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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Next week Hagar has a colonoscopy scheduled, locally. No 45 minute drive to MD. The doctors we have had are really nice at this hospital, the nurses for the most part are top notch. Except for the PICC line nurse, Hagar still wants to smack her. From that point I am hoping we can get situated with better health for him, he is in such pain from his back, our EMT friend says it is the prostate cancer. We are just hoping it isn't anything more sinister.
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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Our dear friend stopped by this morning after working a 24 hr EMT shift and brought her tiller to work up the garden. She got half done before we made her stop, go home and get some sleep. It is always great to see her, she is so funny and she absolutely adores Hagar. They get along great, he was teasing her about her "straight" lines in the garden. She did a nice job and her tiller is so tame even I could use it. Hagar's tiller is a mule and no way can I deal with it. She tilled the row for the asparagus in the Fall and used our tiller, she hated it.

I managed to get onions in the ground today. Yesterday and the day before I got raised beds planted with peas. I still have seeds left, maybe if I can get one more bed dug and soil sifted I can plant them. Have chard and beets to plant, radishes. Got some seeds started indoors.

As for the garden I will decide where the tomatoes and peppers will go and get those rows prepared with plastic. I pulled up the plastic from last Spring and it was easy to get up, the ground is lovely underneath, nice and fine. We plan to start with 3 rows of beans, flat,round and french style. Not yet though. Also one row of okra. Lots of other things but I cannot remember them all.
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   Flaming Sword  Your post is making me feel extremely tired
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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  A sweet article on Yahoo news yesterday about a young boy with autism who is about to celebrate a birthday(9th, I think ). he is non speaking and his father worries that there will be no celebration with friends because no one will come to a party so he turned to his FB page to ask if anyone would just simply send a card to his son, Hunter. So far they have 600 cards, hidden til the 17th, and 25 packages to bring out on the day. The father is blown away by the generosity of strangers. Today we will send out a card to this young boy. If anyone else would like to participate, Hunter loves Disney and Pixar characters.
Address:
Hunter Kleis
PO Box 6506
McKinney,TX 75071

Hope this is okay to post, I think LDotters are great folks and most of you would be happy to take a bit of time to make a family happy.
March 11 at 08:24 EST .

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   Gerty  Thank you for posting, Miss Birdie!
March 11 at 19:14 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Correction: his birthday is the 15th.

Our card to him goes out today.
March 12 at 09:03 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Going to mail a card today, and I forwarded this to other's, too.
March 15 at 06:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Waiting for the results of a biopsy Hagar had done on Monday. Follow up with the doctor on Tuesday the 17th. Prayers needed, please.
March 11 at 08:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  Prayers sent. Mom had a cancerous spot removed from her forehead yesterday. Not a big deal, since it's slow-growing, and mom is 84. But, still worrisome. Kaiser did a good job.They found it was cancerous, scheduled her for removal, then, removed, checked, and would remove more if needed. Thank goodness they got it all the first time.
March 11 at 22:25 EST .


   BirdsNest  Good news Balogreene. Sounds like your doctors move quickly. We are on a slow motion schedule down here it seems. Visit to rheumatologist on the 3rd, then next visit is in May. In between Hagar had blood work and x-rays for this doctor. The urologist is next week, then we get the news about the biopsy.And treatment.
March 12 at 09:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  A friend at work lives in Northern VA, but her dermatologist of over 10 years is in Charlottesville (an hour or so away ). She said they remove the spot, send it out for biopsy, and you have to come back if they didn't get it all. Kaiser removed the spot, did a biopsy while we waited, and if they hadn't gotten it all, they would have started over. As it was, they got all but some pre-cancerous stuff on the first go-round. Scrapped off the pre-cancer, and sent her home. It only took a little over 2 hours. Much better than having to go back.

Kaiser in this area is very good. They've been Mom, daddy's, and my sister's healthcare for 20 or so years. In that time, mom has only had 3 GP's, and co-pays at specialists is only $10. They only do this skin cancer thing at one location in our area, but, all orders and prescriptions are on computers system-wide. She could have had a blood test and picked up prescriptions while we were at this clinic, if she felt like it.
March 12 at 21:10 EST .


   BirdsNest  Doc called today, needs to see Hagar tomorrow. Bad news.
March 12 at 21:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  That is not good, but skin cancer is usually easily handled even if it takes multiple visits
March 13 at 21:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Not skin cancer, Prostate cancer. Serious. All 6 biopsies had 9's. He has scans scheduled Tuesday, one is a bone scan to show if the cancer has spread. Then an appt with a wspecialist, this man has had prostate cancer for 15yrs. His credentials are amazing.He is the best around and he comes over from Va Beach one day a week. Busy week ahead, plus we want to try to get the PCP to order a CT of the arm that had the blood clot. Hagar's left arm is depleted of veins with so many "sticks". I don't know if they can get it ordered so quickly, they drag their feet on the darndest things.
March 15 at 10:49 EST .


