elizevdmerwe

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About elizevdmerwe

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    elizevdmerwe - Waiting on Spring

    Yes, and we were really enjoying the programmes that we were using. The boys and I are a little bit upset that we won't get to finish the Nebula Language Arts programme. They loved it! It is super confusing however to figure out what the UK Keystage 1 (year 1 and 2) and then Keystage 2 (years 3-6) is compared to how we use and follow grade levels here in South Africa. Maybe I was just too tired to grasp it the first time round. I'm so glad to hear of your boyfriend's success! There aren't a lot of 1st generation HS in South Africa yet, but we basically all hang on their outcomes (no pressure! ) to further our cause. But things seem to be coming to a head now. Thanks, I'm trying to keep up with my own things, but I really feel like this week is a bit much. ------------------------------------------------------------------- More education stuff. Just want to get it out of my head so I can make sense of it: Thursday: Bible study: Done. Exercise: Nothing. Finances: Just the day's finances, nothing further on July stuff. Sleep: Wednesday on time, but woke up couple of times during the night. Thursday night, went to bed late... very late. Slept mostly through though, but only got up just before 6h00, not 5h00. Food: Breakfast: Two baked eggs with small portion of left over mince. Lunch: I defrosted the last of Brandt's birthday maize-mix-side dish (paptert) and had that with some brown gravy. The boys had either just boerewors (R) or paptert with boerewors (A), and the same for Thoko and Eric. Dinner: the last of the paptert with sauce. We weren't very hungry, but there was defrosted bean soup and some left overs too. I know, too much starch. Other: School stuff, took Rocco to soccer and both boys have a cold now. I seem to be ok (touch wood). Wind is starting to pick up, and predicted to blow madly later on. I have to take pipes to town to have them bend for Brandt's roll cage. Have to have the new English worksheets printed, so we can start Monday. Really want to go for a walk this afternoon, which will have to be in the neighbourhood. I'm so sick and tired of some guys harassing people in the street below us. They're gone at the moment, but if I do go for a walk, I'll take my f.a. and my walking stick with. Maybe I should leave the stick and take Zuzu out for a walk, he needs some exercise, and seems to scare off unwanted attention. There is something to say for superstition about dark dogs with light yellow eyes. Being tired is definitely affecting my mood. I seem to have lost my sense of humour, and patience. Also feeling decidedly 'blah'. Zuzu's "You really want me to get off the bed?" look. He wasn't impressed with me.
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    Elastigirl Enjoys Her Summer

    Brandt showed me a photo the other day of fires in California I think, where the flames were about 3-4x higher than the tree tops! I remember his forestry days vividly and as young fiancée who went to visit him and then had to help curb the grass fires next to the Eucalyptus section that had a crown fire (tops of trees on fire) raging through them. We had to drive through that section to get to the grass section. He was showing me around his plantation when he was called out and didn't have time to drop me off at home first. I also worked in forestry (offices) so I knew something of what was needed. Heck, I'm praying and asking for protection for any one who has to help or live in the areas of those fires! And rain... lots of rain.
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    JonFirestar: Knightfall

    When I saw that Man vs Lakes run, I thought to myself there is no way that you'll do the Comrades and NOT be bored out of your mind! Yes, there's nice scenery, but it's slogging on tar road for 90km. Up and down serious hills/passes. But you are more than welcome to do it.
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    Formation, Integration, Application: Tanktimus' next challenge

    I had the benefit of learning that pronounciation because of a town with that name, here in our Cape Province. But to remember the spelling I always say "wor-ches-ter-shire" and then say "wurs-ter", first r soft sound, almost not there. But then again, it might be slightly off as there is a slight difference between saying that name in Afrikaans than in English. We also have towns with names written as Kingsburgh, and Queensborough, but you say the last syllable as "bruh" not "berg" or "borrow". All thanks to our British heritage apparently Glad to hear the chiro has helped. Awesome! I'm continuing with the 28 day bible study messages I receive every day, although I somehow lost day 6... But *shrug*... I'm a little late on it this morning, but will do it, before I go on with school work.
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    elizevdmerwe - Waiting on Spring

