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  • in reply to: Anyone keep a "Garden Journal"? #5268970 Report Abuse
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    I keep a written journal of my bird watching but not my flower planting. I take pictures of my flowers and the camera puts the date, so I know what bloomed where and when. I’m going to have to wait until next year now to see if the Columbine seeds I flung all over the bed decide to grow in new spots. I also discovered last week that the Stargazer Lily I planted out front actually came back and is blooming. I’ll have to wait and see if any of the bulbs that were missing this spring come back next year. Allium seed heads that I had laying on the back deck dropped their seeds through the cracks and now I have those that came up under my deck. It must have been 2-3 yrs. for that seed to create a bulb to grow. Amazing and tough plants! I’m still waiting on the Texas Bluebonnet seed pods to get ready to open. I don’t know where I’m gonna plant them; I’m just hoping they don’t ‘explode’ and the seed goes flying like I was told it would do.

    I think a photo journal with dates is a better option for me.


    in reply to: Tuesday July 29, 2014 in the Midwest #5268927 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I’ve been up for a couple hours already. DH is at a checkup for his eyes. I know the “dr. with the hand on the door knob” all too well. DH had the same thing when he had an appt. with a dr. for his back 31 yrs. ago. We sought a 2nd opinion and it was the best things we could have done. Dr. #1 (sports medicine) wanted to make a foot long incision in DH back. He never had me in the room. Dr. #2 (neurosurgeon) looked at same x-rays the first dr. did, and said he didn’t need that big of an incision; he would do a 3″ incision. He also had me sitting in the exam. room asking me questions while DH got ready to be examined. Glad we went for the second opinion.

    Well, it happened yesterday. I got to work and the State Inspectors were there. I dodged the one I saw by going into a resident’s room to do his therapy. We’ll see what today brings. They will be there for at least 3 more days. I’ve heard they asked what you would do in the case of hearing abuse going on. We have a sticker on the back of our name badge with the abuses listed and the phone # to call. If there is active physical abuse going on: you remove the resident; you tell your supervisor immediately; you have 2 HOURS to call the phone # and report it to state. If you don’t do this, you then get in trouble also because you knew and did nothing. Other forms of abuse you have 24 hours to report. We ARE MANDATORY reporters. I was involved in a situation only because someone told me what was said to a resident in a bathroom and asked my advice about reporting it. I told her she needed to tell the Dir. of Nursing, who just happened to be up in the office that night. I ended up having to talk to a State person also. The reported person lost their job because they wouldn’t admit they did anything wrong.

    Carol, I can’t swim, so there was no way I would be jumping into the water. DH probably would have made me walk home. I thought I got the blood out with the OxyClean, but when it came out of the dryer it still shows spots. I’m just lucky it was an orange shirt. I guess I’ll need to use an orange Sharpie Marker and draw a new picture on the shirt, so nobody knows it’s fish blood stains. LOL

    Lair, DH mentioned it to the dr. office about his situation and he has an appt. with a different dr. now. He couldn’t get in until next April in Decorah, but if he goes to La Crosse he could get an appt. in Feb. That was when he was due for his next checkup in La Crosse anyway. Some of this crap is caused by dr. being told that they can only spend X amount of min. with a patient. BULL CRAP!!!! A GOOD dr. will take as long as is necessary. Lair, I’ll get up on that soapbox with you. You have to be your own advocate and watch your own back. You gotta speak up and BE HEARD or MAKE yourself be heard or they will ignore you.

    Dena, I’m glad you had a good reunion. The trip back sounded like the best part of the trip.

    Sandy, You almost made it through the toughest part; you should have kept going. DH quit when our son was a baby; he’s now almost 27. He said you have to want to do it or it won’t work. One day at a time. A little guilt here: do it for the grandkids. They DO need you. Just think of the money you will save. I hear you on the speeding ticket. Just don’t get another or your insurance might go up.

    Well, gotta go. Where is everybody?

     


    in reply to: Monday July 28, 2014 in the Midwest #5268645 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I have to work the next 4 days in a row. I’m getting more leery of going to work each Monday because State Inspectors haven’t been there yet. I KNOW we won’t get off without something. I already see the stuff dayshift forgets to do, and they would all be a ding for the home. There is one smart mouth that thinks she knows it all, and she would be there first ding. We lost a resident Friday night just after I left, but it was such a blessing for him. He had been in really bad health for the past few weeks. The spouse passed 4.5 months ago, so it was time.

    I didn’t take a camera along and DH took a pic of me on his cell phone. I didn’t even think about taking a picture of them when we got home. I was just more concerned with how long 6 of them had been dead and figuring out how to get them skinned and cleaned up. It was good eats as that one TV show host says. The fish covered the plates from side to side.

