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    I was also blown away by the PBS Bee show. It got...

    I was also blown away by the PBS Bee show. It got DH interested enough to set up his camera near a nesting site in our backyard. Unfortunately, we think the little guys are wasps and not bees.
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    I imagine some of these medical wipeouts are due...

    I imagine some of these medical wipeouts are due to very expensive drugs or procedures that are only partially covered by insurance. SIL has a lung disease and has been taking a new drug to slow down...
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    It sounds like you somehow developed resilience...

    It sounds like you somehow developed resilience in spite of it all.
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    The entire medical system in this country is a...

    The entire medical system in this country is a disaster IMO.
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    Some of us very average to lower wage earners got...

    Some of us very average to lower wage earners got very lucky by buying real estate 15-20 years ago that ballooned in value. Living frugally all along the way (and now) helps a lot too.
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    This couple reminds me of the woman who used to...

    This couple reminds me of the woman who used to post here a long time ago - she and her husband were artists and managed an apartment building in San Francisco. As I recall, they lived on very...
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    When we drove to Texas a week ago, gas there was...

    When we drove to Texas a week ago, gas there was around $2.89. As soon as we crossed the Colorado line out of New Mexico, it was back up $3.25 or higher.
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    When DH first signed up, we went to a state...

    When DH first signed up, we went to a state nonprofit that helps seniors with Medicare issues. Very helpful as the system is unnecessarily complicated and bureaucratic. And like most things, designed...
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    I went through hell and high water to get my...

    I went through hell and high water to get my husband to get vaccinated with the J & J a month ago or so. Now they're saying he needs to get the booster right away. I don't know - all this info flying...
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    My "advantage" plan is covered by my previous...

    My "advantage" plan is covered by my previous employer (thankfully). But...I have a stack of mail four inches high from various providers to look at with DH. Obviously, there is dough to be made by...
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    Running with Sherman. I expected it to be sappy...

    Running with Sherman. I expected it to be sappy since it's about an old donkey and his come-back but it is actually an engaging tale.
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    I have always looked for "clean" labels when...

    I have always looked for "clean" labels when buying processed foods but started noticing that the ice cream I occasionally bought was no longer just cream, sugar and vanilla. It now had several added...
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    A food additive to watch out for

    As someone who has always had an iron stomach and can eat just about anything, I was mystified over the last two years as I would have "intestinal" issues out of the blue. It took some sleuthing but...
  14. I haven't delved into it but wondering if exports...

    I haven't delved into it but wondering if exports are likewise stymied. While driving through the Texas panhandle, I noticed the endless cotton fields ready to harvest. I looked up the stats and...
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    Another bean dish we make is a casserole where...

    Another bean dish we make is a casserole where you mix various beans together (usually black and pinto) along with onions, garlic, spices, squash or sweet potato chunks, a can of diced tomatoes, top...
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    Went to the Salt Lick near Austin and had my...

    Went to the Salt Lick near Austin and had my yearly quota of oak-smoked BBQ brisket, ribs and sausage with all the sides - potato salad, beans and cole slaw.
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    I am reminded of The Addams Family house.

    I am reminded of The Addams Family house.
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    DH and I were born ten hours apart so we always...

    DH and I were born ten hours apart so we always travel somewhere on our birthdays. It is a tradition and so family or friends might call or text a greeting but thats it.
  19. I finally decided to splurge on a couple of LL...

    I finally decided to splurge on a couple of LL Bean tshirts since I usually buy used. Just got an email that they are backordered until late December. I canceled yhe order.
  20. My take is that it is ludicrous to be importing a...

    My take is that it is ludicrous to be importing a majority of our goods from Asia in the first place. Did I really read close to eleven million containers in a year?
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    I think all the excessive worry, panic and sensational media stories about Covid are the exact opposite of simple living - unnecessary complexity.
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    DSIL works for FB. Says everything crashed...

    DSIL works for FB. Says everything crashed internally and externally. Must have been that 60 Minutes segment:)
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    I did a bad thing and ordered the NY Times...

    I did a bad thing and ordered the NY Times Cooking recipe website when it was half-price the other day - $2.50 a month. I plan to do a lot of cooking this winter and I usually like their recipes so...
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    I am going to cobble together a Moroccan spiced...

    I am going to cobble together a Moroccan spiced chickpea stew with chard and sweet potatoes served over whole wheat couscous. My most prolific crop was chard so I keep trying new things.
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    Not a grocery item but...we went on a road trip...

    Not a grocery item but...we went on a road trip recently and booked a hotel in a small town for two nights. Internet showed ten restaurants so we made the dumb assumption we could get meals while...
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