   MeiDei  Bird: Many cancer patients, especially the over 50 crowd, get a port-cath imbedded in their chest. It's a rubber-type button with a tube that attaches to a vein - this makes getting chemo infusion or blood work much easier on the patient & doesn't mess up the arm veins. It's day surgery to have the implant & is covered by almost all insurances. I have one & have never been sorry. Talk to Hagar's doctor about it if chemo infusion is the protocol he recommends. Prayers, of course, are headed your way; try to stay positive.
March 16 at 01:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Mei we will ask the doctor if he thinks that is the path to take. Today he gets the scan of the right arm, to see if the clot is gone(I sure hope so ). They managed to get it scheduled for this afternoon. Tomorrow morning is a busy one, CT at 9am, then injection for the bone scan at 9:45 with the bone scan being done 3 hrs later. Wed is the appt with the cancer urologist, we have heard all good things about him, so that is really positive. Talked to a couple of friends this morning, everyone seems to have a loved one in a health scare right now. We are being positive, we have to be. It's just the two of us. Thanks for the prayers.
March 16 at 10:04 EST .

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   MeiDei  It seems like it's just the two of you .. but you know that it's really 3 since you've invited God to be with you & we've agreed; our prayers are for you both as well as your doctors, nurses & technicians. Faith & a sense of humor will get you through the hours and days ahead. Be at peace.
March 16 at 11:58 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, It's you two, God, and your prayer line here.
March 16 at 20:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We had a bit of a nice thing happen at the grocery store yesterday. A sweet lady came up to us and asked if we were planting beans again this year. She got some from us last year and said they were the best, freshest beans she had ever had. She bought some for her patients(clients?? ) and they loved them too. Wow, that was so nice and we spent about 10 minutes talking to her, clogging up the aisles in the store! She said she would look for us this spring and summer. We were just talking yesterday morning about how we used to be anonymous, now we are recognized everywhere.
March 11 at 08:09 EST .

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   Gerty  You guys deserve the recognition!
March 11 at 19:19 EST .

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   Balogreene  Great guys, I want to come down sometime and meet you. A ay trip.
March 12 at 21:00 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Birdie, In the interest of honesty, I don't think you should post the opinion of only one person. Please send me about 15 pounds of your beans and I will give you a second opinion on their taste, freshness,etc. I will be able to render my opinion quicker if you make it 20-30 lbs. (in case you're are in a hurry )
March 14 at 14:11 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Hmm, Birdie didn't buy my line,did she?
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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Made a delicious Olive Oil Orange cake using whole oranges. It's not real sweet and the orange rind that's ground up in it is wonderful. It would be great with ice cream or whipped cream.
March 9 at 20:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  recipe?
March 10 at 21:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Here you go....

http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2013/0
7/olive-oil-orange-cake/


