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  1. I unschool up until about 4th-5th grade, then I feel more pressure to adopt some routines and rituals...at least for my "driven" one. She has specific goals that will require formal education. The "less driven" one ... well that one may be able to be very successful with less formal education.
  2. I love Sequential Spelling - it's the only spelling curriculum that has ever made sense to me.
  3. The apple has lost its polish. The bloom is off the rose. The binders and books are no longer crisp and new. After several weeks, it's all become routine. So how is it going? We are doing fewer outside classes and more HOMEschooling this year. I've given the kids more responsibility for organizing their day/week. I give them the week's lesson plan with suggested days to do each thing. My hope is that, as the year progresses, they will learn to manage their time and make wise decisions. In the mean time, they are free to make mistakes and learn from them. And they do learn something when they spend all day Saturday doing school work instead of having computer time and tv time and outside time. The actual school work is going well. My younger seems to finally be truly comfortable with reading, although the eye doctor said today that the child is slightly far-sighted. Dad has been doing the science labs with the kids; I don't like physics. That's a nice break for me. I do the biology and chemistry. I think those are the highlights from our classroom. How about yours?
  4. Since RosaryChaplet brought this back up to the top, I'm going to throw in my 2c. Get items now to help in case of an injury later. Crutches are cheap. Get them used at thrift stores. You might wish to buy new underarm pads and handgrips, but that's up to you. Thrift stores also have canes and shower chairs. A rolling office chair is great for getting around the kitchen or over smooth floors. I'm a nurse and I wouldn NOT attempt to cast a break, but I would apply a splint - make sure you have splinting materials. I also would not attempt to set a break unless I'd been trained. For arm injuries a sling is essential,both for immobilization and for comfort. Dogmom, I hope you've healed well.
  5. This is a great accounting; thank you! We too were caught in this outage. Fortunately, we had cold cuts, cheese & french bread for a cold dinner. We also made smores over a (gas) fire with the nighbors. Our power was off about 6 hours, half of which were after dark. Not too bad.
  6. Happy anniversary MtRider and Mr. MtRider! Have a great time & give us a report after.
  7. If you don't want to dry peach halves, make fruit leather.
  8. Thank you for the heads up. It's hard when we see conflicting messages, like the current low meat prices you mention. I've recently seen new construction start on lots that have sat empty for two years. I find that encouraging, but perhaps not. I am planning to buy a steer in the fall; I only hope that's not too late.
  9. Sheets and towels are pretty easy here. I'm not telling how often (rarely) sheets are changed. We go to bed in either dedicated "bed" clothes - which lack daily grime - or in reasonably clean skin. Towels are usually used for a week...sometimes less if that particular odor develops. We're all fine with "spit baths" (washcloth & basin of water). And Dh & I have short, easy-to-care-for hair. I can wash & rinse mine with less than a cup of water. The kids aren't as fortunate. My outdoor clothes are worn until a project is complete or they start walking away under their own power. No sense in cleaning clothes just to get them dirty. Clothing worn around other people is a bit problematic for me. When I've tried to re-wear something, even after only half-a-day, I've found the odor to be greater than acceptable. If I'm only around family, it'll be okay. The house is nowhere near spotless now, but the food prep areas are microbe-free. Hopefully my home-canned "convenience foods" will fill our tummies on those days when there is no more energy left. The kids are already homeschooled. Without TV our idea of "entertainment" will change. I envision someone reading aloud each evening - from our encyclopedia set. - - - - Now, the really tough question: Not washer/driers, nor microwaves, nor even televisions....but how will we cope without computers & internet access? That's the doozy!
  10. Congratulations! May your journey be enjoyable and productive.
  11. Thank you for the warm welcomes. Now....I got some catching up to do!
  12. Hey y'all. It's been a long time. And the longer it got, the more awkward I felt - like I needed reasons and excuses for my absence. Then I remembered this lovely community and the kind, forgiving souls here, so... I have come home.
  13. Bumping. I bought a second turkey last month when they were cheap. I'm going to use some to make pizza sausage. BTW, search is working well now. I searched "darlene sausage" and it was near the top! Yay!
  14. Good story Gunplumber. I had a similar experience this past summer. I was in a climate warmer and drier than my own and doing heavy physical labor (stripping roof). I drank water, but felt sicker and sicker. The nausea was ... well, I didn't embarass myself, but came close. Later I had a cola, hoping to settle my stomach, and instantly felt better! I was shocked but that was when I realized the importances of "stuff" in your water.
  15. Got up in the attic today and cleared out stuff I'd been saving for a garage sale that I'll never have. FILLED my mini-van with boxes and took it all to the thrift store to donate. Still more to do.
  16. I'm sorry for your loss, FP. I reiterate my prayer that this baby, this experience, will bless you. Take it easy and take your time in healing.
  17. No. Barley is a grain. No. No.
  18. As I recall, faint doesn't matter. If it's there, it's there. May this baby bless your lives in ways you never imagined!
  19. I used to have ducks. I don't miss them one bit! Ducks are STUPID!!! One of my ducks had a three crested feathers...she was even dumber than the others - which backs up MtRider's theory about brain spillage. I now have chickens. They're dumb, but not nearly as so as ducks!
  20. We were at a bar one time where the bathrooms were labelled as "setters" - with an outline of an Irish Setter - and "pointers" - with an outline of a pointer dog. Dh had to come back to the bar to ask me which one he was! rofl
  21. HSmom


    I'm glad Lois is out of pain. May those who were close to her find peace and comfort. Me? I'm gonna go dig up the Chat Archive when Lois taught us about natural remedies and bump it up to the top.
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