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    My baby turns 21 today!

    Other than that, I've been keeping busy helping homeschoolers and public schoolers with math and physics, finishing the last of the major yardwork I wanted done (more flowerbeds!!), and getting ready for a bit of travel squeezed in this fall.

    What have you been up to? Continue to tell us stories about your homeschool, your riding lessons, field trips, in-laws---you have free reign!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Happy birth day Carol and birthday to dd!

    This Friday, I'm hosting a clothing exchange party. Everyone brings used clothes, you get to claim 5 favorite items, then all unclaimed items are up for grabs, left overs are taken to Goodwill. Everyone brings a snack and drink to share. Friends of friends come and it is nice because you don't have to know anyone to have a good time, since most people only know a person or two anyway.

    This will be my first time hosting. I'm a little worried because my house is small, really old (1900), and set up like a series of boxes. So fingers crossed we make it work. Right now there are about 20 people signed up. I usually have about 5-10 items to exchange (I keep a small wardrobe), but some of these women come with 5 garbage bags full of stuff! So where we are going to put all these clothes, I have no idea. I do have a few neighborhood friends coming early to set up borrowed clothing racks and arrange my furniture. Last exchange I scored a nice denim skirt that I have worn all summer!

    The kids have their first meet of the year on Saturday. Sunday we will spend the day getting ready for a trip to City of Rocks State Park with our neighbors. We camp, bum around Silver City, and visit a winery or two. This time, we are also going to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. So part of next week's school will be field trip school - my favorite.
    Rebecca
    DS 13, DD 11
    Year 7

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    Hally Anniversary of birthing day, INMOM!

    Oooooh I loved loved loved City of Rocks! We did there and Gila Cliff Dwellings, and Silver City way back ages ago (2001!), I hope you guys have a great time. We also went to the site of the volcano that spewed City of Rocks - sort of underwhelming, Im not even sure if there was anything other than a mile marker. (I think its Table Mountain, but that was a while back!) I also remember lots of historic markers throughout that area - and crossing the continental divide a dozen times between Silver City and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Have fun!

    Our promised / forecast rain never arrived, boo hoo. At least I got my patio cleaned up. We have another “system” moving through later this week, but Im not going to hold my breath.

    Other than the weather, not much is going on around here. We started using All About Reading at the recommendation of the Reading Specialist, and its driving me nuts with all the suggested busywork and “scripting”.
    And my house isnt getting clean like it was over the summer. Hmmmm.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

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

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    I always wanted to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings when we lived in the US. From about age 11, I loved reading books like the First North Americans series. So I would love to visit any place that is anything like that. Hope you have a great trip.

    Clothing swap sounds like fun and a great idea!

    Hope you get some rain AM and you can find a routine for the All About Reading that works for you all.

    We are on a 2 week break at the same time as public school. So no riding lessons for me (most of their clients are school-age children, so the lesson timetable revolves around the school year), but DD has been at pony camp for three full days so at least I get to live vicariously through her (I wish they had an adult horse camp).
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    RTB: Can I come hiking with your? It sounds like there are so many good locations/opportunities around you. The clothing swap sounds like a wonderful idea. I have a friend who is totally into that kind of thing. I'll pass the idea along to her!

    Alexsmom: I'll do a raindance, asking that it be sent your way. I can't imagine so many days without rain!

    NZMama: I've been meaning to ask--do you have your own horses as well?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 10/3
    Wow, the rain dance worked, at least a little! It sprinkled a little last night!
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    (Im a little dubious about the .5 inch measurement.... maybe the gauge has roof water pouring into it!)

    Thanks!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

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

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    No I don't have my own horse. I had a pony when I was a child, and then progressively lost my confidence and decided I did not like riding because of various incidents with cheap/not well trained horses that myself and my sister's had. So then I did not ride at all for all of teens, 20s, and most of my 30s. I just started again at 36. At the moment, I don't really have the time, money, or inclination to have my own horse. Its expensive to own. I could have multiple riding lessons a week and it still be cheaper than owning. It takes a lot of time (daily care requirements). And its limiting. At the moment, I can have lessons on different horses as I progress, I can switch the place I have lessons if I want, and I have both the time and money to spend on trail rides/treks on other peoples horses. My aim is to get good enough with both my riding skills and care knowledge that I can switch from lessons to leasing, which will still be cheaper, less time consuming, and less limiting than owning, but allow some of the benefits of owning too (forming a relationship with one horse etc.).
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    No I don't have my own horse. I had a pony when I was a child, and then progressively lost my confidence and decided I did not like riding because of various incidents with cheap/not well trained horses that myself and my sister's had. So then I did not ride at all for all of teens, 20s, and most of my 30s. I just started again at 36. At the moment, I don't really have the time, money, or inclination to have my own horse. Its expensive to own. I could have multiple riding lessons a week and it still be cheaper than owning. It takes a lot of time (daily care requirements). And its limiting. At the moment, I can have lessons on different horses as I progress, I can switch the place I have lessons if I want, and I have both the time and money to spend on trail rides/treks on other peoples horses. My aim is to get good enough with both my riding skills and care knowledge that I can switch from lessons to leasing, which will still be cheaper, less time consuming, and less limiting than owning, but allow some of the benefits of owning too (forming a relationship with one horse etc.).
    I've heard the same from friends here. The space and the cost needed to own horses is just too much. They'd rather let someone else do the work and they have the fun! Don't blame you.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    AM, we got rain! It came down around midnight here in the OC and lasted maybe about 30-45 mins. Things looked lovely out there this morning. So fresh!

    I've been busy. My grandmother (88) fell down a couple of weeks ago, and now my mom and her brothers have the difficult task of finding her a nursing home because she cannot walk, and my single uncle who lives with her can no longer take care of her. It is a drain on everybody. I visited my grandmother last weekend, and then afterwards got an earful from my mother because she thought I was butting in. I was just listening to my uncle's dilemma and spelled out options for him. It wasn't like I was telling him what to do. Anyways....

    On a brighter note, I ordered my first sewing machine-ever-and am setting up my sewing area. DH and DS are excited about it too, because apparently, they also have sewing projects in mind....

    DS is doing research on how to build a foundry/furnace so he can melt metals and alloys into ingots and sell them on eBay. DH gets a lot of scrap metal from a motorsports shop he sometimes welds for and DS is out there hunting for aluminum. He was telling this to my friend and her son who goes to public school, and the kid said, "That is weird...."
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Did anyone else just get an email from this site advertising a Rush Limbaugh history? I am having a hard time believing that Rush Limbaugh is secular. I mean he panders to the religious right. Just found it curious and wondered if I am only one.

    Happy b-day Carol! Not much else going on around here, heading to Chicago this weekend and looking forward to museums. We are studying Georges Seurat and it will be cool to see his works in person. My kids are way into 80s movies and Ferris Bueller is a favorite, so we are going to visit some of the places they went on their day including the Art Institute. Glad you guys keep getting rain in the West, we are just too hot, but luckily fall weather is coming on Thursday. Might need winter coats in Chicago as the lows will be in the 30s.
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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