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by greenfire
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4793

Re: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?

Water play can occupy a toddler for hours. Put a large, thick towel on the floor. Get a plastic bin, maybe about 4-6 inches deep. Put in a couple of inches of water. Add things like cups, turkey baster, squirt bottles, etc. let them have at it while you do the dishes.
by greenfire
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel treatments for small engines
Replies: 32
Views: 3022

Re: Fuel treatments for small engines

My husband has been using the startron product and loves the way it works.
by greenfire
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor activities for a 3-year-old
Replies: 61
Views: 4505

Re: Indoor activities for a 3-year-old

water play. fill a rubbermaid type tub, add things like turkey basters and squirt bottles. indoor gross motor activities: jumping, playing with a ball, dancing. scavenger hunt. stickers. blocks.
by greenfire
Thu May 18, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for you high net worth individuals... [real estate investments]
Replies: 82
Views: 13623

Re: Question for you high net worth individuals...

I think the way you make money on real estate is to hold it for decades. My dad bought his house in 1952 for $22,000 and sold it in 2004 for $1,600,000.
by greenfire
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any downside in buying a brand new house ?
Replies: 71
Views: 6906

Re: Any downside in buying a brand new house ?

Many newer materials are toxic. Some particle boards will leach formaldehyde. New carpets, etc. often off-gas harmful chemicals for a while.
by greenfire
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Juicer Recommendation?
Replies: 28
Views: 2464

Re: Juicer Recommendation?

I have 2 juicers, the Brevail which is a centrifugal juicer and the omega is a masticating juicer. The brevail juices much quicker - you can put a whole apple or a bunch of celery in the chute whereas the omega is slower and you have to cut things to fit in a small chute, and feed things like celery...
by greenfire
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vitamix Worth It?
Replies: 63
Views: 9724

Re: Vitamix Worth It?

I bought my vitamix in the early 80s, still going strong.
by greenfire
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The True Cost of Owning a Dog
Replies: 176
Views: 18199

Re: The True Cost of Owning a Dog

Size matters. We have two English mastiffs. Combined weight over 350 lbs. not only do they eat a LOT of food, but medications, flea preventives etc. have to have multiple doses. My plan in the future is to downsize dogs as I age. But for now, they are Just WONDERFUL.
by greenfire
Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for post retirement career
Replies: 53
Views: 4366

Re: Advice for post retirement career

How about teaching online classes at a community college? Not the best paying job, but so very flexible, able to work from home, able to travel and work at the same time. (this is what I'm doing in my semi-retirement.)
by greenfire
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How have your homes as investments done?
Replies: 154
Views: 15344

Re: How have your homes as investments done?

My parents bought a house in 1953 for $22,000. They sold it in 2004 for $1,600,000.
by greenfire
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For Parents Who Have Given a Child Money For Home Down Payment
Replies: 158
Views: 16439

Re: For Parents Who Have Given a Child Money For Home Down Payment

I have both gifted and loaned both of my children money for house purchases. I had a lawyer involved in setting things up. In one situation I gave a "gift." It is a loan on paper, and the child has to pay me interest on the loan - my husband and I can each "forgive" $28,000 principle every year, so ...
by greenfire
Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Joshua Tree/Palm, Springs biking
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Joshua Tree/Palm, Springs biking

There is a "super bloom" going on in Death Valley that might be worth seeing.
by greenfire
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 37013

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

The calorie myth has been debunked.

2 words: Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes
by greenfire
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 77
Views: 10357

Re: Gardening 2016

I'm speaking as a very experienced gardener who has been growing fruits and vegetables in a 3000 sq. ft. plot for the past 38 years. Crop rotation is essential in a large plot. I'm not convinced that it is of as much value in smaller plots since things like fungus, blight, pests, etc. don't have as ...
by greenfire
Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Two spenders and buying a house
Replies: 43
Views: 5010

Re: Two spenders and buying a house

I can't advise you on whether you can afford this house, but I can advise you that nothing compares to the peace and privacy of country living. We have 117 acres, a pond, solar panels and much more. I'm a passionate gardener, and after living here for 37 years, and planting flowering trees, shrubs a...
by greenfire
Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Downturn in the Market
Replies: 33
Views: 4016

