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Mad Poster
#251 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 8:21 PM
Baby bunnies have been safely delivered to the wildlife rehab center.  I'm going to miss them, but I'm not going to miss the stress they caused. I also thanked the rehabber that made some phone calls that allowed me to bring the bunnies to the rehab center to begin with.

I'm ready for this week to be over and have a few boring days.  Boring sounds good right about now.
Space Pony
#252 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 9:53 PM
Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
Baby bunnies have been safely delivered to the wildlife rehab center.

I'm glad everything is all settled.

Give it time, and this will be them soon:

A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
#253 Old 15th Apr 2021 at 5:39 PM
Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
Baby bunnies have been safely delivered to the wildlife rehab center.  I'm going to miss them, but I'm not going to miss the stress they caused. I also thanked the rehabber that made some phone calls that allowed me to bring the bunnies to the rehab center to begin with.

I'm ready for this week to be over and have a few boring days.  Boring sounds good right about now.

Glad to hear it! I'm sure you would have done a great job but it's good to have professionals around who might not get so stressed trying to do this the first time.
Mad Poster
#254 Old 15th Apr 2021 at 6:02 PM
Originally Posted by 310175
Glad to hear it! I'm sure you would have done a great job but it's good to have professionals around who might not get so stressed trying to do this the first time.

I have full confidence they'll do a great job and deal with any problems they come across they best they can.  

The place I brought them to is also home to the vet that takes care of my tortoises.  My regular vet isn't comfortable with reptiles and those kinds of critters, so we bring them there instead.  Along with things like check ups and that kind of thing for shelled pets, they also rehab snapping turtles, red-eared sliders, ect... If somebody brings a turtle in that has a cracked shell from being hit by a car or whatever, they put them back together again.  It isn't a fast process, but eventually the turtle or turtles are released back into the wild.
Mad Poster
#255 Old 15th Apr 2021 at 10:45 PM
Dear child of mine,

I'm having a bad case of deja-vu.

I don't care if you eat bananas outside while you're talking on the phone, but could you not throw the peels on to the trees?  I went outside and couldn't figure what the bright yellow thing was hanging from a oak tree sapling.    Christmas has come and gone, we don't need to decorate trees. Also, we do have trash cans in the house and outside.

The deja-vu part comes from when you were little and got mad at me because I wanted you to clean your room. Instead of throwing the bag of trash in a trash can, you whipped it over the fence where it ended up dangling from a tree for a few days, much like the current banana peel.


Momma Bear
Test Subject
#256 Old 17th Apr 2021 at 9:15 AM
Rude customers in general who think it's OK to crap on service workers and use us as their personal punching bags or who just view us as being beneath them because we can't afford two vacation homes and a Lamborghini. We've risked our health and the health of our families for the past year to help people maintain a modicum of normality in their lives. The least they could do is treat us with basic humanity and respect.
#257 Old 23rd Apr 2021 at 8:42 PM
The internet in the building I live in cut off randomly at like 11:30, which wass during the 5 min break my class had. Anyways, I had to use my fairly limited mobile data to listen to the second half of the lesson. Problem is, signal seems to be really dodgy in this city especially when indoors, so like 4g comes and goes as does regular phone signal. Its really annoying. This pretty much meant that I couldn't attend several meetings that I really needed to attend because group projects are magical like that because I needed to save my data. The good news is that I finally have wifi again, but its 21:40 though I cant tlel how long its been back for because I tried to connect my phonle like 20 mins ago and that wasnt posisble.
Am hoping it doesnt disappear ever again because I have a lot of things to do and I legit cant do any of these things without a reliable internet connection.
#258 Old 25th Apr 2021 at 12:06 PM
Some people say they're 'paying for going out last night' because they have a hangover.

I'm thinking it this morning for a different reason, as I woke up with a red, scaly, itchy neck and red, swollen eyelids - because I dared to wear a necklace for 3 hours. It's not just metal either, it will do this with plastic or cord necklaces too!

My skin (especially my neck) has become progressively more oversensitive and fussy the older I have got, and will break out into an allergic reaction at the slightest thing, it drives me nuts!

I'm 'on the list' for an appointment with a specialist, but my GP has changed my antihistamine to one which is supposed to help with the itching (it doesn't), but now spring is here I've started sneezing all the time, despite barely leaving the house, so I think I'll have to go back to the old one just for my hayfever.

I don't want to bother the doctors at the moment as they must be busy with coronavirus, but the itching is driving me mad and making me really miserable, I'd rather be in pain.
Space Pony
#259 Old 27th Apr 2021 at 9:49 PM Last edited by Dixieland : 27th Apr 2021 at 10:09 PM.
I have HAD IT with these animal shelters! HAD IT. Lack of integrity shall not be rewarded.

