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    I don't think I'd like rubber bands. If you can...

    I don't think I'd like rubber bands. If you can find some elastic, it might be more comfortable.

    I can't hang the mask on my ears because there's no room. It's all taken up by (a) glasses and (b)...
  2. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    jendie, how nice to hear from you! Too bad about...

    jendie, how nice to hear from you! Too bad about your connectivity problems.

    It's a different world these days. Here just south of you, in the apartment building I live in, we've been told not...
  3. Thread: I am Sunshine

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    So now there are two rays of Sunshine here? The...

    So now there are two rays of Sunshine here? The more the merrier! Welcome, Sunshine2!
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    That looks like an easy one to make and should do...

    That looks like an easy one to make and should do what it's supposed to do. Are filters useful? I notice that some designs include a filter and others don't.

    A sewing machine would definitely...
  5. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    I have taped over the camera "eye" on the top of...

    I have taped over the camera "eye" on the top of my desktop PC too, and in fact my son and DIL were the ones who advised me to do that.

    I opted to use FaceTime partly because I could just use the...
  6. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    Yes, renee and jendie! I had an amazing...

    Yes, renee and jendie!

    I had an amazing experience today--I tried FaceTime and actually chatted with my son and grandson while watching them, and they could see me. It was just a brief trial...
  7. Rare diseases more common than we think (Medical News Today)

    From Medical News Today (November 2019)--"Rare Diseases More Common Than We Think":

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326879
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    I keep expecting Peg to post about life in the...

    I keep expecting Peg to post about life in the tar paper shack and about the sacred cows.
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    A message from TomCat: ...

    A message from TomCat:

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    My average step count in March, based on 30 days:...

    My average step count in March, based on 30 days: 1,574 steps (same as January but February's average was 1,679)
  11. Is that the uncle who taught her everything she...

    Is that the uncle who taught her everything she needed to know about how to get what you want?
  12. Probably. She was clever enough to disguise her...

    Probably. She was clever enough to disguise her identity by posting a photo of an orange cat.
  13. So sorry! Sunshine may have seen the images...

    So sorry! Sunshine may have seen the images because she liked the original post--haven't heard from her on this.

    The first one is captioned "My house by the end of self-isolation" and shows part...
  14. Oh dear--the images aren't showing up? I'm...

    Oh dear--the images aren't showing up? I'm seeing them but others must not be? I'd be interested to know who is seeing them and who isn't. I'm not sure why this happened, Jeanie.
  15. (OT) A little humor for staying inside (from Jeanie Z)

    From Jeanie Z:
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    Don't anyone move in with Howie! He's safe as...

    Don't anyone move in with Howie! He's safe as long as he lives alone with Sam.

    So many people want to just move in with Howie for all of the free dental care. This will be a notice letting them...
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    Make your own face mask

    For a while we were told not to wear masks unless we were taking care of sick or vulnerable people or were infected ourselves because there is such a limited supply of the most effective masks that...
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    (OT) Restful nature imagery

    Looking at nature can be restful during tense times. Here's a springlike nature scene:

    https://www.9to5animations.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/beautiful-nature-stream-hd-desktop-wallpapers.jpg
  19. I used to have these but not so much any more. ...

    I used to have these but not so much any more. I'd be drifting off to sleep and suddenly see lots of beautiful colors, shifting around--a bit like looking into a kaleidoscope.
  20. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    They have a magic wand. They wave it and...

    They have a magic wand. They wave it and wonderful things happen. *sparkle
  21. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    Virginia, the moderator has merged the two...

    Virginia, the moderator has merged the two Chitchat threads. I didn't know that could be done.
  22. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    Virginia, I'll ask a moderator if my thread can...

    Virginia, I'll ask a moderator if my thread can be removed.

    Hair? Was hair mentioned?

    My problem is that much of my life depends on the goodwill and volunteering of others. People aren't in the...
  23. Thread: April Chit Chat

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    April Chit Chat

    It's spring now and we're still alive and kicking. I'm not sure about the kicking but we're trying to kick.

    If you're like me, you've been getting quite a few e-mails from places telling you all...
  24. Thread: March chitchat

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    Farmers' markets here may become drive-throughs. ...

    Farmers' markets here may become drive-throughs. Linda, can you make any plans for taking part in your farmer's market there?
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    You're getting this, Sunshine? Hope it works for...

    You're getting this, Sunshine? Hope it works for you!
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    Happy birthday! You can't have too much...

    Happy birthday! You can't have too much chocolate!

    https://img.wallpapersafari.com/desktop/1536/864/46/79/LbTetj.jpg
  27. Thread: March chitchat

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    Thank you, thank you, Virginia! That's probably...

