Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Your language, clothing choices, words and attitude observed by others defines you. You can be the richest person, but be low class. You can be the poorest person and be high class.  Your choice.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Shingles (and not on the roof)

Its been a rough last 3 weeks.  I managed to break out with the shingles.  Not a pleasant experience at all, and what I had was considered to be a "mild" case.

You don't "catch" shingles.  Shingles are what is left over (but silently hiding) from chicken pox.  The just hide there, for years and years.  Then, when you immune system is low, or you are under stress, they wake up.  And awake up they did.  First, I was itching.  I itched for almost a week, then the rash followed-in the same places as the itch.  I managed to keep the itch somewhat under control by taking 4 or more baths a day in lukewarm water with tea tree oil in in.  Then, lathering up in hydro-cortisone cream.  I also took extra B12 and D vitamins, which help with the nerves, which is where the shingles virus attacks.  Ibuprofen and benadryl also played a major role as well.

Normally you only get the shingles on one side of the body, along one nerve path.  Unless you are me-one of the few, who get it on both sides.

After about 15 days of the rash, the intense hot stabbing pain (nerve pain started).  It felt like hot sewing needles being poked into me.  The tea tree oil didn't want to help much there, but adding apple cider vinegar to the bath did help someone--and more ibuprofen.

My rash is 95% healed up now, and the nerve pain is reduced to just an occasional stab of pain.  The itching is mostly gone as well.

Shingles mainly hits those over 60, but anyone can get it at any age, providing they have already had the chickenpox, which I did as a baby.  there is a vaccination available, that can be given to those over 50.  It reduces your chances of getting the shingles by 50%.  If you do still get them, it is a milder case.  I am not 60 (but getting close), so I am in the targeted age group to have gotten it.

You can't spread shingles.  However, if you have open blisters or sores, you can give someone who has never had the chicken pox the chicken pox.  But, you can't give anyone the shingles.  You can also get the shingles more than once.  Some people tend to get it many times.  About 1 in every 3 over 60 will develop the shingles at some point.

My blisters were small.  Some people get huge ones.  My nerve pain (although it was very painful) only lasted a few days.  For some people, they never get nerve pain, or it only lasts a few days, few weeks, over a year, or may never go away.  For this reason, it is important that if you have a bad case, to see a doctor so that you don't end up being one of the few with permanent nerve damage.

As if all that is not enough, it also comes complete with headache, nausea and an upset stomach.  I managed to get that too--during race weekend.  Your skin becomes super sensitive.  I could literally feel the seams inside my clothing and the weight of buttons on my nightgown.  I could not shower, because the pressure of the water coming out of the shower hurt when it hit my skin.  It even hurt to wash my hair, although I had no rash on my head.

Once your rash heals to the point nothing is open, you are not considered to be contagious to pass the chicken pox.  So, I worked race weekend at the speedway.  Of course, since I did have the shingles, and was more active than I had been in days, and covered in clothes and gear, the heat built up, which created the itching to stir back up.  Then the nausea hit, followed by the headache and upset stomach.  That lasted 3 days.  Some people get all this at once.  For me, it seemed to hit in stages--just one thing after another.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New coupon book

Well, I have worn out numerous coupon envelopes, 2 files, and 2 notebooks.  I had to come up with a new system, so here it is.

The huge 4 inch green notebook I have used for the last 3 years, finally bit the dust.

My latest coupon book.  I got it free off of Amazon, by using gift cards I got thru swagbucks.  Its zippered, and thats a nice thing when you drop it (providing it is zipped at the time you drop it)

I also added divided some of the categories down to make additional pockets, for easier finding of coupons while in the store.  For example, instead of my old "petfood", I now have "cat food" and another for "dog food".  They are kept in alphabetical order.

In the back, I still have a clear plastic sleeve for each of the stores I shop at.  That is where I keep their weekly store ad, their coupon policy, and any coupons I intend to use at their store.

My coupons come from the newspaper, and also from swagbucks coupon link (because if I use those, I get more points to turn into cash or gift cards), and from coupons.com.  I also keep my eyes out for coupons I see in the store on end caps and pealies.

Into Fall Activities

Daughter #3 graduated in May.  She is now a pre med chemistry major back in our home town.  That has worked well for us, since my parents still live there, my brother, we have strong church connections, and we still have a house there. Since she is a first year student, the university won't let her live in the house though.   However this week, her car almost caught on fire, due to a short in the wiring,  So, she is temporarily borrowing her boyfriends car.  He is attending school 30 miles from hers.

Daughter #4 shot in the 4H State .22 competition yesterday in Columbia. That ends most of our activities for last years 4H, but we are beginning this years 4H season.

We are having my house re-roofed in Warrensburg.  So we met with the roofer on the first trip, then bought all the needed supplies on the 2nd trip.

So yesterday, we had 1 trip to Lexington, 2 trips to Warrensburg and one trip to Columbia.  Daughter #3 went from Plattsburg to Lexington to Warrensburg, back to Lexington then back to Warrensburg because the boyfriends school books were accidentally left in his trunk and she had taken the car.

Next weekend is parents weekend, so another trip to Warrensburg.

The following weekend are the races at Kansas Speedway.  I work for fire and rescue for ISCS (Nascar) and daughter #5 cheer leading squad made it to state competitions in Columbia..  So that weekend we will have a trip to KS Speedway on Thurs and Friday.  Columbia on Saturday, then back to KS on Sunday, and if there is a rain delay, back to KS again on Monday.

