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Friday, May 16, 2014

Winter to Spring



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  1. Could it be that I am the first?
    But I thought the seasons had reversed
    Or suddenly it had started snowing
    After all the buds had been growing!
    Then I saw you were comparing
    The seasons and with us were sharing.

    Quite a difference, Betsy, nd great shots
    Which season would you prefer?

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    1. Ah! thought so!
      But the shot is taken from exactly the same place and the same angle. Very clever

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    2. I can be clever occasionally. ha.

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    3. OK clever clogs solve this!

      I'll have to disguise the spelling or I'll give it away but go by the sound of the words not the spelling!! OK

      There were twins
      One was 30 and the other thirty (toooooo)
      One was born in March and the other's birthday was in September.
      And they both married each other!!

      How is this possible.
      (Took me a while to solve it but I did, eventually)

      Now that's got yer thinking!!! LOL

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    4. alright...will have to wait until later tonight...or tomorrow! Might need some coffee for that one! ha.

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    5. Good luck with it!
      It's quite logical and it would be good to ask friends.
      Coffee should do the trick but maybe two cups LOL
      Enjoy your evening.
      I'm turning in for an early night - bus driving tomorrow. Night!

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    6. OK, here's my guess.
      Their birthdays are in September.
      They were born in a city or hospital named March.
      They were both clergy and performed the wedding ceremony at each other's wedding.

      How did I do?

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    7. May I kiss you?
      You are correct you little genius!!

      "One was 30 and the other was 30 too (as well) . . . . . . . . so they were both 30
      One was born in aplace called March and the other;s birthday was in September - so both of them were born in a place called March during the month of September
      Yes they were both vicars/or ministers and performed the wedding ceremony at each other's wedding, as you rightly said."
      C
      Great - you really are a clever clogs - but so am I? ROFL

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    8. A kiss? I think you have me confused with Gloria. lol.....ducks...

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    9. Gloria doesn't love me anyway - can't think why! LOL

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    1. It's the view from my back porch. I just realized I had one of each season!

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  3. Oh Gosh! can' believe it..its just amazing..love both the shots..

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    1. The blossoms almost look like snow, don't they? :)

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  4. If this was a multiple choice ,,,, I pick "b", stunning!! We still have snow on the edge of the woods, blech blech, I am sick of snow!! It does look pretty though,

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    1. I'll send you B if I can have A. haha. :)

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  5. Put it on your calendar to take a picture of the same view in a few months when the leaves have their fall color, so we can have the full range of seasons :-)

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    1. Yes, I'll have to remember to do a summer one and a fall one! fun!

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  6. Great transformation. It's like something out of a ballet.

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    1. I'm hearing Vivaldi's Four Seasons! haha. Not a ballet, but one could be set to that music. :)

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  7. Amazing and Im agree the blossom look like snow:))

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  8. This time of year, I ♥ the second picture better! (o;

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  9. Perfect Pairing. Amazing the difference over a few months. I agree - the snow looks like blossoms - it's almost the same picture but in black and white instead of colour!

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    1. It almost does look like the same, doesn't it? Really fun!

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  10. Both are pretty but I really love Spring!

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    1. yes, I'm sure you won't mind of snow isn't seen for quite a few months...maybe Christmas, right?

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  11. oh goodness...you had me scared for a second that you were getting snow...lol...
    both carry their own bit of beauty.

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    1. You know what? It's dipping down to 39 degrees tonight! We had the air conditioning on earlier this week! ha.

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  12. The top one really looks like a b&w, and then pazam!!!! Color!! Love the contrast.

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    1. Can't wait to see what July looks like! :)

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  13. Fantastic Betsy!
    They are both beautiful....
    You must take one in July and October...
    That would be awesome...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yes, that will really be fun, won't it? July and October...perfect!

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  14. Winter can suck it
    No more can the cold go umm duck it
    And have a fit
    Dropping that white umm spit
    Global warming my rump
    As out comes a snow dump
    And you can't keep it at your end
    Geez such a white trend
    Green and grass
    So much better to come to pass
    No cold to take note
    So sure has my vote

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    1. Are you sure?
      Cuz you don't really sound sure.
      lol....

