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Jennifer- Next time you treat your heads, add some real mayo to your hair.  I used that combo on my hair when I caught lice from my neighbor 10 yrs ago.  I applied it every 3 days for a week and a half.

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Liz, the "drown the bugs in oil" is a variant of the mayonnaise approach.  most references suggest olive oil, but someone else suggested castor oil (very very goopy) plus essential oils - so that's what we're doing tonight because that's what i have.  i usually make my mayo when i need it, from scratch, so i don't keep it in stock.

 

here's a different perspective on the New Year: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/stick-your-new-years-resolutions-where-the-sun-dont-shine--brooke-thomas  

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Originally Posted by CariOfOz View PostI think it's because my momma would always clean the whole house before new years, because she said it was just NOT something you did on new years (she said what you were doing on January 1 represented what you'd be doing all year long) SO... the house must be clean by new years eve.  


 

I wonder what state I left my house in lol.gif Oh, and oh no! I left the two cans of black eyed peas at my house! Must go out and get some for NYD. Yikes!



 



Hehehe  I have no black eyed peas!!!!!!!! MUST get some, and greens of some sort as well.. collards are not common here so chard may have to stand in for that ;)  And I'm cooking a lovely ham Friday evening so we'll have ham for days.

 

I got a ton done yesterday,  our bedroom looks lovely now :)  Still have to take care of the ensuite and the main bathroom.  DH is going to start on the garage and mop for me tonight (in the family room)  And I'd like to get to the veranda before new years as well, everything is shoved against the house so it didn't become airborne during the storms. 

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 Cari, i hope this passes quickly.  i don't want to be picking out lice on NYD - if that's what i'll be doing all 2011.  at least my house is clean.  for the moment.


Oh ickies, I hope you manage to clear those suckers out pronto!  



 

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Oh, lice is such a pain in the butt!!  Just thinking about it makes my head itch.  I hope your clean up goes smoothly and quickly Jennifer.

 

Morning all.  The weather here is looking not too bad today.  Unloading a Co-Op order on Monday was so nasty and today I have a sore throat.  I will be trying to get rid of that with some emergen-c.  Hope everyone has a great day!!

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Liz, the "drown the bugs in oil" is a variant of the mayonnaise approach. ...


Yep, I used olive oil and mayo.  And tea tree oil.  I didn't want to take any chances. wink1.gif

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LICE-high heat will help kill those little buggers. Any stuffies can be washed and dried on high heat or put in plastic for a long time. Hope you are lice free soon!

 

Nothing to report....waiting for my books to arrive. :)

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Originally Posted by bluets View PostLiz, the "drown the bugs in oil" is a variant of the mayonnaise approach.  most references suggest olive oil, but someone else suggested castor oil (very very goopy) plus essential oils - so that's what we're doing tonight because that's what i have.  i usually make my mayo when i need it, from scratch, so i don't keep it in stock.

 

here's a different perspective on the New Year: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/stick-your-new-years-resolutions-where-the-sun-dont-shine--brooke-thomas  


Oh ugh, bluets. I'm so sorry! I hope they get gone soon! Unfortunately, the only thing I've seen work for lice is the toxic stuff. I watched a whole community (Earthaven) have to shave their heads when they had a breakout, and the oil didn't do diddly.

 

Loved that site! Bookmarked it and passed it on!

 

Catchword for the New Year...hmm. I didn't do this last year. I think for me, I want to smile more. I want to take a lighter attitude with my ds. I'm SO, so stern with him. Of course he...he's a very hard kid to parent, and he's got a hella attitude, and as a result I'm very strict and authoritarian with him, but still. I think I could still be strict while lightening up. Any ideas, mamas? What can be my Word For The Year? Relax, maybe?

 

I know when I was getting sober, I prayed for more patience. I will NEVER, evah do that again! lol.gif I was waiting tables at the time, and it took a solid week of the most ill-mannered, evil, rude customers before I hit myself on the head, a'la V-8 moment, and said "OK, higher power, I get it!!! Leave me alone!" winky.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by CariOfOz View PostHehehe  I have no black eyed peas!!!!!!!! MUST get some, and greens of some sort as well.. collards are not common here so chard may have to stand in for that ;)  And I'm cooking a lovely ham Friday evening so we'll have ham for days.

Oh, ham and beans and greens, GREAT idea! In the crock pot! Oh, I am so doing that next week. And coleslaw. NOM!!!