Re: Downturn in the Market

Quoting from above: "I am not mourning my losses because technically they are not losses unless I sell investments NOW that have already declined. If I don't sell, it's possible that the market will recover and what appears to be losses will turn into gains. That won't happen if you sell now. If you...
by greenfire
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: helping a creative child grow
Replies: 40
Views: 2821

Re: helping a creative child grow

http://www.nancycarlsson-paige.org/articles17.html - article "Is technology sapping children's creativity?"
by greenfire
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: helping a creative child grow
Replies: 40
Views: 2821

Re: helping a creative child grow

In terms of resources - one of my heroes is Nancy Carlsson Paige - here is a TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZzFM1MHz_M

Also a Ken Robonson Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_ ... anguage=en
by greenfire
Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: helping a creative child grow
Replies: 40
Views: 2821

Re: helping a creative child grow

The best time to foster creativity in children is during the toddler and preschool years. Too often our educational system rewards conformity and obedience. The creative child is also one that can be disruptive in a classroom, and can go down tangents that aren't in the scripted curriculum. During t...
by greenfire
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please recommend company for true Canadian goose down comforter.
Replies: 11
Views: 2972

Re: Please recommend company for true Canadian goose down comforter.

I have a down comforter from Feathered Friends http://featheredfriends.com/down-comforter-guide/

Very high quality. They will also custom make a duvet cover for you out of your own fabric - and also will launder it for you if you want.
by greenfire
Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years
Replies: 71
Views: 9051

Re: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years

I think it is most important to spend as much time as possible with them the first few years of life. As they grow up, they grow away from you, gradually. The teenage years can be difficult, and it helps if you are also around as much as possible. Looking back to those years of raising children, the...
by greenfire
Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please review portfolio and advise on social security and annuities
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Re: Please review portfolio and advise on social security and annuities

Thank you Mike Piper for finally explaining the spousal benefit in a way that I can understand it!
by greenfire
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks
Replies: 139
Views: 15384

Re: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks

My dad was a stock investor (1914-2007 lifespan.) When he passed away, I inherited all of his paperwork. On his social security statement it showed that his lifetime earnings were a little over $350,000. I calculated that his net worth, plus what he gave to myself and my brother (he started investin...
by greenfire
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being too stingy for a high-income household?
Replies: 223
Views: 23801

Re: Am I being too stingy for a high-income household?

I guess I'm in the minority, but I like a bigger house, even if it is more to clean and heat. With a bigger house, you have more room for your stuff, so there is less crowding and clutter. With a bigger house, there is more space to get away from noisy areas - more space for nice things like your ow...
by greenfire
Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for Maine Vacation
Replies: 41
Views: 4415

Re: Ideas for Maine Vacation

booth bay harbor and monhegan island are both lovely.
by greenfire
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floss aversion
Replies: 56
Views: 8779

Re: Floss aversion

I like Tom's. It depends on how much space you have between your teeth. Tom's is thick.
by greenfire
Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in New England
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Beach vacation in New England

I hate to get the word out - don't want to spoil something that is so laid-back and so unlike most of the new england coast - but we just got back from a vacation on Cuttyhunk. We stayed at the Ciuttyhunk Fishing Club - a club that dates back to 1864 when the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, etc. were memb...
by greenfire
Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1608

Re: Gardening 2015

Not an expert in zone 6B as I am in zone 5, but my guess is that you could plant things like lettuce and spinach, and maybe other things like kale, peas, broccoli, beets, chard.
by greenfire
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Office Flooring - Boglehead Choice?
Replies: 21
Views: 3343

Re: Home Office Flooring - Boglehead Choice?

My husband has cork in his office and it gouged with his chair.

I have hardwood in my office, and I got special casters for the chair that don't scratch.
by greenfire
Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 9858

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

Not that I am espousing this viewpoint, but here it is for those interested from "the Deviant Investor" - http://deviantinvestor.com/7201/take-the-low-risk-road/
by greenfire
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Caribbean vacation recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 4934

Re: Caribbean vacation recommendations

Yes, ease of travel is a consideration, we live in massachusetts. Thanks everyone, I'll have to check out some of the links.
by greenfire
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Caribbean vacation recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 4934

Caribbean vacation recommendations

My husband and I would like to plan a long-overdue vacation to the caribbean. We will be most happy at a quiet, off-the-beaten path kind of place - quiet, beautiful. We are more entertained by flora and fauna than by casinos or nightlife. Any island recommendations? Are there places more and less ex...
by greenfire
Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn
Replies: 84
Views: 11921

