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  1. @happi duck, a bit of peace for your day.
    12 points
  2. To me, the problem with these sorts of things is twofold. 1) They're unnecessary risks on behalf of pleasure and nothing more. Work, classes, etc. are all necessary risks, especially at this point. Parties, bars, etc. not so much. So that's the part that gets people. Surely we can learn to live without parties for a year. Or can learn to have smaller, masked, outdoor gatherings more often. 2) The idea that the people taking the risk are the ones who suffer is false. Above, someone posted about how a relative's elder care home is now seeing a surge in cases again. The more community s
    12 points
  3. Wow. Why are people upset at the stupid behavior of others??? Seriously??? How nice for you to be able to shrug and say, “live and let die,” because maybe you don’t have any high-risk family members. I don’t have that luxury. Some idiot who refuses to social distance or refuses to wear a mask could potentially KILL my dh. So yeah, I’m upset about the stupid behavior of others. Because of that whole “potential death” thing. The people who are refusing to take proper precautions to help slow the spread of Covid DO have a very strong effect on families like mine. Do any of t
    10 points
  4. Waterfall and lovely cascade for Critter (and all y’all).
    9 points
  5. Because the people behaving like morons are infecting others who are trying to be careful and don't want to die or their family members to die? I'm sorry maybe your question was sincere but do you not understand this is a highly contagious disease and a good portion of the population falls into "high risk" categories?
    8 points
  6. We are doing one this week for Botany. Planting seeds. Watching germination. I didn’t even have to buy seeds. I got some free in the mail, postmarked China. just kidding. i bought seeds. legitimate ones.
    8 points
  7. I'm back! Good morning and afternoon and evening! I've banished the Goat of Monumental Proportions and emptied my backpack and washed things and sanitized the water filter. I hobble like an old lady. Dh just returned with ice cream. Must go eat it.
    8 points
  8. Curtain panel is finished and hung up. I can't believe I'm buying fabric. So, so often I think about getting rid of all my sewing stuff except a needle and thread and a couple of pins. But the alternative seems to be considering blackout curtains disposable, so... three yards of twill it is.
    8 points
  9. I think my goal is to have a lab day once a month and knock out 5 or 6 science projects each time. We are using different Apologia books across four different grades, so I don't want to have to keep up with them as they happen. This week, we are cancelling all other learning (except for high school math) so that we can just do labs all week.
    7 points
  10. We have about 3 dozen science experiments planned for this week. :svengo: We are making up for lost time...
    7 points
  11. Well, maybe. I'll let you know if it works. And if it does work, I'll be kicking myself that I didn't think of it years ago...
    6 points
  12. Because the more spread in the community, the riskier it is for all of us to go out in public. If everyone was being more cautious, we could do more things safely. My mom is super super high risk. COPD, high blood pressure, and is missing a lobe of her lung. Her pulse ox isn't good on a good day. But she had, until this, an active life - babysitting grand kids, traveling, etc. She isn't ready to die or whatnot, not by a long shot. She is having groceries delivered (at higher cost), etc but had to travel from Florida to Duke in North Carolina for her cancer follow up. So that meant stoppi
    6 points
  13. Ham and cheese sliders were yummy. L’s card is ready to go. Last load of dishes for the night is running bed time.
    6 points
  14. A lot of transmission happens in the home but the home is a dead end for transmission. There has to be a “node” that connects homes together for it to continue spreading. If my home gets it five people might get it but no more. The nodes are workplaces, parties, library shops. Some of those are essential and unavoidable but some aren’t and identifying them can stop transmission to the “branches”.
    6 points
  15. I'm tired. I cooked, cleaned up the kitchen, put the seasoning rub on the pork for tomorrow, and my friend wanted to go walking. We walked two miles with two random.dogs following us the last mile. They loved us. We couldn't get them still enough to read their tags til we got back home and dh met us outside. The people didn't answer their phone so friend sent them a message and we headed back to their house. They had just seen the message and stepped outside. So that added another mile.
