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Below you can find feedback recently posted on ThriftyFun.

By likekinds [81]07/05/2015

Patricia Hamm

Here it is a year and a half since you posted your feedback and I am just now seeing it. What you said causes mixed emotions in me. I like to be right. I like to be well informed. It sorta hurts when you are told what you believe is not true.

On the other hand, it makes me feel good to learn more correct information. Thank you for setting me straight and for letting ThriftyFun members know what really is going on in the picture.

Doug

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By Kallie A.07/05/2015

I probably never would have thought anything about the itchy spots or crawly sensations I was having if not for one night lying in bed looking at my phone and I saw a tiny, tiny white bug on the screen. It was a little hard to squash I almost thought it a flea but it had more of a hard carapace. A bedbug nymph first came to mind. I have so many other health problems that I take medications for allergies being one of them. So sometimes I get hives. Plus I'm peeling from a slight sunburn from a few weeks ago which is causing some itching as well.

But the appearance of this little white bug has been "bugging" me. Every time I get another bite, itchy spot or creeping sensation I'm searching for the culprit. I've searched my bed for signs of bed bugs. Some in my apartment complex has had issues with them a few months back so I am paranoid about keeping an eye out for them. And I have long hair and anyone whose ever had to put permethrin in their hair and use a nit comb knows it can be a right pain in the arse. So if my head gets crawly I'm so definitely checking my hair.

After doing a bit of research and reading the horror stories posted here I don't think all of these are the same little bastard of a bug. But I think I have found my culprit. And it may help a few people out there as well. Bird mites. Or even rodent lice. But mine is probably bird mites.

This spring I discovered the vent covering or my exhaust fan vent leading from my bathroom to the outside is broken. Making it a very lovely place for a bird's nest. Every morning I could go into the bathroom and hear birds in my belfry, so to speak. But now the research I'm reading is saying once the fledgling birds leave the nest the mites will go in search of other warm blooded hosts to feed on. Even enter through the ears and nose and mouth causing internal symptoms if left untreated long enough.

But even if you have black or red or white bugs it can be different species of bird mites. So get your homes looked over. Read this article and then look for a specialist in your area. I sure hope this helps someone out there that may feel that's they are at the end of their rope. There's someone who believes you. You're not crazy. And you're not alone. Blessed be.

http://www.birdmites.org/FAQ.html

Zepyrmistt1@yahoo.com

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By 4TruLady [7]07/05/2015

I answer to the name of Kate. I'm sorry about the briefness of my profile, but I am a more private person than some, and my husband even more so...hence no faces in the photos.

I do enjoy (almost) all of the articles I read on Thrifty Fun, especially those with helpful and/or positive comments, and I occasionally read a profile here and there--I enjoyed yours and thought your explanation of the name you chose was great.

As far as the corn nowadays goes, if I can't grow it myself or buy it from a friend, I don't go there. We don't eat much cornmeal, and I avoid like the plague high fructose corn syrup.

Although I do have strong feelings on the current administration in Washington, I wont comment or discuss it on here, as it's too difficult to remain "a lady" for long in that type of discourse...

Hope all T.F. friends are having a great weekend!

By likekinds [81]07/04/2015

4TruLady

I looked at your brief profile hoping to see your first name. It was not there. For now, I christen you with the temporary nickname 'Trudy'.

Your feedback prompted me to read more about Wal-Mart and GMO corn. ( I have read a lot about Monsanto over the years and have several very disturbing documentaries concerning Monsanto).

I'm guessing you bought GMO sweet corn at a time when it was being marketed on a trial basis. This corn was genetically engineered by Monsanto to contain pesticides and tolerate herbicides. Why would it be designed to tolerate herbicides unless there were plans to use them on the corn. I have no doubt you tasted Roundup.


I see so many of our American values slowly being eroded away. Unless the trend comes to a halt, we will be what we so often call some other countries, 'A Third World Country' With that in mind, there is still reason to hope.

