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    How long until you can retire?

    How long until you can retire?
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    Not being able to find or being stood up by...

    Not being able to find or being stood up by landscape or home repair companies is my current rant. I have two ailing trees in my back yard and if they don't get worked on before winter, they will end...
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    All the time. Just today we picked up a patio...

    All the time. Just today we picked up a patio umbrella in the alley. It has a broken spine but we are using to shade some plants until the heat wave passes. In our last city, we had what we called...
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    My other little problem with doing the two house...

    My other little problem with doing the two house thing is two neurotic senior cats who go ballistic at any mention of a car ride. It would mean hiring a petsitter or house sitter for several months.
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    I haven't found one yet where there are rentals...

    I haven't found one yet where there are rentals but will look into that.
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    Our once every few months grilled steak with...

    Our once every few months grilled steak with mushrooms and baby potatoes. DH is also grilling some squash. Oh and Olathe sweet corn - a regional favorite.
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    In this case, they offer cable/internet, water...

    In this case, they offer cable/internet, water and trash. There is a pool and clubhouse if one considers that as an amenity. Strangely, one must still pay property taxes of $450 a year on your 1000sf...
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    mobile home communities

    During our quest to figure out housing options, we have been considering a winter home in a 55+ mobile home community. Unfortunately we have found that most have been acquired by corporations or...
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    Sockeye salmon with cucumber dill sauce, maple...

    Sockeye salmon with cucumber dill sauce, maple glazed sweet potatoes and rice salad.
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    Had a back porch spotlight that was hot-wired by...

    Had a back porch spotlight that was hot-wired by previous owner and kept coming on unexpectedly so decided to pay an electrician to fix it once and for all. It had been disconnected from the switch...
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    Black bean burgers and a kamut arugula salad.

    Black bean burgers and a kamut arugula salad.
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    Well I might be buying a house if I can figure...

    Well I might be buying a house if I can figure out where to live:)
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    I have some of each but mostly natives which I...

    I have some of each but mostly natives which I have noted are much hardier and don't attract destructive insects like fussy hybrid plants often do. I have a dwarf hybrid Russian sage which thus far...
  14. Thread: Recession

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    Its no secret that the big oil companies have had...

    Its no secret that the big oil companies have had record profits recently. Perhaps they are sending quite a bit outside the states to countries who pay more? I found it curious when driving through...
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    DH does all the cooking these days:) Dressing for...

    DH does all the cooking these days:) Dressing for shrimp salad is a lime vinaigrette that he crushes cilantro into.
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    Shrimp, mango and avocado salad

    Shrimp, mango and avocado salad
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    Over here on the Front Range of Colorado, we are...

    Over here on the Front Range of Colorado, we are getting more than usual but very spotty. I agree the weeds are prolific. I now see pulling weeds as daily meditation time. The Desert Four O Clock is...
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    I just started it. Interesting to me how the...

    I just started it. Interesting to me how the concept of time changes when you retire.
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    I had severe panic attacks when I was much...

    I had severe panic attacks when I was much younger so I know how terrifying they can be. Mine would happen at night or when I was driving on the freeway. At some point, I realized that I had control...
  20. Thread: July Frugals

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    Did some grocery shopping today (ouch!) but they...

    Did some grocery shopping today (ouch!) but they had organic whole chickens BOGO so I paid $10 for two. We like to either roast or smoke them and then package up freezer packages for making...
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    I had a crash course in learning Spanish when I...

    I had a crash course in learning Spanish when I spent a summer in Mexico as a 19yo. I had to since my boyfriend there did not speak English. I still practice in my head and also listen to telanovas...
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    I continue to believe that

    I continue to believe that
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    I looked into it when I retired but went with the...

    I looked into it when I retired but went with the standard pension w/survivor benefit. I had my accrued vacation pay rolled over into an IRA.
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    The envelopes comment reminded me...I cut the envelopes and back side of junk mail adverts into little squares for writing notes. I keep them in a little box on my desk and replenish everyday as the...
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    I had my first experience the other day dealing...

    I had my first experience the other day dealing with this topic. I hadn't seen an acquaintance in a few years and asked how her college-age daughter's education was going. She stammered a bit and...
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