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RE: Boxed Cake Mix Failed to Rise

By alida 12/21/2014

Hi, my daughter in law also had the same problem and asked if she could watch me bake and realized she was over beating the mixture. I don't do mixes but I know if you beat it too much once the baking powder is in, the baking powder won't rise.

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RE: Use Pillowcase When Transporting Cat

By wferraro 12/21/2014

We moved from Quebec to Ontario, a very long 10 hour road trip, and we brought our Minette with us. Rather than keep her locked in the carrier we put the open carrier in the back seat, secured with the seat belts to keep it from sliding around, and on top of the cushion put hubby's sweaty work shirt to give her the familiar smell. She doesn't generally wear a collar but we put one on her for the trip and attached a 4 ft cotton lead as we were afraid she might jump out of the car when we stopped at rest areas. Throughout the trip Minette was able to go in and out of the carrier as she chose and for the most part she just snuggled into Dad's shirt for a snooze. She suffered no trauma whatsoever and we've adopted this technique whenever we take her to the vet. The trick we think is the open door and familiar smell of the shirt, which we wrap her up in when going from the car into the office and back.

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RE: Name Ideas for an Ice Cream Factory

By thriftmeg 12/21/2014

We all scream for Ice Cream

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RE: POA Verses Trustee of a Trust

By cybergrannie 12/21/2014

Perhaps you could return to the attorney that set up the POA and trust for advice. If not, I would say you need a new attorney ASAP.

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RE: Santa? No, Fuzzy! (Domestic Long Hair)

By cybergrannie 12/21/2014

Wow - she is gorgeous! Where do you live? We'll take her! (not too sure how our spoiled Princess would feel about having to share!)

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RE: Sewing Machine Not Running Properly

By DinahA 12/21/2014

All sewing machines are designed differently and one possible fix may not work on other brands. Now that they are much more computerized, even a simple seeming repair requires someone who knows the computer side of the machines. Best advice from me is to take to a repair shop.

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RE: Mixing Instructions for Hitachi Bread Machine

By DinahA 12/21/2014

You can access (FREE!) many manuals by going to this site:
ManualsLib.com Is a Free, No-Sign Up Required Library of Product Manuals.

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RE: Refrigerator is Freezing Food

By DinahA 12/20/2014

There may be many reasons why your fridge is not working correctly. The problem may be easily fixed or may be a costly solution. The best plan is to request an evaluation from a fridge repair company. The service person will examine the fridge and then recommend possible solutions. You can then decide whether it is better to fix the fridge (if possible) or replace.

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RE: Washer Stopped Working

By DinahA 12/20/2014

If you do not know how why your washer stopped working, it would be difficult for anyone here to suggest a solution. There are many factors to consider and you have not provided any additional information. If your washer is more than 4-5 years old, the most probable solution is to replace the broken washer. Your best plan would be to have a washer repair service check the washer and suggest a solution.

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RE: Introducing a New Kitten to Resident Cat

By DinahA 12/20/2014

Adding a new kitty (or even older cat) to your home may be very difficult as your older cat has been "top cat" all of her life. I strongly suggest you bring your older kitty to your vet to discuss a new kitty addtion. Your vet is very experienced in this area and will examine your cat and then discuss your cat's personality and habits with you. The vet will then make her or his recommendations on the possibility of a new kitty for you to consider.

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RE: Save Energy With LED Christmas Lights

By Pixiedust7 12/20/2014

I cannot agree with changing Christmas lights to LEDs. To date, I still have never seen an LED light string that can hold a candle, literally, to the incandescent sets. The LED colors are flat-out weird, they are nowhere near as bright, and they have a dull, dark look to them. The whites are a cold, light blue, and the blues are a weird violet-blue. They look like they were put up by aliens from outer space, in my opinion. A couple of my neighbors have these, and I am not impressed by their displays. They actually make me sad.

I jumped on the bandwagon the first year Home Depot offered LEDs, and bought two sets with bulbs the size of the regular C9 bulbs. After I put them up and turned them on, I was devastated, outraged and embarrassed. Those "lights" were dim, dark, unfestive and an expensive waste of money. They barely illuminated themselves, and did not reflect off the rain gutters, or reflect when it rained or snowed. I was embarrassed by the way they looked.

