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Everything posted by Laurel-in-CA

  1. I just read all three books in the Linesman series. I agree with your recommendation!! In terms of SciFi/Fantasy, I really like P.C. Hodgell's Godstalker Chronicles, tales of a mysterious young woman named Jame and her explorations with native and imported dieties. The author was stuck at book 3 for a long time while, I suppose, she lived her life, but now is retired and has added up to book 8. The first ones are the best, though, IMHO.
  2. Someone mentioned looking for time travel reads for next year. I wanted to recommend Jodi Taylor and her Chronicles of St. Mary's. They are quite a romp. The first one is: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Damned-Thing-After-Another-ebook/dp/B017YA73OO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=chronicles+of+st.+mary's+1&qid=1577336356&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
  3. Our house was a mile from the fire lines in Sonoma County in 2017. *This month* friends are moving back into their rebuilt homes.
  4. Negin -- I'm loving your pictures of Sevilla. My brother has lived in a small village near Malaga (also Andalucia) for some years and your pictures take me right back to our 25th anniversary visit to Spain!
  5. I enjoyed the whole series of books that follow Quarter Share and take the hero through captaincy of a trading empire. Good stuff. I read Polaris Rising this week....I'd read a sequel...I guess. But not sure this feisty heroine is that unique. Love SciFi recommendations!!
  6. Another mom and I from our co-op started a teen game night to help our girls feel more comfortable with the new group. It's been pretty effective.
  7. Y'all need a park day. If you can't find one, make one by showing up at a centrally located park with clean bathrooms and good visibility every week or every other week at the same time. Bring snacks, drinks and camping chairs and a game or two to keep in the car. Also a basic medical kit for scrapes. Stay at least 2 hours, maybe more. Moms can talk or crochet or whatever, kids can play very open-endedly. We always had a group building forts, some moms walking circuits, some moms breastfeeding, and everything in between. Even if other homeschoolers don't come, by hanging out regularly in the s
  8. Arcadia -- We are all so happy to see the last of those evacuation orders lifted!! Now I am waiting for PG&E to turn my gas on so I can have heat and cook and shower. Minor concerns compared to last week's this time, when I was packing to leave. Thinking of those still facing raging fires in SoCal.
  9. Anything is better than another firestorm and the 4500-plus homes that burned in 2017 in Santa Rosa CA. Both southern and northern CA can get very high winds. In SoCal they're called Santa Anas, usually hot, blowing off the Mojave desert to the sea. In NorCal they're not always hot, but just as dry. This year they clocked wind gusts of 90-100 mph in the foothills/higher elevations, 50-60 mph sustained. Once a fire starts, the winds drive its expansion pretty quickly. They also create a lot of debris, downed branches, etc., which can impact power lines, hence the pre-emptive shutoffs. About 2/3
  10. Spend the day in 3 layers of clothes waiting for my gas to be turned back on. Thankful that we didn't lose electricity during the fire and evacuation, so I don't have a nasty refrigerator to clean out. Thankful for returning to my own bed instead of an air mattress on friends' floor. Goodbye, Kincaid fire, please no more fires this year!!
  11. I got little water guns and some water balloons and buckets. Unfortunately, we have retaining wall all around our back yard and sliding would not be safe. Good ideas, though!
  12. We think the leak is in the tub itself...saw bubbles coming up. Tub has had water in it all winter, so not dried out. It was a slug habitat, though. Eeew.
  13. We're having what was supposed to be a teen hot tub party for our homeschool group this Saturday, so dh was cleaning the hot tub out for summer. Unfortunately, we seem to have sprung a leak in the tub. Does anyone know if it's possible to patch this somehow and what the process would be? Thanks....we hardly use the hot tub, but with the leak I'm nervous about even turning it on. I think we are switching to squirt guns (it's been <100 degF this week) but would still like the hot tub to be functional. Help!
  14. Here's what we've got for an artsy dd: Math -- Financial Principles (Dave Ramsey workbook & DVDs, co-op class, outside reading) -- she's finishing MUS Alg. 2 this year Science -- Health (Abeka + co-op class, outside reading) - already done with Bio & Chem will last into this summer. History -- US history @ home, probably using K12's American Odyssey English -- HSLDA online English class Foreign Language -- Spanish 1 & 2 @ CC; taking Spanish 1 in the fall with a friend so they can study together. Hoping the background in latin will help with grammar and voca
  15. Long time ago and a different house. LOL A reminder that even the frustrating seasons will change and the challenging stages will pass. She's a pretty cool kid now!
  16. 3 graduates and 1 still working on it! 26yo -- BFA, working at Goodwill while taking graphic design classes, will be job hunting in May. Has medical issues that make it very hard to freelance (she needs insurance) and that have limited her stamina for side jobs, plus she is still a 4H horse project leader and that takes up most of her free time. We joke that she must love the horses more than the rest of the family, since they're keeping her from moving closer to us. Really, she loves her independence but we miss each other. She would LOVE to get a job that involves both travel AND art.
  17. I'd love some recruiting ideas. Our AHG/TL group is at a large church but people there sort of expect church activities to be free and are a bit put off when they find out we charge dues and they pay for uniforms. We used to have a local homeschool convention and advertised there, but that has dwindled and died and we are at a loss as to where else to publicize because public schools won't advertise for religious org. and private schools are unwilling to advertise for us as they see it as competition for tuition $$ or else have a GSA troop that they funnel kids to. Any suggestions?
  18. Just wanted to say that I'm not organized enough to post a list, but I am really enjoying reading the reviews and checking out the titles listed. Thanks!!
  19. Dropbox account belongs to the troop. We have some general folders (Level Awards, Ceremonies) and then yearly folders with special events, badge stuff that we do, schedules, etc. And some photos, altho' most of those are now on the troop's private FB page.
  20. We keep lists of prospects and former members to invite to big events in gmail, and that's also where we handle inquiries about the troop. It seems so much simpler than TT, which we keep just for the scouting stuff.
  21. We have 7 or 8 years worth of records in dropbox: forms, board meeting minutes, flyers, etc. And keep our yearly budget there too on a specially designed spreadsheet. We use a separate program for tracking badges/service hours and gmail for troop communications. Dropbox has been GREAT! It was especially helpful during the 2017 fires in our area when board members were evacuated all over the place....our treasurer records burned up in somebody's house, but we were able to recover most of it from online stuff.
  22. This is so true! Just this week we were reviewing our figures for selling soda floats at our charter's Easter event -- 2 years of records with 2 different types of weather and we have a good roadmap for what we need to buy this year. We keep a special events folder in our dropbox for each troop year and put all the planning and schedule and gear list, etc. documents in there for future reference.
  23. Still all over the place for dd next year. Spanish 1 & 2 -- dual enrollment @ local CC -- We may even have a bunch of homeschool buddies taking this together (I hope). MUS pre-calculus at home -- she could take math @ CC but I don't want to combine that with Spanish, which will be weighty. US History -- I have American Odyssey for this and may add in some SL reading American Lit -- looking @ Lightning Lit for this, 2 semesters Health -- we must tick the box.... PE -- maybe something @ CC Art -- entering contests for fun -- we already have too much of this
  24. Travelling is not my favorite thing, but we have some air travel credits from a cancelled trip that must be used before April 1. 15yo dd wants to go to Hawaii and I am finding it so hard to take the steps to make it happen. Can you help me with some positive and/or low-cost lodging ideas for Oahu in March? Help this non-traveller plan something for the sake of the rest of the family!
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