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SQBEAR50
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 2:36 PM
Joined: 2/25/2017
Posts: 286


Happy Tuesday porch friends,

First off happy happy happy belated birthday to Jo and Lou. Hope you both had wonderful birthdays. 

Sandy, i can tell by the picture of your wedding day that you and Bob are so in love. I'm so glad you both have found love again. 

Judith, I'm sadden to hear about your recent dx. Sounds like you have a great medical support team. I will keep you in my prayers. 

Day, congratulations on your new position. How are you liking it so far? Speaking of the NBA finals, my husband likes the Golden State Warriors. Last I talked with him (he's still in Texas) he was calling around to his "connections" to buy tickets for him and our grandson. My grandson likes Stephen Curry.

Sayra, how is your volunteering going? If I decide to retire this year I may take a year (or two) to regroup and then possibly volunteer. I'm sure after working (sometimes 2 jobs) going to school all while being a single parent not working anymore may drive me crazy. I don't have any hobbies (except reading) 

I too used to watch Bewitched, I would practice in the mirror that famous nose "twitch" guess it worked for me cause something magical happened to me, I met and married my wonderful, best friend, handsome husband. 

Did/ does anyone watch "Mama's Family?" I have been recording this show so when I need a really good laugh  I watch it. I do the same with I Love Lucy.

It's starting to get hot here and my grandson has his 1st soccer game of the season, so I have my hat, sunscreen and lots of my favorite water (Hint water) ready. Don't like the heat at all, gives me headaches. 

I'm still struggling but I do have great support systems. My mother in law and sister in law have been amazing. I just told my mother in law last week that her son (my hubby) had 2 dozen pink roses delivered to me with a card that said "I love you and wish I could take away your pain/depression. Never hesitate to tell me what I can do to help you. We will always be a team through the good and bad times. You are never alone, we got this." Yes I cried.

Once again I thanked my mother in law for raising her children to be the wonderful adults they are today.

I'm so blessed.

Nicole


Lorita
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 3:54 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Hi,

Nicoke, sounds like your nose twitching worked in that you found a wonderful husband.  He's a keeper for sure.

Judith so sad to hear of the new disgnosis.  Thankful it was found so something can be done.  What's the next step?

Haven't planted my bulbs either.  Maybe this week.  The dirt in my planters isn't as wet as that in the ground.  Something ate my Gerbera daisy last night- down to the nub and the big wild violet ! just transplanted.  I've decided it must be the squirrels.  When the GPs first went out this morning both went directly to that corner of the steps so must have smelled something.  I shoveled more dirt in and put in a big rock in case whatever it is has been hiding under the steps - don't think that would be a squirrel.

Jo, I used to work with a man who transferred from Miles City, MT.  He talked about how rough the women were up there.  I think he was what Charles would call a panty waist.  The women around here, at least some of them, do the same things as the men.  I didn't see the show but wish I had.

I drove out early, early, with Stormy to check on the baby.  Everyone wss close together, grazing with babies laying down in the grass.  I've always driven among them in the CW or Gator so they're not afraid of it. Saw the baby and he got up and went to mom. Such a peaceful time with them.  I'll do it more often.  Stormy enjoys it, too.  Shortly after they began going into the barn for the day.

Zetta,  I watched The Flying Leather Necks made in 1951 and saw Doc Adams in it.  He looked so young with dark hair.

Didn't get a call from my doctor so assume lab tests were within normal limits.  I did call for them to send a copy to me.  Called the health dept. about my second booster and was told to call Thursday morning and they would know more.  Want to get that done.

Don't think I can take Celera or maybe any antidepressant. I have bilateral narrow angles and there's a risk of acute glaucoma if it's taken.  I have had bilateral Yag peripheral  iridotomies but I don't want to chance it.  I'll ask if there are any safe ones and spend more time outside(how I wish I still had that tree limb).  I'll take the Librium and will be fine.

Mike is going to buy our tractor.  Hate to see it go but I haven't driven it in quite a while and if it's gone I can put the car in the carport.  I opened the car trunk a day or two ago and a rat was in there ran down under the trunk.  So, now a snake skin in the glove compartment and a rat in the trunk.  Guess I better take my pistol with me when I drive it.

Jo, doubt gun control laws would help much - too many already out there to buy but they should ban sale of AK47s if that's the name of the assault guns. Rifles and handguns are needed for hunting and protection especially in the country.  

Judith, you're in my thoughts- hope it turns out all right-find yourself a tree limb.  They do help.




Sayra
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 4:46 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


Good morning

68F, 20 C.  Could get thunderstorms today.

Nicole glad you have  good support system.

Thinking of each of you.

Nicole volunteering is going pretty well now.  Thank you for asking. 

Take care everyone

 

 


Jo C.
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 9:28 AM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13118


Lorita, need to correct a misunderstanding; somehow part of my Post to Sandymac was misinterpreted.   Nowhere did I make a statement that handguns or rifles should be eliminated . . .  that is not my belief.  I will not go into the other firearms that are weapons intended for nothing else other than for being killing machines as this is not the forum for that.  I grew up in the U.P. of Michigan; hunting is a big part of that area and rifles were pretty much in every home for the purpose of hunting, deer hunting season being the big draw. 

 Got another reminder on TV news this a.m. about washing all fresh vegetables and fruits before cutting into them or eating them.  If not washed, even bananas or avacados when cutting - the bacteria is deposited onto the inside and will be eaten.  If hard veggies/fruits, one should use running water and a veg brush.  Reason is that the most common bacteria on them are Listeria and Salmonella which cause severe illness up to hospitalizations and death.   Have to say, I have never washed bananas - guess I have learned something new; now to put it into practice. 

