June Coffee Pot 13 years old. Coffee and donuts for the Yank's, sweet ice tea and grits for the Rebs.

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June Coffee Pot 13 years old. Coffee and donuts for the Yank's, sweet ice tea and grits for the Rebs.
Posted by sir james I on Thursday, June 01, 2017 8:02 AM

I was gonna add a Yankee Pot Roast to the title but I didn't

Happy June

S.J.

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 01, 2017 8:47 AM

Had a crazy time last night, Katie's car had front wheel bearing go out, so they came out with Dan's old jeep left it here and picked up the Ranger, car hauler and Sandra's car.

 The plan is that they will haul the dead car out here on the trailer and we will fix it on Saturday. So we are down to my Silverado.

 

62 heading to 78 with full sun.  I could use some rain. I cut down a huge honeysuckle bush and ground out the stump last Monday and put down grass seed. It could use some water.

Waiting on a phone call to get my medicare enrollment stuff done.

Rich, Sorry about the GF thing. My dad used to say something I can't print and looking back I think he was right.  Laugh

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:08 AM

Happy June - summer begins! Cool

SJ - thanks for the donuts!

Kev - Anj - yep - my old man would comment similarly...Whistling

I have my Medicare file going - can apply July 1 - never thought I would be looking forward to that - always had good, reasonable cost, heathcare until recent years...

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:41 AM

Good morning all,

Rare mid-morning post just to get a post toward the sharp end of the grid.  Weather is fine and work is quiet.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by lion88roar on Thursday, June 01, 2017 10:31 AM

Mornin' Fellas

Been very, very busy!

We had our last Daisy Troop meeting last night. I will say being one of their troop leaders was very rewarding and I will miss my girls immensely this Summer! They have all grown to be respectful, intelligent, caring, young ladies. The other leader and I were impressed that they had all learned the words to The Girl Scout Oath and were able to recite it without leadership last night. Thumbs Up

Christina has her last soccer game on Saturday, followed by a tournament on Sunday. Gotta get her signed up for Fall. I was informed last night that she is better at soccer than me. Whistling We'll let her keep thinking that for a few more years, then Daddy will show her how it is done. Wink

Matthew is growing up... much faster than I would like. Still have some behavior issues at school to work through (old daycare was terrible at correcting behavior and he is a bit disruptive during instruction time) SO wish we had moved him 3 years ago!

Christina gave her last presentation at school yesterday (yes they are doing presentations in Kindergarten now), they had to choose a subject related to farming. She chose to talk about tractors. So we went through our pictures and found 7 related to various aspects of tractor use on a farm. Apparently she was the first kid to choose a topic other than a farm animal, so ALL of the kids were very interested in what she had to say! She tied it all into our family farm in Alabama.

Sister and Brother-in-Law are coming tomorrow to watch the kids on Saturday while TheQ and I attend a wedding in DC. Can't wait to spend some quality time with TheQ, it has been far too long!

Got the tickets for Hershey Park. Taking the kids for Christina's 6th birthday in July or August (I know her birth month, but we may have to go early due to TheQ's work schedule). Can't believe she is almost done with school and will be 6!

Well gotta run... work is calling.

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:04 AM

 

Good afternoon from beautiful sunny 79°F Southern Ohio,

 

We got the keys to the new house last night.  The three kids were with us for the final walkthrough and they were excited.  Gabriel was able to walk to the house after basketball practice it is that close to school.  We’ve got our Honey do list started and it is rapidly growing.  I’m taking next week off to do the things we need to do before the movers show up.

 

A Marx New York Central set arrived day before yesterday from an ebay auction and I’ve not had time to open the box we’re that busy.  Totally unacceptable!Whistling

 

On the critter front, the two New Zealand’s gave birth over the past two days, one had 8 and the other 10.  Of those three from each litter will go the fair in August and the others to the freezer.Dinner  Of the Netherland Dwarf does, hopefully we can trade one of their offspring for a New Zealand Buck.  We’ve go a spot picked out for the rabbit cages next to the garage at the new house. 

 

May God bless

 

Jim

 

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 01, 2017 1:47 PM

Well it is over with Roy. 2 hours + on the phone and my ear was on fire. I am now a old guy.

 Ended up with BCBS plan F medigap, Met Life option 1 for dental, Humana Wallmart part D for drugs and VSP for vision. About $2,500 a year for it all and can get up to 3K back from Cat as I spend it. Should work. Black Eye Set up a medical only checking account to work it all in one place.

Just got the tax bill on the place and nice to see it did not go up $350.00 this year. Yes

Got this picture the other day of the grand son from my daughter. She said, He said he p@@ps better if he reads his train book!!!!!

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Thursday, June 01, 2017 2:21 PM

FIRST PAGE???  HOW DID I SCORE THIS???  lol!!

Thanks for the support, guys, yeah, I believe I'm thinking the same thing...lol

Brent enjoy 'em while they are young, I'm so happy I brought mine home, she is such a joy, even at 25!!

