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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 23, 2017 anita 0

[quote=”PatrioticStabilist”]Remember many of these people may very well have jobs, they aren’t making enough to qualify
and pay the exorbitant rentals being charged.

Here where we live we have rentals, right now only 5, plus a bit of farmland rented and we bought
a building the local post office rents. We rent slightly below market, hubby and I need to make a profit but
we are not trying to gouge anyone. We get calls daily looking for places to rent. He is working on 2 more
now and will have one ready in a couple of months. We want to make sure people can live, we have always
done it this way. Make sure they are well insulated, all systems are functioning, generally heating and
cooling systems updated too. We want people to get value for their money. We have loyal renters.
Sure we could make a lot more money, but as hubby says we have enough. That’s what burns me about
so many very wealthy, they want it all and more, they do not want to share with the people that make
them wealthy at all. After you have so many millions or billions, what is the point of hoarding more?

Good grief. So people who are wealthy only worry about themselves? I can tell you that, without question, that is patently false. There are many wealthy people who do much to take care of employees, or donate to charities, or whatever. Being poor doesn’t make someone a good or honest person. To lump people into “good” or “bad” based on their wealth is absurd.

Husband wants to get 2 more, but I for one am tired and getting old and also even here prices for these
old houses are priced way beyond what we want to pay now so we can keep our rents low. And now because
the state has reduced monies to our counties and towns, local property taxes must be raised and they
have even raised local option taxes so hard for us to hold rents down and make a decent return. People
here are very priced out of the market too, but we don’t see homeless around here. They are likely couch
surfing with friends or relatives. It would be hard to do here anyway, especially in cold weather, they
would die even in tents.

No, the county and towns are spending more than they have. The state has also spent more than they have, so they are reining in spending. The towns and counties should also reduce spending rather than depend on taxpayer handouts.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 23, 2017 anita 0

[quote=”PatrioticStabilist”]Remember many of these people may very well have jobs, they aren’t making enough to qualify
and pay the exorbitant rentals being charged.

Here where we live we have rentals, right now only 5, plus a bit of farmland rented and we bought
a building the local post office rents. We rent slightly below market, hubby and I need to make a profit but
we are not trying to gouge anyone. We get calls daily looking for places to rent. He is working on 2 more
now and will have one ready in a couple of months. We want to make sure people can live, we have always
done it this way. Make sure they are well insulated, all systems are functioning, generally heating and
cooling systems updated too. We want people to get value for their money. We have loyal renters.
Sure we could make a lot more money, but as hubby says we have enough. That’s what burns me about
so many very wealthy, they want it all and more, they do not want to share with the people that make
them wealthy at all. After you have so many millions or billions, what is the point of hoarding more?

Good grief. So people who are wealthy only worry about themselves? I can tell you that, without question, that is patently false. There are many wealthy people who do much to take care of employees, or donate to charities, or whatever. Being poor doesn’t make someone a good or honest person. To lump people into “good” or “bad” based on their wealth is absurd.

Husband wants to get 2 more, but I for one am tired and getting old and also even here prices for these
old houses are priced way beyond what we want to pay now so we can keep our rents low. And now because
the state has reduced monies to our counties and towns, local property taxes must be raised and they
have even raised local option taxes so hard for us to hold rents down and make a decent return. People
here are very priced out of the market too, but we don’t see homeless around here. They are likely couch
surfing with friends or relatives. It would be hard to do here anyway, especially in cold weather, they
would die even in tents.

No, the county and towns are spending more than they have. The state has also spent more than they have, so they are reining in spending. The towns and counties should also reduce spending rather than depend on taxpayer handouts.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:03 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 23, 2017 anita 0

[quote=”PatrioticStabilist”]Remember many of these people may very well have jobs, they aren’t making enough to qualify
and pay the exorbitant rentals being charged.

Here where we live we have rentals, right now only 5, plus a bit of farmland rented and we bought
a building the local post office rents. We rent slightly below market, hubby and I need to make a profit but
we are not trying to gouge anyone. We get calls daily looking for places to rent. He is working on 2 more
now and will have one ready in a couple of months. We want to make sure people can live, we have always
done it this way. Make sure they are well insulated, all systems are functioning, generally heating and
cooling systems updated too. We want people to get value for their money. We have loyal renters.
Sure we could make a lot more money, but as hubby says we have enough. That’s what burns me about
so many very wealthy, they want it all and more, they do not want to share with the people that make
them wealthy at all. After you have so many millions or billions, what is the point of hoarding more?

Good grief. So people who are wealthy only worry about themselves? I can tell you that, without question, that is patently false. There are many wealthy people who do much to take care of employees, or donate to charities, or whatever. Being poor doesn’t make someone a good or honest person. To lump people into “good” or “bad” based on their wealth is absurd.

