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What Other Mums Don’t Tell You When You Are Pregnant

At last you are pregnant; those little blue lines confirm it. You are overjoyed. Do you share your news with all around you; your relatives, friends and work mates. Or will you and your partner try and keep it your secret for a few months. You can’t stop smiling you are so excited..

The Power of One Challenge

The unemployment rate for autistic adults currently hovers around 80%. Sadly, the numbers are not any better for college educated professionals on the autism spectrum. In order to yield better results, a different approach is needed to attract and retain autistic workers. Communications is key to the hiring process and long term job evaluation. Meaningful change requires one employer willing to move beyond the status quo and engage to really get to know one autistic employee.

My Favorite Day of the Week Is Tomorrow

It was one of those weeks when the more I completed, the more I had to do. These are not my favorite kind of weeks. So frustrating. During these weeks, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage finagles her infamous “Honey-Do-List” in my direction. Because I am busy doing other things and distracted, I do not actually see what she is doing. She can slip one of her “To-Do” jobs on to my schedule without my knowing it. I see it on my schedule and assume it is one more job to do. When I see it, I say to myself, “I’ll do that tomorrow.” Then I can move on to my next project. My favorite saying has been, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” It has become a habit with me. The wife will ask me if I have time to do something and I always say, “Not now, but I can do it tomorrow.” Of course, I am hoping that by the time tomorrow comes she will have forgotten that little job.

Let The Summer Fun Begin

Now that summer is upon us, we can turn our back on those frosty days of winter. I like winter as long as it is in the past tense. Otherwise, all that cold tenses me up something terrific. Now that summer is upon me, I can sit back, relax and enjoy those crazy, lazy days of summer. My plans for the summer have already been established. I have a little notebook with all the things I plan to do during the summer. If someone were to open that little notebook, they will find, much to their surprise, not a thing written on any page. That is precisely my plan. I plan to do nothing during the summer. This is a relatively new strategy on my part. Every time I plan to do something, it never turns out right. In fact, if I plan to go right everything turns around and I end up going left. Therefore, my ingenious plan is to plan the opposite of what I really want to do. After all, it cannot be any worse than what I have been doing up to now.

Stand On Guard

When I was a child, we were taught about patriotism. Every morning at school we would stand erect facing the flag at the front of the room while singing O Canada and God Save the Queen, followed by recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. Arms were to be at our sides and posture correct as the lyrics included the line “We stand on guard for Thee”.

Where Is Your Home?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has several different definitions for the word “home”. One states that it is a place of residence. Another defines it as a familiar or usual setting or congenial environment and a third states that it is a place of origin.

Whatever Happened to the Simple Things in Life?

I’m not a very complicated person. I like simple things; things nice and easy. Occasionally I will do a crossword puzzle, but beside that, I enjoy the simple life. On the other side, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is very complicated. Just when I have everything figured out, I find another side of her that I did not know was there. I suppose that is what married life is all about; year-by-year discovering new aspects of your spouse. I am very simple minded when it comes to going out to eat. When we go to a restaurant, for example, I’m very simple in what I order. Most of the time I order the same thing because I enjoy what I am eating at the time. My wife is not quite like that. Ordering her supper is quite a complicated thing. It takes several minutes to go through the menu and then several minutes to think about what she wants to eat. Me, I tell the waitress, “I’ll have a cheeseburger, French fries and a Diet Coke.” And that’s that.

One Man’s Joke Is Another Man’s Discount

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were dining out at a very nice restaurant. We had been on the road for two days and were weary of travel. At least, I was. Nothing I hate more on a vacation than travel. But this time it was not so bad because my wife was doing all the driving. She’s an excellent driver because she had the world’s best teacher. I admit that I was her teacher. We were seated and began looking at the menu. Then my wife said, “You don’t take very many things seriously, do you?” We both laughed, but I knew she was right. Life is too short to be serious about everything. I do not want to come to the last of my days and find I have 100 giggles left over. I want to giggle all the way to the end. The waitress came, graciously took our order and then brought back the bread for us to begin our lunch.

Another Vacation in the Bank

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon. I’m not one for vacations, but this one was special. Our grandson who lives in Ohio was graduating from high school and then this summer he would be heading off to London for some soccer group. He loves soccer. This is the second of our grandchildren to graduate from high school. I would not say this to everybody but, this year is the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school. I cannot believe it has been that long. I must have fallen asleep for several years without waking up. To see a grandson graduate from high school and then look at my graduation picture 50 years ago I was amazed. How can he be as old as I was? What he does not understand is that one day he will be as old as I am. I will not be the one to tell him that. We spent the whole week with the family there that we have not seen for several years. It was such a wonderful time.

5 Easy Steps To Planning A Fun Birthday Party For Kids

Planning a kid’s birthday party may feel overwhelming because you’re going to plan for a group of picky eaters and individuals who expect nothing but fun. But with the right process, it can actually be enjoyable!

What Is a Day Off, Really?

I’m not one who gets excited about holidays. If up to me there would be one holiday per month, and that’s it. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage loves holidays, no matter what it is. For her it is a time to have a “Day Off.” If anybody knows how to celebrate a day off it is her. By January, she has all the holidays noted on her calendar and what she is going to do on those holidays. I do not even want to celebrate my birthday. With all my birthdays, you would think I would get tired of celebrating them. And, I have. The birthday just reminds you are getting older. I do not need that kind of reminder; the pain in my body does that for me. The problem with my birthday is it is two days before my wife’s birthday. I am not quite sure how I planned that, but if I had to do it over again, I am not sure our birthdays would be that close.

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