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@just bee

 

Yes, we have water in the freezer door and it requires a filter.  And it’s a pain to change.  It’s on the back wall of the frig so it’s awkward to get to.  I haven’t had to change ours yet so I don’t know if I’ll even be able to do it myself.  And the area where the water comes out get moldy and it’s very hard to clean all those little nooks and crannies.  So how much healthier is it than drinking tap water?  I was actually considering getting one of your Brita filters, but I have a stockpile of a half dozen frig filters that I might as well use.  

 

I don’t know about how it works where you are, but most places that we’ve lived and have sold houses, all the appliances stay with the house except the refrigerator.  Unless, of course, you just don’t want to bother taking it, or if the buyer requests it.  We had one buyer request our refrigerator because it was a unique size that fit just right in the kitchen.  So it may not make much difference what kind you have if you decide to sell.

 

I don’t know where you could even find a side-by-side without water in the door.  The only ones I’ve seen with no water are with the small freezer on top, and even those are extremely rare.  Of course, I don’t live in a place that has any competition so maybe your choices are better.


@geezerette

 

I ended up with an Amana washer and I'd buy an Amana fridge, too, because their side-by-side doesn't have water in the door.  One problem.  The fridge is tiny.  Smaller than the one we have.  A refrigerator is one thing BH isn't all minimalist about.

 

I don't know anything about selling a house because, in my mind, one buys a home, lives in it and dies in it.  It's a commitment, like buying a macaw.

 

But I was in class for the past two days and discovered that a coworker that I like very much is taking her dogs and moving to Kentucky.  It's like rats leaving a sinking ship.  Maybe we should consider a move.  Maybe if I had a goal -- moving -- instead of just getting rid of everything I own just for the sake of getting rid of everything I own, getting rid of everything I own would be easier.

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Re: ComPact 2018 – Maintainable May


@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:


@just bee

 

Yes, we have water in the freezer door and it requires a filter.  And it’s a pain to change.  It’s on the back wall of the frig so it’s awkward to get to.  I haven’t had to change ours yet so I don’t know if I’ll even be able to do it myself.  And the area where the water comes out get moldy and it’s very hard to clean all those little nooks and crannies.  So how much healthier is it than drinking tap water?  I was actually considering getting one of your Brita filters, but I have a stockpile of a half dozen frig filters that I might as well use.  

 

I don’t know about how it works where you are, but most places that we’ve lived and have sold houses, all the appliances stay with the house except the refrigerator.  Unless, of course, you just don’t want to bother taking it, or if the buyer requests it.  We had one buyer request our refrigerator because it was a unique size that fit just right in the kitchen.  So it may not make much difference what kind you have if you decide to sell.

 

I don’t know where you could even find a side-by-side without water in the door.  The only ones I’ve seen with no water are with the small freezer on top, and even those are extremely rare.  Of course, I don’t live in a place that has any competition so maybe your choices are better.


@geezerette

 

I ended up with an Amana washer and I'd buy an Amana fridge, too, because their side-by-side doesn't have water in the door.  One problem.  The fridge is tiny.  Smaller than the one we have.  A refrigerator is one thing BH isn't all minimalist about.

 

I don't know anything about selling a house because, in my mind, one buys a home, lives in it and dies in it.  It's a commitment, like buying a macaw.

 

But I was in class for the past two days and discovered that a coworker that I like very much is taking her dogs and moving to Kentucky.  It's like rats leaving a sinking ship.  Maybe we should consider a move.  Maybe if I had a goal -- moving -- instead of just getting rid of everything I own just for the sake of getting rid of everything I own, getting rid of everything I own would be easier.


@just bee

 

 

I’ve been thinking lately that we probably shouldn’t have moved here.

 

The grass isn’t always greener.

 

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Re: ComPact 2018 – Maintainable May


@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:


@geezerette

 

I ended up with an Amana washer and I'd buy an Amana fridge, too, because their side-by-side doesn't have water in the door.  One problem.  The fridge is tiny.  Smaller than the one we have.  A refrigerator is one thing BH isn't all minimalist about.

 

I don't know anything about selling a house because, in my mind, one buys a home, lives in it and dies in it.  It's a commitment, like buying a macaw.

 

But I was in class for the past two days and discovered that a coworker that I like very much is taking her dogs and moving to Kentucky.  It's like rats leaving a sinking ship.  Maybe we should consider a move.  Maybe if I had a goal -- moving -- instead of just getting rid of everything I own just for the sake of getting rid of everything I own, getting rid of everything I own would be easier.


