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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: 36,286

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.

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Any tea drinkers here?

I use loose leaf tea, which is fine when I make one cup for myself in the morning. The problem is sometimes I want to make a large pot of tea to sit and drink with visitors. If the tea leaves are left in the pot, that second cup is awful. The only solution I can come up with is to find a tea basket large enough to hold say 8 cups worth that will fit my company tea pots. Anyone here know where I can get one?

I'm recommending some reading ahead of the coming Election season: "American Nations:

A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America." by Colin Woodward (2012)

The Short version is here:


He describes which Europeans first settled which regions, how they thought of society and government, how they expanded (or didn't) across the continent and how that thinking has influenced American history.

I think the book offers an excellent explanation of voting patterns and incidentally, an understanding of various regional code words. The same words or phrases may have very different meanings depending on which region you're from.

My idea for a new reality show - the opposite of all those shows about hoarding-

a show about people who keep their homes absolutely spotless at all times.

Cinderella 2015 - I have a question.

This is a live action re-make of the animated feature, starring Lily James as Cinderella. I've seen some of the advertising stills and trailer, and it looks to me as if Lily James as Cinderella has been given a much smaller waistline than she has in her publicity stills.

Am I seeing something that is not there, or has Disney used clothing design and photographic technique to give the real CInderella the same waistline as the animated Cinderella?

No Cinderella here, but it makes the point:

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