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  1. My rising freshman has substantial hearing loss, and he has a hard time clearly hearing people speak on recordings. Seeing their faces up close helps, because he lip-reads subconsciously as he's listening, but captions help him the most. He's been using Duolingo for some early French practice over the last year, and he would like to continue with French in high school. Does anyone have a recommendation for an online class that makes heavy use of captions? TIA
  2. Melt candy melts in microwave. Coat pretzel rods halfway, shake on sprinkles. Lay on waxed paper or set upright in drinking glasses until set. Easy...
  3. It's serious. It's been their main career plan for years now. How would you feel about it? Would you be encouraging them? Discouraging them?
  4. I feel like this is a stupid question, but Googling is getting me nowhere! One of our closets had a couple of badly leaking AA batteries lying in the back, encrusted into the high-pile carpet. I dabbed the buildup with vinegar and tried to get the big chunks bagged, but I know some went deep into the carpet. Then I scrubbed the area with carpet cleaner. Now I'm debating whether to vacuum there and if that's enough to be safe for kids. Looking for advice... TIA! (Also, I don't have a wet/dry vacuum at my disposal.)
  5. "Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham - National Lampoon's Vacation[s] Not upbeat, but I like "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen - Philadelphia
  6. I am involved in music and crafting of various types, but I just want to share a recent story... I used to write poetry and short stories all the time, decades ago. Over the years, I feel like I have lost much of my writing creativity and generally become a much more analytical, practical, and generally scattered person. For our anniversary this year, I decided to try writing some poetry for my husband. It was a challenge to make myself focus on it, clear my mind and be open to inspiration... but three amazing poems just flowed out of me in two days, each one better than the last. Thi
  7. I have tried intermittent fasting solely to try to help with my digestive issues (not weight loss - I will be underweight if I lose much more). The problem is that I have a tendency to overeat at the fewer meals, which is counterproductive for those digestive issues. Most of the time I don't even realize I've eaten too much until I'm past that threshold... I'm still SO HUNGRY looking at the emptied plate and can't help going back for "a little" more. I know there is an underlying fear that if I don't eat enough, I will continue to lose weight. My eating window also slides later and later,
  8. I have really enjoyed looking at all of your different nativity sets. This is our child-friendly nativity that comes out every year on Christmas Day (I have more fragile sets that are put away until the youngest is a little older). It is handmade from Peru.
  9. UK coronavirus variant may be more able to infect children: scientists https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-variant-children/uk-coronavirus-variant-may-be-more-able-to-infect-children-scientists-idUKKBN28V2EV
  10. I'd taste the butter first, to see if it's gone rancid.
  11. I've seen posts about the UK variant, but has there been any mention of the South Africa variant? https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1374779/covid-strain-latest-new-coronavirus-variant-south-africa-young-adults
  12. I appreciate that you gave it a try! Seems that a lot of people prefer firmer, savory squash -- maybe your family will, too. We are a bunch of sweet tooths over here.
  13. Split in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, put the halves flesh side down in a roasting pan with about an inch of water, roast uncovered at 350 for 45 min to an hour or until there is no resistance anywhere when pierced with a knife (this is important, because at least with my kids, texture is the key to getting them to eat squash). Scoop out flesh while avoiding any really stringy bits, mash with butter, brown sugar or honey, a generous shake of cinnamon and a sprinkle of salt. It's like eating pumpkin pie without a crust.
  14. I have an Etsy shop, too. Normally I sell whirligig cake toppers, but since the pandemic hit I shifted to face mask ear savers. They are decorative glass pins which can be affixed to a favorite baseball cap or sturdy beanie, mainly in neutral colors because my teen boys thought that a lot of the ear savers on Etsy were too conspicuous. https://www.etsy.com/shop/WondrousLoveGifts I'll probably start back up with the cake toppers in the spring -- of course if you are interested now, feel free to send me a message. I have more designs than are shown here.
  15. Robo Rally King of Tokyo Smash Up Flash Point: Fire Rescue Jaws and I can't leave out my kids' #1 favorite -- Scribblish -- we make our own paper tapes that are twice as long as those given in the set, and we save them all to laugh at when we pull the game out again. For 2 players, Patchwork is an interesting game.
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