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    I hate setting up new electronics and such. I'm always afraid something will go wrong. But we've been having some problems with our Blu-Ray player, making it hard to watch Doc Martin; and we've been talking about getting a better Bluetooth speaker for our night time music so yesterday we went to Best Buy and bought both. I put off setting them up last night because I was tired.
    During the night I had an actual nightmare that involved setting up the speaker. Somehow there even got to be a service technician involved. Ugh.
    But this morning I decided to bite the bullet, unboxed them both, looked at the instructions, and got busy. Took me less than half an hour for both and everything is working great. Lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Today my niece got her first goal at a hockey tournament, she normally plays defense so doesn't get a chance to get a goal that often.
    They won all four games of the tournament.
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    Last evening, I started offering my wife a menu for dinner. I got about three words in and she interrupted: "Hamburgers".
    Tonight I asked what she'd like. "Aren't we having hamburgers?"
    We don't usually have them twice in a row, but what the heck, I had the fixings.
    They aren't good for us, but I'm very happy she likes my burgers.

    Back story:
    Several months ago, I followed a link to a very opinionated YouTube video about the ONLY way you could make burgers. (Is there any other kind of YouTube video?) He heavily stressed the absolute minimum handling of the meat to avoid it getting tough. Seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking. Cooked in a frying pan, one patty at a time. It was kind of stupid, but had an influence on me.

    I'm 70+ years old and had never EVER cooked a burger except on the charcoal or gas grill. I generally beat the patties into shape, and never seasoned in advance. Or after. And I thought they were good.
    So I tried an experiment. I used 15% fat meat, thinking the low-fat stuff would be too dry. Cooked on the griddle. Also grilled some sweet onion, in olive oil. Handled the patties minimally and used fresh ground S&P.
    Best burger of my life. We've been doing them regularly ever since. I'm not getting any thinner, but what the heck.

    Downside: Getting a burger at a restaurant, or worse, a fast-food place, just isn't the same any more.
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    The empty lot next to my daughter’s house is up for sale. It just might make a nice place to build a home in which to retire.

    Retirement is several years out, but close enough that this plan could make sense.
    I may be asking Trebuchet for advice in the near future.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Last evening, I started offering my wife a menu for dinner. I got about three words in and she interrupted: "Hamburgers".
    Tonight I asked what she'd like. "Aren't we having hamburgers?"
    We don't usually have them twice in a row, but what the heck, I had the fixings.
    They aren't good for us, but I'm very happy she likes my burgers.

    Back story:
    Several months ago, I followed a link to a very opinionated YouTube video about the ONLY way you could make burgers. (Is there any other kind of YouTube video?) He heavily stressed the absolute minimum handling of the meat to avoid it getting tough. Seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking. Cooked in a frying pan, one patty at a time. It was kind of stupid, but had an influence on me.

    I'm 70+ years old and had never EVER cooked a burger except on the charcoal or gas grill. I generally beat the patties into shape, and never seasoned in advance. Or after. And I thought they were good.
    So I tried an experiment. I used 15% fat meat, thinking the low-fat stuff would be too dry. Cooked on the griddle. Also grilled some sweet onion, in olive oil. Handled the patties minimally and used fresh ground S&P.
    Best burger of my life. We've been doing them regularly ever since. I'm not getting any thinner, but what the heck.

    Downside: Getting a burger at a restaurant, or worse, a fast-food place, just isn't the same any more.
    Actually, WE once made the best hamburgers ever. Unfortunately we were trying to make meatballs so the shape wasn't hamburgeresque, but the taste...yum. Nothing like what a meat ball should taste, but best-hamburger-ever. We considered cutting the hamburger-orbs in half and putting a flat bun in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The empty lot next to my daughter’s house is up for sale. It just might make a nice place to build a home in which to retire.

    Retirement is several years out, but close enough that this plan could make sense.
    I may be asking Trebuchet for advice in the near future.



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    We sold our house in Everett, WA after I required to the son of the people next door. And his wife. It seemed odd to me to want to live next door to your parents. Your mileage obviously varies!

