“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Not much to tell.

I'm still alive but not much on the Internet right now. Family matters combined with a little not serious but not feeling so hot on my part have slowed me down. My wife and I are deciding what we want to do about her early retirement and our future plans. This was not something I expected to have to address seriously for at least four more years.

We need facts to make decisions so I have ordered an appraisal of our property in case we do decide to move elsewhere. It is expensive but I want it done professionally by  licensed appraiser who has no agenda of his own.

I had to put word verification on the blog because I am getting spammed to death and that's the only way I can stop it.

That's all there is to tell for now.

41 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. Too many blogger have gone silent as of late.

    Good idea to get an appraiser who's working for you. Knowledge is power.

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    1. I really don't have any idea what this place is worth. I last had it appraised in 2006 and was well pleased, but that has no relevance today. So we will see.

      I used to do a lot of my blogging at night but lately I have been sleeping all night. Tonight I am awake and trying to catch up with everyone.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      A thought just popped in my head that if the real estate bubble peaked in 2008, your property value now maybe the same as in 2006 but add another 10 percent.
      This is a sellers market for property with the mass (false) belief that things are largely back normal financially.

      On the field lab blog, John Wells out in Terlingua, Texas has a pretty good write up (a few days ago) about why the feds are selling so many 'Silver American Eagle one once coins (45 million a year if I remember correctly) I think the feds are making money off of selling the American Eagles at a sales tax of 28 percent, thereby making a hefty profit.
      All those coins are being hidden away in mason jars, under mattresses and stacked up in the back of gun safes.

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    3. I lost 30 -50% of the paper value of my house since 2007. However, it does appear to be heading back up. Doesn't bother me much either way.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Hang in there 'Harry.

    I was not feeling to well myself today and I have a lot of work to do on different projects myself so I am behind somewhat also.

    I'm still waiting on the front sight for the Mosin I have on order. I shot the Glock a few days ago and it worked better than expected. Only hang up is the tip of the trigger has a very, very annoying 'ridge or lump' that wants to irritate the tip of my trigger finger.
    I gotta check Brownell's to see if there is a solution. Maybe a rubber piece or something like a piece of heatsink that can go over the tip of the trigger???

    I know, everyone will say 'man up' deal with it, blah, blah, blah. That's the only annoying trigger out of all the guns I have, and I really don't want to deal with a blister caused by only one pistol.
    I gotta say that the Glock Gen 4, trigger is great except for the tip of the trigger. I have no desire to change out triggers at this time.

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    1. CC sorry you are not feeling 100 percent. That makes everything harder and gives you a less than motivated attitude naturally enough. I have several Glocks and I never noticed the trigger but the truth is I never shot them much either.

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  3. Hope you're feeling better and that the Lord guides you in your decisions.

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    1. George's, thanks for the good karma. It's nice to have choices and right now we aren't in any hurry to decide anything. Just looking at different options, where we are right now and what, if anything we want to change about our current lifestyle.

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  4. what happened about the possible jobs in asheville for your kids?

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    1. They are coming down to take a look at Asheville, then their mom is going back up to the city where they live for a visit with them. Not sure exactly when though, but NLT the first week of December.

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  5. I hope things work out and you don't have to move quite so soon. On top of current health issues, moving is very stressful. I've been sick too, this will be my first day back in a week and a half.

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    1. I wonder, Kathy, if feeling bad is not germ related but just being run down energy wise sometimes. I guess it doesn't matter, if you feel badly you're out of action either way. I hope things aren't too frenetic at work, sometimes things pile up when you are out.

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  6. It's cold and flu season, I managed to get just a little sniffle and not the full blown crud. Your property seems to be pretty unique so hopefully you get an appraiser that isn't a dud. It's good to have your own, so if you do sell whatever dope is sent out can be held accountable. When the in-laws sold the appraiser didn't add 2 bedrooms in and it was a pain in the ass to get that changed but luckily they had a backup from when they had purchased it a few years prior.
    Hope you feel better and are enjoying the sleep (it's not always easy to get).

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    1. Max, the guy was out here yesterday. I liked him. He was a 2nd Amendment man, and a Southern patriot. We got along well and I am comfortable that whatever he comes up with will be realistic. That's the main thing.

      Lots of people are getting one virus or another right now, it's that time of the year I guess.

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  7. Harry,

    There must be something going around, everyone in our family has felt under the weather. It's always good to get an appraisal of your place from a professional. Retiring early doesn't mean you have to move. I retired early, dealt with the penalties, and we still live in the same place. Hubby and I discussed retiring early, since my retirement was through the state of Florida. Better to take the money now, then to wait until full retirement age and not have any money available because the state took it.

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    1. Sandy, my wife has mainly been sticking with it for the insurance. We had to pay a big chunk of it but the state picked up the rest as part of her compensation package. The actual disparity between her working salary and her retired salary (pension + social security) is just a few hundred dollars a month.