Going to be in the 90's here today.  Our thermostat that operates the AC/Heat went out late yesterday afternoon, so no AC until a new one gets installed.  Of course this did not happen on the cool days, it waited for the next day to be hot.  Will try to get that new one accomplished today if possible.

  Judith, doctor getting more labs looking for cause of neuropathy.  Do you have Diabetes?   It can be a mystery trying to find causality.  As shared before, our very healthy adult son who was not on any meds, who is uber fit and exercises and purposely eats a very healthy diet, suddenly had an abrupt onset of multiple symptoms that landed him in ICU.  He had somehow developed a severe vasculitis.   It was the vasculitis which caused his severe neuropathy.  It has taken time and a lot of work along with meds, but he is now doing fine and neuropathy resolved, but will have to be on alert for possible recurrence.  No history, no clue what caused it. Good that your doctor is going to be a good medical detective.

 Gosh; there goes the phone again, seems to do it when I get on the computer.  Later folks,

 J.


Lorita
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:03 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Morning,

We had a little rain last but the toad stranglers or gully washers are due this afternoon and night.

Jo, there must be an answer but seems it can't be found - too many assault guns already here.  It's a shame but what to do?

Judith, did you know that caladiums   are very poisonous?  It mentions cats, dogs and horses but not cows. Every summer the ones in the planter outside the yard are eaten and regrow more beautiful and thicker than before.  Hasn't seemed to bother the cows.  Now I worry about the GPs.  You know Stormy pulls up plants and breaks others off.

Called Mike this am to make sure the new bull is friendly before I went down around him.  He said he's  ok.  He hit the ground ready for work - already interested in the new mom.  Not sure why because it's too soon but what do I know?  His head is covered in dirt and has been dehormed with stubs still there.  I will call him Samson.  He's big and pretty enough.  He just looked at me when I talked to him.

I heard a baby in the barn bawling and saw a cow coming up so assumed it was her mom.  Not so.  Baby kept calling until another one came up.  No idea why she was left in barn.  They all may have come up when it rained last night.  No bawling now so guess all's okay.  Told Mike that I am concerned about the new mom.  She's a big Brangus but you can count her ribs.  He'll come out this evening to check on her.  The more I think about it this may be the cow who had the injured hip.  She's older and he said when the older cows calve they can go down pretty fast.  She's grazing so hope she's all right.

Tom wasn't there when I fed him but was when I came back.  I was a bit late getting up and out to feed him.

Sandy, so enjoyed our visit last night.  Hope the test results are good.  Watch for those bears. The news this morning said there are at least 100 black bears in northeast Okka.  Just one more thing to watch out for.

Need to plant the vinca but think I'll wait until after the rain.  Same with caladiums.  Judith, if the ground is wet when you plant the bulbs they would probably absorb the moisture if it wasn't too wet.

Back later.  Funny how a tablet changes words.  This one has trouble with caladiums and vinca.



Sayra
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 4:28 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


JoC found your post interesting.  Had never thought about washing a banana til a week or two ago.  The thought just came to me wondering if you should wash a banana.    I washed it, the first time I had ever done that and then pops up this post. Funny how things like that happen sometimes.

Took mom and Jean groceries this morning.  Cleaned landscaping around mom’s house.  Was going to plant her tomatoes and peppers but she wasn’t agreeable with the way I came prepared to do it, so told her I wouldn’t plant them since we couldn’t agree on how it should be done.  It is just as well cause they wouldn’t get taken care of after I planted them more than likely.  I feel bad but it would have taken too long and been too hard physically, following all her instructions.  Hard to understand how someone so helpless can act so independent.  Guess when circulation not right head to toe things don’t make sense.

May thunderstorm and hail this evening.  We have had several windy, hot days in a row and it is effecting my plants..

Work again tomorrow.  They are predicting more rain for tomorrow too.

Take care everyone.  Thinking of each one of you.

 


Lorita
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 8:50 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Sara, sorry you didn't get to plant the vegetables for your mom. Sounds like she's used to being very independent and isn't changing.  Maybe another day.

Well, the mass shootings have hit close to home. During the local evening news a man went into one of the Warren Clinic buildings in Tulsa and shot and killed four people, then killed himself. Response time by police was three minutes but still too lste.

Saint Francis is one of the big hospitals in Tulsa and Warren Clinic is in the same area-61st and Yale.  I've been to both places for tests so kind of familiar with the area.  The news said he was upset with one person, came in with two guns and began shooting.

We have another new baby!  I saw the cow this morning and thought she wss ready. When I went out to check the barn she was laying down with her new baby laying beside her. There were  three or four others in the barn but just now went out and let Billy and another little one out, gave the new mom some hay and closed the gate. Mike was going to come to check the cow I'm a bit concerned about but guess he had emergencies.Probably will come in the morning.

And, this afternoon the driveway alarm went off and two big cattle trucks drove up.  Toad and another guy had brought the heifers.  Not all red Angus though -several colors.  Late this evening I heard the alarm and they had come up to the gate.  Our girls were really curious and watched as they unloaded. I'll see them tomorrow.

It's been a warm day but no rain.  

Sleep well.


Lorita
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:24 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Gosh, I miss Sara's early morning post.  She's working today so guess we'll hear from her later.

All the news this morning is about the shooting in Tulsa.  Four dead two doctors, a receptionist and a patient and the shooter killed himself.

