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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


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@geezerette wrote:

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I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


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BREAKING NEWS!!!

 

Honeybees join humans as the only known animals that can tell the difference between odd and even numbers.

 

Studies have shown honeybees can learn to order quantities, perform simple addition and subtraction, match symbols with quantities and relate size and number concepts.

 

Results showed the miniature brains of honeybees were able to understand the concepts of odd and even. So a large and complex human brain consisting of 86 billion neurons and a miniature insect brain, with about 960,000 neurons, could both categorize numbers by parity.


@just bee 

 

Oh dear.  As if the supply chain isn't already strained to breaking.  My Amazon orders will take even longer to arrive with all that competition.🐝

 

I wonder what they order and do they have mini credit cards?  And talk about getting the wrong package--how in the world can they get the proper order with so many in a hive?🧐


@geezerette 

 

Your brilliance never fails to amaze me.  Yet another reason you have to stay healthy.  You're needed. Heart

 


@just bee 

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But it's nice to hear.😉


@geezerette 

 

BH says bees use Bee-sa cards so they can get their frequent flyer miles.

 

I thought you'd want to know.


@just bee 

 

Oh, good one!  Somebody's on the ball today.👍

 

Give BH a "hive five" from me!🖐


@geezerette 

 

AW... good one!!! Woman LOL

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When I came home the other morning in such a foul mood, I saw the post from @viva923 about buying new shoes.

 

Something I haven't done in a very long time because I have -- even after all the ones I pitched after the fire -- a good supply of shoes.

 

But I succumbed to retail therapy and a sale that day...

 

Alegria Shoes - Keli Teacup Black Patent


@just bee 

 

Cute!  I'm glad to see that you still are tempted by a good sale. 


They'll keep your OCD patients occupied for a while.  And you can decide which type of tea each different cup holds.  Should make for excellent small talk.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.


@just bee 

 

We had a small house in the middle of town many years ago when we were "in between" houses.  It was wonderful.  We stored most of our furniture in the garage.  I could zip through it with a dust rag in nothing flat.  All the stores were close by.  I had so much free time.

 

I often think back about that time and wish we'd stayed in that house.  Shortly after we moved from there my father got sick and then my mother went downhill.  It would have been much nicer to drive two miles to their house instead of ten every day.

 

I don't mind the solitude here, and I'd probably stay around for a while if it didn't need so many repairs.  And I'm to the point that I don't even want a yard anymore, not even a small one.  I could handle the right studio apartment if I could take my cats.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.


@just bee 

 

We had a small house in the middle of town many years ago when we were "in between" houses.  It was wonderful.  We stored most of our furniture in the garage.  I could zip through it with a dust rag in nothing flat.  All the stores were close by.  I had so much free time.

 

I often think back about that time and wish we'd stayed in that house.  Shortly after we moved from there my father got sick and then my mother went downhill.  It would have been much nicer to drive two miles to their house instead of ten every day.

 

I don't mind the solitude here, and I'd probably stay around for a while if it didn't need so many repairs.  And I'm to the point that I don't even want a yard anymore, not even a small one.  I could handle the right studio apartment if I could take my cats.


@geezerette 

 

If I croaked tomorrow, I think BH would sell this house before my body turned cold and get the helloutta Dodge.

 

I'd like to think if BH wasn't around I would be able to do the same thing.

 

I would like something smaller with less maintenance.

 

This house would be perfect for a family.  Kids should grow up in a house like this.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.


@just bee 

 

We had a small house in the middle of town many years ago when we were "in between" houses.  It was wonderful.  We stored most of our furniture in the garage.  I could zip through it with a dust rag in nothing flat.  All the stores were close by.  I had so much free time.

 

I often think back about that time and wish we'd stayed in that house.  Shortly after we moved from there my father got sick and then my mother went downhill.  It would have been much nicer to drive two miles to their house instead of ten every day.

 

I don't mind the solitude here, and I'd probably stay around for a while if it didn't need so many repairs.  And I'm to the point that I don't even want a yard anymore, not even a small one.  I could handle the right studio apartment if I could take my cats.


@geezerette 

 

If I croaked tomorrow, I think BH would sell this house before my body turned cold and get the helloutta Dodge.

 

I'd like to think if BH wasn't around I would be able to do the same thing.

 

I would like something smaller with less maintenance.

 

This house would be perfect for a family.  Kids should grow up in a house like this.


@just bee 

 

It's funny you mention that.  


Some years after we had moved here, we were talking and OG said if it weren't for me, he'd only stick around here long enough to auction the place.  I felt much the same way.  So I wondered how the hell did we get here in the first place if we both felt the same?

