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    Hello fellow homeschool gang! And welcome to our new members. For those of you that are new, this is a forum where we post general stuff about life--hobbies, gripes, interesting things we see. Feel free to jump in at any time!

    Garden here is in full swing. I love the fact that I don't have to spend as much on produce this time of year. And we are grilling our veggies a TON this year. My 80 yo mother just discovered grilling veggies. No longer does my poor dad have to have veggies boiled to a mush!

    COVID observations: Indiana is not a hot spot, but our numbers are increasing as well. So many here refuse to wear masks. Many businesses started requiring them here last week, and starting tomorrow it is mandated for the whole state. I hope it causes more to wear the mask. Neighbor teens still insist on having non-socially distant and non-masked pool parties. The local high school had to cancel Friday's graduation due to a dozen kids testing positive for the virus.

    Since many schools here have decided to go virtual only, at least for the fall, we are getting a tsunami of new homeschoolers. The state group is trying to match volunteer homeschoolers with new ones to mentor. Good idea!

    Personally, post knee-surgery is going very well 2 weeks out. Already saw the doc and the physical therapist for the last time a couple of days ago. I'm up to a 3 miles walk, still doing my PT three times a day. Doc says I can start running in 4 more weeks.

    How are things in your neck of the world?
    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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    Great to hear about the knee success InMom!

    I have my first riding lesson in 7.5 months today. Feeling a little apprehensive. I don't really want to know how much I have lost in terms of skills and fitness but best to get started rebuilding.

    We are having a run of having random very mild spring like days pop up in winter, which is great. It makes it much easier to tolerate the cold days when you then get a 60–65 °F day. We had one yesterday and went out for a nice family hike and picnic. DH biked to the trail head, leaving earlier than us, and we drove and brought the picnic lunch and then we went for a hike.

    Still the same here with no community transmission for Covid but the odd person who cannot think beyond themselves and breaks out of the 2 weeks quarantine for new arrivals from overseas.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    I have a serious case of the Covid-crankies this weekend. I need a margarita and a patio n.o.w., but will settle for a beer at the pub - but will actually have to settle for a glass of box wine on my couch while talking to my husband, again, even though we have covered basically every topic, ever. Haha! We had to cancel our picnic (we've been going up to the mountains on Saturdays) due to rain and it just put me in a bad mood.

    We are back to school - full speed for DD (who is doing so much better now), and part way for DS. DS only partial school because swim practice is 1-3 and it's turning out to be a little more disruptive to the day than I thought once we factor in eating lunch early and drive time. But the end of summer swim is in a couple of weeks, and practice times should, theoretically, go back to normal.

    The FB homeschool groups have been nuts here! I had to step away for a little while - information overload. Lots of new homeschoolers now that all NM schools will be online until after Labor Day at least. I just am not a fan of FB for gathering information, it's not easy to search past info and the people can get a little cranky sometimes.

    Inmom - glad the knee is doing well. NZ - hope your riding lesson went well!
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    Lesson is in 1 h. I shall report back with my mediocrity

    Boo to the rainy day RTB.

    Oh I am not sure if any of you can access it or if you have your own international film festival, but the NZ International Film Festival is online right now at https://www.nziff.co.nz/2020/at-home-online/. You can pay to watch the films online. Might give you all something different to watch if you can access it outside of NZ.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Survived my lesson. Was better than I thought it would be but have lost a lot of fitness, and leg and core strength, and was a bit stiff in my arms. DD watched and said "you used to be better than me...but I think I am better now" Overall, I am happy with how it went as I managed to get the horse going ok in trot and sustain it.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Roll Call, 7/26
    Hang in there, NZ! It will come back to you!

    Yay for the knee recovery, Inmom!

    RTB Oh you blame it on covid crankies, I just blame it on Aunt Flo.

    There was a huge Pokemon Go event that DS14 and I participated in this weekend... it made me really miss the socializing of the preCovid days. The game is a lot more fun to play when you can be out strolling and chit chatting with friends. (You can chat or not chat, ideal socializing for introverts!) It seemed like the adults my age group and older all stayed in our respective cars, but the 20 and 30 somethings were carpooling together and walking together. (We wont even give the neighbor kids rides to pokemon events because cant really do social distancing in a car.)
    I keep working on my hand stitching, and bought a pattern I am starting this week. For practice, I tried stitching a “golden koi” onto a pair of jean shorts. Contrast was an issue, and its not that easy stitching through denim!
    Here is the pattern with the fabric I will be using, and the shorts.
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    Oh, and my car battery was absolutely dead - I drove it at the beginning of July, and went to open it with the key fob yesterday, and the car was so dead it didnt even react. I didnt think a car battery could die so fast!
    (Ive been driving DH’s Tesla.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    NZ_Mama, I think we're all at the point where we need to either literally (you) or figuratively (me) get back on the horse and slowly return to where we were. So happy your lesson went well. How often will you be going?

    Alexsmom, I love how you jump in and give crafts a try. Oh, and our car (2nd one that doesn't go places much) had it's battery die as well. Our kind neighbor put a drip charger on it, and we've been starting it up every so often to keep the charge. Again, another unintended result of the stay-at-home orders.

    RTB: It's good to hear that your DD is doing better. Do you think having school responsibilities help at all? Something else to focus on? I read your first paragraph out loud to DH--he just about snorted out his drink.

    New stupid local parents--some parents felt bad that their kids didn't get a prom. So they held one for them anyway a couple of weeks ago. Guess what? Kids coming down with COVID-19 now. Our very local town paper--think 6 entire pages on a good day (next town over from the prom) printed the list of business sponsors of this prom. I love this paper!!
    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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    @INmom - Prom *forehead slap*. Good grief, missing prom is really not that big of a deal. Sometimes I think this stuff is driven by parents who 'peaked' in high school.

    Yes, for the school stuff, now that she can focus better - I think just being in a normal routine is a good thing for her.
    Rebecca
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    Good on the local journalism outing those who supported the prom.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Good on the local journalism outing those who supported the prom.

    It gets even better. Some of the sponsors were upset that they were printed, and protested that they did not support the prom. The local paper came back with sources--the prom flyer, a YouTube video listing the sponsors, and an entire online newspaper story about the prom, listing the sponsors. They finished with a "hey, if we made a mistake, don't hesitate to contact the paper."

    No one has....
    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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