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It’s been some weeks since we’ve seen Brindle, but Mini is still hanging out at our property. Rich has made up an elaborate shelter that slides under the shed he’s been sleeping under. But this past week, after some nasty weather, we’ve coaxed Mini inside for long stretches of time, usually overnight. In the morning, he meows to be let out. Mini and Cisco have been surprisingly chill around each other, too, thank goodness.

Still wet here.

Still wet here.

mini indoors-loving this inside stuff

Stretchies!

Gazing at Rich in adoration

Gazing at Rich in adoration

Totally on board with this “warmth” thing. He’s got a super loud purr, like a motor, but it’s hard to hear on video for some reason.

And the belly rubs are acceptable, too. You will DIE when you see the stretch at 0:20.

Some deer hanging out near the salt lick:

deer in backyard

We have a handful of junked-up properties here in our area, but this disintegrating ruined trailer in another neighborhood nearby takes the cake. This was taken from the road. What a travesty.

ruined trailer

For Christmas, my Mom gave me a piece of heirloom jewelry: my father’s 1958 West Point pin. It was the very first gift he ever gave to my Mom.

WP pin

It’s not the sort of thing I’ll wear, plus the pins on the back are super tiny. After searching Etsy for a “pincushion frame” I decided I could make one myself.

WP pin closeup

Ring Avulsion

Recently the host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, suffered a freak finger injury in his home. It’s called “ring avulsion.”

He specifically said to NOT search Google Images for it, but of course, my morbid curiosity won’t allow me to not look. And I’m telling you now, DON’T DO IT. DON’T.

JUST DON’T.

TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. I already did it for you. You’re welcome. If you ever want to enjoy wearing rings again, DON’T.

Basically what happens is, a sharp tug or pull on a ring can sever the skin. And the skin is the strongest part of the finger tissue. Once it’s broken, the ring continues to strip away the underlying muscle and soft tissue remarkably easily, leaving bare bone behind. The horrifying medical term used is “degloving.” Again, DON’T IMAGE SEARCH IT. You cannot un-see these pictures.

Apparently, it’s not uncommon: about 150,000 cases in the U.S. annually. It often happens to people who work around machinery, but other ways it can happen include jumping over chain-link fencing, or doing basketball slam dunks. But Jimmy’s accident happened in his own kitchen, when he tripped over a rag rug and caught his wedding band on the counter as he fell.

Now I never want to wear rings again. I’m sure I’ll get over it eventually, but not yet. There are a couple of things one can do to prevent ring avulsion:

  • Don’t wear rings. There’s a reason most hand surgeons don’t wear them; they’ve seen this injury too many times.
  • If you do wear rings, remove them before doing any kind of sports, construction work, moving heavy objects, or working with machinery.
  • Have a jeweler pre-cut your ring’s underside so it can break away more easily.
  • Wear a silicone ring. SafeRingz.com sells silicone wedding bands that look as shiny and metallic as gold or silver.

Jimmy Fallon’s injury was Class II, meaning the blood vessel was crushed, but the entire finger didn’t deglove. But he was still very lucky; most ring avulsions simply result in amputation of the finger. Jimmy’s finger was saved through six hours of microsurgery to replace the crushed blood vessel with one taken from his foot. He then spent then next ten days in the ICU. Recovery time is around eight weeks, and he will probably have issues with that finger for the rest of his life.

For many years, I’d believed there were cleaners that were best for jewelry. I’d heard of using Mr. Clean and hot water. I’d heard of using toothpaste. Of course, there are those expensive cleaners and even more expensive sonic contraptions. One day I asked my jeweler what is best. Really, all you need is:

Hot water, rubbing alcohol, a clean soft toothbrush, and maybe a Q-Tip.

Get the water in your tap nice and hot. Give the piece a rinse. Dip your toothbrush in the rubbing alcohol, and scrub the jewelry on top, sides, and especially underneath. Get the bristles in all those hard-to-reach places. Keep dipping your toothbrush in the alcohol as needed. The alcohol will cut the oils and dirt in the piece. When you’re done scrubbing, give it another rinse under HOT water, shake the excess water off, and set aside to dry. The heat should help it dry quickly. If any water spots remain, polish them out with the Q-Tip.

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