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    It is hard to look at the photos of loved ones...

    It is hard to look at the photos of loved ones gone too soon or tragically - at least for me. I lost my younger brother to whom I was very close when I was 34; I have only a handful of photos of his...
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    DH is an amateur photographer so he has a scanner...

    DH is an amateur photographer so he has a scanner made for photos and slides. Today he tried taking photos of some 100 year old prints with his phone and then cleaning up the images since scanning...
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    Thanks for asking. Toddler twins are an endless...

    Thanks for asking. Toddler twins are an endless source of amusement and at the age where they can finally converse so there are fun conversations.
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    Photo storage question

    On our recent trip to TX, DH picked up eight boxes of family photos that his parents never dealt with. We have whittled it down to four but it becomes obvious that we need to store the rest in some...
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    The only expenditure for my two cats other than...

    The only expenditure for my two cats other than food and litter are thrift store sheets to cover their favorite sleeping spots. And some occasional stewed chicken meat. Surprise vet bills are...
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    I was probably one of the last group of employees...

    I was probably one of the last group of employees to get a decent pension and paid health insurance from the state university where I worked in admin positions for many years...and that was only five...
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    This conversation reminds me of an essay I read a...

    This conversation reminds me of an essay I read a few years back and which stuck in my head:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/
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    Cold noodle salad with vegetables, chicken and...

    Cold noodle salad with vegetables, chicken and peanut dressing
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    Local news and the weather is about it these days...

    Local news and the weather is about it these days unless some big happening pulls me in. While on our road trip, the hotels only had Fox News stations and some other weird squawky news stations...
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    Well there's lots more of these in the area so...

    Well there's lots more of these in the area so need to do more research on pros and cons.
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    Actually considering something like this one for...

    Actually considering something like this one for our Tx home ... maybe as a winter getaway from the winter here. Older but clean, well-kept and backs up to a ranch. One could see the stars at night....
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    I guess my MIL is one of the lucky ones as she...

    I guess my MIL is one of the lucky ones as she doesn't want to be in charge of any aspect of her life other than selecting meal menus at her assisted living place. She has zero interest in her...
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    I've been on the road for two weeks and had to...

    I've been on the road for two weeks and had to leave all my newly planted tomatoes and native plants to fend for themselves since we don't have an irrigation system. I also "planted" some empty wine...
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    I have been having some health issues lately and...

    I have been having some health issues lately and tests showed nothing obvious. Once again I realize how much a part our mental health plays in our physical health. The things that bother us can cause...
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    The sign at our little Safeway said "masks are...

    The sign at our little Safeway said "masks are appreciated if you are unvaccinated." The limitations with DH not being unvaccinated are primarily with my family and a reunion that is planned for...
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    Yes, my normal will be slow to return as DH won't...

    Yes, my normal will be slow to return as DH won't get vaccinated. It will make everything harder to figure out that we might do as a couple in the outside world.
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    Maybe a 4 as I no longer know what normal will...

    Maybe a 4 as I no longer know what normal will mean going into the future.
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    Early season greens are petering out. I had to...

    Early season greens are petering out. I had to rush and get all my native plant seedlings in since we are leaving for Tx. I ended up sticking them here and there without a lot of planning other than...
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    So sad that DH still refuses to get vaccinated:(...

    So sad that DH still refuses to get vaccinated:(
    It really puts a crimp on summer plans.
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    I ran a lot of errands today to stock up for a...

    I ran a lot of errands today to stock up for a road trip and also shopped for clothing and shoes for the first time in a year. It was as if nothing ever happened with every store crowded, baskets...
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    It will take some getting used to crowds and...

    It will take some getting used to crowds and traffic everywhere again. The tourist spots here are so full of people that we just stay away - not because of covid but just because it is unpleasant.
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    I don't know why but my mother always bought brand new cars with cash. When I turned 17, she bought me a cute little Austin Mini-Cooper that was totaled within a few months when an old lady ran a...
  23. DD married into a family that doesn't seem to...

    DD married into a family that doesn't seem to have a check on spending. They both have very solid incomes and benefits, but I have no clue how they are able to afford all that they have. I hope it's...
  24. Our largest expense (after savings) is insurance...

    Our largest expense (after savings) is insurance - house, car, DHs health insurance. Property taxes used to be our largest expense in Tx but here they are only $1300 a yr for a 2000sf house....
  25. I subscribed to the NY Times for $1 a week...

    I subscribed to the NY Times for $1 a week several months ago as I like the personal interest stories with photos like this that they do. Morning coffee thing. The article didn't seem to show a huge...
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