The shooter, I understand was also a doctor(not sure,,). He had had back surgery and was still having pain. He bought the handgun two days esrlier, bought the AR15 two hours earlier and drove to Tulsa.  This man lived half a mile from where Jack resides now, about a mile from Carol and across the street from one of Carol's daughters.  The guy told them there wss a bomb in his home so that area in Muskogee was shut down until they determined there was no bomb.

Awful, useless thing to happen.

Chilly here this morning.  I called and have an appt. For my second booster Monday morning. They're seeing moms and babies today and there won't be a nurse there tomorrow.

Ants are driving me nuts!  Someone posted a remedy a while back- sugar mixed with something.  Does anyone remember?  I'm using Zevo on the counter which lasts about one day.  They seem to be everywhere.

This is Jack's 86th birthday. I had a notice on my phone that he had called after 1 am so called him when I saw it.  He said it was a mistake and was probably calling his daughter.  Now he's concerned about his medicine insurance and trying to work that out.

Hope everyone is okay or  at least better.  Judith, have you heard anything more?

Enjoy the day.


Sayra
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 2:08 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


Lorita I mix equal parts borax and powdered sugar with a little water.  They will flock to it at first but before long don’t see any more.

Very cool today. I’m tired, think I will rest the rest of evening.

Nice you are getting new cattle to watch Lorita.

 


jfkoc
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 2:26 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20917


Watching tennis...clay court but do not know which tournament..Djokovicb Nadal...doesm't get much better.

A week ago I thought I was healty, just aging. Now prediabetic, mild choronic kidney disease and the latest, from yesterday, some kind of  infection...coughing up lots of sputum. I fugured it was just something related to asthma. Pulmanologist said no.

Interesting note, our three major hospitals here use the same software for records so all info is shared. Yes, all three Drs agree with my health status so I have not a second but a third! All agree that my potential for a life style change is high...lol.

How is Lou doing now that everything is back to normal?

Weather report...not raining at the moment but looks like any minute. Lightening last night for hours...spectacular.

New cows? What is the count now?

New shooting? It will be very hard to get any gun control in OK. 

.


ButterflyWings
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 2:46 PM
Joined: 12/11/2018
Posts: 1093


Glad to have the ant solution recipe again. I think we need it here too. I knew something was up, as in...needed to find "the source".  There were lots of tiny ants in the bathroom for about a week, then a couple of really big ones yesterday. 

So, I have found one of DH's hiding places that I did not know about. The middle dresser drawer had a dried up apple core, carefully wrapped in a napkin. (When? Why?). So, that explains the little ants. That dresser shares a wall with the bathroom. 

And today, he was rummaging in the closet (which I usually redirect him from as it drives me crazy and the outcome is always "he's dressed" and ready to take off by himself somewhere.)  He's not really dressed properly of course, and it makes work for me to put the clothes back in the closet over and over. However...I just waited and semi-watched. Took my eyes off just long enough to miss where the trail mix came from though (!). He changed his mind about dressing up and brought me a handful of nuts, raisins and cranraisins, from somewhere in that closet. I checked several of the jacket pockets later and...no trace of crumbs or the original stash. It surely is not in a nicely sealed package. Guess I will check again shortly. Ant food for sure. Lucky we don't have mice or rabbits in here. omg.

Nicole and Sandy, it is nice to be adored. That's one thing I miss about my DH. He always treated me like I was gold. It is a big part of why I am trying to go above and beyond to help him through this terrible disease, at home for the duration if possible. 

OK, on a different note: with the published authors here, and all of you on the front porch are such wonderful storytellers...I am wondering who is going to write the children's book on "Zelda's Great Adventure"? To be so loved that a family would drive from Nebraska to pick her up, just imagine the rest of the story! Happily ever after I am sure Might have to write in a detour to visit some of Lorita's herd and the GPs, if that's possible! 

Enough foolishness for me, for today. Trying to just keep my balance with lots of caregiving demands right now. Wishing everyone a wonderful week.


loveskitties
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:22 PM
Joined: 6/14/2021
Posts: 560


Here is the afghan I made for my  granddaughter's graduation.
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jfkoc
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:02 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20917


The flamingo is fab...do you do that freehand???
Jo C.
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:05 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13118


Oh sweet Judith, I am truly sorry for the newest tribulation.  You are such a dear, dynamic, smart person with a great sense of humor; so hope there is a way to bring this under control very quickly.  I am here to say from experience, getting more "mature," is not always a barrel of laughs and sometimes not even a tiny giggle. 

Have to say, though this may have nothing to do with your health changes, my son's abruptt onset of vasculitis that caused the neuropathy from the knees down, also affected his kidneys and lungs; and caused two small strokes in a very healthy person in his 30's who had never been ill except for a once in awhile cold or flu.  It came out of nowhere and the diagnosis was missed by his primary care MD and by an ER MD. It wasn't until a second ER visit when the increasd numbness in one side of his face and down his left arm finally caused his admission to the hospital and actually my rabid input to keep him there when the deficient hospitalist wanted to discharge him the next morning.

The specialist who came to see him did a huge number of labs and what came back caused him to admit son to ICU and added about four other specialists working in concert due to the changes in his kidneys, vascular system, and lungs.  The primary vascular specialist did say if the vasculities had been caught earlier, the strokes and neuropathy could have been prevented. His kidney function was of significant concern for some time.   Lucky and blessed now in that after nearly two years he is finally off all meds and restored so well that it is as thought he has never had vasculitis, but he will always have to be on the alert lest there be a recurrence.

