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  1. Coming back to say that we have a small chest freezer that our insert lives in. Maybe a chest freezer should be considered a hidden cost of the plug-in ice cream machine? My library has a bunch of ice cream recipe books. I like the general Jeny's recipe, but prefer the flavor combinations from a different book that I can picture in my mind, but can't quite make out the title! Almost all have at least one token non-dairy recipe.
  2. My dh can whip up homemade (cow milk) ice cream in 30-45 minutes for all of us, with none left over to argue about the next day. I love it! How many containers of coconut-milk ice cream would $42 buy?
  3. Before I opened the thread I thought you were allergic to nuts and were served something with nuts. I'm feeling very naive, but I'm glad it sounds like it was resolved without extra hassle.
  4. SusanC


    The closest thing dh and I had to a pre-nup was an emphatic, "No wallpaper!" on his part. Stems from a traumatic incident in his teen years involving heavy vinyl wallpaper, insufficient glue, and a two-story stairwell.
  5. Do you speak any Spanish? I like to start the elementary years with more of an immersion approach. Once a week we watch a Salsa episode from Georgia Public Broadcasting, one a week we read a board book from the library, one day we pore over a page from a picture dictionary, one day is a Spanish-language video, etc. We do this for a few years, gradually getting more grammar-based. By the time they start a curriculum it is "easy". Once I start a curriculum (and GSWS would be my recommendation for the first year), I want to keep moving forward with challenging curriculum of increasing difficulty. This can be tricky in foreign language study because there aren't many intermediate level programs for elementary students.
  6. @KidsHappen MissLemon asked not to be quoted.
  7. I admire your restraint in that you were able to moderate your response and rehome it! Reminds me of the "I thought I saw a spider on the carpet but it was a piece of yarn. It is dead yarn now," meme.
  8. Definitely book 1, even though one of the latter ones is my favorite. They subtly build on each other.
  9. In the drawer just to the right of the range top I put my most-used utensils. Every thing in that drawer has a place and if I find anything misfiled I give everyone a slightly snitty refresher on the organization of that drawer and how I don't want to have to fumble around in there. Lesser used utensils have a place in a different, messier drawer. I also try to keep the counters clear, and have a drawer of BB&B bins for silverware and one for medium-used utensils. I don't know that my kitchen is "small", maybe medium. After we had settled into the house I spent some time casually monitoring myself to identify annoying things about the kitchen and how I could fix them. That one drawer made the most difference.
  10. My 10yo came in after a break one afternoon last week, "Mom! A guy who is not our mailman just gave me candy!" Me (perhaps a little stridently) "Whaa?!?" Turns out there was a substitute delivery person on the route, who said something she didn't understand and then tossed her some m&ms. I went ahead and reviewed the basics with everyone. Sheesh. Still feel a mini adrenaline surge just thinking about it.
  11. Makes me think of the line I taught my then-8yo, "Sometimes I like to use big words even when I don't know what they mean. It makes me sound more photosynthesis." Obviously it was a put-on, but my dh still laughs about it.
  12. I have a couple of levels for a few books. They are so much the same I don't think it would be worth it unless something didn't really stuck the first time through. Unless I noticed an area where I thought someone could use a reminder of the variety of sentence tools available in English, I don't think I would plan to work through another book. I do pull them out when we have a week or two available in order to inject some variety into the writing curriculum we are using.
  13. Last time I had an exterior for replaced we were having other work done on the house so I added that task. The door should have been standard but somehow wasn't? In the end they had to Sawsall the hole bigger and I was so, so, so glad we weren't trying to do it ourselves, because that would have been at least 24 hours with no front door, plus my mom was visiting. Awkward! I agree with the YouTube suggestion and trim removal to really see what is going in. Then make your decision.
