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RE: Looking for Pattern from Crochet World Magazine

By tede58 04/19/2015

Linda, i was wondering if you are still sharing this Santa pillow pattern.? thanks

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RE: Painting Formica Countertops

By happy.now 04/19/2015

The counters look so great you should enter a contest or do that on the side for cash. They look awesome!

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RE: Never Too Old to Learn to Crochet

By toppy2 04/19/2015

Loved the story, so sweet! My grandmother was also a lefty and she taught me, a righty, basic crochet. The way we did it was instead of me watching at her work from her perspective, I watched facing her as she worked and copied what she did from that angle.

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RE: Bleach Stains on Formica

By kenneth.bremer.98 04/19/2015

Rub WD-40 on the etched stain. The oil will penetrate the surface made porous by the bleach. I have a dark green Formica bathroom counter that I left some toilet bowl cleaner on. It left a nasty white ring. DO NOT SAND, as others have suggested. Just squirt oil and rub out. Ring will be invisible.

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RE: Bleach Stains on Formica

By kenneth.bremer.98 04/19/2015

Rub WD-40 on the etched stain. The oil will penetrate the surface made porous by the bleach. I have a dark green Formica bathroom counter that I left some toilet bowl cleaner on. It left a nasty white ring. DO NOT SAND, as others have suggested. Just squirt oil and rub out. Ring will be invisible.

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RE: Bleach Stain on Colored Formica Countertop

By kenneth.bremer.98 04/19/2015

Rub WD-40 on the etched stain. The oil will penetrate the surface made porous by the bleach. I have a dark green Formica bathroom counter that I left some toilet bowl cleaner on. It left a nasty white ring. DO NOT SAND, as others have suggested. Just squirt oil and rub out. Ring will be invisible.

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RE: How To Make Crispy Microwave Pizza Crust

By profile.php?id=100009445802287 04/19/2015

Nicely explained, I actually made this dish today, it is a universal fact that food cooked in microwave oven tastes delicious. Microwave oven usually saves time in cooking and does retain the nutritive value of food. It is guaranteed method of fast cooking. http://www.mybestcookwarereviews.com/

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RE: Crumb Cake

By DottieRN 04/19/2015

@Maryeileen:

Instant Flour is mainly used for thickening savoury sauces. It is designed to dissolve instantly in liquids, whether hot or cold. Very low-protein wheat flour is used in making it (about 2% protein), along with a small amount of malted barley flour.
source:www.cooksinfo.com/instant-flour

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RE: Tuna Casserole with Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup

By lisa.renae.myers 04/19/2015

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tuna-Noodle-Casserole-I/

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RE: Machine Thread Keeps Breaking

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

Could be the tension is off on either top thread or bottom thread OR if your sewing machine is vintage; it's likely you need to use cotton thread instead of the newer popularly used thread as it tends to stretch whereas cotton does not. I own my grandmother's electric sewing machine and found the problem to be thread type and had to buy cotton for it to work properly.

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RE: Using Rotary Brand Sewing Machine

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

You did not mention brand name of rotary sewing machine, so I would suggest you google search "online (brand name) rotary sewing machine manual and see what you can locate.

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RE: Responsibilities of POA

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

This link provides some helpful information and you might be able to contact the manager of this site to inquire further legal advice
for your particular set of circumstances.

http://www.myagingfolks.com/expert-answers/40/compensation-for-caregivers

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RE: Making Outdoor Cats Live Indoors

By auberginefrak 04/19/2015

i'd have to lobotomize mine before he'd live indoors only!

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RE: Getting Rid of Ants in an Exterior Lamp Post

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

Boric Acid Powder which you can get at any Family Dollar Store for
about $2.00 and it kills the ants as well.

