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Monday, September 25, 2017


I remembered, when I read the article I recently posted on this blog, that a number of years ago our direct neighbor on the West side, killed his grass with chemicals, so that he could get rid of every single weed. Very soon after using chemicals next door, my daughter broke out in vicious hives all over her body. I called her pediatrician and explained. I told them I'd closed every window and door in the house. They said: It will get in no matter what you do, just as shown in the article. So I thought I'd send you a few more choices someone sent me:


I know it'd easier to click over, but if you want to see them, including an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics, just cut and paste. This is about how my daughter looked all over.

Thank you Wikimedia Commons 

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Studies Link Canine Cancers to Lawn Chemicals


Lawn chemicals, particularly, ones containing 2,4-D, have been linked to at least two types of canine cancers. Studies found that lawn chemicals travel to neighboring yards and inside homes, and chemicals have been found in the urine of dogs whose owners did not spray their lawns. The authors of the studies state how their findings can be used to further research on human cancers. 

six-year study from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine linked lawn pesticides to canine malignant lymphoma (CML). Based on questionnaire results from dog owners, the study found “specifically, the use of professionally applied pesticides was associated with a significant 70% higher risk of CML. Risk was also higher in those reporting use of self-applied insect growth regulators.”
A different study with similar methods discovered that herbicides also contribute to canine malignant lymphoma. The study found that herbicides containing 2,4-D doubled the risk of CML when dog owners used 2,4-D four or more times per year. 

2013 study concluded 2,4-D herbicides and other lawn chemicals make the risk of canine bladder cancer “significantly higher.” Certain breeds, including Beagles, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, West Highland White Terriers, and Wire Hair Fox Terriers are more susceptible due to a genetic predisposition to bladder cancer. Exposure to the chemicals can come from ingestion, inhalation, or contact with skin, and the amount of time needed to restrict pets from a sprayed area has not been determined.

Another study found herbicide 2,4-D contaminants inside and throughout homes both prior to and after outdoor application. The study is evidence that pets absorb and track lawn chemicals, and lawn chemicals travel from their intended targets. The study concluded “removal of shoes at the door and the activity level of the children and pets were the most significant factors affecting residue levels indoors after application.” 

Monday, September 18, 2017


No, not the supervillain of DC Comics fame. The beautiful fall red leaf that attracts many an unknowing hiker. I'll never forget the FALL HIKE WITH A PARK RANGER FOR TODDLERS I took when Julia was about 18 months. We were going to go on a fall walk and pick leaves to make a wreath, all under the supervision of a park ranger. Lots of parents and kids came and we all followed the ranger down the dirt path into the colorful woods. Now, I grew up about half my childhood on my grandmother's farm  We hiked all the time. I knew that poison ivy was the most beautiful and colorful leaf in the forest, but as evil as Batman's sometimes nemesis, Poison Ivy.

As every child and parent was drawn to its lovely color to pick for their fall wreaths, I waited for the ranger to point out the dangerous plant. She didn't, and I have no idea what would have happened if I hadn't called out to the ranger and said, "Don't you think you should teach them about poison ivy?"
She finally showed them what it looked like and told them not to touch it.

This is how poison ivy can look, all over your body. Close up and
far away on your legs.

 Not only does it itch like crazy, it's contagious. Look at the up close picture. See the watery raindrop-looking spots, if they pop and you get the juice on you, you will get poison ivy. I had a friend who didn't know much about poison ivy. So when she got some on her hands while gardening, she thought nothing of it. When she went to a square dance. Her first allemande left, broke the blisters on her hands. By the time she'd "right and left granded" she'd give everyone in her square, including her boyfriend, poison ivy and they didn't even know it until later. After every square had switched partners multiple times, you can guess what happened. More later.

Friday, September 8, 2017


Every summer when I was a kid, I was, as many kids excited, about butterflies. I saw tons at my grandmother's farm, but the first thing I noticed when moving back to Ohio was that there weren't any milkweed for them too eat and breed on. The next thing I noticed was that at my grandmother's farm I only saw one butterfly all summer. And it wasn't a Monarch, my favorite because it had a glorious yellow, white, green and black striped caterpillar. Foreseeing the worst, I was really excited when Julia's first grade teacher, Mrs. D, brought in a fish tank full of milkweed. The milkweed were in large pots of water, to keep the plant alive. Then, she started to grow monarchs for her class.

