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  1. Without reading all of the responses, might I suggest seeing if your dh will agree to a temporary reduction in medication. Is it possible to go from 150 to 125 then if that works well taper down to 100? Maybe he's concerned about the big difference in mg?
  2. It's less risky than running to the grocery store or pharmacy. We are trying to help local businesses when we are able. Right now dh's job is secure and we have a little more income than normal because of the lack of commuting and expenditures like dh and my regular date nights out. While we are taking the social distancing seriously, we aren't avoiding life. Supporting where we can helps our locals and keeps my children's spirits up.
  3. Are there not many cases there? Have they stopped travel?
  4. Yes! A thousand times yes. I love them, but I'm ready to visit a park or zoo or something and get out the blasted energy!!
  5. for the future? Will we need to significantly alter our way of life and prepare for future quarantines?
  6. Yes, our family is taking the quarantine seriously. I have just reached my quarantine limit. That is all.
  7. Where would one find inserts? We have several bandanas we would like to use for our own personal use. The fabric is thin cotton.
  8. Excellent pattern! Dh and I found a different one that had many more steps.
  9. No. We are living life as usual whilst inside our house. We are hyper vigilant about hand washing normally. In the couple of instances when one has needed to go out we've washed immediately upon returning and wet wiped any surfaces that were touched like cell phones, steering wheels, etc.
  10. I agree. I remember being expected to write to 100 in kindy. I attended in late 70's/early 80's. Both of my college attending dd's are paying their own way, debt free with no loans. One attends a small, private Christian uni. It would be devastating for her, if she had to take the semester as a loss. I am so proud of both of them and they work their patookas off making A's and paying their expenses.
  11. I understand, but with a large family that's tricky. We can literally fill two grocery carts full on a normal shopping trip. I know I could send multiple vehicles (me, dh, dd, etc.), but that can be a logistical nightmare. It's times like these that I wish I was a bit more conspiracy theorist and kept a quiet, prepper hoard in my non-existent basement.
  12. Yes!! What looks like hoarding to some people gets me through a week. We didn't panic purchase, but I'm kinda wishing we had. I think we will be fine on tp and the like, but people need to just calm down and stop over purchasing. One of my dd's works at a pizza place and she said the call in orders were way up. As of now they haven't limited customers, but I assume its coming. Ugh! I understand, but it makes it so hard for us!! I guess I'll send dh to get one set and an adult daughter to get another.
  13. Is this required or suggested? I'm wondering about church services and the like. Most area churches around here are requesting those at risk (elderly, immunocompromised) stay home and are offering streaming services, but are allowing those that choose to venture out. Will churches be required to shutter their doors?
  14. Not ridiculous - small businesses will suffer. Ridiculous - Because the Great Homeschool Convention has officially cancelled the remainder of the weekend and now I'm "stuck" in Texas at pre-paid lodging, I want to explore the city whilst I'm here. Unfortunately, everything touristy is likely shut down.
  15. Dh and I have pre-paid on a cute little bed and breakfast, so I guess we'll have an unplanned date weekend. I'm glad we purchased and pursued the first day so we can look through our finds today! I'd like to explore the area since we don't have our children with us. Is everything closed?
  16. Me too. I did notice a paper print out near one of the doors that listed two speakers that had cancelled. Fortunately, neither dh nor I had planned on listening to either. It does seem that attendance is down a bit from last year, however it is just Thursday evening. I suspect Friday and Saturday naturally have higher attendance.
  17. The one by Madeline Miller. I just quickly scanned the first chapter again. One example is on page 12 where it says, "My sister's perfect mink face. 'That he f**** them of course. That's how he makes new ones. He turns into a bull and sires their calves....' " I didn't see the other ones scanning just now, but I know there were at least one or two more. In all fairness, I just finished The Testaments and there quite a bit of cursing in there. Much more than my liking. I'm just not in the mood for another book with it. It's good to hear that you don't remember them, as that likely means there aren't many more of them throughout the book.
  18. I shelved Circe. Too many f-bombs in the first chapter. I'm not up for finishing it right now. I finished Modern Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier. The book's topics cover much more than table settings and how to hold one's fork. There are chapters ranging from networking to how to converse at an event. It is a short, but easy read while being packed with information.
  19. The children and I finished Ember Falls. It was a delightful sequel. I highly suggest it as a read-aloud for all ages. 9. Ember Falls by S. D. Smith
  20. I finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It is one of those either hate it or love it books. The Testaments is a continuation of both the book and the televised series. Read my review here: 6. Black Robe Fever by Gary L. Richardson 7. A Weed in the Church by Scott T. Brown 8. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood *Having trouble with the formatting. Hopefully this will work.
  21. The display is titled Blind Date with a Book. All of the books are wrapped individually with brown paper and tied with ribbon and on each wrapped book is a typed tag with a brief description of the book's contents. The posted rules say that you must check out the book before opening the wrapping. I want to upload a photo, but alas am too technologically challenged.
  22. Someone from the water mitigation company called a few minutes ago and said they will be here in less than an hour. We've already been approved for hotel and expenses. Because we have a large family (7 kids still at home) we have an extra allowance.
  23. I am so sorry you are having to deal with this, but thankful you made it out safely! I just broke down crying in front of my children and I didn't even have a fire. I'm praying for you and your circumstances.
  24. This is in my GoodReads to read cue: Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Melissa Harrison (Editor) 3.97 · Rating details · 109 ratings · 27 reviews Winter is a withdrawal: quiet and dark and cold. But in the dim light frost shimmers, stars twinkle and hearths blaze as we come together to keep out the chill. In spite of the season, life persists: visiting birds fill our skies, familiar creatures find clever ways to survive, and the world reveals winter riches to those willing to venture outdoors. In prose and poetry spanning seven hundred years, Winter delights in the brisk pleasures and enduring beauty of the year's turning. Featuring new writing from Patrick Barkham, Satish Kumar and Anita Sethi, extracts from the work of Robert Macfarlane, James Joyce and Kathleen Jamie, and a range of exciting new voices from across the UK, this invigorating collection evokes the joys and the consolations of this magical time of year.
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