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  1. @OttakeeI’m so happy you are out there and that you enjoyed your solo hikes! My fingers are crossed that you stay dry! If it gets too bad you can always grab your sleeping bag and head to the car.
  2. My car camping and backpacking set-up are a bit different, but I like to pack fairly light for both. I keep a spreadsheet on my computer so I can easily pack for a weekend and not forget anything. After my trips I track weather conditions and what worked/didn’t work. This comes in handy for when temps are going to be especially cold and I can’t remember which clothing I took last time or if my sleeping bag kept me warm. To help stabilize your backpacking stove, you can get a little tripod, they are $6 at my local sporting good store. I totally agree with enjoying a campfire hotdog,
  3. I will also say that my church stopped the tradition of passing out flowers or having all the moms stand on Mother’s Day. There is usually a special prayer both honoring moms and recognizing those for whom it is a hard day. I love that about my church even though we quit going that day.
  4. You have already changed your mind, so I’ll just add support to your decision. As a child I would have hated this. My mom left on mother’s day when I was 7. No one at my church would remember that’s when she left, only that my parents were divorced. My dad remarried a couple years later and I have a step mom that I loved dearly as a child, but Mother’s Day was not about remembering what I had, only what I lost. From the outside others wouldn’t have known that. I dutifully made the cards, passed out the flowers, or whatever else the church or school had done very year, then I would go home and
  5. I had covid at the beginning of February. Despite not isolating from the family (by the time I realized I had it, we figured everyone had been exposed long enough that it was too late), only my 13 year old got covid. He was asymptomatic and has had no side effects. Husband and 2 other children in the house never got it. They were all tested right after I tested positive, at the end of my quarantine (when my son tested positive), at the end of my son’s quarantine/isolation, and one more time since then. Husband is now vaccinated.
  6. These Danskos are really cute too! I agree that you don’t have to buy specific shoes, but I certainly understand wanting to. I would try to find something you would wear again outside of the funeral.
  7. I would check out Born and Naot. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis in the past but not currently, these brands work for me. Birkenstock and Chacos do as well. Chacos has expanded beyond the typical sandals, I don’t see any funeral appropriate shoes currently, but I think I remember seeing some that would work at my local outdoor store this past winter.
  8. 8th year of homeschooling but I still feel like I’m a beginner in some ways because all three kids have been so different. Oldest is finishing 7th grade and will be taking a couple of outsourced classes for the first time next year. Middle is finishing 5th grade. Youngest is 8 and I never know what grade to call him. If we had sent him to public school he would be in 2nd, but officially he is registered with the county as a 3rd grader. He is dyslexic so reading has been quite difficult and that has flowed over into everything else school wise. We are very much in the thick of things.
  9. An update now that it’s been almost a full day. I woke up with a headache and sore shoulder this morning. Coffee cured the headache. Once I started moving around my arm felt fine. If someone asks me how it’s feeling and I focus on it, I notice it’s a little sore but I feel good other than that.
  10. That’s worse than my Covid experience! I’m glad he is feeling better.
  11. One of my good friends has a medically fragile son and she is still on the fence about how to “renter” society. She and her son have been vaccinated for about 2 months now, they were among the first in our state outside of nursing homes, but they haven’t been out and about yet. Our friend group is almost all vaccinated and she is really looking forward to getting together soon, but we haven’t talked about what that will look like. I agree that as a caregiver you should be eligible for the vaccine now, I’m surprised you didn’t get it at the same time as your son. You may need your son's d
  12. I had Covid, so was told my side effects after the first dose may be stronger. I never felt anything other than when I touched the injection site, I felt like I had a slight bruise. I had my second dose earlier today, it’s been 9 hours and so far I don’t feel anything. My husband had his second dose last week, he felt a slight headache around bedtime, but was fine the next day. He went to work and didn’t have any issues. We both had Pfizer. I hope you have minimal side effects as well!
  13. Prior to Covid you could. Currently my Kroger does not accept any returns, so they would tell you to donate or give them to someone. If they charged you for 8 boxes they would give you your money back though, they just wouldn’t want the raspberries back in the store.
  14. This is the reason that when I order pickup, I chose during the day on a weekday. I’m much less likely to end up with a teenage boy, who doesn’t always work on that department, doing my picking. 😆
  15. Every spring out garage gets overrun with mice and moles. We requested mouse traps, the regular snap kind. The first order we got sticky pads, which isn’t that strange but not what we wanted. So on the next order we put in the notes that if regular traps aren’t available, don’t substitute with sticky traps. We got RAT traps. They were huge! My husband was dying laughing wondering how he was going to catch a tiny mole in our garage with one of those.
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