WomBear definitely deserves a hug! I am also blessed with men who don't freak at a little blood and are willing to help with kids when I am too miserable to stand, get me the heat pack, buy pads without embarrassment, feed whatever weird craving I'm having, etc. » 7/23/14 1:19pm Today 1:19pm

When I was really young, my mom had a big garden and she baked and canned and did a lot from scratch, in spite of having a full time teaching job. I didn't realize until I was much older that she did all that because we were dirt poor. After we moved, when I was 7, my dad got a decent job, we had a smaller garden, and… » 7/20/14 3:01pm Sunday 3:01pm

I once found a $20 on the sidewalk, right in front of the police station. I had just been wondering how I was going to buy my son a new outfit for his orchestra concert the next day. I walked straight over to the thrift store and found a white button down, black pants, and black Sketchers dress shoes, all in his size. » 7/19/14 4:10pm Saturday 4:10pm

I've been a SAHM for most of the last 15 years. There are a few days that might end up like that, but for the most part, it's not at all like that. I think every SAHM has days when she wants to shove the kid(s) at the first person who walks in the door and run away, but really... whoever wrote that is seriously into… » 7/19/14 3:09pm Saturday 3:09pm

*hugs* I know those feelings, hon. Even when we're doing ok, I know that we are just ONE injury or crisis away from being totally screwed again. Good for you, though, for keeping your head on straight and your chin up. You'll get through this mess. » 7/18/14 3:07pm Friday 3:07pm

Oooh, Ouch! I did that once with a big splinter that broke off when I tried to pull it out. I dealt with it for months before I ended up having to go to the doctor and have it properly dealt with. If you ask nicely, they probably have numbing cream or something. » 7/18/14 11:11am Friday 11:11am

The Anne of Green Gables set. I've read all 8 of them at least a dozen times, the first 2 or 3 probably more than that. Little Women is another one I re-read every year or 2. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley is total comfort reading, too. » 7/17/14 5:17pm 7/17/14 5:17pm

hard boil them. You'll be fine. If they Were kept in the carton, they won't even have absorbed any weird fridge flavour. I've eaten eggs that were 6-7 months past date and I am here to tell the tale. If any of them float after cooking, I'd toss them, but they're probably fine. » 7/16/14 3:13pm 7/16/14 3:13pm