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10 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

The hoenets can appear pretty quickly to set up nests around here. I will be giving the kids a warning today to stay away from underbrush and the bases of trees where they like to build nests. 

I have no experience with hornets. We have bees and paper wasps around here,  both of which take a while to build nests.

And it’s a Dangerous Flying Insect Booya/h!!!🦟 Run for your lives, people!! Run for your lives!!

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I'm having my third Monday in a row. Somebody tell Monday to go away and not come back. She's not playing nice.

Doctor-PO. 

I get to go to sleep for an endoscopy because my swallowing is uncomfortable and nobody knows why--other than this mass thing on the side of my neck. Goody. 

Writing-PO

Don't ask. I'm doing well, but things elsewhere continue to be fruit-basket turnover, and someone put one of Susan's poison-berries in the mix, I think.

Ed-PO

School is going great. Not only did the kid cook dinner on Monday with enthusiasm, he wants me to teach him how to make something today, and I have to do it at lunch because his brother gets the kitchen to cook dinner tonight. We are going to the library on Thursday for cookbooks. They are still finishing at noon or earlier, which suggests that adding French, Logic, and formal writing won't be too much. Small blessings. 

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Critter, I'm so glad your boys are loving their cooking time!

Jean and Angie, prayers for your day.

Susan, I hope your rat gets well. 

Krissi, a fafsa on your car trouble!

Rachel, did you find out what that is?

I put Octonauts on for my kids and slept on the couch for 3 hours. It wasn't intentional, but rather like my body was hijacked and shut down against my will. Fortunately, my kids will sit and watch tv until their eyes bleed if I let them, so Squishy stayed right next to me the whole time and everyone got along. We're going to the park after lunch to try to counterbalance the brain rotting.

I'm still very tired.

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11 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

Critter, I'm so glad your boys are loving their cooking time!

Jean and Angie, prayers for your day.

Susan, I hope your rat gets well. 

Krissi, a fafsa on your car trouble!

Rachel, did you find out what that is?

I put Octonauts on for my kids and slept on the couch for 3 hours. It wasn't intentional, but rather like my body was hijacked and shut down against my will. Fortunately, my kids will sit and watch tv until their eyes bleed if I let them, so Squishy stayed right next to me the whole time and everyone got along. We're going to the park after lunch to try to counterbalance the brain rotting.

I'm still very tired.

I think it's dandruff/cradle cap/dermatitis caused by wearing a pony tail and sweating. It's been 98°-103° and I take them outside every day. I couldn't get a good picture so I was going to measure it with a ruler to track the progression/recession and now it's almost gone. From maybe 70 flakes to 10? Last night I used my shampoo and conditioner on her instead of her usual which is baby shampoo. I'm switching her to something else.

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36 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

Critter, I'm so glad your boys are loving their cooking time!

Jean and Angie, prayers for your day.

Susan, I hope your rat gets well. 

Krissi, a fafsa on your car trouble!

Rachel, did you find out what that is?

I put Octonauts on for my kids and slept on the couch for 3 hours. It wasn't intentional, but rather like my body was hijacked and shut down against my will. Fortunately, my kids will sit and watch tv until their eyes bleed if I let them, so Squishy stayed right next to me the whole time and everyone got along. We're going to the park after lunch to try to counterbalance the brain rotting.

I'm still very tired.

Yes!  I add my prayers and good wishes to these!  

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18 minutes ago, Slache said:

I think it's dandruff/cradle cap/dermatitis caused by wearing a pony tail and sweating. It's been 98°-103° and I take them outside every day. I couldn't get a good picture so I was going to measure it with a ruler to track the progression/recession and now it's almost gone. From maybe 70 flakes to 10? Last night I used my shampoo and conditioner on her instead of her usual which is baby shampoo. I'm switching her to something else.

Yay!  I'm so glad it responded so quickly.  One of the sites I read said to rub mineral oil on the area (and let it sit) before shampooing.  Maybe conditioner first, then shampoo, then conditioner again would work as well.  

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I'm blasting Taylor Swift. Babiness is continuously slamming the door to make it clear that he is unappreciative.

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1 hour ago, Slache said:

I'm blasting Taylor Swift. Babiness is continuously slamming the door to make it clear that he is unappreciative.

