Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
after calling her doctor, who agreed it needed checking out (but was too far away for us to get to as it was closing time for her) we headed to the hospital with jaden and sage, leaving the older two at home to finish dinner and watch lavender. we arrived at 5:30.
at 7:30 we finally got seen and was told by a nurse that he'd have some cultures run to test for a virus. wtf? i said to him, so you don't think it might be appendicitis? he mumbled something about the pediatrician on staff would be in soon and fled. he never came back in again and another nurse took over (it wasn't a shift change, he just stopped seeing us, he was still wandering the halls after that.) the new nurse took us more seriously and asked a series of questions. the doctor got to us around 830pm. funny how we kept being asked the same questions over and over again...diarrhea? no. vomiting? no. sore throat? no. runny nose? no. on and on. didn't anyone actually write this info down?! it was insane. so the doctor said definitely something, either a uti or appendicitis. finally!
sage was going nuts at this point. mind you, we've had no dinner and he's not napped all day. we were told we wouldn't be leaving until at least 11pm as she wanted to do urine and blood work and a ct scan. so, i took sage home to get to bed and get some dinner and left greg with jaden, very reluctantly.
i forgot to mention that during the initial part of this, my daughter called to inform lavender had died. so, i had a dead goat in my kitchen and a sick kid in the hospital. oh, the joy.
i went home, got sage into his jammies, nursed him to sleep, ate a couple of hard boiled eggs and a bagel and then flew off to the store to get ice cream. greg had called while i was getting sage to sleep, jaden begging me for ice cream. the store, who's sign says open daily 7 a to 11p was closed. CLOSED. at 10:20pm. agh! so, i had to drive a few towns over to walgreen's, the next closest place. then, back to the hospital. about 5 minutes after i walked in, they came to take her to do the ct scan. that was at 10:40. then more waiting for the results.
everything came back negative except the urine. hooray! it was a uti! she gave us a prescription for a really nasty antibiotic and wanted her to take a dose last night. greg wanted her to have it even though i was against it. we went back to that walgreens to fill it and while we waited, i read off the list of horrorific side effects (including death). that was enough to get him to agree to wait and call the doctor today and discuss the necessity of this crap. so, the cranberry juice (no sugar added kind) is on the counter and waiting for her to wake up. not to mention a whole slew of herbs for teas and in tincture form to take.
we got home around 1230 last night. it really is sad the way our health care system is set up, all aspects of it. it is ridiculous to force tired and hungry kids to go hours without any relief like that. there has got to be a better way.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
in wintery news, WE GOT SNOW!!!! i don't really care for cold weather but i feel that if i've got to deal with it, there ought to be pretty and fun snow around. this is our first snowfall of the winter. pretty pathetic, isn't it?!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Want something fun and engaging that will teach them medicinal properties as well as how to make simple herbal remedies?
Need something that is fresh and updated on a monthly basis to keep them interested?
Well, look no further!
Introducing Herbal Roots, a monthly activity packet for kids!
Each issue is filled with stories, facts, recipes, crafts, mazes, word searches and much more. A calendar of daily activities is included to give ideas for herbal learning all month long. Includes chances to win free copies of the next month's issue and other great giveaways!
This month's issue is all about marshmallow. Go back in time to the Ancient Egyptians, learn to make real marshmallows, syrup, throat lozenges and much more!
And, as a premiere issue bonus, I'm going to give the person who refers the most sales a FREE copy of next month's issue! When referring customers, tell them to put your name and your blog name (if you have one) in the comments section when ordering...(be sure to list yourself as a referral when you purchase your own copy!). So, be sure and post an announcement in your blog, on facebook, myspace, twitter and in any forum you belong to! Get the word out that Herbal Roots is here!
Available NOW! through my etsy shop.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
i think given the situation, she is enjoying being inside. she gets bits of apple and pear along with her food. she's really quite handy to have in the kitchen because as i core an apple or pear, i just feed it to her. she's not eating the hay so much but she's eating grain when i offer it.
for the first time, i have a ray of hope that she is going to kick this and pull through. IF i can find the supplements! i may have to order it through jeffers which i hate to do because it will take a week to get here. :(
ETA: i found a formula made for horses at rural king that had all the minerals in the others so i got it and gave her a dose around 330pm. we had her sitting up, she stayed that way for about an hour and then got tired so we adjusted her so she could rest her head. i also stopped the pen and b complex. by 830, her head was back into the dreaded against her body position. so, i started up the pen and complex again and started heavily drenching her with electrolytes. i'm not sure if it's dehydration or the listeriosis but i'm not taking any chances. so, basically, we missed 1 dose of the pen. i'm not sure what's going to happen now.
