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  1. One of the things that gardening helps me...

    One of the things that gardening helps me understand is how every living thing has its season and then moves on. I don't understand our cultural obsession with living as long as we can with very low...
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    I was always drawn to Pippi Longstocking as a...

    I was always drawn to Pippi Longstocking as a character. She had contrary notions that led to adventures. I will contnue to ponder this question since not just one comes to mind.
  3. Thread: Covid and A/C

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    Road tripping as we are now has presented...

    Road tripping as we are now has presented challenges with indoor spaces. I avoid all enclosed spaces except for the grocery. Hotels we ask for first floor and I open windows for a while. No AC at...
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    Illegal means nothing here either. As with...

    Illegal means nothing here either. As with everything else these days, doing what one wants to do is just fine. Fireworks have been going off since mid June. Our backyard is full of dry pine needles...
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    Welcome! Sometimes Texan here. I am visiting DD...

    Welcome! Sometimes Texan here. I am visiting DD in Tx and the toy situation is unbelievable. The other grand parents have given the twins every electronic toy out there. They have to rotate toys as...
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    Son in law works for FB. You need to be very...

    Son in law works for FB. You need to be very mindful of what you post, ie nothing very revealing.
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    Down with pants!!

    Down with pants!!
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    Driving through Fredericksburg Tx. Throngs of...

    Driving through Fredericksburg Tx. Throngs of tourists. Very few masks and absolutely no distancing. We brought food for our trip but have made a couple of drive through restaurant stops.
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    Traveling through Tx right now. Only masks are on...

    Traveling through Tx right now. Only masks are on travelers. No locals wearing them; not even hotel desk clerk.
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    Thoughts on real estate??

    I peruse real estate sites looking for our next home and have noticed that higher end home listings ($750K and up) are suddenly very numerous; there are way more than usual. Some days no listings at...
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    I am a bit concerned about taking our road trip...

    I am a bit concerned about taking our road trip to TX in a few days. We will do one night at a hotel and one at an Air BnB. We will be staying at DD's house and not going anywhere once we get there....
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    I have been with DH since we were 20 and except...

    I have been with DH since we were 20 and except for a few brief months before that have never lived on my own. It is one of my reasons for moving back to familiar territory and making stronger...
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    If we can ever find a house in this mess, we have...

    If we can ever find a house in this mess, we have made the decision to move a smaller town (pop. around 25K). Not because of current events but just because I think it suits us better at this stage....
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    Why is everything scented?

    Rant....Finally bought a bottle of hand sanitizer as I figured it would be necessary on our road trip. I thought it would smell mostly like alcohol so tried it out while on errands this morning. OM...
  15. I sometimes wonder if there isn't something in...

    I sometimes wonder if there isn't something in the water here in the middle of the country. Reading the ultra-conservative local paper makes me scratch my head. I try to understand that viewpoint but...
  16. It is interesting to watch how people age. My MIL...

    It is interesting to watch how people age. My MIL is an outlier I guess as she resists change of any sort, sits and watches mindless TV all day and refuses to have anything to do with computers. A...
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    One quarter of Texas surge hospitalizations right...

    One quarter of Texas surge hospitalizations right now are under 30. We are set to make a road trip there in a week and are wondering if they will have to shut things down again.
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    I have eight tomato plants coming along nicely so...

    I have eight tomato plants coming along nicely so I may have more than I bargained for. Canning is not in my future. Sun-drieds maybe as the sun here is intense.
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    We are spending $50-$75 more per month on...

    We are spending $50-$75 more per month on groceries but I think it is more because my frugality factor has been toned down to limiting trips and stops. I am blown away by the increase in hand...
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    I had no idea job discrimination against gays was...

    I had no idea job discrimination against gays was still allowed in some states. On a similar topic though, discriminating against employment of older folk is alive and well even though illegal.
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    Many houses here in CO have large sq footage...

    Many houses here in CO have large sq footage because their basements are the same size as the main floor - like having two houses really. Many from the 50s and 60s at 3000 or more.
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    Yea, TT, I keep thinking about all the furniture...

    Yea, TT, I keep thinking about all the furniture a big house takes. The property tax though will be the clincher. We are now used to about $1200 here in Colorado and it will be around $5K there. We...
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    Yes, it is back in Texas in a small town in the...

    Yes, it is back in Texas in a small town in the Hill Country. I would hope it is our last house. It needs cosmetic updates but the "bones" are good. It doesn't have a bunch of rooms but the ones it...
  24. If anything, I might put up a privacy screen (s)...

    If anything, I might put up a privacy screen (s) in those areas where you want it so not necessarily the whole length. Our neighbor knows that our kitchen window looks into their patio area so they...
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    Found a house to buy but...

    It is 2500 sf. It has everything we are looking for but is way bigger than we want or need. Fantastic lot with lots of beautiful well-trimmed oak trees and garden spaces. Not on the market yet so we...
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