Emotions and Poetry: Heart

People with ASD aren't supposed to be empathic or understand emotions. Maybe that's true for some of us, but not for all of us... yet it's one of the many myths that gets trotted out time and time again. We have problems showing our emotions; we have problems with feeling too much and being overwhelmed…

A New Arrival…

Surprise Bump lived up to his name... He was due on 30th January (aka today!) but decided in his impatience to be out and about in the world, that he'd come early. I'd already decided (along with the consultant and the midwife) that an induction on the due date would be happening. The idea behind…

An Aspergers Christmas.

As you might expect, Christmas is a time of year that children love. My kids are no exception - and being ASD, they expect certain things. A while back, TOH and I came up with our own Midwinter Festival which we call "Satyulemas" - this starts on the 17th December (Saturnalia),  takes in Yule on the…

An Exhausting Weekend

It was Bonfire Night on Sunday. Normally we're excited by fireworks, but this weekend it felt like we were under siege. There have been sporadic fireworks going off since Diwali started on the 15th October, but they were few and far between and kind of fun. TOH isn't bothered by them much and the older…

Meltdown Feelings…

It started yesterday, with my temper flaring for no reason. It continued with a severe depressive episode that only just let up by my bedtime. It continued this morning with temper flares, sarcasm, refined carbs stuffing... My skin is crawling and I have to scratch it to make feel better. My head is pounding, My…

Chris Packham & Autism

I'm uncertain how to feel about the recent program that Chris Packham did about autism (I'll admit now that I haven't seen it properly) but while I'm glad that such a prominent member of our Tribe has spoken up publically, is it going to help us?A couple of years ago there was a buzz about…

Social Media

Social Media; what’s it for? Talking to your friends? Arguing with your enemies? Persuading other people that your view is right? Causing pain to those you hate? Surely it could be for so much more? Playground semantics rule the sites, Bullying so much more subtle, Gas lighting and manipulation common, Cliques form and break up,…

Recipe Post: Barry’s Mince

When I cook, I use all my senses… which is pretty normal, I suppose, but in my case if I don’t get the smell, taste or look right, my family won’t be happy (on a large scale). This recipe is a case in point, and I’ll explain why as I go along… It’s named for…