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I can’t believe the Portal is open again. The Portal gods are smiling on me.

 

Bedroom and bathroom are clean. Cleaned off dining room table, changed table cloth, threw out dead roses and replaced with another bouquet.

Hey, it’s a Booya/h!!

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Welp.  I let the little neighbor girl stay for the zoom recital against my better judgement.  And naturally, right in the middle of dd14's piece, her brother came and rang the doorbell (dd14 was playing right in front of the front door) and chaos ensued trying to get the girl to stop yelling about her brother's shirt (which was trapped upstairs) and hustle her out the back door.  🤪  Abigail was a pro and didn't miss a beat. 

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7 hours ago, KrissiK said:

I need to go check on my cucumber. It’s almost ready to pick.

I found another cucumber almost ready for picking. It was hiding behind some leaves and I was training the vines up the trellis and i found it. Woohoo!

 

Points for quoting myself.

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We went to oldest DD’s school for Open House. It was fun. They fought the County last fall and won and will have had 180 days of in-person leaning this year and no Covid outbreaks.

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Good Morning!

Happy Sunday!

We have chilly weather today (and it will continue for most of the week).  I'm glad that I didn't switch out the cold weather clothes.

Church and iglesia.

 

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Morning.   Turns out my kayaking trip was 10am, not 1pm.  Since dh won't be home that early my options were not go or bring dd.  This place is basically one where you launch, stay in the water for an hour or two and then get out at once.   I didn't really want her stuck in a kayak if she started feeling yucky from the meds.    So, we're going to our lake at 1pm instead and invited her friend that she's been hanging out with lately.   Our lake is smaller with a sandy beach so it's easy to get in and out whenever you want, can sit on the beach between runs in the kayaks.   Dd thinks they're going to swim but I"m not so sure.  It's supposed to hit a high of 79 but I'm sure that water is pretty cold.  I told the friends mom to send some warm clothes to put on after getting out if they do go in.  

I did get a bunch of classes done yesterday so I'm good until Wednesday at least.   I'll set up school when we get back tonight, then work on additional classes during the week.    I have four weeks left until Memorial Day, then that week off, then makeups from snow days for all except Wednesday and Friday classes.    Definitely in the home stretch of this year.  Then a few weeks off before my first summer camp.   Only 5 weeks of summer camp, with a week off in between each one, some may only run a half day.  

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Good morning!

Jean, that pup must’ve sensed the value of having Xena on his side!

We got out our summer clothes over a month ago, and despite hours of effort, the Two Youngest still have not managed to get their clothes organized and put away. At some point this week I will need to spend a few hours with them and get it done already. 

It’s Sunday School hour.  After lunch I have to bring the Two Middles to their spring orchestra concert recording.  We got an email this morning that the outdoor concerts of the Two Youngest’s orchestra have been cancelled. Bah. I hate this year. 

In other news, my peonies are looking good and will probably be in full bloom in a couple weeks! 😊

Coffee!

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Youth orchestra concert recording is done.  The kids said the concert hall was a really cool place.  I only saw the back parking lot, which was less than beautiful, lol.  That was dd18's last orchestra performance.  😭 Yesterday was her last violin recital.  😭😭  Friday was her last violin lesson with her beloved teacher. 😭😭😭

Time for afternoon coffee.  Maybe it will give me the courage to get done the things that need to be done.  🏋️♀️

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We made it kayaking.   It was raining a bit this morning, weather reports were all over the place with rain, thunderstorms, no rain, maybe rain.  Radar showed long bands of rain to the west that disbursed before they hit us so we took the chance and the afternoon ended up being beautiful.  Dd and her friend had a great time kayaking, I tried out my new kayak and it was great.   

Only bad thing was I forgot to put on sunscreen and I got sunburn on my forearms.  I wore light weight, Coolibar pants so my legs were fine.  

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16 minutes ago, Wheres Toto said:

We made it kayaking.   It was raining a bit this morning, weather reports were all over the place with rain, thunderstorms, no rain, maybe rain.  Radar showed long bands of rain to the west that disbursed before they hit us so we took the chance and the afternoon ended up being beautiful.  Dd and her friend had a great time kayaking, I tried out my new kayak and it was great.   

