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Old 01-26-2021, 07:48 PM   #221
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Today, I gave away money. Until 2017, I had made all our charitable contributions in December. However, after the tax change that year, we use the standard deduction. So I shifted to January, in the hopes that someday we'll go back to the prior system and I'll double up contributions that first year back (Yes, I'm playing the long game).
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:06 PM   #222
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One of our sons sent me a canvas of Lake Tahoe for Christmas (He lives in Reno). I put it next to another picture, and decided I wanted to frame it even though it was on a stretcher.
I ordered the frame and got a notice that it was delivered; NOT! After messing around with FedEx and their website, I waited for them to tell me where it was. Well, about a few hours later, the doorbell rings, and one of my neighbors has the frame. It turns out he is in Unit 68 and I am in 63. The numbering here is strange, and the poor guy carried all the way down to our home. I looked at our map, and he was at the very East end, and I am almost at the West end. I then called him and thanked him profusely for his effort.
I had to pull all the staples out of the stretcher and trim the back of the canvas, but it is now mounted next to a picture one of our other sons gave me.
All's well that ends well.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:48 PM   #223
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Going through the last few days posts. It looks like we are having fun and life is good.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:54 PM   #224
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Worked out, researched washer dryer combos for the new cabin, looked at LVP flooring for the basement but couldn't decide on anything, made cookies.
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Old 01-26-2021, 09:59 PM   #225
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6" of partly cloudy fell here in the past 24-hrs. enjoyed watching our 3-man snow clearing crew clear the driveways while i was working on getting the new PC up and running. offered the crew some hot chocolate but they declined...lots of other customers to clear.
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Old 01-27-2021, 05:37 PM   #226
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When I got up this morning I saw bright sunshine and cold, below zero. No fresh snow from sunset yesterday! I did run the snowblower once as the snowplow was by and I wanted to get sun to the asphalt. It's not going to be above freezing for a while and I want the driveway to be clear of ice before snow on Friday.

A run to restock perishables before the next storm. When I got home DW said the body shop called and my Tesla is done. I'm weighing my options to coordinate a rental to get there and drive back or having it towed back. She's telling me to blow some dough and let them bring it up here.
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Old 01-27-2021, 07:40 PM   #227
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Continued the project I started last week of painting the living room and the entry hall. It's slow because my color change is requiring two coats and 4 hours between coats means I can't put both on a wall in the same day.

Have one coat left to put on about 12 feet of wall, so will finish tomorrow.
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Old 01-27-2021, 08:28 PM   #228
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I have been in a process to take down my solar storage system in the backyard shed and rewire it with big bus bars (again!) to improve the wiring rat nest, plus to incorporate another inverter and more lithium cells.

Before putting everything back, I decided to measure the storage capacity of some cell assemblies to see their degradation over time. The first module tested was clocked at 98.0Ah last June, and is now at 89.6 Ah. That's a loss of almost 9%. That's terrible over 6 months of use or 180 cycles of charge/discharge.

Then, it occurred to me that temperature of the cells may have something to do with it. A chart found on the Web shows that the temperature difference between the 90F and 45F conditions of the two measurements may explain that.

Now, I need to wait till the summer to measure the cells again.
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Old 01-28-2021, 08:07 AM   #229
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Looked out this morning and saw the first significant snow of the year, maybe of an inch. No big deal until I went out and found a solid layer of ice underneath it. At 21F and solid overcast sky, that's a recipe for disaster, but I spread some ice melt over the driveway and went back in for more coffee. On days like this I always feel so lucky to be retired.
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Old 01-28-2021, 09:51 AM   #230
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Noticed on my daily walk recently that a neighbor is installing a Tesla Energy solar roof. At first I thought someone died because there were about 30 vehicles parked along the street and yellow tape (similar to crime scene tape) around the yard. But then I saw three Tesla Energy trucks and several guys in hard hats (and masks) huddling around clipboards. They've been at it several days but looks like quite a bit left to do. The roof itself is almost complete now, and it's quite attractive (does not look like typical add-on solar panels at all).
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Old 01-28-2021, 10:00 AM   #231
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I usually get up at 9. But got up at 6 to drive my mum to the hospital for a specialist checkup. But when she got there they had no idea she was coming. And they had no spare capacity available for her. So after a couple of hours she phoned me and I had to turn around and drive her back home.


She was not happy. She had been fasting for 48 hours before this. What a mess!


