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Old 10/23/14, 07:48 PM
 
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Billie, hugs, prayers, positive thoughts and pixie dust sent your way.
Vickie, yes, I love the Winter Solstice - even though I know I have 3 months of winter ahead, at least I know the days will start getting longer. Glad you're feeling better today than yesterday.
Travis, I checked out your crib thread, too. Very cool, and I can't wait to see more.
GMB, it always seems strange to read your posts about planting things like Irish potatoes when I'm contemplating whether my late potatoes are ready to be dug. One of the things I love about the forum and this thread is the diversity - we live all over the country (and occasionally internationally), and everyone has such a different climate and growing conditions. Hope GFB is feeling better today, as well.

I'm sure glad I went shopping yesterday instead of today! Although the weather was wet, it wasn't nearly as wild as they had predicted, but today? A tornado touched down right about where I had been 24 hrs earlier! We get windstorms, rainstorms, the occasional ice storm or snowfall, even earthquakes, but tornadoes are exceedingly rare here. My ddil's best friend drove right through part of it....luckily it was a very small tornado, as she is a very small person in a very small car! There was some damage to buildings, but no injuries. www.tdn.com is the local paper and there is coverage of it there and on several of the Portland and Seattle stations, not to mention fb. A little local excitement, lol. We only got torrential downpours at home today (about 30 miles by road from town).

I had a wonderful day with my 2 dds yesterday. Despite the rain, we enjoyed each others' company, filled a few more pantry shelves, and found a few bargains at Goodwill x3. Abby now has 5 new-to-her shirts that all fit perfectly, I found a homemade garden claw tool and an extender handle that screws into a paint roller or broom (I figure it'll also work in one of my handle-less hand tools), more canning jars, and end tables for my living room (19.99 each) I even got a discount for being 55 - okay, my BD is actually tomorrow, but I was a month overdue, so I should qualify, lol. They were gracious enough to give it to me. This is one BD I'm not dreading - I want my discounts!

Today is soup making day...turning rotisserie chicken carcasses into broth and chicken soup. Think I'll make more cornbread to go with the soup. Abby woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose today, so I think she'll enjoy some soup.

There was one awful bit (big hit) to my week - my bff's dad died Monday. I'm still wrapping my head around that. I've lost my gardening partner - loved to talk gardens with him - but she's lost her dad. He had been so sick for so long, but had been doing pretty well. Took a sudden turn and was gone so fast. I'm thankful he's not in pain or fighting to breathe anymore, but I wish I could take the pain away from my bff, her mom and brother, and everyone else he left behind.
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Old 10/23/14, 08:21 PM
 
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Billie, we'll keep you in our prayers that the radiologist is WRONG! It happens.

Vickie, Glad the crud didn't last any longer and you're back on your feet. Same for GFB. It's a worry these days with all that is going on in the world.

So far, we're all ok. Dh came home from elk hunting today, no elk seen but they had a good time as the weather was beautiful. Not good for hunting and I sure missed having him here.
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Old 10/23/14, 09:58 PM
 
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Billie, you are in my thoughts and Prayers. BTDT I understand.
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Old 10/23/14, 10:50 PM
 
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Billie will be praying for.What terrible news to get right after your trip.Well actually it's never a good time for that kind of news.
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Old 10/24/14, 06:26 PM
 
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Billie many prayers lifted for you................
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Old 10/24/14, 06:53 PM
 
