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  1. I have been seriously considering a contoursrx.com product that is like medical grade clear tape that is designed to lip the eyelid non-surgically. The website has a great tutorial and shows how the tape is invisible once on, can be used with or without makeup and comes in different sizes for different needs. I don’t know how to link, so I am editing to add, you can google Lids By Design or see contoursrx.com/products
  2. The missing stray cat showed up last night. He had been out all day with windchills ranging from -3 to 3 degrees. Not sure where he went but he seemed awfully glad to be let in the garage when he came back. I was a wreck worried about him. Today has been a better day since all the fur babies I care for are safe and warm.
  3. The stray cat stayed dry and reasonably warm all night. I put food at the entrance on the box he was hunkered down in at 6:00 a.m. When I checked my “kitty cam” (security camera where I have been keeping an eye on him) he was gone. I didn’t worry because I thought he must have had to go potty. He never came back. Windchill was -3 at the time. It is just now up to 3 degrees. No sign of him. He doesn’t come when called but this is his home territory. He usually doesn’t leave my yard. My husband thinks he went off to die🥺
  4. Just outside of Houston here. I have 4 stray cats I feed. I managed to get 3 in my garage which was no small task. The fourth is an old fellow who I have never touched though I have been feeding him over a year. He is on the covered porch in a box with a heating pad. It has to be cold for him, but I thought it would be enough to survive. Now I am worried that if our power goes out the poor fellow will freeze. I am actually awake now (3:45 in the morning) just keeping an eye on the power and worrying over him. I can see him in the box on our security camera so I know he is out there and stil
  5. ((((MomN)))) My son and I both have gluten and dairy intolerance (and choose to be vegetarian) and deal with it by not having those foods in the house. I have some regular pasta for dh but we don’t keep snacks etc with gluten in the house. If you are struggling with eating things you should not, I recommend removing it from the house. If you have family members who want certain items you cannot have, give them a box or basket in the pantry with their special items. Having it visibly separated from your food is your reminder that the contents are not for you. Cheese was the hardest th
  6. I am wondering if these allergy testing kits are easy to use and accurate. I seem to have developed some new food allergies and have had some unpleasant surprises lately. My lips are currently tingling and swollen from watermelon. I have eaten watermelon my entire life. A few weeks ago I had a terrible reaction to peanut butter. I would like to determine if there is anything else, I may need to avoid. I have always heard you can develop new allergies, but have never experienced it. Has anyone else developed new allergies as an adult?
  7. I have never tried it as toothpaste, but I read you can use it as shampoo and tried that. DO NOT attempt using it on your hair unless you just love to have super dry, straw-like hair, that is so tangled it will be painful to comb😏
  8. Ds 17 has one toe (the one beside the big toe) that is purple, hot to the touch, and looks slightly swollen. It has been like this for “a while.” He doesn’t know how long. Over a week he thinks. He says it doesn’t hurt and he can move it normally. (Editing to add that he has no recollection of injuring it in any way. ) Any thoughts on what could cause this? Should I be concerned? It can’t be broken can it?
  9. Thank-you for all the honest and blunt responses. Reading your responses has helped me step back and look at our family dynamic from a new perspective and made me realize that I need to change my response. For those who wondered how I allowed the situation to go on so long, I think it has been easier to deal with years past only because my husband was working and traveling a lot. When he was gone, his time with our son was so limited he made a little more effort and even when he was ignoring our son it wasn’t as noticeable because he wasn’t home much. Since Covid, my husband is not t
  10. My heart is so heavy and sad. I don’t want to share this with my family or real life friends because it is too hard to admit but I need some words of encouragement. My husband is a good provider and works hard. He is honest and a faithful spouse. We have been married 19 years and he is my best friend. He is also a lousy father. We have one child. Our son is almost 18 and my husband has never enjoyed spending time with him or ever made an effort to get to know him. When we are together as a family, my husband is rude and defensive towards our son like his presence and every word and action
  11. Replying again to add that since your kitty goes outside freely (ours used to), I would definitely buy or build a catio or insulated cat house for daytime outdoor comfort. If you don’t want to isolate in a bathroom like we did, I wouldn’t hesitate to put her in a large dog crate in the garage at night. The big crates have room for a box and plenty on space left for sleeping. We did this with a different cat years ago. The dog crates are so tall, we even built an elevated platform bed with scrap lumber.
  12. I think we have the same cat😏. Our cat struggles sound very much like your own. We tried all the things you have tried without much success. The vet had us try liquid rx calming meds and said they help about 50% of her patients. It did not help our kitty. We were ready to have her put down the problem was so stressful. What we have done instead is to get a catio to allow her to be outside as much as possible. (Sometimes all the daylight hours). She had two fans on her in the summer and a pet heating pad and blanket cover for colder weather. Ours is on a covered patio so it is protected from ra
  13. 😂I needed a good laugh this morning. Cracked up at Romania’s, “I was bitten by a rooster”. Going to try to remember VOO so I can use it lol
  14. I have recently experimented with dyeing old tops that I like the fit but they have either faded or have some light staining. Rit dye has products for 100% cotton and for blended fabrics. You can combine dye colors if you want to get fancy, but I have stuck to the basic colors so far. I use the stovetop method. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to do this. Sorry I don’t have any great suggestions on buying new, inexpensive tops. I am also lamenting the fact that my newly gained pandemic weight makes most of my cute tops too tight 😕. I too just keep wearing the same few things
  15. I was just at a new neurologist Monday discussing migraines. I have seen a few different neurologists through the years and agree with Hyacinth, they always want to document how often they occur (number of days per month), and the duration of headaches (30 minutes or 3 days). They ask what medication I have taken and how effective it was and want a description of my symptoms. There is no reason to feel nervous about unexpected questions. Tell her to take her time answering, and just to give the response that best reflects her symptoms. Sometimes it is difficult to describe or sounds
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