• How drastically can I prune a wisteria in late summer?

    There are two of them in our new home's garden, I suspect they have been here for decades. And from the looks of it they have been neglected for years. Last fall I pruned away all those long 'feelers' several times, and in early spring I cut away the remaining new wood as close as about 3 flower budds from the old wood. With good... show more
    There are two of them in our new home's garden, I suspect they have been here for decades. And from the looks of it they have been neglected for years. Last fall I pruned away all those long 'feelers' several times, and in early spring I cut away the remaining new wood as close as about 3 flower budds from the old wood. With good effect, I have been rewarded with a huge cascade of pink flowers. It's still a bit of a mess though, with multiple stems and branches going every which way, encroaching on the road next to our garden and threatening to damage the roofs of our garage and wood stack. How far can I cut into this thing without it dying? Can I just take a saw once it's done blossoming and cut away the whole tangled mess? I'm okay with less flowers next year, as long as the plants survive and stay healthy so that I can start over pruning them properly and leading them in the right direction.
    3 answers · Garden & Landscape · 3 months ago
  • What do we need to have a successful home cocktail bar?

    In April my husband is celebrating his 40th birthday with friends. He'd like a BBQ (got that part covered) and summer cocktails. Piña coladas, margharitas, strawberry daquiries, that sort of thing. What do we need for this? I figure some standing tables in the garden, a blender for the piña coladas, obviously the ingredients themselves.... show more
    In April my husband is celebrating his 40th birthday with friends. He'd like a BBQ (got that part covered) and summer cocktails. Piña coladas, margharitas, strawberry daquiries, that sort of thing. What do we need for this? I figure some standing tables in the garden, a blender for the piña coladas, obviously the ingredients themselves. Anything else? I'd like to help him run things smoothly.
    6 answers · Beer, Wine & Spirits · 5 months ago
  • What kind of container do you use when freezing a casserole?

    I want to start a freezer stash for those busy days. One thing I consider is prepping some casseroles to bake at a later date. But how would I store them? Especially with layered casseroles like cottage pie you can't very well store them in tupperware and then transfer to an oven dish for baking. I'd like to store them in the same dish I... show more
    I want to start a freezer stash for those busy days. One thing I consider is prepping some casseroles to bake at a later date. But how would I store them? Especially with layered casseroles like cottage pie you can't very well store them in tupperware and then transfer to an oven dish for baking. I'd like to store them in the same dish I would (after thawing) use to bake them. Does pyrex survive the freezer? And what do you use as lid? I want to be able to stack my casseroles.
    12 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 9 months ago
  • What age ranges exactly are toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarteners?

    I've often noticed that in my country we seem to use different age ranges than in English speaking countries. Sometimes that makes me unsure about the age of children mentioned in questions. This is the stages we identify in the Netherlands: 0-12 months: baby 1-2.5 years: dreumes (something like 'young toddler'?) 2.5-4 years: peuter... show more
    I've often noticed that in my country we seem to use different age ranges than in English speaking countries. Sometimes that makes me unsure about the age of children mentioned in questions. This is the stages we identify in the Netherlands: 0-12 months: baby 1-2.5 years: dreumes (something like 'young toddler'?) 2.5-4 years: peuter (toddler/preschooler) 4-6 years: kleuter (Kindergartener) How are the different ages/stages classified where you live? Is there a difference between US, UK and other English speaking countries?
    4 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 2 years ago
  • Any tips to help my toddler accept his back-up lovey?

    He got a stuffed animal (a swan) from his grandmother when he was born, and initially wasn't interested at all. Fast-forward a year, and he and his swan had become inseparable. Which got me thinking: what if we ever lose Swan? I know it's common advice to buy an identical lovey, if only to be able to pry Swan from his fingers long enough to... show more
    He got a stuffed animal (a swan) from his grandmother when he was born, and initially wasn't interested at all. Fast-forward a year, and he and his swan had become inseparable. Which got me thinking: what if we ever lose Swan? I know it's common advice to buy an identical lovey, if only to be able to pry Swan from his fingers long enough to wash it, but by then this particular toy wasn't available in stores any more. It took over half a year to find a backup online. It's completely identical, except of course it hasn't gone ratty and grey from being clutched and dragged over the floor all day long. Obviously my toddler isn't fooled. That swan is not Swan. My mother in law put a lot of effort in finding a backup lovey for our son, and I would really like to truthfully tell her it's well received. So what do I do? I've already washed the two loveys together in hopes of them smelling more alike. Any other tips to make Backup Swan more like Swan?
    4 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 2 years ago
  • How long does it usually take to toilet train a child who is truly ready?

