Monday, May 30, 2016

Dinosaur Kale

Something keeps getting into the garden.  I see it out of the corner of my eye from time to time.  It really seems to like my kale.

First squash bugs, now this.  My garden issues just never seem to end.
Readers, what plagues your garden? 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pallet Fence Update

I hope you're not sick of garden posts yet.  Because I'm pretty sure you'll keep seeing them this summer.  All of my spare time is in the garden lately!

I wanted to share an update on our pallet fence, which is coming along.  It's about half done, and my husband made some little planters in the tops for me to put herbs.  I love them! 
Once things start blooming, I'll have to share another picture.  I have been searching everywhere for peppermint seed packets, but there seems to be a shortage this year.  I can't find it anywhere!  I am planting herbs in hopes of doing more medicinal tinctures this fall. 

Readers, do you have any herbs planted? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Wasp Sting

A few weeks ago, Reid got stung by a wasp.  We didn't think much about it.  He's been stung before.  The next morning, his finger where he'd been stung was a little swollen.  I sent him off to school.  When he got home, his hand was extremely swollen and had one blister.  We loaded into the car and headed to Urgent Care.

The doctor we saw at the Urgent Care didn't like the look of it, and sent us on to the ER.  It was a very busy Monday night in the ER.  There was nowhere to sit and they ran out of wheel chairs.  We saw a number of people in handcuffs with police escort.  Must've been a full moon.
They put some gauze on Reid's hand for compression and marked where the swelling was so they could track it.  After a couple of hours, they sent us home with antibiotics and Benadryl (which we already had, but I guess you can never have too much).  The following pictures are a little gruesome, so if you don't want to see them stop reading here!
Here is how his hand looked the next day.  The swelling wasn't as bad, but he had new blisters, and couldn't move his fingers.  We went in for follow up and they were concerned that he could have an infection in the tendons or bones, so they did blood work and x-rays. 

Luckily, there was no infection.  Here is how his hand looked several days later, when the blisters started to pop.  By the fifth day after the sting, his hand looked like this:

Finally, a week after being stung, all the blisters had popped and the swelling had gone down enough that he could move his fingers into a fist again.  One of my nursing students told me that the combination of Zantac and Benadryl was similar to an epipen, because they work on different histamine receptors.  So we now have some Zantac in the medicine cabinet, just in case.  Reid will go see a pediatric allergist in August to find out if he is truly allergic to bee stings, or if it was just a weird one time reaction.

Readers, do bee stings bother you?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mabel's Labels Giveaway

For several years I've been using Mabel's Labels for all three boys to label their gear.  They are so durable - they last through numerous washings and tough play.  It sounds crazy, but I've found that their clothes fall apart long before these labels do!  Pierce, Cort and Reid have their labels on things like backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, towels and jackets. 

This summer, Mabel's Labels has a new day camp set and offered to send me one to review.  I ordered a set for Cort.  You can personalize the labels with fun pictures unique to your child - Cort loves to ride his 'trick' bike so I picked a bike for his labels.

In addition to receiving the two metal tags which are perfect for swim bags or backpacks, he also got an assortment of different sized labels.  One thing I love is that they have rounded edges, so even if you stick them on a tag in a shirt, they aren't prickly or itchy. 

Would you like the chance to win a pack of labels for your child?  Just click on the Rafflecopter giveaway below for the opportunity to win:
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Disclaimer: I received a pack of Mabel's Labels for review purposes. The opinions above are my own. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

October Beans

I was talking on the phone with my grandmother a few months ago, and she told me about October beans.  She said that she grew them every year.  I knew I had to try them.  They were a little tricky to track down, but I eventually found some online to order. 

I think they have to be one of the prettiest beans I have ever seen. 
I hope that they grow well so we can try them in the fall.  Maybe I will even be able to take some to my grandmother. 

Readers, have you ever tried October Beans?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Less Weeds

I was complaining last winter to my blogging friend The Texan about how the weeding in my garden does me in every summer.  She suggested using a hay method like she does.  Since we get up our own hay each summer, we usually have a number of old bales around that we need to use up.  So I started using them in the garden.

It's working really well so far!  I need to add more hay to these rows of turnips, kale, carrots and beets.  But so much less weeding to do.  This may change my gardening life. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Working on the Garden Fence

I mentioned earlier this year that we're extending the garden area and redoing the fencing.  The first estimate for fencing was about $500.  We realized we needed to find a cheaper way.  So Paul started bringing home pallets.

It's not the fastest way to put up a fence, but it's coming along.  The only limitation is how many pallets can be brought home at a time!  I think it'll look neat once it's all done.