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Old 01-15-2020, 10:54 AM   #121
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Went to the second of 4 American Sign Language classes. This is at the library, which I can walk to.

The instructor is deaf and the class is an immersion class - only sign. The first class was terrible. I didn't understand anything and did not remember many signs even right after she showed them. Everybody else (much younger) seemed to be getting it faster.

I studied quite a bit using web videos, and class 2 was fine. I think I did this just to see if I can still learn anything. Not sure yet what I can do with it since I would need to practice conversation to get good enough to translate or work with the deaf.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:55 PM   #122
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Even though I thought I might have jinxed myself applying for my social security benefit on Friday the 13th (last Sept), everything went smoothly. The online process was simple and there were no hiccups.

I received my first deposit today. I've always wanted to live long enough to get at least one payment. Since that's happened, I'm thinking....hey, how about two or three or four more....
Congrats! Wow I didn't know that it takes 4 months to start getting payments. Did they give you a little back pay too?
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Congrats! Wow I didn't know that it takes 4 months to start getting payments.
That was also my experience when I applied in 2008. Applied in early Oct (62nd birthday in early December) and got my first payment in mid February.

[Yes, I am well aware of the benefits of waiting to FRA or age 70. Note the month/year I applied and recall what was happening to portfolio balances at the time.]
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Congrats! Wow I didn't know that it takes 4 months to start getting payments. Did they give you a little back pay too?
Thanks. Ooooo, back pay would have been nice, but I knew I'd get my first deposit in January since my birthday is November 14th (my 62nd bd). I applied as early as I could. Wanted to get my name in the pot....
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That was also my experience when I applied in 2008. Applied in early Oct (62nd birthday in early December) and got my first payment in mid February.

[Yes, I am well aware of the benefits of waiting to FRA or age 70. Note the month/year I applied and recall what was happening to portfolio balances at the time.]
When I applied, it took a month for them to approve my social security benefit. Then I had to wait for the spousal benefit confirmation. I finally found out the latter part of December. I was nearly sweatin' bullets before I got the confirmation thinking there might be a problem.
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Thanks for the info, bbbami & REWahoo! I need to start working on this. DW and I both planned on taking ss at FRA. For DW, that is Sept of this year. Me - Oct of next year.

But I don't want to write checks for Medicare. I'd rather have Medicare deducted from my ss. So I may go on ss at 65 in 7 months.
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But I don't want to write checks for Medicare. I'd rather have Medicare deducted from my ss.
They offer automatic deduction from your bank account. Very simple and easy. The only weird part is that you get a snail mail letter from them every month showing the amount with "THIS IS NOT A BILL" on it. No way to turn that off, just a monthly laugh.
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Stood around and watched as three, sometimes four, guys installed two new Anderson sliding glass doors, one for upstairs out to the back porch and one downstairs out to ground level. I'm very glad that I didn't even think about trying to do that myself, starting with the observation that it took three guys to carry the thing.

I'll have to do some painting touch-ups since the frames on the new doors are slightly smaller than the originals and the bare drywall shows around the edges. DW is very happy, now she can see out the basement door (the seal had broken and there was water between the panes).
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Finished the painting touch-ups on the wall and trim around the recently installed upstairs sliding glass door. DW is pleased.

My back hurts so I'm done for the day.
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It's almost midnight.

I am in bed, surfin' Youtube on my laptop, while sipping a shot of XO.

I feel like having another shot, but of Calvados. I will have it on the rocks.

I guess I have to get out of bed now.
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I had a good day. I started out with my coffee while checking my email and planning my day. I went to the local resale shop a picked up a few kitchen items than mailed a package to my DS. I then went to the gym and did cardio and weights. I went grocery shopping for jambalaya ingredients and came home and make jambalaya. After dinner I watched a Netflix movie with DH.
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Went to the second of 4 American Sign Language classes. This is at the library, which I can walk to.

The instructor is deaf and the class is an immersion class - only sign. The first class was terrible. I didn't understand anything and did not remember many signs even right after she showed them. Everybody else (much younger) seemed to be getting it faster.

I studied quite a bit using web videos, and class 2 was fine. I think I did this just to see if I can still learn anything. Not sure yet what I can do with it since I would need to practice conversation to get good enough to translate or work with the deaf.
I had a similar experience. After writing three books that included a deaf character (and which discussed ASL a lot), I went to an ASL class at our library. Totally overwhelming.

(If you (or anyone else) want(s) free eBook copies, PM me.)

It bugs me that different countries have different sign languages! Wouldn't someone have said, "Hey, let's all use the same signs for words!" For example, why can't this sign for "hungry" be the same in all languages?

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It turned cold again here so I made a huge batch of Irish leek and potato soup that should last the week. Very satisfying stuff!
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Actually was couple days ago, but enjoying the warm upper 70s temps on vacation down in Florida panhandle. This is Panama City Beach looking back from the pier. Also our campsite at St Andrews state park, right on the water (lagoon off the gulf). Turning colder low 50s for next few days, but it's still 30 degrees warmer than home!20200114_113513.jpeg20200114_113540.jpeg20200112_111426.jpeg
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I read these WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY posts and realize that most days involve the same things for me! How depressing

We have 2 dogs that shed! And drool.... and track in sand and dirt......so literally everyday I vacuum and run a damp mop over all the hard floor surfaces. And of course wash out their food and water bowls and refill.

