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    It's almost April!!! Daffodils and tulips are poking out of the ground, and it finally smells like spring outside.

    It's spring break for many of the public/private schools locally. Do you take a spring/fall break (depends on your hemisphere!!)? My kids always voted no...they'd rather end their academic year early before all the summer activities started.

    Does anyone play April Fool's Day jokes or pranks in your house? What have they done in the past? I have a niece that often does food-related pranks: dying milk pink, or putting faces on each and every egg in the fridge.
    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 senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Hi Carol!

    We take breaks along with the local schools, because while I'd rather keep plugging along, DS always hears about breaks from the other kids and is already planning his.

    I've been trying to work out in the yard as much as I can. So far, we've planted six different tomato varieties, a jalapeno pepper and sugar pumpkins (an accident). I still need to get the Japanese eggplant in. I also have a lot of weeding and fertilizing to do and a truckload of mulch to shovel.

    We've never done much in the way of April Fools. I remember one year my sister put these big plastic convex shells that she got from 1 liter soda bottles and put them on my open contact lens case. A statement of my extremely poor vision.

    Our little league baseball season is off to its all-consuming start. We're playing two games a week (roughly 3 hours at a time) and meeting about two times a week to practice 1-2 hours. At first, it seemed like we were on a good team. He set regular practices and seemed to really make an effort with the team. Then we lost two games and he seemed to be pouting or sulking, being really curt with text messages and not reminding parents of practice times. A parent texted him about a practice before this Saturday's game and he has yet to answer her. How easy would it be to just say yes or no? He appeared mild mannered and nice upon first meeting, but after the second loss, DS said he was yelling at the kids. It's not unusual for these dads to yell and I'm not trying to read too much into his actions, but he's kind of pissing me off.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    Hi Carol!

    We take breaks along with the local schools, because while I'd rather keep plugging along, DS always hears about breaks from the other kids and is already planning his.

    I've been trying to work out in the yard as much as I can. So far, we've planted six different tomato varieties, a jalapeno pepper and sugar pumpkins (an accident). I still need to get the Japanese eggplant in. I also have a lot of weeding and fertilizing to do and a truckload of mulch to shovel.

    We've never done much in the way of April Fools. I remember one year my sister put these big plastic convex shells that she got from 1 liter soda bottles and put them on my open contact lens case. A statement of my extremely poor vision.

    Our little league baseball season is off to its all-consuming start. We're playing two games a week (roughly 3 hours at a time) and meeting about two times a week to practice 1-2 hours. At first, it seemed like we were on a good team. He set regular practices and seemed to really make an effort with the team. Then we lost two games and he seemed to be pouting or sulking, being really curt with text messages and not reminding parents of practice times. A parent texted him about a practice before this Saturday's game and he has yet to answer her. How easy would it be to just say yes or no? He appeared mild mannered and nice upon first meeting, but after the second loss, DS said he was yelling at the kids. It's not unusual for these dads to yell and I'm not trying to read too much into his actions, but he's kind of pissing me off.
    We typically don't put anything in the garden until after Mother's Day, due to the potential for some final frosts. Cold weather veggies could go out, but we're too lazy!

    I'm sorry to hear about your son's coach. There's nothing like poor coach behavior to affect a player's attitude about the sport as a whole. I hope it gets better this season.
    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 senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Hi Friends!
    We just got back from a week in Tucson - had a lot of fun! We go there with the intent of not eating at any chains, and eating the local specialties (In this case, sort of Aztec influenced “mexican” food. Molcajete seemed to be all the rage, or at least it was the unfamiliar dish on the menus to me.) Weirdly, though, the best meal we had there was at an Italian place! It was probably the best italian food Ive had since I stopped working in Little Italy a zillion years ago. Food aside, we did touristy things - Tombstone, Colossal Caves, Biosphere, Pima Air n Space (All sorts of outdated military aircraft), Titan Missile Museum, and an open pit copper mine (Yes, I was with a bunch of males). I find the open pit mine to be horrifying, as it is over 2.5 miles across, and there is SO MUCH WASTE, but I have to believe if there was a better way, they would do it. I missed doing naturey things, but we took Grama with us, and she was just diagnosed with a heart problem, so hiking in 90 degree weather was off the list.
    Tomorrow morning I have to drive DS13 up to scary LA (technically Long Beach) for a 8am departure to Catalina Island, where he is going for “camp” with the charter for 3 days. Leaving the house at 5:30 will be an adventure! Maybe I will think of some April Fools joke to play on the family.
    This week I also hope to get to a mind state where I can murder at least one of our tomato hedges.... although there are zillions of tomatoes on both of them! Thanks for the encouragement to yank them out, Inmom!
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    AM, your trip sounds wonderful! May have to copy your itinerary if we happen to go, because I'm also surrounded by a bunch of guys who would love it.

    Why are you getting rid of the tomatoes if they're producing? Is the fruit poor quality?

    Yesterday I watched baseball practice off and on during my jog, and I was heartened to see that our coach was back to working with the players, helping them with mistakes they made in last Saturday's game and rotating players around so that they got experience playing different positions. I felt much better. Sometimes I think it's hard to tune out all that noise and to just train to be the best you can be, because the coaches want to win so badly.

