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Old 04-08-2010, 08:28 AM   #4001
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My first vacation of the year - always the hardest because I feel so restless.

Carpet cleaners came yesterday. It would have made a perfect before/after picture for their brochure! I love my dog (first dog I've ever owned) but I think she will be the last. The amount of dirt she drags in is incredible!
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:29 AM   #4002
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Played golf yesterday in between sneezing from the pollen. But, we had a good storm with plenty of rain last night so maybe that will give my sinuses some relief. I will know soon when I take the mutt for a walk. Going over to a buddy's house this afternoon to watch the Master's golf tournament on hd tv. We might have a couple of med's too. And dinner and more med's with another buddy tonight at a local bar/grill.
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A week dedicated to DDS (didn't do sh*t) is blissfully continuing.
Today's event lineup includes doing laundry folding, surfing a few more FL tourist attraction sites, enduring a nasty cold front moving across the area this afternoon with T storms, gusty winds and possible hail, and maybe some leisure reading.
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Went to my ENT for a follow-up. I have 50% hearing loss in my right ear. Since nothing can be done about the loss, my only option is a hearing aid. I'm not ready for that right now.
Ah but the hearing aid isn't for you it's for your hubbie. He might be ready for you to have one. Does he get frustrated having to repeat himself?

A lot depends on how good of a guesser you are. DW is not good at guessing what I said, so we have a lot of "Do you want a sip?" moments. I'm trying to train her to just say "What?" when she doesn't hear me so we can avoid conversations like this:

Me: Do you want to go the store?
DW: Who moved it?
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DW: Did you say he moved the rug off the floor?
Me: No. What rug?

Her hearing aids go in the ears, and no one knows that she has them ('cept you guys).
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After Frank and I had lunch together, we went to his house and he spent some time on the phone getting set up with Vanguard and another institution for his 401K rollover to Vanguard. Meanwhile I read a little more on my Kindle which I always tuck in my purse when going out.

We went for a long drive around the city, looking at the rebuilding progress and trying to remember what was there before the storm in places where rebuilding has taken place. ("That's where the grocery was!" "No, it was on the opposite corner!" "Where was the sushi place?" blah blah blah) This city, which we hold so dear, has changed so much and our memories are fading as time goes by. Of course many buildings just sit there, still abandoned after almost five years and in ruins, but others are being demolished and replaced with other structures, or rebuilt. This is better than looking at the moldy ruins, even to nostalgic folks like us.

I wonder if we will ever really move. We love this city, as it used to be anyway. Hurricane season will bear down upon us once again in a couple of months.

After dinner, I watched American Idol for an hour, and then had a nice evening curled up with my Kindle and went to bed early. Another "wasted" day of retirement, that I wouldn't trade for anything.
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Hmmm, I suppose it's possible...but somehow I doubt it. However I don't think they'll miss my boots...they'll miss my smile and laughter. Yeah...that's it.

Went to my ENT for a follow-up. I have 50% hearing loss in my right ear. Since nothing can be done about the loss, my only option is a hearing aid. I'm not ready for that right now. Besides, it may be beneficial to me to have selective hearing. If someone gets upset, I can just say..."I have hearing loss, don't ya know.."
Ooops...how did I miss this post?
Sorry to hear this news but so glad it was not worse news. There are some really cool miniature hearing aids out there.
Try to think outside the box.
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Ah but the hearing aid isn't for you it's for your hubbie. He might be ready for you to have one. Does he get frustrated having to repeat himself?
I did think about that last night. So I asked him...

"Do you feel frustration having to repeat yourself every once in a while?"

DH: "What?"



But, really it's not that bad. I told him if it started to get on his nerves, just tell me. He said he would. I don't care about the fact I may have to get a hearing aid one day. I've been wearing glasses since I was two, so I'm used to devices that improve my senses.
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Sorry to hear this news but so glad it was not worse news. There are some really cool miniature hearing aids out there.
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Thanks...but I'm ok. A close friend sent me some great links to hearing aids.
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Thanks...but I'm ok. A close friend sent me some great links to hearing aids.
Sure!! I am truly sorry to hear of your hearing loss, but my guess is that if a hearing aid will help and if you get one, it will seem perfectly natural after a while. I understand that the good ones are pretty expensive but I would categorize that under "medical expenses" and just go for it.
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I wonder if we will ever really move. We love this city, as it used to be anyway. Hurricane season will bear down upon us once again in a couple of months.
I've been sensing you have been having some second thoughts about moving to Missouri from some of your recent posts. Not an easy decision to leave a city you obviously love so much...
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It's easy to love New Orleans in the spring, but we'll see how she feels about that sentiment in August...
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I am, and it is a tough decision. We'll come to that decision together, though. If Frank still wants to go, I can be happy up there too. On the other hand, we just got back from a trip up there and we only stayed a couple of days. That's odd, because we are both retired and could stay as long as we wanted to. We just got bored and wanted to return.

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Yeah, by August I am usually feeling pretty frazzled. Starting June 1st, I keep most of my evacuation stuff in a large, neat pile by my side door with a checklist. I also have to empty my freezer by then, keep lots of cash around, and never let my gas tank get below half full. Of course, none of this keeps "Katrina II" away, but at least I can feel like I am doing something.

Oh, and then there's the heat and humidity... I actually don't mind the weather (the humidity is good for my skin) but by August I am ready for a change.
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I am, and it is a tough decision. We'll come to that decision together, though. If Frank still wants to go, I can be happy up there too. On the other hand, we just got back from a trip up there and we only stayed a couple of days. That's odd, because we are both retired and could stay as long as we wanted to. We just got bored and wanted to return.
You maybe want to try renting a house for a month to really see how you'll feel. If you were bored after 2 days ......

We are renting a house in a small town in Salida for a month real soon. We found it through VRBO.com and it is only $2,100 / month. A month should give you a better idea of how bored you may get.
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We are renting a house in a small town in Salida for a month real soon. We found it through VRBO.com and it is only $2,100 / month. A month should give you a better idea of how bored you may get.
That might be a good idea. Part of the boredom was probably due to the fact that we couldn't do the things that normally entertain us because all of our "stuff" is at home.

Since it was Easter, there was even less to do than usual. We would have enjoyed going to a few real estate open houses, but no such luck on Easter.

Still, Missouri is a lovely state and there are NO flooded, gutted, trashed homes up there. People are nice, the scenery is pretty, and there is almost no crime. Guess we have a few years to consider, with the housing market so crummy lately.
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That might be a good idea. Part of the boredom was probably due to the fact that we couldn't do the things that normally entertain us because all of our "stuff" is at home.
What sort of "stuff"? Similar to what T-Al talked about recently?

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No, silly, I wasn't referring to sex toys... We do have a few hobbies that are less intimate. For example, Frank loves amateur astronomy and ham radio (but didn't have any telescopes or radios with him). I missed my Wii, my cheap art/sculpture/painting collection, my new Venza, and that sort of thing. Stuff.
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Good grief...I'd hate to think of one being so large it's not portable!

....hmmm...let me think about this a little longer....
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I've been out of commission for at least two months. Moved to a new house. Took advantage of first time home buyer credit. Already got back my $8000. Now if we can only get these boxes unpacked. We had accummulated so much stuff that we had to rent a storage unit for a couple months until everything is squared away. Just got computer up and running today and it's good to be back on and reading all the comments. Hello to all!
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