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Chatter / Re: jjill
« Last post by Pipsy on Today at 11:12:57 PM »
As I read this I am attempting to somehow shrink a JJill sweater.  No stabilization on shoulders or neckline in a loose knit >:( . I haven't ordered a lot from them but my last $ order contained 3 garments that were HUGE - by any standards.   I am a large size woman but these would fit a giant.  As I live in Canada and I need the garments now,  returning is too costly.  Fortunately with too big is that there is enough material to cut down and remake, but that wasn't the purpose in ordering them.  Of course they were made in China and I had to pay duty on the shipment. I am getting very tired of even supposedly good quality clothes being out sourced.  Often the fabric is also made in China. Then I think the garments are cut 50 high as sizing is so variable. The fabrics on the garments I purchased was better quality than I have purchased in other out sourced garments, I must say. I will think twice before ordering clothes that look good in catalogues. 

I think more information on fabric and source is required in catalogs and other sites. I will be telling Companies that I shop my extreme displeasure. As a senior and living in a somewhat isolated area shopping on line is usually my only option.  We need to fight against this practice. Yes, it will increase the cost to purchase made in North America, but if we refuse to purchase shoddy manufacturing it should hurt sellers.  Grrrr - my rant for the day. Grrr - globalization! 

How many more companies will to go bankrupt!!
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Food/Recipes/Health / Re: What's on the menu for Easter dinner?
« Last post by lydia on Today at 11:02:32 PM »
DH cannot abide salt - think it's something to do w/meds.  I digress:  I purchased a small "turkey ham" Thursday, plus carrots and potatoes - plus a truck load of veggies, as we were to eat w/DS and fam.  Problem - we are alone, so this AM I par-simmered the ham for about two hours, poured off the offending liquid, cut up carrots, onions (not enough), potatoes and cabbage, stuffed the ham back in the stockpot, covered w/water and simmered the stuff away.  DH loves the stuff, I needed more seasoning - could have used some sautéed garlic and onions; but all in all, not a bad dish.  The "ham" was not salty - DH is lovin' it!  I also fixed the usual orange Jell-O w/ grated carrot and crushed pineapple.  It isn't quite jelled, but we ate a bit - just to please me.  That, friends, is how I spent the day.......Lydia  I think this is what my mother referred to as a "New England boiled dinner", but I don't do "boil"!.
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Chatter / Re: jjill
« Last post by DebbieY on Today at 10:59:00 PM »
There are a few things I could easily see myself wearing from jjill but the $52 international shipping fee is a bit steep :(
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There are a number of border prints on spoonflower that might work.
I rather like this black and white one:
http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1131653

and this one:
http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/108435
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Food/Recipes/Health / Re: What's on the menu for Easter dinner?
« Last post by ljh on Today at 10:47:43 PM »
eta. For dessert, I'm having an apple and watching DVR'd "Laura" with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Just finished watching "King of Kings". I have a taste for Blueberry scones, but don't necessarily feel like making any. Oh well.

I love "Laura".  Why?  I don't know, I just really like it. Enjoy!
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Chatter / Re: Spring 2014 Reading
« Last post by DebbieY on Today at 10:32:03 PM »
I love hearing about what everyone is reading, unfortunately I am still in the middle of reading prescribed texts for Uni (including Wuthering Heights Edgar Allen Poe, Sherlock Holmes and assorted short stories) so I don't have anything to contribute to the conversation but I am making a 'want to read' list for when I get a break.
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Chatter / Re: Spring 2014 Reading
« Last post by bookish on Today at 10:13:22 PM »

Kathryn,

Glad you're enjoying the Chalion series.  Paladin seemed a let-down to me after Curse also... but it grows on you.  Trust me.  ;)  I grew to love Ista and it's one of my favorite 're-reads'. 
However the 3rd in the series, Hallowed Hunt... not so much.  Bujold is experimenting there and, IMHO, it didn't work.  What I love about her novels is that the characters walk off the page... didn't happen with Hallowed Hunt.   For me anyway.

Isn't it interesting how some books talk to you and others... don't?  (Or talk to you later ... :))

Connie
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Sewing Machines / Re: Help! My speedylock 1600 won't make chain.
« Last post by fzxdoc on Today at 09:34:47 PM »
Let us know what you find out, GeishaMermaid. It's a mystery for sure.

Kathryn
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Chatter / Re: Spring 2014 Reading
« Last post by fzxdoc on Today at 09:31:09 PM »
OMG, I just finished James Watson's The Double Helix, the story behind how the structure of DNA was deduced. It was as exciting and as entertaining as any mystery story that I have recently read.

I don't know how I missed it back in the day, perhaps too busy with grade school/middle school activities? Even so, it's a marvelous account of how that Nobel prize was achieved. Of no little import is the story of Rosamund Franklin, a physical chemist and noted x-ray crystallographer of the time, who contributed mightily to the discovery but who 1. was derided by Watson and his colleagues as an angry feminist, and 2. died an untimely death at age 37 to ovarian cancer, thus taking her out of the running for the 1962 Nobel, since the prize can only be awarded to living candidates.

I really loved the inherent excitement of this recounting of one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century--and that's saying something!

Now I'm on to the second of the Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Paladin of Souls. I'm usually not much for fantasy fiction (OK, disregard my love affair with the Game of Thrones series. Oh. And Harry Potter too. ;D) I'm loving it, but not as much as the first in the series The Curse of Chalion.

I'm still plodding along with Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, on my bedside table. It's a good yarn, but I'd rather watch pre-recorded Jeopardy episodes in the hopes of falling asleep than to read a novel, so reading goes slower. I always imagine I win Jeopardy. Foolish, really.  :-\

Kathryn
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Chatter / Re: The Spring Garden (S. Hemis: The Fall Porch)
« Last post by LyndaC on Today at 09:27:35 PM »
Kathryn, you are welcome to keep an eye on us always!

I put three layers of foundation on my forearm before going to church today, hoping it would blend in.  It did not work.  EVERYONE noticed! 

My son and his wife came over to bring me a birthday gift.  They said.  What they actually wanted was for me to re-enact the episode, because they could not picture it.  So we all went out to the garage,  giggling, but neither of them wanted to try it.  I certainly was not going to!
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