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I'm tired of cooking/preparing 3 meals a day. It's just the two of us but boy oh boy can that woman eat!! She stays slimish, I get fattish. It's bad enough I do everything here much less start making her one thing and me the other. At times I feel guilty when I buy her fast food cuz of the nutritional value....not to mention I eat it too.

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That's interesting about the Huawei lady, Gershun. I half-heard the reported anxieties about intergovernmental internet skulduggery related to Chinese companies owning servers or platforms or whatever they are.... Bleah. I have two feelings about it:

wicked Russians undermining our electoral processes. Oh good well I'm glad we would *never* do anything like that to them, then.

our governments don't want other governments having any access to our data. They want to keep control of it themselves.

But when you look at the average civil servant, and you look at the average web developer, who is going to win this race? If governments of any description anywhere in the world think they can take control of this technology now they just haven't been paying attention. They're thirty years too late.
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Sue, wow... My nieces and nephews are like that with their parents. They always get what they want - despite the cost.

IF you do end up deciding to buy her the cellphone, maybe it's time to discuss with hubby first some rules. This will be her 3rd and last 'free' expensive cellphone from her parents. If she loses/breaks it, the next cellphone will be the cheapest, low-end wi-fi cellphone. No ifs, ands, or buts. Explain that she's an adult now. She's going to have to learn that money doesn't grow on trees... I've noticed with fave niece that when she uses her own money to buy stuff, she is very super protective over it. When her parents buy it, she's not as careful with it as she ought. Not saying that this is like your daughter... Just my observation with my nieces and nephews.
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I unfortunately have the same problem only my mother also has a weight problem, it’s not that she eats so much but expects meals so I must keep the kitchen stocked so I can cook. I rarely did before she moved in. Let’s face it this is not an environment that is conducive to self denial, so yes my weight is going up also.
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Sue, just imagining your husband's conversation with his daughter:

"... sharper than a serpent's tooth, to have a thankless child."

I've been wondering if the discussion took a wrong turn somewhere that might have had nothing at all to do with whether she thought it was incredibly nice of you to get her a high-end phone.
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Sue, gift yourself that new phone!

I am still SICK of the wind!
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You're not Scrooge, Sue. Take the $600 and buy YOU something nice. You'll at least appreciate it :)

Send, I'm still eating the raw cookie dough. What can I say, I live on the edge, ha!
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I sometimes forget I even have a cellphone. There is this big case going on right now in Canada to do with a big wig from China being held here. I'm not sure what she has supposed to have done but it's been a big story here. I think she is the C E O for HUAWEI phones. That's the kind I have. My sister is what I refer to as a label snob. The first time she saw my phone she said "Huawei?" I guess she'll know now.
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I bought my husband a Pretty nice Samsung brand Android phone off of HSN last Christmas, that came with the charger, ear buds, and 1600 minutes plus free text and internet usage, plus black case, all for about 90 dollars (today's special value!, lol), and he Still hasn't used up all of his minutes yet!

It was a great deal and the only way to go for us Senior Citizens! You can practically buy a new phone every year for that price! Those home shopping networks have those type sales on all the time and its definitely worth looking into!

Merry Christmas Everybody!
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Well Sue you can always go and get her a gift card for $100 for the I phone store..LOL She can't say you didn't try. And at 22 she can dang sure pay for the rest.. you tried! I love this mindset, so many young people seem to have it. ( sarcasm intended) They get these great gifts, and the newest expensive things,, and just don't care if they get broken. I have had a cell phone since they came out ( for work calls) and neither hubs or I have EVER broken one or lost one. My daughter has had one or two break but she always buys the insurance.. I work with grown arse adults who HAVE to get the newest flashiest gadgets.. then complain they have no money. I think your offer was generous and spot on!
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Blimey.

I got my (sort-of) stepdaughter and her fiancé a half-size album with hand-made paper leaves from the slightly arty-farty interiors shop up the road and thought I was being generous.

