July 19, 2010
Outside my window... the sun is hot, with just a few high clouds in the sky. It looks like it's going to be another hot one!
I am thinking... about the situation at the riding stable... it's not good and it looks like we need to find another place for M to do his hippotherapy. This stable looked good when M's physical therapist first moved there a few weeks ago, but they are obviously in it for the money... they have no "heart" for people with developmental disabilities. There are endless (ridiculous and arbitrary) rules, the staff is not welcoming, and each time we go something wildly inappropriate happens. (Last week, for example, one of the "regular" students, an older girl, suggested to R that she go find some of the barn help... grown men, newly arrived from Mexico... and "flirt" with them! Thankfully R told me instead... but really... what a thing to say to a developmentally delayed 13 year old!!) So we are temporarily without a place for M to do his hippotherapy. I've asked the R's former riding instructor to come out and evaluate Murphy for therapeutic riding. If she thinks he's temperamentally sound enough, we'll use him... at least for awhile.
I am thankful for... Murphy, he's been such a blessing to R, and possibly will be for M as well.
From the learning rooms... school is going well, we've settled into a good summer time mix of school time and play time.
From the kitchen... I've been in the mood for baking lately (yeah, it doesn't make sense when it's so hot outside) and have tried several new cookie recipes. I love having a cookie jar full of homemade cookies in the kitchen.
I am wearing... khaki capris, maroon tee-shirt
I am creating... I've been plucking around a lot on the banjo lately, and am trying to learn a new song on the guitar. Sometimes my fingers get mixed up, going back and forth from one to the other, but I do love both instruments...
I am going... nowhere today, except maybe down to the pharmacy. We were gone all day yesterday and it will be nice to have a quiet day at home today.
I am reading... I just finished reading Impatient with Desire (about Tamsen Donner) and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on my friend's Kindle. I wasn't sure I would like reading from the Kindle, but it does have it's positives... I don't know that I'd run out and buy one, but borrowing it was very cool.
I am hoping... the meeting tomorrow goes well. It's the last of the meetings and assessments required by our CBC for M's enrollment into adult services. I still have SSI and guardianship to work through, but I finally feel like I'm making some progress.
I am hearing... the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries movie (the TV show from the 70's) the kids are watching. They are both in a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys/detective stage... It's fun to see them enjoying the shows and books so much.
Around the house... I have to get moving on carpet. After putting it off for a few months, I think things are settled enough to get it done... Now I just need to get the carpet ordered!
One of my favorite things... watching the does and fawns. They are hanging around the yard every day now.. this morning twin fawns were in the front yard, perhaps 6' away from me, when I went out to feed. I would have loved to be able to reach out and touch the soft fluffiness of their spotted baby coat...
A few plans for the rest of the week... draw blood today, pick up prescriptions, meeting tomorrow, physical therapy on Weds. if we figure out how to do it (use Murphy?), Special Olympics - softball practice, a cousin from Texas is supposed to stop by on Thursday... a busy week, but not TOO busy.
A picture I'm sharing...
If Cody could talk... "It's hard work dragging a heavy shoe around, trying to convince someone to play with you...
hmm... the shoe does work well for a pillow though... maybe just a quick nap before getting into more mischief."
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