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Update~ Under Construction Part II

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Update~ Under Construction Part II

We survived “Carpet-Palooza” last week.  It was a long day and I felt like a giant Swiffer dust rag when it all wrapped up shortly after 7pm.  Last June, in Blog #59~The Sleuth Detective, I wrote about things that just disappeared into a black hole around the house.  I do have some good news of some recovered items!

black hole

Two Nick’s iPods were recovered from the deep recesses 🙂 Oh and a bunch of toys that our cat, Miss Mellie had batted around and got trapped behind the settee in the dining room.

Now you see why I felt like a giant Swiffer cloth 🙂


Nick got home from school and saw the mayhem, his first reaction was to say, “Wow!”


The foreman of the Lowes carpet crew took one look at Nick and said, “I remember, doing this house now.” (He had done the basement after the reconstruction from the flooding in April.) I wasn’t surprised, Nick can leave a lasting impression.

Nick squeezed his way into the kitchen and was delighted to see all the treasures that had been buried…….


As I continued to clean up the silk plants that pretty much serve the function of being dust catchers, I caught Nick out of the corner of my eye.  He was throwing the cat toys at the carpet crew.  As my friend, Kendra put it, “Nothing says welcome to my crib like getting hit upside the head with a cat toy.”  As I mentioned, Nick can leave a lasting impression. Down syndrome and autism can be so much fun! 🙂  The Lowes carpet crew had a good laugh and appreciated his lively spirit.

The day rolled out nicely and the carpet looks wonderful!  Here’s Nick’s crib, it looks brand new……


I am slowly peeling away through the boxes that I had to shove into the guest bathroom and out in the garage.  They are filled with the breakables, knick knacks and all the stuff that was on the closet floors. I’m taking it one box at a time and will be making my third trip to AMVETS with donations.  The silver lining; getting new carpeting does make you organize and clean out unwanted items.  Speaking of AMVETS, here’s to our brave veterans today!

veterans day

That’s what is in my noggin this week.  Stay tuned for next week’s topic about communication and social skills as it relates to autism! 🙂



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

2 thoughts on “Update~ Under Construction Part II

  1. I think we should all do home improvements every 5 years to find those old bunny eggs and christmas balls…ha ha..all things work together for good…as the good Book says!! xoxo

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