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  1. Good Morning, & many thanks to everyone who responded. 😁 Evanthe: Are your children actually playing at the local high school (football, track)? I don’t think (could be wrong) we have that option here. Maybe you’re talking about them playing for a recreational league, at the high school level. I jus found that interesting and was curious. Thanks!
  2. Thank you! ALL great things to consider. Yes, I should know by now not to allow others to sway my opinion of what is best for our son, especially when it comes to schooling. I knew posting here would help me consider things I had not yet thought about. 👍😁
  3. Hello Everyone, I was wanting to get some input regarding the pros and cons of online schooling vs public school. This is for high school. I have several things I have considered and written down, but want to see if there are things I’m missing possibly. A little background: We chose to have our son do online schooling for 9th grade with Alpha Omega Academy (fully accredited program). Overall, it’s worked pretty well. As with anything, there are pros and cons. We are now at the point of the year where we evaluate what we want to do for the following year. And, of course, we are getting lots of advice. Many feel that our son needs the true high school experience, in a classroom, with the ability to have more social interactions (ex: sports, dances, clubs, etc..). While I understand that to a point, I also know that he can play sports, attend youth group, and be with other activities that provide the social interactions everyone is so concerned about. Anyway, I’m just looking for thoughts. Our son is happy with whatever choice. He’s easygoing, loves working at home, but is also willing to try out public school if that’s the choice. His grades are good with the online school so far, and his standardized tests just came back with very good results. So, he’s adjusted well. So, share some pros and cons with me. Thoughts, ideas, etc... I’m curious to hear and see if I’ve missed something possibly. Thank You! 😁
  4. MrsRobinson, here’s some info about what the numbers should read to be considered safe. Scarlett, I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. 😢
  5. ANOTHER UPDATE: Well, we received the EMF report back from the power company today and as I thought, readings are high around the exterior of the house and very high under the power lines. It’s making me rethink our plan of buying and staying two years before we sell. While our finances are very tight, I still want to make sure my family is safe. Goodness, sometimes I think I’m crazy worrying about all this, then other times, I feel like it makes complete sense. It sure would help if all the research on these things over the years was more definite with their findings. Now you have to wonder... is it the EMF’s, chemicals & pesticides all around, mold exposure, genetics, etc... or just a mix of everything that makes people sick?!? The news reports something different every other month or so. 🤪 Anyway, sorry for babbling. The report is making us second guess our decision thoigh, so here we go again. Fun! 🙄😕
  6. UPDATE:  I want to thank you all again for your advice. I read everything and definitely took it all into consideration. My husband and I have talked and looked at our situation and have decided to move forward with buying the home. Right now, we are simply not the best position to move (financially or job wise), and this house IS one we can afford to buy at the moment, located in our desired area.  What we HAVE decided is that this won’t be the fixer upper, forever home we once thought due to the existing concerns. We plan to purchase the home (having instant equity) & do smaller fixes instead of a big overhaul on the house over the next two years. After two years, we plan to move, using this home as an investment property to rent out. We do know that it will rent out very well in this area. In the meantime, the power company is coming out to do testing (not so sure I’ll believe them, but we will see), & we may invest in our own EMF meter as well. Due to some issues with black mold (which have recently been remediated) that could also be the cause of some of my health issues, we’ve asked the landlord to have the ductwork cleaned out and will be getting air purifiers for the home too.  While these may seem like small things, I’m hoping they will make a positive difference and that our family can enjoy the next couple of years here, knowing our new plans. I’ll deal with the ugly eyesores to the left and right of us for a little longer, doing as much as I can to keep our family safe and healthy. Thank you again for the wonderful responses. Everyone have a great day! 
