Happy New Year!

Well, it’s 2021 already. Christmas is gone, and the New Year has finally begun. I’m glad to see 2020 end. There were so many hard times people went through. But now that 2021 is here, I hope it will be a better year than 2020 ever was. During the months that my family and I were on lockdown, I watched some Henson Company shows that I have never watched before. I watched them and immediately fell in love with them. I loved watching them over and over again. They were so awesome to watch.

Also that year, I built some puppets, and I also built them with Adelka Polak and the Wonderspark Puppets group. I loved the people of Wonderspark Puppets. They have been so kind to me. And during my birthday I had a Reese’s peanut butter chocolate cake. I went camping for the first time since the early ‘90s that year, and I ate some s’mores. They were so yummy. 

In October, I made some Halloween decorations, and watched Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company programming that was Halloween-themed. In November I made Thanksgiving decorations. We had a great Valentine’s Day party back in February 2020 long before the lockdowns started. I loved eating cookies, whoopie pies and candy during the party. That was the most fun event that I had before choir practice ended for the year too soon.

In December, I made a wreath and a reindeer puppet for Christmas. I watched Christmas-themed Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company programming during the Christmas season. The wreath turned out to be beautiful and the reindeer puppet will be finished soon. I was gonna finish it by Christmas Day but I am thinking about finishing it once today is over. It felt great to put bells on my reindeer puppet.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2021 and I hope this year will be lots better than last year ever was. You all mean so much to me. Always know that there is always hope. More importantly, always know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanksgiving and Christmas 2020

I hope you all had a safe and merry Christmas.

On Christmas Eve morning I had breakfast with my sister and her friend’s family. The meals were so yummy. My meal was yummy too. I loved the hash browns and bacon that Perry’s had. They were really good. I especially loved the dippy eggs, my favorite breakfast food. Before that we went to WalMart and I could barely find some polar bear fur for the polar bear puppet I was gonna make. Anyway, it was still a good day despite not finding what I was looking for.

I went to my aunt Debbie’s house for a visit on Christmas Eve. I watched A Special Sesame Street Christmas when I was there. That’s a great Christmas special. We went home after and then the rest of the day I watched Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company Christmas specials.

On Christmas Day, we always have our usual Christmas breakfast. So I ate breakfast that day, then opened some Christmas presents. I got a Miss Piggy plush, the book called Imagination Illustrated, the DVD of Henson’s Place The Man Behind the Muppets, a Sesame Street calendar for next year, then some Ark Therapeutic chewable necklaces. I was so excited to get them. And I was also excited to get some new squeeze toys, a vintage kazoo and some Christmas candy.

I also hope you guys had a great and happy Thanksgiving. We Pennsylvania Dutch folk have potato filling with our green beans, corn and turkey for Thanksgiving, and I also got to eat some candied yams. I have always found candied yams really yummy. And for those of you who don’t know what potato filling is, it’s mashed potatoes with celery, onions and bread stuffing. And it’s the yummiest side dish on Thanksgiving EVER. 

I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas, as I have said before. 

Camping Then and Now

Every summer when I was a little girl I used to go camping with my grandparents. I had a great time going camping, and we went to Virginia for camping trips. I loved it so much. I listened to music at the time. I usually listened to the Wee Sing tapes and Golden Book tapes. They were such fun times, going camping with my grandparents.

 

Sadly in 1995, the camping trips stopped and my grandfather had developed a heart problem. He died in 2003 and things were different then. There was no way any of us could go camping ever since Pappy had a heart condition. Times were hard for all of us.

We did however go to Mary Ann and Johnny’s house before Johnny died.

On Friday, we finally went on a camping trip. This time the camping trip would involve a cabin in the Poconos. I was not allowed to bring my Sesame Street blanket because it was smelly. But I did bring my Sesame Street pillows. We went on the camping trip to the Poconos as soon as my sister Ashley came to my apartment. Then we were packed and ready to go.

 

It was hot in the cabin the entire time we were there. We were all sweaty by the time we went home. I enjoyed being outside in the nature that weekend. It was a good feeling even though the flies bothered me. I had a great time going camping. The coolest part was when Ashley turned on some Disney music for me and O to listen to.

