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  2. DH in hospital

    DH had a bad episode of pain this am. One of his clots moved and was extremely painful. Would you believe someone had to go to a pharmacy and get some morphine since the hospital was out??? What the heck? MtRider I appreciate the drug info but Medicare patients who have drug coverage are not allowed to get discounts. The drug companies are not allowed to work with you on any type of discount. There is no way we can afford the 20 to 30% copay on Xarelto..he will have to use coumadin probably. It looks like a few more days in the hospital unless something goes wrong. Please keep him in your thoughts.
  3. Today

    Homey, did you or anyone else here get blasted with this 12" of snow? First an inch or so of rain after raining all day yesterday and then a foot of snow on top of it. Yikes, this is NOT what we wanted to see!!!

    Ambergris - Do you ever use sprouts from roots of an existing fruit tree to start new rootstock? My new orchard is only one year old so I know which trees are standard, semi-dwarf and dwarf on all the different varieties of fruits.

    This is my issue. I've ordered a bundle of G9 rootstock, which is very dwarfing, but of course it won't arrive until well after this year's grafting season. So we grow this year, and graft onto the survivors next summer. Good luck with the coppicing. Don't forget to cut before you add the soil, to promote root growth on the new trunks/stems.
  7. Yesterday

    I went to Toys R Us today. Everything I wanted was 10% + off. Not a huge savings but it was things I would eventually buy anyway. They had everything I wanted except 2 games that I've only seen on line. I'm going ahead and order them then pack it all away for when I move. My Jeep looks like a game/puzzle factory blew up in it. I've got stuff ready for grandson's room but no house yet. They weren't crowded at all but I went during the early afternoon. Nothing was really picked over yet. I probably could have waited another week or so. I saw a sign that said no checks accepted. And they didn't have any bags left. I can not find a little Philips screwdriver that is magnetized anywhere. I really need one bad. I went to my local hardware store and they sold me a little thing that magnetizes and demagnetizes tools. If I can just get it out of the plastic vault it's packed in I'll try it. I hate those packages. I've ruined more scissors trying to open them. Swung by the store and saw some German chocolate cupcakes. Sigh. I wanted to stay away from that aisle but my darn cart went there anyway. Luckily there are only 6 in the pack. I ate one and inside is a dollop of chocolate icing. Kinda like a lave cake. My eyes rolled back in my head a little.
  9. DH in hospital

    Praying for your DH and you too.

    I've been gardening. Used my new handy dandy garden cart to haul around 3 large lick tubs, drill drain holes in them, put straw in bottom, added and mixed top soil and potting mix, planted plants and topped with a little more straw. That was a lot of heavy work, but I'm done for now. Put away the 7 quarts of soup from yesterday and still need to cook spaghetti noodles (sauce was frozen, yay)! I'm about pooped! Tomorrow is the day to make and can dog food!

    Thank you.
  12. DH in hospital


    LOVE the pics Annie!!!!!

    The boys had a great time. Semper Fi Dog Rescue named the rock, “Gunny’s Isle”.

    I would like to experiment with some grafting of fruit trees. I'm too old to wait between sprouting seeds and edible food. I've always wanted to purchase some root stock, from known cultivars that survive harsh winters, and graft known fruit branches onto them. I've heard that mounding up dirt around a planted root stock will cause many sprouts to grow, thereby multiplying one root stock into many, for the following year. So many things I want to do. So few years left to experiment and play them out.
  16. Lawn herbs

    I'm thinking of transplanting some chickweed an cleavers from a friends flower bed area to a wild patch. They are just about salad size right now, and she just laughs when I suggest she try some....I had some last year and the salad was delicious. the kudzu is blooming now; not that I want to transplant that, but I might go get permission to cut some for basket making. I'm told it is superior basket material, pliable and easy to use. Again, all I get are odd looks and chuckles.....it's not easy being green, as Mr. K. T. Frog sang so long ago.
  17. DH in hospital

