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« Reply #8850 on: January 04, 2014, 07:12:19 PM »
I have three cats and they never go on the counter tops. Table, yes, counter tops, no.

I clean the counters and tables down regardless. I never prepare food directly on the counter or table surface.
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« Reply #8851 on: January 04, 2014, 07:21:09 PM »
I realized how harsh and unnecessary that last statement of mine was and went to edit it out, hoping no one would see it so quickly.

Apologies to all.

It is especially funny that we are not so careful about expiration dates on food - never serve to guests, but we still use it, and we have never gotten sick from it!

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« Reply #8852 on: January 04, 2014, 08:25:41 PM »
I sometimes make myself an herbal tea blend.  It has chamomile,  Valerian, and rose hips.  My cat LOVES it.  Any idea why?

He is the weird cat that will eat anything from broccoli to spaghetti sauce, but my other cats seem really interested in it as well.  I had to give them a saucer just so I could drink my tea in peace.
An herbalist once told me that catnip is kitty pot*, and valerian is kitty cocaine.  Whether or not that's true, there must be some attractive compound in the tea that your cats can smell and crave.

*My cats stole a whole sandwich bag of freshly dried catnip, ate an unknown amount, and spent most of the night strewing the remaining crumbs all over the living room carpet.  I  got up to find two pie-eyed cats weaving around saying "Man, that was GOOOOOD weed!"
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« Reply #8853 on: January 04, 2014, 08:44:37 PM »
I sometimes make myself an herbal tea blend.  It has chamomile,  Valerian, and rose hips.  My cat LOVES it.  Any idea why?

He is the weird cat that will eat anything from broccoli to spaghetti sauce, but my other cats seem really interested in it as well.  I had to give them a saucer just so I could drink my tea in peace.
An herbalist once told me that catnip is kitty pot*, and Valerian is kitty cocaine.  Whether or not that's true, there must be some attractive compound in the tea that your cats can smell and crave.

*My cats stole a whole sandwich bag of freshly dried catnip, ate an unknown amount, and spent most of the night strewing the remaining crumbs all over the living room carpet.  I  got up to find two pie-eyed cats weaving around saying "Man, that was GOOOOOD weed!"

I've had that happen with catnip as well.  It is really funny.

He likes other teas as well, but you are probably correct about the Valerian root (it's in his homeopathic calm the heck down medicine the vet told me to give him before taking him in...he gets a Little riled up in the car).  He'll drink chamomile by itself though and he really likes the Bigelow's sleepytime tea as well.  Heck, he likes plain green and black tea too...he's a bit strange for a cat.

Right now, I have some very mellow kittens.

ETA  the medicine is the only medicine I've ever had a cat voluntarily take.  He knows where it's kept snd will sometimes stare longingly at the cabinet.  I never put two and two together.  I guess I have a valerian root addict.
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« Reply #8854 on: January 04, 2014, 09:45:24 PM »
In the yelling at cats thread, people keep saying that it's unhygienic to allow cats on food prep/eating surfaces such as tables and countertops. But do people really prepare food directly on the countertop or eat directly off the table? I would never consider that hygienic, regardless of cats, unless the surface had just been cleaned. Is it not the norm to always prepare food on cutting boards and to always eat off plates?

I generally prepare food on cutting boards and eat off plates, but in between I touch the surrounding surfaces a lot: I lay the vegetables I'm about to chop on the counters, drum my fingers on it while I think, etc, so there's still lots of opportunities for contamination.

My question is, how do I prepare coffee in a pot like this?

http://www.rubylane.com/item/680714-CB303/Fine-Antique-French-Brass-Coffee

My grandmother sent me something less ornate but with the same set up for Christmas: a pot with a long handle and there's a filter on the spout. Can I make coffee in it? If so, how?

I believe that is a pot for serving coffee, not making it.  The filter in the spout would be to make absolutely sure that no grounds get in the cups.

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« Reply #8855 on: January 04, 2014, 09:57:37 PM »
I too use the counter top at times. If I've wiped it down earlier in the day I don't wash it again for making a sandwich.  I make pie/tart/quiche crusts on my counter top. I have quartz and it's awesome because it is cool like marble, but not porous like marble or granite.

