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Oh, that's smart, when all the Christmas gifts are being sold for a discount! I've thought about that, but never felt like keeping them for a year. Maybe in the future I will though, if I have plenty of space to keep them.

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It also works really well, because like for my mom, I can have her pick out items for herself, and then be completely sure she'll forget all about them and they'll be a surprise.  Like today I gave her ornaments we bought last year, and she was so surprised by them.  Though, they were the ones she'd forgotten about by the time the shipments came, so this method can also work in the weeks and months before Christmas.

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Sadly that method does not work with children. The longer you hide gifts around the house, the more likely they are to stumble across them and want them immediately as opposed to waiting for their intended gift date.

Earlier this year for my oldests birthday I ordered her a plush toy from the Disney Store. I also go her younger sister one too and an outfit for her baby sister. They were here when the delivery came and wanted to open the box right away. She knew what it was because I said I might be ordering her something from the Disney Store and the logo was on the box. My MIL was a bit ticked that I also ordered the other two girls something because it's not their birthday and they should have to wait. Well my middle child had a really crappy birthday this year and I was supposed to get her something like this anyways so this was a late present for her. And do I need a reason to buy things for the baby girl, no I do not. Plus I had to import them from the United States, so figured I'd better get my money's worth and hope the duty fees weren't over the moon. Turns out they were only $13. :D

Since today is Black Friday I should see what the Toy store has on sale.

EDIT: I ended up getting all my shopping done last night from the comfort of my computer! I ordered K and A's presents, plus stocking stuffers for all three girls. I ordered something I need for our classroom and a gift for myself as well as a book I was supposed to get for my birthday. My husband already got his gift. I got new tires for his truck earlier this week. Now I just need to get a small plush toy for S's stocking and some gifts for Mouse. She was supposed to get a jacket and booties for Christmas but we got her jackets early and she's been wearing them outside since it's been so cold. I think I'll get her a couple of toys and some treats. She won't really care either way. :D

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I always start a year early with after holiday sales, haha. The kids are usually pretty oblivious to new things since I am pretty sneaky at hiding. Between after holiday sales and black friday we can get most, if not all, our shopping done fairly easily...and not break the bank!

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@Rileeey Is it still lacking snow there? ;( We got hit pretty good the last couple days including icy roads last night (so many accidents!). I hope you get snow in time for Christmas!

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9 hours ago, Greywindd said:

Summer is here ? The roasting of the sidewalks have begun and since I live in NYC, the oven-like underground subway stations. Eughhh

A lady I follow on Instragram lives in the East Village and she said pretty much the same thing yesterday. It doesn't really help knowing millions of others are in the same boat though, does it, especially not when it's called cold comfort! ?

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We've had such a cold brutal winter in my area and all of a sudden it's warm. Since the grass is green and the dandelions are everywhere and it's sunny out my oldest is bugging me for the sprinkler almost every day. It's not quite warm enough out for that yet. We still have a breeze on most days and it's a bit cool. They'll have plenty of time to enjoy it, though I'm sure they'll miss Mouse playing in the water with them. I've been trying to weed my flower garden but having to keep an eye on a 2-year old constantly is making it take longer. It was strangely quiet not having Mouse bringing me her ball or other toys constantly and dropping it on my plants like she normally did.

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The Midwest U.S. encountered the polar vortex last winter, and guess where I live? ? It was quite the experience gearing up so I could stand outside in -35F/-37C wind chills. Brutal!

It's starting to warm up now, but it's been night after night of loud thunderstorms... ugh. I wanna go out in the rain (cause I'm weird and like rain, don't judge me ), but I dislike startling thunderstorms and threatening lightning.

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I just found out that a v.cool person whose Youtube I subscribe to ? Safiya Nygaard

Their birthday is the same day as mine. ? So that explains her coolness, doesn't it. ?

She is cool though, she and her boyfriend are very entertaining to watch so you should totally do that. I absolutely don't apologise if you end up sucked down the rabbit hole and binge-watching. :ph34r:

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On 5/28/2019 at 10:50 AM, Mouseykins said:

We've had such a cold brutal winter in my area and all of a sudden it's warm. Since the grass is green and the dandelions are everywhere and it's sunny out my oldest is bugging me for the sprinkler almost every day. It's not quite warm enough out for that yet. We still have a breeze on most days and it's a bit cool. They'll have plenty of time to enjoy it, though I'm sure they'll miss Mouse playing in the water with them. I've been trying to weed my flower garden but having to keep an eye on a 2-year old constantly is making it take longer. It was strangely quiet not having Mouse bringing me her ball or other toys constantly and dropping it on my plants like she normally did.

