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  1. Years ago, I used a bow maker of the style shown below and it worked. Nowadays I just use my hands. I learned to use my hands in a decorating class about 25 years ago and to help me remember how to do it each year, I watch YouTube videos. FWIW - I forget how to do it every year and I have to watch YouTube video instruction every year. But I also always forgot how to use the bow maker too and would have to re-learn it each year. I guess if I made the bows more than once a year, I might remember!!!!! ETA: I make mailbox bows and bows for my wreath at Christmas time.
  2. I love these!!!! I have a little book where I collect quotes but there aren't many there. The first is from June 1989 out of a Victoria Magazine - "The true mark of character is not how one spends a working day but how one passes leisure time." The most recently recorded on June 23 of this year was by Lady Edith in Downton Abbey when I was binge watching that series: "You have a talent that none of the rest of us have. Just find out what it is and use it. It is doing nothing that is the enemy." Hmmm. Lady Edith didn't say that. It was the sister who died in childbirth. I think she was saying it to Lady Edith.
  3. Currently - CSB. I grew up on KJV then switched to NIV for reading in middle/high school (with NASB for study). My current church uses ESV and I switched to that when we joined but I've never much liked it. So back in January, I started looking for a translation somewhere in between NIV and ESV. I looked up a chart similar to what's posted above and started checking out the translations. I liked CSB best and am still liking it. The BibleGateway website was a huge help in choosing. I looked up both favorite and familiar passages and compared them. I hope you find something you like. 🙂
  4. We have loved AAR and used it (using it) for a 9yo who had vision issues that we didin't discover until he was 8. Once my son started vision therapy at age 8, I started back at the beginning with phonics in AAR 1. He enjoyed the lessons and the stories. He did not like the individual words on the fluency sheets but liked the phrases and sentences. Sometimes he would make rhyming phrases or opposite phrases after he read the phrases. And he would laugh at some of the sentences and he always answered the question if it was a question. He has loved all the games so far.
  5. I"m sending you a PM because I've got a couple of questions about EEME but haven't been able to reach them through either of their email addresses.
  6. I'm a side sleeper and use the Coop pillow. I also had to remove a little stuffing to make it most comfortable for me. I kept the extra stuffing in case I ever want to put it back.
  7. I agree with all the above! My husband, however, thinks it looks great where it is and that it will move a lot of air there.
  8. Praying for your cousin and her kids!
  9. I'm from the South and that's what we thought of them growing up. Redneck. And Dukes of Hazard. (Some of the actors actually came to one my school festivals.) Nowadays, I think they're ridiculous. Especially the guys driving pickup trucks with those flags hanging from the back. There's no way they don't know what it represents or that it would be offensive or intimidating or hurtful to many people. Now the guys walking around in camouflage with rifles and carrying that flag? Racist. Plain and simple. They've been taught to hate. I don't mind the flags in museums or at Civil War historical sites. My back yard abuts one of the defense lines. It happened and we can't forget it. I check-marked all of the above. People are complicated. If I were to ask this same question at one of my family reunions, I'd get a lot of different answers.
  10. I'm so sorry. It is so hard. I'm not there with my parents yet but we are steadily marching towards that season.
  11. No, a "kit" is not necessary. I just bought a $10 kit to try it out and see if I liked it and if the microgreens would grow in my kitchen window - which is the only spot I'd do them in. I'm going to use peat moss as the planting medium because I've got about a half bag of that (1 cubic foot) from planting in the yard and that will last a good while. For seeds, I'm going to try regular garden seeds after I finish the ones that came with my kit. If the regular garden seeds do ok, I'll try bulk seeds from the Feed and Seed next. Do you watch YouTube videos? That's where I've been watching videos to learn what to do. Sorry - I have no idea on how many seeds you'd need to yield a pint of microgreens. You might have to figure that out by trial and error until you find the yield you want. Good luck! I've enjoyed watching my little bag of broccoli microgreens grow.
  12. We are just now trying microgreens. I bought a kit that has 3 cakes of growing medium and 3 types of seed. The instructions say it takes 7-10 days so we'll grow them one after the other in the kitchen window and see how it goes. This photo was taken yesterday and it is day 8 of broccoli seeds. I'll be harvesting them today or tomorrow and topping our salads with them. If we like eating the microgreens, I'll use peat moss as our growing medium and buy more seeds.
  13. You're in luck because we visited the Van Gogh immersive exhibit this morning and the Sistine Chapel exhibit a couple of weeks ago. The Van Gogh exhibit is absolutely amazing. I'd go again in a heartbeat. Worth every penny. I got teary at one point and just could have wept at the beauty displayed so well and there was so much of it. They had large signs to explain all the groupings of paintings. A few were 3D. I took a small folding stool for the large projection room while my husband and kids sat on the floor. There were a few benches and rugs around to sit on. The moving projection was really well done. If we'd had time, we probably would have watched it a second time. If you go, definitely do the virtual reality exhibit. It was $5 extra per person but so well done and just really good. It is worth the extra $5. Now I want to go to Arles. Our tickets were for 10:00 when they opened so we entered with a crowd. Instead of staying with the crowd, we walked ahead to the end and did the virtual reality first. Then we backtracked to do the whole exhibit without such a big clump of people. It is supposed to take 60-75 minutes but we were in there 2 hours. With a 9yo and 11yo. It was truly that good. For parking, we got reserved parking in Lot A right next to the exhibit through the ParkMobile website. That was for 4 hours but we didn't really need it. We could have paid by the hour and purchased parking when we got there. Porta potties in the parking lot. Edited to add: This was the Van Gogh Immersive experience through FeverUp. The Sistine Chapel exhibit was not my favorite but I'm still very glad I went. Took about an hour. We had 10:00 tickets and arrived early so we could park in the tiny free lot adjacent to the exhibit. There's also a public deck up the street not far away. It was a good exhibit. Amazing to be so close to the art work. Amazing to be so close and it was so big and to think of Michelangelo painting it and using the fresco method. Great signage to go with each piece. When I say it wasn't my favorite, that's because I was not prepared for what I'd see in all the Sistine Chapel paintings. I was only familiar with the creation of man piece. I was shocked by all the nudity - I couldn't escape it. I also didn't understand the theology and had difficulty figuring out all the paintings where the Bible character I was familiar with was painted as a baby or toddler and the unknown parents were the main feature of the painting. And I wasn't familiar with who all the prophetesses were. There wasn't a single thing wrong with any of the art work. I just hadn't studied it and therefore wasn't prepared for what I was going to see. But I'm still glad I went. It was good. My 9yo and 11yo were not interested. There are bathrooms at the exhibit in the hall behind one of the paintings. I hope you and your husband go to both! They are both fantastic in their own ways! 🙂
  14. I think you need more. We have a ranch about 1900 square feet. We're in the Atlanta area and our ancient central HVAC quit for it's last time in August a couple of years ago. It was going to be a month before a new unit was available so we used 3 individual units. A large one in the dining room window. A small one in a child's bedroom window (and we put both kids in there). And a $400 mobile unit in our bedroom. We kept all the blinds closed all day and it was livable for the month of August. A 4th unit would have been wonderful but it wasn't practical for a temporary situation. 3 units kept us out of a hotel situation. Growing up, my grandmother didn't have central air. She was south of Atlanta. And she had 3 units in her one level house. I spent time with her in the summer and it was livable. I remember loving to be in the rooms where a unit was located because it felt luxuriously cool. Good luck. I hope your landlord will buy some more units.
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