Sunday, May 28, 2017

Purging The Excess

   The Schrader Women have had a very busy week. Two households have been cleaning out & getting ready for a sale to be held later on in the summer. Chickenchick & I did one room each day & finished up this morning. I cannot remember when my house has been so clean & organized. I am sure it won't stay like this for long, but I do like the results.
   MIL was having a good week so she went thru some things. Some of it will stay here but some will be sold. She seemed to have alot of blankets & I refuse to get rid of those even tho we have more than we need.
   I had one area of things that I had a very hard time going through but I got it done & am happy with the results. I realize we can't keep everything & some things I thought I'd never part with were easier to find a new home for as time has gone by.
   I was in the basement yesterday & walked by the ever growing pile of "stuff" & I noticed that Chickenchick has added a few things! That is progress! Now if I can get her Dad to do the same...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Farm Animal First Aid Kit - Mother Earth News

Preparing a Farm Animal First-Aid Kit

While we all do our best to keep our farms, homes, and homesteads safe, accidents do happen.  It is important that humans and animals are prepared for injuries and have everything on hand to help heal wounds quickly.
IMG_5262You cannot be prepared for every eventuality on a farm, but there are a few key items to keep on hand that will help to sterilize wounds, staunch bleeding, and other quick and vital fixes.  
A farm first aid kid should be easily accessible and stored in a safe place where the items inside will stay dry and un-contaminated.  Check everything regularly to make sure it is all there, and nothing has expired.  Everyone on the farm should know where the first aid kit is kept, and one of the most important parts of a first aid kid is your veterinarian’s phone number promenently displayed so you can reach them quickly in an emergency.  
Every type of animal will have different specific needs.  For example, you should keep an udder ointment on hand to keep teats clean and free of infection in dairy animals, and it’s good to have a bloat treatment on hand for ruminants.  It is important to do your research and know what your animals might need.

First-Aid Kit

There are some universal items to keep on hand for healthy farm animals.  Your animal first aid kid should include:
Scissors Scissors are always useful on the farm, but a clean and sharp pair should be kept safely in your first aid kit.  Scissors are perfect for cutting bandages, or to get a length of twine or other items the right size.  
Gauze/Vet Wrap You always need something on hand to cover an open wound or staunch bleeding.  Stockpile bandages and gauze pads in case of emergency, being able to cover a wound while you wait for a vet can mean life or death for an animal.  
Lubricant Petroleum jelly or another sterile lubricant is good to keep on hand in case you need to assist in a birth or need to take an animal’s temperature.  Petroleum jelly is also helpful to put on frostbite which can occur on bird’s combs and wattles.
Veterinary Thermometer It is very important to be able to monitor your animal’s temperatures if they are acting under the weather, and also to be able to take temperatures after a mother has delivered.  A veterinary thermometer is used rectally, using a lubricant, and a good one will give an accurate digital reading quickly.
Wound Ointment or Spray You should keep several wound treatments on hand.  Blu-Kote is a recommended brand that has both antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  Neosporin is a good option which will work well on animals.  What you are looking for is something that will prevent infection in a dirty barnyard.
IMG_1378Rubbing Alcohol or Iodine Rubbing alcohol, iodine, or saline can all be used to clean a fresh wound.  Keep them on hand for sterilization, and iodine can also be used to dip the umbilical chord of newborns in order to sterilize them.  
Latex Gloves Latex gloves are helpful to keep on hand in case of any messy situation.  They’re useful not only for handling wounds, but they are also essential to have if you ever help a mother in delivery.   
Syringes Syringes are always good to keep on hand for both routine and emergency medical needs.  It is good to have both oral and needle, for both emergency medicine doses and routine vaccinations and worming.
Epsom Salts If you keep hoofed animals, it’s good to have epsom salts on hand.  Abscessed hooves can be soaked in a bath of water and epsom salts as an effective treatment option.  
Flashlight No, a flashlight doesn’t treat any type of injury but you never know when you might need to see in your barn.  Keep flashlights everywhere, including in your first aid kit, in case of late night emergencies or deliveries that start in the pre-dawn hours of the morning.
Nutri-Drench and Electrolytes Electrolytes and immune boosters like Nutri-Drench are great to keep on hand for lethargic animals, although you shouldn’t administer them without checking with a veterinarian or expert first.  Keeping some supplements like this on hand can help you avoid a trip to the vet for an animal that is a little bit under the weather.
For each specific type of animal there are plenty of helpful supplements and tools to keep on hand in case of emergency.  I use garlic and apple cider vinegar regularly as a immune booster for my birds, and baking soda provides digestive support for goats, for example. 
Taking the time to put together a well thought out first aid kit can mean the difference between life and death for your animals in an emergency.  Talk to your vet about your animals specific needs, and be sure to consult them with any questions you have in your farm yard experiences. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tick Twister - It Works

