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    Done homeschooling but can't bear to leave The Hive.
  • Birthday October 30

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  1. That was my first thought. They have the BEST holiday commercials.
  2. It would be a mushy mess to have one still out. In fact, it's common to wait until Halloween to set carved pumpkins outside because they can't take more than a day or two.
  3. I wear either Skechers sandals or New Balance walking shoes to theme parks, depending on the weather. I hate wearing closed shoes (fortunately I live where they're rarely necessary) so I've spent years trying out different sandals that I can walk in all day. Birkenstock sandals work for me too. These are the Skechers I wear. We have Universal passes and go often. I wear them all the time and they help keep my back, legs, and feet from hurting after a day at the park.
  4. Ours in temporary too but 60s and 70s are glorious. In fact, 60s are a bit chilly. 😄
  5. For us this little cold snap means our record heat finally broke. It's currently windy, cloudy, and 69F. We already hit our high of 70 for the day. The next week is going to be beautiful. It's going to be the reason we love winter in Florida - highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s, lows upper 50s to 60s. We might get back to upper 70s late next week but hopefully we're done with 85 -95 until March or April. We slept with the bedroom window open last night. It was wonderful. Windows open today and I had my coffee on the screen porch.This is our time of year to get outside after being cooped up in the a/c for months (unless near water for swimming/cooling off).
  6. I've tried all kinds of things but mine are both allergy related and hereditary. No lifestyle changes will get rid of them so my best bet is to try and minimize them plus conceal them. I'm currently using Bye Bye Under Eye (I think I heard about it here) as well as a concealer by Benefit that I bought at Ulta. I went in and told them about my dark circles, and that's what they recommended. It has good coverage but I don't think anything will totally make them disappear. Bye Bye Under Eye I just got this 2 weeks ago and am starting to see a difference. I use it morning and evening Cakeless Concealer
  7. No, that's too far south. I can't find it but it's possible it's not a BP anymore. I'll have to ask dh, though he left for work already. If you're going east on 528, get off at U.S. 1 north. It's a ratty looking gas station and towing service just north of the exit on the right. It's by that road that goes to the hotel (the one on the hill that keeps changing names/owners). He hasn't been there in ages so I wonder if they closed the gas station part. I'll ask him and let you know.
  8. Next time you visit your family in Merritt Island - There's a BP station in Cocoa that sells them, on U.S. 1 right off the Beeline. Dh gets them there and says they're really good.
  9. We have one gas station on the way home from dh's work that has chicken livers. He'll sometimes stop there and get some, He knows he only needs to buy enough for himself. That's not something he ever needs to share with me lol My grandmother loved turkey and chicken necks. My friends and I used to use chicken necks when we went crabbing. You tie a string around the neck and when you feel a pull, you gently bring it in, hopefully with a Florida blue crab attached. That, to me, is the only good use of a poultry neck. 😄 I'm with you there!
  10. Yep. Liver from the turkey gizzard pack. My mom always cooked that stuff up and gave it to our dog. 😄
  11. It was tradition in my family to stuff the bird. We always had both stuffing (cooked in the turkey) and dressing but the reason was because we all love it and the amount in the turkey was never enough. Hence, we always made extra on the side. These days it's only dressing, but it's only been about the last 10 years or so we stopped stuffing the turkey. Yeah, I"ve never heard of it as referring to the Gulf Coast states. I always think of it as the coast of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland. Having lived in Florida for 50 years and all of them on the east coast, I've never heard it referred to as being part of the Coastal South. This. The host gets to decide what she/he is providing and asks people to bring other dishes. @MaBelle I agree with others that you don't have to lie, but sometimes holidays are about trying not to hurt feelings. If sil is proud of her stuffing then your plan sounds like the best way to handle it. I've heard of oyster dressing but never tasted it. I hate dressing or stuffing with liver in it. Blech! Some people say you can't really taste the livers but those of us who hate liver will respond with "Oh yes, you definitely can!" 😄
  12. I always heard and followed the recommendation of 1/2 lb. per person. I haven't heard 1 - 1/5 pounds, but @happysmileylady's post makes sense. My mom, later I, and now dss, always got/gets a bigger turkey than needed so there will be leftovers. So really, I don't know how closely we actually followed the 1/2 pound rule. 😄 I'd recommend the 25 pounder for you. As for ham, my first thought is that it doesn't go with Thanksgiving but then I remembered growing up we always had and antipasto, eggplant parmigiana, and Italian meatballs in addition to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Who am I to say what you should or shouldn't put on the menu? lol If you offer everything the traditionalists want though, there's no reason you can't also have a small ham on the side. A ham isn't a lot of work and you shouldn't have to cook for that many people and still end up with a meat you won't really enjoy. If you want a ham and you're the main cook, go for it. Just be sure to have turkey for those who want it.
  13. I agree that it was obviously a cautionary tale but it was sold to us as being a real diary. I was 16 when it was published and so was definitely in the target audience. I read it. My friends read it. We thought it was hilarious, which I'm sure wasn't the author's intent. That's how teens at the time reacted to it. Adults OTOH, thought it was a serious cautionary tale. ETA: I think if adults want kids to read and react positively to a cautionary tale, it needs to be a realistic and well told tale. Go Ask Alice was neither. ETA again: I'm not trying to argue. I'm just trying to help since you asked for recommendations. I recommend staying away from that book and looking into something else if you want to give your kids a good cautionary tale.
  14. There are many, many articles about it. I only linked those two. It's pretty generally accepted that the so-called editor is actually the author and that the book is fictional. There seem to be a number of better books available that are either true stories or fictional ones that are much more well written than that one.
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