Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Last of the Cloud Booties.

Sometimes life just gives you cute pictures to make you laugh, like my darling daughter in the process of putting colors into her hair.  ~smile~ I just could not resist. Her wound is healing slowing and she believes that is due to the quick action of good doctors as a brown recluse spider bite can be even worse, even life threatening if allergic. I am still changing the packing each day and it is still soupy when pulled out but the black deep down under next to her ribs is gone -thanks to Dr. Reggie Thompson the surgeon who did all the work inside of her. That was another experience that I will definitely never forget. She still feels weak and not much energy and sick at her stomach and a headache at times but it is getting better slowly. I took it as a good sign that she wanted to color her hair to cover some of the grays.She complains about them but I remind her that her paternal grandmother was gray at 20.

This is her little terrace garden that brought on the bite we believe . She had almost worked herself into a heat exhaustion that day as she hand dug into this steep hillside. I know it does not look steep but I have trouble standing up on it. I always have had trouble with this hill. She even laid those 4 concrete pavers to start with for me.

While she was digging hers I was digging just around the curve of the hill . I  hang dug mine too as the ground was so darn hard I could not get the tiller to stick on the hill , it just bounced off of the hill. But after I dug each row with a madic then the tiller could dig in and get a bite. Then I ordered this electrified netting and was installing it to try to defeat these naughty deer that like to eat everything we plant.  They even came all the way up to the steps of the front porch and ate most of my flowers , including some of the house flowers I have vacating outdoors! I was really MIFFED at them for that.

Now in the process of working on the last of my Cloud booties I had a rooster attack me and manage to give me a concussion.  For the last two weeks that has really been a challenge. I guess since I thought a rooster caused it that I did not have to  really rest like they want you to and I have paid for it with terrible headaches , being sick at my stomach , and then Sat. night I spent from 10pm to 4am continually throwing up. It was horrible and it wanted to do that the next 3 days but I did have a little pill to help a little. I was a little dizzy , unsteady on my feet and my eyes blurred at times . I finally gave up and looked it up online and read that when they wanted you to rest they meant no reading, watching tv, emails???? and I thought that was resting?????

But I was very pleased to complete these booties that go in my Christmas collection so far.  I did go down to the garden this morning and mow a path in my walking area and go get the tiller and till that up as I had run out of room in my main little garden , but had ordered these beans called Dragon's Teeth! I just did not want to risk losing them to the deer and so far I have them stumped in there. While I was there I cleaned out two of my chicken runs and carried the mulch down to mulch a row of  my Tenderette beans. If I did not mulch I would never make it through the garden because weeds are one thing I can really GROW and Grow Tall!  The Tenderettes are blooming so in a couple of weeks I should be able to have a fresh mess of green beans. That will be a treat. 

While I was there I discovered I had my very first zucchini of the year! They are called courgettes in other countries  and I was really thrilled. I just did the "Happy Dance" and brought it up to the house. I am planning on making zoodles with it.

It is really hot out there but I am working in the house and it is shaded by some trees . I know it is hard for the people who are forced to work out in the sun like that but I am so very grateful that is is my Summer-Time as I love it so very much. I despise the Winter and cold because it makes me so very sick and it is so very hard to cut your own firewood and haul it up. If only I could live where it was warm all year long and have a garden and my pups and chickens-that would be paradise to me. ~smile~  

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Already???????????

How does time just fly by so quickly? The last two weeks have just literally flown by.  But when you stay busy I guess that is the way it goes? No wonder I am just getting Older Every Day??? ~smile~

I have dressed Crystal's wound every day-pulling out the salt strips that I have to insert deep inside of the wound and putting new ones in. She has been a real Trooper. I mean how would you like to pour salt in a wound?? The hospital decided it must have been a brown recluse bite and the infection is still pouring out .

I Finally got some warm weather - here it is the 3rd of July and the last 3 days have been warm enough for me to leave the window open at night. It has been so pleasant. Three nights ago it was a perfect temperature with a slight breeze blowing and a full moon. I took the pups out at almost midnight and we sat in the swing and just enjoyed the most perfect night I have enjoyed in a long time.

I am still fighting with ticks galore -every time I go out in the pasture to do anything.  Then a week ago I got attacked by a rooster. Now normally I would not think much of it but he was on a shelf high above me when I went in to feed and water and he weighs right at 7 pounds so he is no light-weight. He came down on me full force and caught me on the head and temple and almost took me to the ground. I was stunned and stumbled out of the little hen house . I do believe he gave me a slight concussion because since  I have had 3 before I know the symptoms - this blinding headache has been my main complaint the entire week but the  "Rooster-Egg" he left on my head and the bruise on my temple have been reminders. I still have a terrible sore head and am careful combing my hair or washing my face. I did rig up a single dwelling cage for him outdoors beside the henhouse since he wants to bully me and I do not want to get hurt any more than I have too.

 Me and the pups are enjoying ourselves tremendously . By the time I get up and do all the outside chores and then the inside chores and then work on the garden and mow and change the chicken runs and mulch on the garden -the day just is gone?

My doctor sent me to a physical therapist to help teach me exercises to help with the arthritis in my neck and back.  He taught me two last week and then I had a fibro flare that has made me miserable all week long. So, up and on we go.

Maybe Crystal will continue to improve. I sure do hope so!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not Me!

Thank goodness this is not me, but it does not make me feel any better to see this on my daughter's ribs. It came up on Thurs . morning and she went to the doctor who was stumped and gave her antibiotics and told her to come back on Sun. if not no better come back on Sun. So on Sunday she was no better and a little worse.