 

What's an ensuite? And a veranda? A veranda's a porch, right? lol.gif redface.gif



Mamas....even though M's having to work, I am having a really good, relaxing time. Clay-- the, um, sex issue is working itself out! Yay! I'm backing off with...well, trying not to be pestery, and he's being more accommodating, so it's really working out nicely joy.gif
So far he's absolutely refusing to take tomorrow off greensad.gif Now he's talking about taking Friday off and going with me to the airport. Um, if you were going to do that, M, I would have booked a later flight! irked.gif I booked the flight I did so that I could take off from the train at the same time he has to be at work. He works right by the train station. Well...with all this airport madness, I'm not putting any eggs in any baskets, not till I get ON my flights will I believe I'm going to make it back to my Mom's on time. But at least this time I have some wiggle room.
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Bluets - sorry to hear about the lice! I haven't had to deal with that yet but the suggestions here seem consistant and interesting so at least form me thanks for starting the discussion! I  hope it goes away quickly for all of you though.

 

Witchy - sorry to hear about your grandfather, it sounds like he is a special person...there are too few of those around. Glad you were able to visit not long ago.

 

Unschoolin - congrats on your birth and your LO! What great news! 

 

I think today we are going out...we are already 2 hours away from the nearest big city and now we are driving 2 hours further north to get to another one (one way, coming home tonight). I guess we better get moving.

 

I'm reading Laborynth of Birth by Pam England and really seeing the spiritual connections for myself about my upcoming birth. I have so many fears about it right now (which I will discuss with my mw and probably in the DDC). In the middle of the night, I woke up with this thought of a fun kid-friendly ritual. Having someone blow bubbles (or one of those bubble machines) and popping them to get rid of fears, things you want to let go, etc. A little light hearted but a favourite passtime at my place. 

 

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eeeew on the head lice. we ended up shaving everyone's heads to about 1/4 in of hair and after two weeks of natural stuff i just got the yucky stuff and that seemed to do the trick. it was bad, my poor oldest son had it the longest and only because i thought the reason his head was itchy was because he wasn't washing his hair well enough. lol by the time i figured it out we all had it and some of the kids friends did. although we may have got it from one of them. lol

 

it is very overcast here today, i like that, feels all cozy. 

 

christmas was a bit weird at my folks house. everything seemed fine until dinner time and then my mom got all stressed and weird. she wouldn't eat my sweet potatoes. (LOL. why she asked me i will never know),and you know, her food isn't as good as i remember. we haven't eaten one of her big meals in over two years. and since then i have learned to really enjoy cooking and learned to cook better and well it was disappointing. plus i TRULY believe your attitude while cooking does effect how it tastes. she is always so upset, stressed and pissed when she cooks. she doesn't enjoy it, and you can tell. she is so afraid of change, that she will do NOTHING different even if what is is making could stand a bit of improvement. 

oh well, such is life. lol

 

must go make the kids some sort of food. :)

 

h

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ewww lice. i hate lice. they make my skin crawl just thinking about it. my DSD's sister came over to spend the night for her bday. we didnt find out till the next morning that they thought she still had lice. omg! seriously. you should at least tell someone before you send your kid over.

 

i still dont know what is going on with me. the nausea let up, but i am still really tired all the time and i have been a complete uav to everyone for the last couple of weeks. today i woke up nagging. that is how bad it is. i hope it is just my hormones coming back on line after dd2's birth. i have been charting but i cant tell what is going on anymore. http://www.tcoyf.com/members/LionessMom/charts/1.aspx . i think i am going to ask the doc to draw blood again to check my progesterone level and my thyroid function. i dont know what else to do besides wearing my stones and overdosing on chamomile tea.

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ewww lice. i hate lice. they make my skin crawl just thinking about it. my DSD's sister came over to spend the night for her bday. we didnt find out till the next morning that they thought she still had lice. omg! seriously. you should at least tell someone before you send your kid over.

 

i still dont know what is going on with me. the nausea let up, but i am still really tired all the time and i have been a complete uav to everyone for the last couple of weeks. today i woke up nagging. that is how bad it is. i hope it is just my hormones coming back on line after dd2's birth. i have been charting but i cant tell what is going on anymore. http://www.tcoyf.com/members/LionessMom/charts/1.aspx . i think i am going to ask the doc to draw blood again to check my progesterone level and my thyroid function. i dont know what else to do besides wearing my stones and overdosing on chamomile tea.

 

this is an excellent reference: http://www.drrind.com/therapies/metabolic-therapy

 

some argue that adrenals need to be treated first, thyroid second; others argue the reverse.  it just depends on what book they wrote - whether it was about the adrenals or about the thyroid ;)

 

the adrenal stress index test is a saliva based test, about $100 last time dh did it - and very reliable.  Neuroscience also has a battery of saliva-based hormonal tests that include estrogens, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, progesterone, etc.  kind of an a la carte selection of tests.  when i did this one, it was not covered by insurance, running about $18 per hormone.  these saliva-based tests are very sensitive especially for hormonal panels.

