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  1. "Gee, that sounds like a pickle and a half! I hope you get it sorted out soon. Want some bean dip?"
    12 points
  2. You ever play a game with a kid around 10 years old who starts making up new “rules” when they start looking like they will lose? Like they suddenly say, “Oh yeah, I forgot; if one player rolls doubles twice in a row, they have to skip their turn and the other player gets to roll twice...”? That’s what Trump reminds me of.
    10 points
  3. There are a great number of folks in real life and online away from here who ARE grappling with that danger. The article by Barton Gellman cited upthread, which is the cover article of the longtime (and until our recent polarized cleave rather centrist) Atlantic, which as been widely read and discussed since it was published three days ago, is titled "The Election That Could Break America - If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him?" and is centered on the near-certainty that election results will not be known
    10 points
  4. That was about not conceding on election night, until all ballots are counted. Waiting for ballots to be counted still falls within "peaceful transition of power". The thing Trump said he couldn't commit to.
    8 points
  5. I think home health would tend to have a pretty good idea of her capabilities. Like another poster said, many older people don't like to admit they truly need help with something. Being capable of cooking a meal doesn't equate to being capable of cooking every day or even every couple of days. If home health is expressing concern over her invalid status, I have no problem believing that she could use help with meals (even if your mom is exaggerating some things). If home health feels the need to meet with you, again that would make me think she does need help with things. And, if you
    8 points
  6. I used to deliver for MOW. It's not just about the food but about the human connection. I would have zero problems having her on my route. The bigger problem is convincing seniors who could use it to accept meals on wheels rather than discouraging someone. There's a screening process so it's none of my business to judge someone who has been accepted into the program. They have access to more info than me and there's often more to it than what the person says or you may know. There have been people of wide ranges of ability on my routes. Some seem perfectly healthy but they were all happy
    8 points
  7. Happy Sunday, my lovelies. This week we celebrate the freedom to read. Beginning in 210bc with Chinese emperor Shih Huang Ti through to the present, books have been challenged, outright banned and even burned for the thoughts and ideas written in their pages. Challengers have many reasons, afraid their children will be exposed to differences they choose not to acknowledge, afraid they will be exposed to people or language or ideas they don't agree with. The fear of words, ones that teach and reach right into your very soul and expose you to new ideas as well as old, is a powerful thing
    7 points
  8. re the now-expected ritual of the Concession Speech Right. The expectation, to which we've all become accustomed, is that all but a minuscule handful of ballots will be counted by ~11p on Election Night, and that we'll all stay up and watch the district results come in, until that point where it's arithmetically impossible for the candidate who's behind to catch up (because the remaining dribble of outstanding votes cast is less than the winning candidate's margin), won't happen this year. There will be too many outstanding ballots already-in or coming in by statutory deadlines (i
    7 points
  9. It’s so frustrating. I’m having a very difficult time internally right now with a certain circle of friends I have. They are the sort who would totally have sent their kids to a dance like that. I’m very frustrated with that group of friends and have been feeling very judgmental toward them, which is ruining the friendships for me. I don’t like being judgmental, and I don’t know how to stop. I don’t understand how people cannot understand that groups of people mashed together is how diseases spread. I mean...they understand it, but just don’t see it as a big deal. I don’t understand how
    7 points
  10. @lea1 i don’t have time to respond expansively, but even if someone receives 100 ballots only 1 of them counts. I think it’s a great idea for every eligible voter to receive a ballot as it would enable/encourage more voter participation. The problem in the US is actually disenfranchisement.
    7 points
  11. Maybe you can look at it this way: As your mom ages and needs more help, it's actually a good idea for her to have services provided by people other than you or other family members. Think about having her linked to outside help and social services as a positive thing, for her and, by extension, for you. I know it seems like she is bilking the system, and perhaps she is in some ways. But if she qualified, she qualified, and it's not up to you whether she qualified or not. I'm looking at this from the perspective of having a child who receives county funding from our developmental boa
    7 points
  12. I agree with Bootsie. If she pushes for advice after not following the good advice given before, I don't think it's a problem for your dh to say to his sister, "Gee, Sis, we gave you the best advice we had, and apparently you didn't follow it. We really don't have good advice for where you are now. You should talk to an attorney."
