Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowless Feb. So Far

It has been a more or less warm Feb. for us. Some hard freezes at night but 40's and 50's F. during the day. The Jet stream has been above us and kept us in a high. But the rest of the country is getting the cold and snow, but after all it is winter. Snow and cold used to be very, very normal for the midwest and the east coast.

Granddaughter Cede's Cheer leading squad took fifth in the state of Washington. She is the one they throw. They would have done better BUT the school insists the team doesn't need a Captain,  so no one is the head and this keeps them from coordinating their moves better. I go HUH. It really hurts the team. I think it's pretty dumb but what do I know?

Laundry is going, the chickens are opened for the day and figured I would come do an update in here. 

We got all our shots and only have one or two things to finish up at the Doc.'s and  paper work for our mission and then it can be handed in.

Dear hubby wasn't feeling well this past weekend and K was disappointed that papa couldn't play. We really miss the other grandchildren but hopefully the next few months we will stop getting every illness that comes down the pike. Hard to visit when you're ill and don't want to share what you have with others.

I got to take a few pictures yesterday when we went out to collect the mail, as hubby didn't work yesterday with Presidents Day. Good thing we did it in the morning as he wasn't feeling well again in the afternoon. :(

Time to go over your first aid supplies and make sure anything you have used has been or you will replace them as soon as possible. The red Cross web site has a pretty good list. I added a bit to it for my hand out at Church.

Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies:
From the Red Cross

  • Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.
  • Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one.
  • Find out the location of first aid kits where you work.
First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can purchase one from the Red Cross Store or your local American Red Cross chapter. Your local drug store may sell them. You can also make your own. Some kits are designed for specific activities, such as hiking, camping or boating.
Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need:
  • Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest.
  • Check the kit regularly.
  • Make sure the flashlight batteries work.
  • Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) or what works for you.
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Beprepared.com also sells these in a backpack.

You might also what to include a dental kit.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Warmer but Nasty Weather

It has warmed here and the snow has melted, well a lot anyway. We had a couple of inches this morning that are now mostly gone. There is still deeper snow up under the trees as I look into the forest.
It had snowed, sleeted, rained, snowed more and more sleet and rain now for a few days.

I have been working on getting another book I finished up on Lulu. The formatting is a real battle.



I also got a good picture of a guests footprints we had one night. A good sized Mountain Lion.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prep in the Way of Shots

I am getting ready to go to town. We had TB tests a couple days ago and I have to go into town to get it read. Dh will meet me there to do the same.

We will also be getting our shingles and Hep A shots today. We are doing this to prepare to go on a Mission, but it is also a good idea for other reasons. Like (ahum) I hadn't had a Tetanus shot since grade school, so a very good idea to have gotten that lol. Also got the pneumonia shot and Hep B. Same for dh, he didn't remember the last time he had a Tetanus and since he had shingles over a year ago the doc said he should go ahead and get the shot to lessen the severity of them if he gets them again.

We still have a bit of snow and ice out there. The wind has been blowing gang busters since yesterday and blowing the frost off the trees and the snow around out there. Right now it is 26 degrees and I let the chickens out about 30 minutes ago, they came out in a rush and by the time I was back in the house they were all back inside the coop.

We are going to have a little warm up. Enough to bring rain/snow and then rain. Just so it doesn't turn cold enough to have another ice field outside.

We have been having some of my pictures printed out (inexpensive at Costco) we found frames at the second hand stores and have them framed and up on the walls. :). I wanted to show you how they turned out.

You can click on the pics to make them bigger.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Week of Sick

On Monday morning dh got his colonoscopy. I was going to tell everyone what was going on via the phone and wouldn't you know the on button had been hit and left the phone on somehow and so it was dead as a doornail, sorry family. 

By Monday afternoon he has a 101.2 fever and goes up from there. So I am back and forth with the doc and we have to run him back in that evening to be checked over and even get a chest x ray as there was rumbling in his left lung.

Thank goodness there wasn't but dh feels bad about the added expense it will cause us on top of the one from last month (and that's a huge one). I say better safe then sorry.
He continues to get sicker and sicker and has a horrible racking hurting cough. By tuesday afternoon I start to cough and can feel it in my chest. OH NO. Fever starts and all I want to do is sleep.

We get K that evening and she has it also. Wednesday doc wants to see dh so he has to drive himself in to town. Don't know how he did it. He got some meds. And so it goes.

