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  1. A little birdie told me I was missed and here I am!!!! I so needed this today!!!! THANK YOU!!!! My oldest is now a junior in College. I have a senior in high school. He went into public school at 8th grade. My daughter was never homeschooled (still bitter about that) but she's doing well now in 8th grade and excelling. I will poke around and catch up with everyone! Sybil
    62 points
  2. Our older kitty died a month ago. Our dog is a 14 year old deaf and blind mini poodle w arthritis and no teeth. Best. Dog. Ever. But he is so done doing anything other than sitting at our feet. And The Rabbit is a geriatric lion head bunny who rarely leaves his hatbox. So the local shelter advertised fixed, shots, heart worm meds, worm test, and chipping for a whooping $75. And we could not resist this 6 week old baby girl. We named her Cookie bc she’s so sweet. She’s the best therapy we’ve had since Covid hit.
    48 points
  3. I'm still here! I really only hang out in the Lit Hub club, though. I never hung out on the Chat Board much - you guys scare me!! But I used to be a . . . prolific . . . poster on the Ed boards when I first started homeschooling 9 years ago. As some of you guys know, my oldest got really sick 4 years ago, which derailed our homeschooling journey, among other things. It got too hard to hang out and talk about homeschooling once life made other plans for us. Shannon turns 18 in November, is still chronically ill, but writes when not too brain-fogged or pain-filled - in fact, had a first pie
    42 points
  4. Dd just got her OPI results for Russian. She is rated advanced-mid! Super excited for her bc she managed to achieve it without going abroad (she had been told that was an unrealistic goal.)
    41 points
  5. Cookie got a bath and absolutely did not like it and the stress wore her out completely. She just sorta passed out before I could even finish drying her off. Chip did not care at all about her plight.
    37 points
  6. This article seems to summarize it pretty well: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5f7c7c57c5b61229a057a43f I think it’s more accurate to say it would make Roe law of the land (codify it into federal law), which is what he said, otherwise it makes it sound like someone if forcing people to get abortions, which obviously isn’t true. I’m anti-abortion myself, but have come to see that it’s far more effective to reduce abortions by helping people not end up in positions where they feel like that’s their only option. No one actually wants an abortion, and the rate has dropped precipitously in
    37 points
  7. I tried to find the thread, but a few months back ya’ll encouraged me that it was okay to redo my absolutely hated wedding photos—even though a lot of the people I know thought it was ridiculous. I wound up finding a dress I loved and we redid them last month. Black and red were our original wedding colors so that’s what a i went within I just got most of the photos back and it is definitely a glow up from eleven years ago. Somehow I am a lot more comfortable in my skin now than I was at 27. DH hated the whole thing but was a great sport about it. I just wanted to say thanks f
    36 points
  8. You know what really sticks in my craw? When I get these e-mails from homeschool co-op, saying if I’m going to send MY kid with a cupcake for his birthday, I have to make 46 cupcakes for the OTHER kids! I think this is totally ridiculous and completely unfair! Why can’t other people bake their own stinking cupcakes for their own little snot-nosed kids?! *I’m totally kidding. This is a walk down memory lane a là @Terabith‘s posts. Although this post would take on some veneer of sensibility in a pandemic. But not so much the rest of the time. 🧁
    36 points
  9. When this broke, the only person I could think of was Barron Trump. I am the mother of a tall, gangly 13 year old who towers over me and tries to be brave and grown up in front of the world, but would completely freak out if both his parents were sick at the same time. All day long I have been thinking a lot about him. I am glad he tested negative. I hope he has someone he can talk to and get comfort from because even the White House or especially the White House can be a scary and lonely place for a 13 year old kid.
    36 points
  10. The official line is that the hospitalization is precautionary due to his asthma. But the weight has to be a concern. But I have to add, and I don't mean to be political or snarky, but -- It's too bad everyone who has Covid isn't privileged enough to be able to get hospital care as a precaution. Sigh.