If they have not brought it up, do ask if you may have a degree of vasculitis; it can easily be missed according to son's vascular specialist.  In any case, I wish you the best care and the best outcome and good health returned very soon.

J.


SQBEAR50
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:45 PM
Joined: 2/25/2017
Posts: 286


Happy Thursday porch friends,

Butterflywings, I had a vision of your husband giving you the granola he had stashed away, made me laugh (sorry) I'm thinking he's storing food "just in case"  

Lorita, congrats on the new baby. When I was reading about your ant problem I started to itch...hahaha. Hopefully the homemade spray that Sayra told you about will work for those crawling ants.

Jo, it never fails when it's the hottest day that the A/C goes out. I remember one time that happened to me and I couldn't find the warranty information on the A/C so I called hubby. Of course he couldn't call/text me due to he was out of range of a cell phone tower. I went over to a friends house and enjoyed her working A/C.  Lesson learned I now know where the warranties are for everything in our house.

Loveskitties, the afghan you made for your granddaughter is beautiful. I know she will love it, even more so because you made it for her. Great memories she will have of you forever. 

I've been having increased pain in my neck/back. I no longer take pain medicine so my Dr (he's been my Dr since my chronic pain started) has told me to come into his office to get a pain shot (I've had to do this before and I only do this as a last resort) just need a driver. Though the pain shot only lasts about 8hrs I'm so grateful to get some relief.

My grandsons 1st soccer game this season is this Saturday, I love to watch him play. He enjoys playing and is getting better as he gets older (he started at 3yrs and he's 9yrs now) Next month he has private swim lessons (been doing this since he was 2yrs) my goal for him was to be able to get to the side of the pool in case he falls or gets pushed into a pool.

He is now swimming freestyle and is jumping off the high dive! So goal met. He is now wanting to take more lessons......ok with me. His mommy has him enrolled for karate and basketball in the Fall. We keep him busy so he doesn't have time to get into trouble.  So important with all the ugly things happening in this world now.

Nicole




Sayra
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 3:12 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


Good morning

55F, 13C

Marie nice afghan, you are very creative.

The borax mixture, just put it in a disposable plastic lid off of something and lay it in area where you are seeing ants.

Judith hope your life style changes help you feel a bit better soon.

Thinking of all of you

Take care


Jo C.
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 4:57 AM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13118


My goodness Sayra, I am up long before the rooster along with you.  It is 2:00 am here; I had a strange dream and awoke and found I could not get back to sleep and was twiddling my thumbs in the dark, so here I am.  Sayra; you are such a dear and loving daughter and kind person, how lovely of you to try and put in plantings for your mother.  I am sorry it did not go well, but you continue to be the dear person you are to so many.  Still wish you were my neighbor, it would be such a delight.  Hey Sayra; come on over for a cup of tea and some cookies in the late afternoon or maybe some homemade lemonade and put your feet up . . . . well, it sure does sound nice.

My goodness Lorita, two truck loads of new cattle!  Does it feel a bit odd to find two truck loads pull up with new herd animals with no advance knowledge?  I would find it a bit startling till I got used to it.  So you now have new "friends" to get acquainted with and care for.  Have to say, you sure do have a lot of new babies coming often; your nursery never seems empty.  Mike must be pleased with the way things are going.   Are you enjoying your new, completed bedroom?  Sure must feel nice not to worry about the under structure any longer.

We did get the new thermostat put in and not a moment too soon; it hit into the 90's and in a two story house, it gets really hot even with windows and shutters closed.  The more "mature" we get, we find we no longer tolerate the very hot weather as well as we used to.  And here comes summer; the dog days lurking just around the corner with bated breath panting with gleeful anticipation waiting to do its worst.  Ah well; it will be what it will be.   I usually try to keep track of "cooling centers" in the community which are put into place each summer for when blackouts occur.  We have never used them, but I like to know where they are.  Of course, with COVID variants spreading like wildfire and increased hospitalizations out here, I think that is probably another place to try and avoid.

Our county had 600 new COVID hospitalizations this week; if the numbers keep growing as they have been doing, county health dept. stated we will be back to mandatory masking again. As it is, I mask anyway.  The largest concern is for the impact upon the hospital bed availability.

Marie, what a dear afghan you made for your granddaughter's graduation.   It is so creative, she will undoubtedly value that for many years to come; made by her grandmother's loving hands.  What a wonderful and very useful talent. 

 Nicole, I am sorry that you are having such dreadful back pain; that certainly does restrict so much as the back is key to all movement.  I hope that you are able to get some help soon that will be more lasting.  Hang in there and take good care and do not try to overdo it; you are so used to doing all and sundry big time work with your uncle, is it difficult to try and lessen the need to be doing so much?  Your husband sounds liee such a loving and thoughtful man; it is obvious he adores you.  That is a huge blessing for sure.

Ants . . . what a debacle when they come to party and bring all their friends; thank goodness there aren't any "uncles."  Groan.  Me at 2:00 am; sorry.   Hope the borax solution works well and vanquishes them for you once and for all.

 My goodness Flutterby; what a lot of treats you husband has been bringing you.  I can only imagine your frequent searches in pockets and drawers and all sundry places; so hope his treasure trove has reached the end of its being hidden hither and thither.  Just one more "thing" amongst so many. 