 

if you do thyroid testing, be sure to read these posts first:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/hypothyroid/   (trust how you feel, not so much what the lab tests show)

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/5-thyroid-patterns-that-wont-show-up-on-standard-lab-tests  (Chris also has a series of other thyroid-related posts worth reading)

 

are you eating enough?  is your food nourishing?  are you doing a diet of some sort?  is your weight stable?  diet quality and quantity can both contribute to wacky temperatures.

 

as for the lice.... it could have been from the party at the gymnastics place a week before the holidays... or the preschool/kindergarten indoor mat games during our pre-holiday cold spell.... or an unwanted guest jumping from one head to another at the very crowded holiday party.... or from a cousin.... or from someone at the public pool....  and why is it that dh can carefully comb through my hair, not find a sign of one at night, but then when i comb in the shower (after the oil treatment), i find at least a few bugs that are the size of fruit flies?  my electronic lice comb should arrive today (i can't believe the local stores don't carry it), so we'll see if that helps.  a few more consecutive nights of oil then we can shift to a 3-day schedule.  for the moment, my head doesn't feel as itchy.

 

i did find that the castor oil was lovely.  nice and thick and gooey and odorless except for the essential oils.  i laced it with peppermint oil (which paralyzes the bugs' breathing apparatus if they wallow in it), rosemary oil (which breaks down the bugs' glue), tea tree oil, cedarwood oil, citronella oil, wild marjoram oil... basically a more potent version of the natural oil flea spray (and our cat didn't get fleas this year)...

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i am going to have to keep that in mind if we run into lice again. 

 

h

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Just reading this is making me itchy.

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Just reading this is making me itchy.


me too.  oh, er ... wait... ;)

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I bought this throw today (for 9.99 in store) and it's the softest thing I've ever felt.  I want to cocoon myself in it on the sofa and read a pagan(y) book.  With a nice cup of tea.

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dh just informed me that his mom would like to come and spend a few days with us after the baby is born. i love this woman, she has her issues, but over all she is a really nice MIL... except she is pretty much going to be useless to me after the baby is born. not that i expect slave labor or anything, it is just she is more of a "guest" then help. she is 83, she hates driving, can't cook well at all, feels weird doing chores at someone else's place, doesn't read to the kids, won't take them anyplace and can't pay her way at all. SO she comes for a few days and i still have to cook, clean, and take care of a guest. PLUS dd would have to give up her room and sleep on the sofa which will suck because she is in school and wants to sleep well (don't blame her). MIL will fold the laundry, BUT that isn't really helping me, because well i don't do that chore most of the time. LOL that is something dh does. not that he doesn't deserve to have someone help him out, but honestly if wrinkled clothing is all that is prevented... well who cares? i mean i still have 3 meals and snacks to fix everyday, laundry to do, housework to deal with, picking dd up from school, dealing with all the kids issues all day long, not that i am suddenly incapable of doing all of that when the baby comes, it is just i don't want "help" that really just makes more work for me. it is sort of when you expect help and it isn't given it is really more upsetting then when you know you will have no help and you just deal with it. it would make it worse for me because i would be pissed that she wasn't really making it easier for me and i would get resentful. when i know it is just me, well then i deal with it much better. 

i just need to find a nice way to let her know that NO i don't want her help. 

 

h

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MO3, is there a way to postpone it a bit, with some reason like "please come once we've settled into our new family of 6 (kids) routine" ?

 

crafty find!  (this is what gave me the idea for pretty DIY coasters, by the way)

http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2010/12/guest-post-holiday-board.html  -- can you imagine the fun for the various Pagan Holidays?

 

so, what should i attack first: mounds of studying, mounds of fabric projects, mounds of snipped ideas for my Pagan Book of Seasons, or a new project in the medium of tissue paper-covered tiles?  haha.  

 

my ND mentor threw another project at me - actually more like an ND dissertation project (which i don't really have to do for this program): create a book and a materia medica using just 7-12 herbs, each of which meets the following requirements: edible, nutritive, somewhat toxic (for its homeopathic use), and yet potent enough for a flower essence.  oh, and ideally a local weedy thing so the FDA can't take it away but also so that i can sit and stare at it and learn its growth patterns.  

 

edit: my Robi electronic lice-zapping comb arrived.  WOOHOO!  trivial to use.  useful on short hair, trickier on long hair.  we'll be in great shape for Monday between this tool and the castor oil goop.


Edited by bluets - 12/29/10 at 6:03pm
post #338 of 360

spoke to dh about his mom, and he was like... sweetheart i don't want her here either! lol i was just telling you what she said. i am thinking she can come over for an afternoon to see the baby. lol

 

h

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spoke to dh about his mom, and he was like... sweetheart i don't want her here either! lol i was just telling you what she said. i am thinking she can come over for an afternoon to see the baby. lol

 

h


Glad he was on the same page! I love visitors after having a baby but not ones who require work.

 

 



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MO3, is there a way to postpone it a bit, with some reason like "please come once we've settled into our new family of 6 (kids) routine" ?

 

crafty find!  (this is what gave me the idea for pretty DIY coasters, by the way)

http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2010/12/guest-post-holiday-board.html  -- can you imagine the fun for the various Pagan Holidays?

 

so, what should i attack first: mounds of studying, mounds of fabric projects, mounds of snipped ideas for my Pagan Book of Seasons, or a new project in the medium of tissue paper-covered tiles?  haha.  

 

my ND mentor threw another project at me - actually more like an ND dissertation project (which i don't really have to do for this program): create a book and a materia medica using just 7-12 herbs, each of which meets the following requirements: edible, nutritive, somewhat toxic (for its homeopathic use), and yet potent enough for a flower essence.  oh, and ideally a local weedy thing so the FDA can't take it away but also so that i can sit and stare at it and learn its growth patterns.  

 

edit: my Robi electronic lice-zapping comb arrived.  WOOHOO!  trivial to use.  useful on short hair, trickier on long hair.  we'll be in great shape for Monday between this tool and the castor oil goop.

Wow, that sounds like a big but very interesting project!


 

 



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I bought this throw today (for 9.99 in store) and it's the softest thing I've ever felt.  I want to cocoon myself in it on the sofa and read a pagan(y) book.  With a nice cup of tea.


Nice!

 

Well, my dog is sick and it is so gross. Serves him right for eating a whole tin of cookies (and darn the kids for leaving the cookies out after they were told to put them away). Oh well, my "fairy" wool roving arrived yesterday (it has bits of various colors and shiny things) so I plan to make it into a fairy of some sort this afternoon. I love needle felting.

 

 

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Congrats unschoolin!  I was gifted a new addy book on christmas and was just moving addys from the "old' to the "new" and was actually wondering how you were doing (I have a section of "mdc pagan mama" addys from past card exchanges).  Glad to hear life is so full of blessings!

 

Cari- wow, that's a lot of fingers!  Mine is mostly healed... just a slice across the pad of the finger where I grabbed the knife.  Annoying due to it's location but nothing like your Frodo-wannabe wounding!  ;)  Glad it's healing and I totally understand the creep factor of redressing wounds even when they don't really hurt.

 

Maia- glad things are going so well and that you've got seats home!

 

Weather- the blizzard stranded my brother and sil here in town till the 6th of Jan!  They were supposed to fly out on the 29th, and they tried EVERYTHING to sort of "skip ahead" of the cancellation tsunami but it didn't work.  They were actually driving in a rental across the state to try and catch a flight that was still "on" when that one was shut down too.  Despite flying first class the airline couldn't book them on anything before Jan 6th AND since the blizzard was an act of god the airline doesn't have to do anything to help them out with their suddenly longer stay.  Nine extra days?  During which time they'll miss several important dates back home (their wedding anniversary, a delayed family christmas, a nye party they were hosting, an additional week of work and the need to write lesson plans for a substitute teacher, and so on).  We're doing what we can to make things fun here, but no one is thrilled by enforced vacations.  lol  Well... dd1 is thrilled.  She cried for nearly an hour when they left and bounced like a jumpity bean when they returned.  Ahhhhhh, to be five and not have annoying things like work schedules.  lol

 

I sooooooo want to move to Alaska now.  I've loved having family around that I can actually talk with/hang out with.  They've already agreed to be the legal gusrdians for our kiddos if something happens to dh and I and the kiddos adore them... I know I'd not enjoy AK in terms of weather/daylight BUT having a real world social group?  Family that didn't shut us down/insult us/fight with us all the time?  A family hearth (they're Asatru)?  I want!  Sadly, there just aren't any jobs for DH and interior AK isn't a good place to move on a whim even if we had the money to go.


But I can dream, right?

 

dental- looks like i may be following in dd1's steps... I was brushing my teeth yesterday morning and a chunk of tooth broke off!  I felt like there was something rough, pulled it out on my finger, and rubbed my fingers together, trying to figure out what it was.  It crumbled into dust and then my tongue found the jagged edge of the tooth.  ACK!!!!!!!!!!!  What's extra creepy is that it wasn't the "top" that came off, it was a chunk of tooth at the gum line.  I'm scared to brush my teeth and I'm kind of waiting for the rest of that tooth to crumble.  I'm totally freaked out and as you all know, this is NOT a good time for us financially.  (my mom hasn't actually helped us with dd's dental bill even though she is telling everyone she has, so that bill is kind of sitting on us)  I had nightmares about crumbling teeth last night.  Ugh.

 

New Year's Word- not sure yet.  I want something very positive/life affirming.  But also something realistic that I can manifest in concrete ways.

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