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HI Bill 05-06-2019 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Chuckanut (Post 2233096)
I finally did buy that Breville Compact Convection oven I have been looking at for a year. $138 for what some consider a glorified toaster oven!

We have the original, and paid ~$250 for it...well worth it, IMHO. We rarely use the regular oven anymore, except to cook cookie sheet sized pizzas and Dutch babies. We've probably saved that much in electricity.

The Breville is stellar for pizza, good for toast, great for reheating, and good for cooking. My wife's only complaint is that it doesn't have a low enough temperature to use for dough rising.

socca 05-06-2019 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by skipro33 (Post 2233209)
I converted most all of my yard tools from 2 stroke gas to battery. These things are great! No messing with fuel mixes, hard start, storing, etc.

I'm converting my yard tools from corded to cordless for the same reason - convenience. I need 150' of electrical cord for some of my yard work. It's a real pain to mess around with a cord. So far, I just have an Ego Tools blower, which I like. I'm planning to buy a hedge trimmer and a string trimmer down the road. The tools are pricey but considering how much time I spend on yard work, it will be worth it. I like the Ego blower design. (BTW: I also use the blower inside the house; with all-tile floors, I can do that - it's much faster than sweeping :) ).

Just_Steve 05-07-2019 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by skipro33 (Post 2233241)
Makita

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Thank you, very informative. I will check into The Makita.

audreyh1 05-07-2019 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by HNL Bill (Post 2233278)
The Breville is stellar for pizza, good for toast, great for reheating, and good for cooking. My wife's only complaint is that it doesn't have a low enough temperature to use for dough rising.

You donít need warmth for dough rising. Heck, Iíve let some doughs rise in the fridge! A long slow rise can result in more flavor.

skipro33 05-08-2019 12:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Just_Steve (Post 2233867)
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Thank you, very informative. I will check into The Makita.


I went with Makita, starting with the drill and driver because my contractor had them and I was impressed how well the driver would drive lag bolts used to build my log home.

Another excellent brand is Milwaukee. I hired a carpenter to do a project who had them and they were very rugged.

I had DeWalt stuff, but the batteries didn't last worth beans. My battery powered SawsAll batteries died after just a year and replacements were $100. The saw with batteries was only $120 or so. I figured the heck with that and went with the Makita since the original tools and batteries were still viable more than 7 years later.

Nature Lover 05-08-2019 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2221881)
Oh! That sounds so nice. When you decide on one and buy it, I'd love to know all about it and what you think of it, especially the adjustable base. I'm not ready for a new mattress quite yet but have had mine 17+ years so probably I will be soon. So, I am interested in your choices because I am trying to figure out what would be best. In my case I would not be looking for "cheap" as much as for "wonderfully comfortable", so Temper-Pedic is not out of the question unless it gets too hot or is less than perfect for some other reason. The adjustable base sounds extremely interesting since I am growing older (who knew this would ever happen? :laugh: ). Anyway being able to tilt the bed might help with the aches and pains of aging or whatever, especially if the setup is high enough to be easy on the knees when getting in and out of bed.

W2R,

I promised an update, and here it is. I purchased the Tempur Adapt-Pro Medium Firm mattress with the Ergo-Extend adjustable base. The mattress is wonderful - I've had it for ~3 weeks and it has broken in nicely. The base is wonderful...but I don't adjust it much. Here's my take related to some of your stated interests. First, the mattress is wonderfully comfortable...but it's a memory foam like (Tempur material) mattress - so it isolates movement, making it hard to move around. It is a heavier mattress (~100 lbs, I think), and the adjustable base can move so that it's easier to make the bed without having to lift the mattress much. That's nice. However, if you've never had an adjustable base (and I hadn't), you should know that 1) when you move the base up and down, regular sheets will come away from the bed corners, so buying special sheets that better grip the corners or buying "sheet suspenders" to better hold the sheets in place is something to strongly consider; and 2) I don't think I'd recommend this as an aid for getting in/out of bed, unless it's just to help you sit up. For me, the effort to get in/out of bed is about the same with or without the adjustable base. I think this is mostly because of the foam mattress. Maybe a hybrid (part foam, part inner spring) would be better for getting in/out easier - I don't know. Lastly, know that foam mattresses are notoriously hot, which can be troubling if you're a hot sleeper. I'm not, but I have noticed that it's a little warmer than my old mattress.

Anyway, that's what I can say so far. I'm sleeping well, and that's the most important thing. Glad I made the purchase and I'm sure I'll enjoy it for many years to come.

NL

W2R 05-08-2019 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Nature Lover (Post 2234330)
W2R,

I promised an update, and here it is. [...]

Thank you!!! GREAT information and it will be very helpful to me and others. Thanks again. :)

RunningBum 05-08-2019 07:54 PM

I have an adjustable base frame. It's really nice for reading and watching TV in bed (especially reading). For sleeping, I find if I have it slightly elevated, I breath better.