There are many recipes for Italian Easter goodies, I need to check them out. I thought I had signed up for her newsletter, but I took care of that today.
March 11 at 07:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Finally some warmer weather.....yesterday it was 58F and sunny so I spent some time in the garden pulling up stakes and dead plants. Part of the plants will be composted, tomatoes which showed signs of blight will be disposed of separately and not used for compost material. I got almost all of the stakes pulled up. Some were still a bit frozen in the ground, those were the ones I pounded in trying to reach China, I think. Anyway, they will have to be pulled up at a later date. I am pleased with what I got done. Tomorrow I will pick up the stakes and sort them. Some broke off and some were shorter to begin with....I used whatever we had lying around last year, I was desperate for stakes. The land next door has piles of stakes, the farmer said to get what we want before they rot in place. This year I have plenty of tying twine for the tomatoes/peppers/eggplants, I won't have to use any substitutes. Some customers from the tracks brought me partial balls of twine, enough to last a couple of seasons. We got some lumber to make another raised bed. It will be used as a guide for digging out the hugelkultur beds, then we will get more lumber to complete those that get dug out. I have to raise up one bed another 4 inches for carrots. Have onion sets to plant and peas to get in the ground real soon. Lots to do.
March 9 at 20:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  Man, it snowed Thursday, froze Friday, started warming up, til it was 61 on Monday. Today, it was only about 50, and it rained all day. I wouldn't think it was time to plant yet. Glad, you got started anyway.
March 10 at 21:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No not time to plant yet, soon though for peas,potatoes,onions and even some greens. I have so much prep work still to do. I got the dead plants tossed over the fence for burning and all of the stakes gathered up and sorted. Broken ones in one stack, good ones in another stack. Already this morning it is 64F and will rain soon. I have plastic yet to remove from a few rows, but I am not sure if I want the chickens to get in there and scratch around. Soon they will be banished to their yard with high enough netting to keep them inside. They are very strong and can fly right over the 4 ft fence, so we need to make the enclosure so they cannot get out. They can tear up a garden in no time! I have raised beds to dig up and sift the soil to get the weeds out. And get them ready to plant. Thursday's bit of freezing rain caused me a bit of a problem. The door on the van was frozen shut so I climbed over the drivers side and elbowed the door from inside, only I did not think it through before I hit it and I think I bruised my ribs. They hurt, not as much as they did, but getting comfy at night to sleep is a bit of a problem. And sneezing?? Hurts alot.
March 11 at 08:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  It seems like you could use the Chickens as roto-tiller starters ; )
March 12 at 21:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Start out doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi I think this is Bird's method of operation.
March 13 at 09:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Ordered some mini cucumbers and kaleidoscope carrots. These are items that are supposed to be "hot" in farmers markets this year. We shall see, this market here is tough, lots of people don't like things like beets,squash,and anything different. Hoping for a good garden this year, hoping even more that Hagar can participate more this year-he enjoys it so much. Health reasons last year kept him out of the garden once the ground was broken and ready to plant. Thanks to the black plastic mulch, there was little he could do anyway, the garden took care of itself with just minor watering from me and fertilizing(manure tea ). And of course harvesting. Some days it was at 3 am, the day before sale day at the tracks, providing the freshest possible veggies. String beans were always picked on Friday afternoon late for sale on Saturday-I have not yet perfected picking beans by flashlight. Hagar is threatening to put stadium lights on the perimeter so I can work at night! Not a bad idea really....I just want this winter to be over so we can get started. I have shoveled all the snow I want to shovel for this year. It is nowhere near the amount of snow many of you have had to deal with, but still-this is supposed to be the South!

Sure would love to hear from some of you of your garden plans this year.
February 28 at 07:41 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love reading your posts, Bird. I'm pretty adventurous, especially when food is involved, and would love to see something like kaleidoscope carrots at a local farmers market. You probably have to make an educated guess about what you can grow and successfully promote at your local market. If a local grower sold those carrots here in OKC, I'd be a buyer!

My garden plans: I managed to grow a lot of veggies in the roughly 3x2 neglected space adjacent to the patio of my apartment last year. I'm moving into a house with a yard and hope to be relocated by Spring planting time. Most of what I want to plant will have to be from established seedlings. Hope to have bumper crops of several tomato varieties, English cukes, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, tons of herbs, and OKRA! I will need to figure out what I can do in terms of root veggies like beets and carrots.

If my new digs has a mature, healthy pecan tree ... sweet!
February 28 at 11:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  I just want to have the time. Last summer I worked at work so hard, nothing happened. I'm planning a few tomatoes, herbs, would love to do english cakes, squash, and OKRA!. I'm not fond of root veggies, so, just a few things, with a few flowers.
March 1 at 19:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Our garden is still under 3-4' of snow - even with the thaw & refreeze. Vertigo & sciatica kept me out of the garden last year & this Spring looks grim due to the weeds and wild roses & blackberry bushes that have tipped & spread. Looking forward to getting the deck replaced and being able to do some waist high plantings : ) Love all the posts, they give me hope.and encouragement.
March 3 at 11:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  http://picky-palate.com/2015/02/16/parmesan-pecan-chicken-te
nders/


Looks like something to jazz up the taste of chicken tenders. Once both of us completely get over being sick, that is.
February 28 at 00:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  If you look at the list on the left, the walls list, you will see "Faith" comes before "Gardening". It takes a lot of Faith to manage a garden and all of its ups and downs and just plain hard work. I always feel closer to God and all of my loved ones who have passed, especially those who loved to dig in the dirt. Many times I will be just plain overwhelmed with the task I am involved in and sometimes not very happy about it, but soon enough the calm sets in and I am "good" again. I am anxious for the temperatures to start warming for real so I can get back out there and get things ready. Pretty soon we will be starting our seedlings, that is another job! Lots and lots of tiny seedlings everywhere! Hagar keeps telling me we should buy more of this seed and get some of that seed because these items will be "hot" at farmers markets. I cannot wait to see our little old ladies again, the ones with not so much money to spend(they always get extra from us because we love them, even the one who scolded me about the string beans! ).
February 24 at 07:34 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  BirdsNest, your post is beautiful. I named my garden, 'Mamma's Garden,' because after my mother passed, that garden helped to heal my broken heart. Day after day, the hard work helped me to sleep at night. In the garden, you can sing, pray, watch butterflies and birds, forgive those who need to be forgiven, and appreciate a gentle breeze. God does work in mysterious ways.
February 26 at 18:42 EST .

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