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  1. General Chat
    do you sometimes find it challenging to NOT get sucked into your friends financial messes? i have a friend who thru a series of thoughtless/reckless/careless actions and decisions permeating thru most of her adult life has herself now in such a financial pickle somebody should call Guinness...
  2. Home Environment
    Winter is coming and I can feel my hibernation instinct coming with it. Does anyone else have trouble getting things done when it's cold? I find that in the winter I need really to push myself to do mundane tasks like laundry or housework - i always want to curl up somewhere instead. I do...
  3. Home Environment
    It looks like we are going to be spending the summer at my parent's house, with most of our stuff in storage. Right now I am trying to figure out what we will need, and how much I can fit in the car. My parents have a small bungalow, thankfully with a finished basement, but only 2 bedrooms and...
  4. Home and family challenges
    This has been the third in a string of Weeks - I start off With great intentions, have my lists and think that I am good to go - then somehoW the Whole Week falls apart and I cannot figure it out. Too much on my plate? - possible, probable End of year scrunch syndrome? - oh yeah Feel very...
  5. Bright Horizons
    How do you stay calm when your sn child is throwing a tantrum and wants you to get angry? Like a lot of bipolar and autistic kids dd (14) has problems with aggression. In addition she is a huge drama queen. When she throws a fit she deliberately does things she hopes with make me lose my temper...
  6. Green Living
    During American Heart Month, it’s important that we think not only of our own cardiovascular health but also that of future generations. A study last year found that obese children and teens have as much plaque in their arteries as a 45-year-old adult, setting them up for heart disease and other...
  7. General Chat
    :censored:Okay.. I here is my rant, vent tirade etc.. But I was just pissed the f&*! off today by my family. I mean I love them and all but damn.. so here goes. FI and I are getting married in Mexico, we only want "close" and "immediate" family and friends to attend (this should have been easy...
  8. Question and Answer
    I meal plan on week at a time because we are always in need of milk, bread, and fresh produce. What can I do to lessen my trips? It would be fantastic to only go one time a month.
  9. General Chat
    They left this morning ! Be warned - bad language/shouting in this thread. Usually when people leave here (or anywhere else I think in normal circumstances), one of the things said is - 'well we will have to do this again sometime' or something like that. No such words came out of my mouth this...
  10. News you can use
    Expert tips for staying safe online Internet security expert Steve Gibson says the best way to protect your identity online is to use the software between your ears.
  11. Financial hardship
    DH has been placed in a quit or be fired situation at work. Top management has changed and they have been firing and putting pressure on long term employees to quit for some time. DH is the last one on his team left. I'm just sorry that they have decided to make this personal -- he is a good...
  12. Question and Answer
    I don't know for sure if it will be possible, but it seems if we turn the heat down in the whole house and just warm the family room,(which is where we spend most of our time in the evenings anyway), this would really cut down on that burner running so much at night. Kinda funny when I think of...
  13. General Chat
    Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on staying at the same job for a long time? I've been at the same job for ten years. I started in my early 20's as a care aide and that's what I'm still doing. For me there are quite a few benefits to being there so long. Such as: -high senority which...
  14. Frugal Living
    I am just sick of stores. I even sent dh to the grocery store yesterday to pick up a few things, I had no desire to go. I know that it is inevitable that I end up in one sooner than later but I just realized today that it has been 10 days now, since December 24th that I have stepped foot in...
  15. Question and Answer
    With the economy being what it is, how are you faring? When I was laid off for good a year and a half ago, there was quite an adjustment for us, as we were used to living the good life on two good incomes. Since then, we've had to dip into our savings a couple of times and we both have suffered...
  16. Chocolate
    I am making Almond butter toffee, std recipe with butter sugar and almonds. The toffee turns out incredible, but after tempering the chocolate, both milk and dark, spreading it on the toffee I am having problems with the chocolate staying on the toffee after it cools. When I had break the...
  17. Christmas
    Our family has worked on this for a number of years now. Instead of focusing on advertising, consumerism and wanting things, we have focused instead on the true meaning of Christmas and family. In order to do that, we do the following: ~no catalogs come into our home during the Christmas...
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