So we spent the last days sick as dogs. That weird flu, that included granddaughter K who couldn't go to school so she was here with us. Her mom K had it and missed a couple days of work, and suffered through more days sick at work, which she hates. But nothing else she could do.

Kay was feeling better by Thursday night, oh boy was she and back to her normal self and was able to be picked up by her mom so she could go to school on Friday.

Grandson Dal was in the hospital getting a biopsy while we were down and out, we are waiting to hear what's wrong.

Friday morning daughter get Kay to school etc. and takes off to work which is up in Moscow ID. Guess what black ice and people off the road and she is trying to be careful and finds herself backwards in a ditch but unharmed. But minus her muffler.  Oh what fun, NOT. So there went another day of work down the tubes.

To top things off the electricity to the chicken coop isn't working as of 3 days ago while we are sick. We think one of the ground dwelling creatures chewed through it. Happened once before. So today dh is getting ele. back to the coop for light and heat. We are better but thats about it. But some things have to be done when we can at least finally move. Chickens needed feed and straw.

Dh is trying to get some things done that have to be done outside but the cold wind is raging :( pray this cause him a relapse.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to All

Here we are at the edge of another dawning of a new year. Some places around the world have already heralded in. Can the years go by any faster than they are? lol

Here is an article of my sis in law and my brother and what is happening to them.

They got a small settlement, I don't know if it will even cover the hospital bills :( and ongoing ones. But I think they had enough of fighting this all these years.

All we can do is pray for her and them.
On another note it is cold today but warmer than it had been, around 14 F. right now. We have 10 inches of snow sitting outside. Been below zero at night but we are to have another warm up coming in a few days.

We are getting some of my pictures we have taken printed out, really a good price to do so at Costco. We have been buying old frames at second hand stores and putting the pics in and putting them on our walls :).

Ones like these. And a few others, like the ones in an older post, the barns and such.

We haven't really added anything to our storage this last couple of weeks. We are mostly just trying to stay healthy and enjoy the Holiday season as well.
Grand daughter SoSo had her tonsils out this past Monday and we are hoping she heals up quickly.

Take care all and again Happy New Year.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wonderful Christmas

We held our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve per normal. Quite a few of our children and grands were able to attend but we sure missed the ones who were unable to do so. Hopefully some time in the future we can get everyone together again before any more of us step into eternity.
Our great grand came up with her grandma our daughter C. Little ones move so quickly it's hard to get a good pic at times lol.

The little ones table

Overflow table

Main table

Dj and his two teens left this morning to get home to their own beds and their pets. He called to say they got home safely and all were well. Plenty of food and water was left for them. They most likely thought they were having a nice couple of days vacation from their pet humans.

I made some family history books and they turned out great here is a pic of one of them. I included pictures of them, dh as a boy with his parents and the same for me and pictures of ancestors. Also included the names of the 9 Mayflower ancestors kids are descended from. As well of information of John Rolfe and Jane Pierce and their daughter (whose first wife was Pocahontas.) 
Found S's wife J is a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe through their only son Thomas. Then like just under 800 pedigree sheets going back to around 1200 AD. 21 generations.
I started all this a couple of months ago.

There should be quite a few things on sale about now. Canned goods used only at Christmas time that you can buy and store for next year. Also warm clothing will be on sale soon to get ready for spring and summer clothing. Even if you an only afford a few things it is better than nothing.

Happy New Year one and all.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas and I keep on Trucken

Well theres an old saying from the 70's for you lol. That is how it feels with trying to overcome this cold dh shared with me and he still has. Trying to get work done around here. I did manage to get our little tree up yesterday and some laundry done along with things that have to be accomplished.
I am continuing to work on Christmas gifts of one kind and another, sending out cards, so on and so forth.

Looking at cookie recipes and wanting to make some but have to wait on that. Thinking about Christmas Dinner, which we hold on Christmas Eve and it will be held up here at our place this year. Trying to nail down who is coming and what they can bring along for dinner :).

It has been snowing, hailing, sleet, rain and snowing again. Cold fronts come through then it warms and melts off but our creek still isn't running. So we are still off a lot on the amount of moisture we usually have by this time of year. This first picture is what the creek normally looks like. The second is what we have this year.

On saturday dh grabbed some of our dry bean pods from the barn and started to de-pod (husk ummm?)them.
Onward I go, not much choice lol.

Merry Christmas everyone.