Archive for the ‘safety’ Category

Lyme Disease On Rise

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Lyme disease is something that is becoming more prevalent and this spring and summer there are experts predicting a particularly treacherous season!  Please take precaution when you are walking or hiking in tall grass, in the woods, and any kind of woodsy setting.  Don’t forget to inspect pets!

Here’s a list of prevention tips from the Mayo Clinic that everyone needs to heed!


  • Wear long pants and sleeves.
    When walking in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants tucked into your socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and gloves. Try to stick to trails and avoid walking through low bushes and long grass. Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Use insect repellents. Apply an insect repellent with a 10 to 30 percent concentration of DEET to your skin and clothing. Choose the concentration based on the hours of protection you need — the higher the concentration of DEET, the longer you are protected. A 10 percent concentration protects you for about two hours. Keep in mind that chemical repellents can be toxic, and use only the amount needed for the time you’ll be outdoors. Don’t use DEET on the hands of young children or on infants younger than age 2 months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oil of lemon eucalyptus, a more natural product, offers the same protection as DEET when used in similar concentrations. Don’t use this product on children younger than 3 years.
  • Do your best to tick-proof your yard. Clear brush and leaves where ticks live. Keep woodpiles in sunny areas.
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Be especially vigilant after spending time in wooded or grassy areas. Deer ticks are often no bigger than the head of a pin, so you may not discover them unless you search carefully. It’s helpful to shower as soon as you come indoors. Ticks often remain on your skin for hours before attaching themselves. Showering and using a washcloth may be enough to remove any unattached ticks.
  • Don’t assume you’re immune. Even if you’ve had Lyme disease before, you can get it again.
  • Remove a tick with tweezers. Gently grasp the tick near its head or mouth. Don’t squeeze or crush the tick, but pull carefully and steadily. Once you’ve removed the entire tick, dispose of it and apply antiseptic to the bite area.
  • Amazon sells this cool Tick Key to help remove any ticks from your pet.

    Have fun and be safe this spring and summer!

    Holiday Safety

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    Usually the holiday season doesn’t conjure up thoughts of being safety cautious but when Gary’s new car was stolen this morning in front of our NJ house, I thought if might be a good time to bring up some safety tips.  Lucky for us, I was able to track his phone, that was inside the car with my app, Life360. Unlucky for us, the robber threw the iphone in a park before heading up the Garden State Parkway.  We immediately called the local police and the car manufacturer to put a trace on the car.  So far nothing but we’re hopeful there will be some news soon.So here are a few tips that you’ll find in our website, whatwouldmomsay.com Keep you cell phone with you and the GPS feature turned on and *911 as a speed dial.  Never walk alone in a dark parking garage.  Ask a parking attendant to walk you to the car.   Take steps to protect your online identity.  There are many programs to add to computer for protection and change your passwords often, keeping them in a secure place.  When shopping at the mall, put some money and credit cards in your pocket and your purse.  This way if someone snags your purse or backpack, you’ll still have money to get home.  Always call the police as soon a s possible when you’ve been robbed. The quicker they know the quicker they can act on it.  Try not to  carry too many shopping bags, easier to keep track of them.  Never leave your keys in your car, even if you think you’re in a safe place.  Put a passcode lock on your phone so if it gets stolen the thief will not be able to use it or get your information off the phone.  I mentioned the life360 app before.  I am a crazy paranoid mother! This app shows you where your loved one’s phones are located as well as the location of any police, fire or other emergency offices and any registered sexual predator in the area.  Help protect yourself and look out for your friends and enjoy a safe holiday season.

    What Was She Thinking?

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    There are always those common sense things that parents realize they should have taught their kids but didn’t because we assumed you already knew. Like, don’t pour the hot ashes into a plastic container and leave it sitting on the rug, don’t open beer bottles with your front teeth, never fold wet towels and put them back in the linen closet after you’ve used them, especially at someone else’s house, unplug the immersion blender before you clean it, those kind of things.

    Then there are the things we do tell you that you often ignore. A lot of these things involve driving. Don’t text and drive, don’t talk on a cell phone when you drive, don’t read your mail while driving or put on your make-up.  A lot of us tend to ignore some of these rules ourselves, we should be better role models. This morning, on the news, I heard one I hadn’t heard before.

