Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Can you guess who got skunked?

Yes...Callie the Naughty at 9:30 tonight after I had just walked through the door after a long day of work and errands. First thing I did was call my neighbor even though it was after 9, that is usually my cut off for night time calls. They have a kennel with a self- service pet wash but....after 4 rings I assumed they were in bed. Sorry Dawn I was desperate. Then I googled "skunked dog". Lots of info popped up and they all had a similar recipe as the one below and they unanimously said tomato juice is an old wives tale.

Mix one quart of Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution) with a ¼ cup of baking soda and a squirt of dish soap.

I thought great, I have all the ingredients then I read this one article that said use only fresh hydrogen peroxide because old stuff turns to water. I pulled out two "old" bottles and sure enough they had turned to water. I never knew that, you learn something new every day.
Note to self, always have fresh hydrogen peroxide in the house!

Regardless, I donned my gloves, pants, and boots, and hose and went at her with some stuff John suggested that he had out in the barn. Then I used a washcloth with baking soda and detergent when I finally let her in. Thankfully the little devil only got her head so it was not too hard of a job.

Ok, next topic. I need some advice on growing herbs, this year is a first. I have cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, and mint. I have used a good share of it cooking but a bunch went to seed before I knew it. What do you do to keep up with it, cut and dry, but will it grow back?...I just have no idea! I know I am going to need LOTS of cilantro when my tomatoes ripen for salsa making so I planned on planting more.....HELP!

Laying chicken are up to 8 - 10 eggs/day. It has been over a week since I bought any. We consume quite a few. Leah makes a 6 egg omelet in the skillet almost every morning.
Even one of the "injured" chickens laid one for a first today.

Lastly, I wanted to mention some sick ER excitement I had today. Electricity....a wonderful thing. Kinda wacko but I love defibrillating people. Well today we had a middle aged gent code not once but four times...we got to juice him 4 times. That is what I like most about the ED....things that get you adrenalin pumping. About 1 hour later I felt suddenly exhausted, my high had worn off.


Anonymous said...

Every so often, one of ours gets skunked and goodness is it ever a pain. I don't think anything really cuts that stink! The amazing thing is that mine never seem all that miserable. Nope. The tails continue to wag, eyes are bright (probably dreaming of chasing more skunks), and the Golden smile is still firmly in place. Will they ever learn?


Blessings to you!

PIE said...

Cilantro- I have that problem a lot, but you can keep on planting it, and it will keep on coming up, it is a fast grower. I also keep going out and pinching off the stalks that are shooting out to seed before they do, that will make it last a little longer...but we have the same problem.

Skunks: We have a black and white cat, my husband almost let a skunk in the house the other night thinking it was our cat...(I don't know why I am telling you that!)

eggs: I want chickens, hubby is a little hesitant...I am jealous!

and lastly: You have a cool job, you should feel really proud about that!

Wild Wisteria Farm said...

Hi, I am a newbie reader and enjoy your posts. I have been growing and using herbs for about 10 years now and one of my favorite ways to preserve cilantro, basil, parsley and chives is to chop them for use and then freeze them in yogurt or sour cream containers. A good shake when you take them out of the freezer makes them easy to handle. I usually dry dill and mint. I use dill in fish dishes and pickling. I use mint for tea blends and tabouleh salads. I have had basil, cilantro and parsley plants that go to seed come back on their own. The chives are perennial and so is the mint so you shouldn't have any problems having more of that. I always plant more basil, cilantro, and parsley just because I use so much of them and they are all so much better fresh or frozen. Hope this gives you some good ideas.

Anonymous said...

The problem with herbs is you have to stay on top of them. You have to cut before they flower (with the exception of dill, it's often used for canning with the flowers intact, but don't let it seed.) I just cut it all back when it starts to flower and it keeps coming back!! (I then dry or freeze the bounty and keep using the new growth for fresh cooking.)The good news is if the cilantro has gone to seed, you can still use it. It's called corriander! :)

goatgirl said...

Funny, I was talking to my son the other night as he walked his dog around his L.A. neighborhood. There were skunks everywhere after dark. He kept running into them. At one point he came around a corner and there was one in front of him with it's tail raised. He stopped and stood still and it went on it's way. We were discussing what to do with his dog if she got skunked as he lives in an apt.
So the big question is what happened to the man...did he survive? I am so glad there are people like you to take care of the rest of us. My best friend is a nurse and she has always really enjoyed stuff like you descibed.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Oh dear, skunked dog, that has always been my fear but luckyly I have not have to experience that. I don't know of any skunks being around.

I know parsley comes back after you cut them. Like "As The Garden Grows" wrote, chives and mint are perennial so they come back every year. This is my first year planting basil.

Sounds like you had quite a day!


Paula said...

UGH... we had a skunk pass by our air conditioning unit night before last... what a stink!
And of course with the air on, it pulled it through the whole house!!! Ugh!

Amy said...

Ah, you ER people are all sick! Sick I tell ya! LOL I was raised by a nurse, so I know where you're coming from. The tales they tell...

Leah eats a 6-egg omelet for breakfast every day??? That girl's got an appetite! She must be related to Rocky!

Of the herbs you have listed, I only have mint. It is perennial and it's actually best to grow it in a coffee can with both ends cut off. It sends out runners like crazy and will quickly take over the area you plant it. Your other option is to cut the runners off as they come up but that takes a lot of vigilance.

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is quite a day you had!

As they say, "All's well that ends well." and in the ER, it ended very well for you and your patient; that is wonderful to win one sometimes. During my 18 years as an EMT, I've done CPR three times, and none have worked out, as the 'window' to be possibly be effective with defib was already gone. Glad that it worked out as it did!

citygirl said...


Sorry to hear of the skunk incident!

By the way, the eats you shared with me were yummy! When can I place an order for more?

And honestly, how can Leah fit a 6 egg omelet in that skinny little body of hers? LOL! Leah, save some eggs for me!!!!


Don said...

The longer you live in skunk land, the more likely it is you will have an experience. I got hosed by one as I brought in the morning paper. Ugh

We learned how to use the defibrillator (sp) and we now have one hanging in our school hallway. My hat is off to you for your choice of profession. Thank you for doing that. Nurses are the very special people.

Country Girl said...

Thanks for all your comments and advice about herbs.
Leah shares her omlets with us all. She does eat a lot but not that much.
Have a nice week! Kim