Man, I knew I would struggle to do the chores, but I thought it would be my body (back) that would give me trouble.. For regular chores the body is able and willing as long as I break things down and plan well.. we got this!
Allergies however are in full Bleeping force.. I did expect this to a point.. I mean I am allergic to pretty much everything I love.. from my dogs/cat to hay to birds and so forth..
I normally react to a point and then I get built up so that I do not trigger and away I go.. I figured if I wore my mask I would be ok, and I did hay once without it, it was foolish, I know, I just thought, hey I will grab that and toss it over the fence to the sheep, you see I had dropped a piece and I did not want to leave it lying there till the next feeding,
Wrong, so wrong.. those little flying bits came right at me, wind to me instead of away from me and I knew it when it happened.. but I thought.. ok, up the antihistamines as I normally take none or the very lowest dose I can only when I truly need it.
Right now, I have moved over to the full dose allowed per day.. and I am using my lung EO’s in the steamer as well.. The good thing is that once I use my mask, I do see the difference with the hay..
However the mask only goes so far in the building.. the fowl are really triggering me, so I am moving food and water to outside pen feeding as much as possible.. which helps in this but means I must do chores more often in smaller amounts because I can not use the big 3 to 4 day feeders outside in case it rains and I would lose to much feed if it got wet etc.
It’s the one corner pen that is giving me the most trouble, there is just NO air movement in there and its solid walls, so everything just stays to much.. but where there is a will there is a way right! I pulled a smaller fan yesterday and set it up to move the air around and opened up more things.. I figure if that is bothering me, it could be bothering the turkeys.. (ok, it does not seem to be bothering them) but it can’t hurt them.. they do have a fresh air window with screen and I did open it more..
In fact that is one of my current idea’s when I feed the pasture critters, run extra water and top up the pasture water sheep tub and horse trough, and the ducks and the big fowl pen, I open the doors, the windows to the croft and let it have the extra air movement for a bit before I go in for the next round of chores.. Of course I close things up tightly for the night as we can have raiders, and I do not need coons or a fisher or such saying, lovely open doors and windows.
yesterday I had to do a repair job, and of course it took longer then expected.. I did try and work smart, I loaded thing in my little car Cherry and drove them to where I needed it on the back end of the pasture instead of walking back and forth and carrying things that extra distance, I figured out how to fix it.. still in the end it was a 2 hour and 2 min job and I was a hurting mess..
I came in and took painkillers (the first since I stopped taking them when I was expecting) and hit the ice pack.. and rested.. then did my physio when I got up and was very PLEASED at how well I recovered from it..
This morning, I was so happy, when I got up and did my stretches and such and the lower back is holding up well.. yes it lets me know its being used and yes I have to watch it but its healing and I can really see that this week!
Now if I could just get the lungs to start to ease up, I would be a very happy women indeed!
We have had fine fall weather for a couple days which has been lovely.. I can enjoy the morning and the evening and I have been.
However the mid day is a swirling biting mess of Asian Beetles aka Asian ladybugs and those suckers bite and get in everything, they land in my hair, cloths and I have to de-bug when I come in.
They love soybean plants, I mean love them.. of course they do.. they are from the same area and know this plant.. every 3rd to 4 year the fields around me are planting into soybeans and it was cut this week.. so all those thousands of Asian Ladybugs homes are gone and they are moving into mine.
I had heard and seen that they had a spray that I could put around my windows and doors to help keep them out.. but when we read the bottle.. it had warnings it kills bees/wasps/frogs/worms and do not let it anywhere near food or pets etc..
Poison, straight up poison is what it is.. how can that be safe to use.. its not.. so I use the stuff I can in the house that is still bad and I use duck tape turned sticky side out and collect them and then kill them and put into the garbage, you do not want to put them in the good house vac as they have a strong smell to them.. but I can use the shop vac on them in some area’s..
I spray the porch and the foyer and then close the doors and each day dozens and dozens of them are dead in the morning for me to clean up as they tend to come in at the doors most.
Jason is holding up well from what I can tell on the phone and text visits, he is getting sleep, needs to start eating a bit better.. to much fast food.. but he has promised me that he will get to a store and get more fresh food. He is sleeping well so that is good and the first couple days there has been lots of relief help as his aunt and cousin plus brother have all been there.
Today the aunt and cousin fly back home to Ontario, so it will be more on his own in that way but of course still has his brother there who is the normal lead on this.. I am hoping his brother is finding it a breather to have the help there..
As for his mom, she had a good bit with company and such seemed to have a rebound and it brightened her spirits but she also tried to push herself both in a small in hospital outing Thursday in her wheel chair and she tried for a outing yesterday but it was called off as she ended up having a multiple seizures.
They left her weak and tired and she was close her eyes and fall asleep.. If all went as planned late night, they were able to move her from the hospital proper down to the pallative care area of the hospital..
Hubby seems to really like her doctor and care team, says they are excellent.. when hubby says doctor is on the ball, excellent.. then that is just what they are..
Just to add a little extra stress, hubby left is cell phone in the wheel chair van but Thankfully! they found it and as they have a pick up this morning at the hospital, they are meeting up and he will get it back this morning..
Which is good as I thought for sure I would have to cancel it and all the work that goes into replacing it an so forth.. so so grateful that was not the case!
Well, I had better start getting to more chores today!