Disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods don’t just affect people – they also affect pets and other animals. Planning ahead in the event of a natural disaster can protect the safety and well being of you and your pet.
Humans who refuse evacuation or re-enter evacuated areas to rescue pets that were left behind during a disaster put themselves and their pet in great danger, as well as first responders who may be needed to rescue those people. Conversely, pets that are left behind in an evacuation are put at increased risk for straying, disease and death. Residents should take steps to know their risk, learn the evacuation procedures for their area and create a plan for how their family (and pets!) would react to a natural disaster.
Create a disaster kit for your pet
Pack extra pet care and transportation items in an easy to grab kit, including:
•Extra collars, tags and leashes for all pets and extra pet food with a manual can opener if needed
•A supply of stored drinking water
•Toys or blankets the pet will find familiar
•Paper towels, plastic bags and disinfectant for waste clean-up
•Copies of your pet’s medical and vaccination records
•Extra supplies of any medications your pet is currently taking
If you need to evacuate
•Take your pets with you whenever possible (only service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters)
As you might remember, I am a survivor of Skin Cancer.
You can see posts about it here and here.
I wanted to take the time to tell everyone about "Don't Fry Day"
Summertime means--for many of us--more time outdoors in the sun, whether it be a vacation at the beach, walking along a country road, or working on our lawns and gardens. It also means thinking about skin cancer prevention-which is much more than using gobs of sunscreen to protect yourself from getting burned in the sun.
Friday is "Don't Fry Day", sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention along with a number of collaborating organizations (including the American Cancer Society). "Don't Fry Day" is designed to remind people that it's ok to have fun in the sun, so long as you pay attention to your skin while enjoying the great outdoors.
Being sun-safe isn't all that difficult. It's really a matter of remembering a few simple rules, including the real role that sunscreen plays in sun-safe behavior:
1) If you are going to be outside in the sun, remember that the sun's rays are most powerful between the hours of 10am and 4PM. And, if you are going to be outside, it is preferable to seek the shade, such as lounging on the beach under an umbrella.
2) Cover up as much as possible: long sleeve shirts are a good bet, especially with the new, light, sun safe fabrics. That provides an option that we didn't have before. And for little kiddies, that maybe a wonderful idea.
3) Put on a hat--a wide brimmed hat is best. Baseball hats are sort of ok but not really, since they leave the back of your neck and your ears exposed to the sun.
4) UV sunglasses are important as well. We have known for some time that exposure of the eyes to the sun causes premature aging of the cornea, just like it causes premature aging of the skin.
5) Checking the UV index regularly to find out how strong the sun's rays will be where you are on a particular day is another good idea. Check out the Environmental Protection Agency's website for that information (many other websites, such as Accuweather, are also promoting the UV index). Other countries such as Australia have long used the UV index to inform the public of the risk of sun exposure, and it's time we learned more about that here in the United States.
6) Now here's the surprise. Sunscreen is definitely an important part of sun-safe behavior. But you may note that I have left it to last on this list. Why? Because too many people have too much faith in sunscreen. Yes, it can prevent sunburns when used properly. But it is the "used properly" part that has many of us concerned. "Used properly" means an SPF of at least 15 (some experts recommend an SPF of 30 or higher). "Used properly" also means putting on lots and lots and lots of the goopy stuff--all over your body. "Used properly" means putting it on every 2 hours--come sun or clouds. "Used properly" means putting it on frequently if you go swimming or become sweaty after playing beach volleyball or another sport.
Sunscreen doesn't last forever, yet some people believe it does. And high SPFs really don't make you immune from the sun's rays for a longer time, nor do they add as much protection as some people think they do.
Survey after survey shows that people who rely solely on sunscreen to protect them from the damaging effects of the sun apply too little, and believe that high SPFs mean they can stay in the sun for much longer periods of time..
You might want to say, "Say it isn't so...", but sunscreen although safe and effective when used as directed more often than not is not used as directed.
