Playing catch up

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I like to think that this tribute to Garfield is directly related to my son’s increased diet. Well……Garfield does have very winning ways.

If you’re looking for something different for Mother’s Day, then how about a “goat?” I just love “Oxfam.”

My daughter is safely back from Science Camp together with the “cartoons.”

If you’re in need of other freebies and giveaways then you could do a lot worse than to nip along to a new site that I recently discovered called “We are THAT family” where you can find a pleasant introduction to the “clan here.”

Please add your name to my two giveaways if you haven’t already as the end of April approaches:-

“here” or “here.”

Meanwhile the “Pi” dishes are still languishing in the kiln up at the studio but any day soon now……so if you don’t want to miss them you may wish to subscribe to my RSS feed at “Etsy” or “twitter,” as I do not blog in real time.

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Yesterday I was over at 5 Minutes for Special needs Moms “here” at “Five Minutes for Special Needs Mums,” so if you’re willing to subject your blog to a withering “review,” just let us know?


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The Good Old Days

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Tomorrow my daughter is off to Science Camp for four days and three nights. We parents have been encouraged to write letters to our children for them to read whilst they are away. Writing is not one of my strengths, or rather, legible writing is not one of my strengths. Hence she will be receiving the following enclose with a letter painfully scribbled by me.

Tuesday

1.

2.

3.

Wednesday

1.

2.

3.

Thursday

1.

2.

3.

Friday

1.

2.

3.

I drew them a long time ago before she was born but I think she’ll recognize the characters even if we are a decade older and greyer.

Yes, I know, everyone hates skinny women but I try and play a supportive role.

Cheers Dears

This could be yours:-

So don’t forget to add your name to the “original post list” and help spread the word for the giveaway, wouldn’t like to miss anyone out.


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One time rule

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Yes the holiday is upon us. Mayhem ensues. Entertain, play and fun are the order of the day but pretty soon that can dissolve into chaos, at least around here in any case. I am actually writing this a week ahead of time so that I am prepared for the onslaught, especially after this evening,s excitement. Excitement comes in many forms, be that a general over stimulation or the frenzy of anticipation. Whatever it is, we experienced it tonight, a collection of whirling Dervishes.

I knew matters had reached the pinnacle when I said goodnight to them. We have a little night time ritual, different for each one. I won’t bore you with the mushy details but suffice to say that once I had finished my little luvvies and stood to leave, my son asked why we hadn’t had the long version of the luvvies? As we had just finished the long version of the luvvies, I was less than impressed. My words hadn’t registered at all. Not one of them. It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘whispering sweet nothings.’

It made me think, think hard. It made me think that if I am to single handedly survive 11 glorious days with my children, 24/7, I need a little more ammunition to guarantee survival, if not sanity. Hence this is what I came up with. It’s a deal. A deal between me and them. I ask once, they respond. Yes, I can hear you cackling from all the way over there. You know I am a rule obsessed goal freak, but in this particular instance I have an ulterior motive. The motive is to remind myself to first obtain the attention of the child to whom I wish to speak, before I speak. Yes I know it’s step 101 but all too often I find that I slip up on the basics and am thoroughly surprised when I’m haring around the house nagging three smallish individuals many multitudes of times. It’s exhausting, for them and for me, as well as being completely pointless. Far better to do it once, properly, for everyone’s sake.

I’m sure that many of you have already survived the Spring Break but if you have any tips, I’m all ears. Interestingly, the circle still stinks of permanent marker four hours later after I’ve tidied up. Smell-aversion should certainly grab everyone’s attention!

So here I am with my reminder. As yet I haven’t decided whether to make it into a pendant, a mask or a head band, but I’ll keep you posted.

Don’t forget to add your name to the “list” for the giveaway and help spread the word.

I’m considering devising a poll:- how many parents need to cope with the holidays on there own? But of course some people have to do everything on their own, so I’ll stop moaning now. I can just about remember what it was like to be a single parent, but a single parent with autistic children is quite another matter.


