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Late summer is the best time to be on the Olympic Peninsula. The summer crowds are gone and all of the special destinations are perfectly stunning. I think I’m 73 now I can’t seem to remember how old I am.

I do need to thank all the really big brains I have met here over the years. I can’t believe where I am in life.

I have a tax question for a friend of mine. She said : When my parents died , I inherited a younger brother who is on the spectrum. He didn’t work while he lived with my parents, but did the heavy work allowing them to age in their Alaskan home. Doing so, he wasn’t Contributing to SS. I found him a low paying job and he has been paying me 500.00 a month to help with groceries and utilities. After many years I asked my 3 remaining siblings to give 100.00 a month to his care. Basically I am getting a extra bit of money. 800. I have had him on a section eight housing list for years but they tell me it will likely be another year. Covid has really screwed up movement in this area of housing.

I have not been claiming this money. But I was thinking of calling some of it a gift as it goes through my checking account.

My brothers 500 I have been taking in cash. It generally goes to big Costco run, lawn and pruning services, stuff neither of us do any more.

What should I advise my friend. ??

My home like other West Coast homes has more than double in value. Most homes on my street now sell for the mid 600,000s. It has caused a rapid turnover of homes as the oldsters are taking the money and running. I don’t have anywhere to run to, where the cost of living would be lower then here.
It is also bringing in more gentrification which is hard on our working class locals.

I took 50,000 out of my house, to buy a new car, bed, big tv and few other long deferred items.
I don’t like my new car. It is very smart, smarter tone me. It is a hybrid which I believe was a waste of 8,00 dollars. I don’t get near the sticker mileage. CRT hybrid. Like driving a noisy boat.

I canceled several trips to events in Sesttle. Did go back to Alaska this summer but that is it for leaving the Peninsula.

How is life yor you folks?
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My life is pleasantly dull. I hope it stays that way.
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I am trying to spice up my life a bit. have found no Joy in cleaning out my closets, getting rid of books. It is becoming too easy to binge on foreign telenovelas.

Just for fun, I am going back track my grocery bills. When steaks get up to the 45.00 range, I get freaked.
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Been teleworking for the last 18 months and it's been a real joy. I expect that in November they'll be forcing me back into the office as the federal employee vaccine mandate deadline passes.

Don't look forward to that. I didn't realize the low level stress it caused until I started teleworking. That and going into the office consumes another 2 hours of my day between preparation & commuting. It has me looking at ways to accelerate my retirement.
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My daughter's office just sent out an email saying Nov 1, return to the office. She set up a wonderful home office and loves working remotely from it. She had received permission from her supervisor to change her remote status to my house, so she could visit for a long time. We are both bummed.

Spent yesterday hanging out in my Honda dealerships lounge while my car was being serviced. When i bought that car in late December, cars were stacked up. Now there is a pitiful few on the lot. Same with the UHaul trucking business. Seriously nothing much on the lot.good news is the new washing machine I ordered about three months ago arrives today. The new couch and chair i have ordered will be here in July , hopefully.

I am not going to Costco and stock up. But I will say ordering from Amazon is no longer a given. Out of four items, two were now available. I talking about ordinary stuff that should b e available given the growing season.

I have had my brother who I inherited when my parents died, has been signed up for years at a section 8 housing site. Covid has changed the movement of people out of these sites. Grandparents are staying there longer, sicker seniors who should be in nursing homes are staying there longer. They don’t want to risk giving or getting Covid.
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We had return to office Nov 1 also.

Everything is fine here.
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