He gave her another antibiotic to take with the first one and made her an appointment to see a surgeon on Tuesday if no better. Well she is no better - only worse so we went to the surgeon this afternoon and he put her on a table and numbed it -then cut down deep inside of it  and poked his hemostats down into it  making channels and pulling out infection all the way down her ribs. He put these fabric straws down deep into it and showed me how to do it if they come out. He drawed dots on her skin and told me IF the red passes those dots by tomorrow when I change the dressing to take her back to the emergency room for inter-venous antibiotics. If the red is going down then she has to go to the wound doctor on Thurs. They did take a culture to make for sure if this is the right antibiotic for this bacteria????

Of course I am worried sick- and neither of us have any idea how it might have happened as she did not hurt herself -she just woke up this way?????

So, each day really is a Gift.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm Pooped

        While reviewing my day and observing the creations and creatures that share my life the verse to this song popped into my head:

             All things bright and beautiful, 
            All creatures great and small, 
            All things wise and wonderful: 
            The Lord God made them all


These are some of the things that have inspired me today as I worked. I started out with my normal outdoor chores and then took Crystal's weed eater and trimmed a little around her terrace garden she is working on and then I trimmed down a hilly growth that I have dreams of turning into something useful???

This is the spot were I have worked. It does not Look bad but it is so steep I have trouble standing up on it. First I weed ate it and took a break. Then I went back and took the lawn mower to it to cut it down to some rows and then I took my tiller to try to till the bottom row- only the ground is so hard that my tiller just bounced up and down off of it??? 

This is a close up of where I went back and took the madic and hand dug it -OR - attemped to dig it??? First I ran into a tree root that was growing in the same direction that my row was going???????? Then I ran into a rock wall that I could not dig up - so I will have to remember to take a break there?????  Finally I just collapsed from exhaustion and pain?
This hill may have defeated me today -but we will see what becomes of it in my future?  Not excluding the fact that is is in a deer pathway????????????????????????????????????
My arms is almost useless- it is so tired I cannot lift it without pain and Mr. Fibromyalgia is so darn  mad at me for what I put him through - but hey, I hate him as much as he hates so so I guess we are EVEN. lol

Of course I do have my  co-horts who try to keep me out of trouble.  But they find as much trouble as I do ??  Daisy has recovered from her Giardia and Indy managed to get kicked by the donkey and ended up in the creek covered in water and mud while my head was turned?  But that is life in the country-thank goodness for the country life .  I even saw the donkey "Licking" Crystal today as she attempted to sit on the grass and cool off??? lol

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Flowers and Booties

This is such a beautiful time of year when all of nature springs to life and seems to revive us from our winter woes.

This beauty was a gift from a friend who lives in California and she sent me several of the bulbs last Fall. I put them in the basement -praying that they would survive and low and behold here one of them is ???? It truly amazes me every time I walk past it and admire its beauty and I did place it where I walk past it Several times a day and appreciate her kindness of sharing something so lovely with me.

I completed another pair of baby booties for the Sewing Guild Christmas Community Event. The way time flies by me I am just trying to stay afloat. ~smile~

It is already June here and still very cool and rainy! I tried to start a fire last night and could not get it to burn . I just could not seem to hold my nose right at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Has Arrived

Have you noticed that life just rushes by much too fast? Some where between chores and garden and life  I have managed to pull off some baby items.

It's not because the are any in the family but because in this coming December my Sewing Guild has signed up for a Group for Girls who are expecting for it's community donation. We donate items and then the girls take training and such and earn points which they can use to "purchase" our items.

I had to replant a row of beans in the garden as the first planting did not come up -the man at the seeds said it was because it had been so cool and rainy that the sees rotted for many people.  I also got four banana pepper plants from him , since I had enjoyed those that I pickled last year so much. I had put them on little personal pizzas . Probably not the healthiest for you but everyone deserves a treat occasionally. ~smile~

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day


It was a lovely day. This was the second day it has not rained in a couple of weeks and it was such a nice break.

I got all my outdoor chores finished and helped Crystal carry her grill out of her yard on the other side of the fence.  We carried two heavy postal cabinets from the yard and put them on a trailer to get them up off the ground. 

Then we went to the front at the road and Crystal mounted her flag . While she was working on it a beautiful young lady  stopped to check to see if  there were any eggs and I had a dozen in the crate.  She introduced herself as Julie and said how much she and her Mother enjoyed the fresh eggs - it was a pleasure to meet her and I thanked her so much . The hens all want to sit right now and the egg production has really gone downhill. But most of them are banties and that is the way they all. lol I do have 3 that I have let go ahead and sit so maybe in 3 weeks I will have a few babies?

I did have a bad run of luck this afternoon as my Mama Turkey passed away while on her nest. I could find nothing wrong with her and I am just hoping it was old age as I have had her 7 years and she was not young when I got her.  She was a dear. 

I finally took a break and went in the sewing room and cleaned a little. But for some reason I just could not pull it off??? Maybe because my eyes are giving me problems today, so I grabbed my crochet and went out on the front porch where there is good natural light and completed the booties with this color blanket yarn.  When it comes to homemade items Christmas is just around the corner and with faulty eyeballs it has me worried?????

Casper got terribly sick about 10 days ago. He had an awful seizure and then was very weak and did not want to eat. So, I decided maybe the house was too dark and he needed some vitamin D from the sun. I fixed a cage and brought him out on the porch where he is getting the natural light and he gets to see the birds at the feeder . I think he is getting much better . He is eating good and has even started to munch on carrots yesterday and an apple today and watermelon 3 days ago?  So hopefully he will have a good Summer after all. We both love our Summer and Hate the cold , dark winter.