the A/C is more costly than running
>the heat. My A/C unit is from year 2000. I've got about a 2000 sq foot house
>that sucks up the electric with the living room cathedral ceiling.

My house is 2010 square feet and we've got two of the bedrooms used only for storage. AJ turned off the vents in the rooms.

>Resistance heating is 100% efficient (if duct work isn't ripped) but is
>more expensive than natural gas or oil.

A heat pump, on the other hand, is about 400% efficient.

>3397 KW is a lot of KW for a month and maybe it is to heat the pool
>in addition to the house....

AJ is a pool technician and I'd certainly hope he could recognize a pool heater. He recognized them in the other houses we looked at.

[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 3/23/2015 8:20:59 PM EST]
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:08:36 PM

On Mar 22, 2015 11:27:04 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Sneakers that police was checking you out to see if you had all your faculties.
>Nice that someone cares enough to try to protect you, as there is a whole lot
>of elder abuse in many forms.

Lots of questions, and I'm going to have more tomorrow. Texas Adult Protective Services is coming out to evaluate my situation.

I realized a couple of things I didn't tell the officer who visited Saturday. They asked if I had any medical problems and I forgot to mention sleep apnea. He seemed to be mostly interested about my bipolar affective disorder and that I was getting my meds. I have people say "you don't have bipolar disorder" but then they haven't seen me without my meds. They also asked if AJ had bought any computers or TV sets and I said no computers and the TV set in the living room; he had my OK to buy the TV set in the living room. He also bought a small TV set for the master bedroom, he had my OK to buy that one too. Didn't cost much in the first place.
Jemac
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:03:06 PM

Trugas, we weren't that bad with the aches, etc. He's got a 10's unit that gives an electrical pulse for back pain. He was demonstrating it on my arm to see what it does.

It was a good time for all of us.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 6:04:06 PM

Jemac l am guilty of talking of aches and pains too. It is new to me this aging thing, and l learn from others and they hopefully learn from my experiences. Sharing is fine, but appropriate in some places like your own home not on cruises and such. At least not the entire dinner conversation. I ate the rest of my meals in my cabin. Sometimes ordered 2 meals and picked out the things l liked and left the rest. LOL
I have a joke about old people... "Living dangerously if you say to an old person...How are you?" They probably will tell you.

The sun is shining and looks so pretty out but it is Fireman's fright a daily occurance here. The wind is whistling thru my door. I did laundry at the wash house earlier and it wasn't bad. The machines are so noisy, l step out in to the sun and wait til the noisy spin cycle is over. It is now 62 degrees but the wind chill factor....

I got so much good news in the mail saturday that l doubt l will receive anything today, but l will go up to check in a bit and visit with whomever l run into.
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 9:33:33 PM

Trugasca, I know what you mean about talking about aches and pains when in a group. I visited my NY cousin that's staying here in Fla for 4 months today and we did talk about our aches and pains that have occurred now that we are ancient people.

Both of us can't walk far, we can't bend over without aching pain when going straight again, etc, and etc. Those golden years are just thin plating's and are broken easily when abused.

My cousin, his wife, and I had a great time and will miss them when they leave the 14th of April. We have continuous talk without having smart phones nearby.
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 9:28:02 PM

Sneakers, are you sure that 3397 wasn't for two months? That's double what my total electric house took last month and I'm running A/C all the time and not heat. Running the A/C is more costly than running the heat. My A/C unit is from year 2000. I've got about a 2000 sq foot house that sucks up the electric with the living room cathedral ceiling.

Resistance heating is 100% efficient (if duct work isn't ripped) but is more expensive than natural gas or oil. 3397 KW is a lot of KW for a month and maybe it is to heat the pool in addition to the house....if not the cost of two month's bill.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 12:27:04 PM

I understood 2many, but still missed you. I sure agree about Montana. I fell in love with the rolling green hills too. The open spaces. But for me it would remain a dream. Too old now to travel those open spaces. So just memories. Nice to hear from you, that all is going well, that you will be going back to your beloved Montana soon. That's the way to spend Retirement IMO.

