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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to tell you that: A Pop of Red has MOVED!

A Pop of Red is now at the self-hosted domain

It is shorter and sweeter and allows for so much more creativity on my part. So this new website is where I will be posting all my content from now on. Bookmark it!

Thanks for all your support,

Emily Marie


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Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three

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Nail Polish Flowers – Part One
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Two
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three (You Are Here)

Creating with wire and nail polish

Now that you have learned how to make nail polish flowers using method 1 and method 2, it is time to see what you can use all these cute flowers for and see what designs are possible!

A nail polish flower formed into a ring

My number one suggested use for your new trinkets is jewelry:

  • Twist the stem into a circle and close off at the base of the flower for a cute summertime ring.
  • Trim the stem and make a loop, then string onto a chain for a flashy necklace.
  • Integrate a loop into your design to make pendants in all sorts of other shapes. Here is my geometric charms:

Geometric charms made with nail polish and wire

Now where there is jewelry, there is also hair accessories:

  • Hot glue or use wire to twist on a design to a head band. Just be sure not to make it so it snags your hair! OUCH!
  • Hot glue the design to a bobby pin or hair clip by the stem (or any non-polish part) for a dash of spring in your hair.

DIY butterfly headband

But I cannot leave it at just accessories, heck I don’t even wear that many accessories! So here are some other uses that you might not have thought about:

  • Wrap florists or painters green tape around the stems of several flowers and put into a vase for a “bouquet”
  • Join 3 or more stems and glue onto a notebook for a 3-d cover design
  • Use to decorate gift boxes, cards, etc.

Creating cute decor with nail polish and wire

Now, as mentioned in part two, the second method of making flowers gives you more opportunity to tinker and make shapes other than just flowers. It was with this method that I made my butterfly and charms. If you want to use this nail polish method for some other design, here are some tips:

Nail polish and wire flowers - DIY Tutorial

  1. Having two polished areas bordering on one piece of wire is difficult to manage. Paint the areas as separate pieces instead and then link them together with a smaller gauge of wire.
  2. You cannot have any moving parts within a polished area because this will cause breakage. Instead, add a section without polish that the moving parts can attach to like this bird’s wings:
  3. Minimize the number of crossed or wrapped wires inside the polished area. While it is possible to polish the area when there are crossed wires, it tends to be more difficult.

Nail polish and wire necklace


Be sure to share what you create with any of the methods used in this tutorial.
I would love to see what you all come up with!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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Since I have moved out, I do not get nearly as many holiday and celebratory dinners. No turkey, no roast beef, no roast ham, no 7-layer lasagna, and so on. Now, it IS TECHNICALLY my fault: 1) I moved away; 2) I am too lazy to make more complex dishes; and 3) I don’t really celebrate holidays anymore, with some exceptions.

But really, it is not all that bad. While I lost out on all of mom and grannie’s holiday feasts, I have created one celebratory meal that is now a go-to in my home. And that is Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub.

How to make bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

Say that out loud. “Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub.” Does that not sound amazing? Are you salivating yet? No? Just me? Well think of this then.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Tutorial

You are taking one of the best cuts of pork…

You are rubbing it in a homemade sugar and spice rub…

You are wrapping it all in bacon…BACON!

You are serving it with hearty potatoes and carrots…

Then you are eating it…

That’s it! I’m done, I cannot hold out any longer! I need to make more! If you want to follow along, here is the recipe:

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub

1 Pork Tenderloin (silver skin removed)
8 Slices of Bacon
1 tbsp of Brown Sugar
1 tbsp of Mustard (the grainy-er the better, I used a honey Dijon)
2 tsp Your Preferred Spice (I suggest oregano, thyme, or cinnamon)

3 Ingredient Homemade Pork Rub and Tenderloin Recipe

  1. First, let’s make your rub. Combine the sugar, mustard, and spice in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Take your tenderloin and apply the rub. I find it easier to put the meat into the bowl for the application.

Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub

  1. Find the thin end of the tenderloin and fold it under until its size matches that of the other end. This helps ensure the entire tenderloin cooks at the same rate. You may temporarily hold this fold together by pushing either a toothpick or uncooked spaghetti piece through it.

Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon

  1. Now it is time to wrap the tenderloin in bacon. Lay a slice of bacon down perpendicular to the tenderloin near the folded over end. Place the fold OVER the bacon and then start wrapping the bacon around the tenderloin making sure to overlap it slightly with each turn (you need to remove the toothpick or spaghetti piece at this point). You will need to carefully lift up and replace the tenderloin as you wrap.

How to wrap tenderloin with bacon

  1. When your first strand of bacon runs out, simply overlap the next slice and continue wrapping. Keep going until the entire tenderloin is wrapped in bacon.

How to bacon wrap pork tenderloinFully bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

  1. Now it is time to cook it! Place the wrapped tenderloin on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a pre-heated over set to 500F for 20 minutes or until internal temperature hits 145F.

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin recipe

  1. Remove and let sit for several minutes before serving with a side of potatoes and carrots prepared as you like.

How to make bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

The rub can be altered to reflect your preferences which makes this recipe that much more versatile. So give the recipe a try and comment below with what mustard and spices you used for your rub.

P.S. This is a husband approved recipe, a rare and distinguished honour!

Our Relationship: a Tickle Fight and a Maybe

It all started with a maybe.

And a tickle fight.

That just about sums up how my relationship with my husband started.

Our Relationship - The Beginning

You see, we knew each other in high school but I was in a different relationship during my high school years. Some of my evenings would be spent at his house with the guys playing video games and Magic the Gathering, eating pizza, staying up late. It was a great friendship. I enjoyed the times at his place and the nerd atmosphere which was lacking at school and home.

Our relationship - Not afraid of dirt

My high school relationship was going great and my future husband sadly got little notice from me other than as a friend. But one day, my relationship just… ended. It was mutual but it still sucked. It was around that time my husband started hitting on me, not that I realized it. I’m really bad at taking hints. (My husband would LOVE to emphasize that point!)

View from our favorite place

Since it was my victory lap, I was in less classes than usual and had lots of free time. My future husband was actually in his first year of college at this point and so he had some time of his own. So we hung out even more with the guys. I started hanging out with them more and more, and not just on the late nights but day outings as well. Until one day, our communal best friend Brian couldn’t make it to a planned video game night. I was alone with my future husband but still as oblivious as ever.

Our Relationship - Moving On OutThe night started as usual. Some gaming, some laughter, some food. After a while we were getting quite competitive in a game, Forza in fact, and started sabotaging each other. You know, throwing pillows at the controller, blocking the others view, pushing the other around trying to mess up their controls. And we ended up tickling each other in an attempt to win.

Our relationship - Volunteering at 7am

But, close contact like that with all the associated laughter, tend to make you reflect on how close you actually are to someone. So he chose that time to say “Do you think you and I could…” I was caught a bit off guard, I mean, I was not planning on starting a relationship just months before heading away to university. So I replied with “Maybe.

Our relationship - PaintballingYup, the last thing anyone wants to hear. It is probably even worse than a no since the person has literally no idea what is going through your mind! But that is all I gave him.

His reaction…

He kissed me.

He won that tickle fight. With a tender kiss and an evening of laughter, he won me over.

So that is it. That is how my relationship with my husband started. With a tickle fight and a maybe.


How did your relationship start? Did you commit fully or give a maybe to start things off? I’d love to hear other people experiences but no matter what,

I am glad that this story…is mine ours!

Pop Tab Chain Mail: Time to be a Warrior

For the past year I have been collecting pop tabs. Thousands of them. The reason? I am slowly making my first cosplay and I need chain mail to make it. But seeing as I am on a budget, well, recycling was the way to go rather than purchasing and slaving over the intricate wire rings used in proper chain mail.

Chandra Nalaar Wallpaper - Wizards of the Coast

Above is Chandra Nalaar, a planeswalker from Wizards of the Coast’s game Magic: The Gathering. This is a game I have played for several years and thoroughly enjoy. I was never good at the game until I decided to switch to playing a “red” deck and a fell in love with Chandra as both a character and a planeswalker. So, I decided I would make a cosplay Chandra all on my own and finally attend a convention in an Emily built cosplay!

