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About Donna

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    I have been homeschooling for 19 years. My youngest graduated in December 2019.
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    Physical therapist for kids under 3yo but not working now.

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  1. Dd and I always sing in the car (especially on long road trips) until our throats are sore.
  2. I am in living in my current dream home...children grown and all but one living on their own. It is an L-shaped rancher built in 1954. I love the woodwork, original kitchen cabinets, hardwood floors throughout, and built in features. It has a large enough living room to host house concerts, a yard just big enough for a small garden but small enough to not require a lot of work, and a nice deck for sitting outside. One story will serve us well as we age. It's in a nice neighborhood about a mile from the center of an historic town with a beautiful downtown and two rivers not far from the beach i
  3. Tomorrow night I get to watch my dd performing in the Irish dance show she was touring with (until Covid stopped everything) on PBS. The 25th Anniversary of the show was recorded in Dublin back in February. It's been playing on PBS around the country for the last month and finally getting to our area tomorrow.
  4. When I took DD to the cardiologist two months ago, only one parent was allowed into the building for the appointment with the child. We had to wait in the car until they texted to let us know it was our turn to enter the building. Prior to entering the building, someone called to do the intake procedures/paperwork over the phone. Our temperatures were taken, masks were required, and we had to use hand sanitizer. The doctors and nurses were masked. The waiting area had seats in groups of two, placed six feet apart and there was only one other parent/child pair in the area while we were there. W
  5. We kept chickens over winter when living in NJ. DH set up a light bulb inside a cement block then we placed their water container on it to keep the water from freezing and another inside their coop which they sat on to keep warm when the temps got really low. They generally roosted together and their body heat kept each other warm.
  6. We received chicks through the mail from the hatchery. The post office called us that Easter morning to have us come pick them up so they wouldn't spend an extra day at the distribution center.
  7. My DH takes turmeric for RA on the advice of his doctor. DD and I add some to our smoothies in the mornings (along with fruit, protein powder, hemp seed, spinach/kale, and whatever else we decide to put in there...don't even taste it that way). We also use it when cooking.
  8. We live on a corner lot. Our house is an L-shaped rancher which along with a fence across the back yard, makes for privacy in the back yard. Both streets are very quiet (very few cars in a day) which helps as well.
  9. We are social distancing but not completely staying home like we did the first few months. We go to a local beach (to the quiet access area) and maintain distance from everyone. We mask and maintain distance when shopping. We have seen a few friends or family here and there (2-3 at a time) usually outside and went to a family funeral outside on the beach. No hugging or sitting close when talking. We have not eaten inside a restaurant. My book club meets outside in someone's yard sitting 6 feet apart and bringing our own drinks. We were supposed to go to Florida for a few days at a resort
  10. Right there with you here in Eastern NC. We will be moving some potted plants and putting the deck furniture away today. Supposedly it will "only" be a tropical storm by the time it hits here but this is 2020.
  11. Don't have time to read all the comments so someone might have said this already. There are some items that would be difficult to stockpile like bread, fresh fruits and vegetables. I do keep a full pantry with extra non-perishable items like rice, canned tomatoes, salsa, pastas, peanut butter, nuts, quinoa, and beans (not the full list) plus always have extra spices we use regularly on hand...items we could put together in an emergency situation like another lock-down or hurricane. I keep extra bread and frozen vegetables/fruit, home-made vegetable broth, and a few other items in the freezer.
  12. It seems people are not likely to pay for stuff online, either because they don't value it (like they do live music...I mean, you can watch stuff for free online so why pay for it unless you feel strongly about supporting the artists during this time) or because they do not have the money due to their own financial difficulties. Some are able to teach online and many camps we know have gone online but it just isn't the same, especially when for many who attend adult-oriented camps, the actual face-to-face interaction with their favorite performers is the main reason for attending. The oth
  13. In addition to the economic consequences already mentioned, the entire entertainment industry, especially in regards to live performance venues, has been decimated. Larger venues may be able to weather the storm but smaller venues are closing down and going out of business as they functioned on the edge prior to the pandemic. This affects not only performers but managers, booking agents, lighting people, sound people, stage hands, ushers...the list goes on....plus loss in revenue for hotels, restaurants, and tourism of people going to see the shows and hotels, bus rental, airfare, and restaura
  14. We took in two international university students unable to return to their home country due to the pandemic and have been trying to give them nice experiences doing safe things like going to the beach (very quiet beach and easy to socially distance), crabbing, fishing, going out on the boat to see dolphins, etc... I've been able to take care of my garden and yard much better than usual and have been reading obsessively. DD has been doing a weekly collaboration she calls COVIDuets. She invites musician friends (and dancers) to send her tunes/music to learn then she puts the videos together
  15. I eat a variety of things for breakfast. We eat a plant-based diet so no eggs or other animal products. Also no processed sugars. oatmeal with some combination of nut butter, nuts, fruit, seeds (chia, hemp, pumpkin, etc...) granola or muesli with fruit and oat milk or coconut milk yogurt avocado toast on sourdough bread with Yuzu sauce or fresh lemon or lime juice, some combo of spices (right now I'm liking Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and sumac), some type of seed, micro greens or fresh parsley or cilantro or rocket, and sliced cherry tomatoes tofu scramble wit
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