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General Discussion / Re: New Exhibit
« Last post by Patty Rain on Today at 12:36:19 am »
Yes, she had to verify with me, "the temple is nothing like that right?" Not that she really thought it would be.  Just it seemed so real.
General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Last post by Curelom on February 20, 2018, 11:33:25 pm »
Doesn’t it seem to be a risky precedent to keep people in sensitive positions with their security clearance still pending? If it’s done for Jared Kushner (presumably because he is the POTUS’s son-in-law), who else can get an exception, & on what grounds? 

The last time I had to have a governmental security clearance, I was already working but couldn’t even get a building exterior door key until the background check was complete. White House personnel in transportation, medical, or food services, or who work at Camp David, even members of bands who play for POTUS/VPOTUS occasions, must have a “Yankee White” rating, the highest level of security clearance & the same one required for the military aides who carry the “nuclear football” wherever the POTUS goes.

And yet this person who has no prior government or military experience, therefore only an outsider’s understanding of security considerations, is allowed to negotiate for Middle East peace & access who knows what military or diplomatic intel.

** Scratching head **
General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Last post by Roper on February 20, 2018, 11:08:43 pm »
When I went to intel school in the Air Force, all airman had to have their Top Secret clearance finalized before they could even go to intel school. Or flight school. In rare cases, a person might get to start school on a temporary clearance, but if it wasn't finalized in the first two months, the person was dis-enrolled and had to choose a new career field which didn't require a TS.  I figure if such a policy is enforced in the military, it should also be enforced for everyone who works in the White House.
General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Last post by Curelom on February 20, 2018, 09:35:35 pm »
Wow, this dude can have access to the most important national security matters & carry on sensitive negotiations with world leaders with no security clearance, but I couldn’t get hired for a job involving oversight of DUI or shoplifting suspects in the pre-detention facility (let alone the county jail) or taking county cars to the maintenance shop back in the day, unless I had actually passed one. What’s wrong with this picture? :-\

Forum and Member News / Re: Baby Boy
« Last post by Roper on February 20, 2018, 06:35:25 pm »
Congratulations, Jason.  I hope he gains weight fast.
General Discussion / Re: New Exhibit
« Last post by Roper on February 20, 2018, 06:33:20 pm »
 :o :o :o
Home Preparedness and Food Storage / Re: Household & travel hints
« Last post by Curelom on February 20, 2018, 05:21:37 pm »
have to look close up or probe among the bristles with a toothpick. ::)

May all your troubles be such first world ones  :)

:D  I think a lot of helpful hints we share here are answers to first-world problems. Yeah, we're all very blessed, & I'm blessed to have a hairbrush at all. And to have hair. 8)

Home Preparedness and Food Storage / Re: Silly Home Preparedness Stuff
« Last post by Iggy on February 20, 2018, 04:04:32 pm »
UPDATE: Made the automatic dish soap - NOT impressed. Have to use 3 tablespoons to get the dishes cleaned. Now, I suppose if I prewashed, with soap, all the dishes I put in the machine, then 1 tablespoon would be plenty. But I pre-rinse after I scrape the food off with a rubber spatula. OJ and tomato juice in glasses gets rinsed out, as well as soup in bowls and cereal -- all protein on dishes get rinsed with cold water, then put into the dishwasher.

Well, this homemade stuff just can't cut it. If pre-washing with soap and water is required, then why even use the dishwasher??? Waste of soap, water and electricity.

Now the laundry detergent I made is wonderful. For extremely dirty clothes I use 1.5 coffee scoops. 1 coffee scoop holds 2 level tablespoons. For my DriSylke garments - a full load is approximately 18 pairs, then 1 scoop is plenty, along with 1/3 cup of dry all fabric bleach.

This last time I used Linen scented Un-stoppables - BLEH, don't like that smell, and I didn't have near enough (yeah), so when Wal-Mart had Purex Lavender 48 oz at BOGO (equates to half off) I bought two. Now to figure out how much to put into each container of detergent to boost the scent.

