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Melinda S in TX

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  1. Ds works on our farm and listens to his mp3 player while he does chores. He would like more things to listen to. Right now, he has quite a bit of sermons, literature, and history. Do you have any suggestions? He would really like something for science. He's 17.
  2. Years ago, I purchased clipboards. They were big and square, and came with a wide rubber band to hold the end of your paper down. I need some more, but have forgotten where I purchased them. Anyone know where I can get them?
  3. I purchased this at Walmart last night. Thanks for the recommendation.
  4. We have been searching for a place to move to, but due to my 19dd health problems, we can't just move into anywhere. We moved all of our things away from the mold and the mold is isolated, but the mold was in a hidden area, so who knows how long it was there. We are moving in the next few days though. Found a place yesterday and they are cleaning it with vinegar, soap, and water and turning it over to us without all the usual carpet cleaning, painting, etc, since that would make it unlivable for my daughter. Anything that is porous and can't be thoroughly cleaned is suspect. That means our books (3000+ with lots of vintage, tons of Landmark, Happy Hollister set minus one, etc). We love books, so this is one of the hardest things. The other thing is sentimental items from Steven since he is gone now and things from the children when they were little. Anything you can't soak or scrub can harbor mold spores and mycotoxins. The computer and printer. Refrigerator. Washer and dryer. And it's not a simple matter of blowing it out. Black mold is sticky and klings to things unless scrubbed off, and even that is not a guarantee that you got it.
  5. PC. Desktop or laptop. Yes to dvd player. We don't store photos on the computer. Graphics need to be good enough for Ookaisland, Mathreflex, Dreambox, and streaming. Don't know about the budget. Less is better, but I have no idea what a computer costs.
  6. Due to mold in our home, we are having to leave almost everything behind and start over. We are moving to a rental temporarily (4-6 mos) while our home is being fixed. Funds are limited, so I am replacing only super needed/much used items. Air purifiers for the bedrooms. A vacuum cleaner. The bedrooms and living room of the rental are carpet. It needs to work super great due to dd reactions. Computer. The children do online classes, classes on dvd, movies, etc, so this is a necessity. Extra points if I can get if from Staples since I have a reward coupon to use. Also need some kind of copier/printer since I am going to have to reprint all of the children's Math Mammoth, Systematic Mathematics, etc workbooks. What are your recommendations?
  7. Due to major health issues in my 19yo, I am trying to streamline school and get the children to be more independent. How easily do you think Rod and Staff Grammar and Math Mammoth would be to use independently? I would like to have the student teach themselves from the text and asking me for help when needed. This is for third, sixth, and eighth grade.
  8. audiobooks in Spanish? Anything from Charolette's Web to Moby Dick. 19dd is bedbound and trying to keep her Spanish flowing.
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    From a smoke free and pet free home. Shipping is included in the price. Writing Strands Writing Level 2 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Exposition Reading Strands All are in very good condition. $9ppd each.

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    From a smoke free and pet free home. Price includes shipping. Wordsmith Apprentice $7ppd Good, unused condition with minor shelfwear.

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    From a smoke free and pet free home. Shipping is included in the price. First Language Lessons Level 1 Teacher book $8ppd First Language Lessons Level 2 Teacher book $8ppd All books are in good used condition. No writing, highlighting, or tears.

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    From a smoke free and pet free home. Prices include shipping. Jousting Armadillos Answer key and tests Used condition with cover wear, but no writing, highlighting, tears, etc. $10ppd

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  13. This is for dd who is very sensitive to smells. She wants to know how people who smoke feel about smoke smell?
  14. During the week we do all of our regular stuff and errand running. I don't like running errands in the evening or on the weekend when everything is so crowded. Saturday is work day. Farm things and bigger projects than we can tackle during the week. Sunday is church, lunch at Subway with the inlaws and the rest of the day is relaxing and spending time together.
  15. We love it! Several of my children have used it. Grouping all the letters by similar strokes and saying what you are doing as you are doing it helped all of them.
  16. Nice and crispy with the smell of fall in the air.
  17. We are on average billing, and it runs $420-$450 year round. I have two with medical conditions so we can never open windows, but they must be kept cool. The kitchen is a separate area that has a window a/c. The waterheater for the main house is electric and everyone takes 1-2 showers a day, sometimes more if it rains and they get muddy. We wash and dry 4-6 loads of laundry a day. We use propane for heating the main house and kitchen, the kitchen waterheater, and the stove.
  18. Most of our homeschooling friends are getting married in the 18-20yo bracket. Our public school friends are either getting married right away 18-20yo or waiting until 27yo+.
  19. Good knives. I use one piece stainless steel knives and love them. No matter what kind of knives you get, get a sharpener to keep them sharp. A sharp knife is wonderful to work with. http://www.sausagemaker.com/Chef-sChoice-130-Professional-Sharpening-Station-p/13-1318.htm Whisk https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S4WO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 K-Tec blender. I've had mine at over ten years. I did send it to get fixed one time, but it didn't cost that much and it works as good as new. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006TIDL8/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= I love my Kobalt toolchest. I store all of our silverware, knives, measuring cups, meat slicer, all kitchen utensils, etc in here. I even have a skinny drawer that I keep our anniversary platter in. http://www.lowes.com/pd/Gladiator-38-8-in-x-41-5-in-12-Drawer-Ball-Bearing-Steel-Tool-Chest-Silver/50381166 I can't decide on a fifth thing. I use my wok almost every day. Different sizes of metal bowls are good. Get some really large ones too so you have plenty of room to mix things. Several cutting boards. Several sets of measuring spoons and measuring cups.
  20. Health insurance premiums, copays, and meds insurance won't cover are half of our income. Mortgage takes not quite another quarter.
  21. 18dd is very sick. Just the regular things she needs (like formula since she is totally tube fed and her compounded medications) are killing our budget and running through our savings. Since our local doctors are out of options, we are having to travel to out of state specialists. We have to have help with expenses. Does anyone have experience with any of the fundraising sites like gofundme?
  22. We have always stayed together, whether learning, errand running, or just hanging out. This has mostly continued, even though Steven has passed away. I recently had an unsettling experience because of our family togetherness. The children and I started a new church. Right after we started, we attended a Wednesday night service. I felt really odd, stressed and restless, but I couldn't figure out why. I was in a panic, trying to figure out what was wrong. Suddenly it occurred to me. I was alone. Totally alone. The boys were in youth. The girls were in children's church. Steven wasn't there. I was all alone for the first time in twenty-eight years. Once I figured it out, I was ok, but it was very unsettling at first.
  23. 16ds makes his own electrolyte drink. When he does a lot of outside work (we live on a farm), he drinks about half a gallon a day.
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