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    2. lol need a bigger rant
      At your plant

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    3. My rant would be about humidity
      bugs, mosquitoes and sticky sunscreen.
      Sweat and heat
      not that neat!
      Give me windchills and snow!
      I'll stay in all aglow!
      haha.

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  15. Both seasons are beautiful.

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    1. yes, I would agree to that...they really are! Each has their own loveliness.

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  16. So pretty, both of them. I've learned to take winter as it comes and enjoy my time inside, but I sure do love it when the weather warms up and we can be outside again.

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    1. Exactly. Now if we could just get rid of allergies, mosquitoes and humidity! lol....

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    2. Allergies and humidity I'm not sure about, but living in the orchards does help with the mosquito population.

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  17. Beautiful both ways. I do love winter, I just get bored more then.

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Well, you won't be bored on your vacation, I know!
      Can't wait to hear all about it. ;)

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  18. Love this! And honestly, if it was winter right now I'd prefer the winter scene . . . but as it is currently spring, I can't help but love the spring one best. I"m a fickle girl :)

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    1. That's not being fickle...that's enjoying life in the moment! Love that!

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  19. Love the comparisons...I take the same photo shots for all the seasons so I can compare the looks also. In fact, we have an artist friend here who I commissioned to draw all of our houses, on one print, in the 4 different seasons, taken from photos that I had.
    Good to hear you are safe from the tornado, Lynn let us know that they were ok also. Kevin was just remembering the Xenia tornado from 40 years ago!

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    1. All of your houses? How many do you have? haha.
      Yes, we are fine. This was the third tornado to touch down here in 40 years. All on Wednesdays! We certainly are in the mid-west tornado alley! The second one, a few years ago was the first one I'd experienced. Driving through rubble was very eerie! (Xenia, Wilberforce)

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  20. Two beautiful views, different, but still great beauty! xx

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    1. Yep, both nice in their own way! Today's view is just grey and rain. ha.

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    1. "Innit?" as you would say. lol....
      Looking forward to taking a summer and fall view to finish it off. :)

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  22. Beautiful! It looks the same out of our window spring, summer, fall, and winter. Not very interesting here. We marvel at your beautiful birds too.

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    1. Hmm...you must live in CA or FL. :) I've often thought that I would miss the changing seasons if I didn't live here!
      Thanks so much for visiting....and for liking my birds, too! :)

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    2. Yes, California. I'm always calling my husband to the computer to see your photos of cardinals. It is amazing to us that you have such beautiful and colorful birds in the wild. I found your blog years ago searching for information on autism. I am a speech/language pathologist and am always interested in reading about your triplets. You are such a fantastic mom...I love how you always find a bright spot in every situation. I have worked with many students diagnosed with autism over the years. It can be a challenge, but those are the students who hold a very special place in my heart.

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    3. I need to post some new photos of the cardinals! Mr is still feeding mrs! She is around much too often for them to have a nest full of eggs. I wonder what they are waiting for. Ha.

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    4. I wish wish you lived closer! A good speech therapist was something we always lacked in their education. The ones we had were terrible. I could tell their hearts were not in it.

      Well, you might not have seasons, but you have palm trees! Hope you aren't close to the wild fires!

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    5. I love to have your comments! Would you mind leaving your first name so I know it's you next time? Thanks, dear. :)

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    6. My name is Laurie. No, we don't live anywhere near the wildfires. We live in the southern San Joaquin Valley. I'm sure that this is going to be a very bad fire year for our state and we may be too afraid to take our motorhome into the mountains this summer. I have wanted to post so many times with questions about your boys, but didn't want to sound nosey or insensitive. I am fascinated by the fact that Spencer in particular appears to be so talented with technology, yet is essentially nonverbal. Have the boys ever been introduced to voice output assistive technology to aid in their communication? I am certainly no expert, but I know that there are some great apps for the ipad.