    I was listening to Elvis, but this wasn’t “stupid news”. It should have been.  A 37 year old woman was arrested in Florida after allegedly crashing into the back of a pick-up truck and leaving the scene of the accident. She was driving while shaving. Well,men do it, but, on her way to meet her boyfriend in Key West, she wanted to be ready for the date and took a razor to her bikini area. Are you kidding me? Ouch!

    So, Is it OK to shave your bikini area while driving?

    Ask the mom’s anything, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but people can do stupid things.

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    Wo!… That was Scary. What are you doing? It is Your responsibility.

    Sunday, May 1st, 2011

    I am saying that to myself. I just had something scary happen and I am lucky that I didn’t hurt anyone. Just one of those bad decisions that I should have seen… That if I listened to my inner voice I would have done the right thing, but damn am I lucky that my ignorance didn’t hurt any one today.

    I love to garden and I am addicted to it … That means that it isn’t always the best thing for me and I don’t always balance my priorities when it comes to gardening. That isn’t why I screwed up, but it is why I am always stressing about the time line of the seasons.

    I want to try my straw bale gardening project again this summer and I am hoping for an earlier start. Last summer I just discovered it in July and I didn’t get the bales until the end of the month, then by the time I planted them it was getting into August.

    So I went to my general Feed in Santa Cruz  to pick up the straw bales in my new pick up truck. I used to always have a pick up truck but was without one for a few years … traded it in on a truck for my son and never replaced it until a few months ago. A gardening maniac woman on 17 acres really does need one… a pick up truck to pick things up, like plants, trees, manure, antiques, and STRAW BALES.

    So I didn’t want to stack them too high and thought I would take two trips. The employee who delivers in his own pick up truck said he could load 10 onto my truck easily. When he got 7 loaded up then there was space left and I could see he was right. Great! I thought…

    So, I get on the freeway and I am driving cautiously and slower than the speed of traffic… I get off the freeway and on to the main drag through town,  Mission Street ( Highway 1) and drive through and on to Highway 1 North of Santa Cruz.and the speed limit is up to 55mph and I am 15 to 20 minutes from home.

    I am driving up Highway 1 up the coast , constantly watching the spray of loose straw in the side view mirror. Then I relaxed and probably a good song came on and distracted me. The next time I look back I see quite a bit of straw in the lane behind me and I also see the bale sitting on the highway 100, 200, 300 feet behind me. I am so embarrassed and scared … Thank the mother up there that there were no cars right behind me or I might have taken a life.

    What I learned that I already knew…

    I should not have listened to the man loading my straw. I should have carried what I was comfortable with.

    You need to tie down ANY load that extends over the top of your truck bed.

    By the time I made it home and back down the highway to pick up the lost bale, a roadside scavenger had already picked it up for me and spared me the embarrassment.

    …And now I have straw bales in place for my GARDEN EXPERIMENT, and learned a lesson in the process.

    Yes, knives are sharp and other kitchen safety tips!

    Thursday, April 7th, 2011

    I never thought I had to say this but…”don’t put your finger in an emulsion blender that is plugged in.” This is my daughter, Hayley’s, finger.  Twelve stitches and lots of blood , I believe she learned her lesson after doing just that.  Don’t worry about the rest of the cookie dough under the blade.

    Never mix cleaning supplies ( they can be explosive), keep knives in a safe place and never leave a glass container on a hot stove.  These are just a few tips for keeping safe in the kitchen.

    For more ideas on keeping safe in the kitchen-visit the Moms’ safety page on our site. If you have additional tips and comments, we’d love to hear from you under comments.

    Airport Frisking… SKIRTS… What not to wear…

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    I am a frequently frisked traveler. When I go through security I almost always get frisked. Last time I escaped it. I don’t know why… I was ready to be put aside and the call for ” Female assist!” They should have felt me up and down simply because of my daily attire. My uniform for living…

    Why would they be so apt to want to search me? My full SKIRT…. Because I am always in a comfortable loose fitting skirt. I should know better…. But it is what I wear everyday. I have just a few straight skirts and they aren’t as apt to frisk you in a snugger fitting skirt, but I dress for function and comfort and I am more comfortable traveling in my cozy cotton flannel long skirts in the winter and cotton and linen in the spring and summer. I play tennis in a long skirt too… I garden in a skirt. The only thing that I wear pants for is for skiing and yoga and the trip I took to the Mayan pyramids of El Mirador I was so happy with my Patagonia safari pants for climbing up and down steep steps with men all around me above and below on the ladders and stairs.

