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    Mmmm...the smell of leaves on my fig tree. And...

    Mmmm...the smell of leaves on my fig tree.
    And the small orchard we have, when everything's blossoming.
    :-)
  2. I enjoy using selections from the Great Courses. ...

    I enjoy using selections from the Great Courses. For pretty cheap (something's always on sale!), they offer recorded versions of college courses from some superb professors. Most come with...
  3. I want to take a welding class. And a mixed...

    I want to take a welding class. And a mixed media art class. Am feeling the need to make things with my hands, apparently.
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    Yet another vote for Khan Academy to get brushed...

    Yet another vote for Khan Academy to get brushed up! Excellent stuff. We use it for homeschool math. Many online private schools do too.
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    I tell cranky kiddos "Tough luck, Chuck!" fairly...

    I tell cranky kiddos "Tough luck, Chuck!" fairly regularly. Makes them grin and usually quit griping. None, for the record, are named Chuck.

    Browning has always resonated with me: This world's...
  6. Thank you, Lex, for your service as COTH's...

    Thank you, Lex, for your service as COTH's TechnoMaster.

    Here's my question:

    Can a game-but-novice person replace a cracked screen on a laptop? Found how-to directions online; have found a...
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    Proud, and rightfully so, Over the Hill. Well...

    Proud, and rightfully so, Over the Hill. Well done, and thanks to your son for his commitment and service!
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    A friend's DD does online school through...

    A friend's DD does online school through Wiliamsburg Academy (.org, accredited). They like it very much and feel it's a rigorous-enough prep for college (certainly compared to what's available here...
  9. Thanks for the topic, regalace, and for the...

    Thanks for the topic, regalace, and for the resulting links! DD started an online class yesterday, and I had NO IDEA what sort of headphones/mike would work best out of the bajillion choices. We've...
  10. God bless you and your family, Tamra, on this day...

    God bless you and your family, Tamra, on this day especially. Grace and peace to you all.
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    Walk Through This World With Me, by the great...

    Walk Through This World With Me, by the great George Jones
  12. Crone, we share the same climate down here. :) ...

    Crone, we share the same climate down here. :) We've had good luck with a similarly compacted base, then about 2 inches of "manufactured sand" (angular, not round grains) in our outdoor ring. ...
  13. I am glad for you and your daughter, wireweiners....

    I am glad for you and your daughter, wireweiners. That progress must feel so great to you both!!
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    If you're lucky enough to grow brussels sprouts...

    If you're lucky enough to grow brussels sprouts in a garden (and really, they're not tricky at all so try it!), the big leaves make the MOST HEAVENLY greens. Sauteed hot with a little olive oil,...
  15. I think it would be stinking fabulous. :) ...

    I think it would be stinking fabulous. :) Imagine the travel stories your daughter could write -- what memories!! (I would've paid any amount of $$ to leave the 7th grade mean girls, personally.) ...
  16. Prayers and healing thoughts for both of you.

    Prayers and healing thoughts for both of you.
  17. We sponsor both a child in Africa and a family in...

    We sponsor both a child in Africa and a family in Eastern Europe, also through World Vision. We've done so for years, and are strong supporters of that organization -- it does a good thing.

    For...
  18. Texas sized jingles too!

    Texas sized jingles too!
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    The tree and various trimmings come down this...

    The tree and various trimmings come down this weekend.

    But I really enjoy leaving Christmas lights up here and there. We left strands up all year last year outlining windows inside our living...
  20. DH and middle DD are on a date to The Nutcracker....

    DH and middle DD are on a date to The Nutcracker.

    Older DD is off to the symphony with grandparents.

    4yo DS and I are eating bacon for dinner (we took a vote!) and watching Frosty the Snowman...
  21. That story got me all mom-sniffling. What a...

    That story got me all mom-sniffling. What a wonderful daughter. :)
  22. alternate_universe, Texas doesn't require testing...

    alternate_universe, Texas doesn't require testing of homeschoolers either. Nor are private schools required to participate in mandatory testing. It's not uncommon.

    And while it's probably...
  23. There are many wise souls on COTH. :yes: ...

    There are many wise souls on COTH. :yes:

    First and foremost, don't panic! Barring unusual circumstances, kids read when they're ready to read!!
    Do get your DD's eyes thoroughly checked.
    Do...
  24. Well, you'd be better off than a bunch of Texans...

    Well, you'd be better off than a bunch of Texans in terms of proximity to nice venues. Meadowcreek Park in Kosse, TX is gorgeous, and is about 45 minutes from Waco. 2 1/2 hours to Texas Rose Horse...
  25. That is a super-cool filly. Not an Appy person...

    That is a super-cool filly. Not an Appy person myself, but wowee, isn't she amazing???

    Come on, vet! Huge jingles for fully-passed placenta and nice strong iGg #s.

    Congrats!!
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