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First trip to the internet today. I got dressed in gardening clothes when I finally got up this am- had planned to drive GFB to his work about 40 minutes away but just couldn't wake up today. When he got home I started to fix S.O.S. for lunch- toast in toaster- went to feed the feral cats and when I came back in the toast was BURNING in the toaster oven! Pulled the plug, tried throwing salt in it but the flames kept coming from underneath the slices! Used tongs to pull out the toasting rack/toast and get it to sink and poured water over it. Had to open all the doors wide- we left the A/C off Wednesday and today - had to fry the bread on the griddle. A little too much excitement! Sorta rested this afternoon. Got out to look at the garden at 4 pm and discovered most of my water tubs almost dry. Had to refill them and somehow got ants on my ankles. Finally felt a bite - had to wash them off- GFB brought the manga order from the Post Office and I found I had made a double order. Didn't remember ordering Vinland Saga #2 for the grandson so I ordered it again last night. Last nights order was to be mailed directly to him. I'm really concerned about that and a few times GFB has asked me if I remember a conversation from the last day or two and I have to say no. Very worried about alzheimers.
Thinking about ordering yellow asphodel, an edible perennial, from www.anniesannuals.com. You West Coasters are so lucky to have a gardening source that routinely covers zones 8-11. She's also on FB. Wish I could attend some of her seminars.
Going to make chicken n dumpling soup. GFB didn't want it yesterday because he was afraid I would dirty too many dishes and he wasn't up to washing them. I had canned chicken to use, also. So I cooked beefsteak, baked potatoes and mixed broccoli/cauliflower/carrot. He lost his dinner after only a few bites. Its been happening since last summer and to me its a red flag for gastric ca or esophageal ca but he absolutely refuses to ask the doctor for a scope. Mentioned the other day he wanted to buy more life insurance, I guess he's afraid but refusing to do anything helpful. Yes, he is feeling ssome better today. Meanwhile I plan to go make chicken n dumpling soup. Fast food hint- gnocchi from the store make GREAT dumplings!
MGM I love hearing about everything going on in the far North- I love the diversity here also.
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Old 10/25/14, 04:00 AM
 
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Hi, all! I had such a lovely birthday - Abby baked me both a cake and brownies, my brother called to wish me a Happy BD, lots of folks on HT and fb all checked in with BD wishes, I got a nap and just had an absolutely wonderful day. Thanks to all of you who helped make it great!

I put my elderberry tincture to work on Abby's sore throat, etc yesterday, and started taking small doses myself to hopefully ward off whatever she's brewing. It hasn't been infusing all that long, but it sure tastes like elderberries (added sugar to offset the sourness). I think it's working, too. She told me she woke up without the sore throat today, although her nose is still stuffy and she's more tired than normal for her.

I ended up making a casserole dish instead of soup yesterday - made gravy from some of the broth I was simmering, chopped up breast meat in it, covered it with stuffing and popped it in a 350* oven for 30 minutes. Must have been good because Abby and I have eaten it all - it made a good breakfast and lunch today!

The hens have decided to go back to laying in the hen house nest boxes, now that the weather has turned rainy and messy. I am glad to see it, since I was down to the last couple eggs. Abby used those in my cake, and had to go scrounging for nests before she could make the brownies. Momma and chicks are doing well, and we are on countdown for the next hen to bring off her hatch. The teen roosters are learning to crow - it's a hoot to listen to them trying! I know it's time to send them to freezer camp or the soup pot...not my favorite job.

GMB, could GFB have a stricture, do you think? If the food's backing up in his esophagus, that can cause severe pain and vomiting. I have a bit of one myself and should have it stretched, but if I don't take too much NSAID medication, it's not too bad. Just have to take small, well chewed bites and drink water while I am eating to help wash things through. Maybe if you present it as possible stricture rather than Ca, he'll go see the MD? Of course, he IS a man, so maybe not...
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Old 10/25/14, 07:54 PM
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I am at work tonight, starting three nights. I worked the last four days, so I have not done much at home. I did go to the shop today and work on the crib. It is getting close to finishing. It has been super great weather. I need to be painting on the house, but the crib is top priority. The wife ask me this morning what I was going to be doing today. I told her working on the crib. I should have known she wanted to go somewhere. At 11:00 AM, she came to the shop and told me she wanted to go to the ceramic shop in Mobile Alabama. I ask her, why didn't you tell me earlier. She said, she knew I wanted to work on the crib. I said, I have till Feb to get this done. Now I missed a road trip, and the best part, eating out. It was too late for me to go, since I have to work tonight. She called me before I came to work, said she was tied up in traffic on I-12, where it crossed the Peril River. They have construction there. Glad I did not go. Time for coffee!!!
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Old 10/25/14, 08:12 PM
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Billie, This article here, I have had saved on my computer for some time.
I am hoping you do not have Cancer, but I thought it would be an interesting read. Also, on Yahoo news, there was an article on cutting out sugar and carbs, which feed cancer. I am no doctor, but any help I find, wheather it is crazy info or not I read.