    We tried with our oldest (almost 3 at the time) this summer, but after a week of no success (he's very interested and loved his new underwear, but didn't seem able to voluntarily release) we backed off and put him back in a diapers. He obviously just wasn't ready. I would like to try again soon. I wouldn't be in a rush normally, but... show more
    We tried with our oldest (almost 3 at the time) this summer, but after a week of no success (he's very interested and loved his new underwear, but didn't seem able to voluntarily release) we backed off and put him back in a diapers. He obviously just wasn't ready. I would like to try again soon. I wouldn't be in a rush normally, but his pediatrician recommended a toddler tumbling class to help with some coordination issues, and the only class around here takes only potty trained toddlers. If he's not ready, he's not ready, but if he is you can see there is a reason to toilet train him sooner rather than later. If he IS ready by the time we start again, how long can we expect it to take for him to get it?
    6 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 2 years ago
  • What childhood illness has spots developing on the extremities first?

    Both my kids came down with this, and to my surprise so did I. Most symptoms match Roseola: sudden onset fever, with the rash appearing as the fever drops. Some of the spots are slightly raised, they barely itch (but do feel... weird) and they are a pale red. They don't develop into blisters except on my youngest's thumb (no doubt from the... show more
    Both my kids came down with this, and to my surprise so did I. Most symptoms match Roseola: sudden onset fever, with the rash appearing as the fever drops. Some of the spots are slightly raised, they barely itch (but do feel... weird) and they are a pale red. They don't develop into blisters except on my youngest's thumb (no doubt from the excessive thumb sucking for comfort right now) and my oldest's bum (no big wonder in even the most regularly changed diaper I guess). The weird thing is that on all of us the spots start on hands and feet. Doesn't the rash of Roseola usually start on head and torso? Does any other childhood illness follow this pattern? I'd like to cross whatever they have off my list of illnesses to expect. PS Before anybody says to take them to a doctor: doctors around here won't see spotty kids unless they are very ill , are in respiratory distress, and/or develop symptoms of meningitis, none of which is the case.
    7 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 2 years ago
  • How on earth do I dose pure sucralose?

    My husband is currently on a strict high protein low carb diet. He's having a hard time at the moment with the lack of sweet snacks, and I want to surprise him with some home baked low carb cookies. I have almond meal, and the sweetener sucralose. The pure stuff without fillers, not Splenda. Supposedly it is 600 times as sweet as sugar. How do... show more
    My husband is currently on a strict high protein low carb diet. He's having a hard time at the moment with the lack of sweet snacks, and I want to surprise him with some home baked low carb cookies. I have almond meal, and the sweetener sucralose. The pure stuff without fillers, not Splenda. Supposedly it is 600 times as sweet as sugar. How do I use this stuff? The recipe calls for 100 grams of sugar, and I definitely don't have a scale sensitive enough to weigh 0.1666667 grams. (Who does?) Can I measure by volume? Teaspoons, half a teaspoon, a quarter teaspoon?
    2 answers · Diet & Fitness · 3 years ago
  • What's your favourite vegetarian quiche lorraine-ish recipe?

    I'm craving quiche lorraine, and I'm wondering how I could adapt the recipe other than just using fake bacon bits. Maybe mushrooms, or smoked tofu? What do you use for your best cream, eggs, onions and something quiche?
    I'm craving quiche lorraine, and I'm wondering how I could adapt the recipe other than just using fake bacon bits. Maybe mushrooms, or smoked tofu? What do you use for your best cream, eggs, onions and something quiche?
    6 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 3 years ago
  • 2 year old calling me 'papa' instead of 'mama'. Is that common?

    He's a bit of a slow starter with talking, but is going through a great spurt in that area. New words are appearing every day. So I'm not worried, I just think this is odd. He'd been calling his dad 'papa' (the word for 'dad' in Dutch) for almost a year now, but 'mama' wasn't happening yet. I assumed that was... show more
    He's a bit of a slow starter with talking, but is going through a great spurt in that area. New words are appearing every day. So I'm not worried, I just think this is odd. He'd been calling his dad 'papa' (the word for 'dad' in Dutch) for almost a year now, but 'mama' wasn't happening yet. I assumed that was in part because I'm always there, he doesn't feel the need to ask about me. But now I'm suddenly papa too? Even mums in books are now all 'papa'. Is this common at his age? He turned 2 years old last September.
    8 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 3 years ago
  • Is there any particular reason I should try to get my 8 month old back on bottles?

