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  1. Go! I did that once when I had to bring ds to a camping event. I loved it.
  2. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
  3. I love all these pictures. Will post mine shortly. Love the pose! 😄 This is just too cute. ❤️
  4. Ds uses Windows 7 and we've been telling him for a while to upgrade. The problem is he won't get security patches and is on our network. That's a big deal. We bought him a bigger hard drive the Christmas before last and he never installed it. I'm frustrated over that - it wasn't cheap but we gave dss a fairly large gift that year and wanted to match it for ds. Every time there's a new os for Windows people complain but other than Vista I've never had issues with any of the upgrades. There's a lot to like about Windows 10.
  5. Piggybacking on Danae's comment: The only reason a considerate partner would be asking if you took your meds should be in a caring, I love you and worry about you sort of way, and maybe if the partner is normally forgetful about taking meds. He should not be using your mental health as a weapon.
  6. Even if he didn't hit your ds or didn't intend to, statements like that, especially if they're common, are teaching him not to report abuse.
  7. I'm not sure where he got that from. There are several places where the tap water has been unsafe for years. Flint, anyone? Florida has safe, if not good tasting, tap water. Bottled water is depleting our aquifer. Yes, Zephyrhills water (owned by Nestle) tastes good, but Floridians are paying a high price for it. - NYT link. Requires paid subscription if you've reached your free articles for the month
  8. I've shared each of these on Facebook in winter. 😄 There's a Facebook group called Florida Memes.
  9. The majority of people adjust. If they didn't Florida wouldn't have become the third most populous state, behind only California and Texas. Even the Native Americans who came here thousands of years ago migrated south from colder climates. My family moved from Northern NJ to Hallandale (just north of Miami), then up to Central Florida. We got rid of all our winter clothes thinking we'd never be cold again. Now we're among those "silly Floridians" who bundle up when the temperature goes below 60. Same with dh's family. They went from East Tennessee to Key West, then came up here a few years later. None of us who weren't born here have any desire to leave. The kids born here are curious about a four season climate. Dss always said he wanted to live where it gets cold. Shortly after high school he moved to Kansas City, MO with the promise of a job. He lasted 6 months, and having gone through one winter decided he couldn't go through another. Before he left Florida, he couldn't get it through his head that it not only doesn't warm up by noon in winter, but it stays cold every day for months. Ds is now saying he wants to move to a colder climate and dss has been giving him brotherly advice from one native Floridian to another. 😄 Yes, the humidity is much higher here. Both Florida and Texas are hot. It just depends on whether you prefer a dry sauna or a steam bath. 😂 As for outdoors, who says summer is the outdoor season? We spend much of the winter outdoors, and outdoors in summer means a pool, the beach, or the springs. On Christmas Day it's common to see kids outside in shorts riding their brand new Christmas bikes. People often grill out for Christmas dinner or a New Year's Eve party. Gardening is done from October-ish to April. Did he try to do landscaping in summer? Summer "gardening" mainly involves keeping the bugs and weeds at bay. We have a longer growing season than places that get freezing temperatures, but active gardening is best done in late fall, winter, and early spring. Yes, Floridians agree that the heat can be unbearable but people from cold climates will also say the cold is unbearable, and some stay indoors as much as possible during winter. ETA: Often the people who have trouble adjusting are the ones who can't (or won't) change their ideas about when to be outdoors and what the seasons mean in a tropical (south FL) or sub-tropical (north and central) climate.
  10. If you decide to eat at Mythos be sure to make a reservation. They get pretty busy. Another good option is Finnegan's Bar and Grill in Universal Studios. It has Irish Pub (American style) food.
  11. I saw a meme not long ago that said: BREAKING: The Onion on the verge of collapse after not being able to make up sh#t that is more idiotic than current reality.
  12. My guess is she thinks the movie has been discussed. Actually it was, but the thread wasn't very long. I liked it. It was comfort food. As soon as the theme music started I felt like I was about to visit an old friend. It wasn't an exciting movie but it wasn't an exciting series either. It was a soap opera with British accents and great costumes.
