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post #221 of 271
I'm home sick today.
Been battling a sinus something or other since Wednesday.
I feel fine, but sound horrible
I really miss Sunday meeting, so I am sitting here listening to accapella hymns on youtube.

Its crazy, cause I never get sick anymore! Its been a couple years at least, since I even had the sniffles.
So, I'm taking extra fermented cod liver oil to help fight it off!
post #222 of 271
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
I'm home sick today.
Been battling a sinus something or other since Wednesday.
I feel fine, but sound horrible
I really miss Sunday meeting, so I am sitting here listening to accapella hymns on youtube.

I know what you mean. When I miss church Sunday morning the whole week just seems weird.
post #223 of 271
Hope you are feeling better soon.
post #224 of 271
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Tammy,

I am not sure where you are, but when I went to the farmers markets in Seattle last summer, their produce was organic and WAY LESS expensive than the grocery store prices. I don't really understand why organic produce in the stores here are generally cheaper than they are at the Farmer's Markets here. Just my observation....

Down town seattle, Pike's and other places in the Downtown area that I could walk to.

The farmer/vendors were not cheaper. Not on Friday anyway. Now, if you are comparing OUR farmer's markets to the Seattle Farmer's Markets, things were cheaper. Like Seattle =$3 for carrots, Anchorage = $5 for carrots.
But the produce that comes into our stores (organic or not) was the same as Seattle.

It was just disappointing since I remembered the days when corn was 10 - 25 cents each and I was hoping to fill our bag with some yummy's to bring home.

I still ate well while there and it was nice to have FRESH stuff that was no all beat up.
post #225 of 271
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YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.
Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.
post #226 of 271
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She's here!

Thanks for all your help and recommendations, my midwives were amazing and I really could not have asked for a better birth. Unbelievable.

My slightly incoherant birth story
She's absolutely perfect... amazingly beautifully perfect! Congratulations mama. Enjoy your baby moon!
post #227 of 271
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.
Tammy, I use vinegar for almost everything. From stripping pesticides from fruit I can't get organically, to washing my windows to disinfecting stuff
post #228 of 271

Sitka

Anyone on here from Sitka?
DH and I have been offered scholarships to go down there in Oct. for the Sacred Harp singing school:
Its getting close to our anniversary as well, and we have a companion ticket that needs used by the end of the year.
THe scholership would almost cover the other ticket, so if anyone has good ideas of where it would be nice to stay for a couple of romantic nights, that would be awsome.
Something with a kitchen would be nice, as I will plan on packing a cooler with all our food needs.
I have an interesting food allergy to deal with, plus we eat TF on top of that.
Eating out is lethal to our guts
post #229 of 271
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
Anyone on here from Sitka?
DH and I have been offered scholarships to go down there in Oct. for the Sacred Harp singing school:
Its getting close to our anniversary as well, and we have a companion ticket that needs used by the end of the year.
THe scholership would almost cover the other ticket, so if anyone has good ideas of where it would be nice to stay for a couple of romantic nights, that would be awsome.
Something with a kitchen would be nice, as I will plan on packing a cooler with all our food needs.
I have an interesting food allergy to deal with, plus we eat TF on top of that.
Eating out is lethal to our guts
I stayed at this bed and breakfast:
http://sitkaalaskalodging.reachlocal...L_enUS306US306

We stayed in the fireweed room which had a small fridge and a microwave. The owners were super sweet and I bet if you wanted to cook something, they might let you use their stove upstairs. We've stayed there a few times (hubby was down in Sitka for 4 months at a time for a couple of years) and every time they were super awesome folks.
post #230 of 271
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I credit the size to all the peanut butter. It's almost all I've eaten for weeks. By the way: having a snack of apples and peanut butter is WAY too good a treat to leave in childhood. If you haven't had it recently, I highly recommend it.
I just have to say, since my second pregnancy when I seriously craved apples and peanut butter, I have eaten that nearly every day. And it's been 3 1/2 years. I may have a problem.
post #231 of 271
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
Down town seattle, Pike's and other places in the Downtown area that I could walk to.

The farmer/vendors were not cheaper. Not on Friday anyway. Now, if you are comparing OUR farmer's markets to the Seattle Farmer's Markets, things were cheaper. Like Seattle =$3 for carrots, Anchorage = $5 for carrots.
But the produce that comes into our stores (organic or not) was the same as Seattle.

It was just disappointing since I remembered the days when corn was 10 - 25 cents each and I was hoping to fill our bag with some yummy's to bring home.

I still ate well while there and it was nice to have FRESH stuff that was no all beat up.
Hmm...well, maybe it's the smaller markets then. The one near my mom's house was super inexpensive. Nothing is cheap anymore though, you know?

