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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 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree in the Yard
Replies: 5
Views: 509

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
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Implications of Marriage - she with debt and low income (WI)
Replies: 18
Views: 1413

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
Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Ideas for 80 Yr Old Grandmother w/ Dementia
Replies: 23
Views: 1310

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 5:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help w/ adult child hard-wired for poor financial decisions?
Replies: 45
Views: 4647

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
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard HealthCare Fund
Replies: 57
Views: 4786

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
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm door replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 1198

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 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having a tree removed
Replies: 19
Views: 1975

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
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worried about neighbor's tree damaging my property
Replies: 16
Views: 1896

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 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2 Million Dollar Settlement, what to do with it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3975

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
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roomy car for transporting elderly with walkers, etc
Replies: 15
Views: 952

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
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing out long hair and growing a beard
Replies: 24
Views: 2737

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
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with Internet Explorer
Replies: 24
Views: 1663

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
Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 5304

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
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Largest fraudulent charge to your credit card(s)?
Replies: 49
Views: 2559

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 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Battery in Unusual Cold
Replies: 87
Views: 3978

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Nestlé's chocolate chips.
Ariat work boots.
Fritos.
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 174
Views: 11274

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
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not clearing snow from driveway
Replies: 81
Views: 5963

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
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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
Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 11:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 9706

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 1:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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 1:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11671

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
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?
Replies: 40
Views: 2436

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
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 6123

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 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 6123

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 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day
Replies: 97
Views: 5845

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 ...
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: 5845

Re: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day

Why don't you have someone take a really great photo of you--and the dog if you have one. Put it in a great frame so she can put it on her desk and smile every time she looks at it. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day
Replies: 97
Views: 5845

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Our next Madison, WI meeting is Saturday, February 14th at noon at Sprecher's. There was a good turnout at our last meeting. Members decided to continue the casual format of general chit-chat. There was also agreement to continue holding the meetings at Sprecher's and to hold them on the second Satu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 9706

Re: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL

After a friend got nowhere trying to enlist the help of her 95-year-old dad's doctor she discovered that a local hospital ran a driver evaluation program that included tests on perception and reactions. She convinced her dad to undergo testing. He failed. He willingly gave up his license.
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL
Replies: 89
Views: 5971

Re: form 8606 question

Form 8606 is a form that the IRS will accept without amending the tax return. If there is no change for the 1040, you can just send in the Form 8404 alone. It depends upon how long ago the return was filed. I sent in an 8606 form with an explanatory letter and received a letter from the IRS saying ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: form 8606 question
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: Eliminating the "Face Palm" Icon

I'd like to suggest eliminating the Face Palm symbol from the available smilies. The reason: I think people use it as a short hand "Ad hominem" substitute for providing a reasoned argument to refute another's premise. I think most that use it are simply trying to "Win" an argume...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Eliminating the "Face Palm" Icon
Replies: 33
Views: 2395

Re: cat water fountain

You can ask your vet to fax the prescription to the store or web site that sells the prescription cat food. They have no problem doing that. Petsmart stores have an in-store vet service that will write your cat a prescription. We bought Hills Prescription UD and Royal Canid UD. Both require prescrip...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cat water fountain
Replies: 75
Views: 4844

Re: Keeping CC Receipts

Friends have had restaurant servers give themselves an extra $10 tip by writing a "1" and then retotaling the bill after they've departed. In fact a friend's investment club went out to a fancy restaurant for a year-end dinner and everyone's CC got stiffed for an extra $10 tip. I've also ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping CC Receipts
Replies: 45
Views: 3759

Re: cat water fountain

I had this Drinkwell fountain for my cat: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=5864 At first he wouldn't drink from it so I took a glass saucer, turned it upside down and wedged it under the stream of water. He liked lapping up the water running over the saucer. Some ladies ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cat water fountain
Replies: 75
Views: 4844

Re: Keeping CC Receipts

Friends have had restaurant servers give themselves an extra $10 tip by writing a "1" and then retotaling the bill after they've departed. In fact a friend's investment club went out to a fancy restaurant for a year-end dinner and everyone's CC got stiffed for an extra $10 tip. I've also ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping CC Receipts
Replies: 45
Views: 3759

Re: Keeping CC Receipts

Friends have had restaurant servers give themselves an extra $10 tip by writing a "1" and then retotaling the bill after they've departed. In fact a friend's investment club went out to a fancy restaurant for a year-end dinner and everyone's CC got stiffed for an extra $10 tip. I've also h...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping CC Receipts
Replies: 45
Views: 3759

Re: Medicaid and Roth Conversion / Gain Harvesting?

^^^ Oh, that's very interesting Dodecahedron! Thank you for pointing out my error. I was not aware that the ACA had changed Medicaid eligibility requirements. But only in states that have agreed to the Medicaid expansion? Does seem like asset verification would be an overwhelming task.
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicaid and Roth Conversion / Gain Harvesting?
Replies: 22
Views: 1965

Re: Medicaid and Roth Conversion / Gain Harvesting?

Although Medicaid qualifying guidelines vary by state, most states limit your household assets to a couple thousand dollars not including the home, in order to be able to qualify for Medicaid. Also, if you later come into a windfall, or you return to work most states require that you pay back what M...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicaid and Roth Conversion / Gain Harvesting?
Replies: 22
Views: 1965

Re: Another "Should I buy flood insurance?" question

Being so close to a flood area isn't your house also in danger of sewer backup? Does the flood insurance cover that? We have a rider on our home owner's policy for sewer backup as that's not normally covered by home owner's policies, but it's expensive. We're not in an officially-designated flood pl...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another "Should I buy flood insurance?" question
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?

I can't imagine a man telling a woman "honey, you pick out whatever you want for your ring, but I am going to get mine on my own from Amazon for $20, and I don't care if it matches what you wear or what you want." It wouldn't bother me. I would prefer though that he purchase a softer meta...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?
Replies: 66
Views: 3792

Re: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?

One afternoon while my husband was playing with the dog, when the dog leaped to snap a toy out of his hands one of his teeth caught in my husband's wedding band. The tooth literally ripped open part of the side of the gold band. Fortunately my husband's finger was not hurt, except for being a bit so...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?
Replies: 66
Views: 3792
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