    So if you are concerned about being overly scrutinized by the airport security, being touched and now even groped by strangers in uniform( thanks for the gloves, but they only protect them… it isn’t always a new set of gloves per customer). You would think I would make a purposeful shopping effort to finding that comfortable pair of “travel” pants so I would escape this uncomfortable situation. I really am a private person and don’t like any extra attention. I am so stuck on my skirts and they way I put them together with a sweater or denim jacket. I feel ready for almost anything… Arrival in Vermont, New York City, Paris, Milan, Guatemala… I am ready to go to dinner, a museum, or a farm tour in my casual elegance of SKIRT.

    Now I totally understand why they want to check it out under the skirt. There is a lot of space under there. In the old days a saloon girl could keep a gun or knife hidden in the garter. I would never want to hide anything for fear it would fall… Even when you are entering the toilet compartment it is scary if you have something in your pocket when you lift your skirt. .. lip gloss, keys, passport, credit card? Fallen into the water abyss of the toilet bowl… Gone forever!

    I love a really good SKIRT!

    Is the date rape drug disappearing-not so fast.

    Thursday, March 10th, 2011

    Can you believe that adult women could be so unsuspecting? The Real Housewives were at a promotion event at a NYC bar. A middle age man (a fan not a waiter) approached them with cocktails on a tray which they chugged down.  They never questioned where the cocktails were from.  They ended the evening on the bathroom floor throwing up and past out.

    Many date rape incidents gone unreported.  Girls either think they were too drunk and not drugged or embarrassed they put themselves in that situation. Each one of my daughters and their friends has a story about the date rape drug.  Either they saw someone put it in a friends drink, saw someone completely out of it in a bar or even saw a bartender do it.  In each of these cases they took care of their friend but none reported it to the police.  In one incident, a male friend actually beat up the bad guy! Never, never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and don’t know where it comes from.

    What is a date rape drug?
    Sally’s Answer:

    Rohypnol or commonly know as roofies is sold illegally in the United States. It is sold legally in Europe and Latin American to treat insomnia. The tablets are white with the word Roche printed on them and are inexpensive. Roofies are undetectable when dissolved in liquid. They are used to inhibit the person in order to make them unaware of sex.

    What are the symptoms of the date rape drug?

    Sally’s Answer:

    Dizzy, disoriented,hot and cold sweats,confusion,nausea, difficulty speaking, low blood pressure, passing out. When mixed with alcohol (which happens in most cases) it is very dangerous with blackouts and memory loss from 8-24 hours.

    How can I protect myself against the date rape drug?

    Sally’s Answer:Never accept drinks from strangers or people you do not trust. When accepting a drink, make sure it comes from an unopened container. Never put your drink down to go to the bathroom or dance. Take your drink with you or finish it. Get your own drink from the bar. Inform other women about date rape drugs. Have a designated non drinking person at the bar. Never leave your friends at a bar or party alone. Be careful how much alcohol you drink so you don’t become prey. For more information contact National Women’s Health – womenshealth.gov








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    World in Conflict… Respect Others… Responsible action.

    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

    I am in that mid winter slump. I have been chasing around taking care of responsibilities to property, pets, children( but they’re gone) and friends and trying to find and create purpose and now I come back to the place of questioning “Why?” The really big WHY?

    In my youth I questioned reality and purpose all the time. Some days I wish I had a religion to define purpose for me as many others do, but it just isn’t there for me. Today with the rioting and fighting for personal freedoms at home here in the states and in so many other countries Egypt, Iran, now trying to overthrow the madman Kadafy in Libya, earthquakes devastating a city in New Zealand, and pirates murdering innocent peaceful sailing couples off of the Somalia coast, I really really have a hard time stepping out in the world today.

    An old buddy of mine lives in Christchurch New Zealand. I have visited her twice in the last 6 years and loved the classic architecture of her city. She has raised her daughter there… her daughter has this beautiful killer Kiwi accent. I stayed in a hotel downtown near the cathedral who’s spire is now toppled… Shattered brick on the ground.

    I was grateful to get word from Karen that she and her daughter were all right and an email to friends that told us ….” I want to thank you all so much for checking in with me…Well a week on and not much is ‘back to normal’. Death toll is now over 150 and they are expecting about 200. Something like 1/3 of the buildings in town need to come down…286 aftershocks, so far….”

