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  1. 5 points
    This is one of the fastest growing hobbies around the world right now and I'm wondering who else enjoys coloring as a grown-up? I always colored with my children and then my grandchildren, but now we closet colorers no longer have to stick to the kiddie books. There are hundreds of incredibly detailed coloring books available for adults these days. Johanna Basford's "Secret Garden" and "Enchanted Forest" books are the leaders in the field. I believe she was the first to publish a coloring book aimed at the adult market. Her images are lovely!
  2. 4 points
    I don't know about everyone else, but I really crave good news these days. It helps keep me going during this time of crisis in our world. So, I thought I'd share some good news we received a couple of weeks ago at the vet. As some of you already know, Carmine was diagnosed with diabetes back in January. We were pretty sure it was steroid-induced. Long-term prednisolone use in cats is linked to the development of diabetes, and Carmine had been taking prednisolone for more than five years for his chronic pancreatitis. We made the decision to take him off the prednisolone in hopes that this would resolve the issue. He has not had any pancreatitis flareups in about three years, so we felt pretty comfortable that he would be okay without it. In the meantime, though, he had to go on insulin to help control his blood sugar. Unfortunately, the first dose we tried was too much for him, and he kept going into hypoglycemia, which was incredibly scary! My vet and I worked closely and figured out that Carmine needed the very tiniest dose of insulin possible - 1/2 (about one drop) of insulin only once a day. This dose allowed him to remain stable without going into hypoglycemia. He has his glucose tested at the vet once a month right now. About a week before his last appointment, I noticed that he was much livelier. He was running around like a young cat again (he is 15 years old!). He was eating more, too. He was even chasing Tylan around the apartment, which he hardly ever did before! So, I wondered if he could be in remission. Sure enough, he tested in remission at his appointment!! His sugar was still slightly high at 178 (normal ends at 170), but he is in remission. It was a piece of news I really needed. Things have been so tough for everyone, including me, lately. It felt great that something good happened. He will continue to go in once a month for glucose tests for the time being. We are hopeful that he will stay in remission, but it is not uncommon for cats to go back into diabetes from time to time.
  3. 4 points
    Notice that I did not say "junk food." We're not judgmental here! I am a lifelong fan of snacks, but instead of scarfing down cookies and candy like I did when I was a kid, I try to stick to nuts and fruit these days. The one thing I can't seem to give up is good old Fritos, yes, those plain corn chips! How about you, what is your favorite snack food?
  4. 4 points
    One word: El-Nino. This is a weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean that pops up every 5 years or so. Some patterns are stronger than others and, so far, this year is shaping up to be a strong one. This pattern directly affects the U.S. more than any other simply because of the geographic location of the country. Living in Arizona, I feel the impact of El-Nino every time it comes around. From this first-hand experience I can tell you that it's going to be a wet El-Nino season in Arizona. (Some people joke that we have a 5th season in Arizona........El-Nino.) It has been raining more than usual ever since our monsoon season was supposed to have ended a roughly one month ago. It was raining last night where I live, at an elevation of roughly 5,000 ft. above sea level, with more expected today and the cooling trend to continue. At this rate we are going to see a lot of snow out here as well as other parts of the western U.S. I can't begin to tell you how much of a good thing that would be. Here's a link that can explain more: http://www.weather.com/news/climate/news/el-nino-outlook-strong-possible-may2015 So how do you think El_Nino will affect your neck of the woods?
  5. 3 points
    Dear Sir/Madam,I just hit my Seventh and pray that you admit me into your programme. I promise to do my best.Thanks,Robert.