The first step to the cosplay, was to make the chain mail. I chose to do this first because I knew it would take a while and wanted to finish it before starting the rest of the pieces. Plus, since I decided to use pop tabs, I needed to collect the darn things! I am still not done creating the full chain mail piece, but if you want to learn how to make pop tab chain mail too, then read on!

Pop tab chain mail - A Pop of Red Tutorial

Please note: While not explicitly mentioned below, gloves may be useful for this tutorial. Pop cans and pop tabs can be a lot sharper than you imagine. They also tend to give of small metal shavings which dig into the skin. So please use your best judgement as use safety precautions as necessary (I take no liability!)

Step One: Gather Your Resources (Pop/Soda Tabs)

Any regular shaped pop tab will work. If you want a uniform look, grab them all from the same brand. If you want a more realistic battered look, then let the shapes be a bit more random. That is what I chose to do, I mean, Chandra has battled before, so her chain mail would NOT be perfect. Hint: Some pop tabs may need a slight washing first, pop gets sticky!

From pop tabs to chain mail - a tutorial


Step Two: Tools

Pliers, wrench (or similar surface for bending, and scissors

Making chain mail with pop tabs


Step Three: Remove Sharp Edges

Pop tabs do not always rip off the can nicely. You can be left will the full hoop or jagged edges which can be dangerously sharp, like those shown in the first photo below. To remove the sharpness, use your plier and fold the sharpness towards the unfinished or back side of the tab. Then press your pliers down on the part that was sharp to “fuse” the metal closer to the rest of the tab making it safer. Your non-sharpened tabs should then look something like the third picture.

Preparing pop tabs for crafting

Preparing pop tabs for chain mail

Tutorial for making pop tab chain mailStep Four: Cut the Tabs

Simply use scissors to cut into the upper/smaller end of the pop tab. Make the cut as central as possible.

Tutorial for pop tab craftsCrafting with pop tabs

Step Five: Fold the Tabs

Using the wrench, or a flat surface with something to apply pressure with, bend the cut tabs to a “slightly less than 90 degree” angle. Alter the angle to your preferences but I try to get as close to 90 degrees as possible.

Crafting with soda can tabs

Soda can crafting

Step Six: Attach Tabs to Create Mail

Start with one tab. To attach the second tab bring it underneath the first tab’s right hand side (right when cut is facing forward). Push the uncut end of the second tab into the cut end of the first tab so it looks like the photo below.

Pop tab chain maille links

An alternative view of the above shows how the cut ends are now positioned:

Chain mail links with soda can tabs

For the third tab, attach it to the first by bringing it underneath the first tab’s left side and proceeding as above. This is the basics of attaching pop tabs. The photos below show the three tabs attached.

Pop tabs and chain maille

Step Seven: Continue until Completion

Pop tab chain mail - A Pop of Red

Sorry to say, but that is really all the instruction I can give. Attach the tabs as needed to create the design you want using the method explained above. A shirt will be made with different dimensions than a wrist covering.This process can be applied to more complex items too, like purses! Just tinker until you manage to create what you envisioned.

If you get stuck, send me a message or comment below and I will do my best to walk you through it!

Pop tab chain mail - A Pop of Red Tutorial

Make-it-yours Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs. Such a classical combination. And a meal that I like so much that I have been known to eat three plates in a sitting…not the best claim to fame but I enjoyed every bite!

Now, many people have a family spaghetti and meatballs recipe, and our family recipe is: go see Uncle Mark because his meatballs are amazing! But that doesn’t work when I live so far away so I had to figure out my own “family” recipe for meatballs.

Make the ultimate meatball

Now the recipe I list here has a lot of possible adaptations according to some of the experiments I have done. So don’t be afraid to change it up to suit your tastes! I think everyone should experiment (within reason) in the kitchen because only you know exactly what you like. So tinker away and share what you come up with!

Making your own meatballs

Recipe: (~12 meatballs)

½ cup oats (or bread crumbs)

½ cup milk


1lb ground beef (or other ground meat)

1 onion (peeled, grated, see note 1)

2 garlic cloves (peeled, grated or finely chopped)

1 egg (can use just yolk or use no egg, see note 2)

1-2 tbsp BBQ sauce or Worchestshire Sauce (or some combination thereof)

Spices to taste (I add oregano and pepper)

2 cups or 1 can of tomato sauce (if making spaghetti sauce with meat balls)

Making meatballs with oats and milk

Note 1: If you cry while cutting onions BEWARE! Grating onions makes it even worse but the quality of the meatballs is SO much better when they are grated.

Note 2: This recipe can be made egg-less. In my rush to take pictures I forgot to add the egg to the pictured batch. If you do omit the egg, be careful when turning the meatballs when searing. Without the egg, the meatballs are more likely to fall apart but as you can see in my photos, mine did not so it is possible to make well-formed meatballs without eggs.

Homemade meatballs

  1. Mix oats and milk in a small bowl. Set aside to soak up.
  2. Mix meat, onion, garlic, egg, sauces, and spices in a large bowl.
  3. Add the oats/milk mixture and mix well.
  4. Form the meat mixture into balls about 2 inches or 4 cm in diameter. Think golf ball size.
  5. Pre-heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add oil to completely cover the bottom. Put in the meatballs and sear on ALL sides. Drain oil.

Forming meatballs

Searing homemade meatballs

From here there are two methods you can choose: 6a) is the sauce option for it you want to simmer the meatballs in tomato sauce; 6b) if the oven option for if you want to have plain meatballs.

Homemade meatballs in spaghetti sauce

6a. Sauce option: Add sauce to the pan with the meatballs. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Then serve on a plate of spaghetti noodles.

6b. Dry option (NOT PICTURED): Place the meatballs on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Put in pre-heated oven at 375F for approximately 15-20 minutes. Rotate the meatballs after 5-10 minutes of cooking. Serve as desired (my husband suggests over rice with some maple BBQ sauce).

Make the ultimate meatball

So give this recipe a try and let me know what options you chose and if you made any additional changes. Share your perfected meatball recipe in the comments so everyone can try (and have a taste of your amazing-ness).



A letter to myself

A common school-age activities is writing a letter to one’s future self. An interesting activity. When writing you question if you will ever actually see the letter again, if it will mean anything to you in the future, and whether your grade will be good enough (if the activity is marked).

A letter to younger self

I wrote such a letter back in 2002 and want to share it with you, as well as my response to the letter. Note, the pictures are from my elementary school days except the family photo, I wanted to keep everything within the age range of the original letter.

Dear Emily Marie,

June, 21, 2002

I’m doing well in school this year. My teacher is Mr. B. I’m in grade five. There is 2 ½ more days of school. My favorite subject is language, because I love to read and write. My least favorite subject is math. Yuck! I can’t wait until summer.

I’ve been enjoying taking my brother to the park. We have been getting along great. I’m going to take him to the park again.

Lately I’ve been hanging out with Jessica, Caitlyn, Denise and Hillary in school. Out of school I hang with my family.

I have a few questions for you. They are: How are you? How’s your family?

Sincerely Emily

P.S. I heard about your grand dad. I feel sorry for you.

Writing letters to yourself

Dear little me,

Wow, I still write in the same blocky style as you! I like it. Easy to read. But I can see that you got bored after writing slowly for a whole 30 seconds. I do the same. Then it’s time for more random styles like the second half of your letter.

A letter to future myself

Holy cow, my favorite subjects is an interesting topic because just this year my jobs changed all that! It is true, I still love reading and writing and I thought whatever career I took would involve those things. But I also learned that I like how math can be used, there is just so much it can do! I worked both a math job and a reading/writing based job and the math one was my favorite by a long shot! So sorry little me…but the math is here to stay!

How interesting, I literally wrote about our little brother and his autism just last week. Thanks for writing about taking him to the park, I know how important that is to you! It was always so difficult to connect with him when we were kids. He would get confused by something I did and I would be confused by his negative response. Quality time with him was hard to come by, and I am so grateful you captured this time in your letter.

