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  • in reply to: My Hungry Goldfinches #5279619 Report Abuse
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    I’ve had people at the nursing home have goldfinches coming to their feeders again. The hummers are also tanking up for their migration. Are yours males? They leave first.


    in reply to: Monday in Mid-West #5279614 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I don’t know what we will do today. I have the day off, and get paid for it. It was sprinkling when I came home last night, and about an hour later it cut loose. I didn’t no more than sit down on the couch and DH said, “What was that bang?” I didn’t hear anything. We investigated and the wind had blown over the chairs on the deck. These are two plastic chairs that stacked on top of each other still look like just one chair. The hanging baskets were swaying in the wind, but I wasn’t about to get wet to take them down. I had already moved the Hibiscus over behind the peony bush and set another pot beside it when I came home, so I don’t think that blew over, and I put two other pots down on the ground, so they wouldn’t blow off. Everything looks okay this morning; the chairs are still tipped over and laying where they were last night. NOW, my flowers are starting to look weary. The petunia aren’t liking all this rain, and it has ruined most of them.

    I had one bucket of potatoes that had died out, so I dumped the dirt. (dirt/potting soil mix) I got a few pretty good sized potatoes in this bucket. The longest is 5.5″ and go down to 3″, and then a bunch of small round ones from ping pong size down to marble size. They are Russet. I don’t get much in a bucket, but it’s fun. I like digging potatoes when it amounts to dumping a cat litter bucket of dirt and then picking out the potatoes. I just figure we’ll eat a few as we go, and then I won’t have to worry about storing them. With it being just us two we don’t eat a lot of potatoes. I still have 5 bucket to go, but all their leaves are still pretty much green even though they have now fallen over. The small ones we just wash up and cook them whole in the microwave. They’re really good that way. This bucket will probably make 2-3 meals.

    I got an e-mail from DD last night letting us know that she was back home safely from Colorado. I thought they would be home tonight. I’ll have to talk to her and see how the trip went. They did leave to go out a day earlier than I thought they would, so maybe they did their sightseeing on Friday. I suppose they wanted to be home and off the roads before the nut jobs got out on the highways to come home.

    I did have help from 2-6, so I washed everyone up that I could. The short shift came in at 5, so I went to supper at 5:17. The 2-6 person did do our whirlpool shower before supper, so that was done; she knew the storm was coming. We got a different third person to help after supper that we didn’t know we were getting, so we didn’t struggle getting stuff done. Our extra help did the one shower, so us two regulars could get everyone else to bed. The extra help left at 9, 2nd person left at 10, and I left at 10:15. Work wasn’t stressful like the night before.

    I hope everyone has a great day.

     

     


    in reply to: ReallStorm came through earlier #5279434 Report Abuse
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    It’s headed my way. We have a huge band coming across Iowa and we should be getting it shortly. It was tiny sprinkles when I left work 15 min ago. We have a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. They have winds from 60-68 miles per hour recorded about 2 hrs. south of us.


    in reply to: Last day of August in the Midwest #5279222 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I’m working again today, but I do have a person to work with. I get the third person but don’t know when she will be there, 4 or 5, 4 I hope. I am NOT going to worry about the stuff that didn’t get done yesterday. If they say anything I’m gonna tell them what I think. I saw the gal that trains CNAs and told her what happened, and that I was mad. Maybe the word will get back to the upper crust. We will be short again tonight, so we’ll see what happens. At least we’ll be able to get our breaks at the right time; I CAN HOPE!

    I just talked to DS on the phone, and Brylie has cut her top 2 teeth now, and he can see the two that will come in beside them. I guess she is being a little pistol. (Insert grandma laughing here, and saying YES! Paybacks are hell!) She’s pulling herself up and standing, climbing up on top of stuff to sit, crawling at lightning speed. LOL I warned them!!!! I told him, “She’s just like her daddy!” We’ll be going down to see them next weekend. I’m anxious to also hear how DD’s trip to Denver went. DS said he thought she left Thursday. I sure hope she got to go to the Botanical Garden. I sent her links to the place, and links to the pictures Snow posted here. I would LOVE to see this in person, but I know that’s not going to happen.

