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by halfmoon
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Weird food combos that taste surprisingly good
Replies: 26
Views: 859

Re: Weird food combos that taste surprisingly good

I first learned about mixing red wine and Coca-Cola in Taiwan. Try it sometime. Wait: you had to go to Taiwan to try this? I've mixed wine with diet Coke, diet Sprite, club soda...and of course ice. Ice is your friend when the wine comes from a box (my preference, otherwise known as cardboardeaux)....
by halfmoon
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

I'm planning another installment of our illustrious history, but first I have to break in (again) with the current day. THE POND IS FULL! :D It was such a dry, sunny summer (not complaining) that our poor little Buddha was sitting on a mesa instead of an island. Now I finally have photos of Buddha I...
by halfmoon
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Noedig's Journal
Replies: 62
Views: 12598

Re: Noedig's Journal

Noedig, I'm so glad to hear that your wife is done with active treatment. As you say: now on with life. Moving on after being so focused on the fight for life is a process. On some days, your wife may not feel as great (or grateful) as she thinks she should, especially if/when longer-term effects fr...
by halfmoon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Weird food combos that taste surprisingly good
Replies: 26
Views: 859

Re: Weird food combos that taste surprisingly good

Are you people pregnant? :lol: When I read that Jacob had never heard of peanut butter and pickles, I thought: he's obviously never been pregnant. Not that I have either, but that's sort of a classic. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (the best) Peanut butter and raisin sandwiches (a bit dry, but...
by halfmoon
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 546
Views: 76994

Re: ffj's early retirement

Thank you for the deck tutorial! It looks so neat and simple; now I'm thinking that DH and I could do this ourselves next summer if things look up. What do you plan to use for preserving the deck and fence? Also: the fireplace is gorgeous. How do you manage to have such a talented buddy network? Of ...
by halfmoon
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Fox's Journey: Out of the Burrow
Replies: 142
Views: 21131

Re: Fox's Journey: Out of the Burrow

I have zero experience with what you're going through right now, but I know someone who faced a similar situation years ago. He graduated with an economics degree and went to another state to work for a high-pressure commodities firm. It was a very poor fit on both sides, and he didn't stay long. Th...
by halfmoon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Work
Replies: 17
Views: 570

Re: Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Work

I want to be reincarnated as someone on jennypenny's lunch-packing list. Bento boxes?? I grew up on baked bean sandwiches with ketchup, so I have nothing to contribute but drool.
by halfmoon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Ideas for Earning Interest on House Down Payment Money?
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: Ideas for Earning Interest on House Down Payment Money?

Fidelity sells brokered CDs with no fee for new issues; probably some other brokerages have a similar setup. At Fidelity, you buy as many as you want of each lot (each CD is $1000), choosing from a variety of banks, settlement dates, terms and rates. They're all FDIC insured. Right now, you can get ...
by halfmoon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Tiny house build? Should I buy it or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 660

Re: Tiny house build? Should I buy it or not?

I think it would be expensive and a lot of work. But still fun. I've dreamed of doing this just for kicks and even suggested it to DH once when we had an equipment trailer we didn't need. He wasn't enthusiastic...probably because it woudn't have a tower. Most of the tiny homes for sale on this websi...
by halfmoon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 546
Views: 76994

Re: ffj's early retirement

This inspired a frenzy of googling on my part. You'll be happy to hear that Licking Township is part of Licking County, and is one of TWO Licking townships in Ohio. Licking County also boasts Licking Valley High School and Licking Heights High School. I feel that this gives Jason a dangerous amount ...
by halfmoon
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Five Years, Lord Willing
Replies: 236
Views: 20523

Re: Five Years, Lord Willing

(5) Not surprisingly, I don't understand the first graph but that's ok because if there was graph that depicted my understanding of graphs throughout my life it would show that I never understood even one graph but it wouldn't matter because I wouldn't be able to understand that graph either; :lol:...
by halfmoon
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Beating the Heat
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Beating the Heat