Only bad thing was I forgot to put on sunscreen and I got sunburn on my forearms.  I wore light weight, Coolibar pants so my legs were fine.  

  I was just coming back to ask how the kayaking went.  Yay for cooperating weather and awesome new kayak!

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The portal opened!  I am only ketchupped this page.  Yay for fun kayaking.  Tears for last recitals and lessons.  Boo for wonky transmissions and long waits for flooring.  Hugs for all who need 'em.  

It was an exciting weekend here.  Two highschool kids had their homeschool spring formal.  Youngest dd had her swim banquet.  Oldest ds came home from college.  Saturday I had a to-do list a mile long and got almost all of it done before he got home, including a homecooked meal and homemade bread.  

One more week of school for my highschoolers and two more weeks for youngest dd and two more weeks of college for 2nd oldest.  Then the wild rumpus can begin, lol.  

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Everyone else is getting ready to wrap up and finish this school year, I'm planning to crank things up.  Sort of.  For some subjects. 

We always homeschooled year round but this year was so screwy that there's more I want to work on than usual this summer.   

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Good morning!  It's The Queen's favorite day!

Thank you for adhering to regulations, Critter.  I want a kayak, too!  Some day...

Yay for countertops!  Hope everything goes smoothly today, Jean.

It's been a crazy morning.  I stupidly scheduled a video call meeting with the Modsy designer for 9 this morning, which is also when dd18 needed to start work.  She was flexible, though, and I dropped her off early and made it back home in time for the call.  

The rest of the morning has been preparing backpacks for the scout trip because we have our first Pack Shake-down tonight.  You pack everything you are planning to bring on the trail and then experienced backpackers go through and make sure you are not forgetting anything important and tell you the stuff you should not bother bringing.  Despite my months of encouragement for dd14 to get started organizing her personal list, she has not yet done it.  So much scrambling on her part.  Naturally, I can't find the headlamps, spoons, or phone chargers that I got for the trip.  I must have put them somewhere safe and completely logical, lol.

Coffee!

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The dog catches sight of the countertop guys (axe murderers all) and barks up a storm.  I tell her to knock it off and then throw out a handful of treats.  So far I don't seem to be teaching her to bark since she will then settle down for over a half hour or so. 

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I have my backpack all packed and in the van.  It weighs 26 pounds with 3 liters of water but without food or crew gear, so that seems reasonable.

Now taking the kids to their final outdoor childrens/youth choir session to do their recording project.  Then going straight to Scouts for group pictures.  Then taking the older two home and going back to the girls' meeting.  After their thing we will have the crew meeting and shakedown and review bear bag hanging.

More Coffee!

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12 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

Xena's upper body resistance training exercises and dumbbells done.  My arms are now spaghetti arms.   (From fatigue.  But stronger spaghetti arms than they used to be because of working out!)

Quoting myself to say that it took me 12 hours to figure out that stronger spaghetti arms are probably fettuccine arms! 

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We have our new countertops and they are be-oo-ti-ful!  Since we had only a two inch square sample to help us choose the color, it was a bit of a gamble since you don't really know how those two inches will look when spread out for a number of feet. . .   

Yesterday we got a sample of some tile that we thought might work for a backsplash and once we put it next to the countertop, it looked awesome as well. " It's nice when a plan comes together!"  (to quote Hannibal Smith)

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Wow, the Portal opened right up this morning!!!

Good Morning!!!

COFFEE!!~D

Tuesday!!!

School and work. Work has been rough lately. Lots of my high schoolers really struggling.

DH is getting braces today.  He is not looking forward to it, but he really needs them. Not just for cosmetic reasons (that’s not why he’s getting them, but his teeth are very crooked), but he actually broke a tooth back in January and he has had to have several crowns because of his bite. So, braces it is.

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Morning. Portal closed on me, but opened afterwards. Bad storms last night. Didn't sleep a lot or very well, but it looks like everything survived, including the vehicles, trees, house, and young pumpkins. Mostly we were concerned about the pumpkins.

Busy day here, but I think I'm going to do a bit of baking today.

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Good morning!  May the Fourth be with you!

My dentist got braces a couple years ago - he's in his late 50's maybe?

