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    So very sorry for the loss of your daughter. I...

    So very sorry for the loss of your daughter. I can't even imagine the sadness you must feel no matter the cause.
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    I figure that by the time they are 3-5 all sorts...

    I figure that by the time they are 3-5 all sorts of things may change. That is my favorite age - not much for babies anyway. The ironic thing is that DD is following the same trajectory I did as her...
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    To clarify, we have no desire to be babysitters...

    To clarify, we have no desire to be babysitters and are kind of shocked that the other grandparents are so willing. If and when we ever move back, it would be to a more affordable small town nearby....
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    dealing with not simple emotions

    Venturing into uncharted emotional territory now that I am a new grandparent of twins. Feeling regretful about moving so far away from family, wondering if we will ever move back and if we don't how...
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    DD has one and programs it to vacuum in the...

    DD has one and programs it to vacuum in the morning before leaving for work. She has tile and wood floors only and the pet hair accumulates quickly without it. Never heard of any complaints. I...
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    Really enjoying The Geography of Bliss. Author...

    Really enjoying The Geography of Bliss. Author visits different countries to see what their "happiness" levels are. Lots of humor to level out facts.
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    Your thoughts and emotions have a great deal to...

    Your thoughts and emotions have a great deal to do with your health status. Who knows - maybe most of it?
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    Sometimes you really don't have a choice but to...

    Sometimes you really don't have a choice but to move to a less expensive place. For us, it was the difference between buying a house for cash or continuing to work and have a mortgage for another 7-8...
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    DD is at the older end of the millennial age...

    DD is at the older end of the millennial age group. Among she and her highly educated peers, some things seem to be more important - equality in all its forms, environmentalism, entrepreneurship vs...
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    Yep. We were set to buy a refrigerator but it...

    Yep. We were set to buy a refrigerator but it went up $350 in one swoop. Never mind.
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    I have had a sort of crash course in how cities...

    I have had a sort of crash course in how cities can differ - by moving from a very progressive, optimistic one to a city that is perhaps the opposite. Most of the money here goes towards new...
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    We don't have many furniture store options here...

    We don't have many furniture store options here so I have started buying a few things from different vendors online that I don't want to buy used - a rug and an upholstered chair from Wayfair. Both...
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    This is depressingly true. So many areas in...

    This is depressingly true. So many areas in America are becoming blighted. Full of criminals and drug addicts. It is not a scenario a senior citizen would want to find themselves in unless they have...
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    I haven't read the book in years but seem to...

    I haven't read the book in years but seem to recall that many of the MND households were one-income families where the wife raised kids and managed the home so the husband could devote time to his...
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    As a child, the Catholic Church taught me the...

    As a child, the Catholic Church taught me the value of empathy and forgiveness. And guilt. But that's about it. I bet this cloistered pedophilia stuff within the church has been going on for...
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    This is Where You Belong - about place-making...

    This is Where You Belong - about place-making which I need guidance on since moving.
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    The sales tax in Austin where we used to live was...

    The sales tax in Austin where we used to live was 8.25% but no state income tax which isn't a big deal when retired and income is low. It is the same here but property taxes are around $1100 a year.
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    I'd really like a van of some sort - like the old...

    I'd really like a van of some sort - like the old Vanagans. My friend here bought one for just a few thousand and fixed it up as she likes to go camping in it. And coincidentally...she is a...
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    Seems like once again, we are the oddballs on our...

    Seems like once again, we are the oddballs on our street. Have only one car and none of our kitchen appliances match:) Our neighbors, many retired, have multiple vehicles, expensive 4 x 4 trucks and...
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    Ours in Austin was $12,000 a year last time I...

    Ours in Austin was $12,000 a year last time I looked with the majority of that going to public schools. The municipal and county taxes weren't all that bad.
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    I knew lots of people who lived outside Austin as...

    I knew lots of people who lived outside Austin as they could not afford the city. It involved commuting in horrible traffic to get to work or shop so that is always something to consider. We might...
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    We very purposefully moved to a cheaper city in...

    We very purposefully moved to a cheaper city in another state. Property taxes were reduced by 90%. The house we bought would have been at least double the cost back home. Rent is cheaper too....
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    My grandfather came in from a long day of...

    My grandfather came in from a long day of farming, sat in his favorite chair to nap before dinner and never woke up. Perfect. At least for him.
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    I'm happiest when...

    Before I retired, I dreamed of being able to spend a whole day outside puttering in the garden. And now if the weather cooperates and I'm not otherwise occupied, I am happiest when I am out playing...
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    That is my concern too. Disgruntled humans can do...

    That is my concern too. Disgruntled humans can do horrible things.
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