I would be doing the same as Awix

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9 minutes ago, myblessings4 said:

I would be doing the same as Awix

So when we go out I'll play T Swift and wear socks with sandals. Got it.

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We made it through the morning!!! iTired. Car is still not done. I guess my two spoiled olders will have to walk home from school. It’s About  a 15 minute walk, but they act as if I’m telling them to take a trek through the Fire Swamp.

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No call on the referral. Other situation deserves bad words, but I won't say them because this is a happy place. 

The boy cooked dinner and only slightly burnt the toast and sausage. The smoke alarm went off three times. Not bad. I'm thinking that tomorrow I might just stay in bed and see if the week gets better, but instead, I'm going to get up, do my chores, and get back to writing. Even if I generate nothing worth revising--still going to do it. I'm bigger than this mess, and better things wait on the other side.

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((((Critter)))) 

Well, it looks like we're going to start a cricket farm so dh doesn't keep spending time and money every couple of days buying crickets at the petshop.  Dd13 goes to the park every day or so to catch moths, but they are small and she worries that Tiger the Bullfrog is not getting enough to eat.

 

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1 minute ago, Susan in TN said:

((((Critter)))) 

Well, it looks like we're going to start a cricket farm so dh doesn't keep spending time and money every couple of days buying crickets at the petshop.  Dd13 goes to the park every day or so to catch moths, but they are small and she worries that Tiger the Bullfrog is not getting enough to eat.

 

Ds35 used to raise crickets and mice to feed the pets.

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Happy Windsday!  

Phase 2 of Garage Cleanup is done.  I've figured out where everything needs to go.  Next chore is getting peg board and making it all happen.

The girls made dinner AND dessert tonight (well, they made dessert yesterday and froze it) and they did it all without any supervision. Dinner was ratatouille again (and yet no dent was made in our bountiful squash supply), and dessert was banana popsicles from a Junior Cookbook I had as a kid.  I  I could quickly get very spoiled. Enjoying it while their enthusiasm lasts.

Sleep tight, all.

 

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Hi. I am very tired and very owie tonight. But today was a good day. We didn’t get rain until right before supper. All the kids from 9 to 19 (and the adults too) had a blast making and then setting off bottle rockets. Both my lessons went well. No one was stung or hurt. I only lost my temper a bit once. The staff is all tired but working together. Tomorrow night is our “post mortem” on this year’s camp and the first planning meeting for next year’s camp. 

I forgot the Starbucks card. 

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Good Thursday morning!  Coffee is ready!

(((Critter)))  May all referrals and writing issues and everything else resolve in the best way.

(((Jean)))  Yay for a good week of camp!

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Good morning!

I'm up too early but my brain doesn't believe in going back to sleep if I wake up early and I got tired of lying in bed awake.

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Good Morning, Happy Thursday.   

Dd is staying home today instead of coming and helping me with camp.   It's her brother's birthday and all he wants is to NOT have to watch the dog all day.  Yep, his idea of a perfect day is being left alone to hang out in his room.  My mother is coming over for dinner tonight because he also didn't want to go out to dinner.  

Camp shouldn't be so bad today since I only have 4 kids (all boys).   Yesterday did not go so smoothly with some very defiant kids that meant I had to get stricter than I usually am.

Next week I think I only have three kids for the week (at least so far) but two of them are doing extended care and coming an hour early and staying two hours late.  It's going to be a long week.

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Good morning!

Dh will take two of the kids to tutorial on the way to work and the rest of us will have a normal lesson day.  Ds14 has a cello lesson after tutorial and if all goes according to plan, we will get home in time for me to shove a little food into me and then leave for orchestra rehearsal.

Coffee!

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Morning. Another frustrating and sad day coming up. I need to call the hospital today to ask about the referral. They were supposed to call yesterday. Nothing. They've dropped the ball on things like this before. But, I'm going to art and I'm going to paint, and when I get home, I'm going to write, and I might even decide to make banana bread just because I want some. School is going well, and the boy did a good job on housekeeping and dinner yesterday. I plan to go to the library after art and see if I can't figure out if one book is still missing or on the shelf, and then the boys can pick out some good cookbooks for study.

