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  1. We are following this way of eating and I can highly recommend a couple of sites worth exploring to get you started. First off: The Olive Tomato which provides a very authentic (yet modern day) look at the Mediterranean Diet as the site author is Greek but also a bonafide nutritionist. Lots of good info on that site. And secondly, for a more American (but still helpful) take, look at Oldways which outlines a number of different traditional diets (including the Mediterranean diet) with recipes and helpful hints as well as a book you can buy. They also have a mildly active FB group for encouragement and questions. I find it very motivating to pop in every couple of days.
  2. My daughter had fresh peach pie(s) instead of wedding cake, made by her oldest sister. Everybody LOVED it. And agreeing with others to try a different time/day. Dd and SIL chose Sunday morning to get married--everything was cheaper (except dress)--food, flowers, venue, even the photographer. Plus look at cutting out whatever is NOT important to your families. Since Dd married in a garden, the only flowers they ordered were a couple of boutonnieres for groom and best man and centerpieces for the tables. My Dd didn't WANT a bouquet, so didn't have it--that saved a couple of hundred bucks right there between her and bridesmaids....
  3. Being that I'm still (sadly) in recovery mode from this darn flu, I read two books: A Miss Silver mystery by Wentworth and Winter's Secret by Lyn Cote. I enjoyed The Watersplash by Wentworth. Here's my Goodreads review: A very enjoyable read. Miss Silver reminds me of a younger, more active Miss Marple with her gentle probing and insights into human nature. Thee author writes engagingly, and there is a sweet love interest to round out the mystery. The other book, Winter's Secret was fairly forgettable which meant it was fine as a sickbed read.. I mean, I've read worse and at least it was edited, but overall it was too shallow--the characters, the plot, the writing itself. I won't be looking for the next one but if I could pick it up for free, I might just to have it when sick or traveling and need something not too engaging to pass the time easily. Currently reading On Spice by one of the Penzey (of The Spice House) grandchildren. Part memoir, part spice lore, part spice info. Just finished the first part on salts; still have quite a bit of the book left.
  4. If she ends up liking to make no-knead breads, I suggest a Danish Whisk (which can be used for other mixing jobs as well). Available at both the King Arthur side and Amazon.
  5. Also, something to check: I think the amount of funding an HSA in a given year is dependent upon how many months you have the HDHP plane. Ie. if you open up an HSA account in March, you can't necessarily fund it with $7000 off the bat. Again-check--there are definite rules about this.....
  6. @Seasider @Kareni Thank you for your takes on "Adult" content. Much appreciated. Here is my review for The Lost City of Z: *************** While researching Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author Grann stumbled across the amazing (if crazed) passion of explorer Percy Fawcett to find The Lost City of Z . Grann sets out to discover the truth behind the man, the mission, and the myth. Grann explores the background of Fawcett, his education, his place in Royal Geographical Society, his quests, his personal researches along with short snippets of Grann’s own preparations to visit the last known whereabouts of Fawcett. Given the extensive end notes and bibliography, Grann did an impressive amount of research to tell this tale. I learned a lot regarding the role and importance of the Royal Geographical Society in the late 1800/early 1900's, of Fawcett and his era, of the staggering beauty (and death) played out in the Amazon basin, plus I gained a new-found respect for the importance of Tropical Medicine as its own field. A worthwhile read. *************** Currently reading a Kindle Freebie, cozy mystery. Nothing special but it was appropriate while ill, so I'm looking to wrap it up and find something less fluffy.
  7. Back from the land of flu. Still in recovery. I did finish The Lost City of Z. Mini-review later. But, a question re: the bolded above. When this is mentioned, is this because of explicitness? Like "you are there in the bedroom following every move" or just the fact that adultery or drug use or whatever is mentioned? or use of F-bombs and other language? Personally, for me, dialogue loaded with swearing is a no-go. The occasional word, meh. Pages of detailed intimate relations--a no-go. The fact of adultery and immoral behavior--well, that's life. I hope I'm making sense. This book seems like something I *might* enjoy, depending on how adult the adult content is.
  8. While Benedryl DOES make me groggy, Melatonin doesn't, at all. Other things to do to reset the rhythm (which, frankly consistency over time is the biggest factor) include: 1. Indulge in a set "wind down go to bed" routine, whatever that looks like for you. 2. Practice mindful meditation/breathing once prone. Even if not sleeping, lying prone like you ARE gives a certain kind of rest to the body and the mind meditations give a rest to the brain. Just let me say, I admire greatly your love and dedication to all your family. Best wishes for a quick turn around.
  9. To speak to this. The word "restrain" gives a very negative connotation which, in the reality of *our* family situation, was not there at all. There was no screaming or fussing or corralling. Rather, "the seatbelt at the dining table" phase was a gentle, passive reminder to an active, forgetful, happy young boy, that "we stay seated when eating" just like when driving in a car "we stay seated and buckled." And it also meant one less thing for my husband and I to do (repeatedly reminding him to stay seated) while busy with feeding and enjoying dinner with our four OTHER children.
  10. I'm so glad to see how many others chimed in with their support for Meals on Wheels. I ❤️ that organization. Really, it is more than about the meals. That one moment of having a pleasant reason to open the door is SO important for our older folks. Also, I'm thinking that a small dorm type frig is not going to be able to keep things as long as a regular fridge, so would feel *very* hesitant on keeping meat beyond: Made Monday, eat by Wednesday. Also, thinking of my own elderly MIL (87), she doesn't really cook, but loves certain, reasonably healthy shelf-stable foods, like PB and hummus cups (those individually packed ones from Costco are fabulous).
  11. Your venue sounds ideal for a group of kids. If it was me, I'd just let them play and call it good. However, for organized activities, I second the idea of scavenger hunt though I wouldn't dismiss the idea of all the traditional games either. Aren't those done at Park Events for all ages? Another idea, played way back when I was a kid and you had every kid in the neighborhood over was to blow-up balloons (the smallish oval kind), and each person tied one balloon to only one ankle and gathered in a premarked area (chalk/cornstarch on the ground?). At the signal, we would all try to stomp on someone else's balloon. Last person with a ballon won. It was wild and noisy and great fun while it lasted! 🙂 (The reason for the premarked area was to keep us contained. No running all over the backyard). Another one: Set up something like an old-fashioned milk bottle (narrow opening, but not TOO narrow) and put a chair with its back next to it. Each child kneels on chair, looks over the back, and has 3-5 clothespins to try to get into the opening. Since our events were family events, the littles (3-5) were allowed to stretch their arm down the back before letting go of their pins while us big kids had to keep our hand at the height of the chair back.....
  12. Since you are looking for investment ideas, another site I like is whitecoatinvestor who was inspired by both the Bogle Forums and MR. Money Mustache but actually continues to work, has a large-ish family, and a very readable blog.
  13. Dare I say, but for our wiggle worm, we strapped him into the chair with an adjustable bungie cord, hooks being on the BACKSIDE of the chair.
  14. Thanks for the reminder; I just sent you mine. Down with the flu here at our house.
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