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by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying house near church
Replies: 65
Views: 4769

Re: Buying house near church

There are three churches in our neighborhood. All different denominations. They're busy places. Every day of the week. They all run day care centers, bible schools, some kindergarten classes. They all have evening events. They also rent out their school rooms/halls to other organizations for regular...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyeglasses Problem - how to fix? Any Opticians Out There?
Replies: 24
Views: 2031

Re: Eyeglasses Problem - how to fix?

The fact that the optician didn't ask you what type of lenses you wanted and simply ordered for you progressive, polycarbonate is incompetence. They are supposed to carefully go through each lens option and explain the choices to you. Sounds like this tech was too lazy to do that. In my many years o...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to report IRS impersonation scams
Replies: 26
Views: 1700

Re: Where to report IRS impersonation scams

From our local news: "Sheriff Gets Fake IRS Call, Gets Scammer to Confess" http://www.channel3000.com/news/Sheriff-gets-fake-IRS-call-gets-scammer-to-confess/39531198 But it doesn't sound like he bothered to report the fake IRS call to anyone. Nor did he recommend that those who receive th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Don't forget, tomorrow is the August meeting of the Madison (WI) Bogleheads. Noon on Saturday at Sprecher's Pub at 1262 John Q Hammons Dr. on Madison's far west side near Costco's. Join us for good conversation, good food, good times. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Join the Madison Bogleheads this Saturday, Aug. 13, for our late summer meeting. Bring your friends and family. Bring your investing questions too. Others are sure to be able to provide good advice. Good conversation, good food. Noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q Hammond Dr. on the far west side near ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I flip my neighbor's house to save the neighborhood?
Replies: 72
Views: 6874

Re: Should I flip my neighbor's house to save the neighborhood?

As someone else aptly said: Danger Will Robinson, Danger! House flippers are extremely competitive and aggressive when it comes to nosing out properties to flip. If one hasn't grabbed the property by now there are good reasons why. My mom owns a house in a very desirable area with the sort of mid-ce...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

dennisswal wrote:What time is the August meeting? It will be my 1st time. Long term follower of the forum.


We always meet at noon, second Saturday every other month, at Sprecher's on John Q Hammond Drive on the far west side near Costco.
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

I am a long time follower of the Boglehead forum. I just never noticed this part of the forum. I would like to take part in the Madison group if that's possible. Thanks! Hi, Dennis. Send me a private message with an e-mail address you'd like to use to receive notices about meetings and I'll add you...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Less than 24 hour delivery with Amazon & on Sunday
Replies: 41
Views: 2675

Re: Less than 24 hour delivery with Amazon & on Sunday

We have a large mailbox at the end of our driveway that we expect packages to be delivered into, and a larger cobblestone "landing" underneath for packages that don't fit. UPS and USPS have mostly figured this out, but the Amazon delivery guy rings our doorbell. One time, my scary looking...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else make things for their own use?
Replies: 42
Views: 3719

Re: Anyone else make things for their own use?

We build our own computers.

Thanks to Bogleheads we now make our own pizza. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with AT&T U-verse?
Replies: 19
Views: 1576

Re: Experience with AT&T U-verse?

We just had a long power outage due to a storm. The backup battery in our AT&T U-verse modem started dying about eight hours into the outage. That meant that whenever we picked up the phone we got a message from the modem that it was about to die unless it was recharged soon, and with it our pho...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many of you have cut cord?
Replies: 148
Views: 9720

Re: How many of you have cut cord?

Took the television to hazardous waste several years ago. The plan was to watch via the web, but I don't even do that. When I am a trapped audience, such as in a waiting room, it makes my head hurt to listen to the garbage idiocy. I suspect the country would be in much better shape if television we...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: donate car to charity?
Replies: 21
Views: 1402

Re: donate car to charity?

My only advice is that if you want to be rid of the car it might be more financially advantageous to sell it to a scrap metal dealer. You might get a few hundred bucks that way. I donated a beater car to charity that I didn't want to inflict on anyone. The Blue Book value was $500 and that was the m...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you're in Wisconsin this weekend consider joining the Madison Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting, Saturday, June 11, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q Hammond Drive on the far west side. A great group of people sharing great advice, plus beer and burgers. Newbies and newcomers always welcome. I...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon May 23, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?

