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  1. I’m thinking of making marmalade for some family members. We don’t really exchange gifts anymore but I like to give a small something.
  2. I have held out four years against paying for Amazon Prime, but I kind of think I want it now. Mostly for the convenience of quicker shipping, but we don’t have cable or dish tv, no Netflix, etc, so I’d probably use the movie part of it too. I live in a rural area by a small city, so there are quite a few things I get off of Amazon or the internet in general that cant find locally, without a two hour trip to a bigger city. curious about what other people’s’ experiences and thoughts, though.
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    Teen JAWM

    Oh man. I have two teens and it is brutal. One especially is prone to strong and disdainful opinions about things, based on absolutely nothing but what she hears from friends, teachers, or on the radio. No critical thinking at all, just parrots others. Drives me nuts. sometimes I remind her that what your friend told you (or even your teacher) is not the same as information from a reliable source and people sometimes have biases that affect their opinions. Sometimes it helps for her to just hear a different viewpoint. Sometimes. . . Not.
  4. In my familiar, smaller grocery store, 20 min. In Wal-Mart, yeah, it could be an hour, between Not knowing where things are and having to go back SO FAR when I forget something, but I haven’t been in there since the pandemic started.
  5. Can you let her stay up, but make a rule that after X p.m. she must be in her room doing something quiet? My 13 yr old gets about 8-9 hrs of sleep a night. He doesn’t function happily with less. But we let his older sister stay up a little later, because she can function better on less. But if she stays up, it’s quiet time in her room, so we can have time to do things like have adult conversation or watch an adult show.
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    Jokes & memes

    I have recurring nightmares that I’m on college campus and can’t find my class, or in high school and can’t find my locker, or lost my glasses so I can’t read my schedule, etc
  7. I answered #1, but could have also answered the last one. Although my generation generally uses butt freely, I was raised by adults who only used bottom or hiney or behind. I don’t hear the phrase a lot, but it seemed also to me to have the connotation that someone was a jerk or acted poorly in av way that should have embarrassed them ( but but probably didn’t).
  8. I occasionally have moments like that but rarely a whole book. It does drive me nuts. Often it had to do with women doing men’s voices or Vice versa, but sometimes I Can get over it after a few minutes of the story hooks me. The one that drove me so nuts I had to quit listening was actually nonfiction. The Worst Hard Time. The narrator kept saying Boise City as if it rhymes with noisy. The book itself said it is pronounced like “boys”. The narrator read that aloud and then continued to mispronounce the name. I’m from the area, my brother-in-law is from Boise City. I couldn’t take it any more.
  9. I know the frustration of losing previously enjoyed hobbies to carpal tunnel, though I realize you’ve got a lot of other issues too. Could you do things like knitting, only in much shorter increments of time than before?
  10. I know an older man who took up slide guitar after his hands could no longer handle fretting chords. I play ukulele, and while I’ve never played it with a slide I know it can be done. You have to use an open tuning if you are trying to avoid freeing chords. Here’s an article that might get you started, or at least help you figure out if it’s something you want to look into. Since you’ve got a ukulele the only expense would be a slide, and they’re not too expensive.
  11. Can you describe the chocolate snowballs, please? My mom makes some kind of chocolate cookie at Christmas. It may be chocolate crinkles, though. I don’t know the name. They’re rolled in powdered sugar before baking and come out flattened, white with chocolate showing throwing where the powdered sugar has cracked as they spread.
  12. Sometimes. If it’s secondhand, yes, always. If it’s new, if it feels stiff or has a smell, I will. If I just feel like it I will. If I’m lazy and don’t want to do laundry, or excited to wear it before I’ll have a chance to wash it, I won’t. It’s just one crazy unpredictable day after another here at my house. 😜
  13. I have never had a tuxedo cat. I’ve had three Orange cats and I loved them. I don’t know if I’d say they were sweethearts, but they were nice patient cats who liked being petted and sitting on laps. They each had very distinct and fun personalities. I love orange cats, and they’re definitely my first preference if I’m picking a cat. (Most of the time I don’t get to pick. I end up with whatever cat shows up hungry or needs a home.)
