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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My trip to Walmart yesterday wasn't too bad - I got my glasses adjusted and they fit so much better.  I also picked up a couple of items I needed, one of which was a bottle of I-Caps which Walmart carries (the advanced age formula, or AREDS)I looked for an eyebrow pencil but couldn't find one to save my life - many eyeliners but no pencil.  I have resigned myself to grey in my hair, but grey eyebrows makes me look old.

After having sunny days for a while, tomorrow and the next are going to be rainy.  I'm not happy about it, but it is necessary to have rain this time of year to get through the long dry summer.  So I pulled a few weeds this afternoon, knowing that two days of rain will just bring on more.  I have tried a vinegar-salt mixture as well as Round-up, but nothing seems to prevent new weeds coming up.

I hate to use Round-up, but like mice and other rodents, I just cut to the chase and try to get rid of them permanently.  In the case of mice I am not a catch and release person, and that's one thing I am worried about dealing with in the cabin at Lassen this summer.  There are mousetraps all over the place, but I wouldn't bait a trap to save my life, much less deal with the trapped varmint.  Anything else is a no-no idea in the National Parks, so I'll have to figure it out.  I know many readers won't agree with my point of view, but it's my point of view and I stand by it.  I was warned last year when I worked there that hantavirus is a real threat, and was told how to try to prevent potential difficulties.

I have been reading a lot lately, have quite a few books from the library on hand, and have a few still on order.  I plan to visit a local used bookstore to see what I might buy to take along this summer.  The Friends of the Library book sale seems to contain a lot of junk to sift through, although the used bookstore is more expensive than I like.  I've seen used paperbacks cost more than the original marked price of the book!  If they have what I want it is still cheaper than ordering from Amazon and paying the shipping & handling, plus I'm supporting a locally-owned business.  I'll have to admit though, that Amazon often sells books you simply cannot find elsewhere.

It's time to fix my supper now.  I wish all of you in the northeast and northern plains the best in getting through the storm that is expected tomorrow.  When I see what they are forecasting for your area I am sorry to be complaining about a couple of rainy days.    


  1. I have a friend who checks out books electronically from the library, to read on his iPad. You can do the same with Kindle, Nook, Sony ereader, etc. You can check out a dozen at a time,so all you would need to do is get an internet connection to download them, then return them when you are finished. You might want to check it out before you leave.

  2. Funny thing here we do not seem to have mice. The geckos seem to fill that niche. I like the geckos more because they don't get into food. They are one thing I will miss from Honduras.

  3. I am very glad not to be in the Northeast now:)

  4. Use Preen to control the weeds. It prevents the seeds from germinating. If you pull out the existing weeds then sprinkle on the Preen you will not have new weeds coming up. Sometimes it takes two applications because some weeds may have germinated but are not on the surface. It is made from a corn so is not a dangerous chemical. I live in the Pacific Northwest and have many weeds but after using Preen for several years I have none

    Hope this helps

  5. Clinique makes an eyebrow powder in several shades. Comes in a little silver box with a small brush. One box has lasted me for years. I use just enough to give a slight color to my grey eyebrows that just disappear into my face.

  6. I have a Kindle now and have almost all free books, but once in a while I'll buy a paperback at Walmart. They always seem pretty cheap and they have the recent books. :)

  7. The weed police should appreciate how diligent you are. :)

  8. Good luck with the mice. Hope you figture something out. I hate dealing with mice too but I sure wouldn't want that virus around.

  9. I don't like mice or rats. We have some in our garden but hubby deals with them. If I was the only one in the place I would have tons of them because I don't like poison and like you I could not handle the. Good reason to keep hubby around :-) for that and choppin wood!

  10. aw, poor mice ... always think of Tom and Jerry... and little Fievel... ;)

    I made my print on my blog darker but somehow the size wouldn't change... I dunno ... didn't want to mess with it too much since I'm afraid something weird would happen... y'never know.

    Don't know why it didn't do what I told it to do ...

  11. Our friend swears by the Victor electronic repeller devices. He put two in his motorhome, (they are parked in the woods by their house) and he can see the mouse and chippie tracks in the snow go up to about a foot away and then turn around and LEAVE! So we bought four of them too (4 pack for about $30) and put two in our rig and two in our house. Haven't seen a mouse yet!

    Karen and Steve
    RVing: This Country Is Our Big Backyard