Thank you friends...

By: LakeWorthFinn , 4:05 AM GMT on September 15, 2008

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...for your condolences on my mothers passing.

Keeping this old blog up for a few more weeks:
I FINALLY FOUND A MOMENT TO WRAP UP THIS SUBJECT!

We had (hurricane) impact windows installed at our house in June 2007.
The best investment we’ve ever made, and here’s why:

Our house had eleven windows and three glass sliding patio doors.
Six windows were ‘standard’ size 36” x 36”, one was a picture window 106” x 62”. We also had two decorative tall and slim bedroom windows, two small bathroom windows and three standard size glass sliding doors.
We had them all replaced; three windows with glass block and the rest with impact windows/doors.
Except for the large picture window (which we had to order) Home Depot had the windows on stock, each for about $100 more than normal windows. The two impact French doors and an impact sliding door were also on stock for $1000 each, just a bit more than normal glass ones. The two decorative bedroom windows we closed with glass block, as they cut the light in a beautiful way and lighten up the room. The bathrooms got glass block too.
The total cost of the our whole renovation, with materials and work by our handyman ($25/hour) was $7.800. (Would have been a bit more, as we saved $500 using a 10% off of max. $5000 coupon, which we asked for online and received by mail.
The renovation took 9-10 days.

Before deciding what to do, we had asked several companies for an estimate of the exact above mentioned renovation. It would have cost us $13.500 - $14.700.
To have accordion shutters installed would have cost us $6000 - $8000 and that would have been our second option.

After putting up aluminum shutters at our previous house for TS Ernesto - blinded by sweat and with bleeding hands - I sat panting in the dark house and promised myself that never, EVER again… so we didn’t even ask for estimates on aluminum, clear panel or plywood boarding up options.

Now I’m happy, and the final note is:
1) We’re saving energy, and we are not in darkness
2) Our house value went up 10%
3) Our home insurance went down $2.100 per year
Do the math (as I’m no good with that :) - I only know we made a great decision!


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52. LakeWorthFinn
12:59 AM GMT on November 14, 2008
{{{Skye}}}
{{{Prosperina}}}
{{{Rays}}}
{{{Chuck}}}

New blog up...
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51. Raysfan70
12:39 PM GMT on November 13, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn and hubby}}!
good morning Pictures, Images and Photos
Have a Great Day! :-)
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50. Proserpina
1:42 PM GMT on November 12, 2008
my condolences Pictures, Images and Photos
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49. Skyepony (Mod)
2:01 PM GMT on November 11, 2008
{{{Finn}}}
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48. charlesimages
5:26 AM GMT on November 11, 2008
{{{{{{FINN}}}}}} I too am so sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. Never forget her. You're in my thoughts and prayers my friend.

I haven't chatted with you in a while.
Take care

Chuck
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47. LakeWorthFinn
5:01 AM GMT on November 11, 2008
Thanks {{{Laura}}} and {{{Gamma}}}.

I'll be out of post for a few days, but all is well.
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46. seflagamma
9:52 PM GMT on November 09, 2008
Good evening my friend,

It was a lovely day for us here on SE Florida and I just wanted to stop by and send you my good wishes and say hello.

you take care,
gams
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45. reeldrlaura
4:10 AM GMT on November 09, 2008
{{{{Finn}}}} Thinking of you.
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44. LakeWorthFinn
3:32 AM GMT on November 09, 2008
Thank you for the candle dear {{{Rays}}}, my house has been like a church for months now, all lit up for my family and WU friends.
{{{AnnFriend}}} that was beautiful, thank you!
Oh {{{Emmy}}}, you always find kind words to everybody. You deserve to at least have dinner with The Captain one day ;)
{{{Stacie}}}, hope the snow is melting up there with your warm thoughts - if you have any :)
{{{Doc}}} ya know I love you too, my thoughts have been with you all the bitter weather-way. When it rains, it pours... But YES, the sun will shine again, even into my polar bear cave!
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43. DocNDswamp
5:12 PM GMT on November 08, 2008
(((Finnster)))

Much love and hugs to you, dear friend... So very sorry to hear the news of your mother passing, as well your nephew recently too...

