Thursday, June 1

Really nice phone call

Just had a nice phone call. A few months ago I had mentioned to the lady who heads up the municipal rec dept that we would really like to get Troy involved in something this summer. But that that would require him having someone one-on-one with him; mostly to watch him and encourage him to take part in things.
A few weeks after that I got a call from her, asking me what sort of things Troy might be interested in, what his specific needs are, and what "challenges" he has. They had someone coming from the city to do a session on including special needs kids in their programs, and she wanted them to focus on things that may help Troy some. :)
Today she called to set up a time for her, myself and Troys PSA from school to get together. We'll look over the activities being offered this summer, and see what he may like to do. Then - and this is what shocked me - she said that if the rec dept has to they will hire his PSA to be with him during activities. That's only if we decide that watching him may be too much for a high school kid to handle, which I don't think it will be.
I'm just so shocked/pleased/happy that they would do that for us.

On to other stuff. Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits. You're supposed to say that to people on the 1st, the first one to say it is supposed to have good luck. Hey, I got Mary Anne first today, and then got that phone call :)

I'm voiceless. Can't talk loud at all. But I feel fine. That's the frustrating part, people keep asking me if my throat hurts. No, my throat does not hurt - well, other than me straining it to try to talk. This is day 2 of the "silent" me.

I'm heading to our firehall tonight to help with a catering job. This is a turkey supper for the retiring teachers; we have 15 or 16 retiring in the area; 5 from my kids school alone. This morning we set the tables, made the gravy (best gravy we have ever made I think), and did a few small jobs that could be done early. We're feeding about 150 people. They eat, then will have presentations and stuff, then once they are done we'll get to do the dishes. Could be a late evening.

Been working on finger puppets. Nice light, brainless work. I have to take a picture of them sometime, so that you can see what they look like. The pattern is easy.

Use whatever size needle you want; I think mine are a size 4mm
Cast on 10, 12 or 14 sts - it's really your choice; I stick with 12
Do one row of P1,K1
Then do K1 row, P1 row until it's about an 1 1/2 inches long or so. I make mine about as long as from my finger tip to my "big" knuckle. My daughters are a finger long - but she's 9.
Next row - K2tog across - 5, 6 or 7 sts left
Next row - purl
Next row - cut yarn, leave tail long enough for sewing up. K2tog, pull yarn through, repeat to end of row.
Pull tight and sew up.
Then we use a contrast yarn to make a simple face on them.

Some folks make really fancy puppets, we make "plain" ones, but they do the job.

Well, must go get some work done.
Have a good one!


Mary Anne said...


that is such good news from the rec dept. and their willingness to help. good for everyone!

hope your day is a wonderful one, you wascally wabbit :o)

mary anne

Laura said...

Good news for your son and you, Dorothy.

I would love to see a picture of your finger sure can churn out alot of them. :)

Barbara said...

I should try making some of those puppets. Can't wait to see pictures of yours!

I've been trying to clean out "MY" room (actually once a back porch, now the full-fledged addition, that houses a good portion of my knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, crothet, etc... stuff). All because I've been having difficulty finding a specific ball of yarn. Go figure. Almost a week later, and I am just starting to be able to see the floor. Good news being that I did find what I was looking for, along with a reminder of all the lovely stuff just waiting to be created! :)