    Here’s the pic; this was a laughable moment, because I had just been splattered. There was a really good breeze out at the pond and it was hard to watch a bobber in the rippling water.

     

     


    in reply to: Sunday in the Midwest July 27 #5268485 Report Abuse
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    Well I made it out fishing and we came home with 7 catfish that we kept (15″-17″), and we probably threw back that many or more. We called my brother to tell him that the catfish were biting, and he said to keep everything we caught; I wish I had known that before we threw a bunch of them back in. I had one catfish that swallowed the hook and started bleeding out his gills right away. Well, while I was trying to get the hook out it started flipping around and I ended up covered in fish blood. I had it on my face, my glasses, my shirt, and all over my legs, arms, and hand. What a mess!!! DH told me, “You might as well just wipe your whole face.” I know my glasses and sunglasses were both full of blood. I felt some go in my mouth and I spit that out. YUCK!!!! Andrew Zimmern I’m not!!!!

    When we came home I had to go to youtube.com, and refresh myself on how to skin a catfish. I ended up skinning and cleaning them all. DH and the neighbor next door stood and watched me. I think the neighbor was in awe of how fast I was doing it. If you have the right tools it isn’t to hard to do. I just need a better filet knife that actually cuts. I did see one video (after the fact) that the guy used a utility knife with the razor blade in it and that would have been much easier. I have several of those, so I wouldn’t have had to buy one.

    After I cleaned them all up, 5 went to the freezer, and two got put in the frying pan with butter. I didn’t filet them, so the rib cage was kinda big. I fried them 5 min. on each side but I wasn’t sure I had them cooked done; I thought I saw some bloody pink. I couldn’t get a 145 degree temp. reading, so I just put them in the microwave for 2 min. on high to make sure they were done. I sprinkled Lemon Pepper on mine and DH ate his plain. I thought it was very good fish. I did see a video of a guy using an elec. knife to filet and then remove the skin all in one process. He cut behind the rib cage and many people made nasty remarks about his wasting the fish. I did think there was a lot of edible meat in the rib area.

    I guess we will be getting some more catfish fish in the future. All we used was a hook and worms; nothing fancy about that.


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    Maybe your need to start a book of funny things that have been said. You could have her help you plant the old maids. Get the real flower seeds and plant them when she isn’t there, so they come up in the same pot she planted them in.

    My DS came up with some funny stuff when he was little. One was after he got his hair cut at the barber shop for the first time. He wanted to know if he could go back when his hair got OLDER. LOL

    I’ll have to wait to hear what good ones Brylie comes up with.


    in reply to: Sunday in the Midwest July 27 #5268359 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, We went to church this morning and then to the grocery store to their deli. We got a rotisserie chicken, potato salad, cut up melon, and some packaged shortcakes. It’s easier to buy dinner than to try and cook for two and heat up the house in the process. Cooking and baking just makes the AC run even more. We still have leftover chicken and that will probably be sandwiches for supper along with the other leftovers.

    Our grocery store deli has different cards for free food. If you buy so many of a certain item you get one free when your card is full. The cards are for the whole rotisserie chickens, the deli dinners, and the cold case salads that they package up for you. You have to buy a whole pint to get your card signed. They mark for each pint you buy. I bought two salads but got 3 signed off spots because the one was a quart size. You buy whatever the amount of Xs the card requires and then your next one is free. On July 4 I bought two salads and ended up filling my third card.  I had three salad cards full, so I got 3 pints of salads for free, and I picked their highest priced items for my free items. That was over $17 worth of salads free. My DIL couldn’t believe it when I handed her 2 pints of potato salad and they were both marked FREE. I have to bite my tongue when I have my own family get salads and don’t get the cards punched. For my birthday surprise, my family got 3 salads and a birthday cake and I KNOW they didn’t get the salad card punched. If you buy 6 of the whole cooked chickens you get the 7th one free, ($7) I think they even give it for the broasted chicken also; I should ask on that one. If you planned it right you could save them up and have a big holiday meal for FREE.

    DH asked me if I wanted to go fishing this afternoon, so that is our plan. The sun is out, but I hope it disappears sooner than later.

    Lair, glad you’re feeling better. I know what you mean about the price of meat, but as we all know, it’s not the farmer getting it. Those semi-drivers have to pass on the higher fuel expense to haul those cattle, and then the middle guy wants to get his share for cutting up the meat, so you tack more on. Then it gets trucked again to be distributed. You might want to check with a butcher shop that kills and processes their own meats, and see what they want for their hamburger and steaks. They might be cheaper because they ARE the middle man and can eliminate all the truck fuel expense. Our Christmas meat bundle from the nursing home comes from the locker here in town. Jet’s Meats has won numerous awards at the Iowa State Fair and other places.

