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Old 10-26-2014, 09:02 PM   #15421
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MIL wanted me to cover her in-wall AC unit for the winter. We cover it on the inside every year to prevent cold air from blowing in. I usually wrap and tape clear plastic to it. Looked terrible. I had some cherry laying around, so I built a better looking cover, with weatherstripping against the wall. Should seal it ok.
Ronstar, we've been thinking about one of these units for my Mom's house, which has radiator heat and a crappy little heat pump for the upstairs. Does your MIL's unit work OK? Especially, does it do any dehumidifying like a regular AC does?

Nice box, by the way.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:53 PM   #15422
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Thanks Harley - I'm not sure how or even if my MIL's AC unit discharges condensation. It doesn't do it inside. Maybe it discharges outside. Most likely it doesn't dehumidify. It does run ok.

Here's a link to a woodworking site where people have built some decorative radiator covers

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/radiator+cover

There might be some ideas for you there.


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Took the grandchildren to the Chicago Botanic Garden Halloween festival. Lots of people but also loads of fun. A man on stilts, dresses as a skeleton. Another in one of the lily ponds, dressed as a scary frog.

I really enjoy autumn, my favorite time of year. The cool weather suits me, the seasonal food and drink are the best. I especially appreciate how the ladies once again respond to mother nature's challenges with great fashion sense, always making themselves look so attractive, despite the elements.
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Getting windows tinted on my Passat.

Then visiting BIL in hospital who is awaiting a heart transplant (scary stuff). he just made the "list".
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A few days ago DW said she wanted to go down to the creek and find decorative rocks for the plants around the house. She pointed at one of the neighbor's and said "sort of like that".

I said "Do you think you can carry a rock like that up the hill from the creek?"

"Of course not. You're coming with me."

This conversation was NOT going in a good direction.

Earlier this afternoon she asks "Do you want to go down to the creek and look for rocks?"

"No."

Then I thought about the consequences of her overdoing it and hurting her back. Again.

"Okay, I'll go. I should get outside anyway."

So today I carried a rock the size of a small bucket up the steep hill from the creek. It was not fun. She wants to do it again.
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Ronstar - That looks great. I hope to have more time for crafty stuff as we get all our pent up house projects tackled.

Today we are getting major service done on one of the cars and working on day two of declutttering the garage, which will probably take many days to fully finish.
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Then visiting BIL in hospital who is awaiting a heart transplant (scary stuff). he just made the "list".
Sending good thoughts to your BIL. FWIW, an acquaintance who looked like death warmed over for about 6 months prior to his heart transplant now looks, acts, and feels 10 years younger. Hope the same for your BIL.
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A few days ago DW said she wanted to go down to the creek and find decorative rocks for the plants around the house. She pointed at one of the neighbor's and said "sort of like that".
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So today I carried a rock the size of a small bucket up the steep hill from the creek. It was not fun. She wants to do it again.
My neighbor up in my high-country home took quite a bit of rock from my lot for decoration. When I found out, I got a bit upset. He could have asked me first. In which case, I would have said "NO!".

I had plans for those rocks, and he thought I was just letting those rocks "go to waste". But he apologized, and I did not demand those rocks back, and let it slide.

You see, he is also a good friend (otherwise, that is), and I need him to be watching my place when I am not there.
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Well, DW did point out (several times, she knows my soft spots) that it was being frugal.
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Sending good thoughts to your BIL. FWIW, an acquaintance who looked like death warmed over for about 6 months prior to his heart transplant now looks, acts, and feels 10 years younger. Hope the same for your BIL.
Thanks, much appreciated....he is 74 and has had a failing heart for a long time. He's on his second pacemaker and now has a special liquid medicine (I'm not sure of the name) being injected into his heart on a constant basis. Dr's gave him 3 months tops. My DW is very close to him so it's been a trying time around here.

