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Amy in NH

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    The Great North Woods
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    I like to knit, read, and work in the garden.

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  1. I use Rainbow Henna based on recommendations here. I use a combination of Persian Blonde & Light Brown, and I'm very happy with the natural looking color and highlights look I get from it. At first I found it to be clumpy, hard to get the color to take, and hard to wash out, but now I've figured it out. Here are the steps that work for me, with long hair: Make hot chamomile tea in a pyrex measuring cup ~1 c water, add a dash of vinegar ~1 Tbsp Add ~1/2 C henna powder and mix (I use 2:1 blonde/brown). It will "fluff" up and thicken on its own within a few minutes, or I add a bit more powder until it does. Let cool until warm. Comb out hair before getting into the shower. Wash hair with shampoo x2 to strip out oils, concentrating on the scalp. Shut off the water. While still in the shower, work henna into the scalp one section at a time. Use leftover henna on the ends, then roll hair into a bun and clip on top of head with a shower cap over it. Run hot water over the shower cap to heat up the henna and hair. Turn water to a normal temperature to shower and shave as usual. Remove the shower cap and clip. Work lots of conditioner through the hair. Sitting on the floor of the shower with a wide tooth comb, comb through a section of hair and rinse. Work through sections of hair with the comb, rinsing as you go. Stand and rinse well until henna is gone. Hose down the shower. It sounds like a lot of work, but it's worth it to me to not be using harsh chemicals and dumping them down the drain. Henna is all natural plant dye. It's really not that more involved than dying with regular dye, based on my experience with kids stripping hair with bleach to color with bright Manic Panic, etc. I think this would be much harder to do if we didn't have a pull-down shower head. You can get Rainbow Henna in lots of colors, and they even make a "clear" to brighten gray hair if you decide to keep the gray.
  2. DD did an online homeschool ornithology class this past year which was fabulous! Except the guest birder told the group of middle/high schoolers that the term GISS for "General Impression of Size and Shape" is actually spelled jizz.
  3. Even in our rural location the area senior center has a transport van. There is also a for-hire taxi service...
  4. Men in general have a higher mortality rate than women, and unmarried men have twice the mortality rate as compared to married men. This leads me to posit that in the elderly population the great majority of men are married, spouses are able to take care of each other at home longer than singles, resulting in few men in residential elderly care placements.
  5. Funny to be given a one year badge when I've been here nearly 20 years! 🤣
  6. Have you heard of Wet Bulb condition? I just heard about it for the first time last week. "Dangerous wet bulb temperatures occur when the human body can no longer sweat to cool itself down at humidity above 95 percent and temperatures are at least 88 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the study. At that point, even healthy people can be victimized, regardless of what state they are in. "Even if they're in perfect health, even if they're sitting in the shade, even if they're wearing clothes that make it easy in principle to sweat, even if they have an endless supply of water," Lamont Research Professor Radley Horton of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory told Vice. "If there's enough moisture in the air, it's thermodynamically impossible to prevent the body from overheating."" https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/environment/562165-scientists-now-racing-to-study-heat-conditions Be thankful it's only 69F?
  7. I don't think anyone is suggesting that anyone should get worked up or make a fuss because someone announces they are a sapiosexual. I guess the test of your integrity comes in what you do if you see that someone being persecuted or discriminated as a result of their sapiosexuality. That's where allyship comes in. I really doubt that anyone expressing their sapiosexuality needs an ally, but "common decency" and "polite behavior" seem to have gone out the window in some places and been derided as "political correctness" and "special snowflake" behavior by people who do persecute and discriminate against otherness.
  8. Friendly and comfortable, and also sizzling with romance. If you communicate well, you both get out of it what you both put into it. We did go through a distant/roommate period, but that was because one or both of us emotionally checked out and we stopped communicating. It is possible to pull it back from the brink of disaster, and takes a lot of work - probably the same amount of work all at once that would have been invested over the time when it wasn't.
  9. My oldest had regular braces, and my two youngest now have Invisalign. It is much easier to fully clean teeth with Invisalign. My kids only brush/clean their Invisalign before bed and first thing in the morning. They rinse their mouths with water after meals and it's fine. They're only wearing each tray for 10-14 days, so it doesn't have time to get nasty in that amount of time with 2x/day cleaning. It's not a big deal to take it out during sports - it really won't set them back if they're wearing it the rest of the time (except meals). Remembering to change to the next tray is a bigger challenge. I had them set an event w/ alarm on their calendars at 2 week intervals so they don't forget.
  10. Yes. Be an ally to any sexual label that someone wants to give themselves, unless it involves nonconsent of others. And you did say: Which it really is not.
  11. https://images.app.goo.gl/UP6NZ5k3HnuYzMsx8
  12. Commiserating. We've found a rather unconventional solution, but I'm not going to discuss it here 😉
  13. We have a 14-year-old semi-feral outdoor tuxedo cat who is very friendly and likes attention and pets (but no holds or cuddles). We have a 9-month old indoor black cat with a white chest patch who is an anxious scaredy-cat, but he will hang with us when scary things aren't happening. He's kinda dumb, though, so nothing malicious - just some derpy behavior. His much-smaller, smarter, and more friendly sister is a tortoiseshell. She can be demanding with her requests for attention, especially with DH. All of our cats have been barn rescues.
  14. How scary for you! I hope you continue to recover quickly. I have been taking B12 for B-12 deficiency & anemia, which I didn't know was a thing until I was diagnosed. Did you know there is a B-12/COVID link?
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