    That aside, getting the lot now if it's where you want to be is a very good idea.
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    My cousin and I were talking about that idea once; my mother was at the time selling her house in Los Angeles County and moving north to Portland, which is a couple of hours' drive from me. I observed to my cousin that the distance was perfect--near enough to see her regularly but not so close that we'd be tripping over her all the time. My cousin nodded, then pointed out that his mother lived in his backyard. (They built her a lovely little house of her own after my uncle died.) I reminded him that I, too, could live next to his mother; it was my mother I couldn't stand to be that close to. He acknowledged the difference. His mother is a joy and a delight, and they get along really well. My mother . . . is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    We sold our house in Everett, WA after I required to the son of the people next door. And his wife. It seemed odd to me to want to live next door to your parents. Your mileage obviously varies!

    That aside, getting the lot now if it's where you want to be is a very good idea.
    "Required" should of course be "retired". I don't think I can even blame Tapatalk for that one.
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    My niece, the daughter we never had, came up for a visit today. We went to the annual home show over in Sequim. We enjoyed it less than in the past, because we already built the house! But we had a nice drive around the area.
    The original plan had been to eat at a restaurant while we were there but we weren't hungry yet and I had an idea: Why not get some ingredients, go home, and I'll fix my delicious hamburgers. That was a simply awesome idea!
    It's always a good day when we see Emily.
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    Went up to Seattle yesterday to get together with an online friend, who was in town escorting Georgia O'Keefe paintings to the Seattle Art Museum. (This makes her eligible at work to escort paintings to European museums, which would mean flying to Europe on the museum's dime.) We'd never met before, and we got along beautifully. She sent presents for the kids, and I presented her with a pin from my Ren faire boss and some baking I'd done this week. We had dinner together and gossiped about people we know online and told stories from our youths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Went up to Seattle yesterday to get together with an online friend, who was in town escorting Georgia O'Keefe paintings to the Seattle Art Museum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Serious envy. How does one get a job like that?
    And the headline of the day, Roger Moore and a guy named Solfe were last seen speeding away from the Seattle Art Museum with a truck full of Georgia O'Keefe paintings...

    If the headline was on the internet, it would read: "Two guys is stoled many an O'Keefe, bound to Georgia".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    And the headline of the day, Roger Moore and a guy named Solfe were last seen speeding away from the Seattle Art Museum with a truck full of Georgia O'Keefe paintings...

    If the headline was on the internet, it would read: "Two guys is stoled many an O'Keefe, bound to Georgia".
    I stole nothing, they got into my car on their own, honest. Also, I would turn toward upstate South... um, Dakota, yeah, not South Carolina.
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    Happy to get my DIY geek on today: I installed a couple of Nest thermostats for our new boiler. So, the dumb ol’ house is just a little bit smarter now.
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    Well today went and saw my nieces team play a game of hockey and win to advance in the playoffs. My other niece who is the manager of the team had to work as a life guard at the pool at the same place. When the older niece had a break she went out and watched some of the game and talked about her future and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    And the headline of the day, Roger Moore and a guy named Solfe were last seen speeding away from the Seattle Art Museum with a truck full of Georgia O'Keefe paintings...

    If the headline was on the internet, it would read: "Two guys is stoled many an O'Keefe, bound to Georgia".
    As fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, my friend and I both made a joke about there being Miles O'Keefe on the trip. As to how she got the job, first, she got a PhD in art history. Because she's on the trip as much as a conservator as a guardian. She's got to be there to see the paintings uncrated (the Seattle Art Museum asked her to pick up several others beyond the one from her home museum on the trip) and hung on the wall, and then they're flying her home on Tuesday. Which she is looking forward to much more than she would be another four days in the truck with the apparently not-quite-there truck driver, who was full of stories of things he'd invented that were stolen by other people.

