Posted : 12/10/2015 5:58:21 PM
I've missed a lot -- time to catch up!
Glenda, how is your nephew? What a scare. I hope your allergies get under control. It's so weird that we can develop an allergy to something later in life. I worked with a woman who had a dangerous reaction to shellfish once, despite having eaten it for many years without an allergic reaction. I've always had spring/pollen type allergies, but last year after what I thought was a 3-month long cold starting in late autumn, I went to my allergist to be tested for other types of things that didn't tie with my symptom timeline years before. Turns out I'm now sensitive to feathers, dust, some molds, and fragrances. I pretty much take my allergy medication year-round.
Early anniversary congratulations to you and Ron, Ginger! Our way to celebrate such things is a dinner that we don't cook, even if it's from our favorite pizza place or Thai take-out!
Doug, you must have spotted the same F-150 that DH was drooling over not too long ago. I think he said it was over $50K. That's nuts! He has a company vehicle, and after a dozen years of driving a very old but reliable F-150, they just had him switch it out for a newer Ford Escape. Way better on gas for all the miles he drives each day, but a lot different in terms of the ride and the power and the room! But it's a nice vehicle, and at 3 years old it feels more modern that his late 1990's model!
My coolant leak turned out to require a reasonably affordable repair, about $250 (including an oil change), so I was relieved. Kate, which Subaru do you have? I'm 99% sure that will be my next car, probably an Outback since I've loved my Passat wagon all these years. Subarus are everywhere here; very suitable for the NW lifestyle.
Weather has been insane the past 3-4 days. Torrential rains, very high winds, some flooding and closed roads around town this week. Today we've had two thunderstorms already (It's only 3pm). We rarely hear thunder here, and certainly not in December. More rain to come through the weekend. Yes, we were in drought conditions, but the number of inches we have all at once is a bit scary. And the zillion feet tall Cypress trees in our neighbors' yards look awfully threatening as they blow in the high winds and sit in the totally saturated soil. If one falls, it will probably hit our house. Yikes!