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  • Feeling much better this morning. Thanks, badger. Amazing what good drugs and a sleep-in will do for you.

    You are such a sweetie!
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    • Checking in -

      Lotsa driving the previous three days, but today I got to stay home, and I will tomorrow as well - yay!

      So Third has now had her official first day back at school and seems to be settling in well - the principal called two weeks ago and asked if I wouldn't consider bumping her up to the next classroom even though the IEP we signed back in May (acronym for the legally binding educational contract all special needs kids in a public school have) had her staying in her old class. Reason - the population for this school year in her old classroom has nearly 50% nearly-vegetative wheelchair kids and the rest are exclusively non-verbal, and the principal and teachers looked at the global situation and thought that having Third and her best friend from her old classroom transfer up would be beneficial for them, and they were right. I have been at the school a lot pre-first day in meetings with everybody reassuring myself that is/would be the case.

      Had my first run-in with the teacher assistant, though. She baldly stated that Third needed an official prescription from her pediatrician to be allowed to store skin cream in her locker for her personal use... Ummm, no. Skin cream that she uses is off-the-shelf stuff in the baby aisle of every grocery store in the land (A+D ointment), and lists active ingredients as petrolatum and lanolin. The stuff doesn't even have zinc oxide in it. She just wouldn't give up, and got fresh about it "Can't you just call your pediatrician and get a scrip?!" she demands. "A+D is a MEDICATED cream!", "So use hydrocortisone cream instead" (fyi, hydrocortisone cream IS a drug as it is a steroid, dummy!), and that old chestnut "I have been here 16 years and required everybody to get a scrip for skin cream".

      So I marched off to the school nurse (highly credentialled RN with mondo experience, and confrontational balls, and she LIKES ME A LOT) and got her pushy ass summarily overruled. Now I hear from Third's old teacher, the one who coincidentally lives at the bottom of our hill, that this teacher assistant is stubborn and crotchety, at least to parents and other staff, and has always been. Luckily I have never ever heard a whisper of complaint about her behavior toward the students. So if she is used to making parents dance to her tune, I just did the exact right thing.

      Fourth is tumbling rocks smooth (we have a rock tumbler) for the first time. First is hangin'. Second has discovered nail art and is consumed by obtaining dotting tools and getting new nail polishes. We all went to the Blue Moon labyrinth walk at our nature center, and loved the evening - weather was simply perfect. At the nature center are also raised-bed gardens with which they instruct city kids about how food really grows. They had a bumper crop, and we, the Family Crabbcakes, was invited to pick all the ripe tomatoes, cherry and otherwise, that we could possibly find - so we did! We ended up with an entire banana box full!! Mmmmmmm - currently eating ourselves silly on 'maters.

      Thunder bumper currently in the area. Nothing but harmless noise so far.

      Found and bought einkorn wheat flour for First. She is such a good sport about the normal low-grain, low-bread food thing around here that when she wants to bake I don't put up much of a fuss, as she isn't Primal - that would be me. So I figure for those times when she just has to have some, it might possibly be better for her to at least use the most ancient wheat.

      And I am reorganizing my cookbooks - all 20 shelves... When I am done, I will be able to locate any title or subject area within seconds. Heavenly.

      And the bladder infection is gone, but I am being a good patient and finishing the antibiotic scrip. No brewing superbugs for me!

      Hope you all are chillin', too!
      I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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      • I will write more in a few days. We put my Ancient One, my Rudi (our 20 y.o. cat) to sleep this morning, and I am exhausted and gutted and numb and can't stop the tears. So I will write later. Lord, this is hard.
        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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        • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
          I will write more in a few days. We put my Ancient One, my Rudi (our 20 y.o. cat) to sleep this morning, and I am exhausted and gutted and numb and can't stop the tears. So I will write later. Lord, this is hard.
          Sending love and hugs to you and the family.
          I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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          • Oh Crabby, I'm so sorry. Knowing this was coming doesn't make it easier. *hugs*
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • So. Time to update the journal a bit. Wow, has time passed...

              Rudi has been gone for over a month now, and I still cry sometimes. Hubby brought home three new kittens - not as replacement for Rudi, but to fulfill Fourth's long-standing wish to raise a kitten herself; we would have gotten only one but three of the kittens at the shelter were biological brothers and nearly identical and devoted to one another and hubby and the kids didn't have the heart to separate them. Pic to follow soon. The new boys are Lionel, Simon, and Finn.

              This weekend First, Second and I went to Columbus to see Swan Lake - the ballet was gorgeous. Two weeks ago First and I spent five days in Appalachian Tennessee at a storytelling festival and living in a tent at a state park - we learned a lot about roughing it.

              I have been having a big "f*** it" state of mind since I last wrote, and the diet has reflected that. Not entirely, but way too much by any standard. Back to puffy and jiggly and looking the worse for wear.

