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.