Archive for June, 2012

Water Safety Reminder

June 30th, 2012 Comments off

With Susan’s permission, I am posting this entry from FB.  It needs to be shared often, especially at this time of year.  Thanks Susan. July 2, 2011

At a dinner party last night with Jesse , that his new co-worker invited us to, the twins are swimming in the pool. I’m in a dress. Out of the corner of my eye, I see Kylie slipping her water wings off. As she starts sinking, I dive into the pool…in my dress.

Before I hit the water, I hear “Jesse, did you push her??”….I’ve always been good with 1st impressions….

Oh! Let me tell you! My heart STOPPED! when I even thought I saw what she was doing, I was already slipping my shoes off! When I pulled her out of the pool, she said “Momma, you scared me!” I scared HER !


A comment immediately followed on Susan’s  post, from her friend Carrie, who was filled with pain as she grieved the loss of her two year old cousin,  whose funeral she had just attended.  She knew first hand just how horribly this incident could have turned out.  I don’t know the circumstances of the drowning, but her little cousin had not been as fortunate as 3 year old Kylie.

Susan and Jesse were spared this lifelong heartache by Susan’s quick action.  It is a good reminder to everyone, that even if the children have  ‘water wings’ on, not to trust them in the water.  Even if they can swim . . . watch their every move.  I remember when my son was little that when he was near water I never took my eyes off of him.

I grieve with the family who lost their precious baby and I join Kylie’s family in gratitude that she is still with them, safe, and splashing happily.

Be safe out there, friends.


From Connecticut: Advice on Taking Care of Pets in Extreme Heat

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Keeping Cool in Extreme Heat

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By Shumuriel Ratliff : email to WMBFNEWS

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – The summer sun is taking the temperatures into the triple digits.

The hot weather means people who work outdoors, like Billy Sipes, have to work harder not to overheat. Sipes is the owner of Harvest-Monrovia Lawn Care. 

“We start hydrating in the morning just like athletes do,” Sipes said.

“We try to wear a lot of clothes and cover as much as possible. Wear our sunscreen on the skin that is exposed; wear hats with wide brims to cover our face and necks.” 

Dr. Tim Howard said keeping up with that routine in the summer can keep you from showing signs of heat exhaustion.  

It’s classic symptoms. It’s dizziness, fatigue, rapid heart rate, you can have excessive sweating,” Howard said. “You can have nausea, excessive vomiting and it’s really the body’s way of telling you it’s too hot.”  

Howard said to keep from getting too hot, just add water.  

“If you’re out in the sun, it’s going to be closer to 24 to 48 ounces and a good gauge is how long it takes you to have to go to the bathroom once you start drinking fluids,” Howard said. “If you’re not going to the bathroom and you’re drinking fluids, then you keep going.” 

Howard also advises taking five-minute breaks every hour if you work out in the heat, and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. 

He said if you don’t like water, drink Gatorade.


Water in the Carburetor?

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Teenager  to Dad on phone: “There’s trouble with the car, Dad. It has water in the carburetor.”

Dad: “Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous.”

Son: “I’m serious Dad, the car has water in the carburetor!”

Dad: “You don’t even know what a carburetor is. Where’s the car?”

Son: “In the swimming pool.”

Teething on Toes

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Now this is what I call a ‘sweet tweet’.

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Feeling Patriotic? How about a ‘Hidden Flag Torte Cake?

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Big Red Truck to the Rescue

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I saw the firetruck as I took my walk.  It is always alarming to see paramedics, you know someone is in distress.  I whispered, “Someone needs you God, please help them.”

I observed  four or five uniformed guys coming out of the house laughing. Laughing? They got into the truck and drove slowly down the hill.

The next day I talked with a neighbor and asked what had happened.  She said that the paramedics had been called to a retired police sargeant’s home.  The six foot five ‘tough guy’ had fallen and his wife couldn’t get him up.  He apparently was well known to the  firefighters so they came to his rescue and since he wasn’t seriously hurt, probably did a bit of good-natured razzing while they were there 

Laughter and emergency vehicles?  No you don’t see that very often!  I am sure it was a nice change for the firefighters who see so much pain and suffering on a daily basis.  God bless these brave men and women.  

A School Nurse’s Advice for Removing Ticks

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

Shared by FB Friend Sunny Sokol

Tick Removal:

A  school nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves.  If you have ever tried this, let me know. 

“I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few  seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. 

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. 

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and your family good if you see any of these!”

 Thanks to Sunny and to the School Nurse for passing on this information.   It certainly sounds easier than pulling them off with tweezers or the method I have used  –  screaming,  flailing my hands and dancing in circles!

We Should Thank Dr. James Guillet of Canada, Inventor

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Biodegradable Garbage Bags

The garbage bag, as we know it today, was first introduced in the 1950s, but its greener version didn’t make an entrance until 1971.

Determined to find a better solution to all the plastic bags piling up in landfills (the average plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose), University of Toronto chemist Dr. James Guillet invented the first reasonably degradable plastic bag that would decompose when exposed to direct sunlight.

His patent happened to be the 1 millionth patent issued in Canada.

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