  7. Good Afternoon! I want to thank each of you once more for all the responses. It gives me a lot to think about and consider when making this decision. PeterPan: Thank You for your responses, I really appreciate hearing them. I do want to clarify that my husband is very supportive of whatever I want to ultimately do regarding the house. He’s concerned, and while he knows it may be hard for us, he’s willing to move if needed. The family or friends I spoke of does not include my husband, and I know that it is a very short span of time to know if the lines or towers are hazardous health wise or not. I believe that that so much is unknown that friends and family don’t really know what to say, which may be why they come off as unsupportive. Im just trying to learn as much as I can before jumping to any conclusions, and that’s also why I decided to ask my question here too. I knew I’d receive several answers that bring to light things I may not have thought about yet. Stress & diet may be the key cause of my Myofascial Pain Syndrome, but I also MAY be EMF sensitive. I just don’t know. Your suggestion of leaving for a time, seeing how I feel, then coming back, and seeing what happens is wonderful. I can’t get away for two weeks, but possibly 5-7 days, which might be fine. So, I may just try that & see what happens. Your point about me being home more is a valid one also. Very good thinking! I’m home most of the time, getting out for errands only a few times a week. My husband works away from home and seems to have no issues. Our son is home like I am, but also seems to have no issues. I’m going to keep that in mind too though. Also, the money thing isn’t ruling my decisions. I was just providing more information to give a clearer picture of why we may choose to purchase the home over moving. I will say that finances are tight and it would be harder to up and move again right now, but not impossible. There are many unknowns and I’m just trying to figure out what our best decision might be regarding all of this. Thank you all so very much! I have so much to think about, try out, and learn. All of which will hopefully help me in making the best decision for our family. Have a wonderful day. 🤓
  8. PeterPan: I’ve definitely wondered about this issue with myself. I just didn’t mention it because when I have said something to family or friends, I hear that I haven’t been here long enough to be having any symptoms. About 3 months after moving here, I began having issues that started with what I now refer to as a migraine type headache. Then, my ear, jaw, and left side of face hurt, tingled, etc.... my back left shoulder blade hurt too, along with my neck and the back of my head. I went to a primary physician a few times, then a dentist, then an oral surgeon & had plans to see an ENT. I was a mystery to all but the oral surgeon. He disagnosed me with Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It’s not been fun. And, I believe I’ve had fibromyalgia for years, but never officially was diagnosed, so maybe not. Anyway, this issue began due to a very stressful event that occurred at that same time, and I know that stress is a trigger for MPS. So, I’ve always just associated that with this happening. However, recently it occurred to me that MAYBE the power lines may be contributing to my problems. Again, I didn’t receive much support, so I dropped it. I have to wonder if I just might be extra sensitive to EMF’s also. Hmmmm. 🤔🤔🤔 MrsRobinson: There is definitely a buzzing or crackling sound that can be heard from the wires. At times it’s much louder than others, while sometimes it’s very quiet. 😬
  9. B Hello Again, I am in COMPLETE agreement that the lines/towers are a HUGE eyesore. There’s no getting around that fact. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten used to them over the past few months. Weird, I know. If we stay, we can eventually do some landscaping that will help distract from the ugliness. No, it will not hide them at all, but I’m just hoping it will help draw the eye to something more pleasant looking. And, yes, we would be getting an incredible deal on the house compared to homes in this area. This includes a house only two houses down that has the same exact issue I’m speaking about. Just between what that house is listed at right now and what we will be able to purchase this house at in June is an $80K difference. The area we are in is highly sought after and has neighborhood after neighborhood of homes ranging from $300K to over a million. We would be purchasing the house from our longtime friend. He lived here for 16 years (has no known health issues related to the high voltage lines), but needed to move for a job. Our plans are to buy the house and basically make it our forever home, fixing it up into a really beautiful place over the next few years. Of course, we know plans may change, but that’s our thinking now. We realize resale would be hard on this house also, but also know that our friend has had offers from others already to buy the house if we don’t, so maybe not as difficult as I may think. Again, it’s the location. As mentioned in the original post, the main thing that MAY change our minds isn’t the thoughts we have for the house, but the concerns over the lines/towers. Thanks you all sooo much! ***I meant to also add that based on a recent appraisal, we would have an instant $15k equity in the house also.
  10. Thank you so very much for the responses! I’ll continue to research & y’all continue to respond if you think of or find anything new please. So far, it appears that the lines/towers may possibly be less of a concern than items we already have in our home with EMF’s, or foods that we eat with chemicals and goodness knows what added to them. 😳 Here’s a couple of pics looking to the left and right when standing in our backyard.
