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Lady Florida. last won the day on November 28 2019

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About Lady Florida.

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    Done homeschooling but can't bear to leave The Hive.
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  1. I"m shocked at the cost of adoption some of you would have to pay. Our local no-kill shelter charges $30 for adult dogs and $100 for puppies.That includes spay/neuter, s heartworm test, the appropriate vaccinations for its age, worming, and a microchip! https://spcabrevard.com/adoption-information/ That said, I just looked at their available dogs and most are pits or pit mixes. There's one that looks like a Shepherd mix and one that's a Florida Black Mouth Cur. That last one is the only one that actually named a breed. All the mixes just say mix/mix but don't tell you what's in the mix. Pits are great dogs. My brother had two and the one he had when my niece was little was fantastic with her. Dss just had to have his put down and even though they had her before the grandkids came along those kids were her babies and she looked out for them. Both pits were extremely gentle with "their" babies. That's a subject for a whole other thread but I just had to say all of the pits I've known (not just those three) have been great dogs. Petfinder is crazy! My niece (the one above) and her family wanted to get a puppy after they had to put their old black Lab down. She said you have to sit there and be ready to click when you see the dog you want. There's so much competition even for mixed breeds. They did end up with a 12 week old cattle dog mix and paid $350 for him - all current shots included but he hadn't yet been neutered so they had to have that done themselves. If we get another dog it's going to be a small dog. That leaves out the shelter because as I said, they're all pits or pit mixes. As much as I like them, I don't want a dog that size in our new small house. And it wouldn't be a good place for a large dog anyway. We're going to wait about a year but I already think I'm going to have trouble finding a dog. We don't care about a particular breed and we probably want one at least a year old (we've BTDT with puppies) but as others said, "free to a good home" doesn't seem to be a thing anymore.
  2. Thanks for the heads up. It's just not a topic that interests me and my eyes started to glaze over every time I tried to read TBK. I'll stick to Tolstoy when I want to read a dead Russian writer. 🙂
  3. Thanks @Kareni. I downloaded it because it's free and will give it a try eventually. The only Dostoyevsky I've read is Crime and Punishment. I tried 3 times to get through The Brothers Karamazov and after the last time decided I won't try again. I just find his constant wrestling with faith and believer vs. non-believer arguments tiring. BTDT, over it, not interested in it at all. Maybe this story, even if it has such philosophical arguments, will have more of a story than just in your face religious arguments. I find them extremely boring and tedious.
  4. A bit off topic but f you want to know more about farm workers, and migrant farm workers in particular, The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a good place to start. There are ways to support them. CIW homepage - https://ciw-online.org/ CIW about page - https://ciw-online.org/about/
  5. Oh that apostrophe is making me twitch. Another kitten dies. Still a good meme though.
  6. Thanks everyone. All of your posts are bringing things back to me. We did a lot of literature based learning. I know they'd all (mom and kids) like that but they have to keep in mind the fact that they'll eventually go back to public school. I'm going to find the standards online and come up with some ideas for her. Maybe they can follow something similar to their county's ps curriculum for the 3Rs, do a lot of reading aloud, a little independent reading esp. for the 8yo, and some hands on science stuff. We moved closer to them in May and we're among the few family members they're seeing, so maybe I can offer to go to their house a few days a week to help out. I can't deny I'm kind of excited about the idea. ❤️
  7. Thanks, and thanks for mentioning Christian content. See? I've been gone so long I forget to say things like it needs to be 100% secular. 🙂 They don't want FLVS unless you can just do a few classes. Is that possible for elementary? By the time FLVS existed and allowed homeschoolers to take classes ds was already middle school age. I told her to look into whether or not they can just take what they want at those ages. Really though, their experience with online school turned them off even though dil knows it's partly because it was all so sudden and thrown on them.
  8. Oh, I'm sorry. That stinks that he can't get tested and there isn't sufficient contact tracing to at least let him know if he should self-isolate. Keeping you guys in my thoughts. ❤️
  9. Is Oak Meadow still super expensive? Is it worth it for one year? Both are under grade 6. Youngest just finished K so he'll be first grade, I think the 8.5 yo will be in 3rd grade We did read alouds and simple stuff when ds was 6 but we knew we were going to homeschool for the long haul. I hope ddil is open to that kind of homeschooling but I know she's also worried and wants to make sure he'll be ready for 2nd grade when he goes back in 21-22.
  10. Hello, many (most?) of you probably don't know me because I spend all my WTM forum time on the Chat Board or social groups these days, but I've been here under a few different names for nearly 20 years. I'm just letting you know fwiw. I'm cross posting this to the Chat Board and the General Ed. Florida has mandated in person school for the 20-21 school year and dss/ddil aren't comfortable with that. Our 2yo granddaughter with Down Syndrome, while not immune compromised, is immune deficient and sending her six and eight year old brothers to school terrifies us all. Although they schooled at home for the rest of the 2019-20 year they know that's not what real homeschooling looks like. And ddil asked me for advice. With my homeschooled kid turning 23 in six weeks I'm so far removed from homeschooling young ones that I don't know what to recommend to her. I'm not even sure if some of the stuff we used back then is still available. They plan to homeschool for the full 2020-21 school year but unless they find that homeschooling is amazing, they'll go to school the following year assuming there's a vaccine. They learned during crisis schooling (her term) that sitting at a computer watching videos all day is not what they want to do. But they need to mostly keep up with the state and their county's grade standards so they can easily go back to school whenever that happens. Probably (they hope) 2021-22. They're open to part virtual school but don't want everything to be online. Any suggestions? What are the good homeschool sites these days (besides these forums). Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you're in Florida, they live in Osceola County so if you know of a facebook group she can join I'd appreciate that info too. ETA: She'll want secular materials.
