Sunday, May 17, 2009

Someone stop me!

Just within the last 12 hours or so, I've completely leapt into New World Technology...Facebook AND Twitter. Like I have the time for those...just like I have enough time for the kids, the pets, the house, and doing all the things I want to do like sewing and making things and blogging and volunteering up at the school. I gotta at least try it though-I just hope I can figure it all out. Not so sure about the Twitter thing.

So, since my last blog over a month ago, I've had another kidney stone and a kidney infection; Claire had strep throat that went into Scarlet Fever; Steven's dad had another heart attack and has a stint in some artery somewhere and is on dialysis because his kidneys are failing; I made dinner once; I got a 'gig' at a local theater making some costumes and working the music for their most recent play; and...we've added a new member to the family...Daisy! (Just a day in the life, folks!)

Lucy, meet Daisy...

This is just one little part of a game we ("we" meaning me, Lucy and Daisy) call 'Playing Puppies'. It's a great game!

Daisy was rescued by Animal Control from a very poorly run 'puppy mill', and was then resuced from Animal Control (which is a kill shelter) by Tess' K9 Rescue here in San Antonio. Well really, Daisy's mommy was rescued and no one knew at the time that she was pregnant, so surprise, surprise for her foster family! lol! Four or five puppies were in that litter (I can't remember exactly how many) and they are part Schnauzer and part Poodle. I do know that there were 3 females that were whitish and one that was definitely a grey Schnauzer. They are all adorable and they had no problem placing the puppies! Sue, the wonderful lady who runs Tess' K9 Rescue said they had 1500, yes that's one THOUSAND five HUNDRED emails from people wanting to adopt! Somehow we won the lottery and ended up with Daisy! She is just so much fun to have around and I think it is good for Lucy also...she was a little wary the first week or so, and I think worried about her "spot" in the family, but now they are friends and we all play puppies every morning! Daisy thinks she is a real human baby, though. See the proof? This is her sleeping in my arms just like a real human baby would.

Also, when she wants me to pick her up, she comes over and stands up on her hind legs with her front paws resting on my leg! No...not spoiled at all!

OH! I can't believe I forgot about this! We FINALLY got a diagnosis of 'Autism Spectrum Disorder' for Ethan! Technically, he falls in the Asperger's range, but for school and medical purposes they just use the general umbrella, which is perfectly fine with me. It just took them 11 years to figure out what I knew within 2 months of his birth. I am SO over doctors and their degrees...don't even get me started. They would get a lot more respect if they would listen to a child's mother every once in a while. Anyway...this opens up a lot of doors for him that were not open before, and he is now eligible for therapies, mostly social, that he did not qualify for earlier. His school has been wonderful, though! They have always tried their best to work with him on his severe social disabilities but this will make it even better. Only problem...only one more year in elementary school before he goes into middle school! Yikes! For so many reasons I want him to stay at the elementary school, where he feels comfortable and he knows everyone and everyone knows him, and they all work so hard to do and get what is best for him. Middle school, even for the most well-adjusted kids, might as well be another planet! I can only imagine Ethan being there. Look out Mr. Middle School Principal! Here comes Ethan and His Mom! lol!

Now...reading back over this post and really looking at everything that has gone on in the last month...this IS NOT a pity post! We are all fine and well, and seriously, it really is "just a day in the life"! But I haven't gotten anything remotely artsy OR crafty done, and I'm not sure I've even been in my office/studio except to check emails every few days...or weeks! lol! I did have to sew a button back on one of my shirts that came off Friday night, and that's as close as I have come to a needle and thread in a month.

NEXT WEEKEND: another great art retreat at Susie's! Cannot wait-definitely lots of art will be happening there!


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Anonymous said...

OH Lauri I've missed you!!! I kept checking your blog and thinking...hmmmm is she alive....kidney stones...yuck and I've had scarlet picnic. So glad everyone is hanging in there and your new addition is just a doll. I'm glad you've finally got a diagnosis for your son. I had a neighbor friend growing up who had a developmental disorder that they never did pin down and it drove her mom nuts not knowing, mainly because of problems with the school. To this day I'm not sure they've ever really figured out what's wrong. I love facebook. It's connected me with so many people I'd lost. Ok I should have just written you an email but anyways. Thanks for all the comments and I missed you big time fellow prairie gal! (sorry I'm an idiot who mistyped your name the first time....deleting that one)

The Book Chook said...

Daisy has totally won my heart too!

Left you a reply on Karen's blog - another "joke ".

Texas Mom said...

Oh wow, not a dull moment around your house! Hope you're feeling better! What a precious pup!!!

I too have recently discovered Facebook... it saps most of my "free" time!!!

PaMdora said...

Awwww, love the sleepy dog photo! But we'll know you're in trouble when you set up Twitter accounts for Lucy and Daisy!

The WoodLand School said...

Wow, wow, WOW! There's just so much in this post I don't even know where to start ;-) First of all: hooray that you're back ... I have missed your posts.

Glad you're all physically on the mend ... and hoping you stay that way! What a relief it must be to finally have Ethan's diagnosis ... whew!

Your sweet little pups is the cutest e-v-e-r!

Millennium Housewife said...

errr, you just described ten years of my life, and you do it in a day? Am hanging my head in a shameful manner...MH