I am glad retirement plans are going well for you. Yes one of the big things for retirement I think is flexibility of plans. For example, occasionally I take a day off to go to the zoo. But I have to put in for the leave ahead of time. So I have to base it on what the weather says it will be like in a few days. It would be nice to be able to just wake and say - it is good weather to go to the zoo today, let's go.
It is interesting to note difference in cooking preferences. We use our crock pot quite a bit, but we have not had a toaster over for about 10 or 20 years. If I did not have access to a regular over, I would still choose a crock pot over a toaster oven.
I have added another city to the cities I am thinking of retiring to list - Omaha, Nebraska. One thing that especially interest me is their zoo. They have a desert section and a jungle section that are completely enclosed. And also an aquarium section. That means that going to the zoo would be an attractive option even in winter weather. They also have place called a board game cafe that interest me as well. My husband and I like playing board games. We have lots of two player games we play at home, but it seems like this is a place you could meet up with people and play games that work better with more people.
8 years and 1 month till my retirement. That somehow feels much less than 9. 6 years for my husband. Last time I tried to discuss retirement cities with my husband, he said it was to early. His thought was that cities can change in 10 years. I will wait till he is retired, that leaves two years to pick one. Enough time to visit some places I have not been to that look good on paper. Plus we will have a better idea of how much money we are dealing with. Pension and social security I could calculate fairly well if I wanted to. But investments it is harder to estimate.
I am keeping in my the recommendation for the tread painting book. Right now I feel like I want to do more projects off the current book first. I tend to fall into this pattern of picking up a bunch of craft books and never getting around to doing things with them. I want to try to avoid that this time. I am thinking after my current project I want to do a bunch of tiny things, maybe 3 x 3 inches. I might sew some together afterwards.
03-11-2019, 04:04 PM
I use my Crockpots all the time at home, but much more in winter than summer. We eat lots of soup in winter, almost never in summer, therefore we don't eat soup in the camper. Ramen is an exception, but of course don't need a Crock for that. The other thing we make a lot is roasts with potatoes and veggies. We would probably not do that at camp either. Leftovers are a huge issue with a tiny gas absorption fridge that's overwhelmed easily by warm food put into it or coolers where warm food melts ice. And we also live and camp in bear country, and cooking something inside the camper that would smell for hours at a time seems like a bad idea. I like the Crockpot idea in theory, but I just can't make it work well in my mind. But we use our ovens a lot, all year. The toaster oven is really a little convection oven so it's bigger and more useful than a regular toaster oven. It would only be in use if we were at the camper, so we could use it outside if we wanted, to keep food smells out of the camper, and it would only be used for short periods of time. I think the little rice cooker would be more useful for us than the Crock, and that would take about the same space. Worth a try anyway. I don't plan to get rid of the Crock, so can always change my mind.
Check out the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, one of the Minneapolis southern suburbs. They have an entire huge building for their tropics trail. It was always a huge treat to go there in winter and walk through in warm, humid air when it was cold and snowy outside. Great way to shake off winter doldrums. I still miss that zoo. They also had a tram to tour the outside animals, although I'm not sure they still do. That was a great way to see animals and stay out of the weather. Downtown Minneapolis also has a pedestrian skyway system. That has nothing to do with the zoo, but just sayin' it's a nice way to get from place to place in winter and be safe and comfortable.
One day, 3 hours left for Husby. Tomorrow they're having a big potluck for him. All his favorite foods he shouldn't be eating. LOL! I probably won't have to make supper tomorrow night. Then it's just 3 hours on Wednesday. I think that will be a harder day for him than he anticipates. That's a good team in his building and they're a close knit bunch. I would be surprised if it doesn't get emotional.
03-11-2019, 04:22 PM
From our own experience, I would hate to only have two years to decide on such a huge move. I don't think 10 years out is too soon to start thinking about it. It was only July, 2013, that we were convinced we wanted to live in Sheridan, Wyoming. If that wasn't the right town in Wyoming, we had a list of other towns we were sure we would love. We did that whirlwind tour of southern and then northern Wyoming to visit all the towns on our lust and realized we didn't like any of the cities that seemed perfect on paper, so we dropped the whole idea of Wyoming. It's a beautiful place but it just wasn't right for us.
Then there was the whole South Dakota phase. That went on much longer, particularly Spearfish. We still like it out there, but it's not yhe right place for us either. The past 2 or 3 years, we've been stuck on Grand Rapids, but the last year we've also been talking about Bemidji, and now lately even considering Duluth. We would love either of those 2 but major medical problems end up in stupid Fargo, and Duluth has a shortage of good housing. Who knows where we'll end up? We have 3 years to think more about it, because we don't plan to move at least till then. I'm glad we're thinking about, discussing, and researching all these details now.
03-11-2019, 04:27 PM
Should have said major medical in Bemidji ends up in Fargo. Duluth is a regional hub and partners with Mayo in Rochester sometimes, too.
I like the college in Bemidji though. I would like to get my Indian Studies degree someday, and they have the best program in the state. All thecredits from our college here would transfer, too.