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RE: AGX Hearing Aid Reviews

By jlbutler66 04/19/2015

Recently was contacted by Avada hearing care center. My aids are getting on in years and falling behind in technology so I went in for a hearing test and to try out the latest and greatest. Nice lady sales person/audiologist recommended the two of the top of line Oticon BTE aid. I liked them and after a couple of adjustments they worked well. Not the significant improvement I had hoped for over my old aids however but with additional fine tuning thought they might be ,worth a try. Not at $8,000.00 a set thank you very much. Told the audiologist it would take a major reduction in price to get me to make the purchase and also said I was aware there was a new advanced processor comming on line with Phonaks V series aids leading the way. Advised I would wait for that technology to come to market with Oticon. She said they would have those aids available shortly and would send me the literature on them. What I got in the mail was a presentation of AGXE line. Yep the old fashion switcharu. I won't be buying from these folks as it a obvious attempt to avoid any price pressure from me or the market as a direct product comparison in my small market will probably be impossible. Looks like I will once again be forced to use a on line vender which I did last time and bought 2 Unitron Moxie 20's with the remote for a little less than $3000.00. Local quote for these aids with remote. $7000.00. Wish I was close to a Costco that would be a option but fortunately you can buy aids on line and use a chosen local aid dealer to set up and the initional adjustments for about half of what the aids can be bought at Avada. Then pay $45.00 per visit after that and no "free" batteries after the first year. Think I can live with that and pocket over $3700.00 as a benifit.

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RE: Curtain Color Advice

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

The solid colors going on in this room need a little lift, so any print, plaid, stripe would look good on the windows if the colors in that room are in the fabric.

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RE: Painting Formica Countertops

By newfie062001 04/19/2015

Would love a step by step on this. You did a awesome job.

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RE: Curtain Color Advice

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

The light shade on your walls I don't think would compliment well with pure white curtains regardless of textured fabric unless you have other colors in it that would merge such as a bit or orange, rust,yellow, etc. in the fabric. But that is just my opinion or preference. You didn't state what color flooring and furniture you have for that area and if you have more artificial or natural light in the room. Don't go over three colors or the room will look too busy. There are other colors that would look good with your walls too such as blue, green, cream combination.

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RE: Replacement Drip Tray for George Foreman

By MartyD 04/19/2015

If your are just using it to catch drips why not use the plastic trays for individual flatware items. The one designated for table knives should be about the right size. I got mine out of the drawer and checked it. They are used in a drawer to separate flatware items.

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RE: Swiss Parsleyed Noodles

By mbnorton59 04/19/2015

Sounds yummy! Cannot wait to try this! Maybe today! :-)

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RE: Dog Eating Very Little

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

You gave little information of importance, like, How old is the dog? How long has it not been eating? Did you recently changed its food brand? Maybe the lil dog has a bad tooth with pain or something else going on...I would take the dog to see the vet to have all that checked out and the vet will more likely ask you other questions to help determine the problem if it is not visible.

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RE: Making Curtains

By MartyD 04/19/2015

Since the drop cloth is so heavy would it be more feasible to have box pleats at regular intervals and use tape across the top to form a rod pocket? Two or three pleats per panel would give fullness without all that weight from gathering.

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RE: Kitchen Paint Color Advice

By Lorelei 04/19/2015

Green and blue make yellow, so why not go with a complimentary shade of green with the blue counter tops since you are going to use an off white creamy color for trim?

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RE: Altering a Blouse to Make It Form Fitting

By frugalsunnie 04/19/2015

Another way to alter a garment is to put it on inside out and hand baste (yes, with a needle and thread - be sure to leave a little 'wiggle room for wearing ease, and don't stab your daughter:).

Pay attention to the underarm area, and the sleeves - any alterations you make to the sides will require you to 'ease' those areas (arms and sleeves) to ensure it looks right after the alteration is made.

I could break it down into bullet points but the above makes it pretty clear. After the garment is hand basted, have your daughter take it off, turn it right side out, and try it on - this will tell you how it will look and fit after you carefully machine sew over your basting stitches.

It is sometimes easier to create a new seam up the front over the shoulder and down the back (on both sides) - if the blouse style will look right, it's a very simple way to alter a blouse or dress with sleeves that fit perfectly but is too wide otherwise. Again, to do this, the easiest way to do so is to have your daughter wear the blouse inside out so you can 'fit' it and hand baste the new seams.

I teach 'total newbs' here in Scotland - after 50+years in the USA where I also taught sewing. We do a lot of charity shop buying (Salvation Army, Red Cross, Heart Foundation, other charities with thrift shops) and I teach my students how to alter many items using this method - it works a treat!

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RE: Red Gatorade Stains on Carpet

By jason.s.hollins 04/19/2015

My son spilled red gatorade on my carpet last night and I found it this morning. I've tried every single solution here. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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RE: Red Gatorade Stains on Carpet

By jason.s.hollins 04/19/2015

Nope, none of these solutions worked on my Burbur carpet.

