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Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you have icicles like those in our photo gallery below, they could be causing costly damage to your home.
“It then runs back up underneath the shingles and underneath the waterproof barrier of the roof and that’s where you see it manifesting itself,” said Charlie Schloegel, with Schloegel Property Solutions.
His crew has been busy shoveling snow off roofs, breaking up ice in gutters and downspouts. He had 20 appointments this weekend alone.
No I did not take photos yet after shoveling for seven hours in 24 hour period I was too tired to snap a photo really that tired and I fell again. I told him to return my boot cleats he had bought me as I usually am very steady sadly yesterday I was not! I am OK bad bruise that will heal in time I have enough going on never mind see another doctor.
So today I will share some more shots from our day before the storm at the coast. We went for a long walk to see the seals and snowy owls maybe an eagle or two. Mostly seals and gulls as it was cold and windy and I knew I would need my strength for the storm clearing so we were only outside for two hours in it but JT had a great time with me as I did her then we watched her daddy look for treasure. Oh I did change my photo on all my sites to the same photo except for my Friends of Living and Loving Facebook page so no longer will you see a shot of him bent over digging treasure but he is.
So here are a few shots of JT and maybe a landscape or two sorry if photos are too large and take forever to load I will work on that next time I upload. I need the largest format to sell and do not want 3, 4, or 5 of the same photos in my computer all in different sizes I am computer illiterate
so I do things the easiest way I can to find the photo I want to share with you and just click on insert photo.
She had never paid attention to the seawall but on this cold day feeling no pain she jumped up on her own and wanted to walk it. Seems as she gets older I may have to watch her more.
Winters we have the place to ourselves brrrrrrrr
Well it is a Big Football day here in America. My team is not in it so I will listen to the music watch the half time show and raise my eyes to catch the commercials they paid so much for. Eat and drink, no not so much, not like the old days when it was a party to throw that kept me busy. Today I am beading. Feet up working with Size 8 beads in the colors Purple as it is my friends favorite color hope she likes how it will look on her wrist. I am worried about her. She is going to be 68 on the day my son was born and she has been having lots lot heart issues. So I hope my small token of friendship brings a smile to her face. She is ten years older than me and I have known her since the 90′s when a man from my neighborhood started dating her out in OH. So she moved here and we had some fun times together. She now lives in GA and since I do not see me getting there anytime soon this gift will be a surprise of sorts. See when we lived close to each other we would do things together on our birthdays, without men just us girls. Mine is two weeks after hers so it was a never ending party. We would go out for Prime Rib dinner and dance the night away. So thinking of her and my love of Kumihimo I am almost done. Want to see?
I really hope she feels the love as she wears it. I don’t have a lot of money but beads I have and a skillset to make something handmade and they say those are truly the most thoughtful gifts right?
Have a wonderful day!
I don’t think so
So sad saying prayers for all of those involved I was blessed to never be involved in one of these but saw a handful in 27 years
Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
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(CNN) — Three people were killed Thursday in a 30-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 in northern Indiana during whiteout conditions, according to state police.
More than 20 people were sent to area hospitals, including one person with life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Ann Wojas of Indiana State Police.
Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does
Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us KINDNESS.
I try to always be kind so it took a few minutes to come up with something to share with you on this DP Challenge. I was raised to do for others in need so I will share with you, a day in my life as a trucker. Truckers are good for the most part but like anything we can get a bad rap from the few who are not.
