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by Lynette
Tue May 26, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The axe falls and I am prepared. What's next?
Replies: 320
Views: 22137

Re: The axe falls and I am prepared. What's next?

Klang, I am very sorry that this has happened to you. I have always appreciated your comments and contributions to this forum. I know that the advice you have given has helped many on this board. Congratulations on being prepared. My only suggestion is that you take time to recover from the emotiona...
by Lynette
Sun May 24, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to grow food indoors
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: How to grow food indoors

I am experimenting - great hobby in these times. I bought these grow lights and really like them: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZHTNFZ6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These are LED so they do not use a lot of electricity. There is a great deal of research as to whether you n...
by Lynette
Sat May 23, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile scanner: Why not?
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Mobile scanner: Why not?

What type of a computer do you have? Are you sure that the drivers are available? My situation was slightly different and so may not apply. I upgraded my desktop and it did not have the drivers for my old printer. After a great deal of effort I found out that they were simply not making the driver f...
by Lynette
Fri May 22, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID - 19 things to do
Replies: 51
Views: 4115

Re: COVID - 19 things to do

Spanish
Gardening - vegetables
Gardening - lawn
by Lynette
Tue May 19, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14227

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

I usually go the the two Home Depots within three to four miles from my house. I needed a lawnmower. Home Depot would deliver an assembled EGO lawn mower from the store for a $60 delivery charge. They would put help me put the lawn mower in my SUV but I could not lift it out by myself at home. Home ...
by Lynette
Mon May 18, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone booking flights for 2021 travel?
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Anyone booking flights for 2021 travel?

I had a booking to South Africa in December via Delta and KLM. I also had trip insurance. Delta sent me an email that the KLM flight had been changed and I would have to make changes to my flight. I thought that I might be able to get an ecredit. I followed the instructions and cancelled but there w...
by Lynette
Wed May 13, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55515

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ND3MW45?tag=cl03f-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER In stock. Not anymore. But I suspect that or something else will be again soon. Things seem to go in and out of stock really quickly these days. Yes. You have to check often and buy as soon as you see it. I...
by Lynette
Tue May 12, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how much to charge for two large dogs at rental
Replies: 41
Views: 2525

Re: how much to charge for two large dogs at rental

I posted my comment at the same time as the poster above. I suppose one can salvage the year afterwards but two large dogs can also cause a lot of damage to the landscaping. My neighbor has two large dogs and I love watching them play. She has asked my advice on the damage they do to her lawn. I do ...
by Lynette
Sun May 10, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your alternative plans this summer if it was travel?
Replies: 65
Views: 5321

Re: What are your alternative plans this summer if it was travel?

Another possibility if your passion is international travel is to read extensively, research and plan the country/area that you plan to visit in the future. This could cover the geography, history and general culture, religion etc. of the area. I probably won't go there now but I was very interested...
by Lynette
Sun May 10, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your alternative plans this summer if it was travel?
Replies: 65
Views: 5321

Re: What are your alternative plans this summer if it was travel?

So, do you have any interesting plans for this summer in lieu of travel? I was planning to visit some family in the US in the summer. I have an extensive trip to South Africa in December - probably cancel. Why sit on a plane for 15 hours and expose myself and family members as well. I took the theo...
by Lynette
Thu May 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: No tax return after >10 weeks?
Replies: 46
Views: 3072

Re: No tax return after >10 weeks?

My accountant filed my return electronically the third week of March. I got my state refund at the end of March. I checked the IRS website and the legend was that it was being processed. I got my federal refund yesterday.
by Lynette
Thu May 07, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

I agree. This Spring is unusually cold. Indeed. Tomorrow we are going to get snowy rainy weather and the temperature in the evening will be about 29 degrees. I wrapped some containers with potato seeds in several layers of plastic. I placed a protective netting over my strawberries in a container. ...
by Lynette
Tue May 05, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: September Kenya Travel
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Re: September Kenya Travel

I would not go with the present uncertainty. Another concern is that if things get really bad again, the country could suddenly close its borders and you might have a difficult time getting back to the US in time. If needed, would you get priority in a hospital system that will likely be overwhelmed...
by Lynette
Mon May 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Membership Question
Replies: 84
Views: 6229

