PEllen

Chicago, IL

#74912 Oct 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
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Yes, we spent the day picnicking where the river splits into two and they each surround an island that has a big park with big trees, picnic tables, and grills. The rivers are very gentle and the kids could play in the river without much supervision. It was great. I can't wait to go back.
There is-- or was-- a dude ranch in the mountains called Cataloochee Ranch. It was a converted farmstead. We have gone tehre 3 or 4 times. They have horses and trail rides

Since: Jan 10

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#74913 Oct 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
Tonight: Chill with Bambi. She worked Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. So I haven't seen her much this week.
What does she do again?

Since: Jan 10

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#74914 Oct 19, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
I take that back. My feisty redheaded one bit me once *hard* in that webbing between my thumb and finger. I was probably trying to trim her nails or something.
I had no idea you had to trim their nails! duh!

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#74915 Oct 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
Also, hardwood floors transmit sound easily.
Actually, a lot depends on the type of wood and how it was installed. Friend's old house, you could loudly hear every step his dogs took becauseof the sound of their nails clacking on the floor. New house, the sound is a lot more muffled. Can barely hear it.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74916 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I had no idea you had to trim their nails! duh!
Yes, and it sucks when the nails are dark.

Er, I guess that's true for any animal. But at least my dog nails get shorter when I walk them often.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74917 Oct 19, 2012
Also, screw you, Words With Friends. My phone is muted, but I'm in a meeting and threw a quick word out there and the stupid thing started blasting a AmEx ad or something.

Guess that's what I get for not buying the full ad-less version.

Since: Aug 08

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#74918 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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What does she do again?
She's just a CNA right now and is planning on getting her nursing degree. She will start taking classes in the spring.

She works the night shift 7 PM to 7 AM at a hospital (she was doing home health and a nursing home over the summer, but got hired at the hospital, which is hard to do since she just started in June).

So, I pretty much come home from work and she leaves. It works well, because she can come home and sleep until the boys get home a little after 3.

She really likes working in that field. She likes it a lot better than teaching. She'd like to eventually be a nurse anesthetist. If we didn't have kids, she would probably go to med school (she is wishing she had done that instead of go into teaching). She graduated with highest distinction from college, and would have done well.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#74919 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I had no idea you had to trim their nails! duh!
Yeah, not really looking forward to that, with the biting and all.

I'm pondering getting some type of non-skid stuff, like for steps, and putting it on his ramp that lead up to his food platform. He'll file his nails on every trip!

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#74920 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
If Mimi would just drop out of school and get a real job, she'd have more time for US.
Right? Then I could just spend all day surreptitiously reading Topix from my desk. <shudder> That word, "desk" gives me the creeps. I am SO not the corporate sit at a desk type. Mad respect to all those that can, but me...I gotta be free...

Since: Aug 08

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#74921 Oct 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
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The geology in the area also yields sapphires and rubies. There are roadside sluices where you buy a bucket of dirt and you sluice to see what gems are in there. It gets addictive.
I have a sapphire about an inch long and a quarter inch in diameter that "I" found. The girls had a grand time- it was tough to leave... Just one more bucket, mom, please.
If you do that, the earth contain a lot of iron ore which stains clothes. Use Barkeepers Friend ( oxalic acid in a kitchen cleanser form) sprinkled on teh clothes and teh stains come right out.
That sounds like fun.

We have that crappy red soil by us too. I don't know how anything grows in it. It turns about as hard as concrete when it hasn't rained for awhile. I miss the feet if black earth back home...

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#74922 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I'm on the first floor, thankfully.
My friend had a big house with hardwood floors and I would get there early enough on a Friday night to be there when she was cleaning a bit before people came over, and she got out the school janitor style dustmop -- long, fat -- and went through the whole place in a snap. I totally plan on doing that -- there's a janitor suppply place downtown St. Paul where I buy my spray bottles for cleaning solutions.
I really like the swiffer vacuum for my hardwood floors. It does double duty with the sucking and the swiffing, and I know with pets you can use all the help you can get.

We also have a pair of slippers with removable, washable microfiber bottoms. It's kind of fun to slip around the house and be cleaning at the same time.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#74923 Oct 19, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
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Yes, and it sucks when the nails are dark.
Er, I guess that's true for any animal. But at least my dog nails get shorter when I walk them often.
Yeah, it's the concrete sidewalks that do that. Our vet (waaay back when I had a dog) recommended we play fetch with her on cement as a way to keep her nails short. She HATED getting them trimmed.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74924 Oct 19, 2012
squishymama wrote:
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Yeah, not really looking forward to that, with the biting and all.
I'm pondering getting some type of non-skid stuff, like for steps, and putting it on his ramp that lead up to his food platform. He'll file his nails on every trip!
Good idea!

I always meant to buy a big, flat, pourous landscaping brick and put it in their cage as a platform for fresh veggies to wear down their nails.

Since: Jan 10

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#74925 Oct 19, 2012
squishymama wrote:
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Yeah, not really looking forward to that, with the biting and all.
I'm pondering getting some type of non-skid stuff, like for steps, and putting it on his ramp that lead up to his food platform. He'll file his nails on every trip!
I will just pass on what I do with my cats: I am obsessive about clipping their claws, starting as kittens -- I check them at least twice a week. They get used to it and get complacent. Mia cooperates but whines now and then. Rose purrs. The more you can desensitize them to such things early on, I think it works out well in the long run.

now for rodent type animals, I don't know, but it's worth a shot.

Since: Jan 10

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#74926 Oct 19, 2012
Are you ready to be a mom? A quiz:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-221...

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#74927 Oct 19, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
Also, screw you, Words With Friends. My phone is muted, but I'm in a meeting and threw a quick word out there and the stupid thing started blasting a AmEx ad or something.
Guess that's what I get for not buying the full ad-less version.
that sucks! Topix was doing that to me at my desk, that's why I switched to Firefox where Flash doesn't automatically load or whatever.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#74928 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Are you ready to be a mom? A quiz:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-221...
hah! read the paper for the last time. true to life! my sunday morning used to be newspaper time. no longer

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74929 Oct 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Are you ready to be a mom? A quiz:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-221...
I have test #2 nailed. Forget the rest.

Re: kids messing up your car. I should note that I do not keep the inside of my car particularly neat. I have hockey and rollerblade stuff in there and there are dog nose prints on the windows. However, my dad was/is a 'car guy' and keeps his cars fairly pristine and we were brought up to treat their cars the same. You brought a toy with, you took that toy with you when you got back home. There was no chocolate ice cream cone in the glove compartment or a rake run against the side.

Nowdays, I regularly see cars that have kid's stickers plastered up all over the inside of the back windows and enough toys to fill a toybox. My dad would have had a stroke.

/end pointless rant

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74930 Oct 19, 2012
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>hah! read the paper for the last time. true to life! my sunday morning used to be newspaper time. no longer
Get your older one hooked on the Sunday comics as soon as he can read! That might buy you a few minutes.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#74931 Oct 19, 2012
In my above rant, I'm just sayin', it can be done. And unless you're having 3 or more, you don't need a minivan or a 8 passenger SUV.

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