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    Its just dd and me in the evenings. We have exhausted just about every Honey Do List item. We live just outside the city, but still in the county that's populated enough that everything is shut down. Our only options are Walmart and HEB. And I dont want to get sick. But we are bored. Not much else to do, or anywhere to go. I am out of ideas to keep us busy. Im going bonkers! DD is too!! I thought about going to the cabin for a week. But that is a 14 hr drive. But we would be able to go fishing, hiking. And DD is not into those things. There is only so many times I can do laundry, dust (yuck!), go for a drive, play yahtzee on pogo.
    So how are you all keeping busy?
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

    umbers cucumbers!!!!

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    CRAZY thing!! Right after I finished posting, my daughter got a call for a job!!! She got hired!!! Her FIRST job!!!! EEEEEK!!!!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

    umbers cucumbers!!!!

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    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Mostly going for walks, working in the garden / yard, and I think I have watched every episode of Antiques Roadshow and Nature ever made (PBS Passport is worth the donation). I'll pick up my Colcha embroidery here eventually, when it starts getting hot and the garden is established. Where is your cabin again, up north (NM) right? Maybe a trip when the summer heat comes in? Congratulations to DD on the job!
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    She got a job at a local burger joint. She is very excited! So are we ! She has been wanting a job for the last 2 years. I decided to get a work at home job. I start Monday! YAY! But I am going to expand my garden. I finally got the gears on my bike fixed. I am also looking for a cheap little property. It will make getting out easier. And I can take my work with me. I just need away from the house! LOL!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

    umbers cucumbers!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deli76 View Post
    She got a job at a local burger joint. She is very excited! So are we ! She has been wanting a job for the last 2 years. I decided to get a work at home job. I start Monday! YAY! But I am going to expand my garden. I finally got the gears on my bike fixed. I am also looking for a cheap little property. It will make getting out easier. And I can take my work with me. I just need away from the house! LOL!
    Congratulations to both of you. Will your daughter be exercising health precautions, more than they would have pre-COVID? I've not ordered curb-side or carry out in a while, at least before the CDC recommended everyone wear a mask, so I don't know what the staff in our local restaurants are doing.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Yard work, sewing masks (using up all my old fabric bits until I run out), about 6 hrs/week tutoring, planning next year's physics class, a little bit more reading than usual. Had a first Zoom family get-together with my siblings and parents. 6 of us were in attendance.

    I've also been helping DS navigate house rental apps, security deposits, insurance, moving van, etc. It looks like he & his girlfriend will move from IN to NC in a couple of weeks. Her dad and brother have volunteered to drive the moving truck while DS drives his car. It's very helpful, but I suspect a little of it is to get out of the house for a couple of days! Its about a 12-14 hour drive, and they're driving straight through except for food and bathroom breaks (both for them and the dog).
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I think I have watched every episode of Antiques Roadshow and Nature ever made (PBS Passport is worth the donation).
    I totally agree with you RTB. Passport is the best streaming investment we made. (We have Netflix, but only sporadically.) DH and I "discovered" Downton Abbey a few weeks ago and are now on Season 3! If you haven't tried it, the last series we watched on there was Grantchester--also very good. Like Father Brown, but with a much cuter pastor, who has a kind heart but gets into trouble occasionally. The time period is also post WWII.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I still have work through the end of June, but with schools doing distance learning – it looks quite different. No land-based learning with the kids, just all admin… which is draining. Needing lots of little breaks right now. The hummingbirds returned on the 22nd! So exciting, but I will miss the students at the banding station this year. I started the Yale Science of Well Being class that’s being offered for free, but doing a ‘my way’ version of it. Walking my buns off two or three times a day, which creates a little structure and breaks things up. Also learning some hard, good lessons on frugality.

    DD and DS are managing in their own ways. DD is doing photography walks, tiktok socializing and finishing up five courses via distance methods. She has resorted to old-fashioned phone calls recently (!) and is stressing about summer work. The usual suspects aren’t hiring this year. I see some hard, good lessons on frugality coming her way this summer too. I gave her a not-horrible coronacut, so she’s playing with a new look in the wide-open absence of peer criticism.

    DS has been taking lots of ‘Epic Baths’, becoming quite the bath connoisseur. Essential oils, candles AND twinkle lights, bubbles, hot cocoa or sleepy time tea, and an audio book on Epic. DH says he’s turning into Manny from Modern Family. In between baths, he bikes alongside my walks. The snow melt is just finishing here, so oodles of streams and ravines to float things in. He brings home little hobbit sacks of rocks from the lake and gets to work in the backyard, cracking them open with a variety of tools.

    We are less busy but finding that being less busy is good. We used marker on the sliding glass door, making a list of things we miss and things we feel free from. Things are shifting as we go, getting moved back and forth from the ‘Miss’ to the ‘Free’ columns. The ‘Miss’ column was much longer on March 18, but now the two columns are about equal.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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