[mccookgazette.com] Fair ~ 66°F  
High: 70°F ~ Low: 24°F
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Half Year

Posted Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 8:35 AM

Today is the start of our 7th month on the farm, and our enjoyment of country living just keeps getting better...with a few minor exceptions. Our war against weeds continues and even if it is a never ending summer battle, we're pleased with our results so far.

Mosquitoes and ticks are on my list of exceptions. We have been working to keep ticks off us and Casey (our Golden Retriever) since the first rain of the year. and the mosquitoes have shown their hungry side the last few days as well.

We're pleased at how well our road handles the wet weather, though if it keeps raining everyday, my opinion could change. After the last 1/3 inch rain yesterday, a walk up the road found me sinking into the gravel a lot more than I expected, and we've got another 1/4 to 1/2 inch forecast for today.

I love watching the local TV news. The news is seldom gloom and doom with the worst of society making the 6PM newscast. Good news is the norm with many local interest features sprinkled in. I do find the use of eating interesting when it comes to the weather forecast. It's breakfast, dinner and supper not morning, noon, and night when predicting the weather on my favorite channel's broadcast.

Our neighbors are the greatest! Everyone around us has been helpful and welcoming and we're thrilled with our choice of places to live. We have not experienced power failures, though I know one occurred while we were out of town a few weeks back. The weather has been nicer than I expected, but I'm not getting as much done around the place as I thought, too much time spent enjoying the peace and quiet and not enough spent doin' the hard work.

I reviewed my list of new year resolutions recently and discovered I better get to work or I'll be working on part of part of the list next year too.

Showing most recent comments first
[Show in chronological order instead]

Thanks for the tips!

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 7:54 AM

I got that e-mail, too, but mine didn't say to dilute it, so I've been using it straight. You can spray it on skeeters as they fly and watch them fall. It's great! Heard a tip to remove ticks, as well. Just soak a cotton ball in liquid soap and put it on the tick. Haven't found any ticks on my dog since I got the tip, so haven't tried it yet, but it's supposed to smother them.

-- Posted by dlfiend4ever on Sat, Jun 21, 2008, at 1:10 PM

Brian, Get yourself a jug of Listerine type mouthwash, mix it 1/3 : 2/3, or half and half with water, and lightly spray yourself with it. I tried it the other day, and trully enjoyed watching the skeeters do right/left hand turns, at warp speed, to get away from me. Even sweating, not one landed on me for the full six hours I was mowing the yard.

I got the idea from an e-mail sent to me, but felt the 'cheap' mouthwasy might be as good as Listerene, and was right.

"Try it,,,You'll like it"

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Jun 20, 2008, at 5:19 PM

Respond to this blog

Posting a comment requires free registration:

The City Slickers
Brian Hoag
Recent posts
Blog RSS feed [Feed icon]
Comments RSS feed [Feed icon]
Hot topics
Welcome To The Party Comrade
(0 ~ 10:44 AM, Oct 26)

Sticks & Stones
(1 ~ 8:07 PM, Oct 22)

With Apologies To Dogs...
(0 ~ 2:03 PM, Oct 8)

See the Pope, Quit Your Job
(0 ~ 2:13 PM, Sep 25)

Where I Stand
(5 ~ 9:29 AM, Jun 10)