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Rachel in KY

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  1. We've made it through CW Homer A, and I just don't think I can continue with it. I need something that's, um, easier to implement. Ds is quite a good writer, but he and I are struggling with CW.
  2. While I think Classical Writing is a great program, I think it's too much for me. We're to start Homer B, and I just dread it. Ds is not enjoying it, either. So where do we start in IEW? I was looking at the website and I'm totally unfamiliar with it. I need some help.
  3. Oh, my gosh, YES! I am so stupid. Thank you so much for pointing that out!!!
  4. But wouldn't a sc, dc, sc, dc create a zig-zaggy effect? That is, if I'm understanding you correctly.
  5. Thanks so much! I am such a yarn junkie, and am only figuring out how to knit cables and such. Knitting and crocheting patterns just give me fits sometimes. I will check out your links....
  6. I want to crochet a beret, and the note at the beginning of the pattern says, "Beret is worked in rounds, turn at the beginning of each round." The first round says to ch1, turn, (sc, tr) in each single crochet around... What does that mean? I know how to crochet in the round, just don't know what the "turn, (sc, tr)" part means. This is supposed to be an easy skill level, but I'm stumped. TIA!
  7. I've never been concerned about testing ds during his math progress, primarily because there were no tests in the Singapore text. Do any of you test in Singapore? Are there tests available and I just haven't found them? Do I develop my own or use the "Reviews" as tests? Should I just not worry about it if he seems to be understanding everything?
  8. I'm thinking about getting a couple of guinea pigs but know nothing about them. I figure we'd have to get two because they're social animals. I imagine they need lots of play time outside their cage, and a pretty varied diet. Are they pretty friendly? Do they tend to bite? Is going through a breeder better than going to the pet store? Any info would be appreciated.
  9. How is this done? Do we do this concurrently? Do we alternate weeks: one of Homer and one of Poetry? :confused:
  10. Four girlfriends and I spent a week in the Litchfield Beach/Pawley's Island area and that in and of itself was fantastic. We drove to Charleston on two separate days and were totally blown away. I want to live there. We're planning on going back next year and maybe staying in the Isle of Palms area. My only regret was that I didn't get a sweetgrass basket. I'm heading back at the end of July for a couple of days while my Scouting boys spend the weekend on the Yorktown. I can't wait!! I'd like to give a big shout-out to Bubba, our guide on the Charms of Charleston mini bus tour. It took a bit to convince him that in KY, we pronounce it "Versales", not "Versigh".
  11. It's my understanding that goat milk would be included.
  12. Blossom's a full size Jersey. She's due to calve in August, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a heifer. I've been considering breeding her to a mini next time around.
  13. Sen. Ron Paul has introduced a bill to make it legal to sell raw milk. Please read over and consider signing. Thanks! http://www.ftcldf.org/petitions/pnum987.php
  14. Had I to do it over again, I would use Bob Jones. I did R.E.A.L. Science and RS4K. I liked them both, but wish I had picked a curriculum that had a little of a lot, instead of concentrating on one particular aspect. I think my ds would have benefited more from a general approach. There's plenty of time to spend a whole year on life science. This coming school year, 7th grade, is the BJ life science year. We switched to BJ in 4th grade and have never looked back. Just my two cents...
  15. and I want one with the pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom. I'm trying to decide if I want French doors or a single door. My fridge lives right next to a wall, and I'm afraid French doors would be inconvenient as the wall would inhibit the left door from opening all the way. I'm leaning toward Kenmore. I have a Maytag (freezer on top) that has peed in the floor for almost 12 years...ever since I got it. Once this hurdle is cleared, I'm going to start saving for a front loader washer/dryer set. Can't wait!
  16. Oh, girl... I wish I'd taken the spiraling approach to science in the grammar years. A little of this, and a little of that. There's plenty of time to focus on one subject at a time when they hit the logic/rhetoric stages.
  17. Now that I think I've finally figured out Homer, I don't know if I'm going to stick it out. I'm thinking about switching to WS. I'm not sure I want to... It's the grass is greener thing, I guess. CW is so intense, and it takes us longer than a week to finish a lesson. It's late. I'm weak. I'm sure it'll pass.
  18. Wow. Mine's only giving about a gallon and a half a day. I'm going to be drying her off at the end of the month anyway, since she's due to calve in August. Don't ya just love all that milk! I can't wait till I'm wallowing in it, too.
  19. The next two nights are going to be 28 and 25ish. My peach tree's flowers are spent, so I think it may be okay. My pears are in the middle of blossoming, and the apples aren't quite open. Is there anything I can do to protect them or am I just going to have to suck it up and take it?
  20. Mmm...The computer lessson seems to take 10 to 15 minutes. If you do a worksheet, add another 5 or so. It really doesn't take that long. Hope this helps.
  21. Last January, my doctor did a some sort of blood test and told me I have a gluten sensitivity of 4 (on a scale of 1-5). He didn't outright say, "You have celiac." He just said I could never eat gluten again and wrote "Celiac Sprue" on my file. I know that to get a definite answer I need to have a biopsy. I have had no symptoms or GI/digestive complaints whatsoever, so this has been hard to accept. I've only just been doing GF for the last week, and it's not been too bad. Especially since I tried Bob's Red Mill Homemade Bread. It was almost like "real" bread and I was quite excited. Please don't diss my doctor, as I love him to death and he's the only physician who has helped me and acts like he really cares. He's a little on the scatterbrained side and I've found that I need to ask lots of questions. I've suffered from pretty bad fatigue for ten years, and every doctor I went to tested for blood sugar and thyroid problems, and when everything was normal, they'd shrug and send me home. This one said, "Let's find out what's wrong with you!" I feel so much better, and have kicked myself many, many times for not going to see him sooner. I'm on lots of supplements, and he thinks that celiac is the reason why the vitamin and mineral levels in my blood are improving so slowly. It's just kinda hard to adhere to a special diet when there's no motivation to do so.
  22. We've done BJ 5 and 6 and I haven't found that there's a lot of teacher prep. I love BJ Science, and plan on using it from now on.
  23. Someone wants me to knit her a hat that looks like this: http://presentsknits.blogspot.com/2007/11/slouchy.html. She picked out Hobby Lobby yarn (I Love This Yarn!) that says it's a #4 medium weight and takes size 8 needles. So how do I convert this pattern? Can I double the yarn? Should I just look for a comparable yarn in a heavier weight? And what does "M1" mean? I don't know what my favorite increase is! Um...Thanks!
  24. Well, that's certainly frustrating. I recently bought some Hair One (kind of a Wen knock-off), and I make sure it doesn't live in the shower when I'm not there so my hubby won't use it. Not that he's got much hair anymore. I don't suppose he'd put a huge dent in the supply, lol!
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