It was a rainy day as I traveled from Roxbury Massachusetts back and forth up and down the SE Expressway. I was hauling a huge 100 yard, live floor, trash trailer. I would leave the transfer station grossing out at 100,000(pounds) GVW . I would then travel down to a trash to energy plant on the upper cape and race back for another load. The day goes a little slower when it is messy out, either we slow down or there is back up in traffic due to ones who didn’t and caused crashes. I was coming back from my second trip when up ahead of me people where hitting their brakes and trying to avoid an elderly man who was attempting to change his tire. I moved over to the right land then up behind him with my semi. I put the 4 ways on(hazard lights)and jumped out of my cab, in the pouring rain. I told the man I would take care of it and for him to get back inside of his full size sedan, to say he was shocked to see me a young, curvy blonde female offering to take care of him would be an understatement. I went to his trunk and got out the spare and thankfully it was aired up and the jack. I got on the ground, jacked up his car and loosened the lug nuts and took off flat tire. I then put the full size spare on and placed the flat and tools back into his trunk, all within 5 to 10 minuets. It was a torrential downpour type of rain but being the kind of hauler I was I spent most of my sixteen hours a day outside and up on top of my trailer so I knew I would not melt. I went up to the drivers door all the while Boston traffic whipping by, which is why I did not what him doing it at 70+ years old, and knocked on his window and said he was all set and I would tell him when to safely pull out. He was so thankful he even tried to give me money, guess some people are not used to people just being kind and wanting nothing in return. I thanked him for his offer but reminded him that it was my own truck and that my Dad would kill me if I took money for doing the right thing. He called me an angel and I told him to have a wonderful day and not to forget to fix or get a new spare and when it was safe to pull into that Boston highway, off he went. Yes I was drenched but my truck was running with heat on I could dry off a little on the way back for load 3 and usually there was a wait as well. See it is never about me it was about making sure he was not hit in traffic, that I could not live with besides not many will chance hitting a trailer like I pull, which was solid steel, so I felt safe on the ground in front of my rig. I felt good as I pulled away from the edge of the roadway and that is how I always feel when I do the right thing, like giving a helping hand.
Very big outfit in container ship transportation I used to haul the loads from Boston to points all over the Northeast. Hundreds of trailers a day left the port.
Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror
Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.
Great question put forth by the Daily Prompt. I would have to say most days as I get ready, in front of the mirror and I see myself in the harsh light of day, I am exactly who I appear to be but once I step out of that bathroom and begin my day I am so much younger and still full of dreams yet to come. I stay out of that room as much as I can so I guess I would say in the end I place no stock into who I see in the mirror of mine.
I was in high school as my sixteenth birthday arrived.
I was enrolled in a program to become a secretary though the other choices for me were culinary arts, technical illustrating and electronics. I had made my choice and began to learn how to type and take shorthand, both of which I loved.
Mom and Dad had gone out and bought me a beautiful, electric typewriter, for my Sweet Sixteen birthday gift. We did not have money for expensive things like that and I felt so loved to see they had got me something I could use while doing my homework.
Now the day got even better as we had a cake my Mom made and since she was a baker and fantastic cake decorator it was not only gorgeous but delicious too! When all the hugs and kisses were done with Dad handed me a small box. I could see by the look on my Mom’s face this would also be a surprise for her as well. I kissed Daddy and said thank you as I began to open this “extra” present. It was a gorgeous watch, white gold in fact with diamonds inside or something like that. Not sure how Mom felt but Dad was so happy to see how much I loved the watch. He said I was growing up and would need one to be home for curfew. I loved my Dad!
My sixteenth birthday was AWESOME!
The Sun showed its self
Around about noon.
As the birds came and fed
I scraped the softened snow from the sidewalk,
all the while kicking a ball, to my beautiful dog.
Sidewalk now safe..
Dog happy and content.
