Sunday, April 24, 2016

I thought ...



Well, I'm not sure what I thought ... except, I supposed it would feel different.   ("It" being spending my first SSA proceeds.)

To tell you the truth, until going online last Wednesday morning and witnessing that credit with my very own eyes, I dared not make any plans.   
OK, then!  I took a 'floating holiday' Friday to get-er done.

Those who know me well, know I'm never without a Plan.  
I can't help myself!
... witness our family's 50's road trips: my father's itinerary neatly typed and clipped to the visor:  "Day 1:  Los Alamos to Oklahoma City: 569 mi."   Baring a natural disaster, it brooked no argument.

('Scuze my verbal detour...)

So, our bargain washing machine (thank you, NOT, Craigslist!) has been leaking the better part of a year. Way tired of stuffing old towels around its perimeter each wash-day, I concluded it wasn't worth paying someone to slap on a band-aid until something else went wrong.

I'm sure there are folks who get excited about modern appliances and the myriad of choices.  
I'm not one of them.

Our salesman probably thought I was a bit touched in the head, or simply it was his lucky day, but the whole process took maybe 5 minutes.  Less than 24 hours later we've an uninspired-but-capable machine ... that doesn't sound like what DH called a 'concrete mixer.'

Next stop, BedBath&Beyond, for a light-weight comforter.
I adore our hand-me-down bedding, but it weighs a ton! (Maybe not a ton, but it took two of us to wrestle it out of K's Suburban and into the house last year.)
Better suited for Anchorage, perhaps.

By this time I was feeling somewhat reckless and suggested we stop at Black Angus.  DH had his eye on a cheeseburger ... until I announced plans to enjoy a 12-oz. NY Strip.
Totally out of character, but I enjoyed that steak like I haven't anything in a long time!

Before calling it a day we took a look at televisions.  (Friend and co-worker Brian is fond of telling me, "1995 called: They want their television back.")
I've nothing against the new 'smart' TV's.  I just can't see throwing away our old-but-perfectly-good set.
EXCEPT, our cable provider's gone and raised our rates again.  We've always bundled the TV, land line and internet, but I've been campaigning for a while now to ditch the land-line.

We know next-to-nothing about streaming television reception, but I'm in the mood to find out ... fire Cox and take a leap of faith into the 21st Century.   

Have any of y'all done so? ... and, are you happy with the results?


DH was all agog over the mega-screen televisions, but as you can see we're stymied by the builder's built-in 40" cubby.



So much for "the days of our lives."  
Unremarkable, but satisfying nonetheless.
I sure hope yours is, as well!


Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra








27 comments:

  1. You're spending the money very wisely and that's the most important thing. Every time I use my old clothes dryer I fear that it might blow up. Amazing that it lasted this long..... My "new" washer is now suddenly six years old. Where does the time go??

    That comforter on the bed looks very similar (especially in color) to one that I have. I use mine as a winter cover.

    Steak at Black Angus? My mouth is watering - despite the fact that I just stuffed myself with crappy homemade fish & chips.

    I left my old TV sets in Texas when I moved. I regret it now, but they were damn old. Perhaps...someday....I'll get a new one.
    I am admittedly nowhere near the 21st century.

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    1. "Spending wisely" ...
      Sweet baby Jesus, I'm turning into my mother! I just looked at this and realized I written a post about appliances. (Weeping in my wine.)

      You're a courteous man, Jon. :))

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  2. You made smart investments, particularly the steak. Though the comforter is beautiful. We are about to pull the plug on our cable. Our dishwasher just expired so I understand your joy at more disposable income. I can not collect my SS for another couple years. ENJOY every dime of yours. You worked for it.

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    1. Lovin' your first line about the steak! :)
      Well, that and the last. If I hear one more person refer to SSA as a 'benefit', I'm going to screeeeeam.

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  3. Ugh..Comcast is always bouncing around on cable/internet, and it's always too much! Ole boy regularly talks of getting rid of it all together. I rarely watch it, so I'll miss it rarely. Internet, now...over my dead body.

    I'm not a fan of steak...I order it once every 10 years or so. Now a cheeseburger? Yep, I'm okay with that once a week!

    I got rid of my comforter long ago...cannot stand being hot. The bare minimum is on my bed. :)

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    1. Like you, I rarely watch the "boob tube" ... but hubby has sleep issues and often keeps it on 24/7.

      "Over my dead body." Hey, I'm right there with you!

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  4. I enjoyed your shopping news. Glad you went out on a limb with that steak! My old dishwasher no longer cleaned my dishes; the water pump broke. Tom went on Craig's List and found a used LG model, quite an upgrade for us. The find took us all day as we headed out to Williamson, AZ, the up north Scottsdale! Then we ate burgers at In/Out Burger. It took Tom, Reene and her daughter to get that unit into the house, but it is super quiet and sturdy compared to the old one you could take out with one hand, ha! Been a good week.

