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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Hagar had to have the PICC line removed. The ultrasound showed a blood clot in the arm above the end of the catheter. They did not even give him the antibiotic yesterday, they were waiting on instructions from his doctor(which took forever, we were there 2 hrs waiting. )The only upside was lunch, they give him lunch when he is there at noon and another patient did not want hers so they gave it to me. It was really good,too. Then we went to get the new Rx the doctor ordered, while in the area Hagar popped in to talk to him. While there they took lots of blood. Today we did not have to be anywhere at a certain time. Wonderful.
December 16 at 14:01 EST .

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   Hollyhock  That blood clot sounds serious. Am praying that the Lord would remove it.
December 16 at 19:20 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  These MRI and Ultrasounds are right out of Star Trek.
We got a CD today of the DH's MRI, the Doc says it shows torn ligament and his pre op is 12/22 and believe it or not, the surgery is noon Christmas Eve! I make a traditional Holy Supper, that usually takes all day, I will have to do some short cuts, but will continue with the tradition for the vigil on our Holiest night of the year.
December 16 at 19:25 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Blood clots are nasty, dangerous business. DH has to live with Plavix because of 3 stents to prevent them.
Has to be off them 5 days before any procedure, thank goodness they saw Hagar's and could respond.
December 16 at 19:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're with you both Bird, in thought & prayer.
EC it's been so long since I've had the traditional Holy Supper - wouldn't mind getting the menu, etc.
Wednesday at 22:57 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  MD, I will need to type some info in word and then add here, Hollyhock wants info too on another site. It was a screwy day so I didn't get typing. It is basically a meatless meal using food from the four corners of the earth, forest, field, orchard and sea. I use a Polish menu, but have a friend that uses an Italian menu. As an example, we use a white fish, her granny used an Eel swimming in the pot and took a cleaver to it. Enough to make you go vegan, yikes. I will stick to white fish like talapia, cod and peas, potato, mushrooms, perogies, honey balls, etc. Will try to post tomorrow. absolute crazy day today. sigh
Thursday at 18:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, how I hate clots (I throw them every few years ). Prayers for Hagar, and at least they caught it.
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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  I think I am in a sugar coma....Pioneer Woman e-mailed a collection of sweet rolls...all kinds. I am weak.
December 16 at 13:56 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Her orange marmalade rolls have my name written on them.
December 16 at 19:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Yesterday was an awful start to any day. Going out to feed the chickens/ducks I found a dead duck, looked over to the left and her mate was dead,too. Owl attack. Heading to fill the water bucket, I found 2 dead cats in 2 different places. Just one mark on them, a hole right between the eyes. The ducks were missing their heads. Now I realize we had an owl attack, maybe even two of them. I have never seen 2 animals savaged at one time and never have I seen where they kill just to kill. The cats were perfectly fine except for the hole between the eyes. The ducks we have had for about 6 years, maybe longer. They were a sweet pair. The other ducks in an unsheltered area were fine. We have a nice enclosure but the roof has holes in it from pine boughs dropping down and busting the wire, so I spent 2 hours repairing that mess so I could catch the other ducks and make that their new home. It is smaller than what they had, but it is bullet proof from aerial attack. The guineas are impossible to catch so I guess they will be the next target. I hate finding dead animals. That was just the beginning of a very long and busy day.
December 11 at 07:46 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  That is heartbreaking, so, so sorry for your loss. I don't know what owls do in an attack, but what explains the cats? My first thought was someone with a 22. I am afraid I would be on the porch with a shotgun as I agree, animals don't kill for the sake of killing. WATCH your 6 !!
December 11 at 13:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  As I said, the cats looked fine, the smallest one was spread eagled on the ground with a deep hole between the eyes on the nose area. As if the owl just dropped right on top of her(she was SO sweet ). And the other cat was a big young male, just on his side, dead and not another mark on him. The ducks of course were headless and bloody. Owls love to eat the head of an animal, choosing the brain tissue and other areas for the protein. Nasty. They rarely ever take the animal away, they eat and leave the carcass. But I have never lost 2 animals in one night much less seen them kill an animal and not harvest the head. My morning was spent getting the enclosure ready for the 4 other ducks. All guineas were accounted for this morning. They roost in the trees but the owl can still get to them. Has happened before. Many times they knock the animal out of the tree and then get them on the ground. Owls will even fly to the ground and walk into a chicken house if there is an opening. So the chickens all get put into their houses at night. And locked up. The new hens have FINALLY started laying. Hooray!! If I could get away with shooting them that would be another thing, I think it is a federal offense, so not this cookie!!
December 11 at 15:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I didn't know owls were protected. I did a hooked rug and two embroidery pictures of owls in my guest room, if I didn't have to replace the wall board, I would take bird shot to them in sympathy. Dern..........
December 11 at 15:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hope you have a better day tomorrow Bird. Hagar too.
December 11 at 20:10 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Oh my, as if you don't have enough on your plate. So sorry you have to deal with this. You are an amazing strong woman and an example to me. We are all praying and believing for Hagar's healing.
December 12 at 10:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you so much Hollyhock. Today was another day of doctor visits. The PICC line may be causing an issue, looks like he will need to have an ultrasound done. Thank you for the prayers for Hagar, he needs them. He had a couple of good days this week where he felt decent.
December 12 at 18:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  The IV infusion will resume, we are just waiting on the referral dept of the health center to confirm the date to begin. Hagar is anxious to have the PICC line removed, so after it resumes it will be 28 days straight of being at the Cancer Center at an appointed time. Except on weekends and Holidays, then we go to the hospital. I must say everyone would feel they are blessed to have the Cancer Center employees working at their medical center. These are the finest people you would ever want to meet. And I mean everyone, from the volunteers to the people in charge. You never feel ignored or alone.
December 9 at 07:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I have not mentioned that the "Garden Porn" has started to trickle in. Got a Johnny's Seed catalog and a new one for us, Vermont Bean Seed Company. I have flipped through both. We found a new place to order from this year, not everything but we want to try their tomatoes and eggplant. I don't know about you but I can spend hours looking at seed catalogs online. Our garden would be already planted if the weather wasn't so miserable. Can't wait til April. Actually Feb is when we start most of our plants indoors. Our house isn't big enough for everything we want to start early. We sold so many plants last season at "the tracks" and our friend R may not do so much this year(he is a horticulturalist ). His money is tight and he won't have the funds for heating his greenhouse this winter so he will lose a lot of plants he has had for years.
December 9 at 07:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Update on R....he has enclosed in plastic a porch that he will move the best of his tropicals into and heat that smaller area for the winter. He still will need about $500 more a month than he gets in SS, so that is just a stopgap measure. I wish him luck, everyone is pretty much in the same leaky boat.
December 11 at 07:52 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I'm sure he doesn't want to part with favorites, but can he sell some others for income ?
December 11 at 12:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Around here tropicals are not all that popular. He does well with outside stuff and some houseplants. These plants are his "mother" plants that he has had for years, even back when he was in his family's florist shop in Jersey. He gave us a big Rosemary plant-ours bit the dust in last winters fury.
December 11 at 15:14 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  Our friend Teresa is getting ready to be hit by a train. The 17th is coming and that is the anniversary of the death of her youngest son, it will be 1 year. She is visibly sad on the 17th of every month, and I hope this year she is off from work that day. The pain on her face is heartbreaking. I am hoping that after this benchmark anniversary she can let the pain slip a bit and enjoy life. Prayers for her to move beyond this.
December 8 at 07:42 EST .

