Down time

I have been down as of late, hence to no posts. Projects are back on thankfully.

Mom helped me get health insurance again, I am working with Unemployment in a Vocational Rehabilitation thing, I am taking my Disability case to court. We finished the small A frame coop for the Bantams chickens, 1 Silkie drowned because it was too stupid to get in the coop box and it has been storming every day. We are working on a 2nd A frame now, larger, for my breeders. I am hoping to breed Sussex as I like them and they are good egg producers. Only thing is, then they would not be free range which I don’t like. But they are flying out of the yard all the time now so it comes down to protecting them. We are trying to put wheels on it to make it in to a tractor so I can move it every week. We shall see.

I went out to feed my birds and one of my Sussex (favorite 4 birds btw) lay down on my foot, let me pick her up and just drooped in my hands. She is wheezing and I think she has that bad respiratory sickness. I don’t think she will make it but I separated her, gave her water with gatorade and apple cider vinegar, plus some chick feed. I hope she will eat.

I FINALLY planted the corn. I planted Painted Mountain and Country Gentleman. Its a little late in the season but we have a very long growing season here, technically I can fit in 2 full crops.

My roommate went to a clinical Herbalist for sleep and a few other things. She recommended he go Gluten and Dairy Free. I can do gluten free, I have done it before. But DAIRY??!! Oh man that has been hard. We have both lost weight. He has lost 10 lbs, I have lost 14. Granted I am happy about the weight coming off but he cant loose any. Maybe gluten free is better for me. But its such a Pain!!!


Day before

Today is the day before recital. It is dedicated to resting, staying cool, avoiding swelling and light stretching. I didn’t  used to have to work so hard and do nothing just to fit in my pointe shoes. It used to be that I would run my dances in the car while driving, do a lot of stretching and basic technical warm up specific to the moves I had in my dance. There was no worry about fitting in to my costume or shoes. MS sucks and the heat is not helping!

I did some wood work yesterday on the coop and my ankles were Canckles by bed time, no ankle bones at all. I couldn’t bend my feet, walking hurt. I rubbed Willow Balm up my legs and all over my feet and ankles before wrapping them in ace bandaged to help reduce the swelling. I feel like all my time is spent preparing for things by sitting and doing nothing. I can think of 1000 things I would like to do instead of sitting here watching TV.  I can crochet but its too hot to work on the blankets I have started. I would sew but I don’t feel like digging the sewing machine out from under the dinette. I wish I had one of those diamond painting kits. I like those. I could also do some beading but I have not been happy with my work as of late and I need crimping pliers to finish the work and protect it from falling apart. I only need to make 1 more cuff for my daughters jingle dress, but I still need to make the dress.

My roommate finally told me he hates the RV. He says its just too cramped. There is a backstory to that but it doesn’t matter.  I bet if I had a storage shed than it would be better. Or a workshop to work on my crafts so they were not everywhere. I asked him what he thought about getting a trailer instead. He of course said sure, but I cant imagine he will do anything to make that happen. He tends to say things and then do nothing. I would not mind something a little bigger with a craft room, more storage space, no tanks to dump and a good oven. I also would not mind a lower payment. But I do mind that there will be no bed, microwave, couch, shelves and other furniture that is already in the RV. If we get a used one, than there may not be a fridge or oven that works. It will be much harder to clean and on a bad day I will have trouble moving around because of all the space. Right now I can hold on to walls and stumble a short distance to the bathroom. Plus my daughter is very comfortable here, she likes how small it is. I also worry about having to abandon everything if a hurricane comes. I like the peace of mind that if I decide to go somewhere, I can pack up and take my home with me. Camping is going to be out of the question without the RV. I must have the AC. Gulf Wars is also out too. Feels like I finally got my own home and now we are talking about getting rid of it. I wonder if he is ever happy anywhere for long.

So now I wonder how long it would take to sell the RV and where we would live while it is up for sale. You cant sell an RV if you are living in it. What if I have to drop the price to sell it for less than I owe? Or worse, it doesn’t sell and it is repossessed? And how do I start the process? What if I never get disability? I think we need to go to a mobile home place and talk to one of their people to see if its a trade in possibility. I would take a major loss, but I guess that’s OK. I had hoped that my Mom would come of trips with me in the RV but when I got the cat, that was no longer an option as she is allergic. Did’nt think that one through so well.

The other option is to go north and follow cooler weather. That would help me a lot health wise. Kevin put in for Assistant Manager and there is an opening in Tennessee, Texas, South Florida and Washington State. Texas and S Florida would not help with the heat, and Washington is WAAAAYYYYY too far north. I have a cousin in TN though and the land is pretty. Snow is a scary thought. But cooler weather could mean I can be outside and doing things more.

