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  1. My husband’s grandparents bought a Christmas bear for ds on his first Christmas and the next few years until they passed away. After their death, we continued the tradition and bought a bear “from the great-grandparents”. There are now 16 around the tree. (They aren’t in order)
  2. I have not had this problem since becoming a vegetarian several years ago, but if you are getting plenty of fiber foods and daily exercise I would wonder if there is a different kind of underlying cause for your constipation. Pain meds are know to cause this issue in many people. Is it possible a medication is causing the problem? Perhaps a food intolerance? My son had terrible bouts of constipation followed by diarrhea before we did food allergy testing. Turns out he was eating foods every day that he was allergic or sensitive to that kept his digestive track in turmoil. Once he removed those from his diet, the constipation went away. Also, have you removed common constipation causing foods like cheese? Maybe increase your exercise? If fiber foods and exercise don’t get things moving along, it might be time to mention it to your doctor. Sorry you are struggling with this. After watching my son for so many months, I know how painful and frustrating it can be. Best of luck in finding a remedy soon.
  3. Fascinating. I am by no means a super smeller but I have spent a lot of time in the nursing home and noticed that certain residents have very different smells even though they are all bathed regularly (and it is not an unwashed smell), eat the same diet, have their body, hair, clothes and beds laundered in the same soaps/detergent etc. If they had vastly different diets like lots of garlic or spices, I would expect their body odor to be a little different, but with so many factors being the same, it is interesting that some of the residents did have very different smells to them🤷‍♀️ I had never really given it much thought though as to having any significance. Fascinating article; thanks for sharing!
  4. I have several neighbors with lights up and trees visible through the windows. I told dh that we need to get the lights up soon so we are not the new slacker neighbors lol. He trimmed the hedges this afternoon so I put lights on this week😁
  5. Laura, You are totally my hero. I would have been shrieking loudly and standing on the counter tops if I had seen a mouse in the house and yet you captured the mouse and story beautifully. He looks adorable by the way and will be so happy in his new home. Good for you. Making the world a kinder, gentler place one mousey at a time😁
  6. Wait a second! Anxiety???!!!! I never knew this was a perimenopause symptom. I have never been one to experience particular feelings of anxiety. In fact I am usually super laid back. I have been definitely not feeling myself in this area for about a year. I have had some other symptoms that I recognized at just being stage of life (hot flashes, insomnia, changes in my cycle) but was clueless that my anxiety could just be change of life related. I thought I was going slightly crazy 😜. Of course if you ask my ds 16, he will confirm mom is wacky, but this is different than my norm for sure. I feel so relieved lol!
  7. Sounds good, but you might check the label on your ranch. Even the kind that is not buttermilk usually contains dairy and vegan ranch does taste different. If your niece doesn’t come it won’t matter, but if she does and can’t do dairy at all, she won’t be able to enjoy your chicken. Have a fun day with your family. Wish I could crash your party just to eat all your yummy food 😁
  8. We spent months fighting my son’s eczema with multiple prescriptions from the dermatologist that all contained warnings not to use more than 10 days because it would thin the delicate skin of the eyelid too much. Nothing the dermatologist tried helped. Finally, we did allergy testing. We had no idea he was regularly eating several things he was allergic to. Voila! The skin cleared with no medication as soon as we eliminated these foods. His tummy troubles also went away and he has more energy and is generally less irritable. My advice, get allergy tested ASAP!
  9. We are are moving from a home with no carpet to a home with both wood and carpet. I haven’t owned a vacuum cleaner in years as I have been able to sweep and mop my hardwood floors. We have long haired cats and an Australian Shepherd who sheds hair like crazy. I am worried that our floors will be disgusting. Are their vacuums that can really pull the pet hair up off the surface of the carpet? My last experience with a vacuum was over ten years ago and it did not get up pet hair at all. Yuck! I am so sad that we were unable to find a home with no carpet and wondering if we will need to rip out several rooms of new carpet just because we can’t keep it clean. I need a seriously good vacuum cleaner!!!
  10. What an awesome thread! Totally made my morning. Keep us posted with your chick training! Hope they get to be in the show😁
  11. So my new Australian Shepherd is a champion shedder. We combat this with daily brushing and daily sweeping/mopping of the floors. I am at a bit of a loss on how to handle his dog bed though. I am not sure I purchased a fabric that works well for fur as the fur clings to the surface even when washed. I am currently taking it outdoors to hose off before it can touch my washer and then putting it out to dry. This method makes it smell better but it still has a million hairs imbedded in it and is gross to look at. Am I setting my expectations to high to want a dog bed that actually looks clean after washing? Do I need a new routine or a better fabric? What says the Hive?
  12. What is this back-saving electric brush of which you speak? It sounds heavenly 😁
  13. PrarieWind, You have devastated me. I was feeling so hopeful at the helpful responses. Then I read that I still need to reseal EVERY YEAR😖. I was seriously hoping to get at least a couple years out of this grand effort. Sigh 😔
  14. Just a note to all hive cat people who have outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats: bobcat fever appears to be at an all time high in Oklahoma and is highly prevalent in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado though it is found in every state except Hawaii. Bobcat Fever is a transmitted by ticks and deadly to house cats and your tick prevention med may not be enough to save them. Our sweet indoor/outdoor boy, Junior, loved going outside during the day and roaming a small wooded area behind our home (in the middle of town). I always put Frontline on him, but Frontline is not good enough to protect against this as ticks will still bite them anywhere there is little fur (ears, nipples, anus, and tummy if their fur isn’t thick). My Junior had a tick on his nipple. Our small town vet saw two cases this month with ticks on the anus. The first symptom is fever and there is no cure. (Although I do understand that they have had minimal luck in Missouri as it appears to be a less deadly strain) Their fever will soar and their organs shut down within 3 days of the first sign that something was wrong. I didn’t know that I could have been buying a stronger tick prevention from my vet. I trusted Frontline to protect my baby not knowing its limitations. I did not have a bobcat in my yard. I live in town. A tick had to have bitten a bobcat and then come into my yard on a deer or a fox or raccoon. The tick then had to bite my cat. Such an unlikely scenario but one that appears to be repeating itself over and over because according to my vet she has never seen this number of cases of bobcat fever in her almost 30 years of practice. I share all this in hopes that the knowledge will help you better protect your fur babies I wish I had known😕 Junior was the cat who followed me in the yard, came running when I called, liked to be carried on my shoulder like a baby, groomed my son’s hair, sat with me on the piano bench when I played, and slept with me. Our hearts our broken that he is gone and that his death could have been prevented.
  15. Our floor grout is really not supposed to be the color of dirt😏. I would like to get the grout really clean and then seal it. In the past, this has been a backbreaking job. I crawl around on my hands and knees with the tiny grout brush and scrub each line. Baking soda paste is messy and I never seem to get the right consistency because I have a gritty film left over and bleach based sprays are effective but the area is so large that I have made myself seriously ill with the fumes. What should I be using the clean the grout and what product do I need to seal it so my cleaning job will last longer?
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