|It's easy to see how the cast has gotten dirty!|
Unfortunately Alan still has his cast mostly on (I had to cut off the part that covered his palm as it was broken and snagging on things) but we opted to not take it off at the 4-5 week point. We all knew (including the doctor) that a splint would not stay on. Now the cast is scheduled to come off at just over 8 weeks from when it went on. The cast itself is beyond disgusting. The teenage boy who hasn't had a real bath in over 6 weeks is pretty gross too. The walls have scratches everywhere from the cast. I really had not planned on repainting the whole house in spring, but it is looking like there will either be massive touch-ups or new colors in our future.
We do now have good communication with Alan's aide. Our biggest concern when we started at his new school seemed to be the lack of communication (something at which his teacher of the last two years excelled!!!) but we now have a communication notebook that goes back and forth. It seems a bit archaic after the e-mails of the last few years, but it is consistent and informative and that is all that is required.
|The branches of a Bradford pear are so soft he can rip them off!|
Joe is still volunteering at two different places but one of his days at the nursing home was cut. This is probably because his job coach is having his own hours cut by the government shutdown. But as DH's job is not in danger from the shutdown, it is hard to complain that Joe's volunteer hours are being cut.
|A miniature chandelier I made this month|
I've been reading more (although nothing intellectual -- I read to escape my life!) and trying to snag a little time to work on my minis. I haven't even been reading all the blogs I used to read although I'm trying to make time for favorites.
DH and I also got to have a movie date night this past weekend and saw Lee Child's The Butler. I highly recommend it for everyone. It is truly a powerful story while still being humorous and (it seemed) historically accurate. Of course halfway through the first scene with Ronald Reagan (played by Alan Rickman) DH leans over and says "It's hard to see Snape as president" and I had to work pretty hard to not giggle through the rest of his scenes.
Alan has conquered a few new trees with his cast, but otherwise it is just the status quo around here ... and that is nice!