weekend reads

I have been hanging out a bit on Instagram this past week or so, which is why the blog has been a little quiet.  I have not really had the head space or the energy to write my thoughts in a particularly coherent manner blog post style, but things are getting back to normal now so here I am! 

my favorite part of my morning ritual before I get stuck into the days work.  

Things have been a little rough here.  It all started when the cat got bitten by a deadly brown snake, (Most likely, they are very common in this area.) and we took her to the vet.  From there we got quoted a $2,500 vet fee, ensue many tears from the boys and I as that kind of cash is simply not in our budget.  With treatment you can't rule out kidney damage from the poison or a reaction to the medication.  I know people who treated their cat for the cat to die anyway from kidney failure.  We also had a cat survive after a snake bite without treatment being nursed at home as a child.  We pondered what to do.  Should we put her down so she doesn't suffer?  or should we give her a chance to recover naturally?  
  
We decided to try the latter, knowing cats are incredibly resilient against snake bites.  I did a bit of reading and found an Australian study that showed a cat left untreated from a brown snake bite has a 75% chance of survival, and with treatment a 90% chance of survival.  I felt much better armed with this information and knowing also that she is a young, fit, healthy cat and we are well into snake season meaning the snakes are generally carrying less venom then at the very beginning.  Though the venom they do carry is just as potent.  She still had some decent muscle strength in her legs considering her ordeal, though her coordination was impaired.  Her breathing was stable and good and her colour good.  We didn't know the time line of her bite, and we were only able to place it at some point within the previous 15hrs.  Apparently, if a cat can survive the first 12hrs, things are looking pretty good.    

Armed with this information under our belt we decided to take her home and nurse her the best we could.  With clear instructions from the vet who reckoned she had a good chance of survival, I began to feel a bit better about our decision.  I gave her 10mls of fluid hrly via a syringe aiming for 100-130mls/day and on the second day I added a high calorie smooth paste in with this.  She was able to toilet herself and we simply took her out to the garden a few times a day.  I'm happy to say that 'Little Puss' survived, and recovered astonishingly quickly.  She is completely back to her old self, has fattened up again nicely.  Though she now looks at me with deep disdain as I was the one to syringe feed her, which she disliked immensely.  I suspect I will never be forgiven for such an undignified act of care.   *eye roll*

If looks could kill.....

Then Angus fell off the monkey bars at school and broke his arm, which required a cast.  Not two days later he accidentally dropped the whole thing in the bath, and despite it being wrapped in plastic. The bag leaked resulting in a dripping wet cast.  Soggy casts are not a great way to heal a broken arm, nor keep the skin intact underneath so off we all went for a late night hour return trip into the hospital.  With all the boys in tow of course as Grant is working huge hours 6 days a week over harvest.  I wont go over the details but it was a very late and stressful night to say the least.  But all is well that end well and I'm very pleased to report that Angus's pain is subsiding now and things are settling down.  

I found some Marvel fabric in my stash which made for a pretty good sling.  

Then there are the opens as we try to sell our little old cottage.  It's fair to say I don't enjoy them, but they are a necessary part of selling.  We have had offers but they are not yet quite at a price we deem as fair, though we are only two weeks in.  We do not have unrealistic expectations of the price of this place, though we do hope for a fair deal for all involved. 

You might remember that a little while ago I chatted about what direction I might be taking this blog in the future.  One thing I talked about was starting a YouTube channel to share our journey as we set up the farm off grid.  So I have made a channel and will start with messing about with a few videos here and there.  They will possibly be poor quality for a little bit, and a bit rough around the edges.  But in the aim of keeping things real and recording our families journey for our own record, this is where they will be.  Sometimes in life we just have to start something, even when we don't know what we are doing!  Much like this blog, which has evolved and changed over time as my skills have improved, and I suspect the YouTube thing will be a similar kind of process.   

So without further ado - here are this weekends reads, I do hope you find something to enjoy.  

A Simple Living Journey YouTube
This is a narrated video tour of our little old cottage.  Its a bit rough, as I have no idea what I'm doing regarding video but in the aim of always keeping it real, bear with me whilst I learn on the job!  Do any of you know a good video editing program?

Family Flourishing on an Urban 1/4-acre Permaculture Plot - Creatures of Place
Gosh I love this family.  Their philosophy is beautiful as is their videography.  (Is that even a word?..)

Being a mindful consumer during holidays
A great post written by Cait Flanders on 20 questions to spark conversations about being a mindful consumer during the holidays.

The homemakers forum
If you would like to join a community of like minded people living simply then check out this forum.  A great place to chat about simple living, or ask any questions about baking, gardening, sewing, budgeting, green cleaning and what not.

Mending shredded jeans
This is a post by Kristen who is the creator of a blog by the name of Cozy Things.  The knitters among you will love especially love this one!  I love this look of this style of mending shredded jeans.  It looks fantastic as well as prolongs the life of the jeans, win-win!