    Ack.. (((((Momo))))) We just went thru that with DH last July. Yes, especially with multiple clots, they get the blood thinning agents into them quickly. It happens way too often up here in very high altitude. DH was put on Xeralto {sp} which is supposed to be the best at clots. But also EXPENSIVE. Yet you can apply to the company directly to be exempted from any co-pay. [our co-pay would have been $420/2wks.] Sometimes you can get a one-time coupon to not pay co-pay ....and then get on the exemption. Warefrin (sp) or Cumodin (sp) are other blood thinners and MUCH cheaper but require REGULAR blood work to see if ......something bad is happening. Sorry, no details on that have stuck in my mind. Both my DD1 and my mom are on those. I don't think they do surgery...cuz the danged clot could slip. I think it's all chemical these days. DH is not that old and yet this incident has hit him like a sack of cement!!!! Very low energy....lack of O2 will do that to you, especially up in this low oxygen altitude. We're always a little short of O2 up here. Hopefully, your dh will rebound better at lower than 9,000'. DH noticed he was better even dropping 1,000' in altitude. Takes months for them to say you're totally clear/healed. DH is still not back to normal energy tho. It's very serious BUT ..... Momo, be so grateful that the durned clot went to lung and not brain/heart. YESSSSS.... these stubborn guys don't like to go in but the PAIN DH was experiencing was so severe that even HE didn't have much choice....thank You, God! MtRider ..... definitely praying for Momo and her dh

    I've been using a 10x20' dog kennel since Oct, WE2. For temporary storage, not for a greenhouse but I've certainly been eyeing it for greenhouse. This is what I've learned: 1-- It will certainy keep out the large animals like deer...[except where plants might be growing too close to the chainlink sides- but having a clear plastic skin would solve that]. We used that area one year to protect our experiment in stray/hay bale gardening. In Oct of that year, we got puppy Koa and she had the best time learning to leap onto those bales and play with them in what was then her play pen. 2-- I think I'd used some extra chicken wire around the bottom ...for rabbits. 3 -- in my area, nothing will keep out the chippies, tunneling varmints, or voles.... 4-- The most important part is the roof lines. Make sure if there is a huge amount of rain [or snow...which has been the bane of my winter] ...that no LOW SPOTS can develop. In the case of Conestoga Wagon hoops...you'd just have to see after some rain, if you have them tight enough to roll those pounds of HEAVY water off. If water finds/forms a low spot, shove the water puddle off by pushing cover material upwards from the INSIDE with the straw end of brooms.... Be careful ...can give you bad neck strain! Then redesign to eleminate the low spot. With MrWE2...he'd likely engineer this correctly but lotta other folks read this too.... 5-- The chain link makes it easy to add or take off extra side tarp(s) for blocking wind/cold on chilly days/nites. 6-- Yes definitely pad the top of the chainlink to protect tarp or plastic sheeting from the wires. I cut WIDE strips off the inside pad of a waveless waterbed. [I keep EVERYthign to reuse!!] It's worked very well all winter with tornadic WINDS shifting that tarp UP AND DOWN till I thot the whole thing was gonna take off and blow away. I missed one piece of wire and sure enough, it cut a tear so go around and check for a week or so....making sure you didn't miss something. Mine was a very used dog kennel and had more oddities than new would have. 7--WIND.... Honestly, we locked windward side down with a 4' length of iron I-beam. If wind gets under it...it will LIFT OFF without an anchor..at least in our valley. Also, I used a lot of bungie cords to let the tarps I'm using have a bit of 'give' with the wind. 8-- Dog kennels are VERY interesting. They could be quickly dismantled and transported....if one would have to BugOut. Decent size with head room [if you're short] for "expedient" portable shelter for stuff, animals, or ourselves. I keep the correct size wrench attached to the kennel....in case of Bug Out or EVAC. If I could possibly bring it, I certainly would try. WE2....let me know how the Conestoga Wagon top works out. With a narrow structure, that would probably be lots easier than my 10x20'. MtRider
  19. DH in hospital

