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by sevenseas
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 226
Views: 17366

Re: Gardening 2020

Update on "fishing line" fence to prevent deer foraging: epic fail (I'm sure this doesn't surprise anyone). Took them about 5 days to figure it out, after which they were happily walking through my raised beds and chowing down, as usual. As I told my handyman (when he was installing my new 6' high n...
by sevenseas
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 226
Views: 17366

Re: Gardening 2020

The deer came through my vegetable garden a few weeks ago (literally walked right through my raised beds), grazing along the way: chard, shelling pea vines, carrot tops, sunflower leaves, beet greens, bush bean plants, and some nibbles of tomato vines. They visited 3 consecutive nights in a row. :an...
by sevenseas
Tue May 26, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 294
Views: 34912

Re: What have you baked recently?

I am also experimenting with a rye sourdough starter, not for any lack of yeast, but because I'm interested in making Danish rye bread. I am using this method: https://www.cbc.ca/life/food/how-to-make-a-rye-sourdough-starter-from-scratch-and-get-it-right-on-the-first-try-1.5157991 [link fixed by adm...
by sevenseas
Tue May 26, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 185
Views: 19561

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

Ooni Koda pizza oven. Gas rather than wood fired. Bit of a learning curve but great pizza. Now if I could only find bread flour :( I buy all purpose flour in 25lb bags (local mills, Costco have them) and add vital wheat gluten if I need bread flour. Vital wheat gluten can be bought in multi-pounds ...
by sevenseas
Thu May 14, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Secrets to a great lawn
Replies: 65
Views: 5499

Re: Secrets to a great lawn

I bought a house with the most beautiful luxuriant green lawn (one acre) in 2017 (Northeast). I am a gardener but have no inherent interest in lawn care (in fact, I rather detest it). However, I also choose not to pay for a lawn service. So over 3 years, I've been trying to come up with the LEAST am...
by sevenseas
Mon May 11, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

... The catbirds are about to nest in their usual spot in the shrubbery by the back deck. What kind of shrubbery, may I ask? We have a catbird who loves hanging out in a serviceberry tree -- a few of the berries apparently are ripe enough to eat. Not a serviceberry, am unsure of the exact species (...
by sevenseas
Mon May 11, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

I saw my first male indigo bunting today at the feeder...SO BLUE!!! What a handsome creature. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Indigo_Bunting/id Bluebird update: was not seeing activity at the nest box so checked...all but one egg is gone and that one had a hole pierced it in. Guessing may have b...
by sevenseas
Fri May 01, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

More info on House Finch Eye Disease (Mycoplasma gallisepticum conjunctivitis): House Finch eye disease is caused by bacteria that can accumulate on bird feeders when visited by sick finches. House Finches are by far the most common victims, but the disease also strikes American Goldfinches and, rar...
by sevenseas
Fri May 01, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Can I ask everyone, is there a consensus on whether to stop feeding during the warmer months? Up till this year, I would only fill the feeders from Dec-April. Partly because of the black bears, partly because I've read that birds shouldn't be so reliant on human feeding when there is food available...
by sevenseas
Fri May 01, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Can I ask everyone, is there a consensus on whether to stop feeding during the warmer months? Up till this year, I would only fill the feeders from Dec-April. Partly because of the black bears, partly because I've read that birds shouldn't be so reliant on human feeding when there is food available...
by sevenseas
Fri May 01, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

sevenseas: you rehydrate the dry mealworms? I have a couple of bags of dry mealworms and no one is that excited about eating them - put them out for the bluebirds but they don't seem to eat them. Are they supposed to be rehydrated? maybe that's the problem. Seems every time I do my "birdwork" in th...
by sevenseas
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Can I ask everyone, is there a consensus on whether to stop feeding during the warmer months? Up till this year, I would only fill the feeders from Dec-April. Partly because of the black bears, partly because I've read that birds shouldn't be so reliant on human feeding when there is food available ...
by sevenseas
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Spotted the Carolina wren parents who had nested in the top of my propane tank, and several young fledglings, out on a fine sunny day last weekend. I was roundly scolded by them when I accidentally came out onto the back deck when the babies were practicing their perching and flying. The babies were...
by sevenseas
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Here in the Catskills, am seeing many of the same feeder birds that others have mentioned: goldfinches and house finches, hairy/downy/red bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blackbirds and cowbirds, black capped chickadees, blue jays, tufted titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, spa...
by sevenseas
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 590
Views: 24256

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Here in the Catskills, am seeing many of the same feeder birds that others have mentioned: goldfinches and house finches, hairy/downy/red bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blackbirds and cowbirds, black capped chickadees, blue jays, tufted titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, spar...
by sevenseas
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?
Replies: 93
Views: 9439

Re: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?