  14. In order to make progress in a language you really have to do something in it every day. It doesn't have to be a lot, but it has to be something. In your position, if you really want to do Latin next year, I would spend time this summer planning it out so that it is super easy to do Latin. Maybe you get motivated by checklists, maybe you need variety in your study, whatever works for you. So go through GSWL and make a checklist (if that is helpful for you), maybe identify a "Latin phrases" website to use one day a week, you might get a copy of Minimus that you can use every third week of the month for a completely different approach, start an Ankiapp deck (e-flashcards) or find a Quizlet deck that you can mix in a couple days a week, Ellen McHenry has some fee Latin things on her website that you might incorporate second semester. Once you've spent time thinking it through you are more likely to actually do it because 1. you've set it up to be very ready to implement and 2. you've invested a bunch of time in getting ready.
  15. This is so typical. Tide makes a product called Odor Rescue. Once in a blue moon I wash all our running clothes in that. I dislike scented detergents, and that stuff has a strong scent, but it fades in a wash or two. Despite the "clean scent", this stuff seems to help the odor issue for a while. Another thing that works for me is to wash all my running shirts and bras in hot and then send the shirts through the dryer with the rest of the white load. It seems like you shouldn't dry the shirts, but I think the heat helps and it is better than dealing with the smell (and the shirts have held up surprisingly well). I still air dry the bras, but that hasn't been such an issue. I'm pretty sure it is bacteria that cause this issue, so you might be able to get some relief with a vinegar soak before washing. Good luck!
  16. We-ell, are you asking if they are complete for language arts? I don't think so. Could you make it complete? Sure, if you are a natural language arts person which I am not. We used an Arrow this spring with my 5th grader. I compressed it into 2 weeks (8 lessons). We did coursework or dictation 4 times, creative writing once, made a bookmark one day, discussed aspects of the book one day, and did a grammar focus one day. It definitely felt light compared to WWE + FLL, but it was fun to change focus to a book for a couple of weeks. I'm not a regular Bravewriter user, so view my comments through that lens.
  17. I was happy that it covered everything I knew was important and some topics I hadn't thought of. There was not a ton of teacher guidance, so in one or two places I had to do some background work on my own. I'm satisfied that we are done with grammar lessons as we move into high school. As I said, I scored a couple of bargains, and with that cost spread over the years it wasn't too bad.
  18. ETA: It was pricey, but I found one set at a book sale, and bought the rest "scratch and dent" by calling AG directly and asking. We then used it over 3 years, so the cost evened out.
  19. You could do Analytical Grammar at those ages. You might want to spread the lessons out over the year, rather than teach it the first semester with periodic review the second semester. I only made mine complete a selection of the exercises. If they got them correct we moved in, and if they struggled we worked through some of the exercises we had skipped.
  20. Is it your IT band, on the outside of your thigh between hip and knee? I've had that get tight in the past. For new, stretching it slowly worked, although over a long period. It was never painful in the way you are describing, though.
  21. My fraternal twins have always been close and homeschooled, but easily able to separate, with different activities. I do know another set of fraternal twins that are much more attached (clingy?) to each other. Like anything else, I think there is a wide range of normal - two halves of the same person all the way to arch-rivals. I think my influence is powerful, but limited. I'm happy with where mine are, although I have had the thought that they might benefit from increasingly separate classes. Maybe.
  22. Before kids I did a big backpacking trip serious most of Arizona, Mexico to Flagstaff. I would still like to finish that some day. Last fall I took my youngest dd and camped a few nights in Garden of the Gods at the southern end of Illinois. I was toying with the idea of camping my way down to Big Bend National Park with all three dc this summer. Planning is on hold for the moment while I wait to see how June unfolds. "On hold" is often the kiss of death for camping trips, though! Equipment I love includes my little kettle for car camping, the tent door mat that I made using the British airmail bag that our boxed set of Horrible Histories came in, and my collapsible bucket. You asked what motivates me to go camping. I think my ultimate driver is to show myself and my dc that we can do it. We can go somewhere and keep ourselves alive and have fun and it doesn't have to cost a lot (although it is never quite as cheap as I expect...)
  23. Ok, I looked it up and I think Pyrex just used to be a lot more interesting than the plain workhorse pieces I own. 😁
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