    No, don't worry, I haven't taken away his formula! My 8 month old just got his first tooth, and while it was breaking through he completely refused his bottles. So I offered him his formula in a straw cup instead, and with a bit of encouragement (and lots of small feeds a day) he managed to still drink enough formula for his needs. Now his... show more
    No, don't worry, I haven't taken away his formula! My 8 month old just got his first tooth, and while it was breaking through he completely refused his bottles. So I offered him his formula in a straw cup instead, and with a bit of encouragement (and lots of small feeds a day) he managed to still drink enough formula for his needs. Now his mouth isn't bothering him any more, but it seems like he decided he prefers the straw cups over bottles. I think because he can sit up straight in his high chair and look around better while drinking. Personally I am very much in favour of always holding baby and bottle while feeding, but it looks like he's done with getting his formula that way. I think I'll just let him have his straw cups instead of bottles if that's what he prefers, but is there any reason I haven't thought of why I shouldn't? He seems awfully young to be off bottles. I do already make sure I hold and cuddle him extra to make up for the lack of physical contact while feeding, and I don't just hand him the cup; I sit with him, holding the cup for him.
    2 answers · Newborn & Baby · 3 years ago
  • Can't see the loo for the potty training methods!?

    My toddler is starting to show early signs that he may be getting ready for toilet training. Some bowel and bladder control (he seems to wait for privacy), improving communication skills, wanting and learning (with very little prompting from me) to not just undress but also dress himself. So I thought it might be time to start thinking about how to... show more
    My toddler is starting to show early signs that he may be getting ready for toilet training. Some bowel and bladder control (he seems to wait for privacy), improving communication skills, wanting and learning (with very little prompting from me) to not just undress but also dress himself. So I thought it might be time to start thinking about how to handle potty/toilet training when it all clicks for him. So I went online, and it's bewildering! Reward charts, singing potties, instructions for parents to do a goofy dance and sing a song every time they (themselves!) use the toilet, books and books filled with one size fits all (but vastly different) detailed instructions for apparently the most difficult project in parenting. Is it really necessary for toilet training to be this huge circus? Surely our mothers and grandmothers didn't do a victory dance in front of their toddlers every time they went to the loo? Can't I just show him a few times how it's done, put him in underwear or cotton training pants, and help him to the potty at times he usually goes or when he tells me he needs to? I can always put him back in diapers for a while if he doesn't get it yet, right? All those over the top methods seem to me like they put a lot of pressure on toddler AND parent.
    8 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 3 years ago
  • What was this card game called 'lottery tickets' in Jane Austen's time?

    I'm re-reading Pride and Prejudice, and several times a card game called 'lottery tickets' is mentioned. People who play it can apparently win or lose 'fishes'. Who knows how this card game was played?
    I'm re-reading Pride and Prejudice, and several times a card game called 'lottery tickets' is mentioned. People who play it can apparently win or lose 'fishes'. Who knows how this card game was played?
    3 answers · Trivia · 3 years ago
  • Does yogurt constipate your baby?

    My baby (8 months old today) gets easily constipated, so I have to be extra careful about introducing solids. When I google yoghurt, some sources list it as constipating, while others list it as constipation cure. Great, so either it's a really good idea to introduce yoghurt, or a really bad idea. How did your baby (especially easily... show more
    My baby (8 months old today) gets easily constipated, so I have to be extra careful about introducing solids. When I google yoghurt, some sources list it as constipating, while others list it as constipation cure. Great, so either it's a really good idea to introduce yoghurt, or a really bad idea. How did your baby (especially easily constipated babies) react to yoghurt? I'd probably choose specifically full fat plain Greek yoghurt, as my oldest (who never had these issues) really liked that at this age.
    2 answers · Newborn & Baby · 3 years ago
  • How can I appeal the deletion of an answer?

    Usually I only get reported (rarely) by trolls who are ticked off when I call them out, and I let it go because technically it's a violation because it doesn't answer the question. But this time it was a helpful answer to a normal question, I honestly can't see the violation. When I clicked the link in my email to appeal the decision,... show more
    Usually I only get reported (rarely) by trolls who are ticked off when I call them out, and I let it go because technically it's a violation because it doesn't answer the question. But this time it was a helpful answer to a normal question, I honestly can't see the violation. When I clicked the link in my email to appeal the decision, it just took me back to the 'Recent' tab of my profile. Copy-pasting the link doesn't work either. Is there another way to appeal?
    6 answers · Yahoo Answers · 3 years ago
  • How and when did you transition your toddler from crib to bed?

