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Everything posted by MercyA

  1. Are there any openings near the wall? Maybe a pocket door, or a small hole in the baseboards? You could lay a trap there. These humane traps work perfectly for us: http://www.amazon.co...p/dp/B000YFA7HW If you use them, you *must* check them at least every 12 hours so the mice don't become too stressed or hungry. The mice will not and do not come back if you release them several miles away from your house. Obviously, if you release them right outside your house, they're going to come back in! You'll want to release them somewhere where they have some natural cover. I like to leave some food with them, too (oatmeal, birdseed, etc.) Whatever you do, *please* don't use glue traps. They are unbelievably cruel. Some mice chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape the glue; if they cannot, they suffer there until they dehydrate to death (or until you kill them). Poison is also cruel. Not only do the mice die slowly from internal bleeding, they risk poisoning anything that eats them or their carcasses, including pet dogs and cats, raccoons, owls, and other wildlife. If you feel you must kill them, a snap trap is the most humane option. Good luck!
  2. With two hours, I might do something like this, centered around a theme (winter, dinosaurs, shapes, whatever!) 15 minutes of "circle time"--stories and discussion 30 minutes of free play (Play Doh, puzzles, bean bag toss game, etc.) 15 minute lesson on your topic for the day (you could use a chalkboard, a felt board, concrete examples of whatever you're studying, etc.) 30 minute craft 15 minutes of action songs and/or finger plays You could use the remaining 15 minutes for a snack and bathroom break, or simple worksheets, or some other little activity. Do a google search for "Kindergarten themes" for lots of ideas! Good luck! :)
  3. Bigelow Green Tea with Mango; cheap and good iced! I can't find it locally and had to order it online (from Amazon, I think).
  4. Your husband sounds almost as awesome as my husband. ;) Dinner: Mexican Movie: I have no idea what's out, but I'd feel comfortable letting him pick. We have similarly geeky tastes. Wine: Any cheap sauvignon blanc Ice cream: Chocolate-chip mint Polish: I'd skip the nail polish and go for extra massage time! I know you need this; enjoy!!! :)
  5. If I allowed my dog on the furniture, I'd definitely buy some sort of cover like these.
  6. Since you asked for advice...please consider watching the documentary "A Fall from Freedom" before visiting Sea World.
  7. I had pink and then bright red spotting at about the same time as you, and it lasted about a week. I also had light cramping almost my whole first trimester. That baby is now happily eating lunch in the kitchen. :) There is a wide range of normal, so try not to worry too much. :grouphug: My doctor told me it wasn't necessary to change my activity level, but my mother told me to lie down and put my feet up, so I did for at least a few days. ;) I'm not sure if it helped, but it made me feel better. I'll be praying for you and the baby; please keep us updated! And, congratulations!!!
  8. I'm so very sorry. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  9. What?!? :confused1: They are obviously completely missing the point of the books.
  10. MercyA


    No advice, just more :grouphug:. So sorry you're going through this.
  11. I agree with you in general, but in this case it does sound like the skunk was dangerous and/or suffering. So sad! :(
  12. Not stupid; you're not an idiot. I was rooting for the turtle, too. :(
  13. He's SO beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!! :party:
  14. I think the previous posters have been spot on with their input. Nothing more to add, just :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: .
  15. You can also check Petfinder.com. There are always lots of "small furries" listed there. :)
  16. I'm so very sorry for your loss. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  17. Just keep the doll! She's not taking up that much room, and you've already proven that it would bother you to get rid of her. Just keep her in storage and don't worry about it! Part of healthy decluttering is acknowledging what *does* have significant sentimental value and keeping it! I've given away or sold many of my childhood dolls without a problem, but many years ago I sold one particular doll at a garage sale and it *still* bothers me. Yes, it's probably silly, but if I could do it over, I would have kept her. Also, if you want to do so, there's no reason for you not to get her fixed; it's her sentimental value that's important, not her original cost! There are plenty of doll hospitals where she could be beautifully fixed up. Then, you could let your daughter play with her, or you could display her, or you could store her. Can you tell I don't like thinking of her in the landfill, either? ;)
  18. I would get him to a vet today, as this could be something serious. I wouldn't wait. Is that a Nylabone in the picture? Could he have eaten a big chunk of one? They can cause impactions. :grouphug:
  19. Congratulations! He's beautiful!!!
  20. :grouphug: to you, Bethany. Perhaps this Bible study would be helpful to you? http://www.healinghearts.org/index.php I have ministered in a related area for many years, and this is the best program of its kind I've seen. It is Scripturally based, and is written and led by women who have experienced the same loss and pain. You can either sign up for a group study in your area or do the study independently online. There is also a study specifically for men. Praying for you today. :grouphug: You can't change the past, but this will be made right in eternity. "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
  21. My dentist once told me to combine Tylenol and Motrin; you could try giving them at the same time, instead of alternating them. I agree that in general, you should dose by weight. However, I don't think upping the Motrin a little in this case is going to cause harm.
  22. Supposedly it can be applied more evenly and absorbs better.
  23. Others have given good advice; I just want to say congratulations!!!
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