Hopefully, brighter days ahead... Enjoy your hibernation period! (Mine has gone well last couple months!)

Take care,
Talk to you soon!!!
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42. BarnDweller
4:58 PM GMT on November 08, 2008
Dear Finn...
I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this sad time.
Warm hugs from Michigan...
Stacie
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41. EmmyRose
3:34 PM GMT on November 08, 2008
((FINN))) So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing - I hope you have found comfort and peace - and what a beautiful letter from your sister - she has "sailed on" but one day you will sail with her again......

God Bless.
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40. IMA
3:28 PM GMT on November 08, 2008

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, {{{Finn}}}. I hope that each day brings you more peace and comfort.

I lost my mother-in-law this week. What a way to get hubby back from Hurricane Ike duty :(

Take care,
Ann
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39. Raysfan70
12:18 PM GMT on November 08, 2008
{{{{{{Finn and Family}}}}}}}

Sending our Love.
Wobbie,Rays and Boys

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38. seflagamma
11:25 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
{{{Finn}}} that is beautiful and thank you for sharing.
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37. LakeWorthFinn
6:33 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Thanks dear {{{BF}}}

My sister emailed me this and it says a lot...

I stand at the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: "There! She's gone."

Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her: and just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There! She's gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There! She comes!"
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36. Barefootontherocks
5:29 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Oh Finn. So sorry to see your your Mother passed on. Oh... oh... oh...oh.

I believe they are all surrounded by Love greater than anything we can imagine here on earth.
Yes, they are. Pure Love. It exists.

So sorry for your loss, FinnOne.
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35. LakeWorthFinn
5:17 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Thanks {{{huripoetfriend}}}
Dearest {{{Gams}}}, don't feel bad, I know you too well to feel your thoughts are with me. Nobody can keep up with all the weddings, births and funerals of this huge community :)
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34. hurigo
12:47 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Finn Friend With You
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33. seflagamma
12:44 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Finn, I am so so sorry.. I have no idea where I got that info.. I knew about your nephew.

Please forgive me I feel so bad.. and Kudos to your Dad; I remember seeing pictures of him at your daughter's graduation.

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32. LakeWorthFinn
12:29 AM GMT on November 08, 2008
Thanks dear friends!
I miss her, but your warm thoughts and posts heal my heart.

My 86 yrs. old dad is well alive and kicking butt, Gams, it was my nephew who died two months ago, only 21 yrs old. And dau's doggie Vaiski, who was her best friend.

But I believe they are all surrounded by Love greater than anything we can imagine here on earth.

Love you guys, you're in many ways my family too, after spending so much time with you and knowing many here on WU, in person or on the phone.
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31. code1
2:29 PM GMT on November 07, 2008
{{{{Finn}}}}
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30. seflagamma
2:18 PM GMT on November 07, 2008
{{{Finn}}}}
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing so soon after your Father.

My good thoughts are heading your way. If I do not hear from you again before the holidays, enjoy them with your family.

Take care and have a great winter hibernation!
Gams
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29. OGal
10:33 AM GMT on November 07, 2008
Finn, I am so sorry to hear about your momma's death. I know it is so hard for you being so very far away. It sounds like happier times are on the horizon for you and hubby. Keep us posted on what is going on with you two.
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28. Hypersport
10:16 AM GMT on November 07, 2008
{{Finn}}Little Hyper and I both are sending Huggs to you
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27. LakeWorthFinn
6:57 AM GMT on November 07, 2008
{{{Rays, CL}}} and friends, thank for stopping by.

My mother passed away on her 80th birthday last week. Three loved ones gone Home in just a few months, but there are no tears in Heaven, only Loving Arms to welcome them.

