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    Today the Consumer Price Index was released by...

    Today the Consumer Price Index was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CPI-W (all items) is up 3% since March one year ago.
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    I would be open to co-housing, provided that the...

    I would be open to co-housing, provided that the communication among residents was compassionate and non-violent... rather than "a living hell".

    I am also curious about the Village-to-Village...
  3. Thread: Drought

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    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln drought...

    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln drought monitor maps the severity and impacts of drought. Commentary includes discussion of recent rainfall and 5-7 day forecasts of changing drought conditions....
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    I observed Blast Off Day by watching videos of...

    I observed Blast Off Day by watching videos of Starship Serial Number 11
    http://www.spacex.com/launch

    At 1:00 into the flight test the narrator says, "Methane burns on the brown side."
    At 5:04...
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    Happy Blast Off Day 4/3/21

    4...3...2...1 Blast Off!

    This Blast Off Day comes 100 years after the last one. It will be a century before it comes around again.

    Have a blast!
  6. Mourning Doves looking for a nest site

    Today I watched a pair of mourning doves size up a horizontal branch of an oak tree, as a place to build their nest. Then they flew off to a balsam pine to talk it over. I would love for them to...
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    Great news! I attended a memorable outdoor...

    Great news!

    I attended a memorable outdoor wedding... the father of the bride danced her down the center aisle to a recording of "The Beer Barrel Polka"! But that was in Wisconsin.
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    April is the cruelest...

    from "The Waste Land", by T S Eliot:

    April is the cruelest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memories and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain...

    Eliot and his wife...
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    During the month of March selling prices of...

    During the month of March selling prices of consumer goods continued to increase. Certain companies announced their intentions to increase consumer prices due to increases in their input costs, such...
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    Auction prices of used vehicles are rapidly...

    Auction prices of used vehicles are rapidly rising.

    J D Powers Weekly Wholesale Auction Price Index is up 19.5% since one year ago.

    Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, Wholesale Price Change,...
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    The night after I got the second Moderna jab was...

    The night after I got the second Moderna jab was rough. In bed I felt awful, with chills, soreness at my shoulder where I got the injection, and numbness of the hand on that arm. I got up about 6...
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    3 hours after the shot, I am not aware of any...

    3 hours after the shot, I am not aware of any problems. I decided I would keep my calendar free today. So I am sitting around, drinking herbal teas, snacking, and reading. Later, when the outdoor...
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    I received with gratitude the 2nd Moderna jab...

    I received with gratitude the 2nd Moderna jab this morning. In a couple weeks my Dear Wife would like to go out for a fish fry. (It has been a year since we went out to a restaurant.)
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    In the woodlot, is a coppice considered one tree...

    In the woodlot, is a coppice considered one tree (one root with more than one trunk growing out of it) or a number of trees with a shared root system?
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    NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, and other skyscraper...

    NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, and other skyscraper cities with east-west streets had a local Stonehenge sunrise this morning, and will have a Stonehenge sunset this evening.

    They couldn't help it.
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    Happy Vernal Equinox

    Joy Spring

    -- Clifford Brown, 1954
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    I changed from 5-7 cups/day of coffee on 2/24/21...

    I changed from 5-7 cups/day of coffee on 2/24/21 to a selection of drinks with less caffeine, which I like better.

    First thing in the morning I have 2 cups of European-formula Ovaltine, which I...
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    Snow drops beneath the oak tree in my front yard...

    Snow drops beneath the oak tree in my front yard 3/19/21.

    About half the turf in this neck of the woods is bare of snow-cover now.
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    A little dividend from the COVID epidemic is that...

    A little dividend from the COVID epidemic is that folks who walk behind a gas mower can wear their handy masks and filter out some of the dust and particulate matter when they are mowing.

    I still...
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    The wild crocus I spoke of growing in the prairie...

    The wild crocus I spoke of growing in the prairie grass is not officially a crocus (which would be a species of lily), but rather an Anemone.

    In English it goes by names such as pasque flower,...
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    Crocus flowers

    I was raised on the prairie. I lived 50 years on the prairie before I settled in Up North in Wisconsin.

    I remember seeing wild crocus blooming in the brown grass after the spring thaw. I am...
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    I have two pairs of indoor slippers with white...

    I have two pairs of indoor slippers with white rubber soles and gray felt tops. I wear them over loose-fit wool socks. I rotate 3 pairs of socks, rinsing one pair of socks with warm water every...
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    3/26 Pick Up the Phone and Call Day

    The deathsexmoney podcast people invented the holiday to encourage people "to think of a person in their life who could use a call. Maybe it's someone you miss, or have lost touch with in the past...
  24. Thread: Hello all!

    by dado potato
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    Welcome rnmom. I retired from the paid...

    Welcome rnmom.

    I retired from the paid workforce at 50. I see your goal is to retire early, if you are able. In my experience, life was much simpler without the daily deadlines and role...
  25. Based on the video link, I wonder if the design...

    Based on the video link, I wonder if the design includes creature comforts, such as
    Washer-dryer for clothes
    Dish washer
    spot to sit just inside entrance, with closet for outerwear, umbrella and...
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