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    Roll Call, 5/6
    So Mother's Day is looming. Okay, probably the wrong word to use.

    So, Mother's Day will soon be here! Do you know if and what your kiddos are planning for you? What about the grandmothers in your life?

    My 7 siblings and I will be on a Zoom call for Mother's Day, with my mom, of course! I will try to find some outdoor plants for her, at some point. She's a sucker for bulbs and perennials.

    On another note, DS has completed college! (They sent the diplomas home since commencement was cancelled.) Yes, there is a light at the end of the education tunnel! He'll be moving across the country with his girlfriend on Mother's Day. More than anything, I told him his gift to me is to stay healthy and travel safely.
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    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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    Congratulations! That's so exciting. How are you doing, Inmom? Do you feel happy, sad, nostalgic?

    We are slowly winding school down. Everyone is ready for a break from the school routine, even if we are not sure what the break will look like exactly.

    Little things - I've got a nice walk, work in the garden, chore routine going. It's hot, but not 'angry' sun hot (yet). No camp fires are allowed in the in the forests, so I don't know if we will be doing any camping this summer (even though it works well for social distancing), maybe in the fall, after the rains come. We cleaned up the garage and I was able to find a spot for all my canning stuff (yay - it's outta the kitchen). We had to reschedule our trip to AZ to see my dad and step-mom. That one was a little hard, we have not seen them in 6 months, and I'm a little afraid of how long it will be before we see them again. However, it's 107 in AZ right now, so mental note make it out to AZ in early April.

    Big plans - gonna reseal the shower grout this weekend. Jealous?

    Actually it is kinda nice to tackle all these home projects without the stress of the 'I have to' stuff also piled on top.
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    That is so exciting! Such a big transition right now.

    We have been doing school-lite for a while. I don't know what we are going to do for school over the summer. We will do something. DS is going into 7th grade this fall, so I want to make things more formal. He knows he needs to get ready for the rigors of high school.

    For mother's day, we are not doing anything here. I sent my mom a couple of books and suggested that we do our own book club. I purchased a copy for her and me and thought this might be a fun way of getting together, so to speak. I am sad we won't be traveling to visit. We didn't go over winter break because we planned a summer trip. Travel is a big thing we do as a family, but it looks like that won't be happening for a while.

    I am making an effort to spend more time outside in our garden. People here are not distancing themselves or wearing masks, so we are going to be staying home for the foreseeable future. Shopping only where masks are required or have curbside pickup. We are planning some home improvement projects. I hate the idea of going to the home improvement store, but it can't be helped. I think we might be able to order some things and do a pickup there too. We will see. ��♀️

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    Congratulations! That's so exciting. How are you doing, Inmom? Do you feel happy, sad, nostalgic?


    Actually it is kinda nice to tackle all these home projects without the stress of the 'I have to' stuff also piled on top.
    Yes to all of the feelings. He left today, spends overnight at his GF's house, then they leave tomorrow to arrive in Raleigh midday Monday. He's always been my nerd buddy, so I will miss him. But I'm so excited for him/them as well.

    Also tackling more home projects here. DH is on furlough in 2 weeks, so we will fix some drywall in the living room and give it a repaint. Then we will put down ceramic tile in our sunroom that we ordered a few weeks ago.
    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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    Congratulations inmom!!

    I am back finally after our move from North Dakota to Montana. All settled in and DH is at work already at his new internship as he completes the last 6 months of his active duty service before he retires in November. Although the move itself went smoothly, the entire retirement and relocation process is more stress than I care to have right now. We are slowly meeting up with some homeschooling families here and hope to get the girls into some activities soon so they can make some friends.
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    We just started our new year on Monday but we've been busy! We're doing Build Your Library Level 1 this year with Math Mammoth 2 and 3, Spelling Connections 2 and 3, and Cheerful Cursive thrown in for good measure. We are loving it! Returning to HS after 2 years at a charter school feels so good. We are done in 2 hours a day and have the flexibility to do whatever we want with our time. We're so happy to be back here with our Secular Homeschool family!

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    Hi all, hope you are all well. Thinking of you all. Have not been on as trying to avoid online browsing because then I just end up reading news articles. I have been also really busy with work, our dog was euthanized because of his cancer (which the kids were very sad about), and DD11 has been in a really volatile space (dog dying, no dance, no library, general anxiety about Covid). Thankfully things are returning somewhat, DD11 starts up her dance classes this week in person (have been on Zoom), the library opens in two days (after being shut for about 2 months), and horse riding should be starting in a couple of weeks.