@just bee

 

 

I’ve been thinking lately that we probably shouldn’t have moved here.

 

The grass isn’t always greener.

 


@geezerette

 

I still believe that things happen for a reason.  Our lives are a script and we spend our days acting out what's been written for us.  Somebody wrote that I'd be living in the land of Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote.  I don't ask why, I just do it.

 

I don't regret leaving Northern California.  I was at the point where I would have moved anywhere just to get out.  The company BH and I worked for was looking to get out, too, and there was a long list of geographical options.  Even Ireland.  I looked at the list and saw Albuquerque.  That's the one.  That's where the company will move.  People mocked me, but I knew.  I knew the least attractive option would win.

 

This state, this city had potential.  They were calling Albuquerque Silicon Mesa.  A blatant lie, of course, but what did we know?  What I did know was that we were moving to a place where we had jobs and we could afford a brick house with a view of the city, bosque and Sandias.  There were hot air balloons and a new Libertarian governor.  Why not give it a shot?

 

Twenty-three years later...

 

It's a Socialist state and we still don't have an economy.  Government is the number one employer.  I foresee a day when the state name will change to New Venezuela.

 

But where do we go?  In our case, just about any place will have greener grass -- ours is habitually brown -- but I don't know where I'm supposed to be.  That chapter's still a rough draft.

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Re: ComPact 2018 – Maintainable May

My tea company had another sale this week and I filled my shopping cart with my favorite sturdy black varieties.

 

And then I didn't buy them.

 

I want to see how long I can go without buying more tea. 

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@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:

@just bee wrote:


@geezerette

 

I ended up with an Amana washer and I'd buy an Amana fridge, too, because their side-by-side doesn't have water in the door.  One problem.  The fridge is tiny.  Smaller than the one we have.  A refrigerator is one thing BH isn't all minimalist about.

 

I don't know anything about selling a house because, in my mind, one buys a home, lives in it and dies in it.  It's a commitment, like buying a macaw.

 

But I was in class for the past two days and discovered that a coworker that I like very much is taking her dogs and moving to Kentucky.  It's like rats leaving a sinking ship.  Maybe we should consider a move.  Maybe if I had a goal -- moving -- instead of just getting rid of everything I own just for the sake of getting rid of everything I own, getting rid of everything I own would be easier.


@just bee

 

 

I’ve been thinking lately that we probably shouldn’t have moved here.

 

The grass isn’t always greener.

 


@geezerette

 

I still believe that things happen for a reason.  Our lives are a script and we spend our days acting out what's been written for us.  Somebody wrote that I'd be living in the land of Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote.  I don't ask why, I just do it.

 

I don't regret leaving Northern California.  I was at the point where I would have moved anywhere just to get out.  The company BH and I worked for was looking to get out, too, and there was a long list of geographical options.  Even Ireland.  I looked at the list and saw Albuquerque.  That's the one.  That's where the company will move.  People mocked me, but I knew.  I knew the least attractive option would win.

 

This state, this city had potential.  They were calling Albuquerque Silicon Mesa.  A blatant lie, of course, but what did we know?  What I did know was that we were moving to a place where we had jobs and we could afford a brick house with a view of the city, bosque and Sandias.  There were hot air balloons and a new Libertarian governor.  Why not give it a shot?

 

Twenty-three years later...

 

It's a Socialist state and we still don't have an economy.  Government is the number one employer.  I foresee a day when the state name will change to New Venezuela.

 

But where do we go?  In our case, just about any place will have greener grass -- ours is habitually brown -- but I don't know where I'm supposed to be.  That chapter's still a rough draft.


@just bee

 

Exactly how I feel right now.

 

And you remind me why we left, too.  I always make the same mistake.  After a few years in a new place, when I start to see the things I don’t like about it, the old place that I moved from starts to look like paradise.  That’s only because, in my case, I haven’t been back there to see what it’s really like now.  And of course, the truth is no place is perfect.  I would have preferred to stay in one place for a lifetime, with all its familiarity and faults.  But it wasn’t my decision alone.  As I look back at all the “coulda”, “shoulda”, “woulda” thoughts I have now, I have to remember it wasn’t all about what I wanted.  

 

Now I can do whatever I want.  But if I make a decision I later regret, I won’t have anyone else to blame.