Since my old C9 light strings were worn or broken, the next year I put up some strings of colored mini-lights I had, which was much better, but the following year, I went online and bought new C9 light strings and bulbs from a big lighting distributor, and put those up. At last, I had bright, festive lights, in normal colors, again! Since these lights are on for only about 7 hours per day for 2-3 weeks, I don't begrudge the amount of electricity they use. It's worth it to have a display that is bright, festive and attractive.

For several years, Home Depot used to offer a discount on LED lights to customers for each set of old lights they brought in. I called once to ask that if I gave them back the ugly LEDs they sold me, could I have all the old sets other people turned in. Unfortunately, they said they throw the old sets out. What a waste!

Honestly, the LED displays are ugly and dull, and I don't look at them twice. The town of Amityville, NY decorates the trees along the main street with lights every year; they tried LEDs one year and had so many complaints that they went back to the regular lights the following year, and stayed with them ever since.

It's Christmas, for crying out loud! If you're going to cheap out by turning your Christmas display into a dull, ugly bore, then don't bother! There are times when being cheap doesn't fit the situation. One incandescent light string is 10 times more festive than a whole yard full of LED strings, so save money by using incandescent strings, but fewer of them. They're also cheaper to buy.

For those who still use the 3 dimensional blow-mold plastic lawn decorations, as I do, I have saved money by using compact fluorescent bulbs in the ones that use a regular edison-based bulb (not the candelabra or night-light size). I replaced 40-watt incandescent bulbs with 40 or 60 watt=equivalent CFLs and they work perfectly. In some cases, I had to trim the plastic collar around the bulb socket so these would fit. It's worth doing, as they use less electricity while still lighting the figures brightly.

LEDs seem to work very well in flashlights, work lights and other practical applications, but they are a crashing failure as Christmas lights. I don't know why the manufacturers can't seem to get the brightness and the colors right. I do know that the incandescent lights are festive, Christmas-y, bright, true colors, and make me happy. I'm staying with them!

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RE: Cleaning an Oven

By DinahA 12/20/2014

You will find a large amount of information online about cleaning ovens:
self-cleaning and continuous cleaning (including those where the function no longer works), and regular ovens.

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RE: Smell in Wall of Dead Squirrel

By DinahA 12/20/2014

An addition to my first response; if the smell is from an animal trapped in your walls or ceilings, the longer you wait, the more difficult the removal and costly the repair may be.

As an animal decays, liquids released from the decay process will seep into the wood and other materials of your house. This is why the smell may take a long time to dissipate. As the decaying body material seeps into the house materials, you may need to remove the wall or ceiling area and replace it to completely fix the original problem.

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RE: Value of 1932 Universal Dictionary

By DinahA 12/20/2014

You can search online, check craigslist, old book sites for information, etc. However, old books, dictionaries included, have little value as our computer age has most information instantly available online and always updated.

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RE: Value of 1972 Webster's Dictionary

By DinahA 12/20/2014

Most old dictionaries have little (a few dollars max) or no value at all as almost everything now is computer based, and is always updated and current.

1972 may seem a long time ago for you, however, for many people it is "just yesterday"!

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RE: Training an Abused Dog

By DinahA 12/20/2014

Poor dog! How kind of you to take her and help her. She definitely needs your help. You need professional help to help your dog. If you haven't already done so, please take her to your vet immediately to check for any medical problems. Your vet will also help you with good suggestions to help you help your dog heal. She needs your love and understanding above all.

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RE: Beagle Pooping in the Kichen

By DinahA 12/20/2014

Her behavior may be coming from another medical problem. Please take your dog to the vet to check on any other possibility for this behavior. The dog may have a new medical problem that needs medication, etc. If there are no other problems, your vet can help you with suggestions to change the current behavior.

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RE: Using Gift Cards with Small Amounts Left

By terry.rawlinson 12/20/2014

I carry a small sharpie so I know what rhe balance actually is. When using them I know exactly what to enter. Walmart lets you do this with more then 1 card. So if my purchase is $6 I swipe my card for $3.14 then the next card for $2.00 then pay cash for the rest. Hope this makes sense.

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RE: Loretta Lynn's Cat-Head Biscuits

By jbeckyroo 12/20/2014

Those look so good. I will have to make them very soon. I never have self-rising flour. But, you can make your own: Add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to 1 cup of flour. Voila!

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RE: Hot Dog Bun Garlic Toast

By jbeckyroo 12/20/2014

Looks delicious! Great idea.

