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Good Morning to everyone.  Welcome to another week of Tuesday Chatter hosted by Eugenia at BrewNSpew.

Last week I told you all that I was going on a ridealong with our local fire department – NorthwestFire.   I believe we went on something like 7 calls, most of them medical in nature (did you know that something like 80+% of calls are medical in nature), though one turned out to be nothing but some homeless folks sleeping, so we cleared pretty quick from that call. The day (for me) ended on a move up to cover in the area of another fire department (Golder Ranch) for a major house fire.  

Speaking of Northwest Fire, Golder Ranch, and another in the area – Mountain Vista Fire District…  There is some big news around the corner – Starting May 1st, when a call comes in it will be the closest station that goes on the call (no longer will it be based solely on whose district the call originated in).  This will help to get help to people quicker.  Also, it appears that a consolidation between Mountain Vista and Golder Ranch is in the works (atleast on the drawing table).
I could continue on about the ridealong and how wonderful these guys are, how well they work together, and the level of care & concern they show for the patients under their care… but this is suppose to be a family blog so I should talk about the rest of the family.  Got word (notification via email) of an update to my son’s grades for history.  So let me back up a little bit.  Last week, my son took his history final.  I haven’t been able to view the grade he got on the final itself but I was able to see the final grade for the course and he got a B+.  He takes his Physics final today.  Also, it does appear that he may very well be up for receiving the next rank in scouts – which would be his Star.  I didn’t think he was actually up to receive it but it seems he was closer than we realized.  All he needs to do is have his ScoutMaster conference (which would also include the part about how he’s been living and acting as a scout) and then the Board of Review.  I’m hoping he can get the ScoutMaster conference done this week so the Board Review can be done the following.

Hubby goes in, later this morning, for cataract surgery on one eye.  The other eye will need to get done as well, but we’re dealing with issues with medical insurance.  It’s a long story and a complete mess.  Apparently our insurance is dropping the doctors that my husband sees (that whole group of doctors) so my husband is having to change insurances which is causing some problems (in otherwords we’re getting the runaround).

So that’s what’s going on around here.  What all is going on in your neck of the woods.  Hopefully you all had a great weekend and your week has started out, and continues to go, well.  


Having trouble thinking of things to put down…  I mean it’s not as if things are going terribly for us, but nothing stands out being as extra smile-worthy.  Life around here pretty much just is – Not good bad, Not bad just is.

Well one thing we can, cautiously, smile about is that a bit of a situation we had to deal with here looks as if it is going to work out ok.  I’ll tell you, though, there was a bit stress running through our veins.

Another “smile” is that we are go for The Pappa’s cataract surgery next Tuesday.  He also has transportation to get to the follow up appointment the following day.

I’m also smiling because I’ll be going on another ridealong come Monday.  It’ll be the same station as before but a different shift.  Looking forward to an interesting and educational time.  No matter what, I’m sure they’ll be lots for me to learn.

Keep smiling.  See y’all next week.

Weekly Smile is hosted by Trent over at Trents World (The Blog)


Are you kidding me??

As you can see, when I went to make myself a cup of coffee in which to drink while doing up our Tuesday Chatter.  All’s good now, however, and I have myself a cup of coffee – though I’ve pretty well drunk most of it already -LOL.

So what can I tell you about this week?  Well, passover is reaching the end.  I know, for some, the thought of doing without leavened items is unbearable.  It’s amazing how easy it is to do without for a week, amazing how many things there are to eat that don’t involve leavening.  Of course that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy things like cookies and such when all is said and done but for the week, they aren’t terribly missed.  And matzah, I actually enjoy matzah with just plain salted butter on it…and matzah pizza – mmmmmmm.  Come to think of it, we never did make matzah pizza this year (which has become a bit of a tradition).  I will be making some homemade macaroons later today.

It seems that The Pappa has a new client that he is doing some website work for – another model railroader guy.  I wouldn’t say this is leading to anything big.  A lot of this is smalltime (on the side type of stuff).

Our son continues to well with his online studies.  He takes 2 finals (out of 5 classes) in the next week or so and should be taking a 3rd within a couple weeks I’m guessing…  So that just leaves 2 classes to complete before the start of school next year.  They are the harder classes for him, but I think he will get through them just fine with some help.

I’m scheduled for another ridealong with Northwest Fire coming up next week.  Looking forward to learning more.

Tuesday Chatter is hosted, weekly, by Eugenia over at BrewNSpew

Take Care, Be Safe, and Have a Blessed & Wonderful rest of the week.  Catch you later.


Good Morning to everyone.  Hope it’s been a great and blessed week so far.  Time for me to do my weekly Tuesday Chatter post (hosted by Eugenia over at Brew’N’Spew)…  Hey wait, don’t forget to come back after you check those out, PLLEEEEAAASSEE. 

The Son went on a zipline campout last week.  I asked him about it when he got home.  He had fun, but was also like mehhh.  He mentioned that there were 3 different lines (different lengths), from what he was telling me they are about a thousand feet above the ground.  He went on all three lines.  I asked if he screamed any.  He said “No”.  He’s thinking that maybe some of the younger boys might have.  I’ll tell you that kid is a lot braver than me.  No way in HEπŸ’πŸ’ you’re getting me out on one of those.  That and Bungee Jumping are on my “Oh Heck No, not even for a Million Bucks” list.

