Monday, June 29, 2009
I am having a huge 4th of July inventory clearance sale, in my Etsy store. Buy one item get 20% off, buy two items get 25% off total order, plus free shipping. Hurry sale ends July 6th at midnight. Payment with Paypal, and did I mention free shipping! Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6007466 to see all my great items. Be sure to check out the 14k gold blue diamond ring. Christmas is coming, layaway now.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Honey Pineapple Chicken:
3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tbsp canola oil
1 can unsweetened crushed pineapple undrained
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
In a skillet brown chicken in oil in batches, on both sides. Transfer to your slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients, pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, until chicken is no longer pink. Strain pan juices, reserve the pineapple to serve over the chicken.
This is one of my favorite recipes. I do add a little garlic to make it more salty, to go with the sweet side of it. Have a great day, everyone.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So I went to their website, and took their short survey, solutions center and found that they offer a special food for excessive shedding. The food contains vital nutrients, like vitamins, and enzymes, to help solve your dog's particular problem. It was a bit pricy at 118 dollars, but it did come in a 2 gallon container, so it certainly would last a long time, about 90 days according to the website, for a 60-75 pound dog.
They have all kinds of customer testimonials, on their website. People who are very satisfied with their dog food, and the results they got from using their dog food. They also sell other products, such as dog shampoo, and various treats any dog would love.
So if you have a dog, and he, or she, seems to shed excessively, itch constantly, or smell bad despite visiting the vet, and trying all kinds of products, then Dinovite might just be worth it for you to try. Click on any of the links provided, or the green visit my sponsor badge to go to their website, and check out all their great products.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1- Lawyers should not be allowed to have commercials trolling for clients. Every single time there is even a whiff of something with a medication, or instrument, they are trolling for customers. I think we can agree most people would know how to sue, without constant commercials asking them if they used this, or took this, or did this happen to them. These lawyers are making a killing, because even if the case never goes to trial, and is settled out of court which most are, they are still getting at least 30% of the settlement amount. I am still waiting for the Zicam ads to start.
2- Doctors need to be doctors, and do what doctors do. Physicians assistants should be banned. I do not see any reason for someone who goes to school for less than two years sometimes, to be allowed to write prescriptions for medications. I will not even see a PA, they just push drugs on you. Doctors need to spend more time with their patients. Come on now, you charge 180 dollars for a 15 min visit, if you even see them that long. Most times it is in, and out so fast, the patient can not discuss anything if they want to. If they think of something later, and call the office, you will most likely talk to the secretary, or maybe the nurse. These are all things that increase risk, and thereby increase the chance for lawsuits. If you don't want to be charged high malpractice rates, then decrease your risk. I heard a different Dr several times this week, state on TV, that they order tests that are not needed, because they are afraid to be sued. I am sorry I thought all procedures had to be justified, for the insurance company to cover them, so what the pt is stuck paying for them? Come on this is absurd.
3- The public needs to be informed, and educated, but not crazy. No one is perfect. Anytime you have a procedure done, or put a medication in your body, you are taking a risk for a side effect, or untoward event to occur. That does not mean it was malpractice. You need to learn about everything you have done, or take, and decide to assume the risk. If you did not ask the doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other information source, and then something happens, you are part of the responsibility. Now obviously there are cases of gross negligence, and malpractice that the public has no control over, those are lawsuits, that should be brought.
4- Facilities that provide medical care, need to provide proper staffing ratios, proper training, and machines in good working order. Now this does not mean you need to spend billions buying new equipment every year, but it should be properly maintained, and in good working order. There are already laws on the books for this, but I think we can agree it doesn't mean it is followed, or enforced. Nurses often work with staffing numbers that are inadequate, and sometimes pushed into areas they are not trained, or comfortable with. I especially call on Mr Obama to change the ratios for nursing homes. Right now one nurse can have 30 patients on the first two shifts, and 40 on the night shift. One CNA, can have up to 19 patients, on the night shift. Now I am not saying I am against working hard, however to reduce risk of malpractice, you need to remove the risk. Having 30-40 patients is a risk, believe me, to everyone. The hospitals have more reasonable ratios, or at least they used to. It was based on acuity, and staffed as such. However with a nursing shortage, it may be short staffing there as well. Having nurses who are forced to work double shifts, short staffing, and in a highly stressful environment you can see how mistakes can happen. Some facilities have excellent competancy classes, each year, to be sure their staff is up to date, on new information, and skills. Others are not as good, and they increase the risk for everyone else, there by increasing the malpractice insurance for all. Nurses also need to know their Nurse Practice Act, and be willing to stand their ground, for what is safe, correct, and best for the patient, nurse, and facility.