I also got a memory foam mattress. It's got a gel layer that helps with the heat issue. I read a lot of reviews that people sleep really well on them since you tend to sink in and not roll around, but I'm a pretty restless sleeper and wake up a lot with this like I did my regular mattress.

RobbieB 05-09-2019 08:07 PM

2 nights at the Peppermill in Reno. Jacuzzi suite. 2 massages at the spa. Three wonderful meals and a snack. Twelve hundred bucks.

And I lost a hundred playing poker. But Kelly won six hundred playing penny slots!

Going back soon - :)

kgtest 05-10-2019 05:52 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2234910)
2 nights at the Peppermill in Reno. Jacuzzi suite. 2 massages at the spa. Three wonderful meals and a snack. Twelve hundred bucks.

And I lost a hundred playing poker. But Kelly won six hundred playing penny slots!

Going back soon - :)

Sounds lke fun. So now we know who the lucky one AND the good looking one is. Thr first road trip I took with now DW we headed down to the St Louis riverboat casinos. Original destination was the V rod harley factory and BBQ in Kansas City. Somehow we even ended up down in Branson...anywho on the way home we sropped on that floating casino and she wins $600 on a nickel slot. Being a poor broke lad that made our days and paid for our entire trip lol. I kmew she was a keeper when I found out she was down for adventure AND lucky. Sounds like Kelly and Robbie are an older version of us

Dash man 05-17-2019 11:36 AM

Waiting for deliver of a new LG C9 65 inch Class 4K Smart OLED TV w/ AI ThinQ[emoji768] I purchased from Costco. Also ordered seven new windows from Renewal by Andersen, and scheduled to have a new coat of asphalt put on my driveway. Itís been an expensive week.

kimcdougc 05-17-2019 12:14 PM

Just got back from 3 days/nights in New York. DH and I left from New York on a Transatlantic Cruise for 14 days. Visited 5 countries (Ireland, Belgium, France, UK, and ended in Amsterdam. Spend 2 days there. Flew first class home to New York, spend the night there and got home on Monday. All in all we spend about $9,000 give or take. Had a blast but won't be doing anymore Transatlantic cruises. We had 4 days/nights of high swells at 18 feet. All doors on boat were locked for safety. Don't need to do that again, but we can say we have done it and marked it off of our bucket list. Good times.

Now planning a rv trip to the NE in the fall to do the New England states. Can't take it with you.

The Cosmic Avenger 05-17-2019 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by kimcdougc (Post 2238254)
Just got back from 3 days/nights in New York. DH and I left from New York on a Transatlantic Cruise for 14 days. Visited 5 countries (Ireland, Belgium, France, UK, and ended in Amsterdam. Spend 2 days there. Flew first class home to New York, spend the night there and got home on Monday. All in all we spend about $9,000 give or take. Had a blast but won't be doing anymore Transatlantic cruises. We had 4 days/nights of high swells at 18 feet. All doors on boat were locked for safety. Don't need to do that again, but we can say we have done it and marked it off of our bucket list. Good times.

Now planning a rv trip to the NE in the fall to do the New England states. Can't take it with you.

WOW, just the two first-class flights OR a 14-day European cruise for two people could have been $9K alone, you must be a world-class deal hunter!

explanade 05-17-2019 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2238234)
Waiting for deliver of a new LG C9 65 inch Class 4K Smart OLED TV w/ AI ThinQ[emoji768]

This year's model.

Does Costco have good prices?

Dash man 05-17-2019 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2238445)
This year's model.



Does Costco have good prices?



Not at the moment with a brand new model. But they do offer the free extended warranty, 2% cash back and free delivery.

Dtail 05-17-2019 07:20 PM

Bought a new Mazda CX-5 SUV today for 29k all in. Plan to keep it for many years.
DGF had totaled our Civic, but thank god no injuries.

Souschef 05-17-2019 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2238502)
Bought a new Mazda CX-5 SUV today for 29k all in. Plan to keep it for many years.
DGF had totaled our Civic, but thank god no injuries.


DW bought one last year after her 98 Caddy died. She loves the adaptive cruise control and the Bluetooth connection to the speakers in the car. Use it in good health.

Dtail 05-17-2019 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2238534)
DW bought one last year after her 98 Caddy died. She loves the adaptive cruise control and the Bluetooth connection to the speakers in the car. Use it in good health.

Thanks Souschef. Same to you and the DW.

RobbieB 05-17-2019 09:09 PM

Good for you! A brand new car is a great way to blow that dough.

The Cosmic Avenger 05-18-2019 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2238534)
DW bought one last year after her 98 Caddy died. She loves the adaptive cruise control and the Bluetooth connection to the speakers in the car. Use it in good health.

Oh, yes, our 2017 Subaru Outback was our first new car in 11 years, and it was a HUGE step up. It was our first one with BT, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision warning/avoidance, heated seats, power seats, and probably more that I'm forgetting. I joke that the car is smarter than we are.


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