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  1. The nut grows on the roof of the fruit. It's ridiculous. 🙂
  2. You can pick the cashew fruit right off the tree, no problem. The fruit is edible, although has a strong and unusual flavor. Some people find the fruit irritates their lips (like mango). We roasted our cashews inside an old metal fan housing and were cautious of the smoke. I don't know how commercial production of cashews works, but I am guessing it's the cumulative amount of fruit that is dangerous. It is worth googling a picture of the fruit. It is funny looking.
  3. It is true that all cashews must be roasted while they are still in their shells to release them from their shells and remove the toxins. However, when we buy roasted cashews at the market in the U.S. we are buying cashews whose nut, already freed from the shell and toxins, goes through a second roasting to make them crunchy. "Raw" cashews have not been through the second roasting. We had a cashew tree in my yard for many years, and it was a big deal when it was harvest time to harvest and roast the nuts in a fire in the back yard. Lots of work for little food gain but fun.
  4. I had shingles on my face for the first time this year. I woke in the morning with what felt like a bad sunburn on one side of my face. When I went to the urgent care they gave me antiviral and told me it was a good thing I came in before I had blisters because the antiviral works best when taken early. I took the antiviral and in one day the pain subsided. I am not sure why they told you to wait. Here is a link to the CDC's recommendations which say the same thing that the doctor told me at urgent care. I hope it passes quickly!
  5. I am keeping your family in my thoughts.
  6. This deserves to be published. Loved every word.
  7. A sincere thank you for this thread @MercyA and all of you brilliant, articulate, generous folks for taking the time to make your posts and share your personal experiences. This thread has been incredibly helpful to me.
  8. My dh was the de facto medical care where we lived for many years in Central America. Our family has a well used and well loved copy of Where There is No Doctor. When my kids were little, they were spellbound by the graphic illustrations and no nonsense realism of the book. It is also available in Spanish, and there is also a Where There is No Dentist. (Some of our community's biggest emergencies were dental. We did not have the book.)
  9. I just finished watching In Defense of Food (PBS) with my son, and I think it would be a good, light-handed addition to a health class. It managed to inspire us to think about our food choices, why we are eating what we eat, without being too preachy.
  10. Does anyone have recommendations for an American Literature curriculum (not an online class), preferably one with some diverse authors in the book selections?
  11. I can't help but wonder when I read the bolded part of your post if the mama is dealing with her own executive functioning issues. I wonder if she would do well finding step-by-step, very incremental homeschooling materials. I don't know how you could suggest this, or if it's even appropriate, but it's a lot for people with EF issues to put together and stick with open ended schooling. Maybe if she had workbooks and daily schedules, like a complete curriculum with a schedule, she would be able to stick with it?
  12. It was a total hit! This is going on the permanent Thanksgiving pie menu. I would love to try it with labnah next year.
  13. Sour cream apple pie?! Mind blown. I hope the supermarket is open because I'm going to need some sour cream urgently.
  14. I am so sorry. Holding your family in my thoughts.
  15. I second Athleta for bra sized tops. They are pricey but well made.
  16. This is very controlling and not okay.
  17. My son soaked the bed every night until he was nine. We finally bought a bed wetting alarm, and it took only a few weeks for him to completely stop wetting the bed. Here is a link to the alarm we used. There are other brands that are less expensive and probably just as good. We needed wireless because my son sleeps without a shirt. Best of luck!
  18. Thank you RootAnn for the reminder and encouragement to do this. Even though my dd wouldn't normally gravitate towards either of the first week's books she thoroughly enjoyed both of them. It's so great when we step out of our comfort zones and discover that we like what's out there. She downloaded the second books today.
  19. Funny you should say this. I have all of our manipulatives in a bag by the front door, ready to take to a friend with small kids, and I keep forgetting to bring them when we go to town.
  20. Is she able to do the mental math, lesson, lesson practice, and the mixed practice in this amount of time? This sounds fast to me. My dd is in 8/7 and we are now splitting the lessons between two days because the lessons were just taking way too long.
  21. I recommend Touch Type Read and Spell. It is a typing program for dyslexics. So while you are typing you are learning spelling patterns. For my dyslexic dd it is the only thing that has worked to improve her spelling, and the bonus is that she can type well too.
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