I would say an enthusiastic "Yes". I am Asian and eat rice (white, brown) often. I had always used a standard rice cooker like your first model. Recently, my brother's family has been staying with me, and they have the high-end Zojirushi machine. I've been blown away by how delicious that precision...
by sevenseas
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?
Replies: 93
Views: 9439

Re: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?

I would say an enthusiastic "Yes". I am Asian and eat rice (white, brown) often. I had always used a standard rice cooker like your first model. Recently, my brother's family has been staying with me, and they have the high-end Zojirushi machine. I've been blown away by how delicious that precision-...
by sevenseas
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 226
Views: 17366

Re: Gardening 2020

Zone 5B, Catskills NY. In February had winter-sown perennial seeds in gallon milk jugs, which are just starting to sprout. Calendula, sweet peas, shelling peas, hollyhock, columbine, snapdragons, foxglove, ageratum. This week, seeded radishes, shelling peas, several beet varieties in a raised bed. H...
by sevenseas
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 197434

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

didnt read thread, only this last page. ICU has been filling up. my hospital census is down, but nearly everyone that comes in to the ER is for cough, SOB, fevers, weakness, fatigue. nearly all are c19 +. if your not hypoxic, you are getting sent home. that study with plaquenil isnt the best imo. w...
by sevenseas
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chewy pet food delivery
Replies: 26
Views: 2131

Re: Chewy pet food delivery

I placed my order on Mar 18 and it arrived yesterday (Mar 24). My deliveries usually come within 1-2 days. I am fine with this...I think it reasonable to assume that most online vendors selling necessities such as pet food will not be on their normal schedule these days. I'm a loyal Chewy customer a...
by sevenseas
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 197434

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I am not seeing much discussion here about the main concern right now: running out of hospital beds, ventilators, when the caseload gets high enough. The true mortality rate of covid19 becomes almost a moot point. People are dying in high numbers in Italy because so many are infected that people who...
by sevenseas
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 197434

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Can someone explain to me how heat makes the virus unstable? I understand the idea that higher humidities lead to less potential spread as the droplets can't travel as far in the air. But I don't understand why heat would make the virus more unstable. Our bodies are 98.6 degrees, so clearly is can ...
by sevenseas
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are you supporting your community?
Replies: 60
Views: 3331

Re: How are you supporting your community?

Donation to local food pantry in lieu of the usual volunteering (as the volunteer program has been temporarily suspended). Checking in with elderly neighbors by phone or text before making grocery runs, or simply to chat, to counteract the sense of isolation. Wanted to donate blood, but recent trave...
by sevenseas
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 317
Views: 23194

Re: So what are you cooking

I grabbed one of the last packages of chicken drumsticks at the grocery store this morning (I prefer thighs but they were sold out) and am going to make chicken curry tomorrow (plenty of Japanese curry bricks in the pantry). No-knead cheese bread is also in the plans, maybe for next weekend (require...
by sevenseas
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 197434

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I do not know if this map will remain true... but it is interesting. It appears there is a sweet spot/zone for the virus in certain regions "To date, COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has established significant community spread in cities and regions along a narrow east and west distribution, roughly...
by sevenseas
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COVID Crash: What did you get right?
Replies: 61
Views: 2888

Re: COVID Crash: What did you get right?

1. Changed my asset allocation from 70:30 to 60:40 in late February. Early 50's, was getting closer to my "number" much faster than I'd imagined and felt it was time to play it a bit safer, going forward. Just dumb luck really. 2. Have been using the opportunity to TLH out of two funds in my taxable...
by sevenseas
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For 50-55 Year olds/ What Are you thinking?
Replies: 46
Views: 4835

Re: For 50-55 Year olds/ What Are you thinking?

