Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still producing..

The garden is still producing..but is almost gone..this is one of the last baskets of peppers and tomatoes that will be harvested..guess I will make a few runs of salsa from it..

A few more grapes..a few more pints of jelly.

We are planting our fall crops now..Lettuce, cucumbers, mustard greens.. I usually can most of our mustard greens from the fall harvest :)
We have been blessed with a bountiful harvest once again.. Fall is in the air and hunting season is right around the corner.
God is good!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dexcom pictures

 We  had  "higher" bg avg.'s last week...Guess it was a growth spurt..
BG numbers are looking better this week... :)

Figured I would take a picture.. lol

With Isaac being eleven and heading into puberty...and all the growth spurts he will be facing, I am sure his bg's will be even more of a challenge...and his honeymoon phase is slowing down.. But we will stay strong and do the best we can..That's all we can do. I am thankful that God is in control.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A new book to read :)

I got this in the mail this weekend.. :) I plan on starting it as soon as I finish " A Cure For Emma"! So thankful to be able to read/have books on/about type 1 diabetes!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Freezing bell peppers...

 I gathered some more peppers from the garden.. I washed them and removed all the seeds.

 Then I diced them into small pieces..

I place the peppers in freezer bags and put into the freezer.. remove the amount I need for chili,soup,baked beans,etc.-then put the bag back in the freezer.I had 5 quart bags this time.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A cure for Emma!! Another book to read :)

     Glad to have recieved another book in the mail. I am looking forward to reading it. Thankful that some of the proceeds will go to research for Type 1 diabetes * Dr. Faustman's Lab!!! :)

Copied from To help facilitate the cure for Type 1 diabetes, we would like to directly support the remarkable efforts of Boston's MGH Director of Immunobiology and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School — Dr. Denise Faustman — who has already cured mice of this disease and is proceeding forward with human clinical trials! A percentage of every book sold will go towards the incredible advancements of Dr. Faustman's Lab. For more information on Dr. Faustman's work please visit her website

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Another low :(

37 yesterday !!!!!!  (after swimming shortly after lunch)

Isaac had a bg of 35 last week(prior post).... He has never been in the 30's before this!! Hope to never see numbers this low again!!!  :(  Honeymoon Phase..I believe it needs another name! His insulin needs have increased the last month...then I guess his pancreas decided to start working a little harder the last week - so we have raised some of our I:C ratio's.

Football season is in full swing!! Doing bg's before/during/after..going pretty well.

Where is the time going! ? 

Thankful for my many blessings :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Canning vegetable soup :)

We had Homecoming at our church yesterday and I had plenty of beans and corn left over so I decided to add all the extra's in and make a run of veg. soup. I canned 9 quart jars today. I added beans, corn, garlic, chicken broth, cabbage, carrots, onions, salt, pepper and potatoes. After I simmer this mixture in a large canner I put it out into my jars and put the lids/rings on them and put into pressure cooker and cook on 10lbs. of pressure for one hour. I usally make veg. soup from scratch and serve it that day but having some canned makes for a quick meal. When I open a jar I also add some cheese/milk as I am heating it up and serve with cornbread :) It is a chilly day here.. You can "feel" fall in the air..this soup sure will taste good when the snow is flying..
Thankful for all of my many blessings.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lowest Low!!!!

Well..One low that Isaac had this week had a new symptom...his legs from the knee's down were tingly...
Then last night his bg was 237 apx. three hours after supper. I gave his bolus after supper per endo..he was a little low before supper..(They say if he has a low within one hour before a meal to give insulin after eating..(prob. why he was high) I gave the suggested correction bolus of .9 His ISF is 125... Within 50 minutes Isaac's bg was 35....He dropped over 200 pt's.!.dizzy, shaky, tingly in the lower extremities...I figure by the time the glucose kicked in it went even lower than that.. The lowest he has been in the past was 43..He had 15 g-C of gel glucose...3 glucose tablets and a granola bar...He never went above 153 after those uncoverd carbs. (apx.48g) I thought he may go alot higher.!
His insulin needs have been higher the last few weeks...I figured his honeymoon was starting to go away..
All I wanted to see was arrows rising on the cgm and bg's going up..he was up to 52 after about the first 8 minutes..didn't wait 15 min. for the recheck... then he was 99 after about 9 more minutes....
Isaac asked what would happen if he passed out...I told him that I would have given him the glucagon shot..
He was suprised when the meter showed 35.*.The dexcom went from 118 to 81 with double arrows we were going to do a soon as we got the stuff ready he was starting to feel the low.
He said his legs didn't usually feel shaky..just his arms..but this time his legs were really shaky also..he said that is how he can tell a higher/low from a lower/low..(now-I guess).I hope he never feels like that again... He said that he felt TERRIBLE..the worst he had ever felt..
I just thank God that we made it through..

Friday, August 12, 2011

More food preservation :)

 I gathered some more tomatoes, sweet banana peppers and green bell peppers from the garden.
 I remove the core/seeds then dice the peppers into small pieces.
 I freeze them and use them as needed in soups/chili/baked beans/etc..
I also made some pizza sauce. Guess I will make several more jars to use up the rest of the tomatoes.....before I need to gather them again :0)
Blessed with a wonderful harvest. So thankful to be able to put up our own homegrown food!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

USPS Delivery... :)

I was so excited to receive this book in the mail today... I went to the link from Amy's blog to order this (her) book!!! I can't wait to start reading it :) Hopefully I will start on it at football practice today..

