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  1. Our Council added coffee from a local shop that sells really good coffee. It must have done OK because they have it on the popcorn forms again this year. It's good stuff, but really expensive, and we only buy it as a holiday or birthday treat.
  2. I grew up in a house with hardwood floors in the bedroom and my bedroom was above the garage. I hated, hated, hated getting out of bed in the morning and stepping onto the cold, hard floors. I happily have carpet in all my bedrooms.
  3. Our Scouts pay $49 to join the troop and get the magazine, neckerchief, and Scout book. After that, they pay the actual cost for events and campouts they choose to attend. All awards and troop equipment is purchased with proceeds from fundraisers. National fees increased to $33 just two years ago, so I'm not sure why they're telling you $51 goes to National. I can't imagine anyone here being willing to pay what your troop is proposing!
  4. I was at home by myself that day doing some housework and preparing to go to an early lunch with my parents. It was a beautiful day and I started the day in a good mood. My mom called and told me to turn on the TV because something was happening. I watched as the news people speculated on what had happened with the first plane and then the second plane went into the second tower. It became obvious that this was not an accident. I watched in horror and shock, but when my parents showed up we went to lunch at an outlet mall as planned. Every store in the outlet, including the restaurant, had a TV on with employees gathered around watching the events. The waitress came up to us and told us to finish our meal because they were going to close the entire outlet mall. We hadn't really been interested in eating much anyway, so we left and drove home. It was eerie because the roads were almost empty. I wasn't sure if my kids would be sent home from school, whether I should pick them up, or whether the teachers knew what was happening. As soon as I got home, I turned on the TV. When I heard about the plane hitting the Pentagon, I called my sister who worked in DC. She said they had feared a plane hitting the White House, the city had been evacuated, and she was home safe. I watched TV for most of the day, but they showed the plane hitting the tower and the buildings falling over and over and I was becoming a bit traumatized by it and eventually had to turn off the TV. Later, we learned that a long time friend of my dh's family who is an AP photographer was in NYC on another assignment that day. She rushed out and took photos. Every year, it's a bit unnerving to see her name on some of the now famous photos that circulate. We watched CNN10 today and the story about September 11th brought me to tears as it does every year. I can't imagine how painful it is for those who lost loved ones in the attack.
  5. When a man gives you a lawn buddha, it obviously means he has feelings for you...or maybe not.🤣🤣
  6. A gallon of milk here is $2.49 and I can practically walk to dairy farms. There doesn't seem to be any method to milk prices. I should add that our news has recently had stories about crying dairy farmers who are giving up the cows and shutting down farms that have been in their family for generations because they can no longer make a living.
  7. These replies help. We have read a couple of plays, but my son is adamant that he hates reading plays. I might try one more or call it good at this point. We have been neglecting short stories and poetry, so that's something to add. I should review our reading list to make sure we've included a variety of genres and that he understands the genre. Thanks!
  8. *puff, puff, puff* Trying to slow down and breathe.😄 Thanks for this reply. Since he sprung this on me, my first question was, "What about applying for academies?" and he said, "I'll still be able to do that." I don't think he's thought through what it will require of him yet. I like the idea of having him research all the considerations and figure out if there's a way he can make it work along with his future goals. Yes, it could be a help on an academy application. Being willing to be immersed in a new culture, language, and academic setting for a year would probably be a positive for an academy cadet . As I said, he's really surprised me lately by being willing to put himself out there to try new things. (Who is this child?) I was thinking he might need to figure out who to contact (liason, academy admissions, congressman/senator, or all of the above?) to see what could be done. If he wants to wait to apply when he returns, he'd better have a darn good plan for what he's going to be doing during the application process. The program he's looking at is partially funded by the state department, but he would need to come up with spending money for the trip. That's another consideration, but he has shown he's willing to work when he wants something. The program would require him to live with a family to experience the culture, attend a German high school, and improve his language skills.
  9. I'm another who would go with option B. I know there's an advantage to having two students doing the same subject at the same time, but I think they both need to work at their own pace.