    We schooled right through the NZ lockdown period because there was not much else to do and it kept the kids occupied and not fighting. Now we are on a 2 week break. Hoping to go away for a few nights sometime in early winter to a dark sky reserve in NZ (https://mackenzienz.com/scenic-highl...k-sky-reserve/) to do some star gazing. Thought it might be good to go while it is not crowded with so many tourists (although many of the things that really only exist for international tourists will be shut).
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Roll Call, 5/6
    I have been good about keeping up exercise during lockdown, until I injured one upper arm, so its all leg strength workouts at the moment. Walks were good up till the dog was euthanized. Now it just feels strange to go for a walk on my own after so many years of dog owning, but I am trying to go each day. I have also achieved a few things in the garden with soil improvements to an area we retained earlier this year, and then planting out citrus in it that have been in pots. So far I have two mandarins, two limes, and one orange. Planning to add one more orange and a grapefruit. They do pretty well considering our climate is not as hot as citrus prefer. It will be nice to have them all in their new location in a row where I can more easily chuck frost cloth over them for our few frost/hail/ice days we get in winter.

    I have also been doing some knitting. Finished a scarf and a blanket. Making good progress on one shawl (the green one in the pic, it is now almost done and is for DD11's birthday in July), semi-good progress on another (a mustard one; I had to rip it all back completely to the start as I had made an error and it was annoying me but I am now back to net zero [re-knitted back to the point I was at]. Unfortunately I have decided I don't like the yarn as it has possum in it and gets fluff on everything. So I will finish it and then sell or gift). Also made some mittens for DD11 and have some sweaters lined up to start for myself as all mine have reached a needing to be replaced stage at the same time.

    We are getting excellent use out of our cargo bike. We got it sometime on Feb 12 and have done around 600 km (372 miles) since then. Mainly to pick up groceries, take the kids to/from activities (when they were on pre-lockdown) and to/from my mum's place, and go on some weekend family bike rides to playgrounds, beaches, hikes etc. Still sorting out our cargo carrying baskets/bags. Currently we have a small plastic laundry basket attached to the back with bungee cords, but I just got on our airpoints some nicer metal wire laundry baskets with carry handles that I will be able to take into the store (they are about the size of a grocery store carry basket). I am also making a waterproof bag for the front basket. DH is eventually going to make a large (600 mm by 600 mm) open-top box to go on the back when we have it in full cargo-mode (we can have it set up to carry two rear passengers or one rear passenger and cargo with the laundry basket or just cargo on the back). I made the cushions for the passengers. The ones from the company sold for like $60 each and were boring black, and it only cost me about $20 to make the two.

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    Good to hear from you NZ! Sorry to hear about your dog. It does feel weird walking without a dog.
    Scarves are looking great! It took a minute to remember youre headed towards winter!
    And does the cargo bike have a motor? It looks pretty versatile.
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    Good to hear from you NZ! Sorry to hear about your dog. It does feel weird walking without a dog.
    Scarves are looking great! It took a minute to remember youre headed towards winter!
    And does the cargo bike have a motor? It looks pretty versatile.
    Yes it is electric with a peddle assist motor (so not a throttle and you have to pedal). It is speed limited to 20 miles per hour, so it won't assist after that but you can pedal faster yourself. It also has a cargo rack for the back that we slot in either side of the area where the passengers sit, which makes a flat carrying area of 600 mm by 600 mm. It is very versatile. Super heavy and solid and I feel strange biking a regular bike afterwards. The electric makes everything easy (hills, wind, heavy loads) but now it is getting cooler, I do miss the cardio exercise of a regular bike because it would warm you up. The electric bike is pretty freezing on a cold day so you have really layer up.

    I am ok about the dog. We had a long time (since Feb) to get used to the idea, and his tumor was getting pretty gross by the end (oral tumor that was bleeding and smelly and made him drool everywhere). It was just logistically difficult through the lockdown to keep him alive (we could not get him euthanized then as he would have had to go in on his own, which I thought was a bit mean, but we had to pick up pain meds every week), and then get him euthanized once we went down an alert level (which meant one of us could go in with him). DD11 was pretty distraught though. I think she is moving on though.

    Oh yes, winter is on the way. There is a chilly bite to the morning and late afternoon air. I really need to get onto finishing the curtains for one of our windows. It is currently bare, single glazed, and very large, so it is not great on these cold days.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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