Thoughtful Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about redecorating a bedroom

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1. Clear room of everything,
2. Clarify each detail of colour and co-ordination, a swatch board may help
3. contact contractors for anything big or affordable
4. obtain three estimate for each part of the project
5. replace flooring or steam clean
6. buy paint and other supplies
7. paint walls
8. paint the furniture
9. buy or make new bedding
10. buy or make new curtains
11. remove all debris after this evolution
12. weed contents of room
13. replace contents of room

And that, as they say, is all there is to it, assuming you have the financial wherewithal, which many do not. It's an easy thirteen, or it is if you do it once a decade. Around here, once a decade is all we can manage for one reason and another.

Some “families” have a subtext to such proceedings which can be difficult to “translate.” I'd like to share a snippet or two, some insight into a little of what my boys experience. Some “families” also experience some of these things. “Others” have a variation on a theme.

2. You would think with only two “children” to manage rather than “four” it would be a breeze. Half the responsibility, time and chores, but life isn't like that here. This kind of evolution, where there is change and something different fundamentally upsets them. They become all discombobulated which means that they are more stressed and on edge than usual. This in turn means that many of their coping mechanisms come into sharp relief such has repetitive behavioiurs called stims, obsessive compulsive tendencies are rife as they try to calm themselves against the sea of strange.

3. Using the telephone to make arrangements is impossible whilst they are awake. Lifting the telephone receiver is a cue for them that my attention is elsewhere. Whilst is it s good children to learn that they are not the centre of the universe at all times, this has to be balanced against the substantial element of fear that I do not fully understand. These days however they have learned that my distraction is an invitation to get up to mischief, a factor that I would like to celebrate as a great advance on the fear factor from a few years ago. Celebrations must be limited due to the chaos that can follow in the wake of unsupervised children. Lucky us!

4. Strangers coming to the house is always a cause of great angst. A few years ago strangers were either feared or invisible. These days they are welcomed by both the boys following a serious spate of social stories where we practice what to do, and reinforce their behaviour through role play and modeling. It is time consuming but very effective.

5. Additionally, social stories have been updated to take account of people who wish to engage with the stranger, as a monologue on Pokemons' many attributes isn't everyone's cup of tea.

6. Strict rules must be enforced regarding sharing. The arbitrary rules about sharing one's toys is not necessarily reciprocated by other adults and their tool boxes.

7. Children must be engaged and distracted during all periods of time involving 'noise.' Noise need not necessarily be loud, merely unfamiliar.

8. Strangers who remove things from the house are not burglars. Last time I checked no-one was buying tatty carpet and underlay on the black market.

9. Even if you are careful to buy non-toxic, environmentally friendly, fume free paints, the smell is still obnoxious. No amount of open windows can dispel the smell, only time will tell if you can escape from this homey hell.

10. Maintain as much of a semblance of a routine as is humanly possible throughout this tortuous period of change.

11. Removing familiar toys because they are old, no longer used and belong to your big sister in her absence is the equivalent of burying her in a coffin.

12. There is only so much that one parent can do alone at night, so know your limitations.

13. Lastly and most importantly, pay close attention to your chosen colour scheme. Wet red paint really does look like blood.

Please be kind enough to correct, add or subtract, as you see fit.

p.s. this is not meant as some kind of pity party, it didn’t happen all at once but crept up on us gradually. Think of it more as a part explanation for my personal inefficiency quotient.

Well at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Thursday 13 – The Crown Jewels revealed

Thirteen Things about crown jewels

1…. Start your list here!

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I'm a bit of a hoarder on the quiet but not the sentimental variety. I hold true to the values of quality above quantity. That said, I feel it only fair to put them all on public display. It is also a reminder to update your home's personal insurance policy. Make sure to detail those items that have a value greater than the minimum deductible claim adjustment cost ratio.

1. here we have the treasure box that houses the gems. It's some kind of old cutlery box, slightly smaller than a house brick.

2. This is my grandfather's wrist watch. Sadly I can't wear it as I am allergic to nickel.

3. This is my grandmother's brooch made of Porcelain. Sadly I cannot wear it as the clasp is made of brass, it's heavier than a rock and tears clothes.

4. This is a Fimo brooch with respect to a career that never panned out.

5. This is a photo of the three of us before we became six

6. This is the pair of ear-rings that she made for me a couple of decades ago. Sadly I cannot wear them as I do not possess the neck of a giraffe and hence I have a tendency to impale my shoulder blades with dagger points when I laugh.