I'm always vigilant about pet hair.  It gets everywhere.  Don't ask how many times I wash my hands while cooking. It's a huge number.

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« Reply #8856 on: January 05, 2014, 09:46:18 PM »
Ok new question: Does anyone know how hair salons price haircuts? The one I go to lists a range of about $25-100+. Once you get past a trim, how do you determine the cost? Time spent? Length? Amount of hair removed? Or just the classic "knowing where to thump it"? I ask because I don't think I ask for a lot of work and my haircut is done very quickly...but always ends up being on the high end, pricewise. Anyone have any insight? "... for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -William Shakespeare "We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't." ~Frank A. Clark gollymolly2 • Member • Posts: 2862 Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8857 on: January 05, 2014, 10:02:48 PM » In my experience, it's usually based on the experience level of the person doing the cutting. So a very experienced, in high demand hairdresser might charge$100 for a women's cut, regardless of length, while a new hairdresser in that same salon might charge only $35 for the same cut. Dazi • like the flower • Member • Posts: 5550 Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8858 on: January 06, 2014, 05:48:52 AM » Ok new question: Does anyone know how hair salons price haircuts? The one I go to lists a range of about$25-100+. Once you get past a trim, how do you determine the cost? Time spent? Length? Amount of hair removed? Or just the classic "knowing where to thump it"?
I ask because I don't think I ask for a lot of work and my haircut is done very quickly...but always ends up being on the high end, pricewise.

Anyone have any insight?

If there is not a specific set price, like $10 trim,$25 short hair, $35 Medium, etc, then you need to ask before scissors touch your head what the price will be and what is the reason behind the pricing. I personally despise salons that have the crazy price range with no explanation as to that particular price. Like gollymolly2, I believe you are paying for a very experienced in demand hairdresser. Unless you are just totally devoted to them, I'd take a picture of my hair after the cut is done (from several angles) and go hairdresser shopping. Meditate. Live purely. Quiet the mind. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. ---Gautama Buddah Virg • Member • Posts: 5410 Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8859 on: January 06, 2014, 10:17:12 AM » The argument for not allowing animals up on the table is that, unlike counters, most people will lay utensils directly on a table, and then pick them up and use them to eat, so it's wise to keep the pets off the table or wipe it down right before serving a meal. Virg cwm • Member • Posts: 2337 Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8860 on: January 06, 2014, 03:12:34 PM » Ok new question: Does anyone know how hair salons price haircuts? The one I go to lists a range of about$25-100+. Once you get past a trim, how do you determine the cost? Time spent? Length? Amount of hair removed? Or just the classic "knowing where to thump it"?
I ask because I don't think I ask for a lot of work and my haircut is done very quickly...but always ends up being on the high end, pricewise.

Anyone have any insight?

If there is not a specific set price, like $10 trim,$25 short hair, $35 Medium, etc, then you need to ask before scissors touch your head what the price will be and what is the reason behind the pricing. I personally despise salons that have the crazy price range with no explanation as to that particular price. Like gollymolly2, I believe you are paying for a very experienced in demand hairdresser. Unless you are just totally devoted to them, I'd take a picture of my hair after the cut is done (from several angles) and go hairdresser shopping. I'm going to agree here. The one time I went to a high-end salon, the cut part of my haircut was done very quickly. The cut itself would have been$85, and the coloring would have been a lot more. This stylist, though, was one of the top ones at the salon.

It never hurts to ask. Just a simple, "Hey, I'm not sure I understand your pricing, can you break it down for me?" should be enough.

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« Reply #8861 on: January 06, 2014, 04:08:20 PM »
I sometimes make myself an herbal tea blend.  It has chamomile,  Valerian, and rose hips.  My cat LOVES it.  Any idea why?

He is the weird cat that will eat anything from broccoli to spaghetti sauce, but my other cats seem really interested in it as well.  I had to give them a saucer just so I could drink my tea in peace.
An herbalist once told me that catnip is kitty pot*, and valerian is kitty cocaine.  Whether or not that's true, there must be some attractive compound in the tea that your cats can smell and crave.

