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Old 04-07-2015, 10:39 PM   #16721
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Started working on my taxes today using Taxact. Looks like I will owe some $$ to the state and get some $$ back from the feds. Expect to get them filed electronically this week.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:59 PM   #16722
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Worked on my tax return some more. I am in the process of simplifying my investments and I am looking forward to the day when all I will have to input is a handful of 1099s... It was a rainy day, so we spent it watching TV and geeking around - DW on her astrophysics notebook and I on tuning a new fountain pen.


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Yesterday was busy at the house we're building for relatives. Dry wall hangers were on site and got all the drywall hung, about 4 pm, the excavator showed up to cover the newly installed septic tanks and well pipes. They had planned to come out today but were worried about the rain forecast so decided to get everything under ground, didn't want the septic tank to float if we received a heavy downpour. Drywall finishers will be here later this week to get started with the mud.

I was at the new house most of the day and was able to get the well pump electric wired and the pump started, will have to let the water run out through a garden hose for a while to get rid of the drilling sediment before I open the pipes to the house. I also wired the hot water tank and some of the basement lights in areas where drywall isn't going up.

Still a lot to do but hoping to have it ready by early May.
Hi Dave,

What kind of filters will you have on the incoming water in the house?

Your project is going much faster than mine. I'm hoping to get the trusses on and the roof sheathed by the end of May.
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Yeah, that's the thing. This first round, about half the transactions are "uncategorized", and it seems the credit card transactions were duplicated. I'm still asking myself if it's worth the effort.
I gave up on Quicken this year. I summarize our budget expenditures by hand in an excel sheet monthly anyways, as I never trusted downloading our data to Quicken, nor how it would categorize our credit card expenditures. I'm just too particular in how I want to track our budget. I was essentially using Quicken just to track my checkbook expenditures and balance it. I found an online Excel spreadsheet template for that purpose instead. Works great!
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I gave up on Quicken this year. I summarize our budget expenditures by hand in an excel sheet monthly anyways, as I never trusted downloading our data to Quicken, nor how it would categorize our credit card expenditures. I'm just too particular in how I want to track our budget. I was essentially using Quicken just to track my checkbook expenditures and balance it. I found an online Excel spreadsheet template for that purpose instead. Works great!
I got Quicken a couple of years ago, because so many forum members that I respect and admire do use it and seem to love it. Like you, I found that I just feel happier with Excel and do better with it. I think we each have to figure out what works best for us.
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I've been intentionally limiting my keyboard time. Whenever the weather changes drastically, my hands tend to ache. I use my tabletop paraffin bath to help with that. Warm moist heat is the best solution for tendinitis.

Today I am delivering a folding seat/hand brake equipped walker to the sister of a very dear veteran buddy of mine. He was hospitalized with pneumonia, recovered enough to go to a nursing home for post hospital rehab for 2 weeks, and should be released to home next week.
She and I will do some simple adjustments to the living room furniture to prepare for his homecoming. He will be using a walker until he regains enough leg strength and balance to walk unassisted.
His buddies are going to build (or buy) a temporary ramp for the front steps so he can navigate those more easily.
She's feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this. My visit will be a somewhat normal day for her, versus the past month of hospital and nursing home visits and dealing with the healthcare system.
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Went in for Cervical epidural #2. No big deal as knowing the process took all the anxiety away. DR. seemed pleased at the amount of improvement from the first one. Gave me a script for PT. Oh the joy, I just gotta get psyched up for it. My experience is you get out of PT the same amount of improvement as the effort you put into it.
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Went in for Cervical epidural #2. No big deal as knowing the process took all the anxiety away. DR. seemed pleased at the amount of improvement from the first one. Gave me a script for PT. Oh the joy, I just gotta get psyched up for it. My experience is you get out of PT the same amount of improvement as the effort you put into it.
Try to find one that has a manual therapy emphasis - at least 20 minutes (minimum) each session in my opinion should be hands on mobilization of soft tissue and joints - especially for c-spine treatment.
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More like manual cervical traction? My last event, 5 years ago the PT did some manual traction/massage really seemed to help.

Appreciate the advise.
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Then came home & started on decluttering. Had letters & stuff from 40 years ago!
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More like manual cervical traction? My last event, 5 years ago the PT did some manual traction/massage really seemed to help.

Appreciate the advise.

Not, not cervical traction (although that might be indicated, I don't know). Soft tissue mobilization includes various types of massage techniques like trigger point release, myofascial release, etc. Typically that is very helpful for cervical issues.

Some patients also benefit from cervical joint mobilization, but, like cervical traction, that depends on the patient's particular case.