One Week Cancer Cure
The funny thing is that for all the people I have told about this, not one has tried it. If it doesn't cost $10,000 and come with pretty brochures, people in lab coats and lots of pain, it must not work.
Whatever.
So I'm putting it here. Use it or don't.
This is the cancer cure from my crazy ex-housemate. While she is a screwball in many ways, she is somebody I would consider a friend and this is something where I am convinced that she is truly onto something.
She has not only beat cancer herself, but she has several people who have come to her just weeks from the grave who have beaten cancer in less than a week.
So here is the one page that she gave to me, unedited, but mashed into HTML. I'll post my comments below:





The book to read is "The Cure For All Cancers" by Hulda Regehr, Ph.D., N.D. Eat Alkaline vs. Acid foods. Consume Chlorophyll [a good source is Odwalla "SUPERFOOD"] you can get it at Costco. Take "Biotin" to lower yeast production. Take Coenzyme Q 10 Take lots of "Vit. C" [a good source is "Emer-gen-C"] you can find it at Trader Joe's Take lots of calcium. Cancer's "cause" I believe is due to a particular parasite (the fluke). This parasite gives off a growth hormone during one of its growth stages. The herbal cure that Dr. Hulda Regehr has discovered is: 1. Wormwood (liquid extract) 2. Black Walnut (liquid extract) 3. Red Clover (liquid extract) 4. Cloves (whole) 5. Dandelion (liquid extract) These herbs destroy the parasite in each of its growth cycles










The alkaline stuff fills a whole book. She talked at length about eating lots of grapefruit and grapes when she first got started. Apparently knowledge has advanced a great deal since then, so it doesn't have to be so brutal. Google "alkaline diet" and you'll probably get more than enough information.
You can probably do all of this without the book. But if I had cancer, I think I would read the book too. If nothing else, you can start doing all this stuff within the next hour - get the book tomorrow.
I think the obvious thing here is: Stop exposing yourself to carcinogens! Organic food ONLY! No sun pucky! If something smells like plastic or chemically, get AWAY from it! No pestides! Get rid of your toxic cleaners! DUH!
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Old 10/26/14, 07:03 PM
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Woke up around noon today. Did a little shop work, till the kids and grandkids came over. Now I am at work. Will do more tomorrow after waking up. I will have to take father-in-law to vote, so I may not get too much done.
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Old 10/26/14, 09:59 PM
 
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MGM - Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had such a good day!

GMB - I hope GFB doesn't have anything serious. I can't get my DH to go to the Dr for anything. I don't think he's been in years.

Travis - That book sounds really interesting. Thanks for posting that information!

*****
Friday, Goodwill opened a new store in Norman, so I stopped and ended up buying the girls a cedar picnic table with cushions and umbrella for $45. It was still in the box, but the box looked damaged at the corners, I think it's new. I was so happy, I've been wanting to get them a picnic table for awhile. I also bought myself one of those sliding cabinet racks. It was new and in the box too. I don't know what they retail for, but I got this one for $25 and a few bucks for a necklace kit for my oldest DGD. The new store had a lot of nice stuff.
My coworkers and I said farewell to one of our Team members Friday evening, after work, with a few drinks and appetizers. Our new Director starts on the 17th. Hopefully we don't lose anymore Team members in the near future. We are in dire need of some stability - or at least I am!

After church yesterday I went and picked the grandkids up for the night. We had a good evening together. The oldest two are still recovering from a virus. So we all went to bed early.
I took them home this afternoon, came back and fixed dinner for DH. I think I'll relax and try to get in bed early tonight. I'm exhausted - those 3 kids wear me smooth out.
Have a great night, everyone!
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Old 10/27/14, 09:15 AM
 
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MGM I hadn't thought of esophageal stricture. I'll try it from that angle. Thanks.

Called in a med for refill last night to CVS- very clearly marked 2 refills on my bottle- and the robot responded "This will require a new prescription from your doctor". Have to go in personally and enquire why I need a new script when I've got two refills left to go.