Jemac,Laugh at the comment, not at you, about older people being more conversational. We talk an awful lot about our ills and pain and stuff. Even the table l was assigned to on a cruise. Where people should have their minds on fun, they compared mostly thier surgeries.
l try to pull people out of and onto happy things to talk about. We also repeat our stories over and over and over and over again. Some of us anyway. But l do run into an interesting conversation at times and you are right about those durn phones. I see a couple walking and one ignoring the one they are with by talking for blocks on the phone. Or even in restaurants.
I call people on cells and never know where they are anymore. I hate that.I called a neighbor to invite her to the dinner and she said "well l am not home, l am in Missouri".
I call someone to talk about something here and they are out shopping or somewhere that makes no sense to answer phone then.

Sneakers that police was checking you out to see if you had all your faculties. Nice that someone cares enough to try to protect you, as there is a whole lot of elder abuse in many forms.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 3/22/2015 12:31:20 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 8:04:05 AM

I was looking back at the posts and see that you missed me trugas. Sorry. Boy, did the winter go fast. That stint at the VA sure made time fly. I am done with that for now and have been busy catching up on my projects at home. I expect to get called back to my paying job soon. Next week I have to go to the other marsh to cut more wood and then I plan on going to Montana the week after Easter to help the rancher with some chores. Actually I am in Montana, in my heart, every day. I daydream about the cows, the rolling hills, the breaks, the meadowlarks and the wide open spaces. Not sure if I could live the life of a rancher but sure do like visiting. We have had some nice spring weather here but are expecting another winter blast tonight.

Everyone have a nice day.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 7:30:17 PM

Trugasca, Glad your party turned out great. You were a great host and I'm sure all will be talking about it for the next year.

Around here, everyone would have had their personal smart phones out checking their email or texts and not being in any conversations....at least, the DIL's family and friends. I can't stand it!

Older people are much more conversational.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 7:24:12 PM

The BFF's half-brother's girlfriend apparently thought I was being abused and she called the cops. So, I got a welfare check from the local police. I did tell the officer that AJ did have some of my credit cards but he used them for stuff for the house and coffee. He did ask if he bought any computers or TV sets and I told them that he bought the TV in the living room with my OK. He asked me how I ended up in Texas and I said "Space Station." We discussed a lot of things. I commented that I donate platelets every two weeks unless something is messed up like happened last time. He then asked "what happened last time?" I explained platelet donation: they run your blood through a centrifuge and filter out the platelets, then they send everything else back. That day, it wouldn't flow back.

It's raining here today. The weather people from FOX 26 estimated that we got 3"-4" of rain today. So, I've stayed in.

I got a half-dozen E-statements today. The bad thing is the electric bill. My house has resistance heating, it works good but it's inefficient. I used 3397 kWh for the last month. We're starting to get into air conditioning season around here, turned it on for the first time yesterday. The air conditioning is a 2008 model. Don't know how efficient it is.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 9:16:37 AM

Jemac l loved doing the party and the hardest part was cutting the chicken and the cement floors made my feet sore. Forgot all that when people enjoyed the food and full of compliments. I am not and never have been a party person. Seldom gave them and even then it was for the kids. Didn't even do them well. But l do love food, love to cook and feed people. So the food indoors and in an L shape and out the door to sit in a big circle out side worked well. Only one use a TV tray so we had plenty of room. I had a garbage can out there and after people were nearly finished with all the BBQ sauce on their fingers l passed around wet wipes and then collected silverware (which all appreciated instead of plastic) and passed out Ghiradelli caramel filled chocolate squares. They got a kick out of that. Saying l was really organized, even after dinner candies.
It was much cooler, cloudy so we didn't need shade. But we all wore sweaters or jackets and it was comfortable for about an hour then l got cold and came inside to wash up. In and out til they finally hugged and left. I was happy with it and they all seemed to be full and content.

Sneakers l saw a shower bench online for $22 plus tax and shipping and the one l was given was billed to medicare for $60. Shame.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 3/21/2015 9:19:14 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 11:32:28 PM

AJ needed some parts for the pool cleaner and he was going to send me out to get them. The only thing is he got out first and got them himself. He needed s universal wall fitting and bought one for $40. He also needed a backup valve but he knew that $90 was too expensive and he should try elsewhere.

I decided to get on amazon.com and see what they had. The universal wall fitting was $12.74 and the backup valve was $46.84! I told him that it was good that I didn't make it to a pool supplies place first, I would have figured $90 was the going price for a backup valve and I would have bought it.

