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    Thanks for the good wishes, Linda. I'm in Oregon...

    Thanks for the good wishes, Linda. I'm in Oregon now, after spending many years in WA. I lived in your state for about 3 years but that was years ago. The OR governor seems competent and is trying...
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    Sunshine, the flu shot often wipes me out pretty...

    Sunshine, the flu shot often wipes me out pretty totally for a day, sometimes several days. There are days when 1,000 steps are a real achievement.
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    I had a message from renee only recently--I'm not...

    I had a message from renee only recently--I'm not sure why she doesn't turn up here any more but in the past when she's been absent, it's often been because of hospitalizations or surgery or...
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    Very few things get in the way of that...

    Very few things get in the way of that pedometer's daily activity. I'm so disinclined to walk that I really need the incentive that it provides, and so I keeping up the steps. I've just come in from...
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    Tom Cat sends this picture of the garden since...

    Tom Cat sends this picture of the garden since today is the anniversary of Cat's passing:
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    Such good advice--thank you! You're so right...

    Such good advice--thank you! You're so right about the other residents. They have cliques and help one another. I dislike cliques and stay out of them. If anyone starts resenting me for asking this...
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    Well, renee's birthday on the 13th passed me by...

    Well, renee's birthday on the 13th passed me by completely. I must be asleep at the switch.

    Anyway, if you're still reading here, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RENEE! We miss you!
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    Three cheers for Laura! Now you won't have to be...

    Three cheers for Laura! Now you won't have to be concerned about possums or raccoons or snakes or thieves in that crawlspace.
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    I went looking for a pedometer that can be worn...

    I went looking for a pedometer that can be worn around the neck, and there is one I found:
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    Yes, still here and glad to be staying put. ...

    Yes, still here and glad to be staying put.

    I've come up with yet another plan. Among the women who have been living with my son and DIL, there is at least one who drives. I might be able to...
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    Sunshine, I watched the first season of...

    Sunshine, I watched the first season of "Succession"--and the cruise ship incident must be in the second season but it sounds typical of the characters. I didn't know they were based on the Murdoch...
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    Virginia, I couldn't believe your post and...

    Virginia, I couldn't believe your post and started wondering what smoke haze you were talking about. It's OUR smoke haze, traveling across the continent to you (when we on the west coast thought we...
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    Rose, I think it's very sensible to back off from...

    Rose, I think it's very sensible to back off from anything involving the garage. The bites don't sound like fun at all. I hope they'll clear up. You don't need to chance getting more of them.
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    This came along from Tom Cat on Friday: Don't...

    This came along from Tom Cat on Friday:

    Don't envy you with all the smoke you're getting. I have a fraternal twin brother north of San Francisco, in the wine country. I need to mail him a letter....
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    That's what happened another time when the...

    That's what happened another time when the building had to be evacuated--a different building in another state but we all had to get out because there was a bad fire. We gathered in the parking lot,...
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    The time on my screen for that post is 11:29 PM...

    The time on my screen for that post is 11:29 PM yesterday, which is the time it was here. Kinda late for me but a number of problems yesterday kept me much busier than usual. You're in the Eastern...
  17. (ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS) Low rituximab doses safer than, as effective as higher ones

    The annual ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS conference took place September 11-13, and Multiple Sclerosis News Today summarizes one of the presentations there that may be of interest here since some people here take...
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    I'm not saying that cars are the major...

    I'm not saying that cars are the major contributors to pollution and climate change but large numbers of them don't help. I haven't noticed very many electric cars on the road yet but I'm probably...
  19. I've found that I need to stay strictly off the...

    I've found that I need to stay strictly off the floor unless I'm sure there's a stable piece of furniture nearby that I can hoist myself up on because I won't be getting up unless there is. I test...
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    Such intrepid souls around here! That raccoon...

    Such intrepid souls around here! That raccoon eating right out of her hand!

    The raccoons I've seen around here are considerably bigger than that one but I'm not trying to claim that my raccoon can...
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    Checking in while still looking out on the...

    Checking in while still looking out on the orangish haze out there. You can't see very far, particularly in the early part of the day, because the haze also includes fog. Eyes always burning...
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    If you haven't noticed, there is a video of some...

    If you haven't noticed, there is a video of some very young kittens with their mom if you look at houghchrst's thread in the Pet Therapy forum. They're worth a look!
  23. Thread: I got kittens!!!

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    Mama looks very proud and pleased. They're all...

    Mama looks very proud and pleased. They're all beautiful!
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    Virginia, it sounds almost as if the possum was...

    Virginia, it sounds almost as if the possum was inside your house--? I've heard of raccoons doing this to people--turning up INSIDE their houses, maybe by getting in through an open window--and then...
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    We in the US seem to be in a world where it is...

    We in the US seem to be in a world where it is simply assumed that you have a car.

    I've been wondering where I would go if there was an order to evacuate. It turns out that there are Red Cross...
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    Rose, could it have been a raccoon instead of a...