    35 points
  11. Part of me is like...why on earth do you think people on a homeschool board need an update on you? But, lets be honest, y'all are my people 🙂 So, I've gained weight since my bariatric surgery. Some gradually, over the past two years, and more the last three months or so. I have gained 10lbs in about 3 months, to be exact - yikes! My lowest weight after bariatric surgery was about 154..might have hit 152 at some point, but averaging around 154-155. That put me at a BMI of 29, down from a high of 220lbs and a BMI of 41. (I'm a little over 5 ft tall). I was somewhat toned, active, and a
    34 points
  12. I believe it is that when you refer to your own calm attitude, and "meh" expressions as "not freaking out beyond reason" it seems to imply that those who react differently than you, and are less calm and not at all "meh" about it, ARE "freaking out beyond reason". And being told you are freaking out, or not using reason, about something that can kill you, has killed people in your circle, and which could very likely kill some of your loved ones, feels super offensive.
    34 points
  13. Many thanks to a friend for pinging me about this thread. Gosh, thanks so much you guys...never thought anyone would miss me. Life just took a completely different turn after DS entered college. I was just recently divorced at the time and about a year later found a very busy but fulfilling full-time job, moved, and started to finally discover myself (long story). Still (very happily) single (I highly recommend it lol). Have built a different community for myself now centering on one of my passions so I am rarely here but I have visited a couple times in the past year to just quietly lurk and
    33 points
  14. ....decided that five-day old squished horse poo in the road would be the PERFECT fragrance for her. She rolled in it during the ten seconds my back was turned to get the mail out of the box. Foiled by a bath. I think she is rethinking her choices. (Don't quote pic, please!)
    32 points
  15. Can I also name some current posters who have helped me so much! @regentrude who spent a year helping me figure out how package my older ds's very nonstandard and non-American education into a form recognizable to American Universities. And @Lori D. whose research skills are beyond compare and who brings together pieces of a topic into clear usable summaries.
    32 points
  16. Am I the only one for whom you guys aren't just "anonymous people on a message board?" I mean, at this point, some of you are among people I've "known" longer than anyone else in my life. I mean, you guys show up in my dreams. And especially during covid, when I'm not seeing people in real life much, you guys are very much real to me.
    32 points
  17. This is SUCH loaded language. Do we say we are cowering in fear when we wear seatbelts or wash our hands or stop at traffic lights? No. We're participating in society-wide compacts that keep us all safer. Similarly, it is not cowering in fear to take precautions against a virus that has had serious repercussions for a large number of Americans.
    32 points
  18. I can't understand at all why everyone moved to FB groups. You absolutely cannot have these kinds of discussions there. Email groups were also much better for discussions - it was easy to find threads and past discussions there too. On FB it's all quick comments, and it seems old posts just go *poof* in short order. It's awful. People left these forums and email groups to go there. WHY???? It's a huge downgrade in effective online communication - like a de-evolution. I'm just really happy that I'm not the only oldster who's sticking around. Heaven forbid these boards go *poof*
    31 points
  19. Well personally I frost broccoli florets with vegan icing and carrot “candles “. Nothing too healthy for my precious darlings!
    31 points
  20. My husband decided we needed a new crock pot. And do you know what he did? He just went to Target and bought a crock pot!!!! His only criteria was if it was big enough and how cheap it was. He didn't look up crock pots in Consumer Reports. He didn't ask the Hive. And doesn't he know about the lead???
