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General stuff to do today.  Lessons, Aldi, library.  Dd17 starts an online class today.  The first online class I/we have ever done.  We'll see how it goes.

Coffee!

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Good Morning!

Happy Wednesday!

I've been having more pain than usual for the past couple of days.  I'm walking with a more pronounce limp than usual.  Tai Chi this week was pretty hard.  I couldn't shift my weight onto my left foot.  And walking down stairs has been difficult.  Not sure if it's because of the weather, because I hit my leg on something a few weeks ago, or because I (maybe) forgot to take my medicine last week.  Or it could be that the cortisone injections in my foot are wearing off.  Or it could be something else.  Shrug.

I have to do some walking today, but thankfully not a whole lot.

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Good Morning!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Humph Day!!!!

School and work. Awana tonight. I just want to go back to bed.

I treated an in-grown toenail once. It wasn’t horrible.

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12 hours ago, lots of little ducklings said:

Dd7 helped me mud. There will be a little more sanding than I like, but not much.  She listened carefully and did a pretty good job, even with the taping!  She wants to be a builder when she grows up.  🥰 

I feel silly for asking, but what is mudding?   I'm sure it's not what it sounds like, which is splattering through mud.

9 hours ago, Spudater said:

Have you seen litcharts.com?  It’s pretty nice for summaries, themes, basic info.  I divided up thr Aeneid into four weeks and the first five books of Nicomachean Ethics into three weeks.  I’m planning on reading and notebooking along, falling back on litcharts if necessary. I came up with an essay assignment for each week (I’d read both books before and I was remembering things as I looked at the materials, maybe that helped).  So, for example her last essay for the Aeneid is to compare/contrast Odysseus and Aeneas, their characters and motivations. The essay topic for books 4-5 of NE is to explain Aristotle’s statement that “in justice all virtue is summed up” and to give examples. 

I "pinned" the site.  It looks very useful.  

I think I need to go through my Pinterest and maybe get rid of some of the older stuff, or at least move it to it's own board or something.   I have 11,839 pins going back to around when we first started homeschooling.  Evidently I was a really early adapter of Pinterest.  Between homescholing, general household stuff, my 4-H Clubs, now teaching I have a LOT of stuff.   Maybe that's a project for this summer. 

Ds gets ingrown toenails easily.  The skin around his toenails comes over quite a bit.  We soak and treat ourselves since they aren't that severe.  (we've discussed with the doctor and that's fine).  

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Good Morning.   On today's schedule - kids do school, I finish laundry, maybe do some cleaning, run to the classroom, run to the pharmacy to drop off my inhaler script and see about a renewal for dd's inhaler, to the gym, then back to classroom for tutoring.

We're finally going to do something fun during one of our weeks off!   The kids and I are meeting up with some of the other teens they've gotten to be friends with from classes and doing an escape room.   dd asked if I could do it with them (and they think I'm fun so they're all cool with it  😊), which turns out since she and another are only 12 and they have to have a parent unless they are 13, works out well.   This way I can also help manage ds if things aren't going well.    Should be fun.  

I was hoping to do some outside hiking or something this week but everyday has been/will be either raining or super cold.  Neither is going to get me to go outside so maybe next break (beginning of April).  

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11 minutes ago, Where's Toto? said:

I feel silly for asking, but what is mudding?   I'm sure it's not what it sounds like, which is splattering through mud.

When putting up a new wall, you first put up sheets of dry wall, then mud over all the cracks. Once the mud dries, you sand the the mud down so the wall is nice and smooth before priming and painting. For repairing holes in a wall, you cut out a section of the dry wall and replace it, then mud and sand in the same manner. It's time consuming but simple enough once you've got a good technique.

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4 minutes ago, Servant4Christ said:

When putting up a new wall, you first put up sheets of dry wall, then mud over all the cracks. Once the mud dries, you sand the the mud down so the wall is nice and smooth before priming and painting. For repairing holes in a wall, you cut out a section of the dry wall, then mud and sand in the same manner. It's time consuming but simple enough once you've got a good technique.