  11. Hello, many (most?) of you probably don't know me because I spend all my WTM forum time on the Chat Board or social groups these days, but I've been here under a few different names for nearly 20 years. I'm just letting you know fwiw. I'm cross posting this to the Chat Board and the K-8 board. Florida has mandated in person school for the 20-21 school year and dss/ddil aren't comfortable with that. Our 2yo granddaughter with Down Syndrome, while not immune compromised, is immune deficient and sending her six and eight year old brothers to school terrifies us all. Although they schooled at home for the rest of the 2019-20 year they know that's not what real homeschooling looks like. And ddil asked me for advice. With my homeschooled kid turning 23 in six weeks I'm so far removed from homeschooling young ones that I don't know what to recommend to her. I'm not even sure if some of the stuff we used back then is still available. They plan to homeschool for the full 2020-21 school year but unless they find that homeschooling is amazing, they'll go to school the following year assuming there's a vaccine. They learned during crisis schooling (her term) that sitting at a computer watching videos all day is not what they want to do. But they need to mostly keep up with the state and their county's grade standards so they can easily go back to school whenever that happens. Probably (they hope) 2021-22. They're open to part virtual school but don't want everything to be online. Any suggestions? What are the good homeschool sites these days (besides these forums). Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you're in Florida, they live in Osceola County so if you know of a facebook group she can join I'd appreciate that info too.
  12. Cross posting to the General Ed and K-8 boards Florida has mandated in person school for the 20-21 school year and dss/ddil aren't comfortable with that. Our 2yo granddaughter with Down Syndrome, while not immune compromised, is immune deficient and sending her six and eight year old brothers to school terrifies us all. Although they schooled at home for the rest of the 2019-20 year they know that's not what real homeschooling looks like. And ddil asked me for advice. With my homeschooled kid turning 23 in six weeks I'm so far removed from homeschooling young ones that I don't know what to recommend to her. I'm not even sue if some of the stuff we used back then is still available. They plan to homeschool for the full 2020-21 school year but unless they find that homeschooling is amazing, they'll go to school the following year assuming there's a vaccine. They learned during crisis schooling (her term) that sitting at a computer watching videos all day is not what they want to do. But they need to mostly keep up with the state and their county's grade standards so they can easily go back to school whenever that happens. Probably (they hope) 2021-22. They're open to part virtual school but don't want it to all be online. Any suggestions? What are the good homeschool sites these days (besides these forums). Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you're in Florida, they live in Osceola County so if you know of a facebook group she can join I'd appreciate that info too.
  13. 29 Melbourne and Palm Bay firefighters are now in quarantine. Of those, if I read the article correctly, it was because 10 total tested positive and the rest are quarantining while waiting for test results. Dss is a firefighter for our county (Brevard) but they often overlap. The county has some equipment and trained personnel that some cities don't have, so they often contract with the county for certain services. So far he says he's not worried, but I'm worried about him. https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/07/09/29-melbourne-palm-bay-firefighters-out-work-coronavirus-quarantine/3286482001/
  14. My reading has been all over the place. At first I thought it was Covid-19 causing it but then I realized this happens to me several times a year. Each new (to me) book that comes on my radar is like SQUIRREL! and instead of adding it to my TBR list, I have to start reading it. I had too many books going. I even had a few ebooks automatically go back the the library that I not only never started, but didn't even remember checking them out. So, I've pulled back and am sticking to the few I was already reading. I did manage to finish The Merry Wives of Windsor and this one ended up being nothing more than a check mark on my Shakespeare challenge list. The Elizabethan idea of comedy, their sense of humor, often has me scratching my head. That was funny? People back then went to this play and laughed? Oh well, it wasn't awful and had a typical Shakespeare comedy ending of everything working out in the end. Dare I say all's well that ends well? <groan> Still reading - The Eighth Life, The Fire Next Time, The Romanovs, and listening to Plutarch's Lives. I did add one book and am glad I did. People here (especially @Kareni) have been raving about The Goblin Emperor for years. I downloaded the sample and before I even finished reading it I bought the full book. I'm loving this and it's perfect for my bedtime reading. The ones above are too serious/heavy for before bed.
  15. I read that several years ago and thought it was a wonderful book. Glad to hear you liked it too. Thank you for sharing your family's story. I'm glad there was closure even if it wasn't the hoped for ending. Thank you also for the recommendation. I do want to read Native American authors (I've only read Tommy Orange) and had Louise Erdrich on my list as an author to read. I thought I would start with The Roundhouse but added The Night Watchman to my list as well. Have you read The Roundhouse? Do you think one is a better place to start than the other? Both have a waiting list at my library so my plan was to just read whichever one comes in first.
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