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  1. Robot Turtles (board game) is a good low tech intro to coding for this age. No reading required. It does require active adult participation.
  2. My 10 and 12 year olds have read it. Lori D already pointed out the bits that might be problematic. The audio version narrated by Stephen Fry is fabulous!
  3. Water not needed = things from cans and jars. Soup, beans, fish, meat, canned veg, canned potatoes, peanut butter, apple sauce. It's all heavy. All can be safely eaten cold without cooking. Great for shelter in place, not so good for bugging out. Also, dried foods that can be eaten without rehydrating/cooking like dried fruit, nuts, jerky. Shelf stable starch that can be eaten without cooking like crackers and rice cakes. Ramen noodles are pretty tasty raw too.
  4. Here's an alternative idea if you can sew a little: My kid also likes wearing blankets around the house. So I made him a scout's style camp poncho with a hood (which also gets used for scouts) out of polyester fleece. It's cozy, feels like wearing a blanket, but stays on without effort and is sized so that he has full use of his arms. Here's a video tutorial for similar. If you don't sew, you can make a rudimentary version by cutting a neck hole in an appropriate sized piece of polyester fleece.
  5. A nice alternative google line is Aquasphere ; they have a several styles with a single visor-like eye piece instead of two separate eyepieces. My kids really like them. I think it's easier to get a good leak-free fit without being too tight. They aren't so streamlined, so they would never do for swim racing, but for recreational and fitness swimming they might be just the thing.
  6. I've used the instant pot. It was fine, with no flavor transfer. I've also made it in a simple thermos - scald milk in a pot on the stove, cool to appropriate temp, add starter, pour into thermos and leave overnight. It'll be yogurt by morning.
  7. Kara Shallenberg has loads of recordings of her reading classic kids books to her own kids. My kids prefer her version of The Hobbit to the one read by a professional
  8. A Bear Called Paddington, read by Stephen Fry Pippi Longstocking, read by Esther Bensen Winnie the Pooh, read by Peter Dennis (seems juvenile, but isn't, really!) Hobbit, read by Rob Ingliss Mr Popper's Penguin's A Comet in Moominland (my eldest loved this series) The Tales of Uncle Remus by Julius Lester, read by author D'Aulaires' Greek Myths - KAthleen Turner, Sydney Poitier, Matthew Broderick, Paul Newman The Fantistic Mr Fox collection - a collection of Roald Dahl short stories, read by Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Geoffry Palmer Books we loved on audiao that might be too old for the 5 year old, (or might not): Harry Potter, Percy Jackson Series,
  9. It sounds like the family all all on the same page (which is a huge thing!) and that this type of finger-pointing outcome sounds unlikely. Her Directive is your rock solid defense if any family opinions go off-side. Is a copy available to you? If you are the one making decisions on her behalf at this time - and it sounds like you are making many practical daily life decisions on her behalf right now (ie she's on your watch) - you might want to at least thumb through it.
  10. It sounds like you have a good understanding of the spirit of her Advance Directive, even if you don't know the exact contents. And that you are what is right for her.
  11. I think I would do a light sanding and then some clear coat. It will darken up the exposed wood, maybe enough to look good enough. It's a low cost, low time investment that might do the trick.
  12. Do you know what her Advance Directive specifies? i agree with PP's that all caregivers and family members need to be on the same page with respect to goals of care. It's great that she has an Advance Directive. Everyone in a caregiving role (including you!) needs to know what the directive says and what the directive means in practical terms. At 93, with what sounds like significant functional decline/increased frailty over the past year, UTI and cardiac co-morbidity - you need to be prepared because the the probability of a sudden decline and sudden need to make end-of-life care decisions is not low. You need to know the answers about her wishes -- CPR? ICU? BiPAP? IV's for hydration or meds? Or limit treatment to comfort care? It's way easier to make these sorts of decisions in the heat of the moment when the plan is known to all parties in advance.
  13. You introduce the element of social pressure. The gaming experience becomes a kind of social media. There's pressure to play when so-and-so is available, and to check if s0-and-so if available now etc.
  14. IKEA has several: Tea light lantern we have several of these. I really like them. They are our go-to for power failures Lantern for regular candle. I don't have any experience with these. ETA - lots of other styles as well
  15. I don't dispute that Iranian dude was a baddie. The point is that when USA acts (in this case, as far as we know, unilaterally, without consulting or even warning allies), other smaller countries bear a significant share of the consequences.
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