 

ETA:  If you really get disgusted, I have many acres that are just waiting for someone to move onto them.  And at the rate I’m going, it won’t be too long before I need a full-time in-home nurse.  The job pays well, the perks are good, but the employer can be a pain.😆

 

 

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Hello everyone.  I've been reading and lurking as usual.  I live in a very small village in rural Ohio.  If we have 350 people plus cats and dogs we are lucky.  I have to say I love it .  We have the token gas station/mini mart and a hardware store.  If we want to get groceries we have to drive about 10-15 miles either north or south.  I am very happy here but it's not for everybody.

 

Two years ago we were on the search for new appliances.  I ended up with an Amana refrigerator that has the freezer on the bottom.  I love it,  and like a lot of you, I did not want an ice maker or water dispenser.

 

I am getting ready for our annual village yard sales and exchanging winter clothes for summer ones. We want to get our garden planted but for safety (frost or freeze) we will wait towards the end of the month.

 

I have been reassessing my make up collection and I am tossing what I thought I would love but didn't.  I've had a horrible flare up of rosacea and super redness so I have gone back to some basic skin care.  Last time I had a bout with it the rosacea travelled towards my eye and it was at least 6 months before I looked like a human being again.

 

I hope this finds everyone well.

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@just bee

 

Exactly how I feel right now.

 

And you remind me why we left, too.  I always make the same mistake.  After a few years in a new place, when I start to see the things I don’t like about it, the old place that I moved from starts to look like paradise.  That’s only because, in my case, I haven’t been back there to see what it’s really like now.  And of course, the truth is no place is perfect.  I would have preferred to stay in one place for a lifetime, with all its familiarity and faults.  But it wasn’t my decision alone.  As I look back at all the “coulda”, “shoulda”, “woulda” thoughts I have now, I have to remember it wasn’t all about what I wanted.  

 

Now I can do whatever I want.  But if I make a decision I later regret, I won’t have anyone else to blame.

 

ETA:  If you really get disgusted, I have many acres that are just waiting for someone to move onto them.  And at the rate I’m going, it won’t be too long before I need a full-time in-home nurse.  The job pays well, the perks are good, but the employer can be a pain.😆

 

 


@geezerette

 

Well, California’s no paradise, but parts of it are pretty.  A person can grow almost any fruit or vegetable in his backyard as long as he can afford a backyard and can evade the Water Police.

 

I don’t see myself ever going back there – not even for a visit.  Part of me wants to go back to Chicago to visit because I’d like to see another Cubs game at Wrigley Field before I die.  But after watching a recent televised game I noticed something peculiar.  I mentioned it to BH and even he noticed what I’d noticed as he was just passing by the TV on his way to the other side of the house. 

 

The Friendly Confines are being besmirched.  It was shocking to hear language that was negative because Wrigley is beloved.  Even players from rival teams have waxed poetic about the ballpark, the neighborhood and the fans.

 

This was the first time I ever heard anyone speak badly of my Wrigley.  And it was constant.

 

BH and I looked at one another.  Not only can we see the writing on the wall, we can read it.  Wrigley’s headed for demolition.  It starts with changing the language and suddenly the idea of a new ball park will sound normal to people.

 

If they tear down that park, that city is dead to me.

 

It’s been 23 years in ABQ and I still haven’t made the trip back to Prescott.  I’m starting to believe that I never will.  I really don’t want to see what it’s become.  A California suburb.

 

Your offer is tempting but at this point we can’t even stay on top of our backyard!  Our mistake was buying a big house with a big yard.  I wasn’t thinking.  All I saw was the view.

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@hellokitty wrote:

Hello everyone.  I've been reading and lurking as usual.  I live in a very small village in rural Ohio.  If we have 350 people plus cats and dogs we are lucky.  I have to say I love it .  We have the token gas station/mini mart and a hardware store.  If we want to get groceries we have to drive about 10-15 miles either north or south.  I am very happy here but it's not for everybody.

 

Two years ago we were on the search for new appliances.  I ended up with an Amana refrigerator that has the freezer on the bottom.  I love it,  and like a lot of you, I did not want an ice maker or water dispenser.

 

I am getting ready for our annual village yard sales and exchanging winter clothes for summer ones. We want to get our garden planted but for safety (frost or freeze) we will wait towards the end of the month.

 

I have been reassessing my make up collection and I am tossing what I thought I would love but didn't.  I've had a horrible flare up of rosacea and super redness so I have gone back to some basic skin care.  Last time I had a bout with it the rosacea travelled towards my eye and it was at least 6 months before I looked like a human being again.