It is pretty unlikely you will now find GMO corn in USA markets. ( If you do, it probably was shipped in from Canada). Why? The voice of America said NO! We don't want GMO foods! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

So, President Obama granted Monsanto immunity by signing into law the Monsanto Protection Act. A devastating blow for the American consumer? That's what I first thought. Now, I know it's not worth the paper it's written on. If need be, the voice of America can bring Monsanto to it's knees, with or without presidential immunity. Seems there's more than one way to skin a cat and more than one way to render useless a presidential ruling.

These are the days.

By 4TruLady [7]07/03/2015

Great post!

Have you ever gone to the "Big" store and bought roasting ears? I made that mistake a few years ago. I got them home, boiled them up, and slathered butter on one. I took a big bite, having been waiting for the first sweet corn of the season, (couldn't grow any myself that year because of a surgery) and immediately ran to the trash can and spit it out. It tasted like a certain much-used herbicide smells...

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By alicatt07/05/2015

So, I'm twelve turning thirteen this summer and I really want to shave my legs. Because my legs are so hairy and to make it worse, the hair is dark! And it annoying when I wear shorts at school or even just at home. And if at school I changed from jeans to shorts, the hair on my legs will stick up and go all over the place! Then yesterday I was making fun of my dads stubby toenails, then he was ewww, why don't you shave your legs! Like who says that to their kid?! I don't know if he was joking but, I really want to shave my legs. I just need HELP!! I don't know how to ask my mom!

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Being Thrifty or Frugal: The Big Picture
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By likekinds [81]07/04/2015

Thanks, luna

By likekinds [81]07/04/2015

Occasionally, I go back and re read the articles I've posted. The feedback helps me know which of my posts are more appreciated by fellow members. It also just now showed me I was getting lax on my 'Thank yous'. So, to Lizzyanny and cassie wadley: Thank you both so very much.

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By Grace T.07/04/2015

I'm turning 15 at the end of August and I am just having a few friends and family over, but we were going to a powder paint fight. We are also just using crushed chalk so it doesnt stain clothes.

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By Linda M.07/04/2015

I think is about 102 millilitres.

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By Dena R. [3]07/04/2015

Best birthday gift I ever got from my boys is a picture of the 2 of them in a nice frame that they hung on the wall for me.

By Lizzyanny [9]07/03/2015

My daughter got me something I loved for my birthday. She had a friend take a picture of her on the beach. she picked up little pieces of sand washed glass and a few shells and painted an inexpensive picture frame. She glued the glass and shells from the beach on the frame and added the picture. It turned out so cute! It will be my favorite for a long time. Cost less than $5.

By Rose Anne Hutchence [4]07/03/2015

The best gifts don't require money, as you see from the various / numerous responses to your inquiry, Phoebsters. Make something - anything - and I'm sure she'd be delighted. Promise yourself to tell her you love her once a week. Just think of all the ways you could make her life easier, not just on her birthday, but all year long. Do a load of laundry without being asked, or clean up the living room? Do the dishes and / or any household chores which she usually takes care of. If / when she asks "why?" You can say, each and every day, "Happy Birthday, Mom!"

By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

As a mom, I would really appreciate a special dinner cooked for me, and a birthday cake. You would not need to purchase special groceries. Cook what is in the house! Make a card, and find flowers from your yard, or wild flowers for a centerpiece. Mom's love flowers.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud [436]07/03/2015

Make your mom a "Thank You Jar" with all the little things you appreciate about her. Or a coupon book where you mow her lawn, take her to a movie, cook a weeks worth of food ahead, etc. I hope these help!

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By redhatterb [1]07/04/2015

Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them.

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By Litter Gitter [123]07/04/2015

I have cut the petunia plant back and have it soaking up some water. It was getting very thick. I will let you know what happens. Hopefully, it will come out and bloom like it did in the first picture.

RE: Second Year Petunias

By Litter Gitter [123]07/04/2015

I read that you need to cut petunias back in July so I'm fixing to give them a whacking. Photo taken July 4. Will let you know in a couple of weeks how they are doing.