If you are in a position to volunteer with a rescue specific to your pets, such as labrador, golden retriever, etc., doing so will give you some contacts that may later prove to be helpful. I have a number of friendships developed from my volunteering. While having someone to help me was not the re...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 13, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Reader Sunglasses
Replies: 20
Views: 1072

Re: The Best Reader Sunglasses

And Clark Howard, here, says even $1 sunglasses protect your eyes the same as expensive ones. Is this true? Hard to believe, actually. http://www.clarkhoward.com/paying-too-much-for-sunglasses It would be worthwhile to find out if the UV blocking in cheap sunglasses is as effective as that in sungl...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 13, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Reader Sunglasses
Replies: 20
Views: 1072

Re: The Best Reader Sunglasses

I bought several pair of reading sunglasses--with the reading lens on the bottom, clear on the top--from this little business Boomers In the Know (http://www.boomersintheknow.com/). They were cheap enough that I keep a pair in the car, my purse, office, etc. I had planned on getting a pair of prescr...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

When you mention compacting fill.... Around our house where the fence gate is located there's lots of highly sandy soil filled with teeny tiny gravel. Is this what you mean by compacting fill? It probably won't make good fill. If the gravel is rounded, it won't pack well. You want crushed gravel th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and advice! I've been forwarding them on to my husband and he is grateful for all the advice offered. This cedar rail fence is a very low fence circling our yard and running mostly through gardens. Don't think it would be possible to replace the post...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Somebody mentioned "pressure treated cedar"? never heard of that. Normally pressure treated lumber is pine or doug fir, and the stuff rated for ground contact can last 25+ years in dirt. There is a lot variation in cedar and it might last only 5 years or as long as 15-20 depending on the ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

If you just have a handful of posts to install, I would avoid using concrete. Yeah it's easy and quick, but after a few years of freeze/thaw cycles, you have a wobbly post in the ground with concrete on the end of it. Also, it is a royal pain to replace a post if one should rot on you. We always se...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Concrete is the most rigid mounting and is what fence companies usually do for gate posts, but it also causes the post to rot the fastest because the concrete basically forms a bathtub around the post holding water in the wood. This has been my experience as well. Rot resistance posts placed direct...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 04, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

FWIW: I put up a fence in the late 80's. I had no experience when I built it, but read up on it. This is what I did: Hole was 6 inches deeper than the bottom of the post. Gravel at the bottom of the hole (6 inches), plus a little more (couple inches) around the side after the post was in the hole. ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 04, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Any fence builders here? Here's a question from my better half about planting posts: He's re-doing a section of our cedar rail fence. He built the fence and planted the posts years ago, and for years helped his granddad build fences on the farm. For the most part farmers would simply plant posts in ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 2237

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

Maybe I should just get a wok! LOL Good heavens, no! Have you any idea what a fire hazard those can be! A little sesame oil and some bok choy and the whole thing can go up in flames! I am joking, just joking people. :beer Boglehead wok: old cast iron frying pan with badly warped bottom. That is som...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 2237

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I don't think warnings about using prudence when cooking under a broiler are overly dramatic. When I was a kid my mom regularly put out grease fires when broiling chops. Which is why I rarely use our oven's broiler and certainly not for anything greasy. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 2237

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I only use the broiler for browning fish after I've baked it. And I keep the broiler pan far from the heating coil. Otherwise microwaving fish works really well. I lost an oven to a catastrophic fire while baking chicken. The chicken pieces were uncovered on a lower rack but somehow grease spattered...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 7634

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

I've used my large cast iron frying pan for baking deep dish pizza and it works very well. Inspired by this thread and the pizza-making one, I recently bought a Lodge cast iron pizza pan ($35 from Walmart.com). Oh my! The pizza crust crisps nicely on it. Better than on a pizza stone. And using it is...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt
Replies: 16
Views: 2219

Re: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt

I've had insurance companies refuse to speak with me about billing matters pertaining to my husband's doctor visits. I've also had go-arounds on the phone with employees of the company that manages our healthcare Flexible Spending Account who have refused to tell me why a reimbursement claim for my ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Don't forget to join the Madison Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting, this Saturday, April 9, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q Hammond Drive on the far west side. Fun, great conversation and burgers. See you there! If you'd like to join our Google Mail group to learn more about out get-togethers, ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets
Replies: 20
Views: 2282

Re: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets

Do those actually work? I seem to recall seeing years ago dubious ads for extensions via regular phone service that were supposed to work that way but didn't. My husband bought one of those gadgets from a late-night TV ad. That was 25 years ago. He claimed the principle was that the household elect...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for yardwork?
Replies: 61
Views: 6190

Re: Do you pay for yardwork?

Although I do the yard work myself when I got bids last summer they ranged from $40-$45 for mowing and trimming. We have a third of an acre which is very hilly.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question: Should we sue the cable company?
Replies: 26
Views: 3979

Re: Question: Should we sue the cable company?