    We were on a team that mostly won last year and made it to the inter-city championships. But that coach stuck to his "winning formula" and played everyone in the same positions throughout the entire season. He chose winning over player development. DS wants to play on that team, because it's cool to win, but they stuck him in outfield the entire season. With this team, they let him pitch, play first, third and outfield so he can grow as a player.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

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    Yay for the improvement and better practice! It is always fun to be on the winning team, because it feels like hard work is paying off.

    The over-winter tomato plants are keeping me from planting spring crops in its place... and they arent keeping to a tidy small portion of my garden area. LOL
    Trash day is tomorrow, so I guess I should get out there today if I want to make progress tidying up and getting ready for spring. (Honestly, this year I just want to grow food I know we will eat.
    Yesterday I had the first lemon from our baby tree, it was so good I was eating it raw. Crazy. (I licked a wedge to check the taste, and found it super yummy. Never done that before!)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Hi all.

    Yes we are taking a fall break for 2 weeks starting on the 12th. I like doing breaks at the same time as public school as DD has lots of activities that she does in the school holidays (pony camp, swim lessons, dance exam practice classes etc.), and it would just be really difficult to get any school work done anyway.

    I understand wanting to pull the tomatoes out of they are taking up space. We also have a small garden and are prioritizing what we want to grow. This year we did far too many lettuces, as we very rarely eat it, and it was just a waste of space. Next year I will only do 1 or 2 max. The tomatillos are also getting to be too much now too, so I don't think I will do them again.

    Sounds like an interesting trip. I edit a lot of papers about pollution from mining, but I don't know much about the actual processes. I imagine it is not a case of "if there was an alternative, they would use it", but it will be ruled by economics and not the environment (i.e., they will do what ever is quickest and easiest for them to make the most $ while taking the absolute minimum consideration for the environment that they legally have to). Many people are trying to rectify this to include environmental impact when considering what process is the best to use. If you are interested you can read about the "three E's" or "pillars" of sustainability. Weighing up whether is it better to ruin your water and your land for future use making a lot of $ for a select group of people, or protecting water/land and the interests and health of a broader section of society and making slightly less $. Just from a quick online search, there are alternatives for copper, in situ leaching seems to be the main one, which does not damage the land but I am not sure about its impact on groundwater and the potential to contaminate nearby waterways.

    We have not been up to much as I have been quite busy with work lately. So it seems we just manage to fit in our regular stuff and no more. I got to try jumping little jumps at my riding lesson this week. I managed ok but am ridiculously weak for my leg and ab strength and need to do more work on that. This whole getting older thing makes it really hard to keep up muscle strength I find. In my 20s and early 30s I could take weeks off and still be fine, but if I don't keep up my regular schedule now, I loose strength so quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Yesterday I had the first lemon from our baby tree, it was so good I was eating it raw. Crazy. (I licked a wedge to check the taste, and found it super yummy. Never done that before!)
    What variety of lemon is that? I'm waffling between a Meyer Lemon and a Persian Lemon. I'm also looking for the elusive GEM Avocado, which I have not had any luck finding. My yard is small so I'm growing all dwarf varieties.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
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    If equal affection cannot be,
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    I love dwarf varieties of fruit trees. They are so much easier to maintain and harvest from as they are all within easy reach. We have dwarf apples (8), pear (1), peach (1), and nectarine (1). The only things I have not been able to get dwarf are greengage plum and a certain variety of pear, so I am planning to espalier them to keep them small. We have two lemons, one is meyer and I don't like it as much as the other variety that we have, but I have no idea what that one is. I love growing citrus because it is often expensive to buy here. We also have two limes and two mandarins, and I would like to add an orange and a grapefruit.

    Good luck choosing your trees Vicsmom. Can you fit in both? I have some of my citrus in large pots rather than the ground so I can fit in more. An avocado tree sounds lovely. We get cold winters and a short summer so I don't think I could grow one here without some assistance for keeping it warmer.

    Enjoy your lemons AM. Fruit from home always tastes way better!
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Hi Friends!
    We just got back from a week in Tucson - had a lot of fun! We go there with the intent of not eating at any chains, and eating the local specialties (In this case, sort of Aztec influenced “mexican” food. Molcajete seemed to be all the rage, or at least it was the unfamiliar dish on the menus to me.) Weirdly, though, the best meal we had there was at an Italian place! It was probably the best italian food Ive had since I stopped working in Little Italy a zillion years ago. Food aside, we did touristy things - Tombstone, Colossal Caves, Biosphere, Pima Air n Space (All sorts of outdated military aircraft), Titan Missile Museum, and an open pit copper mine (Yes, I was with a bunch of males). I find the open pit mine to be horrifying, as it is over 2.5 miles across, and there is SO MUCH WASTE, but I have to believe if there was a better way, they would do it. I missed doing naturey things, but we took Grama with us, and she was just diagnosed with a heart problem, so hiking in 90 degree weather was off the list.
    We did just about the same trip three years ago before DS headed of to college, with the addition of hiking at White Sands in NM. Unfortunately, we weren't as smart at you going in spring. We decided mid-July would be good...hiking in 105 degree weather. The things I get talked into......
    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 senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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