    7 points
  13. I voted "doesn't bother me". I guess in my mind if she qualifies for home health care, then she should also qualify for Meals on Wheels. And whether she likes to cook or not is kind of irrelevant to the service. I'm also thinking about my own future. I have RA. I imagine that by the time I am a senior it will be worse than it is now. As things are now, I can cook. But, it is at the expense of doing other things. I can imagine as a senior (if I end up alone) that I would be willing to exert energy to make my favorite meals, but only once in a while. If left t
    7 points
  14. Happy Sunday that is almost over ! Thanks Robin for this thread. Well, my reading week has been interesting. I felt like I climbed a never ending mountain by foolishly choosing to read two books and listen to one, that too in Spanish, a language I do not have much of a grasp. But surprisingly as often happens I found unexpected parallels between two unrelated books which made me take a whole new look at things. First up Pakistani take on Pride and Prejudice. Short version: Absolutely wonderful book , faithful to the original but with unique takes. Many cultural
    6 points
  15. I hoped to have two books to add to my “read” list this week, but alas, unless I sit and read for a while this afternoon, it will only be one. It is Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. I listened to it via audiobook, and I found it very compelling, almost suspenseful. The first 2/3 (?) of the book is about a famous rash of murders that took place in Alabama in the 1970s. The last 1/3 focuses on Harper Lee and how she intended to write a book about the whole confounding situation. There’s a lot to this work of nonfiction, and I was quite involved in
    6 points
  16. Right. Because that's true. We won't have all the votes in on election night. Do you have a better suggestion than waiting and being patient?
    6 points
  17. It's quite different for someone who isn't running for office to run her mouth vs the candidate who is a sitting President. Hillary Clinton is a private citizen with no authority to do anything. I don't think either candidate should concede on election night but I also don't think we automatically are going to need the Supreme Court to intervene again. Let the states certify their own elections and hopefully Biden and Trump will be patient and accept the results whatever the outcome.
    6 points
  18. I read The Estrogen Fix : The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced - 4 Stars - This book had lots of helpful information. I wish that I had known about it sooner. I’m still in a state of shock and disappointment that the small island that I live on doesn’t even cater to menopause. The basic, extremely basic care that ob-gyns do, is focused primarily on pregnancy. After that, you’re on your own. I shouldn’t be surprised. The overall health care here is appalling. As mentioned in another menopause book review, I highly recommend watching Menopause Ta
    6 points
  19. Robin, Thanks for the thread and all the links! I have been busy sewing again so listening more than reading. I finished another Psy Changling on audio which are currently my go to when I am waiting for hold’s. I started the second in the Locke Lamora series which is over 25 hours long........Red Seas Under Red Skies https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40604556-red-seas-under-red-skies has a slow start and now that I know what happens to Locke next I am questioning the 25 hours spent listening to that book (even the 13 hours at 2x speed). I am almost done with the latest
    6 points
  20. I grew up in Arizona and New Mexico both towns were over a mile high, I currently live in Florida (sea level) I miss: Dry thin air. The air here is hot stale pea soup. Really good Mexican Food Green Chile (that might sound redundant but it is not 😅 Clear nights with a thousand stars Ethnic Diversity Actually nice people not just Southern Pretend Nice. (sorry, the South just is not for me)
    6 points
  21. Beutiful buildings made of stone. Castles. Cathedrals. Culture. My hometown has museums, theaters, opera houses, orchestras The mountains where we used to climb The river that runs through the city, with its meadows. The hills and vineyards. Being able to walk places Public transit The Christmas traditions And my family, of course, but I figured that wasn't what the question was about
    6 points
  22. Nz, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan and others. Lockdowns, border closures followed by extensive test and trace and isolate. Lockdowns are only helpful if they are being used to get on top of contact tracing. Doing lockdowns then opening up without adequate trace and test is a disaster.
    6 points
  23. Why do you wear your seatbelt if your airbags work?
    6 points
  24. On a personal level, if I knew this person it would probably irritate me. BUT, it's my understanding that MOW also exists to sort of keep on eye on people that live alone. I volunteer at a food charity, and I've just decided to take the attitude that the majority of people really need the food and to just not worry about the minority that don't and are possibly taking advantage. If that helps you any.