Re: Amazon Prime Membership Question

I have not even considered whether Amazon Prime was worth it or not. I buy most of my stuff online from Amazon and I have been very satisfied with their service so I guess I will continue Prime Membership out of loyalty. At the moment I understand that it is not their priority to stock and expedite ...
by Lynette
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Corn patch update: Irrigation in and running, ready for planting. https://i.ibb.co/2sBMJ1c/700-6606-00001.jpg Looks great! I assume you are retired or have a partner to help you with the corn patch! Yes, but most of the credit goes to my old tractor. If you have the time, please post some photos of...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55515

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

I was at Home Depot at about 6:30 this morning and they had individual rolls of toilet paper. I have seen toilet paper being offered in several stores lately. I don't know if they were available later on in the day. I always shop early - the stores have just been cleaned, shelves stocked and they ar...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Teague wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:05 pm
Corn patch update: Irrigation in and running, ready for planting.

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Looks great! I assume you are retired or have a partner to help you with the corn patch!
by Lynette
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 107
Views: 10229

Re: lawn care cost

zlandar wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:47 pm
1/4 acre is small. You could DIY with a battery-powered mower.
In December, I bought an EGO lawn mower, Weed wacker, blower and a Black and Decker Edger. Tomorrow I plan to tackle the lawn - if it does not rain - again.
by Lynette
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 107
Views: 10229

Re: lawn care cost

Michigan - I paid about $30 each week for a sixth of an acre to a lawn service. They subcontracted the lawn "treatments" to a service who provided five treatments for $40 a time. Now that I am retired I decided to take more interest in my gardening. I fired the lawn service and bought a lawn mower, ...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

I also ordered an inexpensive type of cold frame from Amazon to try to plant warm season vegetables. Link? Thank you. This is the one I ordered. I have not received it yet. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H2ZQLMZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It does not have a bottom to it ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I am redoing my front yard by placing shrubs around a tree and replacing the grass with mulch as I cannot get the grass to grow properly under the tree. Our governor has closed nurseries and garden centers of Big Box stores. I am having 40 bags of mulch delivered to my house curb side - for quite a ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

We're just about to plant two main garden areas. Just finished discing the dirt and getting it fluffed up. First, a 35 x 50 foot area that will be all corn. Two varieties, both supersweet, Vision F1 (yellow) and Glacial F1 (white.) First time we've planted this much, I calculate this to be about 15...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

I also ordered an inexpensive type of cold frame from Amazon to try to plant warm season vegetables. Link? Thank you. This is the one I ordered. I have not received it yet. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H2ZQLMZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It does not have a bottom to it ...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with face masks?
Replies: 92
Views: 5946

Re: Issues with face masks?

I have been checking my orders on Amazon and notice that this mask seems to have a 3 - 5 delivery time frame: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086KMYNSS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I think it is what a lot of people I see are wearing when I go shopping. It is not a N95 and it ...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with face masks?
Replies: 92
Views: 5946

Re: Issues with face masks?

I have an N100 mask from my painting days. I think it is even more effective than the R95. I wore the N100 yesterday and after an hour I felt like fainting as I could not breathe. I went to another store and wore a two layer cloth mask that I got from Amazon. I could breathe easier and think it migh...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Zone 6 Michigan. It is snowing today! I ordered some bare root strawberries from Amazon. They took two weeks to arrive and look rather sad. I stuck them in my fridge and will try to plant them in a container later in the week when the warmer weather returns. I correctly guessed that there would be v...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get N95 masks? Seriously
Replies: 61
Views: 5035

Re: How to get N95 masks? Seriously

I ordered 10 x N95 masks on Amazon at the end of March but I think they are fake as the Chinese equivalent is KN95. There is no guarantee but I think that some of the masks that I ordered on Amazon from vendors in China may ship earlier than the published date. I have been looking up the tracking nu...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55515

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

This morning I went during the senior hour to Meijers in Michigan and I was able to get one package for my neighbor. Then I went to a new market that Meijer has opened and their did not seem to be any restriction.
by Lynette
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I did not think of Walmart. I ordered a few from Etsy.com - supposedly from a sewer in the U.K. It has shipped but still no sign of it. On Amazon a bandana has been delayed by about 3 weeks. Ones similar to the one from Walmart are less expensive but the official arrival date is mid May to June. I ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I have three masks R95 masks that I bought for painting and gardening. But I am saving them for when I really need to go out. Three sets of masks I ordered on Amazon are coming from China. I have been given the tracking number of one. It is interesting to try to trace their route from China to the ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I can't find any info specific to healthy older adults. I can't find a breakdown that isolates out the healthy older adults. This is the best I can find: "As a result, considerable uncertainty about the true nature of risk remains. What is clear, however, is that older adults have less robust immun...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Any update on where everyone is purchasing masks? Just read an article on how certain fabrics really don't do particularly well in keeping particles in or out and I have little confidence in my mask making abilities. Checked Alibaba and it is pricy. Walmart and Amazon. https://www.walmart.com/searc...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

