Guess What!!??

img_20191227_080707~24545467178576181957..jpgJoe and I are happy to announce we are finally pregnant!! We are currently 17 weeks and baby is very healthy! Heartbeat is at 138 and baby is growing at a healthy rate. We waited to tell until the second trimester because it felt right to keep it for us the first trimester.

The first trimester went great. I was thankful I did not get any morning sickness. The unfortunate thing is I was incredibly hungry all the time. Being a diabetic, this was problematic. Per my dietitian I am to have my glucose levels back at 120 within 2 hours of eating food. This is so hard when you only want to eat very bad for you food all the time…like french fries. I want french fries so bad!

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But I have been doing very good. I still allow myself the occasional treats while maintaining a lower A1C. According the Clarity app my A1C is at a 5.8, but I will know for sure in January.

The one nice thing about being a pregnant diabetic is seeing the doctor every 3 to 4 weeks. Joe and I get to experience more ultrasounds than most couples. We already got to see 2 ultrasounds and hear the baby heartbeat twice. It was amazing! I may have cried more than once.  I can’t wait until our next appointment in January.

Oh…and we are already working on the nursery in our tiny house. We are completely reorganizing the house to make room. It is a long process! And a tiring process for someone pregnant. I keep needing to take breaks…it is so annoying!! I am going to be happy that we did it early vs later in the pregnancy. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who is also going into overdrive getting everything ready. I am so happy to have such an amazing husband.

Solar Suitcase

I’ve been watching lots of videos about solar power lately. One YouTube channel I’ve found super informative is DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse. He has forums which people post their setups and I found this slick idea.

http://www.diysolarforum.com/threads/solar-suitcase.24/

Obviously it folds with the panels facing outward, which I’d like to reverse to protect the panels. Shouldn’t be too hard to do. Putting it on my winter projects list.

In other news it sounds like we will be purchasing and installing a large solar array at my dad’s house with an all in one grid connect with battery bank for power outages. I’ll be sure to document that when we get firmer plans.

Dexcom G6

I’ve worn the Dexcom G6 for about 4 months and I can tell you it has been a game changer. I went on the Omnipod pump first due to working at a school and not being able to give myself insulin when I needed to. Unfortunately that also meant I could not check my blood sugar when I needed either. With switching to only Novalog this proved problematic. My blood sugar was going higher and staying higher for longer than I was used to. I was not happy. My A1C was raising. However, once I was able to get started with the G6 I was able to see what my blood sugar was in real time. I had control and it felt great.

Now, here is the thing no one told me. Your blood sugar will still go high. You don’t see your levels during the first two hours after eating without a continuous meter so you don’t know. You bolus correctly, but as you watch your sugar goes higher and higher. You will want to correct it, but don’t! I made that mistake. It ended with my eating a lot of candy to pull myself back up. Wait the 2 hours before correcting.

I still find it incredibly hard not to correct and I catch myself correcting at the hour and half mark. I do find if I correct around this time it does not cause my sugar to drop hard, but I would not recommend this for anyone else.

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Along with the Dexcom G6 comes what is called the Clarity app, which is a cool app! You set your time in range and it will give you a percentage of your time in range. I set mine to between 70 and 180. My goal is to be at least 70% in range. Thus far I have almost succeeded. I only have 3 days where I was at 65% in range. It will estimate your A1C and it is very accurate. It also creates charts and other cool things you can forward to your doctor.

So far I love the G6!! My A1C is trending back down and I have control over my blood sugar. The one thing I will recommend is a patch to go over the G6. The G6 does not stay on well. I use grifgrips and they work pretty well.

Working the Fat of the Land for Bees and Monarchs

Just fired off an email to my local Natural Resources Conservationist.

You can find yours here: https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?type=mobile

I was made aware that there are programs in place to help you out financially if you create monarch butterfly and honey bee habitat. Seeing as Katie and I are looking to reclaim 6 acres of gravel pit back to fields this seems like the perfect opportunity to try and leech from the government which is the ultimate rich man/poor man move.

For more info on this program visit :

http://nrcs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=8c9b052d51214cc3b6742a4ddf0a98cc

Camping Recap : Bay Furnace Campground : A Historical Monument to the Upper Peninsula’s Iron Ore Heritage with a Stunning view of the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore Conveniently Located Directly Across the Highway from a Casino Where Your Destructive Gambling Addiction and the Dead Eyed Visage of Saint Nicholas are Beckoning You to Bet All Your Money on Black and Leave Your Wife and Child and Never Look Back.

Bay Furnace Campground : It was very neat and clean. The facilities were also freshly updated and well maintained. Plenty of beach to go around even if you don’t nab a spot directly on the lake shore. 5/5. We stayed here Labor Day weekend 2019 for our second anniversary!