The sun finally broke through, first time since Saturday morning and took a nap n the car, since I work so much.  Love the warm weather, jusr wish I didn't work so much, I'd take the bike in....

Other than that, life is good and I love the drama free life!!

Other than working on the cars on Saturday, we'll see what adventures the weekend holds.

SummerNationals at E-town NEXT weekend, may be on the fire truck for fire/rescue at the event, which would be soooo coooollll!!!

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 2:27 PM

Kev,

Didn't you have to pick an administrator for Parts A & B? I have also been purusing BCBS as I had them in the past and was pleased with their support. Still trying to understand the part F stuff. 

Btw - did you even look at Part C which is the HMO version and it is claimed 33% are now on Part C. Ran into a guy a few weeks ago that was quite happy with it but could not explain how it was different from normal A & B.

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 01, 2017 3:09 PM

Roy, I went with part F because it has the most complete coverage and does not cost that much more. No co-pays or deductibles BCBS picks up whatever medicare does not pay. I can use my medicare card and F plan anyplace that takes medicare. Un-like Part C that replaces medicare with an HMO that only works where they want you. You use their ins card just as you would with a work Ins card. Also by getting the F plan now when I am well I can't ever be subject to underwriting as it would be if I got a lesser plan now then got sick and tried to get a better plan and it would be at a much higher price.

There is a lot to consider. Don't want to save a dime then have to spend a buck to fix it later.

PM me if you want to. I have learned a lot this last few months.

 

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 5:45 PM

Kev, 

Thanks. Your Part F comment - go big now, hard to upgrade later - is one of the more valuable comments I have received.

Headed out for nephews grad party. Will try to pm you later. thanks!

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Posted by rtraincollector on Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:26 PM

Roy I called and talked with a agent from the company that AARP suports and because wife basically won't go to a doctor I was suggested part N. Which is cheaper than either the others you all mentioned

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:45 PM

rtraincollector

Roy I called and talked with a agent from the company that AARP suports and because wife basically won't go to a doctor I was suggested part N. Which is cheaper than either the others you all mentioned

 

Just keep in mind it is not about "you" when you talk to a supplier. It is about them. Why you need to do your own homework.

There must be a ton of money to be had because I have had hundreds of offers to get coverage. ( who told everyone I was going to be 65????)  Just do your own home work. What I liked about this place is you can look at many offers and compaire. I think a Consoler if you need one would be money well spent.

 Don’t think for a minuet AARP is not making bank on what they pitch to you.

They were more than the BCBS plan F I got and all plan Fs are the same coverage by law. When you delve into other plans like C, your on your own. Do the home work!!!

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:00 PM

Good evening all,

Interesting conversation on Medicare as I will be going down that road in a few years.  Pirates of the Caribbean was surprisingly good, better than the reviews.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:39 PM

RT - you have to be careful. The issue is not whether your wife or anyone likes or does not like going to a doc (and goes as little as possible). As you well know at our age there will be a point where you will be unexpectedly forced into a hospital and when that happens you may wish you had a better plan.

To say what Kev said a different way, Medicare is a big boondoggle to insurance companies. They are essentially guaranteed to get paid. That is why everyone and his dog is in the Medicare game.

BTW - to prove the point - like Kev I have never seen so many companies offering Medicare plans (about 40 so far - I have been keeping a file since I started getting these fliers last year - most from the most obscure companies - never trust a company called Integrity Insurance that you only hear about for the first time when you are 64 yrs old) - and yet in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are only 2 companies left in Texas - and of the 2 - BCBS (the other company is very obscure) only offers an HMO and have stopped issuing individual PPO policies (ACA or not) altogether. It is very difficult to get an individual health insurance policy in TX. My healthy 26 yr old daughter tried to get an ACA plan - the subsidized cost was over $350 per month. Someone making $35k a year cannot afford $4,000 per year for health insurance (with a huge deductible). With the help of a trusted ins agent we had to assemble an old school basic major medical plan with a rider to make it ACA compliant - less than $200 per month and huge deductible.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:56 PM

Kevin I know they make the big bank off of anything the support. Thats why I'm still looking at plan F. As Roy said I have to look at other things also. What I don't understand is why they have to have your zipcode, is it different coverage where you live?

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:35 PM

RT - yes they need your zip code. Health care costs vary based on your location. It is not a "coverage" issue.

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, June 02, 2017 5:39 AM

Mornin' boys.  Sunny & 56 along the Patterson Creek cut-off.  Back on the train for the next 3, then maybe a day or 2 at the shop early next week. 

Wifey and I travelled to Danville, PA so she could get her pre-op testing done for the marrow transfusion.  Met up with her brother and nephew there, and BIL looked good for all he's been through.  We'll keep our fingers crossed.  While in town, discovered a cajun style restaurant, Seidel's.  Very unassuming on the outside, but very nice on the inside, and the food was very good.

anjdevil - Too many damsels out there...  Take this time to get your house to your liking.  And enjoy the fuel savings on the bike (however, my money is on it being temporary). Wink

88 - Was passing PSU and thought to myself, "Why don't he Laugh write..."

