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  1. Oh, @RobinM, poor bunny. Glad you are feeling better. I finished Idyll Threats this week. Police procedural with some adult content. It zipped right along and left a few threads dangling in the background for the next book. Now I'm working on The Mere-Wife which is a modern retelling of Beowulf. It is heavy and a bit ... hazy (?) at points, so I'm reading it in bursts. I put my favorite children's version of Beowulf on hold so that I can refresh my memory of the original story. Perhaps that will help, I can tell I'm missing bits.
  2. My collection is wholly random, some hand-me-downs from grandma, some ad hoc purchases, some emergency purchases, bamboo, wood, metal, plastic, melamine. My favorites are cheap-o bamboo Clover #1s. I probably have 4 intermingled sets. Mostly for socks, occasional mini-sized knits. I have this great (easy) sewing pattern for a wide-mouth zipper bag and all the sock necessities easily fit in, and the bag easily fits in my purse so it is always handy for those unexpected waits. At this time in my life I don't have the blocks of down time I would need for more complicated knits - and the needles to go with them!
  3. Don't hold your breath. We've called the electric company about the dead ash trees behind our house that are leaning over the power lines. They come out and look and then tell us they aren't going to take them down. So every year, in a storm, one falls and takes out the power to the people downstream of us - usually for an extended period. I thought an appeal to their bottom line would surely work, but no.
  4. Interesting! This exact situation is the background in the (great) book Wednesday Wars, by Gary Schmidt. I hadn't encountered it in real-life.
  5. next time your dh goes out of town you should give the goose a pole saw... ETA - when DH is away...
  6. Huh. I think we pay about $80 and that includes the magazine. Can he transfer to another troop? That monthly subscription fee sounds crazy! Have those leaders learned nothing from the credit card fraud people? Start small if you want to ultimately fleece people of large amounts of money. Sheesh.
  7. We own a pole saw, but I draw the line at "chainsaw on a stick". No. 😮
  8. Another list you might peruse is the NPR 100 books for 9-14. You've likely already read a lot of them, but there were a few I had forgotten or not considered.
  9. If either of my 14yos were willing I wouldn't have a problem with it. My problem would be getting dh away from work that long! My dc are conscientious, rule-followers. I would have them text me regularly, and have them write out a schedule or plan for the days I was gone. I would be nervous, but happy to let them practice some independence.
  10. Multiple layers of irony happening in @Ktgrok's front yard. I'm in the Midwest and I've times my eyes at those geese for ages, but as I get more mature, and the costumes get funnier my eyes roll less and I start asking if my future retirement home will allow me to keep "Ginger".... 😂
  11. So maybe the goose completely solves your original flamingo dilemma.
  12. For lunch I sliced zucchini thin then dipped in an egg wash and seasoned bread crumbs and roasted at 450 for 25, flipping halfway through.
  13. You are welcome! I think another search term you might try is set theory. That subject uses a lot of symbolic logic.
  14. In my experience some of those comments were my dd mourning the change. I told her I was open to other options, and I knew it was hard. Eventually we talked about the advantages to homeschooling, which are very tangible with a heavy dance schedule, and she agreed. I'm not ready to completely let down my guard, but so far so good.
  15. In my state we have to have school for 180 days. I print a school-year calendar, all on one page, and then put an "x" through each day that I count. If we "do math" and English or foreign language that generally meets my minimum requirement for a day. Now that I have a couple in high school I look at it a bit differently for them, but I'm building on all those years of box-checking experience for my intuitive feel for whether we are doing enough.
  16. Have you looked at Derek Owens or myhomeschoolmathclass? Both have algebra, mhsmc has live, online classes if you need that. DO has tape delay classes with assistance available by email.
  17. Eventually I restarted the router and my print job popped out. Don't know if you've tried that...
  18. Wikibooks has a Discrete Mathematics page of Logic Exercises with answers. It us pretty sorry, though. I was looking for a nice, free online textbook that I stumbled on two years ago when teaching a co-op geometry class, but no luck so far. Or perhaps I'm way off base on what you are looking for....
  19. That happens to me regularly. In fact it is happening today. I cycle power on the printer, cycle power on the computer, I will cycle the router when dh is done working. Eventually I give up, and then in the morning the printout will often be waiting. Or not. Then we go weeks with no problems. Argh!
  20. That sounds frustrating! I wonder if the formulation of the vitamins has changed.
  21. Seems like the volunteer fire department would be naturals for barbecue. Maybe a dunk booth. Chopping down Christmas trees with their axes is another stereotype that springs to mind. They don't want to do the (cliché) calendar? Can you sell firetruck rides for birthday parties? Do you make money filling swimming pools?
  22. Any change in your eating habits? If I track vitamins on an empty stomach I get nauseous about 30 minutes later.
  23. If we think it is about 500 lbs, solid, and went up over night, then there is a good chance it will slowly get shorter as it sinks and/or tips into the earth.
  24. We've never done a block schedule, none of us seem to be able to stay focused on much of anything longer than an hour (or 10 minutes, depending on the subject.) This year, though, i am trying a 2-hour block once a week for each core subject. I have a master weekly schedule for all three of my dc. This helps me coordinate my own time - so I don't have multiple people needing my undivided, hour-long attention for different subjects. Turns out I can't teach someone Spanish and give someone else a spelling test and grammar lesson at the same time. 😊I stress that the schedule is my suggestion, though, if they want or need to modify it today or permanently I'm fine with that. We find that math and English go better in the morning when they are fresh, but each day is a little different from the others. Mine are used to doing Spanish work on the weekends in order to keep up with the assignments. Occasionally they have other work to finish or start.
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