Does anyone know of any good volunteering activities to do with young children in the Valley? I volunteer plenty myself, but wondering about doing something with the kids, rather than always dragging them along to meetings. Ideas?
post #232 of 271
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
YES, we got the correct half of our couch switched out. I have a whole couch now, yay!! :
And a lady from church let me borrow her vacuum yesterday afternoon (since I only have a dustbuster at the moment) so I have a wholly clean house in time for my in-laws to arrive this afternoon. My MIL likes her house to be like a museum :roll I have no desire to have a house like that (and she'd better not try to bring bleach into my house--she uses it on everything in her house, even her cutting boards :Puke ) but on the other hand they have just driven 3500 miles (and are bringing us a bunch of boxes of our stuff) so I did at least want to straighten things up a bit.
Woohoo! Half a couch can make a whole lot of difference!
post #233 of 271
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?

I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.

We use vinegar for several things at our house (best thing I've found for soap scum) and we have a few cleaners, but they are by Biokleen or Seventh Generation, so it is more natural. Lemon juice works well for some odors as well -- especially fish on cutting boards. Oh, we also use baking soda and sometimes borax. Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
post #234 of 271
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We use vinegar for several things at our house (best thing I've found for soap scum) and we have a few cleaners, but they are by Biokleen or Seventh Generation, so it is more natural. Lemon juice works well for some odors as well -- especially fish on cutting boards. Oh, we also use baking soda and sometimes borax. Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
Baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar as well, and then a few drops of tea tree oil in a pint sized spray bottle for disinfecting if needed.
I have learned to not do this much though, as I want a clean but natural environment to live in.
post #235 of 271
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Borax, though, can be dangerous if it gets eaten. It is better than bleach, from what I understand, but there is the possibility of it causing problems.
We use a borax dilution in one of our experiments and I found my daughter drinking it (it's clear) at one of our events. Not even an upset belly (of course, I don't know how much she ingested) so, while it *is* toxic, it appears to be one of the safer ones out there (or my child just has an iron clad digestive system LOL)
post #236 of 271
OMG I'd have lost it if I saw that! I love Borax for what it can do but I'd have been terrified to see my kid send it down the hatch. She must be a tough kid!

Glad she's ok! (and not even sick! - wow!)
post #237 of 271
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Originally Posted by dislocator3972 View Post
OMG I'd have lost it if I saw that! I love Borax for what it can do but I'd have been terrified to see my kid send it down the hatch. She must be a tough kid!

Glad she's ok! (and not even sick! - wow!)

Oh... I freaked... don't get me wrong. I was convinced she was going to die a miserable, poisonous death... but hubby, being a former EMT told me to remain calm (coupled with the fact that we were actually at an event in a professional capacity) and keep a very close eye on her... so I followed her around like a hawk and nothing... not even a "my belly hurts" nada. She was 3 at the time. If anything, it eased my comfort level in letting 3 year olds do the experiment. Thankfully, she's never done a repeat performance!
post #238 of 271
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Tammy, I use vinegar for almost everything. From stripping pesticides from fruit I can't get organically, to washing my windows to disinfecting stuff
White or AC vinegar for most everything - esp if it's a disinfect sort of job. Baking soda if needed but I do have a back up stash of tea tree oil cut with water for 'other' issues that i feel need a little more de-yucking.

To make the vinegar smell better you can add a few drops of orange EO or lemon EO makes a world of difference.
post #239 of 271
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
Baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar as well, and then a few drops of tea tree oil in a pint sized spray bottle for disinfecting if needed.
I have learned to not do this much though, as I want a clean but natural environment to live in.
I've got to get myself come tea tree oil. We also can't seem to find baking soda in bulk quantity since we no longer have a costco membership. It seems nowhere else sells it in anything larger than those tiny boxes.
post #240 of 271
This is sort of copied and pasted, sorry. I need ideas!!

Hi, all,

My Dd is turning 14 and we're having a big (for us) party for her Friday night.

Difficulties: We live in Alaska, where it's currently sopping wet, and getting colder.

We will have both boys and girls at the party, but the non-sleepover kids (all boys and some girls) will be driven home at 10pm.

The original plan was for a huge "Twister" "Twist-Off," where all the kids bring a Twister game if they have one, and we battle Twister-style.

That may still happen, just in more confined space (i.e., indoors).

Other than that, I'm at a loss. Most of these kids are black belts in our martial arts academy, they're very well-behaved and very silly people. I want to put on a kick-butt party for her, but I have literally NO ideas.

The kids are fun enough that silly games and goofy stuff is fine, so anything in that order would be a good choice. I don't want a "Let's watch a movie," type party, yk?

Last year for this particular Dd's bday we had a day out at the lakes, with a cookout, and then the sleepover kids came over and we painted her dresser. Yeah, exciting. (It *was* pretty fun).

This year the forecast is for rain, chilly weather, etc. We will probably still have a cookout in the fire pit, but other than that I'm clueless.

So? Food ideas, etc?

FWIW, 1/2 of these kids are homeschooled. We're secular, for what it's worth, but it does mean they don't watch TV and have no idea what the "latest" is as far as shows, fashions, etc.

Thanks for any ideas, I'm almost frantic with worry that it will be a big flop.



love, penelope
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