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Carol in Cal.

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    Silicon Valley, CA
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    Lutheran theology and hymns, world history, chemistry, knitting, weaving, literature, reading
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    Homeschooling and also working fulltime

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  1. You might be surprised at how deep the good newer mattresses are. We had to get a Bucky Board instead of a box spring for our new mattress to be low enough for me to get onto it without jumping up a little. The old ‘standard’ mattress depth is now only used on low end mattresses. How we picked out our last mattresses is that we called up a place we had been to on vacation, at which we really liked the mattresses, and figured out how to get those same mattresses for ourselves. This worked out great as we had already tried them out for a week. Time will tell how well they last, but we are inclined to think that hotel mattresses would last a long time. Hope we are right about that, because we sure love ours.
  2. Some of this has to do with how easy it is to clean up, and I would start there. Set yourself up for success by making sure that the results you want are reasonably doable. For instance, when I was a kid I had a cheap synthetic one piece of cloth bedspread, and it was EXTREMELY hard to have it not end up looking like there was wrinkled stuff beneath it no matter what. As soon as I went out on my own I bought a comforter that could disguise tiny wrinkles and never looked back. I have friends who have more books than bookshelf space, so no matter how neat and orderly their home is, it doesn’t really look that way because they have stacks of books all over. If they don’t get more bookshelves or (horrors) get rid of some books, their home will always look messy. I have noticed that people with orderly homes have at least one blank surface in each room. Everything is not crowded 6 ways from Sunday. So I would suggest asking yourself whether you have to start by containerizing your stuff, or by lightening your load of possessions.
  3. Amira, I agree with the other points here. I have never EVER been taught that Jesus only came to the Jews and that that was extended by others ONLY after His death, resurrection, and ascension. The story of the sages 'from the East' specifically contradicts that, and that took place within His first two years of earthly life, before He even began His preaching and healing public ministry. The story of the Samaritan woman is interesting as well, in that although the Samaritans considered themselves Jewish, they did not accept the full Jewish Scripture and teachings, and they were not considered Jewish in popular Jewish thought--animosity between the two groups being so high that it was unusual for Jewish folks to travel through Samaria--they tended to go WAY out of their way to avoid that.
  4. This story used to bother me for that reason as well, but I have heard that the 'feeding to dogs' was a lot more affectionate/jovial in context as it referred to pets, not, like, a pack of sheep dogs or wild dogs that are super lesser like it sounds. I can't independently verify it but heard this from someone who knows Greek and other Biblical languages very well.
  5. I think there is a former level of embarrassment that has been stripped off now, and that is troubling.
  6. I'm seeing this 'sense' among guys who aren't incells but who are very quick and anxious to put women down viciously as a group. It's kind of alarming.
  7. I *think* that cherry blossoms would be pinker than that first picture. I don’t know for sure what that tree is, but it reminds me of my apricot tree, which is starting to bloom right now. Almonds are whiter than that, I think, and already blooming like crazy. It’s funny that you posted this—just yesterday I was telling DH that we should go down to the Japanese garden and see if there are cherry blossoms out. I always seem to forget to do that.
  8. Arcadia, how are your treatments going? Do you need anything?
  9. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  10. Fit Flops. Very cushy, with a nice amount of arch support. For running shoes around the house, Altras are extremely cushy, and the road running shoes would be great on tile or concrete. Not very good for bumpy terrain, though, unless you get trail runners, and they are not as cushy.
  11. Water is essential every. single. day. to sustain life. So if it's hard to come by, say, or you can't get pure water for a week, it has the same effect as if the world runs out. Here in the Bay Area of CA, there is almost no rain for 4-7 months per year. We have aquifers and dams holding back water, and those help to see us through, but a major component of our household water is planned to be snowmelt from high peaks in the Eastern part of the state. So, if the snow melts earlier than it used (as has happened a lot in the last 20 years or so), there is no place to 'hold' it, and it flows down through the state in rivers and eventually out to sea. We depend tremendously on gradual snowmelt, and when that goes away or goes bad we don't really have much of a back up plan. Plus a lot of our biggest aquifers have been depleted by excessive 'mining' and droughts, to the extent that some of them have collapsed. That means that they cannot be naturally refilled, which would be more normal. This is quite serious. Now, there are things we can do. We could, for instance, put up solar panelled 'roofs' over our big canals. This would produce energy AND reduce evaporation during transport. We could implement desalinization, although we have very sensitive and well preserved coastlines, and the disposal of very salty effluents from systems like that would not be as easy as flowing it back out to sea. And also, those kinds of facilities are expensive. Or we could encouraged distributed systems of pulling drinking water out of the air during our pretty reliably cooler overnight hours for each household. While this would not be a huge amount of water, it would be helpful if it went into broad use. And also we could start using gray water more effectively and more commonly. People complain that we need to build a lot more dams to manage our needs, and there is an argument to be made for that, but our track record in taking care of our infrastructure is so poor that I would oppose this. I simply don't believe that a state whose newest dam had known, serious problems with structural integrity due to poorly build spillways (not repaired yet, despite it being two entire years since over 150,000 people had to be evacuated due to imminent flood risk) and whose levee 'system' is considered one of the top three most likely devastating, fatal failure risks in the COUNTRY (right up there with New Orleans and one other that I forget) (oh yes, and the New Orleans prediction happened exactly as feared, and we have done nothing to improve our levees since then), again, I do not believe that we have any business building more dams. So there you go. Catch 22. And people are pouring into the state every day to live here. So, yeah, we have enough water, on average. But we don't have reliably enough to drink every day for the foreseeable future.
  12. My understanding is that there were two AOA sensors but only one fed back into the MCAS. That’s a design flaw, to have redundancy but not use it is just as bad as not having it.
  13. Carol in Cal.

    Wreath

    That actually sounds like a really good idea. You might vary the sizes of the pots on the steps as well.
  14. I don't see how anyone who reads her blog could think there was much substance in a book she writes.
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