My DH suffers from both vertigo (spinning sensation usually accompanied by nausea) and dizziness (feeling that you're blacking out; danger of collapsing). It's useful to differentiate between them, as the vertigo is neurological and the dizziness in his case is caused by low blood pressure. I'm gues...
by halfmoon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Forum Posting Ethics
Replies: 87
Views: 4579

Re: Forum Posting Ethics

Fish, RealPerson & Campitor: thanks for the reassurance...though (for once) I wasn't fishing for compliments. I understood Fish to mean that journal-heavy posters are parasitic because they primarily hang out in their own room. Because I have far more experience and patience with practical matters t...
by halfmoon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Extremely Slow Travel
Replies: 17
Views: 1680

Re: Extremely Slow Travel

7Wannabe5 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:42 pm
Yeah, I don't think spending the darkness of winter alone would work for me. They'd probably come dig me out in the spring and find me talking to a corncob with button eyes.
This is just the perfect combination of "made me laugh out loud" and "completely creeped me out". :lol:
by halfmoon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Forum Posting Ethics
Replies: 87
Views: 4579

Re: Forum Posting Ethics

I have to admit that this conversation has an inhibiting effect on my eagerness to participate. Volunteering my thoughts in a group generally far more educated and analytical than I has been difficult enough; now I have to worry about being a parasite. I probably do fit the description, or is that j...
by halfmoon
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 546
Views: 76994

Re: ffj's early retirement

If it's any consolation, ffj, I don't really get excited about any heavy metal. :lol: They sure are shiny, though. I would never have guessed that the gilt lettering is actual gold. Now, Shaker furniture and buildings? Very exciting. I used to be fascinated with Shaker minimalism in high school; eve...
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 546
Views: 76994

Re: ffj's early retirement

ffj, I just caught up on a couple of months' worth of your journal. Impressive and fascinating! Fire trucks excepted*, this is pretty much a journal of our interests. :D Never hesitate to share your project details, because they're inspiring. What a great stone wall. Is it yours? *The fire trucks ar...
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Riggerjack, I had never heard the phrase "Nice Sequoias!" Sheltered life. The Sequoias probably hold up better to wind than any of our trees because they have such wide bases in relation to the rest of the trunk. I'm sure there's a technical term for that. We've planted plenty of red cedar; they're ...
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

ffj, I completely agree that a tree you planted yourself is more special. I'll admit to hugging them sometimes when no one is looking.
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Fish, I have to not-so-humbly admit that I also find the tower impressive! :D It was ostensibly built for our solar panels, but DH also just really, really wanted a tower. When we moved back over to W WA and installed a new solar system, his first suggestion was: "We should build a tower!" I replied...
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

saving-10-years wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:31 pm
And bees. Lovely picture.
Thank you! Maybe honey is the gold at the end of the rainbow? It certainly smells and looks wonderful, though we leave it for the bees...and feed them sugar on top of it. ;) Not very ERE, but satisfying.
by halfmoon
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit report resources
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Credit report resources

+1 to Credit Karma, mentioned by Fish. I first heard of the site years ago on network news in a consumer advice segment, which made me less apprehensive about its legitimacy. You have to answer a LOT of questions to authenticate yourself, just as with annualcreditreport.com. Once you've done that an...
by halfmoon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 340
Views: 59494

Re: the animal's journal

I always dreamed of living in Alaska until I read Coming Into the Country.
by halfmoon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 340
Views: 59494

Re: the animal's journal

Animal, that first photo is stunningly reminiscent of Ansel Adams. Maybe you could be selling prints? It's hard to argue with a Honda 2000 (we have one), but we've gotten more use from our propane-fueled generator. It's actually dual-fuel, but we've never even put gasoline in the tank because the pr...
by halfmoon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 434
Views: 41240

Re: Halfmoon's journal

I forgot this photo. The yellow-leaved arbor consists of 2 hardy Kiwi that produce small, delicious, fuzz-free fruit for garden grazing. We take no credit for the rainbow.

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