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  1. BTDT. My father voluntarily contributed some money each month; however, we never felt comfortable accepting it. We would have taken care of everything ourselves happily. As it was, we spent more on him than he contributed, but successfully hid that fact from him. He lived with us for 3-1/2 years, which was a treasure beyond price. Unbelievable amount of stress and labour for us, but so what? He died nearly one year ago, and we all still miss him deeply. Seems foolish ever to build plans around an inheritance. One can die any day, including before said inheritance arrives. Dad's attorney occasionally pushed us to set up a lease agreement. We told him that was unacceptable. Social Security payments never were in jeopardy. Medicaid was not an issue because where we live, one must first enter a nursing home as a private pay resident, then hope/pray that a dual-certified bed becomes available. Places will not accept a prospective resident who wants to begin as a Medicaid resident; administrators will invent all manner of obstacles to accepting such a patient.
  2. Venting because DH received a $287 speeding ticket for driving 33 mph in a 20 mph school zone. He was observing the zone and stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, he forgot that he was still in the school zone, so took off at regular rate of speed. This was NOT in the budget.
  3. Within recent months there have been medical news articles published about the dangers of extended use of anticholingergic drugs, of which Benadryl is an example.
  4. Also an aspect of being 20. I have lived with insomnia for forty years now. I don't believe that there is a "one size fits all" solution. You will have to try various remedies until you find something that works. In my own case, "what works" helps for a while, then peters out, forcing me to try again with something else. (Over forty years, there are a lot of "repeats" in the mix.) Research seems unified to avoid tablets, computers, televisions, cell phones, and the like from sundown onward. At the least, stop two-to-three hours prior to retiring for the night. Every night I cover bedroom clocks, radios, telephone, and DVD player with washcloths to block those lights. Light-blocking curtains don't even help as expected, because light comes into the room from around the top and side edges. Melatonin often is cited by reflex. Do, though, read some of the "con" articles about using a hormone for this purpose. Reduce stress is advised. That is buffoonery in my case, but I hope helpful for other people. Alcohol does not aid sleep. Valerian is great -- so long as you don't mind getting up during the night to urinate. Prescriptive meds have a long rap sheet. I confess, nonetheless, to sleeping by means of doctor-suggested trazodone for about four years, long ago. . . . and the list goes on . . . MY SINCERE BEST WISHES, DR. BAUER, FOR YOUR RELIEF ! ! !
  5. Are you ladies discussing remedies for the redness? or for the bumps? I refused to take an antibiotic for the rosacea breakouts. I did consent to using the (prescription) Finacea facial gel, and think very well of that product. I have not had the breakouts/bumps for a couple of years now, and I pretty much don't worry about the redness. I don't wear makeup (don't care for clogging my pores). I don't feel that there are many effective products out there, so I appreciate this thread. I don't think anyone is going to "call us" on mentioning specific products that help. There certainly are plenty of companies out there that do nothing other than take ones money!
  6. Pantry! Yes! A few years ago, as a Christmas gift, my son and husband built and installed additional shelving for our good-sized, but poorly planned, pantry. Now it is the envy of all who open the door.
  7. Love the large space and ample storage that we have. Love the many windows. (but dislike the view) Hate the electric cooktop and the electric oven. I dream of gas kitchens! Loathe the combined wall oven with microwave. Must be replaced as a pair. (which we had to do a couple of years ago) Dislike the white laminate but only because it stains and does not get clean back to colour white. I have no allegiance to fancy surfaces, just to cleanability. Loathe the cheap, roll sheet, vinyl flooring. As soon as our dying dog no longer lives (and we love her dearly!), that flooring GOES AWAY!
  8. These words. May his soul rest where the just repose and may his memory be eternal!
  9. Through the prayers of the holy physicians, St. Panteleimon, SS. Cosmas and Damianos, St. Luke of Simferopol, and of St. John the Wonderworker, may Christ have mercy on your son and grant him healing!
  10. I am remembering the postscript in 84 Charing Cross Road when Helene Hanff writes, "I sure hope that 'madame' does not mean over there what it does here." [approximate quote, going from memory] Good for Australia! We cannot even bring a live plant into the U.S., never mind a dog, without Customs Commotion. I like Yorkies as much as the next dog lover, but feel no need to cut slack for some actor.
  11. I'll add a suggestion for long-term support, although I can understand that this might not seem useful to someone who never has tried it. Develop the habit of reading cookbooks. That's it. Nobody taught me how to cook. I learned on my own. The more I cooked, the more I read. The more I read, the more ideas clung to my brain that I could test by cooking. A cycle kicked in. It was not many years before I felt confident in reading a recipe and modifying it into something that my instincts knew would turn out well. I still read, I still modify recipes, and I make up my own recipes as well. So encourage frequent trips to the library and eventual creation of a hand-picked home library (as finances allow).
  12. 1 jar of pasta sauce + 2 jars of water = instant soup broth.
  13. Texas likely would benefit from having a tad more oversight than currently is in place. (Nothing at all is required beyond the unenforced and wholly murky dictate to teach "good citizenship" and to have a legitimate curriculum for all subjects -- which latter requirement is not investigated, either, unless CPS has been sent in for some reason.) My strong negativity relates only to a state dangling money in front of me. They already do, come to think of it, since the K-12 "public-school-at-home-but-managed-by-the-state" choice exists. (which choice I can see as an acceptable compromise for families in certain situations)
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