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When his first day of school is as a senior high student

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

My little boy is growing up. I remember when he was just three years old and he taught himself to read by playing Jump Start Third Grade on the computer.  He was too little to reach it by sitting on the chair. He had to stand up and on his tipey toes.  Wasn't it just yesterday we played Drag Math?  That's where I would promise to drag him around the house by his feet if he answered an addition or subtraction question correctly.   Yes, my little boy was growing up alright and it was his first day of school...as...

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When Your Family Lives with WEIRD Stuff

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

When I was a young girl, I got mercilessly teased by my school mates because I was the only one who didn't have a middle name.  They kept badgering me to disclose it believing it must be pretty bad if I wouldn't even admit I had one.   When I was a teen, I was the only one of my friends who moved around so much she couldn't quickly (and without extensive explanation) answer the question, "Where are you from?" When I began homeschooling my kids, I had to explain that English is weird and you could memorize the "rules,"...

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Seven Things You Need to Know to Survive the...MENOPOCALYPSE!

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

Do you cry at toilet paper commercials?   Do you vacation in the freezer section?  I do!  And I've tried just about everything.  Some remedies have side effects, others just plain don't work.  BUT... Here are seven things you need to know in order to survive the Menopocalypse.   1. Natural is usually better. If something can happen, it'll usually happen to me.  That's why I never did drugs, smoked or drank alcohol.  I always figured that if there ever was a negative side effect, I'd be the one to have it and have it in spades!  I'm a lightweight. I...

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Part two of my post on chronic illness frustration

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

Last month, I shared how GPs (Generally Pathetics) can delay your treatment.  This month, I'd like to share how red tape and mix ups can frustrate the begeebers outta you when on a mission to experience less pain. I began seeing a chiropractor a few months ago in a quest to rid myself of some of the pain.  I can't always tell what the source of the pain is as almost all of my diagnoses (and the list is long and distinguised) all have the same symptoms.  Is it Fibro pain?  Arthritis pain?  TMJ pain?  Headache pain?  Aches due to...

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Grape News-June 20, 2016: Summer Fun and Baking!

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Summer is a grape time for family fun!   On the menu this month: I have a grape recipe on tap for you via a YouTube video I found, Tips for summer fun from our brand new Family Fun on a Budget, and some links with further information and fun.   ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Recipe of the Month ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ An easy recipe for one of most family's favorites, the fruit roll up.  This video is for applesauce, but you could substitute other pureed fruit. If  you don't have a silpat mat, you can use the Grape Grill Buddy which is also a...

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