    Well, you all have a great day, and I’ll try to salvage mine.


    in reply to: Hummingbirds are sure getting greedy #5279136 Report Abuse
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    DH said he saw one last night out by the deck plant. Males leave first so they are probably tanking up for their trip.


    in reply to: ever notice this? #5279134 Report Abuse
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    When the censoring people started and getting on people about how they reply to certain subjects it strangled this board. It’s getting so there isn’t anything to talk about. People are afraid to reply for fear of “offending” someone and that ends the response to post. There are still a few of those that liked to snipe that still come here, and I’m sure they are just chuckling to themselves. I read, but the BYC basically has nothing that interests me anymore. I stay over in the Midwest.


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest August 30 #5279014 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Work was work from hell again. I worked alone for the first two hours. They just changed it that the 4-9 was now 5-9, but I had the nurse call the gal and see if she could come in at 4 and stay to the end of the night. We had three showers and two therapies to do, and only one shower got done out of all those, and that was because it’s his birthday tomorrow and his wife wanted him showered, shaved, and she had the clothes picked out that he was to wear tomorrow when she comes to get him. We had a new resident admitted yesterday, so that brings the count back up to 20 people on our wing, so we are not down in count, but we’re still gonna be short again at 6 tom. night. The day shift gal is staying until 6, and then it will be us same two that worked late tonight. I didn’t swipe out until 11. As I said, I love my people, I just hate the bull shit that’s going on with management.


    in reply to: Do you know anyone with a Cyclone Rake? #5278811 Report Abuse
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    This guy explains all details of how to use this machine. Maybe you should let your DH watch it and see if it’s what he’s interested in trying.


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    Your best defense to remove these is to do it at night. All the bees will be inside the nest. If it were me: I would first try to see how this nest was attached to the tree. Look to see if it’s hung by one stem or attached by a large area on a limb. I’d first remove all the branches around the nest without disturbing it; this might have to be done on a separate night. I’d put on a long sleeved hooded sweatshirt with the draw strings pulled tight so not much of my face was exposed, long pants, and gloves that were flexible, but would prevent a sting penetration. I’d have a thin plastic drawstring garbage bag? or some sort of light plastic bag big enough to go up around the nest without disturbing/bumping the nest. I’d inspect the bag and make sure it has NO HOLES in it if it’s a store bag. Once the bag is around the nest I would QUICKLY close the bag round where the nest is attached to the tree, and break it free from the tree. I would make ABSOLUTELY SURE that the bag would stay closed and no bees could escape. This is where full body clothing comes in handy just in case you have some escapees. If the nest comes off cleanly, I’d just give the bag a quick twirl to seal any escape and go back down the ladder. I’d then secure the bag top so no bees can escape by tying a knot if possible or wrapping tape around it. Pulling the drawstring tight might not work as they might be able to still get out. You might want to double bag if for safety sake. How this nest is attached to the tree is what they need to determine first. If it isn’t attached by much, that would be great. If there is a limb involved that would have to be cut off or broken off depending on size once you have the nest bagged. It may not look like many bees, but there could be hundreds in there.

    I had an empty yellow jacket nest in my garage that I took down this spring. It was about the same size as yours. I spent most of last summer sucking those things up in a shop vac. while standing on a ladder. They were going in at three different places, so it was a challenge. I know my garage, and knew I couldn’t go up there to remove the nest. I counted every time one was sucked into the extension on the vac. tube. I was out there several days a week for over a month; I kept writing down my count each day. At the end I had about a 1,000 and that doesn’t include the ones that went into the pop bottle beer traps that I hung on the garage eves. In researching how to make my own traps I also found out that yellow jackets will attack a honeybee hive and kill the workers. They bring the dead bee’s abdomen back to the nest to feed their own larva. That put me on a mission to destroy the yellow jacket. I used to see lots of honeybees around here, but now I rarely see even one. I do have lots of bumble bees though.