  6. 3 points
    Kids can pull off the hairs from your very skull if you let them throw you off guard. Some childish behaviors are so irritating that you may find yourself reacting in a most unbelievable manner to a childish provocation. Some parents throw every caution to the winds when they are angry with their kids; they call them all kinds of undeserving names and tell them all sorts of things, in a bid to vent their anger. There is no excuse for wrong behavior and, using abusive language is a type of wrong behavior. Therefore you have no excuse whatsoever to be abusive when talking to a child. But in case you're already addicted to it and cannot but speak the wrong words and make the wrong statements when you're angry, there's one statement you should never make to a child. You must not say it to a child no matter how angry or bitter you are. What statement is that? Never say to a child: "You're are good for nothing." Please don't ever say it to them. That singular statement is enough to ruin the life of a child. It unconsciously transmits a sense of worthlessness into a child. Permit me to say it again; don't ever tell a child that they are good for nothing. Shalom.
  7. 3 points
    Thank you for your interest in PFP! Please read the rules below in their entirety before proceeding. Please note: applicants will be rejected for failure to follow these instructions. Writer Application All writers are required to be at least 18 years of age, and there are no exceptions to this rule. Sign-up for an account on the forums with a unique username you have not used anywhere else as a profile name, Twitter handle, etc. If you are reapplying, do not create a second account. Notify admin or a mod that you would like to reapply and we will update your writer thread. If you have forgotten your login credentials, please use the "Lost password" button or contact admin or a mod for help. Duplicate accounts will face an automatic rejection. Visit the Applicant Posting Area area Create only 7 unique posts. Each post must be at least 25 words in length. Once complete, let us know by posting in the "Hit My 7th" pinned thread located at the top of the Applicant Posting Area. This will be your 8th and final post. Please post in the appropriate thread and do not create a new one. Once you have notified us that you have completed your test posts, please do not continue posting as this will result in a rejected application. PFP Admin strongly suggests using a PC to complete the application process. In our experience, members who use mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc) tend to have more typos and errors than applicants who use a PC. After you have submitted your 7 posts, they will be carefully reviewed to see if we feel that you will be a good asset to our team. Afterward, we will notify you of our decision via PM. We realize that we have a lot of fun topics to post on; however, please do not create more than 7 posts total, unless specifically requested to do so. Forum Rules Do not advertise or post links to outside businesses No foul language No "text speak" or overusing emoticons No objectionable topics such a drugs, illegal activities, sexual content, terrorism Post only original content. Plagiarism will automatically disqualify you from employment. Do not be rude to other applicants or PFP staff members We base our decision on: Your ability to follow the instructions we have provided above. Grammar and spelling (this includes punctuation and proper sentence structure). Content (Your posts should be informative, on topic and add to the discussion. Simple “I agree” posts are not what we are looking for.) Proper English usage. How well you proofread your posts before submitting. Our decision is not limited to the above. There may be other factors involved as we vet all writers on an individual basis. For instance, if English is your second language, you are welcome to apply, as we pride ourselves on being an international company with writers from all over the world. However, proper English is a *must* for this job. Review Process: We review applicants Monday-Friday (EST business hours). Please be patient after submitting your posts, most times we review over a dozen applicants at once. Please allow up to 3 business days for a reply. Weekends and US national holidays, however, may take longer for us to get back with you. If you have not heard back from us in that time, you may shoot us a PM, and we will respond immediately. We apologize in advance for any delays. Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is the point of this forum? Do clients actually pay for this? This forum is called the Applicant Posting Area. The point of this forum is to get a feel for each member's writing ability, writing style, and content. It is also a way for us to see if a member can follow directions and interact positively with other forum posters. The posts you make in this area are used for the sole purpose of vetting you to be a writer here at PFP. None of the posts made in this area are used on client sites, or used for any other purpose. Clients pay us for a variety of projects including forum posting, blog commenting, social media commenting, article writing, and e-book editing. Each project is unique and requires content that is created specifically with the client needs in mind. We never recycle or copy and paste content! 