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by halfmoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

7Wannabe5, everything you said. You have such a holistic view of the world, both on an interpersonal level and a larger ecosystem one. I really think you should be teaching or writing, and I don't mean at the tiny tot level. This isn't to diminish the importance of shaping young minds, but some of t...
by halfmoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

DutchGirl, I've never been to the Netherlands and didn't imagine that they had cattle guards. Photos always make your country look so civilized and orderly. I guess I just assumed that the cattle would stay in their assigned spots without intervention. :P When we bought our in-cared for house in the...
by halfmoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

THE RETIREMENT YEARS THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: I’ve had a recurring dream most of my adult life; the details vary, but the general idea persists. In my dream, DH and I are living in some remote place hidden from the world. I suddenly hear a loud noise and look out the window to see a huge semi-truck*...
by halfmoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

DutchGirl and saving-ten-years, I appreciate your tolerance for flakiness. :D Real life does seem sort of involved these days, but truthfully some of it is distractability and poor time management. My response to stress seems to be two-fold: I rise heroically to address a wave of urgent needs but co...
by halfmoon
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

DutchGirl, thank you for ringing my doorbell. :) I think about this forum a lot, but I feel too guilty to lurk or post randomly before updating my own journal. Finally I've outlined another huge chapter in my story and will post a portion of it very soon. Then maybe I can go back to reading and comm...
by halfmoon
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Jacob, that story you linked scared me straight. :shock: Just as an aside, I wonder why they removed the heat pump/AC blower unit. Those things aren't cheap, so maybe it was full of maggots? Ugh. We know someone who does that sort of cleanup on the side after crime scenes, messy deaths or advanced h...
by halfmoon
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: indefinite pet sitting
Replies: 47
Views: 2899

Re: indefinite pet sitting

In my opinion, that's a well-considered answer to a great question. I'm glad you extricated yourself from the dog-sitting (except one day per week?) without damaging a friendship you value. As an aside, it's probably good for the puppy to experience daycare socialization. I don't know if others resp...
by halfmoon
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

I'm back...sort of. Lots of things going on here in the so-called real world. This is always my busiest time, with year-end accounting and preparation for my largest client's AGM/dog and pony show. More importantly, my stepson has been diagnosed with a very serious disease that's required a lot of a...
by halfmoon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: indefinite pet sitting
Replies: 47
Views: 2899

Re: indefinite pet sitting

@fuyu, I would suggest thinking hard about your definition of friendship. It sounds like your "best friend" is pretty adept at getting what she wants from you. Go back and read your posts; this is beyond unreasonable.
by halfmoon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 592
Views: 91526

Re: ffj's early retirement

ffj, I'm a little late to this party...but of course I have Thoughts. 1. Your photo of the snowy landscape from your lovely, insulated, high-end window? Looks pretty darned good to me. Sprinkle some bird seed outside and go back to the computer. :D 2. Selling an organ. We knew someone who sold a kid...
by halfmoon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: un-lurking
Replies: 12
Views: 1147

Re: un-lurking

Jason wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:44 pm
TheProcess wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:25 pm
truly, it's tough to hang with the level of discussion around here
So you're not reading my blog.
Laughing out loud is supposed to be therapeutic, but I'm still hiccuping. :lol:
by halfmoon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

DH is increasingly taking back a share of the maintenance load. That sounds like a good prognosis! George, it is SUCH a good prognosis! The infection that was eating into DH's skull last year appears to have moved to greener pastures and stopped taking prisoners. DH is eating real food again, cooki...
by halfmoon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Jason, I had to google Swedish death cleaning because keeping up with your stream of consciousness requires a more active intelligence than mine. ;) We no longer live in geographic isolation but still prefer to lounge around in our own little bubble. I struggle to maintain a thread of connection wit...
by halfmoon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Farm_or, I love your story, especially the line "The things you do when you have to." Just a few questions: Ten-inch irrigation pipe?? Why so big? Were you trying to bury the pipe below frost level? If so, why? Don't you drain irrigation pipe in the winter? Where was your wife? Isn't she supposed to...
by halfmoon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

@halfmoon: I want to apologize for possibly my most graceless post ever. My first marriage was like a bowl of plastic fruit. My second "marriage" was like a delicious bowl of fruit that turned toxic. My recent attempts to obtain grapes from one vendor, oranges from another, and bananas from a third...
by halfmoon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

@saving-10-years, it does exhaust me to remember all that we did. The interesting part is that my learned work ethic still rises to the occasion when necessary. I continue to do what needs to be done (and take satisfaction in that), though DH is increasingly taking back a share of the maintenance lo...
by halfmoon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

@7W5, your warning is completely valid. I would never recommend our choices and lifestyle to anyone else, male or female. People have said to me over the years that they wish for a relationship like the one DH and I have. I always respond: "No, you don't." Our life together has been textbook co-depe...
by halfmoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

THE RETIREMENT YEARS QUEST FOR WATER: [Tragically, I have no fuzzy old photos to illustrate this.] As mentioned before, we bought our mountain property with no real expectation of ever having running water. We originally built the house without plumbing and hauled drinking water from a spring far u...
by halfmoon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 517
Views: 53958

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Frihet, I hope you're warm and well on your 400' tower of steel. Giant sequoias are native to California, but it's not unusual to see planted ones around Western Washington. There's something about them...they invite hugging. Dutchgirl, thanks for dropping by! I'm highly distractable, but I'm trying...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 592
Views: 91526

Re: ffj's early retirement

However, for some reason they had some kind of fascination with gelatin back then and here is a recipe that just baffles me. I mean, who would eat this? Perfection indeed. Obviously your mother never belonged to a rural Pennsylvania garden club. :P Mine was a garden club president, and I was dragge...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE My Christmas gift to the ERE community
Replies: 52
Views: 2621

Re: My Christmas gift to the ERE community

I choose 120, because that's approximately the number of boxes we already have of this pasta! So very glad to hear that you hold it in high esteem, Seppia! :D
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Best of the ERE Forum 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 3585

Re: Best of the ERE Forum 2017

I figured that if the forum could withstand 2,000+ posts of Trump and several incarnations of climate discussion nonsense, we could have a constructive conversation on how to make the forum better. I had to smile at this, Fish. Granted: I mostly read the journals where people are baring their heart...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal
Replies: 57
Views: 9084

Re: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal

I am somewhat concerned about the winter season. It is less comfortable to do anything outside, so I may not get the exercise I need. I will need to keep looking for new fascinations to follow to avoid boredom. I have even thought about getting a job, but they require you to show up at certain time...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: This is what euphoria feels like
Replies: 21
Views: 1856

Re: This is what euphoria feels like

Interesting video. That level of religious fervor makes me nervous, no matter the subject. If I've already told this story, my apologies: I remember a retired acquaintance telling me in the late nineties that she was going to take out a mortgage on her paid-off house and invest it in the market beca...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Daylen's Adventure
Replies: 37
Views: 3331

Re: Daylen's Adventure

I echo TopHatFox; it's good to see you back and coherent. Activities - attempting to predict the outcome of movies/shows/books while I watch/read them This is something I do compulsively. Just a hint: if you're watching a movie with other humans, they rarely appreciate your telling them what's going...