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  1. I'm so sorry. I'm grateful for the places and people who understand how important our animals are. They're family. I'm living with a new kitten who's 6 months old and a total goofball, and a very old dog who is going on 14 and has been my best friend for years. When he's gone it's going to be awful. And I still mourn the dogs who went before him. Hang in there. I bet he had a wonderful 5 years with you.
  2. I’m so sorry. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
  3. Will it be visible, always? Or will the planting cover it? If it's going to visible always, there are some expensive options if you don't want to build it yourself. I love some of what Gardener's Supply offers...they're not eyesores, and they're sturdy. I use their tomato cages that are made of steel rod, and I've used them for nearly 15 years. I still have all 12 cages and they work great. But if you're planting something like melons that is going to grow quickly and have lots of greenery, I'd do something cheaper. I ordered a bunch of seeds Tuesday and it made me so happy. I just love Sow True Seed out of North Carolina. Their stuff never fails to grow well.
  4. @george jar jar martin, thanks so much for the rec of Vincent Neil Emerson. I hadn't heard him before, and I'm loving his music. Listening right now, actually!! Here's one of my all time fave artists/songs -
  5. I cannot agree with this hard enough to suit me. It's so true. I got diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan. 2010. Prior to that, I had gone for my annual mammogram in Oct. 2009 and there was a spot on the scan, and I mentioned to the radiologist that it 'burned' there almost like a bee sting. He seemed incredibly dismissive, but maybe that's just hindsight. Basically said it was too much coffee, hormones, etc. He scheduled me for another mammogram the following year. I went home and continued to have symptoms in that breast to the point that 3 months later, I finally called my regular OBGYN and talked to her. She got me in the next day with a different radiologist. When she saw the spot, she went ahead and biopsied it, and it was malignant. She gave me her personal cell number in case I had questions - I wound up having to get a double mastectomy due to what they found in the left breast as well. We caught the cancer early stage, thank goodness. I'm not saying the first guy was bad at his job, or that he did anything wrong, but I am reiterating what MeanMM said - it's my body. If something isn't right, I need to push to get answers, and the care I need and deserve. I did so much research on my own during my surgery and treatment. I wound up with lymphedema in my right arm and side. And it's mainly up to me to treat it, although I do go to PT at times when it gets troublesome.
  6. Pre-Bebe, I was great with seedlings. I'll still do some on the front porch, because it's a Bebe-free zone, but it will have to be early summer stuff because the early spring seedlings will not make it on the back porch. She will destroy them. Right now, she's racing back and forth through the house and I have an interview with a prospective employee for our dept. in 10 min. And I'm supposed to pretend to be professional. If I shut the door, she will sit outside and wail like a banshee.
  7. I love The War on Drugs, along with Lord Huron. Both bands are constantly in rotation - great music! I adore Kurt Vile because a lot of his songs sound like he's making them up on the spot...like he's just free-thinking aloud or something.
  8. So, season 3 finished up on C&R - I learned way more than I ever needed to know about Jones, Tammy Wynette, all her husbands...it was a lot. But so, so good. This week I have been listening to Waxahatchee nonstop, along with Kurt Vile. And for some odd reason, a lot of Louvin Brothers and Buck Owens. I've got the "Dwight sings Buck" album, but haven't listened yet. I know it's going to be wonderful.
  9. I just haven't been bit by the gardening bug yet. I'm going to go Saturday and look at plants and seeds...I'm sure that will start it up. I'm trying to figure out how to plant seeds since I now have a kitten living in my sun room, which is where I normally have seedlings coming up. She's an absolute terror; I don't see that setup working out this year.
  10. What are you looking to do with it? I've used different things through the years, including chicken wire, but we usually use that for peas/green beans, etc. Gardener's Supply sells some environmentally friendly versions, but they're pricey. I usually just reuse the chicken wire every year. I'm cheap and it's not the prettiest in the world, but once the beans and peas take over, you can't see it.
  11. At one point, I had so many orchids - and multiple types. My favorites are the slipper orchids and the cattleyas. I have a big phalaenopsis on top of the refrigerator because darling (demon) cat kept knocking it over when it was on the kitchen table. So it's just as well that I'm not super into orchids right now.
  12. I'm going to make Mr. ES a chocolate layer cake for V'day. He'll get me something but no one ever buys me chocolates, which is what I always want. So I'll probably buy myself some. Yay, @HelenaExMachina! That's wonderful!
  13. Thank goodness, yes! I think it was either a parasite or what she had been eating in the wild. She's doing awesomely well. Thanks so much for asking - I'm kind of a clean freak and that particular aspect of cat ownership was driving me up the wall.
