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    I'm not sure if I can list this here as a freebie, but I have the complete set of 19 Black Stallion books, most of them from my childhood. I'd like to pass them on to someone else who'd love them :) Send me a PM (I'm not on the forums much anymore - no longer homeschooling).


  2. This is what I bought for our dog - it works well. However, unless your cat is very easy going, I'm not sure how well he will take to being trimmed. I've used it (with me and another person holding the cat) to try to clip our cat's backside and it was not well received. She'll hold still for the hair between the pads on her feet being trimmed with the clippers, but that's about it. https://www.amazon.com/Andis-Pro-Animal-Frustration-Pet-22690/dp/B00UT3F31O
  3. Most of the FB quizzes are third party data gathering - I've tried to educate my family about participating or allowing their "friends" to post the quizzes on their pages and answer questions about them. A couple articles about it: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34922029 http://www.pcworld.com/article/164527/online_quizzes.html http://betanews.com/2015/12/19/stop-doing-quizzes-on-facebook-if-you-place-any-value-on-your-privacy/
  4. I agree that it won't come out fair, but hopefully you are in a state that is more fair than some others. After 18 years of marriage, his income 60K+, mine 0 - the state I was in still imputes the non working spouse's income at full-time, minimum wage (so when they figure out child support, it automatically showed me with that much income, even though that wasn't the case, and hadn't been - and no alimony at all). I think it's awful that there's no consideration for the sacrifices the stay-at-home spouse made and then they are penalized for putting their trust in the wrong person. I did everything "right" I think in trying to ensure that things were as fair as possible according to the law in my state, but even after that, and all the money spent on fighting, it still was not very equitable at all.
  5. I bought this in July to replace hubby's old expensive Cuisinart that was intermittently brewing coffee all over the counter. I think with discounts, I paid about $12. It's been great so far. http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-593504/black-decker-12-cup-programmable-coffee-maker.jsp
  6. I recently moved to CA from being about 2 hours from Yellowstone. We always stay in-park, but when I called to get reservations for next June at Old Faithful, it was already full. You will be lucky to find anything in the park at this point (previously I always made next year's reservations immediately after we got back from that year's trip). There are probably some campgrounds still available, but I'm guessing that most of the lodging is booked, or very close. West Yellowstone is your closest bet outside the park, but it is a very touristy type town and may not be what your dh is wanting. I'm not sure what is outside the north entrance (Gardiner MT) since we lived on the west side, but there may be options there. But anywhere you stay out of the park, it will be a bit of a drive to get to wherever you're going for the day - I'd suggest leaving as early as possible and trying to get into the park by 7am. You'll avoid a lot more of the vehicle traffic and probably see more animals out earlier. The later in the day it gets, the more vehicles (including tour buses) , the more traffic jams, and more time spent sitting in your car. One year, we spent over 2 hours in a traffic jam due to a motorcycle accident where they had to life flight 2 helicopters in. There's nothing you can do when the traffic is stopped - and if you don't plan for the potential extra time, it could really ruin your trip.
  7. How much are you taking per day? When xh and I first started supplementing with Vitamin D and had lower levels, we took 10,000 IU a day and it took him more than 6 months if I remember correctly to get his levels raised enough. Mine were good after 6 months.
  8. I used to just use a regular towel to wrap my hair up while toweling off the rest of me and getting dressed. However, a regular towel is generally quite bulky, and difficult to put a shirt on over, so after getting an Aquis towel, I've never gone back to a regular one. I don't leave my hair in the towel until it's dry, just until I'm dressed - I don't like wet hair dripping on my shirt. It gets enough moisture out of my hair so it's damp but not drippy and is easy to pull a shirt on over because it's thin and doesn't feel like I have a big weight on my head (which I feel like if I'm a guest somewhere and don't have my towel). It's one of those things that's definitely not necessary in life, but I do miss it when I'm not home.
  9. I recently bought an Instant Pot and do really like it, but if you're looking for something not quite that expensive, I also love my Nesco 6qt roaster. It slow cooks, but also has more functionality than a regular crock pot (and with the newer crock pots not really allowing the temperature to be a true simmer, or below, this one goes from below 200F to over 400F).
  10. I've been using an Aquis towel for my hair for many years. My mom gifted me my first one and I've replaced it once (Amazon says I bought the one I have in 2007....I can hardly believe that, but I know I've only ever bought one and it's still in great condition). They're not really big, but lightweight and very absorbent. https://www.amazon.com/Aquis-Microfiber-Towel-Lisse-39-Inches/dp/B000AM82GM
  11. I had 5 different breeds and the yolks on all of them were dark yellow to orange.
  12. We had our own chickens before I moved to CA, and after raising my own free range on organic feed, I can't go back to regular store bought. I don't like the way the chickens are raised for one, but there's just no comparison with the eggs. There are places around here to buy eggs from farmers (and we could have our own in our yard again, but I've just had too many other projects to deal with), but I've ended up buying pastured eggs from Vital Farms. They are expensive, but very good.
  13. I have 14 in one window, and 6 in another, only because my son was giving me grief (however, he tells me having 2 windows with that many tabs doesn't make it any better...).
  14. My xmil is like this (attention loving extrovert) - but I don't even think she realizes she's adding or embellishing the stories. I think she lives in her own reality so much that she truly believes what comes out of her mouth is the truth. And at this point, I don't think anyone even tries to challenge her (and xh seems to be developing a similar lack of memory for the truth - not nearly as bad yet, but I wonder how he'll remember things 20+ years from now).
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