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#61 of 372 Old 07-05-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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It was his phone, because the first time I asked him to speak up, he did for about two words, and then he was quiet again.. I think he might have had a headset on that was too far from his mouth or something, because he COULD tweak it, but it was still inconsistent. Still, his raising his temper to me was totally out of line.



I doubt my OB will request a cath.. I seriously have had hundreds perhaps thousands of bladder infections. Most of my pregnancies I am on antibiotics.. In 2003, I met with a kidney specialist (they do the kidneys and whole urinary tract), and had the ink test and there is no structural reason for it. The specialist told me that a certain percent of women have recurrent bladder infections, and of those another percent of them get them for purely "chemical" reasons, and that's what's wrong with me. At the time I was actually praying it was structural, because I would have been THRILLED to have a surgery just "fix" the problem for good, but no such luck.

Did I mention I HATE the "modern" medical community? The fact that I believe it is lead by overzealous jerks who believe they are G-d? I do. I have fired more doctors in my life than I have found ones that I end up happy with.. seriously it is a negative curve. And ultimately I don't see "women's health" making grand strides until more women demand change.. but the medical community (by and large) is too busy making bucks by soliciting me to buy products that "enlarge my member" than to give any serious thought to improving the lives of women.

But I will be quiet now. Obviously I am too ticked off (and emotional) to be coherent. :

Hon, I think you're being MORE than coherent. I cannot imagine the anger, frustration and sadness you're feeling right now.

(My concerns about the "I can't hear you" part of your previous post were about stroke issues and such, but obviously that's not an issue at all).

His losing his temper at you was very unprofessional and rude. I'm in your corner, they are supposed to work for us, giving us their help, not order us around or treat us like disobedient children.

You know your body best. Please keep taking care of yourself. You're worth it.

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Mojitos P!!!!!

I think I'm going to pull up the starts I have and maybe just throw out some red leaf seeds or something and see what happens. I'm bummed that my cilantro didn't do well either. I'm wondering if I just started them too soon in the house or something. The basil I started in my areogarden and it went nuts. I just suck as a gardener. I keep begging DH to build me a greenhouse. I remember I *just* got my awesome greenhouse in Fairbanks right when we got transferred. I never even got a chance to plant anything in it
Don't give up on the starts... I know we're several hundred miles and a mountain range or two away, but I'd leave at least half of the starts...and then start your red leaf or any other lettuce. We plant ours in 3 to 4 week rotations through the early fall, so we always have a few big lettuces and a few small ones and a few seedlings.

(I learned that lesson the hard way when I planted something like 18 lettuces all at once...and they all grew..and grew....and grew).

Hopefully we're leaving tomorrow...I'm still waffling on whether I'll just stay home while *they* go camping. DH and I are still on the outs over his reaction to the lost pregnancy. Trying to put up happy faces for the kids, but not really talking to one another at all.

So, I'll let you know.

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Okay, since the conversation has been on gardening, and largely on food gardening...

Now we have to talk about What's For Dinner in Alaska?

I've been making salmon like crazy to give DH a reason to go fishing again (we're giving it to friends, too, we have SO much).

Today DH made flatiron steaks I had marinating for two days. They were tasty. I've been doing most of the grilling but it was nice to take a meal off. I hate indoor cooking in hot weather.

Lots of cucumbers, carrot sticks, bell peppers, and crackers with cheese/salami platters for the kids. Homemade lemonade (sometimes with oranges) and the best frozen graham cracker lemon treats ever!

Ummmmmm....and bread. W is on a bread-making kick, but since it's so hot she starts around 7 or 8 at night and finishes around 3 am. This last two weeks has been challah. Wow, I taught her right! She's an awesome baker!

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OMG P that sounds AWESOME! I am literally drooling over here.

We are having a mexican casserole since I have peppers and onions in the fridge that need to be eaten.

I like cooking outside too! We had to break up our driveway since it was ruined anyway and used some of the scraps of broken concrete to create a fire pit in our backyard! So, maybe this week we will have a cookout! I have this awesome castiron dutch oven that I want to learn how to make bisquits and rolls in so having a fire pit in the backyard will make experiementing easier!

But really? Is this what our lives have come down to? talking about gardens and dinner?
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We are having a mexican casserole since I have peppers and onions in the fridge that need to be eaten.
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OMG P that sounds AWESOME! I am literally drooling over here.