Exercises are very important, too, but I have found without manual therapy progress is often limited.

I just like to make sure patients pick a good PT! There are some clinics that you go in and get maybe 10 minutes of 1:1 exercise instruction and then are told to do your exercises while the therapist runs off to another patient. To me, that is not quality care.
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simple girl, many thanks.

I've been to this facility in 2010 for cervical issues and 2014 for balance therapy. The one thing know is the therapist is with you the entire time. I'd been to a place before where they passed you off, sometimes to patients that were not good teachers.

That's why I went there in 2014, prior experience let me know I had the therapists undivided attention. I'll ask about trigger point release and myofascial release. Are PTs the only ones that do those? Do well trained LMTs have the training or sould I trust them? I realize this is an opinion.

Many thanks.

Edit to add: I've done manual cervical traction and home cervical traction, 6-8 lbs. for about 10 minutes, both with good results. Had to take a timer downstairs with me as the home unit relaxed me so much I'd fall off into a light sleep.
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simple girl, many thanks.

I've been to this facility in 2010 for cervical issues and 2014 for balance therapy. The one thing know is the therapist is with you the entire time. I'd been to a place before where they passed you off, sometimes to patients that were not good teachers.
That is great the therapist is with you the entire time. Sounds like you are in good hands!

The other place sounds horrid. Ugggh! These are the kind of clinics that should not exist, IMO!

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I'll ask about trigger point release and myofascial release. Are PTs the only ones that do those? Do well trained LMTs have the training or sould I trust them? I realize this is an opinion.
PT's are not the only ones who do MFR and trigger point work. Some massage therapists are quite skilled at it. However, some massage therapists can cause more damage than good - especially if your case is complicated and they are too aggressive. IMO you would do best to start with your PT that you trust and see if they utilize these manual techniques. If not, you could ask if they have someone they can refer you to (PT or massage therapist that they trust).


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Went to see "Furious 7" last night. They say when going to the cinema one needs to "suspend belief and embrace the story". In this case, the "suspend belief" part is to be emphasized. Still, we enjoyed ourselves, then went out to a very nice dinner that DD provided via gift card.
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....Once I finally got through to the second person, she agreed I was right and the rest of my refund is on its way.

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And you don't fool around with W2R's refund!
Yeah!!! Thanks!

I even got a follow-up letter confirming that my refund is on its way, so I am pleased as punch.
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Woke up to a light rain. We need it, but inconvenient timing as the team came out first thing to do the annual drain, scrub, and prune/repot job on our little fish pond. I like to keep an eye on things so put on my rain jacket and spent a couple of hours out in the chilly dampness. Decided as long as I was grubby, I'd load up the minivan with stuff for the church youth garage sale tomorrow - my old bicycle that I don't ride anymore, a patio umbrella, an old DVD player, two Christmas trees, and a few assorted smaller things. When I got home, I realized I also wanted to get rid of DD's desk (with her approval!). Emptied it out and got someone to pick it up.

Took care of a few e-mails and phone calls for volunteer work, ate some leftovers for lunch (cold meatloaf sandwich is just about my favorite lunch of all time!), and watched video of the Duke basketball team's championship celebration on campus. Think I will indulge in a quick nap since we have rehearsal tonight for a choral concert (Brahams' Requiem) on Sunday.
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End of week 1 of being mostly-retired (no one else understands this but you guys):

Monday - food prep, post office, bought a new pillow and hand towel for spending more time sleeping and at home, puttering around, can't remember the rest, looked at airfares to visit DS in LA.
Tuesday - my new schedule- long day of w*rk.
Weds - AM hanging out, listening to podcasts, afternoon yoga class, light dinner, painting class.
Thurs - once a month w*rk for 4 hrs, quick pick up of something at grocery store, 2 hours of trying to figure out why my iPad wouldn't download any apps - success but in updating I lost all my keyboard shortcuts, looked at some condos online in Puerto Vallarta.
Today - made green smoothies for the next 3 days, weekly grocery shopping, haircut, a few emails, saying no to someone who asked me if I would 'swing by and see an old patient' at a facility where I no longer go, nap and internet surfing, will soon go out to dinner.

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Took the corvette for its 2015 maiden voyage and car wash. Picked up tax returns and happy that we're getting a refund. Played with my new garden tractor trailer. Now watching the White Sox trying to go 0-4 for the season.

ETA - Almost forgot - got my Illinois Water Usage stamp for my kayak


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Went to the brokerage company and gave them my final and forever Roth IRA contribution. Went to the library and decided to check out some young adult fiction. Now I have six YA books to read. (I might want to consider re-working my bucket list).
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