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RE: Recycle Silica Gel Packets

By bookladydmn 04/19/2015

They can also help keep silver from tarnishing. I use them in my jewelry boxes.

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RE: Rug Slipping on Carpet

By Lizzyanny 04/19/2015

There is a product that is sticky like carpet tape, but comes in a sheet so you can cover the whole bottom of the rug with it. I have used it and it works pretty well. Nothing seems to last forever. This worked for about a year and then I replaced it. It had picked up enough dirt and fibers that it didn't stick well any more.

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RE: Replacement Jar Gaskets

By Lizzyanny 04/19/2015

I live in the Pacific Northwest and have seen gaskets only at McLendons Hardware. A web search turned up many suppliers.

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RE: Min Pin Rottweiler Mix Weight

By kaylynn.hunt.9 04/19/2015

They should be in the upper 20 lb range. :)

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RE: Donating Used Sports Trophies

By barbara_admin 04/19/2015

We received this advisory from a reader:
Mostly an FYI, not a question I contacted Special Olympics, as suggested in your blog. I was told that they only use ribbons. Just thought I'd spare people the inquiry.

<P>By Patricia V

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RE: Refurbished Vintage Breadbox

By Miss Pris 04/19/2015

Great, great, great is all I can say to updating a wonderful memory.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By dean.downing.14 04/19/2015

Thank you. I will get another pic so people can see him better.

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RE: Lessons Learned From My Grandmother

By hannah6080 04/18/2015

Your story sounds so much like my grandma and my mother. They both always made a big garden and canned everything they could. Mother even canned fish and chestnuts. Dad would help her after he retired. Mother is still alive and will be 99 if she lives until the 2nd day of June. My grandmother and mother also taught me about God and how good He is. I enjoyed your story very much.

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RE: Cleaning Drains With Baking Soda

By moseley3 04/18/2015

When I clean my kitchen drain, I use 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar. Put the baking soda in the drain and follow with the vinegar. When it stops foaming, pour in a pot full of boiling water, followed by cold water. Hope this helps.

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RE: Lessons Learned From My Grandmother

By ciscosmom 04/18/2015

What a blessed woman you are. The best part is that you will pass on those blessings to your grandchildren. I hope I am lucky enough for my grandchildren to feel so loving toward me. Bless you.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By notcoolmom 04/18/2015

We got a cute pooch similar to yours. The mama was a Chihuahua, the daddy, who knows? We call her "Chiquita" (and now we add, "The Bandita" because she stole our hearts!) The breed? She is our "Who dun-it mutt", LOL! Just enjoy your new pal! :-)

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RE: Easter Egg Lunch

By Laurel... 04/18/2015

Egg cartons are pretty easy to cut in half. :)

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RE: Substitutions for Canned Tomatoes

By jwellwood 04/18/2015

I have an allergy to tomato so in stews I use pumpkin purée and sliced zucchini. I also use plum sauce for hamburgers etc. This seems to work well for me. 

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RE: Lessons Learned From My Grandmother

By olive5 04/18/2015

Such a loving story, it really touched my heart. I sure hope my grandchildren feel this way about me one day.

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RE: How Can I Treat a Microfiber Sofa for Bedbugs?

By forrsongz 04/18/2015

U'd have to use a water-based bedbug spray so as not to ruin the sofa. HotShot (Home Depot, Lowes, etc) is an excellent spray for this! Get the Gallon Jug (approx. $12.99 USD). If your sofa has cushions, remove the fluff and wash the covers in a washer. Take the HotShot and spray down the fluff (wear a mask-$3.87 for 3).

Spray the Hotshot underneath the sofa (you'll have to remove the dust cover that is attached to the sofa with those furniture staples). Spray the entire sofa then enclose it in a plastic bag (these bags can encase an entire king sized bed! approx. $15.00 @ HomeDepot or Lowes). The buggers will start to come out. After the sofa has dried (approx. 7 -8 hours to dry), you can then apply Sterifab (alcohol based/disinfectant/bedbug killer) all over the sofa and again encase the sofa into a large plastic bag. The entire process will take up to 5 - 7 days depending upon how bad the infestation is and how long it takes the sofa to dry, but trust me they will get the message and not return.

However they will return if you don't repeat this process every 2 to 3 weeks. Bedbugs ONLY survive on human blood, they will do whatever it takes to survive so you have to either do this or get rid of the sofa.

