Friday, November 23, 2012

Just a post to make you say "Aaawww"

The girls having a slumber party in each others room fell asleep with their cats.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Winter Garden

We have had snow and gone sledding. We have had frigid wind, pouring rain and below freezing temps. Yet some things in my garden persevere.
The carrots as you can see are doing well. They don't mind a little winter all tucked away in the ground. When you pick them and eat them fresh they are perfectly chilled.
The kale keeps trying, even growing new leaves when the sun comes out. I am hoping to pick these tender leaves before the deer find them again. As you can see they have sufficiently stripped the leaves.
The roses are all brown and hibernating for the winter but they are still yielding a few rose hips, natures vitamin c to enjoy.
I love to see things still growing, producing and giving of itself even in rough environments. I hope I can continue as sturdy and steady and giving as these carrots and kale.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here's to your heart

Your heart as you know is vital to life but there are also so many other aspects to it that as we go through life we begin to realize.
The first time it became a big focus (besides teenage heartbreak) not counting that, was when our second child was born. She was born with a heart defect and since then her heart has become a focal point in our lives. Her first 5 1/2 weeks of her life was spent in the hospital. After a procedure and many other health scares we got to bring her home. She was on many medications that had to be delivered numerous times daily and she saw her cardiologist every few days eventually spreading out as she grew strong. Fast forward to now we still watch her closely and she sees that same wonderful cardiologist every year. We don't know what the future holds but we are thankful everyday for a heart that is beating.
Recently we experienced another heart moment. As a child with aspergers you have to help them to identify body sensations with feelings and experiences. We all know that anxiety causes many adverse body sensations. She recently starting complaining about her heart, beating fast, beating hard and so on. Of course we became concerned so we went to the doctor, they decided to do a 48 hour heart monitor. The reading came out ok but of course this experience was no fun for anyone.
Come to find out that she was experiences a body sensation that she had not related to feelings before. Her anxiety and the release of adrenalin causes her heart to react. Also when children go through puberty the heart can be erratic with release of hormones.
So lesson be learned- listen to your body and it's sensations, they could be trying to tell us something.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Manic Monday

So it seems Monday is always chaotic. I play catch from the weekend of having the family home and running in and out. Try to get appts, schedules and everything settled for the rest of the week.
We are also going through some changes around here and trying to adjust to those. Our high school son is homeschooling now and we are in transition with that. Our middle daughter who is autistic settled in nicely with half day of school but now they are wanting to extend the day and we are dealing with those issues. Especially the fact she really doesn't want to. Our youngest is still loving school and her biggest thing right now is getting a tether ball at her home so she can practice. That order is also on the agenda today.
So I have made a slew of phone calls and emails already concerning such life issues and have a few more to go along with the mountain of laundry I started.
I will now wrap up this post with a picture of my new haircut. I went in with hair grazing my shoulder and telling her I would like to grow it and would like it shaped in kind of a long shag. There were words like movement, evening it out, growing and things like that and this is what I walked out with. Granted it is a good haircut and I am getting used to the idea that my partially grown out hair is gone. I am still not understanding what went down. So the mystery between the hairdresser and the client remains. Are we really speaking in a different language when we are telling them what we want? I am not sure we will ever know.