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  1. @popmommy personal opinion of UofMD College Park...party town. Campus population of 50k I think. It is fun for some, I suppose, as mentioned above, but for some others, not right for them. I don't think it is safe, but that is my opinion after knowing several kids who have attended and either left because they were overwhelmed or did see it through and graduated. I think it is expensive and I'm sorry I don't have any numbers or areas that I would even recommend. Hyattsville I don't think has gotten any safer and I definitely wouldn't suggest living there. Maryland is not the friendliest state either, I should know. I lived there most of my life.
  2. @mom2scouts It is slow and not steady, but I still have been eliminating items, garbage bags even if they are not full, boxes of stuff that I couldn't stand to see any longer, etc. Going through craft supplies, I realized that I have had some of this stuff far too long!!! Fortunately able to use a lot of it up at a craft night for girls at church. Yay. I like mentally saying this, "GIrl, you don't NEEEEEEED that thing!" And that helps. Salvation Army is not near me. Goodwill throws away stuff that people might buy, kind of surprises me. I haven't seen much in the way of other second-hand stores in my area.
  3. Basically he was saying that the sick and not sick were not clearly separated, it was chaotic and he was getting a lot of run around while on board, he was eventually asked to leave. He also said that the possibility for contamination was frequent and those on board were doing nothing to stop contamination. I read somewhere that even a doctor was not wearing anything to keep her safe, no mask, no gloves. She said she probably had it already anyway. And now they are losing the medical professionals in hospitals in China. I'm alarmed and have been for weeks. But I don't know anyone personally who is concerned about it, yet, I know several health care professionals.
  4. I hope that it isn't seen as an across the board child sex abuse organization. My kids were in it for years and the leaders were always good people and they always did lots of good stuff. The leadership was always "two deep", meaning there were always at least two adults teaching the boys and on campouts there were more and dads went too. @Margaret in COwhat are your thoughts on this? @mom2scoutsare you still in scouting? My kids are finished with it so it doesn't affect us now.
  5. I'm sorry too. There are no words I can come up with anymore when someone says these things they are going through. Having been in the mire with it with my husband last year I know how I felt ...We love you and we care about you deeply. Be thinking about you today and sending positive vibes your way. 🐶
  6. My superpowers have not remained strong. I used to be able to tell what country someone was from by the accent. I used to know when I was being lied to by anyone. I used to be a raging maniac when thunderstorms were approaching (but I didn't know the weather forecast) and later when I'd start hearing the thunder I'd realize it was probably the barometric pressure working on me. I think we discussed this in a thread years ago here. Is that a superpower or a super inconvenience? I don't think I have this here where I live now. If a driver got us lost, I could get us out of it. I never got lost when i lived where I used to, even when in a new area or new city. Here I get lost when I'm over in the big cities, always make a wrong turn, something always goes wrong. So, I would say I had an uncanny sense of direction in my home place.
  7. How is everyone doing on their de-cluttering? I hit a wall and haven't felt like moving forward. Hopefully tomorrow I can get it rolling again because I have made a big mess in two rooms. It is too cold to work in the garage lately, but will get back to that when it warms up. It is hard getting rid of stuff that was his, that I have no use for and the kids don't want. We are not going to discuss yard sales, nope. @Arctic Mama I found a box of little girl church dresses too, different sizes. I thought I had gotten rid of it more than 10 years ago but that must have been the OTHER box of cute little dresses. I like it that the dresses don't lose their classic look. Still haven't gone to the animal shelter, but that is on the list for tomorrow. What do you do with fabric? i have a good bit of lycra spandex in various prints but I now have no intention of making any swimsuits or swim shorts.
  8. It doesn't matter if the student wasn't identified. Your daughter knew it was her work that was being critiqued. I can't imagine how that would help anyone to learn and grow, but especially when so young. It seems rather damaging to her psyche, IMO. I want to say that the teacher will most likely be backed up by the administration or that the teacher will not back down. I cannot envision the teacher even admitting it was wrong, or apologizing.
  9. Congratulations! And it looks great! Nice beach day. Does he look anything like you? I love family resemblances. My youngest boy and youngest girl both look a lot like me and each other.
  10. About shredding documents, etc: some cities or police departments offer it once a year, check your local government's web pages. Some libraries have shredders for public use. "Old" towels, baby blankets, etc. as mentioned above, can be donated to animal shelters. Call them to see if they accept donations. I get frustrated with this house because when I get a set of sheets or blanket out to use, it smells kind of funky and I end up washing it before using it, even with storing some open bars of soap or dryer sheets in the closets, tucked between stacks of items. Started on my closet, pulled boxes out and found there are some things I do not need or want any longer. if you have gone through a life changing event (and I don't mean menopause-- but you can start there if you like, haha)-- things change and I feel like things that used to mean something to me no longer do. My biggest boo: the projects I had every intention of making and got most of the supplies together but haven't taken the time to work on or complete. A friend taught me a new saying: Prove it. If I really mean it, if I really want to get it done, put aside the time to work on it. Some of my clutter is from purchased projects/supplies, etc. that I will not give up on. I will allow myself to keep some of that. Sometimes when you are in the depth of cleaning a room and it is an absolute mess and you can't go on, it's okay. We know this, and some of us might need to feel it or read it, get the encouragement. Some of us might need to get a kick in the butt to get back to it. It's just stuff. A friend was getting rid of clutter from her parents' estate and said someone from a TV show bought an item she was trying to sell online because it fit the time frame decor (1970s) HAHA
  11. The van was pretty cool, but I couldn't access the other link.
  12. Getting rid of the adorable little clothing is hard for me, WHY? My kids aren't interested in holding on to it for any reason. Are there any moms here who are almost empty nesters? I've thought about putting together one box, or Rubbermaid storage tote, per child with childhood/teen STUFF they might have a fond memory of. (George Carlin is hilarious, thanks for that video). Do you personally wish you had something like that from your life? I guess it doesn't serve any purpose... My sisters decided I would be the "family heirloom keeper" but they are the ones that got the nice stuff that if sold could bring some fast good cash, while I got more of the record keeping kind of stuff, paper stuff, photos. Old stuff that can't even be used for anything. Might have to reconsider the use or needing extra storage space.
  13. I cleaned part of my bedroom yesterday. So many papers that I couldn't understand what I needed them for a few months ago but was finally able to decide what was important to keep, shred, or toss. Have started to fill a box of craft items to get rid of, and will work on my desk next. My shredder no longer works. I suppose I can get rid of that too! Finally decided to try to sell one of the vehicles. Made it to social security building yesterday too, Yay, go me.
  14. The Lord loves your family so much. There isn't much anyone can say that will make it not hurt. We are all very saddened by your loss. Holding your family up in prayer.
  15. I read the "Be a Lady, They Said," to my mid 20s daughter who has been opening my eyes to the sexism that is seemingly forced upon us psyches day. She said "yup." We have discussed this type of thing many times and I am grateful she's my daughter. She has stopped me from correcting her and her sisters when they sit a certain way or wear their clothing a certain way. "It is not our problem or our fault if a man thinks things when he looks at us. We dress to suit ourselves, not to suit men." Am I invisible? I used to be when I was too engaged with the kids, didn't care how I looked, didn't think it mattered, etc. My meal tab was picked up anonymously a few months ago. Why? I don't know. But I know I am no longer invisible. Now I have the classic look I wanted when I was younger.
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