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  1. Timely discussion as we'll be packing soon too...

    Timely discussion as we'll be packing soon too for a longer trip.
    I've never had an empty water bottle taken by security. We have traveled w/ both stainless and plastic. Will probably go with...
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    For shade, impatiens or begonias will flower...

    For shade, impatiens or begonias will flower well... you could add some ornamental green vining plants for contrast. variegated vinca (periwinkle) is nice, does great in shade, and will overwinter...
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    nasturtiums are good in nutrient-poor soil (which...

    nasturtiums are good in nutrient-poor soil (which a window box will be after a while) and they are drought-tolerant. same for portulaca.
    ivy geraniums are very pretty in window boxes, but may not...
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    We drive old cars, we live in a small house, we...

    We drive old cars, we live in a small house, we eat at home almost 100% of the time (and I pack lunches for all 3 of us every day). No tv subscriptions, cheap phones.
    We DO travel.

    Spending...
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    You're not alone. I don't feel obligated to...

    You're not alone.
    I don't feel obligated to answer the phone, either.
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    Fresh produce is what fills our cart on every...

    Fresh produce is what fills our cart on every trip there: organic lettuce, carrots, avocadoes, apples, bananas, pears, kiwi, organic strawberries when in season. Sometimes mushrooms, asparagus,...
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    I like to make vegan salads for potlucks. They...

    I like to make vegan salads for potlucks. They are delicious and very satisfying, and there is no need to worry about keeping hot. Some of my favorites:
    - wild rice, celery, apple, carrot, bell...
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    If you just want a portable snack, take a small...

    If you just want a portable snack, take a small container or bag and fill it with mixed nuts/seeds and dried fruit. Add coconut, chocolate chips, or homemade granola if desired. Easy, no cooking,...
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    vagus nerve?

    vagus nerve?
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    Recent meals cauliflower bisque and...

    Recent meals
    cauliflower bisque and quinoa-asparagus salad
    rosemary-garlic chicken and green beans
    spinach-tofu enchiladas with green chile sauce
    curried rice salad
    gumbo with chicken, ham, okra...
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    Great that things are working out. It just...

    Great that things are working out. It just occurred to me that you started a new garden and then had back pain. Is it possible that overwork in the garden (bending, digging, lifting) triggered the...
  12. The most important thing to me is peace and quiet...

    The most important thing to me is peace and quiet outside. We always check out the yard first. If I can hear traffic or if a neighbor has a super-annoying dog, we look elsewhere. Yeah, the dog...
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    Colds can turn into a vicious cycle for me if I'm...

    Colds can turn into a vicious cycle for me if I'm not alert to remembering that this happens: the constant post-nasal drip makes me swallow more often. More swallowing means swallowing more air,...
  14. I had severe back pain episodes in the past. ...

    I had severe back pain episodes in the past. Doctors did not help me. Physical therapists, however, were immensely helpful.
    Ultimately I have come up with an assortment of stretches and...
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    GERD can indeed cause respiratory infections and...

    GERD can indeed cause respiratory infections and night-time coughing, but meds like Prilosec don't stop GERD, they just reduce acid production in the stomach. So if this was causing your infections,...
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    "People" may say that beans are too starchy, but...

    "People" may say that beans are too starchy, but I don't think you'll find any reputable medical research that indicates this. We eat lots of legumes, but when I am planning meals I usually count...
  17. Thread: Oats

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    Cooked oats reheat just fine. And steel-cut are...

    Cooked oats reheat just fine. And steel-cut are much tastier than flaked oats. Whole oat groats are even better.
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    We eat a huge quantity of fresh fruits and...

    We eat a huge quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables year-round but we try to buy seasonally.
    For part of the winter, domestic kiwi and pomegranates are available. Citrus is great from about...
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    I realized I had to get out of there when I had...

    I realized I had to get out of there when I had the feeling that every day I was there was taking 2 days off my lifespan.

    Shortly before that, I found that letting out a scream when I got to my...
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    It usually takes 3 years for my new house to...

    It usually takes 3 years for my new house to truly feel like my home.

    When we moved to MN from AZ at the end of September nearly 10 years ago, it was very difficult. I didn't know anyone; I had...
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    ...this is how I meal plan. Based on what we...

    ...this is how I meal plan. Based on what we have in the pantry/fridge/freezer, I come up with the meals and then as the week goes on I use the ideas that correspond to how busy my afternoon/evening...
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    Paul, I very highly recommend this book for you...

    Paul, I very highly recommend this book for you and for anyone else who ponders the question of American culture(s). My husband and I both found it to be fascinating.
    American Nations: A History...
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    ApatheticNoMore said it well. It's not the...

    ApatheticNoMore said it well. It's not the people. I avoid most imported foods because of environmental reasons - shipping something like fish or chicken that needs to be kept cold across the ocean...
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    Steve's right, most frozen/packaged fish comes...

    Steve's right, most frozen/packaged fish comes from China. Even the "Wild US-Caught Salmon" might be a "Product of China" - shipped there for packaging, then shipped back, if you can believe it!
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  25. Thread: Sugar Blues

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    I hear you, ApatheticNoMore. My preferred...

    I hear you, ApatheticNoMore. My preferred sugar-delivery vehicle is also sweets. I never drink soda and cook everything from scratch, so no sugar in our savories. My own experience with eliminating...
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