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RE: Removing Self Stick Tiles

By eddie.harmon.71 04/18/2015

Rent a wallpaper steamer from your local rental store. Set the steamer on the tile for about 10 seconds. Use a putty knife to get under a corner and then you can start pulling it up. You may have to reposition the steamer as you go to get the tile in one piece. But then the fun really begins trying to get the adhesive up.

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RE: Planting Six Pack Annual Flowers

By auberginefrak 04/18/2015

I just grab my hand pruners and cut the thickest roots off. I'm pretty brutal with this, no babying. I used to work in the parks department and planted hundreds and hundreds of flowers this way.

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RE: Mother's Day Banquet Decorations

By wordswork 04/18/2015

Flowers on the tables, perhaps corsages for all the mothers (depending on your budget), colourful serving dishes and napkins? Have fun!

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RE: Food Ideas for a Yellow Rainbow Tea

By wordswork 04/18/2015

Lemon angel food or pound cake(s), butter tarts, lemon meringue pie or tarts, lemon slices for the tea, lemonade, cupcakes with lemon icing, yellow bell pepper wedges with dip, yellow cherry tomatoes.

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RE: Being Healthy is Frugal

By craftqueen1 04/18/2015

I think this is a wonderful post with many very good points in it! You are right, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking care of ourselves now and being proactive will now doubt prevent or at least lessen bad effects later on. A big thumbs up to you! Pretty picture too.:)

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RE: Majestic Peacock (India)

By craftqueen1 04/18/2015

Stunning, thumbs up!

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RE: Turtle Park (California)

By craftqueen1 04/18/2015

Very nice, thumbs up!:)

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RE: Keeping a Wedding Guest List Small

By bev47 04/18/2015

If the bride is in a panic about the amount of guests, it could be a financial issue (admitting that, is embarassing). Having a second venue with the grooms family will cost more money. Decide who is paying for each venue. The groom' side should definitely pay for a second venue.

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RE: Locating Source of Odor in Home

By Lizzyanny 04/18/2015

You need to get back with your realtor. Problems like you describe are by law required to be disclosed as part of the sale process. Your realtor will know how to proceed.

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RE: Does Anyone Have A Positive Parvo Story?

By vicky.bray.18 04/18/2015

Yes! My puppy Elsa survived parvo. We brought her from a not so reputable place and I soon realised that she had not had her vaccines so I made an appointment for them.

We got her Thursday night, appointment made for Monday. However, on Sunday morning she started being very tired and limp and then was sick three times in less than one hour. I called the vet and they said to bring her straight in, and her temperature was 40 so they admitted her immediately. I and only had her two nights :(

I picked her up today from the vet (after having been in the vets for 6 nights and 7 days) here is what happened to her:

Sunday - hooked up to IV, pain medication, syringe feeding, vomiting and super tired.
Monday - blood in her poo and still vomiting, still has an IV bag, still syringe feeding.
Tuesday - much brighter and better,, no vomit and no diarrhea, we can pick her up this afternoon and also eating chicken by herself....but when the afternoon came she had crashed badly, really tired, and bloody diarrhea again. Medication changed, more IV given than before.

Wednesday - were told she may not make it through the night but she did, lots brighter in the morning and much happier... but again crashed in the afternoon, more medication given, abdomen really swollen, very tired and limp, vomiting again, doesn't want syringe food, IV still in
Thursday - no more vomiting, brighter again in the morning, interested in syringe feeding... but again crashed in the afternoon so badly that the vets were worried she may not make it. Tried to put a feeding tube up her nose but she fought them so they realised there was some fight left, plasma transfusion given, IV still in
Friday - brighter....diarrhea but no blood, no vomit, syringe feeding going well, still on IV and pain medication.
Saturday - really bright, destroyed toys in the kennel so given new ones, wants to go home, no blood but still has mild diarrhea, no vomiting, eating solid food and by herself. She's coming home and we picked her up!

She was up, down, up, down. I'm not going to lie, the cost has been approx £1,500 and that's excluding the after care we need to provide for her. Without the constant care of the vets, she would have almost certainly died. She was checked and fed on the hour, every hour, was in complete isolation as she is contagious, and has been on a lot of medication.

This is a horrible disease and I am lucky that the vets gave her such good care and that she was a little fighter.

This is a beatable disease. The best thing that breeders can do is vaccinate their puppies! And I have certainly learnt the hard way that I should have made more detailed checks to ensure that Elsa was vaccinated.

