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    Our install involved prying up old pee-stained...

    Our install involved prying up old pee-stained particle board subfloor, installing new sub-floor and then nailing down the hardwood. We considered having them do pre-finished but it actually cost a...
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    Speaking of wood floors, we just had 3" oak...

    Speaking of wood floors, we just had 3" oak installed on the main level. It was one thing we didn't want to do ourselves. It was a bit of a shock when we first saw it as there are a lot more mineral...
  3. Thread: Dental X-rays

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    I had posted earlier how a dentist I saw here...

    I had posted earlier how a dentist I saw here said I needed a crown replaced immediately and quoted me a price of $1350 without any explanation other than possible decay. I decided to get a second...
  4. Thread: Burritos?

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    Funny, but back in TX we really didn't use the...

    Funny, but back in TX we really didn't use the term burrito so I am still trying to figure out what they are supposed to be. Overly large tacos? The burritos I have seen here are monstrous - three...
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    This kitchen we are remodeling had almond colored...

    This kitchen we are remodeling had almond colored formica which I actually grew to like. It took me back to my Mom's white formica with sparkles back in the 70s. Looking at quartz and going oh my at...
  6. Thread: Cholesterol

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    I had a free health screening at work right...

    I had a free health screening at work right before I retired two years ago:
    Total Chol: 221
    LDL: 124
    HDL: 72
    Triglycerides: 123 mg
    Blood pressure was 122/65 which they marked as...
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    I keep a notebook of books I want to read and...

    I keep a notebook of books I want to read and always try to have several on hold at the library. Mild anxiety if I don't have something to read - like now - when the roads are icy and I can't get...
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    Around here, seems like every other house has an...

    Around here, seems like every other house has an RV of some sort just sitting there for most of the year. I think about all that wasted living space when it's 15 degrees outside. Ditto empty shopping...
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    I miss some things and not others. I know my life...

    I miss some things and not others. I know my life as a child and teen was a whole lot simpler and less stressful (in different ways) than it is for today's kids. In the hood I grew up in, I was the...
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    Behave - how our brains shape our lives and...

    Behave - how our brains shape our lives and behavior. All kinds of interesting factoids from a neuroscientist.
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    I have decided to go with off-white cabinets (not...

    I have decided to go with off-white cabinets (not quite a cream) since the floor is light oak. The backsplash and counters are a mystery at this point but it will all be DIY to shave costs. We were...
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    I think the biggest change since the time I grew...

    I think the biggest change since the time I grew up in is a certain lack of civility. Of course, those who are of color or otherwise "different" would say that things are much better now. The thing I...
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    We paid extra for the sewer scope as advised by...

    We paid extra for the sewer scope as advised by our realtor only to find out from a neighbor later that the previous owner had replaced all the sewer pipe a year before. For whatever reason, that...
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    I think it is a huge problem that is not being...

    I think it is a huge problem that is not being addressed except at local levels and then just in a stop-gap manner. This city unbeknownst to us at the time we decided to retire here has a huge...
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    Another veggie I have become addicted to is...

    Another veggie I have become addicted to is Trader Joe's arugula. I add it to scrambled eggs along with green onions and mushrooms. It goes in every salad too. Just love the peppery taste of it.
  16. We just moved into our 385 sf basement while we...

    We just moved into our 385 sf basement while we remodel the kitchen. I find that if I hand wash dishes as we go that very minimal dishware is needed - two of everything with perhaps a box of extras...
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    Check out "nutritarian" recipes - lots of greens,...

    Check out "nutritarian" recipes - lots of greens, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans. I could eat salads made of those things every day - especially with a good dressing. Breakfast in that vein might be...
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    Back when I hurt my knee, my PT gave me a topical...

    Back when I hurt my knee, my PT gave me a topical cream called Topricin. It seemed to help some but wasn't long-lasting.
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    Tore up the old kitchen sub-flooring today...

    Tore up the old kitchen sub-flooring today (asbestos vinyl fun two layers and newer laminate) and found huge (now dried) water stains under the flooring everywhere - dog, human, leaks, I don't know...
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    I noticed some interesting comments on this topic in our local newspaper. An older woman wrote in and said she was raised in a home where their father would make them change their clothing if he...
  21. Thread: Alas, Babylon

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    That sounds like an uplifting topic.

    That sounds like an uplifting topic.
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    I just don't have that many pots and pans that I...

    I just don't have that many pots and pans that I need a $500 Susan cabinet for them to sit on and twirl around. Shelves will do for me. The KD said that buyers will want all these gizmos in a...
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    Down in Central TX where the Fixer-Uppers live,...

    Down in Central TX where the Fixer-Uppers live, ship-lap normally refers to a solid wood exterior siding and each piece has a groove that laps over the other. Interior pine horizontal boards which...
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    Still pondering the cabinet issue and demo-ing...

    Still pondering the cabinet issue and demo-ing the existing kitchen today. Going round and round with the "kitchen designer" who wants to sell us over-priced lazy Susan corner cabinets, etc. Her...
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    The 38yo woman who was renting the house we...

    The 38yo woman who was renting the house we bought here had a PhD and teaches at the prestigious private college nearby. Her live in boyfriend was a 50yo waiter and had a recent felony conviction for...
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