    30 points
  21. I learned long ago on this board to be careful of using loaded words, to give documentation or at least reasons for claims and to have “rhino skin” (a board term from at least ten years ago). Asking for well reasoned arguments that don’t make broad generalizations that use loaded language is not “shouting someone down “. Me telling you that I disagree with you and why, is not “shouting you down “. The people having the most problems on this board are the ones who are not learning these basic lessons of public discourse. It has nothing to do with how conservative they are. signed a co
    30 points
  22. Yes, she was a good one. I think about her every time I clean my windows (or look at how dirty they are but still don’t clean them!) She posted on here that she cleans her windows every Sunday. “Shiny pretty!” I think that sometimes...I look at my dirty windows and think, “Audrey cleaned her windows yesterday and they are shiny pretty, but mine have an inch of dust, a cobweb, an egg sack, and fourteen desiccated stink-bugs on them.”
    29 points
  23. You’re doing it wrong. You tell the preteens “ don’t open my nightstand drawer because that’s where your dad and I keep sex stuff.” Then you use that drawer to hide the answer keys for their math book and the good chocolate.
    29 points
  24. 😂 LOL. I used to be a vehement young earther and literal 7-day creationist. I am now an old earth creationist, open to the possibility that God used evolution in His process of creation. It does not diminish my awe of or faith in Him in the slightest; if anything it has increased it! I believe young earth creationism to be damaging to the faith of our children in the long run. I truly do not understand the emphasis that has been misplaced upon it. I think like so many other things it has arisen in part from an "us vs. them" mentality. American Christianity seems to have embraced
    29 points
  25. Meh? With over 205,000 Americans dead?
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  26. It is positively surreal to watch a democracy slide into fascism. And that Americans are voting for it to happen. That is all.
    29 points
  27. Would anyone like to join me in praying for peace over the next month? Please check in daily or whenever you are able. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." All are welcome. I'll start. Father God, we do not as a nation deserve your blessing. We ask that in your abundance of mercy you preserve peace in our land. ETA: Don't feel you need to be formal. Just "praying" or whatever you want to say will be wonderful and appreciated.
    28 points
  28. I'm going to go away, just to see if anyone misses me . . .
    28 points
  29. I can’t believe you would POISON children with cupcakes! What kind of terrible mother are you??? Next thing you know, someone will post that they let their kids drink SODA. 😉
    28 points
  30. It has been far, far more than "barely even a cold" for hundreds of thousands of people. ETA: From the CDC, “the overall cumulative COVID-19 associated hospitalization rate is 4.6 per 100,000, with the highest rates in persons 65 and older (13.8 per 100,000) and 50-64 years (7.4 per 100,000).” 13.8% is not “very low”. Neither is 4.6%. The continuous dismissal and downplaying of the ill and the dead on the part of some conservatives is really.....morally disappointing is the kindest phrase I can come up with.
    28 points
  31. If I'm near DS while he's wearing his wireless earbuds (with built in microphone) and I say "Google" clearly ... it sets off his google assistant on his phone. So I randomly walk by and shout out "google frogs" , "goggle Tajikistan" and weird things appear on his phone.... This is very fun.
    28 points
  32. My dd was sick this week and we stayed home a lot so I decided to redo my bedroom. Not quite a full redecoration but I like the Change. previously, it was a sort of robins egg blue. I changed to a pale gray blue that’s so light I was worried at first that I was painting my room white. I researched light reflective values for paint and went with something that’s like 77%. We hang Thermal curtains on the windows in the winter and the dark starts to get to me after awhile. So I wanted something brighter. the painting was hung elsewhere, and my dh moved it since I had to take the
    27 points
  33. Give the kid a cupcake, and then distract yourself from the embarrassment by going grocery shopping and leaving the cart in the middle of the parking lot, and then, when you get home, cook a nice dinner in the crockpot.
    27 points
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  35. You are spouting nonsense. Please stop. Bill
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  36. Nope. Not all opinions are worthy of respect. Someone in my own former church once commented, when Obama was on vacation, that it was "just like a n-------" [to be lazy]. Someone else in the same church remarked that "those people [black people] only get off their butts to protest." I'm not going to respect opinions like that, not even on a basic level.