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RE: Christmas Tree Replacement Light Bulbs

By fatfrogg 12/20/2014

I have the same problem. We're late getting started with some of the indoor decorations for guest coming through this week but I noticed I have the a similar socket and the exact same kind of bulbs. I've been looking all over the internet and haven't found anything. Let me know if you find a manufacturer that at least sells the bulbs. I only have a few out and would like to replace them. As a kind of band-aid we strung lights around the tree to fill in the ones that are out. If I find replacements before you all I will list all of the information and website or company to get them from. If I can't then next year we may in the market for a new pre-lit tree. If that happens I will make sure the bulbs are close to standard and get extras...

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RE: Value of Old Reel Mower

By countrypwr4 12/20/2014

When you decide what you want let me know I'd be interested.

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RE: Gluing Glass to Glass

By greg.wolfgang 12/20/2014

How long and how do you get glass to glue to glass?

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RE: Getting Materials to Finish Rebuild on Home

By cybergrannie 12/20/2014

Holiday time may not be the best time to try and get help with projects that "can wait". Maybe after the first of the year someone could canvas the community service centers and see what can be done.

Sad to say that how "good" someone is will probably not have any baring on getting help with this sort of thing - unless - you can find some volunteers who know of her generosity and kindness. Also, you did not mention her true financial situation or whether she could borrow the money for material.

All of this would be taken into account before financial help would be offered.

Try to have some happy holidays and start looking in the new year.

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RE: Hair Falling Out After Typhoid Shot

By cybergrannie 12/20/2014

I agree that you should contact your doctor right away. Since it is the weekend and that may not be possible I would suggest that you visit your pharmacist and see what they have to say. They should be able to give you some quick advice as to whether this constitutes an emergency situation.

I have heard that sometimes things like this "mimic" the disease and goes away after a short time. But please seek expert advise so you can be sure everything is okay.

I had a problem with my thyroid and started losing my hair - my doctor advised me to take 1000 to 5000mcg of Biotin daily. I did not see results right away but can now say (years later) that my hair and nails are in great condition. (I am 80 years old.) Biotin is inexpensive so maybe you could give it a try when you are feeling better.

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RE: Gift for Couple Who Has Everything

By moseley3 12/20/2014

Why not do something other than a gift such as flowers? You say that your friend has "everything", and that you knew her when times were hard. Why not make a donation to a local charity such as the Salvation Army in your city in honor of your friend? You friend may well appreciate that more than "yet another bottle of wine."

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RE: Sharing Expenses With Boyfriend

By texas.sand973 12/20/2014

Sounds to me like he's looking for someone to take care of him not only financially but cleaning up after him as well. Surely in the off and on years you must have gotten a hint of what type person he is. I just hope you're not in this relationship for a Father figure for your 3 children because he's not a good one. You are not his Mother so stop performing Motherly duties. It's also not your responsibility to take care of him financially. It's doubtful he'll be willing to change and it's not a healthy environment for your children to be living in.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By kemp.amanda93 12/20/2014

I have a red nose pit bull who bred with boxer, we kept 2 girls who look just like your dog.

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RE: Sharing Living Expenses

By louel53 12/20/2014

We have a television program here in Canada called "Till Debt do us Part", where couples meet with a financial adviser who helps them get their relationship and finances under control. The guru says that money issues are the top reason that couples split up. Yours is a classic case. The lack of communication that you have got going on is just going to lead to disaster. Your friend is bullying you with regard to money and not being truthful.

On the TV show, couples work on communication skills, trust issues, draw up budgets to see where their money is going and learn how to work as a team. It is likely what you and your friend have to do. If he is not willing to disclose the true facts about the bills and his income and debt, than perhaps you should reconsider the whole relationship. If he lies to you and wishes to take advantage over this issue, what else will he lie to you about?

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RE: Highlighting Hair With Well Water

By louel53 12/20/2014

Has no one ever washed dyed hair in the water from your well? If not, I supposed you might have a problem, but I live in a rural area, where everyone has well water. The water in the town also comes from wells, and is chlorinated, but nothing else done to it. Others use dugout water. Everyone simply uses the water that they have.

However, the water that we have around here is very good water. Some places have a high iron content that leaves brown stains on everything. Ours is not like that. If your water is good, I think you could just go ahead and dye your hair. If you have particularly hard water that stains sinks and toilets, you might want to do further investigation.

