April 14th, 2017

gold star

Meet Julia

Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism.  For a while now she has appeared in some of the background materials, but recently made her first appearance on the show proper.  Read about Julia and watch part of the first episode.

I think they did about as well as neurotypical people can do on a first attempt.  What I would really like to see is people sending in examples of what autism means for them, or how  they/their kids have interacted with autistic friends.  Using that to inspire Julia's character development and plot dynamics would help her authenticity.  But even in this first clip, I see a lot of things that I recognize.  :D 3q3q3q!!!

Friday Yardening

Today we bought a huge bag of grass seed and a spreader for it.  I was delighted to find a large jug of weed spray with a sprayer nozzle, already mixed up -- usually the larger quantities only come in concentrate that needs mixing, which is not a type of kitchen chemistry I wish to do.  I also got two flats of assorted herbs and flowers.

I then planted those in around the septic cap.  They include: one mature rhubarb (no we're not going to eat it, I bought it because it's pretty and the leaves are toxic), one stonecrop sedum (I have one that doesn't get eaten), one spiderwort (not yummy), one coreopsis (not yummy), one onion chive (repellent), one garlic chive (repellent), two butterfly weeds, a couple dozen marigolds of various colors in sizes from giant to dwarf, and eight Dusty Miller artemesias.  I may or may not have forgotten a couple other things.


EDIT 4/14/17: Round 2, I dug up more wild chives and finished the border.  I also watered everything in it.  Much of the area around the septic cap is now full, although there's room to plant more things if I find other stuff I'm looking for.  If not, no big deal, the other stuff will probably fill in eventually.  I hope that at least some of this less-palatable planting will survive the wildlife.