Now I have to worry about Kai standing overtop of me while I'm in this vulnerable position. He seems to enjoy tackling me and charging me. He just gets so excited! Last night I went outside because the kids told me he was chewing on something, as usual. Trying to get what he's got and he runs around wanting me to chase him. I don't give him that satisfaction and instead pick up one of his toys and throw it at him. It glances off his head, and goes skipping across the yard. I didn't intent to throw it directly at him, but he moved and missed the catch. I go to pick it up and bring it to a different part of the yard. Kai comes charging up behind me and rams right into me with his paws on my shoulders as he lunged. I get pushed forward a bit and stayed on my feet. His front paws slipped down my arms and on my left I now have a scrape from his dew claw, a.k.a. his thumb nail. Hurt like a bugger too! I got mad at him and the whole time I think he thought it was a game. 🤦‍♀️

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11 hours ago, jellysundae said:

@Mouseykins Ouch! How easy is it to train a big dog to not jump up at people like that? Can it be done?

Usually when I'm in the yard I have a broken swiffer sweeper pole with me or the rake if I'm using it. Both act as a deterrent for him to come charging over. Even if I tried, I couldn't possibly hurt him with either of them. I just use them to stop him at a distance by holding it towards him. After a few minutes in the yard he does calm down so it's not like he's doing this the entire duration. However, he will still come up behind me when I'm kneeling or sitting on the ground. Kai stands over top me and usually puts a paw on my shoulder while he tries to slobber all over my ear and nibble on it. YUCK! Basically it's his way of claiming me as his. LOL

When he behaves like that when we come home, we try to ignore him until he calms down so he knows he has to be calm in order to get attention. It's a work in progress and eventually he will learn.

Kai's been in the "dog house" this last week because he destroyed something that was brand-new for the yard and my Mr. was tempted to return it because there was a problem. We bought a lawn sweeper to pick up all the pieces of styrofoam and whatnot Kai has strewn about the yard. But Kai decided to leave his mark, so now we can't return it and have to find some strong thread to stitch up the hole he made in this basket. luckily my Mr. was able to fix the wheels. Kai left it completely alone for 2 days and on the third, just because Dad leaves without Kai, Kai has to be a jerk and get some revenge for being left at home. Kai is a very social pup and loves to go places.

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On 8/7/2006 at 3:40 PM, Captain Awesome Pants said:

MUFFINS!!! :woot: They totally rock! Who agrees?

i work at the muffin factory

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18 hours ago, Mouseykins said:

It's a work in progress and eventually he will learn.

It sounds it! But he is just a pup, isn't he, I mustn't forget that. Isn't it a good thing human babies aren't so big!

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37 minutes ago, jellysundae said:

It sounds it! But he is just a pup, isn't he, I mustn't forget that. Isn't it a good thing human babies aren't so big!

I'd be done for if the were!

I brushed Kai last night and then used the de-shedder rake on him and I can probably make another dog with the amount of fluff I got out of him. He looks so much more handsome now! My husband's like "Now he looks presentable to go for a walk instead of looking like he just came in from the sheep." 🤣

I was planning to brush him outside but it's either been too windy or I've been sleeping so since I had to sweep the floor anyway, I just brushed him inside. He wouldn't let me brush his back too much, he wanted his belly rubs! I still need to do some more with the rake and I may need to take the scissors to the fluff behind his ears. It's so soft and fluffy that it's gotten matted from everyone scratching him behind the ears and him scratching himself behind the ears. I'll have to enlist the Mr's help for that so I don't hurt Kai. Next on the list is his nails. I still need to give him a bath too but it's not warm enough outside for that yet and the vet isn't doing any grooming appointments yet. I was going to have them pamper Kai.

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10 hours ago, MysteryAF said:

I just want things to go back to normal

I feel ya! I would like things to go back to normal, but looks like this is our new normal for a while.