I think medical malpractice insurance, should be based on a facility, or medical practice, on a base by base situation. If a Dr has low scores in all the things a DR should do to maintain being a good doctor, then they should pay more. If a Dr has higher scores, with very little risk mounted up, then they should pay less. Same goes for facilities. I do think there should be a cap on certain types of lawsuits, so that suing will be discouraged rather than encouraged. I think lawyers should be limited to how much money they can spend on advertising to troll for malpractice clients.
If we do not get some of the risk removed from health care, and bring down costs, who is to say it will not go the way of the housing bubble. One day it will just become too much, and explode. Then what will happen? I hate to even think about it. Health care is a team effort including, doctors, nurses, patients, and facilities, and everyone has a responsibility to each other.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
For the 2009/2010 school year:
Environment of the local region
The insect world
The reptilian world
Plants and animals of the past
Structure of plants
Balance of nature
Causes of seasons
Earth and its history
Oceans and the hydrosphere
Air and water pollution
Magnets and electricity
Light and color
S0lar system and the universe
Living in space
Personal and mental hygiene
The body and its functions
Skeletal and muscular systems
Care and proper use of the body
Principles of digestion
Basic food groups
Good nutrition habits
Reading and writing numbers
Roman numerals to C I still have not found lessons for roman numerals
Prime numbers less than 100
Decimal and fraction equivalents
Addition and subtraction to seven places
Multiplication and division
1,2, and three digit multiplication
1,2, and 3 digit division
Meaning of mixed numbers
Finding simple averages
Customary and metric measurements
Time to the second
Charts and graphs
Reasons for our laws
Climatic regions of the world
Using a globe
Silent and oral reading
Making and accepting simple social introductions
Summarizing simple information
Short stories, chapter books, poetry
Increase dictionary skills- vocab words
Writing letters and informal notes
Written and oral book reports
Developing skills in locating information
Developing encyclopedia skills
Utilizing parts of a newspaper
Parts of speech
Continuation of writing skills
Book 1, 2, and three
Art: I bought a book this year, plus we will continue with interesting stuff I find online. Crafts not so much, but some with his sister.
Music: Looking at a book, and I can play piano.
I have not added my reading list yet, because I have not decided it yet. I have looked at several options, and am leading towards kids books related to history, for this year. DJ reads all the time, so reading is not really an issue for him. Does not really need to be structured, or specific.
Our 3rd grade evaluation is set for August 23rd at 11:30 AM. If anyone is in the Gilchrist County, Florida area and needs an evaluator, contact me and I will give you the info of mine, she is great.
Tomorrow I go back to health care reform.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
He very clearly said that under his reform, Health Insurance companies will no longer be able to refuse coverage, due to pre-existing conditions. Wow it is about time! What sucks more than paying hundreds of dollars per month, for a service, and then being denied that service? These insurance companies spend countless hours, days, and months trying to deny you the coverage you have been paying for. Now with that said, if you have health issues, refuse to follow your doctors plan of care, or choose to live a lifestyle that is reckless, and dangerous, then you should pay more for your insurance, but not be denied care. Most people do not even know they have a pre-existing condition until they are diagnosed. So that is just a load of crap, in itself, and one more way for the insurance companies to boost their profits. I am unsure of when companies started implementing the pre-existing condition rule, because it was not always like that, but it sure started a rapid decline in the health care industry. I know of a lot of people, who not only could afford insurance, but also had insurance, and they dropped it because they were paying for something that they were never getting to get any good use of. No, in case anyone is wondering, I do not care what it does to health insurance companies. They have been screwing the American people for years, and getting away with it. It is about time they pay their dues. Stay tuned for more in the coming days. I will be covering Torts, and lawyers in the next post.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Now to my recent irritation about the health care reform debate. Fox News, who I normally enjoy watching, is really making health care reform, their political talking points. I am actually quite tired, of how ignorant, and crass they are about the whole thing. Their recent irritation to me, was this poll they supposedly did asking people who were already insured if they were happy with their current insurance. I forgot the exact percentage, it was high, of those happy. Well duh, number one they usually only poll 1,000 people give or take a few, and why would you not be happy if you already have coverage. Some said it was too expensive, and sometimes coverage is not so great, but over all happy. Would anyone expect that to be any different? If you have insurance you do not have to worry about an accident, major illness, surgery, or injury to make your life a catastrophic event. They will pay the copay, and deductible, but it surely will not cost them thousands of dollars, lose their home, car, credit, credibility, possibly job, etc. Come on Fox, get with the program. We need universal health care for everyone, plain and simple. Stop with your increased tax BS, and have a little compassion for your fellow American.