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    Northern Ontario, Canada
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    I love animals, esp. dogs and we have a little hobby farm in the country with poultry, ponies, donkeys, goats and pot bellied pigs. Used to have cattle, sheep and horses. Enjoy oil/acrylic and esp. watercolor painting. I love to cook which I do mainly from scratch. I can sew, knit, crochet and embroider. I also love to read and have my own library. I'm a prepper and love to learn old skills for self sufficiency. I have a larger sized family but half are married; one with 2 children of her own. Happily married for 3 decades.
  1. Thanks for sharing the info about this. I had not heard about it til now. Living where I do, I wouldn't be affected but will be something to think about.
  2. I'm Canadian but don't live in S.Ontario where numbers are high...ESP this region of Toronto which is very high with covid cases. I live in Northern Ontario-6 hours north of Toronto. I'd not heard of this until reading this now- and I do watch the news regularly on tv- but it seems it means just to isolate in your home which is natural anyway. Sounds like someone took it out of context and the error is being corrected. The Toronto Sun is a large newspaper [as well as the Toronto Star]. Ontario has different zones --red zone, orange, grey, green etc...To be honest, I don't pay much attention to what is allowed and what isn't...can't keep up bcz they change the 'rules' so often depending on caseloads in that region. I live in the north where currently in my own region, there are 11 cases--where we had zero to one recently. I understand it is in a local mine so amounts are currently high due to that. ALL people over a certain age...[I don't have kids so maybe its 4?] in Ontario MUST wear a mask when out in public buildings and all stores/businesses are very good about hand sanitizer and cleaning of cart handles or areas within their business or store. Depending on your colour zone, [which depends on how severe the covid level is] has different regulations...for ex...hairdressers, gyms, dine in restaurants may or may not be open though take-out is. Churches may be closed or at 30% capacity as an example. Schools are open or your child can learn at home--your choice. We were in a lock down stay at home order a while ago but that has lifted. It meant that if you could possibly stay at home, don't go out except for groceries, prescriptions, medical appts, [many medical appts. are by telephone now if possible] really just to go out for necessities and your employment. We're not busy with socializing anyway so not sure of exact 'rules'...but we can associate in small groups or within our own social bubble--for us, our daughter/son in law who lives 4 miles from us, our son who lives not much further. A lot of the rules makes no sense at all so I just don't bother with keeping up...bcz it doesn't affect me anyway....and like I said, it changes so fast, that I just don't care. My life is the same no matter what the rules are. But I think someone didn't think out carefully what was said or it was misconstrued about solitary confinement for kids if someone in their school came down with it...and some schools have cases. Ontario is consistent with taking as much precautions as they can to try to curb the covid rates. They don't want to overwhelm our health care system.
  3. I don't have much to offer other than condolences on your situation. We've been in this type of situation twice but we had phone service. One was years ago, before cell phones. I can only say to have a wind up radio for news and weather reports.
  4. Its -24F, feeling like -42F here this a.m. and not getting better until Tues. Its been this way for several days already. Our water line is frozen but we've not had time to work on it and this way, we didn't have to worry about it. Getting water from our daughter's and making do til then. This is a regular occurrence in this house with such bitter cold temps. I don't have any particular author that I like, but I read a LOT---I get my books for .25 at the local thrift store which ALL profits go for the rescue of animals in our area. Or I get them at the little free library....or also we have a 24 hour auction on fb that sometimes people offer up...usually get a few books for a dollar or two.
  5. Those are beautiful. My cousin can tat too. Not many know how.
  6. No, where I live in N.Ontario, Canada, there has been a handful of cases since it started last winter. However it has spiked to about 30 cases in our large area which includes 2 cities, and several smaller towns just in the past week. Ontario is in a lockdown and it is law to wear a mask in any public building since August. Our stores all have cart cleaning and lots of sanitation stations throughout the stores.
  7. If you want to know what your dog's mix is, you CAN! Dnamydog.com Simple to do. We got a female Lab x as an older dog. We knew she was not pure lab but wondered what her mix was. She is 3/4 Lab x 1/4 Brittany Spaniel.
  8. Had a winter storm go through the other day over all of N.Ontario, Canada. Buses were cancelled and we received about 6" of wet snow, but there was also predictions of freezing rain, rain, ice pellets, blowing snow. We got the blowing snow and ice pellets. Today was sun/cloud with a brisk wind making it colder than it was--about 30F. Tonight going down to about 20F.
