I was really struggling with what to write for this month’s #PepperDay post. I wrote a post in a group on Facebook a couple of days ago that has gotten far more attention than I ever expected it to get. It’s part of my autistic advocacy work, so luckily the vast majority of responses has been positive, but it has me completely out of my comfort zone.
I did not fully think through how much reach it would have when I wrote it, and since it was approved I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to keep on top of notifications about reactions to the post and reading and responding to comments.
So, for today’s #PepperDay post I thought I’d do something a little fun.
First, though, some housekeeping from last month’s post. My garden gnome arrived and I absolutely love him. Here are some pictures of him and what our walkway looks like with all our solar powered decorations all lit up.
Okay, now to explain the title of this post and have some fun. Lately FB has well and truly figured out my personality and has demonstrated that by the shirts that it is suggesting that I buy. (And to be clear, I am in no way being sarcastic, these suggestions are absolutely directly in line with my personality.)
Here’s what Facebook has suggested, so far I have only been able to purchase the first suggestion.
There’s a lot that I could write about this #PepperDay. April is Autism Acceptance Month and I have joined groups that are autistic led and have learned so, so much about myself. But it’s also been a frustrating month because there are still so many people who refuse to listen to #ActuallyAutistic voices. People will come into a space that has been set up for autistic people to answer their questions, we will take the time and energy to educate them, and they will either decide that we are wrong (about our own lived experiences) because it’s not the answer they were looking for, or they will continuously misinterpret things no matter how plainly and clearly its explained to them and will talk down to us and be patronizing and condescending. It’s exhausting and I am so grateful to the people who actually listen to us and change their way of looking at the world.
But, enough talk of frustrating things!
#PepperDay🌶 and Earth Day🌎 are the same day this month, and Ra from over at Rarasaur.com asked for happy pictures if we could provide them, so I’m going to share some photos of our garden, garden decorations and a garden decoration that I am anxiously awaiting the delivery of. I would go outside and take current pictures of my garden since the daffodils have bloomed much more since I last took a picture of them, but this Earth Day happens to be chilly and windy here in my part of New England…
Here is a screenshot of the amazing garden gnome that I am waiting for.
He’s solar powered and his hat lights up! I’m so excited!
It is unclear what my neighbors in my condo association think of my decorations… even before my amazing garden gnome gets added to the collection. I’m on the condo association board though, so that might help my case. 😂 I probably will try to only add very small things from now on… although some pink flamingos are tempting!😉😁🤣
Yesterday was Pepper Day. I had every intention of writing a post. I was even reminded that it was Pepper Day on Facebook. And then… life happened.
There were other notifications on Facebook to tend to and people to engage with, and the notification about Pepper Day slipped to the back of my mind.
I listened to the latest podcast that Ra from over at Rarasaur.com got interviewed in over lunch and my brain was occupied with processing that.
Later in the day I got a phone call from my Mom letting me know that the birthday card that she had been trying to send me since last month (my birthday was on November 30th) got returned to her again and she asked if Curtis could could stop by and just pick it up along with our Christmas gift on his way home from work.
And then, of course, my Mom and I got to talking for a bit.
It’s really ironic that my birthday card finally made its way to me yesterday, because apparently yesterday my blog turned 8 years old.
On Pepper Day.
But I missed it.
So… happy belated Pepper Day! And also a happy belated 8th birthday to my blog!
With one more day in #NanoPoblano2020 after today, I decided to do a post featuring all the other outside decorations that we have so far. The above dragonfly decoration lives under one of our rose bushes.
The mercury glass mason jar and lady bugs solar lights ultimately got moved to the opposite side of the path to our door where they get slightly better light.
Last mercury glass mason jar light over by our door. We originally intended the welcome mat to be inside, but the floor is uneven and the door wouldn’t fit over it. So now it sits outside and is mostly useless other than as a decoration.
We live in what used to be row houses for the workers that worked at the mill/factory down the road. The row houses were built in the 1860s and then converted to condos of various sizes in the 1980s. I believe our condo has the honor of being the smallest one in the association. (The mill/factory down the street has also been converted into apartments and condos, they are part of a different condo association.) As you can see in the picture above, there used to be two doors right next to each other, but one has since been filled in. The windows above where to door used to be remain though, leaving a rather unique look to the outside of our portion of the building.
There is a corner shelving unit in our non-bedroom and this is one of the shelves. It is home to what I had room to keep of my snowman collection. Because our condo is all of 624 sqft, this collection will be on display all year round because there is no space to store seasonal decorations.
All of the things on this shelf (including the shelving unit itself) was inherited from my Grandma. Today was the first day that I was able to put batteries in the snowman lamp and see what it looked like.
This was not what I was expecting. That blue light? It flashes at various random speeds. I only expected the top bulb to light up like a normal lamp.
Our condo has a built-in bookcase, which we very quickly made use of and filled up. It also has this built-in set of shelves over to the left of our bed, Murphy.
This set of shelves is shorter and narrower than the built-in bookcase. Technically you could use them as a bookcase as well, if you moved the little shelves around just right, but then you’d be left with a bunch of leftover shelves and really not that much space for books anyway.
So we used these shelves to display stuff. Including the very top of the set of shelves, there are 12 shelves of varying heights, all displaying different things. While the stuff on each shelf brings me joy, this shelf in particular is my favorite.
Such a random collection of stuff, and yet it all works so well together.
I was going to just upload this picture without comment and call it a blog post for today, but I realized that there is absolutely no sense of scale for the frogs in this picture.
These frogs are made of metal and hang above our bed, Murphy. They are not small by any means. They are about 2-3 feet tall, or about the size of a toddler I would guess. They are hanging up high and I don’t feel like getting up on the step ladder to try and measure them, so my best guess will have to do.
I already had to get up on a step ladder a couple weeks ago to take this picture, and a few other times since for other various other reasons (mainly because the ceilings are high in this condo and I am not tall enough to reach things…) and I have had enough of step ladders for a while.