A letter to myself - quirky

As for friends, well I am glad you mentioned them too. These are the outcast group I would hang out with in elementary school but unfortunately I do not have contact with many of them anymore. Just Cait. I hope they all still keep their quirks, I know Cait rocks hers!

Now onto your questions. I am doing very well. I am nearly done school (thank gosh!) and have just cleared up some health problems (and no, not bronchitis little me, you got rid of that problem years ago). As for my family, well it has changed a lot since your letter. Mom and dad split up a while ago now. That was hard. But dad met a nice woman and now I have a step-family in the mix with lots of extra brothers and sisters (even a baby niece!). As for mom, she and gran are living it up in a nice new house but don’t worry, they have our little brother and some kitties to keep them company! A shock for you is that I moved away from the family, all the way to Ottawa. But that is a topic for another day.

A letter to myself - family is a constant

P.S. Losing papa (grand dad) was hard for you, but unfortunately we also lost grandpa several years after that. Both gramma and grannie are still here though and I will be sure to talk to them soon to remind them how much we love them! Plus, mom found her birth parents so there is technically another set of grandparents which you probably couldn’t imagine at your young age!

Thanks for the letter little Emily and I wish future Emily all the best!

Dear younger self


Nail Polish Flowers – Part Two

Nail Polish Flowers – Part One

Nail Polish Flowers – Part Two (You Are Here)

Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three (Coming Soon)

Nail Polish Flowers Tutorial

Time for part two of the nail polish flower series. This time I will be showing you how to make flowers using the second method which yields larger flowers. This method also gives you more options for experimentation and I will give you a sneak peak at some of the possibilities that you will see in the next installment of the series.

Tools you need for the nail polish flowerFirst of all, all of the supplies are the same from part one so head over there to make sure you are set up

Cut the wire to your desired length. Again I suggest starting with a 6” or 15 cm portion of 20 gauge wire. This give lots of room for the flower frame and is more forgiving than the 26 gauge when it comes to making mistakes.


Start by forming the first of your petals. Simply create a tear-drop or circular shape and twist once to secure.

Forming a Wire Petal

Then use your pliers to tightly wrap one wire around the other.

Forming Wire Petals

After wrapping, start on your next petal using the same method.

Making Wire Flowers

Repeat until your desired number of petals are complete.

Forming Wire Flowers

Then it is time to make twist off your petals and make a “stem.” For this, twist the two protrusions of wire together as close to the petals as necessary it make it look flush. Then use the pliers to continue that twist down the stem.

Twisting the stem for wire flowers

Frame of a Wire Flower

Now apply the nail polish as with part one of this tutorial. You can add additional coats as needed and once dry you can manipulate the petals to look more realistic.

Nail Polish Flowers Tutorial

Now one reason I prefer this method is it has more versatility. Since it relies on basic wire wrapping techniques, you can make nearly ANY design. In the image below you can see some of the other designs I have been trying out like a butterfly, a pendant, leaves, and a heart (not pictured).

Creating with wire and nail polish

In two weeks the third and final installation of this nail polish flower tutorial will be out. It will cover what you can make with all these lovely designs and showcase some of my non-flower designs.


If you make a nail polish and wire item and want it featured in the next post, EMAIL ME at or find me on social media. I will select my favorites and share them will everyone.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (in class?)


Chocolate chip cookies remind me of childhood memories, cold evenings cuddled under a blanket, and making messes in the kitchen with grannie. My husband and I even have a terribly unhealthy tradition of baking a batch of my chocolate chip cookies and eating a plateful while they are still piping hot!


I know I am not alone in my love of chocolate chip cookies. Heck, just today a professor caught me eating a chocolate chip cookie in class and stopped the lecture to have the following conversation:

Prof: “Is that a cookie?”

Me: *I nod yes*

Prof: “Is it by chance a chocolate chip cookie?”

Me: *I smile and nod again*

Prof: “Did you bring enough to share with everyone?”

Me: *I laugh* “Nope!”

Prof: “Any to share with just me?”

Me: “No way.”

Prof: “Darn. Well aren’t chocolate chip cookies everyone’s favorite bite to eat. I mean does anyone NOT like chocolate chip cookies?” *No one replies* “SEE! Everyone likes them!”