I am just glad I got my baby back. Just make sure that you notice the signs and get help from the vets ASAP. And be prepared for a whirlwind of a roller coaster ride of emotions if you are unfortunate enough for your puppy to get this horrible disease, the amount of times that Elsa crashed we had almost given up hope.

Fingers crossed for any puppy suffering out there.
Xx

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RE: Muffin Tin Hendominium

By lstanhope63 04/18/2015

Oh how sweet is this. You are brilliant.

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RE: Paper Dahlia

By lstanhope63 04/18/2015

Wow how gorgeous! With the pictures to illustrate makes this project even nicer. Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea.

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RE: Cat Peeing On Roommate's Belongings

By Mustardseedmama 04/18/2015

Move. The cat is not going to stop, and your roomie probably won't get rid of her.

When we got married and my husband moved in with me, my female cat acted like she was over the moon with my husband, until we left for work. Then she used his stuff for a littler box. so we got all of his stuff unpacked, washed, and put away, and she took her revenge in a more creative way. She started peeing in the furnace/a.c. vents. Kitty had to go sad to say.

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RE: Getting Rid of Smell in Mobile Home

By Mustardseedmama 04/18/2015

I'm no expert, but it sounds to me like maybe mice have gotten into the wood and/or insulation, made nests, and possibly some of them have died in there. I have found that heat really amplifies smells--for example, I drive a carpool route with three other parents, on rotating shifts. We share a 12 passenger van, provided by family A, for this purpose. It works wonderfully, as each mom gets 6 weeks off between shifts, but the ones who have their turns during the hottest part of the school year do have to tolerate certain lingering odors, because family A has also used the van to haul farm animals, feed, dogs, etc. and no amount of cleaning can seem to permanently get the smells out.

If you check the crawl-space and find nothing, the only suggestion I have for you is to keep those rooms immaculately clean and perhaps a bowl of pot-pourri? Hope someone else has a better suggestion than mine!

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RE: Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

By cybergrannie 04/18/2015

Most information like this can be found on the Internet at the Social Security web site.

I believe redhatterb is correct in who can qualify for SS benefits but regular SS benefits are only available to qualified persons when they reach retirement age unless there is a disability or a child is involved.

It seems that you and your wife will have to draw from your own earnings when you become age eligible or should you become disabled.

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RE: Social Security Survivor's Benefits

By cybergrannie 04/18/2015

Books are nice and have a lot of information but laws/rules change frequently and it is rare that a book can cover all factors of something like this.

You can get all the current/up-to-date information/answers if you pay a visit to your SSA office. You do not state how old you are but I assume you are currently drawing SS benefits or plan to soon?
I am sure you were married long enough to draw from your ex-husbands earnings but you can make a choice between his benefits and your personal benefits when you apply. Your decision of course would be based on the amount of each benefit. If you are presently drawing benefits you can change if his benefit is higher.

I believe you may need your ex-husbands SS number as well as a copy of your marriage certificate and your divorce degree - but you get some preliminary answers with just your ex's SS number and they will tell you what papers you will need to get full disclosure.

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RE: Paying Child Support

By cybergrannie 04/18/2015

As an old saying goes - there are usually two sides to every story (and sometimes 3 or 4?). You do not say where you live - even USA or another country - so it is difficult to offer suggestions as rules/laws about this sort of thing are different everywhere - even in different states in the US.

Most Everyone on Thrifty will agree that the father should be paying some type of child support. It appears from your remarks that your partner and the mother of his child were never married? That sort-of explains why there is no agreement on support and visitation. This does not negate his obligation/responsibility to support the child but it does make a lot of difference as to the legal aspect of someone making him pay.

Since we have no information about where you live - your partner should decide how he wishes to handle this as getting legal advice seems the only way to resolve something like this.
Just bear in mind that when a legal resolution is started - everything about your partner's financial situation as well as the mother's will have to be stated and may be investigated before the court will make a final decision.

I kinda doubt there is anything the mother can do to legally collect the money unless there is some kind of written agreement. But this also means she is in charge of visitation rights also.

It seems it may be a good idea for the two of them (just them) to have a private discussion and try to decide what is fair in their present situation? Maybe no one wishes for the whole "truth" about finances and living conditions to be brought out into the open.

