Many Mondays

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 4:19pm

1. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?

2. Besides big ticket items (like houses, cars, etc.), what is one thing that you will spend extra money on because you feel you get what you pay for with that item?

3. Name one thing that makes you happy this week.

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 11:07am

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p>1. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?</p><p>2. Besides big ticket items (like houses, cars, etc.), what is one thing that you will spend extra money on because you feel you get what you pay for with that item?</p><p>3. Name one thing that makes you happy this week.</p>

1. One, prescription

2. Shoes, although I wouldn't say I "spend more" but I buy good quality.  Sometimes it is more expensive than noname shoes, but often times it's not.

3. School is almost out, mil is coming for a visit, my house is exceptionally clean, including the garage, the weather is perfect..... so much to be "happy" about.

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 11:56am

Oh, another thing that's making me happy this week.  When I first moved to this house, there was this scrawny, neglected, nearly wild rose ... plant.  Couldn't really call it a "bush".  Here's a picture of it that first June (2011).  It's that scrawny green thing in front of the big yellow bush. (near the window towards the back of the house)

 

For three years, I've been treating against black mold, feeding it and improving the soil around it, plus mulching and composting around it every fall.  I nearly lost it that first year.  One of the three woods (the main branches that most rose bushes sprout from) was fully dead and another was badly diseased.  I had to prune heavily and treat, treat, treat it.

Here it is today.  It had sprouted two new woods to  accompany the surviving ones. It's tall and healthy.  There's only the slightest hint of black mold on the one branch that suffered so badly, but it's barely noticeable compared to before and I've already given it its first treatment/feeding for the spring.

 

Now that it's finally healthy, I can get to work on the rest of the bed and prep it to add 2 or 3 more companions, which I've wanted to do since I moved in and found this rose.  But with it so unhealthy, I didn't want to bring in any more roses for fear that 1) it might infect the new, fragile plantings or 2) they might bring in something else that would do the old rose in, in its fragile state.

Yay!  I love that rose bush :) 

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 12:51pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">My grill was a bit expensive too - no $40 small, cheapo for me.  I am due for a new one soon; mine is still functional, but could go kaput any time now.</span></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>BTDT buying the cheapo ones thinking they were all the same. My gf would buy the cheapy $150-$200 grills and would have to replace them every 2 or so years. I told her if she just spent the money, she could have it for many more years. My parents Weber lasted them well over 20 years. Well worth the money, IMO. </span></span></strong></p>

Your parents' grill lasted 20 years because things used to be made to last that long.  Now nothing is--every repairman who comes to my house tells me this.  I highly doubt buying a Weber grill means it's going to be as long lasting as that older model.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 1:00pm

1. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own? 2

2. Besides big ticket items (like houses, cars, etc.), what is one thing that you will spend extra money on because you feel you get what you pay for with that item?  I'll pay more for shoes I guess, I don't buy the cheapest ones anymore.  Produce.  Other than that it's just a case by case thing.  I often don't buy the cheapest model or item in that category, sometimes I do.  

3. Name one thing that makes you happy this week. My daughter's dance recital was awesome.  The pictures we got from one of her dances were awesome.  I should talk to the woman who did it, it would be great to hire her to take pictures next year.  My dd and her 2 friends who are twins are the only seniors in their dance company, none of the other girls were moved up this year.  The 2 girls and my dd took their first ballet class together when they were 4 and then parted ways to take different classes until freshman year when my dd rejoined ballet and they are great friends now.  

I tried to add one of those beautiful pictures, but they are too big.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 1:10pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p>1. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?</p><p>2. Besides big ticket items (like houses, cars, etc.), what is one thing that you will spend extra money on because you feel you get what you pay for with that item?</p><p>3. Name one thing that makes you happy this week.</p>

1.  Two.

2.  Most things, why would I buy something that "I" didn't feel that I was getting worth?  I won't spend extra money just for a "label" however or brand, unless I know the brand is proven.   I buy both store brands and national, but based on quality not the name.

3.  At this point, sleep would make me happy...

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 1:14pm

just_another_marla wrote:
<p>1. Three--all prescription.</p><p>2. Tomatoes. Because most bright red, perfect tomatoes in the grocery store are just pretty little tasteless lies. I'll pay $5/lb. for tomatoes to get what I want. Cymbals are an item that you obviously get what you pay for too. </p><p>3. I start work as a political advocate tomorrow. I'm way more excited than I ought to be. </p>

I'm eagerly awaiting the first "real" BLT of the summer....garden fresh tomatoes and lettuce, and quality local pepper bacon with a smear of real mayo. YUM.  

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 1:19pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">blackandwhitemolly</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"&gt;My grill was a bit expensive too - no $40 small, cheapo for me.  I am due for a new one soon; mine is still functional, but could go kaput any time now.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p style="text-align:left"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:x-small"&gt;&lt;span&gt;BTDT buying the cheapo ones thinking they were all the same. My gf would buy the cheapy $150-$200 grills and would have to replace them every 2 or so years. I told her if she just spent the money, she could have it for many more years. My parents Weber lasted them well over 20 years. Well worth the money, IMO. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Your parents' grill lasted 20 years because things used to be made to last that long.  Now nothing is--every repairman who comes to my house tells me this.  I highly doubt buying a Weber grill means it's going to be as long lasting as that older model.</p>

As the owner of a Weber Genesis for going on 10 years now, I agree that they are still built to last.  I love my Weber, but I also take care of her, covering her in when not in use and giving her a good spring cleaning every year.

PumpkinAngel

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 1:26pm

Your parents' grill lasted 20 years because things used to be made to last that long.  Now nothing is--every repairman who comes to my house tells me this.  I highly doubt buying a Weber grill means it's going to be as long lasting as that older model.

We have ours about 8 years now. While I agree with you about things not lasting like they used to, I truly believe in spending the extra money on a good grill (we have a Weber which we love but I know others have other grills that cost more than the ones you can get in Kmart or Walmart, etc.). Even the Weber's in Home Depot are different than if you purchase them in a speciality store. 

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In reply to: merella
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 3:59pm

We know a few people who graduated that year.  Dh graduated in '90 and then BIL in '99.  Living here now, we know a ton of grads, plus dh worked there when we were first married.  Blue Angels practiced today, after three years of not being able to perform here, so everyone in town is excited today.  Hoping the weather holds off tomorrow so we can see the real performance.  Is your cousin still in the Navy?  Dh got out a while ago.

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Tue, 05-20-2014 - 7:03pm

merella wrote:
<p>We know a few people who graduated that year.  Dh graduated in '90 and then BIL in '99.  Living here now, we know a ton of grads, plus dh worked there when we were first married.  Blue Angels practiced today, after three years of not being able to perform here, so everyone in town is excited today.  Hoping the weather holds off tomorrow so we can see the real performance.  Is your cousin still in the Navy?  Dh got out a while ago.</p>

She actually commissioned into the Air Force after graduating, but isn't serving any longer.  She and her dh (also a former AF officer) live nearby up in PA.