A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
Mad Poster
#260 Old 2nd May 2021 at 7:50 PM
Not just my day, but the past 3-4 months. I think I've confirmed Windows Update is the core of my random RAM and harddrive issues (and possibly a stupid driver I have no idea how to update because stupid Windows Update can't find the correct one, and the stupid Windows archive has 500 pages with almost identical names to go through, and even the current one I have probably has 5-6 almost identical versions. How the %&# do I find the correct one in that mess ? )

Anyway, I've spent almost every day the past few months trying to update to get past whatever issue Windows Update is having, but it gets to some percentage and just "nope, error code", possibly because of that one driver issue - which is for a function I no longer use because I had issues with it not always working properly, so I stopped using it over a year ago.

My laptop is slowed down by it all, to the point where I can barely use a browser when the lagging is at its worst. Never had these issues with Win7 (it updated whenever the heck it wanted, and to heck with any borked drivers or other issues - nothing stands in the way of updates! Windows 10 updates, manages to bork a driver in the process - which is probably what happened, because I don't think I touched that thing - then never wants to update ever again )

So now the update programs constantly use (at least) 3 GB RAM on my computer, run my harddrive at 50-100% whenever they're doing anything at all (looking for updates, trying to update, idling, etc.), probably using a few extra % of the processor too, and slowing everything to snail speed every so often, crashing Explorer or whatever I'm doing if I don't stop and wait for it to think for a while.


Guess I have to figure out if that driver is the solution - never had to figure out other drivers than graphic ones before, so I'm curious if I'll have any luck with that (but first, a backup...)
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#261 Old 6th May 2021 at 7:19 PM Last edited by PANDAQUEEN : 6th May 2021 at 7:40 PM.
Bessie III's heart (power supply) gave out and I need to replace it.

I really need to check it out.

In other news, I can't find time to play The Sims 3 nor back up my work.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
#262 Old 7th May 2021 at 9:14 PM
Every cleaning article/video on the internet ever:
"You just need some things you probably have in your cupboard, baking soda, white vinegar, soda crystals, soap flakes...........other obscure old fashioned stuff.............."

Me (woman in my 40s):
"It's 2021, not 1921 - things I have in my cleaning cupboard include bleach, brand name bathroom spray, brand name kitchen spray, brand name floor cleaner, flushable toilet wipes, cistern blocks, flushable toilet bowl cleaner blocks, antibacterial wipes, brand name window cleaner, washing up liquid, brand name mould remover, washing pods (non-biological), brand name oven cleaner, brand name degreaser................literally nothing you apparently expect everyone to have."

I don't mind going on Ebay to buy stuff, but come on, at least be realistic - no-one has any of that stuff in their cupboards anymore.
Mad Poster
#263 Old 8th May 2021 at 11:31 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 9th May 2021 at 8:04 PM.
^ I don't think we've had any vinegar (of any kind) in the house for several years, and we only have baking powder for -you guessed it- baking. Maybe there's some old baking soda somewhere, but in the small bags we get them I don't think it was ever intended for cleaning. Haven't ever used soda crystals and soap flakes (dunno if it's even possible to buy it). Are you sure those are 2021 cleaning hacks?

White vinegar and baking soda (plus lemon juice, I think?) are supposed to be good supplies for (some types of) cleaning. Microfiber (dry or with water depending on surface), too. No idea how well they work, though.


My brother messed with the internet/TV signal box, and suddenly one of the TV boxes didn't work. Turned out he'd switched around the plugs - but I still don't know how one TV worked fine but the other one completely lost signal. I swear, every time he touches that box, something goes wrong (last time I was in the middle of recording something and he just unplugged it without asking if it was okay - I mean, at least gimme a warning! )
Mad Poster
#264 Old 9th May 2021 at 1:56 AM
"Soda crystals" is baking soda. Why people don't just call it that, who knows.  Baking soda and baking powder are not the same thing. Baking powder makes baked goods such as bread rise, baking soda doesn't. Soap flakes is just what it sounds like, flakes from a bar of soap.

There are plenty of people that use things like baking soda and vinegar to clean with.  I have both of them in my house, although I don't use them to clean, at least not the way people on YT suggest. I can't stand the smell of vinegar and I'm also not a fan of what feels like endless rinsing when using baking soda.  If it isn't rinsed enough from a surface such as a counter, then the counter or whatever it was used on feels gritty.

Baking soda and vinegar when used together are a good way to unclog a drain.  The fizz action from the baking soda can break up mild clogs. Obviously if a pipe has a serious clog, then neither are going to do much. I haven't purchased a thing of "Liquid Plumber" to unclog a drain in a years.  A toilet plunger, baking soda and vinegar get the job done when it is needed. The drain from the shower needs to be taken apart from time to time to remove the hair and gunk as no chemical drain cleaners will fix that problem either.

