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Aug 15th 2018, 3:47 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 872
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Upsides of turning 65

I think I owe you an apology, Sugarmooma, for turning your light-hearted celebration of some of the upsides of turning 65 in a somewhat somber direction. My musing that the school tax exemption for...
Aug 14th 2018, 8:54 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 872
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Upsides of turning 65

So all over-65s can avoid paying school taxes? I'm not sure why, but this strikes me as very strange....:confused:
Aug 13th 2018, 6:57 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 872
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Upsides of turning 65

This sounds like the "homestead exemption", which lowers our property taxes.

Many states & municipalities have some form of homestead exemption. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_exemption
Aug 13th 2018, 2:26 pm
Replies: 406
Views: 56,302
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Anyone done N600K recently?

I would not send in transcripts of your school years -- your US residence years are not sufficient, and it's your USC parent's US residence years that are the important ones. You'll fill out Part 4...
Aug 13th 2018, 2:02 pm
Replies: 406
Views: 56,302
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Anyone done N600K recently?

Zaineb, if you don't have at least 2 years of US residence AFTER age 14, you are correct that you can't pass on American citizenship automatically to your non-US born children. It sounds like your...
Aug 12th 2018, 11:49 pm
Replies: 406
Views: 56,302
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Anyone done N600K recently?

There are USCIS instructions for any N600K supporting documents that are in a foreign language. Go to this page:
https://www.uscis.gov/n-600k

Open the document labelled "Instructions for Form...
Jul 28th 2018, 2:59 pm
Replies: 1,178
Views: 73,147
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Home and garden projects

When we returned from our trip to Blighty, I found my two cherry tomato plants had disappeared from their pots--either eaten or just didn't like the spot I tried this year. But the lettuce which had...
Jun 30th 2018, 10:42 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 1,456
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Road trip

OK, not an impressively fast trip at all, but back in the 90s when we lived in Houston with our young kids, we drove from Texas to Connecticut and back several times in our camper van. The Blue Ridge...
Jun 15th 2018, 7:53 pm
Replies: 1,178
Views: 73,147
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Home and garden projects

Tomatoes generally do poorly in my garden, not enough pure full-on sunshine to keep them happy. I only started two tomato plants this summer & as expected they are looking leggy & less-than-fruitful,...
Jun 13th 2018, 2:56 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 1,955
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Camping

An interesting analysis of the LymeRIX vaccine and why it was withdrawn: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2870557/

It was certainly not the only vaccine that was getting a bad rap in...
Jun 13th 2018, 1:39 am
Replies: 45
Views: 1,955
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Camping

Yes, sadly, I think some people are giving up hiking. I've definitely given up hiking in certain terrains. I try not to do narrow, overgrown pathways, or brush of any kind. The walkway,...
Jun 12th 2018, 2:04 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 1,955
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Camping

Yes, true, and it can make some dogs ill too. It's superstrong stuff. The permethrin spray we buy in the yellow bottle is only for spraying shoes, clothes, and camping gear. Not for pets!
Jun 11th 2018, 9:50 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 1,955
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Camping

Have you tried Permethrin? It's sold in a big yellow spray bottle here. It's the best for ticks, but it's so strong you cannot spray it on any skin surfaces, only on clothes and shoes.

The husband...
Jun 11th 2018, 7:40 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 1,955
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Camping

The husband & I love car/tent camping! In a few weeks we'll drive to Maine for a week on Mt. Desert Island. It's by far the cheapest way to see the country, though some of the more popular campsites...
Jun 1st 2018, 9:19 pm
Replies: 1,178
Views: 73,147
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Home and garden projects

Nice garden! :rofl: Wish mine would self-start like that! I have had lettuce that bolts, seeds, and comes back the following year, all without me doing anything to it, but never anything else. In...
Forum: USA
May 30th 2018, 7:40 pm
Replies: 91
Views: 13,978
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Cheap/Free Family things to do?

Yard sale** season has properly arrived! On a boring or wet weekend, a fun thing to do can be to take the kids around to some of these sales to see if they can wisely spend some saved-up pence....
May 28th 2018, 2:00 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 3,928
Posted By WEBlue

Re: The American Way of Doing Things - Lawnmowers

There's some disagreement on the true origin of the leaf blower:
https://www.scribd.com/document/59045387/The-History-of-the-Leaf-Blower


However they began, they are now the worst kind of...
May 25th 2018, 7:40 pm
Replies: 1,178
Views: 73,147
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Home and garden projects

Wow, that's quite a herd of deer!! :omg_smile: I usually see only one or two (often a mother plus a youngster) & I get stressed out enough watching them graze my various perennials and...
May 25th 2018, 1:55 am
Replies: 1,178
Views: 73,147
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Home and garden projects

After digging holes and planting 6 native shrubs, three native tree-lets, 24 summer bulbs, 5 baby herbs, and a few veg (that I sincerely hope the deer, chipmunks, groundhogs, et al. won't eat) over a...
May 22nd 2018, 11:45 am
Replies: 61
Views: 3,928
Posted By WEBlue

Re: The American Way of Doing Things - Lawnmowers

Appreciate the helpful info! (I'm on Edge, so I'll keep an eye on that thread.)
May 17th 2018, 11:39 am
Replies: 61
Views: 3,928
Posted By WEBlue

Re: The American Way of Doing Things - Lawnmowers

For some reason, my Multi-quote function doesn't work. I just spent 20 minutes trying to multi-quote several posts that mention how much the posters adore their leaf blowers.

Anyway, you know who...
Forum: The Lounge
May 16th 2018, 5:05 pm
Replies: 877
Views: 24,514
Posted By WEBlue

Re: 2018 WEATHER THREAD

I have to agree that altitude (and thinner atmosphere the higher one goes) can mess with the body's thermostat. Those combined with the mountain wind make the 60sF feel disturbingly chilly. We just...
May 15th 2018, 9:05 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 3,928
Posted By WEBlue

Re: The American Way of Doing Things - Lawnmowers

We have a lot of leaves falling too, so we mulch mow (mow the leaves to break them up as mulch for the grass) or rake some into the flower & veg gardens to mulch those for winter.

I don't begrudge...
May 15th 2018, 8:30 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 3,928
Posted By WEBlue

Re: The American Way of Doing Things - Lawnmowers

I don't either. Leaf blowers are spawn of the devil and American lawn/landscape services are addicted to the bloody things!!!

I don't mind the sound of a gas-powered mower--that's a moderate level...
Apr 22nd 2018, 7:52 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 4,703
Posted By WEBlue

Re: Enjoying the winter storms?

Ah yes. I recognize the sloes but never really thought about the hedge plant they grow on.

Funny, I've noticed hawthorns here in a couple of places in the northeast USA, but not...
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