Today is Friday, 11th June

Hello and good morning!
We’ve been awake since around 5.30 and it’s going to be another hot and stuffy day.
The ants are still coming in and we have no idea where. Hubby has had the appliances out again and puffed everywhere with one of the new powders we bought the other day. I have some chrysanthemums going over in the window so we’ll dry the petals out and dispense them as we did last year which seemed to help.
This year is worse than ever and no doubt it is the heat that is driving them. It makes us feel we don’t keep the house clean.
Years ago in days before Hubby, I remember how despondent I got when the boys came back with nits every time they stayed with their mother. We would treat them, and us, then a fortnight later they’d go and stay for the weekend and we’d start again. I told her she needed to treat everyone in their household, including adults, when it turned out she was doing nothing. She was back living with her mother then and there were eleven other children in the house and they all had them.
The fourth time I overreacted and burnt the bedding, replacing mattresses, pillows and sheets.

We are hoping to hire a Rug Doctor today and clean the carpets. We did them shortly after we arrived which helped get rid of the smell of cigarettes, so another clean would be a good idea, especially due to the latest events indoors.  Carpet in the hall, lounge and bedrooms is a dark grey so doesn’t show the dirt as such, but we have noticed some staining and of course the heavy walkways always take a hammering.

Other than that, there’s not much on our agenda today. The sky has come over grey and oppressive, but no rain is forecast until Monday. We have washing out, but that shouldn’t take too long to dry in this heat.

Have a good day everyone. Take care and keep safe.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Today is Friday, 11th June

  1. scifihammy says:

    I sympathise with the ants. We get them coming in for water – and anything else that they can find. We sprayed round the whole house outside, with a poison you put in an aerosol. It definitely helped, but I still see the odd one.
    If you don’t have pets around, you can try mixing a little borax crystals in honey and leaving out near an ant entrance. They eat it and take it back to the nest, so should wipe them all out!
    Good luck with cleaning the carpets. It is surprising how quickly they pick up grime with use.

  2. I have already had ants in this new house and the kitchen is 10′ off the ground (walk out basement). How do they get up here? In our area it always seems they are the worst in the late spring early summer. I keep killing the scouts hoping to send a message back to the mothership not to come in.

    • I sympathise Kate. Ants are a problem for everyone in the warmer months and it has been really hot lately. It will be another mammoth year for swarms later I expect.

  3. rugby843 says:

    I’ve heard dryer sheets or coffee grounds repel ants

    • We can’t use dryer sheets as Hubby has a reaction to them, and our coffee is instant rather than ground, but dried chrysanthemum petals worked for us last year both indoors and in the greenhouse.

  4. rugby843 says:

    Coffee grounds confuse carpenter ants apparently. I’ve used dryer sheets in our old home in CO

  5. murisopsis says:

    I had a coworker who’s children got head lice. She shaved their heads and then treated the whole house – twice and finally got rid of them. It makes me itch to even think about them!!

    • That used to be the remedy, shaved heads. I had to report to the school nurse the first and second time to get the shampoo, then it was made available from the chemist, but I was so angry that their Mum did nothing and left it to us to sort out until I had ‘a word’.

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