    Meanwhile, this morning, my kids actually let me sleep. Irene came running in crying at one point, and I woke up enough to soothe her before falling back to sleep and not waking up again until eleven. They didn't make a ton of noise. They didn't make a horrible mess. They just . . . let me sleep.
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    We pick up our Grandkids (3 1/2 & 6) from school on Monday and Wednesday afternoon. This afternoon after my daughter came home from work we volunteered to drop off my 6 yr old Granddaughter at Joeys on the way home. (Joeys is the youngest level in Scouting in Australia). This was the first night that she was ready to stay by herself without her mother being around - it was her 3rd night there. It took us back some 30 years to when our daughter first became involved in Scouting and she spent another 25 years being a Scout, Scout Leader or helper and still regularly meets up with her old Scout friends.

    (I have read about the problems with the Boy Scouts of America and can assure you that the Scouting organisation in Australia is very far removed from that example. Not that there have not been problems but they faced up to them many years ago and are nothing like what seems to have been a very hide-bound and regressive organisation.)

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    There is a discussion about the dark side of the moon going on in the “bugs me thread”, so I figured I’d post some good moon astronomy I spotted, er, heard recently.

    I was listening to Harvest Moon by Neil Young, and heard this line:
    But now it's gettin' late
    And the moon is climbin' high


    I thought to myself that an artist who was less in touch with the evening sky would have had the moon setting, because it sounds more romantic.


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    My Mom is finally out of the hospital after a bout of pneumonia. At her age, every illness is a worry, every recovery a big relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    My Mom is finally out of the hospital after a bout of pneumonia. At her age, every illness is a worry, every recovery a big relief.
    That must have been a worrying time for you Good that she is recovering. Hopefully the weather, wherever you are, is conducive to her further improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    That must have been a worrying time for you Good that she is recovering. Hopefully the weather, wherever you are, is conducive to her further improvement.
    Thank you, ozduck. She's in good spirits. Apparently they found a constriction in her throat that causes her to aspirate into her lungs when she swallows food or drink. Having a procedure done to correct it, soon.

    And my condolences on your loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Thank you, ozduck. She's in good spirits. Apparently they found a constriction in her throat that causes her to aspirate into her lungs when she swallows food or drink. Having a procedure done to correct it, soon.

    And my condolences on your loss.
    Hopefully the procedure will improve her health - and thank you for the condolences.

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    Looks like fifth time was the charm for us, when it came to putting down offers on houses.
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    Glad to here it Gillianren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Looks like fifth time was the charm for us, when it came to putting down offers on houses.
    Yay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Looks like fifth time was the charm for us, when it came to putting down offers on houses.
    Congratulations! I had been wondering how your search was going but didn't want to say anything in case it was getting you down.
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    It had been; this has not been a great housing market, and there haven't been a lot of choices in our price range. And our realtor's been as good at ignoring the tiny houses as we do--there was one we looked at that cemented that decision of which Graham said, "It may have had the square footage, but it definitely didn't have the cubic footage." There was a load-bearing beam that would've given him a concussion if we'd gone for that house. The ceilings were maybe seven feet. He's six and a half tall. There was a beam that went through one of the rooms low enough for him to bash his head on it.

    This house, however, has tall enough ceilings, three bedrooms, two full baths, a larger kitchen (it needs counters, but we can figure something out), a storage area, a space that can be Graham's studio, and even a place for a firepit in its backyard!
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    "You can't erase icing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Looks like fifth time was the charm for us, when it came to putting down offers on houses.
    Congratulations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Congratulations
    Agreed.
    If your experience is anything like ours, things will suddenly get very hectic. Enjoy the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    It had been; this has not been a great housing market, and there haven't been a lot of choices in our price range. And our realtor's been as good at ignoring the tiny houses as we do--there was one we looked at that cemented that decision of which Graham said, "It may have had the square footage, but it definitely didn't have the cubic footage." There was a load-bearing beam that would've given him a concussion if we'd gone for that house. The ceilings were maybe seven feet. He's six and a half tall. There was a beam that went through one of the rooms low enough for him to bash his head on it.

    This house, however, has tall enough ceilings, three bedrooms, two full baths, a larger kitchen (it needs counters, but we can figure something out), a storage area, a space that can be Graham's studio, and even a place for a firepit in its backyard!
    Sounds like it will be a good fit for you and your family. The "two full baths" will be great for the kids. As you said, counters can be sorted out. As long as the kitchen is clean and functional you can adapt.

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