Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last Friday night I broke my pinky toe.  It's amazing how easy it is to dismiss that tiny little toe as something disposable that doesn't really do much of anything.  Why do we even have that useless little appendage?  I'll tell you why - because we use it every time we move, whether walking, balancing, or just standing still.  And mine is broken.  There really isn't even a 'treatment' for a broken pinky toe, just tape it and stay off of it.  Well that is easier said than done with a four-year-old and an almost two-year-old.  Between activities, preschool, and general running around, there is absolutely no way to stay off of my feet.  And I've got to tell you, hobbling around for the last few days has made every other muscle in my body hurt from over compensating.  Amazon to the rescue!

Ortho Wedge Healing Shoe : Small - I was somewhat hesitant to get this because it just looked so awkward, but the thought of hobbling for the next few weeks isn't even realistic.  I have gotten by so far wearing an old, stretched-out pair of clog slippers, but they are so old and worn out that my feet are hurting just from wearing them.  I went out and actually got a pair of flip-flops over the weekend (and really overpaid), but just my luck to walk into the house this afternoon and see that the puppy ate one of them.  Good thing this shoe had arrived!  I put it on and immediately started trying to walk around in it.  It is awkward, but I think it just will take some time to get used to.  Going up and down stairs requires some care, but I was already side-stepping anyway so it's not too bad.  In spite of the learning curve to walk in this thing, it really is working.  I am able to (almost) walk with a normal stride without putting any weight or pressure on my toes, I kind of just roll over them.  I dug out one of my very old Dr. Martin sandals to wear on the other foot, so I am at least kind of balanced height-wise.  I haven't worn this shoe for at least a decade, so we'll have to see how it goes.  So for now, it's working.
Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Fresh Brush Flushable Refills, Citrus Scent, 28 Count - Now this one is truly exciting.  I actually ordered these along with the starter kits for my mother-in-law.  She likes mine so much she asked me to get some for her as well.  I don't actually use these because we are on septic and I'm not sure how they would do.  They are supposed to be completely biodegradable, but I don't really want to risk having them clog up the system.

In addition to the Amazon order, I decided to order meat from a new farm in Indiana this month.  I am always shopping around for the best prices for the best quality, and for my family this means organic grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chicken, pastured eggs, and raw grass-fed dairy.  I found a farm that has great pricing and a nice selection of meat in addition to other items from a coop of local farms.  Unfortunately, the nearest pick-up location is really not convenient as it is about a half hour away at 9:00 am on Saturday morning.  I signed up to be a drop location, so hopefully they will expand this direction soon!

I ordered a nice variety of meats from Seven Sons Family Farms in Roanoke, Indiana.  I am anxious to pick it up and try it.  I am still learning to cook grass-fed beef well, but it almost always tastes great even when I over cook it.  I have had some great clean meat since I started eating meat again two years ago, and I have had some bland, tasteless meat.  I can't wait to see how this tastes! 

Doesn't it look yummy?  

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