    Rose, could it have been a raccoon instead of a possum? (I'm often eager to blame raccoons. Yes, they're adorable in appearance but looks aren't everything.)

    You mentioned locusts, and yes, they...
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    So sorry you've been having such an uphill battle...

    So sorry you've been having such an uphill battle lately, Sunshine! Does hot weather mean worse times for you? If so, maybe the cooler weather that is coming along now will come to your rescue.

    I...
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    Rose, I'm so glad that John is such a good friend...

    Rose, I'm so glad that John is such a good friend and so thoughtful.

    Is there some way of removing the algae without scooping it out? Are there some fish that eat algae, for instance? It does...
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    Virginia, some have died--and this story tells...

    Virginia, some have died--and this story tells about a couple of people in shelters. It's comforting to know that shelters are in place but I'm sure some won't be able to get to them.
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    Tom Cat to Virginia (not sure what he means about...

    Tom Cat to Virginia (not sure what he means about the date of Cat Dancer's death--I thought it was September 17):


    Hi Virginia!

    Yes, it'll be a week plus, when Ann died. I'm glad I got the...
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    Tom Cat's reply to Rose--there's a message for...

    Tom Cat's reply to Rose--there's a message for Virginia too, and I'll post it soon.


    No, Rose, I have but one neighbor nearby, and he's a few years younger than I. Most upkeep on the land and...
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    Virginia, thank you for your concern. My son and...

    Virginia, thank you for your concern. My son and DIL and grandson are in a much riskier area right now. They are at Level 1, meaning that they should be on the alert in case they get to Level 2 or...
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    Local news item--people around here have emus and...

    Local news item--people around here have emus and llamas among other livestock:
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    Hi to all. I'm still celebrating the way my...

    Hi to all. I'm still celebrating the way my dental appointment turned out. I'm getting over a bit of "discomfort" as a result of the filling that was done but the tooth looks and feels ever so much...
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    Dogs are really just people in disguise. Cats...

    Dogs are really just people in disguise. Cats too. I'm not so very surprised to hear that dogs can open doors. One of my cats (Agate, actually) put her paw under any closed door in my apartment and...
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    The sky here has been really weird all afternoon...

    The sky here has been really weird all afternoon and evening--almost dark but with a yellowish-tan light. The sky has been cloudy, and the air is oppressive. My eyes have been burning. There are...
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    Howie's sister should get a medal for saving the...

    Howie's sister should get a medal for saving the day.

    I'm sorry she's lost a beloved pet though. If I had a pet possum I'd name it Pogo but then I don't know of any other possum names. Did the...
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    A bunch of people getting together to party with...

    A bunch of people getting together to party with their babies at a time when we've been told to avoid gatherings??? And on top of it, the gender-reveal partygoers start a FIRE? Words fail me. I just...
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    Here's William at 2 years (taken August 10): ...

    Here's William at 2 years (taken August 10):

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50214127901_6bc7203360_o.jpg
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    One of the new cats now in residence at my son's...

    One of the new cats now in residence at my son's and DIL's--the male. The other one is still in hiding.
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    What she's saying isn't what she's thinking,...

    What she's saying isn't what she's thinking, though. She says one thing and thinks something else, I'm sure. No one will ever know how her mind works but it's devious.
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    He dances and strums a guitar, "plays" the piano....

    He dances and strums a guitar, "plays" the piano. There was a video of him stirring some plastic cups around in some water while saying very clearly, "I'm making eggs."

    I'll try to get some...
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    Rose, I'll relay your question to Tom Cat but in...

    Rose, I'll relay your question to Tom Cat but in the meantime there was also this message on Tuesday, which I hadn't yet got around to posting. (I've been busy dealing with my TV set that wasn't...
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    Happy Labor Day to all! Rose, 109 degrees!!! ...

    Happy Labor Day to all!

    Rose, 109 degrees!!! Very stressful for all living things, I'm sure. And I've been seeing horrific news stories about the fires in California. I hope you're managing to...
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    From August 28 (about the fallen tree shown in...

    From August 28 (about the fallen tree shown in the previous post):


    The tree was quite alive and going well. It was on the edge of a pond on the lower end of the property. The soil on the roots...
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    Long ago, maybe on this board, someone took...

    Long ago, maybe on this board, someone took someone else to task for not being aware that sometimes people post just to vent. They're not looking for help--they just want to express their feelings. ...
  47. Article about using meal-delivery services like DoorDash, Grubhub

    Somewhere a while back we had a discussion of home-delivered restaurant meal services like Doordash or Grubhub.

    Consumer Reports has a good article (May 28) with advice about using these services:...
  48. Thread: Restoration Saga

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    Rose, it sounds almost as if there will be a...

    Rose, it sounds almost as if there will be a service dog in your life--? Or were you just in the office of a lawyer who also trains service dogs in addition to being a lawyer?

    It's sad that you...
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    As I mentioned in the Get Moving thread, I'm...