RE: Second Year Petunias

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By Nicole C.07/04/2015

Do you have any tips on how to make them less dry?

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By Louise B. [5]07/04/2015

I have found that sometimes things don't work properly if they are shut off for long periods of time. Goodness knows why that is, but that seems to be the case. My renter refused to use the dishwasher in our mobile home, and when she moved out, the thing wouldn't work any more. However, it seems strange to me that both appliances don't work. Could it be the outlets rather than the appliances? Is there some sort of shut off -- breaker or electrical switch that could be shut off? Do the outlets work for something else, like a lamp? Is there some sort of on/off switch in the appliances that you may have forgotten to turn on or a thermostat that you need to turn up (or down, depending on your point of view). For example, in my fridge there is a temp control from 0 to 9; if it is set at 0, the fridge doesn't actually cool down. Explore some of these possibilities, and if nothing works, I'd phone a repairperson.

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By Louise B. [5]07/04/2015

My guess is that 0 means "off", but give it a try. Turn it up to 7 or so, and see if the fridge gets colder. If not, turn it the other way.

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By Louise B. [5]07/04/2015

I think the success of this will depend on what your children want and who you are inviting. I can see that this would work as a fancy celebration if you planned it something like a summer "fair" -- having a clown or a magician entertain, having someone doing some facepainting, maybe renting a bouncy castle (depending on your financial situation). I'm not suggesting all these things; I'm suggesting that something extra special should be in the works since this is one great big party. If your children are excited about this, and understand that this is in lieu of individual parties, than I think you should go for it. It doesn't stop you from having cake and ice cream on the kid's birthday with one or two special friends or with the grandparents.

If your birthday parties are more family affairs with lots of adults and little cousins, I think this is also very doable. In that case, I don't think it would be crass at all to mention to your relatives that you would like to buy a swing set for the kids with "birthday money". Perhaps one of your close relatives like an aunty or grandpa would take this over and organize it, as that would be better than you saying "give money". Although when my son was 13, and saving up to attend an expensive snowboard camp, he phoned his grandmas and told them what he was saving for and requested all gifts that year be cash toward camp rather than some other gift. The grandmothers were relieved, and spread the word to aunties and uncles; they thought it was much simpler to give cash rather than try to figure out what the kid wanted.

If you are thinking of this as a party more for a crowd of neighbourhood kids rather than as a lot of family, the whole idea of money instead of a gift is a little trickier. I'm not sure how I would handle that.

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By Judy07/04/2015

So glad you gave her a home. I would be worried about your friend. A person who abuses helpless animals will have no qualms abusing a human being. That man isn't worth having around.

By Janice L.07/03/2015

Thank you for rescuing this precious little one! Anyone who abuses animals should suffer the same fate as they put the animal thru.

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By Cisco's Mom [6]07/04/2015

It looks like you have black and white tile back splash. I would paint the cabinets white. Black or white appliances would look nice. I would replace the ceiling fixture for something more up to date. I would definitely remove as many things as possible from the counter tops and put them in the cabinets. I love your kitchen.

By Louise B. [5]07/02/2015

I like wooden cabinets, and if they are in good shape, leave them alone. Since your countertops are black and the floor off white, you really have a very neutral pallet going on, so the wall colour could likely be anything you like. You might like to go with a theme -- say sunflowers, and then get some accessories that are sunflower pattern, paint the wall a golden sunflower yellow. I have apples going on in my kitchen. I found some curtains with an apple pattern I liked, made myself two mosaic pictures of apples, have an apple kettle on the stove, and found some tiles with apples on them that I have set on the top of the stove. I use red and green placemats. Find something that you particularly like, and go with that.

In another kitchen, I had dishes with ducks on them, and then went with ducky curtains, wallpaper border, salt and peppers, etc. You might also think about changing out the handles on the cupboards. That can make a massive change in the room and really update your cupboards. Sometimes you can find hardware that goes with your theme.