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   Surfhut  I cannot imagine the death of my child. Teresa is in my prayers.
December 8 at 20:24 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Count on me too.
December 8 at 22:07 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Saw her yesterday and asked about her grand daughter(4 months old ). Hoping to remind her in a subtle way that she does have something else in her life to funnel her love and protection to. I really am bad at helping people in this way, clumsy even. We had dinner with an older couple that lost their grown son 5 months ago. The pain is raw there for both still. We do what we can to support them.
December 11 at 07:50 EST .

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   Gram77  I went through this with a dear friend when she lost her daughter. I've found just being around helped. She told me talking wasn't always necessary, just seeing hubby and me around made a big difference.
December 11 at 18:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Photography  Here is a link to the local train museum here:

http://easternshorerailwaymuseum.org/
December 7 at 18:38 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  This is something I'd like to see.
December 8 at 23:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oooh Boy! A road trip!
December 12 at 20:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We are planning to visit once they re open for next year. We go to the local feed store just outside of the town but never go into town. I don't know why. There is a great store there, an old fashioned hardware store that has EVERYTHING. I can see a trip to the store in my immediate future. It is a place where you can lose a couple of hours just looking.
Thursday at 06:37 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Finally....we got the Fire Cider jarred up. It took some doing, lots of prepping to get everything chopped,grated,etc. Made 4 pint jars, I had used all my wide mouth quart jars in canning. It is pretty. We had some fresh turmeric so we used that instead of turmeric powder. My hands are yellow!! It smells really good. I got my sinuses opened up twice, once with the horseradish and once with the jalapenos. Now to shake it daily and wait one month before straining and sweetening.