Husband wants to get 2 more, but I for one am tired and getting old and also even here prices for these
old houses are priced way beyond what we want to pay now so we can keep our rents low. And now because
the state has reduced monies to our counties and towns, local property taxes must be raised and they
have even raised local option taxes so hard for us to hold rents down and make a decent return. People
here are very priced out of the market too, but we don’t see homeless around here. They are likely couch
surfing with friends or relatives. It would be hard to do here anyway, especially in cold weather, they
would die even in tents.

No, the county and towns are spending more than they have. The state has also spent more than they have, so they are reining in spending. The towns and counties should also reduce spending rather than depend on taxpayer handouts.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:03 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Things that make you go hmmmm

August 20, 2017 anita 0

Here’s my anecdotal evidence:

I put my house on the market Friday, June 2. On Monday, June 5, a guy shows up at my door, wants directions to a house a couple of miles (and a couple of roads) away. I think “what, no GPS?” but give him the directions. He comments on the dog, who is barking her head off. Normally I tell people (like the plumber, who is meant to be here) that she’s friendly, but this guy, I don’t. I don’t know why. Sixth sense, I guess.

That afternoon, I get a message on NextDoor Neighbor (sort of like Facebook for your neighbors/local vicinity–if you don’t have it, it’s great!) from someone whose house had been broken into. I emailed, turns out his house is a mile away and also on the market. I look up the address my “visitor” gave me (which was non-existent). Closest house to it is also on the market. All three properties are fairly expensive. All have fairly long driveways and you can’t see much from the road. I am surrounded by farmland, so it’s not like I live in the city, although Trenton, NJ is a half-hour away. Philly, Camden, and Newark NJ an hour. NYC an hour and a half.

I call the police. Turns out two other houses in the vicinity were broken into recently as well. The next week another couple were. I suspect the robbers were using the MLS (with all those lovely pictures of the interior of homes, and beautiful drone shots of long winding drives and open spaces) to find neighborhoods that are good targets.

Five years ago I never locked my doors. Now I have to worry about someone breaking in when I’m not home–or when I am home.

So the police had me in to look at photos. (Most excitement I’ve had in a while.) Then, a month ago, the homicides you’ve probably heard about (this is in scenic Bucks County, PA, north of Philly) four young guys killed by a nut whose parents own several contracting and concrete businesses. The nut killed them for little reason–supposedly a drug sale gone bad, four times over– runs over one with a backhoe when he runs out of ammo, and buried them 12 feet down, using the backhoe. That murder happened about 3 miles from me. (The murderer and his family live about 45 min south, but they just happen to own a $5 million, 90-acre property here, for no good reason. Odd.

This is a community that has little crime–ever. The yuck is definitely headed my direction. But at least the murders apparently made the thieves go elsewhere–somewhere with less police/state police/and FBI presence!

Glad I’m moving after all that. The house is under agreement and I found a new one in the middle (literally) of nowhere. Still in a neighborhood of 15 houses, (I’m on my own since my husband died and youngest is headed to college this fall, so need some neighbors.) But it’s almost impossible to get to currently. Bridge out on one side, Lots of dirt roads. Hard to find something like that around here. It’s about a half-hour north of here in a very rural area. Mostly wooded, but enough room for a garden and small orchard. Can have chickens.

But it’s scary to be moving now. I’m leaving behind an extensive well-fenced garden, mature apple and pear trees, kiwis and asparagus. Established hazelnuts/hazelberts. A hand pump on the well. Generator. The Fort Knox of chicken coops. A great house, but much too big for me. (So is the next one, unfortunately, just not as big as this one.)

Did no canning this year. Raised a lot of dried beans instead, which I can take. Eaten up a lot of food.

The next two years I’ll be at high risk, I imagine, until I can get the garden in and a wood stove installed, etc. Not happy things seem to be heating up before I can get settled in the hinterlands, but it is what it is. At least the knowledge goes with me. And I’ve learned a lot over the last few years, thanks in large part to all of you on APN.

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 15, 2017 anita 0

I don’t think that turmeric is ineffective without black pepper, just less effective (at least that’s a theory).

I don’t take much health info from Rachel Ray, as her cooking is about the antithesis of healthy. 🙂

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 15, 2017 anita 0

I don’t think that turmeric is ineffective without black pepper, just less effective (at least that’s a theory).

I don’t take much health info from Rachel Ray, as her cooking is about the antithesis of healthy. 🙂

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 12, 2017 anita 0
ForwardPreppers wrote:
Hubs has been taking a shot of Braggs ACV with a little water every evening. I think he read to do it at night and it doesn’t make him get up in the night. His blood work is Monday. His doctor gave him 3 months to get his A1C down or he would have to get on meds. We are trying to avoid the meds with low carb diet, weight loss and ACV.
Fingers crossed that he’s made a difference.
Mrs FP

You might try having him take cinnamon as well. Good for reducing blood sugar.

