Showing posts from March, 2007

Eeeek! A Snake!

So the kids were in the back yard the other day, and saw a snake! I was pretty sure it was only a garter snake, but I did not let them pick it up, since I was not sure. This is a picture of one just like what we had, so now I know. But still...snake germies! eeeeew!

It slithered away under the back porch, hotly pursued by an interested cat. Our cats have been hunting up a storm lately, especially the aptly named Hunter. He got rid of our mouse problem within a few short weeks of us adopting him. These days he thinks it is his job to rid the world of as many birds as possible. No nest is safe.

Too bad, because I really would get a bird feeder going if it weren't that the cat would turn such a venture into a holocaust. As it is, I just watch them do their thing (we have lots of bushes and there is quite a large bird population situated near and around our house, and root for the birds whenever the cat prowls.

Snakes...he can have those!

Go Fly a Kite!

With the recent onset of spring, I have been unexpectedly gripped with kite mania. My first attempt this year was made from some rather thinnish dowel rods, christmas wrapping paper (gold with big red balls on it), lots of clear packing tape and some 12# fishing line, and a cut up garbage bag for the tail. It worked. We flew that kite (we have the perfect spot at the park about half a block from our house) for a good long while several days ago before it was ruined in the rain. When it got wet and came down, it hit a fence and one of the thin dowel rods snapped.

I thought the kids would be more demanding about getting time to hold the line, and they were to some extent, but ultimately they found more joy in running around under the kite yelling things like "code yellow" or "code red" whenever the kite dips and swayed below certain landmarks they had determined amongst themselves to be significant. They called themselves the Kite Tracking Squad. It's nic…

Chocolate for Breakfast

...lets see how the rest of the day goes!

Hot cocoa: two heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder, four of splenda, dash of salt and lid of vanilla in pot...boiling water and stir. Add milk of choice as a "topper".

Chocolate nut butter fudgy stuff: take unsweetened peanut butter (in my case I used crunchy soy nut butter...any nut butter would work.)...a good sized dollop. Add cocoa powder and splenda to taste. Microwave for a few seconds (30 is more than sufficient) and it becomes easier to stir. This morning's batch was very dark and fudgy. Can be molded into balls, bricks, fake poop shapes (if you have an eight year old boy, you will understand the concept)...whatever. Sticking it in the freezer firms it back up and provides a candy bar for "on the go"...but who has time for that?

Protein. It's got all the antioxidants and "happy woman" chemicals that chocolate has. No sugar. Not a bad way to start the day.

I hurt my wrist yesterday whilst…


Today is just one of those days. It all started out ordinary enough. I'd even cleaned the kitchen very nicely last evening, so the clean tablecloth was waiting to greet me this morning. Everything was peaceful and in order and I did not even need to make sandwiches for my husband because he had leftovers from yesterday's lunch.

And even the weather is cooperating: in the sixties, sunny, breezy, warm. Springtime, daffodil bloomin' weather.

And I got a bunch of e-mails that required lengthy and involved responses...go figure...two different people asking ME about fibro and the guai protocol...I'm helping folks, right? But I totally forgot mornig prayers. How's that possible? (No, not just "I'll do it later", but acutal official forgetting.) And then the phone rang. And we found out that matushka had her baby, and could I make a couple of phone calls? Of course I could. So I left a couple of messages. Then my friend called and wants to know …


Up to my neck in Autism stuff. Trying to find a therapist for dd, a new doctor, etc. Learning about therapies available.

Worrying about not having a car and feeling like I really NEED ONE so that I can care for my kids properly, and praying that God will provide.

Praying lots about dh's job situation (if the company where he's contracting gets a bid, he will be hired on to the team!) What sort of insurance will they give us? Will it cover AS therapy? Will we be able to get reimbursement? (We just found out about a program to re-imburse families of Autistic kids for therapies up to $500 a month...this means we may actually be able to HELP our children instead of just ekeing along...God have mercy).

I"m exercising more. Getting stronger. I think I may have been blocking my guaifenesin by using too much stevia and drinking too much tea. No more of that. Been feeling too good lately, even when I take a double dose at night if I forget to take my mornin dose. Whe…

Fun with the Amelia Earhart Hat