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    I am doing battle with a zipper. To-the-death, hand-to-hand combat, trying to get a zipper carriage back onto one of the big zips that close my small temporary greenhouse. Am already really, really steaming mad. Could almost send Third to bed until next Monday for pulling the !|^<}!,£\".+€% thing off. "Just wanted to look", she said. It isn't like she lacks for toys or anything else.

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    Update - zipper carriage is back on. Second and I will do sewing tomorrow to ensure the carriage cannot go past a certain point at almost-completely-closed. It will never go to completely-closed as Third destroyed a couple teeth as it came off, and I had to lop another few to get the sides to join. Gritching helped. Must be some kind of pagan sympathetic magic voodoo. As long as it is back on...

    No, Third isn't grounded. But I was sorely tempted.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mud Flinger View Post
    I sincerely hope you do not spend your days blaming yourself but could totally see these thoughts creeping up when they are the least welcome. You are a great Mom and stuff just happens sometimes. It would be nice though to know so you can plan for future stuff, but even then, few people can predict what may happen next. Trust yourself. No one knows her better or loves her more!
    Thanks, MF, truly. Sigh. I don't obsess over it, but there was a time when it was very hard for me - Third was 7 and 8 y.o. I thought up until then that if I just went to one more sub-specialist doc, added one more therapy, instituted an even better diet, bought yet another fatty acid supp, slept less in order to read more, had even more energy to do home therapy, etc, that all this would finally get "cured" and be a thing of the past, and whatever had caused it would then be irrelevant.

    Those two years it hit me that this is permanent. There is this older book at the ST titled "You Will Dream New Dreams", a collection of essays from the parents of special-needs, disabled, medically fragile, any combination of the former, kids - just whatever they wanted to say. In the end, the title (taken from one of the essays) is what I try to remember, because it sums a lot up and refocuses me.

    And yeah, I need to just get rid of the periodic guilt complex. It isn't doing either one of us any good.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabbcakes View Post
    Thanks, MF, truly. Sigh. I don't obsess over it, but there was a time when it was very hard for me - Third was 7 and 8 y.o. I thought up until then that if I just went to one more sub-specialist doc, added one more therapy, instituted an even better diet, bought yet another fatty acid supp, slept less in order to read more, had even more energy to do home therapy, etc, that all this would finally get "cured" and be a thing of the past, and whatever had caused it would then be irrelevant.

    Those two years it hit me that this is permanent. There is this older book at the ST titled "You Will Dream New Dreams", a collection of essays from the parents of special-needs, disabled, medically fragile, any combination of the former, kids - just whatever they wanted to say. In the end, the title (taken from one of the essays) is what I try to remember, because it sums a lot up and refocuses me.

    And yeah, I need to just get rid of the periodic guilt complex. It isn't doing either one of us any good.
    We have 2 very close friends with autistic kids and have heard much of what you have said here. FWIW, I know the self blame game all too well. I still blame myself for my daughter's death and probably always will, even though logically I know better. Parents own their kid's stuff, good and bad.

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    CC I am with MF on this one. Its so easy to take the blame for all and sundry. I still blame myself for the loss of our two boys - but hey life goes on amd youj have to enjoy it!!!!!! Anyay I have a great big hug coming your way..........
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    Bits and pieces today -

    Third pulled that damn zipper carriage off again. I noticed it as I was passing the greenhouse (it is indeed small so it has a summer residence in the corner of my deck, next to the steps leading to the driveway) on my way down the steps to go to church. You really can't miss it when one whole side of the closure is flapping open, when it should have been closed for the night. I almost made us all late as I refused to budge until I got the zipper carriage back -again- and found the perp. First put it back on for me yday afternoon, and it was -again- difficult. I still don't get the attraction, as there is -still- NOTHING in there to look at, as in the thing is EMPTY. It won't be come tomorrow, but when she did it...