So many things to consider. But Fargo... NNNNNNNNOOOOOO!
03-11-2019, 06:23 PM
I’m feeling somewhat better, but I’m still not accomplishing much. At least it doesn’t feel like it but I guess I am. I’ve done a good bit on the basket, and I’m almost through sorting the dreaded tote where I toss all the year’s paperwork. There isn’t enough to warrant fussy filing through the year, so over the years I’ve come to prefer this way. It takes a two or three very boring hours to get through it, but that’s better than messing with it in dribblets all through the year.
I have to go out tomorrow. I still had not heard from the pharmacy where I was on the waiting list for the second shingles shot and I’m only got about a month left in the sixth month window. I called them and they tracked down some for me across the river in Bossier. Grumble. At least I know where that one is and how to get to it. But what a nuisance!
Tonight I will just keep working on the basket. I really want to get a few of these finished up. Anyway with the table full of papers I don’t have room to pull out goodies for the hexagons.
03-11-2019, 06:38 PM
Hope you feel better soon, D.
We haven't even been able to get the first of the 2-shot dose here. We did get the single shot version a while ago.
It's not looking good for any travel Thursday, but I heard a rumor Husby has all next week off. 😀😀😀
He said the new hire had a deer in the headlights look all day. She said she didn't realize how involved and complicated Husby's job is and how much is involved. I don't think the directors do either, which is why they dumped another entire full time job on him a year and a half ago and then expected him to make the same quotas the other workers do, while still doing his original fulltime job that they don't have to do. I'm glad for his sake he is soon out of the pressure cooker.
03-11-2019, 06:42 PM
Forgot to say S called Husby at work and said his back is officially broken. It sounds like he's lucky it isn't worse. What a thing to have happen. He thinks he may be able to come back to work next week though. I hope it will all work out for him.
03-11-2019, 08:37 PM
Doing the happy dance for your SD.....I sure hope your husby can get out of there.....I left my job after 20 years....pastor didn't come to work my last day and that was a good thing....asst. was there and I was crying as I left....even tho I needed to go for health reasons it was hard.....
The 2nd shingle shot is almost impossible to get here......if you find it, you should run and get it.....
dcompton hope you are feeling better....
03-11-2019, 10:06 PM
Thanks, Peg. Overall it's been a good job. He started in 1992 when we were living check to check and he was calling bingo at the casino because there was nothing else. Good jobs are scarce here, and we do realuze how lucky we've been. Can't believe the years have flown by so fast.
03-12-2019, 08:22 AM
I have looked at Minneapolis (on line, not in person). They have lots of nice stuff, but they are a bit on the large side for me. I tend to look at the metropolitan are population, not the city population. The city population is only those people living within the city limits. Metropolitan area includes the built up areas around it. For comparison DC ranks 20th in the US for population, but 6th by metropolitan area. I technically live in a city outside the DC city limits, but it feels more like a neighborhood in a major city that its own city. There is no break between DC and the many smaller cities surrounding it. On my way home from work I pass through the city of New Carrollton to the city of Greenbelt where I live. I could not tell at what point I pass from one city to the next. They are all smooshed together.
Minneapolis and Omaha are close in size if you go by official city limits. But if you go by metropolitan area, Minneapolis/St. Paul is almost 4 times larger than Omaha.
SD, I do not think I will have the same type of issue with finding a place as you. I have right now four places on my list - two I have been to, two I have not. Of the two I have been to, I feel like I would enjoy living in either of them. There are some minor issues I have with each of them. No city is perfect, so I am not holding out for that. To get to the art museum in Chattanooga you have to cross a glass bottom bridge. I really do not feel comfortable on that bridge. The Grand Rapids zoo is closed in winter. It is built on land that slopes a bit, so it could be bad when it is icy. I probably would not visit the zoo in winter, but I still find it annoying that option is taken away from me. The Meijer gardens are not public transit friendly. The bus stops a few blocks away, across a busy street. But taking uber there once a month would not be too bad.
The ideal would be that all the attraction I want to get to would be relatively easy to get to. I am not sure if that is a realistic hope or not.
Of these two, I am leaning more toward Grand Rapids. Overall it has more attractions and more annual city festivals and special events. Chattanooga has an aquarium and an Imax theater. It is right next to tree covered mountain which is really pretty.
At any rate it makes me suspect that "home feeling" I got from those cities is something I might get from other cities as well. I think it is a combination of the more laid back attitude of the people living in the South/Midwest and the reduced population density/traffic on the cities. But sometimes when I react to something emotionally, I am not 100% sure what it is that triggered that reaction.
So if the other cities on my list - currently Madison, Wisconsin and Omaha, Nebraska - don't feel right to me, it will be okay.
03-12-2019, 11:18 AM
I figured out why I feel so lousy. It’s March. I’ve mentioned that years ago I had a doctor who said I was one of his March patients. Allergies. I looked at the pollen count on weather.com and tree pollen is very high. Bingo. Dang pine trees! We’re surrounded by them. Overnight I’ve developed a lot of chest congestion and I am out of anything to take for what ails me. Happily I’ll be in the pharmacy today. Probably. Before I drive that far I’ll call and verify they really have the vaccine and someone on hand to give the injection.
