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by Juliajones54
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?
Replies: 87
Views: 7592

Re: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?

I was in an extremely busy job in which I ran constantly, sometimes literal running, from one situation to the next. Weekends we tried to have fun one day but had to get groceries, do laundry, yard work and clean on the other. My husband being in an equally high pressure job, we were just exhausted ...
by Juliajones54
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how long did it take to get used to retirement
Replies: 105
Views: 10131

Re: how long did it take to get used to retirement

I retired last June. I'm looking at part time gigs, am currently interviewing for a 2 day a week position. Retirement has just been so-so. I no longer want full time work, but too much time on my hands is not good for me mentally or physically. My husband will be working for quite a long time yet, s...
by Juliajones54
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best thing to use to hang pictures?
Replies: 34
Views: 2362

Re: What is the best thing to use to hang pictures?

True, the Hercules hooks don't work with studs which is why I like them. With a few exceptions, where I want to hang things seems to have nary a stud nearby😐.
by Juliajones54
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best thing to use to hang pictures?
Replies: 34
Views: 2362

Re: What is the best thing to use to hang pictures?

I strongly endorse Hercules hooks. I have every single item on my wall hung with these and have never had a single item fall or any trouble at all. Super simple to use and extremely strong. HERCULES HOOK WALL HANGER https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001420MVU/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_3ep7zbE8GNRKW I second the...
by Juliajones54
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how long did it take to get used to retirement
Replies: 105
Views: 10131

Re: how long did it take to get used to retirement

I'm in my 5th month and I have not adjusted. I can tell it's going to be a process.
by Juliajones54
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple Notebook/laptop
Replies: 58
Views: 3263

Re: Simple Notebook/laptop

I would throw out the iPad possibility again. My BIL got one as a gift for MIL. I thought it was nuts but she loves it. It depends on whether she wants to just be consuming content or she actually needs to produce material, including emails. I agree 1000 percent. There is nothing easier for what yo...
by Juliajones54
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2649
Views: 850342

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bengal22 wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:07 pm
A Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre

The return of George Smiley. Very good so far.
Same here, very good so far! John LeCarre was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air on Sept. 9th, worth listening to. He is 85 years old!
by Juliajones54
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3063
Views: 903855

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Maudie Maud, a physically challenged woman with few prospects, becomes a housekeeper for a rough, ill-tempered fish peddler and handyman in a one room shack in Nova Scotia. Initially she is mistreated but finds painting (in the folk art style) gives her joy in an otherwise dismal life. Over time th...
by Juliajones54
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is tall Fescue really tall?
Replies: 12
Views: 1494

Re: Is tall Fescue really tall?

Kenkat wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:59 pm
The other question that begs answering: "is Kentucky Bluegrass really blue?"
No.
by Juliajones54
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big family, small house dilemma -- kid bedrooms in basement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2862

Re: Big family, small house dilemma -- kid bedrooms in basement?

We use our finished basement as a master bedroom suite. There is a wall of half windows, so emergency escape is not a problem. It's cool, dark and extremely quiet. We have a bar, a large sectional sofa and big screen TV along with our bedroom set. Consider moving your bedroom to the basement and le...
by Juliajones54
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "National Parks senior passes in short supply."
Replies: 34
Views: 3907

Re: "National Parks senior passes in short supply."

spectec wrote:Online application takes about 60 seconds, and you can use your confirmation receipt as a pass until the real one arrives. The convenience is well worth the extra $10 per pass.
I just ordered mine!
by Juliajones54
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al
Replies: 98
Views: 6990

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al

We live in a suburb of Kansas City, KS and will be in the 99% path. Our question is whether to drive 10 miles for 100% or just stay in our backyard!
by Juliajones54
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio furniture
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: Patio furniture

After researching for several months, we went with polywood. It's expensive upfront, but has a 20 year warranty. We've always had cheap lawn chairs which wore out after a few summers. We can pass the polywood on to the kids because it will last long after we are through with it. It's very comfortabl...
by Juliajones54
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?
Replies: 43
Views: 2840

Re: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?

Pfranz: The longer you blend the peanuts, the less sticky or thick the peanut butter - it will be warm and pours right out into the container. Once it has set up, it will be very thick and not easy to spread - we just let it sit out awhile before using it - it does have to be refrigerated. You can a...
by Juliajones54
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?
Replies: 43
Views: 2840

Re: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?

In addition to steaming hot soup, the vitamix also makes frozen ready to eat ice cream! I'm not into juicing, but if you are, you don't need a separate juicer. I make peanut butter with no additional oil, sugar or salt.
by Juliajones54
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel tipping: how much to leave?
Replies: 72
Views: 4362

Re: Hotel tipping: how much to leave?

3 to 5, depending upon if the grandchildren are with us, not just because the room is more messy, but also because we want them to appreciate the fact that people cleaning up after them is not something to take for granted and we need to be respectful of others hard work. On our last stay, our 8 yea...
by Juliajones54
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anybody retired and relocated + bought a new house?
Replies: 26
Views: 2736

Re: Anybody retired and relocated + bought a new house?