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 12, 2017 anita 0
ForwardPreppers wrote:
Hubs has been taking a shot of Braggs ACV with a little water every evening. I think he read to do it at night and it doesn’t make him get up in the night. His blood work is Monday. His doctor gave him 3 months to get his A1C down or he would have to get on meds. We are trying to avoid the meds with low carb diet, weight loss and ACV.
Fingers crossed that he’s made a difference.
Mrs FP

You might try having him take cinnamon as well. Good for reducing blood sugar.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 anita 0
daaswampman wrote:
I am glad we have a leader who would blow their a** off the map, should they actually do something stupid! The precious wimp in the White House would have found a way to blame us and then apologized! We are living with this problem, because our previous leaders did not have the balls to stand up to this pimple on the worlds butt. Swamp

You’ve got that right!

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 anita 0
daaswampman wrote:
I am glad we have a leader who would blow their a** off the map, should they actually do something stupid! The precious wimp in the White House would have found a way to blame us and then apologized! We are living with this problem, because our previous leaders did not have the balls to stand up to this pimple on the worlds butt. Swamp

You’ve got that right!

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 11, 2017 anita 0

I often make AC Vinegar tea. Heat a mug of water, add a tbs. or two (start with less, build to more), a little honey, and top with a shake of cinnamon. It is an acquired taste, but not bad.

DON’T take before bed, or you will be going to the bathroom all night long. It took a while to make the connection. 🙂

I also use Mrs. Braggs.

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 11, 2017 anita 0

I often make AC Vinegar tea. Heat a mug of water, add a tbs. or two (start with less, build to more), a little honey, and top with a shake of cinnamon. It is an acquired taste, but not bad.

DON’T take before bed, or you will be going to the bathroom all night long. It took a while to make the connection. 🙂

I also use Mrs. Braggs.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 anita 0

I’m going the opposite direction! My house is under agreement and have an agreement on another house, so trying to use up as much as possible.

Hoping nothing happens for a year or more, to give me time to get up to speed again. (Or whatever is going to happen happens before the first of October, when the move is scheduled to happen.)

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 11, 2017 anita 0

I’m going the opposite direction! My house is under agreement and have an agreement on another house, so trying to use up as much as possible.

Hoping nothing happens for a year or more, to give me time to get up to speed again. (Or whatever is going to happen happens before the first of October, when the move is scheduled to happen.)

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 anita 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 anita 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 anita 0

Blondie, I have a dry basement, and a very high water table. I have springs about 40 feet from the house in the spring, when there’s a lot of rain.

We have a sump pump, but I also have a gravity drain. It runs from the sump hole out onto the yard. Having one is dependent on whether you are on a slope or not. My sump pump had a problem in that it started running all the time, so I just unplugged and didn’t buy a new one for years, with no problems. The basement slab is also on gravel (I assume that’s normal but maybe not.)

I can’t believe that houses have no gutters. They are asking for increased problems with siding, windows, leaks, etc., unless the overhang is huge.

We built our house about 15 years ago, and just in the process of selling it. Things I’ve learned–make sure you have a porch or some type of overhang over the front door, so that the door doesn’t take a lot of weather. Make sure your roof overhangs the siding. Mine is 16-inches, and that is much more than some. It keeps the rain away from the house a little.

Keep plants away from the house. Don’t have things planted right against the house. It helps to keep the siding dry.

Expect to spend about 20% more than you think you will. There will be problems.

Don’t use stucco!! Even real stucco is a problem. I am living that nightmare now.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 anita 0

Blondie, I have a dry basement, and a very high water table. I have springs about 40 feet from the house in the spring, when there’s a lot of rain.

We have a sump pump, but I also have a gravity drain. It runs from the sump hole out onto the yard. Having one is dependent on whether you are on a slope or not. My sump pump had a problem in that it started running all the time, so I just unplugged and didn’t buy a new one for years, with no problems. The basement slab is also on gravel (I assume that’s normal but maybe not.)

I can’t believe that houses have no gutters. They are asking for increased problems with siding, windows, leaks, etc., unless the overhang is huge.

We built our house about 15 years ago, and just in the process of selling it. Things I’ve learned–make sure you have a porch or some type of overhang over the front door, so that the door doesn’t take a lot of weather. Make sure your roof overhangs the siding. Mine is 16-inches, and that is much more than some. It keeps the rain away from the house a little.

Keep plants away from the house. Don’t have things planted right against the house. It helps to keep the siding dry.

Expect to spend about 20% more than you think you will. There will be problems.

Don’t use stucco!! Even real stucco is a problem. I am living that nightmare now.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:47 am


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Solar • Re: solar panel to charge 12v?

July 26, 2017 anita 0

I have purchased solar panels/battery chargers, etc. from Sundance Solar. I have also gotten solar panels/batteries from Goal Zero. They are expensive, but very easy to use, pretty much idiot proof.

You get what you pay for.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:06 am