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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  Hesitate to take Miss EC's entry off first on the wall, but I really need to know:

How can you tell if you are being overcharged at the Dentist? Evidently, it is unprofessional to post fees. For that matter, how do you know that you really need the work?

Sounds like I've been bitten by the paranoia bug, but, it's more likely my wallet has been bitten!!
15 hours ago .

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   Escaped commieny  Don't get me started ! I had a dentist for close to 15 yrs that gave me a 'workup' estimate for $23,000 to re do my 4 front teeth.
I went to my sister in laws dentist and the bill is 5,300 plus this guy found some cancer cells under DH's tongue, caught that in time. 'Course Sharon's DH had just retired and they bought a new boat, and I wasn't even invited for a trip !!!! I have wondered how many dupes paid for that boat.
12 hours ago .


   Gram77  There is not enough time or space to speak of my dental history, however, I was treated well and the cost for what needed to be done was in line compared to what I hear people paying in other areas here in florida. Basically: Root canals are approximately $1200.00. Where I live if you able to pay cash they knock off $150.00. Crowns are 8/900.00 and extractions are $300.00. I am in the Bradenton/Sarasota, FL area and charges remain the same, however, I have a friend in the Cleveland area that had 2 root canals done and paid nearly $4,000.00. These charges here can be questioned at the Board that takes complaints about all dentists in the areas. Hubby and I tell everyone we could travel about the world 10 times with the money that has been put into my mouth. If you really want to talk money, I inquired into implants. One tooth is 6,000.00, just a plain old bridge is 3,000.00 And unfortunately I am not aware of any good dental insurance.
7 hours ago .




   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  I don't know if I will ever learn my lesson ~but~ buying on line is such a convenience!

I also don't know if I should mention names, so I won't. Suffice it to say, buying from a company who is in China and deals ONLY from China is not a good idea. They have you over a barrel. Trying to return an item--no matter how good the reason--is an expensive lesson in futility!

Evidently, they have a different idea of what is 'truth in advertising'. They also seem to have a totally different sizing system, perhaps more suited to the Asian stature. Finally, this particular company (widely advertised throughout the internet and facebook ) has adopted the lowest methods of treating consumers from their American counterparts!
Summary: I finally got a refund through Paypal but it took two and a half months and $55 (the cost of returning the item to CHINA ). Don't care! Learned an expensive lesson. Will not ever buy anything directly from China again.
March 25 at 14:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Well Miss Gerty it is not just China ! I have been buying from Puritan Pride vitamins for years and yesterday received an email for a $15. credit automatically applied to my order. I use their website for research and specials and placed my order for $175., when the receipt printed there was no credit, so I called, Jennifer said call back in 30 minutes, the order hasn't processed, so I waited, called back and was on hold for over 10 minutes. I called again, this time for 'place an order' instead of customer service, well they transferred me for another wait, finally they said they would give me 5% off the next order, my response THERE WON'T BE A NEXT ORDER AND CANCEL THIS ONE
Thursday at 18:30 EST .


   Escaped commieny  I used Puritan instead of my favorite Life Extention Foundation for the price, but I guess you get what you pay for. They aren't cheap even with the membership discount, but I know where they live in Maitland and Fort Lauderdale and trust them, so I will pay the higher price for the quality and customer service.
Yesterday at 16:40 EST .




   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  And a Happy Birthday to Hikergal!
March 23 at 05:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  Am I crazy, or have I not seen much of Hikergal lately?
March 23 at 20:14 EST .

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   Gerty  I get to "see" her on facebook, Miss B.
March 24 at 15:42 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Happy Pi Day everyone!! 31415....

It is interesting to note that this particular configuration of that irrational number will NOT occur for another century.
March 14 at 06:05 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Good news from the Mid-Hudson Valley of NYS: there were signs of serious snow-melting today! PTL! Now I can start thinking about what to plant!
March 11 at 19:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  I love that. Here in Northern VA (NOVA ), it melted away today.Yesterday, we had to take mom to get some skin cancer cells off her face. My sister shoveled the ice away so mom could get into the car. Finally, today, it was 90% gone when I left for work. When I came home it was melted.
March 11 at 22:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  We here in SE New England even with the thaw have 2'+ snow still covering lawns & gardens. The early bulbs that usually appear about now are in jeopardy I fear. With the water table so high, it doesn't look good for early plantings. On the plus side, no more dangerous icicles, the gutters held, no water seepage from the roof & we never lost power - all blessings.
March 13 at 07:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Snow is all gone here, hooray!!
I worked on a raised bed, getting the soil all sifted, weeds out and today I need to add some Black Kow and level the soil. I wanted to plant peas, but our night time temps for this week are going to be lower than I thought and the peas are not coated with fungicide. Dilemma. I guess I will just cover the bed so the chickens don't re arrange it for me. I saw that my chives are coming back, I had to cover them with sticks to keep the chickens out, they seem to like them.
March 16 at 10:07 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  My peeve du jour is one with the supermarket chain store I frequent.