i really liked it and will be using it again, as a matter of fact, a friend of mine is thinking of purchasing the tiny inserts maker and the larger block maker and then we can share what we have to make different sizes.
they held up really well and i mostly poured water into the trays so they could absorb it. i think some people put them in a container with holes so it can drain and set that in a tray w/o holes but i really didn't have any problems with it retaining too much, possibly because they were in the green house and the water evaporated quickly. i did water the tops occasionally and there's a comment on that post from someone at pottingblocks.com that said:
Actually bottom watering and top watering are effective. I prefer to use Fogg-it Misters and increase the gpm as the seedlings get older. The top watering strengthens the stems of the plants and they love mist and fog.
Bottom watering is for the busy gardener. Fill the pan up with about an inch of water once a day, or depending on the weather. They are actually blocks, not cells. If you want to make a homemade soil cell maker check out http://www.pottingblocks.com/
that website has a lot of great information on it. i highly recommend them, i truly think they are worth the initial cost!
Mother Earth will be my classroom.
The sky will be my ceiling
The ground will be my floor
The trees will be my walls
The sun and moon will be my luminance
The plants will be my carpet
I shall use her infinite beauty to bring children to life:
To wake them up with the delicate patterns of butterflies, leaves, flower petals and snake skins;
To nurture them with textures of rock, tree bark, soil, clouds, animal fur and bird feather;
To heal them with ripples of water, dances of barn swallows, lighting of fireflies, gazing of stars and buzzing of bees;
To instill in them a wonder of nature, a pride in preserving, a joy in reclaiming, a respect for all living creatures big and small;
I will teach through story telling, nature walks, peaceful activities and gentle observance:
How to heal
How to reclaim
How to give back
How to respect
That which we have damaged, destroyed, taken from, been intolerant of and turned a blind eye to.
And to open the eyes of the youth of today, tomorrow and yesterday to all the glory that surrounds us that we must protect for the greater good of all.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
it started out a few weeks ago, i noticed she was limping on her hind leg. i thought maybe our big wether had butted her and possibly hurt her. she is pregnant, due in a month or so (i have the date written down but i don't remember it) and i wondered if the weight of the baby was aggravating it.
she kept limping so i thought, well maybe her hooves need trimming, although it hadn't been more than 2 months, they do grow very quickly. so, i trimmed them. they didn't look bad at all.
then, on tuesday, she started falling down. uh oh. i thought selenium deficiency since we haven't offered as many loose minerals lately and sometimes pregnant does are susceptable to it, so i started giving her supplemental vit e/selenium combo.
two days later, her head starting bending to the side, into her belly. crap. listerosis (encephalitis). not good at all. luckily, i had purchased some penicillin a couple months back so we had some that's not expired. so, for the past 30 hours, i've been shooting her up every 6 hours with penicillin and vitamin b-complex. her head is no longer bent back but she is on her side and has been for about 24 hours. she thrashes her legs all around trying to move. she will eat grain if offered and rumen starter if offered and i've been giving her water with a drencher which she gladly drinks.
she bleats loudly. yesterday, i noticed she was blinded (another symptom of encephalitis) but today, she seems to be able to see again so that's encouraging but nothing else seems to be changing.
because it is so cold outside (and in the barn) and she keeps throwing the blanket off, we are bringing her inside to keep warm. it will definitely be nicer to not have to trek out there at midnight in 10 degree weather to give her shots to her! i'm supposed to keep up the dosage until all symptoms are gone for 24 hours. i have no idea how long it will take to pull her through, if indeed i've caught it in time.
it breaks my heart when one of my animals are like this. every time i go through something like this, i swear i am going to give them all up because i cannot bear the hardship of losing them. the past 10 months have been a nightmare with the goats. i have lost so many that i feel like i'm not worthy of owning such lovely creatures. will i ever be able to outsmart the diseases and beat them before they beat all the goats?!
it's times like this that i feel like a failure on the homestead.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. I will try to make these be about or tailored to those five lucky people. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It’ll be done this year
- You have no clue what it’s going to be.
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you! And please link to your blog so that I can visit and read in case we are new friends.
