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This and That and Such

17 Sep

I have to share Myson–he’s always standing high up on something if he can.

Myson

He’s a big boy.  So is Moose.  And Maisie (Moose’s mom) is a big girl.

Myson, Moose, Maisie

I think Popcorn is going to be a big boy too, when he finishes growing up.

Popcorn

I am once again working on copper and hooves.  I swear that’s all I ever do.

Some goats are easy to do.  Others are a bit more difficult.  They spit out the capsule when I give it to them in a peanut.  They spit it out when I use the pill pusher.

Coral is easy; Sidney behind is difficult

I think I’m going to have to lasso and tie LilyAnn to get her hooves done.

The chickens are always ready to come out when I open the door in the morning.

They were especially happy this morning because I didn’t get around to canning the tomatoes I picked, so the chickens got them as a treat.

Beautiful sunset over the barnyard.

I’m finally finished with the onions in the garden.  A bunch got chopped and frozen with this handy gadget.

The rest dried well and I’ll just use them.

I still have a few potatoes, and I’ve started harvesting the fall squash.

Needless to say, I’m still quite busy.

Carrot Cake

30 Aug

Just before I nearly impaled myself, I had pulled some carrots.  Now, if you know me, you know I like to turn my veggies into delicious desserts.  In this case, I thought it might help the eye heal too.  You know, carrots are supposed to be good for the eyes.  Anyhow.  I made a carrot cake.

I like easy, so mix everything together:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 cups grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped walnut
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Pour it into a greased 9×13 cake pan and bake ate 350°F until a toothpick comes out clean (about 50 minutes).

I used a traditional cream cheese frosting for it.

Even if it didn’t help my eye heal, it tasted pretty darn good!  It was so good that I grated enough for another cake and froze it.

In other news, I still have no electricity in my house, but we’ve cooled down enough that I took Rocky back over and am sleeping there at night.  I have to admit, I am starting to be a bit anxious to have my electricity restored.

Blind In One Eye

28 Aug

I think my sister is the one who coined the phrase to describe me saying that I’m blind in one eye and blond in the other.  There is some truth to it.  I’m blond (maybe occasionally ditzy) and I do have an eye with really bad vision.  After years of a contact lens, patches, lasik surgery and everything I could do, the best my vision could be is 20/90 in my right eye.  But it was all done with the intent of making it the best I could in the even something horrible (knock on wood) happened with my good eye.  Keep that background information in mind as I share my story.

Imagine a patch covering the left eye (painting my mom did)

Wednesday was another scorching hot day, so I decided to pick the garden early and just work in the soap room freezing veggies and such.  I picked peppers and dug tomatoes and pulled some carrots.

Then I decided to pick some tomatoes to freeze for the chickens for next summer.

I reached down to get a ripe tomato and thought I was dying.  I found one of the few tomato cages that was still standing and poked that metal rod into my eye.

After the immediate thought that I was going to pass out, I managed to step out of the garden.  I felt my eye, and blood wasn’t gushing.  There was just a tiny bit of blood from a cut on my left eyelid.  Thankfully, it was the eyelid and not the eye.  As I looked up, I realized everything was fuzzy.  I had the thought that it was like I was only using my bad eye.

my best effort showing what it looked like

I put my had over that eye and saw…

Again, the best I could do. No color and the shapes were all tiny stars, but you get the idea.

I was completely blinded in my good eye.  Somehow, I managed to get back on the Ranger and drive myself back to the house and get my phone.  It was only a quarter of a mile driving mostly blind.

Then the fun started of trying to figure out how to read the names to call my dad.  No answer.  I was scrolling through recent calls and decided on one that must have been my nephew.  On the second try, he answered and then made more calls to send my dad out to take me to the ER.  By the time he arrived I was able to see just a little bit with the eye–a sliver of sky and treetops.  The vision kept coming back from top to bottom as we travelled.  By the time we got to the hospital, I could pretty much see again, but there was a big pink cloud on the bottom half of my vision.  They looked at the eye with dye to make sure it wasn’t scratched and then sent me home (I might have walked out after an hour of waiting for a tetanus shot, but I will be the first to admit I’m a horrible patient.)  Anyhow, I went home, took it easy, napped, and did as little as possible.  The one thing I had to do was check goats in the heat, and luckily I did because Tiger was stuck in the fence.  By the time I got back from pasture, my head was killing me and I had to lay down.

in the ER

The next day, I slept in.  I rested.  I had a headache.  I slept.  The eye continued to swell.  By the time I woke up again at 5:00 pm, I had such a bad headache, I was nauseous and had a low-grade fever.  I still had the pink cloud on the bottom of my vision, and light was a killer.  I called the first nurse, who recommended I go back to the ER (that’s what I get for sleeping so late).  My son came and took me over.  This time, they did a CT scan, and it was fine–no bone chips or infection.  They gave me a shot for the headache and said I could take Ibuprofen since there wasn’t any bleeding. Avoid heat and light.

The next morning

I do think just the walking on my rough pasture was sending lots of jolts to the eye, which did not help (but I have to check the goats in this heat).  My new goal is to avoid the ER.  My plan is to stay inside in the AC and wear sunglasses as much as I can.

So far, so good today!