Here are some photos :

Firstly : The furnace itself! Yes, this is named Bay Furnace because it is a bay where there was a giant blast furnace where they made pig iron. IMHO Furnace Bay makes more sense but what the hell do I know?

 

It was pretty odd to think that where we were camping was a developed town built up around a giant blast furnace at one point. Kind of humbling to think that in 200 years any evidence of my ass being here could just be wiped away. (This is called foreshadowing, kids. You may have to be a bit of uh inteleckshual to understand it.)

 

Campsite and Beach Views! That land mass across the water is Grand Island.

 

 

The following photos were taken along the beach just off of the Sand Point Marsh Trail where it connects with the North Country Trail.

Nap Time!

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Post Nap Asshattery!

*Models Booty* *realizes it’s a video she’s taking*

“There’s something wrong with you. I’m normal.”

You’re normal?

“I’m normal, but there’s something wrong with you.”

What’s wrong with me?

“Well, you married me for one so that’s like the biggest mistake you could make.”

I see. What’s my second problem?

“YOUR FACE.”

And the look I was given after the video was taken and her phone got nabbed!

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My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Superior State of Mind : Well, I’m Done Pond-ering.

If you want back story read the post them watch the video.

I had originally intended on digging out a pond / swimming hole because I’ve just always wanted to have one. I have this weird phobia about swimming in water that I can’t see the bottom of and if I dig a hole in the ground the odds of something you’d see on river monsters biting off my toes are close to 0%. For the time being I am giving up on that dream. I am unsure as to what the hell if any permits I am going to have to deal with to dig this thing out. I’d rather not have the DNR or DEQ or ATF or any of nem ner big gubmint agencies out on muh property(Side Note: If you haven’t checked out the sovereign citizen movement I suggest you do. I love watching these guys try to talk in some crazy moon language to try and legal-ese their way out of not having a license and registration. It almost always ends in them getting pulled through a broken window or having the K9 unit ripping a guys arm apart. HILARIOUS!). I’ve found that avoiding fines has been crucial to my ability to pay back my massive amounts of tax debt.

The second reason that I wanted the pond was as a water source for reclaiming the gravel pit and trying to establish plants and a root base.(We want to plant monarch butterfly and honeybee habitat plants. (I’m turning into a hippy.)) At the time I thought my only option would be to use a DC submersible pump running off a solar setup to force the water out of the pond and into water storage of some kind. That was dumb.

What’s one way to get water without digging? Pounding a pole into the ground! I ran to the local hardware store grabbed a sand point, connecting collar, 10′ of 1 1/4″ galvanized pipe, a check valve, and a 1 1/4″ to 3/4″ garden hose adapter. I very safely stood on the boxside of my truck with wet feet to pound the mother down, down into the ground. Thankfully I didn’t hit any major obstructions and just used a pipe wrench to turn the pipe if it stopped making progress. I probably could’ve just pounded the sand point down and pulled water, but pipe is cheap, and Katie has really been encouraging me to take risks now that I have a life insurance policy.

I soon realized that I had forgotten to grab a generator for the AC pump. SMOOTH!! I did the next smartest thing I could by connecting everything including a garden hose. I have been know to puff tuff in my time and began to pull a vacuum with my lungs. Much to my surprise it actually worked really well and I was able to get potentially contaminated water in my mouth as a reward. (Remember how Katie has been encouraging me to take risks?)

Cut to: My wife coordinating with family members buying me some solar panels for my birthday. She was very disappointed when they arrived with the words SOLAR PANELS written across the packaging in giant letters when I got home before her. I was pretty ecstatic about this as it let me order everything I needed to get a test run done in with them.

AND THAT’S WHERE THE VIDEO PICKS UP!

WHAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE THIS VIDEO WAS SHOT?!?!?!

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Water Barrels Acquired. 6 @ 55 gallons @ $8 a pop! Now, I’m no math major but that’s at least 200 gallons of water I can store for only $160! The plan is to put them at the highest point in the pit to create water pressure so we can run sprinklers. I plan on connecting them all by using the bung plugs on top with a series of 2″ PVC pipe and burying them upside down so that we can draw and fill easily with everything protected from the elements. For a rough idea of what I am thinking of check out this guy’s setup without the need for a diverter as I am planning on making some kind of a waterfall out of anything excess that runs out a hole on the top.

Ketones

I made it over a year without finding ketones in my urine. But the streak is broken. I knew I was running a little high so I checked and the strip was a deep purple. I was so bummed. However, I quickly pulled out my phone and started researching about what I can do to fix the situation. I read that if I drank eight ounces of water every 30 minutes I would flush them out of my system. So, I gave it try.

It took a whole 12 hours, but I succeeded! If you attempt this, be prepared to pee every 20 minutes and to feel exhausted the next day. It was worth it. At least, it was worth it to me. Of course I do not recommend completing this without discussing with your doctor first.