Yesterday, we found that fuel was $2.98 in Columbia and $3.15 in Richmond.  We fueled up several times as we burned up highways 13 and 70.

Daughter #4 is spending her mornings homeschooling, and then taking 3 classes in the afternoon at the local high school.  So far, it seems to be working out.  I take her in at noon, and she is able to ride the bus home when classes are out.  This semester she is taking German, math, history, biology, personal finance, language, photography (takes it every semester), shooting sports (takes it every semester), and home ec (takes it every semester).  She is also looking at becoming a CPR instructor, so if she gets that in before the semester end, she will get some health credit as well.

Somewhere in the midst of all this running back and forth, I ran into something I am allergic too.  I am covered in itch hives.  I have not changed any products, so not sure of the culprit.  So, I have added some tea tree oil to my bath and it helps some, and taking benadryl as well.

Of course while all this is going on, I am still doing childcare and teaching cpr classes as well.  This semester however, we are not going to homeschool coop.  That is freeing up a lot of time for me, and a much needed break.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Please Help

Yesterday, my friend Susan lost her husband Marty.

But, her story starts before then, back at the beginning of the year.

Early this year, her family had a house fire.  They had no homeowners insurance.  So, they (Susan, Marty, and their 2 special needs sons)  moved into a small camping trailer, and proceeded to start gutting and repairing their home.

Then, in the spring of this year, Marty was diagnosed with a fast growing type of cancer, a form of leukemia.

In May, her dear grandmother passed away.

Yesterday, Marty passed away.

Some of you may already follow her blog.  She really has not updated it since Marty started getting sicker, as she was spending most of her time in the hospital with him.  She kept many of us updated on facebook.

She needs prayers, and of course money.  She and the young boys have no home, no income (Marty was the provider), medical bills and now a funeral to pay for.

Her blog is http://homesteadmom.com/.  On the right side of her blog is a paypal button to donate.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to fold a fitted sheet...

 I've done this for years. And, I store each set of my sheets and pillowcases for each bed inside one of the pillowcases for that set.  Keeps the closets neat.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pork Chops...

This is our experiment dinner for tonight.  Pork chops, slow cooked in the roaster with apple juice, sliced onions, sliced apples, pineapple, green peppers, tomatoes and yellow squash.  (Everything was either already in the cabinet or growing outside).  I seasoned it only with salt, pepper and garlic.  

When it is done, I will add some sweet and sour sauce, and it will be served with rice.  

Desert will be cherry cheese cake.

Never tried it before, so will see how it goes over.  But, it does smell pretty good.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This weeks shopping haul

This weeks shopping-CVS, Price Chopper & HyKlas. $60.01 (usually its lower than this, but cereal is a higher priced item). By combining the sales and coupons, and using the PC Quaker instant rebate, many items were 50 cents or under, or free. 2 packs bacon, 2 tubs cool whip, 3 packs of shortcakes, 2 bottles of soda, strawberries, melon, 14 boxes of pop-tarts, 13 boxes of cereal, 6 bottles shampoo, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 1 razor, 4 frebreezes, 2 blocks of cheese, head of lettuce, & a candy bar. No, you can't make a meal out of this--but since I shop the sales like this each week, I stock up, so that I always have items on hand to make a meal with. I also earned $11 of ECB's from CVS, so that $11 to come off of my CVS shopping next week. (In turn, this week I used the ECB from last week. ECB are coupons given by CVS that act like cash and are good for 30 days).
Sent to me on an email loop:

 We are hosting a NO-COST Home School Items and Books Exchange. Sunday, August 24 at 2 pm at Pioneer Homestead & Village 3564 Hwy. T, Rosebud, MO. Any questions, Call Clyde & Emma Zelch at Home 573-764-3719 Cell 573-202-3616
The idea is to have families bring items they no longer need, which can be used for home schooling, crafts, etc by other families attending. We will use the picnic tables under the pavilion to set out our goodies and we can each pick out our "new to us" items. While making certain that items we no longer need will go to a "new to someone else" home.
Our family personally has a lot of items to have on hand to exchange, such as: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science for all grades! Curriculum such as Seton, My Fathers' World and Christian Light Education, etc. Workbooks, textbooks, Teachers' guides, Scholastic Readers, etc. Way too much to list everything!
I'm looking for items such as: Board Games, Pencils, Pens, Chalk, Notebooks, Binders, Folders, Glue, Scissors, Craft Items, Sewing Material, Yarn and some Christian Light Education Materials.
Please call or text and let me know who to expect. Bring the family along and make an afternoon of it. We can roast hot dogs and make s'mores. Call it a home school field trip day for the entire family!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Want to join 4-H?

Clay County 4-H invites you to join them on Thursday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. 
at the Earnest Shepherd Youth Center at 610 E Shepherd Rd in Liberty MO.  

An informal parent meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.

If you are not in Clay County, click here to find the extension office in your area.  Contact them to find your local 4H clubs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New KC area homeschool co-op

Just a reminder that the newest Lee's Summit homeschool co-op, Teaching Children for Christ, is having an informational meeting TODAY (Tuesday)) at 825 NW Commerce Dr, Lee's Summit. We will start at 430p. Feel free to bring the kids as this is all about them. Please bring any and all ideas you have!!! More information is on our fb page....Teaching Children for Christ. We'll discuss/vote on classes, schedule, etc.....hope to see you there!!!