I should get her a Hello Kitty case instead, and she can think herself lucky. Just the case, n.b.
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Big whine today...
I had planned to buy my 22 yo step daughter an I Phone 7+ for Christmas. (She broke the other 2 cell phones we bought her). I was going to buy a military tested, drop resistant protector case also. Hubs texted her then talked to her about this. I thought this would be a great idea-wrong!
Stepdaughter texts back that, unless SHE can pick out the protective case, she doesn't want the phone with "conditions attached".
Well, La..Te..Da!
Guess who isn't getting a new cell phone for Christmas? What nerve!
We won't be seeing her for the holidays.

It's OK though, there's $600. left in my wallet for me!

I figured I'd treat myself to an updated model (my I Phone 4 is obsolete and the battery doesn't last for nothin').

I feel like Scrooge-
Ba Humbug!
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
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If I get one more spam robo call on my cellphone [flip-phone] I am going to run screaming into the night. LOL, just thought of flipping off my flip-phone :P

Some reason the spam robo calls ring louder and trying to set this phone is no easy task. My 12 year old God-daughter saw the phone and said "what's that?" so I can't ask her what to do.... [sigh]
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I always hated board games and card games and have a family reputation as a spoiled whiny baby - in my defence I "was" the baby and inevitably lost every game or failed to understand the strategy. I like playing computer games because there is nobody to ridicule you as you learn, and you don't need a partner.
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Daughter2 got me Cluedo last year, Katie. I'm 55 and I'd wanted it since I can't remember when.

Well, either it's really boring or we played it wrong :(

Snap on the building things with the pieces. My grandmother's tiny apartment was not child friendly and the only thing I was allowed to touch was her mah jong set, pink and white tiles with clear perspex in the middle, like a kind of sandwich. I've still got it now.
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Board games. I love to play them but hubby doesn't. When I was a kid I went through a period of time where no neighbor kids were around, and I was an only child. Somehow during this time every adult I knew would gift me with board games....like it would magically make another kid appear. Sometimes I could get my parents to play but they were busy people. I would often create intricate architectural things from the playing pieces though....Funny that I still feel a sense of being on the outside looking in when I see board games, and this gets worse around the holidays.
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Recently, I was talking to sis and nurse niece. I said that everyone keeps updating the family in the What'sUp and they keep forgetting that I don't have one. {If they remember, they usually text me the update.} .. Sis and niece had this puzzled look.

Niece: Ohhh. WhatsApp.
Me: Yeah, that's what I said.

Niece opened her mouth, stopped, and then closed it again. =)
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Send they take away all the fun huh?


CW- we play scrabble every night here, every night. Only we play that you can only use words from the Bible. Moms idea. She loves that game, some days are good for her other days it is difficult, only she still wants to play every night before she can go to bed.
We love her so we do.
On rare occasions she wants to play Mexican Train(domino game) instead of scrabble, But then it always turns out that we have to play scrabble too. :)
She's a funny lady.
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Do not eat the chocolate cookie dough raw.......
Another tradition gone.
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I was really proud of myself when I managed to solve my first sudoku until I noticed it was published for grade school kids - numbers are not my thing, word games like crossword puzzles and scrabble are more my style.

I do remember
-cats cradle with two people, sis and I
-clackers - for once my parents bought me one of the cool toys while it was still cool!
-double dutch (and any jump rope) - being a country girl I had nobody nearby who would help me practice so I was one of the perpetual rope turners
-chinese jumprope - those of us who couldn't skip had fun with that game

As for knitting, crochet, and sewing - been there done that and am not interested any more, I just don't have the patience these days and trying to take shortcuts always results in disaster.
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EMP, eh? Bring it on, that's what I say. Sheesh. How did they ever get away with claiming these "tools" (read: attention-seeking baby goblins) would make life easier.
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Technology is just a personal device for communication. Maybe there is no need for that if you obviously can speak up for yourself. Take heart, CM, technology is destined to become inoperable by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or some other solar or galactic calamity. Really? you say? This is straight from the mind of my dH!!! Yeah, sounds lovely, right?