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Good Morning!

Happy Thursday!

There's a lot of grumpiness going on here today.  Not me.  I'm too groggy to be grumpy.  :)

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Good Morning!!!

COFFEE!!!!!~D

Friday Eve!! For the life of me, I cannot figure out and then remember what day of the week it is. This entire week has been that way.

Warning: EdPo

School has been going well this week. I really like Hake Grammar. Why did we not know about this before? We are learning the geographical features of the state of California. And we started Latin for Children. My heart is definitely with Memoria Press, but.... 1) I just dropped Latin last spring for everyone. Life was so hard and I couldn’t keep up with everything; 2) I wanted to start Latin up again, but felt like we needed a fresh start and wanted to keep the girls together because #easier; 3) the only other program I felt was a complete program with a video was Latin for Children and my charter pays for it. I really do love Dr. Perrin and there’s nothing wrong with the program, it’s just different. All we’ve used is MP’s materials and then Henle. CAP has very slightly different pronunciations, they say “amatum” and not “amatus”. And their chants are different. 😩😩 I’m such a baby.😂

Awana training went well last night.

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One thing in my day is better. The person I have been worried about for over 48 hours is safe now. So very, very tired. Thanks for praying.

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School has been a bust this week. The kids have watched too much tv while I finish these work projects, but I'm also working to get our new organizational systems in place (checklist templates made for easy access, recurring errands and appointments scheduled, shopping list template made amd saved on my local store's website, etc.) When I'm done, we'll spend the next 2-3 weeks trying it out and tweaking it before co-op/piano/speech therapy/kid's church starts. I have to remember to factor in time for system maintenance each week (meal planning, school planning, order groceries and books, pay bills, etc). It also looks like I'm going to be working 3 hours a day, 6 days a week rather than 4-5 hours 4 days a week, but I think that will end up being okay. I'm still taking Sundays off.

And, of course, everything will change as soon as Baby comes! But I'm hoping having this structure in place will help us get back into things more smoothly after the newborn phase. Fingers crossed!

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Ds2 just held up a piece of dry cat food shaped like a fish.

"a fish!"

pops it in his mouth

"yummy!"

*svengo*

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Everyone is sick.

I would be a baby about switching Latin programs too.

I have never eaten cat food but 2/3 of my kids have eaten dog food.

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The cricket habitat is all set up.  The girls caught a minnow in the creek, but so far Tiger won't eat it.  

Don't let me forget to bring ds14's cello, music bag, and coffee with me when I go to pick them up from tutorial.  In 2 hours and 45 minutes. I better set an alarm.

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Yay, the mechanic called. He’s coming to get me. Yay for cars. Boo for drained bank accounts.

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Got my car back. My mom loaned me her Acadia the past couple days. It’s a nice car, but.... I am so glad to have my 15 year old Sienna back. It’s pretty beat up, but I still like driving it.

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31 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

Got my car back. My mom loaned me her Acadia the past couple days. It’s a nice car, but.... I am so glad to have my 15 year old Sienna back. It’s pretty beat up, but I still like driving it.

Impressive!

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Art was a much needed break from drama. My art teacher is about the most low-drama person in the world, and a nice painting time was had by all. So now I'm getting ready to write, and deal with more drama either tomorrow or more likely on Monday. And maybe that will be the end of drama, but I kind of doubt it. 

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I'm so glad art gave you some downtime, Critter.

I've been sorting more sections of the garage today, and praying dh is agreeable to donating what we don't use/need. Tonight I escape for a haircut, and then go shopping (by myself!) for garage supplies (peg board, etc).  

Also I am feeling overwhelmed at all that needs to happen between now and school starting (4 birthdays, binding of various school items and unbinding of others, filing away last year's school paperwork...).  

I am patting myself on the back though, for resisting the urge to accept yet another academic co-op invitation.  Go me!  (I'm not opposed to co-ops, but I am determined that this will be the Year of the Introvert.  The Introvert being Me.) 

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18 minutes ago, lots of little ducklings said:

I'm so glad art gave you some downtime, Critter.

I've been sorting more sections of the garage today, and praying dh is agreeable to donating what we don't use/need. Tonight I escape for a haircut, and then go shopping (by myself!) for garage supplies (peg board, etc).  

