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    Mary Oliver has been one of my very favorite...

    Mary Oliver has been one of my very favorite poets. I am very sad to see this.
  2. Also, they took group pictures at the funerals...

    Also, they took group pictures at the funerals over the years. No one looks happy, but many of us treasure those pictures.
  3. Right now, I am grateful for some distant cousin...

    Right now, I am grateful for some distant cousin who has taken the time to load ancestor's pictures onto ancestry.com
    I found a picture of a great grandfather- and my brother looks just like him. My...
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    $3.25 in the San Francisco east bay area today...

    $3.25 in the San Francisco east bay area today...
  5. I predict that once all of the construction trash...

    I predict that once all of the construction trash is gone, you will have a lot more clear physical space, as well as clear mental space that it's occupying now, and it will feel good. I am amazed...
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    OHGosh!! Snakes in shoes?!?!?! That just sounds...

    OHGosh!! Snakes in shoes?!?!?! That just sounds like an all round nightmare of a place to work or shop!
  7. Wow, I really like that blog! "I adjust to my...

    Wow, I really like that blog! "I adjust to my environment easily and quickly" and how that becomes a deterrent to decluttering was a big eye-opener for me. And I have experienced the exact same thing...
  8. It's an interesting concept. I'd be interested in...

    It's an interesting concept. I'd be interested in seeing prices, if they were to develop in California. My impression is that they are developing in areas with significant land available, which would...
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    There are many large vineyards around where I...

    There are many large vineyards around where I live. They now have machines to do the harvesting. Not only does it not require "farm workers" but it is much faster, with much less contamination.
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  10. Sounds like everyone is doing well! I noticed...

    Sounds like everyone is doing well!
    I noticed this morning that I'm digging in my closets to find clothing I want to wear, which means there are a lot pieces that I go past. Need to evaluate those...
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    Great questions! I'll bet that's an eye-opening...

    Great questions! I'll bet that's an eye-opening exercise, contemplating the eventual disposal of things. One of the benefits of moving house is that the question, Is this worth moving? comes up. But...
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    I remember many years ago now, around 1990, when...

    I remember many years ago now, around 1990, when I bought a new Mitsubishi Colt (made in the US) they were leaning on me really hard to buy the maintenance package, which was $3000. That was a whole...
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    Waste of money. I have a Kia Soul that I bought...

    Waste of money.
    I have a Kia Soul that I bought new in mid 2014, so 4.5 years ago. it just had its 90,000 mile service, which is a big one, cost $399. I've had the oil changed at the suggested...
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    "I'm not sure I want to teach with her." ...

    "I'm not sure I want to teach with her."

    ZoeGirl, that sentence says a lot to me, your intuition is telling you, No, this isn't the right venue.

    From your description here, your friend reminds...
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    Years ago I took a twice weekly Tai Chi class,...

    Years ago I took a twice weekly Tai Chi class, Yang Style, Short Form. I loved it! It was the one thing I really missed when I moved away from that area, and I haven't been able to find a class...
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    Congratulations on that win!

    Congratulations on that win!
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    I got 4 gift cards: Starbucks, Lowes and Home...

    I got 4 gift cards: Starbucks, Lowes and Home Depot, and the local quilt shop! That translates to iced tea when I run errands for the next 3 months, plants to add to my landscaping, and a quilting...
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    CL, you did really well with your plan, in spite...

    CL, you did really well with your plan, in spite of being sick. Congratulations!
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    In true cohousing, by definition, everyone has...

    In true cohousing, by definition, everyone has their own kitchen, in fact, whole separate living space.
    www.cohousing.org

    This is a concept that has intrigued me for many years, but the...
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    What happened to create so many homeless?

    "What happened to create so many homeless?"

    Really, I'm almost shocked at this question...
    I know about California because that's where I live. What is similar or different where you live?
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    Old dog problems are so sad. My first cocker...

    Old dog problems are so sad. My first cocker spaniel lived to be 17 years and 8 months old. When both her eyesight and hearing were diminished, she could "feel" sounds on the floor. I made a point of...
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    See separate thread "What happened to create...

    See separate thread

    "What happened to create so many homeless?"
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    My table was a resounding success! I sold out,...

    My table was a resounding success! I sold out, for a total of $695. $175 of that was the ornaments, so I'm glad I made them since the time and material cost was so low. I think I underpriced the...
  24. Toss it and get a new one, Dollar store,...

    Toss it and get a new one, Dollar store, WalMart, Target, depending on how much you want to pay...
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    A couple more resources for confidently buying a...

    A couple more resources for confidently buying a used car: AAA and AARP. I recently sent my grandson to AAA, because, you know, grandma can't possibly know that much about cars... I think he did well...
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