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Frustratedearthmother's Journaling Journey

Discussion in 'Member's "Self Sufficient Living" Journals' started by frustratedearthmother, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    Lazy Gardener

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    Knowing that Hubby is an RN will go a long ways to ensuring that your MIL gets the care and attention that she deserves. Knowledge is power. This should not be the case: Every resident should be treated with compassion and dignity. But, we all know that the should be's are not always the are's.
     
  2. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:12 PM
    NH Homesteader

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    Oh I'm with you on kicking the chickens put of the barn. I have zero patience with chicken poop everywhere!

    Don't blame you on not going, your DH has it under control. Hope you have more kids soon!
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2019 at 3:46 PM
    frustratedearthmother

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    That would be nice!
    Agree. My mom and dad were in a great place with a really hefty price. Even paying what they paid it wasn't perfect - but it was darn close. The care givers were awesome...my dad would grab and kiss their hands when they would interact with him. He loved the attention!

    Yep - he sent me a pic of the pricing....gulp. Still less than what my parents paid - but his mom doesn't have the income that my parents had. Looks like she's gonna be a grand short every month. She has some savings and if we can get some folks (including us) to chip in a little we can probably keep her there for a bit over a year. After that it will have to be Medicare and a Nursing home. She will have exhausted all her funds (and some of ours) by then and there won't be any other choice. :( Or we can start with a nursing home and not have to move her twice. I dunno…. I HATE THIS!

    The worst part is that DH's dad had tons of money during parts of his life. He was an oil lawyer during the oil boom days and made TONS of money. They had several houses and went to Europe every year and other lavish vacations - but do you think he saved a flipping cent or set up any kind of retirement account....nope. He spent it all. My poor MIL who lives on very limited funds didn't deserve this.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2019 at 11:05 PM
    frustratedearthmother

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    We’ve had a gorgeous day! Absolutely gorgeous!
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    I’ve been outside all day. I got a lot of things done in the barn, and have some very pi$$ed off chickens! They can’t get to any of the places that they want to roost. As soon as it gets kinda dark I’ll try moving them to the other shed. Might take a couple days but I think I can convince them that they’ve got a new home. :fl
     
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  5. Jan 13, 2019 at 1:11 AM
    NH Homesteader

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    That is so sad. I'm sorry for all of you.

    Um, what's all the green? Where's the white? Lol it'll be a while (months) before I see green grass again! Did you get those chickens sorted?
     
  6. Jan 13, 2019 at 1:19 AM
    frustratedearthmother

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    Thanks...it'll work out one way or another.

    Our green might be going away....we're supposed to get (maybe) a freeze next week - but who knows? If so my green will probably turn brown. I don't want any of that white stuff!

    Got about half of 'em moved to the shed - and about half of those went back to the barn - but there's no place to roost, lol. Stoopid chickens. It'll take a few days before they figure it out.
     
  7. Jan 13, 2019 at 1:35 AM
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    The day we locked ours out of the barn they all tried to sleep in front of the barn door . On the ground. Very smart chickens, really lol. Pretty easy to reset them to the coop though
     
  8. Jan 13, 2019 at 1:53 AM
    frustratedearthmother

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    Nobody will give 'em an award for brains that's for sure! I used to have some that would roost outside on the fence no matter how bad the weather was... hurricanes, freezes... didn't matter. They weren't coming offa that fence.
     
  9. Jan 13, 2019 at 2:34 AM
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    Chickens are not easy to REtrain. Once there, they are "THERE". I find penning totally -- a closed run, no free range, for a month or so is what it normally takes for most. Also, destroy or make inaccessible the last fav place.

    I've been able to retrain a few by moving them EACH night to the new roost. Most comply after a few weeks. Lotta work.

    That's how most large free range farm tractors work...roost & wake up in new spot but, bed is there. :D Most like to remain within site of their roost area.

    NH yours were waiting for that door to open back up!
     
  10. Jan 13, 2019 at 2:47 AM
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    I've done this several times and yes, it does take a little effort. But, they eventually get the hint. It helps that their old roosting place is unavailable. I don't expect ALL of them to get the message the first time...but some will and they will be the examples for the others. I don't mind the work for a few days. :)
     

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