If I react to the vaccine the way I did before, the crochet basket will be on hold. With three strands it’s rather strenuous crocheting and I expect my arm to be too sore to do it. Unfortunately it gives me no excuse to procrastinate on taxes. Lol.
03-12-2019, 11:31 AM
Do you hear the angel choirs? I just called Kroger and they have the vaccine and said I could get it there even if I got the first one at Walgreens. Some places won’t let you do that. It is much, much closer, does not involve the traffic the Bossier Walgreens would that I really don’t feel well enough to cope with, and I can pick up a few groceries while I’m there. The day just got way better.
03-12-2019, 01:06 PM
I'm sure you will find a place to retire, Kathy. But I still think it's not too soon to be thinking about it. For us, repeated trips are necessary to make sure we really feel at home in a place. I think that's why we're draen to Grand Rapids, MN. It's familiar and we have always liked it. We pass through there almost every trip out west so have been slowly getting familiar with it for many years.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are on opposite sides of the Mississippi and are very different places. Minneapolis is more metropolitan while St. Paul has a more blue collar vibe, more laid back. Maybe it's changed since we lived in south Minneapolis, but I would be surprised. Each has always been proud of their individual identities. I don't know what the population density is in the metro area, but it spans 7 counties so it's fairly spread out.
Madison is a university town with a reputation as a party town. Wisconsin also has a reputation for corrupt politics. Since Duluth is right across a very large bridge from WI, we get a lot of WI news from Duluth TV, which serves a large area in 3 states including us up here on the Iron Range. Also Grand Rapids, MN, which has also helped us learn about that area. We have thought about moving to Wisconsin, but COL is higher than here and there's that whole Packers thing, too. We do like it there though, especially the Chippewa Falls area. We need to get back there this year for the cannoli and squeaky cheese. 😀
I don't recall much about Grand Rapids, MI. We were there only briefly to pick up a camper, and there was a storm moving in so we were in a hurry to get back out and beat the storm. We didn't and it was horrible. We've seen some winter storms, living in MN and SD, but that lake effect stuff is something else. We ended up staying overnight in Pawpaw because it was so bad. GR seemed like a nice enough town and the people we talked to were very nice too, and helpful. We're hoping to get back to MI again, especially to tour the UP and drive over the bridge at Traverse City.
If you're interested in Omaha, I suggest visiting in winter. Omaha is on the prairie, where the wind can be very brutal. I grew up about 5 hours north of Omaha.
Have you looked at Sioux Falls, SD? It's been a regional hub for decades and still growing. Medical care is supposed to be quite good. SD has no personal state income tax, but does tax food and clothing and real estate taxes are higher than ours, because we pay income tax but no tax on food and clothes. I don't know what they have for a zoo now, but I know they've added lots of amenities over the years.
It's always a lot to think about. Did I ever mention City Pages to you? Lots of info there about everywhere.
03-12-2019, 01:20 PM
Glad to hear you can make an easier trip, D. I hope your arm won't hurt too much, and you can get what you need to knock down your allergies.
I actually made myself sew some baby pockets today, so that's something. I got 7 done and packed up. 12 to go yet, and then I'll have 30 which should be enough so I can start looking for another hospital, either Duluth or Grand Rapids. It didn't go too badly, even though the satin I'm using likes to stretch in weird ways. I hope the rest of them go as well.
Our trip to Duluth is all but canceled. The entire Range plus Duluth is under a flood watch for tomorrow and Thursday. We're supposed to get 1-2 inches of rain and then 6-12 inches of snow. Why Mexico and California hate us so much they had to send us this crap, I don't know.
03-12-2019, 04:27 PM
I suppose the upside of living in high cost of living area is that almost everywhere in the US has a lower cost of living. Literally every city in the Midwest is cheaper than DC. And all of the South as well, even Atalanta. [New York City, Alaska, Hawaii and large parts of California have a higher COL. Everyplace else is cheaper.] Although right now I am leaning more toward the Midwest than the South. This is one of those emotional decisions that is kind of hard to explain.
I think it is because the gaming community seems to be strongest in that part of the country. By gaming I mean non-computer role playing games and board games. In addition to needing to meet with others to play it is a good way to socialize and meet people.
03-12-2019, 05:43 PM
Yeah, I think the midwest is a lot cheaper in general. And it has a lot to offer in so many ways. A lot of the coastal types don't seem to understand that. Some think we're just a bunch of ignorant bumpkins. Don't get me started.
Husby got the van stuck halfway up the hill. Don't know if he will get it back down or not. It warmed up today so the driveway is nice and greasy. He's not sure if he can get the truck out in the morning if he can't get the van moved, so I hope he can.
03-13-2019, 08:30 AM
There is kind of a stereotyping by those of us who live in the big east coast cities. I think it is more of a stereotype of the cities rather than the people. In general the size of the cities cities is vastly underrated. Well most of us know that Chicago is a big city. And possibly Detroit. It used to be a major city, you hear a lot about huge numbers of people leaving the city. But there is a kind of general perception of small towns and farms with occasional mid sized cities. Honestly, I would not have guessed Omaha, Nebraska was a big as it is. I once thought of Nebraska as being just farms and small towns.
Also vastly underrated are things like the amount of attractions in cities, diversity of restaurants, local festivals, places to hear live music, etc. The generally attitude toward cities in the Midwest is "boring, nothing to do, in the middle of nowhere." A little research has shown that the first two are untrue. And many of these cities are one to three hours away from other cities. So an easy day trip or weekend trip to visit other places. Of course that requires that you acknowledge other Midwest cities as places you would want to go. :vs_smirk:
Traffic tends to be bad here, so the mental estimates of how long it takes to get places is different here.
I have actually been poking around at intercity bus lines around the cities I am considering. That is bus routes to other cities in the same state and bus routes to cities in nearby states. (I may have mentioned before, my husband and I don't drive.) It seem like it might be something enjoyable and reasonably affordable. The seats seem to be much larger than what you have on airplanes and you do not have to go through airport security.
I am a fan of train travel, but it usually involves stairs. And there is often an open gap between the train and platform which makes the stairs trickier. I do not have an issue with that, but my husband does. In contrast the big intercity bus lines bill themselves as accessible.
Weather is something to take into consideration. Anyplace in the Midwest would have colder winters than what we are used to. But in retirement have the option of staying in when it is bad out. Mostly likely when we go out in winter it would be for a couple hours during the warmest part of the day. Right now I have to go out in the coldest part of the day to get to work in the morning. So that can counteract things a bit. How cold is too cold is something I have not yet decided on. I think the specific circumstance can factor in. For example, how long would I have to be out in the cold to get to places I want to go? How many of the attractions/events are indoors?
03-13-2019, 09:28 AM
Kathy, also check out the frequency of severe weather, especially tornados. As you know the mid west can be in the bullseye. Also it may seem extreme but you might want to try to find the prognosis for climate change in coming decades. I know almost nothing about the projections for the mid west but some areas of the country are likely to be in a world of hurt. Of course they are just projections and subject to change, but it’s something I would want to explore if I were looking for a place to move.
I got the vaccination and I am beyond happy for that to no longer be something I have to remember. My arm is not as sore - yet - but it would still be quite uncomfortable to use for much of anything. That’s a small price to pay because shingles would hurt a whole lot more. Tylenol is keeping the feverishness at bay. I picked up some OTC meds. I don’t often have the hay fever sort - it always gallops straight into chest congestion. I’m just taking it easy and drinking lots of hot tea. I’ll be better when the trees get past their breeding orgy.
03-13-2019, 11:36 AM
As far as I can figure out from climate change given that predictions are all over the place. It might not be good to get a place on the coast, but rivers and lakes will be okay. The exception would be rivers that are near the ocean. For example, the New Orleans area. Weather is getting more erratic all over. That would happen where ever I live. Overall it is getting warmer, even though it does not always feel like it because the erratic weather means more cold snaps and worse winter storms. Climate change can cause more rain, but it can also cause more drought.
As far as the gradual warming. It looks to be only a few more degrees warmer during my lifetime. Really a few degrees is not really that noticeable. The exception is when it is right on the freezing line. It matters if you have rain or snow. It matters if you have puddles or ice. But moving to a colder area, a few degrees warmer would not be unwelcome.
Overall, I think climate change would nudge it more toward the Midwest and away from the South. It makes me hesitate over moving to otherwise nice places like Savannah, Georgia.
Many prediction are about what will happen in 100 years. And I also wonder how much I should care about what happens in 100 years. It is not like I don't care about future generations. It is just that what a place will be like in 100 years does not effect whether I want to live there. Unless there are massive breakthroughs in longevity research it is unlikely I will be alive in 100 years. I am 50 now. I figure 50 more years would be on the optimistic side.
And my son and DIL will not be having kids, so I am not going to play the how much will my home be worth to future generations game.
We would probably be more affected by how a city can change during that period. But that is a bit harder to predict.
03-13-2019, 06:26 PM
A mean temp increase of only a few degrees can devastate things like crops and lead to worldwide famine, or kill the ocean currents, causing massive kills of wildlife including food fish.
Omaha is on the north end of Tornado Alley. Prairie storms can be very dangerous and intense.
We've been getting the newspaper from GR for a couple years now. A local paper gets you all kinds of info you can't get elsewhere easily, like community events, various club meetings, political discussions on the editorial pages, church info, weather, everything happening in the community, if the local hospitals are expanding, if the city is financially healthy and well run, what the arts community has to offer, if there are adult ed classes you can take, if there are craft groups you can join, etc. Realtor.com is a good resource to find out what type of housing is available and prices.
If you visit a city, you can set up an appointment to look at a few houses. That's the best way to get an idea what's available at certain price points. If there's nothing suitable, it might help make a decision about moving there at all.
Husby got the van stuck on the hill again. Luckily it was less of a problem getting it back down by the road, where it will stay till the driveway thaws out.
His coworkers gave him a quilt kit for a table runner, and said they expect to see progress when he goes back to work May 1. Pressure's on now! I will have to put my 990 away so there's a place for his machine.
I shoveled 2 feet of snow off the deck while Husby went up to shovel the roof. Hope he won't have to go back up to chisel off ice. We're watching to see. It's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, so that might make it better or worse.
Husby dug the roll up table out of the camper, so now I can make a skirt for it. Otherwise I'm afraid the dogs would walk under it and wrap a leash around it and dump a hot stove or grill on themselves. The shower curtain I want to make over for the skirt should work out nicely and since it's lightweight nylon, I'm hopeful it will fold down small enough to fit in the bag the table stores in.
He also brought in the little gas grill. It's NIB. I was thinking about a carry bag for it, but decided a large plastic bag will work better. Then when it gets all greasy and nasty, I can toss it and use a new one.
He brought me one of the 2 wire freezer baskets from the camper pantry, too. Now I know how big to make the covers I've been meaning to make for the baskets for 6 years. I decided to use the pattern I bought recently for a mug rug quilt block. It's an applique of an A-frame camper just like ours. I think I will only need one of the Aliner blocks per basket. It should be a fun project, but I'm not sure when I will get to it. It's not a high priority.
Husby's supervisor told him if Husby decided to do a "phased retirement" to call him. Supe doesn't want him to leave, and it seems to be sinking in that he is. Husby is relieved to be done. Big changes are coming and there are going to be a lot of upset people throughout the division. Husby wants no part of it.
He loves his new tee shirts. One says " I have a retirement plan. I plan to go camping" and the other says "Retired 2019. It's not my problem anymore." Both have camping scenes on them. He hung them up in his cube today and got a lot of laughs.
So that part's all over. Now on to the next chapter, whatever that might be.
03-13-2019, 10:10 PM
I got the table skirt cut. There's enough fabric in the shower curtain to go around it 1.5 times, so I'm debating if I want to put a zipper in it or just overlap it. I'm afraid if I overlap it they would still walk under it and get tangled. I guess the fastest, easiest way to construct it as well as use it would be to just put elastic around the top so it will just slip over the table. I don't plan to set things under the table although that could change, but if I did I could just pull the curtain up. I think the elastic is a plan. This should be a very quick little project.
The carry bag got damaged somehow, so I have to repair that. It will be good to get that table ready to use. It will be a nice size for our purpose.p
03-14-2019, 08:46 AM
I have peaked at few real estate prices. But prices and availability can change a lot in 8 years. In theory I could see buying a place maybe a year before we wanted to move in, but not this far out. Our plan is to have enough money saved up for a deposit that we could buy a place before we sell our condo. We want to do new paint and carpet before we sell and that is much easier to do after we move out. Plus getting new carpet while you still have cats is maybe not the best decision.
I also wanted to add that I do realize farmers are messed up be temperature change. I do not have a farm or garden, but I work at the department of agriculture so I know a little about agriculture. I did not intend to be callous to their plight. I only meant that, for example, if I am enjoying a walk outside it does not matter to much to me whether it is 65 or 68.
I want to change gears now and get back to talking about crafts. I have notice that stylistically what I like has change over the years. When I was in junior high and high school, there was a lot of rainbow and unicorn themed stuff. There were also pictures of unicorns with rainbow colored manes and tails. Does anyone remember the Lisa Frank line of stickers and notebooks? I was very into it at the time. I did not craft back then, but I had notebooks, folders, posters, etc. At some point in my adult years I decided that all that was overly sweet and kind of lame. And now that I am looking at pictures/free from embroidery I start thinking....Maybe I will do a sampler in rainbow colors, this unicorn pattern looks nice, ooh here is a picture of a unicorn with a pastel rainbow mane that looks fun to embroidery. I don't even have the "new grandmother" excuse. (My son and DIL do not plan on having children.) A second childhood? 50 going on 15? The least edgy midlife crisis ever?
It occurs to me that I can use the same thread for different projects even if my style changes. Well kind of, I might get a bunch of thread and then think, why did I not get neutrals or subdued colors.
I funny aside on style. Early this week someone walked past me while I was waiting for the metro and said "style police." I suppose this was meant as some kind of insult of my clothing. I had probably broken some obscure fashion rule like "stripes do not go with novelty prints of blueberries." :vs_smirk: I did feel like saying "I am not trying to be in fashion. This is a deliberate act of non-conformity. Thank you for noticing." But it was too late. She had passed me and moved into the crowd.
Aside from being drawn to a more "childish" style of embroidery, I feel sometimes like I was born an old lady. I am just coming into my own now. I like sewing, crochet, jigsaw puzzles, walks in the park, a nice cup or tea. The jigsaw puzzles are new, but the rest of the old lady stereotype has always been there. I am a real "born to be mild" type. I have had more than one New Age type tell me I had an "old soul." My interest in history and historical things was also a factor in the "old soul" pronouncement.
I think maybe I get slightly less teasing for my interests now that they match up with my age. I still look pretty young for my age though. So it is still not a good match up yet. I have some minimal wrinkles, but over all I have a young face. (I would not pass for a young lady, but I think I probably look more like 40 than 50.) I got my first gray hair maybe 5 or 10 years ago. I decided to go gray naturally. I think I might be up to almost 20 gray hairs now. My hair is a mix of medium and light brown so they do not stand out much. If you are standing real close and the light is good you might notice. I was going to do a picture, but you can't tell at all from the picture. I feel like my hands look kind of old though because the veins are pretty noticeable.
03-14-2019, 10:14 AM
The wool-blend afgan is coming along, although a lot more slowly than anything else I've ever done. :lol: I've noticed how the different skeins of yarn I've picked up for it are different, despite being the same color scheme. Comes from being hand dyes in small batches. The skein I'm working seems to have a bit more red/orange/purple in it than the other skeins I've used so far. It's not a problem, just interesting.
I'll probably alternate between the w/b afgan and stashbuster/rag-bag afgans to keep from getting bored. It's just that I'm using fingering weight yarn on the w/b afgan and the others are worsted weight and go faster.
03-14-2019, 01:35 PM
Kathy, that was a rude stranger. Who cares what someone else is wearing? It's not their business.
I got the table skirt done and put it around the table. Storm immediately shoved his head under it. :sigh: Still have to fix the bag.
I got the new gas grill put together, too. We will have to try it out before we take it anywhere, in case there's a problem with it.
I love it SD.....fancy.....when's the next camping trip planned????
Congrats to your husband on his retirement....
You all make me feel so lazy.....all doing your projects....and me, I consider myself lucky if I get up and fix dinner everyday....having a hard time with no energy.....hopefully this too shall pass and I'll feel better next week....
03-14-2019, 03:07 PM
I think it looks great spiritdeer. I would never of thought to make a add a room on the tent trailer. kathyb I agree be yourself. lots of people are the same puzzles books etc. you may give it up for a while with kids but then that is the joy of getting older back to things like puzzles. they are more popular then people think. libraries here started putting out a jigsaw puzzle out for anyone to do so you can go put a couple pieces in when you are there. when it is done they put out another. saw that at the senior centre too.
haven't done much crafting this week but almost finished the cowl. because I got so many emails and was in the area stopped at fabricland for the sales. got a really marked down red big checked duvet set twin for ds. kinda rustic but think he will like it $20 instead of $20 there was matching curtains. plus a marked down embroidered pillow cover $4 ... lots of fabric on sale but fell for this embroidered seersucker ..it is very wide too with the embroidery on the bottom so will make a nice dress long enough. for summer too. not a great picture. also gutterman thread was on special for bogo. got 3 metres but may go back for more if dd likes it. 9.60 a meter. Attachment 48471
03-14-2019, 03:45 PM
That table skirt turned out good. It really goes well with the table and patio.
I hope you feel better soon.
That looks like it would make a nice summer dress or skirt. I like embroidering, but it is fun to find things already embroidered.
I like the idea of jigsaw puzzles at libraries. My grandmother's apartment complex used to always have a jigsaw puzzle set up in the common room. It was an apartment complex set aside for senior citizens, but not an assisted living place. My mother's nursing home has puzzles around, but I have never seen anyone work on them.
03-14-2019, 05:44 PM
Thanks, everyone. The skirt is made from a nylon shower curtain. It's supposed to keep the dogs from walking under it, but I'm not sure it will work. We use this table sometimes on the road side of the camper. We have an outside shower there and it works well for washing dishes if we have dirty Dutch ovens or other big dishes. The table is lightweight so it's easy to move to the door side if we want to use it for a stove or grill, and since we already carry it in the trailer, we don't have to add anything more but the skirt.
Our first trip this year will probably be an overnighter to Grand Rapids sometime next month, depending on weather and what campgrounds are open and some other things. If we're rolling on finally getting the garage ceiling installed, all bets are off though because that's such a high priority.
Husby just handed me a boot Shadow chewed up. I should be able to fix it. It's in good shape except for that, so since it doesn't have to look pretty and good boots are expensive, it doesn't make sense to buy a new pair.
03-14-2019, 08:34 PM
Got the boot fixed. It went a lot better than expected, and actually looks fairly decent. Those are nice boots that he likes and are otherwise in good shape, so I'm happy I could fix it. I think a new pair would be at least $40. I'd rather use the money for camping.
03-15-2019, 09:59 AM
Feel better, bookworm!
Didn't get any work done on my afgan yesterday due to my herbalism class. I really enjoy(ed) these classes and next week is the last one. We did get into some 'hands-on' stuff, mostly samples of infusions and decoctions. The room was too small for the class to actually have the students do more hands-on mixing/making of tinctures/salves, although the teacher showed us how it was done. But having samples of a plant (part of our homework) to pass around and have on-hand during the class was really cool. It made the information we're learning a lot easier to understand by actually seeing what she was talking about. We could go back and apply things we learned in previous classes to the plant and what we were doing last night.
There was a controlled burn last night as well (lighting a controlled fire to prevent worse wild fires). It just proves how interconnected things are since it wasn't near where I was but we could still see and smell the smoke from it, many miles away.
