More sharing: When is my painting done?

ArtTutor has lots of explicit instructions for whateve medium you'd like to work in, or advice for any medium.  i haven't seen that the lovely pictures slow down loading, but they are enjoyable on their own, and enhance the instruction.  Hope you enjoy this too!

Hope or Unrealistic Dreams? A Shared Post

Previously i've linked to the writing of a woman writing under the title "Flappiness Is," about raising her special little boy.  Today i'm sharing where she comments on an overheard conversation, where other parents of a special kid manage not to lose it when they are criticized for accepting that their child will probably not participate in the world as someone without limitations.

On the Giving Up of “Hope” for My Disabled Child

Check it out; what do YOU think?  

Wordless Wednesday: Sticker Art Christmas

" ' will name Him Jesus, which means “the Lord saves, because this Jesus is the person who will save all of His people from sin.' "

Wordless Wednesday: Anticipation Creation

Often a napkin will rip when i draw on it, but this gelpen was smooth, the creative jiuces flowed just right, and i was unusually pleased with the result, drawn in maybe 2 minutes while waiiting for lunch.

Wordless Wednesday/More From the Scrapbook: Mess Call and other WWII Training Scenes

This page was made before i had any idea at all of the timeline.  The meal on the upper right is a regular Sunday dinner, when most guys have gone home, but when i looked for it, i thought it was a Thanksgiving dinner shot.

Wordless Wednesday: Stepping Stones

As i find it harder & harder to walk, MyGuy makes some changes.  The paver tiles are available at local home improvement stores for under $1, though the availability of particular stones varies.  A couple of years ago, we got smooth grey pavers to help Puppers (and me) over taller steps; awhile back the red ones were available; and most recently MyGuy was able to reuse some for a very short rise which is becoming difficult.

The Autism Society's Holiday Catalog

  When Max was preschool age, we attended monthly meetings of the Autism Society.  Good times.  It's great to be with friends who understand what you're going through, though it may have been stressful for the hosts of our group, with 20some autistic preschoolers running around their house!
  Times changed, and meetings got difficult to attend, but i still sort of keep up with the larger group.  A recent email announced something new for them:
The Autism Society of America is excited to introduce our first Holiday Catalog Online Store that will provide a wonderful listing of holiday gifts. The catalog will include:

Wordless Wednesday: Night Visitor

Puppers has been visiting my dreams.  Not changiing what happens in them, just running around being charming.  Love it.

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: French Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral, 1976, from the edge of town

One of those Photos my friends thought i shouldn't take: One of the gorgeous, famous stained glass windows in the cathedral - not enough detail to determine which

Benefit Saturday in Fishers, IN: Finding Voice, Bowling, Fun!

Two of Sharon's spectrum kids, demonstrating their typing skills
This event is now past, but click "Read More" to link to MyFriendSharon's site, and learn more about this amazing woman.  
Sharon writes:
Still time to participate in our make a difference day event! Special needs models! we have services focusing on but not limited to autism! Looking for nonverbal or those who use echolalia, we hope to help find your true voice! No charge to participate, we just ask that you spread the word! Fundraising for Special Olympics will be raised through bowling and food sales

Words on Wednesday: Recent Reading

Most of my reading lately has been the works of my favorite mystery writer.  And surprisingly there were several stories that felt new -- and i think at least one really was a previously unread!

Wordless Wednesday: "Polychrome"

Last week Indy Decorative Artists' voted on the projects to have at April 2018 retreat, and my submission got selected!

Life with Max: Listening to Old Songs

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   A couple of months ago, i bought a new CD of songs by the group America.  It's still in my car CD player. (i've always tended to leave records or discs on like forever.)
  Anyway, Max and i had a conversation

Wordless Wednesday: Eclipse Watching

If you look VERY carefully, you can see my pinhole in the foil and its "reflection," for lack of a better term, on the white cardboard.  Max was underwhelmed.

What sort of an email is this?

  Some people don't accept calls when they don't recognize the number on caller ID.  Some people don't accept emails from strangers or comments on their blog.
  i get that.  Really i do.  But

Wordless Wednesday: Castle or Palace?

Hohenzollern Castle: never used as fortress, but built where former castles WERE
Everybody's Favorite Fairy Tale Castle, Newschwanstein, a mad king's fantasy

Painting Retreat, April 2018

Finally! i've coordinated the dates, and got them here.
April 8-12, 2018
That's the dates of the Indy Decorative Artists' Spring Fling Retreat. i just got the packet asking teachers to submit projects.  Yes, the process is long!  
There's more information, including links, in my Page (see above!).  It's going to be so much fun!

Saturday Sisters: Dorcas Women

Today my friend Debbie Scales is a guest blogger.  Thank you, Debbie, for your regular encouraging words!
I know several women like Dorcas and want to tell you about one of them.
This Dorcas woman

Learning toTell A Story: A Max Update

  The most recent speech therapist discharged Max.  She said that, more than speech therapy, he needs to get out into the world and experience communication.  But she's willing to have me email her for consultations, and

Max's Progress

Very little has changed here since i last updated this.
 Well, we just got good at the previous routine, when it changed!  But Medicaid


  Earlier this week, i had trouble uploading my photos to post.
  i got them transferred off the camera to the computer, but they seemed to have gotten lost somewhere when transferring them to the folder in which i wanted them.
  And it kept taking so long.
  i finally had to close the files and see if it sorted itself out by morning.
  It was of course afternoon before i could get back to it, but, while we dressed in the morning, i asked MyGuy what he'd need to know if i ended up needing his help.
  It is actually simple. Remembering what's required, that's hard.
  • What was i trying to do?
  • What did i do?  Not what actually happened yet, but what keys did i stroke, how did i move the mouse, etc.  How did i operate the machine?
  •  What did i expect?  Not exactly the same question as the first, but very similar.  i think this is a restating of the problem in different terms.
  • What actually happened instead?  i don't know about you, but i always want to say this first!
  • What is wrong?This gets me to look at the problem, like all the times the client called our electrician friend, always late on Friday night, to ask him to come fix the whatever it was.  He asked her to check various stuff first.  Eventually he included "Is it plugged in?" because that was ALWAYS the problem.  And after a few weeks, she didn't call him anymore.  (Maybe someone else - we think she wanted company!)
  It reminded me of simething that happened when i was working for the phone company.
  My job was answering phones and taking trouble reports on phonelines.  We had a script to follow that was very much like the one MyGuy gave me. 
  However, this one man wouldn't tell me anything, except "It's deader'n a doornail! It's deader'n a doornail!"
  i brought my report to the testman, who determined, as i thought, that his phone number couldn't be called (CBC) and the phone had no dialtone (NDT), can't call out (CCO).
  So we figured it out, the testman fixed his problem, but he didn't make it easy! 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Reconfiguring

The green pencil is the length the blue slate and white were when i started my session. Actually the white went down in more places than the slate blue, but it broke continually for me as i sharpened it.  Likewise, while i didn't use the light blue that day, i had used it a great deal over several months.  It hasn't broken for me yet, though it is harder to get it to hold a point than my Faber Castell ones.
   A few weeks ago, i shared a bit about my experience with the Prismacolor pencils. 
 Today i've got photos of the new pencil case arrangements.