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    Ours just finished blooming a week or so ago! Our...

    Ours just finished blooming a week or so ago! Our latitude is 44.7225į N. Interestingly, being on the lake and facing north, our flowers bloom about a week or two after the same varieties of flowers...
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    So beautiful! What a great job, rosa!

    So beautiful! What a great job, rosa!
  3. Thank you everyone... I think I'm going to do a...

    Thank you everyone... I think I'm going to do a combination of what you all have suggested: Put 1500 towards debt, put 500 in savings, and set aside 500 for something: I'm wavering between an arbor...
  4. What would you do with an unexpected bonus?

    I just got a letter of recognition from one of my clients and a check for $2500.

    I'm totally surprised. DH says I should buy something because it's a windfall. My thought was paying down...
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    My neighborhood is more Edward Scissorhands in a...

    My neighborhood is more Edward Scissorhands in a way. the houses on one side are all blah beige, but on my side each one is a different pastel.

    When I painted our house exterior I considered the...
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    So, I'm on the opposite end of this deep...

    So, I'm on the opposite end of this deep question, because I never in my mind attached my yahoo account to my AT&T account. I moved from NJ to VT and never did a thing, but I did bring AT&T with me....
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    My daughter's MIL and I were talking about that...

    My daughter's MIL and I were talking about that the other day, and she sent me pictures of houses that had been painted dark colors:
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    There are many contradictions in the "sanctity of...

    There are many contradictions in the "sanctity of life" argument. War, the death penalty, the cruel exploitation of laborers, animals and natural resources. If they put everyone in jail who...
  9. In 100 years my grandchildren may still be alive,...

    In 100 years my grandchildren may still be alive, which makes me afraid for them.

    We may think we're clever and find a way maintain some sort of standard of living under extreme conditions, and...
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    Successful protests in American history: ...

    Successful protests in American history:

    https://www.ucf.edu/news/7-influential-protests-in-american-history/

    Boston Tea Party, 1773
    Women's Suffrage Parade, 1913
    March on Washington, 1963...
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    One of my favorite shows on HGTV is Love It or...

    One of my favorite shows on HGTV is Love It or List It

    So, bae, I'm curious... you've expressed that you dislike to some degree the two parties we have, but I'm surprised that you're talking about...
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    Trying again: ...

    Trying again:

    https://www.axios.com/2022/06/24/clarence-thomas-same-sex-marriage-contraception#

    The following is the body of the article:

    In a concurring opinion overturning Roe v. Wade,...
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    So it's officially done. Roe v Wade reversed. ...

    So it's officially done. Roe v Wade reversed.

    My visceral response is sadness and a sense of injustice for the rights of the fully-realized, unambiguously-living (second-class) citizens.
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    Thank you! I will definitely transplant them,...

    Thank you! I will definitely transplant them, then.
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    I love peonies! Nice picture, dado. I have two...

    I love peonies! Nice picture, dado. I have two peonies that I "inherited" when I bought this house, but the previous owners placed them under a Montmorency cherry tree along with raspberry brambles,...
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    Amazing photos, bae!! Here's my humble...

    Amazing photos, bae!! Here's my humble submission for tonight's sunset on my island

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/ac56/cmboyd/IMG_3556.jpeg?width=285&height=175&crop=fill
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    ) Nope....A Southern state--Mississippi was the...

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    Nope....A Southern state--Mississippi was the last. Texas ratified it 4 years after NJ: (NJ 1866; TX 1870)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
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    Plus, only love is the secret ingredient in happy...

    Plus, only love is the secret ingredient in happy outcomes like your family's (and mine) and unfortunately the government can mandate all the laws they want with regard to abortion, but it can't...
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    I had that book--I don't think it made the cut in...

    I had that book--I don't think it made the cut in The Purge, but I had it on my office bookshelf for many years. What appealed to me was the notion of budgeting by percentages: 50% needs, 30% wants...
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    I hope it works out alright, IL!

    I hope it works out alright, IL!
  21. Thread: Gas prices

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    I got quotes from regular local HVAC guys who...

    I got quotes from regular local HVAC guys who advertised that they do heat pumps. Yes, the good thing about heat pumps is they are two-firs... you get the cooling with the heat. DH was not happy...
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    Is there any way you could get a ductless...

    Is there any way you could get a ductless mini-split/heat pump? I don't know how big your house is but I'm getting a single zone one for $3600 installed. It could be a good redundant system-i.e., if...
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    I had a close family member tell me that I should...

    I had a close family member tell me that I should abort, and my own pragmatic nature was definitely telling me I should. In the end, no one's advice mattered. I made my own decision, endured eye...
  24. Yay, Vermont! I heard about urine as fertilizer...

    Yay, Vermont! I heard about urine as fertilizer in my permaculture class 10 years ago. I found it so interesting I read up on it. It makes sense, and particularly in the context of the shortage of...
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    Low-income housing isn't the same as "no-income...

    Low-income housing isn't the same as "no-income housing". Even "affordable housing" often costs more than an indigent person is able to pay. I've been researching this on behalf of my BIL, and I find...
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