86 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-13-21

  1. Good morning everyone.
    I was catching up on yesterday’s posts.
    I see where Satan is requesting funds to widen the road to hell. So many are headed that way.

    Scary thought, but it seems we are headed that way.

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  2. Good morning! So many crazy things happening in the world. The propaganda coming with the vaccine is overwhelming. I prefer my little spot in Egypt. I am pretty good at living in denial.

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  3. For the first time in a year, my county comes out of the most restrictive protocols. We’ll hold the smaller later traditional church in the building tomorrow.

    The larger early service will remain outside in the rain.

    Our new pastor will be installed on April 24.

    We have much to be thankful for.

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  4. We have had no pastor in over a year. We have had two men step up and preach and teach some Wednesday evening bible studies. One is a hospital chaplain and one works with addiction programs. Our last pastor was a charlatan. That did not surprise me, but some were caught off guard. They did not want to believe it. I am praying we get someone who can build the church back up. It will not last otherwise. If not, I pray we find where else we should be. We have had services inside for awhile now. We have gone sporadically, but usually watch online. That is not the same, but even when you go it is not the same.

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  5. Good pun, RK.

    Anon@9:01- I think RK is referring to both the “follow the science” crowd and the antivaxxer crowd.. Both are playing on people’s emotion and the general scientific ignorance of the average person on social media.

    The “science” seems to change with the weather and the antivaxxers shout out every time a person dies or gets seriously ill after getting the shots. Neither side is convincing to me.

    BTW- I have to log in every time I get on here anymore, maybe that’s why you’re anonymous. But if I click the WordPress logo below the comment entry box I get logged in. Or I can just type my name below the box so I’m not anonymous.

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  6. I could attend in person, but it seems wiser to wait until after my surgery is completed to do that. I will have 6 weeks off post surgery in which I will be free to consider a lot of things. I will hopefully be fully vaccinated then, as my second shot is booked shortly after my surgery – they have been postponing second shots. But, because coronaviruses are so slippery, similar to the influenza viruses, I don’t expect the vaccine to fully protect against all the variants, so social distancing and mask wearing will be with us for a bit longer, until the variants become less serious in nature, more like the common cold that other less serious coronaviruses cause. I see the vaccine more like a preliminary exposure, to familiarize your body with what this vicious virus looks like, so that it looks familiar to your immune system when one of the variants shows up. I am thankful that I got one of the mRNA vaccines, as they show far greater effectiveness in the ongoing studies (of which I am now a participant) than the adenovirus vaccines like Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca.

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  7. Morning! We awakened to a bit of ice on the ground. The comments are flying about all the hype of this “storm”…a big ol’ “nothingburger” is how our local coffee shoppe put it! 😂
    A tiny black squirrel is jumping about on the forest floor looking for something to eat. A woodpecker is up on the roof of the house making quite a racket! And I too am living in denial…if but for a moment this morning… ☕️ ☁️ (Peter I have to log in every time I post and sometimes the site wants a different email from which to do so! 👀 )

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  8. In other happy news, I’m traveling to another county today! (And it’s been in the red tier for months although it’s only 10 miles away.)

    I’m meeting some Navy wife pals from Hawai’i. They live in the enlightened states of WA and KY, and the daughter whose house we’ll meet at is a Physicians’s Assistant. So, they’ve all been vaccinated.

    I should be safe!

    The second social outing in a week. I feel wide-eyed and staggered.

    And for this group, too, I have to get dressed up and do my hair!!!

    Yikes! A social life outside my family? LOL

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  9. The EMT is flying to Seattle right now to spend the weekend with Stargazer. He’s spent the last two weeks cleaning the apartment, buying linens and towels, and preparing his office to double as a guest room (with a loveseat that folds out into a twin bed).

    He was even mixing up our favorite “Surfer’s Squares,” basically, blonde brownies, to serve his sister.

    She wanted to rent a car and hike Dungeness Spit–because she doesn’t remember it from babyhood.

    He’s already planned out the entire walking tour of Seattle–including pub stops, lunch, tours, and everything he loves about the city.

    Fun.

    For his birthday this week, he had two friends over for a beer. One had never been inside his apartment before and it was humorous to hear Stargazer discuss these math-science guys, wandering around the house making decorating suggestions!

    They’re all grown up now and so domestic!