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By jellybeans64 [1]07/04/2015

I used to have 6 Siamese cats. They are wonderful pets. Karma is really beautiful.
Terri

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By jellybeans64 [1]07/04/2015

Take good care of your kitty. I had to put my kitty Cali down on July 2, my birthday do to kidney failure. I loved her more than life itself. She was 22 and I miss her more than you will know. Take care and love Leeloo Dallas with all you heart.
Terri

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By Laurie A.07/04/2015

Yes this works! It's best to scrub the way the wood grain is (vertically for example), as opposed to against it (horizontally).

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By theoldprospector07/04/2015

Where do you purchase this soap?

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By Ally D.07/04/2015

I've read that if this occurs, you should use a dry cloth and immediately wipe down the section of floor after you have just steamed it to prevent this .Or it could that the pads on your steamer are getting too dirty during the cleaning process and are spreading the dirt/dust/previous cleaning products etc. around the floor instead of removing them. If your floors are really dirty or may have a waxy build-up, it might be better to try mopping the floor first (yes, more work *sigh*), then steaming the floors to get them really clean. After doing these additional steps, you should be able to steam-only in no time! Good luck! I'm planning on steaming all of my tile floors this weekend for the first time ever! But I plan on mopping them first to remove excess dirt and grime. But remember to never use a sponge mop, that just pushes dirt into the grout. Luckily for me, I decided to do dark grout with all my tile. HAPPY 4th of JULY!

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By Dinah Ackerson [2]07/04/2015

Re testing-19 grains is extremely hard water!!! Below is a comprehensive and helpful article from Texas A&M about soft water. Note the article states:

A typical household water softener costs around $1,000 to $1,800. Monthly operating expenses range from $2 to $8 if sodium is used and from $3 to $15 if potassium is used.

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/ip/ip7/ip7.htm

By Lizzyanny [9]07/03/2015

It does not sound like a fair deal to me.

By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

I really don't know if you need this or not. It sounds very expensive to me, but it depends what you want. Some people want water that is totally devoid of minerals. This may get you that kind of water. I have a Brita tap filter on my drinking water tap in the kitchen, and a watersoftener in the basement for all the rest of the water. It is very inexpensive and likely costs me less than $100 a year for softener salt and replacement filters. I have no idea what the softener itself cost, as it came with the house.

By R.L. Steigerwalt07/03/2015

Before I would put out that kind of money, I would get a water hardness do-it-yourself test such as PurTest Iron Harness Plus from Home Depot. Under $10. It measures in grains so you can compare the test results with what the water softener company told you. It kind of sounds to me like they really want to sell you their product and , at those prices, I'd be double checking if I really needed it or not, especially since it's township water and not well water. Just my humble opinion. Good luck!

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By Lisa G.07/04/2015

Looks like a tomoteo plant like a tomato plant

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By Lizzyanny [9]07/03/2015

Beautiful shot!

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By Dan G.07/03/2015

If your mower "just clicks" , the click is the solenoid engaging. There are several reasons this could be happening.
1. The battery is weak and doesn't have enough power to turn the starter.
2. The starter is bad and will not turn over the engine.
3. The solenoid is bad and is engaging - the click - but isn't transferring the power to the starter.
4. if all of the previous item check out o.k. It could be a locked up (seized) engine.

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By Elgie [4]07/03/2015

Personally I think hand washing dishes without gloves has always strengthened my nails. (yes, I have a dishwasher and never use it) I am 78 years old have very strong nails that grow very quickly, and long....many people comment on my beautiful fingernails. I do wear polish a good part of the time and use a nail sealer undercoat so the the colors don't stain my nails, so that when I want them "natural" they still look great. Gloves seem to "steam" the nails and soften them unnecessarily.

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By Gale10007/03/2015

This is so cute! You could even
Paint and decorate these for holidays, birthdays, showers, even centerpieces, (with battery operated lights)! Thanks for the awesome craft idea! Keep them coming!

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

You might also look for a product from Rit that is supposed to work to take out dye transfered in the wash.

