My grandmother (Sebeck), 1947, nursing graduation. We just don’t take portraits like we used to. This one has always taken my breath away. I hope you all had a lovely day Sunday. Ours was filled with sun and chocolate… and that’s about as perfect as it gets in my book.
Saturday was pretty stellar, too, if you wanna talk about it. I need you all to sit down for a moment because what I’m about to say is unbelievable:
I solved a math problem for Curt.
I did. He was counting out loud and said, “Ok, so there are 45. And, 45 divided by 3 is…” Without pause I answered, “15.” And I heard him say in disbelief, “15? Yeah. You’re right. 15.”
We were both stunned.
1- It had been so effortless for me, and 2- I had beat him to the answer. It took us both a little while to get over it. I tell you this because it may prove to be one of the greatest moments in my life and I want you to celebrate with me. I, Katie Mulder, farm maiden and rec major, beat Curtis James, of spacial-awareness fame and engineering brain, to a correct and definitive answer.
Ry loves to swing and I asked Curt if he would rig up a chain in the walnut tree. I believe his words were, “Sure. That’ll be easy.” A trip to the hardware store and 2 hours later, I walked outside to find my husband 30 feet up in the air with a chainsaw. After coming down, he explained that it was ‘perfect.’ And, it is. It is the most gi-normous, stable, scary, fantastic swing you will ever see in your life.
This is where the math came in. The tire is suspended by 3 bolts and 3 lengths of chain. The tire had 45 groves going around the outside… thus, a bolt was needed at every 15 grooves. Used tires are free at any tire shop- they are happy to get rid of them instead of paying to fill the dump. This project also took 3 eye bolts, 3 nuts, 6 washers, 4 rapid links and some chain link… all easily found in any hardware store. Total cost = under $10. Rad. The tire is suspended by 3 lengths of chain all connecting at the top at one point. This allows the swing to spin in all directions.
It makes me sick just thinking about it, honestly… too. much. spinning. For Rylie: it’s awesome. Her vestibular system craves this kind of movement and play. It will help her body make better decisions about balance and control itself. When the swinging/spinning gets to be too much, we can reverse the input effect by having Ry PUSH the tire or someone in the tire. This heavy work puts a cap on the processing and allows her body and brain to slow down and reorganize.
Purty awesome, I say.
Pretty awesome, I say, as long as I am not the one in the tire. Plus, baby dolls have a very special place inside the tire wall. Ry is, in a word, thrilled.
Happy Monday, Folks!
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