It snowed and snowed and snowed some more. It was a day of pushing snow around the landscape, that had looked so warm the day before. The sun was supposed to show up yesterday and warm up all that wet snow and I knew what that meant. Yes back up onto the roof I would go. He put the heavy ladder up against the lowest roof line and held the ladder while I went up with cameras wrapped up in plastic bags and placed into a canvas bag, I also brought up the electrical wire draped over my good shoulder and prayed I made it to the top of the ladder with no slip ups. Once upon the roof I found out rather quickly how slippery it was and fell hard on my bad knee. Is that not the way when you have an injury? Now I had to get real close to the edge as he handed me up not one but two shovels, our Christmas gift from Mom the electric Snow Shovel. I plugged the electric cord into the machine still not thinking it was right to run an electrical appliance in heavy wet snow, I dropped the other end down to him and prayed the wiring was safe and that some of my cheap boots had a little rubber in them. Now with trashed knee and bad thumb on left hand and bad left shoulder I set out to see if I could do this alone while he used the roof rake on the front of the house, as reaching up hurts me more. When he had the whole roof over the kitchen and spare bedroom completed he passed me up this rake as well so I could do the loft bedroom across the way, while I stood on the flat roof covered by rubber and 8″ of snow. No one wants us up there mostly us but when you have snow build up then rain or more snow is predicted it must come off or fear of a roof collapse is a certainty and insurance may not pay if they say you were negligent in not caring for your home. Being poor and injured is no excuse. I pay over $400.00 a year to them, to protect my home from things I can not but a roof and new batteries for fire alarms can be done so far by us. While I was clearing roof with electric machine it went so much faster than with a shovel, that is for sure. I had been dreading this after shoveling heavy wet snow the whole day before as he cleared the rest of this place with the gas snow thrower. We were so tired we went to bed early with our achy bodies. Today I had a game to watch so I went up early but it ended up taking me just one hour using this new tool and a shovel and roof rake, I was surprised. I ended up falling two more time both down on that left knee. I have been walking on ice for two weeks ever so careful with no falls and today there were three. I was praying I would be able to climb the ladder down. Yes I am too old for this so is he but we have no other choice. So as I caught my breath and let my heart slow down I unwrapped the cameras and began to take in the beauty of our winter landscape. It really was pretty with all the snow-covered trees and almost 30 F. No sun was visible for which I was thankful.
Time to share a few shots with you. Enjoy our chilly landscape if you are having terrible heat where you live and I am so sorry for all of you living with horrible floods or draught. I am not alone when it comes to a winter landscape so many are looking out their windows at scenes such as these.
The side of the home along the river we can not reach to clear it off but this is also where the sun will do its work and melt it over time. One good thing about clearing the roof is we no longer will have horrible icicles or ice damming occurring and causing water damage.
The row of bushes I keep all along the southern edge of the upper yard is for the backyard birds to run into for cover as well. Hawks have to usually throw themselves into my plantings to get one of my pretty little birds they usually leave hungry and have to go in search elsewhere for easy pickings. You know me by now I shall never take a photo of death by any means. I am just about the beauty and joy playing out around me.
We sure wish the yard was not so flooded, as this week all of this water will freeze solid, as a new cold front slips south and over our area. Did I forget to tell you another 3 or 4 inches of snow is coming on Tuesday night and into Wednesday as the cold arrives. We will not do the roof if that is all we get we need to rest our bones.
Looking out from the windows I sit in front of when I make pretty things no wonder I work in such BOLD COLORS!
Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate all of your visits as you can we pretty much have the dog and cat and wild birds and each other to keep from going stir crazy on snowy days!
Yes pretty for those of you not having to SHOVELI IT! So pretty just to sit and chill looking at folks like me stuck in New England when their hearts are missing the south!
Remember this view?
This one too
Welcome to my world today! Just 24 hours later. The saying here goes “Don’t like the weather, wait a minute!”
Now once again a winter wonderland
Look what he got to move for it’s maiden voyage
Messing around while I had my feet up waiting to go out for round 3
The Apple Tree had all kinds of birds on it as the truck or snow thrower or me with my camera spooked them
I am not lying when I say I want YESTERDAY BACK!
Then again I want tomorrow to come too as our very handsome New England Patriots Quarterback will be in Denver to play against Manning. Sure hope they don’t stop to get high well any higher than the Mile High, at the stadium. GO PATS!!!!!
What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day? Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside! It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good. I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.
Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds. Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil sunflower seeds were devoured. That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form! We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through. So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here. What a mess there was of empty shells. So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper. Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England. I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.
Seasons here often get mixed up. As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.
Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.
The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream. So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.
Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean. I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.