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

No, you are not expecting too much. In fact, you are expecting far too little. Any man who expects to move in and NOT share half of ALL the expenses related to the home (food, utilities, rent, gas expenses, insurance, etc.) is a moocher. The child support is for your child, and has nothing to do with how much money your boyfriend should contribute to the home. If you had 5 teenage boys chowing down, maybe there might be some justification for not sharing groceries. However, if he is moving in and going to act like a "husband", then he should expect to pay half of the expenses, and perhaps more if his income is significantly higher than yours. Do not let him move in with this attitude. In fact, from your description of your relationship, I think you should dump him and look for someone more congenial. People do not fight less when living together; they find way more things to disagree about.

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

Could you use a lace curtain? If not, go with a light colour of blue or green, or a print that matches the colours of your shower curtain and towels. I would not use the same material unless you love it. It might be too "matchy, matchy". Could you use a sheer material for the curtains? That would let in light, and provide the illusion of privacy.

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

Bats are quite uninterested in you, and are very beneficial. I think that they would do a good job of keeping the insects down, which is a great plus. I have heard that bats are preyed upon by owls, so perhaps one of those plastic owls that can be purchased to keep birds out of the yard will work with bats.

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

When we lived on a grain farm, and parked the camper far from the house, mice invaded it. We had at least a dozen outdoor cats, and when we parked the camper close to the house where the cats hung out, we never had any trouble with mice. The cats did their job. One thing NOT to use is moth balls. The smell will permeate the space, and is far worse than mouse damage.

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By Louise B. [5]07/03/2015

I would go with white or a very pale grey, perhaps sheer, or antique silk, depending on whether you want them to be light blocking or not. Since everything so neutral, I expect you do not want to go with any bold colours. You might go with a grey, black, and white bold pattern, and then accessorize with throws and pillows in similar prints, or solid black and white.

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By Gale10007/03/2015

Just wanted to say how wonderful it is, that your husband is doing well! You're obviously very close that's wonderful, God bless!

By 4TruLady [7]07/03/2015

I'm so glad your husband is doing well!

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By likekinds [81]07/03/2015

Simple. Makes sense. And I'm sure it works.

Thumbs up.

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud [436]07/03/2015

It's called Dying Intestate...which means without a will. In that case, the state handles her final affairs. Change the locks and get an attorney. So sad that death should bring out the best in people and it brings out the worst.

By Dinah Ackerson [2]07/03/2015

You might consider installing new locks on the doors now to stop your siblings entrance.

By Abigail A. [9]07/02/2015

This is super wrong. They are looting your mother's house. None of these things belong to them, at least not yet.

You will need to find legal help quickly. Laws differ depending on your state. Unfortunately, you may not get all these things back since you don't know what's been taken.

I'm sorry you are having to go through this.

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By Kim K.07/03/2015

What a great idea, never thought of the salt part.

By Kelly L. [2]07/02/2015

Thanks for the tip!

By Ann Mollica F.07/02/2015

I love that something so inexpensive is so useful!

By Kate L.07/02/2015

That is a simple solution

By Kelly W.07/02/2015

I knew about citrus, but not about the salt. Thanks!

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By Sarah S.07/03/2015

Is it safe to throw a patent leather coach in the washing machine to get lining clean? It's oh so grubby

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By furrygodmother07/03/2015

She may be a boxer/pit bull mix as other posters noted.

Here is an article I found on "What to Expect if You Add a Boxer-Pitbull mix to your household. http://puppytoob.com/dog-breeds/expect-adding-boxer-pitbull-mix-family/

By furrygodmother07/03/2015

She is lovely and looks like a pit bull mix. Shelters typically assign "lab" to any dog that appears to be a pit so that it has a chance of being adopted.

DNA testing companies often do not test for pit bull breeds due to breed specific laws and landlord issues. Their customers are hoping to get in writing that their dog does not have pit in it for those reasons. So the DNA profile, as it does not test for pit breeds, shows other dog breeds. And it should be noted that DNA profiling as done by many of the commercial DNA dog profile companies is not exact. Purebred (registered with long AKC pedigrees) samples have been sent in and it still comes back as mixes.

