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Old 11-29-2020, 11:25 PM   #2141
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My condolences, travelover. I can't imagine what your family is going through.
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Old 11-30-2020, 12:53 PM   #2142
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Again, thanks all. Funeral was yesterday. Very small and hopefully safe. Everyone wore masks, but one person, a young friend of grandson, was wailing loudly and his mask kept slipping off. We backed off and kept our N95 masks in place.

Now the process begins of letting it all become real. The future we'd imagined for him and us is wiped clean. Hold your loved ones close.
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I love to be up early in the morning, especially during the week (so I can check the market) while it is still dark and peaceful. So I've been up since about six a.m. listening to CNBC on and off and various news on tv. While listening, I am reading these early retirement forum threads and commenting or responding. Just enjoying my morning doing things I love to do. I do research in between if I find or hear something that catches my interest. I check sites I look at regularly to stay informed. It's a chilly day and it's warm inside and all is good at the moment and these moments are precious. It is still very surreal to know I don't have to work a traditional job anymore to get by, but it makes me very happy. I've struggled with some physical health issues, but my hard work and effort all these years has served me well enough to be free of the burden of hard work now. I think about and am grateful for this every day. So, I'll love on my animals and they'll love on me and we all enjoy the simple things in life especially in odd (pandemic) times like these. Later, I'll watch some movies and/or call some friends or family and even take a nap. I'm waiting on some books I ordered as an early Christmas present to myself for having such a good year.
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Today was the first of three-in-a-row doctor visits. Today was the cardiologist. He says I'm fine, that's good. Tomorrow is the liver specialist in Baltimore. I anticipate he'll say the same thing, since I have been behaving myself, diet and exercise-wise. And Thursday is the dentist to repair a filling that is falling apart.

I'm really, really, starting to dislike this getting old crap.

Then on the other hand, I'm grateful I didn't live in an era when dentistry consisted of a pint of Jack Daniel's and a pair of pliers, and the doctor said "here, put on these leeches to suck out the bad vapors" or some such.
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12 days post op foot/toe surgery. Sitting around the house watching tv 24/7 for the past 12 days and next 9 when I should get stitches removed and out of the boot. Canít wait to get out of the house and go for a hike.
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I put the tree up yesterday. We bought it 22 years ago and itís moved with us all around since then. Looks good as new. DW bought it a couple of days after Christmas from a seasonal holiday themed store going out of business. At this rate itíll outlast me.
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Old 12-01-2020, 03:31 PM   #2147
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Again, thanks all. Funeral was yesterday. Very small and hopefully safe. Everyone wore masks, but one person, a young friend of grandson, was wailing loudly and his mask kept slipping off. We backed off and kept our N95 masks in place.

Now the process begins of letting it all become real. The future we'd imagined for him and us is wiped clean. Hold your loved ones close.
Travelover: I'm very sorry to hear about your family's loss. It will take a long time to get over this tragedy, if ever. I lost my 22 year old daughter while she was in college about 20 years ago. I'm not over it yet and probably never will quit feeling the pain.
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Old 12-01-2020, 07:19 PM   #2148
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Today was the first of three-in-a-row doctor visits. Today was the cardiologist. He says I'm fine, that's good. Tomorrow is the liver specialist in Baltimore. I anticipate he'll say the same thing, since I have been behaving myself, diet and exercise-wise. And Thursday is the dentist to repair a filling that is falling apart.

I'm really, really, starting to dislike this getting old crap.

Then on the other hand, I'm grateful I didn't live in an era when dentistry consisted of a pint of Jack Daniel's and a pair of pliers, and the doctor said "here, put on these leeches to suck out the bad vapors" or some such.
The Jack Daniels is still a good idea.
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Today is month 3 of chemo for me. Day 1 of 2 at the start of each month. I'm now half way through.
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Today is month 3 of chemo for me. Day 1 of 2 at the start of each month. I'm now half way through.
When I had chemo back in 2018 I marked each treatment off a schedule I had on the kitchen wall. It helped me to visualize reaching the end of treatment. I wish you many years of good health after you finish chemo.
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Today is month 3 of chemo for me. Day 1 of 2 at the start of each month. I'm now half way through.
You're in it to win it.

In less than a week I start round 6 of 6...
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Today is month 3 of chemo for me. Day 1 of 2 at the start of each month. I'm now half way through.
Here's wishing you great success on that journey to wellness Skipro!
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Went and set up a camera aimed at a golden eagle nest. The pair have been coming back to the same nest for 4 years now that I have known. They are remodeling and restructuring the nest in preparation for an offspring late winter or early spring. I will go check camera tomorrow to see that I have it positioned right to get some pictures.