03-15-2019, 12:34 PM
I think I am among the living again, though the cough is hanging on a bit. This has truly been a lost week. Today and the weekend need to be catch up time for all the things I put off doing.
03-15-2019, 01:13 PM
Glad you're feeling better, D. I hope everyone else under the weather will be doing better soon, too.
Has anyone tried wrapping cheese in wax paper to keep it from drying out? We like cheese sticks when we travel, but they're expensive, there are limited flavors, and they use a lot of plastic packaging. It would be easy enough to cut an 8 oz block of cheese into 8 sticks and wrap them up in wax paper for single servings. I keep trying to figure out how to cut down on single use plastics. I'm not all gung ho about it, but if everyone did a few little things, that would turn into one giant huge enormous big thing. It's also frugal, and right now I'm looking for ways to cut back without giving up much. I guess you could say I'm trying to have my cheese and eat it, too. I'm thinking about a hybrid solution, wrapping the individual sticks in wax paper, then storing all of them in a multiple use plastic dish, like my beloved Tupperware. I think I need to give that a try. Plastic wrap would work better, I know, but that would sorta defeat one of my purposes. I've thought about DIY cheese sticks for a long time, but never got past the idea stage. But I think the time has come. I'm out of wax paper right now, that's why I'm asking if anyone has tried it.
Every day is Saturday now. It's a little disorienting, but I'm sure I'll adjust.
Decided not to take the gas grill camping, but use it for day trips. We used to do that all the time, take a grill and have a picnic somewhere. We always have our Cobb in the camper, and the reason I requested the gas stove/grill was so we could have that combo and avoid carrying two gas appliances, so we have plenty of options, also including the camper stove, Dutch ovens, and the campground fire pits and grills. Spring needs to hurry and get here so we can inventory all the stuff in the camper and be reminded what's there. I'm wasting too much time redoing stuff that's already been figured out because we've forgotten what we have.
03-15-2019, 04:16 PM
Only thing I can think of is using the wax paper and rubber bands to keep it snug against the cheese. Most large cheese wheels come in wax rinds (as in dipped/coated in wax) and I would guess the wax paper, provided it doesn't get too hot to melt the wax or soaked, would do the same.
03-15-2019, 10:05 PM
The wax paper is thin though. I'm not sure it actually has wax on it. I did find a scrap of wax paper and wrapped up 3 pieces of cheese. So far, so good. They won't dry out because they're in the plastic box like we always store cheese in. The test would be to have them in a bento or cooler for a few hours between when we break camp in the AM and lunch. I will be leaving one of the packages in the fridge but not in a container to see how it works out. I know I could leave the cheese sticks unwrapped in their box and wrap them a few at a time, but it's always a rush in the morning when we want to get on the road, so it would be easier to have them all wrapped and ready to grab and go.
Thanks for the rubber band idea! That would work great. I was trying to think of a way to keep the wrapping closed but all I could think of was tape. I don't want to mess with that. Rubber bands would be fast and easy and reusable. Bet I can get some cheap at Dollar Tree.
I wrap our sandwich wraps in wax paper since I'm too cheap to buy sandwich paper, and that has worked out very well. I just now thought of that. Our wraps don't dry out, so I bet the cheese won't either. The wraps are always in a plastic bag or bento though.
Husby went out to salt the driveway, and found the A wall on the camper had collapsed. We don't know why. We've been through some pretty bad storms in that camper with no problems. It's possible it wasn't latched right. I hope that was the problem, but we will probably never know. Luckily the counter it fell on was clear and the glass tops on the stove and sink were closed or there would have been damage. No snow got inside either, so it could not have been open very long, also lucky.
Got the bag repaired for the roll up table, so Husby put that back in the camper. There was plenty of room to add the new table skirt in with it. He also brought in the second pantry basket. Which had an unopened roll of wax paper in it. It figures.
03-15-2019, 10:33 PM
I think weather and location is a big factor of where to live. what if you can't drive anymore? things like that. medical treatments like cancer. now it is better but I remember not that long ago and for most..they have to travel to get specialists appts or chemo. just what has happened to neighbours and parents. my mil couldn't even make it up the front stairs for years here ..not many because of her weight. neighbour had a stroke. my moms heart got bad ... just plans change because of life.
we thought about moving to a bigger place less neighbours but realized we are too old to change it up because if can't drive etc. here we are close to transit, shopping, malls library etc. so staying put. have big back yard and lots of parks. and plans for more privacy.
finished a cowl last night out of xmas yarn from bernat clearance stuff.
03-16-2019, 09:15 AM
My husband and I do not drive now. So that is something I keep in mind. It is why I have ruled out rural, suburban and cabin in the woods. Also ruling out small towns because you need to be a certain size before you develop public transportation.
That is one of the reasons I want to live in the downtown area of a mid sized city. Lots of things are walking distance or a short bus ride away. All public transportation tends to radiate out from downtown.
My husband is not so good with stairs now. And our current place has stairs. The next place we choose will not have stairs.
