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At bedtime, Sparkle read to me for twenty minutes solid by her suggestion!  Usually, it is a battle to get her to read the little send home packet books, and she wants to be DONE, turning inside out, after about five minutes.

We read "Gordon's Whistle" and "Henry's Sneeze." She attempted hard words, and tried to make the people talk with inflection. Now, these are stories she has heard me read before, and has seen on Thomas the Tank Engine videos, but she was not reciting memorized lines, she was reading for herself.  It is funny how words like "engine" and "station" and "funnel" and "fitter" roll off her tongue, but words like "puff" become "peep" and "screeched" become "Shouted" instead.

Word anticipation let her get some of the words.  Right after "Fat" is the word "Controller."  She knew that one from my reading.  I could tell she was processing meaning, because after she read "Fat Controller," she said, "That's Sir Top'em Hat."  She also turned to me and winked when Henry the Green Engine "winked...like this."

I am so full of joy right now!

In addition, Sparkle was a trooper going to several stores tonight.  We went to two music stores looking at banjos (all the cheap ones from summer sold) a pet store for a kitty calming collar for Harley, and the grocery store for prescriptions.  I told her what a good, good girl she was all evening, and she beamed soooo big, and then let out a big sigh, and I swear fell asleep nearly instantly.  Amazing.

Date: 2011-12-20 02:59 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] thnidu.livejournal.com
Oh joy!!!

Date: 2011-12-20 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigbumble.livejournal.com
Go Sparkle! (and her mom!)

Did you ever figure out the mysterious odor?

Date: 2011-12-20 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Still reeks, but lessening. I think it's under the floor on top of the vent, as it only reeks when the heat is on.

Date: 2011-12-20 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joecoustic.livejournal.com
Sounds like wonderful stuff!

Date: 2011-12-20 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robin-june.livejournal.com
Is the Bluegrass Shop out of inexpensive banjos as well? They'd be good if it's a 5-string that you're looking for; a tenor banjo would be a little harder.
If you haven't found anything by New Year's, ask me about the twice-yearly Columbus Guitar Show for finding vintage stuff that you can negotiate on the price. It's on Jan 15th, though if you've never been to one, you'll want someone to brief you on what to expect.

Date: 2011-12-20 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Yeah, I don't want to travel on planes with Burton, my vintage banjo, so I'm looking for an inexpensive one to lug about for plane trips or camping.

Date: 2011-12-20 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com
Sparkle had a GOOD DAY, and so did her Mama!

Kitty calming collar? Can you tell me more? I have friends who have frenetic cats, and this information may be useful for them.

I get this or Feliway

Date: 2011-12-20 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com

Essentially, it releases pheromones that calm nervous cats. It helps with cats fussing with one another, and reduces the amount of urinating/marking outside the box.

My Harley got a bladder infection because she was so stressed, so we had to give her cosamine to rebuild the bladder lining, and we collar her to keep her from freaking out at children stomping about the house.

Re: I get this or Feliway

Date: 2011-12-20 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com
Thanks! I've passed on the information to my friends with Freaked-Out Cats. One's in Israel and another's in the UK, so I hope they can find it close to home.


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