AJ and the BFF's on-again, off-again relationship is off again. He's trying to give Rocky back to the BFF but the BFF says Rocky is my dog.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 12:01:10 PM

Trugas, wow, you sure are a doer!! A nice spring party for everyone. Sounds like your group and housing is such a joy for everyone.

We get along great with all our neighbors also but we don't party. They are the greatest though.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2015 9:29:41 AM

Today is the big day. 16 people coming for chicken, salads and beans. I only made one bowl of beans coz when l took them to pot lucks, they don't eat them.
I made 2 salads with pasta, one with a BIG can or artichoke hearts l remembered l had and never could figure a way to use so many, and today l will make the carrot salad. Cutting up the whole chickens was AWFUL and hard and now l remember why l don't buy them anymore. But my original plan was only to cut them in half. Now l have 23 pieces and need to cut again some of the larger pieces. At least two people will eat fish. Maybe three, because of Lent.

Poor planning, actually NO planning, l just asked everyone in our group. There won't be enough room on my front patch of grass for 16 people's chairs and TV trays for those who need a place to set their drinks etc. So l think l had better push all my furniture to one side and let some sit in my frontroom, or Fearless Leader will drag them down to her place. She may anyway as it has shade. But l really want this to be MY dinner with no help and no others involved. My reason for such stupidity? To see if it can be simplified and not made so complicated and so much work as the potlucks became. Maybe vanity?
I really just wanted to thank Sean for pulling out (makes it sound easy and it wasn't)those awful prairie grasses, and to welcome Spring. We haven't had a pot luck in a long while it seems. I didn't want to suggest a pot luck as Fearless said it is so much work, so decided to just do it myself.

Getting it together as l decided to put everything : silverware, plates, napkins and three salads on my buffet in the front room and have one of my countertop ovens plugged in there with two trays of chicken and beans on top of oven. Then as the chicken is used up l can bring more from the counter top oven in my kitchen. The flow whould be better that way than having them all plug up the tiny entrance to my kitchen.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:36:29 PM

Yes, it's always good to have someone else around the house. We all think we are invincible and it's "that other old person" that will need the help.

So far I've been good and still think "that way".

I wish I had an AJ around here.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 1:18:59 PM

On Mar 19, 2015 11:33:40 AM, Jemac wrote:

>Sneakers, AJ is a wonder and a great person to have around.
>Prize him as he is an unusual good person.

AJ does get to use the house although I have parts of it that are my areas (my home office and my bedroom).

Mom likes me having housemates as I'm not by myself. I fell down yesterday when I was leaving the restaurant from having lunch but I was able to get myself up. I was trying to negotiate descending stairs without using the handrail.

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 1:08:24 PM

AJ just came in and said that he'd taken out all the existing tile and sheetrock that he needed to remove. Now, all the has to do is remove the small debris and then he'll get started on putting things back together. We'll probably have a trip to Home Depot, that's standard operating procedure.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 12:33:40 PM

With so many in the house here, we MUST use the dishwasher. When I lived alone it was a different story. I always washed by hand. Even with the dishwasher, the two sinks are ALWAYS filled with their dishes. BTW, they say we should incorporate using chlorine (Clorox, etc) in the dishwasher and on cleaning the seals on the doors to keep bacteria from growing.
Bugs, bacteria and Fungi on dishwasher seals

Sneakers, AJ is a wonder and a great person to have around. Prize him as he is an unusual good person.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 10:51:07 AM

AJ cut his hand renovating the guest bathroom three or four days ago, so he took some time away from it. He just started up again. I can hear the banging from the other end of the hall.

Got out yesterday afternoon and evening. Had Chinese food and bought $87.20 of groceries at H-E-B. Then, I sat there and sipped Diet Coke and commented on Facebook with my smartphone. I would have commented on GasBuddy but that's not practical from a smartphone but it can be done. I could have used my iPad but the battery was discharged.

Tiger is on my lap, satellite dish and all. He's been very well behaved, the Elizabethan collar comes off so he can eat more easily and he hasn't tried to bite the stitches.

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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 9:38:59 AM

Sure miss 2manyfords. Since he went back to volunteering at the VA hospital, he is just too busy for this l guess.

