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Melissa in Australia

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  1. We have solar but are still on the grid. We sell the excess power to the power company. We get a cheque of around $1000 per year.

    we have a solar hot water system separately. It is a combined solar plus kitchen combustion stove heat up. So there is hot water all year round.


    we are also very power aware and turn off things when not in use

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  2. so so sorry for your loss

     glad you made it. Huge hugs


    I miscarried at 12 weeks over 16 years ago. I miscarried on the toilet at home.


    I remember being extremely sad when the septic tank was emptied a few years later. It was like I had lost my baby all over again. I have never ever told anyone this as I thought people would think me ridiculous

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  3. I have had all 4 wisdom teeth removed  the top ones in my early 20s and the bottom ones in my early 30s. I had no problems with the top teeth. I got dry socket in one of the bottom ones - it was a bad remove, the dentist  had to cut a part of my jaw to get the tooth out. half way thought the tooth removal the dentist started to think he wouldn't be able to remove the tooth. he suggested I may need to drive 250km to a hospital that had a dental surgeon to have the tooth surgically removed under a general ( I live remote, the dentist was visiting my area). I said keep pulling so he got the dental assistant to hold my head  while he pulled it out.  

    the stitches came out that evening and the gum shrank so they could not stitch it back up. The pain was bad. I was given some very strong pain medication - so strong that the walls were moving - sort of wobbling etc. I only took 3 tablets because I started to get a very strong urge to take lots  and I thought it was not a good thing.  After that I just didn't eat for a week as when food hit that dry socket it was unbearable. I think I swished  salty water in my mouth  a few times a day to help with the healing and reduce chances of infection. After a week it didn't hurt anymore though I had to be careful about food getting stuck in the hole for a little while.

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  4. I love passionfruit. we grow the purple one and the golden one. they are both lovely- note the vine only lives for between 5-7 years. Both of ours died last summer int eh drought. I have replanted though.

     the banana passionfruit doesn't taste  as nice

     it is excellent served with sponge cake or pavlova. spread over the top of the whipped cream

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  5. send all the rain here please. 

     all the water dams here are completely empty for the 3rd year running.  we are in the middle of winter when we are meant to get huge amount of rain but instead we are just getting passing showers. I am hoping that the drought doesn't just keep on keeping on.

  6. 7 hours ago, HomeAgain said:

    Same here.
    I had a dog tag made with contact info.  We've used it as everything from a necklace to zipper pull to putting it on his water bottle.  For more temporary, like when we were visiting a different country, making a shrinkydink one with our contact info at the resort gave me peace of mind.  Easy to do before we left: write, cut, bake.  And cheap enough to make a few. 

    Other tip when out and about with your kids: put contact info on their car seats.  If you are unable to help them directly after an accident, you can have peace by putting a sticker with their first name, birthday, blood type, allergens, and emergency contact on the back of their seat.  If they have to cut them out they'll try to keep them in the seat because it'll stabilize them, and having that potentially available could help.

    saw these on the news the other day.

     I though they were a brilliant idea  and so visible for emergency workers

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  7. what about a fisheries officer

     they are at the beach every day and  out in boats , doing diving etc. they are the police of the coastal regions  and help stop pollution dumping and over-fishing. I know someone who is a fisheries officer - she absolutely loves it. She does dolphin diving cruses on her weekends off ( as in she takes tourists to see dolphins .

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