It is good that the father wishes to have visitation rights but support is necessary even if visits are few or never.
I hope that none of these discussions are conducted when the child is around.

Also, I believe most will agree - this whole matter should be decided by the two parents - and - hopefully they will resolve things with the child's best interest in mind.

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RE: Foul Smell in the House

By lizonil 04/18/2015

I have had this smell too, it is a dead animal, probably a mouse. I had it in another house in the kitchen but luckily enough I found the body, in the bottom of an old toaster! We also had it about 4 months ago in my daughters bedroom, I stripped the place and searched everywhere but never found the body, it took about 4 weeks for the smell to fade and then I completely redecorated.

Yesterday the smell appeared in my downstairs bathroom, which is small and very clean. I removed everything, steam cleaned it, put bleach in every opening. The smell is much worse this morning, even with the door closed it has pervaded into the hallway. I am just hoping it too will fade.

The very first time this happened I called out the exterminators and they put down poison that kills the mice and it dries the bodies out in a way that does not leave a smell. I guess now I need to get them out again to rid the house of the little critters completely, because everytime one dies this is going to happen. Good luck and I smell your smell!

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RE: Spring Lemon Loaf

By craftqueen1 04/17/2015

This sounds very good, thumbs up!

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RE: What Breed Is My Puppy?

By fab4mom 04/17/2015

You'll be able to tell more when the puppy is older, but she looks to me like she might have some Weimeraner in her. She's very pretty!

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RE: Abused Rescue Dog Pooping on Furniture

By Lizzyanny 04/17/2015

Your dog sounds insecure and possibly anxious. Not surprising with her breeding and background. I would work to build her confidence. Agility training is wonderful for this. Best of luck to you.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By Lizzyanny 04/17/2015

Irish wolfhound

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By Lizzyanny 04/17/2015

I really see the bull terrier in him.

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RE: Cat Peeing on Bed Mattress

By Lizzyanny 04/17/2015

The obvious ideas come to mind. Keep the bedroom door closed. Have a plastic cover on the mattress. Beyond that only a vet can tell you if your cat had a stroke and what can be done to help. If it were me I would be talking to the vet.

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RE: Dog With Itchy Ears

By Lizzyanny 04/17/2015

The folks who respond to these questions are not vets. Neither you nor we can help your dog if we don't know what is wrong. Only a vet can help you with that. Using a home remedy based on somebody's guess is not fair to your dog. Take him to the vet and don't allow him to continue to be in pain.

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By heather dianne 04/17/2015

Shih Tzu / Pekinese cross maybe.

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RE: Cat Peeing Outside Litter Box

By janet.senatore.9 04/17/2015

With 3 using the litter box you might need to get a second box, or possibly a larger box. I needed to get a larger box when I took in two little ones.

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RE: Pearl Earrings

By jbeckyroo 04/17/2015

How beautiful! If you think they thin out your face, I am totally trying it! Hee hee

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RE: Replacement Drip Tray for George Foreman

By karen.gergel 04/17/2015

Are you talking about the drip tray that you put in front of the grill to catch the drips? I happen to have one or 2 that I was going to put out for our next yard sale. You can send me an email kg8641 AT gmail.com

Karen

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RE: Determining Cause of Power Loss in House

By maiden44 04/17/2015

Thank you Bruce for trying to help. When the electrician jump the wire from the back bedroom over to the master bedroom right across the hall he came in behind the problem. So the master bedroom, the bathroom and the hall bathroom and the outlet in the back room work these are all on the east end of my home coming across to the west.

So I've narrowed it down to somewhere between that back room and the garage, laundry room and computer room which are on the west end of the house. (This is where my breaker box is located outside the garage) The cable pushing was going on right there.

Unfortunately I still believe that the company that ran the cable shook something loose, on the west end of my home that's the end that they were working on right outside that garage. They refused to help me because they feel "they didn't do it". In the meantime I guess I'll just search for every outlet or switch open them up and see if there's a wire loose in them. I'm not sure what will happen if I find the loose wire and connect it with the wires coming from the east end of the house and running back to it (if that makes sense)?

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RE: Freckles (Blue Heeler/Aussie Mix)

By heather dianne 04/17/2015

She's lovely.

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RE: Cat Peeing On Roommate's Belongings

By MartyD 04/17/2015

I have 2 suggestions....
1. Get a new roommate
2. Keep a spray bottle of cold water on hand and each time the cat does something naughty spray him/her in the face. It won't take many times to get the message across to the cat and the cold water won't hurt the cat.

