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    It is almost the day of longest daylight! When my kids were young, we would let them stay up extra late, we'd make s'mores, and they'd catch lightning bugs. Funnily enough, my 22 yo DS texted me last week that he had lightning bugs at his house in NC, and that he'd not seen them in years. (He has spent his last 3 summers interning for various companies in Indianapolis, which is hugely roads, concrete, and buildings--at least where he was located.) He admitted to catching a few, then letting him go. Nice to see there is still a bit of the little boy inside.

    Do you do anything special for the summer solstice?

    Finally getting some answers (hopefully) about my chronic joint pain. Combined with hot flashes every 1.5-2 hours and not sleeping through the night for most of the past year, the doc thinks its menopausal arthritis. (It sucks getting older.) Anyway, I've started some meds that should address most of these issues. I think it's working, but I'm not on a full dose yet. Able to walk 2-3 miles/day, but running has been out for about a month. I'm going to head over to my parents' lake and see if I can get some decent swimming in.

    Are any of you venturing out more, or still hunkering down at home?
    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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    We are working on honoring Juneteenth. While I have thought about it in the past, it is time to start building holidays that honor oppressed people into our curriculum more. Now that DS is getting into jr. high, just learning about Juneteenth and the Tulsa Massacre will be important. We have been talking about the Black Lives Matter protests/movement and what it means in our community.

    I haven't thought about the solstice. We are so far north that it is really noticeable. I wrote up a plan a while ago. I need to go find it.

    The local pool is opening up with restrictions. Our dr says that it is probably safer than going to the supermarket as long as we don't use the locker rooms. It seems like very few people are using masks in our community, which is frustrating, so we do not go out much. We are still doing grocery pick-up. We have done take-out only, but twice since March. Our state is pretending like COVID is gone.

    Since we won't be traveling, we are working on home improvement projects. These are things that we were going to do anyway, but we don't have to fit them in between trips. We have talked about going to the city, which is about 2 hours away, but we aren't sure. We might make it a day trip, but we will see. I don't know if we will want to risk it.

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    Good morning!
    We dont have any solstice or Juneteenth plans.... but tomorrow is Pokemon Community Day. Its leaving the house, but all congregating from the safety of our cars to do things together. I miss the walking about and chit chatting and gaming together - social hour for introverts!
    Ive been struggling to understand racism, ever since I read Becoming a few months ago. Black reality is far different from mine, I didnt and still dont understand quite how much. (I always concluded that I wasnt racist, I didnt see racist things, therefore there wasnt a problem.) This morning I read this article, which helped get me to a new level of understanding. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/19/opini...son/index.html
    So I was able to share with DS14 after our early morning walk at the park, as we were parked outside the grocery store waiting for it to open (it opens at 7), playing pokemon, that we were enjoying white priviledge, that loitering in a car outside a closed business wasnt something Black people could do. All the interactions with security guards and campus police we have had, come from a confidence that at worst case, they will kick us out of the area before we have a chance to finish our activity. We assume its the same for everyone, but its not. So that was my little epiphany about racism and white priviledge. I dont see Black people playing PokemonGo, and Im not sure its proportionate to their local population. Maybe walking around neighborhoods, lurking in parks and parking lots isnt something they feel safe doing.
    I got my haircut! There was a lot of over the top carefulness involved, but I dont mind. Im not sure that masks do a lot of good, and I know that I dont have the virus, but San Diego has been under a mask order, and I havent seen redneck resistance to it. I figure wearing a mask is like saying to the other people, “I respect you enough that Im not going to force you to trust my health.” Most of the people Ive seen are pretty casual about it - theres no panic or hyper-sanitation involved with the removal or putting on their masks. As soon as theyre in the car, the masks come off, and Im sure theyre put right back on the next time theyre needed. If wearing a mask is to protect others from our spittle, this seems reasonable. There are also fewer people wearing those miserable disposable around the ear masks, so Im thinking its being accepted as a longer term solution. I made a mask for “Old Man with Husky” that we see on our morning walks, because he was walking around with a wool scarf around his neck. Is it rude to make or offer masks to random strangers you see out and about? “Pardon me, but I notice your mask looks uncomfortable. Would you like this instead?” Old Man with Husky was grateful and appreciative, but we sort of ‘know’ each other from daily passing by at the park. Its a weird dilemma. Like offering a random homeless person food.