 

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Posted by KRM on Friday, June 02, 2017 9:32 AM

Another nice day here. Blue skys and sunshine. 69 heading to 84 and I have steaks for the grill tonight.
 Life is good. Dinner

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Posted by V8Vega on Friday, June 02, 2017 9:34 AM

I am on a Medicare Advantage plan and like it. I didn't pay a cent for recient tests, angiogram and stent. Perscriptions are $5. I live in over 10 million LA county and I get the idea my priamary care doctor just does anualll checkups all day one after another on old people.

It does take awhile to get a apointment with him.

If something happens they will try to squeeze you in or get you a appointment with another doctor. And there is Urgent Care after 6: PM.

I have asked several people what hash tag # on Facebook means, no one has been able to explain it to me.

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Posted by stebbycentral on Friday, June 02, 2017 9:51 AM

In honor of the title of this thread I would like to point out for those of you who don't already know;  June 2nd is offical National Donut Day.  This may mean free donut deals from various bakeries and vendors in your area.  Alas we no longer have a Krispy Kreme where I live, but Dunkin Donuts is offering a free donut with a purchase of any beverage.  Party on!

 

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Posted by sir james I on Friday, June 02, 2017 10:24 AM

Krispy Kreme here. We were out this morning but had we stopped for a free one I woulda bought a dozen or three. DD too but KK is closer.

Sun and 75 today

S.J.

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Posted by KRM on Friday, June 02, 2017 7:20 PM

WOW , full as a pig on a nice thick rib-eye, steamed green beans with almond slices, butter and baked potato. Hope that health care I order is good,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  Dinner Laugh Surprise

Repair the daughters car tomorrow, not much else.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Friday, June 02, 2017 10:54 PM

Good evening all,

Busy day at work.  Good weather for walk.  Went home to pick up wife so we could go to Bloomington to watch grandson's baseball game.   Team won 14-4.  He had two solid contacts with ball that turned into flyouts and one strikeout.  He fielded well.  Got home past 11 PM.   Was up at 5 AM.  Long day.  Best news from Detroit was that Conor Daly was 13th quick in second practic session.  I hope everyone has a good day. 

Keep on training,

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Friday, June 02, 2017 10:59 PM

Been back to DR.  More meds.  Still having to "Mayor".  Went to Sanford Creek Elementary for field day.  Didn't stay long but did get PE teacher to get me wet.  She threw wet bean bags at a target.  If she hit, dumped water on me.

 

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Posted by SPMan on Saturday, June 03, 2017 12:46 AM

Chief,  hope they used warm water.  I just got second notices to renew my CTT and Classic Trains. In the past you could just call a number and pay with a credit card.  I don't see a number now in the letter.  Guess I will just have to use snail mail.  Went out to breakfast as usual on Friday with my train buddies.  I had steak and eggs with hash browns and a pancake.  Didn't think I could eat it all but I did.  My friend Larry is going back to Chicago next week to ride behind Nickle Plate 765 roundtrip to Chicago from Joliet.  They are running two days Saturday and Sunday.  He wants to chase it one day and ride the other but can't get much information on passing sidings, run bys etc.  I think they are trying to not give out too much advance information to cut down on traffic problems with railfans.

Have a nice week end,

Ray

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Posted by Banks on Saturday, June 03, 2017 7:29 AM

Hello there,

had a long post going last night but dozed off and it was gone.

Interesting discussion on Medicare. I'm starting to look into filling the gap from 63 to 65.

Gotta go.

 

Prayers for those in need

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Saturday, June 03, 2017 8:37 AM

Ray, I go to the SHOP at the top of the page.  Go to renew.  Use my credit card.  Easy.  Try it.

Sunny and warm.  Out to do outside work.

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Posted by KRM on Saturday, June 03, 2017 8:56 AM

Good morning,

Another nice one here guys, but heading to 90.

Daughters car is on the way here so I can change the front wheel hub assembly.

  I pulled out the tractor and truck from the shed and turned on the ac so the shed won't heat up as the day does.

 They are calling for almost 90 today. I sure don't want to work in that at my age.

We had lunch yesterday at a nice bar and grill called Greenhorns in Morris, very good food and lots of it. More than I could eat at one sitting.

I have Al the guy who did our septic coming out on Monday to check the pressures on both the house and shed HVACs. Never done it in the 13 years we have been here so I figured it is time. House seems good but the shed seems a little weaker than it used to be and I can feel slight bubbles on the high side line that I should not. It is still working but I think it is a bit low on  Freon.

Nice way to cool off Chief. Yes

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Posted by V8Vega on Saturday, June 03, 2017 9:52 AM

My days of eating donuts are over, thats OK I liked them but not that much. I now am trying to eat heart healthy and wish I haden;t abused my insides so much before. It's hard to eat heart healthy.

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