This past year we moved in state to be close to the grandchildren who lived several hundred miles away. We planned a year ahead of time for the move, paid off the house and began considering what neighborhood we wanted to live in for at least the next ten years. We remained employed in our jobs, and...
by Juliajones54
Sun May 28, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring in southern college town
Replies: 78
Views: 6816

Re: Retiring in southern college town

Another shout out for Lexington, Berea, or Richmond, KY. At the top of my list is Berea, we have gone there several times to spend a long weekend. Research Berea College and the area. Heaven on earth!
by Juliajones54
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 21551

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

We bought a 2300 square foot home last year, but the footage includes a 3 car garage, so the actual house feels cramped. We desperately needed storage and moved from a one car garage with no storage where we had lived for 23 years; the garage space now is wonderful. We have 3 bedrooms for the 2 of u...
by Juliajones54
Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for electric range/oven
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Recommendation for electric range/oven

I searched first, didn't find an answer to my question. I had a Maytag in our previous home; we had purchased it about 15 years ago. Perfect oven, it never once over-browned pie crusts, cookies, rolls, etc. Range in new home is a GE, they bought stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher in a package deal...
by Juliajones54
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 258
Views: 31920

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

There is considerable excitement in the SciFi community about The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy by Cixin Liu. All three books were beautifully translated and the last one "Death's End" came out 3 months ago. They read like Clarke's or Asimov's classics but with lots of refreshing mo...
by Juliajones54
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quartz versus granite
Replies: 44
Views: 4261

Re: Quartz versus granite

When we remodeled our kitchen in our last home, we went with quartz. I loved it. Easy care, no sealing, cleaned up well. After 4 years it still looked like new. Our new home has granite which I truly hate. I don't know what to use to seal it, and I'm constantly worried about chipping it. It is as so...
by Juliajones54
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago Food/Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 60
Views: 4837

Re: Chicago Food/Restaurant Recommendations

Frontera is worth every cent. Rick Bayless' Topolo margarita recipe is the absolute best. I make it several times a year.
by Juliajones54
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Any One Have Any Experience Using the Goodreads Website
Replies: 15
Views: 1889

Re: Does Any One Have Any Experience Using the Goodreads Website

I have used Goodreads for several years to log and review the books I've read. I also use it to read reviews. It's a great site!
by Juliajones54
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Dehumidifier?
Replies: 17
Views: 2077

Re: Whole House Dehumidifier?

Thank you so much for all of your replies, extremely helpful! I will relax, not set the thermostat in the 80's anymore, and hope to see no more silver fish. We need to have an exterminator come to the house as there are spiders too. Just having last minute moving jitters. Saying goodbye to our home ...
by Juliajones54
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Dehumidifier?
Replies: 17
Views: 2077

Whole House Dehumidifier?

We are moving from a very dry climate to a very humid one. We have no experience with dehumidifier's. We had been to the new house and when we left, I set the air conditioner's thermostat to 85 since we would be gone. A mistake, because when we returned this past weekend, there was mold beginning in...
by Juliajones54
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon raised unlimited data by $20
Replies: 49
Views: 4217

Re: Verizon raised unlimited data by $20

I've had Verizon for about 6 years. My husband just joined this year, we had to choose one of their new plans. We have 2 lines, unlimited text and calls, and 3 gigs of data for 90 a month. We use Wi-fi when possible, certainly at home, and have never used more than 2 gigs. We live in the rural part ...
by Juliajones54
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: paint exterior of house white?
Replies: 55
Views: 5205

Re: paint exterior of house white?

Our 2 story home was painted white and we had it repainted white when the time came. Then had steel siding in the wider widths put on about 8 years ago, white with dark gray shutters and berry-red front door. We have the sharpest looking house on the block. We live in a windy state where the dirt bl...
by Juliajones54
Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property
Replies: 102
Views: 8011

Re: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property

Re: the basketball playing, I should have talked to the elderly neighbor, and I will. Then, I can take it a step further and talk to the boy's parents. This neighborhood is very much a mind your own business neighborhood and we have all become very tolerant over the years, so I hadn't really thought...
by Juliajones54
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Refrigerator
Replies: 39
Views: 3633

Re: Recommendation for Refrigerator

We've had a no frills freezer on the bottom Kenmore Elite for 7 years, no problems. It has an ice maker that we never connected. I love this fridge but we are moving and leaving it behind. The new house has a GE side by side with all the bells and whistles. I hate side by sides, but I'm sure it will...
by Juliajones54
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property
Replies: 102
Views: 8011

Re: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property

Ride it out if you can, but I understand and I work in education with kids, so this isn't about not liking kids, it is about parents not understanding boundaries or enforcing them with their own children. There definitely are worse things than lemonade stands. We have an elderly lady across the stre...
by Juliajones54
Tue May 31, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "starter" vs "regular" home
Replies: 47
Views: 4576

Re: "starter" vs "regular" home

That is an interesting term. My mother-in-law referred to our 4 bed 2 bath home as a starter home when we bought it 23 years ago. We never had aspirations or the need for anything larger. We have just purchased a 3 bed 3 bath home with a 3 car garage. She has passed on now, but we were wondering the...
by Juliajones54
Mon May 23, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?
Replies: 101
Views: 7701

Re: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?