   I ordered  Tick Twister on Amazon a few weeks ago & got to use it today. My Daughter came in with a tick on her back. At first I tried peppermint oil to get it to back out & it did not work so I used one of the tick twisters & it came right out without any pain. She is usually pretty anxious about having one pulled, but this was great. I paid $4.88 & it is well worth it.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer Bug Bite Kit

  Bug bites are something that always happen & I made sure we can find supplies that we need. I got a gal. size freezer bag, took a black marker so it would be seen & wrote tick, bug & snakebite kit in big letters on the outside.
   The supplies that I put in are a snakebite kit, tweezers, tick twister, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, chiggerex, benadryl, calamine,  a bottle of alcohol, medicated ant itch gel, antibiotic ointment & a few Minnie bandaids, just because you know Minnie Mouse bandaids always make it better.
   This can be a grab & go bag, everything stays clean & at least for the minute I feel somewhat organized. I got a plastic pants hanger & hung it on a nail in the utility room where it won't get lost & we all know where it is.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Replanting The Garden After The Rain

   After all of the rain everyone got last week we feel very lucky that we see green grass on out place, not water.  I hate mowing for 3 hours every week at least I had a yard to mow.
   The raised bed garden did not fare so well, but again, at least there is still a garden. Most of the plants we started over the winter & were doing so well before the rain did not survive. I lost my BIG Max pumpkin, the cukes that were 6" tall & starting to climb the trellis, cantaloupe & tomatoes. All that water even in a raised bed was too much.
   While Chickenchick & I were in town yesterday we made a stop to pick up more plants. We worked so hard this winter to start most of our own. I used it as a lesson for her to understand where our food comes from & it has been disappointing to have them in the ground & now have to replant.
   Tomorrow as soon as she is at school I'll get out & do it again, all the time thinking I am lucky to still have a garden & not be flooded out. There's more rain on the way Wed.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Love Of Brick

Ozark, Mo.
   I have a thing for brick, especially old brick. I have no idea why but if something is terra cotta I'll  almost always photograph it.As I have gone back looking at over 40 years of my photo's I see a theme.....old, falling apart, angles & lines, rust & brick.

Easy Snack

Reese's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
Reese's Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites! You only need TWO ingredients and they take 10 minutes start to finish. World's easiest dessert!
AuthorJennifer Fishkind
  • Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Bite sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  1. Grease a mini muffin pan
  2. Place a spoonful of the cookie dough in the mini muffin pan
  3. Place in oven and cook about 10 - 12minutes (follow whatever the instructions on the package tell you)
  4. As soon as you pull them out, place one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the middle of the cookie.
  5. Let cool for a few minute (or don't if you are like me and can't wait)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life As We Know It In Our Family

   Well, my MIL gave up her car today. We went in & picked it up this morning. We always hoped she'd decide it on her own. It's been something that has needed to be done for quite some time. Her dementia is getting worse & she's confused so she did not need to drive. She only went to the bank & grocery store within a mile. She had started leaving the keys in the car & it turned on AUX. The battery was always running down & one of us would have to go to town & put the car on the charger. Don't even get me started on her messing up the TV remote & then randomly pushing buttons. It sometimes happens several times a week & again, a trip to town is necessary
   She cried as Jim was pulling out of the garage. She told me that her quality of life is gone now that she has fallen & has lost her independence. It's terribly sad. We hope that she can keep living by herself, but the day may come where she has to go into assisted living. We'll do whatever we can to keep her at home. She has been a great friend to me(even when she is screaming at me on the phone) & is a wonderful Grandmother to Chickenchick so I will help in any way I can.

Something Pretty On Another Rainy Day

More rain on the way. The garden is holding on. There's a car up to it's windows in water right around the corner from our house sitting in a low spot in the road. Jim made it safely home from Tx. the day before the tornado's hit & Chickenchick & I got Grandma some groceries before it started. Be safe everyone.