But Houston has some of the best heart doctors and facilities in the U.S. so he is in a good spot.
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........So today I carried a rock the size of a small bucket up the steep hill from the creek. It was not fun. She wants to do it again.
Walt, Can't you use a wheelbarrow or hand truck to move the rocks? I've moved a lot of rock building dry stack walls and waterfalls. Some areas where the creek embankments are steep I strap a 5 gallon bucket to a hand truck to move the rocks.
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I figured that since I'm now down to 14 wo+k days, I should remove my contact information from the global email address list and put in a service ticket to delete my IT account...

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Walt, Can't you use a wheelbarrow or hand truck to move the rocks?
I gave away the wheelbarrow last year after realizing that I hadn't used it for at least 20 years. And for some reason I didn't think of the hand truck.
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Another good day with the market. My stock portion went up 1.95%, compared to the S&P 1.19%. My wife's 401k MFs will not report for another 3 hours.

It's about time. My portfolio has been going down more than the S&P, and while I am not going to share its value , I will say that it's still more than $100K below its top.

My assortment of stocks/MFs had been showing quite decent volatility relative to the S&P, but the recent market bout hurt international stocks more than the US ones. US stocks had been outperforming, yet went down less. Life is never fair.
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I'm watching Game 7 of the World Series and decided to log on and read some posts while the sportscasters are babbling in between batters and the commercials are running. Very exciting game!

I'm happily awaiting my very first FERS pension check due to be deposited in my bank account on Nov 1st.

OPM cranked my application right through the system. It was a relatively easy one to process versus the traditional retiree who would have FEGLI, FEHB, and survivor benefit things to set up.

I think I will take my first pension payment and donate it to charity, something educational or a local Feed the Vets program. That idea just plain makes me feel good. I've had a lot of good things happen to me to get me to where I was able to go to college on scholarship and financial aid, so it seems like the right thing to do to "pass it forward".

The subsequent payments will be invested. There is always room for improvement in the amount I have for the long haul. I'm 56 so there are many years to go until the daisies get pushed.

Well, back to the game...
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Had another Italian test today. I hope I did as well on this one as the previous - but there was one section that I might have blown. Might get a B instead of an A. (I study hard so I'm confident of at least a B).

Later I worked with my son as he cranked out another robot mission for his FLL competition on 11/8. This makes 5 of the past 6 days spent coaching robotics.
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I'm happily awaiting my very first FERS pension check due to be deposited in my bank account on Nov 1st.

OPM cranked my application right through the system. It was a relatively easy one to process versus the traditional retiree who would have FEGLI, FEHB, and survivor benefit things to set up.

I think I will take my first pension payment and donate it to charity, something educational or a local Feed the Vets program. That idea just plain makes me feel good. I've had a lot of good things happen to me to get me to where I was able to go to college on scholarship and financial aid, so it seems like the right thing to do to "pass it forward".

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Freebird - What a great way to celebrate your first FERS pension payment. I'm sure the charity you choose will be honored by your gesture.
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Freebird - What a great way to celebrate your first FERS pension payment. I'm sure the charity you choose will be honored by your gesture.


I have some other things up my sleeve to help others in need. I just need to get some dividends off my invested pension check over the next year and figure out who gets the proceeds.

I can't take it with me, after all.

I'll use the pension check to build principal and give away the dividends once I have reached the target principal I have in mind.

I live in an economically depressed area. There are so many good causes out there, it's tough to decide.
I will limit the recipients to those who need a helping hand, not a handout.
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I have some other things up my sleeve to help others in need. I just need to get some dividends off my invested pension check over the next year and figure out who gets the proceeds.

I can't take it with me, after all.

I'll use the pension check to build principal and give away the dividends once I have reached the target principal I have in mind.

I live in an economically depressed area. There are so many good causes out there, it's tough to decide.
I will limit the recipients to those who need a helping hand, not a handout.
You are a good citizen, Freebird!
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Freebird. I love your ideas about using the dividends for charity.
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