Archive for February 16th, 2007

Near Drownings…

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I am a member of an online group that is made up of parents or caregivers of near drownings. There are some that are older and have had car accidents that have caused them to nearly drown, or a few that have had chokings which also has the same outcome of anoxic brain injury.

Anyway, I was reading the group emails this morning and there are two new members today. I took time to go to the web site of the first child that was mentioned. He was four, with a friend for a playdate. The other little boy’s father was making the boys a sandwich for lunch and the boys found a box, climbed over the fence and made it to the neighbor’s pool. The water was very cold. They both drowned. The first is in critical condition, the second is making steady progress.

The next story I read this morning is about a family who had a three year old and a teenager. The teenager had a pool party and some of the teens put a shoe in the door because they were tired of entering a security code each time they went in the house. The little child was watching cartoons. The party ended and the parents were cooking in the kitchen, heard the show end and went to check on the child. They looked 20 minutes, everywhere but the pool because there were two locked doors to get to the pool. This child is unresponsive and the doctors are suggesting organ donation.

I am shocked and horrified each time I read about another child that has had this same accident. A swimming pool should be treated like a loaded gun! It is not a rare occurence, it happens too often.

Knowing what I now know, after experiencing this first hand and visiting with too many mothers who are living this, I would not have a pool with a child under six years old. My child would have swimming lessons as soon as possible because there are bodies of water everywhere and you cannot be everywhere. If I had a pool I would have every alarm system made so that if anyone fell into the pool we would know. I would not leave my child with a friend or relative that had a pool . I know that sounds harsh, but I have just read too many stories. I am finished having children. I only hope that these stories prevent another. It just breaks my heart…

Favorite Ingredient Friday

Friday, February 16th, 2007


My friend Melody had these pretzels at a work party and thought they were a great snack. I made a batch around the holidays and they were really good!

Spicy Pretzels

1 lb. Bag of pretzels
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 or 1 ½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper

Pour pretzels into a 1 gallon Ziploc bag. Mix all other ingredients together and pour over bagged pretzels. Seal the bag and turn over every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Empty bag into a bowl and let set for a few hours.

Southwestern Pasta Salad
This serves 8 but I doubled the recipe.
1 16oz. box of Penne or Wagon wheel Pasta
1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
1 8 oz. can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 red bell pepper, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
Fresh cilantro
Parmesan, Romano, or mozzarella cheese (or all three)
Southwestern dressing

Southwestern dressing
1 tsp ground cumin (toasted for 3 to 5 min. in small frying pan)
8 oz. sour cream
16 oz. jar of chunky salsa (as spicy or unspicy as you like it)
2 cloves garlic
Cook pasta by pkg directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Add 1 ½ cups of the southwestern dressing. Refrigerate for at least 1 ½ hours. Spoon pasta onto serving dish. Add black beans, corn, red bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Spread over the top of the pasta. Spread the remainder of the southwestern dressing over the top and sprinkle with cheese.

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Friday’s Feast

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Appetizer
What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make?
A soft voice that would say, “annie, ____ is calling you, it’s ____ o’clock, and the day and date.

Soup
Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.).
Fair skies with a few wispy clouds.

Salad
What specific subject do you feel you know better than any other subjects?
Right now, near drowning information… therapies etc.

Main Course
Imagine you were given the ability to remember everything you read for one entire day. Which books/magazines/newspapers would you choose to read?
the bible

Dessert
If a popular candy maker contacted you to create their next confection, what would it be like and what would you name it?
It would be bubble gum, doesn’t lose it’s flavor and blows big bubbles!

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