Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One hint you live in Southern California

...your FB feed is filled with pictures and stories after a 30 minute thunder storm that only produced .15". Either that or you know a lot of people living here.


In our defense we are in the midst of a serious drought and summer rain is an oddity for most of the region. Especially accompanied with lightening and thunder.

And I am not exaggerating when I say it hit within seconds of the dismissal bell ringing. The kids walked out and the skies opened up. Followed seconds later by a bolt of lightening directly over the school (okay maybe it just seemed that way).

J and I walked home the whopping 2 blocks. Can you tell how miserable he was about it?


Most people felt pretty much the same way from the laughter I heard leaving the school. And the best part was the temperature drop of about 20 degrees. A welcome relief after a week of 100+ degree temperatures.

This morning I surveyed the damage to the yard.

Storage shed door blew off

Lawn furniture and mats blown all over the place.


It took me all of 10 minutes to tidy up.

We fared a little better with Hurricane Odile than Baja California did. Hope our neighbors to the south recover soon.


Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY: self watering planter.

DIY Self Watering Planter with 18 gallon tub

My yard is mostly clay. Attempting to grow anything other than native plants can be quite difficult without a lot of soil amendments and water.  So, for the last few years I have been experimenting with container gardening for my edibles. This year was another dismal year. The plants started with such promise, but ended up producing very little.

A few years ago I made these self watering containers out of 18 gallon storage tubs and they did fabulously as you can see.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Breaking up with a blogging group

breaking up with a blogging group
Have you ever joined a blogging group that sounded like the perfect fit only to begin to wonder if you made a huge mistake? I am in the midst of that dilemma right now, and I only have a few days to make a decision.

The group started with such promise. It sounded like a great fit for my blog and I was so excited to partner with more experienced/ successful bloggers. I thought pairing with them would certainly give my blog a boost.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time for some Alphabet Soup


My son's Triennial Individual Education Plan meeting is coming up at the end of the month. For those of you not in the know, every child in Special Education in public schools goes through a battery of tests by different specialists to start receiving services and then again every three years to evaluate the progress. Annual meetings are held in between as progress checks and goals/services can be adjusted.

Like any good government program, acronyms abound. It is Alphabet Soup time around here:
IEP
FAPE
LRE
BIS
IBI
ABA
ASDS
ARS-2
DSM IV
Connors 3

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How do you explain 9/11 to your children?




Seniors in High School this year were in Kindergarten 13 years ago. My son is now six. 23 percent of Americans were either too young or not even born yet when the planes hit.

Their lives have always had TSA, a war in the Middle East and wearing of red white and blue at school assemblies featuring service people and first responders in the first few weeks of school.

Today, J put on his blue shirt and shorts and made sure I had my patriotic colors on. And then he asked me why it was holiday and why we had school.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My thoughts on Mel Brooks stunt on the Walk of Fame

(AP)

I don't generally read, let alone write about, celebrity stories. Mostly because I rarely have heard of the people. I rarely get to watch movies, my television watching is limited to PBS, Nick Toons and DIY, and oldies channels like MeTV. We don't get radio reception in my house and when I do listen to music it is either Broadway tunes or video game music (the classical stuff like in RPGs, not the annoying stuff in shooters or racing games).

But the story about Mel Brooks getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame caught my eye yesterday.  You do know who is, right? Google him, I'll wait. Yeah, THAT Mel Brooks. Okay, on with the blog.

In case you missed the story, he added a prosthetic finger to his left hand when he made his hand prints.

My first thought was "That is so Mel Brooks". An absolutely, silly, goofy, off the wall thing. Like, most of his movies.

My very next thought was, "Wait a minute, he is just NOW getting a star?" This marks the 40th year since Young Frankenstein came out. The man who created such classics as The Producers, History of the World Part 1 and Blazing Saddles is just now receiving this honor?

Some of the other inductees this year include: Rick Springfield, Katy Perry, Katy Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Orlando Bloom.

Oh yeah, and Sally Field and Mel Brooks. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! They never got around to Norma Rae either but they are going to put the chick from Big Bang Theory in? (Yes, I had to look up Cuoco).

This is why I don't follow celebrity stuff. I just get a headache.

You know, I wonder if this was Mel Brooks way of giving Hollywood "the finger".




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How sick is too sick?

Yesterday morning, J asked me for orange juice for his cold.

Boop! Boop! Warning bells sounding in my head.

I asked if he felt sick and he said no. I checked his forehead and asked him again and he said he was fine. Despite all of the progress we have made the last few years, J can still slip into echolalia and repeat things he has heard others say without them actually meaning anything.

Off to school he went. As soon as we got home I checked his lunch box. It was full! BOOP! Boop!