  14. There’s a podcast I adore that does a deep dive into 20th century country music; it’s called Cocaine & Rhinestones and it is amazing. This season is all about George Jones and as a consequence I’ve been listening to George as well as a ton of other artists during the same time period, particularly Billy Sherrill-era stuff. Somehow, in that mix, I’ve managed to add some Tina Turner (old school with Ike) as well as some Prince and Howling Wolf.
  15. Bebe the kitten is doing great and has become my most favorite, loved being ever. How did I have happiness before this critter? She’s also kind of terrible at times but her cuteness/snuggliness makes this easy to forget. Also, she loves me most. And she makes the most adorable chirping sounds. These are usually a harbinger of doom because she does this right before she rips/tears/knocks something over. She gets the last round of shots on Friday.
  16. I love that. I try to be that person as well. And people can and do change. I just want you to be happy. Because you deserve all the happiness.
  17. They're always the most fun...until they're not. I had one of those before husband #2. Thank God I came to my senses. You get away from those folks and sort of shake it off and realize you've been in a trance or something...it's definitely a drug of some sort.
  18. I keep seeing the "I've made a huge mistake" memes from Arrested Development, Chats. Hey, people can change. It happens. I hope he's serious about anger management work...and maybe you can help him to be more open-minded.
  19. My grey hair is even more insane/uncontrollable than the rest of my hairs. I will eventually look like Ursula from Little Mermaid if it keeps it up, but I kind of dig her, so it's fine. I do retinol from Kiehl's and I like the effect, but I have to be careful with it. I get a similar result using an AHA/BHA cleanser by One Love called Botanical A - I love love love it. And I love this line...they make good stuff.
  20. So I've tried this stuff called Surya Brasil Henna cream in the Silver Fox color, because I'm a ginger with a lot of grey coming in, and thought it would make me look like the silver fox IG model who was shilling it. Epic fail. I couldn't tell it had done anything on my hair. It did smell nice, though. I felt very cheated because you're supposed to leave it on for at least an hour and that's an hour of my life I won't get back.
  21. Maybe? She's eating kitten chow right now. I figure she's got a parasite or three...she was outside and living a rough life before she took over at our place. I think she'll get a good worming at the vet on Friday and that will be even more fun. I had read that a parasite will make their poop more stinky than usual...but I'm going to ask the vet what food she should be eating. In any case, thank you Prince of the North - I feel like a first-time parent. My husband and I are both going to the vet on Friday and are so hypervigilant about her care...we're sort of ridiculous, and judging from her antics, she seems kind of indestructible! _________________________ @1066 Larry, thank you for the well wishes and the IG tip - I follow tons of cats, pigs, shoebill birds, and koi on IG. Also tons of English cottages and crochet/knitting stuff. I can't handle anything any deeper/darker these days.
  22. I am also sort of flabbergasted at how much this tiny kitten poops. It's a lot. And she's quite the little stink bomb. We're experimenting with cat litter right now...and where the litter box is going to live. Again, any advice is welcomed. Not sure when we'll be letting her loose to roam unsupervised...this morning she climbed my back while I was applying makeup. At 6am. I had been pretty sleepy until that happened.
  23. Mr. ES and I just got our first indoor kitten. She's a calico named Bebe, approximately 10-12 weeks old, and is the most adorable, lovable creature I've ever seen. We have two dogs inside, one small and very old, and one large and 4-5 years old. He's a rescue and I'm not sure how old he is. We're keeping her in our guest bathroom when we're not home so that she's not unsupervised with the big dog. She's doing great, very well adjusted, seems happy. I'm taking her to the vet. Friday for all of her shots, and to get some advice, and I've been peppering some of you with questions as I'm a total novice when it comes to indoor cats. I'd like some websites/references/advice on indoor kittens, if possible. Please share if you have tips, etc. I'm so happy I got her; and I did NOT want her to start with, but I am so grateful that I have her now. She wakes up at 4am and I don't even care, I'm so happy to see her.
  24. I use a leave-in conditioner by Aveda that I really like. I'll look it up and add it here. I have yours and X-Ray's type of hair...it was perfect in the 80s. It's coarse, curly, and will reach the heavens if I so choose. Unfortunately, it's a wee bit dated, and I live in one of the most humid locales on the planet. So it's frizzy. And out of control. I struggle with my hair constantly. I'm starting to embrace it, though, and in spite of filling up the square on video calls, I'm wearing it large and enjoying it more than I used to. Large hair might not be an option for you, though. My brother has the same exact hair and keeps his cropped fairly close to his scalp. It looks very polished and professional.
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