We call that Spackle/spackling.  

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9 minutes ago, Where's Toto? said:

We call that Spackle/spackling.  

Same thing, I THINK. Maybe it's a regional thing like some people say soda and others say pop.

Then again, it could be 2 different products (sheetrock mud and spackle) that are used in a similar manner depending on the purpose. I THOUGHT spackle was more for ceilings, but I could be wrong. DH does a lot of renovations here at home, but I don't pay much attention to details like that. I just leave him to it.

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Morning. I call it mudding, too. I typically refer to filling holes as spackle, but when I'm doing seams in sheetrock or a large defect, I call it mudding. 

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Got a busy day of revision to do. More cutting. I'll be glad when that's done and I can go back and check all the places that were cut to make sure no major information was cut, and to make sure everything flows properly. This is one of the more onerous bits of writing that I don't like, mostly because it's usually not improving the story, just making it shorter. The difficulty is trying not to harm or irreversibly damage something to chisel off the excess wordage, and that's just a finicky business!

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9 hours ago, Spudater said:

I read that realistic schedule thread and now I’m wondering if I havea realistic schedule. 

 

Solution: Stop reading those threads.

 

No, really. Unless you know for certain that the situation is EXTREMELY similar to your own, it's of absolutely no use anyway.  You're doing great, Spuds. Relax. It's going to be fabulous. And it's going to be over before you know it.

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I really should be out doing PoopAerobics™. But it's 15 freaking degrees and I don't wanna.

("Freaking degrees" are much, MUCH more difficult to handle than regular degrees, FYI. You're welcome.)

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And the short person and I are going to be out of town for three days. I have MUCH to do.

So sitting here is a bad plan.

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I quit reading realistic schedule things some years ago. I'm working full-time writing, the boys are being educated, and so far I still have most of my hair. That's mostly winning. Although I really do need to take everyone down to the traffic place today and get our driver's permit stuff ready, and then I'll need to take some of my writing time off to teach driving. My hair will probably start thinning then. 

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Hi. In five minutes I have to get up 1 1/2 hours earlier than normal, drive four hours- then I have two back to back camp meetings and then I drive back. If you have a spare prayer or two you might include me in

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12 minutes ago, JoJosMom said:

Does anyone have a cattle prod?

Jean?

 

12 minutes ago, JoJosMom said:

Susan?

 

12 minutes ago, JoJosMom said:

Mom?

We would give you our oomph, but Slache broke it. But it might have been in bad shape when she borrowed it. 😜

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Ponies taken care of. No PoopAerobics™. It's frozen. 😑

 

(And, honestly, it's not THAT cold out there. It's actually been a very mild winter, which has turned me into a baby. 😋)

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38 minutes ago, whitehawk said:

JJM, get off this internet right now and go do your chores.

 

You are now the ponies' favorite person!

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1 hour ago, JoJosMom said:

 

Solution: Stop reading those threads.

 

No, really. Unless you know for certain that the situation is EXTREMELY similar to your own, it's of absolutely no use anyway.  You're doing great, Spuds. Relax. It's going to be fabulous. And it's going to be over before you know it.

Actually the funny thing is that I didn’t think her committments sounded abnrmally heavy but everyone on the thread seems to think so. Maybe I know a bunch of crazy people IRL because I always feel overextended and yet like I’m not doing half as much as most of them. 🤷‍♀️

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Alert the paparazzi, I’ll be waddling into the DMV today in sandals and socks like the glamorous fashion maven I am. 

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2 hours ago, whitehawk said:

JJM, get off this internet right now and go do your chores.

You win. Mine sounds more like a motivational cheer with pompoms than the requested cattle prod. 😂

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Made it through rush hour traffic with no difficulties. Fortunately I left early enough. Now I am having breakfast at Starbucks. Which is good because I am starving!