    The other difference between boy and men parties? He showed them the gift he’d just opened 15 minutes before: Virtual Reality glasses.

    The friends tried them out with great delight.

    After he took them off, one friend promptly opened his phone and ordered the most expensive version for himself.

    Ah, the technocrats may be taking over the universe, but they’re really still boyish at heart. 🙂

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  10. Michelle, not only that, but you have to start being nice to people.
    I haven’t gotten that far yet.
    LOL

    I say that just as Chuck & LindaS came over and changed my clocks (on the wall) for me, etc. They are lots of help

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  11. One more story and I’m out of here.

    I’ve loved Linda’s tale of the escaping romba–and have been laughing ever since.

    But, yesterday I heard another heart-warming tale, that reminds us of how much fun it is to have children in our lives.

    My colleague’s husband had purchased a new battery for his car and needed to install it.

    Their four-year-old boy asked if he could help.

    “Sure.”

    When Dad opened up the hood, the little boy’s eyes grew wide and he gasped.

    “What is all this?!”

    Dad pointed out the engine, oil filter, and so forth and the boy’s mouth hung open in amazement.

    He looked at his father and asked, “does Mom’s car have all this?”

    🙂

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  12. I was anon at 9:01 — too lazy to log in. Why doesn’t WP keep your log-in information in the box like it always used to? Is that some sort of security feature or something?

    Covid vaccines: My parents got the one-dose J & J one. My MIL got a 2-dose vaccine, but I’m not sure which one.

    I also know people who have become eligible to receive one, but have decided not to get one, and yet others who are undecided and/or waiting for further information with the hopes of making a better-informed decision.

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  13. I have one daughter and SIL who could have gotten, but are waiting to see how things play out. However, then she was quite worried when someone she worked with was sick. Turned out it was not Covid, but I suggested just getting the vaccine may be less worrisome than worrying every time you were around others. Especially when she has little ones that need care.

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  14. Janice – (continuing our conversation from last night) – In general, I am a content person. What I mean in my comment about contentment sometimes being elusive was that certain life changes can shake us up, and it then takes a little time to regain our equilibrium along with a new level of contentment.

    Two examples from fairly recent years:

    When Nightingale moved back into my relatively quiet home with a noisy, active baby boy. 🙂 It was a great blessing, but we also had to do a lot of moving things around to make room for everyone, and changing certain ways in our life.

    And of course, losing Hubby was a huge shake up to my then-level of contentment. And yet, although I still grieve, I have also found contentment in my “new normal”. God is so good!

    One of my favorite verses is 1 Timothy 6:6: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 🙂

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  15. Cheryl, it was a story about a Roomba, one of those little robot vacuum cleaners, escaping out a door. It was posted in the last few days, but now I can’t find it so I wonder if itwas on Facebook instead of here.

    Anyone else remember where we saw that?

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  16. Found it, it was Linda on Facebook three days ago.

    Yesterday was so nice out that I left the sliding door open so the cats could go in and out and the Roomba escaped. I had to chase it up the hill out back.

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  17. Kizzie, those events were major life changers that would be times of being shaken. So I understand what you are getting at. You don’t jump overnight from one state of contentment into another state of contentment. There has to be a time of transition, but recognizing that is what is going on and not blowing it up to be an engulfment that will never settle back down is important. I hope that makes sense. And of course such transitions are different for each individual situation.

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  18. That’s hilarious (the runaway Roomba)

    I was up too late Friday night (midnight) and have just felt groggy even after getting 8-9 hours of sleep. I feel like a slug.

    It was a busy week at work and the unionization effort is surfacing a bit more now in the background, we’ve had a couple staff letters from management and there was a zoom meeting today with the guild for supporters, but I honestly just don’t want or need the added drama right now.

    Everyone, even management, agrees with most of the grievances — certainly the issue of everyone’s pay being cut and then completely flatlining for 13 years and counting — but what the guild can do about any of that is highly questionable at this stage.

    The next step will be a vote that’ll take place in the next several weeks and if 51% agree to bring them in, the guild will have to negotiate a contract with employers; I was told that alone took 6 years at one of our groups elsewhere.

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  19. It surely is confusing around here with half the clocks saying one thing, and the others an hour difference.

    They wanted to change my wall clocks, etc. so that I wouldn’t be climbing around. They want me to behave. It’s mostly working.