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RE: Washer Won't Spin

By louel53 12/20/2014

I don't think this is an easy fix for someone who doesn't have a clue (like me), but it is an easy fix for a good repairperson. Hopefully, you have someone who can come and fix it for you. I had the same problem (which is apparently very common), and the repairman in my town popped over, and had the replacement part installed in about 1/2 an hour. The bill was very reasonable. He did tell me that some people buy the replacement part themselves and find out how to do it on Youtube, but unless you have someone who is very handy, doesn't wreck stuff that they attempt to repair, and who has a couple of days to devote to this research and repair, I'd call a repairperson. There is no need to buy a whole new machine.

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RE: Christmas Presents for Parents

By 15lover101 12/20/2014

Spa coupon? Scones? Poem? TV?

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RE: Highlighting Hair With Well Water

By Poor But Proud 12/20/2014

I am assuming you can't afford a stylist and that is why you are doing your own hair. My best advise is do it at a friends house, where the water is easier on the hair. Good luck!

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RE: Perfume Insert as Bathroom Air Freshener

By Poor But Proud 12/20/2014

This is a great idea and I have you a thumbs up. However, for those who are allergic to the smell of perfume, they have stopped putting those in magazines. You might want to put in a dryer sheet, or drop some essential oil on the inside of the roll. That gives you the same affect. Hope that helps! PBP

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RE: Getting Rid of Spiders Without Pesticides

By profile.php?id=100007102334635 12/20/2014

Hedgeapples work well. I have used them. I put a hedgeapple in each room of our house and I have not had a spider web to clean! I used to spray my house with Home Defense but the hedgeapples work better!

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RE: Colored Tape Instead of Ribbons

By BessieBessie 12/20/2014

Nice idea! You've got my vote!

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RE: Creamy Tuna and Peas on Toast (Trailer Trash SOS)

By cdebbill 12/20/2014

Seeing your recipe convinced me to register for this site. It brought back great memories of MY Grandma & her SOS (also the uncensored version!). I loved it. It's still a great quick solution for a good economical meal. Thanks!

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RE: Sharing Living Expenses

By cybergrannie 12/20/2014

Dinah Ackerson has given you a great, well thought out answer so maybe you should read it several times and really think about where you are in this relationship.

Only you know if this kind of relationship is all that you want out of life - or - if not, then why are you still there?

Try reading your post as if it were someone else asking the same "question" and see what advice you come up with..

Is this a great relationship other than the problems you mentioned? Do you really want to keep living with this person even if you can resolve these issues? It really appears that you "spoiled" this person and he intends to keep it that way.

What a great way to start a new year - free from this mess you call a relationship!

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RE: Dog Wouldn't Eat Dog Food and Vomiting

By frugalsunnie 12/20/2014

Is it possible the food you're trying to give her has gone off or isn't what it's labelled as - and your dog knows what you don't?

Don't discount the thought. Dogs noses are MUCH more sensitive than ours and they: A-can smell food that has gone badly off or is parasite infested long before your human nose will notice, and B-are able to recognise when the protein (ok, meat) part isn't the usual chicken/beef/lamb/fish.

I live in the UK and we've had a few very quietly managed pet food product 'incidents' where the protein was, erm, not chicken/beef, etc, but horse, donkey, and some other animals you probably can guess - and the dogs here refused to eat that or vomited it up soon after eating.

When a dog or cat turns up their nose or vomits undigested food - there's a problem with the food, not the pet!

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RE: Dog Leaks When She Needs to Pee

By frugalsunnie 12/20/2014

You say she's over a year old, but you don't say she's had a litter of puppies or is spayed.

Female canines who've had a litter of puppies, or female canines who are over a year old and not been spayed, are prone to a urinary tract condition (usually solved with spaying) - you need to take her to the vet as soon as possible because there is NO home remedy for this condition. She is physically uncomfortable and probably a nervous wreck at the thought of having yet another accident that will upset you.

Please, take her to the vet!

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RE: Dyeing Hair at Home

By DinahA 12/20/2014

There is no guarentee exactly what will happen with home hair dye attempts. You say that your hair has been through alot recently. I suggest you make an appointment with a hair stylist who specializes in hair dye. The stylist can examine your hair and suggest possible solutions. The best you can do at this point is have the stylist attempt to correct the damaged hair as much as possible and then apply new hair dye, if appropriate.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 12/20/2014

Run a search engine images search using the term 'boston terrier lab mix dogs' and you'll see your future step-mother is a hysterical idiot and potential future claimant against your homeowner's insurance!