It was a funny interlude to the class, especially when you consider his lectures are taped so they can be used for e-learning in later years. Now there shall forever be mention of chocolate chip cookies in mathematical economics.


If you want to test whether chocolate chip cookies really are THAT GOOD, then give my chocolate chip cookie recipe a try.

Recipe (Makes 1-2 dozen cookies)

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavouring (like vanilla extract)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Any additional toppings (nuts, marshmallows, candies)



  1. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy
  3. Beat eggs into the large bowl
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the large bowl
  5. Add chocolate chips and toppings, stir in
  6. Place tablespoon sized amounts of rounded dough (not balls, just slightly rounded edges) onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.
  7. ENJOY!


I hope you like the cookies! Let me know of any alterations or twists to the recipe you make. I would love to keep experimenting with the recipe though I really like how it has turned out so far!




My brother is my hero

I have a memory of a young damsel in distress being saved by prince charming, or rather, my dorky self being rescued by my younger brother.

Brother and I with teletubbies as children

Every winter, my siblings and I would make a kind of tobogganing course in our yard. One year, we made an especially slick hill in the front yard right beside the driveway, great idea…or not. My brother and I were tobogganing away on this hill and it was my turn. But instead of sliding to the yard, the slickness sent me straight onto the driveway. I slid in such a way that my toboggan got stuck and I couldn’t get out!

Me Snowshoeing

As if on cue, dad pulled into the driveway with his little hatchback literally the second I got stuck. I thought I was going to get hit by the car!

But little brother to the rescue! While at the top of the hill he reached down, grabbed the top of the toboggan, and pushed it until I dislodged. I was able to scramble away before the car got close and I was super relieved. In my journal the next day, and at school for several years, I called my brother my hero for that very act of moving that toboggan. It seems a little silly looking back now, but I still thank my brother for it, and it is a memory we will always share because in that moment his actions meant everything!

Drawing from brother to me

So that’s a cute little story, a childhood reflection, but there some things I want to clarify. One, my little brother has autism. Two, my little brother (now quite tall!) is still my hero just for different reasons.

A drawing of my brother, by meSo my brother has autism. This can mean different things for different people but for him it comes down to:

  • Uneasiness or confusion in social situations
  • Sensory issues (his hugs are vise grips)
  • Certain types of communication difficulties
  • And some subtler things that are common with autism

Unfortunately, since autism is a classified as a developmental disability, some people look down on my brother, or don’t expect him to succeed. And this leads to why he is still my hero and that is because he defies all the negative expectations people apply to him based on his disability.


When my brother started high school, the administration said to aim for the OSSC or Ontario Secondary School Certificate rather than the full Diploma. What the OSSC would mean is fewer class requirements, no community service requirement, and no literacy test requirement. This didn’t sit well with him or the family. So, he made sure graduate with a Diploma and no less when he walked out of that school this year.

The high school also suggested that he stay in the school until age 25. My brother DID NOT like that option. He didn’t enjoy school as it was. He would rather be working on something outdoorsy or hands-on. Or helping family and friends Being in school until 25 would rob him of those freedoms. (He made it out by 18).

Mechanic - Brown 2

Via Geri-Jean Blanchard (

Some people question his ability to go to college and while he is not there yet, he plans to go to college to become a mechanic. He spends a lot of time tinkering with the family vehicles and is even working in a dealership autoshop to get some real experience.

Speaking of vehicles, mom was unsure about letting him work on her car, especially alone. But late one night her car needed a rushed headlight change, and dear brother was the only one available to fix it, so she let him. And low and behold the headlights were fixed in no time and when she double checked the work at the shop, they said all was done right!

So thanks to my little (yet not so little) brother for saving my life on that cold winter day so many years ago, for being my hero growing up, and continuing to be my hero today by proving you can do whatever you want to even with autism (no matter what other people may say).

To learn more about Autism, I suggest visiting Once upon a time I did some workshops there specifically designed for siblings of autistic people. They helped me understand what my brother goes through on a regular basis and helped me figure out my place in the family.