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  1. I'm angry today because the clinic where I got my first shot (Pfizer) keeps rescheduling the second dose due to vaccine supply. Yet someone I know in another state got herself and daughter (16) vaccinated several weeks ago because they volunteer in an animal shelter. I can't find a single second dose anywhere and I work in a SCHOOL.. My sister says where she lives they are offering vaccines to under 16's because they have an excess. This is NOT well done. This is not equitable. This is not even sensible.
  2. If no one has mentioned it yet, there is a wonderful blog with TONS of money saving help. It's written by a mom who fed her family entirely from her food storage and garden for more than a year. She has a section with recipes and how to eat for 40 cents a day. If anyone is looking to save money, her blog is awesome. theprudenthomemaker.com/blog/
  3. Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you are enjoying the napkins
  4. The chicken fabric has been a great favorite. I did a poll in my newsletter when I got the fabric, and the consensus was that it should be an apron. I wear an apron every day. I've saved SO many clothes from ruin because of my apron. So I tell myself that an apron is actually a frugal item!
  5. Thank you! It has been so good for me. I'm a bit more confident and I've learned so much. The sea turtle bag was made as a collaboration with a young woman who is a zoo keeper. She chose the fabric and I made a bag for her. She takes her utensils in it, for lunch at work. It seems fitting that it goes with her to a zoo!
  6. I have an Etsy shop. I opened it a bit into Covid lockdown. I'm always telling my kids to "have a go, keep learning, do what you love, don't worry about making mistakes, just try" and they all knew I'd wanted to have a shop but was too nervous too. And then I decided I'd better gather my courage and do it. It makes me happy and I've met lovely people. I sew from mostly repurposed fabric and denim so is eco friendly. I also sell cloth napkins, to reduce waste, and I sell Happy Birthday banners which have been popular and really are a family treasure. So many memories when the same banner i
  7. If I remember rightly from my specialist GYN, LH are the numbers to look for. The other numbers can fluctuate even in menopause. So LH levels are the numbers that determine menopause status.
  8. Facebook and FB marketplace are two separate things (connected, I know, but the pages appear separate and distinctly-they do not overlap). I sell my handmade items through my personal FB page. I sell used things, for example a used stroller or an outgrown bike, through FB marketplace. I have seen people selling handmade things on FB marketplace, but not so much in my area. It may vary by location. Think of FB marketplace as an online garage sale. Having a personal FB page is a good thing for a handmade business, since connecting with customers is an important aspect. On a personal or busi
  9. Hi! It's me again. I sell on FB marketplace. His items will not appear on your personal page. Having a personal FB page is just the way into the marketplace, but the marketplace is it's own thing. Buyers contact the seller through FB messenger. Messenger is an app you can get on your phone. Or it appears on the top of your FB page. Just do some clicking around at things others are selling on FB marketplace and you will see how his items would appear.
  10. My daughter has had good things from Asos. She's a fashionista.
  11. I'm so sorry for all of you who are experiencing sticker shock over the FAFSA changing. Just a few random thoughts, you all probably know them, but I'll put them out in case it helps someone. 1. Because students earning are counted so heavily against any aid, we encouraged our children to work less and take more units. Since full time tuition is the same whether they took 12 units or 22 units, they each took the 20-22 units every semester. This ensured they finished college in 4 years, which is a huge savings over a 5th year. Taking a lot of units means they pay less tuition overall, and
  12. Just bumping this up. I'm at my wits end with my HP laptop that has now started to spontaneously turn off. Any tech people out there who could give me a recommendation?
  13. I would also sew any high split. I think the 3rd or 4th link in your original post are lovely. I prefer solid colors, for me they are more timeless. Mother of the Bride gets to choose first and set the tone. Mother of the groom fits in with you. Wear what makes you feel happy and good. If you love blue, wear blue. Our son got married almost 4 years ago. It was at anice outdoor venue, both MOB and I wore long dresses. Pictures turned out very well. I wore navy (groom and groomsmen in blue uniform) dad's wore gray suits. MOB wore a silvery color, so we didn't 'match', but the colors we
  14. I am selling on etsy. I've done it for almost a year. I could try to answer some questions
  15. Thank you all. I appreciate it. If anyone else has any other thoughts to add, please chime in!
  16. We have a grandbaby on the way! They want to use cloth diapers. It's been a long time since we used them. What are the good brands now? Best inners? Best covers? Thank you!!
  17. My HP spectre solid state hard drive laptop has been a dismal failure from Day 1. Buyers beware of that! The salesperson did a great job on my husband, convincing him to buy it. We have absolutely no need for such a thing. So now I want to replace it with something cheap, durable, long battery life. I just go on the internet, post pictures for my etsy business, watch netflix/hulu, zoom with kids. No gaming. I want something with enough processing speed that I can have multiple tabs open and it doesn't crawl to a standstill. I want a GREAT battery life (biggest complaint with HP spectre) a
  18. Oh my dear. I'm hoping you can be very compassionate with yourself today. Sending hugs and prayers.
  19. I guess photos are a goal of mine. I have pulled 20+ years of photos out of 20+ albums when I had to evacuate for wildfires this year. They are now in photo safe envelopes in photo storage boxes, organized by year. My aunt bought me a scanner. I want to scan them all, give copies to each adult kid, make some photo books, and be DONE. I need to find consistent exercise. Moving, health issues, quarantine, wildfires, none of those are conducive to anything consistent. I'd like to grow my business. I'd like to make our 1,000 sq ft house work better for us (4 people).
  20. I agree. I've worked for NHS, and been a patient of the NHS. Funding is always a problem.
  21. I'm on the west coast as well. We have been in the worst tier since March. We are home all the time. I am tired of it. Some days go better than others. I have tried to adjust my expectations and menus. I buy what I find. I don't go looking for certain things. The only necessity is GF flour and I order that, allowing a generous lag time. I buy only vegetables that will keep, like carrots and cabbage. I lived in England and had the privilege of talking to older folks who lived through WWII. England was hungry during much of the war. Food was very short and they truly made do. I think of th
  22. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2016-01-20/why-danes-happily-pay-high-rates-of-taxes A discussion of health care is never complete without mentioning taxes. In Denmark, mentioned in the thread, the tax rate is 45%. Plus 7% more if you make over a certain amount. That doesn't excite me so much. The article talks about why the Danes are happy to pay it, and maybe they are right. I just wanted to link to the article to show where I got that tax rate. I agree that the system in the US is ridiculous. Truly and utterly stupid. Health insurance companies and phar
  23. We downsized a year and a half ago. It was REALLY painful. And we didn't have STUFF like some people do. We became empty nesters at that time and wanted to move out of a very unhealthy region (pollution). We moved to a higher COL area. The house we sold was 1900 sq ft. and the house we bought is 1100 sq ft. We lived in 2 different rentals in between selling our old house in March, and finally buying one in November. We had several yard sales, I sold things on Facebook marketplace all the time. I gave away, threw away, consolidated, cried, and then did it all again. These are the things we
  24. My son used an electric razor until age 18. Then went in the military-where he REALLY learned to shave! He was a bit careless as a younger teen and the electric razor was the 'no effort' solution that worked well for him
  25. Circular fabric coasters are hard to get looking perfect. These square ones have the most perfect quilting, your OCD will probably be very happy! I am thinking about putting fabric twine coasters in the shop. I have really enjoyed making fabric twine, and it does make some very cheerful and artistic coasters.
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