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by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 08, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are packages delivered to curbside mailboxes?
Replies: 31
Views: 2147

Re: How are packages delivered to curbside mailboxes?

She said she was supplied with a hand truck (dolly) for the really heavy shipments. I didn't ask, but had to wonder, what would she do if after wrestling a 70 lb box with the hand truck to get it to the front door, discovered that no one was home? Would she still leave it, or be obliged to re-load ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 06, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wisconsin vacation ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 2323

Re: Wisconsin vacation ideas

American Players outdoor theatre in Spring Green, near House on the Hill, is a must-see if you're a theatre lover. Holy Hill, the Catholic cathedral near Hubertus, site of alleged miracles and heavenly visitations, is a nice stop if you're spiritually included. If you plan to be in Milwaukee, some o...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon May 04, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 400lbs, delivery or pick up?
Replies: 63
Views: 3066

Re: 400lbs, delivery or pick up?

For a shipment this large they might not use UPS but instead ship it via a large-shipment trucking service. If they do you'll need a driveway into which they can back their monster truck and a plan to handle/store the shrink-wrapped skids when they're delivered. For instance the drivers might be wil...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun May 03, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tea bag recs for making iced tea please
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

Re: Tea bag recs for making iced tea please

When I asked a similar question years ago another Boglehead pointed me towards mountainroseherbs.com and their black teas. Specifically recommended Assam Tea and Ancient Forest Tea. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/teas/black If you make them cold and add a bit of fruit juice they're wonder...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun May 03, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Power of attorney
Replies: 52
Views: 2219

Re: Power of attorney

We are moving the accounts to Fidelity. My wife is disabled. The issue is what happens If I become disabled. Her POA specifies that power passes to our daughters and it is a full unrestricted power. As a disabled person she felt humiliated by Vanguard. That's horrible. I'm so very sorry. Are there ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Increasing the size of a ring
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: Increasing the size of a ring

There are jewelry stores that will let you watch as they work on your ring. You need to make an appointment of course. But if you're going to have to travel out of town, Drawpoker, might as well look for a jeweler that will let you observe any work. Some jewelers can enlarge rings with a design by s...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A question about spousal IRA contributions
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: A question about spousal IRA contributions

As long as your joint tax return shows at least $11K in income then you can put $11K in IRAs and it doesn't matter whose IRA it goes into. Clarification: What I meant to say is that you can contribute to both IRAs up to the yearly limit for each individual, that's $5500 for the standard limit or $65...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you tip a valet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3973

Re: What do you tip a valet?

Why do places require valet parking? Our local medical center has valet parking. I LOVE it. You can drive your car right up to the door of the clinic/day-surgery entrance, help your family member out of the car and stay with them without having to worry about finding a place to park. They don't per...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to sell a used wedding ring?
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Best way to sell a used wedding ring?

Jewelry = ripoff. Buy a piece at retail, then turn right around and attempt to sell it at another jewelry store. You'll be lucky if you're offered 10% of the price you paid not five minutes ago. You just can't convince people of that reality. It's sad and amazing. Everyone thinks their diamond ring...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to sell a used wedding ring?
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Best way to sell a used wedding ring?

Ebay or Craigslist is probably the best bet as others have said. A friend tried to sell her diamond engagement ring. It evidently had a very nice diamond and she had appraisal papers stating that it was worth several thousand dollars nearly thirty years prior when she got it. Even though gold was at...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: any experiences negotiating fences with neighbors?
Replies: 27
Views: 2407

Re: any experiences negotiating fences with neighbors?

My parents asked a neighbor if they would go half on a fence on the property line. They said no. So my parents put the fence a few inches on their side. Several years later, neighbors got a dog and then fenced their yard, attaching to my parents' fence, essentially adding to their property, which w...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father can no longer sign his name. Looking for solutions.
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: Father can no longer sign his name. Looking for solution

My husband lost the ability to sign his name. He went to an office supply store and had his old signature made into a rubber stamp. He now stamps everything including checks. So far we have not had any problems.
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Little Surprise at the Social Security Office
Replies: 17
Views: 3228

Re: A Little Surprise at the Social Security Office

Many decades ago, at one of my first jobs, the company I was working for held out FICA taxes but didn't pay them and then eventually dissolved. I was able get credit for the taxes withheld even though the government didn't receive them by submitting pay stubs showing what had been withheld. Now tha...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:03 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 10401

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

A reminder that next Saturday is the April meeting of the Madison Area Bogleheads. That's Saturday, April 11 at noon at Sprecher's Pub at 1262 John Q. Hammonds Dr., on Madison's far west side. The Madison Boglehead group meets every other month, on the second Saturday of the month, at noon at Sprech...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree in the Yard
Replies: 9
Views: 1367

Re: Tree in the Yard

We have a huge ash tree in the center of our front lawn. Kind of a crazy thing to plant in the middle of a front lawn if you ask me, but it's beautiful in the fall. The main problem we have with it is that the shallow root system sucks up all the moisture from the soil. The dirt is always parched an...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Implications of Marriage - she with debt and low income (WI)
Replies: 71
Views: 7080