In general home owner's insurance doesn't usually cover sewage backup damage unless you have a special rider. Even then the riders are usually quite limited. Ours covers only $25K in damage. Sewage backups can cause a lot more damage than that.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent
Replies: 45
Views: 3651

Re: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent

Information on the names, jobs, and even salaries of government employees including teachers is usually freely available through publicly accessible government databases. It's part of the public record. My husband gets these sales calls all the time. Usually at work. He also gets a lot of junk throu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hello- First post here. I would like to be included on the email notifications for upcoming meetings in Madison.... Who and how do I email..? Thank you! You can join our group by sending an e-mail to Madison-wi-bogleheads@googlegroups.com Or you can send me an e-mail via Private mail and include yo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

I just found this message board can somebody tell me when and where the next meeting is in Madison Hi, Mary! Our next meeting is Saturday, April 9, at noon at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive, on the far west side. Drop me a private e-mail if you'd like to be added to our Gmail list and kept inf...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 3656

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

Not a good idea to mow over poison ivy even if it's dead. The sap will become airborne and can burn your lungs. I keep hitting it with Roundup until it reaches the stage of advanced obliteration. I keep a bar of Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap by the sink in the summer. If you can wash your skin with it...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?
Replies: 14
Views: 2016

Re: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?

I suspect that botched hair-coloring jobs are a common occurrence in the salon business as it seems everyone has a horror story about coming home from a salon with a hairdo straight from Monsters Inc. You said your wife got a cut/color job. Was the haircut she ended up with acceptable? That would me...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?
Replies: 78
Views: 5826

Re: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?

My parents refused to allow me to sell stuff for fundraisers when I was a kid. I was faintly annoyed by not being allowed to go door-to-door selling stuff with my friends, but not terribly annoyed because I usually went with them anyway. I remember one time asking my friend, who was older and wiser ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing dahlias
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Growing dahlias

I live just north of you and find growing dahlias very easy. I would say my overall gardening skills are poor to average. :D In the fall you need to dig them up, separate the tubers and store them in the garage wrapped in plastic for the winter so they don't dry out. I bought one potted plant from a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2625

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

Forgot to add that when we want to kill off grass or weeds we rake leaves over the area and leave it ideally for a year, even two, but sometimes just a few months helps. Otherwise the easiest way to get rid of vegetation is to pull it up with a pitch fork. That way you can dig up the soil underneath...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2625

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

A prior owner of our house used some super heavy-duty landscape fabric around some of the bushes and walkway edges and twenty years later it still seems to be working pretty well. We dump new wood chips on top of it every few years and rake away the old stuff and haven't had any problems with weeds ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duct cleaning
Replies: 36
Views: 3339

Re: Duct cleaning

I have posted this photo here before, I think. This was before we moved into our present home- the smell when we took possession was "wet dog" and I had to have the ducts cleaned before I could sleep here even one night. Very much worth it. And yes, I viewed the filter before they began a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dogs & my mailbox
Replies: 37
Views: 2728

Re: Dogs & my mailbox

It appears as though my mailbox and nicely landscaped area has become the public bathroom for all of my neighborhood dogs. I work from home and watch various owners walk their dogs past my driveway and every single one of them stops to do their business. I'm guessing it's a scent / territory thing ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2589

Re: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?

I've filed appeals four times and each time the assessor's office lowered the assessment to the home value I suggested. This includes appeals I've filed for relatives' homes in other cities. I start by finding similar homes that have sold in the past year within roughly six blocks of the residence. ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 7634

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

Here's a video showing how Lodge cast iron skillets are made. Really interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cqmsaf ... e=youtu.be
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread - The Cost and Convenience
Replies: 94
Views: 9955

Re: Bread - The Cost and Convenience

I use one of the no-knead Bread in a Pot recipes that are popular these days. I bake the bread in a $35 cast-iron Dutch oven from Walmart.com. So much better than any bread from the store, no matter how artisanal. And it takes only minutes. I usually bake about one loaf a week. Sometimes more for gi...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing Credit at TransUnion
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: Freezing Credit at TransUnion

I had a similar experience as you did Likegarden at Transunion. I've also had problems getting a free credit report from them. Like HueyLD I get the impression that Transunion does not want to deal with free credit reports or people who want to freeze their credit.
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you're in southern Wisconsin join us tomorrow (Sat., February 13) for the Madison Bogleheads meeting at noon on at Sprecher's Pub, 1262 John Q. Hammond, Dr., on Madison's far west side. See ya there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 18899

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you happen to be in southern Wisconsin consider joining the Madison-area Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting. Noon on Saturday, February 13, at Sprecher's Pub on John Q. Hammond Drive on the far west side near Costco's. See you there and stay warm!

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