Baking soda is part of the laundry stripping recipe I use on a weekly basis to clean things like face masks and work shirts.  The baking soda along with the Borax and Oxy Clean pull a lot of crap out of fabric. Whatever crap those don't pull out, the powdered Tide gets the rest.  If people really want to know if their clothes are actually getting clean when put into the washer,  do some laundry stripping. It is really disgusting how much filth, grime and dirt laundry detergents leave behind.
Mad Poster
#265 Old 9th May 2021 at 4:48 AM Last edited by simmer22 : 9th May 2021 at 5:09 AM.
"Soda crystals" is perhaps not the same as baking soda, I'd say. If they mean baking soda, they should say baking soda, or it just gets confusing . As for "soap shavings", soap bars aren't too common here (and in our house we haven't used them as long as I can remember), and they're even less common (I think?) to use it for cleaning your house. So shaving up a soap to use for cleaning may not be the first thing that springs to mind if there aren't any bars of soaps to shave? Hand soap and soap for cleaning the house may also be made with different uses in mind, so I guess it depends what kind of soap.


Baking powder contains baking soda, a dry acid, and one or two other ingredients. It mainly needs liquid to work. Baking soda can be used for baking but you need to add the acid (and liquid) to activate it, so if you bake with something acidic and find you're out of baking powder but have baking soda, you can use that instead (but half amount, so 1 tsp of baking powder = 1/2 tsp baking soda).

My gran often used baking soda when cooking. She even used to make some griddle cakes named after baking soda (what the powder is called here, anyway). Those cakes were delicioius!
Mad Poster
#266 Old 9th May 2021 at 2:20 PM
I don't care what people use to clean their houses with, or don't clean at all.  I don't have to live with any of them.

Many 'cleaning' YT channels have agendas like any non-cleaning YT channels.  Some of them are to peddle / sell actual product, others are to sell a idea. "Look at me! I clean my whole house with baking soda!"  Did anybody ask? Probably not. Does anybody really care? Maybe those that are like-minded, otherwise, no.

Do people need 50 different products to clean everything in their house? No. I used to be one of those people that bought all the things, it was a waste of time and money.  A one gallon jug of Odor Ban goes a long way and can do many things.  Can it remove dried ink from something? No, so I have Folex spray cleaner for that.  It is sold as carpet cleaner, but it can be used on just about any kind of fabric which I use it for as I don't do carpeting.  Carpeting is high maintenance, smells and is a dust collector if it isn't constantly cleaned and cared for on a regular basis.

If shaving a bar of soap so they can use it in their laundry which is what many of them use it for makes a person happy, so be it.  A bar of soap is much cheaper than a thing a laundry detergent or liquid laundry detergent as then all the person is really paying for is water. Does it really get laundry clean?  I don't know.  Could it do damage to a HE washing machine?  Possibly.  The formula for HE laundry detergent is not the same as a bar of soap or regular laundry detergent.  This is like people that use baking soda on their carpets and have bagless vacuum cleaners.  The baking soda clogs up the motor which eventually leads to a dead vacuum cleaner. Does it keep people from doing it? No.

I don't know what cleaning aisles look like in other places around the world, but here in the US, one of my local grocery stores has a aisle that is about 50 feet long crammed with every kind of cleaner a person can think of. On the other side is 50 feet of laundry detergent and laundry related stuff.  I haven't been to a grocery store in over a year; I don't miss the aisle of stink.  All the scents of all the stuff triggers my allergies. 
Mad Poster
#267 Old 9th May 2021 at 8:33 PM
The biggest collection of random cleaning stuff in our house is shampoo (probably my fault - I've been through a few until I found some I could use). Other than that there's detergent and softener, dishwasher soap, dish soap, hand soap, whatever else is in the shower cabinet, and maybe a couple other things. We don't use sprays (probably for the best - some of them have been shown to cause airway problems, so good thing we've steered clear of those). Mostly it's just water for daily cleaning of surfaces, perhaps a bit of dish soap if there's some stubborn spots or for extra clean surfaces.

Tried baking powder (didn't have soda) for cleaning out pots, but honestly, the only "hack" that really works for dirty kitchen items is to soak it in warm water and dish soap (or some of a dishwashing tablet or powder for really stubborn stuff) and letting it seep for a while. Tried the microwave trick with a lemon and water once, but it didn't even budge on the stubborn spots in that particular microwave (probably works if the spots are relatively new, though - guessing that's what they use for the hack videos...).