2. Does it matter what I write about? Your posts are only used as part of your PFP writer application, so the topics you write about are entirely up to you. We ask that you refrain from posting about overly controversial topics, and you absolutely cannot advertise or link to other sites or businesses. Anyone who posts advertisements or links to other businesses will be banned from our site. 3. This was so much fun, I just want to keep posting! Is that OK? While we recognize that it can be a lot of fun to make your trial posts here, our rules are very specific about only making 7 posts in the Applicant Posting Area. At PFP, your ability to follow directions is as important as your ability to write and applicants will be rejected for failure to follow directions. 4. PFP seems to be much more strict about grammar, spelling, and punctuation than other companies. Why is that? Our clients hire us for the highest quality English content and that means our writers must be masters of the English language. If English is not your first language, it is essential that you can write like it is because that is what our clients expect. 5. I am really nervous! How can I make a good impression? The best way to make a good impression is to follow all directions, proof your work carefully, and most importantly, be yourself! If you have a casual writing style, use it! Trying to sound overly academic will not give you an advantage over another writer, especially if you do not usually write that way. For example, we have clients who manage a variety of forums and blogs with topics that range from health and wellness, parenting, online gaming, web hosting and programming, and music and entertainment. Your ability to blend in on a client site and post convincingly on the topics at hand is a must. Each member brings their own unique style and talent to our team, and that is what sets PFP apart from the competition. 6. I was rejected, but I don't know exactly why. How can I find out the specific reason(s)? At the request of the applicant, we are always happy to provide a list of what the vetting team noted within your test posts. Please reply to the admin or mod who sent you the initial response and they will get back to you with more detailed information. 7. I was rejected, but I see other people posting here who aren't so great. What gives? As mentioned above, this area is used ONLY for the purpose of applying to be a writer here. PFP staff do not post or interact in this section in any way, so all the posts you see in the applicant posting area were made by applicants, and not everyone who has posted in this area was offered a position with us. Each applicant is vetted in the same manner and through the same process. 8. How do I apply to be a writer for the other services PFP offers, such as resume writing and virtual assistance? The application process at PFP begins with forum test posts. If you are accepted as a poster, you will be welcome to apply internally to the other facets of the company. 9. Can I use a VPN to make my test posts? While we appreciate the desire to remain anonymous and we sometimes need writers to use VPNs on certain projects, we do not allow VPN test posts and using a VPN for these posts will automatically disqualify you from working for PFP. We are a company with a very strict confidentiality policy that protects both clients and writers and this is a job application with us, so transparency when applying is necessary. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for your interest in PFP. We look forward to working with you!
  8. 3 points
    My friend recently told me of a way to make peanut butter fudge that sounded too good to be true, but after trying a piece, I just had to make it. For the record, I am a notoriously bad fudge maker. I always seem to have the timing off so my fudge either doesn't set up right or is really grainy. So when she said she had the easiest ever peanut butter fudge recipe, my ears definitely perked up. It uses only two ingredients - an 18 oz. jar of peanut butter and a 16 oz. container of vanilla frosting. Melt each ingredient separately, then combine the two until one uniform color and consistency. Pour into an 8 x 8 pan that you've lined with foil or parchment paper. Refrigerate 3-4 hours until set, then cut into the size pieces that you want. It's really good! It does get a little softer than I like if you leave it out of the refrigerator, so I recommend keeping it refrigerated. It has a lovely creamy texture and is so delicious. I can finally make peanut butter fudge that is good!
  9. 3 points
    I love to color! It was, hands down, probably my favorite past-time as a kid. I felt pressured to "grow out of it" though, because there weren't coloring books marketed to older kids at the time. I transitioned into paint-by-numbers in my teen years because it felt more age-appropriate than coloring images like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. In my adult years, I fell away from artistic past-times altogether and bought a Kindle instead. Now, I'm so excited that there's a such thing as adult coloring books!
  10. 3 points
    I have been without cable TV for about three years now. I discovered Roku and decided that I had paid for television long enough. When you buy the Roku box, you have access to "channels" which you can get free along with some paid channels if you wish. The main channel I use is my Netflix subscription. I finally even got rid of the DVD by mail portion of Netflix and use the streaming service exclusively. Between all of the free channels I have and my Netflix streaming subscription we have all we could ever watch. My wife and I have been very satisfied with the entertainment we have now.