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Old 08-01-2015, 03:38 PM   #191
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School starts here August 10th. Back when I was growing up, schools all started the same time - it was always in September. It makes it kind of difficult sometimes, because my other grandchildren live in different counties, with different starting and end dates. They also all have different spring breaks - ugh.

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CG, I do the same thing - I can never go online and just look up a recipe or read the news without going to several other sites first. lol
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:48 PM   #192
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Iowa's a bit, um, strange. The tourist bureau keeps trying to get folks to go to the Iowa State Fair, and they try to push the school start date back to Labor Day. But most schools here start mid-August. Teachers and other staff go back a week or two earlier.

When I worked in multiple districts, it was always fun trying to coordinate vacation schedules. Some districts had Spring break, others didn't. Christmas was interesting as well.
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:28 PM   #193
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In Virginia, school starts the day after Labor Day because the tourist industry needs students to work until the summer season is over. It's ridiculous the power they have.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:53 AM   #194
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Whoa. Just looked at the moon again. Others are much better photographers than I am, but it sure is pretty.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:59 AM   #195
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Gah! It's already August, summer's swan song. The back to school countdown begins.
When I lived in South Texas, school started August 1, then let out for the month of October for harvest. All kids were needed at harvest time. It was also Fair time when kids took their animals to the fair. Then after The Fair it was planting time for the second planting. School revolved around the needs of the farm or ranch.

Up here in the north, school revolved around the needs of the teachers. First day started the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The teacher attended meetings the week before Labor Day. Can't have them working on a holiday. HORRORS! Then came time off the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and then the Christmas holiday. School out on the 23rd, go back the first Tuesday after Jan 1. Then Feb. vacation, Easter vacation, end of school year the second week of June. School started at 9 a.m., let out at 2:30. No wonder parents started hollering about how easy teachers had it. That had come to an end.

First class starts at 8 a.m. And for Charter Schools, classes start at 7 a.m. and get out at 5 p.m. And yes, they do get home work on top of the long day. The system in Boston has been turned on its head. And all for the better.
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:47 AM   #196
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CG, I do the same thing - I can never go online and just look up a recipe or read the news without going to several other sites first. lol
Me either. I get caught up in the news, then the references to other articles, etc.
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I don't know whether to celebrate, or mourn, the fact that we've been in our MA house exactly 15 years ago today. I'm going with celebrating the first 12. That was about how long we WERE supposed to be here.

Dorothy was right.........
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:00 PM   #198
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New Word

"Whenif". Sounds similar to "Gwyneth".

Used when all hope is gone that something will happen WHEN and realizing that it could turn into an IF.

Example: I'll have my garage sale whenif I finish pricing everything.
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I found 1/3 of a garter snake on my front step, it was missing the head and the tail. Apparently one of the neighbors' cats brought me a hostess gift.

I'm not a squeamish person, but I popped the garage door, and used that to go in and out instead of the front door. Usually I'm the one who takes care of dead birds, rodents, and insects or arachnids, inside or outside, but this was just gross.

When I told DH that it was his turn to dispose of the dismembered portion of snake, he didn't believe me. Lo and behold, when we went out the front door for our walk, the snake chunk was gone! Thinking one of our many omnivorous groundsquirrels might have gotten a nice meal.
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I'm the one who gets rid of stuff too. But parts of animals is yucky.
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