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  1. 6 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

    Ours is quite handy in keeping cows from stomping people. She's a bit "grippy" moving pg cows with though. She'll take a cow, and then go lick the calf. The red heeler? Completely useless, but then, he was an abused rescue. 

     

    Cow broke out. She's "going to town" this fall... 

    Our girl is a handful.  We got her to be a companion/emotional support dog for my dd with OCD.  Perhaps something a little calmer would’ve been better. 😝. However, she has definitely become a part of our family.  She’s still quite “nippy” with the boys especially, but she’s only 2 1/2.  Even though she can drive me nuts and make life more difficult, I love her.  She’s so smart!

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  2. 2 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

    Dead calf skinned and skin put on live calf. Live calf able to get up and move around. Mom seems to be faked out (cows are pretty stupid. Not as stupid as sheep, but close) However, I just got a panicked call from dd needing her blue heeler, so I don't know WHAT is going on out there. I don't want to walk out and end up in the middle of trying to bring in a cow or something. Waiting... 

    Hope everything is okay! 

    We have a blue heeler. ❣️  The only thing she gets to herd is the little boys. 😝

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  3. 1 hour ago, KidsHappen said:

    Surprisingly - Books. My library now seems to spend the majority of their money on things other than books so that they rarely have new books anymore.

    This, too!  It seems like with 4 libraries to choose from, we wouldn’t run out of things to read, but with some libraries’ emphasis on tech gadgets (& others’ on lots of programming, which is great, but not to the detriment of the collection!), it’s  not unusual for my girls to feel like the libraries have little to offer them.

     


  4. 1 hour ago, Selkie said:

    Prayers, Hope! I have OCD and so do two of my kids. I had a terrible time with it when I was a teen - made worse by the fact that I didn't even know what was happening to me or that OCD existed. This was the 80s, before the internet, and I thought I was the only person in the world having these crazy thoughts. It was a huge relief to finally find out otherwise!

    I hope things get easier for your dds soon!

    Thank you for sharing that! ❣️

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  5. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Morning. Ugh. Last night was a difficult night with my two very anxious children having some issues.  We’ve been on this diagnosed-anxiety disorder wagon (OCD, specifically) since 2016 and it can still be a wild ride, especially adding in puberty. 🤯 Prayers appreciated.

    This morning:

    —coffee + quiet

    —make sure kids know what to do (ha!)

    —work on grass cutting for a couple of hours.  I started doing the majority of our mowing last year because dh works a busy and demanding job and travels a lot. Mowing is a pretty prodigious task here in the hot-n-humid south.  We have a long growing season, especially when the summer is wet so the grass doesn’t burn up.  Ours is embarrassingly tall right now but it has been so rainy we can’t get a good day to do cut it.  This morning starts the process. Let the fun begin!

    —shower

    —school with boys

    —lunch

    —touch base with girls

    —dd13 to play practice (canceled! 🎉)

    —take girls to shop?

    —supper (what on earth?)

    —visit my parents? 

    —grocery run?

    MUST DO:

    —call about SAT testing for OLSAT administrators 

    —fix SAT schedule and email moms of kids taking it

    —call library and ask them to look for some books still charged to my account

     

    Play practice was canceled due to the threat of severe weather.  An afternoon AT HOME! 😲

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  6. 21 minutes ago, LisaK in VA is in IT said:

    You keep calling me to tell me this is my LAST chance to consolidate my student loans, and that if I don't respond in 48 hours, the offer will be withdrawn. Well, Karen, I haven't had a student loan payment since I was 24. My husband never had a student loan, and my son doesn't have a student loan. I'm not interested in a lower payment plan (unless you would like to give me money instead). And, for the record, my 48 hours has been up for months.   Please stop calling me.  

    “Karen” calls me about lowering interest rates on credit cards we don’t have and never have had. 🤪

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  7. 1 hour ago, TravelingChris said:

    Prayed.

    Four out of five of us have GAD, two of us have Panic issues, two of us have social phobia,  all five of us have specific other types of phobias-spiders, heights, etc., my brother is OCD, one of my children is so perfectionistic that it reminds me of OCD anyway.  So yeah- I have had many of those nights too.  In fact, I fell asleep at 9pm because I had only slept 3 hours the night before.  DD was driving home.  I awoke because of pain at around midnight and went out to see if she was home and also take medicine, she came out and asked why I was awake.  i told her and we talked a minute and she said, as she fiddled with her phone, could I stop the daily reminder to call Tricare Humana?  But in a calm, nice way, because i started apologizing and trying to fiddle w/ my phone. She had to tell me it was fine because I was panicking that I was doing everything wrong and need to fix it immediately.  I took my medicine, waited to get sleepy again and out of pain.  (I couldn't even see the phone screen anyway, I was just using it to see where I was going).  So it is interesting how sometimes the table gets turned.  (My memory issues have greatly increased my panic problems, when I am in a good spot w memory (i.e. 40mg Prednisone0, I am not panicking.

    Thanks, Chris! One child spent about 4 mos in intensive OCD treatment (partial hospitalization) a few years ago.  The anxiety piece for the other child is somewhat new, so we’re navigating new territory with this one. 

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  8. Morning. Ugh. Last night was a difficult night with my two very anxious children having some issues.  We’ve been on this diagnosed-anxiety disorder wagon (OCD, specifically) since 2016 and it can still be a wild ride, especially adding in puberty. 🤯 Prayers appreciated.

    This morning:

    —coffee + quiet

    —make sure kids know what to do (ha!)