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3 minutes ago, klmama said:

They have tasty breakfast sandwiches.  Hope your day goes well!

Unfortunately I am gluten free. But I did get a fruit and protein box. 

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39 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

Forgot my meds at home. Bad day to do this but absolutely zero I can do about it. 

Stealth copter's in the shop again, huh? :/

I hope you have a good day anyway.

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A quick google looks like spackling can be used to fill holes or smooth out seams between drywall, whereas mudding can only be used on unpainted or unplastered walls because it will only stick to drywall paper.    Mudding tends to be used for larger jobs but spackling can be used as well.  Spackle doesn't sand as easily because it hardens more and doesn't shrink.

Interesting.  I know when dh built our room he used spackle.    Mudding uses joint compound.

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I am changing some of this morning's <hearts> to afternoon LOLs.   Amazing what a few cups of coffee will do for me.

All three girls helped with sanding and mudding the wall this morning, so it took 3x longer than it would have otherwise.  But we are done for the day, and showered, and eating a very late tuna wrap with blue chips lunch.  (Except I'm the only one who likes tuna wraps, so the rest are eating.... just blue chips.  Oh well.)

Tonight is Chick-Fil-A! at the mall.  Brought to you by Grandma and her Christmas gift cards to the kids.   Except I'm really not a breaded chicken fan, and since they kicked chicken salad off the menu, I never know what to get.  Seems a bit of a sacrilege, but I may wander over to Cheesecake Factory and get some cow takeout for myself instead. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Where's Toto? said:

A quick google looks like spackling can be used to fill holes or smooth out seams between drywall, whereas mudding can only be used on unpainted or unplastered walls because it will only stick to drywall paper.    Mudding tends to be used for larger jobs but spackling can be used as well.  Spackle doesn't sand as easily because it hardens more and doesn't shrink.

Interesting.  I know when dh built our room he used spackle.    Mudding uses joint compound.

 

Phew!  We are mudding a new wall, which I've done a lot of in the aftermath of the Great Blizzard of 2015*.  I've always called that "mudding" but didn't really know if it was an official term or just some horribly inappropriate urban dictionary term that I was carelessly tossing about in public. 

 

*Not really that big a storm.  But it wreaked havoc on our house and our lives for years to come. ITT saved my sanity.  🥰

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6 hours ago, Servant4Christ said:

I'm trying not to use ITT in place of the K-8 board, so I'm off to search the older threads first, then possibly play in the kiddie pool.

I know what you mean. Sadly, most of my thoughts are about homeschooling materials lately. I just started a thread on the K-8 board which should be fairly benign. 

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44 minutes ago, Slache said:

I use ITT as the k-8 board.

Well, if Slache does it, it's totally kosher then! OK!

So I have the following down, keeping in mind portability, cost, and long-term use: (No, we don't know if we are going yet, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.)

Math: Saxon (I'm thinking about making the daily drill sheets as write on/wipe off with wet erase markers. Those wkbks are $35 each!)

Lang Arts: English Lessons Through Literature by barefoot ragamuffin (just decided like 5 mins. ago) I can buy the whole thing as a pdf from anywhere lulu.com works.

Science: BJU dlo (found out we can access it in the UK! Thank goodness! This was my biggest worry. Still going to cost a boatload.)

History: still deciding because if we are there, they really should focus on UK history. I would like to bring one good middle school level USA history and geography resource. We hate Hakim, btw.

Art: Draw, Write, Now series and You Can Draw in 30 Days, plus whatever. I would really like to get the entire set of Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, too.

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8 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

Well, if Slache does it, it's totally kosher then! OK!

So I have the following down, keeping in mind portability, cost, and long-term use: (No, we don't know if we are going yet, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.)

Math: Saxon (I'm thinking about making the daily drill sheets as write on/wipe off with wet erase markers. Those wkbks are $35 each!)

