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  1. Friends, I have mentioned, I think, that the kitty that I have been feeding for a few years decided he lives with me now, not his supposed humans. He's doing well inside (he's a big fan of the couch and fireplace), but he hasn't quite figured out how to use the litter box. He understands that he's not supposed to pee just anywhere -- he's peeing on the pee pads I have down for my old man cat who is going senile and forgot entirely how to use the box. It's not an urgent issue, but someday I would like to not have 2894329473 pee pads down everywhere. Any ideas how to communicate to him that the box is the best way? Obligatory picture so you can tell him he's the prettiest:
  2. Thought today's Dear Prudence was relevant. Q: Grandma trying to convert grandchild: Grandma is very, very religious and has taken it upon herself to attempt to convert our new 2-month-old son. Every “conversation” with the infant includes God and every present is Christian-themed, from Christian picture frames to religious children’s books. Obviously the child still doesn’t grasp any of this. The rub is my spouse and I aren’t religious, and agreed to raise our child in our (lack) of beliefs. We aren’t bothered by exposure, which can be great for learning, but this proselytizing isn’t OK. How do we get Grandma to stop, especially when the Christmas season is bound to kick this into overdrive? I am not optimistic that she will listen if we ask politely, and I would prefer to stop it before little Einstein is old enough to understand. A: I’ve heard of religious family members trying to convert their relatives’ young children, but I’m almost impressed at how early your grandmother is trying to get God’s foot in the door (Almost. I am not, in fact, impressed with her behavior.). The good—and bad—news is that if your grandmother does not listen to your polite requests, you have the opportunity to establish appropriate consequences. “Grandma, I know your faith is important to you and that you love little Hanktimony here, but we’re not religious and don’t want you to proselytize to him.” If the religious gifts continue, you get to follow up with, “As we mentioned, we don’t want you to proselytize to our son; we’re going to donate this to an appropriate charity.” If she’s completely incapable of interacting with a baby without trying endlessly to espouse her religious beliefs, then you will get to limit the time she spends with her grandchild. That’s unfortunate, but it’s completely avoidable if she can behave appropriately. You’re not asking her to pretend she’s not religious, nor are you preventing her from expressing her faith, you’re simply asking her to refrain from trying to convert a 2-month-old baby with every breath. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/dear_prudence/2017/12/dear_prudence_my_grandmother_is_trying_to_proselytize_my_child.html Thoughts?
  3. Does anyone have any experience with fairy gardens? I recently made this one for my mom and am interested in making more. I'm thinking of making a tiny house out of a can of tomato paste and popsicle sticks.
  4. I've been getting in the pool lately, mostly to try to build some upper and lower body strength without jarring my knees and hips. To that end, it seems to be working. But I'm wondering-- has anyone found a way not to be bored while swimming? If I'm going to get to the point of getting cardio benefit from this, which would be nice, I'm going to have to stop zoning out.
  5. crazyforkate

    Back into writing after hiatus

    From the ages of about 11-18, I wrote like a demon - plays, short stories, fanfiction, poetry, you name it. It was pretty raw, but looking back, some it was actually good. In college I had less time, but would go through sporadic periods of writing. Last year I was hit by depression and stopped writing entirely, especially since a failed project was very much tied to the problem. Only lately have I been able to start up again, with a couple of articles and a novel in the works. Now, it's like I've totally lost my confidence. Everything I write sounds stupid, and I can't produce more than a couple of sentences at a time, though I'm still getting lots of interesting ideas. Any advice for getting back into the habit, and working past the "stupid" feeling?
  6. I have a sewing machine from my mother in law and I honestly can't remember how to get started. Is there any step by step instructions anywhere online? Can anyone offer a suggestion?
  7. Ok, I am about to attempt my first item of clothing that will not be a costume. I've made Civil War ballgowns, colonial dresses, and random other things for Halloween, and they all looked pretty good I thought, but this one is making me worried if I mess up because I won't have the excuse "It's a costume." Plus it's a satiny material unlike what I've used before. So, any encouragement or advice? Thanks! Pattern: Simplicity 1802 http://www.simplicity.com/p-7501-misses ... ction.aspx (Either A or B, the event is in November) Fabric: http://www.joann.com/simply-silky-print ... 00831.html P.S. I am undecided about adding black piping to the bodice. Any thoughts one way or the other would also be appreciated. Thanks again!
  8. hey y'all sewers so i'm doing my first fba. need to add 3" to the bust: have done the real fit for real people adjustment (slash and spread). anyhoo - i need the bigger waist, so I dont' want to take the excess back in at at the waist line. Am working with a piece of cord (winter shirt dress) so i'd rather avoid a heavy dart on the side. Figure a lower waist is tolerable (and easy enough to change). issue though the fba has totally changed the shape of the bodice on the side seam. how is this dealt with? only by putting in the side dart? can i just whack off some excess and make it straight again? please help me, this thing is %*^(&&$ with my head. thanking you in advance!
  9. Shirley MacLaine

    Tension Headache?

    Okay! So I'm very new to the world of sewing. I got a machine recently and I've gotten around in the last couple of weeks to playing with it, following along with my book, practicing my straight stitch and stuff. I'm pleased with how much I've improved buuuuuuut... I can't seem to make one full pass without at least one loose loop on the bottom. I've tried like every tension setting and it doesn't seem to change (well, except to get worse on the other settings :P). I'm not sure... what I am doing wrong? Is it something I might be doing? Is it the tension? Any helpful thoughts would be really appreciated!
  10. Hey, I am brainstorming a book which takes place in a world where a fundie-like Empire controls most of the world. I have this rather important plot point where a boy in that fundie society meets a non-fundie girl for the first time in his life and...I am stuck on how his reaction is suppose to be. For those wondering their personalities Man=highly intelligent, easy bored, cynical, Woman= intelligent, thoughtful, opinionated, stubborn How do you think it would go?
  11. chiccy

    Dear Prudence

    From a recent edition of Slate's awesome Dear Prudence advice column: "Indentured servants"--perfect!
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