New Coop

Today we started cutting the A frame coop.

Its so humid that I had to take 2 breaks just to get the wood cut. And that was with Help!! The wood is all cut now, But its too hot to start construction until after 3 when it cools a bit. If I am lucky, we can get the A part and bottom section of chicken wire done. I will be thrilled if we get that far today, but I don’t hold much hope as it will storm again today. YAY Rain!! Too bad I still don’t have the corn planted. Maybe I can get that done today. Alas, there is still not enough dirt in there so I fear the corn will fall over in a stiff wind.

Recital is 2 days away! Dress rehearsal went well yesterday. I did flop a bit on stage so I am not happy with that, But maybe that means that the actual Show will be better. My daughter left her shoes in the car so I had to take her back out in the heat to get them, so it may have been that I was just hot. I have Ice wraps for the day of the show. And Dress Rehearsal tends to be be very fast paced and we did the finally first, which is rather aerobic. We got some good Photos made too.

She did pretty good I guess. She was like a dear in headlights when we did the finale’ 1st. Really knocked her off her game. She did her 1st dance pretty well, but her tap was ruff. She never looked up and forgot several parts. Getting her ready to go is always a challenge. I usually do her hair 1st and then give her a break. Next we use an airbrush for her foundation makeup. She says it feels nice and its quick. Dealing with liquid foundation and concealer and contouring etc is just not an option with her and he autism. It makes her very anxious so we spent the money on the luminous air system. I think any airbrush system would work, so heads up, get one if you have an Autistic performer.  I let her try to put on her eyeliner, got o a brush and paint pot style so she would have complete control of it. Makeup wipes fix everything! I tried to get a picture but she was not having it. So here is me all done up

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Pow wow Jingle Dress

I have some projects happening for Pow wow in November. I am working on a shawl for myself and a jingle dress for my daughter. She has decided on a mix between Birds, Thunder Birds and Fire birds. So pretty much Fire with Birds lol.

I finally got all the stuff for both including beads, bias tape, jingle cones and thread.  Today I cut out the under dress for hers.  Front, back and sleeves. I am exhausted now. I have never had something so simple exhaust me so much. I was so tired that I didn’t even Pin parts together, I just rolled it all up and set it aside. Sigh. I hope to start sewing on it soon, but I don’t see this project moving very quickly.

I have also discovered and evil craft. Diamond Painting. If you are ever idle, or its too hot, or too dark or whatever keeps you stuck inside, than this is for you. I got one for $2 of a ballerina. Couldn’t put the darn thing down. Its a picture like paint by #s, but no paint. It has a glue on the spots where you put the little diamontes. You use a stick with a wax spot on it to pick them up and place them. Its really easy and fun. Taking one to my BFF is in the hospital. She has been there a week and has finally run everyone off to have some down time from all the fuss. The day she went in, I dropped by with some books and random nifty stuff to keep her hands busy. And some banana nut bread to make her husband eat, cause lets face it, the spouse or parent forgets to eat. I havnt seen her since then so I am anxious to see her. She is a tough cookie. She was diagnosed with cancer right before she got so sick, and this is unrelated but just as bad.




Morning Visitor

This morning I looked out the window towards the chicken yard and saw 4 ducks sitting on the fence to the coop. Grabbed my boots and headed out with some food to coax them back in. But they were Very tall and skinny. They had BRIGHT PINK bills and feet, and black bellies. Not my birds at all. So I tossed food their direction, they were not impressed. Then they started calling and it was the cutest sound I have ever heard a bird make. It sounded like a squeekie toy!! The flew off then, and made a full circle of the yard before heading to the swamp. That was cool. On the internet I went and found out who had come to visit me. Black Bellied Whistling Ducks!!

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Florida Heat

Something about Florida Heat just isn’t the same as heat in other areas. The Humidity makes it unbearable! Today the day started with 65 degrees, but by 10am it was 86 degrees. Thankfully I woke up early and got moving early. I managed to make Gluten free, dairy free pancakes that were tasty, did the last of the laundry (been working on it for over a week) and used the weed eater in the shady area for about 10 minutes before I had to retreat inside from the heat. If I am lucky, I will get back outside around 6pm with some cooler weather to do some more weed eating. The riding lawn mower has been down for 2 weeks. I started spitting oil everywhere and my buddy has not had time to come work on it. I really need to get out in the field as the weeds are mid thigh high.

