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Ran some errands for dw, played with my new woodworking carving gouges, trimmed back some rose bushes and grasses, turned MIL an ice cream scoop on my lathe for her birthday gift
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:36 PM   #13622
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My Quicken's bottom line is up 2.24% YTD. Not bad, not bad at all despite holding 25% in stagnant cash earning 2% or so a year.

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I keep withdrawing from mine and it just keeps getting bigger. What am I doing wrong?
Oh, my banking and credit card accounts are all included in Quicken's total number. Lemme see...

Accounting for the YTD expenses brings the YTD return to 2.87%. Nice, nice... But, but, but the numbers show that my expense YTD is only 0.63% or 2.52% annualized. This can't be!

I guess staying home over the winter months and occupying oneself with repair of vintage stereo speakers really helped cutting down expenses. However, one can't do that year round. The open road beckons when spring comes. And it already has.
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First clothesline day of the year, mostly towels, almost too windy.
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Prep work for a whole house window replacement tomorrow. We have some of the earliest double-pane windows made installed in the house, and every single one has had a seal failure. Time to cut 'em out and install something that we can see through...

This will be interesting.
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Filed granddaughter's federal tax this morning. She is a full time college student and worked a bit over the month of December. Next year I'll buy her a copy of Turbo Tax or point her to TaxAct Free.

Recovering from my business trip to West Texas and Oklahoma earlier this week. Looking at grass cutting instead of going to the office.
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Filed granddaughter's federal tax this morning. She is a full time college student and worked a bit over the month of December. Next year I'll buy her a copy of Turbo Tax or point her to TaxAct Free. ............
I do my MIL's taxes and use a free edition for low income filers of TurboTax, though the state treasurer's website.

But I'd agree that if you can handle college, you should be able to file your own taxes.
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Made a loaf of homemade, no knead bread. Hot bread + butter = yummy!
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Visited the local Social Security office and had a delightful exchange with the friendly clerk. Brought back warm memories of my days in the gummint.

Me: "I tried to do this online, but wasn't able to complete it."

Clerk: "I know, and we can't do it on a walk-in basis, either. You'll have to set up an appointment. Would you like me to do that for you?"

Me: "Sure. When is the first appointment I can get?"

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Me: "I tried to do this online, but wasn't able to complete it."

Clerk: "I know, and we can't do it on a walk-in basis, either. You'll have to set up an appointment. Would you like me to do that for you?"

Me: "Sure. When is the first appointment I can get?"

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DW and I went snow skiing for the day. Second time this season for me and fourth time for DW. Conditions were good, a little soft from half-way down the mountain to the bottom but nice and firm up top. The beauty of spring skiing - no ice - didn't hit a patch of ice all day. Skied in jeans with windpants, a flannel shirt and a fleece. Boy though, I am out of shape. We did some small bumps and I was tuckered. Good day overall though.

We have two or three tickets to use between now and the end of the season, which will be in 3-4 weeks for most of the resorts.
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Retrieved my Ariens snow thrower from the shop. $272. Then ran the engine dry and drained the fuel tank.

Apparently to replace the friction disc they have to practically disassemble the entire thing by "removing all gears and shafts". That's why I didn't do it - I'd probably have gone in there anyway with a basket full of parts.

Oh well, at least everything works well and it's in good shape for the next time. Which, after last winter, will hopefully be a few years.
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Got a hair cut, renewed my Texas State Parks Pass over at the lake, went for a 3 mile walk in shorts for the first time this year, and answered some emails from work.
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Prep work for a whole house window replacement tomorrow. We have some of the earliest double-pane windows made installed in the house, and every single one has had a seal failure. Time to cut 'em out and install something that we can see through...

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Please keep us posted on this. I'm researching windows for our house as well. Lots of scammers out there, I really want to make sure I get this right.
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Prep work for a whole house window replacement tomorrow. We have some of the earliest double-pane windows made installed in the house, and every single one has had a seal failure. Time to cut 'em out and install something that we can see through...

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Now you'll have to keep your windows clean
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Day 2 of RE. My head understands I'm not going to have to log into the office, but heart or gut doesn't, yet. Kinda weird. Worked on renovations: 2 coats charcoal colored paint on new six panel doors in lower level. Love it! Did happy dance. Got hungry after the painting, so we ate really early, and am surfing early, too (usually I surf the web in bed after DH is asleep). I don't think RE is what is impacting my schedule as much as doing renovations, since I tend to keep going until I finish something, but who knows?
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Yesterday we went to see "Noah". I won't say anything about the film because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who doesn't know how it ends.
Thought I understood your post until I saw "Noah" yesterday, interesting.

Great thing, it counted as 2 hours of visual rehab.
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Ran some errands during rain lull; sump pump running all day.

Communicated with Gary concerning Florida home improvements: sink sprayer fixed, septic tank pumped out; next is new noseeums screens for outdoor room.
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Brought my tax stuff to the acct, bought some new woodworking chisels and a nice piece of cherry, and picked up the new floor tile for the bathroom remodel. A great day 1 of RE, except I drove by a job site and called the office with a report. I have to stop that kinda stuff
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Finished my new workbench for the garage workshop. What a monster and with 4 drawers. Weighs a ton and it's ready to move into place.



Took plans from Family Handyman magazine. About $200 in lumber, screws, trim and polyurethane.
Now for shelves, racks and to hard pipe compressed air to a central location.
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