    As I mentioned in the Get Moving thread, I'm reading a rather long book called BITTER ALMONDS by Gregg Olsen. I don't know if people will be able to see this link but it's worth a try:
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    Virginia, a few people here in this building have...

    Virginia, a few people here in this building have had modified bathtubs installed--they look like ordinary tubs but have a little swing-away door so the person can get in and out easily. If your...
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    About alcohol intake and seizures: ...

    About alcohol intake and seizures:

    https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/triggers-seizures/alcohol
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    Are Merry Maids still around? I've known people...

    Are Merry Maids still around? I've known people who have had good experiences using them.
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    Maybe the rules are different there but here...

    Maybe the rules are different there but here there are lots of residents who have regular helpers, and those helpers are still coming in. They wear masks of course, and the people they're working for...
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    You're a far more patient patient than I would be...

    You're a far more patient patient than I would be under the circumstances, Howie.

    I think I'd be on that phone a couple of times at least today since we're about to have a long weekend. I'd be...
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    Virginia, I must have forgotten something. Didn't...

    Virginia, I must have forgotten something. Didn't you have someone coming regularly to help? Or was she not working out--not showing up when scheduled?
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    This latest pedometer I have has the stride input...

    This latest pedometer I have has the stride input option too. It was more accurate after I'd entered the stride.
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    I'm still learning about pedometers but there are...

    I'm still learning about pedometers but there are differences among them. There are some that are meant to be worn on the ankle but I haven't tried that kind.

    So far as I can figure out, the...
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    Seems a shame to invest in another gadget if the...

    Seems a shame to invest in another gadget if the watch is supposed to record your steps. I don't know anything about the Apple watch but it looks as if it needs to be coordinated with an iPhone for...
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    Isn't Sam partial to turkey? Maybe you should...

    Isn't Sam partial to turkey? Maybe you should switch to turkey yourself, Howie.

    I watched a PBS Nova program about cats this evening. Someone has trained some cats to do tricks, like jumping...
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    Ditto what Rose said. ...

    Ditto what Rose said.

    https://c7.uihere.com/files/902/884/39/outdoor-chickens-spout-food-empire.jpg
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    Could you try to keep calling? Sometimes a...

    Could you try to keep calling? Sometimes a request like that just slips past the people who should be noticing it.
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    Sunshine, you describe such yummy meals! I...

    Sunshine, you describe such yummy meals!

    I can't recommend any pedometer in particular. I've been choosing low-priced ones that have good ratings and reviews but so far I'm underwhelmed by all...
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    LOL! That's probably the only current picture of...

    LOL! That's probably the only current picture of Howie we'll get. He seems camera-shy. Maybe Sam could take some photos of him when he's not aware of it.
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    I'm breaking in another new pedometer while using...

    I'm breaking in another new pedometer while using one of my older ones in the other pocket, for comparison. The one I'd been using just wasn't working.

    After reading quite a few reviews of...
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    I do have a dim memory of digging up a photo of...

    I do have a dim memory of digging up a photo of Howie from the forum archives because there was one he used for a while as his avatar, or else he posted it somewhere. I believe it was Howie's head...
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    Heavy clothes? We're headed for more days in the...

    Heavy clothes? We're headed for more days in the mid-90s here but it won't be long. In fact in another 2 months the US will probably have an election, and it will be November, and we'll be wearing...
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    Um, what picture did Howie send Agate? I don't...

    Um, what picture did Howie send Agate? I don't remember any but I'm sure it's just my weird memory. Or lack of it.
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    Howie, I fail to understand why your doctor...

    Howie, I fail to understand why your doctor doesn't have an "after-hours" number where people can reach her when the office isn't open. There may be one if you listen to the entire recorded message...
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    Hiya, Howie!*boogie

    Hiya, Howie!*boogie
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    Sunshine, I don't know if this is the same place...

    Sunshine, I don't know if this is the same place but certainly hope it isn't. I think that not allowing any visitors must be a fairly standard practice now at nursing homes and rehab centers because...
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    Howie, I ate Smart Ones frozen dinners regularly...

    Howie, I ate Smart Ones frozen dinners regularly for years. They're put out by Weight Watchers. They stopped making some of their meatless meals, and I got a bit tired of the few that were left but...
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    News of Jeanie Z

    Jeanie's son Jim very kindly returned my call, and now I have an address for her. If anyone would like to send a card or a note, please contact me by PM or e-mail and I'll provide the address.

    He...
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    Why of course fish have a face! In fact, I think...

    Why of course fish have a face! In fact, I think I've heard "fishface" used as an insult, as in "You fishface!"

    Fish I've known have definitely had faces.

    Rose, I'm a lacto-ovo-vegetarian too. ...
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    There's been no news of Jeanie for quite a while,...

    There's been no news of Jeanie for quite a while, and so I called her son and left a message, saying that people here are wondering how she's doing and might want to send a card but don't know where...
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    ANN, what kind of beans do you spill on the...

    ANN, what kind of beans do you spill on the chicken with ginger?:wink:
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