I thought I would take a minute and catch you up on all of our latest happenings. Some of these things I will write about in further detail later, but here is a sampling of our life in the Redoubt.....
As I am sure is the case in the majority of the country, our local lab work costs are out of sight. Typically, when we go to our clinic/hospital to have blood work done, they charge their cost and add a zero. A $15 test costs the consumer $150 and a $25 test costs $250 and so on. With three members of our family requiring semi-regular blood tests, the costs where outrageous. And so, we came up with a better way. Our midwife has blood work privileges at our local lab, so every three to six months, we set up an appointment with her. She comes to our home, has Maid Elizabeth do blood draws (she can even draw her own blood!), processes the blood work and drops it off at the lab. The lab then forwards the test results to our doctor and we are able, affordably, to fill our prescriptions. Our midwife charges us what the lab charges her (which is cost) and I always add a little for gas money, and of course make sure I have a pot of tea waiting so we can have a long chat.
Apparently, the lab has changed the way they do things and blood work has to be submitted earlier than it used to be, which means that our midwife is no longer able just to drop the blood off on her way home. To remedy that problem, she now just stops by the lab and picks up a centrifuge on her way to the Shouse and processes our blood in the middle of the dining room table. Talk about home health care!
|Blood samples ready to be spun|
|Our midwife, ever the teacher - teaching as she goes!|
|And the separated blood|
|Spreading the peanut butter|
|And rolling in seed|
|Master Calvin is rather pleased with his creation|
|A little birdie smorgasbord|
|A couple just to we could enjoy the view|
|My vinegar, in desperate need of straining|
|Bottled and shelved|
|Wine, bread and candies, ready to go|
|Peanut Brittle, Turtles, Layer Cookies and Mounds Bars....|
|Peanut brittle ready to crack|
|Getting ready to siphon (rack)|
|Look at that lovely amber liquid!|
|Racking Rose Hip wine|
|Now for the Elderberry|
|Next step - bottling!|