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  1. I know there a few moms who have completed their homeschool journey, but are still on the boards. I need your thoughts. I am trying to decide what I might do with the next chapter of my life. Obviously I knew this day would come and I have considered it before, but every time I feel a sense of loss. I only have the one child so it will be several years before I can expect grandkids to fill my days. What did you do and do you find it fulfilling?
  2. Mosquitoes are about to carry us away! They swarm the exterior doors, get in the house, and buzz around our ears at night. We have no standing water in the yard, but have had a ton of rain so ditches and low areas are holding water. My essential oil spray from Walmart and the kind from an expensive mlm don’t seem to help at all. I have a giant citronella plant on the patio where we like to sit and I rub the leaves before turning on a fan. The little blood suckers fly right through the citronella air stream to land on my arm that is bathed in insect repellent. I really need ideas for the
  3. I have a Dyson ball upright. It does a great job and I love the super long cord. We have hard floors, one room with a thinner carpet and multiple rooms with a thick high quality carpet. I find it difficult to push on the thick carpet. I have some health issues that make me tire easily and pulling the Dyson (pet model) around one large room wears me out completely. I had read in online reviews that it can be difficult to use on thick carpet and I certainly agree.
  4. Ok, now I am curious. How do you wash her paws every time she come inside? Is it a little paw-washing station with soap and rinse containers or are you wiping them with a soapy cloth? How do you get them rinsed? I am thinking this would take some extra effort, but probably less effort than mopping up dirty paw prints on the floor and trying to clean my sofa🤨
  5. I am looking for recommendations for doggie shampoo. We have an Australian Shepherd so a great conditioning product for long haired pooches would be ideal. He doesn’t have any allergies or skin conditions. Also, how often do you bathe your dog? Are there different bathing recommendations by breed? We previously had outdoor only dogs who were not bathed often, but this fellow is our couch potato and I like to keep him smelling clean😉
  6. Katy, That makes sense. We have family I can give our oats to. Better to be safe and healthy.
  7. I can’t seem to find an answer online so I am hoping to find someone on the Hive who can help me. I have several #10 cans of oats that we canned at a LDS cannery several years ago. We have since discovered that ds and I are both gluten intolerant. My understanding is that oats don’t contain gluten themselves but are commonly contaminated. I know some brands at the store mark the oats as gf while others do not. I can’t find anything online about the cannery oats (and they may be a different supplier now). Does anyone have any knowledge on the subject? Thank-you
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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🥺
  11. 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
  12. ((((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
  13. 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?
  14. 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😏
  15. 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?
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