We are having a mexican casserole since I have peppers and onions in the fridge that need to be eaten.

I like cooking outside too! We had to break up our driveway since it was ruined anyway and used some of the scraps of broken concrete to create a fire pit in our backyard! So, maybe this week we will have a cookout! I have this awesome castiron dutch oven that I want to learn how to make bisquits and rolls in so having a fire pit in the backyard will make experiementing easier!

But really? Is this what our lives have come down to? talking about gardens and dinner?
I guess on this thread it is...unless you want to listen to me b*tch about how angry I still am at B...nah. Let's stick to gardening!

I *totally* love my dutch oven and cast iron cookware. Last year we spent a LOT of time camping and I got to use my dutch oven a great deal. It was so dead easy. I spent all winter cooking on the wood stove (saves money on electricity in a big way, too!) and turned out some incredible things.

I highly recommend starting with a whole chicken, some teriyaki seasoning, and onions (potatoes, carrots, whatever ya got). Make sure you've seasoned your cast iron so things don't stick to it, and if it's not fully seasoned, go with putting bacon or veg oil in each meal (I made chicken stew w/ bacon for instance...my DH just requested that I leave the bacon long from now on, as if it's not crispy, it's gross to find in your food).

Anyway, a whole chicken served us one lunch, one dinner, one more lunch and sandwiches in the evening. And there are a lot of us!

There are a lot of websites for outdoor cooking...just google "dutch oven cooking" or "campfire cooking" and you'll find sooooo many ideas!

On another boring cooking note,

I made the BEST cucumber and onion salad a few weeks ago....just like the tiny ones you get at Thai restaurants with your curry, but much, much spicier.

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DH and I are still on the outs over his reaction to the lost pregnancy. Trying to put up happy faces for the kids, but not really talking to one another at all.
really? that sucks. sorry. that sounds really stressful and so sad for you...

our garden is going great! the moose have pruned it a couple of times...but it is still doing surprisingly well!

we had such a great weekend - we camped in hope for a night and then in rainbow valley at our friend's amazing cabin with a great view of cook inlet. it was all very fun. EXCEPT passing the fatal car wreck on the seward...minutes after it happened. it was very traumatic and so sad. it was pretty obvious that someone had been killed...they were lying on the side of the road looking very unresponsive. it was so awful. and there was an extremely pregnant woman just crying and crying...we did not mean to stop and gawk, plenty of people were there helping already, but traffic was slowed down so much and it was hard not to see what was happening. so sad. it's crazy how awful people drive given how crowded the roads are.

anyway. it's nice to be home - and in one piece, which is something to be very thankful for.

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I wanted to respond a bit to the library situation. I'm a former library worker (in TN) and frequent the Loussac daily. The library made the decision to close during the weekends and Mondays to spare branch closures and layoffs. They are still open evenings and during the day. A lot of (more funded) library systems across the country have shortened their hours INDEFINITELY and had layoffs and closures. I'm proud that Anchorage has made the decision to shorten hours to make up the difference in budget as opposed to the typical knee-jerk reactions most governments have. My own system that I was employed with has had layoffs, closures, etc. This is happening all over the country, and is not just an Anchorage issue and is not an issue of what property taxes pay for. Operating a library with the rising cost of insurance, heating, electricity, etc. etc. is a lofty feat. The fact that our libraries continually provide free of charge programs and materials (that are SO costly! One picture book can cost as much as 25.00!) fully during the recession is amazing. And to be a bit controversial, this is happening in systems all over, the statement that "the one in such and such is better and doesn't shorten hours, etc" isn't exactly accurate right now. In the country's current condition, all humanities are suffering, in most cities and counties. Please continue to support your library system! They're trying their best!
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I have to say I am so jealous!! I didn't have a chance to plant a garden this year. We just bought our house and had other things to worry about. I am going to at least get my ruhbarb planted. My wonderful cousin gave me a huge established plant. * Thank You again!!* Which brings be to my question. In Homer we had a rental house with a huge raspberry patch. I asked the landlord if I could take a few but he said no. I am looking to start a raspberry patch like it. I make a killer rasberry/ruhbarb jam!! Does anyone know were I could get ahold of some rasberry's to transplant?
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LOL! I could.
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I wanted to respond a bit to the library situation. I'm a former library worker (in TN) and frequent the Loussac daily. The library made the decision to close during the weekends and Mondays to spare branch closures and layoffs. They are still open evenings and during the day. A lot of (more funded) library systems across the country have shortened their hours INDEFINITELY and had layoffs and closures. I'm proud that Anchorage has made the decision to shorten hours to make up the difference in budget as opposed to the typical knee-jerk reactions most governments have. My own system that I was employed with has had layoffs, closures, etc. This is happening all over the country, and is not just an Anchorage issue and is not an issue of what property taxes pay for. Operating a library with the rising cost of insurance, heating, electricity, etc. etc. is a lofty feat. The fact that our libraries continually provide free of charge programs and materials (that are SO costly! One picture book can cost as much as 25.00!) fully during the recession is amazing. And to be a bit controversial, this is happening in systems all over, the statement that "the one in such and such is better and doesn't shorten hours, etc" isn't exactly accurate right now. In the country's current condition, all humanities are suffering, in most cities and counties. Please continue to support your library system! They're trying their best!
Thank you. It helps to know that it is not just us that are affected.
I do Support the local library by going there a lot and checking out loads of books. I also seem to be supporting them by paying for all the books my kids loose!
I will admit I did not vote for more funding to create a bigger entrance though, as dangerous as the current one is. I just cannot see paying more then $4000 in taxes a year. It hurts too bad.
I would be very eager to donate to JUST the library if they ask.