There is also the impact of the BCG vaccine. In former USSR, BCG vaccine was mandatory. So get a few small former USSR Republics, and then compare those to some Eastern or Central European countries. CFR is like 3-5 times bigger for Eastern / Central European countries vs USSR Republics. I was born...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Any update on where everyone is purchasing masks? Just read an article on how certain fabrics really don't do particularly well in keeping particles in or out and I have little confidence in my mask making abilities. Checked Alibaba and it is pricy. Walmart and Amazon. https://www.walmart.com/searc...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 17130

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

I hope to get on with the life I had planned - volunteering to complete certification to become a Master Gardener but now everything has been cancelled. I did the theoretical part to become a Master Gardener last fall. I was looking forward to volunteer activities to learn more. One of the projects ...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

I have had success helping my corn pollinate. When you notice the pollen starting to fall from the tassels, go out and gently shake the corn stalks. This causes the pollen to distribute. You might want to wear a cloth mask when you do this, I end up in a coughing fit from the pollen overload. I gro...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

There's no need to rip up your lawn. See: stop ripping up your lawn to grow veggies Hi Lady Geek, I was being facetious as I do not think my fussy city would approve. I live in an area where little houses like mine have been torn down for +1million dollar McMansions. Having a perfect lawn is a requ...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Maybe I should rip up my front lawn and plant beans, tomatoes and sweet corn there. My city is fussy but I can claim it is my patriotic duty. Lawn services are not allowed to operate in my state during the stay-at-home order. Not sure if you were being facetious but corn needs to be grown in fairly...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Meanwhile up in the epicenter of the pandemic grocery delivery is hard to come by My brother in fly over country says, Can't you order delivery 2-3 days ahead? No, dear, peapod's slots are booked solid for the two weeks they have them, amazon/whole foods has zero slots available. I have stuff ready...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 8901

Re: Gardening 2020

Zone 6. I planted some beans, beets and radishes outside - likely too soon. This morning I went out to water them and it looked as if the soil in the containers had been disturbed. It was probably the bloody squirrels. This is my first year planting seeds inside and I learning many things I am doing...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why not go EE bonds (instead of bond funds)?
Replies: 176
Views: 10558

Re: Why not go EE bonds (instead of bond funds)?

Bought these over the years (I bonds too when their fixed rates were higher). Given ER is essentially a 20 yr bond, plan to buy 20 years before you need to redeem. Personally would not buy once in your 50s or older, but in 30s/40s as some portion of your bond allocation, why not ? Any shorter time ...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72289

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

India is now hoarding hydroxychloroquine, they may not ship what was already ordered and promised to the US. Something must be useful with this drug even doctors are hoarding it. India banned all exports of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug .... Exports of the drug and its formulations are prohibi...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Fortunately I fired my lawn service last year but still have to figure out how to use my new Ego lawnmower, blower and weed wacker. The grass is starting to grow and I am wondering how 80% of the people in my area are going to cope without their lawn service. We will have to begin cutting the grass...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I was wondering if lawn service is regarded as an essential service in states that have stay-at-home orders? If it is not regarded as an essential service, how are you going to cut your lawn? In Michigan lawn service is not regarded as an essential service. The governor's stay-at-home order expires ...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

My excuse is that I am 74 years old and petrified. I was a basket case picking up those groceries and my brain was foggy. I suggest you get some help from your neighbors. I know all my neighbors and I have been in text message contact with them. If they need any help at all, then I can provide it. ...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I also have a half mask version but I already feel an idiot wearing my R95 paint mask. I do not think I could bring myself to wear the half mask version in public. I have found certain stores are not crowded at 6:00 or 7 in the morning. The bigger risk is not looking like an idiot. The bigger risk ...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128811

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Thanks - only about $9.00 - I ordered it from Amazon.