The sad result is that some research shows that people who rely on sunscreen may in fact have higher rates of skin cancer, in part due to the fact that they probably didn't follow the sunscreen rules outlined above about how to use sunscreen properly
Another sunscreen tip: use a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) to prevent damage from both kinds of harmful rays of the sun.
And yes, although there is chatter about possible problems with some of the chemicals in sunscreen, most agree that based on currently available scientific evidence the benefits of sunscreen outweigh the risks. Research continues to answer concerns regarding sunscreen formulas, but for now they are a much better bet than taking the risk of getting burned in the sun.
Getting a burn is a bad thing folks. So is a tan. Everyone knows that sunburn is bad, and a sign of toxic effects of the sun on the skin. But tanning is also a sign of sun damage. Forget the thought that a healthy tan is a sign of good health. It isn't. And there is no such thing as a healthy tan. It isn't healthy. Period.
Two million people in this country every year are diagnosed with 3 million skin cancers, and 70,230 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, a more aggressive form of skin cancer whose incidence has been rising for at least 30 years. This year, 8,790 people in the U.S. are expected to die from melanoma.
We can't prevent every skin cancer and we can't prevent every melanoma. But research continues to show that if we just applied a little bit of common sense and took some simple precautions, we could avoid problems with skin cancer later in our lives.
So today, think about Don't Fry Day and what it means. Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself by getting information on the American Cancer Society website and the "Don't Fry Day" section of the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention's website. Lot's of good information, and easy to follow suggestions to help you enjoy your summer and make the most of your time in the sun.
Be careful in the Sun. Wear your SPF and don't get burned!
We had a super cell storm move thru our area tonight which spawned a Tornado. This Storm and Tornado had a tremendous amount of hail produced. There was baseball and softball size hail causing a lot of damage to homes and cars near the site of touchdown. This Tornado was minor in comparison to the one in Joplin, Missouri but still reaked some havoc.
With all of the recent tornadoes in the United States, it's important to remember that every state is at risk of experiencing a tornado. According to FEMA, tornadoes are nature's most violent storms and as we have all seen in the news, they can be devastating. We would like to share a few important facts from FEMA that may be especially helpful for people who aren't familiar with the threat of tornadoes.
• Tornadoes are spawned from powerful thunderstorms
• Winds associated with tornadoes can reach up to 300MPH
• Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still
• Tornadoes may strike very quickly and give very little or no warning that they are coming
• Sometimes tornadoes will appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel
• The average tornado moves from the Southwest to the Northeast
• Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months
• Peak tornado season in the Southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer
• Tornadoes are most likely to occur between the hours of 3pm and 9pm
Signs of a Tornado
Know the signs of a tornado: Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Besides an obviously visible tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
What to do in a Tornado Warning
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. [It is safer to get the car out of mud later if necessary than to cause a crash.] Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.
After the Tornado
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.
The best deals on your weekly ads are posted on the front and backpage of the ad.
These are what are usually referred to as ‘loss leaders’. These are the rock bottom offers that bring shoppers to the store. This is the first place you should look for bargains when scanning your weekly ad. If there are any coupons available for these items, that is where you get the big savings. Your goal is to focus on buying groceries only when they are at this rock bottom price. Luckily for you, these ‘loss leader’ sales come around in a ‘sales cycle’ that is generally every 6 to 8 weeks.
When you find this opportunity to save big by combining a great sale with a coupon, you want to maximize those savings by buying enough items (at this rock bottom price) to last you until the next time the item goes on sale.
1. In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper. Shape into 6 oval patties.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Pour off excess fat.
3. In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth. Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder. Pour over meat in skillet. Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
I got inspired by a Co Worker and the show Extreme Couponing and now I am clipping and using coupons!!
I am not as good as the ladies on the show where they just owe a penny when it is all said and done. But I think for a beginner I am doing OK.
My first attempt was at Target. I got $130.00 worth of stuff for $80.00.