Much Love,
Emma
xx

22 comments

  1. Oh Emma, My goodness! I'm sorry that you've had such a difficult and expensive week. I'm so happy that your cat is recovering. That is wonderful news. I hope you receive an excellent offer on the cottage. I have three brothers, and one of them was always in some sort of cast, so I giggled at your story.

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    1. Well it was not so expensive as we did not actually choose to go down the anti-venom path.

      This is the first broken bone we have had in our house so far. Im glad it brought back memories of your own childhood.

      xx

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  2. Oh poor cat! I am glad she has bounced back. And then your little man and his cast! Never a dull moment!

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    1. She has done exceptionally well. Her recovery was much faster then I imagined it would be.

      And no, apparently there never is a dull moment!

      xx

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  3. I'm glad to hear that both Angus and the cat are on the mend. What a stressful time.
    I hope you will receive a good offer for your cottage very soon.

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    1. Thankyou. Me too. It will be a relief to have some firm plans in place and a time line.

      xx

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  4. My goodness, what a week! I'm so glad your kitty is okay, those unexpected vet bills can be terrible. And your poor little guy (and poor you!!!). Best wishes for a fantastic offer for your cottage. Selling a house is SUCH a stressful process. The house we live in isn't quite my dream house, but selling our last house was such a process that I'm quite content to stay here possibly forever! I truly hope things calm down for you and your family and that it's smooth sailing from here on out!

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    1. It really is! We have sold before, but selling in harvest is just hard work as I'm trying to manage the kids, and getting the house "inspection ready" on time. Especially after only *just* finishing the renos. gah.

      I think we will be living in the yurts for quite a few years. I don't want any hassle any time soon in regard to any of this. I just want to live and enjoy life and relax for a bit.

      xx

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  5. I'm glad you cat was able to pull through and survive. It would have been a terrible time for you all. A broken are at this time of year would not be a lot of fun. Hope it doesnt heat up too much before the cast comes off. Just a little tip. I found cable ties to work wonders at getting to the itchy spots under the cast.

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    1. Poor little fella misses out on school swimming and all kinds of things. Its all a bit sad for him.

      On top of that, yesterday he was stung by a bee and had had quite a bad reaction to it, feeling his throat tighten and began to cough. Antihistamines helped but now we will need to go to the Dr for an action plan on Monday, each time he has been stung (three times now) the reaction has worsened which is frightening. This was by far the worst yet and the swelling is significantly more then the last, and he has never reacted in a way that has affected his breathing before.

      xx

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  6. It must be the time for it as my granddaughter recently fell off the monkey bars at school and fractured her elbow. You have a great amount of information here. Look forward to the you tube. Oh and well done dear cat.

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    1. Oh the poor thing! I hope she heals quickly. It’s awful seeing them upset and in pain.

      Xx

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  7. What a resilient little cat, glad to read she is okay now. I had a peek at your YouTube video, Emma. What a lovely old cottage you have and I adore the painting in your sitting room...a wonderful story to it. Have a lovely weekend. Meg:)

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    1. Thanks Meg!

      She sure is a tough little thing. And somewhat independent....

      Xx

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  8. Oh my goodness you have had a bad run this week. Hope this week is a lot better for your little family xx

    I love your little old cottage Emma! Thank you for sharing the tour with us, I have subscribed to your channel so I can follow along with all your adventures :)

    So amazing how some cats have an immunity to snake bites. My daughter has had her cat recover with no issues, so good that yours is on the mend too. That is one big huge expense from the vet!

    Blessings,
    Tania xxx

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    1. They are really amazing creatures aren’t they?

      Thanks so much Tania, It May take me a while to work it all out. But should be fun!

      Xx

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  9. Life can be one fickle adventure, sometimes. Just when you're making plans, here comes a detour - or four! Get ready, because here comes the marathon. But it's so nice, when things start to settle down again. I'm glad that's the place you're now arriving at. What a precious cup of coffee to stare into, drink and breathe afterwards. I love those particular cups of coffee. They're delicious. May Angus heal like he grows, lol. Fast!

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    1. Isn’t it lovely? Made by a local potter, from local clay. She’s very talented and her work is so organic, simple and beautiful.

      We are not at the settling stage yet. Maybe next week...gah.

      Xx

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    2. She has lovely work, Emma. If you see her again, tell her I said that! I hope she continues to make them.

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  10. Hello Emma ... I have been following along with you on instagram & read a post similar to this & my heart went out to you. Oh how I wished I lived close so I could come & bring you a home cooked meal & help you out for awhile. I know how these times can be overwhelming. I was a single Mum to my boys for a few years & well remember "those moments". I am pleased things are settling for you a bit now. I will pop over to your Youtube channel & take a look shortly. Take care Emma Xxx

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  11. Thank you so much for your kindness.

    When so much of the Internet is filled with drama the blogging world is so lovely.

    Xx

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  12. Yeah kitty cat! She survived! God does make little critters a bit more independent than we humans for healing. Glad you made the right decision. I know vets are crazy-expensive! Glad you survived the broken arm and cast mishap...your little boy is so cute. Andrea

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