October 26, 2013

Do Over Challenge #6 & Blog Hop!

Going to try and keep this post short so you can get to the eye candy! Jeannie sent each participant one of her old, tried, boring pieces of jewelry.  Then each participant works their magic to turn it into something beautiful and amazing.   I don't have the before pic, because I passed the camera on to DH, and he accidentally deleted it while uploading his pics onto his computer.  However, I can say it was a peridot and pearl handlinked gold chain before I took it apart.  The earrings are still intact though not for long!

Here is my redo!  Art beads by Pam Ferrari.

 Stop by Jeannie's blog for links to other participants. 

October 23, 2013

Is It Worth It?

Tonight, I am looking at my youngest son's Parent Input for IEP form.  IEP is the acronym for Individualized Education Plan.  Leo is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy.  He cannot talk, walk, and has extremely limited control over his body do any activities that most of us take for granted.  He is totally dependent on someone, mostly family, to take care of him. 

How should I respond to the following statements? 

     1.  Give a brief statement stating a "vision" for your child over the next year, and also a vision after graduation from high school.  

     2.  I see my child's strengths as:

     3.  I see my child's greatest need as:

     4.  Other information I feel is important to the growth of my child's educational process:

Statement 1 Response:  Most people would say they want their child to have an quality education and grades good enough to get them into college.  In Leo's case, it is difficult to gage what or even if he is learning.  After high school--Leo will never interview for college or even have a career.  I am being realistic.  I just want Leo to be able to hold his head up without support, look people in the eye, and communicate his needs.

Statement 2 Response:  Leo has a great disposition.  He smiles, he recognizes his family.  He can let you know if he is happy, frustrated, hurting, or just wants to be left alone.

Statement 3 Response: I see Leo's greatest need is to have someone who will care for him in the future above and beyond the State's "standard of care" requirements.  

The State says I have to send him to school.  But I want to know if it is worth it?  What do you think?  Because right now I am about to have a good cry.

October 22, 2013

Problem: Northridge Publishing Company (Bead Trends Magazine)


I was a long time reader of Bead Trends Magazine.  It was a publication filled with beautiful handmade jewelry and inspiration.  But now the not so beautiful side to Northridge Publishing Company.  Bead Trends last issue was for July.  I don't know about anyone else, but Northridge Publishing Company did not notify me that the magazine would no longer be published. I used my credit card to set up monthly transactions for the magazine.

Evidence of Bead Trends disappeared from all social media outlets.  So I went to the website and deleted my credit card information.  Charges continued to show up on my statement for August, September, and October.  If a charge shows up for November.......

I contacted Northridge Publishing Company several times via their chat room.  No response.  I sent two emails.  Finally today, I received an email from their customer service. Northridge Publication has a policy of no refunds for subscriptions.  Whoa, hang on a moment.  They said that I could have 3 back issues or a credit to use in their shop.  WTF? I already have the back issues in online form.  

This is theft.  They knowingly stole funds from me.  They failed to notify me, the customer, that the magazine was no longer available.  Therefore, the payments should have stopped.  That did not happen.  I sent them a response to their email that their cure was unacceptable.  They stole money. No telling how long this could have continued, if I didn't check my account statements.  I hope this didn't happen to anyone else.