  11. ****FOR NEWEST UPDATE, SCROLL TO THE END OF THIS THREAD (3-11-19) UPDATE: I want to thank you all again for your advice. I read everything and definitely took it all into consideration. My husband and I have talked and looked at our situation and have decided to move forward with buying the home. Right now, we are simply not the best position to move (financially or job wise), and this house IS one we can afford to buy at the moment, located in our desired area. What we HAVE decided is that this won’t be the fixer upper, forever home we once thought due to the existing concerns. We plan to purchase the home (having instant equity) & do smaller fixes instead of a big overhaul on the house over the next two years. After two years, we plan to move, using this home as an investment property to rent out. We do know that it will rent out very well in this area. In the meantime, the power company is coming out to do testing (not so sure I’ll believe them, but we will see), & we may invest in our own EMF meter as well. Due to some issues with black mold (which have recently been remediated) that could also be the cause of some of my health issues, we’ve asked the landlord to have the ductwork cleaned out and will be getting air purifiers for the home too. While these may seem like small things, I’m hoping they will make a positive difference and that our family can enjoy the next couple of years here, knowing our new plans. I’ll deal with the ugly eyesores to the left and right of us for a little longer, doing as much as I can to keep our family safe and healthy. Thank you again for the wonderful responses. Everyone have a great day! Hello, I was wondering if anyone has experience living near high voltage power lines & towers? If so, how has it been? Any concerns in regards to health or safety that you’ve seen or are experiencing? I ask because we are currently renting a cute ranch home that has the high wires running throour backyard. We can see the large towers to both the left and right of us when we go outside, even though those aren’t in our yard. We are planning to buy the house in June because it’s in a wonderful location, great buy for the area, and is a little bit of a fixer upper (which we happen to love). However, I don’t want to buy if the lines/towers cause a definite health or safety concern. It would not be easy to pick up and move either, but it’s a definite consideration if we’re dealing with these causing issues. I’ve done a bit of reading, and can’t seem to find solid answers. Many sites say that the items in our homes actually affect us more with the EMF’s than the high voltage lines. We’ve called our local power company also to see if they will come out and do an electromagnetic spectrum test on the house. I just thought that maybe someone would have experience with this situation and could over some advice. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day. 😊
  12. Hello, I’m looking to enroll our son into an online academy for high school. He’s going into 9th grade this school year. We want one that’s fully accredited as well. The few that we have narrowed down to are Alpha Omega Academy, Bridgeway Academy and I still have to look into Wilson Hill Academy to see what they’re like. Does anyone have any experience with any of the above schools? If so, will you please share your experience, both pros and cons? I’d love to hear any thoughts or suggestions as well. Thank you!
  13. Hello, I was curious to see if anyone has used Glencoe's grammar, spelling & vocabulary for middle school? My son will be in 8th grade this upcoming school year & I am considering this as an option. However, I really am not familiar with the curriculum they offer. Is it enough? How teacher intensive is it in regards to prep? Any advice is welcome. My son is used to Wordly Wise for spelling/vocabulary, so I very well may stick to that. I really don't know as far as grammar though. Oh, and what about the Glencoe science? Anyone use it? Thanks so much!
  14. Actually, my response prior to my last post was to answer your question about my business idea. And, we haven't made any definite decision yet. I'm more writing out my thoughts to see if I'm missing anything. Yes, I've gotten my fair share of responses & so I'll take what I've received & figure things out. Thanks. ðŸ‘
  15. Hello.... I've been reading through all these responses once again. While I understand & appreciate what everyone is saying & sharing, there are some things that I can't quite wrap my head around. It may be simply a case of me not thinking clearly or that I'm misunderstanding what's being shared. Anyway, I know there are quite a few people who say that selling make a lot of sense, then there are many that seem sure selling is a bad idea. Honestly, after going over things with a fine tooth comb, I don't see where selling is a negative in our situation. Here are several reasons why I feel this way: -we have been pre-approved already for the amount of house we qualify for currently -our credit scores are still very good -in selling our home, we will be able to pay off our debts, put a down payment on the new home, & have a bit left over even -our overall monthly bills will decrease by at least $1,250 a month, if not more -we get back into the county that we really love -we will get back into a good school district (we are not in a good one currently) -even with moving to a smaller home, we will still have plenty of space for everyone comfortably, plus a nice back yard -the new house will be easily accessible for my mother in law who is having issues walking & fears she can't visit us in our current home any longer -despite a few one time expenses of moving, the savings in the long run outweighs the upfront costs -my husband, being a realtor, helps to eliminate many of the typical realtor fees people have to pay -taxes are about the same regardless of if we stay or move I know there are more reasons, but I can't think of them at the moment. And, my husband's business is picking up & doing better, we aren't creating new debt, I do still have my childcare & we have other things in the works for more monthly income. We are aware that the main issue is that we need better & more income, so that is what we are working on too. On the flip side, if we stay, then I have also crunched numbers & created a 3.5-4 year plan of getting out of the debt. I have done this by using a Dave Ramsey technique. This will be tough, but doable, so it's a possibility if we don't want to deal with moving right now. We are not doing a 2nd mortgage/home equity loan at all. That's no longer an option. Anyway, these are the thoughts running in my head. I'm trying to see the big negative to moving in order to help our situation right now. Either way, we have to increase income, have a plan to not get into debt again, & learn from all our mistakes. Ok, I'm babbling now. Haha! Thanks & have a lovely day! ðŸ˜
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