Soon it's time for me to put up my hibernation blog. My daughter and stepdaughter are coming to Florida, hubby and I are looking forward to good times and spending the holidays together.
But I'll pop in now and then, as I have for over three years :)

I must add, that I was deeply moved and humbled to witness an unforgettable, historic night on Tuesday. I listened with pride the speeches of both candidates, after the President Elect was announced. I cried when I saw people from all walks of life, of all colors and ages stand side by side with hope and renewed spirits. And I congratulate you for voting in such high numbers (my husband voted for both of us as I am not yet a US citizen).
I have received phone calls and emails from family and friends around the world, with words of admiration and support for all of you. They wish you and Barack Obama the best - and so do I.

Stay safe and enjoy every breath you take!
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26. charlestonlady
12:57 PM GMT on October 23, 2008
Hey finn! long time since i chatted with you. How are you these days? We have a nip in the air this morning. The seasonal transition has begun. Have a wonderful day!
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25. Raysfan70
12:05 PM GMT on October 23, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn}}!
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24. LakeWorthFinn
4:31 AM GMT on October 23, 2008
Thanks {{{Gams}}}, enjoy the rain!

{{{Sis}}}, bring some sun here when you return!
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23. seflagamma
1:52 PM GMT on October 11, 2008
Finn,

Congratulations on your Homeland's former President's award!

I think you are working today.. so am I.. but we will enjoy being off tomorrow!

Take care
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22. LakeWorthFinn
4:28 AM GMT on October 11, 2008
Proud to be a Finn today:
Matti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland, wins the Nobel Peace Price of 2008.
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21. LakeWorthFinn
3:02 AM GMT on October 10, 2008
Hi Bills, accordions are good too, easy and quick. Be sure I'll post cane pics if/when we get one. No majors though, please, but looking forward to seeing some 'diddies' spin around me ;)
Yep Huripoetfriend, semi-hibernating - except in August, when we were in every cone at first, then off the hook. Fay brought great rains and the tail of Ike made the palm trees bend and blow garden pots and trashbins around, we watched it through the new windows and felt safe.
Hi Gams! Hope you'll get the retirement home soon!
We had to let our sales manager go (one more victim of this crisis), so now I work with hubby at the store every day but Sunday. We just have to hang in there till we get through this one. Then I'll go back to writing and have time to blog, but doesn't look it'll happen any time soon. So lotsa weeks of hibernation ahead. Anyway, methinks the good old times of blogging out nights away in 2005 may never come back :(

Where are you iyou??? Miss seeing you around!

Anybody heard of Damon?
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20. seflagamma
7:57 PM GMT on October 09, 2008
Hi Finn,

good to see you pop back in for awhile.

and Thank you for the info on the windows. My son and dil got them for their house in 2006 and love it.. No more "putting up the shutters" for them.

If/When we build out next "retirement" home we will get the impact windows also. Learned a lot of lessons over the years of what to do next time! LOL

Hope all is well and you take care of yourself. Stop by again when you get a chance.

Love ya,
Gams
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19. hurigo
11:26 AM GMT on October 09, 2008
Good morning Finn Friend,
I was thinking it was getting close to your hibernation time, but it seems you've done a bit of hibernating this past summer.

May you have a grand day, etc.
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18. billsfaninsofla
2:54 AM GMT on October 09, 2008
Hi Finn! Good for you on the impacts, sounds like your home was more of a candidate than mine. We went with accordions, 13 openings, 2 triple windows, mostly standard, one-story home. I will be curious to hear from you getting to see a hurricane through your windows. I would love to be able to see it, but I think it would be frightening at the same time!
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17. LakeWorthFinn
11:35 PM GMT on October 08, 2008
TL, see what I said on the blog entry about my math skills... LOL

Thanks for the update {{{Emmy}}}, you're just something else... lucky people the ones you serve so well!

Hi {{{Fox and Mermaid}}}, too long no see you!!!

I'm just so busy with stuff right now, that I open my computer only a couple of times a week to check emails and see if anything's spinning.

