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  1. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Old Threads

    That'll work! Thanks! I didn't even know you could sort like that. And now I've found other threads I didn't even know existed............ 🙂
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    Old Threads

    I was trying to pull up an older thread by @8FillTheHeart , among others, for a friend from this thread: All of the links are dead. 😞 I know that in a previous post @OtherJohn mentioned threads previous to 2014 were archived after the switch over, and y'all were working on access. I know using Google Search with terms :welltrinedmind.com I've been able to access threads back to 2010/2011 recently- they come up as achieved but are still readable/accessible. Just wondering if there was any chance of the links on this thread being able to be revived?!? It's a gold mine.
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    Building a shed in the background or ordering one, etc?

    We have a Morgan metal building they brought and built on site front he pre-fab pieces, and then we have another out building dh built from scratch- I think they're both around 12x12. They both came in at about the same price as lumber prices have skyrocketed around here. And then add the labour time and extra materials you might have to get to it. Not to mention I don't have to paint the Morgan Building ever, which cannot be said for the building dh built. Personally, I think it was easier and probably cheaper to buy the Morgan building. They both withstood a Tropical Storm and a minor tornado so I have zero complaints.
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    Curriculum through entirety?

    This is a question, not an indictment, LOL! Just wondering, have any of you ever stuck with a particular curriculum for math, or LA, or history, etc. straight through for a kid all the way to its end (the curriculum series' end, not the child's!), or at least from the beginning until now if you're still using it (assuming this is more than a couple of years you've been using it)? Was it a struggle to stick with it and you wondered if you should change things up, , or were you like "whew! Glad I don't have to figure that out again!" and stuck with it with zero qualms? Just musings. I think I'm just wondering because I'd really just like to know it's possible to stick with a program all the way through and never have to angst over it again. Ha!
  5. Æthelthryth the Texan

    When is it worth it to buy a more expensive house?

    I would move if I liked the new area and the potential house better. That would be the determining factor. I wouldn’t move to a part of town I disliked just to lessen a drive though.
  6. Æthelthryth the Texan

    What's for dinner?

    Brats on a bun and chips for 3 of us and PB&J for the younger set. Mamma’s tired and Dad can handle making all of this! Plus it’s nice out and a good excuse for him to drink a beer and man the grill. 😉
  7. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Homeschool Blog Wish List

    I'd love more about homeschooling high school in a CM or interest based way. I feel like there are very few blogs that deal with high school period, and if they do they are either freaking out about college acceptance, so basically are forming their every move around the most rigorous interest requirements and SAT scores, or they're trying to CLEP or test out of everything- basically teaching to the test. Those are fine for people who want that, but personally I would love something for someone who isn't about making high school either a rush course to finish at 15, or a total overzealous Tiger Mom experience.
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    TX residents..some help on vacationing and retirement

    I didn’t know that! We used to live in Clear Lake. Ex-h is from Taylor Lake!
  9. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Online Universities- can we make a list?

    Wow- that would save a ton of money not having to buy books! Especially with the e-book/code racket they have going now.
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    Book a Week 2019 - BW4: Sir Francis Bacon and Essays

    She’s 16, so at this point I don’t really filter much. But thanks for the heads up! I’m trying to do a better job with incorporating biographies here and there for her this year.
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    VP self paced history

    Adding a question if you don't mind! Do the levels vary by maturity as far as the videos themselves- not the booklist- , as in if we decided to skip Ancient Egypt and start with Greeks or Middle Ages, will it be too much for my 2nd grader- to-be next year? Or is it pretty much in the same framework regardless online content wise across the levels? I am really over Ancient Egypt at this point. We've been doing Veritas Bible this year and it's my kids favorite thing for school so I'm seriously considering adding the history next year if I can get out of the intense phonics/learning to read phase. I would sit with them and do it with them as a pair, not send them off with it alone, if that matters.
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    TX residents..some help on vacationing and retirement

    As you look, realize that property taxes vary quite widely. You can jump one mile over and see your rate change 2+%. There are sometimes MUD taxes and PID taxes, and all sorts of wacky infrastructure taxes- particularly within Master Planned Communities. So just know, if you find a general area, look around within all of the municipalities. We've lived before in cities with three different tax rates, as the city might cross counties and there are also different taxes for the newer developments. It's probably one of the wackier things. Also, school districts have different tax rates- that's set separately by each district, and you may have multiple school districts within one city, so again a huge rate variable. Definitely have a knowledgable realtor if you ever quasi-seriously begin looking. We are also getting more and more toll roads by the year, and as spread out as everything is, that can have a pretty big financial impact for some people. Although at least you would be retired and not having to deal with a daily commute......we pay around $100 a month in tolls and that's just for dh driving to and from work, not counting if I drive into Houston or get on the toll roads myself. Personally, I'd say look outside of Houston for sure.
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    Online Universities- can we make a list?

    No specifics. I’m just trying to compile a thread list that’s helpful to me and also to others as I think more and more people will go this route for various reasons. Since there wasn’t already a thread on it, seemed a good one to start!
  14. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Book a Week 2019 - BW4: Sir Francis Bacon and Essays

    The Massie book review is perfect timing @Negin. This will be helpful for filling out some reading for dd for history. @mumto2 and @aggieamy- what a beautiful quilt and what an awesome, personalized spot. Love it. I only finished one book in the last two weeks: In the Woods by Tana French. I gave it 3/5 stars. It started loosing me toward the end so I sped it up to 1.75 speed and finished while cleaning the house. It was a different tone than the Dervla McTiernan book The Ruin. I felt like The Ruin was much darker and woven differently, so I would still say it’s more my preference. But I will read more from French for sure. I think a difference was also the narrators. The Ruin narrator did excellent (to my US ears) accents, whereas the French book narrator was just an English accent the whole way through- regardless of character. And since it’s in Dublin, that was sort of disappointing. Not a deal breaker, but maybe impacted the book. I am now forcing myself to finish The Historian. I still have many pages to go. I make myself read 2-3 chapters a night. I think some of it is we have a lot going on and it’s just gone on too long for my attention span. My next book needs to be 350 pages or less until we get some things off our plate. 🙂 Im not starting another Audible book until next month. Have to catch up on podcasts. And not have an excuse to not finish the Historian, LOL.
  15. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Can I beg more prayers and good thoughts please ?

    Prayers and big hugs.
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