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  1. My husband was following the saga of the house across the street every day. I knew when the sold price hit the public records because I heard him laughing hysterically at the computer.
  2. I live in a "hot market" where every house elicits a bidding war. Both our current house and our rental house are given the highest value by Zillow and the lowest by Realtor. Current house has a 33,000 spread, rental house has a 64,000 spread. For context, our rental house is in a "bad part of town." The house across the street from it, a 770 sq ft 2/1 was listed for 299,000 this past spring, and sold for 380,000.
  3. I have some of the Binax tests on hand. They are easy and quick.
  4. We have bought our last two vehicles from a little local used car lot whose owner prices based on Kelley Blue Book. He doesn’t haggle and we have been very happy dealing with him. The cars have been great too. 😄
  5. We like the drive-thru flu shot clinics. I think we usually do October. The only downside is that sometimes student nurses give the shots. Lol. Last year I think it took 30 seconds from breaking the skin until the end of the needle was in the muscle.
  6. I didn't attend this particular wedding, but my mom was appalled by the amount of time the minister talked about the virginal condition of a family member and new husband. Even joking about how awkward the wedding night would be. I hope that's unusual, but I haven't been to many weddings recently.
  7. My state is over 70%, my county health department is at 47%, but somewhere around 1/4 of my county are inhabitants of the local military base which keeps its own records. About 5% of the county (per the health department) has had a positive covid test, and I am sure that many more have antibodies. The local university is predicting a huge spike in cases in late summer/fall. 😞
  8. I know that some find Eric Feigl-Ding to be alarmist, but I find his latest twitter thread alarming.
  9. Another western WA gal here. The two things I’ve received comments about are the aforementioned bag/bagel pronunciation, and “swallowed” Ts in the middle of words like mitten. I don’t swallow my Ts to the extent of my friend from Chicago though—she had a heck of a time explaining to her Swedish exchange hosts that she was majoring in Latin. “La’in” was completely indecipherable to them. Lol
  10. We used Wee Folk Art's State Studies unit for my two younger kids this year. It's gentle and crafty and still in rough draft form. lol Stack the States was also a hit here, and my daughter and I love the Trekking the National Parks board game.
  11. We're fine with outdoor activities unmasked. We haven't done a lot of indoor activities, but when we start up with coop and activities in the fall they will be masked and I'm okay with that.
  12. Huh, I haven't seen this in my homeschool group, and I kind of feel the opposite way. Maybe I'm not a fun mom with the littles. lol. It's been fascinating to see my young teen's academic interests develop and I find it much more interesting to talk with him about his paper about say, the Iranian Revolution, than to talk to my 8 y/o about her polar bear report. Do you live in an area where there is peer pressure from churches or families to homeschool? I can see that being a factor. Mom isn't really into it, but feels pressured. Teaching little kids is easy, but then she doesn't have an intrinsic reason to keep homeschooling into the later grades, and the peer pressure among moms of older kids is less than among moms of littles? I don't know, I just like to brainstorm I guess. 🙂
  13. Anyone who can rock purple hair can rock one of these.
  14. Here's a link to the seven principles that UU congregations follow https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles?gclid=Cj0KCQjwzYGGBhCTARIsAHdMTQzL1wMyn2s4g998jo4djoX3GpRIhat8FZSypcbWza3G7Gn1PjoK7NMaAr2NEALw_wcB and the six sources of inspiration for the tradition https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/sources In my congregation the seven principles are front and center in teaching and decision making.
  15. ARGGHH, my middle kid is like this. I don't know how many conversations we've had about the fact that nobody is born knowing things and that everybody has to learn and practice. Anyway, Miquon is perfect for this kind of kid. 🙂 He's a little better now--he started by accepting instruction from the little monsters in Beast Academy, and he had to grudgingly accept that maybe I knew what I was talking about when I showed him the standard algorithms for multiplication and long division. lol Ah, binge-learning. Not quite as relaxing as binge-watching.
  16. Was that Classical Writing? Each level was named after an ancient whose writing the student was to emulate—Aesop, Homer, Diogenes, etc?
  17. Great for the two or three lessons I managed. There’s a reason we left the stone age. 😄
  18. I love how Miquon looks. I can almost smell the mimeograph ink. 😄 Very nostalgia-inducing, and great for my kid who always wanted to figure everything out himself. Miquon to BA was a good trajectory for him. I love MEP too. Printing doesn’t bother me, and I like the scripted lessons, even if I usually end up explaining things differently to my kiddo who has dyscalculia. In the middle grades it takes a bit of work to provide enough review, but they have extra problem sets and it’s not hard to come up with some extra practice on topics that need it. I was enticed by some of the instagram-worthy programs, but wasn’t able to implement them well. I’m just not organized enough for that sort of thing. And yes, doing math with rocks by the creek was one that I tried. Lol Next year everyone is using BYL and supplementing with their special interests. All of my kids like to read and be read to, so lit-based is our best bet.
  19. I live in the native range of evergreen huckleberries, and while the plants are lovely, I think it would take an awfully long time to grow a hedge. The bushes I planted three years ago are still only about a foot high, and while being in full sun has probably slowed them down a bit, my neighbor's bush in dappled shade took over ten years to reach 6 feet. Yep, slugs in the PNW are enormous. I still grow hostas, but they are near some other plants that I think the slugs prefer so they do fine. I have a picture somewhere of a slug that was as long as the blade of a shovel. I only see those monsters at night. lol
  20. I think a state park would be reasonably safe. Around here at least, the state parks are relatively small and the trails are heavily traveled. In my area, I'd carry bear spray in the more remote state parks, but that may not be a consideration where you live. People do go missing fairly regularly in my area, but mostly in the national parks and forests. I would not hike alone in a remote area. We do not have cell service in many of the places where we hike, which are not especially remote, but I always find it surprising how quickly I can drive from an urban area to the middle of nowhere.
  21. I feel silly now that I never considered that your username meant you played harp. I thought maybe you were a step past mama bear.... I played piano and clarinet through college, but stopped after my schooling was done. I dabbled here and there with various instruments, until I found the hammered dulcimer and fell in love. Like harp, it is easy to get a nice sound from, but once you get the basics down there are lots of directions you can go.
  22. Welcome back! I'm happy to see you here again. Yours is a voice I have missed.
  23. I don't think that I would recognize people by writing style, but by backstory and pet topics. I have recognized posters across platforms, though, and that was a little weird. I guess I don't expect an overlap between WTM and reddit?
  24. But coffee is basically bean soup!
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