I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore. I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked. I stopped going to Weight Watchers so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME :) She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket. She always finds treasures just like us. We are a perfect family.
How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day. There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.
It was nice but not that nice!
Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must. I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
Have a great Weekend
Sorry so many posts lately, as I post too my Custom Pieces blog I also re-blog here and over on 20 Lines D Day.
Want to keep you up with what I am doing to get through the winter months. Photography and Jewelry making and selling them as well.
I had to go see the skin doctor yesterday for my shot and I really thought I would be in and out. Stupidly I asked a question of her “What’s This?” she precedes to tell me we will know for sure when the results come back on the procedure she is about to do. HUH ? Me the SUN LOVIN GIRL? I will not stress and I will start to behave. I am just a few years from 60, YIKES did I say that! I am so NOT 60 LIKE That used to be so OLD!!! ! Wait so many of you who I adore are also over 50 so maybe I AM, damn how did that happen lol so yes I am going to continue to have FUN!
After we left we headed towards the sea I always feel better when I can walk and breath in the smells from the salty air. I felt it was right to go there as it is where all the sun damage came from.
I hooked JT to her pretty leash and put a camera into my pants pocket and one around my neck just incase. I know, I am laughing too, when don’t I not put it up to my eye.
Her and I could not legally go onto the beach here with her Daddy, you know the rule breaker I am, well today I was not going to push that envelope. Be good Eunice. So off we went for our walk along the coastal route even though darkness was close I had light colors on so we should be safe though an awful lot of drunk drivers take this road so I was extra careful to keep a watchful eye on my little black pup. I had said to him maybe I will see the sunset and he laughed and said it is already almost done, you won’t see anything except maybe the moon if we stay late enough. Doubting Thomas he is! See I know this world I live in and yes had I been at my regular spot it may have been better in some way but again I was on a beach I spent every day on in my 20′s where sunburns, really bad ones, were this norm for this blonde, blue eyed girl.
As we started out JT found a stick for me to kick for her to scamper after and pick up and give for me to throw again and again or she would drop it up ahead and I would kick and she would chase on her long leash, yes I held it with my good side. Left shoulder too trashed and painful to chance it. So up along the Mansions we went, very few with signs of life in them as it is winter and if you are rich why would you stay.
That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure. None of us will ever be safe.
So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.
Yes you can clearly see it is cold in New England.
Just a stunning way to end a day or in my case as the sun comes up or hangs around all day or it sets I love this gorgeous Sun we have to make our life feel so much better, yes I swear it is where I get my Sunny Outlook on LIFE!
On the second weekend in New England, the January Thaw really kicked in. Be still my heart. I could not believe how cold it has been, really since Thanksgiving into the New Year. We have been spoiled it seems. Many recent winters we have had a little cold them warmth then cold again, see I really like that, I think. This winter we had a vortex and it brought me back to my youth and really big snowstorms and cold weather. We still have January to get through then February and March will follow. bringing with it who knows what. We did not get the worst of the horrid stretch of weather, the poor folks in our countries mid section got hammered, so I can not complain just our backs and coastline took a beating so far, oh wait the heating bills have been crazy made even worse by a fixed income. It is why I am trying to sell some photography here and there just for extra cash to make life easier. My sweetheart will be making some things for me using his welding expertise for the upcoming craft fairs and yard sales and when we have some finished I will show you.
So what do we here in New England do when we get our January Thaw? We get outside! We spend time out in the warmth of a winter’s day, with sunshine on our faces. We so not ski but he used and we do not skate but we could, as the yard has so much ice all over where we cleared of snow. See we have had over 1 1/2 feet of snow then 4 inches or more of rain then freezing and thawing going on and finally he resorted to getting us some cheap cleats for the bottom of our boots. Mine are still in the package his are worn in.
