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Friday, February 22, 2013

To Debbieanne: 2,548,800minutes PLUS until my actual retirement year. But who's counting?

Related to that,, my day today: Very bad blizzard this morning when I left for work, but left early and came home, picked DD up for my hair appointment, she waited and when I finished, we then went to SS office to check out to get her a new card(misplaced hers) and also my retirement amounts and requirements. I have been tracking my earnings and credits for the past ten years to determine what my monthly income would be sans job. I finally found out what ex hubby makes, thought I figured out what my amount would be. We went to SS office and two ladies there were very patient and full of info for both of us.
Turns out if your ex spouse made more $$ than you, they take the first dollar of your earned $$ and the rest of your SS income comes from the spouse with greater income . Since my income has dropped significantly in Obamaland, his amount will probably end up being about five times mine. Before that, there was only a $17 difference!!

Our first blizzard dumped four or five inches of snow in about four hours,, now we are awaiting the freezing rain later,, then tomorrow another few inches of snow over the snow and ice. We are so glad that we did not cancel going to either place!!
I did get my cardio in for the day in between sitting in the SS office and the hair chair,, but will try to get some more time in on Nicole's fly workout on the S ball later.

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 2/22/2013 10:10PM

    Glad your getting the SS figured out. You stay warm. Makes me cold thinking about it!

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NORASPAT 2/22/2013 8:28PM

    We had a nice day today. I got a call to walk and go to movies I walked and my friends DH did not want to walk to we went to the movies and got tickets and they followed. Then we went out to dinner so this day made itself pleasant all round. Good friends and walk and a good movie and dinner. All I thought I would do was spark and get dinner. DH did the washing up so I am finally sparking. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 2/22/2013 7:58PM

    We had the freezing rain here, too. Glad you are home safe, with your new 'do' and valuable info.

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/22/2013 5:38PM

    Oh my, all that book keeping... My brain's smoking just reading about it. :)

Stay safe, warm, and dry through the blizzard. I know you have fun ways to keep on track with your exercise indoors. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/22/2013 4:26PM

    LOL @ your minutes until retirement.

So what's your thoughts on an early retirement? You will ahve less stress but work more. Knowing you you will stay busy busy busy and less rest than you have now.

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THursday

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sure did a get a cardio workout at work today.. cannot wait for the weekend!! Nothing planned except a mom visit, but so tired.. retirement sure is a LONG way down that tunnel..

  
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MARLINDA5 2/22/2013 12:27PM

    Great job on your workout - before you know it - retirement will be here.

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PATRICIAAK 2/21/2013 6:14PM

    Focus on a day at a time and retirement will be here before you know it!

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/21/2013 4:07PM

    I'm feeling that!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/21/2013 3:55PM

    So... how many minutes until your retirement?

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Tax day!!!!! Oh Boy!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Had a tax appointment today but lady just called to tell me to get into the building early since they will be locking it early today,, It is in a credit union,, wonder why?
Very windy and bitter cold here, only going out to see how the frugal leaders of this country have been utilizing my money all year. TTFN

  
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NORASPAT 2/20/2013 10:43PM

    OH MY gosh THANKS, we have not made our appointment with our accountant. I will make a note to call. We always get a little back mostly because DH has been in the MEDICARE do-nut hole and that has cost us thousands. I think it was bizarre to set it up that way.
DH has eye and kidney problems and other assorted expensive issues HUGS Pat in Maine.
Take care and I hope all is better by now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/20/2013 8:16PM

    Please keep warm and cozy.

Frugal leaders using your money? Well, I'm thinking of joining the Secret Service so the gov't will pay for my affairs.

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PATRICIAAK 2/20/2013 8:01PM

    wishing you the best.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/20/2013 2:16PM

    I sure hope it's not real bad news

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CJJANISS 2/20/2013 12:55PM

    we owe the IRS this time...not paying until April 15th...

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DEERLADY45 2/20/2013 12:15PM

    Good luck! I had mine done this year! I hate to go every year to get mine done! I got a refund coming this year! Thank you H& R Block for your good work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Ill end up using it on propane or taxes tho but it all helps get by, BONNIE

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Busy day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

We were very busy today at work.. I also worked an extra two and a half hours, so I was glad to see my driveway. A strange day though: no bills to pay, no laundry or dishes to do. Just made a few appointments, made a government call and can actually make a dinner experiment and rest. I am sitting here, not knowing what to do with myself.
I am thinking of making out my Christmas cards, but even to me, it seems a TAD early..LOL!

today may be a mud masque and body maintenance day..
I will be reserving our cabins in a couple weeks for August.. getting excited!!