Re: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn

Previous poster wrote: "Over the years we've tried to transition the perimeter of our yard to native plants and ground cover. I admire anyone who can do it successfully. I spend far more time each week pulling and digging out the non-native invasive weeds that keep trying to take over, like buckthor...
by greenfire
Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn
Replies: 84
Views: 11921

Re: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn

We live on 100 acres, and my husband has decided to make former meadows and hay fields into lawns. He has a john deere tractor with a riding deck. He probably mows about 5 acres a week, and another 10 acres once or twice a season. (I myself cultivate about a half-acre of vegetable, flower and fruit ...
by greenfire
Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee - just starting out
Replies: 43
Views: 7552

Re: Coffee - just starting out

If you are not a purist, you can use espresso beans in a chemex or similar pot. Add a little cream and maple syrup if you like it sweet and creamy. I take mine black. If you want "real" espresso without one of those expensive espresso machines, one of these little stove-top pots make nice espresso. ...
by greenfire
Sun May 31, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Effective Paraben-free Personal Care Products?
Replies: 16
Views: 2678

Re: Effective Paraben-free Personal Care Products?

The environmental working group is a good resource for finding paraben-free products: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
by greenfire
Sun May 17, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Divorce and Marriage
Replies: 21
Views: 4146

Re: Divorce and Marriage

My 2 cents: marriage is a commitment. Be careful before you make that commitment. Someone who is a good earner could become disabled. Someone who is healthy can become sick. Someone who is brilliant can get dementia. Make sure the person is your friend, first. Lust and libido can cloud the picture. ...
by greenfire
Wed May 13, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copper tub and sinks
Replies: 9
Views: 1307

Re: Copper tub and sinks

I once was in an old Victorian that had an original copper tub. It was the coolest thing! I wanted it.
by greenfire
Tue May 12, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brand Loyalty
Replies: 60
Views: 6992

Re: Brand Loyalty

windex
by greenfire
Tue May 12, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 16047

Re: I Hate Vacations

I don't like vacations because it means that I am separated from my 2 dogs - I miss them and worry about them. Also, I refuse to go on vacation during gardening season because the weeds get out of control.
by greenfire
Sat May 09, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Gold bars buying advise
Replies: 43
Views: 7401

Re: Gold bars buying advise

I agree that 20% is excessive, but I can see the point in having a small amount of precious metals for a variety of reasons. Coins are beautiful to look at and hold. If you have them, you aren't likely to spend them - you are likely to hold them for a long time. They generally keep pace with inflati...
by greenfire
Fri May 08, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with mink coat
Replies: 30
Views: 6854

Re: What to do with mink coat

I sold my mother's mink coat on ebay to someone in Spain for $185. My mother-in-law had hers made into a fur bikini as a joke for a friend, and also a teddy bear which she gave to me. My mom got a seal fur coat in 1949, and I remember it well from my childhood. (I hate to think of the poor seals who...
by greenfire
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 573
Views: 225349

Re: TV show recommendations?

On amazon prime: transparent
On netflix: house of cards, orange is the new black.
On showtime: Ray Donovan, Homeland
On HBO: (some old) the sopranos, true blood, six feet under,
Also nip/tuck, breaking bad, mad men.

And for comedy: Impractical Jokers and Whose Line is this Anyway?
by greenfire
Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best touristy places to live in the world?
Replies: 36
Views: 6266

Re: Best touristy places to live in the world?

Around here we have a saying: "If it's tourist season, why can't you shoot them?"
by greenfire
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for teenager
Replies: 52
Views: 5224

Re: Car for teenager

My children each got a car when they were 16.5. We live in a very rural area with no public transportation and quiet country roads. My son got a beater from his dad. I gave my daughter my old subaru. They were both good drivers. Of course I worried each time they were driving. I didn't let them driv...
by greenfire
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Replies: 33
Views: 5956

Re: Tankless Hot Water Heaters

solar hot water is the way to go.
by greenfire
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 3954

Re: Gardening 2015

I basically use 2 companies for seed: FEDCO and Seeds from Italy. Here in Western Massachusetts there is still 3 feet of snow on the ground :-( But, for the first time, I'm trying indoor growing under lights :-)