 

Much the same thing happened with the dog.  It wasn't until after we got the current goofball that we both discovered neither of us really wanted another dog.  We were just missing our old dog.

 

For as close as we were for so long, there were a few very important discussions where we obviously got our signals mixed.

 

It's still a good seller's market.  And I think it will stay that way for a while.  Perhaps after your own WGD is no longer, you both might sit down and have a good 'heart-to-heart' and decide if you would prefer something else.

 

Prioties change over time.  Especially as you hit the second half of your lifespan.  And now that it's been totally redone, your place would be very attractive.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.


@just bee 

 

We had a small house in the middle of town many years ago when we were "in between" houses.  It was wonderful.  We stored most of our furniture in the garage.  I could zip through it with a dust rag in nothing flat.  All the stores were close by.  I had so much free time.

 

I often think back about that time and wish we'd stayed in that house.  Shortly after we moved from there my father got sick and then my mother went downhill.  It would have been much nicer to drive two miles to their house instead of ten every day.

 

I don't mind the solitude here, and I'd probably stay around for a while if it didn't need so many repairs.  And I'm to the point that I don't even want a yard anymore, not even a small one.  I could handle the right studio apartment if I could take my cats.


@geezerette 

 

If I croaked tomorrow, I think BH would sell this house before my body turned cold and get the helloutta Dodge.

 

I'd like to think if BH wasn't around I would be able to do the same thing.

 

I would like something smaller with less maintenance.

 

This house would be perfect for a family.  Kids should grow up in a house like this.


@just bee 

 

It's funny you mention that.  


Some years after we had moved here, we were talking and OG said if it weren't for me, he'd only stick around here long enough to auction the place.  I felt much the same way.  So I wondered how the hell did we get here in the first place if we both felt the same?

 

Much the same thing happened with the dog.  It wasn't until after we got the current goofball that we both discovered neither of us really wanted another dog.  We were just missing our old dog.

 

For as close as we were for so long, there were a few very important discussions where we obviously got our signals mixed.

 

It's still a good seller's market.  And I think it will stay that way for a while.  Perhaps after your own WGD is no longer, you both might sit down and have a good 'heart-to-heart' and decide if you would prefer something else.

 

Prioties change over time.  Especially as you hit the second half of your lifespan.  And now that it's been totally redone, your place would be very attractive.


@geezerette 

 

Especially with the landscaped front and backyards and the view of the Sandias, bosque and all the city lights at night.

 

The only thing preventing us from selling now is that we can't afford anything in another state.  BH was looking at property in Kentucky this week.  Hear that, @Brisky?

 

Prices are through the roof.  His mother's house in Colorado has doubled in value.  When she died, I worried that he would want to take over her house and move us there.

 

Now I wish he had.  There's a behavioral health hospital in Littleton.

 

 

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@geezerette 

 

It's funny that you mention being so close yet making decisions that make so little sense in retrospect.

 

We knew we wanted out of California.  Our company had a list of places it was considering for the new plant.  Even Ireland.  We said we would go anywhere.

 

The least attractive option was New Mexico.  That's why I told BH that we were going to go check out Albuquerque before the rest of our coworkers even considered it.

 

We flew out of California during December when the area is moist and green and landed in ABQ at night.  Checked into a hotel.  Woke up in anticipation and opened the drapes to see...

 

Nuclear holocaust.

 

I clearly remember what BH said but I cannot type it here.

 

We were ready to catch the next flight out.  Yet two days later we were talking about buying a house.

 

We were loft people.  We were going to travel and have interesting lives.

 

Yet we ended up with a house that was too much, a yard that was impossible and too many responsibilities and commitments that trapped us here.

 

The only thing that we stuck to was the agreement that we would not have children.  I'd committed to that one in September 1964 and wasn't going to budge.

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Re: The Bee Hive -- May 2022 Edition


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I really have to get my act together--and stay that way this time.

 

Not only am I tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I just about had a heart attack just now when I reordered my supplements.  They've gone up so much in the last few months that I'd better get healthy on my own because I won't be able to afford them much longer at this rate.

 

And I have to stay functional for at least a couple more years until Carla bites the dust.  No way can I inflict her on anyone if I'm not around.


@geezerette 

 

I have mini-strokes when I see how expensive everything has become.  I've stocked my krill and probiotics and then I wonder why I even try to stay healthy.  I have patients in their 70s who have done meth and opiates all their lives and they're still surviving.  Look at Keith Richards.

 

It seems like I'm trying to stay healthy in order to keep working at a job that's probably killing me.

 

You have to stay healthy longer than that.  Cats can live a long time.  Don't be so sure that someone will take a cat off your hands.  Cat food might be $100 a pound soon.