    Read my Body by You/Mark Lauren book yesterday. Uh-oh - I am actually considering getting started... Second is my cheering section. She thinks it would be cool if I got hard like the pic on the cover of that book. That one (Second) is aiming for a female six-pack by the end of summer. She used to have one, just from the combo of gymnastics/swim/dance classes she took. She still does gymnastics and swim, but we lost our fave dance school when they closed a couple of years back and we haven't found a suitable replacement. First has swimmer's arms and shoulders, but is actually getting soft in the middle from the carbs she favors (she always has - even before Primal and even before Third's SCD diet, I was having to get in there and interrupt the carby tendencies). Her preferred dinner would be rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, bread/rolls, and fruit if you left her completely alone at a buffet. Not that she doesn't like other foods, because she does, it is just that she so gravitates toward that starchy stuff first. But First would be doing BBY with me as well, just for strength, not physical appearance - that is simply my observation noted here, I don't tell her stuff like that (about the squishy middle).

    Second, my porcelain-skinned one, was out in the sun with me last week gardening in a teensy top, and just got a whisper of a sunburn. This is significant because before my Primal fatty acid rearrangement here in my kitchen, she would have burned to a crisp on a cloudy today, or totally burned in 15 min on a sunny one. GO PRIMAL! I, on the other hand, did another monster topless gardening thing and still didn't even get sensitive skin, much less a sunburn. Gimme a P! Gimme an R! Gimme an I...!!

    Otherwise, mixed-up hormones - it is THAT time again. Sigh. I probably have no idea what the hell I am talking about, but I am thinking menopause would be a good thing.

    First and Second did their UU confirmation thing at church yday. Second stunned all by playing classical piano for the congregation - most didn't know she plays. She volunteered weeks ago. First plays a gorgeous piano as well, but has serious stage fright, so no piano from that one - I consider it a wonder she didn't faint during the service, as the 7 young people being "confirmed" (two of which were mine) ran the service as well as comprised the body of the service. Second got to bask in the resultant adoration (she really is good), which she ate up, humbly though, to her credit. Unfortunately, I heard a few "if you kept on playing/studying you could be that good"s from parents to their own progeny, but in this case the kids in question are Second's contemporaries. Perhaps it is good that First didn't play - she is actually "better" than Second due to her simply being older and having a head start - and it would have become a Kids Crabbcakes show.

    See, our UU has TWO classically-trained pianists/teachers of piano in the congregation who do the music for the service each and every Sunday, and ours is an educated congregation (lots and lots of college profs and similar) who truly enjoy classical music. And they are spoiled by years and years of it, as the pianists are allowed a free hand with the selections, and exercise that freedom. We get the most fabulous mini-concerts each Sunday. The hymnal is almost an afterthought. It was not posted in the service that Second was to play the selections listed - just the selections themselves, as usual. So when the regular pianists were sitting in the pews and the piano (the church piano is actually a Steinway grand) yet played good music, some head-craning went on, and the church got a taste of what Second can do. I actually am more proud of her volunteering than anything else.

    I would write more, but Third has to get up for school, and we leave early for therapy as well, so everybody else has to get up also. One more week of school, and Third is done for the summer. See you all tonight...
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Just wanted to pipe in that even though I don't post here a lot, I do read and enjoy. Very cool on having two pianists in the home!
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    Okay, so my "see you tonight" turned into a week's wait, and I cannot remember what I was going to say, so I shall regale you all with the current odds and ends...

    Hubby got me a new level on Angry Birds. I am an Angry Birds demon - I can rip through games, bustin' piggies and getting three-stars and feathers like a fiend. And that eagle is fun! So that makes three computer-based games I have played - Angry Birds, some E-rated stuff on the Wii, and Webkinz (which all six of us play together). Unless you count solitaire and stuff that comes with Windows - I have played that, too. Y'all are probably laughing at me, but that is okay. I have no interest in bloody, violent stuff, even if it is virtual.

    Don't know if I already mentioned this, but hubby got me the PB Cookbook, and the PB Quick & Easy Meals book. One of my absolute favorite things - books, especially cookbooks!

    I have house guests coming on Tuesday eve and staying for the week - the wife of hubby's former coworker and her three always-homeschooled kids. Where is the husband of this wife, you might be thinking...? Well, a teen driver took him out on the NJTpk a number of years ago - he was a huge motorcycle enthusiast and rode whenever the family didn't need to come along, and in a battle between motorcycle and car, car usually wins. My hubby has been at his current job for well over a decade, and his workplace never forgets about this family - the owner still delivers Christmas gifts to the kids, and always invites them to company functions, just because. The kids are very close in ages to my First, Second, and Fourth. The oldest is a boy - which is causing some odd stress in the house, seeing as we are an all-girls' club here, and my girls are wondering how this alien species called "boy" operates up-close and personal. Hubby is seriously looking forward to playing with the alien, though...