    Thank you, thank you, Virginia! That's probably the way it is.

    I'm so glad someone came along with that information. I show how out of it I am all too often, and I was probably about to scold my...
  28. Thread: Jim's Journey

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    Rose, I don't suppose Jim could use a commode...

    Rose, I don't suppose Jim could use a commode temporarily while the plumbing work is being done?
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    Well, it pays off if you hang around and keep...

    Well, it pays off if you hang around and keep checking Instacart several times a day. That's what I did for several days and finally a time slot turned up--tonight from 6 to 8 PM. I snapped it up and...
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    A message and a couple of photos from Tom Cat:...

    A message and a couple of photos from Tom Cat:...
  31. Thread: March chitchat

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    Deals can be made. Congratulations on ingeniously...

    Deals can be made. Congratulations on ingeniously thinking of a way for several people to have chili, Virginia!

    I'm finding ways of getting deals too. I'm working on finding out whether one of...
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    And I was joking too, Linda.*smile

    And I was joking too, Linda.*smile
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    Rose, is ordering groceries from Amazon a...

    Rose, is ordering groceries from Amazon a possibility for you?
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    How sad. Landlords can be very heartless. That...

    How sad. Landlords can be very heartless. That might be particularly true in Las Vegas, where many people are probably just passing through and the landlords get tired of transient tenants...
  35. Thread: March chitchat

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    nuthatch, I was looking at the CVS Website just...

    nuthatch, I was looking at the CVS Website just the other day and it looked as if they now have free delivery for rx's. Now that you've mentioned it too, I'm starting to believe it.

    Virginia,...
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    Eggs! Roast chicken! Chicken soup! Great idea....

    Eggs! Roast chicken! Chicken soup! Great idea. Chicken soup is said to be good for respiratory illnesses.

    You have a head start on many of us, Linda, by growing veggies. With the chickens you're...
  37. Finally got a bit of time so I could watch this,...

    Finally got a bit of time so I could watch this, and it was well worth watching. So appropriate to bring back the birds at this time of year!
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    I use Instacart when the shopping service I...

    I use Instacart when the shopping service I normally use isn't working--that happens at least 4 times a year (they get holiday weeks off--July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's) and any...
  39. Thread: Jim's Journey

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    Congratulations and bravo!!!!

    Congratulations and bravo!!!!
  40. Thread: March chitchat

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    Forgiving tenants their rent payments if they're...

    Forgiving tenants their rent payments if they're having difficulties is very generous of you, nuthatch, and I'm sure the tenants appreciate it.

    Some cities have put a temporary ban on evictions:
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    Thanks ever so much, Linda! I'd never heard of...

    Thanks ever so much, Linda!

    I'd never heard of Postmates. I'm going to keep it in mind. This kind of information is one of several ways message boards can be extremely useful. I might have spent...
  42. MS Foundation offering emergency assistance grants

    The MS Foundation has limited funds available for emergency assistance grants if you need help paying for medication or utilities or housing:
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    Another message: I'm sending you and all...

    Another message:

    I'm sending you and all our friends on BrainTalk my deepest thoughts, that they will make it well through this crisis. Take care.
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    Maybe try Jeanie's cakes too? That makes 30...

    Maybe try Jeanie's cakes too? That makes 30 candles in all on them. Somebody needs to eat all of the cake.
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    The grocery delivery service came through for me...

    The grocery delivery service came through for me today! They even brought--toilet paper!

    But they might not be able to keep on doing this even though they've been running this program for 30...
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    "Stimulus package" info from AARP

    According to this from the AARP (updated March 26), even those Americans receiving Social Security will get $1200 from the stimulus package bill. It sounds as if you'd need to file a 2019 tax return...
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    Happy birthday, jendie--March 26!

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2725/9456/products/flavourtown-bakery-london-cakes_vanilla-party_920x920.jpg?v=1583340892



    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENDIE! HOPE YOU LIKE CAKE!
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    Happy birthday! Why not start a bit early? And...

    Happy birthday! Why not start a bit early? And many more happy birthdays!

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    jingle, I've often ordered spices from Penzey's...

    jingle, I've often ordered spices from Penzey's and was about to mention them but went to their Website and found they're stopped processing orders until April 13.
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    Can't get paper products at any of the online...

    Can't get paper products at any of the online places I've been trying--Instacart, Amazon, Safeway. No delivery times available either. I've been looking for several days now.
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    Clever little sneak.

    Clever little sneak.
  52. That's not at all clear yet, Rose, and I'm...

    That's not at all clear yet, Rose, and I'm keeping an eye on it because I'm in that category, as are others here.