      She's worn out though. I had planned on four more years til we reached this point but the timing is right now. I don't want to move, but my wife is in favor of it so we are taking a measured approach to the question. There's no hurry.

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  8. Sorry to hear you're contemplating a move. I understand about options, yet I aspire to be where you are; secluded, self reliant, and relatively safe. Best of luck to you in whichever you choose...

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    1. I'm content here. My wife would like someplace with lots of nice grocery stores, with little cafes and nice restaurants, with a mall....

      I'm not sure how we will work all that out. There's a possibility we could just stay here and she could go up and stay with the kids a month at a time or so, then come back.

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  9. Hope you all start feeling better.
    Hey your sleeping through the night, maybe you just needed your wife.

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    1. Kimberly, we never liked being separated but jobs are very scarce here, and to teach in a county school you have to be plugged into the "power structure" which we never were. She got her job in the county where she has taught for so long because her sister was president of the school board. That's how it works here.

      But you are quite correct, life is much better when she is home. We just have to figure out now, where that's going to be. Maybe here, maybe somewhere else. If need be I have one more move left in me I think.

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    2. harry,
      used to live in florida. place was full of people who sold out to live in 'paradise'.
      most wished they'd kept the home place and just come down for winter.
      couldn't afford to buy their old homes back.

      how about you keep your place, or one sort of like it but maybe smaller, less upkeep, and spend the winters in more southern places?

      you could stay in a different place each winter season and decide if you liked one well enough to buy a winter property there.

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  10. I didn't get any word verification, just to let you know.

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    1. Kimberly, I don't know why. My spam has fallen from around 100 a day to zero so something is working. But as long as you were able to post your comment, that's what matters to me most.

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  11. Glad to hear you're alive and well Harry. It's very sensible you're getting all your information together before making any decisions.

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    1. Kirsty, my wife and I have been having this discussion about what happens when she retires for a long time, but I thought I had at least four more years before it was "real." Now it's abruptly time to make some decisions. I think we will work it out to where we are both satisfied, but if we can't I will do what she wants to do. She came out here in the middle of nowhere with me almost 30 years ago, when I really needed some seclusion and tranquility. So, if she wants to live in a different place from now on, it's her time to choose.

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  12. Getting stressed out with worry can take a toll on the immune system and make you feel like something the cat drug in. Sleeping well helps a lot. I sure hope you don't have to move away from your place. I think you don't really want to, either. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and the missus, too.

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    1. Well, I don't want to move , to be honest. I seem to have more trouble staying on an even keel when I'm surrounded by people and I have to interact with people I don't know and may not like. But if my wife wants to move we will, in the end, because she's been good and loyal all these years and she's entitled to live in the kind of place she wants to if it comes to it.

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  13. Sir,
    Hope all are doing well there. Been following your various blogs for a few years and am jealous of your setup there on the mountain (but way too far away from my family in a flyover state). Hope you can get a lot if you have to sell, and find a secure location for retirement.
    V/R,
    Redstone

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    1. I appreciate the good thoughts. I may stay here, or wind up in condominium in Florida, or some place we aren't even thinking about now. One thing about it, we don't have to rush into anything so we can do the best job possible of making a good decision.

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  14. Forgot to click the notification box...

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    1. It still came through fine. Maybe the word verification thing doesn't always work. Kim had the same experience.

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  15. Harry - you know that regardless of what your plans are, or what you end up doing, me and jam are here for you and your family. i hope that you are feeling better by the time you get this message and hope that you, and your wife, are getting lots of sleep. i've missed your regular blog posts but that's only because i haven't been blogging regularly lately and haven't been checking my favourite blogs. but i think we are back to normal now.

    we send all of our love to you and yours, as always. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, all is well here. Just a big change of routine and a lot of administrative stuff to take care of. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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  16. Long term reader, but have never commented. Hope you and your wife are well. Surprises like that are no fun, but seem to come periodically. I hope everything works out well for you and your wife.

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    1. I am trying to look at it as a positive development. I just don't like surprises. But I think it was time for us to get out of being plugged into the world. Her problems with jackass administrators usually turned into my problems, so now maybe we both can relax.

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  17. Moving is not my favorite thing. Hope you figure out a way to keep everyone happy. Sorry you are feeling lousy. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I was working some spreadsheets, trying to calculate the minimum requirements for moving if we did move , and I gave up in despair. It seems like too vast an undertaking. Maybe we will try to keep this place and live here part time, though that has drawbacks as well.

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  18. harry,
    go to 'nobody asked me' blog
    read the entry for oct 19 a little humor to start the week.
    funny and true!!

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  19. Harry
    i hope every thing is ok with you and your wife, sending you my best wishes.

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    1. Everything is ok, Yael. I am just having to deal with a lot of out of the ordinary things and I am very much a creature of routine. It will all get done though.

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