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    How. long is "too long"? I can go all day without...

    How. long is "too long"? I can go all day without eating until dinner, typically. I might get a little hungry, but if I'm too busy to eat I just put it in the back of my mind until I can get around...
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    Maybe the limited survival of our species is...

    Maybe the limited survival of our species is essential for the long-term survival of our planet.

    But you pose a great question. If we go the way of the dodo bird, who cares?
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    I am especially fond of Who Gives A Crap...

    I am especially fond of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper. It's sturdy but soft and 10% of the profits go to sanitation in third world countries. I buy about 50 rolls at a time and it lasts me a few...
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    Funny how that works.

    Funny how that works.
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    Tell me if I'm wrong, but if you can withdraw the...

    Tell me if I'm wrong, but if you can withdraw the widely-touted conservative 4%/year from a portfolio of $5M, that's $200,000. And the market ups and downs should even themselves out. I still think...
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    On behalf of DH, thank you, happystuff. DH served...

    On behalf of DH, thank you, happystuff. DH served in the Marines in the 70s. I think most people who know him would be surprised to hear that--he was a party animal and theatre geek, completely...
  7. Thread: Wood ash

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    Wood ash

    Didn't know where to put this--it could to under frugality, environment, housing.. Anyway...

    We have a wood stove in VT--we've never owned one before. We've been using it every day for heat...
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    My SIL just posted a good quote on FB: ...

    My SIL just posted a good quote on FB:

    "Sometimes you have to stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it."
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    I love that thought.. "frozen energy"--I'm going...

    I love that thought.. "frozen energy"--I'm going to use that as a visual this winter as my own downsizing begins in earnest.
  10. Thread: Firsts

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    Firsts

    Thursday was my daughter's birthday, and since we're still up here in VT, I was able to ask her for a little time to do something "mother/daughter." She picked manicures. I am 66 and have never had a...
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    haha, that's great! Bill's always thinking--this...

    haha, that's great! Bill's always thinking--this time it's "stinking thinking" but in a good way :)
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    One of our NJ neighbors did that. They have the...

    One of our NJ neighbors did that. They have the same model as the house my BIL lived in--traditional for the 70s, with a kitchen close to a family room and a dining room and living room up front....
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    I agree. Add that to my list of things that drive...

    I agree. Add that to my list of things that drive me CRAZY watching home design shows. (I've stopped watching, actually). Interestingly I read that "open concept" is actually the Canadian term for...
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    Looks great, IL! So nice to have an architect to...

    Looks great, IL! So nice to have an architect to bounce ideas off of! Did he/she give you multiple options, or did you know exactly what you wanted? I love the idea of the 4-season room and the...
  15. I agree--he was completely out of line talking to...

    I agree--he was completely out of line talking to customers like that. It's almost incredulous that he wouldn't know better. In fact, if this took place in NJ, I would have suspected that John...
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    DH and I have been binge-watching Mad Men for the...

    DH and I have been binge-watching Mad Men for the past two weeks. 3 episodes a night. We'll probably complete 7 years of programming before Thanksgiving.

    We are so into it. It's not just because...
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    I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure I'd...

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure I'd have an emotional reaction, too.. He definitely had that election stolen from him. I'll never forget the look on his face at the Democratic National...
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    OMG, you DIDN'T! :0! I really wish I could...

    OMG, you DIDN'T! :0!

    I really wish I could have stood in the supposedly long lines. I'm a spectator by circumstance. AND I was further devastated to learn after-the-fact that the local Democrats...
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    On the subject of loving ourselves and others,...

    On the subject of loving ourselves and others, here are two:


    "Self-hatred is also the hatred of God, because God and ourselves are united." —Thomas Keating

    "Love [people] even in [their] sin,...
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    As I was deleting emails, I noticed one from Dr....

    As I was deleting emails, I noticed one from Dr. Fuhrman advertising his Intermittent Fasting program and I thought of you, UL. It's too late to register, unfortunately, but maybe you can take...
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    That's funny!

    That's funny!
  22. ke3 just posted on another thread--so maybe she's...

    ke3 just posted on another thread--so maybe she's lurking here now--if so, ke3, I'd love to know about your VT experiences, as I have moved up here as well. You were going to eventually move up full...
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    I'm fascinated with Trump's campaign strategy...

    I'm fascinated with Trump's campaign strategy these past few days. Honestly--I think his strategy is stir up as much anger and hate as possible. He is even turning down opportunities to talk about...
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    I only wash if they are greasy. I don't see the...

    I only wash if they are greasy. I don't see the point of washing a wall that's going to be painted. I do swipe the walls with a damp cloth, but that's not the same as washing. I don't spend a lot of...
  25. I also agree that "retired" doesn't have to mean...

    I also agree that "retired" doesn't have to mean you never work. I'm thinking about our friend, a fire fighter, who retired from the fire department at age 45 and then took up masonry as a second...
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