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  1. 1 hour ago, Ktgrok said:

    Yeah, I do find some of it too extreme, but at the same time I keep remembering that she has stuff in the basement/outbuildings - so it isn't as extreme as it seems. I don't have a basement to stick stuff in, or a shed, etc. So yeah, I'll have more sometimes stuff in my kitchen, because she stores her less used but still keeping stuff in the basement. 

    right. As someone said upthread, I need to remember that there is a difference between the minimalist design style and minimalism as a mentality of having less stuff to manage/deal with. Paring down to what I actually use on a daily basis is the latter. Hiding it in a cabinet just to LOOK like less, but not actually BE less, and then adding to the time/effort it takes to cook is the former. I do get that clear counters are easier to keep decluttered, and to wipe down, but given space/needs taking out my toaster 3 times a day and putting it back away isn't going to be more minimalist in anything but looks. 

    One day, my daughter was watching a video with me where they were outside. DD said, "That doesn't look very minimal!" 🙂  No it doesn't. They do have a lot of stuff stored away outside the house. Not having any kind of basement, shed, etc, is a whole different thing 😉 If you've never seen Darci Isasbella's channel, it's interesting to see the extreme minimalist look in a house with 10 children. She once mentioned that her husband didn't like to see their homeschool books/materials out and about. That would never fly here. 😉 

    You're completely right about hiding things like often-used appliances away. I do not want to lift my Kitchen Aid mixer out of a lower cabinet every time I need it just to have a clear space on the counter where it usually sits. It would be different if I were in a tiny Japanese apartment or something, where I literally had only the space under the mixer. 

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  2. I love her channel, but find her style a bit extreme. To each their own, lol. It will be interesting to see what happens when/if they start homeschooling next year. I'm guessing it will look a lot like her friend/fellow minimalist youtuber, Darci Isabella. HINT: if you want to see what true minimalism looks like for a large homeschool family, check out her channel. I could never go to the extremes that she does, but it's interesting to watch!

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  3. 12 minutes ago, Spy Car said:

    So last night I had a bit of a kitchen disaster.

    I left a beautiful stainless steeled lined French copper saucepan (Bourgeat) that's among my most treasured items on the stove for few hours on low with something inside that cooked down in to a hard black seemly impenetrable mess. Hard and nasty.

    I got "the look" from my wife. I hate that.

    I tried a quick scrub last night and realized this was a disaster.

    I figured it might take hours of scrubbing. It was bad, Really bad.

    Then I thought of my Neat.

    In a few minutes about 90% was gone. After another few minutes the rest yielded.

    The inside sparkles and looks like new.





    Well I think you've more than paid for your Neat! I have a Ladybug steamer, and while I definitely love it, it's really heavy! I try to use all the water in the tank before I move it to another level of the house just to get rid of some weight, lol. 

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  4. Both of my sons are dyslexic. Straight-forward programs work the best here, We worked through Junior Analytical Grammar and IEW's SWI-B on dvd after getting spelling and reading solid and then continued with IEW through high school.

    Also, diagramming. Both of my sons are very visual-spatial people. Once they are familiar with the basic parts of speech, diagramming is a good way to see how those parts work together. 

    Star Wars Mad Libs have been a fun and painless way to make grammar more familiar, too.

    Take heart - my oldest just graduated cum laude from college.  He did wonderfully in every class that required large amounts of writing. 



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  5. We saw it tonight and loved it as well! Now we all want a tiger, lol.  It seemed to us that the genie was almost modeled on the genie from the Disney Cruise Line show.  So many  similarities. but less silliness.  It was such an aesthetically beautiful movie. And of course we loved the little DisneyWorld/Land bits. 

  6. This may sound "out there," but one of the teachers in my extended family took a job at a juvenile detention facility. She works overnight, helping with homework and tutoring for a few hours in the evening, and then just overseeing things after bedtime. She loves it. She taught middle school math and science throughout her working years, and then took this job "to come out of retirement." It's an entirely different setting, with no complaints whatsoever from students/parents/others. Just a lot of appreciation. 

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  7. 13 hours ago, Pen said:


    I’m sorry for your loss. 

    How old was she?

    Yes.  We had dogs in my childhood live into later teens and one well past 20 on table scraps, Alpo canned food, Kennel Ration or some such...

    but I’m not sure that there was as much toxic type junk in even the meat “by-products” then... 


    I’m going test more foods out even if expensive and see what might seem best for current allergy issues.  Probably he has inner inflammation too and that can’t be good. 

    Even at double cost spent on food for him it would still be less than with the 3 larger dogs.  

    I’d love him to go into his 20’s.  And in a healthy way.  

    I’ll look at NOW too, if it’s the supplement company, I didn’t know they had dog food.  ETA just looked it up and see it’s apparently not related to the supplement company.  Looks like the adult version is another roughly $3 per day (for my dog that is—I looked at feeding guidelines for the various foods based on his weight etc).  Ingredients look quite good...not sure about canola oil, but lots of foods have that.  My dog probably has trouble with chicken (or maybe the corn within the chicken) not sure he is helped by avoiding beef in favor of turkey...

    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. 

  8. 9 hours ago, Pen said:

    I made some calculations

    Assuming I did math right, several (Farmina Pumpkin, First Mate...) came in close to same at around 2-$3 per day.  ZiwiPeak twice that (calculating for one of the less expensive flavors). Dr Marty’s significantly the highest at about $8.    ...looking at it per year the several would be around $900 while ZiwiPeak would be around $1800.  

    But either might actually be less because we can get a yearly share of a steer which dog(s) always get part of.   And he gets left overs ... even if it’s grain based such as a grilled cheese sandwich tonight .    Not wolf food, but I guess they have shared people food for thousands of years.  

    I think I’ll probably stick with a mixture and toppers...  but if $1800 ish meant long life excellent health low vet bills, and stopping chewing on his feet, that would be worth it to me.   The problem is I don’t know.  Maybe it would be worse.  

    It’s easier to consider with only one 65 pound dog at present.   We had had 3 dogs with smallest a 90 pounder awhile back.  I need to keep this in mind as we think about a next dog.  

    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. 

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  9. 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. 

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  10. 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!



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  11. 5 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

    I think she's probably young to have dementia/CCD, although I'm sure it does happen to not-really-elderly dogs sometimes. I hate to say it, but I'd tend to be thinking more along the lines of brain tumor. 


    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.




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  12. 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. 

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  13. 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. ?

  14. 12 minutes ago, regentrude said:

    I think this is exactly the source of the problem.  This is one of several a man made reservoirs in the state. Usually, these lakes are very calm. People probably cannot imagine waves this wild on a body of water they have only ever seen placid. I surely couldn't, even though intellectually I know it can happen. But the lake feels completely benign.

    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.

  15. 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.


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