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Old 01-08-2022, 07:08 PM   #81
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Old 01-08-2022, 07:36 PM   #82
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Looked at a 42 foot trawler, looks pretty good!
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Old 01-08-2022, 07:44 PM   #83
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Started looking at floors (finally)!! The guy said "don't put in hardwood, bamboo, engineered hardwood, or engineered bamboo only laminate or you'll regret it." So stuck and looking for input. Narrowed down to 3 choices (far right is a freebie)
Attachment 41450 If I do either on left (1 bamboo, 1 engineered bamboo) I can really REALLY close match what's already in. So then I'd just do family room, laundry, 1/2 bath. This is not on slab.

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We removed the builder grade hardwood maple flooring and carpet and except for the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms, installed Cali Bamboo throughout the entire house. The installers had to level the downstairs slab (cost a few hundred more than the estimate), but the bamboo flooring has held up great against two big dogs playing with their balls and other toys. And our sonís allergies disappeared once the carpet was removed from his bedroom. I have no hesitation in recommending Cali bamboo flooring. Not sure about the quality of products from other manufacturers.
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Old 01-08-2022, 08:25 PM   #84
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House Hold Goods finally showed up at ourt new home in Boerne Texas with a second load coming this week. Wow, not sure how I ever had time to actually hold down a gig lol
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Old 01-08-2022, 11:15 PM   #85
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Started looking at floors (finally)!! The guy said "don't put in hardwood, bamboo, engineered hardwood, or engineered bamboo only laminate or you'll regret it."

Laminate would be the last of those five choices for me. Last time I used it, it was for cost alone because I was covering a large area.
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We put in premium laminate (12 mm) and it is very loud, you can hear the doggy toenails clicking all the way. But despite 2 large dogs playing, running, chasing, jumping, slobbering and scratching...looks just like it did installed 4 years ago. No scratches, no drool marks, nothing.

Other than it's loud, everything else is great.
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Started looking at floors (finally)!! The guy said "don't put in hardwood, bamboo, engineered hardwood, or engineered bamboo only laminate or you'll regret it." So stuck and looking for input. Narrowed down to 3 choices (far right is a freebie)
Attachment 41450 If I do either on left (1 bamboo, 1 engineered bamboo) I can really REALLY close match what's already in. So then I'd just do family room, laundry, 1/2 bath. This is not on slab.

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We have distressed engineered bamboo in our kitchen since 2017. It replaced tile that had chipped and cracked along underlayment joins. We are very happy with the new floor. It is easy to keep clean, a softer landing for dropped glassware and has held up very well under shoes and two dogs' paws.
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Spent some time last night and a couple of hours this morning tallying our assets and retirement account draws using end-of-year statements.

I had targeted 4% of assets, increased from 3.3% when I lost a pension supplement on turning 62 this fall. The actual draw for December 2021, including a prorated quarterly payment, was 3.9%. I'll wait to see how our tax withholding turns out before making any changes, though I think we've over-withheld.
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Yesterday - spent some time talking to a young salesman for solar. Pretty sure we aren't going with his company since a) his HIS license (sales person for contractor) was for a different company than the literature and his logo'd shirt. b) the company that he was supposedly representing wasn't listed with the Contractors licensing board. c) bad yelp reviews. d) the company his sales license was for has issues of sketchy workmans comp insurance, etc.

As you can tell - we've been burned by a contractor in the past and will make 100% sure we do our due dilligence.

So - surveyed family and friends and got 2 more contractors who are going to give us quotes this week... both pass the licensing checks.

Today - very sadly started cancelling the vacation parts before and after our now cancelled transatlantic cruise. Still have to figure out how to get CASH back on the deposit on the cruise - we had purchased trip insurance so it should be doable but the website is less than straightforward.
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Spent the morning making a big batch of hearty soup that will last us all week. One of the simplest things you can do in the kitchen, and one of the most rewarding.
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Spent the morning making a big batch of hearty soup that will last us all week. One of the simplest things you can do in the kitchen, and one of the most rewarding.
I agree especially during the NH winters. DW is finishing up the big batch of lentil soup as we speak.
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Made chocolate chip cookies with grandkids and watched football. Steelers / Ravens game WOW

My new life right now ..... grandkids weekends while DD works (MN Sat - 4pm Sunday). But I did set Tuesday appt for flooring & Thursday appt for new cooktop to replace $50 open box special put in early 90s. Blowing a little dough as next 2 cruises covered with FCC
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Cooked a batch of chili yesterday. Not hard to do and tastier than the store bought canned ones. First time cooking dried beans. Man they have to boil a long time, about 3 hours.
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Spent the morning making a big batch of hearty soup that will last us all week. One of the simplest things you can do in the kitchen, and one of the most rewarding.
Good idea. I have some veggies that are headed south - time to make a big veggie, potato, and bean soup.
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I spent a few hours standing in freezing rain as our firefighters battled a house fire. We were back in the woods and there wasnít much traffic for me to worry about, so I got to watch the operations more than usual. We were 2.5 miles from the nearest water source, the last 1.5 miles being a gravel road that was a sheet of ice when I drove in. Getting water to the hoses was a challenge.

All occupants of the house (people and pets) were uninjured but the house is a total loss. Whenever I get cold/tired/hungry/cranky at a scene, I always remind myself that someone else is having a very bad day.

It was easier to get home from the scene than it was to get out there because the tankers that were shuttling water the icy road into a muddy mess.
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Travel day today, moved from a Panama City Beach rental to Kissimmee for the next 2 weeks. Upon check in we asked and found out that there's an Aldi a block away.
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I tripped on neighbors uneven sidewalk and face planted at the end of a 4 mile run in open space. Deciding to focus on beautiful 4 mile run instead of bruised palms & knees

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Made a batch of low carb oat pita breads. Smells delicious!


Then had a coffee at my brothers place since my niece were visiting. She is 21 and has no idea about what to do with her life. So at first I got worried but then remembered that I was 25 when I finally decided on my career path.


Back home again it smells so good and I now want those pita breads for dinner!
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Today I plan on spending the day at the ranch. I went a few days ago and it started to rain and freezing and had to get out of there pretty fast. I had to stop twice to scrap ice off of windshield.

Today I will burn a brush pile since the temps and wind are going to be ideal.
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