Wordless Wednesday: When is a door not a door?

Boom: I don't remember which children's museum this was, but I was feeling smart alecky and decided to respond to a "This door to remain closed at all times" sign with a note asking "what's the point (of it being a door then)?"

Wordless Wednesday: from my art class

The original photo showed two more arches and interesting branches from teacher Laura's trip to the Alamo.  i snipped the photo and pasted the greenery & branch from other parts of the photo..

Painting Retreat!

  Soon i will need to pack my easels so that some friends going down today can deliver them for signs for the Indy Decorative Artists retreat.  i'll go tomorrow, and MyGuy will be with Max this week, taking him to all the usual places, and no doubt getting a lot of yardwork in before mowing begins.
  It's at The Seasons Lodge in Nashville, IN 47448.  We've got fun classes, and a little sales floor where you can see what's for sale and try painting with small inexpensive projects. (also known as our hangout spot!)
  Nashville should be beautiful this week.

Early 2017 Roundup re Max

Boom and Max

  Did you know


  The Avon, Indiana, public librarian when i was growing up was wonderful.  She spent lots of time recommending books for her patrons.
  The reason i mention Mrs. Thomas now is because ultimately she's responsible for the current Russian kick.  One of those introductions was Robert K. Massie's 1967 masterpiece, Nicholas and Alexandra.  i'm a permanent fan of Nicholas, possibly the ultimate bad fit for his job.
  Just a few of the other books Mrs. Thomas introduced me to were:
and many, many others lost in memory.

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Game Shelf Past

Not exactly the same games in our current closet.  Notice how i've used shelving, plastic boxes, and an office filer to sort the games.

The gamebox is not your friend!

Changes & Growth

In the past week, we have:
  • had our last speech session.  The therapist thinks Max needs more time relating in the outside world, not private lessons, though she encouraged us to consult as needed.
  • contacted two music therapy companies, which could accept us but not on Max's schedule.  Daytime sessions, yes, very available.  Sessions at a time that wouldn't interfere with The Ultimate Purpose of Life, watching Thomas the Tank Engine, are harder to come by.
  • arranged music therapy, with a 3rd company, to begin tomorrow.
  • heard our son lament the absence of cheese slices in an unusual, but intelligent way:  he sadly said, "Milk."  Which is kinda something, that cheese comes from milk, is in his head when the word "cheese" is unlocatable.
  • bounced our tutoring schedule all around to accomodate these changes and checkups which were set up thinking of the day service schedule with Company A.
  • watched him eagerly ask for reading in our book club story, Theodore Boone: The Fugitive.  Until the previous book, The Autobiography of Santa Claus, Max has shown no interest in reading from these books between club meetings.
Lots more to take care of to get him to independence, but we're happy for what we can see.

Behavior Tips

   i've been so busy living with the changes in my life, i haven't shared what they are.
   Max no longer has day service with Company A.  We're working on new things to do with the hours/funding.  (and i need to be finished here so i can make more telephone calls to that effect. .  .)
  Anyway, since he is no longer at the day service, his behavior consultant came by yesterday to brainstorm with us on what her place in the scheme of things now is, & some things we can do to help Max behave as we/he want(s).
  i thought i'd share this article i just came across.  While i haven't used exactly the formats the writer has, we have used all these tips.  They really do help.
Autism Speaks article: 5 Tips that Helped Improve My Child's Behavior

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: The Word Search Book

 We bought Max this fat word search book a couple of years ago.  The cover

Wordless Wednesday: Calendar Art Exercises

Pages from two editions of a page a day calendar by Andrews McMeel.  There's the small sample, then the idea is, every day you use the enclosed watercolor palette and paint one of your own.  The lower right one isn't finished.