@just bee 

 

No kidding.  Dog food has already hit that price point.

 

I don't seem to have that kind of good luck with my cats.  Of course, the vets around here don't help any.  Cats are considered sort of throw-away pets I'm afraid.  

Even the head of the shelter has to be constantly reminded to showcase the cats as well as the dogs.  I've volunteered to foot the bill if my friend can talk him into installing some extended cat cages.  So far, no dice.🤬

 

But honestly, I'd love to kick the bucket before I have to deal with selling this place and moving.  I like the idea of a smaller place, but thinking about actually doing all the work to get one makes me ill.  I've decided I need to break down and actually buy a new car and that has me broken out in hives.  I don't know how I'd manage a move.


@geezerette 

 

When I was in our neighbor's driveway watching our vehicles and all the family photos go up in flames in our garage, I thought that a fire was going to be the thing that would push me right over the edge.

 

But I remained eerily calm and kept my sense of humor.  Losing most of my possessions wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Living in a hotel was kinda nice.  Rediscovering Albuquerque and all its different neighborhoods and parks was an adventure.  Living in a rental in one of those neighborhoods was enjoyable.

 

I hate change but I survived it.

 

You will, too. :heart:


@just bee 

 

That's kind of what I'm afraid of.


@geezerette 

 

My coworker lived in her house for decades and said she'd die there.  Then all of a sudden she sold the place, got rid of everything and bought a new modern condo.

 

I fantasize about buying land and living in the middle of nowhere, away from everything and everyone.

 

BH laughs at me because he knows I struggle to drive less than a mile to Costco to buy something.  I want everything to be within walking distance.  Like, across the street, if possible.

 

Convenience beats solitude every time.


@just bee 

 

We had a small house in the middle of town many years ago when we were "in between" houses.  It was wonderful.  We stored most of our furniture in the garage.  I could zip through it with a dust rag in nothing flat.  All the stores were close by.  I had so much free time.

 

I often think back about that time and wish we'd stayed in that house.  Shortly after we moved from there my father got sick and then my mother went downhill.  It would have been much nicer to drive two miles to their house instead of ten every day.

 

I don't mind the solitude here, and I'd probably stay around for a while if it didn't need so many repairs.  And I'm to the point that I don't even want a yard anymore, not even a small one.  I could handle the right studio apartment if I could take my cats.


@geezerette 

 

If I croaked tomorrow, I think BH would sell this house before my body turned cold and get the helloutta Dodge.

 

I'd like to think if BH wasn't around I would be able to do the same thing.

 

I would like something smaller with less maintenance.

 

This house would be perfect for a family.  Kids should grow up in a house like this.


@just bee 

 

It's funny you mention that.  


Some years after we had moved here, we were talking and OG said if it weren't for me, he'd only stick around here long enough to auction the place.  I felt much the same way.  So I wondered how the hell did we get here in the first place if we both felt the same?

 

Much the same thing happened with the dog.  It wasn't until after we got the current goofball that we both discovered neither of us really wanted another dog.  We were just missing our old dog.

 

For as close as we were for so long, there were a few very important discussions where we obviously got our signals mixed.

 

It's still a good seller's market.  And I think it will stay that way for a while.  Perhaps after your own WGD is no longer, you both might sit down and have a good 'heart-to-heart' and decide if you would prefer something else.

 

Prioties change over time.  Especially as you hit the second half of your lifespan.  And now that it's been totally redone, your place would be very attractive.


@geezerette 

 

Especially with the landscaped front and backyards and the view of the Sandias, bosque and all the city lights at night.

 

The only thing preventing us from selling now is that we can't afford anything in another state.  BH was looking at property in Kentucky this week.  Hear that, @Brisky?

 

Prices are through the roof.  His mother's house in Colorado has doubled in value.  When she died, I worried that he would want to take over her house and move us there.

 

Now I wish he had.  There's a behavioral health hospital in Littleton.

 

 


@just bee 

 

Chances are that any place you'd like to be, so would everyone else.  With decent internet service, half the population can work from home now so people can live in a lot of places they never were able to before.

And everybody seems to be on the move.  Even if they're just moving a few miles from where they are now.  And many seem willing to pay even more than list price.

 

The thing is, there's no perfect place.  The key is to be willing to live somewhere that no one else wants to live.  But even then, in today's economy even that place will be expensive. 

You do have a nice home you can enjoy after all the work and hassle you went through to get it that way.  You can sell and take your chances.  Or you can stay and take your chances.

 

You'll figure it out.  Even not making a decision is making a decision. 🤨