Make the bed, straighten up the house, open the curtains in the morning, close them at night. Do the cooking, washing up for at least 2 meals per day since sometime we either skip breakfast, are out for lunch or occasionally go out for dinner.

3 to 4 times a week go to the gym which is 1/2 hour each way, stretch, do cardio, weights, swim, take a steam and shower

On gym days between cleaning, cooking and gym that is almost 8 hours right there! Add laundry, and ironing, changing linens etc and you got another day gone.

My new idea of a relaxing retirement is to have no pets and live in a building with a great gym and spa facilities with a fluff and fold laundry downstairs.

Our youngest dog is 5 years old so my dreams will have to wait another 10 years!
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My new idea of a relaxing retirement is to have no pets and live in a building with a great gym and spa facilities with a fluff and fold laundry downstairs.
I hear you!! And I agree completely. In my case, luckily I have no pets. My gym is two miles away, but I seldom use my home gym equipment any more because right now, I like getting out of the house.

None of my laundry needs folding, and I'd rather do it myself while I relax here at home. But I just had to use this opportunity to describe the peculiar laundry setup that I have been using lately. This laundry system is something that I invented last fall and which I think is really super and much easier than what I had been doing. It works for me, but may not for others. Anyway here is what I have been doing:

Instead of using my triple dresser to store things, I use baskets so that I don't have to open and close all those drawers just to do laundry or to get dressed. I have five normal plastic laundry baskets at heights that are about waist high and easy to reach, on a wide Sterilite shelving unit that I already had, with shelves far enough apart that I don't have to pull the baskets out to use them. I have a laundry cart that is about the same height as the baskets. One basket for bras and shorts, one for underwear, one for socks, one for the oversized t-shirts that I wear as nightclothes, and one for dirty laundry. My shoes go on the bottom shelf of that same shelving unit. The blouses still have to be hung in the closet, as do long pants, but still, in my opinion this system makes putting away clean laundry and getting dressed a lot easier. Getting dressed, I just roll my laundry cart by the shelving unit and pluck one of what I need out of each basket, and then roll it to where I normally dress; the idea of baskets at a convenient height that do not need to be opened and closed like drawers do, came to me when thinking of how grocery stores are laid out.

One of the great things about being retired is that I can easily try out all my hare-brained ideas like this to see if they work for me as well as I envisioned. This is one that I like. (I have the advantage of knowing that nobody but me and F will ever see my bedroom anyway so I don't care if it looks like a crazy woman lives here! ) Eventually I will need to call the Salvation Army and get them to remove that huge, heavy, clunky triple dresser and matching armoire that I no longer use.

As for what I did yesterday, not much! We went to lunch together and then watched the seagulls at the boat launch again. The birds provide never-ending entertainment, and all without even having to get out of the car. Their interactions are sometimes amazing, sometimes puzzling, and sometimes hilarious to watch. This time there were lots of ducks, pelicans, and ravens to watch, as well as the sea gulls. After getting home I enjoyed the internet and some intensive video game playing until the wee hours of the morning.

Today F is MC'ing a show at the bar where he sometimes works on an irregular part time basis, for fun and to get a little extra fun money too. After he finishes we'll go to lunch and then go watch the birds again. It's sunny and gorgeous outside, but dropped from yesterday's delightful 78F to 52F right now. I'll have to wear long pants and running shoes instead of my (usual) shorts and sandals.
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It bugs me that different countries have different sign languages! Wouldn't someone have said, "Hey, let's all use the same signs for words!" For example, why can't this sign for "hungry" be the same in all languages?
OH what a disappointment! This whole time I have been wondering if sign language isn't the universal language that Esperanto was supposed to be. So many of the signs about physical things are intuitive, like "elevator" is one hand straight up and the other hand makes a fist and goes up the length of the straight hand. Why would that have to be different in Spanish?
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Just returned from 1/2 Price Books. 2 boxes in; $36 out. And so, the downsizing / decluttering continues....

Now, off to spend the $ on margaritas at the local sports bar on the river and watch the Titans/KC game.

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Finished doing the paint touch-up around the new sliding glass door in the kitchen today on one piece of trim, then gym with DW and home for lunch.

BTW, a couple of days ago I was offered a job! The owner of the company who installed the two sliding glass doors called to make sure all was well with the installation and such. I mentioned that I was painting around the edge of the door because the new door frame was a bit narrower by about 1/2" on each side so the trim didn't cover the unpainted drywall and that was what I was painting. He offered to send a guy to do that for us and I politely declined, saying that I was retired and it was a minor little project that I didn't mind doing. That's when he asked "Do you want a job?" He probably had in mind stuff like that, for when the downstairs door was done they had a different guy come by to finish the carpet, as that needed to be cut and tucked in too. He was here about fifteen minutes, clearly he'd done that sort of thing about 8,000 times before and looked to be in his early 60's, so perhaps a part time retirement job for him.

Anyway, I politely declined the job.
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