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  2. I love bright bold and cheerful colors. My house is so not fashionable, but it makes me happy. No pale white, gray or beige here!
  3. I have a folder which I go through every couple of years to pitch outdated things. Mostly I haven't needed them, but there have been a few times I've been really happy to have them. You could also see if you can dowload and save a .pdf from the mfgr's website.
  4. It doesn't bother me. In the right mood, I find it touching to be reminded of what all Mary was asked to sacrifice. It isn't something that gets much focus IMO.
  5. YES! This is very well said. One thing that I don;t think is given much notice is the fact that the meat and dairy industry are heavily subsidized by the government. (We use subsidies, so I know of what I speak!) Therefore, the average American does not pay what it costs to produce the food items. I've often wondered what would happen if the subsidies went away, the pricing of food reflected the true cost. How would our markets reajdust to make things work?
  6. I took yesterday off completely. I did get a little Black Friday shopping done, but it wasn't going to an out-of-town mall with my dds which has been a fun tradition since they've been teenagers (they go one way, I go another, we meet up for lunch, they show me clothes they like, etc). Yesterday was just a few local stores by myself early in the morning, like Fred Meyer for the half-off sock sale. Stores were very empty--felt safer than grocery shopping. Didn't sleep well last night--woke up at 3:00am with brain wide awake doing math lesson planning. Dh was snoring. Eventually I went out
  7. Yes, I think that your health situation definitely justifies it, and this would probably be best for your kids also. You can compute the savings and decide on a donation to a food charity or other good cause, whenever the time is right for you. What a wonderful blessing at such a time. I am thankful that families are being cared for in this way. I hope you feel better soon!
  8. We finally know someone personally who has had Covid. Ds’ roomie and another friend (both 20 yr old college students). Fortunately, ds was here the week they were both exposed so he just stayed at home for three weeks. Roomie quarantined in their apartment alone, but fortunately the only symptom she had was a loss of taste and smell for a few days. Other friend was pretty sick for two weeks but is fine and back at work now. Ds went back to the apartment last week, which was about a week after roomie’s quarantine ended, and both he and roomie were here for Thanksgiving. So, now I’m just h
  9. I keep the small kichen appliance manuals that include troubleshooting info in the cupboard with the cookbooks.
  10. My mom has had a rough few years and 2020 has just extra sucked in many, many ways. It’s been bad. Late last night, my sister texted me to let me know our stepfather was in the hospital. He recently had surgery for lung cancer and then had some complications. He started heavy dose chemo, which is supposedly just as a precaution. Now he’s hospitalized for double pneumonia and renal failure. I haven’t gotten any follow up details in the past 12 hours. They’re a 2 hour flight, 13 hour drive away, and I usually try to go and help with kids, pets, the house, etc whenever he has health is
  11. Does anyone know when the Black Friday code expires?
  12. We have two fat file folders in the filing cabinet full of manuals and warranties. Every once in awhile one is needed. We went through the file a year or two ago and at least cleaned out the manuals of things we don't have anymore!
  13. I am not much of a meat-eater and I'm very pro humane treatment of every living thing. I've gone stretches where my diet would be considered vegetarian, but I've never adopted the label. I think we could make a lot of improvements in the meat industry without all going vegetarian. I suppose it will never be enough for some people, but then nothing ever is. As far as animals desiring to live ... my thought is that most farm animals would have never existed if it weren't for people wanting to eat animal products. Maybe it's wrong to create these lives in the first place, or at least
  14. I recently did it for the larabars I eat for breakfast. They're much cheaper on Amazon and I know exactly how many I eat, so I just set it up for a 1-month repeated delivery. So far, it's fine -- though I'll keep an eye on price.
  15. My favorites to SING: Silent Night and Joy to the World. And I don't think it's just because I know the alto part by heart. They just give me deep satisfaction and joy to sing in harmony with others or in harmony with a recording. Others that stir deep memories of contentment: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (the organist in the church I grew up in played this during most every communion. I didn't know it had words until I was an adult because we didn't sing that one). Still, Still, Still (heard a great choir arrangement of this when I attended my husband's parents' church for
  16. I love most of it. Cleaning products give me a headache, so it's wonderful to be able to clean with only water. I have a bit of everything. Their laundry detergent is amazing. I use that diluted in a spray bottle to clean up pet accidents. Our elderly cat peed directly on our mattress (mad because I was washing her bed I guess) and the laundry detergent took out the stain and the smell. We use almost all of the different cloths. I have one of the doormats at our doggie door and it does a fantastic job of soaking up wet and mud. The cleaning paste is amazing at getting out glass top stove clean
  17. I don’t. IME the prices fluctuate wildly and it’s much easier to simply search for & order the product again.
  18. Italian sausage soup Brown sausage in dutch oven, remove. Saute onion, celery, and red bell pepper in drippings. Then add minced garlic. Add meat back in. Then beef stock and chopped cabbage. Simmer 20 minutes and season to taste. Add carrots, diced small, with the onions, if you can have them. They add color, sweetness, fiber, and nutrients. A can of diced tomatoes is good too. If serving to non-LC eaters, add 2 can of small white beans, drained and rinsed.
  19. Tomorrow is the First Sunday in Advent. Willy Nilly!! I am not prepared. It’s like the Christmas season kind of jumped the gun this year, but now it’s really Advent and I am not prepared.
  20. What are the advantages and disadvantages? I thought about trying it out because I'm staying out of stores. What have been your experiences?
  21. This thread reminded me of this video where Mary responds:
  22. a good deal on stainless steel set. Tools of the Trade 13-Piece Cookware Set Just $29.99 Shipped on Macys.com (Regularly $120) - Hip2Save Don't forget about cash back
  23. The colour chip link you sent has some photos of how this wall colour looks with white furniture and dark brown furniture. It also has coordinating colour suggestions. Depending on what furniture you own, and how bright or dark your preferences are, you could have lots of white and some darker colours, or the other way around. Judging by the 3 photos, I'm guessing that leaning more toward white looks the best. I think the idea is that it is like nature, with light blue and white "sky" and a variety of darker colours on the ground. Looking out my window right now, I can see that, an
  24. Thank you for the photo and the link to the bedding. I think our walls are a bit deeper/richer/brighter (or something), but it's definitely close, and our floors aren't quite as dark. The previous owners also left the curtains and they are a deep teal, almost navy. I really like them!
  25. As I'm obtaining Christmas presents & cleaning so we have room for new items, I wonder if it is worth keeping all these instruction manuals. We've usually kept them in file folders but hardly ever refer to them there. The (newish) microwave one is near the micro if we want to check it. I'm just wanting to pitch them as I open boxes. But then I think I'll regret it because what if I want to see how to do the recommended cleaning? Or troubleshoot something or refer to the parts page? Then I remember how many manuals are online now. Pitch or keep? What says the Hive?
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