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  2. Black Aliss

    Lady Lydia: Still Living in an Alternate Universe

    One would think someone who enjoyed sewing so much would take the time to learn how to set in a sleeve properly. The sleeves on her dresses always look like crap; they aren't even the same on both sides. Lydia, if you are reading here, you need to make two rows of basting stitch from one notch to the other along the sleeve cap, one right on the seam line and another just inside that line in the seam allowance. Then, pull both to create the ease, making sure the gathers are evenly spaced from one end of the basting to the other. And that's basting as in setting the stitch length on your machine to 6 stitches per inch, not hand-basting. No, I don't sew. I have the time and the money to do so but I don't enjoy it. And I have, from my career days, enough dresses to last me, if not the rest of my life, for at least the next 10 years or so. My jeans are all very close to needing replacement, though.
  3. Terrie

    Raquel Strikes Again

    @formergothardite Did you see her horse poem? i don't know if I should be disgusted after the way she neglected her own horse, or crack up laughing after the line about "leading the pack." Predators have packs, prey animals have herds. I have images of canivorous horses running people down.
  4. Seahorse Wrangler

    Lady Lydia: Still Living in an Alternate Universe

    Checks array of brightly coloured t-shirts...
  5. Count me in as one of the people who stood up to her. I actually met her and established an online presence with her. During this time, I didn't post on FJ. I can't remember which debacle it was, but I took her to task and didn't hold back at all. I had disagreed with her on her FB page and she banned me. I unleashed on her in a private message. She, of course, was in complete denial of everything I pointed out, then cried persecution.
  6. Four is Enough

    The adventures of Beansie

    So Beansie's getting a wardrobe. How about a kilt? A dashiki? a grass skirt? So Beansie's getting a wardrobe. How about a kilt? A dashiki? a grass skirt?
  7. JermajestyDuggar

    Dillards 75: Keep the Food Out of the Bathroom

    I’m going to take a guess: This was quick and easy compared to rehabbing a house with the help of your brothers. It only took a few months and was likely inexpensive. These home builders only have a few home plans to choose from and if you don’t make any upgrades or major changes, the house is built pretty quickly.
  8. Yes! Most definitely! It's funny because we have a church local to me who for years was known as a stuffy Baptist Church. Originally they were called "Small Town Baptist Church" (obviously not the real name...haha) and then one day they basically rebranded and dropped "Baptist". All of a sudden they were "Small Town Church" and now instead being stuffy they have a huge modern youth group, people attend service in jeans, and they have a praise/worship band. Same crappy beliefs but a friend who attends there basically admitted they removed Baptist from the name because it turned people off. ::eyeroll::
  9. Alisamer