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RE: Prefilling Coffee Filters

By MartyD 04/17/2015

A great idea for those who are still working and want to save some time in the morning.

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RE: Easter Egg Lunch

By karismasmom 04/17/2015

I want to find a smaller egg carton and try this for my little niece and nephew. Great!

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RE: Soak Important Paperwork Instead of Shredding

By MartyD 04/17/2015

Just thought of another use for the dried paper balls. Use them in your fire place or outside barbecue pit for kindling or fire starters.

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RE: Determining Cause of Power Loss in House

By bsseaba 04/17/2015

Electricians have a device that connects to a wire and puts a signal on that wire. They then use a device that senses the signal to track the wire through ceilings and walls. If an electrician does that in your panel to the hot wire on the breaker (or the neutral wire on the bus) and follows it, it will take them to the first device on the circuit (light, receptacle, switch...).

They would then check to see if that device is working and continue to follow the circuit through to each device until the break is found. Without such a device it is harder.

Does turning off the breaker still kill power to anything or is everything already dead? If anything is still alive and the cable goes to a device that is dead, then your problem is at one of those two positions.

If everything is dead then the problem is either at the breaker, the neutral bus connection or at the first device on the circuit. Unless you are able to visually track the wires, it will be hard to tell what the first device on the circuit.

The bad connection could be either the hot or the neutral.

I wish I could be of more help.

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RE: Home Repair Assistance

By auberginefrak 04/17/2015

ohmygod that's terrible. here's some links for you to check out:

http://www.stlouisco.com/Propertyan ... tyDevelopment/HomeImprovementProgram

http://www.franciscanconnection.org/involve/StLHomeRepairNetwork.htm

http://www.communitybuildersstl.org ... p/directory-community-action-agency/

http://livingonthecheap.com/free-ho ... yard-work-for-low-income-homeowners/

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RE: Speech Ideas for Receiving an Award

By AHA! 04/17/2015

How about encouraging others to volunteer to experience the wonderful fulfillment that your volunteering has given to your life?

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RE: Daycare Slogan

By AHA! 04/17/2015

How about "Happy Childhood memories start here"?

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RE: Replacement Drip Tray for George Foreman

By AHA! 04/17/2015

I just use the smaller, rectangular shaped Styrofoam trays that come from some grocery items, usually in the produce aisle, ex: 3 tangerines or 3 avocados would be that size.

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RE: Mother's Day Banquet Decorations

By AHA! 04/17/2015

How about researching all the first names of the mothers in your church and enlarging them a bit, then printing them out onto sheets of colored paper? Everyone will look for the name of their mother so it will make the decorations personal!

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RE: Slogan for Daycare

By AHA! 04/17/2015

How about Happy Kids, Happy Parents! Simple and it plays on your Jolly theme?
:D

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RE: Graphic Design Business Name Ideas

By sahilsls20 04/17/2015

My suggestion is "Print Zone" or "Pixel Designing Co."

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RE: Graphic Design Business Name Ideas

By sahilsls20 04/17/2015

The name should be "Print Zone".

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RE: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

By hammster89 04/17/2015

Rit brand makes a color remover. My husband turned my favorite sweatshirt pink once, and I washed it with the Rit color remover (making sure to follow directions), and my sweatshirt came out great!

RE: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

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RE: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

By Mustardseedmama 04/17/2015

Have you tried sending them through another wash with some bleach? I just got a load of socks and undies white again (had also been pink from a sweatshirt someone threw in without my knowing - grrr!) by using bleach. Dilute it well in the wash water before you put the jeans into the washer.

Everyone makes mistakes - if my daughter would throw a fit about something like this she'd be taking over full responsibility for her own laundry immediately and permanently.

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RE: Getting Rid of Ants in an Exterior Lamp Post

By outback_legend 04/17/2015

Simply spinkle with talcum powder. They can't walk on it and thus hate it. You will find they will leave in droves. Hope this helps.

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RE: Slogan Ideas for Dog Grooming Business

By Mustardseedmama 04/17/2015

Hi! Kudos to you for starting your own business! I'm sorry, I don't have a slogan suggestion, but I did want to ask you, kindly and respectfully, if you are sure you want to name your business "Doggy Groomer's Choice"?

