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  1. Thats it exactly. I have interests that I like....quilting, embroidery, cooking, etc. I just started taking Pilates at my local gym. I love it!! But it is an added expense and the class times and availablilty is challenging. I'm about to transition from paid Pilates (inflexible schedule due to number of reformers) to group PiYo and stretching class. But, I'm having trouble finding joy and meaning. If that makes sense.
  2. I need a yoga mat for a stretching class I'm about to take. I need something easily portable. Suggestions??
  3. Youngest dd was officially accepted into her first choice this week!! She goes as a transfer student from CC, hence the late admission. If she gets housing (which it looks like she will), she will be off to university in the fall. My homeschool career has come to an end and what a glorious end it is. Both dc are doing very well academically. Both are excited to learn and seem to enjoy the education. Oldest is not coming home from college this summer. She has a job and an apartment near her university. She informed me this week that she considers herself moved out and independent. On the plus side, she is moved out and independent and debt free. On the minus side, she is moved out. I do miss her. I guess my mothering career has mostly come to an end as well. Last year I carpooled with youngest and was still very active in her life when she requested it. Oldest doesn't want much involvement. She says she wants to be on her own and that she doesn't need or want a mom. I raised them to be independent and have a voice. I wanted them to speak up and be their own person. I'm glad for that. But I will miss fixing waffles or pancakes for breakfast. Packing a lunch. Doing their laundry. Picking up favorite things from the market. Hearing their music (either from their playing their instruments, or their "radio"). Listening to the laughter from their friends over visiting. Youngest has been my buddy for some time. We enjoy many of the same things, so we often did projects together or went shopping together, or concerts together. It will be different life for me. But, back to the positive. They are amazing young people. They are growing and flourishing. I just need to find my next chapter
  4. Have you looked at Winston Grammar? It is a different approach. It uses color coded cards to explain parts of speech and build sentences. I loved this program. It was one of the best choices I made in our entire homeschool. Growing with Grammar is a more traditional approach.
  5. My oldest really enjoyed Apologia General Science. It was a few years ago so not the current edition. That book really sparked an interest in science for her. It is very readable and can be quite hands off. Youngest wanted something different so we used BJUP Earth Science. We used it much like we used Apologia. In other words, we didn't use the lab manuals. We read through it together and discussed it. It was okay. DIVE has resources for Earth Science. Abeka might be an interesting option too. Remember you don't have to do all the workbooks, lab manuals, etc. PAC has a science mysteries set that is broken into 5 workbooks (similar to AOP LifePacs). It is very readable, much like Apologia. A chatty style... I'm sure there are more out there, but those are the ones I've personally seen or used.
  6. Oh do I understand the trauma of cleaning out. Oldest dd is a rising senior....in college. I just went through her 3 ring binders and saved boxes. She didn't want any of it and wanted me to shred or pitch all of it. I kept some of her artwork and papers she had written. Youngest has been at CC for a year and will now transition away to her 4 year. i'm keeping much more of her things for the time being. I do have a few book boxes of favorite elementary, middle school, and high school books. In fact, I have a box of favorite board and cloth books from preschool. I will save these for memory sake or for grandkids. Some of the books are curently out of print so I don't want to lose those. I've sold some books in years past at a homeschool book sale run by a local group. First year, nearly everything sold. Second year, about half. The local used homeschool bookstore will only take recent editions. They say most folks want online resources rather than books (hmmmm........I guess I am from a different homeschool era). The "regular" used boostore offered me about $15 dollars for 2 boxes worth of books. I donated or gave away many. Made me sad really. Great books I paid good money for, no one wants anymore.
