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Old 02-14-2021, 11:40 AM   #341
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yesterday...bífast out with 5 buddies. then a run to MicroCenter to pick up s new external hard drive enclosure followed by errands to.Costco (coffee cake muffins), Office Depot and then the weekly grocery run. whew! just getting tired all over again.
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:04 PM   #342
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Still hunkering down from the cold (-35 this morning). Charted out 3 more songs for the campfire book: Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), Learning to Fly (Tom Petty), and Hey Hey My My (Neil Young).
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DW got a Valentine's card and a raincheck for a steak dinner after we both get vaccinated.
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Old 02-14-2021, 04:01 PM   #344
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Fidelity 1099 showed up today, so I'm nearly done with taxes. Schwab says it will be another week for theirs.

I just needed 3 from Fido, which I got yesterday. I e-filed today and already got a message that my Federal tax was accepted.
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Old 02-14-2021, 05:30 PM   #345
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I went to the ranch after lunch to take down a dead fallen tree that was hung up in some live trees. I needed to take the widow maker out of there before someone got hurt. I did finally get it out down but was more work then what I thought it would be. The temperature finally getting some what better today. It still was - 14 with wind chill but felt good to do some manual labor.
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Old 02-14-2021, 05:53 PM   #346
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Woke up to fresh snow, it snowed all night and I woke up to about 14" of it. Sometime from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am the snowplow was through and left a monster pile at the end of the driveway. Normally I run the snowblower in 3rd, 4th gear, today it was first gear for the first pass and by the time I was done it needed a second pass. The pile at the road was at least a foot taller than the snowblower is tall so multiple passes were required. It's still snowing but I'm not going out again.

We planned on going snowshoeing up north but DW was afraid of the roads so we walked the neighborhood. It was still quite with only a few people clearing their driveways.

I've made chocolate truffles today: milk chocolate center with hints of raspberry and a semisweet coating. Topped with a little sea salt and nibs. Tonight is a medium rare pork tenderloin and scalloped potatoes for dinner

We're supposed to get a days break from snow but evidently nobody told mother nature.
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:58 PM   #347
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Got ready for the coming ice storm (which is currently in process). Houston will be at a standstill tomorrow.
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Old 02-14-2021, 10:53 PM   #348
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I went to the ranch after lunch to take down a dead fallen tree that was hung up in some live trees. I needed to take the widow maker out of there before someone got hurt. I did finally get it out down but was more work then what I thought it would be. The temperature finally getting some what better today. It still was - 14 with wind chill but felt good to do some manual labor.
Good on you for taking down that widowmaker. The neighbor had one that was aimed at one of his lawns, and it drove me nuts. I brought home the big excavator, unloaded it and laid it down in a few minutes. It took me longer to load or unload the machine.
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My first Monday of retirement. Got up and we have around 6” of snow, temp is 17F with a 4F wind chill. It’s bad since we live in Louisiana. The upside is I’m not getting calls and emails from work trying to deal with emergency’s. I’m doing nothing but watch the birds eat.
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You know you're retired when you wake up with the intention to go to the post office, only to discover that it's a holiday, which makes you grumpy. Whoever thought a holiday could make you grumpy?
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Today, for the 40th time, I had roses delivered to the young wife. It all started in 1982, when she was a junior at a small women's college in Maryland. I had graduated from USNA the summer before and was stationed down in Orlando. I wanted to send her roses, but I saw on the news that a snowstorm was expected, so I had them delivered the day before to be safe. A really big snow storm did indeed roll in that evening, and no one could make any deliveries on the 14th. So she was the only one of the young women at her college to have roses on Valentine's Day, and I won the boyfriend award that year. Ever since, I have had roses delivered to her on the 13th.
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:57 PM   #352
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Tring to set up my new wireless printer to print my last brokerage 1099 consolidated form for our accountant.

Old printer croaked after only 15 years.

Heh heh heh - me and digital are not best buddies. Time for a nap.
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Old 02-15-2021, 02:33 PM   #353
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Yesterday - St. Valentine's Day. 'Nuff said.
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My first Monday of retirement. Got up and we have around 6Ē of snow, temp is 17F with a 4F wind chill. Itís bad since we live in Louisiana. The upside is Iím not getting calls and emails from work trying to deal with emergencyís. Iím doing nothing but watch the birds eat.
Sweeeeet!!
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Woke up to 6 degrees and 6+ inches of snow - in Austin. Beautiful but tough on the electrical grid and highway workers, among others. The entire state is having rolling power blackouts - we were out for 4 hours this afternoon and expect more through tomorrow. After the power came back on, I did something I never expected to do here: shovel the driveway. Fortunately I kept an old snow shovel from when we lived in Delaware many moons ago!!!
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Had a six-month checkup at the dermatologist's office, no signs of recurring melanoma found. That's always good news!

Started laying out the laser cut balsa and plywood parts for a very small model airplane kit, called the Eaglet 250. It looks like a miniature version of the Goldberg Eagle 63 that was my first R/C airplane kit in 1983 so I just had to have one. I had ordered a good bit of accessories that go with it but the USPS managed to rip open the heavy duty cardboard shipping container and lose about 3/4 of the contents, then helpfully tape up the container again. I took pictures and wrote them about it, and asked that when they send the replacement components that they PLEASE do not use USPS again. I'm getting thoroughly disgusted with that organization.
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Went hiking after lunch looking for sheds. I didn't find any but was a brisk but beautiful day and ended up with about 6 miles of walking.
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Smoked chicken on the pellet, grill, enough for several meals for two. Took a good part of the afternoon, but who cares, I'm retired!
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Got out to the gym this morning for an hour of intervals on the dreaded elliptical machine and work on my core strength.

Every day I try to get something done around the house. Todayís job was chipping a bunch of limbs that were knocked out of redwood trees by recent wind storms.

I had also intended to get out on my bicycle after yard work ... but never happened. Enjoying a drink in front of the fire with my lovely Valentine instead.
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Taxes, walked the dog (x2) and made cioppino with garlic bread for dinner. Looks like this will be the first year that the standard deduction will provide a bigger write-off for DW and me than itemizing.
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