I have been reading on line about reusable food wrappers. A new think now is fabric coated with a thin layer of beeswax. The commercial ones seem overpriced. They are tutorial online for doing your own. The drawback is that they need to be hand washed in cool water.
There is another lady who said she makes cloth food wraps with a layer of PUL in the middle. These have a button and a loop to close. No tutorial but it seems simple enough to make from the explanation.
03-16-2019, 11:28 AM
We currently live in the woods near a small town and that's what we're struggling with, the medical aspects. We have primary care here and a small hospital, but with the push to eliminate ACA which would remove a lot of funding for rural hospitals, being able to continue getting care here is something we worry about. We're looking at small 'hub' cities of 25k or less that offer a fair amount of medical services that are part of a network tied to the regional medical center. In our case, the hub is in Duluth, a 2-hr drive or 45 minutes by Medivac. If we moved to Grand Rapids, the hub would still be in Duluth about an hr away. Extreme cases go to Minneapolis or Rochester.
Kathy, it's not exactly accurate that there is no mass transit in little towns. We have Arrowhead Transit here, which offers rides in town and also to other towns. My mom utilizes that, mostly in winter. They have wheelchair lifts on their buses and the driver helps people load and unload. There's a charge but it's not expensive. It's not like a regular urban bus line in that they don't necessarily show up on this corner at that time. Mom gets picked up and dropped off at her house and they take her right to the door of the grocery store or the clinic. I don't know all the details, but it works for her. She can arrange for transport to appointments out of town, too, even shopping trips. I think those require a minimum of 5 people riding, though. People call ahead because they don't run on a set schedule.
There are also volunteer drivers who can take people where they need to go including out of town. It's kind of like Uber except payment is voluntary and rides need to be arranged in advance. Mom has used volunteer drivers for appointments in Duluth, 110 miles away. And even our little town has a taxi. I think it's $5 to go anywhere in town, which takes about 10 minutes. Of course, we don't have zoos and museums here, although the arts community is large for the population.
You might be surprised what small towns of around 25k people sometimes have to offer. Plus they're generally safer and cheaper to live in. The museums and arts of course would not compare with where you live now, but no place in this country could.
Smaller cities often have travelling exhibits and shows in places you might not expect. Duluth (100k) had an exhibit of King Tut's treasures, for example. Across the bridge in Superior, WI, Cirque du Soleil Crystal will be having a show soon, which I would love to see. Duluth often has Broadway shows and all kinds of art events. I'm not pushing Duluth, just saying small cities often offer more than first meets the eye, but maybe not on a permanent basis.
03-16-2019, 11:36 AM
PUL is not airtight, so probably about the same as wax paper. Not all PUL is food safe either, which it seems a lot of people don't realize. I've read about the beeswax method and I didn't feel like it would work very well, although at this moment I can't remember why I thought so. There's also the issues of toxins in most fabrics.
03-16-2019, 12:37 PM
I am blessed beyond measure in my retirement living. I have the pleasure of country living, but essentially inherited new family with the wonderful neighbors, who are actual family of a long time friend. It was totally unexpected and unplanned for and I hope I am sufficiently grateful. I have all the privacy I want, but if I need help, they are only a text away. Not to mention they barbecue some killer ribs!
Things are getting more on track here. The two must-do things hanging over my head and nagging to be attended to are done - vaccination last Tuesday and last night I filed federal and state taxes. What’s been such a pain the last couple of years has been figuring out state taxes for online purchases. I used to keep a list through the year but that bit of organization had fallen away. However when I was slogging through figuring it out for for the 2018 taxes, I started a list for this year. That is one habit I will reestablish or else.
Also the total for crafts was totally shocking. I knew I had spent a lot getting together the stash for the new aspirations and purchasing fabric for one thing and another, but holy cow! That is NOT going to happen again. Of course, mostly it doesn’t have to. A sizable chunk was for books and tools, one time purchases. I had a wide range of size 11 seed beads, but little in 15. I expanded those, and we all know the cost of beads adds up fast. But again, they will not need to be purchased again. Ditto laces, trims, silk ribbon. Purchased usually in 1 or 2 yard lengths, depending on how it was offered, it will go on forever since I will be using it in short pieces. Lots spent on specialty threads. If I am crossstitching to a definite pattern, occasionally a color will need to be replenished, but for the embroidery and blackwork, I can use whatever is on hand.
In short, the stash is DONE. I have a huge array of fabrics and embellishments to choose from. I don’t regret spending what I did, because it’s a great trove on hand to work with. In fact, the only things I have bought for it since the first of the year are the templates from Australia, a planned JA trip for fancy fabric that got delayed until this year, the Goodwill excursion that was also planned and funded with some “found” money the state sent me - I have no idea from what since it wasn’t connected with taxes - and the yarn I bought for the baskets I’m making for Christmas presents, which isn’t really stash, though I suppose the leftovers will be. Oh, and the paper rolls for scrap quilting.
I can think of nothing else to buy because I’ve already bought all there is to buy - lol. Now I’m ready to roll. Evidence it is actually happening? All the yarn that is being used up on scarves and baskets, all the hexagons made and ready to go. Stuff actually being produced.