Monthly Archives: August 2015

Getting Settled in at Our New Place

Jackie and I have finally got our own little house. It is out in the country a good bit, but we found a place where the land is really cheap. In fact I bought about six acres of mixed woodland and disused farmland. Another guy had cleared out a lot to build the house on, but had not done it. He was working on a little dam too, which if completed would flood around three quarters of an acre based on my guesswork. We built the house slowly over time. I am looking at directv packages and channels right now. That seems like it is going to be far and away the cheapest way to get paid TV channels out here. I have an old antenna stuck in the top of a tree out back and I used it to pick up football games while I was working out here. It actually does rather well considering. I pick up around a dozen channels and of course all four of the networks are over the air. We have been getting settled in at our new place. Of course the one thing we are a little concerned about is getting in and out of this place when the weather gets really severe. It is about a hundred and thirty yards from our front door to the pavement right now. That would obviously be quite expensive to pave and right now it is gravel. I am not really sure how it is going to be if it snows or if you get a real torrential downpour, like we got from that last hurricane which stall out over top of us and poured rain down on us for days. I suppose if it gets really bad we shall just have to park by the road and walk the rest of the way.

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Online Electricity Rate Comparisons for Texas

I got my electricity bill this month and I was kind of disgusted. I know that I have been running the air a lot, but that still does not make up for the extreme cost of my electricity bill. It is just kind of absurd, and I am not really sure what I can do other than to switch. I want to check out reliant energy in Texas to see what their prices are like, and to see if their electricity rates are lower than the company that I am getting my electricity from right now. I think that they are lower, just based on a conversation that I had with a friend of mine earlier in the day, but I have not actually gone online to see what the prices are like for myself.

I think I am going to do that right now, since I am already using the computer, and it would be a good use of my time to go ahead and take care of this. Instead of just looking at the prices for Reliant, I need to also check out prices for other comapnies, and make a comparison between all of them.

I think that I can get cheaper prices, and that should help with my electricity bill a bit. But I also need to make some changes to the amount of electricity that I use at my house, in order to push my bill down. It is just not acceptable to continue to pay the amount I paid last month, and I know I am going to try to find ways to reduce electricity use. For one thing, I am going to start turning off the lights more frequently. I think I can also try to do less laundry and make some other changes as well.

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Thinking About Moving Back to Texas

I am looking at making a move back to Southeast Texas where I have been offered a pretty good position by a guy who used to be my supervisor when I was fresh out of Texas A & M. He has been put in charge of something that just started up and he is recruiting the key people he needs to run the place. I am thinking that I would love to be closer to my Dad who just retired after working thirty years for Just energy in Texas. My Mom is living out on the West Coast now, she is living up on the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Of course I would like to see her too, but that is an awful long way from down here. I am thinking about all of my friends in Texas, but of course there is more than me to think about.

It is me and my girlfriend, who looks a lot like a long term relationship. There is no reason to dump her and she already in a really good job. More there is a lot of room for her to advance and every reason to believe that she will. So she seems like a much better option than this job in the long haul. I can not make a good argument for her to go down there with me and so I am not going to even try. It boils down to whether or not I want to leave her here and take the job, which I do not. For one thing I am living in a house that used to belong to her great aunt Beatrice. It is not a big place, but I certainly can not complain since I pay no rent and mostly just help out around the place.

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How I Help My Gout Condition

My father had gout for the last few years of his life. Some days, he was able to manage the pain quite effectively. Other days, it was all he could do to get from the couch to the bathroom. I never realized how much it hurt him though until I developed gout myself. I have always considered myself a tough guy, so the pain took me by surprise. I am not the type to just lay around and take what life throws at me though. I went online for a remedy and found the Craysor website that has so much information on it about the condition that I was there for a few hours the first night I found it.

I found out a lot of information that I did not know, mainly because my dad had never tried anything beyond a pain pill here and there to manage his. Since I had no other exposure to gout until I developed it myself, I had no idea that there was so much information available about this very painful form of arthritis. I did know that it has to do with a buildup of uric acid, but I did not know much beyond that.

I was able to read a lot of different articles about what is good and what is not good for gout. I had no idea that there were some foods that I should avoid, while there are others that I should embrace. Take pineapple for example. I read where eating pineapple rings a few times a day significantly decreases the pain from gout. That is the first thing I tried, and it absolutely worked for me. Since that helped, I have followed other pieces of advice on this website, and I have received so much relief from it. My only regret is that this website was not around when my father had to endure the pain of his own gout.

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My Pen Keeps Me from Reverting Back to Real Tobacco

I have been vaping since the first devices started to hit the market. I never had any intention of stopping my daily use of nicotine, but I did want to get it without smoking, using smokeless tobaccos such as snuff and chewing tobacco or even using a patch, lozenges or nicotine gums. I liked smoking as the vehicle for getting nicotine, but I never liked the health hazards that come with it. Chewing tobaccos, pipes, cigars and snuffs also have those Surgeon General's warnings. I got a vaping pen at Vaping was the only alternative I could enjoy to get the nicotine I wanted that did not yet have warnings like smoking and other tobacco use does.

Typically I vape a tobacco flavored oil during the day. In the evening I might try a fruit or other flavor. It is sort of like a snack that gives me the nicotine that relaxes me. I have considered a lot of what might be worse. I cannot relax without the habit of vaping and getting the nicotine. Maybe I could get on a prescription drug, but they have known side effects. Smoking obviously has major health hazards. Some people drink or take illegal drugs to relax. I was only interested in nicotine and how it makes me feel. Not wanting to quit it, I just wanted to get it without heaping onto myself all kinds of other risky things.

I also wanted vaping to feel like smoking does. I did not want a light draw with minimal vapor. I wanted to take hits from a vaping pen that provided thick full flavor vapor I could feel going into my throat and lungs. Other vaping devices were like switching to an ultralight low-tar cigarette. If you smoke or ever have smoked cigarettes, you know what I am talking about. A powerful vaping pen gives you better draws when you vape. So, a better vape pen may keep you from reverting back to real tobacco.

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