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    Hey, the week is almost done! For me, it seems like it has flown by.

    Getting even more chilly around here. Need to get out and buy a second heat bulb for the chickens to keep them warm. Wouldn't want my son's feathered friends to be cold!

    I'm working with 5 students today, so a bit busier than usual. Three algebras, one geometry, and one algebra II. Keeps me on my toes, but I love it.

    FWP, are you getting some lake effect snow where you are? If so, NOT envious!

    What plans do you all have for today?
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    Carol

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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I think we may try and wrap up our book work for the week as much as we can today. We have our HS group holiday party tomorrow. We go on a hike together and let the kids pick a tree to decorate for the wildlife. So we need to get on the ball with our birdseed ornaments. Plus I have chocolate peppermint cookie recipe that has been calling my name all week.

    Enjoy your day all!
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    School today will be math for both, German for Girl, and maybe a video about Vikings. Our hs organization is having an "Entrepreneur Day" next Friday, kind of a holiday bazaar where kids can sell their own wares. Girl has made a bunch of bookmarks and is working on some other things that she wants to sell. Most of today will be given over to getting some more saleable stuff ready. I'm also planning on wrapping Christmas presents (they are too obvious/tempting in their Amazon boxes in my closet) and making shortbread (for my brother-in-law in Philly). That should be fun. I am on a diet (drs orders) that severely limits legumes, alcohol, dairy, sugar and grains. Usually, this time of year, I make a batch of shortbread for my bil and we eat it, then I make another one and we eat that, then I make one and quickly wrap it up and take it to the post office. Sigh.
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    We go on a hike together and let the kids pick a tree to decorate for the wildlife. So we need to get on the ball with our birdseed ornaments.
    That sounds like a great idea. Do you go back and see the animals/birds enjoying the treats later?

    I am on a diet (drs orders) that severely limits legumes, alcohol, dairy, sugar and grains.
    That does NOT sound like a good Christmas present. Is it difficult to find foods you can eat and still reach your nutritional content? DH is on an extremely low cholesterol diet, so essentially "anything with a face" is limited. He says he can only eat so many beans and starches. But he's very good about it.
    Carol

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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 senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    It's actually not that bad. I can eat as much as I want of fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs (thank goodness we raise ducks), and I can eat nuts, though not peanuts or peanut butter. I am eating a lot more fruits and veggies, and I've finally gotten over my life-long aversion to cooking in the morning. The diet is a modified version of "The Whole 30," where you cut out those 5 groups for 30 days, then gradually add them back in. I am being strict each day, but not doing 30 days. There's no way I could do 30 days in a row between Halloween and New Year's, what with Christmas, Thanksgiving, my birthday and post-Halloween candy sales in there. (And the day after election day required more self-control than I had, I'm afraid. Lots of pasta, chocolate and wine that day.) But I'm getting used to it for a full on "whole 30" in January. I am never hungry, but I do have a raging desire to eat sugary stuff, especially when tired. Yesterday I had stuff all day (drs apt, music lesson, church thing, choir practice, grocery shopping...got home at 8pm and had pulled pork and an avocado for diner, but I really, really wanted a giant piece of chocolate cake.
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    Apparently we're all in for some snow, Carol. Not much though, as it plans on passing us by and dumping onto Kalamazoo. I have a project meeting on Saturday (a beach house we're building) with the owner and contractor and I planned on bringing dd along but wow it's supposed to be cold and snowy. Considering the dune partially collapsed when we dug the foundation, this meeting will be hairy and I hoped having dd there would smooth the waters. But she'll probably look at the big hole in the grouund, say hi, then retreat to the car for the duration. After that we're going to see my mom in Mich City so I hope the weather is not godawful.

    Kiddo is studying opera today, decided to write her report on it. The Magic Flute is playing at the Lyric so we might just go now that she has an interest (my mom has season tix).

    Otherwise we need to cut down a tree and start baking. Sorry for your dietary woes (and welcome back, BakedAK!), as I just laid in like 5# of butter and an equal amount of brown sugar yum this is definitely not the time of year for dietary restraint!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    We're down to handwriting and foreign language. I could use educationese to describe the fact that origami Star Wars finger puppets are a thing, but I'd rather knit.

    The car didn't start yesterday which is a typical yearly monkey wrench and so familiar that it's almost reassuring during this weird-donkey season.

    It's also very cold. ds8's big present is a warm winter coat from his grandmother so there's no way I'm going to risk giving that away.

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    I think the kids will actually do some traditional school work today! They are working on writing for one of their classes. They did their outlines yesterday, rec'd approval, and are writing the papers today. They are planning to do a little math, practice their lines for their plays, do their science homework for a class they are taking and practice piano and guitar. If they get it all done, I will consider it a productive day. They want to start decorating the house and trees this afternoon/evening. Last night they decorated the outside of the house.

    I am supposed to be working but I have been online looking at houses. I really have the itch to move but when I look at the condition of the houses and/or the prices I convince myself we should stay here.

    I just made an apple spice cake; the house smells so good.
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    Apparently we're all in for some snow, Carol. Not much though, as it plans on passing us by and dumping onto Kalamazoo. I have a project meeting on Saturday (a beach house we're building) with the owner and contractor and I planned on bringing dd along but wow it's supposed to be cold and snowy.
    I hope there isn't much snow Saturday. My children are going to a birthday party that will involve a lot of driving. The family hosting has over the top parties. The amount of activities is crazy; just reading the list makes me exhausted. This Saturday they are planning to have lunch in Chesterton then take the kids to South Bend for: scavenger hunt at the mall, cookies and canvas class, dinner, movie, escape room. Then back to Chesterton. The party will start at 11:00am and end around midnight. I think any one of those activities would be a nice party. There are quite a few kids going so some of the drivers will be their college aged kids. I have only had a few people other than myself or my husband drive my children; I am a worrier, especially if the roads are slippery.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    I keep feeling like getting a late start on the school day is something out of the ordinary but really I should just reset my expectations. Starting school in the afternoon has been working out well. Especially if I sleep later. We are having a late start again today. I'm trying must best to keep as much school as possible going this month.
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