Her Head was Made of Cabbage & the Cabbage was Full of Bugs

head liceCindy Lange-Kubick is a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper here in Lincoln. She contacted me yesterday about head lice. Schools are back in session and there have been reports about “Super Resistant Lice” in the news lately – PERFECT TIMING! We had a great conversation. I’ve always enjoyed Cindy’s writing style and I think you will be too. She begins by talking about a nightmare she had … “My head was made of cabbage and the cabbage was full of bugs … “. Now I haven’t had that same nightmare, but we’ve had to deal with lice in our home too over the years so I totally get it (as I scratch my scalp thinking about it!).

I wanted to share Cindy’s article with you because she does a much better job capturing the experience of having head lice!

Here’s a link to the article: “My giant cabbage head and my years as the scalp police” by Cindy Lange-Kubick

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Time Management!

Cleaning Windows - Dividing up household tasks saves timeBelieve it or not it is time to plan our fall schedules. With school started and summer activities coming to an end schedules are changing. Does your family have a system for getting work done and still have time to participate in all the family activities? Time management for getting jobs done is important. Each family’s system will be different. Some will be very detailed while others will be simple. The plan or system may include a list of jobs, when they need to be done and who will do them. Family members may have certain tasks they prefer to do or the plan may include assigning jobs to certain people.

When making out a plan there are four basic ways to get the household work done:

  1. Do it yourself. While it may make logical sense for the person who has the resources (time, skill, talent, knowledge) to do it, common sense says if one person tries to do it all, overload will result.
  2. Give the job away to other household members. Keys to the successful giving away of a job include:
    • Teach the person how to do the job, including shortcuts.
    • Have the best tools, supplies and equipment for doing the job.
    • Consider what household work a person already does.
    • Realize others may not meet your standards, but if you have truly given up the job, accept your standards no longer apply.
    • Praise people; let them know their work is appreciated.
  3. Hire someone to do the job. Pay a household member or someone outside the household to wash windows or clean the garage.
  4. Don’t do it. Does the task need to be done at the moment? Can it be done later or assigned to someone else.

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The September Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line

The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line – Yes, the September issue is out already!!! You can read it free! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the September 2015 NEBLINE!

  • 4-H Youth “Let the Good Times Grow” at Super Fair
  • Read this BEFORE Reading Another Sensationalized Food Article on the Internet!
  • Chocolate Berry Smoothie Recipe
  • Cleaning Strategies When Pets are in the Household
  • About Carbon Monoxide (CO) & Use of a Detector
  • Pasture Management for Weed Control
  • Tree Fertilization: Spring vs Fall
  • Get Dirty: Help Young Children Learn About Science & Nature
  • Outdoor Leaf Rubbings
  • September Garden Guide
  • Do You Need to Hire a Pest Control Company
  • Michelle Huber is our September Heart of 4-H Award Winner (Congratulations Michelle!!)
  • 4-H News, Resources
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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The August Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You can read it free! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the August 2015 NEBLINE!

  • Nutrition Education Program Reaches 15-Year-Milestone Teaching Nutrition in Lincoln Schools
  • Sitting is the New Smoking 22: Tips for Sitting Less and Moving More
  • Salsa Yogurt Dip Recipe (easy and delicious!!)
  • New Videos on Parenting Plans and Mediation
  • How should I care for my septic tank? Are septic tank additives needed? How often should
    the tank be pumped?
  • Back to School Time is Near — Is Your Family Ready?
  • Gully Erosion Management
  • Pruning Raspberries
  • August Blooming Perennial Flowers
  • Controlling Flies Found in and Around the Home
  • 4-H News, Resources
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Getting Through Tough Times: Making the Most of What You Have

While opening my household bills last night, I received a notice from my mortgage company telling me my escrow was short for the year due to rising insurance premiums. I seem to get an escrow shortage notice every July so not totally unexpected, just a bit frustrating. I’m going to have to change my household budget to adapt to the new mortgage payment.

We’ve all had those times when your family income drops suddenly or expenses unexpectedly increase, your first concern may be to pay your bills and meet your day-to-day expenses. Instead, look at your total financial picture and determine which assets you might use to meet family obligations.

daddaughterbacx210Whenever there is a change in your financial circumstances that impacts your family’s budget, it is a good time to revisit where you are at with your family finances. You don’t need to have a change in circumstances to give your budget a “check up”. Need help?

Visit: Making the Most of What You Have from Minnesota University Extension. You’ll find a downloadable worksheet to help you determine your net worth. There are also questions to ask yourself to help figure out how to meet your new budget demands.

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit here.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Lawn Mower Safety

Soni:

Whether you are mowing a small lawn in the city, or using a mower on the farm – here are some important safety tips for the entire family.

Originally posted on The Next Generation: Farm Safety and Health:

Although smaller in size than most farm equipment, lawn mowers can be just as dangerous. The moving blades, operating engine, and potential for flying debris make lawn mowers dangerous if not used cautiously and with respect.

Before assigning the task of mowing the yard, consider the youth’s physical and cognitive ability. The youth should:

  • Be able to reach the controls without moving from the seat of a riding mower
  • Have the strength to use a push mower
  • Be trained in the safe operation of the mower, including observing an adult

Help make lawn mowing a rewarding and safe chore for children:

  • Explain the dangers of flying objects: Encourage them to pick up debris before mowing
  • Provide and encourage the use of personal protective equipment: eye and ear protection, long pants, sturdy shoes
  • Teach youth to mow across slopes when using a push mower
  • Mow up and down slopes when on…

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Tick Check!

Tick_sidex680xVJWhile swatting at mosquitoes and trying not to scratch chigger bites, I’m reminded we also need to be checking for ticks. Tick checks were part of our daily routine when I was growing up – just how life is on the farm or if you like to fish and hunt, garden or just enjoy being outside.

If you’ve been outdoors, make sure you check the entire family (and your pets) for ticks. It isn’t hard to do and it should be routine.

Now, let’s get after those ticks!

Dress for Ticks & Wear an Insect Repellent: If you are heading out into potentially tick-infested areas, make sure you prepare! There’s no need to worry about making a fashion statement when tick bite prevention is important. Wear light colored clothing – ticks are easier to see. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck the bottom of your pants into white socks can make it easier to see ticks and this will help keep ticks from crawling up your pants. Now of course, it isn’t always desirable to wear so much clothing on a hot, summer day, but if you are working outdoors or heading out to go fishing it makes sense to protect yourself.

Spray your clothing with an Insect Repellent containing DEET. Be sure to read all label directions especially if you want to use a repellent on a young child – take all precautions. For information on using insect repellents on young children, visit The American Academy of Pediatrics Web page on Insect Repellents or contact your physician. (Note: spraying your clothing with DEET will also give you some protection from chigger bites and mosquitoes).

Once you’ve come indoors:

Check your clothing: Ticks can grab or crawl onto our clothing and be carried into the house. If you find a tick, remove it and kill it (we just used pliers to crush them or a stone). Immediately wash your clothing. Running clothes through a dryer set on high heat for at least an hour effectively kills ticks.
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