Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Very Few Photos

Had our first snow fall the other day. It lasted about 5 minutes.
I finished the shawl for Hal's sister. The Entwife's Marching Cloak.
And Ziggy is still having a hard time climbing onto the bean bag without help. But he makes do.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Raining, a Lot

Rained all night, or at least it started sometime after midnight. Still raining, get a nice howling wind now and then. Looks like it will be raining most of the day. Ziggy stuck his head out the door and said hell no. I don't believe they will go out unless I do and I'm not planning on it for a while yet and it's nearly 10 am. will be a short walk at any rate, just long enough for them to do their business. I haven't even gone out to feed the chickens yet.

My ear is much better than it was, still some residual pain, will be using the drops for a few more days. Treating the other ear as well now as it's been itching and that's usually a sign of things going badly.

Rooster seems perkier again, too, but his left ankle looks nasty so after I get dressed and am wearing protective clothing I'll see if I can grab him and treat that leg again. I'm expecting him to be a little more ornery this time.

Finally got back to crocheting yesterday, this shawl I started in May for Hal's sister has been languishing all summer and I only have 4 rows to go, but this one is complicated, requires lots of checking as I go and as it's a very wide and deep shawl the rows are very, very long. If I finish this one by Sunday (today is Wednesday) I will be surprised.

Back to work now.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Annoying Medical Things

This is a bitch and moan post, I'll try to keep it short.

Have an outer ear infection, left ear. Realized it Thursday night, started the drops, got really bad by Friday night and thus Saturday was no fun at all. The poor pups got a 10 minute walk up and down the driveway, thankfully they did not run off (far anyway) after squirrels and I was able to get back home and crawl back into bed with my nook and stay miserable the rest of the day. By this morning it was finally apparent it's getting better, at least I was able to roll onto my left side without too much pain by 6 am. I've been having infections in one ear or the other on and off all year. My physician's assistant had given me lots of sample bottles of drops because I am so prone to these things but if it happens again I'll be going back to see her, I think the "bugs" have just become too resistant and I'll need something stronger.

Apparently, oral antibiotics also do not help with this. I'm on amoxicillin again for a toothache and though it killed the tooth pain the ear ache just roars on. As for this toothache, this is the 3rd recurrence this year. First time was about 8 months ago, I can't really remember though I do remember it was about the time one of the crown on my upper right side broke off. I at first thought the crown just came loose so I kept re-seating it with my tongue but when I got to the dentist for my cleaning it was determined the entire top had broken off. The root-canalled roots were fine according to the dentist so over the next 3 visits he rebuilt and re-crowned it, good as new. A few weeks after that the pain started, over a weekend of course. And when I went back to the dentist he couldn't find anything wrong on the x-rays and dubbed it a sinus toothache. I was prescribed 2 weeks of amoxicillin and then my PA prescribed another 2 weeks of augmentin. The pain went away for 4 lovely months, then came roaring back on August 8. I remember this because it was the weekend of Hal's family reunion. 

That time I simply called my PA and was put on augmentin and then a newer much pricier drug called ceftin when the pain hadn't quite left after 2 weeks. Again, pain gone but this time only for 2 months. It returned just in time for my next cleaning at the beginning of October. The dentist put me on more drugs, took x-rays but this time sent me to our favorite endodontist who happened to have a cancellation that afternoon. He actually couldn't see anything on the x-rays either but I still had some residual pain in the last tooth on the upper right that had been yet to be root-canalled. So, oh joy, guess what I get to have done this coming Friday afternoon? My only worry is that he is a bit worried about that broken tooth. Apparently, depending on how long it had been compromised, bacteria could have gotten in and cause the root canal to fail. Lovely. I guess I'll find out in a few months if the pain comes back.

About a week ago I noticed my old rooster was definitely not doing well. The birds were free ranging and he just stood in the middle of the yarn, tail drooping, feathers fluffed up, head down, looking miserable while all the hens and the young rooster gallivanted about the yard. His comb and wattles were also extremely pale instead of bright red so I suspected mites. I threw out some boiled egg yolks, making sure he was not bothered and he did eat that. I set up the dog crate in the garage with a 60 watt bulb for a heat lamp, straw, food and water and a cover to hold what little heat the bulb would make (just try finding a 100 watt incandescent anywhere these days, I dare you!) Hal helped me catch him in the coop that night. It was easy, he was on a lower perch, normally he is on the highest one. I dusted him with poultry dust for red mites as I have lost 2 hens to those nasty little blood suckers this year. But none crawled from him onto my arms so I wasn't really sure what was wrong.

In the crate I fed him egg yolks and chicken feed and oats. He did eat, he drank, he remained droopy. About 4 or 5 days in I thought his comb was a little pinker, but then I noticed his legs looked awful, swollen, and the scales distended which meant scaly leg mites! I grabbed him and he fought a little, making little protest chirps which is more than I'd heard in a long time, he doesn't crow anymore either. I coated his legs in petroleum jelly to try and smother the blood suckers until I could research a better remedy. I think it helped a little, one leg looks better than the other but then I came down with this ear problem so he sort of got put on the back burner. But yesterday and today, his tail is no longer drooping! He still stands in front of the light most of the time and isn't using the perch I put inside, but his comb is definitely pinker and he cocks his head to watch me now. Plus he's bitten me twice so he must be feeling better. As I, too, am feeling better we shall join in battle today and I shall attempt to bathe his legs in epsom salts, and using a tooth brush, clean out those scales and treat his legs again. One he starts crowing he goes back out with the gang.