    I'm sure that had to be scary for both of you! I will be praying for complete healing!
  20. Pacemaker Needed

    Aiyiyi, Midnight! I sure do hope this ends this saga and all will be well!!! MtRider
  21. Pacemaker Needed

    Glad you are home safe and let the healing begin!
  22. DH in hospital

    I just got back from a crazy day. DH is in the hospital. It turns out he has been so tired because he has blood clots in his lungs. Hopefully they can break them up with drugs. I don't know how he would do with another surgery. Tomorrow they will check for more clots in his heart to make sure they found them all. I am so glad I forced him to go to the doctor today. It would have been alot worse if he had waited another day or two. Prayers would be welcome! Thanks!

    Hubby hung a new motion sensor front porch at the homestead today, re-worked the game camera to get a different angle and got it put back up. Cleaned out the front ditch that had filled with debri after this last heavy rain, and took a rake and cleared out the storm drain on one side...people keep throwing rocks and bricks into it so the water doesn't flow like it needs to. In a life changing event, we do have a water source...thank God for Berkey's! We have the travel size and are buying the big Berkey from a friend who has moved into a senior housing development and doesn't feel he needs it any longer. We also have two Berkey sport bottles and two life straw type filters. I pulled out the bedside porta-pot that we had in one of our storage shed, filled a small bucket with sawdust and I've got a nifty little compost toilet to use until we've got the plumbing in the bath remodel....yeah! No more hunkering over a bucket! LOL Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner! Having the arms to hold on to and the legs to steady things is just the thing. The little pot slides right into where it needs to be...LOL Just finished folding up some work shirts that I put in the dryer this afternoon before we left. We bought several at yard sales last year so they needed washing.

    Now that you mentioned seed saving...I saved back some cherry seeds from a neighbors tree because I wanted to try planting them. Figured if I got 2 trees out of a dozen seeds I'd be walking tall! LOL I know last year I planted seeds from a spaghetti squash and it grew and produced, also some Roma seeds...just sliced the tomato in 1/4 inch slices and buried them in potting soil. Up they came! LOL Didn't save any of their seeds since they were hybrid and probably wouldn't come back true.

    A carpenter I am NOT...but hubby is! LOL I sure watch and help him a lot...just in case. Like you...magnets?
  26. Pacemaker Needed

    Chronology of events: Saw the doc today (3/19). The bleeding had apparently stopped, but when they started to remove the staples, it started oozing again. So now I have an appt at the surgery center at 5 AM on Wed! He is going to open the incision, irrigate and clean it out, then the close it back up; and he is going to do it before seeing his normal patient load for the day--that is why I have to be there soooooooooooooo freaking early! The procedure will be under sedation, so I will not be able to drive myself home afterwards. but I should be ready to leave there by 8:30 - 9 AM, and I will be able to drive the next day. (3/21) It's 4 AM and I am headed out the door to my 5 AM appt at the cardiologist's surgery center to have this incision opened and irrigated because it has been 3 weeks since the pacemaker was inserted and the d**m thing is still bleeding a little bit! Yay. The procedure (technically called a "Pocket Revision" as I found out today) took a little longer than the doc expected: Apparently there were some blood clots that he had to clear out. All I know is that it was more painful than getting the pacemaker was! I am pretty sure I am going to be pretty bruised up by this. OTOH, I am immediately able to use the arm much more than I did after the pacemaker was inserted, so I guess it all "equals" out. It is shortly after 9 AM and I am safe at home. Thank you Doug and Gail for picking me up and also retrieving my car! The tape they used to hold the bandage in place is pulling on my skin and causing blistering! I have removed it and replaced the bandage with some I had at home that is a little more skin "friendly." Couldn't wait for the follow-up appt to do this, it was killing me. My post-op check-up isn't until Wed, the 28th. :/
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