 It also reminds me of when my DHs very dotty grandmother came to town to visit, staying at my MIL and FILs house. We went to visit her.  She knew my husband loved shelled pistachios.   While we were all visiting, she went into the bedroom where her suitcase was and came out with a handful of shelled pistachios in a tissue for my husband and she delightedly watched him eat them; she was so delighted that she once again went into the bedroom to get more for him which he dutifully ate so as to please her even though he did not want them.  The third time around, she said she was going to get the container she had the pistachios in so DH could nibble on them to his heart's content.  Poor husband.   When she came back in the room, she had the container alright; it was a very old used shoe of a pair she brought with her in her suitcase; and I do mean old and used, she was frugal to a fault as well a uniquely dotty.  "The nuts fit in the shoe perfectly," she announced with pride.  Well; poor husband turned an interesting color of green and told her he was now far too full to eat anymore.  My MIL and FIL began laughing so hard they had to hang onto their stomachs, I found myself  struggling not to do the same.  Poor husband, what a shock.  Put him off pistachios for quite awhile.

 Had some big work done on both back and front yards yesterday with a lot of trimming and shaping, we had someone skilled do it and are grateful to have it done.  Neither of us would be doing it well, as we both have joints that would have screamed blue murder and left us knocked sideways for days.  Used to do all of that and so much more, strange on how "maturity" eventually causes such unwanted results.  Ah well; many blessings to count and be grateful for each and every day.  I do remember to say thank you for those blessings; so grateful.

Well; I do count you all amongst my blessings, think I will see if I can get back to a bit of a snooze till a bit later this a.m.

See y'all later, and Sayra, have a good day today, you are off to your usual good early start, you will be greeting the morning sun.

 Big hugs being sent to the Front Porch to one and all,

 J.


loveskitties
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 6:20 AM
Joined: 6/14/2021
Posts: 560


Thanks all for the nice words about the grad flamingo afghan.

Judith, you asked if it was done freehand.  

The ones I do are crocheted.  Most often someone will request a particular subject...like school logo, or characters, or scene. 

 I will go on to internet to search for a copyright free picture or clip art. 

Once I find one I like, I put it into a free graphing program which makes up a graph showing colored squares.  

Most I do are single crochet, with one square being one stitch.  

I usually tweek the graph in order to make it more crochet friendly or to get it centered or to add wording, etc.

Lots of prep work, but usually I am happy with the result and so are the recipients.


Lorita
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 9:57 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Morning,

Nicole, so sorry about your back pain. When your back hurts you hurt all over. Some mornings my lower back hurts when I get up for a while.  Hope yours improve  soon.

Marie, your flamingo is beautiful.  I'm sure your granddaughter will love it and think of you. Funny, I just ordered a tablet cover with a flamingos on it.

Jo, the new girls were expected but just not at that time.  They're so pretty - all colors.  I went to the mailbox yesterday and they were standing fairly close to the road so stopped to talk to them.  I often do that when I pass cattle close to the road.  Their ears were up but they listened for a minute, then took off in a run.  Did it again this morning but no running.  They'll get used to me.

Sandy, Mike got here about 10 last night.  He tubed the baby with electrolytes and gave her antibiotics.  He said, and I knew, of course, that she was very sick.  He said he had cattle to work early this morning and would come by.  It's what they call bloody scours.  I could hardly wait to check on her this morning.  She's in a pen inside the barn, away from her mom.  She was laying down flat so talked to her and petted her.  Mom was just across the fence talking to her.  Went back again and she sort of sat up.  Mom could touch her nose.  She's so worried about her baby and can't be with her in the pen.  Mike got here in  a couple of minutes and she was standing but very weak.  He tubed her again and gave her a different antibiotic.  Mom can't be in with her until he gets the scours stopped.   He'll call this pm and will probably tube her again.  I'm going to hang and charge the back rubber today,- already have it in the Gator.

Jo, still haven't gotten that part of the bedroom wall painted but it's not bothering me.  I have to be in the mood to paint.  And, there's still something going on with one side of the floor next to the utility room that he couldn't get fixed when he did the UR floor.  I am enjoying the two new floors. Seems like everywhere I go or see floors on TV, it's the same kind-plank floors.

Judith, sorry about your medical problems - hope it turns out okay.  Please keep us informed.  Sometimes labwork   is off for odd reasons - hope this is the case.  Our friend, Sandy is also having some medical problems - seems like maturity is getting to us.

Did I mention I don't think I'll take the Celexa.  From what I read -'that and narrow angles don't work well together.  I'll get out more and will be okay.

II will continue to wear my mask, too.  Doesn't bother me. They're having the softball world series and not one person in the crowds is wearing a mask.  I watched both Okla. and Okla. State play yesterday - both teams won.

Judith, you were watching Roland Garros- French Open from Paris.  Don't care for Djovovich or Nadal but both are good players.  Federer, my favorite player, isn't playing. Still recovering from knee surgery. I haven't watched any of it this year.   Charles and I used to be avid watchers.

I'll get my second booster Monday and get the Borax then probably as quick as ordering it.  

Better stop and give the GPs their medicine and breakfast.  Already fed Tom Tom and the others.

Hope everyone is doing well this morning.


Jo C.
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 12:03 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13118


Oh heavens to murgatroyd, and gnashing of teeth!   The thermostat we got to replace the defunct one was evidently complex and rather than mess it up, DH had the AC guy we use come out to install it.  He was in our house about an hour or so.

I was upstairs when the repair person arrived; it was inside the house as said, and I could hear that DH and the man were near one another from the sound of their voices.

Well . . . neither one of them wore a mask!   My older diabetic husband which increases his risk, and we do not know if the AC fellow had ever been vaccinated.

Now here we are, two "mature" folks, both of us not knowing what the heck.  I am so not happy but will wait a bit before I give my two cents worth.  How in the world and what was he thinking????  Or not thinking; he knows better.

