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  1. Decluttering CDs

    by , 04-18-2013 at 03:23 PM (Creative Call)
    I have well over 300 CDs in this house. Most of them I inherited when my mom died. A lot of them I do not want to even listen to. I have been loading the ones I do want to listen to onto my laptop. And then listing them for sale online. So far no one has inquired about them. We will see. They may be destined for charity. Or a very cheap sell to the local used bookstore.

    My plan, once everything is loaded on my computer, is to back up to a flash drive. I am smiling thinking ...
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  2. Saving for Renovation

    by , 04-17-2013 at 03:24 PM (Creative Call)
    So the move to improving our retirement situation is two pronged: save money and earn money. Hubby does a great job on the second one. Not so great on the first. I do good on the first, but not so great on the second. It's either a recipe for disaster or a recipe for success. I am being optimistic and saying a recipe for success.

    First object is to find out where we are financially. I discovered we have improved our net worth by a considerable amount since last year this time. ...

    Updated 04-17-2013 at 05:51 PM by peanut

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  3. One Thing Leads to Another

    by , 04-16-2013 at 10:38 PM (Creative Call)
    You know all those retirement dreams? Well they all hinge on one thing. Fixing up this house we're in to get maximum dollars so we can sell it and move to a city near our children. The city near them is far more expensive than where we live.

    Fixing up this house is no small task. We need a new kitchen, new front entry, and refinished hardwood throughout. We need a mature ash tree removed out back and the foundation checked by a structural engineer. If there are problems we have ...
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  4. Retirement Planning

    by , 04-16-2013 at 12:10 AM (Creative Call)
    Planning for retirement can be dicey when there's two of you and you have very different ideas. Enter "The Joy of Retirement" by David Borchard and Patricia Donohoe. Using a very practical question and answer approach, they have couples work separately to fill out lists and grids to mark what they want out of retirement, and to see where and if they can afford it.

    Hubby and I often do not see eye to eye on things. That is no secret to anyone here at the Village who ...
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  5. Vacation Menus

    by , 04-14-2013 at 11:07 AM (Creative Call)
    Want to know what a gluten-free, dairy free, sugar-free menu for on-the-road looks like? Here's my tentative menu plan so far. It assumes four people traveling.

    Menu for Summer Vacation 2013

    Snacks - Dulse, nuts, fresh fruit, cookies, truffles, goji berry bark, rice crackers & almond butter, pb, L'Arabars (for later in trip), chips, raw energy balls

    Day 1 - 11 hr. drive - supper on the road.
    B - Egg, Rice Cake, salsa
    L - tabbouleh, ...
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