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    1. Great find, Mary! Quiet is good. :)

      We've had to replace our (builder's basic) dishwasher twice now, but I can't tell you the last time I turned ours on. It's certainly made a difference in our electric bilL!

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  5. Good spending I think! Congratulations! We have a Roku and stream Netflix and Amazon, oh and Acorn TV. But we also have the cable bundle, so we don't just stream. Let us know what you decide!

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    1. Thanks, Terri!
      Roku and Acorn I've not heard of. This is soooo confusing ... maybe on account I'm making a mountain out of molehills.

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  6. Very smart move on the washer. I amazed at the choices (high end washers).They are very stylish, but none of them wash dry and FOLD!
    I love to read here. I have typed all over the screen my thumb moving the cursor on this antique Laptop.

    Sounds like a productive day. I do not know about streaming, I understand we cannot anyway since we are on line with the cell.
    Love to you and Tom the man.

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    1. Honest, I feel honored you 'typed all over the screen' to let me know you're here! :)

      Yes, some of these new washers/dryers are nothing short of amazing. Since I hope to be out of here in a couple years, I cautioned our salesman right up-front, we only wanted the basic ... a 'saddle shoe', if you will ... not especially pretty, but gets the job done!

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  7. A bit of splurging is good for the soul, especially that kind that's decades overdue. :) I feel the exact same way about washers and dryers.

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    1. Aw, thank you Dayle ... a kindred spirit!

      You know, I always felt rather sorry for those folks on "The Price is Right" (or the "Newlywed Game") when they'd win appliances and feel compelled to rejoice.

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  8. Glad you were able to get some of the things you needed and wanted, including that steak :)

    Honestly, Cox is expensive but I need reliability for work. I'm so afraid to try something different so I go with them and for the most part they haven't disappointed.

    We bought new washer/dryer when we moved. We went from gas dryer to electric since no gas here. It was amazing with the new technology out there these days!

    betty

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    1. Of course, with your work you've no recourse. The way Tom loves his TV, I'm pretty nervous about streaming.

      ... and congrats on the new washer/dryer! I'm sure if we planned to stay, I may have upgraded.

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  9. Congratulations on your spending spree. Welcome to the world of SS! My new washer and dryer is no longer new! Soon to be 3 years old. Justin bought it for me so it is more modern than what I like. Took me awhile to adjust. We have Cox for TV and Internet. I got rid of the land line a long time ago. When Richard could no longer object. He was very reluctant to let it go! Cox is so expensive I have played with the idea of Dish TV or something like that. I watch a lot of TV so I hesitate to do anything different. I will be anxious to hear what you decide.

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    1. I wonder what it is about fellas and their attachment to land lines? I honestly think Tom's going to miss telling the telemarketers (etc.) to ****-off. That's about the only ones who call, anymore.

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  10. It's nice to be able to treat yourself for a change. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Ma! Yes, as long as it doesn't become a habit ...

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  11. we are not streaming YET but have had a 47 inche flat screen for about 7 years and when we get another it will be at least 55.. we love it... you could hang a big one on your wall where the paintings are... we are paying the big bucks because we love all that we get.. we love the dvr and the menu and all the good stuff... we don't go to movies and eat out maybe 3 times a month if that, we don't travel or go on cruises. we spend our funds on home entertainment. but we use ours. we might give up the phone line and go mobile, but we dont have a smart phone either. i really enjoyed your story

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    1. 'So glad you mentioned hanging a big screen on the wall, Sandra! That actually crossed my mind ... but I got all caught up with what to do with the stupid empty cubby-hole. May have to revisit your suggestion!

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  12. I hope to always have a land line. I do not like talking on a cell phone at all! Yum on the steak. I love having a big TV. We have a 65 inch screen but it is not a totally flat one because it is almost 10 years old.

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    1. Wow ... 65 inches?! I'd never want to leave home! :)

      Yes, land-lines have an advantage in the event one has to call 911; but the only ones calling it these days are political robo's and telemarketers. (I think the "Do Not Call" list is useless.)

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  13. >>1995 called: They want their television back."<< I laughed my ass off at that comment!

    I rarely even touch the remote control, so I haven't a clue how to use a smart tv. And I have no desire to learn.

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    1. Me either, Kim!
      I need what my son calls a PhD ... "push here, dummy."

      PS - I can't wait to tell Brian you enjoyed his commentary. :)

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    2. I hate the washer we bought new 6 years ago. All that front loading stuff isn't what it is talked up to be! Can't wait to replace it with a regular old Kenmore to match my dryer. Our dishwasher was never properly installed although it works. These house flippers are jerks and cheap trying to make a quick buck only! I use to watch a lot of those shows but you have to have money to make money. Oneday we can replace our d/w. We have a flat screen tv but our old clunky big tv bit the dust. We loved that TV! I am not real technical so I record and flip channels not much else. Good post. Thanks for sharing. xo

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