I like the multitasking made possible by dishwashers, and expecially if it is a fun thing it frees me up to do. U still have a lot of things to wash by hand.

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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 11:13:07 PM

I can't stand the smell or the noise from a dishwasher so much easier for me

to hand wash the dishes. The dishwasher is handy for sterilizing jars when canning. :))

Just made a batch of banana / cranberry muffins mm mm good, it brought 2 manyford to mind seeing he is the cranberry person on this tbread.

Sounds like you are all busy and enjoying retirement.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 9:10:28 PM

They'll put spoons stacked together so they can't be washed on both sides. I make sure each and every one of the utensils are clear to be washed on both sides. I'll even put utensils in the wash basket side grills to help separate each bit of the other silverware in the basket.

Somehow they think the dishwasher is a magic genie that will wash anything no matter how stuck on it is.

OK, I love them all no matter how they differ from my ways.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 6:07:58 PM

On Mar 15, 2015 10:10:32 AM, Jemac wrote:

>I sometimes wonder if the adults here work on all cylinders. They will put tops of plastic
>containers at the side of the dishwasher with the dirty side facing the wall where the
>soap and water probably can't hit the dirt. Also they'll put light plastics on the bottom
>where they get blown upside down, filling the plastics with dirty water that stays there
>throughout the wash.

My BFF fills the lower level with things so the water can't circulate. At least I've got her using the "heavy" cycle that kicks in an upper wash arm so the stuff on the rack gets washed.

She thinks I run the dishwasher half full. I say, "No, I run it so the dishes will be clean."
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 5:55:07 PM

I was kind of surprised when I looked at our collection of trash cans this afternoon. Four filled and there's only three of us.

I'm out finishing up lunch but tomorrow I'll likely stay cocooned because they're expecting rain.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 1:04:53 PM

Chinese food is so delicious. I also love the 'silver' chicken (or called chicken in foil). I can't find it down here in Fla but someone must have it.
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 10:14:43 AM

Just left the recipe site where meatballs were linked, but while there l watched the video where a chef made by hand Chinese noodles. Just flour and water, and he hand kneaded for long time then stretched them. He mixed a lot of good veggies in and that made me think of the noodles we (Lunch Bunch ) got recently...just noodles and called chow mein. UGH. Video sure made me hungry for good Chinese food.

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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 5:38:08 AM

The BFF is back, they patched things up. Now, all I have to keep clean is my home office room and my bedroom. I also get to keep the area where I sit in the living room clean.

Yesterday, I spent the day serving as a pet taxi. Drove back and forth between the same six stations for three round trips. On the "good news for GasBuddies" front, two of the stations cut their price for unleaded regular six cents to $2.19 a gallon between the second trip and the third trip.

Tiger went in to be neutered and Tommy went in for shots. My housemate's dog Ritalin (she's named Rita Lynn but I call her Ritalin because she's so hyperactive) also went in for a rabies shot, microchipping, and flea/heartworm prevention. Ritalin is almost seventy pounds but she thinks she can jump up in my lap just like the five-pound Tiger. Rocky was scheduled for a dental cleaning but he was AWOL in the morning when I got up. So, we'll need to reschedule.

I had Happy Family without shrimp for lunch. (Beef, chicken, and scallops in a brown sauce with Chinese vegetables.) The place didn't have a large number of sit-down diners but they had a steady stream of people taking carryout with them.

My housemates cooked last night. Pork chops stuffed with dirty rice, carrots, and mashed potatoes.

Tiger has an Elizabethan collar (my BFF says he looks like a satellite dish) and will get to wear it until his stitches come out on the 27th. We took it off for a while so he could eat more easily and Tiger didn't start trying to bite at his stitches.

Tommy was a very cool cat about getting shots. I commented that he didn't meow. The veterinary assistant who was holding him said he kept purring most of the time. The veterinarian also commented that Tommy was a very healthy cat.

My BFF turned off the light and left me watching the late local news. I fell asleep in the recliner. I woke up about 3:15 AM with Tiger in my lap.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 3/17/2015 5:41:07 AM EST]
Jemac
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Yep,is was a nice day yesterday with no one home. I went out and got Chinese food for lunch and the both of us ate till full.