Also I am feeling overwhelmed at all that needs to happen between now and school starting (4 birthdays, binding of various school items and unbinding of others, filing away last year's school paperwork...).  

I am patting myself on the back though, for resisting the urge to accept yet another academic co-op invitation.  Go me!  (I'm not opposed to co-ops, but I am determined that this will be the Year of the Introvert.  The Introvert being Me.) 

Yay for Year of the Introvert!!!  

I vote that you cancel the birthdays.  😂

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Took the girls to Taco Bell for a belated First Day of School Lunch. Then off the to the grocery store for grapes and to the gas station and now home again, home again jiggety jig.

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I have blood in my urine. We should skip the wedding. Thank you to whomever was praying for this.

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PLANNING PO FORTHCOMING!

Ye have been warned.

School

  • Partial lessons this week, next week, and the week after, with more added each week until we're running on a full schedule the week our co-op and Wednesday night kid's church starts again (9/9).
  • Checklist template is done for each kid and for me, allowing for fluctuations with schedule on given days.
  • I'm still working out the work weeks/break weeks, considering All The Things. We stop school the week of Thanksgiving and won't get started again until after the new year so we can get prepared for Baby and used to his presence. In the new year it will be easy. We'll do a 6 week/1 week thing. Until then, it looks like it might work better to do 7/1.
  • Once that's done, I can plan the first chunk and prep all the stuff for it so all we have to do is open and go.
  • There are three days of each break week dedicated to planning the next chunk of time (1 day) and preparing photocopies, art projects, science experiments, etc. (2 days).

Work

  • I'm writing every spare minute to finish the two projects I'm committed to. After that, a usual assignment requires a 3,000 words/day commitment. Add in editing, and I'm planning for a half hour of editing in the morning before kids get up, and two and half to three hours of writing time in the evening, after the kids go to bed. This way I get a rest break in the middle of the day instead of writing then, too, and I can take Sundays completely off.

Household

  • I have plans for food prep time on Saturday for each week, and a freezer food prep day in each break week.
  • I'm training the kids to do parts of our daily routine, so they start learning, we spend more time together, and I'm (hopefully) working myself out of jobs.
  • There's a deep cleaning day scheduled for break weeks, which is the only time the floors will get mopped.

I told Dave he gets the kids on Saturdays so I can catch up whatever needs to be caught up in any category, and I have rest times actually planned into the day and week (after these projects are done - no rest until then!), so hopefully I'll actually make a six week stretch without burnout. Any advice/tips from what you see? I'm all ears!

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3 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

PLANNING PO FORTHCOMING!

Ye have been warned.

School

  • Partial lessons this week, next week, and the week after, with more added each week until we're running on a full schedule the week our co-op and Wednesday night kid's church starts again (9/9).
  • Checklist template is done for each kid and for me, allowing for fluctuations with schedule on given days.
  • I'm still working out the work weeks/break weeks, considering All The Things. We stop school the week of Thanksgiving and won't get started again until after the new year so we can get prepared for Baby and used to his presence. In the new year it will be easy. We'll do a 6 week/1 week thing. Until then, it looks like it might work better to do 7/1.
  • Once that's done, I can plan the first chunk and prep all the stuff for it so all we have to do is open and go.
  • There are three days of each break week dedicated to planning the next chunk of time (1 day) and preparing photocopies, art projects, science experiments, etc. (2 days).

Work

  • I'm writing every spare minute to finish the two projects I'm committed to. After that, a usual assignment requires a 3,000 words/day commitment. Add in editing, and I'm planning for a half hour of editing in the morning before kids get up, and two and half to three hours of writing time in the evening, after the kids go to bed. This way I get a rest break in the middle of the day instead of writing then, too, and I can take Sundays completely off.

Household

  • I have plans for food prep time on Saturday for each week, and a freezer food prep day in each break week.
  • I'm training the kids to do parts of our daily routine, so they start learning, we spend more time together, and I'm (hopefully) working myself out of jobs.
  • There's a deep cleaning day scheduled for break weeks, which is the only time the floors will get mopped.