    I hope everyones still safe! INmom that you get some joint relief, Mariam that you dont come across anyone who had just attended a maga rally.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

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    Shortest day here. We are just making the most of it being dark early and doing lots of star gazing when we can but nothing specific for the shortest day. So far we have learned how to identify the first stars visible at night here (sirius and canopus, alpha and beta centauri, and the southern cross), scorpius, the teapot, the corona australis, and the triangulum australe.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    It is almost the day of longest daylight! When my kids were young, we would let them stay up extra late, we'd make s'mores, and they'd catch lightning bugs. Funnily enough, my 22 yo DS texted me last week that he had lightning bugs at his house in NC, and that he'd not seen them in years. (He has spent his last 3 summers interning for various companies in Indianapolis, which is hugely roads, concrete, and buildings--at least where he was located.) He admitted to catching a few, then letting him go. Nice to see there is still a bit of the little boy inside.

    Do you do anything special for the summer solstice?

    Finally getting some answers (hopefully) about my chronic joint pain. Combined with hot flashes every 1.5-2 hours and not sleeping through the night for most of the past year, the doc thinks its menopausal arthritis. (It sucks getting older.) Anyway, I've started some meds that should address most of these issues. I think it's working, but I'm not on a full dose yet. Able to walk 2-3 miles/day, but running has been out for about a month. I'm going to head over to my parents' lake and see if I can get some decent swimming in.

    Are any of you venturing out more, or still hunkering down at home?
    Aww...I love when you get a glimpse of childhood from your adult kids. I love when I get a chance to see that in my grown kids.

    Nothing special for summer solstice here.

    I'm totally with you INmom getting older sucks big time. I've been on meloxicam for arthritic joint pain for a few years now. It does help a lot but doesn't take all the pain away for me. It is the difference though between being able to get up and do some things and aching all day when I haven't even done anything to be achey. Meloxicam is also the difference between whether or not I can hold a pencil or not. I definitely still feel the difference if I forget to take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    I'm totally with you INmom getting older sucks big time. I've been on meloxicam for arthritic joint pain for a few years now. It does help a lot but doesn't take all the pain away for me. It is the difference though between being able to get up and do some things and aching all day when I haven't even done anything to be achey. Meloxicam is also the difference between whether or not I can hold a pencil or not. I definitely still feel the difference if I forget to take it.
    I understand where you are coming from. It was getting to the point that it hurt to raise my arm to brush my hair. I've been forcing myself to walk, clean, weed...whatever I normally do, but it is exhausting. Hopefully, the Gabapentin the doc prescribed will help. I'm on half dose right now, and I'm seeing some relief. I refuse to be sidelined from life at 52!
    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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    Gabapentin didn't work for me or dh, but I'm glad it seems to be working for you!

    I'm younger than you (41) but I have a soft tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) that in a lot of ways ages you a little faster. Brushing my hair and holding the phone to my ear are two things that can be really painful in my arms. Sometimes just walking through the store is too much for my hips and knees which I've always had trouble with them dislocating. I'm kinda glad I had most of my kids young when my symptoms were not so pronounced.

    The reason gabapentin didn't work for dh is it turned out he has a rare form of adult onset hydrocephalus. Nothing short of brain surgery has helped his pain.

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    Our dog was on gabapentin when he had his oral tumor. Our vet said that it is best taken along with an anti-inflammatory (our dog was also on previcox) and the gabapentin enhances the effect of the anti-inflammatory. So they work together and you can take less of each of them. On its own, it is more just for nerve pain.

    It was super effective in our dog. No pain relief = lethargic, excessive drinking (sore mouth), falling over; gabapentin on its own = some pain relief but not amazing; previcox on its own = some pain relief but not amazing; gabapentin + previcox = complete pain relief and behaving like a young dog racing round the house and playing.

    I would query taking it long term though because of side effects. Our dog got more aggressive over time (aggression is one side effect). Also, I am sure your doctor has told you, but be careful increasing the dose. In our dog, one pill (a half of the dose the vet prescribed) was fine, but two totally knocked him out and he would just be lying on the floor for hours with really slow and irregular breathing. I honestly thought he was dead one time when I gave him two. It was also much better to give it to him before bed than in the morning as he slept off any sedative effect overnight and then had good pain relief to be up for a walk in the morning.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    NZ_Mama,

    Thanks for the heads-up. My doc is slowly increasing the dose, with follow up visits to assess. Right now we are trying this while awaiting results of several blood tests. He's also checking for auto-immune issues, so there's that too.....
    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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