In the meantime, learn to text on it, the favored form of communication by our adult and teen chiildren. It may be the only remaining way to get a response out of them. Text this message: " Hi all, I am baking the favorite chocolate chip cookies of the season tonight at 6 p.m." "Come on over..."

I still want to see the cell phone leaving in the back of the trash truck, really soon.

It would be hilarious ending up in a dump, barking away every time someone called you.
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It can't wake me up if I've locked it in the car or mailed it to one of the kids though, can it. One More Word out of it and...

Hands up, I picked barking dog because it sounded a little bit like my poor old boy. But he was *never* this demanding, not even when he came back from the vet high as a kite on methadone.
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CM,
Whatever alert you use, those alerts can wake you up at night. If an alert is subtle, very quiet, and near your bed, you may be wondering about insomnia at 3 a.m.

Enjoy your new phone. !!! I would have picked "barking dog" as my first choice, thinking it would be fun. I do not own an i-phone.
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O sh*t and derision! - as my father used to say.

All three kids sending me helpful tips at once, the alert is set to "barking dog," by the time I've answered one there's another six, it also vibrates which I did NOT tell it to do - it's absolute f***ing bedlam here.

I'm turning it off and going to bed.
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Deepest sigh.

The other thing I can't do (yet) is use WhatsApp.

I think I have just sent a picture of my foot to fourteen people.

At times like this I remember that when I first saw a sudoku I wrote out every possible solution for every possible line and worked away at it for ages. Daughter 2 glanced over my shoulder and said "no you've gone wrong already."

You're never too old to learn (at your own pace).
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I can't crochet, either, Book - not for want of trying. There is a blanket I would dearly love to make so every few months I pick up my crochet hook, go to YouTube and have another go; but I think my fingers just don't work like that? I'm getting *something* wrong, whatever. I'm so envious of the skill.
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Had the state of Maryland not taken so long to send me my dad's ashes (two months), I could have had them in time for the memorial service and buried them in Ohio when I was up there 3 weeks after he died. Now I will have to wait for warmer weather in the spring.
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I can remember riding horses bareback in the middle of a galloping herd (don't tell hubby); for years that was the only thing he got really mad about.... caught me at it twice! Nowadays I can barely get out of their way while feeding them....
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cats cradle, now I know what it is, just looked it up. That is what we played with using the chinese jumprope. Where I come from.

I crochet when I get a chance. Right now I am working on a blanket for my DH. I made my Mom a few things. I too prefer sewing, but if traveling a long distance crocheting keeps me sane. :)
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It's been a long time since I played cat's cradle. I had to google it. I recall the 2 person game. But I also recalled mostly playing it by myself. Found the video on it. Yep, that's the one I played - the solo one. I also remembered making a witch's broom and then a witch's hat from the broom. Fun when you challenge your sibling on who can make it the fastest.

I tried crocheting. I'm terrible at it. I would forget the count or the place I was on. In the end, I threw away the instructions and just crochet my own yarn 'shoes' from my imagination. After that was done, I decided I just didn't have the patience to crochet anything. Too long and kept losing my place.

So, I moved on to sewing. Took a beginner's class on sewing - how to make your patterns. I don't have the 'brain' to do all those numbers and wooden stick drawing. In the end, I just bought McCall's patterns at the store. Had a hard time understanding the instructions. So, I just looked at the finished products and the black/white pictures that's beside the instructions. I, then, altered the dress by adding another V-neck on the back (used the front V-neck pattern to also be the back) and made some high slits on the sides of the plain body-hugging dress. FYI, buy a beautiful Hawaiian print material - and.. ahem... You have a very sexy high slit sides dress with V-neck front/back .. sexy dress! =) {I made this for fave sis - who is a very very pretty person.} … After a while, I lost interest in sewing. … Turned to drawing.. etc....
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