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    Sounds like fun!!

    Sounds like fun!!
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    Wow, you are experiencing homesickness/nostalgia...

    Wow, you are experiencing homesickness/nostalgia early on. I still pine for my old house but not as much as a year ago. I think "moving gets harder the older you get" has a lot of truth to it as it...
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    The older I get, the more I like plants and trees...

    The older I get, the more I like plants and trees of all shapes and sizes. We have two large spruces side by side and one is leaning precariously towards the neighbor's house and needs to come down....
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    So true that once you are elderly and beyond...

    So true that once you are elderly and beyond being in control of health situations, the system will suck you in. Watching it play out with my MIL now. The poor woman seems to have an MRI every six...
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    I think that's why I sought out a university...

    I think that's why I sought out a university (state) job early on. Normal hours, holidays, weekends, benefits. I can thank my twenty years there for a pension that allowed me to retire at just past...
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    I wholeheartedly concur with Ehrenreich's...

    I wholeheartedly concur with Ehrenreich's viewpoint. I have an appt for a physical in a month even though I don't have any issues. Just seemed like a prudent thing to do - a baseline of sorts for...
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    In defense of a little bit of sugar now and then...

    In defense of a little bit of sugar now and then - I think the proof is out that diet sodas are not a good alternative. Not good for your brain or your body long term. My FIL was a diabetic and lived...
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    Hmm...probably around 2007 too. We were still...

    Hmm...probably around 2007 too. We were still firmly ensconced in our life in Austin before everything became fancy and gentrified. Good neighbors, good jobs, happy fixing up our house, starting all...
  9. If securing the borders helps with drug...

    If securing the borders helps with drug trafficking, than I am all for it. Unfortunately, I think it's kind of a joke as that cat has been out of the bag for years.
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    Seems to me that this is already close to how...

    Seems to me that this is already close to how things are becoming. I certainly don't remember scads of homeless people camped out under bridges and along the riverbanks when I was growing up.
    There...
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    We just have a Roku, Netflix ($8 a mo.) and cheap...

    We just have a Roku, Netflix ($8 a mo.) and cheap antenna for local news stations. Our wi-fi internet is $45 a mo. Had Amazon Prime but canceled that and don't miss it at all.
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    Jeans are a conundrum for me. My favorite Levi's...

    Jeans are a conundrum for me. My favorite Levi's are no longer made and I don't do skinny pants. I find the current trend of leggings all the time on women of all shapes, sizes and ages very strange...
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    Achtung Baby! Yet another book on child-rearing...

    Achtung Baby! Yet another book on child-rearing practices in other places and how they compare to America.
  14. Thread: Art project

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    I have been taking some drawing classes and also...

    I have been taking some drawing classes and also use colored pencils trying to reawaken the artist within from long ago. I recently did a self-portrait where my sunglasses reflected the mountains I...
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    In the 60s my mother was a newly divorced single...

    In the 60s my mother was a newly divorced single woman with a pharmacy degree. As a working mom pharmacist, she was a pariah in a sea of SAHM's and thus so were her children. All the other moms...
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    I only had one blazer - a black one and it went...

    I only had one blazer - a black one and it went head first in the give away pile.
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    Retirement definitely requires less clothing. The...

    Retirement definitely requires less clothing. The irony is that for the first time in my life, the bedroom has a large walk-in closet.
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    Me too. We have some sort of wood laminate Pergo...

    Me too. We have some sort of wood laminate Pergo type stuff in the basement and I hate it. It clicks when you walk on it and seems to have a static quality that holds dust and debris.
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    Work clothes gone!!

    I've been retired two years now and decided it was time to purge the two boxes of "career" clothes I somehow couldn't let go of. Silliness to have even moved them to our retirement house. Today while...
  20. Thread: Dreams

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    Both DH and I have had vivid, nightly dreams...

    Both DH and I have had vivid, nightly dreams since retiring. Perhaps because we can sleep so much more. Every morning, we both comment that we have to get up because the dreams are just too much. He...
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    My wildest dream would be to live in a peaceful...

    My wildest dream would be to live in a peaceful civilization where people created beauty and cherished the natural world. An old hippie dream I guess. I get very frustrated by how so many humans...
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    It might not be easy to find but hibiscus is...

    It might not be easy to find but hibiscus is known to lower blood pressure. Whole Foods or Natural Grocers carries in the bulk section. Steeped like tea, it makes a refreshing iced drink especially...
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    I am not actually in the Rockies but near. I can...

    I am not actually in the Rockies but near. I can see Pike's Peak covered with snow from my kitchen window today. It is beyond gorgeous and takes my breath away every time I see it as if it's only a...
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    I guess for now these thoughts are telling me...

    I guess for now these thoughts are telling me that I am neither here nor there. Going back in a few weeks so we'll see...
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    I think I might be homesick???

    So it is Spring from whence I moved a year and a half ago and here in the Rockies spring comes much later if at all. I dream about my sweet old house back in Texas, all the beautiful plants and...
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