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Update~ Under Construction

Update~ Under Construction

under construction

It all started with the heavy rains earlier this spring which lead to flooding in the basement.

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The basement is put back together and looking pristine with fresh paint and carpeting.  But guess what?  Now I want the rest of the house done.  Twelve years and two boys can really beat up a house. Nick’s autism and raging meltdowns have put a lot of dents in the walls.  Both of their rooms have seen better days.

The ugly side of autism….Nick use to hurl all kinds of stuff at his bedroom wall.  Here it is all patched up…….

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Next stop, fresh paint in the boys rooms followed by the new carpet installation in the rest of the house.  I think I just opened up a huge *can of worms!  🙂

can of worms

I have three days to get all of the knick knacks and breakables packed up and clean out the bottom of all the closets in preparation for the carpet installation. Oh, and there is the sitting room… corner stacked with clutter, ughhhh. This area could be featured on the show “Hoarders”.

In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.

Scarlet o'Hara

My sister in law, Ali saved the day bringing me boxes, wrap and wine!  Thanks dear Ali for all of this and helping me haul the heavy boxes of china, stemware and crystal that I packed up over the weekend out to the garage.  Home renovation is one sure fire way to get rid of clutter and organize.  🙂

Stay tuned for more about Nick’s world after this construction site gets completed!  That’s what is in my noggin today. 🙂


*Open up a can of worms idiom~

According to Wiki.answers and Wise geek: “To open a can of worms” usually means to bring a new set of distracting complications and difficulties to a discussion or a problem. As a “can of worms” is a wriggly mass of confusion, a topic may have many detailed and involved aspects, whether you realize them or not.

Metaphorically speaking, to open a can of worms means to inadvertently create numerous new problems while trying to solve one. Experts disagree on the origin of the phrase, but it is generally believed to be a Canadian or American metaphor coined sometime in the 1950s. Bait stores routinely sold cans of worms and other popular live baits to fishermen, who often discovered how easy it was to open them and how difficult it was to close them. Once the worms discovered an opportunity to escape, it became nearly impossible to keep them contained.


Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

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