    I was up in the garage this spring, and took a flashlight with me. I went looking for that nest. I found the yellow jacket nest hanging on the wall, and it wasn’t an easy scrape off. I also discovered the one that had been built several years before that; it was hung in a tiny area of the side rafter, but I couldn’t get to that. We had sprayed stuff in that hole and they had to crawl through it to get in, so that eventually killed them all.

    If you have binoculars, see if you can see how the nest is attached. That’s where you start making plans from. If this is too high up, I guess that will dictate where you go from there.


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    I microwave it in the husk for 3-4 min. per ear depending on the size. When it’s done I just make sure I cut all the husks all the way around at the bottom of the ear, and then shake it out. I’m an Iowa farm girl and we don’t cut off the handle if there was one left on the bottom of the cob! LOL I wear my oven mitt to grab the silk end. Almost all of the silk stays in the husk when you shake the ear out; you might get a couple strays. I used to boil it, but this is so much faster because you don’t have to wait for water to boil or throw away that water when you’re done. I bought 4 ears of white and yellow at Walmart today for 20 cents each, so I will be making that soon.


    in reply to: Cat food……dry vs cans…????? #5278523 Report Abuse
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    One thing I forgot to tell you was to NEVER give a kitten or puppy cow milk. It will give them diarrhea. My brother told me this and he ran an animal shelter for many, many years.

    I went and read my labels on the Fancy Feast cans and they all start out with some sort of meat or fish products for the first few ingredients. I buy the Classic kind because my old cat doesn’t eat the other versions. Look for the canned kitten food. Only put out a little bit of food when it’s canned. If the kitten eats it all put out a little more. If it sits out too long it dries out and then the kitten may only eat part of it. I only give my old cat 1/2 a can at a time. She only eats a can a day. She isn’t a big eater of anything at her age. She has certain flavors of food she likes and certain ones she doesn’t. Like I said, if you feed them good quality food they don’t need to eat much to be satisfied. I think Fancy Feast has just one canned KITTEN food. Our cat started out with the canned kitten food. I pay in the 55+ cent/can range for Fancy Feast canned food. If you offer water, small portions of wet, and self-feed dry food then the kitten will eat what and when it wants.

    When my cat was much younger I tried to go to a different brand of canned cat food and she started dragging her butt on the carpet. My brother told me there was too much salt in the food and it was irritating her butt, and that’s why she was doing it. I went back to what she had been eating and it stopped immediately.

    I hope you get your kitty home soon.

     


    in reply to: Friday in the Midwest #5278515 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, By looking at Leroy’s post I could have started this when I was up this morning. I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I came down and got on the computer. I ate some breakfast and laid down on the couch again at 8 and just got up again right before 11. Getting real tired of this insomnia stuff. I’m waiting for a book on Adrenal Fatigue because I think that’s what I’m dealing with. Stress is a big culprit in that and my job would give me stress. Today and Monday are my days off, so I’ll have to see what I can do to relieve some stress. DD is going to Denver, Colorado this weekend with her boyfriend to his cousin’s wedding. I sent her the links to the Botanical Gardens and those pics on here of the glass exhibit that’s going on there. I don’t know if they will go to it though. They are doing a 10 hour drive to get there, so I would hope they could try and do some fun stuff before they come back.

    I’m SUPPOSED to be done and gone home from work by 9:30 on paper. Well, that didn’t happen. I left at 10:14. The other gal was still charting when I left. The short shift gal didn’t get the memo about her shift changing until she got there at 4. I told her she could stay until 9, because she didn’t know about it until she got there, so technically her change doesn’t start until her next work day. Her staying the extra hour, still didn’t get us done on time, and I still didn’t get the therapies done, but I had just done the same two people the day before; I can only do so much. I was running my butt off trying to get out of there as it was, so I did forget to chart putting one person to bed. Oh well……………

    It sprinkled all afternoon yesterday and quit about 5:30. It apparently rained again sometime after I came home after work. My plants are not exactly liking all the water. The grass needs mowing, but I need to clean up the dead coneflowers I left laying first. I was going to finish pulling them out but it’s been raining, so it didn’t get done. I guess it won’t get done now either because DH just said it’s hot and muggy out. Dang!