Sorry to be so blunt but for one, your dog is clearly a BT-Lab (do the image search:) and for another, I've had a similar experience with a relative.

I raised AKC Boxers in the US 40+years but this woman told everyone she met I kept dangerous pit bulls, and sure enough one day an exuberant pup jumping up to greet her left a welt on her arm (where he dug in a paw).

Within an hour she'd called the police alleging a vicious attack, lol - no worries because we had CCTV on the kennels and puppy exercise yard. We ran the tape for the police and animal control and that ended the 'vicious attack' story.

I can say 'lol' but ONLY because we had the CCTV film to show the authorities. I'd be very clear with this woman about your dog, and if she continues to push her ludicrous notions, keep her away from your dog to avoid future claims!

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 12/20/2014

Run an image search using the term 'corgi pomeranian puppy mix':) What a cutie!

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RE: What Kind of Dog Am I?

By frugalsunnie 12/20/2014

The best thing to do is take your adorable puppy to a vet and get him/her to put it on paper that your puppy is an unregistered (AKC) Boxer.

I raised AKC Boxers in the US for over 40 years, my cousin raised Staffies (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffie is the correct nickname for the breed commonly called pit bull) - please take your pup to the vet for confirmation but I can 99.9% promise you your dog is at least 3/4 Boxer if not 100%. Without seeing a profile photo of the puppy standing up I can't say for certain that it's 100% Boxer but your vet will be able to do so.

One of the reasons I don't believe your puppy is in any way part Staffie is the shape of the head. Do a search engine images run using the search term 'staffie puppy head shape' and you'll immediately see what I mean.

It is very important that you get something in writing from your vet - as you know now, many locales legislate against Staffies, and a number of them have begun using the term 'Pit Bull like' so they can keep any dog that bears even the slightest resemblance to a Staffie out of the area. Boxers bear a superficial resemblance to Staffies (to the uneducated eye) and worse, many locales are now lumping Boxers in with other 'Dangerous Breed' dogs. Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are also being labelled as dangerous, so be sure your area permits Boxers - and that you know and follow any laws regarding keeping a dog that could be considered one of the dangerous breeds. Some areas permit certain breeds but have very strict laws regarding fencing, leashes, and insurance.

I can't tell you how many times I had to tell people my Boxers were NOT 'pit bulls'. Sigh.

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RE: Adult Son is Argumentative

By DinahA 12/20/2014

I fully agree with Stephanie's excellent response, however, there is clearly a second issue that you noted at the end of your explanation. You said your son is an "argumentative person and can become very abusive mentally, towards me".

From your statement, it is clear that your son has a problem and abuses you, and probably others. While he may continue his behavior, you do not have to be controlled by his anger. If you continue to accept his abuse, you can be sure he will continue his behavior.

However, you can find help to avoid his abuse and not give in to his unreasonable demands. I strongly suggest that you seek counseling to help you deal with your son's anger in ways that will enable you to develop the strength and the ability to not fall back into his controlling and anger trap. You will find that you can rise above his attempts to manipulate and control you, and your life is so much better without the constant fear of his abuse.

It is sad that he uses his children, your grandchildren, as threats. If he is abusive to you, he may also abuse his family.

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RE: Santa? No, Fuzzy! (Domestic Long Hair)

By heather dianne 12/20/2014

Wow! What a beauty.

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RE: Sam (Raccoon)

By heather dianne 12/20/2014

A lovely thing for you to do, raising these beautiful animals - must be hard to release them after that.

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RE: Agencies That Help After a House Fire

By DinahA 12/20/2014

You do not provide any further information so no one can even begin to respond to your question. If your friend owned the house and has insurance, she should contact her insurance company. There may be other options available to her but you did not provide any more information.

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RE: Living Room Paint Color Advice

By MartyD 12/19/2014

I think I would go with either a pale, powder blue or ivory.

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RE: Candy Cane Puzzle

By profile.php?id=100005832079188 12/19/2014

I'm trying to recreate your labels because they are so cute. So far I have read "Advanced Ages 8 and Up. Our newest puzzle is harder but well worth the effort." What else does is say? Thank you.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By jodi.woiderski 12/19/2014

I also have basenji mix, and we are having a hard time telling what she maybe mixed with. After seeing this post I believe it is probably a yellow lab.

