One person was worrying a bit about Carl last week, doing some of the things he does.
No need to worry. He's normal, for him. He is a special needs adult, he thinks differently from the rest of us.
His father is a PhD chemist and can be a bit of an absent-minded professor type, and his mother sometimes gets a tad scattered, too.
For example, i clean the main house every other Thursday, and that was last Thursday. Usually when i am leaving, i start the cleaning rags in the washing machine, and Ms. V finishes that load by hanging what can't go in the dryer and drying the rest.
Last week, i did not start the wash as she and Mr. L were leaving for an appointment and i do not leave a washer, dryer, or dishwasher going when no one in home (risk of overflow or fire and no one around to know). She was supposed to start the load, all of which was in the washer, when she got home.
Arriving yesterday, i found evidence that she had forgotten, and that Carl had simply pulled the cleaning items out of the washer and put them aside, still dirty, when he next wanted to do his wash.
|Dirty cleaning cloths, the lint screen cover, a brush and who knows what else.|
Yes, if the dryer balls fall out, he leaves them out. What about it?
|Second week in a row he'd actually dried the clothes.|
Of course, the lint screen cover was missing, it was up there, on top of the dryer.
|It just doesn't look very encouraging.|
|Dirty cleaning cloths everywhere.|
|He preloaded the washer for me, sort of.|
|The requisite pair of still folded socks that he somehow manages to get into the laundry room each week.|
When i could not find the trash can that belongs in the laundry room, i went looking and sure enough, it was in the kitchen with very little trash and some of the recycling thrown in.
|Garbage can with recycling on top next to a recycle bin.|
|Empty recycle bins are too far away!|
Carl had put it there. He'd run out of room in the other bin. Of course, there were two more bins next to the first one, neither full. They, however, were further away from where Carl stands when he puts things in the recycling, so they don't count.
Upon walking in yesterday morning, there was an almost overpowering smell i could not identify. When i asked Carl, he said, "Essence. You know, Air Wick!"
|It took me a moment to figure out what this was.|
Ah, he was using an air freshener stick. Since he didn't buy a holder for it, he'd stuck it in the drain screen in the sink.
That still didn't explain how strong the smell was until i found this.
|Under the receipt box.|
This many air freshener sticks would overwhelm anyone's sniffer, and they did mine. They went in a zip bag.
At one point before i got him out the door, i turned around and saw Carl had simply left the fridge door wide open.
|See the uncovered cups?|
|The cups, when he was done, with tea spilled on the counter.|
He's not trying to waste electricity or let things melt, he simply opens the door, thinks of something else, and walks off. Since he'll be back "soon," the door stays open.
When he got back, he did something i hadn't seen him do before. He took the two cups that were in there with no lids, and poured the contents, tea, into a half empty bottle of tea that he also had in there. His mother has been cautioning him that he will lose anything he leaves in an open container in any fridge, and i guess this is his solution, rather than find a lid for the cups.
In showing that even i can be taught, i remembered to look for the laundry stain remover spray in his car before he was loading the car. Yes, despite our many admonitions, he is still trying to remove stains from his car upholstery with laundry stain remover. It's okay, it can't hurt and makes his car smell better.
At one point while he was trying to get out the door, Carl stopped to start looking at his receipt pile, the main one, again.
|The main receipt box and pile|
|more receipts on the counter|
|more receipts behind the coin sorter|
He's got tons of receipts in many places, and i suggested he throw them away.
"No, no! I need to find one, I know it's in there!"
Whatever you're looking for, i told him, the purchase was too long ago for you to return the item, at least by now.
"Taxes!" he said, then, "you got my snack together?"
At the end, he know's what's important.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
All Hallow's Day a/k/a All Saint's Day -- Christian, and a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church; a recognized holiday (although not necessarily a day off work) in Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovena, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, East Timor, Ecuador, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Holy See, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Wallis and Fortuna)
Apaturia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Phratriai brotherhood festival; dates approximate)
Bulgarian National Revival Leaders' Day -- Bulgaria
Cake Appreciation Day -- while i can't find a reason or sponsor for this, i'm sure the Cake Appreciation Society would approve
Cook for Your Pets Day -- did the dogs lobby for this? www.cookforyourpets.com
Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan
Day of the Innocents -- Mexico (first Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead)
Gooseberry Humble's Tummy-Rumbling Contest -- Fairy Calendar
Graveyards Day -- a traditional day to tend the graves of ancestors
I Am So Thankful Month begins -- before the "holiday" frenzy, spend not just a day, but a month, practicing gratitude
Haryana Day -- Haryaha, India
Independence Day -- Antigua & Barbuda(1981); North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic, from the Ottoman Empire)
International Coaches Day -- no one claims to have started this; if you have, or had, a great coach in your life, let him/her know
Kalends of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
Pomonia -- Festival to Pomona
Kanhada Rajyothsaya -- Kamataka, India (Kamataka Formation Day)
Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez -- Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala (kite flying in the graveyard to scare away evil spirits)
Liberty Day / D. Hamilton Jackson Day -- US Virgin Islands
Melbourne Cup Day -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia (155th running)
NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writer's Month, write one if you have it in you!
National Author's Day -- US
National Calzone Day
National Family Literacy Day® -- US (but no matter where you live, turn off the tv, pick up a good book! National Center for Family Literacy)
National French Fried Clam / Deep Fried Clam Day
National Vinegar Day
No Driving with Cell Phones Day -- the first law against talking on a hand-held device while driving went into effect in NY, US, on this day in 2001
Old Celtic New Year
Olive Festival -- Galilee, Israel (through the month, especially centered around Kawkab and Hurfeish, with open houses, oil production tours, feasts, lectures, concerts, dance performances, and olives galore)
Ozark Mountain Christmas/Branson Festival of Lights -- Branson, MO, US
Plate Tectonics Day -- birth anniversary of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the theory of continental drift
Remembrance Day -- Slovenia
Revolution Day/National Day -- Algeria
Samhain -- Celtic, 3rd Station, and Wicca, Northern Hemisphere (Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere)
State Foundation Day -- Andhra Pradesh, India; Karnataka, India; Kerala, India
World Vegan Day -- International
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First exhibit of the works of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1512
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Shakespeare's "Othello" first presented, 1604
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