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MORNING ROLL CALL DECEMBER 2022.

MORNING ROLL CALL DECEMBER 2022.
Good morning everyone on this second morning of 2022.
Happy Birthday to all of our December Birthday members.
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😴 heading "offline" - Sweet Dreams Porchers! Nicole 🙂

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Hi @DaveMcK , thanks for setting us up for December 2022! Happy Friday, Nicole 🙂

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Hi folks! Raining and foggy here and looks like its here to stay. I had to venture out to Walmart on Black Friday, had no choice as I had not much food. Lots of parking for curbside pick up but the store was not mobbed. Not enough grocery stores in my little town and those that we have are usually covered with people.

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@LaDolceVitawrote:

Hi folks! Raining and foggy here and looks like its here to stay. I had to venture out to Walmart on Black Friday, had no choice as I had not much food. Lots of parking for curbside pick up but the store was not mobbed. Not enough grocery stores in my little town and those that we have are usually covered with people.


👉 (12/3/22) Hi @LaDolceVita relieved you are okay. Had not seen any posts recently from you and @Frozenoem and was concerned. Nicole 🙂 👈

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@NicoleW518772, had to laugh at you climbing over boxes in aisle. When I worked overnight, I used to like to stop at Walmart when it was open 24 hrs. (Covid killed that deal.) No one in there but the stockers and palettes of stuff were everywhere! A lot of detouring required especially if I was pushing a cart! 😧

And during the shutdowns, I took advantage of early senior hour every week (although going shopping at 6 AM is not something I enjoy. Being up and functioning at 6 AM is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h for me). I always used self-checkout which nobody else did. Perfect! No peeps in my space. For some reason, people around here complain when they have to do their own checkout. Not me, give me self-checkout any time!

Also, speaking of reaching the top shelf, I once helped a sweet lady who wanted a box of cat crunchies from the top and she couldn't reach it. I grabbed a box and it had a smooshed corner, so I went to grab another one and I don't know what I did, but a whole bunch of boxes came tumbling down. Oh, lord. 🤦 Only in Walmart does this stuff happen!

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Wednesday - November 30, 2022 8:30pm EST.

Sweet Dreams @DaveMcK , @MsStretch , @OscarE1968 , @catwoman500 , @Frozenoem and Other Members! Lol, cell at 40%, best I go charge it and prepare dinner. 😂🤣 Hope all is WELL with you and your loved ones! And for our FLORIDA folks, I still cry when I think of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole. 😭 My only child lives in Melbourne, Florida and was okay. I am DREADING moving back there maybe next year 2023. Nicole 😴

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☀️Monday - November 28, 2022 5:30am EST ☀️

 

Happy Monday Porchers and other Community Members!

 

It is 54° here in Roanoke, Virginia with a "high" of 55°. Luv it!! Lol, as long as there is no ice, fog, rain or snow - this old lady is happy. Yes, got to do my 8am Walmart Food Run and be back home BEFORE everyone breaks for lunch. My Old Lady (yes, the other one - my 2006 Hyundai Elantra) luv doing the "speed limit" up the hills and around the 2-lane bends WITHOUT help from someone on our BUMPER./lol 🤣😂 Now to hope ALL their self-checkout consoles are open and working and the items I NEED are on the shelves. I will probably have to "climb" over boxes in the aisles too. Now to hope I can find an employee to "help" with those items they insist on putting on shelves I need a "ladder" to get to items. Sometimes I get lucky and there is a TALL customer in my aisle. Yes, I have no shame is asking IF they can help. So far, everyone has because it is OTHER old people shopping at that time = nice people./lol 🤣😂 Nicole 🙂

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The last time I was in a retail store on Black Friday other than a grocery store was in the fall of 1978 when I still worked in retail. 

In the Spring of 1979 I went to work for the local Utility that I worked for 30+ years and than retired in January 2009.

Actually the day before Christmas was worst as many drunks came in a bought any thing on the shelf and said as they left that they will never use it anyway.

The second worst day is the day after Christmas with all the returns with open boxes and missing parts. 

 

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@DaveMcK wrote:

The last time I was in a retail store on Black Friday other than a grocery store was in the fall of 1978 when I still worked in retail. 

In the Spring of 1979 I went to work for the local Utility that I worked for 30+ years and than retired in January 2009.

Actually the day before Christmas was worst as many drunks came in a bought any thing on the shelf and said as they left that they will never use it anyway.

The second worst day is the day after Christmas with all the returns with open boxes and missing parts. 

 


👉 (11/27/22) Hi @DaveMcK , good to hear from you!! Happy Sunday to you and Mary. You could NOT pay me to work "retail again" - use to do after my "real job" for a little spending money and the employee discounts. Nicole 🙂 👈

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@DaveMcK , @MsStretch , @OscarE1968 , @catwoman500 , @Frozenoem - did you guys do Black Friday today? Nope, too COLD!

