Other People’s Handiwork

Mosquitoes!  ARGH!

Many of the houses in this area have back yard pools. Unfortunately, the guy in the house behind ours does not maintain his pool. Every summer it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

When the first one or two appeared, we didn’t think too much of it, which was dumb. (This happens every summer!) Then, the house was infested. There were mosquitoes all over the place. I called the local number to report a green pool. They called back later saying they couldn’t do anything about it being green, but they had added chemicals to kill the mosquito larva. That’s fine – I don’t care about the color. I don’t know how long the chemicals work or when we should expect to see mosquitoes again.

We’ve killed probably two dozen mosquitoes in the past couple of days, but not without them feasting first. My lower legs and feet look like they have a medical problem (11 bites on my left foot/ankle alone), with a few others in scattered places. The Big Man isn’t any better off.

Fortunately, once the chemicals were added and as we’ve been killing them off, there seem to be fewer and fewer in the house. Hopefully, by the time this post goes live, they’ll all be gone. And soon thereafter, the bites will be healed.

Whatever the bug situation where you are, I have quite a few links to share with you today!

If you can EAT it you can WEAR it! from DIY Natural (@diyNatural): Great recipe for a homemade facial, as well as a mention to the benefit of a healthy diet on your skin.

30 Lessons My Parents Didn’t Teach Me from No Meat Athlete (@nomeatathlete): A neat list of wisdom that the author has picked up in the last few years.

Freedom now equals freedom on down-the-road from Disease Proof (@diseaseproof): Freedom from food addiction.

10 Life Lessons from a Reluctant Runner from Zen Habits (@zenhabits): One person’s story on how they have come to be a recreational runner after despising running.

7 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat from Active.com (@active): Tips and tricks for staying in shape if you’re one who primarily exercises outdoors.

Don’t Be Short Sighted from Zen Family Habits (@zenfamilyhabits): “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”

My Potato Project: The Importance of Organic: This is a YouTube video of a girl who was doing a project on making a potato sprout … until it didn’t sprout. It’s only a couple of minutes long and is well-worth the watch!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by trisha on 14 July 2011 at 08:59

    Heat, I just watched the potato video and feel sick to my stomach! I’m glad you posted it and I will be sending it to as many people as I can! Our food industry should be ashamed of itself. It’s tough because organic food is more expensive, but doctor bills and treatments and even more expensive. Thanks for the post!

    • I don’t understand how anyone can consider our food industry to be moral or ethical. Or maybe they don’t, but it doesn’t matter. It’s disheartening, frustrating, infuriating, disgusting…

      We were not great about buying organic produce, but we have been ordering the organic basket through Bountiful Baskets. It seems like a good place to start and is worth the extra $10.

      Ideally, I’ll be able to grow a lot of what we eat. The garden this year has been a miserable failure, but I’m certain it can be done!

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