  7. have you looked at Holt Environmental Science? I know you said you wanted more ecology than environmental......but take a look at the table of contents and see if any of it might work Also Khan Academy has an Ecology section that looks really interesting
  8. Please answer any or all of the following questions. (If you have multiple graduates, you might wish to make a separate post for each child.) -- What led you to homeschool? Dh's job moved us every 3-4 years. Often, his days off were in the middle of the week and he worked weekends. He traveled quite a bit. Being able to adjust our schedule so dc could spend time with dh was very important. Consistency in education was very important. And also I felt I could offer something better than what I was seeing in some of the public schools where we were living. Some did not have a highly ranked education system. When I was pregnant with oldest dd we were living in an area with a lot of homeschoolers. It was the first time I'd ever heard of homeschool. Getting to know those families made me realize I could create an educational program that was individualized for my dc and adapt to our family. I also knew many families whose dc were in public and private schools. Their stories made me think quite seriously about what I wanted for dc and our family. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? (Did you use WTM as a guide? Did your child take out of the home, online classes, or college classes?) We homeschooled throughout high school. We moved when oldest was 10th grade complete and youngest was 7th grade complete. My 4 year plan was based on: 4 English, 4 Math, 4 Science, 4 History/Geography/Social Studies, 1 PE, 1 Fine Arts, 2 Foreign Language (youngest did 4), and 10 electives (both dc did more at their request). Oldest did not want to pursue dual enrollment. She liked having a program she had more influence over and wasn't sure if she wanted to pursue college. Youngest knew she wanted to go to college, but also preferred having a program designed specifically for her. Both could progress at their pace. We did some co-ops for electives (robotics, art) and private lessons (horse riding, figure skating, piano, violin) as well as ballet, voice, and choir. -- What did your child do after graduating? Oldest took a gap year then began core classes at CC. Eventually, she discovered what she wanted to major in, so she stayed at CC to earn her AA. She is currently a rising senior at a 4 year university. She is International Deans List, Phi Theta Kappa. Thanks to both scholarships and working, she is debt free so far. Youngest took a gap semester. She hopes to transfer to a 4 year university in the Fall. She has a 3.9 GPA. Her big question now is whether to stay at CC until core compete or go now to a 4 year. Since her interests are in STEM fields, she is thinking it would be better to go to 4 year early rather than later. -What is your child doing now? Oldest just finished finals and plans to work and go to summer school at her university. I'm still wrapping my brain around the fact that she is not coming home for this summer. It is the best decision for her and I 100% support it, but i miss her. Youngest finishes finals next week and has quite a bit going on this summer
  9. I'm 50+ years too. And I've seen lots of foods come and go on the "evil" list. Remember when fat was evil was sugar was okay? Eggs were bad, then not bad, now might be bad. White bread and white rice were great until they were bad. How about dairy?? Ugh....how on earth do we know what to eat. My friend says she misses her youth when everyone ate wonderbread with butter and honey and no one ever heard of kale. Having said all that....I am gluten free. Oldest dd tested (by bloodwork) sensitive to it. She went gluten free for almost a year. She dropped almost 20 lbs without even trying, her eczema cleared up, her GI problems went away, her anemia improved, and her sleep problems went away. She has gradually started adding gluten back into her diet. Being away at college has made gf eating a challenge for her both convenience and price wise. So far, she is doing okay. BUT, she is being really smart about. Not every day. Not much. So far so good. Youngest has struggled with anemia. The doc suggested we try gf to see if that made a difference. And, like oldest dd, it did improve the ferritin levels (no other changes, just cut out gluten). She also said that her tummy issues were better. She wants to try adding gluten back in like her older sister, but with finals and wisdom teeth surgery coming in a couple weeks, she doesn't want to take a chance on a reaction. I struggle with inflammation. 2 years ago, my PT suggested I cut out gluten for a month to see if it helped my pain and inflammation (low back, hip problems). And it helped! Within 2 weeks, my inflammation was down!! Pain levels improved. I felt better. I was "glutened" at a wedding reception buffet once and it resulted in quite a bit of tummy problems. So, I guess being gf did something. I tried sourdough bread not long ago and it was okay in moderation. When I tried eating it everyday, I had tummy problems and increased joint pain. Do I think gluten should be on the "evil" list? Not at all. If you are celiac or allergic to it, then by all means stay as far way from it as humanly possible. I have celiac friends who can't even use cosmetic or hair products with wheat germ or some other wheat product. Do I think gluten is the "smoking gun" for most health issues? Probably not, unless you have an issue that is related to it. I know several ladies with arthritis who said staying off gluten for a month did nothing for their pain and inflammation. But, stopping all dairy did wonders for them. Know your body. Get tested if necessary. Try elimination diet challenges if you think you should By the way, I did not lose a single ounce when stopping gluten. I did not substitute gf baked goods either. Dd did. She substituted cookies, cakes, muffins, etc...which are often higher in calories and carbs. Still she dropped a bunch a weight. And didn't
  10. Love the quilt hanging on the wall!
  11. You have my deepest sympathies. We went through this with our very much loved Golden Retriever, Shiloh, a few years ago when he was almost 15. We got him when he was just a few weeks old and my youngest was just turning 1 year. He was with us for every move, every holiday, every hurricane, every birthday. He sat under the table when we homeschooled. Youngest learned to read by reading her beginner books to him. He slept in someone's bed most nights (taking turns so none of us would feel left out). He had adenocarcinoma and lived 3 months after diagnosis. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. The vet was very kind to both Shiloh and us. But, it was the hardest thing I've ever done. It was the right thing to do. The vet looked me right in the eye, laid her hand on my shoulder and said to me that it was really the only thing I could do at that point. Medications had stopped working. I promised that wonderful dog when he was a puppy and we were in the car bringing him home for the first time, that I would always take care of him do my best by him. He would be safe and loved with me. I kept that promise. Just over a year later, dh bought another Golden. I was honestly not ready. But, dc and dh were ready. The new dog is now 4 years old and a great addition to the family and we love him very much. He is totally different from Shiloh. The two dogs could not be more different. Both wonderful, both loveable, but different personalities. Take your time to grieve. And consider sometime down the line, opening your heart to another bundle of fur or an older dog who needs a loving home.