Now I'm having dinner and a decent sized nap after I hope.
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Old 01-28-2021, 10:02 AM   #232
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Noticed on my daily walk recently that a neighbor is installing a Tesla Energy solar roof. At first I thought someone died because there were about 30 vehicles parked along the street and yellow tape (similar to crime scene tape) around the yard. But then I saw three Tesla Energy trucks and several guys in hard hats (and masks) huddling around clipboards. They've been at it several days but looks like quite a bit left to do. The roof itself is almost complete now, and it's quite attractive (does not look like typical add-on solar panels at all).
Would be interesting to find out the total cost. On Youtube, I remember a guy saying it cost him $100K for the nice roof, but it may include more hardware such as Powerwalls.

By the way, not all of the roof tiles are solar tiles. It would be too costly, plus you do not need that. They have inert tiles with the same look to blend in.
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Old 01-31-2021, 12:09 AM   #233
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Yesterday DD and I ordered cabinets for my kitchen at Lowes. They were having a sale of 20% off if under $10k, 30% off if over. I hit the 30% without a problem . When we completed the order the cabinet lady said we could get 40% off if we used a Lowes credit card. At over $1300 off per 10% I couldn't resist. I signed up for the credit card and it came back approved. I "saved" well over $5000 all together. What was also impressive was a TransUnion notification of a lender requesting a copy of my credit file hit my email before I got a welcome email from the credit card company. I may even keep the card until I purchase appliances just in case I can get another discount there.
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Old 01-31-2021, 03:30 PM   #234
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YI may even keep the card until I purchase appliances just in case I can get another discount there.
It may well be worthwhile doing that. I forget whether it's Lowes or Home Depot, but one of them frequently offers a percentage (~5 - 10%) off on purchases with the store cc. Of course they're hoping you don't pay it off right away and then they're ahead of the game with interest payments.
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It may well be worthwhile doing that. I forget whether it's Lowes or Home Depot, but one of them frequently offers a percentage (~5 - 10%) off on purchases with the store cc. Of course they're hoping you don't pay it off right away and then they're ahead of the game with interest payments.
My DD just redid their kitchen,LR and DR, with most of their stuff coming from Lowes,and saved a bunch off because of the Lowes card. They got some kind of special deal during the ordering phase and had just what they needed when they needed it and very little hassle. I just use mine for my everyday type purchases so I get 5% off of my purchases. I have them set up to pay automatically so no intrest,win win.
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Tough day.

Woke up around 9:30, did the sunlamp bathing bit. Two hours of workout. Shower. Quiet navel gazing around 20 minutes, breakfest, then of to coffee shop in next town (there were three of us in the place about 20 feet apart) for Americano, sipping it by the fireplace in comfy leather chair, read some magazines. Then food shopping, came home.

Now I'll need to figure out what to avoid doing the rest of the day.
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Old 02-01-2021, 03:48 PM   #237
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A little bit yesterday and all but finished the income taxes with TurboTax today. Still waiting on one 1099 form.
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Got up about 10:30am, had breakfast, looked out window to see if I should put on my walking shoes and do my five mile daily walk. Sprinkling rain though, so no walk, Instead here at PC on ER Forum whiling away the time. I did make some beef stew with Swedish dumplings (hard dough) last night, so got some nice hot stew to look forward to for lunch, with some good artisan bread to dunk in it. Time for lunch!
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Old 02-01-2021, 07:28 PM   #239
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It may well be worthwhile doing that. I forget whether it's Lowes or Home Depot, but one of them frequently offers a percentage (~5 - 10%) off on purchases with the store cc. Of course they're hoping you don't pay it off right away and then they're ahead of the game with interest payments.

I have a Lowe's business credit card. I am not a business, but that is what they signed me up for because I was buying lots of stuff for new house and detached garage three years back. Lowes always gives 5% discount when using the card, and occasionally few times per year offers 10% discount; at least on the business card.


I also did just as Hermit, signed up originally to get the initial 10%. It has worked out to save me over the time. Of course I always pay off in time to avoid the high interest. The funny thing is it is the only card I have besides Visa and ATM. I forget about it until i am in Lowes.
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I have a Lowe's business credit card. I am not a business, but that is what they signed me up for because I was buying lots of stuff for new house and detached garage three years back. Lowes always gives 5% discount when using the card, and occasionally few times per year offers 10% discount; at least on the business card.
Interesting, that is nice to know!
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