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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...
  3. 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...
  9. 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.
  13. The envelopes comment reminded me...I cut the...

    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...
  15. I only use paper towels for gross things like cat...

    I only use paper towels for gross things like cat vomit. One roll lasts well over a year. I guess its extreme but I use rags that are laundered for most other things.
  16. Woman photographs every object in her house

    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/barbara-iweins-photo-series-katalog-arles/index.html
    I can't imagine wasting time doing this exercise but I guess she gained some insight into the nature of stuff.
  17. The library system where I live now is one of the...

    The library system where I live now is one of the best things about being here. However, the scenario mentioned is playing out with new ultra-conservative board members (they are also joining school...
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    All the pregnancy preventatives mentioned by IL...

    All the pregnancy preventatives mentioned by IL are solely on the woman to follow through on - birth control shots, pills, IUDs. Odd to me that there aren't such things for the men in the picture...
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    This morning while watering the garden, I started...

    This morning while watering the garden, I started thinking about how women across the nation ought to try celibacy for a while as an experiment.
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    I sometimes imagine they might enjoy having the...

    I sometimes imagine they might enjoy having the Colorado connection as I did growing up - a way to escape the stifling Texas summers. We are headed to the high country for a few days and will revisit...
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    I have been moving our cash emergency fund from...

    I have been moving our cash emergency fund from big bank to Ally as their interest rate is higher. Every little bit helps.
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    Austin is definitely out of the question. Loved...

    Austin is definitely out of the question. Loved it but could no longer afford the taxes. The TX town we are considering is two hours away from DD and family which is do-able. I pinch myself that I...
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    Moving decision - head or heart?

    Six years ago, we left family and friends behind to retire to Colorado which was a place we dreamed of living for many years. It was a grand adventure for us a year in and then...we found out we were...
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    I doubt you will miss either a few months from...

    I doubt you will miss either a few months from now.
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    We just discovered we have a resident skunk. I...

    We just discovered we have a resident skunk. I figured it was a neighbor's stinky marijuana but saw it last night coming out from under the shed. Perhaps it will eat any grubs in the yard since it is...
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