              I helped Second buy her first ever official chef's knife while in Columbus - better stores than here. We felt up a whole range of knives in different lengths and types and prices and sliced a pile of potatoes and apples, and Second chose a Shun 7" santoku. Mine is a 6" Henckels Professional S classic chef knife from approx 1994. I also got to a Trader Joe's for the first time evah - neat place; it feels like an upscale foodie-slash-health food Aldi's.

              The fracking and pipelining continues apace in the home county, and so does my bad attitude about living here now.

              I managed to find a new Sibshop placement for Fourth, which is good. So once a month one of us will drive her to Columbus for the event. She has been decently difficult lately. No hardship, as the in-laws and besties and hellacious shopping are all close by, so if the weather sucks we just bunk at Grandma's.

              Ticks are awful this year - the cats have so many that even Fourth has learned to pick them off like a pro. Almost has me buying free range chickens just to get rid of some of them. Thank goodness none of them have been found sticking to us - I hate them so much that I actually get cold showers along my nerves.

              First and I made homemade dehydrated fruit leather for the first time - plum. Yummmm. We tried beef jerky but that ended up like dried up cooked roast pieces - we'll try again.

              Soon I am off to another specialist for Third - she is having her menses, more often than not, twice per month. Bet you all didn't know that there are gynecologists who have the title "pediatric" in front, didja? Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to Cleveland we go...

              I am glad to see that Gwamma is back! I truly, seriously thought that somehow I had messed up our visit back when she was touring the US and that her hubby somehow didn't want her fraternizing here any more. Dumbness, I know, but the lady is seriously cool and I missed her here.

              First has begun fencing lessons - a long-awaited wish - and loves them. She gets beat up and grins like an idiot at the same time.

              I think that is most of what we have been up to, in abbreviated form. I haven't caught up yet with all the news here - between TN and Columbus, I haven't been online anywhere much at all. Hope you all have been well!
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • You got 2nd a Shun? Nicely done Mama CC. Between kittens, kitchen knives, fencing and the like you have been busy up in the Appalachians indeed. It's good to see you back and I hope all goes well with 3rd and all the other Crabblettes. HUGS!

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                • Yup, Second got a Shun. Just not from the tippy-top collections - gotta leave the girl with something to work toward, you know? BTW, your new pic on your journal is honestly quite handsome, no joke.
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • Thank you very much for your kind words.

                    Shuns are great knives whether tippy-top of their collection or not. Heck, it's a better knife than probably 90% of home cooks are using. Second is a very lucky young lady to have a mom with good taste in kitchen knives. Heck, all your girls are lucky to have you.

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                    • Oh CC I'm so glad you are back. Sounds like everyone is doing fairly well chez vous. I hear guinea hens specialize in eating ticks.

                      Will the specialist check third's hormone levels? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's something just slightly off and nothing major.

                      We make a lot of jerky at our house; we use london broil, thinly sliced, then we marinate it in lime juice, garlic powder, equal parts wheat free tamari and Worcestershire sauce for 24 hrs. Then we smoke the meat (cold smoke) for about 3 hrs and then dehydrate it for 3-4 hrs at 140 degrees.
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                        B*tch-lite

                        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                        • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                          Next time I get to NOLA, I get to do that to you and then we go drinking.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • More journal updating just because I am on a roll...

                            Having a serious love affair with "tiny houses on wheels". Google it. And, by extension, shipping container housing architecture, aka "cargotecture".

                            Read a really, really good book: "10, 10, 10" by Suzy Welch. Best book on the decision-making process I have ever read. Not that I have read many, but this was just a beautiful, wise way to sort out values.

                            Another great read that is changing the way I do things: "Zero Waste Home" by Bea Johnson.

                            Shoot - forgot the rest. Well, that leaves more for later.
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                              Oh CC I'm so glad you are back. Sounds like everyone is doing fairly well chez vous. I hear guinea hens specialize in eating ticks.

                              Will the specialist check third's hormone levels? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's something just slightly off and nothing major.

                              We make a lot of jerky at our house; we use london broil, thinly sliced, then we marinate it in lime juice, garlic powder, equal parts wheat free tamari and Worcestershire sauce for 24 hrs. Then we smoke the meat (cold smoke) for about 3 hrs and then dehydrate it for 3-4 hrs at 140 degrees.
                              London broil goes on the shopping list. We don't have a smoker proper, but Alton Brown built one out of a cardboard box and doo-dads like a thermometer and pie pan, and we own that DVD. Dude did a whole salmon side that way.

                              I would imagine the hormone levels will be checked - I can't imagine doing anything without that info. As soon as we have the visit, I'll let you know. Hope the DS has been keeping well on your end.
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • Hiya CC - how are you all?????
                                I still think of our visit fondly, and wish we were closer. Best trip EVER!!!!!!!!!
                                please send my love to all the little Crabletts, and Mr. Crablett, and a huge hug for you
                                G x
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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