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    Early: I love the idea of the dueling scar story! I am quite conscientious about sunscreen at this point in time (closing the barn door a bit late in the game). No skin cancers yet, but my gardener's arms look decades older than my legs which have barely seen the light of day. I never liked to sunbathe and I only wear long pants, so my sun damage is pretty much incidental.

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    I needed some clay flower pots, but I was having trouble finding any that I liked that were not crazy expensive. Mom had a few nice ones in her basement that she was happy to give me so free to me and a few less things in Mom's basement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    I needed some clay flower pots, but I was having trouble finding any that I liked that were not crazy expensive. Mom had a few nice ones in her basement that she was happy to give me so free to me and a few less things in Mom's basement!
    Glad you were able to get them from your mom!

    I keep trying to put my "wants/needs" for certain things out among family and friends before I actually shop. I'm always surprised how many times someone is looking to get rid of what I am looking to own. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Glad you were able to get them from your mom!

    I keep trying to put my "wants/needs" for certain things out among family and friends before I actually shop. I'm always surprised how many times someone is looking to get rid of what I am looking to own. LOL.
    Exactly. We go to the village wide garage sales in the spring with a list of things we want. It is truly shocking the number of things we find! If I don't find what I want from the sales THEN I go buy new.

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    Neighbors who moved to a condo last year gave us their wheelbarrow, which we had previously borrowed on a few occasions. The handles were old wood, and one snapped off this spring. WE considered buying a new one, but instead DH bought replacement handles and new hardware. He had to use a Sawzall to cut off the rusted old bolts, and he used the old handles as a template to drill holes in the new handles. It was quite a project, but for about $72. in parts, we have a wheelbarrow that will probably outlast us, and DH kept this one from going into the trash stream.

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    It is a pain to take an air conditioner in and out every year, especially on the second floor, and I was tempted to get a minisplit, but that would also entail upgrading the electric. My brother came over and put the window unit in for me last night and I am ready for the season now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    It is a pain to take an air conditioner in and out every year, especially on the second floor, and I was tempted to get a minisplit, but that would also entail upgrading the electric. My brother came over and put the window unit in for me last night and I am ready for the season now.
    We just accepted a quote for purchase and installation of a mini split. Unfortunately they're booked until September, so we won't get the benefit of the air conditioning for most of the hot season. I was pleased with the price, frankly. I had heard that the heat pump+labor to install would be between $5-10k, but he quoted us $3600 plus there is a modest rebate.
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    I think we’re getting one of those split things for our sunroom but it is yet to be installed, so we will see.


    For my condo rather than having a window air conditioner, I’ve got one of those floor model things. It came with the unit. We will see how efficient it is. The condo rules require that the air conditioners be removed from the windows each winter.


    Even though DH is cranky about it, I’m pretty sure my Hermann upstairs bedroom in the eaves will need an additional boost of air conditioning with a window unit. I tell him to look at it as “zoned air-conditioning” since there’s nothing wrong with the central air system but it’s not going to be able to cool the super hot spaces at the roofline.

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    Jeppy: You might want to consider one of those portable units. I hate the way it looks inside the room, but it looks better from outside than a window unit so I guess it balances out. The real beauty of it is that I can just roll it out of the closet at the beginning of the season, and roll it back in at the end, no heavy lifting required. (As an aside, this is also where closet culling over the years has paid off. We are able to store some pretty large non-clothing items in the closet, and at one time that would have been impossible).

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    Catherine: I would love to hear more about the mini-split you are getting. Our house is about 900 SF so I think we're comparable to you in size, although we have 2 floors and I think you are all on one floor. We heat with steam by oil, so there is no potential to tie into our existing system.

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