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Ethel Mertz

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  • Birthday August 11

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    Reader of labor union history, writer, Episcopal priest, advocate of economic justice, liberation theologian, gardener, knitter, classical pianist, and befuddled member of a birding-obsessed family.

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  1. We're happy to have an Earth Fare grocery within driving distance. We can bring our own containers for things like peanut butter, olive oil, tamari, and all the usual bulk items. We also take mesh bags for produce and cloth bags for the groceries. We turn down straws (except for DS who has braces). We have stainless steel straws we need to start bringing with us. We also have 'sporks' to use instead of plastic cutlery and cloth napkins. We also try to remember to bring our own coffee mugs. We use bar soap for showering and even use it for shampoo. Note: you do not need to buy the expensive shampoo bars. Find a bar soap you like and use that for both body and hair washing. DS will be going full time to the local high school this fall. He'll be taking his lunches in reusable containers.
  2. I've been using the bags pads come in as bathroom trash can liners, as well as the plastic that toilet paper comes in. Our grocery store has a bulk section and we can bring our own jars to put items in.
  3. What are the best Android SAT PREP Apps? There are so many out there, I'm not sure which way to turn!
  4. DS read SWB's Ancients in 8th (and used the study guide as well) and her Middle Ages in 9th. He loved it all. However, history is his favorite subject, so there's that. At some point, he'll read the volume on the Renaissance and whatever else comes next. He's in public school as of this coming fall for 11th and 12th grades.
  5. Also, is there a nearby pond , lake, or ocean?
  6. I agree with HeighHo. I'd play with the 4 yr old in the water and teach her a few skills. Maybe get her a kickboard as well.
  7. We bought a queen bed, a full size bed, two twin beds, a dining room table, and two large area rugs from them. We also paid extra to have the delivery team put the beds together. No complaints whatsoever.
  8. We have a lot of bills coming due, including HOA fee. I'm hoping to keep the grocery spending down and eliminate any spending on non-consumables. DS is now taking two classes at the local high school, so we are driving more than usual to take him in. One way is 9 miles and if we do two round-trips, that's 36 miles, 5 days a week, which adds up. He's only at school for 3.5 hours, so some days I am just hanging out at the library or running another errand.
  9. I checked locally. They don't even offer Spanish! I've been doing a combination of things to brush off my Spanish and get up to speed. Will be glad to share if it would be helpful.
  10. We're definitely in the penny pinching stage here - probably for the year. Retirement income + miscalculation of health insurance costs + yours truly forgetting to factor gas and groceries into the budget = 😦 Yikes!
  11. We got through September and are mostly caught up with our health insurance bill! Re-stocked our groceries with a big shopping trip (still have to go to TJs for a few items) and am hoping we can make it through October. We've a cousin's funeral to go to several states away (thankfully, hotel is paid for with relative's travel points) and a conference my spouse needs to attend, so gas expenditures will be high. I successfully resisted a yarn sale.
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