Pits can be wonderful dogs if bred for the sweet temperament that they are supposed to have. Dog fighters, who developed these breeds, did not put up with dogs that were aggressive to people so that they did not get bit when handling them. Today, many are used as therapy dogs in hospitals.

Badly breed or mishandled pits and pit mixes can be dangerous. If she does develop any issues with other animals or with humans, check with experienced pit bull people on how to help her become the wonderful companion dog she is meant to be.

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By furrygodmother07/03/2015

Oops- looking at her again, her muzzle is too narrow for pure GSD. Yep, maybe some Mal, BC or other narrower muzzled breed. She is lovely!

By furrygodmother07/03/2015

Does she have any white on her legs? If so she may have some border collie in her. If just on her chest, most likely the vet is correct (though you can't know unless you do a DNA test and those are not always right). Mals and Dutch Shepherds can have white on the chest- usually it gets smaller with age but not always. She does look pure GSD in the photo except for her white spot. GSD ears always look huge when they are puppies! She is (was- your post was years ago) a beautiful pup!

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By Kelly H.07/03/2015

I think this is a great idea. I'm hoping that your dog still gets lots of love and attention living outside. There's a dog down the street who's alone all day and all night and no one pays attention to him. But I figure if you're making sure his drinking water is clean you're probably taking care of him or her well. I will try this in the summer when the dogs drink a lot outside.

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By Maryann M.07/03/2015

For ants inside your house use vinegar. This will clean the trail and also kill the ants you spray. Will not hurt kids or pets. Borax is poisonous to pets and kids.

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By cybergrannie [30]07/03/2015

It seems that you leave several questions unanswered but it does appear that you need to have someone in a more professional capacity to answer your questions and help make decisions that are the most beneficial for your brother - not what is best for you or your sister or your dad.

Not sure what you mean by refusing to give your dad the right to take your brother. It would appear that if he is the guardian then he should legally have that right - without your permission.

It is also difficult to understand why it takes you and your sister - full time - to take care of your brother. Are you sure that you are not using your brother as an excuse? It does appear that at least ONE of you could have a job?
I do know that you are probably receiving more help/assistance than mentioned because it would be very difficult to support 3 people (housing, food, utilities, clothing, and other necessities) on just what you mention.

I believe most people would agree that your brother probably needs a lot more than he is receiving if he is not in some kind of program. I would be the first to agree that loving care is very important but some sort of daily program (maybe even a special home) would make a world of difference in your brothers life.

I know (from experience) that "people" outside the real situation cannot make decisions like this so please seek outside professional help.

It seems that Dinah has many good points and suggestions so please take her advice and do it as soon as you can.
Don't you and your sister want some kind of life that is not tied to the everyday (24/7) care of your brother?
With the condition you describe - your brother may be able to live for many, many years - so it would seem that you would want him and yourself to make the very most of those years.

Try to think about everyone involved and look for the best solution - mainly one that will put your brother's health and welfare first.

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By Abdullah al siam07/03/2015

I need a laptop for my studies.

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By jean leiner [14]07/03/2015

If you cannot find the actual gaskets, try using elastic headbands, which are about1/2inch wide, and can be found in the hair care section. You could cut it to length, and glue the cut ends together. Perhaps you may find a size that will fit without cutting. I bought a pack of these to use to hold the plastic garbage bags in my kitchen trash and they work well.

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By jean leiner [14]07/03/2015

Your plant appears to be a kalanchoe, a succulent that blooms semiannually.

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud [436]07/03/2015

Thanks. I thought the same thing!

By StellaBell [146]07/03/2015

Cute. It kinda looks like a life buoy.

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By KJ Garcia07/03/2015

If is a true Coach bag and not a knockoff then Coach will repair it. Coach bags have a lifetime guarantee. Reach out to them and provide the info and they will give you the next steps.

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By Sarah Elizabeth P.07/03/2015

I read this last night because I was very curious about cold sore meds maybe working for pimples.. When I read your review and decided to try it and just overnight the redness went away and the swelling went down!(I have cystic acne.) Thank you so much!