I take JT through the snow as I can not afford another injury like a broken arm or hip or for her to get hurt as vets and doctors charge too much. Wait can I get Obama care for her? So steady as we go is our plan. Chopping ice each mid day only for it to re-freeze over night. You have to be tough to live above the Mason Dixon Line, where the north and south meet. Yes the south suffers terribly too, with drought and heat and wicked storms that blow homes away and ruin lives. What an amazing place this Earth of ours is, really we are all at its mercy aren’t we. We either roll with the punches or give up. So far what ever has been thrown in my direction I have been able to recover from, some sadly never will and I find that so unfair. Ok enough depressing weather stuff, want to see our world yesterday?
After chopping with the one arm I have left of any use, I grabbed the camera and that cute JT and went off into the woods behind our barn to see what was going on, hoping to run into a deer or two.
Well beaten down deer trails could be found along with bear, coyote and fox prints as well all leading to the stream and away from it. Everyone needs fresh water.
More tracks of forest dwellers.
It really was such a pretty walk in the woods with my girl even the trees looked joyful and no longer weighed down with snow and ice.
This is out in front of the barn, no wonder he is hunting for chains to fit his 1954 Dodge with dual wheels a lot of good all that beautiful welding of my plow being added to his truck did ,if it can’t move. We SHOVEL and CHOP!
Yes it is rather treacherous to say the least! I must be grateful there is ICE and NOT MORE SNOW well not yet. :) Give it a minute we are in New England!
Have a great week and I hope everyone who was suffering in the awful cold is also getting a respite if even for a day or so and for those dealing with summer heat and drought I wish you cooling rains. Gentle not flooding as we will soon know that world all too well.
Have a great week!
New England Gull on a frozen granite wall along the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire.
Another one to tuck away for the growing season when all of us farmers end up with so many squash
Originally posted on This, that and the other thing:
Quick breads are called “quick” for a reason. This one not only goes together quickly but tastes great and makes either 2 loaves or 24 muffins, which can also be frozen. The recipe came to me from a friend in Wyoming. Here’s the original recipe with my changes included.
3 eggs 1 can (8 1/2 oz.) drained, crushed pineapple
1 c. oil (I use all applesauce.) 3 c. flour (I often use 1 c. whole wheat.)
2 c. sugar (I use 1 1/2 c.) 2 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla 1/4 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt 1 c. each chopped nuts and dates (I usually use walnuts.)
2 c. shredded zucchini
Do you like writing poetry? Give this a try!
I am counting the days till I see the sea, once again.
I am tired of this frozen and icy landscape, though beauty can also be found here.
You see we have had but just over thirty inches of the fluffy, white powder type snow.
Nothing to complain about as some received four feet in just over a day. The problem is
we had rain, lots and lots of rain, on top of that pretty powder covered landscape. Now it is frozen
with temperatures still not as bad as some but when you are poor like many are -20 or -60 is COLD.
We are safe as he bought us some cleats to walk around this place on but you know there is one
really dry, perfect place, THE ROOF!
Not a drop of snow to be had up there!
We have had our rest and it is a good thing as from what I hear come Saturday it will feel like
SPRING! We will see the sun and she will do her thing. She will melt the ice that covers this place
and before nightfall freeze up all over again. We won’t really care as we will be over by the sea.
I will have that pretty little JT with me and her favorite toy. We will look for treasure on the beach
and in the lens. I fear we shall not have the place to ourselves, as we do on a nasty day but to hear
joy coming from everyone there, it will be all I need to get me through another month, wait will this
be our January Thaw? OK I won’t get greedy, I will just enjoy the day and you know when I come
home I will have many photos to look back on and pick ones to share with you. So I hope you are up
for a beach day like us. Usually our weather comes from the west so if we are going to be warm my
wish is that you all will be as well. If you do see the sun go out and bask in it even if you think you
will look crazy as maybe we are by now, have you heard of Cabin Fever?
Looking forward to pretty photos from you all as you get out side once again without fear of frostbite
if only for a day or two. I know it is winter but seriously I heard something about global warming,
my body says they are NUTS! I won’t even talk about that VORTEX! Really? This is winter as I
knew it, as a child.
OK here is some random photos from the yard maybe the next ones will show the snow GONE!