I told Dave he gets the kids on Saturdays so I can catch up whatever needs to be caught up in any category, and I have rest times actually planned into the day and week (after these projects are done - no rest until then!), so hopefully I'll actually make a six week stretch without burnout. Any advice/tips from what you see? I'm all ears!

Looks fantastic!

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I just spent some quality time in the kitchen.

My freezer meals this week are going to a friend who was in a car accident.  😞  Everyone is mostly ok.  She's bruised and the car is probably totaled.

I know that some people from church are taking her meals this week.  I told her husband that I would bring some freezer main dishes that would be easy to throw together as a meal sometime in the future when she's having a rough day.  He was very appreciative.

Tonight's Kitchen Adventure:

Hamburgers and pasta salad for our dinner.

Hard-boiled eggs to keep in the fridge for a high-protein snack.

4 pounds of Taco Meat -- half for us; half for my friend

2 Rotisserie chickens pulled apart and divided into 2 c. portions for making pot pie

 

Later This Week*:

2 batches of meatballs (1 to keep/1 to give)

Lemon-garlic chicken (to give)

Glazed chicken (to give)

Steak fajitas (1 to keep/1 to give)

Steak pieces seasoned with pepper (1 to keep/1 to give)

 

*All plans at Junie's House are subject to change, sometimes at a moment's notice.

 

 

 

 

 

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I had another horrendous migraine earlier today.  One of the girls opened the bathroom door and turned off the light at the same time.  I saw the flash of light from the corner of my eye and immediately had a severe migraine.  Thankfully I was able to get it under control within just a couple of hours.  I wish that I didn't have such terrible sensory issues.

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3 hours ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

PLANNING PO FORTHCOMING!

Ye have been warned.

School

  • Partial lessons this week, next week, and the week after, with more added each week until we're running on a full schedule the week our co-op and Wednesday night kid's church starts again (9/9).
  • Checklist template is done for each kid and for me, allowing for fluctuations with schedule on given days.
  • I'm still working out the work weeks/break weeks, considering All The Things. We stop school the week of Thanksgiving and won't get started again until after the new year so we can get prepared for Baby and used to his presence. In the new year it will be easy. We'll do a 6 week/1 week thing. Until then, it looks like it might work better to do 7/1.
  • Once that's done, I can plan the first chunk and prep all the stuff for it so all we have to do is open and go.
  • There are three days of each break week dedicated to planning the next chunk of time (1 day) and preparing photocopies, art projects, science experiments, etc. (2 days).

Work

  • I'm writing every spare minute to finish the two projects I'm committed to. After that, a usual assignment requires a 3,000 words/day commitment. Add in editing, and I'm planning for a half hour of editing in the morning before kids get up, and two and half to three hours of writing time in the evening, after the kids go to bed. This way I get a rest break in the middle of the day instead of writing then, too, and I can take Sundays completely off.

Household

  • I have plans for food prep time on Saturday for each week, and a freezer food prep day in each break week.
  • I'm training the kids to do parts of our daily routine, so they start learning, we spend more time together, and I'm (hopefully) working myself out of jobs.
  • There's a deep cleaning day scheduled for break weeks, which is the only time the floors will get mopped.

I told Dave he gets the kids on Saturdays so I can catch up whatever needs to be caught up in any category, and I have rest times actually planned into the day and week (after these projects are done - no rest until then!), so hopefully I'll actually make a six week stretch without burnout. Any advice/tips from what you see? I'm all ears!

impressive!

Feel free to plan my week any time.

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3 hours ago, Slache said:

I have blood in my urine. We should skip the wedding. Thank you to whomever was praying for this.

Oh no!

Are you seeing a doctor?

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4 hours ago, Slache said:

I have blood in my urine. We should skip the wedding. Thank you to whomever was praying for this.

What?!?!  Really?  But...but I wanted to see you!

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58 minutes ago, maize said:

Oh no!

Are you seeing a doctor?

No pain. TMI: I think it's an early cycle. When it's way off on the calendar it's too light to come out on it's own. It looks like a UTI for a little while.

2 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

What?!?!  Really?  But...but I wanted to see you!

Oh, I'll still come see you! But I shouldn't go to Cincinnati. The water there. It's just not a good idea.

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