    6 points
  16. My husband is medium-high risk. My friends know this. We got together on Friday night, outside. However, earlier in the week the hostess said that if the weather was bad, we would meet inside her house. I asked about masks in the group chat where the plans were being made. The hostess and another guest said they didn’t want to wear them. And the other 3 didn’t answer either way. It was hurtful. These are my friends. They won’t mask to protect my husband. I am feeling very judgy right now because I think they’re unwise for not taking it seriously and trying to protect others
    6 points
  17. Dd12 and dd10 just completed Day 200 of quarantine. #championsocialdistancing
    6 points
  18. 6 points
  19. The now infamous wedding here in Maine that was over capacity (65 people) has now directly led to 8 deaths. Not one is a person who was there. Additionally, the pastor who officiated is a proud anti masker who continues to defy orders to hold church service. The county where he spouts his nonsense has the highest outbreak in the state, triple the number of cases anywhere else in the state, and now it’s spreading to the next county over. The schools have been redesignated as yellow, meaning hybrid only and no sports, no band, no nothing for the students. They made a terrific video shaming their
    6 points
  20. Wait! There are people like that? Here?
    5 points
  21. This is a really cool idea! It's going in my notes.
    5 points
  22. Because if one of the staff members at my mom’s senior complex is engaging in the stupid behavior, then they are putting her at greater risk, all the while she is basically confined to her apartment. And those in the complex who aren’t able to do most things for themselves are at even greater risk because they are constantly interacting with staff members. The same goes for any situation where some people have no real choice but to be there (e.g. work, dr. apt, etc) and someone else there is engaging in the risky behavior. This puts others who are following all guidelines at greater risk
    5 points
  23. IRead. This book “The Nightingale” just sucks you in.
    5 points
  24. Oh, my girls love those books. I met the author at a homeschool convention, she’s from around here.
    5 points
  25. @HyacinthI assume it is so the close contacts of the student who tests positive can also be contacted. If the test is negative, they just don't expand the tracing further.
    5 points
  26. But this works both ways. Just because someone gets sick doesn't mean that they behavior wasn't generally safe. It doesn't mean that everyone else (or even a significant number of people will not be sick if they do something). It may not mean anything other than that they were unlucky. Statements like "after bars opened up there was an outbreak in our local senior living area" or "after colleges opened, more people over 50 got COVID in that town" are anecdotes and don't equal evidence. With a new virus, coupled with totally unreliable reporting of cases, so much is anecdotal a
    5 points
  27. EdPo: I'm really liking the EvanMoor Preschool Thematic unit I bought for Captain- Plants and I have Farm in the prep box. So far the flower match game is his favorite. We are also playing around with Kate Snow's Preschool Math book. Captain doesn't get copying my block pattern, though. I have sorting "muffins" that we are using for counters cause it is what I had. He can count out whatever number I call out but not copy the pattern like placing them in the pattern you would see on a die. I know he is just barely 4 but is this really that big a deal? Can we move on? And I REALLY REALLY ne
    5 points
  28. Yup. That's the thing though...just because no one got sick doesn't mean it was a safe thing to do. It's like playing Russian roulette. If you pull the trigger and don't get shot, that doesn't mean that it is a safe practice. Or that the next party/pull of the trigger will turn out the same way. I see people all the freaking time say, "well, we did XYZ and we are healthy" as if that means anything other than they were lucky. Hell, there are plenty of people that smoke a pack a day all their lives and never get lung cancer. They can honestly say, "I smoke, and I'm fine". But that
    5 points
  29. Ant-Man was hilarious!!
    4 points
  30. Kids just finished watching Ant-Man. We are watching all the Marvel movies (that we own) in order. I am not tired yet.
    4 points
  31. I strongly believe these programs should be more expansive anyway. We know that fraud is low overall from numerous studies. If she's older, alone, and qualifies for home health, then good grief... I don't especially care if she could cook a meal. I think it's fine for her to get meals. When my grandmother was at the end of her time in her home, she was capable of cooking meals, but she had basically stopped doing it very often. There were people looking in on her, but in retrospect, I think MoW would have actually helped her a lot. Would it have been absolutely necessary? No. She had enough in
    4 points
  32. Re the confusion on how the person "changed" their views, I would politely suggest explaining to him that PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS SAY WHAT THEY MEAN. Also people LIE. As a person on the spectrum, that might not be his first thought. People lie to themselves and lie to others.
