the wanderings my mind takes

Men aren’t useless!!!


Ok, my husband is working out of town, my oldest son just had shoulder surgery and the younger one is up north for a few months and the spiders have taken over the front of my house!!!!

Now, I can’t climb a ladder because of vertigo ( not a fear of heights, but literally a physical problem ) and the power washer is one of those little things that only shoot water about 10 feet. So, what am I to do?

I told the oldest that he was going to have to climb a ladder and rid the house of the 1000s of spiders (I swear it looks like the Munsters live here!). He asked me how he was suppose to climb a ladder, holding a power washer and all with one arm. I told him – ‘figure it out’!!

About 20 years ago, my sister in law gave me a recipe for bugs or something – I can’t remember what exactly it was suppose to work on. Anyway, it worked great on the spiders!! Now, I am spider woman – everywhere I live becomes a spider’s nest. Honest, we lived in a trailer for 12 years and our trailer was the only one covered in spider webs. They travel with me on trips, even. But, this spray kept them at bay. For a couple of years, we had very few spiders.

But, we live by a lake and the mosquitos can be ferocious. Because of all my pet spiders, we don’t have too bad a problem with skeeters. For that couple of years that we didn’t have to deal with peeling off webs from the siding, we had to deal with skeeters trying to carry the boys off. There is give and take in everything.

So, my dilemma is which do we prefer? I don’t like the idea of using chemicals to keep the skeeter population down and I haven’t found anything that works on them except chemicals. But, I am tired of scaring neighbor kids with my gruesome house!

I think I’ll have to find that recipe. It hung on the fridge for 10 years! Now that I want it, I can’t find it anywhere. Sad smile  All I can remember is ammonia, tobacco juice and cloves of garlic. I know there is more, but I just can’t seem to pull it out of my tinsy brain!!! Time for an internet search. This recipe is from way before the net, but maybe someone uploaded it. It’s worth a try.

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