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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 35,035

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Our older cat has already started prepping for Christmas -

she just knocked my teapot off the shelf to smash on the floor!

Seriously - how safe and/or effective would it be for white people to stop and record

incidents in which people of color are stopped by the police? When I ask "How safe?", my concern is to avoid escalating a situation and getting people hurt.

On edit: the notion that simply having a white witness could help stop harassment of others is disgusting to me, but if it gets the point across to officers who think people of color are fair game.....

So, I start reading this article about how sitting too much will

make it harder to get around after age 60, when I realize that the article is aimed at people still under 60, which doesn't include me. I guess I've reached the age where I will reap what I've sown!

Toasting almonds (or walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts):

If I have whole nuts, and plan on grinding them into chunks before adding them, do I toast the whole nuts, or the chunks?

I need some help with some Bach - the very small church choir is singing

"Jesu, Joy of Man's desiring" for Christmas in unison, in the soprano range. Does anyone know of a recording of this done an octave lower?
One alto and two basses will be forever in your debt. (with 3 sopranos, 1 alto, 1 falsetto tenor/true bass and 1 true bass, we don't do parts. ).

Fashion advice needed:Help me, I'm being swamped with mail order catalogs!

Sequins on a blouse/tunic - only a Christmas? Never? only if I want to look my age (59+)?

Sequins on a sweat shirt - only at Christmas? Never? only if I want to look my age (59+)?

Cats, puppies, butterflies etc on a sweat shirt, with or without sequins - Never?

It's not always your autoimmune disease acting up -

I thought the pain in my shoulder blade was from my Sjogren's, until last night when I discovered that when my husband snuggles up while we're asleep, he inadvertently pokes my back with his elbow.


Animal teams: There are some small bird species that team up for the winter -

chickadees and nuthatches tend to hang out together. There are birds that ride on the backs of large mammals to gather insects, and fish which remove parasites from other sea life. But do any animals hang together like humans, cats and dogs?

When did pine cones start smelling like cinnamon?

Why did pine cones start smelling like cinnamon?

Do you think that "cinnamon" smell is apt to kill you if you breathe too much of it?

Just out of curiosity - if you know people who get upset at "Season's Greetings" instead

of "Merry Christmas"; how many of them are actually active members of a Christian congregation?
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