Skin burn care

I was a hot mess this past New Year’s Eve and it didn’t consist of bottles of champagne popping with me dancing on the bar. At seven months pregnant, stuck in cold Canada my husband and I decided to stay in and chill…literally at home during the holidays.

When Dave and I met I was intrigued he was a master in the kitchen. After living in Manhattan for ten years my culinary skills were rather limited. I normally bounced between dining out and delivery. Cooking to me was not burning the Campbell’s soup and grilled cheese. After moving to Canada and having the time and a dream kitchen to practice cooking,  my skills slowly progressed.  I finally became trophy wife material, five course meals became a breeze for me.

So this past week’s injury was just shitty bad luck. It was literally as if my kitchen was condemned.

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In the middle of making a simple BLT sandwich for lunch I not only burnt the toast, but blackened the bacon so bad it nearly dissolved to absolutely nothing. I was distracted by talking to my husband when I remembered, shit the bacon! By that time the conventional oven tray was piping hot with smoke. I quickly tried to toss it on the porch while the cat and the dog followed in delight after the smell of bacon oil. While opening the door and pushing the rascals away the oil tipped and rolled back onto my hand. I was surprised that I didn’t feel a thing, no pain, heat, or even a burn…that’s how hot the oil was.

I washed off the oil thinking I had gotten lucky, and put some gravy for fries into a glass bowl in the oven. I know it sounds like a really healthy lunch. I went from BLT sandwiches to classic Canadian poutine. While my hand began to turn red and throb, I took the gravy out of the oven and it cracked within seconds. No! My second attempt at lunch failed?! I noticed it was just large pieces of glass, so I scooped up the gravy and placed it on the fries. My husband said, “Mmm this is delicous,” after his first bite. That’s when I heard crunching. I yelled, “Stop! You are chewing on glass!” So while he drank ex-lax tea for New Year’s Eve, I sat with my hand in a bucket of ice water for ten hours nursing a second degree burn.

The problem with cold water is that is seems to get warm quickly. The ice bags weren’t working as well, and wrapping it didn’t take away the throbbing. I did find however, that slicing a raw potato and gently placing it on the burn works wonders! The burn wrapped from the side of my palm around the bottom and to the top. As the days passed the wound progressed. While it didn’t hurt was much it was raw and looked as if it would scar.

I began applying pure Tamanu oil the wound 4-5 times a day. Tamanu oil has the ability to penetrate through all three layers of the skin. Once a day I would dab on a few drops of Lavender oil which is supposed to reduce scar tissue, but that being a pure essential oil I felt was too strong for an open wound, so I used Tamanu for the initial healing process.

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It has been 10 days and what appeared to be a scar has subsided. I just have a little scab left which will hopefully heal in the next week.

Day 1 burn day1 Day2  burn day 2

Day 3  burn day 3

Day 6-7 much improvement  burn day 4

Day 10 Almost there! burn day 5

Day 11 Minor redness but still healing. Time for Lavender oil. burn6

Let’s face it burns suck and they really cripple your every day tasks.  While  you can’t always prevent an accident, there are ways to speed up the healing process.

Burn’s Do’s and Dont’s

  • Don’t use ice or an ice pack for burns; instead, hold it under cold running water for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is not possible, immerse the burn in cool water or use a cold compress.

  • Don’t use butter, grease or any type of oil on the burn; instead, apply a first aid cream for burns to the area (only after you have allowed it to cool sufficiently under running water). A very common practice seen is the application of tooth paste over burns, this has no scientific basis and may be dangerous.

  • Don’t use cotton or any fluffy dressing to cover the burn; instead, lightly bind the area with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t burst blisters; instead, make sure that they remain intact for as long as possible as they form a natural barrier and prevent the burn from getting infected.

  • Don’t remove burnt clothing that is stuck to the skin; instead, make sure that there is no portion of the cloth that is smoldering and get the cloth removed by a physician; Don’t try to self-treat an infected burn; instead, visit your doctor immediately to prevent further complications. Swelling, pus and fever are three of the most common symptoms of an infected wound.


  • Aloe vera is another popular herb that is often touted as the cure to all problems. In the case of skin inflammation and burns however, these claims have been supported by evidence from clinical trials and studies. Several studies have shown that the application of aloe gel can help significantly in the healing of burn wounds.

