A few scary moments

We’ve had a few scary moments with WafflesTheWonderDog since she adopted us from the pound at 12 weeks old.

When she was a baby she’d eat to fast or drink to fast and choke. It used to startle us and scare her into shivers. There have also been many a time in the middle of the night in her crate which is in my room we’d hear her choking. We jump up and get her out and rub her back and tell her its ok. All the while she is shivering in fear looking up at us with more love in her eyes than we ever deserve.

People say they “rescued” their dog from the pound. Well I feel she rescued us. She has brought so much to my family and to our friends. So much enjoyment and love. I can never repay her. We are so lucky she found us and chose us as her family.

We went and saw her one day at the pound. Another lady was interested in her. She spent 2 hours with her. And then I guess she left. We returned to the pound when it opened the next day knowing the puppy maybe gone. I told the children if she’s meant to be with us. She will be there. And there she was! Thank God.

She came out of her cold concrete cage that had been her home since she was 8 weeks old at the shelter and right into our arms full of love and trust like we had always had her. She fit in the palm of one hand. She was 3.5 pounds.

We took her from there to our vet and got a healthy check up. Then went to buy her food, toys, a harness and leash.
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Within the first couple weeks we learned she has food allergies. And they are very similar to my aspie sons allergies. She’s allergic to soy, corn, peanut, and tap water.
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Well that delighted my aspie. Made her an even better friend to him. Waffles also does this reverse sneeze thing that kind of mimics what my son does. And she loves to be carried and cuddled.
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She’s really a great companion and has helped my kids a lot. They now have something they like to care for. They like to teach her tricks. Take her for walks. And watch her kiss our 21 year old Persian cat.

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Its all part of the plan

Many things need to be done for us to be ready to relocate the summer of 2014. We have 17months give or take. But trust me… The time will fly!

Its going to take everyday of the remaining months to prepare. We have many things to get done. We need to down size. Get this house ready to move.

We need to cut back on any financial obligations not absolutely necessary. We have no car payments. So that’s good. We are thinking about selling our RV so we’d lose that payment. Which would not only help us qualify for a home loan, but give us financial wiggle room we will need when we own our home.

This is a bit off task.. But I love this song.

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So today we went to Church then after Church we went to look at the type of car my hubby would like to get. It is all wheel drive. So unlike the Hondas we own it will be able to get around any area with little to no effort.

Also area we are looking into moving to has one Honda dealer in area. So that isn’t to practical when our Honda’s have 150,000 and 280,000 miles on them.

We need cars that will have parts readily available. And be good on dirt.

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This is what we looked at today. Still gets good fuel mileage. Is all wheel drive. Has more clearance than Honda. And there are alot of Subaru dealers there.

I liked it. So now we work on getting the Honda’s ready to sell.

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All in a matter of a moment

Oh boy. I unplugged my hubbys tablet to add my blog to it so he could read it .

Pulse wont let me add it. I tried and tried.  When I gave up I went to plug his tablet back in. I gave the cord a little pull. Well it unplugged.

Its a matter of moving our bed to plug back in. :-/

Well then it dawned on me. Ill plug it into his cell phone charger. Um yup you guessed it. Cord was too short. I gave it a gentle pull. Oopsy unplugged.

It gets better, or worse… I get into truck and my hands free system just beeps. Wont work. I text hubby and this is his response.
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LoL make a list of stuff I broke so far today.. um the days still young!

Now this morning on way to work city tree trimmers were here. Blocking driveway. So I took the scenic route with my truck threw my yard.
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By the time I got home tree guys were in my tree and needed my gate open. I had all sorts of keys couldn’t get gate open.
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I went back out front and asked can you open gate because I sure cant! Guy laughed, jumped gate and struggled with lock for a while. Finally got it open. We need a new lock its all rusted and stuck.

On that adventure I broke a nail.

And as for the list my hubby wanted… Here it is… So far..

Broke a nail
Broken gate lock
Hubby tablet cord unplugged behind bed
Hubby cell cord unplugged behind bed
Hands free system in truck broke
Check sprinklers drove threw yard

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California health facts I’ve researched

Cancer
Women in some California counties are more likely to get breast cancer than women in other counties.

Marin county has the highest rate for both early and late stage tumors.

Imperial county has the lowest rate for early stage tumors.

Lassen, Modoc, Plumas counties are the lowest for later stage tumors.

Differances in population are believed to gave something to do with it.

In California cancer kills more children from birth to age 14 than any other disease.

In 2013 about 144,800 Californians will be diagnosed with cancer.

That’s more than 16 cases of cancer diagnised an hour.

Arthritis
More than 20% of Californian adults have doctor diagnosed arthritis. 5.0 million adults. 3.0 million are women. 2.0 million are men.