Who determines the time to give you a coupon for an item is just after you bought and paid for it?

I wanna know. Now.
March 7 at 14:29 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can you sign up for their ads via email ? I get the Publix ads, Wed midnight for Thurs Shopping. I don't print out the ads since it uses so much ink, but can grab their flyer walking in the door, since I have listed what I want. Everything seems to be an 'angle' nowadays.
March 10 at 13:54 EST .

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   Gerty  Hi, Miss EC! Evidently, I didn't explain the situation sufficiently. I'm talking about this: I bring my cart to the check-out. All the items are scanned and I pay the bill. The checker person then hands me the register receipt AND a coupon for one or more of the items I just bought and paid for.
It is sooooo annoying!
March 13 at 18:41 EST .

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   Bettijo  The computerized cash register notes that you bought a certain item. When your receipt is printed out, the computer generates a coupon for the type item you just purchased. The coupon is probably for a competitor's product. Save it for the next time you shop there.

I met the father of one of my grandchildren when he came to pick up his child. He spent an hour telling me how his company determines what shoppers buy by your "loyalty card" and other ways. From this information they advise their client companies on which shelves to display their products and much more. It was fascinating, but it just goes to show you how we are being tracked. The coupon you received is another example of this.
5 hours ago .




   Gerty posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  This comes under the heading of "Critters"--black house ants to be specific.

There is something amiss with the critters who have been invading my house recently. These ants seem to have a bit more cognitive ability than I recall ants having. I mean, who ever thinks of ants doing battle with a human? Well, I never have. And who ever heard of ants jumping?? What's that all about?
I guess I've been house-bound too long from all this snow in NYS. Why else would I even consider talking about ants?
March 2 at 16:56 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  I never knew ants could jump!
March 2 at 22:05 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Just heard from a friend who noticed some interest in garden rocks on this wall some time ago. He was nice enough to volunteer the following information for those of you who may still be interested.

"There is an interesting type of rock called "Feather-stone", which looks quite natural, but
only weighs ounces compared to real stone. It can be mortared if you wish walls, but is
mostly used as accent pieces in flower beds. It is often used in conjunction with "lava rock"
to offer more than one texture. Lava rock is not so easily used, as it is quite sharp.

Just thought some of the bloggers might like to know about this."
February 28 at 20:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  We used lava rock, bean sized, as mulch in our flower beds in Colorado. It was very light weight, hauled a ton of it by myself. It kept the weeds out and held water. Isn't Feather-Stone what they use on building fronts? Will look it up.
March 3 at 11:08 EST .




   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Some interesting facts for a slow-news Sunday here in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NYS.

Current weather: Temp. 2 degrees F.; Wind: 23 mph; Wind chill factor: -11 degrees F. There is no good weather news.
February 15 at 19:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No good weather news indeed....17F with wind chill of 1F. Tonight heavy snow and high winds. Charming.
February 16 at 08:30 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thundersleet all night. Thunderstorms with sleet coming down instead of rain. 1" of ice on the roads. I can't even get up the incline to get out of my apartment parking lot.
February 16 at 08:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ice. The worst winter precipitation of all.
February 16 at 09:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  We expect 3 to 10 inches of snow, depending on where we live in the area. Already have a couple of inches here. My friends in Fayetteville NC are expecting 2 inches of ice, and power outages. I'm pleased, I get so much more done at home, glad I don't have to go in tomorrow. My deadline is Thursday, hope I get a day or two break.
February 16 at 19:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Be safe, keep warm, hibernation is recommended : ) A good book or movie and a warm body - 2 or 4 legged to keep you company.
February 16 at 21:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Surf, I came back from a long trip only to find the hill ahead of me too slick to drive on - I did only thing I could to get up that hill, and that was to drive, passenger side wheels only, on the grass bordering the road ... no sidewalk in that area thankfully. The ground was frozen so the lawns weren't ruined. My prayers are with all who have weather challenges this winter - and for those that have to deal with springtime flooding [this will be a real problem this year, hopefully the engineers will be planning on reducing the water in the lakes & streams via draining the dams early] & of course, tornadoes. God bless all.
February 16 at 22:45 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Crafts  Some of you will remember my mitigated flight into my purchasing the Shark Slipper pattern to crochet for my husband. It was not received well by him or my fellow Connectors (NO ONE took up my offer to give the pattern away FREE ).

Rewind to last night while watching the Super Bowl---"Hey, Hon, look at those shark on TV. Whatever happened to those slippers you said you were going to make for me?"

And then the fight began!!
February 2 at 11:02 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  ROTFLMAO, that is so cute. Our 2 emachines are in the shop, the new machine is due in a week, so this guy is from the closet w/xp, so glad I could log in.
February 3 at 10:14 EST .

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