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MySmallWorldof4

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Oh, we've been working on trying new foods. We made a sticker chart with steps on it....first step is to smell the food, 2nd is to lick it, 3rd is to take a small bite, then finally try 3 bites, and that is 10 times. We got him to eat pasta, and beef jerky using the chart, but so far, the only veggies he likes are the ones mixed in with something else, like the spinach in lasagna. We're working on that, but until he actually broadens his palate, we just need to reassure him that he's not going to die because he doesn't eat broccoli.
A good multivitamin may appease him for now. Maybe find one made from whole foods. Look into this one. https://www.juiceplus.com/us/en/buy/chewables/juice-plus--orchard-and-garden-blend-chewables--child-serving
 

Songbird76

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That's about how big ours are here. They just remodeled the one by our house and I still love it. As far as the lack of variety, well that's how Aldi keeps their prices lower.
Well, I agree that it's great for the stuff it has, but it just doesn't have most of the stuff I buy, and I hate having to go to more than one store, so I tend to just buy everything at the Albert Heijn. So much more convenient. That's what I miss about Walmart where they have the grocery side along with all the other stuff....I don't have to go to several stores. Everything is right there, and if I forget something, it's not so much hassle to go back to the other side of the store to grab shampoo as it is to have to go across town to pick it up from a completely different store. I miss one-stop-shopping.
 

MySmallWorldof4

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I kept forgetting to post these, but @Gabe1 just posted about Aldi, and it reminded me...I've never been to an American Aldi store, but I mentioned that over here, our Aldi is tiny and lacks variety. So Aldi is remodeling and I snapped some pictures so you can see how big it is.

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This is the entire store.
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And then a few days later with the floor in place:
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They open back up Friday....I'll have to see if I can get a picture of the new set up.
That is tiny!
 

Rista1313

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Well, I agree that it's great for the stuff it has, but it just doesn't have most of the stuff I buy, and I hate having to go to more than one store, so I tend to just buy everything at the Albert Heijn. So much more convenient. That's what I miss about Walmart where they have the grocery side along with all the other stuff....I don't have to go to several stores. Everything is right there, and if I forget something, it's not so much hassle to go back to the other side of the store to grab shampoo as it is to have to go across town to pick it up from a completely different store. I miss one-stop-shopping.
I agree about having to stop at more than one store. Luckily I have 3 grocery stores within 2 miles of my house. I do most of my shopping at Aldi, I get my meat from another store. And if there is something I can't get at the 2 stores, I can get at the 3rd usually. Sometimes it's a pain, but it does save me Disney money in the long run.
 

figmentfan423

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Oh -I- know he'll be fine....the trick is convincing HIM that he'll be fine. He doesn't believe us, because we aren't doctors.
I hate to tell you he wouldn't believe you if you were a doctor, then it would be you didn't specialize in nutritional medicine, if you did then it wouldn't be pediatric nutritional medicine etc, etc, etc............….............. Kids:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: The boys have told my dh he doesn't know anything about computers or electronics:rolleyes:
 

Cesar R M

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Ours is elevated actually. It is a planting bed that is about 8 feet by 12 feet. The people we bought the house from built it. My guess is they built it probable because our soil is crummy and it doesn’t take much to dig down amd hit limestone. We were told that when developers build homes, they remove all the topsoil and then sell it.
what a dirty move... pun intended.
 

Cesar R M

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Glad to hear this from a technical person like yourself. I think too many people assume they have to upgrade all the time. What bothers me is all the waste (and I'm not just talking about phones, specifically). When I was growing up, my parents and grandparents would hardly ever throw out something that could be repaired or repurposed. Getting anything "new" was a big deal to our family.
everything is throw away stuff.. the landfills of countries like India and many african nations are getting staggering amounts of electronic waste with very long lasting stuff.. the throw away capitalistic system is the primary source of pollution imho.
 

Cesar R M

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Guess if you have a garden in Mexico you can grow one too. If I ever move to Florida I am getting one, as well as lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. ;)
We have rows of avocado farms nearby, hence why we do not like these spike in prices.
Specially considering that these farms sell their produce to the distributors for less than 1/4 of what we're paying.
The distribution companies have abused and caused scarcity on purpose in illegal ways before. (specially on the mexican colima lemon)
 

Cesar R M

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The Loma Prieta earthquake was a huge event in my childhood, destroying many of our historic buildings and causing some poor lady to die while going pee int he bookshop. For us, it's one of those defining moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.

It didn't make the list below but only barely below these others at a 6.9.

Not a fan of having to share the same tectonical fault lol.

In our case.. our quakes are harder in strength because there are 4 different tectonic plates crushing each other infront of Mexico (western side) and 2 of them can cause megathrust quakes (those quakes that devastated Japan and Indonesia were mega-thrust ones.. )
Pacific, Rivera, Cocos and North American plates.. crashing to each other..
Cocos being the most active in activity and strength and has hit my country quiet a few times. So I feel your pain.

I think the strongest quake I've ever felt was a 7.5 one, close to the source.
 