    —work on grass cutting for a couple of hours.  I started doing the majority of our mowing last year because dh works a busy and demanding job and travels a lot. Mowing is a pretty prodigious task here in the hot-n-humid south.  We have a long growing season, especially when the summer is wet so the grass doesn’t burn up.  Ours is embarrassingly tall right now but it has been so rainy we can’t get a good day to do cut it.  This morning starts the process. Let the fun begin!

    —shower

    —school with boys

    —lunch

    —touch base with girls

    —dd13 to play practice (canceled! 🎉)

    —take girls to shop

    —supper (what on earth?)(leftovers!)

    —visit my parents?

    —grocery run?

    MUST DO:

    —call about SAT testing for OLSAT administrators (did next-best-thing:  called a former test admin for our co op and asked her my question)

    —fix SAT schedule and email moms of kids taking it

    —call library and ask them to look for some books still charged to my account

     

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  9. 10 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Morning, all! 

    Another “one of those days” here.

    look for overdue library books (location of some is still a mystery)

    Coffee etc

    shower + dress

    math with boys and prod girls on theirs (dd13 online class + dd14 test)

    figure out lunch 😵(lunch out)

    leave for author event

    unlock church without setting off alarm(No problems—alarm wasn’t set 😅)

    Make sure we have the technology we need

    author talk!

    Dd14 to pick up dress

    dd14 to appointment

    drop other kids with dh

    prep cc class

    teach cc class

    figure out tomorrow

     

    Cut my class loose early because 2/3 of the class was absent. 

    Now how to spend my newly-discovered free time? 🤨

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  10. 8 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Morning, all! 

    Another “one of those days” here.

    look for overdue library books (location of some is still a mystery)

    Coffee etc

    shower + dress

    math with boys and prod girls on theirs (dd13 online class + dd14 test)

    figure out lunch 😵(lunch out)

    leave for author event

    unlock church without setting off alarm(No problems—alarm wasn’t set 😅)

    Make sure we have the technology we need

    author talk!

    Dd14 to pick up dress

    dd14 to appointment

    drop other kids with dh

    prep cc class

    teach cc class

    figure out tomorrow

     

    On to CC class prep.

    Y'all are making me feel better about my own brain fog with your anecdotes! 😂

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  11. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Morning, all! 

    Another “one of those days” here.

    look for overdue library books (location of some is still a mystery)

    Coffee etc

    shower + dress

    math with boys and prod girls on theirs (dd13 online class + dd14 test)

    figure out lunch 😵(lunch out)

    leave for author event

    unlock church without setting off alarm(No problems—alarm wasn’t set 😅)

    Make sure we have the technology we need

    author talk!

    Dd14 to pick up dress

    dd14 to appointment

    drop other kids with dh

    prep cc class

    teach cc class

    figure out tomorrow

     

    The author event was a success!  Our co op got to host Irene Latham (novelist, picture book author, and poet) in an event sponsored by our local public library.  I was the contact person because apparently I am the mom who is the most enthusiastic (most over-the-top😝) about books.  I also have met Irene on a number of occasions and have corresponded with her over the years as a wannabe book blogger. Anyway, I was a wee bit anxious that we wouldn’t have a nice crowd, but my peeps showed up to the tune of 34 kids and adults.  That seems like a respectable crowd, doesn’t it? 

    Anyway, the event was lovely and I think the students got something out of it. 

    And I can mark another spring event off my list. 😅

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  12. 44 minutes ago, MysteryJen said:

    Good morning! Late to bed last night discussing a terrible customer service event that happened to ds3, which was mostly my fault, so I felt, and still feel, terrible about. And then ding! early morning text to say schools are closed. If you haven't seen, all the schools (pretty much) along the Front Range are closed for a manhunt. dd2 was in the parking lot just about to go into practice- she is pretty irritated as she is supposed to have a math test today- and is gone for next two days for a visit, and then the next three days for FBLA state.  I am pretty sure she has almost missed more school than she has gone to this month- with a snow day and this.

    • coffee/paper
    • post office 
    • pick up ds3 from practice
    • write
    • chores
    • chat with dd2
    • laundry
    • hang out with ds2-
    • ds3 to tennis
    • general pick up/ read
    • pick up ds3
    • dinner all together

    Have a great day!

    Saw this on my CNN email newsbrief this morning.  Praying for quick apprehension of the suspect!

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  13. Morning, all! 

    Another “one of those days” here.

    look for overdue library books (location of some is still a mystery)

    Coffee etc

    shower + dress

    math with boys and prod girls on theirs (dd13 online class + dd14 test)

    figure out lunch 😵(lunch out)

    leave for author event

    unlock church without setting off alarm(No problems—alarm wasn’t set 😅)

    Make sure we have the technology we need

    author talk!

    Dd14 to pick up dress

    dd14 to appointment

    drop other kids with dh

    prep cc class

    teach cc class

    figure out tomorrow

     

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  14. 13 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Is it only Tuesday? 😅

    shower

    coffee, etc.

    pack lunches

    co op end-of-year picnic

    take food/visit my parents (time permitting)

    take dd13 and her friend to play practice

    errands (Sam’s, bank)

    pick up dd13

    ds8 soccer game

    home for supper (leftovers?)

    prep for tomorrow 

     

    Finally back home.  I’m pooped! 

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  15. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Is it only Tuesday? 😅

    shower

    coffee, etc.

    pack lunches

    co op end-of-year picnic

    take food/visit my parents (time permitting)

    take dd13 and her friend to play practice

    errands (Sam’s, bank)

    pick up dd13

    ds8 soccer game

    home for supper (leftovers?)

    prep for tomorrow 

     

    We picnicked and visited and fished and played.  A good time was had by all.  On to the next thing. 

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