@jellysundae We finally got Kai into the vet for his nail trim! He went last week for his annual check-up and immunizations. It was way past time for him to get them trimmed. About a week before he went, I was out in the yard and he charges behind me and pounces on me. His big paw caught my shoulder and his front dew claw gave me a nice long scratch from my shoulder down to the middle of my back on that side. It's still healing and hopefully it won't scar. Funny thing, at the vet they put a muzzle on him. He was scared to go into the treatment area. Poor boy! He remembered his ear treatments and it was the same vet. After they put the muzzle on him, he completely calmed down. I find it funny that they muzzled my big boy. I"m not mad at them for doing it, he's a large dog and not knowing how he'd react, they're just keeping everyone, including Kai safe. Kai's also been at the farm a couple of times now and he has a blast! We're going again on Sunday for a day trip.

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@Mouseykins ...Ok this might age me  but your explanation of Kai reminds me of one of the first books I had ever read called Mr. mugs. i believe it was when I was in first grade. He was a big furry ball of fun. Mr. Mugs was a Old english sheepdog.

What type of dog do you have? 

 

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@Mouseykins dewclaws can be the devil, can't they! That sounds like a BIG ouch from his. D:<

I find it bizarre that the muzzle calmed him down! Fantastic that it did though. How is he after getting to run around on the farm? Does he get over-stimulated and cranky like kids do, or does he just sleep it off?

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16 hours ago, FreyaFox said:

@Mouseykins ...Ok this might age me  but your explanation of Kai reminds me of one of the first books I had ever read called Mr. mugs. i believe it was when I was in first grade. He was a big furry ball of fun. Mr. Mugs was a Old english sheepdog.

What type of dog do you have? 

 

lol that sounds exactly like my fuzz-wuzz! He's a Great Pyrenees weighing in at only 92lbs at about a year and half old. He's still got a fair bit of growing left to do. Normally the males get to be around 160lbs.

10 hours ago, jellysundae said:

@Mouseykins dewclaws can be the devil, can't they! That sounds like a BIG ouch from his. D:<

I find it bizarre that the muzzle calmed him down! Fantastic that it did though. How is he after getting to run around on the farm? Does he get over-stimulated and cranky like kids do, or does he just sleep it off?

Especially when they're long and untrimmed! Also, his are lower on his paws like a thumb so it's easy for them to catch skin. It hurt like a bugger that's for sure! My husband cleaned it for me and put some liquid band-aid on it. Surprisingly, that stung the second time. To make matters worse, shortly after that Kai decided to use me as a bowling pin and go bowling. He didn't mean to knock me over, he was just going to fast and ended up slamming into my legs, taking me out. I roll-flipped over him as he sort of jumped over top of me. It was quite the spectacle I'm sure. One of those camera-worthy moments. Out of that tumble, I didn't end up with a scratch or anything.

With Kai, once you get him into a position like that he becomes submissive so you can do whatever to him. His favorite is when he's on his back and getting belly-rubs. He loves getting his legs and shoulders massaged too, especially after a walk or a run around the yard. My husband thinks the vet had ulterior motives for muzzling him because he has never been aggressive towards anyone. He's thinking that they muzzled him because he's such a large dog. They're also insisting that he needs to be fixed and we're not interested in doing that to him. There's no medical reason why we need to. He's perfectly healthy and non-aggressive.

He sleeps it off like a good child! His biggest challenge there is finding a cool spot to lay. The house is SUPER warm and no air conditioning on the hot days. When we came home he was a sleepy boy and slept for about 2 days. The first day he kind of looked a little depressed. I think he missed the exploring, but after that he's back to his normal self.

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10 hours ago, Mouseykins said:

They're also insisting that he needs to be fixed and we're not interested in doing that to him.

Why are they insistent on that? 0_o What business is that of theirs?? I mean, if it's a female animal that's having endless litters then fair enough, but for a young male? It sounds like that vet's got motives all over the place! Also, some worrying ignorance? That automatic big dog = aggressive thought process isn't a good thing to see in a vet. : /

Ah yeah, the struggles of dogs whose breed comes from cold places... does your home have any nice cold tiled floor that he lies on? That husky I shared a home with, he used to lie in front of the front door, like a giant draught excluder, lol. When we had the windows and doors replaced he never laid there again.

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Long time no see. 🤍

I've been struggling horribly with my anxiety and other mental issues

-- so my replies are still going to be horribly slow. ^^;

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