    Leroy, your bread sounds yummy. Do you have a recipe to share? I’ve never seen your plant before, interesting.

    Sandy, water is your best bet for staying hydrated. If you are sweating a lot you might want to take some Gatorade to keep the electrolytes up.

    Carol, it just doesn’t seem like it’s almost August. I’m supposed to go for the hearing test and figure out about my left ear Aug. 5, but I might be able to cancel it as it seems the hearing is coming back. I still have a week to decide, but I might need to do it anyway as I know my hearing isn’t as good as it should be.

    Well, gotta run, talk to ya later. I might have a fish tale to share, but I doubt it.

    Notice, I finally got this thing to take a picture for my Avatar. I had to update my profile because my age was wrong and a few other things. Finally, I have a picture again.


    in reply to: Garden Project for my friend #5268322 Report Abuse
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    I’m sure you know that God was watching over your shoulders as you two did this. He’s making marks in His big book and making sure that it’s noted what you two have done. The fact that you two got this done in 3 hours IS amazing, but it was really 6 hours of work.

    You have done more than just the physical work; you’ve given your friend relief from the stress of worrying about the weeds and the way things looks. She can feel pride now, and that goes along way in her healing. You have given her a medical treatment that no dr. can give her. You gave her happiness, joy, and the feeling of pride, respect, and most of all LOVE.

    You did a great job!


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    I had already lost my butterfly bushes the year before, so I didn’t replace them this spring. I did notice that my red poppies that did come up were sparse in my main flower bed. Thank goodness my whole row of volunteers came up, but they came up on the east side of the house in a sheltered area. To my amazement the Texas Bluebonnet plant grew, and that was right at the end of the daffodil row. I think the delphinium flower died from lack of sunshine because of the maple tree.

    I have 4 pine bushes that got hit by the cold, two on the west are 50/50 green and brown but the two on the north died. Two other bushes that usually kept their leaves during the winter have just a few lower level branches that are still alive, but I don’t think they are worth leaving.

    Some things survived that shouldn’t have like a pot of balloon flowers that never made it out of the pot I bought it in, and others that were in the ground and should have survived didn’t. Everything had a deep blanket of snow, so I don’t know. I think the warm up and then freezing to near freezing temps. this spring did the most damage.


    in reply to: Happy Birthday~BACKHOEWIFE~7/27 #5268116 Report Abuse
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    Hi Janet, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a special day.


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest #5268113 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, It’s NOT my weekend to work, but I may see if they need help later on tonight. Last night was total chaos! We had a resident dying, another one that we didn’t know what was wrong, and yet another with loose stool and throwing up. Fun huh!!!!! Plus the other wings wanted to pull one of us to help them; NO CAN DO!!!!! My poor nurse, Aaron, never even got a chance to go to supper or have any kind of break. I punched out at 10:06, and I asked him if I could go to Kwik Star and get him something to eat. He said no, but I did it anyway. I filled my car up with gas ($3.29), grabbed a hot sandwich and a lg. oj and went back to the home. I surprised Aaron with the food and he was most appreciative. Then he gave me a surprise right back. In that short amount of time our resident passed away. WOW, wasn’t expecting that and neither was he. I knew he needed the food and he probably ended up being there until 2 a.m. with all the charting and paperwork he was going to have to do.

    This morning we went to Decorah to the Nordic Fest Parade. It started at 10:30 a.m., but we didn’t get there until 11:20 and still watched about 45 min. of parade. I found the food booth that sold Kringla and then the booth with the lefse for DH. We wandered around for awhile after the parade but the food lines were so long, so we went to McDonalds out at Walmart. When we got done eating we went into Walmart and got groceries and then came home. Don’t know what else we’ll so yet today, but supper will be the next item on the agenda.

    Carol, I don’t have anything purple climbing up my porch. I do have a hanging bag of variegated purple/lavender petunia in the center of the rail. I have a pot above it with a vinca and a purple lisianthus in it.

    Lair, I hope you’re feeling better.

    I’ll check back later.