Our friend Danny called, he had a "show" this weekend, put on by some friends. It turned into a 2 day event. A small show but I think he had some good sales of paintings which is great-all those doctor bills coming in. He had painted some real beauties since the surgery. The paintings amaze me, so colourful, simple, and beautiful. Maybe I can get a link to allow you all to see what he paints.
December 7 at 18:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Balogreene....poppy seed bread recipe please.
December 2 at 06:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh, I don't even dare ask for it (I will though ), it is her great-grandmother's recipe (Hungarian ). I'll see what I can get : )
December 2 at 22:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest  If you don't ask, you will never get it. All she can say is no. I am pleased to share any recipes from anywhere, otherwise I fear they will be lost. I am begging for old canning recipes from the local area because so many are left to languish, they may be lost on the younger generation who don't know how to preserve food.
December 3 at 07:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I did convince an out of town lady to send me her grandmothers recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickle. I asked that she include the woman's name so it could be preserved along with the recipe. She is from the shore in Maryland, Deal Island. So now I have 2 recipes for the pickle, one from Smith Island and one from Deal Island. Both in Maryland.
December 4 at 08:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, I've been working her very hard for our Technical Manual. She hasn't been home more than a couple of days in the last two months. But, she is saying she will share it.
December 5 at 00:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  Hagar has an appointment with a gastro doctor Tuesday morning, his doctor called this doc and asked for him to move up the appointment. Hagar had a bad weekend and he managed to get in to see his doc this morning. Lots of head scratching from the doctor, unexplained random fevers and extreme abdominal pain. Prayers would help tremendously, thanks.
December 1 at 18:34 EST .

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   Phooey  Count me in.
December 1 at 19:26 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I'm in too.
December 1 at 23:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  May the healing power of the Holy Spirit be with you both, and prayers for wisdom for your Doctors. Amen
December 2 at 00:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you all.
December 2 at 06:25 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up.
December 2 at 17:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Seems Hagar will be scheduled for a colonoscopy in Jan. He is NOT happy. He was a complete grump once we left the docs office, I understand it is a big deal, but don't bite my head off. I told him if he wanted to be ugly with someone, to snap at the sales people in Lowe's who were too busy having a social meeting to help the few customers they had-anyway none of them had to go home with him, so he needed to be nice to me. He apologized.
December 2 at 18:57 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Bird, sorry that Hagar has the dreaded test to look forward to. Probably needed to make a proper diagnosis. Just thinking about that test makes me grumpy too.
December 2 at 20:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yes, HH the test is needed to try to locate the source for his pain. I am totally understanding of all he is going through, I am right there by his side through all of this. But that snip he threw at me yesterday caused me to make him stop and realize the frustration he was going through was due to the lousy customer service in Lowe's, not something I did. He immediately apologized and for that he was forgiven. This whole mess is taking a toll on him, and I am doing my best to be supportive. Neither of us has anyone else to depend on in a crisis,so we need to be "there" for each other 24/7.
December 3 at 07:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  The worst part of the scope is the day before drinking carp and living on the throne. The test itself is painless. Get lots of Popsicles, but NO red ones. See the Health wall, not to scare you, but info to prevent problems. I told them I get headaches from fasting, so they scheduled me first thing am, and doubled the 'jug' of stuff to work fast. I hear you, we are alone too, and have to be there for each other, even when there are times it's 1200 miles away.
December 3 at 14:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird I never stopped praying for you both & will continue to do so. My son has had two colonoscopies (is that the plural? ) & the worst part is drinking the "Go Lightly" but there is a newer version & it's not all that bad (like Kool Aid, & you get to pick your flavor - I was lucky to have it before surgery a few years back ). It will be a stay-at-home day, hope he likes to read while sitting.
December 3 at 21:04 EST .

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