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  1. I am still alive.  Still trying to wrangle children and help them fight brainweasels.  It's been a rough year.  


    Hoping that we can get enthused about doing some painting during the online ReaperCon.  Even went all out and ordered the massive box of swag, because honestly, our entertainment and vacation budget has not been strained this year.  <_< 

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  2. 2 hours ago, TripleH said:

    For the Hockey fans:


    SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL’s newest team finally has its name: the Seattle Kraken.




    1 hour ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:


    When will they be released?


    Ha!  I literally came to the forum just to share that same news!  Apparently they made a deal with Kraken rum, too.

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  3. I am still among the living, still busy.  


    Testing proceeds with middle daughter, we've gotten as far as proving she has measurable reading difficulty.  More testing still required, she's done six hours and we have two more scheduled.


    Oldest daughter is going to get some iron infusions, we're done trying to manage with just supplements.  Will be interesting to see if this helps with her anxiety.  


    We're supposed to go camping next week.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  Kinda wish I could just spend that week home painting, but hubby wants to escape the house.

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  4. On 6/19/2020 at 9:28 AM, Kangaroorex said:


    I grow them in Sphagnum moss or medium bark medium.  the best improvement I have found over the years is to grow phalenopsis with a plastic pot with holes in the bottom in a  second glazed pot that is water tight.  the plants need high humidity but don't like having their feet wet.  this leaves a puddle of water in the bottom of the glazed pot to keep the roots moist without letting the roots rot by sitting in standing water.  Don't know if it will help you but it worked well for me 


    Sweet, I stumbled upon that method for the orchid I got in May!  

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  5. 23 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    I know what kind of parties my baby girl is having!


    I got assorted cheap tea cups on eBay several years ago for a little girls tea party, I might have to use them for a sundae party.  ::D:


    5 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

    They found me...


    I have an appointment to give blood again...


    On behalf of all us iron deprived people, thank you!!

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  6. Oldest daughter completed the filming for her virtual graduation today.  Yay?  They provided all graduates with face masks with the school logo and the year (they didn't wear masks for the actual filming).  Daughter said it was the most apt symbol of her year.


    Youngest made a hexaflexagon that counts down the days left of school.  (She's been watching a lot of Vihart videos.) Also a pretty apt representation of her spring.  


    I'm a little terrified of dealing with school in the fall.  

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  7. 6 hours ago, Pingo said:


    I love y’all. Yes, even you. But my heart is breaking and there’s work to do.



    My heart has been breaking too, but for more personal reasons.  (And I don't like to get into details of my kids mental health struggles online.) When you can't talk about what's hurting you the most it leaves you with little to say.  When you feel like you're in a crisis it's hard enough to hobby at all, never mind document the process.  


    @Pingo, you should know that Red's YouTube collection has been helpful to my middle schooler as she's stuck at home looking for something to distract her from staring at the same walls.  And if you ever want to chat you can PM me and we can exchange contact info.  

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  8. I think I've successfully persuaded hubby that he doesn't need to use Kaladrax for the 'someday' undead dragon encounter we're apparently likely to face in his D&D game.  Fortunately we got the Bones 4 zombie dragon, and test fitting the pre-production Kaladrax we had was a complete pain.  Phew!  Our noble heroes might survive the encounter!  ^_^

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  9. I got my first ink samples from Goulet Pens, many thanks to @Last Knight for the recommendation.  Now I can write in my journal with 'Ocean Shimmer' ink, which makes my boring life much more interesting.  (It actually does have a tiny sparkle!)


    But the biggest news today is that we're going to be allowed to have very small outdoor gatherings!!  So I can have a tiny little party for my daughter's graduation!  It's not much, but it's better than nothing.  

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  10. 18 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:


     For anybody with First Nations heritage and all the history buffs...


    This guy has made a 1491 Census map of Turtle Island...


    I.E, This is possibly the most accurate existing representation of what the native tribes of the US and their territories looked like in the years before the European settlers came.

    Aaron Carapella, who's part Aniyunwiya (Cherokee, in their language), spent 14 years compiling the information for this map, studying old books and calling different tribes.



    Neat!  One of my daughters was lucky enough to participate in a seminar at her school where she learned some native dances and learned about traditional foods.  It was a wonderful experience and I wish it was easier to find those sorts of educational activities.  Lots of work to be done even just documenting languages that are on the verge of being lost. 

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  11. 2 hours ago, OneBoot said:


    I did indeed; I've got a Bachelor's in speech-language pathology (plus a year of experience in a Master program, which I unintentionally quit due to various reasons).



    I'm going to simply say that I think you're well suited to the task and it's a great idea to start with the easier job and see if you feel like attempting to move into a bigger role later.  Go OneBoot!  :bday:

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  12. 39 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

    Just so. Very few people do not drain me, my husband is one of them. I’m hoping my daughter turns into one of them, but right now she’s like a psychic vampire. 


    I have three daughters and psychic vampire is exactly the phrase I use to describe when one of them is in a "needs lots of support" phase. 


    @kristof65 is also correct that they can super-charge you when things go well.  

    May fortune favor you.  

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  13. 54 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

    Huh. Well, the Red Cross just emailed me my blood type, and I was a bit surprised at the result, since it's one of the high-demand ones.


    I then realized that this means that they are probably going to call me every two months for the rest of forever asking me to donate. :lol: :wacko:



    --OneBoot :D 


    Yes.  Yes they will.  They still call for my son, he's O+.  But he's also working nights stocking shelves so I think he won't be donating for a while.  

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  14. On 5/23/2020 at 11:32 AM, NebulousMissy said:

    I wake up to a brand new thread.


    I didn't think I'd been away that long, but BAM!  New thread.


    On 5/23/2020 at 3:40 PM, NebulousMissy said:

    You know, this plague is really hitting those of us with a functional photic sneeze reflex hard.


    If I go outside in sunlight I'll sneeze. If I sneeze people think I have the plague.


    Thank you for explaining what that is, I always found it irritating as a child.  


    19 hours ago, Marvin said:

    I hear knitting is a pretty wholesome mechanism tho.


    Which was what I was doing this afternoon, taking a knitting class via Zoom.  Despite learning how to knit around age 5, I never learned how to do more than one color at a time.  


    Of course I hear some people paint things for therapy.  :poke:


    The social thing is an interesting puzzle...   My 17 year old struggles to make small talk and is shy with possible selective mutism.  However, she also desperately needs to spend the time with her friends.  Quarantine has been really hard on her.  Her 12 year old sister is so very outgoing that even with constant texting, zooming, etc, she's still desperate to see her friends.  We've begun preparing to do a lot more outdoor entertaining this summer, since it might be the only type of social activity we'll be able to do.  

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