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    Question Tuesday Roll Call, 10/10

    Wow, it is finally starting to look and feel like fall around there. The temps are (a little) cooler, and the leaves are changing color and falling.

    I don't know if my homeschool radar is just better than it was, or if the number of homeschoolers out and about on school days has increased. But lately it seems like there are more, which is terrific. When we started about 13 years ago, it still felt weird, and I felt silently judged when the kids and I were out during school hours. (We still went anyway....)

    How is it in your area? Do you get comments from strangers? Or does no one notice anymore?
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    Ugg we are in wildfire Santa Ana season here.... no relief from heat until November, then another 2 months before it rains.
    On the other hand, DS is stil snacking at will on cherry tomatoes from the yard.

    Sometimes people will ask my older one "Do you go to school?", but I dont think Ive encountered any weird looks for him stating that he homeschools. The baby is still passably too young to get carded by random adults yet.

    Im struggling to finish my rooster quilt - I decided to try experimental techniques on it, and my workmanship skills arent what they were before I stopped a few years ago. Blah!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Hello! I'm new here, but your post brought back memories of my terror at leaving the house when my boys were younger. I had visions of being carried off by the truancy police whenever we went out so we kept our outside activities to a minimum during school hours. However, I have to say, that when we did venture into public, people definitely did noticed the boys, asked about school, but were actually very supportive when we said we were homeschooling. I also got lucky, though, since both of my sons needed to shave at a very young age and are very tall so people now assume they are much older than they actually are. Yeah, freedom to be out and about whenever we choose!

    Alexsmom, I'm a northern Californian and hope there are no fires near you now! We had a wildfire near us a couple of months ago, and it is really nerve-wracking. Best of luck to you! Hope your tomatoes last a little longer - ours are petering out now.

    Jane

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    My daughter often gets asked if she is having a day off, or if she is sick, or 'shouldn't you be in school?'. Most people seem very interested when she says she homeschools. Lots of public school kids that she tells are envious. They think it sounds great.

    Today my oldest is at her second day of pony camp. She has a third day tomorrow. The younger one and I went out to a local cafe as a treat for her since she is half way through wearing her thumb guard contraption to stop her sucking her thumb. It had started to change the shape of her mouth. She had stopped during the day but could not at night time. The thumb guard has worked so far.

    We are in spring, which for our location means very changeable. It can go from hot and sunny one day, to hailing or heavy rain and freezing cold the next. The weeds in the garden love it, me not so much.

    I really need to start planning for the last 10 week term of the year. I was aiming to have all what we would need to do science experiments every day, until we got sick of it, so I had better actually write a list of what we need and go get it.

    Did anyone do anything for Ada Lovelace Day (today for you, yesterday for us)? We forgot but my daughter did do some coding after pony camp, so I will say it was for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Im struggling to finish my rooster quilt - I decided to try experimental techniques on it, and my workmanship skills arent what they were before I stopped a few years ago. Blah!
    This is what always puts me off my sewing. The not being able to sew up to the standard that I would like to anymore. So mainly I just makes clothes for the kids and DH, they are less picky about stuff. Hope you can still get your quilt finished.

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    Just got our Halloween decorations up. we are running about a week behind. It is SUPER humid here still...so, it does not exactly feel like "fall".
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    We got asked a few times about school while out and about but Portland has a lot of homeschoolers.
    Alexsmom, rooster quilt?! Must see! Share a pic. I bet it looks fine.
    Fall is here for us. Not freezing yet, so we are still getting tomatoes. I am keeping a sharp eye on the weather, so I can strip the plants before a freeze. Rain returned tonight. I got the outside Fall decor done. Mums planted, gourds and pumpkins out. Cleaned the whole front porch.
    Dealing with issues with the neighbor next door. She has put a 5th wheel on her lot and people are living in it. And this whole week, lots of sketchy people coming and going. Another crap trailer showed up on the street for 2 days... until the guy got it covered in black plastic and left with it today. Chatted with the other neighbor directly across street last night about it. Decided to report it. And now we are apparently BFF's..... 35 texts back and forth today and about 2/3 of those are hers to me.
    And trying to fill my last daycare spot. Making me a little crazy as I keep getting crazy people.
    Boys are looking for jobs. They need to get out of the house. Right now it is weatherizing the house for Winter.
    That is about it for me.
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    Tuesday Roll Call, 10/10
    We did end up getting that fall snow storm The dudes had fun with is (it's already in the 60's so what is left is slush )
    We are on half days this week... just math and research of Colonial Williamsburg/DC. It is working out because the neighborhood is on fall break.
    We get asked "No school today" only by the grandparent crowd still in the work force... When my dudes tell them they are homeschooled They usually say nothing, say good for you, or I could have never done that. I usually let the conversation die there... except with my mail lady. She is very interested in what I do and asks all sorts of questions
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    Today is a wonderful cold day, but supposed to warm up this weekend again. We went pumpkin picking this weekend and the pumpkin crop is awesome, the dry fall really made some awesome pumpkins! So we decorated with pumpkins - so nice to finally be able to put out a pumpkin in early October and not worry about it rotting by halloween. We also put up our halloween lights that we had as our concession in Hawaii for not being able to put out pumpkins. All in all the decorations look good, along with some beautiful mums.

    Nobody has said anything to us about homeschooling. Maybe once in Hawaii, but so many homeschool in Hawaii that it was just accepted. Here DS is definitely the only kid out and about, but noone has said anything so far.

    Those fires look scary - hope everyone is staying safe. We drove through one on our way to Mammoth Lakes in June this year. They shut down the highway right after we went through, it jumped the highway as we were driving it - one of the scarier things I have done. On the other side a tanker full of gasoline was turning around as to not go into the fire! Happy fall all and stay safe!
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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    Tuesday Roll Call, 10/10
    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    This is what always puts me off my sewing. The not being able to sew up to the standard that I would like to anymore. So mainly I just makes clothes for the kids and DH, they are less picky about stuff. Hope you can still get your quilt finished.
    I think the only way to get back to a prior level of quality is to practice. And I think we are often too hard on our own creations.... from 5 feet away, the workmanship on quilts is pretty indistinguishable. The wise ladies at quilt class taught me to graciously accept (and give) praise without mentioning faults. Its probably not nearly as noticable to others as it is to the person who created it.
    As long as I try my best, thats all I can do. What is the saying about craft? It doesnt get any easier, it just gets better.

    I did finish it, though. And it will go into my closet, since Im not one for poultry decor.

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