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  1. 10 hours ago, Carrie12345 said:

    So, I tried to transplant some zucchini, butternut squash, and eggplant from seedlings I started myself, and almost none of them seem to be doing anything.  I got some zuccchini and eggplant replacements, but I don’t have a source for squash.

    If some of my plants are just sitting there, tiny, doing nothing but also not actually dying, is there any hope for them?
    One of my seeded zucchinis is starting to flower from the tiny base, but there’s no stem or leaf growth, which seems very bizarre!

    This is my fist time trying to grow any of those 3 things. I’ll replace them all if there’s no hope, but I don’t want to yank anything that has promise.

    How long have your seedling been outside? I find that it takes a bit of time for seedlings to get over their transplant shock, especially if they were started in a warm house and are now outside where it's colder. I'm zone 8a, but in the PNW where it never gets very cold, but also seldom gets very warm. 

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  2. 5 hours ago, lulalu said:


    Then I have heard often to use it a year behind. After doing a free month online we didn't hit anything ds needed work on or that was too difficult in the 2nd grade level. So, I wouldn't know if getting level 2 or 3 would be best for next year when he is in 3rd. 


    It seems to almost be homeschool lore that any hs math program is so advanced that it should be used a year behind. I just don't see it most of the time. BA covers the topics usually covered in third grade, but breezes past some and goes deep in others. We love BA here, but I see levels 2 and 3, at least, as being firmly on grade level. When we need extra practice or review with a particular topic, I usually pull a few pages from MEP to fill in. 

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  3. I like Love It or List It. “I need the renovation to add three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a mudroom, two home offices, reconfigure the kitchen, and lift up the entire house to add a basement. You don’t know it now, but you’re going to come across a leak that has caused mold to grow throughout the crawl space, the electrical will have to be completely replaced because it’s knob and tube and you’re adding half of a house’s worth of service, and there will be a tornado during the reno that will cause you to have to start over halfway through. We’re having a baby in six weeks so we need it done before then. And you have $35,000 to do it all!”


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  4. It is hard to know what to do now. We are so ready to be social again, but one of my high school friends is a pulmonologist at a local hospital and what she is seeing is just scary. Our church recently indicated that we might not meet in person for a year. I feel fortunate that our main homeschool circles are taking this seriously, but unfortunate that many of our usual activities seem to be especially high risk (choir, band, etc). We are trying to do more family activities that are on the safer side--mostly outdoor recreation--but my 12 y/o needs more social time with his friends.  

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  5. 1 minute ago, Ktgrok said:

    just added that to my wish list! I have a hand held version, that I use sitting on the ground, but would be nice to have one I can use standing up when I am just pulling a few. 

    For big weeds, crabgrass, etc I just pull with a tool. Herbicides I save for things like virginia buttonweed, and nutsedges (if you pull they come back more!) and doveweed, which is so "juicy" I can't pull it. 

    It's a back-saver--I can pull a whole yard of dandelion and hairy cat's ear without bending over once!

  6. It's hard to think of mystery books that are a step up from kiddie mysteries, but where no harm comes to anyone. My kids liked the Chasing Vermeer series by Blue Balliett, and I would usually have no problem recommending it for a 12-year old, but there is a sense that some harm might come to kids who meddle too much, and a child is kidnapped in the last book. Has he read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg? That was one of my favorites as a child, and I don't remember any violence. We liked The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff--it has missing people but nobody is killed or seriously injured. The Mysterious Benedict society is a favorite here too, and the protagonists have a strict moral code of not being like the bad guys and injuring or killing their opponants, but the bad guys are really bad and cause a lot of injuries and near-fatal close calls. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a modern classic, and starts as a murder mystery but spoilers spoilers spoilers the murder victim isn't actually dead but living under an alias. 

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  7. 17 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

    They all say MasterBooks on the backs.

    I think that sometimes hs publishers get rights or license or whatever to print certain books with some changes. A few years ago I accidentally ordered two copies of an animal book used by MP and the two copies differed significantly in content--one was printed by one of the young earth hs companies, and in all places where the original book talked about evolution, the HS company-printed book talked about God's design. 

  8. 2 hours ago, ByGrace3 said:


    Thank you for the suggestions! I will start looking at them today! What is the name of the flashcards? I find I do that a lot with her already to help her remember-- drawing pics on the words...

    Not Katie, but her description sounds a lot like some flashcards we have used from a company called I See, I Spell, I Learn.

    2 hours ago, ByGrace3 said:

    Also, would you say sequential spelling is better than Apples and Pears (which looks an awful lot like AAS in my opinion). I see both mentioned often for dyslexia so curious-- but i'm wondering if AAS isn't working then A&P probably won't either?

