Archive for August, 2004

Up early.

I’m trying to wean myself off our lackadaisical summer routine and get into one where more is accomplished. Actually, I haven’t been too bad…7 – 7:30am has been the times I’ve been getting up. But, I’ve always had an aversion to any morning times with a *6* in front of them from childhood. Living in the “boonies”, we had to be up most days around 6am to make the looong drive into town for work and school. Ugh. So, all these years out of school, unless I’ve had to be somewhere reeeally early, I generally don’t get up until 7am or after (but not after 8am because then I feel lazy ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). In the winter, even getting up in the 7s is difficult with it being pitch black out until 9am or so (even until 10am in the “dead” of winter ๐Ÿ˜› ). Anyway, this begins the attempt to force myself to accept 6ish risings. ๐Ÿ™‚ The alarm started going off at 6:01am but I hit snooze until 6:30am then laid awake until 6:45am and finally crawled out of my cozy bed (these chilly mornings make it hard to get up too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I’m thinking of easing myself into this in 15min. incriments…a couple of days at this time and then I’ll back it up another 15min. and so on.

I’ll be back later in the afternoon when I take a break and update about the weekend. Right now, I’m off for my Q.T. and to get dh’s clothes ready for work…

~*~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my DH ~*~

Also, the nurse actually called with my hcg level yesterday evening about 5pm. My counts are back up again from 31 on 7/15 to 518. Please pray.

I’m feeling more positive about the Fair today. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has rained some more…oh well…rain jackets for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to get everyone up in a few minutes so I’m off for a short Q.T.

Happy weekend to all and a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gardenย Update

The garden is ok. We pulled a cauliflower. The flowers were starting to grow uneven but I was waiting hoping it would โ€œfill outโ€ more. It never did and the stalks got kinda โ€œwoody.โ€ Oh well. We steamed and ate it anyway.

My tomato plants decide to flower out nicely and there are many green ones of various sizes out there. Not as good a crop as last year due to my waiting too long to start them in the houseโ€ฆbut at least we have some.

The corn is doing something!!! Despite being in pots. Two of the plants so far have โ€œtassles.โ€ They are really pushing it to produce โ€œfruitโ€ before the cold weather gets hereโ€ฆbut Iโ€™m rooting for them!!

I took another zuc out – a small one this time as I caught a slug doing a number on it. We have a few more that medium to large that Iโ€™ll get in the next couple of days probably.

I noticed another of the potato plants has died so Iโ€™ll need to dig those potatoes up soon. Wish the rain would quit long enough for me to do it without getting wetโ€ฆ

Various…

Been too tired to blog much lately. Been plugging away at organizing things and tackling those boxes that have been haunting me. ๐Ÿ˜›

Accuweather indicator to the right is waaaay wrong…there has been torrential rains since Wed. evening…not a hint of sun! Wed. evening we were pleasantly surprised by another of God’s Lightening Shows! It’s darker earlier now so that at 10:30pm it was dusky enough to appreciate the flashes of light and by 11pm we were all amazed at how the backyard was lit up! It was right over us and the thunder was making the house shake – exciting!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I heard on the news the next day that 3 houses were hit by it but couldn’t hear full details over the children. I will probably look it up online in a while. (**Actually, by the time I was done typing this, the indicator changed from partly cloudy/sunny to light rain. Still not totally “accu-rate”! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

We’ve had the fireplace stoked up the last couple of days…tis the season again. We do the opposite of Marysue. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She turns off her air conditioning to save during the summer, we turn of our heater. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She struggles to stay cool most days. We stay just right most days but when the temp. drops a little too far on rainy days then we struggle to keep the chill off. I think ours is a bit easier as we can layer and have a fire. There’s only so much clothing you can take off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, so the fireplace is going and I’m challenged once again to see just how long we can go before cranking up the ole furnace. ๐Ÿ™‚ One funny note, I had taken some papers out of a box to use as firestarter…old college papers…my children discovered that the backs of some were blank…perfect scrap paper for doodling on. I got to impress them while showing them my old Astronomy notes and reminiscing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My oldest particularly liked looking at the math problems as she is getting into “higher” math (long multiplication and starting division this Fall). “Wow, Mother. That doesn’t make any sense!” LOL Things like:

Pluto a ≈ 39 AU P=½ √ a ³ P=½ √ (39) ³ = ½ √ 59,319 = 244 years

Not terribly difficult to figure out but a little boggling to a nearly-10 year old who isn’t there yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m tempted to save these notes as they are still interesting to read…but I still have the book and since I’ve forgotten most of this anyway it would probably behoove me to make new notes to relearn it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah, memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken note:

The one that was bought as an Arucauna is not. What started out looking like ear tufts were the first two higher feathers of a “beard” that is fully grown out now. She definitely has a rump. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her lower neck and shoulder feathers look like the Silver Laced Wynadotte’s. Her legs are greyish green rather than yellow though and her wing/back feathers are “primitive” looking – almost pheasantish.

The Black Jersey Giant, the second to youngest, is now completely caught up in size and even starting to out size all the other “girls”…even the oldest one (the Golden Comet).

They definitely cluck-cluck now rather than chirup-chirup. ๐Ÿ™‚

Garden note:

The garden is ok. We pulled a cauliflower. The flowers were starting to grow uneven but I was waiting hoping it would “fill out” more. It never did and the stalks got kinda “woody.” Oh well. We steamed and ate it anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My tomato plants decide to flower out nicely and there are many green ones of various sizes out there. Not as good a crop as last year due to my waiting too long to start them in the house…but at least we have some. ๐Ÿ™‚

The corn is doing something!!! Despite being in pots. Two of the plants so far have “tassles.” They are really pushing it to produce “fruit” before the cold weather gets here…but I’m rooting for them!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I took another zuc out – a small one this time as I caught a slug doing a number on it. We have a few more that medium to large that I’ll get in the next couple of days probably.