     


    in reply to: Pictures of my flowers #5268107 Report Abuse
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    The flower beds are all perennials. I deadhead the plants that need it when the time comes. I have a Miracle Gro feeder for my garden hose. I pulled some weeds this summer that I’ve never had before. I think it’s because the tree is gone now and these seeds needed hot sun to germinate. When I have new seed from my plants I just give them a fling with my hand and that’s how I plant. If I want some seed moved to a different spot I just take it to where I want it. That’s how I got the hollyhocks out in front of the house. The coneflowers and phlox seed themselves. I will have to bring some of the poppy seeds from the east side of the house over to the south side and give them a fling. I also noticed that none of  my pink or yellow foxglove came up this year. I’ll have to get some more seeds out and do some seeding yet this summer. I also saw that my allium out front didn’t come back and neither did most of my tulips and hyacinth. These are all bulb items. My daffodils put up leaves but I didn’t get any flowers. With the nasty winter and spring I’m surprised I even had plants.


    in reply to: Pictures of my flowers #5267764 Report Abuse
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    Charlene, the red is the Monarda but the yellow I don’t remember what it is. I got it in Decorah at the Lady Bug Greenhouse years ago. I’ll have to get a picture and post it.


    in reply to: Pictures of my flowers #5267751 Report Abuse
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    Charlene, The ones on the south side of the house are getting eaten up. The leaves look like lace.

    I think my earwig count is getting out of hand. I haven’t made any effort to get rid of them this year. Last year I went out with a flashlight with a plastic 4 cup measuring cup with a handle. I put a cup of cold water with dish soap in it. I would get 100s every night. One night I lost count at 1,000. There were at least 5 on each coneflower head. I used to use hot water and that would kill them, but when the water got to cool it wouldn’t kill them anymore. I would have to come back inside to get more hot water. I would dump the measuring up of dead earwigs on the cement and the robins would eat them the next morning. They won’t eat the ones with the dish soap.

    I don’t spray any flowers as I have had hummingbirds, many butterflies, and the hummingbird moths in my flower beds.

    Miracle Grow for blooming plants is some great stuff. I know that’s why my colors are so vibrant. I fed it to all of these in-ground plants this spring and again about a month ago. The potted plants just got another dose this past week.

    The ones in the bag hanging on the center of the deck rail are a purple/lavender variegated petunia.

    The pots hanging off the top of the deck rail are (Left) Mexican Heather with the same petunias as the bag below them, (R) is a Mermaid Blue Lisianthus with a vinca that gets little lavender flowers.


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    This are my neighbors morning glories, but I see them out my bathroom window every morning. I didn’t know what she planted, but they sure is pretty.

    This was my surprise this year. A Texas Bluebonnet finally came up in my NE IOWA flower bed. I was told by the guy that sent me the seed from Texas that they can lay dormant for years. I think it’s been two or three since I threw the seed out there. I now have 4 seed pods maturing.



    in reply to: Friday in the Midwest July 25, 2014 #5267695 Report Abuse
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    I’ll slip my new pic of Brylie in here. 6 mo. and two bottom teeth.

    Hi All, It’s going to be a great day no matter what happens, because I have the weekend off. I don’t think we’ll be seeing the grandbaby this weekend as we haven’t made any plans to go down. My cat sitter (SIL) fell and broke 3 bones in her wrist/arm. She had a plate put in it on Wed. She’s hurting, so not asking anyone in her family to look after the cat. It’s been raining?/sprinkling out this morning, so that will be a big help to the flowers.

    The first half the night was crazy last night. I usually go to supper about 5, but never got to go until 6. I stayed and helped get all the residents down to supper and then took off. I was ticked when I came back and got down to the dining room at 6:35. The one lady sat there with her food in front of her and NOBODY fed her. She’s at the feeder table for a reason. She now also has a broken wrist from a fall, so she can’t do much for herself. I fed her and also went around the table helping two other people finish eating. At 6:30 the Activity person started making S’mores in a microwave in the dining room; talk about a mess. One guy made such a mess of his fingers. I had about as much on my hands trying to clean him up as he had on his fingers. We had marshmallow smeared everywhere! YUCK!!

    The head nurse switched a shower on us late in the first part of our shift, and that messed up our schedule. Had we known in time, we would have done the shower before supper. I gave the resident a late bed bath as that was all I/we had time for. It got done, but they went to bed 1 1/2 hrs. later than normal. I get ticked when the higher ups just say, “Do this…..” We’re at the limit now of what we can physically get done in a night. It will be lightening up in the next weeks/month, as we have 2 that are supposedly passing away, and 1 or 2 that may go home. In the mean time we trudge along. One resident isn’t expected to make it through the weekend. That one person took a lot of time yesterday due to being delusional, confused from lack of oxygen, and the general issues of the body shutting down. I wish the resident could just go to sleep and pass; it would be such a blessing.

    I got a pic of Brylie yesterday, but I’ll have to get it uploaded to photobucket first. I emailed my son and told him the second picture, the close up, was blurry. He told me that she never sits still. Well, get a decent camera!!!! not a cell phone. This poor little girl will never have any pictures in a book to look at except grandma’s!

    Oh boy, the phone just rang. It’s the gal calling to see if I will pick up any time this weekend. I’ll really have to think on this.

     


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