Lang Arts: English Lessons Through Literature by barefoot ragamuffin (just decided like 5 mins. ago) I can buy the whole thing as a pdf from anywhere lulu.com works.

Science: BJU dlo (found out we can access it in the UK! Thank goodness! This was my biggest worry. Still going to cost a boatload.)

History: still deciding because if we are there, they really should focus on UK history. I would like to bring one good middle school level USA history and geography resource. We hate Hakim, btw.

Art: Draw, Write, Now series and You Can Draw in 30 Days, plus whatever. I would really like to get the entire set of Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, too.

Have you used Saxon? It drills incredibly well, in my opinion.

Look at The Virtual Instructor for art.

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Revising for the day is done. I always hate getting done early. Makes me think I probably should have scheduled more. But if I do too much, I'll start cutting too hard, and that's a danger I want to avoid. Well, I guess I get to start dinner early. Pizza crusts are in the oven. And I guess I can write extra in my fun story that I'm drafting to keep myself from taking my writing too seriously.  I also could research a place for this latest rejected short story.

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28 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

Well, if Slache does it, it's totally kosher then! OK!

So I have the following down, keeping in mind portability, cost, and long-term use: (No, we don't know if we are going yet, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.)

Math: Saxon (I'm thinking about making the daily drill sheets as write on/wipe off with wet erase markers. Those wkbks are $35 each!)

Lang Arts: English Lessons Through Literature by barefoot ragamuffin (just decided like 5 mins. ago) I can buy the whole thing as a pdf from anywhere lulu.com works.

Science: BJU dlo (found out we can access it in the UK! Thank goodness! This was my biggest worry. Still going to cost a boatload.)

History: still deciding because if we are there, they really should focus on UK history. I would like to bring one good middle school level USA history and geography resource. We hate Hakim, btw.

Art: Draw, Write, Now series and You Can Draw in 30 Days, plus whatever. I would really like to get the entire set of Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, too.

 

For history this year, I'm using Our Island Story (HE Marshall).  LIbrivox has the audios available for free, and I think AO has the text available free too, though I bought a print copy. 

My kids love it. It's story-style, much like SOTW. Along with some monarchy cards and memory work and a little map study, they are learning tons and making great connections (with our Chaucer/Shakespeare studies in particular). Would be so fantastic to be in UK while studying it all!

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Dd flies out early tomorrow morning.

She hasn't started packing yet.

She's instead spending the entire afternoon at the dojo going over her competition forms.

Which isn't a bad way to prepare for a competition but it does leave me feeling like *I* ought to be doing her packing for her.

ETA anxious mom booyah

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There is actually a bunch of stuff I do need to do, like making sure she has some cash and a debit card and any phone numbers she might need. And calling my SiL to verify that she has the correct information for meeting her at the airport and getting her to the competition venue. First time ever flying alone, and she has actually only been on a plane once since she was six years old, and that was flying out of our extremely tiny municipal airport. Back when my parents were living overseas we flew with the kids a few times but she was too young to remember much. This time she is flying from one major sorry to another major airport, fortunately nonstop.

Flying doesn't make me nervous, but big airports do. Too big, too many people, too much stress over getting to the right place at the right time.

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34 minutes ago, maize said:

There is actually a bunch of stuff I do need to do, like making sure she has some cash and a debit card and any phone numbers she might need. And calling my SiL to verify that she has the correct information for meeting her at the airport and getting her to the competition venue. First time ever flying alone, and she has actually only been on a plane once since she was six years old, and that was flying out of our extremely tiny municipal airport. Back when my parents were living overseas we flew with the kids a few times but she was too young to remember much. This time she is flying from one major sorry to another major airport, fortunately nonstop.

Flying doesn't make me nervous, but big airports do. Too big, too many people, too much stress over getting to the right place at the right time.

 

 

((maize)) She'll do great! But I understand; I've sent my across the country twice now. I almost died the first time. She had a FAB time, absolutely loved it. I'll bet yours will, too.

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