... then we finished it off for supper. Shrimp with broccoli in garlic sauce for me, along with 4 egg rolls and the DIL had scallops with broccoli in garlic sauce, with two spring rolls. We both enjoyed the day.

Boy was I full!
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 12:18:01 PM

The logic of turning plates and lids towards the water source is common sense to me, but non thinking people don't care just slam them in. I sort the silverware too, and some don't bother. As to plastics and lighter ware that too is common sense IMO.

Bet you enjoy the peace and quiet when half of people are gone. I remember when my kids were little, l used to get up early to have my "quiet time" when l planned my day, grocery list or whatever that required thinking. But mostly l just enjoyed the peace and quiet. You know even a Monastery has a quiet garden to go sit in or walk to think.

My peaceful time in retirement is much appreciated. Fearless leader has reached her limit of visitors. She said to me, late Saturday afternoon, at another ladies porch... "I am still in my PJ's and want to get my spaghetti sauce going and haven't been able to do so, with all the company." I pointed out to her that SHE is the reason everyone meets and stops by there, even coming up to three of us near her place recently and saying "come on down here" l said NO and stayed where l was then into my own apt as the other two ladies said they were going just to say hello. LOL. Some guy walking by said "enjoy your wine ladies." I was on my scooter and wasn't drinking but guess he thought that's why we were there, as the apt we were at is a great drinker and so is Fearless. I leave when those two start drinking beyond a second glass.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 11:10:32 AM

My GD, husband, and two children went to Busch Gardens this morning so it's just the DIL and I here. It's always nice to have a change around the house for the day. Everyone lives here so the change today is nice.

I sometimes wonder if the adults here work on all cylinders. They will put tops of plastic containers at the side of the dishwasher with the dirty side facing the wall where the soap and water probably can't hit the dirt. Also they'll put light plastics on the bottom where they get blown upside down, filling the plastics with dirty water that stays there throughout the wash.

Maybe I'm just more persnickety as I get older?
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Sneakers, so your Best Friend Forever is moving out? and her ex-boyfriend is staying with you? Will you still be BFF's or is the break up going to break up your friendship?
Still you can load your dishwasher any way you want to now...LOL.

I load my dishwasher different than the housekeepers and thus didn't allow them to touch it. Only to unload and put aways.

Jemac, sounds like you are busy repairing the house right now. I once had a maintenance man who hooked up the toilet flushing thingie wrong and it fell off, so l had to fix it.
He also put the hot water on the wrong side for the faucet. That was hard to get used to..l don't live there now.

I am hoping to get into or l should say out to the back yard to do some organizing of stacks of pots and putting dirt into places that need it and sweeping up so l can put two plastic chairs out of my frontroom back there. I have had them in here to sit out in the front, but now we are promised a bench.

Some people have little porches where they can leave their chairs, but my style of apt does not have a porch.

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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 5:19:20 AM

My housemates (AJ and the BFF) decided to split up. AJ and I discussed this potentiality a while back and he's going to live with me. I think I'm going to have to do a lot more housework, especially when pool maintenance season starts up and AJ spends all day cleaning other people's pools.

They took a bit longer than they estimated to get me my FIT test kit but it came yesterday. Now, I get to poop on a paper sheet and take a sample. Then, I get to mail it back in a plain white envelope.

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 9:31:42 PM

Went out on a drive to get gas prices and have lunch this afternoon.

I had a report that a local station had closed but the person who commented about it didn't know how to edit the Master Station List. So, I drove past it. I verified that it wasn't open for business and I edited the Master Station List on my iPad. It must have closed fairly recently because people kept pulling up trying to get gas and visit the C-store.

I had another station that was a Phillips 66 but they'd taken down all the Phillips 66 signage and put up some that said they were now "M&A." I updated the Master Station List for that too.

I had a bacon cheeseburger and chicken tortilla soup at LongHorn Steakhouse. And every time I burp I'm reminded that I had chicken tortilla soup.
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Another great day in Michigan yesterday in the 50's. We went to The Henry Ford Museum Thursday to see the Engines Exposed exhibit. We really enjoyed ourselves, we may have to renew our passes this year again.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 10:16:41 AM

Sneakers..She is collecting unemployment so she counts.

