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  1. Is she bipolar? She mentioned having a very manic-depressive day. I have learned that depression in elderly can also manifest as memory issues.
  2. Oh my goodness, you must be exhausted. Hoping for continued good news, and that you can soon relax.
  3. Thinking of you, and hoping for the best.
  4. Your husband is a keeper! I hope you like the nuggets - kids here like them the best of the GF nuggets we’ve found. With lots of ketchup, of course. 😊
  5. We like the G-Free version of Enjoy Life’s cocoa loco bars and soft-baked cookies. GF spaghetti. A few other GF items - the chicken nuggets are a favorite. We like their pre-made burgers better than Costco or Wegman’s. Salmon. No produce, though. The specialty cheeses are good, and the dairy and egg basics. Chocolate for Dh and me. Occasionally they have fun alcoholic drinks we like to add to coffee (tiramisu or creek brûlée). We pick up the frozen desserts with the German name (can’t recall) to keep on hand for last minute entertaining sometimes. A big favorite is the raspberry strudel. Bake, slice, serve with homemade whip cream and espresso. Yum. Easy. We’ve been known to buy ten at a time, to stock the freezer. (Blush) If we didn’t have food allergies, we’d buy more basics there, but we’ve had reactions from unlabeled cross contamination, so we are limited to what’s safe for the kids and/or what we will serve guests that the kids can’t eat. And bonus - Instacart delivers. ETA: Christmas goodies, mums in fall, and sometimes plants in the spring.
  6. Yes. So many, many apps have this. Beware art and photoshop sharing apps. Also, some music apps. (Sigh) Some kids won’t have an issue with those, but some do. You know your kid best.
  7. Hey, I forgot to add one part about the locked down iPhone. We wanted GPS on it. Not that our kid is going anywhere he shouldn’t, but when he’s out and about on his own, I like knowing we can find him, or EMTs can. He has a lot of severe allergies, so this felt like an important safety feature for him. I didn’t find a dumb phone what had GPS (didn’t look that hard, really!).
  8. Eggshell or satin, but I have found the higher quality paints are more washable. If you’re buying at a paint store, definitely talk to the sales person - they can tell you. I have a fondness for Benjamin Moore, their Aura paints are very washable.
  9. We don’t have a perfect system, and I’ve learned that kids really can get around most anything. We didn’t want a dumb phone because there are a few smartphone features we wanted for our kid. So he has an iPhone that’s pretty locked down. No safari (browser) because he doesn’t need the internet in his pocket, we have other resources for that. Apps, etc he has to check in with us before downloading. No social media. Basically he can text, FaceTime, make calls, use GarageBand, camera, iMovie or equivalent on the phone, etc. Most of the apps he has are creative apps - meaning he makes or creates something with them. We are picky about those because some apps of that sort share creations by other users and there are some weird rabbit holes out there. He has audible and kindle, too, but he’s not a game kid so no games. The phone goes on my nightstand every night around 8 pm, and he gets it after we’re done with school each weekday, earlier in weekends. Some days he doesn’t need/want it. He and his friends primarily text, with some FaceTiming. I do think it’s important for kids to communicate, and wow, do they text a lot. 🙂 He knows we can read his texts, etc, and check his phone, but we don’t do that often.
  10. Undershirts here. White or black short sleeve t-shirts. My father did, DH does, DS does. I’m talking under dress shirts, not everyday casual shirts. Re-wearing shirts doesn’t really happen here though. Too often, they are stuffed in a suitcase and arrive home beyond the state of re-wearing. 🤣
  11. Quill, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I have no words of wisdom, but can offer a kind of sisterhood, and empathy. And also gratitude for posting about it, because this thread is full of good info. I wish I’d read the magic words above on Thursday. But I didn’t, and brought my mother to my home from rehab, this past Friday. She needs 24/7 supervision, can’t even move chair to bed. She should not have been discharged, and PT and OT are minimally helpful. That’s all Medicare will cover, though. I believe they can readmit her for up to 30 days though, if the PT agrees, so I will talk to them about it if things don’t improve. I’m taking notes while reading, and planning to file for Medicaid ASAP. Again, I am so sorry you’re on this journey. It’s hard. And I’m grateful to everyone who’s posted here with some wisdom. Thanks, all.
  12. So deeply, deeply sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts, and heart.
  13. Anthropologist here. Yes. The above is true. Most HGs have considerably more “free” time than we do. It is not comparable to farming. This data - about free time - is measurable and documented, based on the lifestyles of living HG groups. I’m interested in checking out this book. Off to find it! Thanks! (It reminds me of a favorite prof, back in the day, who advocated a return to this lifestyle, in a weird twist at the end of every semester! Loved him, though it was a bit whacky sounding at the time.) Editing to say that aside from the free time aspect, the drawbacks would not be worth it to me.
  14. I felt invisible when I gained weight. But I’m not sure if it was coming from me, inside, or from outside of me. I actually think it had more to do with that stage of my life - I was not as out-going as I had been. FWIW, that was in my early 40s. I didn’t like the way I felt, so started exercising for mental health - not weight loss. Right away, I felt more grounded in my body somehow, more comfortable, and more like myself. I did lose weight, but very, very slowly. But the invisibility stopped with a sort of mental shift. I just engaged with people again. I bought clothes that fit instead of two sizes too big (but not for anyone other than myself - I just wanted to feel like me again!), I found perfume I like (hello Olfactif!), and I started playing with makeup again. For me. Often I go out sans make up, but will wear it at home. I know, some would say it’s backwards, but this was all just to make myself feel more together, not anyone else, so I do what feels right to me, on any given day. A few people commented on the weight loss, but it was so slow it was hard to see. The type of friends we have don’t often talk about looks, but a neighbor or two noticed. And my in-laws. Male attention: eh. I don’t know about that. It’s there but I often find it annoying from anyone other than DH. Trigger warning for the next paragraph.... This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. Around 43 or so, I felt invisible enough to be less aware of surroundings at night, alone. Or in other situations where I’m smart enough to be street savvy. I felt I’d passed the age and stage to attract sexual assault. If you, OP, are feeling that invisible... please don’t. You might feel invisible, but please keep your guard up the way you knowingly or unknowingly did before. I have learned that there’s no age limit for sex assault victims. It can happen to middle aged moms and elderly women as well. I feel a bit ridiculous for feeling I’d passed the age of worry about that. I now know better. (No, I personally was not assaulted, but someone older than me was, someone I would never have imagined). So that’s my hard won warning about feeling safe in a cloak of invisibility.
  15. I’d talk to the people who asked for it, and get their thoughts.
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