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By zeel.pagal07/03/2015

Yes, of course!

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By 4TruLady [7]07/03/2015

This is a lovely little garden, and it seems very well maintained! I wish you had more pictures from different angles so we could see the rest of it.

Definitely thumbs up!

By anne [10]07/03/2015

Got any advice on how to get rid of squash bugs (stink bugs) without using pesticides?

By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN!

I have just one thing to say: This little space ship we live on named 'Earth' needs more people like you.

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By zeel.pagal07/03/2015

Why not a Harry Potter theme?

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Unemployment Blues are "Green"
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By 4TruLady [7]07/03/2015

Thanks Doug!

By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

The pictures are great, so quit your belly achin'. Things like this don't usually happen when husband and wife are just lovers. They happen when they're lovers and friends.

My only regret is that I can't give you more thumbs up.

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By Dinah Ackerson [2]07/03/2015

Correction to prior note re website: dollprice.com

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By Dinah Ackerson [2]07/03/2015

Could be many reasons-not enough information to offer help. Contact the manufacturer or the store of purchase.

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By zeel.pagal07/03/2015

Gift her a nice watch. It will be a good, useful thing for her.

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DE and Garlic for Treating Intestinal Worms in Cats and Dogs

All my pets love the warm weather! As wonderful as this time of the year is, there are some things that come with the animals that we don't want in the house, namely fleas, ticks, and other parasites.

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By Patti P.07/03/2015

Question about the garlic. I have dehydrated garlic you mix part for part with water. Will that work? My dog is a Chihuahua. Will it be ok for her and how much?

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By skate0807/02/2015

p.s. Medical tape doesn't work as well because it is too pliable.

I've tried Transpore and ended up with what looked like huge wrinkles on my forehead all day because the tape wrinkled up around the edges after it was on my face. It also didn't stop my muscles from moving so I had these lovely impressions where I had furled my brow and caused ridges in the tape - and anything not straight and flat will mould your skin overnight and you'll be left with a reminder of it for hours after you take the tape off.

Also tried athletic tape - it's more rigid but the adhesive was too strong and left welts on my skin from taking it off.

I'm honestly about to give up on my thrifty approach to Frownies, because I'll probably have spent more on things that don't work than I would have just caving and paying the $20 for ones that do.

By skate0807/02/2015

@FrankS: What do you mean you left it overnight? Boiled it, cooled it down and let it sit, or actually kept it boiling overnight (I'm expecting not this, since it sounds dangerous)? How much gum arabic powder do you use in how much water? Sorry, I can't find directions anywhere!

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By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

I can't believe this question has gone unanswered for a year and a half. If you are running Windows, go to the website for which you want a shortcut. Left click on the symbol in the address bar just before www. The symbol may be a lock if there is https before the www. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the symbol to your desktop. Then release the mouse button. You now have a short cut on your desktop for that website. From there, you can move the short cut anywhere you want it.

RE: Creating a Shortcut Desktop Icon for a Website

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By Linda [3]07/02/2015

It's beautiful. It is also a welcome change from the usual plain old paint. It is a solution to the water shortage. Painting a garden on a wall that you never have to water will bring beauty to a dry landscape. I like your painting.

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By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

Well, Catherine,

My watermelons are growing in an open field. There is nothing to restrict their path of growth. They are growing due west. Not north, south nor east, but west.

After reading your feedback, I started thinking. When you mentioned some plants being what I call heliotropic positive (meaning they follow the sun), I had an idea. Now, I think watermelons could grow either north, south or west, just not east. It all would depend on where on our little spaceship you were growing the melons and the time of year.

You see, I live in North Carolina. Here, at this time of year, the sun rises near the center of the eastern horizon. It travels straight overhead, in the center of the sky towards the western horizon. It sets near the center of the western horizon. It only stands to reason the melons would travel not southwards but westward seeking the heat and light of the sun. The fact that they are shaded by trees til about noon, only reinforces their westward path. You can imagine all these factors would be different at different times of the year and at different places on Earth. Makes me wonder which way they grow in the southern hemisphere, say, Sidney, Australia. You know, I guess we all could be right.

