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  1. Is it possible that the outlet for an ash chute has been covered over outside with new siding? My parents had one of these in their house that was built in 1972'ish. Theoretically, ashes fall or are scraped through the cute, and you clean them out via a little door that is outside, near ground level, right behind the fireplace. If the door were still there, you would know, but it would be easy to cover it in a renovation. I don't think they ever used it because, really--what is so hard about scooping ashes out of a fireplace and disposing of them?
  2. I am glad you remembered this. I heard a podcast on this topic a while back and was trying to remember which podcast so I could find the episode. The podcast referred to this book a lot and had some pretty amazing stories. I tend to believe it is coincidental, but I am not so conceited as to believe that I know everything there is to know about everything and, thus, am open to the possibility that reincarnation, ghosts, aliens, etc. exist.
  3. All this passion for pimento cheese does my Southern heart good. That's all. Carry on.
  4. I dunno whether I'd start with the New York-anything for pimento cheese. It's such a quintessentially Southern dish. But anyway--I have made my own several times, but I don't very often because no one else in my house likes it, and I would eat the whole batch myself with a spoon. I LOVE pimento cheese. There are a ton of recipes, as you have seen, and I've always used one with a mayo base. But the one tip I can give is to shred your own cheese. For the love of all that is good and holy, pull out your box grater (or food processor) and grate it yourself. Then it is just a matter of finding the
  5. I finally (last summer) acquired backyard chickens, and they are both endlessly entertaining and productive--their eggs are amazing. They require a modest amount of daily attention, but not a ton. Mine free-range my fenced backyard, which makes them way more entertaining because they come to the side door and watch us eat dinner every night. When we retire to somewhere with more space than my suburban backyard, I may acquire more critters, but I haven't figured out anything that is both entertaining and productive. Milk goats maybe? I'd have to make cheese, though, since I don't like milk. Hmm
  6. Pneumonia is extremely difficult to diagnose via x-ray. My husband had it a couple of months ago, and his regular doctor couldn't see him for 5 days (!!!!), so he went to an urgent care doctor who insisted it was not pneumonia. It took a CT scan in the ER, where he went because the pain was so bad. Has he had a CT scan?
  7. This alone ought to encourage mid-life career transitioners everywhere.
  8. Lawyer here. I own my own firm but lease space from a larger firm with a semi-formal dress code, so we mostly match them as a matter of courtesy. The following general thoughts are likely to be controversial. I am not going to debate the with anyone who disagrees. But here goes: 1. Support staff would never wear a suit, nor ever be expected to. By "support staff," I mean admins, paralegals, accountants, etc. Lawyers rarely wear suits these days unless they are going to court or something similar. 2. Ankle slacks and a dressy blouse are probably still fine IF the pants are a dr
  9. I feel confident in advising that you want to move in using Ikea Frakta bags, which are available on Amazon and, often, not at Ikea. They are rectangular zippered bags that hold massive quantities of stuff and then collapse. Extension cords. There is a good, exhaustive thread on the college board. It is probably pinned.
  10. I have always pretty much scoffed at UFOs, but someone I know well and have known for a long time recently told me about an experience he and his wife (then-girlfriend) had probably 40 years ago. They saw something that very much fit the description of hypersonic velocity in this article. He had no reason to lie; is not prone to fanciful imaginations; did not drink at the time; and was accompanied by his equally-sober and upstanding now-wife who saw the exact same thing. Even all these years later, it was an emotional retelling. Again, this is a pillar of the community, well-educated, well-kno
  11. Thanks, everyone. I want to clarify that my son has not expressed any interest in rushing a fraternity. Because he has expressed a preference all along for a small school, though, I am sure someone is going to suggest rushing a fraternity to make this big one feel smaller. I just want to be prepared and open-minded (not usually a strength of mine) when it does.
  12. Geez, I am almost embarrassed to ask this. I was so un-Greek during my undergrad days, and I scoffed at it all--HARD. But I am trying to keep an open mind for my youngest, a rising senior, as he looks at colleges. He is not considering any schools that are overwhelmingly Greek, but yesterday we toured a Big State U that he, well, did not hate. It is the only big school on his list and about 30% Greek. So, did your kids (especially boys, although I would love to know about girls, too) pledge? For what kids did you think it was most useful? This is a straight-laced kid (yeah, yeah, I know, but h
  13. So true, especially at night. I drove from West Yellowstone to Bozeman (about 90 miles) to get my daughter to her early morning flight out of Bozeman. The weather was fine, and I am a confident driver--snow, rain, hail, bring it on; but this was harrowing. It was so incredibly dark, and the road was so twisty. I was convinced I was about to slam into an elk for the whole 90 miles. Thank goodness the sun came up for the drive back.
  14. Cream of tartar boiled (with water, of course) will get a lot of stuff off. I googled for proportions (it has been a while, and when I've done this, I seriously doubt that I measured anything) and found a suggestion to combine it with vinegar. Or steel wool. Oven cleaner (stick it in a garbage bag) if you're desperate.
  15. I have sprained an ankle a couple of times but have never been unable to walk on it for two weeks. That is a long time. I have never worn a boot, either. But when you can walk on it, the activity that finally got mine back to normal was walking, IN THE DARK, on uneven ground. I used to drop my daughter at 5:30 AM swim practice, park my car and walk laps along the shoulder of the road the pool was on. It was under construction, sort of, so it was dirt, grass, rocks, weeds, and not smooth, manicured lawn. Each lap was probably a mile, and I walked several while she practiced, mostly before the s
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