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Old 04-28-2008, 07:12 PM   #241
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I call it the red bottle brush tree!

Our old house had an entire hedge of them. There they grew to over 12' tall before I topped them. Bee's really like them, so do hummingbirds.

I need to trim that up a little...
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:31 PM   #242
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Eat daily at free breakfast and dinner buffets in hotels.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:23 PM   #243
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Ridge vents are good but I've found most attic ventilation to be useless in very high heat areas. I'd replace the ducting with newer r-8 flexi with the shiny surface, add a layer of attic insulation and maybe some of that nifty spray-on radiant barrier paint on the underside of the roof areas that take the most sun.
Another vote here for the radiant foil insulation-- it's cheap, it's easy to install, and it'll cool the attic by at least 20 degrees. Unfortunately the installation will cause you to swap out every water molecule in your body about three times.

I don't know how radiant foil works in climates that get snow. It's been a few years, but my impression is that the sun shining on a snow-covered roof over radiant foil insulation may get enough reflection from the foil to melt the snow into the gutters and create ice dams. But I could be wrong.
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I think in a snowy climate I'd put the foil on the attic floor. Problem with that is allegedly the dust over a couple of years reduces the efficiency by a large amount.

Which is nothing a leaf blower wouldnt fix.
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Eat daily at free breakfast and dinner buffets in hotels.
which hotels give free dinner buffets?
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which hotels give free dinner buffets?
Some motels don't exactly CALL it a dinner buffet, but they have an evening snack buffet in the lobby. Sometimes when I travel, I get a paper plate, surreptitiously pile it high with cheese and crackers, individual pizzas or sausage, grapes, apples, granola bars, and muffins, and there's an unhealthy dinner for free.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:47 AM   #247
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which hotels give free dinner buffets?
Any hotel I've ever stayed at offered a free continental breakfast, that was typically buffet style. So it was basically all you can eat.
As for dinner ... I haven't had that for free, except when on business travel for my employer.
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When we were growing up poor, Dad did the haircuts and made all our clothes. Mom used an old baby carriage to bring home the groceries. She sent me to school with lunch in a paper bag and insisted that I bring the bag home. It was used until it started to fall apart. My bike was recycled from a neighbors castoff. Bread bags were reused to store leftovers. Bread was always marked down day old stuff. Never ate out. It is a long list but most has already been covered. Dad would use the same toothpick for weeks!

Although some of these habits linger, many were dropped as bad memories of those tougher times. I consider paper towels, kleenex and ziplock bags to be luxury items.
At last, my long-lost sibling? I have really fond memories of my mom using my baby buggy as a shopping cart; that's how we got along as a one-car family and I really loved to walk into town. It was only a few years ago when I finally faced it, I should keep a supply of paper towels in the house, ditto kleenex for allergies and ziplock bags to be used at least three times. I thought our bread was stale because it took a day to truck it in from Chicago; loved the fresh bread at my grandma's apt. in Chicago and the wonder of getting a Sunday paper on Saturday. P.S., today I will go buy a big supply of toothpicks. Poor no more?
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I was going to say I used a regift for a wedding shower but I remembered this:

My mother had stories about burning corn cobs for heat during the Depression. I have a picture of her going to school barefoot. Her mother would send them to school with bread and butter sandwiches in their lunchpails and if she could procure some lunchmeat in the morning would sneak into the cloakroom and add it to their sandwiches.

I have no idea about how hard those times must have been.
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Some motels don't exactly CALL it a dinner buffet, but they have an evening snack buffet in the lobby. Sometimes when I travel, I get a paper plate, surreptitiously pile it high with cheese and crackers, individual pizzas or sausage, grapes, apples, granola bars, and muffins, and there's an unhealthy dinner for free.
I forgot who I was talking to. W2R, you're way ahead of most of us in the LBYM game.
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P.S., today I will go buy a big supply of toothpicks. Poor no more?
Oh no I bought a big supply of plastic toothpicks. I have to hide them when the housekeeper is here because she keeps throwing them out...

Now many products come in their own branded ziplocks. Does anyone throw these out?
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Housekeeper?
... and why does she keep throwing them out? what does she think they are?
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Oh no I bought a big supply of plastic toothpicks. I have to hide them when the housekeeper is here because she keeps throwing them out...

Now many products come in their own branded ziplocks. Does anyone throw these out?

How could you throw the ziplock bags out? But watch out, the ones for coffee filters have holes in them; where did I put that duck tape.

You are my twin? I hide everything from the housekeeper, don't want her to know how I really live. This will tell all: sometimes I re-use a really good quality, cleanish napkin or paper towel; hide it in a drawer. Yes, I do cut paper towels and kleenix in half or quarters, ripping them as I go along. The paper towels used to wash dishes get re-used to clean off the counter. Doesn't everyone?
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