 

We didn’t go to the lake on Saturday. We didn’t go to the other lake either because the lake didn’t allow any dogs. We brought our dogs Sophie and Toby along for a ride but we didn’t go to any of the lakes. My sister Ashley got me a Sesame Street coloring book and a Muppet Babies Kermit toy for my birthday. I was really happy about that because Sesame Street/Muppets/Henson Company productions are such a constant for me.

 

By the end of the day on Saturday I had my favorite campfire snack which is s’mores. I love those. They are my favorite campfire snacks because they’re so yummy. We had breakfast outside too. We had bacon and eggs.

 

On Sunday we went home and on our way there we stopped at Burger King and ate some croissan’wiches. I had the sausage, egg and cheese croissan’wich. When I got home I watched Muppet Treasure Island four times. I thought it was the best weekend camping trip, and I was glad to go even though I didn’t bring my Sesame Street blanket.

Happy Birthday, Kermit the Frog!

Today is Kermit the Frog’s birthday. I have loved him ever since his Sesame Street days long before I discovered that I was autistic. I have watched him in all the Muppet movies and productions and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Kermit the Frog has been such a comfort to me ever since I was a litle autistic girl. I remember getting the video to The Muppet Christmas Carol way back in December 1993. I was so excited that I got it. And years later I would get the DVD version for Christmas in December 2017. And just recently for Christmas last year, I got some other Muppet products with Kermit in them. Those were very exciting times in my life.

Kermit the Frog has been with me through doctor visits, quarantines, bloodworks, etc. I am so thankful that Jim Henson had created Kermit and thankful for the comfort that Kermit has brought me.

Happy birthday, Kermit the Frog! Thank you for bringing me so much comfort to me through the years as somebody who is autistic.

2019

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and awesome New Year as well. I know I had a wonderful Christmas.

On Thanksgiving Eve, I finished the final chapter of my book called Shadows of the Dark Crystal. The book was wonderful. I wanted to get all the Dark Crystal books because I love anything from the Jim Henson Company. I love all of the Jim Henson Company products because they bring me so much comfort. I got to watch The Jimmy Dean Show’s two Thanksgiving episodes during the month of November. I got to watch the second Jimmy Dean Show Thanksgiving episode for the first time that month.

Thanksgiving Day. I had my usual for Thanksgiving because I love potato filling and turkey so much. I watched the Thanksgiving parade on Thanksgiving morning and I got to see the Sesame Street float, which is always my favorite float. Ashley and Zach came over to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. It was a wonderful time filled with laughter and love. I watched The Muppet Christmas Carol multiple times as soon as I was done taking my shower.

Christmas Eve. I went to the Christmas Eve service. I cried the entire service because I felt agitated. After the Christmas Eve service I watched the movie called The Polar Express immediately after watching It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. We had popcorn and cheese balls during The Polar Express. After The Polar Express was over I watched the movie called The Muppet Christmas Carol on Disney XD. I loved watching it, and when it was over I went to sleep.

Christmas Day. We opened our Christmas presents at 10am that morning. BBB and Courtney came in from Wisconsin for Christmas. I got the books called The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, The Twelve Days of a Muppet Christmas, Kermit’s Christmas Tree, Elmo’s Merry Christmas, The NIght Before Christmas on Sesame Street, Flames of The Dark Crystal, and A Sweet Christmas on Sesame Street. I got the DVDs to A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, and the Fraggle Rock DVD called A Merry Fraggle Holiday. I got a Muppet Christmas sweater which I wore on Christmas Day, a Muppet Kermit the Frog Christmas ornament, a pair of Sesame Street pajama pants, the DVDs to Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary celebration and the Sesame Street Dance Party DVD, and I also got a Sesame Street tshirt. I got a puzzle of Times Square and some lottery tickets. I also got a Muppet backpack with only three Muppets on it. I had a big Christmas breakfast. We didn’t have ham this time because the ham had been sold out.

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New Year’s Eve. I had a bowl of noodles for supper. I watched the fireworks on my tablet that day. The fireworks were beautiful. I watched the ball drop on my local ABC station.

New Year’s Day. We had pork and sauerkraut for lunch and dinner. I watched the Mummers Parade on TV and some Muppets/Henson Company movies on my tablet at the same time. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. It was amazing and a lot of fun.

Jim Henson Day 2019

Today is the day that Jim Henson was born. He was born in 1936, which was several years after both my grandparents were born. I was glad I got to celebrate Jim Henson’s life by watching the Jim Henson Company production of The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance and Sesame Street which is Sesame Workshop, formerly known as Children’s Television Workshop.