To me that kind-of sounds like you are going to be the one making the decisions about how the customer's dogs get groomed, instead of listening to your customers and trying to please them.

If you changed the position of two words, you'd have "Choice Doggy Groomers", which indicates that you are one really fine groomer! Just my thoughts. Best of luck to you in your new endeavor!

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RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

By dena.roberts.58 04/17/2015

Sharon is right...you can find nail polish remover that has a high acetone content. Fill a small glass container with the liquid and soak your nails in it until they fall off. Be sure to moisturize your nails well afterwards, as the acetone dries them out.

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RE: Quasar Superwave Microwave/Convection Manual

By fatmama913 04/17/2015

Hi, I don't know if you've had any replies, but we have an 86 I think superwave, and manual and recipe book, I believe. If you could still use it, Just yell! I'll be glad to ask his how to get it scanned or something!

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RE: Pajama Birthday Party for 7 Year Olds

By jen247good 04/17/2015

Awesome ideas ladies! For my daughter's 7th birthday I'm totally creating a "Beauty Parlour" nook, Hair & Dress-up area, photo-shoot on red-carpet, Slipper-decorating craft area and a Tea-party-area with some snacks and cupcakes. And if time permits... flashlight-hide-n-seek game. Thank you so much!

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RE: Determining Cause of Power Loss in House

By maiden44 04/17/2015

I had no issues prior to this incident, I just went to bed and had no power the next morning and that was the only thing that was going on. My guess is that they shook something loose which may have been loose in the first place but they knocked it completely out but the company is telling me that there's no way that they caused it and I believe that that's exactly what happened. I have had other electricians tell me that they have had to do repairs where someone was playing electric guitar and the vibrations knock the wire loose within the outlet.

It does appear to be one line my electric company checked my box as my first thing was to do was to change the breaker but the electric company came out and they checked it and says all the power to my house is fine and there's nothing wrong with any of my breakers.

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RE: Product Review: Plaque Off Animal for Dog's Bad Breath

By bobbi.mccarthy.7 04/17/2015

I have found that Yogurt is the best thing for my dog. But u only can give a dog Plain or Vanilla no other flavors. I give my dog a tablespoon every day and he loves it. Plus it is also good for their digestive system. I hope this helps... Bobbi

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RE: Determining Cause of Power Loss in House

By bsseaba 04/17/2015

I am sorry that the electrician could not find the issue. I would consider another electrician when funds become available.

What I am curious to know is how many circuits (breakers in your panel) are effected. If it is only one circuit, it is something in your house.

It could be that you lost a leg feeding your house. The cable feeding your house may have been damaged with the utility work. If this is the case, every other breaker in your panel would have no power. Also, you would have no 240 volt power, causing your electric range, electric clothes dryer and electric water heater to not work.

It is possible that vibration knocked something loose, but I suspect you would have had issues with your electric prior to this if that were the case.

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RE: Lights Going Off and On

By luvmybge 04/17/2015

Before you pay for an electrician to come in and check... call your local power company and have them check the neutral/ground wire at your house, and in your meter box.

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RE: Social Security Survivor's Benefits

By mulberry204 04/17/2015

From my understanding, if you are married to someone for 10+ years, you do qualify to receive benefits. However, if you are receiving payments yourself, they adjust for that. The Social Security Office has a website, you can call them, or go in. There's no penalty for going in, and the sooner the better.

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RE: Use Egg Whites Instead of Egg Substitute

By auberginefrak 04/17/2015

I've always thought egg beaters were the stupidest product on earth! You have to mess up a measuring cup to measure them and they go bad quicker than a whole egg would.

The egg already comes in the perfect container. Keeps it fresh *and* measures it for you. You can even use the egg shells to separate the yolk from the white.

There's only so many ways you can recycle an egg yolk. Sure your dog will love it but you don't want to kill him with too many. You can mix them with a little olive oil and use as a hair conditioner. Don't feel bad about tossing the yolks you can't repurpose. You have the right to choose what food goes into your body and you can't save anyone from starvation with egg yolks.

Instead of feeling guilt from that, just find other ways to help people get the food they need.

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RE: Spell Checking Your Tips

By auberginefrak 04/17/2015

if you want to get a much more accurate spell check... Type it into google! Google will correct the spelling! of course you should only type in one sentence at a time.

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RE: Cook Bacon In Oven

By auberginefrak 04/16/2015

WET the bacon first!

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