My neighbors are truly buried and to make things worse the deer who are so hungry are looking for anything to nibble on. Tracks all over the beautiful old stones as they leave this area and head down to us and the river.
Have a great night and a beautiful weekend. Hope you get a little warmer.
Animals get frostbite as well
Originally posted on dogdaz:
Frostbite in Dogs from VAC Animal Hospitals
What is frostbite?
Frostbite or congelatio in medical terminology [next step] is the damage that is caused to skin and other tissues due to extreme cold. When the environmental temperature drops below 32°F (0°C), blood vessels close to the skin start to narrow or constrict. This constriction of the blood vessels helps to preserve core body temperature by diverting blood toward the core and away from the cooler parts of the body. In extreme cold or when the body is exposed to cold for long periods, this protective mechanism can reduce blood flow in some areas of the body, especially the extremities, to critically low levels. The combination of cold temperature and reduced blood flow can allow the tissues to freeze, causing severe tissue injury. Frostbite is most likely to happen in body parts farthest from the heart and in tissues with a lot of exposed surface area.
Where is a dog more likely to get frostbite?The paws, ears and tail are the most common tissues to be affected. If a dog is wet or damp, these areas are more vulnerable to frostbite.
What are the clinical signs of frostbite?
The clinical signs associated with frostbite include:
- Discoloration of the affected area of skin – this discoloration is often pale, gray or bluish
- Coldness and/or brittleness of the area when touched
- Pain when you touch the body part(s)
- Swelling of the affected area(s)
- Blisters or skin ulcers
- Areas of blackened or dead skin
As frostbitten tissues thaw, they may become red and very painful due to inflammation.
“The clinical signs of frostbite may take several days to appear…”
The clinical signs of frostbite may take several days to appear, especially if the affected area is small or non-weight bearing (such as the tip of the tail or ears). Severely frostbitten areas will become necrotic or die. As the tissue starts to die, it changes to a dark blue to black color; then, over a period of several days to weeks, it sloughs or falls off. During this time, pus may form or the tissue may develop a foul smell, due to secondary bacterial infection.
Dogs with heart disease, diabetes mellitus or other conditions that cause reduced blood flow to the extremities are at greater risk for frostbite.
How is frostbite diagnosed?
Diagnosis is usually based on the medical history and physical examination. If the dog was exposed for a prolonged time or to extremely cold temperatures, blood and urine tests may be performed to look for damage to internal organs.
How is frostbite treated?
If you suspect your dog has frostbite, you should seek medical attention immediately. Interim first aid suggestions that you can begin include:
- Move your dog to a warm, dry area as quickly and as safely as possible.
- If your dog is suffering from hypothermia or low core body temperature, treat the hypothermia first. Do this slowly by wrapping its body in warm dry towels or blankets and placing hot water bottles wrapped in towels near its body.
- DO NOT rub or massage the affected area.
- If you are outdoors, DO NOT warm a frostbitten area if you cannot keep it warm. Additional cold exposure or refreezing will more severely injure the tissues.
- You may carefully warm the affected area with warm (NOT HOT) water. The recommended water temperature is 104 to 108°F (40 to 42°C) – at this temperature, you should be able to comfortably place your hand in the warm water. If the water is too hot, you may cause more damage than not using any water at all. You may apply warm water compresses or soak the affected area in a bowl of warm water. DO NOT use direct dry heat such as a heating pad or hair dryer.
- After you have warmed the area, pat it dry carefully and thoroughly.
- While traveling to the veterinarian for further medical treatment, keep your dog warm by wrapping the pet in dry towels or blankets that have been warmed in the clothes dryer.
- DO NOT give any pain medication unless specifically instructed by your veterinarian. Many human pain relievers, including acetaminophen and aspirin can be toxic to pets.
How will my veterinarian treat frostbite?
Your veterinarian will examine your dog and treat any other conditions, especially systemic shock or hypothermia. Since the thawing tissues are extremely painful, your dog will probably be given pain medication. Antibiotics are used to prevent secondary bacterial skin infection if tissue necrosis or death is suspected. Some dogs will require amputation of a severely affected body part.