On average, (I looked it up to be sure it hadn't changed), a person will show positive for COVID within five to six days after contact.  Rarely; symptoms can show up after two days, however; it can be up to 14 days before becoming symptomatic. In 1 out of 100 people, symptoms can show up after 14 days.  CDC recommends testing once a week after possible exposure. 

Anyway, thank you for the venting spot.  Geeze.

J.


jfkoc
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 1:44 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20917


Dear wonderful friends....I do not feel bad and am not worried about the "stuff" they decided was wrong with me. Please do not be concerned at all...no prayers needed but you could send some will power. First life change...only ate a few bites of chocolate fudge cake...lol

Spectacular morning here and no rain is predicted. I am going to be very brave and very careful and lop off a few tiny branches. It is truly a jungle this year.

Lorita....Sandi at Florida Boy's says as long as the soil is draining to go ahead and plant. The top should have no more than 1.5-2 inches of soil covering. I have been planting much deeper! She also said night temps above 50 degrees.

That is a lot of steps on the flamingo but how clever of you to know how to do that.

Second life change...bought brocolli and fresh green beans at Joe's. 

 


Lorita
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 2:05 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Jo, we just don't think.  Sometimes we think after the fact.  I've counted down the five days and 15'days goodness knows how many times.  The thing is that the person we might be in contact with might have been in contact just before us with an infected person.  Did your husband say he was really close to the man?  Maybe it was just for a minute or so if he was.  I find myself backing up from people, even outside.  But you see people on TV hugging and very close.  Guess I'm just not brave enough.  Hope it will be okay.

Got the back rubber up and charged.  In fact, kind of enjoyed doing it.  Now as long as I wear this shirt I will be fly free.  I went underneath the back rubber twice and it rubbed my back.  Went in to check the baby.  He wasn't laying flat out so that was good - had his head up some.

Always interesting to see the cows and calves go under the back rubber for the first tine.  Must be kind of scary.

What does "open in browser" mean? Seems that is always at the too of my new tablet.

I think my refrigerator is about to konk out. Forma couple if weeks water has been collecting underneath the crisp ers so I use a bug sponge and get it out. This morning I opened the freezer compartment and a cloud of fog came out and there's frost on the top if it.  What next!!

Called Sears repair-we have a service contract on it but first available appt. Is Tuesday.  If they can't repair it they have to replace it.  Remember me going through that with the AC?  I feel like that little character with the black cloud over his head.  It is 22 years old so it's been good except for having the icemaker repaired and replaced a couple of times.  It isn't working either.

I've been getting call a from a Texas number about my computer. The guy says he's with Tech Club but they're in India so I'm leary of it. He says it's been hacked.  Who would want to hack an old country woman's computer? Maybe should call the bank and tell them to freeze my account for a while.  What do you all think?  If it's not one thing, it's three others.

Judith, watched a bit of Nadal's  tennis match.  The guy he was playing rolled his ankle and couldn't continue - this was after three hours and only two sets.

Softball should be on somewhere.  Both Oklahoma teams play tomorrow.



Jo C.
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 3:49 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13118


Judith, you made me smile.  I do not need willpower, I need WON'T power.  That is for true.   So glad you are feeling positive about this and have such wonderful doctors.   We will continue to care but will try not to worry.

Lorita, though much of the computer "stuff" seems to be managed in India, I too would be quite leery of receiving a tech call from India telling me that my computer had been hacked.  Question:  Did he know what kind of computer you have?   Did he call you by name?  If he did not have any info re your computer, then he may possibly be simply searching for a mark.  Somehow, such people find name lists that includes the  dates of birth or ages and then will target the older people on that list.   With any luck, you did not tell him anything about your computer or give him any information.  If he wants to send you information, I would never give him your email or home address; he can send it to a POB if you have one.  He also could have given you the contact number and information for the company in the states; still, perhaps best to use your own computer repair folks and see what they have to say.

 If you do not have banking information on your computer, I would not worry about it too much.  You can put an alert on your bank accounts simply by making a call to the bank.

 AIso, it is really a good idea, if you have not already done so, to put a freeze on your accounts on all three credit reporting agencies.  This way, no one can get any information about you and it protects you from all sorts of mischief by keeping your information private.  We have done this.

  Sure hope your refrigerator can be fixed at no cost.  If it cannot, considering it is 22 years old, it may be worth it to get a new one and not throw good money at something that has well outlived its expected life span and likely to develop further problems.   It certainly is true that it is always something.

The new cattle sound delightful; it will be fun getting to know them and them getting to know you; their midwife!  They will come around and it will be nice to see which ones are the special ones.

As for DH and he AC repair guy; they were together for that hour or so and were standing fairly close to one another; talking away like crazy.  I know it gets tedious being cautious all the time and I appreciate that; however, sometimes there are times when it is more important to be careful, being that it is inside in an enclosed area and being there closely for an hour or a bit more. I am letting go of it, but am keeping two weeks in mind.  How lovely it would be if that virus would vanish rather than continuing to evolve getting bolder and bolder. 

The night blooming jasmine seems to have played out their scent; they sure gave it a big go while it was in its best days.  Not like my Society Garlic plants; they bloom so prettily, but cut them, tug them or pick them, and it smells just like garlic alright.  I miss having pansies this year; I love planting beds of the bright colored larger faced ones. They always look so happy.

Take good care and hope your refrigerator keeps the frozen stuff well frozen until Tuesday; will keep my fingers crossed for you.

