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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the gates!

It's not fun typing with a splint on my finger! But I'm managing. I did get the stitches out 10 days after they were put in. It bled the first night and swelled up again. I was pretty scared to bend it, I don't want to split it open again and since part of the cut is on a crease in my knuckle, it still looks like it's partially open.

We did our General Conference review for Family Home Evening. I had a new poster printed to write our notes on, and printed it at 16x20 instead of 11x14. It's huge and doesn't fit in the frame. Oops. I promised the kids I'd take them to see Trek the Movie if they got school done early, and they did! The movie was okay... By the end of the week we had two sides and gates done on the fence, now we are working on the back.

We also finally watched Star Wars The Last Jedi. Some people were pretty excited about that. Also, my husband and son had their suits dry cleaned. Then my son wore his for the last time. He outgrew it months ago, but it didn't look excessively small yet. I finally insisted that it is though.

School highlights:

History was a lesson about the Battle of Gettysburg.
Literature was about legends in Hans Brinker, and what a legend is.
Science was a lesson about avoiding harmful substances and the Word of Wisdom.
Geography was about the economy of South America.
Music was a lesson on Fiddler on the Roof and family traditions.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the stitches

There was no school last week because we had spring break instead! That means we worked on the fence a lot. We have been putting new posts in next to where the old ones were because that's easier than digging out the deep holes full of cement. But there was one corner of our yard that we could not move the post, so we had to remove all the cement in that spot. E was determined to empty that hole, and she made A LOT of progress by digging around the cement with a crowbar and then chipping pieces of cement out. You can imagine that it was tiring work though, especially deep down to the last few inches in the hole.

So I decided to help. And by help, I got bigger tools... I added a large sledge hammer to hit the crowbar with. It was working well, until I moved my hand at the same time that I brought the sledge hammer down. I was wearing a garden glove and E quickly noticed a spot of blood forming on the glove. The pain was so intense. I ran inside and carefully took the glove off and ran cold water over my finger. When I worked up enough courage to look, I noticed an ugly tear right across the second joint of my index finger. After keeping my finger in the water until my hand felt numb, I put some blue yarrow essential oil on it and M helped me bandage it. I could tell that if I attempted to bend the finger it would bleed, but it was fine if it was straight. Because I could bend it, I wasn't as worried about it being broken. M put some gauze and Miracle Salve on it, and taped a popsicle stick to it to keep it straight. At this point I thought maybe stitches were necessary, but I wanted to avoid the cost and finish the work outside! I texted my husband and he immediately called back, saying I was going to get it looked at... no questions. I walked back outside to start working again, with my finger throbbing and held on top of my head.

My husband left work and came to take me to InstaCare. Did you know you have to check in on a computer before the people at the desk will talk to you? Not so easy to do when your finger is not working! I was stubborn and wouldn't let my husband do it for me. The x-ray technician noticed the blue spots on my finger and asked if I had used yarrow on it. Even though I knew the gash was too big for yarrow to make a difference closing it, it helped to cleanse the wound. I also had a DTaP vaccine..I felt it was logical, all things considered. The doctor was gentle and thorough as he cleaned out the wound and stitched it up. He answered all my questions... such as, "Is that a tendon or ligament that I can see in there?" I ended up with five stitches, and the gash was about 23 mm long. I received a finger brace and had to keep it wrapped because of the danger of ripping it open again if I bent the finger.

That little bone on my thumb.. it's called a sesamoid bone. 

Later we went to Target to pick up my antibiotic prescription. Those antibiotics were the second worst part of the whole experience. Over the next 10 days I checked the stitches twice a day, used arnica, helichrysum, and Miracle Salve on the finger, and bentonite clay at times. I also put clay on the vax injection site, hoping to draw out some of the junk. And, I cut apart an old garden glove and used the thumb on my fat, bandaged finger with the finger cut off so I could wear it still. Then I worked on the fence more! I even moved around and fixed the paving stones by one of our gates. It looks a lot nicer now, and will look even better when I get some new grass to grow around them.

By the way, my husband went out two days later to finish taking the cement out of that hole. He said, "It was easy, it came right out!" Hmmm. You're welcome.

Other events:

I finished studying the book of Isaiah. We went to the new playground, which was SO busy because everyone was out of school. My sister came to teach my girls quilling. And I was asked to be the secretary for the women's organization in our church congregation.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky postcard set: Review

We had the opportunity to review a neat set of postcards. This set is titled Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky. Every postcard is an original painting by ornithologist David Sibley.

The box is very sturdy, and is perfect for storing the cards in. I love how it protects the cards and also looks stylish on my shelves. It has five dividers that are labeled according to the type of bird - waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, songbirds, and owls & raptors. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Weekly Recap x2: With Easter, Conference, and the snakes

Even though it seems like it's going slow, we've made progress on the fence. Our amazing neighbor has helped so much, which we really appreciate since my husband only has two days a week that he can work on it. The neighbor and the husband figured out where and how to place new posts. We have cement along the entire length of our fence, the previous owners did it quite nicely, and may have been concerned about dogs digging under the fence? It makes it hard to replace stuff though.

We got the posts in, and since this recap is covering two weeks, there are also a lot of panels up now too. We are sealing each board before putting it up so it's nice to have kids who want to help "paint."

Monday, March 26, 2018

Learn About Cultures and Civilizations with Carole P. Roman Books

We had the opportunity to review books from Carole P. Roman again! We really enjoy books that make learning fun, and Carole P. Roman books and collections do just that. They are written in a way that you are drawn into the story, which is full of facts about the country or civilization the book is about.

The books we received are:

All are paperback, and there are Kindle versions available. This is the third time we've reviewed these books, and we are still enjoying the collection we've accumulated!

Here is our first review (with Ancient Greece, Colonial America, Ancient China, and the American West). and our second review (with If You Were Me and Lived in... Peru, Rocket-Bye, and Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag).

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weekly Recap: with the demolition!

I didn't keep track of much of what we did last week.. I must have been busy. Or forgetful! But there was one giant item... we started demolishing our fence! When we moved in over 9 years ago, it was clear that the fence needed to be replaced soon. Within the last couple of years we've had to patch a couple of spots, and our neighbors have both replaced theirs. We've been saving, paying off things, etc. but we finally felt we had enough set aside that we could put it towards a fence!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Super Beads Review

All of my children enjoy craft projects so we were excited to try Super Beads from Zirrly. We chose the Mega Pack because it seemed the most logical choice for four children who might want to use this neat product at the same time.