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RE: Child's Eligibility for Parent's Life Insurance

By lynn.davis.50115161 12/19/2014

We are still waiting on a answer, we were told that she didn't like the first lawyer she got cause he told her the truth about what she done was wrong on the childs part keeping her from her daddy, and she got another lawyer that is a woman and telling her just what she wants to hear to get in on some of the money. This so sad that it took his death to want the child to have his last name only. This is my son and his niece, he was very attached to her but never eased his pain from not seeing his only little girl. He had just got a lawyer to fight for visits to see her. Now that we have picked up were my son started, she has done messaged telling us to leave her alone, but she can get a lawyer and request hair from my son 2 days after he got killed. Unbelievable.

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RE: Peanut (Domestic Shorthair)

By jacobsdavid314 12/19/2014

Thank You for your comments! We do love him with all our heart and i would die before anything or anybody ever hurt him again! He is our little Angel. :-)

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RE: Kenmore Ice Bin Freezes Up

By adamhbs 12/19/2014

The middle pillar is where the auto-defrost wires are located inside.

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RE: Ice Sticking to Bottom of Ice Maker Bin

By adamhbs 12/19/2014

Sounds like the dispenser door flap is not closing all the way and the airflow that goes up into your bin changes the ice to a block.

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RE: Ice Maker Bin Fills Then Freezes Solid

By adamhbs 12/19/2014

Sounds like the dispenser door flap is not closing all the way and the airflow that goes up into your bin changes the ice to a block.

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RE: Repairing an Ice Maker

By adamhbs 12/19/2014

Likely the switch mount is broken. Watch this video to fix it. http://youtu.be/p9GjSqi6eY4

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RE: Agencies That Help After a House Fire

By redhatterb 12/19/2014

Is there homeowner's insurance? There are also places that can be rented.

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RE: Christmas Help

By redhatterb 12/19/2014

It's a little late to be asking for Christmas help. Most of the charities that do this have a cut off date around Thanksgiving for taking applications. This is so they can do their budgeting. Most of them also have an age limit of 12 years. IF you have a pastor, talk to him, sometimes they will take up a special offering for needy members of the congregation.

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RE: Sponge Melted Onto Stove Burner

By wferraro 12/19/2014

With the stove completely cool, I'd try using a razor blade.

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RE: Spatula Bleach Stains

By DinahA 12/19/2014

The white "stains" on your rubber spatulas are actually a removal of the dye color of the rubber in the white areas by the dishwasher cleaning agent. You can not remove the white area as it is not a "stain" but rather an absence of color.

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RE: Removing Dog Urine Stains on Hardwood

By DinahA 12/19/2014

We bought a house which had large feces, urine and vomit stains in the wood that were hidden by new wall to wall carpet and several odor killers around the house. No cleaning agent helped (we tried!!!) and we finally had to replace the entire wood floor in a three bedroom house.

There are two basic problems with this type of stain-the stain colors and the terrible stench resulting from the organic matter seeping into the wood itself over time. The smell may remain for years so, after several weeks of gagging each time we entered the house, we finally replaced the wood floor.

Good Luck!

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RE: POA Verses Trustee of a Trust

By DinahA 12/19/2014

Please see an attorney immediately as the issues in this situation are complex. The attorney will need to request copies of legal records, bank statements, etc., to thoroughly evaluate your case. This situation will require time and expense for the attorney to clarify all legal questions and provide a course of action for you to consider.

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RE: Save Seeds From Store Bought Tomatoes

By likekinds 12/19/2014

Dajavooi

Tomato seeds fresh from the tomato are encased in a gelatinous sac. This sac contains properties which prevent the seed from germinating inside the tomato. Those same properties can prevent the tomato from germinating outside the tomato. This sac can be removed by various means, including drying, fermentation, and soaking in a dilute hydrogen peroxide solution.

As for the naysayers....the tomato you bought from the store might or might not have been a hybrid. If it was, the fruit you get from it's seed will not be the same as the original fruit. So what? It might be inferior to the original. It might be superior.

I have grown tomatoes for years, both hybrids and heirlooms. The absolute best tomato I ever grew was from seed I collected from a store bought tomato. Granted, it wont work that way every time.

What the heck. The seeds are free. If you have room for a few 'trial' seeds and enjoy the anticipation of not knowing what you'll get,

Go for it!

