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  1. I would like an invite too. My three are 24, 22, and 19. Thank you!
  2. The sunlight alarms are cool! I hadn't seen those.
  3. Thank you so much for that encouragement! ❤️
  4. Apparently, hyperthyroidism in older cats is very common, but I sure never heard about it! Yes, we are doing the ear med. It is in a pen so we don't have to touch the medicine (because it would affect our thyroid function too!). We started giving Posie a treat immediately after the ear gel, right from the beginning. So, although she doesn't love us rubbing stuff in her ears, she puts up with it and then goes to the cabinet for a treat—rather than running the other direction! You know, if your cat hasn't lost a lot of weight, you probably caught it early enough, so don't feel too bad. Posie seemed pretty normal except for the vomiting, so I am glad we caught it before she started getting skinny! That will be great if it helps with Maggie's coughing, but, yeah, could be hairballs. Posie didn't cough, she just lost her dinner most times after she ate, poor thing.
  5. Those are both very encouraging outcomes! Thank you, so much for telling me! Yes, we considered all the options, but the cost and definitely the isolation were factors that helped us rule out radioactive iodine treatment. Our kitty would be traumatized with the process. The closest facility to us is an hour away, and the caregivers do a quick in and out for feeding and litter box, but no interaction in order to limit their exposure. Then, when she came home, it is advised not to let kitty sleep with people for a while. For her, the ear-gel med is the course that is least traumatic while still giving her good quality of life--and I hope years to come!
  6. Thank you! I read that cats are usually seniors when they are diagnosed and that they live an average of two years after starting meds. It's nice to read that your kitty made it a bit past the two-year mark.
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    I agree with this. I try to remind myself that I am only responsible for my own actions and feelings--not others'. My mom took it personally that my husband and I moved when he got a great career opportunity elsewhere. Even though we moved only 2 hours away (instead of being half an hour away), she introduced me for the next 10 years as "my daughter, who had to move out of state to get away from me." 🙄 Even though I knew I was right to move with my husband and not stay close to her or demand he pass up the job to stay closer to her, it hurt my feelings that she held a grudge. (And, yes, I know her stance is narcissistic behavior.) I did what I could do--visit, invite, call, etc.--to encourage the relationship and talked my frustration and disappointment out with my husband. She passed away a couple years ago, and she still resented not being first in my priorities, but we shared lots of adventures and she was an always-there supporter of my children. So, even though it was hard, I'm glad I tried to take the high ground and preserve my end of the relationship.
  8. You ladies amaze me! When my husband is on a business trip, I cook less, do less laundry, and read more!
  9. Huh, good questions! The website says this: "...this safety net will assist with repaying a student loan, after graduation, if the graduate’s income is below $43,000. The lower the graduate’s income, the higher the percentage of repayment, up to 100%, until their income increases." So, it does kind of seem like people could game the system if they wanted to. ETA: Or does it just mean they don't have to pay anything until later, but the actual loan amount is not decreased? I guess I may not be understanding it correctly (as loan forgiveness).
  10. I can kind of relate. My sophomore daughter's college started a loan payment forgiveness program: the amount you owe is reduced according to your salary after graduation. So, if you start out in a lower paying career, or take a few years to begin earning a better salary, you don't have to pay as much of your student loan back. This was instituted the year after dd started; as a graphic design major, I think she probably would have had some of her student loan forgiven after graduation. Ah well, I'm happy for those who do benefit.
  11. Wow! What a great opportunity for students in your community to attend a private college! Hope each of your sons ends up just where he needs to be.
  12. Both of my children who are in their early 20s have been critical. 22 yo ds came full circle in the last year and has told us he thinks we were great parents and made great parenting decisions through his growing-up years. Our eldest is more upsetting to me (although I didn't like the unfair criticism--and it was unfair--when it came from ds) because she "remembers" a lot of things we said that we just didn't say (like we didn't kiss until we married and she shouldn't either--which was not the case and we never said it was). Neither of our other children think we said these things and recognize them as way out of character for us. She seems somewhat resentful, and I feel irritated, misrepresented, and yes, a little hurt. On the upside, the youngest of our three (college sophomore) recognizes we're not perfect but appreciates the sacrifices and choices we made as parents. Same family, same upbringing, but different perceptions! Also, I do have good relationships with all three, so hang in there!
  13. They know as peers two families that each have nine children. They know the parents and some of the children of a couple families that have 10-12 (older children were on their own before we knew the families).
  14. The system isn't working. It's guilty until proven innocent, with little way to provide that proof. I'm sorry you are caught up in this circus. And thanks, JennyD, our son miraculously was released from the hospital with only a few minor cuts and a limp that lasted a few weeks.