    I really hope not! ----------------------------------------- So late night again, but only just, will do a summary of the day at the end of today. It is cold, misty, rainy and typical "Spring is in the air" weather, so I'm part excited and part thankful. Dust is settling so sinus problems are less. No way Rocco will do sport this afternoon, but I have to go out as it is our dvd day, and I want to print these new worksheets and set up the new English programme. Discussed it with Brandt, and the Cambridge stuff, and ... and ... I just can't tell him everything going through my head as I read information and tried to think of everything, so I sent him a lot of links and asked him to read through it, and that was what he did last night. So basically we'll change to the UK English programme, but that is all. No other changes. I have to admit I was very proud yesterday when the boys did a reading test. I know their comprehension of what they read and hear is very good, but they've improved so much from the beginning of the year w.r.t. reading itself. It gave them a confidence boost as well, and they liked the stories. Of course the level they are reading at is way below their comprehension level; @Sloth the Enduring mentioned this happens, in a discussion in another thread (last year?). They'll catch up systematically as we practice and continue. I still read aloud at a level they understand, and not at what they read themselves. We've started with the Tarzan series Brandt bought when just going to high school (14yrs). Unfortunately he lent the first two books to someone years ago and never got it back, so we are starting with book 3: Tarzan and Jane got married and have a son. And they've all been kidnapped. I've been told I'm a bad mom because I stopped reading on a cliffhanger. We'll chat again tonight. Hope you have a great day
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    Elastigirl Enjoys Her Summer

    Yikes! That's bad. Not that you don't know it, but... Hope it starts to clear up soon. Nice going on all the things and managing through the smoke and situation.
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    JonFirestar: Knightfall

    Part of me thought so but you know me... factual and didn't want any misunderstandings. You can do that other tour later as well A good start then. You two will still be faster than me, for sure! Yip, might have heard that a time or two... I've been struggling with sleep as well. Firstly B has been in a chatty mood (for him) late at night (21h30-22h00), but it is understandably about the only time we get to talk where he can actually sit and listen (not working on his rally car or actual programming work), with no interruptions from the boys as they are in bed. But I've been waking up constantly sometime between 2h30-3h00am and I'm really tired getting max.6hrs broken sleep a night. Go get the day, Batman! Don't sweat the stress at work, just ... go with the flow. I tried to find a picture of Batman relaxing, but ... I'll continue to search.
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    Formation, Integration, Application: Tanktimus' next challenge

    I'm a slow learner, it's been taking years to remember, and then only after I've read or commented about food. I didn't know you got male and female fruit. Hmmm, the last ones I used I grew in the garden. Wonder whether the whole plant is male or female, like avo trees? Ouch! Hope you get the knot out and the pain goes away.
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    Sloth: The Man with the Hammer

    It's tomorrow here already. I work on us being on avg 6-7 hours ahead of you guys. Will hold my thumbs and toes for her. I had a good laugh reading through all this just now. Thanks for starting my day off on a cheery note.
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    JonFirestar: Knightfall

    No, you said... But whatever you do... please don't run any races within the next long while (except that sprint you said you'd do with Iatetheyeti on Sunday - I think, maybe not, not sure), until you have properly healed! There after you can slowly but surely build back up to Crazy Race Jon! I'm sorry for the disappointment with the race and all. *pat pat on the back* No! They are evil, you just can't hear the voices. You should really just ignore them, or better yet, throw them out.
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    Formation, Integration, Application: Tanktimus' next challenge

    I love brinjal/eggplant. The one thing I've learned is that if you use it in a stew, you should cut it up beforehand and sprinkle salt over to draw out the juices. It can make your stew/food a bit bitter otherwise. (I don't any more). Some people do that with the slices that they grill too. As soon as you see the water drops on the eggplant, you rinse everything off under water and use in your food.
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    Sloth: The Man with the Hammer