What is the prognosis for frostbite?
The prognosis for frostbite depends on the extent of your dog’s injuries. Mild cases of frostbite usually resolve with little permanent damage while more severe frostbite may result in permanent disfiguration or alteration of the affected tissues. In extreme cases, amputation or surgical removal of the necrotic tissues is required. Your veterinarian will discuss the appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for your dog.
This information is based on material written by Ernest Ward, DVM
A post full of yummy goodness
Originally posted on Afternoon Popcorn Snack:
The lights, ornaments and the boys’ stuffed Christmas animals have been safely stowed; the fudge is gone; the holidays are quickly becoming old news. That being said, I hope everyone enjoyed their time with family and friends and most importantly, good food.
Before I proceed too far into January, I’d like to share my favorite recipes from this year’s round of holiday baking — a few new ones, a couple repeats and some favorites that have become traditional holiday fare.
Baking, baking and more baking:
Fruity Pebble Rice Krispy Treats – Gotta throw something in for the kiddos, but this one is a hit with big kids, too! I am likely still working off the calories I packed on from these treats alone! They are truly addicting. And the nice thing is, you can make them more or less ‘fruity.’ A total of 6 cups cereal is what you need. I made mine with 4 c. of rice krispy cereal and 2 c. fruity cereal. I made a double recipe and used a 9×13 pan, then cut them into bite-size squares.
Heath Bar Fudge – This recipe is simple and versatile. First round, I followed the recipe and made it with Heath baking bits (everyone raved). 2nd round, I used 1/2 milk chocolate chips and 1/2 winter mix by Nestle (mint and chocolate chips) and sprinkled M&M’s on the top. This batch was a hit as well.
Peanut Butter Fudge – 2nd year to give-away this fudge and I’ll never remove it from my list. It’s amazingly easy and so yummy!
Snickerdoodle Cookies – Delicious!
Snickerdoodle Fudge — Another new favorite and possibly a new traditional.
Andes Mint Brownies – I use my favorite brownie recipe, chop up and add Andes mints to the batter, then immediately after I pull the brownies from the oven, I line Andes mints on the top, then spread after softening. Allow brownies to cool and chocolate to harden before cutting.
Blueberry Bread Pudding – handwritten recipe from a friend, posted here last year by yours truly, this is our traditional Christmas Day breakfast.
Pecan – Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle (shown) — I can’t stay out of this stuff.
Garlic-Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster) – Best ‘Red Lobster’ recipe I’ve tried. I’m not a big fan of baking mixes, but I follow the recipe when preparing these for our traditional Christmas dinner of crab legs and biscuits.
A beautiful piece of work.
Originally posted on who could know then :
a song, video and words to explain my silence in December.
the too familiar turns and bends…
and statue still are the trees standing sentry tall
astride this white and weary Winter road,
my incessant journey of so many dreary and crippling seasons
recalling the somber memories etched decades deep
in gnarled bark and devoted wood.
how the infinite canopy arches in graceful bows,
laden branches kneel in gratitude to the peaceful sleep of snow.
i follow the trailing in frail voices of family i’ve lost,
of those i long to remember
swirling in the sliver of pause between
this world and another.
I loaded the cameras charged batteries into each one and added them to the huge bag to keep them safe.
I put JT’s collar on her as I do each time we venture from the yard.
This time we climbed into the already warm truck as it was horrid out.
I needed to make a trip into Portsmouth area. Newington actually was my first stop.
Have you heard about Habitat For Humanity I am sure you have, well they have a re-store there and as it goes to a good cause I thought I would start there for things I needed in the house. Wow! I will be back and I hope enough people support them so it stays open for a very long time. They had what I was looking for and even things I needed but had no idea till I got there so I did not come prepared with the measurements I would need. See they sell windows and doors and lots of them for $5.00, $10 and $20 each! I have a foggy plant/greenhouse type window beside my desk which is only good for light other than that it is useless after over 30+ years. It is time for a large window with screen or as my man suggested maybe we can make a door there and add a wooden porch just on the other side, see I was not the only one who got excited here. OH the possibilities!
