This one is for my 7th and 8th graders:
The Consul, after taking counsel with the council, stepped to the radio console and gave a speech to console the public after the tragedy.
All of these homophones or near-homophones have a Latin equivalent that is plaguing us, except for the radio console (they didn't have radio or gaming consoles in Latin, and if they did they might call it an "instrumentum," but that's just a guess).
- consul, consulis - 3rd declension noun, masculine by natural gender rule. Two consuls at a time served as heads of state for the Roman Republic, and they were elected annually.
- consilium, i - 2nd declension neuter noun, and please use the synonym "plan" or "advice" unless you can spell "counsel".
- concilium, i - 2nd declension neuter noun. Open the doors and "C" all the people on the town council.
- consolor, consolari, consolatus - 1st conjugation deponent verb. It means "comfort" and appears in the Isaiah 40 translation 8th grade is working on.
I just today finished packing up all the Christmas decorations, but they haven't been schlepped down to the basement yet.
I declared today "Second Thanksgiving." You know how Hobbits have second breakfast? Since Daniel wasn't with us for Thanksgiving, and since I had an extra turkey in the freezer, I cooked it today and we invited Grandma over for supper too. It wasn't as fancy a meal as real Thanksgiving, but we had mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad and mixed veggies, and now the kids will have leftovers while Steve and I are gallivanting. Someone pointed out that it's technically "First Thanksgiving" if you go by the calendar year, which would make real Thanksgiving "Second Thanksgiving," but we won't go there.
Some people are not only finished with Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street mystery quilt top, but they've even got it quilted and bound. I'm astonished. This week, with school in full swing again and low energy levels, I thought I was doing well if I had time to sew at all. There were two days that I sewed, and I got a total of four more blocks finished from the time I took this picture: