Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Are You All Sitting Down?

Wow do I have a lot to update you all on.   I got back into my crocheting and its taking up all the time that TJ's school is not.   I guess I am pretty OCD about things-whatever I am doing, I am doing it all the time.  But yesterday was a really unusual day for me.   Everyone except me is sick with some nasty virus.   It starts out like a minor cold then progresses to a nasty cold.   Just when you think you are better, you break out in another fever and start experiencing stomach problems.   Either that or we have two different viruses going around, there's a pleasant thought!  I have had some small cold symptoms for as long as everyone else has been sick but nothing big and it doesn't seem to be progressing.   It would be ironic if I am now healthier from the exercise!      LOL      Anyway, Mom hasn't been out of the house in almost a week and Dad feels worse every time he gets back from a bike ride.   TJ started the really nasty cold thing on Friday and was pretty miserable.  We needed more Dayquil and a few groceries but Mom sounds awful and is having stomach problems on top of everything.   Dad broke out in a sweat just walking across the room and TJ is going nowhere sounding like he does.   So..... I rode my bike to the store.  Alone.

I can't believe I did it!   I was terrified the whole time and I probably burned tons of calories with just sheer terror.   But I did it!   I feel safe on my bike, just not on foot.   There is no way I can walk to the store yet and I kept looking behind me for TJ.       LOL          I am used to making sure he stays behind me and to the far right so he's not in the way of cars.   It was so odd to look back and see he wasn't there.  The good thing was I am always trying to pedal faster and have to slow down so I don't lose him.   Yesterday, I pedaled as fast as I wanted!   On the way back that was not a good thing, the wind was facing me and the faster I tried to pedal, the stronger it became in pushing me back.   I finally had to about snail crawl home with the bike.   Dad said I should have just got off and walked the bike but then I would have felt vulnerable.  Anyway, I made it.  TJ is feeling better today but I might need to ride one more time alone, we will see how he does.   I proved to myself though, that when it comes to the love of my family, I can do anything.

Riding alone trumps what T and I did last but that was still significant too.   The bunny nails were really really bad and Mom was at the worst she's been.   So about a week ago, TJ and I loaded the buns up in travel cages, stacked them precariously in a shopping cart (one of those you buy, not a store one) and walked them down to the groomer.   Luckily for us, there is one a mile away.   This was right before it cooled down again here so it wasn't such a fun walk.   That and the hard shell one with Jelly in it was too big to fit down in the cart so it was balanced (and not well) on top.   He kept shifting around and I kept having to fix it so he didn't fall down on top of Butter's soft case!   But again, we made it there and home.   The buns are much happier and we have extended things we can do without Mom having to drive us. 

Well, its almost Halloween and we have a treat instead of a trick.   My aunt is coming early this year.   I just found her ticket for her a few days ago and she will be coming in on the 31st and staying until late Feb.   We love her dearly but she is a bit more fussy than we are, it should be interesting!  Dad hasn't gotten much done, he really hasn't felt well and has been playing yo yo with his diabetes.  Poor TJ still doesn't have a bedroom door.  Hopefully he can get that done before she gets here since the dogs bark every time she leaves her room.   Peanut starts it and Snowy joins because his sister is.  

Hopefully the house is well soon, we really don't have much time before my aunt will be here.  Poor TJ is getting further and further behind and is NOT happy about it.  Pretty funny for a kid that had no work ethic in regular school   I am making dresses for those little 5 inch dolls for the two big sister's of the baby the dress is for.  Wow, that was really awkward grammar!   Anyway, I made them cradle purses a few years ago and tons of doll clothes.  So I thought it would be cute to re-create the baby's dress for their dolls.  Luckily, their Mom said they still play with their dolls.  Now I just need my pattern books from the mobile!   Oh yeah, did I mention we still don't have our stuff?    Last I heard, they broke the doors off my cabinet, so I hope my stuff doesn't get all dirty and torn up.   As soon as Mom's feeling a bit better, she said we can go take a box and get the stuff from my cabinet.   I still want to know how you can break the doors off a pressed wood cabinet.   I know its not as sturdy as wood but its not that weak either!

I would like to start a Tripp doll soon too, I just started crocheting again and kinda took off.  My ultimate goal is to stop giving things away and fill up my etsy store I made years ago.   It would be nice to have some extra money for treats, you know, like paying bills!  I am bad about making things and giving them away though, so its been very hard to even list one thing in the store.  I bought a book off ebay that has tons of miniature doll patterns with clothes and I think they would sell nicely.   I just need to make some and try it.   That's another reason I need my stuff, most of my thread is in the cabinet, not here. 

Well, I guess that's enough for now.  I had more to update but by the time I wrote this, I have forgotten most of it.       LOL     Next time I post I will put a pic of the doll clothes I am making.  Cross your fingers that I never get sicker and the house finally gets healthier!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Post Where I Tell You I Am Not Dead

Wow, its been a busy week.  We had my aunt, cousin, uncle and my cousin's friend here from Missouri.  They got here Monday and left this morning about eleven am.  Even though they were in a hotel and spent most of the day out running around, we were way ready to see them go home.  Not to say I don't love my relatives, but we are used to it being a lot more quiet around here.  TJ had more meltdowns this week than he has in literally years.  The poor kid was so stressed out while everyone was around that he had to cram most of his work for the week in just two days, he couldn't work with all the commotion.  My aunt is mostly deaf and as a result, you have to shout.  Now imagine shouting to her as well as two other loud voices in the room-my cousin and her friend.   My uncle is pretty quiet but he still made another voice.   He didn't know what to do and he couldn't get away from all the noise.   I felt really bad for him!   I didn't deal with it well either, I crocheted about non-stop (Mom had the laptop for her own hiding place-LOL) and didn't really talk much to anyone.   One day we also had my Mom's cousin and her husband here visiting!   Yeah, count that, ten people in our living room when we are used to just us.  The only thing I kept thinking though is that with their health problems, it would likely be the last time I would see my uncle or aunt.    My uncle is the oldest of Mom's brother's and sisters and has COPD.   He weighs approximately 700 lbs and its mostly in his chest.  He's insulin dependent and eats pretty much what he wants.  My aunt my Mom's older sister but not the oldest.   She weighs around 600 and again, its mostly in her chest.   Only half of her heart is working and that half is being regulated with a dual pacemaker.  She's also insulin dependent and eats whatever she wants, just giving herself more insulin to make up for it.  She doesn't have COPD that I know but does have breathing problems.   So I would not be surprised if this is the last time we see them alive.  :(

My aunt really hurt TJ's feelings, asking what was wrong with him because he hid out in his schoolroom the whole time everyone was here.  He actually asked Mom if my aunt knew he was not retarded.  (Sorry for those of you offended by this term, he is not using it to be derogatory)  She just kept yelling about something being wrong with him and I guess he told Mom she was mean and just stayed away.  I don't think that helped him be very comfortable this week.  We didn't get to the gym like we should or ride our bikes so its back to normal next week. 

I had an updated 504 meeting with his teachers this week as well and he had so many glowing reviews!   Here they are:

Hempel/Paragon:  He has a very high A, consistently submitting thorough, thoughtful work. He volunteers regularly in the live sessions & can be counted on as a go-to person whenever I need one. His direct communication to me regarding assignments is minimal, but definitely sufficient. I am so delighted to have him again this year.

Weiner/Biology:  He is an excellent online student. He completes all assignments on time, he is up to date with his work. He asks questions if he has them. Attends Collaborates. He has a 92% in my class.

Algebra I/Miller:  TJ is doing great in Algebra.  We communicate through the pager pretty much daily.  He has a 97 in the class.  LOVE LOVE LOVE him.  He's funny and communicates well. 

Spanish I/Lech:  TJ has been doing very well in Spanish.  He consistently completes all assignments on time and to and exceptional level. He is in attendance and participates during Collaborate sessions.  His current average is 99%.

9th LA/Myers:  96%. TJ is doing well although Mom says he is struggling a bit from the workload. Mom reads aloud to him and he is successful with reading comp assignments. No additional accommodations seem to be needed.

PE/Lewis:  99%. He is doing very well in my course.  I don't have any issues and he actually is one of my best students! 

As you can see, he has a lot to be proud of! 

I have been getting sooooooo much done lately with my crochet.   I finally finished an angel I started a year ago and she is one of my best.   I had a lot of trouble with her because she is for a child, not a baby.  I usually only do babies because I suck at making mouths!   I can do a pacifier instead and nobody knows.     :)  I was not happy with her mouth but her mother said she was perfect so I guess I will live.   I had to wait for some more alphabet beads because I have made so many of these that I ran out of a letter I need for her name.   They usually get a name necklace, bracelet, banner, etc.  I am almost ready to start on one for Tripp.   I found the perfect pattern with big, chubby cheeks.   

I also have a friend that is expecting in December.   Often when I finish a memory angel/doll, I like to do something cheery to counter that.   So I decided to make her a layette.   I found a good dress pattern then found booties and a sweater I am happy with.   I haven't made the booties or sweater yet but I will probably start the booties tonight.  Since the dress is a short sleeve, I just left the sleeves off and bought a long sleeve onesie.  December in Kentucky can be pretty cold!  I have a hooded sweater pattern that is really cute, I'll start that one as soon as the booties are done.  Anyway, I am sure there are things I am leaving out on here but that's all I can think of for now.   I'll leave you with a pic of the dress and an old one of TJ just for the heck of it.