    I have never used AAS, but my dyslexic ds has found some success with Apples and Pears. It doesn't require a lot of memorizing rules, but has lots and lots of practice with word patterns. If you go to the Foundations in Sound website, the entire book is available to view, so there's no buying it and it being entirely different than what you expected. lol

  9. My favorite place in non-quarantine times is Tuesday Morning, but that's really hit or miss. Lots of people like Knitpicks, and Webs has a lot of variety. (I think that Webs usually has a spring sale-that might be going on now.) Knitpicks is all their own brand, and Webs has all the brands. Many people knit with big box store yarn their whole lives and are perfectly happy with it. Of the yarn brands that are available at Joann or Michaels, I like Patons or Lion. For a step up I like Cascade brand. I'd say that for a worsted weight wool yarn, you can't go wrong with Cascade 220. 

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  10. Ick! We had that happen once. A quart of heavy whipping cream spilled in the fridge. I briefly wondered why I wasn't wiping up much cream, but figured there was less in the bottle than I had thought. Nope! It was congealing and putrefying in the evaporation pan. By far the grossest cleaning job I've ever done! 

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  11. It looks like I've finally found something that rivals Ricky Gervais in its ability to induce a sick, cringy, embarrassed for somebody feeling in my stomach. I told dh that I didn't know if I could continue to watch. It might have that train wreck can't look away quality though. 

  12. I almost never comment when someone on FB posts something like this. Among the homeschoolers in my corner of the county I'm already viewed with suspicion, and if I chime in I'll just cement myself as the draconian mother who makes her children slave over schoolwork for hours. I think that it's too little for all ages. There, I said it. Not because I think kids should be doing busywork for hours, but because I absolutely "count" read-aloud and free reading time, and as far as I'm concerned, the more reading, the better. 🙂 

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  13. 15 hours ago, mathnerd said:

    I drilled some holes into small yoghurt containers and planted in them because my shipment of peat pots has been delayed. the method works pretty well for kale and dill so far.

    Have you had good luck with peat pots actually decomposing after planting? I have had issues with plants actually getting rootbound in the ground because the peat pots didn't decompose. I went from planting intact peat pots (not right--I was supposed to remove the bottom--oops) to planting the pots with the bottom ripped off, to just ripping off the entire pots. At that point I decided the peat pots were pointless and just planted in plastic. I wonder if it's something with my soil in particular--maybe it's not rich enough in bacteria to decompose the pots? We're working with the trucked in "topsoil" dumped in suburban areas and trying to improve the soil with compost and other amendments. 

  14. I've used cardboard egg cartons, but noticed that I had to water more frequently than I did with a non-absorbent container. Also, they will need transplanting soon, and I'm too lazy to transplant unless absolutely necessary. I've gone to using small plastic pots or yogurt cartons with drainage holes added. Most things can go directly to the garden from their starting container, and I only have to transplant the more tender plants like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers into bigger pots. 

  15. 2 hours ago, Matryoshka said:

    I'll recommend the cotton ones (they sell them for 'coin sorting', of all things).  I figure they are partly to remind you not to touch your face, and I always wash my hands thoroughly after taking them off and putting them in a ditty bag which will also be washed.  That way I use them more often rather than rationing the throw-away ones - and I'm not taking supplies from hospitals where cotton gloves wouldn't be tenable.  But for going shopping or bringing in the mail and such, I figure it's way better than just bare hands, and because they can be washed, the 15 or 20 pair I bought will last me indefinitely.

    Right now I'm wishing that I hadn't gotten rid of all of my handbell gloves, thinking I'd never use them again. 

  16. WA Gov. Inslee's press briefing last night seemed more off-the-cuff than usual. He suggested threatening teen who are congregating with being written out of the will, and encouraged old ladies to stop going to sewing needle clubs (or something similar. DH and I were actually giggling at this point and missed some of the particulars.)


  17. 2 hours ago, whitehawk said:

    This. DS (barefoot as usual) dropped a glass plate last night and it shattered. DH and I at the same moment: "FREEZE!"

    Last night we walked/biked around the neighborhood. I'm usually the killjoy when it comes to things like riding bikes with no hands, but last night DH was on the kids for everything. "I'm not taking you to the emergency room!" was said more than once. 

    But back on topic, I would RV camp no problem, and I'm kind of in the paranoid camp about COVID19. Isolation is isolation, whether at home or in an RV. And while camping, you'd at least have a different slice of nature to enjoy.

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