    I have suffered from depression in my past… In adulthood, but I think even as a teenager. Questioning the cruel realities and wondering WHY and HOW in a world with such beauty and so many kind and special individuals. On the low days  I often had to challenge myself to rise and flow into the scary world around me. I think that is one reason I ended up in the tranquil forest of redwoods on the California coast. Here I can believe in fairies and wood nymphs and only the good ones are invited into my private sanctuary.

    I find the natural catastrophes easier to understand. I liked science as a student and it all works… The surprises of Nature are understandable. Its the atrocities that are committed by the hands of other human beings that totally confound and debilitate me…. But then that is nature also… HUMAN Nature… Human Nature? … SH*T… Damn…. That makes me want to stay home again. I have so much respect for those of us who can be strong enough to step into the world and fight for the rights of those you don’t even know. The rights of women and children … human rights…  religious freedoms…

    I just had lunch last week with an old friend who is now teaching some interesting courses at UCSC. She has been involved with Non Violent Communication, but has gone further with a course on Volunteerism and teaching toward social responsibility and social change. I want to take her class. It is interesting what one can study at the university now. How do we support others in foreign countries to stand strong? How can we let our own politicians take rights away from unions right here in the states?

    What is Wisconsin thinking? Sure not all teachers should be protected in their jobs when they are not doing the job well. There maybe younger newer models that will do a better job and teach with more passion. There are teachers and cops and fireman and street cleaners who are now burnt out and do a mediocre and poor job and need to be replaced rather than their jobs protected. There are things that should be changed to better the system in every state. Let’s look at these issues. There is reason for these unions to have been put in place to begin with. Who puts these self important close minded politicians into positions of such power and where they have the nerve to step on the rights that we already fought for and won?

    It always amazes me when we are debating Rowe vs Wade again and again. I wonder where we are. We all have a right to our beliefs and we all should try  to respect the views of others. If I believe it is a sin then I won’t do it, but if it is not your moral belief then you must do what you feel is right. I am at fault  also as I struggle to accept others as you see here. It is difficult for me to see our government take rights away that were already fought hard for… It is difficult for me to see value in religious beliefs that inhibit and limit and judge the actions of their followers. I am flawed that I do want to challenge you if you disagree with me… I am lucky to live in a country where I have the freedom to argue and have friends that I can (sometimes) comfortably debate with.

    Thinking about taking a social awareness class at school?… Get involved with some kind  the social conscious project in the community of your college or town. I wish I had when I was at the university. I was in the ceramics studio … a small community but we were responsible within our selves to keeping the studio open and in order. Still being responsible today. Be responsible for your own actions and support what you believe in.

    Time to retreat back to the forest safety… You guys look after the world while I’m in reclusion … PLEASE…

    Picking violets while I hang with Pearl(above) and OZ.

    What Is The Morning After Pill?

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    Sally’s answer: The morning after pill is an effective and safe pill to be taken in an emergency when you have unexpected, unprotected sex. This pill will begin your period. It should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. Can be purchased at heath centers or drugstores without a prescription over the age of 17. If you’re under 17, you need to go to your personal doctor or health center. The brand names for emergency contraception are Plan B One Step and Next Choice. For more information on the morning after pill go to plannedparenthood.org.

    Today’s Question from the Health Pages of whatwouldmomsay is one of many that refer you to Planned Parenthood.  On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.  I want to bring attention to the need for Planned Parenthood Funding.  Men women and teens rely on Planned Parenthood.  I encourage you to let your representatives know that you support Planned Parenthood.

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    More Suggestions for Partying Safely

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
    • Think about what you will drink  BEFORE the party.
    • Eat a meal before drinking
    • No more than 1 drink per hour
    • Know what you’re drinking
    • Alternate alcohol-free drinks.  Water is best.
    • Never leave your glass unattended and know what is in it before you drink it.
    • DON’T mix alcohol with medication or drugs, even over the counter medications
    • DON’T chug, play drinking games, do shots or drink anything from a punchbowl, trough,(eww,god) hose or funnel
    • DON’T drink to get drunk.
    • DON’T drink too much too fast
    • Know how you will get home safely before you go out

    Have fun, but stay safe out there, people.