Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
...the snow has melted -- a lot -- so now there is the ice that remains and it is very difficult to walk about outside...I hang on to everything I can...yard fences, vehicles parked by the yard gate...tall dogs...the 4-wheeler...anything that I can to get over to the quonset and check on my chickens. All that for one or two eggs...the "girls" hens are on vacation from egg laying...must have been the weather.
...had to take my Turk (Anatolian), who is a canine to the vet the other day because he was limping on his back leg. Well, it was not the best of news...$$$$...at first it was thought he had fractured a bone, but developed into something with his tendons...he is at the vet's office so they can watch him to see if everything is going well. The vet is 3 hours away. We will probably go sometime next week to bring him home. He may become a house dog! He is very large and lives outside, since he is a guard dog. Maybe a porch dog and only outside with my supervision. Poor Turk, he will not understand this at all. The vets say he has been a real dream to take care of. This is Turk's second orthopedic surgery...$$$$...he is now a very mega expensive dog. Perhaps I should consider Health and Life insurance for Turk at this point, especially health insurance...know any good canine health insurance company"s???
...Well, I must end this little memo and get back to other duties that are calling for me...
...may your day go well!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Every day, to me, is another gift. Up comes the sun, a brand new day, a brand new start. I love being at home on the ranch.
I like taking care of our home, doing the daily chores, cooking for the family, and creating in my little studio. I enjoy being busy. It has been too cold to go out very much, except to check on the chickens -- feed and water them and gather the few eggs they are laying in this very cold weather.
Have you heard about the new laws from the Consumer Product Safety Commission?
I design and create handmade soft sculpture lambs in about five sizes. There is a new law that will take effect in February of this year in regard to lead in children's toys, clothing and any article that a child 12 and under can play with or utilize. I certainly do not want any child (or anyone for that matter) to become ill or have health problems because of the unsafe contents of toys, articles of clothing, etc., that they come in contact with.
The CPSIA -- Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, by the Comsumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has written the law to include all items that children 12 and under can utilize must be tested for lead content. This law was based on the lead content in toys originating from a country outside the US. The law, as it is now, requires all manufacturers of childrens items for age 12 and under to be tested by a certified lab for lead content for each new item that is made. This includes any item that may be given to a child whether it was intended for a child's use or not. Each item that was made from a different source material would need new testing by the certified lab.
Small home-based businesses such as myself cannot afford to have each new batch of fabric tested for lead content. The question being, is there lead in the fabric that I purchase -- was there lead used in the processing of the certain fabric I use for my products. I would think this would be best answered by the manufacturer of the fabrics and other craft supplies that are purchased through the retail outlet. Certification should come from the suppliers of the raw supplies.
The same fabrics, craft products that I buy to create my items for sale can be purchased by another person to make an item (not for sale) that would be played with, worn by, etc. by their own children or other children. So, how does this law protect our children or us?
I am attaching a video on one person's take on the new law.
You can also check out the CPSA website.