Wine: In Search of Lower Alcohol Content

October 24, 2014

Did you realize that wine makers, especially in the US, have been quietly upping the alcohol content in some of our favorite potables?  According to the Canadians, who screen incoming alcoholic products, the worst offenders are Chile, Argentina, and the United States, but vintners in all countries do it to some degree. The theory is […]

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High Inefficiency: Washers and Rx Plans!

October 23, 2014

So this morning I take it into my pretty little head to do the laundry in my fancy new(ish) Samsung high-efficiency top-loading washer with the fun clear lid that lets you watch the clothes sloshing around, just in case you’re feeling unusually bored. To do that I have to… • Sort clothes (colored, white…said not […]

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The Problem with Writing Reminders to Yourself…

October 22, 2014

…is that you have to remember to read them! Of late I’ve missed a couple of events because I (ahem) forgot them. They were written down on the calendar, all right. I just neglected to look at the calendar that hangs on a wall in my office. I used to have Google or iCalendar send […]

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Pays to Shop Around…

October 21, 2014

Yesterday I needed to buy some new dog food for the Ruby-Doo, she suffering from allergies and now needing foods whose contents can be verified. I’d discovered that the exceptionally fancy stuff peddled at Whole Foods and PetSmart could be had for much cheaper at the Fry’s Supermarket in Richistan, and had thought after the […]

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Another Day, Another Doctor…

October 20, 2014

So this morning came the appointment with the oncologist favored by my gynecologist. You may recall that not one but two docs — my GP and my gynecologist — so worried about my insecurities over the ongoing (painful, disruptive, miserable!!!) treatment of NOT-a-breast-cancer that they felt impelled to refer me to the medical oncologists of […]

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Dog Food: Make It or Buy It?

October 17, 2014

As old-timey FaM readers know, one of my strangest eccentricities is that I cook and feed real, actual FOOD to my dogs, rather than giving them the fake stuff that comes in bags and cans. This came about during the late, great melamine scare, during which we learned that virtually all dog foods, from Walmart’s […]

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