    Seriously??? Probably too many thoughts racing through his head. We do this too, within limits, and only one friend has taken us up on it on various occasions. Glad you got someone for foster-dog, and all the best for her operation (finally) on Thursday.
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    elizevdmerwe - Waiting on Spring

    Oh my word I feel so embarrassed! I just found out another meaning for 'masochist' which I never knew! It is not just doing something that will hurt you (like exercising even though you will hurt the next day). Wish I was an ostrich to push my head in the sand (not that they really do that). I'm not using that word again, in case I'm misunderstood. yeah, my sentiments too. Saw a similar video made by US soldiers. Aloe juice seemed to become available around here sometime last year, I think. South Africa is aloe country so I'm not surprised, but some of the brands have a lot of sugar added. There is only one which I've seen that has less sugar than other juices and cooldrinks. It's very refreshing and I like the pulp in it. I just need to cut down on the chocolate and things like bread and other starchy food. They make me more hungry very quickly, no matter whether it's low GI or not. I'm really not fond of measuring my food portions, but I will probably have to. What I haven't been doing, which I should probably start with first, is to dish up smaller portions of food, then wait and see whether I'm really still hungry after I've finished it. If I am, then I can have a little bit more. If I'm not, then fine. The boys and I usually discuss things while walking, from our surroundings (I explained wind and water erosion when we saw prime examples around us while walking) to other topics. But we tend to slow down and then drag things out, and then they don't really build up a sweat and 'exercise'. Brandt almost never slowed down yesterday and we were all a bit out of breath by the end of the walk, and it was good exercise. I guess we could do both. Walk faster for exercise with Brandt, and do our normal speed and routine walk on a Friday. Then again, just getting out and walking a bit will do us all good. Thanks I needed to hear this again. I didn't realise that I've been becoming a bit panicky thinking of all the changes and implications of everything. I found some universities (international and local) that accept students online for distance courses, and then there are of course places like Coursera which also allow people to study worldwide through them. A friend said today that having some of these diplomas or certificates along with a GED, ANA's and SAT/ACTs, may get homeschoolers entrance directly from a national university, but they have limited space for students who apply as an "adult learner" (21+yrs) with some qualifications and/or experience, rather than a student with a school leavers certificate with exemption. So there are options available. I think we have to sit and look through all the options a lot more. Adam turns 12 end of this year, which is in Cambridge's Lower Secondary level, and then they have a higher Secondary level for 16+yrs. Where they really recommend you use their endorsed textbooks. I did however find an English programme which I like, but the voice overs have such an Australian accent, that soon the boys might be mistaken for Australians, instead of the mixed-Americans people seem to think their now! But it is a very solid programme, following the Australian and New Zealand curricula (similar to UK national curriculum?), and also being used by Ireland, UK and apparently some South African families or private schools. I haven't finalised anything yet, because if we seriously choose Cambridge, then I'd rather buy their workbooks. ------------------------------------------------------- Adam has been fighting a cold since Monday, and this morning it seemed to have worsened, so we skipped Lego classes. Now, at the end of the day, he seems much better though. Wednesday: Bible study: Done day 3. Strength: One circuit only. I was tired and had very little energy. Finances: Just the day's finances, nothing further on July stuff. Sleep: Was in bed on time Tuesday evening, but then Brandt came to say good night and we started talking, discussing the day and what I've found online w.r.t. curricula. This seems to be his habit now, so I again only switched off my light around 23h00. Food: Breakfast: Two-egg scramble with a pork sausage. Lunch: Nartjie, fish nuggets (15x) with a little bit of mayonnaise. Dinner: 2x wholewheat rusks (tummy problems), small portion of mince and veg stew. Three normal mugs of coffee throughout the day, oh and a glass of milk while exercising this morning. I think my calcium might be a tad low. I've been craving milk. Other: I did not walk this afternoon.
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    Annyshay Takes Hobbit Breaks

    Seconded!
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    Elastigirl Enjoys Her Summer

    All the best with the smoky air! Hope it clears out soon. Eish I can't even imagine not having my dishwasher! Hope your new one is spotless and in full working condition.