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91 general / Re: Baby at dance office
« Last post by Hillia on Today at 06:45:20 AM »
Yes, I would just cancel and take my child elsewhere.  While I'm all for a casual, family friendly atmosphere, this is still a business, and I'm not paying to be inconvenienced.
I can't believe she called and tattled that you 'only cleaned the litter boxes once a week'. You explained to her that it meant a bleach cleaning, and she still insisted on her original interpretation. Wow.

 May I ask a question? We have a kitten (well, now 8 months old) that showed up on our doorstep last August . I use the two-part box with pellet type litter in the top with the absorbent sheet in the bottom, and I change the litter once a week, the sheet every few days and wash the boxes out with hot water and soap weekly, but I never thought to bleach them. This is our first kitty in a long time and I may have forgotten, or my methods may be outdated. Should I bleach them?
Wait, boarding the dogs has made them distrustful of strangers, so she doesn't want to board them.  Yet, she has no reservations about bringing them along to your house, to visit your family, to interact with all of you that are strangers to the dog.

Hmmm . . .

This doesn't surprise me. One of my dogs can be quite spooky, with high reactivity and fear aggression. She is also a therapy dog who I trust completely when I'm with her. She'd be fine somewhere strange if I was there, but not if I wasn't. Which is also why I board her in only a very few places when necessary.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Hoarders I Have Known
« Last post by crella on Today at 06:11:27 AM »
Here, too. I shredded a large garbage bag of stuff today, and am working on giving away some extra furniture we don't need. Over the past couple of years we've pared down as much as we can and get rid of paper before it piles up.
Family and Children / Re: Really, I just want water!
« Last post by cicero on Today at 06:11:25 AM »
I actually *wouldn't* try and fuss it up (adding ice, or lemon) - you're a grown woman, you can drink or not drink what you want.

I came across this at some point in my life when i was working with families of a different cultural background than mine. It was culturally ingrained in them that when someone comes into your home you offer something to drink (never water! as i was told once "water is for washing") and food. then coffee/tea and more food. and food again. it's a way to show love and all that. My former in laws are like that - even though individually they mostly prefer to drink cold water. but it is seen as an affront to offer a guest *only* water.

I would drink the water and redirect ("oh mom, the bean dip is scrumptious! how did you make it?")
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: How sayings came about.
« Last post by cabbageweevil on Today at 05:48:06 AM »
More re "robbing Peter to pay Paul":  I learn elsewhere, that the saying or close equivalents, exist in at least a couple of other languages.  On the European continent, when it's about saints / apostles, clothing seems to be referenced, rather than "stealing someone's stuff": in France, it's "undressing Paul to dress Peter (Pierre)" -- or Jacques, or Jean -- all apostles, anyway.  The Spanish counterpart means "undressing one saint to dress another".  Also, Spanish has the straightforward saying meaning "taking from person X in order to give to person Y" -- with the names of X and Y linked, by convention, in some way.  Sometimes thus in Spanish, it's Peter and Paul (Pedro / Pablo); or it could be -- English equivalents -- say Bill / Ben, or Popeye / Bluto, or pretty well any known name-pair that you please.
97 general / Re: Rude gift or not? More info #52, #81
« Last post by Psychopoesie on Today at 05:39:02 AM »
It seems like the gift giver wanted to recycle her leftover cards so she turned them into a thank you gift. They're the sort of thing i'd ask if people would like, not something I'd consider giving as a gift. I'd probably consider that others were doing me a favour taking them off my hands.

Don't think the friend should have said anything but understand being taken aback. It seems really dismissive of the time, effort and expense of firing that many pieces. The message it sends is "thanks for all that - here, have some old cards and envelopes I had lying around."

Skipping a gift and just doing a thank you note would have been a better option.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: DECLUTTERING
« Last post by Cricket on Today at 04:51:26 AM »
I had a huge meltdown about the state of our house about 18 months ago and we worked on the house for a couple of months until I got very sick. I was unwell for almost a year, where a good day was being able to get out of bed. I only left the house a dozen times in that year, mostly for medical appointments. So, our house was never finished and in the intervening time, it has become worse. Something has changed, though, and now DH and I seem to be on the same page ... we have too much stuff (DH couldn't see this before).

This past week, DH has been sorting through his papers, computer and console games, and clothes. He's been shredding a lot and getting rid of a lot of stuff. I have sorted through my clothes and filled 8 garbage bags to donate, plus 2 bags that are good for nothing. I still feel I have too many clothes, but I'm sick of looking at them and trying to decide whether to keep it or donate it. I've put a temporary hold on that task and moved on to another.

The hardest thing for me has been to go through my stash of material. Some I can list for sale without a qualm, others, well, I don't have a project in mind, but I don't want to part with it either. I told DH that I was keeping aside ONE box for stuff I wanted to keep "just because". That made the process of sorting through the material go a lot faster and less stressful. I've also told DH that once the just-because box is full, I have to remove stuff before I can put more stuff in.

I read through the whole thread and am impressed with you all. Two that stick out for me are Lyn2000 and her magazines - I had a huge smile on my face when you reported that you had read all the back issues. The other is gmatoy - I was so interested in how you organised your craft/sewing area.

We have a long way to go, but I think this time we will get there ... eventually.
99 general / Re: Rude gift or not? More info #52, #81
« Last post by Bethalize on Today at 04:44:48 AM »
The gift given was neither beautiful, valuable, culturally symbolic or thoughtful. I think it was pretty classless.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Last post by JadeGirl on Today at 04:28:02 AM »
I pre-ordered through Book Depository and they cancelled my order and refunded the money  :(
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