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  1. This is after the fact but in case anyone searches this topic and lands on this thread in the future... Alum paste (alum from spice rack in grocery store with a little water) makes a wonderful anti-itch/anti-welt home remedy for mosquito and fire ant bites. Me, my oldest DD, and youngest DS are SUPER allergic to bites, and in Texas the mosquitos are the size of pterodactyls and fire ants are the most evil creatures on Earth sending fiery blisters out like death rays when you least expect it. When the kids were little, we would paste them all over and wrap an ace-bandage over the entire area like a mummy. Really gave some relief. We still use Alum paste on all bites as needed. I also pour vinegar on fire ant bites first, then paste. We can rarely get away with Benadryl just because usually too busy to be drowsy, but we make liberal use of the Benadryl sprays and creams (better for mosquitoes than ants in our experience). My Granny turned me on to Alum after DD had a few bites during a visit to her Great-Granny's house. Granny said this was the norm long before Benadryl came along since Alum was a popular pickling ingredient on hand. Take that for what it's worth...just passing on what has worked for us. Disclaimer--always head to ER in extreme cases as described above!
  2. I also wonder how much the pandemic shutdown delayed any actions from 2020 to present. 2020 was a hot mess with resources and politics. All of this would dampen any urgency in spending millions of dollars on repairs that no one really flat out said were imminent. I mean it seems like bids and repairs were started as soon as "life" resumed. That 1-bedroom $80k assessment over 15 years works out to around $400-500/mo. That's a chunk of money, especially during the pandemic. I was musing about this because I can't even get my pool repaired or cracked windows replaced from 4 months ago. I've called many contractors. Either man-power or materials are non-existent. The same goes for my business materials (transportation). It's nuts. I've got to stick some tape all over my window now because the crack is growing and I'm not sure if it will just fall out or not. And no one will just SAY that is could. So I'm left playing a game of chicken with my house and Mother Nature. None of my stuff remotely important in the grand scheme, just used to illustrate, BUT if it is like this for simple stuff, I can imagine that major million-dollar projects would be a nightmare right now.
  3. We have had several weather reports like this in June for Houston. source: spacecityweather.com “August-like heat continues in Houston with minimal relief ahead June 15, 2021 at 7:08 am by Matt Lanza Let’s be honest. It has felt like August lately. I mean, really. For Hobby Airport, the last 3 afternoons have tied for the 5th hottest 3-day stretch of high temperatures this early in the season (trailing several 3-day periods from 1998 and 2011, both notoriously hot Houston summers). For Houston officially it’s the 12th hottest 3-day stretch so early in the season. It’s hot, it’s early, and it’s not going to get much better this week.” I’m just ready for Mother Nature to take a breath and calm down. I hope the PNW hangs in there and the heat waves pass fast. It is awful being completely unprepared and feeling helpless in a nasty weather event.
  4. I've been sick (head/chest cold-ish, no cough but burning lungs/chest, no noticeable fever but fever-break sweats, fatigue, insane headaches), then all 3 kiddos followed suit. Vaccinated so not likely Covid. Plus it was really not acting like Covid (which we had at the beginning of epidemic). But is was clearly contagious. Didn't know there was an RSV outbreak. Would make total sense that this is what we were battling. Yuck. I hate RSV. Tends to linger in us, not bad, just takes forever to feel 100% again.
  5. I can attest to foil in windows making a noticeable impact. This was a common tactic in west Texas (115 degree days was normal) back in the 80s. Texas can certainly empathize with PNW. STILL recovering from Uri. Plus we had the 10th wettest spring on record, and now scorching heat with highest temps on record in June. Mother Nature is finally fighting back. And she's going to win...
  6. It gets easier. Very fast. DD LOVES her Invisalign. She's been in them 14 months and gets them off in 2 weeks. It was perfect for a pandemic shut down because they just gave us all the trays to use during lock down. There was a 4wk delay when they started seeing patients again because the orthodontist changed and wanted his own treatment plan which meant new trays for tweaks. Hang in there. These really have been super easy and convenient. Much more so than brackets and wires. I think compliance can be tricky. So if you have a kiddo that just won't stick to the instructions, then brackets are the way to go. DD was motivated, wants straight teeth in as short a time as possible and did not want brackets. So she has been super compliant. Hang in there! We did buy a cute case for the trays on Amazon instead of the generic one we were given. 🙂 ETA: There are tons of YouTube videos with suggestions. If the one I linked doesn't resonate, find more.