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  20. Chas, I’ve lived like that since the last time change. My main clocks got changed, but some of the others were just left on Daylight Saving Time. I’ve trained my self not to look at those — or to automatically subtract an hour. (I mostly check my watch or phone — and the small mantel clock in the living room and wall clock in the home office in the back of the house.

    My new Jeep clock also is on DST

    I’ll change the main clocks tonight and everything will be synced.

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  21. My father never changes his car clock. It is always Daylight Savings Time. He just subtracts an hour during the winter. I have two clocks in my car, one is currently on Daylight Savings, while the other is Standard Time. Hours are easy to adjust for, it is when the clock is off by some minutes that is a problem. My work phone clock is off by over 15 minutes, and there is no way to correct it. Most electronic smart devices self correct their time when they are connected to the internet. My phone, for example, will switch the hour tonight without me doing anything. So why my work phone is off by over a quarter of an hour I have no explanation for.

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  22. Auto clocks have a different purpose. You aren’t checking the time with an auto clock. You’re checking your schedule, or “how much time I have ’till ?????

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  23. I just started to leave and go into the kitchen.
    I, without thinking, picked up my phone. Then I decided to tell you:
    There is a commercial that influenced me. It is of someone at the bottom of the stairs, crying “Help MeI.

    Since I live alone, I pick up my phone to carry every time I leave this room. Especially if I go outside, in back.of the house. I could fall and no one would know for hours.

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  24. Phones are handy safety tools for anyone who lives alone.

    While I’ll appreciate the added daylight, I have a hard time adjusting to this “spring forward” change. Mornings just are harder, although now that I’m not getting up quite as early as before and rushing around — when I had to get on the road by a specific time — this may feel a little gentler. Our work time is 9-6 so my mornings are easy now.

    And the extra daylight will be welcome as I try to refocus again on the yard (at 6 p.m. it’s pretty dark already). I’d love to do something more imaginative with the front yard, but can’t really afford a landscape service. If I could get a plan together on my own, with inspiration from other yards I see, I could probably get the gardeners to do it as an extra job for them. But not sure that’s happening this year. I still have some peeling outdoor paint I need to tend to on the south side of the house — fortunately it’s in a place that doesn’t really “show.”

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  25. Chas, it wasn’t me. In other news, before I left I wrote birthday cards for all of my grandchildren for the year and even put money in the cards. My friend is now suffering from sciatica and can not remember where she put them. She is one of those who puts everything away and does not leave anything out. They have looked, but can’t find them. oh, well, the best laid plans……

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  26. Ouch.

    The car’s fitted floor mats arrived today, so I put those in. And the new car insurance ID cards arrived.

    The neighbors are off to the desert again, so I’m on mail/fish feeding duty; but apparently the fish mostly semi-hibernate during this cold weather we’re having so they don’t eat much right now.

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  27. The power was out one day this week so I left a clock in the kitchen on the blink in anticipation of today.

    This is the Insult to Tax Preparers time change. A real blow to the whole lot of them.

    I got books from Covid restricted library request and pickup system. One book, The Minimalist Kitchen, although quite interesting is not quite what I expected. I hope it will motivate me to clear out clutter. Also, I got a book for review from Netgalley, The No Recipe Cookbook, written by a woman doctor in Australia. It is more what I expected from the other title. I had no idea that in Australia they call take out food takeaway food. It’s fun to read such variations on our common expressions.

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  28. Interesting terms to hear, ladies. Am I allowed to say ladies? I know my SIL was reprimanded for calling his students ‘ladies and gentlemen.’ Such foolishness, but the bible does warn about getting that way.

    My husband has a Fitbit watch that is off time. He cannot figure out how to change it. For some reason we can’t seem to get online to his account to do it. Hopefully, someday we will have a child around to help us. It also buzzes sometimes and he has no idea why. I think he could find out online (I think I heard about it once) but he won’t look.

    I know some people who have a security/alert watch to wear so her grown children are satisfied she is okay. My dad had an alert necklace thing, but it usually hung on a relatively high shelf. I did point out that it would be impossible to reach if he fell, but he didn’t care. In the final analysis , he really didn’t need it.

    DJ, that is a tough atmosphere in which to work. I remember all those years when my husband’s job was like that. No fun for sure.