May you all be well, happy and safe!
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16. towlady
12:23 AM GMT on October 08, 2008
Hi, Finn,
I love the idea, but check their math. I think 85,000,000,000 divided by 200,000,000 is only $425.00. Darn!
15. mermaidlaw
11:39 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
{{{{FINN}}}} oh girl if only it could be that way, our country would thrive! BUT, the very rich will never allow it to happen!:(

GREED is what they all are about!

It is so good to see you! I hope you are doing well.
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14. EmmyRose
11:37 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
First of all thanks for the donation its truly helping us get up on our feet.

My area is beginning to slowly recover
other areas arent faring well and then
there is poor Galveston. Houston is looking
good where my theatre is at. We've had to
push all our shows back but everyone is
really struggling and trying to do the best we
can.

My theatre school is opening tonight
(30 minutes til I hug my rapscallions)
so there is a bit of light here.

The Portlight help has been a tremendous
boost to our morale. Hope in a truck
I call it.

Gotta go get ready for them hugs
its been a whole month.

Thanks Fin.
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13. Beachfoxx
11:35 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
Hey Finn,Can we give ourselves $440,000 vacations too? AIG spent an ave. of $1000 per night for accomodations! Amazing
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12. LakeWorthFinn
11:29 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
Hi {{{Emmy}}}, agree. How are you recovering from IKE? Sorry I haven't been around at all to know what's going on, except just popped at Stormjunkie's to check how he spends my money LOL!

Hugs to {{{Redhead}}} too, hi sweetie! Good to see you - always.
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11. EmmyRose
11:08 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
whoever wrote it should run for President
Thats really common sense at its best!
Thanks for sharing it.
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10. LakeWorthFinn
11:02 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
I got this b by email and had to post it. (I can't vote as I'm not a citizen yet, and don't want to comment on politics, but who ever wrote this is a genius)

I'm against the $85,000,000,000 bailout of AIG or any other of it%u2019s kind.
Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a ''We Deserve It Dividend''.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18 . Our population is about 301,000,000 /- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up%u2026 So divide 200 million adults 18 into $85 billon that equals $425,000.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18 as a 'We Deserve It Dividend'.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18 has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18 has $297,500 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000. What would you do with $297,500 to $595,000 in your family?

-Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
-Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads
-Put away money for college - it'll be there
-Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
-Buy a new car - create jobs
-Invest in the market - capital drives growth
-Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves
-Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18 including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back.
And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.
If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it... instead of
trickling out a puny $1000.00 ('vote buy') economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.
If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult
U S Citizen 18 !
As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.
Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.'
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion 'We Deserve It Dividend' more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC.
And remember, The Family plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
Ahhh... I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic.
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's good for a laugh%u2026
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9. Redhead
8:19 AM GMT on September 24, 2008


{{{Lissu}}}
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8. LakeWorthFinn
10:57 PM GMT on September 23, 2008
Hello dear {{{{{{{LTT, Rays, Code, BF & NOLA}}}}}}}

LTT is ALWAYS FOIST - lol ! Gracias Love.
That school shooting in Finland is horrible.
Daughter is well, she'll be here in little over two months :) wooohoooo!

Still no time to post the IMPACT WINDOWS BLOG, will do it, will do it... just wayyyy toooo much going on.

Love to you all!
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7. Lovethetropics
6:53 PM GMT on September 23, 2008
Dear Lissu, still thinking about you...my computer has a virus or something, so I'm going to fix it for good:

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6. NOLAinNC
6:03 PM GMT on September 23, 2008
{{{{Finn!}}}}
5. Barefootontherocks
12:37 PM GMT on September 23, 2008
Good morning. Thanks for WUMBAHOOFing through bfblog last night.
Have a great day!
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4. Lovethetropics
12:18 PM GMT on September 23, 2008
Querida Lissu, lamento tanto lo de los estudiantes en Finlandia. ¿Y tu hija, está bien?
Un abrazo muy fuerte querida hermana y estoy siempre contigo.
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3. code1
11:46 AM GMT on September 23, 2008
{{{{}}}}
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2. Raysfan70
11:24 AM GMT on September 23, 2008
Good Morning {{Finn}}!
Miss you.

LTT was FOIST!!!
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