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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2016 at 2:10pm

Daniel, what a horrid bit of news. You take the chore very calmly, no help to yell, swear, beat your head against the wall. It just doesn't help get the job done. I am glad to read you take it in stride as another adventure in life. 

Please don't let that stop you from taking all those actions as you sweat over the tasks. We can hear you if you need to vent. 

I don't know, but I assume you are not a tall man and those cabinets being lower was a bit of a help. That would be true for me. I can't read the third shelf of my cupboards and have to use a step ladder. 

Whatever you do, I know it will look fine!

Your feral cats do a good job for you! And your chickens take care of your kitchen food scraps. You have 24 hour a day help that is silent, mostly, and unpaid. That is the way to go!

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 12:00pm

Daniel, I would be very bummed.  I never could understand laws that seem to be of no value. 

But I'm glad some positives will come from it.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 10:07am

Next kitchen project in what feels like a never-ending kitchen upgrade of my own doing.  We had to have  a propane gas line installed for the nice new gas stove.  That meant county inspector came - always an unwelcome, bad surprise.  This time she said the new cabinets are 1" too close to the counter top.  ONE inch.  The gas stove spec states cabinets need to be 18" above the counter, ours are 17".  These are not above the stove, they are adjacent, but that is not acceptible. I have no idea why that matters but she wont sign off to let us get propane gas unless I fix it.  So.. I have to remove all of the the cabinets on that side of the kitchen, take down the very heavy exhaust hood.  Then tear drywall from soffits, remove the insulation, shorten the soffit framing by 1 1/2", maybe 2", to be safe.  Un-wire the undercabinet lights & remove them.  Backsplash then needs to be higher, so pull off the top row, which is shortened, replace with an unshortened row - find matching stone tile somewhere.  Then re-install everything that I uninstall.  Very bummed two days ago, but now it's just another adventure.  In the end, the appearance should be no different from now, just subtle increase in height of the cabinets over the counter.  Maybe the countertops will be slightly brighter with 2" of more light, & I will quit hitting my bald head on the range hood which will be 2 inches higher. 

I bought a couple of tools to make it go better, a hacksaw to cut nails from behind the drywall, and a flat sided chisel to attempt removing backsplash stone without damaging drywall, I hope.  Maybe 2 weeks?  4 weeks?  Well see! 

There is a certain satisfaction that comes from a do-it-yourself life. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 9:36am

Joan the beaver pond is beautiful!

Randy, I get opossoms fairly often.  During the late summer they hang out in the grape arbor where they compete with birds for grapes.  My woodshed is home to a family of feral cats with kittens, very cute.  They must be eating local moles and voles and rabbits, keeping the small rodent populations down.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 18, 2016 at 7:21am

I've only heard (not seen) Sandhill cranes fly over once so far this fall. They're waiting for a northerly wind which we haven't had. This weekend promises that occurance.

I accidentally found a pair of oppossums huddled in a trash can in my garage. They didn't appreciate being evacuated! No, I didn't kill them. And they'll be back, I'm sure. I have many nesting places, especially in my wood piles.

Have a good, cheery weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2016 at 12:31am

Spud, I'm glad you like the Homestead video; I do too. I feel much better today. Here is the link to to series

The Boss of the Swamp

I'm grateful for this group for helping me through the difficult day, yesterday.  The black cloud is gone. Thanks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 17, 2016 at 5:08pm

Joan, I like the Homestead Beaver Pond video.  

I see geese flying over my house all the time, and never tire of watching them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:58am

OOPPSS the geese were heading south. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:55am

Ian, thank you for your comforting words. Knowing you, too, suffer a loss of a son reminds me that I am not the only parent to experience such a heartache. 

Pollyanna appears to have disappeared, perhaps she will return one day. Let me see if I can discover some good news. 

I heard, then saw a flock of geese heading north yesterday while I walked in my garden. This fellow reminds me of all the wonders that abound and he, too, is grateful. My city lot that is now a food forest has many new inhabitants. It is full of wildlife. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2016 at 6:46am

With all the crap going on in the world--U.S. politics in particular, I, too, am comforted by the comments of my A/N friends. It's good to know others have similar feelings.

Joan, that moon size comparison is "lovely"!!

 

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