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  1. Thank you. She was almost 12, which honestly seems young to me. I know it's not really, but I'd love it if dogs lived longer lives. We actually lost 3 dogs this past year - a 16-year-old Shih Tzu, a 12-year-old Golden Lab, and the Cavalier. It was a really hard year here. Yes, I agree that " by-products" are likely much worse than they used to be. We now have 2 puppies - a Boston Terrier and a Cavoodle (Cavalier/poodle mix) plus the diabetic Cavalier, who is a littler mate to the one we lost. He's been on insulin for 7 years. At one point, I fed 3 of the dogs Orijen, but something scared me away from it, and now I can't remember what? I may try it again in rotation with the NOW, which they do really well on. I'd like to look into several others mentioned here, as well. Our Cavalier is always starving, but the only additional food he can have on top of the Science Diet is green beans. We do give him a few table scraps, too.
  2. Our vet/dog expenses exceeded $1800 in February, and that won't be our only cost for the year. I would happily spend that on food if I thought it would really benefit their health and increase their longevity. I realize we're fortunate to even be able to consider it, but you're right-there's no way to really know if it would make a difference. Our older dog is diabetic and needs a specific type of Science Diet plus insulin. We lost one Cavalier in February. She had bladder issues and was on a different type of Science Diet for that. She died of kidney failure rather suddenly. Our puppies are currently on NOW brand puppy food which we top with a bit of meat and veggies. A friend who is very much into dog food research chose NOW over the other "better" brands. I think it's interesting that, when I was a kid, our dogs needed to see the vet once a year for a rabies vaccination. They ate Ol' Roy (Wal-Mart brand) plus table scraps and lived very long, healthy lives. We did have a diabetic back then, too. Insulin was around $10 and just had to be requested at the pharmacy. Now it's nearly $200. I completely understand the willingness to do anything possible to take care of our furry family members.
  3. Yes! I have it. I was just looking at it the other day.
  4. Yes, I had it a little over a year ago, and it was the most miserable 10 days ever, It started with a weird sensation in my fingers and toes, like I had a bunch of paper cuts. Then the fever started. I sat on the back porch in 98-degree weather trying to warm up. A couple of days later, I woke up with a big, weird blister on the back of my hand. I texted a pic to my DH, who texted back, "Oh, my gosh, you have hand, foot, and mouth disease." He forwarded the pic to my internist, just to confirm, and her advice was to stay hydrated, rest, and take oatmeal baths. I also used something called "Magic Mouthwash." I can't remember if that was a prescription or not, but I couldn't eat without it. Over the next few days, I had spots everywhere except my face. My older kids must've had it at some point, because they didn't catch it, but my younger 2 did. They had the more typical childhood version, with spots around their mouths and noses, lower fevers, and less misery in general, thankfully. It's a hard illness for an adult. I hope it passes quickly for you. I thought my fingernails were going to survive unscathed, but 6-8 weeks later, they started peeling off. It was pretty bad. My toenails stayed intact.
  5. Praying for a complete recovery and peace and health for you all.
  6. We just went through this with one of our Cavaliers. Yes, what the second vet told you is what our (very well-respected) vet did. While he was under sedation, we had his teeth cleaned and a cyst removed at the same time that the nail was treated. The poor thing came home in a cone and with one foot bandaged. The cone had nothing to do with his foot - it was to keep him from scratching the stitches above his eye where the cyst was removed. His foot was bandaged and taped, and we had to wrap it in plastic when he went outside. The vet recommended Glad Press-n-Seal for this. He also had to refrain from jumping and such, which wasn't a big deal for him. 😉 We took him back 4 days later to have the bandage removed, and he's been fine. He gets rid of the cone tomorrow. Hallelujah! He didn't seem to be in any pain, but the bandage was a little hard to walk in. I hope everything goes well for your girl!
  7. I'm so sorry you're doggie isn't well.This is the first thing I thought of when I read your post. We lost our wonderful Golden Lab to a brain tumor last month. We had no idea it was coming, except that she was acting a little off. She was 10 1/2. I hope you get it figured out and it turns out to be something simple.
  8. We have cork in the school room, and I love it so much. It is so much easier on my feet than the hardwood we have in the kitchen / hearth room. It's been super easy to care for, as well.