    Dinner tonight was good - marinated grilled chicken over mixed greens, with avocado, grilled asparagus, scallions, and chèvre. A side of green beans with bacon. A starter of chicken skin chips (think pork rinds, just with chicken skin, homemade). Dessert was an über bar (by the Larabar people).

    Have been doing lots of housework in preparation for the house guests. The house is not that far gone, but visits are just the right kick in the pants to get some stuff done that is too easily put off. So in that vein, I got my strapping young country-bred nephew to come over and help me move furniture up the stairs. LHT!!

    There are a lot of long-undone household odds and ends that psychologically weigh me down here that I would like to be able to check off of the 'ole To-Do list, so I am seriously considering halving Third's therapy schedule for the month of June. We haven't had that kind of break in close to 10 years - whenever we are not in therapy, it is because Third (or somebody) is sick, so no real break there. The therapists are okay with it. I am kind of sick of driving around.

    My favorite Regency romance author has another title coming out in a couple of weeks - smiiiiile!

    We have a cold snap here - cold enough that we had to bust out the Carhartt coats and hats to stay warm at the tractor pulls last night, and cold enough that I cannot yet plant my basil plants.

    Well, fellow MDAers, it is time for bed - more prep work awaits tomorrow. And a parade in the a.m. to watch in the county seat with the kiddos. Have a safe Memorial Day, and try to catch a color guard or parade or such before you do the cookout thing - our fallen deserve remembering.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Hi Crabbcakes, it's been awhile since I checked in with you. DS and I got Mark Lauren's YAYOG DVD and started working out with it last week. We really like it, we're starting with novice and it's just hard enough.

    Have fun with your house guests!

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    So - houseguests have come and gone. Sum total: while the mother is a cheerful, sweet, interesting, helpful lady, the kids are by turns sullen or, when they did talk (which was rare), highly critical of their mother and each other. And didn't lift a finger all week.

    What they did do that was thoroughly positive was: be neat, respectful of our property, never abusive or dismissive of Third, and accepting of the food cooked without undue fuss.

    That no-habla thing really got to me. The oldest, a 16 yo, wouldn't even answer direct-to-his-face questions. Completely appropriate ones. I could understand if he chose not to oblige questions about the death of his dad, or his sex life, or stuff similarly out-of-bounds, but such was absolutely not the case.

    A lot of the visit was a classic Webster-style tutorial on how NOT to behave as a guest. And made me kinda uneasy, as they are always-homeschooled kids, and as I told my sister-in-law, close enough to the maladjusted homeschool-kid stereotype to make me cringe. Their MOM had to tell me that they had been asking when they could return. I, honestly, expect the kids themselves to make noises in my general direction that they are enjoying themselves after 4 days at my place. Or am I being unreasonable?

    For other news, I have had a swollen and tight right ankle for 3 weeks now. Looks like half an orange is under my skin where the ankle should be. I went to the doc, who gave me an X-ray for breaks and fractures, and tested for blood clots (both resoundingly negative), so he recommended a course of ibuprofen to control swelling. If I stop, swelling comes back. Now I need to go to an orthopedist - doc said that the next look-see would probably be for tendon issues. What did I do?? Absolutely nothing. I have had no sports, no unusual movement, no falls, no slips, no ankle-wrenches, no previous injuries on that ankle, no arthritis, no insect bites, no nuthin'. Huh. The director of Third's OT/PT center says it is simple old age (I asked her for an orthopedist recommendation). I know I just had a birthday, but come on - old at 46!? Pffffft.

    On a really bright note, I am soon getting a visit from a certain Primal foreigner currently traveling through this great land of ours. I am 100% sure talking won't be a problem during that visit!!

    And, a month back, I was out buying books at a local Amish resale shop, when I found $230 in 10's inside a bank envelope tucked into the pages of a cookbook. Hee hee! Six years ago we went to the Tall Ships convo in Cleveland, and found $300 in hundreds tucked into the Gideon Bible in our motel room. Ever since then, there has been a race to the Bible whenever we get a hotel/motel room... (I did not tempt Karma - we left a twenty in there for the next occupant.)

    Hope you all are doing well!
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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