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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Sorry, I didn't mean to cause a jeepers reaction with my kid comment...but I was a kid...I was old enough to have had my Rs mastered for a while, though. I got exposed to algebra in 6th or 7th grade but I struggled with it for a while. I didn't get good at it for quite some time. I never did take typing in school. I bought a software program at one time that helped so I type reasonably well but not error free. I have to go back and correct more than I'd like. Did you do a great deal of dancing? I don't watch the show but I can see the appeal of watching people you know compete in something that isn't their specialty.

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By elizabuff on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I'll sleep fine. Jer's vet (Dr. James) reassured me that when Jerry is dying, he will probably have a seizure and go into a coma and that when that happens, she doubts he'll experience any pain. H just now has to get used to being blind - but darn it, if he in't doing that! He is an amazing little old guy!!

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By NawtyKitty on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

We lost Michelle (sister) last year, and Sheba (sister), the year before. There's tributes to both sisters in my lolz.

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By elizabuff on Sep 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Yes, card-carrying crazy cat lady here! I adore you, Venus!

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By luvmy8catz on Sep 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Hi Georgette, I got all kind of news for you. I sent the link to Fat Cat's tribute. Greta can use her leg(saw where you fav'd her lol) Boz has cat flu and am treating all the kittens although Boz is the only one showing any symptoms. Lub Y.O.M.

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By TENDERHEART2002 on Sep 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

hia deb. had a great weekend. i love thosw orange kittehs they stole my heart. i had to upload them. hope your week was good .

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By elizabuff on Sep 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

You don't know how much that means to me that you would say that. I worry that I'm driving people crazy with all this stuff. Thank you so very much, sweet Venus!!

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By luvmy8catz on Sep 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

http://youtu.be/WFhV5lufMOM Here is the tribute to my Fat Cat, every time I watch it I have tears. I miss him very much. Y.O.M.

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By elizabuff on Sep 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If I didn't have ICHC and the wondrous Cheez Folk, I would've lost it (if I ever had it to begin with) long ago. You folks are my heroes along with Jerry and Lolly. I am just, as the Hulk would say, "a puny human" :)

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By elizabuff on Sep 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Yep, he really is! He's my hero!! I know realistically we don't have a lot of time left with Jerry, but I'm treasuring every moment. Every single one. Hugs!

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By NCcharmer on Sep 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I wish it had been a wine bottle, but I gave up wine. When you are cutting back, alcohol is a good one to give up. It would have been cooler than a silly pepsi bottle but such is life.

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By NawtyKitty on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Thank you so much. I feel sorry for Merlin's sister. She really seems to miss him. After all, they've been together for 19 years, 3 months (and before they were born). We're trying to help her deal with HER grief.

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By Rhoda13 on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

*Giggle* Fankee bery mush!

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By horshooer on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Actually, that was modeled after myself. I've always been a night person and I'm allergic to mornings LOL!

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I remember watching Emergency as a kid. That and Adam 12 were big at the time. And YES they are ABSOLUTELY action figures. Don't embarrass them, mom! The kids using computers is not that remarkable but the introduction of algebra is a big deal. I'm only working on that with a small segment of the class though. Most aren't ready for it. The thing that slays me is the kids not knowing their multiplication tables, or math facts as they're now known. We introduce a lot of new concepts in the 4th grade but they all build off the multiplication tables. They can't really devote the brain power to the new topics if they're still struggling with multiplication tables. I'll soon be telling the kids: "If you want to know the key to doing well in 4th grade, it's knowing your math facts." Spend an extra fifteen minutes a night practicing...or even just doing flash cards during commercials when they get to watch TV.

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By Elizabethrose on Sep 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

sorry my comupter is freaking out. I'm making up my business cards. I'm really hoping it would hope will take off. Right now my goggie Leah is laying half on the chair and her nose almost touching the floor.

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By Elizabethrose on Sep 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hi. So here we are on da moan day. I have a toof ache so I hasta go to the dentest. Sigh. I'm going to start a new business called Funart. I have 10 themes that the kid's or adults want to do. So, it's like $25.00 a person but I give out paint, canvess/wood, paint brushes and teach u "I can't even draw a stick person" to I did a picture! I'm

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The kids have been back in school for nearly a month. It takes a while for my teacher friend to get settled in so my summer lasts longer. I spend most of y time working with the kids on Khan Academy. It's a free website that has videos and tests for all math content K-12. It allows them to work at their own pace but I jump in when they have questions or are struggling. The more advanced kids I get to teach Algebra. That started last year and is quite fun. I sure never learned algebra in 4th grade. Some days I just take a small group of kids that need more individual attention and work with them on the lessons of the day. I often review tests with the kids and go over the problems they missed and make sure they understand the concepts. The teacher and I have been at it long enough now that we work pretty well together. She likes the fact that on any given day that I'm there she can shift gears and ask me to do most anything and I can run with it with very little guidance from her. Our "dawn" walk happens at 7 am most mornings. I get up around five and play around on the computer and enjoy a cup of coffee before the walk. I can see the appeal of a pet stroller for someone who carries a yorkie but I definitely come from the dogs should walk school. Teach the dog to walk properly on a leash and to respond to a leave it command and a drop it command for when they grab something the owner didn't see. I've been through it with Becky and still need to correct that behavior from time to time on our walks. Your personal firefighter is a little cutie. Little boys and their firetrucks often grow up to be big boys and their firetrucks!

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By alisaorrdaisy on Sep 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sorry it's late: http://cheezburger.com/6610123264

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2012 at 5:54 AM

I don't member dat either... Let's call it artistic license. It's a good call not not let Millie run off with those guys. It didn't end well. It's nice that you and Millie get to spend more time outside together. That's got to be good for her mind. I was really happy with that one pic of Becky. I normally get the stoic look from her all the time. It was nice to capture an expressive moment like that. Today will be the first day of the year back in the classroom. I'll be checking out the new computers to make sure we're ready to go with Khan Academy and will likely start that on Thursday. It should be fun.

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