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By cataff on Apr 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM

The chilly weather is coming to us starting tonight. We may have frost the next three nights. Rats! I hate scraping that off the car. At least I didn't put the plants out yet--had a feeling frost wasn't over. I hope your weather warms up soon.

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By cataff on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:27 PM

Sorry things didn't go so well at the dealership. Leased cars do cost less then the payments for buying a car, but I don't like the idea of having nothing once the lease is up. I hope you find the perfect deal for you.

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By cataff on Apr 21, 2015 at 5:58 PM

i hope you can find a good car you like and that you get a good deal on it and on the amount they will pay for yours.

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By cataff on Apr 20, 2015 at 2:20 PM

I'm glad you could work outside without having to worry about the hornets. I bet raking that thatch was hard work. Thank goodness it was cooler.

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By NCcharmer on Apr 20, 2015 at 7:39 AM

I will. I'm hunkered down

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By cataff on Apr 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The past few years have featured going from summer to winter with no fall and going from winter to summer with no spring. I guess it's all part of the climate shift, but I really miss those in between seasons. I hope the hornets go elsewhere soon.

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By NCcharmer on Apr 18, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Hai. I saw you chatting with wally01. She did get really, really sick. Scared me. I hope you are better

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By wally01 on Apr 18, 2015 at 1:05 PM

It's good to get a message from you. I haven't been on much either. I got very sick around the first of February and was pretty much under the weather through March. We had a couple of really bad ice and snow storms at that time, too. I'm lots better now. However, I get tired quickly. I believe it's going to take a lot of warm weather and sunshine to help me get over this. I keep plugging along day to day. Hugs, Linda (wally01)

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By cataff on Apr 17, 2015 at 8:29 PM

i understand your feelings about work and know others who have continued to work for the same reason. I, on the other hand, have truly had it with work and am eager to be free. It is literally making me ill, and I need to go. Have a good weekend.

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By cataff on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:52 PM

You are right about how much one needs to have a comfortable retirement. So many things in this country are geared toward the wealthy, and more are becoming that way all the time.

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By cataff on Apr 15, 2015 at 5:11 PM

I'm glad you do have a pension from work to go with Social Security, and I understand that it's scary thinking of the future even with both.

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By cataff on Apr 11, 2015 at 2:31 PM

My husband was on disability for years because of his joint problems, and now that he is retired, his benefits aren't much. We would be in a lot of trouble if I didn't have state retirement benefits in addition to Social Security. I honestly don't know how anyone with only Social Security can make it unless he or she had six figure earnings while working. I fear there will be more and more folks in their seventies who continue to work. It's a very sad and disturbing situation.

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By cataff on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Scary indeed!

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By cataff on Apr 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM

We were cool last night too. The weather can't make up its mind as to which season it's supposed to be. I have 38 more days. The end is much closer than it was, but that still seems like a long time. The best supplemental plan for Medicare is called Plan F. Different states allow different companies to offer this insurance,. so I know only about the Virginia companies. However, if you are willing to join AARP ($16 a year), they have an agreement with United Health Care for Plan F and have a lower rate than any other Plan F that can be purchased in VA. I have friends who use this plan, and they are very pleased with it and the way they are treated by United Health Care. My brokers told me that my choice should be between getting Plan F through AARP or using Blue Cross/Blue Shield but that the latter would cost a bit more. I have a history with BC/BS and trust them, so I went with them. We once had United Health Care through work one year, and it was terrible--always slow to process claims and then trying to get out of paying. I had to involve the state Bureau of Insurance at one point. However, we are a group of fewer than 275 and AARP has thousands of members, and United treats them right. Friends who have retired and were wary now love United. You will also need to get a drug card--again the companies offering them vary from state to state. BC/BS has them in VA, and that's who I went with, with the blessings of the broker. Things do add up for sure, and one has to be very careful about every aspect of Medicare and Social Security. Your payments for Medicare Part B will be deducted from your benefit payments from Social Security. (Other Plans other than F are less expensive as far as the premium goes, but you will pay more for doctor visits and hospital care under them--more than the additional premium amount will cost.)

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By luvmy8catz on Apr 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Happy Easter to you! I hope it is as beautiful there as it is here, we have had some warm sunny days most of the week. I got my garden plowed yesterday and hope the weather stays good so I can get something planted..can't wait. The birds here have started nesting and I swear I think the same robin comes back every year to my back yard, she is not afraid of me and walks close me when I am in the garden eating worms I dig up. Have a great day!

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By luvmy8catz on Mar 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM

I know exactly how you feel, snowing here Friday morning and was 25 last night. Last year I had some tomatoes started but looks like I might have to resort to the Farmers Market. It has rained and snowed so much the ground is too wet to break up also. I also put food out for the strays and it is always empty every morning.

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By luvmy8catz on Mar 7, 2015 at 2:26 PM

I really hope the snow is over, we had ice Thurs. which is worse than snow. When are you expecting the Spring thaw :) I got my pipes thawed out the same day they froze, a friend came over and used a blow torch on them. I can't wait to get them mater plants in the ground along with all the veggies yum yum it will be salad every day for me! I don't think I will complain about the heat in July and august ever again!

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By luvmy8catz on Feb 22, 2015 at 4:54 PM

No prob about the birthday, I am terrible remembering them. Today was nice but going to get a wintery mix Tues. I think of you every time I see a weather report from up your way, maybe you will get a break soon.

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By luvmy8catz on Feb 20, 2015 at 6:10 AM

Got up this morning and for the first time this year some of my pipes are frozen, It was 6 last night with a wind chill of well below 0..no fun at all. I can't wait for Spring to get here!

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By luvmy8catz on Feb 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

I think I have changed my mind about the snow..it all melted and we have an alert for black ice. It don't get as cold here as where you are but it's too cold for me 16 degrees right now. I went to the river to feed the cats today and they were waiting and hungry. Hope you have some better weather soon!

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