  9. I loved the days of MTV after school. I remember recording Billy Jean and Thriller so I could choreograph our drill team routines to them with some of the same steps. I even ordered us glow-in-the-dark gloves (one each, lol) Those were the days... I bought my big kids all of the John Hughes '80s teen films. They don't quite love them the same way I did, lol, but they're fascinated.
  10. LOL, here's the type I don't get: "Congratulations to the City All Stars! They won 1st place in the t-ball tournament for 3-4 year-olds! Way to go, boys!" Obviously "the boys" aren't the truly intended recipients. ?
  11. We carry up the gifts a lot, too. My son ushers (A LOT - it seems like he's constantly needed). I asked him about this, and he said people say No all the time. I had no idea. I figured most people who were asked would be happy to do it, but no, he said it's extremely common for people to just say a brisk "no" and keep walking. ?
  12. I haven't watched any of the video. I just can't. But when somebody told me about it this morning, I kept saying, "Table Rock? This happened at Table Rock? How?!" It's just really hard to imagine how that could happen there, where the water is normally so still. I've "ridden the ducks" twice in different locations - once in the Ozarks and once in the Dells. No life vests either time, once in pretty rainy weather.
  13. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm struggling with this right now, too. I spent 6.5 hours today helping to run a kids' activity. I spent about 8 hours preparing for it, as well. I've been parenting a long time. I did a lot when my older kids were little, and I'm still doing it, but I'm so, so tired. I really enjoy being with the kids/teaching them, but I can feel burnout on the horizon. My DD enjoys it, and it seems important to her that I'm there volunteering. When I asked her if she had fun today, she said her favorite thing was lunch... I'm really questioning whether stuff like this is worth it... I have church and community responsibilities, too, and I don't want to give those up.
  14. Hello! Wow, how fun to be helping with curriculum choices for grandkids!
  15. I'm so glad to see your update. I've thought of you often! Your strength is amazing. We actually sang In Christ Alone at mass this weekend :) I love it, too. I'll pray for you as your journey continues and for your husband's health, as well.
  16. When my DH was in medical school and I was a graduate student, this was the set-up we had. Our desks were fairly large, and we had tons of books on a wall of bookshelves. It worked out great. The whole thing was located in the second bedroom of our tiny apartment.
  17. Yes! It's good to "see" you :) I'm so sorry you're having a difficult time. I'll pray for your long-term health.
  18. This is pretty much my situation, too. My kids call me Gigi (nickname for Gina) so I figure that’ll stick for their kids, as well. My DD11 calls my DH Poppi. I have no idea why, lol. So at some point in the probably distant future, we will be Gigi and Poppi. ☺️ My grandmother called my grandfather Popsi, and I have such fond memories of it that I may start using it for my DH when we get older.
  19. I was sick for 3 1/2 weeks in January/early February. I am still sleeping about 10 hours a night and feel pretty tired during the day. It was a bad illness, and it's taking me a long time to recover my strength. I think the smart thing is to allow yourself the time you need to rest.
  20. We have a huge Wolf. It does EVERYTHING, lol. We also have 2 separate warming drawers under the island that seemed like sort of a silly splurge but are used every single day. I think that if you truly use your kitchen, it's worth it to buy what you really want and can afford. I had a designer remark to me that it was so refreshing to meet someone who actually cooked and baked with their Wolf. I about fainted at the thought of spending so much and then not even using it, :huh: but apparently it's pretty common.
  21. Here you go. Keep in mind this was written before his change in thinking. It's co-written by his wife, who's a dietician.
  22. Dr. O'Keefe is a cardiologist at the hospital where my husband did his residency and fellowship. He was also my grandparents' cardiologist. He's brilliant. When his new work on this first came out, my DH and I (along with everyone else who's familiar) were shocked. It goes in an entirely different direction than what was earlier believed/taught/practiced. Dr. O'Keefe and his family were AVID runners, so it has significant meaning there, as well. He wrote a book years ago detailing their lifestyle before the changes this brought about. I have it here somewhere. I'd be happy to find it if you're interested.
  23. I encourage you to look for the Fabers on youtube. They have many short, instructional videos. Many of them coincide with the Adult Piano Adventures, but you could find the topic that your children are ready for. It's like having a bit of "outside instruction". The Fabers also have the early technique type lessons on their website. There's also an app that goes along with the books so that you can play along, changing the tempo, etc. This is my FAVORITE piano channel. So much great info!
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