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  1. Home and family challenges
    I've decided I need to make a point of either fixing, sorting, or cleaning one item I don't normally work with every single day. Anyone care to join in? Today I'm going to fix a wind chime that was given to us for our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. One of our resident squirrels chewed...
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    Ok. I have a HUGE backyard. But to think of it in terms of a HUGE garden is too much for me at the moment. So I'd like to start small. I have a smaller (already raised bed) about 6 feet wide and 4 feet across. Full summer sun! I live in Colorado Springs, CO. As a first timer what should I...
  3. Support
    As many of you know, I am the full time caregiver for my dad. He doesn't need round the clock supervision however he does need someone in the background round the clock, 'just in case'. Christmas was a huge eye opener for me and I had been brooding since then until I hit my breaking point in...
  4. Stay at home moms
    Im a stay at home mom to three boys.I keep a clean home,there is a warm meal on the table every night and I love being home ot take care of my kids. my 10 yr old came home from the first day of school yesterdy and said they had to write down what their prenents did for a living,well he putdown...
  5. Third Agers
    In two months my dd will be 18 but still living at home, possibly for the next year. I'm very apprehensive about what this is going to look like. Lately a lot of conversations have come up between my older dd who has left the nest, my dd that is in the nest, and myself. These conversations...
  6. General Chat
    Just heard that oil hit the $120 mark this morning because of the unrest in Libya and the entire Middle East and North Africa. (It seems that Libya has one of the highest oil reserves in the world. We also heard something yesterday on our news that we have gas stations that belong to the Libyan...
  7. Stay at home moms
    I'm a little nervous but I also feel good about this decision! I'm letting my full-time (plus sometimes!) job go to become a very very very part-time (20hr/wk) worker. Fortunately my position within the hospital pays very well and even with dropping to a very part-time position I still have...
  8. General Chat
    We have been looking at autos for months. We just had the 1st repair ever with dh's car in over 100k miles. I have put a chunk(ball joints, suspension stuff) into my 2001 with over 150K miles. However it is all wear and tear type stuff. The engine has so far been very sound. We started looking...
  9. Family
    Okay I really need to vent my daughter has ADHD, a severe impulse control problem and a LD; we are working closely with the school, the drs and a behaviorist. I am doing everything I am supposed to according to everybody. But the last two weeks have been horrible, I have bruises, every night...
  10. General Chat
    The other evening I watched part of a programme that was on a channel that I hardly ever watch (BBC 3 or 4). I came across it while channel hopping and came in mid-way. I don't even remember the name of the show but it fascinated me and I hope that it will be repeated at some point. There was a...
  11. Health and beauty
    My dd is 16 months old and has at least 5 watery stool diapers, today!! These diapers have caused 2 blowouts through the diaper and into her pants. Now, she has a slight fever, 99.2!! If you were to look at her and be around her, you would never know that she was having this issue. We are...
  12. General Chat
    We moved last week and I've been without the net! What a tragedy. I was really starting to go through withdrawel! We still have stuff at the other house and we haven't even started on the garage yet. Can I just say that I HATE MOVING! Luckily this is our forever home, so I really shouldn't...
  13. General Chat
    We had a women's tea tonight at church. At these events, several women volunteer to be table hosts. They decorate a table, create favors and centerpieces, furnish the place settings, etc. That means that every table is different, and it is so much fun to walk around and view the different...
  14. Kitchen Basics
    When a recipe states this what am I looking for when I sort them? Rocks? Ugly looking beans? UKBB
  15. Financial hardship
    I am pretty excited.. well and nervious.. but happy. Joe's mom has decided to move in June to here unless sooner ( hopefully ). When she comes she wants to get a pet and since she can't have a kitten she is going to get a turtle *lol* Woman after my own heart *G* We went over all sorts of pets...
  16. Freebies
    Can someone with food stamps use coupons to make their food stamp allotment go further? Was wondering. :)
  17. Kitchen Basics
    I made my kids one of their favorite lunches today. This is all made from Aldi food. Whole Wheat square tortillas cream cheese plain, left out to soften a little Cream cheese with chives bacon cooked, fat wiped off and chopped I spread the creams, sprinkle the bacon, roll up, then cut into...
  18. Kitchen Basics
    my mother emailed me(geeez you'd think at 75 she would have all the answers) but no. so here goes she writes: am looking for a way to cook a pork roast to make lunch meat. she had a friend 40+ years ago that did this. she has no idea what spices to use. her friend after it was cooked, deboned it...
  19. Green Living
    I was wondering if anyone else does this...namely recycle the bits & pieces that result from bicycling into your garden? We reuse handlebar tape on garden carts, snow scoops, hoes, etc. and reuse innertubes as plant ties (I've also used old sheets and nylons). Also, does anyone have a plan (or...
  20. Frugal Living
    Didn't get to make anything to take to work today, because I was at work until midnight, then went in at 10, so I was to tired to make anything last night, and slept in this morning, so I didn't make anything then either. BUT we had Stouffers frozen entrees on sale for $2 ea. at work, so I got...
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