  10. We've been doing literature without a curriculum. I've been choosing classic books, especially ones I remember enjoying in my high school AP English class or ones related to our history time period, and assigning them. We spend time discussing literary elements and meaning after every few chapters. Sometimes we use SparkNotes or similar resources or have a composition assigned. I don't remember doing much more than this in high school and that's pretty much what my public schooled teens did. I willl admit that I decided to introduce my teen son to Jane Austen by letting him just watch the movies because there was no point in dragging him through Austen. His older brother told him to thank me because the books "are just about who should date who". LOL! Anyway, is there something else I should be doing for literature? We enjoy reading great books and discussing them, but I wonder if I'm missing something.
  11. My teen has talked for years about wanting to apply to the academies and, if that doesn't work out, go to college and do ROTC. I've been homeschooling him with that in mind. He's a junior this year, so he'll need to start his academy applications in a few months. He's taking a heavy load of classs (pre-calc, physics, lit.and comp, gov/econ, German 3, ...) and we're working on getting his ACT score higher because he's smart and hard working, but he doesn't always test well. He has tons of extracurriculars and evidence of leadership skills on his resume, so that's not a concern. Now, after talking with a friend, he wants to apply to a government sponsored foreign exchange program that would have him spend his entire senior year in Europe! He's long been interested in European history and languages, so he would probably love it. In the past few years, he's gone from being somewhat of a homebody to trying lots of new experiences. I'm at a total loss with how to approach this. How would he complete academy applications if he's on the other side of the world? What about college applications? Would we just put everything on hold until he gets back? What would he do when he gets back? Work for a year and start college/academy applications? He just turned 17 (so older side for his grade) and age requirements are a consideration for academies. I wouldn't have trouble graduating him if he spent a year going to school in Europe since he already has almost enough credits to graduate anyway. Our state doesn't even give homeschool graduation requirements, but his credits are in line with a college prep student at local schools. I will admit that I really don't want to send him to the other side of the world for what would have been our last year of homeschooling, but it's obvious it's getting close to the time to let him fly. Do I allow him to apply to the exchange program? Do I encourage him to continue the course we've set? Do I have him find out if there's a way to start academy and college applications and put them on hold for a year or try to do them from Europe? Do I let him go for the exchange and worry about the other stuff when he gets back? I'm even considering the possiblity of having him travel with an older sibling who goes to Europe on business to see if that might be a more reasonable option.
  12. DS is having a bit of trouble adjusting to the workload. He's always worked slowly and has a laid back personality, so I'm really going to have to stay on him about keeping up with his work. He will spend hours and hours going in depth on subjects he loves while neglecting his least favorite subjects, so I'm starting regular meetings with him to keep him on track. Time management will be a priority this year and I need to convince him that he probably will need to work during evenings and weekends at least sometimes. We're doing mostly home grown classes as there are few online classes that are affordable for us and I didn't feel he was prepared for dual enrollment at the local university when registration opened last spring. Community colleges are rare here because we have several state and private universities nearby and the CCs mostly offer courses for people upgrading job skills. He's also added a few new extracurricular activities to his schedule and is enjoying learning some new skills.
  13. I do not think this is true at all. My dh has two college degrees and 35 years experience in his field. He's a state licensed professional. During the recession he lost his job and went to work as an assistant to some plumbers. He was barely making more than minimum wage and no benefits, but he didn't have the skills of the trade and it was a job. He was shocked to discover that all the plumbers were making as much or more than he had ever made in his multiple college degree required profession. It was the plumbers who were laughing at people with thousands of dollars in debt and jobs that barely paid the rent, so I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that trades are for "people from the lower levels". When one of our sons decided to drop out of college and take a trade type job, we knew it was a good choice for him and were totally supportive. He's doing quite well in his job and really enjoys it. There are plenty of people whose skills, interests, and talents are in fields that do not need or require a college degree and there's no reason we shouldn't encourage them to skip college and the debt that's likely to go with it.
  14. There's a house in my city that has a lawn goose. They've been changing the clothes *daily* for years and years. When we lived on that side of town, we always detoured to go by and see what the goose was wearing.
  15. I'm having the same problem this week. I've done every thing I can think of to do and my computer still won't print from my laptop. It's so frustrating!
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