Boy my yesterday went fast. Backache so took Ibuprofen which made me sleep in, then quick trip to Dermatologist and back to drugstore and visiting at mailroom and day was gone.
IT IS SPRING
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2015 1:24:35 AM

On Mar 13, 2015 11:19:54 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>She doesn't want to work and that is one reason our unemployment figures
>are so high still.

If you aren't looking for work, you're not counted. Otherwise, all the retired people would contribute to the unemployment rate.

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I see job offers all over around here and l have mentioned before that l tell one young lady about some and she shrugs her shoulders. She doesn't want to work and that is one reason our unemployment figures are so high still. 6% here and l am sure if a lot of people like her filled those vacancies then the unemploymnent rate would drop another percent. They aren't top rate jobs, but they would bring income and give one enough time to look for better. That is the way my son did it. He took a job in a service station, way below what he normally did and got paid, but he also talked to a lot of customers and eventually found a better job and took it and is ok now. Still not full time tho and no health coverage so Affordable Care Act helps him.

Sneakers is playing with his money again. Having fun and making money. Good for you Sneakers.

I don't have any extra to play with this year, but next year l will be more solvent.

Jemac grandson probably hasn't had enough experience yet ..to learn correctly. Grandson implies YOUTH. to me. l know it is by marriage..
Yes sometimes real life takes priority to this site.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:42:56 PM

On Mar 12, 2015 1:31:44 PM, GasMiser718 wrote:

>Sneakers: Good luck though I hope job are easier to come by in Houston.

They are unless you're working in the Energy Corridor or on a NASA program.
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Hadn't been to the mailbox in three days because it was cold and rainy outside. Got out in the mist and I had a slug of mail. Most of it was junk mail. Got an offer from Wells Fargo for a $100 bonus for opening a checking account. I've been taking advantages of bonuses for opening bank accounts. Got a $200 one for opening a checking account at Chase in July 2013, and I'm currently getting a $150 bonus for opening a checking and savings account at BBVA Compass. I have to change over either of my direct deposits to take advantage of the offer, and I decided to change over both of them and have my money all in one place and hopefully avoid making debits out of the wrong account. Then, I'm going to close some checking accounts. I will be down to three of them and a . One is tied to my brokerage and one is free if I have a credit card with the bank... I also have my safe deposit box at that bank and I see no reason to change it although I probably could get one at a bank that's closer it's only about five miles away.

I looked at my stocks today and decided that Royal Dutch Shell plc is going to be a dog for a while even though it pays a good dividend. So, I closed my position at a loss. I decided to take my accumulated dividends, the proceeds from the stock sales, and about $20 and open a position in Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, plus several smaller restaurant concepts). Darden pays a dividend in excess of 3% but I normally reinvest my dividends as I don't need them to live on.

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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:31:44 PM

trugas: That's why once a month is good.

I see my closest ones a lot more often though.

Sneakers: Good luck though I hope job are easier to come by in Houston.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:28:47 PM

Trugasca, I've been reading all the posts but had little to offer so I sat it out. Been picking up the 6 year old from school, buying material to fix a leak in the master bedroom bathroom for the GD and husband (he put it together, then I had to fix his work to get it to flush).

Getting ready to repair the bathtub drain as the water 'stopper' is now missing and I have to remove the drain to install a new unit. The tool was about $35 which is a giant "easy out". The other cheaper tools wouldn't work with the "T" missing.

Had some computer internet problems and had to go out and buy a wireless USB adapter as my Ethernet card went bad.

Got to head out to pick up the 1st grader now.

Oh how great retirement is!! Nothing much to do.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:45:19 AM

I will enjoy it a lot more if and when l learn the correct way to link a photo. It was too involved the way l was shown to enter a photo in my album and then copy the URL but when inserting erase part of it so it will go thru. I have tried again and the delete part is what l can't do now. OH WELL. Refresher course maybe.

So how is everyone else? Busy busy? Haven't heard from Jemac in a week.

Sneakers your housemates are getting jobs outside your home? Superfragalistic. Then they can help pay the bills they have added to your budget eh?

Gasmiser l see all my retirees too often. We get cranky with each other.

LRPharm glad all is working well for you. Sure makes life easier right? Nice that no extra expenses on car.

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