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  1. Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen the annotated Pioneer Girl recommended on this thread. It's LIW's first version of her life story, and this particular version is heavily footnoted (is that a word?) with lots of details about the people, places, and events about which Wilder wrote. It's a great starting point for those who wonder how the Little House books differ from her actual life story, and is a bit less political than Prairie Fires, which I did see recommended. Another good resource is Little Squatter on the Osage Diminished Reserve, which describes the circumstances surrounding the "settlement" of Kansas. 

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  2. 22 minutes ago, Paige said:


    Hmm, but Beverly Cleary also wrote some not so child friendly books and some people would be opposed to her name on a children's award because of that. You can't really win!


    I'm curious--what are some non-child friendly Beverly Cleary books? I want to read them! I'm imagining a delicious mix of quaint and saucy. lol

  3. At our former church there were always treats during coffee hour. Our current church has coffee for coffee hour. ? There is a snack during Sunday school, but it's almost always string cheese and mandarin oranges. The youth group does pancake breakfasts occasionally for fund raising, but they serve both regular pancakes and bacon and vegan pancakes and bacon, plus gluten free pancakes, so there's usually something for everyone. lol

  4. 18 minutes ago, heartlikealion said:

    I'm out of touch. Didn't know about all these. I went down a couple game aisles recently and they don't sell all these in the stores here. Seems like a limited selection of people would know about a game that isn't in stores (assuming some of these are buy online only or maybe limited to niche stores)

    That Labyrinth game looks fun.

    Ds has some new-ish games, but they are card games (Minecraft, Oregon Trail, Stranger Things)


    Most of the games listed are sold in big box stores around here. 

    We play most of these. Blokus is quick and fun and a good filler. Quirkle is nice--fun gameplay and nice tactile feel to the tiles. I'm surprised that Carcassonne wasn't on the list--it's usually considered one of the big three gateway games, along with Catan and Ticket to Ride. 

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  5. 7 hours ago, thessa516 said:

    I get a sweatshirt. It's my thing. Some people collect spoons, I collect sweatshirts. When we go on vacation, the kids look out for sweatshirts they think I'd like. Then I wear them all winter long because I'm always cold.  I think it's weird that someone considers wearing a shirt with the name of a location on it as bragging. But I also admit that I love looking at people's vacation photos when they share them with me. I don't have much of a brag-meter. In most cases, I'm genuinely happy for them.


    I love seeing friends’ vacation photos too. And this will date me, but when I was a kid I loved to see vacation slides. My parents spent many evenings gritting their teeth while relatives took the big picture off the living room wall and projected their vacation pics onto it for us to admire. ?

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  6. This thread makes me think of dh's grandmother. When she was moving out of her house, she invited me to look in her spice cabinet and take anything I wanted. I eagerly said yes--spices are expensive! When I opened the cabinet was full of spices from the 1950s, in perfect matching bottles. Mostly full. I politely declined, but inside I was thinking, how did you cook for 50 years and never use up a bottle of cumin? I go through a bottle in a couple of months. lol 

    I think that it does have to do with your taste buds, though. We did the food coloring dye-your-tastebuds and count a sample area thing and figured out that my dh who hates vegetables is a supertaster, and I am a nontaster. Makes sense, considering I think that cabbage and kale are on the sweet side. lol The only flavor where this falls apart is salt--dh always wants more salt, and I always want less. 

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  7. We are taking a trip soon, and I am looking for new audio books for my kiddos. They are 5, 7, and 10. Recent favorites include the Chasing Vermeer trilogy, The Matchstick Castle, The Carpet People, The Wind in the Willows, and Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Recent duds include The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew...well, I guess that was the only one they didn't like. If your kids liked the above stories, what are some others that they liked? Thanks. 

  8. I am currently reading a book that speaks to me, but I have the sense of humor of a 12 y/o boy so it may not work for you. It's called "Unf*ck Your Habitat" by Rachel Hoffman. It recommends NOT doing a giant cleaning marathon, but starting out the way you'll be continuing--short bursts of cleaning followed by a break. There are lists of things to clean and instructions for basic cleaning tasks, and directions like "clean all the sh*t off the top of your nightstand." I like it, many may not. lol

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  9. I know that I'm supposed to hate Amazon, especially since I've worked at bookstores, including one that has since shut down, for multiple reasons but a big one being Amazon....but I still love it. Not especially for books--I tend to check my library, my local bookstores, and Better World Books before Amazon--but for all of the random stuff that one needs for life that necessitates going to a million stores for one thing each. Ordering online is orders of magnitude easier than dragging my kids into 27 stores for one thing. And we love Amazon music. Yeah, the interface stinks, but we're in the car a lot and having a variety of music keeps us sane. 

  10. What are the most useful add-ons? I recently bought a used Magiscope listed "for parts" for $25. It's actually in great shape, but it needs a new lumarod. Since I have to order a replacement lumarod, what else should I consider? I'm pretty sure I'll order the 10x eyepiece and the 10x objective, since my scope only had the standard 5x eye and 4x obj. Are any of the other accessories must-haves? Thanks. 

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