  7. My normally-unflappable daughter had an absolute nervous breakdown the first 3 days with her trays and bands. YouTube to the rescue. She watched this video and followed the method (super simple) and never had a problem going forward. The key was to put the bands on the bottom first and place tray on thereby "locking" bands into place. Take a look. https://youtu.be/mRVRtoFzjI4 Another video suggested using a paper towel to grab the band to put on top. This helped with slobber (which was making it hard also) but made it more difficult to see where to attach. So she ended up just dabbing her mouth/tray/band with paper towels as needed to make things less slick and followed the above technique. I bought the tool from Amazon that helps remove the trays, but she never used it after using paper towels and the video technique. Hope this helps!
  8. We pay for 90% of household remodel and repairs using Amex points cashed in for Home Depot ecards. A coworker turned me on to doing this when I was 28. He did this with the cash-back from his Discover card. I started this in 2002 when I was single and owned my first home. Almost 20 years later, we still do this even though the house and yard have grown quite a bit from that first house. We use Amex for everything, and I mean everything, that we possibly can that we would normally pay for with "cash" to rack up those points. We do not carry a Amex balance. It's free money in the end. My mom bought a bunch of Pottery Barn furniture that way after cashing in Amex points for PB cards over a length of time. Also, whenever we are asked what we want for Xmas, birthday, etc (although we try hard to discourage buying us anything, we have relatives that insist on a gift), we ask for Home Depot cards. They are my favorite gift to receive. Just an alternative suggestion to setting aside cash or savings.
  9. Agreed. And I really loved my state, my people, the general Texas ethos. And now everything is discombobulated. ETA: It's like someone let the crazy, mean uncle have the microphone. Before, everyone just tolerated him in the corner lazy-boy until he got drunk and passed out.
  10. This is exactly the case for 11yo too. Turns 12 in October. So no mask, no vaccination when school starts. Fortunately, my 13yo is homeschooled. She'll still be vaccinated ASAP though. ETA: And because he turns 12 at the start of the school year, most of his classmates will be not vaccinated or wearing masks. But the second he can get his, we will. Invisible mask.
  11. Funny aside, I asked him the same thing. There are 2 liquor stores across the street from each other. The other one is next door to son's TKD class, which DH was waiting on him and popped in to replenish my whiskey supply. 🙂 So I asked him why he wasn't using the next-door store instead. He said he tried there first, but they were out of whiskey (our brand). Lol! So my next question was "But did you get the whiskey?" A little funny to try to calm DH down. He was very, very angry. We will NEVER use that store again. ETA: By the time he got home, he wished he hadn't bought it. But he was just stunned. Caught between my whiskey and an a$$hole. 🙂 And that wasn't $150 worth of whiskey alone. It was just the most important. If I was drinking that much whiskey, I probably wouldn't need a mask because I'd be pickled. LOL!
  12. My understanding from the board meeting was that it was a combination of a bond, technology fund, and emergency fund that had already been funded. I appreciate that they pivoted to go pseudo-virtual. It was when they dropped "virtual" for several programs that worked well in the fall, I questioned the point. The students are now required to complete all the school work online in the virtual portal while sitting in school. <eye roll> And my DD has 5-6 substitutes every week with recorded lessons from the teacher in the virtual portal. And district didn't have to drop the virtual option for spring. Of course, TEA has dropped funding for virtual for next year already so now they MUST physically go to school next year. Only now they will go with no masks too.
  13. Yes, it's the straight-up animosity that has me shaken. There is no way I can send my kids to school in a mask here (if covid still wreaking havoc) now that the mandate has lifted. I didn't even want to vaccinate, but I did. I do not adopt early medical procedures (I'm a biomedical engineer-I've seen behind the curtain). BUT the vaccine is like an invisible mask at this point. I will be so relieved when the kids are vaccinated now.
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