What makes me so sad about the heat is that I have to cover all the windows to keep the heat out. Otherwise the AC never turns off. I fear the electricity bills this summer

Herbal Clinic

Yesterday we went to an Herbal Clinic. It wasn’t My appointment, but my Roommates so I went to make sure she knew all the things I do that he doesn’t know about like lavender and eucalyptus oil in the sheets and oil diffuser, Tumeric in almost all the food, slowly adding ginger to all kinds of things, substituting ingredients with better ones, cutting back the saturated fats and salts etc. She looked at his eyes and asked if he had had an injury in his leg, which he had. Of course I was blown away and asked her to show me how she saw that in his eyes. Apparently there is a whole science of the Iris of the eye that provides a map of the bodies functions! Iridology!

She also told him that he has a lot of inflammation in his throat so he is having a reaction to food, more than shellfish that we knew about. So now we are going gluten and dairy free for several weeks to try and heal up some of the other things going on.

She gave him a tincture of skullcap for sleep and a recipe for a Solomon seal and hibiscus oil for his feet. I can save quit a bit of $$ by making it myself. Years of unspecific study turns out has me at an advantage. I know how to do ratio tinctures and oil infusions as well as poltices and a few other things.

OK off to go grocery shopping for the new food plan. Sigh

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Yesterday was a good day

I felt good, the swelling was WAY down, I had energy for the 1st time in a while. It was a good day. Then there was dance class. It was the last class before Tech week for Ballet recital, so it was intense. The 1st dance, which is classic ballet and slow, went very well. Then there is the 2nd dance: Toreadors…… OMG I have no idea if I will survive that one without either hurting myself or falling down. It is so fast with LOTS of jumping.  But I survived class with only 3 places cramping.

I did also realize how weak my legs have become. I have trouble with Pique turns, which have always been a great thing for me.  I have trouble staying up on my toes now between moves, let alone doing the moves on my toes. Getting on top of my Box, on Pointe, is impossible when my ankles are swollen.  I look bad. This is my last season on Pointe. Next season I will drop down to the Junior Pointe class with hope to rebuild some skills and also the adult basic ballet class. I know if I stop moving, I will get worse much faster and never start again. I love dancing and I will hang on as long as I can.

Today I am sore. I feel like I way over did it, but honestly I am really disappointed. I didn’t work all that hard, I couldn’t. I sure tried though. I just hope that I can get through recital and make it look OK.  I am worried.I can only do so much prep work, meaning I have ankle braces, a specific diet for the next week to reduce swelling, Ice packs for back stage so I stay cool. Summer is always so rough for me. I made sure I don’t have a drink for side stage because I choke all the time now. Don’t want to cough my way through the dance.


Why cant the weather be in the high 60s ever morning and evening? I mean, I get up and feed the critters but by 9am its too hot for me to be outside. It doesn’t cool off until 7ish if at all.  Its too dark for me to be outside with vertigo by 730. And this is only a taste of what summer has in store for me. Its 82 already. sigh

I have contemplated moving farther north for my MS but I have Land here and Family. I cant say that for anywhere else. Having Land is a big deal and Family close by is so Important. Even though there is no house on the land, and I have a TON of work to get done still, its mine.


The Apple gate(yard) ducks we got from Meme have layed the 1st egg!! My daughter was soooo excited to find it (yes I left it alone for her to find) She has decided to try and hatch it. We shall see. She is manually turning it and keeping it in the brooder with the biddies on the hot side. Its not ideal but why not.


The peas on the tripod have started to sprout. I am excited. I only have to water once per week, just pour 1 bucketful right inside the bag. Woohoo!!

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Nothing special today. It was so hot I had to stay indoors most of the day. But I did get the living room cleaned up, my car unloaded from the camping trip we didn’t get to take and built a halfway pen for the ducklings on the ground. Now they can get to know everybody before I let them loose. Last time the larger white duck kept picking on them. They don’t have any feathers yet so they still have a while to go, but they have suddenly started growing and couldn’t stay in the raised coop. I got all my juvenile chickens outside and cleared up the brooder down to 4 biddies.So inside I only have 4 dominos, meat birds. They are the 4 piece chicken nugget.

I went to check the tripod for sprouts and somehow found a small decline in the ground with my finally healed right ankle. Down I went. Thankfully its not as bad as in January when I slipped on the ice, but it hurts. Recital is in 14 days……

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Woke up this more, lost another Biddy. I brought one back inside from the juvenile cage because it wasnt doing well. A jubilee orpington. It would have been a gorgeous and extremly fluffy bird. Sad.