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    7. Hi, Laurie! :)

      No, you just ask away. I don't mind. Yes, Spencer is fascinating, I will agree. His typing, knowledge of language and his ability to search the internet is astonishing, really. He can ask verbally for a want, such as hot dog, peanut butter, chips....one word things. He's been trying to sing with me and I can kind of tell he's attempting the correct words. But if something is wrong, he can't make that leap over to saying or even typing a feeling or thought. If they are sick, I can't say, show me where it hurts, or something like that. Even a yes or no question doesn't always get an honest answer. Hard!

      They started out with PECS and did extremely well with forming sentences with those little pictures on a velcro strip. When they had learned about 200 words and their binders were way too big to be convenient to carry around, the therapist switched them to some kind of electronic board that was supposed to be the next step up. The boys never really took to it and we also went through a couple more therapists around that time. I asked repeatedly to go back to PECS or move toward something with typing but each attempt seemed feeble in my opinion. They kept saying that communication was a whole life process and they wanted to spend time getting the boys to say hi to people they passed in the hallways, etc. That kind of socializing is wonderful but if a 18 year old boy still can't effectively and consistantly communicate something as simple as 'where is the bathroom', I feel like they failed. Anyway...I could go on and on!!! haha.

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    8. I'm so sorry that an electronic augmentative communication device didn't work for the boys. That would have seemed to be the next logical step to me also. I have always found that the toughest part about AC devices is making them practical for everyday communication. It's got to be easy access and piggyback off something that is already working (such as PECS) or it won't be used. I still wonder if an iPad app such as Proloquo2Go from Assistive Ware might not work. I've never used it and have very limited experience with AC devices, but it seems like this might be a fairly inexpensive thing to try. Just a suggestion. I'm sorry also that you had a bad experience with your speech pathologists. I have been in this field for over 30 years and can't think of anything I'd rather do.

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    9. I'm going to find that app! Thank you!

      I've often thought of bringing the PECS back...at least for Alex. He blossomed under that and was right in line with his brothers. When they switched, he never seemed to progress. I'll try the app first, and see, though. Thanks so much!

      Our last therapist had thirty years experience, too, but she was arrogant and so set in her ways. She wasn't liked by any of the teachers or aides...or my boys, for that matter. She didn't like me asking questions, either. When I looked into speech therapy outside of school, she was the only one in the area! I about died when I found out it was her. haha. Anyway..at the risk of being long winded..here's just one story so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about....

      I was constantly asking for an update from her, just a couple of sentences after her visit each week so I would know what she did with them. I wanted to repeat the same things at home and help on my end with any tips regarding each boy that might make her efforts more successful. I couldn't get her to respond. She said she was too busy to send notes home. During an IEP meeting one year, she expressed her frustration with Harry. She was playing a game with him, using Tootsie Pops. She would put many suckers in one pile and just one in another. She would ask him to choose the group with the most. Harry would choose the group with just one red sucker instead of the group with multi colored suckers. I informed her that Harry only likes the red ones! With his autism and OCD, he would never take a group of suckers over one red one, even if that is what she asked of him. And I told her that if I had known about the little exercise, I could have given her information about Harry that would have helped make the whole thing a success.

      So, there you go. If was frustrating to say the least.

      OK....off I go to look up that app! :)

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    10. I've never understood that kind of attitude towards parent involvement. Nearly all of my students have a home practice folder that goes home and back to school daily (or at least it should!), and I greatly appreciate any input and assistance the parents provide. I look at my job as a partnership with parents, especially with students who have severe communication disabilities. I will be interested to hear what you think of the iPad app. I believe that there are some videos on YouTube of children and adults using it. I know I said it was fairly inexpensive, but that is in comparison to many voice output devices such as the Dinavox which cost thousands.

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  23. Hi Betsy - such a change ... and yes seasons teach us much - as do their vagaries ... I'm hoping the summer day returns today! Lovely yesterday .. blue sky and warm ... cheers Hilary

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