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After cutting the grass over the weekend, the mole burrows are more evident. I wish I could get rid of those pests. Now if it would freeze hard here for a week or so, they would die, but not happening. I suppose if that happened, everyone would freak out as their water pipes would bust like in the late 1980's when Houston had a hard freeze. It was good to be a plumber back then!

Tree trimming is next on the agenda and then fertilize the grass. Checking out sprinkler system too.
AJA, I think you are in Texas so don't know if this works in your area or is even available there. There's a product called Grubex that is put on the lawn to kill the grubs. The moles are after grubs and other insects in the lawn. I thought it effective longer but think I just read that it's good for 4 months. I don't use it, our yard too big plus we have a creek. I'm not into many chemicals.

I use to have a dog that would stand quietly and listen for the moles. Then would rear up on her hind legs and slam her nose into the tunnels trying to catch them. Think she only ever caught one but was funny to see.
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I'm going to lay low and stay inside putzing, will have to water the outside plants soon - the Santa Ana winds are picking up and it is frickin' hot already outside and bone dry.

It has been a good day to wash windows on the shady side of the house. Done now. Too hot.
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AJA, I think you are in Texas so don't know if this works in your area or is even available there. There's a product called Grubex that is put on the lawn to kill the grubs. The moles are after grubs and other insects in the lawn. I thought it effective longer but think I just read that it's good for 4 months. I don't use it, our yard too big plus we have a creek. I'm not into many chemicals.

I use to have a dog that would stand quietly and listen for the moles. Then would rear up on her hind legs and slam her nose into the tunnels trying to catch them. Think she only ever caught one but was funny to see.
Yes, we are in the area north of Houston. I'll look into Grubex, thanks. Our dog sniff the trails and then lifts his leg and whizzes in the area. great dog, eh?
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I use to have a dog that would stand quietly and listen for the moles. Then would rear up on her hind legs and slam her nose into the tunnels trying to catch them. Think she only ever caught one but was funny to see.
We used to have a cat that did that. I would see her sitting in the lawn, staring intently at the ground. At some point, she would get very alert and paw at a spot in the grass. At that point, I would plunge a pitchfork into the ground at that spot and almost invariably killed a mole. Very impressive what some animals can hear.
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Started the morning with a very nice walk with the pooch at La Jolla shores beach. Came home to find email from an illusive vacation rental landlord confirming we could rent his apartment. Yay! Booking was interrupted by a call from younger sons gym teacher telling me there was a basketball accident. This was followed in short order by a call from the school nurse suggesting I pick him up and get his elbow xrayed.

So the next 3 hours were spent at Kaiser's ER to confirm he had a broken elbow and get his temp cast till he sees orthopedics tomorrow. Looks like he's out the rest of basketball season (3 or 4 more weeks) and will not be playing baseball as planned. I notified both coaches.

If this year continues on this way we'll have reached max out of pocket for our HSA plan by April or May.

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interrupted by a call from younger sons gym teacher telling me there was a basketball accident. This was followed in short order by a call from the school nurse suggesting I pick him up and get his elbow xrayed.

So the next 3 hours were spent at Kaiser's ER to confirm he had a broken elbow and get his temp cast till he sees orthopedics tomorrow. Looks like he's out the rest of basketball season (3 or 4 more weeks) and will not be playing baseball as planned. I notified both coaches.

If this year continues on this way we'll have reached max out of pocket for our HSA plan by April or May.
How distressing! As another mom, I sure do extend my sympathy to you as well as to him. I hope he is not in too much pain right now, and that he gets a good prognosis from orthopedics tomorrow.
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So the next 3 hours were spent at Kaiser's ER to confirm he had a broken elbow and get his temp cast till he sees orthopedics tomorrow. Looks like he's out the rest of basketball season (3 or 4 more weeks) and will not be playing baseball as planned. I notified both coaches.
Kids heal quickly. I know from lots of experience.
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Started the morning with a very nice walk with the pooch at La Jolla shores beach. Came home to find email from an illusive vacation rental landlord confirming we could rent his apartment. Yay! Booking was interrupted by a call from younger sons gym teacher telling me there was a basketball accident. This was followed in short order by a call from the school nurse suggesting I pick him up and get his elbow xrayed.

So the next 3 hours were spent at Kaiser's ER to confirm he had a broken elbow and get his temp cast till he sees orthopedics tomorrow. Looks like he's out the rest of basketball season (3 or 4 more weeks) and will not be playing baseball as planned. I notified both coaches.

If this year continues on this way we'll have reached max out of pocket for our HSA plan by April or May.

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Oh, I remember getting a call just like that. Our son was in middle school and got hurt playing basketball. It was his wrist. The fiberglass casts that can get wet and be submerged were pretty new then but it made a big difference in his comfort compared to the plaster cast he had with a previous arm fracture, also basketball if I'm remembering correctly.