Jim Henson was a kind man. He cared about everybody, and he showed appreciation for each and every person. He taught me so much. He taught so many people so much. He has inspired me to be kind to everybody, to be creative, and to love all kinds of people no matter who they are, and no matter what their differences were. He was a warm and wonderful man. And not only that, he has given me so much comfort through his Muppets as somebody who is autistic.

I am so thankful for Jim Henson, because of the comfort his Muppets have given me. Whenever I have a meltdown, I watch any Jim Henson Company production, or Muppet production, or Sesame Street, and I am a lot calmer as soon as they are turned on. I love that Jim Henson has given me so much comfort through these characters made in the Jim Henson Company because they are just so amazing. I love watching these characters on TV and DVD and I always get a sense of comfort through the characters. I am glad that I get to watch these productions on DVD, because they have been such a comfort to me through the years.

When I watch a Henson Company production, I always get a sense of comfort through these characters that Jim Henson or a Henson Creature Shop employee has made. When I was a little girl, I used to watch Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Muppet Babies and that was when I knew that they would give me a sense of comfort. That was when I knew Jim Henson and his shows and movies would forever hold a special place in my heart.

The Muppets, the Sesame Street Muppets, and the Henson Company puppets will always be my friends and our family no matter what. They mean so much to me and so does Jim Henson. Jim Henson would have loved me if he and I were to meet each other. I know that he had a tender heart and a kind personality. He is in heaven with Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Jery Juhl, my grandparents, Mr. Kiffer’s parents, my aunt JoanAnn, and my great-uncle Lester. I’m sure that they are making puppets and doing some puppet shows for everybody in heaven right now.

Happy birthday in heaven, Jim Henson. Thank you so much for being such a comfort to me through your puppets. You have given me so much comfort, and everybody else so much joy. You mean so much to me and have brought joy to so many people and also me. I am eternally grateful for your kindness, and most of all, you. See you in heaven, Jim Henson.

Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Whitmire

Dear Steve Whitmire,

Where do I even begin? You are one of my heroes and favorite puppeteers. When I was a little girl I used to watch your performances as a Muppet performer. I think about all the times when I got the videocassette to The Muppet Christmas Carol for Christmas 1993 and watched it, when I watched Muppet Treasure Island with my classmates in fourth grade, when I watched Fraggle Rock at my late grandmother’s old house with my brothers and sister, and so on.

As an autistic adult, I find so much comfort in the characters you have played over the years. I loved watching the music video to Kokomo from on the Muppet Beach Party album I like to listen to every summer. Every Friday I love to watch Fraggle Rock and enjoy watching Wembley and Sprocket. I love watching Bean Bunny in The Tale of the Bunny Picnic every Easter season. I especially love watching your characters in Muppet productions.

You and your characters have meant so much to me through the years. It has been a priviledge to watch your characters in my autism journey, and they have comforted me when I have meltdowns. I love watching the behind the scenes videos on YouTube of you and the Muppet performers when you worked with the Muppets. Your characters have brought me so much comfort throughout my autism journey. I have so many wonderful memories of watching them, and I am forever grateful.

Happy 60th birthday, Steve Whitmire. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a comfort to me through your characters.

Birthdays, Fairs and Festivals

I had so much fun last month which was August. On my birthday I went to Shady Maple with my mother. We had donuts, eggs, bacon and hash browns. The hash browns were delicious and instantly became my favorite at Shady Maple. The custard filled donut was also my favorite too.

After breakfast we went to the Berkshire Mall to pick up some Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company products with my birthday money that I got from my dad.I was really excited to find The Muppets Take Manhattan and immediately picked it up when I found it. I also picked up Farscape and Fraggle Rock while I was at FYE, same place where I got the DVD to The Muppets Take Manhattan. The day before my birthday Mr. Kiffer got me the DVD to The Great Muppet Caper on DVD. I was really thrilled seeing it and got to watch it on the same day I got it.

A few days later after my birthday, I went to the Kutztown Fair. I had so much fun there. I had an amazing time. I got to watch a concert, pet some farm animals, and have a mushi apple. The next day I got to eat the mushi apple since I put it in the fridge.

