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    Wow! I am on a local FB group for homeschoolers. (Can't stomach the larger groups...this only covers 3 counties and doesn't veer off into cliques and judgement.) Anyway, the surge in new homeschoolers is unbelievable! Half a dozen every day, and these are only the ones finding this group. Pre-COVID it was one or two a month. How many are turning to homeschooling not joining the group??

    Most are doing this short-term, which I totally understand. I'm wondering how many will stick with it if successful?

    Is this happening in your area as well?

    Update: Had knee surgery yesterday afternoon. Still on crutches for another day or two until I go to physical therapy, but the pain level is now down to 1 or 2, even when the heavy duty ibuprofen wears off. Soooo much better. I will see my GP tomorrow on a follow up to discuss the arthritis pain everywhere else...lol.

    How are you all doing?
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    INmom, glad you knee is doing better!

    I did take a peek at the local FB group, and it looks like they are also getting a ton of new members. I have a friend who is considering HSing this year vs. going the online route this year for her younger kiddo. I think the online method is doable for the middle or HS set, but not realistic for the younger kiddos.

    DD picked to use a few individual programs from Oak Meadow this year. I was starting to gather books the other day that are required reading, and holy smokes, some of the books are hard to find and/or really expensive right now! One book that is normally $5ish was $45! They are in print, common books, so I'm not quite sure what the deal is. Or the shipping time is forever. We are already getting a later start to our school year (due to all that has been going on in our family) and it looks like we won't have everything we need until August. But, I'm assuming it won't be a problem to still take the breaks we like to take since we will have more free time than what we typically do (no in person classes or swim team).

    DH had his MRI moved up to today - so hurrah that process is moving along! DD is improving too, which is reassuring, but the process is still a bit like running through knee deep mud.

    DS is still going to a version of swim team practice. Pools are open one person per lane for swim teams - kids only swim with the same group of kids, no locker rooms, no non-swimmers in the building, zero socializing. But I think it is a time limited thing - stuff is starting to close back down around here because our numbers are going up. Ugh, covid is such a downer, no?!
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    Hmmm Ive heard our charter school enrollment is way up, but California froze funding for schools.... public schools arent losing funding as parents are jumping ship. But no additional funding to the public school (homeschool) charters where they are going to. Im not sure how itll be worked out. San Diego county announced this week that schools would be online only for the fall semester. Im only anxious about DS8 not getting in person therapies. Despite lots off extra help and support from his therapists, some problems are getting more pronounced.

    And glad to hear INMoms surgery went well, RTBs DH doesnt have to wait another decade for his MRI, and that family life seems to be settling down.

    Things are all mellow here. Ive just finished my little crow project (I call it “Just a Song at Twilight”); It was really to work on my stitching skills. I will probably online purchase some sashiko patterns to get more practice.
    Here’s the quilt, (table runner), in “happier” colors than as spec’d.
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    And heres the pattern. B79A7F55-1419-4944-AC9B-F0BA92ADE13F.jpeg

    Oh, and around here the oak trees are evergreens, and have long pointy acorns.
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    Love your color scheme AM. It's much more alive and has more depth than the original.

    Glad to hear of the successful knee surgery Inmom.

    RTB, hope the MRI is useful. Glad to hear your DD is improving.


    Life is just back to much the same as before here. Minus the tourists and a few restrictions on not going to things even if you have the common cold. I have not seen any more people start homeschooling. Lots of DD11's friends said they loved it and would like to do it full time, even when it was the boring online/Zoom version, but the parents are not so keen. The only thing that has been changed in our life so far is that DD11's in-person music exams are cancelled and they are just going to do them by filming them and sending them in for grading.

    It is good to have no community transmission here but also a little anxiety inducing as you feel like you are in this trying to keep out something terrible state, which we really are. Mandatory isolation and quarantine for new arrivals is going well. All our new cases are in that group. But it would just take one of them flouting the rules (a handful have) or one of the staff that deal with them catching it (as happened in Melbourne) for it all to go downhill.

    We are much the same as always. Trying to get through winter; I get seasonal affective disorder and become super irritable and grumpy about everything.

    DD11 had some sessions with an occupational therapist for a short course on "managing big emotions", which has helped a little. She has also got in to see a local psychologist. They are all really busy and usually booked up. Not sure what experience this one will have with gifted 2E girls but at least it is a start.

    I am meant to be starting riding lessons again in a week, but I have not ridden since Dec last year so it will likely be really frustrating to find how much I have lost in fitness and ability. Particularly with the dog dying and I have stopped going for my daily walks (still doing other exercise at home but not walking as much), and because it is winter I have stopped riding the e-bike to do errands as most days are just too wet or too cold to make it very pleasant. So I am going to be really unfit.
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    Alexsmom, I love your table runner! It is so much more vibrant than the pattern.

    RBT: I hope your hubby gets some answers from his MRI. Does the swim team have any competitions lined up, or are they simply trying to stay in shape? Cross country teams have started practicing here--usually packs of 15-20 kids who don't like to social distance, from each other or people who may also be on the trails with them. DH and I have to be careful where we go to run/walk to try to avoid them, or go at 6 am and be out of the park before they get there.

    NZ_Mama: Hopefully when you get back in the saddle, it will all come right back. (Sorry I couldn't avoid the obvious pun.) I have to admit that I'm envious of your country and it's control of the virus. Can I come over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post

    RBT: I hope your hubby gets some answers from his MRI. Does the swim team have any competitions lined up, or are they simply trying to stay in shape? Cross country teams have started practicing here--usually packs of 15-20 kids who don't like to social distance, from each other or people who may also be on the trails with them. DH and I have to be careful where we go to run/walk to try to avoid them, or go at 6 am and be out of the park before they get there.

    NZ_Mama: Hopefully when you get back in the saddle, it will all come right back. (Sorry I couldn't avoid the obvious pun.) I have to admit that I'm envious of your country and it's control of the virus. Can I come over?

    Yikes - 15-20 kids is a lot! I'd go early too.

    No, no competitions planned. It's just to keep in shape and I see it as the last hurrah before we surge and it closes down again, or at least we don't want DS in groups over the fall/winter. The way they run it is 12 kids max at a time (because that is what the pool holds), one kid per lane only. They screen before entering the facility and you have to wear a mask when not in the pool. No locker rooms, no bathrooms, no changing, only people in the water (beside the coach). DS said a couple of girls got yelled at the other day for not being 6 feet apart by the lifeguards - so apparently they mean business. The pools are open to the general population as well, one person per lane (even families) and you have to make a reservation a day in advance - same deal with the no locker rooms and such.

    We are now required to wear masks when exercising (even outside). When we were walking up to the local high school through the park so DD could skateboard, the school cheer team was practicing all bunched together, no masks - so annoying.

    I too am envious of New Zealand <3 and NZmama.
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    Oh, theres a comet in our skies! We had been hunting it for the last few days, finally found it with binoculars last night. (We dont have very dark skies, and middle aged eyesight isnt great at finding blurry stars )

    I think the last comet I had seen before this was Hale-Bopp? in the late 90s.

    Good times!
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    Cool you saw a comet AM!
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