Heat Wave

Temp: 26F

Wind: SE 5

Sky: Partly cloudy

After several days of subzero temps, today feels almost balmy! I could even faintly smell melting snow. It won’t last for long though, as light snow moves in tonight followed by subzero again. Some fresh snow is welcome as all the old animal tracks are faded.

A couple loud crows overhead. A very persistent downy woodpecker. I haven’t heard the owls for several weeks. Maybe they’ve moved on.

I read about 4 whooping cranes found shot in Oklahoma at the start of sandhill crane hunting season. Wisconsin, not known for its intelligence, is considering a sandhill crane season also. The opposition to it is that hunters won’t be able to distinguish between whooping and sandhill cranes. Thank you Oklahoma for providing the needed evidence.

Evenings are too long. I want to be active after work, but the cold and dark keep me inside. I struggle to find things to do that keep me on my feet. Quiet things, as honey started taking an hour long nap in the evening. I am alone as usual.

Thoughts this morning focused on healthcare. Remembering a time when you’d go to the doctor and they’d be like let’s take care of that problem. Now, it’s ‘this is what’s wrong. It’s up to you to treat it.’ Specifically? I have a build up of wax in my ear. They tell me I have wax in my ear. They tell me to use olive oil. Buy a debrox kit. Use hydrogen peroxide. Flush with warm water. Well Ive tried all that. Many many times. I can’t look into my own ear to see what’s going on. One would think a doctor would help. But no. So here I sit with a partially plugged ear that rings nonstop. I’ve probably damaged my eardrum for all I know. Probably have an ear infection, but doctor can’t tell because I have wax in my ear. Try olive oil, debrox kit, hydrogen peroxide. Repeat.

 

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3 weeks ago

Gosh.  There was a time when I was taking a certain anti-depressant (which didn’t work) that made me build up earwax like the Great Wall.  I would go in, they would put some oil in my ear and make me keep it in there for 3 days (with the attractive cotton ball in it), then they would take warm water and peroxide and remove the … bricks.  Now, whenever I take a shower I make sure the hot water goes into my ears to loosen up whatever’s in there for “easy” removal.

I’m so sorry you are suffering.

And I’d LIKE to make those who kill the wrong cranes or even cranes at all, do some suffering.

3 weeks ago

“I read about 4 whooping cranes found shot in Oklahoma at the start of sandhill crane hunting season. Wisconsin, not known for its intelligence, is considering a sandhill crane season also. The opposition to it is that hunters won’t be able to distinguish between whooping and sandhill cranes. Thank you Oklahoma for providing the needed evidence.”

OMG!  This just breaks my heart!  The  (Consumnes River Preserve) is about 50 miles south of where I live, and it’s over 50,000 acres of wildlife habitat supporting wildlife, including birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway.  And of course — thousands of sandhill cranes arrive in California’s Central Valley each September after breeding in Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to that, a smaller group of cranes breed and nest in northeastern California from October through February.  Sandhill cranes are currently considered endangered species in California, as their numbers are declining due to habitat loss.  They are so graceful!  I took the grandkids down there several times so we could watch them come in, flying low & making their iconic rusty gate calls.

A sandhill crane season?  What’s the matter with those people?  What is this world coming to, that there would be a season on an endangered species?  It just doesn’t bear thinking about!  There doesn’t seem to be a national sandhill crane organization, dedicated to preserving and protecting these amazing birds, but there needs to be!

I wish you lived out here –  I have an amazing ENT who would never tell you to DIY your ear wax!  Maybe you are going to the only iconoclastic ENT in your area — are there any others?  Who might be more proactive for their patients?