  15. That's awful. Just last week, our 22 yo son had a sticker on his car that said it would be towed if not moved because of a complaint it had been left on the street too long. (Where he lives, there is street parking.) He had driven his car to work every day that week and had only parked the car at about 10:00 p.m.! He got up, and the sticker was on the car. And, yes, it's all because of a call from a not-nice neighbor. We're worried he will wake up some day and his car will have been towed. Also, another time and another car, he was broadsided in an intersection and life-flighted, unconscious, to a hospital. They impounded his totaled car and it was ridiculously hard for him to get to his car to remove his things. They were not going to let him in the compound without his license, but the force of the impact had everything flying, and his wallet had shot out of his pocket, and it--and his license--were still in the car! I really don't like the impounding system.
  16. There are girls here who wear basketball shorts, similar to the ones linked above. I also like the bike shorts under shorts idea. Our younger dd wore bike shorts under the uniform shorts for soccer. The compression was helpful, and she didn't have to be concerned she was flashing anyone when she stretched. I didn't realize until Danae posted that they could be purchased sewn together already but quickly found an example: https://www.amazon.com/RBX-Active-Workout-Running-Compression/dp/B07Q2GVKGS/ref=asc_df_B07Q2GVKGS/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=353296302928&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17006226619464706550&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9024004&hvtargid=pla-781955299900&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=75161381030&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=353296302928&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17006226619464706550&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9024004&hvtargid=pla-781955299900
  17. Interesting! It didn't occur to me that being launched has a financial aspect to many people. I think of it as leaving home to live elsewhere. And I realize I would have to readjust that thinking in BlsdMama's scenario of multi-generational homes. Hmm... Our youngest paints a word for the year each January, and the word she chose for last semester of high school/first semester of college was "launch," and that made sense to me. Just looked at Webster's, and these definitions fit my understanding of starting something new: : to put into operation or set in motion : initiate, introduce launch a business launch a fund drive : to get off to a good start a literary dinner to launch the book
  18. It helped me with a rash near my eye. I saw three doctors and tried various things they recommended, but I decided to try Manuka honey before filling a steroid perscription. It helped within a day and totally cleared up the problem (that I had for months) within a couple weeks. I don't know about internal either, though.
  19. Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate the input. We took Posie to the vet this afternoon and just got home. It's interesting that you mentioned hyperthyroidism, Ailaena. The veterinarian mentioned that as a possibility because her heart rate was very high, even for a stressed cat. Because of the insight you all gave me, we went ahead and did the blood panel, and the vet plans to use those results to help us figure out a good food for her and if any medication is needed. He said she is really healthy for a 14yo cat, although still on the chubby side. (After switching to some wet food, she went from 15.9 to 12 pounds in about six months and has way more energy now.) Anyway, we'll see what the labs show, if anything. Thanks, again, for weighing in! 🙂
  20. Aw, she does have pretty eyes! She is our 19 yo dds best fur baby. (In the top picture she is stretched out on dd's lap.) They are buddies, and Posie really misses dd when she is at college. Posie has been trailing daughter and sleeping under her chair at meals. I think she somehow intuitively knows dd will be heading to college next week. Our daughter knows she doesn't have too many years left with Posie and is dreading the thought of her passing.
  21. Update: Thank you for encouraging us to take Posie to the vet! Her blood work did show that she was hyperthyroid. She has been on medication for about a month now, and--except for one incident--that has solved the vomiting problem. We are so happy! She actually did have a lot of the hyperthyroid symptoms: rowdy at night, losing weight, vomiting. (Because she was chubby to begin with and because it coincided with us adding wet cat food, we thought the weight loss and energy were related to the diet change.) She is not chasing our other cat around the house like a mad kitty anymore (although she has never passed a chance to give him a smack in their 12-year history). Unfortunately, she seems to be filling out again and is back to begging for food all the time (also an unfortunate normal for her). Thanks, again, for the help! We may need to take our cat to the vet, but before we do, I thought I would ask for advice here. Posie is 14 years old and is spunky and active. She started vomiting occasionally after she ate. I started spreading her kibble on a plate so she couldn't gulp her food. When that didn't help, we started feeding her wet food at night (Purina Fancy Feast). This helped for a while, plus she lost weight--a good thing because she was a butterball. She still goes in phases of not keeping her food down though (wet or dry--Natural Balance, original). She had several off days, and is now doing better but not finishing her food (rare for her). Do some of you WTM veterinarians or other experts have recommendations for food for a senior cat with digestive issues? I would like to try addressing her diet first, but we do not have a problem with taking her to the vet. I just don't particularly want to go pay $70 for him to give us a diet suggestion, if that is the place to start.
  22. Thanks for posting that link! I had no idea Walmart had so many fun, reasonably priced pillows and throw pillow covers! I've been wanting to replace or recover our sofa cushions and also had sticker shock, but now I'm inspired!
  23. Your pool and yard are GORGEOUS! I love the trees in the background—so restful looking! Enjoy!
  24. I have the superpower of knowing things will happen in advance (i.e. using the calendar). No one else in my family has this special talent.
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