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  1. So sorry to hear that Kidshappen. Would it help writing this down for the doctor to read instead of just telling her?
  2. If the shelves are able to slide out, then defrosting won't be a problem, but if they're built in, then defrosting might be easier with wire shelves. If it has drawers, then the wire is sturdier than plastic.
  3. Thank you for this article! My 16yo daughter was diagnosed yesterday. I'm on a very steep learning curve and this does explain a lot.
  4. If my girls do choose to homeschool their future children, they'll make their own decisions on what to use. I expect that we'll downsize long before that happens, so there won't be much storage space for stuff. I've kept one smallish container of favourite picture books and two of early readers and children's books - for sentiment's sake. All of our curriculum have been donated or sold, but I do still have two containers of South African children's fiction that I just can't get myself to get rid of yet. Many are out of print and I scoured 2nd hand shops for years. They're not in our
  5. Congratulations! May you have many happy years in the new house.
  6. When I'm organised I make frittata ahead of time - usually with onion, spinach, tomatoe, mushrooms I sometimes add bacon or leftover meat or chicken. I sprinkle cheese on top. When I'm not so organised I have Greek yoghurt with frozen berries and mixed seeds, Seed crackers with cheese, or keto bread and cheese or cold meat.
  7. The groom is from the USA and the wedding was in South Africa, the bride's country. The couple will be moving to the US. Because of Covid his family and friends from the US could not attend and the majority of the guests were close friends of many years of the bride's family. We wanted to know what we could give them and the mother of the bride did the asking. It worked like this. They printed the experiences to choose from on a card. The guests ticked the box for the experience they were contributing towards, wrote a message (if they wanted) and signed their name/s on the card. T
  8. My friend's daughter got married a month ago. The couple will be flying out to live overseas in a few week's time and planning to take only their suitcases with clothes. It was a Covid wedding, so less than 50 people that the family knows well. We were all asked to put cash into an anonymous envelope and into a box to donate towards their honeymoon. They had cards with a list of the activities they were planning and the guest was asked to choose one that they were donating towards - the couple sent a photograph of themselves doing the activity to the guest.
  9. Absolutely support Spy Car - get a three-legged South African potjie (pronounced "poy-key"). My father's #3 is more than 50 years old and still going strong. Our favourite was french fries while camping! It needs to be oiled before putting it away.
  10. I don't know what you're dealing with, but that might just be what your family needs right now. My view is always that maths, reading and writing are skills that build year on year, so do need consistent practice - the rest is jam - especially in primary school. So, streamline your schooling to focus on those basics only - and then spend the family time together. Also think of how you are folding learning into the day. Especially for your younger children, reading stories together is part of language practice, discussing a movie is narration, etc.
  11. As far as the dirt track racing. I can imagine it being a very time consuming thing. I have a friend who's son did quad-bike racing. I'm not sure how he got into it as she's a single mom. She supported him, financially and by transporting him to the race venues, but found it impossible to watch - mainly because of the anxiety of him getting hurt. She overcame that by getting involved with the race administration. She could sit at a table in the race tent and be away from the action. She also started a photography hobby. Really focusing on the details. The camera gave her the dista
  12. This ^^ I'm a big fan of psychotherapist Esther Perel. She often speaks about finding 'the One' as in this video https://estherperel.com/blog/finding-the-one. The expectations for one person to fill our emotional, physical, and spiritual needs is a tall order. Television and film has a lot to do with these raised expectations. We see the perfect love-story, perfectly scripted, where the characters say just the right things to each other (in soft lighting and to a beautiful sound-track) and live happily ever-after. And we completely forget to be cynical. We forget that the write
  13. We live in an eco-estate with natural bush around our house. We've had prolonged summer rains and the snakes have been above ground more often - where our cat can find them and bring them into the house!! Its happened three times this summer! However small and non-venomous they may be, its NO fun!
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