    I'd be quite happy to be able to pay down the debt on my credit card with some...
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    Happy birthday, Jeanie Z--March 22!

    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/rose-bouquet-text-happy-birthday-pink-roses-blue-enamel-jug-bow-pink-ribbon-outdoors-51933227.jpg

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANIE Z!
  54. (from Forbes) About Coronavirus stimulus check(s)

    Looks as if you need to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return to receive the promised stimulus check(s)--"What the 2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Checks Might Look Like" from Forbes (March 19):
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    A new message from TC: Good afternoon....

    A new message from TC:


    Good afternoon. Getting ready to do some lunch. A cool morning, starting out at 16 degrees.

    Things are tightening down. Most restaurants are only doing takeout now. The...
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    I was doing laundry again today (did 2 loads on...

    I was doing laundry again today (did 2 loads on Wednesday, and one last load today). It had really piled up. I was busy coping with changes due to the coronavirus--rearranging and rescheduling...
  57. Thread: March chitchat

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    If the tooth isn't bothering you, why not let it...

    If the tooth isn't bothering you, why not let it wait a while? But infections can start up where a filling has fallen out, and sometimes only an Xray will show that happening though eventually you'd...
  58. That's my impression of the way hospitalizations...

    That's my impression of the way hospitalizations go too, nuthatch! My hospital stay for removal of a parotid gland some years ago was quite similar. I made up my mind then and there to avoid any...
  59. Thread: March chitchat

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    Maybe the COVID-19 outbreak reaches a peak and...

    Maybe the COVID-19 outbreak reaches a peak and then ebbs off, or at least that's what it seems to be doing in China--if this account is believable:
    ...
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    He's aimed some questions at the farmers and...

    He's aimed some questions at the farmers and gardeners among us. Seems to me Cat mentioned once that he is a master gardener.
  61. Thread: March chitchat

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    Virginia, I figured that all of those...

    Virginia, I figured that all of those appointments I just cancelled wouldn't make it possible to stay 3 feet (6 feet?) away from people. Dentist, audiologist, and eye doctor all have to get closer...
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    This is from yesterday: The weather has gotten...

    This is from yesterday:

    The weather has gotten into the 50's a couple of days in the afternoon, and then mornings in the 20's with highs in the 30's. But it is ever changing March. Dried out for...
  63. Thread: March chitchat

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    I have 3 medical appointments coming up in April...

    I have 3 medical appointments coming up in April but I'm going to cancel all of them and reschedule at a later date. I'll also need to cancel all of the ride requests.

    The paratransit system is...
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    From TC: The cats say Good morning: ...

    From TC:

    The cats say Good morning:

    ...
  65. Wow! Does this service have a specific name?

    Wow! Does this service have a specific name?
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    I've used Gmail for years--and love it. In fact...

    I've used Gmail for years--and love it. In fact someone on this board recommended it years ago--I think it was McFox if anyone remembers him.
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    I get the "Sign in to Google drive" message too....

    I get the "Sign in to Google drive" message too. This may be one of those videos that occur in other sites on the Internet but it might take some digging to find it. If I had more information about...
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    Yes, it's an excellent time for gardening tasks....

    Yes, it's an excellent time for gardening tasks. I"m waiting for the weather to warm up a bit more but hope to get out on the patio and refresh the dirt around my potted plants. I had to haul all of...
  69. Thread: March chitchat

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    Jeanie, is an absentee ballot possible? ...

    Jeanie, is an absentee ballot possible?

    stillstANNding, I'm doing fine but this building has closed all of its common areas as of last week, and we're allowed to have only absolutely essential...
  70. From the MS International Federation--"The...

    From the MS International Federation--"The coronavirus and MS: What you need to know" (March 13):

    https://www.msif.org/news/2020/02/10/the-coronavirus-and-ms-what-you-need-to-know/
  71. Thread: March chitchat

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    ANN, the video makes the tabletop greenhouse...

    ANN, the video makes the tabletop greenhouse project look easy--and there's some interesting cat involvement in it! I hope it works well for you.
  72. And yet if you Google "neurology message boards,"...

    And yet if you Google "neurology message boards," BrainTalk is nowhere to be found, at least on the first 5 pages.

    But it's encouraging that if you Google "neurology support discussion forums,"...
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    I don't know if this is very useful but if you...

    I don't know if this is very useful but if you don't want it here, Sunshine, I can remove it--"5 Things You Should Know about Stiff Person Syndrome":
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    I forwarded Linda's and nuthatch's messages to...

    I forwarded Linda's and nuthatch's messages to TC.

    I've been slow at doing the forwarding because of a plumbing problem I had to deal with.
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    Another message and photos: ...

    Another message and photos:
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