I noticed another of the potato plants has died so I’ll need to dig those potatoes up soon. Wish the rain would quit long enough for me to do it without getting wet…

Tongue update:

The swelling has gone down completely on Baby’s tongue. The tissue looks fine, no infection. Cut looks even and like it’s “shortening up.” All will be well…completely when I’m not sure…hopefully not too many more weeks. We’ll see. Thanks again to everyone who is praying for his healing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Doctor note:

Went in for what I hope will be my last appoint (except for another check in a couple of months). The results should be back Mon. or Tues. I’ll update when I have them.

My parents are coming for the weekend. After living here for more than 30 years, they have never been to the State Fair (a major event!) so that is the plan. I’ve been a couple of times but it’s been quite a while. Ugh. I can’t stand the huge crowd. Of course, I’m really not looking forward to it if it’s going to keep raining like this!!! The mud + children + over indulgence in sugary fat laden food + hours of walk + ? = Wet, dirty, cranky, spoiled, tired children = one unpleased mommy! Somebody tell me everything will be OK?!?! LOL LOL. Ugh.

Ok, that’s about it for now. I’m going to go get toasty at the fire and enjoy a good book. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alaska Fires

Here is an info link for the wildfires here in AK:

ADN article

Here’s a pic of the haze in our area (mtns behind our house) in the morning of 8/16/04. (We didn’t get one later when it was thicker.)

Since the rain yesterday, we have fluffy white clouds again scattered here and there and blue skies.

The night temps are definitely cooler. It was a bit nippy feeling when I let the chickies out earlier and the dew look “suspicious” enough for me to bend down and touch it. I knew it couldn’t be frost but I felt compelled to check anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then, I checked the thermometer…47 ° F.

Once again we are on the down hill slide…

Update @ 11:00am:

Now it’s just pure blue sky. I know we have the garage to clean…but I’d really like to go get more berries too… What to do, what to do? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Poor baby!

Our littlest guy had a mishap yesterday…his first to really hurt himself.

He tripped while toddling around and literally came near to slicing off a portion of his tongue with his teeth. Chomped right down on it and went all the way through along the edge on the left side near the front. If it had been a little closer to the front, he could have bit the end off. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

He wouldn’t let me open his mouth when it happened and he was gagging…I was praying he wasn’t swallowing it!!! I gave him some water and, since it was close to his naptime, I let him fall asleep in my lap where I could comfort AND monitor. Since he was sleeping, I was able to get his mouth open and look at the damage… sigh. It’s about a half inch wide and, again, goes all the way through along the edge. 1/2 inch doesn’t sound like much maybe for an adult tongue but on his little one it looks big!! Medical info I found said to apply a cold compress…which was out of the question…and to monitor bleeding. If the bleeding didn’t stop, get to the hospital asap. The bleeding slowed down eventually and, now the next day, has stopped…unless he “bumps” it. Last night, he had this miserable look on his face but managed to eat dinner ok. You could see that he moved the food to the other side of his mouth to chew and did so carefully. By bedtime, he was toddling around and gabbering although rather “thickly”. Sleep is a good thing for him right now – to keep the piece of tongue “compressed” against the rest of it for healing. His long nap yeseterday and night’s sleep has made him a cheerful, if still hurting, boy! ๐Ÿ™‚ His “speech” is still, understandably, “thick” but he’s going to be just fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s a tough one (compared to my others) to get to rest…not as easy to fall asleep or stay asleep…so, we’ll see. Please pray for a quick healing and comfort for my baby!

On to other news. It’s raining today. Quite heavily. But, that’s good. We really need it. Hot dry conditions have led to many forest fires further north and a lingering haze even here where we live. Health advisory warnings for poor air quality conditions were issued once or twice at least.

We tried to feed the chickies the slugs again a couple times yesterday afternoon but they still refused. Does slug quality change from early summer to late summer??? LOL Oh well. What to do with the slugs now…? I don’t want to let them go to possibly find their way into my garden but then it seems cruel to let them die in a jar. Wish the pullets would eat them! Humph.

So, since it’s raining, we’ll be inside today. Haven’t thought about how that will change the agenda today but I’m sure we’ll try to catch up the laundry and read quite a bit. I still have the perpetual sorting/packing/storing or pitching to do therefore I may spend some time in the garage with those boxes. Man, I’ve really managed to put off that unpleasant task haven’t I?! Winter’s coming though and we need to use the garage for what it was meant for – parking! I guess if I have to be “forced” to do it so be it. I really dislike procrastination…but I’m really good at it when it comes to some things. ๐Ÿ˜› LOL

Ok, that little pep talk motivated me! I’ll sign off now and get to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

A blessed weekend to all!

Speaking of picky eaters…

Having really warm days and cool nights, the dew has been really heavy on the ground in the mornings lately. I went to let the chickens out and on my way discovered a slug fest going on in a patch of clover/dandelion leaves as the dampness made conditions just right. I picked 25 of them (slugs) feeling happy about providing the chickies a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚ But, they turned their noses up! Those silly birds…they’ve gobbled them lickety-split in the past! Humph. I put them in a container and told the children they can try feeding them to the chickens later.

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