  
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FLEMIDG 2/20/2013 12:55AM

    Glad you are getting some time to just rest and relax and recuperate. Hope you're having a great week.

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PATRICIAAK 2/19/2013 7:51PM

    R & R is good

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TRENTDREAMER 2/19/2013 6:45PM

    "I am thinking of making out my Christmas cards, but even to me, it seems a TAD early..LOL! "
* Or, in my case, a few months late. One of the joys of being a single dude is extremely low expectations in this area. I can send "Have a BackStreet-Back Christmas" cards out in 2013 without any more egg on face than usual.

"I will be reserving our cabins in a couple weeks for August.. getting excited!! "
* :)

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NORASPAT 2/19/2013 6:14PM

    LINDA, after the past few weeks it must feel blissful to sit still for a while and doing nothing.
I am so glad you and DD are doing so much better b y now.

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/19/2013 6:10PM

    What a great time to rest and recuperate! Have a great evening. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/19/2013 4:36PM

    It's good to hear you're in a good mood. Are you in Love?

BTW love the sade of color of your background on your page and blogs.

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RACEWELLWON 2/19/2013 4:00PM

    That 's funny cause I do the same thing , sure does take a huge dip out of time instead of waiting last minute ! Have a good - enjoy your time of rest - K emoticon

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Monday

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chicken noodle soup:
1 1/2c homemade sliders(or one 12 oz bag of Reames frozen noodles)
6c chicken broth
1c diced onions
1c diced carrots
1c diced celery
1 bay leaf
1t pepper
1t parsley
1/4t thyme
6 oz bite-size cooked chicken breast meat
1 t garlic,powdered or fresh
cornstarch if thicker broth is desired.

Cook chicken in nonstick pan until no pink interior,set aside. In Dutch oven or same sized pot, cook noodles for 20 minutes , drain. Add chicken stock, all veggies, chicken to pot with drained noodles. (I added more stock to taste. I love the broth!)
Simmer 10 minutes. Thicken if desired, for very thinly treated broth. I used about 2 T corn starch and water to make my roux,, bring broth to gentle boil, slowly add roux. You can thicken it to your taste or leave it un-thickened.
Makes about 1/2-3/4 Dutch oven soup. Yes, it can be frozen!! this is just my made up recipe,, no stats for fats or whatever, and I am too lazy to do the math!! I'm a cook, not a math genius!! I ate it with a few unsalted soda crackers.

As long as I am on a roll, I will tell you what I do with jello and fruit..
Pineapple rings:
Open a can of pineapple slices(rings), drain completely, do not remove from can!!!
Flip it over in a colander until no juice is present, reserve juice for drinking or cooking.
Prepare any flavor regular or sugar free gelatin you choose(I like either raspberry or peach) with 1/4c less water , pour into can, allowing slices to float around, letting the gelatin to surround the rings. Place can in refrigerator until gelatin firms up, same as regular gelatin.
When firm, put can in bowl with warmer water until it will come away from sides of can. (Nowadays you cannot open both ends of the can usually) Flip can in shallow dish, lying on its' side. Slice rings and place on each person's plate or arrange in a salad or whatever you wish!

Another jello/fruit combo:
Extremely easy and very pretty!
Cut honey rock or cantaloupe open, remove seeds and strings. flip over and cut curve of rind off, making the shell level to stand up.
Make your favorite flavor gelatin with 1/4c less water than directions. pour gelatin into hollow of melon that has been placed on a cookie sheet or in level bowls and place in refrigerator until gelatin firms up. Now the pretty part: simply use long sharp knife and SLICE MELON into desired serving sizes!! You can leave it in the half size and add ice cream or whatever you wish on top!
These are so nice in summer when it is hot, very low cal, refreshing and EASY...

  
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ALDEBARANIAN 2/19/2013 9:12AM

    Sounds yummy. Thanks.

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SMARGED 2/18/2013 10:59PM

    Thanks so much! How many servings does it make? And do you by any chance know how many calories in a serving? If not, no problem, I can figure it out on the recipe calculator on this site!

Thanks for sharing!! Blessings and emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 2/18/2013 8:31PM

    Super

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SCORPION1352 2/18/2013 5:43PM

    Yummy thanks

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/18/2013 5:21PM

    sounds delicous!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/18/2013 4:57PM

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GERIKRAGH 2/18/2013 3:44PM

    Thank you.

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