  9. I know what you mean....do not use any cream with steroids in it bcz it makes it worse. I regularly --daily--use GoldBond Powder equivalent---(Walmart equivalent at half the price is the same so buy that instead) to keep myself dry. Sometimes its heat esp. summer, that makes it worse but I find being stressed gives me a flareup. I only get this under my breasts so not sure about the other areas. For the groin area, I'd be tempted to use a zinc baby diaper rash cream. Could use it on the abdomen too and like babies, have some "air time". Again I use Walmart brand diaper rash cream --sometimes I get a heat rash and use it. Hope these suggestions help---might keep things at bay in the future though I don't know if they'd help now. But I am thinking in dogs now. and not humans---...for hot spots, use Gold Bond powder on the hot spot so maybe it'd work for your rash....or another thing is vinegar and water for any fungal problems. Diluted--maybe it wouldn't burn or irritate. I'd try the Gold Bond --its menthol so you can expect a mild burning but I've found it does work for me for preventative and while I've got it bothering me too.
  10. I'd just put on an antibacterial ointment--generic is fine, Polysporin costs a lot more but doesn't work any better. I find Ozonol to be inexpensive and works the BEST. For me, I have antibiotics that I bought from KV Vet Supply (kvvvetsupply.com) under the Fish section--fishmox or amox. IF I felt that my cat was getting worse, I'd give him abx as well.
  11. I read comments posted from the public --not sure if its this news column or not, but I agree with the sentiments that I read...--that this was rigged. She just happened to have a reptile aquarium in her house? This was a clear see through bag---all sorts of people would've handled that bag and seen a snake, esp. of that length in it.....plus she had that bag for several days before she used it? The snake would've died being in a bag that long and with all the travelling that bag had did before she bought it. I believe this is just a hoax, and she's looking for publicity/attention and $.
  12. Since I started this topic, we never did buy that property. However we did end up in a similar situation except on 73 acres in N.Ont and in a mobile home. Our daughter also came up a year later after us and is in a house of her own in the village. We've not had any problems with the mobile home--it does have a normal house roof on it--and is insulated underneath covered with plastic. We did not have our water pipes freeze up this year even when it passed -50F. We did have our septic tank pipe freeze up instead! But we managed. We've not had any mice at all but we have cats on duty. I've not seen a snake up here yet. The neighbour who has a cat and a normal house with basement has had some mice issues--as well as the other neighbour who has a "stack house" built just above the ground. She only has dogs--no cats due to the dogs who would kill it. Otherwise we've not had any issues in this house--which also has an addition of a large living room put on. We have oil heat and a cook woodstove too...mainly using wood to heat. For my many dogs, I have an additional mobile home for them to live in, steps away from my back door---with a woodstove to keep warm. I thought it would shift around a lot when the frost came out of the ground but no issues there or any mice--but again I have 2 cats in it as well. My only issue with the house is that the kitchen is not large enough for me esp. as its an eat in kitchen and crowded when the 4 of us sit down to eat daily. If we have company, we have to set up tables in the living room and its not close to the kitchen...but I am content with what I have. Its mine and its fully paid for---and I love it here on 73 secluded bush and field acres.
  13. I agree on the guaifenesin syrup. bcz it helps expel phlem. Here's another idea: Twenty five years ago, I was very ill with double pneumonia. My dh was working nights and I had a year old baby that I wasn't able to care for or for myself being so ill so my dh took me to my mother's overnight. She made me a honey and garlic sandwich---similar to pb and jam. Within half an hour I was hacking up phlem. The next a.m my father took me to the ER where the dr. told me that the honey and garlic sandwich saved my life. I would suggest this for you now. I would also suggest lots of chicken soup with lots of onions and garlic in it. I have a Homemedic massager which I also recommend bcz it does help also in breaking up the phlem. Any massager will do but they do work. You may have an allergy to something. I often get asthma after a cold virus but it lingers on. I've been told by a dr. that it could be an allergy. As fast as I get this illness, it leaves. Almost the same time each year--end of Dec into the entire month of Jan.
  14. What a great idea! I'm going to try this. It has been very bitter up here in N.Ontario, Canada the past few weeks. It has been down to -48F plus windchill in the -50's. It has now warmed up during the day with sun and blue sky but about -20 to -33F with windchill (or not) at night. BUT good news---this coming Monday we could have rain, (and also freezing rain so thats not good) and snow....and temps moderating about 25F the rest of this week.
  15. Yes, I don't have any issues about this. I've never heard of this site but I use googlemaps.com which is basically the same thing. I love it bcz I can 'travel' in many countries of the world and not leave my house. My own address is currently not on---and the address that I moved from 1 1/2 yrs. ago was not on until last summer. Both are sideroads.
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