I prefer scent-free or mild scents, either lemon/orange or berries, and can tolerate some very mild flower scents, but not too over-powering. Had some issues with one of my water bottles stinking even if it had just been washed, so I thought I'd soak it in some dishwash soap and water, but didn't take into account we'd bought a different scent (a strong flower scent). The bottle ended up stinking even worse, and the water almost tasted of the soap. Had to run it through the dishwasher again just to get rid of the smell. We're not using that scent again (back to the regular lemon scent we go...)
Mad Poster
#268 Old 10th May 2021 at 5:03 PM
Dear morons that maintain my grocery store website,

Would it be too much to ask that when your site is broken that you post a message stating as much?  I've wasted the past hour trying to put in what is a simple grocery order.  I did finally manage to put that order in, but it was only after being told that there was something wrong with my email address and or password multiple times a hour later. 

If I had other grocery delivery options, I would go with another company right about now as this isn't the first time over the past few weeks that this BS has happened.

Do better!
Mad Poster
#269 Old 12th May 2021 at 9:10 PM
The drama continues over the grocery store website. They called this morning after I left 'feedback' on their website this past Monday. They are basically blaming me for their issue instead of fixing their website. Our account hasn't been compromised, everything is good.  If I wanted to have groceries delivered today, I couldn't do it ( at least not with their site) as Instant Cart is having yet more brain farts.  Instead of dealing with it, said company finds it easier to try to get the customer to chase their own tail over problems that don't exist.  Nice company, NOPE!
Test Subject
#270 Old 13th May 2021 at 6:28 AM
Trying to upload bed re-skins to this site ruined my day. "Let's make this way more repetitive and complicated than it has to be".
Lab Assistant
#271 Old 13th May 2021 at 9:29 AM
I deleted my main save and lost years of work. The last backup I have is from 7/2020. It would've been nice if ts4 didn't show some random household on the save.
God damn it.
edit: I also had 3 active projects going, one of which was probably the most ambitious lot I've ever worked on. FML
Test Subject
#272 Old 14th May 2021 at 8:04 AM
Originally Posted by DaCole
Trying to upload bed re-skins to this site ruined my day. "Let's make this way more repetitive and complicated than it has to be".

And I have got my upload queued. Had to add some more screenshots, BUT Yu-Gi-Oh bed and Pikachu bed incoming! Wish they would maybe make cc uploading more straight forward but if I can get used to it expect more from me. Only thing bugging me now is my lack of sleep!
Mad Poster
#273 Old 26th May 2021 at 3:41 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 26th May 2021 at 3:52 PM.
Windows 10 and it's stupidity. Turning the computer off is apparently not enough any more, because instead of properly turning everything off, it goes into kind-of-hibernating-but-not-quite because of fast startup. Restarting is needed to get that thing fit for fight (or shift-shutdown when you want to properly shut everything down in place of a restart). I mean - why does everything have to be so annoying with this OS?

So that explains why everything worked fine after the restart when my antivirus updated, and why problems have been building up like crazy. Still doesn't explain the updating issues, though
Mad Poster
#274 Old 30th May 2021 at 4:36 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 30th May 2021 at 9:16 PM.
I'm so mad I could scream although it wouldn't do any good nor is the cause the fault of anybody.

Every time I bring the dogs out lately, I always check the Japanese Maple tree which can be clearly seen from the porch as a pair of cardinals built a nest in it. I've been worried about this nest over the past few days as we've had a lot of wind and rain that has refused to quit. As of last night, everything was fine.

That changed this morning when I brought Jingle out and saw something in the tree that shouldn't have been there. I won't go into detail except to say that the bottom of the nest fell apart from all the rain, a baby fell out and died. I removed the baby and thoroughly searched area for any more. There wasn't any, just the one which is now buried in the back yard. Mom and Dad cardinal are not very happy with me right now, but there was nothing they could do.

I don't think they'll come back and use that nest again, but I'll leave it for the time being and watch. If they disappear and don't go back to it, I'll remove from the tree and call this situation a pile of shit.

RIP baby cardinal.

EDIT: It is turning into one of those f-ing days.

The pet food order I put in last week was canceled because apparently either the assholes at Amazon or the assholes from the post office destroyed the box said food was packed in.

I went out to the front yard to check on things; 2 hosta are chewed down to stumps. In all the years I've had hosta, deer have never made salad of them until now. I guess I'm digging them up and moving them because I'll be damned if I'm going to watch plants that I've had for over 5 years be destroyed leaf by leaf. If they go after the small hosta that I've recently planted, I'll move those too. The newest ones or the Empress Wu's that I got last week are in backyard which is surrounded by fence. The deer are going to have to be really desperate to jump the fence in order to get their hosta fix.
Mad Poster
#275 Old 2nd Jun 2021 at 8:53 PM
Child has fallen over outside on the concrete and now has a large scrape going straight across the left side of her face (from her chin all the way to her forehead!)... of course, tomorrow is her 18-24 month check up

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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