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    married 26 years to my wonderful husband

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  1. Monday I restart IV infusions every two weeks that wipe my immune system so, even though we are all vaccinated, we made the tough decision to transfer the remaining kiddo that would have been in-person to online for fall semester. They will still require 6 in-person class sessions for the semester for one class, but that's the best we can do for this child. My other kids that would be in-person for some classes already made the switch because it wasn't as big of a deal for their learning style. If the community spread gets too high, they will actually stop my infusions. 😟 We have a vaccination rate of 46% of population, and they just confirmed cases of delta in the county, so I'm really depressed and a little bit scared tonight. My husbands employer pulled all masking, so no precautions at all regardless of vaccination.
  2. I'd love to see the actual study, but we must also keep in mind that they vaccinated first, and would be the first to see waning immunity, which is why I can't completely discredit their information.
  3. I learn so many things on these threads. I never knew people actually had to rewash clothes. 🤷‍♀️ I've never had that issue with my front load washers.
  4. The biggest thing is to understand local prices before you shop so you know if something is worth buying or if you can get a better deal elsewhere. We get most of our supplies there and only shop Meijer delivery for specialty stuff.
  5. I would love for someone to speak to this. The Israel study was using data collected June 6-early July while delta was dominant, and the above study is using records from October 26, 2020-May 16, 2021.
  6. I have the top end Maytag front load washer/dryer. I bought it a year ago because it’s all that was left with covid. I love that I can fit all my king sized comforters. I looked at SQ in the past but the amount of water compared to the front loaders is just not doable, and I about fainted at the price on their front load machines. I managed 20 years and 4 kids in cloth diapers with my old Whirlpool front loader, so I stuck with what has worked well for us.
  7. It certainly is being ignored in the US.
  8. I'd be interested in this study if you come across it again.
  9. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.19.452771v1.full (pre-print, so not yet peer reviewed) The recommendations for surveillance of vaccinated breakthrough cases is something that I'm very frustrated with. I also don't know how the CDC would approach a second dose with J&J, and that was my original concern with the way it was marketed.
  10. Book 23 I gave one star. I skipped book 24 altogether. Book 27 felt more like the early books, but readers complained because it had zero sex scenes. I'm not sure where the series is going right now to be honest, and I doubt I'd read them if the library wasn't still getting them. I really preferred the early books.
  11. There are three different antibody tests out there. One test for wild strain, one for vaccinations, and a semi-quantitative test.
  12. I don't see as much value in this map anymore because so much has changed with regards to testing and reporting.
  13. Things are definitely not made to last as long as they used to be. 🙂 I kept my appliances until we couldn't get replacement parts for them. We couldn't get parts for the washer or the refrigerator anymore. Now things aren't made to have parts replaced as readily. My FIL just got rid of his upright freezer that was only 5 years old, because it was cheaper to buy a new one than to replace parts. I'm still holding onto my 1976 chest freezer. 🤞 I do tend to buy straight forward models, so no in the door ice/water, and dials as much as possible. Sadly, the oven portion is digital this time around, which I was not happy about, but couldn't find an alternative I liked. If I could have gotten coils I would have. YMMV, as some people prefer the bells and whistles.
  14. I just replaced my 20 year old Whirlpool front load washer/dryer with Maytag high end. I replaced my 30-year old stove and 20-year old refrigerator with like high end Whirlpool, and my Maytag dishwasher is getting an upgrade after 10 years of daily running while I was at it. If you buy Samsung or LG in my area good luck finding parts or someone to repair them. I did buy the warranty for the kitchen set because it includes all the filters and is refunded 50% if I don't file a claim. I seriously considered Kitchen-Aid, but didn't want to wait until later fall for what I wanted. Everything more high end that relatives have purchased have been very expensive to repair, or end up being replaced much sooner than expected.
  15. I finished Raphael by Laurel K Hamilton. I miss Anita Blake without all the metaphysical relationships, and the first 20% of the novella could have been summed up in a page, but I still follow this series 28 books in when my library has them. I finished A Thin Disguise (Richter #2) by Catherine Bybee. Richter is the spinoff from the First Wives series by the same author (which spun off from The Weekday Brides). 🙂 I am now starting book 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I didn't care for a good part of the first book, but stuck with it because many reviewers said it would improve. I don't know if I would have picked them myself, but they are available on my Libby app, and book 2 was better than book 1, so I'm still reading. 🤷‍♀️ Tomorrow Last Guard is released by Nalini Singh, so that is next on my list. Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors and this is her psy-changeling series. Reviews compared it to Heart of Obsidian. 🤞
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