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  1. Thanks for the bump. I'm also looking at The Good and the Beautiful. I'll keep researching!
  2. Hi Curriculum Junkies, I might be helping homeschool a couple of grandkids, and I could use some input if you've used the above curriculum. grandkid #1 is a shy, academically insecure rising 7th grader. He likes to read and write, but comprehension is low, and confidence is very low. I was thinking of using either Writing With Ease 4 with him, or Lightening Literature level 6. grandkid #2 is an overconfident rising 9th grader who has good overall skills, but needs to be challenged a little, but not too much (she might wilt if too much pressure is applied). I like the looks of Oak Meadow's Hero's Journey for this kid. What do you think?
  3. Now that I have finished homeschooling, I have the mental energy to study a foreign language I took in high school many years ago. That has been way more fun than I expected since there's so much available on YouTube. I lift weights, hike, walk, and swim. I listen to lots of recorded books from the audible app and from the library app. I started birdwatching during the pandemic, and that led me to drawing birds. I'm not artistic, but drawing is a skill that can be learned to some degree. Once again, YouTube tutorials are a key part of this. I have been teaching myself piano. I volunteer with a local youth music education program. No music skill required; I just wrangle kids and paperwork.
  4. I enjoy this recipe, with pita or French bread. https://www.bitememore.com/easy-recipes/sweet-chutney-chicken-salad-recipe
  5. I think it's lovely. I find the grays to be soothing (sorry Jaybee). I would accent with various shades of navy and lighter blues, with maybe a large colorful fake plant or vase on the ledge. Our old house was painted a light "battleship blue" which is part gray and part blue; it was really pretty. It looks like a great place for him. I just lost my dad a year ago (July 1), so I appreciate the work and love you're putting into this.
  6. I was done a year ago, during the pandemic. I took several months to think and explore and research and figure out what I wanted to do. I didn't want or need to work full time, but I wanted something that was fulfilling to me, but not a huge time commitment or stressor. I also didn't want anything that would come home with me (no grading papers, homework, stress or work when I'm not at work). I ended up getting training as a home care aide (short, easy training class), to help elderly in their homes. Now I work only two days a week, and that's enough for me. It gets me out of the house, brings in a little money, and I feel like I'm helping people. But I also have time for my family and to find new hobbies and work on my fitness and health. I had also looked into working at a library or bookstore, but Covid shut those down. I would have been interested in working at a local university as an advisor for the dual enrollment program, but Covid put a damper on that, too. I was able to get the job with home health because it's considered essential during the pandemic, and they're always in need of good workers. My main advice would be to give yourself time to figure it out. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to figure it out right away. You need to "de-school" a little bit yourself. Enjoy the journey!
  7. We need pictures, or it didn't happen. Go for a slow stroll early tomorrow morning and get some good shots from different angles. Pretend you're talking on your phone while you're actually taking pictures of the entire house and yard.
  8. For all of my childhood and much of my adult life, I thought that giraffes ate fish. It was only when I was in my late 30's that I realized that their tongues look like fish.
  9. My kid just got a rejection email for an online application for Panda Express. She applied a year ago, and has been working in her current job (not at Panda) for almost a year. She's glad she didn't wait to hear back from them...😆
  10. I believe hell is what we do to others and ourselves on this earth. I'm a Christian who used to believe that Jesus managed to save only about 2% of humanity from eternal torment. Now I'm more of a universalist who believes Jesus was very successful in restoring all things and all people, and that God's justice is always restorative and never punitive.
  11. There's a Geography Songs: Sing Around the World cd that's really fun, available on Amazon. Or below on YouTube. (Continent and Ocean song is at the 49:00 mark. If you get the cd, you can pick the countries and songs you want to do a little easier.) I'd have the kids learn a song a week, and do a map, starting with the continents and oceans. Play the song over and over while they color, then have them sing it. I'd so some individual continents or countries in the following weeks. You can get maps online for the kids to color. Maybe have each kid do a short country report about people, customs, food, etc. The folktale idea sounds really fun, too. Get a giant world map puzzle and have contests to put it together the fastest, team or individual. Or if you don't want to buy a puzzle, cut up a map. Have team Jeopardy-type contests about the geography the kids have learned. Pretend you're having the Olympics and split into teams from different countries and play the anthems in an opening ceremony, then do contests where the kids do sports, and play anthems for the winners. Good luck. This can be a really fun class! (ETA Don't underestimate the kids' ability and willingness to memorize some of these songs. It's perfect for this age group, and they will surprise you with their memorization skills!)
  12. Yellowstone is our happy place; we've been there 6 times in the last 9 years. If it's your first time, or the kids' first time, you absolutely want to see Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic. There's a hike from the Fairy Falls parking lot that will get you to the Grand Prismatic overlook, which give a nice perspective. Do some research to find it; it will be less crowded. The park road is a figure 8, with an upper loop and a lower loop. The lower loop has all the big name attractions: Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. These are all worth seeing. If you'll be there for a few days, maybe do the lower loop for two days. You can do hikes in each of these areas. There are extensive walking trails around Old Faithful with other features that are interesting. If you want to eat at Old Faithful, go to the cafe while the geyser is blowing. All the tourists will watch it blow and then stampede into the cafe. During the eruption is the best time to eat. Then hike around until the next eruption. The kids can get a Junior Ranger patch by filling out pages with fun park information about animals and features. Adults can get the patch too. I got mine as a 55 year old! The upper loop is where we go to see wildlife. We spend most of our days there driving up and down Lamar Valley looking for wildlife, or for groups of people with spotting scopes- which indicates that there's something to see. Bring binoculars, and don't be shy to ask others what they're looking at. You could see wolves, bears, elk, big horn sheep. You will see plenty of bison no matter what you do. The upper loop is less crowded than the lower loop, but it's also interesting. I recommend getting up very early and getting to the features early to beat the tourists. You may not be able to do this, but it's well worth it to beat the crowds in the early morning. Be prepared for lots of driving; but the scenery and animals are breathtaking. I hope you have a blast!
  13. You are not alone😃 We have successfully bought and sold vehicles, sports equipment, furniture, tires and other things on Craigslist and FB marketplace. Unfortunately, the flakes (and scammers) seem to be part of the deal. We do what Lucy/Katie does: give address only when they're on their way. Many people are not flakes, but it does seem like there are a lot of people who are completely unconcerned about inconveniencing others. That's what's maddening: a simple text of "we're not coming" would be so helpful. The scammers are at least entertaining and eager: "We are very interested in your item and would like to pay you by check. We will make the check $1000 over the amount, and you can keep half and send my brother a money order for the other half. OK?" We have only done bigger/ costlier items, always for cash only. I probably wouldn't put up with the flakiness for less than $100.
  14. I have landlord friends who do this. Don't give them the money until they are completely out. Have it in cash, and give it to them only when they are out the door for the last time, with all their stuff gone. Then change the locks immediately. They won't be motivated to move if you give it before they are gone. My friends learned this the hard way.
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