Eye surgery (cataracts) is scheduled, at least for one eye, towards the end of April.  We’ll have to see what happens with getting the other eye done (insurance fun there – waiting to find out what happens with current insurance and said doc…  Apparently there is talk of one possibly trying to drop the other).

I went on a Mids (Midnight shift) ridealong the other day.   It had to be cut short due to the fact that they had to go to minimum staffing at a certain point, but the time that I did have was fun.  Honestly,  it probably would have been better if I had done a Saturday night rather than Sunday.  Sundays are pretty dead and most people were behaving themselves.  Of course I can’t say with absolute certainty  that Saturdays would have had more but I have to imagine that being the weekend and the whole drinking thing (something about getting alcohol in the system that increases the stupidity level in some people).

Well that’s the end of my Tuesday Chatter, and the end of my coffee. Off to make another cup.  Wishing all an awesome & blessed rest of the week.  See you next time.


Hi everyone.  It’s time for Tuesday Chatter, hosted by Eugenia over at Brew N Spew.

Not a whole lot went on this past week. I was sick with a cold the last part of last week but have been feeling fine the past couple days.  I think that perhaps allergies/sinuses made things a little worse.  I don’t bounce back as quick as I use to and I hadn’t been sleeping well for a couple days so, even though I was feeling fine enough to go out and run errands on Sunday, it took a lot out of me to do so.    Felt completely fine yesterday…..  So now the hubby is dealing with the same thing I had.  He’s had it a couple days now so he should be feeling better soon, though sometimes things like this can linger a little longer for him….

I should interrupt to say that the 4 legged member of our family, Miss Meekah has just comein from her morning patrol and has decided to join from her favorite spot in the office chair situated next to and just behind where I sit….

Thus far it doesn’t seem like our son has been affected with said cold.

We’ve been keeping our house open as much as possible to keep it aired out and have been burning Oregano and Orange oils (along with Eucalyptus).  Oregano and Orange oils are listed as being good for being an anti-viral and antiseptic or cleaner.

Well I should make another cup of coffee, check laundry, and get myself dressed and get ready for the day.  Wishing all a joy-filled and blessed week.


What do I know about Autism and Aspergers?  Well I can tell you I’ve got a son with Aspergers (technically he’s on the Autism spectrum), that I have friends with Autistic children,  That I follow a couple of blogs written by parents of Autistic Kids…  And then I would tell you that I really don’t know a darn thing.  

…Note:  These are my thoughts and opinions based on my own experiences….

It isn’t because I don’t have a fancy degree or a bunch of letters after my name.  It’s because every child, every person, every situation is different.  No two people with Autism or Aspergers are the same. Each one is different with their own set of triggers (things that may cause a melt down or disruption to the process of getting done whatever needs to get done), their own nuances, their own sets of social awkwardness.  I’m sure we could continue on with a list a mile long.

For some, something as simple as a sock or a helmet or a backpack not fitting exactly right can cause a mealtdown or at least a disruption to the flow of gettingdressed and ready to go.  Others may have other triggers that cause mealtdowns or trip them up.

Dealing with the nuances of Autism is like being on a roller coaster…  There’s going to be constant ups and downs.  You may think you have a certain type of situation figured out or dealt with only to have it pop back up at a later point.  With children, you’re going to have new situations pop up as the child grows and develops.

Here are couple good  blogs (written by parents of kids who have Autims and Aspergers) that have good information and insight:

Autism In Our Nest

A Blog About Raising My Autistic son
Some Resources:

Autism Speaks
American Autism Society


Hi everyone.  Been a busy morning and I’m just now getting to the Tuesday Chatter (hosted by Eugenia).  I usally try to do this first thing in the morning while I drink my coffee but today didn’t work out that way (obviously).  The Hubby was up early and there were a few things he wanted to get taken care of.  Then there was breakfast and a party that I needed to post in…  Then off to take care kitties for family (which is where I’m at now).  As soon as I’m done here, it’s back home to pick up son and off to Phoenix to pick up bookshelves….  That’ll probably take a good several hours (1-1/2 to 2 hrs driving each way plus the time at the store picking up the bookshelves…  Ohhh and we’ll probably want to stop for lunch or something).

Our son is coming along nicely in his Martial Arts class.  I think he enjoys it, though he doesn’t always enjoy the more lectury aspects.  He does improve little by little each time he goes.    Who knows,  I might be able to take the class with him.  Have to see about that, but he has given the okay for mom to do with (or at least expresses that he doesn’t care one way or other, LOL).

Not much news with The Hubby.  Appointment has been scheduled for cataract surgery but the snafu is that insurance might be dropping said doctor (or vice verse) so we’re scrambling to get appointments scheduled for both eyes (have to be done separately a couple weeks apart) and crossing fingers that insurance will continue to cover the doctor…  Yeah, it’s a mess (not to mention frustrating) and all we can do is wait and see what happens.

Well,  I’d better get going… Lot’s to do today.  Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful day.  Hope you’ll join for the Tuesday Chatter.