ETA: the winners are:
Thursday, January 22, 2009
this shows the stitching on the spine. your book would be stiffer since i'll line it with a heavy card board (think thick poster board).
this is more what i have in mind to make it more durable.
life here has been busy. seems like the only time i see the computer anymore is to do work. i hope all the time i've been spending getting my etsy shop going turns out to be worthwhile!
last night, sage and jaden were dancing in the living room and it got a little rowdy. jaden pushed sage and he fell and hit his eye brown on the edge of the tv cabinet. it was rather dark and he came running in to me and crying and i picked him up and he started nursing...after awhile, he got down and my oldest daughter exclaimed 'look at his face.' at first i didn't see it and said it was just his hair covering his eye. then, i noticed lots of blood. he had gashed open his eyebrow, a gash about 1/2" long. it had already stopped bleeding and he refused to let me clean it off. greg got home a bit later and coaxed him into his lap so he could clean it off. i offered a butterfly suture and that was that. this morning, it's swollen and i'm sure that's gonna leave a mark but he's acting as though nothing happened. kids! they are so amazingly resilient, aren't they?!
Friday, January 16, 2009
i was digging through my old pictures trying to find a picture of an herb when i came across this old picture of jaden...it's about a year or so old. this captures her perfectly...the sparkle in her eyes, the smile on her face. she is (usually) such a beautifully sweet little girl so full of love and joy. since sage has been around, i feel like i've lost her. i am so caught up in trying to keep him safe (and the house from being destroyed) that i never seem to have a moment to cherish her like i did the first two years of her life. it breaks my heart to feel this way and i'm working hard to try to get some of those moments with her again.
it has been cold here with no snow. :( we haven't had one single snow this year other than 1 dusting that was gone before it even touched the ground. if it's going to be this cold, it should at least be pretty. we've been sleeping downstairs because the upstairs is in the low 40's at night. brrr! but, downstairs, it's in the 60's right now. we have a futon and 2 papasans that we scatter between the living room and playroom and camp out on. very cozy! the wood stove is in it's 2nd winter here and is heating better and better. next year should be even better as it takes a few years to break them in.
the does are looking pregnant, some of the sheep are (some it's hard to tell through all their wool). i'm hoping the sheep are pregnant, i've never actually seen woody acting anything more than a little brother to them. i'm looking forward to some mutton this year! it's been a few years since i've had it, we just can't justify the cost but now that we raise our own, yum!
i'm about fed up with our great pyrs. they keep attacking our turkeys, we've caught them playing football with a few chickens and they even harass the sheep and goats. the goat retaliate and butt them but it doesn't seem to phase them. i'm about ready to give them the boot. i'd rather have a donkey that we could ride or an alpaca that i could use the fiber from to protect the sheep anyway.
i'm very excited about the monthly herbal packet that i have been working on. i had to completely re-write february's packet (the herb i had chosen wouldn't work for some geographical locations and i'd prefer not to alienate people so i am using that for march). i'm still in the process of writing the issue but it's coming along, sage allowing. i'll post some teasers pictures once i get some uploaded into the computer.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
if all goes well (read, i figure out how to work the scanning and pdfing process), i hope to launch the first issue sometime the last week of january.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
i'm wondering though if it should be all inclusive to herbs or if a smathering of all things fairies, gnomes and other magical wonders thrown in would be a welcome addition?
basically, it would be an online pdf that people could print and put in a binder to do each month and possibly have further activities, recommended stories, books, maybe some online links.
i prefer to keep it in pdf format to keep costs down but i am pondering offering a hardcopy too. the nice thing about pdf's is that if someone has several kids, they have the option of printing a copy for each kid to enjoy.
ETA: pdf's would cost around $6, hardcopies most likely around $10 including shipping.
so, i need some feedback. what say you, my viewing audience...if you were to want a monthly activity book (pretend you do!) would you:
want it to be herbally inclusive or include other magical creatures as well?
want it in pdf form or in hardcopy form?
jaden has been playing with clay and drawing pictures of fairies, unicorns and other fantastical things. sage lays on the floor and intently plays with his cars. he loves car and tractors. nina was into needle felting until she lost 1 needle and broke the other one. i need to get some ordered asap for her. caleb has been into legos and writing all things eragon into his handmade leather journal that nina and i made him for solstice.
it's been a chilly winter with very little snow but the wood stove has been keeping us quite toasty. sure beats the $600 monthly gas bills of past!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
i could have eaten the entire plate. fortunately, i also had a lap full of embroidery floss that was a mass of tangles that i was trying to get undone so i had plenty to occupy my hands (and i didn't want to get the floss greasy!).
we cheated and used trader joe's chocolate chips but still. serious yum.