    By bed I mean anything a toddler is able to get out of by himself, whether a regular bed, toddler bed or a crib with the side taken out. My oldest is almost 2 years old, and I just can't imagine him sleeping when, well, not confined. The first thing he does when he goes to bed is get up and play for a while before lying down, no matter how... show more
    By bed I mean anything a toddler is able to get out of by himself, whether a regular bed, toddler bed or a crib with the side taken out. My oldest is almost 2 years old, and I just can't imagine him sleeping when, well, not confined. The first thing he does when he goes to bed is get up and play for a while before lying down, no matter how tired he is. Fine by me, but how is he supposed to get any sleep when he can browse through the entire room? Or worse, the entire house? Obviously it's my job to put him back in bed (and again and again) but how can I teach him not to go wandering off at night?
    7 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 3 years ago
  • How do I make a reusable count-down calendar for my toddler?

    Obviously I know how to put days on a piece of cardboard and cross them out one day at a time, but I'm looking for creative ideas. My husband has to leave for work for over a week pretty soon, and I want to help my son (who will just have turned 2) understand when daddy will be back. Something he can participate in (for instance removing one... show more
    Obviously I know how to put days on a piece of cardboard and cross them out one day at a time, but I'm looking for creative ideas. My husband has to leave for work for over a week pretty soon, and I want to help my son (who will just have turned 2) understand when daddy will be back. Something he can participate in (for instance removing one item every day) might help, and it would be useful if the countdown calendar is reusable, because my husband has recently started a new job that will require him to travel for various amounts of time. It's not the first time he's had to travel, but our son seems to be getting to a stage where he minds more. Yesterday he was unsettled all day and asking for daddy simply because he'd had to leave for work before breakfast!
    2 answers · Toddler & Preschooler · 3 years ago
  • What edibles are easy to grow for a VERY inexperienced gardener?

    It looks like some time in the next year I will have a garden for the very first time in my life. Since I was a child I always dreamed of having a garden that I would grow food in: fruits, vegetables, herbs, maybe mushrooms. Not necessarily to be self-sustaining or anything like that, but just to be able to step outside and get a few tomatoes and... show more
    It looks like some time in the next year I will have a garden for the very first time in my life. Since I was a child I always dreamed of having a garden that I would grow food in: fruits, vegetables, herbs, maybe mushrooms. Not necessarily to be self-sustaining or anything like that, but just to be able to step outside and get a few tomatoes and herbs for dinner, or some berries to snack on. Now that I have kids of my own I would also love to show them how food is grown. However always having lived in apartments I have virtually zero gardening experience. Some bean sprouts and garden cress is about it. What would be some easy things to start with for an absolute beginner? Also things that don't take TOO much space, it will be a regular garden, not acres of land, and I obviously want to keep space for the kids to play outside.
    6 answers · Garden & Landscape · 3 years ago
  • What would be a good first food for a baby who tends to get constipated easily?

    My youngest is now 6 months old. He's had chronic constipation issues in the past, but seemed to get over them around 5 months. Until now, that is. I thought I started him off pretty carefully with a steamed carrot; once a bite or two of carrot puree, the next day a few bites of a carrot served as finger food. And still, bang, stomach ache and... show more
    My youngest is now 6 months old. He's had chronic constipation issues in the past, but seemed to get over them around 5 months. Until now, that is. I thought I started him off pretty carefully with a steamed carrot; once a bite or two of carrot puree, the next day a few bites of a carrot served as finger food. And still, bang, stomach ache and constipation. Obviously I'm laying off of the solids for at least a few days, but I am a bit at a loss on what to offer next to carefully ease him onto solids. Would avocado maybe be less likely to make his constipation issues act up? Health services (we don't get to choose our pediatrician) over here is pretty useless about food recommendations, they seem to think he should be up to three meals a day and reducing his formula intake by now instead of just starting out.
    3 answers · Newborn & Baby · 3 years ago
  • Is there a link between early solids in infancy and PCOS later in life?

    I'm wondering because I have read that early solids can lead to both obesity and hormonal imbalance (as well as other issues) later in life. Both of these things are also associated with PCOS. Could there be a link between early solids and this specific condition? And would that explain why so MANY women seem to be suffering from PCOS? After... show more
    I'm wondering because I have read that early solids can lead to both obesity and hormonal imbalance (as well as other issues) later in life. Both of these things are also associated with PCOS. Could there be a link between early solids and this specific condition? And would that explain why so MANY women seem to be suffering from PCOS? After all, many of today's mothers were fed solids earlier than the current recommendations.
    2 answers · Newborn & Baby · 3 years ago