Well, this post didn't end up very short after all.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Canned Food

I ended up canning another 6 quarts of apples, so I have 11 total and of course, I have the pickled zucchini in pint jars. Behold the results of a few of them. There are onions in with the zucchini. I've got more of those yellow fruits but I think this is plenty. I'll shred more of the remaining ones and freeze in 2 cup batches for bread. Probably won't get much more, temperatures are dropping and frosts are in the forecast this week. Oh boy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Have I Been Up To?

Lots of things.

Luna went lame on her left rear leg, her hock was swollen, one emergency vet trip later and she probably jut wrenched it. Ten days of pills and she seemed to be doing fine, then she is limping again, then fine, and yesterday limping on that leg and the usual front leg. No walkies for her for a bit. I tried to leave her home yesterday afternoon but halfway around the trail I hear her usual heavy panting that sounds like a steam locomotive behind me and here she comes. (I had left her in the house but forgot about the jury-rigged doggie door I had set up!) We get back home and this is when she is limping on the 2 legs. *sigh*

My sewing projects got waylaid for a bit, but I did cut out one item before my brother left, hopefully I'll get back to it soon. I started a small knitting project that will also hopefully be done soon, did at least 4 inches of it the first day but haven't gotten back to it. Then I have to finish the shawl I started in spring for Hal's favorite sister. Plus Hal wants a terry cloth bathrobe since his old one failed a while back. Only mannish color I could get in enough quantity in either of the Joann stores I tried was brown. He's going to look like a monk as he wants a hood.

After I dropped off my brother at the airport I hung around with aforementioned SIL and we went shopping. I got some things I really didn't need, but the sales were so good, and there were coupons! (I did donate some clothes to St Vincent de Paul when I got home, (something in, something out, must be my new motto!) Though while at SVdP, aka the Mikado Mall around here, I acquired a cork screw, the kind with the lever arms, a Christmas music cd and a purple embroidered jacket (Coldwater Creek) for the huge cost of $3.19 including tax. But the money is for a good cause.

I also ended up at Kohl's and got a pair of sandals and short boots and a wallet that were on sale, the sandals on clearance, and then I opened a charge account because there was an additional 25% off so I scored. And yes I needed the boots, been looking for a short pair for a few years now, my old wallet was shedding plastic, and the sandals fit my narrow feet. Narrow shoes are hard to find without paying through the nose. Including going out to lunch and dinner in the 2 days I stayed with SIL, we had a pretty good time.

I only gained a couple of pounds while brother was visiting, and those are gone again, I seem to be stuck at a loss of 21 pounds still. I've been having motivation troubles and I've been tired. Don't know if it's the shorter, darker days, the low temps in the 40s, the non-stop stuff I've been doing since last week, or a combination. Probably the latter.

I've taken Mrs Butch shopping, taken my MIL shopping a day or two later, then there was the cutting up of 96 ears of corn for making "Sinful Corn", a homemade artery busting concoction of corn, butter and half and half that tastes so much better than the store bought canned creamed corn but is so much work, even with FIL shucking all the ears and MIL doing the first 22 of them before I got there. And all that work for only about 18 quarts of finished product stuffed into 30 baggies. It may sound like a lot but it really isn't.

I also had located and dug up the septic tank which I decided really needed to be cleaned as it hadn't been in the 15 years we've lived here. The cleaner guy came out within 45 minutes of calling for a quote, either he had nothing else to do, obviously, or feared for our safety. He exclaimed that ours was buried way deeper than normal. Lucky me. I got to rebury it the next day, too. And of course, it seemed most of the dirt wouldn't go back into the hole, should have dumped it onto a tarp when I first dug it out. However, in case we ever do want to pump it out again, this time we put a plastic barrel over the hatch, put rocks on top of that and stuck the bird feeder next to it. Many years ago when we found it the first time I put rocks on top and planted flowers, but the flowers spread and the rocks disappeared under the soil. I reused those rocks and some bigger ones. It isn't disappearing any more.

The septic cleaning happened on Hal's birthday. However, he got other presents than that one and lo and behold, he liked them/they fit! Nothing like a nice new pair of camouflage sweat pants, socks and coffee. I also made him his favorite dinner of a roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing and an apple pie. His birthday will also be the only time he gets an apple pie as I don't particularly care for them. He had the majority of it and seemed quite pleased.

We picked the apples for that pie the previous week at his parent's farm. A good year for apples it seems, much less wormy than last year. (they don't spray for bugs). I cut some up the other day to can some for future pies. Took 3 hours for only 5 quarts, and I think it will take more than 1 quart per pie. I can see why buying apple pie filling is so popular. I also made 6 pints of pickled zucchini as I finally had a year where my zucchini did not fail. (can't say the same for the cucumbers again!). I have more very large zukes but those I think will be shredded for bread. I don't need lots and lots of zuke pickles. I do have an older sister who will enjoy these pickles, however.

I mowed the lawn finally, too the other day. Had a lot of rain for a few days and it was either too wet or I was too busy. Had to mow it twice it had gotten so long.

I suppose I should take Ziggy out for the morning walk now. Poor Luna will be so disappointed but she has to rest.