I also watched a pair of bald eagles and they are starting the mating rituals now. November and December are mating and courting times for both bald and goldens. It is an interesting time to watch the sky for bald eagles. If you never have seen bald do their mating rituals it would be something for you to try to see.
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Old 12-03-2020, 03:11 AM   #2154
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We remain pretty much in quarantine--after 8 mos. We're high risk.

I've got to go pickup PeeDee, our rescue kitten, that's getting "fixed" and having his claws out. We spend days watching him and Itty Bitty's kitten antics--fighting and such. They're so entertaining and loving.

I spend many days taking the wife to the doctor as she suffers from various arthritic conditions. Next week, she gets another back injection. 12/31, she goes in for 7 fusions on her foot. After 3 days in the hospital, she goes to 3 weeks of rehab to learn how to live without walking one step for 2 months. We'll get by--with me as the chef.
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Old 12-03-2020, 09:02 AM   #2155
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We remain pretty much in quarantine--after 8 mos. We're high risk.

I've got to go pickup PeeDee, our rescue kitten, that's getting "fixed" and having his claws out. We spend days watching him and Itty Bitty's kitten antics--fighting and such. They're so entertaining and loving.

I spend many days taking the wife to the doctor as she suffers from various arthritic conditions. Next week, she gets another back injection. 12/31, she goes in for 7 fusions on her foot. After 3 days in the hospital, she goes to 3 weeks of rehab to learn how to live without walking one step for 2 months. We'll get by--with me as the chef.
Sounds to me as though you are getting plenty of possible exposure..stay safe!

We have a neighbor's DD who suffers from severe arthritic conditions and has had countless unbelievably painful surgeries. It's like death from a thousand cuts. Best thoughts for your DW.
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Bamaman, best wishes for your DW's procedures and recovery to be as easy and painless as is possible.


Went to the dentist and had my deteriorating filling, uh, refilled. It seems they don't come with a lifetime guarantee.

Took advantage of the heavy overcast and almost dead calm winds to get some R/C flying done in the back yard with the UMX (ultra micro) Turbo Timber airplane. At least until my fingers got too cold to work the controls so I had to give up and come inside. I like this airplane so much I bought a second one just to have a spare when they eventually stop making them.
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We remain pretty much in quarantine--after 8 mos. We're high risk.

I've got to go pickup PeeDee, our rescue kitten, that's getting "fixed" and having his claws out. We spend days watching him and Itty Bitty's kitten antics--fighting and such. They're so entertaining and loving.

I spend many days taking the wife to the doctor as she suffers from various arthritic conditions. Next week, she gets another back injection. 12/31, she goes in for 7 fusions on her foot. After 3 days in the hospital, she goes to 3 weeks of rehab to learn how to live without walking one step for 2 months. We'll get by--with me as the chef.
I wish your wife the best and hope she can get help that she needs.
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Hurried up and took care of business before we return to another hard shutdown, which may occur as early as tomorrow. Finalized fabric selection and ordered a new set of furniture, picked up addt'l tile for a bath remodel, and sadly, picked up our last shipment of wine from a close by winery, as we notified them of our cancellation request. It got us through the summer and fall, but with hard shutdowns including wineries and outdoor dining, it's no longer financially beneficial to remain enrolled in their club.
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Waiting for DW to get off the phone so that we can start watching this year's Banff Film Festival. I really enjoy watching them in the theater, but that isn't happening this year, so I bought both shows and will watch them at home this weekend.

Enclosed is a link to the Trailer, if interested.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour
We LOVE that festival, and attend the traveling show every year here in OC, generally going both nights it plays in order to see as many of the films as we can. I believe there are something like 10 different film packages that tour, and they all make it to YouTube eventually, so keep a lookout.
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Old 12-03-2020, 08:47 PM   #2160
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I settled on a Plan D (WellCare Value Script) and signed up at Medicare.gov. I continue to be impressed with the efficiency and streamlined nature of that website. It took less than 5 minutes to sign up.

That's the third and final piece of the retirement health insurance puzzle.

Our pension is managed by Vanguard, and yesterday I confirmed with our HR folks that my pension account is now set up.

If I'm not careful, I might actually start relaxing a bit, and start believing this retirement thing is really going to happen at the end of this month!
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