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  1. Just throwing this out there as well! Several years back my dd had a nasty stomach bug that seemed to linger. We figured out that she had developed lactose intolerance - it has mostly resolved now. She still can't over-do it on dairy though. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://patient.info/digestive-health/diarrhoea/norovirus&ved=2ahUKEwjSxZbbqMjyAhWpnOAKHetrBigQFnoECCQQAQ&usg=AOvVaw1_f8StOIVd4LdQbEvZjnki Scroll way down for complications
  2. Some of my favorite handmade gifts have been knit washcloths, dish towels with knit or crotched top like this, afghan that folds into a pillow like this, and when my kids were little hooded towels sort of like this. Also, dh's grandma made him a Christmas stocking from his grandpa's old neckties - love that! I would love a beautiful handmade Christmas tree skirt. And definitely as others have mentioned reuseable gift bags
  3. We made milk jug emergency food kits like this https://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2008/06/13/how-to-make-a-72-hour-kit/ as a fun little family project when our kids were young and we lived in a "level A" hurricane evacuation zone. Not the most nutritious or exciting foods. However, they don't take up much space, and it made the kids feel better that they all had their own little kits ready to go just in case!
  4. Hmmm . . . my dd's chaotic, mean cat is living with us right now. So tempted to rename him Dennis Quaid! 😈😽
  5. Definitely push water and get her to the vet. Our elderly kitty had a couple of episodes that sound very similar. He is on prescription food now (science diet cd) and no more urinary troubles. Apparently forming crystals in the urine is pretty common in cats, but very painful and can lead to a complete blockage. Hope your kitty feels better soon
  6. Enchiladas (corn tortillas) Broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole (you could do one with chicken, too) Crustless quiche
  7. I am so sorry that your son lost a friend. Cancer sucks!
  8. You should talk to your car insurance agent. You probably want to do whatever will minimize your personal liability (beyond what insurance covers) in the event of an accident. Every state is different. It might make sense to title the car in the kid's name with a separate insurance policy.
  9. I'm glad you caught a special relaxed moment to reminisce. Sometimes with all of the shopping, cooking, wrapping, decorating, cleaning . . . we forget (or I do!) why we are doing it all!
  10. Ugh! So sorry! Hope you can get it under control quickly. Teatree shampoo/conitioner is helpful. And buzz cuts for boys (if they are agreeable to buzz cuts). And find some good shows/movies for the kids to watch while you listen as you go through their hair strand by strand (every day for probably a week, and then every other day for a couple more).
  11. That sounds good to me! I am dealing with a similar situation. Two vegetarians, two pretty darn close to vegetarians, one low sodium and no weird foods, one with no teeth who can't wear dentures, one with Crohn's (acceptable food list is ever changing). Two of the above people are also moderately lactose intolerant and one also needs to be careful about sodium. And then there a bunch of people who pretty much just want meat and carbs, and a few that will eat pretty much anything! So for us Christmas Eve is mostly snacky foods. - A piece of beef on a rotisserie (then sliced for sandwiches or just plain) - Assorted rolls - Cheese tray - Lettuce/tomato/onion/pickles/etc. tray for making the sandwiches - Deviled eggs - Fruit tray - Veggie tray with guacamole, hummus, and a sour cream dip - Nuts - Cookies/candies/goodies We get low sodium cheeses and all of the homemade stuff has no salt added. We do our best to accommodate a variety of diets. We also welcome people to bring a favorite finger food! I am also doing Christmas dinner for the same group!
  12. We love The Great Dalmuti. Easy to learn card game - no reading. Each hand lasts 5-10 minutes, and people can join or leave the game after each hand.
  13. Praying for your family. Please consider Hospice grief counseling if available in your area - for YOU, your parents, his wife, his children.
  14. I've been thinking of you and your brother all day. I'll keep praying for your family.
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