Re: Implications of Marriage - she with debt and low income

Wisconsin is a marital property state so you would probably want to keep all your pre-marriage accounts separate from your post-nuptial ones, including the retirement ones Roth, 401Ks, etc. Otherwise with additional contributions over time through the marriage they would be considered marital proper...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Ideas for 80 Yr Old Grandmother w/ Dementia
Replies: 23
Views: 1679

Re: Gift Ideas for 80 Yr Old Grandmother w/ Dementia

Writing a letter to tell a loved one how much they have meant in your life and reminiscing about the good times you have shared is almost always greatly appreciated, even by those in the early stages of dementia, more so than yet another pair of socks or bottle of hand lotion.
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help w/ adult child hard-wired for poor financial decisions?
Replies: 45
Views: 5012

Re: Help w/ adult child hard-wired for poor financial decisi

You sound like a very concerned and caring father IlliniDave. She has four dogs that she cares about very much. Has the financial responsibilities of caring for a menagerie not caused her to rethink her financial self-sufficiency? There are vet bills, food costs, plus the responsibilities of maintai...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard HealthCare Fund
Replies: 68
Views: 6615

Re: Vanguard HealthCare Fund

jay22 wrote:I am guessing this won't be a good fund to hold in your taxable?


Last year the fund threw off capital gains of approx. 9 percent of one's holdings in the fund.
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm door replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 1375

Re: storm door replacement

For what it's worth when we needed a new storm door we contacted a locally-owned lumber yard that sells doors and windows. We bought a Pella door from them and had one of their employees install it. Total cost came to about $500. That was ten years ago. The door still looks and works great. I try to...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having a tree removed
Replies: 19
Views: 2098

Re: Having a tree removed

I've had trees the size of a Japanese plum removed and hauled away for $100. Extra to have the stump removed, maybe $40. The guys who remove trees seem to be really open to negotiate on price, often coming down 50 percent. We've planted quite a few large spruce trees, from 6 to 8 feet tall. I found ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worried about neighbor's tree damaging my property
Replies: 16
Views: 2025

Re: Worried about neighbor's tree damaging my property

I would not trim the neighbor's tree without asking his permission first. That's a good way to make an enemy. I would talk to him, tell him of your concerns. Offer to split the cost of the tree trimming with him. If he balks ask him whether he would mind if you trimmed the portion of the tree overha...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2 Million Dollar Settlement, what to do with it?
Replies: 31
Views: 4174

Re: 2 Million Dollar Settlement, what to do with it?

Be careful if you end up sticking the money in banks. If large deposits near the FDIC maximum are made, it is almost guaranteed that someone in the bank will try to advise your friend that they can manage his investments. And, investment management by a bank is sure to have high costs. So, if one w...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roomy car for transporting elderly with walkers, etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1004

Re: roomy car for transporting elderly with walkers, etc

A friend was hunting for a car she could use to transport her elderly parents. In specific she wanted a sedan on which the doors would swing open wide so that she could easily help her parents into the car from their walkers without having to maneuver through a small door opening. After a lot of sho...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing out long hair and growing a beard
Replies: 24
Views: 2972

Re: Growing out long hair and growing a beard

For those of you with long hair, what products do you use to take care of it and style it? I use the cheapest shampoo and conditioner I can find. Over the years I've tried all sorts of expensive stuff, including products from salons, health food stores, etc. and it never made a difference. At one p...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with Internet Explorer
Replies: 24
Views: 1775

Re: Problems with Internet Explorer

I found that if I blocked tracking in IE by adding the Microsoft block-tracking lists (http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/trackingprotectionlists) IE speeded up considerably and a lot of the page-loading problems I'd been experiencing vanished.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 5628

Re: Pick-Pockets

My husband had his cellphone lifted from his sweatshirt pocket while on a crowded bus. It took us a day to realize this is what had happened, and that the phone hadn't been misplaced around the house. We bought him a new phone, called Tracfone and they were kind enough to transfer his phone number a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Largest fraudulent charge to your credit card(s)?
Replies: 49
Views: 2839

Re: Poll: Largest fraudulent charge to your credit card(s)?

A friend found on her Visa statement a $10K charge for a bedroom set bought at a furniture store in another state. Her credit card company's fraud algorithm somehow never picked it up. She never found out if the thief was arrested. She called the store and the bedroom set was delivered to a local ad...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Battery in Unusual Cold
Replies: 87
Views: 4341

Re: Car Battery in Unusual Cold

This is a good question and I hope some of the car savvy provide guidance. I put a trickle charger on my car battery. My battery is also five years old and I don't use the car much. Prior to using the trickle charger regularly I had problems with the car not starting in the winter after sitting a we...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 174
Views: 12438

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Nestlé's chocolate chips.
Ariat work boots.
Fritos.
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not clearing snow from driveway
Replies: 81
Views: 6232