Catherine, you have caused me to do a bit of thinking and I have gained a bit of enlightenment. Thank you! This is one of the good things about ThriftyFun. We all can learn from each other.

You are correct on another matter, too. Plants don't need a compass. Plant a vine in a clean circle. Drive a stick in the ground near the plant. Place it to the east of the plant, the plant will travel east to climb the stick. Place it west, the plant travels west and so on.

You would think after many thousands of years of agriculture, we should know a lot about plants. We don't. We are just beginning to learn, for example, the complex ways in which plants communicate with each other and other species. Plants are like animals in many respects. One is, we need them to survive. They don't need us. (Sorry, People, our spaceship called 'Earth' is not the center of the Universe (there is no center), and Humans is not what it's all about).

Plants are sensitive to light, heat, cold, proximity of other plants and what kind. Many are sensitive to touch. Many have developed complex ways to insure pollination. Some actually rage war with each other. Many can cause agonizing death to humans. Many can bring joy to our hearts with their beautiful scents and colors.

These are the days.

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By Anthony W L.07/02/2015

pretty

By Kelly L. [2]07/02/2015

Beautiful

By Ann Mollica F.07/02/2015

My favorite flower, the Iris!

By Kate L.07/02/2015

Very pretty, Deb.

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By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

If you are really serious about growing Iris, you need to do a lot of research. Even though they're easy to grow, all the best 'How To's' could fill a small book.

I will tell you this: They need full sun all day. They need to be kept weed free. The upper half of the rhizome needs to be exposed to the hot, baking sun. I never cut the foliage on mine unless I'm transplanting them.

There is an Iris farm near where I live. I went into a dream state every time I visited the place. Acres of Iris. The lady owner told me she had over 5,000 different Iris, and that was over twenty years, ago. She keeps adding more all the time.

She had the healthiest, most beautiful Iris I've ever seen. They were grown in fields of hard red clay. She told me if she saw signs of disease, she drenched the plants in pure Clorox. I said, 'Doesn't the Clorox burn the plants'? She said, 'no'. I asked her what she fed them. She said 10-10-10.

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By likekinds [81]07/02/2015

One man's trash is another man's treasure. I wouldn't trade my ivy covered trees for all the tea in China. If mine were as heavily covered as yours, I would have just thinned the ivy. Your trees are/were beautiful.

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By Jerri J.07/02/2015

When copperheads become excited or stressed they exude a musk which does, indeed, smell like cucumbers. Also, their feces looks like yellow cornmeal.

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By Louise B. [5]07/02/2015

If you dye your hair at all, you have three choices with regards to roots. Either you need to dye the hair repeatedly when the roots begin to show, or you can use hair dye that is made for just dying the roots (comes with a little comb for application), or you can just come to terms with the fact that when your hair grows out, the roots will show. If you can't live with any of those choices, don't dye your hair.

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By Lori C.07/02/2015

If cob webs are spider webs then they are the weakest spider webs ever.
They are not spider webs but charged particles collecting other charged particles.

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By Louise B. [5]07/02/2015

The blue and green stains are likely copper from your pipes dissolved in lime from hard water. Vinegar may remove the stains, or any product advertised for cleaning up lime residue, such as CLR or the CLR Tub and Tile cleaner.

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By Louise B. [5]07/02/2015

As a mom, I would have no problem with that. I assume you are using treated water from a city system. Or drinkable water from a rural home system. If you have concerns, you could inform the parents of these children, and they could decide for themselves if their kid can swim in your pool. Certainly if it was a small pool, no one would worry about it.

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By keithb07/02/2015

I read the answers on this site and others. I had a vehicle drop a tire which rolled into the side of my 2 month old car and leave black scuffs on the door, fender, and wheel. I applied rubbing alcohol to an old t shirt and wiped the rubber spots which came off immediately. I reapplied a spray wax and buffed it out. Thanks-great tip.

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