  13. It's not my kind of movie so even without the controversy I wouldn't be interested in seeing it. Ds and a friend went tonight to a 10:15 showing. I'm sure I'll be asleep by the time he gets home but I know he'll probably tell me about it tomorrow.
  14. This thread is funny but also shows the flaws in fitness trackers. I wonder how a good old fashioned pedometer would compare to today's trackers. I don't have a fitness watch but I use the Google Fit app on my smart watch. When I set it for fitness walking it has a glitch that keeps resetting the distance, and always to the same number - .04 miles. Everything else stays the same - time, heart rate, and steps. It only resets the distance and does it multiple times. I tried to pay attention to see if I'm doing something to confuse it but I can't figure it out. I can go on my 1 hour walk and in the end it will tell me I walked 7/10 of a mile or some other ridiculously low number. ETA: I also tried using the app on my phone in case it's the watch version that has a glitch. Nope. Same thing happens with my phone in my pocket tracking my walk.
  15. Our swamp ape is listed! I never heard it called the skunk ape but that's apparently its main name. I always knew it as the swamp ape, which is listed as another name for it. The article also says it was mainly seen in Dade County (MIami area) but I can tell you there were many supposed sightings in East Central Florida in the 70s LOL 🤣 The skunk ape, also known as the swamp cabbage man, swamp ape, stink ape, Florida Bigfoot, Louisiana Bigfoot, myakka ape, swampsquatch, and myakka skunk ape, is a humanoid creature said to inhabit the U.S. states of Florida,[1] North Carolina, and Arkansas, although reports from Florida are most common. It is named for its appearance and for the unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it.
  16. I don't know about the homeschooling community but we have family in Lakeland and it's beautiful. It's what we Floridians call "Old Florida", with lovely old oak trees and a certain style of architecture. Florida is a pretty easy homeschooling state. You have to have an annual evaluation done by a certified teacher but that's not hard at all. They just have to show that the child's progress is "commensurate with ability". You'll be close to the Tampa/St. Pete area, which has a number of museums and other cool stuff to do.
  17. Unfortunately you're the type who gets dumped on because of the rabid anti-vaxxers who don't actually have a medical reason for refusing. So, people who have legitimate reasons for refusing or for delayed schedules get looked down on. Not to mention it adds to the lack of herd immunity for people who either can't get vaccinated or need to wait.
  18. This is the best and most important advice. We have a niece married to a man from Costa Rica and a nephew married to a woman from Japan. Both are U.S. citizens now but both became citizens before 2010. Though I've been reading this thread and liking some posts, I've stayed away from giving advice because our family members' experience is likely very different than it would be if they were coming to the U.S. today. Make sure you get current information.
  19. Growing up in northern NJ, that's how I always heard it too. The sun-shadow bit didn't confuse me though. I always understood it to mean winter weather, not actual winter. And you can have bright sunshine but freezing cold temperatures. So, just like here in Florida fall means nothing because we're still in the 90s, some years up north spring (on a calendar) could mean nothing if you're still experiencing winter weather. My understanding then (probably explained to me by an adult at some point) was that we'd either have six more weeks of cold and possibly snow, or it would start to warm up before spring officially arrived.
  20. So was I and I suspect I'm a good bit older than you. 🙂 I'm with those who think they're gimmicky and not really that useful. Dh and I have been looking at both existing remodeled homes and newly built (in a brand new community) as we get closer to moving to our retirement home. Now that I know what a pot filler is I can say we haven't seen one in any of the homes or models we've looked at. I also haven't seen them as an upgrade option in the new communities we toured.
  21. Perhaps you flew up the extra 10 flights of stairs and then walked down? 😂 😂
  22. I saw an article today about a political event that's been happening with some candidates, It said Betty O'Rourke blah blah blah. I thought, "That's not his wife's name is it? His mother? An aunt? And why is she weighing in?" A second look made me realize it said Beto, not Betty. 😀 ETA: I was wearing my contacts, which are a bit trickier for reading than my glasses.
  23. Here in Florida we have Swamp Ape. You don't hear much about him anymore but there were often "sightings" in the 70s. I knew he was a relative of Bigfoot.
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