Woke up to a thunderstorm this morning.  It was loud!  (Oh, I see now that Critter was sharing!)

  I have a facebook memorial service for my aunt this morning.  She was my mom's 4th sibling/in-law to pass away this year.  

Coffee!

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8 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

I need a new, light, easy read.  I just can't get into Ready, Player Two.  What are your recommendations?

I heard it's really different than Ready, Player One?  I haven't decided whether I'm going to read it yet or not.  I think I have to reread the first one first.

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So, this year was a little bit of a weird one for the business given covid and all that.  But overall it's been really good.   But next year is looking like it's going to be amazing.  I already have a day where there's only one space left in four different classes for NEXT YEAR.  As in September.   As in this has never ever happened before, most of my registrations usually come in August.  

I'm meeting a realtor tomorrow to see about expanding into space next to me, and I'm definitely hiring another teacher for next year, but it's really exciting to have this kind of activity this early on.   Next year will be my 5th year in business.

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3 hours ago, Wheres Toto said:

So, this year was a little bit of a weird one for the business given covid and all that.  But overall it's been really good.   But next year is looking like it's going to be amazing.  I already have a day where there's only one space left in four different classes for NEXT YEAR.  As in September.   As in this has never ever happened before, most of my registrations usually come in August.  

I'm meeting a realtor tomorrow to see about expanding into space next to me, and I'm definitely hiring another teacher for next year, but it's really exciting to have this kind of activity this early on.   Next year will be my 5th year in business.

That is so awesome!!

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I had a very difficult time getting myself to do anything useful today, but I eventually helped the girls a little with their Clothes Piles of Doom, and unloaded my backpack and put everything away, and emptied a Large Laundry Basket of Stuff that has been on my ignore list for at least 6 months, and ran Wally the Stupid, and took dd18 to the store to find a pair of sandals.

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Morning.  Happy Wednesday.   Thank you for all the congrats.  it's exciting (and a little bit scary).

Today I have three classes with the meeting to look at the space next door on my break between two of them.  Dh is coming to see it as well so if I have to run back, he can get more information.

So I discovered a really really cool activity.  I've done an activity in the past with flashlights with colored cellophane over them, where you shine them on a piece of paper so the lights hit the paper at the same point and it is white.  Then you put things in the beams to make shadows and they are really cool, all different colors.  Kids love it.  

I found another activity that uses color changing lights (cheap on Amazon).   I have foam pieces in all the rainbow colors.  Kids look at them and do a quick drawing with yellow highlighter.  Then use the lights to scroll through all the different colors and look at how the foam and the highlighter look under the various colors of light.    Great demonstration how a color can't be seen unless that wavelength of light is available.  Plus the highlighter is invisible under some colors of light but glows under the blue/purple colors.   Even the high schoolers thought it was really cool.  (I have a slide that shows where different colors of light are likely to contain on the spectrum since for example red will have a little orange and yellow).  

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Good Morning!!!

COFfEE!!!~D

Humph Day!!!

It’s gonna be a hot one today. 97 degrees, I think.

School and work. I need this school year to be over. Hopefully next year will be better, at least regarding work.

DH got his braces. He’s doing all right. 

 

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1 hour ago, Wheres Toto said:

Did we not get anywhere with deciding about starting a new thread?  I feel like getting into the thread is getting harder each day.   

I’m not sure that would help. I have trouble getting on the Chat board, too. 

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22 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

I need a new, light, easy read.  I just can't get into Ready, Player Two.  What are your recommendations?

I got nothin’! My reading habits have plummeted lately. I started Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and it’s okay. I need to finish it, though. I’ve been wasting too much time watching Hallmark movies. That’s about all I have the mental energy for these days.

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Good morning!  Happy Cinco De Mayo!

How are you feeling today, Junie?  Does stormy spring weather make things more diffictult?

Jean, neat and tidy is ambitious enough!

I have little mental energy for reading as well.  I may be counting a couple of our storytime read-alouds in my reading challenge.

I need to write some sympathy cards.  That may require more mental energy than I have today.  Because first thing after I am dressed is a trip with dd12 to the AFSA.  Svengo.

Coffee!

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