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The walking wounded

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Nothing broken thank goodness but with a splint on the left and a sling on the right she only has two other functioning limbs.

The boys teamed up. One issued verbal instructions and the other complied, two things we don’t experience very often.

In the meantime someone fiddled with my American message:-

Although I suppose either one works:-

I wonder which one it was?

Which would you choose?

Cheers


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Scientific predictions and outcomes

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Take six identical plants and water with different kinds of liquids to determine which affects growth in what manner?

Such as Lemonade

Coffee doesn’t seem to perk up everyone it appears.

Here’s the control just in case you thought we might cheat.

Wine may mellow some but this looks like the worst hangover to me.

Milk for breakfast may suit some but this is a mouldy old mess.

And lastly, the winner by a mile and better than mere water by far, if you compare, is tea. British Blend of course.

This outcome was entirely predictable in my opinion.


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Swimming against the tide

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I’ve been very busy in the bowl / pot making department.

So I took a morning out to teach my daughter how to throw a pot on a wheel.
Pretty impressive stuff for a first timer!

This may look like my old design, but it’s a variation on a theme.


Can you spot the difference?

And yes, it is of great significance to me.

Some see a fish that looks like just all the others, indistinguishable from his fellows.

Some may see a rogue fish going the wrong way.

Others may feel an ironic association with eye contact, or maybe something else.

For me, it’s more that there is a different perspective, often more than one, but most of us are far too busy running with the crowd to notice alternatives and appreciate them for what they are, differences. Not better. Not worse. Different.

Hoping these little guys will be fired over the next two or three weeks when I hope to make them available on Etsy. Let me know if you need one, two or three outstanding freelance fish in your bowl?


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Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally

A variation to this mnemonic is when a child makes there own version which personally reinforces the order for tackling the order of operation. Mine came up with two versions but either way it’s certainly embedded my skill set which certainly should help with homework.

And just in case you need a reminder it’s:-
[P]arenthesis
[E]xponents
[M]ultiplication
[D]ivision
[A]ddition
[S]ubtraction

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Be mine

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A little late, but isn’t everything these days?

Now that my friends is a labour of love. The marathon is over until next year…..when is St. Patrick’s Day again?


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Magic Marker Monday

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Yes that’s sandpaper!
an 8 year milestone

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Puppy Training:- a brief summary

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I attend the primer.

A two hour lecture.

I did try very hard not to yawn.

• Consistency
• Persistence
• Always follow through
• Think like a dog
• Use logic
• Dogs have common dogginess principles
• Each dog has it’s own unique personality and character
• Keep language concise
• Use body language
• Use simple signs
• Generalize skills in different locations
• Reward with treats initially
• Don’t forget to fade rewards
• Pick your battles
• Schedules, routines and predictability
• Never punish natural doggy behaviour such as chewing, digging and barking
• Provide safe opportunities to chew, dig and bark
• Tone of voice
• Facial expression
• Repetition

On and on and on it goes……..

And do you know what? I can do all this standing on my head, whilst knitting and drinking Ensure. I tell you truly that if I had known it would be this easy, I would have found a dog years ago. Then again, years ago, I didn’t know, what I know now. Do I mean to imply that Autistic children learn similarly to dogs? No. I imply no such thing. On the contrary, children, both autistic and typical, need good teachers. It is easy to scoff, especially since I am so exceptionally good at scoffing:- why doesn’t everyone already know all this stuff? But we all have to start somewhere. This provides me with the perfect opportunity to thank those professional and vocational teachers who work tirelessly for my children, to help them reach their full potential. If I cannot learn to be a good teacher, then children are probably not a good career choice for me. Luckily, despite all the odds against me, it seems that old dogs like me really can learn new tricks. Other young pups master nauseous chalk when they have just the right motivation.

Woof!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ideas open to “Jessica.”

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