Went through my *Home Store Cupboard* - Have plenty of Low/No Fat Refried Beans, Vegetarian Chili, Safeway Scalloped/Au Gratin Potatoes, Lipton Beefy Onion and Onion soup mixes. [Add one envelope mixed in 1.5 cups water to a roast, put lid on and put in oven set at 275 degrees F until you can't stand the smell and MUST EAT. I add baby carrots at the beginning, 'cause we like them over cooked and well roasted. Remove the roast and carrots, put the drippings into a sauce pan, bring to a boil and add from 1/4 C to 1/2 C corn starch mixed in 1/2 to 3/4 cup cold water, cook until thickened. Best dang gravy in the known universe. Now, if you are serving canned veggies, save the veggie liquid, add to the water either in the roast or the gravy.

Have any of you tried Campbell's Well Yes! soups??? So far all of the ones our stores have carried have been really good. Have yet to eat the Sweet Potato & Corn.
Home Preparedness and Food Storage / Re: Household & travel hints
« Last post by Iggy on February 20, 2018, 03:36:25 pm »
I soak all of our combs and brushes in an plastic 3 quart measure, in hot water and a healthy squirt of shampoo once a month. Before putting the brushes into the soapy water I use a rat tailed comb to clean the hair out, then a hair pick - finally I use an old, well used denture cleaning brush to scrub between the bristle to get the last of the hair and any built up dander plus to scrub the combs with. Then I let them all soak for a couple of hours, drain, rinse in hat water, then add about 1/8 cup of hibiclens to  2.5 qts of hot water and soak it all for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove combs and brushes, rinse in hot water, then lay on dry cloth to dry.

I do the same with the cats combs and brushes. Yep, I have two styles of brushes for the cats and two combs. One of the combs is a nit comb - it is the easiest way to look for fleas.
General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« Last post by Patty Rain on February 20, 2018, 02:39:12 pm »
Cabin & Porch is a blessing in many ways!  I, too, like to read of travel adventures.  And I also feel a caring sorrow for the many trials of my fellow Nauvoodles.  No matter how strong our faith, pain and fear are real.  Even Christ was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," which I take to mean His own grief, not just that of others.

My visit to today is a "small potatoes" kind of thing.  I just need a sanity check.  The missus and I had a disagreement about "private conversations."  She is a bundle of insecurities and always has been.  I'm used to that and accommodate it where I can.  She saw me having a text discussion with my sister.  She immediately asked what my sister wanted.  I thought it was rude of her to ask, and she went on threatening that she would keep her own secrets from me, and so on.  I never saw it coming.  I've never asked her about any of her conversations with anyone.  I will grant that Sister has some mental issues, but I think that after 30 years of marriage Missus could feel that she could trust me.  Sister was asking me how much my kidney transplant cost out-of-pocket.  Sister didn't  say why she was asking, and I didn't ask.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward question.  Missus became alarmed that: 1) Sister was going to ask me for money, even though she never has before.  2) That I would give Sister money without telling Missus, which I would never do. 

I know Missus was just having a moment and it will all calm down quickly enough.  My question is:  Is it "keeping secrets" to not tell your spouse that you had a conversation with a not-all-there sibling when there was nothing of great import in the conversation?  I have contact with Sister (usually messaging) every other month or so, just as a way of keeping in touch.  Nothing heady in the conversation.  I think Missus should give me the same trust I give her, but I'm not a bundle of insecurities, either. 

I'm not looking for anyone here to take sides.  I just want to know if y'all make a point of sharing with your spouse every conversation you have, not from the context of wanting to share to strengthen bonds, but rather from the context of making sure there are no secrets?  The sharing-for-bonding thing I get.  It's the no-secrets thing I feel is not necessary.  I wouldn't hide something important.

I don't think it is keeping secrets, but I do think things along that line can be important.  I don't share every conversation with my husband - there isn't time! lol But I do share a lot and I would really feel like he was purposely keeping me out of his life if he never shared conversations.  These conversations are an actual part of my husband's life.  They help me know him better and know what he is going through.  So I don't need my husband to report everything to me, but I do want to know what is going on in his life.
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