    Fire at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral

    @ViolaSebastian I agree. It seems no matter what happens somebody has to find something worse to bring up. (Speaking generally of the "but the starving children" type, not of anyone specifically.) There's always someone who has it worse. There's always a worse disaster. That doesn't mean we can't care about the "lesser" ones too. And honestly I don't get the "leave politics out of it" posts either. Yes, all world leaders are likely to comment. But no, the majority of them don't try to armchair quarterback the response to it. I've been to Notre Dame. It's a place I know. It's important, and beautiful, and historic, and over 850 years old. It's instantly recognizable to most people in the Western world, and the images of it on fire look like a disaster movie come to life - where a beloved landmark is destroyed as a metaphor showing the destruction of civilization. I can be sad about that. It doesn't mean I don't feel sad for the hungry homeless guy on the corner, too. It doesn't mean I don't feel even worse for the Black churches that were attacked and burned. When my church burned down, many people came and gathered around as the firefighters were controlling the fire. Some prayed, some just watched, but all were horrified. And while we've gotten no financial assistance I'm aware of (we're using insurance and our own building fund), we got a ton of other help - while the fire was still burning several other churches (all of other denominations) were offering to let us meet in their facilities. The city let us use their community center without charge for Sunday services until we were allowed back in the undamaged part of our church. Our Vacation Bible School that had been scheduled for the next week was held at the Methodist church down the street (we're Baptist, btw). Community members were coming up to the church leaders on-scene and saying "I know a really good stained glass restorer" and "I have some good pictures of the building if you need them to help rebuild" and things like that. As soon as the fire was out, the firefighters and community members started carrying things that could be salvaged out of the sanctuary. Including the pastor's mother's bible that had been inside the pulpit, which was very important to him. And he wasn't even there, he was traveling in Europe when the fire began. In disasters, people are inspired to help. The bigger the disaster, the more inspiration. It's just human nature. I seem to be only capable of posting either novels or one liners. Sorry.
  10. Holy shit! I'm not surprised but this is just despicable.
  11. 'Not My Jesus': Christian students protest Pence, alarming conservatives WAPO, 4-18-19, Isaac Stanley-Becker https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/18/who-has-bewitched-you-conservatives-alarmed-christian-students-protest-pence-speech/?fbclid=IwAR2MSF1zXhigkCnun6VdWHswpzfkZ7Wbq0iewq4D4cXjMr6Xbd1QUEU49dU&utm_term=.110010000e7e
  12. I gotta be honest, if I were Alyssa I would be too embarrassed to show my carpets looking like that on social media. I get that sometimes in rentals carpets are stained, and of course kids cause it too....but carpet cleanings can work magic! We rented from friends while waiting for our new house to be ready and their carpets looked like wild animals had lived there. They said they had them cleaned but we paid for additional carpet cleaning and it's crazy how much better it was - they almost looked new!
  13. As a Yank, my arteries are clogging just from this conversation. But we also consider kale a real food.
  14. Shipping via USPS is freakin' cheap for books and other media. It's called "library mail" or "media mail" and the current rate is $2.61 for the first pound and $0.49 for each additional pound up to 70 pounds. It takes a little longer to arrive if you are shipping across country, at least a week or so. Ya, these days everyone vapes anyway. But some nice THC edibles would be a lovely touch at the after-party.
  15. Oh Lori. You can raise your daughters one way but that doesn’t mean they will follow. My mom didn’t want me to get more than an associate degree because of the cost. I made a choice to get a bachelors and it had helped me. I may not be where I want to at the moment but I’m working on it. I was raised in a Jewish Christian home with two loving parents. My dads love for people and Christ shown so bright. I never believed. I always questioned. As an adult I came to terms that I don’t believe in god. I will always be Jewish though. Marriage and kids are a wonderful thing if that’s what you want. God gave us free will for a reason. I think it’s more important to raise a nice, kind, and giving of themselves person then a stay at home wife or a career driven, without college, husband. True Christians are to live like Christ. Give your possessions to the poor and follow him. Jesus never said anything about stay at home wives/mothers. He never said anything about husbands working so wives don’t have to.
  16. Native South Carolinian here. Standard side dishes for most non-chain bbq/homestyle restaurants in the lowcountry are rice, slaw, butter beans or green beans, mac and cheese. You'll see collards or okra or cheese grits frequently, too. And hash in bbq joints, which is pretty much my favorite thing in the entire world. The mac and cheese in a seafood restaurant is a little weird, though. Maybe Kelton ordered off the kids' menu. I intended to kick off my mission to lose these last 5 pounds of baby weight today, but now this thread drift just has me fantasizing about fried fish and hushpuppies.
  17. Seahorse Wrangler