    6 points
  25. The now infamous wedding here in Maine that was over capacity (65 people) has now directly led to 8 deaths. Not one is a person who was there. Additionally, the pastor who officiated is a proud anti masker who continues to defy orders to hold church service. The county where he spouts his nonsense has the highest outbreak in the state, triple the number of cases anywhere else in the state, and now it’s spreading to the next county over. The schools have been redesignated as yellow, meaning hybrid only and no sports, no band, no nothing for the students. They made a terrific video shaming their
    5 points
  26. Still working on The Ambassadors. And Gatsby still on my must-read-now plate, together with Swift's A Modest Proposal. I sneaked in a re-read of Thomas Day's 1990 classic (in certain circles) Why Catholics Can't Sing, which I last read when it came out and was raising eyebrows by saying the things that everybody thought but wasn't saying. From last week: I'm in awe of you ladies tackling books in French. I can fight my way through French literature, but a quick subtraction of my age from my probable life-span convinces me to stick to translations. @Little Green Leaves, are you planning o
    5 points
  27. I just googled "banned books" and found that Maurice Sendak's "In the Night Kitchen" was banned by various library systems, apparently because of the little boy being naked in one scene. That was one of my kids' favorite picture books. I've finished no books this week. Still reading Le Pere Goriot, very slowly but with a lot of delight. I started reading Robinson Crusoe to my kids, which is really refreshing. I had gotten used to hearing it described as a book about capitalism, which may well be true, but reading it with kids makes me realize that it's also a book about adventure, danger,
    5 points
  28. If you come to more good “dog” books please tag me and let me know! I had a book of dog short stories, some of which I didn’t like, but others were wonderful. Though also some were quite sad which even if wonderful I don’t want sad currently.
    5 points
  29. Some bookish posts ~ Once a Bookseller, Always a Bookseller by Garth Nix https://www.tor.com/2020/09/21/garth-nix-once-a-bookseller-always-a-bookseller/ Five Asian SFF Authors Who Write About Asia https://www.tor.com/2020/09/17/five-asian-sff-authors-who-write-about-asia/ The Cats of Science Fiction and Fantasy https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-cats-of-science-fiction-and-fantasy.html FIVE CRIME AND MYSTERY NOVELS FEATURING DEAF CHARACTERS https://crimereads.com/five-crime-and-mystery-novels-featuring-deaf-characters/ Regards, Kareni
    5 points
  30. Some currently free genre books for Kindle readers ~ Scorch Road (Scorch Series Romance Thriller Book 1) Deadline (Blood Trails Book 1) The Amplifier Protocol (Amplifier Series - Book 0) Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) Murder on the Sugarland Express (Southern Ghost Hunter Book 6) Regards, Kareni
    5 points
  31. A terrace open to the sky Wide window sills that were just the right size to fit a child Strings of fragrant flowers especially Jasmine to wear in my hair everyday The unique smell as the first rain of the monsoon hits parched earth. Being surrounded by history, some dating back to the BC. Traveling on long trips by train The sea I had grown up watching My home church including it's more than century old building with it's stain glass and pipe organ People knowing and recognizing me, everyone from neighbors to vendors to the public transport bus driver
    5 points
  32. I perused my shelves, both physical and electronic and realized I have quite a few challenged books. I thought about Harry Potter again. James and I have been watching youtuber Harry Potter Theory which expands upon the books and makes me want to read them again. Decided a reread of the whole series may be in order which is something for next year. I'm drawn to Pullman's Golden Compass and well as Card's Enders Game. Grapes of Wrath can wait until next year too. In the midst of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's fantasy series The Gathering Storm and the latest book in the Roxann
    5 points
  33. Can you cite some sources for the above? The only large(r) scale fraud involving absentee/mail in ballots that I'm aware of is what the Republican operatives tried to pull off in NC House District 9 in the last election. ETA: What I'm interested in are any large(r) scale incidents where charges were brought and convictions rendered (as happened in the above NC case involving Republicans). I'm not interested in charts listing random ballot issues here and there that would have had no impact on any race, or in hearsay allegations, rumors, etc.