I say go for it. Over the 23 years we have lived in our house, I have painted every room at least twice. Purchase the best brushes, rollers, and paint you can afford. I have patched walls and sanded and painted cabinets. It's a lot of work and can't be rushed, but I always enjoyed doing it and saved...
by Juliajones54
Tue May 10, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 10671

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

Ha! JULIPS. Dang auto correct!!
I do have tulips in the yard though....hmmmm.
by Juliajones54
Sat May 07, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 10671

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

Bjtsven, ha! I'm from Ky and know those fumes well! We drink neither - my husband likes craft beers, and I'm a die hard iced tea drinker, but since today is the Derby, we are having mint tulips with Jim Beam bourbon :D
by Juliajones54
Mon May 02, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potential Employer was excited to hire me! Then silence... What did I do?
Replies: 60
Views: 7655

Re: Potential Employer was excited to hire me! Then silence... What did I do?

I'm a school psychologist and have been on many interview teams or consulted behind the scenes regarding new hires in my schools. I'm in a situation right now where the best and most qualified applicant is not going to get the job because a transfer within the district needs to be made and that pers...
by Juliajones54
Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buyer's Fee in RE agent contract
Replies: 18
Views: 2230

Re: Buyer's Fee in RE agent contract

We're buying, and have not been charged a fee from our agent.
by Juliajones54
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-traditional routes to teacher certification
Replies: 28
Views: 2957

Re: Non-traditional routes to teacher certification

Kansas has a Transition to Teaching program, which is 2 years long and requires the sponsoring district to meet criteria for monitoring, supervision, mentoring, and training. My son is employed in a school district in a hard to fill position. He has a master's in his subject area but had not done th...
by Juliajones54
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2016!
Replies: 234
Views: 32615

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2016!

Hi Victoria, take me off the list (June 1). I have decided to work awhile longer!
by Juliajones54
Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Under kitchen cabinet LED lighting
Replies: 29
Views: 4774

Re: Under kitchen cabinet LED lighting

Runner9, thank you for the video.
by Juliajones54
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Under kitchen cabinet LED lighting
Replies: 29
Views: 4774

Re: Under kitchen counter LED lighting

We remodeled our kitchen 3 years ago and put in under cabinet lighting, best thing ever. I use it everyday. We are moving to a new house with a nice kitchen but no under cabinet lighting. I'm really sad about that. There is no way to install without tearing out the tiled backsplashes.
by Juliajones54
Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jetted Tub
Replies: 6
Views: 690

Jetted Tub

We are buying a house with a jetted tub in the master bath. The thought grosses me out because of the bacteria I read about that lodges in the hoses. I never plan to use the tub and it is too expensive to remove. Is there a way to plug the jets, or barring that, how do you keep them clean? Thanks!
by Juliajones54
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: help please, burden of sister-in-law threatens happy marriage
Replies: 41
Views: 6170

Re: help please, burden of sister-in-law threatens happy marriage

I agree with the Boundaries book recommendation, this is an excellent resource.
by Juliajones54
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your % pay raise?
Replies: 100
Views: 9837

Re: What was your % pay raise?

I'm in education but not a teacher. Our district is in the 8th year of a wage freeze due to budget cuts in education. No raise for me, my state hates teachers too.
by Juliajones54
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing materials for moving
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: Packing materials for moving

We have a local Home Depot, didn't know they sold boxes, thank you!
by Juliajones54
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing materials for moving
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: Packing materials for moving

Thank you all so much, I need to do this as inexpensively as possible and still have things arrive in one piece. The liquor boxes sound perfect. We haven't moved in 25 years, but I do remember that we don't want huge boxes of heavy dishware!
by Juliajones54
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing materials for moving
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: Packing materials for moving

Thank you, I will check out your sources!
by Juliajones54
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Shipping Issues since move from UPS to USPS
Replies: 122
Views: 45769

Re: Amazon Prime Shipping Issues since move from UPS to USPS

Our local USPS is excellent. However, I agree with the poor packaging from Amazon. I cancelled Amazon Prime after having had it for 4 years. Their prices on the items I ordered were going up by 5.00 or more and did not justify the 'free' shipping when I could get the items for less from others selle...
by Juliajones54
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing materials for moving
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Packing materials for moving

Hi All,
We are going to pack dishes and other items for storage to get the house ready for sale. I have many sets of depression glass dishes and china and am looking for a cheaper source for bubble wrap. Thanks for your help!
by Juliajones54
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Teaching - State Retirement Systems and Social Security]
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: [Teaching - State Retirement Systems and Social Security]

I'm interested in the answer because I'm doing the same thing, retiring in KS and moving to MO to continue as an educator. KS teachers pay into SS also.