    Historical Fiction

    The Raven's Widow , a novel of Jane Boleyn by Adrienne Dillard. 4/5 A look at George's wife and near constant scrape-goat for the Boleyn siblings and cousin. Another novel which flits through time. From Jane going to court in 1520 to her execution in February 1542. Jane is portrayed as sympathetically as possible as is her relationship with her husband and sisters-in-law. It doesn't really cover her relationship to KH's downfall very much.
  18. I'm of two minds about why she included the grinning pic. One--she wanted to include a picture and 99% of the pictures on her phone are pictures of herself. She couldn't very well let the first runner up, Janessa, steal her spotlight. Two--Jill imagines herself as building a brand. She thinks she has fans. Every video begins with "Hello, Facebook followers!" Not "hello, friends and family!". Not "Hello, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ!". Facebook followers. Her fans.
  19. Have you looked at your nail technician's nails? Who wants to clean your own house when you've been cleaning all day on other people's? Actually, for me that sentence stops at "Who wants to clean."
  20. Black Aliss

    Chelsy and John Maxwell 7: Not as Beige as Maxhell - Yet

    I believe it used to be administered to people being interrogated by law enforcement, as a "truth serum". It's not that, but it does help the interrogators get the statements they are looking for, not necessarily truth. I have used scopalomine patches for sailing, and for bus rides in developing countries where the roads are bad and the bus suspensions worse. They've never made me feel anything but just slightly mellow. And thirsty. Hoo, boy do they make me thirsty.
  21. HereticHick

    Dillards 75: Keep the Food Out of the Bathroom

    With all the "Duggar Construction" brothers and brothers in law in the area, I just don't understand building a new house vs. rehabbing a rundown one. also, is that house 3 bedrooms, max? And no basement? I guess they don't intend to cram 19 kids into it I guess this means that Derick doesn't intend for his future stellar law career to ever take him away from NW Arkansas. The US Supreme Court can rest easy now. So they will be, at most, 10 miles away from the Duggar compound.
  22. Meggo

    John David and Abbie 7: Happiness Continues

    I'm good with books. I'm good with experiences (of all varieties). And you don't HAVE to get my kid anything - really. If you want to send him a card - he would be absolutely delighted. Throw in a few stickers - even better. But - directed to my mom's cousin who insists on "buying" my son things - don't scrounge around in your old AVON stuff to find something at that 6 year old boy might like. She also gave him (at age 4) a stack of cards that she'd stamped. For birthdays, etc. Her expectation - she told me as much - was that he'd hang on to them until he was a grown up and then would send them out to people. He was FOUR. This year -for his birthday - he got a coffee mug that was made to look like a Christmas drum, with a scary teddy bear inside the mug. And two packets of hot cocoa that she clearly had around the house. Really - I have ZERO expectation that this woman would give my son something for any holiday. ZERO. She doesn't have to do anything. So please stop with the garage sale rejects. Or the cheapest quality toy you can find that will break before we get home. He doesn't NEED anymore toys. I also don't want her to do any experience things because that means I'd have to experience HER and I try to limit that. She's nuts.
  23. fraurosena

    Mueller Investigation Part 2: Release The Report

    I haven't seen the press co, but apparently it's a doozy. However, it seems he presidunce is still mighty troubled by the release of Barr's Obfuscation Report: Why is nobody asking about Barr's previous proven lies to Congress about a DOJ report*, and how that completely undermines his credibility now? Anything he has to say about any report should be considered a lie until the full report has been released. Confront him with that, for crying out loud. Stop being polite, ffs! *When he was deputy AG under H.W. Bush he pulled the same stunt he is pulling now, not releasing a report and only summarizing -- it was about the FBI being able to arrest anyone anywhere in the world whenever they wanted -- and he lied to Congress about the contents of the report, which was later released in full, proving his lies.
  24. Black Aliss

    Maxwell 30: Buying a Vest Debt Free

    I'm sure the nice lady meant it as a compliment. Not to be confused with a complement, as in See how that works, Sarah? (Or, rather, see how that works, Steve? You might let Sarah know.) A useful way to remember this* is that a complement enhances something else. Or, a compliment is the opposite of an insult. *What some call a mnemonic, which is probably not a word encountered in the Abeka vocabulary worksheets.
  25. How do you pronounce crappie there? We pronounce it CRAW-pee here, and it's always fun when someone comes in from out of state or we hear it on TV pronounced "Crappy".
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