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  29. I think I mentioned before that one of children’s schools always did there big tests of the year on the Monday after DLS time started. I finally asked one of the teachers why they would do it on that day and she hadn’t even thought about it. I think it was one of the worst days to pick, IMO. The school no longer exists, so it is another thing that no longer matters.

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  30. Still haven’t heard from the pension department lady, and the forms did not come in today’s mail. Hoping and praying I will hear from her and/or receive the forms on Monday.

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  31. OK, I feel cheated. 🙂 I made it to the end of the eight-book Anne of Green Gables set, and there is nothing of “Anne as grandmother” in there. A couple of her children are ready to marry, but she has no grandchildren. Are there other books? It seems to me that I remember someone, maybe someone on here, saying that Anne as grandmother is really wonderful, and so I had figured the last book or two would have married children having children.

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  32. Cheryl, there is a book that was published for the first time in its entirety in the early 2000s, called ‘The Blythes are Quoted’ that is said to be the last book about Anne. But it is also said to be much darker in tone – L.M. Montgomery suffered from depression in her final years and died of an apparently deliberate overdose – and Anne only comes in as a side character, in the same way that she appears in brief roles in the collections of short stories ‘Chronicles of Avonlea’ and ‘Further Chronicles of Avonlea’. I cannot remember a remark about Anne being a grandmother made on here, but Anne is an unofficial grandmother in ‘Rilla of Ingleside’ to the war baby Jims that Rilla takes care of. While I never was quite reconciled to the abrupt, even if happy, ending in ‘Rilla of Ingleside’, the book is my favorite of the series, because it is the truest to life. I recognize the characters in those books, since they are very like the characters of those in the older generations when I grew up.

    Sidenote: While I have been to Prince Edward Island and seen the tourist attraction of the Green Gables Museum there, that is not the nearest connection to L.M. Montgomery. Montgomery lived not far from where my parents live when her husband was a minister in Ontario. Only one of her books ‘Blue Castle’ is set in Ontario, but she spent most of her adult life in Ontario. Although we live so near the community and have often driven by both the church and the house they lived in, we never have actually stopped and seen the small museum there. If I were to play that game of 6 degrees of separation, there is 3-4 degrees of separation between myself and L.M. Montgomery, since an elderly friend and her sister grew up in the same community as Montgomery’s children did and the sister was classmates with a girl who became Montgomery’s daughter-in-law.

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  33. hmmm… does daylight savings mean you will be on here earlier in the evening?
    i know the time change is difficult. I feel that I am still adjusting after flying around the world to get here. Now I can say I have flown completely around the world.

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  34. This morning I am sitting in a snow globe but I am warm inside drinking coffee! We have a good additional foot of snow and it is blizzarding out there! Yesterday it was a good 6 inches of heavy wet snow and husband and I had a fun 3 mile hike in the neighborhood. The only downside was my face about froze off! 😂 (and when we returned and had lunch my implanted tooth fell off!! 😖…so another trip to the dentist to see what to do!!)

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  35. Not ignoring, Mumsee. I try to think of a way to describe it. I reckon the best way is:
    “All sorts”. Mostly cookies, but some other stuff too.
    I haven’t tried all of it yet, but what I’ve tried is good.

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  36. Does everyone read the Rants & Raves thread? I know that not everyone reads the news thread. Anyway, I just posted something over on R&R that I almost posted here, but thought it belonged there.

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  37. Here is my sister’s resolution for the time change: ” I just wish every time it changed we got an extra hour of sleep – just change it every 6 months, give us the extra hour and every 12 years we will be back were we started – who votes yes to that? (5 or 6 years of total darkness during the day won’t bother anyone – right?)”

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  38. Thanks, Roscuro. I’ve read Chronicles of Avonlea and also The Story Girl (said to be the author’s favorite), though neither just recently. “Rilla” was definitely not my favorite, as it is so bleak, but it is a good book and gives what I am sure is quite a real look at World War I. I kept thinking this was written and published before anyone knew the war would have a “sequel.” And to think that by 1945, the world had seen more than ten years of such all-encompassing wars since the turn of the century!

    I did find the ending quite abrupt and I wanted one more book . . . but one gets the hint that one more book might be a bit bleak, since everyone had been affected by war. The women might be getting the husbands they have waited for, but war has changed all of them, and they won’t have the romance they expected, nor the innocence.

