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    Good luck with the changes, TMS! As a result...

    Good luck with the changes, TMS!

    As a result of a few conversations with a very close friend of mine, I've decided to make a few digital/media changes, too, using the new year as a convenient...
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    There is. I used to work in an emergency room. We...

    There is. I used to work in an emergency room. We saw the weirdest stuff during full moons....
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    Some windows are designed to drop into the...

    Some windows are designed to drop into the existing opening after the house is completed; those typically have less glass area than the kind where they have to take the old window out completely to...
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    Xcel Energy (our local energy provider) offers...

    Xcel Energy (our local energy provider) offers free energy audits for air infiltration/heat loss/inefficient heaters/lack of insulation, etc. We paid extra for the "blower door test" which forces air...
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    DW would love to put more windows into this...

    DW would love to put more windows into this house. What stops us is the money and the fact that there is no view here worth bigger/more windows. They exist in this city, but not on this lot.
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    Horrifying! Hoping for the best...

    Horrifying! Hoping for the best...
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    We've been replacing ours as they fail, slowly...

    We've been replacing ours as they fail, slowly but surely (1974 house here). And we replaced the builder-grade wood windows with a "better" line of vinyl windows. Even at the price of the windows we...
  8. Thread: New Here~

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    Hello and welcome!

    Hello and welcome!
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    It sounds like things are working out well; good...

    It sounds like things are working out well; good for you!
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    Potluck Thanksgiving dinner at our niece's house....

    Potluck Thanksgiving dinner at our niece's house. It was supposed to be at our daughter's house but our unvaccinated SiL tested positive on a home COVID test (he blamed something he ate at Arby's. He...
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    Nice to see you here, GL! I'm looking forward to...

    Nice to see you here, GL! I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you.
  12. I'm late to the party, but nice work, Alan!

    I'm late to the party, but nice work, Alan!
  13. Thread: Salt

    by SteveinMN
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    A friend of mine cans her own tomatoes and, when...

    A friend of mine cans her own tomatoes and, when she uses them in a recipe, adds a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity (that is, not sugar).

    And not to defend an entire industry of food...
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    Congratulations! It's nice to stretch and reach...

    Congratulations! It's nice to stretch and reach someplace new.
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    We have our insurance through AAA (the Minnesota...

    We have our insurance through AAA (the Minnesota branch of the organization) and we are required to have AAA coverage (at its usual price) so DS may get coverage if he goes that way. Otherwise, our...
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    They are both beautiful and horrible at the same...

    They are both beautiful and horrible at the same time. As someone who lived near the Atlantic Ocean, and as rosarugosa commented, it really is something else to see that kind of water so far inland...
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    Tybee, what a terrible situation! I can't add...

    Tybee, what a terrible situation!

    I can't add to the advice already offered here other than to suggest that the appropriate course of action for your mother is whatever is the loving thing to...
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    The suggestion I make to anyone considering a...

    The suggestion I make to anyone considering a large digitization project like this is to consider where the images (or videos, whatever) are going. Physically scanning, auditing (for quality) and...
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    It's usually pretty quiet in our house. DW has...

    It's usually pretty quiet in our house. DW has some TV shows she likes to watch but the TV goes on when she watches them and she turns it off when she's done. There's also a TV downstairs she can...
  20. It's hard to figure out what to do. DW's mom...

    It's hard to figure out what to do.

    DW's mom (89) made it easy. A couple of years ago, after maybe the fourth time the fire department had to get into her house to pick her up off the floor...
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    ETA apparently I did not read the original post...

    ETA apparently I did not read the original post correctly. Or I did and I messed it up when I responded. Please swap "bottom up" and "top down" in this post. :|(

    Kind of both...

    We were bottom...
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    That's awful! I'm glad DH was around to respond...

    That's awful! I'm glad DH was around to respond so quickly. And I hope you recover quickly!
  23. Thread: Dental costs

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    We're COBRA'd on DW's dental plan but it's not...

    We're COBRA'd on DW's dental plan but it's not great coverage so we have to be careful. Not Medicare-eligible, either, for a few more years. For both of us, though, pain-free dentistry is a must, so...
  24. Thread: Halloween

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    Dark here. The number of T&Ters has dwindled...

    Dark here. The number of T&Ters has dwindled quite a bit in this neighborhood with the alternatives of church-based celebrations that assiduously avoid invoking the spirit of Halloween while...
  25. Thread: A Good Dog

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    My condolences, boss mare. Such a tough thing to...

    My condolences, boss mare. Such a tough thing to (have to) do....
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