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By profile.php?id=100008450702033 12/19/2014

Great article. We have a funny story about learning to cope with teething the hard way. My son and a new friend had a very interesting moment http://www.toddlertyrant.com

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RE: Open Presents Youngest First

By smokeyab 12/19/2014

My family has done this for over 40 years. I like the idea of using a photo as a gift card. We also take a picture of the recipient with the gift.

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RE: Name Ideas for a Babysitting Business

By thriftmeg 12/19/2014

The Monster Taming Sitting Service

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RE: Interior Design Business Name Ideas

By thriftmeg 12/19/2014

The Business of Interior Design

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RE: Washing Machine Won't Power Up

By thriftmeg 12/19/2014

There may be something that needs to be reset like a switch. Do you have a manual? Check it and see what they say under troubleshooting. One thing to try, which seems kinda silly, but it might work. Unplug the machine, wait to a slow count of ten, then plug it back in.

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RE: German Chocolate Gooey Cake

By BonnieAlice 12/19/2014

What's 1 8 oz stick of butter? A stick is 4 oz. Do you mean 1 stick or 8 oz, which is 2 sticks.

Editor's Note: The recipe has been changed to 4 oz or 1 stick. Thanks!

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RE: Porcelain Doll Identification

By cybergrannie 12/19/2014

I do not recognize this doll but when I need info on dolls I usually post my request on the eBay doll discussion board. It is easy - you just have to ask your question and include several photos and all measurement/description.

These are very experienced doll "people" and generally can give good info.

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RE: Paint Advice for Daughter's Room

By Poor But Proud 12/19/2014

If it's a rental you need permission but if you own, you can paint it anything you want. I once painted each wall of my daughters room a color that went with her bedspread so there was pink, yellow, green and blue. We owned the house but still...paint if paint. I say you are only a glitter-fied 11 year old once!

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RE: White Hair Losing Its Color

By kerredur 12/19/2014

I use vinegar for a hair rinse to "brighten" my white hair. Gives it some volume too! If you try it make sure you keep eyes closed until all the vinegar is rinsed off otherwise you get some burning in your eyes. Only did it once. LOL

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RE: White Hair Losing Its Color

By salpif 12/19/2014

There is a mousse product called Roux that is sold by Sally Beauty. It comes in all types of shades. My hair is also white and I put in a bit of mousse everyday which makes my hair a nice white/gray silvery shade. The cost is about $10.00 a bottle and you only have to use a little bit.

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RE: Anniversary Gift Ideas for Pastor

By salpif 12/19/2014

I think a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant, especially if he is married so that he and his wife can enjoy a date night.

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RE: Smell in Wall of Dead Squirrel

By DinahA 12/18/2014

You can request the service of a pest control company to check for a possible dead animal removal. If there is a dead animal in your house, the smell will continue for months or even years depending upon the type and size of the animal.

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RE: Highlighting Hair With Well Water

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Your well water could have a million different things in it that might affect your dye attempt so your question is extremely difficult question to answer, however, you can take your question to a hair stylist for answers.

You could also try the dye using distilled water from a store. The distilled water has nothing that could affect the hair during the dye treatment, however, you still have the question of washing your dyed hair after the treatment.

The best answer would be to make an appointment with a hair stylist to dye your hair. She or he will then be able to examine your hair, provide the corerct dye treatment and recommend the best washing water for later on after the dye treatment.

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RE: Dog Leaks When She Needs to Pee

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Your dog clearly has a problem or problems and may also be affected by your frustration about his problem.

Please take him to your vet immediately. He has a problem that must be identified before it can be treated correctly. Your vet will recommend appropriate treatment and alaso provide advice to help you help your dog. The longer you wait, the more difficult (and possibly more expensive) the problem may become.

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RE: Dog Peeing On Rug

By DinahA 12/18/2014

The information you provide about your dog's behavior is not enough to suggest an answer . He may have a medical issue or a situational problem. Please take your dog to your vet for help. The vet can help with medication, if needed, and can provide suggestions to help you help your dog improve his behavior.

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RE: Dog Pooping and Peeing in Basement

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Are you absolutely certain that your dog's behavior is a result of loud noises? It appears he does have a problem but it may not be a result of loud noises.