If a fiberglass cast is not offered, ask about it.

The worst part for my son was that he's a drummer and he hated not being able to play the drums. He thought it was pretty funny that Mom had to write out his homework.

I hope your son's recovery goes well and that he's not in a lot of pain.


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Oh, I remember getting a call just like that. Our son was in middle school and got hurt playing basketball. It was his wrist. The fiberglass casts that can get wet and be submerged were pretty new then but it made a big difference in his comfort compared to the plaster cast he had with a previous arm fracture, also basketball if I'm remembering correctly.

If a fiberglass cast is not offered, ask about it.

The worst part for my son was that he's a drummer and he hated not being able to play the drums. He thought it was pretty funny that Mom had to write out his homework.

I hope your son's recovery goes well and that he's not in a lot of pain.


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No drums here...
My son plays piano... he's worried he'll miss the "big" recital. (There's a small one and a big one each year - the big one is in a formal auditorium. He's been practicing so hard for this.

Also - ortho reviewed the xray and decided he could wait till Wednesday... His temp cast is plaster - so no showers till then. Talk about RIPE.

He has figured out how to play video games on his computer with no problem. LOL.
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We took the dog for a hike at a park with pretty views, a bench at the top of the peak to sit and soak up the scenery and a couple of newt ponds. The newt ponds were pretty cool. I'd never seen one before. After dinner we went to Costco and loaded up on organic meat and produce. After that I made home made soup.

Rodi - Sorry to hear about your son. I hope he doesn't have to miss the recital.
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Started the morning with a very nice walk with the pooch at La Jolla shores beach. Came home to find email from an illusive vacation rental landlord confirming we could rent his apartment. Yay! Booking was interrupted by a call from younger sons gym teacher telling me there was a basketball accident. This was followed in short order by a call from the school nurse suggesting I pick him up and get his elbow xrayed.

So the next 3 hours were spent at Kaiser's ER to confirm he had a broken elbow and get his temp cast till he sees orthopedics tomorrow. Looks like he's out the rest of basketball season (3 or 4 more weeks) and will not be playing baseball as planned. I notified both coaches.

If this year continues on this way we'll have reached max out of pocket for our HSA plan by April or May.

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Rodi - Sorry to hear about your son's injury. Hopefully he can still be one of the team while he recuperates. I was bummed out when I broke my collar bone right before baseball season when I was a kid. But they let me be third base coach for the season. Maybe your son can get a similar gig to stay involved during the summer.
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He has figured out how to play video games on his computer with no problem. LOL.
Of course, he has to attend to the important things!

Years after the event my mother told me the most memorable phone call from me started out with "I sorta had a a little accident on the motorcycle...."

She'd been against getting it in the first place of course and my father only agreed to it after ingesting a quart of Schlitz. (Hey, by 17 I'd long since figured out how to work that angle.) He'd had an Indian Chief motorcycle in his 20's so I used that too.

No broken bones but there wasn't a limb that wasn't wrapped in gauze from the road rash. At first sight I looked like a mummy. And I got back on the bike the next day. I'm not sure if that's called tenacity or something else....
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I learned a new trick today. Outside in very cold weather with your gloves on, when your iPhone rings you can easily answer it by using your nose to substitute for a fingertip. Works like a charm!

Ha!! I will definitely use this trick. Thanks for sharing!
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Went to Torrey Pines St Beach and walked up the bridge and then down to the beach.


Good walk.


Then off to Office Depot to get a newer/faster thumb drive with all the posts here about backups!

Next stop was the grocery store to pick up some cold beverages and supplies for burgers tonight.

Back home to unload, relax, have some left overs for lunch then turn on the music system for some afternoon tunes while putzing around til dinner.

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My son plays piano... he's worried he'll miss the "big" recital. (There's a small one and a big one each year - the big one is in a formal auditorium. He's been practicing so hard for this.

Also - ortho reviewed the xray and decided he could wait till Wednesday... His temp cast is plaster - so no showers till then. Talk about RIPE.

He has figured out how to play video games on his computer with no problem. LOL.
FYI, if you notice increasing pain, any numbness, or purple or pale fingers, go to the ER immediately. Some elbow breaks are atrocious, but most are fine.

I hope today went well with the orthopedics appointment. Elbow breaks can be mild or bad. Pay attention to numbness, pain, purple or pale fingers over the next week. There's nerves and blood vessels going through there which can be compromised.

Re: piano.

I hope the recital is far enough out that he can still do it. One trick for practicing when you can't practice is to listen to a recording of the piece, or just look at the music, and mentally move the fingers to the recording. Frankly, it is almost as good as practicing for real. I play my flute in my head and on the steering wheel all the time. There is a lot about both music and sports and probably other activities that is purely mental. Even as I am typing this I am reviewing a piece of music in my head that I glanced at about 30 minutes ago.
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