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Let Me Explain My Google Search History…

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I’m doing some googling this morning that seems morbid and thinking how my search terms may look to someone who doesn’t know what all is going on here. 😂

Our rabbits are due to kindle any day now. Which means that it’s not long til I’m going to have to kill a lot of young rabbits. I am determined to do this in the most humane way possible.
Knocking them out leaves too much room for operator error, especially someone as clumsy as me.
Cervical dislocation is touted as the most foolproof humane way, but knowing that decapitated heads have been observed showing expressions of terror or grief, to glance back at their bodies, and to focus on the face of someone who called their name has me convinced that it is not true death, but merely a loss of all bodily control until death comes by lack of oxygen (which can take many minutes) or by lack of blood supply to the brain (possibly quicker but not enough).
Looks to me like destruction of the brain is the best way, at least it removes the possibility of consciousness/suffering. I’ve personally seen it done with an air rifle to the back of the head, and that’s the method we have planned. Now that it’s getting closer to actually happening, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t invest in a shotgun to really be sure…
One of the reasons I’m so excited to be raising our own meat (why we’re not just vegetarian or vegan is another post, another day) is so that I can be sure that the animals have been treated humanely, respectfully, and ethically. That is the very least we can do for that which sustains our lives.
What do you think? Will the air rifle be enough or shall I go shotgun shopping?

How Do You Do It?!?

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The night before the last day of camp has me exhaustedly muttering to myself “we’ll never do this again”. I get to this point every year. Then we do it again next year. It’s worth it- the kids have so much fun. But oh my goodness I am so utterly and completely exhausted and worn out and used up.People say to me “I don’t know how you do it” when they find out I homeschool or that I have 8 children. But my hat is off AND I bow deeply to the moms who live my week all year long- those of you who get your kids up and decent and ready and fed and packed and shipped offon time every single morning, and then pick them up and listen to their day and unpack their lunch and get them clean and presentable for the next day AND have them do their chores AND somehow squeeze in quality time… And I can’t even ponder the homework… and the cooking… and the housework…

You guys are amazing. And I am completely wrung out. 

KonMari and Family Closet

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We have a family closet in the laundry room. It’s one of the things I love most about our new home: I’ve wanted to do a family closet for over 10 years and it’s only now worked out. We moved in here in the summer and things were grand. Now that we’ve pulled out the cool-weather clothes but not yet put away the shorts, it’s pretty crowded!

Tonight I’m working on applying the #konmari I’m so fond of and looking forward to much easier laundry jobs and more appreciation and care of possessions 😊
If you haven’t read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I definitely recommend it!

Our Go-To Lunch

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When we want something quick, and nutritious, that’s more than a sandwich, here’s what we do:

 

One can corn
One can diced tomatoes
One can black beans
Drain the corn and beans, dump them in a bowl and dump in the tomatoes with the liquid. Snip in some fresh cilantro, or add a teaspoon or so of dried cilantro, then sprinkle some fajita seasoning over it. Stir and microwave for three minutes, or warm-up in a sauce pan on your stovetop.
Serve as is, as a dip for tortilla chips, or add things like shredded cheese salsa and sour cream on top of  lettuce for a fuller meal.
This is yummy, and filling, and easy to make even for my young children. Then they feel so proud and helpful, as they provided lunch for the family!

Our Go-To Lunch

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When we want something quick, and nutritious, that’s more than a sandwich, here’s what we do:

 

One can corn
One can diced tomatoes
One can black beans
Drain the corn and beans, dump them in a bowl and dump in the tomatoes with the liquid. Snip in some fresh cilantro, or add a teaspoon or so of dried cilantro, then sprinkle some fajita seasoning over it. Stir and microwave for three minutes, or warm-up in a sauce pan on your stovetop.
Serve as is, as a dip for tortilla chips, or add things like shredded cheese salsa and sour cream on top of  lettuce for a fuller meal.
This is yummy, and filling, and easy to make even for my young children. Then they feel so proud and helpful, as they provided lunch for the family!

Free online tools that make homeschooling easier (for us)

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For me, actually.
These are record-keeping, lesson-planning, sanity-saving free downloads that I use every school day. I’ve used them for several years now, and they’ve served me well. I thought I’d share them for anyone that might be interested.
For planning lessons, as well as keeping track of what we’ve done, grades, time spent, and making report cards, transcripts, reading logs, and several other details, as well as a daily school journal, I use Homeschool Tracker Basic. I use the basic version, although a paid upgrade is available is available that has more features and functions. The paid version has more bells and whistles, mostly things that are “convenient”, but the basic version is fully functional and has everything I need. There is no “trial period” that expires, forcing you to pay to upgrade.
The second tool I use is so that I can print the Teacher’s Planner/Assignment List that Homeschool Tracker generates for me straight to a PDF, rather that use up paper and ink. When I print a week’s Planner for 6 students, it’s usually between 10-15 pages, and I’m just too cheap to use that much ink and paper for something that I’m going to mark on and throw away in a few days. So I use PDF995. They have a whole suite of free downloads for creating, editing, and securing PDFs, but all I use is the printer driver. It is a two part download, and once you install both parts, you have a virtual printer on your computer. When you print something, use the ctrl+P way to start the print job, and you will have a choice of which printer to use. Choose PDF995, and click “print”. Instead of paper and ink, you will get a PDF, with options to name and save it wherever you like. I usually name my planner “school” and the beginning and ending dates of the planner’s reach, and save it on my desktop.
The third tool is so that I can “mark” on the planner to keep track of where we are and make changes or add post-its, all the things I would do with a sharpie, highlighter, and real post-its if I had printed a paper planner. There are a few free downloads for this type of program out there, and like a nerd, I tried out all I could get my hands on. My favorite, hands down, is PDF Xchange. If you follow that link, the “Try This Product for Free” download button is what I’m talking about. I use this to view the PDF planner generated by PDF995, and then I can mark to my heart’s content so that when, next week I sit down to make another planner with Homeschool Tracker, I know what to repeat, what got done, and what notes I want to make about the assignments, etc.
Everyone has their own setup that makes sense for them, but this is what Works For Me. :0)