He also found a small light weight snow thrower on wheels that we were promised worked great but to keep the receipt in case it didn’t. My Mom bought us one for the roof and though it is a Toro and it works nice to make paths for JT and the birds I would hate to leave it on the roof now this one he got is light and we can wrap in a small tarp and I bought a new Bright Green bungee cord to secure it to one of the 3 chimneys. Actually 2 of them will never have smoke coming out of them and with coal stove still needing a plate before I use it safely you get the picture anywhere up there will work. Yes there is snow up there again another 10 to 12 inches unless the wind blew it off. It was 20 below last night and now at 9:30 AM it has climbed up top minus 5 F.
Now the one thing I went to this store to look for was a ceiling fan-light kit. I figured as people remodel up here on the coast they would change those out too. We found blades, and parts but not what I really wanted so as we headed out for him to by the snow tool he says “Look!” There to my right was a shelf with eight complete fans. Mine is 30 years old and seems to have been tightened as much as it can be and with these new bulbs we use when they get shaken they do not last long. Well with so many to pick from I could not decide. So he did. I paid for the fan and back out to the truck for JT who was waiting patiently and the truck was warm sitting in the sun. Now to gas up the truck as you see the prices were .08 cheaper per. gallon then 20 miles back home.
I was driving so I decided a detour of sorts would be nice after all I had not one camera but three! We knew the beach had been battered at midnight and at noon as high tide arrived so I decided to take the scenic ride along the ocean so much for the savings at the gas pump. JT loves the beach as much as us but I never told her we were going but her nose told her we were going someplace she loved. She was no longer laying across the rear seat she was sitting up and waiting!
As we got closer we saw the roads had been swamped with sea water as well as lots of rocks and boulders. It had actually been closed for hours but now open I was still uncertain about continuing but with tide being now 3 hours before I forged onwards with a happy dog in the back seat with her head out the window. Brrrr I did say it was horrid right.
I drove into the nasty slop as he cringed for his truck. OH I heard him say “Now it will need to be washed.” lol time to toughen up this Honda!
Now come the photos as you know I usually I try to add some eye candy to make up for the less than eloquent words.
The clouds in the distance are from the storm that raged through leaving friends with 20+ inches of snow and us with 10 to 12.
You can see that the sea is still churning and whipping the surf into a frothy scene. Nice for photos but not nice to be out here. JT was in awe over the simplest of things. Her beach was covered with frozen sea water which she spent the 5 min. while I shot these images smelling.
I swear I do not know how these gulls do this with fast food joints just across the marsh.
Poor things left outside to bear the brunt of the most unbearable of weather. I even saw some out riding on the waves and I thought my life was tough NOT!!!!
Here are a few more shots ,see if you can feel the cold day though one shot I added warmth too, can you tell which one? All my shots are available now on cards and prints for your home and even on pillows and ties!
Trying to shake off the cold poor thing lousy photo as I was walking up to the car I was trying to capture them and not fall.
I was blustery and frigid but so worth the effort to make our way through the sloop of slushy sea water and rock that had come up and over onto our coastal route and washed more of our beautiful beaches away.
I hope she will always enjoy what ever way we spend our day with her. She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want to always do things to see her filled with as much joy as she gives us.
Have a great weekend!
The Daily Prompt asks the question: 2015 arrives a year from now what would I like to see as I look back upon this years blogs?
I am hoping for even more wonderful things to share with you.
Growth within me to strike out on yet another new adventure. You will be the first to hear all the GOOD STUFF!
I am upbeat and headed in the right direction, I can feel it.
I am excited to have this new year begin so when I get to 2015 I hope I can look back at my posts and feel it all played out and if there are some falls along the way it will be alright because if I am in 2015 looking back at 2014, it will mean I made it!
Have a great weekend!