  14. Oh man. My aunt has a tortoise shell that is the most psycho cat I’ve ever met. Likes my aunt, but is very territorial when anyone else comes in the house. Used to hide on top of the fridge to attack anyone going by.
  15. The name I would have used If DH hadn’t vetoed it: Reed also Jack
  16. I have a similar but different situation in that my DS is paring down his wardrobe. He has been the recipient of a ton of hand me downs lately. We decided 7 tees, 7 pants, 2 hoodies, three or four long sleeved tees and three or four dress shirts would do it. i say at least 5 short sleeve shirts because it stays hot here into September, so there are weeks he’d need short sleeves every day, plus he Can layer hoodies over them when it’s colder. But that depends on your climate and the teen’s personal preference. My DD has many nice blouse and shirts and cute tees, and chooses 8 days out of 10 to wear tees she gets from church camp or FFA or band.
  17. I am just posting to say, I love the idea of a dog in a scarf for the logo.
  18. I thought I felt in my 20s (I’m 41) until recently when I started working with people actually in their 20s. Now I realize that no, I am definitely a mom, and I keep wanting to give mom advice like use a crock pot and eat more vegetables and buy sensible used cars so you can open an IRA.
  19. Fur-ever Friends Yarn (or Fur-ever Friends Creations) Furbaby Creations
  20. You should take up weaving so it can be Warp and Woof. Other than that I got nothing.
  21. Quoting myself in case I wasn’t clear: this is just what I do with clothes that are still clean enough to wear again. If the clothes are dirty I throw them in the hamper. The hamper is in the bathroom, which is why my pajamas live on the bathroom counter. Get undressed, throw dirty clothes in hamper, put on pajamas. In theory. Sometimes I have work jeans that are dirty but I know I’ll need to get dirty again the next day. I’ll put them beside the hamper because I’ll wear them again for work but won’t put them in a drawer with clean clothes.
  22. I used to pile them in a big pile on the bathroom counter, but I’m trying to reform. I now (try to) hang church clothes back up in the closet the minute I take them off. Clothes that came out of dressers are folded and put back in drawers. Pajamas . . . Still go on the bathroom counter. i try to limit myself to one sweatshirt or sweater to wear around the house when it’s cool in the morning. I hang it on the end of the bed. If I notice that the pile has grown to more than one, I put them back up wherever they came from.
  23. I have a couple too, and even compared to some more expensive wireless bras I have, they are more comfortable, and don’t show under clothes.
  24. Yes, I’ve tried both, and i didn’t like the Flylady emails, but the book I followed a lot longer. It had some very useful ideas I still use even though I don’t do the whole thing
  25. I garden, I cook (I have to cook, but I also enjoy trying new recipes and buying fancy new ingredients, cookbooks, etc), I read, I write, I play the ukulele. I sew a bit. My hobbies ebb and flow a bit. In the past I’ve quilted, done bookbinding, embroidery, knitting, crochet, etc. I’ll try most crafts. Right now my kids are into paracord bracelets, so I’m helping with that, and it’s fun. I used to make hemp bracelets in college and friendship bracelets as a camp counselor, and it’s similar. i enjoy jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and sudoku, but just in short bursts from time to time. Things like that are good in that you can pick up a book or puzzle pretty inexpensively and when you’re done you’re done, and there’s not a lot of equipment left collecting dust. Give the puzzle to someone else who likes puzzles or to the thrift store. some people like arranging flowers or decorating. Maybe wander through a craft store and see if any kits appeal to you. i didn’t play an instrument until last year. I was 40. People pick up instruments even later. If it’s not something that interests you, that’s fine, but I had always wanted to learn to play something, only after a few failed attempts at guitar though I didn’t have it in me. Turns out I do, though. I wouldn’t have realized it if I hadn’t bought a ukulele almost on impulse.
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