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  1. I'm glad you found a pressure cooker at the thrift store and it's working well with your stove! And I'm glad it cooked your chicken. I hope you can find some pressure cooker recipes you love that use readily available ingredients. I'm sure you can find recipes for and make delicious Indian food. Good luck on your journey! I've got an Instant Pot but the recipes I see on the internet will sometimes include instructions for stove-top pressure cooking.
  2. Don't do it!!! Buy a good brand! You can cheap out on some things (and I do) but not plumbing.
  3. We are still ToT but changing up how we do it. My husband usually has demo lights and speakers on hand so we light up the yard and add a bubble or snow machine - whatever demo gear he has at the moment. I don't expect as many trick or treaters this year. Ours usually come in groups in cars as they enter or exit the neighborhood either on the way out or way home from Halloween festivities. Since most of those festivities aren't happening this year, I don't think we'll have a many kids stop by. We normally sit on the front porch, eat pizza and greet the kids with a bucket of treats. This year we
  4. Our main USPS delivery person makes 2 runs. The first run is for package pickup and delivery. The 2nd is for mail in the mailbox. She's says it's faster to do it in 2 runs because we have a couple of eBayers in our neighborhood and she's usually picking up dozens of packages from them. Our mailbox delivery is usually about 4:00. The other delivery person makes only one run and we get our packages and mail about 3:00. During the holidays and Christmas, all bets are off. Mail delivery is usually around 6pm or later at Christmas.
  5. I've got a 3rd and 5th grader and what I've noticed is that the General and K-8 boards are more active during breaks - summer, Christmas, etc. - when people are planning or changing curriculum or looking for help for the next year. I also tend to see a flurry right as the new academic year or semester get started as people have trouble with a curriculum or a child needs help in a particular subject. Then it's very quiet in the middle of semseters......as if everyone's too busy to ask questions. Then at the next break, it gets active again. But that's just my observation over the last few years
  6. LOL. Well our 15th anniversary is this coming Thursday and my DH will be in another state for work. We usually get cards for each other and go out to dinner at some point within a month of our anniversary and call it our anniversary dinner. Before kids, it was a bigger deal.
  7. Ok I asked my husband because he uses his SE 2020 for work and he's on it most of the day. He says he keeps it plugged in when he's in his office but it's not plugged in when he's out of the office which is often. He says he hasn't had any issues with the battery running out.
  8. I've never had an issue with running out of battery by the end of day but I'll be honest - I use my SE 2020 mostly as a phone and periodically for weather, traffic, texting and email when I'm away from the house. I don't use apps much.
  9. We've taken down several trees that were dying or dead and I don't think we've ever had an official quote for less than $1000 per tree and that was just to cut the tree down - no cutting it up, removing anything or grinding the stump - just bringing them down. Ours are big, though. Pines, sweet gum and oak. The cheapest quote we got on a huge oak was $2500 just to fell it and that was not in our budget but the tree was hit by lightening and dead and dangerous for our kids. Then along came the power company subcontractor tree trimmers and they had a side business and offered to drop it for $700
  10. I've got an SE 2020 but don't have any experience with the 7. I upgraded from a 5s. I have so far loved the SE 2020 for the 2 months I've had it. The only glitch I've had is that it doesn't pair well with my Plantronics Voyager 5220 headset. It will drop connection and can be slightly exasperating to regain connection. My husband has the same SE 2020 and same headset and rarely has issues with it so it may just be something with my headset. I hope that helps and I hope you hear from someone who upgraded from a 7.
  11. I'm so sorry. My husband and his brother had to clean out his mom's house last year and it took 4 dumpsters to clear out a 2 bed/1 bath house. They only worked on the weekends and it took months to get it all cleaned out. I'm really sorry because it's a horrible situation all around. My mother-in-law is back in her home and my husband and his brother check on her and the house frequently. Unfortunately, the hoarding has already started again.
  12. My 11yo DD loves it. We've had it since she is 9. After she reads through it, she usually goes looking in animal encyclopedias for more information.
  13. My 8yo just got glasses from Zenni Optical online. They were about $55. The vision therapist showed me how to load the prescription and order the glasses. I took a screenshot and went home and ordered them.
  14. I don't have any suggestions for you but I did wanted to empathize because I have an 11yo DD who does the same thing. She doesn't have math anxiety.....she just rushes to get it done. Yesterday her answer to 4 1/2 divided by 3 was 13 1/2. I wanted to question her as to whether that was a logical answer but refrained (because she'd get defensive) and just erased it and told her to do it again. I've wondered if it is a developmental thing to step back in your mind and consider if the answer is reasonable.
  15. We have way too many food allergies and an extreme picky eater so none of those 25-year meal kits would work for us. Our biggest threat is an ice storm in the winter. For that I build about a 1-week stockpile in the fall that I keep in plastic boxes in the basement. In the spring, I donate it to the food bank. We have a gas stove/oven, a sealed wood fireplace that can't be used for cooking, and a propane camp stove. I'll buy some foods that take longer to prepare like rice and dried beans but also buy instant rice and canned goods in case we only have the camp stove available. I figure there's
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