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  1. Some things: -if she is willing to move, have her look into state supplemented senior apartments; these aren't nursing homes, but subsidized rent; that's been a life saver for my mom in this situation. Her rent is roughly $250/mo for a very nice one bedroom apartment. If your state has something like that, it could be an option to help. -have her ask about senior assist programs with the various utilities companies; many/most offer some level of assistance which she may qualify for -have her talk to a Medicare person; sometimes at the library they'll have someone give talks/info sessions on this. My mom *just* learned of a plan that includes dental (one of the supplemental plans I guess), and also learned that if she applied for Medicaid, and was denied, it would trigger a thing that pays her supplemental plan premium. I would assume that is nation wide since those are both federal programs. I have not helped her figure out Medicare, so not sure how to guide you on that. It seems ridiculously complicated. -if she's driving, but not a lot, see if her car insurance will be able to decline based on her new "miles per year" info; that can affect the rate and could be favorable for her since she won't be driving to/from work each day anymore -also, if she was married to your father for over X number of years, she is actually able to draw on her spouse benefits even though they are no longer married; have her look into that if she's not already filed/claimed her own (my mom had the social security office run the numbers for her on her own benefits, her spouse benefits under my dad's name, and her spouse benefits under my stepdad's name, to see which one was highest; they then let her claim that one) (I have no idea the ins/outs of how she got them to do that, just that she did); it may be possible that her payment will be more than she thinks if she is able to claim it that way (I think she had to have been married for 10 yrs to use this) I hope some of that helps! My mom is in a very similar situation.
  2. It was pretty reasonable when we used it. You do have to have tests done at a proctoring center at the end of the year, but most community colleges (and some libraries, schools, etc.) can serve as that. They were good at helping us find places (well, and when we were in Brazil they let us use a friend w/a college degree). I will say that the math wasn't fantastic when oldest took it; his teacher at that time did not give any instruction whatsoever, just "here are the problems and the chapter pages" so essentially I was still his teacher on that one. That may have changed by now. Hopefully Lanny will weigh in; his DD was enrolled there for most of her middle school and high school years.
  3. I haven't tried either of these, but Crayola and Highlights both are offering new options including ones for that age group; they look pretty good.
  4. We used, a while ago, the online public school offered through Texas Tech. Now, it's Texas standards, so maybe not what you want, I don't know. But it is (or was) ttuisd (may have a new name now). We mostly liked it; a lot of the classes weren't live classes, though. We did the a la carte version; they still do all the assigning, grades, etc. but not a full transcript (you do get grade reports). They also have a full program where you get a transcript at the end. @Lanny may have more info as his DD graduated through them in the last year or two (I believe she just finished her freshman year of college after graduating through them the year prior). Our kiddos overlapped some classes at the same time, but we stopped using them when we returned to the US from Brazil, about 6 years ago, so my info/experience is not as up to date. In case you want yet another option to consider; I don't know anything about the others mentioned.
  5. -cleaned up my sewing room -moved furniture around in the game room (sewing room/game room are 2 halves of one big open room) -had DS15 come in and help me measure safe seating distances for a (teeny tiny) gathering of the boys' D&D group (my 2, and 2 other sibling pairs); we literally measured the "chin to chin" distance of every seating location to each other, and to/from the dice table, to make sure there's a 6 ft minimum at all times between non-siblings -getting ready to make lunch -laundry is ready to be hung -DS22 just got out of the shower, so can start laundry for the wash I won't be able to quilt with the couches moved apart, but should be able to work on some other small sewing projects at least.
  6. Hi, guys; sorry for the long is weird. So, oldest DS was supposed to work at a summer camp this summer -- he got word yesterday that they simply don't have enough campers signed up still under the current restrictions, so all summer-only staff were cancelled and the leadership/year round team will manage things. Not unexpected, DS seems okay about this, and I am a mix of sad for him and hugely relieved (because he was supposed to go up for training on the 31st and as of yet had not heard anything at all about their Covid prevention steps or anything). Anyway, things are just weird, and I've been just doing the daily must-dos and otherwise vegging out. Gearing back up for the summer duties and figured I'd better pop in so I have accountability to shift gears. So, to do: --coffee (in progress) --clean house --be sure I have everything I need (& pack/organize it) for our Open House tomorrow (for our homeschool co-op) --possibly quilt some on DS's quilt, if I can do so w/o making a mess all over again in the area I'm cleaning today --put away laundry --wash more laundry --ride with DH to do a no-contact drop-off for work --pick up food on the way home for dinner --order materials for next year --figure out my summer schedule -- I need to tutor a girl 2x/week, work with my DS on 2 subjects, and get all my school prep done for next year
  7. this is what I do, too. DS22, DS19, DS15....I promise I don't have 22 children 😉 Or only talk about #s 15, 19, and 22.
  8. Oh, wow! I did not realize that. Thank you for mentioning.
  9. Following along with this, because we also are going to have a "must go" trip next month, and it may be all of us, or it may be just me. Quarantining for 2 weeks after was not something I'd thought of; I'm grateful to see it mentioned. The other ideas we have had thus far have mostly been mentioned already. We'll keep disinfectant wipes in the car for any surfaces we have to touch, and hand sanitizer. Also, we've already been doing this, but I've found using my knuckle to touch screens (such as gas station prompts when paying at the pump) works, and then is not transferring those germs to the car when I get back in, and then is easier to wash off after. So, something like that, or use wipes before hand, etc.
  10. re: the pipe cleaner, I've been folding a single pipe cleaner in thirds and twisting and then sewing that into the nose bridge. It's long enough to fold across the nose bridge and overlap a tiny bit onto the cheek, and I can definitely tell a difference between the ones I have with it and the one I made w/o it. You have to pinch it on each time, but it has helped. I also saw a hack for the elastics of giving a twist to them across the cheeks (so they make kind of an x shape) before looping over the ears, for those that are too long. I've been doing ties just because that's what I have (and what I prefer) but that could help for the too much elastic.
  11. Thanks; so far in our house, we've got roughly 3 per person, but we are still really limiting outings, so only wear them to the store and such which gives plenty of time to wash/decontaminate between. BUT this is helpful to know/use as a guideline for how many he will want to have with him. Yikes. Sounds like maybe bandanas will be sufficient and the way to go for having multiple items (he has a couple already) for using outside.
  12. I don't know how much distancing while he's helping with things like (if open; I have no info yet) the ropes course (checking kids get-ups to be sure they are secure), archery, etc., that's the thing. Hiking? Sure. But some of the camp activities are not really conducive to camp counselor/camper remaining 6 ft apart at all times. I'm not sure, though, maybe they will have to cancel certain activities &/or rethink how they handle things. Also anticipating the masks (at least for camp staff) possibly being mandated, but again, I don't know for sure.
  13. Thanks, all. Y'all echoed what I was thinking, that transmission is low risk in these scenarios, so a loose &/or breathable &/or single layer will suffice. Very good tip to send him tons so he can get through days between washing; yes, he's likely to be very sweaty. We should learn more this coming week (he is theoretically supposed to start training on the 31st...).
  14. Thanks! We're grateful he can work; it's so important for his mental health. And beyond grateful that he's *able* to work....when we first got him home, this seemed like an impossibility.
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