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  39. Cheryl, yes, ‘Rilla of Ingleside’ was the first Canadian novel published telling the home account of the first World War. It may seem a bit darker in tone than the other books, but it is bright and hopeful in comparison to the works other Canadian authors of the same period. Canadian novelists of the post first world war era developed a bleak and bitter realism that makes their works very unpalatable.

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  40. Ah, living in a snow globe … lol

    We’re getting what probably will be our last blast of rain of the season, arriving before dawn tomorrow and continuing through much of the day Monday,

    Looks like indoor dining (25% capacity) will reopen in LA County tomorrow. I was texting my friend and former co-worker in AZ (taking care of her mom there for the past year) — she has diabetes and has literally not been outside the house for a year, other than to walk to the mailbox — who thinks it’s the worst thing we could be doing right now. She’s extra-extra cautious and has been very upset by news clips of people at the beach or otherwise going “massless” all year.

    I consider myself somewhere in the middle in all of this, not overly cautious (I’ve made regular trips to the store, bank/credit union, gotten together with my cousins a couple times, gone wherever I’ve needed to go this past year) — but wearing masks and certainly not partying in the streets or being unnecessarily careless. She’s the far extreme of the lockdown idea; I know others who are the far extreme of the libertine/whatever idea.

    So interesting to see what all of this brings out in our various personalities or mindsets.

    ARIZ almost sounded (in the beginning) as if she supported hard-core government crackdowns on folks daring to venture out — which was interesting as she once told me she took one of those “where are you politically” tests and came out a libertarian. Test must have been flawed. lol

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  41. Although … I do also understand that with her underlying condition of diabetes (she’s in her 50s) she needed to be extra careful — and she also had/has her mom to protect as well. Her mom’s in her 70s and is recovering from some kind of a fall, but I doubt she’ll be one who will take the vaccine (my friend is eager and ready) as they have a Christian Science background. I don’t think her mom has probably been seen by a doctor and not sure what the fall injuries entail, but the recovery certainly has been slow, over a year now and she seems not able to be up or out of bed very much at all.

    So our mileage, as someone on the blog used to say, may vary.

    I have to check myself from becoming too critical.

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  42. Monday morning here. I am trying to download a service from my church before everyone else gets on the internet. Much better than last night , amazing speed. I will have to do this each morning, sure doesn’t work at night. Yeah, it worked!!!

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  43. I found a book by Montgomery called Pat of Silverbush and its sequel Mistress Pat. It wasn’t as good as the Anne series, but it was one of her later series. Has anyone else read those?

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  44. “Your mileage may vary” was, I believe, used by Random Name quite a bit.

    Re: Rilla of Ingleside – The story in that book that delighted me and has stuck with me over the years since I read it is the dog who grew old waiting at the train station for his master to come home from the war, and then became like a puppy again in his delight at his master finally making it home after four years. And the dog was allowed to follow the man into the church to sit at his feet. 🙂 (Since it has been at least 20 years since I read the book, I may have the details not quite right.)

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  45. Peter, yes, I have read those. I think I have read all her completed novels and most of her short story collections – ‘The Blythes are Quoted’ is one of the few short story collections I have not come across, although I think I may have read portions that were published under different titles prior to the entire book being published.

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  46. We have well over 2 ft of snow right now and it is still coming down…not to stop until after midnight. So many roads are closed and not expected to open until tomorrow sometimes…plows, tow trucks and emergency crews are stranded and there is an attempt to get them safely home. I was hoping to call the dentist in the morning but I have a sneaky feeling no one will be there to answer the phone! My post is still implanted thankfully and I am hoping he will just have to pop the crown back on…it looks like the adhesive failed (it probably happened when I was on our hike and I froze my face off!!….at least there is no pain associated with it but I have to go back to eating on one side of my mouth)

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  47. NancyJill – I am so glad it is not causing you any pain. Can you pop it on for until you can see the dentist, or is it too loose to stay on?

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  48. Thanks Kizzie…they recommend not messing with it until the dentist can look at it…if placed on incorrectly it could crack or fall off again and then one might swallow it!! Since the cost for a new one would be 1500.00 I think it will be kept in the baggie for safe keeping 😊

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  49. This time change has me all messed up. It seems like such a little thing yet it messes with our expectations for a time of day or night. Chamomile tea to the rescue to calm me down.

    I posted on Rants and Raves after reading your post there, Kizzie.

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