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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Okay, so since last September we have been very happy that this winter was very mild, snow and temperature. Well, the rubber meets the road now. We had a blizzard and the temps dropped 29 degrees in 8 hours. I cannot complain about this yet because it is still a very strange and mild winter for this area which is usually subzero for months with feet of snow instead of none!
I am very glad I am taking that virtual trip to Bali....

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NORASPAT 2/12/2012 8:22PM

    It has been a weird winter. It is very cold here this weekend too. In fact it is the coldest night we have had this year, with wind we are well below zero. Hugs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/12/2012 6:26PM

    Take advantage of that cold and freeze some bags of berries out on your patio and meat as well. I did that a while back. thawed my turkey outside on the deck for 3 days out of the freezer. :-)

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Our water bills are very inexpensive: water and sewer are billed separately, but water bill is about $13-$30 every three months ($4.30-$10/month), except in the April-June billing when we fill the pool. The sewer bill is $53.65 every three months. My electric and gas bill has the highest one this month of $159. I have a gas water heater, furnace clothes dryer. Everything else is electric.
We have done a lot of baking this winter, have desktop and laptop plugged in always, dishwasher, washer,three tv's, gaming systems, vcr/dvd player, cable box, garage freezer, ceiling fans,power tools recharging, lights, garage door opener. (pool filter, ceiling fans and central a/c in summer).

We did not use our dehumidifier in the basement this winter.. got to get that checked out first.
We unplug all small appliances when not in use, flourescent bulbs everywhere, I use the adjusted wash cycle on dishwasher, skip the heated dry cycle,, never run anything less than an extra large load in my washer and dryer. We hang and air dry lots of clothing...

I have a new water heater, stove, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and two pc's. low flow toilet in one bathroom and I wrapped my hot water pipes, added insulation to the ledge of my foundation in basement to conserve heat,, use the ceiling fans to distribute warm air down in winter and up in summer. even re-insulated around all of my electrical outlets on outside walls. New exterior doors, roof, windows, soffits, gutters, chimney cap, insulation in walls and attic. I do not know what else I can do to make this place more efficient except move to a newer home!!!
We keep our thermostat at 59-60 when we are home and awake,, 54-55 when we are gone or asleep. We wear layers of clothing all day and piles of blankets, quilts and comforters , flannel pj's and sheets on beds. We time our showers, batch cook and bake and have lined draperies and wood blinds to retain interior heat in spring, fall and winter; and air conditioning in summer.

Does anybody out there have any more suggestions? My funds are dwindling fast,, but know that investing in these measures will save me in the long run..

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KILLERANGEL47 2/11/2012 3:39PM

    WOW! I seriously think you are doing everything possible to live efficiently! If more people worked half as hard as you in this than the world would be a much healthier, greener place. Well done!

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NORASPAT 2/11/2012 12:45PM

    LINDA, you are DEFINITELY a GREEN lady. Well done.!!!
You appear to have it all covered and all of it done by you, just be choosing to do it in the first place.
We are at the end of every pipe line. We are so far North we should be in Canada I think I am happy i am not. I like my health care here so here we stay.
Our food prices and gas prices are high because we have it shipped so far. they took up most of the rail lines and now they regret it.
So far we still have no Natural gas and we get most of our power from Canada. We were going have hydro but the out of state lobby nixed that years ago. It would have helped with all of our lakes and water. I hope i will see the day when the Ocean wind farm exists, I am excited about that

Our Sewer and water are very high but they are both state of the art systems and they are in the middle of replacing the entire infra-structure. We have very little industry here so most kids have to go out of state to get jobs.
We live in a beautiful fabulous place here in Maine and environmental protection is a big and expensive priority. HUGS Pat in Maine. You are doing a great job keeping you place efficient good for you!!((((((HUGS))))

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/11/2012 10:40AM

    You're doing excellent Linda. I'm learning from you so when I ahve a house of my own. You still ahve less bills than my own 2 bedroom apt. here in Oregon.