  • Refrigerate a couple of used tea bags and then place them over the burn. Use a clean strip of gauze to hold them in place. This remedy will reduce the pain and inflammation. Skip your hot showers and opt for cool showers instead as this too will help to reduce the inflammation.

  • Vinegar is very effective in treating burns. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water. Soak a paper napkin in the diluted vinegar and place it gently over the burn for a few minutes before taking it off and rinsing the burn under running water. Vinegar acts as a mild antiseptic and will reduce the risk of an infection.



Getting skunked is worse than punked

They are cute and fuzzy and and are known to mark their territory with a stench that could linger for weeks.


Anyone who has ever had their pet skunk first handily knows the pain and agony that accompanies being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Their spray consists of oils that contaminate clothing, fur, and household items lasting for weeks before subsiding. Last fall my husband texted me bring home tomato juice after work, Zema my puppy had gotten skunked trying to protect our yard. When I got home our house reeked of skunk. My husband tried to wash Zema with Dove soap which left her wet and even stinkier if that was possible. The tomato juice worked a little bit, but she still smelled for weeks.

February through March is mating season for skunks. And while they are out and about all year long, we tend to have run ins with them more in the fall due to the “fall shuffle.” Fall is when the young leave the nest for the first time, exploring the world on their own. Adults spend more time venturing out to search for food for their winter dens.

In the fall I don’t let my dog roam free in our fenced yard unsupervised after dusk. We now keep garbage locked up and away from the house.

While your pooch might like the idea of drinking some of the juice, tomato juice can be messy and doesn’t always work when reducing the smell of skunk. If your pet happens to get skunked and the tomato juice isn’t doing the trick here are some options you can try

The first is a product found at Petco. It claims to uses.a bio-enzymatic formula to break down skunk oils. It has mixed reviews, but I would be willing to give it a try not that I am hoping i have to.

Another solution that has been known to work is a homemade solution using cheap and basic components you can make right at home for under $10.

      • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (typical drugstore hydrogen peroxide)
      • ¼ cup baking soda
      • 1-2 teaspoons liquid dish soap.
    • Mix and do not add water.
    • This solution can be used to wash skin, clothes, dogs, etc. that have been sprayed by skunks. It must be used immediately and won’t work if it’s been stored.  Thoroughly work it into the fur or fabric and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing. The peroxide in the solution may lighten fabrics or your pet’s fur.

“Maybe they won’t figure it out.”

Winter animals that will turn you into mush

The snow is beginning to fall won’t you come out and play?

It’s always a good idea to dress warm…

Monkeying around is my favorite thing to do.

After a long day a nap is in order.

Sometimes winter gets the best of us.

And all we want to do is lounge around…

It’s not always great hair days.

But it will be spring before we know it.

We can enjoy skipping outside.

Enjoying the garden.

And relaxing outside with friends.

 Embrace the winter, because spring is right around the corner.

Happy Holidays!

Why I love my cockapoo

I am a lover all of animals, but when it came to choosing a puppy I was so confused on which breed was right for me. I did endless online quizzes. While all puppies are ridiculously cute, I tend to go for medium and larger dog breeds. I’m just not a pooch in the purse type of girl. I need a snuggle buddy and a jogging buddy.


I grew up with hearty life loving Labradors. My roommate had the sweetest Pitt Bull Jasmine, and I once had a pot belly Pug. My husband never grew up with animals and it was almost a breaking point when I found out he preferred cats over dogs! What would become of this relationship?

He had a scary incident as a child with an dog attacking him. As much as I wanted to adopt a rescue dog, I knew our first one needed to be something he could raise as a puppy with a calm demeanor so he could bond with the rascal. I agreed we would get a kitten the same week as the pup. He wanted a Garfield kitty and I drove hours to find him one just a few weeks before our cockapoo was allowed to come home. It was the best decision ever. These two are in love with each other. They clean each other, play together, eat together, sleep together. It’s simply amazing!