Here's an article that you might find interesting if you want your kids to see and experience the wonder of Monarch butterflies. I'll let you know what my daughter and I did with butterflies in another post  
If you want to read the original and see the live videos, see http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/education/article171937212.html:
Monarch butterfly researcher Cheryl Schultz, a conservation biologist with Washington State University in Vancouver, recently visits the McCormack Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge as part of a study into monarch caterpillar breeding habitat. Schultz outlines results from a separate study documenting the drastic decline of Western monarch butterflies, finding there’s a good chance there will not be enough migrating monarchs to sustain the species over the next few decades. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Tri-City summers

SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 7:22 PM

Monday, September 4, 2017



Relax and have fun! And remember, while everyone's talking about unions, that unions are there to protect the whole group. Not the individual. So, if you personally have a problem with your employer, get yourself a lawyer. Don't rely on your union or your union lawyer. Hope you ate a bunch with your family and friends and saw some super, duper fireworks!                                                                            

Saturday, September 2, 2017


I'm  going to bring you up to date if you haven't had time to cover all 4 of these posts. To get a full picture and the beginning of this post, see March 31, 2017 YIKES! MY TODDLER POOPS IN THE CLOSET! Part 1 and YIKES! MY TODDLER POOPS IN THE CLOSET! Part 2 on April 4, 2017. When I wrote YIKES! MY TODDLER POOPS IN THE CLOSET! Part 2, Because I no longer had the original or photos of the original for those 2 posts or a "How to Get Them Out of the Closet and onto the Potty" kit, I've been digging around for things to illustrate the kit for you Remember just because I combine all fun with educating, and in this case, something my daughter could use in the bathtub to explore what she was learning and develop her imagination, you don't have to use critters from the ocean. Maybe your child likes dinosaurs, horses, or knights. I'm sure you can come up with your own  "How to Get Them Out of the Closet and onto the Potty" kit.

WARNING! Depending on the age of your child, whether or not s/he puts things in his mouth to explore them or EAT them, you need to pick you plastic creatures or characters that are bigger than mine were. Or, you can use your kit to get you child to stop putting small or non-edible things in your mouth. You know. Try: "If you want to play ocean or play this game and get lots of plastic animals, you can't put them in your mouth, or I'll have to stop giving them to you."

Here's a sample of what Julia''s Ocean was like:

The only real items I used in Julia's ocean were rocks, seashells (very breakable, but Julia never broke any. I think she treasured them.) and fake driftwood I found in our gardens. I only included these as teaching tools, so that Julia would know that there were rocks, seashells and driftwood in actual oceans. Some closer shots of parts of the ocean will follow with lists, in order for you to have a true or sample picture of what was included.

1. What I used for seawood in this ocean were really pieces of fake succulents, but it the original ocean, I found some plastic trees in a cowboy and Indian kit. I cut the parts I could make look like seaweek apart.
2. Here are some of the actual rocks I found in the yard. (I keep them hidden so that they would work as behavior motivators too.
3. Next to the big gray rock is part of the rubber shell and a killer whale  (for a better look see whole ocean.

1. In this close up, you'll find pieces of a rubber succulent that look like ocean plants. They are hiding a baby beluga, Can you find him? (the information was printed right on the bottom.)
2. A grey striped eel.
3. A seahorse.
4. A fat orange sea cucumber. with part of a grey dolphin next to it.
5. Real seashells
6. A starfish

This is a fun close-up.
1. A friend made Julia a sunken ship with his 3D printer.
2. A weird-shaped rock I sprayed silver. It can make one or more to teach whatever you want to. I told Julia it was a piece of a meteor that fell from space into the ocean.  Mine looks samll but shiny right next to the crab (you can see it better in the photo of the big ocean.)

That should give you a pretty good idea. Have fun.