    27 points
  37. So, I personally think this is the worst news we could have at this point. This isn't good for the USA. I could not, do not, wish anyone to get sick with Covid-19, regardless of if it's mild or not. I think that the POTUS getting it does have a sense poetic justice to it. To take an analogy to describe my thoughts: we hold people to a higher standard with the more responsibility they have, or the more knowledge. I hold teachers to a higher standard about explaining their position. I hold priests to a higher standard in living in a Christian manner. I hold my mayor to a higher standa
    27 points
  38. QFT. These are real people who are dying, people with families who love them. Looking at the excess death totals, it is clear these people would not have died when they did were it not for covid and for people in authority downplaying it.
    27 points
  39. Yes. I was standing in line to vote when I first read the comments on this thread, so I had some time to ponder them. And it seems to me (readily admitting this is just my own POV) that people with minority opinions have almost certainly always felt called out/piled on, or (for lack of a better word) persecuted. That's part and parcel of having a minority opinion. I think maybe one current difference, and probably the major difference, is that a lot of people who are in the minority now have been long used to being in the majority. And that feels a lot like things are being taken away from you
    26 points
  40. @Joanne shaped so much of my parenting philosophy, on this and another board. I liked how she was both considerate of her kids but was also firmly structured. Sometimes gentle moms are too much of a doormat; sometimes authoritative moms are too much of a drill sergeant. But Joanne hit that sweet spot in the middle.
    26 points
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  42. The only way I've found to get around this type of embarrassment is get rid of the whole child. Ship them off to relatives or boarding school. You already have two, so at least you don't have to start all over again. Good luck! Alternative, only try if you have no foreign relatives: tell the 12yo you're always there if they have questions, but your room is private and if they ever need anything from you, they should ask you instead of searching themselves. I don't think this requires a full confrontation of the more delicate topic unless there's a history of snooping or it happens again.
    26 points
  43. I was raised in a *very* conservative religion and, while I broke free of it in my late teens, certain "rules" would pop up in my brain at the weirdest times - bikinis was one of those mental hurdles for me. FF to having two daughters. I had to work through the process, that's for sure. We made it through, though, and I have two daughters who wear whatevertheheck they want to, who understand how to "read a room," and choose their clothes for the situation, and who have fun with fashion in a way I never was allowed to. One wears conservative two-piece swimsuits that allow her to power swim
    26 points
  44. Also, I am a conservative libertarian, and nobody ever agrees with me politically. I don’t argue because I’m not going to change anyone’s minds and I am genuinely interested in learning other people’s viewpoints. I still like you all. 🤷‍♀️
    26 points
  45. Not quite as much as me. LOL. Bill
    26 points
  46. Focused protection for the vulnerable, my foot. There's no way to do that for more than a year. The elderly, the diabetic, the immunocompromised don't live in bubbles. Take a look at the harm there's been done in nursing homes already by not letting visitors in. And you HAVE to not let visitors if there's a raging epidemic. It's either death by coronavirus or death by neglect. They make me sick. If you're going to argue that the economy is worth more than certain people's lives, just come out and say it. I might disagree with you (I do disagree with you), but don't tell me you're going t
    25 points
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  48. It was Bill Gate’s microchip. j/k
    25 points
  49. NO ONE IS COWERING IN FEAR. Yep. I yelled. Real talk, that’s not a thing. Real people have real concerns and fears as a result of real things that have occurred. POTUS and his acolytes have promoted this narrative. It’s just.not.a.thing.
    25 points
  50. Possibly because this virus/disease is affecting people in real and personal ways. I don’t generally care what people here think of me but I do care for people, in general, if that makes sense. Some of what’s been posted here lately makes it clear that there is a contingent who really only care about what happens in their small circle. That’s their prerogative, of course. It just doesn’t bear repeating in each and every thread on this topic. The CONSTANT dismissiveness, when silence would serve equally well, is grating. Full disclosure: I am among those who’ve had long-term complications and d
    25 points
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