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Pizza actually is good for you, if you eat just one slice. We have actually stopped ordering out, sorry Pizza Hut but your prices just do not fit our budget anymore, and make our own pizza. That alone will cut your fat content way down. Have you ever noticed when you eat pizza, that you order out, it is covered in grease. Now you can take a paper towel and soak up some of that grease, but we just make our own. When we make our own pizza we use part skim milk mozzarella cheese, no fat is never an option, sorry it tastes like cardboard, then instead of pepperoni which I love, or sausage we use chicken or ground turkey. By the way did you know ground turkey, when cooked, tastes just like sausage meat? It really does, minus all the fat. You can elimate the meat all together, but it does add a good amount of protein so we usually leave it on. Then we add pineapple, red peppers, onions, and garlic. If you are really brave you can buy whole wheat pizza crust, which I love, but my family says it has a different taste.
So that is how we transform an unhealthy, greasy pizza into something healthy, and yummy. Happy Friday, everyone. By the way if you would like to increase your friends to your blog, and get some blog love, join our Blogging For Fun group, by clicking on the green Blogging For Fun box.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
So should it be a single paying source, ie the government? For me the easy answer is yes. Because, if the system is left the way it is, those who can afford the higher priced insurance will always get the better doctors, and better care. Please do not deny this is true. It most certainly is. Doctors can refuse any patient they want, out of the hospital setting, if they do not want to be paid what a particular insurance wants to pay them. So if you do not want a single paying source, and want to keep private insurance, than the only other option I can see is that there is a flat standard fees charged, and paid, for all services, no matter what insurance you have. This will eliminate the doctors refusing certain insurances, and will also cut back the increasing cost of health care over all. Believe me when I say, and if you have ever had medicaid, or been uninsured you know this is true, there are doctors that take the uninsured, and or medicaid and are not so energetic doctors. Sorry, but it is true. Not all of them obviously, but it is a sad state of health care in this country. This is unfair, not only to taxpayers, but to the uninsured or underinsured. If you think people with medicaid get only the best treatment, and all treatment they need, you do not know the truth. I have no problem with private insurance, but it should be fair, and balanced to everyone.
It will be interesting to me, to see what happens with all of this. Obama is determined to have health care for all by October. With no real plan yet put forward, it is kind of a scarey time right now, for everyone involved in health care.
What do you think about keeping private insurance, having a single paying source, or having both in some fashion? How do you think it could, or should work, so it is fair to everyone, both in cost, and coverage?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As I stated yesterday, these will be multi posts, covering every angle, and topic. I hope to have many participants, with a wide point of view. Please stick to each topic, even if you are passionate about another topic. I promise we will get to them all. Each post will stay for about two days, so hopefully everyone gets a chance to participate. I accept all comments, and points of view. I realize this is a hot, and touchy subject, please be respectful to everyone elses point of view.
OK so to start with, lets just discuss your view of healthcare in general. I would love to hear from others from out of the US, as well. Do you have health insurance, or does your country provide healthcare to you? Do you feel the system, as it is, is fair, and available to all? Do you feel it is affordable? If you pay for your health care, do you feel the price and coverage is fair to what you pay? What is you overall view of healthcare in your country?
So let me answer first. First off, I have been uninsured, underinsured, and insured. I have seent the wonderful, good, bad, and ugly side of healthcare in the US. I have been on medicaid, had just so so insurance, and currently have excellent insurance. My overall feelings toward healthcare in the US, at this point and time, is it sucks. I have not always felt that way. I am not a Democrat, and I am not a Republican, so I can honestly see both sides of the argument. However I believe, every US citizens deserves good, and affordable healthcare, not just the wealthy, or those with a good job that has it. Now I will not go into the details of how we get there. Not yet, just your feelings on healthcare in general for today.