 

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No, no, no, don't do Black Friday.  I may look at a BF deal or two online, but actually go out and physically shop?  You won't find me near a store.

 

I usually do the #optoutside thing on Black Friday and go for a hike, generally at a state park, but this year I did not go anywhere.  Shame on me.

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@MsStretch wrote:

No, no, no, don't do Black Friday.  I may look at a BF deal or two online, but actually go out and physically shop?  You won't find me near a store.

 

I usually do the #optoutside thing on Black Friday and go for a hike, generally at a state park, but this year I did not go anywhere.  Shame on me.


👉(11/26/22) Hi @MsStretch , the last time I was in a store during the week of Thanksgiving was when I worked as a Cashier at a Walmart in Florida over 17 years ago. And swore never again. This old gal skipped my "weekly" Walmart "get food, I am out" run last week. Will be at their door ON MONDAY at 8am while all the "feel a need to be breathing down my neck" folks are still in bed. Have my 5 Moderna and yearly Flu Shot, but so not taking off my mask at Walmart. Nope, not ready to "mingle", maybe next year. They use to have cops posted. Crazy!!! Luv my online for clothing. 59° degrees here in Roanoke, Virginia. Anyone had snow as yet? Not me. Angela 🙂

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We have had a couple to snow showers of  2" each here in South Central Wisconsin the last few days.That has all melted over the last few days.

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Good evening to all On The Front Porch! Hope everyone is doing well, just wanted to wish everyone A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

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@OscarE1968 wrote:

Good evening to all On The Front Porch! Hope everyone is doing well, just wanted to wish everyone A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


(11/24/22) Well hello @OscarE1968 , so nice to hear from you and Happy 🦃 to you too. Nicole 🙂

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Happy Turkey Day @LaDolceVita , @DaveMcK , @Frozenoem , @MsStretch , @catwoman500 !!! Nicole 🙂

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"Oh, puleeze! Put it on the dog instead!""Oh, puleeze! Put it on the dog instead!"

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Porch Peeps!

We've got sun here in the Philly burbs. Hoping to reach the 50's which will be a welcome change from this unseasonable cold we've been having. Rain moving in for the weekend though.

Blessings and good health to you all!

 

As Mom used to say, "Don't play with your food; eat it!"As Mom used to say, "Don't play with your food; eat it!"

 

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@catwoman500 wrote:

"Oh, puleeze! Put it on the dog instead!""Oh, puleeze! Put it on the dog instead!"

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Porch Peeps!

We've got sun here in the Philly burbs. Hoping to reach the 50's which will be a welcome change from this unseasonable cold we've been having. Rain moving in for the weekend though.

Blessings and good health to you all!

 

As Mom used to say, "Don't play with your food; eat it!"As Mom used to say, "Don't play with your food; eat it!"

 


(11/24/22) Lol @catwoman500 🤣😂!!! When I read the famous AARP email when you posted, "put it on the dog" went over my head until I arrived in the Front Porch Forum to "reply to your post. I am still GIGGLING. Luv your .gif!!!

 

***I know from reading everyone's posts on this thread, someone lives in Florida and another in Virginia***

 

NO PRESSURE, but would really help me out IF I could get some feedback on BOTH states from you. If you rather not, I promise to not get upset.

 

FLORIDA

 

In your opinion, is there a best location for a regular (lol, not a movie star) Retiree to rent a 2-bedroom single-family house?

 

VIRGINIA

 

Dreading LEAVING Roanoke, Virginia but at age 64, need to move back to Melbourne, Florida to be nearer to my only child as I age. Being divorced I had "followed" her to VIRGINIA, she was born in Melbourne and never left. Well she HATED Arlington, Virginia and returned to Melbourne. I luv the mountains and 4 seasons here and DREADING moving back to Melbourne. 😭 So here is my question, IF you are on MEDICARE here in Virginia, any tips to pass my way? I plan on signing up NEXT JUNE, the 3-months early we are allowed to do. I turn 65 that September. I doubt I will be back in Melbourne and already worrying about this as the Bradley Free Clinic here (free clinic) kicks us out when we turn 65 😭. They do not deal with MEDICARE. I have been going there since 2018 when I moved here. Crying already, WONDERFUL and caring volunteers. So, from all my reading, I will get Part A free and GRATEFUL. I will have to pay $164 for the 2023 Part B, which will come out of my Retirement Social Security. Now comes the "complicated" part - since I will need another arrangement for my medical wellness checkups, vision, dental and prescriptions - what VIRGINIA options do I have? I do plan on going to see my local LOA (local office on aging) next year to see if they have any advice.

 

Happy 🦃 Day Everyone!