    4 points
  33. OH! I was trying to figure out the "not a Christian" part and was confused, because of course he could still be a Christian who did bad things. But this adds a WHOLE other layer. I would say that he is likely rejecting Jesus because he is confused, and scared, and angry, and doesn't want to think about how bad what he did is. And he knows that the church will be upset with him, so he's pushing them away first. Sort of like doing something wrong and hiding it from your parents...but the truth is, what you did is what you did and has nothing to do with if your parents know or not. I'
    4 points
  34. the concept of "wolf in sheeps clothing" is worth discussing. About someone who looks like a good person on the outside, but engages in behavior they know is wrong when they don't have an audience. Not talking about mistakes, errors in judgement - but embracing something they know is wrong and don't care who it hurts. There are good people who are sincerely doing their best - but there are those . . . . I had one in my family. I wouldn't go into detail - I think that at a minimum borders on gossip. They made different choices, and it's not about him - or his cousins. As on
    4 points
  35. OK, drum roll....I bought a set! Thanks for the new replies above. Again, a combined response. After weighing pros and cons, I bought these stainless steel mixing bowls. They have lids! Like Carol CA, Seasider and others, I like to prep the day before or have left over crepe batter or whatever and would rather not use another bowl. They are a good brand, 3 good sizes, lids! I used my 20% coupon and they have me free shipping because I had to wait so long in the store. Their computer was on the blitz. Total $34.41 which includes tax. Not bad. The only other ones I would ge
    4 points
  36. Did all the laundry, dh did a bunch of construction today. We're both tired.
    4 points
  37. I read this to DH. His first thought was to talk to the senior pastor *yourself first* because he should be trained to help kids with stuff like this. But then again DH was raised Presbyterian and most of his pastors had graduate degrees in theology and counseling. Are your in laws still going to a somewhat fundamentalist church? If so I don't know that I would go there. I wouldn't worry about stressing him by asking the questions though, this is his job. DH also said to share the g-rated version of the story of David. That someone can be good and be used by God and still make bad c
    4 points
  38. I found something....I knew I had seen a series of books like what you are looking for and it turns out that my friend had it. It is Christian though. It’s called Circle C Beginnings by Susan K Marlow.
    4 points
  39. Wow. Our library never closed. They just moved to curbside pickup when the world shut down and never blinked an eye.
    4 points
  40. Paradox, just move on. He'll do patterns again later, and you can keep playing with the concept from time to time.
    4 points
  41. This is so hard. My kids with special needs struggled so much with this after my ex h was arrested. They honestly still do. Could you frame it that so and so made some serious mistakes and people got hurt so now he needs to get some help so he won't be at church? Provided he is getting help and not just skipping out with new person and leaving a mess in the wake. I honestly have no easy answers. I would just advise to be honest in anything you do say. You don't have to share the whole story/all the details, but do be honest in the parts you do share
    4 points
  42. re the now-expected ritual of the Concession Speech Right. The expectation, to which we've all become accustomed, is that all but a minuscule handful of ballots will be counted by ~11p on Election Night, and that we'll all stay up and watch the district results come in, until that point where it's arithmetically impossible for the candidate who's behind to catch up (because the remaining dribble of outstanding votes cast is less than the winning candidate's margin), won't happen this year. There will be too many outstanding ballots already-in or coming in by statutory deadlines (i
    4 points
  43. Reward of procrastination: twill that never got made into a tablecloth will be a room-darkening curtain, so I can get rid of one that says it will go to pieces if you put it through the washer and dryer. Hand-washing isn't hard, but it doesn't seem to work well on these things. And once that's hung up, I will order more twill to do the other window.
    4 points
  44. Why would we try to prove an unprovable? Where would that get us? No one is trying to calculate how many times I didn’t contract the virus because I didn’t go to in-person meetings or how many exposures I might have avoided by not throwing a rager. They’re following what’s actually happening, whether Abby went to a wedding or work. In the proposed scenario, she went to a wedding. You trace those people, not the customers/clients/whomever she didn’t come in contact with. As a person who does leave the house, I accept that I’m taking a degree of risk. But I strongly relate to the Russian
    3 points
  45. Those hips don’t lie brotha.
    3 points
  46. If you ever use plastic wrap to cover your mixing bowls, absolutely get the lids. Much better for the environment, less wasteful, and likely money saving in the long run, too.
    3 points
  47. I’m not doing Sportsball this fall. I am so disgusted that everything has to be political that I’m just not doing it.
    3 points
  48. One thing I want to say is... A budget is simply a plan for your money. It's NOT about reducing spending or saving money or paying things off. A budget is simply a money plan. If you plan to spend $5k on clothes in a single week......that's still a budget....because that's what you planned to do. It's nothing more than a grocery shopping list, or a schedule of the day, or a to do list. It's just a plan.....for dollars.
    3 points
  49. This is true....sort of. So we started out doing the budget together every month. And it worked. But our monthly meetings often we the exact same thing over and over and over and over. We don't spend a lot of money lol. SO, after having done that for years and years and years, I did go long term, annualized everything, and automated as much as I possibly could. First, I looked at all of the bills and necessary non bill expenses for the year. All the monthly bills, all the grocery spending, all the quarterly bills, etc. I added every single one of them together. I used the
    3 points
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