So, what say you?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Lesson Plans for 6/09/09:
Early release day
Language Arts: Compound sentences, word order, poetry time
Math: Division with remainders
Science: Our changing earth
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tomorrow is a half day and we will be finishing up the Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, division with remainders, multiplication, and arts and crafts.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
This is so cool. I learned about this on another blogger's site, about two weeks ago. If I could remember the blog, I could tell you. Regal Cinemas all across the country, have been offering free movies, during the summer, since 1999. Did you know about this? I certainly did not. They are free, starting the first week of June, at 10AM on Tuesday, and Wednesday. They have theaters all over the country, just type in your state, to find the closest one to you, and what movies they will offer. We will be trying this out the week of 6/16 when my husband is on vacation. This great deal only lasts until the first week of August, so be sure to take advantage of it. Have a great Saturday, everyone.
Friday, June 5, 2009
First let me say, this was kind of hard for me to just pick five favorites. I love to read, and read every day various things. I read blogs, news, homeschool info, resources, nursing education I read, and read, and read. But, for a book to be said to be a favorite of mine it must meet two criteria. One, it must keep me on the edge of my seat, and two it must move me to think, or feel for the character in the book. I do not read romance, or self help, they just never seem to do it for me. If I start a book, and find it boring, or undersirable, I will not finish it. In school, I used to skim read, very fast, so many of the books were boring. Here are my top five favorites:
1- Intensity by Dean Koontz. This is still ranked number one for me, and has not lost its spot yet. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat the whole time. If you want to read about a young lady, who is as crazy as her captor, this is the book for you.
2- The Green Mile, by Stephen King. I have read many King books, but this one is by far my favorite. It both moved me, and made me thing about prison, guilt, innocence, and sacrifice. If you have not read it I recommend it.
3- The Davinci Code by Dan Brown- another book that made me think, in many different ways, about religion, life, power, and control of society. I think many people have read this book.
4- When Rabbit Howls- this is actually a older book, one I read many years ago. It may have been updated, I am not sure. I had to read it twice because it was so intense, and moving. This book will move you.
5- A Child Called It, by David Peltzer I have actually read all three in this series. David is an amazing man, who will move you to tears. He overcame a lot to become the person he is today. A true story, and definitely worth the read.
I have to mention the Odd Thomas series, by Dean Koontz. Koontz is known for having bizarre, and often violent stories. The Odd Thomas series, is an endearing, and loving character series. There are currently four of them, with more to come. If you have not read them, I recommend them.
Also I have to mention James Patterson. While none of his books moved me enough to make my top five, he is an amazing writer. I have never read one I did not like, or found boring. The same goes for John Grisham, his book A Time To Kill would have been there, if I made it top six. This book moved me, and touched me in many ways.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Lesson Plans for 06/04/09:
Math: Division patterns, multiplication
Writing: Concepts of a paragraph
Language Arts: Sentence practice, Capital City
Spelling: Lesson 34- put your spelling words in alphabetical order
Vocabulary: Lesson 34- Write each vocabulary word and meaning two times each
School ends on June 10th, all days are 1/2 days that week.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We are learning all about rocks, and the rock cycle this week. My son already knows a great deal about gemstones, from learning it from me. However, there is something called a rock cycle. While this is only covered minutely in our Science book for this year, I found a whole bunch of supplemental videos on the subject. These are great, watch them if you get a chance. I am amazed at how much I forgot about Earth Science, I think I took that in 9th grade LOL, a long time ago.
Lesson Plans for 06/03/09:
Math: Multiply 3 digit numbers, division with remainders
Writing: Concepts of a paragraph
Social Studies: Serve it up economics
Spelling: Lesson 34- Write each spelling word, and circle the vowels
Vocabulary: Lesson 34-Use each vocabulary word in a sentence
Language Arts: Sentence practice, sound search
Monday, June 1, 2009
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Lesson Plans for 06/02/09:
Math: Multiply three digits, division
Science: Custom and metric measurements, rock detectives
Writing: You found a new rock species
Language Arts: Run on sentences, rhyme time
Spelling: Lesson 34- write each spelling word two times each
Vocabulary: Lesson 34- look up the definition for each word
PE: 30 minutes