In Delta Junction, that is exactly what we did to get a new library there


So how DO libraries get funding?? I thought it was part of our taxes.
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Katiesk,

Where did you camp at in Hope? Was there a campground?
We are looking for a nice quite place to camp that is about 2 -4 hours from Anchorage. I have never been to Hope before.

What are Whittier? Is it crowded there in the summer with the cruise ships and tourists?
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Where did you camp at in Hope? Was there a campground
there are a few campgrounds at the end of the road. we don't usually camp at them - just set up along the river somewhere, but the campgrounds seem nice. lots of bears, though.

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A Pea tip Peas do not need to be started indoors. Just put them in the ground as soon as the soil is warmed up.
They love cooler weather.
Ours are in raised boxes with chicken wire for trellis. I never soak my seed. Just plant and then keep the soil fairly wet until I see them pop up.
Right now, mine are covered in blossoms.
I plant radishes and lettuce in succesive plantings, that way we an enjoy them all summer long.
I love how lettuce just keeps regrowing, after being cut.

Rght now, I have at least 20 tomato, I think 35 cucumber, 8 pepper, 20 or so eggplant and over a dozen Mandarin Orange trees in the green house.
Beets, cabbages, lettuce, peas, potatoes, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, radishes and carrots are in raised beds.
The garden is only about 1/10 of what we are planning on growing in the near future.
Our place is on a gravel pad, so we are having to buy dirt to make it work.

We just got 18 Cochins and 3 Americana's, and our goal is to add lots( want it to be at least 2 feet deep) of dirt to their large pen, and let them build a garden for us.
I'm also going to throw every bit of extra vegetations and all the fallen leaves in there this fall, so they can work all of that over as well.

I grew up in Kansas, so gardening up here, has been a learning curve to say the least.
My parents are continuing the 80x40 garden I used while I lived at home.
I miss it so much
I want to be able to do what Path To Freedom (check out their journal) is doing, garden and animal wise.
They only have 1/5th of an acre, and we have a full acre.

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We are hosting a free screening of Fresh the Movie, all about freedom from commercial foods, this Saturday, at 11AM, in Willow.
We are just 20 minutes from Wasilla, mile 64.5 Parks Highway.
We are planning on a bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair, and after the film, you are welcome to poke around the place.
Its not much yet, but we have made a good start towards becoming self sufficient on one acre.
PM me for directions, if you would like to come. And feel free to bring friend and neighbors as well.

I would love to meet all of you, even though I know only some of you live in or near the Valley.
Please come if you can, and bring your children as well.

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We are hosting a free screening of Fresh the Movie, all about freedom from commercial foods, this Saturday, at 11AM, in Willow.
We are just 20 minutes from Wasilla, mile 64.5 Parks Highway.
We are planning on a bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair, and after the film, you are welcome to poke around the place.
Its not much yet, but we have made a good start towards becoming self sufficient on one acre.
PM me for directions, if you would like to come. And feel free to bring friend and neighbors as well.

I would love to meet all of you, even though I know only some of you live in or near the Valley.
Please come if you can, and bring your children as well.
I have to check the calendar, but I would LOVE to come!!!!

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just catching up with the thread...

Pinoikoi I am so sorry. Best of luck in dealing with boneheaded drs as well.

And as for gardens- you all are inspiring! We cleared out our little garden bed this year (by we I mean DH, ) and then promptly did nothing with it. I believe we have one scarlet runner bean in there that DD1 planted, and some lovely chickweed

still slowly slowly working on the house. impossible for me to do anything, so it has to wait for DH, and then there's important stuff like fishing that gets in the way... he went down to Kasilof on Sunday and caught 2 fish. He's blaming it on the commercial guys taking all the fish before he got there
I'm just glad he got two, I've 'owed' my uncle in Colorado a salmon since last summer, so one for him and one for us!

enjoy the sun (and haze) and warm weather everyone!
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eat your chickweed CK! it's great.

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Someday I will be good at gardening.... My plants are always so small and never do well..... growing all my own food is not likely to happen ever unless i luck out with a master gardener kid... *la sigh*

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12:34:56sec, 7/8/9.
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12:34:56sec, 7/8/9.
I wondered why I felt deja vu today.. it must be that 1000 year old body of mine.
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This should help pick you up a bit P!

Who says scientists aren't fun?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gnvKZFCq0
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This should help pick you up a bit P!

Who says scientists aren't fun?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gnvKZFCq0
I saw that earlier today! Pretty fun!
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Hi, we are moving back to Fairbanks next month. My husband and I lived there before we had kids for a few years so we are very excited to go back. We did not have kids when we were there so I feel like things will be alittle different. I am in the midst of packing and getting rid of things and I am trying to make a decision about a sandbox and tricycles. Do you feel there are many opportunities/ places for kids to ride a tric or big wheel? Are there indoor gyms or anything? I am not sure how the sandbox will surive the winter. It is one of those tough plastic turtle (actually ours is a crab) ones. I'd love to hear if either of those things are worth moving.

Thanks so much! Can't wait to go to Hotlicks!

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They are too big and bulky to bother with bringing up. You can find them at garage sales once you get here. Also you might want to join the Fairbanks Freecyle list once you get here.
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Hi, we are moving back to Fairbanks next month. My husband and I lived there before we had kids for a few years so we are very excited to go back. We did not have kids when we were there so I feel like things will be alittle different. I am in the midst of packing and getting rid of things and I am trying to make a decision about a sandbox and tricycles. Do you feel there are many opportunities/ places for kids to ride a tric or big wheel? Are there indoor gyms or anything? I am not sure how the sandbox will surive the winter. It is one of those tough plastic turtle (actually ours is a crab) ones. I'd love to hear if either of those things are worth moving.

Thanks so much! Can't wait to go to Hotlicks!
we did not really bother much with bikes when the kids were little since we always lived in a gravel road. If you can get it up here for next to nothing, it might be better to leave it behind.

Are you doing the move yourself? or with a company?

There are some indoor gyms there. A couple of Athletic clubs and I think some of the schools open their gyms in the summer for certain times of the day.

I would not bring the sand box, I would either look for a free one here or buy one super cheap at a garage sale. Actually what I would do is just build a nice big one! LOL
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Hey everybody! I've been totally MIA for the last two months, but I thought I'd check in briefly at least to say
1--we had our ultrasound, and brother #3 will be coming in early november. (both the older kids seem happy about this...mom and dad had both hoped to even things out with a girl but we're adjusting to the news)
2--we left Pelican in late may and put everything in storage in Anchorage...and finally (today) we have a job!!! Whew, that was a stressful couple of months. Anyway, we just accepted a job in Homer, and we're very excited about being there on the Kenai peninsula. Neither of us has ever been there, and we've got a month to find a place to live (sight unseen) so if anybody lives out there and might be willing to go check out places for me (ie, tell me if it's clean or in a good part of town etc) then that would be AWESOME. You can PM me.

Anyway, I will undoubtedly continue to be offline a lot for the coming month and a half or so as we're still out-of-state and then when we get back we'll have all the moving/settling stuff to do. I probably won't read many threads, but i will try to check in at least a few times!

~Jenni, rural frugal Alaskan, eternally married to Dragon
loving my wild things DS Wolf (12), 3 angels, DS Bear (6) & DS Eagle (3)
 

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Brightonwoman! It is good to hear from you again! I am sure you are excited about Homer!

Sorry I don't know about the housing situation there.. but are you looking to rent or buy?
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