Re: Not clearing snow from driveway

We have a blacktop driveway. One year we shoveled only half the driveway, piling snow on the other half. When spring came and the snow piles melted, I noticed that the blacktop where snow had been piled high was extensively cracked while the portion of the driveway that we had kept clear had not. Th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

Just made "corn bread pie" from the railroad dining car cookbook. OUTSTANDING. Ed I always double the cornbread portion of the recipe so the pie, which is sometimes called tamale pie, has a nice thick cornbread crust on top. On the Pigs in Blankets controversy... My "Pennsylvania Dut...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

My grandmothers always kept a jar of pan drippings by the stove which included grease from just about every meal, chicken, pork, you name it. This was never wasted and found its way into future meals. Even the cooked vegetables. One used to occasionally read stories about how when a family restaura...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

We'll be eating the Swiss steak for a couple days more, but then I've decided to make one of yours, goulash. Any tips you can offer? What's the trick to making great goulash? The trick to my grandmother's great goulash went to the grave with her as she never wrote down recipes for her own dishes an...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

I'm no expert on the drinks of the 50s, having been not yet a teenager when the 50s became the 60s, so I had to look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_(cocktail) It appears the Manhattan predates the 50s by a good amount. That said, I'm not opposed to having one and in fact believe I sh...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

You're probably looking in the fruits section of your grocery store. I usually find them in the baking and spices section. Weird huh? Ah-ha! Don't know why I never thought of searching in the baking section. I was looking by the ice-cream toppings. And then the dried/canned fruit section. And when ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

Still wandering around, I came across ambrosia. I haven't seen that in years. That led me to a Pinterest page on marshmallow salads: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/marshmallow-fruit-salads/ https://thegourmandmom.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/img_6449.jpg?w=210&h=300 Still my heart! Love maras...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

Did anyone else have apple toast-tites? You need a gadget -- a toast-tite maker -- that consists of 2 concave cast iron disks hinged together at one edge and with long handles on the other edges. In the open position you put a slice of white bread on one side, a little butter, chopped up apple and ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

Leeraar wrote:Haven't read all the thread, but did we get to the awful casseroles made with canned soup as a base?

L.


Scan for "a tuna died for this?" :D

Follow-up included comments referring to how the potato chips crumpled on the top provided some consolation. This thread moves fast.
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 10401

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

A reminder: The Madison Bogleheads will be meeting at noon this coming Saturday, February 14h, at Sprecher's Pub, 1262 John Q. Hammond, Dr., on Madison's far west side. See ya there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

So I made the Alton Brown Swiss steak recipe tonight. It was great, but it wasn't like I remember! I distinctly recall the taste of celery, and the celery in this version was completely subsumed by the tomatoes and the spices. Next time, I may need to run a couple of stalks of celery through the fo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

I think the reason we ate a lot of the things we ate in the '50s was because there simply was not the variety available we have today. The "international" section of the Thriftimart grocery store my mom shopped at occupied about 6' of shelf space and consisted of some kosher items, taco s...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

My grandma, and sometimes my mom, made me Swiss Steak. Isn't this just basically ground beef plus some onion and salt, pan-fried? Been a while for me... Swiss steak is a tough cut of meat that's been pounded thin to tenderize it. It's cooked by stewing with tomatoes. If you fry it it's usually too ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 12405

Re: Food of the Fifties

Looooove Jell-O! Especially when made with canned fruit cocktail. In fact I just polished off a dish. Remember when a dish of Jell-O was one of the main desserts served at drugstore lunch counters? Always in a tall glass with whipped cream on top. I think one of the things that made it so popular wa...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?
Replies: 40
Views: 2553

Re: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?

A simple-to-make dish that DH prepared when we were dating and which astonished me was chicken cordon bleu. Take thin chicken breasts and roll them up with Swiss cheese and deli ham. Fasten closed with toothpicks. Dip in Shake 'n Bake. Bake at 375F for about 45 minutes. Throw in a couple of pierced ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 6535

Re: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?

One further thought. Many dog rescues allow you to bring a dog into your home for a trial period before committing to adopt. You should contact dog rescues in your area to apply and to speak with them about what kind of dog would be a good fit for your household.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 6535

Re: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?

The first dog that my husband and I adopted many years ago was the warmest, funniest, most loving dog anyone could ever hope for. He brought so much fun and happiness into our life we've always said that walking into a city pound one evening was the best thing we ever did. We spent a good deal of ti...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day
Replies: 97
Views: 6182

Re: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day

Another idea for anyone reading this who is trying to find a gift for their sweetie. Winter driving gloves. The nice leather ones with a warm lining. I'm too cheap to buy these for myself so always appreciate receiving a pair as a gift. Gals I know who are more into winter sports than I am appreciat...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day
Replies: 97
Views: 6182

Re: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day

I would love to get flannel sheets. Warm socks too. The most memorable gifts I've received from my husband were things he gave me unexpectedly and not because it was Valentine's Day or a birthday or Christmas. You know just small thoughtful and/or crazy gifts out of the blue because he was thinking ...

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