Originally Posted by AnnieA
I adore free or next to free activities! Although Ava has been enjoying just going out on our street and stalking neighbors so I'm having a hard time getting her in the car to go anywhere. Saves gas money, I guess! We are getting snow here right now and that shuts everything down so we'll probably be homebound tomorrow. I took Wed and Thurs as vacation days. I neeeeeeeed to get some decluttering done in my house. This past month of Ava being sick has really taken it's toll on my already tenuous hold on keeping any sort of order in my house. So I'm going to do some stuff in the kids' rooms after she goes to bed those nights. And maybe wake up early and do stuff before she gets up. We'll see about that part.
Oh yes, I can't wait until spring and summer when we can do outside things! There's a school within sight distance of us, that has a huge field, plus two small playgrounds. There's also a park the other direction that's almost always deserted (it's hidden), and it's only about 2 blocks away. And half a block from that second park, is the entrance to a huge 'nature trail' (read: bike/dog walking path", that is nice for shade in the summer. Plus, this will be the first year for the new splash park at our community centre, which is about a 10 minute walk away. Add normal walks just for the heck of it into that, and we'll be set!!
Ugh, our house was bad enough after only a few days. i can't imagine what a month of sickness would do to it! Hopefully you're able to get a lot accomplished!
Originally Posted by MarineWife
I didn't know that powder detergents were supposed to be better. Do you all know why that is?
I've never liked them much. I've had trouble with powder dissolving completely in old top loaders so I always used liquid. I originally used liquid Charlie's soap without problems, which is why it took me so long to think the laundry soap could be causing the problem. I assumed the lower water volume of the HE front loader made it even less likely that the powder soap would dissolve and be rinsed away. IDK.
Free and close to home always works better for me.
DH is coming home tomorrow night, two days early. He apologized that he still wouldn't be home until late. It took me a minute to figure out why he was apologizing. It's my birthday but he won't be home early enough to do anything. I really don't mind.
I didn't know, just heard it through other people, so I googled. It looks like some people disagree definitely, but the gist is that there's less additives normally in powder, because of what they have to add to the liquid to get it to stay combined, and that powder rinses better. Also when you're looking at such small quantities, powder is easier to get an accurate measurement out (ie dumping the cup gives you the whole 2 tsps, which is harder to get out of a liquid tsp). Some people say liquids leave more residue in the washer?
That said, I only use powder for the dipes. Our normal detergent is always a liquid. I'm like you, I just somehow feel like it dissolved and spreads better, even if it's a completely inaccurate feeling. lol.
That's sweet that he remembered though, and is making an effort! Did I tell you guys DH totally forgot our anniversary this year? Like forgot forgot. I kept saying "we should go out to dinner on Saturday", and he was meh about it, and then saturday rolled around and he wasnt feeling well, and so I said fine, we didn't have to go out. And then like 3 days later he was like OH! Now I know why you wanted to go out to dinner! Why didn't you say something? I was like ummm wtf? I didn't think I had to... I just assumed you KNEW that's why i wanted to go out to dinner alone!