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Songbird76

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I agree about having to stop at more than one store. Luckily I have 3 grocery stores within 2 miles of my house. I do most of my shopping at Aldi, I get my meat from another store. And if there is something I can't get at the 2 stores, I can get at the 3rd usually. Sometimes it's a pain, but it does save me Disney money in the long run.
Aldi is literally next door to Albert Heijn...they share a building. And I walk to the store, so there's no gas money. I do buy some things at Aldi, but not much...and the cashiers at Albert Heijn are SO much nicer. I don't know why, but the majority of the people at our Aldi seem annoyed if you ask a question like....where to find something, or if something is just out of stock or if it's gone forever. The ones at Albert Heijn bend over backwards to try to help you, and if they can't answer your question, they'll go get one of the managers to help you. That's probably just our Aldi though. I'm betting it's not like that everywhere. I went in once, and they don't have baskets, and I had just gone in for one thing, so I hadn't gotten a cart. The carts are outside and you have to have a 1 euro coin to get one out (you get it back when you return the cart). So I got the one item I needed, and I was walking through and I remembered I needed peanut butter, so I grabbed a jar, and then I saw something else I needed. I was trying to hold it all, but the peanut butter slipped and fell and the jar broke. I felt really bad and I offered to pay for it, plus the new jar but the cashier chewed me out about not getting a cart, and was just really mean about it. You'd have thought I ran over someone's pet the way she scolded me, and I was like...look, if you don't want people to carry things, provide baskets. I did not need a cart for 3 items...I'm just a clutz. It's not like I purposely dropped it, and I offered to pay for it since it was my fault.
Anyway, I just avoid Aldi if I can. Like I said, maybe it's just our Aldi...maybe others are 100 times better. I just dislike going in there. It gives me a really bad vibe and I can't wait to leave, and the lines are always really long. Now I want to go to one in the US just to compare.
 

Songbird76

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I hate to tell you he wouldn't believe you if you were a doctor, then it would be you didn't specialize in nutritional medicine, if you did then it wouldn't be pediatric nutritional medicine etc, etc, etc............….............. Kids:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: The boys have told my dh he doesn't know anything about computers or electronics:rolleyes:
No, DH sat down with him and asked him if it would make him feel better if her heard it from a dietician/nutritionist or doctor and he said yes, because they have actually studied it, and we haven't. He's not sure we know what we're talking about because we haven't studied it. But a doctor has to know about those things, so he said he would trust that.
 

donaldtoo

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The Loma Prieta earthquake was a huge event in my childhood, destroying many of our historic buildings and causing some poor lady to die while going pee int he bookshop. For us, it's one of those defining moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.

It didn't make the list below but only barely below these others at a 6.9.

Oh, I definitely remember the Loma Prieta quake of '89, even though we had long since been back in Texas.
We were gettin' ready to watch game 3 of the World Series on TV between the A's and the Giants at Candlestick Park when it hit.
Terrible damage and loss of life, and so very sad.
A huge portion of the Nimitz Freeway collapsing, Severe damage to the Oakland Bay Bridge, liquefaction and building collapse in San Francisco's Marina District, etc.
My mothers cousin and her family still lived in Watsonville at the time and they suffered major damage.
Strangely enough, and I've posted about this before, one of the small earthquakes I posted about experiencing when we lived in No Cal was in Watsonville in about '74.
We were at my mothers cousins place on Thanksgiving and had just sat down at the table to say Grace when it started.
Nobody said a word, but, we all got up pretty quickly and walked out the back door to their auto court. It stopped after about 20 seconds or so, but, we watched as the old house still kept swaying back and forth and creaking as it did, until it finally slowly settled. We all kinda' just looked at each other, filed back inside, sat back down, said Grace, and continued on with the festivities almost like it never happened, and I don't remember any aftershocks.

IIRC, you lived in Santa Cruz at the time, and the had some pretty severe damage as well.
A huge, defining event indeed, and so sorry you had to go through that as a child.
Fortunately for us, the only large quake that happened in Cali. when we lived there was the San Fernando quake of '71 at a 6.5 magnitude that did a lot of damage down there.
We actually have the Balcones Fault here that pretty much runs right through Austin, but, it's been inactive for over 10,000 years.
 

dryerlintfan

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Aldi is literally next door to Albert Heijn...they share a building. And I walk to the store, so there's no gas money. I do buy some things at Aldi, but not much...and the cashiers at Albert Heijn are SO much nicer. I don't know why, but the majority of the people at our Aldi seem annoyed if you ask a question like....where to find something, or if something is just out of stock or if it's gone forever. The ones at Albert Heijn bend over backwards to try to help you, and if they can't answer your question, they'll go get one of the managers to help you. That's probably just our Aldi though. I'm betting it's not like that everywhere. I went in once, and they don't have baskets, and I had just gone in for one thing, so I hadn't gotten a cart. The carts are outside and you have to have a 1 euro coin to get one out (you get it back when you return the cart). So I got the one item I needed, and I was walking through and I remembered I needed peanut butter, so I grabbed a jar, and then I saw something else I needed. I was trying to hold it all, but the peanut butter slipped and fell and the jar broke. I felt really bad and I offered to pay for it, plus the new jar but the cashier chewed me out about not getting a cart, and was just really mean about it. You'd have thought I ran over someone's pet the way she scolded me, and I was like...look, if you don't want people to carry things, provide baskets. I did not need a cart for 3 items...I'm just a clutz. It's not like I purposely dropped it, and I offered to pay for it since it was my fault.
Anyway, I just avoid Aldi if I can. Like I said, maybe it's just our Aldi...maybe others are 100 times better. I just dislike going in there. It gives me a really bad vibe and I can't wait to leave, and the lines are always really long. Now I want to go to one in the US just to compare.
The ones in the US also do not have baskets and you have to deposit a quarter to get a cart.

I bring a reuseable shopping bag with me and use that as my basket. I put things into it while I shop, then I put them on the belt, and right back into it.
 
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