 J.


loveskitties
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 9:08 PM
Joined: 6/14/2021
Posts: 560


Lorita,

Unfortunately there are plenty of scam artist out there who are using "robo" calling to convince folks into giving personal information.

I have received calls from

"IRS" (no they don't call...they send mail if they want your attention)

Medicare - did you get your new card? (they don't call either)

US Government - I know they don't need me either

Amazon - large purchase on your account - (not to be believed either)

Free Medic Alert device recommended by physician - (oh really?  not mine!)

Credit card company - to reduce my interest rate - (mine about as low as they go)

and the list goes on and on.

Robo calls should be illegal.  A computer just dials random numbers until someone answers.  If you answer the first one, even if you hang up right away, you can almost be certain to get more calls in rapid order.  I also hate that if I don't answer, they end up going to my voice mail even if no message left...so annoying to have to get on to delete them.

I also hate the fact that the caller ID can show any  number, name or city they want to put in.  The phone company should be able to put a stop to all this.

It is one reason why so many folks have gone to cell phone only, but even there it is becoming an issue.

Lorita
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 10:35 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Thanks, Marie.  I've gotten e-mails  about not made purchases from Amazon, too.  Awful that there are people out there trying to take advantage of people.

These calls were on my cellphone and landline.  I bet he caller two dozen tines over a week or so. I do occasionally get calls from tech club but this had a Texas area code.  anyway I blocked bathe number.  Sorry about b that "r"- can't get rid if itI did call two if my financial institutions and told them.  Both places assured me my accounts were secure. Also unless you give some information a computer can't be hacked.

The vet just left.  He tuned April for the third time and will again in the morning.  Also gave her a shot of Baytril.  He thinks she's a little better.  I asked if he thought she'd make it and he said he hoped so.  May be silly but I took out wet paper towels and bathed her face.  I know if I don't feel well it helps.  She did have a normal BM, not much but also some with blood. b it's amazing how faithful and concerned her mother is.  She stays closeby but isn't in the pen with her.  She can put her nose through the fence and touch her.

The new mom had left her baby in the lot when she went to graze so I kept them in the corral when she came up to get her.I did open the gate so they can graze tonight north of the house.

I think the refrigerator is working some but haven't opened the freezer compartment.  Fingers crossed!  If Sears can't fix it they have to replace it like the AC.

Hope everyone can have a good night's sleep.  See you tomorrow

Judith, so glad you're feeling all right.  Just take it easy.


Sayra
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2022 5:36 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


Good morning

53F, 12C.  Giving sunny.

JoC so enjoyed the lemonade on the porch.  Have enjoyed lemonade since a child.  Don’t drink it any more as it is a big time bladder irritant for me.  Do fix kool aid lemonade once or twice a year.  Not the same but I still like it.

Understand your concern with your husband.  Also understand the other side.  Weariness can get us in trouble though.  I forgot my mask when I went out yesterday.  I keep one in my car though just for that occasion. Have one in my purse also.  Both are in a paper bag.  I did take both of nephews out for their birthdays. If I’m at the store and there are large open spaces leave it off.  But if other people around or up at checkout put it on.  Our sewer went up some this past week but had been stable for weeks before that.  Guess I’ll wear mask all the time until that goes back down.  It went along with an increase in hospitalizations here last week too.  Hopefully just a blip from memorial day and graduations, we’ll see.  The infectious disease doctor out of NYC says most people there he is seeing, are being symptomatic in 2-4 days of exposure now, unlike back in the beginning.  Always exceptions to every rule though. 

Lorita my motto is I’ll call you, you don’t call me.  Don’t know if I mentioned it or not but my credit card got hacked a few weeks ago.  First I got a text asking me if I had done a certain thing, ignored it.  Lol then I got an email, so decided to call credit card company.  Yes it was them trying to reach me.  Then they called me after I had already straightened it out.  Yes they were on it and I appreciate that.  Someone had tried to charge several hundred dollars at a NYC restaurant.  Credit card company denied the charge but had to issue me a new card. 

Have noticed that some are persistent about calling.  I am as persistent about not answering.  Feel like that gradually I have gotten less calls.  They can leave a message if they need to talk with me.  Very rarely do they.

Well going to try and get out early and get just a few more bags of mulch.  Still have a small amount left to do.  Got a little done yesterday.  Have a few branches that need lopped too Judith.

Want to change a few of my nice tomato cages into flower cages by cutting them in half, since I don’t plan on raising that many tomato plants any more.  My BIL loaned me an angle grinder to cut them with.  Gave me no instructions other than how to turn on and off lol.  I didn’t even know what it was called.  Came home and cut one down so much easier.  Decided should Google it for safety’s sake before doing any more.  Have done that now, know what piece of equipment I’m using, so hope to do rest before too long safely.

Take care everyone


Lorita
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:50 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Morning,

Sars, a few years ago the same thing happened here.  Someone had charged a lot of money for tickets, etc. In New York City. I contested it and they took off the charge.

I told the guy when he first called that I'd call him the next day.  I didn't because of the odd area  code then he started calling.

Mike came this morning and gave the baby more electrolytes and a pain shot.  He had a BM last night without blood so the scours are stopped.  He got him up and when I went out a while ago he was laying down.  I let his mother in with him and gave her fresh water and hay.  She's happy now.  He said this is all he can do so we're hoping if he can nurse he'll improve.  I keep typing "he" but she's a girl. So pretty and sweet.   So I'm praying she'll recover.

Need to plant my vinca and bulbs late this evening.  Supposed to be warm today. If you all see a strange word it's  this tablet changing them.  Why I don't know.

