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  1. Financial hardship
    The back story: One year after we bought our house the payment was raised by almost 400 a month. It wasn't easy but we managed to pay it, that is until my dh got laid off. It didn't take long to burn any savings we had. His time off left us completely and totally broke. He managed to find work...
  2. Candlemaking
    Now that I've dipped my little toe into the world of soap-making, I have found that every soap-making website I visit also has candle-making supplies. Must be some fetish with melting and reforming things. Or maybe molds. Anyway, prior to learning how to make soap, I was not aware of all the...
  3. Just Tips
    Well we are awaiting final approval from rural development for our mortgage. We received a letter last week saying we would get at least 123,000 and payments would be a little over $650 at this amount, this does include our subsidy (they lower your interest rate, which is currently 5.34%)...
  4. Baking Breads
    I'm wondering if any of you experienced bread bakers could help me out. I've baked bread, but always by carefully following recipes and don't feel knowledgeable enough to vary from the exact recipe. My favorite bread, which I buy at the grocery store, now costs $4.50 for a very small loaf. If I...
  5. General Chat
    DH and I are planting heirloom tomatoes for the first time this year. The varieties we are looking at are: Cherokee Purple Brandywine Mortgage Lifter Boxcar Willie Does anyone have experience with these particular varieties? We plan on buying plants, not seeds, from an organic farm in Heflin...
  6. Baking Breads
    About how long does it take for the dough to double in size? I see that the second rise takes about an hour. My dough is up high on my TV (way over my head), and I don't want to check it a ton of times if it's not going to be ready for approx. another hour.
  7. Supplemental Income, Small Business
    So far, I've had a shop every day this week but Monday (woohoo!). And one section I'm having a hard time with is how they want to to test to see if the CSR can cross sell you products and show you they have a knowledge about their various products. For example, yesterday, I had to do a bank...
  8. Debates, Politics and Personal Opinions
    I keep getting someone else's mail in my box. I don't know what my postwoman is thinking.
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