Horrible nightmares early this morning of trying to escape wildfires, where what looked like rising fog turned into smoke just ahead of fires on two sides of a valley... Back in the late eighties, the year I lived in the hills north of Sandpoint, we had a level 2 evacuation alert for forest fire. As a child in SoCal the hills burned almost every summer, so it isn't surprising that fire is in my database as a danger, just not one that usually shows up in my Dreamlands*.
Perhaps I am not the only one that feels ambivalent about the invasion of my kitchen by tiny sugar ants. It happens pretty much every year around this time, when the weather gets cold and wet. Suddenly they are all over my countertops, despite my efforts to keep the counters clean. And every year I wish I had some way to just ask them to not show up, but instead, every year I kill them. Mix together several common household pantry items, a spoonful or two of peanut butter, the same of sugar, and the same of borax (which I keep on hand both for occasional laundry use, and as a backup flux for soldering). After mashing those together, I add in just enough water to make a thickish slurry, so it will be both irresistible to the ants and easy for them to carry back to their colony, where it will also kill any other ants that eat it. This can be placed in small shallow containers where no children or pets can access them, and in a few days, the ants will be gone...
all the blustery weather has done a great job of knocking down lots of bay nuts from the local trees; I intend to collect some in the next few days. They do require quite a bit of processing, though. The last few years I have totally missed their very short season. I have a cunning plan, that hopefully will work out, if I can gather at least a pound or two...
October SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||fig cottage syrup (jam)||repot lg spider plant||wood scraps|
|2||puzzle ball toy||pinafore mended||bag to Goodwill|
|3||laser cut name pendant||U-lock loosened||bag to Goodwill|
|4||laser cut horses||Sterret scribe||bag to Goodwill|
|5||braided knit ball toy||destem elderberries||bag to Goodwill|
|6||five Inktober drawings||treerat mesh cloche #2||bag to Goodwill|
|7||four more Inktobers||planted green onions||bag to Goodwill|
|8||another three Inktobers||wheelbarrow tire||yard waste bin|
|9||three more Inktobers||workroom wall patched||x|
|10||two Inktobers||studio shelf sides||x|
|11||laser cut wreath||x||x|
* There are specific and interconnected neighborhoods, places, and buildings that I return to again and again when I am asleep, I call them the Dreamlands, and someday I will draw a map of them in my bright world life... it would be interesting