Tereza Okava

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here we have an option similar to that Sheila Maid (which is super cute!) that people generally use in apartments, I have a larger version outside on my back porch. The clotheslines are attached to the ceiling and go up using pulleys or sometimes a retractable gadget, like this one.
12 hours ago
I know that there are many, many, cool things in this thread that merit a more thorough and intelligent response, but the first thing that jumps to mind is an article I read recently entitled "Iron Is the New Cholesterol" that left me thinking about the whole iron thing a LOT. (after some tattoos, surgery, and travel to problematic regions, I haven't donated blood in about 2 years, and I'm getting itchy to do so.)
You might find it interesting.
1 day ago
I just got the same error- clicked thumbs up and it gave me a thumbs down (on arts, crafts, skills, if it makes any difference). I'm using the newest Chrome on Windows 10.
1 day ago
here in the winter it's similar, Inge, very wet. We often save up the clothes til we get a day that looks like we might get a bit of dryness, and are on our last pairs of underwear and socks hoping for a miracle.... I have a dehumidifier and floor drying rack but during the winter we already have so many humidity/mold problems in the house that I hesitate to put anything in the house to dry. I prefer to just save it up, eventually the weather breaks.
I only learned last year that hanging this wet laundry in the raw cold is SO much more tolerable when you're wearing rubber gloves. Not sure why it took me so long to try it.
1 day ago
I meant to comment on this last week when i saw it but then things got in the way... but better late than never

Nina Jay wrote:I couldn't find a way to solve this marital dilemma and bought a dishwasher instead... [another shameful face emoticon]

I think it`s a great solution! Choosing your battles is probably one of the most intelligent things you can do (the way I see it, whatever relationship is not going to have 100% agreement on anything, so why expect it, better to roll with it), and only you can decide where those lines are to be drawn. When your person otherwise has a lot of redeeming qualities, sometimes you just need to move on.
5 days ago
my only suggestion is that if you use vodka and there are young people present in your house who are aspiring bartenders who like to make fancy cocktails, PROTECT your extract and label it something like "ant poison." Just recently I found that my 750ml of extract was down to about 200ml. The kid had that dog-caught-in-the-trash-can look for a second before regaling me with tales of what she made, which admittedly sounded fabulous.
5 days ago

William Schlegel wrote:The littlest one "Mr. Brown" is about my sons age and my favorite in these videos. Trying to figure out his nick name though.

You were not the only one!! Katie, thanks for solving this mystery for me.

I will never have cattle or pigs, and farm in a totally different environment/manner than he does, but I love his vlogs. Lotta respect for someone working so hard to bring his kids closer to the land and their roots.
Style guides, for editors and translators, keep us on this side of mentally healthy. I am an American but do a lot of editing of Australians, Canadians, British.... the style guide makes it so you aren't changing "different to" to "different from"-- if your proofreaders are professional they should know that.

Chicago and APA are the most common in my areas (science/tech) but they are very America-focused, and Chicago Manual of Style has a cost barrier (you will be looking at it all the time, so you will have to pay the subscription fee). Chicago does require the Oxford comma, as does Oxford UP style and Strunk & White`s Elements of Style (another old but good reference).
I have colleagues who work with the Canadian government one and their comment is that it is hard to keep up (not always consistent the way you might expect things to go. That said, any style guide is always changing.) There is also the Canadian Press manual https://www.thecanadianpress.com/writing-guide/ . Some others can be found here, including one from UBC. https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/ressources-resources/ressources-resources/guide-guidelines-eng

Last but not least there is always the Economist`s style guide. Even though it is British English I use it with some clients who would generally probably prefer American English. It is very clean, succinct, and easy to apply. It used to be available for free but now is an actual book for sale. Review here. https://www.editage.com/insights/the-economist-style-guide-10th-edition

A style guide should save you headaches by reducing the number of things you dither about and making things more consistent (as you said, it is maddening to see 5th and fifth in a text, for example), but there may still be things you are going to have to decide for yourself. Even the Chicago Manual, which has to be a good 600 pages, doesn`t cover every case and I have had to debate with colleagues about how to address exceptions in a journal.

Finally, there will always be more errors. You can have 8 proofreaders or 100, there will still be something that escapes. We all do the best we can, but we`re human (and trust me, the bots screw it up MUCH worse than the humans do). That`s why books are published in different editions, with errata. Things slip past, we try to minimize them using tools, but it happens and you shouldn`t be too concerned. And another note about that "teh"-- when I see that in a text I edit I realize the person doesn`t have their word processor set to check their spelling correctly. I use editing software that helps me catch that kind of stuff as well as consistency, formatting issues (one tab or two before section heading?) and recommend it highly. If you work with Word, you can purchase PerfectIt, which fits in there and can be set to any style guide you work with. There is a serious learning curve, but if you have a text in Word (or a word compatible suite like Open Office, etc) I would be happy to run it through the software for you when you get to that point.
Sorry for the tome. Catch me before breakfast and I`m a bit wordy.
5 days ago
I forgot about this guy! Read about him a while ago, he is SO talented (and seems to have a great sense of humor).
I give away a lot of stuff, mostly herbs and leafies, and I roll them in newspaper or book pages (I work with a few academic journals who insist on sending me paper copies, despite my protests, so I always have some laying around) and tape them into cones. (sadly, paper grocery bags don't exist here, or that would be an option). Occasionally smaller things (cherry tomatoes?) might be taped into an envelope. I have the skills to knit and sew bags but I just don't have the time, on the scale that I give things away. If I did I'd make more things for myself.....
2 weeks ago