Sara, I'm still wearing my mask and will continue.  I don't see others wearing them but that's okay.  So, lost bold for some reason.  Lately electronics and me are not getting along too well.

Saw the little girls this morning.  I had another cow and baby across the fence from them and they were really interested in the baby.  I'll keep talking to them and they'll get used to me.

Enjoy the weekend.  We're supposed to have early morning rain this whole next week.


Lorita
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2022 6:48 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Another sad day on the farm.  Little April is going to sleep tonight.  Mike came this morning and gave her electrolytes and a shot for pain and got her up.  we let her mom in with her for the day think she might nurse.  I went out a little later and she and mom were laying down together.  I went out a Cole more times and she wss laying down flat.  I dat her up but couldn't get  her standing.  Mom had hone out to graze for a whil

I called Mike and he said something else is wrong v,- with the medicine he'd given four times she should be nab etter.  He thinks she,'s suffering so it's time.  We can't let her lay and suffer.  At least her mother has been with her today.

He just got here.  I won't go out.  He has Sidney with him so he'll let her sleep and take her away.   She'll be with her grandpa, Jasper, tonight at the Rainbow Bridge.


Thank you all for being here when I need to let out my feelngs.  I hate this even though it's a part of ranching  and life.


dayn2nite2
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2022 6:57 PM
Joined: 6/20/2016
Posts: 3203


Lorita, I am so very sorry about April.  You are right, she shouldn't suffer.  God bless you.
ButterflyWings
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2022 7:30 PM
Joined: 12/11/2018
Posts: 1093


Another precious little angel in the heavenly herd. Yes, part of the circle of life but it pulls at the heartstrings. Thinking of you Lorita.
Sayra
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2022 5:25 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 3758


Good morning

58F, 14C.

Lorita I’m so very sorry about April. 

Butterfly saw your post about inhalers and DH.  Sometimes at work it was very challenging.  Nebulizer with mask will work if they will leave mask on.  Sometimes instead of placing mask on face with strap I would just hold it slightly off of their face so not touching skin.  When they swatted at it I would move it back for just a second then right back on.  Others wouldn’t tolerate mask at all.  I took mask off and just held mist right under nose and mouth.  They don’t get as much of he medication this way but I just had to do the best I could.  I’ve been out of field 3.5 years so may be new things I don’t know about.  Know of no way to give a disk inhaler without patient cooperation.  The old style can be used with a chamber with a mask as long as you could keep mask on face for a bit.

Got mulching done yesterday.  Hopefully now I can clean up my garage and porch soon.  The garage is filthy.  

Thinking of you Ron.

Take care everyone

 


loveskitties
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2022 8:15 AM
Joined: 6/14/2021
Posts: 560


Dear Lorita,

So very sad about little April.  Doubly hard when it is the young and innocent who pass.

You did all you could.  I am glad you were not alone to make the hard decisions.

Wish I could reach right thru this computer screen to put my arms around you to offer comfort.



Lorita
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2022 2:46 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 14213


Hi,

Thank you, dear friends.  Even after all these years and so many losses  it's still very hard to.lose any of them.

I was hoping April's mom wouldn't be calling her this morning and she wasn't. When they took her to the graveyard mom called a few times, then saw her going the  same direction with her nose to the ground. I know they had her in the Gator but somehow she knew - probably saw them.loading her.  She's with all the others  now and up and running and playing.

I sent to sleep on the divan last night watching Barney Miller so just slept there.  Got up this morning and fed Tom Tom and the others. About mid morning it began to rain so laid down again, went to sleep and spent the morning with Charles and family in my dreams.  There were several of them - his brother, sister, mom and some kids. They were here but not this house.  They were fixing food and even mopped!  Wish that was true! Charles and I were in the PU driving down the road and two people were working on the electric lines.  He was singing the Rawhide themesong.  Got all the words right including the cut 'em in and cut 'em out part.  That's kind of hard.  I always sing  along, too.  I woke up and Rawhide was coming on.   So that was a pleasant dream.

It's stopped raining and is cool.  I proofread my.previous post but some words were still messed up.  Why it does that I do not know.

Hope all of you are well.  Sara, don't know if you have ever beard this but I feel like last year's bird's nest with a hole punched in it.  Mother said that a lot.  Or, Leanne's saying - feel like I've been dragged through a barbed wire fence backwards.

Where these sayings come from, who knows.

Got to feel better - get my second booster in the morning.  Supposed to be rainy.

We haven't heard from Ron lately.  Hope things are okay with he and Lou.  Judith, hope you are still feeling well.  Didn't get my bulbs planted - needed some rain first.

Sandy, hope you're feeling better.

Back later.  I need an acetaminoogen.  Did get copies if my lab results.  After all the talk of creatinine,  mine was up to 1.1. My doctor saw it and said it was okay so not worried.  Cholesterol was up three points but it's always been high.  Guess I'm good to go.


dayn2nite2
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2022 3:04 PM
Joined: 6/20/2016
Posts: 3203


Lorita, was it your eye doctor who told you not to take the Celexa?  Did he/she offer any other suggestion?  I really feel like you could benefit so much from an antidepressant.
jfkoc
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2022 3:10 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20917


Creatinine normal range is 

Mine was 1.07. That figure is up since labs done in Oct. In Oct it was above 0.88 too.

Day makes a good point about the anitdepressent. Did your opthamologist advise you not to take the Celexa? It is an antidepressant ...Librium for anxiety. If your Librium is "old" please talk to your Dr about taking it.

BTW...any word about Sarah and surgery?