Life With A Side Of Autism


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Birds Of A Feather

Early morning, Amish Country
Caught a flock of geese
Taking a rest in a cow pasture
Circling and floating on the morning air
As I sip my tea
And start my day

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

10 Amazing Staircases That You Really Need To See

Some time ago, I came across the pic above, labeled as "Stair Porn." It's just so beautifully fluid - I saved the pic because I thought it might be an interesting pic to share at some later date.

Then I came across another cool staircase pic, and another a few days later, and pretty soon, I had a blog post. So here it is and just because I think staircases are beautiful and cool.

This one I saved because it looks like the cover of my book. It's the staircase of an abandoned castle in Poland, from what I've been able to find in my research. It's beautiful!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Let's See What's Going On In Today's News

That headline kind of writes itself, doesn't it? But unlike our poor psychic friend, I know just what's ahead - a weekend! And then a week off the day job for me as I try to find my house under a pile of clutter and laundry, put up Christmas decorations, and edit a book. This time last year I was heading to Dublin. This year I'm home doing laundry. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. Anyway, here's all the news that's fit to print (and some that's not, really) for today.

Thank God this all got sorted out:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Typing This One Through The Tears

My daughter is currently laughing at me and I'm wiping my eyes and blowing my nose.

David just stood in front of me and grabbed me by the shoulders to tell me something and I realized he was looking me in the eyes. As a matter of fact, I had to look slightly up to see his eyes.

My baby is taller than me.

Anna thinks I'm an absolute blubbering psycho but I can't possibly put into words how this feels. And she wouldn't get it anyway - not until she has a baby of her own to tower over her someday.

Another Mom milestone of many, and a big one.

I'll be over here with the Kleenex if you need me.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Challenges Of High Functioning Autism

I came across this article last week regarding some of the challenges that face a person with high-functioning autism.

It's very easy to dismiss someone who's higher on the spectrum. They can often hold jobs, do average-to-well in school with some accommodation, and overall don't seem as "disabled" as people who are further down the spectrum.

While that's partly true, that doesn't mean being a high-functioning autistic lets you blend right in and function as an adult without any issues. I speak about this because I've got a son who just turned fourteen. In four short years, my son will be an adult, legally and physically. But his emotional state and social capabilities lag far behind that physical age.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fun On A Friday: How About A Nice Cup Of NOPE

There's just nothing like a healthy dose of NOPE to kick off your weekend! Here's what's noping around my head today:

Best served with biscuits:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fourteen Years Of Sunshine

Saturday is Veteran's Day, but it's also my son's birthday. It's also the first birthday he'll be spending away from me, since it falls on his Dad's weekend. I'm bummed, but we'll celebrate when he gets back. It's just hard for a mom on a birthday when she can't wrap her arms around one of the greatest joys of her life.

But I'm not here today to whine and moan about my kid being away, or my kid getting older. Both are unavoidable facts of life.