Sun, sun go away

  
Sun, sun go away. Please come back another day (like Spring). More rain and clouds please, thank you. Sincerely, Bay Area Mom 

 A cloudy, rainy day is so comforting like a fuzzy warm blankie.

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My Safe Haven

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This park is three homes down from our place.  It’s Fall, the air is cool but the sun is shining, the trees are colorful, the neighborhood is peaceful.  My safe haven which I never take for granted.

Autism Parenting. This Struggle is Real.

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Dear Anyone who’s not an autism parent but trying to understand autism parents,

You know those moments in life when you’re hurt that a mean kid was not so nice to your child?  Or how horribly difficult the “terrible twos” were?  How much you struggled to keep your shit together as you tried to control your possessed kid in public.  How cruel people in public can be for giving you the bad parent/bad child glare?  What about having to de-code wth your life insurance or retirement plans mean?  Or worse, a store, party venue, restaurant or insurance company denying coverage, denying return of a bad item, dismissing bad customer service.  Having to escalate it to management?  Remember that bad year when your child that horrible terrible no good, very bad teacher?!  Phew thank goodness that was just one school year.  How sad you were when your youngest was delayed compared to all their friends when it came to sports?  But now ecstatic you were when he finally got that ribbon from swimming to the next level, even though it took him longer than every other 5 year old?

Autism families go through similar pains everyday, every hour, every week throughout their lives.  Not occasionally but everyday.  The struggle is so very real.  It’s exhausting, depressing, disappointing.

 

I’m not being sarcastic nor belittling the issues, hardships, obstacles we all face as parents and human beings.  Special needs kids or not.  I’m simply trying to help non autism parents understand the intensity of the other side.

(Pic above I took the other day when we finally got some rain and thunder in Northern California.  I love the rain, the comfort it brings, the beauty, the calmness the sound of rain drops.  The road ahead is a long, dark, bright with many bumps and detours for many autism families.)

Chicken Soup

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Please come out really yummy!  I want to become a #soup master.  #crockpot #slowcooker There’s #chickentenders hiding in there.  My soup was hearty but the entire lemon made it sour.  I’d only use half the lemon next time.

Recipe by My Healthy Dish on you tube  & IG

Whole or 4 chicken breasts, 1/3 Onion, 3oz Sliced ginger, 2 Carrots, 2 Garlic cloves sliced, 1 lemon sliced, 1 cup Coconut water, 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar, 3 cups water, 1tbsp sea salt, 1/2 cup parsley

Set crock pot on high and cook 4-5 hours.