52 years old...had also been starting to dream of early retirement prior to all this, but only in a speculative way (and having to find health insurance to bridge until 65 would have been a major dissuasion). Now those dreams up in smoke, but I remain blessed. I have a paid-off house, had just chang...
by sevenseas
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard: Your data are not available at this time. Please try again later.
Replies: 23
Views: 1400

Re: Vanguard: Your data are not available at this time. Please try again later.

See my reply in this parallel thread, which solved this issue for me. Can't guarantee it will help everyone else out, but it's worth a shot:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=305285&newpost=505 ... ead#unread
by sevenseas
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you TLH during this correction?
Replies: 65
Views: 3692

Re: How did you TLH during this correction?

For a pretty nasty week, I am surprisingly happy, as I am finally starting to unwind some unwieldy positions in VGHAX and VHCAX. I bought these decades ago as a novice (in my taxable account :oops: ) and every year at tax time, kick myself unrelentingly. TLHed a large chunk of each into VTSAX, yeste...
by sevenseas
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard website: not able to place order using specId
Replies: 10
Views: 811

Re: Vanguard website: not able to place order using specId

Closing the loop on this one, as I had the exact same issue today (after successfully TLHing yesterday using specID). I was getting an error message when trying to access the cost basis information ("Your data are not currently available"), and then the same message of specID not being available and...
by sevenseas
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fruit Fly Problem
Replies: 27
Views: 3294

Re: Fruit Fly Problem

I had this problem myself recently. I traced the cause to a faulty closing door on an in-cabinet trash can that my handyman had recently adjusted (he fixed a glide issue but this caused the door to pop back open a bit after closing, if I wasn't careful). In my experience, fruit flies (if this is in ...
by sevenseas
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 7713

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Regarding the Catskills, there has been a recent resurgence in interest in some of the small farming towns in the Western Catskills (e.g. Delhi, Roscoe, Andes, Bovina, etc.) Specifically, millennials escaping NYC are opening artisanal restaurants, breweries/distilleries, hotels/inns, and generally h...
by sevenseas
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Generator
Replies: 18
Views: 2078

Re: Whole House Generator

I am having a whole house generator installed and asked my contractor for his recommendation (Kohler vs Generac). His company is one of the premier generator specialists (sales, installation, service) in my area so I trust his opinion. I told him I'd heard that Kohler was more reliable than Generac....
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 155
Views: 10717

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

Fairway, Agata and Valentina (local upscale Italian grocery), H Mart (Korean chain) or Chinese supermarkets when in the city. Wegmans when visiting my family in NJ (yes, I will shop here and bring back to my place in NYC, I love Wegmans that much). Adams Fairacre Farms when upstate. Also loved Guido...
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 70
Views: 8879

Re: Gardening 2018

I'm pretty excited that I can finally contribute to this thread after years of being a frustrated city-dwelling gardener. Taking baby steps at the new house: planted 6 tomato plants (Big Beef, Roma, Green Zebra, Sweet Million, Sun Gold, Yellow Pear), 1 sweet banana pepper plant. Six blueberry bushes...
by sevenseas
Sat May 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 7713

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

That whole region of NY State (Hudson River Valley) is beautiful and should be spectacular (fall foliage) in October. In general, west of the Hudson River is more rustic, mountainous (e.g. Catskills); east of Hudson (e.g. Rhinebeck) a bit more affluent, pastoral. Both equally beautiful in my eyes. W...
by sevenseas
Wed May 09, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 8530

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

There is a way to talk to your neighbors about this that would likely solve the issue and keep you on friendly terms. The key is to avoid doing it in a way that puts them on the defensive. E.g. "Hey, I wanted to warn you that I've been having a problem with mice and put down some bait in the backyar...
by sevenseas
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?
Replies: 43
Views: 5173

Re: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?

If the restaurant is Cuba Libre, here is their mango butter recipe (supposedly from waiter at restaurant):

CUBA LIBRE'S MANGO BUTTER:

2 lbs. Softened Butter
6 oz. Mango Puree
1/3 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp. Black Pepper

I may actually try this myself, it sounds good!
by sevenseas
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?
Replies: 43
Views: 5173

Re: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?

