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  1. How about making chocolate-dipped spoons to go with your gift? Other things that come to mind are dipped pretzel rods, dipped biscotti... https://abeautifulmess.com/hot-chocolate-spoons/ Our plan is to make a bundle of yard/potted plant decorations for each extended-family-household. Each piece will be attached to a wooden or wire stake. My 17yo is going to make roses from soda cans. He wants to try wind spinners, if he has time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPJNPORr3_8&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA5CDx5wcug&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KkoK57up9Y&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=1 My 14yo is making dragonflies from craft wire and, perhaps, faucet handle flowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4H6Bw6ju0&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=17 http://www.robomargo.com/IMG_1393.jpg My 7yo is making wire flowers that are coated in wood glue and then painted with nail polish. He may make some bracelets with the leftover soda pop tabs for his cousins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ILIYV9E3A&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ecu-2oePmY&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=18 I am going to make some butterflies either from wire or soda cans (or both?). I'd like to try out some raised embossing of aluminum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjY7wB-_vw&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17_X_qgDEHM&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoUX8IRRCKA&list=PLZw787EV4QuTqSNoYAAVwzaIbQHZegIS5&index=16 I bought a Calico Critters upright piano (furniture set) on clearance, and ds7 and I are going to make a mini wire-wrapped doll that looks like my kids' piano teacher to go with it (as a gift for her), using the techniques in this link: https://faithandstring.com/fairy-princess-tutorial/ That's all I have planned so far!
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-58202468
  3. I was tickled pink to discover my best match is Mr. Darcy at 80%! Just one more reason to love him... https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/characters/
  4. Well... maybe. What we consider obvious common sense behaviors may actually be questionable when talking about something like influenza. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article?fbclid=IwAR2V1hPqN0WKb2kXVExP_1UE9ARvru6mtPZvZN0w1jx0S3l3fXLhxMP_bXs https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24010919/
  5. Thank you. Honestly, what you quoted is a bit confusing to me, but I ran it down a bit further and found this press announcement which is written in layman's terms. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-takes-action-help-facilitate-timely-development-safe-effective-covid
  6. I said "who feel they were sold a bill of goods." Many people only got vaccinated so that they could be rewarded with going around maskless, traveling, attending events, and "going back to normal," while feeling confident that they're "safe." Would they define "safe" as "not hospitalized or dead"? I don't know... plenty of posters here have expressed much concern over long covid and the hidden damage of even asymptomatic covid. Others were vaccinated because they want to hug Grandma freely without having to worry about spreading the virus to her. I don't know about you, but the TV ads in my state have been (and are still) incessantly hammering the vaccine promises for many months, without any caveats. People can talk about how that was then, and now Delta has changed things, and how could anyone have known --- but I'm not going to be at all surprised if many of the vaccinated are angry and direct the blame at public health because they were promised a carrot, and they ain't gonna get it! Disclaimer: I have also been very angry at the CDC/government response to covid since this whole thing began, but not for personal reasons like those stated above. I went into my vaccine decision after much agonizing, tons of research, as aware of the risks/limitations as I felt I could be, and I take responsibility for whatever outcome lies ahead. (My time/ability to do that research was a luxury, and I am so grateful that I was not limited to the public health messages.)
  7. I feel like public health in general in the U.S. is going to experience a huge hit in confidence going forward... from the anti-vax conspiracy theorists to the furious vaccinated who feel they were sold a bill of goods.
  8. The vaccines would never have been approved for EUA with that level of effectiveness. https://www.biospace.com/article/fda-s-guidance-on-a-covid-19-vaccine-must-be-at-least-50-percent-effective/ If effectiveness is only 40%, I really don't understand how mandates can still be floated for the general public.
  9. Israel's Health Ministry recently reported that Pfizer, in particular, is only 39% effective against delta (in preventing breakthrough cases, I assume), 88% against hospitalization and 91% against "severe illness". I have also read that the widely published effectiveness statistics are of relative risk reduction, which are not dealing with a vaccinated population alone, but comparing a vaccinated population to a control group. If of a 100 million unvaccinated (control) population, 10 million or 10% contract covid, then at a 93% RRR the accompanying 100 million vaccinated population would expect 700,000 breakthrough cases. This sounds a lot better than 7 million out of 100 million! But when the numbers change to 39% effectiveness, you could expect 6,100,000 breakthrough cases in the vaccinated population. Keep in mind that both predictions are at a fairly low attack/exposure rate (not as low as 10% exactly due to previous immunity/luck/etc. - but given the high virulence of the delta variant, that's probably conservative). I'm no statistician, so someone please correct me if I'm wrong. 10,000,000-700,000=9,300,000 9,300,000/10,000,000=93% RRR 10,000,000-6,100,000=3,900,000 3,900,000/10,000,000=39% RRR Anecdotally, I haven't heard of anyone local who has recently tested positive for covid, vaccinated or not. However, I know of several people who have been suffering from "summer colds" in the past 3-4 weeks, and as far as I know, there is little/no concern that it could be covid and no testing being sought.
  10. "Aaaand, it's gone..." (at least no longer current) https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/as-covid-19-becomes-endemic-focus-will-shift-from-daily-covid-19-case-numbers-to
  11. 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
  12. 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...
  13. 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?
  14. 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.)
  15. 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. This part of me was still down there somewhere, neglected but not dead. Perhaps there is someone else out there reading this who has similar self-doubt, who would like to rekindle a long-lost creative spark, but feel too old or altered or distracted to give it a real chance. Try it -- the results might surprise you!
  16. 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, especially because I need to leave several hours between meals for digestion. If I get caught up in morning stuff and don't get to my first meal until after 2pm (finishing at 3), I can't start my second meal until 8pm. Meals take a while because I have to chew them well, etc. -- and then I have to wait so many hours between the last meal and bedtime, which can put off bedtime... I've also noticed that when I throw all my eating rules away for rare special days like Thanksgiving, I will binge so badly if I am not extra careful! So in a way I understand your point about control, because there is a lot that I feel like I control in IF, but at the same time it can easily get away from me, and suddenly the schedule/process is controlling me more than I am controlling it. I will also say: personally I would not follow IF as a long-term lifestyle if I were free of these health issues. But everyone is different, and you may be very successful with keeping on track and making it work for you!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. I'd taste the butter first, to see if it's gone rancid.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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