On my second trip at Meijer. I had a $16.00 savings
Last was my trip to Kroger. With coupons and my Kroger Plus Card, I had a $30.00 savings.
Then with my Fuel Reward Points, I was able to save .30 cents a gallon and filled up the tank $3.59 a gallon
(See next post where I saved 41% on my shopping trip to Kroger)
Some Tips I have learned so far: *You reach the extreme level of couponing when you combine coupons with a customer reward card. Those little scan cards on your keyring could get annoying but if it saves money..... I'll do it.
*Never use a coupon on something that is not on sale. You get maximum savings when something is on sale and you use a coupon.
*Check out your favorite stores website. Most have an area where you can look at the weekly ad and make a shopping list. This makes it easy to search your coupon stash and search the sales.
Couponing takes a little time and effort for searching, finding, clipping, watching sales and matching coupons but I think it is worth it.
There are lots of resources and coupons on the internet. Some of the popular sites do the sale and coupon matching for you. One of my favorites is Common Sense with Money. When you sign up for a weekly e-mail at this site you get a free e-book on extreme couponing!
You might remember that we put in another raised bed this year in our backyard. We have been unable to get it filled with dirt. We had over 9 inches of rain in April. One of the wettest April's on record in our area! We were waiting on the ground to dry out in our side yard so we could back the truck in to unload the dirt. Just when we thought we were going to be able to start there is rain in our forecast for the next 8 days! So no dirt means no planting.
On a good note....We given some beautiful Tomato Plants from one of Matt's co workers. She started some Purple Cherokee, KY Beefsteak, Bloody Butcher and Endless Summer. Thanks, Deb!
We also got some Pepper Plants from our neighbor Janelle. Thanks Janelle!
So as soon as it stops raining we will get everything planted........ I hope!
I bless my mother and all mothers around the world.
We are all born out of the energy of Divine Love. Like a million tiny seeds blown across the earth, each of us takes root to grow into a unique expression of the one love that created us.
Whether the seed of my being landed on a soft fertile place or a rocky path, I was created out of love and I am an expression of love. I give thanks for the womb that gave me life and the love that supported my growth. My eyes are opened to see anew all the love I have received. Strong and gentle, liberating and supportive, love has nurtured my growth. Whether the mother who gave me these gifts of love is with me now or not, I send a blessing of loving gratitude to her today.
A hand-held breakfast or lunch is perfect for families on the go. These taste like a quiche but are easier to make and to eat. You can even make them ahead and have them ready to go in minutes.
3/4 cup Milk
1 tbsp honey mustard
1/4 tsp each, salt and pepper
5 cups cubed whole grain bread (about 5 slices)
1 cup shredded Canadian Cheddar, Swiss or Colby cheese
1/2 cup diced deli ham
12 cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick parchment or silicone liners, or butter generously.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in bread, cheese and ham until evenly coated with egg mixture. Spoon into prepared muffin pan, pressing gently and drizzling with any liquid left in bowl. Press 2 tomato halves, cut side up, on top of each muffin.
Bake for about 25 min or until golden and puffed and a knife inserted into the centr comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 min. Remove from pan by running a rubber spatula around edge. Serve hot.
I recently got a #10 can of Freeze Dried Mango Chunks from Emergency Essentials.
I have been looking for other ways to use them besides making smoothies and adding them to my homemade yogurt. Emergency Essentials is a great resource for emergency preparedness products. They are also a great resource for recipes and ideas for using your food storage too.
Here is a recipe I found on their site:
Mango Wheat Bread
1 cup Freeze Dried Mango Chunks- (reconstitute before using)
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Dehydrated Fat Free Milk (Do Not reconstitute)
1/2 cup Sunflower Oil
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" loaf pan.
2.Place mango, water, sugar, milk powder, yogurt and oil in blender. Blend until smooth. them pour into a bowl. In a bowl sift together wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda. Fold flour mixture into mango puree.
3. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 30 to 45 minutes.