    Hubby has discovered now that he DOES need to wear his glasses for distance. I think his eyes changed more after they got rid of all his eye drops, and they are now settling down to where they will stay. He had already been to the eye dr. for an eye exam and had already had the new lenses for his eye prescription made and put into his old frames, so that was a good thing. He got his glasses out and could see much better when he put his glasses on, so he’s back wearing glasses.

    Well it sounds like everyone is doing okay, so I’ll check back in with you later.

     


    in reply to: Thursday in the Midwest #5278248 Report Abuse
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    Lair, I do love my residents and taking care of them. They aren’t the issue; the two bitches are my problem. When I have to work 8 hrs. with one or both of them it IS awful, but thankfully that’s only a few nights a week/mo. With the shortage of help, these witches are picking up more hours and putting their names down to work under MY NAME. They don’t want to work with any other people, because they don’t think the others work hard enough. They think they’ll have an easier night working with me. When they work together, they stay in each others pocket all night long, and rarely say a word to me unless it’s work related. Not real fun working with people like that. These two create drama whenever they work. The one thinks she’s perfect, and has said so, so you see what I deal with.

    How old is your dog? Was this just reg. poop or does it have diarrhea/kidney issues? Diarrhea can be a sign of kidney failure in old pets. My vet told me that if my 18 yr. old dog got diarrhea to bring her in right away as this was a sign her kidneys were shutting down, and she would then be in pain. It did happened and we put her to sleep quickly. I hope things have improved.


    in reply to: Cat food……dry vs cans…????? #5278245 Report Abuse
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    Buy GOOD QUALITY cat food. It costs more, but they eat less because the hunger gets satisfied. If this is a kitten, it will need age appropriate food. This little body is growing so will need good quality food to feed growing bones/body. If you buy quality kitten food, the kitten hunger will be satisfied; it will digest more of the food; quality food makes them eat less, digest more, so not as much poop and saves on litter. Watch the salt content.

    Canned and dry are both good. If this is a tiny kitten, it might still need soft food because it doesn’t have the adult teeth yet. That doesn’t mean it can’t have dry food. You might just have to add some water to it to make it softer until it gets the bigger teeth.

    If this is a tiny kitten, buy food for a kitten. There are many good foods; Iams and Blue Buffalo are good foods. You just need to watch out for the cat treats. I think they put way too much salt in these foods and that’s what messed up my cats kidneys.

    If this is a smaller kitten, I would leave food out so it can eat whenever it’s hungry. It’s a growing body. Just like a toddler, always hungry, always growing.

    I feed my 18 yr. old cat canned Fancy Feast with dry Fancy Feast on the side. She is way too picky and doesn’t like dry, never has, so she doesn’t eat much.

    Ask at a pet store like Petco, PetSmart, or the vet can recommend good quality food. I had to put my cat on special food from the vet when she went into renal failure almost 3 years ago. When she started losing weight on that I went back to just canned Fancy Feast with dry on the side. She’s still here, but definitely on the way down, but her age is also a factor. She’s blind but can still hear a can of cat food being opened up.

     

     


    in reply to: The year of the bears #5278241 Report Abuse
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    You should find yourself some fire crackers. I bet if you set a bunch of those off they would get tired of it and leave. We have a place that sells fireworks year round not to far from us.

    I don’t get why they dump PROBLEM bears off near MORE PEOPLE. They are just moving someone elses problem into your neighborhood. Maybe you need to talk to a game warden and tell them about your PROBLEM bears. You need to get yourself an elec. fencer and put up some hot wires for them to run into.


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