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I love Twitter!

If you are not currently using Twitter, then you are probably thinking, who cares about my random thoughts or I don’t care about other people’s thoughts. Or maybe you’re thinking, who has time for another social networking site? Well, today I’m glad to be a twitter user.

Last week I posted a random tweet, something like, “Cindy is running out of disk space”, I don’t recall my exact words, but today my neighbor dropped of a brand new Seagate 250GB external USB hard drive! WOW! Thanks so much Jon! You are awesome!

I’ve been holding off on upgrading my computer because I’m hoping Window 7 will be better than Vista. This new drive will not only save me money, but will buy me some time and give my files some breathing room before I need to upgrade.

Seagate External hard drive

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Molly the Giraffe

Molly (Tufts University photo)

Molly the Giraffe is big news in our small town. Molly was born at nearby Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts on February 23, 2009. Molly’s mother Mauzy was not producing enough milk, so Molly was transferred to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Hospital for Large Animals here in Grafton, where she was nursed back to health.

Ours small town tall tale made it all the way to national television when Molly appeared on NBC’s Today Show.

On March, Molly returned home to Southwick Zoo. She has grown about a foot and is now over 5 feet tall and has gained 20 lbs! She is doing great and is very active. She practices walking and galloping. I’m looking forward to meeting Molly when the zoo reopens this spring.


Grafton Community Ice Skating Party

Lake Ripple is one of Eric’s favorite places in Grafton.  For years I’ve been meaning to get him out onto the frozen lake, but I never seemed to get around to it.  Part of the reason is because I’m paranoid about water.  Not for myself, but for Eric.  Putting a kid in a wheelchair on water is like attaching an anchor around his waist.  If anything bad happens it would be just about impossible to save him.  We took him out on a schooner last summer.  He loved it, but I was just glad to get him back on land!

Yesterday was the annual Grafton Community Ice skating Party on the lake.  Since it has been extremely cold recently, I thought this would be a good and safe time to take Eric out on the ice.  The biggest challenge was the rather big, steep hill we had to climb down to get onto the lake.  Aaron and I made it down OK, but halfway down I was thinking, this is really dumb, how will I ever get him back to the van!  But there was no turning back at that point… Luckily, there where plenty of people around and when I was ready to leave, I asked three strong guys who were hanging around the bonfire if they would help me out and they did.  I had Eric in his jogger, which made it easier.   Each one took a wheel and dragged him up the hill.  It was worth it though as Eric was so excited to go “on” Lake Ripple and he will be talking about this for days.

Here is a photo of the twins. Aaron calls that hat his “Fargo” hat!  Of course, Aaron has his video camera with him in order to get some “stock footage”.

Eric could not believe that he was out in the middle of the lake!

A nice bonfire provided by the Grafton Recreation Department.  OK, this fire did make me nervous.  Why doesn’t it burn through the ice?  I went over and asked one of the guys tending the fire and he said, “I have no idea!”  That was not very reassuring.  However, I knew that they did this bonfire thing every year, so I could only assume that we were safe… I tried googling it when we got home, but couldn’t find an answer. If anyone knows why it’s OK to light a fire on ice, please leave a comment.

Getting dark and cold!  Aaron warming up by the fire.


Winter Concert

Eric is taking chorus in high school.  I’m not quite sure how he got into this class, probably the same way he got into Spanish class in middle school.  But he enjoys Spanish and likes chorus too.

Tonight was the Winter Concert at the high school.  I worry about this type of event, because you never know how he will do.  If there is a crying baby in the audience – which there often is at these school events – that can set him off.  Eric is capable of making quite a scene… I did not take him to the first concert of the year, because he wasn’t behaving very well and I just knew it wouldn’t be good.  But recently, he has been very good (probably for Santa), plus he said he wanted to go.  So, we gave it a shot.  He did super up on stage.  He didn’t sing, but I was just happy that he was well-behaved!  He did get upset later in the evening while the band was playing, but at least all went smoothly when he was on stage.  Yes, a loud baby in the audience.

Hopefully, these events will continue to get easier for him as he gets older.  He is also getting better at handling noise. The problem is that he has a very raw nervous system due to his cerebral palsy and loud sudden noises cause an exaggerated startle reflex.  It’s nothing that he can control, but hopefully he will continue to get better at handling them.

Anyway, it was a wonderful experience for him and I got some nice photos and video, but I can’t say that it was and enjoyable evening.  I’m always on pins and needles waiting for a melt down, but always happy when all goes well.

Here is a photo of Eric with the chorus.


New England Shivers

New England shivers without power after ice storm

(CNN) — At least 800,000 customers in New England are still without electricity on Sunday after an ice storm ravaged the region, officials say.

President Bush has authorized federal aid by declaring a state of emergency in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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There is devastation all around us, but luckily we were spared here in the Blackstone Valley.  My sister is still without power; day 4 for her.   Here are a couple more photos.

Backyard, she lost all but one of her trees: