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by Juliajones54
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864091

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: 1346

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: 2666

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: 3706

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: 6499

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: 1033

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: 2649

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: 2649

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: 3993

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: 2648

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: 6414

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: 20828

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: 360

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: 245
Views: 29758

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: 4090

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: 4719

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: 1867

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: 2015

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: 2015

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: 4099

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: 4787

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: 7773

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: 3491

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: 7773

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: 4452

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: 7463

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: 10286

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: 10286

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: 7510

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: 2192

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: 2886

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: 31767

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: 4655

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: 4655

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: 682

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: 6077

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: 9560

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: 1210

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: 1210

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: 1210

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: 113
Views: 40880

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: 1210

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: 631

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.
by Juliajones54
Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying Off Mortgage at Bank Branch?
Replies: 15
Views: 2937

Re: Paying Off Mortgage at Bank Branch?

We paid off our mortgage with WF 3 weeks ago. We have no local branch. We chose the pay off date, they gave us the exact amount and we wired the money through our local bank. Easy as could be!
by Juliajones54
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Serta iComfort / Tempurpedic - Buying a Mattress
Replies: 40
Views: 4712

Re: Serta iComfort / Tempurpedic - Buying a Mattress

We had a pillow top serta sleeper prior that was lumpy and causing back aches and hip aches after 8 years. Have had the Tempurpedic for over a year and so happy with it. We did get a firm mattress, box springs too. The head of the bed is adjustable, not the foot. We have it elevated a couple of inch...
by Juliajones54
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Original Mattress Factory
Replies: 21
Views: 2932

Re: Original Mattress Factory

No on the pillow top. We had a queen good name brand for 8 years, totally gave out in terms of support and developed a big lump in the middle. We've had a Tempurpedic for a year and love it. We went for the firm. The top has the cooling cover so it's not hot as some of the earlier ones were.
by Juliajones54
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Readiness and Other Considerations for Potential Career Change
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: Financial Readiness and Other Considerations for Potential Career Change

What about a Master's in the field you are in, or a Master's in a related field which allows you to use your present knowledge and experience? There really are few Ph.D's that are worth the time and money. Teaching jobs in universities are to be had, but the pay is low and as others have said, adjun...
by Juliajones54
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement: How to Live Well
Replies: 11
Views: 3691

Re: Retirement: How to Live Well

Well, I'll jump in too. It's a very sfressful situation. This stage of life is just as difficult to navigate as it was graduating high school and going off to college at the age of 17. I was too young to know how scary that should have been. My husband is 9 years younger than me. Alzheimer's runs in...
by Juliajones54
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of switching from phone to phablet
Replies: 49
Views: 6242

Re: Thinking of switching from phone to phablet

I carry mine in my purse also. I've never had difficulty carrying things in one hand and talking on the phone with the other. The larger size is just going to feel very different until you become used to it.