 

Nicole 🙂

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@NicoleW518772 , I live in VA (I get it your daughter was probably unhappy with Arlington, it's the horrendous traffic!) and I have Medicare.  Annual wellness checks are covered in Plan A.

 

Definitely a good idea to have Plan C or a Medigap/supplemental policy to cover spillover expenses Medicare does not pay and Plan D or a prescription plan.  Original Medicare does not cover 'scripts.  Dental and vision are currently not covered, so you will have to have to obtain your own policy.  From my own experience, most people who do not have or expect major problems (just regular exams or check-ups) find paying out of pocket is generally cheaper than paying monthly premiums.  Things like cataracts ARE covered under original Medicare.

 

As far as Virginia and Medigap options, I am afraid I will not be much help, since I have supplemental insurance and 'script plan through ChampVA (for surviving spouses of war veterans), but there certainly are a lot of options.  It is good you are going to see your LOA as they will be your best bet to help you navigate through the myriad of options in Virginia that will be best for your current and future needs.

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Hi @MsStretch Thank you SO MUCH for responding!🤗

 

I do have "tiny" cataracts in each eye per my Yearly eye exam this year and got new glasses. 😭

 

Well with my daughter I was in shock when she applied for an awesome job with Deloitte in Arlington. In her 30's and NEVER set foot out of Florida. Me, been all over.

 

She missed her friends and stuff to do there and I had hoped she would stay. We moved in 2015 and she returned 2018. 😭

 

Florida is in "crisis" with things and I have no idea how things will work IF I move.

 

It is 61° here in Roanoke, Virginia.

 

Happy Friday Porchers!!!

 

Nicole 🙂

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@catwoman500 , sorry, but can't stop doing my happy dance.💃 I am in awe! 😁

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@MsStretch 

Leaves disappeared with temps in upper 60’s and rain. Today 28* and 6” of white stuff, still falling👍.

Don’t like the weather wait a minute🤣.

 

Time for a slog in snow, forgot to buy matches and want a fire, after using oil last night.👎🏻. Liked Lewis Black’s suggestion on new name if he had money, Washington Commodes.

 

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And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I am still struggling here, unable to leave the house except for very short trips.  Visited mom's companion in NH, she is in rehab, do not know when she will get out.  At least she is close by, about 6 miles from home.

 

Very cold at night here, 20s but I can confidently walk in the woods now that snakes are laying low and no ticks!  Dogs enjoy thechange of scenery.

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@LaDolceVita 

 

20’s are a warm snap up here, last night I turned on heat for year.Think my high been 6* this week with new snow showers each night.

 

Hoping for Wednesday it may hit 30*😎,tomorrow Turkey can start dry brining in theory. Don’t get the coma of Turkey if brined or the other side effects.👍

 

2 more weeks to vaccinations for Covid, Flu and pneumonia suggest I’m staying here for bird day. No desire to go out and get Ill.

 

Need to split some punky wood, and get it burning, It’s brisk out and need to cure my boots with sno seal, brush off my snow pants, and await delivery of my gore Tex waterproofer and stove blower kit. Spikes are attached to cane, and I want to hike after the warm up.

 

Hope everyone’s having fun, need caffeine 

 

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And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@catwoman500 , Nicole left her mess here and I guess moseyed on up to PA. 

 

It is amazing how those leaves just love to hitch a ride inside. 🍁🍂 I think I routinely drag half the outdoors in with me. 😁

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🏈 @MsStretch ... OUCH! 

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🎶🎵 All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray. 🎵🎶

 

Suffered a 10" leaf-fall here since all the oaks seemingly dumped (and are still dumping) their leaves all at once. Don't you just love the crunch underfoot?  Not.  Especially when it involves wading and postholing across my deck.

 

@DaveMcK , I also voted early at the beginning of last month.  My neighbor waited until the 'last minute' to vote early, last Saturday, and had to wait ½ hour which is almost unheard of around these parts for midterms. We got redistricted where prior the incumbent was a Republican and currently, the incumbent was Democrat (who won), so not sure that might have had something to do with it. 🤷 That, and it was the weekend before Election Day.

 

See you Monday on the football field, @catwoman500 . Commanders have been a hot topic in the news around here lately and not necessarily for their 'stellar' performance. 😏 Rumors and controversy abound.  Biggest is potential interested buyers include Jeff Bezos, Jay-Z, and now Matthew McConaughey.

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@MsStretch ...Yes I have heard those rumors about Bezos and Jay-Z. Didn't catch the Matthew McConaughey addition! WOW!

 

We are catching the remnants of Nicole today. Just got back from lunch and it is nasty out there and will probably get worse when the wind kicks in later.

Leaves fell like snow this past week. I'm finding leaves in every room of the house. Sneakers somehow don't want to let go of the leaves until you get inside! 😾

How is November flying by so fast?

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