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  1. I haven't read all the replies, so apologies if this is a repeat. I had reconstructive surgery on my nose 2 years ago for medical reasons (apnea, deviated septum, ete, etc). Because of the extent of the surgery, I was referred to a high-powered plastic surgeon in the swankiest part of Silicon Valley, in California. REALLY upscale. Mostly ultra high priced elective cosmetic procedures. The practice took a few surgery-for-medical reasons patients, like me. And our insurance paid 100%! But anyway, all that to say, this is a doctor that people are paying out of pocket for facial plastic surgery. H
  2. I am trying to lose weight, I don't have a specific number of pounds as a goal, rather just trying to eat a bit less and exercise a bit more. I have some massive health issues which take precedence over much weight loss. I am still plugging away at my Etsy shop. August has been quiet for regular sales, and fair for special orders. I do love it though. I really hope to get a fall garden in and also do some soil improving.
  3. This idea takes a bit of time, but it was a hit with my mother. I bought a nice blank book. I sent it around to all my siblings and the grandchildren and her friends, and I gave instructions to write/draw/put a momento in/write memories of times they spent with her/favorite quotes/etc. I enclosed a list of each person it was to go to, as well as their address, in geographic order, and each person was to complete their part and then send it to the next person on the list. She was so excited and couldn't believe that EVERYONE she knew had kept it a secret. On a completely differen
  4. We got insurance through the marketplace that was very affordable, when my husband changed jobs this year and we had 2 months where we would have had no insurance. COBRA may be a good very short term option, just so that she doesn't have a lapse in coverage. Signing up for one month of that would give her, and you, a chance to figure out alternatives.
  5. I like to give practical gifts at that age. They will both be earning, so they probably don't 'need' anything. I give things that someone can use everyday, something that reminds them of me and that I love them. A shameless plug-I have an Etsy shop and cloth napkins are an awesome tradition to start! They save money over the long run, they are useful for everyday, and good for the environment. A plus is that they are small and light, so they are easy to move if needed. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FabricSpeaks
  6. I used to live in Fresno (read 100+ for 30+ day stretches). We had a LOT of peaches. I peeled, sliced, and froze them on cookie sheets. Once they are frozen, pick them off the sheets and put them in gallon ziploc bags in the freezer. Then freeze the next batch. THEN, when it's winter and you are happy to stand over the stove, find a simple recipe for peach jam. Also peach cobbler in the winter is heavenly. You can make that with frozen peaches. Also use frozen peaches for smoothies. In other words, eat all you want fresh, and slice and freeze the rest. You will be glad you did!
  7. pre-existing conditions are not an issue any more, since the Affordable Care Act. We had a gap in insurance this summer. Cobra was going to be super expensive. We got a high deductible plan through the healthcare marketplace. We don't need any ongoing healthcare, it was just a catastrophic plan so an accident or major illness didnt bankrupt us. We are paying $147 a month for 3 people. The deductible per person is about $3000. We were pleasantly surprised how affordable the plan was.
  8. This brought such funny memories for me. Ds grew his thick curly hair from age 15-17. Just left it down. Marginally clean. It was super annoying to me but I didn't say a word. One lady at church thought he was me from behind! I thought that might motivate him to cut it. But no. He said that it was the last time in his life that it really didn't matter what he looked like. I had to give him that. Now he's an officer in the military. His head is clean shaven since he's too frugal to pay for a haircut every week (only way to stay in regulation). So anyone who is despairing of their son's hair, ki
  9. Joanna Gaines zucchini bread recipe (cake really) is really delicious and liked by people in my family that hate zucchini https://magnolia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CRTV_1902_Q1_2020_Blog-Recipe-Cards-Zucchini-Bread.pdf?x36203
  10. Red Cross will come out and install smoke alarms FREE. It is NOT dependent upon income, they would come for a millionaire. They will also install in rentals. It is an awesome service.
  11. I always used to start now, mainly for my 11 nieces and nephews. I found that if I shopped for my own kids early, they would change their mind. Within our family of 6 we decided to draw one name each. I think we will do that soon so we can shop ahead. I have started to give family gifts to my sister's families. Otherwise it was just too many people. Usually consumables. It has worked out well. I do have some cute gifts in my Etsy shop, if anyone is looking! And more coming... https://www.etsy.com/shop/FabricSpeaks
  12. I gathered the courage to start an Etsy shop, something I had been dreaming of for about 4 years. I have chronic illness and life is hard a lot of the time. Some days it takes all my courage just to get out of bed. But sewing brings me joy, and I love the responses I get from my customers. I don't think I would have had enough space in my life to do this without our shelter-in-place. I has helped me to re-evaluate SO much. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FabricSpeaks
  13. If you haven't watched Gilmore Girls, you need to! I've just subscribed to BritBox (streaming service like Netflix). All English shows. About $6.99 a month, cancel anytime. Some really awesome shows. Feel better!
  14. Thorne. Comes in liquid. Well absorbed and easy to get the right dosage
  15. I am in a new stage of parenting adult kids in their 20's. One a senior in college, and 2 in career jobs and all the way across the country. I have a good relationship with my parents, but I don't want to stay with them for more than about 3 days. When I was in college they moved and did not set up a room for me. That still hurts. It wasn't done to be hurtful, just an oversight. But I really would like to maintain the great relationship that I had/have with my kids and I know that sometimes they find me annoying. Has anyone read any books that have been helpful in paving the way to
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