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At first when I was on my search for the perfect fit for our household I had a few prerequisites:

  • Didn’t shed or shed very little. After living with Labs and Pugs I knew I didn’t want hair everywhere.
  • A medium sized dog that loves to snuggle and jog.
  • A quiet dog no little yappers or howlers allowed.
  • Family friendly for when that day comes.
  • Not prone to anxiety home alone.
  • White or light colored coat.

I fell in love with the Wheaton Terrior. I knew this was the dog for me. It looked like a giant teddy bear.


But there is something in that face that is pure mischevious. Everytime I would meet a Wheaton on a walk I would ask the owner  my normal questions. Do you love him? Is she hard to train? I’d always get the same answer, oh yes she’s cute, but she’s a “Wheaten.” They are known to be slightly less orniery than typical terriers, but they are jumpers, stubborn, and get hyper. My friend who had Airedales her whole life reassured me I don’t want a terrier. That’s when I came across forums saying they were Wheaten Terrors. That’s when my Wheaten bubble burst. What was I getting myself into?!

I looked into a few other breeds

The Tibetan Terrier    


and the Portuguese Water Dog 


But something was missing. Then I came across a classic hybrid the Cockapoo or as others would call it a mutt.




And I love my mutt! She is the perfect mix. Cockerspaniels alone can get grumpy and snappy as they get older. Poodles seemed either too large or too small, and maybe too smart for their own good. They are also very energetic and need lots of grooming on a regular basis.

These two breeds together was the perfect match for what we were looking for in a dog. Now every breed and dog personality is different, and training does affect how the dog grows up, but in general I love this breed!

I had the first pick of the litter and we wanted a white female. She was the last of 8 pups to be born, which were all black males.


  • She was the runt so she is very submissive yet loving. Cockapoos can range between 15-30 pounds depending on their parents genetics. She was a cross of a first generation working cockerspaniel and a cockapooo (min poodle and english cocker) Her one year checkup weight was a whole 17 pounds so she is on the smaller side. At first I wanted her to get taller and bigger, but after having her a puppy I was enjoying the small stage. She is the perfect size, a large small dog.
  • She can be left alone for hours when I need to leave. Ever since she was a puppy we left her alone and didn’t crate her. Only recently did she start some chewing of a few things (pillows, shoes) but she is in her rebelous teenager phase.
  • She loves to play and run. We have a fenced in acre yard she loves to patrol and romp around. She can easily run a few miles with me, yet in the house all she does is a little wrestling with the kitty, and tons of snuggles and sleeping.
  • She is not a barker. When she needs to go out she waits by the door. If a stranger comes she will do a few barks, but she isn’t a typical yapper.
  •  She knows her basic commands. She even knows when it is bed time and goes to her room at 10pm to sleep.
  • Potty training wasn’t too difficult. We brought her home in October then we had the worst winter. -10 F that lasted from November and snow until May. Thanks Canada. So the real potty training didn’t start until the spring, but now she goes outside on a regular basis and only does her “accidents” in one section in the basement, so I’m not complaining.
  • Her hair, she doesn’t have fur, is so soft and silky. I don’t really comb it, but every few weeks I trim it with scissors and she loves her grooming time. I take her to the proper groomer twice a year for a good shave in the spring and fall. It’s normally $30 bucks each time for a wash, cut, and blow dry.
  • She isn’t aggressive. Never say never, but I could never see her snapping or biting someone.
  • She is independent, yet if I’m home will follow me to every room and nap near me. Her and the cat usually find time to snuggle together.

I am all for saving rescue dogs. If you are able to adopt, volunteer, or donate, its a very noble thing to do because every dog deserves a loving home. Now that I broke in my husband our next pooch will be a shelter dog, but if you need a hypoallergenic dog, I really do love mixing a cocker spaniel with a poodle.


This is Zema at 12 weeks. She looks the same, oh those sad eyes lol, but is a bit taller and chubbier.

Zema means winter in Russian.

She is 20 inches nose to rump, 15 inches high and 17 pounds.

She moans…a lot. When she stretches, sleeps, gets cozy, she’s a moaner.

She loves eating cat food and playing with the cat’s toy mice.  The cat on the other hand loves raw hides and balls.

The working dog in her, she loves chasing birds and skunks …:{

She is scared of toddlers, she thinks they are some sort of animal her size.

She loves being loved and sleeping.

I love my cockapoo!