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You know, saying "ignore this thread" to this group is like saying "don't push the big red button!" 

Homeschoolers.     They always think the rules don't apply to them.

Cardiologist report: this doc was a major answer to prayer. He was appalled at the lack of communication from the previous doctor and apologized profusely even though it wasn't his fault. Dd's heart

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I guess I prefer if it’s just a visit and not help that it’s nice and short. But I am not a very social person and don’t do a lot of visiting in general, and when I do it’s tiring even whne I enjoy it. So it’s not that appealing to me when I’m feeling lousy. Hold the baby for a few minutes , say something nice, then go. Tbh I’m not great at accepting help either. If someone asks me if they can do do anything my gut instinct is to say no. It probably only works so well with my mom bc she is so similar and knows me so well that she can just jump in without being asked and make things happen. 

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Hey! I need that great quote from Lynn about how she had a kid freewrite for a year and it was like the best year ever. Anyone know where that is?

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3 hours ago, Slache said:

CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP!

She's actually hinted several times that we're going to discuss her plans to move in with us when she gets down here.

 

Uh, what is it about clap clap clap clap that she doesn't understand?!? 😄   Maybe she should join our campfire sing-along and we can 'splain it.

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We are home.  I have banished the Seven Levels of Goat.  Laundry is going.  Dishwasher is going.  Tents and tarps are airing out.  Camelbacks and water filter are disinfected.  Daypacks are emptied and put away.  The rest of the stuff will get sorted and put away once the laundry and dishwasher are done.  Dh will get Chinese take-out for dinner.

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20 hours ago, Junie said:

Are you surviving your audit, ikslo?

Let us know if you need backup.

#ninjaelephantbrigade

Today was better.  Thanks 🙂

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5 hours ago, Slache said:

Hey! I need that great quote from Lynn about how she had a kid freewrite for a year and it was like the best year ever. Anyone know where that is?

I should probably qualify "best year ever."  I think that's a Slache paraphrase for "only year that didn't writing was not a complete failure."  🤣  So I don't have a quote of what I said before, but basically after trying every writing curricula known to homeschool moms and throwing them all against the wall, I told him he had to write something everyday - a paragraph to a page.  I told him if he couldn't think of a topic, I had a list he could choose from.  He wrote everyday (it was a long time ago, but I'm guessing that was 4 days/week).  We did not edit them.  I'm not even sure I read all of them.  But I think we made more progress doing that than many other things we tried.  That was probably around 6th grade?   

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Today was busy.  Dd and I tried a different walking route that didn't have the big hill at the beginning and it went better.  Still stopped to rest/stretch but much better and no weak feeling.   We also talked about doing a shorter warm-up walk and adding some strength training stuff.  So I have to see if I can buy a resistance band.  

I'm giving away my dissection specimens because by the time I can use them they won't be good.   So I hung around for people to pick up.   

Then younger dd had TKD at the science center by zoom.   

Then, with dh still away I had to make dinner.  Was supposed to be pulled pork (bbq sandwich for me) but what dh said was pulled pork is evidently meatloaf.  So meatloaf and broccoli it is.   Then I thought dd only ate the broccoli stalks.  But I had it backwards, she only eats the heads, it's asparagus that she only eats the stalks.   This cooking dinner stuff is hard. 

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Ugh. All the books I keep looking up are sooo sad. Abused children, orphan children, neglected children.... one-parent families due to death or abandonment seems to be pretty regular, too. Seems like the eras in and of themselves are sad enough. Were two-parent, loving homes really THAT rare?

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1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

Ugh. All the books I keep looking up are sooo sad. Abused children, orphan children, neglected children.... one-parent families due to death or abandonment seems to be pretty regular, too. Seems like the eras in and of themselves are sad enough. Were two-parent, loving homes really THAT rare?

I don't believe they were rare.  I just think people thought they weren't interesting enough to write about.

I think it's kind of like all of the Disney princesses having tragic backstories...

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We had dinner at my parents. I brought dessert. Lemon meringue pie. Made with free range eggs and organic lemons. I figured I could have sold that pie for $50. It was really tasty, too. I give all the credit to Betty (Crocker).

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So, I am reading this book (Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson) about a gal who is a nanny to two children who spontaneously combust when they get stressed. It was on several “Best of 2019” lists, which was the category I was looking to fill  for my reading challenge. It really isn’t that great a book. It’s written like the author is trying to “push the envelope” just to get attention. I hate that. I will finish it because I am already half way through and it’s a pretty easy read and I’m trying to beat my 2018 Reading Challenge number, but.... that’s all.

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1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

Morning! I didn't realize until yesterday that this will be Memorial weekend. How did I miss that? I look at the wall calendar at least 3 times a day and it's clearly there. 

Me too.  I've been thinking it's a month or so away.  I realize that makes no sense....

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Morning.  It's Friday!   I am sooo tired.  Serious insomnia last night and I'm not sure why.  I felt itchy and twitchy.  Maybe from all the pollen out there.  But I did take a shower before bed which usually solves that.   Stayed up late (not unusual these days), went to bed around 1am.  Lied there until about 3am.  Got up again.  Sat up until 4:30am.  Tried again.  Sort of slept until 8am.   It's going to be a really long day.

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Good morning!

It's 34* at the Grand Canyon and we should be breaking camp and heading for Route 66.  I made my kids learn "Take It Easy" by the Eagles for today when we would stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.  😄  Nevertheless I woke up with the birds and then went back to sleep.

We have a bit more cleaning up and organization to do.  Otherwise nothing.

Coffee!

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Good morning 🌞!  

