Monday, July 30, 2012

All in ONE Day . . . Really???

Has it hit you yet  . . .
July has only ONE more day left to it?

Although it seems our summer has been ultra long due to an EXTREMELY mild winter, I don't know that I am quite ready for summer to be over. Yet, I open a door to the outside and hear the locust singing their back to school song. Hearing them always reminds me . . . school is on its way.

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Two days ago we were enjoying a beautiful evening on our deck. Beckett found herself a Locust and was playing with it.
She had it in her mouth and then would flip it . . .
pick it up again, flip it and then paw at it.
Here is a photo ~ taken with my ipad:

She loves those crazy bugs.

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The boys were crazed the moment their feet hit the floor this morning. Cody ended up in his room for a while because he chose to play the "my tummy hurts" card when he was supposed to write sentences of "I will obey." He came out of his room and found that those sentences still needed written. He FINALLY complied and wrote them . . . even though he didn't much appreciate it, I could see the look of accomplishment and satisfaction he had 
once the sentences were done.

Emma gave us a bit of a scare this afternoon. Apparently, there was a BEE in our house and she decided to "catch" it. Truth be told, I am not sure who actually caught who . . .

We were all in the family room watching Star Wars III when Emma jumped up and began shaking her head from side to side. She began foaming at the mouth a few seconds later. I thought she was choking on something! Randy grabbed her and turned her so he could see in her mouth when he noticed she had a BEE caught in the foamy cover fur right at her mouth. He flicked the Bee out of her hair and the crazy thing was still ALIVE!
I don't know how many times poor Emma was stung, but I do know she was hurting and her muzzle was swelling a little.
Katelyn looked up Benadryl dosages in dogs on the internet.
We all figured the dosage from mg to ml . . . 
I held Emma and tried to soothe her as Katelyn measured out the Benadryl. Then I held her on her back so Katelyn could drip the medicine into her mouth. Of course, Emma didn't like the taste, but we managed to get it into her. I held her for several minutes to make sure she was o.k. Within a reasonably short time, she relaxed and the swelling of her muzzle went down.
I told her she was our HERO ~~~
to catch a BEE and protect us all like she did! 

Tonight she is curled up on a blanket and is snoring.
(She usually snores . . . a lot!)

This photo of Emma was taken last week.

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Today we received a box . . .
delivered by UPS.
The fact that I ordered something is NOT unusual . . .
I prefer to order ~ generally with free shipping ~~ as opposed to actually going out and about in the stores where the grumpy, pushy crazy people are. Besides, online ordering helps to have a bit of free time that would otherwise be spent in a car, in a store . . .
dealing with grumpy, pushy and crazy people.
LOL

Anyway, the boys brought the box into the kitchen and sat it down on the floor. All of a sudden, ants were coming out from under the flaps of the box . . . not one, not two, but hundreds.
I quickly grabbed the box and headed outside to the deck.
I put it down and then opened it . . .
I truly was not prepared to see hundreds of ants.
They were everywhere!
They were pouring out of the box . . .
I picked up one of the bags - Blue Dog Food and it spilled all over.
Of course, it was covered in ants . . .
the bag had broken in the box during shipping.
I have never had that happen in the many years I have ordered.


 What you aren't seeing is the ants all over my deck, the outside of the box and what we killed on my kitchen floor.
It was GROSS!
Even my boys were grossed out . . .
We sprayed down the box, the bags, the deck and my kitchen floor with ant spray . . . 
I hate using that stuff, but we needed a VERY fast solution!
I have an email into the company I ordered from about the situation and will await their reply. We sprayed the entire box and contents . . . won't be using those!

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Before dinner we let the guinea pigs out of their cage to play with the boys. Katelyn, Cameron and I were cleaning their piggie condo so EJ and Ryan were playing with the piggies. EJ began scratching around his neck . . . itching like crazy. He had been holding Gibbs and he let him climb around his neck onto his shoulders.
EJ told me he was itchy . . . I asked him to let me look at where he itched . . . he had hives. Well, the Benadryl made its second appearance of the day . . . the children's liquid AND some topical cream. Katelyn had a few little welts/hives one day when she was holding the guinea pigs and one of their nails scratched her a bit.
We have had a guinea pig for years . . . with no problem.
I looked it up on the internet and found welts/hives to actually be a bit more common than I would have thought. Apparently, some people are sensitive to the hay. We are changing types of hay and not allowing the guinea pigs to walk on the kids' bare skin.
The Benadryl took affect pretty quickly and the welts/hives disappeared. I am also going to trim their little pig nails and give them a bath . . . that should be fun.

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The hour is late and tomorrow is just minutes away.
Good night to everyone . . .
have a great sleep and Wonderful day tomorrow!





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