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Harriet Vane

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About Harriet Vane

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    Literature, history, scrapbooking, sewing and handicrafts

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    In the woods near the city

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  1. I appreciate the resources and suggestions. This is not an area of strength for me, either, so it is hard to know how to help.
  2. With all that we have learned about mild cases and asymptomatic spread, this approach is ludicrous.
  3. This is completely hit or miss. When I drove last week (12 hours one way, then back the next day), many rest stops were empty. One was downright crowded and the bathroom was constant flushing. (So stressful!) A couple rest stops had some people but not tons.
  4. She can do budgeting but is out of practice. She can navigate her bank account online to see how much money is in her checking account and her savings account. She knows almost nothing about retirement accounts or investing or mortgages or taxes. She wants to understand what these things are generally speaking and then figure out their specific accounts/investments/etc. that are already set up + how they work.
  5. She was a little reluctant to ask an internet forum about this. I told her I would ask for resource suggestions without giving out the details of her situation.
  6. A friend in her fifties is facing a tough situation. She knows very little about financial management as her husband has always handled that whole realm. She now has to learn all about it. They have always had a comfortable income, so I suspect there is some complexity with things like investments. My friend was asking for some resources to learn how all this stuff works—she was musing about trying to find an online course or reading up a bit. She is overwhelmed at trying to get this all figured out. Naturally I thought of the Hive. Can you recommend some resources to become financially literate?
  7. I had to drive across several states to pick up dd. I wore a mask when out of my car, and I wore a disposable glove on my right hand. If I had no gloves, two other options would be to use disposable plastic grocery bags as a glove or to wear rubber dishwashing gloves and then wash w soap/water or sanitize. I also carried a box of wipes. After being in a bathroom, I threw away the glove and then used the wipes on my face and skin. As for food, I relied on drive-throughs and ate either outside (park picnic table) or in the car.
  8. Definitely wood cutting boards. I have read research that states that the chemical nature of wood it is naturally antibacterial? re food storage—We love the glass containers from Ikea.
  9. We bought a fixer-upper. It was our only option to live where we wanted to live, and we thought it would be fun and rewarding to fix it up over the years. For us, it was neither fun nor rewarding. Just chaos, spiraling costs, time, tons of work. Everything takes four times as long and at least double the money or more. I will never buy a fixer-upper again unless I have become independently wealthy and can hire a contractor to fix it before I move in.
  10. Hugs for you. Every illness feels really scary right now.
  11. @Jean in Newcastle your son’s response is pretty amazing.
  12. Okay, I have a really funny story about food trickery. You know from my earlier post how I feel about someone who attempts to "train" another adult by lying about what's in their food. So read the story knowing that I was 100% honest and have always been 100% honest with the kids in the story (and people in general, of course). I consider what I did to be marketing a product pleasingly. I used to take care of five kids on weekends in addition to my own two. Their mother was dear to me and she was terribly ill for a long time before she died. One weekend, the oldest two girls approached me in the kitchen and asked what's for dinner. I replied, "Meatloaf." It didn't occur to me to say otherwise since I had served them meatloaf before and knew they liked it. However... There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. All seven kids in an uproar. Open rebellion. Some pairing off into corners for whispered conferences, showing me the whites of their eyes as they covered their mouths to fret quietly at each other. Such a calamity. Something Had To Be Done. I assembled the troops in the kitchen. "Okay guys, you win," I said. "I will not force anyone to eat any meatloaf. I promise." They all started jumping and clapping and cheering. Then the oldest--again--narrowed her eyes suspiciously and said, "What ARE you going to make us eat?" I gestured to the massive pile of ground beef in a big bowl on the counter. "Well, I bought all this ground beef and I really don't want to waste it. I was thinking maybe we'd have ground beef sandwiches?" They thought that was GREAT. Such enthusiasm and huggings and thanking me. I made the meatloaf. I sliced it up and served it as sandwiches. They LOVED it. All seven kids. Ate every scrap. Requested it numerous times over the years. It was (is) such a favorite. They still recall my ground beef sandwiches fondly. The oldest is all grown up now, and the youngest is in high school, and there are all the stages in between. I did tell them two years ago that the ground beef sandwiches are simply sliced meatloaf. They laughed and laughed. All silliness aside, I did run into a potential trust issue with one of those kids. He was horrified when he saw me chopping up mushrooms for beef stew. Told me emphatically that he hates mushrooms. I knew that he loved my beef stew but just never knew about the mushrooms as I chopped them fairly finely with the onions for that stew. By the time it cooks forever the smaller vegetables are just part of the thick broth. In that case, I made a bargain with this child. I told him that mushrooms make beef taste beefier and explained how the stew cooks and that he'd had it before. I offered that if he would simply taste it and see how he liked it, I would abide by his decision to eat the stew or have a PBJ sandwich. He agreed and bless him, he was able to try it honestly without pre-deciding. He loved it! Ate the stew willingly on that occasion and many subsequent occasions. That's when he figured out that big mushrooms are horrible (to him) but tiny, chopped mushrooms used as a flavoring are fine.
  13. I adore the Number One Ladies Detective Agency. One of my all-time favorites, ever, is Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. A heavier read but well worth it for sheer lyrical insight is Cry, the Beloved Country. If you do read it, send me a PM and I will tell you the powerful biblical allusion that comes into play. I did really enjoy Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime, and I suspect you would enjoy it, too.
  14. Yeah, I've never had laundry set up in the garage. Always in the basement. 🙂
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