Also have to go to Metro PCS- tried to call my mother twice this weekend and got a recording "to complete your call you need to purchase a MetroPCS Calling Card". My plan has unlimited Talk, Text, And Internet! ARGHH!
Going to try making the Latte mix from the tightwad thread for DS and DGS. Sighhh. Never a dull moment here.
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Old 10/27/14, 10:01 AM
 
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GMB - I hope your week gets better. Nothing is more annoying than brick walls when you're trying to get things done!!
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Old 10/27/14, 06:10 PM
 
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Hi, all - just back from a trip to take Abby to the dentist - she has a broken tooth that is too far gone to save - has to be on antibiotics and will have it pulled on Thursday. Thankfully, it's a far back molar. Not happy at all with the state of her teeth when she came home - it was obvious no one had been making sure she brushed, and I specifically told them it would be necessary to do that. The weird thing was that her dad was waiting for us outside the dental clinic. How did he know she had an appointment? He said he got a call, but we didn't give out his name or number when we made her appointment, gave my phone number and I didn't get a call. It's just strange - can't figure out how this came about. (Cyberstalking us on HT?) Now, the good news is that she is covered on his insurance for both medical and dental, so she'll be able to get her dental care at a much reduced cost! That will help take a financial load off of my shoulders. It was nice to see him again - it's been a while and he's a nice guy.

After her appointment, we stopped at the woodstove store and picked up the door gasket for our stove, then stopped at WM to see my other dd and picked up a couple free 5 gallon icing buckets there - NEED these to get the grains stored. Also picked up more duct tape there, but forgot to look for more bra extenders. I really should not try to shop without a list. I guess I'll try again on Thursday. Splurged on lunch at Arby's for Abby and KFC for me before coming home.

It's laundry day today, and I have housework that needs doing, along with more food safe buckets to finish cleaning and filling today. Guess I'd better get busy.
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Old 10/27/14, 08:03 PM
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Woke up today at 11:30 AM. Drank some coffee. The wife had made pizza. Then took father-in-law and myself to vote early. Got back home, decided to go back to sleep. Woke up close to 4 PM. I went out to the shop and glued two logs to the routed out deer head board, that is for the crib. Got ready for work. I am here now, drinking coffee. I will be off the next two days, but will be back Thursday morning.
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Old 10/27/14, 08:23 PM
 
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Hey all! Things are a bit tough here still, our daughter, fighting Lyme disease, had her heart rate plummet, she passed out and ended up in the hospital via ambulance. We took dgd and I just brought her back. We had planned my DH's birthday party for Sun., and DD had gone into the hospital the night before, and when I asked her what I could do that would help the most (after making the plan to get dgd), she said, "have the party Mom". So we did, and I think it helped dgd to keep things normal.

We took her home with us - she had been at the other grandmas for a visit, so she got to take a day off school today and an unexpected visit here. She had a blast.

I didn't sleep hardly at all as she had one of her "talk and coo and whimper" all night nights, so right now I'm pretty tired. Will sleep good tonight I hope.

DD may need a pacemaker, (the diagnosis was Number One Heart Block, (which oddly is not a blockage) it's such a mess, no one can say for sure yet whether the Lyme caused it, or the meds to treat the Lyme, or if it would have appeared in her life even without the Lyme.

Mess. Scared. Need more prayers everyone.

Billie, many prayers for you..............
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Old 10/27/14, 10:11 PM
 
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Homesteader, Prayers to your DD and you too. Tell DH Happy Birthday for me too!
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Old 10/27/14, 10:21 PM
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Homesteader, All I can say is, you got you hands FULL!! May the good Lord watch over you all!!
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Old 10/27/14, 10:32 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the good wishes, prayers and pixie dust, too! I will take them all. Been down this road twice before and both were benign, so that is the hope this time also. I go to KU this Thursday. Get to go thru all the tests again as they want to rely on their testing/doctors and not just take the word of someone else. Travis....thanks for the info, I do remember reading something about this a few years ago. Time for more reading/research.

Today I did 3 loads of laundry, all put away, plus put away the 3 loads I started last week and Bill finished for me. Then I redid my sunroom. Moved furniture around, cleaned the pots and watered all the plants I bring in for the winter. Took the curtains down, washed them to, only put the sheers back up. 5 windows across the whole room, almost floor to ceiling. Lots of light and they face south so with the new insulation (which I can already tell a difference) we are going to try it with just the sheers and see how the winter goes. Washed the windows inside and out, too!!

Have the grandkids tomorrow. Little one will keep me busy until we pick the other two up after school, always does.

Still need to make applesauce, one counter is full of apples. May try and do that on Wed.
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well nothing here..PMS! THat is all!!!
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