*My cats stole a whole sandwich bag of freshly dried catnip, ate an unknown amount, and spent most of the night strewing the remaining crumbs all over the living room carpet.  I  got up to find two pie-eyed cats weaving around saying "Man, that was GOOOOOD weed!"

My cats only reacted to catnip once, when they were about 6 mos old. I put some dried catnip on a paper plate and they had a sniff, and then devoured it. One then started rolling ON the plate, and the other got very very chatty.
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« Reply #8862 on: January 06, 2014, 04:12:28 PM »
Ok new question: Does anyone know how hair salons price haircuts? The one I go to lists a range of about $25-100+. Once you get past a trim, how do you determine the cost? Time spent? Length? Amount of hair removed? Or just the classic "knowing where to thump it"? I ask because I don't think I ask for a lot of work and my haircut is done very quickly...but always ends up being on the high end, pricewise. Anyone have any insight? If there is not a specific set price, like$10 trim, $25 short hair,$35 Medium, etc, then you need to ask before scissors touch your head what the price will be and what is the reason behind the pricing.  I personally despise salons that have the crazy price range with no explanation as to that particular price.

Like gollymolly2, I believe you are paying for a very experienced  in demand hairdresser.  Unless you are just totally devoted to them, I'd take a picture of my hair after the cut is done (from several angles) and go hairdresser shopping.

I'm going to agree here. The one time I went to a high-end salon, the cut part of my haircut was done very quickly. The cut itself would have been $85, and the coloring would have been a lot more. This stylist, though, was one of the top ones at the salon. It never hurts to ask. Just a simple, "Hey, I'm not sure I understand your pricing, can you break it down for me?" should be enough. Exactly. A huge chunk of it is having an experience and in-demand stylist, and I believe the rest varies on the amount of work being done. If you're getting a perm or dye, then it will also adjust based on how much hair you have - the more hair, the more chemicals needed, and the more work required. What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science! "The problem with re-examining your brilliant ideas is that more often than not, you discover they are the intellectual equivalent of saying, 'Hold my beer and watch this!'" - Cindy Couture jpcher • Member • Posts: 10261 Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8863 on: January 06, 2014, 04:34:40 PM » Ok new question: Does anyone know how hair salons price haircuts? The one I go to lists a range of about$25-100+. Once you get past a trim, how do you determine the cost? Time spent? Length? Amount of hair removed? Or just the classic "knowing where to thump it"?
I ask because I don't think I ask for a lot of work and my haircut is done very quickly...but always ends up being on the high end, pricewise.

Anyone have any insight?

If there is not a specific set price, like $10 trim,$25 short hair, $35 Medium, etc, then you need to ask before scissors touch your head what the price will be and what is the reason behind the pricing. I personally despise salons that have the crazy price range with no explanation as to that particular price. Like gollymolly2, I believe you are paying for a very experienced in demand hairdresser. Unless you are just totally devoted to them, I'd take a picture of my hair after the cut is done (from several angles) and go hairdresser shopping. I'm going to agree here. The one time I went to a high-end salon, the cut part of my haircut was done very quickly. The cut itself would have been$85, and the coloring would have been a lot more. This stylist, though, was one of the top ones at the salon.

It never hurts to ask. Just a simple, "Hey, I'm not sure I understand your pricing, can you break it down for me?" should be enough.

YES. to both of the bold above.

DD#2 is a new stylist (7 months) in a high-end salon. The prices for her work is a whole lot cheaper than the more experienced stylists. Even though they provide the same services, the more experienced stylist might do it quicker or might be more aware of what you're looking for or might be more comfortable/personable with the stylist-customer relationship.

With the higher prices you are paying for premium service.

Not saying that the lower priced stylists won't give you great service (otherwise they wouldn't work at that salon), it's just that they don't have years of experience under their belt and haven't been promoted yet.

So, yes, ask for prices when you make your appointment. You just might find a newbee stylists that is just as good as a veteran but comes with a lessor cost.

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