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Frosted Flakes: Homeschool Barbers, Message in a Bottle, and Your Excuse to Get Out of the House?

We are all coping the best we can, some people run, others groom dogs and others write articles about how we don’t need toiler paper anyway.

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GENERAL INFORMATION: St. Paul, Mn., Fri., Jan. 5, 2001—The Land O’Lakes Kennel Club winter dog show at the River Centre. IN THIS PHOTO: Bored by the grooming process, “Hailey”, an 8 month old Alaskan malamute, gives a wide yawn as Teri Mullins fluffs h

Homeschool Diaries - teacher’s log April 1

We put an emphasis on physical education, health and hygiene for yesterday’s enrichment lesson. No, we’re not talking handwashing. Instead, the Ranchhands decided to “groom” the loyal farm dog.

Loyal Farm Dog is a cross between an Australian Sheperd and a Border Collie. She definitely inherited the Border Collie hair growth genes. Every spring she develops some matted areas of hair no matter how much we try to brush her. A clipper is necessary to clear up the mess. Farm Dog despises having her hindquarters groomed - only Ranchhand 1 had the persuasive powers to get her to stand still...until we discovered a new carrot.

Backstory: With me being locked up with four males who are loud (Ranchdude is a feed salesman who is taking or making calls all day long), slobs (all the males fit this category) and hungry (the Ranchhands are all teenagers) has messed up my peaceful and productive home office existence. To work out the stress, I’ve started running again.

Somehow, Loyal Farm Dog knew that I was going running just by looking at me through the front door sidelights. I have no idea how she knew, but she was more riveted in her ‘people watching’ than normal. As a result, the younger ranchhands were able to cut off all the nasty dead hair and get the dog cleaned up while I pretended to tie my running shoes for 10 minutes.

If I moved to get up before they were done, I heard a yell from outside the door, “No! Stay there!” So, I kept “tying” my shoes until their work was done.

Once I was given the all-clear to go outside, everyone was happy. Loyal Farm Dog got a “running” partner (it really doesn’t matter if I am running or walking because she is way faster than me, but she gets more excited when I run). I got to work out some frustrations. The Ranchhands were pretty darn proud of their efforts as dog groomers. Some lucky robins have a pile of farm dog fur for nest building.

Let’s just hope the pandemic lockdown is over before the Ranchhands entertain themselves by cutting each other’s hair.

So, how are you working through your stress during this really difficult time in human history? As always, I hope you are all well and are finding your way through this crazy path we’ve been set upon.

Frosted Flakes

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While Bobby Newcombe got the start in the 1999 opener, it would be Eric Crouch’s crushing hit on a touchdown run that would be all the talk afterwards.

PhotoFiles: When the real world cut short the games | Sports |
As the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the sports world, here’s a look at previous times when real-world events overshadowed sports (and how Nebraska athletics and athletes responded to some of

Former Husker Kubat patiently trains while baseball continues suspension - KLKN-TV
He didn’t become Nebraska’s ace until his senior season in Lincoln. He didn’t get drafted by any MLB team after he graduated. He’s been in the minor leagues for three years and six seasons.

Message In A Bottle Traveled From Omaha To Missouri - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
It was 1983 when Bill Desh of Omaha threw a bottle into the Missouri River. In the bottle he had placed a poem, his address, an old dime, and a 20 cent stamp for the eventual finder to send it back to him.

Lubick, Austin provide glimpse of Huskers’ blueprint for improved offense in 2020 | National |
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick and offensive line coach/run game coordinator Greg Austin have the road map for offensive improvement.

I Actually Found Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Les Hunter, star for Loyola Chicago championship team, dies
Les Hunter helped Loyola — with four black starters — break down racial barriers by capturing the 1963 NCAA Division I championship.

An Olympic dream, a pandemic, a postponement and a predicament
She had decided to retire. Not because she’d tired of a career, but rather to begin one. In September 2016, with an Olympic silver medal in tow, Gevvie Stone was ready, at last, to put her medical school degree to good use.

This Olympic swimmer is using a tiny, inflatable pool to train during isolation -
With an inflatable pool and a rope tied around a belt, Dutch swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal is making the most of a bad situation.

The true story behind Michael Jordan’s brief-but-promising baseball career
Nowadays, fans look upon Michael Jordan’s foray into another sport 26 years ago as a whim and conclude that his baseball career was a bust. They could not be more wrong.

Marcus Smart: Celtics guard to donate blood plasma for coronavirus research - Sports Illustrated
Smart has been cleared from the coronavirus since Friday, the sixth-year guard announced over the weekend.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

At least we’re keeping these regular

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Once you become skilled at the hand-and-water technique, you will wonder how you got by all those years just rubbing your feces with dry paper.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

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Italy: 101-year-old, born during Spanish flu, survives coronavirus
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Coronavirus in Italy: Some of the most surprising excuses people have used to leave home | Fox News
Despite tough restrictions imposed by the government in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged Italy, some people there have been finding ways to venture outside.

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device | Australia news | The Guardian
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'Blue Lagoon' of Buxton dyed black by UK police to deter visitors | CNN Travel
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Then There’s This

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Some people just hang up on these scammers. While some, like this woman, opt for a more colorful way of rejection.