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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: 34,962

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

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?

OK - resdy for some strangeness? I installed a Microsoft wireless mouse on my

HP notebook, and it worked fine. It did take some fine wiggling to get the USB receiver into the slot.Later, I shut down the computer in the middle of a print job.

The next time I went to boot up, the built-in keyboard wouldn't communicate with the computer. I had to dig out a portable keyboard to even log in because CNT-ALT-DEL wouldn't register.

The portable keyboard works fine.

The Keyboard tab under the Control Panel says the keyboard is ther and working fine. The keyboard illuminates if I press any key.

Any suggestions on recovering the keyboard?

If you are a descendant of an undocumented immigrants, post here.

Grandpa lied about his age at Ellis Island, Grandma snuck over the border at Niagara Falls.

They also harbored undocumented aliens into the 50's.....

Happy Thanksgiving.
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