Norma Guy

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I'm not sure I'm understanding why this thing is so great.  I just saw it on the news, they're getting government grants.  Some municipalities use a large scale version of this thing, and now they're selling little ones that go in your home or office.  

The claim is that it "makes soil" in a matter of hours using electricity.  But it's not making soil, it's just dehydrating the organics, which to break down into actual soil will then have to rehydrate and get all new bacteria and fungi to break them down into soil anyway.  People are sprinkling it their houseplants.  I'm just confused about why this thing is so amazing.  Am I missing something?
2 years ago
I realize this is a very late contender (like three years too late) but I cannot express how much I absolutely loathe "Do They Know It's Christmastime".  It's an incredibly narrow and stigmatizing view of Africa that continues to be perpetuated by this drivel played over and over every year, painting all of Africa as a barren hellscape with people incapable of caring for themselves.  I honestly think it needs to be banned.  Not to mention that from a Christian perspective, some of the first cultures to recognize Christianity before the intrusion of Rome were in North Africa, so the supposition that they don't know it's Christmas is double-edged ignorance, not only for those cultures who are Christian, but for those which aren't and don't need this drivel shoved down their throats, or to get aid solely on a single religious basis.... man I must be a real snowflake because I'm TRIGGERED LOL

3 years ago
Where I grew up in Ontario, farmers were encouraged by law enforcement to shoot loose dogs seen on their property.  They are a danger to children and livestock.  I'm not advocating the practice, and certainly it is not the dog's fault that they are left to roam free by careless owners, but your neighbours must be aware this is a possibility.  I watched your youtube video, and the intensity of the atmosphere shift must be almost impossible to live with - I really feel for you.
3 years ago
I got a pair of Darn Tough socks a few years ago, and not being able to try them on in the store, I bought in my shoe size based on their packaging.  When I got them home, they were far too tight, particularly in the calf.  I really don't like anything that is tight around my calf, and the top of the sock was a definite pressure point.  Even the foot was uncomfortably tight.  I ended up giving them to a kid.  I looked at their website and found that they stand by their sizing (I have seen a lot of complaints online about them fitting too tight based on the size), and apparently they do have diabetic "compression socks", but the important thing for circulation is to not have tight points.  Anything that comes mid-calf has to be loose enough to accommodate your muscles and circulation.  If it leaves a dent in your skin, it is too tight.  If I ever buy another pair, I will be more pushy about actually trying them on in the store before spending the money.  Based on their durability in your test, it sounds like the materials are generally worth the expenditure, especially with their replacement guarantee.  I'll try a size up from their recommendation and look for something with more give at the top next time.
3 years ago
The diagram about the length of the quick is very helpful.  I was wondering why my dog had such long quicks, and the vet mentioned that they were long, but didn't tell me why, and I do his nails myself but I'm scared to do it because he bleeds easily.  I'll have to be more diligent to get the blood supply to shrink.  Thank you for these tips!

Saw this tip a few days ago.

3 years ago

Deb Rebel wrote: Currently, I admit to Jaegermeister, I purchase it, and usually one doubleshot at a time (1.5 oz times two). It helps with some of my chronic pain and helps me sleep. I take it room temp and in company of real or virtual friends (chat).

I admit to the same!  My husband brews beer and I just can't stomach the stuff (carbonation has a terrible effect inside me), though I have learned a lot about it through him, helping to brew, and tasting and smelling but not drinking.  Wine gives me an instant hangover.  I don't drink much these days, unless someone offers me something socially.  I do love a frivolous mixed drink on occasion (like twice a year).

But, I will have a shot (or two) of Jager before bed for exactly the same reason as Deb.  Made with herbs and spices, it is supposed to be a respiratory and digestive tonic, and I consider it a medicinal nightcap with a very relaxing effect
3 years ago
For the cover picture.  finally figuring this out! :P
I can finally laugh now several years later :P