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    Jut returned from a shopping trip at one of the...

    Jut returned from a shopping trip at one of the big chains here since their strike has ended. Haven't been in a month or so and prices are noticeably higher. Still no crackers or cat litter. Another...
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    I recall a line from a movie about the Fox...

    I recall a line from a movie about the Fox network where the boss said we need news that "shocks your grandmother and pisses off your grandfather." So it seems to me that a lot of "news" today is...
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    Posole and a grapefruit salad.

    Posole and a grapefruit salad.
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    I still can recall as a child the weight I felt...

    I still can recall as a child the weight I felt lifted after going to confession. Ironically, I had to think hard to come up with a list of "sins" beforehand.
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    The main thing that has really gone up for us...

    The main thing that has really gone up for us this winter are utilities. We were warned that the average household would see a $30 increase but it is closer to having doubled even though the usage is...
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    Last night, I watched the 60 minute piece on Anne...

    Last night, I watched the 60 minute piece on Anne Frank and thought... this girl lived in a small space for the same amount of time (approx two years) that we have been dealing with Covid...
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    I feel guilty when I buy new clothes or pay more...

    I feel guilty when I buy new clothes or pay more than $15 for a haircut. Rarely feel guilty about grocery purchases including a chocolate bar once in a while. Now I am feeling guilty about wanting to...
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    As an experiment, I will try growing some veggies...

    As an experiment, I will try growing some veggies from 25 cent Dollar Tree seeds I bought yesterday. Many are marked "heritage" which I assume means heirloom strains. They had plenty but sell out...
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    My mother worked full time while I was growing up...

    My mother worked full time while I was growing up so there were quick but odd meals influenced by her Depression era upbringing. Pinto or lima beans on white bread with ketchup. Chipped beef from a...
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    Eggplant parmesan casserole and salad

    Eggplant parmesan casserole and salad
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    Our local Sprouts had all dried beans for 25% off...

    Our local Sprouts had all dried beans for 25% off so I stocked up as one of my favorite meals is beans and rice. Every country has their own version so plenty of recipes. Filled the tank at Costco -...
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    And then there are folks like my 87 yo MIL in...

    And then there are folks like my 87 yo MIL in assisted living where there have been repeated outbreaks among staff. She was moved to a new facility today with no testing required. She has been...
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    My only first-hand experience with death and...

    My only first-hand experience with death and dying was observing my little brother with every horrible condition AIDS could give him until his end and my mother in a two year plus vegetative state...
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    Yep. The houses we have been looking at back near...

    Yep. The houses we have been looking at back near family have gone up $100K in one yr. I don't think we can afford them anymore so not sure how to proceed other than to stay here:(
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    This reminds me - there are quite a few 55+...

    This reminds me - there are quite a few 55+ mobile home communities where we are considering a move to. We checked some out and thought they were kind of cute with a sort of village feel. Lot fees...
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    I think it depends entirely on the specifics of...

    I think it depends entirely on the specifics of the place and how much one values certain aspects like privacy. I guess if I am old and by myself that would be a better choice than a non 55 1 BR...
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    Salmon with maple glaze, forbidden/brown rice...

    Salmon with maple glaze, forbidden/brown rice pilaf with mushrooms and a pear/blue cheese salad.
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    I learned that every type of yucca plant has a...

    I learned that every type of yucca plant has a specific pollinator moth.
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    That's impressive, Bae. I just paid $5 for a tub...

    That's impressive, Bae. I just paid $5 for a tub of miso!!! I cook beans from scratch so have a freezer full of various kinds. I would love to make sourdough breads. I had an Indian friend at work...
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    DIY grocery staples

    Yogurt and peanut butter are staples at our house. Prices at the grocery have gone up a lot so I am thinking about making our own. Anyone here make either of these and can offer tips? Any other...
  21. Thread: cottages

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    Tri-levels, raised ranches and basements are...

    Tri-levels, raised ranches and basements are abundant here and were novel to us. There are pluses and minuses. With ours, the split is in the middle of the house so the entry has no stairs which I am...
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    Of all people, DD reminded me a while back that...

    Of all people, DD reminded me a while back that in marriage "you have to pick your battles." I think another thing to consider is that since Covid many of us have been cooped up with our mates much...
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    I know there are now a lot of customer service type jobs where you take calls from home for companies. Booking reservations, customer queries etc. I am thinking amazon even has at home workers so...
  24. Thread: cottages

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    Not crazy about totally open concept either. I...

    Not crazy about totally open concept either. I think it's the board and batten exterior and dormer that got me. The website has bazillions of options so I have only just started looking.
  25. Thread: cottages

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    cottages

    I made the mistake of joining the Cottage Living FB group and now I am fascinated with the idea of finding or building a cottage for our next house. Maybe something like this:...
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