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  1. I grew up mostly in Wisconsin. I miss the rolling hills, interesting landforms, woods, water, old homes built with natural materials. The store nearby that carried a wide range of foods that reflect my heritage. This is home now, but there's a sense of belonging and peace and heritage where I grew up that I don't feel here. It's ironic because my family life wasn't great and I couldn't wait to leave when I graduated. Maybe part of what I feel is a sense of resolution of the past, but I think it's because if I were choosing a place to live, I'd choose a place with more natural beauty th
  2. LOL. It's the silent ones you have to watch for, like the thermostat changers and switch flippers. It took about seven years before my husband figured out that if I were working/sitting/resting alone in a room that he was passing through, that I was perfectly capable of deciding for myself how much light was necessary the room I was occupying. He still hasn't caught on about the thermostat.
  3. When we were first married the kitchen was an issue that caused some serious strife. I was very competent in the kitchen and didn't need or welcome input on how to cook, which of his mom's recipes I should be cooking, what pans to use, what dishes to serve in, what serving utensils to use, how to wash dishes, etc. (I'm not kidding--at times I'd have something ready to serve to company and turn around to find it transferred into another serving dish. ) Eventually we settled on some language to signal boundaries were being crossed. I would just smile and say "Get out of my kitchen" and he'd
  4. I agree with counseling, etc, bu will also offer that a simple thing that helped when one of mine was going through periods of very high anxiety was for me to take something like the weather and say "Today I will be the weather watcher. I'll be keeping an eye on the radar so you don't have to. If there's severe weather, I'll let you know. Our plan is _____" It's not a long term solution, but sometimes it helped ease the burden.
  5. I'd take him to a doctor, and ask for a letter stating he needs to be able to wear gloves. I'd also be prepping him to quit this job if they don't start accommodating what is an obvious need with a simple solution. This isn't a good work environment, and it's not going to get any better.
  6. I was drinking way too much Diet Dr. Pepper before the pandemic. Then it became unavailable in cans and I couldn't bring myself to drink multiple plastic bottles a day, knowing they were less recyclable and could wind up in landfill. It took awhile to ease off, but now I allow myself just one on Friday after work. Also, my young adult children were all in transition when the pandemic hit--one started a new job three weeks before lockdown and another started a new job six weeks before lockdown. A third graduated from college in May and started a new job a few weeks later. I can't say it's
  7. I'd make an online complaint about the entire situation. We had frequent misdelivered mail in my neighborhood and the final straw was when my daughter's ACT scores/test copies were delivered to someone in my neighborhood who opened them by mistake. I know because they wrote an anonymous apology note and put it my mailbox. I talked to my carrier about it who gave me some attitude so I made an online complaint. I know it must have carried some weight because the carrier immediately started underlining my address. She was ticked.
  8. I keep splash goggles in the kitchen to wear when I chop onions.
  9. In March I replaced my 1973 Tappan range. It was a workhorse for 47 years, 27 of them for me. I can only remember one repair sometime back in the late 90's. The hinges on the oven door were starting to fail and the door fell totally off a few days before the new one arrived.
  10. All of mine were in transition when this hit. Two started new jobs right before lockdown and the other right after graduation in May. All are thankful for jobs, but there's no sense of long term security. High school and college friends have scattered. all over the country. There's no normal socialization with co-workers..heck, one hasn't even met co-workers in person. No opportunities to meet new friends or prospective significant others. I'm glad they're safe and employed, but it really stinks for young people right now.
  11. This is not a normal time. I have three young adult children and this is a lonely and very boring time for them. Our doors are open for anyone to come home, even if it's just for a change of scenery. But I agree about boundaries for the op.
  12. My middle school has 30 minutes for lunch and 5 minute passing periods. No lunch or recess. Study hall went away this year, but that was due to moving to block schedule and not COVID.
  13. I don't know if something like this still exists, but when our kids were small we had a DVD player with TV Guardian. We could set the filtering preferences, which were read off the closed captioning. It opened up a lot of movies that had just a few spots that were problematic for us.
  14. When dd had mono at college I bought her this set of light flannel and she loves it. Most were more holidayish, but they may have other styles. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WGHLS5T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Also, dd had a good friend who lost her mom during the school year and I sent her one of these. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VTZSJ3Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I'm so sorry she has to go through this. Prayers for healing for her and wisdom for her doctors.
  15. Have you seen a pulmonologist? I have a friend who was treated for asthma for several decades and it turned out it wasn't asthma, but instead was a vocal cord problem. Hers was a similar situation--not responding to meds--and it was a pulmonologist that got to the bottom of it. My asthma didn't get under complete control until my allergies were under control, which in my case included years of allergy shots.
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