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Squawky Acres

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  1. That is lovely that you are happy for your cousin and would like to help celebrate. It sounds like a beautiful event, and a nice way to re-connect with your family. As many have advised, I wouldn't let clothing get in the way of that. That said, I am puzzled about the variety of interpretations of "cocktail attire." It absolutely means a dark suit for a man -- no tails, but certainly a nice suit. If your husband does not have one already, it would be a very useful thing for him to own, and can be found inexpensively at a thrift or consignment store. Just be sure to leave time to have it tailored. You could probably find something quite festive for yourself at a thrift or consignment store as well -- knee or tea-length (full-length would be "formal" and not "cocktail"), or borrow one from a friend. And if you can't find something just right, a simple black shift dress can be dressed up with sparkly jewelry and strappy sandals or dressy pumps. I would hesitate to wear pants unless they were in a more formal fabric like raw silk and paired with a very fancy blouse and heels. Coincidentally, I learned after our wedding that my husband's Great Uncle had a similar situation. He actually did not own a suit, and had thought about not going, but instead he picked one up for $5 at Goodwill. He looked wonderful, and had a great time.
  2. I just had another idea. I wonder if I can ask our librarian if I could leave a few boxes in the back for a week, and just direct local homeschooling friends to the library so that they can browse through at their leisure. The library is very supportive of homeschoolers and might be happy to do that.
  3. Thanks. I like the library idea, and wish we had something similar, but I don’t live in a very populated area, so there are only a few homeschooling families in town and I know all of them.
  4. If she would be happy just having a few streaks, and you don’t mind the expense, you can get colored hair extensions done at a salon. They are removable. Our stylist quoted around $40 for a few streaks for my daughter. We tried the colored sprays for my darker blonde-haired daughter. They looked really good, they made my daughter’s hair stiff and sticky, and rubbed off on sheets and towels.
  5. Thank you so much for all of the suggestions. I'm thinking I will list a few of the larger high-value things, like my Nancy Larson science kits, on Ebay -- and then maybe snap rough photos and list out the rest and send it to my homeschooling friends or put it on Facebook to give away -- giving everyone a week in which to pick things up. I don't want to bother pricing things and holding onto them for the curriculum sales this spring, but maybe I can see if a friend would like to take the rest and sell it along with her own things at a sale.
  6. I need to get rid of boxes and boxes of homeschooling materials in order to find my dining room, and am feeling overwhelmed by the task. I am not very concerned with getting a lot of money for them, but I do want them to go to families who know what they are and can use them. The easiest thing to do would be to donate it all to Goodwill, but I am concerned that it might just be discarded, and wouldn't actually get to homeschooling families. I have also heard that I could sell it on Ebay, but that sounds time-consuming, and January probably isn't the best time to sell. When does everyone start looking for new homeschooling materials? Are there still nonprofits that accept boxes of homeschooling materials and send them to families who need them? I also thought of inviting over all of my homeschooling friends to just take a look and take what they want (and then maybe I would feel better about donating the rest?), but everyone is so busy and it might be difficult to schedule something like this, and I want it all gone right away. If I listed everything and made a local Facebook post, I'm afraid it would take a lot of coordination to get the right things to the right people. Please let me know if there is an easy (but meaningful) way to get rid of everything!
  7. We are new to Cross Country, but are finding the same thing. My oldest DD started running as a 10-year-old last year and seemed to be unstoppable -- out-running all of the older girls, and placing at the top for her team. This year, she grew another 6 inches and is looking more like an adult, and is now not the fastest on her team. She is being out-run by a few of the younger girls (and her little brother!). It has been very discouraging for her, but we were just attributing it to a lack of training this summer. It is encouraging to know that maybe it isn't our fault.
  8. Thanks - I'll check that out. I don't do much with video, as I like to listen while doing other things. But that is a good idea to check out her YouTube content.
  9. I just took a trunk-load of clothes and toys to Goodwill. I had been putting it off for a while, but it was so easy. Like going through the drive-through. I didn't even need to sort anything. I have been finding Dana K. White's books about home management and de-cluttering to be so helpful. She has a really fun podcast as well. I just finished listening to all of it, and was looking for others. I came across The Minimalists, who I liked at first -- but now I just find them smug and annoying. Does anyone know of an older, female, non-smug version?
  10. It is harder to care so much -- as I don't have *any* choice about footwear these days. There is so much ice and snow. Black rubber Bogs it is! Every day! Maybe I should get cuter boots . . .
  11. I run a grade 2-4 book club, and we have done: Mr. Popper's Penguins Frindle Because of Winn-Dixie Babe, the Gallant Pig Matilda Pippi Longstocking
  12. Stitch Fix didn't work for me either, but I loved Trunk Club the first time I got a trunk. I had an amazing stylist who spent some time on the phone with me and then picked out the most perfect, well-fitting, and high-quality wardrobe essentials that were exactly my style. Great jeans! The perfect black dress! An oatmeal heather cardigan I didn't know I needed. I am still wearing those pieces all the time. Then I got a note that he was no longer at Trunk Club, and I was assigned a new stylist who completely did not understand me. When I tried to tell her that $400 perforated navy blue TOE-LESS high heeled boots were not going to work for me in the winter in NH, she encouraged me to splurge and assured me they were classic. I think I ended up keeping one thing from that trunk, and then I cancelled. At some point, I might sign up for Trunk Club again, but for now I just like picking out my own things on the Nordstrom website and then sending back what I don't like.
  13. Oh wow . . . I am loving the "A Slob Comes Clean" blog and podcasts, and ordered both of her books! Thank you for the suggestion.

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    Home Art Studio with Lindsey Volin DVD Curriculum (also called Home School Art Studio) -- 6 DVD complete set, includes: - Kindergarten - First Grade - Second Grade - Third Grade - Fourth Grade - Fifth Grade - Holiday Arts and Crafts All DVDs are in like-new condition, some are still wrapped. I couldn't figure out how to attach a photo, but I can send one if you provide an e-mail. We loved this art curriculum for K and 1st, but are no longer homeschooling and clearing out our shelves. Shipping TBD (I am new to this!) - I imagine I can send them by Media Mail for a small shipping fee, and a little bit more for something faster. For more information, please visit Lindsey Volin's official site:


  15. I like the "every Monday" idea. That way I would be sure not to miss anything. We don't need to wait for payday either, so this *should* be really easy for me. It all comes out of the checking account, and there is always more than enough in it, so I don't know why I can't just pay the bills . . .
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