I have no idea what I will do today.   I was just thinking about going to Dollar tree and Walmart, but I had forgotten this is Memorial Day weekend, which means soldiers are off today, too.  I know at least some of them had gone back to work.  It might be a bit busy out there.  

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Good Morning!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Day!!

School and work.

I’m feeling a bit blue and out of sorts. This is the first year in five years we haven’t gone to Memorial Day Family Camp.😢 We have been studying Memorial Day, though. Beautiful Feet came out with a Memorial Day pack and we’ve been going through that. Not all the books have arrived yet (they were sold out of the pack, but I downloaded the study guide and bought the books separately.  They are all picture books,  but they are really well chosen. 

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I have waddled, bounced, shimmied, and gyrated and Baby is still not impressed. Maybe I should try holding still until she gets bored and comes out to see where the party went!  🤪

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Guess what guess what?

I have done the following today with little to no coughing:

  • Unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher.
  • Cleaned the sink.
  • Brought laundry down and started it and then brought the hamper back upstairs.
  • Read a chapter of a book aloud.
  • Moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer.

I'm getting better! 🎉

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3 hours ago, maize said:

Good morning!

Orthopedist appt for ds14 this morning.

Appointment went well, his spine curvature is down from 15 degrees to 9 degrees--officially out of of the scoliosis range.

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55 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

I wonder if Dollar Tree has witch hazel?  We've been out for a while and I can't find it anywhere.  Angi, wanna check for me? 😄

The Vitamin Shoppe?

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10 minutes ago, maize said:

Appointment went well, his spine curvature is down from 15 degrees to 9 degrees--officially out of of the scoliosis range.

Yay!!

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Teen boy refuses to do the day’s math lesson.  Teen boy’s attitude after being told he must do the math results in loss of computer privileges for a week.  Teen boy escalates, resulting in a month of no computer.  Teen boy comes in the room a minute later and says he will do his math in return for reinstatement if computer privileges.  Teen boy is informed that this will not be happening and that his proposed resolution is exactly what the situation would have been if he had just done the math in the first place.  Teen boy capitulates and does the math.  It takes less than half an hour. Lesson learned?  

Stay tuned upcoming segments of These Days of Our Quarantined Lives!

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Not meeting with dd to work out today.   She asked to skip because she has a bad headache.  It's just as well since lack of sleep, plus my one shin is hurting, plus dh is home (Yippee!!!! on that last part).   Now I just have to do well with controlling what I eat just sitting at home doing much of nothing.   I'm tracking using WW points (although I didn't join, I have the old books and figured out how to calculate new points) and have been doing well for the two days I've been tracking.   

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2 hours ago, whitehawk said:

Guess what guess what?

I have done the following today with little to no coughing:

  • Unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher.
  • Cleaned the sink.
  • Brought laundry down and started it and then brought the hamper back upstairs.
  • Read a chapter of a book aloud.
  • Moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer.

I'm getting better! 🎉

Yay!  I’m so glad!

2 hours ago, maize said:

Appointment went well, his spine curvature is down from 15 degrees to 9 degrees--officially out of of the scoliosis range.

That’s fantastic!  So much good news!

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4 hours ago, whitehawk said:

Guess what guess what?

I have done the following today with little to no coughing:

  • Unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher.
  • Cleaned the sink.
  • Brought laundry down and started it and then brought the hamper back upstairs.
  • Read a chapter of a book aloud.
  • Moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer.

I'm getting better! 🎉

Awesome!

4 hours ago, maize said:

Appointment went well, his spine curvature is down from 15 degrees to 9 degrees--officially out of of the scoliosis range.

More Awesome!

4 hours ago, ikslo said:

The Vitamin Shoppe?

Hmmm - could be...

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I have a lot more laundry to take care of.  Particularly sleeping bags - easy but bulky and time consuming.  Otherwise I think I'll deal with the snack box and beverage box and then pillows.

Dd13 and I watched Kon-Tiki - the true story of a Norwegian explorer who was certain that the polynesians had come from South America and sailed from Peru across the Pacific on a raft to prove it. It's available on Netflix now.  I went to the Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo just after the film came out.
 

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On 5/22/2020 at 11:02 AM, maize said:

Appointment went well, his spine curvature is down from 15 degrees to 9 degrees--officially out of of the scoliosis range.

How did you do this? ASD Boy has TWO curves in his spine! One between his shoulder blades and one lower down.

Oh, and HI EVERYONE! Yes, I am alive. I have been helping my sister with her house and now at her librarian job as her "aide" is a piece of work. That lady is nasty. We finished cleaning her "junk" out of the office, circulation desk, and back storage room today. I wish I could show you guys the piles of stuff we left for her to take home as the school district has declared all personal items must be removed from the school. This lady hasn't dared to show up this week. If she doesn't by next Friday, it all goes in the trash. Seriously, she turned the back storage room into a mini Hobby Lobby and personal free storage unit. Utterly ridciulous. I could go on, but I won't.

I also managed to pull the ligaments in my lower back. I went to the chiro yesterday who adjusted everything but WOW! did it hurt! It is better today, but I know I did way too much twisting as I stuffed carp into boxes and bags.

We haven't done real school in a month as I have been busy with other things. I am not worried as we go year-round. I plan to hit it hard after next week.

WHAT?! No Baby Tater Tot yet? She is waiting to make an entrance, isn't she?

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I have been praying for you all. 

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I did not exactly ketchup, but I agree with Lynn's assessment that Mom gets to decide all things when it comes to post-partum and new babies with no explanation necessary to anyone. Everyone who can't understand this can go stuff it.

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Just now, Susan in TN said:

I wonder if laundry will be a thing in heaven.

No, that's what Hell is for.

#world'slargestlaundryshoot

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