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Goofing off with cousins...

We received our "Disney-Coco" book from Stephanie yesterday :) Sarah is reading it in this video. Isaac is doing a "trick" and Savannah must be his assistant...LOL
My sisters three girls and my three boys are really close...They have always lived close to each and are together almost every day and are almost like brother/sister..fight like it sometimes Thankful for loving family...They would do anything for each other.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


 Glad to have finished canning the last of the corn this weekend.. I also put several bags of corn on the cob in the freezer and left a few in the garden to eat on this week.
  Jacob made blueberry whole wheat pancakes and bacon for breakfast Saturday morning :)
Also glad that the pool is finally we just need to bring the deck on out to meet the pool and add smooth pebbles around the outside edge of the pool.

With all this canning some household chores need caught really need to get in the laundry room..

Still have some tomatoes left to can and peppers to freeze, but the harvesting is almost over..We will dig potatoes at the end of September. I hope to get the house pressure washed/outside doors/window trim painted and the decks restained*And a small retaining wall built along the edge of the parking on our driveway.We will start back to school next week also.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Our Endo visit this week.

 Marty and Isaac trying to aggravate me by NOT smiling for the picture..
 They decided they would take some pictures and got some wild ideas..

I like to take the pictures..not be in them..LOL
 Especially when the pictures turn out like this..
 Boy..this looks terrible..I really shouldn't even post this it is so ugly..... LOL
Atleast they had a little fun waiting!
 Isaac's room this time was decorated with lots of wilderness animals..A plus...Passed  more time looking at the border with all the animals...many of them he hunts..(deer,coyote,rabbit,bear and so on.)
 Isaac passing time taking a picture of a bear picture in the room..
 Hurry up and wait some more..who's next...
CPNP, Diabetes nurse, nutritionist, phlebotomist....etc...
 We stopped on the way down to Knoxville at Bass Pro shops and picked up the boys a few shirts. Isaac went ahead and put his on... it was a little large.. :)
OK..Can we get out of here now!!!

Overall they said everything looked really good...
His AIC was 6.9%  :)
Thankful for a good/safe trip.

Enjoying ice cream :)

 Oh yes we did..

 After several hours at a very hot football practice and scrimmage an ice cream cone sounded like a good idea..

*Dive into that chocolate ice cream Isaac :)
I swagged the ice carb count at the local owned shop... :) How many carbs would you guess? A little bit of the ice cream is already missing in the picture.
I guessed 55gC. We will see how I did in a little while...Looked like about 1 and a half cups of soft serve plus the cone...
 Abram had the choc./vanilla swirl. Abram and Isaac had football practice earlier.
 Jacob also had chocolate.
 He received a few bumps/bruises at his football scrimage. 2 other players went to the hospital.. One for stitches and the other for an ACL tear.
I decided on chocolate also..

UPDATE: The past three hours Isaac's bg hasn't went over I must have guessed the exercise helped out I'm sure.. Whatever it is ..I will take it and be glad of it...  :)

Canning Salsa

Dice up 5 cups of bell peppers.

 Dice up 5 cups of onion.
 I put my tomatoes it hot water for a few minutes until the skin splits then I remove them and let them cool and peel the skins from them. (Ten cups of peeled/diced tomatoes)
 I also add 1 1/4 cups of apple cider vinegar, 3 tsp. salt, 2 Tblsp. of cilantro, 2 hot peppers,(u can add none or up to 2 cups..depends on your taste. lol),1 Tblsp. of hot sauce, 2 Tblsp. of sweetner and a bit of garlic. Bring this to a boil-then place into canning jars.

I process mine on ten pounds of pressure for 15 minutes.

 For salsa/pickles I reuse glass jars from other foods. It works fine.
Taste pretty good.

More corn that I gathered and have been canning also.
(around 100 jars so far)

I enjoy canning/putting up the food that we have grown. :)  It gets BUSY during peak harvest time, but so worth it.
Blessed by God :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First canning of corn (this year-lol)

 We picked about a small amount of our corn and shucked it.
 I then wash the corn and remove all the "silk".
 After that I cut the corn off the cob. (My camera reset itself with a crazy date again.)
 I feed the cob to local wildlife or goats/hogs/cows when we have them.
 Then you place/pack corn into jars and add salt. If you are using a pint jar you add 1/2 tsp. if you are canning in quarts you use 1tsp. Then fill the jars with water.
 Add rings/lids onto jars and place into your canner. I add two quarts of water into the bottom of the canner and put the lid on..wait until steam is coming out of the top hole really well and place the "jiggler" on ten pounds of pressure and process for 35 minutes.( I start the stove on high and gradually have it turned down to medium by the time it is ready to turn off.)
Monday night and Tuesday I worked up the corn and canned 40 jars..We still have lots of corn to harvest..It did really well this year. I leave the jars on my table for 24 hours and then I remove the rings and wash the jars and place them onto shelves in my laundry room.
I am so thankful for this bountiful harvest and for the health to be able to do something with it :)