Early evening at dusk we light candles in the livable areas and cut the lights. It does help a bit i think.

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snowy day

Friday, February 10, 2012

Getting close to spring, winter weather still peeking through,, okay with me,, smaller heating bills.. I think my attic insulation helped me this winter,, should pay itself back by summer,, looking to see how it capture the a/c air and keeps it indoors!

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NORASPAT 2/10/2012 5:54PM

    LINDA, our blown insulation in the roof was a big investment of labor. DH and I did the thing it was a filthy job to do. We are very sure it was worth it. The snow rarely melts off our roof and the neighbours all have striped roofs as the snow melts off as the heat goes up through the ceiling and attic. I am sure it was a sound investment. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/10/2012 3:01PM

    My weeeeee 2 bedroom apartment and basement down there where the neighr uses the washer and the lights down there are costing us in winter months al of $400.00 a month. Too much. Can't wait to get out of here.

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lazy people

Thursday, February 09, 2012

more paperwork for mother, lazy insurance chickie that won't make a phone call, told me I can do it,, one little thing can make my blood boil and that is laziness..
I think when I call back I will talk v e r y s l o w l y.. .. she must have all the time in the world to listen if she has everybody else doing her job.. I do not know why all of a sudden this one person upsets me, but she WILL earn her keep today if I have to do part of her job..
I have been in a great mood all day, even though work was a nightmare and I stayed over and worked an extra hour,,

I fell like I am dangling a toy on the end of a string for a dumb cat...

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NORASPAT 2/9/2012 11:37PM

    Go for it LINDA, I am amazed how so many lazy people can stay working in their office jobs. We find many-not all of our state workers and at DMV they are just so high and mighty and they think they can be obnoxious just because they are union. That make my blood boil too. There has to be a better way, after all we help pay these people. It has been along time trying to get this resolved. I hope it gets settled really soon. HUGS Pat in Maine.

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MRI results

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I am going to live... no cancer, no tumors of any kind, but I do have three bulging discs. I knew I had osteoarthritis, but this disc thing was unexpected. It is due to years of hard, physical labor at my jobs and home.
I can add hours to my work schedule as I wish, but the ten pound lifting restriction is forever. If I do not, the discs are ready to rupture. It explains the pain when I do too much along with the fibromyalgia and arthritis... no wonder I cannot stretch like I used to....

Went to credit union to start a CD. THey have this contest running that every time you deposit $25 or more, you are put into drawings for big cash prizes,, they pay the same amount as savings account, but the grand prizes are $10,000.. $100 and $50 prizes every month at OUR Cu, $1,000 and $500 drawings every month in the league(all of the local CU's) and next year three grand prizes of $10,000each.. I deposit all the time anyway, might as well try to get lucky from it..

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NORASPAT 2/9/2012 11:31PM

    Hi there, I lifted a very heavy dresser years ago and ruptured three discs in my back. I was told not to bother with second opinion we will do surgery tomorrow. He did, pain was less but I had a numb left leg for almost 8 years. That is what the Acupuncturist was able to help me with just this year.
It has been a long haul but I find if I have to lean and lift I really hurt even now. I had a miserable time with our refrigerator needing to just bend the back a little and reach for something like a bottle of juice or something heavy and it really was a problem. We bought a refrigerator with a bottom freezer and so I can deal with the refrigerator so much better now. Freezer is way down and bending way over never bothers me so that was a solution for me.
I cannot take pain meds so I use ice-which I do not like and I use a TENS unit when it plays up. It is still doing better now.
I am sorry for your pain LINDA, Take care

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YROEHR 2/9/2012 10:33AM

    I'm glad all is well. The restrictions are a bummer but at least now you can breathe easy.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/8/2012 6:04PM

    Thank you Jesis for answering prayers.
Lin you best obey your Dr.. That can lead to serious damage.
Hugs and God Bless!

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