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    What do you consider "cheating" when in a romantic relationship?

    Yup, this. I'm even be uncomfortable with flirting, because it implies that you are open to the possibility of (or testing the waters regarding) something more. But I don't define flirting as talking to someone or laughing with them or enjoying their company - it's when it obviously moves...
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    Kids and Grandchildren moving in.... Help

    Also, what my neighbours confided was that it was probably more expensive in the end to have their kids move in and move out again. Their kids sold their house to do this, and found that not only did they lose 2 years that they would have paid towards the mortgage, they also lost money because...
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    Kids and Grandchildren moving in.... Help

    I'm not sure that having adult children move back in to save money is ever a good plan. Our neighbors did it, and it ended up just meaning that they subsidized living costs for their son and DIL and their 2 children and 3 dogs for 2 years (at huge expense to themselves), with them not becoming...
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    Will Pearl Paradise do a price adjustment?

    Call them and ask. If not, then return them and buy again at the sale price. But I’d imagine they’d rather just price adjust.
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    Ringworm

    @missy Fred is looking great! Wow, it's night and day compared to his earlier pictures where we were all afraid he was not going to make it! I'm so glad he seems to have perked up. Oliver looks like he has naughtiness in his heart! (I have a soft spot for the mischievous ones!) Sounds...
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    I just wanna say -- the random comments thread

    Thank you. It's been hard, and I don't feel like I can talk about it in my real life.
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    Ringworm

    I haven't checked in in a while. That's such good news about the first cultures being negative!!! One down, maybe one to go? I wonder if poor Fred would benefit from cortisone shots? They are a little less immune suppressing than systemic steroid use (at least in humans), and might give him...
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    I just wanna say -- the random comments thread

    I'm struggling to know how to support DH. He took a position in a company where he was really happy for a while. But things have gone south. I know that at his level (and in his industry) people get let go for all sorts of things that have nothing to do with them and he's feeling that this is...
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    Do you have a life insurance policy? if yes, who's the beneficiary?

    My husband and I do with each other as the beneficiary. The idea was to allow whomever was left some time and room to breathe before having to decide what to do next if something were to happen, and to replace the other's income for a while. We both work, so losing one income would put a lot...
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    How to respond

    One day she will probably look back and cringe at who she was today. Mean spirited stuff like that really stems from insecurity. Your ring is beautiful and the only person it needs to make happy is you. Wear it in good health!
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    Pearl stud earrings

    It depends on whether you're getting earrings or a strand. I have some 12mm white metallic freshwater earrings from Kevin at Pearls of Joy and they are not noticeably off round. You can tell they are freshwater metallics rather than south sea pearls as the luster and colour are slightly...
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    Pearl stud earrings

    Metallic freshwater pearls also tend to be more egg shaped. Mine also have a distinctly yellow tinge to them compared to my white freshwater (nonmetallic) pearls. My experience is that Pearls of Joy and Pearl Paradise tend to be comparable in terms of freshwater pearl quality. I have never...
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    Picking my Christmas present - PP studs - which one?

    I would pay the extra for the AAA quality if you can. There is a visible difference in luster between the grades. You might also want to comparison shop between vendors. Sometimes there is quite a range of prices for similar items. Fresh water pearls (aka, the Freshadama) will have softer...
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    Black Friday Sales

    Just a head's up. Pearls of Joy has started their black Friday sale (25% off all strands in their sale section). Pearl Paradise is finishing off their Tahitian sale, but is gearing up to a Black Friday sale too. Also, American Pearl is offering 15% off everything on the website so far. In...
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    Fresh or Frozen Turkey..Stuffed or Unstuffed?

    I tend to do frozen, but only if I have a week to defrost in the fridge. Otherwise I do fresh. I don’t stuff - if you do you need the center of the stuffing to reach 165 degrees to be safe - by which time the turkey will be seriously overcooked. Otherwise turkey is easy. High temp or low...
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    How to respond

    Imaginary audience much? Sounds like someone hasn't moved beyond that stage of adolescence where it's normal to imagine that everyone is looking at you and thinking about you (because...narcissism). It also sounds like her feelings about her ring are more about what SHE thinks about her ring...
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    I'm not influenced by these new so-called "influencers"

    I started looking at YouTube because my teenage nieces are obsessed with a few of the so called "beauty gurus." It's disgusting. They are clearly shilling products given to them free in PR for the sole purpose of shilling them, and yet teens think "oh, this person is giving an honest review"...
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    How to respond

    I'm going to say it here. Wow. That's really rude.
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    How to respond

    Wow. I can't even imagine someone being so rude. I guess how I answered would depend on the power structure at work and how much peace you are expected to keep. You could joke and say "well someone's jealous!" you could say "well, I like it" or you could say "wow, that's really rude. People...
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    How to care for a found cat?

    See? He's training you already!!!
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    4 Carat Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Ring

    That's a beautiful ring. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dixie.
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    How to care for a found cat?

    Sometimes nasty people will trap other people's cats and drive them to a remote place and dump them. Parks are a prime place. Then the cat will often wander looking for food or people or a way home, and can end up pretty far from where anyone might think to look for them. We've had a number...
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    How to care for a found cat?

    And yes, mine have always had break away collars with name, address, and phone number. And no outdoor time (most places don’t allow cats to run free and it’s dangerous for them - the collar is just in case of accidental escape from the house).
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    How to care for a found cat?

    You don’t need to bathe him. You can brush him if both of you enjoy it, but it’s not necessary. Cats kind of train you tbh. You can teach them not to do things with stern vocal disapproval or with treats for doing the stuff you want them to do. They learn their names and will come if you...
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    Do you filter your selfies?

    No, but I probably should!!! :lol-2:
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    A Tale of Two E-Rings

    Congratulations! It's beautiful and looks lovely on you. May you be very happy together!
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    Piercing infection

    I had to permanently remove my cartilage piercing as it refused to heal. I’m glad you went back to the hospital. Hopefully you’re feeling better now.
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    MAGA?

    I’m sorry for my rant, all. I guess my only excuse is that while I completely understand people not wanting to pay higher taxes, spend money they don’t necessarily have on retrofitting their homes or buying new vehicles, and the anxiety that all of this creates for people whose jobs rely on the...
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    MAGA?

    Are you really that willfully ignorant? What exactly do you think air pollution (aka smog) is if not a toxic brew of greenhouse gasses altered by the sun into an even more toxic mess and trapped by local geography in low lying areas? And where do you think it comes from other than large...
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    MAGA?

    The earth may be fine, but life on earth may not. We are already losing coral due to rising global ocean temperatures. When coral dies, so does the entire ecosystem that lives in, around, and off of the coral. We are losing species at an exponential rate - on land and in the oceans. What is...
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