Monday, October 12, 2009

The pledge

I Bethany Hall pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 / 4 / 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed Bethany Hall.

That's right I've joined Wardrobe Refashion! If you haven't heard of it yet it's something I recently found out about and am in love with:
I have taken the pledge for 2 months though I may go longer. :) I decided it's finally time as I went through my mountain of clothing for scrap and there is tooo much good stuff in there to get ignored.
On top of that all my friends keep buying things for me for the fabric. Also I keep saying I'm going to finally make my own clothing. Well this time I'm going to do it. I have too much good fabric and skills to let it go to waste.
I hope you all will enjoy watching my refashions and adventures in upcycling continue! They are going to be multiplying in the near future! I have one item all ready nearly done and can't wait to show you!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New puppy

So last weekend we brought home our new addition to the family. Her name is Lexi and she's a 27lb 10 month old German Shepherd Dog mix. We loaded Khindi up in the 4runner(aka the dog toting vehicle) and went to the shelter to see how they did. We'd all ready seen Lexi the week before but had to ask multiple people if we could adopt as she'd been snatched up by a rescue. Turns out her time at the shelter was nearing an end! Not sure why as she's a total sweet heart and super kissy and love able. Pretty smart too though I'm saving my smartest puppy ever award for when she learns to speak on command. ;)
Lexi did have a few behavioral issues but after interacting with both her and Khindi at the shelter we felt they could be worked through with lots of discipline, exercise, structure, and love.
She has stopped growling at Khindi when we pet one dog and not the other, this happened within a few days. And she's decided wiggling into the front for attention is better. Besides people have 2 hands that's one for each dog right?
the only other problem I've noticed is she is still a bit growly when Khindi wants to play. I think she fears Khindi will take her toys and not share. We purchased multiples of the same toys Khindi had for this very reason. however she is improving on that too.
Yesterday they suddenly decided they are friends and have been playing tag, tug of war, keep away, and wrestling all afternoon. This morning while they stretched their legs and I got ready for work they played some more.
We are working on teaching her to speak on command. She doesn't' quite seem to get this yet but she's trying so hard! She sits all ready and was coming to her name in less than 2 days.
She is on antibiotics as we discovered Tuesday she has a UTI. Thank goodness we're still housebreaking or I probably wouldn't have noticed. Sometimes it's a good thing a dog still pees on the carpet!
We're going to try letting them sleep in the same kennel again tonight and tomorrow and see how that goes. Once she's housebroken I've promised her the only time she has to see the EVIL kennel is if we run an errand. She's a puppy and like to steal things to chew on. So supervision is still a must!
Anywho here's our new pup:
Those are khindi's feet in the background. lol Lexi is small and probably won't get too much bigger. her feet are small too. But she's super cute! I'll update later with video links and more pictures!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sicker than a Dog

So I have been sick for over a week now. It started last Monday with a cough. Which progressively got worse. Wednesday I started running a fever. By friday it had started running very high up in the 103 range. I went to the DR. I told them I'd been around both of my parents and they both had pnemonia. The dr ran a flu test. It was negative. Told me my fever had lowered to 100 and that I had a virus like the flu and to get some rest it would have to run it's course.
He wrote a prescription for the cough (which was so bad at this point, my whole body hurt) and a pain med.
I went home. took the cough meds which did not help. Tried to sleep. By 1 am my fever was back up at 103. Hubby and I tried everything. Took some Motrin, uncovered, striped of clothing, used a ice pack and an hour later my temp went UP to 104.2 . So Hubby called our insurance Nurse line and she said go to the emergency room.
At 2:30 they admited me and ran about a billion tests, took x-rays etc. The Dr came in and was very condescending in an "I have a phd and you don't" sort of way. Mentioned my x-ray's looked "beautiful" and I did NOT have pnemonia. told me to alternate motrin and tylenol every 4 hours at a very high dosage to take the fever down.
I went home about 3:30am. Couldn't sleep of course.
Sunday night hubby took youth group to the skillet concert where they were working in order to get in free. About 4:00 pm I get a call from hubby telling me a x-ray tech was looking over my x-rays and noticed I DID indead have pnemonia and I needed antibiotics.
So Sunday Evening my mom who is on meds herself, drove me to the emergecny room to make sure I wasn't toxic. The nurse practitioner was conderend having not seen me yet that I may need to be ADMITED. Luckily upon seeing me and talking to me they didn't need to even stick me. Gave me a new precsription, apologized profusely for the dr's stupidity(and made it sound like he was going to GET IT for missing my diagnosis) and wrote me a blessed prescription for codine cough meds as well as antibiotic.
As a result I have now been on pnemonia meds for 4 days and I am feeling weak and tired but my fever is gone and my cough is still haning on but not like it was. I've been resting on the cough or bed and trying to sleep as much as possible. I have to use the codine to sleep as it seems once I lay down at all I can't stop coughing. I have fits of coughing that I sometimes can't get to stop without taking meds.
And worst of all I sound like some gurgling, slimey, foamy, monster when I breath or cough. So if you hear a strange breathing it's just me not the night sludge monster.