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    Sorry I've been lax about Roll Call the past couple of weeks. Went to DC for a few days to visit, luckily was one of the few planes allowed to land at Ohare 2 Sundays ago because of a freak 6 inch snow in April!!

    DS finishes his 3rd year at Purdue in a couple of weeks. He's home for 2 weeks then off to another internship in Indianapolis for the summer. He's really found himself and what he wants to do with his life, for which I am very happy.

    DD graduates in 3 weeks (!!!!!) from U of Iowa. We (DH, DS, MIL and myself) will head out to see her graduate. Not sure what her plans are afterwards, other than she wants to stay in Iowa City and establish Iowa residency. I think she eventually wants to do grad school there, but not at out-of-state prices!! She's still searching and finding her way, which really isn't odd for her age, but it certainly makes her mom worry!

    How is life treating all of you? Any routines changing due to the change of seasons? Any new educational discoveries to share?
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Wow exciting times for you all Carol!

    We've been busy!

    We had a lovely and relaxing trip to AZ to see my dad. The weather was absolutely dreamy. I slept like a rock when we were there. It was refreshing.

    We got back in town and by the end of the week, my oven broke - boo! However I managed to cook an entire Passover Seder sans oven. Kinda proud of myself - but I don't recommend it lol! Oven is still waiting for a part. Do not by an NXR oven from Costco. It has been such a lemon, this is its third fix.

    As far as school goes, DD is signed up for a Brave Writer online course starting in May - one of the Boomerang book clubs. Fingers crossed it is good class / fit. The end is in sight - we have 4 more weeks of full school, followed by 2 weeks of light school (so we can do all the field trips). We'll be off for June and the first week of July. DS will be up in CO for the start of June, DD will be at Girl Scout Camp. The last two weeks of June the CO boys will be with us.

    I'm training to be the other site coordinate (for our group, there are several groups running sites) for the buses of asylum seekers they are sending here. The lady who is running it needs a second person because the work load is turning into a bit of a full time job. So we'll each be a site lead once a month. I plan to still work triage when she runs a site, because I enjoy it, and it keeps medical Spanish fresh in my brain. It has been nice to 'work' on something other than homeschooling. The kids and DH have been working with the food crew and have also really enjoyed the work.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!
    Rebecca
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    Rebecca, I commend you for all that you are doing for the asylum seekers. And you are certainly setting a great example for you kids. I wish we had more citizens like you!
    Carol

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Rebecca, I commend you for all that you are doing for the asylum seekers. And you are certainly setting a great example for you kids. I wish we had more citizens like you!
    That is kind of you to say. It feels a bit zen - like I'm at the right place at the right time - it feels natural.
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    Welcome back, Inmom! I was missing you, hoped you hadnt been squashed by a tornado or late winter storm. Goad to hear you were having travelling adventures.
    And wow time flies! Graduating already! It seems like just a couple months ago that your kids each left the house to go to college. Dont I remember you coaching your son’s Academic Team his senior year?

    Yay RTB for putting in the effort to make the world a better place.

    Nothing really exciting happening here at the house.... chugging through schoolwork. I also got my garden set up - another citrus tree (kumquat), replanted my lemon tree, and got lettuce and herbs growing in the beds and planters - all on a drip system. Oh, and my kiwi berry vine survived the winter, Im dubious about it growing or producing any fruit this year, though. (Last year the dog or cat half dug it up.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Oh, and my kiwi berry vine survived the winter, Im dubious about it growing or producing any fruit this year, though. (Last year the dog or cat half dug it up.)
    I'm curious - I can't remember - has it fruited before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Welcome back, Inmom! I was missing you, hoped you hadnt been squashed by a tornado or late winter storm. Goad to hear you were having travelling adventures.
    And wow time flies! Graduating already! It seems like just a couple months ago that your kids each left the house to go to college. Dont I remember you coaching your son’s Academic Team his senior year?

    Yay RTB for putting in the effort to make the world a better place.

    Nothing really exciting happening here at the house.... chugging through schoolwork. I also got my garden set up - another citrus tree (kumquat), replanted my lemon tree, and got lettuce and herbs growing in the beds and planters - all on a drip system. Oh, and my kiwi berry vine survived the winter, Im dubious about it growing or producing any fruit this year, though. (Last year the dog or cat half dug it up.)
    The time does fly by! Luckily, I still get to teach kiddos, with having homeschool math classes and tutoring kids come through my door every week. And now I get to see how my own kids will do, how they will succeed and make/solve their own mistakes as adults.

    Is there a way to keep you pets from your fruit plants? We have to fence our garden (4 feet tall!!) because otherwise the deer would eat everything. Doesn't keep the bunnies or opossums out, but the opossum basically raids the compost bin and the bunnies don't eat too much.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    We have not been up too much. Nearing the end of a 2 week break. So DD5 will be back to school soon. DH just got back from a week in Japan.

    I am just trying to get my garden tidied up for winter hibernation. I have so many green tomatoes to preserve in some way as we were really late planting them. I also end up with around 6.7 lbs of tomatillos, so I have made this cross between a salsa and a vinegar-based sauce and have so much of it. So hoping it tastes and lasts ok.

    Also trying to finish up a bunch of unfinished sewing projects today. They have been sitting round for a long long time. I want to clear them so that I can start making some new sweaters for myself for winter. All my old ones have got tatty beyond repair. I have managed to finish a double sided infinity scarf, and a nightie + 2 pairs of matching underpants for DD5 today. So that is a start. Then I need to finish off a sweater I started for me this time last year. It was a thin fabric so I decided to quilt it with a thin batting. Not thinking of how that would reduce the stretch of the fabric, and I am now trying to problem solve how to make it fit me. I also have a pair of merino knit sweatpants to finish for myself, but have to print out a pattern first. I tried to do them by cutting off an old pair of pants I had but that pattern turned out way too baggy. Once that is all done, I have a pile of repairs to do (mainly holes in knees of kids leggings), a bit of upcycling (a wool sweater that I felted down to DD5 size and need to reattach the collar and zip), and so on...
    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
    I also got my garden set up - another citrus tree (kumquat), replanted my lemon tree, and got lettuce and herbs growing in the beds and planters - all on a drip system. Oh, and my kiwi berry vine survived the winter, Im dubious about it growing or producing any fruit this year, though. (Last year the dog or cat half dug it up.)
    Yay for the garden additions and the drip system! I hope your kiwi berry comes away again. I have had some plants mostly killed—thinking of 2 blueberries that one got completely snapped off at the base by 2 cats having a fight and the other suffered the same fate when one of my kids stood on it—and they have both grown back eventually. So as long as its root system is ok, then hopefully it will recover.
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    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [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 RTB View Post
    I'm training to be the other site coordinate (for our group, there are several groups running sites) for the buses of asylum seekers they are sending here. The lady who is running it needs a second person because the work load is turning into a bit of a full time job. So we'll each be a site lead once a month. I plan to still work triage when she runs a site, because I enjoy it, and it keeps medical Spanish fresh in my brain. It has been nice to 'work' on something other than homeschooling. The kids and DH have been working with the food crew and have also really enjoyed the work.
    Well done for doing something to help others! That's cool you get to use your skills in such a way.

    DD and I have also been enjoying volunteering this year. We go one morning a week for 4 hours to the local therapy riding center. DD rated it as her favorite thing she did last term and the thing she is most excited to do this coming term.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [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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