  12. Orthotics did not help me much unfortunately. I did have to wear a boot for about 3 months then did PT. Really, really good shoes. In my experience, plantar fascia keeps coming back. It hasn't been a "one and done" for me. It did go silent for about 10 years though. But, lately, I've had issues with it more and more often. IF I do what I know I'm supposed to do.....wear really really good shoes, do the exercises and stretches, ice (coke bottle 3/4 filled with water is my favorite), then I'm okay.
  13. I have spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc. I also have periformis syndrome and issues with sciatica (no pain in the butt jokes please 🙂 ), and SI joint issues. I have done several "rounds" of PT without a lot of success because the aim had always been to fix the problem. Some of these problems can't be fixed. Dh and I joinged gym and that really helped, until it didn't. Core strength, stamina, flexibility, etc. improved greatly and pain levels (not soreness, but pain improved). But, my trainer shifted more towards single leg exercises (lunges, etc) and advanced planks (which I was not ready for). Pain greatly increased as did muscle spasms. My doc suggested taking time away from training and getting trigger point and myofacial massage. After a couple weeks and an Xray series, he decided to send me to PT for pain management, not "fixing" the problem PT helped a great deal. I learned better stretches, better and safer (for me) ways to strength core and stabilize hips. Great! Until I got sick. I've missed 2 weeks of PT due to bronchitis. I haven't been this sick in a long time. It looks like I'll have to cancel a 3rd week due to having to play catch up with everything else I cancelled. So, after 3 weeks out of PT....do I go back to PT or go to the gym? My physical therapist kept delaying my return to the gym. Initially, we hoped to return after the first week of PT. But, then they didn't want me doing both PT and gym. I can't afford to keep gym membership if I'm not going to use it. I have 3 sessions with with a trainer. We have talked and he understands my limitations and where I need to be going. So, I'm trying to sort my next plan. Life is really hectic right now (probably why I got so sick in the first place). Trying to squeeze in PT will be very difficult for the next month. I'd hoped to be down to once a week by now and just about done by the first of May. Pros of Gym: it is close to my home It has several great massage therapists It has all the equipment I'd ever need It offers free pilates and yoga classes I have 3 paid sessions left with trainer Pros of PT: more gentle, less chance of causing more issues lifestyle solutions (proper body mechanics, alternate ways of lifting, etc) Cons of Gym: trainer not a physical therapist working solo more than not more chance of getting injured due to not having PT or tech working with me all the time. Cons of PT: long drive to get there Can't do it forever, got to go on my own sometime expensive scheduling is a huge problem normally but worse for the next month. Have i missed anything? Thoughts??
  14. I've also got a Bachelors and I'll be 57 next month. I did go back to CC last year and took Workforce classes (Word, Excel, Powerpoint,etc.) For various reasons, we thought I was going to have to get a job, most any job, quickly. Long story short, I did not have to go down that path. I've got those office skills certificates and there are 2 classes (Word 3 and Access) that I'd like to take. But, I'm not seeing myself as a part time office worker. Nor a Kroger bagger. I did think about getting an AAS or certificate in something marketable. Weighing finances of 2 dc in college though makes me hesitant to put money into my college. An AAS will take 18 months. IF I start in the Fall after dd goes away to college, I'll be 59 when I enter the workforce. Not sure how that would go.....
  15. I'd appreciate your insight. I'm having trouble getting the 3rd act going. Right now, both dd and I are doing physical therapy and we are carpooling for her classes and such. But, she will have access to another car shortly. Right now, I guess I'm more a "traditional" mom: carpool, lunches, groceries, laundry, etc. And the summer will fly by as we prepare for youngest to leave for college. I know the summer before oldest left, time just flew by as we did paperwork for college, dorm shopping, sorting her things and bedroom (what to take, what to leave, what to donate, what to box, etc), trips to college for advising, orientation, registration, etc. It will be a busy busy Then we move her into the dorm. And everything will just stop. And I have no idea what the next day will look like.
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