    5 points
  34. This is very true. I had forgotten how different French is from English -- not only the vocabulary but the verb tense and the idioms. There's been at least one sentence where I really couldn't figure out the meaning even though I understood all the individual words. Thankfully it's getting easier now that I am past the early descriptive scenes and the action has started. I know the feeling! It's a bit of a mind warp when you realize that you've misread something. I think it must be good for our brains, this act of searching for meaning, grasping at it, missing it, and fin
    5 points
  35. Seasider, you made me cry. In a way, you reached out to me with your post, and you gave me a little hope. I'm pretending you live down the road and you are referencing me in your post. 🙂 How you should proceed is a hard one. I do believe that in any situation, one can be a kind neighbor. If you haven't met them before, maybe make an effort to introduce yourself to them. Do you garden? Do you have an extra plant you can bring over to them? I understand your desire to not be the "woke suburban white homemaker", but you are a human being simply being neighborly. That's how I would
    5 points
  36. I'm not sure that it was actually a newsflash for people but rather that it's very difficult for people to stay home when they are sick. I think most of us were regularly in public, around other people, when we or our kids were sick. Most employers penalize people for taking too many unscheduled absences. Like many working moms, I tried to save my sick days for when my DD was sick so I would go into the office unless I was very sick. I'm sure that I worked many times when I was contagious. It was reciprocal because my co-workers all did the same thing. If your kids are in school, they start ha
    5 points
  37. And that's fine, and you shouldn't feel guilty at all for not putting in any great effort shopping for specialty items. "The two grocery stores I am able to get to don't carry that, sorry. Let me know if there's a suitable substitute."
    5 points
  38. The minute the word 'acne' springs to mind, I take them to the dermatologist. I think you just waste more money and time trying otc stuff without expert advice.
    5 points
  39. Why do people expect people who ask for advice to follow it? Seriously, we all hear all kinds of advice all the time. Do we follow all the advice we're given? No. Sometimes we follow what one of our sources advises and sometimes we don't follow any of the voices advising us. It's a big world with lots of different points of view. Some people are just out there getting a range of advice so they know what the spectrum of options are to choose from. So when SIL calls and asks for advice, don't interpret it as her asking you to tell her what to do. That's kind of a man thing that really dri
    5 points
  40. The bike ride was good and the fall colours beautiful. There must be some weird allergens in the air now, because I could feel my allergy-induced asthma kicking while biking fast. I'll have to take my puffer before I play tennis tomorrow. I've been so good with my allergies thus far, which is really nice. Here's a photo of the fall colours at the bay.
    5 points
  41. Truthfully yeah I wish it was available to those who want it with the doctor giving it telling the patient what the current actual evidence is (that it’s most likely not effective and carries a small level of risk). I think making it available would take the oomph out of the conspiracy theories. (That in fact there doesn’t need to be a pandemic at all because everyone could simply be cured by HCQ, and that the left, Bill gates, dr Fauci or whoever the enemy of choice is doesn’t want the public to know so they can sell more vaccines/ control people who want haircuts/ introduce a digital curre
    5 points
  42. I didn't vote because I don't really have an opinion. I just wanted to say that a long time ago my grandmother got MoW. She was very well set financially, but she had cancer. Eventually she moved in with my parents, but at the time she wasn't yet bad enough that she needed to do that. But she wasn't well enough to do much cooking, either. The nearest family was 45 minutes away, so it wasn't very convenient for someone to pop in every day. MoW really helped fill a little gap for her, and allowed her to keep her independence for a little longer than she might otherwise have been able to. As well
    5 points
  43. "I know this is going to sound like I'm blowing you off, but I really, honestly don't know what to tell you that would help."
    5 points
  44. So sorry @PinkTulip about the exposure. Yes, getting the rowing machine in should help I think. Hope everything turns out to be nothing and just precaution. @soror Sorry about your allergies. Hope you get some good answers. @wintermom Those fines sound draconian ! They could do better with temperature checks I think. This stupid thing needs to go away. @Ali in OR Hope your request goes through. HEPA filters and air purifiers really help. We've always had them. I would also add indoor plants for air quality. We are having a quiet day. DH and DS played. We are all in the same
    5 points
  45. You don't. Stop giving advice. Like you said, she's on a fishing expedition to see if you will give her any money. She knows she probably won't get any money out of you, but she has nothing to lose by asking for "advice", over and over in case one time, you cave and give her money. If she calls again with tales of financial silliness, say some variation of "Oh dear, what a situation! Gracious, look at the time! Gotta run!".
    5 points
  46. Lumpia restaurants everywhere. The views of puget sound backdropped by mountains. Riding the ferry
    4 points
  47. Roughly an hour per grade per day is a pretty fair estimate. So 5 hours daily for a 5th grader. Fwiw my 4th grader spends at least three hours on history a week. If we were doing straight SOTW per the book, between reading aloud SOTW, questions/discussion, picking an activity and extra reading, etc from the activity guide, we'd be over that. His grammar is more like 10 minutes a day, but if you add in his writing and spelling it's easily an hour a day. His math is usually a full hour or more because it's multiple parts not done altogether (Beast Academy largely solo, Hands on Equations w
    4 points
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