 

I hope this finds everyone well.


 

@hellokitty

 

@geezerette  and I are moving in with you.  Is your Amana big enough?

 

Unfortunately, we have to have a side-by-side because we have an enormous stationary island smack dab in the middle of our kitchen.  If memory serves, the first fridge we ordered had to be returned because we couldn't open the door -- that island was in the way.

 

It's why we still have a dead dishwasher.  I can't help think that they'll never be able to get the old one out and a new one in.

 

As for skincare and cosmetics, I think basic is the way to go. Woman Wink

 

 

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Re: ComPact 2018 – Maintainable May


@just bee wrote:

@geezerette wrote:


@just bee

 

Exactly how I feel right now.

 

And you remind me why we left, too.  I always make the same mistake.  After a few years in a new place, when I start to see the things I don’t like about it, the old place that I moved from starts to look like paradise.  That’s only because, in my case, I haven’t been back there to see what it’s really like now.  And of course, the truth is no place is perfect.  I would have preferred to stay in one place for a lifetime, with all its familiarity and faults.  But it wasn’t my decision alone.  As I look back at all the “coulda”, “shoulda”, “woulda” thoughts I have now, I have to remember it wasn’t all about what I wanted.  

 

Now I can do whatever I want.  But if I make a decision I later regret, I won’t have anyone else to blame.

 

ETA:  If you really get disgusted, I have many acres that are just waiting for someone to move onto them.  And at the rate I’m going, it won’t be too long before I need a full-time in-home nurse.  The job pays well, the perks are good, but the employer can be a pain.😆

 

 


@geezerette

 

Well, California’s no paradise, but parts of it are pretty.  A person can grow almost any fruit or vegetable in his backyard as long as he can afford a backyard and can evade the Water Police.

 

I don’t see myself ever going back there – not even for a visit.  Part of me wants to go back to Chicago to visit because I’d like to see another Cubs game at Wrigley Field before I die.  But after watching a recent televised game I noticed something peculiar.  I mentioned it to BH and even he noticed what I’d noticed as he was just passing by the TV on his way to the other side of the house. 

 

The Friendly Confines are being besmirched.  It was shocking to hear language that was negative because Wrigley is beloved.  Even players from rival teams have waxed poetic about the ballpark, the neighborhood and the fans.

 

This was the first time I ever heard anyone speak badly of my Wrigley.  And it was constant.

 

BH and I looked at one another.  Not only can we see the writing on the wall, we can read it.  Wrigley’s headed for demolition.  It starts with changing the language and suddenly the idea of a new ball park will sound normal to people.

 

If they tear down that park, that city is dead to me.

 

It’s been 23 years in ABQ and I still haven’t made the trip back to Prescott.  I’m starting to believe that I never will.  I really don’t want to see what it’s become.  A California suburb.

 

Your offer is tempting but at this point we can’t even stay on top of our backyard!  Our mistake was buying a big house with a big yard.  I wasn’t thinking.  All I saw was the view.


@just bee

 

“You can’t go home again” is true for a lot of people.  We shouldn’t have come back here.  We should have gone to a new place.  I think part of the problem about going back to anything is not only has it changed, you’ve changed too.  

 

Every place is changing.  And rapidly.  I once heard a scientist or anthropologist say that species can adapt to change if it’s gradual.  It’s the rapid changes that decimate populations.  I’m not sure you can escape anywhere.  Nothing stays the same anymore.  But then, it never really did.

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@geezerette wrote:


@just bee

 

“You can’t go home again” is true for a lot of people.  We shouldn’t have come back here.  We should have gone to a new place.  I think part of the problem about going back to anything is not only has it changed, you’ve changed too.  

 

Every place is changing.  And rapidly.  I once heard a scientist or anthropologist say that species can adapt to change if it’s gradual.  It’s the rapid changes that decimate populations.  I’m not sure you can escape anywhere.  Nothing stays the same anymore.  But then, it never really did.


@geezerette

 

OMG.  I think I just figured out who's been writing my life script: T.S. Eliot and Thomas Wolfe!

 

I can't go home again and I'm living in The Waste Land.

 

No kidding about change.  We moved to the Bay Area in 1971, pre-Silicon Valley.  It was all orchards and when people wanted to go to dinner they'd drive to San Francisco.

 

I find myself watching Vertigo over and over again, just to see what that city was like in the '50s.  Talk about change...

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