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  1. SportDOG makes in-ground invisible fences you can do yourself. It is pretty versatile--different levels of notification/correction with the collars (tone, vibrate, different levels of static correction, etc.) and from what I have heard, it's a pretty reliable system. Some people don't even bury the fence; they just lay it on the ground or run it along existing physical fence. So, inexpensive (relative to having a company come in and install it, anyway) and easy is the thing. The system I have looked at will cover over an acre for about $250. I like Katie's idea to make a smaller fenced area with a taller fence for when you can't supervise her, and then possibly the invisible fence for when you're keeping an eye on her.
  2. How much fence? It's not an attractive option and not one you'd want to do for a lot of fence, but using PVC as "rollers" along the top can keep climbers in (if she's actually clearing it like a deer and not using the top of the fence to launch, it won't work). Personally I'd DIY a system like SportDOG.
  3. People laundry (cold water + detergent. Sheets and towels might be separate loads. I don't separate colors.) Animal laundry (warm or hot + detergent and bleach, depending on the grossness of the load.) Ain't nobody got time around here for complicated laundry rituals. lol. I just want it clean.
  4. I've got a Bosch and I have no complaints. When I've had problems it's been a detergent issue. For us, packets work better than liquid (I use the cheap Aldi ones), and rinse agent is a must.
  5. Oh man, I'm sorry. Farming can be so hard. I got a coyote on the game cam a couple years ago. It took out half my free-ranging chickens in one afternoon. No one thought we had them in the area, but yep, they're here. Sneaky critters. We raise dairy goats--we have the same trouble with getting genetics with good feet. It's one thing I'm a real stickler about when I'm bringing in new lines. I hate crappy feet! I know this has been mentioned and I imagine you've already considered it, but: livestock guardian dogs? Are a couple of dogs (you'd need a team with that kind of coyote problem) a possibility? There's a large and informative group on FB, if you're on there, called "livestock guardian dogs" that I would suggest.
  6. And now, you know, we all NEED TO KNOW what was meant by that comment. You know we aren't letting any mysteries in your life go unsolved. :lol: (edited to add: well I totally understand if those are questions you don't want to ask. Just saying. You gotta quit with these unusual happenings. lol)
  7. :blink: Well, I personally would take that as code for white supremacy, yeah. Personally, I'd just ask straight up what they meant because I dislike beating around the bush. But that's what it sounds like they are implying.
  8. The bolded. Yes, there are some good pieces. Fermented foods can be great. Not all fat is bad. Bone broth sounds like pretty healthy stuff, but I wouldn't know because I'm a vegetarian and I ain't gonna eat it. :D But stuff like raw dairy? No. (I raise dairy animals and I don't know a single fellow farmer who doesn't think raw milk is a panacea and safer than pasteurized milk. Science would not agree, no matter what anecdote or random blog you want to send my way.) And Mercola is fully into kook territory, for sure. I've been in the natural foods industry for going on two decades and I have just about seen it all. I would take Nourishing Traditions with a big grain of salt. Pick out any usable, safe info that works for you (obviously your mileage may vary; what works for me might not work for you and vice versa) toss the rest.
  9. I have excellent, generous benefits through my employer. However, the ACA means (meant?) that my children (and myself) are guaranteed coverage in spite of our pre-existing genetic condition. It also means (meant?) that I could keep them on our benefits until the age of 26, if necessary, which is very important for them as they grow into young adults. Lifetime caps on coverage also will make a big difference for us. Health care for my kids is not optional. They have a condition that will kill them. The ACA gave us reassurance that we could manage their condition. That is now uncertain. If, in the future, my kids lose coverage, we'll go bankrupt trying, that goes without saying. I'll forego health care, if necessary (my kids don't need a mother to survive, after all). My husband and I both have good jobs and live with almost zero debt, but without health insurance, our financial future is fairly screwed. Both of our salaries together cannot pay for our medical care, even if we had no other costs. Like eating or having electricity. I could possibly divorce my husband and "lose" my job, then jump through hoops to get government assistance. Or I could die, and as a single parent/single income household, my husband might be able to get the kids covered on a state plan. Ridiculous to contemplate when you are otherwise a financially stable family, contributing to the economy, but we will do what we have to do. Pieces of the ACA could literally save our lives. It is certainly the difference between us being a financially stable middle-class family and one that goes bankrupt and needs government assistance. My family's future is very uncertain without the ACA.
