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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...
  12. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. I think all the excessive worry, panic and...

    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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    I worked near the LBJ library in Austin for...

    I worked near the LBJ library in Austin for years. The exhibits also highlight the history of those times - Vietnam etc. so in that regard they might have some value besides glorifying their...
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    When we went through old family photos, it was...

    When we went through old family photos, it was the big family reunion ones we most appreciated. The ones where everyone groaned when it was time to take the photo before leaving.
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