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Forum: Other topics Today, 11:57 AM
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Posted By tb001
The squares are 4 feet x 4 feet. I think this is...

The squares are 4 feet x 4 feet. I think this is just natural ground movement with maybe some overwatering of nearby planter beds. We don’t really get frost here, though we do have small quakes.
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Forum: Other topics Today, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 48
Posted By tb001
Fixing cracks in concrete

After seeing such great advice on fixing hairline cracks in drywall, it occurred to me to try asking here.

We have a 20 year old concrete patio with 4x4 squares of concrete and several of the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-10-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,971
Posted By tb001
I love these extra bedrooms!

I love these extra bedrooms!
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-10-2021, 07:03 AM
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Views: 1,971
Posted By tb001
I thought that was a really interesting point re...

I thought that was a really interesting point re having dedicated extra space for guests. We have a large home.

One of the extra bedrooms we turned into a playroom for the kids. It’s the only...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-09-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,168
Posted By tb001
I don’t envy your decision. I too love both...

I don’t envy your decision. I too love both lifestyles. We’re not on a farm now, but much more rural than we’ve lived before and we’re loving it. That said we’re still fairly close to drs, stores,...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-09-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
I love so many of these! We definitely fell...

I love so many of these!

We definitely fell into the buying expensive brands trap with the kids. Now all of their clothes are bought used. We do try to buy decent quality so we can resell them...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-07-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
Posted By tb001
DH and I were a bit like that. I very much wanted...

DH and I were a bit like that. I very much wanted to minimize our lifestyle so we could hit our X earlier. DH did not. When we hit our x he decided he wanted more. So now I’m retired and he’s hobby...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-06-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,159
Posted By tb001
These are great ideas. I’ve been on the...

These are great ideas.

I’ve been on the other side of generous gifting, when my step father and mother helped me with my first home and some extra expenses while in grad school. We were lucky and...
Forum: Hi, I am... 06-06-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,239
Posted By tb001
Re number three, in your shoes I would probably...

Re number three, in your shoes I would probably just say entrepreneur.

I stopped working at 49 with young kids in the mix and while it’s easier because I’m female, after an intense career, the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-05-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 8,662
Posted By tb001
The flip side to that is that most of us are...

The flip side to that is that most of us are planning our retirement assuming we both live a looong time. After watching my and DH’s parents, it’s remarkable how much their spend has gone down in the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-01-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,667
Posted By tb001
Of course it’s relevant, imo. Perhaps not if you...

Of course it’s relevant, imo. Perhaps not if you are retiring at 30 or 40, as you’re far enough from SS that it’s harder to predict. But we started making plans when DH was in his early 50s and I was...
Forum: Other topics 06-01-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,697
Posted By tb001
My DH and my only other long term boyfriend...

My DH and my only other long term boyfriend shared the same birthday. As did my last boss. Too many men in my life with that birthday!!! (It makes things easy though :D)
Forum: Other topics 05-31-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,697
Posted By tb001
I’ve run into several people I knew while...

I’ve run into several people I knew while traveling, but I was traveling a lot for work so it never surprised me too much.

But the first time I brought DH home to meet my extended family he got...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-29-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,107
Posted By tb001
I think this is a great way to look at it. And I...

I think this is a great way to look at it. And I would also add that those ‘bad scenarios’ where you’re cutting out some of the big extras, are statistically much less likely than the good ones. Some...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-28-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
One option would be to use a SwitchBot. I haven’t...

One option would be to use a SwitchBot. I haven’t checked, but I’m assuming the app supports a timer feature. They are great for automating things with buttons. It literally has a little arm that...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-28-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
I’m now wondering about how much our av closet...

I’m now wondering about how much our av closet uses. I think everything is on switchable surge protectors. Would it be harmful to the components to switch the surge protectors on and off every night?
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-28-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
Huh. I’ve always frozen down in oil. It never...

Huh. I’ve always frozen down in oil. It never occurred to me to just freeze whole. We use a lot of both dill and cilantro for several things where the texture wouldn’t really matter. Our Costco...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-28-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
Ah yes, herb gardens are a great one! We’re lucky...

Ah yes, herb gardens are a great one! We’re lucky to live where we can keep most things growing year round, with the exception of cilantro which bolts in the summer. I’ve been looking at growing...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-26-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
Oh interesting! We go through so much that I...

Oh interesting! We go through so much that I usually buy it at Costco, but some things are probably worth spending more on. Thanks for the recommendation.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-26-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
I actually have no idea how much it saves us, but...

I actually have no idea how much it saves us, but they are so much better that the quality/$ is higher, which is important to me. And DH eats a LOT of salad!! We go through a 5lb bag of cabbage and...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-26-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 14,865
Posted By tb001
That’s a great one! I make about half of our...

That’s a great one! I make about half of our dressings. Much better than what comes in a bottle. I’m working on getting a good deli style mustard now.
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 05-26-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 3,941
Posted By tb001
The built in systems seem universally awful. I...

The built in systems seem universally awful. I use waze through CarPlay, though I think the lane function on google maps is a bit improvement.
Forum: Other topics 05-25-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,698
Posted By tb001
Thank you for this!!! I may try draining...

Thank you for this!!! I may try draining everything and restarting to see if I can get the air knock out myself.

And a big YES to replacing the hoses. When we had a new D/W installed, the big box...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-25-2021, 11:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,667
Posted By tb001
I think it’s an interesting poll in that it tells...

I think it’s an interesting poll in that it tells you a fair amount about the makeup of the site. Or at least those answering the poll. I find it interesting that over a quarter of the respondents...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-25-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,132
Posted By tb001
I’m curious, if canola oil is a bad choice, what...

I’m curious, if canola oil is a bad choice, what are good high smoke point oils that are better? We were using avocado oil for a while, but it’s so expensive I switched back. I also couldn’t find...
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