  10. Agree with the above. If you do feel you need spelling, the Spelling Workout workbooks are solid, easy, open-and-go, and largely independent; they're also completely secular, so I assume your co-op would purchase them. I also very much like All About Spelling, but like the previous poster pointed out, as intended it is very time-intensive. However, if, say, you had one child that needed that more intensive, one-on-one instruction, it could be good to have. We ended up tweaking it to work for us because we didn't need such intensive instruction. Basically, we did without the tiles and a lot of the extra-sensory stuff and just used the instruction on rules, etc., and the word lists. In that way, it still wasn't very independent, but it was a lot less time consuming for me and my child (who simply happened to not need or enjoy the other activities).
  11. Well, right now several of the folks (51 of them) just told all of us that they really don't care if my children get healthcare at all. While the vote the other night may have been more symbolic than anything, it sent a message, loud and clear: they reject many important pieces of the ACA, pieces that are keeping people alive. So, I'd say a bigger decision is already being made at the hands of the government. Here's the thing, and why I can't really craft a more rational and eloquent response right now: My kids are going to die. If they don't get run over randomly by the proverbial bus one day, as any one of us has a chance to be, one day they are going to suffer a fatal arrhythmia and their hearts will simply stop beating. This could happen when they are adults. This could happen tomorrow. This is the reality we live with every day. We know a lot but not enough to prevent this eventuality. However, the health care we currently have access to is increasing their chances of living longer. Their health care gives me some hope that I'll get more days with my babies. So I'm not really in a place to be very diplomatic when so many so flippantly make comments like "nothing is free" or make suggestions such as saving for medical care (my entire salary wouldn't cover the cost of their medical care) or muse over how interesting it'll be to watch how this pans out or? I have a great job with generous benefits that I pay into every pay period. I work my ass off so my kids have access to what they need. Yet many, many are cheering the repeal of the ACA--they're cheering the rug being ripped out from under us. And we are only one story of so many.
  12. Anecdotal, yes, but everyone I know who leans to a certain side of the political spectrum feels that way--including all of my own family (despite my children and I having pre-existing conditions which may very well become catastrophic if we become uninsurable/unable to access regular healthcare). No, they do not care if my children die. That's just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, you know? Nothing is free.
  13. That's...breathtakingly myopic and judgemental. So, you know that person's health status? As in, why they are overweight? Are you a doctor that can diagnose folks in the grocery story line? Because not everyone who is overweight makes poor health choices, or at least makes poor choices on a regular basis. Also, you have a magic crystal ball that tells you why they are buying those pops and twinkies? Like, maybe it's for a party. Maybe it's grandma's favorite treat, and she's terminal, so you know what? We buy grandma stacks of twinkies and pop (like the McDonald's burgers and fries and beer we bought our friend dying of cancer when all she wanted was burger, fries, and a beer). These things are almost never so black and white. I don't really expect people to care about each other anymore, I really don't. But don't expect me not to be very, very angry about how people do treat each other. It's a disgrace.
  14. :grouphug: I'm hoping for good news, Karen. And I know this whole thread must feel like a pile-on, and I am sincerely sorry for that. I truly believe the collective vibe is one of support. We're all worried with you.
  15. I could be wrong, but I took the troll comment to mean someone else could have hacked/gained access to Kinsa's account and be using it to troll the board--not that Kinsa is a troll. I don't believe that's the case, but that was how I read that comment. Edited to add: I see now that I missed comments where Aura addressed this and it seems she has confirmed her intent was not to accuse Kinsa herself as trolling.
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