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Family and Children / Re: Really, I just want water!
« Last post by VorFemme on Yesterday at 07:26:00 PM »
After VorGuy recently had a kidney stone, his new doctor told him to drink more water (lots more water) and to add a little lemon or lime juice to help reduce the kidney stone formation (or so he understood it was supposed to do).

Since he loves a wedge of lemon or lime in water (or lime in Coca Cola), he's been happily spritzing a little juice into his water ever since (a whole month). 

If you could allow your MIL to "help" you by getting you a wedge of lemon, lime, or possibly some other small citrus fruit to drop into your ice water, she'd be happy and, if you don't want a lot of fruit flavor - don't press the wedge with spoon, fork, or fingers to release extra juice.

It depends on what the water tastes like in her area - when I visit the relatives in San Angelo during the turning of the lake, I add more than a dash of juice to the water...we haven't lived there in two decades and it no longer "tastes like home" to me...but a small amount of juice spritzed in makes it taste much "fresher"...even when it isn't algae season or time for the lake to "turn over".

Places where the aquifer is in a layer of limestone, the water tastes much better than lake water anywhere that I've drunk water from a lake or reservoir.
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Family and Children / Re: Really, I just want water!
« Last post by CaffeineKatie on Yesterday at 07:21:33 PM »
I've never run into this at someone's home, but my DH and I prefer water with meals and are instantly tagged "cheapskates" when we ask for water when dining out.  Service drops way off--I guess the assumption is we won't tip very well. They don't realize I intend to order dessert, unless they disappear (happens way too often) and would have given them an even larger tip.

 I for one think you should continue to just request water from your MIL--no tricks, no special bottled water requests, just keep asking for water until she accepts it.  Be a broken record, get your DH to be one, too, and she will learn it isn't worth pestering you with other offers.
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Gardening / Re: The 2015 Gardening Thread
« Last post by Jones on Yesterday at 07:21:04 PM »
We have a very short planting season, and are told not to plant outside until after Memorial day (!) because that's when we likely aren't getting any more frost. Last year it was a lie, we had a freak frost in June. My tomatoes mostly managed to survive though I lost one branch to the frost.

Anyway, today was gorgeous and I took an idea I got on Pinterest and put a bunch of cardboard toilet paper tubes into a disposable pan, put in a bunch of potting soil and planted peas, pumpkins and radishes. Will grow the seeds indoors for now and will move them outside to the flower beds in late May.

Essentially: http://www.homeandgardenexperiences.com/garden/toilet-paper-roll-seed-starters-513
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Life...in general / Re: Rude gift or not? More info #52, #81
« Last post by FauxFoodist on Yesterday at 07:18:16 PM »
I would think a little better of the gift if Friend 2 had bothered to match envelopes with cards.  OP said they were mismatched so I don't see much thought going into it.
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Life...in general / Re: Rude gift or not? More info #52, #81
« Last post by Surianne on Yesterday at 07:16:16 PM »
I don't make the same distinction about purchased gifts, myself, so that's why I don't see a difference between unused (since they weren't written in) greeting cards and flowers.  Perhaps the OP's friend is the same, and didn't see the cards as cast-offs. 

Unless she was being deliberately insulting and knew Famous Artist a) didn't like cards or b) made a distinction about only seeing newly-purchased gifts as worthy,  I think the polite thing to do would be to assume the best and not complain about the gift. 
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Family and Children / Re: Rudeness at a Funeral - A Bit Long
« Last post by Kimblee on Yesterday at 07:14:43 PM »
A friend of mine was raised by her great-uncle. (Her mother wanted to be a free spirit and left her with her grandmother, who died a few months later and Great-Uncle decided someone had to raise this child, so he did. I don't know if she has ever known who her father was.) Her great uncle has been clear from her young years that she would have to care for him when he was old and frail because he raised her. She just takes this as a fact of life. (In fact he sent her to Europe at 21 so she could see the world before his health went bad. She brought home a husband.)

He doesn't seem to have an issue with her marrying, although he was pretty adamant that they would of course live with him and that he was to be given "the right to be any children's grandfather" because he raised Friend you know and therefore he earned that. The subsequent adoption of a little boy apparently has done his health worlds of good. (seriously, he was having heart issues and given a year to live, then he heard Friend and FriendDH were getting this baby and his heart issue just kind of faded to a "keep an eye on it but its probably nothing" state. Oddly, some older members of her synagogue have told her he was expected to die any moment of his weak heart when her grandmother passed away and he suddenly regained his health to raise her.) They're expecting their second child sometime this fall and the old man seems content to stay healthy for a while.

I assume this is a better way of handling old fashioned expectations that your child will care for you. (He once offered to look into a nursing home for himself but warned her she might not have any inheritance if he did. She told him he could spend his money on whatever he wanted but he wasn't going to live in a nursing home as long as she was alive, and if he tried it behind her back she would have him declared senile. They... have an odd love language.) He is in his early 80's, so supposedly he "won't be a burden on her for long" but she says she fully expects him to hit triple digits as long as she and her husband keep making babies.
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I just bought a Misfit Flash a couple of weeks ago and I love it. I wear it on my shoe with the clip, or on my wrist with the band. At night I wear the band or clip it to my jammie pants. It's waterproof, and I've dropped it a couple of times with no problems.

I downloaded the app to my phone and tablet, and linked it to My Fitness Pal (and I hadn't been on MFP in months)

I'm loving it, I've lost 2 pounds, and the misfit is under 40 bucks on Amazon.
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Life...in general / Re: A Stranger's Rude Comment
« Last post by cass2591 on Yesterday at 07:01:46 PM »
I'm glad you're still in recovery, but the stranger who was rude was you.

Thread locked.
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Family and Children / Re: Rudeness at a Funeral - A Bit Long
« Last post by lakey on Yesterday at 06:59:53 PM »
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My dear friend and colleague is the youngest of four girls. One of them was supposed to stay single and continue to live with the parents throughout their lives. Friend was the last to marry and was continually subjected to guilt trips and passive aggressive lectures throughout her dating her now-DH and their engagement. Her mom still cries on the phone that who will care for them in their old age.

Friend is now married and a happy mother of a baby, but her parents are still angry with her for getting married.

There's a modern solution to this, Long Term Care Insurance. I have no children and so I have a policy.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by SingMeAway on Yesterday at 06:54:37 PM »
I'm not sure if this story belongs here or in the beggars / moochers section, but here goes. Friend and her dh decide to sell their house (just the house) and have it moved off their property and build a new house on the same property. They wanted to build a very large house.

To get design ideas, friend gets herself a real estate agent and tell him that they're "undecided" about whether to buy or build and could he show her some houses of the right size. The size was 6 bedroom, at least 3 full bathrooms and room for two offices. In the areas she had him take her, houses like that would easily put you into the $1 000 000 range. Note, they never had any intention of buying. Poor real estate agent.  :(
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