Autism and toxic friendships and relationships

YennPurkis

This week I said goodbye to a friend I had known for a long time. I sent her a message explaining why I needed to distance myself and was blocking her. It was a very hard thing to do but it had become apparent that our relationship was not based on mutual respect and that she had become a toxic presence in my life. I did not do this lightly but it got to a point of no return. I won’t go into detail because this post isn’t really about my friendship. It is about understanding, identifying and managing toxic friendships and relationships for autistic people generally.

Autistic people can have significant challenges around managing toxic friendships. A friendship may start out toxic or become that way over time. For people who may be isolated and lonely, the offer of friendship can be a welcome thing and it may be…

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CONVERSATION WITH…The Cheshire Cat from Wonderland…about virtual friendships in older age

OVER THE HILL on the YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Over the Hill on the Yelllow Brick Road, I saw a grinning cat sitting in a tree. A moment later, the cat disappeared. The next moment, he appeared on the top of a bush. Then strangely, his body faded. All that remained was his smile and his eyes. Was it possible he was the Cheshire Cat from the story of Alice in Wonderland? I had to ask!

cheshire catHey—are you—

CHESIRE CAT: Yes I am. The Cheshire Cat.

But, you live in Wonderland. What are you doing here? How did you get Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road?

CHESHIRE CAT: How does anyone ever get anywhere? With great difficulty.

I suppose.

CHESHIRE CAT: But I just had to come. Like the rest of you here, I’m growing older and trying to figure out where I belong in the world. I’m having trouble relating to the Mad Hatter, the White…

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Sunday update

The sun is shining here in the land of The Sumner People. Makes a nice change.

Here’s a blanket update. There’s an addition of eight rows to each blanket since I last posted. This is part of the CAL hosted by Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet blog.

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I hooked up this mandala yesterday. It needs a light steam but at least the ends are all tucked away…

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And the biggest socks I’ve made thus far ~ UK size 12.

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And this…

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Another stashbusting blanket! A long wave stitched pattern using more typical Tracey colours.

I’m wondering what to do with this. Measures about 8″ × 18″ I made it years ago with no particular thing in mind. I’ve just washed it. It’s using handspun and commercial yarn.

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It followed on from creating this which is also a mix of handspun and commercial yarn. I haven’t worn it for ages as the bat wing sleeves are annoying…

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I guess I made it about 16 years ago.

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I trapped the cuff in the door so that you can see the amount of fabric that hangs below the arm. The jumper contains a lot of handspun that is also hand dyed. I need to do something with but haven’t figured what yet.

So much to consider while I keep on stitching.

Thank you so much for all your comments on my last craft update post. Your love and kindness greatly encouraged me. I’ve re started my faith journaling and finding that really helpful.

I certainly have lots to do to keep me busy 😆

Thanks for visiting me here in my little craft sanctuary  😃 TTFN ❤

 

 

 

 

Blogging hiccup

Hi lovelies,

I’ve recently been trying to alter my email notifications as I was getting so so many but in the process I don’t think WordPress could cope. I know of one blogger that somehow got unfollowed and I didn’t realise until I came upon her blog again and saw the little button inviting me to follow. Oh dear, methinks, how many other people have been unfollowed unintentionally…?

The other problem is that the notifying via email is only working in part.

If you have not seen me visiting in the last couple of months please can you let me know? Thank you.

I shall have to go through each of my approx 800 follows slowly as to not confuse WordPress and check each one but that won’t bring back those blogs that I may somehow have unfollowed.

Please accept my apologies ❤

Seaside stash busting blanket CAL week 4

Hello Lovelies,

First I want to thank you all for your lovely comments regarding An accidental hat 😆 You are all a lovely lot 🙂

I’ve just completed the rows from yesterday’s latest installment by the lovely Eleonora of Coastal Crochet blog . This week was another new pattern to me. I have made ripples before but not lovely long ones like this that remind me of a calm ocean.

I started a second blanket as I am eager to use up my acrylic stash. These are the colours I’m using for the second blanket…

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And here are the two blankets thus far. The second one is at the top of the image…

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Thanks so much for visiting me here ❤