On Saturday, I got to go to the Hamburger Festival in Hamburg, Pennsylvania with my mom and aunt Debbie. I got a pretzel burger, a stick of sliced potatoes and a milkshake. It was so much fun and a wonderful day out. I also got to see a Reba McEntire impersonater. She was really good. I got some tattoos on my left arm and that was fun as well.

I loved my birthday. It was wonderful and I’m so glad that I got to get out there. I also loved going to the Kutztown Fair and Hamburger Festival. Both were wonderful and I hope to get there next year. I hope I get to go to the Hamburger Festival too, most of all, because I loved that so much. I really enjoyed myself when I was there.

A Wonderful Day

Yesterday I went to see The Muppet Movie in movie theaters. I was so excited that I was able to go see my Muppet friends on the big screen! I showered, brushed teeth, got dressed and was ready to go. I watched The Muppets Go to Hollywood yesterday before going to the movie theater to see The Muppet Movie. It was such an exciting day for me yesterday. I loved every minute of watching The Muppet Movie just as much as I did when I watched it with my grandmother and my cousin’s son. I’m so glad that I got to go see it in movie theaters.

I loved the songs, the cinematography and, of course, the Muppets. Mr. and Mrs. Kiffer and I went to see it and it was great. I wasn’t born when the Muppet Movie first came out in 1979 but I really loved it so much. If I could go again, I would. The Muppets are such a comfort to me through my autism journey. If Jim Henson were still alive I’d thank him for bringing me so much comfort through his Muppets.

After we went to see The Muppet Movie in movie theaters, we went to Bojangles. I love the chicken there. I got chicken strips, fries and a biscuit. They were so yummy!!!! They didn’t have any root beer at Bojangles but they did have Sierra Mist, so I got that. I was gonna get the Lipton iced tea but they didn’t have it either, but they had Legendary Iced Tea. I prefer Lipton Iced Tea because that’s what the Muppets drink

The Muppets are and always have been such a comfort to me through my autism journey. Whenever I’m having meltdowns I can always watch the Muppets and they help me feel so much better. They really help me whenever things are overwhelming for me. I’m thankful for not only the Muppets but for Jim Henson as well. He made the Muppets to comfort me and make me feel so much better when I am having meltdowns. I watch the Muppets constantly to keep myself from melting down. That way I could take my mind off of things.

Whenever I hear Kermit the Frog sing “Rainbow Connection,” I start to calm down. And I listen to him sing and play the banjo. When I listen to him sing that song, everything becomes okay again. I am thankful for the Muppet performers that have worked so hard on this movie. I am thankful especially for Jim Henson.

Finally Settled In

It’s been too long. Mom and I are finally settled into our new apartment. We moved on December 9th, 2018. We have a microwave, a TV for the living room, a Roku box so that I can watch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on August 30th, and two DVD players. I love our new home and I am glad I get to finally live there.

I got some more Muppets and Sesame Street products to add to my Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company collection. I have a new craft table to work on my crafting and drawing. I also have some new markers for future Inktobers. I still get to drink some water from my big cup. I am not allowed to eat snacks in my bedroom unless it’s in my new plastic dish because I am a messy person.

I am back to blogging and I will do a new vlog from my new apartment sometime soon. I am looking forward to all the new things I am gonna experience sometime soon, and I will think of new craft projects I can work on in the days to come. I will be blogging until bedtime at my new time, 9pm, Mom wants me to go to bed at that time now, because it’s my new bedtime.

I am also looking forward to new Muppet productions this fall for me to watch on my Samsung Galaxy tablet on KimCartoon, my favorite website for Muppets/Sesame Street and Henson Company productions. My younger brother and his girlfriend moved to Wisconsin so I will be staying overnight in the summertime. My cousin Jaide and her fiancee are now married and will be having a baby in July. And as for me, I went to Ollie’s with my friend and his wife last Tuesday to buy some Muppets/Sesame Street products. I tried to find some Henson Company products at Ollie’s but sadly they weren’t there. I did however get a drawing book.

I also got an Amazon.com gift card from my choir teacher Mimi. I was so excited, because I get to buy myself some Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company products!!! I brought thirteen of them, and will soon be getting them in the mail. I love my choir teacher Mimi because she’s so much fun.I hope that this fall I will get another Amazon.com gift card so that I can get some more Muppets/Sesame Street/Henson Company products.