So a Duck Walked Into a Bar…


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Yes, she literally did.  She seemed to be a bit of a freeloader really, but I guess that is what can happen when you are at the fabulous  Mill St. Pub in Ottawa by the river.  

I really enjoyed the event last night hosted by Ottawa’s very own Barley’s Angels  for a tour and tasting this brew- pub’s fantastic beer.  There was a tour by Tim, the head brewmaster, yummy appetizers and a flight of Mill St beers to enjoy in the perfect summer evening on the patio.  I was lucky enough to have Allison join me, on her birthday no less!  

Cheers summer! I am so ready for more of this.


For the Love of Beer



Oh beer, you are awesome-licious!  This mantra was sustained by my visit to a great Barleys Angels event last night at the wonderful D’Arcy McGee’s, downtown Ottawa.  The group aims to give women a social evening of the enjoyment of craft beers from an assortment of brew establishments in the area. Yep, women hanging out drinking beer.  

There is a bit of an educational component to it (sometimes).  Last night we had the pub manager, Jeff, talk us through some beer tasting notes.  The glasses we sipped were brewed for summer and had various tropical flavours and aromas.   

  I found myself sniffing and saying intelligent things like “I detect notes of grapefruit with a hint of mango!  Excellent smooth taste with a soft finish….. *Giggle* I got lemon up my nose!”  So yes, I am learning more beer stuff but having just as much fun getting to know the cool, eclectic crew that comes out to these event.  

Thanks Barley’s Angels!  That heavenly nectar and was devine. Cheers to the next event!

Autism Positivity Flashblog 2015 – The Difference A Year Makes



I had a meeting with the school execs about O and his transition to grade 9 in September.  As usual, I was anxious.  Would he get edged into the most convenient corner?  Did the funding allow his needs to get met?  Do they even ‘get’ him and all the amazingness that we think he is?

I need not have worried.  The meeting was a success and went beyond my expectations.  And yes, they ‘get’ him alright.  We laughed about his sense of humour, marvelled at his memory for dates and details and the teacher kept saying how bright he is, how much she was going to miss him.  They understand that his bounciness and pacing are needed and part of how he expresses himself.  They know that 9 out of 10 times that his outbursts of enthusiasm are both important to him and great for the rest of the class too. I am happy.

The theme for this Autism Positivity Flash Blog is ‘Acceptance, Love and Self-Care’.  Perfect.  This theme reflects how things have been going for the last year.

Last year at this time I was anxious and concerned for how O was doing at school.  Despite great teaching and some class support, he was fitting in like a square peg in a round hole.  The school and class sizes were too big, there was too many transitions to cope with and the homework was overwhelming.  Something had to change because I was seeing his school confidence dropping and his anxieties rising.

We got him into a program that was suited for both his learning disabilities and his ASD.  Our guy’s school experience went from dark to light.  O loves his class this year.  There are 8 kids total in the class, the coolest teacher ever, a Child and Youth Worker apprentice in the class and full use of the technologies that help him learn.  Awesome!

What I love best is how this current program is not about whittling away at that square peg that is my guy to make him fit, it is about accepting that his shape is perfect for who he is.  He didn’t have to change, the system did.  His enthusiasm for certain video games is worked into the curriculum.  His pacing doesn’t have to be stopped, they just make room for it.  He is loved for exactly who he is and he is thriving because of it.

Unfortunately his current program ends at grade 8.  However, after the great meeting this week, I am confident that this path that has enriched him so much this year is going to continue.

I used to wish for that crystal ball to know what was going to happen in his future so that I could be prepared to work things out for him.  Now I am confident that all he is learning will truly help him meet his full potential.  Even if I don’t know what it will be, I am very sure that our guy’s future will be amazing.

Dashboard amusement


So, spied this today….

My lovely sister was so kind as to model pose for effect.

Clearly I have not been gardening nearly enough in my car.

On the other hand, I couldn’t do this because I would be way to distracted driving and the police would pull over my weaving car. When asked what the hell I thought I was doing, I would have to explain how I love dancing flowers and then the officer would lock me up. I doubt my husband would bail me out. So only traditional gardening for me.

The End

PS – This is my first post from my phone! Did it work? Kinda?

Refreshed 2015

It has been forever since I wrote and now it is time. In addition to being ‘easily amused’, it seems I am also easily distracted. Damn you iPad games! I miss writing and I feel like blogging enriches my life. So it is time for a refresh.

I have moved over to WordPress because I can work it better from my silly devices. Hopefully this means more writing on the move.

Hello world! I look forward to being a blogger again.