7. This is the necklace he gave me during the many happy years of sin we enjoyed.

8. This is a golden plastic box.

9. In the golden plastic box is a flower made of sugarpaste that a dear pal made to adorn our wedding cake.

10. This is my 13th Wedding Anniversary gift, it is a glass waste product of NASA.

11. These are my watches. The Timex is accurate but winder is a fighter. The bead one is fabulous, elastic and therefore allergy free but the dye leaks from the natural wood.

12. This is my son's Worry Stone. It's never in the treasure box as we need it on hand at all times, not tucked away gathering dust.

13. This is a pin that my OBGYN gave me and all his other patients. It represents the size of a babies feet at 9 weeks. I don't think they do that kind of a thing in England, but I still acquired quite a few, over the years. I could only keep three of the little ones. Maybe it represented 13 weeks of baby development but memories fade in sharp relief.

Of course it's 100% tin, so I couldn't possibly wear it.

Fortunately they came with their own protection, hypoallergenic, you know, the really pure gold kind.


And now……..for something completely different!


Brought to you by “”, the nearest I can manage to a button! Today I should very much like to recommend this site to you called “Like a Shark” and her post called “Outside/in,” as alternative perspectives are always highly recommended. Ooo the drama!

And finally, real life catches up.

Whilst I was whizzing around today I came across a post from a pal of mine, “Mary” at “A Room Of Mama’s Own.” It always makes me laugh because from when I first visited there many moons ago, something dyslexic kicked in and she has been stuck in my brain as ‘Mama’s PJ’s,’ which is of course American for ‘pyjamas.’ So there she is, forever stuck in her pyjamas in my brain, but of course she’s real person, just as all the other jolly bloggers are, in the real world, where real things happen.

A lot of the things that happen in the real world are “horrid.” When horrid things happen it’s hard to know what to say or write to that person, a “real person.” Often it’s simpler just to slip away unnoticed, especially if you’re a cowardly type like myself.

I often wish I could find a new system of communication. I’d like to just be able to put at ‘X’ in the comments box.

The ‘X’ could mean all sorts of different things, a code.

My ‘X’ would translate to:-

1. Maybe a kiss or a hug, or something mushy like that.

2. Perhaps it marks the spot of the treasure, ‘here I am!’

3. I have read what you have written but I lack the worms to convey what I wish to share.

4. I was here, I read what you wrote, but somebody already wrote the worms that I was going to write.

5. His / her worms are better than mine, so I won’t write anything.

6. I am a huge, hunky, chunky, chappy type that eats worms for breakfast, but I do have a sensitive side.

7. I am but a mere worm but with access to a laptop. An ‘x’ is all I can manage. Although I can head butt the ‘x’ key, don’t ask for a capital as that shift key is a bit of a stretch.

So nip along to read “Mary” and leave an X in the box, as she’s a very good translator.

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Thursday 13 # 3

Thirteen Things to guess about

Testing, testing 1,2,3

Name the following pictures [identify object]

Categorize into one of the following:-

1. Benign

2. Possibly beneficial for some

3. Instrument of torture

Good luck!

Answers below – sorry I couldn’t write them upside down as that would have been way more fun.














1. long handled things are the current talismen therefore benign and possibly beneficial
2. Laser pointer, jolly handy for getting reader's eyes to track.
2 bGotta be clean or possibly die!
3. Theraband – helps keep those legs and toes in repose and increases bum to seat ratio.
4. Vibrating spoon and mouth massager as it makes those tricky textures more tolerable
5. Do not enter or do not touch precious thing underneath, territorialism isn't always bad.
6. Balm for the skin and therefore the mind
7. Weighted vest to keep people grounded, it can be very inconvenient to have floating children
8. Increase fine motor skill and strength and help mum to boot.
9. P tube to chew. Helps jaw strength and reduces anxiety [take note smokers and other oral fixaters]
10. Another vest that squeezes, made to measure with Velcro [put your ear plugs in first]
11. Not for fighting but for protecting delicate digits.
12. T tube as above in 9.
13. A delightful Christening gift both a whistle and a rattle and the only instrument of torture.
Prizes =
If anyone get them all right then pop on over for a free bounce on the trampoline!

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