Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Pinterest Fun in 2011

Thank you for the ........

Parmesan lids for my canning jars

Egg skelter to keep my husband happy. Never want to use "old" eggs, right?

Organizing my spice drawer with chalkboard paint and mason jelly jars.

The  PVC chicken feeder for dispensing crushed oyster shells for my ladies's daily calcium.

My bunnies are very happy with their electric water bottles this winter. No frozen blocks of ice!

A stick star craft on Thanksgiving was enjoyed.

Place cards for Thanksgiving.

Sip cup for my sis for Christmas

Fleece loopy flowers for fun

Reinbeers for the Uncles at Christmas.

Corkboard inside my cupboard doors.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vitamin K and I

Vitamin K is something I watch in my diet more than I do carbs, sugar, fat, cholesterol, etc. I started taking coumadin in 2008 to protect my shiny, new, noisy, heart valve. I will take it the rest of my life. Vitamin K and Coumadin interact and make the coumadin ineffective. Coumadin thins your blood so that it's not so sticky. Vitamin K thickens your blood making it really sticky.

"Don't eat greens." And, "Eat the same amount of greens daily," The nutritionists at the hospital advised.

And when things aren't in balance, "WHAT have you been eating?!"

Over the years I've found a few unexpected, not green, sources for Vitamin K that have befuddled and messed with the status quo. Cabbage & Cauliflower were the beginning. Cabbage in any form is not to be over indulged. Coleslaw on Sunday can mean 2-3 days of lovenox shots until things therapeutic levels are reached.  Oye.

And then there was the time I decided to make Black eyed peas for New Year's. A new family tradition, right? Well that tradition is way too expensive. A week of those $100 each lovenox shots and way too many trips to the hospital for blood tests. Of course, I wasn't eating greens. I was only eating the left over beans! Oye, Black eyed peas a very high in Vitamin K.

Then summer came along and I switched from coffee to iced tea. Lots of iced tea because it was hot and we were trying to save money by not running the air. Oye. Black tea, green tea, it all comes from a plant and is high in Vitamin K. At least the electricity bill met the new budget standards.

Eating the same amounts every day? Yes. that would fix things. But iced tea in the winter isn't my thing. And seriously, have you ever thought that eating the same thing day in, day out is realistic? You pick your 5 favorite meals and eat only that for the next month. I dare you.

Fish, seriously? Who knew! Liver, lentils, pickles, chili powder, curry, paprika, cayenne, prunes and onions are on the list too I recently discovered on a recent visit to a new nutritionist.  THEY AREN'T EVEN GREEN for Pete's sake!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Who Laid That Egg?

Christmas Eve one of our chickens laid this huge egg. 

The carton won't even close! 

It's a double yolked egg. 

There was another one for us on Christmas morning. Today it wasn't hard to find someone to do the chicken chores. Everyone wants to find the third gianormous egg. But alas, it wasn't to be. We're hoping to eventually figure out which chicken lady left us these fun gifts.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snowy Sunday

 The "backyard."
 Do you see the guineas? Yes, that's the pole barn on the left.  
 The weeds in the chicken yard look better this way. 
 Snowy chicken wire. 
 Do you spy the chickens? They don't like snow.  
 Clothes line & propane tank (the most expensive way to heat a house). PTL for pellet stoves. 
 I spy a kitty! 
We've been getting Tufted Titmouses, Finches, Cardinals, 
Downey Woodpeckers and Chickadees visiting our bird feeders. 
The grainery and a view up the East valley. 
Walking to the barn is an aerobic workout. :)) 

My glorious Elm tree.