6% are 18-44 years old
30% are 45-64 years old
47% are 65-74 years old
53% are age 75+

27% caucasion
29% African american
13% Hispanic

Allergies
Over 5 million Californians have been diagnosed with asthma. Asthma is to blame in atleast 500 deaths a year, 36,000 hospital patients, 145,000 ER or urgent care visits a year.

3.7 million adults 13.7% and 1.7 million children 13.3% in California have asthma.

Among adults 62% have mild asthma, 17% have moderate asthma, 9% have severe asthma.

An asthmatic child misses an average of 2.6 days if school a year due to asthma.

Allergies
Mold, dustmites, cockroaches are very common in most areas of California.

Air quality
More than 146 days a year have unhealthy air conditions. Smog so think you can see it.

We fought to have our aspergers child mainstreamed in California. He received a DX of autism and a suggestion of being put in a special ed class. We fought for him to have the right to be in a class with non autistic children. To learn from them. To mimic them. To better my sons life. And now on passing you can not tell my son has aspergers. If you spend time with him you will see it.

Everything in California you fight for. Everything is a challenge. It is very costly to live here. Air quality is always bad.

After my research I’ve found I’m much more confident in our decision to relocate.

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Montana health facts I’ve researched

 

Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Montana females. It accounts for 33% of all cancers diagnosed in Montana women. Lung cancer 15% and colorectal cancer 11%

Approximately 730 Montana women are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly.

In 2009 the incidence rate of female breast cancer in Montana 129.6 per 100,000 women  was similar to the incidence rate in the US 130.1 per 100,000 women.

In Montana over 60% of breast cancers were diagnosed at localized stage.

Cervical cancer incidence in Montana is low. It accounts for 1% of all dancers in Montana women.

In 2006-2010 32 Montana women were diagnosed with cervical cancer.

In Montana 53% of cervical cancers were diagnosed at the regional or distant stages.

Arthritis

 
212,000 adults have a diagnosis of arthritis.
26% men
32% women
13% ages 18-44
35% ages 45-64
55% age 65+

Of those diagnosed
29% are Caucasian
22% are hispanic
No % for african americans sample size to small

Asthma and allergies

12.4% of Montana adults age 18 and over and 20.9% of high school students have been diagnosed with asthma.

75,000 people in Montana have been diagnosed with asthma.

Approximately 700 hospitalizations are reported with a primary diagnosis if asthma a year.

Approximately 4200 hospitalizations are reported with a secondary diagnosis of asthma.

Hospitalizations are highest for children 0-4 years of age and adults 65+

Allergies
Dustmites, cockroaches are not a common problem in Montana with the elevation and weather. Mold will thrive outside and inside if given a chance.

Air quality
Montana’s air quality studies show they are 98.4% better than the national average.
With 29 days a year with moderate air quality.
And no days with unhealthy air quality.

Montana is very accepting of special needs children and their families. They support mainstreaming.

A much better, healthier place to live and raise a family than California. That’s the end result of my research. 🙂

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What must you have to relocate

FAITH! For without it you will fail.
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The NIV Bible, Hebrews 11:1 Says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Romans 10:10 says ” For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”.

The dictionary says faith is a observance of obligation, a belief in something, a confidence in a thing or person.

The thesaurus says Faith is trust in something. A belief in a higher being.
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I have faith that if we are meant to relocate it will happen. Things will come together. God will provide the path to wherever we belong. That’s what faith means to me.

We’ve gotten very clear signs we do not belong here. This isn’t where we want to be, not where we want to raise our kids.

Prices are very high in southern California especially at the coast. If we stay here we will never own our own home.

People here are always in a rush. They honk a split second after the light changes green and you don’t move. Then they veer around you and yell at you or flip you off. My children have seen things here I didn’t see at their age.

Of course I wasn’t raised here either. I was raised in the mid west. Where people are warm and calm. Not cold and rushed. Where people stop and enjoy the seasons not bitch because its foggy, or windy, or raining. Where people help their friends, their neighbors, their community. Not obstruct their view of reality by being materialistic and turning their head to avoid seeing what’s going on in their world.

I long for a place to call my HOME, a place to raise my kids. A calm place.  A better life for the kids. A better life for their children, when they get married. A better life for my husband and I. Less hostility, less rushed. Smaller class sizes than 41-45 students.
A place that is accepting of kids with special needs. A place where everyone is viewed as a worthy life.

A place that the air isn’t brown everyday with smog, a place with views of things other than my blockwall or my neighbors house, a place where I will hear sounds other than my neighbors dogs, drums or ambulances going to help people that have crashed their cars, a place where my kids might have a Caucasian friend, a place where kids on the way to school don’t have to be paralyzed in fear wondering if today is the day they will get hit by a parent in a rush to get to Los Angeles for work.

A calming, beautiful place with genuine people. Not the fake Californians I live with now. I know very few people without cosmetic improvements. I’m all natural! The way God made me!

I have faith that it will work out. I can feel it. I just need to stay on track and be patient.

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