Your vet can help you in this situation as your dog may have a new medical condition that causes the behavior. He or she will examine and test for possible problems. If the vet agrees that the loud noises are the cause, he or she can recommend treatment. If the behavior is not the cause, your vet can help you and your dog with medical treatment and situational changes that will help you both.

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RE: Sharing Expenses With Boyfriend

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Your boyfriend and you have been "on and off" for 7-8 years, but this year made it "official" to be committed to one another". However, it appears that you and your boyfriend do not have an "official" committment about money. Since there is no legal agreement between you both about exactly what the financial responsibilities are in your relationship, it appears he feels quite free to take what he will. It also appears he will continue to do so as long as you continue to accept this situation.

You clearly understand that the financial arrangement as it is now is not acceptable to you. However, it appears that you continue to allow your boyfriend to manipulate the relationship and you to his liking. As long as you let him control your relationship and the unequal money picture, he will continue his behavior.

I strongly suggest you both discuss the financial problems and come to a legal agreement for all income, expenses, savings, etc. If your boyfriend refuses to agree to a discussion and binding legal agreement (with an attorney) regarding your finances, you must make your own decision about continuing the relationship and your own future.

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RE: Relief for Dog's Itchy Ears

By DinahA 12/18/2014

If you do not know what is causing your dog's ear itching, then you do not know what treatment he needs. If you try to administer any medication over the counter, advice from a "friend", etc., without being absolutely certain it is appropriate to treat the actual problem, you may cause further and, perhaps, more expensive damage to treat the resulting problem.

Please take your dog to your vet immediately. The vet will clarify the itching problem and recommend appropriate treatment.

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RE: Sharing Living Expenses

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Something is very wrong here! The most obvious problem is a lack of communication between your friend and you.

You believe he has not been honest about his finances and it appears there is (and has been) very little communication about money between you both for a long time.

I strongly suggest you both sit down and discuss your entire financial picture!!! This must be a honest converstion in which you each prepare an accounting of your finances, what you believe you owe, etc. Then you both must come to an equal agreement about all income, houskeeping bills, medical, etc., and who will pay what for every financial debt and decision. If he and you do not do this, your frustration will only continue.

If you and he do not come to an equal and honest agreement about finances, your problems will only continue. Then the most important question is why you would continue a relationship with someone you feel is not honest with you? What other secrets is he hiding?

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RE: Removing an Iron On Applique

By DinahA 12/18/2014

Can't help on the removal but, if the company made the incorrect spelling mistake then they are responsible. Return and request a correction or a refund.

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RE: Tips for Wearing False Eyelashes

By johnwelson 12/18/2014

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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RE: Basic Men's Winter Hat

By jbeckyroo 12/18/2014

Thanks for the tutorial. My husband is always so cold and would love a bunch of hats. Awesome!

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RE: Working Man's Cowl

By jbeckyroo 12/18/2014

What a great idea! Your husband is quite the happy and willing model! Ha ha

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RE: Add a Hershey's Kiss to Coffee

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

Very good idea, I used to do little things like this when I still had self control. I should again! LOL :) Thumbs up to you!

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RE: Restoring Old Photos At No Cost

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

Good job, your restored photos look fantastic! Thumbs up!:)

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RE: Recycling Aging Veggies or Salads

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

Neat idea, I may try this. I hate tossing produce if it still has any value. Thumbs up!:)

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RE: Personalize Cookies as Gifts

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

These are cute, that was a very creative idea you had. Good job, thumbs up!:)

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RE: Easy Boiled Dinner

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

This is making my mouth water just thinking about it. You've got my vote!:)

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RE: Charlie (Chiweenie)

By craftqueen1 12/18/2014

This has got to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Thumbs up! :)

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RE: Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

By john11 12/18/2014

Sounds good.

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RE: Christmas Gift Idea for Boyfriend

By olive5 12/18/2014

Is there a CD that he likes?

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RE: Restoring Old Photos At No Cost

By likekinds 12/18/2014

Eartha Kitt

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RE: Restoring Old Photos At No Cost

By likekinds 12/18/2014

Anne Bancroft

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RE: Restoring Old Photos At No Cost

By likekinds 12/18/2014

Please disregard the first picture of Adele Addison. For some reason, ThriftyFun's equipment distorts the image unless it's square.

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RE: Restoring Old Photos At No Cost

By likekinds 12/18/2014

Donna

Yes, Gimp is free online. You can download it from the Gimp website.
http://www.gimp.org Let us know how you like it.

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