I doubt that mango butter would be that difficult to make from scratch...though I'm still unclear as to whether this is mango-flavored butter, or non-dairy pureed mango product. Why don't you ask the restaurant if they would be willing to provide the recipe to see if your uncle (or any decent cooks ...
by sevenseas
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New York City Restaurant Week Suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 1324

Re: New York City Restaurant Week Suggestions

Took a quick gander at the list; my suggestions: Midtown: Soccarat, Ma Peche Other nabes: ABC Kitchen, Fish Tag, Paowalla, Red Cat, Danji or Hanjan (sister restaurants), Quality Eats, Tuome, Casa Mono, Nougatine, Hearth, Bar Boulud or Boulud Sud.... From where you are staying, Upper West Side and He...
by sevenseas
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Misuse of adverse when averse was meant
Replies: 160
Views: 21406

Re: Misuse of adverse when averse was meant

OK. I'll play. My pet peeve regarding chronic linguistic offense on the Forum: "You guys" is not a pronoun. "Hey guys!" is not a polite greeting. "Thanks guys" omits (slightly more than) half the world. Runner up for peeve du jour: Subject titles that end with a string of question marks. What's tha...
by sevenseas
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.
Replies: 85
Views: 11888

Re: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.

Several people have already mentioned genmaicha, or green tea with toasted brown rice (delicious). A cousin to this which I first discovered on a visit to Japan is hojicha, in which the green tea leaves themselves are roasted. This is my current favorite and still fairly unknown to most people in th...
by sevenseas
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: North east cross country ski getaway
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: North east cross country ski getaway

Of the places you mention, I've only skied at the Trapp Family Lodge (without kids, lodging or lessons, so can't speak about those aspects). I recall huge quantities of snow, great trails (plenty of mileage, wide diversity of terrain, beautiful scenery), and above all, an exceedingly warm, friendly ...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diamonds are forever.
Replies: 94
Views: 11819

Re: Diamonds are forever.

centrifuge and simplesimon have the best advice for actually buying a new diamond (if that is what you and your wife are looking for). Whiteflash, Brian Gavin Diamonds, Good as Gold are all reputable online vendors. They are not the cheapest, but carry extremely high quality stones. For everyone poo...
by sevenseas
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: NY Gov. Cuomo Allows NY Tax Prepayment - but counties still have final say
Replies: 5
Views: 1197

Re: NY Gov. Cuomo Allows NY Tax Prepayment - but counties still have final say

NY State residents may want to check with their local tax office for the most recent info. My town in Ulster County initially told me a week ago that I couldn't prepay my 2018 town/county tax (due end of Jan 2018). However, they've now revised this and are accepting payments, which just need to be p...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay in Sydney? What to see?
Replies: 19
Views: 1663

Re: Where to stay in Sydney? What to see?

Was hoping someone would mention the Bondi to Coogee Beach walk (or Coogee to Bondi, as I did). Easy public bus ride out and back. Highly recommended for spectacular coastal views and to get away from downtown for a bit. I also stayed near Circular Quay (Radisson Blu) and was happy with my choice. E...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 16473

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

I don't want to de-rail the thread, but does anyone have any recommendations for places for us to visit, based on what we like and don't like? Sounds like you like smaller, slower-paced places close to nature. Stockholm, Oslo/Bergen might suit. Lake Como, Italy. Provence (Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Pro...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 16473

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Just to be contrary, I loved Florence, Moscow and Madrid! Maybe I'm a cockeyed optimist, but I've never travelled anywhere that I later regretted or felt was a waste of time. Always found wondrous sights to see, great food to eat, and new (if admittedly superficial and limited) insight into the cult...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who missed out on maximizing 401k?
Replies: 62
Views: 7286

Re: Who missed out on maximizing 401k?

My company has a 401k match but not a true up provision in case one hits the annual limit too early. Unfortunately it took me 3 years to realize this, which means 3 years of missing out on the maximum match. :oops: This year I was careful to make sure that my deductions went through to my last pay p...
by sevenseas
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?
Replies: 266
Views: 27449

Re: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?

I am in about the worst possible situation when it comes to the new bill: single, no kids, W2 employee, high state/local taxes, just bought a house (no mortgage, high property taxes) this year, county won't let me prepay next property tax installment, my marginal rate will go up, lose the employee h...